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Luxurious buttery creamed spinach

Faith Faith

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This creamed spinach recipe is luxuriously creamy and flavorful. It’s also surprisingly simple: just spinach, butter, cream and Parmesan cheese. Puréeing the spinach gives the dish the silky, velvety texture that makes it so satisfying.

Creamed spinach is a nice accompaniment for chicken and poultry dishes and also an ideal side for family grills.

INGREDIENTS
*3 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
*½ cup heavy cream
*2 tablespoons butter (½ stick)
*¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
*Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
METHOD
Heat the spinach leaves over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot (such as an enameled Dutch oven). You can add a small amount of water to the pot before adding the spinach, but as the liquid in the leaves cooks out, the leaves will steam in their liquid. Stir with a wooden spoon to keep everything moving.

As you cook it, the spinach will soften and turn a bright green color while reducing in volume quite dramatically. This might take 5 to 6 minutes or a bit longer. Plunge the cooked spinach leaves into a large bowl of ice water. This will stop the spinach from cooking and lock in that bright green color.

Drain the ice water and squeeze the excess water from the spinach. Squeezing by hand, a handful at a time is the best way to do this. You can transfer each squeezed handful directly into the bowl of your food processor since the next step will be puréeing it.Meanwhile, heat the cream over medium heat. Let the cream reduce slightly while you’re squeezing the spinach.
Purée the spinach in a food processor until it’s completely smooth.

Return the puréed spinach to the pot and add the butter, cream, and cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it’s hot.
Season to taste with salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Serve right away.

CHEF’S TIP
*This luxurious spinach dish is best served with roasted chicken!

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Tea time with yummy brownies and fudge

Faith Faith

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If you love brownies and fudge, why not combine the two? Mix up a pan of these exquisite brownies for any holiday or special gatherings…or just when you want to treat yourself to the ultimate chocolate dessert.

CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES
INGREDIENTS
*1-cup butter
*4 cups unsweetened chocolate, chopped
*2 cups sugar
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*4 large eggs
*1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1-teaspoon baking powder
1/2-teaspoon salt
*1 cup chopped walnuts

TOPPING
*4-1/2 cups sugar
*1 can evaporated milk
*1/2-cup butter, cubed
*1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
*1 jar marshmallow cream
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*2 cups chopped walnuts

METHOD
1. In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat; blend in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture. Stir in walnuts.
Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack while preparing topping.

2.Combine the sugar, milk and butter in a large heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat. Stir in the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla until smooth. Add walnuts. Spread over warm brownies. Freeze for 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 1-in. squares. Store in the refrigerator.
CHEF’S TIP
*It is precisely in busy families that a sustaining piece of cake at tea time will be particularly welcome.
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Thanks giving dinner!

Faith Faith

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I’ve always been a big fan of Thanksgiving. Family and friends, cooking, rainy weather strikes a perfect balance between wading through a pool of your own sweat and feeling as if every bone in your body has been replaced. The occasional potato salad, the coleslaw, the fried chicken or turkey let us face it; the real star here is food.

We’re talking stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, biscuits, green beans, yams, mac and cheese, malva pudding — I live for it. It’s the best meal of the year. You know it, I know it, and you know who else knows it. My family and I are already preparing and they can’t for a piping hot pile of turkey, gravy, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, buttermilk biscuits and corn muffins.

ROASTED BIRD
INGREDIENTS
*1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
*1 lemon, zested and juiced
*1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
*1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
*Kosher salt
*Freshly ground black pepper
*1 large bunch fresh thyme
*1 whole lemon, halved
*1 Spanish onion, quartered
*1 head garlic, halved crosswise

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.
3. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.
4. Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.
5. Slice the turkey and serve.

CHEF’S TIP
*You can substitute with chicken or gammon.
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