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Country Ribs Dinner

2 pounds boneless country-style pork ribs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 small red potatoes (about 1 pound), halved
4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup water
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper; transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, water and garlic. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.

Remove meat and vegetables; skim fat from cooking juices. Whisk soup into cooking juices; return meat and vegetables to slow cooker. Cook, covered, 15-30 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Country Ribs Dinner

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Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

1 jar (15 oz.) CLASSICO Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce
1 cup POLLY-O Original Ricotta Cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
9 lasagna noodles, cooked
1 butternut squash (2 lb.), peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pkg. (5 oz.) baby spinach leaves
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Italian* Five Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA

Heat oven to 350°F.

Mix pasta sauce, ricotta and garlic until blended.

Spread 2/3 cup pasta sauce mixture onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Top with layers of 3 noodles, half each of the squash and spinach, and 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, pasta sauce mixture and cheese; cover.

Bake 50 min. to 1 hour or until squash is tender, uncovering for the last 10 min.

Recipe found here: Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

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Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-2/3 cups hot cooked brown rice

Drain oranges, reserving 1/4 cup juice. For salsa, in a large bowl, combine oranges, pecans, onion and cilantro.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in reserved juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Top with salsa; serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

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Roasted Chicken with Rosemary

1/2 cup butter, cubed
4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 tablespoons dried rosemary, crushed
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 whole roasting chicken (5 to 6 pounds)
6 small red potatoes, halved
6 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 medium onions, quartered

In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in the seasonings. Place chicken breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; tie drumsticks together with kitchen string. Spoon half of the butter mixture over chicken. Place the potatoes, carrots and onions around chicken.

Drizzle remaining butter mixture over vegetables.

Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 30-60 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, basting occasionally.

Cover with foil and let stand 10-15 minutes before carving. Serve with vegetables. Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Roasted Chicken with Rosemary

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Ham and Cheese Muffins

2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely chopped fully cooked ham
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Combine remaining ingredients; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

Bake at 425° for 16-18 minutes or until muffins test done. Yield: about 1 dozen.

Editor’s Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup

Recipe found here: Ham and Cheese Muffins

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Classic French Onion Soup

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon butter
8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 3 pounds)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup port wine
2 cartons (32 ounces each) beef broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
24 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
3/4 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil and butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir for 10-13 minutes or until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 30-40 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.

Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Add the broth, pepper and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, place baguette slices on a baking sheet; brush both sides with remaining oil. Bake at 400° for 3-5 minutes on each side or until toasted. Rub toasts with halved garlic.

To serve, place twelve 8-oz. broiler-safe bowls or ramekins on baking sheets. Place two toasts in each. Ladle with soup; top with cheese. Broil 4 in. from heat until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Classic French Onion Soup

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Mediterranean Rack of Lamb

2 racks of lamb (1-1/2 pounds each)
1/4 cup grated lemon peel
1/4 cup minced fresh oregano or 4 teaspoons dried oregano
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Fresh oregano and lemon slices, optional

Preheat oven to 375°. Place lamb in a shallow roasting pan. In small bowl, combine the lemon peel, oregano, garlic, oil, salt and pepper. Rub over lamb.

Bake 30-40 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. If desired, serve with fresh oregano and lemon slices. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Mediterranean Rack of Lamb

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