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Phyllis' Fixin's

We're finally experiencing some warmer summer weather. With the hotter weather cooking, we don't like to heat up our ovens and/or stovetops, but rely more on slow cookers and microwaves. I have this cookbook called "Fix it and Forget it", and contains all slow cooker recipes. So, this week, I'll pass some of those along.


1 lb. ground beef, browned

4-5 potatoes, cut in French fry-like strips

1-2 onions, chopped

16 oz. can light red kidney beans, drained

1/4 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed

10 3/4 oz. can tomato soup

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper


Layer in slow cooker in this order: ground beef, potatoes, onions, kidney beans, cheese. Pour soup over top. Season with salt and pepper; dot with butter. Cover; cook on low 6-8 hours. May sprinkle with Parmesan cheese at the table.

Slow Cooker Pizza

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or bulk Italian sausage

1 medium onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

half box rigatoni, cooked

7 oz. jar sliced mushrooms, drained

3 oz. sliced pepperoni

16 oz. jar pizza sauce

10 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

10 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

Brown ground beef (or sausage) and onions in saucepan; drain. Layer half of each of the following, in the order given, in slow cooker: meat and onions, green pepper, noodles, mushrooms, pepperoni, pizza sauce, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Cover; Cook on low 3-4 hours. Note: Keep rigatoni covered with sauce, so they don't become dry and crunchy.

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Cranberry Chicken

3-4 lbs. chicken pieces

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 C. diced celery

1/2 C. diced onions

16 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce

1 C. barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover; bake on high for 4 hours, or on low 6-8 hours. Makes 6-8 servings.

Slow Cooker Cottage Potatoes

2 lbs. frozen hash brown potatoes

1 pint sour cream

10 3/4 oz. can Cream of Chicken soup

dash of pepper

2 C. Velveeta cheese, cubed

1/2 C. chopped onions

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients, except potatoes, in large bowl. Then, fold in potatoes; spoon into slow cooker.

Cover. Cook on high 1 1/2 hours, and then on low for 2 1/2 hours. Makes a lot.

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Get ready for Prairie Pioneer Days and have a great week!