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Spartan Potato Salad

Spartan Potato Salad
Serves 4
White Potatoes & lots of Green Beans, Onion & Celery make this Potato Salad perfect for M.S.U. Tailgating!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Baby White Potatoes
  2. 1 cup Green Beans, Cut in 1” Lengths
  3. ¼ cup Green Onion, Cut ¼” on Bias
  4. ¼ cup Celery, Chopped
  5. ½ cup Mayonnaise
  6. 2 Tbsp. Basil Pesto
  7. To Taste Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook potatoes whole until done, chill, then cut in halves or quarters depending on size. (Pieces should be approximately ½” to ¾” in size.
  2. Simmer green beans until tender, rinse in cold water, pat dry.
  3. Combine all ingredients and season to taste.
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Go Blue Potato Salad

Go Blue Potato Salad
Serves 4
Purple (blue fleshed) potatoes, partnered with the maize color of Yukon Gold Potatoes and prepared mustard makes this colorful potato salad a MUST for University of Michigan tailgaters!
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Ingredients
  1. ½ lb. Blue Potatoes
  2. ½ lb. Yukon Gold Potatoes
  3. ¼ cup Celery, Chopped
  4. ½ cup Sweet Onion, Chopped
  5. ½ cup Mayonnaise
  6. 3 Tbsp. Prepared Mustard
  7. To Taste Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook potatoes whole until done, chill, then cut in halves or quarters depending on size. (Pieces should be approximately ½” to ¾” in size.
  2. Combine all ingredients and season to taste.
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Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail

Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail
Serves 1
The football games have already started, and it’s time to think of cider mills, sweet caramel apples, toasty bonfires and tailgate parties. Apple cocktails are a great way to start the season.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka
  2. 1 ½ oz. Apple Cider
  3. ¼ oz. Lemon Juice
  4. Caramel sauce for trimming
  5. Apple slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Shake well again.
  4. Garnish rim with a bead of caramel sauce and a slice of apple.
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Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail

Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail
Serves 4
The football games have already started, and it’s time to think of cider mills, sweet caramel apples, toasty bonfires and tailgate parties. Apple cocktails are a great way to start the season.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Quart Apple Cider
  2. 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  3. Knob of Fresh Ginger
  4. 3 Whole Cloves
  5. Pinch of Nutmeg
  6. 1 Firm Red Apple (skin on), cut into small cubes
  7. 1 Firm Green Apple (skin on), cut into small cubes
  8. 2 Lemons juiced
  9. ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
  10. 1 Bottle of Sparkling Wine
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, add the cider, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Stir to blend.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Reduce by half and taste for seasoning. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, add apples, lemon juice and sugar. Toss to coat and add to the cider.
  4. Pour the cider and apple pieces in champagne flutes, filling them halfway, and top with sparkling wine.
  5. Stir and serve.
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Fall Cider Sangria

Fall Cider Sangria
Serves 4
The football games have already started, and it’s time to think of cider mills, sweet caramel apples, toasty bonfires and tailgate parties. Apple cocktails are a great way to start the season.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Sliced Apple
  2. 1 Sliced Pear
  3. 1 Sliced Orange
  4. 8 oz. Apple Brandy
  5. 1 750ml bottle of Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.
  2. Chill at least 4 hours.
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Baked Stuffed Peppers

Baked Stuffed Peppers
Serves 6
Below is the basic recipe for this classic dish and then, below that, check out some of the modern adaptations you might want to try.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Medium Size Bell Peppers, Any Color
  2. 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  3. 1 Medium Sweet Onion, Chopped
  4. 2 Stalks Celery, Chopped
  5. 2 tsp. Garlic, Chopped
  6. 1 Cup Roma Tomato, Diced
  7. 1 – 24 oz. Jar Salvaggio's Marinara Sauce
  8. 1 tsp. Oregano, Dry, Crushed
  9. 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  10. 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  11. 1 Ex. Large Egg, Beaten
  12. 1 ½ Lbs. Ground Beef
  13. 1 ½ Cups Cooked Rice
  14. Optional: 1 Cup Shredded Cheese (Cheddar, Mozzarella or other)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Cut tops off of the bell peppers then remove the seeds and membranes.
  3. Chop edible part of tops and set aside.
  4. Rinse peppers under cold water. Place peppers in a large pot; cover with salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. (NOTE: for a stronger pepper flavor, this step can be omitted and you can stuff the peppers while still raw.)
  5. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat until hot. Sauté chopped bell pepper (from tops), chopped onion, celery and garlic for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Add the Roma tomatoes, Marinara, oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg with the ground beef, cooked rice, and 1 cup of the Marinara mixture. Mix well.
  8. Stuff peppers with meat mixture and place in a 3-quart baking dish. Pour remaining tomato mixture over the stuffed peppers.
  9. Cover the baking dish lightly with tin foil. Bake for approximately 1 hour or until peppers are tender and the meat mixture is fully cooked and firm.
  10. Optional: Top stuffed peppers with a little shredded Cheddar cheese just before they are done; bake or broil until cheese is melted.
Notes
  1. If you’d like to try your hand at some NEW Stuffed Pepper ideas, here are some to try. Without going into individual, lengthy recipes for each one, I think you can quickly see the possibilities.
  2. Cajun Style - Instead of ground beef, substitute: Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, Chicken and add a bit of hot chili powder to both the rice and Marinara sauce.
  3. Mexican Style - Use cooked chicken, or Taco Seasoned Beef, then use Crushed Tortilla Chips instead of the rice and use canned Enchilada Sauce instead of Marinara. Lastly, smother the finished stuffed peppers with a Monterey Jack Cheddar Cheese blend.
  4. Greek Style - Use ½ Ground Beef ½ Ground Lamb and to the rice mixture add chopped Kalamata Olives, roasted Garlic, Oregano, Rosemary, Feta Cheese and use Vodka Sauce instead of Marinara.
  5. Turkey or Chicken - Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef.
  6. Stroganoff Style - Use pre-seared, thin strips of beef with sautéed mushrooms in place of the ground beef and wide egg noodles instead of the rice. Cook the stuffed peppers in beef gravy instead of the Marinara then afterwards, stir in a dollop or two of sour cream to the gravy to make it Stroganoff style.
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Classic Gremolata

Classic Gremolata
Pronounced [greh-moh-LAH-tah], gremolata is not actually a dish but rather a topping, generally made from three ingredients: fresh parsley, lemon peel and fresh garlic. Its claim to fame is that it’s the last and finishing touch to the braised veal shank dish known as Osso Buco. However, it is also used in many other dishes, and chefs are now liberating the classic version’s recipe to introduce many other unique ingredients while still keeping its name.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. Italian (Flat Leaf) Parsley, Minced
  2. 1 Tbsp. Lemon Zest, Freshly Grated
  3. 2 Medium Fresh Garlic Cloves, Minced
Instructions
  1. Mince the parsley and garlic, grate the lemon zest, and toss all together in a small bowl with a fork.
Notes
  1. Makes about a 1/4 cup.
Other Versions
  1. While the classic version is, without a doubt, tried and true, chefs and gourmet cooks have broadened the appeal of gremolata by experimenting (with much success) with other herbs and seasonings, such as
  2. • Substituting completely chopped shallots for the garlic
  3. • Substituting basil, oregano, tarragon, marjoram, cilantro or even mint for the parsley
  4. • Substituting another citrus, such as lime, orange or grapefruit, for the lemon
  5. So, if you wanted to go crazy, you could make
  6. • Minted Orange Shallot Gremolata
  7. • Cilantro Lime Garlic Gremolata (or even substitute chives)
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Strawberry Panna Cotta

Strawberry Panna Cotta
Serves 8
Unlike custards thickened with eggs, or puddings thickened with cornstarch, Panna Cotta desserts are "set" with gelatin. The result is a pure taste which melts in your mouth. Enjoy this strawberry version.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Heavy Cream
  2. 1 cup Milk
  3. 1 cup Fresh Pureed Strawberries (Strained)
  4. ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  5. 1 Tbsp. Unflavored Gelatin
  6. ¼ Tsp. Red Food Color (Optional)
  7. Optional Chocolate Shavings, to Garnish
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle gelatin over ½ cup of cold milk and let it stand for about 10 minutes without stirring. This is to soften the gelatin.
  2. In a saucepan, add cream, the remaining ½ cup milk and the sugar then cook on medium heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Taste and add more sugar if desired.
  3. When the cream mixture is heated through and starts simmering, turn off the heat. Add the softened gelatin mixture and stir well to combine. Make sure the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Add the pureed strawberries and (optional coloring).
  5. Pour into individual 4 to 6 ounce containers.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator uncovered for about 3 hours or overnight.
  7. Serve with optional chocolate shavings.
Notes
  1. Serves 8 – 4 ounce portions.
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Chocolate Ice Cubes

Chocolate Ice Cubes
These cubes are GREAT with Kahlua or Irish Crème. Another variation is to let the mixture cool a bit then add a teaspoon of crushed candy cane to each ice cube cavity before pouring the chocolate mixture into them.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Milk
  2. 1 Tbsp. Dark Cocoa
  3. 1 Tbsp. Granulated Sugar
  4. ¾ cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Mix together the milk, cocoa and sugar and bring to a scald in a microwave oven.
  2. Remove the hot milk mixture from the oven and add chocolate chips, stirring until they are completely dissolved.
  3. Pour into ice cube trays.
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Strawberry Yogurt Ice Cubes

Strawberry Yogurt Ice Cubes
Substitute these cubes in place of regular water ice cubes for a more flavorful smoothie. As an additional option, you can add the puree of one ripe banana.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
  2. 1 cup Strawberry Puree
  3. 1 Tbsp. Honey or Granulated Sugar (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and freeze in ice cube trays.
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