How to Make Monte Cristo Sandwiches

This is an old French sandwich circa 1910. It became popular in America in the 1930’s and then seem to drop out of sight in the 1960’s. My dad loved Monte Cristo sandwiches. As a child, it seemed that they were popular in diners and other casual recipes. Either way, they were made with meat, usually ham, and a soft cheese, raspberry jam, and mustard or a hot sauce. They are now a type of sandwich, a meat and cheese sandwich cooked like French toast or deep fried. We’ve maintained the sweet layer with either jam or a flavored honey.

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How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways

How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways Get a FREE Soft Cookie Mix for your ice cream sandwiches! Choose one, add it to cart, and use code “ZSOFT” at checkout. Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways! So much better than the store! You can’t get more than simple chocolate and vanilla ice cream sandwiches from the store; making them yourself is so much better. Get creative! Choose your favorite cookie base and mix and match with the ice cream, the toppings, and even the shape. You can even dip them in chocolate or frosting. So fun and always delicious! Whether you decide to use the ice cream sandwich maker, cut out the cookie shapes from a sheet cookie, or use simple cookies they’re fun to make with the kids and will taste great.

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What Do I Do With My Leftover Pancake Batter?

Get FREE Pancake Syrup! Add it to cart and use code “ZSYR” at checkout. I’m not very good at guessing how much pancake batter I’m going to need for the crew on any given morning. If I guess and made too much, it’s not a big deal—if I’m using a mix. With most mixes, all I do is add water and stir; it’s easier to toss out. But if you’re using a recipe, it is a bigger deal. If you have a recipe or mix that takes 20 minutes prep time or more interesting ingredients (like our favorite Raspberry Sour …

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You’ve Never Dreamed of Cinnamon Rolls Like These!

Years ago, we started making filled cinnamon rolls…filled with everything from maple-flavored cinnamon and butter to lemon curd. Back then we were grabbing any white sandwich loaf bread mix and making cinnamon buns. The bread was simply the carrier for whatever filling we were using. Then one day, a lady was in the store buying a bunch of donut mixes, the raised, glazed type. “Could she really be frying this many donuts?” I wondered. So, I went asked her. “Oh, no,” she said. “These make fantastic cinnamon rolls.” It didn’t take us long to try them. They did make fantastic …

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Pannekoeken, German Pancakes, and Fruit

I’ve often referred to pannekoeken as a Dutch version of a German pancake.  That is, until some nice man said, “There is nothing German” about a pannekoeken! But you can use the same mix.   On our packaged mixes are instructions for both. How to Make Pannekoeken with Fruit Usually, we make pannekoeken and often load it with fruit after baking. It’s how to get the highest, most dramatic pannekoeken.  It’s also very quick—only eleven minutes in our oven. But Debbie in our test kitchen made the apple one above by pouring the batter over the fruit.  It works great but …

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Berry Vanilla Custard Crepes

  A silky, smooth vanilla custard makes a wonderful filling for crepes.  In this case, we made raspberry crepes but you can substitute strawberries or blueberries.  If it’s peach season, make crepes with fresh peaches.  We made a raspberry sauce to drizzle over the crepes.Mix the batter according to package directions. For the crepes Heat a nine-inch crepe pan on medium high heat.  Brush with butter. Measure batter into the hot pan.  Immediately tilt and rotate the pan so that the batter covers the bottom of the pan in a thin layer. Cook until bubbles appear and the bottom of …

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Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream Cupcakes

This cupcake is definitely for raspberry lovers. It is made with a chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips added to the batter. Then we filled them with raspberry pastry filling, frosted them with vanilla raspberry buttercream and topped them off with a fresh raspberry. If you are a raspberry lover, then you will love these cupcakes. The Cupcakes Very Fudgy Baby Cakes cake mix 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips Bake the cupcakes as directed on the package, adding the chocolate chips before baking.   The Filling Raspberry Pastry Filling Clip a corner on the two-pound pack of filling and squeeze …

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Great drinks. Good times. Great Summer.

Steps to making a soda float

GET THESE SYRUPS! Make the best drinks of the summer. Fill a tall glass with ice cream, add little soda pop, then drizzle a dessert syrup on top. Make the best drinks of the summer with ice cream, your favorite sodas, and designer ice cream and dessert sauces. Add chocolate syrup to a root beer float and create the best root beer float of the summer. Easy. Try raspberry syrup with black raspberry pop and vanilla ice cream. Fabulous! 1,000 flavors! 3 easy steps!              1.  Pile some ice cream into a tall chilled glass. …

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Blackberry Peach Skillet Cobbler

with Butterscotch Whipped Cream Blackberries or raspberries and peaches is a classic combination.  These can be made with either fresh or frozen blackberries.  The peaches are best fresh but can be made with canned peaches.  The red currant jelly adds color and zest.  The butterscotch whipped cream is simply whipped cream with brown sugar and butterscotch flavor added. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the butter is melted in a pan on the stovetop, the batter is added, and then the cobbler transferred to the oven to bake.  …

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Blackberry Peach Skillet Cobbler

with Butterscotch Whipped Cream Blackberries or raspberries and peaches is a classic combination.  These can be made with either fresh or frozen blackberries.  The peaches are best fresh but can be made with canned peaches.  The red currant jelly adds color and zest.  The butterscotch whipped cream is simply whipped cream with brown sugar and butterscotch flavor added. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the butter is melted in a pan on the stovetop, the batter is added, and then the cobbler transferred to the oven to bake.  …

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Raspberry Peach Skillet Cobbler

Raspberries and peaches is a classic combination.  These can be made with either fresh or frozen raspberries.  The peaches are best fresh but can be made with canned peaches.  The red currant jelly adds color and zest.  The caramel nut whipped cream is whipped cream with brown sugar, chopped nuts, and caramel flavor added.  Adding nuts to whipped cream puts a nice crunchy contrast to the soft whipped cream.  We served this in our store and it was very well received. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the …

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Tips for a Cheesecake Bar

A cheesecake bar is an excellent way to feed a crowd something special without a lot of work.  They are easy to mix up.  You can usually double the recipe and still mix them in your stand-type mixer.  You can bake two at a time in your oven.  Each large cheesecake should make 12 servings. You can make toppings out of any fruit.  The strawberry topping is likely to go quickest so make twice as much.  Raspberry will be the next most popular. People really like cherry pie filling on a cheesecake.  Buy a couple cans. Buy spray cans of …

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Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

  Chocolate and raspberry makes a wonderful combination. In this case, it makes a scrumptious filling to sandwich between two sugar cookies. The filling is simply a ganache made with raspberry jam. This is a very nice recipe to add to your collection. You can make the sugar cookies alone, without the filling. You can make plain sandwich cookies as we have, or dress them up for a special occasion. For Valentine’s Day, cut the cookies into hearts and decorate them with candies or colored sugar. For Christmas, cut them into stars or other shapes. Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich Cookie Recipe …

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Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate and raspberry makes a wonderful combination. In this case, it makes a scrumptious filling to sandwich between two sugar cookies. The filling is simply a ganache made with raspberry jam. This is a very nice recipe to add to your collection. You can make the sugar cookies alone, without the filling. You can make plain sandwich cookies as we have, or dress them up for a special occasion. For Valentine’s Day, cut the cookies into hearts and decorate them with candies or colored sugar. For Christmas, cut them into stars or other shapes. Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich Cookie Recipe This …

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How to Make Ice Cream Pies with Juice Concentrates

9-inch Stainless Steel Pie Pan Deluxe Non-Stick Rolling Pin The frozen fruit case has so many interesting juices and juice combinations. It’s a shame to relegate them only to the juice pitcher. Instead, try making some great summertime pies. They’re, simple, made with a cookie crumb crust and frozen yogurt or ice cream. Let your imagination begin. This is a great pie. The vanilla nut crust complements the cranberry raspberry filling perfectly. It is an absolutely delightful pie for a special occasion or a warm summer evening. Ingredients 2/3 cup frozen cranberry raspberry juice concentrate, slightly thawed 2 cups vanilla …

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Raspberry Chiffon Pie

Ingredients 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted 1/4 cup sugar 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup frozen juice concentrateof your choice, thawed and undiluted 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 2 drops food color gel of your choice or equal Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if you wish to bake your crumb crust.  Baking helps hold the crust together but is not necessary. In a 9-inch springform pan, mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Make a well in the center of …

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Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients 1 White Cake Mix Ingredients for cake mix 1 Cup Raspberry Tidbits 3/4 cup White Chocolate Chips 1 teaspoons raspberry flavor 1 8-ounce box of cream cheese 1 cup of shortening 1 teaspoon raspberry flavor 1 pound of powdered sugar 2 to 5 tablespoons milk (to desired thickness) Raspberry tidbits for decoration Directions Mix cake mix according to package directions. Add raspberry tidbits, white chocolate chips and 1 teaspooon raspberry flavor to the cake mix. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions and baking times. In a separate bowl, mix together the cream cheese, shortening, and flavor. Slowly add the …

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Toasted Pecan and Pear Green Salad

  This is a restaurant quality salad made with sliced pears, candied pecans, and blue cheese all over a bed of greens.  It is made with greens, a garden type salad served with a dressing.  We used raspberry vinaigrette but you can use your choice. This recipe is sized to serve four.  You may adjust quantities of ingredients to suit your preferences. Ingredients: 1 bag of prepared salad greens, 8 to 10 ounces 2 ripe pears, washed and sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced 3/4 cup glazed pecans 2 to 3 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled Dressing of your choice.  …

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Toasted Pecan and Peach Green Salad

This salad is equally as good as the pear variation.  It is made with greens, a garden type salad served with a dressing.  Instead of blue cheese, we used havarti.  Raspberry vinaigrette is perfect. This recipe is sized to serve four.  You may adjust quantities of ingredients to suit your preferences.   Ingredients: 1 bag of prepared salad greens, 8 to 10 ounces 2 ripe peaches, washed, peeled, and sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced 3/4 cup glazed pecans 1/ 2 cup havarti or other soft cheese cut into 1/4-inch cubes Dressing of your choice.  A vinaigrette works nicely. Directions: …

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Fruit Salad Three Ways

Mixed fruit salads should be easy and showcase fresh fruit.  Any flavors that we add should be background flavors, a pallet for the fruit, and not mask the fresh fruit flavor.  Here we are suggesting three ways to do this: Use a couple teaspoons of honey to sweeten the fruit and serve. Make a cream sauce to drizzle over the fruit Purchase a cream sauce.  Coconut cream syrup is our favorite for fruit salads.  It is very, very good. You can change the fruit in this recipe to whatever is available and to suit your tastes. For the salad: Ingredients …

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