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Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

Ingredients
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup raisins

ICING:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
4-1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and raisins; stir just until combined.

Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead just until smooth, about 2 minutes. Roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round biscuit cutter; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 12-15 minutes or until golden.

Meanwhile, combine icing ingredients. Drizzle over warm biscuits. Yield: 8-10 biscuits.

Recipe found here: Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

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Shrimp Scampi Bake

Shrimp Scampi Bake

Ingredients
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 pounds medium raw shrimp, shelled, deveined, with tails attached

Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. When the butter melts completely, remove from heat.

Arrange shrimp in a shallow baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over the shrimp.

Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque.

Original recipe makes 6 servings

Recipe found here: Shrimp Scampi Bake

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Southwest Spinach Strata

Southwest Spinach Strata

Ingredients
2-1/2 cups cubed day-old white bread
2-1/2 cups cubed day-old whole wheat bread
2/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup Southwestern-style egg substitute
2 cups fat-free milk
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
6 tablespoons salsa

Directions
Place half of the bread cubes in an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with beans, spinach and half of the cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg substitute, milk, cilantro and salt. Pour over top. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with sour cream and salsa. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Southwest Spinach Strata

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Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded raw zucchini
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preparation:

Put zucchini in strainer and press or squeeze with hands to get some of the excess liquid out. In a mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, and oil together. Stir in the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, and walnuts, mixing just until all ingredients are combined. Add drained zucchini. Mix well. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes at 350°, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out with very little or no crumbs clinging to it.

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Cheddar & Caramelized Onion Pigs in a Blanket

Ingredients
2 pounds (about 60) mini hot dogs
Cheddar cheese, cut into small pieces, optional
Caramelized Onions, optional
1 large egg
All-purpose flour, for work surface
1 box (17 1/2 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
Poppy, sesame, or mustard seeds, optional
Mustard, for serving
Ketchup, for serving

Directions

STEP 1
Cut hot dogs lengthwise 3/4 of the way through. Insert a piece of cheese or 1/2 teaspoon caramelized onions into each hot dog, if using; set aside. If not using cheese or onions, poke hot dogs several times with the tip of a knife.

STEP 2
On a lightly floured work surface, working with one sheet of puff pastry at a time, roll into a 14-by-11-inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise into seven 1 1/2-inch wide strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 4 rectangles, each about 3 1/2 inches long.

STEP 3
In a small bowl, beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water; set aside. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside. Place a hot dog on the narrow end of one piece of pastry. Roll to enclose, brushing with some of the beaten egg to adhere; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining hot dogs and pastry. Brush the tops of puff pastry with egg and sprinkle with seeds, if using. Transfer to refrigerator and let chill for 15 minutes.

STEP 4
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

STEP 5
Transfer baking sheets to oven and bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool briefly before serving with mustard and ketchup.

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Bacon-Corn Stuffed Peppers

Bacon-Corn Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1/3 cup salsa
6 green onions, chopped
1 medium green pepper, halved and seeded
1 medium sweet red pepper, halved and seeded
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
Additional salsa, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the corn, salsa and onions. Spoon into pepper halves. Place each stuffed pepper half on a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. x 12 in.). Fold foil around peppers and seal tightly.

Grill, covered, over medium heat for 25-30 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Carefully open packets to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Return to the grill for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with additional salsa if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Bacon-Corn Stuffed Peppers

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Lemon Delight Trifle

Lemon Delight Trifle

Ingredients
3-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant lemon pudding mix
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
1 package (12 to 14 ounces) lemon cream-filled sandwich cookies, crushed

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

In another bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Gradually stir in pudding until blended.

Set aside 1/4 cup each of whipped topping and crushed cookies for garnish. Fold remaining whipped topping into pudding mixture.

Place half of the remaining cookies in a 3-qt. glass bowl; top with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers. Garnish with reserved whipped topping and crushed cookies. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).

Recipe found here: Lemon Delight Trifle

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