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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Easy Baked Manicotti

2 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
1-3/4 cups POLLY-O Original Ricotta Cheese
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup pesto
12 manicotti shells, cooked, rinsed in cold water

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Spread 3/4 cup of the spaghetti sauce on bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix egg, cheeses and pesto until well blended. Spoon cheese mixture into large resealable plastic bag. Using scissors, cut off small hole from one of the bottom corners of bag.

FILL manicotti shells, one at a time, squeezing cheese mixture into both sides of each shell. Place manicotti over sauce in baking dish; pour remaining 1-1/4 cups spaghetti sauce over manicotti. Cover with foil.

BAKE 40 min. Or until heated through.

Blue Ribbon Pecan Pie

1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans

In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, brown sugar, salt, butter, and vanilla; mix well. Add slightly beaten eggs and blend well; stir in pecans. Pour into the unbaked pie shell. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 45 minutes, or until set. Cool and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Chicken Casserole

1 pkg (12 oz) herbed stuffing mix
4 Tbsp margarine, melted
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
4 cups diced cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can (10 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

In medium bowl, combine stuffing mix, melted margarine and chicken broth; toss until thoroughly mixed. Place one half of the mixture in bottom of lightly greased 9x12-inch baking dish. In medium bowl, mix chicken, onion, mayonnaise and salt;sprinkle over stuffing mixture.

Beat eggs and milk together and pour evenly over chicken. Refrigerate several hours.

One hour before serving time, spread mushroom soup evenly over top of mixture. Bake at 325*F 40 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is melted.

Chunky Blonde Brownies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup vanilla chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 jar (3 1/2 oz) macadamia nuts or 3/4 cup blanched almonds, chopped, divided

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla chips, chocolate chunks and 1/2 cup nuts. Spoon into a greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan; spread to evenly cover bottom of pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake at 350*F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Yield: 2 dozen


Lemon Supreme Pie

1 unbaked deep-dish pastry shell (9 inches)

Lemon Filling:

1 1/2 cups sugar
6 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups water
2 TBSP butter
2 tsp grated lemon peel
4 to 5 drops yellow food coloring, optional
2/3 cup lemon juice

Cream cheese filling:

2 pkgs (one 8 oz, one 3 oz) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cups whipped topping
1 TBSP lemon juice

Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450*F for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat; stir in butter, lemon peel and food coloring if desired. Gently stir in lemon juice (do not overmix). Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and lemon juice. Refrigerate 1/2 cup for garnish. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture into shell; top with lemon filling. Chill overnight. Place reserved cream cheese mixture in a pastry bag with a #21 star tip; pipe stars onto pie. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 6-8 servings


Apple Cream Pie

4 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
2 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP lemon juice
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups cold milk, divided
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
1/4 cup apricot preserves or strawberry jelly, melted

In a large skillet, saute apples, sugar and lemon juice in butter until apples are tender. Cool. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth; gradually beat in 1 cup milk, dry pudding mix and lemon peel. Add remaining milk; beat until thickened. Spread into pastry shell. Arrange apples over filling. Brush with preserves. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Brush with additional preserves if desired.
Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe and Image from Brenda's Recipe Page

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups zucchini, shredded
1 8 1/4 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup currants or raisins
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350*F.
Beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until thick.
Stir in zucchini, pineapple, flour, soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and nuts.
Blend well.
Pour into two greased 9x5-inch loaf pans.
Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

YIELD: 2 loaves

Corned Beef & Cabbage

3 to 4 lb. corned beef brisket with spice packet
(If corned beef did not come with a spice packet, use 1/2 tsp. dill weed plus salt & pepper to taste.)
4 medium potatoes - cut into chunks
3 large carrots, sliced or 1 cup baby carrots
l large white sweet onion - cut in half crosswise, then into thick slices
1 head cabbage - cut into wedges
2 cups water
1/4 cup honey
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. Dijon-style mustard

Preparation -
Place the corned beef in a dutch oven or a stock pot; cover with water. Add the spices. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for about 2 to 3 hours or until tender. Add the potatoes, carrots and onion. Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes longer or until the vegetables are barely tender. Meanwhile - combine the honey, mustard and brown sugar. Add to the corned beef along with the cabbage wedges, and cook 20 minutes longer. Remove the corned beef. Slice it across the grain. Place on a large serving platter with the cabbage and other vegetables.
Crockpot Directions -
Place the corned beef in a crockpot; Add the spice packet, potatoes, carrots, onion, and 1 cup water. Cover and cook on low for about 5 hours. Add the cabbage and 1 cup water; push down into the liquid as much as possible. Cook on low for an additional 2-1/2 to 3 hours.


1 c. raisins
Boiling water
2 1/3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. Crisco
3 eggs
3/4 c. milk
2 c. shredded carrots
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover raisins with boiling water; let stand 5 minutes; drain. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat sugar, shortening and eggs until fluffy. Add flour mixture and milk. Beat 2 minutes. Stir in carrots, raisins and nuts. Spread into greased and floured pan (13 x 9 inch). Bake 35 minutes. Cool completely. Frost with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.


1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand condensed milk
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
Yellow food coloring
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese

In heavy saucepan, combine milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and cook over medium heat stirring rapidly until thickened for 5-7 minutes. Stir in vanilla and food coloring. Chill at least 2 hours. In small bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in lemon mixture until smooth.


1 can whole cranberry sauce
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip



1 can (30 oz.) apricot halves, drained, reserve syrup
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 (4 1/2 oz.) whipped topping

Combine 1/2 cup syrup and gelatin. Stir over low heat until dissolved. Blend apricots in blender. Combine apricots and gelatin mixture. Beat cheese, milk and lemon juice. Stir in apricot mixture. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into graham cracker crust

Homemade Apple Sauce

8 McIntosh or Rome Beauty apples (about 8 cups), peeled and chopped
3 cups water
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Place chopped apples in a deep pot. Add water, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes, or until the apples begin to break down. Lower to a simmer and cook 15-20 minutes, or until the apples are completely soft. Stir well with a spoon until a thick sauce forms.

Leave a few lumps and bumps in it or puree it in a blender for a smooth finish. Make sure to let it cool first before pouring it the blender! Otherwise it will blow the cover off. Not that it has happened to me.

Let the sauce cool before serving.

Posted on Serious Eats.
Posted by Susan from Food Blogg

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