Company Cheesecake

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Company Cheesecake

Combine 1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs, ¼ cup of finely chopped walnuts, ½ tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp sugar and ½ cup butter, melted.  Press on the bottom and up 2/3 of sides of a spring form pan.

Beat smooth 3 well beaten eggs, two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese softened, 1 cup sugar, ¼ tsp salt, 2 tsp vanilla, ¼ tsp almond extract.

Blend in 3 cups of dairy sour cream.  Pour into crust.  Bake at 375 degrees about 35 minutes or just till set; cool.  Chill 4 to 5 hours. 

Serves 12-16

Hot Corn Chili Dip (The Pioneer Woman)

 

Ingredients

5 ears fresh corn, shucked
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced finely
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cans diced green chilies
1 1/2 cups grated pepper-jack cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
3 green onions, sliced thin.
Tortilla chips or pita crisps, for serving

Directions

Heat a grill on medium heat. Grill the corn until lots of the kernels have color. Cut off the kernels and set aside.
If serving immediately, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, jalapenos, onions and green and red bell peppers. Cook for a few minutes, until the peppers get great color on the outside. Add the chiles and stir for 30 seconds. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the pepper-jack, the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and green onions and stir until combined. Add the corn mixture and stir to combine thoroughly. Pour into a small baking dish. Bake immediately, or cover with foil and refrigerate up to 48 hours.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the top and bake until bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or pita crisps.

Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

 

Ingredients
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and finely chopped
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of celery soup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 cups Hawaiian sweet bread, cubed and toasted

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine chicken broth and cranberries; let soak for 30 minutes.
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, pepper and celery; cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently or until tender. Add apples and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
Beat 3 eggs in a separate bowl. Add salt and pepper. Set aside.
In the large bowl with vegetables, stir in chicken broth mixture, celery soup, and cinnamon. Add toasted bread, stirring gently to combine. Add eggs. Spoon mixture into prepared dish and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until center is set.

Oyster Stuffing

 

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Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter

1 medium onion, chopped

3 stalks of celery, chopped

1 tablespoon of chopped green bell pepper

6 cups of cooked, crumbled cornbread

6 cups of dry, toasted bread, crumbled (toasted white bread, leftover biscuits, or rolls)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning optional

1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of sage

1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning

4 to 6 cups of turkey or chicken stock

5 eggs, beaten (or 3 raw, 2 boiled and chopped)

1 quart of oysters, liquid reserved

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch pan with butter or non-stick spray.
Toast the bread in a toaster or in the oven. Remove and set aside to cool. Make a pan of cornbread, remove and set aside uncovered to cool completely. You want the breads to be very dry.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion, celery and bell pepper. Add the salt, Cajun seasoning, pepper, Bell’s seasoning and poultry seasoning. Continue cooking and stirring for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Crumble the cornbread into a large bowl. Add the bread and toss. Add the sautéed veggies, scraping out all of the butter; stir. Pour in 2 cups of the broth and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Add the beaten eggs; stir. Using a pair of kitchen shears, roughly chop the oysters. Add the oysters, with their juices, to the cornbread mixture. This is where you fix the consistency. If you want a fluffy stuffing, you’ll use less stock. If you prefer a wetter stuffing, add additional broth as needed to reach desired consistency, taking care not to get too soupy! Lightly spoon into the casserole dish, but do not pack.
Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. For a moister stuffing baked covered. For a drier stuffing with a crunchy top, bake uncovered.

ROSEMARY-PEPPER ROAST BEEF WITH BUTTER POTATOES

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Ingredients

2 pounds new or other small potatoes

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 tablespoons black or mixed peppercorns

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

4- to 5-pound top sirloin roast (also called top butt or spoon roast), trimmed and tied

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 F.

In a 9-by-14-inch metal (stovetop-safe) roasting pan, combine the potatoes and melted butter. Toss to coat, then arrange in a single layer. Set aside.

In a mini food processor or blender, combine the peppercorns, salt and rosemary. Process until well chopped but not pureed. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Slather the mixture thickly over the entire roast. Set the roast over the potatoes, then cover with foil and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue roasting for another 45 minutes. Reduce the oven to 350 F and roast for another 45 minutes, or until the meat reaches 120 F at the center.

Use tongs to transfer the roast to a serving platter. Cover with foil, then with several kitchen towels to stay warm.

Set the roasting pan with the potatoes over 1 or 2 burners on medium heat on the stovetop. Add the wine and cook, stirring gently, until any browned bits from the bottom of the pan are released and the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Slice the roast thinly, serve with the potatoes. Spoon the pan sauce over the potatoes.

 

SKILLET-GLAZED SPICY SWEET POTATOES

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Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Kosher salt

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, halved or quartered lengthwise, and sliced crosswise 1/3 inch thick

2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Directions

In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, whisk together 1 1/2 cups water, the cumin, paprika, cayenne and about 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the potatoes, then cover the skillet and bring the liquid to a boil. When it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the lid and prick the potatoes with a paring knife. If they are almost tender, remove the lid and increase the temperature so that the liquid boils. If they are not almost tender, cover the potatoes and cook, covered, for another minute or so, then remove the lid.

Boil the liquid until it only comes up the side of the skillet about 1/4 inch. Add the butter, brown sugar and lemon juice, then simmer, stirring gently, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze. Season with salt and serve immediately.

 

Date Bar Cookies

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Ingredients

For the filling

3 cups coarsely chopped dates

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups water

For the crust and topping

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) very cold butter, cut into small cubes
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a nonreactive medium saucepan over low heat, combine dates, granulated sugar, and water. Cook stirring constantly, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Cool completely.

In a large bowl or bowl of an electric mixer, place brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Mix on low speed until combined. While mixer is running, add butter, 1 piece or 2 at a time. Mix until crumb like, with some lumps of butter no larger than pea size. Using your hands, press and flatten half of crumb mixture into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Spread cooled filling over crust. Cover with remaining crumb mixture, patting lightly.

Bake until lightly browned, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into bars while still in the pan. Gently remove cut bars from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Date bars, stored in an airtight container, refrigerate and freeze well.

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Valentine Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp almond extract

8 oz strawberry or raspberry jam, seedless if preferred (preferably freezer jam)

Directions

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder, set aside. In a food processor, pulse almonds with brown sugar until finely ground, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and powdered sugar on low speed until combined, then increase to medium-high and whip until creamy, about 1 minute. Mix in egg, and then blend in vanilla and almond extract. Mix in almond mixture, then with mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour mixture and mix until combined. Form mixture into a ball and drop onto a sheet of plastic wrap, then flatten into a 6-inch round disk, cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dust work surface with flour, cut disk in half and then evenly roll out each portion into 1/8 to 1/6-inch thickness. Cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter, then using a smaller heart shape cookie cutter, cut smaller hearts into the centers of half of the hearts. Carefully transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets (you can run a sharp knife or pastry scraper under cookies to help lift them if needed. Also, chill dough that’s not currently being rolled or baked, the hearts hold their shape better when cold), spacing cookies 1-inch apart. Bake in preheated oven 10 – 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Spread strawberry jam over whole hearts, dust cookies with heart cut centers with powdered sugar then place those cookies over tops. Store in an airtight container.

PECAN PIE COOKIES

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Ingredients

1 prepared single pie crust (homemade or purchased)

2 tbsp butter, melted

½ cup pecans, chopped

1/3 cup brown sugar

¼ cup corn syrup

2 eggs

½ tsp salt

¼ cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips for decorating

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a large non-stick pan, combine butter, pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and eggs.  Cook on stove top over medium-low heat just until thickened, about the consistency of pudding.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Unroll dough and using a 3 inch cookie cutter, cut out circles.  Gently fold about ¼ up on the edges.

Spoon 1 tbsp of the pecan mixture into each circle.

Place onto a parchment lined pan and bake 8 minutes or until the filling is just set.  Remove from oven and cool.

Place chocolate chips in a small Ziploc bag.  Microwave about 15 seconds or until melted.  Snip off a tiny corner of the baggie and drizzle chocolate over the cookies.  Cool until set.

 

PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS

 PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

1/2 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Sugar

48 foil-wrapped milk chocolate pieces, unwrapped

 

DIRECTIONS

HEAT the oven to 375°F.

CREAM together the shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Beat well.

STIR together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Beat on low speed until stiff dough forms.

SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

TOP each cookie immediately with an unwrapped chocolate piece, pressing down firmly so that cookie cracks around edge. Remove from cookie sheets to cool.