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Friday, May 26, 2006 Creamy Lemon Asparagus Risotto

2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cups minute rice, uncooked
1/2 lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups chicken broth
2 tsp light cream cheese
grated peel and juice of 1 lemon

1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2 minutes or until tender.

2. Stir in rice, asparagus and broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.

3. Add cream cheese, peel and juice; stir until well blended.

Makes 6 servings

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 Tortellini Vegetable Melt

1 pkg (350g) fresh cheese tortellini
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium red or green pepper, coarsley chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbp olive oil
3 cups prepared marinara sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 pkg (340g) shredded Italian cheese blend

1. Prepare tortellini according to package directions. Drain.

2. Combine zucchini, pepper, onion and oil in large nonstick skillet. Saute veggies over medium heat for 6-8 minutes. Stir in sauce and redf pepper flakes; bring to boil.

3. In 2-qt shallow casserole, combine tortellini, veggie mixture and 1-1/2 cups cheese. Sprinkle the top with remaining cheese.

4. Place under broiler and heat 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts

Serves 6

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Saturday, May 13, 2006 Mom Cake

Dad and company can make this creamy, foolproof confection on their own -- no oven (and no Mom) required! That's because this cake "cooks" in the refrigerator. All you do is prepare a few ingredients.

1 (10 3/4-ounce) pound cake
1 (3 1/8-ounce) box of instant pudding
1 cup whipped topping
Fruit (we used 2 bananas and 4 large strawberries)
Mint sprigs (optional)
Chilled chocolate syrup

1. Slice the pound cake into several horizontal slices about an inch thick.

2. Prepare the pudding according to package directions. Mix the pudding with the whipped topping.

3. Chop up the fresh fruit you've chosen.

4. Layer the cake, fruit, and a little less than half of the pudding mixture in a loaf pan. Then top the cake with the remaining pudding.

5. Put the cake in the fridge for a couple of hours. When it's chilled, decorate it; we topped ours with trimmed strawberries and mint sprigs.

6. Squeeze on a greeting with chilled chocolate syrup. Then serve Mom a sweet treat on her special day.

Source: FamilyFun magazine.

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Monday, May 08, 2006 Spicy Grilled Shrimp & Pepper Skewers

1 lb. shrimp
3 bell peppers, different colors (or sub 1 pepper with an onion)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. seasoning salt

1. Soak 16 wooden skewers in water.

2. Wash shrimp and pat dry on paper towels. Peel shells and discard.

3. Wash, de-seed and chop the peppers into 1" square sections.

4. Mince the garlic with salt. Mix the garlic-salt with lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a large bowl. Add the shrimp and peppers and toss well to coat.

5. Get the grill started, or if you’re doing this indoors, preheat the broiler.

6. Thread the skewers with the shrimp and bell pepper. Place the skewers on a large baking sheet and pour the remaining marinade over the top.

7. Grill or broil the kebabs 2-3 minutes on each side.

Serves 3-4

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