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Cooking with 'Friends': Carley Shimkus' Apple Cake

CARLEY SHIMKUS’ GRANDMA’S APPLE CAKE
Ingredients:

3 eggs
1½ c. sugar
2 c. flour
1¼ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ c. canola oil
4 c. granny smith apples
1 c. chopped walnuts

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Peel and dice apples.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs and sugar at high speed for 4-5 minutes or until firm.
Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add to egg and sugar mixture. Add oil and mix at medium speed until smooth. Fold in apples and nuts. Note that the batter will be thick.
Spread batter in ungreased 13”x9” pan.
Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour.

Cooking with 'Friends': Sandra Lee's Spring Baking

SANDRA LEE’S SPRING BAKING:
Sur La Table’s Lemon Buttermilk Quickbread Mix 3-Ways

LEMON BUTTERMILK QUICKBREAD MUFFINS
Ingredients:

1 pkg. lemon quick bread mix (Sur La Table recommended)
Blueberries
Lemon glaze

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare lemon quick bread according to package.
Add blueberry muffins to batter and bake in muffin tins.
Top with lemon glaze that comes with quick bread mix
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SANDRA’S “WEE WHOOPIES”
Ingredients:

1 pkg. lemon quick bread mix (Sur La Table recommended)
Pink, green or yellow food coloring
1 jar white frosting
Flavor extract (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Prepare lemon quick bread according to package. Add food coloring to desired shades of pink, green and yellow. Flavor with extract, if desidered.
Pipe in small disks onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.
Pipe white frosting for filling.

Optional: Substitute white cake mix for lemon quick bread mix.
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LEMON CAKE WITH WARM STRAWBERRY SAUCE
Ingredients:

1 pkg. lemon quick bread mix (Sur La Table recommended)
¾ c. sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
¼ c. cranberry juice
16 oz. strawberries, fresh or frozen

Instructions:
Prepare and bake lemon quick bread according to package.
For the strawberry sauce: In a medium bowl whisk together sugar, cornstarch and cranberry juice. In a large skillet combine strawberries with cornstarch mixture. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium heat making sure to stir often. Turn down heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Pour the strawberry sauce over loaf.
 

How to Make Ballpark Favorites in Your Own Backyard

HONEY CHIPOTLE CHILI DOGS
Ingredients:

1 can (21.5 oz.) BUSH’S® Honey Chipotle Grillin’ Beans®
12 oz. sauce-less pulled pork, fully cooked
5 all-beef hotdogs
5 hotdog buns
1 tbsp. chopped Napa cabbage or coleslaw
1 large avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
1 c. (8 oz.) Mexican-style shredded cheese

Optional:
Lime wedges
Diced jalapeños
Sour...

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