Pear Craisin Strudel

contributed by Deb Reno

Place a sheet of phyllo on a greased cookie sheet & spray with buttery Pam.

Repeat until you have 6 layers of phyllo.

In a bowl, combine:

4 pear halves, roughly chopped

1/2 c. craisins

2 T. sugar

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. nutmeg

1/3 c. walnut pieces.

Spoon this mixture along the long side of the phyllo.

Roll the phyllo up like a burrito, tucking ends in as you roll.

Bake at 350°, 25 minutes.

To serve, I spread a small dollop of some ‘strawbanero’ (hot pepper jelly) on a plate.

Then I zig-zagged some chocolate syrup over that & dragged a fork through it to make it look fancy!

I sliced the strudel into 12 pieces & placed three on each plate.

Topped it with another drizzle of the jelly & put dollops of vanilla yogurt around the edge of the plate.

I SO regret not photographing it .  It was almost as pretty as it tasted…

Z-Zots (Zuchini Bites)

contributed by Ali Masters

yields: 12 mini muffins

1 cups zucchini, grated

1 egg 1/4 yellow onion, diced

1/4 cup cheese (cheddar or Parmesan work the best)

1/4 cup bread crumbs – I used Italian style

Salt and Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray, set aside.

2. Grate the zucchini and then place in a dish towel to squeeze out the excess water- like when using frozen spinach.

3. In a bowl combine, the egg, onion, cheese, bread crumbs, zucchini, salt and pepper.

4. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, fill the muffin cups to the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the top is browned and set.

Sopapilla Cheesecake

contributed by Julie Rider

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract

2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls

3/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup honey

Directions

1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.

3. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9×13 inch rectangles.

Press one piece into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough.

Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.

4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

She did not use the honey so I am not sure how it tastes with honey but I can only assume even better.  Enjoy!

Hot Cocoa Mix

contributed by Deb Curtis Reno

11 c. dry milk

4 c. powdered sugar

2 1/2 c. Nesquick

1 1/2 c. Cremora (plain or flavored…your choice…I use the cheapest store brand I can find.)

Combine in a big paper grocery sack.  Shake. (outside…sometimes they leak a little)

To make a cup of cocoa:  1 c. hot water & 1/2 c. mix.

Best Queso EVAH!

contributed by Laurel Turner

1 box velveeta cubed

1 4oz package cream cheese

1 10oz can rotel..with or without chilis you decide

1 can cream of mushroom soup

combine all into a crockpot on low setting for 1 hour..stirring now and then to combine

meanwhile brown 1 package of hamburger or sausage and drain.

after the sauce has melded together add in the meat…stir to combine…

serve with tortilla chips!

“Crack”-ers

contributed by Kelley Hutchinson

4 sleeves saltines

1 1/4 cup canola oil

1 pkg ranch dressing

1 Tbsp red pepper flakes

mix the oil + ranch + pepper flakes in a bowl

put all the saltines in a large ziploc bag

pour the oil mixture into the bag & shake to mix

let sit for 30mins turning bag over a few times,

then put the crackers in a bowl & try to stop eating them if you can.

Easy Chicken Dip

contributed by Julie Rider

2 box cream cheese

2 cans rotel original

2 cans chicken, drained

2 cans cream of mushroom

throw it all in the crock pot and wa-la!!!   serve with tortilla chips

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