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Meal Plan: January 3 - 9, 2016


Italian Pot Roast - Stracotto Recipe

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This wine-and-garlic infused roast is a delicious variant of the classic American pot roast. Don't be alarmed by the quantity of garlic; it mellows as it cooks.
Italian Pot Roast - Stracotto Recipe
PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 3 hours
READY IN: 4 hours
Container: Heavy 10
Serving Size: 2 slices
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Ingredients
  • 10 cloves garlic, 1 minced, 9 peeled and left whole (use more if desired)
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (zest from 1/2 lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 1/2 pounds chuck roast
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • salt and pepper
  • OPTIONAL SEASONING:
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Directions
  • Mash together the minced clove of garlic, parsley, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Make narrow slits, about an inch deep, in the surface of the meat and pack the parsley mixture into the slits. Salt and pepper the meat.
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven and brown the meat on all sides. Remove meat to a plate and add onion, celery and carrot to the pan. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peeled garlic cloves and cook another minute or two. Add these vegetables to the plate with the meat.
  • Add wine to browning pan, raise the heat and boil until reduced by half. If using optional seasonings, add to the browning pan along with the wine. Stir in tomato paste. Return vegetables and meat to pan. Cover and adjust heat to maintain a very low simmer. Cook until tender, 2 - 3 hours, checking periodically to add water if  liquid level gets too low (should be at least an inch). Turn meat once or twice as it cooks.
  • Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed. Slice thickly and serve hot, with sauce spooned over. Serve with polenta, noodles, rice or potatoes.

Lemon and Garlic Roasted Potatoes Recipe

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These roasted potatoes are a delicious and easy side dish to any meal. The lemon adds that touch of flavor to make you want more. Top with sour cream and chives, if desired.
Lemon and Garlic Roasted Potatoes Recipe
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
READY IN: 50 minutes
Container: Large baking sheet
Servings:
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Clean potatoes and cut in half. Place on baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter, garlic, lemon juice and salt.
  • Pour mixture over potatoes, stir to coat. Top with parmesan cheese.
  • Cover sheet with foil. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer, until light golden brown and tender.

Sweet Potato Side Dish Recipe

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The combination of balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard is an unexpected but delicious flavor enhancement for this tasty side dish of sweet potatoes, craisins, golden raisins, and pecans.
Sweet Potato Side Dish Recipe
PREP: 25 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes
READY IN: 1 hour
Container: large baking sheet, medium mixing bowl, serving bowl
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Ingredients
  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes - peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 red onion - small and cut into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil - plus 3 tablespoons
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup pecans - slightly chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup craisins
Directions
  • Combine sweet potatoes and 3 tablespoons of olive oil on a large baking sheet.
  • Toss to coat all pieces.
  • Spread them out on the baking sheet in an even layer.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake at 450° for 35 minutes or until nicely browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil, vinegar and mustard in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Place roasted potatoes and onions in a large serving bowl.
  • Add crasins, raisins and pecans.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Pour dressing over the top and toss gently.
  • Serve warm or cool.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe

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Crisp and delicious this is just the salad to bring to your holiday meal. Everyone will ask for the recipe. Don't skip the raisin as they add that extra sweetness to this vegetable salad.
Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup celery
  • 3 cups raw broccoli, chopped
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 8 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (not salad dressing)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
Directions
Combine all the salad ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Then make the dressing; pour over the salad mixture and stir. Best if you let sit after putting on the salad.


Boston Cream Pie Recipe

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This classic dessert consisting of a rich pastry cream sandwiched between layers of cake, and topped with a sweet chocolate icing, is a traditional favorite that is sure to please.
Boston Cream Pie Recipe
PREP: 45 minutes
READY IN: 1.25 hours
Container: 3 medium bowls, large saucepan, 10
Serving Description: 1/10 slice of pie
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Ingredients
  • CAKE:
  • 7 eggs - separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
  • PASTRY CREAM:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups milk - whole, 1% or 2%
  • 2 cups half-n-half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon rum (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • CHOCOLATE ICING:
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds
Directions
CAKE:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In 2 medium bowls, separate egg yolks and whites. Add 1/2 cup sugar to each, beat whites until stiff peaks form then beat yolks until peaked. When stiff, fold whites into yolk mixture. Gradually add flour, mixing with wooden spoon.
  • Mix in butter.
  • Pour mixture into greased cake pan. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until spongy and golden.
  • Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes in pan, then turn out on rack or plate to cool completely.
PASTRY CREAM:
  • In saucepan, bring butter, milk and cream to boil. While mixture is coming to boil, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and eggs. Whip with electric mixer for 5 minutes. When milk boils, whisk in egg mixture and bring to boiling. Boil for 1 minute, whisking continuously. Pour into medium bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap. Chill overnight or until well chilled.
  • Once chilled, whisk to smooth out. Add rum and honey, mix well.
TO ASSEMBLE:
  • Cut the sponge cake into 2 layers. Spread pastry cream over first layer, spreading thick.
  • Top with second cake layer. Spread chocolate icing on top. Spread extra cream around sides of cake. Gently place sliced almonds around the sides of the cake, sticking to the sides.
CHOCOLATE ICING:
  • Place chocolate squares in medium saute pan over medium heat. Add water, stirring occasionally until melted and combined.
  • Spread over the top of the cake.

Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Old southern favorite that includes all you need in one piece. Kids will love it. This is also a great dish to make in advance and cook later.
Spaghetti Pie Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes
READY IN: 50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 each eggs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch pie plate.

Cook spaghetti according to package; drain.

Stir together cooked spaghetti, butter, Parmesan and eggs. Spoon the mixture into prepared pan. Press the mixture on bottom and sides to form a crust. Bake 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown beef in a skillet; drain fat. Stir in onion, green pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, oregano and garlic powder.

Spread the cottage cheese on the spaghetti and then spread on the meat mixture. Bake 30 minutes.

Sprinkle mozzarella on top and bake 5 more minutes.

Cool 10 minutes.

Cut in pie wedges and serve.

VARIATION: Skip the layering and mix in large bowl and pour into pan to bake.


Ranch Garlic Bread Recipe

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Ranch Garlic Bread Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 loaf French bread or pizza crusts
Directions
Beat together, butter, dressing mix, garlic powder and cheese until well blended.

If using a loaf of bread, cut bread in half horizontally. Spread some of the butter mixture on each half of bread. If using pizza crust, spread some of the butter mixture on the top of the crust.

Put bread on ungreased cookie sheet, butter side up. Broil 4-6 inches from heat until brown. Watch carefully, it doesn't take long. Cut into pieces.

VARIATION: Slice whole French loaf into 1" slices; spread butter mix on each slice of bread, wrap sliced and buttered loaf in foil and heat in 350° oven for 10 minutes.

NOTE: You will have plenty of butter mix left over but it keeps well in the refrigerator for another time. Let soften before using.


Coleslaw Recipe

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Here's a classic salad for any season. This simple cabbage and carrot coleslaw recipe is an easy and tasty way to prepare fresh cabbage and carrots from your garden harvest. See our Summer Side Dish Recipes collection for other dishes in which you can use your fresh vegetables.
Coleslaw Recipe
PREP: 45 minutes
READY IN: 45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds cabbage
  • 3 carrots (medium size)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • Remove the wilted, discolored and thick outer leaves of the cabbage and cut the remaining head into quarters. Remove the hard inner core from each quarter.
  • Thinly shred the cabbage to produce approximately 8 cups. Shred carrots and set shredded cabbage and carrots aside.
  • Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until well blended.
  • Add shredded cabbage and carrots. Toss until cabbage and carrots are evenly coated.
  • Let the coleslaw stand at room temperature, uncovered, until cabbage is wilted, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Toss 1 or 2 times while it is standing.
  • After it is wilted, place in the refrigerator to chill.
  • The coleslaw can be made the day before and refrigerated until ready to use.(A sprinkle of paprika perks up the appearance of the slaw.)

Cheesy Joes Recipe

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Similar to Sloppy Joes, this Cheesy Joes recipe is quick-and-easy to make. This cheesy hamburger is a great option when you need to fix a meal in a hurry for a hungry family. Serve it with chips or fix a Cheesy Potato Casserole for the perfect side dish.
Cheesy Joes Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
READY IN: 35 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6 ounces Velveeta cheese (add more if you prefer a cheesier sandwich)
Directions
  • Brown the ground beef and add the onion salt when browning; drain grease.
  • Add the cream of mushroom soup and Velveeta cheese.
  • Cook on medium-low heat until the mixture is hot and all the cheese is melted.
  • Serve on a hamburger bun.

Banana Jell-o Salad Recipe

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A quick and easy jell-o salad that can be made with your favorite flavor of jell-o. Bananas and whipped topping are all it takes to give this jell-o salad a special taste.
Banana Jell-o Salad Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
READY IN: 15 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 package jell-o, small package, any flavor
  • 1 to 2 bananas, according to your taste
  • 8 ounces whipped topping (you may not use the full container)
Directions
  • In a serving bowl, prepare the jell-o according to the package directions.
  • Add sliced bananas so that they are spread out evenly on the top.
  • Put the bowl of jell-o and bananas in the refrigerator until the jell-o is firmly set.
  • When firm, remove from the refrigerator and spread the whipping topping over the top. Spread an even layer on the jell-o about three quarters of an inch thick, or desired thickness.
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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A creamy sauce with the crisp crust will have everyone coming back for seconds. The frozen pot pies are a thing of the past. Great when you have any leftover chicken.
Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
READY IN: 50 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 2 pre-made pie crusts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup cubed, cooked chicken
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 can chicken broth
Directions
Place 1 crust into bottom of pie plate, poke holes in crust.

In a small saucepan, saute butter and carrots until slightly softened. Add peas, chicken, soup and broth.

Place in bottom crust. Top with 2nd crust, seal and vent crust. Bake at 400° until lightly browned, approximately 30-35 minutes.


Macaroni Pineapple Fruit Salad Recipe

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A sweet macaroni salad the everyone will enjoy. It makes a great side dish for any meal. It keeps very well also so it can be made up ahead of time. A perfect salad to take to a picnic or backyard barbecue.
Macaroni Pineapple Fruit Salad Recipe
PREP: 45 minutes
READY IN: 45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 package Creamette Rings (7 ounce pkg)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can crushed pineapple drained (reserving liquid) (large can)
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained (16 ounce can)
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
Directions
  • Prepare Creamette Rings according to package directions. Drain.
  • Cook together egg, sugar, flour, salt and reserved pineapple juice until smooth and thickened.
  • Blend into cooked rings. Chill 1 hour.
  • Remove from refrigerator. Combine rings, pineapple, Cool Whip, mandarin oranges and marshmallows.
  • Chill before serving. 6-8 servings.

Hot Chocolate Recipe

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A creamy chocolate treat for a winter's day.
Hot Chocolate Recipe
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 1 minute
READY IN: 1 hour
Container: microwave safe large measuring cup
Serving Description: 1 cup
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Ingredients
  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk - per serving
Directions
  • Place chocolate chips, sugar, water and cinnamon in a large measuring cup.
  • Microwave for 2-3 minutes or until the chocolate is melted.
  • Stir to combine completely.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Whip the cream in a small mixing bowl until stiff peaks form.
  • Slowly add the chocolate mixture to the cream, whipping as you go.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour.
  • Pour a mug full of milk and add 2 heaping tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to it.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Microwave until hot, not boiling, and stir.
  • Top with mini marshmallows if desired.
  • The chocolate mixture can be refrigerated for up to one week in a covered container.

Simple Egg Salad Sandwiches Recipe

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An easy to make sandwich that is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Kids love egg salad for a change of pace from hamburgers, barbecues and hot dogs.
Simple Egg Salad Sandwiches Recipe
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 12 eggs, hard boiled
  • 3/4 cup salad dressing (not mayonnaise)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste (see note below)
Directions
  • Peel eggs and slice with an egg slicer; place in a bowl or on a plate.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix everything together with a fork, smashing the eggs a little more as you are mixing.
  • Chill and then spread on white, rye, wheat, or your family's favorite bread.
Note: To salt and pepper to taste, I sprinkle the eggs as if I am salt and peppering 12 individual fried eggs so that I don't over do it. You can always taste test and add more.

Two Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Macaroni and cheese with twice the cheesy flavor. This pasta dish makes a great side dish for any meal.
Two Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
PREP: 45 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
READY IN: 1.5 hours
Container: 9 x 13 baking dish
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Asiago cheese
Directions
  • Cook pasta according to directions on the package.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter and then add the minced garlic; cook until tender.
  • Add the flour, salt, and pepper; stir until well blended.
  • Continue to cook this mixture until lightly browned; stir constantly.
  • Gradually add the milk, whisking mixture until smooth.
  • Continue to cook unit it comes to a boil; allow to boil until it thickens, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Remove the boiled mixture from the heat and add all of the cheese except for 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir until it is all melted.
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir until well mixed.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish and the pour the pasta and cheese into the dish.
  • Sprinkle the top with the remaining cup of cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.
  • Allow to stand for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Soft textured cookies with the great flavor combination of bananas and chocolate. Perfect way to use up ripe bananas.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
READY IN: 25 minutes
Container: cookie sheet
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas ( 2 large ripe bananas)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Directions
  • Mix shortening, sugar, eggs, and bananas well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  • Drop tablespoon-size portions on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 400°F.

  • Weiner Wings Recipe

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    A different twist on how to make hot dogs. This hot dog is super easy to fix and is perfect to serve to the kids. They would love to help put them together and see them take shape.
    Weiner Wings Recipe
    Ingredients
    • 1 hot dog
    • 1 slice bread, buttered
    • 1 slice cheese
    Directions
    • Place cheese slice and hot dog corner-wise on piece of buttered bread. Fold corners of bread over hot dog. Hold together with toothpick.
    • Bake in 350 degree oven until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes. Makes 1 serving.
    Note: Repeat these directions for as many hot dogs you would like to make.

    Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

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    Creamy sauce that coats the noodles, whatever type you prefer, perfectly. Season with salt and pepper and serve it as the main dish or a side. Your kids will love you!
    Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe
    PREP: 15 minutes
    COOK: 30 minutes
    READY IN: 45 minutes
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    Ingredients
    • 8 ounces macaroni
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups milk
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 8 ounces processed cheese, cubed
    Directions
    In a large pot with boiling salted water, cook macaroni until al dente; drain.

    In a medium saucepan, over medium heat melt butter or margarine. Whisk flour and stir vigorously. Add milk and cook until thick and bubbly, about 5-7 minutes.

    Add cheeses and stir until completely melted.

    In a large bowl mix together the drained pasta and cheese sauce mixture. Toss to coat evenly.

    Pour into a greased 2-quart casserole dish and cover. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes.

    Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


    Honey Baked Beans Recipe

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    Barbecued beans with just the right touch of sweetness. These baked beans are simple to throw together and make a prefect side dish to grilled steaks, grilled chops, pulled pork or beef sandwiches and most any type of burger.
    Honey Baked Beans Recipe
    PREP: 15 minutes
    COOK: 1 hour
    READY IN: 1.25 hours
    Container: Baking dish
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    Ingredients
    • 2 - 16 ounce cans Bush baked beans
    • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce (honey flavored)
    • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
    Directions
    • Mix all ingredients together.
    • Pour into a baking dish and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

    Stovetop Pot Roast Recipe

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    For best results, choose a roast that is more flat than square, and has some fat and connective tissue which will help keep the meat moist during the long cooking time.
    Stovetop Pot Roast Recipe
    PREP: 45 minutes
    COOK: 3 hours
    Container: Dutch oven or very large covered skillet
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    Ingredients
    • 3 pounds beef roast (chuck, blade, rump)
    • 2 pounds potatoes
    • 1 pound carrots
    • 2 large onions
    • 2 tablespoons canola or other oil
    • 1 cup dry red wine (substitute tomato juice)
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 1 inch piece stick cinnamon (optional)
    Directions
    • Trim off any large pieces of surface fat.  Mix together salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric and  rub this all over the meat.
    • In a dutch oven or large skillet with a domed lid, heat (medium-high) 2 tablespoons canola or other oil and brown the meat. Add more oil if needed.  Don't rush this step as browning is important for a rich deep flavor.
    • Reduce the heat and add 1 cup dry red wine (or tomato juice) and 1 cup water, the bay leaves, and, if using, the cinnamon stick. Regulate the heat to maintain a slow simmer. Cover the pot.
    • Scrub or peel potatoes and carrots and cut into large pieces. If using egg-sized or smaller potatoes, leave them whole. Cut the onions into large chunks.
    • After the meat has cooked for an hour, turn it over and add the cut up vegetables. If the vegetables don't all fit in your pan, remove some of the cooking liqiud to a second pan and cook some of the vegetables in it. Continue to simmer, covered, until the meat is tender, about an hour and a half.  The actual time will depend on the size and shape of the meat.
    • When the meat is done, remove meat and vegetables to a warmed platter and cover loosely to keep warm while you prepare the pan juices. To thicken, raise the heat and boil down the liquid to your desired consistency, or remove 1/2 cup pan juice and thoroughly mix with 1/4th cup flour. Whisk this back into the pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Correct the seasoning, if necessary.
    • Slice the meat across the grain, arrange with the vegetables and drizzle with some of the pan juice. Serve, with the remaining juice in a separate bowl.

    Pistachio Salad Recipe

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    A sweet salad that is quick and easy to make. This recipe is a great salad that can be made ahead of time or at the last minute when unexpected guest arrive.
    Pistachio Salad Recipe
    PREP: 15 minutes
    COOK: 0 minutes
    READY IN: 15 minutes
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    Ingredients
    • 1 can crushed pineapple (large can)
    • 1 3 oz. package of instant pistachio pudding
    • 1 8 oz. container of whipped topping
    • 2 cups minature marshmallows
    Directions
    • Empty the can of pineapple into a medium size bowl. Do not drain.
    • Sprinkle the package of pudding mix over the pineapple and stir to mix thoroughly. Allow this mixture to sit for about 5 minutes so it thickens a little.
    • Fold in the whipped topping and marshmallows. Fold in until the pudding and pineapple mixture is evenly mixed with the whipped topping. Do not over stir.
    • Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This salad keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.

    No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

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    Only the crust requires minimal baking in this easy cheesecake that's perfect when time is limited.
    No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe
    PREP: 45 minutes
    READY IN: 45 minutes
    Container: 9 inch pie plate, dish or tin
    Serving Size: 1 slice
    Servings:
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    Ingredients
    • 18 graham cracker squares, crushed
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 8 ounces Cool Whip
    Directions

    For crust, preheat oven to 350° F: Combine crushed graham crackers, sugar and butter. Bake in oven for 6 to 7 minutes. Cool completely.

     
    For cheesecake:
    •  Beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.
    • Add sour cream and vanilla. Beat until mixed well.
    • Add Cool Whip and beat on low until well blended. Do not overbeat.
    • Pour into cooled crust and refrigerate until well chilled.
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