Orange Cashew Salad with Dressing
8 cups torn, prewashed mixed salad greens
1 - 11 oz. can Mandarin orange sections, drained (reserve liquid)
1/4 cup soft-style cream cheese with strawberries
1/3 cup reserved liquid from Mandarin oranges
1/2 cup cashews
Place salad greens in a large bowl. Add orange sections to the greens; toss gently and set aside. Combine cream cheese and reserved liquid in a small bowl and whisk to mix well. To serve: place salad greens and orange sections on plates, drizzle dressing over greens, and sprinkle with cashews.
3 - 15 oz. cans whole peeled or diced tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tbsp. olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese, room temperature
1 - 12 oz. box no-boil lasagna noodles
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400°. In a food processor or blender, pulse tomatoes until coarsely pureed. In a large, deep, oven-proof skillet bring pureed tomatoes, garlic, and oil to a boil. Season with salt and pepper; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until thickened, about 15 minutes (you should have 5 cups of marinara sauce).
While the marinara sauce simmers and reduces, in another bowl, mix together the egg yolk, ricotta cheese, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Set aside.
Carefully pour the marinara sauce into a heat-proof bowl. Return 3/4 cup of the sauce to the skillet and spread evenly. Add a layer of uncooked noodles, breaking them up to fit the pan. Top the noodles with 1/2 of the ricotta-egg mixture, spreading evenly. Follow with a second layer of noodles, then add 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce. Add a third layer of noodles, then the remaining ricotta-egg mixture. Add the final layer of noodles and the remaining marinara sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the top.
Bake the lasagna, uncovered, until golden and bubbly, 30-35 minutes. Allow the lasagna to stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.
A new year is almost here. Why not spread a little new year cheer with a gift that gives (provided you keep the starter going!) all year long? There are several variations for the Amish friendship bread, but the classic will always be my favorite. If you aren't lucky enough to receive the "original" starter, here's a recipe to start your own. I'm making some for myself and to give to my neighbors, along with instructions, the classic bread recipe, and links to a couple of variations. Be sure to let your recipients know what "day" the starter is on when you give it to them!
A quick note about the starter: it can turn out to be like many New Year's resolutions and you might find yourself growing weary of keeping it going for a full year. If this happens, just place your starter in the freezer on day one and keep it frozen until you want to use it again. Just remember that it's still day one until the starter is thawed! Continue with days two through ten, once it's thawed.
1 pkg. (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° F/45° C)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups sugar, divided
3 cups milk, divided
Important! Do not use metal spoons or equipment!!
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water; let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container (glass, plastic, or ceramic), combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly so flour doesn't clump when the milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and the yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Leave at room temperature - DO NOT refrigerate! This is Day One.
Days Two - Four: stir with a wooden or plastic spoon.
Day Five: stir in 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
Days Six - Nine: stir only.
Day Ten: stir in 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk. Remove 1 cup of the starter to a bowl to make your bread and divide the remaining starter among 3 containers (1 cup in each container). Save one container of the starter for yourself and give the other two containers to friends along with instructions and bread recipes.
If you decide to freeze the starter instead of keeping it going, Day One begins on the day you freeze it and you will start from that point when you thaw the starter.
Below are some links to Amish Friendship Bread recipes for you to choose from:
http://www.armchair.com/recipe/bake002.html (This is the classic recipe)
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