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Restaurant-style sandwiches made at home

Shredded beef or pork sandwiches are a very popular menu choice at many restaurants but this week’s recipe is easy to prepare at home. The night before or in the morning, put ingredients in the crockpot, let it cook all day and when you get home in the evening, supper is ready to serve. Just have some fresh buns on hand, a salad ready to toss and dinner is ready.

■ Crockpot Beef in a Bun

4 pound roast

1 package dry onion soup mix

1 cup water

1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon beef base

Put all ingredients in the crockpot in the morning. Cook on low all day. Before making sandwiches, use two forks to pull meat apart.

■ Baked Potato Wedges

Serving size: 4

4 medium potatoes

1 tablespoon melted butter

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon parsley

Salt and pepper, to taste

Scrub potatoes. Do not peel. Cut each potato lengthwise in quarters. Stir together melted butter, garlic powder and parsley. Arrange potatoes skin side down on a shallow baking pan. Brush seasoned butter over cut surface of potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake uncovered, at 400 degrees for about one hour or until golden brown and tender when pierced.

■ Judy’s Chocolate Revel Bars

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

Cream until light and fluffy.


2 eggs

2 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups oatmeal


2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Make filling of:

12 ounce bag chocolate chips

1 cup sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt chocolate chips, milk, butter and salt in top of double boiler. When smooth, add nuts and vanilla. Spread two-thirds of dough mixture in an 11- by- 15-inch jelly roll pan. Cover with chocolate mixture. Dot remaining

oatmeal mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.

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