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June 21, 2012

Crab Puffs

I love Crab Puffs & they are super easy
2- 8 oz. pgs cream cheese, softened
3-4 pieces imitation crab
2-4 green onions, diced 
1 package wonton wrappers 
Oil for Frying

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir or beat until well-blended.
Heat oil to 350-375 degrees.

It is easier to make all the puffs before frying them.  Lay wax paper out on a cookie sheet to place puffs on after assembling them.  Don't stack on top each other they will stick & make a mess.

Take a wrapper and place a small amount of filling into the center. Fold over into a triangle, and seal the edges with a little dab of water on a fingertip.

After all puffs are made, Drop approx 5-6 into the heated oil.

When they float, use a fork to flip them, and then take them out after another 30 secs. or so, when they look light brown.  They will brown more as the cool.

Drain on paper towels. They will brown more as they drain.
Serve immediately!

June 09, 2012

Mindi's German Pancakes

Not quite sure if they are German, dont think they taste like pancakes!  LoL...but they are Awesome!
Ingredients:  (Optional Add-Ins listed at bottom)
6 Eggs
1 cup Milk
1 cup Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Stick Butter

Melt butter in 9x13 glass pan in oven. While butter melts... In blender add Eggs, blend on Medium.  While blender is going & after eggs are whipped, Add Milk.  Add salt, then add Flour little by little so that it mixes well with the eggs & milk.  Once it is well blended, pour blender mixer over butter in glass pan.  Bake at 400' for 15-20 min.
Can be served many ways, here are just a few ideas!
Top with:
Powdered Sugar
Whip Cream
Lemon Juice
Lemon Curd or
Diced Green Chilies
Diced Tomatoes

Optional Add-Ins 2 Blender:

Potato Bacon Soup

8 lb bag of potatoes
4 cups Broth
1 cup Water
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green onion
2 cups Milk (add later)
Salt & Pepper

 1 pkg Bacon cooked & crumbled
1/4 cup chopped green onions
4oz Grated Cheese

Peel all potatoes, rinse & chop into bite size chunks & add to the crock pot with the broth & water.  Add onion, celery & green-onions to the pot. Add Salt & Pepper then cook on low heat for about 6 hours.  About 1/2 hour before serving add the Milk to the potatoes & stir.  After serving into bowls, sprinkle with the crumbled bacon, green onions & grated cheese.

Creamy Bean Soup

1- 16oz can traditional refried beans
1- 14.5oz can Petite Diced Tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
(not cream of coconut)
1- 4.5oz can chopped green chiles
1- 1oz pkg taco seasoning mix
4 medium green onions, sliced

In Slow Cooker, stir refried beans, tomatoes, broth, coconut milk, green chiles and taco seasoning mix. Cook on low approx 2-3 hours.  Pour soup into serving bowls; garnish with onions.  Great served with Taquito Dippers.

Taquito Dippers

6 sticks of Sharp Cheddar
or Chipotle Cheddar cheese
1- 10.5oz pkg Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
2 TBs CRISCO® Pure Vegetable Oil

Cut each cheese stick in half lengthwise to make 2 thin sticks. Place 1 cheese stick on one edge of each tortilla; roll tortilla tightly around cheese. Brush edges of tortillas with water to seal. Place taquitos, seam sides down, on cookie sheet. Brush each lightly with oil.  Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until edges of tortillas are golden brown and cheese is melted.  Serve as an Appetizer or with Creamy Bean Soup.

Pumpkin Cookies

This makes approximately 9 dozen.  So you may need to adjust for smaller batches.

3 boxes of Spice Cake Mix
3 cups of Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup chopped Walnuts
1 small bag Chocolate Chips

Mix pumpkin & brown sugar in large bowl.  Add pumpkin spice and mix together.  Add Eggs and mix together.  Add Vanilla and mix together.  Gradually add all  cake mixes, mixing very well as you add them.  When mixed well, spoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake in 350' Preheated oven for 10minutes.

This recipe is acquired from several people.  My good friend Mindi just throws her cookies together and has never gone by a recipe. So we found a recipe online and did a trial run.  So when we decided to make them for a church activity.  Two of the ladies who are on the committee with me, Dawnella and Janice, came over to bake with me and we decided they were a little too soft.  So we tweaked the recipe a bit and we think they are great!  Are great alone or with a frosting of your choice!  I love them with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Chicken Cacciatore

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1- 28oz jar spaghetti sauce
2 green or red bell pepper, seeded and Cubed
8oz fresh sliced mushrooms
1 onion, finely diced
2 TBs minced garlic

Put the chicken in the slow cooker.
Top with the spaghetti sauce, bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, and garlic.  Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.  Use fork to shred chicken & Serve over your favorite Pasta or Rice.  Goes well with Angel Hair.  I've even done this several times with just the Chicken & sauce, because we didn't have the other ingredients & it still came out pretty good!