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    A FULL LIST OF THE RECIPES ON THIS SITE

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    Drop by, drop a comment, how you made it, how you'd change it, what you'd do

    And check out our podcast, one of the top five "new and notable" on iTunes

    Thursday
    Nov172016

    Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Bundt

    Did you know that November 15th is National Bundt Pan Day? Did you wear your festive colors? Take the day off? Have the whole family over for Bundt?

    No? Well, we didn't either. But we do have quite the Bundt for the upcoming holidays. If you haven't listened in, it's on our podcast. Just check the media player on the main recipe page. Or click here for it on iTunes.

    In the meantime. . . .

    CRANBERRY WALNUT PUMPKIN BUNDT

    Makes about twelve servings

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 10 tablespoons (or 5 ounces) solid vegetable shortening
    • 1 cup granulated white sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (do not use canned pumpkin pie filling)
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
    • 1 cup dried cranberries
    • 1 cup diced candied orange peel

    1. Position the rack in the center of the oven; heat the oven to 350F.

    2. Use baking spray to coat the inside of a standard, 10- to 12-cup, round Bundt pan. Or go all out and use shortening to grease it and flour to dust it, as Mark would.

    3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until uniform. Set aside.

    4. Using an electric mixer at medium speed (and the paddle attachment if you're using a stand mixer), beat the shortening and both sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the inside of the canister once or twice. Beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth, then scrape down the inside of the bowl and beat in the vanilla.

    5. Add the walnuts, dried cranberries, and candied orange peel. Beat at low speed until combined. Turn off the mixer, add the flour mixture, and beat at low speed until thoroughly combined. Pour and scrape this batter into the prepared Bundt pan.

    6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then turn out and set right side up on the rack and continue cooling for at least 15 more minutes.

    Monday
    Nov072016

    Braised Chicken Thighs with Parsnips and Figs

    Recipes are like your children. You forget about them after a while.

    No, just kidding. But after creating over 12,000 original recipes, we sometimes have a hard time keeping up. The other night, we needed a good slow cooker dish to feed people after one of Bruce's concerts. We found this one in our GREAT AMERICAN SLOW COOKER BOOK and the results were about the best going. So comforting!

    If you'd like to hear more, please listen to our podcast on iTunes here. Or you can find the podcast in the media player at the top of the main recipe page on this site. You'll laugh. Promise. And learn a little bit more about how to make this incredible dish.

    BRAISED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH PARSNIPS AND FIGS

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil or unsalted butter or a combo of the two
    • 4 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
    • 2 pounds parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch sections
    • 16 dried Turkish figs, stemmed and cut in half
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons caraway seeds
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground allspice
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 3 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth, or dry white wine, or a combo of the two

    1. You'll need to work in a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker or multicooker. Heat half the oil or melt half the butter (or whatever combo you're doing) in a large skillet set over medium heat or in the insert for a slow cooker can that fit over medium heat--or even in a multi-cooked set to the browning function. Add about half the chicken pieces skin side down (or as many as will fit without crowding). Brown well, about 6 minutes. Turn, brown for 1 minute, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the remaining oil or butter (or bits of each if you're combining them) and brown the remainder of the chicken thighs in the same way before transferring them to the bowl.

    2. If you've used an insert over the heat or a multi-cooker, pour out all but about 1 tablespoon of the fat from the cooker. Add the parsnips, figs, zest, caraway seeds, allspice, salt, and pepper. Add the browned chicken thighs and stir well to mix everything up. Sprinkle the broth, wine, or a combo of the two over the ingredients.

    3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until the chicken is cooked through and the parsnips are tender. You'll need mashed potatoes. Or maybe cooked rice. Trust us.

    Friday
    Oct282016

    Turbo Blender Lemon Pudding

    If you listened to our podcast, you know this is a miracle. Flat out a miracle.

    Our latest book is THE TURBO BLENDER DESSERT REVOLUTION. It's about how to make cakes, pies, puddings, ice creams, and much more from a high-horsepower, high-RPM blender.

    And in this recipe, you never turn on the stove. Nope. The friction created by the blades brings the pudding up to the set point of the eggs. One canister, one crazy-good dessert. The end.

    Listen in to our podcast for more information here on iTunes or here on Stitcher, a radio aggregator.

    And the book? That's here. Check. It. Out. It truly is a revolutionary (and super simple) way to make desserts.

    But the recipe's right here. This one's an exclusive to our website and podcast. (Nope, not in the book.)

    TURBO BLENDER LEMON PUDDING

    Makes 6 servings

    • 1 cup whole milk
    • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    1. Put the milk, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, and egg yolks in the blender canister. Cover and blend at the highest speed until the mixture is steaming and its temperature has reached 120F, about 4 minutes. Check the temperature with a cleaned instant-read meat thermometer or (better) with a laser thermometer right in the vortex as the machine runs (that thermometer is about $20 at online kitchen stores--or here).

    2. Add the lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt. If the knob in the lid of your model does not have vent holes, set it askew. Cover and blend, first at low speed, then at the highest speed, until the temperature reaches 170F with an instant-read thermometer or at an average of 170F with a laser thermometer taking readings at the center of the vortex and along its sides.

    3. Divide among six ramekins. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, covering with plastic wrap once chilled. Store in the fridge for up to (yeah, right) 3 days.

    Thursday
    Oct132016

    Turbo Blender Oat And Honey Pancakes

    You thought you bought that high-RPM, high-horsepower blender to make smoothies! We're here to change all that. Check out our newest podcast in the window at the top of the main recipe page (or here).

    Then check out our new book, THE TURBO BLENDER DESSERT REVOLUTION. We've got ice creams, custards, puddings, panna cotta, brownies, muffins, layer cakes, and more, often without dirtying another bowl (and sometimes in the case of puddings and such, without every turning on the stove).

    And as a bonus, there's a chapter of pancake and waffle recipes, too!

    We're out to revolutionize baking. Here's a sneak peek, a recipe from the book. Check it out. Promise.

    TURBO BLENDER OAT AND HONEY PANCAKES

    From THE TURBO BLENDER DESSERT REVOLUTION

    Makes about 12 four-inch pancakes

    • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
    • 1/2 cup soft white wheat berries
    • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/4 cups regular buttermilk
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 large egg
    • Nonstick spray
    • Water, as needed

    1. Place the oats and wheat berries in the large canister, cover, and blend at the highest speed until a fine flour, about 1 minute. Add the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Cover again and blend at the highest speed until uniform, about 10 seconds. Add the buttermilk, oil, honey, and egg; cover and blend at low speed until smooth, about 20 seconds.

    2. Lightly coat the inside of a large, nonstick griddle or skilloet with nonstick spray. Set over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Use a scant 1/4-cup batter to make several pancakes on the hot surface, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Cook until open bubbles dot the wet surface, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes, then continue cooking until browned and cooked through, about 1 minute. Transfer to a platter and continue making more pancakes, stirring water into the batter in 1-tablespoon increments as necessary to keep it pourable and regreasing the hot surface as necessary to keep the pancakes from sticking.

    A fabulous image from the book, copyright ERIC MEDSKER

    Friday
    Oct072016

    Halva Cookies

    Crunch. No joke. Crunch. You'll need a cup of coffee. Or a glass of red wine. Or maybe a brandy. Or even milk. You'll need something to dunk these cookies in. They're super hard. And super tasty: sesame, a little savory, irresistible.

    You should check out the podcast. You'll laugh. Guaranteed--with all the money you paid for the podcast back if you don't. The show's in the media player at the top of the main recipe page. Or it's here on iTunes. Or here on Stitcher. Come on: you need something to do at the gym.

    HALVA COOKIES

    Makes 40 cookies

    • 10 ounces plain halva (a Middle Eastern sesame candy)
    • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup untoasted sesame oil or almond oil
    • 2 tablespoons milk, plus more as needed
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

    1. Divide the oven into thirds with the racks. Heat the oven to 325F. Line two 13 x 18-inch baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone sheets.

    2. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the halva, sugar, and salt in a large bowl until crumbled together.

    3. Add the oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add the flour and mix just until the dough comes together. Add more milk in 1-teaspoon increments if needed. The dough should be dry but coherent. Do not use too much milk.

    4. Lightly dust a clean, dry work surface with flour. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a 8 x 10-inch rectangle on the prepared surface. Cut each into 2-inch squares and place them about 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use a fork to poke holes across the top of each square, about like the holes in a graham cracker.

    5. Bake for 8 minutes. Rotate the sheets back to front and top to bottom. Continue baking until browned and firm, about 7 more minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, about 1 1/2 hours.

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