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Green Eggs and Ham Sandwiches

Green Eggs and Ham Sandwiches

Ingredients
4 eggs
1/4 cup fat-free milk
3 tablespoons prepared pesto
4 whole wheat English muffins, split and toasted
2 slices deli ham, halved (or prosciutto)
4 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese (or fontina)

Directions
Heat a 10-in. nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Whisk the eggs, milk and pesto. Add to skillet (mixture should set immediately at edges).

As eggs set, push cooked edges toward the center, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. When the eggs are set and top appears glossy, remove from skillet and cut into quarters.

On each English muffin bottom, layer ham, eggs and cheese. Replace tops. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Green Eggs and Ham Sandwiches

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Sugarplum Spice Bread

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup diced dried fruit
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins

FROSTING:
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons shortening
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 4 cups flour, yeast, cardamom, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Heat milk to 120°-130°; add to creamed mixture and beat until moistened. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a heavily floured surface. Sprinkle with fruit and raisins; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divided into eight portions. Shape into loaves. Place in eight greased 5-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter and shortening. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost loaves. Yield: 8 mini loaves.

Recipe found here: Sugarplum Spice Bread

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Giant Cupcake Pumpkin

Giant Cupcake Pumpkin

Ingredients
1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
1 cup solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup water
2 eggs
1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
Orange food coloring
Reese’s pieces

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 26 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pumpkin, water and eggs; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill prepared cups two-thirds full.

Bake 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat frosting and flavoring; tint frosting orange. Arrange cupcakes on a large platter, forming a pumpkin. Spread frosting over cupcakes. Decorate with Reese’s pieces as desired. Yield: 26 cupcakes.

Recipe found here: Giant Cupcake Pumpkin

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Swamp Juice a la Slime

Swamp Juice a la Slime

Ingredients
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Green paste food coloring
5 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups white grape juice
2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
1 cup club soda, chilled
Fresh pineapple slices, optional

Directions
Refrigerate 10 champagne flutes or cocktail glasses until chilled. In a small bowl, combine corn syrup and green food coloring; dip rims of chilled glasses into mixture. Turn glasses upright, allowing mixture to slightly run down sides of glasses. Freeze until firm.

In a pitcher, combine the pineapple juice, grape juice and yellow food coloring if desired. Refrigerate until chilled.

Just before serving, stir club soda into juice mixture. Pour juice into prepared glasses; garnish with pineapple if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Swamp Juice a la Slime

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Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

Ingredients
6 cups crumbled corn bread
2 cups white bread cubes, toasted
1 cup Diamond of California Chopped Pecans
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound bulk pork sausage
2 tablespoons butter
2 large tart apples, diced
1 cup diced celery
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups chicken broth

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the bread, pecans and seasonings; set aside. Crumble sausage into a large skillet; cook over medium heat until no longer pink; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels.

Add butter to drippings; saute the apples, celery and onion until tender. Add to bread mixture. Stir in sausage and enough broth to moisten.

Spoon into a greased 3-qt. baking dish; cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes. Or use to stuff a turkey; bake according to recipe. Yield: 10-12 servings (about 11 cups).

Recipe found here: Deluxe Corn Bread Stuffing

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Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon honey
1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
1 Eggland’s Best Egg
1 tablespoon milk
Black paste food coloring
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the pumpkin, confectioners’ sugar, pie spice and honey; beat until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Roll out each pie pastry directly on an ungreased baking sheet to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. cat-shaped cookie cutter, leaving at least 1 in. between cutouts. Remove excess dough and reroll scraps if desired. Beat the egg, milk and food coloring; brush over cutouts. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over cutouts.

Bake at 400° for 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Serve with pumpkin dip. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen black cats(3 cups dip).

Recipe found here: Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Herbed Yorkshire Pudding

Herbed Yorkshire Pudding

Ingredients
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mixed herbs such as chives, thyme, and parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup reserved beef drippings or melted butter

Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place an 8 by 12-inch enameled cast iron baking dish in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until foamy and light. Whisk in the milk until combined. Add the flour, herbs, a big pinch of salt, and some pepper, beat just until the batter is smooth.

Pour the beef drippings into the bottom of the hot pan. Immediately pour in the batter and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes until the pudding is puffy and brown. Serve immediately, it deflates rapidly.

Recipe found here: Herbed Yorkshire Pudding

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