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Chris VR Dec 3, 2008 01:27 PM

I got the following recipe from Krissywats, who has dubbed it "Pumpkin Crack" because of how people go apeshit for it. And she feels a bit "dirty" making it because, while normally in her cooking, she's very organic, from scratch, injected with love and care yadda yadda yadda, this is easy and almost a cop out because it uses processed ingredients and is about as bad for you as it gets. And yet it's a hit, as is the one I made the other night for Triple Chocolate Mess. So I submit both recipes for your dirty pleasure, and recommend them if you have to come up with an easy to make dessert that people will love. Any more to add?

Pumpkin Crack

One 16 oz can of pumpkin
Large can of sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
one cup sugar
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
box yellow cake mix (non-pudding)
two sticks melted butter
one cup chopped pecans

Mix the pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamom and nutmeg in a bowl. Pour into a greased 9X13 or two round pans. Sprinkle 1/3 of the dry cake mix over the top and gently swirl it into the wet ingredients with a knife. Then sprinkle the rest of the dry cake mix on top.. Pour the melted butter evenly on top of the mixture, and sprinkle with the pecans.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour- it's done when brown around edges.

Triple Chocolate Mess in a Crock Pot

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 pint sour cream
1 package instant chocolate pudding (any size)
1 (6 oz.) package chocolate chips
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
1 cup water

Spray crock-pot with non-stick spray. Mix all ingredients, pour into crock pot. Cook on low 6-7 hours. Do Not Lift Lid!

Serve hot in the crockpot with ice cream or whipped cream.

(I didn't get any of it when it was freshly made but hubby reports it was the most popular dessert at the potluck. I had some reheated and it was still very good. It definitely needs something like vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to balance it out.

  1. Antilope Jan 6, 2014 09:19 PM

    From this past Thanksgiving....people liked it.

    Sweet Potatoes with Apple Pie Filling

    1 (29 oz) can Princella Cut Yams in Light Syrup, drained
    1 (21 oz) can Comstock Apple Pie Filling
    1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
    1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    2 cups miniature marshmallows

    Preheat oven to 350-F.

    Mix drained yams, apple pie filling, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a covered casserole dish.

    Bake, covered, about 1 hour until mixture is heated through.

    Uncover, add marshmallows, cover for 5-minutes to give marshmallows time to melt.

    1. LA Buckeye Fan Jul 25, 2013 05:49 PM

      Rootbeer jello mold. Layer of lemon jello that uses root beer in lieu of the cold water. Add canned pears to layer before set. Layer of lemon jello with cream cheese and crushed pineapple. Another root beer layer. Classy.
      Don't get me started on the deliciousness that is the strawberry jello cream cheese pretzel thingy.

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      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
        Antilope Jul 25, 2013 06:05 PM

        Haven't tried your rootbeer jello mold, yet. I do like the strawberry jello cream cheese pretzel mold.

        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
          mamachef Nov 6, 2013 11:38 AM

          The strawberry thingy was served up to me as a salad. I couldn't quite get behind that, but it was indeed delicious. :)

          1. re: mamachef
            Violatp Nov 23, 2013 09:33 AM

            My mom used to make layered jello/cream cheese things (delicious!) but it never occurred to me that they weren't dessert!

        2. iL Divo Jul 25, 2013 03:57 PM

          "it definitely needs something like vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to balance it out"

          I respectfully disagree.
          love it straight up scooped out of the crock pot-stupidly good stuff--------sooooo good---------
          although my recipe is different the basics are there.

          1. Antilope Jul 22, 2013 07:21 PM

            McDonalds Apple Muffins
            McDonalds sold these about 5 years ago.
            These copycat muffins are really good.
            Yield: 24 Standard Size Muffins
            One - 18.25 oz box Yellow cake mix**
            One - 21 oz can Apple pie filling
            3 Eggs
            2 tsp Apple Pie Spice***
            Reserve about 1/3 of the can of apple pie filling.
            Beat all ingredients together with electric mixer on medium-speed for about 1 minute. (or until ingredients are well mixed).
            Stir in the 1/3 can of reserved apple pie filling by hand, breaking up pieces of apple, but leave pea size pieces of the apple intact so there will be small apple pieces in the finished muffins. There should still be small bits of apples left intact.
            Divide batter equally between 24 standard size, paper-lined, cupcake wells.
            Bake at 350-F for 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean (or center of a muffin reads at least 200-F on an instant digital thermometer ).
            Cool before peeling off paper liners.'
            ** If using a 15.25 oz Yellow Cake mix, add an additional:
            2/3 cup cake flour or all-purpose flour
            1 tsp white granulated sugar
            3/4 tsp baking powder
            1/8 tsp table salt
            *** For homemade Apple Pie Spice, add to mixing bowl :
            1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
            1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
            1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
            1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
            A topping wasn't part of the original recipe, but they looked kind of plain without one.
            So, I added a couple of tablespoons of honey to a bowl and mixed in about a teaspoon of water to thin it slightly. I painted a very thin layer of the honey on the top of each muffin with a silicone pastry brush after they cooled.
            Then I sprinkled turbanado sugar on the sticky layer and then shook off the excess. You could also use one of the color sugar toppings.
            These muffins also taste really good without any topping.

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              valurna Jul 22, 2013 06:47 PM

              Chocolate Cherry Dumpcake

              1 box of devils food cake mix,
              2 cans cherry pie filling
              1 stick of melted butter.

              Dump cherry pie filling in a cake pan, 9x13, spread it out in an even layer. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over top and drizzle with one stick melted butter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-1 hour. Serve warm or chilled. I like it warm with vanilla ice cream.

              Suicide waffles (Bad name, but what me and a friend dubbed them because they are so bad for you, but omg delish)

              Make waffles (Fresh are best frozen will work.)
              Top each waffle with butter pecan ice cream, and drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve with good coffee. I liek to add salted pecan pieces to mine, but crumbled bacon is good as well.

              1. Antilope Dec 30, 2012 12:54 PM

                Tupperware recipe booklets that were given to those hosting parties:

                Taste of Tupperware Cooking Booklet V1

                Taste of Tupperware Cooking Booklet V2

                Taste of Tupperware Cooking Booklet V3

                Taste of Tupperware Cooking Booklet V4

                Tupperware Recipe Archives 2001 on the Internet Archive.org Wayback machine (give it a few seconds to load).

                Tupperware Recipe Archives 1997 (give it a minute to load).

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                1. re: Antilope
                  ChristinaMason Jan 3, 2013 01:11 PM

                  fun, thanks for sharing!

                2. chef chicklet Dec 29, 2012 01:10 PM

                  This sounds good, what's it look like after cooking? Cake, pudding???

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                    Querencia Dec 25, 2012 09:10 AM

                    With 630 responses so far I vote that this thread be archived at the Smithsonian as "Food Folklore" as I am finding so many spooky old tales here about things that we are embarrassed to admit we were raised with or nowadays cook but that get gobbled up when we serve them. I was especially interested in the canned fruit-marshmallows-whipped cream thing as in my grandmother's handwritten cookbook I have found about twenty variants of this, always with somebody's name attached---she must have been served it at every home she visited. Canned baked beans plus ketchup plus brown sugar or whatever---while the gourmets are gagging, everybody at every potluck is devouring this ASAP. And any old frozen meatballs cooked with some combo of jelly and a savory sauce, double ditto,---my party guests have yet to inquire about the dish's provenance, especially if they're at a stand-around-and-drink party.

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                    1. re: Querencia
                      Antilope Dec 25, 2012 06:07 PM

                      People will stand around a buffet and scarf down food as fast as they can while agreeing how bad it is for them. I should know, I'm one of them. ;-)

                      1. re: Querencia
                        alkapal Dec 26, 2012 05:18 AM

                        my mom would take the canned pork and beans (van camps or the like) and add sautéed chopped onion, brown sugar, bacon and a little dried mustard (and maybe ketchup?). then she'd bake it for half an hour or so. if i could, i'd be happy to eat some of her beans now.

                        who doesn't like baked beans? (i have to admit, i will eat bush's vegetarian baked beans right out of the can! they have a nice, clean, straightforward flavor, and the beans' texture is spot on!).


                        1. re: alkapal
                          Antilope Dec 26, 2012 05:38 PM

                          I like Van Camps Pork & Beans right out of the can on a slice of Wonder Bread with a dollop of Best Foods Mayonnaise on top. It's a comfort food from childhood.

                          1. re: Antilope
                            sandylc Dec 26, 2012 05:44 PM

                            Hey! This isn't April Fools' Day! ;-)

                            1. re: sandylc
                              Miri1 Dec 26, 2012 09:11 PM

                              My sister makes a bean dip that's always a hit. Mash a can of pinto beans and add ace sauce (she uses Ortega) to taste. To get fancy she adds cheddar cheese and serves it warm with corn chips. Mmm...

                              My cheaters onion dip: sour cream mixed with either onion soup mix or onion powder, salt and pepper to taste, served with potato chips.

                              Jello tea. Especially soothing when under the weather. Mix hot water with jello powder. Sip. Enjoying it right now.

                              Black bean soup. Mix canned black beans, jarred salsa and ime veggie broth. Simmer for 20 minutes mash half tge soup if desired. Serve with shredded cheese or desired toppings. Easy. And so good I found my friend's on scraping the bottom of the soup pot when I served it at a party.

                              1. re: Miri1
                                Antilope Dec 27, 2012 12:14 AM

                                My grandmother would make Jello tea. Up until now, she was the only person I knew of that would make and enjoy it.

                                1. re: Antilope
                                  sunshine842 Dec 27, 2012 01:57 AM

                                  We were given Jello tea at the first hint of tummy upset. I always wanted lime, but strawberry worked, too.

                                  (fluids, sugars, salts....almost sounds like an early Gatorade -- no wonder it was good for upset tummies)

                            2. re: Antilope
                              alkapal Dec 27, 2012 05:18 AM

                              now antilope, what i have done once or twice is make a pork and beans sandwich on wonder spread with mayo. you have to squish the beans a little first, sandylc, in case you want to try this at home. ;-).

                              hey antilope, how about some tomato gravy on wonder bread? yeah!

                              1. re: alkapal
                                Antilope Dec 27, 2012 09:25 AM

                                I think when I was a kid we had pork and bean sandwiches on a picnic, or maybe a camping trip and that is probably where the comfort food thing comes in.

                                Yep, I've been known to dip a piece of bread and butter in a pot of tomato gravy while it's on the stove.

                            3. re: alkapal
                              LiliVonSchtupp Jan 2, 2013 01:57 PM

                              My Mom had a similar recipe. She used all the same plus a tablespoon or so of orange juice concentrate and some worcestershire. My sister and I used to eat them like crazy.

                          2. alkapal Nov 4, 2012 02:13 AM

                            these cranberry, mustard, brown sugar & vinegar meatballs are better than the grape jelly ones:


                            1. Antilope Nov 1, 2012 04:05 PM

                              Jell-O Fruit Flavored Popcorn Balls


                              1 cup popcorn kernels (un-popped) (9 cups of popped popcorn)
                              1/2 lb coarsely chopped salted peanuts (optional)
                              1 cup light Karo corn syrup
                              1/2 cup white granulated sugar
                              1 (3 oz.) pkg. Jell-O (favorite flavor - regular not sugar-free)

                              Pop popcorn and discard any un-popped kernels. Place in large bowl with chopped peanuts (optional), mix well.

                              In medium saucepan, bring syrup and sugar to a full rolling boil.
                              Remove from heat, stir in package of Jell-O powder.
                              Stir until Jell-O is dissolved approximately 2 minutes.
                              Pour over popped corn. Stir well.
                              Wet hands and quickly form into 1 1/2 inch popcorn balls.

                              Makes about 4 dozen popcorn balls.

                              1. Ruthie789 Oct 31, 2012 05:22 PM

                                Take Ritz crackers and crush them and add 1 can of sweetened condensed milk to the crushed crackers. Add 1 bag of skor chips. Press into a square pan and to the top add 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pop in a 350 degree oven just until chips melt spread chocolate evenly and put in fridge, cut into squares, easy and ultra sweet.

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                                1. re: Ruthie789
                                  buzzardbreath Nov 3, 2012 01:19 PM

                                  That actually sounds pretty good right now. Should I feel shame for thinking so? ;-)

                                  1. re: buzzardbreath
                                    Ruthie789 Nov 3, 2012 02:14 PM

                                    No enjoy. They are really sweet.

                                  2. re: Ruthie789
                                    julesrules Dec 25, 2012 08:43 AM

                                    I was just coming to add these which I had at a party last night, minus the chocolate chips but plus a basic confectioner's sugar glaze. I think I enjoyed the fact they weren't chocolate, because I definitely preferred them over the similar saltine recipe. Something about the fake butter Ritz flavour and the balance of sweet and salty was very satisfying.

                                    1. re: Ruthie789
                                      Emme Dec 26, 2012 08:01 PM

                                      and may i ask how many Ritz crackers? one package? half? ...thanks... i think ;)

                                      1. re: Emme
                                        julesrules Dec 28, 2012 09:40 AM

                                        A whole box I believe

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                                      oiebruadar Oct 30, 2012 07:28 PM

                                      My step mother introduced me to beef freezies... I've renamed them Boyfriend Crack after my man's unbridled enthusiasm for them.

                                      You take a 1lb. of breakfast sausage and a 1lb. of ground beef and brown it together. Drain the fat and add some oregano, garlic powder, and a 1lb. of Velveeta. After the cheese is melted you spread the mixture onto cocktail sized slices of rye bread. The idea is to freeze and store them in ziploc bags to pop into the oven for company but they generally never make it to the freezer. Just bake them until the topping is brown and the edges of the bread is crisp.

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                                      1. re: oiebruadar
                                        PesachBenSchlomo Oct 31, 2012 01:25 PM

                                        That sounds pretty good, too. When they've gotten some more trees off the roads up here I intend to shop for the Velveeta and the bread. I think I have everything else.

                                        1. re: oiebruadar
                                          buttertart Nov 3, 2012 04:47 PM

                                          This sounds perfect for a really, really boozy party snack.

                                          1. re: buttertart
                                            sandylc Nov 3, 2012 05:56 PM

                                            Yes, the kind of thing you find yourself gobbling at a party without wanting to know what's in it.

                                            1. re: sandylc
                                              buttertart Nov 4, 2012 07:44 AM

                                              And enjoying the hell out of.

                                        2. Antilope Oct 30, 2012 02:50 PM

                                          West Virginia Hot Dogs with beanless Chili and Sweet Coleslaw

                                          What is a West Virginia Hot Dog?

                                          A West Virginia hot dog begins with a wiener on a plain hot dog bun. Add plain yellow mustard to the wiener, then add a beanless chili sauce and top it off with sweet coleslaw and chopped onions. Different parts of West Virginia have variations but the common elements are sweet, creamy coleslaw and chili.

                                          West Virginia Hot Dog Chili


                                          2 Tbsp shortening
                                          1 lb ground beef
                                          2 tsp onions, chopped
                                          1/2 clove garlic, crushed
                                          1 tsp paprika
                                          2 tsp chili powder
                                          1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (can use 1/4 tsp - 1 tsp - to taste)
                                          1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
                                          1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
                                          1 tsp salt
                                          1 tsp black pepper
                                          1 cup of water
                                          1 1/2 Tbsp - 3 Tbsp cracker meal

                                          Saute ground beef, garlic and onions until browned.
                                          Add spices and mix well.
                                          Add about a cup of water and cook over low heat for 3 or 4 hours.
                                          Add a little additional water occasionally to keep from sticking.
                                          When chili is cooked, remove from heat and add 1 1/2 to 3 Tbsp of cracker meal & stir well to thicken.

                                          Another thing that you can do is run an electric hand mixer around briefly - this makes for a finer ground meat texture & is closer to the "real thing".

                                          After the first batch you may want to vary (slightly) the blend of peppers and cumin, the cinnamon is critical but your chili should never
                                          have a cinnamon taste.

                                          This chili freezes well.


                                          West Virginia Hot Dog Coleslaw


                                          2 cups grated cabbage
                                          1/4 cup grated carrots
                                          1/4 cup Miracle Whip
                                          1 Tbsp lemon juice (bottled is OK)
                                          2 Tbsp white granulated sugar
                                          1 Tbsp yellow mustard
                                          salt & pepper to taste

                                          After the cabbage and carrots are grated, put them a food processor and chop really fine. Mix remaining ingredients in by hand.

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                                          1. re: Antilope
                                            PesachBenSchlomo Oct 31, 2012 01:23 PM

                                            None of that which is above the coleslaw (sorry, I can't abide Miracle Whip) is fair. It sounds like food, and people with taste buds who occasionally slum might actually enjoy it.

                                            1. re: PesachBenSchlomo
                                              Antilope Oct 31, 2012 09:58 PM

                                              You can break a lot of recipes down into their component pieces and each piece may be fine. This is for a hot dog with chili and coleslaw on it. It belongs in this thread.

                                              1. re: Antilope
                                                alkapal Nov 1, 2012 05:45 AM

                                                absolutely! i'd try it, for sure!

                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                  The Professor Nov 23, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                  I would try it too.
                                                  But I _would_ definitely sub out the Miracle Whip.
                                                  I know the topic is 'dirty' food, but I have to draw the line at Miracle Whip.

                                                  1. re: The Professor
                                                    alkapal Nov 25, 2013 12:56 AM

                                                    mw is fine with me.

                                          2. juliejulez Oct 30, 2012 08:29 AM

                                            Grocery Store-bought pre-sliced thin salami (like the gallo kind in the lunch-meat looking packages). Cream cheese. Put the cream cheese on the salami, then fold the salami in half. Instant appetizer that people go crazy for.

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                                            1. re: juliejulez
                                              KSlink Oct 30, 2012 09:00 AM

                                              I did something similar for a party once, but added chopped olives and made pinwheels with flour tortillas. People actually asked where I bought them and there were none left over....

                                              Campfire Wings:

                                              Chicken wings
                                              Spicy chorizo, chopped
                                              One bottle salsa
                                              One bunch green onions, chopped

                                              Simply combine and simmer 'til wings are cooked through. Not very pretty (no crispy skin!) but tasty and simple as can be.....

                                            2. The Dairy Queen Oct 28, 2012 08:16 AM

                                              So, I finally got around to trying these grape jelly meatballs that have been recommended here and there in this thread. This is the recipe I followed: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1627,...

                                              I followed the recipe exactly as written except that I also added a splash of Worcestershire sauce and 1 TBSP Dijon mustard, which, weirdly, would not blend with the liquified jelly/Heinz chili sauce (too viscous, I guess, even though it was in a liquid state?).

                                              I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed. This tasted exactly like meatballs in grape syrup to me. I don't know, I was envisioning some kind of sweet & spicy, sticky meatballs thing where the grape flavor faded into the background.

                                              The party I took them to was so crazy that I never heard any comments from people one way or the other. Maybe they were a hit and I just didn't know, but even my husband (who eats pretty darn near everything) didn't like them. I'm probably going to throw the leftover meatballs (grape syrup drained off as much as possible) into spaghetti sauce and hope the tomato masks the grape flavor.

                                              Am I missing something?


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                                              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                sandylc Oct 28, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                Could it be that you and your husband have tastebuds?

                                                1. re: sandylc
                                                  L.Nightshade Oct 28, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                  Having some familiarity with TDQs culinary skills and palate, I think you've hit the nail on the head, sandylc!

                                                2. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                  Chris VR Oct 29, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                  I use half the amount of jelly called for in that recipe. I could totally see it tasting too grapey with that much jelly.

                                                  1. re: Chris VR
                                                    The Dairy Queen Oct 29, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                    Ah, good to know! Did yours have any spice to it at all?


                                                    1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                      Chris VR Oct 29, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                      It definitely gets a bit of kick from the chili sauce and Dijon mustard (I use about 2-3 tbsp) but it's not spicy hot.

                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                        buttertart Nov 3, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                        If you didn't do it yet, what about washing them off and putting them in barbecue sauce? Everett and Jones BBQ in Berkeley uses grape jelly in their BBQ sauce.

                                                  2. Antilope Oct 25, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                    Homemade Deviled Ham


                                                    1 pound (about 3 cups diced) smoked ham, cut into 1-inch cubes*
                                                    1/2 cup mayonnaise
                                                    1/4 cup prepared mustard
                                                    1/2 cup chopped onion
                                                    1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
                                                    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
                                                    3 tablespoons maple syrup (or dark corn syrup)
                                                    2 tablespoons hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
                                                    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
                                                    2 teaspoons paprika (smoked paprika if the ham is not smoked)
                                                    1 teaspoon mustard powder
                                                    Black Pepper to taste


                                                    Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
                                                    Use as a sandwich filling or spread on crackers for a snack.

                                                    *If you don't have smoked ham, you can add smoked paprika or a little liquid smoke.

                                                    Source: Adapted from TV show "Ham On The Street" with Sam Garruto.

                                                    1. Antilope Oct 25, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                      HEAVENLY RICE PUDDING

                                                      1 1/2 cups cooked white rice, cold
                                                      1 1/2 cups diced marshmallows (or 1 cup coconut)
                                                      1/2 cup canned crushed or diced pineapple, well drained
                                                      1/4 cup maraschino cherries, drained
                                                      1/4 cup chopped nuts
                                                      2 Tablespoons lemon juice
                                                      2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
                                                      1/2 cup powdered sugar

                                                      Stir together rice, marshmallows, pineapple, cherries and nuts and lemon juice; set aside.

                                                      Whip cream until very stiff. Beat in sugar. Fold whipped cream into rice mixture.

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                                                      1. re: Antilope
                                                        jeanmarieok Oct 25, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                        My aunt used to make something like this for every holiday. It used orzo instead of rice, and can of drained fruit cocktail instead of just pineapple. But the same. It was a huge hit, not a bite left.

                                                        1. re: Antilope
                                                          sandylc Oct 25, 2012 08:32 AM

                                                          My mom calls this "glorified rice". She thinks it's delicious and very fancy; I have always been neutral....it's kind of chalky and too sweet to me.....

                                                          1. re: sandylc
                                                            adventuresinbaking Oct 29, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                            My sister has made this every holiday since I can remember, it was a recipe passed down from my mother's side of the family, minus the rice and nuts. I think it is to sweet and chalky too! Although, everyone else thinks it is wonderful. Glad to know I am not alone!

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                                                          AuntieJen Oct 23, 2012 08:25 AM

                                                          My mom has taken her mother's Lemon Jello Salad to potlucks where others took fancy dishes, yet she could hear people swooning over her jello salad -- LOL! Even people who don't like Jello like this.

                                                          1 large box lemon Jello
                                                          2 (12-oz.) cans apricot nectar, heated
                                                          1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
                                                          1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
                                                          1 cup chopped pecans

                                                          NOTE: The instructions below are for making this in layers. Instead of layers, all ingredients can be mixed together and chilled until set.

                                                          Heat nectar until hot and mix with Jello. Pour half of this into mold (or, and 8 or 9-inch square pan); chill until set.

                                                          To the remainder, add cream cheese, pineapple and pecans.

                                                          After first half sets and last half has begun to congeal, pour over first half to finish setting. Chill until serving time.


                                                          Once, she took a pot of baked beans that included unknown amounts of catsup, brown sugar, and other ingredients she threw in, in her usual whimsical manner. She took the pot and felt embarrassed with it among tables of fancier dishes. When the speaker at this function got up to speak the first thing he said was "Before I begin, I want to know WHO MADE THOSE BEANS!!!". We still laugh about that to this day.

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                                                          1. re: AuntieJen
                                                            wonderwoman Jul 6, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                            my aunt made a version of this cream cheese salad.

                                                            1 small box lemon jello, dissolved in 1 cup boiling water. chill until just thickened (don't let it fully set).

                                                            beat 1 cup heavy cream to stiff peaks and set aside.

                                                            beat in 8 ounces softened cream cheese into the thickened jello. then fold in the whipped cream, 1 small can crushed pineapple (drained), 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen are both fine) and 1 cup chopped pecans.

                                                            pour into a mold and chill until set.

                                                          2. PesachBenSchlomo Oct 22, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                            1 Jar of Grape Jelly, I bottle of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce. Pack of Frozen Meatballs. Cook in Crockpot for 6 hours Please don't tell on me

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                                                            1. re: PesachBenSchlomo
                                                              Chris VR Oct 25, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                              Yep, as discussed upthread, that's a crowd pleaser, although the recipe I'm using is:

                                                              16 oz grape jelly
                                                              2 bottles Heinz Chili sauce
                                                              2-3tbsp Dijon mustard

                                                              Brought it to a potluck last weekend and people were raving, and since I got the Costco bag of meatballs, I'm bringing it to another this weekend!

                                                              1. re: Chris VR
                                                                PesachBenSchlomo Oct 31, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                                Thanks, I went back and read this thread from the top. I am no longer embarrassed to have posted this, but I think the Heinz Chili or Cocktail sauce would be superior to the BBQ Sauce, and I intend to try it.

                                                                1. re: Chris VR
                                                                  sunshine842 Oct 31, 2012 03:53 PM

                                                                  I made a small pan of that sauce this afternoon for a teenagers' Halloween party- I made hot dogs partially wrapped in croissant dough, with one end left sticking out to make mummy fingers. (Hilarious - I cut slits where the knuckles would be, and added a sliver of almond to make a gross-looking fingernail, adapted from some pics I found on the 'net)

                                                                  it came out great - sweet/chili, and a nasty blood-red, just perfect to dip the 'fingers' into.

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                                                                alisonm Oct 21, 2012 08:33 AM

                                                                My mother used to make trifle this at holidays and it always went. It's the easiest dessert ever, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I love it too! My mom got the "recipe" from the side of a cake mix box. My uncle dubbed it "Death by Chocolate"

                                                                1 box devil's food cake mix
                                                                1-2 tubs cool whip (originally, it was 1 tub, but we always used more :)
                                                                Hershey's Syrup
                                                                seasonal colored M&Ms

                                                                Make the cake according to package directions. When cool, cut/break into pieces about 2x2 inches, and arrange 1/2 in the bottom of the trifle dish. Drizzle generously with Hershey's Syrup, and top with 1/2 of the cool whip. Repeat until trifle bowl is full, and sprinkle top with seasonal garnish (red & green M&Ms for Christmas, pastel M&Ms for Easter, etc.)

                                                                A couple times we didn't have any M&Ms, so I dusted cocoa powder over the top, or shaved chocolate from a Hershey's bar I had laying around. It looked WAY too fancy. Stick with M&Ms :)

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                                                                  buzzardbreath Oct 20, 2012 04:54 PM

                                                                  Circa early 1980's...my foolproof, never-let-me-down "dirty secret" dessert:

                                                                  "Mousse in a Minute"
                                                                  (Paraphrased from the recipe was on the inside of a Cool Whip lid...'nuf said LOL)

                                                                  Prepare your favorite flavor of Instant pudding, according to the directions on the box. Gently fold in 1 thawed container of Cool Whip (it can be one of the flavored CW's if you prefer). Refrigerate for half an hour so that the "dessert" firms up.
                                                                  VARIATION: Scoop the pseudo-mousse into a crumb crust and freeze for several hours. Top with additional thawed CoolWhip before serving. When I wanted to go all fancy-schmancy, I have also smeared some fudge sauce or caramel topping over the bottom of the crust before pouring in the "mousse" and freezing the dessert.

                                                                  That's it...the whole "recipe". It is so lowbrow but people have scraped their bowl or plate clean everytime I serve it.

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                                                                  1. re: buzzardbreath
                                                                    sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 04:54 AM

                                                                    Ancient Weight Watchers veterans (like me) recognize this as a base for "Green Fluff" - a riff on Watergate Salad that was admissable on the old exchange program.

                                                                    It was Cool Whip with a package of sugar-free pistachio pudding and a small can of crushed pineapple (drained). The entire thing was something like one fruit, one dairy, and 30 optional calories -- but it made a big enough bowl to have for a couple of meals.

                                                                    And yeah, it WAS pretty tasty.

                                                                    1. re: sunshine842
                                                                      The Dairy Queen Oct 21, 2012 05:03 AM

                                                                      AHA! For the longest time a WW friend of mine was in search of the "orange fluff" recipe! Now I know!


                                                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                        sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 05:12 AM

                                                                        Jell-o, maybe? Haven't heard of that one.

                                                                        1. re: sunshine842
                                                                          The Dairy Queen Oct 21, 2012 05:35 AM

                                                                          Yes, that's what I'm thinking, that it would have had to have been orange jello.


                                                                    2. re: buzzardbreath
                                                                      Wtg2Retire Oct 21, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                                      What size Cool Whip, please, buzzard. My grandkids would love this.

                                                                      1. re: Wtg2Retire
                                                                        The Dairy Queen Oct 21, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                        Here's a link to the recipe on Kraft's website: http://www.kraftbrands.com/coolwhip/r...


                                                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                                                          Wtg2Retire Oct 21, 2012 08:33 AM

                                                                          Thank you so much, Dairy Queen.

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                                                                      Querencia May 30, 2012 04:18 PM

                                                                      Buy cheap peanut brittle (79 cents a box on sale at the drug store) and pulverize it in the Cuisinart. Set it out as an ice cream topping and label it "Sawdust". It's delicious shoveled onto ice cream and boys about ten years old love to gross grownups out with what they're eating.

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                                                                      1. re: Querencia
                                                                        buttertart May 30, 2012 04:38 PM

                                                                        That is nothing short of brilliant.

                                                                      2. HillJ May 30, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                                        Simple Jello Frozen Dessert. When the temperatures on the northeast get sticky humid and I'm losing my appetite for anything hot I live on iced tea, iced coffee and this simple dessert until my body gets better use to the dog days of summer.

                                                                        1 large box of black raspberry jello
                                                                        2 cups of hot water
                                                                        2 cups of fresh whole black berries
                                                                        1 pint of frozen vanilla yogurt

                                                                        Dissolve jello in hot water, add softened frozen yogurt until completely melted in and well blended. Fold in fruit. Pour in mold and freeze for at least 2 hours. Dessert will unmold and hold its shape for 30 minutes.

                                                                        I use a Tupperware classic plastic green bundt pan with lid to mold and freeze the mixture but any 10" bundt pan or larger will work as long as you cover it with foil and have the freezer shelf to let it stand level.

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                                                                        1. re: HillJ
                                                                          alkapal May 30, 2012 03:39 PM

                                                                          hillj, how would this work in popsicle molds?

                                                                          1. re: alkapal
                                                                            HillJ May 30, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                                            Add 1 cup less hot water and it will work fine! Smash the berries a bit.

                                                                            1. re: HillJ
                                                                              alkapal May 31, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                                              thanks. this sounds like a great treat!

                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                HillJ May 31, 2012 03:34 PM

                                                                                And very adaptable to orange jello and mandarin slices; strawberry jello and fresh strawbs; cherry jello and fresh cherries; sub coconut milk for 1/2 the hot water and add fresh coconut shreds; etc.

                                                                                cstout linked a blog and in doing so nailed a riff on this dirty recipe that offers a photo.

                                                                          2. re: HillJ
                                                                            smilingal May 31, 2012 08:30 PM

                                                                            have you ever tried it with fat free yogurt?

                                                                            1. re: smilingal
                                                                              HillJ Jun 1, 2012 04:18 AM

                                                                              sure have smil, and I've found that premade frozen yogurt refreezes much better for this recipe..

                                                                              1. re: HillJ
                                                                                smilingal Jun 1, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                                oh - had you not pointed that out - I guess I read it quickly and hadn't realized you were speaking of frozen yogurt to start - (in the icecream case rather than the dairy case) But I guess they have frozen fat free as well?. thanks!

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                                                                            Lisa456 May 30, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                                            These cakes come out great and people always ask me for the recipe. If you are concerned about cooking the centers, check out the option at the end.

                                                                            Cheater's Molten Chocolate Cakes

                                                                            1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (or whatever you have)
                                                                            1/2 cup butter (NOT margarine)
                                                                            3 eggs
                                                                            4 egg yolks
                                                                            2 packages brownie mix
                                                                            3 TB chocolate milk (regular milk is fine too..if you have the mix w/ syrup, use that with milk)
                                                                            powdered sugar or whipped cream

                                                                            Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12 nonstick muffin cups with nonstick baking spray. Add a little cocoa powder into each cup and gently shake the muffin tin to distribute the cocoa powder, shake out any excess and set aside. You can also use six custard or souffle cups.

                                                                            In a medium bowl, combine both kinds of chocolate chips and butter. Microwave on high power for 1 minute, stirring twice during cooking, or until chocolate and butter are melted and mixture is smooth. Cool for 5 minutes.

                                                                            In a large bowl, combine eggs and egg yolks and beat at high speed for 5 minutes until light in color, and doubled in size.

                                                                            Gradually add the dry brownie mixes to the beaten egg mixture, stirring until well blended. Fold in melted chocolate mixture and milk. Pour batter (I use a ladle) into prepared muffin or custard cups. These can be made ahead of time, refrigerated and cooked later in the day.

                                                                            Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 14 minutes or just until edges are set. If making six larger cakes, bake for 13 to 18 minutes until edges are set. The centers of the little cakes will be soft.
                                                                            NOTE: Watch these cakes carefully. I usually cook 10-11 minutes...too long and you end up with a good but fully cooked chocolate cake.

                                                                            Cool on wire rack for 2 minutes. Then run a knife around edge of each cake to loosen, then invert warm cake on each serving plate. Dust with powdered sugar or top with whipped cream.

                                                                            OPTIONAL: If you're worried about the centers cooking, unwrap a chocolate kiss and insert in in the middle of each cake 3 minutes into baking. Voila! Molten!!!

                                                                            I also have a great raspberry sauce to serve with these cakes that a chef friend gave me. He uses it in several restaurants....really. It can be made with any berry.

                                                                            Easy Raspberry Sauce

                                                                            1 package frozen unsweetened raspberries
                                                                            1 jar raspberry fruit spread or jam
                                                                            Lemon juice to taste

                                                                            Add bag of fruit while frozen and and jar of jam to a food processor. Process until smooth. It gets thick. Strain seeds, add lemon juice to taste, and serve. Amazing.

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                                                                              phxjcc May 4, 2012 03:20 PM

                                                                              No Baloney [et al] Roll Ups yet?

                                                                              I pkg Oscar Baloney
                                                                              1/2 C (1 pkg) Cream Cheese
                                                                              1 Tbl Horseradish
                                                                              Dash of Cayenne Pepper

                                                                              Mix CC, horseradish & pepper

                                                                              Spread on baloney, roll up and serve

                                                                              Also good on roast beef, but better on jarred dried corned beef.

                                                                              For Ham, substitute Dijon for Horseradish

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                                                                                Sarrastia May 4, 2012 06:08 AM

                                                                                I love this thread. Why are the bad things so good??
                                                                                A few I am infamous for making and providing to my gluttonous family and friends.
                                                                                Seven Layer Dip
                                                                                Buffalo Chicken Dip
                                                                                French Onion Dip courtesy of Lipton's
                                                                                Punch with Gingerale and Sherbet
                                                                                and I sometimes purchase those little packets of Taco and Chili seasoning...GASP!

                                                                                And my absolute favorite Hashbrown Casserole, that I have yet to make, but I scarf down and steal the left overs every Christmas at my SIL's

                                                                                1. Antilope Feb 24, 2012 07:03 PM

                                                                                  Chinese 5-Spice Flavored Pizza

                                                                                  One of my family members challenged me to make a pizza with Chinese flavorings. This makes a saucy, crunchy pizza that has the flavor of a Chinese BBQ Pork Bun. It turned out really good and now I have to make it frequently for my family.

                                                                                  Makes one 14 inch pizza

                                                                                  Total Time: about 7 hours (6 hour dough rise, 25 to 35 minutes baking)

                                                                                  Pizza Crust
                                                                                  3/4 cup Water (room temperature- about 70-F to 80-F)
                                                                                  3/4 teaspoon White Granulated Sugar
                                                                                  1 1/2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (or 1 packet)
                                                                                  2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour (don't use bread flour, we want a biscuit like dough)
                                                                                  1/3 cup Yellow Cornmeal
                                                                                  3/4 teaspoon (0.25 oz) Table Salt
                                                                                  1/3 cup Cooking Oil ( 5 Tbsp Corn or Canola oil and 1 Tbsp Olive Oil)

                                                                                  - Add sugar and yeast to water, stir well. If not using instant yeast, allow the yeast to bloom in water for about
                                                                                  15-minutes. If using instant yeast, you can use the water mixture right away.
                                                                                  - Stir in flour, cornmeal and salt. Mix well.
                                                                                  - Stir in cooking oils.
                                                                                  - Mix for 1 minute then knead for 3 minutes. You can use a stand mixer or by hand. Add more flour or warm
                                                                                  water, a Tablespoon at a time, as needed, to make a workable dough.
                                                                                  - Don't over-knead, we want a biscuit like dough.
                                                                                  - Form dough into a ball, place in a large mixing bowl, coat dough lightly with oil, cover bowl and let dough rise
                                                                                  in a warm place for 6 hours. This long rise time develops a rich flavor in the dough that comes through in the
                                                                                  baked crust. You can use the dough after about 1 hour of rise, but it won't have the deep flavor.
                                                                                  - Punch down dough and allow it to rest 10 to 15 minutes.
                                                                                  - Press dough into pizza pan.
                                                                                  - Coat pizza dough evenly with Chinese BBQ Pork Bun Flavored Pizza Sauce.
                                                                                  - Add toppings evenly in the order listed.
                                                                                  - Bake at 425 F for 25 minutes

                                                                                  Chinese 5-Spice Flavored Pizza Sauce:

                                                                                  1 1/4 cups Hunts Garlic and Herb Pasta sauce
                                                                                  1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce
                                                                                  1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
                                                                                  1 Tbsp Honey
                                                                                  1 1/2 tsp Oyster Sauce
                                                                                  1 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
                                                                                  1 1/2 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
                                                                                  1 1/2 tsp Seasoned Rice Vinegar
                                                                                  1/2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
                                                                                  1/2 tsp Hickory flavored liquid smoke

                                                                                  Combine ingredients and mix well. Spread on pizza.


                                                                                  2 cups Shredded Pulled Pork (or cooked shredded Chicken), drained of any liquid
                                                                                  1 cup finely diced cabbage coleslaw mix
                                                                                  1/2 cup Water Chestnuts, Diced (from canned, drained)
                                                                                  1 cup French's French Fried Onions (the ones used on a green bean casserole)
                                                                                  1 cup La Choy Chow Mein Noodles, slightly crushed
                                                                                  3/4 cup shredded Walmart Great Value Fiesta Blend cheese (Monterey jack, cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, asadero cheese)

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                                                                                  1. re: Antilope
                                                                                    buzzardbreath Oct 20, 2012 05:04 PM

                                                                                    @Antilope...this pizza sounds fantastic! I love pizza and Pork Buns are another true favorite of mine...I never thought of combining the two. You are brilliant!

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                                                                                    hattorihanzo15 Jan 3, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                                    We have a recipe we usually make for ourselves, We take Nabisco Graham crackers, layer them alternatively with a equal (or so) mix of cream and condensed milk, then we top it with canned peaches. Allow it to sit for about 8 to 24 hours, and the next day the grahams should have soaked up the dairy. creating a neat little fridge cake.

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                                                                                    1. re: hattorihanzo15
                                                                                      alkapal Jan 3, 2012 03:51 PM

                                                                                      HATTORI, welcome to chowhound.

                                                                                      i like your idea for an easy and satisfying summer treat -- no fuss, tasty and cool.

                                                                                    2. Antilope Dec 11, 2011 07:20 PM

                                                                                      Red hots cinnamon candies are used in a lot of recipes for "Winter Festival" activities. ;-) Here's one.

                                                                                      Red Cinnamon Candy Popcorn

                                                                                      4 to 6 qts popped popcorn or two bags of microwave popcorn, popped. After popping, place popcorn in a large roasting pan
                                                                                      1/2 cup butter or margarine
                                                                                      1/2 cup granulated sugar
                                                                                      1/2 tsp salt
                                                                                      1/4 cup light corn syrup
                                                                                      3/4 to 1 cup red hots cinnamon candies
                                                                                      1/4 tsp baking soda

                                                                                      Melt margarine in medium saucepan
                                                                                      Stir in sugar, corn syrup, salt and cinnamon candies. Bring to a boil; continue boiling, stirring constantly until candies are dissolved completely
                                                                                      Boil without stirring 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda
                                                                                      Pour over popped popcorn, mixing well in a large roasting pan
                                                                                      Bake at 250° for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
                                                                                      Immediately turn out onto waxed paper to cool
                                                                                      After cooled, break apart
                                                                                      Store in airtight containers

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                                                                                      1. re: Antilope
                                                                                        Antilope Dec 11, 2011 07:30 PM

                                                                                        Here's another

                                                                                        HOT APPLE CIDER

                                                                                        1/2 gal. apple cider
                                                                                        2 pts. Ginger Ale
                                                                                        16 whole cloves
                                                                                        3 sticks cinnamon
                                                                                        1 cup ed hots cinnamon candies

                                                                                        Put cider and Ginger Ale in coffee pot. Put remaining ingredients in basket and perk for about 15 minutes.

                                                                                        1. re: Antilope
                                                                                          alkapal Dec 12, 2011 05:36 AM

                                                                                          that red hots cider is what my mom loved at christmastime.

                                                                                          it is hard to find red hots for some reason. maybe i'll look more carefully.

                                                                                          1. re: alkapal
                                                                                            coll Dec 12, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                                            That was my Mom's friend's secret recipe in her applesauce. I didn't have luck finding them in local stores, although I see they are for sale on the candy specialty websites so they must still be manufatured. Last time I just used a cinnamon stick instead.

                                                                                            Found this cute NPR story while searching, surprised to find it's not such a "secret" ingredient.


                                                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                                                              pdxgastro Dec 16, 2011 04:49 PM

                                                                                              I bet you'll find them in Dollar Stores. They seem to have the market on things like Red Hots and Lemon Heads.

                                                                                        2. LA Buckeye Fan Dec 7, 2011 05:03 PM

                                                                                          Great topic! I have two...the first from Paula Deen called Piggy Pudding...cook some breakfast sausage links. Line a backing dish with them, pour prepared Jiffy Cornbread mix over the top and bake. Serve with maple syrup. If you want to be "spendy" you can get polska kielbasa. And the second you might want to write down...buy spray cheese in a can...fill the hole of a Bugel chip. Use the bacon flavored cheese for the non-vegetarians in the crowd. Best served with copious amounts of alcohol.

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                                                                                          1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                                                                                            pdxgastro Dec 11, 2011 06:30 PM

                                                                                            Write it down, LOL!

                                                                                            1. re: pdxgastro
                                                                                              smilingal Dec 12, 2011 04:09 PM

                                                                                              I'm not sure which gave me the bigger chuckle - pdxgastro's comment on the first chuckle of writing it down - or LABUckeye's suggestion of copious amounts of alcohol! Such fun!

                                                                                            2. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                                                                                              KailuaGirl Dec 12, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                                                              Paula Deen had an apple pie recipe that I made for a dinner party once then lost the recipe. I had made an involved, and always delicious, chocolate dessert but then realized I hadn't done anything "fruity" for the non-chocolate people (blasphemy!) so I did her apple pie. It used canned apple pie filling (first time I'd tried that) topped with store bought caramel sauce and then the top crust and some other stuff that I've forgotten. It was sooo good, with the hot caramel sauce bubbling up through the slits in the crust, and people absolutely raved. I was embarrassed when they asked for the recipe. Now I wish I could find it again....

                                                                                              1. re: KailuaGirl
                                                                                                ChristinaMason Oct 22, 2012 06:04 AM

                                                                                                This sounds kinda similar, but no top crust. http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/view...

                                                                                            3. Kiyah Dec 4, 2011 07:21 PM

                                                                                              My husband's mother made a cake from graham crackers, jello, applesauce and cool whip. Mix the jello dry from the package into the applesauce, then layer it between graham crackers until you have a good sized rectangle resembling a cake. Then frost the rectangle with cool whip. It doesn't sound like much, but it tastes really good. The crackers absorb the liquid from the jello-applesauce mixture and solidify. You can use different flavors/colors of jello and alternate the layers. Theoretically, you could use sugar-free or low fat ingredients to make it better for you.

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                                                                                              1. re: Kiyah
                                                                                                sandylc Dec 4, 2011 07:51 PM

                                                                                                Suger-free and low-fat don't make it better for you :-)

                                                                                              2. Seeker19104 Dec 4, 2011 11:12 AM

                                                                                                In case this isn't already on the thread:

                                                                                                Sweet and Sour Meatballs

                                                                                                1 jar chili sauce
                                                                                                1 jar grape jelly
                                                                                                Large bag of frozen meatballs

                                                                                                Put in crock pot. Heat thoroughly. Can't.Stop.Eating these.

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                                                                                                1. re: Seeker19104
                                                                                                  Antilope Dec 4, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                                                  Another Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe. This is an oldie, but a goodie. For a quick shortcut use a bag of frozen meatballs.

                                                                                                  Waikiki (Sweet & Sour) Meatballs

                                                                                                  From Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library - 1971

                                                                                                  1 1/2 lb ground beef
                                                                                                  2/3 cup cracker crumbs
                                                                                                  1/3 cup onion; minced
                                                                                                  1 egg
                                                                                                  1 1/2 tsp salt
                                                                                                  1/4 tsp ginger
                                                                                                  1/4 cup milk; for meatballs
                                                                                                  1 tbsp shortening
                                                                                                  2 tbsp cornstarch
                                                                                                  1/2 cup brown sugar; packed
                                                                                                  1 (14 oz) can pineapple chunks in syrup, drained (reserve syrup)
                                                                                                  1/3 cup vinegar
                                                                                                  1 tbsp soy sauce
                                                                                                  1/3 cup green (Bell) pepper; chopped

                                                                                                  Mix meat, crumbs, onion, egg, salt, ginger and milk. Shape into balls.
                                                                                                  Melt shortening, brown and cook meatballs. Remove meat and keep warm, remove fat.
                                                                                                  Mix cornstarch and sugar. Stir in reserved pineapple syrup, vinegar, and soy sauce until smooth.

                                                                                                  Cook, stirring, until boiling. Boil and stir one minute.
                                                                                                  Add meatballs pineapple and green pepper, heat through.

                                                                                                  Serve over steamed white rice.

                                                                                                  1. re: Seeker19104
                                                                                                    A_Holovacs Dec 12, 2011 10:01 AM

                                                                                                    Don't forget jars are no longer consistent sizes. The original recipe calls for the 2 jars to be the same size. in fact, now that you mention it, I think I'll make these tonight. Haven't had them in years.

                                                                                                    PS. this is also a quick fix for sweet and sour cabbage rolls, if you don't have exactly the right real ingredients.

                                                                                                  2. pdxgastro Nov 25, 2011 09:36 PM

                                                                                                    I make what my friend calls Naughty Bacon things. It's just bacon wrapped around white bread with a toothpick to hold it together. Bake until both get crispy. So bad and so good.

                                                                                                    1. meatn3 Nov 25, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                                                      Yesterday for Thanksgiving a friend made a squash casserole that was delicious. Consisted of yellow squash, carrots, stuffing mix, cream of chicken soup and sour cream (that I know of). Perhaps onions too. Basically a glorified, moist stuffing with crunchy topping. Surprisingly good!
                                                                                                      He said it is his most requested dish at potlucks.

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                                                                                                      1. re: meatn3
                                                                                                        jeanmarieok Nov 25, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                                                        I'd totally eat that - sounds like something my mom would make.

                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3
                                                                                                          Wtg2Retire Dec 4, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                                                                          meatn3, is there any chance of obtaining the actual recipe and posting it here. This sounds like something I would love to be able to make.

                                                                                                          1. re: Wtg2Retire
                                                                                                            Antilope Dec 4, 2011 10:56 AM

                                                                                                            Summer Squash Casserole Recipe?

                                                                                                            1. re: Antilope
                                                                                                              Jeanne Oct 22, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                                                                              This is exactly the recipe. I used to make it all the time 30 years ago! It's really good - give it a try.

                                                                                                            2. re: Wtg2Retire
                                                                                                              meatn3 Dec 11, 2011 10:51 AM

                                                                                                              I'll ask him again...but I'm beginning to suspect he likes to keep "his" recipes a secret.
                                                                                                              The link Antilope gave looks like a good starting place though!

                                                                                                              1. re: meatn3
                                                                                                                Wtg2Retire Dec 11, 2011 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                Thank you, Antilope. Hopefully, meatn3, he will share in the spirit of the season of giving.

                                                                                                              2. re: Wtg2Retire
                                                                                                                alkapal Dec 12, 2011 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                this casserole recipe sounds like something i've seen in many southern community cookbooks. river road recipes comes to mind, for one. i'm not sure, but i'll noodle around. as i recall, this type of casserole is easy. i've seen it with squash only, not the carrots too. how are they cut, antiiope? coins?

                                                                                                                aha! i've found one online! http://southernfood.about.com/od/summersquash/r/blbb233.htm <<<LOL, it is the link you posted, wtg2retire!!! >>>

                                                                                                                i see the carrots are shredded. this is the herb stuffing mix they mean http://www.pepperidgefarm.com/Product... not the "stovetop" kind.

                                                                                                                alternatively, ritz crackers have been used in our household, if you don't have the stuffing in the pantry. this recipe is good with eggplant, using cream of mushroom soup -- and some cheddar.

                                                                                                                i'm thinking i want to try it using frozen chopped spinach, too. good ol' comfort food.

                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                  Wtg2Retire Nov 5, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                  Thanks to all of you for sharing.

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                                                                                                              djdragan Nov 22, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                                                                              My wife makes one called Poor Mans Pie

                                                                                                              1 package of chocolate wafers
                                                                                                              2 boxes of Jello Instant Pudding (pistachio flavour)
                                                                                                              1 tub of Cool Whip

                                                                                                              make pudding as per box instructions. Apply to one side of each chocolate wafer and layer vertically in a dish. Cover entirely with cool whip. Let sit in fridge for at least a few hours, prfereably overnight. Wafers will fully absorb the pudding and take on the consistancy of a very moist cake. Shes taken to many a work potluck...always a favourite.

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                                                                                                              1. re: djdragan
                                                                                                                A_Holovacs Nov 22, 2011 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                This sounds a lot like the cake from Famous Chocolate Wafers. I found it on their box years ago. Make a load of whipped cream and spread it between cookies making a stack about 7 cookies high. I make 2 rows of about 5 stacks each. Cover it with more whipped cream so it looks like a loaf cake and let it sit for a few hours, just like yours. (I prefer over night)

                                                                                                                It does exactly the same thing. The chocolate cookie becomes cakey and it turns into a wonderful decadent desert. It always gets rave reviews at parties. I'll have to try your pistachio version. I never thought of doing it with pudding and I love pistachio!

                                                                                                                1. re: A_Holovacs
                                                                                                                  eclecticsynergy Nov 26, 2011 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                  That Chocolate Refrigerator Cake has been my favorite for many years. When I was a child my Mom would always flavor the whipped cream with a bit of almond extract. I still do this. Mmmmm!

                                                                                                                2. re: djdragan
                                                                                                                  Antilope Nov 22, 2011 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                  Remember in the 70's when nearly anything that used pistachio pudding as an ingredient had "Watergate" in the title?

                                                                                                                  1. re: Antilope
                                                                                                                    buttertart Nov 24, 2011 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                    Watergate jello salad. Why calumniate the lovely pistachio?

                                                                                                                3. Antilope Nov 21, 2011 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                  Our family demands this every Thanksgiving:

                                                                                                                  No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

                                                                                                                  1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
                                                                                                                  1 cup canned pumpkin (solid pack not mix)
                                                                                                                  1/2 cup granulated white sugar
                                                                                                                  1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
                                                                                                                  1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
                                                                                                                  1 Graham cracker Pie Crust (8 or 9 inch.)

                                                                                                                  BEAT cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in 2-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate remaining whipped topping for later use.

                                                                                                                  SPOON cream cheese mixture into graham cracker pie crust.

                                                                                                                  REFRIGERATE 3 hours or overnight. Serve topped with remaining whipped topping. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Antilope
                                                                                                                    Antilope Nov 26, 2011 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                    Here's a recipe I developed. You can also make Mexican restaurant sweet corn cakes in the microwave in 15-minutes.

                                                                                                                    Microwave Mexican Restaurant Sweet Corn Cakes

                                                                                                                    Makes 6 cups, 12 servings - On table in 15-minutes

                                                                                                                    Copy Cat Recipe. I wanted a quick recipe to copy the sweet corn cakes (Mexican spoon bread) that are served at Mexican restaurants like El Torito and Chi Chi's. This is ready to eat in about 15 minutes. For a less sweet dish, reduce granulated sugar to 1/3 cup. For a firmer sweet corn cake, microwave an additional 3-minutes.

                                                                                                                    If you've never had these at a Mexican restaurant, they are similar to a firm, sweet, grits or polenta, with a corn tortilla flavor.
                                                                                                                    The corn tortilla flavor comes from the masa harina flour.


                                                                                                                    1 cup yellow cornmeal
                                                                                                                    1/4 cup masa harina flour (or 3 corn tortillas, uncooked, - process in food processor to fine bits, use in place of masa harina)
                                                                                                                    1/2 cup granulated sugar
                                                                                                                    1 tablespoon baking powder
                                                                                                                    1/4 teaspoon salt

                                                                                                                    2 cups milk
                                                                                                                    1 1/2 cups water
                                                                                                                    1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn
                                                                                                                    1 egg, beaten
                                                                                                                    4 tablespoons butter , melted


                                                                                                                    Stir all dry ingredients together in mixing bowl, mix well and set aside until needed.
                                                                                                                    Mix all wet ingredients together in another bowl. Stir until well mixed.
                                                                                                                    Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir out any dry lumps in batter.

                                                                                                                    Pour into a 3-quart covered, microwaveable casserole dish.

                                                                                                                    Cover and microwave on high for 6-minutes.

                                                                                                                    Stir well. Stir bottom and sides of dish well to remove any dry lumps.

                                                                                                                    Cover and microwave on high for another 6-minutes.

                                                                                                                    Stir a few times and serve warm using an ice cream scoop or disher.

                                                                                                                    This gets thicker as it cools and reaches room temperature. If you want a more
                                                                                                                    gritty sweet corn cake, use polenta corn meal instead of regular corn meal.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Antilope
                                                                                                                      jeanmarieok Nov 26, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                      I can't wait to try this - sounds yummy.

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                                                                                                                        A_Holovacs Dec 3, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                        This sounds wonderful and ALSO GLUTEN FREE! thank you !

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                                                                                                                      oiebruadar Nov 21, 2011 10:43 PM

                                                                                                                      The usual cream cheese and salsa combo spread in a room temp flour tortilla, rolled up, and sliced. Sometimes when I'm feeling adventerous I'll throw some deli turkey slices in there too. Surprised no one has mentioned the block of cream cheese topped with rapsberry chipotle sauce and served with Triscuits. Also, my favorite holiday drink:

                                                                                                                      Take one gallon of apple cider and put it in a large pot. Throw in a bag of red hots and melt them down into the cider. Then add a bottle of Hot Damn or your favorite cinnamon schnapps. Its like drinking cinnamon syrup with a touch of alcohol.

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                                                                                                                        jeanmarieok Nov 22, 2011 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                        I can't wait to try this. Sounds yummy!!

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                                                                                                                        dianne0712 Nov 7, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                        Just thought of another one... I actually made this the first time because my mom read it in the newspaper and said "What a Godawful recipe!" It was one of those 5 ingredient cartoons.
                                                                                                                        Thai chicken
                                                                                                                        2 large onions cut in quarters. Saute until golden and separated and remove. 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs go into the pan until browned. Then add onions back in with 3/4 cup salsa, 1/4 cup peanut butter and 3/4 cup evaporated milk. Cook until sauce is blended and heated through, serve over rice.

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                                                                                                                          sunshine842 Nov 10, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                          actually, I think I'd swap out the evaporated milk for coconut milk, but this might be a good option for a "working late and everybody's starving" night.

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                                                                                                                            sandylc Nov 10, 2011 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                            Maybe some cumin as well?

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                                                                                                                          WILocavore Oct 25, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                          One thing that I am always responsible for at family gatherings/parties with friends is taco dip. Literally one package of cream cheese, one small tub of sour cream, and a packet of taco seasoning. Put in the stand mixer and whip. Done. Maybe if I'm feeling festive I'll top it with all the regular taco dip stuff, but not usually. It really doesn't need it...

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                                                                                                                          1. re: WILocavore
                                                                                                                            sandylc Oct 25, 2011 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                            That reminds me of this one:

                                                                                                                            Stir together a softened package of cream cheese and a jar of good-quality salsa. Done. And really not terribly dirty, actually.

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                                                                                                                              ErnieD Dec 4, 2011 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                              I've done this one. I mean, I add some cilantro and sliced green onions, but yeah. I've done it and I'll do it again. So good.

                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc
                                                                                                                                KailuaGirl Dec 5, 2011 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                Kim chee dip - mix softened cream cheese and won bok kim chee in the food processor until fully blended, serve with crackers and veggies for dipping.

                                                                                                                                1. re: KailuaGirl
                                                                                                                                  buttertart Dec 6, 2011 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                  Now we're TALKING! Sounds fab.

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                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Dec 12, 2011 05:37 AM

                                                                                                                                    I agree. Maybe even add some thinly sliced scallions and serve with rice crackers!

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                                                                                                                              maganda Oct 25, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                              So, this is surpisingly addictive... I made it once for a party and it was a hit! Towards the end of the night, I noticed a girl sitting there with a spoon eating it out of the bowl!!

                                                                                                                              I bought three boxes a Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownie mix and baked them according to the directions. After they cooled, I cut them up into peieces for layering. I used a large glass dish and layered like this: Brownies, caramel syrup(not too much), sprinkle chopped pecans and then Cool Whip. I repeated to that there were three layers. The top layer was cool whip and a drizzled some caramel and sprinkled pecans on top. It looked so pretty!

                                                                                                                              Whenever there's a party now, people ask if I'm bringing this dish... I love the Ghirardelli brownies, but somehow, when you put it all together like this, it is amazing!!!! Warning: wait until it's almost gone before you taste it... cuz you won't be able to stop!!

                                                                                                                              As a side note, I tried using the whip cream in a can to speed up the prep... not effective...

                                                                                                                              1. KansasKate Oct 25, 2011 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                Anyone every tried Truvy's "Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa" recipe from the movie Steel Magnolias? A cuppa flour, a cuppa sugar, a cuppa fruit cocktail with the juice. Mix and bake at 350° until warm and bubbly. Serve with ice cream to cut the sweetness.

                                                                                                                                I've not tried it, but if I were going to make it, I think I would use The Pioneer Woman's version:
                                                                                                                                1 cup self-rising flour
                                                                                                                                1 cup sugar
                                                                                                                                1 can fruit cocktail with juice
                                                                                                                                Grease an 8x8 pan with butter. Mix ingredients and pour into pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for about 45 mins. Served with UNsweetened whipped cream to cut the sweetness.

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                                                                                                                                  Keets Oct 9, 2011 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                  My mom used to make these cheese/bacon buns that my whole family used to love. I refuse to make them myself though, because they're so awful.

                                                                                                                                  All they are is Cheez Whiz on hamburger bun halves with cooked crumbled bacon on top, cooked in the oven on a cookie sheet til the "cheese" is melted. She'd never bring to potlucks or make them for entertaining adults, but I'm pretty sure we ate them while I had friends over.

                                                                                                                                  Something I do still make of my mom's is her Cheese Dip. It equal parts sour cream, mayo and Cheez Whiz, with a little onion soup mix to taste. Serve with veggies. Oh so good, but oh so bad.

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                                                                                                                                    sandylc Oct 9, 2011 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                    Here's the one I'm ashamed to know about:

                                                                                                                                    De-crust some nasty, spongy, white bread. Melt some butter and Velveeta together. Stir in a can of drained crabmeat. Smash the spongy bread with a rolling pin, then spread on the goo. Roll it up, dip it in more melted butter, roll it in sesame seeds, and freeze it.

                                                                                                                                    After frozen, slice thinly and bake in a hot oven.

                                                                                                                                    Like most tacky recipes, I always think I should revamp this one to be better and tastier and made from actual food!

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                                                                                                                                      centralpadiner Sep 17, 2011 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                      I can't believe I never saw this thread in the past, but it has inspired me to share something my mother made when I was a kid but I consider so embarrassing I've never even told my husband about it. My mother mentioned it once in front of him, but I just gave him the "don't ask" look. I didn't like it but apparently my brother still makes it - it was actually his favorite. One of those quick, light supper dishes that my grandmother made as a cheap meal for a family of 7 in the '50's. My mom resurrected it as the dinner to serve when she had nothing fresh in the house. Oh God, I can't believe I am posting this.... here goes.

                                                                                                                                      1 can tuna
                                                                                                                                      1 can cream of mushroom soup
                                                                                                                                      1 soup can of milk

                                                                                                                                      Mix ingredients, heat and serve over toasted white bread.

                                                                                                                                      I'm pretty sure I'm not forgetting anything. She just called it "tuna fish on toast". And I swear, my mom is NOT a bad cook. But she was of the processed food generation....

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                                                                                                                                        coll Sep 18, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                        My Mom made lots of meals like that for our family of eight, but she always added a dash of sherry. I thought it was swell! Shrimp with shrimp bisque over rice (shrimp was cheap then), chicken with cream of chicken over corn bread, tuna and cream of mushroom on Fridays of course (with noodles, and potato chips on top) and so on. Toasted bread meals were mostly english muffins with Ragu and Velveeta, her version of home made pizza. I liked them all at the time.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                          KailuaGirl Dec 5, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                          Sadly Campbell's no longer make shrimp bisque. My father used it in what he called "shrimp curry" and it was really quite good, at least once you added all the little goodies like mango chutney, shredded coconut, chopped peanuts, etc.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: KailuaGirl
                                                                                                                                            coll Dec 6, 2011 03:18 AM

                                                                                                                                            The Shrimp Bisque was always Cross and Blackwell, don't know if it's still around either.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: KailuaGirl
                                                                                                                                              alkapal Dec 6, 2011 03:25 AM

                                                                                                                                              i used the campbell's shrimp bisque once to make a great eggplant casserole -- with ritz crackers and cheddar cheese. have also used cream of celery. original calls for cream of mushroom. eggplant is so adaptable!

                                                                                                                                          2. re: centralpadiner
                                                                                                                                            maganda Oct 25, 2011 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                            Pour it on macaroni with some parmesan cheese.... YUM!!! The scall ALWAYS goes up the next day!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: centralpadiner
                                                                                                                                              Antilope Dec 4, 2011 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                              My Mom made tuna milk gravy, hamburger milk gravy, bacon milk gravy all served over toast.

                                                                                                                                            2. Aabacus Sep 15, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                              I always call my stuff "white trash" because I'm "edgy" like that.

                                                                                                                                              White Trash...

                                                                                                                                              ...Garlic Bread
                                                                                                                                              Left over, almost stale, hamburger buns, smeared with tub margarine then ran under the broiler and dusted with garlic powder. OR...if you don't want to be that fancy (single wide vs. double wide?) Toast whatever crappy white bread you can find, smear with butter and dust with garlic powder.

                                                                                                                                              Whip a block of cream cheese, powdered sugar (to taste), vanilla (I dunno...like three or four cap fulls) and a squirt of lemon juice (to taste). Use as a dip for graham crackers

                                                                                                                                              ...Fish Tacos
                                                                                                                                              Package of soft taco shells, bag of shredded cabbage, box of frozen fish sticks and a jar of Thai Peanut sauce. Assemble.

                                                                                                                                              ...um...peanut butter thingy....
                                                                                                                                              Scoop of peanut butter (pick a type...I use creamy), about half as much honey, and about half again as much softend butter (change the ratios to taste). Mix so that the butter swirls...don't over mix or it won't look all fancy like! Serve with saltine crackers.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Aabacus
                                                                                                                                                alkapal Sep 16, 2011 01:11 AM


                                                                                                                                                the thai peanut sauce threw me, though. LOL
                                                                                                                                                i liked your blog food photos. want to try the ritz-y poppers! i will use blend of jalapeño jack & cream cheese. why didn't you just split and de-seed them -- does that make them too tough? and what sauce from arby's were you talking about serving with them?.

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                                                                                                                                                  Aabacus Sep 16, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                  LOL! The poppers rocked! I did split and deseed them! I just loaded them the heck up with cream cheese! That was one of those discoveries that is like finding one half of the holy grail. The other half is the Bronco Berry sauce from Arby's. If you look for it on the web you'll find a few versions of it. However, try the actual stuff first. I never said it was fancy though! Thanks for the kudos on the pics! I have a few new ones to load up!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Aabacus
                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Sep 16, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                    you said you split them in half, and what i want to do is just put a slit and de-seed.

                                                                                                                                                    i want to compare this with the cowboy candy recipe i've seen.

                                                                                                                                                    i guess google will be my friend. ;-).
                                                                                                                                                    we don't have any arby's here in northern virginia.

                                                                                                                                                    ps, i wish you could have a diff. way of displaying your nice photos, like in an array. just sayin'.

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                                                                                                                                                      sherriberry Sep 16, 2011 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Just FYI, if you are near Manassas, we have two. One is near center of town, the other right off the 2nd Manassas exit off 66. We also have two of the very few Roy Roger's in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                        ruthieren Oct 30, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                        When I lived in Maryland, there were a couple of Roy Rogers/Arby mashups around. Pretty strange. Don't know if it was shared space or the same parent company. Any idea?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ruthieren
                                                                                                                                                          charmedgirl Oct 31, 2012 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Are you sure you're not thinking of Hardee's? I'm pretty sure they bought out Roy's sometime in the late 80s or early 90s.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: charmedgirl
                                                                                                                                                            ruthieren Oct 31, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Pretty sure. It was the fast food "roast beef" place. Hardee's is burgers, isn't it? Not much of a fast food person. Mickey D's, Taco Bell and back in Maryland Bojangles until they disappeared, then Popeye's. Don't think I've ever been to a Hardee's, or an Arby's alone, either.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ruthieren
                                                                                                                                                              charmedgirl Nov 1, 2012 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I'm from MD too, and I remember when Roy's got bought out by Hardee's, because I was so bummed that most of the Roy's slowly transformed into Hardee's, which meant no more awesome roast beef or biscuits. I don't eat fast food much now, but as a kid, my hates-to-cook-mother took us there quite a bit. I don't ever remember seeing a combo Roy's/Arby's. For what it's worth, there are a decent number of stand alone Arby's still around, but I don't know of any Roy's.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: charmedgirl
                                                                                                                                                                Vidute Nov 2, 2012 03:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Roy Rogers is alive and well, er...um... Anyways, here's the website. Their roast beef sandwiches are still the best!


                                                                                                                                                      2. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                        Aabacus Sep 16, 2011 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                        No Arby's? HOW DO YOU LIVE??? LOL...I could almost spit and hit their home office here in ATL! Drive by it every day.

                                                                                                                                                        I don't know Cowboy Candy but if you find it please SHARE!
                                                                                                                                                        I use Squarespace for my hosting so I don't have many options for the pictures and I'm not smart enough with CSS etc. to monkey around with it. LOL.

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                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Sep 17, 2011 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                          here is the cowboy candy recipe i found on the web -- http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2010/05/23/candied-jalapenos-cowboy-candy/ -- though i was SURE that ree drummond had a recipe on her site. i know she had something that made me think of poppers….

                                                                                                                                                          HERE is what it was from Ree ("Pioneer Woman"): " BACON-WRAPPED JALAPEÑO THINGIES" http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20... don't those look terrific?!?!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                            Dax Sep 19, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Alka, I used to make these all the time (and made them a week ago). google atomic buffalo turds for similar recipes. I use a whole piece of bacon with each 1/2 jalapeno, often use neufchatel, and if available add leftover pulled pork or cooked sausage and various spices to the cream cheese mixture before stuffing.

                                                                                                                                                            Stuffing works well with a pastry bag.

                                                                                                                                                            If I had a jalapeno corer that would be awesome. Just found one on amazon ...

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                                                                                                                                                  jeanmarieok Sep 15, 2011 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Mine is :

                                                                                                                                                  1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed French Onion Soup

                                                                                                                                                  1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese , softened

                                                                                                                                                  1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)

                                                                                                                                                  Crusty bread cubes, crackers

                                                                                                                                                  It's gone so fast, I usually make two batches!



                                                                                                                                                  Heat the oven to 375°F. Stir the soup and cream cheese in a medium bowl until the mixture is well mixed. Stir in the mozzarella cheese. Spread the mixture in a 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish.

                                                                                                                                                  Bake for 30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and bubbling.

                                                                                                                                                  Serve with the bread for dipping.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jeanmarieok
                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Oct 9, 2011 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                    A friend of mine has an annual dip party...I'm going to share this with her. Sounds like a winner.

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                                                                                                                                                      jeanmarieok Oct 10, 2011 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I was skeptical, but everyone really likes it! My SIL is really good at finding these recipes.

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                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Oct 10, 2011 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Jeepers that sounds good!

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                                                                                                        MIss G Oct 12, 2011 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Can your friend share dip recipes?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MIss G
                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Oct 29, 2011 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I'll ask her! In the meantime, I wanted to report back on this dip. It was great! I served it with sliced baguette and raw broccoli (we liked it even better with the broccoli than the bread). I made the following adaptations: used neufchatel cheese and "Italian blend" cheese instead of the cream cheese and mozzarella and added dried thyme, hot pepper flake, and a caramelized onion (cooked down with sherry and a little sugar).

                                                                                                                                                          I will definitely be making this again!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                                                                                                            jeanmarieok Oct 29, 2011 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Great suggestions for the recipe - I am making it next weekend, and I'll definitely try it your way.

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                                                                                                                                                      dianne0712 Sep 10, 2011 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Poppy seed velveeta toasts ( from my grade 6 Home ec class)
                                                                                                                                                      1/2 cup Velveeta
                                                                                                                                                      1/2 cup butter
                                                                                                                                                      1 cup poppy seeds
                                                                                                                                                      Mash together, spread on white bread and broil in the oven until bubbly and golden.
                                                                                                                                                      You will hate me for telling you this recipe, I promise.

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                                                                                                                                                        Ethnicaddict Aug 18, 2011 11:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Great post and fun to see people coming back to it for 3 years :-) I should have been in bed an hour ago but, stayed up reading and smiling.
                                                                                                                                                        Two dirty recipes I didn't see on here are:
                                                                                                                                                        Hot chipped beef dip or chipped beef cheese ball
                                                                                                                                                        Cream Cheese with Jezebel sauce
                                                                                                                                                        You can google the recipes, the chipped beef dip is a guilty pleasure at my extended family holidays and my friend made the Jezebel dip by dumping apricot jelly mixed with dried mustard over cream cheese. Simple but delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                          MIss G Aug 14, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Oh dear God! I might have to make these...

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                                                                                                                                                            linleym Nov 26, 2010 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                            One of our favorites here is something I call "Drumstick Pie" - so bad for you but so good it hurts...

                                                                                                                                                            Drumstick Pie
                                                                                                                                                            1 12" pre-made graham cracker pie crust
                                                                                                                                                            1 large box devil's food pudding / pie filling
                                                                                                                                                            1 cup smooth peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                            powdered sugar
                                                                                                                                                            1 small package chopped pecans
                                                                                                                                                            whipped cream or cool whip

                                                                                                                                                            Combine peanut butter and enough powdered sugar to make it "cakey" in texture in a small bowl and microwave until mixture is pour-able. Pour into pie shell and spread to cover the bottom. With chopped pecans, make a solid layer of nuts on top of peanut butter, reserving a little for the top of the pie. Mix the pudding according to the box's pie filling directions, and layer that on top of the nuts. Put in the fridge to firm up (usually about an hour). Right before serving, "frost" with whipped cream or cool whip, and sprinkle remaining nuts on top (I do this so that people with nut allergies aren't surprised).

                                                                                                                                                            Every time I've taken this pie to an "event" it's been devoured, and my husband has been known to sit down to watch football with a fork and a whole pie...terribly rich, probably really bad for you, and tastes a little like an ice cream drumstick without the actual ice cream. Super good, super easy!

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linleym
                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Nov 26, 2010 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Holy cow linleym, already-stressed waistbands all over America are popping another button today just reading this. Sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                            2. bushwickgirl Nov 6, 2010 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I just love this thread, and although I'll probably never make any of these dishes, (maybe the pumpkin crack and AmandaCA's chocolate cookie dough peanut butter cake, way downthread) I keep coming back to catch up every few weeks. I'm always amazed...

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bushwickgirl
                                                                                                                                                                nvcook Nov 6, 2010 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Made the pumpkin crack last week end. Huge hit. I made it in 2 pans and gave one to a friend (otherwise I would have eaten the whole thing).

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nvcook
                                                                                                                                                                  bushwickgirl Nov 7, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  You twisted my arm, I'll try it. I guess the word "crack" is appropriate in the title? The other recipe in the OP's post, the Triple Chocolate Mess in a Crockpot, redeems itself only due to the addition of sour cream. But since we're talking about dirty recipes here, redemption is not really that important.;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                    nvcook Nov 7, 2010 07:27 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                QueenOfTheSlipstream Nov 5, 2010 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Maybe it's because I'm Southern, but I've made or eaten nearly everything on this list. Surprised, though, that a few of my favorites are missing!

                                                                                                                                                                Cocktail Sausages- ever the favorite at holiday parties in the south. L'il Smokies Cocktail Smoked Sausages in a sauce of grape jelly and jarred chili sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                Also, pear salads! Pear halves (in heavy syrup, of course) topped with mayonnaise, shredded cheddar cheese and a maraschino cherry. I admit it, I still love these things. I think it's the salty/tangy mayo and cheese with the sweetness of the pears and cherry. Very yum.

                                                                                                                                                                This isn't really a "crowd pleaser" per se, but when I was a kid, I practically lived on "Velveeta Soup"- Campbells Tomato Soup with melted velveeta and a half can of milk. I still eat this when I'm sick. At least the tomato soup has Vitamin C. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: QueenOfTheSlipstream
                                                                                                                                                                  smilingal Nov 6, 2010 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  last night I made Spinach Madeline to bring to someone's house tonight. Looking forward to it - first time for us all! I am assuming this gets spread onto crackers - any particular type better than another?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: smilingal
                                                                                                                                                                    decolady Nov 6, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Spinach Madeleine came from River Road Recipes and was originally served as a side dish. It can be used in many other ways though. It has also been used as a dip, stuffing for mushrooms, as a topping for whole steamed cauliflower, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: decolady
                                                                                                                                                                      smilingal Nov 6, 2010 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      oh - thanks for that info - well I made it thinking it would be an hor dourves - so I am, in fact, on my way to the supermarket to buy some crackers - now I wonder if I should be buying some veggies instead?!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: smilingal
                                                                                                                                                                        decolady Nov 6, 2010 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Crackers, tortilla chips, veggies - any of those will go with it just fine, imo.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: decolady
                                                                                                                                                                          smilingal Nov 6, 2010 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          just spoke with the hostess - she will have veggies for something else, and also some french bread - so along with the wheat thins which I have, I think we'll be set - it is the spinach madeline that hopefully will be the star!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: decolady
                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Nov 6, 2010 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        i LOVE that River Road Recipes book!!!!! It is so full of wonderful home cooking from Louisiana. http://www.juniorleaguebr.org/?nd=recipes

                                                                                                                                                                        do yourself a favor: http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?mty...

                                                                                                                                                                        I highly recommend it to anyone who loves good-tastin' food without a lot of persnickety airs. ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ Nov 6, 2010 02:20 PM


                                                                                                                                                                          and if you're not sure which cookbook to buy, this is the index for each. Wonderful organization, delightful cookbook series! Spinach Madeline is in the first book.

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                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Nov 6, 2010 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            neat resource, hillJ.

                                                                                                                                                                            the pecan pie muffins looked intriguing. http://www.ladiesatbrunch.com/home/20...

                                                                                                                                                                            there are lots of recipes for them on the web.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ Nov 6, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I think the original recipe books guarantee a good result. The popularity of the books makes each unique, original recipe way to easy to hack. If you don't care, yes their recipes are demonstrated all over the Net. But for a few dollars you can buy original new or gently used copies thru dozens of cookbook resale sources or thru the league directly (even a d/l copy).

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                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Nov 6, 2010 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                if someone doesn't have any of the books, he needs to get the first one first, in my opinion. it has winner after winner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ Nov 6, 2010 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  or the 50th anniversary edition which takes highlights from the first three!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    smilingal Nov 6, 2010 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    well - spinach madeline was a hit! we all loved it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ruthieren Oct 30, 2012 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I think I had something like that once on a brunch buffet: cheese grits topped with what tasted like this sounds, then a poached egg on top of that. Sinful and oddly lacking in the pork product department...a nice crumbling of cooked bacon couldn't have hurt. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        smilingal Nov 5, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        now you're on to something!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Antilope Nov 5, 2012 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Dump a can of beanless chili over cheese grits and it tastes very close to tamales. Quick and dirty tamales.

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                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Nov 6, 2010 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        my mom adored pear salad!

                                                                                                                                                                        and two of my nephews are huge "il' smokies" fans. one is nowadays a health nut, but still succumbs to the smokies. he probably is ashamed, but jes' cain't help himself.

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                                                                                                                                                                          girlwonder88 Nov 6, 2010 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Love the pear salad, though no mayo in our version-just a canned pear half on a bed of lettuce with shredded cheddar on top. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                          Little smokes cooked in beer are a hit at our parties-have veggie friends who shamefully eat them every year.

                                                                                                                                                                          Have the triple choc mess in the crock pot now-I'm very curious :). My 4 year old did most the "cooking" on this one, so that part was a hit.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Chris VR Nov 8, 2010 04:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Hmm my 4 year old would probably love it for the same reason... I should give it a try next time I have a crowd over. What did you think?

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                                                                                                                                                                              ruthieren Oct 30, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              The pear salad I grew up with, on a lettuce leaf or not, depending on how fancy/healthy you wanted to get: nice layer of cottage cheese, spread on enough mayo so the curds don't peek out, top with a pear half, slop around some of the syrup if you want. My dad used to grate black pepper over his, which, as an adult, sounds pretty good to me now.

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                                                                                                                                                                            dianne0712 Sep 10, 2011 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            The only pear salad I remember is from our Betty Crocker children's cookbook. You laid lettuce leaves on the plate and the put the pear halves in a circle, pointy end facing the middle, and then gave them little cottage cheese tails, current eyes, slivered almond ears and a pile of grated carrot in the middle. Voila! Bunny salad!

                                                                                                                                                                          3. JerryMe Oct 28, 2010 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for resurrecting this recipe! I had forgotten!

                                                                                                                                                                            The only recipe I can think of that fits is the "wrap bacon around a cracker" via Pioneer Woman. A guest came up to me and said that "He'd found God". Fer reals.

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                                                                                                                                                                              betsydiver Dec 3, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              bacon around a chunk of pineapple; bacon erapped around a water chestnut was that called rumaki? people love this stuff!

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                                                                                                                                                                                sandylc Dec 3, 2011 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I always knew rumaki as bacon wrapped around chicken liver and a water chestnut slice.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. eclecticsynergy Oct 18, 2010 11:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              We used to call the graham cracker/chocolate pudding layer thing Mississippi Mud, and it was the dessert to die for at the time... But Graham Cracker Lasagna is an even better name for it.

                                                                                                                                                                              Also, there's a variation on the sausage/cream cheese/biscuit dough balls that's made with shredded pepperoni and crescent rolls from a tube, called Amazing White Trash Puff Balls.
                                                                                                                                                                              RecipeZaar #53878

                                                                                                                                                                              1. sunshine842 Sep 24, 2010 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Grasshopper Cake -- you have to tell people it's a secret family recipe, because if anybody found out what it really is, you'd be mortified!

                                                                                                                                                                                Make a standard white cake mix according to the recipe, but add 3 tablespoons of green Creme de Menthe syrup to it. (found in the ice cream aisle). Bake in a 9 x 13 pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                When it's cool, microwave a jar of hot fudge ice cream topping (just enough to make it spreadable) and frost the top of the now-green cake with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                When THAT's cool, stir 3 tablespoons of the green creme de menthe syrup into a large tub of Cool Whip. Spread it over the hot fudge layer (which is now cooled, so it's pretty solid)

                                                                                                                                                                                Refrigerate until ready to serve. I have no idea how long it keeps in the refrigerator -- I've never had any left over. Ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                It's one of those dishes that you take to a potluck and people are hovering around the dessert table like vultures, waiting to see who claims the pan because they're going to shake you down for the recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                So embarrassing to admit....but soooooo damned good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  guilty Sep 23, 2010 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to make a variation of this, but it got too dangerous . . . ripped from http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1810,...
                                                                                                                                                                                  2 sticks butter
                                                                                                                                                                                  1 c. peanut butter
                                                                                                                                                                                  1 3/4 c. crushed graham crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                  2 c. powdered sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                  2 c. chocolate chips, melted

                                                                                                                                                                                  Melt butter. Add peanut butter. Stir in graham crackers. Add powdered sugar and press into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread melted chocolate on top. Cut into squares before chocolate is set. Very good when chilled.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I would use Earth Balance instead of butter and other organic ingredients, but it's still dirty. And so, so, so delicious and addictive. I remember thinking that I needed no other food. Ever. Again.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yeah, and adding 1/4 cup or so of a milk product (soy, rice, coconut...) to the chocolate chips when melting will keep it soft and sliceable, so you don't have to slice it before it cools. And it's easier to eat that way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    AmandaCA Sep 24, 2010 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    This is kind of like a quick and easy peanut butter fudge, yes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      guilty Sep 24, 2010 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      No, not a fudge . . . closer to a brownie or cake, thanks to the graham crackers. There's a layer of rich peanut butter bar, covered by a layer of chocolate. They're often referred to as "Reese's peanut butter bars."

                                                                                                                                                                                      And now that I think about it, a giant piece of candy disguised as a "bar" is a good way of looking at it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    everybodyever Sep 22, 2010 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    The ingredients for this are certainly pretty dirty -- but the fact that it requires a spring-form pan might render it high-class. Its presentation certainly is; friends who work in high-end restaurants, foodies and everybody who's ever tried it just LOVES this cake. When I was a kid, I requested it annually for my birthday, and I still make it for my boyfriend's and friends' birthdays now. It is eye-rollingly good and will not last more than 24 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                    ICE CREAM TORTE

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 pints chocolate ice cream (I prefer Haagen Dasz)
                                                                                                                                                                                    2 pints coffee ice cream (again, I go with Haagen Dasz)
                                                                                                                                                                                    1 box Famous Chocolate Wafers, crushed into crumbs
                                                                                                                                                                                    1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips
                                                                                                                                                                                    1 c. heavy cream
                                                                                                                                                                                    1-2 Tbsps. brewed strong coffee, or 1/2 tsp. dry instant coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                    about 1 c. broken-up toffee or almond roca (like Heath "bits o' brickle" toffee, which is sold bagged in many stores by the chocolate chips)
                                                                                                                                                                                    tiny bit of butter

                                                                                                                                                                                    equipment: 9 or 10"-wide spring-form pan (at least 2" deep)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Make the chocolate sauce: Heat the chocolate chips in a small saucepan until melted, stirring most of the time. Sdd the cream and coffee and keep heating and stirring till you've got a sauce. Set aside.
                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Start assembling the cake. First: Butter the bottom of the springform pan. Then: Spread half the cookie crumbs on it. Then: Get out your coffee ice cream, and create in the pan an ice cream layer that it comes about halfway up the pan's sides. (I find this is easiest and least messy if I slice the entire pints into 1"-thick discs, cutting right through the cartons. Once I have all those ice cream discs, I cut them into smaller pieces and fit them like puzzle pieces into the pan, working as quickly as possible.) Then pour 1/3 of the chocolate sauce on top of that layer, and quickly stick it back in the freezer and let it freeze up for a little while.
                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Once the cake's a bit more solid, spread the rest of your cookie crumbs over the layer of sauce. Layer the chocolate ice cream on top of this crumb layer, using whatever technique worked best for the coffee ice cream. Pour another 1/3 of the sauce over this ice cream layer, and then spread a thin layer of the broken-up toffee on top.
                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Freeze for 4-5 hours, or until it's solid. To serve, you'll need to pop off the outside of the spring-form pan and then cut it with a large knife soaked in hot water. Let people drizzle the last 1/3 of the sauce over their slice, although the torte really doesn't need it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      AmandaCA Sep 23, 2010 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      This looks really good. You could probably mix it up really easily too like using ginger snaps, ginger ice cream and vanilla ice cream. Definitely adding this one to my "must try" list.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. biondanonima Sep 22, 2010 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom's Vegetable Pizza is one of my old faves:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Line a rimmed cookie sheet with refrigerated crescent roll dough and bake until golden, cool. Mix a block of cream cheese with a 1/4c. or so of sour cream and a package of ranch salad dressing mix, spread on dough. Put equal parts raw carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in a food processor and process until the vegetables become "confetti," spread over cream cheese and press down lightly to adhere. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Chill, cut into squares and eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds nasty, tastes SO good. Even people who hate vegetables love it because you can't really taste them once they're chopped into confetti.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        girlwonder88 Oct 30, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Haven't made this for years, but it is really good! I think se would just arrange sliced veggies, but your variation sounds much easier.

                                                                                                                                                                                        My mom used to do a similar fruit pizza-crust was a Jiffy yellow cake mix, maybe mixed only with melted butter? Topped with a sweetened cream cheese layer and fruit arranged over that.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. AmandaCA Sep 22, 2010 01:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I forgot to mention too that I once had a friend that made her husband this crazy cake for his birthday. She called it:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                        It was a chocolate cake mix, baked and then layered with a tube of Nestle's cookie dough unbaked, and then a layer of peanut butter mixed with cream cheese, all covered in chocolate store bought frosting. She served it with vanilla ice cream and Hersey's syrup. Dirty!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart Sep 22, 2010 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Obscene! I want some. Also some of your choc cake (but no chips in it please, I'm not crazy about chips in cake. Maybe the minis...).

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. AmandaCA Sep 22, 2010 01:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheater’s Chocolate Cake

                                                                                                                                                                                          1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
                                                                                                                                                                                          1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
                                                                                                                                                                                          1 cup sour cream
                                                                                                                                                                                          1 cup vegetable oil
                                                                                                                                                                                          4 eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup warm water
                                                                                                                                                                                          2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

                                                                                                                                                                                          Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

                                                                                                                                                                                          In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate. If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                          And some of our kid's birthday favorites:
                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirt Cake
                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup butter, softened
                                                                                                                                                                                          1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                          2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 1/2 cups milk
                                                                                                                                                                                          1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
                                                                                                                                                                                          32 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies with cream filling

                                                                                                                                                                                          Chop cookies very fine in food processor until the white cream disappears.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl. In a large bowl, mix milk, pudding and whipped topping together.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Combine pudding mixture and cream mixture together. Layer cookies and cream mixture in flower pot, being sure to start and end with cookies. Chill until ready to serve. Add artificial flower, gummi worms and trowel and enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                          And then of course there are those jello flavored cakes? You just add a package of flavored jello to a cake mix and voila strawberry (or cherry, lemon, blueraspberry etc.) cake! I can feel my teeth rotting when I eat that stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: AmandaCA
                                                                                                                                                                                            KailuaGirl Sep 24, 2010 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            We called the cake "Tim's Chocolate Cake" in my neighborhood because that's what he was always requested to bring to potlucks. He got kind of frustrated because he was an excellent cook but this is what people wanted. He also topped with powdered sugar and drizzled a semi-sweet chocolate glaze over that. Delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            gentlyferal Sep 8, 2010 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, I cast an eye over a few of these recipes and found myself tweaking them "toward the light" :) But my neighbor - she's from the South - swears by this:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Place a layer of Twinkies on the bottom of a baking pan. Top with blueberry pie filling. Let it meld nicely in the fridge. Top with whipped cream or Cool Whip. She may have been intimidated by my chowhound-ness (we talk about food and gardening a lot), so she specified that it's only for "when you need a company dessert and you don't have time to bake."

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                                                                                                                                                                                              AmandaCA Sep 22, 2010 01:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Did she do the "wink, wink" with that too? lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                rmchugh Dec 18, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                There is something about the term "layer of Twinkies" that just seems wrong...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Not that I necessarily object to the dessert. It's just such an odd concept.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  smilingal Dec 24, 2012 10:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  it's all moot now - no more Twinkies to be had!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    coll Dec 26, 2012 01:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I heard Bimbo has made a bid to buy Hostess/Drakes. Among other big companies. Don't give up hope!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sunshine842 Dec 26, 2012 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I don't believe for a heartbeat that a brand with that much loyalty and love will be allowed to die.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: gentlyferal
                                                                                                                                                                                                  sandylc Dec 18, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dual purpose - could probably be used to patch tires!

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. dave_c Aug 27, 2010 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Old thread, but I'll play.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  People ask for this recipe when I bring it to potlucks. It's processed foods, sodium and fat. The only fresh veg is green onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ore-Ida Cheesy Potatoes (available on their website)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hash browns
                                                                                                                                                                                                  cream of chicken soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Green onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                  sour cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                  topped with a crushed potato chips and butter

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    mattwarner Aug 29, 2010 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    We call this tater tot casserole at our house. We use tater tots instead of hash browns, though. And, if it's for a main dish, we add ground beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. soypower Aug 25, 2010 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A quick and dirrty recipe that a friend showed me the other night...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cranberry-glazed Meatballs

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toss a bag of frozen meatballs in a saute pan, add cranberry juice cocktail. Simmer and reduce until juice becomes a sticky glaze and meatballs are heated through.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      mamachef Aug 25, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      also good with apricot nectar and a splash of cider vinegar, cooked down to glaze.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. HillJ Aug 24, 2010 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gotta love a dirty recipe that calls for 4 ingredients. This one just rec'd a big thumbs up from the college kids:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nutella Brownies - makes 12 mini muffin tin brownies per batch

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Preheat oven to 350.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 cup of Nutella
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 egg
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 tablespoons of all purpose flour
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 cup of chopped nuts (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts...whatever nut you like)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Combine the Nutella and egg until well blended. Add flour and stir until combined. Fill cupcake tin with brownie batter about 3/4 full and top each with chopped nuts. Bake for 14-17 mins. Cool completely before removing from pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      These yield a chewy, gooey center brownie. So simple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've played around with the dry ingredient enhancements: 1/4 tsp cinnamon or 1/4 tsp. instant espresso powder added to the flour and a small square of dark chocolate instead of nuts to top the brownies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        coll Aug 25, 2010 02:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And I just bought a jar on sale, with no plans of how to use it. Was going to save for Christmas baking, but why wait?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ Aug 25, 2010 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can't think of any reason to hold onto a jar of Nutella for 4 months :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just keep an eye on the baking about 12 mins. in. In my oven, mini pans
                                                                                                                                                                                                          can vary in total baking time needed and these brownies should be fudgy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        dingey Aug 23, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, man, what a great thread. Back in my college days, I had a housemate who could always be relied upon to make something called "Screaming Org*sm," which was basically crushed oreos with melted butter, pressed into a pan to form a crust, topped with a layer of chocolate pudding, a layer of whipped cream, a layer of butterscotch pudding, another layer of whipped cream, and more crushed oreos on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        This would probably be waaaaaay too much for me nowadays, but at the time, I thought she was a genius. Of course, she made a whole gang of us insanely happy one night by dumping together a giant bowl of sugar corn pops cereal and a 2-lb bag of peanut M-n-Ms when we were...uh....VERY HUNGRY....and red-eyed. Ahem.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          A_Holovacs Aug 17, 2010 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Famous Chocolate Wafers - Easy easy cake and VERY decadent. Recipe is on the box. Flavored sweetened whipped cream is spread between cookies, then "iced" with more wipped cream. Stick it in the fridge and voila! a few hours later an incredibly yummy cake. The cookies absorb the moisture and become wonderfully tender I make at least 2 because no one ever has only one slice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mcgeary Sep 23, 2010 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was always the birthday cake I requested when I was a kid . . . I'll be visiting my parents next month for my birthday and I think I'll request it again! Haven't had it in years, but it's so delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              eclecticsynergy Oct 18, 2010 11:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Was my requested birthday cake too. My Mom used to flavor the whipped cream with almond extract (and sugar, of course) and cover the log in a mosaic of chopped Maraschinos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Y'know, I might just ask for it next birthday, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saw a cool retro-pop-art raspberry take on this classic recently; will try to find a picture...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's at epicurious:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              wonderwoman Jul 6, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              just came across this thread -- what a hoot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              i made a version of this for christmas dinner. it was a big hit, which is to say not a lot of leftovers for breakfast the next morning:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              instead of whipped cream, i made my version of cream cheese frosting:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              whip 1 cup heavy cream to soft peaks. with the mixer at high speed, add 8 ounces of very soft cream cheese cut in small chunks. add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. (i also added a few tablespoons of chombord for color and raspberry flavor).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              goldiebean Aug 13, 2010 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh Paula Deen- this one is killer. Was at a Chistmas taping of Ellen where she made this for the audience. Pure velveeta bliss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Cheese Fudge

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Prep Time:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              15 min
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Inactive Prep Time:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cook Time:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              10 min


                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 to 8 servings


                                                                                                                                                                                                              * 1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                              * 1 cup butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                              * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
                                                                                                                                                                                                              * 1 cup chopped nuts, pecans, walnuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                              * 2 (16-ounce) boxes confectioners' sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                              * 1/2 cup cocoa powder


                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spray lightly the bottom of a 9 by 2-inch square pan with a nonstick spray.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the cheese and butter together, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In a large bowl sift together the sugar and cocoa. Pour the cheese mixture into the sugar and cocoa mixture and stir until completely mixed. The candy will be very stiff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Using your hands, remove candy from bowl and press evenly and firmly into pan. Because of the amount of butter in this recipe, pat the top of the candy with a paper towel to remove the excess oil. Place pan in refrigerator until candy is firm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              To serve candy, cut into squares.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ajcraig Aug 13, 2010 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Living in college dorms and eating food service we perfected the way to eat ice cream. Spread peanut butter in the bottom of a bowl, add a scoop of ice cream, top with chocolate syrup. Later, when I was able to move out of the dorms we simplified this to a late night snack which consisted of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ingredients -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. jar of chunky peanut tbutter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. bag of chocolate chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                process -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                insert index finger in peanut butter, scoop. Insert same finger in bag of chocolate chips, roll. Insert finger in mouth, eat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                It probably tasted best after a night of beer and disco music at Mr. Lucky's in Oshkosh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pia Sep 24, 2010 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You simplified out the ice cream!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I started a hot fudge sundae habit when I had a cup of leftover ganache in the fridge, but the quick and dirty ganacheless version would be: handful of chocolate chips and a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter in a bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, add vanilla ice cream, stir again. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ClaudiaT Jan 4, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Crunchy Variation -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Melt chocolate chips, stir in a bit of peanut butter and add crushed cornflakes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mix well so all the ceral is coated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spread on a cookie sheet and cool then break in chunks and enjoy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Or just eat it with a spoon while its still a warm gooey mess)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cookiekelly Aug 11, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Line a 9x13 casserole dish with ice cream sandwiches. Microwave a jar of hot fudge topping and a jar of caramel, just to loosen. Drizzle of sandwiches. Top with a tub of Cool Whip. Sprinkle with toffee bits, nuts, etc. Refreeze, Devour!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. weewah Jul 14, 2010 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fried bread:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      frozen bread dough
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oil for frying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      powdered sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Defrost a loaf of frozen bread dough (for a large batch) -or just a few frozen bread dough rolls for a smaller amount.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slice the dough off into strips that'll cook through before they get too brown. if you use the rolls just roll them out flat before frying them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fry the strips in hot oil, drain and cool before sifting on a coat of powdered sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You will not believe how good this is! Fried bread does not keep though. It's an immediate pleasure that will bowl you over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just_M Jul 14, 2010 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eeek, I'd better not try that Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book, that is way too much dough for me to snitch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          biondanonima Sep 22, 2010 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those go by the name White Trash Donut Holes in my mom's house - she always used biscuit dough, though, and cut the rounds into quarters so they were roughly the size of doughnut holes. DELICIOUS.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gmm Sep 24, 2010 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There's a Chinese "super buffet" in Seattle, that has a dessert that my coworkers loved. I can't remember how they were labeled, but I tried one and immediately recognized it was just a biscuit from a can that had been deep fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They didn't even bother to cut them into pieces to disguise them a little.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            betsydiver Dec 3, 2011 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I remember the 1st time i ever had this: at a small local Italian carnival when i was about 5; never got over it; fantastic! I meant the fried dough...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. gmm Jul 14, 2010 12:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've been making this lemon pie a lot with the warm weather we've been having, not sure of the official name, but mix together 1/2 cup lemon juice and one can of sweetened condensed milk. Fold in one tub of whipped topping and pour into a premade graham cracker crust. Freeze until firm and serve. Fast, easy, requires no baking and is delicious. Like lemon ice cream in a crust.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Jul 14, 2010 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ahh, condensed milk, the wonder food. This sounds mighty fine!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Dairy Queen Jul 14, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was admiring your soda cracker brittle recipe, buttertart, and wondered if it belongs in this thread...


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  just_M Jul 14, 2010 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I concur. That is on dirtylicious recipe. Need more crackers. :-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Jul 14, 2010 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sure, but it's not mine, I found it here (discussed as "Passover crack" when made with matzos) - maybe it's aleady cited above? http://candy.about.com/od/toffeerecip... is a typical recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen Jul 14, 2010 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, whoever's recipe it is, I love the idea of sweet+salty!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just_M Jul 14, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The M&M Pretzel thred is giving me ideas...and if it can make matzos taste good.. This going to require some experimentation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  just_M Jul 14, 2010 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We have a "cheesecake" recipe that is similar. 1/2C lemon juice, 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 can sweet and condensed milk, mixed and then poured into a pre-made crust. (I especially like the shortbread cookie crust). Chill till firm (at least 3hrs). Top w/ canned pie gloop or slice some fruit (strawberries and other berries are nice) and make a drizzle with some jam. So delicious. Has a more pudding/flan type texture, but taste lemony and creamy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sisterfunkhaus Dec 11, 2011 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We eat a whipped "cheesecake" that is 8oz of room temp cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar, + 2 tsp vanilla whipped together. At the end, you fold in the small container of Cool whip until well mixed. Pour it in a graham cracker shell and refridge for a few hours. It is so good. It's all whippy and light.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sandylc Dec 11, 2011 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would add just a bit of fresh lemon juice and substitute real whipped cream for the Cool S**t. Then it woud be good to go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Dec 12, 2011 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        trader joe's apparently has a non-artificial version of cool whip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Antilope Dec 4, 2011 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No Bake Lemon Cloud Pie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/3 cup of lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons, a little bottled ok)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zest from 2 lemons (or to taste)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk, (don't use evaporated milk)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 (8 oz) package Cool Whip, thawed (light ok)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 9-inch prepared graham cracker pie crust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In a mixing bowl add the lemon zest and lemon juice, stir to mix well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Using a whisk, beat in the sweetened condensed milk until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the mixture is smooth and uniform.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold in the cool whip until mixture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is uniform and well mixed. Careful not to deflate the Cool Whip while

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spoon mixture into prepared graham cracker pie crust and place in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    refrigerator to chill and set. At least 2 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Serve chilled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Antilope Dec 4, 2011 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pink Strawberry Cloud Pie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From 1970 newspaper clipping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 quarts frozen strawberries, thawed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 cups of juice drained from frozen strawberries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 cup granulated sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 teaspoons cornstarch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 (8 oz) pkg Cool Whip Dessert Topping, thawed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 baked 8-inch pie shell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thaw strawberries in a collander and allow juice to drain into a bowl below. Reserve 2 cups of drained juice and place in a saucepan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mix sugar and cornstarch with the 2 cups of juice in saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil and cook juice until thickened, stirring constantly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Allow the strawberries to continue to drain as the juice in saucepan is cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cool juice thoroughly, then add all of the well drained strawberries to the thickened juice. Mix well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fold in all of the Cool Whip and then spoon the strawberry / Cool Whip mixture into an 8-inch baked pie shell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Allow the pie to stand in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Dec 4, 2011 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FYI y'all -- trader joe's now has their "upscale" version of cool whip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KailuaGirl Dec 5, 2011 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A similar one is fake key lime pie. Just substitute a small frozen can of limeade for the lemon juice and zest in your recipe and you're good to go. If you make your own graham cracker crust people will ask you for the recipe! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Julia Sim Jul 13, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone ever heard of kitty litter cake? Years ago I got the recipe off of Alrecipies.com it is a cake made with crumbled cookies on top with tootsie rolls on the top. It looks absolutely discussting but kids love it 'cus its gross.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coll Jul 14, 2010 12:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was discussed at the beginning of the thread. I've seen pictures and that's enough for me, life is too short to eat fake kitty litter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Dairy Queen Jul 14, 2010 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm with you coll, as clever as that kitty litter cake is (and it is really clever), I just don't think I could bring myself to eat it or serve it. On the other hand, I think those Oreo cookie "dirt cakes" with the gummi worms are just adorable.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              decolady Aug 25, 2010 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would never make, serve or eat that. Can't get past the appearance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ttoommyy May 27, 2010 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My partner's mom makes "cinnamon poached pears" for most holidays. The basic recipe is canned pear halves, a bag of red hots, cream cheese and chopped nuts. In a saucepan, melt the red hots in the juice from the canned pears (!) then "poach" the pear halves in the mixture overnight in the fridge. Drain the pear halves and arrange on lettuce leaves. Fill each pear half with a scoop of cream cheese and sprinkle with chopped nuts. They are insanely pinkish/red and delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Russel Shank May 22, 2010 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              About Pumpkin Crack...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              puree or chunk pumpkin?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Russel Shank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bushwickgirl May 22, 2010 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Since the recipe calls for canned pumpkin, it would be puree. I've never seen canned "chunk" pumpkin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Russel Shank May 22, 2010 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Really? I've never used it, but seen it beside the puree stuff. I've been meaning to try making this Afghan dish (Kadu, Kadzu?) with it.. Ive used the puree though for a really really good pumpkin cheesecake recipe from youtube.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can't imagine what else the "chunk" would be used for.. then again, I'm not a real cook. I guess the same thing people do with squash slices/chunks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bushwickgirl May 22, 2010 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I swear I've never seen canned chunk pumpkin, are you sure?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If I needed chunks for a recipe, I'd cut up fresh pumpkin and steam it until it was tender, then proceed, no mashing involved. I worked at a restaurant where we folded in small chunks of tenderly steamed fresh pumpkin to risotto, quite tasty. Oops, off topic, not a dirty recipe at all...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen May 22, 2010 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You could buy chunk pumpkin frozen, I suppose, if you really needed some out of season.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bushwickgirl May 22, 2010 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now that's how I would think you could find chunk pumpkin, frozen, and I'm not saying it doesn't exist, but I don't believe I've seen pumpkin in that form, either. Frozen butternut squash, but not frozen pumpkin, just in canned puree form.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Calabaza, the tropical pumpkin variety, is readily available throughout the year in NY and makes a reasonably good field pumpkin substitute for savory dishes:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen May 22, 2010 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, the thing is, most canned pumpkin is really squash. So, you can find frozen squash, and though it may not actually be pumpkin, it could be the same stuff you get in cans. Birds eye makes "winter squash" (I can't tell if it's cubed or not, though) https://www.birdseyefoods.com/inspira... and, like you, I've also seen frozen cubed butternut squash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, if you really, really want pumpkin and you want to be certain, you may just have to get the real thing.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bushwickgirl May 23, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well that bursts my bubble. You mean that Libby's and One-Pie brand canned pumpkin may be hubbard or butternut or who knows what? Jeez, all these years I've probably been eating squash pie at Thanksgiving, not that it was a bad thing or anything. All the more reason to buy the real thing, as you wrote.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll May 23, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Libbys is always 100% pumpkin, that's their claim to fame. The others, probably not. That also goes for most commercial pumpkin pies, at least the frozen bake off ones. There is one exception, maybe Chef Pierre?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bushwickgirl May 23, 2010 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ok, good to know, thanks. Libby's is my gold standard go-to for canned pumpkin; I don't think I've ever bought another brand

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  coll May 23, 2010 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last fall, when bad rains messed with their pumpkin crops, Libby's let the grocery shelves go empty for several weeks rather than substitute another squash. I admire their business ethics, it would have been a slippery slope from there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bushwickgirl May 23, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I remember that. There have been weather related Libby's canned pumpkin shortages a few times in the last several years. Not substituting is a business ethic to be admired but I dare say it makes consumers pretty anxious about that Thanksgiving pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've turned to using sweet potatoes in the last few years, as they are much easier to handle in fresh form, and make a very good pie; a nice alternative to pumpkin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coll May 23, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love sweet potato pie! But I always have a couple of cans of Libbys in my pantry, year round. I make an upside down cake with apples and cranberries on top, and pumpkin and applesauce in the cake, and lots of other goodies too, it's a year round thing for me. I'm actually a little obsessed with pumpkin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bushwickgirl May 23, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pumpkin is great stuff to bake with. I was just going through my bread file for pumpkin quickbread ideas and found a yeast bread recipe for Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin loaves, from Baking with Julia. I didn't even know I had this recipe and it sure sounds good. It calls for fresh or frozen cranberries though, so I may have to wait til fall. I think they'd be better than the dried ones in this recipe, as there's golden raisins in the dough as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My sister feeds canned pumpkin to her dogs sometimes, I see you mentioned that. One of them has digestive issues and the pumpkin helps. I don't think my cats would care for it, though.;-D I would have to disguise it heavily.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coll May 23, 2010 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cats are carnivores so they might not care for it. Dogs are omnivores so it fits right in with their diet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I bet you could find frozen cranberries now, but that recipe sounds like it was made for the fall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bushwickgirl May 23, 2010 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I don't think my cats would go for it at all. I have a few that eat cooked vegetables, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Definitely a fall recipe, it called for fresh pumpkin (or canned as a sub)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ah well...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              onceadaylily May 26, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My cat went for it the *first* time, after that, it was pure disdain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart May 27, 2010 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing, but nothing, more disdainful than a cat. Queen Victoria herself couldn't have expressed it better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            inthekitchen Sep 19, 2010 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You should be able to use dried cranberries in the Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin loaves. Take the dried cranberries, cover with boiling water for 15-20 minutes, drain well, and then use them in the recipe. Since they were dried, add a bit of cranberry juice to increase the liquid content which should make up for the dried fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            julesincoq May 26, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ummm upside down? with apples and cranberries??? mmmmm share please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll May 27, 2010 09:15 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PUMPKIN UPSIDE DOWN CAKE (I call it)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup dark sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 Tbsp butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              handful of chopped nuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dash rum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup fresh cranberries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 or 2 apples, sliced thin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coat cast iron pan with oil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Put in first four ingredients and cook til bubbling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lay apples and cranberries in pan in an artistic way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Then make cake batter:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup pumpkin puree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 Tbsp applesauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 Tbsp maple syrup or molassas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 c flour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 cup brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 tsp baking powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 tsp baking soda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 tsp salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to taste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mix cake ingredients and pour over fruit in pan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cool 10 minutes, run knife around edges to loosen, an invert over cakeplate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Serve with whipped cream if you wish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                just_M Jul 3, 2010 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Holey moley that sounds great! I have got to figure out how to save recipes in some accessible fashion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Russel Shank May 22, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Man, I'm pretty sure. I recall looking at the two and thinking "uh." Can't find it on the big regional grocery's website though. Maybe I'm thinking of something I saw in an afghan market... or wishfully imaging an impossibly hassle free short cut to making that kadu thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What's the deal w/ pumpkin, taste wise? The only time I pay attention to pumpkin is Halloween. I imagine those things are like tomatoes -- designed for appearance, not taste. That the case?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll May 23, 2010 01:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pumpkin and squash are considered the same thing by the USDA, so a company can put squash in a can and call it pumpkin. And charge more. That's probably what it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love pumpkin, I add it to all kinds of things, including yogurt, all year round. Use it in baking all the time, you can sub it for butter even. Lots of vitamins and fiber. The same way that you have to add salt to tomatoes to really bring out the flavor, pumpkin sort of wants cinnamon or nutmeg, then all of a sudden you get hooked. Many people buy it to add to their dogs food too, and nutmeg is appeciated in those quarters too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal May 23, 2010 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that bird's eye winter squash (frozen) is utterly delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen May 23, 2010 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you recall whether it's in chunks?


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal May 23, 2010 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the bird's eye winter squash is a supremely smooth puree.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    coll May 23, 2010 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know, I love pumpkin but I love butternut squash equally. I've been noticing big improvements in the quality of frozen vegetables, especially those in the "steamable bags". I thought it was for lazy people but the vegetables in those are getting very close to fresh, so at least until the farm stands start up I'm happy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal May 23, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i love the bird's eye "steam fresh" veggies! the broccoli comes out perfect. i wasn't so happy recently, though, with baby brussels sprouts. the blends are especially convenient, like those with sugar snaps, water chestnuts, carrots, etc. http://www.birdseyesteamfresh.com/vegetables/detail.aspx?prod=vegMixturesBroccoliCarrotsPeas sometimes i'll just sprinkle that combo with a little bit of toasted sesame oil, and a dash of rice wine vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i think bird's eye has the best frozen veggies -- better than green giant. "ho ho no." http://images.buycostumes.com/mgen/me...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coll May 24, 2010 02:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know, I had never noticed, but then I stopped buying house brand frozen veggies after realizing the major differences in certain brands, especially Birds Eye. Smart of them to put them on sale at the same price as no-names or I never would have figured it out. The steamables, I love the mixes especially, they have just a tiny bit of sauce so you can add your own touches too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bushwickgirl May 24, 2010 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "stopped buying house brand frozen veggies after realizing the major differences in certain brands"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That was my experience as well, Bird's Eye veggies are much better, quality and flavor-wise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal May 24, 2010 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tho' "pict-sweet" has good spinach (bags of the frozen chopped spinach). don't get the "giant" brand in a bag. the box will do in a pinch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Val May 25, 2010 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alkapal...we love that PictSweet bag o' spinach...pretty good stuff and so easy to cook up...son eats it every single night...he's not a big salad guy but wow, he loves that PictSweet...so many other brands are all stems! Our Publix USED to sell the PictSweet spinach but now only sells the broccoli (which we also like a lot) and now I can only find it at Super Wal-Mart and I really hate going to that store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal May 25, 2010 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hi val -- yes, the pict sweet is stem-less! and it has very good spinach flavor. talk to your publix manager about getting it back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                did you find that salad herb clamshell at the wally mart grocery? (agree about super wal-mart -- it is like entering some weird twilight zone episode where the shoppers are, well, ...you fill in the blanks...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on the other hand, the stand-alone walmart grocery store i found was not weird -- and not frantic).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Val May 25, 2010 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, meant to tell you...no I did not find it...went to WM this past Sunday for the Omega 3 eggs and first off stopped at the produce dept...that's where it is right?--looked all through the clamshell type fresh green display and didn't find it...any help? What was the brand, do you know? Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal May 25, 2010 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    don't recall the brand. they did just a mesclun mix, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    edit: the stand-alone store is called ""neighborhood market." here's the one i found in naples, though there may be more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Neighborhood Market Store #4354
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5010 Airport Pulling Road No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Naples, FL 34105
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (239) 213-1183

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the storefinder feature is good also for browsing the brands (at least some) in the store, when you go into the "shoppjng list" and then "browse" various products under that category. e.g. i did "lettuce" http://instoresnow.walmart.com/food-r...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal May 26, 2010 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      val, pictsweet also has nice pole beans and limas, too. i use the thick pole beans to make a lebanese dish with tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil: loubieh bin zayt. delish! try it. http://almashriq.hiof.no/general/600/...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i don't use anywhere NEAR that much olive oil, though. just some to give a little glisten -- a *little* glisten. honestly, it could be made fat-free and still be delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart May 26, 2010 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some Middle Eastern and Greek recipes really do use olive oil in astonishing quantities, don't they? I ahve to say I always reduce the amount too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal May 26, 2010 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          last time i made it, i cheated, and rendered some bacon and used that to cook the onions, tomatoes, garlic, then added the beans to cook (boy, they take a long time!). i called it "southern lebanese" ;-)).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dang, it was good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart May 26, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of the best ever cookbook titles: "Everything's Better with Bacon". Words to live by!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tonka11_99 Mar 15, 2010 11:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Something you may never have heard of. Small red new potatoes boiled in crab boil. Then use it as a appetizer or a side dish. Cut them in half and put butter on them. They are great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Another great dish. Cut a sweet onion like a vidalia not quite all the way through in 4 wedges. Leave the root area intact to hold the onion together. Put butter between the sections. Put a boullion cube or a teaspoon of beef boullion in the center. Wrap the onion with aluminum foil. I wrap mine twice (for sure for sure). Put it in the 350 degree oven for an hour or put it on the grill.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            decolady Aug 25, 2010 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure why the new potatoes cooked in crab boil fits in the "dirty" category. New potatoes and short ears of corn are always in the pot at a shrimp boil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tonka11_99 Mar 15, 2010 10:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            take a bag of Fritos. Pour a can of chili into the bag. Nuke the bag in the microwave. You'll love it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is that what you call dirty?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TroyTempest May 27, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In Texas, they called this Frito Pie, and it used to be a staple at high school Football game concession stands when i was growing up in the 70's.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course, the chili was already hot, sitting in a crock pot or steam table, ladled into the bag of fritos (which was cut open sideways), served with grated cheese on top and onions and sliced pickled jalapenos, if you dared.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sisterfunkhaus Dec 11, 2011 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sonic has great Frito pie. No bag, but it is reminiscent of those old school Frito pies. Mmmmmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Island Jul 3, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL Yes tonka that's downright filthy. I thought I was bad nukin chocolate chips and coconut...with chopped nuts when I'm feeling fancy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  smilingal Sep 3, 2010 02:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  reading this at 5am while others are sleeping and had to truly laugh out loud!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Rojellio Feb 2, 2010 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spotted Dick. Which is called that because Brits wouldnt call it Spotted Pudding. Quite the same way Mr. Barsted's Machinist file is called something else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Its suet based Pie crust, with some sugar, and dried fruit. {most often currants} Then it is steamed or Boiled in a cheese cloth. Served with custard. In Scotland its called Clootie Dumpling, and is pretty much the same thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You will have to render your won suet, to make this properly. The Earthy Intoxicating aroma of Suet is the main flavor. The stuf made by Hienz, packaged in cans and overpriced tastes like a twinky with raisens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LJS Feb 17, 2011 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rojellio-I know and love this pudding...with the same bag of frozen suet we can buy in the grocery here in Canada, we also make a dessert called Sussex Pond Pudding. So-o-o good...and a family hit, but not something, I would expect others to love, calling as it does for suet, plus mounds of butter and sugar and starring a whole, with peel on, lemon or three!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toronto Fastfoodie Jan 30, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok. So not as bad as a lot of the ones here but two of my faves:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Oven smores cookies: graham cracker topped with a tsp on nutella and then a marshmallow. Goes under the broiler until brown (1-2 min). Even better cooled rather than fresh out of the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. "Gourmet" Pillsbury chocolate chip cookies: Cut the dough into double the regular size chunk and form into a ball around a rolo (or if you can find a rolo bar, than a milk dud. bake as usual and end up with gooey caramel chocolate chip cookie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. My dirty lunch: nutella and peanut butter on wonderbread toasted in a sandwich maker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LJS Feb 17, 2011 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your 'dirty lunch' caught my eye...did you spend time in Italy? I taught at a school in a small town there and our students (largely North Americans tired of the excellent, nutritional fare the school supplied) lived on that combo. I resisted for a while, but the panini maker just does such a good job of this....also great on crepes with whipped cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. iL Divo Jan 20, 2010 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      couple of more........
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doggie Noodles:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      asked to bring a dish to a potluck, all I could find in my house to concoct anything from was hot dogs and noodles, cream of chicken soup and ritz crackers ohand some onions and celery. Sounds disgusting right? It was. Cooked the spaghetti noodles and put a package of OM all beef dogs in there too, drained both cut up the dogs and put in the noodles with the soup, cut up onion and celery salt and pepper and topped with ground up Ritz then baked. I can't say I got rave reviews but the "loaf" pan I brought it in was empty................ ???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hot chili cheese dip with homemade tortilla chips"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In thecrock pot put :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 cans of rotel/3 cans dennisons chili con carne/2 bricks [8 oz each] cream cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 brick of velveeta, put on low and stir to combine and when ready and bubbly, put amount in individual bowls with a side of hot tort chips and have at it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        isadorasmama Dec 19, 2009 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love this thread and LOVE that my favorite dirty recipe hasn't been mentioned yet. I make it every summer for my Mom's Group supper potluck. Our group is based on natural living/attachment parenting so many members pride themselves on being committed to eating locally/organically/healthy. This dish gets devoured in about 30 seconds. I'll give you one guess as to what the last ingredient to remain is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Snickers Salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6 Granny Smith apples
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6 regular Snicker's bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 12oz tub Cool Whip, thawed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Core the apples and cut into bite-size pieces (Do not peel apples prior)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cut the Snicker's bars into bite size pieces.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mix apples and candy in large bowl, fold in whipped topping.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Refrigerate until ready to serve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is best served the day after it's made. I've tried to gussy it up by using real whipped cream but it's better with cool whip. You'll find many revolting variations by googling. My advice is to change the Snickers to apple ratio so you don't have a pool of creamy apples left over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Feb 1, 2010 11:28 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Feb 1, 2010 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that has got to be one of the weirdest combos i have ever heard of.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart Feb 2, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's often on Iowa buffet tables. Weird indeed. The concept of salad is a remarkably elastic one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason May 22, 2010 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Funny. My man from Des Moines has never heard of it. Maybe he's blocked the memory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Dairy Queen May 22, 2010 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, it's a real thing.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart May 25, 2010 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yours is an Iowan too? It's maybe a more country-ish thing, mine is from a town of maybe 3000 people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dairy Queen May 25, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it's a small town Iowa and Minnesota (and I don't know where else) thing, based on the people that I know that know of it.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart May 25, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wisc too I believe?The great Upper Midwest, famed of song and story, and incubator of multiple items identified as salad but not recognizable as such to the rest of the world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen May 25, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Probably WI, too, and likely at least Eastern ND and SD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I no longer rely on others to bring what I call a "salad" to a potluck. The rule, as it's been explained to me, is that as long as it has a fruit or a vegetable in it, it's a salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, I no longer offer to bring "salad" to a potluck, because people are often disappointed by it. Instead, I say: "I'm bringing fresh fruit" or "I'm bringing fresh vegetables" so that people know what to expect.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart May 25, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That makes good sense. Are you a transplant to the area?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Island Jul 3, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  agree, funky, but maybe reminiscent of a chocolate covered caramel apple?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Andria Feb 1, 2010 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I may actually try that... it sounds like an interesting taste combo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    biondanonima Sep 22, 2010 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My husband likes something similar that he refers to as caramel apple salad - you use canned crushed pineapple and cook it with sugar to make the caramel, then mix it with the chopped apples, cool whip and a ton of peanuts. I'm sure he'd like it even better with Snickers bars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    aninocentangel Dec 7, 2009 02:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love this thread! SO many trashy recipes all in one place, I think I'll die happy, of a heart attack from all of my clogged arteries. :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My family loves grape jelly meatballs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 jar of grape jelly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 jar of chili sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mix the jelly and the chili sauce, stir until smooth, boil until thickened, it shouldn't take long. Heat meatballs, pour sauce over. You can make it in a crock pot and let it simmer for a few hours but my family is too impatient.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      betsydiver May 22, 2010 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Again, not sure what constitutes "dirty", but here's easy, sinnfully salty but delish! In a crock pot put thin sliced pepperoni (1/2 lb.?) and one large can of tomatos, cook for several hours, serve on small rolls aS app. This seems to be a very localized specialty in Hudson, ny; one guy had a strictly take out business serving this on large hoagie rolls and foot long hot dogs...only things on menu

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coll May 23, 2010 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So funny, when I lived near Hudson for awhile, I was mystified to see "Pepperoni Parmigiana" dishes on the menu. Couldn't get my mind around it. It was explained to me that they boiled the pre-sliced pepperoni first to get rid of some of the fat, and then simmered in sauce and topped with mozzarella, but I could never bring myself to actually try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ruthieren Oct 30, 2012 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes! A guy I knew when I lived in Baltimore was from there. He managed to find a restaurant in our area that served that as a pasta sauce. He dragged everyone there. ;) After the first time, we went on our own. Mmm-mmm good. A big bowl of spaghetti with this over the top! Wow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chris VR Oct 25, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was tight on time this weekend and needed to bring something to a potluck so I made grape jelly chili meatballs. I got frozen precooked cocktail meatballs and let them defrost in the refrigerator. I mixed 16 oz of grape jelly with 2 jars of chili sauce in the crockpot. It was still a bit lumpy but I dumped the meatballs in, stirred it all together and let it cook on low for about 6 hours. People LOVED them. Next time I'd add a bit of dijon to the sauce for a bit more kick. Embarrassingly easy recipe with a big payoff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Oct 25, 2011 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it is like putting grape jelly on your sausage biscuit at mcdonald's. salty, sweet, fatty…..u-ma-mi!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yes, dijon would be a good add-in -- maybe a little bourbon, too? LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jeanmarieok Oct 25, 2011 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That grape jelly/chili sauce recipe is a pleaser!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KansasKate Oct 25, 2011 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Isn't there a version for little smokies cocktail wieners that uses 1 jar grape jelly + 1 jar Heinz chili sauce + 1 can Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Oct 25, 2011 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i've seen that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ErnieD Dec 4, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I adore the grape jelly/chili sauce combo. I didn't grow up with it so I don't even have any excuse. I do throw in some dijon too, and sometimes a small splash of worcestershire. I've only done it with meatballs; I'm intrigued by the cocktails wienies and may be forced to try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LaureltQ Dec 4, 2011 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are we talking asian grocery store sweet chili sauce? What kind of chili sauce is generally used in this method?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Dec 4, 2011 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the traditional way is to use good old heinz chili sauce. exotic *would* be good, too -- like using that lingham's thai chili sauce!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sherriberry Dec 16, 2011 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I, too use the grape jelly/ heinz chili sauce. It is usually located next to the ketchup at the grocery store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pine time Dec 27, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, have had the cranberry sauce version. Actually loved the first few bites, but went into sugar overload soon after. Did ask for the recipe, and was aghast, but made it for Mr. Pine anyway, and he loved 'em! Also works with turkey meatballs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mlou72 Oct 29, 2011 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HUGE payoff. Nobody ever has a clue it's so easy, dump and heat, and if they do happen to know they're just delighted because it's so yummy. But I've always had it with BBQ sauce instead of chili, and sometimes cranberry instead of grape. I want it with chili sauce, but nobody else wants to change the BBQ sauce, darn picky eaters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My first introduction to this was when it was put out as snackies when visiting an old friend. Enormously embarassing, but before I knew it I had eaten most of them. I think I knew I'd been in some unconscious food euphoria when the toothpicks ran out and found myself asking for more through a garbled mouthful of sticky goodness. As I was leaving I found out I was just the first in a string of visitors expected at various times that evening. They didn't get meatballs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KailuaGirl Nov 22, 2011 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you make your own meatballs I like to add finely chopped water chestnuts and some horseradish, then do the grape jelly and chili sauce thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bpjacks Dec 4, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We call it "Redneck Meatballs" -- best trashy buffet party dish ever. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ruthieren Oct 30, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Use the Heinz Cocktail Sauce instead of the Chili Sauce for that horseradish kick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sub orange marmalade for the grape and ground turkey meatballs for the meat ones, and you can tell yourself it's healthy! Heh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmmm, or maybe brown the turkey mix with the sauce and marmalade and pour over a platter of cream cheese! Dang, that sounds great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Dairy Queen Oct 30, 2012 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eh, yes, I now see that you only used 16 oz of grape jelly instead of the 32 oz as the recipe I found called for. I think I went in search of a recipe because I wasn't sure how many oz the bottles of Heinz chili sauce were (12 oz is the answer folks) and I stupidly assumed the recipe I found was appropriately scaled. I think I'll try this one more time before I give up hope, because it sure was darn easy!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chris VR Oct 31, 2012 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Worth another try then! Bring it to a potluck where other people can be your guinea pigs :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            elnora Aug 5, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            similarly, whats also amazing is frozen meatballs from costco, and just a big jar of grape jelly and a big jar of brown mustard (or dijon - id maybe not do straight up yellow french's mustard) - 1:1 ratio. sometimes i throw in a bit of sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            heat it all up in a big pot. delicious! itll have people asking, "what the heck is in this thing?" and it will just be our little secret (i dont tell them because inevitably theyre a little grossed out).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Nov 6, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL -- just tell them "ancient chinese secret."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (remember that ad campaign from some food company?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TroyTempest Nov 6, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I thought it was laundry soap

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charlotte313 Nov 6, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, it was but..they qui\t making that stuff, so now--every secret is now ancient AND Chinese. :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Nov 6, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    holy smoke -- you are right!!!!! CALGON -- LOLOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzixL7Ef-bI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    troy, check this out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUCW6...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TroyTempest Nov 25, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm 52, and i remember some of those. Thanks for the link. Those are great, and I only saw about half of them. Joey Heatherton was a fox, wow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And i noticed in the first one the guy mopping was Ron Carey, Detective Levitt on Barney Miller.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. shaogo Dec 1, 2009 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lately, I've been cooking chunks of chicken thigh in Escargot Butter -- and serving it with rice. I *tell* people it's "butter sauce with garlic, butter and a side of butter." They don't care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The nastiest thing I've made (and I still have guilt about actually serving this to people) was an amalgam of the most readily available foods in the restaurant brunch kitchen:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Home fried potatoes, sauteed onions, tiny, cooked balls of breakfast sausage meat, topped with Hollandaise sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The woman who asked me to create "something rich" for her never forgave me. She was hooked on first tasting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The staff would come down one at a time and ask for this woman's namesake dish "Katie's Breakfast Casserole." They'd *always* eat it standing up -- with guilt-ridden looks on their faces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. southernitalian Dec 1, 2009 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Graham Cracker Lasagne - Spread a layer of vanilla pudding in a glass cake pan. Add a layer of graham crackers. Add a layer of chocolate pudding (or any pudding really) and another layer of crackers. Third layer of pudding and crackers. Then spread a layer of chocolate frosting over the top layer of crackers and let it set up. It's the quick version of suemac's and has a funny name!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HillJ Dec 1, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My inlaws love this dirty recipe but they call it gram & puddin cake. For the first 15 years of my marriage this cake was at EVERY party. The grandkids finally moved onto the infamous ice box cake which consisted of thin chocolate wafers and whipped cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Island Jul 3, 2010 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mom used to make the layerd grahams cracker and pudding thing in the glass pan too. Usually butterscotch covered with cool whip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suemac Nov 30, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love this thread. I grew up going to Southern Baptist pot-lucks so I have a ton of dreadful recipes lol. Every now and then I'll get a craving and make one to take somewhere - that way I can have one serving, satisfy the craving and don't have to have the stuff around the house! Let's see... favorites are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pig Pickin' Cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 yellow cake mix, can mandarin oranges with juice, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, med. carton cool whip 9-ounce carton frozen whipped topping, thawed, can crushed pineapple, with juice, small box instant vanilla pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oven at 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, mandarin oranges, mandarin orange juice, eggs and oil and beat for 2 minutes with electric mixer. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make frosting by mixing cool whip, pineapple, juice from can and vanilla pudding mix. Frost between layers and on top of cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and Eclair Cake:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 box graham crackers, 2 small boxes instant French vanilla pudding, 3 1/2 cups milk, 8-ounce cool whip, thawed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frosting: 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 3 tablespoons butter, softened, 1/3 cup milk, 2 teaspoons light corn syrup, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Line 13x9 pan with whole graham crackers. In bowl of an electric mixer, mix pudding with milk; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Pour half the pudding mixture over graham crackers. Place another layer of whole graham crackers on top of pudding layer. Pour over remaining half of pudding mixture and cover with another layer of graham crackers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For frosting, blend together sugar and cocoa. Add butter and milk, mixing well. Add corn syrup and vanilla. Stir until creamy. Cover cake with frosting and refrigerate for 24 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And when we first got married we used to make something we called Glarp; basically cooked ground beef & onions with cream of 'shroom soup and seasonings poured over white rice. Oh and let's not forget our camping staple (which my husband says was called Sh*t on a Shingle in the military): creamed chipped beef on toast. Except when we camped we always put it over the biscuit my mom made - one big biscuit cooked on the Coleman stove in a cast iron skillet with a pan on top to make a kindof oven, mom used a spatula to flip the whole thing over half way through - and around the campfire it actually tasted good :-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chris VR Dec 1, 2009 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh these are truly dirty! That Eclair cake sounds like just the ticket for an upcoming potluck!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    petroneybaloney Nov 6, 2010 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I grew up on Glarp! We called it Pour Man's Gravy and had it over mashed potatoes if we were feeling fancy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ROCKLES Sep 15, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wow, thats brought back some memories. I don't think my mom called it anything except dinner. Glarp huh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pine time Dec 27, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The eclair one is even better the next day, when all its inglorious ingredients meld together!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LJS Nov 30, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Probably already lurking here somewhere, but my best down-and-dirty recipe is a variation on the Stouffers chicken noodle frozen meals that were so popular for years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I semi-cooked 3-4 of these suckers in a lasagna pan and then added 1-2 cup(s) of grated swiss cheese and a box of frozen onion rings (!). Mixed it all up, cooked until nearly done, then stuck some more onion rings (or those canned Durkee things) on top and broiled slightly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I called it Denver Casserole because I learned the recipe there when served it as a luncheon dish back in the late 70's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When Stouffers stopped making the frozen Chicken Noodle dish (or at least distributing them here in Canada), I was forced to start over from scratch. It is not quite the same but undoubtedly better for all concerned. But if I had stopped making it altogether, my whole family and a large circle of friends would have divorced me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        millygirl Nov 30, 2009 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hmmm, hot Artichoke Pie! Think artichokes, mayo, parmesan and mozeralla cheese golden goodness hot outta the oven spread on crackers or even better, baguette to absorb all that oil. Yum, def. not low cal but people go nuts over it. Everytime!!! A real crowd pleaser.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Dec 1, 2009 04:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          aiiiieeeeeeee! yes yes yes, hot artichoke dip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          decolady Aug 25, 2010 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am not familiar with Stouffers chicken noodle frozen meals. Could someone who is describe them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LJS Feb 17, 2011 04:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Terribly late with this answer, decolady, but Stouffer's Chicken Noodle dinner was pretty much that, chunks of chicken, layered on long, broad egg noodles and bound with a bechamel sauce...some chopped mushrooms, I think and a light crumb crust. Haven't see it for years, but easy to replicate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. gmm Nov 15, 2009 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -turtle brownies made with boxed german chocolate cake mix, evaporated milk, butter, packaged caramels and nuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -rum cake made with boxed yellow cake mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -rum balls made with pulverized packaged cookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -lil smokies with grape jelly/chili sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hate making these kinds of things, but people really love them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cmocva Nov 15, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            this is kind of a fake black forest cake... i make brownies in a 13x9, leave them in the pan, don't cut... i top the brownie with cherry pie filling and then top the pie fillng with whipped cream and if i'm feeling ambitious garnish with chocolate curls. You can get really trashy and use a brownie mix and cool whip, and garnish with chocolate jimmies, lol. You'd be surprised how many people can't figure out what the "crust" is! Comstock "more fruit" cherry pie filling works really well. I gotta admit, i LOVE canned cherry pie filling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo Jan 20, 2010 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              this just reminded me of dessert party faire. I had this first time in high school when bagels were just coming into their own at least outside LA. Mini bagels, toasted, cream cheese mixed with softened butter [half&half] spread over warmed bagels and topped with dollops of cherry pie filling, baby plop of whipped cream on top to guild the lilly. oh my yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. iL Divo Nov 5, 2009 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              my TCM aka To Die For is a different recipe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12 oz cream cheese for the sour cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              large instant chocolate pudding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              large bag of chocolate chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup cola for the water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 stick butter for the oil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              each time it's made, it's the biggest winner ever.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've given the recipe out so many times and the reviews make me smile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              haven't read all through these so don't know if Cool Stool salad or Barf in a bowl or kitty cookies has been mentioned. all same thing, just called different names. depending on flavor you use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              so it's the basic dry gelatin cool whip and cottage cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              but if you do chocolate pudding mix cool whip and cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              then it resembles the latter two names depending on how you arrange on the plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh and let's not forget Grapes Normally when really preparing crepes Normandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chris VR Feb 19, 2009 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inspired by this discussion, we recently held a "Very Trashy Dinner Party". here's the menu and recipes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deviled eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pigs in a blanket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Trout" dip in celery and with chips (no actual trout was harmed in the making of this dip, it's my husband's family's last name)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sausage balls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Velveeta Cheese Puffs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coca-cola Ham (which was actually Coca-cola/Manishevitz ham)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hashbrown caserole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                White Trash Cake (basically just a chocolate.buttercream cake, complete with picture of Stewie Griffin spewing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Triple Chocolate Mess with vanilla ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oreo truffles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reverse Cowgirl Punch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recipes have been mostly paraphrased to avoid copyright problems, and to include our tips and comments. If I copied your recipe here and you want credit, please reply- I didn't keep track of where i got all the recipes from so I'm not trying to take credit for anyone's recipe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trout Dip:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 block Cream Cheese (softened)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bleu cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sour cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mix together, adjusting proportions until it tastes good. Serve with chips and crackers or spread into celery. If you want it more dippable, add more sour cream. If you want it more spreadable, add less.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheesy Poofs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 pound brick of Velveeta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 pound of butter (unsalted)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 loaf of white Wonder bread or similar with crusts cut off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whip the Velveeta with the butter, then spread onto three layers of bread. The 3 layer sandwich is cut into four pieces then 'frosted' with the velveeta mix, so you end up with a 3 layer little tower of bad-for-you "frosting" and bread. Freeze them solid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In a really hot oven (we had the most success at 500 degrees) bake for about 4-5 minutes. They melt a lot, what you're looking for is the melted edges just turned crispy brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I found these terribly salty, but they were still a hit. i think if I ever made them again (not likely) I'd use unsalted butter.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CHEESE SAUSAGE BALLS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 lb. bulk sausage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 c. Bisquick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mix with hands until smooth. Form into small balls, put on cookie sheet and bake 25 minutes at 325 degrees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We didn't love these, they were a little dry. That's probably because I used lean sausage because that's what I had. The recipe called for Jimmy Dean, which I imagine gives the additional fat I think you need in this recipe.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coca Cola/Manishevitz Ham (wrong on top of wrong)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 ham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * 1 (3-7 lb) ham (we used a spiral cut ham and it worked fine)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * 1 lb brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * 1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * 1 cup Manishevitz wine (sweet concord grape wine)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pack the brown sugar on the ham. Mix the Coca-Cola and wine together and then pour all over the ham. Cover the ham with foil. Bake the ham at 325 or according to package directions, basting every 20 minutes or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This tasted like "ham candy" especially on the outside where the sugar sort of caramelized. It was better warm- cold it just tasted too sweet.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hashbrown casserole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Layer 1: 1 large bag of frozen shredded hasbrown potatoes mixed together with 1 chopped onion (we used shallots because we had an onion-hater)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Layer 2: 1 C sour cream + 1 can cream of chicken soup + 1 C shredded cheddar + 4-6 T melted butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Layer 3: about 3/4 C cornflake crumbs (from about 3 C cornflakes) mixed with about 2-4 T melted butter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bake 1 hr or so (I think we added another 15-20 minutes) at 350 F.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                People liked this a lot, although we wanted the potatoes a bit crispier. IIf I ever made these again, I'd cook them a bit on the stove to crisp them up. This probably would also cut down the cooking time.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Triple Chocolate Mess (crock pot)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 package chocolate cake mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 pint sour cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 package instant chocolate pudding (any size)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 (6 oz.) package chocolate chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3/4 cup oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 cup water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spray crock-pot with non-stick spray.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mix all ingredients, pour into crock pot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cook on low 6-8 hours. Do Not Lift Lid!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Serve hot with ice cream.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oreo Truffles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 package oreo cookies (divided… use cookie including the cream center)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                white chocolate and dark chocolate (we used chips)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Finely crush 7 cookies (we just did it in a ziploc bag) and reserve for later.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Crush remaining cookies (again we used a ziploc bag, with a rolling pin) and stir in softened cream cheese. Make sure the mixture is well mashed together.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Roll the mixture into 1" balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Melt chocolate in the microwave. Spear each ball with a toothpick, and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry. You can sprinkle the tops with the 7 crushed cookies for decoration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Makes about 36 truffles.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reverse Cowgirl Punch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't find the recipe for this but I think it was

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mango Lemonade (We couldn't find this so we used lemonade and mango puree)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stoli Razz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7 UP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rainbow Sherbet (must pronounce sherbert). Loosen the sherbert under hot water, and it will all slip easily out of the plastic container.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mix first 3 ingredients to taste, then float the sherbert in the punch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Feb 19, 2009 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  deviled eggs are trash!?! hush your mouth! deviled eggs are a major food group!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pdxgastro Nov 25, 2011 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seriously, they don't sound so bad compared to some of the recipes here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Island Jul 3, 2010 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just discovered this thread. So funny. This trashy party brings back memories of my parents gathering in the "refinished" basement in the 70's. Pool table covered with plywood and a tablecloth for buffet service. Flavored cream cheese stuffed celery was a standard. I remember it came in glass juice jars with Flintstone characters on them. Deviled eggs were also a staple and I see them on appetizer menus all over town now. Everything "mid century" is new again. You're missing the fruit salad filled watermelon cut like a basket though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chris VR Oct 26, 2010 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I made the sausage balls again this weekend for a cast party. This time I used Jimmy Dean instead of the local-farm-raised sausage I used last time and they came out much better. They definitely need a fatty sausage. They were a big hit, although to be fair it was the first real food most of us had eaten in 7 strenuous hours, so our standards were pretty low at that point!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also made the oreo cookie balls, dipping some in dark chocolate and rolling the rest in confectioner's sugar, which is a lot easier. Also a big hit!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Oct 28, 2010 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it is strange for me to hear that the jimmy dean was fattier than the local sausage (although, of course, i know zip about your local sausage!). i just know the j.d. is very lean, that's all. ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in any event, i love your trashy recipes! ;-). i've gotta pass that "chocolate mess" recipe on to my niece for thanksgiving. i wonder if it could be adapted to make a thanksgiving "spice cake-pumpkin" "mess"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chris VR Oct 28, 2010 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was definitely fattier- when I made it with the JD there was a little oil slick under each ball, and I don't recall that the first time I did it. I get my pork from a farmer in Vermont and I *think* it's Berkshire pork, which, now that I think of it, actually is pretty well marbled. Maybe it was the different cheeses? I don't remember what I used the first time, this time it was Irish Cheddar which is actually a bit crumbly, so maybe not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmmm, pumpkin spice cake mess... I have a potluck this weekend and some gingerbread cake mix in the pantry. Maybe I'll try messing around with some ideas...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Oct 29, 2010 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chris, i can guarantee that the sausage balls that you've made are a 100 times tastier than ones i've had at parties -- simply because you're using berkshire pork sausage and irish cheddar! wow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            but you actually preferred the jimmy dean in this application?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as to the gingerbread spice cake mess, would it be like a cakey pudding? sounds very tempting, though....esp. if served with a brandy sauce. ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chris VR Oct 29, 2010 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, if I were to make it again for people in my house, I think I'd stick with the berkshire pork, but probably also mix in some of my home-rendered lard to give it the boost of fat it seems to need.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But if I were doing it for a potluck, I'd probably go with the Jimmy Dean again because, honestly, I think people were happy enough with it, wouldn't have appreciated it more with the "good stuff" and I'd rather save the great pork for my own selfish eating :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As for cheese, I wonder if I used pre-grated cheese the first time around, which would definitley have contributed to dryness because of anti-caking agents. Hmmmm.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cakey pudding is sort of the texture of the triple chocolate mess, so it wouldn't be far off. Brandy sauce sound great... I also think Bird's custard would be the perfect thing to pour over the top! I have a can of the powdered stuff which needs to be used up anyway....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. auburnselkie Feb 3, 2009 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't know how "dirty" this is - it's not made from processed stuff - but the grease factor is amazing. My sister made it for New Year's and it was breathtaking. I hate to think how many pieces I had!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Louisiana Sausage Garlic Bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 oz Bacon (cook before and cut into small pieces- & save some bacon grease)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 French bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *your favorite sausage (I use 1/2 Jimmy Dean Sage and 1/2 Jimmy Dean Hot)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 onion diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 scallions diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Tbs. minced garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 stick butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Tbs. bacon grease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2-3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salt and Pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The above will be cooked.....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Garlic Powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Creole Seasoning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grated cheese of your choice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In a pan cook the sausage with the garlic until about 80% cooked, add the butter, bacon grease, and olive oil and all of the cooking ingredients. Sauté on a med. fire until the onions are clear, about 10 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slice the bread into half-inch slices and spread a thin layer of butter on each slice. Drizzle a little olive oil on top of the butter and spread the oil around with a butter knife. Sprinkle a little garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic) and Creole seasoning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Top the bread with the cooked ingredients spreading evenly. Sprinkle a light coating of cheese over it the sausage mixture. Top with bacon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bake at 400ºF for about 10-15 minutes or until edges of bread start to brown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Feb 9, 2009 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sounds good, but i'd be livin' in the heartburn hotel! ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          betsydiver Jun 22, 2010 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've made a sausage bread using frozen pizza dough, thaw dough, stretch out on baking sheet; cook up sausage or ground beef or frozen chopped spinach w/garlic, spread filling over dough; roll up sealing seam with egg wash and carefully placing seam side down; bake at 350 according to dough package instructions; let cool slighly before cutting into slices to serve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dkennedy Oct 28, 2010 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds absolutely delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            julesrules Feb 2, 2009 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made the "pumpkin crack" this weekend. I was frankly alarmed by the large can of sweetened condensed milk PLUS a cup of sugar - that stuff has its uses, but it is just so sweet, and expensive (two small cans would have cost me a minimum of $5, $7 if I wanted Eagle Brand). I looked around the internet and there are many versions of this "pumpin crumble" out there, but most of them call for a cup of sugar and a can of EVAPORATED milk, at which point the proportions start looking a lot closer to regular pumpkin pie filling. Since I knew the cake mix crumble would already be much sweeter than pie crust, I elected to make it with evaporated milk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The results are okay. The right level of sweetness for me, and tasty enough. I don't think there's quite enough texture disctinction between the two layers, you end up with something like bread pudding in the middle with a thin layer of crumb on top. So it's kinda mushy overall. And it does have a touch of that chemically cake mix flavour. I used pecan halves on top, which looked nice, and they did toast up beautifully.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was easy and fun to make however, especially with my 3 year old's assistance since I wasn't too worried about precision.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              julesrules Feb 3, 2009 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I spoke too soon. This dessert's crack-like qualities come out when it is served cold from the fridge! None of the recipes I read specified whether to serve warm or cold or what, and we were in a hurry to eat it Sunday. But it is much better cold. The topping becomes chewy brownie-like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Morganna Jan 2, 2009 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nana's Fudgies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 can sweetened condensed milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 cups graham cracker crumbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup choc chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup chopped nuts (I use toasted walnuts)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mix together, press into a greased 8X8 square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for right around 30 minutes (don't overcook). Let cool before taking out of the pan and cutting up into 1 inch squares.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Gin and It Jan 1, 2009 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a dip that I would call trashy because of the salt and MSG, but people love it with raw veggies. It's kind of an updated version of the old sour cream/onion soup dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                32 oz. container of whole milk yogurt, strained thru paper coffee filters to remove as much liquid as possible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A half a packet of Knorr Tamarind Soup Base ( Oriental markets have this), or to taste.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you want to be fancy, add some chopped chives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  muirne81 Dec 28, 2008 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Redneck Tapas:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -1 package Lil' Smokies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -a bunch of thin sliced bacon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -a heck of a lot of brown sugar (think multiple cups)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Basically, you wrap each Lil' Smokie in a half strip of bacon and then spear it with a toothpick. All of the wrapped Smokies go into a glass pan. Dump the brown sugar all over the morsels so that everything is covered with a nice sandy crust and bake at 350 until the bacon is nice and crispy and your sugar is caramelized.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely let them cool, though, because that sugar BURNS out of the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And don't forget the Lipitor chaser.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ailine Jan 31, 2010 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My friend makes these, only she douses hers with Aunt Jemima syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My other friend and I tend to descend on the pan when she brings it over and don't move until we're each clutching a pile of toothpicks and getting ready to ride the sugar rush.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      betsydiver May 22, 2010 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don'y know if this technically falls into this catagory but it's easy and yummy... wrap a good whole dill pickle with about one package of slightly soiftened cream cheese and then a super thin-sliced deli boiled haml chill and slice into "coins". good on the app table

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal May 23, 2010 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coins? do we have to cut it, or can i just have one whole pickle, all done up? (oops, i must think i'm on the "confess i'm a hog" thread. ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          betsydiver Jun 22, 2010 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I suppose you could have people walking around your oarty munching on dill pickles wrapped with pinkish meat without any embarrASsment or mess, but the cream cheese might "ooze put" a little, less messy ro pre cut and serve with toothpicks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            operagirl Aug 13, 2010 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If by "party" you mean "living room, alone, in pajamas," I think it might paint a more accurate picture of where alkapal is going with this one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coll Aug 13, 2010 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do the same, but with mustard instead of cream cheese, and sometimes gherkins instead of dill. Just did a liverwurst roll up this morning with gherkin for breakfast, very satisfying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Aug 14, 2010 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hey, plenty of folks might want to munch on the "blanketed spear"!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GeoGoddess Dec 14, 2011 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My family has a variation we call "Weirdo Wraps" because....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spread cream cheese on a round of chipped beef (the kind the glass jar by the canned meats). Carefully place 1 little sweet gherkin pickle near one edge of the round. Wrap it up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Slice in half to make two!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sweet/sour/crunchy/creamy addiction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sisterfunkhaus Dec 11, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made these the other day just for myself. I dip them in a mild creamy dijon. So good. I still have some in the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            corabeth Dec 28, 2008 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of the easiest appetizers that folks go crazy for is:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plop a large block of cream cheese on a plate. Spread a jar or jalapeno jelly over the cheese with Triscuits on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              marthasway Jan 2, 2009 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another beloved variation on this is a bottle of Pick-a-Peppa sauce poured over cream cheese, served with favorite fancy crackers. In the 70's, this appeared at all my parent's parties, along with What is It?, aka artichoke dip made from mayonaisse, canned artichoke hearts, green can parmesan and a shake of garlic powder. We actually considered this supper! Now I must exercise some restraint.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                biondanonima Sep 22, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The artichoke/mayo/parm dip is a family favorite at my parents' house as well. It sounds totally disgusting but it is addictive - way more so than all the more complicated spinach-artichoke-cheese dips out there (which are also delicious but not the same!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gmm Sep 24, 2010 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love that artichoke dip! Didn't they used to print it right on the parm container? Sometime I'll add some cream cheese and crabmeat to make it fancy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sisterfunkhaus Dec 11, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love the pick-a-peppa chream cheese dip. Brings back memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  KailuaGirl Dec 11, 2011 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another variation on that is covering the cream cheese with mango chutney. Delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Dec 12, 2011 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    another varaiation: cover cream cheese block with zesty "jezebel" sauce: http://dixiedining.wordpress.com/2009...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    leftover sauce is great on leftover ham, turkey and/or cheese sandwiches!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KailuaGirl Dec 12, 2011 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The one with cream cheese in the sauce looks great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hyde Dec 27, 2008 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  not sure this counts, as it is almost like cooking but here goes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 pound bacon, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 onion, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 bell pepper, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 (3 pound) pkg diced hash browns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 c. mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 (11 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  red pepper to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  black pepper to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  salt to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  granulated galic to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  saute bacon till crisp, remove bacon and saute onion and bell pepper till tender.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hashbrowns in bowl w/ remaining ingredients except cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  all into casserole dish, top with cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  350 degrees until cheese starts to bubble.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  people love this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. coll Dec 26, 2008 02:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How about the Black Russian Bundt cake I found here earlier this year. Sent one to my Mom for her birthday last month. Just got an email from sis that the recipe has been passed out to everyone in my family all over the country. A new tradition!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jan 1, 2009 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coll, from over on the cake mix thread? that sounded so good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coll Jan 1, 2009 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't believe how everyone loved this even more than I did! My sister started making a bunch of them as Christmas gifts but after the fifth one, she just copied the recipe and made a goodie bag of all the ingredients. I started getting emails from everyone. Can't believe I didn't discover this back in the 70s, when I discovered Black Russians and Kahlua in the first place!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If anyone wants it, just Google, there are 5 million links ;-) But of course I had to add to it: 4 oz of mini chocolate morsels and a spoonful of instant espresso.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Nov 6, 2009 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this is amazing with a dollop of barely-sweet whipped cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ashii Dec 24, 2008 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ok, dirty it is... peg me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I made this drink called Reverse Cowgirl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Basically stoli razz and mango lemonade.. it is too die for!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Make fresh meonade with mango puree, and add stoli Razz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The sour lemonade really melds a tropical bliss when mixed with the mango puree. Then throw in Stoli Razz, and it becomes a fruity concoction of love...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I garnish it with a slice of fresh pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You cant taste the liquor, and they are such a crowd pleaser by the end of the night all the woman are ready to do... well ya.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        another_adam Dec 23, 2008 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Once for some reason that I now can't even remember, I made up a tray of "mini blinis" for a party: a big loaf of white bread, crusts removed and slices rolled extra-flat, smeared with a mix of cream cheese, sugar, and egg yolks, rolled up, brushed with margarine, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and baked until melty and slightly browned. They're a heart attack on a plate and not even that easy to make, but the real reason I wish I had never made them is that ever since then, I always get requests for them...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. dpnpt Dec 22, 2008 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh how I love me some dirty recipes and these are really filling the need!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My Mom makes this stuff that she made me promise to say came from a "neighbor in Wisconsin"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 big block Velveeta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 bag Ore Ida Hash Brown potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 half pint (or maybe more) heavy cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Melt Velveeta, stir in cream, pour over taters in a baking pan. Bake til bubbly. I've also had this the low-fat way (reduced fat Velveeta / fat free half-n-half). Believe me, people will get ridiculous once they taste it. Feels so so bad to be eating it! It's for brunch, btw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kayke Dec 23, 2008 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            must make Velveeta dip NOW!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can't wait for my Christmas Eve debauchery to eat a whole bowl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, is anyone else nostalgic for Hot Dish?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg Dec 24, 2008 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hot Dish? Ufta No! Only lute fisk og fiske boller!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rikte Godt Jul

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dolores Dec 24, 2008 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg, the History Channel (even the history channel!) had two guys visiting Minnesota for a church supper where the main dish was lutefisk. They had previously gone to a factory where the fish is made, and did NOT seem pleased to be eating it. Called it, somewhat rudely I thought, 'fish jello'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passadumkeg Dec 24, 2008 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to eat it when I lived in Norway and I think I'd prefer it to hot dish! I'm not a big casarole or high processed carb guy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Indy 67 Nov 8, 2010 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My favorite lutefisk story: We lived in Minneapolis in '83-'84. During our time there, the attack submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was christened. Some local comedian remarked: "That's not a name to inspire fear. If we really want to make the enemy tremble and quake, all we have to do is re-name the submarine the USS Lutefisk."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Note: This story is so old that the Navy decommisioned the Minneapolis-St Paul on June 22, 2007 after 23 years of service.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ashii Dec 24, 2008 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All hail velveeta... something about its over processed, awkwardly yellowy-orange appearance makes my mouth water...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Try using a bit of it in mac and cheese... its a secret of mine. And no one believes me when i tell them i use 50% velveeta ;) Its so bad its good.