Toss pre-made tortellini with chicken and an array of herbs for a palate-pleasing summer salad.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
- 1 (19-oz.) package frozen cheese tortellini
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 1/4 cup sliced green olives
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence*
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- Salt to taste
- Garnish: fresh parsley sprigs
1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and place in large bowl. Stir in chicken and next 5 ingredients.
2. Whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and herbes de Provence. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Pour over tortellini mixture, tossing to coat. Stir in salt to taste. Cover and chill at least 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.
*1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning may be substituted.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Rosetto Cheese Tortellini.
Tuna Tortellini Salad: Substitute 1 (12-oz.) can albacore tuna, rinsed and drained well, for chicken. Prepare recipe as directed.
Shirley Wood, San Antonio, Texas, Southern Living
Chef Walter Staib of A Taste of History shares this vanilla ice cream recipe. According to Chef Staib the founding fathers were critical in bringing the dessert to America, even First Lady Dolley Madison was a fan. One respected history of ice cream states that, as the wife of U.S. President James Madison she served ice cream at her husband’s Inaugural Ball in 1813.
Yield: 1 1/2 quarts
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 3 egg yolks
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
- Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice water and setting a slightly smaller bowl atop.
- In a medium sized sauce pot, bring the cream, half of the sugar, and the vanilla beans and pod to a simmer
- Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl whisk together egg yolks and remaining sugar until light
- Slowly add hot cream to egg mixture, ¼ cup at a time, whisking all the while.
- Return the pot to the stove and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Transfer the custard to the ice bath and cool it, stirring occasionally, until it is cool to the touch. Remove from ice bath, cover, and refrigerate until cold.
- Spin in ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Yield: 2 quarts
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 3 c. whole milk
- 3/4 c. light corn syrup
- 2 whole eggs, beaten lightly
- 1 c. cream
- 4 drops natural peppermint extract
- 2 drops red food coloring
- 3/4 c. peppermint candy, crushed
- Mix the sugar and cornstarch in the top of a double boiler.
- Stir in the milk, syrup and eggs.
- Cook over boiling water, stirring all the time for 10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Chill.
- Stir in cream, extract and coloring.
- Freeze in a 2 quart ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- When partially frozen, add crushed peppermint and continue frequently.
This is a classic banana bread – moist and full of chocolate chips! This recipe is one of my family’s favorites that I make on a sometimes weekly basis. I am the only regular banana eater in the house (besides my dog – he can hear me peeling a banana from the opposite end of the house and comes running) but keep buying them every week because my kids request the banana bread. A great way to use your overripe bananas, this loaf makes a great hostess gift plus it freezes well tightly wrapped in foil the freezer for up to 3 months.
Yield: 1 loaf
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 bananas, mashed (1 cup mashed banana)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F .
- Grease and flour a 8 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan (or use baking spray, such as Baker’s Joy brand).
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix in the oil, bananas and eggs. Stir in the chocolate chips (do not overmix!) and pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60-80 minutes. Cool the loaf in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely, right side up.
“Mayonnaise and mustard add an irresistible flavor to these classic deviled eggs topped with bacon – perfect appetizers.” – Betty Crocker™
Yield: 12 Servings
- 12 eggs
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (1 oz)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions (1 medium)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
- In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, place eggs in single layer. Add enough water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat to boiling. Immediately remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Place eggs in bowl of ice water; let stand 10 minutes.
- To peel, gently tap each egg on countertop until entire shell is finely crackled. Roll gently between hands to loosen shell. Starting at large end, peel egg under cold running water.
- Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Slip yolks out into medium bowl; mash with fork. Stir mayonnaise, cheese, onions, mustard, pepper and salt into yolks.
- Spoon or pipe yolk mixture into egg white halves. Sprinkle with bacon. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories80 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 1 1/2g Sodium115mg Total Carbohydrate 0g Dietary Fiber 0g Protein 4g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 0% Exchanges:1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choice 0 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
by Rhonda Parkinson, Chinese Food Expert
This sweet and sour pork is prepared American-style with more batter and deep-fried twice for extra crispiness.
Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
- 3/4 pound pork tenderloin
- 2 – 3 teaspoons soy sauce
- Pinch of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water or reserved pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup warm water, as needed
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- 3 cups oil for deep-frying, or as needed
- Cut the pork into 1-inch cubes. Marinate in the soy sauce and cornstarch for 20 minutes.
- To prepare the sauce, in a small bowl, combine the sugar, ketchup, dark soy sauce, salt, water or juice and vinegar. Set aside. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Set aside.
- Peel the carrot and chop on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces. Cut the bell peppers in half, remove the seeds and cut into cubes.
- Heat the oil for deep–frying to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For the batter, combine the flour and cornstarch. Stir in the egg white and vegetable oil. Add as much of the warm water as is needed to form a thick batter that is neither too dry or too moist. (The batter should not be runny, but should drop off the back of a spoon).
- Dip the marinated pork cubes in the batter. Deep-fry in batches, taking care not to overcrowd the wok. Deep-fry the pork until it is golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.
- (If desired you can deep-fry the pork at second time to make it extra crispy. Make sure the oil is back up to 375 before you begin deep-frying again).
- To prepare the sweet and sour sauce, bring the sauce ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the carrot, green pepper, and pineapple. Bring to a boil again and thicken with cornstarch mixture, stirring. Check the sauce one more time and adjust seasonings, adding salt and/or vinegar if desired. Serve hot over the deep-fried pork.
- Serve the sweet and sour pork over rice.
Yield: 48 Servings/4 dozen
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1-1/4 cups chunky peanut butter
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 Butterfinger candy bars (2.1 ounces each), chopped
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg whites. Beat in peanut butter and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in candy bars.
- Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls and place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
- Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
1 each: 96 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
Originally published as Butterfinger Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 1998, p67