Wal-Mart Cookbook Includes Pine Woman's Recipe

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Barbara Hall, who decorates cakes for the Payson Wal-Mart, is one of 1.3 million of the store's associates invited to enter recipes to its national search program.

Hall's Stuffed Pepper Casserole was one of only 96 recipes chosen to be featured in the new edition of the "Wal-Mart Family Cookbook."

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, there will be a book signing for the cookbook at Wal-Mart. Everyone is invited to stop by, meet Hall and pick up a copy of the cookbook.

According to the book's note on Hall, she came up with the recipe for Stuffed Pepper Casserole when she noticed her children only ate the filling of her stuffed peppers. So, she decided to chop the peppers and add them to the filling, then prepared the dish as a casserole.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

1 cup Mahatma® White Rice

1 pound lean ground beef

1 large green pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoons Enova® Oil

1, 14-1/2-ounce can Del Monte® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano

3, 8-ounce cans Del Monte® Tomato Sauce

2 teaspoons McCormick® Garlic Salt

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® ground black pepper

2 cups Kraft® Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rice according to package directions, set aside and keep warm.

As the rice is cooking, brown ground beef in a medium-sized skillet, stirring to break up meat. Drain fat and set aside.

In a large, deep skillet, cook bell pepper and onion in hot oil until tender. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir cooked rice and beef into tomato mixture.

Pour into a 13-inch-by-9-inch-by-2-inch baking pan. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Garnish with cheese if desired.

Hall and her family have lived in Pine full time in 1998, and were part-time residents for about 10 years prior, moving here from Chandler. She is originally from St. Louis, Mo.

She created the recipe for Stuffed Pepper Casserole while her nine children were growing up in Chandler, she said. It is still a family favorite and all her children and 26 grandchildren absolutely love it, she said.

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