Sunday, December 25, 2011

Caramel Popcorn

by Jean Quinn

Another popular one! If I hadn't eaten so many Christmas cookies today, I'd make some myself. Yum!

2 - 7.5 oz. bags hull-less popcorn
2 cups brown sugar
2 sticks of butter or margarine
1/2 cup Karo Syrup
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. baking soda
2 T. creamy peanut butter

Put popcorn in a large pan. In a saucepan, melt butter, add Karo syrup and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes and remove from heat. Add vanilla, soda and peanut butter and mix well. Pour over popcorn and stir well. Bake 1 hour @ 250 degrees F, stirring every 15 minutes.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cheesy Egg Casserole

This was on the menu today, and it was delicious! Since many asked for the recipe, here you are. Perfect for Christmas morning, too.

By Christina Pillot

This recipe is based on a similar dish that is – or, at least, was – served at the Washington School Inn in Park City, Utah. My parents had it there several years ago and asked for the recipe. I’ve made some modifications to the cheese content of the recipe and always make a much bigger batch than the printed-out copy they shared with my parents. The basic recipe I work with is below, and it’s the one I turn to again and again. From time to time, I’ll use different types of cheeses – Gruyere, Havarti – and or I’ll add in chopped jalapeno peppers if I really want to play with it. Otherwise, I’ll put out a side of fresh salsa and just serve it as-is.
Cheesy Egg Casserole, slice

Cheesy Egg Casserole
12 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk (any kind)
16-oz cottage cheese
8-oz cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/3-1/2 lb shredded Monterey jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking/casserole dish.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and milk. Stir in cottage cheese, cream cheese and shredded Monterey jack cheese. Pour into prepared baking dish.
Bake for about 45 minutes, until eggs are set and casserole is not “wet” in the middle.
Dish will deflate slightly as it cools. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving to make slicing easier.
Dish can be served hot or cold.
Serves 12-16

Monday, December 5, 2011

Easiest Bean Dip of All Time

Rachel made this at last week's coffee hour, and she was asked for the recipe, so here you go! I wish I'd been able to stay and sample it! Sounds delicious, and perfect for holiday entertaining!!!

 By Rachel Wagner

  • 16 oz (2 8 oz. packages) cream cheese, softened for easier spreading 
  • 2 cans refried beans 
  • 24 oz salsa, spiced to your preference (I like Pace's Medium Picante) 
  • 16 oz shredded cheese, a mix of cheddar, monteray jack, or other "taco" cheese is good 

 Spread in order listed into a 9x13 pan. (A gentle touch makes for more even layers.) Heat covered at 325-375 F for 15-30 minutes, until hot throughout and cheese is all melty.