Hard Candy

Ingredients

3 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 jar flavored oil can be purchased at local drug/grocery/food stores
food coloring (your choice of color)

How to prepare

Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in lg saucepan. Cook on med heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly, stop stirring once sugar dissolves. Insert candy thermometer and bring to a boil, heat until temperature reaches 310*. Remove from heat, stir in oil and food coloring (to desired shade). Poor onto cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and powdered sugar. Let cool completely, break and enjoy!

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Best apple- cranberry- nut muffins

Ingredients

2 cups apples, peeled, shredded
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup cranberries, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup black walnuts, chopped
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp double-acting baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil

How to prepare

In a lg mixing bowl, combine apples and sugar. Gently fold in chopped cranberries, carrots, and nuts. Combine dry ingredients; add to mixing bowl. Mix well to moisten dry ingredients. Combine eggs and oil; stir into apple mixture. Fill 18 greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans. Yield: 18 muffins

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Vermicelli frittata with eggplant

Ingredients

1 lb eggplant, trimmed
1 tbsp salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into small dice
1/2 cup brine-cured black olives such as gaeta, pitted and cut into slivers

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1/2 lb vermicelli
4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

Cut eggplant into 1/4″ dice and sprinkle with the salt. Drain eggplant, weighted with a plate topped by several cans, in a colander 45 minutes. Rinse eggplant well and squeeze dry by handfuls. Drain eggplant on paper towels. In a heavy skillet cook garlic in 3 tbsp of oil over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Add bell pepper and cook, covered, until softened. Add eggplant and cook 10 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Stir in olives and basil. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook vermicelli until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss vermicelli with eggplant mixture and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In a 12″ non-stick skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Cold beef salad

Ingredients

1 head red leaf lettuce
1/2 sweet onion
1 carrot
1 cup cooked, cold shredded beef
6 mushrooms sliced thinly
1/4 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or jack or parmesan)

Freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

Clean and tear the lettuce into bite size pieces. Slice the onion very thinly. Slice the carrot very thinly. Toss all the ingredients together. Toss with the blue cheese dressing, grind pepper over the top and serve.

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Chinese beef jerky

Ingredients

3 lb flank steak – or london broil marinade 8888
1/2 cup light soy sauce
4 1/2 tbsp honey
4 1/2 tbsp dry sherry
6 large garlic cloves – minced
1 1/2 tbsp ginger – fresh, minced
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tbsp red pepper – crushed dash freshly ground white pepper

How to prepare

Cut meat in half lengthwise and slice diagonally crosswise into paper-thin strips 1-1/2 to 2″ wide and 4″ long. Transfer to shallow pan. Combine marinade ingredients and rub thoroughly into meat. Arrange meat on racks and let dry at cool room temperature overnight (do not refrigerate). Preheat oven to 250

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Fajita Burritos

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb sirloin or round steak, sliced thin
1 onion, sliced thin
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
dozen flour tortillas

How to prepare

Place thin sliced beef in slow cooker. Top w/onion and bell pepper. Add next 4 ingredients. Cook on low 6 hours. Spoon fajita mixture on warm tortilla with sour cream and avocado. (Other condiments-lettuce, tomatoes,grated cheese, black olives, salsa. ) Serves 8-10

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Western barbecue jerky

Ingredients

1 tsp salt
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1 lb lean meat

How to prepare

Slice meat into long strips 3/16 to 1/4″ thick uniform slices. Remove excess fat. In a sm bowl, combine all Ingredients except meat stir to mix well place meat 3 or 4 layers deep in a glass, spooning vinegar mixture over each Layer cover tightly marinate 6 to 12 hours in the refrigerator, stirring Occasionally and keeping the mixture tightly covered. Place the meat strips on Drying racks do not overlap the strips to ensure good air circulation oven Temperature should be 140 to 160 f (60 to 70 c) for the first 8 to 10 hours after That it may be lowered to 130 f (55c) until dry place aluminum foil or a baking Sheet underneath the drying tray to catch the drippings occasionally blot the jerky With paper towels as it dries to remove beads of oil test jerky for dryness by Cooling a piece when cool it should crack when bent but not break there should be no Moist spots

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Gingerbread muffins

Ingredients

1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup molasses
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp ground ginger
2 cups whole-wheat flour

How to prepare

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add molasses. Sift flours, baking soda. And spices. Add alternately with buttermilk. Stir in raisins. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

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