Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Syrup 1 cup water1/2 cup sugar2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla Bring water and sugar to a boil, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in cocoa and salt and simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla, then cool (syrup will continue to thicken as it cools). Makes about 1 1/2 cups

5 Spice Bacon Wrapped Dates

5 Spice Bacon Wrapped Dates 1 lb dates (about 24 dates)1 lb thick-cut bacon (about 12 pieces)1 tbsp soy sauce (lower sodium)1/4 tsp Chinese five-spice powder1/4 cup brown sugar (packed )1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.Meanwhile, pit the dates. Cut each slice of bacon in half cross-wise and wrap around a date. Place bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheetIn a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce & five-spice powder. Brush the soy sauce mixture over the bacon-wrapped dates. Evenly sprinkle with brown sugar.Bake until sugar is melted and bacon is brown and shiny, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each piece. Return to oven and bake 20-25 minutes more.Remove from...

Overnight Breakfast Strata

Overnight Breakfast Strata 4 cups bread (cubed 1inch x 1inch)2 cups milk8 large eggs1 tsp salt½ tsp fine black pepper1 tsp Dijon mustard2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 250°F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and set aside.Cube your choice of bread into 1-inch cubes equal to 4 cups. On a rimmed baking sheet bake your bread pieces just until they're barely starting to crisp on the outside, about 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely before assembling.In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard. Whisk until well combined and set aside.If including add ins, sauté vegetables or cook meats ahead of time and allow to cool completely before assembling.In a separate...

No-Hassle Hasselback Potatoes

No-Hassle Hasselback Potatoes Compound Butter1 cup unsalted butter1/2 pkg Rabbit Creek Toasted Garlic & Onion dip mixHasselback Potatoes4 potatoes4 tbsp compound butter (melted)Salt & pepper (to taste) Place softened butter in a medium bowl. Add dip mix and combine well. Cover and refrigerate.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.Scrub and dry potatoes. Peel, if desired. Using a slicing guide, slice the potatoes about three quarters of the way down, leaving the base of the potato uncut. Place in a baking dish and brush the potatoes with about half the compound butter. Season with salt & pepper to taste.Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with remaining compound butter, being sure to get between the slices. Bake for another...

7-Up Sherbet Punch

7-Up Sherbet Punch 1 can orange juice concentrate (frozen)1/2 gallon sherbet (any flavor, recommend rainbow)2 liter 7UP® Add everything except for sherbet into a one-gallon punch bowl.Float scoops of sherbet on top.Let sherbet soften in the punch for a few minutes before serving.Garnish with slices of lemon and lime (optional). Recipe from www.7up.com.

Strawberry Shrub

Strawberry Shrub The basic recipe is equal parts fruit, sugar, and vinegar but depending upon your tastes you can adjust it to your liking. 1 Cup strawberries1 Cup sugar1 Cup cider vinegar Wash the strawberries, then hull and quarter them.In a medium, non-reactive bowl, place the prepared berries and add the sugar. Mash the berries with the sugar; then cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, to allow the berries to release their juices.Into another bowl, strain the berry mixture, pressing to get as much liquid as possible from the pulp. Scrape any undissolved sugar into the bowl as well and add the vinegar. Whisk to help dissolve any remaining sugar; as the shrub rests the vinegar with continue to dissolve the...

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya Seasoning mix:2 Bay Leaves (whole)1 1/2 tsp Salt3/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper1 1/2 tsp Oregano Leaves (dried)1 1/4 tsp White Pepper1 tsp Black Pepper3/4 tsp Thyme (dried)Other Ingredients:2 tbsp Unsalted Butter (unsalted)2/3 cup Tasso or Cure 81 ham (chopped)1 cup Andouille or Polish Sausage (chopped)1 1/2 cup Onions (chopped)1 cup Celery (chopped)3/4 cup Green Bell Peppers (chopped)1 cup Chicken (chopped into bite-size pieces)1 1/2 tsp Garlic (minced)14 oz Diced Tomatoes14 oz Tomato Sauce2 cup Chicken Stock2 cup Rice (uncooked) Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.Add the chopped Tasso and chopped andouille and sauté until crisp, about 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently.Add the onions, celery,...

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff Stroganoff2 tbsp butter8 oz mushrooms (sliced (about 2 1/2 cups))1 onion (medium, chopped (about 1/2 cup))1 clove garlic (minced)1/2 tsp salt1 1/2 lbs Boneless Top Loin Steak (about 1/2 inch thick)1 1/2 cup Beef Broth1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce3 tbsp All-Purpose Flour1 cup Sour CreamEgg Noodles1 1/2 cup egg noodles (dry) Directions for Stroganoff:Melt butter in a 4 quart sauce pan.Stir in mushrooms, onion and garlic and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt.Saute mushroom, onion and garlic mixture until tender.Cut beef into large bite-sized pieces (for ease in cutting, partially freeze beef)Add beef to sauce pan and brown over low heat, stirring occasionally.Add 1 cup of beef broth and Worcestershire sauce.Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer about...