ValleyCentral vacation recipe e book

ValleyCentral vacation recipe e book

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — One of many best issues in regards to the vacation season is spending time with family members, creating recollections and consuming scrumptious meals.

ValleyCentral is worked up to share vacation recipes personalised by our staff, for our viewers.

From our newsroom to your private home, listed here are eight fast and straightforward recipes for you and your family members to do this vacation season.

Jeremiah Marshall’s Candy Potato Casserole

ValleyCentral’s Jeremiah Marshall is sharing a household recipe that reminds him of his childhood, nice recollections and a cherished one.

“There’s an important southern consolation meals that can deliver the household collectively. That my mates is a candy potato casserole!”


  • 3 candy potatoes
  • 1 bag of big marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup gentle brown sugar
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 stick of butter room temperature
  • Pecans (non-compulsory)
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg


1: Shave your candy potatoes and boil them in a pot on medium-to-high warmth for half-hour.

2: As soon as the potatoes are boiled, mash them up then add sugar, brown sugar and the room temperature butter. Combine all substances collectively.

3: Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and splash of vanilla into the combo. (Pecans are non-compulsory so as to add into the combo) Afterwards, stir all collectively.

4: Place combination right into a baking pan then place marshmallows on high of the candy potato combination.

5: Preheat oven to 350 levels Fahrenheit and let the candy potato combination bake for about 25 minutes or till nonetheless shade of brown you want your marshmallows.

6: Take pleasure in and create new recollections to your family members!

“I bear in mind after I was a baby this casserole at all times made me completely happy after I noticed it on the dinner desk. I couldn’t have made this with out the fingers which have perfected this meal. This was a dish that I noticed my Godmother Gloria make on a number of events from Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving to Christmas. She sadly handed away, and now each time I make this casserole, I consider her. Love you Gloria, at all times and eternally.”

Sydney’s Inexperienced Spaghetti Recipe

CBS 4’s Sydney Hernandez is sharing her model of basic vacation dishes which might be assured to deliver smiles to the kitchen desk.

“I make this inexperienced spaghetti recipe for each special day all yr lengthy! However it’s going to at all times be on the desk for Thanksgiving and Christmas!”


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 cilantro bunch
  • 4 giant poblano peppers
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic cloves
  • 2 cups bitter cream (16 oz. tub)
  • 1 package deal of cream cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of floor black pepper
  • 2 Knorr Hen Bouillon Cubes
  • ¼ cup of water


  1. Warmth a griddle pan and place all 4 poblano peppers on excessive warmth. Flip the peppers till all of them are black and popping (roughly 25 minutes).
  2. Carry water to a boil in a pot and add the 1 pound of spaghetti. Let the pasta boil for 10-15 minute till absolutely cooked. As soon as the pasta is finished boiling, drain the water and depart the cooked pasta within the pot.
  3. As soon as the poblano peppers are properly toasted, place them in a toss away bag for 10 minutes to sweat, making it simpler to peel. (I take advantage of an H-E-B plastic bag). Permit the peppers to chill earlier than peeling so that you don’t burn your self.
  4. After the peppers have cooled, minimize open every pepper and take away the stem and seeds. Ensure that to take away seeds or the dish will probably be further spicy!
  5. Chop up cilantro bunch into smaller items. I take advantage of a standard knife and chop the leaves for a couple of minutes.
  6. In a blender or a meals processer, throw within the 4 peeled peppers (no seeds or stems), chopped cilantro, bitter cream, water, Knorr cubes, cream cheese, pepper, and garlic till consistency turns right into a thick liquid. The consistency must be much like an alfredo sauce and colour must be a lightweight inexperienced.
  7. Pour the sauce from the blender into the unique pot with pasta inside and blend for 1 minute on low warmth till the pasta sauce has warmed up.
  8. Take pleasure in!

Frank McCaffrey’s Well-known Turkey Meatloaf

ValleyCentral’s Frank McCaffrey is making his well-known dish that mixes consolation, diet and easy, but, scrumptious flavors.

I found this after I was a bachelor in my 20s and seeking to get into nice form. It at all times labored!


  • One package deal of floor turkey meat (1 lb.)
  • Two eggs
  • 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of cubed onions


  1. Combine collectively all substances besides the ketchup in a mixing bowl.
  2. As soon as the substances are combined, type a rectangle form on a baking sheet. Make the rectangle form about an inch and a half excessive.
  3. Pour the ketchup in a line up and down the highest of the fashioned meatloaf.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 levels Fahrenheit and bake the meatloaf for about 25 minutes or till browned throughout.
  5. Take pleasure in!

“Serves 3-4 or 1 hungry bachelor!”

Sydney Hernandez’s Further Straightforward Cornbread Casserole:

“That is the right spin on conventional cornbread and it’s so easy. You may as well add in your personal toppings to customise like jalapenos or cheese on high!”


  • ¼ pound of melted butter
  • 1 can of complete kernel corn  (15 oz.)
  • 1 can of creamed corn (15 oz.)
  • 1 packet of Jiffy corn muffin combine (8.5 oz.)
  • 1 oz. bitter cream


  1. Preheat oven at 350 levels Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all substances right into a mixing bowl. Combine properly till all substances are meshed properly.
  3. Pour the substances into any casserole dish.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes or till golden brown on the surface.
  5. Take pleasure in!

Elette Garza’s Cranberry Sauce

ValleyCentral’s Elette Garza is sharing her mother’s recipe for a standard twist on cranberry sauce.


  • 1 12oz bag of complete cranberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 spring of rosemary


  1. Mix all substances right into a pot
  2. Carry mixture to boil till it turns right into a jelly-like texture
  3. Take away rosemary spring and place the sauce right into a container
  4. Take pleasure in!

Mia Morales’ No-Bake Cheesecake

ValleyCentral’s Mia Morales is maintaining it candy and easy by serving up a dessert that’s scrumptious and enjoyable to make for all ages.

“That is the primary pastry my Abuelita ever taught me to make. It’s tremendous creamy and good!”


  • 2 packets of Galletas Marias
  • 2 blocks of Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 can of lechera/sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 lime (freshly squeezed juice)
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks of melted butter


  1. Mix the 2 packets of Galletas Marias right into a blender or meals processor till they’re a tremendous powder.
  2. Put the blended powdered cookie right into a pie dish and blend with the 1 ½ sticks of melted butter (with a spoon) till it holds its pie crust form. Ensure that to “squish” the crust into form.
  3. Bake the home made pie crust at 350 levels Fahrenheit for six minutes or till golden brown and let crust calm down.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, put the 2 blocks of cream cheese and slowly add one can of sweetened condensed milk (lechera) then mix.
  5. Add the 2 tablespoons of sugar to the combo and mix once more.
  6. Add the juice of a freshly squeezed lime to the combo and mix.
  7. Add a splash of vanilla extract and mix once more.
  8. Pour the whole combine into the cooled home made pie crust and place it within the fridge for minimal of two hours.
  9. Be at liberty to high with berries or toppings of your alternative!

10. Take pleasure in!

Sydney’s Polvorones (Mexican Wedding ceremony Cookies)

“These are so easy to make and children love serving to with this one! Be ready to eat greater than only one!”


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks of softened butter (this makes it simpler to combine)
  • ½ cup sugar or a sweetener of your alternative (I take advantage of ½ cup of Splenda and it got here out nice. As much as you! )
  • ½ cup pecan items
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven at 350 levels Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine flour, butter, sugar and pecan items collectively by hand in a big mixing bowl.
  3. Roll the dough into small items across the dimension of a finger and type right into a small ball.
  4. Bake at 350 levels Fahrenheit for 15-18 minutes (they will look pale, that’s okay! these don’t get very golden brown)
  5. After fully cooled, coat every cookie with the powdered sugar!
  6. Take pleasure in!

Bryan Hale’s Three-Layer Christmas Bark

CBS 4 Chief Meteorologist Bryan Hale’s multi-layered vacation recipe is “mint” to be at your dessert desk!

“In the event you prefer it pepper-minty, simply add a splash of additional extract when known as for!”


  • 12 ozwhite chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 6 ozsemi candy chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Common sweet canes


The underside layer:

  1. Place 6 oz (half) of white chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a microwave bowl. (You will want the opposite half of the white chocolate for the highest layer.)
  2. Soften chocolate in 20-second increments and stir the chocolate between every increment.
  3. Repeat till chocolate is easy and scorching.
  4. As soon as the chocolate is melted, add a 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Combine completely.
  5. Pour chocolate right into a lined baking sheet. This layer of chocolate will probably be skinny.
  6. Put pan in fridge for 10 minutes to chill a bit. (You don’t need it to get chilly, simply heat to the contact.)

Center layer:

  1. Put semi-sweet chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a microwave bowl.
  2. Repeat the incremental melting course of precisely just like the earlier layer.
  3. Add 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract into the chocolate as soon as it’s melted.
  4. Pour the semi-sweet chocolate over the white chocolate layer and unfold it out easy and skinny.
  5. Place the pan within the fridge for an additional 10 minutes.

High layer:

  1. Place the remainder of the white chocolate in your cleaned microwave bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of oil and repeat the melting course of. (Essential notice: You WILL NOT add peppermint to this batch.)
  3. Unfold this third and remaining layer into the pan.
  4. Sprinkle remaining layer, whereas scorching, with crushed sweet cane items.

Tip: “To crush the sweet cane, put them in a ziplock bag, seal the bag, and beat them like they owe you cash. Beat them with a rubber hammer or rolling pin.


  1. Place the three-layer bark in its pan within the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
  2. As soon as it’s exhausting, take your fingers and break it into the dimensions items you want.
  3. Put the dimensions items in a coated container.
  4. Take pleasure in!

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