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I am by no means a chef but I do love to cook. I will usually follow recipe instructions the first time. But, once a recipe has been added to my ever growing database, all bets are off. Dining In features various recipes that have become family favorites. RSS Feed to Hobby Stash » Dining In

Chicken Pot Pie

Ready to Eat

This one of those recipes that takes a little time to prepare but is well worth it as I get several meals for the time I invest. I make the pies ahead of time and freeze. On those wonderful days set aside for quilting, I thaw these babies, pop into the oven for 30 minutes and voilà, dinner ready! Homemade goodness with frozen dinner convenience.

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Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

I recently tried a Banana Bread Crumb Cake that was delicious but unbelievably rich and sweet. Too sweet for me. With 5 cups of sugar and 2 1/2 cups of butter, it was definitely rich rich rich. But I loved the crumb topping and set about making some adjustments to classic banana bread to accommodate it.  I love using the mini loaf pans as this recipe freezes well.

 

 

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Beef Enchiladas

Beef Enchiladas

I love using recipes that enable me to use left overs in a totally different way than the original meal. And I always have left over grilled flank steak or brisket. Add Mexican cuisine to the mix and I’m in heaven.

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Enchilada Sauce

My favorite enchilada sauce is Trader Joe's. I usually have several bottles on hand but found my self without after starting my beef enchilada recipe. So I decided to try my hand at making a homemade sauce. I must say it came out quite good. Not as zippy as Trader Joe's, which was by design. My hubby has a low tolerance for spicy. In my dream world, I would add a couple more jalapenos to the recipe to spice it up a bit more.

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Black Beans and Rice

Cuban Ropa Vieja with Black Beans and Rice

After cruising the internet for a Black Beans and Rice recipe to accompany Cuban Ropa Vieja. I decided to forage my cabinets and came up with this combination. It was so good it merited recording what I did before I forgot.

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Pecan Sandies

Pecan Sandies

My mother's Pecan Sandies have been a Christmas tradition for years. They are unbelievably rich and unbelievably addicting. They don't last long around our home.

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Ziplist Recipe Plugin

I love Living Cookbook for managing recipes on my home computer. It has a feature for generating html pages but cannot be used for adding entries to WordPress. I’ve finally found  Ziplist Recipe Plugin for WordPress, a plugin that does everything I need it to do without being cumbersome to update.

The major weakness/frustration with this plugin is getting it to play nice with my theme. It would have been nice to have a minimal style sheet dedicated to the plugin rather than having to add to my main theme’s style sheet. I still have some quirks I have been unable to fix. But, overall, I’m happy with it and plan to go back to my older entries to update. read more

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Thermos Sipp 16-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug

Sipp Thermos Mug

Thermos SippIf it was possible to have a love affair with a travel mug, this would be the one. I have a cupboard full of stainless steel insulated mugs that are totally useless when it comes to keeping my coffee warm let alone hot. This baby is the exception. It honestly does what it says it does…keep the coffee hot for hours. Worth every penny and more!!

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Got a wild hair to have chicken enchiladas based on a long ago lost recipe. Digging into the strange and dark recesses of my brain I came up with this. It turned out great and my trusty barometer (hubby) told me they were best ever. I had to make them again to come up with the proportions for the seasonings.

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Linda’s Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe

In addition to serving as a traditional sloppy joe, I have served this meat mixture over mashed potatoes, over penne rigatte noodles, and on a bed of lettuce topped with tomatoes and cheese (similar to a taco salad).

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How to Cook Plantains

How to Cook Plantains

I’ve seen plantains in the produce section, but honestly thought they were just mutant bananas. I would love to sample these four appetizers.

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Power to the Pepper

Power to the Pepper

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I’m thinking ya gotta be pretty deep into fresh ground pepper to consider using this technique…would be quite a conversation piece at the dinner table.

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A New Way to Work with Pizza Dough

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I haven’t made pizza dough in my new bread machine, but plan to. I find this technique fascinating and will definitely give it a try. He certainly makes it look easy!

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Out of the Woods of Oregon Bread and Bagel Slicer

This purchase was the result of a suggestion by Amazon while I was researching bread machines. I have mixed feelings about this knife. On one hand, because it’s so thin, it does slice through the bread very easily–nice when you can’t wait for the loaf to totally cool. On the other, it’s awkward to handle and tends to crumble the bread as it’s slicing. Another con is because of it’s design, it cannot be used with a slicing guide. I do get more even sized slices with this knife, but would still do better with the help of a guide. And, to protect my hands, I have to store it in it’s original box in my knife drawer. So my search for the perfect bread knife continues… read more

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Honey Wheat Bread

Honey Wheat Bread

I've been experimenting with this recipe for a couple of weeks now. Think this is it! Here's my latest version...as you can see from the picture, it turned out great. Very light and moist.

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How to Toast Nuts

I’ve never toasted nuts before using them in a recipe.  After watching this video, I definitely plan to give it a try!

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Banana Bread

I inherited this recipe from my mother. It’s one of those recipes that I’ve made no change to since it’s perfect just the way it’s written. I probably don’t have to sift the flour anymore but do anyway…part of the tradition. The secret to the success of this recipe though, is the very very ripe bananas–the skins are almost black.

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Zojirushi BB-CEC20

I bought my first breadmaker, a Zojirushi BBC-S15, in 1994. It was a single paddle machine that produced the square bread typical of machines made back then. When the heating element started to fail and baking in the machine became inconsistent, I continued to use it to make the dough and then bake the bread using a conventional oven. This year I finally decided it was time to retire this baby and saunter into the new millennium…

Because my old breadmaker lasted so long, it was natural to start with Zojirushi when beginning my research. It didn’t take me long to discover that the Zojirushi breadmaker continues to be the highest rated and most expensive breadmaker on the market. Because of my previous experience, it was a no-brainer. I bought the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker (BB-CEC20). Like my old machine, I’m having to learn the proportions that are correct for my location and climate. So far, I’ve been thrilled with the results. It produces loaves that look like they’ve been baked in a conventional oven. The pan is much easier to clean and the double paddles are easier to remove. I’m hoping this baby lasts as long as my first. read more

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Mexican Chicken and Rice

One of the problems with having a recipe database, is that an old time favorite occasionally get lost in the shuffle.  I made this one again last week and served it with Mexican Bread Pudding. It’s wonderfully cheesy (well yeah look at the amount of cheese…). But I did it slightly different from the original recipe. I no longer use whole chickens…no time, I’m lazy, you pick the reason. I used boneless chicken breasts (thighs would be great as well).  It is important to cook rice for about half the normal time you would use. Otherwise it will be overcooked in the finished casserole. read more

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Mexican Bread Pudding

This is absolutely delicious! This can be served as a dessert or as a side dish to a breakfast quiche. It's almost like eating a cinnamon and raisin roll...

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Pickle Picker

My sister-in-law and I have been trading kitchen gadgets for several years now. When we started, we were serious about it. We’ve now progressed to the point we try to stump the other with little known and even less likely to be used items. We’ve run across some pretty bizarre ones. Here’s the latest I found for her at Bed Bath and Beyond. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t have it….

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Chicken Breasts with Peanut Sauce

I just had to try this recipe because it was so different. I used red wine vinegar (didn't have the white). If you like spicy Chinese dishes, I would suggest doubling the red pepper--we couldn't taste it in the sauce. Very very easy recipe to make!

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Linda’s Chili

I woke up this morning and decided that today would be a good day to make a big batch of chili. The reality is my chili recipe is just a guideline. Each batch is different, depending on what I have in stock.  So I use this recipe more or less as a proportion guideline. Today I will be substituting 1 lb. of Jimmy Dean’s hot sausage for 1 lb. of the ground beef. I don’t have any green peppers on hand so I’ll probably substitute a can of green chiles. I’m sitll undecided on whether or not to include some El Pato tomato sauce to spice it up…I’ll add a comment tomorrow with the conglomeration I finally chose… read more

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Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

This recipe is an adaptation of my mom’s recipe, which she made for decades. She used to use a packaged mix for blue cheese dressing (very hard to find anymore) and her own homemade yogurt (the best!). This extremely easy to make dressing beats the bottled varieties by a mile!

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Meat Pounder

I love my meat pounder! After years of having my wooden meat tenderizer heads fly across the room after totally ripping apart chicken breasts, it was time to go shopping. I bought this baby 5 years ago (Price back then was only $19.99, which was on my way upper end for a tool I only occasionally use). The sucker is heavy but it does a wonderful job of flattening and tenderizing meat without ripping it to shreds. I wouldn’t pay the current price of $35 (Amazon) but if you shop Amazon on a regular basis (my home away from home), they have some pretty good sales and I’ve gotten in the habit of placing items like this in my shopping cart and just waiting for that moment. read more

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Vidalia Onion Casserole

This incredibly easy and oh so delicious recipe was passed on to me years ago by my dear friend and Georgia native, Karyn Drage. You can, of course, use another sweet onion, such as Texas 1013s, Wallas Wallas, Mayan Sweets, etc. But in my opinion….there’s nothing like Vidalias.

Ingredients:

5 large Vidalia onions
2 sticks of margarine
1 stack of Ritz crackers, crushed
Kraft grated Parmesan cheese
milk, as required

Cooking Instructions:

Peel onions, slice into thin rings and saute in margarine for 15-20 minutes or until clear. read more

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Linda’s Lasagna

Okay, I’ll admit it, I cheat! I used to make my spaghetti sauce from scratch and use it in a variety of Italian dishes. I tried Prego instead one day and discovered it worked just as well when I’m running low on my spaghetti sauce supply.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1 lb pork sausage
1-4 lb 2 oz jar Prego
2 lbs Ricotta, drained
2 large eggs
3/4 cup Kraft grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 lbs lasagna noodles
2 tbsp olive oil
16 oz freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 lb mozzarella, thinly sliced

Cooking Instructions:

Reserve 2 cups of Prego sauce and set aside. Brown together beef and pork. Drain. Mix remaining Prego sauce with meat. Set aside. read more

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Oxo Utensil Holder

I never would have thought I’d be writing a review on a utensil holder but I really like this one. Because of it’s unique shape, it holds a lot more tools without being unwieldly on the countertop. And it has divided sections so that you can sort the utensils for quick retrieval. I have my spatulas, whisks, and wooden utensils each in their own sections. Nice.

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Forkin’ Fajitas

Ron and I both LOVE fajitas. Unfortunately, as Ron’s MS has progressed, his ability to enjoy traditional fajitas has become a challenge. Hence, this dish. We’ve served it to several members of the family who agree it’s just about as great as the traditional fare.

Ingredients:

2 large red peppers, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 large or 2 small sweet onions, chopped into bite-sized pieces (Vidalia, Walla Walla, Texas Sweets, Mayan, etc.)
½ stick butter, melted
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes & chiles, drained
2 cups grilled chicken or beef  (Honey-Grilled Flank Steak works great with this recipe)
1 dollop sour cream
1 tbsp chopped jalapeños (optional)
½ cup salsa
½ cup shredded cheddar
1 10-inch flour tortilla, chopped into bite-sized pieces. read more

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Honey-Grilled Flank Steak

This wonderful marinade is not an overpowering salty one and results in a melt-in-your-mouth flank steak.

Ingredients:

1 (2 pound) flank steak
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp onion powder
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons red wine or balsamic vinegar
1½ teaspoons garlic salt
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Score steak diagonally across the grain at 1-inch intervals. Place steak in a large heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bag or shallow dish. Combine oil and remaining 7 ingredients; pour over steak. Seal or cover; marinate in refrigerator 8 hours, turning occasionally. read more

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Chinese Plum Sauce

One of my favorite dishes is Moo Shu Beef, a dish complimented with Chinese plum sauce. I’ve purchased numerous jars of the sauce over the years, but they never taste like the wonderful plum sauce served in restaurants. At last, I’ve found a recipe that replicates the flavor and is incredibly easy to make. It’s great with egg rolls, chicken nuggets, or whatever else you can think of. One suggestion is to to baste chicken baked in the oven or cooked on the grill.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plum jam
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon salt read more

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Debbie’s Slow Roasted Turkey

Ingredients:

1 turkey, any size

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Place unstuffed turkey in roasting pan. Roast unstuffed turkey for 1 hour. Turn temperature down to 250°. Roast for 6-10 hours or until turkey falls apart.

Remove bones and place turkey back in juice.

Can be made the day before and reheated in foil covered pan.

Additional Comments:

I tried this recipe for the first time last Thanksgiving (2003). The result was the moistest turkey ever. I did two different turkeys in two different ovens–13 lbs and 17 lbs. Prep included removing the neck and giblets from the turkey, and rinsing the turkey inside and out. I did not pat dry or season…just plopped them into their pans. One cooked for about 6 hours, the larger for about 7. The only reason I removed them sooner was because the little popups in the turkey had popped up. According to Debbie, cooking them longer, does not dry them out. I did let them set on the counter for an hour to cool before removing the meat from the bones. I cooked them the day before Thanksgiving, which made the last minute Turkey Day prep a breeze. Of course, the smell the day before drove both Ron and me nuts!! read more

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Honey Mustard Dressing

This incredibly simple recipe tastes better than any commercial Honey Mustard dressing you can find. In addition to complimenting a traditional salad, it is great as a cole slaw dressing.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup Grey Poupon
1/2 cup honey

Cooking Instructions:

Combine ingredients and mix well. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.

Serving Suggestions:

This is also a GREAT cole slaw dressing. It does best, though, when mixed into the slaw just before serving.

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Chicken Casserole

This one is a favorite of ours. I made it last night using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. I use the Penne Regata pasta noodles.

Ingredients:

1 (6 to 8 oz) package noodles
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons margarine
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of corn, drained (optional)

 

salt and pepper to taste
2 cups diced, cooked chicken or turkey
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 stack Ritz crackers
1 stick butter or margarine

Cooking Instructions:

Heat oven to 350°. Cook noodles as directed and drain. In large skillet, cook and stir onion in 2 tablespoons margarine until tender. Stir in 2 cans soup, corn, salt and pepper. In greased casserole, layer 1/2 noodles and 1/2 chicken. Top with 1/2 soup mixture and 1/2 cheese. Repeat layers.Melt stick of margarine; finely crumble crackers and mix together. Sprinkle over casserole.Bake uncovered about 45 minutes. 

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Reuben Pizza

Ingredients:

1 (10 1/2) loaf Pillsbury Pipin hot white loaf or 1 loaf frozen bread dough**
1 (8 oz) package swiss cheese slices
1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing
1/2 lb. thinly sliced corned beef
1 (8 oz) can Sauerkraut, drained
1 teaspoon caraway seed

Cooking Instructions:

Unroll dough and press evenly onto bottom and sides of a 12-16 inch greased pizza pan.

Top with 1/2 the cheese; spread dressing over cheese. Top with corned beef, sauerkraut, and caraway seed.

Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cover with remaining cheese, bake until melted. read more

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Cheese Ball

I’m not normally a cheese ball person. But this recipe is unbelievably easy and very good. Every time I’ve served it, I’ve been asked for the recipe, which I originally got from Southern Living Magazine years ago. It was served up again this year at Christmas.

Ingredients:

2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 (2.5 oz) pkg thinly sliced ham, chopped
¼ cup bottled Italian dressing
¾ cup chopped pecans
 

Cooking Instructions:

Combine cream cheese, ham, and Italian dressing in bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Shape mixture into a ball; roll in chopped nuts to coat thoroughly. Serve with your choice of crackers.

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Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Although I’ve had this recipe for awhile, I made and served it for the first time Christmas Day. It was an instant hit.

Ingredients:

1    10-ounce package fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed and well-drained
1    8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1    8-ounce carton dairy sour cream
¼  tsp  garlic powder
¼  tsp  ground black pepper
1 c up grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
3 oz Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, shredded (3/4 cup)
¾ cup  shredded Swiss cheese (3 ounces)
2    14-ounce cans artichoke hearts, well-drained and chopped
½  cup  chopped red sweet pepper
Toasted Pita Chips or thinly sliced French bread and/or assorted crackers read more

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Scotch Raisin Bread

A delightful sweet bread recipe!

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
⅔ cup molasses
1½ cups uncooked oats
1½ cups raisins
½ cup chopped nuts

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two loaf pans. In a medium bowl sift toegther flour, baking soda, baking power, and salt; set aside.

In large mixing bowl, at high speed, beat eggs until light. Add sugar gradually beating until fluffy. At low speed, beat in buttermilk and molasses. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture. Stir in oats, raisins, and nuts.

Pour into loaf pans. Bake for one hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Store 1 day before slicing.

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Kahlua

I make this recipe several times a year and always have a supply on hand. It’s inexpensive to make and has more coffee flavor than the store bought versions.

Ingredients:

4 cups sugar
1 (2 oz) jar intant coffee granules (1 cup)
4 cups boiling water
4 cups vodka
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 

Cooking Instructions:

Combine sugar and coffee granules in a large metal or glass bowl; add boiling water, stirring until sugar and coffee granules dissolve. Cool to room temperature. Stir in vodka and vanilla extract.
 

Additional Comments:

I have made the Kahlua recipe on this site for over 25 years and it’s great, but time consuming to make. I recently tried this one using Taster’s Choice and Ron gives it two thumbs up!

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Galumpkies (Cabbage Rolls)

This is a memory food for me.  My mother used to make these for us when we were children.

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, fried crisp & chopped (reserve grease)
1 onion, minced
1 cup raw rice
1½ – 2 lbs. ground beef
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 head cabbage
uncooked bacon
2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
2 tsp. lemon juice
 

Cooking Instructions:

Brown onion in bacon greese. Add rice, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add rice mixture to ground beef. Mix in eggs and salt and pepper to taste.

Steam cabbage and break off outside leaves while cooking. Place 1 tbsp. meat mixture on each leaf. Roll securely and place in layers in casserole dish on top of uncooked bacon.

Combine ketup, water, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over cabbage rolls. Cover dish and bake at 350° for 1½ to 2 hours.

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Caphalon Fan

Okay, I’ll admit it…I’m a Caphalon fan….the ole hard-anodized aluminum variety. I’ve purchased several different pans over the years and frequently use them all. I just love the ability to go from stovetop to oven. There are only two downsides: they must be handwashed (although they clean easily) and they are heavy. Here are a few I have and recommend:

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Living Cookbook 2011

Living CookbookI’ve been using this wonderful program since version 2003 and absolutely love it. Each upgrade has brought new features well worth the small price. Once you’ve completed the cumbersome process of manually adding all your old hand written recipes, maintenance is a breeze.

There’s a great feature for capturing recipes you find on the internet as well as exporting for websites, email, etc. I use the email feature quite often when friends and family request a recipe from me.

This software has so many features, it’s well worth it to take a peak at their website for the list and. Check it out and give their 30-day trial a spin: Living Cookbook 2011 Free Trial read more

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Applesauce Meatballs

This is a “memory food” dish handed down to me from my mother. She browned the meatballs before baking–I skip that step.

I also find that 45 minutes in the oven (especially if you are eliminating the ketchup/water sauce) is more than enough time to finish cooking the meatballs…unless you form giant meatballs that is. Mine are about the size of golf balls.

Want to change the sauce? Eliminate the ketchup and water and serve with warmed beef gravy or spaghetti/marinara sauce. Another great substitute: replace wheat germ with 1/4 cup oatmeal and 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs. read more

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