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Turkey Three Bean Chili 

I cooked up this chili at my Mom’s request for her mother’s day meal, and we all loved it. The ground turkey makes it have less fat, and having three kinds of beans is fun!

Cook for 10 minutes in a 5-quart pot:

1 lb. ground turkey

1 chopped onion (or 6 Tblsp.  Dried minced onion)

Then add:

2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes

2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes

2 (15.5 oz.) cans mild chili beans

1 (15 oz.) can black beans

1 (15.5 oz.) red kidney beans

4 Tblsp. Chili powder

2 Tblsp. Cumin

1 Tblsp. Salt

1 ½ Tblsp. Molasses

2 cups water

Simmer on medium for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with sour cream, cheese, and corn bread, if desired. Enjoy! Makes about 3 quarts.

This recipe is dedicated to my Mom, who requested it!

Copyright 2017


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Hanna’s Fresh Cranberry Salad

  
Yesterday our Aunt Hanna hosted us and served this refreshing salad:
Hanna’s Fresh Cranberry Jello
1 bag fresh cranberries, chopped (you can use a blender, if desired)

2 oranges, peeled and chopped

2 apples, peeled and chopped

2 stalls celery, chopped

1 cup sugar
6 oz. Strawberry jello–

2 cups boiling water–stir and dissolve for 2 min.

2 cups ice cubes
Start by mixing up your jello with the boiling water for 2 minutes. Add the ice cubes; when it starts congealing, add it to this mixture:
Mix together the fruit and vegetables with the sugar.
Pour into 9″x13″ pan and chill until firm. Serve with turkey or whatever sounds good!
Serves 10-12 people. 


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Layered Lettuce Salad (A Hit at Potlucks!)

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by Julia Burkholder (with a few edits by me)

1 medium head lettuce, torn

1 cup minced fresh parsley

4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

1 package (10 oz.) frozen peace, thawed and patted dry

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

1 small red onion, chopped

Dressing:

1/2 cup. mayonnaise

1 1/2 cup. light sour cream

1 tsp. dried dill

3/4 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

 

In a large glass bowl or a glass 9″x13″ pan, layer the lettuce, parsley, eggs, tomatoes, peas, bacon, cheese and onion in the order listed.

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream, and spices. Carefully spread on the top of the salad.

You can just serve it then, or you can cover and refrigerate it for a couple hours or overnight. Garnish with fresh dill or parsley, if desired.

Serves 12.

This is great for potlucks, and it is addicting!

~Mary Hope.

 


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Easy Pie Crust (I mean it!!) Grandma Jane’s Pie Crust

20150712-192256-69776167.jpgCrafting pie crust scares some people, and I can see why: If it fails, you have a crumbly mess on your hands. I’ve only made lard pie crust a couple of times, and the other dozens of times, I’ve used an easy, almost fail-safe recipe from my Grandma Jane.

Grandma Jane would make mincemeat pies and tarts (Bambury tarts) at Christmas time. She taught my Mom how to make this recipe, and my Mom taught me. Someday I hope to teach my future daughter how to make this recipe. For now, I can teach you!

Easy Pie Crust Recipe for a two-crust pie:

2 1/2 cups flour

2/3 cup oil

1/3 cup milk (it can be almond or regular)

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Curried Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

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A few weeks ago this recipe came to my mind, and the refreshing citrus and salty textures are a winner!

Ingredients:

2 c. cooked quinoa

1 (15.5 oz) can cooked chickpeas

1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 c. chopped tomatoes

1/3 c. black olives

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Thai Basil Chicken and Noodles

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You know those weeks when the grocery budget is tight? That’s when I decide to use what is in the pantry and freezer, and this recipe is what resulted from what was in my kitchen last night. My friend came over for dinner, and she helped me fry up these Pad Thai inspired noodles; what is different from regular Pad Thai is that it has more large vegetables, no onion or ginger (it wasn’t in the fridge!), and has more of citrus notes in the flavor.

Here’s the recipe! Watch out because my friend and I ate over half of the pan ourselves…

Makes 4 large servings

Ingredients:

1/4 c. soy sauce

3/4 lb chicken breast, chopped (raw)

2 Tblsp. coconut oil

1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms

1 (6.35 oz.) jar bamboo shoots, sliced

1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts, sliced

2 Tblsp. minced garlic

1/4 c. chopped fresh basil leaves

4.5 oz. (half a package) pad thai rice noodles

1/2 c. coconut milk

3 Tblsp. cornstarch

1/2 c. salted peanuts

 

Sauce ingredients:

1 1/2 Tblsp. soy sauce

2 Tblsp. lime juice

3 Tblsp. rice vinegar

2 Tblsp. fish sauce

2 Tblsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

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Rainbow Flounder with Mushrooms and Sugar Snap Peas

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Here’s a healthy dinner full of natural colors:

1 lb. flounder filets
1 Tblsp. oil
1 1/2 cup sugar snap peas
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 tsp or so turmerick
1/4 or so tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
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