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Beer Bread – Yummy to Make or Great for a Gift!!

Have you ever noticed how hard men are to buy for?  Here is an easy gift for the guys on your list.

Beer Bread


3 cups self-rising flour
3 TBS. sugar
1 can/bottle of beer

Mix and put in loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  Butter top and bake 10 minutes more.

To present as a gift, simply combine the flour and sugar and put in a jar.  Gift with a bottle of beer and an instructions label.


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Tangy Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Coleslaw

Makes 8 servings

Active Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 – 8 hours in crockpot

“This is one of my oldest MFTW recipes.  It’s so good and will always be one of my favorites.”

1 small to medium size pork roast

1 onion – chopped

1 or 2 bottles KC Style barbecue sauce – depending on size of roast

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon mustard

Hamburger buns


1 package shredded cabbage coleslaw mix

1 bottle coleslaw dressing

1)  Place pork roast in the crock pot, as is, on the low setting for at 6 – 8 hours.

2)  2 hours before serving, remove pork from crock pot.  Dump grease from pot, shred & debone pork. Add chopped onion, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, mustard & shredded pork back in crock pot for 2 more hours. (If you don’t have 2 hours available before time to eat, pre-cook your onions & follow the same directions – let cook about 20 minutes together.)

3)  Serve on hamburger buns.

Toss cabbage with dressing and serve on the side of or on your sandwich.

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Southwest Cornbread

Active Prep Time: 30 minutes  Bake Time: 30 minutes

“I do not like corn bread, but I love this.  Weird, right?”

1 lb ground beef

1/2 onion – chopped finely

Salt and pepper – to taste

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 8 1/2-ounce box corn bread and muffin mix

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1 can cream-style corn

2 cups pepper jack cheese – shredded

1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom and sides of a large casserole dish.

2)  Brown and drain ground beef and onion.  Add seasoning and stir well.

3)  In a small bowl, combine corn bread mix, egg, milk, and corn.  Stir well.

4)  Pour 1/2 cornbread mix in casserole dish.  Add ground beef and spread evenly.  Add cheese evenly.  Add remaining cornbread mix.

5)  Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.

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Best Ever Banana Pudding

Makes 8 servings Active Prep Time: 30 minutes  Chill Time: 4 hours

This is hands down, across the board, my family’s favorite dessert.

30 vanilla wafers

2 bananas – sliced thinly

1 large box instant vanilla pudding

1 8-ounce package block cream cheese

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups milk

1 container cool whip topping  – divided

1)  Line the bottom a 9 x 13″ baking dish with vanilla wafer cookies. Add a layer of sliced bananas.

2)  In a large mixing bowl, combine pudding, cream cheese, condensed milk, vanilla, milk & 1/2 container of cool whip. Pour over cookies & bananas. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

3)  Top with remaining cool whip before serving.

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Chicken Fried Rice

Makes 4 servings Start to Finish: 30 minutes

“This beats any Chinese restaurant.  It’s so good – one of those “fight over left-overs” meals.”

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut into bite sized pieces & salted

4 eggs – slightly beaten

3 cups rice – cooked

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger -or 1 T fresh ginger root

3 cloves garlic – minced

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables – petite cut

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1)  Heat oil in a large skillet.  Cook chicken on a medium heat until no longer pink.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

2)  Push chicken to the side of the side of the skillet and pour in eggs.  Stir eggs until cooked.  Add vegetables, rice, soy sauce, and seasonings – in that order stirring about 1 minute after each addition.  Continue stirring and cooking over medium heat until combined and rice and vegetables are heated.

Tip – Fried rice works best with cold rice, but if you don’t have time – fresh, warm rice will work.

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Mexican Pizza

Makes 4 servings Start to Finish: 30 minutes

“One of my favorite guilty pleasures is Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza.  I’ve often thought about replicating this recipe and finally decided to try it.  Yay!”

12 small flour tortillas

Vegetable oil

1 lb ground beef

1 can refried beans

1 cup salsa

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese – shredded

Sour cream – for garnish

1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2)  Lightly brush flour tortillas on both sides with vegetable oil.  Place oiled tortillas on a large baking dish (you might have to do it in batches.)  Bake tortillas for 6 minutes on each side.  Remove from oven.

3)  Brown and drain ground beef.  Add beans and salsa.  Mix well and cook for an additional 5 minutes until heated through.

4)  Sandwich ground beef mixture evenly between 6 pairs of baked tortillas.  Sprinkle cheese evenly over tops of sandwiched tortillas and return to oven for 3 – 5 minutes to melt cheese.  Serve topped with sour cream.

*You can easily and deliciously turn this into a vegetarian dish by removing the beef and doubling up on the refried beans.*

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Buttery Lemon Skewers

Makes 6 servings Active

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Grill Time: 10 minutes

“This was an “Oh Look – Shrimp Are On Sale” quick recipe.  These are delicious.”

2 lbs medium to large shrimp

1 lemon – juiced

1/4 cup butter – melted

Cajun seasoning – to taste

1)  Peel and devein shrimp.  Toss with butter, lemon juice and cajun seasoning.

2)  Thread on pre-soaked skewers.  Grill over low heat for 4 – 5 minutes on each side or until shrimp are no longer opaque.

Tip:  Lemon will cook your shrimp, so do not make in advance.  If your butter is scalding, it will also cook your shrimp.  Let it sit for a short while (5 minutes) after melting before tossing it on.

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