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Zucchini Cheese Soup

When I was on the coast in April to watch my niece and nephew for a few days I did a lot of thrift shopping. While in one of the Value Villages I found this cookbook for $2.99. I haven’t actually made anything from it yet because when I got home I stuck in my cookbook shelf to look at later and promptly forgot about it. We had a thunderstorm earlier today so I turned off the computer and in my boredom picked it to flip through.  It looks like it contains a lot of inexpensive-ish recipes that aren’t overly complicated to cook.

This is one I am planning on making because our zucchini is coming in now.

Zucchini Cheese Soup

2 large zucchini, cut into quarter inch slices

1/2 lb bacon

1 onion, finely chopped

1 green pepper, finely chopped

2 cups water

2 tsp salt

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup flour

31/2 cups milk

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove and blot on paper towel. Reserve 3 tbsp bacon grease and discard the rest. Saute the onion and green pepper in the reserved grease. add zucchini, water and 1 tsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer  minutes. In a medium sauce pan melt butter. Add flour and 1 tsp salt, stirring constantly to make a thin paste. Gradually add milk, very slowly, stirring constantly until all the milk has been added. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the consistency of gravy. Add Worcestershire sauce and cheese. Stir in vegetables and mix well. Spoon into bowls and top each serving with crumbled bacon.


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I have been quietly waiting on Melissa for days to post about this recipe so I can share it with you. We have made it twice now and it is a fast favourite. Popcorn tossed with butter, sugar and cinnamon. Super yummy and super easy to make.

Go on over to see the post at Forever Seeking His Face for her recipe 🙂

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Banana Nut Bars

I found this recipe in an old Country Woman magazine I have and I made them this morning before the house got too hot. 🙂

Banana Nut Bars

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

In a small saucepan, bring butter and water to a boil. Remove from the heat; set aside. In a large bowl, beat the sugars, bananas, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla until blended. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to sugar mixture. Beat in butter mixture until blended. Stir in nuts.
Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread over bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 3 dozen.

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