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Pumpkin Bread #2

Pumpkin Bread #2This is a wonderful bread to serve at breakfast or brunch. I enjoy it best slightly warm with my morning coffee.

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
4 large eggs
1 cup canola oil*
1/3 cup water
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups granulated sugar
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, oil and water; mix well stirring by hand. Sift together the pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and flour. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture a little at a time blending well after each addition. Stir in the raisins and nuts.

2. Divide batter evenly between 2 greased and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until wooden toothpick or knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Makes 2 loaves.**

* You may use 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of the 1 cup of oil, if desired.

** This bread freezes well. Just wrap in plastic wrap then put into a zipper seal freezerĀ  bag.



No Bake Chocolate Cookies

No Bake Chocolate CookiesThe warmer weather months are just around the corner. This delicious no-bake chocolate cookie recipe is perfect for those times when you want to satisfy your family’s sweet tooth but don’t want to heat up the kitchen. Actually, my family enjoys these delightful little cookies any time of the year!

2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
3 cups quick-cook oats

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, milk and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often; cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, pinch of salt, peanut butter and oats; blend thoroughly.

2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper; cool and then chill in refrigerator until set. Makes about 48 cookies.



Scalloped Cabbage

Scalloped CabbageMy family enjoys cabbage most any way I fix it but this is one of their favorite recipes (mine too)! It goes great with beef, pork or chicken.

1 medium head of cabbage, core removed and cut into wedges
1large onion, peeled and cut into wedges
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup crushed saltine crackers
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups milk

1. Place the cabbage and onion wedges in a large pot; cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until tender; drain.

2. Add the remaining ingredients to the drained cooked cabbage; stir to blend. Pour into a buttered 13×9-inch casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top and sauce is thickened. Makes 8 servings.



Caramel Chocolate Squares

Caramel Chocolate SquaresPure decadence in every bite of these delicious, brownie-like squares filled with rich caramel, creamy chocolate and crunchy nuts. Yum! Yum!

1 (14 ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided
1 (18.25 ounce) box chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.In a medium microwaveable mixer bowl, combine the caramels and 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk. Microwave on High for 2 to 3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds until the caramels are melted and mixture is smooth; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry cake mix, melted butter, remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk and chopped nuts. Stir together by hand until a soft dough forms; press 1/2 of the dough onto bottom of a greased and floured 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and spread caramel mixture over the baked layer; sprinkle chocolate chips over the caramel mixture. Crumble the remaining cake mix dough evenly over the chocolate chips.

4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes longer. Do Not Over Bake. It may appear not to be thoroughly cooked, but once it cools it will be soft and chewy. Cut into squares. Makes 24 squares.



Pork Chops & Potatoes

Pork Chops & PotatoesTender pork chops, potatoes and onions in a rich, creamy, mushroom sauce will make your family glad they came home for dinner!

6 pork chops*
2 tablespoons cooking oil
6 medium potatoes, peeled & thinly sliced
1 large onion, sliced
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the chops in the oil; set aside. In bottom of a buttered 13×9-inch casserole arrange the potato slices; top with the onion slices. Season with the salt and pepper.

2. In a small bowl, combine the milk, Worcestershire sauce and soup. Pour 1/2 the milk mixture over the potatoes and onions; top with the pork chops and pour remaining milk mixture over the chops. Cover casserole with aluminum foil; bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until the chops and potatoes are tender. Makes 6 servings.

* You may use either bone-in or boneless pork chops. I used bone-in chops but I cut out the bones and removed the excess fat before using.



Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

Cinnamon Oatmeal BreadThis lightly cinnamon flavored bread is great “as is” hot from the oven or add a pat of butter for extra eating pleasure. I enjoy it for breakfast or brunch with a hot cup of coffee.

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons cooking oil

1. In a large mixer bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon with a wire whisk until well blended. Stir in the remaining ingredients; blend well. Pour into a well greased or buttered round cake pan.

2. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18 to 20 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges; serve hot. Makes 8 servings.



Chicken Dinner Delight

Chicken Dinner DelightThis recipe turned out wonderful. I was a little unsure of it’s success while I was putting it together but was truly delighted with the way it turned out. So was my hubby and son!

2 cups Radiatore (or other small pasta)
1 (14 ounce) package frozen broccoli cuts, thawed
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
2 (10.5 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 (6 ounces each) boxes chicken flavor stuffing mix

1.Cook the pasta according to the package directions using the minimum cook time; drain. Pour into bottom of a buttered 13×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle thawed broccoli cuts over the pasta. Sprinkle cubed chicken over the broccoli.

2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except the stuffing; pour over the chicken.

3. Prepare stuffing mix according to the package directions; spoon evenly over top of the soup mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Makes 8 servings.



Spoon Biscuits

Spoon BiscuitsWhen I’m in the mood for homemade biscuits but don’t want to do all the work of rolling and cutting, I turn to this simple recipe. The shape is different because they are baked in a muffin tin but the texture and flavor are pure biscuit heaven!

1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1. In a small bowl, combine the flour and milk; blend well. Stir in the mayonnaise and blend well.

2. Spoon the dough into well greased muffin tins to about 1/2 full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 6 to 9 biscuits depending on the size of the muffin tins.