Baking with Betty

By Betty Heald | Mar 14, 2014

This weeks column is dedicated to all the Irish folk out there. May you find your pot of gold!

Pork Bundles

4 boneless pork chops (cut pocket in each)

1 small bag frozen vegetables, thawed

1/4 pound American cheese, chopped

3 tablespoons steak sauce

4 strips bacon

Mix thawed vegetables with chopped cheese; add steak sauce. Stuff pork chops with mix. Wrap in bacon and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until done.


Italian Love Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix (not pudding type)

2 pounds ricotta cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup sugar

4 eggs

Mix cake mix according to package directions. Pour into greased and floured 9-by-13-inch pan.

Mix together ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Pour evenly on top of unbaked cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.


1 box instant chocolate pudding

1 cup milk

8 ounce container whipped topping

Mix pudding with milk. Fold in whipped topping. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate.


Strawberry Lovers' Pie

3 squares semi-sweet chocolate, divided

1 tablespoon butter

9-inch pastry shell, baked

6 ounces softened cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 to 4 cups hulled fresh strawberries

1/3 cup strawberry jam, melted


In a saucepan, melt 2 ounces chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring constantly; Spread or brush over bottom and up sides of pastry shell. Chill.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Spread over chilled chocolate layer; cover and chill for 2 hours. Arrange strawberries, tip end up, atop the filling. Brush melted jam over strawberries. Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle over the top.

Our thought for the week: "When the outlook is not good, try the up look."

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