Chef Kathryn Raaker with Cassie

The Chef You and I Show with Kathryn and Cassie, and they make everything chocolate. Cassie makes cookies, brownies, and her very favorite hot chocolate bombs. In addition, Kathryn makes cranberry brie bites.

Hot Chocolate Bomb Cups

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ounces Chocolate melting wafers
  • 3-4 packages Hot Chocolate mix
  • 10 Mini marshmallows
  • Holiday sprinkles (optional)
  • 3-4 small paper cups

Instructions

  • Melt the chocolate wafers according to package instructions.
  • Using scissors, cut up the seam to (but not through) the bottom of the cup. Place a piece of tape on the cut line to secure in place.
  • Pour in about 3 Tbsp of the melted chocolate in an the cup, twisting as you do this to coat the cup.
  • Turn the cup upside down on a piece of parchment to allow any extra chocolate to drip off and cover the entire of the cup.
  • Place the cup in the freezer for 7-9 minutes to set.
  • Add the hot chocolate mix to the cup. If you are adding any other special ingredients, add them now. Add more melted chocolate on top of that filling it 3/4 full. Return to freezer to harden for 18-25 minutes.
  • To enjoy, heat up a cup of milk in the microwave or on the stove. Add the chocolate bomb to a mug and pour enough of the hot milk to cover the chocolate bomb. Stir the chocolate bomb cup and as the chocolate melts, the hot cocoa mix inside the cup will release. Enjoy.

 

Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

This original Toll House cookie recipe from Nestlé evokes pleasant childhood memories. Sweet, perfectly chewy, and hard to resist, this famous American chocolate chip cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk. Cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to eight weeks. Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips such as Nestlé Toll House
  • 1 cup chopped nuts – Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels and nuts. Cassie Rolled them We sprayed with the Cornhuskers Duck Fat Spray .
  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 9 to 11 minutes, switching racks halfway through. Cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

 

Cassie Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  • PreHeat oven to 350° F. Grease bottom of pan.
  • Stir Brownie Mix, water, oil and eggs in medium bowl until well blended. Spr
  • Spread in pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 13X9 PAN – 28-30 Minutes or when toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean; cool.

 

 

Kathryn Raaker and guest, Marty Schultes, prepare an Italian meal.

The Chef, You and I Show with Kathryn Raaker and her Guest, Marty Schultes. Kathryn and Marty enjoy making different dishes, including appetizers, salads, and main dishes.

Garlic Free Bolognese

This original recipe came from Pure Wow Slow cooker Bolognese

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion peeled chopped
  • 1 small small carrot peeled
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef – lean beef or ground sirloin
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • ¾ cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1- pound pappardelle or other long pasta

Instructions

  • Grate the carrot, chop the onion and celery.Then in a large skillet add 2 tablespoons of Olive oil . Brown the meat, then add the rest of the ingriedients.
  • On our show it was a 45-to 60 on top of the show in 360 cookware skillet.

 

Cucumber Appetizer

By Chef Kathryn

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers Peeled in strips do not peel the whole cucumber
  • 12 cherry tomatoes - Chopped or 2 small tomatoes chopped
  • 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 package Ranch Dip
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • black pepper for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Slice the cucumbers in ½ slices put aside.
  • Blend softened cream cheese and add package if Ranch dip, add dill and 1 cup of sour cream mix until everything is blended and smooth. Take pipping Bag and fill it with the creamed mixture. Assemble the sliced cucumber on a serving dish and then pipe the mixture on top of each cucumber. Add a piece of the tomato on the top of the pipping. Refrigerate until ready to serve your guest.

 

Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups sour cream
  • 1 ounce dried onion mix
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 lbs round loaf of bread

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients. Chill for at least 1 hour. Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off the top of the loaf; set aside. Hollow out the bottom part, leaving a thick shell. Cut or tear the slice from the top of the loaf and the bread from inside into bite-sized pieces.
  • Fill the shell with dip; set on a large platter. Arrange the bread pieces and vegetables around it and serve immediately.

 

Italian Salad

Chef Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Extra virgin Olive oil
  • cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • 8 oz can artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 5 cups romaine lettuce - rinsed dried, and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup black olives
  • ¼ cup pitted green olives
  • ½ cucumber chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Romano cheese grated
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add the chopped lettuce put aside. In a separate bowl add red bell pepper, carrot, red onion, black olives, green olives, artichoke, cucumber, and Romano cheese. Season with pepper, add oil, rice vinegar, sugar, thyme, dry mustard and wine mix in with the ingredients. Then add the chopped lettuce and mix well refrigerate for one hour and serve.

This time, Kathryn is making dishes with Cranberries – yummy. First, Kathryn makes Cranberry Brie Bites, an appetizer to go with the main entree, which are German Hamburgers with Gravy and Mushrooms. Lastly, she makes a “Paula Dean” favorite, Pecan Cranberry Bars. Kathryn has had Paula on her radio and Tv shows and wants to thank her for the lovely recipe. In addition, Kathryn wants to thank our sponsors: 360 Cookware, Cornhuskers Gourmet Fat Spray, Marina’s Kitchen Circle B Ranch, Grillight, and JD’s Chili Parlor.

Octoberfest Ground Beef Burgers

Recipe from Mr. Food

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 12-ounce jar beef gravy
  • 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms sliced

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, onion powder, salt, and pepper; mix well and form into 6 equal patties. Place bread crumbs in a shallow dish; coat patties evenly.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil until hot; cook patties 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until no pink remains. Remove to a platter and cover to keep warm.
  • Place gravy and mushrooms in the skillet and cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until mushrooms begin to soften. Spoon over patties and serve immediately.
  • Serve with Red Cabbage and Rice.

Cranberry Brie Bites

Recipe from All Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 can Whole Cranberry Berries sauce (not the Jellied Sauce)
  • 8 oz round of Brie
  • 1 sheet Puff pastry found in the freezer section
  • Chopped walnuts pr chopped pecans
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Roll the puff pastry into a rectangle. Then use a sharp knife to cut the puff pastry into 24 squares.
  • Place your Brie in the freezer for about 20 minutes to make it easier to cut. After the 20 minutes remove the Brie from the freezer and cut it into 24 even pieces.
  • Press the pastry squares into an oiled muffin tin. Spoon each square with a teaspoon of cranberries, then top with the Brie. Sprinkle with walnuts and a pinch of sea salt. Chill 30 min before baking. Preheat oven to 400° F
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Paula Dean’s Spiced Cranberry Pecan Bars

I love these tasty Bars. You can freeze them as well.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Crust

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp apple pie spice I used a homemade recipe
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1 egg

Ingredients for the Filling

  • 5 cups fresh cranberries Divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt 1 ½ Tablespoons of cornstarch

Ingredients for Topping

  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats

Instructions

Crust Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350° F and line 13”x9” baking pan with parchment paper.
    Pecan Cranberry Bars-serving
  • In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, apple pie spice, baking powder, ginger, and salt. Cut in the butter using a hand mixer until crumbly. Next beat in egg. Reserve 1 cup mixture; press remaining into bottom of the pan. Bakparchment lined pan and bake until golden 18-20 minutes.

Filling Instructions

  • In a large pot, mix 3 cups cranberries, sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and salt; over medium-high heat, cook, stirring, until berries begin to burst. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 10 min. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch with 1 1/2 Tbsp water; stir into berry mixture. Cook until thick, 2minutes. Remove from heat; fold in remaining berries. Spread over crust.

Topping Instructions

  • Mix pecans, oats and 1 cup of crust mixture. Sprinkle on filling. Bake until golden, 30 minutes; let cool. Cut in bars. You can freeze the bars.

 

Polish and Italian foods

In this installment of The Chef You and I, Kathryn Raaker prepares Polish Dishes from her family from years ago. In addition, Kathryn makes an excellent Roasted Grapes and Olive Bruschetta with Goat cheese. Watch as Kathryn makes her Grandmother Bochenek’s Polish Potato Salad, a classic Polish Beet soup, and finishes the meal with a Plum Polish Cake.

Polish Plum Cake

Adapted from a Recipe from my grandmother Stella Bochenek recipe & Barbara Rolek recipe

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 10 small to medium fresh plums I used Purple small Plums halved pitted

Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • ½ cup crushed walnuts or almonds

Instructions

Cake

  • Lightly coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. I used Cornhuskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 to ½ cup of sugar
  • Add the room-temperature butter, milk, and eggs. Beat with a hand mixer at medium speed for 4 minutes or until all of the ingredients combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Position the plum halves on top, cut side up, pushing them down slightly into the batter.

Streusel Topping:

  • Cut the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and the cloves into 3 tablespoons of cold butter until crumbs form. Sprinkle it over the plums. Bake the cake on the center oven rack for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in several places comes out clean.
  • After it cools Sprinkle Confectionary Sugar on the whole cake and cut into squares.

Roasted Green Grapes and Olive Bruschetta

Recipe provided by Costco Farm to Table

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Seedless Green Grapes stems removed
  • 1 cup I Green Olives -pitted
  • 1 cup of Black Olives – Pitted
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Teaspoon 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil divided – ¼ for each part of the recipe
  • 1/3 cup of fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
  • 10.5 oz soft goat cheese
  • 10 slices baguette lightly toasted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Combine and stir grapes, olives, salt, thyme and1/4 cup olive oil in a medium baking dish. Roast 35 to 45 minutes, until grapes have softened and wrinkled.
  • While grapes are roasting, combine basil and remaining olive oil in a blender. Blend 1 to 2 minutes until almost smooth.
  • To assemble the bruschetta, spread about 1 Tbsp goat cheese onto each toast Top with 1 to 2 Tbsp of the grape-olive mixture. Drizzle bruschetta with basil oil and serve. Makes 16 servings

Easy Polish Beet Soup (Barszcz Czysty Czerwony)

Ingredients

  • 4 whole beets about 1 pound, (or 2 cups sliced canned or jarred beets)
  • 4 cups stock chicken, beef, mushroom, or vegetable
  • 1 shallot chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, bring beef or vegetable stock to a boil. Add the cut beets, shallot lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. Simmer 8 minutes.

Polish Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2-3 White Potatoes skins scrubbed, boiled in jackets
  • 2 ribs of Celery
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion
  • 2 Sour Apples
  • 1 can 15 oz Sweet Peas drained
  • 3 hardboiled Eggs peeled
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise Replace part or all of the Mayonnaise with Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt (more, if desired)
  • 1/2 lb diced Ham
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped Dill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and dice the potatoes in 1/4 inch cubes.
  • Dice all other vegetables (except peas) to about the same size as the peas, smaller than the potatoes.
  • Mix all together.
  • Garnish with another hardboiled egg

In this episode of The Chef, You and I Show, Kathryn prepares some Fall appetizers. Kathryn would like to welcome one of her newest sponsors, GrillLIIGHT as well as Cornhuskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray. Her first recipe is a Fall Charcuterie Board courtesy of the Washington Apple Commission, Apple Harvest Charcuterie Board. Next, she prepares a yummy Chicken Cranberry Salad and Fresh fruit Grape Salad. Finally, Kathryn prepares Grilled Onion and Swiss Flatbread. 

Apple Harvest Charcuterie Board with Pumpkin Yogurt Dip

Recipe Courtesy from The Washington Apple Commission – from Costco Magazine

Ingredients

Pumpkin Yogurt Dip

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Board Ingredients

  • 2 Gala apple cored and sliced
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple cored and sliced
  • 7 oz salami sliced
  • 1 block white cheddar Cheese cut in cubes I used 4 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup crushed cashews
  • 2 Pkgs assortment of crackers

Costco’s Food to Table Cranberry Chicken Salad

Revised by Kathryn Raaker
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Miracle Whip Light
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup celery chopped
  • 1 green onion Thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped (optional)
  • 3 Chicken Breasts Cooked and chopped

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl. mix together mayonnaise and paprika. Blend in dried cranberries. celery, green onion, and nuts. Add chopped and gently blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Served on Croissant’s or Thin Bread

Grilled Onion and Swiss Flatbread

Original from Costco and Recipe from Cathy Roma (whatshouldimakefor.com)
Servings: 4 rounds

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet onions peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 2 flatbread 8-inch rounds, such as naan
  • 7 oz Swiss cheese 10 slices
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme minced
  • 2 Tbsp chives minced

Instructions

  • Heat a grill to medium-high
  • Spray the onion slices with Cornhuskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Grill the onions until softened and browned on both sides, flipping once. Remove to a plate.
  • Brush both sides of the flatbread with Cornhuskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay the flatbread on the grill, and grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the flatbread from the grill and top (on the grilled side) with cheese, onions (breaking up the rounds), add honey and thyme. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Turn off one side of the grill, keeping other side on medium-high. Place the topped flatbreads on the cool side of the grill; close the top. Grill until the flatbread is golden and toasted around the edges and the cheese is melty, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Drizzle with remaining sprinkle with chives and a pinch of salt. Slice and serve.

Notes

I sprayed Cornhuskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray on the onions and used a piece of aluminum Foil on the grill, and sprayed it with Cornhuskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray, also.

Kathryn’s Fall Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1 cup Blueberries fresh or frozen (defrosted)
  • 1 cup green grapes sliced
  • 2 kiwis chopped
  • 2 Avocados sliced
  • 1 Gala apple sliced
  • 1 Apple chopped
  • 1 nectarine chopped
  • ½ cup Pecans or Walnuts roughly chopped
  • ½ cup You favorite Vinaigrette Poppy seed or a similar light vinaigrette

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add all ingredients mix and serve with your favorite dressing.
South of the Border-Kathryn-Terry

I always enjoy cooking with my friend, Terry Young. In this episode, she and I made some old and some new recipes converting them to vegetarian. Special thanks go out to our sponsors, Circle B Ranch and Marion’s Kitchen for permission to use some of their recipes.

Green Gazpacho Soup with Shrimp

Calories: 352kcal

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt Not Greek Style
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 cup poblano Chile Seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups Fresh whole-wheat bread From the bakery section. Remove crust, and tear into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups English cucumber chopped seeded
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 large tomatillos About 1 lb. husks removed, rinsed and quartered
  • 1 lb medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 leaves Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine yogurt, 3 tablespoons oil, and juice in a large bowl, stir¬ring with a whisk. Stir in poblano, green onions, and bread; let stand 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place yogurt mixture in a blender with cucumber, sugar, salt, black pepper, and tomatillos; blend until smooth.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large non¬stick skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp to pan; cook about 2-3 minutes per side. Place 1¾ cups cucumber mixture in each of 4 bowls; top evenly with shrimp. Add Parsley leaf to decorate.

Chopped Caprese Salad

Permission to use the Recipe from Marina’s Kitchen Circle B Ranch Pork

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces cherry or cherub tomatoes chopped in half
  • 8 ounces whole milk mozzarella cherry sized, chopped in halves or fourths
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil optional

Instructions

  • Add the balsamic vinegar and honey to a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Once it’s reduced by approximately half and thickened to your liking (about 5-10 minutes) remove from the heat. Be careful it doesn’t get too thick, but a bit syrupy is good. Toss all ingredients except for the reduction in a bowl. Drizzle with the reduction, adding a little at a time, tossing, tasting, and then adding more to your liking.

Zucchini Brownies from Marina’s Kitchen

Permission to use the Recipe from Marina’s Kitchen and Circle B Ranch Pork

Ingredients

Brownie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light tasting olive oil {or canola oil}
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup grated zucchini in a cheesecloth or tea towel ring out juice
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In medium saucepan put the oil, chocolate chips, and cocoa together over medium low heat and melt.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla and zucchini. Stir in dry ingredients, then pour into prepared pan.
  • Spread out evenly and bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. {A few moist crumbs is fine.}
  • While brownies are baking, melt butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and milk together and simmer gently 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, then whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar.
  • Once brownies are pulled from the oven, pour hot frosting over bars immediately. The glaze comes out thick and you will need to smooth over the brownies. Cool 5-10 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.

Vegetarian Tomato Orzo Soup

Permission to use from Marina’s Kitchen of Circle B Ranch Pork. The original recipe is Sweet Italian Sausage Tomato Orzo Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ red onion finely diced
  • 2 green onions chopped finely
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 cup orzo pasta cooked al dente
  • 6 cups Homemade vegetable Stock We used chicken stock
  • 1 Tomato Puree*
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • Romano Cheese Grated and used as a garnish

Instructions

  • In a 4 quart -quart soup pot on medium-high flame, heat olive oil until shimmering (about 1-2 min). To the heated, oiled pan, add onion, and celery; sauté until fragrant and slightly tender, stirring as needed (3-4 min). Add chicken broth, Tomato Sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil; Add fresh herbs. Cook orzo according to package directions and add to the soup and serve hot. Sprinkle with Romano Cheese. Delish.
Fun Easter recipes with Terry Young, Katelyn, Rosilynn, and Kathryn

In this episode of “The Chef, You and I Show” guests Rosilynn and Katelyn join Kathryn as they get ready for Easter, They prepare lots of interesting things that Rosilynn and Katlyn enjoy getting their hands into. Together we made a Bunny Snack (aka Easter Bunny Bait), Easter Egg Fruit Pizza, Purple Rice Krispies Bunny nests with Candy eggs, and Candy carrots in a pot. We had so much fun so check it out, and enjoy the recipes. We also found some pastel-colored eggs that we made into some deviled eggs and also created a lovely vegetable tray with a dip in a “bunny” bowl. 

Easter Pudding Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 6 ct Chocolate SUPER Snack Pack
  • 1 lb Large strawberries rinsed and dried*
  • Skewers for dipping Strawberries
  • 1 pkg orange candy melts
  • 6+ Oreos crushed to look like dirt

Instructions

  • Melt the orange candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on the package. Then dip the strawberries into the orange melts, scrape off any excess, and lay them wax paper or a baking rack sprayed with cooking spray. Put some of the melted orange candy melts into a zip-top sandwich bag. Cut off the corner and drizzle a zig-zag line across the orange strawberries for a “carrot”-type look.
  • Crush some Oreos in a zip-top bag with a rolling pin. About 1 Oreo per pudding cup.
  • Open the Snack Pack Pudding cups with the easy open lid and sprinkle some Oreo “dirt” into the top of each pudding cup. Dip a “carrot” strawberry into them and enjoy!

Notes

*There is enough candy melt to dip 1lb of strawberries, although you will only need 6 strawberries for the 6 count SUPER Snack Pack.
Original recipe found at Dessert Now Dinner Later (https://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com/carrot-easter-pudding-cups/)

Bunny Food or Bait- Fun Eatable Snack

Ingredients

  • 3 cups to 4 cups of White Popcorn I used Store Bought
  • 1 cup thin Stick Pretzels break them in half
  • 1 Bag of Melting Cream White Chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Corn Chex Cereal
  • 4 Tbsp Pink Sprinkles
  • 16 oz-bag Easter M&M’s Half of the 32 oz bag

Instructions

  • Melt candy, Add Popcorn to large bowl add all other ingredients pour melted candy to the mix and stir all ingredients together. Then Spoon out mixture onto a large cookie sheet and wait until dries then you can break them apart to eat.

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

  • 16 oz sugar cookie dough
  • 1 1/4 containers Cream Cheese Icing or you can make your favorite
  • Assorted fruit berries, pineapple, oranges, kiwi, and/or bananas to decorate

Instructions

  • Roll out your cook dough in the shape of an egg and bake the cookie until a very light tan. Make sure you put it on a flat sheet pan or round stone Pizza Pan because when it is cooled you will be icing it.
    Ice the cookie generously. Starting at the top arrange pieces of your sliced fruit in rows until you come to the bottom. Have fun with it. Like making a pizza with fruit.

Edible Easter Egg Nests with Candy eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 Jar Marshmallow Cream or Fluff or bag of small marshmallows*
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Purple food coloring

Instructions

  • Add 4 to 5 drops of food coloring to Marshmallow cream mix well.
  • Add to Rice Krispies mix well. Spray a large Muffin Tin that holds 6 muffins.
  • Take the rice Krispie Mix and form a half a small nest in the muffin tin. In the center of the nest add green frosting in a tube use just about a teaspoon or two.
  • Take out of freezer and add Colored candy eggs maybe four.

Notes

*If you are using marshmallows:
Alternate method:
4 Tbsp Butter, melted
Add 1 bag of mini marshmallows
once melted, remove from heat and add the vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, and food coloring.  Then stir in the rice cereal until well coated and then continue as directed above.
Valentine's Day

In this episode of “The Chef, You, and I,” Kathryn gives you ideas for a special Valentine’s Day menu. Recipes include Tomato Mozzarella Appetizer, Sausage stuffed Mushrooms, and Marinated Pork Chops with Lemon Pimento Asparagus. Kathryn prepares a light Angel Food dessert with Strawberries and Raspberries for dessert.

Kathryn’s Tomato and Mozzarella Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 Lg Heritage Tomato cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 to 6 Leaf Lettuce Pieces butter is good, but any leafy lettuce is okay.
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • Arrange the Lettuce in an outer circle around a Round Dinner Plate. Arrange a slice of Mozzarella Cheese in Center of the plate and starting from the top of lettuce leaf add slice of cheese then add slice of tomato alternating cheese and then tomato slice do this until you reach the other side of the plate. Mix Lemon Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar and pour over the tomato and mozzarella cheese. Finally, sprinkle the chopped Basil leaves on each slice of tomato and cheese. Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish with the main meal.

Notes

*Note: Extra Virgin Lemon Olive Oil is a nice substitute

Kathryn’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 Lg Button Mushrooms
  • 8 oz Ground Pork Sausage I used Circle B Ranch Pork
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 sm onion diced
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp Fresh Basil and Parsley Chopped
  • ½ cup Philadelphia Garden Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup Panko Crumbs
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan
  • Ground Kosher Salt and Ground Peppercorns to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Clean mushroom caps: Remove stems from mushrooms and use a spoon to scrape out the gills. Arrange mushroom caps on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a sauté pan over medium heat, brown the sausage. Remove from pan. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When hot, add the onions season with salt and pepper. Add all ingredients fresh parsley and basil, sauté for 30 seconds. Add the Add the sausage back into the pan, stir. Simmer for at least 10 minutes to let flavors combine.
  • Spoon sausage mixture into the mushrooms, top with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mushrooms are tender. Finish under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to brown cheese, if desired.

MARINA’S PORK MARINADE WITH MARINA’S CRANBERRY CHUTNEY

PERMISSSION WAS GIVEN TO USE MARINA’S RECIPES ON OUR TV SHOWS AND ON OUR WEB SITE

Ingredients

  • 1 sm onion diced
  • 2 Circle B Ranch Pork Chops
  • 2 Tbsp Peach Apricot Marmalade
  • 2 Tbsp Marina’s Cranberry Chutney
  • 2 Tbsp low salt soy sauce
  • 1 piece ginger diced
  • 2 Tbsp white wine should be one you would drink
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together and add salt and pepper. Pierce the Pork Chops with a fork then put the pork chops in a plastic bag. Pour the marinade into the bag and squish around so that it is fully incorporated into the meat. Marinade Pork chops for 1 hour or longer, Preheat the Oven to 375 Degrees. Take the Pork Chops out of Marinade and Pat Dry Then heat the Frying Pan up and Seare Meat on Both sides. Put the Pork Chops in a greased Pan I Added a little of the Marinade which I poured over the meat. Place in the pre-heated oven until the read thermometer reads 140 to 145 degrees. Place on Platter and Garnish.

Kathryn’s Lemon Balsamic Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 Bundle Fresh Asparagus Trim tough ends
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Lemon Olive oil* see note
  • 2 Tbsp lemon Juice
  • 7 oz jar chopped pimento
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  • Pre-Heat oven to 400 degrees. Clean asparagus and snap tough ends off. Lay asparagus onto the Cookie sheet sprayed with non stick cooking spray (I used Corn Huskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray).
  • Mix all the Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon Oil, and Lemon juice in a small jar (or bowl) and pour over the Asparagus. Next, sprinkle the pimentos over the asparagus.
  • Bake at 400 Degrees for 10 minutes.

Notes

*note: If you don’t have lemon olive oil, grate the lemon before juicing and add to the oil/vinegar mix.

Light Angel Food dessert with Strawberries and Raspberries

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 Strawberries sliced (leave two strawberries whole for topper)
  • 8 oz Raspberries
  • Angel Food Cake I used a store bought
  • 8 oz carton of Light Cool Whip

Instructions

  • First, break up two slices of Angel Food cake into small pieces. Next, put a couple of tablespoons of Cool whip into the bottom of the dish. The next layer is slices of strawberries and a few raspberries followed by some of the Angel Food cake on top. Repeat. For the final layer, add a thin layer of cool whip and in the middle place the whole Strawberry.
Kathryn and Marty-Vegetarian Cooking II

I love cooking with my friend, Marty Schultz and this time on The Chef, You and I, we will be preparing some of her favorite recipes. 

Puff Pastry Veggie Crown

Ingredients

  • 3 Zucchini
  • 12 oz Campari Tomatoes Sliced or quartered
  • 8 oz Feta Cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz Pine nuts

Instructions

  • Cut Pastry Sheet into Large Circle slicing six three-inch cuts from the center of the circle outwards makes star shape. Brush Egg wash over entire pastry circle. Cut Zucchini into long ribbons. Cut mi nature to mates in half, arrange zucchini ribbons on the outside of the pastry circle place tomatoes around the ribbons crumble feta cheese around the zucchini and tomatoes, sprinkle pine nuts also and then fold over each triangle to end of Puff Pastry brush triangle with egg wash. Bake at 400F 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Large onion diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots sliced thin
  • 1 lb bacon chopped
  • 2 Stalks celery finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 russet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups chicken broth Make sure potatoes are completely covered
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1/3 cup kale can use frozen thawed Kale as well stems remove and chopped fine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon in a dutch oven until done. Remove the bacon, drain off all but 1/4 cup of the bacon grease. Cook celery, carrot and onion in the 1/4 cup bacon grease until soft. Stir in the minced garlic, cook for 1 minute more. Add cubed potatoes, toss to coat. Saute the potatoes 3 or 4 minutes. Place the fried bacon back in the pan. Add enough chicken broth to the pan to cover the potatoes, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  • In a heavy duty saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, whisk in the flour, cook and whisk the mixture for 2 minutes to remove the flour taste. While still whisking add the cream in a slow stream to the flour mixture. Cook and whisk until mixture thickens, add the Tarragon and Kale to the pot. Stir the cream mixture into the potato mixture. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.

Notes

Inspired by Bunny’s Warm Oven Recipe

Marty’s Puff Pastry Apple Turnovers

Permission Granted to use the Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 medium Granny Smith Apples cut into small pieces
  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Cinnamon to taste

Instructions

  • Peel apples and chop into small pieces mix Cinnamon with sugar
  • Combine apples with sugar mix. Cut Pastry Sheets into 9 equal pieces
  • In the middle of each square place apple mixture fold over forming a little pocket place on parchment paper. Wisk the eggs brush each pocket with egg mixture Bake at 415F -15 minutes or until golden Brown. Let Cool dust with Powered Sugar and serve.
Fried Fish Balls

I always love cooking with my friend and fellow chef, Marie Dunaway. Today we tackle a few more of her favorite recipes, which I hope will become yours. Enjoy.

Pancit Canton with shrimp and veggies

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Raw Shrimp with heads and tails
  • ¼ cup Canola Oil
  • Shells of shrimp head and tail taken off
  • ½ head Chinese Cabbage
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 5 Scallions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic minced
  • 1 pkg Asian Stir Fry Vegetables
  • 1 lrg Bok Choy chopped
  • 1 box Shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 1-2 pkg Pancit Canton Noodles or Egg flour noodles
  • 3 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • Salt taste & Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  • Stir fry all the veggies till tender in canola oil
  • Add soy sauce and spices
  • Add Raw the shrimp we did it in a separate pan then add broth or water cool shrimp and peel shrimp set aside.
  • Add the crispy noodles until slightly soft
  • Add veggie broth or just water and juice from the cooked shrimp add cooked shrimps.
  • Use chopsticks to avoid mashing the noodles
  • Serve right away

Dipping sauce for Fried fish balls on skewers

A popular street food

Ingredients

  • Frozen Pollack Fish Balls from Asian Market
  • 1-1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 shallot bulb finely diced
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Mix water, soy sauce, and corn starch in a measuring cup. In a small sauce pan, add shallots and cornstarch mixture. Simmer until slightly thick. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Fry fish balls according to package instructions.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.

Avocado Shake

Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados
  • 2 cups of Almond Milk or 1 can of Condensed Milk
  • 5 ice cubes approx
  • Sugar to taste

Instructions

  • Cut Avocado in Half scoop out the flesh
  • Drop in blender
  • Half filled with milk
  • Add Ice Sugar and Blend
  • Then Serve in Tall Glasses
  • With Straw

Mango Royale or Mango float

This is a No bake dessert just assemble this icebox cake night before

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups Nestle cream or table cream
  • 3/4 cups Condensed milk
  • 1 pkg Brojas (Lady's Fingers) (optional: 15 full sheet Graham crackers)
  • 2-3 ripe champagne Mangos* (ataulfo, yellow or Manila mangoes)

Instructions

  • Line up 9 inch pan with parchment paper let the edges over hang
  • Lay down Lady’s fingers or graham crackers cut to fit
  • In a Chilled bowl, Whip cream and slowly add condensed milk until soft peaks form
  • Spread cream mixture in top and layer the cut up mangoes
  • Repeat until you have three tiers
  • Seal top
  • Chill overnight or freeze to turn it into ice cream cake
  • -Serve by lifting cake off pan with parchment paper overhang and cut into serving slices
  • (The Whipped cream softens graham crackers to sponge cake texture. Then whipped cream firms up into rich luscious filling)