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Reader Recipes

Made with love: Remembering Mother’s Day through food, traditions

Locals share their recipes and memories of food passed down through the generations in celebration of Mother's Day. APPLESAUCE CAKE Jodi Jenkins, of Woodstock, shares her great-grandmother-in-law's famous applesauce cake. Jenkins said she and her husband purchased her home after Dorothy ...

Readers share favorite Christmas cookie recipes

From sugar cookies to gingerbread men, date treats to brownie cookies, try these sweet Christmas cookie recipes submitted by Northern Virginia Daily readers: SUGAR COOKIES 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 2 sticks unsalted butter 2 teaspoon vanilla ...

Cheddar Potato Soup

Serves 8 1/3 c. chopped onion 1/3 c. chopped celery 2 T. butter or margarine 4 c. diced peeled potatoes 3 c. chicken broth 2 c. (8 ozs.) shredded cheese 2 c. milk ¼ tsp. pepper dash paprika seasoned croutons & minced fresh parsley In a large saucepan, sauté onion and celery in ...

Cool Cucumber Pasta Salad

8 oz. pasta (tube or your choice) 2 med. cucumbers, sliced thin 1 sm. onion, sliced thin 1 T. vegetable oil 1 ½ c. sugar 1 c. water ¾ c. vinegar 1 T. dried parsley 1 T. prepared mustard 1 tsp. salt* 1 tsp. pepper* ½ tsp. garlic salt* *or substitute this with 2 T. vidalia onion ...

Chicken Macaroni Salad

Note: This salad utilizes leftover Costco rotisserie chicken and healthy Tzatziki rather than Mayonnaise Costco Chicken (at least 1 c.) diced into ¼ inch cubes ½ lbs. cooked small elbow macaroni ½ c. diced into ¼ in. cubes Vidalia/sweet onion ½ c. diced ¼ in. cubes red or ...

Sweet Pepper Salad

Serves 6 3 med. green peppers, thinly sliced 1 med. sweet red pepper, thinly sliced 1 med. red onion, thinly sliced 1 tsp. grated lemon peel ½ c. red wine vinegar 4½ tsp. vegetable oil 1 T. minced fresh basil 1 T. sugar ¼ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper In a salad bowl, combine the ...

White Chicken Chili

1 T. vegetable oil 1 med. onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced (can use 1 tsp. garlic powder) 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans 1 (15 oz.) cans Great Northern beans 1 lb. grilled chicken, cubed 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth 1 (14 oz.) can Niblet-style corn 1 (4 oz.) can green chiles 1 tsp. cumin 1 ...

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches

2 c. shredded, cooked chicken 1 med. peeled (or unpeeled) apple, chopped 3/4 c. dried cranberries 1/2 c. thinly sliced celery (optional) 1/4 c. chopped pecans (optional) 3/4 c. plain yogurt 2 tsp. lime juice 1/2 tsp. curry powder In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Combine yogurt, ...

Chicken Corn Chowder

1 lg. onion, chopped ¼ c. butter 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth 1 ½ c. water 2 (14.75 oz) cans cream style corn 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained 5 med. potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 c. milk (skim works fine!) 1 ¼ tsp. salt ¾ tsp. pepper 2 c. shredded, cooked chicken In a large pot, ...

Broccoli Cheese Soup w/Baked Potato & Ham

1 (16 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli 4 med. baked potatoes, skins removed & diced 6 oz. chopped ham (can use Buddig) ¼ section of Velveeta cheese loaf (large box) diced ½ med. onion, diced 1 can (16 oz.) chicken broth or 1 ½ T. chicken base 2 T. margarine dash of pepper 4 c. water 1 ...

Spaghetti Salad

Cook ½ lb. spaghetti, drain, rinse and cool Peel and dice, one cucumber Dice one tomato Shredded carrots Paprika to taste Steak & Burger seasoning to taste Thyme to taste Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing Mix together and refrigerate overnite. Serves 8 -½ cup portions. Shari DeVore Strasburg

Southwestern Rice Salad

Serves 12 1 1/3 c. water 2/3 c. uncooked long grain rice ¾ c. chopped green pepper ½ c. chopped red onion 1 med. carrot, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 T. vegetable oil 1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen corn, thawed 1 (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained 2 med. plum tomatoes, chopped 1 c. ...

Loaded Potato Soup

2 T. butter 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1 sm. onion, finely diced 3 c. chicken broth 4 lg. potatoes, peeled and diced 3 T. flour 2 ½ c. milk ¼ tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese ½ c. bacon bits ½ c. finely sliced scallions In a soup pot, melt butter over ...

German Potato Salad

Serves 6 2 lbs. red potatoes 6 thick slices bacon ½ c. finely chopped onion 1/3 c. vinegar 1/3 c. water 1 tsp. sugar ½ tsp. pepper Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover; 15 mins. or until tender. Drain. Cool slightly; peel and slice potatoes. Place in a bowl - set aside. Cook bacon in ...

Apple Salad

1 bag fresh baby spinach handful of golden raisins handful of chopped cashews 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped Dressing: ¼ c. canola oil ¼ c. apple cider ¼ c. sugar or sugar substitute ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. granulated garlic Mix dressing together. Toss in salad mixture and ...

Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad

Dressing: ¼ c. olive oil ¼ c. tarragon vinegar 2 T. chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. ground mustard 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves ½ tsp. dried oregano leaves ½ tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. salt Salad: 4 c. frozen broccoli cuts 2 (19 oz.) cans cannelloni beans, drained 2 (6 ...

Apple and Celery Salad with Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing

Dressing: ½ c. mayonnaise or salad dressing 3 T. plain yogurt 2 T. sugar 2 tsp. grated fresh lemon peel Salad: 2 lg. Granny Smith apples, cut into 8 wedges; then cut crossways into bite size pieces (4 ½ c.) 2 lg. Gala apples, cut into 8 wedges, then cut crossways into bite size pieces (3 ...

Roasted Tomato Soup

Serves 4-6 3 lbs. tomatoes, cored 1/3 c. olive or vegetable oil, divided 6 garlic cloves, minced 2 T. chopped fresh thyme or 2 tsp. dried thyme 2 c. chopped onion ¼ c. minced fresh basil or 1 T dried basil 1 (14 ½ oz.) can chicken broth ½ c. half-and-half cream salt & pepper to ...

Low- Cal Fruit Salad

Serves 12 2 pkgs. sugar free instant lemon pudding 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits, in its own juice 1 (16 oz.) can chopped pears in light syrup 1 (10 oz. can) mandarin oranges 2 fresh kiwi, chopped 2 firm bananas, chopped (add right before serving) 1 lg. container Cool Whip, fat ...

Waldorf Salad

4 red apples (I like Jonathan) chopped w/ skin on ½ c. dark raisins 1 c. chopped green cabbage (optional) ½ c. large-diced celery ½ c. walnuts, English or black 2/3 c. mayonnaise ½ c. fat free sour cream 2 tsp. sugar (or Splenda) Mix dressing in a small bowl - mayo, sour cream, and ...