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To be honest, I haven’t made these since 1999 – for some reason I put the date by the recipe. If I remember correctly – it was really good, but I really don’t know how “easy” they are.

1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda

In a large bowl mix the above ingredients. In a separate bowl beat together:

1 egg
1 cup water
5 Tblsp. oil
1 Tblsp. vinegar

Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour this mixture into a 9×13 inch pan.

Combine:
1 egg
8-12 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
6 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Drop this cheesecake mixture into the brownie mixture by heaping spoonfuls. Top with additional walnuts and chocolate chips if desired. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until the brownie mixture is set.

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Since Beth put up a burger recipe, I thought I’d add this. I wasn’t going to originally, because it seems almost too easy. My mom used to make these, and I really liked them. The key is the sauce, which is almost the same as Terri’s meatloaf sauce. We never ate them on buns – just plain.

1/4 lb. ground beef (per burger)
1 pineapple ring (per burger)

Drain pineapple well. Divide meat into two thin patties per burger, place a pineapple ring between patties and seal edges. Cook however you want.

Sauce:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. mustard

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over burgers and serve.

I am really coming to the end of recipes that I consider “easy,” which explains why I am putting out a recipe for salad. I made this for a recent church potluck, and it was good. My only warning: don’t pour the dressing on the lettuce until you are ready to serve it. Pouring it on and then waiting for three hours, in retrospect, is not a great idea. I will post the recipe as I received it, which is for a large group, but you may want to cut it back a little. Three heads of lettuce is way more than most people need. I did two, and it filled up the biggest bowl I have – until it marinated in salad dressing for three hours. I was a little concerned also that there were no ingredients in the salad except lettuce, but it was still good. I guess you could put whatever else you wanted.

2 cups vegetable oil
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cups Romano cheese
3 heads lettuce

Tear lettuce and put into large bowl. Mix other ingredients in jar and shake until well mixed. Pour onto torn lettuce and serve.

This is another of Ashley’s recipes that I have stolen. It is super easy and always a hit. I even mix it in the casserole dish and save clean-up.

2 cans cream corn
1/2 cup sugar
2 heaping T. flour
3 eggs
1/2 stick butter or margarine (I usually melt or soften this)

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized (11×7) casserole dish and bake at 350 for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes – until light brown on top and somewhat firm.

A few weeks ago I was taking something to a potluck at church. I hate to just heat up something from a can, and I was looking for something that would both spice up a can of baked beans and for which I had all of the ingredients. I have made this again since, and I absolutely love it.

1 large can pork-and-beans (I used Bush’s Baked beans both times)
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 green pepper
1 onion
1 cup brown sugar (I was out of brown sugar and used white sugar instead and it was fine)
1 cup ketchup
1 sm. can crushed pineapple
Dash of garlic powder

Brown ground beef with onion and pepper. Drain. Mix with rest of ingredients and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

This is one of Ashley’s favorites, and since I am quickly running out of recipes that I consider “easy” I offer it here. Don’t be fooled by the silly name. This is a unique and tasty and easy meal.

1 can tamales
1 can pork and beans
1 can chili – no beans
1/4 cup ketchup
Bell pepper – diced
Fritos
Cheddar cheese – shredded

Combine tamales (remove paper and cut into small pieces), pork and beans, chili, ketchup and bell pepper in a medium sized casserole dish. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until bubbling on top. Remove from the oven and cover with Fritos and then sprinkle cheese on top. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.

Okay, I know that I called everyone out last week, but between trying to get out of town and driving halfway to Nebraska (and we just got in, btw), I didn’t have time to put a recipe. Anyway, all I’ve been making this week involves combining 4 oz. of water and two scoops of formula, and that wouldn’t be appetizing to anyone. I’ll post something extra yummy next week!

I was out of town most of today, and when I got home I almost forgot that today is Thursday. Terri said this is dessert day, so here is a great recipe that is really easy to make.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick margarine, melted
4 eggs
1 box powdered sugar (I think this is 4 cups)
1 box (8 oz.) cream cheese

Cream together the cake mix, margarine and 1 egg. Press into an oblong pan (I use an 11×7 and an 8×8 pan, but you can also use a 9×13 pan). Mix remaining ingredients together and pour on top of other mixture. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until the top is golden.

This is a great recipe that you can make the night before.

1 thin loaf of French or Italian bread
8 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
4 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla (or almond) extract
Cinnamon
Allspice
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small slices

Butter a 9×13 inch deep baking pan. Cut the bread into slices 1-inch thick and arrange in a single layer in the pan. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, salt, milk, sugar and vanilla, beating with an electric mixer. Pour the mixture over the bread. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and allspice. Cover with foil and refrigerate 6 to 24 hours. Dot with butter and bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes until the bread is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Serves 4.

Okay, this may not surprise you, but here is one of my favorite dessert recipes – Coffee Squares. These are cake-like, not like a coffee cake. Also, it is pretty rich so small pieces are in order. For a slight variation I use flavored coffees for the icing.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup hot coffee

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Into a separate bowl sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Alternately add the flour mixture and the hot coffee to the creamed mixture. Mix well and pour the batter into a 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Icing:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tblsp. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup melted butter
cold coffee (not a lot needed)

Into a small bowl sift together the sugar, cocoa and salt. Pour in the melted butter, and add the cold coffee one tablespoon at a time, mixing well, to make a spreadable icing. Frost the cake when completely cooled.