Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy CookiesIngredients

1 cup softened butter

1 ½ cups white sugar

1 ½ cups brown sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 ½ cups flour

2 teaspoons soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups sweetened coconut

2 cups chopped almonds

 

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375º. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line sheet pans with silicone mats.
  2. Combine flour, soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla.
  4. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed.
  5. At this point, you may need to transfer the dough to a very large mixing bowl. Stir in the chips, coconut, and almonds until these goodies are well distributed.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons (or use a small ice cream scoop) onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Yield: 6-7 dozen

Rhubarb Cobbler

Rhubarb CobblerIngredients

4 cups rhubarb, cut fine

1¾ cup sugar, divided

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

½ cup milk

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 cup boiling water

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. Put the cut-up rhubarb in a 9” square cake pan.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, cream ¾ cup sugar and butter. Add milk and mix.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into the bowl. Beat until smooth.  Pour mixture over the rhubarb.
  5. In another small bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Sprinkle over the mixture and then pour 1 cup boiling water over the top.
  6. Place cake pan on a baking sheet in case the cobbler boils over. Bake for 1 hour.

 

Yield: 9 servings

Kielbasa with Creamy Mustard Pasta

Kielbasa with Creamy Mustard Pasta2Ingredients

8 oz. penne or other short pasta

1 tablespoon cooking oil

14 oz. Kielbasa, sliced in ¼ inch disks

½ cup sliced green onions

¼ cup dry white wine or chicken broth

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

¼ cup butter

½ cup half and half

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to packaged directions.
  2. Heat cooking oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the sliced kielbasa and cook until it starts to crisp up on each side.  Remove from the skillet onto a paper towel-lined plate.  Drain the extra grease from the skillet.
  3. Return the skillet to the stove. Add the onions and wine/broth, letting it bubble and loosen the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.  Add the thyme and stir until the liquid is almost evaporated.
  4. Add the butter. Once it is melted, add the half and half and mustard.  Bring it to a simmer and let it thicken a little before adding the Parmesan cheese.  Stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to coat the pasta.
  6. To serve, either mix the kielbasa into the pasta or top each serving of pasta with some sausage

 

Yield:  4-6 servings

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Corn Salad

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Corn SaladIngredients

  • 8 Ears of Corn (olive oil, salt, pepper)
  • 2 Jalapeños – seeds & stems removed, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Chopped Cooked Bacon
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese – softened
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt/Pepper To Taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Coat each ear of corn with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place the ears on the grill and cover. Grill 15-20 minutes, rotating every 2-3 minutes.  Remove from the grill and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. When the ears are cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off into a large bowl. Eight ears should yield about 6 cups of corn.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese with the sour cream. When blended, stir the creamy mixture into the corn.
  6. Add the chopped jalapenos, bacon pieces, and cheese. Stir to combine.
  7. Serve immediately or chill and serve later.

 

Yield:  about 8 cups of salad

Orzo with Feta & Sun-dried Tomatoes

Orzo with FetaIngredients

1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

½ cup dry orzo pasta (4 oz.)

2 tablespoons minced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper

 

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Stir in orzo. Return liquid to a boil.  Cook orzo, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed, 9-12 minutes.  Remove saucepan from the heat.
  3. Stir tomatoes and feta into orzo, mixing until feta melts slightly.
  4. Season orzo mixture with salt and pepper.

 

Yield:  3-4 servings

Butter Pecan Bread Pudding

Butter Pecan Bread PuddingIngredients

8 oz. day-old French bread cut into cubes

1 ¼ cups milk

1 cup half and half (you can substitute whole milk)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

dash of salt

¼ cup softened butter

¾ cup brown sugar

½ cup pecans, chopped

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Place bread cubes in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, beat eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour over the bread and allow to sit 5-10 minutes.  Press the bread into the liquid so it has a chance to soak up the custard.
  4. In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and pecans. The mixture will have the consistency of wet sand.
  5. Pour half of the bread mixture into a greased 8”x8” or 7”x11” baking dish.
  6. Crumble half of the pecan mixture on top.
  7. Spoon the remaining bread mixture over the top.
  8. Finish by topping with the remaining pecan mixture.
  9. Place the baking dish on a cookie sheet to catch spills that may boil over.
  10. Bake for 45-55 minutes.
  11. The center will be slightly jiggly but will set as the pudding cools.
  12. Allow the pudding to cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.

 

Yield:  8 servings

Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Baked Buffalo Chicken PastaIngredients

8 oz. of  uncooked rotini noodles

¾-1 lb. chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

Salt

Pepper

Garlic powder

Italian seasoning

3 tablespoons cooking oil

1 15-oz. jar Alfredo sauce or make a white sauce using 2 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons flour, 15 oz. milk, and salt to taste.  If using a white sauce, add ¼ cup Parmesan cheese to the sauce.

½ bottle (approx. 6 oz.) buffalo sauce

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Directions

  1. Cook noodles until al dente; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a skillet. Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.  Cook in oil until no pink remains.
  4. Prepare white sauce if not using Alfredo sauce. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, melt butter in the microwave.  Stir in the flour and salt.  Add milk and stir.  Cook in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until the sauce thickens and boils.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Add the chicken, white sauce, buffalo sauce, and ½ cup mozzarella cheese to the pasta. Stir to combine.  Pour into a 9”x9” baking dish.  Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over the top.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

 

Yield:  6 servings