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Confetti Corn

Ingredients
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 small orange bell pepper, 1/2-inch diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Kernels cut from 5 ears yellow or white corn (4 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil, minced fresh chives, and/or minced fresh parsley leaves

Directions

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion is soft. Stir in the bell pepper and saute for 2 more minutes.

Add the butter to the pan and allow it to melt. Over medium heat, add the corn, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the corn just loses its starchiness. Season to taste, gently stir in the basil or other green herbs, and serve hot.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter, divided
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups cold cooked rice
1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Pour eggs into skillet. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. Remove eggs and keep warm.

Melt remaining butter in the skillet. Add the rice, vegetables and shrimp; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Meanwhile, chop eggs into small pieces. Return eggs to the pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with bacon if desired.

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 332 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 236mg cholesterol, 422mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

Recipe found here: Shrimp Fried Rice

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Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

Ingredients
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
2 medium yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper

Directions
For dressing, whisk first six ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Place vegetables in a large bowl; toss with dressing.

Refrigerate, covered, until cold. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Sour Squash Salsa Salad

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Apricot Salad

Ingredients
2 packages (3 ounces each) apricot gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup whole milk
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1-3/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
Canned apricots and fresh mint leaves, optional

Directions
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; set aside. Beat cream cheese until smooth; gradually beat in milk until smooth. Stir in gelatin. Add pineapple, mixing well. Refrigerate.

When mixture begins to thicken, fold in whipped topping. Pour into a 2-1/2-qt. serving bowl. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. If desired, serve with canned apricots and fresh mint leaves. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Apricot Salad

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Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Ingredients
1 package (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix
2-1/3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecan halves, toasted
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
4 medium acorn squash (about 22 ounces each)
3/4 cup water

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine the rice with contents of seasoning mix, broth, sage and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 23-25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute celery and onion in oil until tender. Stir in cranberries, pecans and parsley. Remove from the heat. Stir in rice mixture.

Cut squash in half widthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each half so squash sits flat. Fill squash halves with about 1/2 cup rice mixture. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Pour water into pan.

Coat one side of a large piece of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray. Cover pan tightly with foil, coated side down. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until squash is tender. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

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Roasted Squash, Carrots & Walnuts

Ingredients
2 pounds carrots (about 12 medium), peeled
1 medium butternut squash (3 pounds), peeled and cubed
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°. Cut carrots in half lengthwise, then in half crosswise.

In a large bowl, toss squash and carrots with brown sugar, oil, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Transfer to two greased foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Roast 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle walnuts over vegetables. Roast 5-10 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Roasted Squash, Carrots & Walnuts

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Creamy Cranberry Salad

Ingredients
3 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, chopped
1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 medium apple, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
In a large bowl, mix first six ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

To serve, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture. Yield: 16 servings (1/2 cup each).

Test Kitchen Tips
Make it easy on yourself. Pulse cranberries in a food processor to chop them.
To really bring the walnuts to life, toast them for a few minutes in a dry skillet. Stir occasionally and watch closely so they don’t burn, Remove from the heat when fragrant.

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