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

Grandpa Gary’s Meatballs

meatballsGary Says: The meatballs may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator until you’re ready to finish cooking. You can also use this mixture to make hamburgers for grilling.

Grandpa Gary's Meatballs
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
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  • 2 lbs. ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 2 eggs, gently beaten
  • ½ c. seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ c. oatmeal (uncooked)
  • ½ c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 pkg. onion soup/dip mix
  • 4-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ c. fresh parsley
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • cooking oil of choice
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with ground pork. Mix thoroughly together to combine. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards if you mix with your hands.
  2. Blend eggs, bread crumbs, oatmeal, Parmesan cheese, onion soup mix, garlic, parsley, & Italian seasoning. Using your hands, thoroughly mix these in with the meat.
  3. Take the mixture & form into balls. Set aside & cover with a towel.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the cooking oil of your choice & butter until the butter starts to foam. Place meatballs one at a time into the skillet & keep rolling around to brown on all sides evenly.
  5. Set aside the browned meatballs on a paper towel lined plate to drain. You can now add the meatballs to your sauce to finish cooking.


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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Jillian Michael Brownies

Carrie Says: These were modified slightly from the original recipe.

Jillian Michael Brownies
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 16
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 82.8
  • Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
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  • ⅔ c. mild honey
  • ⅓ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ c. white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ c. unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¾ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8" square pan with olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Place the honey in a large glass measuring cup. Microwave on high power until the honey is runny & just bubbling, 45 to 60 seconds. Add cocoa & stir with a fork until well combined. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt. Whisk until well combined.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, oil, egg, & vanilla. Whisk together until well blended. Add honey, cocoa mixture & whisk until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture & stir until no traces of flour remain. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake until the surface looks dry around the edges of the pan & a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, about 25 minutes. Do not overbake. Place the pan on a cooling rack & let cool completely before slicing into 16 squares.
  6. Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


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