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Old Fashioned Cabbage Soup

Old-Fashioned Cabbage SoupNo matter whether the weather is freezing cold or sweltering hot, my family loves soup! This delicious, robust-flavored cabbage soup is always a favorite!

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth (can be made from bouillon)
4 cups shredded cabbage
6 ounces Polish or Kielbasa sausage, sliced
1 teaspoon dry parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1. In a Dutch oven, sauté the onion and celery in butter until tender but not brown. Stir in the flour until mixture is smooth; add the broth and cabbage. Cook and stir until cabbage is tender and broth is thickened; about 12 minutes.

2. Add the sausage, parsley, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder; cover and cook an additional 5 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Cornbread muffins would go great with this soup!



Meat Lover’s Skillet Dinner

DSCN2282If you (like me) have a hungry meat-lover in your family, this is the recipe for you! It’s chock-full of ground beef, pork sausage, pepperoni and bacon! Add tender noodles and the zesty flavor of pizza sauce and oregano topped off with shredded cheddar cheese and you’ll have a sure-fire winner!

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 (3.5 oz) package sliced pepperoni, cut into fourths
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 (14 ounce each) jars pizza sauce
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups cooked wide egg noodles
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, sausage and onion until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the pizza sauce, tomato sauce, oregano, onion powder and garlic powder; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until hot and bubbly..

Add the cooked noodles. Top with the cheddar cheese; cover and simmer over low heat until cheese is melted. Makes 8 servings.



Oat Buttermilk Muffins

Oat Buttermilk MuffinsThe wholesome goodness of cholesterol-lowering oats in every delicious bite! We especially like these for breakfast!

1 cup oats (quick-cooking or old fashioned)
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1. In a large mixer bowl, soak the oats in the buttermilk for 15 minutes. Stir in the egg, brown sugar, oil and vanilla extract.

2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the nuts and raisins (if using); blend well. Stir flour mixture into the oat mixture just until moistened.

3. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in the pan 5 minutes; remove to wire rack. Makes 8 muffins.


I like to make double or even triple recipes of these and freeze them for later use. I wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap and place them in zip-lock freezer bags.



Apple Delight

Apple DelightDuring the hot days of summer when I don’t want to heat up the house by using my oven, I turn to my trusty slow cooker. This delightful apple dessert turns out perfect every time!

1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling (you could substitute cherry pie filling, if desired)
1 (18-1/4 ounce) box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

1. Spread the pie filling in bottom of a 1-1/2-quart slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the dry cake mix and melted butter until crumbly; sprinkle over the pie filling. Sprinkle nuts over the top.

3. Cover; cook on Low for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Serve hot from the slow cooker in bowls. Top with vanilla ice cream if desired. Makes 10 servings.



Vidalia Onion Casserole

Vidalia Onion CasseroleA wonderfully yummy side dish that goes great with practically any meat entrée! If your family likes onions, they are sure to enjoy this delicious casserole.

1/2 cup butter
6 to 8 medium Vidalia (or other sweet) onions, sliced, separated into rings (about 12 cups)
2 cups butter flavor crackers (I used Ritz)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded Colby Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese

1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion rings and sauté until tender.

2. Place 1/2 the onions in a 2-quart baking dish; sprinkle 1 cup of the crackers, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Repeat the layers.

3. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 8 servings.



Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Fudge CakeWhen your family is in the mood for a rich chocolate dessert, try this delicious fudge cake served straight from your slow cooker! You won’t believe how yummy it is until you try it!

1-3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
1-3/4 cups boiling water
Vanilla ice cream, (optional)

1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the brown sugar, the flour, 3 tablespoons of the baking cocoa, the baking powder and salt; set aside.

2. In a separate medium bowl, combine the milk, butter and vanilla; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Spread evenly into a 3-quart slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the chips.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining brown sugar and baking cocoa; stir in the boiling water until blended. Pour over the  batter in the slow cooker (DO NOT STIR).

4. Cover and cook on High for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.



Egg Salad

Egg SaladI have made this “really good” egg salad for so many years, I don’t even remember the first time I made it. We really enjoy this during the hot days of summer!

6  hard boiled eggs, shelled & chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
5 slices crisp, cooked bacon, crumbled

In a medium bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients until well blended; fold in the bacon. Serve on your favorite snack crackers or as a sandwich on toasted whole wheat bread.



Cupcake Brownies

Cupcake BrowniesA delightfully easy way to make delicious chocolate brownies without the mess! These can be frosted, if desired, but we like them just the way they are!

1 cup butter, cubed
4 ounces (4 squares) semisweet chocolate
4 eggs
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans

1. Melt butter and chocolate in a small microwaveable bowl on High; stir until smooth.

2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until blended. Beat in vanilla and the chocolate mixture.

3. Gradually stir in the flour until blended; stir in the nuts.

4. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean; cool. Makes 18 cupcake brownies.