Black Bean Lasagna II

Black Bean Lasagna II

Black Bean Lasagna II
Southwest-inspired lasagna This keeps for up to a month when frozen unbaked. Just let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed. Tastes even better the next day when reheated!

Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C).

Large pot of lightly salted water should be brought to a boil.

Drain the pasta after cooking it for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it is al dente.

Place a sizable skillet over medium heat after spraying it with nonstick cooking spray.

Corn, onion, red bell pepper, and garlic should be cooked until tender.

Add 1/4 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup refried beans, tomato salsa, and black beans.

Cook until thoroughly heated and just a little bit thickened; set aside.

Combine cottage cheese, ricotta, sour cream, and shredded Monterey Jack in a sizable bowl.

Set aside the Jack cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro.

April 30, 2024

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Homemade Wine

Homemade Wine

Homemade Wine
This gallon jug, latex balloon, and rubber band wine-making recipe produces simple homemade wine with sugar, frozen juice concentrate, and yeast.

In a gallon container, combine yeast and sugar juice concentrate.

Add cold water to the jug until it is fully filled.

After thoroughly cleaning it, place a sizable balloon over the jug’s opening.

With a rubber band, hold the balloon in place.

Put the jug in a cool, dark location.

You’ll see the balloon start to grow after a day.

Gases will release as sugar converts to alcohol and fill the balloon.

The wine is ready to be consumed once the balloon has deflated.

Overall, it takes about six weeks.

April 29, 2024

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Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies
Peanut butter and bacon join forces in this sweet and salty cookie treat that will be a highly requested dessert in your house.

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

Beat peanut butter 1/2 cup white sugar and brown sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer until well combined.

Add egg and baking soda; beat until smooth 1 minute.

Fold in bacon.

Form dough into walnut-sized balls.

Pour 2 tablespoons white sugar into a bowl; roll balls in the sugar until coated.

Arrange coated balls on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned about 10 minutes.

Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

April 28, 2024

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Honeycomb Toffee

Honeycomb Toffee

Honeycomb Toffee
This is a simple honeycomb recipe for a tasty treat. Chef John’s crunchy, crowd-pleasing candy is fun and easy to make using common ingredients!

Line a baking dish with parchment paper measure out baking soda in a small bowl and have a heat-proof spatula ready before starting.

Whisk sugar corn syrup water and honey together in a saucepan with a candy thermometer attached.

Heat over medium heat until the mixture is thinner but still cloudy.

Let bubble until the mixture is clear and the thermometer registers 300 degrees F (149 degrees C).

Remove from heat.

Whisk in baking soda until just incorporated.

Switch to a spatula and very carefully pour into the lined dish.

Do not spread it out with your spatula or compress the mixture at all or the bubbles will deflate.

Let cool completely at least 30 minutes.

April 27, 2024

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Turtles Cake

Turtles Cake

Turtles Cake
In the center of a chocolate turtle cake are melted caramels, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C).

Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish very lightly.

Cake mix should be prepared as directed on the packaging.

Less than half of the batter should be added to the dish.

Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.

Take the cake out of the oven.

Melt the butter, milk, and caramels in a microwave-safe bowl for about 10 minutes on high, stirring occasionally.

Cake should be covered in the melted caramel mixture, then pecans and chocolate chips should be added.

Over the top, pour the remaining cake batter.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 35 minutes, or until the center of the cake springs back when lightly touched.

April 26, 2024

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Salsa di Noci

Salsa di Noci

Salsa di Noci
Walnuts, cream, Pecorino Romano cheese, and fresh herbs are the main ingredients in the rich and creamy traditional salsa di noci Italian pasta sauce. Add your favorite pasta and toss.

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.

Add walnuts and cook until they have softened slightly about 5 minutes.

Drain and set aside.

Combine garlic and pinch sea salt in the bowl of a mortar and pestle.

Grind to create a thick paste.

Add walnuts marjoram thyme and oregano.

Grind until combined and slightly creamy but still coarse.

Transfer the walnut mixture to a large bowl.

Slowly whisk in olive oil to form a thick emulsion.

Add heavy cream and Pecorino Romano cheese and whisk until combined.

Season with black pepper and sea salt to taste.

April 25, 2024

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Fresh Cherry Crisp

Fresh Cherry Crisp

Fresh Cherry Crisp
a cherry crisp with an oatmeal crunch topping made with sour pie cherries. Ice cream and this are delicious warm from the oven. Cherries can be used either fresh, frozen, or canned.

Set oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees C).

Cherries, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, and 4 tablespoons flour should be combined in a big bowl.

Pour contents into a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, oats, and brown sugar in a medium bowl.

Add shortening and butter, and mix until crumbly.

cherry-covered with a sprinkle.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown, in a preheated oven.

April 24, 2024

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Lemon-Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake

Lemon-Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake

Lemon-Zucchini Texas Sheet Cake
Shredded zucchini lends texture to this easy Texas sheet cake, bursting with lemon flavor and topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting.

Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C).

A 15-1/2×10-1/2-inch sheet cake pan should be greased and floured.

In a sizable bowl, combine the sugar, zucchini oil, and eggs using an electric mixer.

In another bowl, mix the salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

Don’t overbeat the mixture before adding the dry ingredients.

Add the lemon extract and juice.

Pour into the ready-to-use pan.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in a preheated oven, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Take out of the oven and allow to cool for 20 to 30 minutes.

In the meantime, combine the cream cheese and butter for the frosting in a bowl.

Add the lemon extract first, then beat in the powdered sugar gradually.

ice cooled cake.

April 23, 2024

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Chef John’s Potato Roses

Chef John's Potato Roses

Chef John’s Potato Roses
Layers of potatoes with fresh herbs and melted are baked in muffin cups for a unique and delicious side dish. Plus they’re easy to make ahead of time for entertaining.

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

Generously grease a 12-cup muffin tin with melted butter reserving the rest for the potatoes.

Slice potatoes to about 1/16 to 1/8 inch thickness using a mandoline or vegetable slicer.

Discard end pieces that are mostly skin.

Place slices in a bowl and add rosemary salt black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Drizzle in the remaining melted butter.

Toss with your hands to evenly distribute about 2 to 3 minutes trying to separate all the potato slices.

Grate about a quarter of the cheese over the potatoes.


Add more cheese; toss again.

Continue until all cheese is incorporated.

April 21, 2024

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Smoked Corned Beef Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Smoked Corned Beef Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Smoked Corned Beef Sandwiches with Coleslaw
An easy homemade coleslaw adds fresh taste and crunch to tender and flavorful smoked corned beef sandwiches.

Soak wood chips in water for at least 1 hour.

Preheat a smoker to 225 degrees F (107 degrees C) according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Maintain temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

Combine pepper paprika and garlic powder in a bowl; add the spice packet from the brisket and mix well.

Generously sprinkle the spice mixture over both sides of the brisket.

Drain wood chips and place on coals.

Place a water pan on the smoker and add water to the depth of the fill line.

Place brisket on the lower cooking grate and cover with the smoker lid.

April 20, 2024

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