Herb Cheese Spread

Herb Cheese Spread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Herb Cheese Spread

Easy recipes that can be prepared in a short amount of time are as welcome as a summer breeze. And when they make good use of seasonal ingredients, they’re even better.

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • 1 (8-ounce) package regular or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Assorted crackers

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and milk. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy; stir in chives, parsley, garlic, and salt to taste. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with assorted crackers. Makes 8 servings.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/appetizers/herb-cheese-spread/

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Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 servings

Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • 1 (16-ounce) package rotini (corkscrew) pasta
  • 1 (7.5-ounce) jar quartered marinated artichoke hearts, drained, chopped and reserving 2 tablespoons liquid
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 pound sliced provolone cheese, cut into strips
  • 1/4 pound sliced Genoa salami, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (3.8-ounce) can sliced pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  • Begin cooking rotini according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, prepare vinaigrette. In a medium bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons reserved artichoke liquid, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, oregano, garlic powder, and pepper; whisk until well blended. In a large bowl, combine artichoke hearts, provolone cheese, salami, onion, pepper, tomatoes, olives, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and basil.
  • Drain rotini; rinse with cold water and drain again. Add rotini to cheese and salami mixture; drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss to combine. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day in advance. Toss before serving. Makes 12 servings.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/side-dishes/pasta-salad/

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Frozen Banana Daiquiris

Frozen Banana Daiquiris

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: Makes 4 servings

Frozen Banana Daiquiris

Ingredients

  • Featured in Mashed.com's Frozen Cocktails Make Summer article
  • Lime wedges
  • Sugar
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/3 cup orange flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec
  • Juice from 2 medium limes
  • 4 ripe medium bananas
  • 1/3 cup sugar (more or less, to taste)
  • 3 cups crushed ice
  • Lime slices (optional)
  • Banana slices (optional)

Instructions

  • Coat the rims of glasses with lime wedges; dip in sugar. In a blender, combine rum, orange flavored liqueur, lime juice, bananas, 1/3 cup sugar, and 2 cups crushed ice. Blend 30 seconds or until well combined. Add the remaining 1 cup ice; blend until slushy. Garnish with lime and banana slices, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/drinks/frozen-banana-daiquiris-2/

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Strawberry Jammer Cocktails

Strawberry Jammer Cocktails

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Strawberry Jammer Cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Prosecco, chilled
  • Fresh strawberry slices (optional)

Instructions

  • In a blender or food processor, combine sliced strawberries, jam, sugar, and lemon juice; process until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard seeds. Divide puree into six champagne glasses; slowly add prosecco. Garnish each glass with a strawberry slice, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/drinks/strawberry-jammer-cocktails/

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Beer Bread

Beer Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Makes 16 servings

Beer Bread

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • Vegetable shortening, for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle or can regular or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9x5-inch loaf pan with shortening. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in beer and butter. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm or cooled. Makes 16 servings.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/harried-housewifes-recipe-box/beer-bread/

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Easy Rocky Road Candy

Easy Rocky Road Candy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Serving Size: Makes 24 candies

Easy Rocky Road Candy

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend beyond edges on 2 sides. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions. Stir in marshmallows and walnuts. Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Remove candy by lifting foil ends; place on a cutting board. Remove foil; cut into squares. Makes 24 candies.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/desserts-2/easy-rocky-road-candy/

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Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Makes 60 meatballs

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
  • MEATBALLS
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • SAUCE
  • 3/4 cup jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For meatballs, in a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and egg. Shape into 1-inch balls; place in a 10x15-inch baking pan. Bake until browned and cooked through, 28 to 32 minutes. For sauce, in a large saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, chili sauce, barbecue sauce, water, and onion powder. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring continuously. Add meatballs. Reduce heat; simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with wooden picks. Makes about 60 meatballs.

Notes

Save time in the kitchen by substituting 60 store-bought frozen meatballs that have been thawed in place of homemade meatballs, if desired.

http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/appetizers/cranberry-cocktail-meatballs/

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Easy Custard Pie

Easy Custard Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Easy Custard Pie

Ingredients

  • As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2
  • Vegetable shortening, for pie plate
  • 1/2 cup flour, plus more for pie plate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whole Nutmeg (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9-inch pie plate with shortening; dust with flour. Combine milk, sugar, 1/2 cup flour, butter, eggs, and vanilla in a blender. Cover; blend until mixed, about 1 minute. Pour into prepared pie plate; grate nutmeg over the top, if desired. Bake until a knife inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm or cooled, with a dollop of whipped cream and grated nutmeg, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/desserts-2/easy-custard-pie/

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Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, wine, orange juice, sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, until most of the cranberries have popped, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Mash with a potato masher. Cool at least 1 hour before serving. (May be prepared up to five days in advance; store covered and refrigerated.) Makes 8 servings.
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/holidays/cranberry-cabernet-sauce/

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Butterscotch Caramel Apple Dip

Butterscotch Caramel Apple Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 servings

Butterscotch Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients

Instructions

  • For dip, in a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, ice cream topping, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Serve with apple wedges. Makes 12 servings
http://www.theharriedhousewife.com/desserts-2/butterscotch-caramel-apple-dip/

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