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Cookies and Brownies, Dawn Butler, Desserts

Apple Dessert Bars

CRUST
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

FILLING
1-1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced 1/8 inch thick (3 large)
1-1/2 pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced 1/8 inch thick (3 large)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 375°.

For the crust, place the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and creamy. Sift the flour and salt together and, with the mixer on low, slowly add to the butter-sugar mixture, beating until combined.

Scatter two-thirds of the dough in clumps in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and press it lightly with floured hands on the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides (use a metal measuring cup to make the corners). Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown, and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, put the mixing bowl with the remaining dough back on the mixer, add the walnuts and cinnamon and mix on low speed to combine. Set aside.

Reduce the oven to 350°.

For the filling, combine the Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples and lemon juice in a very large bowl. Add the granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Melt the butter in a large (10-inch-diameter) pot, add the apples and simmer over medium to medium-low heat, stirring often, for 12 to 15 minutes, until the apples are tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Spread the apples evenly over the crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border.

Pinch medium pieces of the remaining dough with your fingers and drop them evenly on top of the apples (they will not be covered). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is browned. Cool completely and cut into bars.

Note: Be sure to use Granny Smith and Golden Delicious – don’t substitute other varieties. This is not a very sweet dessert – it could be eaten at breakfast like a coffee cake.

Dawn Butler, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes

Creamy Baked Ziti with Side Sauce

4 cups ziti pasta, uncooked
2 jars (12 ounces each) marinara sauce, divided
2 jars (12 ounces each) tomato puree, divided
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained, divided
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
3/4 cup sour cream
1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Remove pasta from pan; drain.

Mix together 1 jar or can of the marina sauce, tomato puree, diced tomatoes.

Stir in the cream cheese to same pan; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is blended, stirring frequently.

Return pasta to pan; mix well.

Layer half the pasta mixture in 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with layers of sour cream, 1 cup mozzarella and remaining pasta mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella; sprinkle with Parmesan.

Cover and bake 25 minutes; uncover and bake approximately 15 minutes more or until heated through.

Mix together the second jar or can of the marina sauce, tomato puree, diced tomatoes. Warm on the stove. Serve with the baked ziti but in a separate dish for those who like extra sauce.

Breakfast, Dawn Butler

Pumpkin Pancakes

1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 cup buttermilk (do not substitute regular milk)
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup pumpkin puree
mini chocolate chips (optional)

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs and butter. If desired, add the chocolate chips. Stir the pumpkin batter into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter may still be lumpy.

Heat a greased skillet or griddle over medium heat (325˚F for the griddle). Pour the batter on the griddle or skillet in 1/4 cup portions. Use the back of the spoon or measuring cup to smooth the batter into desired circle shape. When bubbles start forming on the top, carefully use a spatula to flip to the other side. Let cook for a few more minutes, until golden brown.

Transfer the pancakes to the baking sheet or oven-safe platter; place in the oven to keep warm until serving. Repeat with the rest of the batter until it has all been cooked, re-greasing the pan as needed.

Dawn Butler, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes, Vegetables

Cheesy Cauliflower Puff

1 package (4-ounces) cream cheese
12 ounces fresh cauliflower florets (or you can use a combination of broccoli and cauliflower, about 3 cups total)
8 ounces white cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup biscuit mix
1/2 cup ricotta cheese, part-skim
3 eggs beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400*F. Cut cream cheese into cubes. Place in a medium bowl to soften.
2. Cook cauliflower in microwave or on stovetop. Let stand 3-4 minutes to cool, then chop coarsely.
3. Combine grated cheese with cream cheese. Stir in biscuit mix and ricotta cheese until well blended and smooth.
4. Stir in cauliflower, eggs, and salt until well blended.
5. Coat 2 quart baking dish with spray; transfer mixture into dish. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.

Dawn Butler, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes, Vegetables

Tomato Bread Pudding

3 pounds plum tomatoes such as Roma, halved lengthwise
1-1/2 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 head garlic, left whole (contains 10 to 12 cloves)
10 cups cubed (1-inch) country-style Italian bread (1 pound)
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
8 eggs
2 cups coarsely grated chilled Italian Fontina (9 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter a 3-quart shallow baking dish, 13 by 9 inches.

Toss tomatoes in a bowl with herbes de Provence, 1 tablespoon oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Arrange tomatoes, cut sides up, in a large heavy 4-sided sheet pan.

Cut off and discard 1/4 inch from top of garlic head to expose cloves, then put on a sheet of foil and drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil. Wrap garlic in foil and roast in pan with tomatoes until tomatoes are browned but still juicy and garlic is soft, 50 to 60 minutes. (Leave oven on.) Cool garlic to warm, then force through a medium-mesh sieve with a rubber spatula, discarding skins. Reserve purée.

While garlic cooks, toss bread cubes in a large bowl with remaining oil until coated, then spread out in a large 4-sided sheet pan and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in pan.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

Whisk together milk, cream, eggs, garlic purée, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir in cheeses. Transfer bread to baking dish, then pour egg mixture over bread and add tomatoes, pushing some down between bread cubes. Bake until firm to the touch and golden brown in spots, 50 to 60 minutes.

Dad, Dawn Butler, Mom, Salads

Green Salad with Blue Cheese and Pears

1/4 cup pear preserves
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 small glove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons pear preserves
8 cups loosely packed Bibb and Romaine lettuce
2 Bartlett pears, chopped
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted in a skilled with a little sugar

Process the 1/4 cup preserves and the next five ingredients (vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, pepper) in a blender and process for one minute. Gradually blend in the olive oil and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and gently stir in the 2 tablespoons of preserves.

Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with the salad dressing.

Dawn Butler, Vegetables

Zucchini Cornbread Casserole

1 pound of zucchini (to make 4 cups, grated)
3 eggs, beaten
1 (8.5 ounce) package corn muffin mix
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish (9″ square baking dish).

Wash the zucchini. Leaving the peel on, grate the zucchini using the large holes of a box grater. Put the grated zucchini in a colander and press with a spoon to remove the excess moisture.

In a large bowl, mix together the zucchini, eggs, muffin mix, salt and pepper. Stir in half of the cheese.

Spread the mixture into the casserole dish, then top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for one hour. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Dawn Butler, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes

Spicy Three Cheese Fondue

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup (2 ounces) blue cheese
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 to 6 drops hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring once or twice until cheese is melted and smooth.

Increase heat to high and cook another hour or hour and a half, until the cheese is heated through.

Appetizers, Dawn Butler

Roasted Chickpeas

2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, thoroughly drained and rinsed (about 3 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Optional: Soak the chickpeas in 1 t. of baking soda and hot water for about 5 minutes. Then remove the skins on the chickpeas by rubbing them between your hands.

Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and spices. Stir in the chickpeas until evenly coated. Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 35 to 45 minutes.

Dad, Dawn Butler, Liked by, Mom, Vegetables

Ruth Chris Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

Crust Topping:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
3/4 coup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup butter, melted

Sweet Potato Mixture:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1 egg, well beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a small bow, combine ingredients for the Crust Mixture and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine ingredients in the order listed for the Sweet Potato Mixture. Beat until well blended.

Pour Sweet Potato Mixture into buttered baking dish (size not specified but I think 13×9). Sprinkle Crust Mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow to cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.