Shrimp Arrabbiata Recipe

Shrimp Arrabbiata

Photo Credit: Leigh Olson

What could be better this Valentine’s Day than opening a bottle of wine over a homemade pasta dinner with your sweetie?

Shrimp Arrabbiata

Recipe courtesy Oil & Vinegar

Ingredients:

· 1 pound 31 – 40 count shrimp, raw, peeled and deveined
· 1 cup warm water, divided
· 1/4 cup Bruschetta Originale
· 1/4 cup Chili Pepper Olive Oil
· 1/4 cup Arrabbiata Herb Mix
· 1/4 cup dry white wine or broth
· 1 (250 g) package Pasta di Puglia
· Parmesan for serving
· Chopped parsley for garnish
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Directions:

1. In a small mixing bowl, prepare the Bruschetta Originale by mixing with 1/2 cup warm water and allowing to sit for 5 minutes.
2. Prepare Pasta de Puglia according to package.
3. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan heat Chili Pepper Olive Oil until shimmering. Add Arrabbiata Herb Mix and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup warm water and 1/4 cup wine of broth, simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Add rehydrated Bruschetta Originale and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
5. Add shrimp and cook until slightly opaque and have curled into the letter “C” shape.
6. Add cooked Pasta de Puglia stirring to coat with sauce and distribute shrimp.
7. Transfer to warm serving platter.
Serve with grated Parmesan and garnish with chopped parsley.

Serves: (4)
Prep: (10 mins)
Overall: (30 mins)

Plate of Shrimp Arribiatta

Photo Credit: Leigh Olson

Three Kings Cake History & Recipe

Three Kings Cake

Coupons provided.

Today is Mardi Gras, so I wanted to share this Three Kings Cake recipe along with a little history. This cake has a long and interesting background, and is typically made for Mardi Gras. It is tradition to hide a plastic baby doll inside the cake, which reminded me of the British tradition of hiding charms inside Christmas Puddings; sure enough, that custom has roots in the “Twelfth Night” cake which evolved into today’s Three Kings Cake.

Now that you know a little of the origin of the Three Kings Cake, here is a recipe to try your hand at it. After all, if cake has been around for over 300 years, it must be good!

Three Kings Cake

Recipe courtesy Country Crock.

Ingredients:

1 envelope dry active yeast
1/4 cup water (about 125°)
2/3 cup Country Crock® Spread, divided
1/3 cup milk
3 whole eggs, divided
4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup PLUS 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. grated orange peel
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg yolk
Dried fruit and candied cherries for decoration

Directions:

Combine yeast with warm water in medium bowl and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/3 cup Country Crock® Spread, milk and 2 whole eggs; set aside.
Combine 3 cups flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and salt in large bowl. Stir orange peel into yeast mixture then stir into flour mixture until dough forms.
Knead on floured surface until dough is smooth, but slightly sticky, about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to large lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/3 cup Spread with confectioners sugar in medium bowl until creamy. Stir in remaining 1 cup flour and egg yolk until smooth. Cover and chill until ready to use.
Knead dough on floured surface a few times. Roll dough into log, then form large circle on greased baking sheet. Brush ends with water to seal. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with no-stick cooking spray and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Arrange rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat remaining whole egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush dough with egg wash. Form strips with chilled confectioners sugar dough and arrange along with dried fruit and candied cherries into dough to decorate, then sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Bake 35 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
Remove to wire rack to cool.

Habanero Cheesecake With Cherry Chocolate Swirl Recipe

Habanero Cheesecake

Photo Credit: Leigh Olson

Oil & Vinegar are spicing up your Valentine’s Day with a cheesecake recipe that has a kick to it!

Habanero Cheesecake With Cherry Chocolate Swirl

Recipe courtesy Oil & Vinegar

Ingredients:

• 1- 7 ounce package Cantuccini Biscotti
• 4 tablespoons butter, melted
• 4 – 8 ounce bars cream cheese, room temperature
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 4 large eggs, room temperature
• 1 cup sour cream
• Zest of one lemon
• Juice of one lemon
• 2 teaspoons Habanero Sauce
• Cherry Chocolate Jam


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Place Cantuccini in food processor bowl, blend until cookies are ground finely. Add melted butter, and pulse to moisten. Transfer to 9-inch springform pan. Using fingers, press crumbs firmly and evenly into the bottom to create crust. Place in preheated oven and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

3. Wipe out bowl and blade of food processor. Add cream cheese, sugar, and salt. Blend until smooth. While the motor is running, add eggs, then sour cream, then lemon juice and zest and finally Habanero Sauce. Blend until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

4. Pour filling onto crust. Drop Cherry Chocolate Jam by teaspoon full on the filling. Using a skewer, swirl the jam into the filling until decorative swirls are formed. Being careful not to over-swirl.

5. Bake just until set, 1 hour. Turn oven off, and let cheesecake sit 1 hour in oven, without opening.

Remove from oven and run a thin knife around the edge of the pan. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cover loosely and refrigerate, at least 6 hours.

Habanero Cheesecake with Cherry Chocolate Swirl

Photo Credit: Leigh Olson

Zucchini Chocolate Bread Recipe

Zucchini Chocolate Bread

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Today we’re sharing one last recipe from the book Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy. This one is an easy zucchini loaf that you can gift to neighbors or friends just because:

Zucchini Chocolate Bread

Recipe by Mique Provost and reprinted with permission from Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy.

Ingredients:

2 cups (400 g) sugar
1 cup (218 g) coconut oil
3 eggs
½ cup (117 ml) sour cream (plain yogurt can be used instead)
1 tbsp (15 ml) vanilla extract
2½ cups (300 g) all-purpose flour
½ cup (55 g) powder cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups (340 g) shredded zucchini
1 cup (180 g) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

In a large bowl, blend the sugar, oil, eggs, sour cream and vanilla until well mixed. Combine the dry ingredients separately and gradually beat the dry mixture into the sugar mixture. Blend in the shredded zucchini and finally the chocolate chips.

Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake for 50–55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. This recipe would be great to use for the Family Scavenger Hunt (page 35) or the Just Because Plate (page 59) from Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy.

Recipe: Cream Puffs for Community Helpers

Cream Puffs for Community Helpers

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Today, we’re sharing another recipe and kindness idea from the book Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy. This one is a tasty cream puff that comes with a suggestion to deliver to local community workers such as nurses, postal workers, librarians, sanitation employees or anyone else you’d like to honor!

Cream Puffs for Community Helpers

Recipe by Mique Provost and reprinted with permission from Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy.

Ingredients:

1 cup (120 g) flour
¼ tsp salt
½ cup (120 g) butter
1 cup (240 ml) boiling water
4 eggs
1 package pudding mix of your choice (I prefer vanilla)
4 oz (113 g) cream cheese, softened
Melted chocolate or raspberry jam to drizzle (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).

Sift the flour and salt. Melt the butter in the boiling water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the flour all at once and stir with a whisk continuously, until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the side of the pan. Cook another two minutes on low until the mixture is dry. Remove from the heat.

Add the eggs one at a time. Beat the mixture after each addition. A whisk or electric mixer can be used for this part. Continue beating until a thick dough forms.

Drop rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, 2 inches (5 cm) apart.

Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 400°F (205°C), and bake another 15 minutes. Reduce again to 375°F (190°C), and bake 10 more minutes, or until moisture beads no longer appear on the surface of the puffs. This should be approximately 40 minutes total baking time. Don’t open the oven to check during the baking time.

Remove to a wire rack to cool. When cool, cut the top off of puffs and remove the centers. Make the pudding according to the directions on the package. Add the softened cream cheese and mix until fully combined. Fill the cream puffs with pudding mix. You can use any other type of filling you’d like—different kinds of pudding, whipped cream, etc.

Drizzle with the melted chocolate or raspberry jam, or sprinkle with powdered sugar to finish.

To deliver these yummy treats in the freshest way, bring them to community workers on a cute serving plate with plastic wrap. Airtight recyclable containers are another great idea. If you want to take it one step further, add an uplifting note!

5 Game Day Appetizers

5 Game Day Appetizers

Chef Demetrios Haralambatos of Kontos Foods is sharing five delicious appetizers to make during the big game this weekend:

All appetizers made with Kontos Cocktail Flatbreads. Before assembling, warm the bread for 1-2 minutes at 375⁰ F degrees to enhance the flavor and fluffiness.

Grilled Beef or Pork Tenderloin. Place sliced strips of grilled beef, roasted pork tenderloin or pulled pork on the Cocktail Flatbread. Drizzle with gravy, steak sauce, BBQ sauce or horseradish mayonnaise. When using beef, try topping with your favorite slivered cheese. Garnish with dill or scallions.

Chicken or Tuna Salad. Prepare chicken salad with tiny diced chicken, apples and walnuts. Or, prepare tuna salad with chopped celery or sweet corn. Dollop a teaspoonful of your salads on the Cocktail Flatbread. Garnish with sliced cherry tomato and fresh basil.

Smoked Salmon. Layer small pieces or chunks of your favorite smoked salmon on Kontos Cocktail Flatbread. Top the salmon with sliced avocado, horseradish mayonnaise, slivered cucumber and/or picked ginger. Garnish with capers or a small dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired.

Hamburger Slider. Grill a small hamburger, or cheeseburger, and place between two Cocktail Flatbreads. Garnish with your favorite condiments, lettuce and sliced plum tomato.

Pizza Samplers. Spread a teaspoonful of pizza sauce on each Cocktail Flatbread. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella or mixed shredded cheese; add pepperoni, sausage pieces, mushrooms if desired. Bake in oven or toaster oven for 5-7 minutes at 375⁰ degrees.

Recipe: Muffins For Firemen & Police Officers

Muffins for Firemen and Police Officers

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Today’s recipe is sweet in a very special way. Mique Provost of the blog Thirty Handmade Days was trying to think of a birthday gift for her autistic son when she decided to commemorate his birth with a random acts of kindness day. The response from her community was huge and over 100 act of kindness were performed, so she decided to keep the kindness going and release a book, Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy. The goal of the book is to provide hands-on activities to inspire good deeds by its readers, and we’re going to be sharing some of the “Make and Share” recipes from the book over the next few days.

Today’s recipe is a special muffin designed to be baked and taken to a police and/or fire station. We have firefighters in our family, so we are no strangers to the idea dropping off goodies at the fire station! If you don’t know someone personally who is a police officer or fire fighter, just call your local non-emergency line and inquire if they accept food gifts and where to drop them off.

Cini-Mini Donut Muffins

Recipe by Mique Provost and reprinted with permission from Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy.

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
⅔ cup (160 g) unsalted butter, melted
3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
1 cup (200 g) sugar
3 tsp (15 g) baking powder
¼ tsp salt
For the Topping
1 cup (200 g) sugar
2 tsp (5 g) cinnamon
1 cup (240 g) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease your mini muffin tin with cooking spray or butter and flour.

Combine the first three ingredients and set aside. Mix the dry ingredients together.

Gradually add the wet mix to the dry mix until combined.

Fill the muffin cups two-thirds of the way full. I like to use an ice cream or cookie scoop for even distribution.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.

While cooling, combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Dip the cooled muffins one at a time into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar mix until coated.

Package these muffins up and add a cute tag to say thank you! You can use the thank-you tag on page 139 of Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy.

Enchilada Casserole Recipe

Enchilada Casserole

Guiding Stars are sharing a yummy casserole recipe with us:

Enchilada Casserole

Recipe courtesy Guiding Stars.

Ingredients:

1 T. olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 c. plain, no salt added tomato sauce
To taste: cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic
1 can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can low-sodium refried beans
10-12 corn tortillas
1 sm. can of diced green chiles
1/2 to 2 large diced jalapeños
1 c. mushrooms, quartered
2 c. fresh spinach
1 c. corn
1 c. part-skim cheese, shredded
1 avocado, sliced

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute the diced onion until it starts to soften.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the tomato sauce, spices to taste, black beans and refried beans.
3. Add the rest of the vegetables to the sauce and bring to a simmer.
4. Layer the casserole in a 9×13 baking pan. Start by adding a thin layer of the sauce to the bottom. Next add a layer of tortillas. Alternate sauce and tortillas until there’s about 1/4″ of space left.
5. Sprinkle the cheese on top and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 Degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese browns. Garnish with avocado.

Number of Servings: 10 (225 G)
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes

Creamy Hummus Recipe

Creamy Hummus

How’s your New Year’s resolution coming? This is the time of the year when many people start to lose steam and give up on the goals they made on January 1st. If you need a pep talk, then head over to Guiding Stars for nutritionist-approved recipes and tips. They’re sharing a great recipe with us for homemade hummus that is affordable and diet-friendly:

Creamy Hummus

Recipe courtesy Guiding Stars.

Ingredients:

1 – 15 ounce can gabanzo beans, drained
2 to 3 cloves garlic – crushed and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, stems removed
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

1. Place garlic and parsley in a food processor, and chop fine.
2. Add garbanzo beans, salt, pepper, cumin and lemon juice and process until smooth. Use bean liquid to thin if necessary.
3. Serve with baked tortillas, vegetables or toasted pita bread. Add a little water if mixture is too thick.

Number of Servings: 16 (27 G )
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes