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One-Pot Ribollita

Ribollita means “re-boiled”. This is like a stew.

One-Pot Ribollita

Ingredients

1 (14 oz.) can cannellini beans (or white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
1/4 pound pancetta, chopped
1 large white onion, chopped
1 sweet potato, (baked for 45 minutes at 400º F.) peeled and diced
2 ribs celery, with leaves, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 heirloom tomato, seeded and chopped
1 bunch swiss chard, thinly shredded
1 bunch Tuscan or Black kale, separated from stems, thinly shredded
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 slices stale, white peasant bread (Italian country-style), torn into pieces
2-3 sprigs rosemary
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil; plus extra for garnish
2-3 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
freshly grated Parmesan cheese, garnish

Directions

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add pancetta. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until browned.
Stir in sweet potato, garlic, carrot, onion, celery, rosemary and bay leaf.

Season with salt and pepper and cover pot to cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Add tomato, swiss chard and kale to the mixture, and season with nutmeg. Then add the beans and pieces of bread.

Pour in the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then reduce heat and let simmer until thickened.

Remove from heat, divide into bowls and garnish with more olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

Serves 6

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Decadent Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

Decadent Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

Ingredients
1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)

FILLING:
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Fresh raspberries and chocolate curls, optional

Directions
Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for chewy fudge brownies. Set aside 2/3 cup brownie batter; spread remaining batter into a greased 9-in. springform pan.

Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Bake at 350° for 25-28 minutes (brownies will barely test done). Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla on low speed just until combined. Stir 1/3 cup into reserved brownie batter; set aside. Spoon half of the cheesecake batter into crust; dollop with half of reserved chocolate cheesecake batter. Repeat layers. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.

Place in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until surface is no longer shiny and center is almost set.

Remove pan from water bath and foil. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with raspberries and chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Decadent Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

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Cheesecake Brownie Squares

Cheesecake Brownie Squares

Ingredients
1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting

Directions
Prepare brownie mix batter according to package directions. Spread 2 cups into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish; set aside.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread evenly over brownie batter. Top with remaining brownie batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.

Bake at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (brownies may appear moist). Cool completely on a wire rack. Spread frosting over brownies. Yield: 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cheesecake Brownie Squares

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Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45)
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder

FILLING:
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, melted
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup half-and-half cream
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

TOPPING:
1 cup coffee liqueur
1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips, chopped
16 chocolate-covered coffee beans

Directions
Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.

In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, butter, sugar and espresso powder. Press onto the bottom and 1-in. up the sides of prepared pan.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, melted chocolate, cocoa, cream and flour until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the espresso powder and vanilla. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.

Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.

In a small saucepan, combine liqueur and half-and-half. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until stiff peaks form.

Drizzle cheesecake with coffee syrup; garnish with whipped cream, chocolate and coffee beans. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

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Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 to 3 tablespoons grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup half-and-half cream

FROSTING:
1/4 cup shortening
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
5 to 6 teaspoons 2% milk

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and extracts. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cream. Beat just until combined.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 325° for 15-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat shortening until fluffy. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar , extracts and enough milk to reach spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe found here: Lemon Cupcakes

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Grinch Punch

Grinch Punch

Ingredients
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons water
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
12 drops neon green food coloring
1 bottle (2 liters) lemon-lime soda, chilled
2 pints vanilla ice cream

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from the heat. Stir in milk and extract. Transfer to a bowl; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Just before serving, transfer milk mixture to a punch bowl. Stir in the food coloring and soda. Top with scoops of ice cream. Yield: 4 quarts.

Recipe found here: Grinch Punch

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slow cooker mac & cheese

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Ingredients
10 oz. cooked elbow macaroni (or shells, spiral pasta, etc.)
1/2 stick butter, cubed
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra for garnish
1 cup romano cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
cooking spray

Directions
Spray a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.

Place cooked macaroni in slow cooker and add butter. Stir until butter is melted.

Add evaporated and whole milk, parmesan, romano, cheddar cheese, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Stir well.

Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Stir well and sprinkle with parmesan and another dash of nutmeg, and serve hot.

Tip: If you don’t have a slow cooker, put pasta, milk and cheeses in a large baking dish and bake for 50 minutes at 350º F.

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