Marbled Cheesecake Hearts

2 cups finely crushed creme filled chocolate sandwich cookies
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
14 oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 13X9 inch pan with heavy foil, set aside.

Combine crumbs and butter, press firmly on bottom of pan. With mixer, beat cream cheese in a bowl until fluffy. Beat in milk until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Pour half the batter over crust.

Stir melted chocolate into remaining batter, spoon over vanilla batter. With knife, swirl chocolate batter through vanilla batter to marble.

Bake 50 minutes or until set. Cool. Chill 1 hour.

Use foil to lift out of pan.

For hearts, cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Or, cut into bars.

Makes 12 hearts.

Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 9 x 13-Inch Pan

Mardi Gras Catfish Rice Salad

2 pounds cooked, flaked catfish filets
8 cups cooked popcorn rice
1 cup frozen green peas
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onion tops
3/4 cup shredded purple cabbage
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon curry powder
1-1/2 cups mayonnaise

Cook and drain peas and corn.

Combine all ingredients, adjusting seasoning to taste. Adjust amount of mayonnaise for desired consistency.

Servings: 20

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

Chocolate Spiders

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
1 can (5oz) chow-mein noodles
1 cup salted peanuts
1 large pkg. colored round candies, such as M & M’s

Place chocolate morsels in top of double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate melts. (* Note)

Add noodles and peanuts, stirring well. Drop chocolate mixture by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.

Press in two candies for spider eyes.

Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Yield: about 3 dozen.

Note: this can be done in the microwave on lowest possible setting, a few seconds at a time, checking frequently.

Stainless Universal Double Boiler

Thanksgiving Squash Salad

4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and Pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups chopped lettuce
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 tablespoons salad dressing of your choice
1/2 cup seasoned stuffing cubes
1/2 cup dried cranberries
4 bacon strips, cooked, crumbled

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, toss first 6 ingredients. Transfer to a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.

In another bowl, combine lettuce, cheese and squash mixture. Drizzle with 4 tablespoons dressing, toss. Divide salad among 8 plates, top with stuffing cubes, cranberries and bacon. Drizzle with remaining dressing, then serve.

Makes 8 servings.

CorningWare 12 Piece Round and Oval Bakeware Set, White

Jingle Bell Cookie Pizza

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup red and green candy-coated chocolate candies (M&Ms)
1/2 cup hot fudge topping, heated, if desired
cooking spray

Heat oven to 350┬░F. Grease 12-inch pizza pan with shortening, or spray with cooking spray.

In pan, break up cookie dough into pieces and press out dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until light golden brown.

Sprinkle marshmallows and candies evenly over crust. Bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until marshmallows are puffed. Drizzle hot fudge topping over top.

Cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into wedges to serve.

ProBake Teflon Platinum Nonstick 12-Inch Pizza Pan

Hot Spiced Christmas Punch

3 cups pineapple juice
4 cups cranberry juice
2 cups apple cider
1 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, studded with cloves
1 apple, cored and sliced

Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan.

Add cinnamon sticks, orange studded with cloves, and one cored, sliced apple.

Simmer mixture for 4 hours. Serve hot.

Serves 12.

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Cranberry Sauce with Nuts

12 oz bag cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 orange, juiced, plus 1/2 teaspoon zest
1/2 cup roasted pistachios, chopped
1 pear, cored, chopped
2 tablespoons diced candied lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Salt and Pepper

In a pan, cook cranberries, sugar and orange juice until cranberries burst. Let cool. Stir in zest, nuts, pear, lemon peel and cumin, season, then serve.

Makes 6 servings.

T-fal Specialty Nonstick Handy Pot Saucepan with Glass Lid Cookware, 3-Quart, Gray

Mexican Eggnog

24 egg yolks
4 cups sugar
2 quarts milk
1 stick cinnamon
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Rum, to taste

Beat egg yolks and sugar in large mixing bowl until thick and lemon colored. Pour into 5 quart Dutch oven. Mix in milk and cinnamon. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat.

If it gets lumpy, cool and put into blender to smooth. Stir in rum and extracts. Transfer to non metal container. Refrigerate at least 8 days before serving.

To serve, remove cinnamon stick and sprinkle with nutmeg

Gibson Home Hummington 5-Quart Ceramic Non-Stick Dutch Oven with Glass Lid

Christmas Rainbow Poke Cake

1 pkg. super moist white cake mix
1 (3 oz.) pkg. raspberry Jell-O
1 (3 oz.) pkg. lime Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
Gumdrops (red and green)

Prepare cake as directed on package. Pour batter into 2 round pans (8 or 9 inch). Bake as directed. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.

Place cake layers, top side up, back in the 2 pans (clean). Prick each layer with utility fork at 1/2 inch intervals.

Pour 1 cup of the boiling water over the raspberry Jello in bowl. Stir until Jello is dissolved. Spoon over 1 layer of cake. Repeat with lime Jello and other layer of cake. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours.

Dip 1 layer in pan of warm water 10 seconds; invert on plate, gently shaking to loosen. Remove pan; spread layer with 1 cup of Cool Whip. Remove other layer from pan in same manner; invert onto first layer. Frost with remaining Cool Whip.

Refrigerate; garnish with flattened gumdrops

Mercer Culinary Millennia 8-Inch Cook’s Fork

Christmas Ham

12-16 lb. fully cooked whole ham (bone in)
20 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 cup apple jelly
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Reynolds Oven Cooking Bag

Put all ingredients, except ham, in a saucepan. Stir until cornstarch dissolves. Bring to a boil.

Simmer about 1 minute. Place ham in a Reynolds Oven Cooking Bag. Pour sauce over ham in the bag.

Bake 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 hours at 325 degrees. (Bag may darken, it’s not burning!)

Reynolds Oven Cooking Bags, Turkey Size, 2 Count