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Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Ingredients
2 cans (13.66 ounces each) coconut milk
1/3 to 1/2 cup red curry paste
1 package (8.8 ounces) thin rice noodles
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
1-1/2 cups shredded carrots
3/4 cup bean sprouts
Fresh basil and cilantro leaves

Directions
In a Dutch oven, bring coconut milk to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 3 cups. Stir in curry paste until completely dissolved.

Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package directions.

Add broth, brown sugar, fish sauce and garlic salt to curry mixture; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken; heat through.

Drain noodles; divide among six large soup bowls. Ladle soup over noodles; top servings with vegetables, basil and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste.

Recipe found here: Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

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Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons orange juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting:
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons hot water

Directions
In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add milk, egg and orange juice; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and nuts.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

For frosting, heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes; transfer to a small bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost the cookies. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

Cinnamon-Pecan Apple Dumplings

Ingredients
1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
4 small Granny Smith apples, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Orange Sauce:
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted

Directions
Unroll crescent dough and separate into eight triangles. Wrap one triangle around each apple half. Place on a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan, flat side down.

Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dumplings. Bake at 350° for 23-28 minutes or until golden brown and apples are tender.

For sauce, in a small saucepan, combine orange juice and sugar; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; gradually stir in butter just until blended. Serve warm with warm dumplings; sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 8 servings (1 cup sauce).

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: Cinnamon-Pecan Apple Dumplings

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread

Ingredients
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup raisins
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside.

Spoon half the batter into two greased 8×4-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle with half of the reserved cinnamon sugar; repeat layers. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Freeze option: Wrap cooled bread in foil and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw at room temperature. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).

Recipe found here: Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread

Melon Mimosa Cocktail

1oz. (30ml) Watermelon Vodka
+ 1/2 oz. (15ml) Watermelon Purée

+ Top with:
+ Champagne
+ Pink Moscato
+ Melon Balls:
+ Watermelon
+ Cantaloupe
+ Honey Dew

Recipe found here: Melon Mimosa Cocktail

Chicago-Style Beef Rolls

Ingredients
1 boneless beef chuck roast (4 to 5 pounds)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups beef broth
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package Italian salad dressing mix
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
16 hoagie buns, split
Sliced pepperoncini and pickled red pepper rings, optional

Directions
Brown roast in oil on all sides in a large skillet; drain. Transfer beef to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the broth, onion, dressing mix, garlic, Italian seasoning and pepper flakes in a large bowl; pour over roast.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until tender. Remove meat; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred beef with two forks and return to slow cooker; heat through. Place 1/2 cup on each roll, using a slotted spoon. Serve with pepperoncini and pepper rings if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicago-Style Beef Rolls

Super Quick Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients
1 package (12 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
3 packages (8.8 ounces each) ready-to-serve garden vegetable rice
1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, shredded
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Prepare frozen vegetables according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Pour in eggs; cook and stir until eggs are thickened and no liquid egg remains. Remove from pan.

In same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons sesame oil and remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. Add rice; cook and stir 10-12 minutes or until rice begins to brown.

Stir in chicken, salt and pepper. Add eggs and vegetables; heat through, breaking eggs into small pieces and stirring to combine. Drizzle with remaining sesame oil. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Super Quick Chicken Fried Rice

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