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Holiday Newsletter 2006

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Main Meal entrees, Soups, Stews

Potato Soup
When potatoes are on sale, make this:

One big onion, diced
10 potatoes, peeled and cubed
3-4 carrots
2 boullion cubes (chicken or beef)
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onion until it is transparent.  Add other ingredients except seasonings.  Add water until potatoes are barely covered.  Add seasonings.  Cook for 1 1/2 -2 hours. Eat it as it is, or mash up the potatoes.

Hobo dinners

1 large potato
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Center Cut Pork Chop approx 1/2 inch thick (substitutes - ground beef, chicken)
1/2 onion sliced
1/2 green pepper sliced
dash of worchestershire sauce
dash of onion salt
dash of garlic salt
pepper to taste
pat of butter

Brown pork chop in skillet with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil (if you are not into healthy and virgin oil is expensive, use canola or vegtable oil).. Set aside. Place sliced potatoe, onion, and green pepper in the middle of a generous sheet of aluminum foil. Place the Pork chop on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle entire pkg with dry seasonings and worchestershire sauce. Top with a pat of butter. Fold aluminum foil over and crimp to make air and liquid tight. Repeat for however many pork servings you want. 
Can add sliced carrots, mushrooms and celery at times too for a real taste treat. These can be frozen individually or....  buy the meats on sale and get as many as is affordable to your budget.  Place several in a large sealable plastic bag and take out however many I need at a time.
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place foil package crimped side up on cookie sheet. Bake for around an hour or so. Do not puncture the foil pouch to avoid spills or flames from the flammable oil and butter in your oven;  better yet cook it on a cookie sheet or pizza pan or other bakeware you use in your kitchen.

Tater Tot Cassarole

1 lb. hamburger
1 can soup 15 oz(?)(cream of mush., cheese,  or tomato are our favs)
1 or 2 onions- sliced, chopped or diced.  Your choice!
salt and pepper to taste

line pie plate with hamburger.
Add Tater Tots evenly over meat.
Add onion evenly.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Pour soup over top.
Bake 30 -45 min @ 350 until meat done & soup bubbly!

You can chop and brown the meat in a skillet.  While this is going, line the pan with tater tots and mash them so that the pan is completely lined (form a kind of crust so goodies don't leak out!).  Ddrain meat and add it to pan, add onion, seasoning and soup and bake for about 20 - 30 min. or until tater tots are browned. You can throw in other veggies if you have just a few left over - no
need to throw them out..


  Creamy Mustard Pork Chops

4 boneless pork chops, 3/4" thick
1 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1 tbsp. butter OR margarine
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell'sŪ Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or use reduced fat cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp. Dijon-style mustard
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

SPRINKLE chops with lemon pepper seasoning. Heat butter in skillet. Cook chops 10 min. or until browned. ADD soup, milk and mustard. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 10 min. or until chops are done. Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 4.

TIP: Serve with egg noodles and your favorite steamed vegetable. For dessert
serve chunky applesauce topped with cinnamon.

For a little variety, substitute other herbs for the parsley. Try an equal
amount of chopped fresh cilantro or chives, or 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme.

Note:  This recipe is one the Missus has used for years and everyone in the family always likes it when she fixes pork chops this way.  Or her kids might call this one of Mom's favorite recipes..add this to Lietta's Favorites cookbook then.

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EZ Baked Rice Pudding
 1 can evaporated milk, plus enough water to equal 4  cups of liquid
 1/2c uncooked rice
 1/3c sugar
 2t vanilla
 sprinkle of cinnamon
 Combine these ingredients in a casserole dish -  an 8x8 pan.  Cover with foil, bake at 375 for  one hour.  Remove foil and allow to cool..pudding will thicken as it cools.  Eat warm or refrigerate.

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