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May 17, 2017  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family.

Today's Recipes -  Skillet Mac and Cheese Recipe | Beef Casserole Recipe | Sparkling Citrus Punch Recipe | Baked Parmesan Chicken Recipe | Baked Fish with Bell Pepper Recipe | Bean Salad Recipe | Diet Peach Dessert Recipe | Diet Fruit Salad Recipe | Diet Egg Custard Recipe | Alice's Salmon Recipes (6 Recipes) | Mary J's Chicken Salad Recipes (3 Recipes)

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Nancy Rogers   

Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family. Everyday recipes made from ingredients found in most pantries.


Hi Nancy,
I really liked your prairie dog and cat story.
Usually cats donít like to ride in cars. I worked in St. Johnís Newfoundland for 3 years in the 80ís. On our transfer back to Toronto, we put our cat in the car. On our first pit stop the cat bolted when the kids opened the door. We never saw snowball again.
Love your list and stories.
Sincerely, John

When I take the kitties on an outing they don't have an opportunity to get out of the car. I load and unload them in the garage with the door closed. Ditto sits on the dash to watch the birds (or prairie dogs). Little One is much too fat to sit on the dash. I have a sturdy box he can sit on to view the birds (or prairie dogs). While they are watching out the window I usually listen to an audible book pr play games on my tablet.

Anytime the cats travel with me (like driving from Texas to Arizona) I put them in separate carriers. Little One is quite verbal about riding very far. If I put my telephone with an audible book turned on, Little One sleeps the whole trip. Ditto never puts up a fuss no matter how long the trip. He has traveled from Texas to Arizona many times with me. He could care less how long the trip is. Ditto loves to ride in the car. He often begs to go for a ride. Being the softie I am he gets a ride around the block. He especially likes it when I get an vanilla ice cream cone for him. I can trust Ditto not to jump out of the window when we get the ice cream cone. Little One doesn't beg to go for rides so he stays at home. Little One is terrified any new noises and doesn't handle it well. Ditto is deaf and nothing bothers him.

Today is a picture I took of Little One. As you can see by the picture, he is helping me with the newsletter. Every so often, when I least expect it, he taps a key on the keyboard and scares me..

Little One helping me with the newsletter May 2017
Little One's idea of helping with the newsletter.  When you least expect it, his paw hits a key.

Nancy so sorry to hear that you need surgery on your hand.
I'm enjoying the newsletter again.

Angie in Nevada needs some recipes and I have a couple that she might want to make.

Skillet Mac and Cheese Recipe

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 8 oz.)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups half and half cream
3/4 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

Cook macaroni according to the package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually whisk in half and half cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add macaroni. Heat through, stirring constantly. Serves 4. The next day you can microwave this for lunch. Serve a salad of lettuce and grape tomatoes with the salad dressing of your choice. Dessert you can have fresh fruit or you choice of desserts.
Susie Indy
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Beef Casserole Recipe

1 cup macaroni, uncooked
1 quart, 4 cups, canned tomatoes
2 teaspoons salt, I used 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or optional
1 teaspoon sugar, we don't use this because we have gotten used to the taste
a pinch pepper, pinch means to put the pepper between thumb and pointer finger then sprinkle it over the ingredients
1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic mashed up
1 small onion, chopped up
1 lb ground beef,cooked

Put macaroni in the sprayed casserole dish, adding tomatoes, add seasonings, half the salt, pepper, all the sugar and add the cooked beef. Stir all this together. Cook in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Or you can cook this in a crockpot for 6 to 7 hours. Serve a toss salad that has lettuce, chopped celery, carrots sliced, 1 green onion thinly cut and chopped tomatoes served with the salad dressing of your choice. Serve with a slice of cake.
Susie Indy

Everyone have a great week. Nancy and 4 legged cats stay save and stay comfortable,
Susie Indy
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Sparkling Citrus Punch Recipe

The most refreshing drink ever! I make this using Sierra Mist Lemon Lime soda (the kind with Stevia instead of the kind with high fructose corn syrup). Soooo delicious! If I'm not making for a party, I like to mix this up, except for the lemon-lime soda. I keep it in a pitcher in the fridge and when ready to be refreshed, pour base into a glass, filling about 3/4 full. Fill the rest of the glass with lemon-lime soda.

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract, optional
8 cups cold water
2 litres lemon-lime soda, chilled

Yield: 16 servings
In two large pitchers or a large punch bowl, combine the first six
ingredients. Gently stir in soda. Serve in chilled glasses. Yield: 4 quarts.
Servings 16

Source: www.tasteofhome.com
Anna in Sweden
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Baked Parmesan Chicken Recipe

vegetable oil spray
4 slices whole wheat bread
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons finely snipped fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
1/2 cup nonfat or low fat buttermilk
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 4 ounces each, all visible fat removed

Preheat oven to 450F. Lightly spray a rectangular baking sheet and slightly smaller cooling rack with vegetable oil spray. Put rack on baking sheet. Set aside. In a food processor or blender, process bread into fine crumbs. Pour into a shallow bowl. Stir Parmesan, parsley, paprika, garlic powder and thyme into crumbs. Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Dip chicken into buttermilk, shake off excess liquid, dredge in crumbs and shake off excess crumbs. Put chicken on cooling rack. Spray each breast with vegetable oil spray. Bake for 15 minutes, turn chicken and bake for 10 minutes or until done.
6 servings.

Per serving
Calories: 209, Protein: 38 g, Sodium: 303 mg, Cholesterol: 68 mg, Fat: 1 g, Carbohydrates: 11 g
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Baked Fish with Bell Pepper Recipe

1 (4 ounce) fish fillet such as scrod, cod, white fish, haddock or orange roughy
2 tablespoons fat free ranch dressing
dash cayenne pepper
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup broccoli florets

Preheat the oven to 450F. Spray a 12 inch piece of heavy aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place the filet on the foil. Spread the dressing over the filet with a small spoon or pastry brush and sprinkle with red pepper. Arrange the vegetables over the fish. Fold the foil over and seal the edges. Place the foil packet in the middle of the oven directly on the rack. To prevent spills, you may want to place the foil packet on a small baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the fish is white through the center and flakes easily with a fork. To microwave, place the filet and other ingredients directly on a microwave safe plate. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5 minutes or until done. Remember to turn the filet halfway through the cooking time for even cooking. 1 serving.

Per Serving
Calories 198, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 49 mg, Sodium 384 mg, Total Carbohydrate 24 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 8 g, Protein 21 g
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Bean Salad Recipe

12 ounces fresh small green beans, ends trimmed
8 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons canola or corn oil
1 tablespoon balsamic or red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Cook the green beans in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes; drain. Plunge the beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and retain their bright green color. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the mushrooms and onions to the beans; toss to mix. For the dressing, whisk the oil into the vinegar in a small bowl; add the remaining ingredients and pour over the green beans. toss lightly. Serve immediately.
4 servings.

Per 1 cup Serving
Calories: 136, Fat: 11 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 295 mg, Carbohydrate: 9 g, Dietary Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 2 g
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Diet Peach Dessert Recipe

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup margarine, reduced calorie
2 packages Knox gelatin
1 package Koolaid mix, lemonade, sugar free
2 cups boiling water
1 quart ice milk
2 cups fresh peaches, sliced use frozen peaches without sugar

Melt margarine over low heat. Add graham cracker crumbs. Mix well. Press mixture on bottom and sides of 9 x 13 inch pan that has been sprayed with vegetable spray. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add lemonade mix to gelatin and water. Fold in ice milk. Add peaches. Pour over graham cracker crust. Chill 4 hours or overnight.
Makes 16 servings.
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Diet Fruit Salad Recipe

1 (20 ounce) can unsweetened crushed pineapple in juice, drained, juice reserved
18 ounces frozen unsweetened pineapple orange banana juice concentrate, thawed
2 medium bananas, diced
1 (15 ounce) can Mandarin oranges, drained, rinsed and halved
24 paper baking cups
lettuce leaves, optional

Add water to reserved pineapple juice to make 1-1/2 cups liquid. Pour liquid into large mixing bowl; add pineapple, juice concentrate, bananas and Mandarin oranges; mix well. Line muffin tins with paper baking cups; spoon in fruit mixture, filling cups 3/4 full. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze two hours or until firm. Before serving, remove desired number of cups from freezer and let stand 20 minutes; remove from baking cups and serve on lettuce leaf, if desired. 24 servings.

Per Serving
Calories: 77, Fat: 0.1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Protein: 1.4 g, Carbohydrate: 18.7 g
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This recipe is so good. I love it cold.

Diet Egg Custard Recipe

1-3/4 cups fat free milk
6 artificial sweetener packets
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash nutmeg

Place milk in 1-1/2 quart bowl. Microwave 3 to 3-1/2 minutes on high or until hot but not boiling. Add remaining ingredients except nutmeg; beat well. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Microwave 11 to 15 minutes on medium power or until almost set in center. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm or cold.
4 servings.

Per serving
Calories 91, Calories From Fat 27, Total Fat 3 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Microwave 4 mg, Sodium 280 mg, Total Carbohydrate 7 g, Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 0, Protein 9 g
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I am new to this group. I love the recipes. Here are some of my favorite salmon recipes.
Alice in Alaska

Alice's Salmon Recipes (6 Recipes)

Barbecued Salmon Recipe

3 T melted butter
1 T lemon juice
1 T white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. salt
4 (6-oz.) salmon steaks

Combine the butter, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, lemon peel. garlic salt and salt; stir thoroughly. Generously brush both sides of the salmon steaks with mixture. Grill on a well-oiled grill over direct High heat for 6 to 8 minutes per side depending on the thickness of your steaks. Baste frequently. Turn once, brushing with sauce. Steaks should flake easily when tested with fork.
Makes 4 Servings
Alice in Alaska


Baked Salmon with Veggies Recipe

1/2 c. green onions, minced
1 - 8 oz. can mushrooms, drained and chopped
2 medium carrots, diced
2-1/2 c. potatoes, skin on, diced
1 tsp. fresh parsley
1 c. chicken broth
1 salmon fillet or 6 steaks (about 2 lbs.)
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, cook onions, carrots, parsley, potatoes and mushrooms in broth until vegetables are almost tender. Do not drain off liquid. Use shallow baking pan lightly coated with cooking spray (if grilling, cover the bottom of pan with aluminum foil). Place salmon in pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon vegetable mixture and liquid around salmon. Place pan on top rack and bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes (if grilling, place pan on top rack of grill and close cover). Check periodically. If vegetables are browning too much, cover pan with foil.
Makes 6 Servings
Alice in Alaska


Macaroni Salmon Salad Recipe

2 c. boiled and cooled macaroni (1 c. uncooked)
1 c. diced cucumber
8 oz. can salmon
1 T. grated onion
1 T. minced parsley
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

In a medium size bowl, mix cooled macaroni, cucumber, onion, and salmon. Add mayonnaise, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss until blended.
Alice in Alaska


Oven Baked Pecan Salmon Recipe

2 T. Dijon-style mustard
2 T. melted margarine or butter
4 tsp. honey
1/4 c. fresh bread crumbs
1/4 c. finely chopped pecans or walnuts
2 tsp. chopped parsley
Four 4- to 6-ounce salmon fillets
Salt and black pepper to taste
Lemon wedges

Mix together mustard, margarine and honey in a small bowl; set aside.

Mix together bread crumbs, pecans and parsley in a small bowl; set aside.

Season each salmon fillet with salt and pepper. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet or broiling pan. Brush each fillet with mustard-honey mixtrue. Pat top of each fillet with pecan-bread crumb mixtrue. Bake in a 450-degree oven for 10 minutes or until salmon just begins to flake easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges.
Makes 4 Servings


Salmon Quesadillas Recipe

4 oz. goat cheese
4 oz. light cream cheese (Neufchatel)
1/4 cup sour cream
2 green onions, chopped
2 T. fresh dill, minced
1/4 t. fresh black pepper
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1/4 lb. smoked salmon, sliced thin
4 t. olive oil

Thoroughly combine goat cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, onions, dill and pepper. Spread mixture on 4 of the flour tortillas. Add salmon slices. Top with remaining tortillas. Heat a skillet with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Grill until brown. Turn and grill other side. Repeat for the other three. Cut each into sixths and serve warm.
Serves 4 to 6.
Alice in Alaska


Dill Salmon Steaks

4 salmon steaks
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tbs. butter
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 cup fat free half-and-half
2 tbs. chicken broth
2 tbs. fresh dill, chopped

Saute the onions and butter in a large skillet. Add the soup, cream, broth, and dill. Place the salmon steaks on top of the sauce and onions. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve, pouring sauce on top.
Makes 4 Servings
Alice in Alaska
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Mary J's Chicken Salad Recipes (3 Recipes)

Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

1-1/4 to 1-1/2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 roasted almonds, sliced
1-1/2 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 green grapes (cut in half)

Cook chicken until done. When cool, cube chicken. Add celery, almonds, grapes, and mayo, mix well. Refridgerate overnight. Place spread on croissant, lettuce, and sliced tomato.
Mary J

Chicken Mandarin Salad Recipe

2 T sugar
1/2 t black pepper
1 t Lawrey's Seasoned Salt
1/4 regular vinegar (or rice vinegar)
1/2 C salad oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 green onions, chopped
1 head lettuce, shredded
1 can mandarin oranges
2 T toasted sesame seeds
1 sm package slivered almonds
1/2 C thin chow mein noodles

Combine the first five ingredients as dressing. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate for a few hours. Cook and shred chicken. Combine the remaining ingredients just before serving and toss with dressing.
Mary J

Chicken and Fruit Salad Recipe

3 - 4 c. cooked chicken breast, cubed
3/4 c. celery, chopped
3/4 c. seedless grapes, halved
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped nuts
2 T. chopped mint, optional
Cantaloupe rings

Toss cubed chicken breast, celery, grapes, pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges. Fold in mayonnaise, salt, nuts, and mint. On salad plates, place lettuce leaves and cantaloupe rings. Spoon on salad. Garnish with nuts and mint sprigs.
Mary J
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