Creamed  Peas






2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen peas

1/4 cup milk

1 (4 oz.) carton whipped cream cheese with chives

salt and pepper (to taste)




Cook peas according to package directions; drain well.


In saucepan, stir milk into the cream cheese.

Heat and stir until warm.


Add peas.

Stir gently to coat.



Serves 6 - 8






Southern  Fried  Green  Tomatoes






4 large or 6 medium-size green tomatoes, thickly sliced

1 cup yellow or white cornmeal

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch ground red (cayenne) pepper

salt and pepper (to taste)

Vegetable oil for frying





In a shallow bowl, toss the cornmeal, flour, salt, black pepper, red pepper, parsley, and cheese.

Dredge the tomato slices in this mixture and set them out on a baking sheet to dry for 10 minutes.


Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat.

Fry the dredged tomato slices in the hot oil, turning once,

until crisp and golden, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Continue with the remaining tomato slices, adding more oil when necessary.


Drain paper towels.


Serve immediately, seasoned with salt and pepper.



Serves   6






Orange  Glazed  Beets






2 cups cooked or canned drained beets

3 tablespoons margarine or butter

1/4 cup orange marmalade

1 tablespoon orange juice





Melt butter in skillet; stir in orange marmalade and orange juice.

Add beets.


Cook and stir over low heat until beets are hot and glazed, about 6 to 8 minutes.



Serves 4






Southern  Style  Green  Beans






1 16-ounce package frozen cut green beans

3 slices bacon, diced

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2/3 cup water

3 dashes hot pepper sauce

salt and pepper (to taste)





In small skillet cook bacon until crisp.


Remove bacon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet.


Add onion, celery and garlic.

Cook and stir over medium heat until tender but not browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.


Add water, bring to boil.


Stir in green beans, bacon and hot pepper sauce.


Reduce heat, simmer 20 to 25 minutes or to desired doneness.


Serves 4






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