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Cranberry Ketchup

Good with meatballs, too Simmer one pound of cranberries in a cup of water until the berries soften and pop. Put in blender along with: 1/2 cup molasses1/2 cup honey1/2 cup vinegar1/4 tsp each cloves and allspice1 tsp salt. Simmer this mixture for about 20 minutes. Cool and either freeze or store in the fridge. […]

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Bacon and Tomato Spread

12 ounces cream cheese, sliced for easier mixing 12 ounces (or about 3/4 cups) chopped fresh tomatoes (or grape tomatoes) 3/4 tsp mustard 1 1/2 T. mayonnaise 1/4 cup diced fried bacon pieces 3/4 tsp dried parsley or 1 T. fresh In a blender or a food processor with S blades, combine all ingredients except […]

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Low-Carb Hamburger Broccoli Alfredo Casserole

HAMBURGER-BROCCOLI ALFREDO CASSEROLE Serves at least 12 4 pounds ground beef 1 small onion, diced, green onions, or leeks (about 1 cup total)20-30 ounces frozen broccoli florets or broccoli and cauliflower, defrosted (not cooked)16 ounces cream cheese 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, or a combo of parmesan and mozarella 2 […]

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Ugly Burgers

This meal is not pretty: But it sure is tasty. Think of Sloppy Joe flavor, but with less tomato-ey more nuance. 1 pound ground beef (should be lean, or just skip the beef broth altogether)1 minced onion1 teaspoon sea salt1 Tablespoon garlic powder1 Tablespoon sugar1 Tablespoon prepared mustard1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar1-2 cups (depending how […]

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Pickled Eggs

According to the Georgia Egg Commission, the following method of hard-cooking facilitates peeling of ultra fresh eggs.  Make a pinhole in the large end of the egg, place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, and cover with cold water to an inch above the layer of eggs.  Place a lid on the […]

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Butterscotch Bars

1 6 ounce package of butterscotch pieces1/4 cup of shortening1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed OR a cup of coconut sugar or sucanat2 eggs1/2 tsp vanilla1 cup sifted flour1 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional) chocolate chip cookies Melt butterscotch pieces and shortening in double boiler over hot water.Remove from heat […]

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Please ignore my dirty oven.Thank-you. Yogurtcombine in a large bowl3 cups powdered milk6 cups very,very hot water (I used the water from tea-ready hot-water spout) Stir well.  Add 1 2/3 cup of pasteurized milk* Stir well. Remove a cup of milk from the bowl and whisk into that cup 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with […]

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Cottage Cheese Dill Bread

As good as it looks.  I forgot to take a picture until I’d already started slicing it, though.  This makes a soft bread, good with butter or cream cheese.  It’s also fairly easy to make for a yeast bread. Ingredients:2 Tablespoons yeast1/2 cup of warm water2 cups (16 oz container) cottage cheese4 Tablespoons honey3 Tablespoons […]

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Serbian Style Beef and Potatoes

Serbian Style Beef and Potatoes Adapted from this recipeServes 12 20 Ingredients:• 3 pounds ground beef• 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or other fat) May need more• 1 bag frozen peppers and onion mix• 3 carrots, grated, or about a cup of grated sweet potato• 6 celery stalks, chopped, or use roughly 2-3 cups of any […]

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Beef Florentine Pinwheel

Recipe: Florentine Beef Pinwheel This freezes well, and I have also made miniature versions to go in the Headmaster’s lunches. It’s basically a glorified meatloaf, but it can look quite elegant, and you can vary the filling for a wide variety of flavors. 1 1/2 pounds of ground meat (beef, venison, turkey, etc)3/4 cup crumbs […]

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