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Queso Blanco Dip


July 10, 2017 12:01 pm



This Queso Blanco Dip has just enough kick to keep things interesting, but it's mild enough for anyone to love. It's perfect for parties, tailgating, or just hanging out on the weekend. The salsa verde adds a certain chunkiness and heat, while the cream cheese and sour cream give it a smooth texture and a balance to the spice, giving it a full flavor, without an actual burn. If you're a spice lover, adding diced jalapea?os takes things up a notch. 

Ingredients:

Nesco® 1.5 QT. Slow Cooker
16 oz. cream cheese
32 oz. salsa verde (medium)
7 cloves minced garlic
3 cups sour cream
16 oz. package shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
Chopped green onions for garnish
Tortilla chips or veggies for dipping

Combine all ingredients in Nesco Slow Cooker. Cook on Low heat for 3 hours, stirring every half hour. Dip is ready when all ingredients are heated through and well blended. Garnish and serve immediately. 



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Chicken Mole and Mexican Rice


May 5, 2017 8:36 am



Chicken Mole

Ingredients:

Chicken:
6-8 Boneless chicken breasts, defrosted
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 cups water

Mole Sauce:
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped onions
? cup chili powder
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of ground cloves
1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
2 cups water


Add water to 11 qt. Nesco® Pressure Cooker. Place chicken breasts on wire rack in cooker and set regulator knob to PRESSURE. Set Cooker to HIGH temp for 5 minutes and press START. Timer will not begin counting down until ideal pressure is reached. Ensure that internal temperature of chicken reaches 180 for doneness. When finished, release the pressure but leave chicken in Cooker to keep warm.

In Nesco® 8" Electric Skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until onions slightly are browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in chili powder, brown sugar, cloves and cook for 2 minutes, continuing to stir. Mix in tomatoes, cocoa powder, peanut butter and water. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, or until desired thickness is achieved.
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Mexican Rice

2 cups white rice
1 Tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
16 oz. tomato paste
4 cups water
2 cups frozen peas and carrots


Preheat Skillet to medium-high and add oil. Reduce heat to medium, add rice, stirring constantly until lightly brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, salt, tomato paste and water. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Cover and cook until rice is tender. Add peas and carrots, and cook for another 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. 


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Oriental Cashews


Mar. 2, 2017 3:38 pm



More and more you read how nuts are a good source of vitamins and nutrients. This recipe for Oriental Cashews made in your NESCO/American Harvest® Food Dehydrator is great tasting as well as a healthy snack. Also try these delicious cashews on a salad for a wonderful crunch.

Let us know what you think. What are some of your favorite snacks you like to make in your NESCO/American Harvest® Food Dehydrator?

12 oz can dry-roasted whole cashews
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp powdered ginger

Place nuts in a 9 inch square pan. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over nuts. Let sit at room temperature overnight. Drain liquid from nuts and place on Nesco®/American Harvest® Dehydrator tray. 

Dry at 145? F for 3 to 5 hours or until nuts are crunchy. 


Store in an air-tight container.

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Spaghetti Dinner


Mar. 2, 2017 3:36 pm



This recipe for a wholesome spaghetti and meatball dinner is extremely easy in your NESCO® 6 Quart Pressure Cooker. Simply add all the ingredients in the order of the recipe, lock the lid and set. In only 10 minutes you have a wonderful meal.

Let us know what you think. What are some of your favorite meals you like to make in your NESCO Pressure Cooker?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups spaghetti, break in thirds
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
16 frozen meatballs
1 cup sliced black olives, or whole
2 tsp olive oil
Optional: Top with Parmesan Cheese

Pour all ingredients in the order listed into the cooking pot of your Nesco® Pressure Cooker. 

Lock lid into place and set the pressure regulator knob to SEAL. Cook on High for 10 minutes.


4-6 servings

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Easy Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower


Mar. 2, 2017 3:34 pm



The NESCO® 5 Quart Steamer with Rice Bowl makes this Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower recipe simple and tasty. The rice bowl is used here to make the creamy cheese sauce that is oh so delicious. The sauce is made right inside the steamer along with your perfectly cooked vegetables. 

Try it and let us know what you think. Also, let us know what are some of your favorite foods you like to make in your NESCO Steamer.

1 lb broccoli, cut into florets
1 lb cauliflower, cut into florets
4 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 cup soft Cheddar Cheese Spread
1 cup prepared white sauce
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced red peppers (optional)

Place 1 cup water in water reservoir (base of unit) of Nesco Electric Food Steamer. Place broccoli, butter and cauliflower in lower Steamer basket. Cover and steam for 20-25 minutes. 

Mix together cheese spread, white sauce and pepper and pour into rice bowl. Place in upper Steamer basket approximately 10 minutes before end of steam cycle to soften. To serve, pour cheese sauce over vegetables.


Serves 6

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Cheesy Spinach Dip


Jan. 18, 2017 2:05 pm

The NESCO 1.5 Quart Slow Cooker is perfect for making Cheesy Spinach Dip and keeping it warm on your party buffet table. To kick your Spinach Dip up a bit simply add the optional chopped Jalapeno peppers. 

8 oz cup Monterey Jack Cheese, cut into pieces
4 oz cream cheese, softened
5 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed & thoroughly drained
1 large tomato, skinned, seeded, chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 whole Jalapeno Peppers, chopped (optional) 
crackers, cocktail rye bread or fresh cut vegetables to serve.

Set NESCO Slow Cooker to HIGH. Lightly wipe cook pot with cooking oil.

In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients; stir until well blended. 
Spoon into preheated cook pot. Cover; bake 30 to 40 minutes or until center is set and edges are puffed. 

When heated, set control to AUTO. 

Serve warm with crackers, cocktail rye bread or your choice of cut fresh vegetables. 

Serves 8 to 10


Let us know some of your favorite slow cooker dip recipes.

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Party Mix


Jan. 18, 2017 1:46 pm


One thing guests love reaching for at a party is a big bowl of party mix. NESCO Roaster Ovens help make it simple and convenient. The possibilities of ingredients are almost endless. Here is a quick recipe along with suggested additions.

10 cups crispy rice squares cereal
10 cups crispy wheat squares cereal
1 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup Worcestershire® sauce
2 cups peanuts
4 cups thin pretzels

Preheat NESCO® Roaster Oven to 300? F. Place cereal in cookwell. Stir butter and Worcestershire® sauce together and pour over cereal. 

Cover and bake at 300? F for 45 to 60 minutes. Stir occasionally during baking. Add nuts and pretzels. Cool before serving or storing in airtight container.

Serves 50.

Try one these additions when melting the butter:
? 2 Tbsps. of taco seasoning
? 1 clove minced garlic

After cooling add one or more of the following ingredients for a tastier mix:
? Diced pieces of dehydrate fruits or veggies
? Roasted pecans, cashews or almonds
? Toasted pumpkin seeds
? Coated chocolate bites
? Granola clusters
? Toasted coconut 
? Cheese puffs
? Crispy Asian noodle pieces
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Broken pieces of tortilla chips

Let us know some of your favorite party mix recipes or tasty added ingredients.


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Delicious Sloppy Joe's


Jan. 13, 2017 3:43 pm


Sloppy Joe's made in your 6 Qt NESCO Roaster Oven are perfect when having friends over to watch the big game. This recipe that serves 4 makes it simple and convenient using your favorite prepared barbecue sauce. For a larger group simply double the ingredients and make in a 12 or 18 roaster oven. Enjoy.

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 cup prepared barbecue sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4 hamburger buns, split
American Cheese slices (optional)
Green bell pepper rings (optional)

Preheat NESCO® Roaster Oven at 425? F.

Reduce heat to 325?F and place meat and onion in cookwell. Brown and crumble meat into 1/4" pieces. Pour off drippings. 

Stir in barbecue sauce, salt and pepper; heat thoroughly. Serve on buns with cheese and bell pepper.

Makes 4 servings


Let us know some of your favorite Sloppy Joe recipes.

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Chili con Carne


Jan. 13, 2017 3:42 pm


A rich wholesome batch of Chili Con Carne made in your NESCO Roaster Oven is prefect for when friends come over for the big game. Made with beef or turkey, its comfort food goodness will be appreciated by all. 

2 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 green Pepper, chopped
4 medium onions, chopped
2 (1 lb 12 oz) cans tomatoes
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 (15 1/2 oz each) kidney beans, drained (reserve liquid)

Preheat Nesco® Roaster Oven to 425?F. 

Brown ground beef, pepper and onion; drain fat with a baster.

Stir in tomatoes, bean liquid, tomato sauce and seasonings. Cook until boiling around edges. Reduce temperature to 300?F. 

Cover and simmer for 1? hours. Stir in beans. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. 

Serves 12 to 14


Try some and let us know what you think. Also, let us know some of your favorite chili recipes.

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Healthy Avocado Toast with Eggs


Dec. 28, 2016 10:58 am



Hard cooked eggs have never been easier with the NESCO deluxe Egg Cooker. Add the eggs to avocado toast for a healthy way to start your day.  

Healthy Avocado Toast with Hard Boiled Eggs

8 eggs
2 avocados
chia seeds
sunflower seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Wholegrain bread
fresh basil leaves

Measure the amount of water for hard boiled marked on the measuring cup and pour water into base.   

Use the pin on the measuring cup and prick each egg before placing on the tray (reduces cracking egg shells).

Remove the eggs and peel the egg shells under cool running water. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Toast the bread and spread mashed avocado over the toast. Garnish with basil, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, salt to taste.


Place the halved hard boiled eggs on top. Sprinkle with fresh pepper and serve. Makes 8 slices.

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Tips for Whipping Egg Whites


Dec. 1, 2016 3:16 pm


Whipping egg whites can be quick and simple with your NESCO Digital Hand Mixer. 

When whipping egg whites it's best to use a metal bowl such as stainless steel or copper. Avoid an aluminum bowl as it can alter the color of your eggs. 

Adding a half teaspoon of cream of tarter for two or more eggs will help keep the whipped egg whites firm.

When making meringue add 2 tablespoons of white sugar for each egg. Add sugar slowly while beating eggs. Whip until stiff peaks form.


Try some of these tips and let us know what you think. Also, let us know some of the recipes you make with your NESCO Hand Mixer.

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Stir Fried Vegetable Delight


Dec. 1, 2016 3:07 pm



This vegetable packed dish is quick and simple with your NESCO 12 inch Electric Skillet. You'll love the depth of flavor and the freshness of all the vegetables. A touch of lemon juice adds just the right amount of brightness. For seafood lovers simply add the optional precooked shrimp.

Try and let know what you think. Also, let us know what other recipes you like to make in your NESCO Electric Skillet. 

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 lb green beans, sliced diagonally in 1 inch lengths
2 green or red peppers, seeded and sliced
1 carrot, coarsely grated
3/4 lb (30 medium) mushrooms, sliced
1 small bunch bok choy or chard
1-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh ginger root, grated
1 small red onion, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1/4 lb tofu, cubed
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp thyme
3 Tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp soy sauce or to taste
6-8 Medium pre-cooked or fresh shrimp (optional)

Combine oil, garlic, ginger root, onion, peppers, beans and carrot and place in the preheated NESCO 12 inch Electric Skillet for 3 minutes.

Add mushrooms, bok choy, zucchini, tofu, herbs and shrimp. Pour lemon juice and soy sauce over vegetables and cook 3-5 minutes. 

Serve over rice. Serves 1-3.


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Whipped Mashed Potatoes


Nov. 29, 2016 11:00 am



Delicious fluffy mashed potatoes are a holiday staple. Use your NESCO Hand mixer this season to whip up some potatoes in no time!

5 medium sized potatoes
1/8 cup millk
3 T butter

Boil a medium size saucepan half full of water, and add a pinch of salt. Add potatoes to pot; the water should cover the potatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are easily pierced by a fork. Drain.

Transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Add butter or margarine and milk, and mash with a potato masher. When well mashed, whip for a minute or two with NESCO hand mixer set on medium speed.

5 servings.

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Whole Cooked Lemony Chicken


Nov. 28, 2016 11:59 am



Next time you cook a whole chicken in your NESCO 12" Electric Skillet try this tip if you like lemony chicken. Simply take one whole lemon and pierce six to eight times with a fork to let flavor come through. Place inside the cavity of the chicken after adding a dash of salt and pepper. Tie legs shut and cook until done.

For an added tasty flavor take one-half or whole tablespoon of dried tarragon and sprinkle half of the amount in the cavity of the chicken before adding the salt, pepper and pierced lemon. Take the remaining tarragon and sprinkle over the bird and cook until done. Enjoy.

The drippings make the base for a fantastic sauce.

Try this lemony tip and let us know what you think. Also, let us know some of your whole chicken cooking tips.

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Dill and Cucumber Salad


Nov. 1, 2016 10:13 am



The NESCO 8 Cup Food Processor is the ideal helper when it comes to making this Dill and Cucumber Salad. It slices cucumbers evenly and fast, cutting preparation time to a fraction of hand slicing. The sweet and sour dill dressing is perfect with the cucumbers and will surely be loved by everyone.

Ingredients
4 large cucumbers
1 onion
1 tablespoon dried dill weed
1 cup white sugar
 1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt (optional)

Directions
Using the slicing blade, slice cucumbers in the NESCO Food Processor. Remove to a large bowl. Next cut onion into chunks to fit into feed tube and slice in Food Processor. Place in bowl with the cucumbers. Combine cucumbers, onions and dill. In a medium size bowl combine sugar, vinegar, water and salt; stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour the liquid mixture over the cucumber mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

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NESCO 8 Cup Food Processor Easy Tomato Salsa


Oct. 22, 2016 3:00 pm

The NESCO  8 Cup Food Processor makes fresh salsa fast and easy. The recipe below includes green bell pepper for bit of crunch and color along with its zesty flavor. However many people prefer to use a yellow or red pepper for its slightly lighter taste. Also, for less heat simply remove the jalapeno seeds before finely chopping.

Ingredients
3 cups tomatoes
1/2 cup green bell pepper
1 cup onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
 4 teaspoons chopped fresh jalapeno pepper (including seeds)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Place the tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper in the food processor. Pulse to chop and blend. Serve  and enjoy!

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Bread Pudding


Oct. 3, 2016 5:26 pm

This recipe for Bread Pudding is made simple with your 8 Qt Slow Cooker from Open Country by NESCO. With equal amounts of cream and Nutella® you'll enjoy a pudding that's rich and silky with every spoonful.

1 cup bread, cubed and dice and place into buttered ceramic cooking pot of your Camouflage Nesco® 8qt Slow Cooker.

In a separate bowl combine;
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Nutella®
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

Whisk until smooth, pour over bread cubes and press cubes until all liquid is absorbed. 


Cook on LOW setting for 3 hours. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. 

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Apricot-Raisin Granola


Oct. 3, 2016 5:25 pm


Make you own fresh and wholesome granola at home with a Food Dehydrator from NESCO/American Harvest. This recipe for Apricot-Raisin Granola is one you'll want to make again and again. A tasty way to start your day, or as a snack at home or away.

4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not quick) or rolled oats
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup almonds, sliced
1/2 cup apricots, chopped
1/2 cup raisins

Pour 4 cups oatmeal or rolled oats into bowl. Add oil and brown sugar (more sugar for sweeter bars). Toss gently until blended. Add sunflower seeds and almonds. Mix well. 

Sprinkle onto Solid Fruit Roll Sheets 1/2 inches thick. Place in your Nesco®/American Harvest® Dehydrator on dehydrator trays. Dry 4 to 7 hours at 145? F until crunchy. 


Toss with apricots and raisins. Store in air-tight container.

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Kale and Blueberry Dehydrating tips


Sep. 30, 2016 3:27 pm



Tip #1
Did you know that drying Kale only takes a short time of drying? Substitute them for those high calorie snacks and you will do your body good.
Average Drying Time: 2 - 4hrs.

Tip #2
Did you know you can speed up the drying time in blueberries by cracking the skin? Use either method - boiling them in hot water for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse immediately in cold water, or freezing them for a couple of days, thaw and dry.

Average Drying Time: 10-18hrs.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna


Sep. 30, 2016 3:23 pm


If you like Italian food you'll love this recipe for Lasagna made simple with your 8 Qt Slow Cooker from Open Country by NESCO. With just a few simple ingredients you'll have a light fresh dish you'll love to serve to family and friends.

In 8 quart Camouflage Nesco® Slow Cooker cooking pot, put two cups of your favorite meat or veggie tomato sauce. Put three lasagna noodles on top, then another layer of sauce and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Continue to build two more layers and reserve 1/2 cup of cheese. 

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and cook an additional 10 minutes. 


Serve warm.

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