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Hearty and tasty recipes to warm up with

All these recipes were finalists for the third volume of the Down Country Roads Home Cookin' cookbook. A hearty appetizer, a tasty soup and a sweet, but tangy dessert would all work well for a cold winter's night. These recipes and more can be found at www.hpj.com/homecookin.

Hot Reuben Dip

Brandi Jecha, Timken, Kan., entered this recipe in the appetizer category for the third volume of the Down Country Roads Home Cookin' cook book.

1 pound corned beef
1 can sauerkraut
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
1 (12 oz.) package Swiss cheese

Chop meat. Drain kraut. Put all ingredients into a crockpot and heat. Serve with thin crackers.

Black Bean Soup

Marilyn Barner of Belle Plaine, Kan., was a finalist for the main dishes category in the third volume. She notes she has made this recipe with all ground beef instead of sausage and it is very good that way too.

1 (small) package black beans
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. sausage
1/2 bunch celery, chopped
2 cups onions, chopped
2 cups beef broth
1-1/2 teaspoons dry basil, chopped
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper
Dash Cayenne pepper

Cook black beans according to package directions. Brown ground beef and sausage. Drain. Saute celery and onions in small amount of meat grease. Add meats, celery, onions, broth, basil, Cajun seasoning, pepper and cayenne pepper to the bean mixture. Simmer on top of stove at least 30 minutes. Some water or more beef broth may be added if needed. Serve with your choice of crackers.

Ritz Cracker Salad

Chef Eleanor Odle of Prairie View, Kan., had this finalist for the side dish category.

60 Ritz crackers, rolled
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 small can frozen orange juice, partly thawed
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (9 oz.) tub whipped topping

Mix together crackers, butter and sugar to make crust, press all but 1 cup into bottom of 9- by 13-inch pan. Mix juice with milk add small can mandarin oranges. Fold in whipped topping, spread on top of crust. Top with 1 cup of left over crumbs. Refrigerate.

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