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Saturday, August 15, 2015


4 qts. tomatoes, skinned
2 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 1/2 cups chopped green peppers
3/4 cup chopped green Anaheim chiles (I use a mix of Anaheim/Poblano/those skinny ones)
2 t. salt (be cautious)
2 T. paprika
2 T. garlic powder
5 T. lemon juice
2 T. seasoned salt
jalapeno peppers, chopped to taste (remove seeds, if desired)

Mix it together and cook for ~2 hours at a low boil. Stir to prevent scalding.

Prepare pint jars for canning. Ladle hot salsa into jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Process in boiling water canner for 15 minutes.

Makes 8 to 10 pints of salsa.

Holly's Note:
Obviously you need to adjust this to your own personal tastes.  I've gotten to the point where I don't really measure spices or peppers any more.  I don't even take out a lot of seeds.  If I'm making it for my aunt and uncle, I leave in every last seed and put in every possible pepper!

Add some tomato paste if you think it's too spicy. 

I'm not going to do a canning tutorial here. Check out this site or others for information on how to can.

This post has been shared at Miz Helen's Canning and Preserving Foods

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hamsters (Breaded Chicken Roll-ups)

Printable Recipe

8 oz cream cheese
1-2 cups frozen California Mixed Veggies (or whatever veggie you like) (parboiled for one minute)
1/2 t. pepper
2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
3 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls

Mix cream cheese, veggies, pepper and chicken together. Roll out crescent rolls. Place ~1 to 1/2 T chicken mixture into the center of a crescent and wrap it up, sealing the edges. Roll the hamster in breadcrumbs. Place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes. Easily serves 4.
Serve with the following gravy:

Hamster Gravy

1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 can milk
2 t. beef bouillon

Mix soup, milk and bouillon together, cook until hot. Serve over hamsters.

Holly’s Note:

To freeze:  place unbaked hamsters on a cookie sheet and freeze until firm.  Wrap and store in freezer bags.  To cook frozen hamsters, thaw and bake as directed.

It’s really good for having missionaries over for dinner. If you want to double it, don’t add more cream cheese, it gets runny. Just keep adding veggies and chicken and crescent rolls.

I think my brother-in-law actually came up with the name “Hamsters” because we thought that rolled up, they looked like headless hamsters. Kind of gross, but the name just stuck, at least in our family!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

1 ½ c. flour
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
½ t. cinnamon
1 c. butter
¾ c. sugar
¾ c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
3 c. uncooked oats
2 c. butterscotch chips

In small bowl, combine dry ingredients. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. And add oats and chips. Stir in dry ingredients. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes.

Holly's Note:
My husband calls these cookies, "Food Heroin". They are his absolute favorite. I once made them for an office open house and they garnered me a marriage proposal!