Grandma DeJoode’s Ollie Balls (Oliebollen)


  • 5 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 C cooked mashed potatoes (approx. two medium potatoes)
  • 1 package of yeast (dissolve in warm water or milk)
  • 2 C water
  • 2 C raisins
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 C lukewarm milk, then add 1 C water.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, salt. Mix beaten eggs and vanilla, then add mashed potatoes. Combine with dry mix. Add water with yeast, making a soft elastic dough. (More water might be needed to make dough soft). Add raisins. Cover the dough and set aside to rise until double, about 1 hour.
  3. Heat vegetable oil to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven. Keep temperature constant. Balls will have a golden crust outside and non-greasy, cake-like inside.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop dipped in the hot oil to shape the dough into heaping balls. Carefully drop into the hot oil. Fry balls until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Flip balls with a fork.
  5. Drain finished doughnuts on paper towels lined in a colander; dust with confectioner’s sugar.
  6. Serve warm (best!), piled into a bowl with more confectioner’s sugar dusted over them.



Submitted by Lynsley H.




Italian Spaghetti & Meatballs


  • 1 package of McCormick Thick & Zesty Sauce Mix
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 5 oz can of diced tomatoes with garlic & onion
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 75 cups of water
  • Frozen Italian meatballs
  • Spaghetti noodles


  1. Prepare sauce and meatballs as instructed on packages. Add diced tomatoes to sauce mix. Keep warm.
  2. Bring 3 quarts of water to rapid boil. Add spaghetti noodles and boil until tender.
  3. Drain noodles, place in large bowl. Cover with prepared sauce and meatballs.
  4. Serve with Parmesan cheese and garlic bread. Enjoy!



Submitted by Colleen S.

Famous Queso Dip

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes


  • 16 oz package of Velveeta cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 can of RoTel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles


Melt cheese in sauce pan over medium heat. Stir frequently, about 5 minutes until mixture is blended. Add RoTel tomatoes & green chiles as cheese is melting.

Serve hot with tortilla chips, crackers or fresh vegetables.

Recipe submitted by Lynsley H.

Feisty Penne

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • Penne pasta
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Red chili flakes
  • Vodka
  • Whipping cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley


  1. In a large pot, boil water with salt. Add pasta and reduce heat. Cook until penne is done to your liking. Drain and keep warm.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in pan with chili flakes and garlic. When you smell the aroma, add can of tomatoes and a splash of vodka. Cook on low heat until tomatoes are soft.
  3. Mash tomato mixture and add some whipping cream and parsley. Remove from heat.
  4. Add sauce and cheese to cooked pasta. Serve with warm garlic bread. Delicious!

Recipe submitted by Nina W.


Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Servings: 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1.5 hours


  • 2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 large bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ lb bacon, cooked.
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Press ground beef into 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In separate bowl, mix mushroom soup with ½ can of water until smooth.
  3. Pour evenly over the meat.
  4. Add the cheese. Spread tater tots evenly over the mixture to make a nice crusty top.
  5. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour.
  6. Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until tots are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with bacon and onions. Enjoy!

Recipe submitted by Emily K.

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

Servings: 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • ½ cup plus 6 Tbsp butter, soften
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups quick oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • ½ cup cinnamon chips


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed with electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Add oats, craisins, and cinnamon chips. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Recipe Submitted by Jillian B.

Three-Cheese Baked Mac

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% millk
  • 1 Tbsp onion flakes
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 8 oz shredded Swiss cheese
  • 8 oz shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz shredded Gouda cheese


  1. Heat oven to 350. Coat a 2-quart broiler-safe dish with nonstick spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Add penne; cook 11 minutes or per package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle with flour and cook, whisking 1 minute. Whisk in milk, onion flakes, mustard powder, salt and cayenne. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Toss cheeses together. Whisk 2 ½ cups of the cheese into the milk mixture until smooth. Stir sauce into pasta. Spoon half into prepared baking dish. Top with half of remaining cheese. Repeat layering, ending with cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Increase heat to broil and broil for 3 minutes until bubbly and browned.

Recipe submitted by Nancy B.