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The Menu

Soups

Salads

Appitizers

Subs & Wraps

Beef

Chicken

Pork

Turkey

Seafood

Other Meats

Meatless

Sides

Veggies

Breads

Desserts

Beverages

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara
  • 1 Lb spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 Lb bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 3/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 Tsp ground pepper
Toss all ingredients in hot spaghetti until well mixed and egg is cooked and cheese is nearly melted.
 

Sausage Apple Bake

Sausage Apple Bake 
  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 pounds bratwurst or kielbasa
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 small onion, sliced (optional)
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced (optional)
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thin  (optional)
Layer apples and sausage on the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch casserole dish and dot with butter. Then spread and sprinkle everything else. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour.
 

Pork Roast

  • 1 Pork Roast
  • 2-3 Lbs Potatoes, cubed
  • 8oz Creamy Italian Dressing
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Pork Roast
  • 2-3 Lbs Potatoes, cubed
  • 3 Carrots, cubed
  • 4 Stalks celery, quartered
  • 1 Onion, quartered
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Salt & Pepper
Using either recipe, first put water in slow cooker then meat. Now everything else, encircling vegetables around meat. Cook on low 8 hours or longer or when carrots & potatoes are done.

If using frozen meat, omit potatoes and carrots and cook on high instead.

Spaghetti

With Sausage:
  • 1Lb Spaghetti, Cooked & drained
  • 1 Jar Favorite Sauce
  • 1 Lb Italian Style Rope Sausage, cut in 2 inch lengths
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
With Meatballs:
  • 1Lb Spaghetti, Cooked & drained
  • 1 Jar Favorite Sauce
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef or meatball mix
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tsp Garlic powder (or Minced Garlic)
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder (or Minced Onion)
  • 1 Tbs Basil
  • 2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Brown sausage lightly on all sides in a well oiled deep skillet over medium high heat. Drain fat, add sauce and simmer 35 minutes or until done. Serve over cooked spaghetti and top with cheese. Combine meat, egg, bread crumbs and seasonings. Mix well and form 1 1/2 inch balls. Brown balls lightly on all sides in a well oiled deep skillet over medium high heat. Drain fat, add sauce and simmer 35 minutes or until done. Serve over cooked spaghetti and top with cheese.

Stir Fry

  • 3-5 Tbs Wok or vegetable oil
  • 1 Lb Chicken Breast, Pork, Shrimp or beef, sliced thin
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Sliced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, Sliced (Optional)
  • 6 Oz Snap Peas (Optional)
  • 1 Can baby corn (Optional)
  • 6 Oz Broccoli (Optional)
  • 1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts
  • 1 Can Bamboo Shoots6 Oz Bean Sprouts, or 1 can
  • 1 Carrot, shredded or sliced thin
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 3 Green Onion (Scallions) chopped
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • 4-8 Tbs Soy Sauce (Kikkoman is the best)

In wok or large deep skillet, heat oil and add veggies and soy sauce and stir-fry 5-10 minutes or until veggies are done to your liking. Serve over plain white rice, fried rice, fried noodles or lo-mien noodles.

Fried Rice

  • 2 Cups uncooked Rice
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 4 Tbs Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Carrot shredded (Optional) *
  • Other desired veggies (Optional) *
  • 1Lb Cooked Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Shrimp (Optional) **
  • Wok Oil for Cooking
First, put first 4 ingredients in a microwave rice cooker or microwave pressure cooker. Seal lid and microwave on high 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes more. (Or read directions on cookers)
Scramble 2 eggs in a bowl while heating oil and 1 tsp soy sauce in a large deep skillet or wok over medium high heat. Pour egg into hot pan, then 1/2 veggies, 1/2 meat (optional) and finally 1/2 rice. Stir using spatula until egg is all cooked and no longer runny. Remove to a Large serving bowl and repeat to finish the other half. Serve hot as a stand alone meal or a side dish.

* Veggies can be changed to include those you like and exclude those you don't. Suggestions are Peas, Onions, Broccoli, Water Chestnuts, Bamboo Shoots, Baby Corn, Green Peppers, etc.

**Cooked chicken, cooked pork or cooked beef may be added to complete this dish as a meal.

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Stir-in ideas include but not limited to: ground beef, ground pork, sweet or hot sausage, chicken, bacon, turkey, shrimp, hotdogs, kielbasa, broccoli, chopped tomatoes, cauliflower, peas, anything you think would mix well with cheese!
  • 1 Lb Macaroni, Cooked
  • 1 Lb Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Tbs Margarine
  • 2 Tbs Flour
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Tbs Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Lb Precooked Ham, Cubed, or Ham Steak (Optional)
  • Cubed or sliced Tomatoes (Optional)
  • Broccoli (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs

Preheat oven to 375. Melt margarine in 2 Qt sauce pan over medium heat, add flour stirring constantly, then add mustard (keep Stirring). Now slowly add milk. Start putting in the cheese in a little at a time, as cheese melts, put more in. Add all but 1/4 cup for topping. Stir the white sauce into the macaroni.  If you are using cubed ham, cubed tomatoes or broccoli, add it now and stir. Pour mix into oblong baking dish. If using ham steak or sliced tomatoes, place on top now. Sprinkle the rest of cheese on top, then sprinkle the bread crumbs on. Place in oven and bake until done. 

Twice Baked Potatoes

  • 5 Potatoes, baked
  • 1 Lb Bacon, cooked and crumbled (Optional)
  • 6-8 Oz cheddar cheese (Optional)
  • Few shakes Chives (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped finely (Optional)
  • 4 Tbs Sour cream (Optional)
  • 1 or 2 Green Onions (Scallions) (Optional)
  • Fresh Mushrooms, rinsed and chopped (Optional)
  • Sour Cream for serving 
Cut baked potatoes in half and Scoop out potato insides into a mixing bowl. Add any and all ingredients you like and mix and mash. Now fill skins with potato mix and place on buttered cookie sheet. Top with shredded cheese if desired and bake at 350 20 minutes or until hot.

These are great as a snack, dinner side or the dinner entree itself!

Loaded Potato Skins

  • 5 Potatoes, baked
  • 1 Lb Bacon, cooked and crumbled (Optional)
  • Few shakes Chives (Optional)
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped finely (Optional)
  • 1 or 2 Green Onions (Scallions) (Optional)
  • Fresh Mushrooms, rinsed and chopped (Optional)
  • 6-8 Oz cheddar cheese (Optional)
  • Sour Cream for serving 
Cut baked potatoes in half and Scoop out potato insides into a In mixing bowl, leaving at least 1/4 inch shell. Add bacon, onions, chives and mushrooms and mix well. Fill skins with mix and place on buttered cookie sheet. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 20 minutes or until hot.

These are great as a snack, dinner side or the dinner entree itself!

Sweet & Sour

  • Oil for frying
  • 1Lb Large Shrimp, Cleaned, 1Lb Pork, Sliced Thin, 1Lb Chicken, Sliced Thin
  • 1 Green Pepper, Sliced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, Sliced (Optional)
  • Can Pineapple Chunks (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 4 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbs Cornstarch mixed with 4 Tbs Cold Water
In large deep skillet or wok, stir fry shrimp, peppers and onions until meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat. Stir in pineapples, ketchup, sugar, water, vinegar and soy sauce. Stir frequently over medium heat just until the boil point. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened. Serve over plain white rice, fried rice, fried noodles or lo-mien noodles.

BBQ Ribs

  • 4-10 pieces Country Pork Ribs or 2-4- Racks Beef Ribs or 2-3 Lbs Short Ribs
  • 1/2 Bottle BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
  • 1 Cup Water

In shallow baking dish, mix well BBQ sauce and water. Put pork in and coat well on all sides. Cover and let set in refrigerator 2 hours or overnight (the longer, the better). 

Grill Method: Place on top rack on hot grill and cook until done, turning over and brushing on BBQ mixture occasionally. Note: Keeping cover on grill helps to cook.

Oven Method: Leave in baking dish and cook in 375 oven 30 minutes or until done. Keeping a foil cover on until last 15 minutes helps to keep juicy.

Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Method: Place pork and all sauce in pot and turn on low and cook 6 hours or longer or until done.

Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie II
  • 1 (6 ounce) package spaghetti 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 2 eggs, beaten 
  • 1 c. cottage cheese
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. Sausage
  • 1/2 c. onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c. bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c. tomato, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp. garlic powder or fresh garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1  jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 - 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Olives, Any pizza topping you desire (Optional)
Mix hot cooked spaghetti with beaten eggs, butter and Parmesan cheese. Press into buttered 10 inch pie pan. In large skillet cook meat, onion, green pepper, tomato and seasonings. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Spread one (15 ounce) carton of Ricotta or cottage cheese over spaghetti, then meat/sauce filing. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Then add Mozzarella cheese and any pizza toppings you desire. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Scalloped Potatoes

  • Green Onions (Scallions) Chopped
  • Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Finely Chopped
  • Celery Stalk, Finely Chopped
  • Ham Steak, Slices or Chunks (Optional)
  • 1 Lb Bacon Slices, uncooked (Optional)
  • Large Potatoes, Sliced Thin (Peeling is optional)
  • 1 Onion, Sliced Thin
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Margarine
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
Mix scallions, garlic and celery. In Oblong baking dish, put a layer of potatoes down. Sprinkle with flour, some scallion mix, pepper and salt and top off with several pats of margarine. Repeat until one layer of potatoes remains. Lay bacon or ham over top of casserole then the last layer of potatoes, salt, pepper, flour and margarine. Last, layer the sliced onions on the very top and pour milk in until it reaches the top of the the onions. Line baking rack with foil (to catch any spills). Place on middle rack in a 350 oven and bake 45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

  • 1 Lb Bulk Breakfast Sausage
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbs Corn Starch
  • 4 Tbs Cold Water
  • 1 Package Jumbo Biscuits

Cook sausage in fry pan over medium high heat stirring and breaking frequently. When fully cooked, add milk and pepper to taste and remove from heat. Bake biscuits according to package. In small bowl, combine corn starch and cold water until dissolved while biscuits are baking. Bring sausage mixture to simmer over medium heat, remove from heat. When bubbles stop, add corn starch mixture stirring constantly. Split biscuits on plate and scoop gravy over and serve.

Meal suggestions: Serve with eggs cooked any way (I like over medium) and home fries or hash browns. Include a large glass of juice to round off the meal.

Ham Dinner

  • Ham (Pineapple & Cloves, or, Brown Sugar & Mustard)
  • Mashed Potatoes (Butter, salt, milk)
  • Gravy (Cornstarch & water)
  • Green bean Casserole (Can beans, cream mushroom soup, milk, fried onions, pepper)
  • Sweet potato Casserole (sweet potatoes, ?)
  • Candied Yams (yams, brown sugar, marshmallows)
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Pies: Apple, Chocolate Cream, Banana Cream

Ham Steaks

  • Ham Steak

Oven Method: Place on a shallow baking pan and cook in a 375 Oven 15-20 minutes or until done.

Pan Method: Cook in a skillet over medium heat 3-4 minutes each side or until done.

Grill Method: Place on top rack of grill and cook 3-4 minutes each side or until done.

Broil Method: Place on broiler pan and broil at 500 for 2-4 minutes each side or until done.

Broccoli Pasta Bake

  • 3 cups white rice, Alternately you can use Cooked Pasta
  • 2 cups cooked, chopped turkey meat, Chicken, Ham, Pork, or Shrimp (Optional)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen broccoli, thawed (Optional)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
  • 1 (7 ounce) package whole wheat crackers, crushed 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a saucepan bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. In a 9x13 inch baking dish combine turkey, broccoli, cheese and cooked rice. In a small bowl combine crushed crackers and melted butter. Spread over rice mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until crackers are crispy. 

"This is a nice easy recipe for leftover turkey, chicken or ham.

Fried Pork Steak

  • Pork Steaks
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2-3 Tbs Oil
Place pork steaks in hot fry pan and season. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes and turn, seasoning other side. Cook another 5-10 minutes or until juice runs clear indicating doneness.

City Chicken

  • Chicken or pork cut into cubes
  • Italian Style Bread crumbs or Chicken Breader
  • Grape tomatoes (Optional)
  • Green Peppers, cut into chunks (Optional)
  • Onions, cut into chunks (Optional)
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Skewers
Skewer meat chunks & veggies in pattern, rinse kabobs in cold water and dip in breading. Place kabobs in large skillet with hot oil and cook, turning occasionally, until meat runs clear and veggies are soft.

Pork Chops

Stuffed Pork Chops

Fillet cut chop up to bone creating a pita style pocket and fill with stuffing. Place stuffed chops on shallow baking sheet, brush margarine or oil on chops, sprinkle with seasoning to taste, and bake in a 350 oven for 40-50 minutes or until done.
  • Thick Cut Pork Chops
  • Favorite Stuffing, prepared
  • 2-3 Tbs Melted Margarine or Oil
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Smothered Pork Chops

  • Pork Chops
  • 1/2-1 Cup prepared stuffing
  • 1 Celery Stalk, chopped finely
  • 1/4 Onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper
  • 2-3 Cups Water
Heat water on stove and add stuffing, celery, onion and pepper, stir to mix well and smooth out, heat thoroughly until thickened gravy forms. Place chops in baking dish so they touch each other, pour gravy mix over chops and cover with foil. Bake in 375 oven for 35 minutes or until chops are done.

Smoked Pork Chops

Ingredients:  Smoked Pork Chops

Oven Method: Place on a shallow baking pan and cook in a 375 Oven 15-20 minutes or until done.

Pan Method: Cook in a skillet over medium heat 3-4 minutes each side or until done.

Grill Method: Place on top rack of grill and cook 3-4 minutes each side or until done.

Broil Method: Place on broiler pan and broil at 500 for 2-4 minutes each side or until done.

Deep Fried Pork Chops

  • 1 Lb Pork Chops, Bone-in or Boneless 
  • 1 cup Breader
  • Oil for deep frying
Put Breader in a wide bowl. Rinse pork chops in cold water one at a time, shake off excess water and roll in bowl of Breader. Lay on a dry plate. Do all the meat. Now, drop 1 or 2 at a time in ready hot oil and cook until pork chops floats. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Breaded Pork Chops

  • Pork Chops
  • 1-2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Flour or corn meal
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Pepper
  • Alternately, Shake & Bake

Rinse chops well. Mix together well bread crumbs, seasonings and flour. Dip chops in eggs, both sides. Coat well with bread crumb mix on all sides and place on a shallow baking pan. Bake in 375 oven for 35 minutes or until done.

Alternately: Use Shake & Bake and cook according to directions.

Baked Pork Chops

  • Pork Chops
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Pepper
  • Seasoned Salt
Rinse shops well. Place on a shallow baking pan and sprinkle with seasonings. Bake in 375 oven for 35 minutes or until done.

 
 

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