A Sad Recipe

I didn’t have potatoes
so I substituted rice.
I didn’t have paprika
so I used another spice.
I didn’t have tomato sauce
so I used tomato paste.
A whole can, not a half can
I don’t believe in waste.
A friend gave me the recipe
she said you couldn’t beat it.
There must be something wrong with her,
I couldn’t even eat it.

Author – unknown

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Spam Cheese Ball

Looking for a real man’s cheese ball for your race day gathering? Try this spam cheese ball recipe and wait for the compliments.

1 can Spam, ground
3 Tbsp sour cream
2 Tbsp onion, minced
1 Tbsp Miracle Whip
Dash of Accent

Thoroughly mix all ingredients and form into 2 round balls. Chill 2 hours. Cover with the following mixture:

1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 tsp horseradish
Dash of Accent

Roll in crushed nuts if desired.

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Overnight Upside Down French Toast

Here’s another overnight breakfast recipe for you to try. Your family will love this overnight upside down French toast.

1 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter, melted
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 load French bread cut into 16 1-inch slices
5 eggs
2 c milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c chopped pecans, optional

Combine the brown sugar, melted butter and maple syrup, then pour into a foil-lined 15-by-10 inch pan. Arrange the bread slices over the mixture. Beat the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla until well blended, then pour over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning let it warm up, remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle with pecans. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes. To serve, use a spatula to invert the entire pan onto a serving tray.

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Overnight Saugage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Here’s an easy recipe for a sausage and egg breakfast casserole that you can make up the night before and pull out of the fridge for a tasty treat for your family the next morning.

16-oz bulk pork sausage
4 c cubed dry bread
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 c peeled, chopped tomatoes
10 eggs
4 c milk
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper

Cook the sausage and drain off the fat. Arrange bread cubes in a 9-by-13 inch baking dish, with sausage, cheese and tomatoes over the top. Beat milk, eggs and seasonings, then pour over, cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.

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Easy Coffee Cake

Here is an easy coffee cake recipe for you to try for Easter brunch.

3/4 c softened butter
1-1/2 c sugar
3 eggs
3 c all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 c sour cream
1 c chopped walnuts
2/3 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c chopped red candied cherries, optional

1/2 c powdered sugar
3/4 Tbsp milk
6 red candied cherries. optional

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix remaining dry ingredients together, add alternately with the sour cream to the creamed mixture. mix until well blended. In a small bowl, stir together the walnuts, brown sugar and cherries. Pour 1/3 of the batter in a greased 10-inch tube pan. Sprinkle 1/3 of the nut mixture over the batter. Repeat the layers twice. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree oven for 75 minutes. Unmold the warm cake and drizzle with a glaze mixture of powdered sugar and milk. If desired, garnish with 6 red candied cherries.

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A Thought on Planting Eggplant

Growing up, eggplant to me meant the big, blackish looking, egg-shaped thing Mom loved to eat. Come to find out at a much later date, all eggplant varieties are not created equal. They don’t have to be egg shaped as some are long and slender. They don’t have to be blackish in color as some are purple or white and the taste isn’t as bad as I remembered as a kid.

Eggplant requires a long, warm season for best yields. In India, the native country of eggplant, temperatures routinely hit 120 degrees. Of all the plants in your garden, eggplant is probably the most heat tolerant, but don’t plant too early. If you think that tomatoes are sensitive to cold weather, you’ll be surprised to find out eggplant is even more cold sensitive. Tomatoes can stand a light frost whereas eggplant will be killed by the same light frost. Even sitting too long in cool temperatures will stunt the plants and reduce yields. It’s better to plant a little late rather than a little early as eggplant will not grow until the soil is warm anyway. Eggplant is an ideal vegetable for the long, hot, humid summers of the Southeast United States.

Even though the long, hot, humid summers favor the eggplant in the South, there is one big disease problem associated with this weather. While planting late favors eggplant growth, it also discourages Verticillium Wilt, the worst disease of eggplant. Other than planting later than normal, use black plastic in the row to keep the soil drier and warmer. Verticillium spreads quickly in wet soils at 50 to 60 degrees F soil temperatures. And, fertilizer for optimum growth.

Enjoy this tender, tasty veggie!

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Canned Meat Stew or Goulash

For a quick meal, nothing beats grabbing a jar of canned meat or goulash and either chowing down on it after warming it up of after adding a few other ingredients to make some sort of concoction with it. Beef, pork, wild game, chicken, rabbit or turkey may be used after the bones have been removed.

4 to 5 lbs meat
3 c chopped celery
3 qts cubed, pared potatoes (about 12 medium spuds)
1-1/2 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 qts diced carrots (about 16)
3 c chopped onions
1 tsp thyme

Cut meat into 1 to 1-1/2 inch cubes. Brown in skillet in a small amount of bacon fat. Combine meat, vegetables and seasonings. Cover with boiling water. Pack hot into hot, well sterilized jars leaving 1 inch of head space. Put on sterilized lids and bands. screw tight. Yields about 7 quarts. Vegetables do not need to be precooked. Pressure cooker process pints 1 hour or quarts 1 hour 15 minutes at 10 lbs. Boiling water bath method process pints or quarts 210 minutes. Keep jars covered and start timing from the time the water starts to boil.

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