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Maybe this recipe should be called “Pigs-In-A-Blanket 2.0” since it’s the basic ingredients but a different type of pork. Double the amount of ham for a heartier version.

1 container of croissants

8 thin slices of cooked ham (8 oz.)

4 thin slices of Cheddar cheese (4 oz), each cut into 4 strips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Separate the dough into 8 triangles. Place 1 piece of ham on each triangle, folding if necessary to fit. Place 2 strips of cheese in the center of the ham. Roll up each roll, ending at the tip of the triangle. Place each roll on a greased baking sheet with the point down. Bake for 15 to 19 minutes or until golden brown.

I wanted to try a pancake recipe on a sheet pan to make freezer pancakes for later, but most recipes made thick pancakes and included fruit and other ingredients. So I adapted using pancake mix and made several batches. I was able to use the same foil-covered pan more than once; just coat with spray pan before each batch.

2⅓ tsp. complete pancake mix

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a half 12×17 baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Whisk together pancake mix and liquid. Pour over the prepared pan and spread the batter into the corners. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned around the edges. After taking it out of the oven, run a flexible spatula or pancake spatula under the cooked pancake to loosen it. Unmold onto aluminum foil and cut into 12 square pancakes.

Note: Be sure to start with a fully preheated oven so the first batch doesn’t cook too long.

Most of the corn stew recipes you see are based on a mixture of corn and cornbread etc. This recipe goes “back” in my recipe box and is a different version of this popular side dish. The recipe can easily be doubled.

Mix all the ingredients except the butter. Put in a greased casserole. Dot with butter. Bake at 350°F. during 30 minutes.

Robin Richey, Eureka, was a home economics instructor in south-central Illinois and retired as a children’s librarian at the Eureka Public Library.

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