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Turkey, Sausage and White Bean Soup

1 pound bulk pork sausage
4 cups cubed cooked turkey
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Crumble sausage into a large skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink. Drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Irish Lamb Chop Stew

8 small lamb chops
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
parsley, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary
1 lb. potatoes (3 to 4 medium)
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large leek, sliced thin
12 small white onions
1-1/2 C. diced celery
1-1/2 C. peas
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in saucepan wide enough to hold all chops in a single layer. Brown on both sides. Spoon off any melted fat and add enough water to cover chops. Bring to a boil and add parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, thyme and rosemary enclosed in cheesecloth. Lower heat and simmer. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and shape into bite sized rounds. Chop trimmings from potatoes into small pieces. Add potatoes, trimmings, cabbage, onion, well-rinsed leek, white onions and celery to chops and liquid. Simmer 20 minutes then add peas. Add a little more water if needed during cooking. Simmer 10 minutes more or until potatoes are tender. Add more seasoning, if needed. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Chinese Pork Casserole

2 lbs. pork, cut in bite-sized pieces (I use pork steaks, but you can use pork roast or pork chops)
1 green pepper, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
4 Tbs. soy sauce

Brown meat in small amount of oil. Add green pepper, onion, celery- sauté until onion is translucent. Mix all ingredients, place in casserole dish, and bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 2 hours

Pork Noodle Casserole

1 (8-oz.) pkg. egg noodles
3/4 lb. ground lean pork
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups diced celery
1 small green pepper, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1 (11-oz.) can condensed tomato soup
1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup grated Cheddar or Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook noodles in boiling, salted water. Drain and rinse. Brown meat in hot fat. Add onion, celery and green pepper. Cook until tender. Season to taste.

Alternate meat and noodles in greased casserole dish. Mix the soup with Worcestershire sauce and pour over noodles. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake in oven for 45 minutes.

Chili Noodle Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can chili
1 (14.5 oz.) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 (15 oz.) can corn
1 (8 oz.) package egg noodles
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté the beef and onion for 5 to 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain fat. Add the celery, chili, tomatoes, taco sauce and corn. Heat thoroughly, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.

Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to package directions. When cooked, place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour the meat mixture over the noodles, stirring well. Top with the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.

Wild Rice Stuffing for Turkey

1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups chopped onions
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
5 to 6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain brown rice
2 cups chopped celery (about 4 medium stalks)
2 cups shredded carrots (about 3 medium)
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper

In 4 quart pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in wild rice, thyme and 5 cups of the broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in brown rice and celery. Cover and continue to simmer 40 to 50 minutes longer or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Add more broth, if necessary to prevent scorching.

Stir in carrots, bacon 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Uncover; cool 30 minutes before stuffing turkey. (Stuff turkey just before roasting.)

Put any extra stuffing in a greased casserole dish and keep in refrigerator until time to heat up. This casserole can be baked uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.

Hoppin’ John

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 small smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone
2 medium onions, divided
3 large cloves garlic, halved
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 can (10 to 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chile peppers, juices reserved
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, sliced

In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine the black-eyed peas, ham bone or ham hocks, and 6 cups water. Cut 1 of the onions in half and add it to the pot along with the garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender but not mushy, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ham bone or hocks, cut off the meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside. Remove and discard the onion pieces and garlic.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Mince the remaining onion then add to the rice along with the peas, tomatoes, and their juices, red and green bell pepper, celery, jalapeno pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sliced green onions and the reserved diced ham. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

Waldorf Apple Salad

About 3 firm ripe apples
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 cup of sliced celery
1 cup of white seedless grapes
½ cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
½ cup of mayonnaise
1½ teaspoons of honey (or to taste)

Core and quarter the apples, but do not peel. Slice thinly into a bowl and toss with the lemon juice to coat. Add the celery, grapes and walnuts and toss. Cover and chill. Mix the mayonnaise and honey (if desired) together until smooth, add to the apple mixture, and toss.

Ingredients can be adjusted according to your taste (add more or less grapes, etc.).  You can mix types of apples (tart or sweet) as long as they are firm and crisp.  Using both yellow and red apples makes the salad pretty.

Corn Bread Stuffing

Corn Bread (Gluten Free)

4 eggs
4 cups buttermilk
2 Tablespoons corn oil
4 cups yellow corn meal
1 Tablespoon onion powder
2 Tablespoons baking soda
2 teaspoons sage, rubbed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar (more or less, to taste)
dash of pepper

Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat eggs, buttermilk and corn oil with a fork to blend. In another bowl, toss all dry ingredients until blended. Stir into buttermilk mixture just until mixed, pour into greased pan. Bake on lowest rack in oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 10 minutes more, or until bread just begins to pull away from sides of pan; turn out onto wire rack. Cool thoroughly.

Corn Bread Stuffing

9 Tablespoon butter, softened, divided for use
1 lb onions, coarsely chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup parsley, chopped fresh
corn bread, from above recipe
1/4 cup turkey or chicken broth

One day ahead: Melt 4 Tablespoon butter in heavy skillet and sauté onions slowly about 15 minutes. Add I Tablespoon butter and the celery and sauté 10 minutes. Add parsley and remove from heat; cool and place in airtight container in refrigerator.

Day of dinner: Bring turkey and all stuffing ingredients to room temperature. Crumble corn bread into a large mixing bowl and stir in onion­/celery mixture. Melt remaining 4 Tablespoons butter and drizzle over stuffing, tossing lightly. Sprinkle with just enough broth to moisten and mix lightly again. Makes approximately 4 quarts.

NOTE: If you have any extra stuffing, refrigerate until about 2 hours before dinner. Bake in casserole dish in 375 degree oven for 1 hour.

Rice Stuffing for Turkey

2 1/2 cups Minute Rice
2 cups chopped celery and celery leaves
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup margarine
4 cups water
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon sage
1 tablespoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon combined Rosemary, marjoram & thyme
1 1/2 cup crushed corn flake cereal

Saute rice, celery and onion in margarine until lightly browned. Gradually add water and seasonings. Bring to boil. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 4 minutes. Stir in cereal and let stand 1 more minute. Double recipe for larger turkey.

Any remaining stuffing can be baked separately in a casserole.

8 cups is enough for 12 pound turkey. I have made this ahead of time and froze until the holiday arrived. Just thaw it out and stuff your turkey.