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   2   lbs. beef and/or chicken breasts, cubed (Abbey uses sirloin steak.)
        Bell peppers, cut into chunks, or mini sweet peppers, whole
        Baby bella mushrooms, whole
        Onion, cut into chunks
        Fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
    ¼    cup apple cider vinegar
    ¼    cup olive oil
    6    T. Worcestershire sauce
    4    T. soy or teriyaki sauce
    4    large garlic cloves, chopped
    2    tsp. black pepper

Combine marinade ingredients and pour over meat, onions and peppers in large resealable bag or lidded container. Marinate for 12-16 hours.
Soak wooden kabob sticks in water for 15 minutes. Prepare kabobs, rotating meat, vegetables and pineapple on sticks. Grill for 30-45 minutes on low heat, until onions and peppers are tender. If cooking on a pellet grill, try hickory (beef) or apple (chicken) pellets and cook at 250 degrees for 1 to 1.5 hours.

ABBEY’S NOTE: Other veggies can be added or substituted.


    1    bag mini sweet peppers (Or try jalapeños for more heat!)
    8    oz. cream cheese, softened
    1    cup shredded cheese
    2    tsp. Cajun seasoning (Abbey recommends the “Slap Ya Mama” brand.)
        Thin sliced applewood smoked bacon
        Diced jalapeños, optional


Cut tops off of peppers and remove seeds. Mix cheeses, seasoning and jalapeños (if desired) together until blended. Stuff cheese mixture into peppers as tightly as possible. Wrap bacon around peppers the long way first, then around the entire pepper, securing with a toothpick. Roast peppers on grill at medium heat, away from flames, until slightly soft. Remove from grill, let cool and enjoy!

RECIPES by Abbey Messer


        Vegetable oil
    1    medium onion, finely chopped
    ½    lb. ground beef
    2    T. dried parsley
    1    tsp. curry powder
    1    garlic clove, minced
    1    tsp. salt
    ½    tsp. black pepper
    1    pkg. egg roll wrappers

In a large skillet, heat 1 T. vegetable oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft. Stir in the beef and seasonings, cooking through until beef is no longer pink. Transfer meat mixture to a bowl and cool to room temperature.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each egg roll wrapper in half diagonally. Working with one triangle at a time, lightly brush the edges of the wrapper with water. Fold the long side of the triangle in half, pinching the edge to seal and form a little cup.

Place a generous spoonful of the meat mixture into the cup, then pull the open flap of the wrapper over the cup, pressing to seal.

Heat about one inch of oil in a skillet between 365 to 375 degrees. Add half of the sambusas to the oil, cooking for 2 to 4 minutes, turning once, until both sides are golden brown. Allow sambusas to drain briefly on paper towels before serving.


cup flourArtichoke beef stew on a glass plate

      1   tsp. salt

     ½   tsp. pepper

   2½   lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes

      3   T. canola oil

      1   can (10.5 oz.) condensed beef consommé, undiluted

      2   medium onions, halved and sliced

     ½   lb. fresh mushrooms, halved

      1   cup red wine (or beef broth)

      1   garlic clove, minced

     ½   tsp. dill weed

      2   jars (6.5 oz. each) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

          Hot cooked egg noodles

In large plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In large skillet, brown beef in oil in batches. Transfer to 3-4 quart slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Gradually add consommé to the pan, stirring to loosen browned bits. Stir in the onions, mushrooms, wine, garlic and dill. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours, or until meat is tender. Stir in the artichoke hearts; cook 30 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve over noodles.


Carla Leland, member of McKenzie Electric Cooperative


chicken chalupa on white plate
  • 4   chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  •  2   cups shredded cheddar cheese
  •  1   can cream of chicken soup
  •  1   can cream of mushroom soup
  •  1   4.5-oz. can diced green chilies
  •      cup milk
  •  1   cup sour cream
  •  1   medium onion, chopped
  •  ¼   tsp. black pepper
  •  Dorito chips

Mix everything together except chips and cheese. Layer chips in a greased 9x13 pan. Top with the chicken mixture, then cheese. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Janelle Steiner, member, Capital Electric Cooperative


               Breaded chicken on a plate1 large egg
 ¼   cup milk 
   2   cups cheddar cheese, grate
             1   sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed with rolling pin
   4   thawed boneless, skinless chicken breasts
        Salt and pepper to taste


   1   10-oz. can cream of chicken soup

  ¼   cup of milk

   2   T. sour cream

   2   T. unsalted butter

        Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine egg and milk in a small bowl and whisk together until blended. Place grated cheese in a second bowl. Place crushed Ritz crackers in a third bowl. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Dip them in egg wash, making sure to coat all sides. Shake off excess and then coat chicken in grated cheddar cheese. Transfer chicken to crushed Ritz crackers, making sure to coat all sides. Press firmly so cracker crumbs and cheese adhere to meat. Place chicken in a lightly greased baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. While chicken is baking, combine soup, milk, sour cream and butter in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until melted and smooth. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning if necessary. Remove chicken from oven and serve with sauce drizzled over the top.

Schaper family note: A recipe Barb Schaper Fridley found searching the Internet. It’s easy and quick to prepare; a hit with family and friends; Barb is a member of Roughrider Electric Cooperative. 


This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.

slow cooker taco soupIngredients

1 lb. lean or extra-lean ground beef

   1   onion, chopped

   1   (16-oz.) can chili beans, with liquid

   1   (15-oz.) can kidney beans, with liquid

   1   (15-oz.) can whole-kernel corn, with liquid

   1   (8-oz.) can tomato sauce (low-sodium)

   2   cups water

   2   (14.5-oz.) cans peeled and diced tomatoes (low-sodium)

   1   (4-oz.) can diced green chili peppers

   1   pkg. taco seasoning mix (low-sodium)

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain. Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chili peppers and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend and cook on low setting for eight hours.

Makes 10 servings. Each serving has 220 calories, 3 grams (g) fat, 30 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber and 500 mg sodium.



This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension.

Roasted garlic parmesan potatoesIngredients

   2   large red potatoes

   1   large russet potato

   1   large sweet potato

   1   medium red onion

   2   T. olive oil

   2   T. unsalted butter, melted

   5   cloves of garlic, minced

   1   tsp. dried thyme

  ½   tsp. dried oregano

  ½   tsp. dried basil

  ⅓   cup freshly grated parmesan

  ⅛   tsp. salt

  ⅛   tsp. pepper

   2   T. parsley leaves, chopped


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash and slice potatoes and onion into ¼ inch slices*. In a round pie plate, line the potatoes and onion alternately. In a bowl, combine melted butter, olive oil, herbs, salt, pepper, parmesan and minced garlic. Drizzle the mixture over the potato and onion rounds. Brushing the herbs and parmesan left over the top. Place in the oven for 1 hour or until fork tender with crispy edges. Serve warm, with a little fresh parsley and a dash of parmesan.

*Try to match the size of potatoes and onions when arranging them in the pie plate

Makes eight servings. Each serving has 160 calories, 7 g fat, 3 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber and 120 mg sodium.


  • Barbecued ribsMakes 4-6 servings

    •    3-4   pounds ribs, such as meaty pork spareribs or loin back ribs
    •    1   T. salt
    •     ½   tsp. red pepper
    •     ½   tsp. black pepper
    •     2   onions, chopped
    •     2   T. vinegar
    •     2   T. Worcestershire sauce
    •     ¾   cup Coca-Cola
    •     1   tsp. paprika
    •     1   tsp. chili powder
    •     3   T. olive oil (oil is used for the grill)

    Prepare spareribs by peeling off tough layer of skin on back side. Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper. Mix the remaining ingredients, except the oil, to make a marinade. Pour the marinade and the ribs in a covered dish or ziplock type bag and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the ribs from the marinade. Place marinade in a saucepan and bring to a boil for at least 5 minutes. Allow the ribs to stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling. Brush grate with olive oil. Place ribs on preheated grill and sear on both sides for approximately 3 minutes. Reduce temperature to medium and continue grilling for another 1 to 1.5 hours or until tender. Baste with boiled marinade for the last 20 minutes of cooking time.


    Also good for: pork chops, chicken tenders or beef on a stick.

    JoAnn Schatz, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative



cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (NOT hot wings sauce), mixed with 2 tsps. cornstarch

     ¼   cup honey

      1   T. molasses

     ¼   cup butter

   1-3   tsps. hot wings sauce (optional for hotter wings)

Combine all ingredients. Bring to boil, then turn down heat to simmer about 5 minutes.

JoAnn Schatz, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative



  • Walleye parmesan, string beans and corn on a white and blue plate4-6 walleye filets
  • 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt

In a large bowl, combine Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and pepper. Wash and pat-dry walleye and cut into bite sizes. Beat eggs and add salt. Dip bite-size walleye, one at a time, into egg. Let the excess egg drip off before coating in the combined bread crumbs and cheese. Deep fry in medium heat until golden brown.

Liza Kessel, member of Capital Electric Cooperative, July 2018            




  • 2 (4-6 oz.) salmon filets, no skin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 T. butter
  • ¼ lemon
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ½ pint heavy cream


Season salmon filets with salt and pepper on both sides. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When melted butter is hot, but not smoking, sear salmon (leaving space for onion) for 2 minutes on both sides or until cooked to your liking. Squeeze lemon on salmon. Add onion, cook until soft or translucent. Add heavy cream, add salt to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite steamed vegetables or on top of steamed white rice. Enjoy!


Liza Kessel, member of Capital Electric Cooperative, July 2018




  • Potato Lasagna, garlic toast and cherry tomatoes on a plate with a glass of orange juice8-10     potatoes
  • 1 lb.     hamburger
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • ¼ tsp. oregano
  • 1 T. sugar
  • Onion flakes and pepper to taste
  • Pepperoni
  • 8 oz. Mozzarella cheese, shredded

 Cover cake pan with grease. Peel potatoes. Quarter potatoes, then slice into thin pieces. Evenly spread them to cover the bottom of a greased 13x9 pan. Brown hamburger in frying pan, drain grease, then add hamburger back into the pan. Add cheddar cheese soup and milk to hamburger. Use medium heat until blended. Pour hamburger and soup mixture over the potatoes. Mix tomato soup, oregano, sugar, onion flakes and pepper in a bowl. Spread sauce over the hamburger and potatoes. Cover the top of the ingredients with a layer of pepperonis. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. At 1 hour, take pan out and add Mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and the potatoes are soft. (Usually 10 minutes. Sometimes Kyle buys finely shredded cheese so it melts quicker.)

Kyle Beck, member of Verendrye Electric Cooperative
Read more about Firefighter Kyle Beck here.



  • ¼ cup butterGourmet Pancakes on a plate with bacon, strawberries and orange juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5-6 eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup flour

Melt butter, then spread it out onto an 11x14 cookie sheet. Blend together milk, eggs, sugar, salt and flour. Pour onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Normal time is 23-24 minutes. The pancake will normally be bubbled, but once the edges start to brown, it will be baked all the way. Take it out of the oven and let it settle for 1-2 minutes. Cut and serve. 

Kyle Beck, member of Verendrye Electric Cooperative
Read more about Firefighter Kyle Beck here.




  • Casserole dish with BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, spiraled or finely diced
  • Salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4-5 cups kale, chopped (could substitute spinach)
  • 14.5-oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained (Sarah uses tomatoes already seasoned with oregano and basil)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 3/4 cups cheese of your choice (Sarah likes feta or mozzarella)

 Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil. When the oil is warm, add the sweet potato and season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and garlic powder. Cook about 5-7 minutes until almost fully cooked. Add the kale, white beans, tomatoes and herbs and put a lid on the skillet. Toss once or twice until kale is slightly wilted and bright green in color, usually another 4-5 minutes.
Remove the skillet from heat and sprinkle with the cheese. Serve or portion into containers for lunches.

Sarah’s notes: This is a one-dish skillet that quickly became a favorite lunch because it’s made in one skillet, it is affordable and it is nutritious. This is a great dish to enjoy in the winter when we don’t have easy access to fresh veggies.

 Sarah Feist, member of Roughrider Electric Cooperative



Photo of turkey, dressing and string beans

  • 6 slices homemade bread, toasted, soaked with water
  • 5 tsp. salt topped with pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 4 eggs, beaten


Mix thoroughly. Sufficient dressing for two chickens or one turkey.

PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 1955 FROM Mrs. Gerrit Slagh (deceased), a member of KEM Electric Cooperative


Photo of Gloopie sandwich, bun with tuna mixture


       ½  lb. hard cheese, such as cheddar or American cheese, diced

       3   hard-boiled eggs, chopped

       1   can tuna

       2   T. green pepper, chopped

       2   T. onion, chopped

       2   T. pickle, chopped

       ½  cup mayonnaise


Drain tuna before mixing all the ingredients together. Pile onto buns, very thick. Wrap in foil and bake in a 375-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Karen Knutson

Member, Slope Electric Cooperative


Pulled pork stuffed tacos

  • For pork:
  • 2 pound boneless pork loin roast
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. ground ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 limes, cut in half
  • For tacos:
  • 12 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups shredded reduced-fat Colby Jack
  • ½ cup nonfat sour cream
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 (8-oz.) bag shredded red cabbage
  • ¾ cup fresh salsa

Trim excess fat off roast. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and ginger; rub generously over roast. Place in slow cooker with garlic, onion and orange juice; cook on low heat for 8 hours (or high for 4 -6 hours.) Remove pork to large bowl and shred with forks. Strain pork liquid from slow cooker and pour over pulled pork to moisten. Squeeze lime juice on top and mix well. Divide into 12 servings. In small bowl, mix together sour cream, cumin and scallions.

For each serving, cover corn tortilla with 2 tablespoons cheese; microwave for 20 seconds. Top with pulled pork, 2 teaspoons of sour cream mix, 1½ tablespoons shredded cabbage and 1 tablespoon of salsa. Fold and serve immediately.


  • 1 1/2 cup pineapple juice

  • 1/3 cup white sugar

  • 1/3 cup brown sugarSweet & sour stir fry

  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1 T. soy sauce

  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper 

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup water

Combine first eight ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup cornstarch into 1/4 cup water. Whisk into simmering sauce until thickened. Cook over low heat about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Prepare Stir Fry

  • 1 to 2 pounds beef OR chicken (sirloin steak or boneless chicken breasts), sliced thinly
  • 10 to 14 cups of vegetables (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, snap peas, red or green peppers, onions, water chestnuts, and Chinese cabbage), cut to uniform size
  • Soy sauce
  • Pepper

In large deep frying pan or wok, brown the meat in hot oil over high heat. Season the meat with soy sauce and pepper only (no salt). When the meat is no longer pink, add the vegetables and mix well. Season with more soy sauce and pepper and cook until vegetables are cooked to your desired doneness. Serve over rice with sweet and sour sauce.

Test note: You may substitute a large bag of frozen California blend vegetables and then add in whatever other vegetables you like. Be sure to use an oil that can withstand high heat.

Colette Schimetz, member, North Central Electric Cooperative


mini ham and quiche photo from North Dakota Living recipe page

  • 5 eggs, slightly beaten

  • ½ cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese

  • 3 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted, water squeezed out and roughly chopped

  • ¼ cup green or red bell pepper, diced

  • 2 T. green onions, chopped

  • Pepper to taste

  • 12 slices reduced-sodium ham or foil muffin tin liners

In a bowl, combine all ingredients except ham slices and stir well. If using ham slices, spray muffin tin with nonstick spray and place one piece of ham in each well to form a bowl. Note: If using large slices of ham, cut to fit tin well size. If using foil muffin liners, spray the inside of the liners with nonstick spray. Evenly divide egg mixture among the 12 muffin wells (about 1/4 cup each). Bake at 350 F. for 20 minutes. Makes 12 quiches. Each quiche has about 110 calories, 4.5 grams (g) fat, 1 g carbohydrate, 16 g protein and 550 milligrams sodium.

Photo and recipe courtesy of the NDSU Extension Service


  • Slow cooker breakfast photo from North Dakota Living recipe page2 12-ounce packages spicy or hot & spicy breakfast sausage

  • 1 cup onion, chopped

  • 1/2 to 1 cup green onion, chopped

  • 1 green pepper, chopped

  • 1 red pepper, chopped

  • 1 30-ounce package frozen shredded hash browns

  • 1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (can mix in other flavors if you'd like)

  • 12 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 cloves diced garlic

  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook sausage, drain grease and set aside. In a bowl combine the chopped onion(s) and chopped peppers. In another bowl combine eggs, milk, garlic, salt and pepper. Spray slow-cooker liner with cooking spray. Layer about 1/3 of each: frozen hash browns, then sausage, onion mixture and cheese of choice. Repeat the layers. Pour the egg mixture over the top; it will settle as it cooks. Cover. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Edges may brown. Serve with green onion garnish.

Test notes: I highly suggest using a crock-pot liner and spraying it with cooking spray, as this bakes onto the sides easily. If using the green onion as a garnish, use half-cup. If mixing with ingredients, use full cup. I prefer Ore-Ida® hash browns. You can mix other flavors of cheese. For a Mexican twist, add one 4-ounce can diced mild or spicy green chiles, one can mild or regular Rotel®, and substitute the cheddar cheese with a Mexican blend cheese. Serve in warm tortilla shells to serve breakfast-burrito style with sour cream and salsa.

LaNita Wald, member of Capital Electric Cooperative.


  • Ham in a blanket 1 12-pound ham bone-in, pre-cooked
  • 10 cups white flour
  • 4 cups water

Mix water and flour to make a thick dough. Depending on the size of the ham, you may need to make more or less dough. When the consistency is right, roll out the dough like a pie crust, but much thicker to cover and wrap the ham. Pinch the seam closed. Place the wrapped ham upside down (seam down) in a pan lined with non-stick foil with water. Baste dough lightly with butter or oil. Cover dough with tin foil.

Roast time to what the directions say on package according to the weight of the ham. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake according to instructions on the ham package.

Beatrice’s test notes: The dough should get nice and brown. Toward the end of baking, pull the tinfoil to allow the dough to brown. Don’t overbake the ham; it’s already been fully cooked.

Beatrice Heer, member, Member of KEM Electric Cooperative


Photo of Chicken Caesar Wraps

  • 3  cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2  cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 6  slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • ¼  cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼  cup croutons
  • ½  cup Caesar dressing
  • 5 to 6   flour tortillas (8-inch)

Add the first five ingredients to a medium bowl. Mix in Caesar dressing until evenly coated. Spoon into tortillas and enjoy. Serves 5 to 6.

Julie’s test notes: If packing for a picnic, pack everything but the croutons and dressing in one bowl. Put the dressing in another and the croutons in a third. This keeps the croutons crunchy and the lettuce from getting too wilted. 

Julie Fornshell, member, Capital Electric Cooperative


  • Spicy ribs recipe photo in North Dakota Living2          T. brown sugar
  • 2          T. paprika
  • 2          T. pepper
  • 1          T. chili powder
  • 1½       tsp. salt
  • 1½       tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1          tsp. garlic powder
  • 6          pounds boneless pork ribs
  • heavy-duty aluminum foil

Combine the first seven ingredients. Rub all of the seasoning blend onto both sides of the ribs. Stack three sheets of foil, and place half the ribs in the center (place ribs in a single layer). Bring opposite long edges of foil together; fold down several times. Fold the short edges toward the ribs and crimp tightly to prevent leaks. Repeat with the remaining ribs. Refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling. Place foil packets over indirect medium-low heat. Grill, covered, for 1¼ hours, turning foil packets over after 45 minutes. Open foil packets, smear with barbecue sauce, refold packets and leave on grill another 5 to 10 minutes.


Lisa Ryan, member,  Roughrider Electric Cooperative, July 2016 


  • Marinated Grilled Shrimp3          cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3       cup olive oil
  • ¼         cup tomato sauce
  • 2          T. red wine vinegar
  • 2          T. fresh chopped basil
  • ½         tsp. salt
  • ¼         tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2          lbs. large raw shrimp, cleaned

Mix all ingredients in bowl. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Skewer shrimp. Grill 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Kay’s test notes: She buys her shrimp cleaned and deveined. If you don’t have access to a grill, you could also broil or fry them — but they taste best grilled.

Kay Renneke, member of Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative


  • Swedish Meatballs1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 2/3 cup minced onion
  • ¾ cup fine, dry bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼  cup flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ¾ cup sour cream

Mix beef, pork, onion, crumbs, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, egg and milk together. Shape into walnut-sized balls. Brown in hot oil. Remove from pan and keep warm. Stir flour, paprika, 1 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper into drippings in pan. Add water, stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in sour cream until well blended. Return meatballs to sauce and cook for 15 to 20 minutes more. Yield: 8 servings.

Page 159, Dabble Along With Dell’s Favorites cookbook, April 2016



  •  Photo of upside down pizza recipes1 ½      lbs. ground beef
  • 1          small onion, chopped
  • 3          cups marble cheese, divided
  • 1          14-oz. jar pizza sauce
  • 1          tsp. salt
  • dash     pepper


  • 2          eggs
  • 1          cup milk
  • 1          T. olive oil or vegetable oil
  • ½         tsp. salt
  • 1          tsp. baking powder
  • 1          cup flour

Brown beef with onion, salt and pepper; drain. Put mixture in a 9”x13” pan. Pour sauce on top. Sprinkle with 2 cups cheese. For the crust, combine flour, salt and baking powder; set aside. In a mixing bowl add milk, oil and eggs; mix. Add flour mixture and mix well. Pour over cheese and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake at 370 degrees for 30 minutes.

Rosalie Mehlhoff, member, Capital Electric Cooperative


  • 1 pound ground beef, browned and drained 
  • 1 box (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained 
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes with liquid, chopped 
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce 
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder 

Combine all ingredients except macaroni in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat and simmer gently, covered, for 30 minutes. Add hot macaroni. Add water if a thinner stew is desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Jan’s test notes: Adding the macaroni hot prevents the noodles from becoming mushy. I use less green onions and omit the salt. With any gluten-free recipe, check the ingredients list every time.

Jan Hammer, September 2015



  • 1 ½      lb. lean hamburger, browned and drained
  • 1          T. vegetable oil
  • 1          cup chopped celery
  • 1          medium onion, chopped
  • 1          can water chestnuts, drained
  • 2          cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1          can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2          cups Chinese chow Mein noodles, divided

Sauté celery and onion in oil. Combine all the other ingredients in a large casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes. Top casserole with 1/2 c. chow Mein noodles and return to oven for 3 to 4 minutes to heat noodles. Serves 4-6 guests.

Lillian A. Keplin, member of North Central Electric Cooperative, August 2015



  • 8 large walleye, perch or northern pike filets
  • ¾  cup Japanese bread crumbs (plain)
  • ¾  cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 3 T. butter, room temperature
  • 3 T. mayonnaise
  • 3 tops of green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2    T. lemon juice
  • ¼   tsp. hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat a 9”x13” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a bowl mix cheese, breadcrumbs, butter, mayo, onion, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and lemon juice. Pat fish filets completely dry using paper towels. Arrange filets in baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Spread two tablespoons of the cheese and breadcrumb mixture on each filet, using your fingers to spread and gently pat mixture down. Bake for 12 minutes or until bubbly; then broil for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown and crisp on top.

Heidi’s test notes: Any fresh fish will work! These are our favorites.

Heidi Klein, member of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, July 2015


  • Fish Tacos from North Dakota Living8 walleye, perch or northern pike filets
  • 8 small tortillas, hard shell
  • Lettuce chopped or shredded
  • Avocado, chopped or mashed
  • 1 package shredded cheese
  •  beer batter

For The Sauce

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1  T. taco seasoning
  • 1  lime, juiced

For The Salad

  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes and chilies, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  can sweet corn, drained
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • cilantro, chopped, to taste
  • limes, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Cook fish filets in your favorite beer batter or crispy coating mix until golden and crispy. While fish is cooking, make the sauce by stirring all ingredients together until smooth. For the salad, stir all ingredients together until evenly mixed, and refrigerate both salad and sauce until ready to serve. To assemble tacos, place one fish filet onto a tortilla and top with sauce, salad, lettuce, avocado and shredded cheese.

Heidi’s test notes: Any fresh fish will work! These are our favorites. Add additional toppings to please your individual palette. We serve this with tangy (wilted) coleslaw. It has a vinegar-based dressing instead of mayo. When I don't have cabbage on-hand, I serve seasoned rice and beans, or a simple lettuce salad.

Heidi Klein, member of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, July 2015



  • Stuffed Anaheim Peppers - recipe from North Dakota Living June 20156  Anaheim Peppers
  • 1  lb. bulk sausage (I used a breakfast sausage mix)
  • 1   8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 1  cup shredded cheese (I used Colby)

Halve the peppers and scoop out the seeds. In a skillet, brown sausage and drain. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted, then add shredded cheese. Scoop meat mixture into peppers and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.

Stacy’s test notes: I use Nature’s seasoning mix when I brown the sausage. You could also use salt and pepper. These can also be prepared ahead of time. They are good once cooled and don’t have to be served steaming hot.

Recipes provided by Stacy Holder,  member, Consolidated Telecom, June 2015


  • 4          cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • ½         tsp. salt
  • 2          eggs, beaten
  • ½         c. Parmesan cheese
  • 2          cups (8 oz.) mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1          cup (4 oz.) cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1          pound hamburger
  • ½         cup chopped onion
  • 1          can tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
  • 1          medium green pepper, chopped

Place zucchini in strainer; sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze out moisture. Combine zucchini with the eggs, Parmesan and half the other cheeses. Press into greased 13”x9” baking dish. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion, and drain. Add tomato sauce. Spoon over zucchini mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Add green pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 10 servings. Each serving has 110 calories, 4 grams (g) fat, 1 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, and 3 g fiber and 5 milligrams (mg) sodium.

Recipes provided by the Les and Joette Buchman, members, Roughrider Electric Cooperative, May 2015


  • 2 to 3    boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1          box bowtie pasta
  • 1          8-oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½         carton sliced mushrooms OR 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 ½      cups frozen peas
  • 1          cup diced ham
  • 1          jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1          pint whipping cream
  •             garlic powder
  •             Lawry’s pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces, season with garlic powder, Lawry’s and pepper, and sauté in butter until done. Sauté ham and mushrooms in butter. Mix Alfredo sauce and whipping cream in large bowl. Add cooked pasta, chicken, ham, mushrooms and peas. Pour into 9”x13” pan, and top with shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.

Jodi Reardon, member of Capital Electric Cooperative and BEK Communications Cooperative, March 2015



  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2  32-oz boxes chicken broth or 4-14.5 cans chicken broth
  • 2 4-oz, cans diced green chiles
  • 3 15-oz cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 10-oz cans chunked chicken with juice
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic minced OR ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 to 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2  tsp. McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Chicken seasoning
  • 1  8-oz. shredded cheddar cheese

If using whole garlic, briefly sauté in olive oil; also, sauté the green chilies for a few seconds to “wake up” the peppers. Add the chicken broth to a large soup kettle. Add the garlic and peppers, and bring to a boil. Add beans, chicken pieces and other spices. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Just before serving, add the cheese. Stir well. Total time is about 30 minutes.

Betty’s test notes: Serve with hot biscuits and butter. Jalapeño pepper jelly goes really well with the chili. This recipe can easily be doubled for a big family and stores well for several days. Living in the country, I don’t always have all the ingredients, so I improvise. I have substituted northern beans for the cannellini beans, and garlic powder for the cloves. Stir well so
you don’t get a big lump at the bottom.

Betty Smokov, member, KEM Electric Cooperative, December 2014