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Cheddar-Bacon Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
5 green onions, thinly sliced
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 jar (16 ounces) taco sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
Tortilla or nacho tortilla chips

Directions
In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Spread in an ungreased 13×9-in. dish or on a 12-in. plate. Combine onions, tomatoes and green pepper; sprinkle over the cream cheese layer.

Pour taco sauce over the vegetables. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Refrigerate. Just before serving, sprinkle with bacon. Serve with chips. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheddar-Bacon Dip

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New England Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

Ingredients
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

BREAD:
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
4 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, combine oats, sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until oats are toasted. Remove from heat.

For bread, in a large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, sugar, honey and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Fold in walnuts.

Transfer to two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle tops with oat mixture.

Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Recipe found here: New England Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

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Slow-Cooked Moroccan Chicken

Ingredients
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 large onions, halved and sliced
1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up, skin removed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup raisins
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon pepper
Hot cooked couscous

Directions
Place carrots and onions in a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle chicken with salt; add to slow cooker. Top with apricots and raisins. In a small bowl, whisk broth, tomato paste, flour, lemon juice, garlic and seasonings until blended; add to slow cooker.

Cook, covered, on low 6-7 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve with couscous. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow-Cooked Moroccan Chicken

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Gingered Short Ribs with Green Rice

Ingredients
1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1/3 cup sherry or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 medium carrots, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups uncooked instant brown rice
3 green onions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
3/4 teaspoon grated lime peel
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients until blended. Place carrots and onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper; place over vegetables. Pour broth mixture over top.

Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.

Just before serving, prepare rice according to package directions. Stir in green onions, cilantro, jalapenos and lime peel.

Remove ribs to a serving plate; keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan; skim fat. Bring juices to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with ribs and rice. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Gingered Short Ribs with Green Rice

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
2-1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup buttermilk

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin. Combine flour, pie spice, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and ginger; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Fill 24 paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Quick Crab Melts

Ingredients
1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
5 teaspoons finely chopped celery
1 tablespoon minced green onion
2 English muffins, split
4 slices tomato
4 thin slices cheddar cheese
4 thin slices Monterey Jack cheese
Paprika

Directions
Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, mix crab, mayonnaise, celery and green onion until blended. Place muffin halves on an ungreased baking sheet.

Broil 4-6 in. from heat until toasted. Spread with crab mixture. Top with tomato and cheeses; sprinkle with paprika. Broil until bubbly. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Quick Crab Melts

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Three Bean Casserole

Ingredients
1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans, rinsed and drained
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Directions
In a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish, combine beans; set aside. In a skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink. Remove from the heat; drain. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet; mix well. Stir beef mixture into beans.

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Three Bean Casserole

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