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The “South” Dog

So the other night my husband and I were at a friend’s house and we had hot dogs. They put on their hot dogs coleslaw, pickled okra and pimento cheese. I thought – Wow, that sounds different, but good! And guess what, it was so yummy. Well I was craving one the other night and I realized that I didn’t have any hot dogs, but I did have mango jalapeno chicken sausages. In stead of the hot dog I used a mango jalapeno chicken sausage and wow!!!! It took it to a whole new level. They were so yummy. Here’s what you need: Basic hot dog buns All Natural Aidells Spicy Mango with Jalapeno Smoked Chicken Sausage ( Pimento Cheese Coleslaw Ketchup or Mustard – your preference Cut the sausages in half length way, but don’t … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner tonight? Beef Stew!

Ingredients 2 pounds stew beef 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups beef stock  1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic, peeled or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic  1 medium onion, sliced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika Dash ground allspice or ground cloves 3 large carrots, sliced 2 tablespoons cornstarch Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.  Add carrots and cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly. (Can add a pack of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix for more flavor.) … Read entire article »

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Scallops and Bacon Pasta

Ingredients 4-6 slices bacon 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 12 large scallops (wash and pat dry) 1/2 cup dry white wine 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes thinly sliced 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons butter (room temperature) 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 (8 ounce) package angel hair pasta (can use whole wheat pasta) salt and black pepper to taste Directions Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat. Turn occasionally until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon. Chop the bacon. Set aside. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil for the pasta. While water is coming to a boil, heat olive oil in a large skillet at high heat. Pan-fry the scallops until browned (about 2 minutes per side). Remove scallops  and place on a plate. Stir the angel hair pasta into the boiling water. Cook … Read entire article »

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Baked Oatmeal (by Diane Newmoyer)

Ingredients: 1/2 c. oil 3/4 c. sugar 2 eggs 3 c. quick oats 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 c. milk   Instructions: Cream egg, sugar & oil.  Add all other ingredients. Put in 8” square pan greased. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve with brown sugar and milk mixed in the oatmeal. So yummy!   … Read entire article »

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3 Bean Salad

Ingredients 1 pound string beans (trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces) 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen shelled edamame 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup fruit apricot preserves (100% is the best)  1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 (15-ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained) 2 scallions, sliced Salt Directions Put the string beans and frozen edamame into a steamer basket and steam them for 4 minutes. Then put the beans to a large bowl and put them into the refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes. In a small bowl mix together oil, vinegar, apricot preserves, sugar and ginger. Add the black beans and scallions to the other beans that you placed in the refrigerator, drizzle with dressing, and toss to coat. Season with salt, to taste. Great for cookouts, plus it is healthy! … Read entire article »

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Healthy Complete Salmon Dinner

Makes: 4 servings Start to finish: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground chili powder 2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed Nonstick olive-oil cooking spray 4 skinless salmon fillets (5-6 ounces each) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro sprigs Directions 1. Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt, cumin, and chili powder. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices and place on the greased rack of a broiler pan. Coat sweet potatoes with cooking spray and sprinkle with half the spice mixture. Broil 10 minutes, turning once halfway though. 2. Rinse and dry salmon; coat with remaining spice mixture. In a large skillet, cook fish in hot olive oil over medium heat for 4 minutes per side, or until it flakes easily with a fork. 3. Sprinkle sweet potatoes and salmon with cilantro before … Read entire article »

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Yummy Breakfast Casserole

INGREDIENTS 2 - Frozen buttermilk biscuits 2 - Eggs 1/3 cup – Milk 1/4 tsp – Ground mustard 1 cup – Frozen potatoes (O’Brien with onions and peppers from 28-oz bag) 1/2 cup – Diced ham or sausage (sausage adds more spice!) 1/2 cup – Shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)   DIRECTIONS 1. Place frozen biscuits on microwavable plate. Microwave uncovered on Medium (50%) 30 to 40 seconds or until soft. 2. Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, beat eggs, milk and mustard with wire whisk until blended. Stir in potatoes, ham or sausage and cheese. 3. Spray 1-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cut each biscuit into 8 pieces; arrange evenly in dish. Pour egg mixture over biscuit pieces in dish. Press down with back of spoon, making sure all biscuits are covered with egg mixture. 4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set. Let stand … Read entire article »

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Black Bean Brownies

One way to make brownies healthier is to substitute the flour in any brownie recipe with 15 1/2 oz of black beans. Drain one can of black beans and continue to follow the recipe as directed omitting the flour. The brownies will be very moist, yet you won’t feel as guilty eating them! They are yummy! … Read entire article »

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Easy Lasagna

Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 (26 ounce) jar Ragu® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 2 eggs 12 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown ground beef in 12-inch skillet; drain. (Remember to brown the beef – It adds more flavor!) Stir in pasta sauce and heat through. Combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and eggs in large bowl. Spread 1 cup meat sauce (hamburger and pasta sauce) in 13 x 9-inch baking dish evenly. Arrange 4 lasagna noodles lengthwise over sauce, then top with 1 cup meat sauce and 1/2 of the cheese mixture; repeat, ending with sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. … Read entire article »

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Spaghetti and Shrimp with a Pinot Grigio Sauce

Ingredients 1 pound spaghetti pasta 1/4 cup olive oil 3 shallots, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes 1 1/2 cup Pinot Grigio (or other white wine) 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 cups spinach Directions Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and the garlic and cook for 3 minutes, until tender but not brown. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook for another minute. Add the wine, and shrimp. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the shrimp are … Read entire article »

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