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! 

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Orange Candied Sweet Potatoes

Orange Candied Sweet Potatoes

I always think of sweet potatoes in the fall. They taste so good with a meal. At Thanksgiving, many people serve it with lots of marshmallows on top. This recipe for Orange Candied Sweet Potatoes gives a different taste to the same old sweet potatoes. It is delicious, colorful, and very pretty to serve. A friend served it in slices with the glaze spooned over it and I thought it was such a lovely way that I do it, too!

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I have varied the original recipe from Cooks.com just a bit. I wanted more orange flavor so I used 2 Tbsp. of orange concentrate instead of the juice. If you like it with a more subtle orange flavor, just use the orange juice. 

 

Orange Candied Sweet Potatoes
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Cooks.com
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Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • from Cooks.com
  • ORANGE CANDIED SWEET POTATOES
  • 6 sweet potatoes, halved (I like to peel them and slice them in 3/4 – 1 inch thick slices.)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice concentrate
  • 3/4 c. corn syrup
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine sweet potatoes, salt and 1/2 cup boiling water in saucepan. Simmer covered for 15 minutes or until tender. Pour off all but 1/4 cup stock dot with butter. Combine orange juice, corn syrup and brown sugar. Blend well. Pour over sweet potatoes. Simmer basting frequently for 15 minutes.

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Boil.  When tender, dot with butter reserving 1/4 cup stock from the potatoes.

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Make the orange candied syrup and pour over the potatoes. Baste with sauce.  

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Other than the usual baking and dotting the sweet potato with butter and brown sugar, this is my favorite way to serve sweet potatoes.

Try them! 

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Thanks for visiting! 

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Do you want something new,  festive, and fun to serve for dessert this fall? Try this Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe! It satisfies the longing for the pumpkin flavor and is so pretty to serve. This recipe certainly has a “wow” factor, but it is easy to make! This recipe comes from a friend who is a terrific cook.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Recipe Type: Dessert
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Serves: <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span></span>12 – 4 oz. <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”” data-mce-bogus=”1″>ramikens</span></span></span>
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Ingredients
  • 6 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 c. raisins (optional)
  • 1/3 c. bourbon (or hot water)
  • <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span></span>1 (15 <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”15 ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>0z</span></span>. ) can pumpkin <span class=”hiddenSuggestion” pre=”pumpkin ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>puree</span></span>
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 tsp pur vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span></span>Pinch of salt 1 (12 oz.) day old brioche or <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=”or ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>challah</span></span> bread, cut 3/4 inch. cubes</span>
  • Confectioners sugar for dusting
  • Butter to coat ramekins or custard cups
Instructions
  1. <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span></span>Coat bottom and sides of <span class=”mceItemHidden” data-mce-bogus=”1″><span class=”hiddenSuggestion” pre=”of ” data-mce-bogus=”1″>individual ramekins</span></span> or custard cups with butter and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and set aside.</span>
  2. Place raisins in and small bowl and cover with bourbon (if using) or hot water to soak 20 minutes or until plump. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, granulated sugar, milk, vanilla, spices, and salt.
  4. Toss in bread cubes; stir gently to coat and let stand a few minutes. Fold in raisins. Divide among prepared dishes, pressing down to make slightly even.
  5. Bake until center sets and top is golden – 40 minutes.
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Pumpkin, eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla, spices, and raisins all ready to go into prepared dishes….

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I used 12 – 4 oz. ramekins.  Baked for 45 minutes.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

If you don’t have ramekins, use a large-size muffin tin. You may have to vary the baking time. 

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Sprinkle powdered sugar over the individual servings.

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I know you’ll enjoy this dessert! 

Phyllis

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Can’t get enough chocolate? This Double Chocolate Banana Bread satisfies that craving!  It is such a moist and delicious bread. You can vary this recipe and make it just regular Banana Bread, too! Nice to have two options in one recipe. 

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This recipe makes two small loaves or one large loaf. I like the two small loaves as the pieces are just right for serving. Eat one and freeze the other for later.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread or Regular Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
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Serves: 2 small loaves or 1 large loaf
Chocolate flavor, chocolate chips, and bananas all go into this Double Chocolate Banana Bread! So moist and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 bananas mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour – If you’re making the Double Chocolate version, add 1 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients mixing together.
  2. Add flour and soda or the flour, soda, and cocoa powder.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips at the end.
  4. Put into two greased and floured small loaf pans or one large loaf pan (9×5)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool 15 minutes in the pan.
  7. Invert and remove bread from the pan.

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Are you a chocolate lover? I am and I absolutely love this Double Chocolate Banana Bread! I think you will, too!

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

You might want to try the Chocolate Zucchini Cake, too!

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Freezing Tomatoes the Easy Way!

Freezing Tomatoes the Easy Way!

There is nothing better than a fresh, ripe tomato from the garden! The flavor is wonderful, but often you get more than you can eat! Now what? How do you quickly and easily save them for soups, chili, or stews?

Now, I don’t like skinning tomatoes! It’s a messy job! Besides, you do lose the nutrients contained in and right under the skin. Why not make it easier? Freezing Tomatoes the Easy Way is better, less messy and quicker, too! Let me show you how….

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You will need a food processor or bullet. Just simply core the tomatoes and cut off any blemishes. Put them into the food processor or bullet and process.

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Puree the tomatoes and pour into muffin tins.

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Place in the freezer. When completely frozen, set in warm water for just a few seconds until they loosen. Dump into  freezer bags,  place in your freezer, and you’re done! Take out what you need to add to your recipes, reseal, and keep the rest for the next recipe. Now, isn’t that easy?

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I don’t know if this is a new idea or not, but I thought I’d try it and it worked for me! Hope this helps you, too!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Does Chocolate Zucchini Cake count as a vegetable or dessert? Perhaps if you eat it with your meal; it’s a vegetable, but if you eat it later; it’s a dessert! Either way, this recipe is one to use again and again. It is moist, delicious, and doesn’t need frosting! 
If you have a garden and plant zucchini, you know you’re going to need lots of zucchini recipe ideas for using all that a plant produces. This is one recipe idea that can be made over and over again. It is so good! I grate the zucchini and freeze in 2 cup portions so I have it ready to use for baking another cake when needed. A friend gave me this recipe. She found it in an old church cookbook.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Old Cookbook Find!
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Serves: 12-15 pieces
Rich chocolate cake made with grated Zucchini
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour milk (use regular milk with a tsp. of lemon juice to curdle it or use buttermilk)
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa pwd.
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 c. cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream together oil, butter, eggs, and sugar.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients and zucchini.
  4. Pour into greased 9×13 cake pan.
  5. Sprinkle chips and nuts (optional) on top.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 min.

The batter will look like this….

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It looks light, but don’t worry, it bakes darker.

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This cake is so moist, rich, and delicious! It’s hard to resist especially if you’re a chocolate lover. 

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If by chance you have leftovers, it freezes well! 

Now, do you consider this a vegetable or dessert? Hmmm….I wonder….

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti Salad

This Spaghetti Salad recipe makes a huge amount. So, if you’re making it just for your family, you may want to cut the recipe in half. It is a hearty salad and one which you can add just about anything to it. I’ll give lots of optional additions, but you can pick and choose the ones your family will like.

You do need to plan ahead and make this the day before. It needs to be in the refrigerator overnight to soak up all the flavors!

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Spaghetti Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
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This Spaghetti Salad is hearty and delicious. Lots of ingredients with a zest of Salad Supreme spice.
Ingredients
  • 1 -1 lb. box Spaghetti (regular or whole wheat)
  • 1 16 oz. bottle of Italian Dressing
  • Red onion chopped fine
  • 2-3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • McCormick’s Salad Supreme seasoning
  • Cheese (Colby or Cheddar)
  • pepperoni or salami, cut into small pieces
  • Celery – diced
  • Optional items:
  • Cucumber, seeded and diced
  • Sliced black olives
  • green pepper, diced
  • marinated artichoke hearts
Instructions
  1. Prepare Spaghetti according to package directions
  2. Drain and run under cold water.
  3. Place spaghetti in a large bowl.
  4. Pour Italian Dressing over the spaghetti
  5. Add 1/2 jar of McCormick’s Salad Seasoning ( I add just a little more)
  6. Mix with spaghetti
  7. Add onion, celery, pepperoni or salami, and tomatoes
  8. Add optional ingredients of choice
  9. Combine all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

This recipe never had amounts of each ingredient so I just add according to what I like. Toss well before serving to get all the goodies from the bottom of the bowl. This salad keeps well for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Salsa Goddess Dressing Recipe

Salsa Goddess Dressing Recipe

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Here’s a recipe for a great taco dressing that I call Salsa Goddess Dressing! It is easily mixed together from four ingredients. Three of the ingredients are easily found. One is my secret ingredient I use for my Guacamole. It  adds wonderful flavor to this Salsa-Goddess dressing. Check out the Best Guacamole Recipe, too!

 

Salsa-Goddess Dressing for Taco Salad
Recipe Type: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
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Serves: 2 1/2 cups approx.
A wonderful dressing for your Taco Salads.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2/3 cup Green Goddess Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup Salsa (your choice of mild, medium, or hot)
  • Tajin
Instructions
  1. Thin mayo with milk or cream
  2. Add Green Goddess Salad Dressing
  3. Add Salsa
  4. Mix together
  5. Season to taste with Tajin -add shakes of Tajin until you reach desired spice flavor
  6. (Tajin, pronounced “Ta-Heen” is found in the Hispanic aisle of your grocery store or in a Hispanic grocery store.

 

 

 

Tajin looks like this….. Salsa Goddess Dressing

 

Put dressing in  bowl or pitcher and let each person add the dressing on their Taco Salad.

Sprinkle chips on top. (optional)

Salsa-Goddess Dressing for Taco Salad

 

Enjoy! 

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Pickled Beets (no canning)

Pickled Beets (no canning)

Are you a fan of pickled beets? I really enjoy them on a tossed salad or used as a side dish for dinner. Since I don’t grow beets and I’m not a person that does canning, I rely on donations of pickled beets from friends. UNTIL NOW! 

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A friend of mine gave me this old family recipe for Pickled Beets where you use canned beets from the grocery store, make them into pickled beets and store them in the refrigerator! The recipe makes quite a bit and since I’m the only one in my immediate family that likes them, I make 1/3 of the recipe at a time! It takes only 10 minutes and they’re done! I used shoestring beets, but you can used whole or sliced, too. 

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Pickled Beets (no canning)
Recipe Type: Pickles – side dish
Author: Sherrill Port
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6 jars
Wonderful Pickled Beets in 10 minutes with no canning necessary!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cups beet juice (drain from can)
  • 6 cans beets (whole, sliced or shoestring)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except for beets.
  2. Bring to boil and boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves.
  4. Add drained beets.
  5. Pour into jars or a glass container and cover
  6. Keeps in refrigerator for a long time!
  7. If you use fresh beets – peel and cook until tender.
  8. Use beet juice in above recipe.
  9. Follow remainder of recipe.
  10. If canning, wash and scald jars and lids. Place beets in hot jars and cover with liquid. Process.

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These are delicious and now I can have them anytime!

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Now, isn’t that the easiest recipe for Pickled Beets? It’s the best! I’m so thankful to my friend, Sherrill, for sharing this delicious recipe. By the way, the beets are ready to serve when cooled. No waiting, either! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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20 Crumb Crusts

20 Crumb Crusts

When you want a different twist on a dessert, try some of these tasty crumb crusts. Some of these I’m sure you’ve  heard of before, but many are very different. Pair these crusts with a complimentary flavor of ice cream, pudding, or pie mixture for a unique switch on your favorite recipe. It’s handy to have these all in one place so it’s easy to find when needed. Most are crumb crusts with some baked and some chilled. Two are roll-out crusts.  The crusts work well in either a pie pan, 8 x 8 pan, or spring-form pan.

Graham Cracker:

1  1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 3 T. sugar, and 1/3 to 1/2 c. melted butter. Press into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Try cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers, too.

Gingersnap:

1 cup finely chopped pecans, 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. soft butter. Bake at 450 degrees for 5-7 min.

Oreo:

Combine 18 crushed chocolate Oreos with 1/3 c. melted butter. Press into pan and chill. Try other Oreo flavors, too.

Chocolate Wafer:  (these are found in the baking section; not in the cookie aisle)

Combine 18 crushed chocolate wafers with 1/2 C melted butter. Chill.

Almond-Graham:

Combine 2/3 c. finely ground almonds and 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs. Slowly add 2 T. oil or melted butter. Press firmly into spring-form or pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Try it in this recipe…. Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert

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Kahlua:

Combine 16 crushed graham cracker squares (approx. 1  1/2. cup) or 20 crushed chocolate wafers with 1/4 c. melted butter and 2 T. Kahlua. Press into pan and chill.

Add ice cream and you’ll have a delicious dessert pie!

Vanilla Wafers:

Combine 1  1/2 c.  crushed vanilla wafers with 1/4 c. melted butter. Chill or bake a few minutes.

Try using this in Best Banana Cream Pie

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Pretzel Crumb:

Combine 1 c. pretzel crumbs with 1/3 c. melted butter and 2 T. sugar. Chill.

Zwieback:

Mix 1 c. zwieback crumbs, 1/4 c. powdered sugar, and 2 T. melted butter. Press into pan. Chill.

Corn Flake:

Combine 1 c. crushed corn flakes, 1/4 c. sugar and 1/3 c. melted butter. Press into pan and chill.

Peanut Butter:

Make graham cracker crust, except, in place of butter, use 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. creamy-style peanut butter. melt together and add to crumb mixture.

Rice Krispy:

Combine 1 c. rice krispies, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 c.  melted butter. Press into pan and chill.

Butter Crunch:

Combine 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1 c. flour, and 1/2 c. butter. Add 1/2 c. chopped pecans or coconut. Mix with hands. Spread in 9 x 13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Take from oven and stir with spoon. Save 3/4 c. for topping and immediately press rest of mixture into 9 inch pie pan. Chill.

Try this one with your favorite Coconut Cream Pie recipe!

Chocolate Krispy:

Melt 1/3 c butter with 1 (6 0z.) pkg. chocolate chips. Add 2  1/2 c. crushed Rice Krispies. Press into pie plate and chill.

Vary this recipe….  Buster Bar Dessert

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Sour-Cream pastry: (Roll-out)

Cute 2/3 c. butter into 2 c. flour, until coarse and crumbly. Beat 1 egg with 1/3 c. sour cream and stir into flour mixture. Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30-40 minutes. Roll out and bake in a 9 inch pie pan.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Try this with  Lemon Blueberry Pie

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Cocoa Pie Crust:

Combine 1/4 c. cocoa, 1 c. Bisquick and 2T. sugar. Cut in 1/4 c. butter and add 3 T. boiling water. Mix until dough forms a ball and sides of bowl are clean. Pat into 9 in. pie pan. Bake 8-10 minutes.

Chip and Chex Pie Crust:

Combine 1/3 C. chocolate chips, 1 1/4 crushed Rice Chex cereal, 1/4 c. brown sugar, and 1/3 c. melted butter. Press evenly onto bottom and sides of buttered 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Add: Your favorite ice cream! (mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip, or any flavor with a bit of chocolate in it!)

Chocolate-Coconut Crust:

Melt 4 oz. chocolate chips and 2 T butter over low heat. Stir in 2 c. flaked coconut. Mix well and press on bottom and sides of a 9 in. pie plate. Freeze.

Toasted Coconut Pie Crust:

Combine 7 oz.  pkg coconut which has been toasted in the oven, with 3 T. butter and 1 T. cinnamon. Press into 9 in. pie pan. Freeze 15 minutes.

Cream Cheese pastry:  (Roll-out)

Beat together 8 oz cream cheese, softened, with 8 oz. softened butter. Then beat in 1/2 c. heavy cream. Add a pinch of salt to 2  1/2 c. flour and add slowly to cheese mixture, forming dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour before rolling out. Bake crust, according to specific recipe used.

Enough pie crusts for you? Now, try using them on some of the recipes you have and combine them with a new crust to give your dessert  or pie a different flavor!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert

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How can you go wrong with both cheesecake and blueberries? You can’t, because this Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert is outstanding! I have combined my  Fresh Blueberry Pie recipe with a graham cracker crust, along with an added cheesecake layer. You can make this dessert in an 8×8 pan or make it as a pie. It is a rich dessert, so if you make it as a pie, cut the pieces small! 

Crust:

16 graham cracker squares, crushed – approx. 1  1/2 cups

1/4 cup. melted butter

3 T.  sugar

 

Cream Cheese Filling Layer:

12 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup sugar

 

Blueberry Layer:

2 pints fresh blueberries  ( use one for the blueberry sauce and one fresh pint on top of the cooked cream cheese layer)

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup sugar, scant

3 T. lemon juice

 

Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter together and press in either an 8×8 pan or a 9 inch pie pan. For the filling, mix the softened cream cheese, beaten eggs, and sugar together and spread on top of crust. Bake 25-30 minutes until center is set. When cool, put one pint of fresh blueberries over the cream cheese layer.

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Make topping of 1 pint fresh blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix together and cook, stirring constantly,  until thick. Cool. Pour cooled blueberry mixture over the fresh blueberries on top of the cheesecake layer and chill.

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Serve the Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert with a dollop of whipped cream.

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Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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