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Pasta Sauce
from Lynn
  • 1 lg can crushed tomatoes(I think it is 28oz?) (99 cents at Kroger)
  • Chopped onion and green pepper to taste (I buy the peppers on sale and keep in freezer
  • onions (I try to keep on hand)
  • Canned mushrooms (stems and pieces 59 cents at Kroger)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes-drained (79c)
  • 1 can toamto paste (25 cents)
  • assorted spices---oregano, italian seasoning, garlic of some form, fresh black pepper, chili powder--whatever you've got basically
Dump everything in a pot(or slow cooker) and let simmer. Pour over favorite pasta. I am well known for adding assorted chopped/shredded veggies to this as well---carrots, zucchini, celery, spinach--again whatever is on hand. This is pretty much my base recipe for spaghetti sauce---sometimes I add meat, sometimes I don't--just depends on mood.

Feeds the 3 of us 2 meals.

Fruit Pie
from Kim

Melt 1 stick of butter in a baking dish.
Mix 3/4 cup flour (self rising), 3/4 cup milk and 1 cup sugar.
Pour over melted butter.
Add fruit (2 cups or 16oz)of any kind.
Bake at 350 for 50-60min.****IF necessary add 1/2-1cup sugar****

Spaghetti and Cheese
from Kim

  • Spaghetti
  • Sharp and Mild cheddar cheese
  • Large can of Pet or Carnation Cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
Cook spaghetti, put slices of butter in the bottom of glass baking bowl. Put layer of spaghetti and then layer of butter and layer of cheese. I put 1 piece of sharp and 1 piece of mild all around the bowl. Put spaghetti, then butter, then cheese until the bowl is full. Mix cream and egg in seperate dish and add the salt and pepper to this mixture and pour over the other. Cook at 425 degrees until brown on top. (****DON'T FORGET TO SPRAY THE BOWL WITH NON STICK SPRAY SO IT WON'T STICK****)

One Skillet Dish
from MarshaSue

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • chopped onion
  • garlic to taste
  • 1-2 cans of mushroom soup
  • about a cup of rice
  • can of green beans
You might need to add water so it does not dry out.

French Bread Pizza
from MarshaSue

Loaf of Italian or French bread
Scoop it out to resemble a canoe --then fill with hamburger or pepperoni, top with pizza sauce and some mozzarella cheese - bake!

Mexican Beans and Rice
from Allison

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can beans, rinsed and drained (I usually use black beans, but kidney beans work, too)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, divided
Mix rice, beans, salsa and 1/2 the cheese in a casserole dish (spray with Pam first so it doesn't stick). Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake at 350 or so for about 25 minutes, or until it's hot and the cheese is melted. This is good if you add corn, chopped onions or peppers, etc. I just use whatever I have on hand.

Red Potato Hash and Eggs
from Allison

  • 4 large red or Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • salt, pepper and paprika
  • however many eggs each person wants
Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 8 minutes or until tender; drain. In another pan, melt a little butter or margarine (it doesn't taste right if you use oil) and cook the onion until tender. Add cooked potatoes and season to taste with salt, pepper and paprika, adding enough paprika so the potatoes turn a reddish color (hence the name). Poach the eggs and serve on top of the potatoes. This is pretty spicy, depending on how much and what type of paprika you use. We usually have it for dinner, but it's a great breakfast/brunch recipe.

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