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Garlic and Cheese Crostini

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alt   Ingredients:

    *  24 (1/3-inch-thick) baguette slices
    * 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
    * 3/4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano
    * 5 large garlic cloves, minced
    * salt to taste
    * 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

2. Arrange bread slices in 1 layer on a large baking sheet and brush tops with 3 tablespoons oil.

3. Stir together remaining tablespoon oil, cheese, garlic, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle each slice with about 1 teaspoon cheese mixture, mounding it slightly.

4. Bake until topping just starts to melt, 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm.

Prep Time: 15 Min     Cook Time: 8 Min     Yields: Makes 24 hors d'Oeuvres


Olive Eyes

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* 24 pimento-stuffed green olives
* 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. Cut pastry into strips about 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Wrap a belt of pastry around each olive. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Prep Time:
20 Min    Cook Time: 20 Min    Yields: 12 Servings


Green Drink

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Green-DrinkThis is an excellent drink my friends and I discovered when mixing leftover ingredients. Being a bit on the lazy side, we never came up with a name for it. So we lovingly refer to it as green drink. Make sure you have plenty of green apple soda on hand as the drink is quite addictive and goes fast.


* 1 oz. Midori
* 1 oz. Vodka
* 2 oz. green apple soda

Drink Preparation:

1. In a shaker with ice, add Midori,vodka,and green apple soda.
2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.


Jack-O-Lantern Burgers

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* 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
* 1 envelope onion soup mix
* 1/4 cup ketchup
* 10 slices American cheese
* 10 hamburger buns


1. In a large bowl, combine soup mix and ketchup. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Shape into 10 patties. Grill, broil or pan-fry until the meat is no longer pink.

2. Cut eyes, nose and mouth out of each cheese slice to create a jack-o-lantern. Place cheese on burgers and cook until cheese is slightly melted, about 1 minute. Serve on buns.

Prep Time: 15 Min     Cook Time: 20 Min     Yields: 10 Servings


Yummy Mummy Dogs

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* 32 cocktail links
* 1 (8 oz) can refrigerated crescent dough rolls
* Mustard or ketchup, if desired


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Unroll dough, create 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal.

3. With a knife cut each rectangle lengthwise into 8 strips making a total of 32 strips. Wrap one strip of dough around each sausage stretching dough slightly to look like bandages, leaving tip exposed to create face. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Draw features on tip to create face. Serve with mustard or ketchup, if desired.

Prep Time:
20 Min    Cook Time: 10 Min     Yields: 32 Mummy dogs

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