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Mine always comes out fine, but I may simmer it longer to get it thicker too. And I add garlic-for flavor. I add garlic to all the savory recipes though.



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Last night I made the Sloppy Joe recipe. I used red bell peppers instead of green and I had a little left over tomato sauce I put in a cup and then added the rest needed of ketsup and the water. Also ground beef.

IMO it was way too watery. I finally mixed a little cold water and cornstarch to thicken it up.

I think I will stick to the packaged seasoning mix for Sloppy Joe.

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Sorry I forgot to give hints on the eggplant, choose smaller ones, I think they are less bitter.

That's about all I got. I didn't eat eggplant growing up either! lol hahaha Not till I married, and my husband loves it. lol

I usually have it with Mushroom and Garlic Pasta from May 1999.

Every thing sounds GREAT! I can't wait to try all of them!

One way I like to make the pineapple coconut bars a bit different is to toast the coconut. It brings out the coconut flavor a bit more. But, I still love them.

The onion and garlic added in the tartar sauce sounds perfect to me, I can't wait to make them.



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Randella I just this minute finished the Tuna Twist and it is cooling its heels in the fridge! Only thing I did different this time was to add 2 tsps dill rather than 1 1/2 tsps. My dill might be old but it didn't seem to have as much flavor as I like.

I could eat this salad every day.

I'm still working on meal planning. I have such a hard time planning things out. I always ask what's cooking to try and see how other people put things together.

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Sarah:
I know what you mean about reviews. I sometimes pass up a recipe for whatever reason, and then someone writes a good review of it and it inspires me to look it over again and most likely try it.

I am actually getting better with my menu planning and already have the rest of the week planned out, but as soon as I can, I will add the Tuna Twist Salad to the menu. or, I could just whip up a batch and send it off with DH for one of his work day luches. in fact, he would be thrilled if I do that!

Speaking of JoAnna's recipes and menus, the men look forward to their evening meal so much they often text me asking me during the day. I've made a template in my texting program to send to them both "On the menu tonight..." and enter the meal. they absolutely love this! Good food can be such a powerful thing, and JoAnna has made me look good too! there are many dishes by other authors I've never had the courage to attempt. I just hate wasting time and food. But no danger there with these recipes. :-)

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
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Randella I agree, I never was a great cook but with the H.E. recipes I always feel confidant. The recipes make me look like I know what I'm doing! LOL
I love the reviews because it helps me decide which recipes to try first and everyone's ideas just add to them.

I haven't made the Tropical coffeecake before. It took my eye because of the mandarin oranges.

I bet ya'll are going to like the Tuna Twist salad, it's excellent and EASY!!!

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Sarah:
I'm glad you mentioned the Tuna Twist Salad and that its a winner. DH has been pestering me to make a cold tuna salad and I didn't know which one to try!

The Tropical Coffeecake is DH's fave HE coffeecake. Have you made it before?

Pasta side dish! great idea. I could make a meatless red sauce one and DS will be happy I did. a green salad would finish the meal. thanks for this!

I've never really 'gotten into' making, cooking or eating eggplant as we never had it growing up, not really, so this will be a small adventure in cooking for me. Isn't it great how we can try new HE dishes and feel confident about the results? These cooking reviews help a ton in that area too!

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Wow Randella you've been cooking up a storm! I agree on the fish cakes and I can't wait to make the tartar sauce again and will add garlic powder this time. Thanks for the tip!

I always have pasta with eggplant parmesan and a salad. I love eggplant so to me it is the star of the meal. Can't wait to get an eggplant to try this recipe.

Glad to hear the Waldorf salad is a winner.

I have to get cooking!! Today I'm making the Cgeamy tuna Twist salad again. It is 5*'s and Tropical Isle coffeecake from Man cookbook.

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I did make the Fish Cakes with Tartar Sauce and it was so very good. I only had one package of plain tuna and one package of lemon pepper tuna, so I had to use those. it turned out great and I love the idea of potato in them. Since there are three of us and the recipe makes four generous cakes, the men faught over the last one, settling the debate, I split it and divided it between them. sheesh! The tartar sauce is amazing and every bit of it is gone as well. I added grated onion like Sarah suggested (thank you Sarah!) and a dash of garlic powder. I don't usually like sweet relish in only a few things (Daddy' Deviled Eggs) and this one surprised me how simple and good it really is. my onion was red so I had a little color in there as well.

I had it with the Waldorf Salad from this same book and the crunch with the meal was a good choice. it needed something crunchy. excellent! 5 stars.

I made the Pineapple Coconut Bars like Heather suggested and I'm glad I had one last night. I woke up this morning and the men had finished them for breakfast. I didn't think they would be good with morning coffee. 5 stars!

Today I'm going to make the Eggplant Parmesan. what to serve with it? some kind of Italian side? I guess a starchy side since the main is veg and non-starchy? Help me out guys and gals!

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Heather I can post the recipe for bean salad with oil and vinegar but I'm not sure which book it is from.

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Grrr that wasn't the salad I wanted. I thought I had found a low calorie one with out oil, and with vinegar and splenda, and I thought it was that one, but that wasn't it. I should of wrote it down. lol



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Ok funny, I thought the Pilgrim's Pie and this Thanksgiving Pie tasted awfully similar, so I looked up the recipe to compare and they are exactly the same! So Across America comes through again, as this is my very very favorite pumpkin pie when it comes to traditional pumpkin pies! Needless to say it gets 5 stars.

Next I'm hoping to try the marinated bean salad in Across America. As it looks really good and low calorie!



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I LOVE jiffy mix. lol But, it's so many calories! lol :) haha

And you are right Randella, this really is a complete book. I really enjoy it. However Man and Kid are close behind in my favorites. I always tell people those three are the first three to get to start a collection, if you can only get three they have to get those three. They could really do a lot with those three.

Of course the newsletters are great too! lol haha



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I made the Paradise Banana Bread and it is excellent. Because of the Splenda tip I read only thing I did different was to add couple of tablespoons of dried milk and a pinch of baking powder. Came out beautiful and tasted great!

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Hi Randella!

First of all, thank you for the great reviews of recipes!

Now for the tartar sauce...I used the side with bigger holes because I wanted to have tiny junks in there. The onion will will come out small from that side of the grater.

Talking Jiffy mixes, have you made Jiffy with nothing but a can of creamed corn? It comes out sweeter. Two boxes to a large can.

Hope ya'll enjoy the fish cakes!

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Sarah:
Thank you for the tip on grating and adding onion to the tartar sauce. I wouldn't have thought of it. you just grate the onion with the smallest side of the grater? I'm embarrased to say, I've never done that. I'm making the fish cakes and tartar sauce tomorrow. DS will look forward to it.

Heather:
I bought some eggplant to make the eggplant parmeasan. what was your tip for preparing the eggplant? I also have loads of pumpkin I need to use. let us know how it is. I HAVE to make the coconut bars now. I'm shooting for Saturday. if I have all the ingredients, I could make them tomorrow. it would go well after fish cakes. :-)

I like my cornbread not on the sweet side. I think it must be however we grew up. Mom and grandma prefered a not sweet one. I make a sweet cornbread on Thanksgiving (thats prolly not good for you) but DH loves it. all it is, is two boxes of jiffy cornbread mix and a yellow cake mix. Completely make them how it says on the packages, stir both batters together in a large bowl, pour into two 9x13 sprayed with pam baking pans, and bake until done. The package on the cake mix will give good guidelines on how long and temp. I think its called Hollywood cornbread or is it LA cornbread. :-?

after reading your thoughts on this book, I have to agree with you there on reccomending a first book. I usually suggest the man and kids book, but will suggest Across America book from now on. it makes more sense to start off with such a great and darn near complete book.

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Thanks for the tip on the cornbread.

You weren't kidding, you've been cooking up a storm!

I bet the Fireside Chicken and Biscuits are good! I made the one from the Kid book a ton of times when I was pregnant with Lela.

I've always wondered about that blackberry cobbler, I need to make that one!

I really want to try the creamed turkey over cornbread now!

I think I'm going to make The Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. I really love Pilgrim's pumpkin pie. But, I have a ton of pumpkin I need to use up, so I'll give it a go.

And Randella, you weren't kidding this book is great! In fact, I will go out on a limb and say it's my favorite. I love all her books, but if I had to recommend only one, or a first for some one, this would be it. As you said, regional, comfort, seasonal and holidays, it has it all. I really can't imagine not having any of Jo's book. BUT, to get some one started, this would be it. They would be satisfied and able to stick to a life long plan with this book of recipes, they would never lack for any food situation.

I've taken the coconut pineapple bars to many gatherings, never brought home leftovers! lol And they are so good. So many of the recipes, I don't know what I would do with out. I know the chicken fried steaks were what won my husband over! lol I literally can't tell you how many times he has requested them! lol



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The tartar sauce from Fish cakes with tartar sauce is great. Only thing I did different is grated some onion to put in it. Better than any bottled tartar sauce I've bought.

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This is such a good book! You've got everything in it. Holiday, everyday, regional, seasonal.

These are my tried four and five stars:
New England:
Fireside Chicken and Biscuits p.30 -I just love, love, love how this is made and the flavors of this very comforting 'Sunday' type dish. I add a little poultry seasoning.
Creamed Turkey over Savory Cornbread p.31 -a very hearty dish. Good with the cornbread.
Apple Betty p.41 -everyone loved this.
Boston Cream Pie p.43 -nice cream filling and nice for guests. Be sure to cover it after its good and cold or it will dry out.
Majestic Lemon Meringue pie p45. A very good lemon pie. Has a flour crust.
Maple Majestic Apple pie p.47. The men especially loved the flavors of this.
Easy Gingerbread Cake p50. I REALLY liked this very dark and spicy cake. The men didn't care for it.

The Eastern Seaboard:
Scaled-Down U.S.. Senate Bean Soup p.62 -a 5 star bean soup! I add a dash of liquid smoke.
Tavern Cheese Soup p.63 -a great cheesy, potato soup
Tossed Antipasto Salad p. 70 -a nice 'get together' dish to share and good with sandwiches and BBQ
Puttin' on the Ritz Fish Fillets p.81 -baked crunchy fish.

The South:
Down Home Green Beans p.110 -with a dash of Tabasco and garlic powder, this is very close to grandmas beans she made.
Dixie Peach Crumb Pie p.136 -I've made this with canned peaches and it turns out fine. Just drain them well.
Mammy's Cornbread p.141 -hands down the best cornbread. Real southern texture and flavor.

The Southwest:
Frijoles San Juan p.158 -a good very 'refried' bean side.
Arroz con Pollo p.166 -good flavors and everyone loved. I added more paprika. Reminded me of paella.
Green Chili Stew p.171. It turned out more red than green, but is a great spicy pork stew over rice or pasta.
Mexican Chocolate Mousse p.176. I use chocolate fudge pudding, and with the cinnamon and almond, very rich tasting and Mexican!

The West:
Sierra Beef and Rice Supper p.208. A good and easy man pleaser.
Date Nut Muffins p.219. Excellent!

The Northwest:
Willamette Valley Blackberry Cobbler p.256. My fave berry cobbler. I make mine with 5 cups of frozen triple berry mixture of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. I do add an extra 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. The topping is excellent. Mine takes 45 min to bake in a 9x11 baking pan, prolly because the fruit is frozen. I love this cobbler.
Oregon Trail Berry Crumb pie p.260. Another great berry pie. I use frozen fruit.

The Heartland:
Sour Cream Twice Baked Potatoes p.288. We love these. Sometimes I make them with cheddar and bacon bits instead of the parmesan.
Swedish Meatballs p.294. Good flavor. Be sure to spay the pan generously. The men loved this over noodles.
Cheeseburger Macaroni p.296. A tomato-y beef and macaroni with cheddar. What's not to like?
Fruit Kolaches p.306. Reminded me of a jelly donut. These men and their love for sweet fruit in bread! At least I got one. :-).

All-American Classics:
Everyone's Favorite Macaroni Salad p.324. Plain macaroni salad and classic. I added drained pimento and served this on the 4th of July along side loose meat sandwiches. Even the picky one liked this. Make it early to blend all flavors.
The Best Mashed Potatoes p.329. These are our traditional holiday mashed potatoes.
Mom's Baked Macaroni and Cheese p.330. An old fashioned mac and cheese. A little dryer than some, but DS and I loved it. DH prefers a wetter mac and cheese.

I want to try Fish Cakes with Tartar Sauce p.29. We have fish on Friday's and the sauce sounds like a good one.




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Heather about the Mammy's Cornbread....I found a tip on baking with Splenda. You need to add some dry powdered milk in the dry ingredient mix. I know this recipe has dry milk in it already but that is mixed with water etc. When I make this recipe or any baked product I now add dry milk. For the banana bread which has a cup or so of Splenda I use about 1/4 cup of dry milk.

I found this tip on the big bags of Splenda. You might want to try the cornbread once more using that tip. I hope it helps. I'm not a fan of sweet cornbread so I've never played with that recipe.

Mainstay meatloaf--I love this meatloaf. What I like to do is after it cooks 1/2 the time I pour over a can of fat free mushroom or beef gravy. I make it with ot without the gavy but that sure adds to it. I think the gravy I get is Franco something or other and it is a small can maybe 8 or 10 ounces and the calorie content is very low. Or if you had rather make your own gravy I have a recipe that is 21 calories for 1/4 cup with no fat. It is a non H.E. recipe so let me know if you want it.

Thanks for rating on Pineapple Coconut bars, I can't wait to try them.

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Ok here's my personal reviews-

Majestic Lemon Meringue Pie-4 stars
This was my first ever meringue pie, I thought it came out great. Although my meringue wasn't as fluffy as I would like. And I don't know if that was me or the recipe. So I will give it 4 stars. I did thoroughly enjoy it though! Since I made it, I've found another tip of Jo's to make a better meringue, so I need to make it again using her tip!

Eggplant Parmigiana-5 Star
This is delish!! I loved every bite of it! Plus no starches! So you can have almost any of JoAnnas desserts you want with it. However, I highly recommend it with the Easy Tiramisu in her Diabetic Dessert cookbook. It taste more like Eggplant Lasagna though to me, then Eggplant Parmigiana. I have made this innumerable times.

Mammy's Cornbread-5 star
Cooking Healthy Across America, pg 140. I loved this. My husband said he wanted 500 pieces. So it's for sure a hit! We will make this time and again.

Cowboy Chicken-Fried Steak-5 star
This is absolutely wonderful! My Chicken-Fried steak loving man, loved every bite. And has it often. This is true comfort food.

Heavenly Butterscotch Isle Apple Salad-5 star
Another one of Joanna's masterpieces! If you like Caramel Apples, you will love this recipe. Don't let the coconut and pineapple throw you. This is a great caramel apple substitute with only a fraction of the calories! A 5 star blue ribbon winner!

Pineapple Coconut Bars-5 star
I highly highly recommend them. My mother in law and I really like them. If you like any Pina-Colada type flavors you will love these. They are very moist, and really ample in portion size as well. They get a 5 stars, for simple, fast, delish, and most importantly really big portions! It's GREAT with, Hawaiian Chili-Another Potful of Recipes page 117. I prefer them baked in a 8 by 8 inch pyrex dish, and served like cake, or sweet corn bread. I have literally made them hundreds of times.

Cafe-au-Lait Chocolate Chip Bars-2 star
These were not my favorite. They were on the dry side, and really not much like a cookie bar in my opinion. They were ok with pudding style frosting, but I won't be making them again. 2 stars.

Just Plain Good Green Bean Bake-5 star
This was really really good. I love those onions! The traditional version has been a family favorite for a long time. So I was very happy to get a healthy version. I like it best, though when I omit the cheese, double the onions, and triple the green beans. It is, very, very good. I have made it too many times to count!

All-American Spaghetti with Meat Sauce-5 star
This was really really good. I had it with Tofu Shirtaki Spaghetti noodles, cause you get 2 cups of noodles, for 40 calories, 6gms of carb, and 4gms of fiber. It's also great with spaghetti squash. It was comfort food for sure! I highly recommend it, it's another one of my go to spaghetti recipes, I've made it many times over.

Sloppy Joes-5 star
This is one of my absolute favorite recipes. I have always loved sloppy joe's. And hadn't had them in years till this recipe. It's a great standby and I don't seem to ever get tired of it. Plus it is very fast and easy to make! All the better! This is my go to sloppy joe recipe. I have no idea how many times I've made it, but a it's been a LOT!



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Thanks about the Tuna salad, I'll try it! Last time I was pregnant it's all I craved for a while. lol Funny!

I think the Green Bean Bake is excellent too. I don't use cheese though-made it that way the first time, but like it better with out, I double the onions though, but the regular ones and the french fried. I did a calculation on the calories, and if you take out the cheese and double the french fried onions you are left with the same amount of calories.

I was just yesterday making a mental note to try the Mainstay Meatloaf, great to hear it's a favorite!

I've always wanted to try the fish cakes and never have, same with Puttin' on the Ritz Fish, and Down home Green beans.

I also liked the Mammy's Cornbread when I made it in the past. I tried to make it last week with more splenda, I tried twice, and it wouldn't cook right. So you can't use more splenda in that one! I'll have to search for another one, with more splenda. As I like sweet corn bread.



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Other recipes I've tried from CHAA:

Dixie Grits Casserole--rated it as "just ok"- page 118
Hoppin' John--Excellent-page116
Fish Cakes with Tartar Sauce-Good-page 29
Seattle Shrimp Salad-Excellent-page 241
Sour Cream Walnut Coffeecake-very good-page 310
Just Plain Good Green Bean Bake-excellent-page 326
Mainstay Meatloaf-favorite meatloaf-page 337
Grandma's Cinnamon Rolls-excellent- page 353
Puttin' on the Ritz Fish Fillets-excellent-page 81
Down Home Green Beans-excellent-page 110
Mammy;s Cornbread-excellent-page 141
Paradise Banana Bread-excellent-page220

I have made many recipes from this book with great success. It is one of my favorite cookbooks.


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Heather I love that tuna salad. In my book it is a 5* recipe. Hope you give it a try.

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That Tuna salad sounds great! I want to try it. What did you think of it Sarah?

Ann, great to know about the Mac and Cheese, I'm always on the look out for a good one. I'll have to try it.

I have wandered about the Potato Salad as well, so I'll have to give it a go too.



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I've only made a couple of recipes from this book.

Baked Macaroni and cheese, pg. 330 it was excell.

Crunchy Carrot Fruit Salad, pg. 108 it was good

Old Glory Potato Salad, pg. 323 it was very good

Home Style Beef Barley Soup, pg. 274 very good
To this one I added 1 can of f/f beef gravy which made the calories 200. I also had to cook it a lot longer as the pearl barley wasn't done.

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Creamy Tuna Twist Salad
Serves 6 (1 cup)

3/4 cup Kraft fat-free Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons dill weed
2 1/2 cups cold cooked rotini pasta, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 (6-ounce) cans white tuna, drained and flaked

In a large bowl, combine Mayonnaise, vinegar and dill weed. Add rotini pasta, peas, celery and onion. Mix well to combine. Stir in tuna. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Gently stir again before serving.


Each serving equals:
HE: 1 Bread, ! Ptotein, 3/4 vegetable, 1/4 slider

182 calories, 2 gm fat, 17 gm protein, 24 gm carbohydrate, 465 mg sodium, 33 gm calcium, 2 gm fiber

DIABETIC: 2 meat, 1 starch, 1/2 vegetable

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I know I need to add all the ones I have tried, but for now I'm bumping it up to the top.



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Please share any recipes you try in the The Cooking Healthy Across America Cookbook here, and let us know what you thought!

If you do not have the book, here's a link to several recipes from Cooking Healthy Across America-

Ruth Bond Site-
home.earthlink.net/~ruthbond/acrossamerica
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My Site-
tinyurl.com/MyAcrossAmerica

Cooking Healthy Across America Team Index-
tinyurl.com/ampb2m

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