HOT WEEKLY SPECIALS 1/11/2015 Courtesy of   INGREDIENTS Cooking spray 1 (8-ounce) package Neufchâtel Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, at room temperature 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Pinch salt 5 ounces Cabot Alpine Cheddar*, grated and divided (about 1 1/4 cups) 1 slice white bread, crusts removed, processed into fine crumbs (about 3/4 cup) 1/2 cup chopped grape tomatoes 2 tablespoons minced red onion *If Cabot Alpine Cheddar is not available, you can substitute for Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar.   PREPERATION:
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Coat small (about 2 1/2 cup) oven-proof baking dish with cooking spray.
  2.  In large bowl, beat Neufchatel with electric mixer until light and airy, about two minutes. Beat in 4 teaspoons of basil, pepper and salt. Add 1 cup of cheddar and breadcrumbs; beat until blended.
  3.  Spread mixture in prepared dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheddar.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until heated through but not bubbling.
  5. Let cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Serve warm, topped with tomatoes, red onions and remaining 2 teaspoons basil.



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4 large or 6 small red beets

2 tbsp butter

½ tsp salt Small shallot, minced

3 cups vegetable broth

2 tsp fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper

¼ cup FAGE Total Classic, FAGE Total 2% or FAGE Total 0%, plus a dollop for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wrap each beet in tinfoil and roast for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender. Set aside and allow to cool. Once cooled at room temperature, peel and cut into large chunks.
  3. In a medium to large sauce pot over medium heat, sauté the shallots, butter and salt until translucent. Cook for approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, thyme, bay leaf, pepper and beets to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until beets are tender enough to purée. Remove pot from stove to cool.
  6. Purée soup in batches in a blender or use an immersion blender. Return puréed soup to pot, do not place on heat.
  7. Stir in FAGE Total. To serve, garnish with a dollop of FAGE Total.






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4 zucchini

2 onions

1 Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Pie Crust (from box), softened as directed on box

3 eggs

1 ¼ cups milk

2oz grated Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary


  1. With sharp knife or mandolin, slice zucchini & onions; place on large bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon salt over vegetables. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Unroll pie crust in bottom of 11-inch quiche dish; press in bottom and up side of dish. Set aside.
  3. Remove vegetables from refrigerator; squeeze out excess liquid. (Squeeze with hands or press with back of spoon with vegetables in strainer.) Arrange vegetable slices in quiche dish.
  4. In separate medium bowl, lightly beat eggs, milk, cheese and rosemary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over zucchini slices.
  5. Bake 45 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Cool slightly before serving. Store in refrigerator.




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1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 15-oz. pkg.)

1 Tbsp.  oil

2 onions, thinly sliced, separated into rings

¾ lb.  fresh asparagus, trimmed, blanched & cut into 1-inch lengths

4oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

½ cup sour cream

2 eggs

½ tsp.  lemon zest

½ cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided


HEAT oven to 400ºF.

LINE 9-1/2-inch tart pan with removeable bottom with crust; trim edge. Prick bottom with fork. Bake 10 to 12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool.

MEANWHILE, heat oil in nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add onions; cook 10 min. or until caramelized, stirring occasionally. Spoon into crust; top with asparagus.

BEAT next 4 ingredients with whisk until well blended. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan; mix well. Pour over asparagus; top with remaining Parmesan.

BAKE 20 to 24 min. or until filling is slightly puffed and set in center.



Chocolate Mascarpone Whoopie Pies


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Whoopie Pies

4 ounces unsalterd butter, room temp.

1 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

2 cups AP flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

Mascarpone Filling

8 ounces mascarpone

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

8 ounces heavy cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar


Whoopie Pies

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in bowl and set aside.

3. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

4. Add egg and vanilla.

5. Alternate adding dries with buttermilk starting and ending with dries. Don’t over mix the batter.

6. Scoop batter onto parchment lined sheet pan using a 1 ounce cookie scoop.

7. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-11 minutes.

Mascarpone Filling

8. Whip heavy cream with powdered sugar till stiff.

9. In separate bowl stir vanilla bean paste into mascarpone.

10. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture to combine.

11. Fill cooled cakes with filling – a piping bag with tip #824 works great.