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  • Meal Course : Drinks | Monday, November 2, 2009 - 8:51pm
    While in college, I spent a summer week sailing in the British Virgin Islands.  I learned many refreshing (and strong!) mixed drinks from the islands.  My favorite was the Planter's Punch, made with three rums, sweet orange and pineapple juice, refreshingly tart lime juice, and a dash of grenadine.  This is a...
  • Meal Course : Meats | Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 1:42pm
    Think of these like strombolis that kids can make.  Crescent roll dough is used to wrap meats and cheese in a long tube.  Decorating and curving this tube, you create a delicious snake to share with your friends. The recipe uses cheese and coldcuts, but part of the fun is stuffing the snakes with any of your preferred...
  • Meal Course : Meats | Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 1:22pm
    One of the silliest things you've ever seen, but a sandwich that is fun to make and tasty to eat for young kids.  Effectively, these are bagel and cream cheese sandwhiches decorated with bologna tongues.  Quick to make, quick to eat, and not much mess. Ingredients: Mini bagels Cream cheese Bologna slices Directions: For...
  • Meal Course : Meats | Monday, October 26, 2009 - 9:01pm
    A children's favorite to fix AND to eat, Mummy Dogs make for a terrific Halloween spin on hot dogs! Ingredients: 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls or 1 can (8 oz) crescent refrigerated dough sheet 10 large hot dogs Cooking spray Mustard or ketchup, if desired Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. If using crescent rolls: Unroll...
  • Meal Course : Vegetables | Friday, October 23, 2009 - 1:07pm
    Our recipe here includes a set of grilled vegetables including eggplant, green and red bell peppers and zucchini.  Antipasto is Italian for appetizer, in particular a course of mixed foods.  It never fails to make for an impressive serving plate, not to mention the taste, of course! The approach is versatile to a wide...
  • Meal Course : Desserts | Friday, October 23, 2009 - 9:51am
    This icing is the second half of Mike's Magnolia Vanilla Cupcakes. The ingredients make enough for one 2-layer 9-inch cake or 2 dozen cupcakes.  See below if you are icing a 3-layer cake*. Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 6 or 7 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract *Note:...
  • Meal Course : Desserts | Friday, October 23, 2009 - 8:23am
    The recipe for the Vanilla Buttercream Icing can be found here. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin...
  • Meal Course : Pastas | Friday, October 23, 2009 - 8:10am
    Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese (cubed) 1 cup half and half 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese 1 clove garlic (crushed) or substitute 1 tablespoon garlic powderpepper, to taste Directions: In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Once butter is almost melted, add the package of cream cheese. When butter and cream cheese...
  • Meal Course : Breads | Friday, October 23, 2009 - 7:27am
    Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 2/3 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and...
  • Meal Course : Pastas | Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 8:40pm
    This pasta sauce is packed with flavor, serving as a glorious example of cooking with wine.   The mix of beef and pork lightens the meaty taste, allowing the other flavors to come forward into a rich combination unlike most other pasta sauces. In Italy and Southern France, the Bolognese is as common to pasta restaurants as...