Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad

This Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad recipe is from my mom. She made it when entertaining large groups and family Sunday dinners when I was young.  It became a hit with everyone and today, it is still requested.

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It is quick and easy to put together. This recipe uses canned pineapple and mandarin oranges  (grapes, blueberries, too, if desired) so it is less expensive per fruit serving for a large group.

I grew up with my mom making a big Sunday noon dinner each week after church. (Not many do this today.) Everything was in the oven before we left for church. We often had company and Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad was a favorite. There used to be a Jello product called “Orange Tapioca” and I think she got the recipe off the box. I loved it so much back then that now I make it with the regular tapioca pudding, but add fruit juice instead of water to make it taste similar to the original recipe.

 

Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1- 3 oz box of "Cook & Serve" vanilla pudding
  • 1-3 oz box of "Cook & Serve" tapioca pudding
  • 3 cups of orange juice (or orange and pineapple or any combination along with at least 1/2 of it orange juice)
  • Large can (15 oz.) of Mandarin Oranges - drained
  • Large can (20 oz.) of Pineapple Chunks (in its own juice) - drained
  • Red Grapes (optional) cut in half

Instructions

  1. In saucepan, combine the dry vanilla pudding and tapioca pudding with 3 cups of orange juice or combination of juices. You may use the pineapple and mandarin orange juices with the orange juice.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Cool until fruit can be added.
  4. Fold in the fruit and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  5. Serve in a large bowl or individual dishes.
  6. Top with whip cream, if desired.
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While this is called a fruit salad, it makes a delicious dessert, too. Put into individual parfaits or sherbets and top with whipped cream and a cherry. Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad is light and very refreshing. If you choose, other fruit may be added as well.

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Both adults and kids love this recipe!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos Recipe

While visiting in Arizona, we had an extended family get-together which grew to over 70 people! One of the relatives brought these Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos! Now, I’m from the midwest and don’t like really hot spicy food, but these were absolutely delicious! My second-cousin, Beth, graciously shared this recipe.

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The recipe makes a generous amount of appetizers, but people absolutely love them and they really go fast. So, plan accordingly. They’re stuffed with a combination of sausage, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Then, they’re wrapped with bacon. Ooh, my mouth just waters thinking of them. Please don’t shy away from this recipe because you might think of it as way too spicy. You can control the amount of heat. If you want it spicier, just leave some pulp, seeds, or use a spicy sausage for the stuffing. Make one batch spicy and another fairly mild, just to please everyone.

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapenos

Ingredients

  • 15-20 jalapenos
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 pkg. of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg. bacon

Instructions

  1. Brown and crumble sausage.
  2. Melt cream cheese in with sausage and add parmesan cheese.
  3. WEAR GLOVES
  4. Halve jalapenos, lengthwise
  5. Remove stem and remove seeds and pulp
  6. Fill with sausage mixture
  7. Wrap with 1/2 slice of uncooked bacon
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 min.
  9. If you want bacon really crisp, broil on high for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately.
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I wanted my family to taste these and give me their opinion. I didn’t want to make the entire recipe for just a couple of people, so  I made half and refrigerated the sausage-cream cheese combination and made the rest two days later. It was nice to have them fresh-made two times in a week.  By the way, the family opinion was that they were AMAZING!

These are ready for the oven…..   I baked these Stuffed Jalapanos on foil for an easy clean up.

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Baked at 425 degrees and ready to eat!

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Just wait until you taste one…..you’ll be amazed at how delicious they taste! These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, too, when you’re looking for something Mexican to serve.

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I hope I’ve convinced you how delicious these appetizers taste. They were a big hit at the family get-together!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Zucchini Orange Bread Recipe

Zucchini Orange Bread

A zucchini bread with a hint of orange? Yes, it’s a delightful addition to zucchini bread! Zucchini Orange Bread is a tasty change from the usual zucchini breads. The light orange flavor comes from orange juice and orange peel.

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Perhaps you have some zucchini frozen. If not, buy some fresh from the grocery store. Don’t wait for your crop of zucchini to come in the fall to make this bread. Bake some this week!

 

Zucchini Orange Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until thick and lemon colored.
  3. Gradually beat in sugar
  4. Stir in oil, orange juice, shredded zucchini, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel.
  5. Mix until well blended.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pans,
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans.
  9. Cool on wire racks.
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This recipe goes together quickly and produces two nicely shaped loaves. This is a wonderful alternative to chocolate zucchini bread, too. It’s a vegetable, right? 

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I know your family or guests will enjoy this bread! I like having quick breads in the freezer ready to use.  I pre-slice them before freezing so I can take out only what I’ll use.

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Zucchini Orange Bread! Vegetable and fruit together! Do you agree?

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Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe

You may think of this Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe as a breakfast entree, but this is delicious as a brunch or lunch, too. In fact, a breakfast quiche works for a light dinner! Anytime is good for this quiche. This recipe is served at A Spot for Tea in Oklahoma City, OK, where it is a favorite.

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You may have noticed that I’m on a “Gouda Cheese kick” as I have included it in a few of the last recipes posted. It has a wonderful flavor and it’s a nice change from cheddar. In my grocery store, it is included with the regular cheeses and you can buy it already shredded. If you can’t find it there, look in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store. 

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Canadian Bacon Quiche

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup diced Canadian Bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 9" unbaked pie crust

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, half n' half, chopped tomatoes,diced Canadian Bacon, Gouda cheese, garlic salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  2. Mix well and pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  4. Knife inserted should come out clean when done.
  5. Let quiche rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Cut and serve with fruit.
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Done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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What makes this Canadian Bacon Quiche so easy is there is no frying of bacon ahead of time and all the ingredients go together quickly. Canadian bacon is a nice change from bacon and the Gouda cheese is delicious in this quiche!

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Try it and I know you’ll like it!

Enjoy! 

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

 

Add a bit of Italian flavor to your morning with this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake Recipe.  This is a very different type of egg bake from the soggy bread recipes. The eggs are scrambled with green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and bacon with an Alfredo sauce added. The delicious combination is topped with dollops of an Italian flavored crust. Keep this recipe on hand as it is a delicious one. By eliminating the crust, it becomes gluten-free and still is wonderful!

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Bisquick baking mix
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 13 eggs, divided
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
  • 3/4 cup Alfredo pasta sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees
  2. Grease 8x8 baking dish
  3. In a small bowl, add Bisquick, 4 Tbsp butter and Italian seasoning. Blend with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add 1 egg and stir in gently. Set aside.
  4. In a skillet, over med. heat, saute' onions, peppers, and mushrooms in 2 tbsp. butter, until veggies are tender, but crisp.
  5. Mix 12 eggs together in a bowl.
  6. Add eggs to skillet with the veggies.
  7. Stir occasionally until eggs are set.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and Alfredo sauce
  9. Spread egg mixture in the prepared 8x8 baking dish.
  10. Plop small dollops of Bisquick mixture over eggs.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes until the topping is light brown.
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Scrambled Egg Mixture in Baking Dish……

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Dollop the Bisquick mixture on top of the eggs.

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Remove when topping is lightly browned.

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If desired, offer remaining warmed Alfredo sauce on the side. Serve with fresh fruit for an outstanding breakfast or brunch.

To shorten the prep time for the morning, cut the veggies and prepare the bacon the evening before. Cover and place in refrigerator. Now, it is so quick and easy to put together in the morning.

This recipe makes a nice option for a holiday brunch. Also, if you like breakfast for dinner, make it in the evening. Anytime is good for this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake.

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Without a doubt, I know you’ll enjoy this “out of the ordinary” egg bake.

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Strawberry Bread Recipe

This Strawberry Bread Recipe comes from the Rose Mountain Manor Tea Room in California. I’ve change it just a bit so it has enhanced strawberry flavor using a bit of strawberry jello. The recipe makes one 5 x 9 loaf. It may not be strawberry season, but don’t worry as this recipe uses frozen strawberries which are easily available at your grocery store.

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Strawberry Bread Recipe

Strawberry Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar less 2 Tbsp.
  • 2 Tbsp. strawberry jello (my addition)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract or imitation strawberry extract (my addition)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, jello and extract. Add egg yolks to butter mixture, one at a time, until light and fluffy. Sift in flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
  2. Drain juice from strawberries saving 1/4 cup juice. Add the juice to mixture and fold in drained strawberries. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold egg whites into mixture and spoon mixture into a greased 5 x 9 loaf pan. Lightly drop pan to release any air bubbles.
  3. Bake 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove bread from pan after 20 minutes.
  4. Let bread cool completely before slicing.
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This recipe freezes well. It’s great to have on hand for a quick addition to breakfast, afternoon tea, brunch, or snack. Add a cup of coffee or tea and you have a wonderful, tasty afternoon break!

 

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If this bread is good enough to serve at a bed and breakfast, you know it will be a great recipe to try. 

Enjoy!

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Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing

What a refreshing, delicious, lo-cal salad to serve! The Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing is a wonderful tasting combination of flavors with an easy homemade pear dressing. It looks delightful and tastes the amazing!

This is a close-up of the ingredients before adding the dressing. It’s such a pretty combination, don’t you think?

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Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Chicken-Pear Salad with Pear Dressing
  • Recipe Type: Salad
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Nancy Heishman in Country Woman Magazine with my variations
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • A delicious, low-cal, colorful salad.
  • Ingredients
  • DRESSING
  • 3 Tbsp. light olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 medium ripe pears, divided
  • SALAD
  • 8 cups fresh arugula or Spring Mix with Spinach greens
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans,
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • I

Instructions

  1. For dressing combine the first five ingredients in a blender or bullet. Take one pear and peel, halve, and core. Add to blender and process until smooth.
  2. Divide greens among four plates and top with chicken or turkey. Add dried cranberries, onions, pecans. Top with sliced pears (peeled or not) and sprinkle with pear dressing.
  3. Serve immediately.
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The ingredients for the dressing made a little more than 1 cup.  Since I made only two salads, I had leftover dressing. I used the dressing over fresh fruit and it was delicious!

Salad with pear dressing drizzled over it……

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Put this recipe on your list of awesome salads.  Besides being colorful and delicious, it is low-cal, too! The salad is around 360 calories. 

Enjoy!

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Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce

Chicken Spirals look absolutely amazing ! This recipe certainly has that “wow” factor of a beautiful and delicious company dish. Your guests will think you spent hours preparing this , but it’s actually easy to put together. 

When you’re looking for something special to serve, consider Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce. Your guests will be delighted!

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For this recipe, I am using the thin-sliced ham, but you can use Pastrami, any Kosher deli meat, or the expensive prosciutto. I also used 3 large,whole breasts instead of the 6 half-breasts. This made 3 larger rolls and I just cut them into 6 slices instead of 3.

Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Adapted recipe from the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN
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Serves: 6 servings
A spiral of chicken that is stuffed with ham, cheese, and spinach. This is a special main dish that has a “wow” factor!
Ingredients
  • 6 large skinless and boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 10 oz. packages of frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 12 thin slices ham
  • Colby Jack cheese, Gouda, Monterrey Jack. Pepper Jack or any cheese
  • Cut into six 2 x 1/2 inch sticks
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • Creamed Spinach Sauce:
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted.
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • Use 1/2 pkg of chopped spinach from ingredients above
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream or half and half
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Stuffed Chicken Directions:
  2. Place a chicken breast with boned side up between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet. Start in the center and work to the edges. Pound to 1/8 inch thickness. Remove top of wrap and sprinkle with pepper. Continue with each chicken breast.
  3. squeeze spinach until well-drained and almost dry. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 of the Squeeze spinach until very dry. Use 1 1/2 pkg and mix with the lighty beaten eggs. Save 1/2 box of the spinach for the cream sauce.
  4. For each chicken roll, spoon about 2-3 tbsp. spinach mixture over each flattened chicken breast
  5. Top with a slices of ham or other choice of thin-sliced meat. Place a stick of cheese at the edge.
  6. Start from the edge with the cheese and roll into a spiral, pressing edges in to seal. Secure spirals with wooden toothpicks
  7. Place rolls,seam sides down, in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish. Drizzle the rolls with melted butter.
  8. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until chicken reaches 170 degrees.
  9. Cover with foil and let rest a couple of minutes.
  10. Remove toothpicks and slice each chicken roll. Top with cream sauce.
  11. Creamed Spinach Sauce:
  12. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan
  13. Add 2 tbsp. flour and stir constantly until bubbly
  14. Slowly add 3/4 cup chicken broth to the flour mixture stirring constantly
  15. Add remaining spinach, stir and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  16. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream or half and half. Heat until warm. If too thick, add more cream.
  17. This should be a gravy-like consistency.
  18. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  19. When chicken is done…
  20. Remove toothpicks from chicken
  21. Cut chicken into spiraled slices
  22. Ladle hot creamed spinach sauce over the spirals.
  23. Serve with wild or white rice

While I’m not paid for this recommendation, it is a lot easier to work with pounding the chicken when using Glad Press and Seal. Lay one piece on top and one on the bottom of the chicken breast. It stays together while pounding and it makes it easier to roll the chicken up, too. Just take the bottom piece and roll the chicken in a spiral.

Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce

Layer the spinach mixture, ham, and roll with cheese. Secure with toothpicks. Don’t worry if your chicken roll resembles a porcupine, just secure it as the toothpicks come out after cooking.

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It’s nice to prepare and roll the chicken spirals on the evening before your dinner. Wrap and place the chicken rolls in the refrigerator ready for the oven.  This way, you don’t have the preparation and clean up to do before your dinner. When ready, just pop the chicken in the oven to bake. I made the creamed spinach sauce ahead as well. It thickened as it cooled, but just thin with extra chicken broth, if needed.

When baked, remove toothpicks, slice chicken, layer 3-4  spiral chicken slices on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. Serve with wild rice, white rice, or a combination. Offer additional creamed spinach sauce in a gravy- boat for guests. 

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I know you’ll enjoy this special recipe for Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce! Next time I’m going to try it with Gouda cheese. You can change the cheese and the meat for a different flavor combination.

Enjoy!

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich

Try this new version of a Reuben. I call it a “Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich”! This sandwich is so delicious with the new combination of flavors that it may become your favorite. My mouth just waters when I think of it. My family loved it!

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich
Recipe Type: Lunch or Dinner Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
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Serves: 4
A new combination of flavors make this Roast Beef Rueben Sandwich absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • 8 slices of bread- Sourdough
  • Sliced Roast Beef – don’t skimp!
  • 8 slices Gouda cheese
  • Jar of Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (found ready-made in vegetable aisle) or homemade
  • Coarse Ground Dijon Mustard – optional
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat skillet
  2. Drain Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
  3. Arrange 8 slices of bread
  4. Place a slice of Gouda Cheese on 4 slices of bread
  5. Layer Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on top of cheese
  6. Add Roast Beef on top of Cabbage
  7. Top with remaining slice of Gouda Cheese
  8. Spread remaining 4 slices lightly with coarse ground Dijon mustard (optional or serve on the side)
  9. Place those 4 slices with mustard side towards the four cheese-topped sandwiches.
  10. Spread with butter and place buttered side down in pre-heated skillet.
  11. Butter the top of the sandwich while in the skillet
  12. Grill until browned on each side.
  13. While grilling cover with a lid to warm the inside of the sandwich and melt the Gouda cheese

The combination of Roast Beef, Gouda Cheese, along with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage is fantastic! My husband was skeptical and then after tasting it declared it to be his favorite!! You just have to try it to believe how good it is.

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Serve with Coarse Ground Dijon or regular mustard on the side. Not a mustard fan? You’ll still love it without it.

Wish you could taste it right now. YUM!

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Even if you don’t particularly like a corned beef  with sauerkraut Reuben sandwich, I know you’ll enjoy this one! Try it! 

Enjoy!

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Valentine Scones (quick and easy)

Scones are sometimes tricky and hard to make tender and delicious. This recipe will make you an expert. It is quick, easy, and the scones turn out delicious. There is a simple trick to making them tender which I’ll share with you so stay tuned…..

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These Valentine Scones are almond flavored with mini cherry chips in the batter. They’re perfect for a Valentine tea or just a breakfast or afternoon treat.

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Valentine Scones (quick and easy)
Recipe Type: Bread
Cuisine: American, English
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Cook time:
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Serves: 12-18 scones
Light, tender, and delicious scones. Vary the flavors and what you add to them for serving anytime.
Ingredients
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup to 2 cups chopped dried fruit, chocolate, cherry, or other flavored chips, nuts, or a combination,(optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or the flavoring of your choice (I used almond extract)
  • 3/4 cup half and half or milk for free-form scones
  • Topping:
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons sparkling white sugar or cinnamon, or colored sugar
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. It’s OK if there ar a few larger lumps.
  3. Stir in the chips, fruit or whatever you’re adding to the dough.
  4. In another bowl, mix eggs, milk ( or half and half), along with flavorings
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until moist.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment or use greased pan Sprinkle a little flour on the parchment or pan.
  7. Drop approx. 1/4 to 1/3 cup of dough on to baking sheet for each free-form scone.
  8. Brush top of scone with milk and sprinkle sugar on them
  9. Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove and bake in 425 degree oven for approx. 20-25 minutes. Watch closely as this time depends on the size of your scones.
  11. Remove from pan and cool on rack.
  12. When cool, frost with a powdered sugar glaze and sprinkle with red colored sugar for Valentine Scones (this is optional)
  13. These scones are easy to” prepare for any occasion. Use dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate chips, too.

 

Ok, did you catch the secret? It’s the 30 minutes in the freezer that relaxes the gluten, makes them tender, and rise higher. It, also, chills the fat which makes them flakier! Did you know that fact?

 

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The free-formed scones are so much easier to make and they taste the same! If you decide to freeze them, don’t frost until you thaw them out. 

Serve with Devonshire cream and lemon curd, if desired.

Devonshire Cream

1 C. heavy whipping cream
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla together until whipped cream consistency.
Fold in 1 C. sour cream

 

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You might enjoy the Best Valentine Cookies – Flavor Cookies, too.

Enjoy!

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Stromboli – Baked Italian Sandwich

Stromboli – a baked Italian Sandwich, is a favorite at our house. It is so easy to make that even kids can do this recipe! The frozen bread dough makes it simple and ready to do when you get home from work. Just follow the directions on the frozen bread dough package to thaw and use for this sandwich.

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Vary the ingredients to what you like. If you like onions, but another person doesn’t want them, just do 1/2 the sandwich with them and 1/2 without. Mark with a toothpick. 

I’ve used this for an informal party and had my guests make their own.  Each couple makes their sandwich to suit their tastes.  (You need double ovens to bake four sandwiches, however.) At the end of the evening, send home the left-overs with them.

 

Stromboli – Baked Italian Sandwich
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Easy Italian sandwich using frozen bread dough, various meats, and cheese. Baked and served with warmed spaghetti sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 loaves of frozen bread dough
  • 2 egg yolks (save whites)
  • 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese – shredded
  • Various meats, cheese, tomatoes, veggies, olives, etc.
  • (see suggested amounts below for two loaves)
Instructions
  1. Make a paste of egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, oil, and parsley flakes. Spread down half down the center of dough on each baking sheet. (This is like a pesto.)
  2. Layer ingredients of your choice. Approximate amounts for the two loaves are: ham (approx. 1/2 lb sliced), turkey (1/2 lb.), salami (1/4 lb.), green or red peppers, onion, tomato, olives ( black or green)
  3. Cover with mozzarella cheese or cheese of your choice. Add all ingredients to the middle 1/3 of the dough.
  4. Fold both sides over to the center. Moisten the edges with water and press to seal. Be sure to seal it well!
  5. Make air-vents by making cuts along the top sides.
  6. Brush on slightly beaten egg whites over the entire top.
  7. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

This is the first step of the Stromboli.

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Kids love to do this, too!

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Spread the pesto down the middle of the dough….. and follow the next steps.

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I did this with grandchildren and the kids made the entire Stromboli by themselves. I sealed it up for them as that’s the hardest part. Because they put what they wanted in it, they loved it!

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After baking for 30 minutes, slice, and serve with hot spaghetti sauce for dipping! 

This is also a great idea for those football game days! 

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I’ll bet this becomes a family favorite!

Enjoy!

Phyllis 

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

These are the best Homemade Chicken Nuggets by far! Your kids will never want any other chicken nuggets other than these, but don’t limit them just to kids! Adults like them, too!

They are so quick and easy to make. Besides that, they freeze well. It’s a quick dinner from the freezer to the oven. Heat in the oven at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes and they are ready. 

Need a quick appetizer?  Add some dipping sauces of mustard, BBQ sauce, or honey and you’ve got a wonderful appetizer that adults will love. Great idea for those football game days!


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Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
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Best Chicken Nuggets!
Ingredients
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Oil of choice or butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Like it spicier? Add some Kickin Chicken spice!
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Beat eggs
  3. Have 4 shallow bowls and place flour, eggs, and Panko bread crumbs in each separate bowl.
  4. Roll cubes in flour to coat
  5. Dip in beaten eggs
  6. Roll in Panko bread crumbs – usually found in the baking aisle
  7. Fry in oil or butter of choice
  8. Season to taste
  9. When browned, remove and drain on a paper towel
  10. If freezing, place on baking sheet to freeze individually. When frozen, bag and seal. This way, you can use the amount that you need.

 

Don’t substitute regular bread crumbs for Panko. It’s Panko bread crumbs that make them so crispy and good. You’ll find a couple different brands of them in the baking aisle.

If freezing for later, place on a flat cookie sheet to freeze individually. When frozen, bag in smaller amounts. I like to make a big batch and have them in the freezer all ready to use. 

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YUM! Tender and juicy! They are the best! 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake

There’s a favorite restaurant that I like to go to for breakfast. Their Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake is amazing! I go there just to have that with an omelet or eggs.  I had never tasted hash browns like that before. I finally asked the cook if he gave out his recipe. He wouldn’t tell me the amounts, but he did give me the ingredients. So, I’ve experimented and have come up with a recipe that tastes like the one at the restaurant. They are the best! You might say they’re GOOD-Ah!

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake
Recipe Type: Breakfast or Brunch side dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis@grandparentsplus.com
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Serves: 10-12 servings
Gouda Cheese melted in with a hash brown mixture! The best hash brown recipe you’ll try!
Ingredients
  • Frozen Hash Browns (28-30 oz.)
  • 2 cups shredded Gouda Cheese
  • 3/4 cup yellow onions
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vegetable base (look for this in your soup aisle)
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Thaw hash browns and place in large bowl.
  2. Add shredded Gouda cheese
  3. Saute onions and garlic until translucent in 1-2 T. olive oil and add to bowl.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Mix together
  6. Mix 2 tsp of Vegetable Base into 1 pint of heavy cream and stir until combined.
  7. Put hash brown mixture In a grease 9 x 13 pan
  8. Drizzle the heavy cream with vegetable base over the hash browns in the pan.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour
  10. Remove from oven, cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Cut in squares and serve.

The vegetable base, in this recipe, adds great flavor. It’s a bit expensive, but you’ll use it again and again.

This Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake makes a nice big pan. If you have left-overs, just freeze the individual portions to use later. Take out as needed and microwave.

Another great recipe for hash browns are the Shreds. You might want to check them out, too!

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Oh, I’ll still go back to that restaurant for breakfast, but now I can have those hash browns anytime.

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I know you’ll enjoy this recipe!

Phyllis

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Christmas Salad Recipe

Christmas Salad Recipe

This is an old recipe that I remember my mom making at Christmas time so I renamed it Christmas Salad. The real name of “Spinach and Apple Salad” just didn’t sound exciting enough for such a wonderful salad.

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Fresh greens with red apples looks so colorful . Drizzled with an orange dressing and other goodies, it may sound different, but tastes wonderful! Don’t just limit it to holiday time, but make this anytime as a compliment to your meal. It’s a great use for those apples in the fall, too.

I like to make this salad on individual plates so everyone gets all the ingredients. It makes a tasty and beautiful salad course presentation with the reds and greens. From the original recipe, I added the feta cheese and almonds.

 

Christmas Salad Recipe
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Phyllis @ grandparentsplus.com
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Colorful, delicious, and unique with an orange dressing!
Ingredients
  • Spinach along with other greens
  • red apples (my mother used Delicious apples with their deep red color)
  • Bacon – Cut in squares, fry and drain
  • 1 cup mayo
  • Feta cheese (optional)
  • Sliced almonds
  • Orange Juice concentrate
Instructions
  1. Combine spinach, apples, and bacon in a bowl or arrange on individual salad plates.
  2. Combine orange juice concentrate with mayo until just light orange and mix with salad or pour on top of individual salads
  3. Sprinkle Feta cheese and sliced almonds on top.

Adding orange concentrate to the mayo…..   just a few tablespoons per cup makes an unusual, but tasty dressing.

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Mix until a light orange color….

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Recipe without bacon….

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Recipe with bacon…..

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Add this recipe to your salad collection. So pretty, yet, so delicious! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

You don’t have to visit Hawaii to enjoy these wonderful Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars. They are truly awesome! A mixture of pineapple, coconut, and cream cheese is absolutely “Hawaiian heaven” to the taste buds. Believe me, you’ll get rave reviews when you serve them!  

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Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars
Recipe Type: Dessert Bars
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Serves: 30 bars
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Filling:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
Instructions
  1. Combine crust ingredients and pat into a 9″ square pan.
  2. Bake @350 degrees for 15 minutes and Cool
  3. Combine cream cheese, sugar, milk, egg and vanilla. Fold in drained crushed pineapple and spread over cooled crust
  4. Combine coconut and 1 Tbsp. melted butter. Sprinkle on top of the filling.
  5. Bake bars at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. (or until coconut is just slightly toasted and filling is set.)
  6. Cool. Place in refrigerator. Cut into small squares with a wet knife.
  7. These bars freeze very well!

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While I love chocolate, these are a nice diversion with fantastic flavor. For holidays, decorate with a half cherry.

These are wonderful to make ahead for an occasion as they freeze well. I must confess that sometimes I can’t wait for them to thaw out before I eat one! YUM!

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Enjoy these Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars anytime of the year! 

Phyllis

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