Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gifting Tastes & Treasures Cookbook

Lots of snowbirds come to the "Valley of the Sun" in February and March. We were fortunate to enjoy a mini-Michigan Tech University reunion at Dennis and Carol Downey's place in Mesa last week with 6 graduates of the University. It was fun to reminisce and tell stories.

I gave a cookbook to Laura and Mike Hoganson and she was so grateful. Coming from a Forestry major, this comment is appreciated, "Thank you for Tastes & Treasures. It is a beautiful, beautiful cookbook. I have studied every page(!) and am excited to make many of the recipes."

Meatballs with Sweet-and-Sour Sauce, page 165 Tastes & Treasures, is an easy recipe to serve at any get-together. The guys have enjoyed it on their golf trips when I prepare it and freeze the entire dish in a giant zip-loc bag. Before they leave for golf, it is placed in the crockpot on low heat to be enjoyed when they return.



2 cups undrained sauerkraut

1 16oz can whole cranberry sauce

1¼ cups chili sauce

1¼ cups water

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 pounds frozen cooked meatballs


  1. Allow meatballs to defrost in refrigerator overnight.
  2. Combine sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, chili sauce water and brown sugar in a slow cooker and mix well.
  3. Add the meatballs and cook on low for 2-3 hours or longer.