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Spatchcocked Chicken on Bread

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Ingredients

1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened1 1/2 teaspoons chunky sea salt6 slices rustic bread (from about 1/2 loaf), 3/4 inch thick1 cup fresh Thai or regular basil leaves1 cup fresh mint leaves1 lemon, halved

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut chicken along backbone on 1 side with kitchen shears and open it like a book. Turn over and press to lay flat. Slather with 2 tablespoons butter; season all over with salt.Spread remaining tablespoon butter on 1 side of bread slices. Place side by side, buttered side up, on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and lay chicken on top. Roast until chicken is golden brown and a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast (do not touch bone) reaches 160 degrees, 30 to 35 minutes.Remove chicken from oven; let rest on baking sheet 10 minutes. Scatter with herbs; squeeze lemon juice over chicken. Cut chicken and bread into serving pieces; place on a platter. Pour pan juices over chicken and ser…

Salmon Pasta

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon fennel seeds1/4 cup minced fresh parsley1 tablespoon light-brown sugarSalt and pepper1 one-pound salmon fillet with skin (about 1 inch thick)1 pound corkscrew or other short pasta10 ounces spinach, stems trimmed and leaves washed well1/2 cup sour cream2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

Heat the broiler. Put fennel seeds in a small, self-sealing plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin. Add parsley, brown sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to the bag, and shake to mix.Press the mixture onto the skinless side of the salmon. Broil salmon, skin side down, until it is no longer red in the center, about 8 minutes.Flake the fish with a fork. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente, about 13 minutes. Reserve about 1/2 cup cooking water, and drain pasta. Return it to the warm pot, add spinach, and toss.In a bowl, mix together sour cream, lemon juice to taste, 1/2 teaspoon sal…

Pork and Plums

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Ingredients

1 pound pork tenderloin, pounded thinCoarse saltExtra-virgin olive oilUnsalted butter4 plums, cut into wedges1 red onion, thinly sliced1/4 cup red-wine vinegar

Directions
Slice pork tenderloin, and season with salt. Brown pork in olive oil and butter over medium-high heat, and remove. Saute plums and red onion over medium heat. Add vinegar, and stir until bubbling. Return pork to pan, and toss.

Serves: 4

Pork Sausages and White Beans

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Ingredients

6 tablespoons unsalted butter2 ounces diced bacon1 large onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon thyme leaves1/2 cup dry white wine1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes (from one 14.5-ounce can)1 1/4 cups chicken stock2 cans (14.5 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed2 pounds cooked pork sausages (French garlic and bratwurst), left whole or sliced 1 inch thick5 cups homemade breadcrumbs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large braiser or high-sided ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook until crisp. Add onion; cook until tender. Add garlic and thyme; cook for 1 minute. Add wine; cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook until sauce is thickened. Add stock and beans; bring to a simmer. Add sausages. Bake for 30 minutes.Toast breadcrumbs in remaining butter in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.…

Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich

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Ingredients

1 scoop ice cream, gelato, or sorbet, softened2 waffle cookies

Directions
Spoon ice cream onto a waffle cookie. Top with another cookie and press together lightly. Serve immediately or wrap in waxed paper and freeze on a baking sheet, up to 1 day.

Peanut-Butter Chocolate Parfaits

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups heavy cream2 tablespoons sugar1/4 cup smooth peanut butter1 recipe cooled Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding6 peanut-butter sandwich cookies

Directions

In a medium bowl, whip 1 cup cream along with sugar until soft peaks form. Reserve.Place peanut butter and remaining 1/2 cup (unwhipped) cream in another medium bowl; whisk until smooth. Add reserved whipped cream; gently fold in with a rubber spatula until combined.Creating alternating layers, spoon Chocolate Pudding and whipped cream mixture into 6 serving glasses or dishes. Cover; chill at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Crumble cookies over parfaits before serving.


Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 4 Hours
Servings:6

Sauteed Corn, Bacon, and Scallions

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Ingredients

4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch strips4 cups corn kernelsCoarse salt and ground black pepperPinch of red-pepper flakes2 to 3 scallions, sliced

Directions

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until browned, 4 to 6 minutes.Add corn kernels; season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring often, until corn is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in scallions. Serve immediately.

Corn and Zucchini Orzo Salad

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Ingredients6 medium zucchini, dicedCoarse salt and ground pepper1 pound orzo4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil5 cups corn kernels (from 6 ears corn)1 small red onion, chopped1 jalapeno, seeded and diced1 tablespoon lemon zest1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 lemons)1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn4 ounces feta, crumbled (2 cups) DirectionsPlace zucchini in a colander and toss with salt. Place colander in sink and let sit 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking; transfer to a large bowl.In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 4 minutes. Add to pasta along with zucchini, 3 tablespoons oil, onion, jalapeno, and lemon zest and juice; season with salt and pepper. Stir in basil and feta.Prep Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Serves: 6

Zucchini, Banana, and Flaxseed Muffins

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Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)1/2 cup ground flaxseed1 cup lightly packed light-brown sugar2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon coarse salt1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 1/2 cups coarsely grated zucchini (from 1 large zucchini)1/3 cup mashed ripe banana (from 1 large banana)3/4 cup whole milk1 large egg, lightly beaten1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 12 standard muffin cups with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, flaxseed, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add zucchini and banana and stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until combined (do not overmix).Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let muffins cool completely in pan on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.


YIELD:Makes 12

Raspberry-Filled Molten Chocolate Cupcakes

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Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar6 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature4 large eggs1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)Pinch of salt11 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted (2 1/2 cups chopped)18 raspberries (36 if they are small)Confectioners' sugar, for servingVanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 cup standard muffin tin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl with a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low, beat in flour and salt. Beat in chocolate until just combined.Divide half the batter among cups, add two raspberries to each, and top with remaining batter. Bake until tops are just set and no longer shiny, 10 to 11 minutes, let cool in pan on a wire rack, 10 minutes. Remove from pans, dust with confectioners' sugar, and top with ice cream, if desired.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serv…

Apple-Pie Cake

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Ingredients2 cups flour1 cup packed light-brown sugar2 teaspoons cinnamon1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces5 pounds (about 12) tart apples, such as Granny Smith2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice DirectionsIn a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Using an electric mixer or a pastry cutter, cut in butter until the mixture forms pea-size pieces. Press 2/3 of the mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 9-inch springform pan.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel apples, cut into thin slices, and place in a bowl. Pour off any accumulated liquid. Toss apple slices with remaining teaspoon cinnamon and lemon juice, and put them in the prepared pan, pressing down gently as you pack them in (they will mound above the edge of the pan). Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top.Put the pan on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and let the …

Toasted Marshmallow Cupcakes

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IngredientsFor the Cupcakes3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 cups sugar1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda3/4 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt2 large eggs, lightly beaten3/4 cup warm water1/2 cup whole milk1/4 cup sour cream1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract18 cupcake linersFor the Topping1 bag of jumbo marshmallows DirectionsMake the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners.Whisk cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, warm water, milk, sour cream, butter, and vanilla, mixing until smooth.Fill each muffin cup half way (about 2 ounces each). Bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes.Let cake cool slightly and change the oven to broil.Make the topping: Place one marshmallow vertically in the center of each cupcake. Put the cupcakes back into the oven (careful not to knock any marshmallows off)…

Warm Brownie Cups

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Ingredients

4 ounces semisweet chocolate8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powderPinch of salt1/2 cup cocoa powder4 large eggs, at room temperature1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup sugarConfectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a baking pan half full of water in oven.Bring a saucepan of water to barely simmering. Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Place over water and stir until almost melted. Remove bowl from heat and let cool, stirring occasionally.Sift together twice all the dry ingredients except sugar. Set aside.Beat eggs and vanilla until foamy and light. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Stir in chocolate-butter mixture. Fold in dry ingredients. Pour into five 8-ounce custard cups, filling each nearly to rim. Place in baking pan; water should come halfway up sides of cups.Bake for 30 minutes or until brownies have risen to just above the rim and tops are cracked. They should be firm t…

Light Chocolate-Chunk Brownies

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower, plus more for pan3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 cup packed dark-brown sugar1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (2 ounces melted, 2 ounces coarsely chopped)2 large eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with oil; line with a strip of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides, and brush paper with oil.In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, applesauce, sour cream, melted chocolate, eggs, and oil until combined; add flour mixture, and mix just until moistened.Spread batter in prepared pan; sprinkle top with chopped chocolate. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes.Cool completely…

Breakfast Sandwich Frittata

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Ingredients

5 large eggs1/4 heavy cream1/4 whole milk1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper3 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, chives, and chervil)2/3 cup grated sharp cheddar (2 ounces)Coarse salt and ground pepper2 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces1 pita, split horizontally into 2 rounds

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, milk, cayenne, herbs, and half the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.In a small ovenproof nonstick or cast-iron skillet, cook bacon over medium, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 7 minutes. Transfer bacon to egg mixture and pour all but 1 teaspoon fat into a small bowl. Add 1 pita round to skillet and cook until toasted and golden, 3 minutes, flipping halfway through; transfer to a plate. Repeat with more reserved fat and remaining pita half; leave pita in skillet, cut side up.Add egg mixture and cook over medium, gently stirring, 30 seconds. Top egg mixture with other pita half, cut side…

Easy Poached Eggs

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Ingredients
3 or 4 large eggs

Directions

In a 12-inch straight-sided skillet, heat 2 inches water over medium until bubbles cover the bottom and sides of pan. Crack each large egg into a separate small bowl (do not use eggs with broken yolks). When a few bubbles have broken the surface of the water, gently pour each egg into the pan, leaving room between them.Cook eggs, undisturbed, until white is just set and yolk is still runny, 3 to 4 minutes. Use a rubber spatula to gently release eggs from the bottom of pan, if necessary.Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs from water. If using immediately, blot the bottom of the spoon on a paper towel to remove excess water before serving.

Note
If your egg white thins out in the pan, try swirling the water before adding the next egg. The moving water will help hold the egg's shape. You can refrigerate poached eggs for up to 3 hours, on a parchment-lined plate. To serve, heat water in skillet according to instructions in step 1 (above); gently add e…

Prosciutto and Fontina-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Ingredients

Cooking spray1 ounce chopped prosciutto1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary2 garlic cloves, minced1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded fontina cheese4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper42 saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve)1/2 cup all-purpose flour2 large egg whites1 tablespoon Dijon mustard2 tablespoons canola oil

Directions
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add prosciutto to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until browned. Add rosemary and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Spoon prosciutto mixture into a bowl; cool to room temperature. Stir in fontina cheese; set aside.
2. Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each chicken breast half to form a pocket. Stuff about 2 tablespoons prosciutto mixture into each pocket; press lightly to flatten. Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper.
3. Place crackers in a food processor; process 2 minutes or until finely ground. Place cracker crumbs in a s…

Chicken Scaloppine over Broccoli Rabe

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil1/3 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs1/4 teaspoon black pepper4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets1/2 cup dry white wine1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 teaspoon butter1 pound broccoli rabe (rapini), cut into 3-inch pieces2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained4 lemon slices (optional)

Directions
1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Combine breadcrumbs and pepper in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in breadcrumb mixture. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; keep warm.
3. Add wine, broth, juice, and butter to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in broccoli rabe; cover and cook 3 minutes or until broccoli rabe is tender. Stir in parsley and capers. Serve chicken over broccoli rabe mixture. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Chicken and Shiitake Marsala

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Ingredients

4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halvesCooking spray1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper2 (3 1/2-ounce) packages shiitake mushrooms, sliced1/2 cup Marsala wine2 green onions, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup) and divided2 tablespoons butter

Directions
1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan. Cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken and drippings from pan; set aside, and keep warm.
3. Heat pan over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms. Coat mushrooms with cooking spray; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add wine and 3 tablespoons onions. Cook 30 seconds over high heat. Reduce heat; add butter, stirring until butter melts.
4. Add chicken and dri…

Tarragon Chicken

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Ingredients

4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves1/4 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 teaspoon grated lemon rind2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 garlic clove, minced2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions
1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
2. Combine olive oil and remaining 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil mixture to pan, spreading evenly over bottom of pan with a wide spatula. Add chicken; cook 2 minutes. Drizzle chicken with 2 teaspoons oil mixture. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes. Drizzle remaining oil mixture over chicken; reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 2 minutes or until done. Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Pour pan drippings over chicken; serve immediately.

Pineapple Chicken Soup

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Ingredients

3 cups cubed ripe pineapple, divided1 can (14.5 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth2 quarter-size slices fresh ginger1 large garlic clove, smashed1 1/2 cups lemon verbena leaves1 tablespoon fish sauce8 ounces boned, skinned chicken thighs, cubed1 cup trimmed clamshell mushrooms1 tomato, halved and seeded, then cubed1 green onion, sliced diagonally1/2 serrano chile, sliced

Directions
1. Whirl 1 cup pineapple with 3 cups of water until smooth, about 1 minute. Strain liquid into a 4 qt. pot.
2. Add broth, ginger, garlic, and verbena leaves. Simmer over medium heat, covered, until flavors have melded, 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Strain mixture again, discard solids, and return to pot. Add remaining 2 cups pineapple along with the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until chicken is firm, about 10 minutes.

Chicken Noodle Soup

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Ingredients1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), giblets and liver discarded1 pound carrots, sliced 1/2 inch thick1 pound parsnips, sliced 1/2 inch thick2 medium onions, cut into thin wedges4 teaspoons coarse saltCooked wide egg noodles, for serving DirectionsIn a large pot, combine chicken, carrots, parsnips, and onions. Add water to just cover. Stir in salt. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook, partially covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 35 minutes (skim off foam). Transfer chicken to a plate to cool; refrigerate (see note, below). To serve soup, add noodles to broth, and season with salt, if desired. NoteTo store, pull meat from bones, keeping chicken breasts whole and tearing dark meat into bite-size pieces (discard skin and bones). Refrigerate in separate airtight containers for up to 2 days.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 8

Asian Noodle Soup

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IngredientsCoarse salt and ground pepper8 ounces rice noodles2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth1 piece fresh lemongrass (3 inches), smashed, or 3 sticks dried lemongrass1 piece peeled fresh ginger (1 inch), cut into matchsticks2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each), thinly sliced crosswise8 ounces snow peas, trimmed and halved2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving1/4 cup fresh mint leavesAsian chile sauce (such as Sriracha), for serving (optional) DirectionsIn a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles. In a saucepan, combine chicken broth, lemongrass, ginger, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until fragrant, 10 minutes.Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain broth and return to saucepan. Add chicken and snow peas and simmer until chicken is cooked through and snow peas are crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes.Remove soup from heat and stir in …

Corn Chowder

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Ingredients2 tablespoons vegetable oil1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 5 cups)1 medium onion, chopped1 box (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed1 1/2 teaspoons curry powderCoarse salt and ground pepper2 cans (14.5 ounces each) vegetable broth1/2 cup heavy cream DirectionsIn a large heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high; add squash and onion. Cook until onion is soft, about 6 minutes. Add corn and curry powder; cook until curry is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add broth and simmer until squash is tender, about 25 minutes. In a blender, blend half the soup until smooth. Return to pot and stir in cream; heat through over medium-low (do not boil).Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4

Mini Mocha Cheesecakes

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Ingredients

2 cups nonfat cottage cheese2 large eggs1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract9 chocolate wafer cookies, such as FamousWhipped cream (optional), for serving

Directions
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line 9 standard muffin cups with cupcake liners. In a food processor, combine cottage cheese, eggs, confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, flour, espresso powder, and vanilla. Process until smooth, 4 minutes, scraping down sides as needed. Divide mixture among cups and place 1 cookie on top of each. Bake until fillings are set and cookies soften, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool to room temperature in pan on a wire rack, then refrigerate at least 1 1/2 hours (or, covered, up to 3 days). To serve, invert cheesecakes onto plates and peel off liners. Top with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Serves: 9

No-Bake Espresso Cremes Brulees

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Ingredients

6 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped3 large egg yolks2 tablespoons instant-espresso powder2 tablespoons granulated sugarCoarse salt1/2 cup heavy cream1/4 cup whole milk1/4 cup raw sugar

Directions

Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Arrange four 4 1/2-inch creme brulee dishes (1 inch deep) on a baking sheet. Freeze.Meanwhile, whisk together yolks, espresso, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt until sugar has almost dissolved. Bring cream and milk to a boil in a saucepan; gradually whisk about half into yolk mixture. Return mixture to saucepan; whisk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until mixture is thick and reaches 175 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 6 minutes; pour over chocolate, and whisk until chocolate has melted and is smooth. Divide among molds, and freeze until firm but not frozen, 45 to 55 minutes.Sprinkle 1 tablespoon raw sugar onto each custard; shake off excess. Caramelize tops using a handheld kitchen torch.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total …

Sweet Potato-Cheesecake Squares

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Ingredients

2 medium sweet potatoes (1 1/2 pounds total)18 graham crackers (9 ounces total)1 cup sugar, divided1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, dividedFine salt1 1/2 cups ricotta1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt4 large eggsLightly sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then discard skins and mash flesh with a fork (you should have 1 1/2 cups).In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until finely ground (you should have about 2 1/4 cups). Add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 stick butter, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pulse until combined. Firmly press mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake until crust is dry and set, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 325 degrees.Meanwhile, in clean food processor, puree sweet potatoes, ricotta, yogurt, eggs, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 3 tablespoons butter and 2/3 cup sugar. Pour into crust…

Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

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Ingredients

1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed, cut lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slicesCoarse salt1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing2 cups cherry tomatoes (about 10 ounces), halved1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)Pinch of red-pepper flakes1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn if large

Directions

Generously season eggplant slices with salt. Place vertically in a colander, overlapping them. Let stand 30 minutes; rinse and pat dry.Preheat grill to medium-high. Liberally brush cut sides of eggplant with oil. Grill, turning once, until tender, about 4 minutes a side. Mix tomatoes, pine nuts, feta, red-pepper flakes, and oil; season with salt. Spoon over eggplant; top with basil.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 4

Lemon and Olive Chicken

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Ingredients8 bone-in chicken breast halvesSalt and pepper3 tablespoons olive oil2 lemons2 onions, chopped4 cloves garlic, minced1 cup green olives, pitted and halved2 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium broth1 teaspoon dried thyme1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper DirectionsSprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. In two batches, sear chicken, skin side first, until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a plate.Cut lemons in half lengthwise and then into thin slices crosswise. If the skillet is dry, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add onions and garlic, and cook over medium heat until soft but not brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon slices, olives, stock, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.Put chicken on top of vegetables, pour in any accumulated juices from the plate, and sprinkle with thyme and crushed red pepper. Cover, and simmer until chicken …

Lighter General Tso's Chicken

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Ingredients1 1/4 cups long-grain brown rice1/4 cup cornstarch1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise4 garlic cloves, sliced2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated and peeled3 tablespoons light-brown sugar2 tablespoons soy sauce1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes2 large egg whitesCoarse salt and ground pepper1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower DirectionsCook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Add snow peas, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, and red-pepper flakes; toss to combine, and set aside.In another bowl, whisk together egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken, and toss to coat.In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess), and add to skillet. Cook, turni…

Spinach-and-Brie Chicken with Tomato Orzo

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IngredientsCoarse salt and ground pepper8 thin chicken cutlets (1 1/2 pounds total)2 tablespoons Dijon mustard1 package (10 ounces) frozen leaf spinach, thawed and squeezed dry4 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 8 slices1 cup orzo2 plum tomatoes, cored and chopped1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley1 tablespoon butter1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice DirectionsSet a large saucepan of salted water to boil. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. Place chicken on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Dividing evenly, spread one side of each cutlet with mustard; top with spinach, then cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Starting at short end, roll chicken up tightly, and arrange, seam side down, on sheet.Season rolled chicken with salt and pepper. Broil, without turning, until tops are lightly browned and chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.Meanwhile, cook orzo in boiling water until al dente. Drain well; return to pot. Add tomatoes, parsley, butter, and lemon juice. Seas…

Baked Alaska

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Ingredients

FOR THE CAKES

2 cups sugar1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder2 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons baking sodaSalt1 cup vegetable oil2/3 cup warm water (about 100 degrees)2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract6 large eggs, room temperature, separated
FOR ASSEMBLING

Vegetable oil, cooking spray6 cups chocolate ice cream (3 pints)
FOR THE MERINGUE

12 large egg whites, room temperature3 cups sugarPinch of cream of tartar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cakes: Sift 1 1/3 cups sugar, the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt into a bowl. Combine oil, water, and vanilla.Whisk egg yolks with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and thick, about 5 minutes. With machine running, slowly pour oil mixture into yolks, and then add sugar mixture.In a clean mixer bowl, whisk egg whites on medium-high speed, gradually adding remaining 2/3 cup sugar, until medium-stiff peaks form. Mix one-third of the whites into cake…

Creamy Zucchini and Ricotta Spread

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Ingredients1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil1 medium zucchini, grated on the large holes of a box grater1 garlic clove, minced1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leavesCoarse salt and ground pepper1/2 cup ricotta1 tablespoon lemon zest2 teaspoon lemon juice DirectionsIn a medium nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high. Add zucchini, garlic, and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender and golden brown in spots, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool to room temperature (or refrigerate, up to overnight; bring to room temperature before continuing). Add ricotta, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Beer-Battered Brownies

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Ingredients

1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Original Supreme Premium brownie mix1/4 cup water1/4 cup vegetable oil1 egg2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour3 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon table salt1 bottle (12 oz) dark beer, chilledVegetable oil for deep frying1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Directions


Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 8- or 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, pouch of chocolate syrup, water, 1/4 cup oil and the egg until well blended. Spread batter in pan.Bake 8-inch pan 38 to 40 minutes, 9-inch pan 34 to 37 minutes, or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.In 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches oil to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and the beer with whisk until smooth. Working in small batches, d…