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Welcome to Food For Thought cooking and recipes - online since 1991! There are 5 new recipes, plus new cooking hints & tips, posted to this page each week.

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Oven-Toasted RavioliBeverage or Appetizer   February 25, 2018
Beverage or Appetizer
      Title: Oven-Toasted Ravioli
 Categories: Appetizer
      Yield: 6 Servings
   
      1    egg
      1 tb water
      1 c  panko bread crumbs
    1/3 c  grated parmesan cheese
      9 oz refrigerated cheese ravioli
      1 c  jarred alfredo pasta sauce 
 
  Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 15x10x1-inch 
  pan with foil. Place 15x10-inch wire cooling 
  rack on top of foil; spray with cooking spray.
 
  In small bowl, beat egg and water with whisk. 
  In shallow dish or pie plate, mix bread crumbs 
  and cheese.
 
  Dip each ravioli into egg mixture and then into 
  bread crumb mixture, pressing crumbs lightly to 
  adhere to ravioli; place on rack.
 
  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until ravioli are crisp 
  and edges are slightly browned.
 
  Place Alfredo sauce in microwavable dish; loosely 
  cover, and microwave on High 30 seconds. Stir, 
  and microwave about 15 seconds longer or until 
  warm. Serve with ravioli.
 
 
Tip 1Cooking Tip   February 25, 2018
Fill a large hole or sugar shaker with flour and use that when needing to dust surfaces with flour or just pour out a tablespoon as you need it. This is handy way to keep a bit of flour on hand instead of digging in the flour bin.
 
Apple-Almond Tossed SaladSoup or Salad   February 25, 2018
Soup or Salad
      Title: Apple-Almond Tossed Salad
 Categories: Salad
      Yield: 12 Servings
 
      4 c  torn romaine lettuce
    1/4 c  diced dried apricots
    1/4 c  toffee-glazed sliced almonds
      1    apple, unpeeled and cubed
      4    green onions, sliced
    1/4 c  orange marmalade
      2 tb olive oil
      1 tb lemon juice 
 
  In large bowl, mix lettuce, apricots, almonds, 
  apple and onions.
 
  In small bowl, mix marmalade, oil and lemon 
  juice until well blended. Drizzle over salad; 
  toss to mix.
  
 
Tip 2Cooking Tip   February 25, 2018
Use pastry wheel to cut rolled cookie dough in squares or diamonds, much less rolling and very pretty.
 
Turkey MeatloafMain Dish   February 25, 2018
Entree
      Title: Turkey Meatloaf
 Categories: Main Dish
      Yield: 6 Servings
   
        MEATLOAF
  1 1/4 lb ground turkey breast
      6 oz plain yogurt
    1/4 c  ketchup
    3/4 c  bread crumbs
      1 tb worcestershire sauce
    3/4 ts salt
    1/4 ts ground sage
    1/4 ts pepper
      2    cloves garlic, minced
      1 sm onion, chopped
      1    egg, slightly beaten
 
        TOPPING
    1/2 c  ketchup
    1/2 ts ground mustard
      1 tb packed brown sugar 
 
  Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In large bowl, mix 
  meatloaf ingredients. Spread mixture in 
  ungreased 8x4- or 9x5-inch loaf pan, or shape 
  into 9x5-inch loaf in ungreased 13x9-inch pan.
 
  In small bowl, mix topping ingredients; spread 
  over top.
 
  Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or 
  until meat thermometer inserted in center of loaf 
  reads 170 degrees F. Let stand 5 minutes; drain. 
  Remove from pan.
 
 
Tip 3Cooking Tip   February 25, 2018
Rinse measuring cup in hot water before using syrup, oil, etc. Will pour out clean and not stick to cup.
 
Cauliflower RiceSide Dish   February 25, 2018
Side Dish
      Title: Cauliflower Rice
 Categories: Side Dish
      Yield: 4 Servings
    
      4 c  cauliflower florets
      2 tb olive oil
    1/2 c  chopped green onions
    1/2 ts sea salt flakes
    1/4 c  chicken broth
      2 tb chopped fresh parsley
      1 tb fresh thyme leaves 
 
  In food processor, place 1 cup of the 
  cauliflower. Cover, and pulse until 
  coarsely ground to the size of grains of 
  rice. Transfer to large bowl; repeat in 
  three more batches with remaining 
  cauliflower. There should be about 3 1/2 
  cups processed cauliflower.
 
  Place 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat 
  until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil, then add 
  green onions and salt. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or 
  until green onions soften. Add remaining 1 
  tablespoon oil and the cauliflower; toss to coat. 
  Cook 4 to 6 minutes or until lightly toasted and 
  dried out.
 
  Add chicken broth. Heat to simmer until all 
  liquid evaporates. Stir in parsley and thyme.
 
 
Tip 4Cooking Tip   February 25, 2018
Canned fruit is much better if opened and removed from the can an hour or two before using to restore the oxygen.
 
Spumoni Brownie LushDessert   February 25, 2018
Dessert
      Title: Spumoni Brownie Lush
 Categories: Dessert
      Yield: 24 Bars
     
        BROWNIE
   18.3 oz  fudge brownie mix
            water, vegetable oil and eggs
            - called for on brownie mix box
 
        LAYERS
      8 oz cream cheese, softened
      1 c  powdered sugar
    1/2 c  cherry pie filling
     12 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
      2    boxes pistachio instant pudding
      3 c  cold milk
 
        TOPPING
    1/4 c  chopped shelled pistachio nuts
     20    maraschino cherries, dried & halved
      2 tb chocolate fudge topping 
 
  Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom only 
  of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
 
  Make brownie batter as directed on box for 
  cakelike brownies. Spread in pan. Bake 22 to 25 
  minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches 
  from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool 
  completely, about 1 hour.
 
  In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered 
  sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until 
  smooth, scraping down sides of bowl frequently. 
  Beat in pie filling and 1 1/2 cups of the 
  whipped topping until blended. Spread over 
  brownie.
 
  In another medium bowl, beat dry pudding mixes 
  and milk with whisk about 2 minutes or until 
  thick. Beat in 1/2 cup of the whipped topping. 
  Spread over cream cheese layer. Drop remaining 
  2 cups whipped topping by spoonfuls over 
  pudding layer; carefully spread. Cover and 
  refrigerate 4 hours.
 
  When ready to serve, sprinkle nuts and cherries 
  on top. In small microwavable bowl, microwave 
  chocolate fudge topping uncovered on High 10 to 
  20 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. 
  Drizzle over bars. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. 
  Cover and refrigerate any remaining pieces.
 
 
Tip 5Cooking Tip   February 25, 2018
When making popcorn balls, slip plastic bags on your hands when shaping them, won't stick or burn your hands.
 
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