Golden M&M’s Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vanilla or white chips
1-3/4 cups plain M&M’s, divided

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Bear in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chips and 1 cup of M&M’s.

Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; spread evenly in pan. Sprinkle with the remaining M&M’s. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Golden M&M’s Bars


Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups water
2 cups chicken stock
1-1/2 pounds fully cooked andouille sausage links, sliced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
Hot cooked rice
3 green onions, chopped

In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; rub over chicken. In a Dutch oven, brown chicken in 2 tablespoons oil in batches; remove chicken from pan.

Add remaining oil to the same pan; stir in flour until blended. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until browned (do not burn). Add onion, peppers and celery; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Gradually add water and stock. Stir in the sausage, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, chicken and the remaining Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until chicken is very tender.

Remove chicken from pan; cool slightly. Skim fat from gumbo and discard bay leaves. Shred chicken and return to gumbo; heat through. Discard bones. Serve gumbo over rice; top with green onions.

Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled gumbo freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary. Yield: 9 servings (3-1/4 quarts).

Recipe found here: Chicken and Andouille Gumbo


Dutch Apple Pie Muffins

2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons cold butter

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk

In a small saucepan, combine the apples, sugar, water and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Sprinkle with flour; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in butter and lemon juice. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Set aside to cool.

For topping, combine the brown sugar, flour and oats. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, beat the egg, milk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Drop apple mixture by tablespoonfuls into the center of each muffin. Sprinkle with topping.

Bake at 400° for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over muffins. Serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe found here: Dutch Apple Pie Muffins


Great Pumpkin Dessert

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
3/4 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

In a large bowl, beat first five ingredients until smooth.

Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with butter. Top with walnuts.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Great Pumpkin Dessert


Savory Mushroom & Herb Pork Roast

2 medium onions, chopped
16 fresh baby carrots
1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
French-fried onions, optional

Place onions and carrots in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Cut roast in half; add to slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the soup, broth, mushrooms, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, marjoram and pepper; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove pork to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Serve pork with gravy. Sprinkle servings with French-fried onions if desired.

Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Savory Mushroom & Herb Pork Roast


Frappe Mocha

1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup fat-free milk
4-1/2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
1/2 cup crushed ice
Whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup, optional

In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in water. Pour into an ice cube tray; freeze.

In a blender, combine the milk, chocolate syrup and coffee ice cubes. Cover and process until smooth. Add crushed ice; blend. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately. Garnish with whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Frappe Mocha


Shrimp ‘n’ Noodle Bowls

8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
1 pound cooked small shrimp
2 cups broccoli coleslaw mix
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
2/3 cup reduced-fat sesame ginger salad dressing

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the shrimp, coleslaw mix, onions and cilantro. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Shrimp ‘n’ Noodle Bowls

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