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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Sweet Potato Soufflis

4 t sugar, divided
1 large sweet potato
(about 12 oz.), peeled and cubed
1 t lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 t salt
1/8 t ground nutmeg
1 T butter or margarine
4 t all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Grease two 2-cup souffli dishes or custard cups; sprinkle each with 1/2 t of sugar. Set aside. Place sweet potato in a saucepan; cover with water. Cover and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes; drain well. Add lemon juice, salt and nutmeg. Mash potato mixture (should have about 1 cup); set aside to cool. In another saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour and remaining sugar until smooth. Gradually add milk; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat. Beat egg yolks in a small bowl; stir in mashed potato. Combine potato and milk mixtures; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; gently fold into potato mixture. Spoon into prepared dishes. Top with marshmallows. Bake, uncovered, at 350: for 35-38 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve immediately. 2 servings.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Scallop and Potato Saute

2 small red potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 T olive or vegetable oil, divided
1/4 lb. bay scallops
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T lemon juice
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1/8 t salt
Pepper

In a small skillet over med.. heat, cook potatoes in 1 T oil until golden brown and tender, about 12 minutes. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, heat remaining oil. Cook and stir scallops for 2 minutes. Add garlic and lemon juice; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until scallops are firm and opaque. Add parsley, salt and pepper. Return potatoes to pan; heat through. 1 serving.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Individual Quiche

1/4 cup bulk pork sausage
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
Dash each salt, pepper and ground mustard
1 slice bread, crust removed
1 green onion, sliced
1 T shredded cheddar cheese

In a small skillet, brown sausage; drain. In a small bowl, beat egg, milk, salt, pepper and mustard; set aside. Cube bread; place in a greased 8 oz. custard cup. Top with sausage and onion. Pour egg mixture over top. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350: for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. 1 serving.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Little Dixie Pound Cake

3 T butter (no substitutes), softened
6 T sugar
1 egg
6 T all-purpose flour
pinch baking soda
7 t buttermilk
1/4 t vanilla extract
1/8 t orange extract

In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Combine flour and baking soda; add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Blend in extracts. Pour into a greased mini loaf pan (5 3/4 in. x 3 in. x 2 in.). Bake at 350: for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pan to cool on a wire rack. 1 mini loaf.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Elegant Pork Chops

2 pork loin chops (1 in. thick)
1 T cooking oil
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup uncooked instant rice
1/8 t onion powder
1/8 t garlic powder

In a skillet over medium heat, brown the pork chops in oil; set aside. In an ungreased 8 in. square baking dish, combine soup, milk, rice and seasonings; mix well. Top with pork chops. Cover and bake at 350: for 45 minutes or until meat is tender. Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. 2 servings.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Baked Pear

1 pear, cored and thinly sliced
1 T butter or margarine
1 t sugar
Ground nutmeg

Place pear slices in an ungreased 2 cup baking dish. Dot with butter; sprinkle with sugar and nutmeg. Cover and bake at 350: for 40-50 minutes or until tender. 1 serving. To prepare in a microwave, cover and cook on high for 3-4 minutes or until pear is tender.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Mini Meat Loaf

1/2 slice bread, crumbled
2 T finely shredded carrot
1 T each chopped onion, celery and green pepper
1/4 t salt
Pepper
2 T chili sauce or ketchup, divided
1/4 lb. ground beef

In a bowl, combine bread, carrot, onion, celery, green pepper, salt, pepper and 1 T of chili sauce. Add beef and mix well. Shape into a 3 in. x 2 1/2 in. loaf; place in an ungreased shallow baking dish. Top with remaining chili sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 350: for 35-40 minutes. 1 serving.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Jelly Crepes

2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/8 t salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Butter or margarine, softened
Jelly
Powdered sugar

In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk and salt. Add flour; beat until smooth. Melt 1 t butter in a 10 in. nonstick skillet. Pour 1/4 cup batter into center of skillet; lift and turn pan to cover bottom. Cook until lightly browned; turn and brown the other side. Remove and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, adding butter to skillet as needed. Spread crepes with butter and jelly; roll up. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. 3 crepes.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Chicken Veggie Packet

1 bone-in chicken breast, skin removed
1 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
2 T diced onion
1/8 t dried basil
1/8 t dried parsley flakes
1/8 t paprika
1/8 t salt
1/8 t pepper

Place chicken and vegetables in the center of a large piece of heavy-duty foil, about 18 in. x 13 in. Sprinkle with seasonings. Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350: for 40 minutes or until meat juices run clear. Open the foil carefully to allow steam to escape. 1 serving.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Sour Cream Biscuits

1 cup self-rising flour*
1/4 t baking soda
3/4 cup sour cream
2 t vegetable oil

In a bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Add sour cream and oil; stir just until moistened. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 4-6 times. Roll out to 3/4 in. thickness' cut with a 2 1/2 in. biscuit cutter. Place on a greased baking sheet. Lightly spray tops with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 425: for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 4 biscuits.

*As a substitute for self-rising flour, place 1 1/2 t baking powder and 1/2 t salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to equal 1 cup.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom Sauce

1 t vegetable oil
4 T butter or margarine, divided
2 beef tenderloin steaks or fillets (1 inch thick)
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 T chopped green onions
1 T all-purpose flour
1/8 t salt
Pepper
2/3 cup chicken or beef broth
1/8 t browning sauce, optional

In a skillet, heat oil and 2 T of butter over medium-high heat. Cook steaks for 6-7 minutes on each side or until meat is done as desired. Remove to a serving platter and keep warm. To pan juices, add mushrooms, onions and remaining butter; sauti until tender. Add flour, salt and pepper; gradually stir in broth until smooth. Add browning sauce if desired. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Spoon over the steaks, serve immediately. 2 servings.

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Melinda Cooks for One (or Two) ~ Oven-Barbecued Chicken

3 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 lb.)
1 small onion, sliced
1 bottle (12 oz.) chili sauce
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t dried oregano

Brown chicken on all sides in a skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer to a greased 11 in. x 7 in. (or 9 x 9) baking dish; top with onion. Combine chili sauce, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and oregano; pour over chicken. Sprinkle with pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 350: for 45 minutes or until meat juices run clear. 2-3 servings.

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