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    Musings: Easy Cranberry & Apple Cake

    This dessert looks quick and easy, but is it delicious?

    We’ll start posting Ina’s Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake on Thursday, Dec. 16.

    What did you think of it? Did you make any changes to the original?

    December 2010 Recipes

    I hope the beginning of the holiday season finds you all well!  I think the HEIT recipes for December will fit nicely into those crazy December weeknight menus and may provide you with some ideas to bring to your holiday parties.  Enjoy!

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    Lemon Chicken Breast, page 120 (post on 12.2.10)

    Roasted Summer Vegetables, page 169 (post on 12.9.10)

    Easy Cranberry & Apple Cake, page 205 (post on 12.16.10)

    Roasted Figs & Prosciutto, page 28 (post on 12.30.10)

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    Musings: Mixed Berry Cheesecake (Post by Aug. 31)

    Doesn’t Mixed Berry Cheesecake sound like the perfect summer-to-fall transitional dessert? Maybe after we make it, the weather will take a hint.

    Will you be making any substitutions or using a homemade jelly or berries you picked yourself? Go ahead, make the rest of us jealous.

    August Recipes

    Can you believe it’s August already??  Where has this summer gone to?!

    Even if time is zipping by, we’ve still got some great Ina recipes!  The 3rd recipe is optional but you may want to join in the fun while we start trying out new recipes from Ina Garten’s 7th (!!!) cookbook,  How Easy Is That? which is set to be released on October 26, 2010.  Ina’s cookbook publicist sent me an advanced copy of the book and has encouraged us to start trying some of the recipes – how cool is that??

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    Vicki of My Fare Lady

    has chosen Oven-Fried Chicken

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 81

    and should be posted by Tuesday August 31st.

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    Nathalie of Snowbell Jewelry

    has chosen Mixed Berry Cheesecake

    which should be posted by Tuesday August 31st.

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    BONUS RECIPE!!

    Ultimate Grilled Cheese

    as chosen by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake – to be posted by August 31st.

    serves 6

    12 slices thick-cut bacon, such as Nodine’s applewood smoked
    1 cup good mayonnaise
    1/4 cup Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    1 white pullman loaf or sourdough bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick (12 slices)
    6 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
    6 oz aged Gruyere or Comte cheese
    6 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, such as Cabot or Shelburne Farms

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Arrange the bacon on a baking rack set over a sheet pan in a single layer and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, until nicely browned.  Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and cut in 1-inch pieces.

    Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.  Lay 12 slices of bread on a board and spread each one lightly with butter.  Flip the slices and spread each one generously with the mayonnaise mixture.  Don’t neglect the corners!

    Grate the cheeses in a food processor fitted with the largest grating disk and combine.  Distribute the bacon evenly on half the slices of bread.  Pile 1/3 cup grated cheese evenly on top of the bacon and top with the remaining bread slices, sauce side down.

    Heat an electric panini press.  When the press is hot, cook the sandwiches for 3 to 5 minutes in batches until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.  Allow to cool for 2 minutes.  Cut in half and serve warm.

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    June Recipe Choices + Some Small Changes

    My apologies for posting June’s recipes so incredibly late!  I realize this is the day before the 2nd Thursday of the month but I’ve decided to relax the posting requirements for the summer months (through September).  I’ve also decided to close membership to new members (as of today) for the summer months (also through September).  I’d like to get the blogroll back in order and I’m going to need some time to do this…time, which seems to be escaping me these days.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

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    Gwenn of Cooking in Pajamas

    has chosen Sour Cream Coffee Cake

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 37

    and should be posted by Wednesday June 30th.

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    Josie of Pink Parsley Catering

    has chosen Scalloped Tomatoes

    which should be posted by Wednesday June 30th.

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    Musings: Jam Thumbprint Cookies

    We’ll start posting this month’s second cookie recipe, Ina’s Jam Thumbprints, on Thursday, April 22. Ina recommends raspberry or apricot jam, but I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing some experimentation here. Anyone using homemade jam? How good would that be?

    Musings: Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

    It’s cookie time! Our first cookie recipe this month is Ina’s Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies, which we’ll be posting Thursday, April 8. What did you think? Any baking issues with these?

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