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 November, 2016

Test: Cheddar Cheese Quick Bread | Christmas Kitchen

Please note: We are testing this recipe. Ingredient list is still being adjusted.

Quick Cheese Bread ingredients
Makes one loaf
2 cups biscuit baking mix
1.5 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided use (see Notes below)
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter, diced (see Notes below)

For serving
Additional butter, softened

Quick Cheese Bread Directions
Get ready
Assemble ingredients and equipment. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Grease well one (9- x 5-inch) loaf pan and set aside.

Prepare batter
In a large bowl, combine the baking mix and one cup of the cheese.

Whisk eggs with milk and then, mix well with dry ingredients.

Turn batter out into the prepared loaf pan. Dot with the butter and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

Bake in preheated oven forty-five (45) minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.

Quick Cheese Bread Notes
  • Pick your favorite Cheddar, or use a variety of Cheddar cheeses.

  • Lisa says this bread reheats well in the microwave.

  • Slightly adapts Lisa Ashton's Quick Cheddar Bread recipe submitted to Christmas Kitchen (Delaware, OH: Gooseberry Patch, 2008), 23.

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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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