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One Pot Mac

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One Pot Mac

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ lb bacon, sliced thin widthwise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces macaroni-type pasta (I used orecchiette in this recipe)
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a large pan with high sides, cook bacon on medium heat just until almost crisp and mix in garlic until fragrant - remove bacon in a small bowl
  2. Lightly rinse and drain the uncooked pasta to get some of the starch out - set aside
  3. Put the same pan back on medium heat - add milk, pasta, mustard powder, butter, ½ cup chicken broth and pepper - give it a little stir to loosen the pasta
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn it down and let simmer until milk has reduced into thick sauce; about 10 minutes or so
  5. Stir in cheese and bacon - if sauce is too thick, add a little more broth to thin sauce out.

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FINLANDIA LEMON SHORTBREAD

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FINLANDIA LEMON SHORTBREAD

These lemon shortbread made with Finlandia butter and only 3 other ingredients are ridiculous – and I mean that in the most delicious way possible.

Makes an 8x8 pan

 INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup Finlandia Salted Butter, cold and cut into cubes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Put flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest in the bowl of a processor and pulse 3 or 4 times to mix
  3. Add butter and continue to pulse until still crumbly, but you’re able to squeeze a handful together and it will stick
  4. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper – enough so it sticks a couple inches past the sides, and press dough evenly into pan
  5. Lightly score with a knife into the size cookies you want when it’s done
  6. Bake 45-55 minutes or until just starting to get brown around the edges
  7. Remove from oven, and use parchment to remove cookie block from pan
  8. Cut through score lines to separate cookies, then place on a cooling rack and wait
  9. And if you can wait more than 3 or 4 minutes…you’re better than me
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Chicken Soup

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Chicken Soup

There’s something truly wonderful about making your own chicken soup. I make it, eat some, freeze some – and then repeat when I run out.

Makes about 12 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 whole raw chicken (with bones & skin for flavor) cut into 8 parts
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1large onion, cut into slightly largish bite size pieces
  • 4 carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3-4 stems of thyme (or about 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
  • Parsley, chopped fine for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put chicken in a large pot, cover with water by about 2 inches & bring to a boil
  2. Let boil 20 minutes, periodically skimming off the foam that floats to the top
  3. Turn down to a simmer and cover for 90 minutes
  4. Then add the celery, onion, carrots & thyme - cover and simmer another 30 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and strain broth into another pot
  6. When the chicken has cooled, separate into bite sized pieces and add to the soup with the vegetables
  7. Season to taste with salt & pepper – be aggressive, it’ll need it
  8. Serve, garnished with a little parsley

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WAFFLE EGG IN A HOLE

Makes 1 waffle

What better way to celebrate National Waffle Day than with a waffle that has a fried egg in the middle?

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounces of waffle batter
  • 2 tablespoons diced crispy bacon
  • Butter
  • 1 egg
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat waffle iron
  • Spray both sides with non-stick spray, add batter, sprinkle bacon on top and close lid - cook until done
  • Remove waffle and cut a circle out of the center - large enough for the egg to go into band enough waffle left around the edges to hold it
  • Heat non-stick griddle or pan, and add butter
  • When the butter melts, put in the waffle with the cut-out circle beside it
  • Crack an egg into the center of the waffle and season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Cook until the egg is set on the bottom, carefully flip over (along with the cut out circle) and cooked until yolk side is set - remove to a plate along with the circle
  • Cut and eat the egg and waffle together but use pieces of the cut out circle to dip into the yolk

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Hash Brown Egg Cups

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Hash Brown Egg Cups

Thank you Jacob from just outside Flagstaff, AZ for this simple but great breakfast idea.  Btw, you could easily make the cups the day before, then just fill and bake when you need them.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 oz premade uncooked hash browns
  • 1/3 cup Monterey jack cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce
  • 6 eggs

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Combine hash browns and cheese in a large bowl - mix well to combine
  3. Spray 6 muffins cups with cooking spray and press potato mixture into each cup – making sure to press against the sides and bottom
  4. Bake for 25 minutes until golden and getting crispy
  5. Remove from oven and turn oven down to 350
  6. Put a few shakes of hot sauce in the bottom of each cup, crack an egg into each and season tops with salt & pepper
  7. Bake 10-15 minutes or until white is set and yolk still a bit runny
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