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Saturday, May 31, 2008

S'mores Pizza



SERVES 6 -8
1 (16 1/2 ounce) package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups graham crackers, broken in 1 inch pieces
2 cups miniature marshmallows
chocolate syrup, for garnish (optional)

Spread the softened cookie dough into a lightly greased pizza pan, flattening it to the edges.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until it begins to brown .
Remove the cookie from the oven and sprinkle the top with with the chocolate chips, graham crackers and marshmallows.
Return the cookie to the oven for 5-8 minutes until crust is brown and chips and marshmallows are melted.
Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Garnish with chocolate syrup, if desired.
Recipezaar

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fruit Cocktail Bars



1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 (17 oz) can fruit cocktail, undrained
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
Glaze:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 Tbls milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and eggs. Add fruit cocktail and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Sprinkle with coconut and walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes. In a saucepan, bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil. Remove from the heat; add vanilla and mix well. Drizzle over cake. Cool. Cut into bars.

Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen.

CORN FRITTERS



2-3 ears of corn
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 lg. eggs, separated
1/3 c. milk
1 tbsp. corn oil
1 qt. corn oil for frying

Cut kernels from cobs. Measure 1 1/2 cups. Set aside. Stir in bowl
the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Beat in bowl the egg
YOLKS, milk and 1 tablespoon corn oil. Add to flour mixture. Stir
until moist. Add corn. Beat in bowl egg WHITES until peaks form. Fold
into corn mixture. Pour 1 quart oil into 3 quart saucepan. Heat over
medium to 375 degrees. Add batter by tablespoonfuls a few at a time.
Fry, turning once, 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain. Serve
hot with butter and honey, or syrup. Makes about 24.
Posted by: "Tona" haggermaker4@yahoo.com

CORN FRITTERS

2-3 ears of corn
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 lg. eggs, separated
1/3 c. milk
1 tbsp. corn oil
1 qt. corn oil for frying

Cut kernels from cobs. Measure 1 1/2 cups. Set aside. Stir in bowl
the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Beat in bowl the egg
YOLKS, milk and 1 tablespoon corn oil. Add to flour mixture. Stir
until moist. Add corn. Beat in bowl egg WHITES until peaks form. Fold
into corn mixture. Pour 1 quart oil into 3 quart saucepan. Heat over
medium to 375 degrees. Add batter by tablespoonfuls a few at a time.
Fry, turning once, 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain. Serve
hot with butter and honey, or syrup. Makes about 24.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

GROUND BEEF AND POTATO CASSEROLE




1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 env. dry onion soup mix
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 lb. frozen hash brown potatoes
2 tbsp. soy sauce
3/4 c. grated cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can water

Brown meat and drain fat. Put into a large, greased casserole and sprinkle dry onion soup mix over meat. Top with frozen potatoes. Mix soup, water, salt, pepper, and soy sauce together until well blended.
Pour over meat and potatoes. Cover with foil or lid and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
Remove lid and top with grated cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes longer.

Serves 6.

Source: cooks.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Cherry Pie Cups


Cherry Pie Cups

Easy and adorable! Bake individual little pies in muffin cups using Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust.

1 box (15 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Remove crusts from pouches; unroll on work surface. With 3 1/2- or 4-inch round cutter, cut 6 rounds from each crust; discard scraps.
2. Fit rounds into 12 ungreased muffin cups, pressing in gently. Spoon about 2 tablespoons pie filling into each crust-lined cup.
3. Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until edges are golden brown and filling is bubbly.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Cranberry Relish


Ingredients
2 cups washed raw cranberries
2 skinned and cored apples
1 large, whole (peel ON) seedless orange, cut into sections
2 cups granulated sugar
Method
1 Set up the grinder with a medium-sized blade on the edge of a table with a large roasting pan or bowl to catch the mix as it grinds. These old fashioned grinders tend to leak some of the juice down the grinder base, so you may want to set up an additional pan on the floor under the grinder to catch the drips. If you don't have an old-fashioned grinder you can use a grinder attachment on a KitchenAid mixer, you can chop by hand (though that will take a lot of work), or you can chop in a food processor (be very careful not to over-pulse, or you'll end up with mush).


2 Run fruit through a grinder. Use the entire (seedless) orange, peels, pith and all.

3 Mix in the sugar. Let sit at room temperature until sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 3 cups.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

ARTICHOKE DIP (Click to Enlarge)

HOT ARTICHOKE DIP


Delicious, quick and easy hot dip. Even the children will love it. Serve 6

14 oz can Artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup
Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup
Asiago cheese, shredded or grated
4 drops Tabasco sauce
2 clove Garlic, minced
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Sour cream
Paprika and fresh chopped parsley (optional)

Preheat over to 350°F
Mix together artichoke hearts, cheeses, Tabasco, sour cream and mayonnaise. Put in a 8x8 glass pan or casserole. Top with paprika and parsley. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or corn tortilla chips. I like to use Tostitos Scoops.

Apple Cake



3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups diced peeled apples
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Whipped cream or ice cream

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg
and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to
creamed mixture (batter will be very thick). Stir in the apples, nuts. Spread
into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with just a few crumbs.
Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Yield: 9 servings.

Chicken Casserole

Chicken Casserole


2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 celery ribs, chopped
3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup sliced almonds

In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x
9-in. x 2-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese. Toss cornflakes with butter;
sprinkle over cheese. Top with almonds. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30
minutes or until heated through.

Yield: 6-8 servings.
Recipe from TASTE OF HOME

Almond Chicken Casserole


2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 celery ribs, chopped
3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crushed cornflakes
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup sliced almonds

In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x
9-in. x 2-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese. Toss cornflakes with butter;
sprinkle over cheese. Top with almonds. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30
minutes or until heated through.

Yield: 6-8 servings.
Recipe from TASTE OF HOME

Strawberry Pie


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 pie shell (9 inches), baked
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

In a 3-qt. saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Add milk, stirring until
smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Stir in small amount of
milk mixture into yolks, then return all to saucepan. Cook, stirring for 2
minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool 20 minutes.
Pour into pie shell; chill several hours until firm. Whip cream and sugar; spread
half over pie filling. Arrange berries on cream. Dollop or pipe remaining cream
around edge of pie.

Marinated Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine the ingredients; spread on both sides of chicken. Place chicken
on plate. Marinate at room temperature for 10-15 minutes or for several hours in
the refrigerator. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat, turning once, for 10-15
minutes or until juices run clear.

Yield: 4 servings.

Strawberry Mousse



4 cups quartered fresh strawberries or frozen unsweetened strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

In a food processor or blender, combine strawberries and sugar; cover and process
until smooth. Strain and discard seeds. Return strawberry mixture to the food
processor. Add pudding mix; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large
bowl; fold in whipped topping. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate until
serving.

Yield: 8 servings.

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