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Sun, Dec. 15

Crank up those ovens for home-made meals

Now that we have our ovens on and warmed up, here are a few more easy recipes for oven use. You can always scrub and add a couple of potatoes to bake along with other foods to have on hand for hash browns or potatoes O'Brien. Or thaw a loaf of frozen bread dough and bake to round out your meal. If you are really energetic or have the time, mix up a batch of muffins and serve some and freeze some for another meal. All of those sound like future column recipes as well.

We seem to be taking a trip to the Southwest with today's recipes! This is a 10-minute preparation recipe with possibly many of the items on hand or a quick trip to the store.


1 cup Bisquick-type baking mix - 1/4 c. water - 1 can (16 oz.) refried beans - 1 pound lean ground beef, cooked and drained - 1 avocado, sliced (opt. garnish) 1 c. thick taco salsa – 1/2 c. shredded cheese.

Heat oven to 400 degrees while preparing. Grease a pie plate (10 x 1 1/2). Mix baking mix, water and beans and spread in pie plate. Layer remaining ingredients on bean mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes. May top with sour cream, sliced avocado, few sliced green onions or whatever you like. Kids usually like this and might even be able to help with the preparation. Serve with a green salad and bread of your choice.


1 lb. ground beef- 1 onion - 1 bag small size corn chips - 1 can (16 oz.) tomato sauce - olives, opt. - 1 can (16 oz.) chili con came with beans -2 cups shredded cheese (approximately - 1 can corn, drained.

Brown meat and onion in skillet. Drain fat. Crush bag of corn chips with rolling pin; then simply add all canned ingredients including olives if using. When warm, add crushed corn chips and stir well. Put in 9 x 13 dish and top with cheese. Bake about 10 min. at 350 or until cheese melts. Note: May add a little chili powder or cumin to taste as it is not real spicy. Does not stick to dish. No salt is needed as the salt in the chips have plenty. Makes 8- 10 generous servings. Nice dish for large informal gatherings or to take to a potluck.


1 package corn chips, crumbled (divided use) - 1 can chili con came and beans - 1/2 grated onion - 1 (8 oz.) package or 2 cups cheese, divided use.

Layer 1/2 crumbled corn chips, cheese, onions. Top with chili con carne then another layer of corn chips and cheese. Bake until bubbly in 350 degree oven about 10-12 minutes. Makes 4 -5 servings.


1/2 lb. ground beef- 1 tsp. salt - 1 (1 1/4 oz.) package taco seasoning mix - 1 (14 1/2 oz.) canned, diced tomatoes, undrained - 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies -2 c. (16 oz.) small curd cottage cheese - 2 eggs, beaten - 12 corn tortillas (6 in.) torn -3 -4 cups shredded Jack cheese or your choice - 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce.

In large skillet, brown meat; drain. Add salt, taco mix, tomatoes, tomato sauce and chilies; mix well. Simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes. Combine cottage cheese and eggs. In greased 13 x 9 dish, layer half of meat sauce, half of tortillas, half the cottage cheese mixture and half the Jack cheese. Repeat layers. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes 10-12 servings.

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