Alethea’s Grocery Bag Potato Salad

Alethea's Grocery Bag Potato Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
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  • 6 Eggs
  • 6-10 White Potatoes
  • ¼ c. fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 small jar sweet pickles
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  1. Hard boil the eggs. When done, set aside to cool. This can be done ahead of time.
  2. Lightly wash the unpeeled potatoes to remove any loose dirt. Place the potatoes in a clean plastic grocery bag. Loosely tie the bag once & cut a small slit in the bag about half way down. Cook the potatoes in the microwave for 15 minutes on high. When you think they're done, stick a fork in and it should slide out easily and smoothly when done.
  3. When the potatoes are done remove them from the bag carefully as they'll be hot. Using a sharp knife, peel the loose skin from the potatoes. Cut up or dice the potatoes & place in a suitably sized bow.
  4. Peel the hard boiled eggs & dice them finely. Add to the potatoes. Add salt & black pepper to taste. Add pickles, parsley, & enough mayonnaise to mix together with your preferred taste and moistness. Cover with plastic

Debbie’s Corn Pudding

Debbie Says: This can also be prepared ahead of time and re-heated before service.

Debbie's Corn Pudding
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 2 cans creamed corn
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 c. milk
  • ⅔ c. sugar
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg, ground
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter or spray 9"x9" baking dish (or other appropriate sized casserole dish).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together creamed corn, eggs, sugar, flour, salt, nutmeg, black pepper, & milk. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Slice the butter in half & place the slices on top, separated. Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown on top. The center of the pudding may still appear to be loose due to the butter, but the edges should appear done.
  4. Server warm.

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Crockpot Mac N’ Cheese

Gary Says: We tried this recently and it was terrific!

Crockpot Mac N' Cheese
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  • 16 oz. large elbow macaroni
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  1. Boil macaroni in water until al dente. Reserve ¼ c. cheddar cheese.
  2. Beat the 3 eggs.
  3. In a large bowl, mix evaporated milk, remaining cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, Velveeta, eggs, salt & pepper. Add the cooked macaroni & mix until well blended. Pour mixture into appropriate sized Crockpot or other slow cooker. Top the mixture with your reserved cheddar cheese.
  4. Cook at Low setting for 3-4 hours.


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Joe’s Quinoa and Kale Stuffed Acorn Squash

Submitted by Joe
Serves 2


1 acorn squash ½ c. quinoa
1 c. water 1 bunch kale
3 tbsp butter salt, pepper, & red chili pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut the acorn squash in half, remove the seeds & clean out the center. Add salt & pepper to the flesh of the squash & place 1 tbsp of butter into the cavity of each squash half.
2. Once the oven is ready, place the squash flesh side up on a baking sheet or casserole dish & bake for 45 minutes.
3. Put the quinoa into a bowl or container & fill it with water until the quinoa is covered. Set aside.
4. Remove the stalks from the kale & discard them. Rough chop the kale leaves & place into a skillet over medium heat along with 1 tbsp of butter. Add salt, pepper, & crushed red pepper to taste & saute until the kale is dark green & wilted, approximately 5-10 minutes.
5. Drain the water from the quinoa. Pour 1 c. of water in a pot, salt the water liberally & bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the quinoa & kale, stirring together. Place a cover on the pot & reduce the heat to low.
6. Remove the squash from the oven. Spoon the quinoa & kale mixture into the cavity of each squash half & serve.

Chef’s Note: Spinach can be substituted for kale if desired.

Joe’s Butternut Squash Risotto

Joe's Butternut Squash Risotto
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  • 1 c. butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 c. Arborio rice
  • 3 c. hot vegetable stock
  • ⅓ c. dry white wine
  • ¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ c. Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • salt & ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place squash cubes & 1 tbsp of butter into a skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally until cooked through (roughly 10 minutes) then remove from heat & set aside.
  2. Melt remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion & garlic; cook & stir for 2 minutes until they begin to soften, then stir in the rice. Continue cooking & stirring until the rice is glossy from the butter, & the onion begins to brown on the edges, about 5 minutes more.
  3. Pour in the white wine; cook, stirring constantly, until it has evaporated. Stir in ⅓ of the hot vegetable stock; reduce heat to medium. Cook & stir until the stock has been absorbed by the rice, 5 to 7 minutes. Add half of the remaining stock, & continue stirring until it has been absorbed.
  4. Finally, pour in the remaining stock & butternut squash, & continue stirring until the risotto is creamy. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, & season to taste with salt & pepper. Finally top each individual serving with Pecorino Romano cheese.


Photo Courtesy of Warren Layton on Flickr