Diane Lowe

Diane Lowe of Caldwell County is pictured standing in her kitchen, where she whips up some delicious meals.

Diane Lowe, of Caldwell County, is sharing some recipes today. She lives in Caldwell County and is a member of Creswell Baptist Church.

She has two children and four granddaughters. Spending time with her family, gardening, working jigsaw puzzles, and camping are some of her favorite things to do.

Meatball Stew

(This is a hearty slow cooker meal-in-one using frozen meatballs)

3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes

1 16 oz. package baby carrots, quartered

1 large onion, chopped

3 celery ribs, sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces

1 12 oz. package frozen meatballs

1 10-3/4 oz. can condensed tomato soup, undiluted

1 10-1/2 oz. can beef gravy

1 cup water

1 envelope onion soup mix

2 tsp. beef bouillon granules

Place the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and meatballs into a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a bowl, combine the remaining ngredients and pour over the meatball mixture. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until vegetables are crisp but done. Yields 6 servings.

Sue’s Salad

(This is a recipe from Diane’s sister-in-law. Everyone seems to love it!)

1-2 heads lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces

2-3 sticks celery, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 purple onion, cut into slices

1 lb. bacon, cooked and broken into pieces, or “real bacon bits” may be used

Parmesan cheese (reserve the cheese to use as topping)

Mix together and keep cold.


1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayo

1 cup sugar

1 tbs. white vinegar

Mix together in a separate bowl. Mix into salad when ready to serve and top with Parmesan cheese

Fried Rice

1/2 lb. hamburger meat

1 onion, chopped

Cook until tender, then add

1.2 cup rice

Stir for 5 minutes, then add

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1-1/2 cups boiling water

After the rice absorbs all the water, add

1 pint tomatoes

1 small can kidney beans

Cook until done.

Cabbage Casserole

3 cups coarsely cut cabbage

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion

1/2 tsp. each of salt and pepper

2 cans tomato soup, undiluted

1 cup water

1/2 cup minute rice

Place cut cabbage in a 3-qt casserole dish

Brown beef, onion, salt and pepper

Add tomato soup, water and rice

Simmer, then pour over cabbage. Do not stir.

Bake uncovered at 325° for 1-3/4 hours.