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Famous Pork Chops

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Famous-Pork-ChopsThis is an easy and delicious part of a mid-week meal.


* 1 cup crushed butter crackers
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 4 pork chops
* 1/4 cup butter


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 2. In a shallow bowl combine crushed crackers, garlic salt and pepper; mix well. In a separate bowl beat eggs.
3. Dip your pork chops in the egg batter and then in the cracker mixture. Place the pork chops in a casserole dish. Place chunks of the butter around the pork chops.
4.Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Turn over after 20 minutes, and uncover for the last 10 min.

Prep Time
: 15 Min    Cook Time:45 Min    Yields: 4 servings


Fresh Blueberry Spread

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* About 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (more or less is fine)
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
* 8 ounces cream cheese
* 1/4 cup honey


Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Buzz until smooth, and transfer to a sealable container. Pop in the freezer for a few minutes if using  immediately for the butter to firm up or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with warm muffins or toast.

 Yield: About 1½ cups

: Use 1 cup frozen blueberries thawed in place of the fresh. Serve on pancakes, waffles, or in crepes.


Vegetable Nachos

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Vegetable Nachos Ingredients 2 cups     low-fat refried beans 1 cup       broccoli, chopped small 1 cup       radishes, chopped small 1 cup       squash, chopped small 2 cups     shredded pepper jack cheese 1/4 cup     fresh scallions, chopped small 1/4 cup     fresh cilantro, finely chopped tortilla chips Preparation Spread refried beans at the bottom of a baking dish and sprinkle chopped broccoli, radishes and squash on the oven at 300 degrees F for 7 minutes. Remove baking dish from the oven and add cheese and tortilla chips on top and bake in the oven for 3 minutes more. After removing the baking dish from the oven, sprinkle nachos with scallions and cilantro. Add low-fat sour cream, fresh salsa and guacamole on the side. Serve immediately. Yield 2 to 4 servings For more "Fresh From Florida" recipes, please visit the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services' Website Here.


Chocolate Carmel Pecan Tart

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Pecan-Tart3/4 cup      brown sugar
1/2 cup     butter
1/2 cup     honey
2 tablespoons     sugar
1/2 cup     heavy cream
2 cups     pecans, toasted and chopped
1 cup     dark chocolate chips
1     pie crust, pre-baked in a pie pan or short tart pan
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a heavy-bottom sauce pot and heat mixture until it reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream, toasted pecans, and chocolate chips. Fill baked pie shell and bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350-degree F oven. Let cool completely before slicing.


Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

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    * 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
    * 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
    * 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
    * 4 large eggs
    * 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    * 1/4 cup water
    * Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows
    * Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
    * 1/4 cup butter, softened
    * 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    * 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
    * 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
    * 7 cups confectioners' sugar
    * Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
For the frosting:

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the vanilla extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.

Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

This article and photo is courtesy of foodnetwork.com

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