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TAG : January/February 2012

Easy Barbecue Quesadilla Recipe

Looking for a lip-smacking lunch? Warm things up with spicy sausage and cheese tortillas.MAIN ARTICLE:Classic RecipesEasy Barbecue Quesadilla Recipe1 roll (1 pound) zesty hot sausage1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion1/2 cup spicy barbecue sauce4 (10-inch diameter) flour tortillas1 cup (4 ounces) ...

Savory Vegetable Rice Recipe

This concoction of soup, rice and frozen vegetables makes a perfect side dish for baked chicken, fish or pork chops. Or make it a main dish by adding cooked, chopped chicken or turkey.MAIN ARTICLE:Classic RecipesSavory Vegetable Rice Recipe2 cans (10.5 ounces each) condensed French onion soup1 ...

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Chicken, rice, jalapeños and cheese team up in this casserole to create a warm, creamy meal – with a just a bit of a kick.MAIN ARTICLE:Classic RecipesAnd a nice thing about this chicken rice cheese casserole is that it can be prepared in advance and placed in the freezer for up to two ...

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Everyone loves a cheesy Shepherd’s Pie, and now it’s even easier to make using prepackaged mashed potatoes, which means no boiling, no peeling and no mashing.MAIN ARTICLE:Classic RecipesSkillet Shepherd’s Pie1 pound lean ground beef1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots and corn)1 ...

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

With a few key ingredients, you and your family can experience a taste of Latin America right in your own kitchen or dining room. Using condensed soups makes a creamy Mexican lasagna casserole packed full of flavor. Try this updated twist on an American favorite, and see for yourself that easy ...

Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

Another option for preparing lasagna is in a slow cooker. You get all the flavor of Italy, but without the fuss of cooking noodles and layering the ingredients. Just put the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, and sit down to a tasty supper that evening.MAIN ARTICLE:Classic ...

Easy Chili Mac Recipe

When you’re craving something warm and cheesy, this quick and easy chili mac and cheese is sure to hit the spot. Best of all, it’s ready to serve in about 45 minutes.MAIN ARTICLE:Classic RecipesEasy Chili Mac Recipe1 roll (1 pound) original recipe sausage1 small onion, diced1/2 cup diced ...

Easy Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

When you think of breakfast or brunch, biscuits and sausage gravy is one of the first things that comes to mind.MAIN ARTICLE:Classic RecipesNot only is it delicious in the morning, it’s also mighty tasty as an evening meal. And using frozen biscuits cuts down your time in the kitchen, which ...

Classic Recipes

Simple, hearty dishes full of flavor and good memories. That’s the meaning of comfort foods. And there’s nothing quite like sitting down to one of these classic dishes after a long day. Somehow, recipes from scratch just make everything seem better.Classic Recipes:Easy Biscuits and Gravy ...

Woman Envisions Laundry Machine

When I was a young wife and mother, there were many things that needed done around the house, and I often wished there was a way to make those things less time-consuming. However, wishing didn’t make it so.Each time I had an idea about how I could invent something to get the job done quicker, ...

Hideaway Table Would Be Handy

The backyard is where my garden plot is located, and it’s also where I hang my laundry out to dry.Having a garden table to set things on, such as laundry baskets, garden tools I’m planning to use, a watering can for my hanging flowerpots, or a large glass of iced tea would be ideal. Right ...

Dog Mom Dreams of Perfect Pet Car Seat

If I were to invent something, it would be a pet car seat for my dog. Not like the run-of-the-mill type seen advertised on TV, but one that would work with the bucket seats in my car, and one that would allow my dog to see everything.Why we need dog seats for carsMy dog, Cuddles, loves to ride. ...

More Travel, Less Stops with Solar Vehicles

The creation I dream about isn’t something new, but instead would be a remarkable change – or perhaps upgrade is a better word – in transportation vehicles that have been around for many years.I would start upgrading cars first, then airplanes, and then move on to other types of public ...

Modernized Kitchen Stove Would Be a Space-Saving Appliance

I would love to invent a new kind of kitchen stove.It would be a very modernized stove that would recede into the wall when it wasn’t being used, and when it was needed, you would simply pull it out.Space-saving appliancesWith my newly created stove, it would free up a lot of space in the ...

Teen ‘Creates’ Custom Combine Harvesters

When I was a teenager helping my dad in the fields in the early 1950s, rainy summers often found us coaxing a reluctant, self-propelled Baldwin combine out of the mud.Sometimes getting unstuck was as simple as placing sand and large rocks in front of the tires to move the combine forward on its ...

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