Wheely-Good Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) wagon wheel pasta
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 can (3.8 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) creamy Parmesan Romano salad dressing

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large serving bowl, combine the pasta, cheese, red pepper, olives and oregano.
  2. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
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Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream

Ingredients

Blueberry Compote:
  • 4 half pints blueberries
  • Juice of 3 limes 2 cups sugar
  • Cinnamon Streusel: 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 ounces butter, cold and cubed
Ice Cream Base:
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beef Pot Roast with Cider Gravy and Maple Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 beef Shoulder Roast Boneless (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup unsalted beef broth
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, cut crosswise into 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons brandy or water

Cauliflower Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil

Directions

  1. In the microwave, cook the cauliflower in a covered dish with two tablespoon of water until soft.
  2. Drain the cauliflower and mash with the back of a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add the egg, salt and pepper, and enough flour until you can form patties; about 1/4 cup.
  4. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a skillet. Over medium high heat, brown the caulflower patties. Eat!

Starbucks’ Black And White Mocha Collection Is Back In Stores For A Limited Time

Everybody knows that calories simply do not count between Christmas and New Year’s. Really, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but that’s another story. Given that (not-so) scientific fact, if you find yourself at Starbucks in the next few days, you may want to forego your usual drip coffee in favor of something off Starbucks’ Black and White Mocha Collection menu.

Back in stores for a very limited time—starting December 26 and running through the New Year or while supplies last—the collection brings together two delicious flavors: white chocolate and dark mocha.

You can order three different drinks off the menu. There’s the Black and White Mocha, if you need some caffeine. Baristas pour espresso over white chocolate and dark mocha, then add in steamed milk and top it with whipped cream and a stripe of chocolate “sequins” that are meant to resemble a black tie.

If you’re in the mood for hot chocolate, there’s also a Black and White Hot Cocoa that’s made by melting dark and white chocolate mocha sauce with steamed milk. This one comes with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, too.

Last but not least, there’s a Black and White Frappuccino, which blends the two sauces with Frappuccino roast coffee, milk, and ice to make a creamy coffee-meets-milkshake. Don’t worry, it also comes with whipped cream and chocolate on top. Try them out while you can!