Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Potato Casserole
Everyone’s new favorite side dish will be this quick and delectable twice-baked potato casserole with Cheddar cheese and bacon bits.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter.

Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender about 15 minutes.

Drain and return to the pot.

Season potatoes with salt and mash until smooth.

Stir in sour cream and cream cheese.

Stir in 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese and bacon bits.

Spread potato mixture in the prepared baking pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until heated through about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese on top; continue baking until cheese is melted 5 to 10 minutes more.

Garnish with chives.

July 22, 2024

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Green Apple Salad With Blueberries, Feta, and Walnuts

Green Apple Salad With Blueberries, Feta, and Walnuts

Green Apple Salad With Blueberries, Feta, and Walnuts
Salad greens, Granny Smith apple, feta cheese, and walnuts are tossed in a blueberry balsamic dressing in this colorful fall fruit salad that’s always a hit.

assemble the salad: In a big bowl, arrange salad greens, apple cubes, walnuts, feta cheese, cranberries, and green onions.

Creating the dressing In a food processor or blender, add vegetable oil, blueberries, olive oil, vinegar, and salt; pulse until well combined and smooth.

After adding the dressing, toss the salad thoroughly.

30 minutes should pass before serving.

July 21, 2024

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Corn Relish III

Corn Relish III

Corn Relish III
Corn relish is not difficult to make, and is always a colorful end of summer treat.

In a large saucepan mix corn cabbage onion green bell pepper red bell pepper white sugar ground dry mustard celery seed mustard seed salt turmeric apple cider vinegar and water.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to sterile containers.

Seal and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

July 20, 2024

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Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower Potato Salad
In this salad, which is called a diabetic’s dream, cauliflower takes the place of potatoes, with celery and green onions adding crunch and a rich, creamy dressing.

Place potatoes in a large pot; add water to cover.

Bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced with a fork about 15 minutes.

Drain.

Let cool until easily handled about 15 minutes.

Peel and dice.

Transfer to a large bowl.

Fill a saucepan 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil.

Add cauliflower florets; cook until tender 8 to 10 minutes.

Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process 1 to 2 minutes.

Drain well.

Blot with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Place potatoes cauliflower hard-boiled eggs green onions celery and black pepper in a large bowl; toss to combine.

July 19, 2024

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Chef John’s Pavlova with Strawberries

Chef John's Pavlova with Strawberries

Chef John’s Pavlova with Strawberries
With whipped cream and strawberries, this delicate meringue dessert has a sweet, gooey crunch that goes perfectly.

Set the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees C).

Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to line a baking sheet.

In a bowl, stir together cornstarch and sugar.

Place aside.

Egg whites should be beaten in a bowl for two to three minutes, or until foamy and ribbon-like in texture.

Pour a quarter of the sugar mixture into the egg whites and whisk for 30 seconds or until completely combined.

Repeat with the remaining sugar mixture, whisking after each addition, until the egg whites are glossy and thick.

Pour the vinegar and vanilla into the egg white mixture, and whisk until the egg whites form a sharp peak that holds its shape for two to three minutes.

July 18, 2024

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Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Ginger-Shiitake Brown Butter

Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Ginger-Shiitake Brown Butter

Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Ginger-Shiitake Brown Butter
A sake-mirin browned butter sauce lends an Asian touch to these lovely filet mignons.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat until lightly smoking.

Season filets to taste with salt and pepper.

Sear until golden brown on both sides about 3 minutes per side.

Transfer to oven and cook to desired doneness about 12 minutes for medium-rare.

When done allow steaks to rest out of the pan for 5 minutes.

July 17, 2024

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Pecan Crusted Chocolate Truffle Pie

Pecan Crusted Chocolate Truffle Pie

Pecan Crusted Chocolate Truffle Pie
As a pastry chef, I’ve created a variety of desserts that can be served during Passover. This should be made all year long and not just for the holiday! Add any fresh berries in season as a garnish.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a medium bowl mix together the pecans 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter and miniature chocolate chips.

Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

Cool completely.

In a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water combine 1 1/3 cups chocolate chips and 1/2 cup butter.

Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

July 16, 2024

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Homemade Elderberry Gummy Vitamins

Homemade Elderberry Gummy Vitamins

Homemade Elderberry Gummy Vitamins
Try making your own gummy vitamins without artificial colors and flavors. This version contains elderberries, hibiscus flower, rosehips, ginger, and honey.

In a large saucepan, combine the elderberries, distilled water, rosehips, hibiscus flowers, ginger, cinnamon stick, and cloves.

Bring to a boil.

Simmer for about 30 minutes while stirring occasionally at low heat.

Squeeze all the juice from the berries out of the mixture and strain it through a sieve into a bowl.

Throw away solids.

Refill the saucepan with liquid and heat it gently.

Gelatin should be sprinkled on top and whisked into solution.

Once the mixture is warm but not hot, turn off the heat and let it cool.

Add honey or strawberry puree and stir until combined.

Pour the mixture right away into 9×13-inch baking pan that has been lightly greasing with coconut oil, fun silicone molds.

Spend about 30 minutes in the refrigerator to harden.

Cut gummies into pieces or remove them from the molds.

Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

July 15, 2024

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Butternut Squash Caprese Salad

Butternut Squash Caprese Salad

Butternut Squash Caprese Salad
This butternut squash salad is a great way to add vegetables to your Thanksgiving holiday dinner table or for a vegetarian feast.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Place butternut squash in a bowl and toss with olive oil salt and black pepper.

Spread onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until tender 25 to 30 minutes.

Cube avocado and place in a salad bowl.

Add roasted squash tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Combine olive oil vinegar mustard and garlic in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper.

Pour dressing over salad and toss.

July 14, 2024

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Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter

Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter

Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter
Fresh corn on the cob’s sweet flavor is accentuated by being grilled in their husks and served with a cilantro and lime compound butter.

Cream butter in a bowl until smooth; mix in cilantro lime juice and cayenne pepper until thoroughly combined.

Cover and refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.

Peel husks back from ears of corn starting at the top leaving the husks attached at the bottom of the ears.

Remove all the corn silk and close husks over the ears again.

Cover corn ears with cold water in a large bowl until husks are thoroughly soaked about 20 minutes.

Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

Place the corn in husks onto the hot grate and grill covered until husks are charred and the corn kernels are tender 20 to 25 minutes turning often.

Strip off husks and serve corn with cilantro lime butter.

July 13, 2024

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