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Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope unflavoured gelatin
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 16 ounces / 1 500 ml tub light spreadable cream cheese
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder  (optional)
  • 1 14 ounce / 300 ml can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks

Garnish

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 envelope whipped cream stabilizer (if you are garnishing more than an hour ahead of time)

Directions

  1. Sprinkle gelatin over the water in a small saucepan.  Let stand one minute to soften before warming to dissolve over low heat.   Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate over low heat or in microwave. Add coffee powder and cool to room temperature.
  3. Beat together cream cheese,  chocolate and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
  4. Stir in gelatin and then whipped cream.  Stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into 6 individual glasses.  Chill 3 hours or until firm.
  6. Beat together whipping cream with sugar, vanilla, and stabilizer.
  7. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and swirl whipped cream over mousse to garnish.
  8. Chill until serving.

East Side Mario’s Garlic Home Loaf Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Loaf Italian or French Bread
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the bread in half, horizontally or leave it whole. Personally, I like leaving it whole, as I find the loaf absorbs the flavor of the garlic butter mixture.
  3. Press the garlic (or chop fine if you do not have a press). Mix the butter, garlic, and parsley together in a small bowl. Spread the garlic butter mixture over the top of the bread, or bread halves. Place on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from oven. If you want to add some parmesan cheese, now is the perfect time. Sprinkle some parmesan over the bread and return to oven on the highest rack. Broil on high heat for 2-3 minutes until the edges of the bread begin to brown and the cheese (if added) begins to bubble. Watch carefully while broiling as the bread can easily burn.
  5. Remove from the oven and let the bread cool for a minute. Remove from the pan and serve whole, or make 1-inch thick slices. Serve immediately.

Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Brussels sprouts bring flavor to cooked bacon in this cheesy side dish, ready in just an hour’s time.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb Brussels sprouts (1 to 1 1/2 inch), cut in half (5 cups)*
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

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Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 3-quart saucepan, place Brussels sprouts; add enough water just to cover. Heat to boiling; boil 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and return to saucepan; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels and set aside. Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from skillet.
  3. Add butter to bacon fat in skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until butter is melted. Add onion; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender. Add flour, thyme and pepper; cook and stir until well blended. Gradually stir in half-and-half and bouillon granules. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan cheese.
  4. Pour sauce over Brussels sprouts in saucepan; mix gently. Spoon into 2-quart casserole. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, sprinkling with crumbled bacon and Cheddar cheese for last 10 minutes of baking, until hot and bubbly.

Best Pizza Dough Ever Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups (20.25 ounces) unbleached high-gluten, bread, or all-purpose flour, chilled
  • 1 3/4 (.44 ounce) teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon (.11 ounce) instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) olive oil (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 ounces) water, ice cold (40°F)
  • Semolina flour OR cornmeal for dusting

Directions

  1. Stir together the flour, salt, and instant yeast in a 4-quart bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer). With a large metal spoon, stir in the oil and the cold water until the flour is all absorbed (or mix on low speed with the paddle attachment), If you are mixing by hand, repeatedly dip one of your hands or the metal spoon into cold water and use it, much like a dough hook, to work the dough vigorously into a smooth mass while rotating the bowl in a circular motion with the other hand. Reverse the circular motion a few times to develop the gluten further. Do this for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and the ingredients are evenly distributed. If you are using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook and mix on medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes, or as long as it takes to create a smooth, sticky dough. The dough should clear the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too wet and doesn’t come off the sides of the bowl, sprinkle in some more flour just until it clears the sides. If it clears the bottom of the bowl, dribble in a teaspoon or two of cold water. The finished dough will be springy, elastic, and sticky, not just tacky, and register 50 to 55F.
  2. Sprinkle flour on the counter and transfer the dough to the counter. Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with baking parchment and misting the parchment with spray oil (or lightly oil the parchment). Using a metal dough scraper, cut the dough into 6 equal pieces (or larger if you are comfortable shaping large pizzas), You can dip the scraper into the water between cuts to keep the dough from sticking to it, Sprinkle flour over the dough. Make sure your hands are dry and then flour them. Lift each piece and gently round it into a ball. If the dough sticks to your hands, dip your hands into the flour again. Transfer the dough balls to the sheet pan, Mist the dough generously with spray oil and slip the pan into a food-grade plastic bag.
  3. Put the pan into the refrigerator overnight to rest the dough, or keep for up to 3 days. (Note: If you want to save some of the dough for future baking, you can store the dough balls in a zippered freezer bag. Dip each dough ball into a bowl that has a few tablespoons of oil in it, rolling the dough in the oil, and then put each ball into a separate bag. You can place the bags into the freezer for up to 3 months. Transfer them to the refrigerator the day before you plan to make pizza.)
  4. On the day you plan to make the pizza, remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator 2 hours before making the pizza. Before letting the dough rest at room temperature for 2 hours, dust the counter with flour, and then mist the counter with spray oil. Place the dough balls on top of the floured counter and sprinkle them with flour; dust your hands with flour. Gently press the dough into flat disks about 1/2 inch thick and 5 inches in diameter. Sprinkle the dough with flour, mist it again with spray oil, and cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap or a food-grade plastic bag. Now let rest for 2 hours.
  5. At least 45 minutes before making the pizza, place a baking stone either on the floor of the oven (for gas ovens), or on a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven as hot as possible, up to 800F (most home ovens will go only to 500 to 550F, but some will go higher). If you do not have a baking stone, you can use the back of a sheet pan, but do not preheat the pan.
  6. Generously dust a peel or the back of a sheet pan with semolina flour or cornmeal. Make the pizzas one at a time. Dip your hands, including the backs of your hands and knuckles, in flour and lift I piece of dough by getting under it with a pastry scraper. Very gently lay the dough across your fists and carefully stretch it by bouncing the dough in a circular motion on your hands, carefully giving it a little stretch with each bounce. If it begins to stick to your hands, lay it down on the floured counter and reflour your hands, then continue shaping it. If you have trouble tossing the dough, or if the dough keeps springing back, let it rest for 5 to 20 minutes so the gluten can relax, and try again. You can also resort to using a rolling pin, though this isn’t as effective.
  7. When the dough is stretched out to your satisfaction (about 9 to 12 inches in diameter for a 6-ounce piece of dough), lay it on the peel or pan, making sure there is enough semolina flour or cornmeal to allow it to slide. Lightly top it with sauce and then with your other toppings, remembering that the best pizzas are topped with a less-is-more philosophy. The American “kitchen sink” approach is counterproductive, as it makes the crust more difficult to bake. A few, usually no more than 3 or 4 toppings, including sauce and cheese is sufficient.
  8. Slide the topped pizza onto the stone (or bake directly on the sheet pan) and close the door. Wait 2 minutes, then take a peek. If it needs to be rotated 180 degrees for even baking, do so. The pizza should take about 5 to 8 minutes to bake. If the top gets done before the bottom, you will need to move the stone to a lower self before the next round. if the bottom crisps before the cheese caramelizes, then you will need to raise the stone for subsequent bakes.
  9. Remove the pizza from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Wait 3 to 5 minutes before slicing and serving, to allow the cheese to set slightly.

Makes six 6-ounce pizza crusts.

Coleslaw Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2- 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Combine prepared vegetables.
  2. Bring oil, vinegar, sugar and salt to boil and cook until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Pour hot dressing over cabbage mixture and refrigerate until ready to use.  It tastes best made at least 24 hours in advance and stays good for over a week.

Antipasto Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cooked pasta shells or bowties drained and cooled
  • 16 ounces Italian Mix Giardiniera (marinated carrot, cauliflower, peppers, celery, pickles, onion)
  • 12 ounces marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, julienned or whole
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion,
  • 1/2 cup Italian salami of your choice, cut into strips or cubed
  • 1/2 cup shaved or grated Parmesan cheese
  • White balsamic citrus basil dressing or any Italian dressing you prefer to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley to garnish
  • Garbanzo Beans (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients togther. 
  2. You can serve it immediately or if you want a more marinated taste let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well. Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes.
  4. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, cubed
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring a 2 quart saucepan of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 7 minutes, or until tender. Set aside.
  2. Return the saucepan to the heat and melt butter and shredded cheese until cheese melts.
  3. Combine melted cheese, eggs, sour cream, soup, cream, milk, mustard, and salt and pepper in a slow cooker. Stir in the macaroni and give the entire mixture a couple stirs.
  4. Cook on low for 3 hours.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Corn Muffin Recipe (Kenny Roger’s Roasters)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen yellow corn

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar, honey, eggs, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add the flour, cornmeal, and baking powder and blend thoroughly. Add the milk while mixing.
  4. Add the corn to the mixture and combine by hand until the corn is worked in.
  5. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan and fill each cup with batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins begin to turn brown on top.

Makes 12 muffins.

Mild Salsa Recipe (Chi Chi’s)

Ingredients

  • 14-ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 large green onions, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, cored and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of Tabasco hot sauce to taste

Directions

  1. Cut up stewed tomatoes and combine in saucepan with onions, fresh tomato, salt and pepper. Bring just to a boil. Lower heat and cook for 3 minutes. Put half of mixture through a blender to mince but not to puree. Return to remaining half of mixture. Cool and refrigerate tightly to use in a few weeks. Freezes well for 6 months.
  2. For hot salsa, add 1 teaspoon canned green chopped chilies or to taste.