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Marintated Cheese Cubes

Here's a new easy one Slowe found.   Cut up a 8 oz pkg of cream cheese into very small cubes (she gets about 36 to a pkg!)   Marinate in Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Vinegarette. Add chopped fresh garlic and rosemary.   Marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with pretzel sticks for picks, and crackers.

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Slowe's Taco Soup

Here's a TNT recipe that Slowe makes from the Super Suppers cookbook. The grandgirls request it often. Sometimes she cooks it in the crockpot, after browning the stuff in paragraph one.   Taco Soup   Sides: Top with crushed corn chips, shredded cheese, sliced green onions, sour cream (as desired)   2 Tbsp vegetable oil 6 corn tortillas, cut into 1" pieces 1 pound ground beef 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 cup chopped bell pepper 1 tsp minced fresh garlic 2 (14 1/2 oz) cans mexi

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Hi all

Sue asked about my Christmas recipes. They were a rehash of Thanksgiving, which I managed to get together pretty well with the help of my son while Slowe was off in TX.   Today I've made a big pot of beef stew. Also making a "german fest", a recipe I invented one night to feed a bunch of people. Basically roast potatoes in olive oil, add a bit of dijon mustart, sauerkraut, and polish sausage.   Comfort food, and tomorrow I don't have to cook at all!

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THANKSGIVING MENU 2006

Slowe is in TX visiting our daughter and family for the holiday. My son is helping me get dinner on the table, hopefully all at the same time (this is a huge issue for me since the stroke).     Breakfast bagels, cream cheese and bacon   Crackers Black Olives Green Olives Sweet Gherkin Pickles   Roasted Turkey Oyster/Cornbread/Sourdough Stuffing Gravy Erma

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Slowe's Kielbasa Bean Soup

Slowe gets credit for this recipe.   You know me, I'm a chef. So I think if you did a chiffonade of spinach (when spinach is safe to eat again!) and tossed it in just at the end to wilt it, it would (as Emeril says) kick it up a notch! It was pretty darn tasty!Can you tell we are both ready for winter (it was almost 90 here today!)     Here's how she wrote about it to a friend:   I just bought the Dream Dinners cookbook, and this is the first recipe I tried. OMG, who would have tho

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Fried Chicken

I know fried foods have fallen out of flavor, but you still can't beat the "old fashioned" way of cooking, and sometimes we do eat that way. With the new deep fryer I have, it keeps the temperature at a steady level, and the food is really not greasy!   Last night I made fried chicken, soaked in buttermilk and dipped in flour. Homemade KFC coleslaw and mashed potatoes made it a meal to remember!

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Omaha Beef

We're hooked on Omaha Beef!   Last night Slowe was in charge of dinner. She made sloppy joes using Omaha Beef, and the famiy literally licked the skillet clean!   Homemade scalloped potatoes and a new dish she made were also hits (She steamed fresh green beans from the farmer's market, tossed them with a couple of pieces of diced bacon, yes, with the grease!, and a little of her homemade onion jelly. Quite tasty!

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Winter Menus

The weather is starting to cfhange here in Northern California. Still in the high 80's to mid 90's, but the nights are getting down to the 50's and there's definitely a hint of fall in the air.   Makes me want to start winter menus soon!   Last night I made spaghetti and meatballs. Slowe did a vegetable medley and her cheese bread.   Gotta love comfort food!

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Sunset Magazine Roasted Tomato Sauce

This is one of our three favorite things to do with fresh summer tomatoes, preferably from your own garden, or perhaps a Farmer's Market. I've already posted the other two. Check the archives for gazpacho and bread salad. We have a batch of gazpacho in the refrigerator right now, that I made earlier this week. Slowe took some to work to share, and ended up emailing the recipe to the other two people in the office.       Sunset Magazine Roasted Tomato Sauce     Take a roaster pan what

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Panzanella (Bread & Tomato Salad)

We first had this salad in August, 2003. I'm sure we got it off the Food TV Network, I'm thnking maybe Alton Brown's "Good Eats". It surely is!     Panzanella (Bread & Tomato Salad) Summer Italian Bread Salad Makes 4 to 6 servings   Prep Time: 10 Minutes Ready in: 10 Minutes   Ingredients:   1 clove garlic 1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1 cup cucumber - peeled, seeded and chopped 1 cup chopped red onion 1 clove garlic, minced 2 c

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The Bomb Baked Potato

Sue,   Thanks for missing us!   Slowe made these potatoes on Sunday, and along with a NY strip steak, marinated in olive oil, soy sauce and montreal steak seasoning, grilled corn on the cob and eggplant, fresh from the farmer's market and these potatoes, we truly had a feast fit for a king! The potatoes sound simple, but they are the best potato we've ever had, very dry (in a good way!), fluffy, and the skin has so much flavor!   The Bomb Bakers Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri See this re

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Tomato Soup Salad Dressing

Tomato Soup Salad Dressing   Slowe's Dad brought this recipe home for her from a small diner out in the mountains when he was working out near Ruth Lake, CA (circa 1954).   Blend all together in blender, refrigerate.   1 can (10 oz) Campbells tomato soup 2 cups Wesson oil (Slowes Note: 1 cup Canola Oil) 1 cup apple cider vinegar (Slowe's Note: 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup chopped onions 8-10 Tbsp sugar (Slowe's Note: 4 Tbsp) salt and pepper to taste   (Slowe's Note: Mom made

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Spinach Dip

I can't tell you how many times Slowe and I have made this over the years!   Spinach Dip   1 pkg Mrs. Grass Homestyle Vegetable Dip & Soup Mix (or 1 pkg Knorr's Leek Soup Mix) 1 cup sour cream 1 cup mayonnaise 1 (10 oz) pkg frozen spinach, chopped 3-4 green onions, finely chopped   Cook or thaw frozen spinach. Rinse, drain, and squeeze out excess liquid. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Chill 3-4 hours.   Serve with crackers and/or vegetable to dip, or in

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Slowe's Sloppy Joes

Slowe makes the best Sloppy Joes! The girls hate Manwich out of a can, but ate two of these and requested them again for dinner tonight!   They're quick and easy to make, and the recipe uses basic ingredients that most people will have around all the time. We use the 7% ground beef, and don't have to drain it. Enjoy!     SLOPPY JOES   1 lb. ground beef (very lean) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/8 tsp pepper 1 Tbl. flour 1 cup water 2 t. Worcestershire sauce 3/4 c. ketchup  

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Hot Pizza Dip

Hot Pizza Dip   Incredibly easy--but surprisingly good! From "Pampered Chef"     Heat oven to 350.   In 1 qt casserole dish, layer   1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (softened) mixed with 1 tsp Italian Seasoning   Combine 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese   Put 1/2 of the cheese on top of the cream cheese layer.   Spread 1 can (8 oz) pizza sauce over the shredded cheese. Sprinkle with the other 1/2 of shredded cheese.   Top wi

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Cheesy Crab Meat Dip

CHEESY CRAB MEAT DIP   We got this recipe from a friend when we lived in Arizona. Rich, but oh so good! We don't care for canned crab, so we always substituted freshly picked Dungeness Crab.   1 loaf french bread   1 can (6 oz) crab meat 4 oz. cream cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 lb velvetta cheese 2 Tbsp minced onion 1 can (4 oz) drained and chopped mushrooms   Sliced bread into sticks, brush with melted butter and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes until lightly browne

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Creamy Cocktail Shrimp Dip

This is another one of Slowe's. It's really pretty at Christmas with the red and green colors!   Creamy Cocktail Shrimp Dip   On bottom of serving dish mix together: 8 oz cream cheese (softened) 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayo 3 Tbsp soy sauce   Top with: 1/2 - 3/4 lb cocktail shrimp cover with a jar of cocktail sauce 3 chopped green onions 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes shredded Romano or parmesan cheese   Put crackers around it and enjoy!

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Egg Inside

Slowe's Mom used to make this one for her, and we continued the tradition with our kidsand grandkids. I've seen it called "Toad In A Hole", but we always called it "Egg Inside"......kind of says it all!   You just use a biscuit cutter and cut a hole in the middle of a slice of bread buttered on both sides. You put it in a frying pan and crack an egg into the hole. Fry until done on one side and turn over and cook the other side. Then take the cut out piece of bread (that you have fried on

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Martha's Corn Fritters

Slowe first found this recipe (on a Matha Stewart show) and it has become a family favorite. Probably the best corn fritters we've ever had! We usually just do butter and salt and pepper, but the maple syrup sounds good, too!   Corn Fritters with Maple Syrup   Makes 10 four-inch fritters       3 ears corn   1 large egg   1 tablespoon all-purpose flour   1 1/2 teaspoons sugar   1/4 teaspoon salt   Pinch of freshly ground black pepper   4 tablesp

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Rodney's California Zucchini Bake

Wow, it's been a couple of weeks since Slowe and I posted! Time flies when you're having fun! I had a good time visiting our son and my older brother the end of last month. I got tired, and took a lot of naps, but they all understood and were just glad to see me!   Here's a recipe we haven't made for several years, but I remember it was pretty good. I got it from a guy I used to work with at the copper mine in Arizona. In fact, I think I'll put it on this week's menu!     Rodney's Cali

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Chile Relleno Souffle

Chile Relleno Souffle   This was another popular dish in the 70's.....back before eggs and cheese got a bad reputation! Kind of a mexican quiche!   6 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup flour   3/4 lb. cheddar cheese, grated 1 onion, chopped 1 can green chiles, diced 1 Tbsp. oregano   1 can salsa (probably around 1/2 cup or so) 1/4 lb. jack cheese, grated   Beat eggs, flour and milk; add cheddar cheese, onion, chiles and oregano. Pour into greased 2 quart casserole.

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Tortilla Wrap Ups

Tortilla Wrap Ups   My daughter-in-law makes these all the time. Vary the ingredients----use your imagination!   2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened 1 (8 oz) carton sour cream 2 (4 oz) cans green chiles, chopped and drained 1 (small) can olives, chopped 1 pound ham, chopped 1 small onion, chopped   Mix above and spread in thin layer over 1 pkg of burrito sized flour tortillas. Roll up tightly and secure with toothpicks. Wrap tightly in saran wrap, and chill overnight. Cu

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California Zucchini Bake

California Zucchini Bake   I got this recipe from a guy I worked with back in the 70's at a copper mine in AZ.   1 lb. lean ground beef 3 medium zucchini, thinly sliced 1/4 cup sliced green onion 2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp chili powder 1 (7 oz.) can green chiles, diced 3 cups cooked rice 1 cup sour cream 2 cups grated Jack cheese, divided into 1 cup portions 1 large tomato, sliced salt and pepper to taste   Saut

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Fiesta Cheese Bread

Fiesta Cheese Bread   We got this recipe shortly after we got married. from someone at a potluck at church, and it was a big hit! She wrote the recipe out for me on the back of an envelope she had in her purse. The original recipe called for tomato slices, but we found that using diced tomatoes made it easier to slice. This was meant to be served hot, but I actually prefer it cold...the topping kind of sets up like a dip and it is wonderful for breakfast! Makes a great potluck dish.  

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho Soup   I found this recipe in a booklet when we lived in Arizona. It's a great "hot weather" soup. If you can't find the Snap-e-Tom, substituteV-8 and a few dashes of Tabasco.       Blend together in Blender   1 can (10oz) Snap-e-Tom Tomato Cocktail (or 2 6oz cans) 1/2 medium cucumber, chopped 1 medium tomato 1 Table spoon sugar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup salad oil (we've cut this down to 1-2 Tbsp with no problems. Don't use olive oil, however, as it's j

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