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Tempting Tomato Cups

Tempting Tomato Cups

Ingredients
3 large tomatoes
1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, optional
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Sliced ripe olives, optional

Directions
Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato. Leaving a 1/4-in.-thick shell, scoop out pulp (discard pulp or save for another use). Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, celery, green pepper, onion, mayonnaise, garlic salt if desired and pepper; mix well. Spoon into tomatoes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with olives if desired. Yield: 3 servings.

Recipe found here: Tempting Tomato Cup

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Ingredients
1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions
In a small bowl, combine the potatoes, 2 tablespoons oil, rosemary and garlic; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Roast at 400° for 20 minutes, stirring once.

Drizzle asparagus with remaining oil; add to the pan. Roast 15-20 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

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California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad

Ingredients
1 pound thin spaghetti, broken into 1-inch pieces
3 large tomatoes, diced
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 large cucumber, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
1 sweet red pepper, diced
1 large red onion, diced
2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained

DRESSING:
1 bottle (16 ounces) Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions; Drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the vegetables and olives.

In a large bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over spaghetti mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 10-15 servings

Recipe found here: California Pasta Salad

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Mozzarella Mashed Potato Remix

Mozzarella Mashed Potato Remix

Ingredients
2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
2 medium onions, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)
1-1/4 cups cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
Grease a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs; set aside.

In a large skillet, saute the onions, celery and pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; stir in mashed potatoes and cheese cubes. Transfer to prepared baking dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Mozzarella Mashed Potato Remix

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Dijon Scalloped Potatoes

Dijon Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients
2/3 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1-1/2 to 2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Reduce heat to medium; stir in broth, cream cheese and mustard until blended. Remove from heat. Stir in potatoes.

Transfer to a 13×9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine crushed crackers, Parmesan cheese and butter; sprinkle over the top.

Bake, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with parsley. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Dijon Scalloped Potatoes

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Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons pine nuts
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°. Place the asparagus, tomatoes and pine nuts on a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Mix 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, salt and pepper; add to asparagus and toss to coat.

Bake 15-20 minutes or just until asparagus is tender. Drizzle with remaining oil and lemon juice; sprinkle with cheese and lemon peel. Toss to combine. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

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Creamed Garden Potatoes and Peas

Creamed Garden Potatoes and Peas

Ingredients
2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
3 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 cup water
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups 2% milk
1 cup half-and-half cream

Directions
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-12 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Meanwhile, place peas and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Drain.

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended; gradually add milk and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in potatoes and peas; heat through. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamed Garden Potatoes and Peas

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