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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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Sour Cream Potatoes

Ingredients
10 medium red potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/4 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1-1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Directions
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, milk, 1 tablespoon butter, parsley and garlic salt; beat until smooth.

Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Dot with remaining butter; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Sour Cream Potatoes

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Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Ingredients
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Sriracha Asian hot chili sauce or 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

SALAD:
2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1/2 pound uncooked Japanese soba noodles or whole wheat linguini
1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk the first nine ingredients; set aside. Cook edamame and soba noodles according to package directions; drain. Rinse noodles in cold water; drain again.

Just before serving, combine the coleslaw mix, carrots, green onions, noodles and edamame in a large bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

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Triple Mash with Horseradish Bread Crumbs

Ingredients
1-3/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 medium parsnips (about 1-1/4 pounds), peeled and cubed
2-1/2 cups cubed peeled rutabaga
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter, divided
1 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Place potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga and salt in a 6-qt. stockpot; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until toasted. Stir in horseradish; remove from heat.

Drain vegetables; return to pot. Mash vegetables over low heat, gradually adding milk, pepper and remaining butter. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with bread crumbs. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).

Recipe found here: Triple Mash with Horseradish Bread Crumbs

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Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Ingredients
6 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups 2% milk
6 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes
1-1/2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
1 small onion, grated

Directions
In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour, parsley, salt, thyme and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Combine potatoes, ham and onion; place half in a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with half of the sauce; repeat layers.

Cover and bake at 375° for 65-75 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Dot with remaining butter. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

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Quick Fettuccini Alfredo

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon each pepper and ground nutmeg

Directions
Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the cream, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, egg yolks, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until a thermometer reads 160° (do not boil).

Drain fettuccine; serve with Alfredo sauce and remaining Parmesan cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Quick Fettuccini Alfredo

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fried-okra

Fried Okra

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups sliced fresh or frozen okra, thawed
3 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic herb seasoning blend
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Oil for deep-fat frying
Additional salt and pepper, optional

Directions
Pat okra dry with paper towels. Place buttermilk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, seasoning blend and pepper. Dip okra in buttermilk, then roll in cornmeal mixture.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry okra, a few pieces at a time, for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Fried Okra

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