Sweet Potato French Toast
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sweet potato puree
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
Salted butter for griddle and serving
10 slices Texas toast (or other white bread such
as Challah or French bread)
Warm maple syrup
Brown Sugar-Candied Bacon
Preheat an electric griddle to 350°F (a non-stick skillet set over medium heat also works fine).
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add the milk, sweet potato puree, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined. Pour into a shallow dish large enough to accommodate the bread slices.
Butter the griddle or skillet. Dip a slice of bread into the egg mixture, allowing a few seconds for it to absorb mixture. I also squeeze the bread gently to soak the mixture to the center. Flip the bread slice and coat the opposite side.
Transfer the soaked bread to the griddle and cook until golden brown on the bottom. Remove the bread. Butter the griddle once more, flip the French toast to the opposite side and cook until golden brown.
Serve warm with butter, warm maple syrup, Cranberry-Pecan Chutney, and Brown-Sugar Candied Bacon.
Brown Sugar Candied Bacon
1 pound Applewood-smoked bacon slices or thick cut bacon slices
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Position 1 rack in top third of oven and
preheat to 400°F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a large rack on top of the lined baking sheet.
Arrange the bacon slices in single layer on the rack.
Whisk together the brown sugar and melted butter. Brush each bacon slice with the brown sugar mixture. Bake until the bacon is crisp and glazed, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and serve.
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1/8 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1 cup apple cider
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 (12-oz.) package fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 cup dried apricots, diced
1/2 tsp loosely packed orange or lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/21. Bring first 7 ingredients (sugar through orange juice) to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10-12 minutes. Remove the
cloves with a slotted spoon and discard.
3. Add the cranberries. Increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or just until cranberries begins to burst.
4. Stir in apricots and orange or lemon zest; remove from heat. Cool completely. Serve immediately or chill in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Stir in the pecans just before serving.
Peach & Cinnamon
Lemonade with Fresh Mint
6 cups of water
1 cup of sugar or sweetener
3 lemons, juiced (about 1/3 cup lemon juice)
1 can of peach daiquiri mix OR peach puree
1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cups of ice
thinly sliced peaches
liquor (whiskey, dark rum, or vodka (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine 6 cups of water with the sugar, lemon juice, peach daiquiri mix or puree, and lemonade concentrate. Add the cinnamon sticks.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Leave the cinnamon sticks in until they infuse the lemonade with the amount of flavor you want, about 30 minutes or longer. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
Add 4 cups of ice; use crushed ice in summer for a more refreshing drink, and cubed ice in winter to make a cocktail.
Pour mixture into glasses over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced peaches, fresh mint and liquor of your choice—you can use any brown liquor or vodka, and you’ll be sure to have your guests dancing before the end of the evening.
Mac & Cheese- 3 ways
16 ounces elbow pasta, uncooked
6-8 ounces VELVEETA ® Original
4 cups milk, divided
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups (about 8 ounces) mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup (about 4 ounces) Italian cheese, shredded
11/4 cups (about 5 ounces) sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (substitute other cheeses as desired)
8 Tbsp. (1/2 cup)margarine or butter, cubed
fresh parsley (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Cook the pasta according to package directions to al dente; don’t overcook.
While the pasta is cooking, make the cheesy sauce. In a sauce pot or in a microwave-safe bowl, melt together the VELVEETA and 1 cup of milk over low heat and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
Drain pasta, rinse in hot water. Transfer pasta in a large bowl and add the salt, pepper, seasoning salt, and margarine or butter. The butter or margarine should melt from the heat of the pasta to coat the pasta -- allow it to melt completely before the next step. Taste the pasta; if it doesn’t taste salty now, there won’t be enough salt in the finished dish.
Add the heavy cream, 2 cups of the milk, and all of the cheeses. Combine thoroughly. If you could eat the pasta at this point without cooking further, you’re on the right track.
Add the cheesy sauce, followed by the eggs. The key to a creamy mac is how you add the eggs – pour the eggs even throughout the pasta mixture and whisk side to side to form a custard in the pan. Choose a method to finish cooking the macaroni and cheese—either stove top, slow cooker, or baked, and enjoy.
Brie: This cow’s milk cheese is extra luscious. Some are nutty; others are pungent.
Comté: Perhaps France’s most popular cheese. It’s aged, and has a flavor that’s nutty with a hint of butterscotch.
Feta: A sheep’s milk cheese with salty, briny flavor. Crumble it into your mac.
Gouda & Smoked Gouda: This cow’s milk cheese from Holland is often mild, fruity, and nutty. Aged Gouda has hints of caramel or toffee. Smoked Gouda is intense, so use it carefully.
Parmesan: The king of Italian cheeses with a sharp flavor. Grate it into your base or on top of your mac.
Emmentaler (aka Emmental, Emmenthaler): This is the classic cheese for fondue, so melt it into your base for an incredible mac. It’s a cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland with a mild, savory flavor. You can also mix it with Gruyère, a Swiss cheese with a sweet, nutty flavor.
Colby Jack: Monterey Jack is California’s mild cheese that is very flexible; the Colby Jack blend is a great cheese to melt into your base. For extra flavor, look for other Monterey Jack variations such as Pepper Jacks, or others with garlic, spices, herbs, chile peppers, onions, and more.
Maple Glazed Salmon
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. fresh salmon filet
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. fresh grated or minced ginger root
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup candied pecans
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Mix the soy sauce, maple syrup, fresh ginger, and ground ginger. Pour glaze into a shallow dish. Marinate the salmon, skin side up, in the glaze for 5 minutes.
Transfer fish to an oven-proof skillet. Sear over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Pour glaze over the fish. Place pan in the oven. Bake for 8 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Top with candied pecans and serve.