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Cooking with 'Friends': Geraldo Rivera's Hungarian brisket

HUNGARIAN BRISKET
Ingredients:
3 to 4 pounds brisket
salt
Pepper
Paprika
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 medium yellow onions diced
1 1/2 can whole tomatoes ( large)

Instructions:
Place salt, pepper, lots of paprika in bowl, add crushed garlic and stir, making a paste. Rub over entire brisket. Roast uncovered at 325 degree oven untll browned on both sides, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and add the onions, and tomatoes. Continue roasting until tender (about another hour, approximately). This is delicious when made a day in advance, sliced cold (across the grain of the meat) and reheated in sauce.

Cooking with 'Friends': Samadi Family's Mediterranean Salmon

MEDITERRANEAN SALMON
Ingredients:

½ c. olive oil
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
4 cloves garlic, pressed
4 (3 oz.) salmon fillets
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
1½ tbsp. garlic salt

Instructions:
Preheat broiler.
Mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Arrange the salmon fillets in a shallow baking dish. Rub garlic onto the fillets, and then pour the vinegar and oil over them, turning once to coat. Season with cilantro, basil, and garlic salt. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.
Place the salmon about 6” from the heat source and broil for 15 minutes, turning once, or until browned on both sides and easily flaked with a fork. Brush occasionally with the sauce from the pan.

Cooking with 'Friends': Sandra Lee's Favorite Cakes

SANDRA LEE’S FAVORITE CAKES

LEMON SURPRISE LAYER CAKE
Makes 24 servings
Ingredients:
2 boxes lemon supreme cake mix
6 large eggs
2 c. buttermilk
4 tsp. grated lemon zest
⅔ c. vegetable oil
½ c. rainbow sprinkles

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Ingredients:

1 lb. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
A tint of yellow food coloring
Assorted candies, mini marshmallows
Rainbow sprinkles
Assorted candies

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three 9”round cake pans.
In a bowl, beat together cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, lemon zest, and oil until smooth. Stir in ½ cup sprinkles. Scrape batter into pans and bake until a wooden pick comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool completely.
In a bowl, beat all of the frosting ingredients until light and fluffy.  Tint with yellow food coloring.
Set a layer on a platter; frost top. Set second layer and frost. Set remaining layer, bottom side up, on cake; frost top and sides. Decorate with sprinkles and candies.
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NO-BAKE BUILD-A-CAKE
Plain, ready-made grocery-store sheet cake
Layer cake
Assorted cupcakes
Assorted sugar cookies

Who says a gorgeous cake has to take hours to whip up? Just pick up sugar cookies with a theme (sports, presents, beach, sun, etc.) and a few cupcakes in matching colors. Then get a plain ready-made grocery-store sheet cake and a layer cake. Bring them all with you to your event and stack ’em up when you get there.