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For Erma, Jacksonville, FL in reference to the post in March 15, 2013 Newsletter. Will you please let us know what recipe you were talking about and the date it was in the Newsletter? Many times I overlook what could be a great recipe and then when someone critiques it, I decide I too would like to try it. So, please let us know what the recipe was.
Thanks, Sara in FL.

As requested by Ellen in Iowa. Bread bags are available from Sams Club on-line at the best price I have found. They are 5x.5x4.75x19 in size, large bread bag. Last time I ordered it was item number PB5547519 and 1000 count in box. Have used these for a number of years and shared bags with friends too.

This is my bread recipe that I use at least once each week. Given to me by a SIL years ago.

Marvis' Bread Recipe

2 cups of Better Bread Flour
1 cup of King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 tablespoon dry milk
3 tablespoons cooking oil, vegetable oil
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp. dry yeast
1 cup plus 2 tablespoon water, heat 30 sec. on high in microwave

Combine all dry ingredients except yeast and heat 30 sec. on high in microwave
Add the oil to the water. Mix into the dry ingredients Add dry yeast into the center of the dry ingredients. Knead until smooth. Place in greased bowl. Cover with damp, heated cloth. which was heated 30 sec. in microwave. Allow to rise till double in size. In bread machine it takes 1 1/2 hrs. On Dough Cycle. Punch down . Knead a very few minutes and roll onto a lightly floured wax paper to a rectangular shape. Roll into jelly roll shape. Pinch closed securely. Place in Pam sprayed loaf pan. Bake at 350 deg. for 35 min. Remove from oven. Coat lightly with oleo or butter. Remove from pan and place on its side to cool on cloth or rack. Slice when completly cool.
Marvis in Texas
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Hello again everyone...
I see that a lot of you are talking about bread machines and making bread, and there are requests for maple syrup bread, which sounds good this time of year, especially here in the northeast where I live. I have a recipe for Easter Bread, an Italian sweet, anise flavored bread, that I always make during the week just before Easter. Though I have made a lot of bread and rolls, I've never used a bread machine, just knead and knead, or recently have been using a dough hook on a free standing mixer which seems to work well for me. I'll be happy to post this recipe if anyone is interested. The recipe I have here makes three loaves, but I can break it down for one loaf.
Jerry, Upstate NY

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For Joan re: clay pot cookery.
Yes, you do soak the pot in water for 15 minutes first. I put the pot into a pre-heated (usually 350) oven.. so far it hasn't suffered from it. I use many different recipes, gleaned from all over. One of my favorite bread books is 'Bread Machine Magic' by Rehberg and Conway.
In honor of the day, here's a good recipe from that book.

Blarney Stone Bread

i cup old fashioned rolled oats (regular oatmeal will do)
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 cups bread flour (I usually use A-P)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbs. butter or margarine
3 Tbs. honey
1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast. The book specifies that, but instant yeast is generally called for and is what I usually use. I find they all seem to work.
Just keep your yeast in a ziplock in the freezer. It will last for a lo-ooong time. (Buy by the pound at Costco or Smart and Final)
Put in breadpan according to your machine's instructions. My Zoji says wet stuff first. Set for dough cycle.

When it finishes dough cycle, Put it in a ceramic bowl and cover with a shower cap type thing (I got mine in the paper, foil and plastic section of the market)

I put the bowl in the microwave to rise. (It doesn't more draft proof than THAT.) I will even zap it for a few seconds to warm it a little. When risen sufficiently, sprinkle some cornmeal in the pottery pot, (helps in getting bread out) put in the dough, put lid on, and put it in the pre-heated oven. Take the lid off after thirty minutes and bake for 15 more minutes. In that last 15 minutes, watch it to see when it is done, much will depend on your oven.

That day or the next, decide how much you will eat in those 2 days. Slice the rest, put it into a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer. You won't want to waste any of this. Take it out as needed.

I have a great recipe for Hawai-ian bread that makes wonderful dinner rolls. I will post another time.
Delores from nela
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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

You can cut a Spaghetti Squash either lengthwise, or around the middle, or just several stabs to let the steam out. What way you do so is up to you, I personally stab it, a couple of times, and then extent the cut for a 2-3 inches, then just put it in a zip lock bag, with a couple of tablespoons of water. I either leave about an inch of the bag open, or just stab it a couple of times, to let the excess steam out. It will be hot, I nuke one for about 8 minutes. When done, I use either a spoon, or fork to scrape out the seeds, and the strings associated with them. Then I go after the pulp, and I scrape them clear down to the skins. I use the Spaghetti Squash as a low Carb addition to my meals.

Bake rind side up about 30 to 40 minutes at 375 F.

Microwave 6 to 8 minutes (let stand for a few minutes afterwards)

Boil 20 minutes or so.

If you scrape the seeds out before cooking, you can plant them , I have 4 growing right now, that will go outside next week. But, it is a lot harder to cut them in half while uncooked, to get the seeds. Be careful the knife does not slip. I cut a slit, then push the knife into the other side, and use that as a pivot to make the slice thru the ends. Takes a couple of times to do it.

They tell me they really spread, so be careful where you plant them, also it has been suggested if near a fence, hang the Developing squash in an old nylon stocking tied to the fence. That is what I plan to do, if a bachelor of 77 can get old nylons..... I would cut them off, knot the thighs, and hang by the smaller diameter toes tied to my fence.
bill, Alb.
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Chinese Five Spice Powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted and ground
1 teaspoon ground star anise
1 teaspoon szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground

Mix the spices together and store in an airtight jar. Delicious, you can increase the size of the recipe easily, just be sure it is mixed well.
bill, Alb.
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Just wondering if all those people who use their bread machines would be willing to share their recipes that are their favorites. Their writing about them has given me the incentive to get my bread machine out and make some bread. Looking forward to some home made bread. Thanks in advance.

To Linda in KY in reference to Grandma Addie's Boiled Beef Hash & Hot Biscuits recipe. You are very welcome and I am pleased that it was what you were looking for. I just might have to try it too. For anyone who missed it, here is the link again.
Sara in FL
Click here: Grandma Addie's Boiled Beef Hash & Hot Biscuits Recipe at Epicurious.com

Black Forest Parfaits

2 cups cold milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling, divided
2 cups whipped topping, divided
6 maraschino cherries with stems, optional

In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

Stir in 1 cup pie filling; gently fold in 1 cup whipped topping.

Spoon half of the pudding mixture into six tall glasses or cups. Top with remaining pie filling, pudding mixture and whipped topping. Garnish with cherries if desired.
6 servings.
Bren in North Louisiana
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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
Serves: 6

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

In a small bowl combine the honey, mustard, basil, paprika and parsley. Mix well. Pour 1/2 of this mixture over the chicken and brush to cover. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Turn chicken pieces over, brush with the remaining 1/2 of the honey mustard mixture, and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Let cool 10 minutes and serve.
Bren in North Louisiana
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Cheese Bread
Serves: 4

1 unsliced loaf french bread
2 tablespoons butter or margarine softened
1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Slice bread lengthwise; place cut side up on baking sheet. Spread butter on cut surfaces; sprinkle with half of the italian seasoning. Top with cheeses and remaining italian seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut crosswise into 1" pieces.
Bren in North Louisiana
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Mocha Shake McDonalds Copycat

1/4 c. warm water
2 T. cocoa
1 T. sugar
1 - 2 t. instant coffee granules
1/2 c. milk
2 c. vanilla ice cream

Place water, cocoa, sugar and coffee granules in blender; cover; blend on low speed; add milk; cover; blend on high speed until thoroughly blended. Add ice cream; cover; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes three 6-oz. servings
Bill, Alb.
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Roasted Parmesan Potato Wedges

4 potatoes (2 pounds)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cut each potato lengthwise in half. Cut each half into three wedges. In a large bow, sprinkle potatoes with oil; toss to coat. Combine the remaining ingredients. Add to potatoes; toss to coat.

Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with any remaining coating. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown and tender.
6 servings.
Bren in North Louisiana
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I have been making this fruit cake for 45 years or longer. It is the best fruit cake I have ever eaten.

Honey Fruit Cake

3/4 lb. or 2 cups chopped candied pineapple
3/4 lb. or 2 cups chopped candied cherries
4 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
1 lb. white raisins
1/2 lb. soft butter
2 1/4 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 oz. brandy flavoring
4 cups flour
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs. Add dry ingredients and flavoring.

Stir in fruit and nuts. Spray pans with Pam. Fill pans 2/3 full. Bake at 275 degrees. Bake for 2 hours if using large pans. Bake 1-1/2 hours for small pans.

After baking for 1 1/2 hours for large pans, brush with honey and continue baking 1/2 hour more. If using small pans, bake 1 hour and brush with honey and continue baking 1/2 hour more. Cool and wrap in foil and keep in freezer. Will keep a year or longer in freezer.

You can find the Brandy flavoring in the spice isle of the grocery store. It takes the whole bottle.
Vaughndell D, Washougal, WA.
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Hi Nancy and all Landers,
Here are my most requested recipes -

For Marvis in Texas and Diane in New York.

Maple Syrup Bread in Breadmachine

3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. warm(not hot) water
1 Tbsp. oil(any kind)
3/4 cup Quick Cooking oats
1 pkg dry yeast
1/3 cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp. salt
2-1/2 cups Bread Flour

I set my breadmachine for crust color as light and this is a 1-1/2 pound loaf setting. I only use Bread Flour as the loaf isn't as good with regular flour. After your breadmachine mixes for about 5 minutes check the dough and add a little water or flour if dough is too thick or too liquidy. If dough looks okay LEAVE IT ALONE LOL. I have let the breadmachine bake the bread and have also used Dough setting and let bread rise in loaf pan and bake at 350* for about 30 minutes or so til crust is light brown.
Dianne in Wisconsin
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Now here is my second requested recipe for Alice M and Heidi in ME

Clone Pizza Hut Pizza Dough

1 1/3 cups Warm water
2 tsp. sugar
1-1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. oil(any kind)
2 Tbsp. cornmeal(not self rising)
3 1/2 cups Bread Flour(use only Bread flour )
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
1/4 tsp. Onion powder
1-1/2 tsp. dry yeast(I use quick rising)

Add warm water to breadmachine pan - then add yeast - let yeast proof for 5 minutes. Now add rest of ingredients in any order(does not matter what order). Set breadmachine on DOUGH setting. My dough setting kneads for like 5 minutes or more but I stop breadmachine after 2 minutes because dough is usually ready then.

While kneading is in progress I check the dough to make sure all the flour is incorporated and sometimes you make have to add another Tbsp. of water.
When dough is nice ball and smooth roll it in a little flour on your cutting board til it's not sticky anymore.

Cut dough in half and you have enough dough for two 12 inch pizza's. Okay now here is a little trick a pizza chain told me about lol. Spray your pizza pan with Pam and sprinkle 1 tsp. of cornmeal on that. Now spread your dough on the pan right to the edges. It may seem like you don't have enough dough but you will when you work to flatten it out. NOW - bake that pizza dough only at 400* for 5 minutes.

Take out of the oven and put your pizza sauce and toppings on - then bake at 400* til your cheese is golden or you can do like I do and bake it til
cheese is really really brown LOL.
Dianne in Wisconsin
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Just wanted to say thanks to the ladies who gave me suggestions on a new stove. I still haven't purchased one. My husband tinkered with my oven and got it fixed so now I can take my time deciding what I want. I think he was anxious to get me back to backing.
Sharon in MO

For Robbie in IN who sent in a recipe for pizza bites March 16. Have you ever tried making them ahead and freezing them?
Pat in AZ

In response to Ellen in Iowa in 3/16/13 n/l regarding Bread Machine. . .

Your bread will remain moist longer if you DO NOT bake it in the bread machine. Most machines have a "dough" cycle. If you set it to that cycle, it will shut off and not go into the Bake cycle. My machine beeps when the dough cycle is complete. Remove dough, knead only slightly and put into a greased bread pan, cover with towel and let rise until about 1" above pan; then bake. Following is the recipe I use for white bread. The original recipe was submitted by June MO in Nancy's 1/10/11 n/l. I've been making my revised version of this recipe since that time and it keeps well in a tightly covered container (I use a Lock and Lock container).

Another tip: Put hot water in your bread machine container while you are assembling the ingredients. This warms it up so I can eliminate the preheat cycle on my Zojirushi bread machine which eliminates about 15 minutes.

After trial and error, I have revised June's recipe.

White Sandwich Bread (my bread machine version)

Mix together and heat (I put in my microwave for about 1 minute):
1 c. warm water (I use half water and half milk)
1/4 c. oil
2 tbsp. sugar
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 beaten egg, optional
1 tbsp. dill weed, optional
2 tbsp. dried onion, optional
Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.
Pour liquid in bottom of bread machine.
Add on top of liquid:
3 c. flour
Make well in top of flour and add: 2 1/2 tsp yeast
After raising in bread machine, remove dough from pan and punch down; shape and place in bread loaf pan.

Let rise till it comes out over the top by about an inch or so. Preheat oven at 350º and bake about 35 minutes. It comes out very soft and keeps well.

Original recipe submitted in Nancy's N/L 1/10/11 by June/Mo
~*Mary Alyce*~
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Emerils Southwest Seasoning (Clone)

2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp dried oregano

Mix up and store in a jar... there's enough for a month or threes worth of popcorn and some steaks too!
Denise in the Villages, FL
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Mozzarella Tuna Melts
Serves: 4

1 6-ounce can water-packed tuna drained and flaked
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 hamburger buns split
4 mozzarella cheese slices
4 tomatoes slices
4 lettuce leaves

In a bowl, combine the tuna, celery, onion and mayonnaise. Spread on bottom of buns; set bun tops aside. Top tuna mixture with a slice of cheese and tomato. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top each with a lettuce leaf; replace bun tops.
Bren in North Louisiana
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