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Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Baked Macaroni & CheeseEverybody loves mac & cheese and this recipe is especially good! At least my family thinks so! Try it tonight and watch how fast it disappears from your dinner table!

1 (10-3/4 ounces) can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups rotini pasta, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted

1. Stir the soup, milk, pepper, cheddar cheese and pasta in a 1-1/2-quart baking dish.

2. Mix the bread crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl; sprinkle over the pasta mixture.

3. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Makes 5 servings.



Ziti with Smoked Sausage

Ziti with Smoked SausageFire-Roasted pasta sauce and smoked sausage give this delightful dish a unique flavor that is sure to please family and guests alike!

1 (8 ounces) package ziti or small tube pasta
1 (28 ounces) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
1 (26 ounces) jar fire-roasted tomato and garlic spaghetti sauce*
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (16 ounces) package smoked sausage, sliced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup 4% cottage cheese

1. In a large saucepan, cook the pasta according to the package directions: drain and return to the pan. Stir in the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, Italian seasoning and smoked sausage; heat through.

2. Stir in 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the cottage cheese; top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and heat over medium heat about 5 minutes or until the mozzarella cheese is melted. Makes 8 servings.



Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Cinnamon Raisin BiscuitsThese light, golden, cinnamon flavored biscuits full of plump raisins and lightly drizzled with a simple icing, are wonderful served fresh from the oven for breakfast or brunch!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk

1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins. Add the buttermilk and stir just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5 to 6 times. Roll to 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 2-1/2-inch biscuit cutter.

2. Place on a greased baking sheet with sides slightly touching. Bake at 425 degrees F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

3. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over the biscuits. Serve warm.Makes 12 biscuits.

Nutrition information: 1 biscuit = 1 serving. Each serving contains: 179 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.



Chicken & Dumplings

Chicken & DumplingsPlump, melt-in-your-mouth dumplings, tender bites of chicken and a rich flavorful broth make this mouth-watering dish a real favorite! And you’ll love how easy this delicious dinner is to make!

3 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter
3 (14-1/2 ounces each) cans chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1-2/3 cups all purpose baking mix (Bisquick)
2/3 cup milk

1. In a Dutch oven, saute celery and onion in butter for 6 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the broth, poultry seasoning, garlic powder and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; add the chicken and simmer, uncovered.

2. For dumplings: combine the all-purpose baking mix and milk. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering broth; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean. Do not lift the cover while simmering. Makes 6 servings.



Giveaway Reminder

DSCN2199-1If you haven’t yet entered my giveaway, you still have plenty of time. Just leave me a comment on the giveaway post and your name will be added to the pot. The giveaway will end on Monday, May 31st at 12:00 midnight! Don’t miss out on your chance to win 5 coupons good for free” products from Tyson! After all, who doesn’t like getting something for “free”? Remember, there will be two lucky winners! Each of these winners will receive 5 coupons good for free Tyson products!

So if you haven’t checked out my Review & Giveaway post, take a minute to stop by. While you’re there, just leave a comment on the post and I will add your name to the pot! Don’t forget, the giveaway ends Monday, May 31st at 12:00 midnight! Feel free to invite your fellow friends and bloggers to stop by for their chance to win!

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Toffee Bars

Toffee BarsThis incredibly easy-to-make dessert treat is perfect for any occasion. These toffee bars travel very well, making them great for picnics, family gatherings, and reunions, to name a few!

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed

1 egg
1 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar; cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13 inch x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown; cool slightly.

2. In a small bowl, beat the egg, brown sugar, vanilla extract and baking powder until well blended. Stir in the coconut and chopped nuts; spread over the crust. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.



Pepperoni Pizza Bake

Pepperoni Pizza BakeThe delicious robust flavor of pepperoni pizza in a convenient taste appealing casserole! I made this for dinner last night and my family loved it!!

8 ounces rotini or other spiral pasta, uncooked
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 (14 ounce each) jars pizza sauce
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (3.5 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
2 cups ( 16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain and return to the skillet. Stir in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pizza sauce; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the egg, milk and Parmesan cheese. Drain the pasta; toss with the egg mixture. Transfer pasta mixture to a greased 2-quart casserole. Top with the beef mixture, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted. Makes 6 servings.



Chocolate Cheesecake Pie

Chocolate Cheesecake PieIf you love chocolate, if you love cheesecake, then you are sure to enjoy this smooth, creamy, rich and yummy dessert! You won’t believe how simple it is to make!

1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1 (8 ounces)frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth; beat in the melted chocolate. Fold in whipped topping; blend well.

2. Spoon mixture into crust. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes 8 servings.