Nebraska Snow Caps

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 6 oz mini chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp cream of tartar
  • ⅛ tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Whip egg whites, tatar & salt.
  3. When it peaks slowly add sugar and vanilla.
  4. Fold in chips.
  5. Drop by tsp onto brown paper covered cookie sheet.
  6. Bake in 350° oven for 25 min.
  7. Turn off oven and leave do not remove the cookies until cold.
  8. Makes 30–36 pieces.

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Tex-Mex “Lasagna”

Serves 4–6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bag of pinto beans
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbs hot salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 6 tortillas toasted
  • 1 lb cheddar or jack
  • Mild taco sauce
  • 1 can chopped green chilies
  • 1 can chopped black olives
  • 1 medium onion sautéed

Directions

  1. Cook beans, chopped garlic, cumin & salsa in pressure cooker for 20–25 min
  2. Spray pam into cast iron skillet
  3. Layer tortillas, beans, grated cheese, taco sauce, onions, chilies, and olives
  4. Repeat using all ingredients
  5. Bake at 375° for 25 min

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Thumbprints

Ingredients

  • ½ cup soft shortening
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg separated
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Chopped nuts
  • Jam

Directions

  1. Cream shortening & sugar
  2. Mix in beaten egg yolk & vanilla
  3. Mix together flour & salt
  4. Add to wet mix
  5. Roll into balls
  6. Roll balls into egg white then finely chopped nuts
  7. Bake 5 min at 350°
  8. Press thumb in middle
  9. Bake 8 min more
  10. Let cool
  11. Add jam filling to depression

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Tofu Burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs tofu
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 oz walnuts chopped
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Mash tofu
  2. Mix in onion, carrot & walnut
  3. Beat eggs
  4. Mix in tofu
  5. Oil cookie sheet
  6. Form into patties
  7. Bake 375° for 30 min or until browned
  8. Turn patties over once

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Uncle Rich’s “Chili Rellenos” Style Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 cans whole green chilies.
  • ½ lb Monterey jack cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cup milk
  • 1 Tbs chili powder or cumin
  • or 1 Tbs hot chili sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Cover bottom of 8×8 casserole with chilies
  3. Layer grated cheese and then more chilies
  4. Sauté onions until clear
  5. Add to pan
  6. Mix milk, salt, pepper, chili sauce & beaten eggs
  7. Pour over chilies and cheese
  8. Bake for 50 min at 350°

Good Sh*t Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 large overripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Cream butter & sugar
  3. Mash in bananas
  4. Mix in eggs
  5. Mix flour, salt & baking soda
  6. Add flour mix to wet mix
  7. Mix in nuts (optional)
  8. Bake in loaf pan for 1 hour at 350°

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