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  • Dixie Ryan: An alternative to sloppy joes

  • I am feeling great and am looking forward to 2013. Our grandchildren are back in school and acting like normal grandkids, at least ours.

    Reanna called while ago to tell me it was snowing and she wanted me to pray that we get enough snow that there won’t be any school on Monday.

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  • I am feeling great and am looking forward to 2013. Our grandchildren are back in school and acting like normal grandkids, at least ours.
    Reanna called while ago to tell me it was snowing and she wanted me to pray that we get enough snow that there won’t be any school on Monday. That is a normal request for my girls but they are pretty funny. One minute they are praying for school to be closed and within a day or two they are praying for school to open.
    When they are out of school we have lots of fun cooking and trying out new recipes. It is fun to try new things and today I made some simple but good sloppy joes. I cooked a pound of hamburger. Using my potato masher I scrambled up the meat and cooked it until it was well done. Then I discovered I had no barbeque sauce or sloppy joe sauce and I opened a jar of Prego, poured it into the meat and allow it to cook slowly until it was well cooked. I put the meat onto buns, added some potato chips and we ate.
    It is my opinion, and the opinion of the girls that they were the  best sloppy joes they ever ate. Try it and I am sure you will love the results.
    I have an old church cookbook that have a few of my recipes in it. The book is old (about 20 years) and is filled with great old family recipes from various church families. I don’t know if  you know it or note but Baptists are famous for their potlucks and for the great food that is available for eating.
    Hanky Pankies are another simple but great sandwich that our family loves. They can be made and frozen and taken out of the freezer to eat as you want.
     
    HANKY PANKIES
    1 pound ground chuck beef
    1 pound hot or medium hot sausage
    1 pound Velveeta cheese
    Brown the meats together. Drain well, add cheese; cook until cheese is melted. Add 1 teaspoon Worcestshire sauce, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder, some pepper.
    Spread mixture on party rye bread slices. Place on cookie sheet and freeze. After they are frozen place them in plastic bag and store in freezer. Bake 3 to 5 minutes on cookie sheet. Makes four to five dozen.
     
    NAVAJO FRY BREAD
    4 cups flour
    3 tablespoons baking powder
    2 tablespoon dry milk
    1 teaspoon salt
    Add 1 tablespoon shortening; mix and add 2 cups water slowly. Knead dough until soft. Mold piece into flat rounds and toss on hands. Deep fry in Crisco quickly. Drain on paper towel and serve warm. Good served with taco meat, tomato and seasonings.   
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    Open one tube of Crescent rolls and lay each section down and pinch together the perforated seam.
    Spread a thin layer of butter and sprinkle a mix of cinnamon and sugar and roll up the section. Pinch closed and cut slices. Place the slices on a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees. Then pour a mixture of powdered sugar and milk.  
    Recipes can be simple, easy and very tasty. 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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