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Thanks to Susie Indy for her Grammy's Overnight Lasagna recipe in the 4/14 newsletter. I have been hesitant to try a lasagna recipe where the noodles are not cooked, as I have had friends have disastrous experiences, but I will give your recipe a try soon. Have you tried freezing it after you let it set for 24 hours, or freezing it and then letting it thaw for 24 hours before baking it? I often keep a lasagna in the freezer for the times, when we have unplanned dinner guests and I have limited time to prepare a meal for them.
Robbie IN

My husband like to fish and we have a lot of catfish left from his last trip. Although its good, I'm tired of fried catfish. Does anyone have some good baked catfish recipes?
Sharon in MO

Minted Orzo Pilaf

Orzo is a small, rice-shaped pasta, made bright and savory here with fresh mint and chicken broth.
8 servings, about 3/4 cup each

6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cups orzo (I use Ronzoni #47 or Barilla)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint

Bring broth to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add orzo and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add 1 cup simmering broth to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly with a long-handled spoon, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 minute. Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a simmer. Continue cooking and stirring, adding broth 1 cup at a time, until orzo is tender but still firm, 15 to 20 minutes total. Season with pepper, stir in mint and serve.
Artemis in NYC
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No Hassle Breadmaker Bread (Gluten Free)

Wet Ingredients
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup oil

Dry Ingredients
1-1/4 cup white rice flour
1 cup potato starch or arrowroot starch
3/4 cup bean flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2-1/4 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp xanthan gum
1-1/2 tsp salt

Mix first three liquid ingredients into a large bowl. Filter the rest of the dry ingredients into a different bowl, until they are thoroughly mixed.

Now mix both bowls together until well blended. Pour all this into the bread maker. If your bread maker has a "short cycle" option, use select that option to make your bread.

Add additional warm water if dough is too dry. Allow to cool before you slice it.
Bill, Alb
Source: http://www.glutenfreeclub.com/
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Baked Sweet Potato Chips
serves 2-4

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Pepper to taste

Heat oven to 400°F. Cut sweet potatoes into very thin slices. In large bowl, toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Place potatoes in single layer on 2 ungreased cookie sheets (slices can touch but not overlap).

Bake 10 to 15 minutes, rotating cookie sheets once, until edges are crisp but potatoes are still soft in the center.

Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooking parchment paper.
Cool completely (chips will become crisp as they cool).

Use a mandoline to slice the sweet potatoes to get the most even, thin chips. Keep an eye on the chips as they bake. They can take a few minutes more or less, depending on how thin they are cut.
Bill, Alb.
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This is an old standby for a quick dinner using only one pound of ground beef. It's one of our favorites.


In a large skillet brown 1 lb. ground beef, 1 diced onion, and 1 bell pepper diced. Brown in it's own fat and pour off allthe fat you can after browned.

Add 1 T. Chili powder, 1 t. garlic salt (I use garlic powder since we don't use salt).

Spread 1 package thin small soup noodles on top of browned meat mixture.

Mix 1 can tomato soup, 1 can mushroom soup and 1 can of water. Pour this over the soup and meat. DON'T STIR IT!

Cook covered for 25 minutes being careful not to burn it. Add 1 C. grated cheese and cook 5 minutes longer. (I have to cook mine at medium low to keep from burning.)

You can find the soup noodles in the Mexican canned foods area at Wal-Mart and I saw them at Aldi's for $.33.
Jae, Central OK
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Last month, I was getting a filling replaced at my dentist. While he was filling my tooth he was talking to his assistant about ordering another kit so he could make more King's Ranch Chicken. I couldn't believe what he was saying about how good this kit was and his assistant agreed and said she wanted one when he ordered. As soon as I could talk, I told them I couldn't believe they were using a kit to make King's Ranch. The assistant thought it was a fairly new recipe, and I told her my Mother had passed away about 10 years ago and she had made it all the time for us, 'back then'. I told them I'd send them her recipe, it wasn't just something I had off the net. It was her original recipe, that had come from Rotel. This is her recipe. Enjoy

BTW, the assistant emailed a couple of days after sending the recipe and she had made it for her husband and he declared it was a keeper. She said it was better than the kit!

King Ranch Chicken

2 C. chicken (or chunks of chicken breast)MOL

6 oz. tortilla chips, broken or crushed
3/4 C.onion, diced
1/2 C.green pepper, diced
1 t. chili powder
1 C. milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel (partially drained)
1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
1/2 lb. shredded cheddar cheese

Put crushed tortillas chips in 2 qt. casserole or 9 X 13 pan. Add chicken to the dish covering the chips. Blend all the other ingredients except the cheese. Pour over the chicken and tortillas, then top with the cheese. Bake @350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Jae in Central OK
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Another recipe for an easy quick dinner.

Chicken (beef) Enchiladas Fast

2 large cans chicken breast or 1 1/2 lb browned ground beef if you want beef instead.
1 onion, chopped
1 16 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 10 oz. package corn tortillas
1 or 2 cans of chopped green chilies
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 8 oz. sour cream

Mix meat, onion and half of the grated cheese together. Spread a couple of tablespoons of this mixture on each tortilla and roll as you go. Place the rolls in a 9 X 13 dish. For the sauce, mix soups, sour cream, and chilies.

If you like chilies, you can put one can in meat mixture and one in the sauce or just use one in the sauce. Pour the sauce mixture over the rolled tortillas. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over tortillas. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes.
Jae, Central OK
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Pot Holes

1c. Soft butter
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 c. Sugar
2c. Flour
1 can Pie filling

Cream softened butter, sugar, vanilla. Add eggs and flour.Spread in a jelly roll pan. Cut squares into crust about 12-15. Spoon pie filling on top of each square.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until goldern brown. Cool slightly then sprinkle with powdered sugar. I also like to let it cool completely then drizzle cream cheese

Frosting on it instead of the powdered sugar…
Phyllis –in Montana
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Chocolate Chip Cookies or Bars
1 box of yellow or white cake mix, 2 eggs beaten, 1 stick melted butter, 2C chocolate chips. Mix together and bake in 9X13 pan on 350 for 20 min. When cooled, cut into squares. Spray the pan with cooking spray for easy cutting and clean up. I used Butter Flavored Pam.
Phyllis in Montana
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This has been a favorite at our house for many years, and is quick to prepare, even on a busy day.

Taco Rice

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups salsa (I used mild)
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 chicken bouillon cube (or 1 tsp. instant bouillon)
1-1/2 cups Minute Rice

chopped tomato
sour cream
shredded Cheddar cheese
sliced pitted ripe olives
tortilla chips

Brown beef and onion in skillet. Add salsa, tomato sauce and bouillon. Bring to full boil; cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare rice as directed on package. Serve beef mixture over rice and top with desired garnishes.
Makes 4 servings.

NOTE: we like to scoop it with the tortilla chips and eat it that way, and we use all the suggested garnishes.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Thanks to everyone for all of the
delicious pulled pork recipes!!! Am going to print them all out!!!
Such a great group!! Thanks Nancy
Susan in new Braunfels

Jello Salad Recipes

This is for Faye who asked for a recipe for a
Pork and Bean salad. I use this and it is good. You may use Miracle Whip if you like or use mayonnaise and you can add any seasonings you would prefer. You can use a can of baked beans for variety. I also sometimes add some sweet pickle relish if the notion strikes me. I find that using grape tomatoes and cutting them lengthwise is better than using chopped tomatoes, but you can certainly use chopped tomatoes if that is what you want or happen to have on hand. I really don't have a recipe, I just kind of play it by ear so to speak when I make this. Hope it is what you were looking for.
Claudine in Fort Worth, TX

Has anyone ever
baked chicken legs using corn flake crumbs? If so directions please and result.

Spinach Cheese Bake

3, (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach
3 beaten eggs
1/4 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 c creamed cottage cheese
1 c shredded swiss cheese
1 c shredded cheddar cheese.

Cook spinach. Drain. Combine eggs, flour, seasoned salt nutmeg and pepper in a bowl. Mix in cottage cheese, cheddar, swiss and spinach. Pour into buttered 1 1/2 quart casserole and bake
50 to 60 minutes at 325 degrees.
Gay, L.I.
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I have looked everywhere I can think of and still can't find a recipe for
lemon crunch pie! Chef Pierre sells a frozen unbaked lemon crunch pie which is delicious, but I want to make my own! Calling out to all my friends in recipeland - does someone,some where have this recipe? It would make my week!!
Thanks, Victoria H, Philo, OH

Watergate Salad
4-6 servings

1 package (4-serving size) Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
cup chopped nuts (I like pecans)
1 8-ounce container thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping

Stir pudding mix, pineapple with juice, marshmallows and nuts in large bowl
until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping.
Bren in North Louisiana
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Cauliflower Tater Tots

1 12 ounce bag frozen cauliflower
1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
salt, pepper, onion powder (to taste)

Cook cauliflower, covered, in microwave for 6 minutes. Pour off water and let stand until cool. Rice the cauliflower in a food processer, or potato ricer, tend towards the smoother texture side rather than coarse. You can place the cauliflower in the center of a smooth kitchen towel, and twist to removethe water, the more the better. You can always add a few drops as needed.

Roll into approx. 1.5″ balls and drop into the Parmesan. Form into tots by flattening the tops. If the mixture is still too moist and falls apart, work a little of the Parmesan into the tot, and then roll the formed tots into the Parmesan once again, to coat.

Place tots on a greased cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes prior to baking to help tots hold their shape. At this point it’s good to note that you can freeze them longer or make these ahead of time. Simply place in a freezer bag after the initial chilling period and store for up to a month.

To bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating tots every five minutes or so for even browning.

Serving Suggestions: Stuff some of the unbaked tots, with a cube of Chedar Cheese, and then bake. Serve with The Beef Chili, or Nacho Cheese, use Low Carb versions to hold the carbs down. See: the Beef Chili, and the American Cheese Sauce recipes.
Makes about 30 tots. One serving is 6 tots.
Source: http://yourlighterside.com/2010/03/caulitots-baked/    
Bill, Alb
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