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Stop And Smell The Harvest! – for Sep. 16, 2010

Many of you have seen that message posted on signage around rural Manitoba. Those five wise words are a compelling reminder to slow down, stay safe, and feel grateful in the midst of the long hours and frantic pace that unavoidably mark this time of year.

Meal (or snack) time is when we can take a much-needed

Here’s an easy pie with familiar flavours. Do the chopping and cook the beef and pasta in advance. That way the kids can take over the kitchen, making this recipe for themselves by simply assembling and heating in the microwave. This recipe is a handy way to use up any leftover spaghetti. This recipe is found on the Beef Information Centre’s website,

10 oz. spaghetti, cooked

1 tsp. dried basil

or thyme

1 lb. lean ground beef

sirloin, round or chuck*,

cooked (see “Cooked

ground beef” below)

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried oregano or

Italian seasoning


This recipe was provided byAlice McLaren of Crystal Cityfor theFood, Friends and Farmscookbook, a collection of stories, recipes and photos from the Clearwater community. The cookbook was published in 2004 as a fundraiser for the Harvest Moon Society. Alice was an inspiration for the cookbook, feeding treats such as these to hungry students during their 10-day course held in Clearwater that year.

1/2 c. cocoa

1 c. hot water

3/4 c. butter

2-1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. Rice Krispies

1 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs beaten

Mix together cocoa, hot water and butter. Set aside to cool. Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately to cocoa mixture with eggs and buttermilk. Fold in nuts. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 F for 20 minutes.

Spread miniature marshmallows on top of baked cake. Return to oven until marshmallows melt, then cool. In a double boiler, melt together chocolate chips and peanut butter. Stir in Rice Krispies and spread on top of cake.


1 small onion, chopped


14 oz. (398 ml)

spaghetti sauce

1/4 c. chopped sweet

green pepper

1/3 c. pepperoni pieces


1 c. shredded

mozzarella cheese

1/2 c. buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. chopped nuts

1 pkg. miniature


1 c. peanut butter

12-oz. package

chocolate chips

breather, to stop, rest and become restored for resuming work. Here’s an assortment of recipes this week, including an easy-to-make main dish recipe from the Beef Information Centre’s website ( plus a simple, tasty pan bread and two break-time treats. Let’s keep our kitchens “smelling like the harvest” too.

Toss 4 cups cooked spaghetti with basil and arrange over bottom and up side of 10-inch glass pie plate. Meanwhile, combine cooked ground beef, garlic powder, oregano, onion, and pepper to taste in 8-cup microwaveable casserole dish. Add spaghetti sauce, green pepper and pepperoni. Cover with waxed paper and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over spaghetti. Garnish with additional pepperoni, if desired. Cover loosely with waxed paper and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Top with cheese. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving. Cut into wedges.

Cookedgroundbeef:Cookgroundbeef in nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small chunks with back of spoon while cooking. Cook until browned and completely cooked. Drain.

* Other options: lean/extra lean ground beef


Remember the days when Manitoba Hydro still published bulletins full of helpful household hints and recipes? Here’s a recipe from Hydro’s 2002 Smart Livingrelease that featured sandwich basics and several recipes suitable for lunch boxes. Enjoy!

4 c. peeled sliced apples

3/4 c. apple juice

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 tbsp. cornstarch

3/4 c. butter or

margarine at room temp.

1/2 c. packed

brown sugar

1-1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1-1/4 c. rolled oats

In saucepan over medium heat, combine apples, apple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. In small bowl, mix together granulated sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir into apple mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly, 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool completely. In large bowl of electric mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in flour and baking soda. Mix in rolled oats. Press two-thirds of mixture into lightly greased 9-inch square baking dish. Spread with cooled apple filling. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350 F 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Yield: 24 squares.

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This wonderful bread recipe comes fromAmy Loewen of Boissevain.

Pour 1-1/2 c. boiling water over all. Cool.

Stir in 1/2 c. water.

Stir in 2 c. flour and 1-1/2 tsp. quick yeast.

Mix in 2 c. additional flour (I like to use whole wheat) or more, as needed to make a soft, but not too sticky dough. Knead until smooth and elastic.

* For bread machine, use dough cycle and start with the 4 c. flour. If dough doesn’t look right after kneading for about 10 minutes, add water or flour by the tablespoon as needed.

Press into greased 9 x 13 cake pan. Using a sharp knife cut diagonal lines 1-1/2 inch apart, completely through dough, making a diamond pattern. Spread evenly with 3 to 4 tbsp. soft margarine or butter. Sprinkle with reserved herb and cheese mixture. Cover with inverted cookie sheet and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake in 375 F oven for 15-20 minutes until golden on top and edges. Serve warm.

Note:Keep leftovers in an airtight container. They reheat well wrapped in foil and warmed in the oven.

In small bowl combine:

2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. each, oregano and


1/4 tsp. paprika

Set aside.

In large mixing bowl or bread machine pan*, place in order:

1 c. quick oatmeal

1 clove minced garlic

3 tbsp. skim milk powder

1/4 c. sugar

3 tbsp. melted margarine

OR 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 tsp. salt




Recipe Request

Helen MacLeod of Winnipegis looking for a recipe for Lime Jell-OWaldorf Salad. It’s a recipe found in a Christmas recipe book, Helen writes, and which became a family favourite until the book it came from was misplaced. Helen writes that a partial ingredient list would include lime Jell-O, mini marshmallows, celery, apples, whipping cream and salad dressing.

Do you have this recipe?

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