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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:38 am

Herbed Corn

12 cups frozen corn
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

In a large saucepan, combine corn and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until corn is tender. Drain; stir in the remaining ingredients. Makes 10-12 servings.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:38 am

Sour Cream Chive Potatoes

5-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, cubed
1/4 cup minced chives
1 teaspoon pepper

Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Drain well.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the potatoes, sour cream, milk and butter. Add the chives, pepper and remaining salt; mix well. Makes 10-12 servings.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:39 am

Sweet Corn Bread

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine the egg, sour cream, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm. Makes 9 servings.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:39 am

Truffle Acorns

2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon water
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup dark chocolate candy coating* (about 1/8 pound)
1/3 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
Slivered almonds

Melt chocolate chips in microwave or double boiler. Stir in cream cheese, water and extract until well blended. Chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle. Shape teaspoonsful into slightly oblong balls with one flatter end; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.

In microwave or double boiler, melt candy coating. Dip the flat end of each acorn about 1/8 in. into the chocolate, then dip in chopped almonds. Insert a slivered almond into the top for a stem. Return to waxed paper to harden. Makes about 3 dozen.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:40 am

Candy Bar Cheesecake

1-3/4 cups crushed chocolate wafers (about 28 wafers)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
6 Snickers candy bars (2.07 ounces each), coarsely chopped, divided
Additional chocolate syrup

In a small bowl, combine wafer crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk, chocolate syrup and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat just until combined. Stir in 2-1/2 cups chopped candy bars. Pour into crust.

Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square);securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a large baking pan. Add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.

Bake for 75-80 minutes or until center is just set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Top with remaining chopped candy bars; drizzle with additional chocolate syrup. Makes 12-14 servings.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:55 am

Caramel Chocolate Trifle

1 package (9 ounces) devil's food cake mix
2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
1 package (7-1/2 or 8 ounces) English toffee bits or almond brickle chips

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for an 8-in. square baking pan. Cool on a wire rack. Prepare pudding according to package directions.

Cut cake into 1-1/2-in. cubes; place half of the cubes in a 3-qt. trifle bowl or large glass serving bowl; lightly press down to fill in gaps. Top with half of the whipped topping, pudding, caramel topping and toffee bits; repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Makes 16 servings.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:57 am

Devil's Food Caramel Torte

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil's food cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 package (7 ounces) milk chocolate turtle candies, chopped, divided
1 tablespoon baking cocoa
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
Additional milk chocolate turtle candies, broken, optional

Line two 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, oil and eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Combine 1 cup candies and cocoa; fold into batter.

Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Remove waxed paper.

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add caramel topping; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in remaining candies.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with chocolate frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; frost top and sides of torte with cream mixture. Garnish with additional candies if desired. Refrigerate until serving. Makes 12 servings.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:58 am

Marinated Turkey

1-1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon pepper
1 turkey (12 to 13 pounds)

Combine the first seven ingredients; set aside 1 cup for basting. Pour remaining marinade into a 2-gal. resealable plastic bag. Add the turkey and seal bag; turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight, turning several times. Drain and discard marinade.

Grill Method: Prepare grill for indirect medium heat. Tuck wings under turkey and place with breast side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, for 1 hour. If using a charcoal grill, add 10 briquettes to coals; turn the turkey.

Baste with reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, adding 10 briquettes to maintain heat and brushing with marinade every 30 minutes until meat thermometer reads 180°. Cover and let stand 20 minutes before carving.

Conventional Roasting Method: Place turkey on a rack in a large roaster. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 180°. Baste frequently with reserved marinade. When turkey begins to brown, cover lightly with a tent of aluminum foil. Makes 8 servings.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:32 am

Cream Cheese-Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup bourbon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Powdered Sugar Glaze (optional)

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until the yellow yolk disappears.
Sift together flour and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with bourbon, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat batter at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla, pecans, and coconut. Pour batter into a greased and floured 12-cup tube pan.

Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 35 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Makes 10 to 12 servings

Note - The bourbon gives this pound cake a wonderful aroma and flavor, but you may substitute an equal amount of milk, if desired.

Powdered Sugar Glaze - Stir together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth, adding another 1 tablespoon milk, if necessary, for desired consistency. Makes about 1 cup

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:51 am

Chocolate-Mint Cake

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (16-oz.) package light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Peppermint Frosting
Chocolate Ganache

Melt chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 30-second intervals until melted (about 1 1/2 minutes). Stir until smooth.

Beat softened butter and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer about 5 minutes or until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add melted chocolate, beating just until blended.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to chocolate mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Gradually add 1 cup hot water in a slow, steady stream, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in vanilla. Spoon batter evenly into 2 greased and floured 10-inch round cake pans.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Spread Peppermint Frosting evenly between cake layers. Spread Chocolate Ganache evenly on top and sides of cake. Makes 16 servings

Peppermint Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar alternately with milk, beginning and ending with powdered sugar. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in peppermint oil. Makes about 3 cups

Chocolate Ganache

1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons butter

Microwave semisweet chocolate morsels and whipping cream in a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl at medium (50% power) 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt. Whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Whisk in butter, and let stand 20 minutes. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 to 4 minutes or until soft peaks form. Makes about 2 cups

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:54 am

Rum Cake

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup dark rum
1/4 cup banana liqueur
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup whipping cream
Rum Syrup
Powdered sugar

Beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla, beating until blended. Add lemon rind, beating until blended. Gradually add rum and banana liqueur, beating until blended. (Batter will look curdled.)

Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients; add to batter alternately with whipping cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat batter at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch Bundt pan.

Bake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Pierce cake multiple times using a metal or wooden skewer. Pour Rum Syrup evenly over cake. Let stand 45 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar before serving. Makes 10 to 12 servings

Note - 1/4 cup dark rum may be substituted.

Rum Syrup

10 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup banana liqueur

Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring often; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and cool 10 minutes. Makes about 1 cup

Note - 1/4 cup dark rum may be substituted.

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  justmecookin on Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:44 am

Roast Turkey with Classic Pan Gravy

1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
1/3 cup spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup packed chopped fresh sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken broth
Classic Pan Gravy

Preheat oven to 450°. Remove giblets and neck from turkey and reserve for Classic Pan Gravy. Rinse turkey with cold water, and pat dry. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between the skin and meat. Combine the mustard, sage, black pepper, and garlic. Rub the mustard mixture under loosened skin. Lift the wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey.

Place turkey, breast side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Pour broth over turkey. Insert a meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch the bone. Place turkey in a 450° oven; immediately reduce the oven temperature to 325° (do not remove turkey from oven).

Bake for 2 hours or until thermometer registers 180°, basting turkey frequently with pan juices. Reserve 3 tablespoons drippings for Classic Pan Gravy; let turkey stand for 25 minutes. Discard skin. Serve with Classic Pan Gravy. Makes 12 servings

Classic Pan Gravy

4 cups water
1/2 cup parsley sprigs
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 medium carrots, each cut into 3 pieces
1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
1 bay leaf
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
Reserved turkey neck and giblets
3/4 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons reserved turkey drippings
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer over medium-low heat until reduced to 2 1/2 cups (about 1 1/2 hours). Strain the stock through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.
Bring the wine to a boil in pan until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes).

Combine flour and turkey drippings in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add to pan; cook over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the strained stock, salt, and ground black pepper; cook over medium heat 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 2 1/2 cups

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  Bakerman on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:01 pm

Pumpkin Roll

Vegetable cooking spray
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Garnishes: powdered sugar, chocolate-coated pecan halves

Coat bottom and sides of a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray, and line with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray; set aside.

Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored; gradually add granulated sugar, beating until well combined. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients. Gradually add to egg mixture, beating well. Combine pumpkin, pecans, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and gradually add to mixture, beating well. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Sift 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a 15- x 10-inch rectangle on a clean, dry dish towel. Run a knife around edges of pan to loosen cake, and turn cake out onto prepared towel. Peel wax paper off cake. Starting at narrow end, roll up cake and towel together; place, seam side down, on a wire rack to cool completely.

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture on cake, leaving a 1-inch border around edges. Re-roll cake without towel, and place, seam side down, on a serving platter. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Garnish, if desired. Makes 8 servings

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  Bakerman on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:10 pm

Festive Pina Colada Cheesecake

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 tablespoon sugar
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
5 large eggs
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup cream of coconut
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup light rum
4 teaspoons coconut extract
Glaze
Garnishes: whipped cream and toasted coconut

Stir together first 4 ingredients, and press into bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of a lightly greased 10-inch springform pan.

Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pineapple and next 4 ingredients, beating until blended. Pour mixture into crust.

Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Spread Glaze over top of cheesecake. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Garnish, if desired. Makes 1 (10-inch) cake

Glaze

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water until smooth. Combine cornstarch mixture, crushed pineapple, 1/4 cup sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Makes 1 cup

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  Bakerman on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:16 pm

Praline-Pumpkin Torte

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
3 tablespoons whipping cream
3/4 cup chopped pecans
4 large eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Whipped Cream Topping
Chopped pecans

Cook first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour into 2 greased 9-inch round cakepans; sprinkle evenly with 3/4 cup pecans. Cool.

Beat eggs, sugar, and oil at medium speed with an electric mixer. Add pumpkin and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; add to pumpkin mixture, beating until blended. Spoon batter evenly into prepared cakepans.

Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks 5 minutes; remove from pans, and cool on wire racks.

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate, praline side up; spread evenly with Whipped Cream Topping. Top with remaining layer, praline side up, and spread remaining Whipped Cream Topping over top of cake. Sprinkle cake with chopped pecans. Store in refrigerator. Makes 1 (9-inch) layer cake

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Post  Bakerman on Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:35 pm

Double Chocolate Bombe

1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs, separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
Chocolate Mousse
White Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Ganache
Garnish: chocolate curls

Process pecans in a food processor until ground; set aside. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add vanilla, beating until blended. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Combine flour, soda, and pecans; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into a well-greased and floured 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool on wire rack. Line a 3-quart mixing bowl (8 1/2 inches across) with plastic wrap.

Cut cake lengthwise into 2-inch strips; line prepared bowl with cake strips, reserving remainder. Spread Chocolate Mousse over cake in bowl; cover and chill 1 hour.

Pour White Chocolate Mousse into bowl over chocolate layer; cover and chill 1 hour. Cover with remaining strips. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Invert bombe onto a cake plate, and spread with ganache. Garnish, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings

Chocolate Mousse

1 cup whipping cream, divided
1 (8-ounce) package semisweet chocolate squares
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cook 1/4 cup cream, chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until chocolate melts. Cool.

Beat remaining 3/4 cup whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold into chocolate mixture. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 cups

White Chocolate Mousse

1/2 cup whipping cream, divided
3 (1-ounce) white chocolate baking squares
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cook 2 tablespoons cream, white chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Cool.

Beat remaining whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold into white chocolate mixture. Makes 1 1/4 cups

Chocolate Ganache

1 (8-ounce) package semisweet chocolate squares
1/4 cup whipping cream

Cook chocolate and cream in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until melted. Makes 3/4 cup

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:30 am

Pork Loin Stuffed with Cranberries and Rosemary

1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice, divided
1 (3-pound) boneless center-cut pork loin
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup port
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350°. Place cranberries in a small bowl; pour 1/2 cup cranberry juice over berries, and soak 10 minutes or until fruit is slightly plumped. Drain, if necessary.

Trim pork loin of excess fat; rinse and pat dry. Slit 1 end of pork loin with tip of a small knife to make a 1/2-inch incision. Use a sharpening steel or handle of a wooden spoon to make a tunnel inside center of pork loin. Combine cranberries and 1 tablespoon rosemary; stuff mixture down tunnel, using spoon handle to push through center. If handle isn't long enough to go all the way through, stuff from both ends. Rub pork loin with 1 tablespoon olive oil, remaining 1 tablespoon rosemary, thyme, sea salt, and pepper.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil with butter in a heavy-duty roasting pan or large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Sauté pork loin, evenly on all sides, 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown. Add port and remaining 1 cup cranberry juice; bring to a low boil, scraping any brown bits from bottom of pan.

Bake at 350°, basting several times, 40 to 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 150°. Remove pork from oven, and place on serving platter. Let rest, loosely covered, 10 to 15 minutes. (Pork will continue to cook.) Remove pork to serving platter.

Whisk together cornstarch and 1 teaspoon pan drippings. Heat remaining pan drippings over medium heat in heavy-duty roasting pan or large skillet. Whisk in cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly; boil 1 minute. Spoon over pork just before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:30 am

Pecan-and-Dried Fruit Baked Apples

1/4 cup chopped pecans
6 large Gala or Rome apples, cored
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons rum (optional)
Garnishes: whipped cream, toasted pecans

Place pecans on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Set pecans aside.
Make 4 evenly spaced vertical cuts through each apple, stopping halfway from bottom. Brush insides of apples with lemon juice. Place apples in a 9-inch pie plate.

Combine 1 tablespoon butter, raisins, and next 4 ingredients. Stuff mixture evenly into apples, pressing into center of each apple. Top evenly with remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Pour cider, vanilla, and, if desired, rum around apples in pieplate.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 20 minutes, basting twice every 30 minutes or until apples are tender. Transfer apples to a serving dish, reserving juices, and keep warm.

Pour juices through a wire-mesh strainer into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is thickened and is syrup consistency. Drizzle over warm apples; garnish, if desired. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings

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Re: Thanksgiving

Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:32 am

Ginger-Lime Sweet Potatoes

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
10 cup thinly sliced peeled sweet potato (about 3 pounds)
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lime rind
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and potato in a large bowl; toss well.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add sugar and next 7 ingredients (sugar through pepper); cook 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Pour over potato mixture; toss well. Spoon mixture into a shallow 2-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray.

Cover and bake at 425° for 55 minutes or until tender. Let stand 10 minutes. Makes 12 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

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Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:34 am

Quince-Glazed Cornish HensR

3 (1 1/4-pound) Cornish hens
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cooking spray
1/2 cup Ruby Quince Marmalade
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Rosemary sprigs (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°. Remove and discard giblets and necks from hens. Rinse hens under cold water; pat dry. Remove skin, and trim excess fat. Working with 1 hen at a time, tie ends of legs together with cord. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under hen. Combine salt and pepper; sprinkle over hens. Place hens on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; bake for 45 minutes.

Combine marmalade and lemon juice in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat 3 minutes. Place marmalade mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Brush hens with marmalade mixture. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until juices run clear, basting occasionally with marmalade mixture. Remove cord; split hens in half lengthwise. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired. Makes 6 servings

Ruby Quince Marmalade

4 cups chopped cored peeled quince (about 4 quinces)
3 cups water
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup (1-inch) julienne-cut lemon rind
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 1 hour and 15 minutes or until thick. (Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.) Cool. Store marmalade in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 1/2 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

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Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:35 am

Apple-Cider Pie

Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/3 cup ice water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chilled stick margarine or butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup vegetable shortening

Filling:
2 cups apple cider
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin-pie spice
7 Braeburn apples, peeled and quartered (about 3 pounds)
Cooking spray
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon sugar

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1/3 cup flour and ice water, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Combine 1 2/3 cups flour and salt in a bowl; cut in margarine and shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Add ice water mixture; toss with a fork until moist. Divide dough in half. Gently press each half of mixture into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap, and cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll one half of dough, still covered, into a 12-inch circle, and chill. Roll other half of dough, still covered, into an 11-inch circle; chill.

To prepare filling, bring cider to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 20 minutes). Cool completely.

Preheat oven to 450°. Combine cooled cider, 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, and pie spice in a large bowl. Cut each apple quarter crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Stir apple slices into cider mixture.

Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from the 12-inch circle; fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray, allowing dough to extend over edge of plate. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Spoon apple mixture into crust, and brush edges of crust lightly with water. Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from the 11-inch circle, and place on top of apple mixture. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap.

Press edges of dough together; fold edges under, and flute. Cut 6 (1-inch) slits into top of pastry using a sharp knife. Combine egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush top and edges of pie with egg mixture, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet, and bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove pie from oven), and bake an additional 45 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 10 servings

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Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:35 am

Angel Biscuits

1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
5 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon stick margarine or butter, melted

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk; stir just until moist. Cover and chill 1 hour. Preheat oven to 450°.

Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 3-inch biscuit cutter. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush melted margarine over biscuit tops. Bake at 450° for 13 minutes or until golden. Makes 2 dozen (serving size: 1 biscuit)

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Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:42 am

Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry topping:
2 cups pitted dark sweet cherries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Crust:
1 1/3 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 9 1/2 cookie sheets)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine, melted
1 large egg white
Cooking spray

Filling:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate minichips
36 dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved

To prepare the cherry topping, place 2 cups cherries in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Combine the pureed cherries, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour cherry topping into a bowl; cover and chill.
Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare the crust, combine crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, and egg white in a bowl; toss with a fork until well-blended. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.

To prepare the filling, combine sour cream, milk, and cheeses in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and eggs; beat well. Stir in minichips. Pour cheese mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 300° for 50 minutes or until almost set (center will not be firm, but will set up as it chills). Turn oven off; cool cheesecake in closed oven 40 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack. Spread cherry topping over cheesecake. Top with cherry halves. Cover and chill 8 hours. Makes 16 servings

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Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:45 am

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

2 teaspoons stick margarine
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 (10 1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups cubed peeled fresh pumpkin (1 pound)
1 cup chopped peeled McIntosh or other sweet cooking apple
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Sage sprigs (optional)

Melt margarine in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add sage, curry powder, and nutmeg; cook 30 seconds. Stir in flour; cook 30 seconds. Add broth, tomato paste, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in pumpkin and apple; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until pumpkin is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Place mixture in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Return mixture to Dutch oven; add milk. Cook until thoroughly heated. Garnish with sage sprigs, if desired. Makes 5 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

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Post  peachcobbler on Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:56 am

Potato Ham and Spinach Gratin

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chopped ham (about 4 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
2 cups milk
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups (1/8-inch-thick) slices Yukon gold potato (about 2 1/2 pounds)
Cooking spray
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese

Preheat oven to 375°. Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; stir in ham, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, nutmeg, and spinach. Combine milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk.

Arrange half of potato slices in an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread spinach mixture over potato slices. Arrange remaining potato slices over spinach mixture; pour milk mixture over top.

Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 15 minutes. Preheat broiler. Broil gratin for 2 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Makes 8 servings

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