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, (Coco Lopez brand, in the alcohol mixers aisle of the grocery store. Can use either the regular or light version.)
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Combine the milk and cream of coconut in the container of a food processor or blender, and mix thoroughly. Stir in 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.

Appetizers, Breakfast, Elaine Walker, Poultry, Sandwiches

Party Sliders

Take one package of a dozen soft, baked dinner rolls.
Slice in half to create a top layer and bottom layer.
Remove the top layer.
Put the bottom layer in a glass, 13 x 9 inch greased baking dish.

Add your choice of fillings:

1) Chicken BBQ sliders: 3 cups of cooked chicken, 1/3 cup BBQ sauce, 6 slices Pepper Jack cheese, 1/4 cup parsley.
Cover with the top layer of dinner rolls.
Brush with 1/4 to 1/2 cup melted butter.

2) Breakfast sliders: 9 eggs (scrambled, cooked), 6 slices of ham, 6 slices of cheddar cheese, 8 slices of bacon (cooked, crumbled), 3 ounces spinach (raw)
Cover with the top layer of dinner rolls.
Brush with 1/4 to 1/2 cup melted butter. Sprinkle with black pepper.

3) Chicken Parmesan sliders: 3 cups of rotisserie chicken (shredded), 1/2 cup marinara sauce, 8 ounces mozzarella (shredded), 1/4 cup basil.
Cover with the top layer of dinner rolls.
Melt 1/2 cup butter and stir in 2 gloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons basil, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan. Brush on top of rolls.

For all:
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Slice so that all sandwiches are separate.
Serve.

Choice 4 – Cheeseburger sliders
Bake meat first:
Put 2 pounds of ground beef into your baking dish.
Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of pepper and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.
Mix by hand until spices are well distributed.
Press evenly to cover bottom of baking dish.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
Remove meat, keeping it in one piece.
Discard grease. Rinse pan.

Take one package of a dozen soft, baked dinner rolls.
Slice in half to create a top layer and bottom layer.
Remove the top layer.
Put the bottom layer in your rinsed pan.
Place cooked beef on top.
Add 6 slices of cheddar cheese.
Cover with the top layer of dinner rolls.
Brush with 1/4 to 1/2 cup melted butter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Slice so that all sandwiches are separate.
Serve.

Elaine Walker, Vegetables

Mashed Potato and Gravy Bombs


Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes, chilled
  • 1/2 cup gravy
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Preparation

  1. Pour gravy into an icecube tray and freeze until solid, 1-2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Remove from freezer and cut each cube into 3-4 smaller pieces, if using a large ice cube tray.
  3. Set up a breading station by placing flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together mashed potatoes, cream cheese, parmesan, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  5. Wrap 2-3 tablespoons of potato mixture around one gravy cube. Roll each ball in flour, then dredge in egg mixture, and lastly bread crumbs. Repeat with remaining potatoes and gravy cubes.
  6. In a large pot or skillet, heat 3-4 inches of vegetable oil to 375ºF.
  7. Making sure to not overcrowd the pan, fry potato bombs in batches for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined dish and let drain.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Elaine Walker, Vegetables

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

1 bunch fresh broccoli (3 to 4 stalks, halved)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Marie’s Asiago Peppercorn Salad Dressing
1/2 coup Italian style bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425F.
Line baking sheet with foil.

Cut each stalk in half lengthwise.
Place broccoli, cut side down, on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake 10 minutes.

Turn broccoli over and bake for 15 minutes more or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Spread dressing over broccoli. Combine bread crumbs with cheese; sprinkle over broccoli. Bake another couple of minutes until lightly browned.

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.

Cake, Desserts, Elaine Walker

Eggnog Gingersnap Trifle

1 (5.1 ounce) box of Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding & Pie Filling
3 cups eggnog
16 ounces Cool Whip
1 (16 ounce) frozen Sara Lee Family Size All Butter Pound Cake
16 gingersnap cookies, finely crushed
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

Night Before
Thaw Cool Whip and pound cake in the refrigerator.

Next Morning
Whisk pudding mix and eggnog for 2 minutes or until well blended. Chill pudding for 30 minutes to thicken.

Crumble the pound cake.
Crush the cookies, reserving 2 tablespoons.
Chop the pecans.

Assemble the trifle in in this order: one-half each of the cake crumbs, cookie crumbs, pudding mixture, and Cool Whip. Repeat layers.

Top with pecans and the remaining 2 tablespoons of cookie crumbs.
Chill one hour.