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.

Beef, Dad, Dorothy Lamalie, Mom

Prime Rib

1 3-rib standing beef rib roast (about 6 pounds)
3 small gloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place beef in shallow baking dish on top of a wire rack. Pat dry. Allow to sit at room temperature for one hour.

Combine remaining ingredients and brush all over beef.

Roast at 450*F for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and roast for an hour or until beef reaches 125 in center for medium-rare.

When done, remove from oven, cover with foil and let it rest for 30 minutes before serving. If desired, serve with Bearnaise sauce.

Breakfast, Debbie Allen, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes

Southwestern Egg Casserole

Mix together in large bowl:
10 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Gradually add in:
4 cups (1 pound) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 cups cottage cheese
2 cans diced green chilies
1/2 cup butter, melted

When the mixture is well blended, pout it into an empty, clean, 13×9 casserole dish and back at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. If using a glass pan, you may want to decrease the temperature to 325 and back for 40 to 50 minutes.

Desserts, Elaine Walker, Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

1-1/2 ounces unsweetened cocoa powder, approximately 1/2 cup
3 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
8 large egg yolks
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Place the cocoa powder along with 1 cup of the half-and-half into a medium saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine. Add the remaining half-and-half and the heavy cream. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the sugar and whisk to combine.

Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and sugar by gradually adding small amounts, until about 1/3 of the cream mixture has been added. Pour in the remainder and return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Continue to cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon.

Pour the mixture into a container and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract. Place plastic wrap on top to prevent a film from forming. Then place the mixture into the refrigerator and let cool for 4 to 24 hours.

Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Variation: use only 7 egg yolks. Use 2-1/2 c. heavy cream and 1-1/2 c. International Delight Vanilla Coffee Creamer. Decrease sugar to 1/2 c. Eliminate vanilla.

Desserts, Elaine Walker, Ice Cream

Strawberry Sorbet

6 cups hulled strawberries (about 2 pounds)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Puree strawberries in a food processor until smooth.
Combine water, lemon juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat.
Stir in the vanilla.
Pour the syrup into the fruit puree and stir until well mixed.
Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until cold, about 4 hours.
Pour the sorbet mixture into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.

Desserts, Elaine Walker, Ice Cream

Candy Cane Ice Cream

2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
6 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1/2 cup crushed candy canes or hard peppermint candy

Warm the cream, milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Make sure the sugar and salt completely dissolve. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour some of the the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a wooden or heatproof rubber spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula, about 5-7 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir until cool. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for 3 to 24 hours.

Add 1 t. peppermint extract, mix well, then taste. Add more as needed until you reach the desired level of peppermintiness. (Different peppermint extracts vary in strength. I used 2 teaspoons of McCormick peppermint extract, which was just the right amount for our taste.)

Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (For the Cuisinart, put the blade in so that the circle is at the top. Turn the machine on first and then pour in the ice cream.)

Fold in the crushed peppermint candy. Put in an airtight plastic container and place in the freezer for at least an hour, preferably several hours.

Desserts, Elaine Walker, Ice Cream

Java Chip Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream
2 cups 2% milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules (I used Starbucks Colombian Instant Coffee, VIA, 4 packets = 2 T., and it gives a strong coffee flavor.)
1 tablespoons vodka (I used Pinnacle brand, Whipped flavor)
6 egg yolks
10 Lindt Cappuccino truffles, chilled in the refrigerator and cut into small pieces

Combine the cream, milk, sugar, and coffee in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat.

Beat the egg yolks with the vodka in a medium bowl.

Whisk 1 cup of the hot cream into the egg yolks. Gradually add the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream, to the hot cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. (Do not allow the mixture to boil, and don’t overcook or the eggs will curdle.) Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl and let cool. Then cover with plastic wrap, pressing down against the surface to keep a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 24 hours.

Remove from the refrigerator and pour into the bowl of an ice cream machine. (For the Cuisinart, put the blade in so that the circle is at the top. Turn the machine on first and then pour in the ice cream.) Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

When done, fold in the truffle pieces.

Desserts, Elaine Walker, Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream

1 cup whole milk
1 (15 ounce) can cream of coconut*
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

* Use Coco Lopez brand, in the alcohol mixers aisle of the grocery store. Do not use Coco Real. When at the store, turn the can of Coco Lopez upside down. If it feels or sounds like something thumped inside the can, go to another store. Cream of coconut congeals into a gel when it isn’t fresh. It’s still edible but not as good. It’s best when it’s a thick liquid.

Pour the milk and cream of coconut in a blender and mix thoroughly. Blend in the heavy cream and flaked coconut.

Pour into the container of an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (For the Cuisinart, put the blade in so that the circle is at the top. Turn the machine on first and then pour in the ice cream.)

Desserts, Elaine Walker, Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream with Praline Sauce

Ice Cream
1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
5 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of nutmeg

Praline Sauce
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1: Toast Pecans
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Lightly spritz baking sheet with cooking spray.
Add pecans and toast them just until they become aromatic, about 5 minutes.
You have to watch them carefully as they are easily scorched.

Step 2: Make Praline Sauce
Combine brown sugar, cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour into a small bowl and let cool while making the ice cream.

Step 3: Make Ice Cream
In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine 1-1/2 cups of the cream and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Cook until bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the egg yolks, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, the remaining 1/2 cup cream and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve.

Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture until smooth. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and keeping the custard at a low simmer, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 5 minutes. Do not allow the custard to boil. Remove from heat, pour into a large bowl and stir occasionally (to prevent a skin from forming on the custard) until completely cool.

Whisk together the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Mix into the custard. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (For the Cuisinart, put the blade in so that the circle is at the top. Turn the machine on first and then pour in the ice cream.)

Serve with praline sauce.

Makes about 1 quart.

Appetizers, Elaine Walker

Elaine’s Chex Mix

3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon steak seasoning salt (salt with garlic & pepper)
1/4 teaspoon Mole Mexican seasoning
1 cup whole grain Cheerios
1 cup Rice Chex cereal
1 cup Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup whole pecans

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Melt the butter. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and Mole.

Add cereal to pie plate. Pour over butter with seasoning. Stir until coated.

Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool. Store in an airtight container.