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Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

Ingredients
6 cups crumbled corn bread
2 cups white bread cubes, toasted
1 cup Diamond of California Chopped Pecans
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound bulk pork sausage
2 tablespoons butter
2 large tart apples, diced
1 cup diced celery
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups chicken broth

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the bread, pecans and seasonings; set aside. Crumble sausage into a large skillet; cook over medium heat until no longer pink; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels.

Add butter to drippings; saute the apples, celery and onion until tender. Add to bread mixture. Stir in sausage and enough broth to moisten.

Spoon into a greased 3-qt. baking dish; cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes. Or use to stuff a turkey; bake according to recipe. Yield: 10-12 servings (about 11 cups).

Recipe found here: Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

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Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon honey
1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
1 Eggland’s Best Egg
1 tablespoon milk
Black paste food coloring
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the pumpkin, confectioners’ sugar, pie spice and honey; beat until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Roll out each pie pastry directly on an ungreased baking sheet to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. cat-shaped cookie cutter, leaving at least 1 in. between cutouts. Remove excess dough and reroll scraps if desired. Beat the egg, milk and food coloring; brush over cutouts. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over cutouts.

Bake at 400° for 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Serve with pumpkin dip. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen black cats(3 cups dip).

Recipe found here: Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Herbed Yorkshire Pudding

Herbed Yorkshire Pudding

Ingredients
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mixed herbs such as chives, thyme, and parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup reserved beef drippings or melted butter

Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place an 8 by 12-inch enameled cast iron baking dish in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until foamy and light. Whisk in the milk until combined. Add the flour, herbs, a big pinch of salt, and some pepper, beat just until the batter is smooth.

Pour the beef drippings into the bottom of the hot pan. Immediately pour in the batter and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes until the pudding is puffy and brown. Serve immediately, it deflates rapidly.

Recipe found here: Herbed Yorkshire Pudding

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Caramel Apple Cookies

Cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Caramel on Top
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping + 1.5 TBSP flour
or
24 square wrapped caramels + 2 TBSP water
{I didn’t have 24 caramels and didn’t want to sit and unwrap them all anyways, so I did the ice cream topping method and it worked beautifully!}
***You’ll also need 18 wooden sticks. I tried both the wide craft sticks and thin popsicle sticks and both worked well!!

Instructions
Heat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In large bowl, beat sugar, butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.

On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/3 inch thick. Cut with an apple-shaped cookie cutter. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have an apple-shaped cookie cutter, use a pumpkin cutter and simple turn it upside down!

On a parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet, place cutouts 2 inches apart. Carefully insert 1 inch of wooden stick into side of each cookie. {Into the stem of the pumpkin.} Don’t let this step scare you, it’s actually really easy! Just take one hand and lightly touch the top of the cookie while you use your other hand to push the popsicle stick in the cookie. You’ll be able to feel exactly where the stick is in the cookie- I tried to push it in until it was almost to the top of the cookie.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely before adding caramel glaze.

If you’re using caramel ice cream topping: mix topping with flour until smooth.

If you’re using caramel squares: In 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and water over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. If caramel glaze becomes too stiff, heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until softened.

Spread top third of each cookie (opposite wooden stick) with caramel glaze. Hold cookie upright to allow glaze to drizzle down cookie. If it’s not spreading a lot, add more caramel! You can also encourage the caramel to spread down one side or another by adding drips to certain sections of the top of the cookie. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.
Allow cookies to sit out about an hour for caramel to harden a bit. Lay flat to store.

Recipe found here: Caramel Apple Cookies

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Creole Black Beans 'n' Sausage

Creole Black Beans ‘n’ Sausage

Ingredients
2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch slices
3 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 cups each chopped onions, celery and green peppers
1 cup water
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
Hot cooked rice

Directions
In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beans, onion, celery, green pepper, water, tomato sauce, garlic, thyme, bouillon, white pepper, cayenne and bay leaves.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaves. Serve with rice. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Creole Black Beans ‘n’ Sausage

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coconut fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup Imperial Sugar® / Dixie Crystals® Granulated Sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1 pound chopped mixed candied fruit
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
Additional candied fruit or nuts, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice. Stir in the candied fruit, coconut, raisins and nuts.

Press into a greased and waxed paper-lined 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 300° for 80-90 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Garnish with candied fruit or nuts if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Coconut Fruitcake

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eggnog

Eggnog

Ingredients
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 whole cloves
Pinch of cinnamon
1 cup cream
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tbsp each of bourbon and rum or brandy, or to taste (can omit for kid-friendly eggnog)
*4 egg whites (optional)

Directions
1 In a large bowl, use a whisk or an electric mixer to beat egg yolks until they become somewhat lighter in color. Slowly add the sugar, beating after each addition, whisking until fluffy.

2 Combine the milk, cloves, and cinnamon in a thick-bottomed saucepan. Slowly heat on medium heat until the milk mixture is steamy hot, but not boiling.

3 Temper the eggs by slowly adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly while you add the hot mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

4 Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, and coats the back of the spoon. It helps to have a candy thermometer, but not necessary; if you have one, cook until the mixture reaches 160°F. Do not allow the mixture to boil, or it will curdle. (If the mixture does curdle you may be able to save it by running it through a blender.) Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove the cloves. Let cool for one hour.

5 Mix in vanilla extract, nutmeg, and bourbon/rum and brandy (feel free to omit for kid-friendly eggnog). Chill.

*Optional: Beat egg whites until they reach soft peaks. Add a teaspoon of sugar and continue to beat until they reach stiff peaks. Gently fold into eggnog. Note, because of the salmonella risk from raw eggs, it is recommended that children, elderly, and people with compromised immune systems refrain from eating raw eggs such as the optional whipped egg whites in this recipe, unless you use pasteurized eggs.
Yield: Makes 1 quart. Serves 4-6.

Recipe found here: Eggno

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