• Dixie Ryan: My ailing computer is better, so I'm back.

  • Well friends, I have to apologize for my lack of an article the past two weeks. My computer got a virus and it died!

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  • Well friends, I have to apologize for my lack of an article the past two weeks. My computer got a virus and it died!
    It had to be shipped back to Dell where they supposedly performed miracles, but when it arrived back home it was not healed. I worked on it for a while and finally, since I was sick of talking to people who lived and worked in India and spoke poor if no English, I took it to Office Depot. After a day or so at Office Depot it is finally working. Not perfectly, but I think I can get an article out this week.
    I have been doing a lot of running since the snow finally has gone from my driveway. It is normal for me to "go with the flow" and I don't mind being snowed in, but this year it bothered me a lot. Grouchy Bear has been gone almost nine months and it is kind of lonely around here, especially when you are snowed in 24-7, and for two weeks at a time.
    I got quite a few calls and notes. The problem was I could not get to my mailbox for days at a time so the notes arrived all at one time. Anyway, let us pray the snow is gone and warmer weather is here to stay.
    Sharing some of my newest and oldest recipes today is my goal and I am so sorry I missed out on two weeks. There a numerous senior citizens who wait for the article, and I felt bad that when it was the coldest I missed out. Hope you enjoy the recipes for today.
    Veggie Casserole
    2, 20-ounce packages, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots
    1 cup cream of mushroom soup
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 pound Velveeta cheese, cut into small pieces
    1 stick oleo
    1small package stuffing mix
    Cook vegetables and drain. Mix with mushroom soup, mayo, cheese and place in 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle stuffing mix over top and pour melted oleo over top.Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
    Mexican Meatloaf
    1 pound hamburger
    1 cup crushed Doritos
    1/2 cup salsa
    1 tablespoon mustard
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons milk
    1/2 package taco seasoning
    chopped olive, optional
    grated cheese, optional
    Mix all together. Top with additional salsa or taco sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
    Ritz Cracker Dessert
    70 Ritz crackers
    1 stick margarine
    1/2 cup walnuts
    1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
    1 1/2 cup milk
    2 boxes instant vanilla pudding (or any flavor)
    Mix together crackers, margarine and nuts and pat into bottom of 12-by-9-inch pan. Save a few crumbs for topping. Mix ice cream, milk and pudding mixes (dry) together. Pour over crust and top with remaining crumbs. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
    Page 2 of 2 - Before I sign off I want to share that my friend Lucille Gurney called this past week. She lives in Jefferson City and I love her dearly. Our mutual friend who I believe is called Lorraine call her and said she sure wished I would put some recipes in for one person. I decided to do that. So... open one can of chicken noodle soup. Put into a pan and add on can of water. Warm until comfortable and eat whatyou desire. Put the rest in a container for tomorrow. You may do this with any flavor of soup.
    See you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.

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