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THANKSGIVING – #9

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Alcoholic, Apples, Apricots, Autumn, Coconut, Cranberries, Crock Pot-Slow Cooker, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Gravies, Honey, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, Marshmallows, Meat, Nuts, Oranges, Pears, Pineapple, Poultry, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Often in everyone’s life, things don’t quite as smoothly as we’d like them to go, and that is the reason I haven’t blogged for the past few days.  I am afraid that for the next month blogging will be a hit and miss thing for me.  So, this post will be a long one as I’m combining many courses into it.  I do hope you enjoy these recipes and my family wishes you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Smooth Sailing Thanksgiving and hope that your turkey is moist and flavorful!  Love, Softa123

I am starting today’s blog with cranberry sauce as you can make it before Thanksgiving Day and store it in an air-tight plastic container.  I think this recipe for Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire is one I’d like to try.  It sounds yummmmy!

Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

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Rated: 5 Stars

Submitted By: Leeza

Photo By: Tricia

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ready In: 45 Minutes

Servings: 12

“A variety of fresh and dried fruits and nuts are used in this cooked cranberry sauce. Serve with turkey.” ~ Leeza

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup water

1 cup white sugar

1 (12 ounce) package fresh Cranberries

1 orange, peeled and pureed

1 apple – peeled, cored and diced

1 pear – peeled, cored and diced

1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 12

Calories: 132 Amount Per

Serving Total Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 101mg Amount Per

Serving Total Carbs: 34.2g Dietary Fiber: 2.5g Protein: 0.6g

The title of this next recipe says it all…not only is it an easy recipe, but the addition of rum will definitely make some people happy, although if there are going to be children present, I would not add the rum.

{Simple And Amazing} Cranberry Sauce Recipe   

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Recipe type: Condiment

Author: Savory Sweet Life

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 17 mins

Serves: 2 cups

“Make your own homemade cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving using fresh Cranberries. This easy recipe is so simple yet yields amazing cranberry sauce.”

Ingredients:

12 ounces bag fresh cranberries

3/4 cup orange juice

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

Optional: 2 oz gold rum

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium-high for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced – stirring occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries popping – don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve.

Cranberry sauce can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving.

I love Alton Brown.  He is my very favorite TV food guru.  The following is his recipe and I am including it for those who like a more jelloie (like that word that I just coined?) consistency.  It looks nicer than the canned stuff and I’m willing to be it tastes better too!

Cranberry Sauce

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Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2007

Prep Time:10 min

Inactive Prep Time:6 hr 0 min

Cook Time:20 min

Level:  Easy

Serves:  6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

1 pound fresh cranberries, approximately 4 cups

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup 100 percent cranberry juice, not cocktail

1 cup honey

Directions

Wash the cranberries and discard any that are soft or wrinkled.  Combine the orange juice, cranberry juice and honey in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens. Do not cook for more than 15 minutes as the pectin will start to break down and the sauce will not set as well.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Carefully spoon the cranberry sauce into a 3 cup mold. Place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to overnight.

To unmold and serve, immerse bottom of mold in hot water for 10 to 15 seconds and turn upside down on plate or serving dish. If necessary, carefully run a warm knife around the edge of the mold.

Most American families include a string bean casserole in their Thanksgiving menu.  I like it too, but here are some kicked up string bean casseroles that sound more interesting than the traditional recipe for it.  If you don’t like cream of mushroom soup, you can always substitute cream of celery soup in these recipes.  I am an anti-mushroom person, and that is what I do.

Never Enough Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: Deb Dessaint

Photo By: Ms. Ho

Servings: 6

“This is NOT your usual plain green bean casserole. This is a recipe that started with my great-aunt and has been passed around our family for years.

People tasting it for the first time ALWAYS want the recipe!”  ~Deb Dessaint

INGREDIENTS:

1 (10 ounce) can condensed Cream of mushroom soup

3 ounces processed cheese (i.e. Velveeta®), cubed

1 tablespoon real bacon bits

1 (4 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained

2 (15 ounce) cans cut green beans , drained

1 (2.8 ounce) can French-fried Onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Heat the undiluted cream of mushroom soup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the processed cheese and bacon, and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the mushrooms, then the green beans until evenly coated. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish, and top with the fried onions, leaving a 1 inch margin around the sides.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and bubbly. Check near the end of cooking to make sure the onions aren’t getting too brown.

FOOTNOTES: Note this recipe uses the submitter’s substitution in place of a bacon cheese spread, as it is not widely available. If the bacon cheese spread is available, use 1 (5 ounce) jar in place of the processed cheese and bacon in this recipe.

Tasty Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: ANDYKNEPPER

Photo By: MORUPE

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 8

“Delicious and easy to make variation of the bland holiday favorite. Green beans in a creamy white wine sauce with bacon and mozzarella cheese. Warning:  They’ll make you bring it every year!”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package frozen whole

Green beans, thawed

4 slices bacon

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup canned French fried onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Fry bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Drain most of the bacon grease from the pan, and place over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the wine, scraping all of the bits of bacon from the bottom of the pan.

Mix in the butter, milk, soup, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the green beans and bacon until evenly coated. Fold in cheese, then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with French fried onions.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through, and sauce is bubbly.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 8

Calories: 225 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 15.4g Cholesterol: 18mg

Sodium: 702mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 14.3g Dietary Fiber: 1.7g

Protein: 5.3g

Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: pearl

Photo By: Lovemyfamily09

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 35 Minutes

Servings: 4

“Green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions make for a classic green bean casserole. An absolute must at American holiday meals!”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (14.5 ounce) can French style green beans, drained

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 (6 ounce) can French-fried onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine green beans and soup in a small casserole dish.

Bake in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with the onions. Bake for another 10 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories: 366 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 26.8g Cholesterol: < 1mg

Sodium: 1223mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 27.1g Dietary Fiber:

1.1g Protein: 2.1g

What would Thanksgiving be without sweet potatoes or yams?  It is the only time of the year that I will eat them, but I am going to change that as I read an article that said it was the best type of potatoes for nutritional value.  Yams have virtually no nutritional value and are a type of sweet potato.  That is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams.  Who knew?  I want to try this first recipe.  I love stuffed baked potatoes, so this might be a good choice for me.  I’ll let you know how I far!

Ambrosia Stuffed Sweet Potato

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“ Serve this recipe as a healthy breakfast alternative or as a dinnertime side dish with baked chicken, turkey or lean ham.”

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato (about 8 ounces)

3 tablespoons light sour cream

2 tablespoons marshmallow crème

1 tablespoon sweetened coconut flakes

1 tablespoon chopped pecans

4 teaspoons drained crushed pineapple

4 dried apricot halves, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400º F Wash the sweet potato, pat dry and pierce in several places with a fork; bake for 45-50 minutes or microwave for 5-7 minutes, or until fork tender; cool slightly.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl; mix well.

Working lengthwise, slice sweet potato in half; use a spoon to scoop out all but ¼ inch of the flesh from each half.  Place the scooped-out potato in a bowl, mash lightly with a fork; add about one-half of the ambrosia mixture to the mashed sweet potato; blend well .

Spoon this mixture back into the potato skins and top each with the remaining ambrosia.

Cholesterol: 8 mg Sodium: 61 mg Vitamin A: 4,139 IU Fiber: 4g Number of

servings (yield): 2 Calories: 216 Fat: 6g Protein: 4g

Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

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“Top this lightened version of the classic sweet potato casserole with both marshmallows and toasted pecans.

YIELD: 16 servings

COURSE: Side Dishes/Vegetables

Ingredients

2-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided

Cooking spray

2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.

Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving

Calories: 186 Calories from fat: 27% Fat: 5.5g Saturated fat: 2g

Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g Protein: 1.6g

Carbohydrate: 33.1g Fiber: 2.5g Cholesterol: 8mg Iron: 0.7mg Sodium:

272mg Calcium: 23mg

Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Living Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2007

Sweet Potato Coconut Casserole       

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3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed

1-1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon dark rum (optional)

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

2-1/2 cups milk

1 stick butter

1 cup flaked coconut (optional)

Wash and peel potatoes and boil until tender in salted water. Mash with butter while still hot. Stir in sugar, vanilla, lemon and seasonings.

Beat eggs well and combine with milk. If using coconut, add to milk.  Slowly add milk to sweet potatoes, stirring until well mixed.

Butter a casserole and transfer potato mixture, spreading evenly. Dot the top with an extra tablespoon of butter, if desired.

Bake at 400°F until firm and lightly browned.

Submitted by: CM

I am also not big on gravies.  I am a purist.  I want to taste the turkey in its entire wonderful flavor.  But, for you that want gravy here are some recipes for different types.

Holiday Turkey Gravy

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Submitted By: cynjne

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Ready In: 3 Hours 35 Minutes

Servings: 10

“Turkey gravy made with from-scratch stock is enriched with the drippings of the roasted turkey, plus a bit of tomato paste and red currant jelly to deepen The flavors.” ~ cynjne

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound giblets, neck, and clipped wing tips from turkey

2 carrots, roughly chopped

1 stalk celery, roughly chopped

6 cups water

2 cups chicken stock

1-1/2 cups turkey drippings from

Roasted turkey

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons red currant jelly

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

While the turkey is roasting, place the giblets, turkey neck, and clipped turkey wing tips into a large saucepan with the carrots, celery, water, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat, skim off any foam that forms on the top, reduce heat to low, and simmer the stock for 3 hours. Strain the stock, skim off the fat, and set aside. There should be about 4 cups of stock.

Skim off and discard all but 1/4 cup of the fat from the drippings in the roasting pan, and place the roasting pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then cook and stir the flour mixture until it becomes pale golden brown, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the stock and tomato paste; bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then whisk in the red currant jelly. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

FOOTNOTES:

Editor’s Notes:  This recipe assumes that the turkey will produce about 1 1/2 cups of drippings after skimming. Actual amount may vary. The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the stock ingredients. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary. The nutrition data also includes the full amount of fat from the pan drippings, although the recipe calls for partially skimming the fat.

Nutrition Information Servings  Per Recipe:

10 Calories: 398 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 36.2g

Cholesterol: 163mg Sodium: 111mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 7.5g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g Protein: 10.1g

Rich Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

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Submitted By: benwa

Photo By: Wyattdogster

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Ready In: 3 Hours

Servings: 18

“You make this richly-flavored turkey gravy ahead, and freeze or refrigerate until the Big Day. Reheat to serve, and mix with the turkey pan drippings if you like. There’s no rush or last-minute stress to make perfect gravy.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 pounds turkey wings

2 small onions, quartered

2 stalks celery, each cut into 4 pieces

2 carrots, each cut into 4 pieces

2 cloves garlic, halved

1-1/2 cups dry white wine

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups water

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons butter, or more if

Needed (optional)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place the turkey wings, onions, celery, carrots, and garlic into a roasting pan, and roast until the turkey wings turn a deep golden brown color, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Transfer the cooked wings and vegetables to a large pot. Place the roasting pan over 2 stove burners on medium-high heat, then pour the white wine into the roasting pan.

Scrape off and dissolve any browned flavor bits from the bottom of the pan into the white wine; heat and scrape the roasting pan until the drippings and wine have reduced to about 1/2 cup. Pour the wine mixture into the saucepan with the turkey wings.

Pour chicken broth and water into the pot, and season with thyme. Push the turkey wings down into the liquid; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes. Skim off any foam that collects on top. Pour the broth mixture through a colander into a large bowl; pick meat from the wings, if desired, to add to gravy, or discard the spent wings and vegetables. Allow the gravy base to stand for several minutes for the fat to collect into a layer on top, and skim as much fat as possible. Transfer the skimmed fat into a saucepan. There should be at least 1/2 cup of turkey fat; add butter to make this amount if necessary.

Whisk the flour into the turkey fat over medium heat until the flour mixture becomes smooth and golden brown. Gradually whisk in the broth until the gravy comes to a boil and thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow the gravy to cool, then refrigerate or freeze. Reheat almost to boiling to serve.

FOOTNOTES:

Editor’s Note:   The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the stock ingredients. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary.

Cook’s Note:   For richer flavor, add turkey pan drippings to the gravy at serving time.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 18

Calories: 108 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 4.6g Cholesterol: 24mg

Sodium: 59mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 4.9g Dietary Fiber: 0.5g

Protein: 7.7g

 

 

Cider-Sage Gravy

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Source: ChrisandAmy

Photo: by Sarah Shatz

This recipe was a finalist in the contest for Your Best Gravy ata food52.com.

A&M’s Testing Notes: ChrisandAmy’s Vermont-inspired gravy would transform even the saddest, most dessicated turkey into a delicacy. It’s ready ten minutes after the turkey emerges from the oven…

ChrisandAmy’s Notes: A recent trip to Vermont acted as inspiration for us to use Vermont ingredients in a Sunday Fall Feast. We used apple cider from the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vermont to make this gravy that we served with a dry-brined roasted turkey. – ChrisandAmy

Yield:  2 cups gravy

1 small bunch sage leaves

3 tablespoons (or more) drippings from turkey

1 cup apple cider

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup homemade or low sodium chicken stock

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Add the sage leaves to the roasting pan with the drippings from roasting the turkey. (If you have at least 6 tablespoons of drippings, you can double the recipe.).

Place the pan over medium heat and allow the sage to infuse the fat and heat until the leaves start to stick to the bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes.

Deglaze the pan by slowly adding the apple cider, stirring to scrape up the brown bits. Simmer for 3 minutes.

Whisk together the flour and chicken stock in a separate container until smooth. Slowly pour the stock/flour mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it reaches the desired consistency, 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the sage leaves and add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and pour into a gravy boat to serve and enjoy.

My very favorite food to make is turkey.  After you rinse the turkey and pat it dry, stuff the cavities with a large fresh juice orange and a large onion, then you can either truss and sew or skewer the cavities closed or stuff them with crushed up aluminum foil.  I always squeeze the juice of the orange into the cavity.  My very good friend, Mary, told me she stuffs her turkey’s cavities with an orange, an apple and a pear.  I going to try that this year.  I love to baste my turkey and watch it turn golden.  I will give you the recipe for the basting sauce I make and tell you the secret to a great turkey is to baste it every ½ hour and to begin cooking it breast-side down and half-way through the cooking time, turn it over and finish the roasting of the turkey with the breast-side up.  Cook the turkey according to the package directions.  If you see the wings are getting too brown, wrap them in foil and the remove foil about 5 minutes before taking the turkey out of the oven and let them cook uncovered for those 5 minutes.

DISCLAIMER:  this photo is just an example of basting a turkey.  It does not go with the recipe below.

 

 

MARILYN’S TURKEY BASTING SAUCE

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1 stick Butter OR Margarine

1-2 tbsps. Honey

1/4 cup Orange Juice

1/8 cup Wine (I prefer a sweet wine when I make this sauce)

1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning

1 tsp. Rosemary

1 tsp. Thyme

1 tbsp. Dried Parsley (a few sprigs if you want to use Fresh Parsley)

1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

2 tbsp. Dried Onion Flakes (optional)

Put margarine in small saucepan and put on lower heat to begin melting it.  As soon as it begins to melt, add the orange juice, honey and wine.  Stir a bit then add your spices.  Mix well.  Use to baste your turkeys!

I’ve been making my turkeys with this sauce that I made up since I can remember, about 50 years now, as I started learning how to cook the turkeys when I was about 10 years old.  Yes, my mother did the hard part of the cooking of the turkey, but I was the baster.  I love the bit of sweetness that the honey and wine imparts to the sauce!  Hope you enjoy it.  You can always adjust the seasonings  to your own tastes!  ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Soy-Sauce-And-Honey-Glazed Turkey

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SOURCE: Joanne Chang at foodandwine.com

PHOTO: © Con Poulos

ACTIVE: 45 MIN TOTAL TIME: 6 HRS 45 MIN

” ‘We never had turkey on Thanksgiving, ” says Joanne Chang, “only duck. I love turkey with sage and butter, but I crave the flavors I grew up with.’ Here, she marinates and bastes the bird with soy, sesame, honey and ginger, giving it superb flavor and a beautiful mahogany color.” ~Joanne Chang

2 cups soy sauce

1 cup honey

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh ginger

One 14- to 16-pound turkey

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

1-1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder

6 scallions cut into 2-inch lengths

2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

In a very large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and half of the ginger. Put the turkey in the bowl, breast side down, and marinate at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Turn the turkey and marinate breast side up for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Set a rack in a large roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and five-spice powder. Remove the turkey from the marinade; reserve the marinade.

Set the turkey on the rack, breast side up, and season it inside and out with the salt mixture. Stuff the cavity with the scallions and the remaining ginger

Turn the turkey breast side down on the rack. Add 2 cups of water to the roasting pan. Loosely cover the turkey with a foil tent. Roast the turkey for 4 hours, basting with some of the reserved marinade every hour and adding a total of 3 cups of water to the pan during roasting.

Turn the turkey breast side up and baste well with the reserved marinade. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes, basting once halfway through cooking.

The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165°.  Carefully pour the juices from the turkey cavity into the roasting pan and transfer the turkey to a carving board. Let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, strain the pan juices into a large saucepan and skim off the fat. Add the chicken stock to the juices along with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

In a medium bowl, blend the butter with the flour to make a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in 2 cups of the hot pan juices until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the saucepan and bring the gravy to a simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened.

Simmer the gravy over low heat, whisking occasionally, until no floury taste remains, about 8 minutes. Carve the turkey; pass the gravy at the table.

Our Pairing Suggestion:   California’s Monterey region is an up-and-coming area for Pinot Noir, thanks to its cool, ocean-influenced climate, which gives the wines great acidity and generous fruit intensity. That balance makes them go especially well with the different flavors of the Thanksgiving feast—especially turkey.

Servings: 12

Winter Fruit Glazed Turkey

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1 (12-pound) whole turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large orange, cut in eight wedges, seeds removed

1/4 cup red currant jelly

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

1/2 teaspoon anise seeds, ground coarse by mortar/pestle or a coffee grinder

1. To Prepare Turkey: Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for gravy. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well. Blot dry with paper towels.

2. Sprinkle salt and pepper in the cavities of the bird. Place orange wedges in both body and neck cavities.

3. Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position.

4. For Winter Fruit Glaze: In 1-cup microwave-safe glass measure, combine jelly, marmalade and anise seeds. Cook in microwave at HIGH (100% power) 30 to 45 seconds or until melted.

5. Brush glaze over turkey during last 20 minutes of roasting time.

6. To Roast Turkey: Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (no more than 2 1/2-inch deep) roasting pan. Insert an oven-safe thermometer into thickest part of the thigh, being careful it does not touch the bone.

7. Roast turkey in a preheated 325 degree F oven about 3 1/2 hours (total roasting time) basting with the pan juices. During the last 20 minutes of roasting time, baste the bird with the Winter Fruit Glaze. Continue to roast until the thermometer registers 180 degrees F in the thigh and 170 degrees F in the breast. 8. Remove turkey from the oven and allow the bird to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. Place on a warm large platter and garnish.

Makes 15 servings.Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Turkey Federation.

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THANKSGIVING – #5

Posted on November 17, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Breads - Yeast, Breakfast, Coconut, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Honey, Jams-Jellies-Spreads-Etc, Kosher Recipe, Nuts, Oranges, Paerve, Parve, Pears, Pineapple, Quick Breads, Recipes, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes, Ugli or Unique Fruit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Grace

Thank you for the world so sweet,

Thank you for the food we eat,

Thank you for the birds that sing,

Thank you, God, for everything!

~Edith Rutter Leatham~

To go with the Pumpkin Challah, I would opt for plain margarine or butter.  If you don’t keep kosher, it would also go good with plain cream cheese or try my recipe for Marilyn’s Nutty Orange Cream Cheese Spread:

MARILYN’S NUTTY ORANGE CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

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8 oz. cream cheese, softened

3 tbsp. fresh orange juice

1 tbsp. grated orange peel

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Orange Cream Cheese Spread:

In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, orange juice and peel until smooth.  Mix in toasted walnuts.  Bring to room temperature to serve.

To Toast Walnuts: 

Baking: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently.

Stovetop: Cook walnuts in a skillet at medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Note: Walnuts can be toasted dry or with a dash of oil.

When it comes to Sally Lunn Bread I’m a purist. I like just a thin layer of butter or margarine.  But, to make it festive, you might paring  this delicious bread with a nice jam such as  the concord grape freezer jam below:

Freezer Jam Recipe: Concord Grape

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Concord grapes have seeds and very sour skins; these should be removed in order to have a more edible jam. So after washing and stemming the grapes I placed them in a stainless steel pot and mashed them with a potato masher. Once I mashed out as much juice as possible I cooked the mixture until it boiled. Then I strained it through a sieve and ended up with 4 cups of juice. I then followed the steps below.

FREEZER JAM RECIPE:

4 cups crushed berries or Concord grapes (for peaches and apricots, use 3 1/2 cup )

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 1.59-ounce package Ball freezer pectin

Optional: lavender/lemon zest for strawberries, cinnamon/ground ginger for Peaches and Concord grapes

For berries or stone fruit, mix with sugar, pectin and optional spices in a bowl until well blended. For grapes, heat crushed fruit to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until skins are tender, 3-5 minutes, then add to pectin/sugar mixture. For all, stir 3 minutes.

Ladle into five clean 8-ounce Ball plastic freezer jars to fill line, or any other freezer-safe containers or glass jars if eating within a few weeks. Twist on lids. Let stand until thickened, about 30 minutes.

Refrigerate for three weeks or freeze up to a year.

LABELS: PRESERVINGPOSTED BY CLAUDIA AT 9:44 PM

http://myeverydaykitchen.blogspot.com/2008/09/concord-grape-freezer-jam.html

To go with my Garden Herb Bread, again, I suggest just a thin layer of butter or margarine, but if you want to go “fancy” try serving it with

Cranberry Butter

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Submitted By: Marlene Muckenhirn

Photo By: HeatherAnn421

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Ready In: 10 Minutes

Servings: 28

“Just in time for holiday breakfasts, Marlene Muckenhirn offers this easy Four-ingredient berry and citrus spread. ‘It’s great on toast or bagels, ‘ notes The Delano, Minnesota reader.”

INGREDIENTS:

 

3/4 cup butter (no substitutes), softened

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

1 dash almond extract

1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce

DIRECTIONS:

In a small mixing bowl, cream butter, orange peel and almond extract.

Beat in the cranberry sauce until blended. Store in the refrigerator.

Now to go with Pioneer Woman’s No Knead Dinner Rolls, I suggest either plain butter or margarine or this nice candy apple jelly.  This recipe is for those of you who have the know-how or the want-to-know—how and have the proper equipment for canning.

Candy Apple Jelly

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Submitted By: Betsy Porter

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Ready In: 15 Minutes

Servings: 48

“With a hint of apple and cinnamon, this jelly spreads cheer from breads to bagels to muffins. Its rosy pink color looks lovely blushing through the food jars I save and decorate with fabric-covered lids.” ~Betsy Porter

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups apple juice

1/2 cup red-hot candies

1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered

Fruit pectin

4-1/2 cups sugar

DIRECTIONS:

In a large kettle, combine apple juice, candies and pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat; skim off any foam and undissolved candies. Pour hot liquid into hot jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps.

Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water bath.

I must be a butter/margarine lover and never it knew before I began composing this article.  Why do I say that?  Because once again I recommend it to go with the whole wheat challah rolls.  But, for the adventurous, let’s try another recipe that requires canning equipment and knowledge.

Bartlett Pear Orange Marmalade Recipe

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From Pear Bureau Northwest,

“Bartlett pears are added to traditional orange marmalade in this simple recipe with few ingredients. Great gift idea.”

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

4 pounds (about 12) firm ripe Northwest Bartlett pears, pared, cored and coarsely chopped

2 oranges (thin skinned), thinly sliced and quartered

5 cups sugar

2 tablespoons lime OR lemon juice

 

Preparation:

Combine pears, oranges, sugar, and lime juice in a large kettle. Bring to a boil over medium to low heat; stir until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly about 20 minutes or until thickened and mixture sheets off a metal spoon. Watch carefully that the marmalade does not scorch.

Ladle into clean hot canning jars to within 1/8 inch of tops. Seal according to jar manufacturer’s directions.

Place jars on rack in canner. Process 10 minutes in boiling water 2 inches above jar tops. Remove carefully, and place on wire racks or thick cloth; cool away from drafts. After 12 hours test lids for proper seal. Remove rings from sealed jars.

Note:  Always be sure to use ripe pears.

Yield: 6 to 7 half pints

Recipe Source: Pear Bureau Northwest

At the risk of sounding redundant, again, what could be better than just a thin spreading of butter or margarine on the Perfect Dinner Rolls?  I can’t think of anything better.  But for a bit of savory flavor, how about trying this savory recipe for Sun Dried Tomato Butter:

Sun Dried Tomato Butter

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Posted by bebeblues

1/2 c. softened butter

1 minced clove garlic

1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. minced sun dried tomatoes, drained oil packed

1 small tomato, chopped, cored and seeded

1/4 c. chopped, fresh parsley

Combine butter, garlic, lemon juice, sun dried and regular tomato and parsley together. Shape butter into a log (about 1 inch round x 8 inches long) on waxed paper. Wrap and chill. Slice and add to vegetables or whatever you want.

Ok, sorry, but here is where I draw the line…absolutely nothing other than plain butter or margarine or pure maple syrup belongs on cornbread.  If anyone has any better idea, please let me know.

A go-with for our might be MARILYN’S NUTTY ORANGE CREAM CHEESE SPREAD (see recipe above), plain cream cheese, butter or margarine,  honey vanilla bean cream cheese or this cream cheese-pineapple spread.  Recipes follow.

Cream Cheese Spread

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Ingredient List:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1-1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 tablespoon pineapple juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons drained crushed pineapple

2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Kitchen Equipment Needed

Electric mixer and mixing bowl

Instructions:

Step 1: Combine first four ingredients in a small mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Step 2: Add crushed pineapple and the finely chopped nuts, stirring well.

Step 3: Refrigerate 30 minutes or more to allow flavors to combine.

Step 4: Remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Step 5: Store the unused fruit dip in the refrigerator.

Yield: 1-1/4 cups.

Source:  http://www.breakfast-and-brunch-recipes.com

Honey Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese

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From Miri Rotkovitz, former Contributing Writer

Lightly sweetened with honey and flecked throughout with vanilla bean, this Honey Vanilla Cream Cheese spread is perfect with quick breads and muffins at brunch or teatime. Plus, it’s so simple and quick to prepare that you can even use it to add a special touch to weekday breakfasts.

Tip: Try experimenting with different varietal honeys to subtly influence the flavor of this cream cheese spread.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients:

8 ounces block cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup honey

1 vanilla bean, split

Preparation:

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and honey until smooth and well blended.

Using the tip of a knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean pod into the cream cheese. Stir until the seeds are evenly distributed.

Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Tip: Bury the empty vanilla pod in a canister of sugar – the pod will add a subtle vanilla aroma and flavor to the sugar.

For our Sparkling Orange Scones, you can use the almond butter recipe that was included with the scone recipe or why not try the exotic Ugli Fruit (also called “Unique Fruit) Curd.  If you are unfamiliar with this fruit, I can only tell you it is my favorite and it is very good for diabetics and weight watchers!  Of course, plain butter or margarine goes well with scones also.

UGLI Curd for Cheesecake Topping or Jam

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INGREDIENTS:

Zest and Juice of 1 Ugli Fruit

4 oz. Butter

6 oz. Granulated Sugar

2 LARGE Eggs

PROCEDURE:

Cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs in slowly then add in the Ugli Fruit zest and juice.  Pour into sterilized jars and use within 6 weeks.  Use like jam or a topping for cheesecakes.

I like my muffins and quick breads plain.  That’s right, bare butt naked!  But for those of you who are like my dear husband, here are a couple of go withs.

For the almond muffins, use the almond butter recipe included with the Sparkling Orange Scone recipe or try some Hawaiian Coconut Spread (recipe below).

Hawaiian Coconut Spread

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8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons apricot, pineapple or peach preserves

1/3 cup flaked coconut

Combine cream cheese and preserves, mixing until well blended. Add coconut; mix well. Chill. Serve with nut bread slices.

Variations: Add 1/8 teaspoon aniseed; substitute 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce for preserves.

For the Pear Upside Down Muffins, must be served without any other spreads!

I think just plain margarine or butter for the Carrot, Sunflower Seed And Raisin Bran Muffins would be fine.  But for those who like jams, why not try:

Apple Preserves Recipe

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Ready in: Under 30 minutes

Difficulty: 3 (1=easiest : hardest=5)

Serves/Makes: 6 half pints

INGREDIENTS:

 

1 cup water

6 cups apples, peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 package powdered pectin

1/2 cup thinly sliced lemon

4 cups sugar

2 teaspoons nutmeg

PREPARATION:

Combine apples, water and lemon juice in large saucepan.

Simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Stir in pectin and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add lemon slices and sugar. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat; add nutmeg. Pour in hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Adjust caps. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Apple Preserves

Recipe ID: 8264

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We Gather Together

Traditional Thanksgiving Song

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

He chastens and hastens His will to make known.

The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.

Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

 

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,

Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;

So from the beginning the fight we were winning;

Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

 

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,

And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.

Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;

Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

I was not going to do a craft article today, but I ran across a project that is too cute and easy not to alert you to.  The project is a “Give Thanks” Fall Banner.  You can find it at a great craft site called “The Kurtz Corner,” and to get there just click on “Give Thanks.”  For today’s recipe theme I have chosen bread recipes.  Don’t forget you can make bread a week or two ahead of time and freeze it, then bake it fresh or if you already have baked it, just reheat it before serving.

When I think of bread, I think of a bread basket teaming with freshly baked bread, rolls, sweet rolls, muffins and quick breads just waiting to be topped with butter, margarine, jams, preserves and jellies of all kinds.  So, depending on my speed putting everything together, this may be part 1 of a 2 part series.  If it is, I will alert you to this fact at the bottom of the article.

My choice for the first recipe is a pumpkin challah.  Challah is egg bread that is eaten on Friday nights and Saturdays by Jewish people to celebrate the Sabbath.  It is also eaten on most holidays.  Flavored challahs such as this one is a very new innovation.  So far my favorite is chocolate chip!

Pumpkin Challah

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Yield: This recipe makes 2 smaller loaves.

“We like to eat one sliced and unadorned, and use the other loaf for French toast.”

Ingredients:

2-1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) yeast

2/3 cup warm water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

4 cups flour, plus more for dusting and kneading

1 egg

Sesame or poppy seeds (optional)

Method:

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let sit 10 minutes until foamy.

Stir in pumpkin puree, salt, and spices. Add three cups of the flour and mix until well incorporated. Add remaining flour, a little at a time, until dough is only slightly sticky to the touch.

Dust counter or wooden board with flour and turn out dough. Knead, adding flour as needed, until you have a smooth, springy dough. Place  in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise two hours, or until doubled in size.

Punch down dough and turn out onto flour-covered counter. Divide dough in half; set one half aside. For each half, divide into three approximately equal pieces. Form pieces into long snakelike strands, about 12 inches long. Braid together strands and tuck both ends under the loaf. Carefully place on a flour-dusted board, greased baking sheet, or in a greased loaf pan. Repeat for remaining dough.

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using a baking stone, start your preheat when you begin the second rise.

Beat egg and brush over the bread, and sprinkle on seeds, if using. Put loaves in oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

“In this version of challah, the pumpkin stands in for the eggs. Adding eggs will make for a richer dough, but of course remember that you’ll need to add flour to balance out the additional liquid.”

“Also, this pumpkin challah is only lightly spiced – I wanted to be able to have the bread fit as both breakfast and sliced alongside a savory dinner.”

Tips:

  • Use a kitchen scale to ensure equal division of dough. I’m just as bad at dividing sections for braiding bread as I am for braiding hair.
  • I add 3 cups of flour to start with and then add the rest slowly. Due to different moisture levels, varieties of flour, and measuring methods, it’s easier to start out with less flour and add what you need rather than adding all at once and finding your dough is too dry.
  • On the second rise I preheat the oven and set the dough nearby. My kitchen doesn’t maintain enough heat for bread to rise well on its own most days, so this helps tremendously.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I wish I knew who to credit the pumpkin challah recipe with, if anyone knows, please email me.  It’s such a well written recipe.  I also wonder how this would taste with a confectionery sugar glaze (a small amount of water mixed with a small amount of confectionery sugar for a not too thin consistency) put on it after it is thoroughly cooled.

 Figure 1 Photo by Wally G.

Favorite Sally Lunn Bread For Bread Machine

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Posted by Pink01

INGREDIENTS

For a 1 1/2 lb loaf bread:

 

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 to 3/8 cup water

3 large eggs

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/3 cup butter or margarine (cut up in pieces)

1/4 cup sugar

3 cups all purpose flour (or bread flour)

1-1/2 to 2 tsp yeast

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in bread pan in order listed. Select “Basic/White Bread Cycle” and “Light Crust“. Press “Start. After the baking cycle ends, remove bread from pan, place on a wire rack and allow to cool 1 hour before slicing. Enjoy!

“I got this recipe from a Bread Machine cookbook but I can’t remember the name. This bread is awesome. It almost tastes like a pound cake!! Really delicious. It has a buttery taste. Can be sliced/toasted for sandwiches. My family looooves it!!” ~Pink01

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I absolutely love Sally Lunn bread!  Try it, you might like it too!

Marilyn’s Garden Herb Bread

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1 pound Loaf:  (1 1/2 pound Loaf):

2 cups White Bread Flour, (3 cups)

1 tablespoon Dry Milk, (2 tablespoons)

1 tablespoon Sugar, (2 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon Salt, (1 1/2 teaspoons)

1 teaspoon Chives, (1/2 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon Marjoram, (1/2 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon Thyme, (1/2 tablespoon)

1/2 teaspoon Basil, (1 tablespoon)

1 tablespoon Butter, (2 tablespoons)

3/4 cup Water, (1 1/4 cups)

1 tablespoon Fast Rise Yeast -Or-, (2 teaspoons Fast Rise) Or

2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast, (3 teaspoons Active Dry)

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE: I rewrote the recipe to follow order of my machine. It works wonderfully in my Panasonic.

This bread tastes like stuffing! It is WONDERFUL!!!! Paul and I especially like it to make turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving! ~SOFTA123

Here are some hints from the book I found the recipe in:

1. Use dried herbs that are flaked and not ground.  If using ground, reduce the amt. by half. If using fresh herbs, double the recipe.

2. This recipe can be made with the regular, rapid, or delayed time bake cycles.

This recipes comes from “Bread Electric” from the Innovative Cooking Enterprises. I make the regular size loaf in my machine.

Servings: 8 slices for the small loaf

Now let’s make some delicious dinner rolls.  This is my preference for the bread coarse at Thanksgiving.  I have to admit it, I cheat.  I buy the heat and serve rolls!  But maybe this year will be different.  Anyhow here are recipes for dinner rolls.

Pioneer Woman’s No Knead Dinner Rolls

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Added by Ree on June 26, 2009

Prep Time 4 Hours

Cook Time 20 Minutes

Servings 24

Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

4 cups Milk

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Vegetable Oil

9 cups Flour

2 packages (4 1/2 Tsp.) Active Dry Yeast

1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder

1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda

2 tablespoons Salt

Preparation Instructions

Pour 4 cups of milk into a stock pot or Dutch oven. Add one cup of sugar and 1 cup of vegetable oil. Stir to combine. Now, turn the burner on medium to medium-low and “scald” the mixture/lukewarm (between 90 and 110 degrees). Before the mixture boils, turn off the heat. NOW.

Very important stuff here: walk away. Walk away and allow this mixture to cool to warm/lukewarm. The mixture will need to be warm enough to be a hospitable environment for the yeast, but not so hot that it kills the yeast and makes it inactive. I don’t usually use a thermometer, but if you’d like to, a good temperature is between 90 and 110 degrees. I usually feel the side of the pan with the palm of my hand. If it’s hot at all, I wait another 20 minutes or so. The pan should feel comfortably warm. When the mixture is the right temperature add in 4 cups of flour and 2 packages of (4-1/2 teaspoons) of active dry yeast.

After the yeast and flour are nicely incorporated, add another 4 cups of flour. Stir together and allow to sit, covered with a tea towel or lid, for an hour.

After about an hour it should have almost doubled in size. If it hasn’t changed much, put it in a warm (but turned off ) oven for 45 minutes or so. When it has risen sufficiently add 1 more cup of flour, 1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder, 1 scant teaspoon of baking soda and about 2 tablespoons of salt. Stir (or knead just a bit) until combined.

Butter 1 or 2 muffin pans.

Form the rolls by pinching off a walnut sized piece of dough and rolling it into a little ball. Repeat and tuck three balls of dough into each buttered muffin cup. Continue until pan is full. Cover and allow to rise for about 1 to 2 hours.

Bake in a 400-degree oven until golden brown, about 17 to 20 minutes.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  For step-by-step instructions go to The Pioneer Woman’s

website located at:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/11/pw_dinner_rolls_-_no_kneading_required/

Whole Wheat Challah Rolls – Pareve

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Posted by : Karen Selwyn

“Flecks of grated carrot add color and flavor to these whole-wheat dinner rolls from cookbook author and food writer Judy Zeidler. The dough is remarkably easy to mix, knead and shape.” Judith Evans

2 cups whole-wheat flour

2 cups unbleached flour

1 package active dry yeast

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more to coat bowl and top of dough

2 tablespoons honey

2 eggs, divided

1 cup peeled, grated carrots

Poppy seeds or sesame seeds

Combine whole-wheat and unbleached flours. Place 2 cups flour mixture, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Heat warm water, oil and honey in a saucepan or microwave oven until very warm, about 115 to 120 degrees. Add water mixture to flour-yeast mixture, beating until well blended. Add 1 egg, carrots and enough reserved flour to make a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a floured board. Knead 5 to 10 minutes, adding additional reserved flour as needed to make a smooth and elastic dough.  Place dough in an oiled bowl. Oil the top of dough. Cover with a towel; let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Divide dough into about 30 small pieces. Form into long ropes, twist into knots and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Beat remaining egg and use to brush tops of rolls. Sprinkle rolls with poppy seeds. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Yield: About 30 rolls.

Source: “The 1994 Favorites” Judith Evans ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH (On-line edition), 1/2/95

Perfect Dinner Rolls

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“These rolls melt in your mouth. I loved them as a child, and I’m happy to make them for my kids because I know I am making for them the same wonderful memories my mom made for me!” —Gayleen Grote, Battle View, North Dakota

24 Servings

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup shortening

1/4 cup powdered nondairy creamer

2-1/4 teaspoons salt

6 to 7 cups bread flour

Directions:

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, creamer, salt and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.

Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a roll. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray.

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks.

Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 roll equals 142 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated

fat), 0 cholesterol, 222 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g

protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Golden Sweet Cornbread

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Submitted By: bluegirl

Photo By: larkspur

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Ready In: 35 Minutes

Servings: 12

“If you like sweet cornbread, this is the recipe for you! My mom made this for me as a child, and now it’s my family’s favorite.”

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 12 Calories: 188 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 7.4g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 354mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 28.2g Dietary Fiber: 1g Protein: 3.1g

White Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread

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2-1/4 cups All-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Baking soda

5 ounces White chocolate; coarsely chopped

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter; softened

1 cup Granulated sugar

3 large Eggs; at room temperature

1/2 cup Buttermilk

3 tablespoons Orange juice

1 teaspoon Grated orange zest

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

3/4 cup Dried cranberries; chopped

YIELD: 1 loaf

PREPARATION:

45 minutes plus baking and cooling times.

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Dust the pan with flour and tap out the excess.

2. In a medium bowl, using a wire whisk, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

3. Melt the white chocolate according to the directions in the chocolate Melting Tips. Set aside to cool.

4. In a 4 1/2-quart bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed for 2 minutes until creamy.  While continuing to beat the butter, gradually add the sugar 1 teaspoon at a time until completely incorporated into the butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the side of the bowl and beat the mixture for 1 minute more. At low speed, beat the buttermilk into the batter. At this point the batter will look curdled.

Add the melted white chocolate, orange juice, zest, and vanilla to the batter and mix just until blended.

5. At low speed, add the dry ingredients to the batter one-third at a time and mix until blended. Stir in the chopped dried cranberries.

6. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 70 to 75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan set on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Remove the bread from the pan and cool it completely on a wire rack.

Thanksgiving Bread Recipe

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Thanksgiving Bread ingredients list:

4 medium eggs

4 cups of all purpose flour

3 cups of sugar

2 cups of cranberries (fresh or frozen)

2 cups of pumpkin (cooked or canned)

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

 

Instructions for Thanksgiving Bread:

In a suitably sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar. Add the pumpkin and vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.

Add all of the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.  Fold in the fresh or frozen cranberries.

Spoon into suitably sized loaf pans.

Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 60 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks.

Orange Praline Quick Bread

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“A crusty brown sugar glaze adds just a touch of the South to these Orange-scented mini loaves.”

20 min. Prep time

60 min. Total time

32 servings (4 mini loaves)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup LAND O LAKES® Sour Cream

1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened

2 eggs

1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

Glaze

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Set aside.

Combine all remaining bread ingredients except pecans in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding flour mixture, just until moistened. Stir in 1 cup pecans.

Spoon batter evenly into 4 greased (5 1/2×3-inch) mini loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans.

Meanwhile, combine brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil (3 to 4 minutes).

Spoon glaze mixture over warm loaves. Immediately sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans.

Substitute for Mini Loaf Pans:   1 greased (9×5-inch) loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes.

Recipe Tip:

Serve bread with maple-flavored butter. Combine 1/3 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup orange marmalade and 1 tablespoon maple syrup in small bowl; mix well.

Calories: 160Fat: 10gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates:

16gDietary Fiber: <1gProtein: 2g

This recipe was reprinted from landolakes.com.

http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/7 6

Pina Colada Quick Bread

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“Think pina colada, think summer time … but do you think bread? It sounds like the oddest of combinations, but there are lots of variations on recipes for pina colada quick bread (or coconut pineapple bread).”

Ingredients

4 eggs

1 & 1/4 cup oil

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon coconut extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon orange extract

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Instructions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flour well two 7 x 4-inch loaf pans.

Beat eggs slightly. Stir in oil and sugar. Add extracts, pineapple juice and orange zest.

In a separate bowl, soft together flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to egg mixture and miX just until ingredients are moistened.

Gently stir in crushed pineapple, coconut, maraschino cherries and nuts. Do not stir too much or bread will be heavy.

Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing.

CulinaryTradition: USA (Nouveau)

 

Sparkling Orange Scones

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“These buttery sugared scones are perfect for gift-giving or a warm breakfast tea.”

30 min. Prep time

1 :10 Total time

16 scones

Topping

 1/4 cup sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel

Scones

 

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold LAND O LAKES® Butter, cut into 8 pieces

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries or blueberries or finely chopped dried aprico s

3/4 cup LAND O LAKES™ Half & Half

1 egg

1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel

Almond Butter

  

1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine all topping ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar and cranberries.

Stir together half & half, egg and 1 tablespoon orange peel in small bowl until smooth. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 8 to 10 times until smooth, adding small amount of flour, if necessary.

Divide dough in half. Pat each half into 7-inch circle. Place 2 inches apart onto large ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle topping evenly over dough. Score each half into 8 wedges; do not separate. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until scones are lightly browned. Cool 15 to 20 minutes on baking sheet.

Meanwhile, combine all almond butter ingredients in small bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

To serve, separate scones while warm. Serve with almond butter. Store leftover scones in container with tight-fitting lid at room temperature. Store remaining almond butter covered in refrigerator.

TIP: One large or two medium oranges will yield what is needed for the grated orange peel.

TIP: A pastry blender is made of 5 or 6 parallel U-shaped steel wires attached at both ends to a handle. It cuts the butter into small pieces so the flour can coat the particles. Two knives may also be used.

Calories: 240Fat: 12gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates:

30gDietary Fiber: 1gProtein: 3g Recipe #11682©2001Land O’Lakes, Inc.

This recipe was reprinted from landolakes.com.

Almond Muffins

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Almond Muffins ingredients list:

1 medium egg, beaten

2 cups of flour

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup of almonds, chopped

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of oil

1 tablespoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of almond extract

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon of salt

Instructions for Almond Muffins:

Mix together the egg, milk, oil and almond extract.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg,

cinnamon, salt and chopped almonds.

Mix the two mixtures.

Bake at 390F for about 15 minutes.

Pear Upside-Down Muffins

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Recipe #386216

| 1 1/4 hours | 40 min prep |

By: daisygrl64

Aug 19, 2009

“These cakelike muffins with sticky tops turn out of the pan perfectly, if you Let them cool a little first. And Oh Boy….are these Fabulous!!” ~Daisygrl64

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

2 pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2inch slice

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup raisins

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

1 grease nonstick muffin cups. line bottoms with parchment or waxed paper and set aside.

2 Topping:.

3 peel, core, and cut pears into 1/2 dice, place in a bowl. add sugar, raisins, and cinnamon, stir to mix.

4 in skillet melt butter over medium heat, cook pear mixture, stirring, until pears are tender, about 5 minutes. divide among muffin cups and set aside.

5 in bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. in separate bowl whisk buttermilk, butter, egg, and vanilla. add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. spoon over each muffin cup that has the pear mixture in.

6 bake in centre of 375*F oven until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

7 let cool on rack for 10 minutes. invert onto baking sheet.

8 serve topping side up.

Carrot, Sunflower Seed And Raisin Bran Muffins

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CDKitchen http://www.cdkitchen.com

Serves/Makes: 12

Difficulty Level: 3

Ready In: 30-60 minutes

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups Wheat Bran

1-1/2 cups Whole-Wheat Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Soda

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon ground Nutmeg

1-1/2 cups Apple Juice

1/4 cup Blackstrap Molasses

2 tablespoons Sunflower Oil; plus additional for oiling pan

3/4 cup Carrots; shredded

1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds

1/2 cup Raisins

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.

Using a little sunflower oil, LIGHTLY OIL a muffin pan and set aside. In a large bowl, place the wheat bran, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and nutmeg, and stir well to combine.

In a small bowl, place the apple juice, molasses, and sunflower oil, and whisk well to combine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and gently fold them into the muffin batter.

Fill each of the prepared muffin cups 3/4 full with the batter. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow the muffins to cool for several minutes before removing them from the muffin tin. Store the completely cooled muffins in an airtight container.

Recipe Location:

http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/503/Carrot-Sunflower-Seed-And-Rai1

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Recipe ID: 97797

Watch for tomorrow’s post (11/16/2011) for spreads to go with these breads!

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Halloween Fun #12

Posted on October 29, 2011. Filed under: Brownies, Cakes, Cheese, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Cupcakes, Dairy, Desserts, Halloween, Halloween Krispie Treats, Halloween Munchies, Halloween Pizza, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Marshmallows, My Ramblings, Oranges, Peanut Butter, Pears, Recipes, Snacks, Special Occasion Cake | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


We can find a reference to a stepmother as an evil witch as far back as 1500 BCE in an Egyptian folktale in which a wicked stepmother persecutes her blameless stepson. In the nineteenth century, 345 variations of “Cinderella” were identified in cultures as diverse as China, India, Japan, and France. And the wicked stepmother persists today.[1]

The notion of the word stepmother being descriptive of an intrinsically unkind parent is suggested by peculiar wording in John Gamble’s “An Irish Wake” (1826). He writes of a woman soon to die, who instructs her successor to “be kind to my children.” Gamble writes that the injunction was forgotten and that she “proved a very step-mother.”[2]

The stepmother may be identified with other evils the characters meet. For instance, both the stepmother and the witch in Hansel and Gretel are deeply concerned with food, the stepmother to avoid hunger, the witch with her house built of food and her desire to eat the children, and when the children kill the witch and return home, their stepmother has mysteriously died.[3]

This hostility from the stepmother and tenderness from the true mother has been interpreted in varying ways. A psychological interpretation, by Bruno Bettelheim, describes it as “splitting” the actual mother in an ideal mother and a false mother that contains what the child dislikes in the actual mother. However, historically, many women died in childbirth, their husbands remarried, and the new stepmothers competed with the children of the first marriage for resources; the tales can be interpreted as factual conflicts from history. In some fairy tales, such as The Juniper Tree, the stepmother’s hostility is overtly the desire to secure the inheritance of her children.[4]

In these articles it is acknowledge that in a very few instances in literature throughout the ages do we find good stepmothers.  As a stepmother myself, I have told my stepchildren that I’m the wicked stepmother.  I’m sure at times they believe this to be true.  I think it’s just easier to get mad at a stepmother than with a natural mother.  Even the terms “stepmother” and “natural mother” seem definitive.  Wouldn’t it be kinder to call us stepmothers “second mothers?”  Perhaps it’s time to change our image!  Stepmothers of the world unite!!!

Anyhow, to show my sweet side, here are some recipes for more sweet treats.

Black Magic Pie

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Ingredients

* 42 Oreo cookies

* 2 tablespoons margarine; melted

* 1 quart chocolate ice cream

* 1 pint vanilla ice cream; melted

* 1/2 cup whipped topping

* chocolate fudge sauce

Method

Finely crush 22 cookies. Mix 1-1/4 cup crumbs and margarine; set aside remaining crumbs. Press onto bottom of 9″ pie plate. Stand 14 cookies around edge of plate, pressing lightly into crust. Scoop chocolate ice cream into balls; arrange in prepared crust. Coarsely chop remaining 6 cookies; sprinkle over ice cream scoops. Spread softened vanilla ice cream evenly over cookie layer; freeze 15 minutes. Top with a layer of reserved cookie crumbs, pressing gently into ice cream. Freeze several hours or overnight. To serve, garnish with whipped topping and chocolate sauce.

Brownie Bites With Magic Frosting

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3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-2/3 cups (10-ounce package) REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips OR 1 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Premier White Chips, divided use 36 pecan halves (optional garnish)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place about 40 foil baking cups (2-inches in diameter) on cookie sheets.

2. Stir together cocoa and oil in large bowl until smooth; stir in sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla; stir in flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Stir in 1 cup peanut butter chips, reserving remaining 2/3 cup for frosting. Drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into baking cups.

4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or just until set and small cracks appear on surface. Remove from oven; immediately place about 6 reserved peanut butter chips on center of each brownie.

Let stand several minutes to soften; swirl melted chips with knife or spatula.

5. Garnish with pecan half, if desired.

Makes about 3 dozen brownies.

Pear Witch Project Recipe

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A Halloween edible craft from Family Fun. However, we might do this on a snow day now.

By seesko

15 min | 15 min prep

SERVES 1

* 1 fresh green pear (makes 2 heads and noses)

* 2 raisins (eyes)

* chocolate chips (1 for wart)

* red apple (mouth)

* canned chocolate frosting

* ice cream, cone (hat)

* soft chocolate cookies, we used an Archway Dutch Cocoa Cookie (hat)

* carrot, and grater (hair)

1. Cut the pear in half lengthwise and remove the core (a parent’s job). Place one pear half on a plate as shown.

2. Slice a piece off the top of the pear, cutting away from the forehead at an angle. Shape that piece into a nose; carve a notch into the witch’s face to hold it, and set it in place.

3. Attach the eyes and wart by carving small circles in the face to hold them.

4. Cut a grin from the red apple.  Carve out an area on the face to hold the grin, and put it in place.

5. To make the hat, use frosting to glue the cone to the cookie. Let the frosting harden a bit, then place the hat on the head.

6. Grate lengths of carrot hair and tuck them underneath the hat.

7. Tip: If your child is too young to handle a knife, cut the nose and mouth and have him assemble the face with frosting.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 (317g)

Recipe makes 1 servings

Calories 99

Calories from Fat 1          (1%)

Amount Per Serving       %DV

Total Fat 0.2g     0%

Saturated Fat 0.0g           0%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g

Trans Fat 0.0g

Cholesterol 0mg               0%

Sodium 1mg       0%

Potassium 205mg             5%

Total Carbohydrate 26.5g             8%

Dietary Fiber 5.2g             20%

Sugars 16.9g

Protein 0.7g        1%

Vitamin A 38mcg              0%

Vitamin B6 0.0mg             2%

Vitamin B12 0.0mcg         0%

Vitamin C 6mg   11%

Vitamin E 0mcg                 2%

Calcium 15mg    1%

Iron 0mg              1%

Witches’ Hats Treats

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3 tablespoons Margarine; or butter

40 large Marshmallows; 10 ounce or 280 g

1/2 cup Peanut butter; 125 ml

6 cups Rice Krispies?; 1.5 liter

1-1/2 cups Semisweet chocolate chips; 375 ml

White decorator icing

Assorted candies

Melt margarine in large micro-wave safe bowl on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat with margarine. Cook on high 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring after 45 seconds. Stir in peanut butter. Immediately add cereal; mix lightly until well coated. Press into greased 9×13″pan. Cook chips in small micro-wave safe bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until smooth when stirred, stirring every minute. Spread melted chips on marshmallow and rice cereal mixture. Cool. Cut into tall triangles so that the treats look like witches’ hats. (You may want to leave a thin base along the bottom of the triangle to resemble the brim of a witch’s hat.)

Decorate with decorator icing and candies, if desired.

NOTES : In the picture for these hats they have outlined the hat and brim with white icing and then across the middle draw 2 lines with a little orange square to look like a buckle above the brim.

Recipe by:  The Daily Gleaner – October 97

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #858 by “Linda G.” on Oct 21,

Servings: 24

Wicked Cupcakes

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From Food Network Kitchens

Recipe categories: Dairy, Buttermilk, Fruit, Coconut, Lemon,

Photo: Wicked Cupcakes Recipe

Rated 4 stars out of 5

Total Time: 2 hr 10 min

Prep 45 min

Inactive 1 hr 0 min

Cook 25 min

Yield: 12 cupcakes, 2 cups frosting

Level: Intermediate

Cupcakes:

1-1/2 ounces fine-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup prune juice

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1/3 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 drop food coloring (green), optional

Chocolate wafer cookies

Licorice strips

Toasted coconut

Small candies

Special equipment: 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with paper liners

Directions

For the cupcakes:

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 300 degrees F.

Set liners in muffin cups.

Put the chocolate and prune juice in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on low power, stirring occasionally, until completely melted.

Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg and yolk with an electric hand mixer at high speed until slightly thick and lemon colored, about 3 minutes. Slowly add buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to eggs, beating until thoroughly combined.

Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.

Divide the batter among muffin tins, filling them 1/2 of the way. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean and the tops spring back when pressed gently, about 25 minutes.

Cool the cupcakes in the tin on a rack for 10 minutes then remove from the tin and cool completely.

For the frosting: Beat the butter, peanut butter, and cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and milk mixing until the frosting is smooth.

Add food coloring as desired. Refrigerate the frosting until firm.

To decorate the cakes:

For the witches hat, score a circle in the middle of a cupcake. Cut a deep cone-like shape with a knife held at an angle. Rotate the cupcake to complete the circle and remove the center. Repeat with all the cupcakes. Generously scoop or pipe enough frosting into the center of each cupcake to fill the hole and to come over the cake to make a face.

Top with a chocolate wafer cookie. Put a dot of frosting in the middle of the wafer cookie and invert the cone shaped piece of cake on top to make a witches hat. Use skinny licorice, toasted coconut or cereal flakes for hair and candies for eyes and/or nose. Refrigerate for up to 30 minutes before serving.

Witch’s Hat Chocolate Cupcakes

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3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/3 cups water

ORANGE CREAM FILLING (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 350°F. Line muffin cups (2 1/2-inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.

Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl on high speed of mixer 3 minutes.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

Prepare ORANGE CREAM FILLING.

Cut 1 1/2-inch cone-shaped piece from center of each cupcake; reserve. Fill each cavity with scant tablespoon filling. Place reserved cake pieces on filling, pointed side up. Refrigerate before serving.

Makes 2  1/2 dozen cupcakes.

ORANGE CREAM FILLING:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup marshmallow creme

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice

Red and yellow food color (optional)

Beat butter in small bowl; gradually beat in marshmallow creme. Add powdered sugar, orange peel and vanilla, beating until blended.

Gradually add orange juice and food color, if desired, beating to desired

consistency. Makes about 1 1/3 cups filling.

Witch Hat Cake

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Five layers of round cakes support a pointed ice cream cone to make this Towering witch hat.

Witch Hat Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) package 2-layer white cake mix

Green or orange food coloring (optional)

8 inch wooden skewer

1 rolled sugar ice cream cone

2 (16-ounce) cans chocolate fudge frosting

Halloween candies and/or large yellow and white gumdrops

Grease and flour one 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pan and one 9 x 9 x 2-inch square baking pan.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions adding green or orange food coloring to batter, if desired. Bake according to package directions. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Trim tops of cakes as necessary to make even thickness. Cut a 5-inch circle,    3 1/2-inch circle, 2 1/2-inch circle, 2-inch circle from the square cake layer. Stuff some of the cake scraps into the ice cream cone to fill. Place a small amount of frosting in the middle of a cake plate.

Place the 9-inch round cake layer on frosting and press gently to secure (this helps hold cake in place while frosting). Place about 1/3 cup of the frosting in the center of cake layer and spread to a 5-inch circle. Place the 5-inch round of cake on top. Spread about 1/4 cup frosting in the center of this cake layer and top with the 3 1/2-inch round of cake. Spread more frosting and add the 2 1/2- and 2-inch cake rounds. Insert an 8-inch wooden skewer down through cake layers for added support. Attach the ice cream cone on top with additional frosting. Frost cake and ice cream cone with remaining frosting (see tip). Decorate as desired with Halloween candies and/or gumdrop moons and stars.

Makes 1 cake (12 servings).

Gumdrop Moons and Stars: Use a rolling pin to roll out gumdrops on sugar-coated waxed paper. Cut out moon and star shapes with hors d-oeurvre cutters. Dip cutters in sugar to prevent sticking.

To spread frosting more easily onto sides of cake: Fill a small resealable plastic bag with about 1 cup frosting. Snip off one corner and pipe frosting onto cake sides. Spread evenly.

ABRACADABRA Hats!

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They are super simple to make; just a can of Crescent rolls, some pizza sauce, a dash of herbs, a few  pepperoni and YUM!

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SUKKOT

Posted on October 13, 2011. Filed under: Brownies, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Cookies, Cupcakes, Dairy, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Ethnic Recipe, Family, Fish, Honey, Jello, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, Menu, My Ramblings, Pears, Pineapple, Recipes, Sukkot, Sukkot Recipes, Traditions, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetables, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


The holiday of Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. Known in rabbinic literature as Ha-Chag–“the holiday”–the themes of Sukkot are clearly of high importance in Jewish theology.  Sadly, many Jews, including myself, really don’t celebrate it.  Perhaps we have a festive meal and perhaps we are lucky enough to be invited to eat dinner in a sukkah (open air booth) built by a friend or family member.  Or perhaps our synagogue has a communal meal to celebrate that we can take part in.  In part it is the fault of our school system here in the U.S.  In part it is the fault of today’s world.  And in part, it is the fault of our parents and/or of us.  We have to take so much time off for Rosh  Hashanah and Yom Kippur that we tell ourselves (and it is probably not far from the truth) that we will be fired if we take too much time off from our jobs, even if it is for religious reasons.  At one time employers may have been more sympathetic to our needs, but not any longer.  Our children are allowed to miss only so many days a year and here in the North that means we have to plan missed snow days.  Don’t forget that kids get sick, especially during the winter, as we adults also do.  Doctor appointments, dental appointments, “tummy ache” days, they all add up.  So how can we allow our children to take time off?  Even if we did insist they take the time off, how are they ever going to catch back up with the other kids, let alone bypass them in the race for college scholarships, let alone college admittance?  So our observance of Sukkot, the most beautiful of our holidays, and one of the most important of our holidays takes a back burner to the secular world and our secular lives.  I am glad to say that more and more people that I know do take the time to build their own personal sukkahs and take the time to celebrate.  Last year Paul and I were invited to our Cousin Susan’s sukkah along with many other people.  Susan is the hostess with the moistest and her sukkah and sukkah party were no exception.  This year we have been invited to our good friends’ The Sterns, sukkah for an intimate family dinner.  We are hoping that the weather will be with us so we can at least do the ceremonial part of the meal in the sukkah, if not have our entire meal out there beneath the stars.  I know in Kingston, my step-son-in-law and grandson are helping to build their synagogue’s sukkah and will be celebrating there with the temple family.  My mom will be going to my Aunt’s house or my cousin’s house.

The symbolism of the sukkah is a strong reminder of the dwellings of the biblical Israelites as they wandered in the desert for 40 years after the exodus from Egypt. In this manner, these temporary dwellings return us to a different time in our development and remind us of our journey to nationhood.  That answers the question “is Judaism” a nation?  Yes, in part it is.

Another symbolic definition of the sukkah is that it binds us to G-d as we recall our dependence on him for our daily needs and we celebrate all that he does for us.  We are commanded to be joyous during the whole holiday period (7 days) of Sukkot. We are told that it is a worse sin to be sad during this period than to have a sip of water on Yom Kippur.  I had no idea until I started writing this article of just how important Sukkot is in Judaism.

People take great pride in decorating their sukkah, but it is always decorated with fruits and greenery to remind us that Sukkot is a harvest holiday.  I went rummaging through the Net to find some pictures of the coolest sukkahs.  Here are some I think gives you an idea of the different types of sukkahs you can find.

This is a very basic sukkah.  I found it at the Mont Clair Jewish Organization’s website.

This picture is of a pre-fab sukkah that you can purchase.  I found this picture at Tzvee’s Talmudic Blog.

This is a great example of a sukkah decorated with fruits and greens.  Click on the photo to go to HWPS Organization’s website.

This is my favorite.  I love that it is decorated with colorful paper chains like the ones I made as a child in addition to the fruit and grains.  I was very impressed with the article on Sukkot that this photo was a part of.  Click on to the website after you finish reading my article.  This sukkah, I think is in Israel.  The website is called “Israelity.com.”

“There is also a commandment in the Torah for each person to take the fruit of a “goodly tree,” later interpreted as a fruit called an etrog (citron). Along with this fruit, one must collect certain tree branches and rejoice before God. We therefore take a palm branch and connect to it myrtle twigs and willow branches. There are beautiful narratives in rabbinic literature that discuss the symbolic images of the etrog and lulav (as the combination of the palm, myrtle, and willow is collectively known). They include parallels to the Jewish matriarchs and patriarchs as well as to the body and soul of each individual Jew.”[1]

There are other themes but my typing time is running out and I do want to share a Succot Menu and recipes with you.  For more information, click on the footnote and read the article where I found most of my information.  This menu is for a buffet meal.  The recipes are included for menu items that have an asterisk at the end of the name of the item.

DISCLAIMER:  The only photos that look like the recipes they go with are the Mandel Bread and the Russian Tea Cookies and the mini cupcakes.  Where I could, for the graphics, I attached links to them.

Just click on the picture.

SUCCOT MENU

Raisin Challah for the Blessing

Wine for the Blessing

Tossed Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Smoked White Fish Salad purchased from a Kosher Deli or a grocery store that carries it

Egg Salad OR Deviled Eggs

Crackers

Aunt Hushie’s Salmon Balls served with Rice*

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna*

Luchshen Kugel*

Molded Fruit Salad*

Al Fuchsman’s Mandel Bread (cookies)*

Chewy Brownies*

Russian Tea Cookies*

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Icing*

Coffee, Tea, Fruit Punch or Soft Drinks, Water

Aunt Hushie’s Salmon Balls

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1 pound Salmon plus liquid

1 small Onion; grated

1 small Carrot; grated

2 Eggs; beaten

1/2 cup Matzah Meal OR Corn Flake Crumbs

Salt

Pepper

Dash of Nutmeg

MUSHROOM SAUCE:

1 Onion; diced and browned

1/2 cup diced, cooked Carrots & liquid

1 small can Mushrooms & Liquid

1/8 teaspoon Ginger

1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg

Salt

Pepper

3/4 cup Ketchup

3/4 cup Water

Mix salmon & liquid, small onion, small carrot, 2 eggs, matzah meal, salt, pepper and dash of nutmeg together and allow to set for 10 mins.

With WET hands, form into small balls (golf size balls), roll in crumbs and fry quickly.  Drain on paper towels.

SAUCE:

Mix together all sauce ingredients. Pour sauce into GREASED baking pan.  Place patties on sauce and heat in 350 degree oven UNCOVERED for 20-30 mins.

This is a wonderful recipe for brunches and luncheons. We have made many times and always get raves.  This was first made for us by my Aunt Hushie and it was Helen Schiller’s recipe (a friend of my Aunt’s) from my older edition of Rochester Hadassah Cookbook.  Please note that Aunt Hushie taught me to make this recipe in the large disposable aluminum 9×13-inch pans.  If you place the patties by the markings on the side of the pan, it works perfectly.  Also note that whenever my Aunt or I have made this recipe, we usually triple it.  I’ve made it for showers and other special occasions, so I think it is perfect for a dairy meal for Sukkot. ~Marilyn aka Softa123

 

 

 

Fruit Noodle Kugel          

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1 (16 ounce) package broad egg noodles

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2-1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 pound butter

2 grated Winesap apples

2 grated pears

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2-1 c. white raisins

Cook noodles in boiling salted water 25-30 minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water. Add butter to noodles and mix until melted. Add sugar,eggs, cinnamon, fruits, juices and raisins. Mix gently. Pour intogreased 9 x 13 x 2 inch Pyrex dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2hours, depending upon crustiness desired. Serve warm or cold.

Softa123’s aka Marilyn’s Note:  I have not tried this recipe yet, but I think it sounds perfect for Sukkot as it features pears in addition to the normal apples and raisins.  Also, what is nice about this recipe is that it is parve, so it can be eaten with either a dairy or a meat meal.

 

 

 

 

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

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By: preciousmom

PRECIOUS MOM’S NOTE:  “My first try with a vegetarian lasagna.”

Prep Time: 50 Min

Cook Time: 45 Min

Ready In: 1 Hr 35 Min

Servings: 9

Ingredients

1 pound eggplant, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms cut into 1/4 inch slices

3 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices

1 onion, chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 (15 ounce) container reduced-fat ricotta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 eggs, beaten

1 (26 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce

1 can of Italian diced tomatoes

12 no-boil lasagna noodles

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

3 tablespoons minced fresh basil

Directions

Line two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans with foil.  Place all vegetables (except onions) in a zip lock back with the oil, salt and pepper. Shake the bag to make sure everything is coated and let sit for 5 minutes.

Place eggplant and mushrooms on a pan. Place the zucchini on the second pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Turn vegetables over. Bake 15 minutes longer. Remove eggplant, onions and mushrooms.

Bake zucchini 5-10 minutes longer or until edges are browned.

Sauté onion in a skillet with olive oil. Add in the tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and egg substitute. Spread about 1/4 cup pasta sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Layer with four lasagna noodles (noodles will overlap slightly), half of ricotta cheese mixture, half of vegetables, a third of pasta sauce and 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with half of basil. Repeat layers. Top with the remaining noodles and pasta sauce.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until edges are bubblyand cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Molded Fruit Salad          

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1 pkg. lemon Jell-O

1 c. hot water

1/2 c. creamy cottage cheese

1/2 c. broken walnut meats

1/2 c. maraschino cherries, quartered

1 c. crushed pineapple, well drained

1 c. heavy cream, whipped

Dissolve gelatin in hot water; chill until partially set. Fold in cottage cheese, whipped cream, walnuts, cherries, and pineapple. Pour into pan and chill until firm. Cut in squares and serve on lettuce.

Al Fuchsman's Mandel Bread

 

Al Fuchsman’s Mandel Bread

Source:  The Washington Post, November 28, 2007

  • • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • • Course: Dessert, Snack

Summary:

“Many cultures and cuisines have their own version of this crisp bread that is eaten as a cookie. Dotty Fuchsman says her husband’s is “world famous” because they have taken it to England and Israel.
The mandel bread can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks; the Fuchsmans prefer to wrap it well and freeze it for up to 2 months.”

Makes 64 to 100 slices/cookies

Ingredients:

• 1 cup canola oil, plus more for greasing the baking sheets (optional)

• 5 cups bread flour

• 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 cup whole raw unsalted almonds, cut into 3 pieces per nut

• 3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins

• 5 large egg whites, plus 1 whole egg

• 2 teaspoons almond extract

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1/3 cup water

• Juice of 1 medium lemon or lime (2 to 3 tablespoons)

• Cinnamon-sugar mixture, for sprinkling

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet with canola oil or nonstick cooking oil spray.

Combine the bread flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, almonds and dried cranberries or raisins in a large bowl.

Combine the egg whites, egg and oil in a separate bowl; blend well. Add the almond and vanilla extracts, water and citrus juice. Add to the bowl of dry ingredients; mix and knead the dough until it achieves the consistency of putty. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form them into bars on the baking sheet, roughly 3 inches by 12 inches by 3/4 inches thick, spaced apart so they do not touch. Bake for about 20 minutes, and then transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes; the bars will be warm and slightly set.

Meanwhile, position an oven rack 4 to 5 inches from the top broiling element and preheat the broiler. Have ready 2 large, same-size baking sheets.

Use a very sharp knife to cut the bars into 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch slices; there should be about 16 to 25 slices per bar. Working in batches, lay the bars flat on a baking sheet (about 36 should fit snugly on 1 sheet) and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Toast under the broiler for 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are brown and the sugar has melted. Remove from the oven and carefully place a second baking sheet on top of the toasted slices. Use oven mitts to hold the sheets together and carefully flip over; remove the top baking sheet so that the untoasted second sides of the slices are exposed. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and return to broil for 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the slices to a wire rack to cool thoroughly; the slices should be crisp.

Original Recipe Source:

From Annandale resident Al Fuchsman.

Nutritional Information:

66 calories, 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 2mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 8g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, n/a sugar, 1g protein.

I love brownies...all kinds of brownies!

Chewy Brownies

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Ingredients:

6 medium eggs, beaten

3 cups of sugar

2-1/4 cups of flour

1 cup of melted margarine

6 tablespoons of cocoa

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1-1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 large packet of walnuts, broken

Preparation Instructions:

Combine the melted margarine, cocoa, and the sugar.  Add the six beaten eggs.

Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder and add to other mixture.  Add the vanilla and broken walnuts.

Bake in a greased and floured 18*12 inch jelly roll pan at 375°F (190°C) for 20 minutes.

Russian Tea Cookies...Yummy in my tummy!

Russian Tea Cookies

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1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening

2 cups Flour

4 tablespoons Sugar

1/2 cup Butter OR Margarine

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1-1/2 cups Nuts; ground

Confectionary Sugar

Cream shortening, margarine and sugar. Add vanilla extract, flour and nuts. Form little balls of dough with teaspoon of batter. Place on UNGREASED cookie sheets.

Bake 30 minutes at 300 degrees. After cooling for 15 minutes, roll balls in confectionery sugar.

Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  These are delicious and addictive!!  I  first made this recipe for my eldest nephew, Dov’s, Bar Mitzvah. That was About 15 years ago if I did the math correctly, and I’ve been making them ever since.  I do suggest doubling the recipe.  You won’t regret it!  This is one of my all-time favorite cookies!  Recipe came from the “Rochester Hadassah Cookbook.”

 

I have to try this recipe, don't you?

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Icing

 

“Simple, two ingredient recipe”.

 

1 box spice cake mix
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin

Mix both ingredients together thoroughly and fill mini cupcake liners almost to the top. These cupcakes will not rise that much and will not shape naturally. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, checking with the toothpick test.

For the icing:

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar, as needed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. cinnamon
4 oz. Hershey’s cinnamon chips, melted and cooled

Whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the bowl when necessary. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon mixing until incorporated. Add the melted cinnamon chips and whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Then, ice the cupcakes!

Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Source: http://www.sprinklemassacre.com/2011/10/06/mini-pumpkin-spice-cupcakes/

NOTE FROM SOFTA123:  I apologize for not posting this article sooner but real life interrupted.  I hope that this will not happen again, but I know better than to say never!


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