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Chicken Marsala

2 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour or corn starch for gluten-free
up to 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil
8 ounces container of mushroom, sliced and cleaned
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup sherry or dry white wine
Optional: 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Garnish with chopped parsley or oregano

plit each chicken breast through the middle to make 2 pieces. Place plastic wrap over them and pound each one flat using a meat tenderizer/mallet until they are about a quarter inch thick. Season a good amount of salt and pepper on both sides of each piece. Place some flour on a plate and and dredge each piece of chicken in it.

Heat the oil over medium-high heat and when the oil is hot fry each piece of chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are golden brown (this may require you to do this in 2 batches). Remove chicken and place them on your serving platter covering them with foil. carefully soak up any remaining oil with paper towels and discard.

Reduce the heat to medium and add butter and mushrooms. Saute mushrooms for 4-5 minutes making sure to season them with salt and pepper lightly. Add marsala wine, sherry, cream, and chicken stock allowing the liquid to reduce slightly – approx. 3 minutes. Pour mushrooms and sauce over chicken and serve. Enjoy!

Recipe found here: Chicken Marsala (check it out – has a lot of pictures and step-by-step instructions, easy recipe and delicious!)

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Frappe Mocha

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup milk
4-1/2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
1/2 cup crushed ice
Whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup, optional

In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in water. Pour into an ice cube tray; freeze.

In a blender, combine the milk, chocolate syrup and coffee ice cubes. Cover and process until smooth. Add crushed ice; blend. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately. Garnish with whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Frappe Mocha

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Strawberry Cream Pie

1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup crushed strawberries
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
Whipped cream, optional

Cover bottom of pie shell with nuts if desired; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt; gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir a small amount into egg; return all to the saucepan. Cook and stir until almost bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 1-2 minutes more (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and almond extract if desired. Cool to room temperature. Whip cream; fold into filling. Pour into pie shell. Chill for at least 2 hours.

About 2 hours before serving, prepare glaze. Combine crushed strawberries and water in a large saucepan; cook for 2 minutes. Combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir into the berries. Cook until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Strain. Cool for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, arrange berry halves over filling; pour glaze evenly over berries. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Garnish with whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Strawberry Cream Pie

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

what you need
1/4cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
3lb. mixed chicken thighs and drumsticks
1/2lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1large onion, coarsely chopped
1/2cup each red and green pepper strips
1clove garlic, minced
1can (14.5 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1tsp. dried thyme leaves
4cups hot cooked long-grain white rice

make it

HEAT dressing in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, in batches; cook 2 to 3 min. on each side or until evenly browned on all sides.

PLACE mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic in slow cooker; top with chicken. Combine tomatoes and thyme; pour over ingredients in slow cooker. Cover with lid. Cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 5 hours).

SERVE chicken mixture over rice.

Recipe found here: Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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Cinnamon Pancakes

2 cups pancake mix
1 teaspoon McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

1. Stir pancake mix and cinnamon in large bowl until well blended. Stir in eggs, milk, oil and vanilla just until blended.

2. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto preheated lightly greased griddle or skillet. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown, turning when pancakes begin to bubble. Serve pancakes with Spiced Syrup (recipe follows), if desired.
Spiced Syrup: Mix 1 cup pancake syrup, 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract and 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice in microwavable bowl or measuring cup. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until warm, stirring once.

Flavor Variations:
Blueberry Pancakes: Prepare batter as directed, stirring in 1 cup blueberries.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Prepare batter as directed, stirring in 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips after adding vanilla and egg.

Pecan & Pumpkin Spice Pancakes: Prepare batter as directed, using McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of the ground cinnamon and adding 1 cup chopped pecans.

Recipe found here: Cinnamon Pancakes

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Cheesy Bread

6 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
4 green onions, chopped
1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable garlic and herb cream cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Italian cheese blend
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, saute mushrooms in butter until tender. Add onions; cook and stir until liquid has evaporated. Set aside.

Cut French bread in half lengthwise and then widthwise; spread cut sides with cream cheese. Combine the Italian cheese, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese; spread over bread. Top with mushroom mixture.

Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown. Slice and serve warm. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Bread

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Cherries Jubilee

1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 pound fresh, ripe sweet cherries, such as Bing
1/2 cup sugar
1 lemon
1/3 cup golden rum

Evenly scoop the ice cream into 4 dishes or decorative glasses and put in the freezer until ready to serve (this can be done up to 4 hours ahead).

Wash and pit the cherries. Put the cherries and sugar in a large skillet. Peel 2 strips of zest from the lemon in wide strips with a peeler and add to the cherries. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon over the top. Stir to combine evenly. Cover and cook the cherries over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium-high until cherries get juicy, about 5 minutes more.

To flambe the rum: If cooking over a gas flame, pull the pan off the heat and add the rum. Ignite the alcohol with a long match or one held with tongs. Swirl the pan slightly until the flames subside, about 30 seconds.

If cooking over an electric stove, put the rum in a small sauce pan. Warm it over medium-low heat and carefully light it with a long match or one held with tongs. Pour the lit rum over the cherries, and swirl the pan lightly until the flames subside, about 30 seconds.

Ladle the cherries and their juices over prepared ice cream scoops. Serve immediately.

Recipe found here: Cherries Jubilee

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Italian Crescent Casserole

1 lb ground beef, cooked, drained
1 cup basil and garlic tomato pasta sauce (from 16-oz jar)
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (6 oz)
1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 In 10-inch skillet, mix beef and pasta sauce. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

2 Separate dough into 8 triangles. Place dough in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate in spoke pattern, with narrow tips overlapping rim of plate about 3 inches. Press dough in side and bottom to form crust; sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon meat mixture evenly over cheese. Bring tips of dough over filling to meet in center; do not overlap. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the basil.

3 Bake at 375°F 15 to 20 minutes.

Recipe found here: Italian Crescent Casserole

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup butter, divided
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 pounds white candy coating, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, optional
1 teaspoon shortening, optional

Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, evaporated milk and remaining butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter chips until melted. Add the marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla; stir until blended. Pour into prepared pan. Cool.

Remove from pan and cut into 1-in. squares. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; freeze or refrigerate until firm.

In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Dip the squares into the coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until set.

In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening if desired; stir until smooth. Drizzle over the squares. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/4 pounds (about 9-1/2 dozen)

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

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Pecan Sandies

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Parchment paper

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

2. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add flour, beating just until blended. Stir in pecans and vanilla.

3. Divide dough in half, and shape each portion into 2 (1 1/4-inch-thick) logs (about 12 inches long). Wrap in parchment paper, and cover and chill 1 hour or until firm.

4. Preheat oven to 325°. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, and place 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

5. Bake at 325° for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 20 minutes).

Recipe found here: Pecan Sandies

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