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December 11, 2017  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family. Everyday recipes made from ingredients found in most pantries.

Raspberry Nut Pinwheels Recipe

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar/splenda
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup raspberry (or another flavor) jam
1 cup walnuts or pecans fine chopped

Sift together flour and baking powder. Beat together butter, sugar and egg in a large bowl until fluffy. Stir in vanilla. gradually add flour mixture, stirring until well combined. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of wax paper to 12x10 inches rectangle. Remove top piece of wax paper. Spread jam evenly over entire surface of dough. Sprinkle with nuts.Firmly roll up dough from the long side, removing wax paper.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight. When ready to make cookies, PREHEAT oven to375*.
Cut roll into generous 1/4 inch slices with a sharp knife. Put slices on ungreased cookie sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. BAKE for 10 minutes or until golden around edges. Cool on wire rack.
ENJOY !!!! Another old recipe really 93 years old to exact.
Judy in Montana
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Penuche Recipe
this recipe is almost a century old

3 cups brown sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups crushed walnuts

Cook milk, sugar and cream of tartar, together stirring constantly, until it forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water. Remove from stove and add butter. Cool until lukewarm, beat until thick and creamy. Add vanilla and nuts, mix well. Pour into buttered pan or pans. When cold cut into squares. ENJOY !!!!!
Judy in Montana
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Does anyone have Julia Child's recipe for turkey gravy ? Thanks! (I tried to find it on the internet but every site that has it wants you to register.)
Athena in DE

For Toni’s request for low salt , low potassium cooking, I am glad you are finding some sources of help. May I suggest, keeping a log of all food intake for a week’s period, documenting amt. of sodium, potassium or whatever other limitatations. After a period of time, you will have a mental tally of the amt. the menus are providing. You may increase or decrease, depending on the need. Moderation of foods are an important factor.

A second point to stress is when replacing salt with spices. Read the info on the spice bottles for amount if any of sodium, potassium. Surprisingly, some of the dried spices may not be acceptable for your restrictions. Some of the packaged spices will be quite high and not permissible to use. Google a replacement or check with davita.com for replacement spice recipes. The fajita seasoning recipe on davita.com is very good and satisfying. When you find a replacement and feel unsure about its nutritional values, check with the nutrionist with your doctor. I have found the nutrionist to be obliging to assist with such. You may have to request their services, but it is worth the effort.
Marvis in Texas

Here is a site that Toni may want to check out for low potassium recipes. I am not sure if the health problem requiring you to find low salt and low potassium recipes are related to kidney disease, but even if it is another problem this cite has great recipes and cookbooks you can download. Again, I hope this is helpful information. The cite is htps://www.davita.com
Robbie IN

Info for Susie about banana nut bread sticking in pan. I always cut a rectangular strip of parchment paper and put it in the bottom of the pan with a little over hang on the long sides. Just lift.
Bill H

Suggestions for Susie who's having a problem with banana bread sticking to the pan. First, for any baking, and for that matter for anything that goes in the oven and may threaten to stick, I always use baking spray, the one with flour right in the formula. Second, be sure not to overbake the bread. Finally, if your pan has some signs of wear, a common thing for those of us who use them a lot, try lining it with aluminum foil and then treating with the spray.

Btw, can't wait to try Judy's peanut butter bread. Despite the years, have never outgrown pb!

Barbara, Las Vegas

Judy Alaska shared this recipe in a 12/15 newsletter. They are delicious and fun to make with friends, the kids or the grandkids. They are a great addition to any cookie tray.
Robbie IN

Coconut Snowman Sugar Cookies Recipes

3-1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. lemon extract
7 oz. flaked coconut
Vanilla frosting

Cream butter and sugar well and add eggs and lemon extract and beat well, Add dry ingredients and mix to blend well. Roll dough out, a third at a time, on floured surface to 1/8" thick and cut with snowman cookie cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until feel firm to the touch. Remove to wire racks and cool completely. Frost with vanilla butter frosting (can use the canned from the store, but I prefer to make my own). Sprinkle with the coconut and decorate as desired. I use 3 cinnamon red hots for the face, Sprinkle generously with coconut all over and use red and green sprinkles to make little "scarfs" around their necks.
Makes between 2 and 3 dozen.
Judy Alaska
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These cookies are great any time of year. They have been a family favorite for years.
Robbie IN

Hermet Cookies Recipe

1 c. shortening
2 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
Stir in:
1/2 c. cold coffee

3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
2-1/4 c. raisins- 1 cup

Chill at least 1 hour. Drop by rounded teaspoons about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
Robbie IN
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Margaret wanted molasses cookie recipes. Here is one we like a lot.
Robbie IN

Joe Froggers Molasses Cookie Recipe

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2-1/2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt- I use 1/2 tsp.
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 c. water
1 c. molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Cream the shortening and sugar; combine the mixture with water and molasses. Sift together the dry ingredients and add alternately to the creamed mixture with the liquids. Blend well after each addition.

Drop by spoon onto a well-greased cookie sheet, making five cookies to a sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Dough can be chilled overnight and rolled to cut with cookie cutters.
Robbie IN
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For Susie Indy who is having trouble with her banana bread sticking to the pan, I would suggest any of these methods. Grease the pan thoroughly and dust with flour just like you do for many cakes, or grease the pan and line with wax paper, or line the pan with parchment paper, or use parchment paper liners made for bread pans. Good Luck with your baking and hope your health continues to improve,
Robbie IN


This for Loise who asked how to toast sesame seeds in the 12/8 newsletter. There are two ways you can toast sesame seeds.

1. Toast over the stovetop. If you don't see any dust or small pebbles in your sesame seeds, you can put them directly in a skillet or frying pan without any oil. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for two to three minutes or until the seeds turn brown, glisten, and occasionally pop or jump.[1]
2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (175ºC), and spread the seeds onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, shaking the pan gently every few minutes to spread the heat more evenly.This typically takes eight to fifteen minutes, depending on how thick the layer of sesame seeds is. •Use a baking sheet with deep sides to avoid spilling.

Sesame seeds can burn very quickly if the heat gets too high. Stay in the kitchen and don't forget to check frequently.

Once the seeds are done toasting in either method, transfer them to a cool baking sheet and let them cool to room temperature. They will cool faster on metal than plastic or glass surfaces. Store in an air tight container.
Robbie IN

Suzy in Indy. I always cut a piece of parchment paper the size of the bottom of the bread pan. I do it with every quick bread. It works great.
Theresa in MI

For Susie who wanted to know how to remove her banana bread without trashing it. I line my baking pans with parchment paper and then they will come right out. You may have to loosed the side with a spatula. But then what ever you have in there will come right out. I do this with all my baking pans except bundt pan. Also when baking if you use the "Pan Release" recipe I sent in previously, you should have no problem removing your baked goods. If you don't have parchment. You can cut a square of wax paper and use it on the bottom, but I prefer parchment or Pan Release.
Abby in Atlanta

Cranberry Yam Casserole Recipe

40 oz. can of yams, drained & sliced
10-12 oz. pkg. fresh cranberries
1-1/4 to 1-1/2 c. sugar
1 small orange, peeled & sliced
1/2 c. pecan halves
1/4 c. orange juice or brandy
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. mace
Combine yams, cranberries, sugar, oranges, nuts, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace in a 2 qt. casserole dish; bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
Mary Ann
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Aunt Peggy's Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

2 c. sweet potatoes grated
1 c. sugar (or less)
1/2 c. butter
1-1/2 c. canned milk
1 tsp. orange rind grated
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt

Grate potatoes on coarse side of grater. Melt butter and add to potatoes while hot. Add sugar, vanilla, salt, and orange rind. Mix well and pour mixture into buttered baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or longer until lightly brown.
Mary Ann
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Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

2 sweet potatoes, about 1 1/4 pounds, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Arrange potato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet with sides. Combine butter and honey in a small bowl; drizzle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Broil five minutes, turn, broil just until tender, about two minutes.
Mary Ann
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Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

3 T. all purpose flour
1 2/3 c. sugar
1 c. mashed sweet potatoes
2 eggs
1-1/4 c. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of salt
1/2 c. butter or margarine
3/4 c. evaporated milk
1 unbaked pastry shell

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add potatoes, eggs, corn syrup, nutmeg, salt, butter and evaporated milk. Beat well. Pour into pastry shell and bake at 350º for 55 - 60 minutes.
Mary Ann
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Sweet Potato Biscuits Recipe

2 c. sweet potato, mashed
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. margarine, melted
1/2-3/4 c. sugar
2-3/4 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1-1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. chopped nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, mix sweet potatoes, vanilla, margarine and sugar. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts. Add the dry ingredients to the sweet potato mixture and mix well. Turn onto a floured surface and knead 4 times. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with biscuit or fun-shaped cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Mary Ann
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Sweet Potato Corn Bread Recipe

2/3 c. salad oil
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. self-rising corn meal
1/2 c. self-rising flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 c. sweet potatoes (cooked)
3/4 c. raisins
1/2 c. chopped nuts

Mix oil, sugar and eggs. Add flour and corn meal and stir. Add sweet potatoes, nuts, and raisins. Mix thoroughly. Pour into a well greased pan and bake in a 350 degrees oven about 45 to 50 minutes.
Mary Ann
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Pumpkin Bread Recipe

3-1/2 c. sifted flour
3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1-1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 c. oil
2/3 c. water
2 c. mashed pumpkin
Walnut halves

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Combine eggs, oil, water, and pumpkin; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients. Turn into 3 greased 5 x 9-inch loaf pans and top with a few walnut halves. Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool before slicing. Very good served when slightly warm with butter. Makes 3 loaves.
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Christmas Hot German Potato Salad Recipe

1 lb. bacon
1-3/4 c. chopped onion
1-1/4 c. flour
2-1/4 c. sugar
1-1/2 T. salt
1/2 T. pepper
1-1/4 c. vinegar
3-3/4 c. water
5 lb. potatoes, cooked, peeled, diced
3/4 tsp. celery seed, optional

Fry bacon slowly in skillet, then drain on paper towels. Saute onion in bacon fat. Blend in other ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in potatoes and bacon.
If desired add 3/4 tsp. celery seed.
Makes 10 Servings
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Potato Salad Recipe

4 lb potatoes, peeled and cooked
3/4 c peeled, diced cucumber
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
4-1/2 tsp chopped dill pickle
1 c mayonnaise
1-1/2 tsp dill pickle juice
1-1/2 tsp prepared mustard
2 green onions, sliced

After cooking potatoes, drain and place in a large bowl. Add cucumber, eggs, onions, and pickles. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickle juice and mustard. Pour over potatoes and toss gently to coat. cover and refrigerate.
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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Recipe

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt
extra granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix butter, oil and both sugars, add vanilla and egg. Mix flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt, stir and blend with sugar mixture. Drop small amounts (teaspoonfuls) on lightly greased and floured cookie sheet. Press lightly with glass tumbler dipped in sugar. Press dough with fork to make design. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
Makes 4 dozen.
Mary J.
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 (12-oz) pkg. Fresh cranberries

Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Heat to boiling. Stir in cranberries, return to boiling; reduce heat. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature; cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Makes 10 servings.
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