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Meal Plan: December 21 - 27, 2014


Slow Cooked Barbecued Short Ribs Recipe

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Moist and flavorful, these tender ribs fall off the bones. They are slow cooked in a barbecue sauce that creates the ultimate in flavor. These barbecued short ribs are bound to be a sure-fire-hit.
Slow Cooked Barbecued Short Ribs Recipe
PREP: 45 minutes
COOK: 6 or more hours
READY IN: 6 or more hours
Container: 6 quart slow cooker
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 pounds beef short ribs (or 4 to 4 1/2 lbs. of boneless short ribs)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 onion, chopped (large)
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup cider or red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
Directions
In a large zip bag combine flour, salt and pepper. Add ribs in batches and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown ribs in butter, transfer to a 5 quart slow cooker. In the same skillet, combine the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Pour over ribs (slow cooker will be full). Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until meat is tender. Serves 12-15.

Perfect Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

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Sweet side dish that will be take center stage. The crunchy topping with the creamy potatoes is perfect for your holiday meal. And it's beautiful to look at.
Perfect Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
READY IN: 55 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Directions
Scrub sweet potatoes and cut in half if large. Boil in their jackets until tender.

Cool potatoes; slip the peels off.

Mash potatoes with eggs, milk, vanilla and melted butter. Put mixture into a lightly buttered 2-quart baking dish.

For topping, combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.


Green Bean Casserole with Mozzarella Cheese Recipe

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Green beans are transformed into a hearty side dish or main meal with this distinctive recipe.
Green Bean Casserole with Mozzarella Cheese Recipe
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
READY IN: 30 minutes
Container: 11 x 7 x 2 baking dish, saucepan
Serving Size: cup
Ingredients
  • 2 cans drained french cut green beans
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons onion, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • cup corn flaked, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Directions
  • In pan over medium-low heat, melt butter.
  • Add onion, cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in flour, salt, pepper and sugar, blend well. Continue cooking and stir until bubbly, stir in sour cream and cook for about another minute.
  • Spread beans over bottom of buttered casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese over green beans then pour sour cream sauce evenly over.
  • Top with crushed corn flakes, dot with butter or margarine.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Crunchy Napa Cabbage Salad Recipe

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An Asian inspired cole slaw with a bit of crunch from the toasted noodles, almonds and sesame seeds. Perfect salad. Add some chicken to make it a meal.
Crunchy Napa Cabbage Salad Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
READY IN: 20 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 head Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 1 package slivered almonds
  • 2 packages Ramen noodles, oriental flavor, crushed
  • 1/2 jar sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • DRESSING
  • 2 seasoning packets from Ramen noodles
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Directions
Mix together cabbage and onions; set aside.

Toast almonds, noodles and sesame seeds in butter, together in pan. Set aside.

For dressing, mix all ingredients together.

Mix together cabbage mix with toasted nut mix. Just before serving, add dressing and mix well.


Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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A spoonful of whipped cream is just the right topping for this tasty pumpkin pie. Flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, this pumpkin pie recipe makes the prefect dessert for the holidays or anytime of the year.
Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe
PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
READY IN: 1.5 hours
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 can Libbys Solid Pack Pumpkin (16 ounce can)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz. can)
  • 1 unbaked pie shell with high fluted edge (9 inch )
  • Whipped cream
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Mix ingredients in order given for filling.
  • Pour into pie shell.
  • Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and continue baking 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center of pie comes out clean.
  • Cool completely. Before serving garnish with whipped topping, if desired.

Fried Egg Sandwich Recipe

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Do you ever get hungry for a fried egg other than at breakfast time? This tasty fried egg sandwich is a way to satisfy that craving. It is a great sandwich to make for lunch or for a quick weeknight meal.
Fried Egg Sandwich Recipe
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
READY IN: 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 tablespoon margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 slices bread - your choice
  • Colby Jack cheese - optional
  • Tomato slices - optional
Directions
  • Melt the margarine in a skillet and then add two eggs. When the eggs have just started to cook, break the yolk so that it runs into the whites. Do not scramble.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the eggs start to brown slightly on the bottom, flip them over and cook until firm and starting to brown.
  • After you first flip the eggs over, place two pieces of bread in the toaster and begin toasting. The toast should be done close to when the eggs are done.
  • Lightly butter the toast and then place the eggs on one slice.
  • If desired, add cheese and tomatoes. Top with the second slice of toast.
  • Cut sandwich in two halves and serve.

Skillet Potato Cake Recipe

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A crispy shredded potato cake that is perfect as a side dish to steak, chicken, pork chops, or fish. It is also great as a breakfast potato to be served with bacon and eggs.
Skillet Potato Cake Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
READY IN: 35 minutes
Container: Non-stick skillet
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 potatoes - large
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
Directions
  • Peel and shred the potatoes. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Heat the butter and oil in the skillet over medium heat until sizzling. Add the potatoes and spread out into an even layer; press with spatula to pack down.
  • Sprinkle top with half of the salt and pepper. Allow potatoes to cook without stirring for 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottom side is brown and crispy.
  • Flip over by sliding out onto a plate, place another plate over it and flip it over onto the top plate. Then side the potato cake back into the skillet to finish cooking.
  • Sprinkle second side with remaining salt and pepper; sprinkle the parsley flakes over the top evenly.
  • Cook for 8 to 9 minutes or until the second side is crisp and nicely browned.
  • Remove from the heat and side the potato cake out onto a platter. Cut into wedges to serve.

Fruit with Creamy Yogurt Dressing Recipe

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Any fruit tastes extra special with this rich-tasting but low calorie dressing - use the ones suggested, or use whatever is available. Vary the amount of sugar according to the acidity of the fruit.
Fruit with Creamy Yogurt Dressing Recipe
Serving Description: 3/4 cup fruit, 3 tablespoons dressing
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored, diced
  • 2 cups grapes
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Directions
  • Mix yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, and salt. The flavor will improve if the dressing is refrigerated for an hour or two, but it can also be used right away if time is short.
  • Combine apples, grapes and banana. Add walnuts, if using. Pour dressing over and toss gently. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Cheeseburger Fries Casserole Recipe

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Cheeseburger amp Fries Casserole Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted (10 3/4 ounce can)
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup, undiluted (10 3/4 ounce can)
  • 1 package frozen crinkle cut French fries
Directions
Brown beef, drain well. Stir in soups and pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Arrange fries on top. Bake uncovered at 350° for 50 - 55 minutes or until fries are golden brown. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Cauliflower Lettuce Salad Recipe

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Simple salad that makes a perfect side dish or it could be enjoyed as a light lunch or dinner. Easy to scale for the number of servings you require.
Cauliflower Lettuce Salad Recipe
PREP: 1 hour
COOK: 15 minutes
READY IN: 1.25 hours
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 1 head or large bag of lettuce
  • 2/3 head cauliflower, chopped fine
  • 1 pound bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip (1/2 cup EACH)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Directions
  • Toss lettuce, cauliflower, and bacon together.
  • Just before serving, mix with dressing. In several intervals, add a small portion of the dressing with the salad. Determine if more dressing is needed. Do not add too much dressing at once. Stir in dressing to your taste. Too much dressing can cause salad to be soggy.
Note: If you will not eat the entire salad at your meal, only mix up what you think you will need. Store the remaining lettuce mixture and dressing separately in the refrigerator. Mix together just before you are ready to serve again.

Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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A holiday favorite of a crisp peanut butter cookie topped off with a chocolate kiss. Sweet and perfect for your holiday sweets assortment.
Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
READY IN: 1 hour
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 48 Hersheys chocolate kisses, unwrapped
Directions
Cream together butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.

Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Roll into balls and roll in granulated sugar. Add colored sugar for holidays, if desired.

Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes.

Remove from oven; press chocolate kiss on top of each cookie.


Holiday Oyster Stew Recipe

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A holiday essential around many homes. While it may be hard to get the oysters done just perfectly without over cooking, this recipe makes it super simple.
Holiday Oyster Stew Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
READY IN: 35 minutes
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 dash tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 pint oysters, with liquid
Directions
Warm milk and cream over low heat, set aside.

In a large skillet, melt butter. Cook onion and celery until translucent. Add to milk and cream mixture.

Combine flour, salt, Tabasco sauce and cold water; blend to a smooth paste. Stir into oysters. Place in skillet over very low heat and cook for about five minutes or just until edges curl, stirring gently.

Pour oysters into milk and cream mixture. Remove from heat; cover. Let stand 15 minutes to blend flavors.


Ranch Oyster Snack Crackers Recipe

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Ranch Oyster Snack Crackers Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 packages oyster Crackers
  • 3/4 cup Oil
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
Directions
Put crackers in 2 gallon Ziploc bag, pour oil over the crackers then add the dry ingredients. Shake well and pour onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 200° for 20 minutes.

Maple Glazed Chili Chicken Wings Recipe

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Sweet glazed wings with a little boost of flavor from the chili sauce and red pepper flakes. The combination of ingredients provides a great savory-sweet flavor.
Maple Glazed Chili Chicken Wings Recipe
PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
READY IN: 1.5 hours
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Directions
  • Cut wings into sections. In plastic bag, combine remaining ingredients. Reserve 1 C for basting and refrigerate.
  • Add wings to bag, turn to coat. Seal bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Grill the chicken covered over medium heat for 16 minutes, basting and turning several times, grill uncovered 8 minutes. The wings may be baked in a 375° oven for 30 - 40 minutes.

Seasoned Cocktail Shrimp Recipe

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A simple way to add a little extra flavor to a favorite appetizer. Delicious served warm or cold with your favorite cocktail sauce.
Seasoned Cocktail Shrimp Recipe
PREP: 25 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
READY IN: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 pound shrimp - peel and devein, leave tails on (can use precooked shrimp)
  • Cocktail sauce
Directions
  • Combine water, beer, and seasoning in a saucepan. Heat to a boil and then add the shrimp.
  • Turn heat down to a simmer and cover; cook 2 or 3 minutes, just until fresh shrimp turns pink. If using precooked shrimp, just steam for 2 minutes.
  • Drain shrimp and serve immediately if serving warm. Otherwise allow shrimp to cool and then refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve with favorite cocktail sauce.

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

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This appetizer is just like the Applebee's version. Creamy and delicious, it couldn't be easier to make.
Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
READY IN: 40 minutes
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed (10 ounce pkg)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
Directions
Strain spinach very well. Squeeze it until there is no more water then break apart.

Drain and chop artichokes.

Mix 1 cup of the mozzerella cheese together with cream cheese, Alfredo, garlic, Parmesan, spinach and artichokes.

Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese on top and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.


Cookie Press Spritz Cookies Recipe

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Almond flavoring is a favorite among these cookies, but any extract you prefer will work. Mix your favorite colored doughs together to make some beautiful creations.
Cookie Press Spritz Cookies Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
READY IN: 1 hour
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°.

Cream butter and sugar.

Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond.

Mix together dry ingredients and then add to other mixture.

Use cookie press to press onto baking sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until firm but not brown.


Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

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This Christmas candy is a bite-sized treat featuring the unbeatable combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
Container: Mixing bowl, hand mixer, cookie sheet
Serving Description: makes approximately 50
Ingredients
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 3 cups rice crispies
  • 18 ounces (1 1/2 bags) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions
  • Beat peanut butter and butter together with an electric hand mixer until creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar and mix again.
  • Stir in rice crispies and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Roll dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lines with waxed paper.
  • Freeze the dough balls.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler and dip the dough balls into the chocolate until completely covered. It is easier to work in small batches and keep the rest in the freezer until ready to use. They are easier to handle when still frozen.
  • After dipped in chocolate, set each on the waxed paper again and either allow them to set on their own or freeze again to set faster.

Prime Rib Recipe

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Easy to prepare, prime rib is a delicious dish to prepare for those special occasions.
Prime Rib Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 2 hours
Container: Roasting pan with at least 2 inch sides
Serving Size: 1 slice
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • Prime Rib Roast - 4 bones (2 servings per bone)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
Directions
  • Remove the roast from the refrigerator and allow it to sit at room temperature for approximately 2 hours before cooking. It should not be cold when placed in the oven but do not allow to sit out for more than 2 hours.
  • Prepare the roast while it is sitting at room temperature. First trim the fat if it is over an inch thick but leave at least a quarter inch thick.
  • If the bones were not tied to the roast when purchased use kitchen string to tie them to the meat. Tie between the bones on each ends and tie one string around the middle. If cooking a larger roast, you may want to tie it in additional locations.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Rub the roast, meat and fat, with salt and pepper.
  • Place the roast in the roasting pan bone side down. You do not need a rack. The bones will act as a rack.
  • Place in the preheated oven. Allow the roast to cook at 450°F for 15 minutes. Without opening the oven door, turn the heat down to 325°F and continue to cook for approximately 11 to 13 minutes per pound.
  • 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time, check the temperature of the roast with an instant read thermometer.
  • To cook to rare, remove the roast from the oven when the internal temperature is 115°F to 120°F. For medium rare, remove it when it is at 125°F. The temperature of the roast will rise 5° to 10°F during the resting period to bring the meat up to the temperature it should be for rare and medium rare meat.
  • Tent the roast with foil and allow it to stand for at least 20 minutes before carving it.
  • Cut off the strings and cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices from the ends of the roast. Cut parallel to the bones and only slice off the amount you are serving. This will keep the rest of the roast moister for when you do eat it.
AU JUS JUICE
  • Pour fat off from drippings in the roasting pan.
  • Add beef broth to the roasting pan and cook over medium heat. Stir and deglaze sides and bottom of the roasting pan to get all the browned pieces to add flavor to the juice.
  • Bring the juices to a boil and cook until it is slightly reduced to intensify the flavor. Cook for approximately 2 minutes. Season the juice with salt and pepper to desired taste.
  • Drizzle the Au Jus over the prime rib when serving.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

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Rich and creamy, these scalloped potatoes make a great side to beef, pork, and chicken. These potatoes would be perfect for holiday dinners and other special occasions.
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
PREP: 45 minutes
COOK: 1.5 hours
Container: 2 quart baking dish
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds potatoes (6 medium)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups half & half
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Directions
  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 2 quart baking dish.
  • Peel and slice potatoes thinly. Cover with water to prevent them from discoloring while preparing the other ingredients.
  • Heat 4 tbsp. butter in saucepan over low heat until melted. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until smooth and bubbling.
  • Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute, continue to stir. Remove from heat after boiling.
  • Drain the potatoes and blot off excess moisture with paper towels. Arrange potatoes in greased baking dish in 3 layers, topping each of the first 2 layers with half of the onion and 1/3 of white sauce.
  • Top the last layer of potatoes with the remaining sauce. Dot with 1 tbsp. butter.
  • Cover and cook for 30 minutes in an oven preheated to 350° F. Uncover and cook 1 hour longer.
  • Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Note: This recipe doubles nicely and fits into a 9 x 13 baking dish. You may have to add 15 minutes to cooking time to ensure that the potatoes are fully cooked.

Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

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This creamy casserole can be made a day ahead, refrigerated and then baked just before dinner. Using frozen vegetables makes this dish a cinch.
Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole Recipe
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes
Serving Description: Makes 10 servings.
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Italian Seasoning
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cauliflower florets, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, cubed
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning in small bowl. Set aside. Cut up any large broccoli or cauliflower florets into bite-size pieces.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour, remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Add milk; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Add vegetables; toss gently to coat. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle top evenly with crumb mixture.

3. Bake 40 minutes or until heated through and top is lightly browned.Make-Ahead Tip: Unbaked casserole may be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bake as directed.

Flavor Variation: Substitute 1 teaspoon McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Lemon & Pepper Seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Basil Leaves for the Italian Seasoning.

Mango-Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

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Sweet mangos and tart cranberries added to mixed greens and dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is refreshing to serve and to eat. Makes enough to feed a crowd.
Mango-Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
READY IN: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 packages mixed greens
  • 1 mango - peeled, diced
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1/2 red onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese - shredded
  • 1 jar balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread pecans out in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  • Toast the pecans in the preheated oven, approximately 10 to 15 minutes, tossing once. Allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine mixed greens, mango, craisins, red onion, swiss cheese and pecans.
  • Top with balsamic vinaigrette and toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately.

Grandmas Dinner Rolls Recipe

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These homemade buns will taste just like Grandma used to make. These are well worth the effort. Perfect to have on your holiday table. These will freeze well, too.
Grandmas Dinner Rolls Recipe
PREP: 1 hour
COOK: 15 minutes
READY IN: 1.25 hours
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 2 packages yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups flour
Directions
  • Dissolve yeast in warm water; let stand until foamy, for about 10 minutes.
  • Heat butter in milk until butter melts; cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs .
  • Add sugar, salt, yeast mixture and cooled milk mixture
  • Add enough flour until dough is stiff enough to stir with a spoon. Cover and let rise until double in size, approximately 1 hour.
  • Punch down and raise the second time.
  • Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into circles with a tea cup. Lightly butter 1/2 of the circle, fold in half and pinch edges together. Melt shortening on baking sheet. Dip the top of the roll in grease from pan, turn over and set the bottom of the roll on greased pan.
  • Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Uncover and bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until light brown.
  • Spread butter on top for rolls.

Christmas Layered Cake Recipe

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Light and delicious, this Christmas cake is perfect for the holidays. A white cake with red and green colored layers that will catch everyone's eye. It is sure to be the first of the Christmas goodies to disappear.
Christmas Layered Cake Recipe
PREP: 35 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
READY IN: 1 hour
Container: Two 9-inch round cake pans
Ingredients
  • 1 white cake mix - prepared as two 9-inch layers (cooled)
  • 2 cups water - divided
  • 1 package strawberry jello - small pkg.
  • 1 package lime jello - small pkg.
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package instant white chocolate pudding - small pkg.
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
Directions
  • Prepare and bake the cake in two 9-inch cake pans as instructed on the package.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then turn out onto a cooling rack, top side down; cool completely.
  • Once cooled, place the clean cake pans over the layers and turn them back into the pans so they are top side up. Poke the cakes with a large fork (such as a meat fork) in half inch intervals all over both layers.
  • Mix one cup of boil water and the strawberry gelatin mix in a small bowl; stir for approximately 2 minutes until the gelatin dissolves.
  • Leaving the cake layers in the pan, carefully pour the strawberry gelatin mixture evenly over one of the cake layers, trying to pour in the holes as much as possible.
  • Repeat this process with the lime gelatin and the second layer of cake.
  • Cover the layers lightly with waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to allow the gelatin mixture to set.
  • Just before you are ready to assemble the layers, prepare the frosting. Pour the milk, pudding mix, and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Using a wire whisk, beat the mixture for approximately 2 minutes; carefully fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Unmold layers by placing the pans in hot water to loosen the cake. Turn out the red layer and place on a cake plate.
  • Spread a 1/4-inch layer of frosting over the first layer. Turn out the 2nd layer and place on the first layer.
  • Spread the remaining frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Finish the frosting with desired decorative design. If desired, decorate the top of the cake with Christmas sprinkles.
  • Place in the refrigerator to chill for approximately 1 hour before serving.

Perfect Tacos Recipe

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A perfect weeknight meal that the kids will enjoy. Serve it beside a Mexican rice for your own fiesta. Ole!
Perfect Tacos Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
READY IN: 30 minutes
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 packages taco seasoning mix (1 1/2 ounce pkg)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounce can)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 head lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tomato (optional), seeded, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • 1 package flour tortillas
  • 2 packages shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounce pkg)
Directions
In a 12" skillet over high heat, cook ground beef until browned, stirring frequently.

Stir in water, tomato paste and taco seasoning mix, heat to boiling.

Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes.

Meanwhile chop lettuce, dice tomatoes and vegetables.

Warm tortillas in the microwave.

Top each tortilla with desired toppings and enjoy!


Simple Mexican Rice Recipe

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You won't believe that this recipe would taste so good but it actually does! The leftovers are even better the next day. This is an inexpensive way to make rice and it is healthier than the boxes rices that are packed full with sodium.
Simple Mexican Rice Recipe
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
READY IN: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounce can)
  • 3 1/3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Directions
In large saute pan with lid, melt butter over medium heat.

Add rice and cook, stirring, until rice turns white and very lightly brown.

Remove from heat and stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth; return to heat. Bring to a boil.

Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until almost all liquid is absorbed.

Remove lid and fluff with a fork. Continue to cook on low for about 5 minutes to remove any extra liquid.


BJs Salsa Recipe

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This homemade salsa will have you never purchasing it in the store again. As quick and easy as it is to pull together, you'll be hooked. Perfect with tortilla chips or even as a condiment to a hot off the grill steak.
BJs Salsa Recipe
PREP: 10 minutes
READY IN: 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounce can)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded, diced
  • 1 Serrano pepper, seeded, diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (optional)
Directions
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend well.

This salsa can be served warm or cold. Serve with tortilla chips.

NOTE: Serrano peppers are hotter than jalapenos. Adjust the recipe to your liking; for mild do not add Serrano, for medium recipe as is, for hot add 2 Serranos.


Pork Chops with Lemon Pepper Recipe

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A quick-and-easy way to prepare pork chops for a simple weeknight meal.
Pork Chops with Lemon Pepper Recipe
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
Container: Large skillet
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Directions
  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Trim fat on pork chops and then slice it at 1-inch intervals to prevent chops from curling as they cook. Pat pork chops with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Sprinkle well with lemon pepper seasoning on both sides. With a fork, repeatedly stick pork chops to propel seasoning into meat.
  • Place in skillet with heated butter and cook until pork chops are done; do not overcook.
  • Very easy and very good!

Simple Baked Potatoes Recipe

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Baked potatoes are so simple, yet perfect for any meal. Throw them in the oven and then top the potatoes with your favorite toppings when they are done. Not to mention budget friendly, too.
Simple Baked Potatoes Recipe
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
READY IN: 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
Wash and clean potatoes. Prick each potato with a fork. Grease each potato with oil. Wrap individually in foil. Bake at 450° directly on wire rack in oven. For smaller potatoes, bake for 1 hour. For larger potatoes, bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

When baked, cut in half and fluff pulp with a fork. Serve with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, salt and pepper.

NOTE: If you want to speed up the process, you can put the potatoes in the microwave on high for 2 minutes after you prick them and before greasing with oil. This will take about 20-30 minutes off your baking time.


Sweet Creamed Peas Recipe

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Sweet peas served with a rich cream sauce make this a perfect side dish. Its delightfully rich flavor will have you going back for more.
Sweet Creamed Peas Recipe
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Directions
  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine peas, salt and water. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and stir in butter.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together heavy cream, flour and sugar.
  • Stir cream mixture into the peas. Cook over medium high heat until mixture has thickened and bubbles, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm.
Note: Half-&-half can be substituted for the heavy whipping cream if desired. This will reduce the amount of fat slightly.

Creamy Oreo Cookie Salad Recipe

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A creamy cookie salad that is yummy enough to be considered a dessert. This will be the first thing to disappear when kids are at the dinner table.
Creamy Oreo Cookie Salad Recipe
PREP: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • Extra Oreos for garnish, optional
  • 2 boxes vanilla pudding, small boxes
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 package Oreos, coarsely crushed
Directions
  • Beat the pudding and milk in a bowl for approximately two minutes or until it thickens.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar together.
  • Beat the cream cheese mixture into the pudding; then fold in the whip cream.
  • Fold in the crushed Oreos.
  • Garnish with extra cookies.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.
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