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Mother’s Day Recipes – Mother’s Day Cake

Mother’s Day Recipes – Mother’s Day Cake

SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY CAKE

INGREDIENTS:
Cake Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Almonds; Skinned
6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate; Chopped
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
6 oz. unsalted Butter
6 large Eggs; Yolks and Whites Separated
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

Icing Ingredients:
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
2 tsp. Instant Espresso or Coffee Powder
8 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate; Chopped

DIRECTIONS:
Toast almonds in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a 350
degree oven for about 15-minutes or until the almonds are
lightly colored and fragrant. Make sure to shake the pan
occasionally to turn almonds while toasting.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9-inch
spring form pan with a non-stick cooking spray. Dust lightly
with flour or very fine, dry bread crumbs. Shake out any
excess and set prepared pan aside. Warm chopped chocolate
in the top of a small double boiler over warm water set at
moderate heat. Cover until partially melted, then stir until
smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Reserve 1/2
cup sugar and place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the
almonds in a food processor or blender and chop until nuts
are fine and powdery. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter until soft. Add 1/4
cup of sugar and reserve the remaining 1/4 cup sugar for
use later. Beat sugar and butter until thoroughly combined.
Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and continue to beat until
smooth. Add the melted chocolate and blend on low speed until
combined. Add almonds and continue to beat mixture on a low
speed setting.

In a clean bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites with
salt and lemon juice. Start on low speed and gradually
increase until the egg whites hold a soft shape. Reduce speed
again and add remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Then on high speed,
beat egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into
the chocolate mixture about one-third at a time until blended.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared spring form pan an
quickly rotate to level the batter. Bake for 20-minutes at
375 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to
bake an additional 50-minutes. Remove cake from pan when cooled,
after about 1-hour.

To prepare the icing, scald the heavy cream in a saucepan
over medium heat until a thin skin forms on the top. Add the
espresso or coffee powder and whisk to dissolve. Add the
chocolate and whisk to dissolve, for about a minute or two.
Remove from heat and continue to stir to finish melting the
chocolate. Let icing cool for about 15-minutes, then pour
over the top of the cake, starting at the center. Gently push
the icing with a spatula over the sides to dribble down the
cake. Top with shaved chocolate, or whipped cream just prior
to serving. A fresh strawberry is an optional garnish with
each served slice.

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May 8, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Cake Recipes, Cooking, Cooking and Food, Events, Famous Recipes, Food, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Famous Chicken Cobbler Casserole

Chicken Cobbler Casserole

This dish combines the robust flavors and cheesy bread topping of French onion soup with chicken pot pie. Serve with a green salad tossed with fresh citrus, sliced avocados, toasted pecans, and bottled raspberry vinaigrette.

6 Tbsp. melted butter, divided
4 cups cubed sourdough rolls
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 medium-sized sweet onions, sliced
1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup white wine or buttermilk
1 (10 3/4oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup drained and chopped jarred roasted bell peppers
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1. Toss 4 Tbsp. melted butter with next 3 ingredients; set aside.

2. Sauté onions in remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over
medium-high heat 15 minutes or until golden brown. Add mushrooms, and saute 5 minutes.

3. Stir in wine and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 5
minutes or until bubbly. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch square or 11 x 7 inch baking dish; top evenly with bread mixture.

4. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until casserole is golden brown.

Makes 4 servings.

May 6, 2009 Posted by | Cooking and Food, Famous Recipes, Recipe, Recipes | , , | Leave a comment

Famous BLT Burritos

BLT Burritos

8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
2 cups bite-size pieces lettuce
1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup tomato, chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
6 flour tortillas (8″ in dia.)

Toss all ingredients except tortillas. Equally divide the bacon mixture on each tortilla.

Fold up bottom third of each tortilla; roll up to form cone
shape with folded end at bottom. Yield: 6 servings.

April 5, 2009 Posted by | Cooking, Cooking and Food, Famous Recipes, Food, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Potato Hot Dog Salad

Potato Hot Dog Salad

Salad
3 medium russet potatoes (about 2-1/2 lb.), cooked, peeled and diced
1 lb. good quality hot dogs, grilled and cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup celery, finely diced
1 cup cucumber, peeled and finely diced
1/4 cup onion, finely diced

Olive Oil Dressing
1/4 cup olive oil, + additional olive oil, if necessary
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
2 TB fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper

Mayonnaise Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. dill weed
12 tsp. salt
Dash ground black pepper

Toss the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Season the salad with salt
and pepper, to taste. Add the dressing of your choice to the salad, and toss lightly. Yield: 6 servings.

April 4, 2009 Posted by | Cooking, Cooking and Food, Famous Recipes, Food, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Cream Cheese Apple Pie

Cream Cheese Apple Pie

2 9-inch unbaked pastry-lined pie shells
8-oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
4 cups chopped Granny Smith or other tart apples
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter (should be cold)
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make the topping: combine the sugar, flour and butter in a
shallow bowl. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut the
ingredients together until crumbly. Stir in the pecans.

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, caramel topping, sugar, flour,
cinnamon, vanilla and salt andbeat until a smooth batter is formed.
Add the egg and beat until well mixed. Add the apples and stir
with a wooden spoon until well mixed.

Pour the mixture into the pastry-lined pans, dividing evenly. Bake
the pies for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees and
bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the topping evenly over the pies and continue to bake for
an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until golden; cool slightly.

To serve, cut pie into wedges.
Makes Two 9-inch pies

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Cooking, Cooking and Food, Famous Recipes, Food, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Baked Apples with Granola

Baked Apples with Granola
Good-for-you apples and oat-filled granola bars create a homey dessert. The microwave makes it extra-easy.

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:15 min
Makes:4 servings

2 large crisp apples (such as Braeburn, Gala or Fuji)
2 tablespoons raisins or sweetened dried cranberries
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons butter or margarine, softened
4 Nature Valley® crunchy granola bars (2 pouches from 8.9-oz box) (any flavor), crushed
Milk, cream or fruit-flavored yogurt, if desired

1. Cut apples in half lengthwise. Using spoon, remove and discard cores, making at least a 1-inch indentation in each apple half. In microwavable pie plate, arrange apple halves, cut sides up. If needed, cut thin slice off bottoms to keep halves from tipping.

2. Fill each apple half evenly with raisins and brown sugar; dot with butter. Cover with microwavable plastic wrap, folding back one edge 1/4 inch to vent steam.

3. Microwave on High 5 to 6 minutes or until apples are tender. Top each with granola. Serve with milk.

Did You Know
Traditional baking apples such as Granny Smith, Rome Beauty and Greening can also be used for a less-sweet taste.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Appetizer Recipes, Famous Recipes, Recipe, Recipes | , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Beefy, Zucchini and Rice Casserole

Beefy, Zucchini and Rice Casserole

3/4 lb. ground beef
1 TB butter
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 green onions, sliced (white and green parts)
1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/2 cups cooked rice
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup (4 oz.) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded, divided

In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté beef until no longer pink.

Add butter, zucchini, mushrooms and onions; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Drain.

Stir in the chili powder, salt and garlic powder. Add the rice, chilies, sour cream and half of the cheese.

Transfer to a greased 2 quart baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° F., for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Famous Recipes, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Hot Crab Dip

Hot Crab Dip

1 cup crabmeat, cooked and flaked*
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tsp. horseradish
2 TB mayonnaise
2 TB milk
1 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. Tabasco hot sauce
Paprika

1. Mix all ingredients except paprika with a fork until well blended.

2. Place in a casserole dish and sprinkle with paprika.

3. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

4. Serve with crackers.
*Notes: You can substitute lobster meat for the crab meat.

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Famous Recipes, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Joanie’s Baked Shrimp

Joanie’s Baked Shrimp

3 lb. (21 count) headless shrimp (peelings on)
2 sticks of butter, melted
2 tsp. Creole seasoning
1 tsp. Worcestershire
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder, or to taste
1 onion cut in half and thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup Italian Dressing (your favorite)

Heat the oven to 350º F.

Rinse shrimp. You can leave the tail shell on or clip it off to allow seasonings to enter. Mix all ingredients and let sit for about 15 minutes.

Put shrimp in a baking pan, and pour seasoning mixture over them. Stir them well, to coat the shrimp with the seasonings.

Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Serve with hot French bread to sop up the gravy.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Cooking and Food, Famous Recipes, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Standing Rib Roast Recipe

Standing Rib Roast

1 (6 to 7 lb.) standing beef rib roast, well trimmed
3 TB Dijon mustard
1-1/2 TB fresh tarragon, chopped OR 1-1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
3 cloves garlic, minced

Shallot Gravy
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/3 cup minced shallots
1 TB flour
1 cup beef broth

Preheat the oven to 450º F. Place the beef, bone side down, in a roasting pan.

Combine the mustard, tarragon and garlic in a small bowl; spread over the beef. Roast 10 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 325º F. Roast until an instant read meat thermometer inserted in the center of the beef, not touching bone or fat, registers 145º F., about 20 minutes per pound for
medium.

Transfer the beef to a cutting board; cover with foil. Let stand for 15 minutes. The internal temperature will continue to rise 5º F., to 10º F., during standing time.

To make the gravy: Pour 1 tablespoon fat from the roasting pan into a saucepan; discard the remaining fat. Place the roasting pan over 2 burners and add the wine. Cook over medium heat 2 minutes, scraping
up the browned bits.

To the fat in the sauce pan, add the shallots and cook over medium heat until softened. Add the flour and stir 1 minute. Add the wine mixture from the roasting pan and the broth; cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Strain into a gravy boat; discard the solids.

Serves: 8. Nutrition Information:
Per serving (without gravy) = 387 Calories, 44 g Protein, 22 g Fat (8 g saturated), 1 g Carbohydrates, 259 mg Sodium, 129 mg Cholesterol, 0 g Fiber.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Cooking and Food, Famous Recipes, Recipe, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment