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June 14, 2017  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family.

Today's Recipes -  Sharon's Dreamsicle Cheesecake Recipe | Susie's Simple Vinaigrette Recipe | Mary's Quick Spaghetti Recipe | Vicki's Chicken and Dumplings Recipe | Donna's Hamburger Soup Recipe | Granny's Easy Swiss Steak Recipe | Ana's Fried Apples Recipe | Julia's Fluffy Dreamsicle Dessert Recipe | Tex Mex Coleslaw Recipe | Mexican Macaroni Salad Recipe | Merry's Mexicali Pasta Salad Recipe | Chicken Patty Parmesan Casserole Recipe | Growing Basil Information | Thai Burgers Recipe | Robin's Ground Beef Stew Recipe |

Questions and Comments
Cotton Tail Rabbits Aren't Cute Anymore!!
News and recipes from Sylvia in Scotland, Vicki, Merry, Julia and Donna | Recipes for Anita in Camarillo | How is Judy in Alaska?

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

Sharon's Dreamsicle Cheesecake Recipe

1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust
16 oz Cream Cheese
6 oz can of frozen Orange Juice
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
10 Oz of Whipped Cream (Cool Whip)

Mix softened Cream Cheese, Sweetened Milk, and Orange Juice with mixer. Fold in Whipped Cream. Pour into crust and chill 1 hour.
Sharon from Pa.
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I am glad to see the renewed enthusiasm for the site and hope it continues as it is part of my morning routine to read the recipes with my morning coffee. Thinking of former members that were so active in the past, does anyone know of any news on Judy in Alaska. She was truly a favorite contributor of mine. Not asking any personal info , just wondering if anyone hears from her. I know she developed health problems so I hope she is feeling better. I think we may all be guilty of thinking everyone is familiar with some of our favorite or older recipes , but we need to remember there are younger or new cooks out there and so what is old hat to us is new to them. I also enjoy different geographical recipe versions. Nana in SE Ohio

It is great hearing from all of our recipe family, present and past.

This is the best site for recipes on the internet.  I love the recipes, information and news from our members.  It is like family.  I don't have much family but this newsletter makes me happy and makes me feel like I do have. Thank you for the newsletter. It brings me joy every time it is sent. Everyone in this recipe family is my family.
Grandma in PA

Years ago I came across this recipe by Susie Indy. It is a very simple recipe but is quite good.

Susie's Simple Vinaigrette Recipe

1/3 cup vinegar, red wine, rice, white wine, balsamic
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup olive oil or any kind oil

In a blender or food processor add the vinegar, salt, pepper and mix. Then very slowly add the oil, slow stream until all the oil is used. This will make the dressing stay together. Then you can add the fixings: a small clove of minced garlic; whisk in 1/2 to 3/4 tablespoon of spicy mustard; can make a lemony dressing by adding fresh lemon with 1/8 teaspoon of peel instead of the vinegar along with 2 teaspoons dried thyme, parsley or tarragon; for something different try adding 1/3 cup blue cheese plus a small garlic clove.
Susie Indy
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I am another one of those that used to submit recipes in the past. I too thought there was no shortage of recipes so I stopped sending them. I have been a member since 1996 and appreciate all the hard work you put into the newsletter. The second the newsletter come in my inbox, I get a cup of coffee and read it. I remember Sylvia and all the old guys and gals that have been with the newsletter since 1996 too. Hope we hear from some more.

I don't cook a lot any more since I moved into a retirement home. Here is one of my favorite recipes when I did cook.This one may have been posted again recently.  My memory isn't as good as it used to be.  

Vicki's Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled until tender and cut
into pieces
1 or 2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
8-10 (or more according to how many dumplings you want) flour
tortillas, cut into pieces

In large pot, pour both cans of chicken broth and 1 can of cream of chicken soup. Add cooked chicken pieces. Salt and pepper to taste. Add tortilla pieces (I stack the tortillas, cut them three times across and one time down the middle, making 8 dumplings from each tortilla). Bring to a boil and simmer until dumplings are tender, about 25-30 minutes. You can add water if the soup is too thick.
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Mary's Quick Spaghetti Recipe
4 servings

1 pound lean ground beef
2 cans tomato sauce, 8 ounces each
1 can tomato paste, 6 ounces
2-3/4 cups tomato juice, or water
1 packet spaghetti seasoning mix
sliced black olives

Brown ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Drain excess grease. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste and tomato juice or water. Stir in spaghetti seasoning mix. Add any extras you care to use. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. It takes as long to make the sauce as it does to cook noodles.
Mary Alabama
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Vicki's Strawberry Cake Recipe

1 white cake mix (2 layer mix)
1/2 c. oil
1 small pkg. strawberry Jello
1/2 c. water
1 c. strawberries, washed and drained
4 eggs

Grease and flour a tube pan. Chop strawberries and drain. Mix cake with Jell-O, oil, water, strawberries, and eggs. Beat for 4 minutes total while adding eggs one at a time. Pour into tube pan; bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.
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Donna's Hamburger Soup Recipe

2 lbs. hamburger
2 cans tomato soup, add 2 cans of water
2 cans mixed vegetables, drained

Brown 2 pounds of hamburger (drain grease). Add 2 cans of Campbell's tomato soup, then add 2 cans of mixed vegetables. Let simmer 30 to 45 minutes, ready to eat.
Donna in Nebraska
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Ana's Fried Apples Recipe

6 large tart green Granny Smith apples
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup bacon drippings
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of ground nutmeg

In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings. Pour apples evenly into the skillet. Sprinkle with lemon juice, brown sugar and salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, until apples are tender and juicy.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Cotton Tail Rabbits Aren't Cute Anymore!!
I have always thought cotton tail rabbits were cute until they decided my garden was their lunch. Help!  The rabbits are eating my garden.  Any helpful suggestions on how to keep them out of the garden would be appreciated.
Patsy in OK

Granny's Easy Swiss Steak Recipe

2 lbs boneless steak, cut in bite sized pieces
2 onions, sliced
1-28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained

Place steak, onions, and tomatoes in crock pot and stir. Cover and cook on Low 6-8 hours. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
Granny D
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I am guilty too. I used to send in recipes and have got out of the habit about 10 years ago. Don't cook much any more but never miss a newsletter. I first moved into a retirement home and no am in assisted living. The best part of my day is reading the newsletter.
Julia in TN

Julia's Fluffy Dreamsicle Dessert Recipe

1 box sugar-free orange Jell-O
1 box sugar-free white chocolate instant pudding
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (8 oz.) container fat-free cool whip

Dissolve Jell-O in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 cup cold water and let set for 5 minutes. Using electric mixer, beat dry pudding mix into Jell-O until well blended. Fold in mandarin oranges and cool whip. Chill before serving.
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Hi Nancy, I saw the recipe request made by Anita in Camarillo. Here are several recipes that I have in my personal TnT cookbook. I hope she can something here that she likes.

Western Pasta Salad Recipe
Serves 6 - 8

1/2 lb. of wagon wheel shape pasta (can substitute shells or spirals)
1 - 15 oz. can Ranch Style Texas Beans, drained (can substitute beans in chili sauce)
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
4 green onions, chopped (including tops)
1 -15 oz. can of whole kernel corn, drained
6 slices of bacon, cooked crisp, and crumbled
1 cup of Western brand salad dressing (can substitute Catalina)
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon celery seed

Cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is done, drain and rinse thoroughly under cold running water.

Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly until well everything is coated with the dressing.

Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
*If desired, you can toss in 8 oz. of cubed Monterey Jack cheese right before serving.
From MN Merry in SC
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Tex Mex Coleslaw Recipe

1 (14 oz.) bag coleslaw mix
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sour cream
1 (13.75 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (13.75 oz.) can whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
1 jalapeño, seeds removed, minced
1 package taco seasoning

In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and taco seasoning until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Combine all other ingredients (coleslaw mix, bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro and jalapeño) in a large bowl.

Toss with taco seasoning mixture until everything is thoroughly coated

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
From MN Merry in SC
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Mexican Macaroni Salad Recipe
Serves 12


For the Salad
1 pound Elbow Macaroni, Cooked To Package Instructions, Drained, And Rinsed With Cold Water
2 ears Fresh Corn, Husks And Silks Removed
1- 15 oz. size can Black Beans (or pinto beans), Drained And Rinsed
1/2 cup Chopped Black Olives
6 whole Roma Tomatoes, Chopped
3 Green Onions, Sliced Thin
1/2 of a Red Onion, Finely Diced
Chopped Cilantro (optional)

For the Dressing
1 cup Jarred Salsa (spicy Is Best!)
1 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 clove Garlic, Minced
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
Salt And Pepper, to taste
2 Limes, Juiced (optional)

Grill the corn on a grill pan, or just place it in a hot skillet to brown some of the kernels. Remove from pan, allow to cool slightly, then use a sharp knife to cut the kernels off the cob.

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.

Place the macaroni, corn, beans, olives, tomatoes, green onions, red onion, and cilantro (if using) in a large bowl. Pour 3/4 of the dressing over the top and gently toss until all the ingredients are coated. Add the final 1/4 of the dressing if you think it needs it.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Garnish each serving with some chopped cilantro & a lime wedge, if desired.
Source: Pioneer Woman
From MN Merry in SC
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Merry's Mexicali Pasta Salad Recipe

1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
3/4 c. water
1/2 lb. rotini pasta
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
8 oz. shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese
1 c. sliced black olives
1 avocado, peeled & cubed
1 c. taco sauce
1/4 c. mayonnaise
(2-3 c. shredded lettuce, optional)

In large skillet saute ground beef and onion; drain off excess fat. Add seasoning mix and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook rotini according to package instructions. Drain and rinse undercold water.

Add all ingredients, to a large bowl & stir gently. Cover and refrigerate.

If desired, add shredded lettuce just prior to serving.
Serves 8.
From MN Merry in SC
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Chicken Patty Parmesan Casserole Recipe

4 frozen chicken patties
2 cups (or more, if desired) pasta sauce (Meatless, with meat etc.--your choice)
Grated Parmesan cheese
1/2-1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
Italian seasoning, optional

Put patties in Pam-sprayed pan. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Top with sauce, Mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasoning, if using. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Serves 2-4.

This is easy and quick. Good for lunch on a bun or served with pasta for dinner. Add a salad for a full meal. Enjoy!
Joan in Linden, NJ
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Hullo again Nancy,
Yes still in the same cottage, been here for 45 years. Now retired, but life seems more hectic than when we worked full time. We grow all our own veg and fruit and altho we are getting on in years try our best and have to say lots of produce on the way. We do get a little help from our two sons which is really appreciated.

Chris submits lots of recipes to Facebook, hopefully she will start submitting to your site again. She and Bob have had quite a few health problems too - the joys of getting old!

Things have changed a lot here in Scotland, we have had 7 years of austerity, but we now have Lidls and Aldis, all the faldyrals of technology has come on in leaps and bounds. Alexis drives me bonkers! I'm still devoted to the kitchen, still bake all my own bread, my slow cooker is getting worn out, but have a replacement in the wings for when it gives up the ghost. Now using a Food Processor as the hands are not quite as good as they used to be. Great piece of kit!

Anyhow, I want to know how you are doing, I read something about hand problems? What about your fur babies? Are you still in contact with Dennis (I still get his newsletter)?
Sylvia in Scotland


Growing Basil

I am quite green fingered, but Basil has always been a bug bear of mine. Finally think I may have cracked it. You must prune regularly, wash and dry the cuttings, stuff into a jam jar and cover with a good EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) a pinch of salt and store in a cool dark space. You can then sieve off the oil and bottle it. Some recommend bruising or cutting the basil, but I've found it browns badly and is unusable for pasta later.

Keep your plant moist, but never ever water from the top, pop it in a dish of luke warm water for a couple of hours, also mist regularly. I turn my plant upside down and finely mist. Watch out for any bugs, if you do get any infestation, drape the whole plant in a plastic bag for a couple of days, if this doesn't work, bin it and start anew.

If your plant develops flowers, chop them off (you can eat them in salads), but the plant will lose it's gorgeous smell and flavour once flowers have appeared. You can pop the flowers in an envelope and re-grow, Basil is an annual
Sylvia in Scotland
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Thai Burgers Recipe
4 servings

1 cup shredded napa cabbage
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon hot chili sauce
Coarse salt and pepper
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
4 whole-grain buns, split

Combine cabbage and 1 tablespoon lime juice in medium bowl; set aside. Combine ground beef, green onions, ground ginger and chili sauce in medium bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Heat nonstick skillet over medium until hot. Place patties in skillet; cook 10 to 12 minutes or until patties register 160 degrees, turning occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Meanwhile, combine peanut butter, hoisin sauce, remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice and sesame oil in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Place 1 burger on bottom half of each bun; top evenly with peanut butter mixture and cabbage mixture. Close sandwiches and serve.

I love these burgers, they have a different,fresh taste .
Teri in Missouri
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This may have been in Nancy's recipes but I think it deserves a repeat. I have made this stew many times (we like stew) and sometimes just don't have stew meat on hand. This is just as good.

Robin's Ground Beef Stew Recipe

1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 lg. potatoes, sliced
2 lg. carrots, sliced
1 16 oz can peas, drained
2 med. onions, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 can tomato soup
salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground beef, layer vegetables in crock pot in order listed, seasoning each layer. Spoon browned hamberger over all. Mix tomato soup with 1/2 can water. Pour over hamberger mixture. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on low or 2 to 4 hours on high.
Makes 4 servings
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