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Somethin' Good is Always Cookin' (Recipes)

Creamy Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

9 cups whole milk
1 cup long-cooking rice, uncooked
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup, plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
3 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Optional: 1 cup cooked raisins (see note below)
Garnish: cinnamon

Combine milk, rice and salt in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 2½ hours. Stir every hour. After rice is cooked, stir and add one cup sugar. In a bowl, beat together eggs, remaining sugar and vanilla. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until heated through. Fold in raisins, if desired. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Note: To cook raisins, boil in water for five minutes, drain and let cool. Sent in by Darlene Brown, Herndon, PA.

From Quick and Easy Christmas Cook Book

Eggnog Cake

18¼ oz. yellow cake mix with pudding
3 eggs, beaten
⅓ cup oil
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1⅓ cup eggnog

In a large bowl, blend together all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a bundt pan that has been sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. Bake at 350º for 45-55 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Transfer to serving plate. Drizzle eggnog glaze (below) over cake. Makes 12 servings.

Eggnog Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons eggnog

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except eggnog. Add enough eggnog to reach a glaze consistency.

From Quick and Easy Christmas Cook Book, sent by Jeanette Busby, Dexham, MA.

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipes
Easy Pumpkin Pudding

4 eggs (or 1 egg and 3 egg whites)
1 one-pound can of pumpkin
½ cup light molasses or honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350º.

Break the eggs into a large bowl, and beat with a fork or mixer until light yellow.

Add the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, molasses, and milk. Stir well.

Spray an 8-inch pan or casserole dish with non stick cooking spray. Pour pudding into prepared dish and bake at for 1 hour or until the pudding is firm in the middle.

Serve warm or chilled. Top with chopped nuts and whipped cream, if desired. Refrigerate any leftovers. Makes six servings.

Nutrition Facts: 170 calories per serving; 4g total fat; 115mg cholesterol (with whole eggs); 85mg sodium; 29g carbohydrate; 2g fiber; 6g protein; calcium 181mg

Cooking Tips

Cook up a big pot of chicken to freeze for later. For juicy, flavorful chicken, cover with water and simmer gently just until tender, then turn off the heat and let the chicken cool in its own broth.

Use square freezer containers...they take up less room than round ones. To squeeze in even more, ladle prepared food into plastic zipping bags, seal and press flat. When frozen, they'll stack easily.

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