The Potato Recipe

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Chief Financial Officer Sue Savat shares one of her favorite recipes from the Merchants Family Cookbook. “I really like this recipe for three reasons – it is really easy to make, really delicious to eat and really easy to clean up!  All very important factors in my cooking!”

Ingredients:

  • 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In large plastic bag or bowl, add all ingredients. Shake or stir potatoes until completely coated. Empty potatoes into shallow baking or roasting pan. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes or until tender and golden brown.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Pretzel Salad

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Sandy Kramer of Winona shares one of her favorite recipes. “I love this salad because it’s salty AND sweet. It is ALWAYS a hit when I take it to a potluck.”

 

Pretzel Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

 

Directions:

On a cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Stir and watch closely to prevent burning. Set aside and cool.

 

Mix together and chill:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • 20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained

 

Add the pretzel mixture just before serving.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Rich Raspberry Scones

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup Crisco, butter flavored
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk or half and half
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixture

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in the Crisco with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently stir in raspberries, taking care to keep them as whole as possible. Whisk eggs with milk (or half and half). Lightly stir into the flour mixture. Turn dough out onto a floured board, handling as little as possible. Shape the dough into two (6 inch diameter x 3/4 inch thick) rounds. Score each circle into wedges with a sharp knife. Brush with a bit of milk, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Test with toothpick after 15 minutes of baking.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Bailey’s Irish Cream

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light cream
  • 14 oz. can Eagle sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender set on high speed for 30 seconds. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. The liqueur will keep for at least 2 months if kept cool. Be sure to shake well before serving. Makes 4 cups.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Cheesy Hash Browns Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 32 oz. package hash browns
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients and place in greased pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Easy Chicken Divan

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package Rice-A-Roni rice pilaf
  • 1 package Knorr’s Bearnaise sauce
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 pound asparagus spears

 

Directions:

Season chicken breasts to taste and saute in olive oil. While chicken is cooking, prepare rice and sauce according to package directions. Heat asparagus spears in microwave. Spoon 1/2 of the rice onto a plate, place 1/2 of the asparagus spears on top of rice, top with one chicken breast and ladle sauce overall. Serve immediately.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Banana Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ripened bananas, mashed, to equal one cup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 cups flour

 

Directions:

Blend sugar, salt and egg into bananas. Stir in butter. Dissolve soda in water and add with flour. Mix and bake in loaf pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 1 loaf.

 

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.