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Old 08-11-2006, 06:13 PM   #11
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Every time we have a family reunion, gathering or whatever, they want me to bring a "Chicken and Green Chile Enchilada casserole". Not pretty, just tasty.

Mudbug, I want the recipe for that cheesecake...purty please...
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Old 08-11-2006, 06:21 PM   #12
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Well, of course, darlin'

I predict that you will rise up and call me blessed when you eat this:

2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (chocolate graham crackers are fine)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
three 8-oz packages cream cheese softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
one 8-oz carton sour cream
1 T vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter
1 cup (6 oz) semisweet choc chips
12-oz jar caramel topping
1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Combine first 3 ingredients, stir well. Firmly press mixture on bottom and 1 inch up sides of lightly greased 9-in springform pan. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Beat chream cheese at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1-1/4 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping sides and bottom, as needed (this part is impo'tant--mud). Sire in sour cream and vanilla. Pour batter into prepared crust and bake at 325 for 1 hour 5 minutes. The center will not be completely set. Turn oven off and partially open oven door (I stick a wooden spoon in the door and "close"-mud). Leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours. Carefully release from pan and transfer cheesecake to serving plate.

Now for the killer part!

Melt 1/4 cup butter in small heavy saucepan and add chocolate morsels. Stir over low heat just until chocolate melts and mixture blends. Spread warm chocolate over cheesecake and chill 15 minutes.

Combine caramel topping and pecans in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium heat. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Spread over chocolate, cool completely. Serve immediately, or cover and chill.[/i]

Note: Billy, ignore the chocolate chips part and produce a nice ganache instead. I've been thinking about it and the chips covering just gets too hard to cut through if your cheesecake lasts longer than the first occasion for serving it.


NOW I WANT THE CHICKIE/GREEN CHILI RECIPE......
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Old 08-11-2006, 07:02 PM   #13
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Mine by no means unique, is homemade ravioli and homemade meat sauce with imported mushrooms. My mother and my mother-in-law, were the ones who started this and it's now a family tradition come Christmas,Easter and Thanksgiving.

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Old 08-11-2006, 07:41 PM   #14
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My bean soup. It taste just like my mom use to make.
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Old 08-11-2006, 08:57 PM   #15
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Mine has to be Falafel-Crusted Salmon on a bed of Spinach. whether I like it or not! Its my most requested dish from my catering days, and is one of the most popular for my cooking class parties. Easy and impressive, and just darn good!

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Old 08-12-2006, 08:35 AM   #16
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Catering, would be - Caviar "Pie"

Restaurants, would be - Apple-Almond Chicken

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Old 08-12-2006, 09:08 AM   #17
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I have to say it's a tie between my spaghetti with meat sauce (and the killer meatballs) and Louisiana Gumbo. I tweaked a gumbo recipe to perfection and my family can't get enough.
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:09 AM   #18
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Mine by no means unique, is homemade ravioli and homemade meat sauce with imported mushrooms. My mother and my mother-in-law, were the ones who started this and it's now a family tradition come Christmas,Easter and Thanksgiving.

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There are few things that appeal to me more than homemade ravioli and meat sauce with mushrooms. Looks like you came up with a couple of winners.
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:15 AM   #19
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Mashed potatoes and gravey. Actually it's Meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy.
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:47 AM   #20
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There are few things that appeal to me more than homemade ravioli and meat sauce with mushrooms. Looks like you came up with a couple of winners.
Thanks Drama Queen,
While I'd like to take the credit, I have to tell you that my mother-in-law, was the one who introduced me to real homemade raviloi's years ago. She mainly cooked meals from her childhood after learning from her mother and her Noni (grandmother).I learned from her.It's something I'm glad I did, my DH loved the meals his mom made and this way can return to back then on special holidays..My kids love this meal to and the girls are now able to get in and make the whole thing, rav's and sauce themselves.. Time marches on, and the recipe is going with it, into the future.

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