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August 20, 2009

Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

1 tall can or 2 sm. cans of tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp. Garlic, pressed

If you like your sauce thick then add a small can of tomato paste to the sauce.
You can also use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic if you don't have it, but the fresh garlic tastes much better!

August 19, 2009

Summer Fruit Sampler Dip

Try this super yummy dip from Pampered Chefs 'Delightful Desserts'

1 orange
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup light sugar-free strawberry preserves
1 1/2 cups thawed, frozen light whipped topping

Zest orange and finely chop zest to measure 2 teaspoons.

In small Batter bowl, combine sour cream, preserves and orange zest. Fold in whipped topping until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Great served with Grapes, Strawberries or your favorite fruit. Dip Away!

Beef Macaroni

1lb - Stewing Beef or Hamburger
1 pkg Macaroni pasta
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 - 12 oz can Tomato Sauce
1 cup Salsa

Brown stewing beef in a skillet. When cooked add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salsa then stir. Put on low heat while you cook the pasta. In large sauce pot fill 1/2 way with water and put on to boil. When water comes to boil add 1 tsp salt and pasta. Stir pasta occasionally to keep from sticking. When pasta is done drain and add to sauce mixture. Stir and serve.

August 15, 2009

Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Credit for this wonderful and fun recipe goes to a friend of Melodies - Thank you for letting us share this Chocolaty Delight. Its fast and Easy!

You will Need:
1 –Large 2cup Cocoa Mug (Microwave Safe)
4 Tbs Flour
4 Tbs Sugar
2 Tbs Cocoa
1 egg
3 Tbs Milk
3 Tbs Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tbs Chocolate Chips (optional)

Combine flour, sugar and cocoa in the mug and mix well with a spoon.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and vanilla and mix well. If you are using chocolate chips – Add them now and stir again.Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.

The cake will start to rise over the top of the mug but this is normal. Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. You can drizzle with chocolate sauce or icing if desired.
Best if served warm – Eat it alone or have fun sharing.

Known to be the most Dangerous Cake around 
because its only 5 minutes from scratch to your mouth!
I look forward to trying some variations. The first time I made this I didn't have any chocolate chips or cocoa - so I used Hot Cocoa Mix in place of the cocoa. It was good but still needed something. I tried it again adding 2 Miniature Special Dark Hershey bars (all I had), cut into pieces and I added an extra Tablespoon of hot cocoa mix. This turned out a lot better.

I want to try it with no chocolate and add flavoring, like Lemon or Strawberry. Other fun things to add would be Cinnamon or Ginger and I'm sure there are many more. I'll let you know how that turns out.

August 14, 2009

Corn Bread

Corn Bread by Lori

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 Tablespoons margarine/butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Combine dry ingredients together. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil and milk then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Bake at 350* for 18-20 minutes.


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Cream sugar and butter together. Beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture. In separate bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon. Grease cookie sheet.

Take a scoop of cookie mixture and roll into a ball. Roll it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Put on pan and flatten with glass. Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes.