15 April, 2018 04:29

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Lindsey Sousa

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Caramelized Onion Dip

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dry sherry (optional)
  • 1 8-oz. pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Dash hot sauce
  • 6 oz. Gruyèrecheese,coarselygrated
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped, plus extra for serving
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions, season with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium, add the sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until deep golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes (add a tablespoon water if the onions stick or pan browns). Stir in the thyme and cook for 1 minute; stir in the sherry, if using.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, zest, and hot sauce until smooth. Fold in the Gruyère, scallions, and onions.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a shallow 3-cup baking dish, place on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until light golden brown and bubbling, 15 to 18 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions, if desired, and serve with the chips and vegetables.

Perfect M&M Cookie

Ingredients
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
3 tablespoons Instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 or 1-1/2 cups Mini M and M’s
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl cream your butter and sugars until well combined. Add your egg and vanilla mixing to combine. Add your flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt, stirring to combine. Add chips and m and m’s stirring to combine.
With a medium cookie scoop, place dough 1 inch apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Enjoy

Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles

INGREDIENTS
1 cup cashews
¾ cup water (more for soaking)
½ teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon oil
4 large sweet potatoes, spiralized
2 cups baby spinach
a handful of fresh basil leaves, chives, or other herbs
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for drizzling

INSTRUCTIONS
Cover the cashews with water in a bowl and soak for 2 hours or so.
Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place in a food processor or blender (I got better texture with the blender) and add the ¾ cup water, salt, and garlic. Puree until very smooth.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the sweet potatoes; toss in the pan for 6-7 minutes with tongs until tender-crisp. Remove from heat and toss in the spinach – it should wilt pretty quickly.
Add half of the herbs and half of the sauce to the pan and toss to combine. Add water if the mixture is too sticky. Season generously with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and top with the remaining fresh herbs.

Pierogi Casserole

Ingredients

1 package (16 oz) frozen potato and onion pierogies
1 tablespoon water
7 oz kielbasa sausage, sliced
4 oz cream cheese (from 8-oz package), very softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2 cup thinly diagonally sliced green onions

1
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
2
Place frozen pierogies and water in medium microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on High 2 minutes; stir. Continue microwaving on High 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until thawed. Place pierogies evenly in casserole. Top with sausage.
3
In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, chicken broth and pepper with whisk. Stir in 1/2 cup of the Cheddar cheese and 1/3 cup of the green onions (reserve remaining onions for topping).

4
Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over pierogies. Cover with foil; bake 22 to 27 minutes or until center is heated through and temperature reaches 165°F.

5 Uncover, and top with remaining cheese; bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with reserved green onions.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients
Sugar cookie crust:
1 Cup granulated sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup butter at room temperature
2 Cups all purpose flour
Lemon cheesecake:
8 Ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 Cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons lemon zest divided
1/2 Cup sugar
Instructions
For the bars:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line an 8×8 or 9×9 inch square baking dish with foil and spray liberally with non stick cooking spray.
In bowl of stand mixer using paddle attachment, or large bowl with hand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Turn mixer to low and slowly add the flour (1/2 cup at a time) and mix just until dough comes together.
Press half of the dough into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
Cool completely before filling.
Store remaining sugar cookie dough in a bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For the Filling:
In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or medium bowl with a hand mixer beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp. of the lemon zest until smooth and creamy.
Pour filling over cooled crust.
Top filling with the remaining sugar cookie dough by simply crumbling it evenly over the top.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until cookie crumble is light golden in color.
Top with remaining lemon zest as desired.

Mandarin Pasta Spinach

Ingredients
8 ounces bowtie pasta noodles
4 cups spinach leaves
½ cup craisins
⅓ cup cashews or Diamond of California Pine Nuts
1 4-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
¼ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
dressing
⅓ cup teriyaki sauce (the thicker, the better!)
⅓ cup rice wine vinegar (may sub apple cider vinegar)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder (if you have it)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup oil (such as vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil)

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. While pasta is boiling, prepare the dressing. In a jar combine all dressing ingredients. Cover and shake to combine. Chill until ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl toss together pasta, spinach, raisins, nuts, mandarin oranges, and cilantro. Just before serving pour dressing over salad, toss, and serve.