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Chinese Coleslaw

I finally got it right at the family picnic. Every year, no mater what I make, I bring the whole dish back home. So I usually make whatever I want leftover. This was a hit and completely gone. I should mention these are southern ladies and there is some pretty incredible food every year. Also, this is the first year we were there on time. Helps if your dish is there when people are actually eating 🙂

Ingredients
2lbs coleslaw mix
2 packs Ramen noodles – Asian flavor
1 lb. slivered almonds
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 tsp. sugar
2 tbs. cider vinegar
1/2 cup oil

Directions
Mix flavor pack from noodles, sugar, vinegar & oil. Pour over coleslaw and onions & stir. Crush Ramen noodles and heat with almonds in a non-stick skillet until toasted (does not need any oil). Put this aside and mix with coleslaw just before serving.

I changed up the dressing a little and added about 1/2 a pre-made soy ginger salad dressing.

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Look, Mom, I Made it with Crackers!! Toffee

English Toffee Cookies

This is pretty fantastic and I think really what this blog is all about. Crackers? Really? Thanks, Gemma, for bringing this to my life.

Ingredients
Unsalted crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 12oz. bag chocolate chips
1 cup Chopped nuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay crackers side by side on a foil-lined cookie sheet (make sure the cookie sheet has a lip).

Melt butter, sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once the mixture binds together continue to cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Pour hot mixture over crackers, and place in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown (do not overcook).

Remove and while hot, sprinkle chocolate chips over all. Let stand 5 minutes then spread melted chips evenly over cookies and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Place in refrigerator or freezer until hard and cool.

Break into pieces and be the hit of the party!

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Poor Man’s Alfredo

I just made this up tonight and it turned out pretty good. The kids asked for seconds and didn’t freak about the parsley, you know that’s a good sign. For some reason I was in the mood for one of those prepackaged Knorr pasta sides, but I never buy them. So I made this and the whole family loved it. Served with Meat Loaf, of course.

Ingredients
Noodles
Butter
Half & Half
Garlic Powder
Nutmeg
Salt
Pepper
Parsley (I always have some frozen)

Directions
Cook noodles, drain. In the pot melt some butter, add some half and half. Season. Add noodles to pot, heat. Add chopped parsley and serve. I didn’t measure anything, just guessed.

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Turkey Burgers

From the “Things Based on Meat Loaf” series. This is the exact same recipe as Spaghetti & Meatballs, just without the cheese.

Ingredients
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs. dried onion
1/2 tbs. dried garlic
3 tbs. ketchup

Directions
Mix all ingredients. Form into patties, fry or preferably grill. Yummo.

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

Another family favorite from the series “Things Based on Meat Loaf.”

Meatballs Ingredients
1 lb. ground turkey (feel free to substitute beef, I only cook with turkey)
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs. dried onion
1/2 tbs. dried garlic
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 tbs. ketchup

Other Ingredients
Box of spaghetti
Jar of sauce – look for a really tasty pre-made sauce, you’d be surprised how much better some are

Directions
Mix all meatball ingredients. Shape into 1.5″ balls (I have a cookie scooper that works really well so you don’t have to touch any of the nasty). Either fry in olive oil on the stove or bake. Baking is easier, but frying is tastier. To bake, place on lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 3o minutes or until brown. To fry, well, you can figure that out, but use olive oil because it’s yummier. Add cooked meatballs to heated sauce.

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Swedish Meatballs

meatballs

The next entry in the series “Things Based on Meat Loaf.” Ohhhh, yeah, I’m adding pictures to the blog! Raw meat is a great place to start.

Meatballs Ingredients
1 lb. ground turkey (feel free to substitute beef but I claim no responsibility if it doesn’t work out for you)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 tbs. dried onion
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

Sauce Ingredients
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce

Directions
Mix all meatball ingredients. Shape into 1″ balls (I have a cookie scooper that works really well so you don’t have to touch any of the nasty). Place on lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 2o minutes. While that is baking mix all sauce ingredients and microwave for 5-10 minutes until boiling. Add cooked meatballs, cover and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. Serve over buttered noodles.

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Turkey Meat Loaf

I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while, so I’m starting a new series titled “Things Based on Meat Loaf.” First entry… Meat Loaf!

On a side note, I don’t eat beef. Leftover habit from my obligatory Art History major vegetarianism from undergrad school. I don’t have any problem with it, I just don’t eat it. You can certainly substitute ground beef for any of these recipes. I add a little extra spicing which maybe you’d want to cut down on?? I don’t know, it’s been well over 20 years since I tasted beef.

Ingredients
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 tsp. garlic
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/3 cup ketchup

Topping
Worcestershire sauce & ketchup

Directions
Mix all ingredients, shape into a ball, dump in a baking pan, bake at 350 for about an hour. Voilá, meat loaf. I like to make baked potatoes with it because they take an hour in the oven too. It’s like God is telling you these things belong together isn’t it? My baked potatoes are pretty amazing, rub them in oil and sprinkle kosher salt on both sides. Ten years in restaurants I had to learn something useful. Oh, don’t forget to spread the topping on the meat loaf for the last 5-10 minutes.

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