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The Lean Green Bean

So, I recently joined this really cool network of foodies (not all are bloggers) who want to connect across the US and Canada through food. This was my first month of participation and it was really fun! Today is “reveal day” and I get to show you what I received from my pen pal.

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If you are interested, just go to The Lean Green Bean and you can join, it’s as easy as that!

Churro Cheesecake

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Hubby’s favorite dessert is cheesecake and yesterday, being his birthday, a cheesecake was in order. One of our good friend’s birthday is also the same day, same year, so I made this and we shared. It was so easy, but so good! We served it on top of a drizzle of chocolate with whipped cream on top and licked our plates clean…

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Churro Cheesecake

Ingredients:

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent dinner rolls-butter flake
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese-at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg-slightly beaten
1 cup sugar-divided
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In your electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, partially beaten egg and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.

Mix together the rest of the sugar and the cinnamon and set aside.

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and sprinkle half of the sugar/cinnamon mixture on the bottom of the dish. Roll out one package of the crescent rolls in the bottom of the pan, pinching the seams together.

Spread the cheesecake mixture over the rolls, then roll out the remaining crescent rolls over the top, again pinching the seams together. Top with the remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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Lemon Curd Dessert

Lemon Curd Dessert

Last weekend was Prom at our school, and it may be my last one. EVER. And that makes me so sad, because I had so much fun with the boys over the years, getting their tuxes, picking out flowers, taking pictures and hosting pre-prom parties. So we kind of went out with a bang! The Youngest and one of his bestest friends put together a party that we had at our local supper club. All the parents were invited ahead of time to take pictures (smart right, they didn’t have to all come to my house?). And when they all left, the kids were left with a buffet dinner, fun music and some good times before the dance.

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Arin and Maggie

As usual, I had to make the desserts and this was one of the easiest things I have ever done! I would normally make my own lemon curd, but was running short of time that day after working in the morning, and then getting the balloons, flowers, etc. So I bought 2 jars of lemon curd and it made for 12 mini desserts. Lemon curd can be a little over the top tart, so a little goes a long way, but the little bit of fruit on top helps cut the tartness. Unfortunately the fruit was so horrible that day at the store, that I only had 2 choices, I would have much preferred many different types of fruit…

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Lemon Curd Dessert

Yield: 12

Ingredients:

2 jars prepared lemon curd
fruits of your choice
mint leaves

Directions:

Spoon the lemon curd into mini bowls, top with fruit and a mint leaf. I have also sprinkled graham cracker crumbs on top which adds a nice crunch

Crab & Corn Soup

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I know that this is a soup recipe and most of the country is in the midst of spring, but we in northern Wisconsin are still in winter mode and it is depressing to say the least! The winter just won’t go away so I find myself still making soup to warm our insides. That being said, this is a fantastic recipe out of the latest Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine. I adapted to our own likings and we loved it, so I hope that you will as well…

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Crab & Corn Soup

Ingredients:

1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped jalapenos
3 cups half-and-half (I used the fat free kind and it worked out great)
1 cup chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can cream style corn
2 (15.25 ounce) cans corn kernels
1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste
1 (8 ounce) container lump crab meat

Directions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour and cook stirring constantly until thickened and slightly darkened in color, about 5 minutes.

Add onions and jalapeno. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add half-and-half, broth, all corn, soup. Creole seasoning and salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Add half of the crab meat to soup; cook 10 minutes. Stir in remaining crab meat before serving and garnish with green onions and Creole seasoning.

adapted from Louisiana Cookin' May/June 2013

Pork Taquitos

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On the off chance that you haven’t realized how much I love pulled pork, I will share another, sweeter version in a taquito form. These make for great appetizers as well as a main dish and are baked, not fried so they are healthier, faster and cleaner to make. Now what’s not to love about that combo…

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Pork Taquitos

Ingredients:

4 pounds pork tenderloin
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup salsa
1 1/c cups brown sugar
1 cup Coke (I used Dr. Pepper)
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
40 flour tortillas
2 cups Monterey jack cheese-shredded

Directions:

Put pork into a medium crock pot and season with salt and pepper. Cover with salsa, brown sugar, Coke (or Dr. Pepper) and crushed red pepper flakes.

Cook on LOW 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Once the pork is cooked, remove to a cutting board and shred with 2 forks. Remove half of the liquid from the crock pot and return the meat. Mix thoroughly with the remaining sauce.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place 1/4 cup of pork on a tortilla and roll tight. Place next to each other on the cookie sheet and cover with the shredded cheese. Bake about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned.

Serve with ranch dressing and salsa for dipping

*I made this whole recipe, but froze half for another time, making about 18 taquitos with the first half.

adapted from Heather Gines