20 October, 2018

Mariner's Fondue | Rival

This is a slight variation from the Rival recipe using "cheddar cheese." Other similar recipes use  2 cups grated sharp process cheese.

Mariner's Fondue ingredients (8)
Makes 10-12 Appetizer Servings (about 1.5-quart)

For Dip:
2 (10.75-oz.) cans cream of celery soup
1 cup cooked crab
2 cups white cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup chopped cooked lobster
1 cup chopped cooked shrimp
Dash of paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper

For Serving:
1 French bread loaf

Mariner's Fondue Directions
In a 2.5-quart slow cooker, combine all dip ingredients. 

Cover, and cook on High setting until thoroughly melted, about one hour. Alternatively, cook on Low setting until thoroughly melted, about three to four (3 -4) hours.

Slice French bread into 1-inch cubes and cover with foil tightly until serving time. 

To serve, turn heat to Low setting. Then, spear bread cubes on fondue forks and dip into the Mariner's Fondue.

25 November, 2016

Menu: Christmas Season Pizza Night

Items on this menu which can be prepared in advance are denoted by #. Alternatives are suggested to help tailor the menus to your family's preferences.

We have tried and enjoy serving items marked with an asterisk (*).

Christmas Season Family Dinner
or Dinner Party
Menu for 12

One appetizer

Greens salad#  or  Small bowl of soup#  or  pasta

Five assorted pizzas

Carbonated beverage#

Frozen dessert# with cookie#

Choose one Appetizer

or Antipasto Kebabs# (like this or this# or that#)

or Eggplant Dip or Spread with * Pita Chips#

Choose one or two Sides
* Tossed green salad#

Meat Combo Pizza
(Like Pepperoni, Italian sausage, Onions, Green peppers, 
Mushrooms and Black olives)

Include one single meat pizza

* Pepperoni Pizza (Could be kid-friendly on English muffins)

or * Italian Sausage Pizza or Bacon Brussels Leek Pizza

And one meatless pizza
* Margherita Pizza

or * Veggie 
(Like Green peppers, Red onions, Mushrooms,
Green olives and Roma tomatoes)

And one white sauce
* Spinach Alfredo Pizza

or Five Cheese Pizza which could be a Snowman Pizza!
(Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Provolone and Mozzarella)

Choose one or two Beverages

* Spa Water# or * S. Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water#

Or * Soft drinks# 

Or Beer# or Prosecco#

Choose two or three Desserts

* Breyers® Gelato Indulgences™ Tiramisu#

And/Or choose one store-bought fruit sorbet
Raspberry or Peach or * Mango Sorbet#

And choose one cookie
* Christmas cookies#

or Store-bought cookie like * Biscotti# or Amaretti#

01 October, 2016

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie | Family Fun

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Makes about 8 servings
1.5 cups crushed cinnamon-sugar graham crackers, about 12 whole graham crackers 
4 Tbsp melted butter 

1 quart vanilla ice cream 
1/3 cup sugar 
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground ginger 
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 
1 cup canned pumpkin purée

Optional garnish
Assorted dried fruit for jack-'o-lantern face (e.g., figs, papaya and dates cut into triangles for the eyes and nose and into squares for the teeth)

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie Directions
Get ready
Assemble ingredients and equipment.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. 

Prepare the crust
In a 9-inch pie plate, mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Using your fingers, crumble the mixture until the butter is evenly distributed. Then press it around the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. 

Bake crust in preheated oven for five (5) minutes; then, cool completely.

Prepare the filling
Remove ice cream from freezer and let sit at room temperature for fifteen (15) minutes. Then, spoon it into a large mixing bowl, breaking apart any large pieces.

In a second bowl, combine the sugar, spices, and pumpkin purée; stir well. Add pumpkin purée mixture to the ice cream and mash until it is evenly distributed throughout the ice cream.

Assemble pie and freeze overnight
Spoon (or pour) the pumpkin ice cream into the cooled crust. Cover pie with plastic wrap and then, either place in a one-gallon freezer bag or wrap tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil. 

Freeze overnight.

Garnish and serve
Let the pie sit at room temperature for ten (10) minutes before slicing and serving.

If desired before serving, decorate the pie with an assortment of dried fruit to create a colorful jack-o'-lantern face (sample photo below). Cut figs, dried papaya, and dates into triangles for the eyes and nose and into squares for the teeth. 

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie Notes

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