Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This pumpkin swirl cheesecake has a delightful swirl of chocolate, and as we all know, pumpkin and chocolate are a pair you just can’t resist. It’s easy, scrumptious, and perfect for the holidays or all year round. The chocolate requires an extra step but otherwise, this is as easy as most other cheesecakes. Ingredients 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 16-ounce can pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups) 4 large eggs 1/2 cup whipping cream 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon …

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Festive Fruit and Oat Refrigerator Cookies

These festive fruit and oat refrigerator cookies are the perfect semblance of a fruit cake wrapped into a tasty cookie, and they’re perfect for the holidays because you can make the dough ahead of time and leave it in the fridge until you need it. This cookie is a winner. A Refrigerator Cookie that Doesn’t Spread We wanted a cookie that wouldn’t spread too much so that we could decorate the edges of the cookies. We used oatmeal and confectioners’ sugar for that. (We love oats in cookies anyway and the cornstarch in the confectioners’ sugar reduces spread.) The granulated …

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Six Great Snacking Cheeses to Serve with Fruit

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Finding a snack that is quick, easy, and not too unhealthy can be hard to do. Sometimes the simple foods are the best . . . and there is nothing better on so many occasions than fresh fruit and cheese. It makes a party better, it makes a great mid-afternoon snack, it’s a wonderful appetizer, and it goes well in a packed lunch. But there are so many cheeses to choose from. We’ll help. Here are our favorite snacking cheeses to serve with fruit—apples, grapes, pears, and more. Snacking Cheeses to Pair with Tart Fruits …

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How to Make a Skillet Breakfast

Plus, how to make crispy hash browns. My oldest son and his family were in town from Minnesota. We stopped at a country diner for breakfast. Half of our party ordered omelets and the rest ordered skillet breakfasts. They were good; made of crispy hash browns with onions and bacon and then topped with scrambled eggs and cheese. Back in the test kitchen, we tried to replicate the diner’s skillet breakfast. We got close. Here’s the recipe. This will feed two or three hungry people. Ingredients 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated 1/2 sweet onion such as Walla Walla, …

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Kids’ Party Munch

This works as an after-school snack, as trail mix, or as an after-lunch dessert.  Collaborate with your child to use the ingredients that he or she likes best. 2 cups Chex-type cereal 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries 1/2 cup M&M’s 1/2 cup roasted peanuts Options: Any of the following may be added or substituted in the recipe—other nuts, coconut, miniature marshmallows, peanut M&M’s, dried fruit, or miniature pretzels. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Store in a tightly covered container. Printable Version

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How to Ship Cookies

Loved ones away from home always appreciate cookies. It tells them that you care. You invested time and effort, not just money. It reminds them of home baking from days gone by. Choose sturdy cookies to ship. Wrap cookies loosely and individually in plastic. Package them in small containers. If you want to ship a lot of cookies, use several smaller containers and place them in a bigger box. Cushion the smaller boxes in packing “peanuts” or crushed newspaper. If you frost cookies, make the frosting firm so that it won’t smear. The addition of meringue powder will make you …

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Swedish Rice Pudding

This elegant rice pudding is topped with a delicately browned meringue. This is a popular Christmas pudding from Sweden. The Swedish tradition is to insert an almond in the dessert. The person that gets the almond will be married in the coming year. Some Swedish pudding recipes include cinnamon either mixed in the pudding or sprinkled on the top sometimes in the shape of a cross. Other recipes include orange zest or lingonberries. Ingredients 4 cups milk 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup uncooked rice 5 large egg yolks 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 …

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Really Good Chocolate Cake

Sometimes nothing but a very fudgy chocolate cake will do. This may be our favorite, moist and rich and chocolaty. It’s perfect for a special occasion or a birthday cake. Anyone that likes chocolate will love this cake. This rich cake goes well with vanilla ice cream or a whipped topping. You’ll get rave reviews when you serve this chocolate cake. It’s made with butter and sour cream for a moist, rich cake. The frosting is a soft, whipped frosting. For the cake: Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate 2 1/2 cups cake or all-purpose flour 2 1/4 …

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Christmas Cookie Wreaths

We’ve invited a guest baker this week–our friend, Nancy Rogers, the proprietor of Nancy’s Kitchen and Abby’s Recipes.  We asked her what her favorite holiday cookie recipes are.   This is one of two that she recommended. Visit The Cookie Center Free articles and recipes | Free E-books | Tips | Tools | Ingredients Christmas Cookie Wreaths 3/4 c. butter 1 (16 oz.) bag marshmallows 7 c. corn flakes Green food coloring Blue food coloring Red hots Melt butter in pan. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Add food coloring until mixture is a nice “holly” green. Remove from heat and …

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Baked Rice Pudding Recipe

This is a marvelous rice pudding recipe, really a custard pudding that includes rice. The eggs set while baking just as in a custard dessert or pie. We like this pudding with dried cranberries or craisins. Not only do the cranberries give the pudding a little zip, the cranberries make for a very attractive presentation. If you are looking for a Christmas pudding recipe, add this one to your arsenal. This pudding is a great way to use leftover rice. Check out the wholesome ingredients in the recipe. Ingredients 4 large eggs 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract …

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Baked French Toast with Caramel Sauce

This makes a scrumptious breakfast or brunch, perfect of the holidays or for guests.  It’s not difficult and chances are, you can make it from the ingredients you have on hand.  The dish can be assembled and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days in advance and then just pop it in the oven on your busy morning. Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 cup brown sugar 8 slices white bread 5 large eggs 1 cup cream 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla flavor 1 teaspoon butter rum flavor (or use a second teaspoon of …

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Christmas Butter Cookies

This is the other Christmas cookie that Nancy recommends. Christmas Butter Cookies 1 c. butter 1 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 2 1/2 c. sifted flour 1 tsp. cream of tartar 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt Directions: 1. Cream the butter, add the sugar gradually, and cream the mixture until fluffy. 2. Add the unbeaten egg and vanilla and beat well. 3. Sift together the dry ingredients and blend them into the creamed mixture. 4. Chill dough about an hour. 5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Roll on the dough on a well-floured pastry board to 1/4 …

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Festive Stuffed Pork Chops

This is a festive way to serve pork chops especially suited for the holidays but good year around.  This is another apple stuffed pork chop recipe but with a touch of orange and cinnamon and few raisins.  We think your family will enjoy this recipe.  Ingredients 1 1/4 cups dry bread cubes 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup chopped apple 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons raisins 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon orange zest 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 4 (3/4 inch thick) pork chops 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper Directions Make dry bread cubes made by toasting bread until it …

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Pink Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint is such a nice combination. These are a nice rich chocolate cookie with pink peppermint frosting—great for holidays or special occasions. We half-dipped our cookies in frosting but you could also frost the whole cookie or drizzle peppermint icing across the top. Visit The Cookie Center Free articles and recipes | Free E-books | Tips | Tools | Ingredients Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted 1 1/4 all-purpose flour sugar For the glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar a few drops …

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How to Ship Cookies

Loved ones away from home always appreciate cookies.  It tells them that you care.  You invested time and effort, not just money.  It reminds them of home baking from days gone by. Choose sturdy cookies to ship.  Wrap cookies loosely and individually in plastic.   Package them in small containers.  If you want to ship a lot of cookies, use several smaller containers and place them in a bigger box.  Cushion the smaller boxes in packing “peanuts” or crushed newspaper. If you frost cookies, make the frosting firm so that it won’t smear.  The addition of meringue powder will make you …

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Home Happiness Cake

We thought we would end this week with this little homily.  We found it in an old cookbook that we brought back from Alaska, Out of Alaska’s Kitchens, published by the Easter Seal Society for Alaska Crippled Children and Adults, Inc., in 1976.  Here’s the recipe: Home Happiness Cake 1 cup common sense 1 1/2 cups love 1 1/2 teaspoons mutual confidence 1/2 cup justice 1. To these ingredients, add two large portions of sense of humor, beaten separately. 2. Spice to taste with fun and nonsense. 3. Bake in moderate oven of warm approval. 4. Ice with generous appreciation.

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Eleven Secrets for Great Burgers

Originally we wrote this up as eight secrets. We’ve discovered a few more. Remember these secrets for your next patio party and you’ll have great burgers. 1. Start with the right meat. Buy your meat from a butcher you trust. Avoid the lean and extra lean burger which is great for casseroles but too lean for burgers—you need the fat for flavor and juice. Your meat should be fresh. Ask the butcher when it was ground and avoid meat that was not ground in the last few hours. 2. Don’t handle the meat unnecessarily. Too much handling makes for tough …

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Baked Rice Pudding Recipe

This is a marvelous rice pudding recipe, really a custard pudding that includes rice. The eggs set while baking just as in a custard dessert or pie. We like this pudding with dried cranberries or craisins. Not only do the cranberries give the pudding a little zip, the cranberries make for a very attractive presentation. If you are looking for a Christmas pudding recipe, add this one to your arsenal. This pudding is a great way to use leftover rice. Check out the wholesome ingredients in the recipe. Ingredients 4 large eggs 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract …

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Candy Popcorn Easter Eggs

Make adorable popcorn balls that don’t just look great, but taste fabulous as well. These popcorn eggs make the perfect Easter treat, and kids will love to form the balls. We made these Easter eggs with Marsden and Bathe Flavors such as huckleberry, green apple, apricot, cherry, blueberry, and root beer. Experimenting with flavors is half the fun. We then used Americolor food coloring gels to make our Easter eggs bright and festive. These colors are nine times more concentrated than liquid food gels and they come in 27 colors, so you can make endless varieties. How to make candy …

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Rosette and Timbale Set

View Larger Image Price: $18.18 Quantity: In Stock & Ready to Ship Part #: TN3286 Enjoy a Scandinavian tradition and delicacy! Make rosette cookies and crackers. Use the timbale molds to make party shell entrees and party shell desserts. The instructions tell you how. Comes with six molds and rosette iron. Heavy metal construction Impress your family and friends with this rosette and timbale set. Make Scandinavian cookies and crackers.  Make desserts and entrees, even hors d’oeuvres.   Enjoy a Scandinavian tradition and delicacy!  Make rosette cookies and crackers.  Use the timbale molds to make party shell entrees and party …

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