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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients
2 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water
1 envelope (1-1/2 ounces) beef stroganoff seasoning for the slow cooker
1 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup port wine or beef broth
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
Hot cooked egg noodles
Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, brown meat in oil. Add water and seasoning mix, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Transfer meat and drippings to a 3-qt. slow cooker.

In the same skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until tender. Combine the wine, mustard and sugar; stir into the mushroom mixture. Add to slow cooker; stir to combine.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Stir in sour cream. Serve with noodles. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 7 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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Very Cherry Crescent Ring

Ingredients
1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained well and chopped
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Additional pecans

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. Reserve 3 tablespoons cherries for topping. For filling, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup pecans and remaining cherries.

On a lightly floured surface, unroll crescent dough into one long rectangle; press perforations to seal. Fold dough lengthwise in half; roll into an 18×12-in. rectangle. Spread filling over top to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.

Transfer to a greased baking sheet, seam side down; shape into a ring, pinching ends to seal. Using kitchen scissors, start at outside edge and cut two-thirds of the way through the ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate sections slightly and twist to show filling.

Bake until golden brown, 20-30 minutes. (Cover loosely with foil if it browns too quickly.)

Using two large spatulas, remove from pan to a wire rack. Mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and extract; spoon over warm coffeecake. Top with reserved cherries and, if desired, additional pecans. Yield: 16 servings

Recipe found here: Very Cherry Crescent Ring

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Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

GLAZE:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves
1/2 cup rum

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan; sprinkle pecans onto bottom of pan.

In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs and water until well blended. In another bowl, whisk cake mix and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Transfer to prepared pan.

Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, cinnamon and cloves; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in rum; cook and stir 2-3 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved.

Gradually brush glaze onto warm cake, about 1/4 cup at a time, allowing glaze to soak into cake before adding more. Cool completely. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor’s Note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.

Recipe found here: Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake

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Buttery Spritz Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Colored sugar and sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze; decorate as desired. Let stand until set. Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Melted chocolate candy coating may be used in place of confectioners’ sugar glaze; dip and decorate as directed.

Recipe found here: Buttery Spritz Cookies

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Mocha Yule Log

Ingredients
5 eggs, separated
1/2 cup cake flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

FILLING:
1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

FROSTING:
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 tablespoon brewed coffee, cooled
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions
Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of a greased 15x10x1-in. pan with parchment paper; grease paper. Sift flour, cocoa and salt together twice. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Fold in flour mixture.

Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a fourth of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Transfer to prepared pan, spreading evenly.

Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 12-15 minutes (do not overbake). Cool 5 minutes. Invert onto a tea towel dusted lightly with cocoa. Gently peel off paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For filling, in a bowl, dissolve coffee granules in cream; beat until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Unroll cake; spread filling over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again, without towel; trim ends. Transfer to a platter, seam side down. Refrigerate, covered, until cold.

For frosting, beat all ingredients until smooth. Spread over cake. Using a fork, make lines in frosting to resemble tree bark. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Mocha Yule Log

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White Chocolate Christmas Torte

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
3/4 cup water
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon rum extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2-1/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM FROSTING:
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon rum extract
6 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup seedless raspberry jam, divided

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine butter, water and white chocolate; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in the buttermilk, eggs and extracts.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour and pecans. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, baking soda and remaining flour. Gradually beat in butter mixture. Stir in pecan mixture.

Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a microwave, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Gradually beat in melted chocolate and extracts. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

To assemble, spread 2 tablespoons of jam over one cake layer; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers twice. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of torte. Warm remaining jam; drizzle over dessert plates. Top with a slice of torte. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Christmas Torte

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Roast Pork with Apples & Onions

Ingredients
1 boneless pork loin roast (2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large Golden Delicious apples, cut into 1-inch wedges
2 large onions, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown roast on all sides. Transfer to a roasting pan coated with cooking spray.

Place apples, onions and garlic around roast; sprinkle with rosemary.

Roast until a thermometer inserted in pork reads 145°, 45-55 minutes, turning apples, onion and garlic once. Remove from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing roast. Serve with apple mixture. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Roast Pork with Apples & Onions

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