Halloween Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

with or without blood, (vodka)

36 ounces of tomato or vegetable juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Mix tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce in a pitcher. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Pour into ice-filled glasses.  
Garnish with celery and olives  

Marbled Biscotti
Marbled Biscotti

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine 

1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Grilled Camembert Sandwiches

Grilled Camembert

Sandwiches

with Summer Tomato Soup

Camembert, a cow milk cheese from

Normandy, has a delicious

mushroomy finish which gives

flavor and balance to the bread and

the tomatoes. Yield: 5 portions

Ingredients
10 each Favorite bread, sliced ¼ inch
¼ cup Olive oil
2 tsp. Black pepper, freshly cracked
16 ounces Camembert (or Brie) cheese, sliced ¼
inch thick, about 16 slices
½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
1 each Onion, sliced
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
2½ lbs. Tomatoes, ripe, cored and chopped
12 each Fresh basil leaves
to taste Kosher salt and cayenne pepper
Method
1. for the sandwiches: Heat the olive oil and cracked pepper over
low heat. Turn off and let infuse for 10 minutes.
2. To assemble, lay the sliced cheese on half of the bread slices
making sure the cheese comes all the way to the edge of
the crust. Lay the top slice on each of the sandwiches and
move them together so they are crust to crust. Cover all the
sandwiches with a layer of plastic wrap and place a medium
cutting board on top of the sandwiches to gently weigh them
down for 15 minutes.
3. Using a pastry brush, thoroughly brush the surface of both faces
of the sandwich with the pepper oil.
4. Preheat a Panini griddle on low or a medium sauté pan over low
heat. Wipe surface with a little oil. Place the sandwiches in the
press or in the sauté pan and cook until slightly browned, about
2 to 3 minutes per side until the cheese is melted. Keep the heat
low so you do not burn the bread.
5. for the tomato soup: In a medium saucepan, combine the olive
oil, onions, and garlic and cook over low heat together for about
20 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the
tomatoes and cook another 15 minutes.
6. Add the stock and basil leaves and bring to a simmer. Cook gently
for 20 minutes to develop the flavor.
7. Strain the soup into a large bowl through a china cap or other
fine strainer, or a food mill, to remove seeds, skins, and basil.
Season passed soup to taste with kosher salt and cayenne pepper.
8. Serve the tomato soup hot with the warm sandwiches. Drizzle a
generous amount of the extra virgin oil over the top of the soup
along with a few small basil tops, and enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of The Cheeses of France Marketing Council (www.cheesesoffrance.com) and The Culinary Institute of America

Swiss Fondue Bagel

Ingredients

1 Bagel (any bagel can be used, but a sweet bagel is not recommended)

2 tablespoons cream cheese

2 slices swiss cheese

Directions

Cut the bagel in half. Spread each half with a tablespoon of cream cheese. Put one slice of swiss cheese on each half. Place in the microwave oven for one minute, or for better results place under the broiler for approx. one minute. It is really simply–but really delicious.

Homemade Organic Flour Tortillas

Written by Rachanne.

3 cups whole wheat organic flour 

1 tsp. sea salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup warm water

Directions: combine flour, salt, vegetable oil in a large bowl.  Add the water until it forms a dough. Take 1 to 2 inches of dough and knead the dough into a ball.  Flatten dough with your hands or rolling pin. Use a flat pan on medium heat and place tortilla on pan.  Let cook until there are brown spots and turn over to do the same on the other side.

Jalapeno poppers made easy

Ingredients

-15 Jalapenos

- 1 package of cream cheese or low-fat cream cheese

- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese or 2% cheese

-15 pieces of bacon or turkey bacon 

-toothpicks

Directions

Pre- heat over for 350 degrees.  Slice open the jalapenos and take out the seeds. Mix softened cream cheese and cheddar cheese together, Place a small spoonful of cream cheese mix into a jalapeno. Close the jalapeno and wrap it with a piece of bacon.  Put a toothpick through it to make it stay together.  Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. 

Yummy Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounce cream cheese- can make it low fat cream cheese too
  • 1-16 ounce package powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup additional powdered sugar

Preparation:

Melt the chips in either a double bowler pan or in the microwave. Add softened cream cheese to melted morsels, beat at medium speed of mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until well blended. Press mixture into a 6 inch square on heavy duty plastic wrap, cover and chill at least one hour.

Cut mixture into 48 squares. Roll each square into a ball and place on wax paper. Roll balls in unsweetened cocoa. Melt a few more chips and drizzle each ball. Serve at room temperature.

Homemade Granola

 

Ingredients:
4 cups  old-fashioned oats                                                                                                    
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or mixture of both                                                                                               
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 cup raisins
1cup dried cranberries 
Optional (1 cup chopped apricots,dates, figs or other dried fruit)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 F. In medium/large bowl mix the oats, almonds, walnuts or pecans, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a small saucepan warm the oil and honey.  
Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon. Spread granola in a 15x10 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper for easy clean up.
Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Let it cool completely before stirring in dried fruits. Store granola in a container or self-sealing plastic bag.

Rich Vegan Fudge Brownies

Rich Vegan Fudge Brownies

Makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C. walnuts
1 1/2 C. sulfite-free raisins or fresh pitted dates
1/2 C. raw cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and balled up.

Remove from bowl and press into square glass dish - alternatively, you can shape into one large square block with your hands.

Freeze until firm, then slice and serve.

For more great Vegetarian Recipes  www.not-just-recipes.com

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 Tbsp. of grapeseed oil, divided
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1 cup of sun dried tomatoes, dry-packed - not in oil
1 cup of boiling water
6 cloves of garlic, pressed
1/4 tsp. red pepper
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. granulated black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 pound whole-grain fettuccine
1 ounce freshly ground Parmesan cheese

Heat 1/2 Tbsp. of grapeseed oil over medium heat
in a small skillet. Add pine nuts and saute, stirring
frequently until lightly browned. Place in small bowl
and set aside.

Place tomatoes in a small bowl. Cover them with the
boiling water and allow them to soak until tender.
Drain the tomatoes, reserving the liquid.
Coarsely chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Heat the remaining grapeseed oil in the skillet over
medium heat. Add the garlic, chopped tomatoes, salt,
red and black pepper as well as the Italian seasoning.
Stir frequently, until garlic is lightly browned.

Add the reserved tomato liquid to the mix and simmer
on low heat. Meanwhile, cook the pasta al dente according
to package directions. Drain the pasta and gently toss
with the "sauce" from the skillet mix.
Stir gently to mix thoroughly and absorb as much of the
liquid as possible.

Top each serving with pine nuts and a sprinkle of Parmesan
cheese.

Delicious! This particular recipe makes about two servings.

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Banana French Toast

Here is a great Breakfast idea to start your day!

Yes, banana French toast may seem like a simple breakfast idea...and it is. But it is also one that provides calcium, manganese and potassium as well as vitamin B6, some vitamin C and some dietary fiber. - 

Banana French Toast

Ingredients

6 to 8 slices of whole wheat or whole
grain bread.
2 ripe bananas.
2 eggs or equivalent egg replacer.
1 tsp. of vanilla extract.
1/2 to 3/4 cups of soy or rice milk.
A dash of cinnamon.
How we make it
Place bananas, eggs, vanilla, "milk" and a
dash of cinnamon in a blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth then pour into a wide shallow
bowl.
Dip bread slices into the mixture and cook
on a non-stick griddle or large skillet.
For an added treat, top with chopped pecans and
honey or agave nectar or use maple syrup.
 

 

Five Minute - One Pan Meatloaf

Written by Brian Strauss.

Five Minute - One Pan Meatloaf

This recipe is one of the Quickest,Simplest and Easiest that I have made.Guaranteed no one in the family will turn up their nose when you are ready to serve. Make a lot because cold meatloaf sandwiches are just as good!

One Pan Meatloaf

Cinnamon-nut Homemade Granola

Ingredients:

4 cups old-fashioned oats                                                                                                    
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or mixture of both                                                                                                
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries or a mixture of both
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 F. In medium/large bowl mix the oats, almonds, walnuts or pecans, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a small saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in the vanilla.
Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon. Spread granola in a 15x10 inch baking pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Let it cool completely before stirring in raisins or cranberries. Store granola in a container or self-sealing plastic bag.

SAUSAGE FRITTATA WITH TOMATOES

8 oz. veggie sausage crumbles

6 eggs

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Dash of hot pepper sauce

1 medium-size tomato, sliced

2 tsp. minced fresh basil or dill or

1/2 tsp dried basil or dillweed

Fresh-ground pepper to taste

In a medium-size non-stick skillet, cook sausage over
medium heat until slightly browned. Meanwhile whisk
eggs with water, salt and hot-pepper sauce in a medium-
size bowl until blended. Pour over sausage. Reduce heat
to low, cover and cook about 10 min. or until eggs are
set. Arrange tomato slices on top; sprinkle with basil
and pepper. Cover and cook 2 more minutes to heat the
tomatoes slightly.

When ready to serve, slice and remove from skillet with
a pancake turner. Serve with sliced fruit (apple, pear or
kiwi). Delicious!

Note: If you can't find sausage crumbles use Morningstar sausage
patties. Break 'em up in small pieces.

check out our friends  at  www.not-just-recipes.com for more great vegetarian recipes!

BBQ Brisket

Written by Brian Strauss.

BBQ Brisket Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes or less

 3-5 lb brisket

salt,pepper. garlic powder,onion powder, lemon pepper, coriander spice

2 beef boullion cubes*

Christmas best Hot Chocolate

Written by unknown.

Serendipity

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

This is the original Serendipity

frozen hot chocolate recipe.

*(with one change.)
6 oz. chopped semisweet chocolate
3 cups whole milk, divided
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. your favorite powdered hot chocolate mix (we recommend, Lake Champlain, Hot Chocolate Mix)
3 Tbsp. sugar
6 cups ice cubes
top with whipped cream
*Place chopped chocolate and 1/4 cup of the milk in a microwave-safe container. Heat on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir. (If necessary, continue heating in 30-second increments until chocolate is melted.)
(Authentically, the melting process is done stove top)
Add hot chocolate mix and sugar. Stir. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup of the milk. Stir, and let cool to room temperature.Pour cooled chocolate mixture into blender. Add remaining milk and ice cubes. Puree until smooth. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.
Makes 2 giant frozen hot chocolates.

Thanksgiving Traditional Bobby

After the big meal, and dessert, and a few other picking times, Make sure you leave room for the Traditional Bobby! 

The Traditional Bobby
a good hard roll
mayonnaise
turkey (turkey can be replaced with any vegetarian or vegan substitute).
stuffing
cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly

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