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Apple Butter Baked Beans

Cambria Christian Church’s 100th Anniversary Cookbook

Who:Cambria Christian Church
Cost: $12, plus $2 shipping
Details: Hard-backed, three-ring-binder bound
Pages of recipes:148
Send checks to: Monica Tyner, 2967 Rolla Road, Carterville, IL 62918, or call 618-985-3430.

Apple Butter Baked Beans (above)

  • 3 (16-oz.) cans pork & beans, drained
  • 1/2 C. onion, chopped
  • 1 C. apple butter
  • 1/4 C. pancake syrup
  • 1/4 C. ketchup
  • 3 slices bacon

Combine pork & beans, onion, apple butter, syrup and ketchup together. Pour into a baking dish and place bacon on top and bake at 350° for about 2 hours. Crock Pot method: Combine all ingredients except bacon in a crock pot. Cook bacon until crisp and lay on top. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.


Hot Ham Salad

  • 3 C. fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 (8-oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1/4 C green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 C red pepper, chopped
  • 1 C. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 (11-oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 C. almonds, slivered

In a bowl, combine the ham, pineapple, green and red pepper, mayonnaise and cheese. Gently fold in oranges. Transfer to a greased baking dish and sprinkle with almonds. Bake uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yields: 4 servings.


Tortellini Soup

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 lg. onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 (14.5-oz.) cans beef broth
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 C. red wine
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 med. zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 sm. can mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (9-oz.) pkg. cheese tortellini
  • Parmesan cheese

Brown and drain sausage. Add tomato sauce, wine, beef broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, sugar and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in carrots, zucchini, mushrooms and tortellini and cook for 10 minutes. Serve with Parmesan cheese.




Strawberry Bread

  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 C. sugar
  • 2 pkgs. frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 C. pecans, chopped
  • 1-1/4 C. oil

Sift the dry ingredients together. Mix the sugar, oil and eggs, fold in the strawberries and juice. Stir in the dry ingredients just enough to blend well. Don’t use a mixer. Grease and flour 3 loaf pans. Bake for about 1 hour at 350° or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not over-bake. Cool 30 minutes before removing from pans.

Puppy Chow

The Good Old Taste of Home

Who:Volunteers of Hillcrest Home in Henry County
Cost: $15, including shipping
Details:Hard-backed, three-ring-binder bound
Pages of recipes: 209
Send checks to:Diane Gibson, 4391 E. 1850th Street, Galva, IL 61434 or call 309-927-3012.

Photo by Catrina McCulley Wagner

Puppy Chow (above)

  • 8-9 C. Crispix cereal
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 C. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 C. chocolate chips
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 1 brown paper bag

Melt butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Place cereal into a brown paper bag and dump chocolate mixture on top. Shake. Then dump powdered sugar on top and shake some more.


Pasta Salad

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped
  • 1 lb. carrots, chopped
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 (6-oz.) can black olives, chopped
  • 2 (16-oz.) pkgs. noodles (your choice)


  • 3 C. vinegar
  • 3-1/2 C. sugar
  • 3 tsp. Accent
  • 3 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Boil noodles; drain and cool. Mix together vegetables and noodles. Pour sauce over all and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Chicken Divan

  • 2 (10-oz.) pkgs. frozen chopped
  • broccoli
  • 2 C. diced chicken, cooked
  • 2 C. cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 C. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Bread crumbs
  • Melted butter

Slightly cook broccoli in salted water for
5 minutes; drain. Place broccoli in a 9x13-inch pan. Place cooked chicken on top of broccoli. Combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry powder. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese. Mix bread crumbs and melted butter together and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350° for
30 minutes.


World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 3 C. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • 2 sticks real butter, softened
  • 3/4 C. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T. vanilla
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

In one bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl mix together the softened butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Combine dry and moist ingredients. Add chocolate chips. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes at 350°.

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