Editor’s note: Gloria took a much-deserved week off for the holiday, so we are sharing a few favorite recipes of hers (and readers) this week and she will return next week.

This is a favorite recipe on a cold winter’s day or save it for next New Year’s!

NEW YEAR’S SAUERKRAUT WITH SAUSAGE

  • 1 pound bulk sausage, browned
  • 1 large can or bag sauerkraut
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 cup ketchup

Mix all ingredients. Bake at 275 degrees for 4-5 hours. Stir occasionally. You may want to add a little water to desired consistency.

And, if you are tired of all the holiday sweets putting on pounds, try this healthier alternative.

GLORIA’S GUILT-FREE FUDGE

  • 2 cups dried pinto beans (or 2 pounds cooked)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, browned
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon stevia powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Soak beans overnight. The next day, simmer beans over low heat until soft, approximately 105 minutes. Beat until nice and smooth.

Add remaining ingredients and pat into 9- by 9-inch pan. Or, form into balls and roll in coconut or chopped nuts if desired.

Gloria Yoder is a young Amish mother, writer and homemaker in rural Illinois. Readers may write Gloria directly at: Gloria Yoder, 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427.

Citrus County is filled with great home cooks and we know you would love to share your recipes with our readers. Please click "Submit Your Recipe " to send us your recipes.

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