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Asian crab cakes
Baked spaghetti squash with spinach and cheese
Barbecued pork loin
BLT macaroni salad
Blueberry-buckwheat pancakes
Braised blueback with white wine sauce
Brochettes of pork with rosemary
Broiled pacific salmon steaks with salsa butter
Broiled pompano with noodles
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Cedar planked salmon with mustard mashed potatoes
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Apple-butterscotch pie
Apple-cranberry crumble pie
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Bittersweet chocolate truffle cheese cake
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Cranberry walnut pie
Cranberry walnut tart
Cream cheese and wild blueberry pound cake
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Double apple cake
Fluffy strawberry sherbet
Fresh blueberry pie
Fresh ricotta
Frozen lime cream pie
Grapefruit Alaska
Grapefruit cheesecake
Grapefruit fondue
Key lime pie
Key lime pie
Lemon and lime squares with pistachio crust
Lemon bars
Lemon cheese cake
Lemon meringue pie
Lemon or lime mousse
Lemon- honey jello
Lemon-scented blueberry sauce
Light strawberry mousse
Lime chiffon cheese cake
Lime mousse
Lime tart with raspberry sauce
Marbled pumpkin cheesecake
marionberry pie
Mascarpone cheesecake
No-bake nutella cheesecake
Nutty peach crisp
Oats and berry crumb dessert
Orange cake 2
Orange pound cake
Orange prune nut loaf
Orange soaked cake
Orange-honey jello
Pamplemousse pie
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Peach-blackberry tart
Pear-cranberry crumble
Pecan pumpkin pie
perfect white cake
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Pumpkin chocolate cinnamon and salted caramel mousse cake
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Rhubarb pound cake
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Southern pecan pie
Spiced pumpkin bread
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Swiss roll
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Samoan food is not heavily spiced and is characterized by the use of coconut milk and cream. Staple foods are taro, breadfruit, bananas, coconut, fish and shellfish, chicken and pork.
Samoan Umu, a traditional above the ground stone oven heated by glowing hot lava rocks is used to cook food. The food can be placed directly on the rocks, wrapped in banana leaves or plaited in coconut fronds for cooking.
Umus are usually used on Sundays as a special treat or in the event of large functions and other special celebrations.
Delicacies of Samoa include palusami (young taro leaves baked in coconut cream) and oka, (raw fish in coconut cream.


Not everyone knows that there are two Samoas - equally stunning - parts: Samoa and American Samoa. While there are definitely differences, Fa’a-Samoa - the traditional way things have been done for more than 3000 years - still prevails everywhere.
So what are the differences? Samoa is an independent nation with its own Head of State. At the end of the 19th century, there was much dispute between the Germans and Americans over the Samoan archipelago, and in 1899 the Tripartite Convention was signed, assigning the eastern island group to America and the western to Germany (it was called Western Samoa until 1997 when it was renamed Samoa). American Samoa, obviously as the name would suggest, is an - unincorporated - territory of the United States.

Appetizer
Asparagus with lime  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:6 minutes
2 pounds asparagus trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons liquid honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons diced sweet red pepper
In large skillet, simmer asparagus in salted boiling water for 6 minutes or just until tender.
Drain on towels; transfer to platter.
Whisk oil, lime rind and juice, honey, salt and pepper; stir in mint and chives.
Drizzle over asparagus; garnish with red pepper.

From Canada Living Test Kitchen

Appetizer
Baked oysters with wild mushroom ragout  Print Recipe

Recipe courtesy John Besh for Food Network Magazine
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
For the Oysters
2 dozen oysters
For the Aioli:
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the Ragout:
1 cup diced thick-sliced hickory-smoked bacon
1 or 2 shallots, minced
1 cup wild mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
Leaves of 1 sprig fresh thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Buy the oysters. When buying oysters, look for a tag with the harvest date and use them within a week of that date. Also, make sure the oysters are fresh and alive; the shells should be tightly closed or should close when tapped.
An hour before shucking, scrub the oysters with a stiff brush under cold running water to remove any grit. Set them aside to relax muscles in shell. They will open with more ease.

Shuck the oysters. Hold the oyster, curved-side down, in a towel on a cutting board. Insert an oyster knife between the shells at the narrow pointed end. (Use a real oyster knife-there is no substitute!) Press down firmly on the oyster to prevent slipping and twist the knife to pry the shells apart. Use the knife for leverage; do not use force. Cut the muscle that connects the oyster to the top shell with the knife, being careful not to pierce the meat. Remove the top shell. Slide your knife under the oyster to loosen it, keeping the meat and liquid in the shell. Use your knife to carefully scrape away any shards of shell.

Make the aioli. Blend the garlic, egg yolks, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil with the motor running and process until thick. Use a rubber spatula to transfer the aioli to a bowl, then cover and refrigerate.

Prepare the ragout. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat, stirring, until crisp. Add the shallots and mushrooms and cook 5 minutes, stirring. Add the garlic, cook 3 minutes, then add the butter and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

Assemble the oysters. Preheat the broiler. Place the oysters, in their shells, in individual baking dishes or one large dish. (Put a crumpled sheet of foil underneath them to keep them steady, if necessary.) Top each with a spoonful of mushroom ragout.

Finish the dish. Top each oyster with a dollop of aeoli. Broil until the aeoli is golden, about 2 minutes, and serve immediately.

Appetizer
Broiled crab meltaways  Print Recipe


Serves: 3
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
6 English muffins cut in halves

7 ounces crabmeat
4 ounces butter
7 ounces old English sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Mix all ingredients well. Spread on English muffin halves. Chill or freeze for future use.
Broil until golden brown. Cut muffins into quarters. Muffin halves can also be served as a luncheon.

Appetizer
Cheese wafers  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
8 ounces grated cheddar cheese
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
1/4 teaspoon Aromat seasoning
1 cup flour

Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Process cheese with the flour. Add butter and spices and process until dough forms a ball. Scrape the side of bowl, and process for a few more seconds to blend.
Roll the dough into 2-inch thick cylinder. Wrap in wax paper. Chill. Slice into 1/4 -inch slices. Place on sheet pan lined with wax paper.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until wafers are crisp. Cool on rack.

Note: I also roll cylinder in ground almond.

Appetizer
Dips for endives  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
GUACAMOLE:

2 ripe avocados
juice of one lemon
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 tomato, seeded and diced
salt to taste
hot pepper sauce to taste

Peel avocados, cut in halves, remove stones, and mash the avocados.
Add remaining ingredients, and mix.

BLUE CHEESE DIP:

1/2 pint sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced

In bowl, combine all the ingredients well. Serve chilled.

SALSA:

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large clove garlic, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 large tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of one lemon or lime
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro or parsley for garnish.

In bowl, combine all the ingredients well. Garnish with parsley or cilantro.
GUACAMOLE:

Peel avocados, cut in halves, remove stones, and mash the avocados.
Add remaining ingredients, and mix.

BLUE CHEESE DIP:

In bowl, combine all the ingredients well. Serve chilled.

SALSA:

In bowl, combine all the ingredients well. Garnish with parsley or cilantro.

Appetizer
Napoleon of peekey toe crab and apple  Print Recipe

Recipe adapted from Le Bernadin, New York NY
Serves: 2
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
3/4 pound peeky-toe or jumbo lump crab meat
1 Granny Smith apple
1 vine-ripened tomato
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh chives
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 tablespoons milk
freshly ground white pepper

For tuiles:
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1/2 cup rice flour
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup egg whites (from about 3 large eggs)
1/4 cup heavy cream

Garnish:
julienne strips of tomato,
sliced fresh chives, and curry powder

Pick over crab meat to remove any bits of shell and cartilage and if using lump crab meat lightly shred.
Peel and core apple and cut enough into 1/4-inch dice to measure 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon.
Peel and seed tomato and cut enough into 1/4-inch dice to measure 1/3 cup. Reserve 1 tablespoon each diced apple and tomato for sauce and in a bowl combine crab meat, remaining diced apple and tomato, 1 tablespoon chives, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream, 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise, and 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, tossing to combine well. Chill filling.
In a bowl whisk together milk and remaining tablespoons lemon juice, sour cream, and mayonnaise and stir in reserved diced apple and tomato, remaining teaspoon chives, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, and white pepper and salt to taste. Chill sauce while making tuiles.
Make tuiles:
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small saucepan melt butter over moderate heat and cool slightly. In a bowl whisk together flours, sugar, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg and whisk in whites until just combined. Whisk in cream until just combined and whisk in butter until just combined. On a baking sheet spread 2 teaspoons batter in an arc shape. With a pastry brush spread batter into a 5-inch-long arc, about 1 1/2 inches wide.
Make 3 more arcs with some of remaining batter in same manner, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake tuiles in middle of oven until bubbly, crisp, and golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
Carefully transfer tuiles with a thin spatula to a rack to cool and make more tuiles in same manner. (There will be enough batter to make about 26 tuiles, more than you need for the napoleons; leftovers may be used as an hors d'oeuvre.)
Spoon 2 tablespoons filling onto a plate and top with a tuile. Make 2 more layers with 4 tablespoons filling and 2 tuiles. Make 3 more napoleons in same manner. Drizzle sauce around napoleons and garnish with tomato, chives, and curry powder.

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Asian crab cakes  Print Recipe


Serves: 2
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
2 cups lump crabmeat
3 tablespoons minced scallions
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
juice of 1 lime
to taste chili oil
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

For sauce:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
peanut oil for frying
For garnish, sprigs of fresh cilantro
Pick over crabmeat to remove any cartilage. put it in a food processor and add 2 tablespoons scallions, the ginger, cilantro, mustard, sesame oil and soy sauce. Pulse about 4 times, just to blend the ingredients without shredding the crabmeat too finely.
Transfer the crabmeat to a bowl and fold in half of the lime juice, the chili oil to taste and the egg whites.
Form the mixture into 8 equal size patties, about 2½ inches in diameter. Lightly coat each patty with bread crumbs, put them on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
Heat a film of the peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet. Sauté the crab cakes over medium-low heat until they are lightly browned on both sides. Serve with the mayonnaise mixture on the side and sprigs of cilantro for garnish.
For the sauce:
Mix the mayonnaise with the remaining lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and scallions and set aside.

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Baked spaghetti squash with spinach and cheese  Print Recipe

It can be prepared ahead, then baked just before ready to serve. Swiss chard can be used as a substitute for spinach as it is in season with spaghetti squash. Separate the green leaves from the white. Dice the white stems and steam with green leaves.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:2 hours
6 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 1 large squash)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup minced onion
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups 2% or skim milk
1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
3 Tbsp tomato salsa
4 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach, steamed for 3 minutes
1/4 cup grated parmesan
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Separate the strands of squash with a fork and place in a medium bowl; discard shells. Maintain the oven temperature.

Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually 3 - 4 minutes.
Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick, about 2 minutes stirring; season with salt and pepper.
Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheddar cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked spaghetti squash and chopped baby spinach, pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with tomato salsa and Parmesan cheese on top. Bake until bubbly and golden 25 to 30 minutes.

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Barbecued pork loin  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes
For the barbecue sauce:

2 teaspoons corn oil
1/2 cup yellow onions, diced
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 boned loin of pork, 3 to 3 ½ pounds
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and slivered
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place oil, onion, chopped garlic, cumin cayenne pepper in a dutch.
Cook over low heat while stirring for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside.
Line a roasting pan with foil. Season pork loin with salt and pepper. Place in the roasting pan.
Spoon 1 cup of the barbecue sauce over pork. Place in oven.
Baste with additional sauce every 20 minutes until roast is done and all sauce is used, about 1 1/2 hours or until the center of roast has reached a temperature of 155 degrees.
Let roast rest 15 to 20 minutes, loosely covered with aluminum foil. Place pan juices in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
Skim off any fat that rises on top.
Stir in any natural juices that are released from pork roast. Heat sauce and serve alongside pork.
Remove any fat. Slice the roast. Serve with the sauce.

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BLT macaroni salad  Print Recipe

This salad is perfect to take to parties or get-togethers.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
1/2 cup tomato, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
3 cups lettuce, shredded
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; mix well.
2. Add the macaroni, tomato and onions; toss to coat.
3. Cover and refrigerate.
4. Just before serving, add lettuce and bacon; toss to coat

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Blueberry-buckwheat pancakes  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 large eggs, separated
melted butter
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries or frozen, unthawed
Mix first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
Stir in buttermilk, oil and egg yolks.
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until medium-firm peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into batter.
Heat a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat; lightly brush skillet with melted butter. Drop batter by ¼ cupfuls into skillet; spread to 4 inch rounds. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons blueberries over each round. Cook until tops are covered with small bubbles and bottom are golden, about 2 minutes. Turn and cook until second sides are golden, about 1 minute.
Repeat with remaining batter and blueberries, brushing skillet with melted butter for each batch.

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Braised blueback with white wine sauce  Print Recipe

The blueback salmon can be a small Artic char, a Pink Pacific salmon or and Atlantic grilse, all weighing between 3 to 5 pounds.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 tablespoon butter
5 medium shallots, peeled, minced
1-5 pound whole dressed salmon
3 cups dry white wine
to taste salt ground white pepper
1 bouquet garni
2 tablespoon butter
3 slices white bread
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt two tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add the minced shallots and cook until golden. Spread into a baking pan large enough to hold the salmon.
Scale salmon. Wash under cold water. Pat dry. Place the whole fish, lying flat on the baking pan. Season the cavity with salt and pepper. Add the bouquet garni. Dot the fish with the two tablespoons of butter. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, and bake Measure the salmon at its thickest part. Bake 12 minutes per inch thickness. Baste the fish occasionally. While the fish is cooking, remove the crust from the bread. Cut the slices into triangles. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the bread triangles in oil until golden brown on both sides. Remove from pan and keep warm. When the salmon in done, transfer to a large serving platter. Remove skin from the top side. Cover with foil, and keep in a warm place. Strain the cooking liquid and reduce to two cups. Beat the egg yolks with the cream. Pour into the reduced hot cooking liquid and whisk over low heat until the sauce thickens lightly. Do not boil the sauce as it may separate. Season to taste.

PRESENTATION
Starting at tail end, use a fish knife and fork to cut the top fillet into serving size portions. Slide knife between the fillet and bone to lift the portions. Arrange each portion in the center of warm plates. Before serving the bottom fillet, lift off tail and pull backbone away from flesh, removing the head all in one piece. Bottom fillet is now boneless and easy to lift into serving size portions. Free skin from portions before serving. Spoon the sauce over salmon. Garnish each plate with two slices of fried bread.

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Brochettes of pork with rosemary  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 pound lean boneless pork, cubed
For marinade:
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 wine vinegar
Combine marinade ingredients in a glass bowl. Mix pork cubes into marinade for 1 hour. Remove pork from marinade, and thread through skewers. Broil on a charcoal grill.

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Broiled pacific salmon steaks with salsa butter  Print Recipe

The salmon steaks are marinated in salsa, lime juice, mustard, and garlic, imparting a piquant flavor to the fish. Salmon fillets are also suitable for this recipe.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
1/2 cup hot tomato salsa
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
4 6-ounce Pacific salmon steaks, thawed if necessary
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 teaspoon lime zest, grated
1/4 teaspoon cumin, ground
to taste salt and pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
for garnish: lime wedges
Set aside two tablespoons of salsa.
In a medium bowl, combine the remaining salsa, lime juice, mustard, and garlic. Coat salmon steaks in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.
In a medium bowl, combine the soft butter with lime zest, cumin, and the two tablespoons of the reserved salsa. Mix well, and set aside.
Preheat broiler on high.
Remove salmon steaks from marinade (discard marinade); season with salt and pepper. Arrange side by side skin side in an oiled oven-proof dish.
Place the salmon under the broiler, 4 inches from the heat source. Broil 3 minutes per side, or until the fish just flakes when tested with a fork. Bone and skin the salmon steaks.
PRESENTATION
Arrange salmon steaks on warm plates. Spoon a teaspoon of salsa butter on top of each steak. Garnish plates with lime wedges, and a green vegetable (snap peas, or green beans). Serve hot.

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Broiled pompano with noodles  Print Recipe

The pompano may be successfully grilled in a cast iron ridged pan over heat heat. In Boca Grande, Florida, this excellent recipe was a favorite, not in the local restaurants but in the private social circles of the island beach mansions. The delicious pompano is served over pasta and a sauce . Another chefdecuisine.com creation.
Serves: 2
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
SAUCE *
1 lemon, juice and zest
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, crushed and finely chopped
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
FISH
2 (8 ounce) pompano fillets, skinned, boned and cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 pound Fettuccine or spaghettini cooked al dente and drained
Finely grate the clean lemon to make zest, and juice the lemon. Set aside.
In a small pot, whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, wine, shallot and garlic.
Cook over high heat until reduced to half. Remove from heat, cool slightly. When lemon mixture is warm, cut in butter and whisk together. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper. Set the sauce aside.
Heat grill over high heat.
Brush pompano fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill fish for 4 minutes per side, until golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork.
Heat and toss pasta with half of the lemon butter
Arrange pasta on a platter, place fish on top of pasta and spoon remaining lemon butter sauce over. Serve immediately .

* The sauce can also be a fish velouté sauce

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Broiled salmon fillets in a horseradish-ginger crust  Print Recipe

No sooner the broiler is hot, that your salmon is coated with a zesty crust and ready for broiling.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
4 5-ounce salmon fillets, skinned and boned
1 1/4 cups fresh bread crumbs
2 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated or 1/4 cup prepared horseradish, squeezed dry
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon rice wine or sake
to taste, salt, ground white pepper
for the sauce:
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon rice wine or sake
2 tablespoon water
Preheat the broiler.
Lightly oil a baking sheet. Wash salmon fillets under cold running water. Pat dry.
Set salmon on the baking sheet.
In a food processor, combine bread crumbs, horseradish, ginger, oil, rice wine or sake, salt and pepper. Process until well blended and moist.
Press one-fourth of the crumb mixture over the top of each salmon fillet. Broil about 4 inches from the heat source, until the crust is golden brown, and the salmon is opaque in the center, about 8 to 10 minutes.
For the sauce:
While the salmon is broiling, stir the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Serve alongside the salmon.

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Cedar planked salmon with mustard mashed potatoes  Print Recipe

Plank cooking is a Native American technique that imparts a subtle smoky flavor to fish, meat, poultry, and vegetables. It is recommended to use a plank of untreated Western red cedar made specifically for cooking purposes.
Serves: 6
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh gingerroot
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
an untreated cedar plank (about 17 by 10 1/2 inches) if desired
a 2 1/2-pound center-cut salmon fillet with skin
greens from 1 bunch scallions

Accompaniment:Mustard Mashed Potatoes
In a small heavy saucepan simmer maple syrup, gingerroot, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste until reduced to about 1 cup, about 30 minutes, and let cool. (Maple glaze may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring maple glaze to room temperature before proceeding.)
Preheat oven to 350° F. If using cedar plank, lightly oil and heat in middle of oven 15 minutes; or lightly oil a shallow baking pan large enough to hold salmon.
Arrange scallion greens in one layer on plank or in baking pan to form a bed for fish.
In another small saucepan heat half of glaze over low heat until heated through to use as a sauce. Stir in remaining tablespoon lemon juice. Remove pan from heat and keep sauce warm, covered.
Put salmon, skin side down, on scallion greens and brush with remaining glaze. Season salmon with salt and pepper and roast in middle of oven until just cooked through, about 20 minutes if using baking pan or about 35 if using plank.
Cut salmon crosswise into 6 pieces. On each of 6 plates arrange salmon and scallion greens on a bed of mashed potatoes. Drizzle salmon with warm sauce.

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Chicken and shrimp salad california  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
3 cooked chicken legs
3 ounces celery
2 hard boiled eggs
20 small cooked shrimp
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sour cream
1 small diced shallot
1 teaspoon wine
2 teaspoons ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon A1 sauce
1 teaspoon dill
4 leaves radicchio
Cut chicken meat into julienne. Cut celery into small pieces.
Slice eggs and combine all in a bowl. Add the shrimp.
Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, shallots. white wine, ketchup, lemon juice, A1 sauce, and dill to make a dressing.
Toss the salad. Arrange on radicchio leaves.

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Chicken divan  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 pound broccoli
5 cups cooked chicken
2 10-ounce can chicken soup
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup white bread crumbs
2 teaspoons butter
Clean, wash and cut broccoli into medium pieces. Cook lightly in boiling water. Drain well.
Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with broccoli. Cover broccoli with the diced chicken.
In a separate bowl, mix chicken soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, cream and ginger. Spread over chicken. Top with the cheddar cheese. Brown bread crumbs with butter.
Sprinkle over top of chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until bubbly and brown.

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Chicken fingers  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:5 minutes
8 large chicken breasts
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon Aromat seasoning
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups flour
5 eggs
3 cups fresh breadcrumbs
oil for frying
Skin chicken breasts. Remove breast bone. Cut breast meat into 1 inch wide by 2 to 4 inches long.
In a mixing bowl, combine lemon juice, seasoned salt, Aromat seasoning, Dijon mustard, poultry seasoning, and pepper. Blend seasonings with chicken.
Marinate for an hour or more. Roll chicken pieces in flour. Dip in beaten beaten eggs, and coat with bread crumbs.
Deep fry at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.

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Chicken hash vanderbilt  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 3-pound roasting chicken, washed

for stock:
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
1 leek, cleaned and sliced
2 sticks celery
1 bouquet garni

for sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken stock
8 ounces mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1 pound frozen peas
In a large soup pot, combine chicken and vegetables. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Transfer chicken to a plate. Allow to cool. Skin chicken and debone. Cut all meat into cubes. Reserve.
For the sauce:
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the flour to make a roux. Strain 2 cups chicken stock over the roux. Whisk to thicken. Simmer for 10 minutes. Sauce should be medium-thick. add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes. Melt butter in a frying pan. Add mushrooms and sauté on high heat until all liquid is evaporated. Add to chicken.
Spoon chicken mixture into a casserole baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
Cook peas according to package directions. Drain and puree in a food processor.
I add 1 or 2 tablespoons instant mashed potatoes to thicken peas. Spoon puree of peas in a pastry bag fitted with a star tube.
Pipe all around edges of baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees until brown.

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Chicken magnifique  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 10 minutes
6 boneless chicken breasts*
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 clove garlic
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups milk
Brown chicken in 2 tablespoons oil.
Remove to roasting pan.
Saute the mushrooms and add to the chicken. Crush the garlic clove and add with spices to pan.
Mix the soups with the milk and heat in the frying pan. (This deglazes the pan).
Pour over the chicken and bake about 1 hour at 350 F.

* Use a combination of chicken breasts and thighs, if desired.

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Chicken salad and avocados  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:None
6 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon gin
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

6 cooked chicken breasts or chicken thighs
2 ripe avocados
2 teaspoons lemon juice
8 slices blanched and peeled tomatoes
4 teaspoons sour cream
1 bunch watercress
Combine vinegar, gin, olive oil, salt, sugar, and pepper. Skin, bone, and cube the chicken.
Marinate in dressing for 10 to 15 minutes. Peel avocados and cut into wedges; season to taste with salt pepper, and lemon juice.

Spoon marinated chicken on each plate; decorate with wedges of avocado, tomato slices, dollops of sour cream or creme fraiche, and watercress.

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Chinese chicken tenders  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

For the batter:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup pancake mix
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup water

For the sauce:
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cut chicken breast into medium strips.
Season with soy sauce, salt and pepper.
Combine flour, pancake mix, cornstarch, egg, baking powder, and water. Mix well to form a smooth batter.
Dip chicken pieces in batter, and deep fry at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
To make the sauce:
In a heavy bottom medium saucepan, mix all the ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, while stirring.
Cook for 2 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat. Transfer to a serving dish. Allow to cool.

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Cioppino  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 pounds chopped canned tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 pound fillet of bass or rockfish
12 shrimp , cleaned and deveined
12 cherrystones
12 fresh mussels
In a heavy pot, heat the oil. Add onion, garlic, and parsley. Stir over moderate heat. Do not brown.
Add the chopped, seeded tomatoes and tomato paste, wine, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Cut the fish into portions. Add to pot together with the clean shrimp. Cook for 5 minutes.
Steam the clean cherrystone clams and mussels in a pot with a little water. Add to the stew with the strained juice.
Heat before serving.

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Classic roast turkey  Print Recipe

Serves: 24
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:4 hours
1 16 to 20-pound turkey
Desired stuffing (optional)
1. Thaw turkey in refrigerator, allowing time to prepare the giblet broth the day before roasting. Remove turkey legs from leg clamp or band of skin crossing the tail. If desired, remove leg clamp from body cavity. Remove giblets and neck from cavities.
2. Just before roasting, spoon some of the stuffing into the neck cavity of the turkey. Pull the neck skin over stuffing; fasten to back with a short skewer. Loosely spoon stuffing into body cavity (no more than 3/4 cup stuffing per pound of turkey). Do not pack stuffing, or it will not get hot enough by the time the turkey is cooked. Spoon any remaining stuffing into a casserole; cover and chill. Tuck legs under band of skin, or reset legs into leg clamp. If leg clamp has been removed, tie legs together with string. Twist wing tips under back.
3. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Place a meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle so the bulb doesn't touch bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil, leaving space between the bird and foil. Press foil over drumstick and neck.
4. Roast in a 325 degree F oven until thermometer registers 180 degrees F and juices run clear (4 to 4-3/4 hours for stuffed bird). The center of the stuffing should be at least 165 degrees F. Add covered casserole of stuffing during the last 25 to 30 minutes of roasting. (Or, if there isn't room in the oven for the casserole, while bird is standing, increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.) Remove the foil the last 30 to 45 minutes to let the bird brown.
5. Remove the turkey from the oven, and cover loosely with foil. Let stand for 20 minutes. Release legs from leg clamp, or snip string or band of skin. To avoid possible burns, do not remove leg clamp from the hot bird after roasting. Store leftover turkey and stuffing in separate containers as soon as possible after serving.

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Cod and potato chowder  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
3 ounces salt pork, diced
8 ounces chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon thyme
2 parsley stems
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1 pound diced potatoes
1 quart fish stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup milk
1 1/2 pounds boneless cod
1 tablespoon parsley
In a suitable soup pot, cook the salt pork until lightly brown. Stir in the onion, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, parsley stems, and saffron. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and fish stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
A few minutes before serving, cut cod into cubes and add to soup. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk and parsley. Heat before serving.

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Corn bread for chili  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
3/4 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon melted shortening
2 small chopped scallions
1/2 cup grated cheddar
Preheat oven to 425F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Add cornmeal and blend well. In a separate bowl, combine and beat milk, egg, and shortening.
Pour the wet ingredients over dry mixture. Stir to blend. Add the scallions and cheese.
Drop the mixture by large tablespoons onto the chili, leaving some space between mounds of batter.
Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

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Cream of pumpkin soup  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon minced onions
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 cups peeled pumpkin, cut into pieces
1 bay leaf
pinch of saffron
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
to taste salt and pepper
1 cup light cream
1 ounce butter
In a soup pot, melt butter, add the flour and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes. Mix in the onions and cook for 2 more minutes.
Whisk in the chicken stock. Add pumpkin pieces and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add bay leaf, saffron, lemon juice, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Puree soup in a blender. Stir in the light cream and butter. Serve hot.

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Crispy chicken nuggets  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 pound boneless chicken breast
1 tablespoon white wine worcestershire
2 minced garlic cloves
4 drops hot sauce
salt and white pepper to taste
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup apricot jam
2 drops hot sauce
1/2 gallon vegetable oil
Rinse chicken breast, pat dry, and cut into 1 inch nuggets. Place cubes in medium sized bowl; stir in one half of the wine Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Add hot sauce, salt and pepper.
Dredge chicken nuggets in cornstarch, shaking to remove excess. In large skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 350 degrees.
Fry nuggets, a few at a time, 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
To prepare dipping sauce:
In a small bowl, combine ketchup, apricot jam, remaining wine, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Serve chicken nuggets with sauce.

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Crown roast of pork with stuffing  Print Recipe

This is a spectacular main-course. Ask the butcher to grind any pork trimmings that will be used in the stuffing.
Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:2 hours
For pork:
1 8-pound crown roast of pork (12 ribs)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried sage
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups canned beef broth


Recipe of APPLE AND PORK STUFFING


For gravy:
1 cup apple cider
4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons applejack brandy or brandy
Make pork:
Transfer crown roast of pork to large rimmed baking sheet. Brush pork with oil. Combine salt, sugar, thyme, sage and pepper in small bowl. Rub spice mixture over pork. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Fill pork cavity with enough stuffing to mound in center. Roast pork 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Continue roasting until thermometer inserted into center of pork meat registers 150 degrees about 1 hour 50 minutes. Continue roasting until thermometer inserted into center of pork and stuffing registers 155 degrees. Transfer roast to platter.
For gravy:
Add 1 cup broth to baking sheet and scrape up browned bits from bottom of baking sheet. Transfer pan juices to medium saucepan. Spoon fat off top of pan juices. Add remaining 1/2 cup beef broth and apple cider. Bring to boil. Dissolve cornstarch into applejack in small bowl; whisk into broth mixture. Boil until gravy thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer gravy to sauceboat. Carve roast between bones to separate chops. Serve with stuffing and gravy.

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Fried chicken  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 large (3 pounds) whole chicken, cut into eight pieces
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
2 eggs
2 cups of milk
Canola oil for frying
Thoroughly wash the chicken pieces and reserve on paper towel to dry.
Combine the flour with half (half a teaspoon) of the salt and place in a large bowl and reserve.
Combine all remaining dry spices and herbs in a small bowl. Season chicken pieces and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine the two eggs with the milk and whisk. Dip the chicken in the milk and egg mixture and then into the flour.
Repeat and reserve the chicken pieces.
Using a deep fryer or a large cast iron pan with high sides, fill the pan until it is almost half filled with the oil.
Heat the pan over medium high.
Place 4 pieces of the chicken into the pan and let them cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook another 6 - 10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove the chicken and reserve.
Fry the last four pieces of chicken in the same manner. Serve the chicken warm.

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Grilled pompano with tangy ginger sauce  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:8 minutes
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce or soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
Four 6-ounce pompano fillets
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup dill sprigs
Light a grill.
In a small bowl, mix the sugar with the lime juice, ginger, fish sauce and garlic.
Season the pompano fillets with salt and pepper and grill over a hot fire for about 3 minutes per side, or until just cooked through.
Transfer the fish to a platter or plates. Spoon the sauce over the top, garnish with the dill and serve.

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Healthy baked chicken nuggets  Print Recipe

An easy chicken recipe your whole family will love. What can be more kid friendly than chicken nuggets, even the pickiest kids like them. Serve them with ketchup, bbq sauce or whatever you like to dip your nuggets into.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 pound (2 large) skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into even bit sized pieces
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp olive oil
6 tbsp whole wheat Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
2 tbsp panko
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
olive oil spray


Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.

Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and parmesan cheese in another.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, then put in the bowl with the olive oil and mix well.

Put a few chunks of chicken at a time into the breadcrumb mixture to coat, then on the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray then bake 8 - 10 minutes. Turn over then cook another 4 - 5 minutes or until cooked through.

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Holiday roasted turkey  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:4 hours
2 tablespoons kosher salt or fine coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon dried sage leaves
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
2 tablespoons coarsely cracked black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sweet paprika one
16-18 pound turkey, rinsed in salted cold water
4-5 cups stuffing (see recipes)
6 tablespoons melted butter
2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 cups water
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart turkey or chicken stock
In a small bowl, combine the salt, with sage, thyme, peppercorns and paprika. Pat the turkey dry. Set in a large roasting pan and rub it inside and out with the spice mixture.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stuff the turkey body cavity and the skin flap with the chosen stuffing, packing it loosely. Brush the turkey with melted butter and roast for 30 minutes or until the skin is golden brown. Scatter the onions, celery and carrots around the turkey, add the water to the pan and cover the breast loosely with foil.
Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees, and roast the turkey for about 3 hours longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of roasting.
Transfer the turkey to a carving board, cover with foil and allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Pour the pan juices into a medium saucepan and skim the fat from the surface.
Set the roasting pan over a top burner, stirring well until vegetables are brown. Add 4 tablespoons of butter and the flour, stirring well until well mixed. Stir in the turkey or chicken stock and whisk until gravy boils and thickens. Simmer gravy for 15 minutes. Strain the gravy into the pan juices in the saucepan. Discard vegetables. Season gravy with salt and pepper. Carve the turkey, arrange on a platter and serve with the stuffing and gravy.

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Hoppin john  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
2 tablespoons butter
1 small chopped onion
1 small chopped red bell pepper
to taste garlic powder
2 cup cooked rice
2 cups cooked black eyed peas
fresh parsley
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic powder, to taste, and cook for 5 minutes. Add peas and rice and cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful not to overcook; this dish is best if the bell pepper and onion still have a crunch to them. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each serving with sprig of parsley.

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Kale fritters  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
5 large leave of kale, cored, washed, 2 cups of chopped kale leaves put through the food processor
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

For the fritters:
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
Ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs (separate yolks from whites)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Oil for frying
1. Combine kale leaves, ginger, ground cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and ground pepper in food processor. Pulse/process until all the kale is chopped up. Transfer to a medium bowl. If all the kale won’t fit in the processor at once, process in batches. Don’t over-process, you don’t want your kale to become a paste/puree. It should look like chopped leaves.
2. Add water, flour, baking powder and egg yolks. MIX WELL.
3. In another bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they hold peaks but are not too stiff. They’ll first get bubbly and then turn to a light fluffy foam.
4. Fold egg whites (beaten) into the kale mixture.
5. In a pan, heat up a thin layer of oil on medium-high.
6. Drop the kale batter in spoonfuls onto the hot pan. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side. The fritters should be a golden brown color. You can turn the heat down a bit once they get frying. It’s a pretty quick process. Add more oil as needed.
7. When they’re done, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
8. Serve with sour cream, a chutney or another dip of your choice.

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Lentils mini burgers  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 cup lentils
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 ounces Button Mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
2 large eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup Marinara sauce
Combine the lentils and 2 quarts water in a medium stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the lentils are soft about 20 minutes. Drain the lentils and allow to cool.

Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil to a large frying pan and sauté the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, and salt over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown. Add the tomato paste and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 more minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. When cool, add the lentils to the vegetable mixture.

Add the eggs, Parmesan, bread crumbs, parsley, and walnuts to the cooled vegetable mixture and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated. Place in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil into a 9×13-inch baking dish and use your hand to evenly coat the entire surface. Set aside.

Shape the mixture into mini burgers (about 1 1/2 inches), making sure to pack the vegetable mixture firmly. Place in the prepared baking dish, allowing 1/4-inch of space between the burgers.

Roast for 30 minutes, or until the mini burgers are firm and cooked through.
serve with marinara sauce.

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Macaroni and cheese  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more to grease the baking dish
1/2 cup bread crumbs
12 ounces sharp or extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (about 4 cups total)
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9- by 9-inch baking dish.
In a small saucepan over moderate heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Place the bread crumbs in a small bowl, drizzle with the melted butter, and toss to combine. Add a handful of the grated cheese to the bowl, mix well and set aside.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain the noodles, without rinsing, then return them to the pot they were cooked in.
In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and use a whisk to stir the mixture together, just until it starts to turn a light brown color, about 3 minutes. Slowly add the milk and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
Add the remaining grated cheese and stir with a spoon until it's completely melted. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Pour the cheese sauce over the cooked elbow macaroni and gently stir to coat the noodles in the sauce.
Pour the macaroni and cheese into the prepared baking dish and top with the breadcrumb-cheese mixture. Bake until light golden brown and bubbling, about 25-30 minutes. Serve hot.
DO AHEAD: Macaroni and cheese can be made ahead, put into the baking dish, cooled completely, and kept, covered in the refrigerator, for 2 days. Do not add the bread crumbs until ready to bake. (Chilled Macaroni and Cheese may take longer to be fully cooked.)

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Macaroni and cheese with tomatoes  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatelli
1 quart milk
4 ounces ( 8 tablespoons) (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces Gruyere or Emmenthal cheese, grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (2 medium)
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan to a boiling point . Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere or Emmenthal and Cheddar, Dijon mustard and pepper. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.

Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

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Oven-baked chicken wings  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
12 chicken wings
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 cup bread crumbs
to taste salt and black pepper
Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. Tuck the tip of each wing under to form a triangle.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow dish, beat together the egg whites, honey and mustard.
Combine bread crumbs, pecans, salt and pepper in a bowl. Dip the chicken wings into egg white mixture; coat with pecan mixture. Arrange wings on greased sheet pan.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown, turning wings halfway through baking time.

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Pancetta-wrapped beef tenderloin  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large shallots, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 scallions, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
One 3-pound center-cut trimmed beef tenderloin in 1 piece
3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
7 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chilled
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Soak the porcini in the boiling water for 20 minutes. Rub the porcini in the soaking liquid to remove any grit; pat dry and coarsely chop. Transfer the porcini to a mini food processor and puree.

Melt the butter in a medium skillet. Add the shallots and cook over moderately low heat until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the scallions and cook until softened, 2 minutes. Stir in the porcini puree. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

Season the roast with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet. Sear the roast over moderately high heat until browned all over; let cool.

On a work surface, slightly overlap three 16-inch pieces of wax paper. Arrange the pancetta on the paper in 4 overlapping rows to form a rectangle the length of the tenderloin. Spread the porcini puree over the pancetta. Set the tenderloin on the bottom edge of the pancetta. Using the wax paper as a guide, tightly roll up the roast in the pancetta. Carefully peel off the wax paper.

Tie the roast with kitchen string at 1-inch intervals. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and brush with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil. Roast the beef for 25 minutes, or until the pancetta is crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meat registers 120 degrees.

Let rest for 10 minutes. Cut off the strings and remove. Thickly slice the roast with a serrated knife and serve.

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Peach-blueberry custard danishes  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
Custard:
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
pinch of salt
2/3 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Danishes:
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
4 ripe, firm freestone peaches, peeled
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
freshly ground nutmeg
Custard:
Combine sugar with constarch and salt in a glass bowl. Whisk in milk until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Stir at least once during cooking. Beat eggs lightly.
Stir some of the hot sauce into egg, then whisk warm egg back into custard. Microwave on medium for 20 to 40 seconds or until thickened. Whisk until smooth.
Whisk in vanilla and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Danishes:
Roll half the pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 12-x 8-inch rectangle. Cut pastry into six 4-inch rectangles. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining pastry. Slice peaches thinly. Toss gently with blueberries, lemon juice and sugar.
Spoon fruit mixture into centre of pastry rectangles. Top fruit with about 2 teaspoons of custard and a small pinch of nutmeg. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating pan after 10 minutes. Pastry should be puffed and golden.
Cool slightly on racks. Serve danishes with remaining custard on the side.
Adapted from Homemakers Magazine Summer 2002

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Perfect roasted turkey  Print Recipe


Serves: 18
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:4 hours
1 18-pound fresh turkey
About 12 cups of your favorite stuffing
8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 stick)
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
2 1/2 quarts Homemade Turkey Stock, or more as needed
unsalted butter, melted as needed
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
OPTIONAL:
1/3 cup port, dry sherry, or bourbon

1. Position a rack in the lowest position of the oven and preheat to 325° F.
2. Reserve the turkey neck and giblets to use in gravy or stock. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water. Pat the turkey skin dry. Turn the turkey on its breast. Loosely fill the neck cavity with stuffing. Using a thin wooden or metal skewer, pin the neck skin to the back. Fold the turkey's wings akimbo behind the back or tie to the body with kitchen string. Loosely fill the large body cavity with stuffing. Place any remaining stuffing in a lightly buttered casserole, cover and refrigerate to bake as a side dish. Place the drumsticks in the hock lock or tie together with kitchen string.
3. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan. Rub all over with the softened butter. Season with salt and pepper. Tightly cover the breast area with aluminum foil. Pour 2 cups of the turkey stock into the bottom of the pan.
4. Roast the turkey, basting all over every 30 minutes with the juices on the bottom of the pan (lift up the foil to reach the breast area), until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh (but not touching a bone) reads 180°F and the stuffing is at least 160°F, about 4 ¼ hours. Whenever the drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about 1 ½ cups at a time. Remove the foil during the last hour to allow the breast skin to brown.
5. Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter and let it stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Increase the oven temperature to 350°F. Drizzle ½ cup turkey stock over the stuffing in the casserole, cover, and bake until heated through, about 30 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a heatproof glass bowl or large measuring cup. Let stand for 5 minutes, then skim off and reserve the clear yellow fat that has risen to the top. Measure ¾ cup fat, adding melted butter if needed. Add enough turkey stock to the skimmed drippings to make 8 cups total.
7. Place the roasting pan in two stove burners over low heat and add the turkey fat. Whisk in the flour, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan, and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the turkey stock and the optional bourbon. Cook, whisking often, until the gravy has thickened and no trace of raw flour taste remains, about 5 minutes. Transfer the gravy to a warmed gravy boat. Carve the turkey and serve the gravy and the stuffing alongside.

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Pingree pasta  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
12 ounces fresh fettuccini
1 chicken cube
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound boned and skinned chicken scallopine
to taste salt and pepper
1/2 pound chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1/2 pound asparagus tips, cooked
2 artichoke bottoms, sliced
1 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup pesto
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
In large pot of boiling salted water add chicken cube . Stir to dissolve . Cook pasta in water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta, rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly.
Place in a large bowl. Cut the chicken into small strips. Heat oil in a sauté pan over high heat.
Quickly stir fry chicken strips. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to an oven proof casserole dish.
Add mushrooms and cook over high heat for 5 minutes. Combine chanterelle mushrooms with chicken. Steam to heat asparagus tips and artichokes.
Heat marinara sauce in a medium saucepan. Heat chicken and mushrooms until chicken is fully cooked.
To serve:
Heat fettuccini in boiling water. Drain well. Transfer to a large serving platter. Spoon marinara sauce over pasta. Garnish pasta with chicken, mushrooms, vegetables, and spoon pesto in center of pasta. Serve at once, with fresh parmesan cheese.

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Pompano almondine  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 cup sliced almonds
6 fillets of pompano, boned
1/2 teaspoon salt pepper
1/4 cup flour
6 ounces butter
3 ounces oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
lemon slices
Spread sliced almonds on a baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Skin the pompano fillets. Wash under cold running water. Season both sides with salt and pepper . Dredge in flour.
Heat 2 ounces of the butter and oil in a large skillet and brown the fish. Turn the pompano and cook until the flesh is tender. Arrange the fillets on a serving platter.
Melt the remaining butter in a clean frying pan until brown. Add the lemon juice to melted butter and pour over the fish.
Sprinkle with the parsley and sliced toasted almonds.
Decorate with lemon slices. Decorate with lemon slices and serve immediately.

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Pompano captiva  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 pounds pompano fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
8 ounces shrimp quenelle forcemeat
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
5 ounces dry white wine
5 ounces fish stock
6 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 ounce beurre manié
3 ounces heavy cream
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pound diced canned tomatoes
1 ounce butter
Flatten pompano fillets with a mallet. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread quenelle forcemeat over half of each pompano fillet and fold other half over.
Butter baking pan. Sprinkle with shallots. Arrange fillets on top in one layer.
Add wine and fish stock. Arrange mushrooms on top of fish. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer fillets onto serving platter.
Reduce cooking liquid by one third. Stir in beurre manié and cream. Reduce to a medium consistency. Add lemon juice. Season to taste. Saute tomatoes in butter.
Arrange around pompano. Pour sauce over fish. Serve hot.

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Pompano meuniere  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
6 fillets of pompano, boned
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup flour
6 ounces butter
3 ounces oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
6 lemon slices
Skin the pompano fillets. Wash under cold running water. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge in flour.
Heat 2 ounces of the butter and oil in a large skillet. Brown the fish on one side.
Turn the pompano and cook until the flesh is tender. Arrange the fillets on a serving platter.
Melt the remaining butter in a clean frying pan until brown. Add the lemon juice to melted butter and pour over the fish.
Sprinkle with the parsley. Decorate with lemon slices.
Decorate with lemon slices and serve immediately.

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Pompano papillottes  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
2 pounds pompano fillets, boned and skinned
4 ounces butter
1/2 cup white wine
salt, ground white pepper to taste
2 ounces sherry wine
6 ounces cooked shrimp, sliced
6 ounces crabmeat
2 cups cream sauce
1 dash Tabasco
Melt half of the butter in a sauté pan. Add scallions. Place pompano fillets on top. Cover, and steam for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the white wine, sherry, salt, and pepper.
Cook until pompano is firm. Transfer fish to a pan and keep warm. To the same pan, add the cooked sliced shrimp and crabmeat. Stir in the sauce. Bring to a boil. Adjust seasonings.
Cut the parchment paper into six heart shapes, about 14 inches (35 cm ) wide. Oil one side of paper.
Place two tablespoons of seafood on right side of hearts. Top each with pompano, 2 tablespoons of sauce and fold left half of heart. Roll edges to seal.
Bake in a 400 degree oven until bags puff. Serve hot with remaining cream sauce.

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Pompano with mango beurre blanc  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
6 fillets of pompano, boned
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup flour
6 ounces butter
3 ounces oil

For mango beurre blanc:

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
1 tablespoon heavy cream
4 ounces unsalted butter, cold
salt and ground white pepper to taste
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 tablespoons puréed mango
Skin the pompano fillets. Wash under cold running water. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge in flour.
Heat 2 ounces of the butter and oil in a large skillet and brown the fish. Turn the pompano and cook until the flesh is tender. Arrange the fillets on a serving platter. Keep hot.

Mango beurre blanc:
In a small heavy pan, boil the vinegar, wine and shallots until all liquid is reduced. Add the cream, and re-boil until completely reduced.
Whisk in the cold butter, a few pieces at the time. The sauce thickens and becomes creamy. Stir in the orange juice and mango puree.
Note:
do not overheat the sauce, as the sauce separates and loses its creamy texture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep the sauce warm over a pan of warm water. Serve as soon as possible.

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Pork and winter squash stew  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 30 minutes
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 3/4 cups low-sodium nonfat chicken broth
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 bay leaves
2/3 cup dry white wine
1-28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (3 cups)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Couscous for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Season the pork with salt and pepper. In a large oven proof casserole, heat 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add half of the pork and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Transfer the pork to a plate. Repeat with another 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining pork. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil the chicken broth until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the casserole. Add the onions and cook, stirring until softened. Stir in the garlic, cumin, crushed red pepper and bay leaves and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute. Add the wine and boil until reduced by half. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth and the pork.
Bring to a simmer, cover, then transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hour. Return the casserole to the top of the stove and add the butternut squash to the stew; cook over moderate heat until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaves from the stew. Stir in half of the cilantro and sprinkle the rest on top. Spoon the stew on plates and serve with couscous.

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Pork tenderloin with raisin sauce  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup dry red wine
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups low salt chicken broth
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 8- to 10-ounce pork tenderloins
1 cup chopped onion
6 shallots, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
Place raisins in wine in a small saucepan and let stand for 1 hour or refrigerated overnight.
Add brown sugar and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to raisin mixture. Boil over high heat until liquid is reduced to 1 tablespoon. Add chicken broth and continue to boil until mixture is reduced by half. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time.)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Heat olive oil in a heavy, large oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add tenderloins, and cook until browned on bottom. Add onions and shallots and continue to cook until pork is brown on all sides ans onions are tender. (About 6-8 minutes). Next add garlic. Place skillet in oven and cook pork until meat is done, about 5 minutes.
Transfer pork to platter. Add the raisin mixture to skillet. Boil, scraping up any brown bits in the skillet. Add remaining balsamic vinegar. Boil sauce for a minute.
Remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Slice pork and serve with sauce.

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Pot roast  Print Recipe

A flavorful and delicious pot roast
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:2 hours
FOR BROWNING MEAT

3 to 4 pounds chuck roast, tied
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Olive oil

FOR AROMATICS
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)
1 rib celery, coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1 dried bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
3 sprigs fresh thyme

FOR BRAISING MEAT
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/4 cups water

FOR GARNISH VEGETABLES
3/4 pounds turnips, about 3, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
3/4 pound small new potatoes
3/4 pound carrots, 4 to 5 medium, peeled and cut into 3-inch lengths. Halve thick ends lengthwise, then cut into 3-inch lengths
Pat meat dry with paper towels, then season on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat a Dutch oven over high heat for 2 minutes. Then add enough oil to barely coat bottom of pot and heat until shimmering. Sear the meat until golden brown, turning to cook all sides evenly, about 8 minutes. Don't be tempted to turn the meat too soon or it will tear; instead wait until it easily releases from the pot. Once it is nicely browned all over, remove it from the pot. If there are lots of blackened bits on the bottom of the pot, wipe it clean with a paper towel, or deglaze with a little water then discard.
Reduce heat to medium. Add the olive oil and all of the aromatics, and cook, stirring fairly often, until the onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. You may need to increase the heat after a minute or two if the onion isn't softening, but only slightly. If the garlic or onion begins to burn, add a little water and stir up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle the flour into the pot, and stir to coat everything evenly; cook the flour just long enough to remove the starchy taste without taking on any color, about 30 seconds. Add vinegar, tomato paste and water, and bring to a boil. Deglaze pot, scraping up browned bits from the bottom. Put the roast in the pot; the water should come only about 1 inch up the sides of the meat. Reduce the heat so the liquid is simmering, not boiling, and cover the pot tightly with the lid. While the meat is braising, turn it every 30 minutes; the meat should be almost tender (a sharp knife inserted in the center should meet little resistance) after 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove the meat from the pot. Strain braising liquid through a fine sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible (discard solids).
Return the roast and the strained liquid to the pot. Nestle the garnish vegetables around the roast, submerging them a bit in the liquid (the liquid should almost reach top of vegetables). Bring the liquid to a boil, then simmer until the vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. The meat should be very tender by now and give no resistance when pierced with a knife (The meat will be firm enough to slice; if you want it be falling-apart tender, cook 30 minutes more).
Transfer the meat and vegetables to a serving platter, leaving the sauce behind (there should be about 1 cup). Cover and keep warm near the stove. If the sauce is too thin, heat until reduced (but be mindful of the saltiness, since the more sauce is reduced the saltier it will taste) or thicken it with a bit more flour, whisking until smooth. Add a small amount of vinegar if necessary to balance the flavors. Let roast stand for about 20 minutes, then slice to desired thickness. Spoon some sauce over pot roast and vegetables to moisten and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

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Potato bacon soup - quick and easy   Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
8 oz bacon slices
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
1 small carrot, grated
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 cups 2% milk
8 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
2 green onions, thinly sliced, optional

1. Partially freeze your package of bacon so that it holds together easier while slicing.
2. Use a sharp knife and cut the frozen bacon into long strips about 1/4 inch wide.
3. Turn the bacon and cut the strips into pieces also about 1/4 in wide.
4. Sprinkle with pepper.
5. Fry in a large saucepan over a medium high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan.
Save 1/4 cup of bacon dripping in the saucepan. Add butter and mix in the flour cooking over medium heat for a minute while stirring occasionally. Add the vegetables, seasonings and broth and milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.
Stir in cheese until melted. Serve with bacon bits and garnish with green onions.

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Roasted cauliflower with parmesan polenta  Print Recipe

A recipe inspired from Chris Scheuer
Serves: 4
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
For the cauliflower:
1 large or 2 medium head cauliflower
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the panko crumbs:
1/2 cup panko crumbs
2 teaspoons melted butter
2 tablespoons toasted pinenuts
1 small clove garlic
finely grated zest from 1 medium lemon
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 medium size sundried tomato, drained and finely chopped (optional)

For the polenta:
5 cups low sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
1 cup instant polenta
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. Drizzle a sheet pan with 1 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside.
For the panko crumbs, melt butter till bubbly in a small sauté pan. Add pine nuts and stir continuously for about 1 minute, till nuts and butter turn a light, golden brown. Remove pan from heat, then remove pine nuts with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with a paper towel. Add garlic to butter in pan and return to medium low heat. Cook for 15-30 seconds or until fragrant. Add panko crumbs to the pan and stir to combine. Cook, stirring continuously for 1 minute to crisp crumbs. Remove from heat, Add lemon zest, parsley and finely chopped sundried tomato.
Wash and remove any outer leaves from the cauliflower, but leave the stem intact. Place head stalk side down on a cutting board. Using a large chef's knife, slice cauliflower into 3/4" wedges. Arrange cauliflower slices and any pieces in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, placing any stray pieces in the center of the pan. Drizzle with remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Cauliflower shrinks during the roasting process.
Roast until underside is deep golden brown, 15–25 minutes. Turn cauliflower over, season with salt and pepper, and continue to roast until other side is deep golden brown and crisp, 15–20 minutes longer.
While the cauliflower steaks are roasting, make the polenta. Bring broth to a boil in a medium large pot.While the broth boils, slowly add polenta, stirring or whisking continuously to prevent lumps. Once all polenta has been incorporated, lower eat to a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered for 6-8 minutes. Add parmesan and salt and stir to incorporate. Polenta should be thick but spoonable. If it gets too thick, you can add a bit more chicken broth, to thin.
To serve, spoon polenta into four shallow bowls. Arrange cauliflower steaks on top and sprinkle with panko mixture and pine nuts. Garnish with parsley and lemon slices.

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Roasted cod with parma ham and fresh sage  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
6 4 to 5 ounce cod filets
6 fresh sage leaves
6 paper thin slices Parma ham
1/2 head of Savoy cabbage
1 medium onion
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon ground coriander
to taste, coarse salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup blanched, finely diced carrot
grated zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
Pat the cod dry. Place a sage leaf in the center of the top of each piece. Wrap a slice of ham around the fish, leaving sides uncovered, and stick a toothpick into the ham at the point where it meets to hold it in place. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.
Wash, dry and core cabbage, keeping it in one piece. Lay the cabbage, cut side down, on a clean, flat work surface. Using a very sharp knife, slice the cabbage lengthwise, into very fine shavings. Set aside. Peel and finely dice onion.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until slightly brown. Add the cabbage and coriander and toss to coat. Lower heat and saute until just softened. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in parsley. Remove from heat. Partially cover and keep warm.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in non stick pan. Lightly dust fish with flour and cracked pepper. Lay the cod into the pan, top down. Sear for 3 minutes. Turn and sear on other side until just rare in the center. Using a slotted spatula remove to a warm platter.
Place a piece of paper over to keep warm. Add the wine, carrot and lemon zest and juice to the same pan over medium-high heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally until pan is almost dry. Add the stock and butter. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Stir in minced sage and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Place equal portions of cabbage in the center of each of 6 warm plates. Set a piece of cod in the center of each, carefully removing the toothpick. Return sauce to high heat and quickly bring to a boil. Remove from heat and spoon equal portions over the top of each piece of cod. Serve immediately.

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Roasted lamb rib eye with sweet garlic  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
3 single racks of lamb
1 medium onion
1 large carrot
1 stalk of celery
6 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
3 cups veal stock
coarse salt and pepper to taste
1 pound Swiss chard
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
12 cloves garlic, peeled
6 sprigs fresh rosemary

Remove the eye from each rack of lamb, leaving a bit of the cap fat (the layer of fat that covers the eye) on the meat and chopping the bones. Reserve the bones and meat scraps.
Peel and trim onion and carrot. Wash and trim celery. Dice the onion and cut the carrot and celery crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.
Combine vegetables with the lamb bones and scraps, peppercorns, and bay leaves in large roasting pan.
Roast, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Remove from oven and place over medium high heat. Add 6 cups of water and the veal stock and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain liquid in saucepan and discard the solids. Skim fat from top of the liquid. Simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Wash the chard and remove any tough stems. Place in boiling salted water to cover and blanch for 30 seconds.
Drain and refresh under cold running water. Wrap in a clean kitchen towel and twist to squeeze out all moisture. Unwrap and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat the oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
Season the lamb with chopped rosemary and salt and pepper. Place, fat side down, in the hot pan and sear until nicely browned. Add garlic and sear the remaining sides until just browned, turning garlic as lamb sears. Place pan in oven and roast until medium rare on an instant read thermometer. Remove from oven and place on rack to rest for 5 minutes. Lightly cover and keep warm.
Carefully, pick garlic out of the pan, making sure no grease is attached, and add to the reserved sauce.
Place over medium heat to heat through. Wipe lamb roasting pan clear of excess grease.
Return to medium heat and add reserved chard. Saute, adding 1 tablespoon olive oil, if necessary until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
Place equal portions of chard in the center of each of 6 warm plates. Slice each rib eye into 6 pieces.
Arrange 3 slices on top of chard. Spoon some sauce, along with 2 garlic cloves per serving over the lamb. Place a rosemary sprig in the center.

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Roasted turkey breast with barbecue sauce  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
for the barbecue sauce:

2 teaspoons corn oil
1/2 cup yellow onions, diced
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
2 pounds boneless turkey breast, skinless
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place oil, onion, chopped garlic, cumin cayenne pepper in a heavy saucepan. Cook, stirring over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside.
Line a roasting pan with foil. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Place in the roasting pan. Spoon 1 cup of the barbecue sauce over turkey. Place in oven. Baste with additional sauce every 20 minutes until roast is done and all sauce is used. Remove any fat. Slice the roast. Serve with the sauce.

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Salmon burgers with herb aïoli  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
2 small cloves garlic
salt
1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives
2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh dill
1-1/2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cayenne
Freshly ground black pepper

5 brioche, hamburger or Kaiser buns, 1 cut into large cubes, the other 4 split
1 lb (2 cups) skinless salmon fillets, skinned and boned, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter

Mash and chop the garlic with a pinch of salt. Transfer the garlic to a small bowl and stir in the mayonnaise, chives, dill, mustard, lemon juice, cayenne, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and salt to taste. Set the aïoli aside.

In a food processor, pulse the cubed bun into crumbs. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumbs and save the rest for another use. Pulse the salmon until coarsely chopped, about 5 pulses. Transfer the salmon to a medium bowl and stir in 3/4 cup of the aïoli, the reserved breadcrumbs, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Shape into four 1-inch-thick patties.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When melted and hot (but not smoking or brown), add the patties and cook until they are firm and each side is crisp and golden-brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

Brush melted butter on the insides of the split buns. Put the buns on a baking sheet, butter side up, and toast under the broiler until light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve the burgers on the buns, spread with the remaining aïoli.

Serve with Spinach Salad.

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Scallopines of pompano  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:35 minutes
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 pounds chopped tomatoes
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup tomato juice
salt, ground white pepper to taste
2 pounds pompano fillets
1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
8 ounces egg noodles
1 1/2 cups velouté sauce (recipe below)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
FOR THE VELOUTÉ SAUCE
2 cups fish stock
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper, to taste
In a medium saucepan, sauté onion with 1/4 cup oil. Stir over medium heat until onion is transparent. Add chopped tomatoes, garlic, tomato juice, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until sauce is medium thick.

Skin, bone and slice the pompano into scallopines. Flatten with a mallet. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Dredge pompano in flour and sauté briskly in remaining oil, about 2 minutes on each side. Cook noodles in salted boiling water. Drain, and combine with velouté sauce.
To serve:
Arrange noodles on preheated serving platter. Top with pompano scallopines. Spoon hot tomato and onion sauce over fish. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot.

VELOUTÉ SAUCE

Bring the stock to a simmer in a large saucepan. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour. Raise the heat to medium and stir the butter and flour together for about 2 minutes.
Whisk the simmering stock into the roux and keep whisking. When the stock begins to simmer again, turn down the heat to low and cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper Strain through a fine mesh strainer.

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Sherried chicken thighs  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
8 chicken thighs
salt and white pepper to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
3/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup water
Rinse the chicken thighs and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, heat olive oil. Add thighs, and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients; boil 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook 15 minutes.
Uncover and continue cooking until thighs are tender. Transfer thighs to a serving dish. Spoon off the pan drippings; add the water and cook, stirring constantly. Pour over thighs and serve immediately.

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Smoked turkey  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:3 hours

The brine:
1 ¼ cups salt
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, peeled and halved
2 cloves
1 10- to 12-pound turkey, washed, giblets removed

1 10- to 12-pound turkey
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
Prepare the brine:
Place salt, sugar and 1 quart hot water in a large deep pot and whisk until salt and sugar crystals dissolve. Whisk in 4 quarts cold water. Pin bay leaves to onion halves with cloves and add them to brine. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
Add turkey, placing a large heavy pot or sealed zip-top bag filled with cold water on top to keep bird submerged. Place pot in refrigerator and marinate overnight.
Proceed to smoke turkey.

PREPARATION
Set up an outdoor grill for indirect grilling, placing a large foil drip pan in center. (If using a smoker, light and set it up according to manufacturer's instructions and heat to 275 degrees. In a smoker, you will need to cook bird longer, 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.)
Drain bird. Blot dry inside and out and truss if desired. Place in center of grill grate, over drip pan and between mounds of natural lump charcoal. Toss 1/2 cup of soaked wood chops on each mound of coals. Place lid on grill. Adjust vents to keep temperature between 325 and 350 degrees.
Grill turkey until darkly browned and cooked through, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Baste turkey with melted butter after first hour and every hour thereafter. If skin starts to brown too much, loosely tent bird with foil. Use an instant-read thermometer to test for doneness; turkey is ready when internal temperature of the thigh is 180 degrees. Replenish charcoal every hour, adding 8 to 10 lumps of charcoal to each mound of coals and leaving grill uncovered for a few minutes to allow charcoal to light. After 1 hour, add 1 1/2 cups of soaked wood chips.
Transfer turkey to a platter, loosely tent with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Reserve any drippings in drip pan for gravy.

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Stuffed boneless turkey with tart cherry gravy  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time:1 hour
Cooking time:40 minutes
Stuffing:
2 cups cubes from a loaf of Italian rustic bread (trimmed of crust)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced (3/4 cup)
2 small garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
6 ounces sweet Italian sausage (about 1 1/2 links), casings removed
1/3 cup (2 ounces) coarsely chopped dried sour cherries
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/3 cup Basic Chicken Stock
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1 boneless, skin-on turkey saddle, 4 to 5 lbs (2 to 2.5 kg)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp melted butter, or duck fat at room temperature
3 tsp chopped thyme, divided
2 tbsp flour
2 cups chicken stock
¼ cup tart cherry juice
¼ tsp ground allspice
Toast bread: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let stand until cool.
Make stuffing: Set a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then heat the oil. Add onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add sausage and cook, breaking it up with the back of a spoon, until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in cherries and rosemary, and cook 1 minute more. Pour in stock and stir to combine, then stir in bread, making sure all parts are moistened with liquid. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Adjust seasoning as desired, before proceeding with the Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe.


Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).

Cut 8 pieces of twine, each about 12 inches (30 cm) long. Working on a large cutting board, arrange them parallel to each other, with about 1 inch (2.5 cm) between each. Open turkey like a book, and place in center of twine with center seam perpendicular to twine; season flesh with salt and pepper. Spoon stuffing into length of seam. Beginning with a piece of twine nearest the center, gather both ends together to enclose stuffing; tie and repeat with remaining twine to form a torpedo-shaped roast. Trim excess twine and place on a rack over a small roasting pan or baking sheet. Brush with butter or duck fat, sprinkle with 2 tsp thyme; season with salt and pepper.

Roast for 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F (180°C) and cook for another 18 minutes per pound, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (73°C). Remove turkey and rack to a board and tent with foil while finishing gravy.

Place baking pan over medium heat on stove top. Sprinkle flour over drippings and stir until a smooth paste forms. Pour chicken stock into pan (if using a baking sheet, scrape paste into a small pot before proceeding) and whisk until smooth; bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes to thicken and concentrate flavor. Stir in cherry juice, allspice and remaining 1 tsp (5 mL) thyme. Season to taste.

Carve turkey into slices and serve with gravy.

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Summer corn and tomato pasta  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 pound bow-tie pasta
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 ears fresh corn, kernels cut off
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente; drain.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, raise the heat slightly and cook until the corn is heated through and golden, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
Add the vegetables, butter and basil to the pasta and toss.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos  Print Recipe

Roasting the sweet potatoes can be done ahead of time, simply refrigerate until use and bring the potatoes to room temp (or warm) before assembling the burritos.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
2 lg sweet potatoes
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 t cumin
3 eggs + 3 egg whites
splash of milk
guacamole (1 avocado's worth, or 1/3 of the recipe)
whole wheat tortillas (8-10)
salsa
goat cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. Wash sweet potatoes, poke them with a fork a few times, and wrap them in foil. Place on a cookie sheet and roast for about 1hr, until they're soft and easily pricked with a fork. Set aside and let cool, then cut into a rough dice. Transfer to a bowl and mash with a little salt and freshly ground pepper.



Place black beans into a bowl, season with cumin, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roughly mash with a fork, or puree in a food processor.

Preheat a large skillet over medium low heat. Add eggs and whites in a small bowl, a splash of milk and a bit of salt and freshly ground pepper. Once the pan is warmed, cook eggs slowly, stirring quite often, until they have just started to set. Turn off the heat.

To assemble burritos, place tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 15-30 seconds.
On each burrito, place 3 to 4 T black bean mash, 1/3 c roasted sweet potatoes, 1/4 of the eggs and 2-3 T guacamole. Wrap up the tortillas to enclose filling, then top with salsa and goat cheese.

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Sweet potato burgers  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1 large sweet potato
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 cups cooked cannellini beans
2 tsp favorite spice blend (such as cajun or curry powder)
1/4 cup almond flour
5 oz mixed salad greens
Dressing:
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
2 tbsp tahini paste
1 lemon juice
1 lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
Make the burgers: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a small baking sheet with foil.

Using a fork, prick deep holes all over the sweet potato. Brush it with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Season generously with salt and black pepper and bake until completely soft, 45 to 50 minutes; a knife should easily slide through. Let it cool until you can handle it.

Peel the sweet potato and place the flesh in a medium bowl. Add the beans and mash the potato and beans together with a potato masher or large fork. Season the mixture with the spice blend, cayenne pepper, and salt and black pepper to taste.

Stir in the almond flour and shape the mixture into 8 patties.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron pan and brown the patties until crispy and golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Make the dressing: In a small bowl whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Assemble the burgers: Place the burgers on a bed of greens and top each one with a few slices of avocado. Drizzle a little tahini dressing over each burger and serve immediately. You may also add your favorite burger toppings such as caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, or your favorite burger condiment. Any leftover sweet potato mixture can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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Texas chili and corn bread pudding  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
2 pounds ground beef
2 pounds ground pork
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped green peppers
1 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoon cumin
3 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or chopped ortega chiles
2 cups drained kidney beans

Corn bread pudding (optional) see recipe below
In a thick bottom skillet, brown ground beef and pork in olive oil. Add chopped onions, peppers, celery, and garlic.
Cook to soften vegetables.
Mix in chili powder, bay leaf, ground cumin, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste paste, beef broth, red pepper flakes, or chopped Ortega chilies, and drained red kidney beans.
Simmer 30 to 40 minutes.
Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and or lime wedges.
Or place in casserole dish and cover with Corn bread pudding, and bake.

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The ultimate bran muffins  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 1/2 cups natural bran
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
2 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, sliced
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine bran, flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in mixing bowl.
Beat egg, brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, molasses, together.
Add liquid ingredients to dry and stir just until moistened. Fold in the raisins and apricots.
Fill greased a 12-muffin tin 3/4 full.
Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove muffins from cups while hot. Transfer muffins on a rack to cool.
* add 1 tablespoon vinegar to regular milk

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Tuna salad on olive bread with arugula  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
2 6-ounce packages albacore tuna packed in water, drained
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup diced seeded English hothouse cucumber
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
1/4 cup drained capers
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
12 1/3-inch-thick slices olive bread
1 cup arugula

Mix tuna, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, and next 6 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Divide tuna salad among 6 bread slices; top with arugula leaves.
Spread remaining mayonnaise on remaining 6 bread slices; place atop arugula.
Cut sandwiches in half; wrap each tightly in plastic wrap.
Can be made 1 day ahead. Refrigerate.

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Turkey croquettes  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
2 cups bread crumbs
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 cups stuffing
2 cups chopped cooked turkey
4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil, as needed
To serve:
Cranberry sauce
Warm turkey gravy
In a small sauté pan over moderate heat, toast the bread crumbs until golden and crunchy, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

In a small bowl, beat together the egg and water.

In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and turkey. Using your hands or a spoon, shape the mixture into 2-inch-long, oblong-shaped croquettes (you should have about 24 croquettes) and transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet.

Working with 1 croquette at a time, dredge them in the egg-water mixture, letting the excess drip off, then dredge them in the bread crumbs, and return them to the rimmed baking sheet.

In a large skillet, over moderately high heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Working in batches, pan-fry the croquettes, turning them occasionally, until crispy on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes total. Repeat with the remaining croquettes, wiping the pan clean and adding 2 tablespoons of the oil to the pan between batches. DO AHEAD: The croquettes can be prepared ahead and frozen, well wrapped in foil, for up to 3 months. To reheat: Bake the frozen croquettes on a large baking sheet in a 475°F oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the croquettes from the oven for about 5 minutes to let the interiors thaw, then return them to the oven to finish baking for another 2 minutes.

Serve hot with cranberry sauce and/or warm gravy.

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Baked acorn squash with chestnuts apples and leeks  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
4 halved, seeded Acorn Squash
1 1/2 cups diced Celery
2 peeled, diced Granny Smith Apples
10 oz diced day-old Bread (crusts removed)
1/2 cup chopped Parsley
1/3 cup Vegetable Stock
3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 halved, sliced Leeks, white part
2 tsp fine chopped Thyme
7 oz cooked Chestnuts
1/3 cup Heavy Cream
3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Preheat the oven at 350 F and brush the cut sides of each squash using olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
Place cut sides of squash down on two baking sheets. Roast 25 minutes or until tender.
Melt butter and olive oil in a skillet. Add celery with leeks, salt and pepper, cooking on medium heat for about eight minutes, stirring now and then.
Add apples and thyme, cooking on medium high about five minutes, or until until the apples begin to soften.
Scrape the mixture into a bowl. Work in bread, parsley, stock, chestnuts, and cream, tossing to mix well; salt and pepper.
Turn the squash so cut sides face up. Fill the cavities with stuffing and bake 20 minutes, or until tender and golden brown.

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Cauliflower melt  Print Recipe

the cooking method of seasoning and baking provides a very nice vegetable dish that could accompany almost anything.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 Medium head of cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slabs, possibly halved to make a total of 8 slabs
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
1/4 cup shelled pistachios
4 ounces Comte or Manchego cheese, cut into 8 slices
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the cauliflower slabs and toss to coat.
3. Arrange the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, flip the slabs, and bake another 10 to 20 minutes, until softened and roasted. Set aside to cool but keep the oven on.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, soak the raisins in wine or water for 10 minutes. Drain.
5. In a small pan over medium-high heat, toast the pistachios, dry or with a little oil. Let cool on a paper towel, then chop coarsely.
6.Arrange the cauliflower in a baking dish. Sprinkle with pistachios and raisins and top with the cheese.
7. Bake until the cheese melts, 7 to 10 minutes.
8. Top with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

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Crispy onion rings  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
2 medium Spanish onions
1 cup milk or buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
a pinch cayenne
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
vegetable oil for deep-frying
Peel and cut the onions into 1/4-inch thick slices; separate into rings. In shallow bowl, stir together milk or buttermilk and ½ teaspoon of the salt; add onion rings and soak for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a bag, combine flour, remaining salt and pepper. Add onion rings in batches and shake to coat.
In deep-fryer or large saucepan, heat 2 inches oil to 375 degrees. Deep-fry rings, in batches without crowding for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Drain and keep warm on paper towel-lined baking dish in 250 degree oven

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Garlic-roasted potato skins  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 40 minutes
3 pounds russet (baking) potatoes (6 to 8 medium)
1 medium head garlic
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 350° F. Prick each potato once or twice with a fork. Cut off and discard top fourth of garlic head, then wrap garlic tightly in foil. Bake garlic and potatoes on same rack in lower third of oven until potatoes are tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Remove potatoes from oven and cool on a metal rack 15 minutes. Continue to bake garlic until tender, about 15 minutes more, then cool in foil on rack. While garlic cools, halve potatoes lengthwise, then quarter each half (to form short wedges).
Scoop out potato flesh (reserving it for another use), leaving 1/4-inch-thick potato skins. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Squeeze garlic into a small bowl, discarding garlic skins, and mash to a paste with butter, salt, and pepper using a fork.
Divide garlic paste among potato skins (about 1/2 teaspoon each), spreading evenly, then roast skins in a large shallow baking pan (1 inch deep) until golden and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.

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Green bean casserole  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
FOR THE TOPPING:
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Nonstick cooking spray

FOR BEANS AND SAUCE:
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.

While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.

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Kale and brussels sprout salad with walnuts parmesan and lemon-mustard dressing  Print Recipe

This wonderful salad is even better the next day. Inspired by Bon Appètit.
Serves: 6
Preparation time:25 minutes
Cooking time:5 minutes
For the Salad
1 cup raw almonds with skins or walnuts, chopped
1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved and thinly sliced
1 pound Tuscan or curly kale (about 1 large bunch), thick center rib removed, leaves thinly sliced
1 cup coarsely grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino
For the Dressing
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, from about 2 lemons
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots, from one large shallot
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. Bake the walnuts for 5-8 minutes, until toasted and fragrant. Keep a close eye on them; they burn quickly.
Combine the brussels sprouts and kale in a large bowl.
Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over the vegetables. Add most of the walnuts and cheese, reserving some to garnish the platter, and toss well. Let the salad sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes (or up to a few hours in the fridge) to allow the flavors to meld and the vegetables to soften. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Transfer to a serving dish and scatter the remaining walnuts and cheese over top. Serve at room temperature.

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Kale salad  Print Recipe

Kale is among the most nutrient-dense commonly eaten vegetables.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
4-6 cups kale, loosely packed kale leaves
juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1 minced shallot
salt and pepper, to taste
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
2/3 cup grated Pecorino, Asiago or Parmesan
Wash and spin dry the kale leaves and chop finely.

Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, shallot, salt, pepper, and a generous pinch of hot red pepper flakes.
Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well.
Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again.
Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

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Oven baked sweet potato fries  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
2 pounds sweet potatoes, about 3 large ones
1/4 cup olive or other vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoon spice combination of your choice: chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, garam masala, Cajun seasoning, etc.
Preheat oven to 450°F. (For more crispiness, preheat your oven to 500°F.)
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut off the ends. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Cut each piece into wedges. Alternately, you can slice the peeled sweet potato into disks either with a mandoline or a sharp knife.
Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the oil. Mix well to combine. Sprinkle with salt, sugar and spices of your choice. Mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices.
Place a baking sheet inthe oven to preheat.
Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on the preheating the baking sheet, to help the fries get crisp.

Bake for a total of 25 to 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn over all of the sweet potato pieces. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are well browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Oven-cooked bacon  Print Recipe

The best way to cook bacon is in the oven on parchment paper because it allows for an easy cleanup. The bacon sits in its own rendered fat as it bakes, it cooks more quickly than if you cooked it on a rack. The fatty parts also get wonderfully crispy.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:5 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1/2 sliced bacon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

1.Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make sure to cut a large-enough sheet of parchment paper so that there is overhang on all sides. Then fold the excess up so that the drippings don’t seep through any cracks.
Lay the bacon strips flat, making sure pieces do not overlap.
2. Bake until crisp and browned, 15 to 18 minutes, 24 minutes (thick-cut bacon), rotating the sheets once.
3. Transfer strips to a paper towel to drain.
Let the drippings cool slightly, lift up the parchment, and store the drippings into a container.

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Southern-style collard greens  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound collard greens, chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil and butter. Saute the onions until slightly softened, about 2 minutes, then add the red pepper flakes and garlic, cook another minute. Add collard greens and cook another minute. Add the vegetable stock, cover and bring to a simmer. Cook until greens are tender, about 40 minutes. Add tomatoes and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Steamed broccoli  Print Recipe

Broccoli can be prepared ahead by this method. Refrigerated steamed broccoli can be reheated by tossing in a skillet on medium high with a scant amount of oil or butter, or by means of a brief session in the microwave. Steamed broccoli can also be served at room temperature or chilled and used in a salad. Optional garnishes should be of a contrasting color: roasted sesame seeds, minced white parts of green onion, etc. VARIATION: Sometimes I steam another vegetable along with the broccoli. Yellow onion, sliced thick, works particularly well. Carrot sticks, radish halves, daikon sticks, summer squash all work well. Cut the additional vegetable to pieces about the same size as the broccoli pieces, or smaller. Recipe adapted from http://www.stephencooks.com/
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:5 minutes
1 medium bunch broccoli - about 9 ounces
2 - 4 tablespoons fresh herbs (optional), minced (suggestions: tarragon, thyme, dill, basil, oregano)
2 green onions (optional), chopped
2 or3 cloves garlic, (optional), minced
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
Balsamic vinegar to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Trim broccoli: cut the last 1/4 inch from the end of the stalks and use a paring knife to trim any gnarly stumps or little branches from the stalks.

2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the tough outer skin from the stalks, starting at the base of the flower and going to the end of the stalks. Some larger stalks have a fairly thick skin and may need two passes of the peeler. (You can tell when you got it all when the inner flesh of the stalk is exposed -- it has a softer wet-green look, with no fibers visible and a texture like a cut radish or potato.)

3. Cut the broccoli pieces crosswise into three pieces: the flower and two pieces of stalk about 2 1/2 - 3" long. Divide the flowers from each other as necessary and halve or quarter the stalk pieces lengthwise so that the pieces are all about the same size (for uniform cooking).

4. Place the broccoli in a steamer basket in a pan with about 3/4" of rapidly boiling water. Cover tightly and steam for 5 min.

5. Remove broccoli to a bowl. Add any of the optional ingredients you are using and toss with tongs briefly to mix.

6. Season to taste and allow to rest, partially covered, for a few minutes.

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The best hash brown patties  Print Recipe

This recipe can be multiplied to feed a crowd. The hash browns will stay crunchy for an hour at room temperature and reheat well in the oven.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:
Cooking time:10 minutes
1 pound organic russet potatoes, peeled
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 small garlic clove, grated or minced
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons corn or peanut oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
ketchup
Line a microwave-safe bowl with a paper towel and set the box grater in the bowl.
Working quickly, so the potatoes do not have a chance to oxidize, grate the potatoes into the bowl.
Give them a gentle press into the paper towel, then remove the paper towel. Add the salt and baking powder and mix with hands. Microwave the potatoes for 90 seconds. Add the garlic and pepper and mix again.
Melt the butter with the oil in a 12-inch cast iron or other nonstick skillet over medium heat. Divide the potato mixture into four equal portions and press each between hands to form an oblong ½-inch-thick patty. Lay the potato patties in the hot fat and cook without moving for 3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 3 minutes. If pan looks dry, add a little more oil.
Flip and rotate the patties so they color evenly and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve with ketchup.

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Toasted corn with cherry tomato and edamame salad  Print Recipe

A delicious , fresh, easy salad to make.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes    
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2-1/4 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 3 medium ears)
2 Tbs. plain low-fat yogurt
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. clover honey
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 heaping cup quartered cherry tomatoes (about 15)
1/4 cup very thinly sliced fresh mint
1/4 cup very thinly sliced fresh basil
Cook the edamame according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool completely.
Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kernels are golden brown in patches, about 9 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk the yogurt, lemon juice, honey, garlic, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Slowly pour in the remaining 4 Tbs. olive oil, whisking constantly until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
In a medium serving bowl, combine the cooled edamame and corn, the tomatoes, and the herbs. Gently toss. Add half of the vinaigrette and toss again. Add more vinaigrette and salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature.

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Tuscan kale salad  Print Recipe

Kale is among the most nutrient-dense commonly eaten vegetables. One cup provides 1,327 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, 192 percent of DV for vitamin A, and 88 percent for vitamin C.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:15 minutes
4-6 cups kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves of
Italian black (Lacinato, "dinosaur," cavolo nero) midribs removed
juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
salt & pepper, to taste
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano cheese (Rosselino variety if you can find it) or other flavorful grating cheese such as Asiago or Parmesan
1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread
Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes.
Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well.
Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again.
Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

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Vidalia onion fritters  Print Recipe


Serves: 5
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vinegar
4 dashes hot sauce
2 large Vidalia onion, peeled, halved, thinly sliced
Vegetable oil for frying .
Mix flour, baking powder, curry powder, and salt in a bowl.
Beat the liquids together. Pour over the dry ingredients and combine.
Add the sliced onions and mix well. Let stand for 1 hour.
In a deep skillet heat 3 to 4 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees over medium heat.
Drop the batter into the hot oil by tablespoonfuls, being careful not to crowd the pan. Cook until browned on one side and turn.
When the fritters are deep golden brown all over, remove them and drain on paper towels. Break one open to test for doneness;
if underdone in the center, reduce the heat a bit, and fry another minute.
Repeat until all the batter is used up and serve immediately

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Waldorf salad coleslaw  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serves 6 to 8

6 cups white cabbage, cored and shredded
2 Granny Smith apples, cut into julienne strips, plus apple slices for garnish
2 ribs of celery, sliced thin diagonally
1/2 cups walnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
In a very large bowl stir together the cabbage, the apple strips, the celery, and the walnuts.
In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, the yogurt, the mustard, the sugar, the oil, the salt, and the vinegar until the dressing is smooth.
Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture, and toss the slaw well. Chill the slaw, covered, for 2 hours.
The slaw may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.
Serve the slaw topped with the apples slices.

Dessert
Angel food cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (1 3/4 cups) (at room temperature)
1/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift half of the sugar with the salt and the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.

In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar.
After 2 minutes, slowly add the sifted reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed.
Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.

Carefully spoon mixture into a 10-inch (4L) ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.

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Angel food cake alaska  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:2 minutes
1 angel food cake
1/2 gallon strawberry ice cream or 1/2 raspberry and 1/2 strawberry ice cream
For meringue:
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Remove the inside of angel cake leaving one inch thick sides and bottom to form a trench. Fill with ice cream. Freeze until ready to use.
For meringue: In an electric beater, whisk egg whites with cream of tartar until meringue is firm. Add sugar and vanilla.
Beat for 2 more minutes. Cover cake entirely with meringue using a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tube. Bake at 450 degrees for 1 to 2 minutes to brown. Decorate with whole berries and serve.



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Apple bread pudding with Butterscotch Sauce   Print Recipe

You can use other bread like Challah bread, panettone, brioche.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
4 4x4-inch slices firm white bread, crusts trimmed
2 teaspoons butter
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
8 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dried currants or raisins
2 cups milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Hot Butterscotch Sauce (Makes 2 ½ cups )

1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1 1/3 cups light cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly butter 9-inch-square baking dish.
Cut each bread slice into 4 squares with crusts trimmed.
Arrange half of bread squares in single layer in prepared dish.
Melt 2 teaspoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add apples; sauté 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar; sauté until apples are golden, about 5 minutes.
Arrange apples atop bread in dish. Sprinkle with currants.
Top with remaining bread slices in single layer.
Bring milk to simmer in small saucepan.
Whisk eggs and remaining 6 tablespoons sugar in medium mixing bowl to blend.
Gradually whisk in hot milk, then vanilla and cinnamon.
Pour over bread and apple mixture.
Place pie dish in roasting pan.
Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of pie dish.
Bake bread pudding until top is golden and custard is set, about 40 minutes.
Remove from water. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Butterscotch Sauce

In saucepan, bring sugar, syrup and butter to boil; stirring; boil for 3 minutes. Stir in cream and bring back to boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Cool to room temperature.

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Apple cheese crisp   Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
3 tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/3 cup soft butter
1/3 cup flour
5 large tart apples
1/3 cup cider



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine grated sharp cheddar cheese,
brown sugar, nutmeg, soft butter and flour.
Peel, core and slice large tart apples. Arrange in a buttered pie dish.
Pour cider over apples. Crumble flour mixture over.
Bake for 40 minutes or until apples are soft.

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Apple cranberry crisp  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
Topping:
1 1/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sliced almonds
4 pounds tart apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced
3 cups cranberries
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Butter a 13-by-9-by-2 inch baking dish or a 3-quart baking dish, 2-inch deep. In a bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon cardamon, and salt.
Add butter and mix all ingredients until crumbly. Mix in the almonds. In a large bowl, combine apples, cranberries and granulated sugar. Mix in 1 tablespoon flour and remaining cinnamon and cardamon. Mix well. Transfer to the prepared dish.
Spread the oat mixture evenly over fruit. Bake until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender, about 50 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream.

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Apple orange cake   Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
Topping:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons butter
Cake:
2 cups chopped peeled apples
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/3 cup orange juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a 10-inch springform pan.
Topping:
Mix together brown sugar, pecans, flour and cinnamon; blend in butter.
Cake:
Mix together apples, raisins, 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon. Beat together brown sugar, sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in orange rind and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking powder and soda. Mix together sour cream and orange juice. Add flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to egg mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in half of apple mixture.
Spread batter into pan.
Top with remaining apple mixture and sprinkle with Topping. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack. Cake can be frozen.

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Apple strudel with cranberry sauce  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time:30 minute
For sauce:
2 cups cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons kirsch

For strudel:
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 tablespoons kirsch
3 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, cut 1/3-inch pieces
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons gingersnap cookie crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
9 sheets phyllo
powdered sugar
Sauce:
Combine Cranberries, sugar, water and kirsch in heavy medium saucepan.
Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Reduce heat and cook until most berries burst, about 10 minutes.
Cool slightly. Transfer to processor and purée.
Strudel:
Combine raisins and kirsch in small bowl. Let stand 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine apples, 1/2 cup crumbs, sugar and raisin mixture in bowl.
Brush large baking sheet with some of melted butter.
Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface with 1 long side parallel to edge of work surface.
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cookie crumbs over.
Top with second phyllo.
Brush with butter, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of crumbs.
Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets, melted butter and gingersnap crumbs.
Spoon apple mixture in 3-inch wide log along 1 long side of phyllo,
leaving 2-inch border at long and short edges.
Fold bottom long side over filling, then fold in short sides and roll up jelly roll style.
Transfer strudel to baking sheet, seam side down. Brush top with butter.
Bake strudel 15 minutes. Brush with remaining butter.
Bake until golden, about 30 minutes more.
Cool on baking sheet. Lightly sift powdered sugar over.
Cut into portions. Arrange on serving plates.
Spoon sauce around strudel.

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Apple-butterscotch pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
Basic Pie crust for a Double-Crust Pie
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch wedges
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons cornstarch
grated zest of 1/2 lemon
grated zest of 1/4 orange, optional
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees .
In a small saucepan, stir 3/4 cup of the brown sugar and
the half-and-half over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Remove from the heat and add the butter and the vanilla.
Stir until the butter melts. Set the butterscotch mixture aside to cool completely.
In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice.
Add the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, the cornstarch, lemon zest,
and the orange zest (if using), cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the larger disk of dough into a
13-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Fold the dough in half.
Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, and gently unfold the dough to fit into the pan.
Sprinkle the bottom of the dough with the flour.
Fill the pie pan with the apple mixture.
Pour the cooled butterscotch mixture over the apples.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the remaining pie dough into
a 10- to 11-inch round about 1/8 inch thick.
Fold the dough in half, and gently unfold over the apples to cover the filling.
Using scissors or a sharp knife, trim the edges of the 2 pie crusts to a 1-inch overhang.
Pinching the 2 crusts together, fold the dough under itself so the edge of
the fold is flush with the edge of the pie pan.
Flute the crust around the edges of the pan.
Cut a few slits in the top crust so the steam can escape.
Bake until golden brown and the juices are bubbling (look into the slits to check), about 45 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire cake rack.

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Apple-cranberry crumble pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 10 minutes
1 cup flour
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/3 cup oatmeal (not instant)
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cut into pieces
1 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 9-inch deep dish frozen pie shell, unthawed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For topping:
Mix first 4 ingredients. Add butter, mix until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
For filling:
Place baking sheet in oven. Toss apples, cranberry sauce, sugar and cornstarch until well blended.
Transfer apple-cranberry filling to frozen pie shell, mounding in centre.
Sprinkle topping over pie. Set pie on baking sheet in oven. Bake until apples are tender, juices bubble thickly and crust is golden, about 1 hour 10 minutes.
Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Apricot crumble  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
2 cups sliced fresh apricots
1 cup graham-cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon melted butter
light cream or ice cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine brown sugar, graham-cracker crumbs, melted butter and lemon juice.
Blend gently with sliced apricots.
Spread in shallow buttered baking dish.
Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with light cream or ice cream.

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Apricot purses on a cloud   Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
3 sheets of phyllo dough, 12 by 17 inches
1/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
4 slices pound cake, 2 inches squares by 1/2 inch thick
16 apricots halves
8 mint leaves, 4 chopped and 4 reserved for garnish
For sauce:
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon peppermint liqueur or drops of peppermint extract
4 chopped mint leaves
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Brush the sheets of phyllo with melted sweet butter.
Dust sheets with 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar, and stack the three sheets.
Quarter the phyllo sheets.
Place a 2 inch square, 1/2 inch thick slice of pound cake on each square. Arrange 2 apricot halves on each cake square, stem down.
Brush strawberries with melted butter, sprinkle each square with 1/2 teaspoon chopped mint.
Gather the edges of each phyllo quarter to encase the apricots, leaving a 2-inch opening in center of phyllo purse. Brush the outside with melted butter.
Dust with confectioner's sugar.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until purses are golden brown.
Sauce: Combine vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, peppermint liqueur or drops of extract, and 4 chopped mint leaves. Stir until soft and creamy. Refrigerate.
Spoon the mint sauce on plates. Place a purse on each plate. Garnish with mint leaves.

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Banana cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 16
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup yogurt
2 1/4 cups flour, all purpose
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups banana, mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream shortening and sugar.
Beat in the eggs vanilla and yogurt.
Crush the bananas. Sift the remaining dry ingredients. Add to batter. Mix in the bananas.
Grease and flour 2 (9-inch by 3-inch) loaf pans.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
A cake tester inserted in center of cake should come out clean.

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Bittersweet chocolate truffle cheese cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 14
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon cocoa
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 8-ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup strong coffee
8 ounces chocolate, bittersweet
1/2 cup sour cream
4 ounces chocolate, bittersweet
1/2 cup heavy cream

CRUST:
Combine first 4 ingredients. Press mixture on bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. Refrigerate.
FILLING:
Beat cream cheese with sugar. Add the eggs. Stir in the strong instant coffee, chocolate and sour cream. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 to 50 minutes or until center is barely set. Refrigerate.
GLAZE:
Shave a few curls of chocolate for garnish. Heat the cream with remaining chocolate until melted and smooth. Spoon over cake. Garnish with curls.

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Black bottom pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:35 minutes
For the crust:

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate, melted
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup Graham crumbs
1 tablespoon cocoa


For the raspberry filling:
one 10-ounce package raspberries, pureed and strained
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the custard:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup milk
2 egg yolks

1 tablespoon rum
1/4 cup sugar
the crust:
In a medium bowl, Mix chocolate with butter. Combine with crumbs. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

the raspberry filling:
Combine ingredients in double boiler. Whisk until thickened. Cool and cover.
Dissolve 1 envelop unflavored gelatin with 1/4 cup water Allow to set for 5 minutes, and mix in with the raspberry filling.

the custard:

In a saucepan, combine sugar, corn starch and milk. Cook over medium heat until thick. Mix in egg yolks.
Cook one more minute. Set aside.
Cool and cover.
Mix half of the custard with 1/4 cup melted semi sweet chocolate.
Pour over crust bottom. Refrigerate until firm.
Spoon in raspberry mixture. Chill to set.
Add 1 tablespoon rum to remaining custard. Cool. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar.
Add 1/4 cup sugar. Continue beating until firm. Fold into custard.
Spoon over pie. Chill.

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Blueberry streusel cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 10 minutes
For cake:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

For streusel mixture:
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups blueberries
Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar till light. Add eggs, one at the time, mixing well after each addition. Add flour mixture to batter alternately with sour cream and vanilla.
Combine streusel ingredients. Set aside ½ cup. Toss remaining with blueberries. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle with half of the blueberry mixture. Then spread of the batter and sprinkle with remaining blueberries.
Top with remaining batter. Sprinkle reserved mixture over batter. Bake 60 to 65 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan.

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Blueberry streusel cake #2   Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup salad oil
2 tablespoons milk

Streusel:
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over berries; set aside. Mix our, sugar and salt. Combine salad oil and milk in a small bowl and whip with fork. Pour over flour mixture. Mix with fork until moist.
Turn into a greased 8-inch by 8-inch by 2-inch cake pan. Press dough into pan, building up edges about one inch deep. Spread berries over the dough.
Streusel:
Mix sugar, flour and salt together. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

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Blueberry supreme  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
One recipe Quick and easy pie crust
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound blueberries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup sugar
garnish with whipped cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries, cornstarch and sugar.
Cook over low heat until thick and bubbly. Spread over pie crust. Chill. Decorate top with whipped cream.

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Blueberry-lemon bundt cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons flour
1 lemon cake mix
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour Bundt pan. Sprinkle flour over blueberries. Combine dry cake mix and sour cream. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at low speed. Beat at medium speed until smooth.
Bake for 45 minutes. Cool on rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan.

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Bourbon chocolate cake  Print Recipe

Delicious and rich chocolate cake. Definitely worth to splurge on good chocolate! This mousse-like cake really does melt in your mouth. It can be baked up to a day before serving and stored lightly wrapped at room temperature.
Serves: 12
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
11 oz. semisweet good quality chocolate, chopped
6 oz. (12 Tbs.) unsalted butter
6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 oz. (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

For serving:
1 cup heavy cream
1 to 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Position an oven rack on the middle rung and heat the oven to 350°F.

Butter a 9×3-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment and butter the parchment. Set the cake pan in a roasting pan large enough to accommodate it.

Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
With an electric mixer (a stand mixer with the whip attachment or a hand mixer), beat the egg yolks with the brown sugar on medium speed until very pale, thick, and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed, add the chocolate mixture, and mix just to combine. Add the flour, mixing just to combine and scraping the bowl as needed. Blend in the bourbon and vanilla. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
In a clean mixing bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites with the salt on high speed until they hold soft peaks, 1 to 2 minutes. With a rubber spatula, fold one-third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, and then gently fold in the remaining whites. Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan.
Set the roasting pan on the oven rack and add enough warm tap water to come halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the top feels set, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the cake pan from the water bath and run a paring knife around the inside of the pan (or the inside of the parchment collar) to loosen the cake and then let the cake cool completely in the cake pan on a rack. When the cake is completely cool, loosen the sides once more with a paring knife. Cover the cake with a serving plate and invert the cake onto the plate. The bottom of the cake is now the top. Peel off the parchment. (Don’t worry if the surface looks a little ragged; you’ll be dusting with confectioners’ sugar).

To serve: In a chilled bowl, beat the cream and sugar to medium-soft peaks. Dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar, slice, and serve each slice with the whipped cream.

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Caramel-pecan hand flipside pies  Print Recipe

At Seattle's High 5 Pie, owner Dani Cone makes these adorable, portable pies (she calls them "flipsides")
Serves: 12
Preparation time:3 hours
Cooking time:40 minutes
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 sticks unsalted butter (1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch dice and chilled
3/4 cup ice water

FILLING AND TOPPING
1 1/2 cups pecans (6 ounces)
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Salt
1 cup corn syrup
5 large eggs, 1 egg beaten
1/4 cup turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
In a large (preferably 12-cup) food processor, combine the flour, salt and sugar. Add the butter and pulse in 1-second bursts until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle the ice water over the dough and pulse in 1-second bursts until it just comes together. Turn the dough out onto a work surface, gather up any crumbs and pat into 2 disks. Wrap the disks in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

On a floured work surface, roll out 1 disk of the dough to a 16-inch square, a scant 1/4 inch thick. Using a small pot lid or plate (5 1/2 to 6 inches) as a template, cut out as many dough rounds as possible. Repeat with the second disk of dough. Reroll the scraps, chilling if necessary, for a total of 12 dough rounds. Transfer the pastry rounds to parchment paper–lined baking sheets and refrigerate until chilled, about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for about 8 minutes, until browned and fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop the nuts.
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of the sugar with 1/2 cup of water. Cook over moderate heat, swirling the pan gently once the caramel begins to form, until the caramel is medium-amber, about 9 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, cream, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Transfer 1 cup of the caramel to a large bowl and let cool slightly. (Save any remaining caramel for later use.) Whisk the remaining 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and the corn syrup into the caramel in the bowl. Whisk in the 4 unbeaten eggs until smooth. Add the pecans and a generous pinch of salt.
Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Pour the pecan filling into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes, until set. Let cool slightly, then scrape the pecan filling into a bowl and gently stir to recombine.
Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Working with one baking sheet at a time, brush the pastry surfaces lightly with some of the beaten egg. Scoop a scant 1/4 cup of the pecan filling onto each round and fold the pastry over to make a turnover. Press the edges to seal and crimp with the tines of a floured fork. Refrigerate the hand pies while you prepare the rest.
Brush the tops of the pies with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Using a sharp knife, make a small slit in the top of each pie. Bake the pies in the middle and lower thirds of the oven for 40 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown; shift the pans halfway through baking. Let the pies cool on the baking sheets before serving.
MAKE AHEAD
The pies can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Rewarm before serving.

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Caramelized pear upside-down cake  Print Recipe

This recipe is adapted from Fine Cooking
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 15 minutes
2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces (4 tablespoons)
about 1 pound medium firm-ripe Bosc pears

For the Cake:
6 3/4 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour (1-1/2 cups)
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened (8 tablespoons)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs

Basic Caramel:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x2-inch round cake pan (don't use a springform pan, as the caramel might leak out during baking). Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment and butter the top of the paper.
Make the Topping:

1. Peel, core, and cut the pears lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the pear slices on the bottom of the pan in a circle around the edge, overlapping them slightly, with the pointed ends towards the center. If necessary, cut a little off the pointed ends to make the slices fit better. Or if the pear slices don't reach all the way to the middle, arrange a few of the shorter slices in the center to cover the bottom of the pan.
2. Make the Basic Caramel according to the directions. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the 4 tablespoons of butter one piece at a time, until they are completely melted. Carefully pour the hot caramel evenly over the pears (it should spread over the pears and onto the bottom of the pan).

Make the Cake Batter:

1. Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, and salt into a medium bowl. Stir to combine. In a small bowl, stir together the milk and vanilla.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Turn the mixer to medium and slowly add the brown sugar. Increase the speed to high and continue to mix until lightened in texture and color, 2 to 3 minutes total. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
3. Reduce the speed to low and alternate adding the flour mixture and milk mixture in five additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix each addition just enough to incorporate, as overmixing will lead to a tougher cake. Scrape down the sides of the bowl one last time and mix briefly to blend well.
Bake the cake:

1. Spoon the batter in large dollops over the pears and smooth it into an even layer with an offset spatula. Bake the cake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Turn a cake plate upside down on top of the cake pan and, using pot holders, carefully invert the cake pan onto the plate.
Basic Caramel:

1. Fill a cup measure halfway with water and put a pastry brush in it; this will be used for washing down the sides of the pan to prevent crystallization. In a heavy-duty 2-quart saucepan, stir the sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup cold water. Brush down the sides of the pan with water to wash away any sugar crystals.
2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan, until the mixture starts to color around the edges, 5 to 8 minutes.
3. Gently swirl the pan once to even out the color and prevent the sugar from burning in isolated spots. Continue to cook until the sugar turns medium amber, about 30 seconds more. (Once the mixture begins to color, it will darken very quickly, so keep an eye on it.)

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Chocolate angel food cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1/3 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2/3 cup superfine sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift sugar, cocoa, flour and salt together in a bowl.
Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and vinegar until medium stiff. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at the time. Beat until soft peaks form.
Fold in the dry ingredients.
Spoon into a 10-cup angel food cake pan. Smooth the top. Tap the pan on work surface to release any air pockets.
Bake about 35 minutes. Test the center of cake with a tester.
Invert cake to cool for an hour. Loosen cake with a thin spatula or a knife. Unmold and cover with egg white frosting. Decorate with chocolate shavings.

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Chocolate bourbon pecan pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked

3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons sweet butter
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup Bourbon
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate
1 cup whole pecans

Preheat oven tot 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, melted butter, corn syrup, vanilla and bourbon until well combined. Strain.
Grate the chocolate into bits. Sprinkle over the bottom of unbaked pie crust. Cover with the pecans.
Pour mixture into pie shell.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
Cool for an hour before serving.

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Chocolate cake for birthday cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
For the cake pans:

1 tablespoon soft butter
2 tablespoons flour

For the cake:
1 cup milk, divided
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Butter and flour 2 9-inch cake pans.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of the milk and the grated chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Set aside to cool then add the vanilla.
3. Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Separate the eggs. Keep the whites in a mixing bowl, and stir the yolks into the butter-sugar mixture, and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir the baking soda into the remaining 1/2 cup milk. Whisk into the butter-sugar mixture until creamy.
4. Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl.
5. Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer until they hold stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites alternately with flour into the butter mixture. Finally fold in the melted chocolate-milk mixture. Pour half of the batter into each of the two prepared pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until the center springs back when pressed lightly.

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Chocolate mousse cake  Print Recipe

Makes 1 12-inch cake or 2 9-inch cake To make 2 8-inch cakes, use half of the recipe Fill the cake layers with Chocolate mousse filling and glaze top with Ganache
Serves: 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Mix cocoa in boiling water. Cool. Sift dry ingredients.
Beat soft butter with sugar. Add eggs one at the time. Add cocoa mix and flour mix to butter mixture.
Blend at low speed while alternating cocoa and flour. Mix until batter is smooth, scraping edges and bottom of bowl with a spatula.
Line the bottom of one 12-inch cake pan or 2 9-inch pans with parchment.
Grease and flour. Pour batter in mold. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until center is cooked. Cool 10 minutes. Unmold on a rack. Cut in layers.
Fill with the chocolate mousse filling recipe.

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Chocolate pecan pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 9-inch Quick and easy pie crust

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate, melted
2/3 cup white corn syrup
1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine melted chocolate, corn syrup, sugar and eggs. Stir in the pecans.
Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes.
Reduce temperature to 350 degrees, and bake 20 minutes longer.
Cool then chill. Slice and serve with ice cream and Satin chocolate sauce.

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Classic cheesecake  Print Recipe

Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F if using a dark nonstick springform pan. Top with fresh fruit just before serving.
Serves: 16
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:55 minutes
1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs or Oreos/ginger snaps cookies
3 tablespoons sugar
⅓ cup butter or margarine, melted

Filling:
4 (8 ounce) packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
Heat oven to 325°F.
Mix graham crumbs or Oreos or ginger snaps cookies , 3 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press onto bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
Beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Mix in lemon juice and sour cream or Greek yogurt. Pour over crust.
Bake 55 min. or until center is almost set. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours.

When searching for a simple, delicious dessert that's sure to impress, look no further than this traditional cheesecake.

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Coconut cream pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 Prepared 9-inch pie shell

FOR THE FILLING:
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks
½ cup/100 grams sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ tablespoons/20 grams cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup/98 grams sweetened, flaked coconut

FOR THE MERINGUE:
½ cup/49 grams unsweetened coconut
3 egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons/75 grams sugar
Partially blind-bake the pie shell: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out chilled pie dough and place in a 9-inch pie pan. (Glass is best.) Trim and flute or crimp the edges, pierce the bottom crust with a fork. then cover with a large square of parchment or foil. It should hang over the edges. Carefully pour 2 or 3 cups of dried beans or pie weights onto the foil or parchment, and spread evenly so they reach up the sides of the pie. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. If crust edges are browning too quickly, make a little collar from foil and cover for remaining baking time.
Make the filling:
Scald milk by placing it in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until it just begins to foam and bubble around the edges. Set aside to let cool slightly. In the top of a double boiler, or in another saucepan that will fit over a pot of boiling water, beat together egg yolks, sugar, salt and cornstarch. Stir in melted butter, then add the milk.
Place the saucepan over the boiling water and whisk until the mixture thickens. This will take 2 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and sweetened coconut until well distributed. Pour into the pie shell.
Make the meringue: Toast the unsweetened coconut lightly in a small sauté pan on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Set aside. In a stand mixer or with a bowl and whisk, mix egg whites and cream of tartar until the mixture is foamy. If using a stand mixer, keep speed on medium. Then, turn mixer to high and gradually pour in sugar, a tablespoon at a time. If whisking, make sure sugar is dissolved before each new addition of sugar. Keep beating until the meringue is glossy and forms soft peaks. Be careful not to whip into stiff peaks.
Pour the meringue over the pie filling. Using a spatula (an offset version works well), scoot the meringue to the edge of the crust so it forms a seal. Swirl the spatula through the rest of the meringue, distributing it evenly and dipping the edge of the spatula across the top of the meringue to make little peaks. Sprinkle evenly with the unsweetened coconut.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Country apple pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
1 9-inch pie crust, fully cooked
1 pound apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon flour
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt

Topping:
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 teaspoons melted butter
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Peel and core apples.
Cut into wedges. Stew in 1/4 cup water.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, molasses, cinnamon,
nutmeg and salt. Add apples.
Spoon in pie shell.
Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl.
Sprinkle evenly over the pie.
Bake for 40-45 minutes.

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Cranberry and pear phyllo tart  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time:40 minutes
Cooking time:35 minutes
9 sheets phyllo
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup sugar

Filling:
3 cups cranberries
4 pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon grated orange rind

For garnish:
mint leaves, phyllo flowers and frosted cranberries
Filling:
Set aside 1/4 cup of the cranberries for garnish. Combine cranberries, pears, raisins, sugar and orange juice. Bring to boil; cook, covered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until pears are almost tender and cranberries pop.
Combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water; stir into fruit mixture. Cook for about 1 minute. or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in orange rind. Let cool.
Arrange 1 sheet phyllo on work surface. Brush lightly with butter. Place in lightly butter 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom, letting excess hang over edge. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the sugar. Brush second sheet with butter, place on first, rotating a quarter turn. Sprinkle with another 2 teaspoons sugar. Layer with 2 more sheets, brushing each sheet with butter, sprinkling with sugar and rotating so not aligned with layers below.
Spread filling over phyllo crust. Fold pastry edges over top. Layer remaining phyllo on top, rotating, buttering and sprinkling with sugar. Gently fold top pastry under bottom. Using knife, cut vents in top of pastry. (Tart can be prepared up to this point and refrigerated covered for up to 4 hours).
Bake in 400 degree oven 30-35 minutes until pastry is crisp and golden. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 minutes in pan on rack. Remove from pan; slide onto serving platter. Garnish: top with phyllo flowers. Scatter frosted cranberries on top and around side. Top with orange rind, and mint. Serve warm.
For garnish: Phyllo flowers: Arrange 2 stacks of phyllo pastry on work surface. cut out six 4-inch circles; wet center of 1 circle with water; top with second circle. Pinch centers together to make flower shapes. Spray with non-stick cooking spray; place in small muffin cups. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoons sugar. Repeat with remaining circles. Bake in 400 degree oven until golden.
Frosted Cranberries: In bowl, lightly beat 1 egg white until frothy. Pour 1/4 cup sugar in shallow bowl. Dip reserved cranberries, a few at a time, in egg white; remove with slotted spoon. Roll in sugar until coated. Place on paper towel; let dry at room temperature for 1 hour.

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Cranberry eggnog cheesecake  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
1 1/2 cups fine vanilla wafer crumbs
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
5 eggs
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dark rum
1 envelop unflavored gelatin
3 8-ounce packages cream cheese (light or regular)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup cranberry sauce
Combine crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar. Blend well with a fork. Stir in butter. Press evenly into bottom and partway up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate.
Separate 3 eggs, placing whites into a clean large bowl and yolks in a small dish.
Pour orange juice and rum into a heavy bottomed saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand to soften, about 5 minutes.
Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 2 whole eggs and 3 egg yolks.
Stir constantly over medium low heat until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens a little. Remove from heat. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
Beating at high speed, gradually add orange mixture, about ½ cup at a time, until smooth. Beat in vanilla and nutmeg. Beat remaining egg whites until they hold soft peaks.
Place egg whites on top of cheese mixture. Gently fold together, until no lumps of egg white remain.
Pour into chilled shell. Break up cranberry sauce. Dot sauce on surface of cheesecake, then swirl slightly by drawing knife in gentle circles through the sauce.
Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours. Cheesecake will keep well for 2 days.

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Cranberry mold  Print Recipe


Serves: 5
Preparation time: 15 minutes
1 3-ounce package raspberry Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 14-ounce can whole cranberries
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup melon balls
Combine Jello and water.
Blend well to dissolve. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into a decorative mold.
Refrigerate to set.

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Cranberry walnut cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup brown sugar, chopped
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 egg
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup melted butter
Vanilla ice cream
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C.)
2. Butter a 9 inch cake pan. Combine the cranberries, brown sugar, walnuts and cornstarch in a bowl. Layer the cranberies mixture on the bottom of cake pan.
3. In a large bowl, beat egg. Gradually add sugar, beating until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and melted butter. Blend well and pour over cranberries.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the cake to cool at room temperature for 10 minutes then invert on a serving platter.
5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Cranberry walnut pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 cups cranberries, chopped (I use a bag of Ocean Spray fresh cranberries)
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 ¼ cups sugar, divided
2 large eggs
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp almond extract
Preheat the oven to 350º. Butter the bottom and up the sides of a 10” pie plate.
Spread the chopped cranberries and walnuts over the bottom of the pie plate. Sprinkle the mixture with ¼ cup of sugar.
Whisk the flour, salt, and remaining 1 cup of sugar in a large bowl. Beat in melted butter. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until smooth. Stir in the almond extract. Do not overmix.
Pour batter on top of the cranberry/walnut mixture and bake for 40 minutes, or until the top is puffed and just beginning to turn a golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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Cranberry walnut tart  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 50 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
For crust:
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces cold butter
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons ice cold water

For filling:
3 large eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 ounces melted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven at 425 degrees.
Make shell:
In a mixing bowl, blend together the flour, sugar, and salt, add cut up butter, and mix to form a coarse meal. Add egg yolk and water, and mix to form the dough into a ball. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
Roll dough out thinly to fit into a 10-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom.
Line the shell with foil, fill bottom of shell with rice or dry beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and rice. Cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, syrup, butter, salt, and vanilla.
Stir in the cranberries and walnuts. Pour mixture in shell, and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes to form a golden crust on top.
Cool tart, remove rim of the pan, and slide tart onto a serving platter.

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Cream cheese and wild blueberry pound cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature or thick Greek yogurt
4 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 cup wild blueberries
Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Spray a loaf pan that's about 8x5x3 inches with a nonstick coating. Combine together the flour, baking power, and salt until well blended.
With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until pale. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat well until slightly fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl well. Add the eggs one at a time beating well until blended. With the mixer on low, add the flour, vanilla and lemon zest and mix well. Fold in the blueberries.
Transfer the batter into the loaf pan and bake until the cake is golden brown, and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake, about an hour.
Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes and then invert the pan on a cake rack and tap to release cake. Cool completely on a rack before serving.

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Creamy pumpkin pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 15 minutes
Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup cold shortening, cubed
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vinegar

Filling:
1 14 ounce can pumpkin purée
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 eggs
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped

Crust:
Combine flour, rind and salt; using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In measuring cup, whisk egg yolk with vinegar; pour in enough ice water to make 1/3 cup. Drizzle egg mixture over flour mixture; toss with fork until dough starts to hold together, adding a little more ice water if necessary.
Form into ball; press into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in 9 inch pie plate, draping loosely . Without stretching, fit into plate. Trim edges to leave 1 inch overhang. Fold edge under and flute. Prick shell all over and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Gather pastry scraps together and roll out. Using small pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, cut out 11 shapes. Transfer to baking sheet; bake in bottom third of oven for about 12 minutes or until golden. Transfer to rack, let cool. Line pastry shell with foil; fill evenly with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in bottom third of oven for 15 minutes; remove weights and foil. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes longer or until pastry just starts to turn golden. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
In food processor, purée pumpkin, sugar, cheese, cream, eggs, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Pour into pie shell; bake in bottom third of oven for 1 hour or until set in center.
Let cool on rack.
Topping:
Pipe cream into 8 rosettes around edge; top each with pastry pumpkin cookies.

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Double apple cake   Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 Granny Smith apples
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3 cups sifted cake and pastry flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2/3 cup applesauce

Topping:
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Beat sugar and butter until crumbly.
Beat in egg. Beat in yogurt and vanilla.
Combine flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and salt;
fold into butter mixture alternately with apple sauce.
Spoon in lightly greased 9-inch springform pan.
Arrange apples in overlapping concentric circles on top.
Topping:
Combine sugar, water and cinnamon; brush over apples.
Bake for 40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Remove side of pan;
let cool completely.

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Fluffy strawberry sherbet  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time:10 minutes
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3 egg whites
3 cups strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan. Dissolve the sugar over medium heat. Boil the sugar until it reaches the soft ball stage, 238 degree F. To test without a thermometer, put a drop of syrup in cold water. If it forms a soft ball, the syrup is ready.
While making the syrup, beat the egg whites in a metal bowl, until they begin to foam.
Slowly pour in the hot syrup and continue beating for about 10 minutes or until mixture is cool.
Clean the strawberries, hull and puree them with the lemon juice. Gently fold in the egg white mixture then pour in an ice cream maker and freeze until creamy.

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Fresh blueberry pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup margarine or butter
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and blueberries. Mix well and put into pie shell. Drizzle top with lemon juice.
Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and flour. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Spread topping over berries.
Bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees, then cover with foil and continue baking for 20 minutes more.

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Fresh ricotta  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
4 cups whole milk
1 cup 35 per cent cream
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Crusty bread
Extra-virgin olive oil


1. Stir milk, cream and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching. This will take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Let stand, without stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes until mixture separates.

2. Line a colander with 5 layers of cheesecloth. Place lined colander over a bowl so excess liquid can drain. Pour mixture into lined colander and let stand for 1 hour. Transfer ricotta to a serving dish or container. If making ahead, ricotta will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days. Serve with crusty bread and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.

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Frozen lime cream pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 9-inch pie crust, fully cooked
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
4 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
In a medium mixing bowl, combine egg yolks, sugar, salt, lime rind, and juice. Cook over a double boiler until thickened. Cool thoroughly. Chill.
Whip egg whites until light and fluffy. Add sugar.
Continue beating until firm. Fold into the egg yolks mixture. Whip the cream until stiff. Fold into mixture.
Fill crust. Freeze until firm.

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Grapefruit Alaska  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:2 minutes
2 large ruby red grapefruit
2 teaspoons grenadine syrup
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoon sugar
2 cups raspberry sorbet
Preheat oven at 500 degrees.
Cut the grapefruit in halves crosswise. Cut off the sections, and discard the membranes from grapefruit. Chill shells upside down on a baking tray.
In a mixing bowl, combine the grapefruit sections with the grenadine. Chill for 30 minutes Strain grapefruit sections and save 2 tablespoons of the grenadine juice.
In an electric mixer, combine the egg whites with the cream of tartar. Beat the egg whites until light and fluffy, then stir in the grenadine juice and sugar.
Continue beating until meringue is thick and firm.
Scoop the raspberry sorbet into the grapefruit shells, filling the shells half way.
Arrange the grapefruit sections on top of sorbet.
Spread meringue over the grapefruit, sealing well at edges of shells.
Bake for about a minute in oven, or until golden brown

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Grapefruit cheesecake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
Crust:
2 cup crushed coconut cookies
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup melted butter

Filling:
2 grapefruits
3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grapefruit juice from the fresh fruit
1-1/2 tablespoons gelatin
1/4 cup water
1 pound cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1-1/4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2/3 cup whipping cream
Mix together the crushed cookies, lemon rind and melted butter. Firmly press on the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.
Peel the grapefruits and cut the segments into small pieces. Drain juice and reserve for filling.
Separate 2 eggs and combine the egg yolks, the remaining whole egg, sugar, salt and 1 tablespoon of the juice in the top of a double boiler. Place over simmering water and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
Soak the gelatin in the water for 5 minutes. Stir into the warm custard until dissolved.
Beat cream cheese with remaining grapefruit juice, lemon juice and rinds (zest) until smooth. Beat into the custard. Fold in the grapefruit pieces. Lightly whip the cream.
Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer until they form soft peaks. Fold the cream and egg whites into the cheese mixture.
Pour into the prepared spring form pan and chill for several hours or overnight.

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Grapefruit fondue  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
2 large grapefruit
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons Galliano
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cantaloupe or honeydew melon cut into balls
Finely grate enough peel from the grapefruits to yield one tablespoon.
Squeeze juice from both grapefruit. Put sugar, Galliano and cornstarch into a saucepan and blend smoothly together. Stir in the grapefruit juice and peel, then bring to the boil, stirring all the time, and simmer for one minute.
Remove from the heat, stir in the cream and pour into fondue pot. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve warm with the melon balls and other fruit to dip.

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Key lime pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes

1 9-inch Graham cracker pie crust

2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
6 egg yolks
1 cup lime juice
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup super fine sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, beat condensed milk with egg yolks. Mix in the lime juice. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until pie is firm in center.
In an electric mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until firm.
Gradually add sugar and continue whipping to form stiff peaks. Spread or pipe egg whites over the baked pie.
Bake at 325 degrees until golden brown. Cool pie on rack and refrigerate before serving.

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Key lime pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:25 minutes
8

1 9-inch
Graham cracker crumb recipe
2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
6 egg yolks
1 cup lime juice
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, beat condensed milk with egg yolks. Mix in the lime juice.
Pour the mixture into the prepared crust. Bake for 20 minutes or until pie is firm in center.
In an electric mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until firm.
Gradually add sugar and continue whipping to form stiff peaks. Spread or pipe egg whites over the baked pie.
Bake at 325 degrees until golden brown Cool pie on rack and refrigerate before serving. Cut into 8 equal portions. Decorate plates with lime gratings and slices.

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Lemon and lime squares with pistachio crust  Print Recipe

You may accompany the squares with a raspberry coulis.
Serves: 8
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:2 hours 15 minutes
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pan
2/3 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup (4 ounces) graham-cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoons grated lime zest
FOR THE FILLING
2 large egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-inch square baking dish with melted butter. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides.
In a food processor, finely chop pistachios with graham-cracker crumbs, sugar, and zest. Blend in butter. Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes. Cool crust, 30 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk. Add lime and lemon juices; whisk until smooth. Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.
Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Cool in pan on rack; then chill at least 1 hour before serving. Using parchment paper overhang, lift out of pan, and transfer to a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut into 16 squares, wiping knife with a damp kitchen towel between each cut.

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Lemon bars  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:55 minutes
For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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Lemon cheese cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
Crust:
1 1/4 cups sugar cookie crumbs
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

Filling:
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
6 ounces cream cheese, soft
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water
Crust:
Mix ingredients for crust. Press on bottom and sides of a greased 8-inch spring form mold.
Filling:
Combine egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice in a double boiler. Whisk until hot and thick. Add lemon peel.
Mix the remaining ingredients, and stir in egg yolk mixture. Dissolve gelatin in cold water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Melt over low heat and stir in cream cheese mixture. Spread in mold. Refrigerate to set.

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Lemon meringue pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 recipe Never Fail Pie Crust

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
1 1/2 cups cold water
3 eggs, separated
grated rind of 1 lemon
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup sugar
Pie crust:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Roll the dough into a round 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface, drape it over a rolling pin, and fit it into a 9-inch pie pan.
Press the dough firmly into the pan and cut off any excess with the floured rolling pin. Freeze any leftover dough for future use.
Line crust with foil or parchment paper and weight with beans or pie weights.
Bake at 400 degrees until edge is light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove the beans and foil, and continue cooking until bottom is dry, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
In 2-quart saucepan stir together 1 cup sugar and corn starch. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Stir in egg yolks. Whisking constantly, bring to boil over medium heat and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon rind, lemon juice, and butter.
Turn into pastry shell. In an electric beater, whisk egg whites at high speed until foamy.
Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating to form stiff peaks. Spread some meringue around edge of filling first, touching crust all around, then fill in center.
Bake in 325 F oven about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

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Lemon or lime mousse  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 35 minutes
1 envelop unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 cup lemon or lime juice, freshly squeezed, and strained
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream or 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip
1 tablespoon sugar
Soften gelatin in water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Heat over low heat to dissolve. In a mixing bowl, combine the lime rind, juice and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add gelatin. Cool mixture but do not set. Beat the cream with the sugar until stiff. Fold into the lime mixture. Spoon into crystal glasses or molds. Serve with
Tangerine jelly

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Lemon- honey jello  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:5 minutes
2 envelops unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cold water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
Dissolve gelatin in cold water. Allow to set for 5 minutes. Add honey and heat over double boiler until melted. Add lemon juice and enough water to make 2 cups.
Pour into a decorative molds. Set in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. Serve cold.

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Lemon-scented blueberry sauce   Print Recipe

Use to top ice cream, warm pancakes, cheesecake
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time:5 minutes
1 pound fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until cornstarch dissolves.
Boil until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until cold. ( can be made 3 days ahead; keep chilled.

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Light strawberry mousse  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
3 ounces raspberry jello
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
2 cups pureed strawberries
2 cups Cool whip
2 cups strawberry or raspberry sauce
In a mixing bowl, stir the Jello in boiling water. Mix with pureed strawberries. Strain and refrigerate until cold, but not set.
Fold cool whip into strawberry mixture. Pour into a decorative mold. Chill until set. Unmold on platter and serve with sauce

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Lime chiffon cheese cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
Crust:
1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

Filling:
1 envelop unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water, cold
4 egg yolks
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 8-ounce cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
CRUST:
Combine the crust ingredients. Press onto bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
FILLING:
Dissolve gelatin in cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine egg yolks, water, sugar, and cornstarch. Beat over a double boiler until mixture thickens. Stir in the gelatin. Beat cream cheese in a mixer. Gradually add the gelatin mixture. Blend well. Mix in lime juice and rind. Whip the cream until firm. Fold in cheese mixture.
Pour into pan. Chill until firm. Garnish with whipped cream piped rosettes and lime slices.

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Lime mousse  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
1 envelop unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed, and strained
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream OR 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip
1 tablespoon sugar
Soften gelatin in cold water. Stir to mix and set aside for 5 minutes.
Heat over low heat or over a double boiler to dissolve. The melted liquid should be clear.
In a mixing bowl, combine the lime rind, juice and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in the gelatin. Cool mixture until lightly thickened but do not set.
Beat the cream with the sugar until stiff. Fold cream OR Cool Whip into the lime mixture. Spoon into crystal glasses or molds.
Serve with TANGERINE JELLY

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Lime tart with raspberry sauce  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
crust:

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter
5 tablespoons sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon chopped lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Filling:
5 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped lime peel

Sauce:
2 1/2 pints baskets raspberries
1 tablespoon sugar
Crust:
Combine crust ingredients in a food processor. Process until it forms in a ball. Refrigerate and roll to 12-inch round to fit in a 10-inch tart with removable bottom.
Line crust with foil or parchment paper. Fill with dry beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set. About 15 minutes. Remove beans and foil. Continue baking until crust is golden. Transfer to a rack and cool.
Filling:
Whisk eggs, yolk and sugar together in medium bowl. Gradually mix in cream, lemon and lime juices and chopped peels. Pour filling into crust. Bake until filling is set, about 40 minutes. Cool to room temperature on rack.
Sauce:
Puree raspberries with sugar in blender. Strain. Dust tart with powdered sugar. Garnish with berries and serve with sauce.

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Marbled pumpkin cheesecake  Print Recipe

You can make crumb crust with gingersnaps instead of graham crackers. Cheesecake keeps, covered and chilled 3 to 4 days.
Serves: 8
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
Crumb-crust recipe:
1 1/2 cups (5 oz) finely ground graham crackers or cookies such as chocolate or vanilla wafers or gingersnaps
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 made with finely ground gingersnaps
3 (8-ounces) packages cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large egg yolks
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
15-ounce can solid-pack pumpkin
For Crumb crust recipe:
Stir together crust ingredients and press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of a buttered 9-inch (24-centimeter) springform pan. Fill right away or chill up to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat together cream cheese, sugar, and flour with an electric mixer until smooth and add whole eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla, beating on low speed until each ingredient is incorporated and scraping down bowl between additions. Transfer 2 1/2 cups filling to another bowl and beat yolks, spices, and pumpkin into remaining filling until smooth.
Put springform pan with crust in a shallow baking pan. Pour half of pumpkin filling into crust, then half of plain. Repeat procedure with remaining fillings (springform pan will be completely full), drizzling the plain so that some of pumpkin filling is still visible. Gently swirl a small spoon once through batters in a figure-eight pattern without touching crust. Bake in baking pan (to catch drips) in middle of oven 12 minutes, or until puffed. Reduce temperature to 200°F and bake 30 minutes (do not open oven). Dome a piece of lightly oiled foil over cake and continue baking until mostly firm (center will still be slightly wobbly when pan is gently shaken), about 1 hour more.
Run a knife around top edge of cake to loosen and cool completely in springform pan on a rack. Chill, loosely covered, at least 6 hours. Remove side of pan and transfer cake to a plate. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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marionberry pie  Print Recipe

Marionberries, a type of blackberry hybrid developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University, are glossy, black-purple, conical berries with a somewhat tart flavor (though sweeter than the traditional blackberry). The voluminous annual early summer crop results in abundant marionberry pies, jams, jellies and more sweet-tart concoctions. Once the cooked berries have turned a reddish color, you'll know your pie is done, complete with a sweet crumb topping to balance the berries' tartness.
Serves: 8
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 25 minutes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup shortening
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Filling:
5 1/2 cups marionberries (if marionberries are not available, blackberries can be used)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup cornstarch

Topping:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces

Vanilla ice cream, for serving
For the crust:
Put the flour, granulated sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a couple of times to mix. Add the shortening and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is coarse and a few pieces of butter are still visible. Add the apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse to combine. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface about 11 inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick, to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place in the pie pan, trim and decoratively crimp the edges. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
For the filling:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup marionberries with the granulated sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until the berries begin to burst and the mixture is saucy, 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Allow to cool slightly. Combine the remaining 4 1/2 cups marionberries with the cornstarch in a large bowl. Add the cooled marionberry mixture to the bowl and gently fold them in.
For the topping:
Combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt. Cut in the butter pieces using a pastry blender or your hands to form large crumbs.
Pour the filling into the prepared pie shell. Sprinkle the crumbs over the filling.
Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and continue baking until the crust is golden brown and the filling is thick, dark red and bubbly, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely before slicing. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Recipe courtesy of Treva Chadwell

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Mascarpone cheesecake  Print Recipe

This fine dessert can be prepared a day ahead, or can be frozen in airtight container for up to 10 days.
Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
For crust:
1 cup sugar cookie crumbs (Chefdecuisine uses shortbread cookies)
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter

For filling:
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
4 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 pound Mascarpone cheese
2 cups whipping cream

For garnish:
fresh raspberries or strawberries
lemon zest
red raspberry and strawberry sauce
Fit the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan with a circle of parchment paper.
Combine cookie crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl. Spread evenly into bottom of pan and refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until firm. To make cheese cake, combine sugar and cornstarch in a stainless steel saucepan.
Dissolve unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup of the lemon juice. Whisk remaining lemon juice and beaten eggs in sugar and cornstarch mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture thickens to a medium-thick consistency. Remove from heat.
Stir in gelatin and lemon zest. Transfer to a large bowl, and let cool at room temperature.
Whisk in Mascarpone until smooth. Beat whipping cream in a bowl until stiff. Fold mascarpone mixture into whipped cream.
Spoon cream mixture into prepared pan and smooth top with spatula. Seal top with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Run a small sharp knife along the edge of the inside cake pan rim to loosen cake.
Remove sides of pan. Transfer dessert from metal base to a serving plate.
To serve, garnish with fresh berries, lemon zest and a red berry sauce.

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No-bake nutella cheesecake  Print Recipe

you can make your own crust using chocolate wafer cookies or graham cookies and melted butter, instead of buying a ready made crust.
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 10 minutes
2/3 cup Nutella
8 oz Cream Cheese at room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 8 oz container non-dairy whipped topping (defrosted)
1 Oreo Cookie Pie Crust
1 bar chocolate (optional)

In a large bowl, mix Nutella and cream cheese together until well blended and smooth. Add vanilla extract. Fold in whipped topping until no white streaks are left. Pour into Oreo Pie crust. Refrigerate or freeze at least 2 hours to overnight.
Remove cheesecake from the fridge, slice and serve immediately. If removing from the freezer, allow the cheesecake to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before slicing & serving.
Optional: Shave chocolate with veggie peeler on top of pie for garnish.

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Nutty peach crisp  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1 can (29 ounce) sliced peaches, undrained
1 package Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Pecan Cake Mix
1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)

Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
cut peaches into thin slices. Layer all ingredients in an ungreased rectangular pan (13x9x2). Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Let stand at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or cold, and if desired, top with whipped cream or cool whip, or ice cream.

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Oats and berry crumb dessert  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:35 minutes
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon flour
pinch salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix oatmeal, brown sugar and flour. Add butter and mix well. Spread mixture in 8 inch square pan, leaving 3/4 cup aside for topping.
Combine flour, salt, sugar, water, lemon juice and blueberries in saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
Pour over oat mixture and sprinkle with remaining mixture. Bake for 35 minutes.
Can be served with ice cream or whipped topping.

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Orange cake 2   Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:35 minutes
2 cups flour, all purpose
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup orange juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two 8 inch round layer cake pans.
Line bottom with wax paper. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients alternating with orange juice to obtain a creamy texture batter.
Turn into prepared pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool 5 minutes then remove from pans.

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Orange pound cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:55 minutes
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
For the candied oranges:
2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
2 large oranges (navel or tangelos)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan or tube pan.
Grate 2 tablespoons of orange peel and combine with 1 cup fresh orange juice.
In an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Add remaining ingredients at low speed including orange peel and juice.
Spoon batter into pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10minutes.
Remove from pan. Cool completely on rack. Transfer to a serving tray.
Note:
This cake can also be baked in 2 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pans, or mini loaves cakes pans. Baking time will vary, about 35 to 40 minutes for mini loaves.
Candied oranges:
Combine water and sugar in a 4 quart saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Wash and slice oranges across into 1/4-inch slices.
Add to syrup, and boil or medium-high heat until syrup starts to thicken, about 15 minutes.
Cool syrup for 5 minutes, and carefully arrange orange slices on top of cake.
Pour syrup over. Keeps for 2 to 3 days, covered, or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Orange prune nut loaf  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
1 medium orange, unpeeled
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup prunes, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 egg
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash orange, and coarsely chop in a meat grinder or blender. Add to orange juice.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the chopped cooked prunes and the chopped walnuts.
Beat together orange mixture, egg, butter, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and beat for about half a minute.
Turn into greased 9-inch by 5-inch by 3-inch loaf pan, or 3 mini loaves.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 65 minutes for loaf pan or about 40 minutes for mini loaf pans.

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Orange soaked cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
For the cake:

1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
10 oz. (2-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour; more for the pan
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup canola or other mild-flavored oil (check for freshness before using)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
6 oz. (12 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened; more for the pan
1-1/2 Tbs. finely minced lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
3/4 cup strained fresh orange juice
5 large eggs


For the syrup & glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


2 Tbs. dark rum
1 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
Heat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan or 12-cup bundt pan.

To make the cake:
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and soda into the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Add the butter and mix on low speed until fine crumbs form. Change to the whisk attachment.
With the machine running on medium speed, whisk in the oil, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and orange juice.
Whisk in the eggs one at a time and then increase the speed to high and whisk the batter until light, about 3 minutes,
scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

To make the syrup and glaze:
While the cake bakes, whisk together in a small bowl the orange juice concentrate, butter, rum, and 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar.
When the cake is done, set the pan on a rack to cool for 5 minutes. With a thin skewer,
poke the cake all the way through to the bottom of the pan in several places.
Pour 1/3 cup of the syrup over the cake and let stand for 1 hour before removing the cake from the pan.
(At this point you can wrap the cake in plastic and hold for up to 3 days at room temperature; in fact, the flavor only improves.)
Cover the remaining syrup with plastic and store at room temperature.

When ready to serve, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into the remaining syrup.
Set the cake on a rack over a baking sheet and pour the glaze over the cake.
Let stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Orange-honey jello  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
2 envelops unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/3 cup honey
2 cups fresh orange juice

Dissolve gelatin in cold water. Allow to set for 5 minutes. Add honey and heat over water bath until melted. Add orange juice. Pour in molds. Set in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. Serve cold.

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Pamplemousse pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 40 minutes
1 9-inch Graham cracker crumb crust, baked
2 red ruby grapefruit
1 cup grapefruit juice
1 envelop unflavored gelatin
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup sour cream
Peel one grapefruit, cutting away all rind. Remove sections; set aside for garnish.
In a saucepan, soften gelatin in one half of the juice. Dissolve over low heat. Set aside. Pour remaining juice in a blender. Add one half of the sugar, sour cream and cream cheese. Beat until smooth. Blend in the gelatin. Chill until slightly thickened.
Beat egg whites until stiff and gradually add the remaining sugar. Fold into gelatin mixture.
Pour into crust. Chill and garnish with grapefruit sections.

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Peach almond compote  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
3 peaches
1/4 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup black currant jelly
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup Amaretto
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pint vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
Peel, core and halve peaches. Slice each half into 8 slices. Reserve. Combine jams in a large frying pan over low heat. Cook until jams are liquefied. Pour in brandy and Amaretto. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Add peaches and stir together until peaches are tender and warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Cool. Place ice cream in serving dishes such as coupes or wine glasses and top with peaches, sauce and almonds.

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Peach and cream dessert   Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:5 minutes
Crust:
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup brown sugar

Add melted butter to crumbs and sugar. Reserve 1/2 cup.
Press into 9 by 13" pan.
Filling:
2 14-ounce cans sliced peaches (Reserve juice plus water to make 2 cups)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
8-ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
Combine peaches, juice, water, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Heat and stir until it thickens. Let cool. Beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until fluffy.
Beat cream until stiff. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Spread half of mixture on prepared crust.
Spoon thickened peaches on top. Spread second half of cheese mixture over top. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs and chill.

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Peach-blackberry tart  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
Crust:
2 cups oatmeal cookie crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
1/2 cup peach nectar
5 tablespoons sugar
5 teaspoons cornstarch
2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled peaches
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups blackberries
For Crust:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray 10-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom with non-stick spray. Mix cookie crumbs and butter until moist clumps form. Press dough over bottom and up sides of pan. Bake about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
For Filling:
Whisk nectar, sugar and cornstarch in saucepan until smooth. Add half of peaches and lemon juice. Mash to a coarse puree. Simmer until mixture is thick, stirring constantly. Cool completely. Fold in remaining peaches. Spread filling evenly over crust.
Arrange blackberries around top edge of tart. Refrigerate at least 4 to 6 hours. Serve at room temperature.
Adapted from Bon Appétit.

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Pear-cranberry crumble  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
8 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
Base:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Stir pears with cranberries, sugar, flour, lemon rind, cinnamon and ginger. Place in prepared baking dish.
Topping:
Using a fork, stir flour with oats and brown sugar. Drizzle butter over flour mixture and toss until mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle evenly over fruit.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until topping is golden and pears are tender.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Pecan pumpkin pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 15 minutes
For the pastry:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup shortening
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water, or as needed

For the filling:
2 (13.5 oz.) pumpkin pie mix
3 eggs
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup heavy cream
whipped cream for serving

To make the pastry,
in the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt and granulated sugar and pulse once to mix. Add the butter and shortening and process in short pulses to form pea-size crumbs, 20 to 25 seconds. While pulsing, gradually add the water to form large, moist crumbs, 10 seconds more. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and, with lightly floured hands, shape the dough into a 5-inch disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Position a rack in the center of an oven and preheat to 425°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish, fit the dough into the dish and trim the edges, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold under the excess dough and, using your thumb, decoratively flute the edges. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Using a fork, poke holes in the dough and bake until the pastry is golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.
To make the filling, in a mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin mix, eggs, brown sugar, chopped pecans and cream until smooth.
Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake until the filling is set, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.
Serve slices with whipped cream.

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perfect white cake  Print Recipe

Recipe can be doubled. Bring all your ingredients to room temperature or even a little warm (eggs, milk, butter, ) to ensure your batter does not break or curdle. Use a scale to weigh your ingredients for accuracy.
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
4 oz (125g) unsalted butter room temp
7 oz (200g) sugar
3 large egg whites room temp
7 oz (200 g) All Purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 oz milk room temp
1 oz vegetable oil
Preheat your oven to 335ºF. Cover the bottom of one 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper. Butter and flour bottom and sides of cake pan.
Combine milk, oil and extracts and set aside
Combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside
Place butter in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and cream until smooth. Sprinkle in sugar and then mix on high until light and white (about 5 minutes).
Add the egg whites at room temperature one at a time to the butter mixture while mixing on low and let fully combine after each addition before adding the next.
Add in 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the egg/butter mixture and mix on low until just combined. Then add in 1/2 of the liquids, then dry, then liquids and the rest of the dry.
Mix until just combined.
Add batter into prepared cake pan and bake at 335º F for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
Let cool ten minutes then turn out cake onto a cooling rack. Wrap warm and place into the freezer to flash chill. This locks in the moisture. Once cool but not frozen you can then trim off the brown edges of the cake and frost as desired. Chill cake.

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Pumpkin cheesecake  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:55 minutes
Crust:
3/4 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup pecans, ground
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Filling:
3 8-ounce cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups pumpkin, canned
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon bourbon
Garnish:
Whipped cream pecan halves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Crust:
Combine the crust ingredients. Press firmly onto greased 9 inch spring form pan. Chill.
Filling:
Beat cream cheese with sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at the time.
Stir in pumpkin, spices, milk, cornstarch, and bourbon until thoroughly combined. Pour into pan.
Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until center of cake is just set. Remove cake from oven and run a knife around sides of pan. Chill.
Garnish cake with whipped cream and whole pecans.

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Pumpkin chocolate cinnamon and salted caramel mousse cake  Print Recipe

The chocolate Mousse Cake is a stunning 4-layer dessert
Serves: 16
Preparation time: 4 hours
Cooking time:25 minutes
For the Chocolate Cake:
• 2 oz soft butter
• 1/4 cup (1.75 oz) granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup (1.75 oz) brown sugar
• 1 egg at room temperature
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup (4 fl oz) buttermilk at room temperature
• 2/3 cup (2.66 oz) all-purpose flour
• 1/3 cup (1 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/4 tsp salt
For the Pumpkin Cinnamon Mousse Layer:
• 9 oz cinnamon chips
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream divided
• 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
• Pinch salt
• 2 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
• 2 tbsp water
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
For the Pumpkin Butterscotch Mousse Layer:
• 9 oz butterscotch chips
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream divided use
• 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
• Pinch salt
• 2 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
• 2 tbsp water
For the Salted Caramel Mousse Layer:
• 9 oz salted caramel chips or white chocolate chips
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream divided use
• 1/3 cup thick salted caramel sauce
• Pinch salt
• 2 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
• 2 tbsp water
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Chocolate Ganache on Top:
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
To Decorate:
• Whipped cream
• Cinnamon
• Candy of your choosing
To Make the Chocolate Cake:
1. Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment, and spray it with non stick cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Add the butter and both sugars to the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat them together on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract, and beat well until they’re fully incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer running on low, add a quarter of the sifted flour mixture. Add a third of the buttermilk to the mixing bowl. When that’s incorporated, continue to add the dry and wet ingredients in an alternating pattern, ending with the dry ingredients.
4. Finish mixing the cake by hand. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Bake the cake for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Cool the cake completely before using.
To Make the Mousse Layers:
1. Prepare your pan. You need a 9-inch pan with sides at least 3 inches tall, and the ability to remove the bottom. Either a cake pan with a removable bottom or a springform pan will work. Line the inner wall with a 4-inch high acetate cake collar or a strip of aluminum foil or waxed paper. Make sure the acetate or waxed paper is long enough so that it overlaps itself, and if you are using foil/waxed paper, make sure you cut the strip tall enough to extend at least an inch over the pan’s sides, since the cake is about 4 inches tall.
2. Place a cake cardboard in the bottom of the pan, then carefully place the baked cake on top of the cardboard. This is optional, but it makes it easy to transfer the cake cleanly and neatly to your serving plate.
3. Prepare the cinnamon mousse layer: combine the cinnamon chips, pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of cream, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour it into a large bowl, and let it cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
4. While you wait for the cinnamon mixture to cool, prepare the gelatin. Whisk together the gelatin and the cold water in a small bowl, and set it aside to let the gelatin absorb the water. When the cinnamon is at room temperature, microwave the bowl of gelatin for 15 seconds, until it is melted. Whisk the melted gelatin and cinnamon mixture together, and whisk in the ground cinnamon.
5. Whip the remaining 1 cup heavy cream to firm peaks. Fold half of the whipped cream into the cinnamon, and once it’s incorporated, gently fold in the remaining whipped cream. Scrape the mousse on top of the cake, and spread it into an even layer. Refrigerate the cake for 25 minutes, until the mousse has started to set and is firm enough that a second layer can be added.
6. For the pumpkin-butterscotch mousse, combine the butterscotch chips, pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Continue to make this layer the same way you made the cinnamon layer, by melting and cooling the butterscotch mixture, whisking in the melted gelatin, and folding in whipped cream. When the pumpkin-butterscotch mousse is ready, pour it over the cinnamon mousse layer. Spread it into an even layer, and refrigerate again.
7. Finally, prepare the salted caramel layer. Combine the salted caramel chips (or white chocolate chips), 1/2 cup heavy cream, salted caramel, salt, and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl. Continue to make this layer the same way you made the previous two layers. Pour it over the pumpkin-butterscotch mousse, and refrigerate to set the mousse layers for at least 30 minutes.
8. Make a quick chocolate ganache by putting the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and heating the cream to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and whisk gently until the chocolate melts and you have a smooth, shiny mixture. If it is very hot, let it cool slightly so it’s still warm and spreadable, but not so hot that it will melt the mousse. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake, and use a spatula to nudge it right to the edge and spread it in an even layer. Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours or overnight, so that the mousse layers can be very firm when slicing.
9. To finish the cake, push the bottom out from the pan, or unhinge the sides, and unwrap the acetate strip. Transfer the cake to your serving platter. Pipe rosettes of whipped cream around the edges, and sprinkle the cream with a bit of cinnamon. Top the rosettes with chocolate candies or chocolate curls, or leave them plain.
10. For the cleanest slices, cut the cake when it is well chilled. Use a large sharp knife, and wash it frequently between cuts. For the best taste and texture, allow the cake slices to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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Pumpkin pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
1 recipe never fail pie crust
Filling:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
16 ounces solid pack pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
Roll the dough into a round 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface, drape it over a rolling pin, and fit it into a 9-inch pie pan. Press the dough firmly into the pan and cut off any excess with the floured rolling pin. Freeze any leftover dough for future use.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine filling ingredients in order given; pour into pie crust.
Bake in preheated for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Bake an additional 40-50 minutes, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool; garnish, if desired with whipped topping.

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Pumpkin pie-pumpkin-shaped  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
Serves 8 to 10

1 recipe never fail pie crust

FILLING: 1 3/4 cups canned solid pumpkin
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Topping:
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
4 large egg whites
Roll the dough into a round 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface, drape it over a rolling pin, and fit it into a 9-inch shallow pie pan.
Press the dough firmly into the pan and cut off any excess with the floured rolling pin.
Freeze any leftover dough for future use. Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Line pie shell with foil and fill with pie weights or raw rice. Bake shell for 25 minutes. Remove weight or rice and foil, and bake shell until just pale golden. Reduce oven to 350 degrees.
Filling:
In a bowl, Whisk together all ingredients, and pour into pie shell. Bake pie for 1 hour, or until center is almost firm. Cool on rack and refrigerate.
Topping:
Whip the cream with 2 tablespoons. sugar until it holds stiff peaks. In a bowl, whisk sour cream.
In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water to soften for 1 minute. Heat to dissolve. Stir into sour cream. Gradually fold whipped cream into sour cream mixture. Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until whites hold stiff, slightly glossy peaks. Fold meringue into cream.
Mount topping on chilled pie into a smooth dome.
Make 8 even-spaced indented ridges with a church key can opener. Chill. Dust with cinnamon.
Insert cinnamon stick in center for stem.

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Pumpkin-orange pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
CRUST:
1 1/3 cups graham crumbs
1/3 cup ground almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling:
2 3-1/2-ounces vanilla instant pudding
1 cup evaporated milk
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
14 ounces pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small bowl, thoroughly combine the crust ingredients. Press mixture over bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool before filling.
Filling:
In large mixer bowl, combine pudding mix with 1 cup evaporated milk. Beat until well blended, 1-2 minutes.
Beat in cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining ingredients.
Pour in crust. Freeze until firm. Allow frozen pie to stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Garnish with whipped if desired.

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Raspberry cheesecake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
1 1/4 cups prepared crumbs (graham or chocolate)
1/4 cup melted butter
3 8-ounce packages softened regular or light philadelphia cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons raspberry jam

Garnish: Fresh raspberries
1. COMBINE crumbs with butter. Press on bottom of 9 in. springform pan. Try using your favorite cookies for extra flavor - just give them a whirl in the food processor or blender and substitute for prepared crumbs.

2. MIX cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, cornstarch and sour cream and mix until just blended.

3. POUR over prepared crust and swirl in a raspberry Jam and bake at 300°F for 45-50 minutes or until centre is almost set. Cool completely and refrigerate.
Decorate with fresh raspberries.

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Raspberry coconut squares   Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup raspberry jam
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour and 1/4 cup sugar. Cut in butter finely. Press into bottom of lightly greased 9-inch square cake pan.
Spread jam over base. Beat eggs; beat in 1 cup sugar, soft butter and vanilla. Stir in coconut.
Spread over jam layer.
Bake for 30 minutes or until faintly browned.
Cool and cut into small squares.

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Raspberry crême brulée  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
12 ounces frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed, drained
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons raspberry liqueur
5 egg yolks
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
Gently toss berries with 1/4 cup sugar and liqueur.
Divide berries among six 3/4-cup broiler proof ramekins. Whisk egg yolks and remaining ½ cup sugar in heavy saucepan until pale and thick.
Add cream and vanilla. Stirring constantly, thicken over medium heat; do not boil.
Add butter and stir until melted. Spoon over berries.
Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Preheat broiler. Press sugar through sieve over custards. Broil until sugar begins to melt and caramelize. Chill 3 hours.

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Raspberry triple crown  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
For the wafer batter:
4 ounces (1 stick) sweet butter, soft
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup flour, all purpose
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 egg whites

For the raspberry coulis:
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

For the Chantilly cream:
1 cup whipping cream
6 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding
Make the wafer batter:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter with confectioner’s sugar until creamy. Beat in flour, and vanilla. Beat egg whites to a light texture. Fold them into the batter.
Spoon the equivalent of a tablespoon of batter on a buttered cookie sheet pan. Spread batter with a small spoon to form 4 inch circles. Continue spooning and spreading more batter leaving about 3 inch space between wafer batter. Bake the wafers until golden brown and crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer wafers to rack. While hot, they can also be shaped into cups. Cool. In high humidity, store in an air tight box until ready to use.
Make the raspberry coulis:
Save half the raspberries for garnish. In an electric blender, puree remaining raspberries with confectioner’s sugar. Strain, and chill.
Make the Chantilly Cream:
In an electric mixer, whip the cream with the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla pudding until stiff.

Presentation:
Pipe 4 rosettes of cream in center of a dessert plate. Arrange 6 to 8 fresh raspberries on cream. Top with a wafer, cream, raspberries. Top with a second wafer. Pipe a cream rosette in center. Arrange raspberries around cream rosette. Decorate with mint leaves. Spoon 3 tablespoons raspberry coulis in each plate. Serve.

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Raspberry-apricot pie with hazelnut streusel topping   Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:45 minutes
Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/4 cup packed, golden brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Filling:
1 1/2 pounds ripe apricots, halved, pitted, each cut into 4 wedges
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 pint basket raspberries
A recipe of Never-fail-pie-crust
For Streusel Topping:
Position rack in lowest third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
Combine first 5 ingredients in processor. Blend using on/off turns until nuts are coarsely chopped. Add butter and cut in using on/off turns until mixture begins to clump together. Transfer streusel to bowl and refrigerate.

For Filling:
Combine apricots, sugar, flour and allspice in large bowl; toss to blend. Let stand until dry ingredients are moistened, about 25 minutes. Carefully fold in raspberries.
Roll out pie-crust disk on lightly floured surface to 12 1/2-inch round.
Transfer crust to 9-inch diameter glass pie dish. Trim dough overhang under; crimp edges decoratively.
Spoon filling into crust.
Place pie on baking sheet. Bake until filling begins to bubble at edges, about 45 minutes.
Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over pie. Cover crust edges with foil to prevent overbrowning.
Bake until crust and topping are golden and filling is bubbly in center, about 50 minutes.
Cool pie on rack at least 2 hours.

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Rhubarb crumb bars  Print Recipe

Rhubarb and strawberries are a great match. You can substitute half the rhubarb with an equal weight of quartered berries. Recipe adapted from http://www.marthastewart.com/ using double the amount of rhubarb.
Serves: 8
Preparation time:25 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
FOR THE STREUSEL
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus room-temperature butter for pan
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
FOR THE CAKE
1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Butter and flour parchment and pan, tapping out excess flour.
2. Make streusel: Whisk together butter, brown sugar, and salt. Add flour and mix with a fork until large crumbs form. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3. Make cake: In a medium bowl, combine rhubarb, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup flour. In another medium bowl, whisk 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time. With mixer on low, beat in vanilla, then flour mixture. Spread batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle with rhubarb and top with streusel.
4. Bake cake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake from pan. Cut into 16 bars.

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Rhubarb pound cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:70 minutes
2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup sugar

FOR CAKE BATTER:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
For Rhubarb:
In a small saucepan, combine rhubarb and sugar. Cover and cook over very low heat until rhubarb is tender.
Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Drain, discarding liquid. Let cool to room temperature.
For Cake Batter:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Sift flour, salt and baking powder together.
Beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Whisk eggs and vanilla together and add to butter mixture. On low speed, add flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold in rhubarb. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth with a spatula and make a lengthwise split i inch deep to minimize splitting.
Bake until cake is browned and a tester comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Unmold and let cool right side up on a wire rack.
(Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Taste)

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Rum-broiled grapefruit  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:6 minutes
2 pink or red grapefruit, halved crosswise
1/4 cup dark rum
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne
4 maraschino cherries, stemmed
Heat oven broiler. Trim the ends of grapefruit halves so they sit flat when upright; transfer to a baking sheet cut side up. Run a knife around edges and between segments of grapefruit to loosen them.
Brush 1 tbsp. rum over each half and sprinkle each with about 11/2 tbsp. sugar.
Dust with cinnamon and cayenne; place 1 cherry in the center of each grapefruit. Broil, rotating pan as needed, until bubbling and slightly caramelized, 5–6 minutes.

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Southern pecan pie  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
1 pie crust
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup oat bran
1 cup pecans, chopped, (or pecan meal)
1 cup pecan halves
Roll the dough into a round 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface, drape it over a rolling pin, and fit it into a 9-inch pie pan.
Press the dough firmly into the pan and cut off any excess with the floured rolling pin. Freeze any leftover dough for future use.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, mix the eggs with sugar and corn syrup. Stir in butter, oat bran and chopped pecan.
Pour prepared mixture in pie shell. Neatly arrange pecan halves on top of pie. Bake for 15 minutes.
Cover pie with foil to avoid browning pecans and continue baking 30 to 40 minutes.

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Spiced pumpkin bread  Print Recipe


Serves: 16
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 10 minutes
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin.
Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in walnuts, if desired.
Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes.
Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes.
Using sharp knife, cut around edge of loaves. Turn loaves out onto racks and cool completely.

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Strawberry bavarian  Print Recipe


Serves: 10
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 pound strawberry jam
5 egg yolks
1 cup milk
3 ounces strawberry Jello
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup fresh strawberries

Mix the strawberry jam with the egg yolks.
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk to a boiling point. Pour over egg mixture and stir well. Heat over low heat stirring continuously until thick. Do not boil.
Strain the custard. Blend in the jello.
Refrigerate to cool.
Whip cream until thick. Fold into the strawberry custard. Pour mixture into a decorative mold. Refrigerate to set.
To serve, immerse mold in hot water. Unmold over a serving dish. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

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Strawberry cheesecake with rhubarb sauce  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
2 cups sugar cookie crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup strawberries, hulled and coarsely mashed
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces sour cream
4 large eggs
Rhubarb Sauce:
1 pound rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine rhubarb, sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until very tender. Cool slightly. Purée in food processor or blender and refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool. Stir together the mashed strawberries, 1 tablespoon sugar and the lemon juice. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and sour cream together until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Swirl in strawberries with a spoon, being careful not to mix too much. Pour into prepared crust. Bake 1 hour or until the edges are puffed and set and the center does not move anymore when slightly shaken. Cool in the pan on a rack.
Refrigerate. To serve, wet a knife in warm water and run around the edge between the cake and the outer ring. Remove the ring. Serve in wedges with Rhubarb Sauce.

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Strawberry purses  Print Recipe

A recipe from Restaurant Daniel in New York City.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
3 sheets of phyllo dough, 12 by 17 inches
1/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
4 slices pound cake, 2 inches squares by 1/2 inch thick
20 strawberries, hulled
8 mint leaves, 4 chopped and 4 reserved for garnish

For sauce:
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon peppermint liqueur or drops of peppermint extract
4 chopped mint leaves
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Brush the sheets of phyllo with melted sweet butter.
Dust sheets with 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar, and stack the three sheets.
Quarter the phyllo sheets.
Place a 2 inch square, 1/2 inch thick slice of pound cake on each square. Arrange 3 to 5 hulled clean strawberries on each cake square, stem down.
Brush strawberries with melted butter, sprinkle each square with 1/2 teaspoon chopped mint.
Gather the edges of each phyllo quarter to encase the strawberries, leaving a 2-inch opening in center of phyllo purse. Brush the outside with melted butter.
Dust with confectioner's sugar.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until purses are golden brown.
Sauce: Combine vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, peppermint liqueur or drops of extract, and 4 chopped mint leaves. Stir until soft and creamy. Refrigerate.
Spoon the mint sauce on plates. Place a purse on each plate. Garnish with mint leaves.

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Strawberry shake with red berry coulis  Print Recipe

This creamy light berry ice cream shake is very easy to make and quick for a refreshing dessert. The coulis can be prepared up to 3 hours ahead and the shake made just before serving.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
For the strawberry shake:
8 strawberries
1 pint good quality vanilla ice cream
1 cup red berry coulis

For the red berry coulis:
1 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Strawberry shake:
Hull and thinly slice 4 strawberries, save 4 whole with the stems on, slit halfway up from the bottom and reserved for garnish
Decorate 4 tall glasses or champagne flutes with strawberry slices by pressing one slice at a time against the insides of the glasses from bottom to top.
Freeze the decorated glasses 10 minutes before serving.
Red berry coulis:
In a blender, puree the red coulis ingredients until very smooth. Strain through a fine strainer. Refrigerate until needed. Combine the berry coulis and the ice cream in a food processor. Blend until light and smooth. Pour or spoon the shake into the decorated glasses. Slide one slit strawberry onto the rim of each glass and serve immediately with a tall spoon.

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Swiss roll  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
3/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
4 tablespoons milk, warm
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup flour, all purpose
2 teaspoons baking powder
Filling:
12 ounces apricot jam
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cover the bottom of a 12-by-16 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Grease and flour the bottom and sides of pan. In bowl of an electric mixer, beat sugar, egg yolks, and milk until light and creamy. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until medium firm. Combine flour and baking powder.
Fold flour in egg yolk mix alternately with egg whites. Spread cake mix over the whole surface of pan.
Bake 12 minutes or until center of cake is set. Sprinkle a clean towel with confectioner's sugar.
Turn the cake over towel. Roll into a jelly roll. Cool. Unroll and fill with apricot jam.
Roll again and cool before serving.

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Tangerine jelly  Print Recipe


Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
4 fresh tangerines or tangelos
30 pieces white sugar cubes
2 cups dry white wine
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
Rub the tangerines all over with the sugar cubes, collecting as much skin oil on the cubes as possible. Pare some skin and cut into fine strips.
Peel remaining tangerines. Remove sections, discarding membranes and seeds.
Place sections in a mixing bowl. Pour the wine in a saucepan with the sugar cubes and the tangerine strips. Add gelatin.
Heat wine to a boil. Strain and let cool. Fill into glass cups. Chill to set. Arrange tangerine sections on top.
Serve with Lemon or lime mousse

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Tangerine soufflés  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tangerines, peeled, quartered and seeded
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
unsalted butter, for ramekins
6 large egg whites
Orange Strawberry Sauce (recipe follows)

1 quart strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup Grand Marnier 4 tablespoons sugar, plus more if necessary
3 tablespoons tangerine juice

In a medium saucepan, heat orange juice and 1 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add tangerines, and simmer, covered, until tangerines are very tender, 25 to 35 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing gently to extract most of the juice, reserving both fruit and juice.
In a food processor, combine tangerines and 1/2 cup tangerine juice. Puree until fairly coarse. Add Grand Marnier, and process to combine. The purée should just hold its shape without being sticky; if necessary, work in a little more juice. Transfer the purée to the saucepan.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter six 8 ounce ramekins, chill them for 10 minutes in the freezer, and butter them again. Set on a baking sheet. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites with a tablespoon of sugar until the whites hold a stiff peak, 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, stirring with a spoon until whites are glossy and hold a long peak when the spoon is lifted, about 1 minute. Heat the tangerine purée until just simmering. Remove from heat, and add about 1/4 of the whites, stirring until well mixed. Add this mixture to the remaining whites, lightly folding to combine.
Transfer soufflé mixture to ramekins, filling to the rim and mounding generously in the center. Run your thumb around the edge of the mixture to make it rise evenly. Bake the soufflés until puffed and brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Set the ramekins on small plates, preferably lined with a napkin to prevent slipping. Serve immediately with orange strawberry sauce.

ORANGE STRAWBERRY SAUCE

In a blender, purée strawberries, Grand Marnier, sugar, and tangerine juice. Taste, adding more sugar, if desired. Chill before serving.

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The summit cake  Print Recipe

The weight of air is a phenomenon most cooks seldom contemplate. But if you live in Breckenridge or a host of other high-altitude locales, you'll face fallen cakes and overflowing batters if you don't adjust your recipe to the higher elevations. This birthday cake was specially designed to alleviate the uncertainties of high altitude baking.
Serves: 8
Preparation time:1 hour
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 recipe
Spanish olive oil tortas
4 oz melted semi sweet chocolate
2 cups whipping cream
2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding
4 (6-oz) containers fresh raspberries
white icing
Make 5 8-inch round tortas according to the recipe
Mix 1/4 cup whipping cream with the melted chocolate
Combine remaining whipping cream with instant vanilla pudding and chocolate mixture in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer.
Beat at medium speed until cream is firm.
To assemble the cake:
Arrange one circle of tortas on a serving tray. spoon 1/4 of the cream over and top with raspberries. Continue the same process with the remaining tortas, cream and raspberries. Cover the top with white icing.

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Toffeed pears  Print Recipe


Serves: 4
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
For the poached pear:
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
Zest from a lemon
4 firm, not quite ripe Bosc, Barlett or Anjou pear, peeled, quartered and cored

For the toffee:
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 star anise, broken into pieces
1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked whole peppercorns
Vanilla ice cream
For the poached pear:
In a medium saucepan, heat the wine, sugar, lemon juice and water, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium and bring to a gentle simmer.
Add the lemon zest and juice and pear quarters and simmer gently, turning occasionally, just until the pears are tender and cooked through.
Remove from the heat; set aside to cool slightly. Transfer the pear quarters to a plate. Discard the poaching liquid or reserve for another use.
For the toffee:
Pat the pear quarters dry. In a small skillet over medium heat, heat the honey and butter, stirring constantly, until the butter melts. Add the allspice, cinnamon, star anise and peppercorns and heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is combined and bubbles.
Add the pear quarters and cook, without moving, until they are slightly seared on one side, about 3 minutes. Cook, turning every few minutes, until the pear pieces are seared on all sides, and well coated with toffee, 3 to 5 minutes more.
Remove the skillet from the heat; remove and discard the star anise. The toffee should have reduced slightly to a glaze.
To serve, transfer 2 pear quarters to each plate, drizzle with the remaining toffee and immediately top with ice cream, which will melt into the sauce. Serve immediately.

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Valentine truffle cake  Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
Truffle Cream:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup crème de cassis
Cake:
1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 large egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk
Glaze:
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (such as Valrhona)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup crème de cassis
fresh raspberries
For truffle cream:
Stir chocolate, cream and butter in heavy saucepan, over low heat until chocolate and butter melt and mixture are smooth. Mix in liqueur. Let stand at room temperature until very thick and spreadable, stirring occasionally, about two hours.
For cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9-inch heart-shaped pan with 1 1/4-inch high sides. Dust with flour. Sift first four ingredients into bowl. At high speed beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Add yolks one at a time, beating just to combine after each addition.
With rubber spatula, mix in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted in center comes out clean, about thirty five minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool. Cut cake horizontally in half. Spread truffle cream over bottom layer. Arrange top layer over and press gently. Smooth cream on sides of cake if necessary. Chill at least one hour.
For Glaze:
Stir chocolate and butter in saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add corn syrup and liqueur and whisk until smooth. Let glaze stand until lightly thickened, stirring occasionally, about thirty minutes.
Place cake on rack. Pour glaze over cake, coating completely. Chill cake on rack until glaze is set, about thirty minutes.
Transfer cake to platter. Garnish with raspberries.

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Vanilla-pomegranate parfaits  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
POMEGRANATE COMPOTE

2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 medium pomegranate (1 cup of seeds)
2/3 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice

PUDDING
2 cups milk
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds for garnish
6 mint sprigs for garnish
To prepare compote:
Mix 2 tablespoons sugar with 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a small saucepan. Add pomegranate juice, lemon juice and 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds (save 1/4 cup for garnish) ; stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until syrupy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Refrigerate while you prepare the pudding.

To prepare pudding:
Combine milk in a medium heavy saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean (or add vanilla extract). Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk egg, egg yolk, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch in a medium bowl. Reheat the milk mixture just until steaming. Carefully whisk one-third of the steaming milk into the egg mixture. Pour the egg-milk mixture back into the pan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until very thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in butter.

To prepare parfaits: Divide the pomegranate compote among six 6-ounce (1 cup) parfait glasses, ramekins or other small dessert cups). Spoon the pudding mixture over the compote. Cover and refrigerate until the pudding is well chilled, at least 3 hours.
To serve, garnish each parfait with pomegranate seeds and a mint sprig, if desired.

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Wild blueberry flan   Print Recipe


Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 20 minutes
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:
5 cups wild fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
2 cups sour cream
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter and sugar until blended. Beat in egg and almond extract. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt; pour over batter and stir until blended. Pat over bottom and 2 inches up side of greased 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.
Filling:
Toss together blueberries, liqueur and lemon rind; scrape over crust. Whisk together sour cream, egg yolks, sugar and almond extract; scrape evenly over blueberries. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until crust is golden and crisp. Let cool in pan on rack. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until chilled. Remove side of pan.
Cut into wedges to serve. For an added touch, pipe whipped cream over tart and decorate with thin candied orange strips and almond slivers

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Winter citrus compote  Print Recipe


Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
2 cups sweet dessert wine
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp honey
1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 cup raisins
3 seedless oranges
1 blood orange
2 clementines
2 grapefruits
3 kiwi fruits peeled & sliced


In a saucepan combine wine, orange juice and honey. Split the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise, and scrape the seeds into the pan using the tip of the knife. Add the pod and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced to about one cup (about 15 minutes). Remove from the heat and add the raisins. Set aside to cool then remove vanilla pod. Cut off the orange peel with a knife. Separate the segments free from all membranes. Repeat with remaining citrus, removing seeds. Add all fruit to the cooled liquid. Spoon into glasses.
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All-purpose wheat flour 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
All-purpose sifted wheat flour 110 g 80 g 70 g 55 g 35 g 27 g 13 g
White sugar 200 g 150 g 130 g 100 g 65 g 50 g 25 g
Powdered sugar/Icing sugar 100 g 75 g 70 g 50 g 35 g 25 g 13 g
Brown sugar normally packed 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 23 g
Corn flour 160 g 120 g 100 g 80 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Cornstarch 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Rice (not-cooked) 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Macaroni (uncooked) 140 g 100 g 90 g 70 g 45 g 35 g 17 g
Couscous (uncooked) 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 22 g
Quick oatmeal (uncooked) 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Table salt 300 g 230 g 200 g 150 g 100 g 75 g 40 g
Butter / Margarine 240 g 180 g 160 g 120 g 80 g 60 g 30 g
Shortening 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Fruits and légumes chopped 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
chopped walnuts 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Nuts /ground almonds 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Fresh bread crumbs (not packed) 60 g 45 g 40 g 30 g 20 g 15 g 8 g
Dry bread crumbs 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Parmesan grated 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Chocolate chips 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 38 g  19 g
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