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cappuccino-muffins

Cappuccino Muffins

Ingredients

ESPRESSO SPREAD:
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

MUFFINS:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
In a food processor, combine the spread ingredients; cover and process until well blended. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine milk and coffee granules until coffee is dissolved. Add the butter, egg and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm with espresso spread. Yield: about 14 muffins (3/4 cup spread).

Recipe found here: Cappuccino Muffins

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cherry-chicken-salad-croissants

Cherry-Chicken Salad Croissants

Ingredients
2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
2/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped tart apple
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
7 croissants, split

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cherries, celery, apple and pecans. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, salt and pepper; add to chicken mixture and mix well. Spoon 1/2 cup chicken salad onto each croissant. Yield: 7 servings.

Recipe found here: Cherry-Chicken Salad Croissants

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southwest-frito-pie

Southwest Frito Pie

Ingredients
2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups water
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained, optional
4-1/2 cups Fritos corn chips
2 cups shredded lettuce
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
6 tablespoons finely chopped onion
Sour cream and minced fresh cilantro, optional

Directions
In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in chili powder, flour, salt and garlic powder until blended. Gradually stir in water and, if desired, beans.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.

To serve, divide chips among six serving bowls. Top with beef mixture, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and onion. If desired, top with sour cream and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Southwest Frito Pie

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bistro-breakfast-panini

Bistro Breakfast Panini

Ingredients
6 bacon strips
1 teaspoon butter
4 large eggs, beaten
4 slices sourdough bread (3/4 inch thick)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
8 thin slices apple
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons butter, softened

Directions
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.

Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add eggs; cook and stir until set.

Place eggs on two slices of bread; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer with cheese, apple, bacon, spinach and remaining bread. Butter outsides of sandwiches.

Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill for 3-4 minutes or until bread is browned and cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Bistro Breakfast Panini

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chocolate-bavarian-torte

Chocolate Bavarian Torte

Ingredients
1 package devil’s food cake mix (regular size)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 tablespoons grated semisweet chocolate

Directions

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Fold in cream.

Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with a fourth of the cream mixture. Sprinkle with a fourth of the chocolate. Repeat layers three times. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Bavarian Torte

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veggie-potato-soup

Veggie Potato Soup

Ingredients
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) vegetable broth
6 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1 large leek (white portion only), chopped
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Directions
In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender.

In a small bowl, combine flour and cream until smooth; add to slow cooker. Stir in peas. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened. Yield: 11 servings (2-3/4 quarts).

Recipe found here: Veggie Potato Soup

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corn-chip-chili-cheese-dip

Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes in sauce, undrained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
3/4 cup water
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
3 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chipotle hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 package (16 ounces) reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker.

Stir in beans, tomatoes, corn, water, olives, chili powder, oregano, pepper sauce, garlic powder and cumin. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until heated through.

Stir in cheese. Cook, covered, on low 30 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with corn chips. Yield: 8 cups.

Recipe found here: Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

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