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COCONUT CREAM PIE BARS

Ingredients Crust Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar Coconut Cream Filling Ingredients: 3 cups half-and-half 3 cups coconut milk 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2/3 cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Whipped Cream Topping Ingredients: 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon cold water (for stabilizing) 1 teaspoon gelatin (for stabilizing) 3-4 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 cup coconut, for toasting Instructions Make shortbread crust: Preheat your oven to…

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Pecan Delight Baked French Toast

This is a very RICH breakfast and very very DELISH. You really won’t need syrup to enjoy. 🙂 It’s so easy to make the night before, and pop into the oven the next morning. This is also a wonderful brunch dish or dessert for something different. Mmmm….mmmm…. good! We used hazelnut creamer and substituted two slices of regular cinnamon bread when we couldn’t find thick cut. Naturally, that “forced” us to spread cream cheese on the additional slices too. No complaints! To Make this Recipe You’ll Need the following ingredients:…

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BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CASSEROLE

Ingredients 4 Cup (64 tbs), chopped Broccoli 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) Onion 1 Cup (16 tbs) skim milk 6 eggs 1 Cup (16 tbs) cheddar cheese 2 Tablespoon water 1⁄2 Teaspoon ground pepper Directions GETTING READY 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Coat the small casserole with cooking spray. 3. Heat skillet to medium, and add broccoli, onion, and water. Cook for 8 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, combine milk, eggs, 3/4 of the cheese, and pepper in large bowl. Set aside. 5. When broccoli mixture is finished cooking, add it…

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1960 Original Kentucky Buttermilk Biscuit

Buttermilk biscuits are a staple food in most homes in our state. We eat it with a lot of dishes—from appetizer to main course to dinner, we don’t mind seeing them there at the table or eating them. Our family itself has its own version of the recipe for buttermilk biscuits, and it’s something that all of us in the next generation already know by heart. We’re not required to know all of the other recipes, but this one is a family favorite that any of us should be able…

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MONTEREY SAUSAGE PIE

Ingredients 1 pound Bulk Pork Sausage 3 teaspoons Minced Garlic 2-½ cups Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, Divided 1-⅓ cup Milk 3 whole Eggs ¾ cups Biscuit/baking Mix ¾ teaspoons Rubbed Sage ¼ teaspoons Pepper Preparation In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in 2 cups cheese. Transfer to a greased 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. In a small bowl, combine the milk, eggs, biscuit mix, sage and pepper. Pour over sausage mixture. Bake at…

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Italian Easter Pie – Pizza Chena

Traditional Italian Easter Pie made with eggs, referred to as pizza rustica in Italian, is a typical Italian Easter creation. Made with pizza or bread dough and filled with beaten eggs and cured Italian sausage, it’s a fabulous dish that everyone loves. If you were raised in an Italian household, you probably know about this pizza rustica, as it is traditionally made and served during Easter. Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin: Pizza Chena (made with Italian meats, cheeses, and eggs) is a staple on every Italian Easter dinner table. My mom or an aunt…

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EASY ITALIAN FRIENDSHIP CASSEROLE

Ingredients 2 pounds ground beef, browned 1 jar 48 oz of your favorite spaghetti sauce 16 oz bag medium egg noodles ½ cup butter ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ cup grated parmesan cheese 12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese Directions Preheat oven to 350º Brown meat and drain fat. Then put the meat back in the skillet. Add spaghetti sauce to meat; simmer for 20 minutes.Cook noodles as directed on the package (cook to al dente); then drain and toss the noodles with butter, seasonings and parmesan cheese.…

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COCONUT VANILLA BEAN RICE PUDDING

This recipe is creamy and deliciously rich. If you love the flavour of coconut, this rice pudding is for you. It incorporates a velvety custard into coconut milk-infused jasmine rice and becomes a decadent dessert suitable for entertaining. My friend N is a fan of coconut and has requested this recipe. I’ve adapted it from Kate Zuckerman’s A Sweet Life. In my rendition, I use a vanilla pod whereas she uses cardamom. For entertaining, I have bruleed the tops in individual dishes and they were fantastic. One note: if you notice your…

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ITALIAN CREME BUNDT CAKE

I’ve long had a great appreciation for Bundt cakes. They’re simple to make yet pretty enough to serve guests. And with my poor frosting skills, I love simply topping them with a glaze. That’s exactly the case with this beauty. This fantastic cake is jam-packed with plenty of coconut and pecans, and topped with a simple cream cheese glaze. I highly recommend that you don’t skip toasting the pecans and coconut. That short stint in the oven gives them both so much flavor that it really makes a difference in…

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Old School Chicken and Rice Casserole

INGREDIENTS: 1 rotisserie chicken (4 cups) 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of celery soup 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of mushroom soup 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp pepper 1 cup water 1 cup milk 2 cups instant rice, uncooked 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (fresh or green can) INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Remove skin from rotisserie chicken and discard. Remove chicken meat from bones and chop. In a large…

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THE BEST GRAPE SALAD

It was baby shower time. My oldest daughter was finally going to be giving birth to my first grandchild. I can’t even begin to tell you how overly excited about that I was. A whole new person to love. How could I not be going crazy? She knows me all too well, so she knew that she needed to give me something to do to keep me busy for the 40 weeks it was going to take for that little boy or girl to arrive. She gave me the responsibility…

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Slow-Cooker Hamburger Hash

I have a fun recipe for you today. This Slow Cooker Hamburger Hash recipe turns out wonderful! Tender Potatoes, sauce, meat, corn and cheese. This recipe is definitely a keeper! It reminds me of my Tater Tot Casserole Recipe (themagicalslowcooker.com) on the blog, but with fresh-cut potatoes instead of tots, and corn instead of green beans. I tested this recipe a few times before I came up with the version below, my husband liked them all, me not so much. The first time I made it without the cream of mushroom,…

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