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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.



main dish, beef, tex-mex

1 lb lean ground beef
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 each med onion; finely chopped
1 each medium green or red pepper*
16 oz can kidney beans, drained
16 oz can tomatoes**
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 each clove garlic; minced
1 each small bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crushed oregano leaves

2-3 t chili powder *Finely chopped **drained, cut into bite size pieces In a heavy pot melt butter. Crumble meat into pot. Cook a few minutes until meat is no longer pink. Remove. To the pot, add onion and pepper. Cook a few minutes, stirring, until vegetables are soft. Add meat. Stir to combine. Add remaining ingredients. Heat to a boil.Reduce heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, at least 45 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Serve immediately. FROM: JACQUELINE HLAVATY (FDGN81E)