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Baked

Arepas (cornflour patties)

12/8/2013 meps 0

These are native to Colombia and Venezuela. 2 C yellow masa (corn) flour 1 t salt 3 C boiling water 3 T peanut or vegetable oil Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a large […]

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Desserts

Balsamic-mint marinated strawberries

10/9/2007 meps 0

Big thanks to David Merwin for serving this on Sunday…it was the talk of the party! 1/4 C balsamic vinegar 1/4 C sugar Big handful of fresh mint 1 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered Mix […]

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Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Candied Dill Pickle Chips

10/18/2009 meps 0

Take a jar of hamburger chips — just the regular pickle,s not garlic or kosher dills. Drain them. Cover with granulated sugar and refrigerate for at least two weeks. You can add more sugar halfway […]

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Baked

Chewy Granola Bars

4/27/2010 meps 0

2/3 C brown rice syrup 1/2 C peanut butter 1-1/2 T butter 1-1/2 T oil 1-1/2 C rolled oats 1/4 C oat bran (can substitute ground nuts or wheat germ) 1/4 C flax or sesame […]

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Appetizers

Chex (TM) Party Mix, Schulte-style

12/2/2005 meps 1

I recently discovered a truly antique recipe from my mother’s collection for Onion-Seasoned Bite-Size Biscuits, which seems to be the precursor to Chex Mix. Thank goodness some marketing guru came up with a catchier name! […]

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Appetizers

Chocolate Popcorn

7/3/2006 meps 0

1 lb semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 C butter 1 t vanilla, almond, coconut, or orange extract 3 quarts popcorn, popped (about 6 T unpopped) 2 C powdered sugar 2 T cocoa powder Melt chocolate and […]

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Appetizers

Chocolate-Mocha Dusted Almonds

5/5/2006 meps 1

1/2 C powdered sugar 1 T cocoa 1 T instant coffee powder 2/3 C semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 C almonds In a large bowl, comgine the sugar, coffee, and cocoa. Pour chocolate chips into a […]

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Desserts

Chocomint Chex Snacks

4/28/2013 meps 0

I saw something like this on the internet and realized that this was the answer to Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies for gluten-free eaters. Here’s how I made my first batch. It’s not very sweet; […]

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Appetizers

Crispy Coffee Nuts

7/2/2006 meps 0

See also Chocolate-Mocha Dusted Almonds, which are less crispy but have chocolate on them. 1/4 C butter, melted 1 lb pecans, almonds, cashews, or a mixture of these 1-1/2 C sugar 2 T instant coffee […]

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Breakfast

Easy Granola

5/17/2010 meps 0

1/2 t salt 6 C rolled oats 1 C wheat germ 1 C nuts 1 C raisins 1 t cinnamon 1/2 t nutmeg 1/2 C honey 1/2 C canola oil Mix the dry ingredients first, […]

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Appetizers

Gingered Borscht Shots

6/11/2013 meps 0

This was originally published as an easy appetizer for a summer party. You can put a couple of tablespoons into shot glasses and place them in a bowl filled with ice, like vodka shots. Or […]

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Appetizers

Glazed bacon crisps

7/14/2004 meps 0

Serves 8 1/2 lb sliced bacon at room temperature 1 C dark brown sugar Preheat oven to 250 F. Dredge both sides of the bacon in the brown sugar, patting it to make it stick. […]

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Breakfast

Granola bars

9/29/2005 meps 0

This recipe has some flaws (they omitted the oven temperature), but I’ve always wanted to try making homemade granola bars, so I might try it anyway. 1-1/2 C plain granola 1 C quick oatmeal 3/4 […]

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Appetizers

Helen’s caramel corn

7/14/2004 meps 0

Fifi Fine brought a bag of this over to Cayenne, when we were living in a New Orleans boatyard. It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever eaten — impossible to stop. 5 […]

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Appetizers

Hot Garlic Popcorn

7/3/2006 meps 0

1/2 C popcorn, unpopped 3/4 C oil, divided 6 cloves of garlic, minced 2 t chili powder 1/4 t cayenne 1/4-1/2 t salt In a small pot over very low heat, combine and cook 1/2 […]

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Snacks

How to make popcorn on the stovetop

2/8/2011 meps 0

When I was growing up, somebody gave my Dad a popcorn popper. It had a black heating element on the bottom, with legs, and a giant see-through orange/yellow top. In 1975, the first summer after […]

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Appetizers

Kale Snacks

3/30/2006 meps 0

I have made a triple batch of this, and still had it disappear in 10 minutes. It’s a little labor-intensive, but it serves as a wonderful alternative when you’re craving potato chips. 1 large bunch […]

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Appetizers

Killer olives

7/14/2004 meps 0

(from a really weird calendar we once had) 1 lb green or Greek olives 4 cloves garlic, sliced 2 t harissa or chili paste 2 T orange juice 2 T balsamic vinegar Grated zest of […]

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Breakfast

Lemon protein bars

10/2/2007 meps 0

1 C whole wheat flour 2 t oat bran 1-1/2 C rolled oats 1/2 C TVP 2 T soy protein powder 1/3 C unsalted sunflower seeds 1/8 t salt 1 C dried fruit pieces, such […]

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Breakfast

No-Bake Energy Bars

10/6/2014 meps 0

1 C roasted almonds 1-1/4 C pitted dates (can substitute raisins for 1/2 C) 1 T dried coconut (unsweetened, if possible) 3/4 C water 1/4 C cocoa 2 T instant coffee powder 1 t chia […]

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Breakfast

No-Bake Granola Bars

4/29/2007 meps 0

According to Nancy Bacon, who gave me this recipe, homemade granola bars that get baked in the oven are hard as rocks. She has been perfecting the following recipe, which has a much easier-to-chew texture. […]

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Snacks

Onion-Seasoned Bite-Size Biscuits

12/31/2013 meps 1

I found this tiny, undated clipping in my mother’s cigar box full of recipes. You know what it is? The precursor to Chex Mix! But what a horrible name! I wonder what year this was? […]

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Appetizers

Ouzo-flamed cheese

6/11/2013 meps 0

These are intended to be an appetizer, but they would also be a great thing to put on a bed of lightly-dressed greens as a meal-sized salad. 1 C flour 1 lb kasseri or romano […]

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Appetizers

Parmesan crisps

6/21/2006 meps 0

Note from Meps: Lately, I make these on the stovetop, instead of the oven. That way, I can make just a few teaspoons at a time and use them in the 5/2 Fasting Diet. I […]

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Cookies & Candies

Peter Paul Mounds and Almond Joy bars

10/22/2004 meps 0

From a “Top Secret” recipes cookbook 5 oz Eagle sweetened condensed milk 1 t vanilla 2 C powdered sugar 14 oz shredded or flaked coconut 24-oz package semisweet chocolate chips Blend condensed milk and vanilla. […]

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Appetizers

Pickled carrots

10/2/2007 meps 0

1-1/2 C water 1/4 C balsamic vinegar 1 t salt 1 T mustard seeds 1 t fennel seeds 2 T honey 1-1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced 8 cloves garlic Combine water with vinegar, salt, […]

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Appetizers

Pickled okra

7/14/2004 meps 0

2 C water 1/2 C cider vinegar 1/3 C sugar 6 whole cloves 1 t salt 1/2 t cumin seeds 1/2 t celery seeds 1/2 t crushed red pepper 1/2 lb fresh okra In a […]

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Appetizers

Pickled onions

10/2/2007 meps 0

1 huge or 2 medium red or sweet onions, sliced very thinly Boiling water 1/4 C cider vinegar 3/4 C water 2 T honey 1 t salt 1 t whole peppercorns 1/4 t ground cloves […]

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Appetizers

Pupusas

7/24/2009 meps 0

1/2 C cooked white beans 1/2 C lukewarm water 1 T corn oil 1 t salt 1-1/4 C masa harina In a food processor, puree the beans, water, and oil. Add the salt, then slowly […]

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Desserts

Scroggin

4/10/2006 meps 0

This is an Australian/New Zealand version of what we call “G.O.R.P.” (Good old raisins and peanuts). Mix it up in whatever amounts you like and throw it in a baggie for a hike. The name […]

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Appetizers

Soy nuts

7/14/2004 meps 0

Using soybeans that have been soaked 8 hours or more… Microwave method: Use 1 cup of beans. Drain them well. Spread the beans into a single layer in a 9″ or 10″ glass pie plate. […]

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Appetizers

Spiced chickpea snacks

3/23/2006 meps 0

This is a pressure cooker recipe, although you can do it with canned chickpeas or cook them in a pot instead. 1 C dried chickpeas Soak peas overnight in water, drain. 4 C water 1 […]

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Appetizers

Spicy Crunchy Cashews

5/5/2006 meps 0

1 egg white 1 lb salted, roasted cashews 1/3 C sugar 2 t cumin 2 t coarse salt 1-1/2 t cayenne (this is pretty spicy; you can reduce this to a scant teaspoon and they’ll […]

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Appetizers

Spicy Mint-Pickled Vegetables

9/27/2013 meps 0

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch by 1/4-inch strips 1 C cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 C jicama, peeled and cut into 1-inch by 1/4-inch julienne pieces 1 red Thai chile or red […]

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Side Dishes

Stovetop roasted corn kernels

1/29/2008 meps 0

This only works with fresh corn kernels, cut from the cob. Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat until almost smoking. Place just enough corn in the pan to cover the bottom with one or […]

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Appetizers

Sugared popcorn

7/14/2004 meps 1

12/21/04: In the year since I discovered this recipe, I’ve figured it out and perfected my technique. Now I hardly ever burn it, even using a tricky electric stove. Meps 10/1/07: Three years later, I […]

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Appetizers

Tamari-roasted almonds

9/28/2007 meps 1

These are easy and delicious, and the raw ingredients are only 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of commercially-prepared tamari-roasted nuts. 2 C raw almonds 3 T tamari Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread the nuts […]

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Appetizers

Things to mix with popcorn

2/8/2011 meps 0

This came from a March 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. They photographed ten containers of popcorn, and each container had been mixed with some other ingredients, so they all looked yummy. I’m guessing […]

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Appetizers

Trailblazing Peanuts

5/5/2006 meps 0

An easy recipe from the Texas Peanut Producers. The next time we make them, I might try using unsalted peanuts and adding my own salt to taste, as the salt overpowered the spices. 1 T […]