Thursday, December 08, 2005

Chocolate Dipped Ritz

Ritz Crackers
Almond Bark, or other dipping chocolate
Pure mint extract

Melt 12 oz. of chocolate, add 1 capful to 1.5 capfuls of mint extract and stir until combined. Dip Ritz crackers in chocolate, and cool on wax paper or foil.

24 oz. (1 block) of chocolate will take 2-3 capfuls of mint extract, and cover about 4 stay fresh packs of Ritz crackers. (About 140 cookies.)

May also use peppermint extract.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Tomato Macaroni Stew

My whole family loves this soup. The tomato flavor with the sweet corn is perfect on a cold winter day, and serving it with cornbread is always a hit.

Boil 2 c. of elbow macaroni in 2 qt. water for 10 minutes and strain off water. Brown 1 lb. hamburger with an onion. Combine hamburger, macaroni, 1 can of corn with juice and 2 cans of diced tomatoes in large pot. Add tomato juice (equal part tomato sauce and water) until right consistency. Mix in 1/2 tsp. salt. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with rolls or cornbread and cold milk.

Alternative: You can substitute 1 can of peas (with the juice) instead of the corn.