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Savory Tomato Pound Cake
unsalted butter, for greasing pan
200 grams (1½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
12 to 16 ounces of fresh tomatoes (large vine-ripened or heirloom, medium plum or campari, or small cherry or grape, or a mix of all)
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more for sprinkling
100 grams (1 cup) finely grated Parmesan cheese
100 grams (7 tablespoons) unsalted butter
100 grams (½ cup) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling

Directions

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour a 10-inch metal springform pan, cake pan, or pie pan.

2. If using large- or medium-sized tomatoes, remove the cores, then slice the tomatoes in half through their equators. Squeeze or scoop out their seeds, then coarsely chop the flesh. If using small cherry or grape tomatoes, halve or quarter them, and squeeze out their seeds by pinching them between your fingers. When all of your tomatoes are prepped, place them in a colander set over a bowl, and toss with a teaspoon of salt. Let stand and drain while you make the batter.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 200 grams (1 1/2 cups) of flour, the remaining teaspoon of salt, the baking powder, and pepper until evenly combined.

4. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the Parmesan, butter, and oil on medium speed until pale white and very fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. The mixture should be airy and light, with a mousselike texture.

5. Spoon about half the batter into the prepared pan. Give the tomatoes a shake in the colander, to fling off any moisture still clinging to them, then sprinkle half of the drained, salted tomatoes over the batter in the pan. Spoon the remaining batter into the pan, spreading it evenly, then sprinkle the rest of the tomatoes on top, lightly pressing them down into the batter. Brush the exposed tomatoes with more olive oil and, if desired, sprinkle on a little more salt and pepper.

6. Bake until the top is pale gold and a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan. Let the cake cool to room temperature before serving. Store any uneaten cake at room temperature, in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter, divided
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups cold cooked rice
1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Pour eggs into skillet. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. Remove eggs and keep warm.

Melt remaining butter in the skillet. Add the rice, vegetables and shrimp; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Meanwhile, chop eggs into small pieces. Return eggs to the pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with bacon if desired.

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 332 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 236mg cholesterol, 422mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

Recipe found here: Shrimp Fried Rice

Pat’s King of Steaks Philly Cheese Steak

Ingredients
1 large onion, sliced
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms, optional
1 small green pepper, sliced, optional
1 small sweet red pepper, sliced, optional
6 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1-1/2 pounds beef ribeye steaks, thinly sliced
4 crusty Italian rolls, split
Process cheese sauce
Ketchup, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, saute the onion and, if desired, mushrooms and peppers in 3 tablespoons oil until tender. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute beef in remaining oil in batches for 45-60 seconds or until meat reaches desired doneness.

On each roll bottom, layer the beef, onion mixture, cheese and, if desired, ketchup. Replace tops.

Greek Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. chopped dill, plus more for garnish
1 tbsp. chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
2 medium tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1 c. crumbled feta
1 c. shredded mozzarella

Directions
Preheat oven to 400º. Place chicken on a cutting board and make 5 slits in each breast, being careful not to cut through completely. Transfer to a small baking sheet.

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, dill, parsley and garlic. Drizzle over chicken breasts, making sure olive oil mixture gets in the slits. Season with salt and pepper.

Stuff each chicken breast with zucchini, tomatoes, red onion and lemons. Sprinkle crumbled feta and mozzarella on top.

Bake until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 25 minutes. Garnish with more dill and parsley. Serve warm.

Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

Ingredients
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
2 medium yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper

Directions
For dressing, whisk first six ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Place vegetables in a large bowl; toss with dressing.

Refrigerate, covered, until cold. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Sour Squash Salsa Salad

Apple Fritter Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium apples, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or unsweetened apple juice, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, melted

ICING:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-in. square baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides.

Whisk together the first five ingredients. Add apples and beer; mix just until blended (do not overmix; batter will be thick). Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Lifting with parchment paper, immediately remove cake from pan. Brush all sides with melted butter. Cool. Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients. Spread or drizzle over cooled cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Apple Fritter Cake

Cappuccino Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
FILLING:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
ICING:
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons instant cappuccino mix, optional
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add warm milk, buttermilk, sugar, butter, salt and 4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; turn onto a floured surface. Roll into an 18×12-in. rectangle; brush with butter. Combine brown sugar, coffee granules and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place rolls, cut side down, in a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 22-28 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan on a wire rack. In a small bowl, beat icing ingredients until smooth. Spread over rolls. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cappuccino Cinnamon Rolls

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