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Easy Chicken Corn Chowder

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
2 cans (14-3/4 ounces each) cream-style corn
1-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 can (12 ounces) reduced-fat evaporated milk
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions
In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery and red pepper; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until tender.

Stir in corn, chicken, milk, bouillon and pepper; heat through, stirring occasionally (do not boil). Top servings with bacon. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Easy Chicken Corn Chowder

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Whipped Shortbread

Ingredients
3 cups butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups cornstarch
Nonpareils and/or halved candied cherries

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and cornstarch, beating until well blended.

With hands lightly dusted with additional cornstarch, roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press lightly with a floured fork. Top with nonpareils or cherry halves.

Bake at 300° for 20-22 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 16-18 dozen.

Recipe found here: Whipped Shortbread

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Marmalade French Toast Sandwiches

Ingredients
1 container (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
12 slices sourdough bread
3/4 cup orange marmalade
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons 2% milk
Maple syrup, optional

Directions
Spread cream cheese over six slices of bread; top with marmalade and remaining bread. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk.

Lightly grease a griddle; heat over medium heat. Dip both sides of sandwiches into egg mixture. Place sandwiches on griddle; toast 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. If desired, serve with syrup. Yield: 6 servings

Recipe found here: Marmalade French Toast Sandwiches

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Creamy Irish Coffee

Ingredients
3 cups hot strong brewed coffee
4 ounces Irish cream liqueur
Sweetened whipped cream, optional
Chocolate shavings, optional

Directions
Divide coffee and liqueur among four mugs; stir.

If desired, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Irish Coffee

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Raspberry Custard Pie

Ingredients
Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Dash salt
5-1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter

Directions
Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry; trim to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate. Flute edges; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add the sugar, flour, milk, vanilla and salt; mix well. Gently fold in raspberries. Pour into crust.

For topping, combine flour and brown sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 45-50 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Custard Pie

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Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese

Ingredients
3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup 2% milk
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
1 cup coarsely chopped cooked chicken

TOPPING:
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheeses until blended. Stir in dressing.

Add chicken and sauce to macaroni, tossing to combine. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.

Toss bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over macaroni. Top with bacon. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley.

Freeze option: Prepare recipe as directed, increasing milk to 1-1/3 cups. Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover casserole with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; continue baking as directed or until heated through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 8 servings.

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Peanut Caramel Corn

Ingredients
8 cups air-popped popcorn
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
4-1/2 teaspoons molasses
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Directions
Place popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl coated with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup,

molasses, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2-3 minutes without stirring.

Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will foam). Quickly pour over popcorn and mix well.

Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from pan and place on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 quarts.

Recipe found here: Peanut Caramel Corn recipe

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