Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies

Lofthouse Style Sugar CookiesIngredients:
½ c sour cream1 c sugar½ c butter, softened2 eggs½ tsp pure vanilla extract3 c all purpose flour1½ tsp baking powder½ tsp baking soda½ tsp saltButtercream Frosting:
4 c powdered sugar2 tsp vanilla extract2 Tbsp whole milk½ c butter, softenedfood coloring to color frosting (optional)candy sprinkles to decorate (optional)See full instructions on:

Mango Salsa

Mango SalsaIngredients 2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced (about 3 cups)1 small red onion, peeled and diced1-2 jalapenos, seeded and diced1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packedjuice of one lime

Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake Ingredients Crust 1 1/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs5 tbsp butter, melted5 tbsp sugar
Cheesecake filling 24 ounces packages of cream cheese, softened (three 8 ounce packages)1 cup sugar3 tbsp flour3.4 oz package dry banana cream pudding mix3 eggs, room temperature1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Topping, if desired Additional 1-2 bananas, slicedvanilla waferswhipped creamSee full instructions on:

Mandarin, Treviso and Fennel Couscous Salad

Mandarin, Treviso and Fennel Couscous SaladIngredients 200g of couscous250ml of hot vegetable stock6 Treviso leaves, shredded2 fennel stalks, sliced3 mandarins, peeled and segmented3 spring onions, finely sliced¼ cup of hazelnuts, roughly choppedfennel frondsHoney Mustard Dressin: 2 tbs of olive oil1 tbs of freshly squeezed lemon juice3 tsp of honey2 tsp of Dijon mustardsalt and pepper to tasteSee full instructions on:

Chocolate-Covered 7-Minute Microwave Caramels

Chocolate-Covered 7-Minute Microwave CaramelsIngredients: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted (I use unsalted, use salted for saltier caramels)1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed1/2 cup light corn syrup (light in color, not lite)1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extractchocolate for dipping - I used about 4 ounces each of Milk (32%), Dark (54%), and Darker (72%)1 to 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, optional but recommendedsprinkles (or jimmies, non-pareils, slivered almonds, coarse sea salt, graham cracker crumbs, etc.), optional for sprinkling

Mozzarella, Basil and Corn Quesadilla

Mozzarella, Basil and Corn QuesadillaIngredients: 1 whole tomato, chopped⅓ cup corn4 leaves fresh basil, cut into ribbons2 tortillas⅓ cup shredded mozzarella cheesehummus, optionalsalt and pepper

Impossible Cake

Impossible CakeIngredients Brownie: 7 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (200 g)1 stick butter, room temperature (125 g)3 large eggs1 cup granulated sugar1 pinch of salt1 cup all-purpose flour3 Tbls unsweetened cocoa powderFlan: 3 tbs dulce de leche (or cajeta, optional)4 eggs200 ml sweetened condensed milk (4/5 cup)400 ml milk (1 and 3/5 cup)1 tsp vanillaMold: I used this one by Silikomart