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Darbey Bread

You’ll Need:

2 (1 pound) loaves frozen bread dough, thawed
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 onion, finely diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Procedures : Thaw frozen bread dough loaves until they can be cut into 1 inch cubes.
Toss bread cubes with the grated sharp cheddar cheese, diced onion, olive oil and Italian spices. Place in a 9×9 inch square baking pan. Let sit and rise in a warm place until bread has doubled in size.
Bake bread in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and all cheese is melted

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Gefilte Fish

You’ll Need:

1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
1 1/2 pounds red snapper fillets
1 pound black cod fillets
1 pound ling cod fillets
2 1/2 large onion
4 carrot
5 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
4 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons ground white pepper
3/4 cup matzo meal
3/4 cup ice water

2 onion
2 carrots
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup white sugar

Procedures : Grind the fish, 2 1/2 onions and 4 carrots together. Place fish mixture in a wooden bowl. Using a hand chopper, add eggs one at a time. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 4 teaspoons salt and white pepper and continue to chop until very well blended. Stir in the ice water a little at a time throughout this process. Add matzo meal and chop again. Check to see if mixture is thick enough to bind together to make an oval gefilte fish ball and if not add in more matzo meal.
Meanwhile, fill two large heavy stock pots half full of water . Into each pot slice one raw onion and one sliced carrot. Add fish skins, if desired. Sprinkle in paprika, salt, black pepper and two tablespoons of sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let boil for 10 minutes.
With wet hands shape the fish balls and carefully drop into boiling stock. Cover slightly and cook over medium-low heat for 2 hours. When done, let fish sit in the pot for 10 minutes, then remove pieces carefully to containers and strain remaining stock over fish balls, just barely covering them. Chill and serve. They will now keep in the refrigerator for up to 6 days

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Galette des Rois

You’ll Need:

1/4 cup almond paste
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 dry kidney bean
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Procedures : Place the almond paste into a food processor or blender with about half of the sugar, and process until well blended. Add the butter and remaining sugar using and process until smooth, then blend in 1 egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, flour and salt. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Butter a baking sheet or line with parchment paper, and set aside.
Roll out one sheet of the puff pastry into an 11 inch square. Keep the pastry cool, do not knead or stretch. Use a large pie plate, cake pan or frying pan to trace an 11 inch circle onto the dough using the tip of a small knife. Place the circle of pastry onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry. Refrigerate both sheets.
Mound the almond filling onto the center of the pastry that is on the baking sheet. Leave about 1 1/2 inch margin at the edges. Press the bean or feve down into the filling. Place the second sheet of pastry on top, and press down the edges to seal. Beat the remaining egg with a fork, and lightly brush onto the top of the gallette. Use a knife to make a criss cross pattern in the egg wash, and then prick several small slits in the top to vent steam while baking.
Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not open the oven until the time is up, as the pastry will not fully puff. Remove from the oven, and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Return to the oven, and cook for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, or until the top is a deep golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Lay a golden paper crown gently on top of the cake. This will be used to crown the person who finds the bean or feve. Serve warm or cold. Make sure to tell everyone about the bean or feve

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Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

You’ll Need:

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Procedures : Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
In a large mixing bowl, mix together crushed vanilla wafers, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, and butter or margarine by hand. Press ingredients into a 9 inch springform pan.
In the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips, making sure that they are very smooth.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth. Mix in melted chocolate, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Pour the filling into the prepared crust.
Bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 55 minutes. The cake will seem underbaked in the center, but will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven

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Frosty Strawberry Squares

You’ll Need:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 1/2 cups strawberries, finely chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Procedures : Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
To make the crust: combine flour, nuts, and brown sugar. Add melted butter, tossing to combine the ingredients. Spread the mixture in a 9×13 inch pan.
Bake the crust at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside to cool. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups crust mixture in a 9×13 inch pan. Reserve the remaining crust mixture.
Filling: In large bowl combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Fold whipped topping into the mixture. Carefully spoon filling over the crust mixture. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture on top. Cover and freeze for 6 hours or until firm. (You will need the full 6 hours)

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French Stuffing

You’ll Need:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 onion, chopped
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 pinch brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures : In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and pork until brown. Stir in onion, potatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, poultry seasoning, brown sugar and water. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in flour, butter, salt and pepper until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes

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Fig Duff

You’ll Need:

2 cups bread crumbs
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup white sugar
2 pounds dried figs, quartered
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Procedures : In a large bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Cut the butter into the crumb mixture using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Butter lumps should be no larger than peas. Mix in the milk, eggs and sugar until well blended, then stir in figs and pecans. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease a large pudding mold. Give the batter another stir before transferring to the prepared pudding mold. Place the mold into another larger baking dish, place the pudding mold and dish into the oven, then fill the outer dish with at least 1 inch of water.
Steam for 4 hours in the preheated oven, or until the pudding is firm. Cool slightly before removing from the mold. Best served with a lemon hard sauce

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Fourth of July Potato Salad

You’ll Need:

3 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped

Procedures : Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the potatoes and let cook until tender. While the potatoes cook, in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Drain the potatoes, stir them into the vinegar mixture and let them marinate for 30 minutes to absorb the flavors.
In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream and heavy cream. Fold this creamy mixture into the potato mixture along with the onions and hard-cooked eggs. Cover and chill before serving if you wish. (This salad keeps for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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Four Seasons Enchiladas

You’ll Need:

1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers, drained
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups chopped cooked turkey
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, undrained
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Procedures : Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
In a medium bowl, mix chile peppers, cream cheese, and cumin. Stir in chopped turkey.
Place the tortillas in a microwave oven. Heat for 1 minute, or until the tortillas are softened. Spread about 2 heaping tablespoons of the chile pepper mixture on each tortilla, and roll up. Place the rolled tortillas, seam-side down, in single layer in the prepared baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine the salsa and beans. Spoon the mixture over the enchiladas. Sprinkle the top with cheese.
Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly browned

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Festive Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies (Cookie Mix)

You’ll Need:

1 (1 pound 1.5 ounce) pouch Betty Crocker? Peanut Butter Cookie mix
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
Sugar
36 Kisses? milk chocolates, unwrapped
Betty Crocker? white decorating gel
Assorted holiday candy sprinkles
Betty Crocker? red decorating icing

Procedures : Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, water, oil and egg until dough forms.
Shape dough into thirty-six 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired using remaining ingredients

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