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Hearty Corn Chowder

This is an excellent recipe on a cold winters night! It’s warm and filling, and even better… it’s not very expensive! I love corn chowder!! I had no idea I loved it until I finally gave it a chance now it’s a favorite soup of mine. I did not use fresh corn. I actually used one can of sweet corn.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Husk the corn.
  2. Carefully remove most of the silk by hand and then rub the ears with a towel to finish the job. 
  3. Cut the kernels from the cobs and place in a bowl.
  4. You should have about 2 cups.
  5. Using the back of your knife, scrape down the cobs and add the milky substance that oozes out to the corn kernels.
  6. Heat a 3-to 4-quart heavy pot over low heat and add the diced bacon.
  7. Once it has rendered a few tablespoons of fat, increase the heat to medium and cook until the bacon is crisp and golden brown.
  8. Pour off all but one tablespoon of the bacon fat, leaving the bacon in the pot.
  9. Add the butter, onion, bell pepper, thyme, cumin, and turmeric and sauté, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for about 8 minutes, until the onion and pepper are tender but not browned.
  10. Add the corn kernels, potatoes and stock, turn up the heat, cover, and boil vigorously for about 10 minutes.
  11. Some of the potatoes will have broken up, but most should retain their shape.
  12. Use the back of your spoon to smash a bit of the corn and potatoes against the side of the pot.
  13. Reduce the heat to medium and season the chowder with salt and pepper.
  14. Stir the cornstarch mixture and slowly pour it into the pot, stirring constantly.
  15. As soon as the chowder has come back to a boil and thickened slightly, remove from the heat and stir in the cream.
  16. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  17. If you are not serving the chowder within the hour, let it cool a bit, then refrigerate; cover the chowder AFTER it has chilled completely.
  18. Otherwise, let it sit at room temperature for up to an hour, allowing the flavors to meld.
  19. When ready to serve, reheat the chowder over low heat; don’t let it boil.
  20. Ladle into cups or bowls and sprinkle with the chopped chives.

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Teriyaki Chicken Legs


This is a fantastic recipe! The chicken legs are bursting with teriyaki flavor. I marinate the chicken legs no less than 12 hours which makes a huge difference. By marinating them for at least 12 hours the marinade has a chance to get deep into the meat. Fantastic!


Ingredients 
  • 2 lbs chicken legs
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup soy sauce (I use reduced salt)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Heat butter, soy sauce, sugar, water mustard and garlic powder  in the microwave or stove top until the butter and sugar melt. Allow to cool
  2. Place chicken legs in zip bag
  3. Pour  marinade over legs and marinate at least 12 hours, turning as often as possible.
  4. Drain off all the marinate
  5. Bake in a heavy foil lined baking pan at 375F for 1 hour or until down, turning occasionally.

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Puppy Chow

Chex Party Mix is a staple for our Christmas Celebration. 
Since I married my husband I always make something 
that he grew up being “Puppy Chow” which is made with 
Chex cereal! We love finding new and creative ways to use 
Chex especially at the holidays!


Ingredients:
  • 9 cups Chex cereal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Directions:
  1. In a saucepan over low heat melt the chocolate chips and add peanut butter.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat, add Crispix and stir until coated.
  4. Pour powered sugar into a large plastic bag, add coated Crispix and shake until well coated.

 
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Libby’s Pumpkin Roll (Recipe)

This is fantastic and a great presentation if you want to give it to someone as a gift, or make it for a great after dinner treat. We make at least two each Thanksgiving. They do not last very long in our family. I have even known people who sell these in their office for $8-$10 each. Shesh.. or just make it for $4? This is a must for Thanksgiving! So if you are sitting there right now wondering what you should make tomorrow this is it!!

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Filling:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)

Directions:
CAKE:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts. BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack. FOR

FILLING:
BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired. COOKING TIP:Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.

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Fiesta Oyster Cracker Mix (Recipe)

I love these crackers. Not only are the inexpensive to make but they spicy (not hot) and yummy, and a great grab and go snack for a holiday party. You can use any ranch dressing, but the fiesta ranch adds a nice tangy zip to the crackers. Last Christmas I took these to a holiday party and they were a big hit!
Ingredients:
  • 2 TBS of Fiesta Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Mix
  • 1 bag of Oyster Crackers
  • 1/3 cup veg oil (I don’t suggest Olive oil because it alters the flavor)
  • 2 paper bags (lunch bags)

Directions:

  1. Add oil, and Fiesta Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Mix to a bowl and mix well
  2. Fold in the Oyster Crackers and mix until they are well coated
  3. Evenly distribute the Oyster Crackers into two paper bags
  4. Close your paper bag up well and shake. Shaking every once in a while for a few hours (the purpose of the bag is to absorb the excess oil)
  5. Remove from the paper bags after they have sat for three hours and store in an air tight container. I used this great Rubbermaid container
  6. Enjoy!

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Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

I made the mistake of  making this casserole as a main dish. I have been trying to incorporate two meatless meals in our menu per week, but I haven’t been very successful. I made this for dinner thinking what a great meatless meal it would be when it truth it would have made a much better side dish. I don’t blame the recipe I blame myself.

As for the dish in general it has a great flavor, makes a great presentation, and doesn’t cost much to make. It smells great cooking, and turned out perfect. As I said before it would make a wonderful side dish for me the word casserole was misleading. Thank you Wildflour for the great recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts chopped cabbage
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of celery soup 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup packed shredded American cheese or 1 Velveeta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, less if desired
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup finely crushed butter flavored cracker
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, more if needed

Directions:

  1. Cook cabbage 5-7 minutes in salted water, drain well.
  2. Combine soup, milk, cheese, salt and pepper in large bowl.
  3. Microwave til cheese melts and is creamy. Stir occasionally.
  4. Fold in cabbage.
  5. Pour into 1-1/2 quart casserole dish.
  6. Mix cracker crumbs and melted butter.
  7. Sprinkle evenly over top.
  8. Bake in 350º over for 30-40 minutes til bubbly.

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Hammy Cream of Potato Soup

I started off making one recipe tonight, and then changed in the middle of chopping. So this was another recipe that has been modified to something I thought might be better, and I was right it’s fantastic. The weather here is nasty! Cold and rainy weather has soup written all over it. This is a very rich and hearty recipe. The flavors work so well together, and it’s just down right good!

Soup Base Ingredients:

  • 4 cups peeled cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely diced onion

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups diced ham

Directions:

  1. In large dutch oven, add all of your Soup Base Ingredients
  2. Cook soup base until the vegetables are. Do not drain.
  3. While your soup base is cooking add your flour and butter to a saucepan and begin to whisk to insure you don’t get lumps
  4. Once your butter is melted gradually add your milk while whisking, then add your salt.
  5. Once your mixture is well combined add the cheese and allow it to melt. Don’t forget to keep whisking
  6. Fold in ham.
  7. Gradually add your cheese sauce mixture to your vegetable mixture, and stir well.
  8.  Simmer until ready to serve. Make sure it’s not cooking too high or it will burn quickly.