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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-oz.) block extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
1/2 (16-oz.) package elbow macaroni, cooked

Preparation
1. WHISK FLOUR INTO BUTTER

Preheat oven to 400°. Microwave milk at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Melt butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute.

2. WHISK IN WARM MILK

Gradually whisk in warm milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened.

3. WHISK IN CHEESE

Whisk in salt, black pepper, 1 cup shredded cheese, and, if desired, red pepper until smooth; stir in pasta. Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Recipe found here: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Seafood Bisque

Seafood Bisque

Ingredients
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
2-2/3 cups 2% milk
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1-1/2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) whole mushrooms, drained
3 tablespoons Madeira wine or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Thinly sliced green onions, optional

Directions
In a Dutch oven, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add the shrimp, crab and mushrooms. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the wine, salt and pepper; cook 2-3 minutes longer. Top with onions if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Seafood Bisque

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
Chocolate frosting and multi-colored sprinkles

Directions
In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with water and buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles. Yield: 16 cupcakes.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Cupcakes

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Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) mini penne pasta
1/2 pound baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced

SAUCE:
5 tablespoons butter
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1-1/4 cups whole milk
1-1/4 cups half-and-half cream
2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1-1/4 cups grated Parmesan and Romano cheese blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

TOPPING:
1/3 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.

For sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add milk and cream; heat through. Stir in the cheeses, salt and pepper until blended. Stir in bacon.

Drain pasta; toss with mushroom mixture and sauce. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.

Combine the bread crumbs, parsley and melted butter; sprinkle over mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Mushroom-Swiss Mac & Cheese

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salisbury steak

The Very Best Salisbury Steak

Ingredients
1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans Campbell’s French onion soup
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ketchup
1 -3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, to taste
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup water

Directions
In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup with ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt and black pepper.

Shape into 6 oval patties.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown both sides of patties.

Pour off excess fat.

In a small bowl, blend flour and remaining soup until smooth.

Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder.

Pour over meat in skillet.

Cover, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serves 6

Note: I add mushrooms in the gravy.

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Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients
4 bacon strips, diced
30 large fresh mushrooms
1 cup onion and garlic salad croutons, crushed
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
1/4 pound ground fully cooked ham
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions
Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.

Remove stems from mushrooms; set caps aside. Finely chop half of the stems (save the remaining for another use). Add chopped stems to drippings with bacon; saute 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Firmly stuff crouton mixture into mushroom caps. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Yield: 15 servings.

Recipe found here: Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

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Hearty Minestrone Soup

Hearty Minestrone Soup

Ingredients
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
2 cups sliced celery
1 cup chopped onion
6 cups chopped zucchini
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups chopped green pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
In a large saucepan, cook the sausage until no longer pink.

Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings.

Saute celery and onion in drippings for 5 minutes.

Add sausage and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Hearty Minestrone Soup

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