Saturday, July 30, 2011

Silver Dollar Sour Cream Pancakes

2 eggs
1 cup  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp.  sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp.  salt
BEAT eggs in medium bowl with whisk until well blended. Stir in sour cream. Add remaining ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not overmix. Batter can still be slightly lumpy.)
HEAT large nonstick skillet on medium-heat. Working in batches, spoon 1 Tbsp. batter into skillet for each pancake; cook 2 to 3 min. or until bubbles start to form on tops and bottoms are golden brown.
TURN; cook 1 to 2 min. to brown other sides.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bacon, Double-Cheese & Onion-Stuffed Burgers

4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon
1   onion
1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese
1 lb.  ground beef
4 Cheese Slices
4   hamburger buns
HEAT grill to medium-high heat.
COOK bacon in small skillet until crisp. Meanwhile, cut 4 thin slices from center of onion; finely chop remaining onion.
REMOVE bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Add chopped onions to reserved drippings; cook on medium heat 5 to 6 min. or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
CRUMBLE bacon; mix with cooked onions and cheese. Shape meat into 8 thin patties. Top 4 patties with bacon mixture; cover with remaining patties. Pinch edges together to seal.
GRILL 6 to 7 min. on each side or until done (160ºF); top with Singles. Fill buns with burgers and sliced onions.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fresh Tomato Salsa

3 tomatoes (1 lb.), chopped
1/4 cup  finely chopped red onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1   jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup KRAFT Italian Dressing
Combine ingredients and serve with tortilla chips! 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fancy Beans

  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
  • 1/2 cup thin onion wedges
  • 1/2 cup whole cashews


In a small bowl, stir together the teriyaki sauce, honey, and butter.
Fill a bowl with cold water and ice cubes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the lemon juice. Drop in the beans and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until beans are bright green. Drain the beans in a colander and then plunge them into the iced water. Drain again and set aside.

In a skillet, cook the bacon until very crispy, crumble and set aside. Saute the bell pepper and onion in the hot bacon fat for 2 minutes. Add the beans, cashews, and bacon to the skillet. Add the teriyaki-honey sauce and toss gently.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Independence Drink

  1. Fill a clear glass with ice cubes. Pour the drink with the most sugar (check the nutrition label) into the glass. For our red, white, and blue recipe, start with the cranberry juice.
  2. Very slowly add a beverage that contains less sugar -- in this case, Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce. Be careful to pour it onto an ice cube -- not directly into the other drink -- to keep them from mixing.
  3. Use the same technique to add a layer of Diet 7-Up.

    With a steady hand and some colorful drinks, you can create a tasty, multilayered concoction. The secret is in selecting liquids with varying amounts of sugar, since those that contain more (such as soda) are denser than those with less (such as diet drinks). And that makes it possible to actually stack one on top of another (for a little while, anyway -- then they'll start to blend). 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Red, White, and Blue Delight

  • 1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pint strawberry sorbet
  • 1 container (1 1/2 quarts) vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh blueberries and strawberries for garnish

  1. Combine the blueberries and the water in a medium-size saucepan. Partially cover the pan, then bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Continue simmering the berries until they begin to break down, about 2 minutes. Stir in the sugar and cook the berries until they become soft, about 1 to 2 minutes more.
  2. Stir together the lemon juice and cornstarch in a small bowl until evenly blended. Stir the mixture into the berries, then cook them at a low boil, stirring constantly, for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and transfer it to a medium-size bowl. When the sauce is cooled, cover it and place it in the refrigerator to chill.
  3. Line a 9- by 5-inch metal loaf pan with two sheets of crisscrossed plastic wrap, leaving a 3-inch overhang on all sides, then chill the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. Place the container of sorbet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to soften, then spoon the sorbet into the pan and mold it, using a sheet of plastic wrap to smooth the top as needed. Cover it with foil and freeze it for 2 hours. The last 30 minutes, soften the vanilla ice cream in the refrigerator. Remove the pan from the freezer, add half the vanilla ice cream, mold it, cover it with foil, and freeze it and the remaining ice cream for 30 minutes. For the third layer, mix the remaining ice cream with 3/4 cup of the blueberry sauce, and add it to the pan. Freeze the dessert for one more hour.
  5. Chill a platter in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Right before serving, thin the remaining blueberry sauce with a spoonful of water or orange juice. Invert the dessert onto the platter, unwrap it, and garnish it with fresh berries. Use a sharp knife to slice the dessert, and serve it with the sauce.