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Orange-Apricot Mimosa Punch

Ingredients
1 cup orange liqueur
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups orange-tangerine juice, chilled
2 cups apricot nectar, chilled
1 can (6 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 bottle (1 liter) club soda, chilled
1 bottle (750 milliliters) Champagne or other sparkling wine, chilled
Thinly sliced oranges

Directions
In a punch bowl, combine liqueur and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in orange-tangerine juice, apricot nectar and orange juice concentrate. Just before serving, stir in soda and champagne. Top with orange slices. Yield: 20 servings (3/4 cup each).

Recipe found here: Orange-Apricot Mimosa Punch

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Nashville-Style Hot Chicken

Ingredients
2 3½–4-lb. chickens, each cut into 10 pieces (breasts halved)
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons plus 4 tsp. kosher salt
4 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk or whole milk
2 tablespoons vinegar-based hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Texas Pete)
4 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil (for frying; about 10 cups)
6 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
White bread and sliced pickles (for serving)
Special Equipment
A deep-fry thermometer

Directions
Toss chicken with black pepper and 2 Tbsp. salt in a large bowl. Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Whisk eggs, buttermilk, and hot sauce in a large bowl. Whisk flour and remaining 4 tsp. salt in another large bowl.

Fit a Dutch oven with thermometer; pour in oil to measure 2”. Heat over medium-high heat until thermometer registers 325°. Pat chicken dry. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge in flour mixture, shaking off excess, then dip in buttermilk mixture, letting excess drip back into bowl. Dredge again in flour mixture and place on a baking sheet.

Working in 4 batches and returning oil to 325° between batches, fry chicken, turning occasionally, until skin is deep golden brown and crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of pieces registers 160° for white meat and 165° for dark, 15–18 minutes. Transfer to a clean wire rack set inside a baking sheet. Let oil cool slightly.

Whisk cayenne, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika in a medium bowl; carefully whisk in 1 cup frying oil. Brush fried chicken with spicy oil. Serve with bread and pickles. 8 SERVINGS

DO AHEAD: Chicken can be seasoned 1 day ahead. Keep chilled

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Orange Pineapple Chiffon Cake

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 eggs, separated
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

ICING:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained

Directions
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; make a well in the center. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until thicken and lemon-colored. Beat in the orange juice, oil, water, vanilla, and orange and lemon peels. Pour into well in dry ingredients; beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. In a bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into batter.

Transfer to an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert cake; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan; remove cake and place on a serving platter.

For icing, combine the confectioners’ sugar, shortening and butter until smooth. Spread over top of cake. Spoon pineapple over icing. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Orange Pineapple Chiffon Cake

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Tropical Carrot Cake

Ingredients
3 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 cup raisins
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil and buttermilk. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla, carrots, raisins, pineapple, walnuts and coconut; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Frost cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Tropical Carrot Cake

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Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
1 cup water
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
Reduced-fat whipped topping and/or apple slices, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and water. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Fold in the applesauce, pecans and pie spice.

Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.

Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Garnish with whipped topping and/or apple slices if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

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Amish Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.

Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
Salted butter and a splash of extract (try almond!) make these extra flavorful.

If you like your treats on the sweeter end of the spectrum, add a pinch of coarse sugar to the tops of these light and airy cookies.

Why cream of tartar? Baking soda needs an acidic ingredient to create the gas bubbles that make baked goods rise and lighten. Cream of tartar (aka tartaric acid) provides that in this recipe. Yay, chemistry!

Recipe found here: Amish Sugar Cookies

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Creamy Cavatappi & Cheese

Ingredients
6 cups uncooked cavatappi or spiral pasta
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
4 cups 2% milk
6 cups (24 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
3 green onions, chopped

TOPPINGS:
1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
3 thick-sliced bacon strips, cooked and coarsely crumbled
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 green onion, chopped
Coarsely ground pepper, optional

Directions
Cook cavatappi according to package directions.

Meanwhile, saute garlic in butter in a Dutch oven. Stir in flour and pepper sauce until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in cheeses until melted; add green onions. Drain cavatappi; stir into cheese mixture.

Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Combine the bread crumbs, bacon and melted butter; sprinkle over top.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with green onion and, if desired, pepper. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Cavatappi & Cheese

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