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Ginger-Cashew Chicken Salad

Ingredients
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
SALAD:
8 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 10 cups)
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup shredded red cabbage
2 medium carrots, shredded
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 cups chow mein noodles
3/4 cup salted cashews, toasted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients until blended. Pour 3/4 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

Preheat broiler. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bag. Place chicken in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Broil 4-6 in. from heat 4-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Cut chicken into strips.

Place spinach on a serving platter. Arrange chicken, oranges, cabbage, carrots and green onions. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles, cashews and sesame seeds. Stir reserved molasses mixture; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Recipe found here: Ginger-Cashew Chicken Salad

Greek-Style Lemon-Garlic Chicken

Ingredients
8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 3 pounds)
1 cup pitted Greek olives
8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. Scrub potatoes; cut each into eight wedges and place in a shallow roasting pan. Top with olives and chicken. In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, oregano and pepper until blended. Drizzle over chicken and potatoes. Pour chicken broth around chicken into pan.

Bake, uncovered, 60-70 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175° and potatoes are tender. Serve with pan juices. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Greek-Style Lemon-Garlic Chicken

Sensational Slush

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cups cold water
2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and gelatin in boiling water. In a blender, combine pineapple juice and strawberries; cover and process until blended. Add to gelatin mixture. Stir in concentrates and cold water. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

Remove from the freezer 45 minutes before serving. For each serving, combine 1/2 cup slush mixture with 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda; stir well. Yield: 20 servings.

Recipe found here: Sensational Slush

Beef Short Ribs in Burgundy Sauce

Ingredients
3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
3 tablespoons butter
1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
Dash dried thyme
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup water
1 cup dry red wine or beef broth
1 beef bouillon cube or 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 450°. Place short ribs on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast 30-40 minutes or until browned, turning once.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot; cook and stir 10-12 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and thyme; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; gradually stir in water and wine. Add bouillon and parsley, stirring to dissolve bouillon.

Transfer ribs to Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove short ribs; keep warm. Skim fat from sauce; stir in remaining ingredients. Serve with ribs. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Beef Short Ribs in Burgundy Sauce

The Paralyzer Cocktail

Be care to not get knock out tonight by our amazing new drink! The Paralyzer Cocktail! This incredible drink is made with Vodka, Kahlua, Coke, and Milk!

+ 1 oz. (30ml) Vodka
+ 1 oz. (30ml) Coffee Liqueur
+ 2 ½ oz. (75ml) Cola
+ Splash Milk

Recipe found here: The Paralyzer Cocktail

Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Ingredients
10 slices French bread (1/2 inch thick)
Cooking spray
5 teaspoons sugar, divided
6 ounces fat-free cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions
Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet; lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, extract and remaining sugar. Spread over toasted bread. Top with berries and almonds; dust with confectioners’ sugar. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 pieces

Recipe found here: Sweet Berry Bruschetta

Fruit-Filled Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 package strawberry cake mix (regular size)
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 large eggs
1/3 cup strawberry preserves
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting, divided
Red food coloring, optional
Red nonpareils and pink jimmies, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, sour cream and eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes.

Place 27 paper or foil liners in heart-shaped or standard muffin tins. (If using standard tins, tuck a 1/2-in. foil ball or marble between the liner and cup to form a heart shape.) Fill cups half full with batter. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each; fill with 1/2 teaspoon preserves. Top with remaining batter.

Bake at 350° for 22-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

If desired, place a third of the frosting in a small bowl; tint pink with red food coloring. Frost cupcakes with white frosting; if desired, pipe edges with pink frosting. Decorate with nonpareils and jimmies if desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Fruit-Filled Cupcakes

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