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Artichoke Rice Salad

Artichoke Rice Salad

A family favorite for years - this do-ahead salad is a terrific side salad that can also be a main dish!  Make it up the day before for best flavor.  Vary the spices for your family's tastes - the recipe calls for curry, but we also like making it with red chili powder and cumin for a more Mexican taste.
Best Fried Chicken

Best Fried Chicken

What's a picnic without fried chicken?  After experimenting with a number of different recipes, this is the favorite!  Marinating the chicken in buttermilk for up to 24 hours is the secret.
Quick Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Quick Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry rhubarb jam is a twist on an old favorite!  Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb combine for a pleasingly sweet jam with a bit of a bite. 
Farmers' Market Overnight Egg Casserole

Farmers' Market Overnight Egg Casserole

We found this tasty egg casserole recipe at Two Healthy Kitchens.  Perfect to make a head of time for all those morning celebrations with family, company or both.  It's healthy and gluten free!

Freezable  •  Make Ahead    Gluten Free 
Prep Time: 20 min. (including cooking sausage)
Cook Time: 60-70 min. (plus cooling) for baking
Total Time: 80 - 90 min.
Serves About: 12-20 pieces
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups diced sweet onion (from about half a large onion)
  • 8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (sometimes labeled "country style")
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup diced green pepper (from about 1 small-medium pepper)
  • 2-3 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced (to equal about 1 - 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (from about 6 onions)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Directions:
  1. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook sausage, onions, mushrooms, and garlic until sausage is no longer pink and mushrooms have given off some of their liquid, about 10 minutes. Throughout cooking, stir to crumble sausage and break up mushrooms. (You can leave the mushrooms in larger slices or break them into almost unnoticeable little pieces as you crumble the sausage.) Drain the liquid.
  2. In a 9x13 pan coated with cooking spray, layer potatoes (there is no need to thaw them), sausage mixture, 1 cup cheese, green peppers, tomatoes, and green onions.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, parsley, salt, basil, and pepper. Whisk thoroughly to combine, then add remaining 1 cup of cheese and whisk again. Pour egg mixture evenly over other ingredients in baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (Alternately, you can bake this casserole immediately.)
  4. In the morning, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  5. Bake casserole, uncovered, for about 60-70 minutes, or until egg in middle is just set and edges are lightly golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Recipe Notes

Make-Ahead Options: 
If you need to start on this recipe even earlier than the evening before your brunch, you can cook the sausage, onions, mushrooms, and garlic earlier in the day or a day ahead, and also chop the green peppers and green onions. Refrigerate the sausage mixture and the chopped peppers and onions in separate containers until assembling the casserole.

After the casserole is baked, you can refrigerate leftovers and reheat individual portions in the microwave for quick breakfasts all week.

This also freezes wonderfully. Pre-portion leftovers, wrap each portion individually in plastic, and store in a zipper container in the freezer. Microwave on several layers of paper towel to reheat as needed. After being frozen, the veggies let off water when reheated, but this casserole is still surprisingly terrific, so don't let that liquid worry you.

Italian Easter Pie

Italian Easter Pie

Creamy, light and just sweet enough, this can be thought of as the Italian equivalent to cheesecake.  So while it's traditionally for Easter, it's so good that you won't want to limit it to just once a year!

Serving Size: Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:

3/4 cup powdered sugar. plus extra for garnish

Instructions:

Blend 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange zest and ricotta in a food processor until smooth. Stir in the rice and pine nuts. Set the ricotta mixture aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Lightly butter a 9-inch glass pie dish. Lay 1 phyllo sheet over the bottom and up the sides of the dish, allowing the phyllo to hang over the sides. Brush the phyllo with the melted butter. Top with a second sheet of phyllo dough, laying it in the opposite direction as the first phyllo sheet. Continue layering the remaining sheets of phyllo sheets, alternating after each layer and buttering each sheet. Spoon the ricotta mixture into the dish. Fold the overhanging phyllo dough over the top of the filling to enclose it completely. Brush completely with melted butter.

Bake the pie until the phyllo is golden brown and the filling is set, about 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool completely. Sift powdered sugar over the pie and serve.

Recipe by: GIADA DE LAURENTIIS

Photo credit: Elizabeth Newman
    Black Bean Enchiladas

    Black Bean Enchiladas

    Ingredients
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
    1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
    3/4 cup Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky medium salsa 
    1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ black beans, rinsed and drained 
    2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz) 
    10 corn tortillas (6 inch)
    1 can (10 oz) Old El Paso™ enchilada sauce 
    Chopped avocado, black olives, sour cream and cilantro, if desired


    Steps
    1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray  baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cumin; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in corn, salsa, beans and 1 cup of the cheese. Remove from heat.


    2. On microwavable plate, stack tortillas and cover with paper towel; microwave on High 1 minute to soften. Place 1/4 cup bean mixture along center of each tortilla. Roll up tightly, and place seam sides down in baking dish; spoon remaining bean mixture on top. Pour enchilada sauce over enchiladas, spreading to coat all tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.


    3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly around edges. Garnish with remaining ingredients.

    Recipe courtesy of bettycrocker.com