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Hot Chipped Beef Dip – Just in time for New Year’s Eve

What are you putting together for your New Year’s Eve party?  Want something easy that really is good?    Here is a hot cheese dip that is sure to please most everyone!  Since October I have made this on four different occasions.   When carrying it to a party just bake it there.  It will be  better right out of the oven.  Let’s get cooking!

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Hummingbird Cake

The first time I encountered this wonderful cake was on a romantic dinner with GI Joe!!!  He took me to Dailey’s for dinner before a show at the Fox.  The night was what can I say other than just plain great!  Sorry to say that Dailey’s closed this year so we can no longer experience their wonderful desserts.  But we can treat ourselves to the delicious cake that they served.   After that night we took the Athlete there before seeing the Christmas Carol and to this day it is his favorite dessert!  So here is a family favorite for many reasons.  I hope that you can enjoy as much as we have.

This is not your normal cake where you cream butter and sugar and then add flour alternately with liquid.  It is made by the muffin method of mixing.  In other words it is just plain easy!!!

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Baby Pecan Pies or Pecan Tassies

Pecan pie is GI Joe’s favorite dessert.  No that is incorrect!  Any dessert is GI Joe’s favorite dessert.  Before I could get these little babies cooled good, he had popped two of them in his mouth as we were about to eat dinner.  Dessert before dinner can be a good thing!

These are cute little pies that would be good to serve at a party.  If you are looking for a great recipe for the larger type pecan pie , you should check out Bakerella .  She just posted a great recipe.  Check it out if that is what you are looking for at www.bakerella.com .  It is the December 14 post.  Enough about that.  Let’s get started on making these Pecan Tassies.

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Fruit Pizza – Top Chef Lab

You are Top Chef

You are Top Chef

Today was an amazing lab.  It was as if every group was competing for Top Chef.  First block you could hear a pin drop as they were hovered over their fruit precisely cutting  to make an intricate design.  Most all of the groups worked to their full potential . You can see this when viewing  the photos.  FANTASTIC!!!

 I think this recipe or one close to it  is posted everywhere.  In class yesterday we were trying  to find ideas for putting the pizza together and there were hundreds of them.  Some good and some very bad.  I am still trying to wrap my brain around the “Kitty Litter Cake”!  To each his own.

Here are the instructions for putting the work of art together.

Crust –  Slice 1 roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough into 1/4 in. slices.  Use all the dough.  Place into a well greased pizza pan.  DO NOT mash to cover the pan.  As the dough rises in the oven it will cover the pan.  Bake at 350- 375 degrees for 15 – 20 min. or until golden brown.  It will be puffy when you take it out.  Don’t worry it will flatten quickly. Cool completely.  ( We put ours in the freezer to chill)

Frosting –  Mix 8 oz. of softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Frost the cookie dough leaving about 1/2 of cookie around the edge.

Place your favorite fruits of the top .  Refer to the photos.  Some fruits make a better choice than others.  A good combination is strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and peaches.  Be careful to choose colors that will pop on the frosting.

Slice and enjoy.    

Here is the Second Place winner.  Congratulations to you both.  Great job!!

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

Beautiful Work!

Beautiful Work!

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