Golden Peach Pie
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
5 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches (about 5 medium)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; trim even with edge of plate. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, orange peel and extract. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg and salt. Add to peach mixture; toss gently to coat. Pour into crust; dot with butter.
Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; make decorative cutouts in pastry. Set cutouts aside. Place top crust over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Brush pastry and cutouts with milk; place cutouts on top of pie. Cover the edges loosely with foil.
Bake at 400° for 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 8 servings.
Recipe found here: Golden Peach Pie
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Sunshine Sponge Cake
9 eggs, separated
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced fresh lemon verbena leaves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
LEMON BUTTER FROSTING:
4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
Daisies and additional lemon verbena leaves, optional
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks on high until thickened and lemon-colored. Add water, lemon verbena and vanilla. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Beat for 4-5 minutes or until mixture doubles in volume.
Combine flour and baking powder; sprinkle 1/4 cupful over batter and fold in until combined. Repeat with remaining flour mixture; set aside.
In another bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Pour into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert the pan; cool completely. Run a knife around sides of pan and remove cake to a serving plate.
In a bowl, cream 2 cups sugar, butter, lemon juice and extracts. Slowly add remaining sugar. If needed, beat in a small amount of water until the frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake.
Garnish with daisies and lemon verbena if desired. Yield: 14 servings.
Editor’s Note: Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.
Recipe found here: Sunshine Sponge Cake
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Stuffed Pork Chops
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms
4 green onions, finely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1 tablespoon butter
1 small tomato, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 slices day-old white bread, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
4 bone-in pork loin chops (1 to 1-1/2 inches thick and 7 ounces each)
In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the mushrooms, onions and celery in butter until vegetables are tender. Add the tomato, marjoram, garlic salt and pepper; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in bread cubes.
Cut a large pocket in the side of each chop. Stuff mushroom mixture into pockets. Place chops in an ungreased shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or meat is no longer pink. Yield: 4 servings.
Recipe found here: Stuffed Pork Chops
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Beef & Spinach Lo Mein
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound beef top round steak, thinly sliced
6 ounces uncooked spaghetti
4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 green onions, sliced
1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 red chili pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Remove 1/4 cup mixture to a large bowl; add beef and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature 10 minutes.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil. Add half of the beef mixture; stir-fry 1-2 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan. Repeat with an additional 1-1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining beef mixture.
Stir-fry water chestnuts and green onions in remaining canola oil 30 seconds. Stir in spinach and remaining hoisin mixture; cook until spinach is wilted. Return beef to pan; heat through.
Drain spaghetti; add to beef mixture and toss to combine. Sprinkle with chili pepper. Yield: 5 servings.
Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Recipe found here: Beef & Spinach Lo Mein
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Beefy French Onion Potpie
1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed French onion soup
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in soup; bring to a boil.
Transfer to an ungreased 9-in. deep dish pie plate; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with biscuits. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until biscuits are golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.
Recipe found here: Beefy French Onion Potpie
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Coffee Ice Cream Pie
30 chocolate wafers, crushed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup coconut
3 tablespoons finely chopped cashews or macadamia nuts
1 quart (4 cups) coffee ice cream, slightly softened
1 cup hot fudge topping, warmed
Whole cashews or macadamia nuts, if desired
1 In medium bowl, mix crushed chocolate wafers, butter, coconut and chopped cashews. Press mixture in bottom and side of 9-inch glass pie plate; refrigerate 15 minutes. Carefully spoon softened ice cream into chilled crust. Cover and freeze about 2 hours or until firm.
2 Top individual servings with fudge topping; garnish with whole cashews. Cover and freeze any remaining pie.
To make cutting the pie easier, remove it from the freezer about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle each slice with chocolate-covered coffee beans.
Recipe found here: Coffee Ice Cream Pie
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Hearty Cheese Tortellini
1/2 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
In a small skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the marinara sauce, tomatoes and mushrooms. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through.
Prepare tortellini according to package directions; stir into meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Recipe found here: Hearty Cheese Tortellini
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