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My favorite pecan pie


I've been baking pies for our Thanksgiving celebration. I had several requests for this pecan pie. Many years ago a friend in Michigan gave me this recipe and we have enjoyed it ever since. It's the best I have ever tried.

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USDA Pecan Pie

1 unbaked pie shell
2 Tbsps. melted margarine or butter, cooled
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
pinch salt
1 1/2 cups dark Karo syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pecans (can use halves or pieces)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the pie crust. Place the pecans in the pie shell. In a mixing bowl blend together the sugar, eggs, and salt. Add the corn syrup and vanilla. Combine thoroughly and then pour over the pecans. Place the pie in the oven and then immediately reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for 60-70 mins. It will still be somewhat soft and sloshy in the center but will firm up while it cools.

If the crust appears to be getting too brown before the pie is done you can cut the center out of a piece of foil to cover the edges of the pie.

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Happy baking!

Becka


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Turkey Pizza?


I've been keeping busy lately and have been rather negligent in posting. There were just three of us here for Thanksgiving day so we had chicken for dinner. We are having our turkey on Sunday when the whole family will be together.

Our neighbors cooked three turkeys outdoors in a turkey fryer and also roasted one in the oven. They very graciously shared a large plate of it with us. Rob and I had never tried fried turkey before and we found it to be very tasty.

With some of the leftover turkey I tried a new pizza variation that I read about recently at Tammy's Recipes. She has many delicious recipes on her site which you might enjoy perusing. For those of you who cannot access her site, here is how I made our pizza:

1 pre-baked pizza crust
about 1/3 cup Light Italian salad dressing
2 cloves garlic
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1-2 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup small spinach leaves (you could use fresh basil)
1 Roma tomato cut into thin strips
black pepper

Combine the salad dressing and the garlic and spread on the pizza crust. Top with the cheeses, turkey, onion, spinach, and tomato. Sprinkle with black pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 mins. or until cheeses are melted. Enjoy a fresh take on turkey leftovers!

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Becka


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My favorite lentil recipe


A while back I posted a recipe for lentil soup. On that post I mentioned that I would post my favorite recipe for lentils. Well, lentil lovers, today is your lucky day. I found this recipe on line several years ago and have modified it to suit our tastes. I think what makes this dish so good is the carmelized onions. Please don't omit them -- I guess you need to be a lentil lover and an onion lover to truly appreciate this recipe!

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 tsp. sugar
1 1/3 cup uncooked green lentils (lentils du puy)
3/4 cup raw rice
salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, etc. to taste

In a large stainless steel skillet heat the oil and then sauté the onion with the sugar until the onion is nice and brown and carmelized. This will make your house smell so good!

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Rinse lentils and pick over, removing any stones or debris. Place in a sauce pan and cover with water by about an inch above the lentils. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 mins. After 15 mins. add rice and simmer 15-20 mins. more or until rice is tender. Stir a few times and make sure it doesn't scorch. If it seems too dry add a little water. It is all right if this is a bit soupy.

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You can cook it to the consistency you like. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, a little oregano, etc. Or you can use an all-purpose seasoning such as Adobo seasoning.

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Serve the lentils with the onions on top. You can add sour cream or yogurt, chopped tomatoes, salsa, hot sauce or whatever sounds good to you.

picture of Lentils and Onions

For serving just two people use 1/2 cup lentils and 1/3 cup rice.

For those of you in the Greenville area who like lentils you might want to try the lentils at the Pita House. The lentils there are slightly sweet and taste like they have a little molasses in them. They are served with a large Greek salad.

If you need a quick meatless meal try this one.

Becka


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From trash to something useful


Don't you love it when you can find a use for something that you would normally throw away?

If you eat cereal, then this tip's for you. Save the plastic liners from inside your cereal box.

picture of Life Cereal

Cut the bottom off and then slit them up the seam. Wash them off with your dishcloth and then set them aside. (I keep a few clipped together with a chip clip.)

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These work great for breading and/or pounding meat and fish. The plastic is thicker than regular waxed paper or plastic wrap and when you are finished you can just toss it out.

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So, remember this tip the next time you are preparing chicken, fish, or round steak.

Becka


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A light, tasty (and easy!) dessert


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Awhile back one of my readers, Roberta, asked if I could post some lighter recipes. Here is a light and tasty dessert that is also pretty in my humble opinion. It would be even prettier if you had the right kind of glassware to put it in. You can't see it from my picture, but the jello mixture forms layers. This would show up much better in a tall, slender container. I think this recipe came from a jello ad.

Layered Jello

3 oz. orange gelatin (sugar free works great)
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 carton Cool Whip (the Light kind works fine)
1 can mandarin oranges

Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water. Stir in about 2 cups of the frozen cool whip. Pour into clear glasses. Chill. This will form two layers. Before serving top with some of the now thawed cool whip and drained mandarin oranges.

You could also try this with other flavors of gelatin and fruits. We really enjoy this and it's a good recipe to know about if you are serving someone who needs to watch his sugar intake.

Becka


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