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Red And Luscious Cherries Make Tempting Desserts Easy To Prepare Cherry Spumoni Can Be A Hit At Parties Reunions And Backyard Barbecues

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It's a great time to enjoy one of America's favorite fruits. Whether on their own, baked in a pie, mixed in yogurt parfaits or made into ice cream, cherries are popular with people young and old.

Tart cherries, the kind most famous in pies, are seldom sold fresh because they are highly perishable.

However, canned, frozen and dried tart cherries are available all year long at supermarkets and specialty food stores. Here are some quick and delicious ways to enjoy tart cherries:

(*) For an energy-packed treat on summer outings, combine dried tart cherries, chopped dates, semisweet chocolate chips and honey-roasted peanuts.

(*) Quench your summer thirst by combining 100 percent tart cherry juice, red grapefruit juice and lemon-lime carbonated beverage. Serve over ice.

(*) Add color and flavor to summer fruit salads with canned or frozen tart cherries. Peaches, kiwi fruit, watermelon, cantaloupe and cherries are a great combination. Lemonade concentrate makes a good dressing for this salad.

This easy frozen treat is sure to be a hit with family or friends.

Cherry Spumoni

2 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup (7 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling

1/2 cup slivered almonds, chopped

1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Combine heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl; mix well. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and beat with electric mixer or wire whisk just until soft peaks form; do not overbeat. Fold in cherry pie filling, almonds and chocolate chips. Spoon into an 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan. Cover and freeze 4 hours, or until firm. Scoop into serving dishes. Makes about 1 quart.

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Chocolate Cheesecake

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1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons butter or margarine melted

2 pounds cream cheese

1 cup sugar

8 ounces sour cream

1/4 cup cocoa

2 eggs

1 cup flour

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

In a 5 quart mixing bowl place 2 pounds of cream cheese and 1 cup granulated sugar and mix on low speed until cream cheese is softened and smooth, place in bowl 8 ounces sour cream and continue mixing until well blended, at this time add 2 eggs, mix for 2 minutes then add 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, and 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, mix on second speed until smooth and creamy.

At this time your cheesecake mixture should be fluffy like ice cream as it comes out of the ice cream machine. Prepare your 10 inch x 2 inches spring form pan, in a large bowl place your graham cracker crumbs and 2 tablespoons sugar, and your melted butter or margarine, then with a wire whisk, whisk them together until well combined, brush onto the sides of your spring form pan a little softened butter so the crumbs have something to hold to, place the crumbs on the sides and bottom of the pan. Now you add slowly to the pan your cheesecake mix as not to disturb the crumbs too much, now you should have a full pan.

Preheat your oven to 275 degrease and not more, when your oven is hot place the cake in it and bake for 55 minutes then shut off the oven and let it in there for 3 hours, at the end of this time you should have the most beautiful cheesecake you ever seen, let the cake on the table for 1 1/2 hours then place it in the refrigerator for about 2-3 hours. Now remove it from the pan and enjoy. You can put a coconut pecan topping on it if you like.

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Savory Sensations Add Zip To Traditional Fare

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Here's food for thought: The challenge for many an outdoor chef is exploring options beyond the conventional universe of grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and steaks.

An easy way may be to add zest with robust flavors. For example, instead of a hamburger, consider a Turkey Kraut Burger. The tartness of sauerkraut and Dijon mustard adds a surprising, savory twist to a healthier burger.

The addition of full-bodied flavors via a side dish is another way to bring new life to backyard cuisine. You may care to try the Sweet and Sassy Slaw or Tangy Trio Bean Salad recipes at www.krrrrispkraut.com as an alternative to traditional potato salad or cole slaw.

Sauerkraut, the second most popular hot dog topping according to the trade association Pickle Packers International, earned rave reviews as a healthful food. Recent studies have shown that girls who eat four or more servings of sauerkraut or lightly cooked cabbage a week during adolescence are 72 percent less likely to develop breast cancer as adults. The nutritional and chemical properties of sauerkraut have also proven effective in aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk for developing prostate and colon cancers.

Turkey Kraut Burgers

1 lb. lean ground turkey

11/2 cups drained Krrrrisp Kraut Sauerkraut, divided

1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided

1 tbsp. chopped pimiento

1 egg white, beaten

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

In mixing bowl, combine turkey, 1 cup sauerkraut, 1/4 cup onions, pimiento, egg white and mustard. Shape into 4-inch patties. Grill 5-7 minutes on each side until meat is no longer pink. Combine remaining sauerkraut, 1/4 cup onions and cheese. Top patties with mixture. Grill 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve on hamburger buns, if desired. Serves 6.

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Never Too Young To Enjoy California Avocados

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Just like adults, most children can benefit from getting at least five servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day; many children, however, fall short. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reported that 23 to 33 percent of infants and toddlers studied did not even get a single serving of fruit in a day.

Most children need to more than double their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Keeping your kitchen stocked with a wide variety of produce, including fresh California avocados, is one way to get children to increase their daily consumption of fruit.

Incorporating California avocados into your children's diet is a great way to give them a healthy start. This delicious fruit is not only great tasting, but easy to prepare. A single serving of California avocado (about 1/5 of a medium avocado or about two tablespoons mashed) is 55 calories and contributes essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that solid foods may be introduced to infants between four and six months of age; and that for the first year foods be mashed or pureed. For a quick snack, just mash a California avocado with a spoon and feed directly to baby.

When you are introducing avocados to older children you can offer it with other foods or alone as a great- tasting snack. Just remember, children often refuse to eat new foods, but persistence with fruits and vegetables will pay off with a healthy diet for your child.

For older children, you can try this easy and delicious recipe, featuring California avocados:

Pick Up Sticks

Recipe provided by the California Avocado Commission. For more healthy recipes online, visit www.5aday.org or www.avocado.org.

Ingredients:

12 long, thin pretzel sticks

1/4 ripe California avocado, seeded, peeled and cubed

6 oz 75% light Cheddar cheese, cut into twelve 1/2 -inch cubes

1/2 large red apple, cored and cubed

12 red grapes

Instructions:

Cube avocado and apple.

Use a wooden skewer to poke holes in avocado, apple and grape.

Using a pretzel stick as a skewer, thread on one grape, one cheese square, one apple cube and one avocado cube.

Repeat process making 12 "Pick Up Sticks."

Nutrition information per serving: calories: 212, total fat: 7.7g, saturated fat: 3.3g, % of calories from fat: 32%, % of calories from saturated fat: 14%, protein: 19g, carbohydrates: 17g, cholesterol: 20mg, dietary fiber: 2g, sodium: 402mg

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Christmas Cheesecake

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This is a cheesecake that I have been making for over 20 years if you follow the recipe to the "T" you won't have any problem, it is also colorful as well as the most wonderful piece of pastry that you ever put in your mouth.

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons butter or margarine melted

2 pounds cream cheese

1cup sugar

8 ounces sour cream

2 eggs

1cup flour

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New York Style Cheesecake

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1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons butter ir margarine melted

2 pounds cream cheese

1 cup sugar

8 ounces sour cream

2 eggs

1 cup flour

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

In a 5 quart mixing bowl place 2 pounds of cream cheese and 1 cup granulated sugar and mix on low speed until cream cheese is softened and smooth, place in bowl 8 ounces sour cream and continue mixing until well blended, at this time add 2 eggs, mix for 2 minutes then add 1 cup flour, and 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, mix on second speed until smooth and creamy.

At this time your cheesecake mixture should be fluffy like ice cream as it comes out of the ice cream machine. Prepare your 10 inch x 2 inches spring form pan, in a large bowl place your graham cracker crumbs and 2 tablespoons sugar, and your melted butter or margarine, then with a wire whisk, whisk them together until well combined, brush onto the sides of your spring form pan a little softened butter so the crumbs have something to hold to, place the crumbs on the sides and bottom of the pan. Now you add slowly to the pan your cheesecake as not to disturb the crumbs too much, now you should have a full pan.

Preheat your oven to 275 degrease and not more, when your oven is hot place the cake in it and bake for 55 minutes then shut off the oven and let it in there for 3 hours, at the end of this time you should have the most beautiful cheesecake you ever seen, let the cake on the table for 1 1/2 hours then place it in the refrigerator for about 2-3 hours. Now remove it from the pan and enjoy. On this cheesecake you can top it with anything you like cherries, blueberries, strawberries and so on.

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Turn Mealtime Upside Down

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Have you ever had breakfast for dinner? No? Then, you might want to give it a try. At the end of a hectic day, a breakfast or brunch dish is a simple, satisfying and speedy answer to the "What's for dinner?" question. Since breakfast foods also tend to be comforting, they just might help soothe and calm you, too.

Eggs are a prime example of a morning food that is just as good at night. Though eggs are sold in the dairy case, their high-quality protein places eggs in the Food Guide's meat group. Any time of the day, you can substitute eggs for meat, poultry, fish or seafood - one egg for one ounce of lean meat.

One of the handiest egg dishes for dinner is a frittata, a one-pan, open-faced, Italian-style omelet big enough to feed the whole family. In Spain, the same dish is called a tortilla and is often served in small pieces at tapas bars. A frittata or tortilla is quicker and easier to make than individual French-style omelets. All you need to do is cook flavoring ingredients, pour on eggs and let the mixture cook on top of the range. To finish the unfolded omelet, simply run the pan under the broiler.

This Asparagus Frittata relies on veggies and herbs for its flavor, but you can use other foods you like. A combination of leftovers with economical eggs is especially budget-wise. Once the frittata is done, simply add a green salad, bread sticks and, for dessert, fresh fruit topped with yogurt. With only one pan to wash, you could hardly ask for a more convenient dinner.

Asparagus Frittata

6 servings

1 1/2 teaspoons cooking oil

2/3 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)

2 teaspoons lemon-herb or lemon-pepper seasoning blend

1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped asparagus*, thawed and well drained

6 eggs

1/3 cup skim or low-fat milk

1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese

In 10-inch omelet pan or skillet with ovenproof handle** over medium-high heat, heat oil until just hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Add onion and seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add asparagus. In medium bowl, beat together eggs and milk until well blended. Pour over vegetables in pan.

Cook, stirring occasionally, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. With back of spoon or pancake turner, even mixture in pan. Cover. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until eggs are almost set, about 4 to 5 minutes. Uncover. Broil about 6 inches from heat until eggs are completely set at center, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover. Let stand until cheese is melted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Loosen edges with spatula, slide onto serving plate and cut into wedges to serve. Or, cut into wedges and serve from pan.

* Substitute 1/2 pound fresh, chopped asparagus spears, if desired. Cook, covered, in small amount of boiling water until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well.

** To make handle ovenproof, wrap completely with aluminum foil.

Nutrition information per serving of 1/6 recipe using corn oil, lemon-pepper seasoning and skim milk: 134 calories, 8 gm total fat, 218 mg cholesterol, 264 mg sodium, 239 mg potassium, 5 gm carbohydrate, 11 gm protein and 10% or more of the RDI for vitamins A, B12 and C, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus.

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Your Chicken Recipe Could Win 100 000

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A grand prize of $100,000 will be awarded to America's top chicken cook at the 47th National Chicken Cooking Contest, to be held May 4, 2007, in Birmingham, Ala.

Fifty-one contestants, one from each state and the District of Columbia, will be selected to compete. Chicken is the only required ingredient for recipe entries, and it can be prepared whole, in parts or in any combination of parts. Pre-cooked, pre-marinated and ground chicken products are also eligible.

Recipe preparation and other ingredients are left up to the imagination and creativity of the entrants. All recipes must be original, make four to eight servings and take less than three hours to prepare and cook twice. Grilling recipes are not allowed.

Contestants may submit an unlimited number of recipes. Each should be on a separate piece of paper and should include the contestant's name, full address and telephone number.

The judges, a national panel of food experts and journalists, will choose the winning recipes based on taste, appearance, simplicity and overall appeal.

The second-place finisher will be awarded $10,000; third place will win $5,000; fourth place will win $2,000; and fifth place will get $1,000. Every state finalist will win an expense-paid trip to Birmingham for the cook-off.

The contest is sponsored by the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Members of the Alabama Poultry Federation will serve as local hosts.

The grand prize at the 46th National Chicken Cooking Contest, held in Charlotte, N.C., in May 2005, went to Indiana contestant Camilla Saulsbury for her Mahogany Broiled Chicken with Smoky Lime Sweet Potatoes and Cilantro Chimichurri.

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Restaurant Recipes

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Restaurant recipes are offered to you. That means that you can make your favorite dishes from your favorite location in your home. This helps to cut the cost down tremendously which can help you to trim your budget. Yet, you will not feel deprived because you still get to have your favorite foods. You can find these recipes offered right on the web through many of the recipe databases. Simply locate one, type in the restaurant name and the recipe name, and soon you will be in your kitchen cooking up these dishes.

If you are looking for American recipes, you will find plenty of the best restaurants offering their versions. If you love a great burger and a plateful of fries, why settle for anything less? Is there anything better than good old American apple pie? Maybe, if you make it al a mode! If you would like to find any of these American recipes the good news is that there are many databases on the web to offer them. Choose from meats, seafood, pasta dishes, and vegetables. Even desserts are available. You can locate restaurant recipes that are in this tradition as well.

The same thing goes for Mexican recipes. One of the best things to do when it comes to this type of food is to find an excellent spice blend that screams Mexican! There are many out there that you can easily pick up, bring home and use in your dishes to recreate a restaurant recipe or to help you to come up with that recipe that you remember your grandmother making when you were growing up. You can find recipes to help you make these blends as well.

Today, it is very costly to go to a restaurant for a meal. The more in your family, the more outrageous the prices are. Yet, for many, there is almost a craving for that special plate or that perfect dessert. If you are one of the many that has this problem, fear not. There are plenty of online recipe communities where you can go to get the best restaurant recipes out there to tempt your taste buds at home.

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