Blueberry Zucchini Squares Recipe

Blueberry Zucchini Squares

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Yield: 24 Servings (2 dozen)

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (do not pack)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3-1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

 

GLAZE:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine zucchini, buttermilk, lemon peel and lemon juice; toss to combine. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. In another bowl, whisk 3-1/4 cups flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with zucchini mixture, mixing well after each addition. Toss blueberries with remaining flour; fold into batter.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared pan, spreading evenly (pan will be full). Bake 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth; spread over top. Let stand until set.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 piece equals 270 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 197 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

 

 

Editor’s Note: If using frozen blueberries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.

 
Originally published as Blueberry Zucchini Squares in Taste of Home June/July 2015

Quick Watermelon Cooler

Yield: 4 Servings

Quick Watermelon Cooler

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup crushed ice

 

Directions:
In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 cup: 86 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), trace protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1/2 fruit

 

Originally published as Watermelon Cooler in Simple & Delicious June/July 2010, p41

White Chocolate Raspberry Torte Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup white baking chips, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

    White Chocolate Raspberry Torte

    Photo by Taste of Home©

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk

 

Filling:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

 

Frosting:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white baking chips, melted and cooled
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Fresh raspberries, optional

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper; grease paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chips and vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Transfer to prepared pans.
  4. Bake 26-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely; gently peel off waxed paper.
  5. In a small saucepan, bring raspberries and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Press raspberries through a sieve; discard seeds. Cool.
  6. In same pan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in raspberry puree until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. Spread between cake layers.
  7. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in melted chips; fold in whipped topping. Spread over top and sides of cake. Pipe frosting over top edge of cake and garnish with berries if desired. Store in the refrigerator.

 
Originally published as White Chocolate Raspberry Torte in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p47

 

Watermelon Shark Recipe

Watermelon Shark recipe

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Is it safe to go into the kitchen?  Yes!  Take a bite out of this watermelon and leave satisfied.

(However, you might need a bigger bowl… while you watch television episodes during Shark Week on Discovery.)

 

Yield: 32 Servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large watermelon
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1 medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) pineapple preserves
  • Swedish Fish candies, optional

 

Directions:

  1. Using a large sharp knife, cut off one end of the watermelon so that watermelon stands at an angle. Using a razor blade or small knife, score an opening for the mouth. With knife, cut out and remove mouth. Cut out triangles for teeth; remove rind from teeth.
  2. For shark fin, cut a triangle from removed rind; attach to shark with toothpicks. For eyes, attach two grapes with toothpicks.
  3. Remove fruit from inside watermelon; cut into cubes. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries and remaining grapes. Finely grate peel from oranges and squeeze juice. In a small bowl, mix preserves, orange juice and peel; add to fruit and toss gently.
  4. Stand shark on a platter. Fill opening with some of the fruit mixture; add a few Swedish Fish if desired. Serve with remaining fruit.

 

Nutritional Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without candies): 129 calories, 1g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fruit

 
Originally published as Watermelon Shark in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p8

 

Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad Recipe from Taste of Home©

We love skirt steak in our house. To make it a meal, I created a ranch-inspired bread salad with the best flavor combinations – creamy, tangy, sweet and fresh. — Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

Yield: 6 Servings

Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 inch thick and 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 2 cups cubed multigrain bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

 

Directions:

  1. Mix chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper; rub over steak. Let stand 15 minutes.
    Meanwhile, toss bread cubes with oil. In a large skillet, toast bread over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, whisk salad dressing, horseradish and mustard.
  2. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and toasted bread. Add 1/2 cup dressing mixture; toss to coat. Slice steak; serve with salad and remaining dressing.

Originally published as Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad in Taste of Home June/July 201

Grilled Cajun Green Beans Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings

Grilled Cajun Green Beans Recipe

Grilled Cajun Green Beans Recipe, Photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butte

Directions:

  1. Place green beans on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and dot with butter. Fold foil around beans, sealing tightly.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat 9-11 minutes on each side or until beans are tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.

 

Nutritional Facts
3/4 cup equals 56 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

 

Originally published as Grilled Cajun Green Beans in Taste of Home‘s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p204

 

Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings

Crispy Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up
  • Oil for deep-fat frying

 

Directions: 

  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 2-2/3 cups flour, garlic salt, paprika, 2-1/2 teaspoons pepper and poultry seasoning. In a shallow bowl, beat eggs and water; add salt and the remaining flour and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then place in the bag, a few pieces at a time. Seal bag and shake to coat.
  2. In a deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, several pieces at a time, for 5-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.

 

 

Originally published as Crispy Fried Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p18

 

Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 12 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • Grated cotija cheese, optional

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix butter, cilantro, lime juice and lime peel. Shape into a log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm. Wrap each ear of corn with a piece of heavy-duty foil (about 14 in. square).
  2. Grill corn, covered, over medium heat 15-20 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Meanwhile, cut lime butter into 12 slices. Remove corn from grill. Carefully open foil, allowing steam to escape. Serve corn with butter and, if desired, cheese.

 

Nutritional Facts
1 ear of corn with 2 teaspoons butter (calculated without cheese) equals 145 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 67 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

 

Originally published as Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

This versatile recipe converts easily into a creamy dip or smooth dressing. It’s delicious served with fresh veggies or drizzled over greens. —Carolyn Zimmerman, Fairbury, Illinois

Ranch dressing and dip mix

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 1 cup or approximately 96 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

 

Additional Ingredients for Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk

 

Additional Ingredients for Dip:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: about 6 tablespoons mix (enough to make 6 batches).
  2. To prepare dressing: In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon mix with mayonnaise and buttermilk; refrigerate. Yield: 2 cups.
  3. To prepare dip: In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon mix and sour cream; refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 1 cup.

 

Nutritional Facts:
1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 107 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

 

Originally published as Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p19

Brunch Enchiladas Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings

Brunch Enchiladas

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Ingredients:

  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 can (8-1/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) mild taco sauce
  • Sour cream, optional

 

 

Directions:

  1. Combine the first six ingredients; spoon 1/2 cup down the center of each tortilla. Roll up tightly. Place, seam side down, in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with taco sauce.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes or until heated through. Serve with sour cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

 

Nutritional Facts:
1 serving (1 each) equals 208 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 222 mg cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein.

 

Originally published as Brunch Enchiladas in Country Woman March/April 1997, p41