Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to oven-dry tomatoes


Roma tomatoes are best for oven-drying.

Remove their stems, rinse them under water and pat dry.

Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise. Core and remove the seeds.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the tomato halves, skin side down, on the parchment.


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Bake for 8 to 10 hours for tomatoes that are about 3 1/2 inches long.

Smaller tomatoes will take less time.

Start checking them after about 6 hours.

The tomatoes should be drying out and shriveling.

When done, they will be reddish-brown flat pieces about 1 1/2 inches long.


Keep them in the refrigerator for about a month or in the
freezer for six months for best quality.


Rehydrate them in hot water. Use kitchen scissors to cut them
and use on pizzas and in sauces, soups and pasta dishes.

Susan M. Selasky
Detroit Free Press Test Kitchen
July 28, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

California Tamale Pie

1 lb. lean ground beef

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1-1/2 cups milk

1 egg; beaten

1 pkg. chili seasoning mix

1 tsp. seasoned salt

16 oz. can tomatoes; cut up

16 oz. frozen corn, drained

2-1/4 oz. can sliced ripe olives,
sliced and drained

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

In skillet, cook meat until crumbly; drain.

In large bowl, mix cornmeal, milk and egg.

Add drained meat, dry chili seasoning mix,
seasoned salt,
tomatoes, corn and olives.

Pour into slow-cooking pot.
Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Sprinkle cheese over top.

Cook another 5 minutes.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

No-Bake Turtle Cheesecake

From the Pillsbury website...

Prep Time: 20 min ; Start to Finish: 3 hr 20 min
Makes: 16 servings

Keep cool while you make a crowd-size cheesecake. No baking required!


1 1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pecans


2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 (3.4-oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
1/4 cup chocolate fudge ice cream topping (not hot fudge)
1/2 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
Whipped cream, if desired

1 . In medium bowl, combine all crust ingredients; mix well. Press mixture evenly in bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan.

2 . In medium bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk until mixture is smooth. Add brown sugar and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add pudding mix; beat at low speed for 2 minutes. Pour mixture over crust in pan.

3 . Drizzle with fudge topping; swirl into filling with tip of knife. Arrange pecan halves over top of cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm.

4 . To serve, cut cheesecake into wedges; place on individual dessert plates. Drizzle each serving with caramel topping. Top each serving with whipped cream.

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