Cooking with Jill-O

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Goodness.  We got a sneak peek of a few cooler days, one morning with dew on everything, now we’re heating back up.  To cheer myself up, I’ve written three of my favorite desserts, but of course I had to throw in an appetizer and meal to make it not seem so sinful! Blonde Brownies 2 sticks of butter 1 box brown sugar 2 eggs 1 3/4 cups of flour 1 tsp. vanilla Grease a 9×13 pan and set a side.  Microwave the butter and brown sugar for 3 minutes, remove and add flour, eggs, and vanilla. Pour in 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. These are the blonde brownies that we all ate in school and loved. Chocolate Cobbler 2 sticks of butter melted 1 1/2 cups self rising flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup Milk 1 cup Sugar (additional) 6 Tbsp. cocoa powder 3/4 cup hot water 3/4 cup milk (additional) Melt butter in a 9×13 pan. Mix flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup milk and pour over butter mixture. Combine 1 cup sugar, cocoa powder and sprinkle evenly over milk mixture.  Do not stir.  Combine hot water and 3/4 cup of milk, pour over sugar mixture.  Do not stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. I find when I bake mine, it’s usually closer to 35 mins before it’s done.  Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream. This is very rich, but very good. Cinnamon Sugar 2/3 cup sugar 2 tsp. cinnamon (Mix together in separate bowl) Cinnamon Bread 1 cup butter softened 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 cups buttermilk 4 cups flour 2 tsp. baking soda Cream butter and sugar and egg together.  Add milk, flour and baking soda.  Pour in 1/2 of batter or a little less, and sprinkle with 3/4 of cinnamon sugar.  Add the rest of batter and sprinkle with the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake in loaf pans at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 20 minutes.  You can also bake in muffin pans.  I’ve made these and added apples, and that was good too. Sausage Balls 1 lb. breakfast sausage 1, 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 2 cups baking mix 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese or as much as you like In a mixing bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, mix all ingredients together.  Be careful adding the baking mix or it will look like it snowed in your kitchen.  When mixed well, place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes for them to set up good.  You can use your hands or you can use a cookie scoop (looks like small ice cream scoop) to roll out small balls.  Place on cookie sheet and give them enough room to spread out.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. My Mom always use to make these at Christmas and she use to roll them out with her hands.  The cream cheese keeps them moist. Crock-Pot Chicken and Rice 4 chicken breasts (I’ve made it with rotisserie chicken) 1 large onion chopped 1, 8 oz. box yellow rice (fixed according to package directions) 1, 10.5 oz. cheddar cheese 1 can cream of chicken 1 can corn (I’ve used 2) Fix rice and set a side.  Put chicken in bottom of your slow cooker, sprinkle onion on top.  Add cream of chicken soup on top and cook 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.  Before serving, add in rice, cheese and corn and stir and let it heat up, then serve. I made this last weekend and it’s a big hit.  Who doesn’t love a slow cooker? if you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me at my3dogies@yahoo.com (Contributed by Jill Orange)

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