March 2004
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Illinois Country Cooks Cookbook Holiday Sale!!!
Gottlieb Rathert 60th reunion cookbook

The Gottlieb Rathert family submits their 60th reunion cookbook to be featured. The book is soft-backed and comb-bound and contains 256 pages of delicious recipes. The book sells for $10, plus $2.75 postage.

To order, contact Kathy Rathert at PO Box 64, Ava, IL 62907, or call her at (618) 426-3530.

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
Danielle Rodewald
3/4 C. mini chocolate chips 1 (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. butter 1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. powdered sugar 3/4 C. brown sugar
Chopped pecans  
  1. Cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
  2. Add sugars and chocolate chips and mix.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. Roll into 2 balls.
  5. Return to the refrigerator for 1 additional hour.
  6. Roll in chopped pecans.
  7. Serve with graham crackers and/or vanilla wafers.

Very rich. If you make this low fat, the results will be more of a dipping consistency than a firm ball.

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Creamy Vegetable Cheese Soup
Janice Sharkey
1 (10-oz.) pkg. mixed vegetables 2 lbs. frozen hash browns
1 (10-oz.) pkg. chopped broccoli 1 C. minced onion
6 chicken bullion cubes 6 C. water
2 cans cream of chicken soup 2 C. milk
1 lb. Velveeta cheese  
  1. Mix and simmer mixed vegetables, broccoli, hash browns, onions, chicken bullion and water for 30 minutes.
  2. In a different pan, mix and stir over medium heat, milk, chicken soup and cheese until the cheese is fully melted.
  3. Add cheese mix to vegetables.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Cheese-Garlic Biscuits
Jean Rieckenberg
2 C. Bisquick 2/3 C. milk
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 C. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. garlic powder  
  1. Mix Bisquick, milk and cheese together until a soft dough forms.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8-10 minutes at 400° until golden brown.
  4. Mix butter and garlic together.
  5. Brush over warm biscuits.

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Woman's Guild 50 years

The Women's Guild of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana, IL submits their cookbook, "Woman's Guild 50 years" for feature. The book is hard-backed, spiral-bound, and contains 281 pages of fabulous recipes. The cost of the book is $12, plus $3 postage.

To order, contact Jill McPike at 701 East Florida Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 or call her at (217) 367-8923.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Debbie Ward
1 roll refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough 48 miniature peanut butter cups
  1. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices.
  2. Press slices into a mini muffin pan.
  3. Press peanut butter cup into each cookie.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.

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Baked Chicken Salad
2 (6-oz.) cans boned chicken 1 C. celery, diced
1 C. macaroni (cooked and drained) 2 T. onion, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. pecans, broken 1 T. wine vinegar
3/4 C. mayonnaise or salad dressing 3/4 C. potato chips, crushed
1 C. condensed cream of chicken soup 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  1. Put all ingredients except mayonnaise and soup into a large bowl; mix gently.
  2. Add mayonnaise and soup and toss just until mixed.
  3. Turn into a buttered 2-quart casserole.
  4. Bake in a 350° oven 30-35 minutes or until heated throughout.

Serves 8.

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Southern Pound Cake
Betty Bareither
1 C. butter, softened 3 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda 3 C. flour
1 (8-oz.) ctn. sour cream 6 lg. Eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract  
  1. Beat butter until creamy.
  2. Add sugar; combine flour, baking soda, and add to cake mixture.
  3. Separate eggs.
  4. Add yolks to batter.
  5. Stir in sour cream.
  6. Beat egg whites until stiff and stir into batter.
  7. Spoon batter into a 10-inch tube pan.
  8. Bake at 300° for 2 hours.
  9. Can be baked in two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans at 300° for 1-1/2 hours.

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Illinois Country Cooks Cookbook Holiday Sale!!!

For a limited time, you can purchase our wonderful cookbook for the discounted price of $12.
We will even ship it for free. That’s a savings of nearly $6.

Make sure you get one while supplies last. They make wonderful Christmas gifts.

If you would like a copy, send a check for $12 for each copy to:
Illinois Country Living
Attention Catrina Wagner
PO Box 3787, Springfield, IL 62708.

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