Snickers cheesecake

Ingredients

1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
3 tbsp margarine, melted
24 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unbleached all-purp. Flour
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini snickers bars cut into chunks (about 16 mini-bars)

How to prepare

Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9″ spring form pan. Bake at 350

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Herbed focaccia

Ingredients

1 pkg dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water (105-115f)
2 1/3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup light-tasting olive oil

2 lg garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
kosher salt
1 tbsp fresh chives, snipped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450f. Fifteen minutes before baking focaccia, put rack in center of oven. If you have 2 ovens, preheat both; otherwise bake focaccias in sequence, one after the other. Generously oil 2 lg baking sheets, preferably black steel. Stir yeast and sugar into warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Mix flour, cornmeal and salt in food processor fitted with metal blade (can also be kneaded with mixer dough hook or by hand). Turn on processor. Slowly pour yeast mixture through feed tube. Also pour 2 tbsp oil through. Process until dough cleans inside of work bowl but is still moist. If it sticks, add a little flour; if it’s dry, add a little water. Once dough is moist but not so wet that it sticks to sides of bowl, process until uniformly kneaded, elastic and supple, about 40 seconds. Transfer dough to lg plastic food bag, squeeze out air and seal at top, allowing room for dough to expand. Let dough rise in warm spot until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down; use immediately or refrigerate overnight. Combine remaining 6 tbsp oil, garlic and dried herbs. Gently heat until warm (not hot) on stove top or microwave oven. Divide dough in half. Let rest 5 minutes. On floured board, roll each piece into about a 12″ round. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Prick surface with fork. Brush with oil mixture, including edges. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake, one at a time, until very lightly browned around edges only, about 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Check after 2 minutes in oven; prick any air pockets with fork. Brush with any remaining oil, including edges. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and pepper flakes. Can be baked in advance and frozen. To do so, cool completely, freeze and then wrap airtight. Let thaw in wrapping. To reheat, place in cold oven and set at 300f. Bake until hot, about 5-7 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Yield: 2 12″ focaccias.

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Corn and roasted pepper soup

Ingredients

2 medium onions, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 stick butter
1 large red bell pepper, chopped, roasted
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped, roasted
2 large tomatoes, chopped and preferably roasted
4-1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
5-6 cups rich chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sweet paprika salt to taste 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 sprigs epazote

1-1/2 tbsp grated cheese per bowl (queso fresco, monterey jack)
6 corn tortillas, cut & fried to make chips
1/2 poblano or anaheim chile per bowl, roasted, peeled, cut into strips
avocado wedges for garnish

How to prepare

Saut

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Chicken Breasts in Chardonnay

Ingredients

5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 cup of chardonnay
5 tart apples (macintosh are best)
pine nuts (optional)
poultry seasoning
dill weed

How to prepare

Marinate the chicken in the wine overnight. Set the chicken in a pan and dust lightly with dill and poultry seasoning. Pour a little of the wine over the chicken breasts Slice the apples and layer over the chicken. Scatter pine nuts over the top. Bake at 350 until the chicken is cooked through, about half an hour.

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Chicken stock, by julia child.

Ingredients

2 qt or so raw and/or cooked chicken bones and scraps
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup celery
1 medium imported bay leaf

8 parsley stems
5 peppercorns

How to prepare

Chop the bones and scraps into 1″ pieces and bring to the simmer in a saucepan (3 qt stainless steel suggested) with water to cover by 1″ and salt. As a simmer is reached, gray scum will rise to the surface for several minutes; skim it off occasionally until it most ceases to rise. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover the pan loosely and simmer 1 1/2 hrs., Adding a little water if the liquid evaporates to expose the ingredients. Strain through the sieve into a bowl, an degrease. To yield about 2 quarts

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Starbucks’ date scones

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup bran
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter; chilled
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup chopped dates

How to prepare

Combine the all-purpose and whole wheat flours, the bran, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cut in the butter. (or combine in a food processor, just until crumbly.) Add the egg, buttermilk and dates; do not overmix. (if the dough seems too sticky to work with add a couple more tbsp flour.) Shape the dough into a rectangle about 1″ thick on a floured surface. Cut into 12 triangles. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet in a preheated 350-degree oven about 25 minutes. Cool on a rack
yield: 12 servings

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Medford pear bread

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp softened butter, divided
1 egg, well-beaten
1 cup + 2 tbsp gran. Sugar, divided
1 cup peeled, diced fresh pears
1/2 cup red wine (can substitute grape juice)
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
2. In a medium skillet, saut

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Spicy marinade for shrimp

Ingredients

24 shrimp, large, cleaned
1 cup vinegar, rice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
2 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp oil, sesame

1 salt
1 tsp chili paste

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients and marinate shrimp for 30 minutes. Thread 3 shrimp onto a water-soaked bamboo skewer and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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Peanut butter dog treats

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 medium eggs
3 tbsp natural crunchy peanut butter (100 per cent peanuts with no added salt or sugar)
2 tbsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup rolled oats
non-stick or air-pocket cookie sheet

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees f.
2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
3. Beat the liquid ingredients and peanut butter together in a separate bowl. (note: before adding the peanut butter, pour off and discard any extra oil that may have settled out.)
4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and blend with electric beater until well-mixed.
5. Form the dough into a ball, and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
6. On floured board, roll out dough to 1/4″ thick. Cut dough with pig-shaped (or other) cookie cutter.
7. Bake cookies for 20 minutes at 400 degrees f (until firm), then turn off the oven and leave the biscuits inside the oven to cool (this makes the biscuits crispy).
Prepared 11/23/94 by susan wallack, creator of daisy’s delights gourmet doggie treats. From: mike n maty

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