Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:04PM
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Thanks, Sharri, aka ecsc
Theme for the Feb issue’s recipes is Cozy Comfort Food. The Pistachio Cream Cake may be only online. We'll see how space goes...
PB & J SMOOTHIE
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon strawberry jelly or preserves
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk (any type)
2 tablespoons plain, Greek-style yogurt
1/2 cup ice cubes
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Garnish with dollop of yogurt and a strawberry, if desired.
MARY’S SHEPHERD’S PIE
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 10.25-ounce can beef gravy
1 pound lean ground beef, cooked and drained
2 cups hot mashed potatoes
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
In a 2-quart, microwave-safe casserole, combine butter, carrots and onion. Cover with lid; microwave on high for 5 minutes or until vegetables are nearly tender, stirring once during the cooking (remove lid carefully to avoid hot steam).
Stir in the beef gravy and cooked ground beef. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes or until bubbling, stirring once during cooking.
Spoon mashed potatoes around edge of casserole (for a festive touch, use a pastry tube to pipe the mashed potatoes around the edge of the dish). Sprinkle with cheese; microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
SPINACH AND CHEESE CASSEROLE
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach (can substitute broccoli or collard greens)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
8 ounces low-fat, small- or large-curd cottage cheese
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook spinach according to package directions and drain. Place in a medium bowl, then add beaten eggs. Stir in cottage cheese, flour, butter and cheddar cheese until well incorporated. Spoon mixture into a buttered 9-by-9-inch baking dish. Bake for 50–55 minutes or until very lightly browned.
FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Makes 2 dozen
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, sugar, egg and baking soda until blended. Stir in chocolate morsels. Drop dough in tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 12–14 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to continue cooling.
THE COTTAGE’S PISTACHIO CREAM CAKE
2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup pistachio paste (available online)
1/2 cup pistachio nuts, finely chopped
Frosting if desired* (no recipe provided)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray and line three 8-by-2-inch round cake pans with parchment.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy and light in color, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add sugar and continue to mix until fluffy and light.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing each well before adding the next one. Add vanilla.
Reduce mixer speed to low and add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream. Add pistachio paste and nuts and mix just until blended.
Pour batter into prepared pans and smooth; pound pans on counter 4–5 times. Bake 30–40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. The top should be nicely browned or, in this case, “greened.”
*For frosting, the best choice is a traditional cream cheese frosting. You can also use a whipped white chocolate ganache or vanilla buttercream. Add pistachio paste and ground pistachios to any frosting for a richer, nuttier flavor.
(Edited on 2012-12-28 13:27:11 by ecsc)
Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:56PM
/Here are my tries at the smoothie...Sorry i couldn't dollop the yogurt - I never realized how hard it was to dollop yogurt and make it look good
They are in for inspection now. Thanks!
These are approved now, thanks!
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Nice, Janine! I wanted to join in, Sharri, but some of the ingredients are really not French I will be back!
Posted Thu Jan 3, 2013 8:23PM
I have some Spinach and Cheese Casserole photos in the queue. I'll post them when approved. The smoothies look great Lots of good shepherd's pie as well. Here are my approved Spinach and Cheese Casserole....
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Posted Fri Jan 4, 2013 6:48AM
Some of these Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip should be approved today:
I also have some Spinach and Cheese Casserole ones in the queue and will post when they are approved. Both recipes were yummy!
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Here's a few shots of the PB & J smoothie. They're in the queue now; I'll let you know once they've been accepted. Thanks!
ETA: Everything's been accepted and should be available soon.
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