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Gorgonzola Truffles

Ingredients 4 oz. cream cheese, softened 4 oz.  crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 2 teaspoons finely  chopped onions ½ teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce ¼ teaspoons ground black pepper ½ cup cooked and crumbled bacon Apples and pear slices Grapes Preparation Beat first five ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until well-combined.  Cover lightly, and chill at…

Crispy Black Forest Granola

Ingredients 6 tablespoons  butter 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 cup maple syrup 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Heaping 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 cups quick-cooking/instant oats, such as Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats (do not use regular old-fashioned oats) 1-3/4 cups crispy rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies 1/2 cup almonds, sliced or chopped coarsely 1/2 cup pecans,…

Rick’s Gluten Free Lasagna

Gluten free pasta is tricky. Undercooking it means crunchy pasta and overcooking it turns the pasta into mush!   I purchased a box of Jovial lasagna noodles because the cooking direction on the box indicated that the noodles were to be used dry.  While I was wary about using dry pasta, the result was remarkable…

Beef Burgundy

Ingredients 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 carrot, diced 1 onion, diced Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups red wine, young and full-bodied (like Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, Bordeaux or Burgundy) 2 to 3 cups brown beef stock 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 cloves…

Miriam’s Mexican Casserole

2 small or one large package yellow rice (Vigo…..with saffron) 1lb ground beef 1 15oz can diced tomatoes 1 package taco seasoning mix 1 cup shredded cheddar 1 cup milk 1 can cheddar cheese soup (Campbells) Make rice according to package directions brown meet and add taco seasoning Stir in tomatoes (undrained) bring to simmer…

Smoky Butternut Squash Salad

1 medium-large butternut squash, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces 1 red onion, peeled and halved then sliced thinly. 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 12 oz. bag frozen whole kernel corn (roasted corn kernels works very well) 1/2 c dried cranberries 4 tbsp olive oil 1/2 – 1 tsp chipotle in adobo (available in…

Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash

Ingredients 1 lb chuck, cut into bite size cubes 1 tbsp flour Salt and pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp sweet paprika 2 tsp crushed caraway seeds 1 onion chopped 2 cups chicken stock Optional: 1 carrot and 1 parsnip, peeled and diced to bulk it out 1 green pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped…

Holiday Cranberry Relish

Ingredients 1 12 oz. package of cranberries, washed and culled 1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple 1 6 ox. can frozen orange juice, undiluted 3/4 C sugar 1/2 t cinnamon 1/2 T whole cloves 1 C raisins 1 C pecans, chopped and lightly toasted Method Rinse and sort cranberries. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Combine juice,…

Ground Beef Marrakesh

The spices in this dish blossom only when they are cooked for about 30-40 minutes. The result is a delicate flavour that will appeal to the most discriminating taste!Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 large red onion, finely minced 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, sliced and diced 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 jalapeños (optional) 1…

Cauliflower Snap

You’ll love the snap of this dish! It will be the hit of the dinner!Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds) 2 teaspoons ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground coriander ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional) 1 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2-3 Tablespoons cooking oil Method Preheat the…

Traditional Honey Cake

Ingredients 3 eggs 1 C sugar 1 lb. honey 4 C sifted flour 4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp allspice 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground cloves 2 C cold coffee 1/4 lb. raisins 2 oz sliced almonds Method Beat eggs till light. Add sugar…

Brisket

Ingredients 4 lb. brisket 2 large onions, roughly chopped 1 clove garlic 1/2 C water 2 bay leaves salt and pepper ot taste Method Place brisket in a covered dutch oven with the water, onion, garlic and seasonings. Bake for 3-3 1/2 hours.

Honey Cake

Ingredients 2 eggs 1 C honey 2 1/2 C unsifted flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 C vinegar 1 C strong cold tea 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 C oil 1/2 C raisins 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional) In a mixing bowl blend eggs, sugar, oil and honey. Combine the flour, baking…

Amazing Coconut Pie

Ingredients 2 C milk 3/4 C sugar 1/2 C biscuit mix 4 eggs 1/4 C butter at room temperature 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 1/3 C coconut Method Preheat oven to 350F.  Combine milk, sugar, biscuit mix, eggs and vanilla.  Mix for 3 minutes.  Pour mix into a greased pie place (or 8×8 pyrex dish).…

Zippy Beets

Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds golden or red beets, trimmed and halved horizontally 1 1/4 cups water Salt and pepper 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest Method 1. Place beets, cut side down, in single layer in large sauté pan or Dutch oven. Add water and ¼…

Spaghetti Squash Salad #1

Ingredients 1 spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs) , baked, seeded and shredded 1/2 lb good ripe cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half 4 oz goat’s milk feta, crumbled Good quality extra-virgin olive oil Juice of one lemon 1 tsp dijon mustard Salt and pepper Method Preheat oven to 350. Cut the squash in half and…

Spaghetti Squash Salad #2

This brightly flavored salad adds a nice touch to any meal!3-4 pounds spaghetti squash baked, seeded and shredded (about 4-5 packed cups of cooked squash shreds) 1/2 lb good ripe cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half The dressing juice of 1 large or 2 small lemons 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar Good quality extra-virgin olive oil Additions…

Cold Weather and Cooking

Cold weather and snow always make me want to cook!.  It has just begun to snow in Alexandria, and the weather guessers forecast 4-7 inches of snow before tomorrow morning!  I just added recipes for chicken curry and black bean chili, both perfect meals for the cold weather!  

Congo Squares

Congo Squares were very popular a few years ago. I almost forgot about them until I ran across a recipe for a blondie that looked very familiar. I remembered congo squares and immediately went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients!3/4 cup butter, melted 2 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar 3 eggs 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour…