Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Ingredients
  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Ingredients
  1. Ginger snap crust
  2. 1 cup crushed ginger snaps 250 ml
  3. 3 Tbsp. Butter, melted 45 ml
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon 5ml
  5. 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 30 ml
  6. Filling
  7. 4 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 4-250 g
  8. 1 1/2 cups sugar 375 ml
  9. 5 eggs
  10. 1/4 cup flour 60 ml
  11. 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or equal parts
  12. ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg 10 ml
  13. 1 – 14 oz. can pumpkin 398 ml
  14. 1 cup whipping cream, whipped 250 ml
  15. 2 Tbsp. rum 30 ml
Instructions
  1. Crust: combine ingredients. Lightly grease a 10″ (25 cm) springform pan and line bottom with crumb mixture. Pat firm and chill.
  2. Filling: preheat oven to 325 F. (160c). Beat softened cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly beat in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour, spices, pumpkin and rum. Pour batter over crust. Bake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until filling is set. Cool for an hour. Refrigerate several hours. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serves 10-12
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Stacked Pizza

This appetizer is always a big hit and best of all it’s not difficult to make

Stacked Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 7 sheets phyllo pastry
  2. 1/2 cup butter, melted 125 mL
  3. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan 125 mL
  4. cheese
  5. 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella 375 mL
  6. cheese
  7. 1 onion, thinly sliced
  8. 5-6 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  9. 1 tsp. oregano 5 mL
  10. salt & pepper to taste
  11. fresh herb sprigs – thyme, oregano, rosemary
  12. To exercise is human – not to is divine!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg.F (190 deg.C). To thaw and prepare phyllo, follow package instructions. Place first sheet of phyllo on baking sheet, brush with butter and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp.(15 mL) Parmesan cheese. Repeat until all sheets are used. Press firmly so layers will stick together. Sprinkle top sheet with Mozzarella and onions. Arrange tomato slices on top. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges are golden. Decorate with herbs and cut into squares. Note: Olives, anchovies, peppers can also be used – but don’t overload as this is a delicate crust!
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Curried Chicken Triangles

Curried Chicken Triangles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp. butter 10 mL
  2. 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped celery 125 mL
  4. 1 Tbsp. flour 15 mL
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. curry powder 7 mL
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt 1 mL
  7. 1/2 cup chicken broth 125 mL
  8. 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken 375 mL
  9. 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream 60 mL
  10. 1/4 cup skim-milk plain yogurt 60 mL
  11. phyllo pastry, thawed (about 1/3 of kg.)
  12. 1/4 cup melted butter 60 mL
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in saucepan. Add onion and celery; cook until soft. Add flour, curry powder and salt. Stir for 1 minute. Add chicken broth; simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add chicken, sour cream and yogurt.
  2. To make triangles: unroll phyllo and lay flat. Cut a 2″ (5 cm) wide strip. Cover remaining phyllo with a damp cloth. Brush the strip with butter. Place 1 tsp. (5 mL) of filling in bottom corner of strip and fold corner to corner (flag fashion) using entire strip. Filling should be sealed in. Continue until all filling is used. Brush triangles with melted butter; bake at 350 deg.F (180 deg.C) for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 50.
  3. To freeze: before baking, freeze on baking sheet then place frozen triangles in zip lock freezer bags. No need to thaw before cooking.
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Lemon Sorbet

 

Lemon Sorbet
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Ingredients
  1. This is a delightful finale to a sumptuous meal. If you really want to show off – serve between courses to “cleanse” the palate – lah-dee-dah!!
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup milk (2% or skim will do)
  2. 1 cup whipping cream
  3. 5 lemons = 1 cup lemon juice (MUST be fresh)
  4. 2/3 cup berry sugar (fine sugar)
Instructions
  1. Cut in half and squeeze lemons; save shells. Mix all ingredients together in a shallow dish and freeze for 4 hours. Stir occasionally to break up ice crystals. Spoon into lemon shells, cover and return to freezer until ready to serve. (Hint: cut ends off rinds to they won’t “rock and roll” when you serve them.) Garnish with a mint leaf.
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Pear & Cambozola Pizza

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Pear & Cambozola Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 12″ pizza crust (see Fast and Easy Pizza Crust – That’s Trump – pg.96) or purchased pizza crust 30cm
  2. olive oil to brush on crust
  3. 1 – 14 oz. can pears, drained and sliced in thin strips 398ml
  4. 2 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts 30ml
  5. 3 oz. Cambozola cheese, sliced or crumbled 85g
  6. freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 450F (230C). Brush crust with olive oil, arrange pears on crust in pinwheel pattern, sprinkle with pine nuts, top with cheese and sprinkle of pepper. Bake 10-15 minutes, until crust is golden.
  2. Another Good Idea: For apple and Brie pizza, saute’ sliced apples in butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dot pizza crust with broken pieces of Brie chesse, arrange apples on top and sprinkle with chopped walnuts and fresh rosemary. Bake as above.
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 450F (230C). Brush crust with olive oil, arrange pears on crust in pinwheel pattern, sprinkle with pine nuts, top with cheese and sprinkle of pepper. Bake 10-15 minutes, until crust is golden.
  2. Another Good Idea: For apple and Brie pizza, saute’ sliced apples in butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Dot pizza crust with broken pieces of Brie chesse, arrange apples on top and sprinkle with chopped walnuts and fresh rosemary. Bake as above.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1 (Page: 123), That’s Trump (Page: 97)
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Frosted Waldorf Salad

Serve in a lettuce lined glass bowl or on individual serving plates. Garnish with clusters of green grapes that have been washed and dipped in sugar

 

Frosted Waldorf Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Serve in a lettuce lined glass bowl or on individual serving plates. Garnish with clusters of green grapes that have been washed and dipped in sugar
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  2. 3-4 cups seedless green grapes (save some clusters for garnish)
  3. 2-3 red apples, chopped with skins on
  4. 1 orange, peeled and diced
  5. 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  6. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  7. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  8. 1/2 cup seedless raisins or snipped dates
Dressing
  1. 1 cup whipping cream
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1 Tbsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Toss together marshmallows, grapes, apple, orange and orange juice. (Citrus juice will prevent apples from discolouring).
  2. Add celery, walnuts and raisins.
  3. To make dressing: whip the cream and fold in mayonnaise and sugar.
  4. Fold in salad ingredients and store covered in refrigerator.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Best of Bridge (Page: 120)
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