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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ambrosia Cake

Ambrosia Cake

Pineapple Curd:

Bring juice from canned pineapple to boil. Whisk together eggs, yolk, and sugar in medium bowl. Add to pineapple juice, whisking continuously over medium heat until it becomes thick (3-4 minutes). Take off heat, stir in butter and salt. Pour in small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.


Bake cake according to package directions. When cooled, slice horizontal into 3 even layers.
Take vanilla frosting, orange juice and orange zest; stir to combine.
Place bottom layer of cake on platter, spread 1/2 of orange frosting on bottom layer, top with mandarin oranges.
Place another layer of cake on top, spread pineapple curd over this layer and top with 4 slices of pineapple rings cut into 1/2.
Add third layer of cake, frost all around the sides with rest of orange frosting. Frost top with cream cheese frosting.
Layer 4 pineapple rings on top, cut into 1/4 and second can of mandarin oranges.
Press toasted coconut into sides and on top of cake.

1 cup pineapple juice
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch of salt
16 ounces vanilla frosting
8 ounces cream cheese frosting
2 teaspoons orange juice
zest of half an orange
1 angel food cake, baked, cooled
2 cans (15 oz. ea) mandarin orange slices, drained
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple slices, drained and cut into quarters
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Corned Beef Hash

Corned Beef Hash


* 2-3 Tbsp unsalted butter
* 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
* 2-3 cups finely chopped, cooked corned beef
* 2-3 cups chopped cooked potatoes, preferably Yukon gold
* Salt and pepper
* Chopped fresh parsley

1 Heat butter in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) on medium heat. Add the onion and cook a few minutes

2 Mix in the chopped corned beef and potatoes. Spread out evenly over the pan. Increase the heat to high or medium high and press down on the mixture with a metal spatula.

3 Do not stir the potatoes and corned beef, but let them brown. If you hear them sizzling, this is good. Use a metal spatula to peak underneath and see if they are browning. If nicely browned, use the spatula to flip sections over in the pan so that they brown on the other side. Press down again with the spatula. If there is too much sticking, you can add a little more butter to the pan. Continue to cook in this manner until the potatoes and the corned beef are nicely browned.

4 Remove from heat, stir in chopped parsley. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper, and add salt to taste.



5 lbs corned beef brisket
water, to cover
2 small unpeeled oranges, sliced
2 small onions, sliced
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbs fresh dill weed
3 bay leaves, halved
1 ½ cups sliced celery
4 cinnamon sticks, halved
2 cups water

2 Tbs unsalted butter
1 Tbs flour
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
1-2 Tbs prepared mustard
1 large egg yolk
2/3 cup milk
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

1. Soak corned beef brisket in water to cover for one hour; drain.

2. Place beef in pressure cooker. Add remaining ingredients to beef and cover securely. Cook at 15 pounds pressure for 50 minutes. Let pressure drop on its own accord. Release cover and remove corned beef.

3. While corned beef is cooking, prepare mustard sauce: Melt butter in top of double-boiler. Add flour, salt, pepper, and mustard, blending well. Combine egg yolk with milk and stir into mustard mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until thickened and smooth. Blend in lemon juice immediately before serving.

4. Slice corned beef and serve with mustard sauce and cabbage.

Servings: 8

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

1 prepared chocolate cookie pie crust
1 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
4 -1/2 cups (12 ounce container) non-dairy whipped topping, divided
1 jar (11.75 ounces) Smucker's Hot Fudge Topping, divided

For the Drizzle:
2 tablespoons Smucker's Hot Fudge Topping

2 tablespoons Jif Peanut Butter

Remove lid, warm jar in microwave for approximately 30 seconds. Stir Topping. Do not overheat

In medium bowl, beat together peanut butter, cream cheese and sugar. Gently fold in 3 cups whipped topping. Spoon mixture into prepared pie shell. Using spatula, smooth mixture to edges of pie.

Reserve 2 tablespoons Hot Fudge Topping and place remainder into microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Spread Hot Fudge Topping over pie to cover peanut butter layer. Refrigerate until serving time.

Just before serving, spread remaining whipped topping (1-1/2 cups), over Hot Fudge layer, being careful not to mix the two layers.

Place reserved 2 tablespoons Hot Fudge Topping in a small baggie and knead for a few seconds. Cut tiny hole in corner of bag and drizzle over pie. Repeat with 2 tablespoons peanut butter, drizzling in opposite direction of Hot Fudge Topping.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Smucker's®.

Apple Pie

5-6 apples
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbs flour
dash of salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cups broken pecans
2- 9 inch pie crust

Peel, core, and chop apples. Toss with remaining ingredients and place in unbaked pie crust. Place pats of butter on top of apples. Place second crust on top, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 55 minutes in 375* oven



1 lb. cabbage
6 large potatoes
1 lb. carrots
1 large onion
1 can corned beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 8 oz. package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Step 1
Skin potatoes and cut into chunks. Place in bottom of casserole dish.

Step 2
Clean and skin carrots. Cut them into chunks. Add to potatoes in the bottom of the casserole dish.

Step 3
Cut onion into slices. Place half the onion in with potatoes and carrots. Save remaining onion.

Step 4
Shred the cabbage and place on top of ingredients in casserole dish. Set corned beef on top of cabbage making sure to cover entire cabbage.
Spoon the cream of mushroom soup (not mixed) over corned beef top. Top with remaining onion.

Step 5
Cover dish. Place in preheated 375 degree oven.
Cook until potatoes, carrots and cabbage are tender, about 30 minutes (depending on how big you cut the potatoes and carrots).

Step 6
Remove dish from oven, remove the cover and sprinkle cheese on top.
Return the dish to the oven, uncovered, just until the cheese is browned.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole

Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole

1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp dry mustard
1 cup diced cooked corned beef
4 cups coarsely shredded cabbage

Mix all ingredients in a 1 1/2 quart casserole. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. 3 to 4 servings.

Banana-Coconut Cream Dessert

Banana-Coconut Cream Dessert

2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup firm butter or margarine
1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 3/4 cups milk
2 medium bananas, sliced
2 cups whipped cream
1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Mix Bisquick mix and sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until crumbly. Press in bottom of ungreased square pan, 9x9x2 inches.
2. Bake about 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
3. Make pudding mix as directed on package for pudding, using 1 3/4 cups milk; spread over crust. Top with banana slices. Spread whipped cream over top. Sprinkle with coconut. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour but no longer than 24 hours.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie
Source: Nestle® Carnation®

1 prepared 9-inch (9 ounces) graham cracker crust

1 1/4 cups (14-ounce can) Nestle Carnation Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 cup (about 3 medium limes) fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon grated lime peel

2 cups frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed


Beat sweetened condensed milk and lime juice in a small bowl until combined; stir in lime peel. Pour into crust; spread with whipped topping. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


1 lb. hamburger, I use the 90% to 98% fat free
½ lb. pork sausage
2 cups dry seasoned bread crumbs
1½ cups milk
1 egg, well beaten
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon sage
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
¼ cup onion, minced

Mix the meats together. Add to that mixture the milk and bread crumbs. Then add the beaten egg, then the dry mustard, sage, pepper, salt and minced onion. Mix well. Place in loaf pan. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350º. Then put catsup on top of the meatloaf and return to the oven for 15 more minutes. If you wish not to use the catsup then cook the meatloaf for 1½ hours.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole

Corned Beef and Cabbage Casserole
4 c. chopped cabbage
1 c. sliced celery
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. butter or margarine
8 oz. mostaccioli noodles (cooked & drained)
1 can corned beef (crumbled
1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. caraway seed
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 c. (4 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sauté cabbage, celery and onion in butter. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Spoon into 2 quart casserole. Cover. Bake 45-50 minutes until heated. Yields 8 servings.
Source: http://www.nancys-kitchen.com



3⁄4 cup ketchup
2 large eggs
1⁄2 cup milk
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp pepper
2 lb meat loaf mixture (beef, pork and veal)
1⁄2 cup chopped scallion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped carrotts
1⁄2 cup bell pepper
1 cup crushed saltine crackers (24 crackers)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.

2. Whisk 1⁄2 cup ketchup with the next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Add meat loaf mixture, scallion, bell pepper, saltines and garlic. Mix well with hands or with a wooden spoon.

4. Place on baking sheet and pat into an 11 x 5-in. oval loaf. Mix remaining 1⁄4 cup ketchup and the brown sugar; spread over loaf.

5. Bake 50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in center registers 160°F. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Leftovers are great served cold with mustard or horseradish sauce

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