Quick Dill Potatoes

These yummy potatoes are similar to mashed potatoes, but easier and, in my opinion, more flavorful. Instead of actually mashing the potatoes, you simply stir them with a little cream when they are finished cooking, and they mash right down while you are vigorously stirring. If you don’t have cream on hand, use milk with a little butter. This is a great company dish! Source: Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.
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Fruit Dip

I was searching for a fruit dip to serve with fresh fruit in a Christmas buffet. I found lots of recipes using marshmallow cream, cream cheese, Cool Whip, or a combination of them. I wanted a healthier version, so I kept searching. Finally, I found a recipe in my own collection calling for sour cream and brown sugar. I low-fat plain yogurt in place of sour cream and added some of the favorite flavors of the season to taste. So dig in… er, dip in, and enjoy this tasty low-fat delight with a selection of your favorite fresh fruit. It’s particularly good with apple and orange slices.
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Chunky Applesauce

I offered to take applesauce to serve alongside the pork loin my mom served for Thanksgiving dinner this year. She suggested a chunky applesauce and I thought it would be nice to make it myself for this special dinner. Having never made it before, I did my usual on-line recipe hunt and also checked a few of our cookbooks on the shelves. Finally, I decided to create my own recipe. I chose apples on the sweet side to eliminate the need for added sugar, but I added just a little brown sugar for flavor. The result was delicious! It was a big hit and a perfect side for the delicious pork loin.
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Coleslaw Salad

I was seeking a light but hearty coleslaw salad without any sugar or creamy dressing. I created this version from ingredients we already had on-hand! It has lots of flavor and crunch and is very quick to throw together. For additional nutrition and a complete light meal, add shredded cooked chicken. This salad is often requested by family and friends for parties, picnics, and potlucks.
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Salmon Patties

These are my mom’s salmon patties. As she says, they’re something she “just throws together, they’re so easy!”. She threw them together one night when I visited after work, and I really enjoyed them. With the exception of the salmon and the eggs, she doesn’t measure. As I said, she “just throws them together”. If possible, use Trader Joe’s Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon.
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