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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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1.5 c Butter Flavored Crisco
2.5 c firmly packed Brown Sugar
1/4 c Milk
2 TBS Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 tsp Salt
1.5 tsp Soda
3.5 c Flour
2 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Mix  in order and mix well, then bake for 7 minutes at 375*. You can add a cup of Pecans if you wish, but cut back the Chips by 1/2 cup.

Let the cookies cool/continue to cook on the cookie sheet for 2 min before transfereing them. I let them cool on a brown paper bag, instead of on cooling racks most of the time.  Trust me, it's smart.


Crispy Cheddar Chicken

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I cheat lots of times.  My Cheddar Chicken recipe comes from a chef I totally admire: Jamie at jamiecooksitup! Crispy Cheddar Chicken
www.jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com
Time: 15 minute prep + 45 minutes baking
Yield: 7 servings
Recipe from adapted from What's Cookin' Chicago via Pinterest In RED, is what I use or have adapted:
Chicken:
4-8 large chicken breasts Depends on size of chicken breast I guess!
2 Only 1 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/2 C milk No Milk, I just rinse chicken well.
3 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 t dried parsley

Sauce:
1   14 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 T sour cream
2 T butter 1/4 c water

1. Cut each chicken breast into 3 large chunks. 
2. In a small food processor grind up the ritz crackers. 
3. Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans. Toss the 1/4 t salt and 1/8 t pepper into the cracker crumbs and stir the mixture around to combine.
4. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk then the cheese and finally the cracker crumbs. 
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Sausage Wontons

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1 (12 oz) pkg wonton wrappers
1 lb pork sausage
2 cups shredded colby cheese
1 red pepper chopped
2 bunches green onions, sliced
1/2 c. ranch salad dressing

Lightly press wonton wrappers onto the bottom and up the sides of greased miniature muffin cups. 

In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain, stir in the cheese, peppers, onions and salad dressing.  Spoon a rounded tablespoonful into each wonton cup.  Bake for 6-7 minutes or until heated through.

Brazilian Limeade

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4 limes (or apprx. 1/2 c Lime Juice)
1 cup sugar
6 cups cold water
1/3 c sweetened condensed milk

Mix cold water and sugar very well.  Chill until ready to serve.  Squeeze all juice out of limes, if you're using fresh limes.  Mix with the sugar water.  Add milk.  Blend again.  Serve immediately with lots of ice.  This does not keep well,  so don't make in advance. 

Served over Sonic Ice, and you're in heaven.


Hearty Vegetable Soup

1/2 lb hamburger cooked/drained
1 c small shell noodles, cooked/drained

Then add:
Large can of Tomato Juice
1/2 c water + 1 TBS Beef Bouillon (mixed these together first)

Then add:

3 Cups Total--Any or all of the following in any amount (1/2 ratio is good start) {cook/microwave before adding to soup. How easy is that???!!!!}

Corn
Peas
Carrots
Celery
Green Beans
Stewed Tomatoes

No need to boil, just heat through and serve with goldfish! Hee Hee.

Broccoli Salad

3 or 4 broccoli crowns (rinsed, chopped)

1 pound bacon (cooked, crumbled) 1/4 c sliced almonds
Dressing:
1 c mayo 3 T vinegar 1/3 c sugar
Mix dressing well.. Pour over ingredients. Chill and serve.

Banana Oat Muffins

This recipe will only make 18 muffins.  Double if you desire more.

1 1/4 c flour
1 c oats
2/3 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 3/4 c mashed bananas (5-6 ripe bananas)
1/3 c melted margarine
1 c cranberries

Combine first 6 ingredients in a mixing bowl, set aside.  Beat egg, banana, melted margarine until smooth. Mix the dry with the wet. Stir in cranberries until combined.

Fill muffin liners nearly full.

Bake at 375* for 20-25 minutes.

Lasagna

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(This will make a 9x13, and you can half the recipe if you wish.)
Prep Time: 30-40 minute

2 pounds Hamburger, cooked and drained

1 jar or Alfredo sauce
16-20 Lasagna noodles (cook normally or try the oven ready if you want)
3+ cups shredded Montery Jack cheese

Add to your browned hamburger:
2 - 15oz cans Tomato sauce (30 oz total)
a handful of brown sugar
3 TBS mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
1 TBS oregano (opt)
1/2 c water
Simmer 10 minutes.

I find that I use 4 noodles per layer.  Spray your 9x13 with Pam, and then start with noodles.  Add about 1 c hamburger sauce, then about 2/3 c cheese, and then about 1/3 c alfredo sauce.  Then repeat.  I get 4 layers with this recipe.  Your last layer is noodles and usually just cheese if you want.  You can use mozzerella and/or cheddar.  But we like the added umph of Montery Jack!

Now you get to bake it for 40 minutes, at 375* until it's bubbling.  Cover with tin foil while you bake, removing the foil the last 10 minutes.

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Pepper Steak

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This entree works best like a TV food show.
You prepare a few things separately, then combine them in the end.
Read through well, then cook it up.


Dice up 1 to 2 cups tomatoes


Dice up two green peppers (remove the insides)


In a bowl mix:
3 cups beef broth (from scratch 3 c water + 3 tsp beef bouillon)

1/2 c soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder


Reserve 1/2 c of beef broth sauce .  Add to this, 3 TBS cornstarch and mix until smooth.

2 lbs steak meat (stew meat works too), cut up into bite size pieces
1/4 reg. size onion, diced
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce


Fry meat and onion in sauce, on med. heat in a large skillet until half way cooked through.  Add the 3 cups of beef broth sauce.  Bring to a boil, but not to fast. (It will toughen your meat)
While boiling, stir cornstarch and broth sauce again, making sure it's smooth and then add to the meat.  Return to a boil, and sauce will thicken.




Add diced peppers.  Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add tomatoes, simmer for 5 more minutes.

Gingersnaps

1 1/2 c margarine
2 c sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c molasses
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 c flour

Mix well.
Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
Bake at 375* for 7-10 minutes.

Cream Cheese Apple Dip

1- 8oz Cream Cheese block
1 jar caramel topping
1 Skor candy bar (mashed up)

Place cream cheese block in pie pan (or something similar), pour caramel over it and candy bar.  Microwave for 1-2 minutes until soft and melted down a bit.

I break up the cream cheese by cutting it down into squares so it softens easier.

Serve with sliced apples.

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

2 cups chicken cooked  and diced (canned works too!)
1 package frozen veggies (broccoli or mixed or whatever)

Sauce:
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c mayo
1 cup grated cheese (I use/like sharp!  more flavor!)
1/4 tsp curry

Mix together, bake in a 9x13 at 350* for 20 min.

Apple Pork

3 tsp Rubbed Sage
2 tsp Minced Garlic (dry)
2 tsp Thyme
1 tsp Allspice (you can make your own allspice!  Did you know that??)
1 tsp Paprika

2 TBS Flour
1 1/2 tsp Salt
4-8 boneless pork chops (1 inch thick--I usually fillet mine so they are only an inch thick)
1 med onion, sliced or diced
3/4 c apple juice
1 1/2 TBS brown sugar
2 red apples thinly sliced and cored

Mix flour, all the spices and salt in a bowl. Rub/Sprinkle both sides of chops with the seasoned flour.

Cook chops in a large skillet that has about 2 TBS hot oil in it, on med-high heat until browned on both sides. ( Do not cook thoroughly through just yet.)

Remove meat from pan and saute onion and apples.

Stir in juice, sugar, and any remaining seasoned flour until mixed well.

Add meat back in, bring to a boil, then turn to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or so.



This was a McCormick dish that I tried.  In Winco, over by the sandwich meats and hot dogs, there was an end cap with these pre-made spice packets.  I bough…

Pistachio Salad

20oz can crushed pineapple (keep juice)
1 cool whip (reg size)
1 Small Pistachio Pudding
1/2 c Walnuts (opt)
1/2 c colored marshmallows

Mix pudding  and pineapple with juice.
Then fold in cool whip and other ingredients.

Refrigerate.
Easy.

Chocolate Milk Shakes

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This one is for you, Erika!
And the rest of you, who like Wendy's Frosties.

1c Nestle's Hot chocolate
1 tsp Vanilla
2 c GOOD Milk (Use whole, but if you don't have it, you can use 1c skim/2% with 1c Half and Half)
4 c Soft Ice (Just let it sit out for 5-10mins, but I have microwaved it! or use Pellet Ice from Sonic)

OPTIONAL:
1/4 to 1/2 c Peanut Butter OR
1 Banana

BLEND WELL, until super smooth.



Enjoy!
Like Tang Shakes, these keep in the freezer well.  Not for weeks or anything but for a  couple of hours, let's say.

This is the stuff, if you're not sure about the Nestle's.