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Appetizers & Sides 06 December 2016

Entertaining with Ease

Impress guests with elegant appetizers

(Family Features) Bringing an element of elegance to your holiday celebration is easy when you start with party-pleasing ingredients, and great tasting food often starts with dairy. Foods like milk, cheese and yogurt not only enhance the flavor and texture of dishes everyone loves, but they also add high-quality nutrients to support the health and wellbeing of your guests.

Each of these recipes features a different variety of cheese as the essential ingredient for success. These decadent, elegant apps, which can be prepared in minutes, are sure to be party favorites. Find more ideas for serving up an elegant, yet simple menu your guests will love at MilkMeansMore.org.

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Holiday Baked Brie

Recipe created by Foxes Love Lemons on behalf of United Dairy Industry of Michigan
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 Brie round (8 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • crackers or toasted bread
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 8-10 minutes, or until deep golden brown, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat.
  3. Place Brie on parchment paper-lined rimmed baking pan; drizzle with honey. Transfer to oven and bake 5-7 minutes, or until inside of cheese is softened, but outside remains intact.
  4. Transfer Brie to serving platter; top with pomegranate arils, pistachios and mushrooms.  Serve immediately with crackers or bread.

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Butternut Squash Queso Dip

Recipe created by Rachel Cooks on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10

  • 12 ounces butternut squash puree, frozen
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 finely diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (10 ounces) petite diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  1. Place unwrapped squash in microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave 5 minutes at 50 percent power, or until thawed.
  2. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 4-5 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  3. Add squash, tomatoes, cumin and chili powder, and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Stir until melted and serve immediately.

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Parmesan Crisps with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato

Recipe created by Art From My Table on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 6 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes, jarred
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. On baking sheet, make eight flat circles out of 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese each. Bake cheese 5 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden.
  3. Using metal spatula, remove crisps from pan immediately, placing on rack or plate to cool.
  4. Place vinegar and sugar in small saucepan and boil until mixture is reduced to about 1/4 cup and is thickened.
  5. Top each crisp with 1 fresh basil leaf and 1 sun-dried tomato. Drizzle balsamic reduction over top.

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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Recipe created by The Lemon Bowl on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 24 large mushrooms, stemmed and reserved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
  • 1 pinch minced scallions
  1. Heat oven to 350° F and place mushroom caps in single layer on baking sheet lined with foil.
  2. Mince reserved mushroom stems and heat olive oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and mushroom stems to pan along with salt and pepper. Saute 2-3 minutes, or until mushrooms are softened. Add spinach and artichoke hearts to pan and cook until heated through, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and place mixture in large mixing bowl. Stir in feta cheese and onion. Adjust seasoning, to taste.
  3. Using small cookie scoop, add 2 tablespoons filling to each mushroom cap. Bake mushrooms 20-25 minutes, or until mushroom caps are softened. Sprinkle with chili flakes and minced scallions to serve.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

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Dessert 06 December 2016

Decadent Treat-Filled Desserts

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(Family Features) Creating one-of-a-kind desserts doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen or even exceptional baking skills. With a little imagination and the right tools, you can whip up surprisingly delicious sweets that will surprise and delight your friends and family.

Focus on flavor
If your baking repertoire typically consists of white cake and chocolate frosting, spice things up a bit by experimenting with new fillings and flavor combinations. Opt for complementary or contrasting tastes for a truly delectable dessert. For example, pair fudgy chocolate cake with tangy berries, or see how a bold flavor like lemon adds a new dimension to a mild vanilla.

Add a special touch
Infusing new flavors into your favorite cake or brownie recipe is surprisingly easy when you use bakeware made for the purpose. Baker’s Advantage Fillables Bakeware helps home bakers easily create “treat-filled” desserts. Each bakeware set comes with two pans: One pan creates the bottom half of the cake and forms indentations in the cake you can fill with fruit, puddings, candy and more, while the second pan creates the top half of the cake, which hides the surprise fillings.

Shape it up
Artfully applied frosting and other decorations can instantly dress up a basic cake, but another option is upgrading the shape of the cake itself. In addition to traditional square, round and sheet cake pans, the Baker’s Advantage Fillables Bakeware collection includes mini heart cakes, fluted cakes, mini loaf cakes and a cake cones pan. These special shapes make it easy to create enviable desserts out of classic recipes.

Bake In the Fun
Making a cake with a treat hidden inside is as easy as 1-2-3 with Fillables Bakeware from Baker’s Advantage. Because the bakeware does all of the work for you, there are no special baking skills required; just pour in the batter and bake. Then, fill the pockets in the cake with any treat you like and spread icing to cover the surprise. Next, add the top cake layer, ice the whole cake, slice and serve.

Find more surprisingly easy dessert ideas at FillablesbyBakersAdvantage.com.

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Brownie Cake Cones

Recipe courtesy of Baker’s Advantage/Alissa Wallers

  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • Vanilla Frosting (recipe below) or ice cream
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In double boiler, melt chocolate and butter.
    When melted, place in large bowl and whisk in cocoa powder until smooth. Add sugar and mix.
  3. Combine eggs and vanilla; gently mix with fork or whisk to break up eggs. Add eggs and vanilla to batter.
  4. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Fold in flour until just combined.
  5. Spray Fillables 8 Cup Cake Cone Pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fill bottom pan with batter to line in middle of pan then place insert on top and snap together.
  6. Place on middle of rack in oven and bake 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan.

Filling suggestions:
• Graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows
• Whipped cream and berries
• Ice cream or pudding

  1. Add fillings inside cone, top with Vanilla Frosting or ice cream, and serve.

Vanilla Frosting

Recipe courtesy of Baker’s Advantage/Alissa Wallers

  • 3 sticks butter, unsalted and at room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Using handheld or stand mixer, cream butter on high, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing on medium between each addition.
  3. Scrape bowl well. Add remaining ingredients; mix on low until incorporated.
  4. Turn mixer to high and beat frosting until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  5. Use immediately or store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Note: Frosting must be at room temperature prior to using.

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Berries and Cream Fluted Pound Cake

Recipe courtesy of Baker’s Advantage/Alissa Wallers

  • 4 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. With stand or handheld mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping between each egg. Add vanilla extract.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add flour mixture to mixing bowl and slowly add milk while mixing. Mix until just combined.
  4. Spray Fillables Fluted Cake Pan with nonstick cooking spray. Fill bottom of both pans with batter to three-quarters full.
  5. Bake on middle rack in oven 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan.

Filling suggestions:
• Blueberries, plus additional for topping
• Raspberries, plus additional for topping
• Strawberries, stem removed and cut into small pieces, plus additional for topping
• Vanilla Frosting (recipe below)

  1. Fill pockets in bottom layer of pound cake with different berries.
  2. Carefully spread Vanilla Frosting over top of berries and cake.
  3. Place top layer of cake on top of frosting.
  4. Drizzle warmed up Vanilla Frosting over top of cake.
  5. Decorate top with berries.

Vanilla Frosting

Recipe courtesy of Baker’s Advantage/Alissa Wallers

  • 3 sticks butter, unsalted and at room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Using handheld or stand mixer, cream butter on high, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing on medium between each addition.
  3. Scrape bowl well. Add remaining ingredients; mix on low until incorporated.
  4. Turn mixer to high and beat frosting until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  5. Use immediately or store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Note: Frosting must be at room temperature prior to using.

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Dessert 06 December 2016

Sweet Shortcuts

Easy ideas for award-winning desserts

(Family Features) No matter the season or the reason, no party is complete without dessert. The trick to making the most out of your celebrations is finding ways to trim your kitchen time so you can enjoy the festivities, without sacrificing quality or flavor in your favorite sweet treats.

Many dessert recipes require multiple time-consuming steps, but using canned fruit can help cut down on prep work and provide you and your guests with a refreshing, delicious treat.

Fresh fruits are popular ingredients for desserts, but it can be difficult to know whether you’re choosing a ripe, sweet fruit. For example, pineapples have several potential indicators of ripeness, such as a sweet smell coming from the bottom of the fruit, the rind yielding slightly to pressure or a yellow, golden color rising toward the crown. An alternative such as Dole Canned Pineapple lets you know you’re getting pineapple that is at its sweetest, because the canning process locks in flavor when the fruit is perfectly ripe.

In addition to baked recipes, canned fruit is also well-suited for other desserts, such as fruit salads, baked muffins and breads, or even as a dessert topping. Whether you’re creating a blue ribbon recipe for a local competition – such as one of the most famous award-winning desserts, Pineapple Upside Down Cake – or delivering a delicious dessert to the family table, Dole Canned Fruit is the perfect ingredient.

Find more tips for your next gathering from the expert chefs at Dole Packaged Foods’ test kitchen at dolesunshine.com.

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Old-Fashioned Upside Down Cake

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 2/3 cup margarine, divided
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 can (20 ounces) Dole Pineapple Slices
  • 10 maraschino cherries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In 10-inch cast-iron skillet, melt 1/3 cup margarine. Remove from heat. Add brown sugar and stir until blended.
  3. Drain pineapple slices; reserve 2 tablespoons syrup. Arrange pineapple slices in sugar mixture. Place cherry in center of each slice.
  4. Beat remaining 1/3 cup margarine with 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, lemon peel, lemon juice and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Blend into creamed mixture alternately with sour cream and reserved pineapple syrup.
  5. Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar to make stiff meringue. Fold into batter. Pour over pineapple in skillet.
  6. Bake 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes then invert onto serving plate. Serve warm or cold.

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Chocolate Mandarin Orange Cake

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 2 cans (15 ounces) Dole Mandarin Oranges, divided
  • 1 box (2 layer) devil’s food cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 orange, peel grated (optional)
  • 1 package (4-serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray two (9-inch) cake pans with cooking spray. Drain mandarin oranges, keeping fruit and syrup reserved separately.
  2. In large bowl, combine cake mix, juice from one can of mandarin oranges, eggs, oil and orange peel; beat 2 minutes.
  3. Pour cake mix into prepared pans. Layer mandarin oranges from one can over each cake and gently submerge them into cake batter.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan onto wire rack; cool completely.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup reserved juice from second can of oranges in bowl with pudding mix; whisk 2 minutes, or until pudding mix is completely dissolved. Remove 12 orange slices from second can and dry with paper towel; set aside. Fold in whipped topping and remaining mandarin oranges. Spread mandarin frosting on top of first layer of cake and out to edges. Place second layer on top of first layer.
  6. In small saucepan, heat cream until just beginning to steam, but do not boil. Remove from stove and stir in chocolate. Stir until well-blended. Pour chocolate mixture over cake and garnish with reserved mandarin oranges. Refrigerate half hour before serving.

13308 carrot cake

Fabulous Carrot Cake

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (20 ounces) Dole Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup Dole Seedless Raisins
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two (9-inch) round pans.
  2. In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Fold in crushed pineapple, carrots, raisins and vanilla.
  3. In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Gradually add to pineapple mixture and fold until well-blended. Pour into prepared pans.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Beat cream cheese with remaining 1/2 cup butter until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth. Frost completely cooled cake. Garnish with additional crushed pineapple and grated carrots, if desired.

Note: Cake can be baked in 13-by-9-inch pan. Bake 50-60 minutes at 350° F. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Source: Dole

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