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Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese

2 cups sweet potatoes, vacuum packed
1 ½ cup skim milk
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 pkg whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
4 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tbsp Panko bread crumbs
1 tsp olive oil
Olive oil cooking spray

Full Recipe
Mash sweet potatoes and set aside. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain.

Add sweet potatoes to cooked pasta in saucepan; stir in nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and season with black pepper. Add cheddar cheese, and 2 tbsp parmesan cheese. Coat a 9”x 9” casserole with cooking spray and pour in noodle mixture.

In small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining parmesan, and oil; sprinkle evenly over noodles.

Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, and continue baking for an additional 20–40 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp on top.

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Twisted Tuna Salad

6 oz tuna, in water, drained
1 cup twisted pasta, cooked, drained, cooled
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup diced celery
½ red bell pepper chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ cup cucumber, seeded and minced
½ tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup feta cheese crumbles
½ cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
½ cup milk
16 oz Greek yogurt

Cook pasta until al dente; drain and allow to cool. In large bowl combine tuna, pasta and all vegetables. Mix well.

In small bowl combine yogurt, garlic powder, oregano and blend. Add enough milk to make pourable. Pour over vegetable mixture; stir well and allow flavors to meld for 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Serve in tomatoes or romaine lettuce leaves. Have small dishes of balsamic vinegar available for dipping or drizzling over the salad.

English Muffin Bread

3 cups bread flour
4 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups whole milk
1 cup grated cheddar
Corn meal

In large bowl combine flour, yeast, salt, sugar and baking powder. Blend well.

Heat milk to 120°F. Pour milk into middle of flour mixture and blend well.

Add cheddar cheese and mix into batter. Batter will be loose.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes.
Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray. Coat with corn meal.

Using a scoop, drop dough mixture into muffin tin.

Cover muffin tins with plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick spray and let rise for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 375ºF. Bake bread for 30 minutes.

Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from tin.

Blue Moo

Sliced American cheese
Sliced Blue cheese
Sour Dough bread

Butter both sides of bread; add cheeses and grill until golden. This was the featured sandwich for the Indiana State Fair 2013!

Fresh Vegetable Pizza

4 sheets of flat bread
1 ½ cups broccoli, chopped fine
1 ½ cups cauliflower, chopped fine
1 ½ cups carrots, chopped fine
¾ cup green bell pepper, chopped fine
16 oz low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 cup Greek yogurt
8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Place flat bread on baking sheets and place in 400˚ oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

In large bowl, combine all finely chopped vegetables. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, yogurt and dressing mix together. Add this mixture to the vegetables and blend well. Spread vegetable mixture over flat bread. Top with grated cheese and sliced cherry tomato halves. Makes 32 (2 in) squares.

Adapted from Chef in the Classroom with Chef Riley Groover

Cheesy Grits

1 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup grits
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups assorted grated cheese

Melt butter, add onion and sauté until tender, add pepper. Add grits and stir until coated and turning a bit brown. Add stock and stir. Bring to boil and then reduce heat. Cook for 15 minutes. Add cheese and bring back to a bubble. Serve warm or pour into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until crunchy on top.

Optional: Pour into loaf pan. Chill. Cut into ½ inch slices, dredge in cornmeal and sauté until golden. Flip and brown second side. Serve as a side dish, or top with crème fraiche as an appetizer.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 (20 oz) bag frozen broccoli florets
1 cup roughly chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1 ½ tsp dry mustard powder
Pinch cayenne pepper
Table salt
¼ tsp baking soda
2 loosely packed cups baby spinach
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups water
1–2 cups milk
Ground black pepper
extra Parmesan cheese for serving

Heat butter in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add broccoli, onion, garlic, dry mustard, cayenne, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant. Add 1 cup water and baking soda. Bring to simmer, cover, and cook until broccoli is very soft.

Add broth and 2 cups water and heat on medium-high. When mixture begins to simmer, stir in spinach and cook until wilted. Transfer half of soup to blender, add cheddar and Parmesan, and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining soup. Return soup to Dutch oven, place over medium heat and bring to simmer. Adjust consistency of soup with up to 2 cups milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve, passing extra Parmesan separately. Makes 8 (10 oz) bowls.

Adapted from America's Test Kitchen

Chicken Tetrazzini

3 to 4 cups cooked chicken
8 ounces fine noodles or spaghetti, cooked and drained
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
6 tablespoons butter
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 cup light cream or half-and-half
¼ cup dry sherry
paprika, optional

Preheat oven to 425°.

Cook spaghetti or noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat; sauté sliced mushrooms until golden.

In a saucepan, melt ¼ cup butter; stir in flour, and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir until smooth; add chicken broth and cream. Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened. Add chicken, cooked mushrooms, and sherry; heat through.

Place noodles or spaghetti in a buttered baking dish; pour on sauce. Top with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 425° for 15 to 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serves 8.

Carrot Cheddar Bread Pudding

Who doesn’t love bread pudding? And this savory-sweet version — prepped the night before — can be the star at a weekend brunch or a ready main dish for a family supper. Leftovers can be quickly reheated in the microwave… a perfect after-school snack! by Annie Watts

1 pound peeled baby carrots
2 cups chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (8-ounce) can juice-pack crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
6 slices whole wheat bread, toasted and cubed
5 eggs
2 cups skim milk
8 ounces Cabot® 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, shredded (2 cups)
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave the carrots in a tightly covered 8-cup glass measure with 1 cup water on High 4 minutes. Sauté the onion, garlic, marjoram, nutmeg and pepper in the olive oil in a large skillet.

Drain the carrots thoroughly; coarsely chop. Stir the carrots, pineapple and cranberries into the onion mixture. Place the bread in a large bowl; stir in the carrot mixture and mix well.

Whisk the eggs until frothy in the 8-cup glass measure; whisk in the milk. Spoon half the bread mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish coated with vegetable cooking spray.

Top evenly with half the cheese and half the walnuts, then remaining bread mixture, cheese and walnuts. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the top; press down gently. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 40 minutes; remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 12 servings.

Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare the bread pudding; cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake as above, increasing the covered baking time to 50 minutes.

Turkey Taco Peppers

Stuff bell pepper halves with turkey or tuna, brown rice and colorful veggies for this quick delicious main dish. For a hint of sweetness, add ¼ cup raisins. by Annie Watts

3 large bell peppers (red, yellow or green)
½ pound ground turkey
½ cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ (1.25-ounce) package 30% less sodium taco seasoning mix (3 tablespoons)
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup packed fresh spinach, chopped
½ cup chopped tomato
2 cups cooked brown rice*
4 ounces Cabot® 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, shredded (1 cup)

*1 (8.8-ounce) package microwave brown rice = 2 cups

Cut the bell peppers in half vertically through the stem ends; remove the seeds and membranes. Place 5 of the pepper halves, cut-side up, in a microwave-safe baking dish coated with vegetable cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave on High 4 minutes.

Chop the remaining bell pepper half. Brown the turkey, onion, garlic and chopped bell pepper in the olive oil in a large skillet, stirring to break up the turkey. Stir in the taco seasoning, pepper, spinach, tomato and rice; heat through, stirring occasionally.

Reserve ½ cup of the cheese; stir remainder into the turkey mixture. Drain the bell pepper halves on paper towels and return to the baking dish. Spoon the taco filling equally into the pepper halves. Top peppers with the reserved cheese. Microwave, loosely covered with waxed paper, 3 to 3 ½ minutes or until hot. Makes 5 servings

Oven Method: Prepare the peppers as above and cover with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 15 to 20 minutes or until hot.

Tuna Taco Peppers: Omit the turkey. Add 1 (12-ounce) can water-pack chuck tuna, drained, to the cooked onion mixture. Proceed as above.

Au Gratin Fish & Spinach

Choose your favorite fish and create this easy entrée. Need more servings? Just double or triple the ingredients. by Annie Watts

1 slice whole wheat bread
½ cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 ounces fresh spinach, chopped (2 cups)
¼ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper seasoning
2 ounces Cabot® 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, shredded (½ cup)
2 (4-ounce) fish fillets (flounder, catfish, tilapia, cod)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the bread until crisp; process or crush into fine crumbs. Sauté the onion in the olive oil in a small skillet until tender; stir in the spinach and heat through until wilted. Remove from the heat.

Combine the yogurt, mayonnaise and seasoning in a small bowl; reserving 2 tablespoons, stir the reminder into the spinach mixture. Reserve 2 tablespoons cheese; stir remainder into the spinach mixture. Reserve 2 tablespoons bread crumbs; stir remainder into the spinach mixture.

Spoon the spinach mixture into 2 oval mounds in a small baking dish coated with vegetable cooking spray. Top each mound with a fish fillet. Spread with the reserved yogurt mixture. Combine the reserved cheese and crumbs; sprinkle evenly over the fish. Bake 15 minutes or until the fish is opaque. Makes 2 servings

Veggie Mac & Cheese

Whole grain pasta, reduced fat cheddar and the addition of veggies take this classic comfort food to new levels of good-for-you goodness. by Annie Watts

2 ½ cups uncooked whole grain medium shells pasta
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped broccoli or zucchini
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
½ teaspoon dry mustard or garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
¼ to ½ teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 ½ cups skim milk
8 ounces Cabot® 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, shredded (2 cups)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the shells as directed on the package; drain. Toast the bread until crisp; process or crush into fine crumbs. Sauté the bell pepper, broccoli and onion in the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan 3 to 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the seasonings and flour until the vegetables are coated. Whisk in the milk; cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.

Reserve ½ cup cheese; add the remainder to the milk mixture, stirring until melted. Stir in the shells. Turn into an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish coated with vegetable cooking spray. Combine the reserved cheese and crumbs and sprinkle evenly over the top.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings

Couscous with Tomatoes, Sauteed Spinach & Two Cheeses

3 ½ cups packaged couscous (any flavor)
1 (8-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
¼ cup red onion, sliced into rings
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon olive oil
10 cups fresh spinach (10 ounces)
1 tablespoon water
6 ounces Cabot, grated (about 1 ½ cups)
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil sprigs for garnish

Prepare couscous according to package directions; set aside.

Heat tomatoes in small saucepan or microwave; set aside.

In large skillet over medium heat, combine onions, garlic and oil; stir until onions are heated and fragrant. Add spinach and water; stir until spinach is wilted and tender but still bright green, about 2 minutes.

On large platter, layer coucous, spinach mixture and tomatoes. Sprinkle with cheeses and garnish with basil. Serves 6.

Gluten-Free Golden Chicken Casserole

1 oz margarine
0.5 oz (gluten free) garlic powder
8 oz margarine
0.5 oz lemon juice or ½ cup white wine
0.5 oz Use ager or rice flour to thicken if needed (any gluten free thickener will do)
8 oz chicken broth
8 oz grated lactose free parmesan cheese
24 oz gluten free fettuccini noodles (or just gluten free noodles)
48 oz of bell peppers, (mixture of red, yellow, and green) cleaned and sliced into strips
32 oz boneless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch strips
1 teaspoon black pepper
16 oz lactose free milk
0.5 oz gluten free onion powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cook pasta according to package, drain and set aside. Cut chicken into 1 inch stripes and place in a greased skillet (use 1 ounce margarine). Brown the chicken for 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown on all sides, season with salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken into a medium pan.

With the chicken, stir in margarine, broth, lemon juice (or white wine), and seasonings. Heat over low heat until liquid is at a slow boil (add gluten free thicken if necessary). In a 6 quart bowl, place cooked pasta, chicken sauce, and parmesan cheese and mix well. Optional: warm in oven and melt more lactose free cheese on top.

Serve at once on plates with bell peppers on the side. Serves 12 4-ounce portions.

Spicy & Savory Sausage with Asparagus

16 oz white vinegar
32 oz asparagus cut in sections
16 oz lactose-free milk
1 oz salt and pepper to taste
8 oz shredded carrots
0.5 oz corn starch
2 oz vegetable oil
2–3oz chopped fresh dill
4 oz Dijon honey mustard
0.02 oz cayenne pepper
24 oz vegetarian sausage
10 oz water
24 oz vegetable noodles

Place vinegar, dill, salt, and 4 Tablespoons water in resealable bag and mix until salt is dissolved. Add asparagus and carrots. Marinate 10 minutes, tossing often. Drain marinate off vegetables. Blanch asparagus in boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds. Remove from boiling water and place into ice bath for 20 seconds. Drain and place onto plate.

Bring water to boil and cook noodles al dente. Drain and toss lightly with oil, to keep the noodles from sticking together. Place in a bowl and set to the side.

Meanwhile, whisk dill, mustard, Lactose free milk, (corn starch as needed for thickener mixed in little water), and 1 cup more water in saucepan. Season mustard sauce with salt and pepper. Always taste test! Cook sauce over a medium heat until boiling and then simmer until thick, but pourable. Set aside.

Brown the sausage in a skillet or on a grill and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place sausage on top of the vegetable noodles. Drizzle on mustard sauce and finish cooking in oven. Garnish with dill, if desired. Serves 12 4-ounce portions.

Aparagus Ham Roll-Ups

1 lb. canned asparagus
8 slices (1 oz. each) boiled ham
½ c. sour cream
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Hot cooked rice
2 tbsp. water
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's condensed cream of celery soup
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. prepared mustard

Arrange asparagus with tips toward center in 12 x 8 inch microwave-safe baking dish; add water. Cover with vented plastic wrap; microwave on HIGH 4 minutes or until asparagus is tender, rotating dish once during cooking. Drain well.

Divide asparagus spears among ham slices; roll ham around asparagus. Secure with wooden toothpicks if necessary. Arrange rolls in same baking dish.

In small bowl, stir soup until smooth; stir in sour cream, milk, parsley and mustard until well blended. Pour over ham rolls. Cover with vented plastic wrap; microwave at 50% power 13 minutes or until heated through. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.

Note: Substitute 1 package (10 ounces) frozen asparagus spears or fresh asparagus. Cook frozen asparagus according to package directions. Drain well, then proceed as above in steps 2 and 3.

Lactose-Free Coffee-Rubbed Steak, Pepper-Cream Sauce & Portabello Sauté

6 5-ounce sirloin tip steaks
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground clove
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1 cup lactose free milk
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lg. onion, thinly sliced
½ cup finely ground espresso coffee
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 cup beef broth
4 tbsp flour
9 lg Portobello caps, sliced
1 lb. bacon*, cooked and diced
*check ingredient list on bacon for “not containing milk powder”.

Combine coffee, cayenne, paprika, ground clove, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Rub the mixture on each of the steaks. Let sit for at least an hour before cooking.

To make the sauce, fill a medium saucepan with 1 cup of Lactaid milk and 1 cup of beef broth. Turn on medium heat and bring to a simmer.

While the sauce is heating, melt the margarine in a separate, small pan. Add the flour, one tablespoon at a time, and whisk in to fully incorporate.

Remove the margarine & flour mixture from the heat and add to the sauce, whisking to incorporate. Let this mixture simmer down until it’s thick enough to nicely coat the back of a spoon.

Grill the steaks to the desired doneness. Let rest for 10 minutes while you cook the sauté.

In a medium sauté pan, heat margarine and olive oil over medium-high heat.

Cook the Portobello slices and onion until golden brown and slightly crisp. Add cooked, diced bacon and cook until heated through. Season to taste.

Serve the steak with the sauce on top and the mushroom sauté on the side. Enjoy! Serves 6.

Steak au Poivre

2 boneless beef top loin (strip) steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 1-1/4 pounds)
1 to 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic salt
⅓ cup beef broth
3 tablespoons cognac or brandy
½ cup heavy cream

Combine pepper and garlic salt; press evenly onto beef steaks.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place steaks in skillet; cook 12 to 15 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

Add broth to skillet; cook and stir until browned bits attached to skillet are dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add cognac; simmer 2 minutes. Stir in cream; cook and stir over medium-high heat about 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Serve over steaks.

Summer Tuna Artichoke Casserole

½ lb mini fusilli pasta
4 cups Lactaid milk
4 Tbsp flour
zest of ½ lemon
1 Tbsp. paprika
4 Tbsp. margarine
1 Tbsp. chopped dill
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 13.75-oz can artichoke hearts, drained
2 12-oz cans white albacore tuna
salt & pepper, to taste
½ Onion, thinly sliced
Juice of 2 lemons
3 basil leaves, chopped
3 large portobello caps, gills scraped out, thinly sliced
1 Sleeve buttery crackers, crushed
1 Tbsp paprika
½ Tbsp cracked black pepper

Cook the pasta, rinse, drain and set aside.

Prepare the sauce; fill a medium saucepan with Lactaid milk. Turn on medium heat and bring to a simmer. In resealable bag combine butter and flour and blend. Add to the warm milk, and whisk in to fully incorporate.

Preheat the oven to broil, or 500˚F.

Prepare the filling ingredients; slice the onions, clean the Portobello caps and slice them into strips. Open the can of artichoke hearts and cut each heart in half. Put the artichokes in a bowl and sprinkle with the juice of two lemons.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions and cook them until soft and golden-brown. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until soft, add artichoke hearts and sauté further, mixing occasionally, until the whole mixture looks golden brown (about 5 minutes). Add the cream sauce, basil, tuna, and pasta. Mix well and cook until heated through.

Pour mixture into a prepared casserole dish.

Evenly sprinkle the crunchy mix over the casserole until you have a nice, thick layer.
Bake for just a few minutes in the oven until the top is barely browned and crispy. Enjoy!

Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup water or milk
1 cup frozen baby sweet peas
2 (6-ounce) cans tuna packed in water, undrained
1 cup buttered bread crumbs or crushed plain potato chips
8 ounces packaged wide noodles, cooked al dente
½ cup diced onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a glass baking dish with butter-flavored vegetable oil.

In a large saucepan, sauté onion and celery in the butter until vegetables are barely soft, not mushy. Add mushroom soup, water, peas, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve soup. When it begins to boil, turn off heat and gently fold in tuna with liquid.

Add cooked pasta noodles and toss to coat with sauce. Pour into prepared casserole and top with bread crumbs or potato chips. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes until heated through and topping is lightly browned. Serves 4 to 6.

Appetizers & Sides

Caprese Dip

1 cup cottage cheese
6 small basil leaves OR 1 tsp dried basil
½ tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion, minced
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup grated mozzarella

Full Recipe
Puree cottage cheese, basil, garlic powder, and onion in food processor. Remove and place in small bowl. Add tomatoes and mozzarella and stir well. Chill in refrigerator.

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Guacamole Dip

1 cup cottage cheese
1 ripe avocado, seeded & peeled
½ tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp onion, minced
juice from 1 lemon
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup cilantro, minced (optional)

Puree cottage cheese, avocado, garlic powder, onion, and lemon juice in food processor. Remove and place in small bowl. Add tomatoes, cheddar, and cilantro. Stir well. Chill in refrigerator. Serve with crisp crackers or tortilla chips.

Pumpkin Cheese Dip

16 oz canned pumpkin
1 cup cottage cheese
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
dash ground black pepper
4 Tbsp chopped pecans, toasted

Puree all ingredients EXCEPT pecans in food processor until smooth. Pour into dish and fold in toasted pecans and add a few on top for garnish. Use graham crackers, cinnamon pita chips or other chips to dip, or spread on whole wheat bagels for a great breakfast beginning!

Quinoa, Blueberry, Walnut & Feta Salad

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained
1 ½ cups water
1 pinch Salt
4 oz dried wild blueberries
1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
⅓ cup walnuts, lightly dry pan roasted and coarsely chopped
1 cup Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
⅓ cup red onion, finely chopped
1 cup Feta cheese, cubed

2 Tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp finely ground black pepper
½ tsp ground cumin
Zest of one lemon
½ cup lemon olive oil
½ cup champagne vinegar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Place quinoa, water and sea salt in a medium pot, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.

While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the dressing by mixing together the vinegars, olive oil, pepper, cumin and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.

When the quinoa is done, place in a mixing bowl, and fluff with a fork to cool. When room temperature, add all remaining ingredients and pour the dressing over. Gently toss to mix.

Serve room temperature or refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Serve over a bed of lettuce leaves. Adapted from Eden Organic recipe.

White Cheddar Croutons

3 cups grated white cheddar cheese
¼ cup grated onion
¼ cup Greek yogurt
⅓ cup ground pecans
½ cup fruit or vegetable marmalade

Combine cheese, onion and yogurt together well to form a consistent creamy mixture. Shape mixture into a small log measuring about 1 inch in diameter. Roll log in ground pecans. Slice log into small rounds and place on platter. Top each crouton with a small dollop of marmalade. Serve with salads or soups. Makes 30 small croutons.

Developed by Cheryl Armstrong, PhD, RD

Old English Vegetable Dip

Old family favorite — kids can help prepare this easily.

1 jar Old English cheese in a jar
8 oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp Garlic salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and form into a ball. Flatten out into a round and decorate with fresh herbs and toasted chopped nuts if desired. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers, fresh veggies or toasted bread rounds.

Spicy Gorgonzola Spread

1 lb Gorgonzola cheese
1 2/3 cup roasted red peppers
2-3 Tbsp chopped onions
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 tsp sugar
1 ½ tsp hot sauce

Puree all in food processor or blender. Refrigerate for a few hours to let the flavors marry before using. Serve with crusty bread, crackers or veggies. Enjoy! Makes 2 cups.

Toasted Rye Rounds:
Cut party rye into rounds. Spray olive oil on baking sheet, layer with rye, spray rye and dust with garlic powder. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes. Cool on tray. When cool, store in air tight container for up to one month.

Cheese Crostini with Fruit Tapenade

½ cup orange juice
2 Tbsp molasses
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
½ cup dried figs, stems removed and chopped
4 oz 1/3-less-fat or fat-free cream cheese
4 oz crumbled fat-free feta cheese
3 Tbsp 1% low-fat milk
Toasted baguette slices

Combine orange juice and molasses in a medium bowl; microwave on HIGH in 30 seconds or until hot. Add dried fruit; cover and let stand 30 minutes.

Drain, if necessary. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Meanwhile, combine cheeses and milk. Spread evenly over baguette slices. Serve with fruit tapenade.

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
2 large room temperature eggs, beaten
1 cup sweet potato puree
6 tablespoons melted butter
approx. 5–6 cups all-purpose Flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt

In food processor place 5 cups flour, yeast, eggs, puree, sugar, salt and butter. Pulse for 10 seconds; add water and process until bowl sides are clean. May need to add more flour or water depending on humidity.

Turn out of processing bowl; place in buttered mixing bowl and cover until doubled in size. Punch down and knead 10 times. Cut in half and roll each half into a 16” circle.

Brush with softened butter; roll into crescent shapes and place on parchment to raise for 15 minutes; put in oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

To Freeze:
Place on parchment after rolled into crescents and freeze on cookie sheets. Place in resealable bags until time to use.

To bake, remove from freezer for 20 minutes; place in 375 degree oven and bake until golden brown. Makes 36 rolls.

Smoked Gouda & Tomato Chutney Torte

16 oz can diced tomatoes
¼ cup chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 (6 oz) container low-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 cup shredded 75% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 Tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley, if desired
Whole wheat toast rounds or whole grain crackers

Combine tomatoes and next 7 ingredients (through rosemary) in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 35 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, beat yogurt, cheeses and parsley with electric mixer until well blended. Line a small bowl with plastic wrap. Spread cheese mixture in bowl. Cover and chill at least four hours.

To serve, invert bowl onto serving plate; remove bowl and plastic wrap. Spoon chutney over top of torte and serve with toast rounds or crackers.

Creamy Blue Cheese Dip / Dressing

3/4 cup Cabot 2% Plain Greek-Style Yogurt or Plain Greek-Style Yogurt (10%) divided
1/3 cup crumbled flavorful blue cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 medium clove garlic
Sprinkle of salt
About 1/2 cup reduced-fat (2%) milk (for dressing only)

In small bowl, combine about 1/4 cup of yogurt and all of blue cheese; mash with fork into lumpy paste.

Add remaining yogurt, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce and mustard.

Peel garlic and chop coarsely. Sprinkle with salt and mash into puree with blade of knife held sideways. Scrape into yogurt mixture and stir until well blended. For salad dressing, stir in milk.

Cover dip or dressing and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for flavors to blend. Serve dip with fresh vegetables or crackers or as topping for baked potatoes. Serve dressing on green salads or grilled or roasted vegetables.

Spicy Cheddar & Roasted Pepper Dip

2 large unpeeled garlic cloves
1 1/3 cups Cabot Plain Greek-Style Lowfat Yogurt
8 ounces Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Jalapeno Cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup finely chopped jarred roasted red peppers
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon Cholula Hot Sauce, or more to taste
Salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Place garlic cloves in small dry skillet over medium heat. Roast, shaking pan often, for 5 to 10 minutes or until cloves are softened and golden brown with spots of dark brown. Remove from pan and let cool. Slip off skins and mash/chop well.

Combine in bowl with remaining ingredients. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate (flavor improves overnight). (Can be made in advance and frozen in airtight container for several months.) Makes 2 ½ cups

Suggested uses:
Spread on sandwiches, bagels, pita pockets or wraps; Bring to room temperature and serve as dip with sturdy fruits and vegetables (apple slices, broccoli florets, celery sticks), pretzel sticks or hearty chips; Garnish chili or soups such as tomato, potato or butternut squash; Top baked potatoes or hot vegetables; Fill omelets and frittatas; Shape into ball and roll in chopped toasted nuts or minced fresh parsley; serve with favorite crackers.

Sour Cream Cheese Puffs

1 package (8 oz) neufchatel cheese, softened
1 cup (8 oz) Greek yogurt
⅓ cup finely chopped roasted sweet red pepper
¼ cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon dill weed
¼ teaspoon pepper
24 phyllo cups (found in freezer)
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, red pepper, onion, lemon juice, dill and pepper until blended.

Cut each biscuit in half horizontally; press into greased miniature muffin cups. Place a rounded tablespoonful of cream cheese mixture in each cup.

Bake at 375° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve warm. Makes 40 appetizers.

10-Minute Ricotta Cheese

2 cups whole milk
2 tsp. distilled vinegar

In a large glass bowl, heat milk to boiling on HIGH in microwave about 4 minutes. Remove from microwave, add vinegar, stir; cover and rest 5 minutes. Pour mixture through paper towl-lined sieve and drain 10 minutes (drain to desired dryness). Remove Ricotta from paper towl and place in bowl or add to a favorite recipe. Will keep for 5 days. To add more flavor, add a dash of salt. To use for desserts, use citrus juice instead of vinegar (it may take a few more minutes to form curds.) Makes ½ cup.

Savory Ricotta Tarts

1 cup Ricotta
4 slices prosciutto, diced
3 Tbsp. grated onion
½ red pepper, freshly roasted
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tbsp. milk
3 Tbsp. fresh basil
1 large clove garlic, grated
6 dry-pack sundried tomatoes, diced
1 pkg. phyllo cups (24 count)

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except phyllo cups and parmesan. Blend well. Fill cup and place on baking sheet, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; bake for 10–12 minutes until bubble and golden. Remove and serve immediately. Serves 8.

Cheese Board

Option 1: Brie Under Wraps - no pastry
Brie (hopefully something mildly French)
Honey (optional but tasty)
Fresh crusty bread

Bake on baking sheet at 375&dg; for 15–20 minutes; remove, drizzle with honey and almonds. Serve with crusty bread rounds.

Option 2: Baked Brie with Pastry
1 pkg. puff pastry, thawed
½ cup apricot jam
1 egg for wash
1 8oz. wheel Brie
½ cup dried cranberries

Gently roll out puff pastry with extra flour. Place Brie in center, top with jam and berries. Fold up edges of pastry to make a decorative pattern. Brush with beaten egg to make dough shine after baking. Bake at 350° for 25–30 minutes until pastry is golden brown.

Cheese Board Ideas: Place baked brie in the center; add crackers and bread. Use nice bunches of grapes, cherries, pears and two wedges of cheese — one stronger in flavor (like an aged cheddar) and one less robust such as a dill Havarti.

Cheese Crackers

8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded (2 cups)
1 ½ tsp. grated onion
3 dashes hot sauce
¼ tsp. cayenne
1 cup flour
½ stick butter
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup grated Parmesan (not the powder)

In food processor, place cheddar, butter, onion, Worcestershire, hot sauce, mustard, cayenne and salt. Process until smooth. Add flour and pulse just until flour is beginning to disappear and dough is a pea sized ball; be careful not to over-mix. On lightly floured surface, knead quickly and gently until dough comes together. Divide into thirds. Wrap each one separately in clear wrap and refrigerate one hour. Heat oven to 350&dg;F. Line baking sheet with parchment. Pat or roll dough into a 1-inch log. Cut into 1/8 inch slices and place on baking sheet.
Alternative: Roll into 1/8 inch sheet and cut into shapes with small cookie cutters.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before baking. Bake for 15–20 minutes (check after 10 minutes). Remove from oven, cool and store in air-tight container. They will go like goldfish. Makes 72 crackers (3 per serving).

Sweet Potato and Cheddar Polenta

1 medium-sized sweet potato
½ cup fine cornmeal
1 Tbsp. butter
2 tsp. fresh chives
2 cups milk
½ tsp. ground allspice
1 cup aged cheddar, coarsely grated
salt & pepper

Microwave the sweet potato on high until tender — about 4 minutes. Scoop out flesh and process until smooth. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to a boil. Add the cornmeal in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Cook for 3–4 minutes, stirring, until think. Add allspice, butter and potato. Remove from burner when hot and stir in cheese. Add chives and season to taste. Serves 4.


Ricotta Fruit Pudding

1 cup part skim milk Ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
Juice of one orange, about 3 tablespoons
Zest of one orange
1 ½ cups vanilla Greek yogurt
2 cups assorted diced fruit

Full Recipe
Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Blend well. Fill serving bowls with fruit mixture and top with a strawberry half or other fresh fruit. Makes 6 servings. Adapted from NDC.org

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Angel Food Stuffed Cake

1 cup of smooth ricotta cheese
1 tsp. of almond extract
½ cup powdered sugar
2 10 oz. containers thawed sugared strawberries
1 angel food cake

Cut cake into thirds horizontally. Combine ricotta, sugar and extract and blend until smooth and combined. Spread half of mixture on one layer, and repeat. Drizzle berries over the cake and top with fresh whipped cream. Cut into slices and serve. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 days without berries. Be sure to cover and wrap securely.

Rice Crispy Frosted Caramel Pecan Treats

¼ cup butter
large jar marshmallow fluff
5 cups crisp rice cereal
1 package (3.9 ounce) instant vanilla pudding
2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
½ cup chopped toasted pecans
Carmel sauce to drizzle
Milk to thin frosting

In large glass bowl combine the butter and marshmallow fluff. Heat in microwave oven on HIGH for 2-3 minutes and stir until combined. Remove from microwave and stir in the crisp rice cereal.

Prepare a pizza pan by lightly coating with vegetable oil spray. Press the cereal mixture evenly onto the pizza pan. Cool.

Combine yogurt and instant pudding in resealable plastic bag. Mix and combine well. Add a bit of milk to thin slightly. Snip the end of bag to make piping bag for frosting and coat the top of the crust.

Frost cooled pizza round; top with pecans and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Note: This is a gluten free recipe and is a great source of calcium even for Lactose Intolerance customers.

Blueberry Cheesecake Tartlets

2 (2.1 oz) packages frozen mini phyllo shells
4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 (6-ounce) container low-fat honey vanilla Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup cranberry juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup blueberries

Bake pastry shells according to package directions; cool completely.

Beat cream cheese and 1 tablespoon sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until creamy; add yogurt, vanilla and lemon zest, beating until smooth. Spoon mixture evenly into cooled pastry shells; refrigerate until ready to serve.

Combine juices and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium; stir in blueberries. Simmer 10 minutes or until blueberries begin to pop and sauce thickens; remove from heat and let cool. To serve, spoon sauce evenly over filling in shells.

Mocha-Chip Bread Pudding

3 cups 1% low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk
¼ cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup egg substitute
1 (1-pound) loaf whole wheat bread or whole wheat rolls, cut into 1-inch cubes
Cooking spray
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Low-fat frozen yogurt (optional)

Combine milk, coffee, coffee powder, vanilla and egg substitute in a large bowl; stir well. Add bread cubes, tossing gently. Spoon mixture into a 3-quart baking dish or individual ramekins coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes in baking dish or 15 minutes in ramekins. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until pudding is set. Top with frozen yogurt, if desired.

Chocolate Yogurt Mousse

1 lb. plain nonfat yogurt
2 oz. semisweet chocolate
7 oz. egg whites
3 ½ oz. sugar
1 ½ oz. cocoa powder

Make yogurt cheese: Wrap yogurt in cheesecloth and suspend over a bowl. Drain for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Remove yogurt from cooler, scoop out of cheesecloth into a bowl and bring to room temperature. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in microwave (about 30 seconds). Cool to room temperature and stir into reserved yogurt cheese; set aside.

Make meringue: Combine egg whites and sugar. Egg whites should be at room temperature. With a mixer, whip egg white / sugar mix into stiff peaks.

Blender Strawberry Ice Cream

1 (10 ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries
½ cup sugar
⅔ cup heavy cream

Combine the frozen strawberries and sugar in a food processor or blender. Process until the fruit is roughly chopped. With the processor running, slowly pour in the heavy cream until fully incorporated. Serve immediately, or freeze for up to one week.

Creamy Smooth Chocolate Ice Cream

1 pint of half and half
⅓ cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons of your favorite instant pudding mix

In a medium bowl, combine half and half, sugar, and pudding mix with a whisk until thoroughly mixed. pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to machine directions (on a hot sunny day, let the kids make it in a can.)

Dad's Famous Homemade Ice Cream

By Chef Trent Snyder

Recipe Source
3 eggs, beaten
1 can (14-ounce size) evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 ½ quart half and half milk

Beat eggs; place in container of ice cream maker. Add vanilla, evaporated milk, sugar and salt; mix. Pour in half-and-half. Fill to top with milk. Mix in ice cream maker until thick and rich. Serve cold and make sure you put the leftovers in the freezer!

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

¾ cup sugar
1 cup milk
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg yolk
2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla

Combine sugar, milk, salt and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer. Place the egg yolks into a small bowl, gradually stir in about ½ cup of the hot liquid and return to the saucepan. Heat until thickened, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, and stir in the chopped chocolate until chocolate is melted. Pour into a chilled bowl, refrigerate for about 2 hours until cold, stirring occasionally. When chocolate mixture has completely cooled, stir in the cream, and the vanilla. Pour into ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

Perfectly Peach Ice Cream

Recipe Source
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen peaches, peeled if preferred
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons peach brandy
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks

In a bowl combine peaches, ½ cup sugar, lemon juice and peach brandy. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. Remove peach mixture from refrigerator and drain juice into a cup. Return peaches to refrigerator.

In a saucepan combine ¾ cup sugar, heavy cream, milk and vanilla. Bring just to a boil.

In bowl whisk egg yolks. While whisking stream in about ⅓ of the boiled cream mixture. While whisking cream and sugar mixture, stream in egg and cream mixture. Return to the heat and continue to heat while stirring. Mixture will thicken as it returns to a boil. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl set over ice. Add the reserved peach juice.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. After the ice cream begins to stiffen, when very close to done, add the peaches and continue to freeze until done. Variation: Use fresh raspberries!

French Vanilla Ice Cream

Matt Scherschel, Valparaiso, IN

2 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Whisk the eggs until light and fluffy. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, until completely blended. Pour in cream, milk, and vanilla. Freeze.

Vanilla Ice Cream I

Roger Sherer

3 cups heavy whipping cream
3 cans (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
8 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
9 Junket Tablets
2 teaspoons water
Enough whole milk to fill remainder of the ice cream canister

In a small bowl dissolve the Junket Tablets in the cold water. Set aside.

Combine sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, and a portion of the milk in a large bowl. Mix well. Add salt and remainder of milk. Mix well. Pour into a large saucepan and heat slowly, stirring to lukewarm (110 degrees F). Remove from heat. Add vanilla and the dissolved Junket Tablets. Stir.

Vanilla Ice Cream II

Kurt Lengacher, Greenwood, IN

2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
3 cups heavy whipping cream
3 cups Half ‘N Half
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix sugar, cornstarch, eggs, and egg yolks. Beat until light yellow. Add heavy cream and cook to 160 degrees F on candy thermometer. Add Half ‘N Half and vanilla. Chill. Strain into freezer can and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

Vanilla Ice Cream III

Jeff and Linda Rowand

4 ½ cups milk
2 ¼ cups sugar
3/8 teaspoon salt
6 jumbo egg yolks, beaten
3 Tablespoons vanilla
3 cups whipping cream
3 cups Half ‘N Half

Scald milk over low heat. Stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Pour milk over beaten egg yolks, slowly. Beat mixture until well blended. Stir and cook in a double boiler until it reaches 160 degrees F. Chill. Fold in vanilla, whipping cream, and Half ‘N Half. Churn until frozen.

Vanilla Ice Cream IV

Nancy McConnell

¾ cup egg beaters product
½ cup sugar
5 cups Half ‘N Half
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
1 4oz.pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix

Beat egg beaters with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, Half ‘N Half, vanilla, salt, and vanilla pudding; mix well. Freeze.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream I

Suzanne Clark, Shirley, IN

4 cups Half ‘N Half
1 cup sugar
½ vanilla bean, split in half and scraped
6 egg yolks

Combine Half ‘N Half, sugar, and vanilla bean with pulp and bring to a simmer. Whisk egg yolks until smooth. Add 1 cup of the hot liquid to the egg yolks and whisk until smooth. Add the yolk mixture to the saucepan of liquid and whisk until incorporated. Bring the liquid back to simmer and continue to cool for 4 to 6 minutes (to 160 degrees F). Freeze.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream II

David Parcell, Goshen, IN

8 cups milk
3 ½ cups sugar
2 vanilla beans
3/4 cup water
3 pkgs. gelatin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups cream

Combine milk and sugar in a large pan. Split vanilla beans lengthwise. Scrape seeds into milk mixture. Cut pods into large pieces and add to milk. Scald. Discard vanilla pods. Dissolve gelatin in cold water. Stir into milk mixture until well dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cool. Freeze.

Moolicious Vanilla Ice Cream

Cora K. Hixon

4 cups fine sugar, sifted
16 egg yolks
3 cups Half ‘N Half
3 cups whole milk
6 cups heavy cream
8 t. vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and egg yolks together. Beat the mixture until it is a thick yellow paste and set it aside. Bring the Half ‘N Half and milk to a simmer in a heavy, medium saucepan.

Slowly beat the hot Half ‘N Half and milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. This mixture should be hot, but not boiling. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook to a 160 degrees F. Simmer as you constantly stir to make a custard-like consistency.

Strain the mixture into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill overnight in refrigerator. Yields 6 quarts.


Gourmet Hot Cocoa

by Bonnie Hinkle

4 cups milk
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 oz. butterscotch chips
1 canister whipped cream
1 Heath or other toffee bar, crushed

Full Recipe
Heat milk, water and sugar to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in chocolate and butterscotch chips until they melt into the milk. Pour into small mugs or cups and top with whipped cream, and crushed toffee pieces.

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Xtreme Chocolate Frappe

⅓ cup sugar
2 cups lowfat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
Bittersweet chocolate shavings, optional
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
¼ cup light chocolate syrup
2 containers (6 ounces) lowfat chocolate, vanilla or plain yogurt

Mix together sugar and cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Add ½ cup milk to sugar mixture; stir constantly over medium-low heat 3 minutes or until mixture is hot and sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into a blender.

Add remaining 1 ½ cups milk, chocolate syrup, vanilla, yogurt and ice cubes to cocoa mixture in blender. Process until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with chocolate shavings or additional cocoa powder. Yields 6 oz.

Chocolate MOOtini

1 oz. 2% milk
1.25 oz. Crème de Cocoa
1.25 oz White Coffee Liqueur
Chocolate Syrup

Add all ingredients to mixing tin full of ice and shake 20 times. Strain into a martini glasses swirled in chocolate syrup and serve immediately. Raise your glass to 80 years of sound nutritional information! Thank you for 80 years Dairy & Nutrition Council of Indiana Inc!

Blue Me Away Smoothie

Arica Simon, 8th grade, New Augusta North Middle School, Marion County

1 cup 2% milk
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, honey flavor
2 cups frozen blueberries
3 Tbsp lemon curd
6 large basil leaves, gently torn
1/8 tsp powered ginger
Optional garnish: lemon slice, fresh blueberries or small basil leaves

Place ingredients into blender in order listed. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the blender container as needed. Pour into glasses, garnish as desired. Makes two 2 cup servings.

Strawberry-Pineapple Smoothie

Elizabeth Hill (adapted from Allrecipes.com), 2nd grade, Homeschooled, Marion County

¾ cup pineapple juice, frozen
½ cup water, frozen
6 oz low fat vanilla yogurt
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 cup frozen strawberries
¾ cup 2% milk

Combine water and pineapple juice, and pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Clean strawberries, remove stems, and freeze. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into glasses, top with whipped cream and a strawberry garnish, and serve immediately.