Sour cream pound cake, crockpot potatoes, chocolate pretzel crack

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The first recipe is from Gini Karlsen who says this is her favorite pound cake.
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Sour cream pound cake
1 C (1/2 lb.) butter
3 C sugar
2 tsp. vanilla or lemon
1 C sour cream
6 eggs
3 C flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Cream butter and sugar, add flavoring and sour cream and mix very well. Beat in eggs, 2 at a time. Add baking soda to flour and add to cake. Mix well. Pour into greased 10-in. tube pan and bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
Gini adds, “You can always add nuts or poppy seeds or even raisins, but it’s best plain.”
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Crockpot potatoes
5-6 medium size potatoes
1 can Progresso Recipe Starters (cheese)
2-3 slices of bacon
seasoned salt (optional)
garlic powder or salt (optional)
Kraft First Taste Bacon Cheddar
Peel, wash, and cube potatoes. Large cubes will take longer to cook; small cubes will cook faster. Add potatoes to slow cooker. Add Progresso Recipe Starters cheese to slow cooker. Season to taste. Chop bacon and fry. Add bacon to potatoes. Add bacon grease, if desired. Discard grease otherwise. Mix all ingredients together.
Cook covered in slow cooker about 2.5 hours on high. Add cheese from the First Taste pack. Cook another 30-45 minutes. Top with bacon breadcrumb mixture.
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Chocolate pretzel crack
1 12-oz. pkg. of good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and divided
8 oz. mini pretzel twists
1 11-oz. pkg. caramels, melted
coarse sea salt for sprinkling
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, Melt 8 ounces of chocolate whether on stove or in microwave on low, stirring frequently. When melted and smooth, spread into a rectangle shape on prepared pan. Press pretzels into warm chocolate. It’s OK to let them overlap.
Unwrap and melt caramels with about 2 tbsp. of water. Again you can do this on the stove or in the microwave. Just make sure you are stirring frequently. When caramels are melted and smooth pour them over pretzels. Melt remaining 4 ounces of chocolate chips and drizzle over caramel and sprinkle with sea salt.
Place in refrigerator until caramel and chocolate are set. Break or cut into pieces.
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She said, “My swimsuit told me to go to the gym today. But my sweatpants said, nah girl, you’re good.”
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(Melanie Behrens – melb@marysvillejt.com)



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