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tuscan-sausage-bean-dip

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Ingredients
1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Assorted crackers or toasted French bread baguette slices

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in wine, oregano, salt and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.

Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Stir in spinach, beans and tomatoes; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square or 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses.

Bake until bubbly, 20-25 minutes. Serve with crackers. Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup each).

Recipe found here: Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

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basil-tomato-soup-with-orzo

Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

Ingredients
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Directions
In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until onion is tender. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, basil, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to package directions; drain. Add orzo and cream to soup; heat through (do not boil). Sprinkle servings with cheese. Yield: 16 servings (4-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

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easy-cheesy-breadsticks

Easy Cheesy Breadsticks

Ingredients
(10 ounce) can prepared pizza crust
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1⁄2 cup provolone cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried basil
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt

Ingredients
Preheat oven to 425.

Unroll pizza dough onto a greased cookie sheet and brush with butter.

Sprinkle cheeses and spices evenly over the dough.

With a pizza cutter, cut dough lengthwise into 12 long strips. Then cut those in half to make 24 strips.
Do not separate strips.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.

Recut along each strip and remove from cooking sheet.

Serve sticks warm with marinara sauce.

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best-ever-potato-soup

Best-Ever Potato Soup

Ingredients
6 bacon strips, diced
3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups 2% milk
8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
2 green onions, thinly sliced, optional

Directions
In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally; drain drippings. Add vegetables, seasonings and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.

Mix flour and milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. If desired, serve with green onions. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Best-Ever Potato Soup

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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Wings

Ingredients
5 pounds chicken wings
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon celery seed, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon each salt, paprika and cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions
Cut wings into three sections; discard wing tip sections. In a large saucepan, bring the butter, hot sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, 2 tablespoons celery seed and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until reduced by half.

Meanwhile, in a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and remaining celery seed. Add wings, a few at a time, and shake to coat.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry wings, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Place in a large bowl; add sauce and toss to coat. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.

Recipe found here: Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Wings

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creamy-crab-bisque

Creamy Crab Bisque

Ingredients
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
3 tablespoons butter
2 cans (14-3/4 ounces each) cream-style corn
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
1-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed

Directions
In a large saucepan, saute celery, onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Add the next nine ingredients; mix well. Stir in crab; heat through. Discard the bay leaves.

Freeze option:
Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Crab Bisque

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corn-chip-chili-cheese-dip

Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes in sauce, undrained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
3/4 cup water
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
3 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chipotle hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 package (16 ounces) reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker.

Stir in beans, tomatoes, corn, water, olives, chili powder, oregano, pepper sauce, garlic powder and cumin. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until heated through.

Stir in cheese. Cook, covered, on low 30 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with corn chips. Yield: 8 cups.

Recipe found here: Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

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