Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
1 pound ground beef
6 bacon strips, diced
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1/2 cup water
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Barbecue sauce and prepared mustard, optional

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.

In the same skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings. Drain pasta; add to the skillet. Stir in the soup, water, beef and bacon; heat through.

Remove from the heat and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with barbecue sauce and mustard if desired. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Recipe found here: Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Caramel Apple Dumplings

Caramel Apple Dumplings


1-1/2 cups water
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup diced peeled tart apples
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional

In a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

For the dumplings, combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.

Add milk, butter and vanilla; stir just until moistened. Gently fold in apples.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls into the boiling sauce.

Cover and cook over low heat until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 8-10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Caramel Apple Dumplings

Tomato Basil Linguine

Tomato Basil Linguine

1 pound Brie or Camembert cheese, rind removed and cut into small pieces
4 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1-1/2 pounds uncooked linguine
Shredded Parmesan cheese

In a large serving bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1-1/2 hours.
Cook linguine according to package directions; drain. Toss with cheese mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Tomato Basil Linguine

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup chopped sweet onion
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 tomato-flavored flour tortillas (10 inches)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/4 cup finely chopped pitted green olives
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped celery leaves
Additional Buffalo wing sauce, optional

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, toss chicken with wing sauce. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, salt and pepper; cook and stir until onion is tender.

Place two tortillas on an ungreased baking sheet; top with chicken and onion mixtures. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese and olives. Top with remaining tortillas. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted.

In a small bowl, mix sour cream and blue cheese. Serve quesadillas with celery leaves, blue cheese sauce and, if desired, additional wing sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Chocolate Ice Cream Roll

Chocolate Ice Cream Roll

4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup sugar divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
1 quart cookies and cream ice cream, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat egg yolks, baking powder and salt until slightly thickened. Stir in extracts. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Sift flour and cocoa together twice; gradually add to yolk mixture and mix well (batter will be thick).

With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into batter. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Invert onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Unroll cake; spread ice cream evenly over the cake to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and freeze until firm.

For frosting, in a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and cocoa; beat in the milk, butter and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cake roll. Cut into slices. Freeze leftovers. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Ice Cream Roll

Apple Crumb Tart with Cinnamon Cream

Apple Crumb Tart with Cinnamon Cream

1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
4 large apples, peeled and finely chopped (about 6 cups)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk cookie mix, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves; cut in butter until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup for topping; press remaining onto bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9-in. tart pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine apples and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat 7-9 minutes or until apples are tender and brown sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup flour, raisins and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Increase oven setting to 400°. Pour apple mixture into crust. Add remaining flour to reserved topping and sprinkle over apples. Bake 20-22 minutes longer or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack at least 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add syrup and remaining cinnamon; beat until soft peaks form. Serve tart warm or at room temperature with whipped cream. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup whipped cream).

Recipe found here: Apple Crumb Tart with Cinnamon Cream

Baked Mushroom Chicken

Baked Mushroom Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 pound)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Flatten each chicken breast half to 1/4-in. thickness. Place flour in a resealable plastic bag; add chicken, a few pieces at a time. Seal and shake to coat.

In a large skillet, brown chicken in 2 tablespoons butter on both sides. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. In the same skillet, saute mushrooms in the remaining butter until tender. Add the broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook for 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Spoon over chicken.

Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle with cheeses and green onions. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.


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