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1  Recipes / Cookies and Candies / Peanut Brittle on: March 19, 2010, 06:50:25 PM
Peanut Brittle   

2 cups white sugar
1 cup white Karo syrup
½ cup water
1 cup raw peanuts
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

1.   Boil sugar, syrup, and water until soft ball stage.
2.   Then add salt and peanuts and boil until tan colored.
3.   Add vanilla and baking soda and pour while foaming onto buttered cookie sheet.
4.   Cool and break into pieces.
2  General Discussion / General Discussion / Marine Corp Ball on: October 12, 2007, 09:25:56 AM
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3  Recipes / Snacks / Taco Dip on: October 12, 2007, 09:00:34 AM
By: Dawn Turk and Donna Haberern

8oz package cream cheese
1 can Hormel chili with beans
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Spread cream cheese in the bottom of an 8x8 microwave safe pan.  Layer the chili then the cheese on top of the cream cheese.  Microwave until cheese is melted and heated through.
4  Recipes / Appetizers / Taco Dip on: October 12, 2007, 08:59:07 AM
By: Dawn Turk and Donna Haberern

8oz package cream cheese
1 can Hormel chili with beans
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Spread cream cheese in the bottom of an 8x8 microwave safe pan.  Layer the chili then the cheese on top of the cream cheese.  Microwave until cheese is melted and heated through.
5  Recipes / Pasta / Lasagna on: July 31, 2007, 08:41:54 PM
By: Todd Reinhart

I.  The Sauce
First, by a jar of commercial spaghetti sauce of your choice that is at least 27 oz in size.  If you like your lasagna on the wet side you may want to get a larger size jar.  I prefer to start with a garden style chunky sauce but that is a personal preference.
Add the following to taste:
Balsamic vinegar
Fresh or dried basil
Dried oregano
Fresh crushed/ diced garlic or garlic salt
Salt (if not using garlic salt)
1-2 cans plum tomatoes
1 6oz can of tomato paste
Thinly sliced carrots
Crushed red pepper (if you like it spicy)
Sliced/diced green bell peppers
Sun dried tomatoes (makes for a naturally sweeter sauce)
Sliced/dried red and yellow bell peppers (makes for a naturally sweeter sauce)
Cooking directions:
In a large pot place crushed garlic and any optional fresh vegetables.  If using crushed red pepper add it at this point.  Add about 6 tablespoons of Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegar.  Simmer over medium heat until vegetables are soft and flavors have had a chance to infuse into the oil.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and about ½ cup water.  Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for about an hour.  The longer it simmers the better the sauce will be, so you can cook it for longer if you like (but you may need to add another ½ cup of water after 1 ½ hours).  Taste sporadically to adjust spices as it simmers.

II. The Pasta
The no-boil lasagna noodles can be used if you are pressed for time, but in general I prefer using the old-fashioned pasta that needs to be boiled.  There are some traditional steps to cooking lasagna that require boiling the noodles first.  If you want to use the no-boil lasagna noodles you follow the rest of the recipe but just put the dried noodles in the pan, and layer your filling and cheeses on top of that and bake the lasagna.
Before preparing your pasta you should take out your lasagna pan to gauge how many noodles you will need to cover the dish.  Remember that the noodles will grow by about 15-20% when boiled, and having your pasta longer than the pan is actually a good thing.  You should have at least three layers of noodles (the deeper your pan the more layers you can stack).  The bottom most layer will have a double layer of lasagna noodles, enough to cover the pan lengthwise and then again widthwise.  This gives the lasagna a solid shell in which to sit.  The next tow layers should alternate orienting the pasta by length and then width, but will have only a single layer of noodles (all noodles will either run along the length or width of the pan).  If you have more than three layers this practice should continue to be applied.  This is done mainly to give the lasagna a more solid consistency when cut and served.
Cooking Directions:
In a large pot of water, add a pinch of salt or sugar and a tablespoon of Olive Oil.  Bring the post to a rolling boil on high heat, reduce to medium heat, and add your lasagna noodles.  Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the noodles are not quite soft enough to serve.  They should be removed a little early because they will cook further when they are baked in the pan and you don’t want to have them too soft.
Remove from heat and drain the pasta into a colander.  Run it under warm water to remove any extra starch from the pasta.  Get several clean cloth towels and sandwich the pasta between the cloth towels.  This will make the pasta easier to work with once you place all of your ingredients in the pan for baking.  Place the noodles and towels aside and leave until you are ready for them.

III. The Filling
1 3lb container of Ricotta Cheese (whole, skim, or lowfat can be used. I prefer the whole variety)
3 large eggs
Dried oregano and garlic salt to taste
Parmesan cheese
Romano cheese (optional)
16 oz block of mozzarella cheese
Mix all except the mozzarella cheese in a large bowl.  Slice the mozzarella thinly and place it on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.  Put mixture and sliced mozzarella in fridge until you are ready to prepare the lasagna.

IV. The Cooking
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Take your lasagna pan and grease it with a small amount of Olive Oil.  Take the pasta and lay down the bottom double layer of noodles.  Place the first layer lengthwise in the pan, with the excess noodles draped over the short edges of the pan.  Place a second layer of noodles directly on top of the first.  This second layer should be perpendicular to the first, and the excess noodles should be draped over the long sides of the pan.  The pan should now look like a big noodley-y rectangular flower.  The pasta is being draped this way because after all the other layers and filling are added to the pan, the excess pasta will be folded back into the pan on top of the last layer of noodles.  This makes a sort of “pasta container” for the lasagna to bake in.
Layering the filling:
So, the bottom double layer of noodles is now placed in the pan and ready to go.  Take the filling and mozzarella cheese out of the fridge.  Remove your sauce from heat and get the ladle.  Place a  ¼” to ½” thick layer of the filling mixture on top of the noodles.  Place the sliced mozzarella cheese on top of the filling (be careful to meter out your mozzarella-if you have three layers of pasta you will need enough slices to put on each of those three layers).  Sprinkle Parmesan on top of the mozzarella, and ladle out a spoonful or two of sauce onto the cheeses.
The Next step is to put down the next layer of noodles on top of the layer you just completed.  All layers besides the bottom-most should only be single layers (the noodles all are laid down in one direction), and should alternate long to wide sides from one layer to the next.  Otherwise, repeat the above process for the filling for each new layer.  You can also add extra fillings at this stage if so desired.  Good filings to add include: pepperoni, sweet and/or spicy Italian sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, and other specialty Italian meats.  Just make sure the items are all sliced or prepared to be of uniform thickness so that they all cook evenly. 
After you place the last layer of pasta over the last layer of filling, take the pasta that is draped over the edges of the pan and fold it back over the last layer of pasta.  Then take the last of your mozzarella cheese and place it over the noodles (the cheese will act like a glue to keep the top of the lasagna together).  Ladle one or two spoonfuls of sauce over the top and cover loosely (try not to hit the cheese) with aluminum foil.
Cooking Directions:
Place the lasagna in the preheated oven.  Cook for between 45-60 minutes.  Remove aluminum foil and cook for another 15 minutes or so to brown the top.  Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
6  General Discussion / General Discussion / Easy way to search on: July 31, 2007, 08:50:34 AM
There are several ways to search for your favorite recipes.  The first way is to enter the name in the search box.  The second is by entering one of the ingredients in the search box.  Example: Carrot.  You will get recipes that include carrots in them such as beef stew or carrot cake.  The third way to search is by going under the specific topic and clicking on subject.  This will put the recipes in alphabetical order.  Happy cooking!
7  Recipes / Desserts / Basic White Cake on: July 31, 2007, 08:43:51 AM
By: Ruby Pope

¼ lb butter
2 cups sugar
3 ½ cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
Dash of salt
1 ½ cups ice water
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp wither almond or lemon extract

Cream together the butter and 1 ½ cups sugar until light and fluffy.  Sift together flour, baking  powder and salt.  Combine dry ingredients with butter/sugar mixture and add ice water.  Beat in egg whites then ½ more of sugar.  Lastly fold in vanilla and almond or lemon extract.  Bake 325 until toothpick comes out clean.
8  Recipes / Dressings and sauces / Chocolate Fondue on: July 30, 2007, 01:18:20 PM
By: Jenn Reinhart

12 oz swiss chocolate bar with nuts (Lindt w/hazelnuts is wonderful)
1 cup cool whip
2 tbsp brandy or rum (Kirsch is great in this)

Break up chocolate and place in saucepan.  Add cool whip and heat slowly, stirring constantly, until chocolate melts.  Stir in brandy.  Pour into fondue pot and serve.
*Banana bread works well.
9  Recipes / Dressings and sauces / Beer Fondue on: July 30, 2007, 01:14:08 PM
By: Jenn Reinhart

1 tbsp butter
1 small onion chopped
1 cup beer
4 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
4 tsp cornstarch
 5 tbsp half and half

Melt butter in a large saucepan and cook onion until soft.  Pour in beer and heat until bubbly.  Over medium heat, stir in cheese.  Continue to heat and stir until cheese has melted.  In a small bowl blend cornstarch with half and half.  Add to cheese mixture and cook, stirring 2-3 minutes or until smooth and thick.  Pour into fondue pot and serve.
10  Recipes / Dressings and sauces / Salsa on: July 28, 2007, 08:36:23 AM
2 cups chopped tomatoes
½ cup diced red onion
1 serrano chilly (finely chopped)
1-2 jalapeno chillies (finely chopped)
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl.  Mix well!  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
11  Recipes / Main Dishes-Beef / Meatloaf on: July 28, 2007, 08:29:01 AM
By: Roger Hazzard

1 ½ lbs ground beef
2/3 cup oatmeal
6 oz tomato juice
Worcestershire sauce
1 egg

Combine all ingredients mixing well and forming into a loaf.  Bake at 350 for about 1 hour. 
12  Recipes / Smoothies / Polka Dot Smoothie on: July 28, 2007, 08:24:06 AM
By: Katie Borntreger

1 ½ cups low fat vanilla yogurt
2 bananas
¼ cup calcium fortified cranberry juice
¼ cup orange juice (no pulp)
1 ½ cups frozen peaches
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
13  Recipes / Odds and Ends / Apple Fritters (Fried Apples) on: July 25, 2007, 01:03:46 PM
By: Nana Hazzard

1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
3 tbsp powdered sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 beaten egg
2 medium size apples peeled and sliced thin

Combine dry ingredients.  Beat egg.  Add milk (enough to cover apples) and stir.  Mix well.  Dip apple rings and fry in hot oil or shortening.
14  Recipes / Dressings and sauces / Sweet Red Dressing on: July 25, 2007, 10:39:27 AM
By: Dora Hazzard

1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup catsup
¼ cup salad oil
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp dried parsley
Pinch of celery seed
Pinch of paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Shake all ingredients in a jar and refrigerate.
15  Recipes / Desserts / Toffee Bars on: July 25, 2007, 10:34:24 AM
By: Ruby Pope

1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Mix butter, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy.  Add egg and flour.  Mix well. Pat onto 10x15 inch sheet.  Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.  Melt chips and spread over baked cookie while hot.  When slightly cooled, sprinkle with nuts.
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