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I know the formatting isn’t perfect, but I hate code and I don’t want to bother Dusty to fix it.  So please work with me.  Thanks!Bazan’s Sweet Salsa Recipe 

8 cups tomatoes (app.6-7 large ones) peeled
3 Green peppers
3 large onions
4 jalapeños
Dice up (normally I put in the food processor).  I also seed the jalapeños – I found if I keep the seeds in it is WAY too hot. Also be careful not to rub your eyes or something after you cut them, it will burn!  If you have gloves to get the seeds out of the jalapeños – wear them.  For the tomatoes I normally boil water that I am going to put the salsa in, put the tomatoes in the sink and then dump the boiling water over that.  Let them sit in that while I cut up the other stuff and by the time I am done with that the tomato skins are peeling off.
Add in the pot:
1 tbl black pepper
1 tbl  minced garlic
1 tbl salt
12 oz tomato paste
1/2 c white vinegar
6 tbl brown sugar
1 teaspoon of pickling spice wrapped up – I just cut up a piece of an old clean t-shirt and put it in there and tie it shut with string.
Let simmer on stove for 2-3 hours (depends on how thick and boiled down you want it).  Don’t let it get to a roiling boil – just let it get bubbly.
Once it is done, boil your canning lids for 2-3 minutes and pour the salsa into the jars, put the tops on, and flip them upside down for 24 hours.
From a time stand point I don’t think it takes me more than an hour to get everything cut up and in the pot. Then you can just let it be for a couple hours and it doesn’t take too long to can it either.  When I do it, I normally double the recipe and put it in a Dutch oven pot.  

Savory Egg Casserole 
3 cups cubed ham or cooked sausage
1 bag shredded Cheddar cheese
3 cups cubed French bread
3 T. melted oleo
3 T flour
1 tsp. dry mustard
5-6 eggs
3 cups milk 
Grease 9 x 13 pan, layer meat, cheese, bread. Drizzle melted oleo over top.Combine flour and mustard, sprinkle over mixture. Beat eggs and milkPour over ingredients in pan. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 24 Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr, or until puffed.-Jill Graves 

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup     

1 onion 1 (16 oz) can chili beans1 (15 0z) can black beans1 (15oz) can whole corn1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce1 (12 oz beer)2 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies1 pkg taco seasoning3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breast Place onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomatoes sauce, beer and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker.  Add taco seasoning and stir to blend.  Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients.   Set cooker on low heat, coverage and cook for 5 hours. Remove chicken breast from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled.  Shred, return shredded check back to soup and continue to cook for 2 hours.

-SK Langland 

Chicken Noodle and Rice Casserole    

1 can Chicken Noodle Soup

2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup (You may use cream of mushroom, but I don’t like it)

1 Cup rice

6 chicken breasts   

Mix the soups and rice and put in bottom of 9X13 pan. Layer chicken breasts on top. (You can use however many you want) and then dab each one with butter.  Cook 325 degrees for 2 hours. 

-Lisa Boeve 

Bandito Dogs 

2 Cans Hormel Chili (no beans)

2 Cans cheddar cheese soup

2 can green chilies

2 pkg hot dogs 

Place all ingredients in crock pot, leave till heated through (can be ready in about 1 hour if heated on high).Serve on buns with onions, cheese and crumbled up corn chips (Fritos) Always a big hit!(You can adjust for as many people as you need, I have halved the recipe and it works)

-Renee Cooper

Oh-So-Easy Crockpot Lasagna 

1 to 2 lbs ground beef, browned & drained

26oz jar Parmesan & Romano pasta sauce (or any pasta sauce works fine)

8oz pkg bowtie pasta – cooked

12oz container cottage cheese

16oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese 

Mix together ground beef & pasta sauce.  In a slow cooker, layer half of each of ground beef mixture, pasta, cottage cheese, and shredded cheese.  Repeat with  remaining ingredients.  Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.  Serves 8.

-Missy Carns 


8 med. size red potatoes (halved lengthwise)
6 Tbps Butter
3 Tbps Parmesan
Pour butter into a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over butter. Place potatoes with cut side down over cheese. Bake uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until tender.


Zucchini Bread 

2 cups grated zucchini

3t vanilla

1/2 cup nuts (optional)

3 eggs

1c oil

2c sugar

3c flour

1t baking soda

1t baking powder

1t salt

3t cinnamon1 banana (optional) 

Recipe can be halved Mix eggs, oil, sugar and dry ingredients.  Mix well and add zucchini, vanilla and nuts.  Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes in a greased loaf pan. 

-Julie Monholland 

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup 


3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1/4 cup butter

1 1/4 cups chopped onion

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 cups beef broth

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

1/2 pound cubed cooked ham

3 tablespoons sherry vinegar  

Directions:  Pour 2 cans of the black beans into a food processor or blender, along with the can of tomatoes. Puree until smooth. Set aside. Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion is softened. Stir in the bean puree, remaining can of beans, beef broth, pumpkin puree, and sherry vinegar. Mix until well blended, then simmer for about 25 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Stir in the ham, and heat through before serving. -Christy Pacanowski 

Chicken Chili 

1 Large jar of Northern Beans

1 Large jar of Salsa (any kind, but I do mild)

1 Taco Packet

1 Large can of shredded chicken

1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese 

Mix the beans, salsa, taco packet, and chicken in a crock pot.  Add the cheese about 10 minutes before serving so that it is melted.  Serve with Nacho chips and sour cream.

-Sarah Setlock 

Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder  1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts (approx. 2 breasts)½ c. chopped onion2 cloves garlic, minced3 T. Butter or margarine2    Cubes chicken bouillon1 C.  Hot water1 t. Ground cumin

2 C.  Half and half

2 C. Shredded Monterey jack cheese

1 (14.75 oz) can cream-style corn

1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies, undrained

1 t. hot pepper sauce (give or take some)

Fresh cilantro, optional 

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. In a Dutch oven, brown chicken, onion and garlic in butter until chicken is no long pink*.  Dissolve the bouillon in hot water. Add to pan along with cumin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add cream, cheese, corn, chilies and hot pepper sauce. Cook and stir over low heat until the cheese is melted. If serving immediately, garnish with cilantro if desired.  Otherwise freeze in freezer bag or microwavable containers.

-Sarah Terpstra 

Apple coleslaw 

3/4c  Miracle whip

1 TBSP Honey

1 package (16oz)  Coleslaw blend

1 red apple

1 green apple 

Mix together and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

-Dani Keegstra 

Chocolate Mousse 

Wisk together one small package instant chocolate pudding with 1 1/1 cups cold milk.Fold in 1 1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip.  Refrigerate until ready to eat – Yummy!

-Heidi Gruppen 

Taco Salad 

2 lbs seasoned taco meat

1 head lettuce

1 bag crushed Doritos

1 bag shredded cheese

Tomatoes, Green pepper, Onion, Olives, etc


1/3-cup ketchup

1/3-cup oil

1/2-cup sugar

1/4-cup vinegar

1-teaspoon onion salt

1/2-teaspoon salt

1/2-teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

Mix it all together in a large bowl- makes a lot.  You can 1/2 the recipe or invite over some friends-Yummy- yummy

-Kerri-Sue Smits 

Easiest Chicken Ever 

Cut up a chicken, or put in a baking dish as much chicken as you want. 

Mix 1 cup of Ketchup and 1 can of Coke.

Pour over top of the chicken.

Bake chicken at 350 for an hour or until done.

-Cara Maat

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