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North v. South Hot Crab Dip

North v. South Hot Crab Dip

North v. South Hot Crab Dip Our North v. South Hot Crab Dip is all the cheesey goodness of a crab dip, with a southern flair!  Score the winning touchdown when you bring this to your Superbowl party! Ingredients 1 small yellow onion (diced) 6 ribs of celery (diced) 1 red pepper (diced) 1 green pepper (diced) 1 tbsp chopped garlic 1 tsp crushed red pepper flake 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning 3/4 cup unsalted butter 3 tbsp all purpose flour 1 qt half-and-half 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 lbs lump crab meat 1 cup smoked pit ham (diced) 1 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley (chopped) Salt-and-pepper (to taste) Method In a medium sauce pan, sauté onions, celery, peppers, garlic, crushed red pepper, smoked pit ham, and Old Bay until vegetables are translucent Add flour and stir Add half-and-half and parsley, bring to a boil Whisk and add Parmesan cheese, and salt-and-pepper to taste Fold in crab meat Serve hot with French Bread or crackers,...
“Butter-finger” Bars

“Butter-finger” Bars

“Butter-finger” Bars Our mouth watering “Butterfinger” Bars are this February’s recipe of the month.  A sweet-n-salty, chocolate & peanutbutter dessert you can share with that special someone for Valentine’s Day. Ingredients 1 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup + 4 tbsp light Karo syrup 1/2 cup water 2 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/4 lbs creamy peanut butter your choice of chocolate for dipping Method Cook all ingredients, except peanut butter, to 300 degrees on stovetop Stir in peanut butter until well combined Turn out onto a nonstick baking mat Roll out with a greased rolling pin until 1/4″ thick While still warm, score dough into desired shapes Allow to cool Dip 1/2 in melted chocolate &...
Green Apple & Chipotle Relish

Green Apple & Chipotle Relish

Tarrty sweetness compliments the spicy perfectly in our Green Apple & Chipotle relish in March’s recipe of the month. Enjoy with your favorite sandwich or prepare a large batch and give as gifts to your favorite people! Green Apple & Chipotle Relish Ingredients: 2 Tbl. Salad Oil One small Sweet Onion (minced) 3 Granny Smith Apples, corded and chopped into bite-sized pieces with the peel left on 1 Tbl. Chipotle Powder 1 tsp. Ground Cumin 2 tsp. White Wine Vinegar 2 tsp. Lemon Juice 1/4 C. Orange Juice 1 tsp. Chopped Fresh Oregano One Orange, segmented & roughly chopped Salt & Black Pepper to taste Method: In a large saute pan, heat vegetable oil. Add onion and cook for two minutes. Add apples, cover, and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Combine chipotle powder, cumin, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, and oregano in a food processor. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and add orange juice. Add chopped oranges and the apple onions from the saute pan to the chipotle spice mixture and stir well. Cover and allow to sit in refrigerator overnight (or at least two hours if preparing same day)....
Spicy Cucumber Watermelon Relish

Spicy Cucumber Watermelon Relish

Our Spicy Cucumber Watermelon Relish is the perfect appetizer with your favorite tortilla chips. Just be sure to make plenty or you may not have enough to last. Spicy Cucumber Watermelon Relish Ingredients: 2 thinly sliced Seedless Cucumbers (washed) 1 diced Watermelon (to the size of playing dice, seeded) 1/2 medium Red Onion, thinly sliced 1 Carrot, thinly sliced 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes 2 Tbl. each chopped fresh Mint and Cilantro Method: Mix all ingredients together. Allow to stand for at least two hours. Serve and...
Grand Champion Chocolate Cake with Bitter Chocolate Buttercream

Grand Champion Chocolate Cake with Bitter Chocolate Buttercream

As we move into January is there any better way to fight the winter chill than with chocolate? We didn’t think so either. This decadent three-layer chocolate cake topped with bitter chocolate buttercream will have everyone crooning “Yummm…” with three m’s. Pair with a glass of ice cold milk or your favorite red wine (we suggest a cabernet sauvignon). Grand Champion Chocolate Cake Ingredients: 3 1/2 Cups Cake Flour 1 1/2 Cups Cocoa Powder 4 Cups Sugar 1 Tbl. Baking Soda 2 tsp. Baking Powder 1 1/2 Tbl. Salt 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil 2 Cups Milk 3 Eggs 2 Tbl. Vanilla 1 Cup Boiling Water Method: Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix all dry ingredients into one bowl and make a well. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients except for the boiling water. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and whisk well. Add boiling water at the last. Cut parchment paper to fit three (3) 8-inch cake pans. Spray with non-stick spray. Pour batter evening in pans and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and remove from pan. Layer the three tiers on a serving plate with generous buttercream frosting between layers (see recipe below). Top the cake and sides generously with buttercream frosting. Slice, serve, and enjoy! Bitter Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Ingredients: 8 Egg Whites 2 Cups Sugar 3 lbs. Unsalted Butter (chopped into small pieces) 17 oz. Bitter Sweet Chocolate (melted) 1 Tbl. Vanilla Method: Combine egg whites and sugar and whisk well. Cook over a double boiler until mixture reaches 120°F. Remove from heat and transfer...
Soft Polenta

Soft Polenta

Dubbed “Italian grits” by some, soft polenta is one of the most versatile dishes around. It can be served with almost anything and can be as simple as polenta with butter and cheese or gourmet-ed up by the fanciest chefs and restaurants. We hope you enjoy our simple Soft Polenta recipe because sometimes, the simplest is the best. Soft Polenta Ingredients (Yields 1 gallon): 6 Cups Chicken Stock 6 Cups Water 3/4 Cups Butter 2 Tbl. Garlic 3 Cups Polenta 1 Cup Cream Cheese 2 Cups Parmesan 2 Tbl. Black Pepper 1/4 Cup Olive Oil Method: Bring water, stock, and butter to a boil in a large stock pot. Add remaining ingredients, folding in the cheese last. Finish off with olive oil after the cooking process is over for a glossy appearance....

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