Coulee Region Cooks (157)

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Tuesday - December 20, 2016 1:26 pm

Congo Bars (Squares)

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2 3/4 C. flour

2 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

2/3 C. shortening

2 1/4 C. brown sugar

3 eggs

1 C. nutmeats (broken)

1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate morsels OR 4 oz. coconut, shredded OR both. :)

Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt. Melt shortening and add brown sugar. Stir until well mixed. Allow to cool slightly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients, then nutmeats and chocolate or coconut. Pour into a greased pan about 10 1/2x15 1/2x3/4 inches. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350*. When almost cool, cut into 2x2 inch squares.

You can tell it's old by some of the terminology. "Nutmeats"?? "Morsels"?? "Shortening"?? ( Please use butter). Even the size of the pan--does that still exist??

Tuesday - December 20, 2016 1:16 pm

Mini Toadstool Pie

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12 ounces fresh mushrooms,coarsely chopped

½ onion, coarsely chopped

1 medium to large zucchini, coarsely chopped

½ cup fat free sour cream

2 tablespoons capers

1 tablespoon dried or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Salt and pepper to taste


1 package Pillsbury

1 teaspoon salt

5 ounces water

2 cups flour

2 sticks + 5 tablespoons butter, cut in chunks

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Equipment: Mini or regular muffin tins; round pastry cutters (5- and 3-inch for regular; 3- and 2-inch for mini).


Saute veggies until softened and onion is translucent; add capers. Set aside 10 to 15 minutes to cool; add sour cream and dill. Stir well.

Dough: Dissolve salt in water. Place flour in food processor; add butter. Pulse until large crumbs form and chunks of butter are about the size of peas. Add water and pulse for a few seconds until dough begins to come together in a ball. There will still be small chunks of butter. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 2 balls. Flatten them into disks; wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for a couple hours before rolling out. Assembly: Roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness (same as for pie crust); cut larger rounds and press into muffin cups, with a little crust hanging over. Scoop in filling. Brush edge with egg wash; add smaller round. Crimp edges or press with tines of a fork to seal. Brush top with egg wash. Make a short slash in tops for steam to escape. Bake 30 to 45 minutes, until heated through and browning on top. Actual baking time will depend on your oven. 10 to 12 (2-inch) pies

Tuesday - December 20, 2016 1:09 pm

Halloween Dream Brownies

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1 orange cake mix

1 (4-serving) package instant vanilla, cheesecake or white chocolate pudding

2 eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup white chocolate chips


4 tablespoons butter, softened

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon orange extract, to taste, optional 2 cups powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside.


In bowl of mixer, beat together cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, and oil until a dough forms. With hands, work in chips until fairly evenly distributed; press dough evenly in bottom of pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes - until edges are turning golden and the bars are puffy and slightly firm on top. Remove from oven and let cool completely on wire rack. Frosting: In bowl of mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, and extract(s) on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating on low until combined. Increase mixer speed to high; beat for one minute. Spread frosting evenly over bars in pan. NOTE: If you can't find an orange cake mix, use a white cake mix and when adding eggs and oil, also add 2 teaspoons orange extract and 3 drop yellow to 1 drop red food coloring until you get the desired color. Also, I just used a can of cream cheese whipped frosting. (apc)

Tuesday - December 20, 2016 1:05 pm

Pumpkin Cheese Tarts

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¼ cup coarse sea salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup chopped pecans

2 teaspoons butter (no substitutions)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

½ cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

½ cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (not pie filling)

½ teaspoon garlic powder

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste

¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, to taste

20 mini fillo tart shells, thawed to room temperature

Combine sea salt and cinnamon in a small bowl; stir until well mixed. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Melt butter and saute pecans until golden brown, about 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Remove from heat. Beat together cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, pumpkin puree, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne with an electric mixer on medium speed until completely combined. Place cheese mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a small open star tip (such as Ateco #21). Pipe mixture evenly into fillo shells. Top each tart with some of the pecans and a small amount of the cinnamon sea salt, to taste. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 2 hours until ready to serve. (Shared with by Christina [2016])

Tuesday - December 20, 2016 1:00 pm

Ghostly 3-Cheese Pizza

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12 Rhodes yeast dinner rolls, thawed to room temperature or refrigerated pizza crust

½ cup pizza sauce

¾ cup grated provolone cheese

¾ cup grated mozzarella cheese

¾ cup grated white cheddar cheese

Deli pepperoni slices

Purple onion rings

Salami slices (I used sausage instead)

Olive slices

Green pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Combine rolls and shape them or refrigerated pizza dough into a large teardrop shape. On rounded end cut down sides 3 to 4 inches to form arms. Pull arms out and tuck pointed ends under. Place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Pull bottom of ghost to one side. Poke with a fork several times to prevent bubbles from forming. Bake 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Spread pizza sauce evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with any pizza toppings you like; evenly top with cheeses (use any cheeses you have on hand). Use red onion slices for eyes and green pepper for mouth; decorate face as desired. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is nicely melted. (Adapted from

Tuesday - December 20, 2016 12:55 pm

Halloweeño Popper Mummies

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10 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold or strips of refrigerated pizza crust or crescent sheets

10 jalapeño peppers halved lengthwise, seeded

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

8 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated

1 green onion, finely chopped (or diced onion to taste, and 1 tablespoon chives)

½ cup crumbled bacon

Black peppercorns for eyes

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cheeses, onion and bacon; mix well. Fill pepper halves with cream cheese filling. Cut each roll in half. Roll each half into a 20- to 22-inch rope. Wind rope around filled pepper to make a mummy. Add 2 peppercorns for eyes. Bake 8 to 10 minutes (pizza crust will take 15 to 20 minutes). (Adapted from

Tuesday - December 20, 2016 12:49 pm


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Dressing 3 ancho chili's washed, deseeded and chopped

1/2 cup grated onion

3 cloves grated garlic

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Salt to taste

1/4 tsp cumin

2 tsp dark brown sugar Whisk together

Brush olive oil on 3 heads romaine split down the middle

3 red peppers

Grill the peppers and romaine until lightly charred Drizzle with dressing Top with fresh cheese (Feta, queso fresco etc.. And of course a pitcher of margaritas for the cook!

Tuesday - December 20, 2016 5:37 am

Refrigerator Dill Pickling

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Ingredients: *Optional Vegetable Selection : 2 large garden cucumbers (or 4-6 pickling cucumbers), cut into spears or sliced ( green beans, shredded cabbage, sliced raw onion, etc) 16 sprigs fresh dill, divided or one (2ft) stalk, chopped 4 garlic cloves, smashed, divided 4 teaspoons black peppercorns, divided 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes, divided

For the Brine: 4 cups water 14 tablespoons white vinegar (approx. ¾ cup) 3 tablespoons kosher salt Method: Add 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of peppercorns, 1 pinch of red pepper flakes and 2 springs of dill to a food processor. Pulse until rough chopped. In a 4-cup measuring cup or small bowl, stir together the water, vinegar and salt until the salt has completely dissolved. Add to the chopped mixture Heat the mixture on med-high in a large stock pot for roughly 20 minutes. Cool in the fridge for 1 hr Separate four pint-size canning jars Add the cut cucumbers to the jars, packing them tightly and adding as many as you can without forcing them into the jars. Pour the brine mixture into each jar, completely covering the cucumbers. Add 2 additional sprigs of dill to each jar and affix the lids. (extra garlic optional) Refrigerate for at least 5 days before eating (this allows the flavors to fully absorb). If you remember, give the jars a gentle shake every now and then during this initial chilling time. The pickles will last up to 2 months in the refrigerator.

Monday - July 18, 2016 11:04 am

Breakfast Bundt

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18 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature

3 eggs beaten

12 strips cooked bacon, chopped(can use ham, Canadian bacon, etc.)

3 tablespoons half & half

1 cup shredded, Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend or cheese of choice

4 green onions, finely sliced or ¼ cup minced onion

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt pan generously with non-stick spray. Cut rolls in quarters; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in bowl; mix well. Add cut up rolls; toss to coat thoroughly. Arrange roll mixture evenly in bundt pan. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise until double in size. Remove wrap; bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Monday - July 18, 2016 11:02 am

Deviled Ham

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1 pound ham or bologna, cut in small dice

½ cup mayonnaise (start with less, add more as needed)

¼ cup prepared mustard, to taste

½ cup finely chopped onion

2 to 3 tablespoons pickle relish, drained as much as possible

1½ to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, optional

½ to 1 teaspoon mustard powder, to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Use as a mini cream puff or sandwich filling or spread on crackers for a snack.