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1/2 c. butter
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. poppy seeds
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 grated lemon rind
1 tsp. almond extract


In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and lemon rind. Pour milk into bowl. Cream butter, sugar, and 1 egg and the almond extract. Beat in second egg. Blend in milk. Pour flour mixture over batter. Add poppy seeds. Stir only to moisten. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

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Sweedish Meatballs


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large celery stalk, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 pounds meat-loaf mix (1 pound lean ground beef, 1/2 pound ground pork, 1/2 pound ground veal or lamb)


1.Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil with the onion, celery, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add the salt, allspice, and nutmeg. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, then blend in the milk and bread crumbs. Add the meat and cooked vegetables and stir or work with your hands to combine.

2.Shape into 1-inch balls. Sauté over medium-high heat, in 1 tablespoon olive oil, a few meatballs at a time, removing them when well browned on all sides.

3.Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat. Whisk in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teasp…

Chocolate Pie with Coconut


2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup coconut
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In 3-quart saucepan, heat milk, butter and chocolate over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, just until chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
In medium bowl, stir chocolate mixture and remaining ingredients except whipped topping with wire whisk or fork until smooth. Pour into pie plate.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. Garnish with whipped topping. Store in refrigerator.

Shirred Eggs with Black eyed pea Salsa

From SELF October 2011

Let's have brunch. It's Sunday. This looks really good. Tell me what you think.


1 slice (2 ounces) thick bacon
1 cup chopped onion
10 ounces frozen chopped collard greens, thawed and drained
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced tomato
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (or parsley)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 small green chile, chopped (optional)
Vegetable oil cooking spray
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons 1 percent milk


In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain on paper towel; chop fine. Drain all but 1 teaspoon bacon drippings from skillet. Heat over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, 3 minutes. Add collards, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in bacon; turn off heat. In a bowl, combine peas, …

Pork and Peas, Please

1 pound rotini pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup red onion
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 cup frozen peas
2 pork cutlets
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt to taste
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil

PreparationCook pasta in lightly salted boiling water according to the package directions; drain. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peas, pork cutlets, radicchio, chicken broth, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, and the pasta. Cook until the liquid is absorbed and the meat andvegetables are heated through, about 5 minutes. Toss with lemon juice and more salt to taste. Top with fresh basil.

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup), at room temperature
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons table salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still cool
purple, green, and yellow food coloring
purple, green, and yellow sanding sugars

For the Buttercream Frosting:

20 tablespoons (2½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2½ cups Confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

In a 2-cup glass measure, combine milk, egg whites, and extracts and mix with fork until blended.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and continue beating at slow speed until mixture resembles moist c…

Red Beans and Rice


1 pound dried red kidney beans, picked over
1 pound smoked link sausage, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 large onion, chopped
2 pale-green inner celery ribs (with leaves), chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced, or to taste
6 cups water
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried thyme, crumbled
2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled
1 teaspoon Tabasco
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

In a bowl soak beans in water to cover by 2 inches overnight. In a 6-quart heavy kettle combine all ingredients except 1/2 pound sausage. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer, covered, over moderate heat 1 1/2 hours. Remove lid and cook mixture at a bare simmer 1 hour more, adding more water if mixture is too thick.
Remove 1 cup bean mixture and mash to a paste. Sti…

Polenta Primavera

This cheese-enriched polenta makes a great side to chicken and pork dishes or as part of a vegetarian meal.

This sounds so good just like this. An addition i would make is to add stips of roasted bell peppers.


2 cups Water
2/3 cup Yellow Corn Meal
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fontina or mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Ground black pepper
1 can (14.5 ounces) primavera pasta-ready chunky tomatoes, undrained


GREASE 9-inch pie plate.

BRING water to a boil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add corn meal, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

STIR in fontina cheese, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, for an additional 2 minutes or until very thick.

SPREAD into prepared pie plate; cool for 1 hour or until firm. Cut into wedges. Heat tomatoes and juice; serve over wedges.

Lamb's Ears

if you are a fan of Italian cooking shows  like i am, you've been introduced to a type of pasta called orecchiette. )ō-ˌrā-kˈe-te)

orecchiette is a small piece of pasta that looks like small shell or bowl.  It comes from another word that means ear. in Italian.
Well, orecchiette is fun little pasta to cook and eat. It's little bowl is perfect for holding sauce and cheese.

So here it is. This was the voted the best dish in San Francisco in 2004.


3 tablespoons salt
3 bunches broccoli rabe, about 1 1/2 pounds, coarsely chopped
10 ounces orecchiette (preferably Rustichella brand)
3 hot Italian sausage links, about 1 pound
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 ounces finely grated Pecorino Romano
1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons very crunchy toasted breadcrumbs (optional)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil with the salt. Add the broccoli rabe and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until soft. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


Heart Shaped Pizza

Want to make something different for Valentines?  How about a heart shaped pizza?


3 cups bread flour

1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 (14 ounce) can pizza sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
15 slices pepperoni
1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives


1.Place bread flour, yeast, water, and 2 tablespoons olive oil into the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the Dough setting. Press Start. When the dough is finished, knead rosemary into the dough.

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

3.Divide the dough into three portions. Shape each piece into a heart shape about 1/2 inch thick. Brush with remaining olive oil, and spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on each pizza. Sprinkle cheese over pizza sauce, and arrange tomatoes, zucchini, pepperoni, and sliced olives o…

Lemon Chicken and Rice

What You Need

1lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/4cup KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
1/4cup lemon  juice
3cups frozen stir-fry vegetables
3cups hot cooked long-grain white rice
1/4cup chopped PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts

Make It

HEAT large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; stir-fry 5 to 7 min. or until done.

STIR in dressing and juice. Bring to boil. Add vegetables; cook 5 to 7 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

SERVE over rice; top with nuts.

Kraft Foods

chocolate torte

well, it is all most Valentine's Day. are you ready? Do you know how you will be celebrattorte try this, it's not hard, but looks really good


For crust:
9 (5- by 2 1/4-inch) chocolate graham crackers (not chocolate-covered), finely ground (1 cup)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

For filling:
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not more than 65% cacao if marked), chopped
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

For glaze:
2 tablespoon heavy cream
1 3/4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon warm water

a 9-inch round fluted tart pan (1 inch


Make crust:
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Stir together all ingredients and press evenly onto bottom and 3/4 inch up side of tart pan. Bake until firm, about 10 minutes. Cool on a rack 15 to 20 minutes
Make filling:
Bring cream to a boil, then pour over chocolate in a bowl and let stand 5 …

Chocolate Coconut Pie


1 Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
1 can (12 oz) coconut milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup water1
 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup chocolate shavings.


1 Heat oven to 450°F. Bake pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 15 minutes.

2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat coconut milk, granulated sugar and milk to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened.

3 In large microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on Medium (50%) about 2 minutes or until melted. Stir half (about 2 cups) of the coconut milk mixture (haupia) into the melted chocolate. Spread in baked shell. Gently spread white haupia on top of chocolate layer. Refrigerate pie 2 hours.

Hot Sour Soup


5 ounces boneless pork loin, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips (2/3 cup)
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce*
4 small Chinese dried black mushrooms*
12 small dried tree ear mushrooms*
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
12 dried lily buds* (sometimes called golden needles)
1/2 cup canned sliced bamboo shoots*, cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch-wide strips (from an 8-oz can)
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tablespoon light soy sauce*
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons peanut oil
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 to 4 oz firm tofu (about a quarter of a block), rinsed and drained, then cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil*
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground white pepper
2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallion greens
2 tablespoons fresh whole cilantro leaves


Toss pork with dark soy sauce in a bowl until pork is well coated.

Soak black and tree ear mushrooms in 3 cups boiling-hot water in an…

Dressed up Burgers


.2 pounds ground chuck 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; shape into 6 patties.

Cook patties in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or until browned; drain and remove from skillet.

Sauté onion and bell pepper in skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard; bring to a boil. Add patties; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Uncover and cook 5 more minutes or until patties are no longer pink.

Southern Living


Pork and Pots


4- center cut pork chops
2 cups baby carrots
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2  lbs of russet  potatoes
Salt and ground black pepper


1.Preheat oven to 425 degree F.  Place chops  and carrots in a small beg. Add  maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1 teaspoon of the dried rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Turn the bag around and mix well. Make sure carrots and meat are competly covered.  Pour out chops and carrots on one end of a large roasting pan.
2.  Wash and cut potatoes into small pieces like steak fries.

3. In a medium bowl toss potatoes with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon rosemary. Transfer to roasting pan beside carrots and meat.

4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 155 degree,  and potatoes are browned and crisp. Carefully remove meat and carrots. Cover meat and carrot…

Stuffed Peppers

I remember these as a child. I always ate the filling out first. Others are topped with bread crumbs or cheese, but not this time time. Oh, and pleased don't be shocked at the secret ingredient...

Ingredients 1 lb gound beef 1/2 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 bell peppers 2 cups cooked rice 1/2 stalk celery chopped salt pepper italian seasoning 1 small can  plus 2 oz tomato sauce 1/4 cup stock 3 tablespoons ketchup 1/2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

Cut the tops off the bell pepper, remove rthe stems, and mince the pieces. Chop the onion, garlic and celery and set them aside.
 Cook the rice according to package directions. Brown the ground beef and add the salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Gently remove the core, seeds, and the white pithy membranes from inside the peppers and gently rince out. Add they chopped vegetables, and rice to the ground beef. add the broth and 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce. Mix well so it is all well incorperatoed.  …

Cookie Bowls


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon  Almond Extract

12 bowls.


Ice Cream Cookie Bowl Pan Easy-Add Ice Cream Cookie Bowl Pan

 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the outside of each bowl cavity of Ice Cream Cookie Bowl Pan with vegetable pan spray.

2 In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.

 3 Roll out dough on generously-floured surface to 1/8 in. thickness. Cut 4-1/2 in. circles from dough.. Drape one circle over each bowl cavity of pan, pressing to form smooth surface.

4 Bake 11-13 minutes or until cookie cups are firm and golden brown. Cool on pan on cooling rack 10 minutes. Loosen bottom edges of cookies from pan using small …