RECIPE

Basil Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

1 c mayonnaise
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
¾ c lightly packed torn fresh basil leaves, some lemon basil if available

Combine mayo, basil and lemon juice in processor, blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to small bowl, cover, refrigerate. (Can be made 2 days ahead, keep refrigerated.)

Grouper Tomato Basil

Ingredients:

Active time: 15 min Start to finish: 25 min
Makes 2 servings.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 (1-lb) piece grouper or red snapper fillet (3/4 inch thick), skinned and halved crosswise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup coarsely chopped tomato
1 small garlic clove, minced (optional) 
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil

Working off heat, put 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet and add fish, turning to coat with oil on both sides. Arrange fish skinned sides down and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Toss together tomato, garlic (if using), basil, remaining tablespoon oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl, then mound on top of fish. Cover skillet with a tight-fitting lid and cook fish over moderately high heat until just cooked through, about 8 minutes. < ...

Mayer Lemon Bread

Ingredients:

Makes 1 loaf

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup nuts, chopped fine
Grated rind of 1 Mayer lemon
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1 Mayer Lemon

Cream the shortening and sugar; mix in eggs.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.

Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to shortening mixture, stirring constantly.

Mix in the nuts and lemon rind.

Bake in a greased 5x9 inch loaf pan in a 350º oven for 1 hour.

Combine 1/4 cup sugar with the lemon juice and pour over the top of the loaf when it comes from the oven (poke a few holes in the bread top with a toothpick so the lemon-sugar mixture is better integrated in the bread--the glaze is great!)

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

2 ½ c flour
¾ c sugar
¾ c butter
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ c sour cream
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
1-8 oz. package cream cheese
¼ c sugar
1 ½ c raspberry jam
½ c sliced almonds

Combine flour and ¾ cup of sugar.
Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Remove 1 cup of crumbs for topping.
To the remaining crumb mixture add the baking powder, soda, salt, sour cream, egg, and almond extract. 
Blend well and spread over the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a greased and floured 9-inch springform pan. Batter should be about ¼ inch thick on the sides.
Combine cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar, and egg.
Blend well and pour over batter in pan.
Spoon jam evenly over filling. 
Combine ...

Miniature Orange Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange rind
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts(optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease three 12-cup miniature muffin pans.
2. In small bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and orange juice. Set aside for dipping after muffins are baked.
3. In medium bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar; add sour cream alternatively with flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold in orange rind. Add raisins and nuts, if desired. (batter will be stiff). Fill prepared muffin cups.
4. Bake 10-12 minutes. While still warm, dip muffin tops in sugar and orange juice mixture. Place on wire rack to cool.
Note: May brush with a pastry bru ...

Cranberry-Gorgonzola Appetizer Tart

Ingredients:

1 refrigerated pie crust (from 15-ounce package), at room temperature
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¾ c crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature
2 Tbsp milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 c fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped, or 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries 
3 Tbsp chopped green onions
2 Tbsp chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare piecrust as directed on package for 1-crust baked shell using a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Trim excess piecrust even with top of pan. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light brown. Cool 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.
2. Combine cream cheese and Gorgonzola cheese in a medium mixing bowl; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Beat in milk and egg until well mixed. Gently stir in cranberries and gr ...

Tomato Polenta Tartlets & Basil Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

36 small cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
5 c water
2 tsp coarse kosher salt
1 c (6 oz) polenta
2/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 c pesto
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Black pepper

For tartlets: Rinse 3 mini muffin pans (12 cups per pan) with cold water; shake off excess water. Mix tomatoes, garlic, and oil in medium bowl; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let stand 15 minutes. Arrange 4 tomato quarters, cut side up, in bottom of each prepared muffin cup. 
Bring water and salt to boil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to medium and cook until polenta thickens, whisking almost constantly, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until ...

Dark Chocolate Tart With Gingersnap Crust

Ingredients:

CRUST
8 oz gingersnap cookies (about 32)
1/4 cup butter melted

FILLING
12 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 C whipping cream
2 lg. egg yolks
1 large egg
1/4 C sugar
1 T flour
1/8 t. ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
2 T chopped crystallized ginger

CRUST Preheat oven to 325.
Grind gingersnap cookies in processor.
Add melted butter.
Press into a 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom.
Place pan on rimmed baking sheet.

FILLING Combine chocolate and cream in heavy saucepan. Whisk over low heat until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Remove saucepan from heat.
Whisk egg yolks, egg, sugar, flour, pepper, and salt in medium bowl to blend.
Very gradually whisk chocolate mixture into egg mixture until smooth and blended.
Pour filling into crust.
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Easy-Tart Shells

Ingredients:

1 pkg. Pillsbury Refrigerated Ready Made pie crusts
24 small muffin tins

With biscuit cutter, cut out 3 inch circles of pastry dough. Line each muffin form with circle. Pat into shape, trimming edge if needed. Stuff centers with crumbled foil. (Save for future use.) Bake according to pie crust directions. Remove from pans, cool and fill. Shells may be frozen, well wrapped.

Olive Pinwheels

Ingredients:

24 large pimento stuffed green olives
1 8oz. package cream cheese
3/4 cup finely minced toasted pecans

Drain olives & pat dry. 
Form softened cream cheese around olives & roll in minced pecans. 
Chill overnight.
To serve, slice in half & arrange on a platter with greens. (serves 24)

(Herb Day 2010 hospitality table recipe)

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