Cheesecake Bars

Crust

  • One box of graham crackers plus 4 crackers, crushed into crumbs (You can substitute the extra 4 grahams with 12 ritz or townhouse crackers to add a saltiness.)
  • 1 cup of ground roasted almonds 
  • 1/2

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

*Yields one 9 x13 and one 8 x8 cake pan or large roasting pan.

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of dark molasses
  • 1 large, 3 cup can of pumpkin puree (NOT the pie mix can)
  • 1 1/2 t of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 3 c cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 t ginger
  • 1/2 freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 T baking soda
  • 12 oz. bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Date Nut Wonders

These dates are so simple to make and are a great appetizer or dessert!

  • 1 jar of unsalted almond butter
  • 2 pounds of Medjool dates 
  • 2 cups of roasted almonds
  • Coarse ground sea salt or hickory smoked salt to taste (the smokiness adds a whole other dimension!)

Process the roasted almonds in a food processor until coarsely ground. Mix the almond butter together with the ground roasted almonds.  

Nut Rolls

Dough:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten plus an additional beaten egg

Pumpkin Milkshakes

  • 3/4 of a large can pumpkin pie mix [not pumpkin puree] 
  • 4 large scoops of good vanilla bean ice cream
  •  1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t each of cinnamon, fresh grated nutmeg and ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.

Cheddar Sausage Biscuits for 40

  • 12 cups of flour
  • 6 t kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 sticks butter (softened)
  • 6 T baking powder
  • 5 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 pounds bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 1/2 pounds aged extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Optional, 1 tsp smoked or regular chili powder

Preheat the oven to 425°. In a frying pan, brown the sausage and break into crumbles while browning. Drain the excess fat and let the sausage cool slightly.

Curried Chicken Salad

*You can use shredded rotisserie chicken or poach your own by following the instructions below.

Poached Chicken:

  • 3 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts
  • 1 carrot, cut into thirds
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced in half
  • 4 cloves of garlic, skins removed
  • 1 T black peppercorns
  • 1 sprig each of fresh thyme, rosemary and sage [or 1 t each of dried herbs]
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 6 cups of water

Curry Mayonnaise:

  • 2 T of