Recipes from you, the Cooperative Living Community

The recipes found on this page are collected by the staff of the Cooperative Living magazine from you our readers. You may have already seen some of these in the pages of the latest issue, but there are many you have not and can only be found here on the Cooperative Living website. 

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BRUNCH PIZZA – Dawn Zook of Chester Gap


24-oz. package frozen hash browns, thawed
8 eggs, divided
½ cup milk
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup chopped ham
½ cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup diced green pepper
8-oz. shredded cheddar

DIRECTIONS: Mix 1 egg with hash browns and pat into a 15” round pizza pan or 10”X15” sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk remaining 7 eggs with ½ cup milk in a small bowl and season to taste. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then microwave another 2 minutes. Spread cooked eggs evenly over hash brown crust, then top with remaining ingredients and continue baking 10 minutes. Serves 6-8.


TUTTI-FRUITY SMOOTHIE – Cynthia Johnson of Mount Jackson


1 sliced banana
½ cup mixed frozen berries
¾ cup milk or soy milk
½ cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
½ cup frozen yogurt or sherbet

DIRECTIONS: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

BROCCOLI PEANUT RAISIN SALAD – Submitted by Ruth Burkholder of Harrisonburg


3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 large bunch of broccoli, chopped
½ red onion, minced
¾ cup raisins
½ cup chopped peanuts

DIRECTIONS: Mix first three ingredients, then pour over remaining ingredients and fold to combine. Chill before serving.

TURKEY WALDORF SALAD – Submitted by Patricia Harbin of Louisa


2 red apples, cored & diced
½ cup diced celery
½ lb cubed smoked turkey
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup walnuts, toasted

DIRECTIONS: Mix first four ingredients. Chill, then serve on lettuce or with crusty bread, topping with walnuts.

CARROT CORN MUFFINS – Submitted by Joann Hensley of McGaheysville


1 cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ cup grated carrot

DIRECTIONS: Combine milk, butter and egg. Stir in dry ingredients until flour is just moistened, then fold in carrot. Divide batter among 12 paper-lined baking cups in a cupcake pan and bake at 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

BEEF BARLEY SOUP – Joanne Hensley of McGaheysville



2 ½ lbs stew beef, cut in 1” pieces
16-oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 peeled, diced carrots
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
Approx. 8 cups water
1 cup green cabbage, sliced
½ cup quick-cooking barley

DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients except cabbage and barley in a large pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and cook until meat is tender, about 1 hour. Stir in cabbage and barley, and continue cooking 20-30 minutes. Serves 6-8.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH & CARMELIZED ONION PIZZA – Submitted by Sheri Goding of Henrico


2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons curry powder, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 “thumb” fresh ginger, grated
1 small jalapeno or chili pepper, diced
2 tablespoon chicken broth
16-oz. prepared pizza dough
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 handful cilantro, stemmed and chopped

DIRECTIONS: Toss squash with 1 T curry powder. Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and roast at 400 degrees until tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan, add onion and cook about 20 minutes over low heat, stirring regularly, until carmelized. Add garlic, ginger, chili pepper and remaining curry powder. Cook one minute, then add broth to deglaze pan and cook until liquid reduces a bit. Flatten pizza dough into a large circle, then top with onion mixture and squash. Sprinkle both cheeses over and bake at 500 degrees for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.


CROCK-POT CHILI – Submitted by Yvonne Burnette of Sutherland


2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled & minced
1 stalk celery, chopped
24-oz. can pureed tomatoes|
15-oz. can dark kidney beans
15-oz. can light kidney beans
6-oz. can tomato paste
4-oz. can green chilies, drained
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
2-3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

DIRECTIONS: Brown grown beef, draining as needed. Add onion, garlic and celery and cook two minutes. Combine with remaining ingredients in a crock pot, adding 3-4 cups water. Continue cooking until heated through. When serving, top with grated cheese and a side of crackers.


HOT TUNA MACARONI BAKE – Submitted by R.E. Campbell of Staunton


1 cup elbow macaroni, cooked & drained
3-oz. can tuna, drained
3-oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups sliced celery
1 cup frozen peas
¼ cup chopped onion
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees in a greased 2-quart casserole  for 15-20 minutes; serves 4.




6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
¾ c mayonnaise
1 t dill weed
1 t Dijon mustard
1 t lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. smoked salmon
6 croissants, halved

DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients except croissants, salmon and spinach.  Spread mixture on halved croissants, topping with smoked salmon.


SPINACH CHEESE CASSEROLE – Sonja Brown of Lynch Station


3 10-oz. packages frozen chopped spinach
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
8 oz. sliced fresh musrooms
8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
3 egg yolks
4 oz. grated cheddar

DIRECTIONS: Thaw spinach (can use microwave) and squeeze to drain well. Melt butter to saute onion and mushrooms. Turn off heat, then stir in cream cheese, egg yolks and spinach. Pour into greased 2-quart casserole and top with cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; serves 6.

ONION-ARTICHOKE CASSEROLE – Karla Seidita of Sumerduck


4 medium onions, peeled
14-oz. can artichokes in water
½ stick butter, divided
2 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups milk
2 teaspoons hot sauce
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup crushed butter-type crackers

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch non-metal pan. Cut onions into 8 wedges and place in pan. Rinse and drain artichokes and spread on top of onions. In a small pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in flour and cook one minute. Whisk in milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens – about three minutes. Pour over onions and artichokes, spreading to cover. Sprinkle with crushed crackers. Melt remaining butter and drizzle over all. Bake until onions are tender, sauce is bubbling and crumbs are golden – about an hour. Serves 6-8.

GINGER POUND CAKE LOAVES – Cynthia Johnson of Mount Jackson


1 ½ cups butter
1 ¼ cups sugar
6 eggs
5 ½ cups cake flour
2 tablespoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 ½ cups dark molasses
½ cup milk

DIRECTIONS: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and eggs. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with a mixture of the molasses and milk, mixing well. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9”X5”X3”loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool on wire racks; can glaze with a mixture of 2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice


BUTTERSCOTCH CLUSTERS – Submitted by Joanne Hensley of McGaheysville


6-oz. package butterscotch morsels
½ cup peanut butter
3-oz. can chow mein noodles
½ cup chopped cashews

DIRECTIONS: Place morsels in a ceramic bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, stirring to help melt. Add remaining ingredients and drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Chill until set, then store
in airtight container.




2 Granny Smith apples
1 cup sugar
2 8-count containers Pillsbury crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
12-oz. can Mountain Dew
Cinnamon to taste

DIRECTIONS: Core and slice each apple into 8 slices, making 16 slices total.  Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll and place in a buttered 9″ cake pan.  Melt butter; add sugar and vanilla.  Pour entire mixture over apples in cake pan.  Pour Mountain Dew around edges of pan.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

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