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August 29, 2019

With the taste of fall in the air, I want to continue with a recipe for canning and then I will do a couple of great late summer recipes for all…….
Yesterday, Sunday, We had a family get together for my cousin, Ron’s  75th birthday at the Lansing Boat Club…Everyone brought a dish to pass and we cooked the meat on the grill…..This was so much fun and many stories from the families past were the topic of conversation….Everyone needs to do this at least a couple of times a year…Be sure the young people listen as this is family histories that need to be passed on and on…Many times the version changes just a bit but that is the way it is……..My Great Aunt Vera was with us and she is 98 years young and I do mean young…….so I guess you know, we had a super duper time……Now time for the recipes……

Carol Cope
Cooking & Recipes

CREATE-A-CASSEROLE

3 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3/4 tsp. salt a pinch of pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked meat or a can of tuna packed in water, drained
1 10 ounce can of either tomato, cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup or 1 1/2 cups of white sauce
3  cups of rice, noodles or macaroni
1/2 cup of chopped onion or celery or green 
pepper or you can use some of each

Melt butter or margarine in a sauce pan.  Mix flour to make a smooth paste.  Slowly add the milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.  Add salt and pepper.  Cook three (3) minutes longer then add the vegetables, cooked rice or noodles and meat along with your favorite spices.
Pour into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes….**Note I have also put shredded cheese on top the last five (5) minutes….Oh so good and you can use a variety of vegetables or meats and make it different each time……

STUFFED  PORK  CHOPS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4 cut thick pork chops
1/3 cup water
1 regular can cream of mushroom soup
Stuffing;
3 cups dry bread crumbs or stuffing mix
2 to 3 Tbsp. chopped onions
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 cup water

Cut pockets in pork chops and stuff with dressing.       
Place in a skillet with butter to brown chops on both sides.  Place chops in a baking dish then mix soup with water and pour over stuffed chops. 
Bake at 350 degrees for at least one (1) hour or until chops are done.
The sauce will make great gravy to pour over chops or over mashed potatoes…….Serve with a salad or slaw and biscuits…….Yuummmy………

BAKING  POWDER  BISCUITS  

Preheat oven to 475 degrees
2 cups flour
4 Tbsp. shortening
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
              
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in the shortening and mix well.  Add liquid to make a soft dough.  Turn out on a flowered board and toss lightly until it looks smooth.  Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and cut out biscuits with cutter, then place on a greased baking sheet pan and bake until browned on top…    These are a standard super great biscuit  that can be served with any meal…..

MY  CANNED  TOMATOES  WITH  VEGETABLES 

1 bushel red, ripe tomatoes
2 bunches celery, chopped
5 to 6 onions, chopped
5 to 6 green sweet pepper, chopped
5 to 6 red or yellow sweet peppers, chopped

In a large pot, boil water and  place tomatoes in to remove the skins.  Then core and place tomatoes in a large kettle, not of tin.  Take a portion of the chopped vegetables and place in with the tomatoes.  I also take a large pinch of sugar and place in the tomatoes.  Stir to combine all very well and cook over medium to low heat, stirring so not to burn or stick on the bottom..    When tomatoes and vegetables are cooked, stir well and place in hot, sterilized  jars and seal immediately,…Also check to make sure you do not have any bubbles on top prior to sealing and if you do, spoon them off…These are super great and somewhat easy to do.  This is open kettle cooking.    **Note;  I have a sauce pan with hot water on the stove and put jars bottom side up in water with lids in just prior to filling the jars to be sealed….This is just a good way to make sure your jars will seal as the jar tops are hot and wet……Should you have any questions, please give me a call or e-mail me…..(231-884-5354) or caroljeancope@gmail.com

Until next week I found a real super recipe that we all need to read and think deeply about………

HAPPINESS

2 hearts
lots of love
lots of faith
lots of trust
lots of kisses
lots of fun
some nonsense
some arguments
some tears

First take the two hearts, combine them together with large amounts of love until they are one.  Then take faith and trust in one another.  Never be without this, because without these two ingredients this recipe will never work.  Add generous amounts of kisses and a little fun and nonsense, then add just a bit of arguments and tears because all recipes have to be beaten together to be smooth.  Use all these ingredients wisely and this recipe will never fail……..
God Bless,  Carol Jean





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