Thursday, May 14, 2009

Recipes To Try From My Clippings Box

What a storm we had last night! The tornado sirens were going off between 10:30 and 11:00. Our family finally, took one last look at the weather maps on T.V. and went to bed, hoping and praying for the best, and fortunately, our area wasn't hit too badly. I heard that Anadarko had some strong winds and fierce weather; I hope everyone there is OK today. At the beauty shop this morning, I was sorry to hear that some folks here in Lawton-Fort Sill suffered some hail damage to vehicles and homes.

I've been praying for good weather this weekend so that the parade and celebration to honor our troops and veterans goes off without a hitch! It's a big event, and a lot of people have put forth a lot of time, work and money to make it something that the community can enjoy and be proud of. Thanks to the sponsors, volunteers and participants!

When I was thinking of how busy this weekend will be, it made me aware of the easy, fast recipes that we all need in the summer months, and so I looked for some in my clippings box. We all have those times when we want delicious food that doesn't take much time to plan and fix. Two of the recipes I found use ground beef, which always speeds up food preparation because it cooks quickly! I think you'll like them.

Refrigerator Biscuit Tostadoes

1 lb. ground beef
1 jar (16 oz) salsa, divided
1 tube (17.3 oz) refrigerated biscuits
2 C (8 oz)shredded Colby/Jack cheese
2 C shredded lettuce

In a skillet, cook beef and drain. Add 1 1/2 C salsa and heat through. Split each biscuit in half and flatten into 4" rounds. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 min. Top w/ meat mixture, cheese, lettuce and remaining salsa. 16 servings.

I thought this recipe sounded great for summer; it has baked beans in it.


1/2 lb. sliced bacon
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 C ketchup
1/2 C packed brown sugar
One 32 oz. can pork and beans

In skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Pour drippings from skillet. Brown the ground beef in same skillet; drain. Add onion and cook until tender. combine ketchup and brown sugar and stir into beef mixture. Add pork and beans and all but 2 TBSP of the bacon. Transfer to 8" square baking dish. Top w/ remaining bacon. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hr. 6-8 servings.

This last recipe for today is from an old promo piece from the Preston-Safeway Co. It was torn around the edges and I couldn't find a date. It sounds very healthy; you could even use these as breakfast bars if you eat on the run in the morning.

Sugarless Date Bars

1/2 C margarine
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange or lemon rind, grated
1 1/3 C dates, chopped
1 C rolled oats
1/2 C wheat flour
1/2 C wheat germ
1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 C non-fat milk
1 C walnuts, finely chopped

In mixing bowl, cream margarine w/ egg. Add vanilla, grated citrus peel and dates. In separate bowl combine remaining dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to margarine alternately w/ 2/3 C milk, beating until blended. Spread in 10"x15" shallow rimmed pan. Sprinkle w/ walnuts. Press walnuts into batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 min. or until done. Makes 25 (2"x3") bars.

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