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Corn Pudding

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This Corn Pudding is so delicious and easy to make you’ll want to make it for every family get-together and every holiday celebration.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields: 12 servings
Equipment:  a blender, 9 x 11 x 2 baking dish, whisk, rubber spatula, colander, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, 1 silicone pad, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
2 pounds of corn, sweet, yellow, frozen, and thawed, (reserve back 1 cup, optional)
3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
6 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup of whole milk (substitute 2%)
1/4 cup of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
3 teaspoons of Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) of butter, melted (unsalted)

Notes:
1). It’s a personal choice to add whole corn kernels stirring them into the batter to give the pudding texture.
2). Using a rimmed baking sheet pan underneath the baking dish slows the cooking process but improves the texture. Not using the pan will shorten cooking time by around 15 to 30 minutes.
3). After 60 minutes, (using a toothpick or cake tester) check the batter for doneness.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with a silicone pad. Place the 9 x 11 baking sheet pan on the pad.

Place the corn into the blender. Add maple syrup, Mascarpone, milk, Kosher salt, cayenne pepper, all-purpose flour, and baking powder. Mix briefly with a spatula to push down the dry ingredients.

Pulse mixture until it begins to come together. Then increase the setting to high and blend until completely smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula add the reserved whole corn kernels, fold the kernels into the batter until combined. Add the 6 eggs, and 2/3 of the melted butter, whisk to combine. Finally, add the heavy cream, again whisk to combine.

Grease the baking dish with the remaining melted butter. Pour the batter into the baking dish. Bake for 60 to 75 (depending on the size and shape of your baking dish) minutes until the pudding is browned and set.

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Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese With Smoked Sausage

White Cheddar Mac & Cheese With Smoked Sausage (1)

White Cheddar Mac & Cheese With Smoked Sausage (2)

My friend Kim went on home for a week to visit her parents. I knew she’d be celebrating her birthday while she was gone so I thought I’d have something special waiting for her when she returned home. You know after traveling you’re always tired once you get home, no one really wants to cook. I thought, how about a Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese With Smoked Sausage waiting for her at home. All she’d have to do is to follow the reheating instructions that I attached to the pan. Happy Birthday, Kim!

You know, it’s just as easy to make two pans of Mac and Cheese as it is to make one. One for her family and one for ours. This recipe will yield two 9 x 9 pans of Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese With Smoked Sausage.

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Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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White Cheddar Mac & Cheese With Smoked Sausage (1)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 16 servings (6 to 8 serving per pan)
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 2 (6-quart) stockpots, 12-inch sauté pan, 1 (3-quart) saucepan, 2 disposable deep-sided (9 x 9) casserole pans.

Note: Ingredients below are doubled to yield 2 (9 x 9) disposable pans

Ingredients:
2 (16-ounce) boxes Barilla Cellentani, corkscrew-shaped pasta (or elbow macaroni)
3 sticks of butter, unsalted (reserve 1 stick for topping, plus butter for greasing pans)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 quarts whole milk
1 teaspoon of nutmeg, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
6 cups of diced smoked sausage sliced and quartered, 3 cups for each pan
2 (8-ounce) packages, extra-sharp white cheddar, shredded
6-ounces of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated and divided
3 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, reserve 1/4 cup for Panko

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Butter each of the 9 x 9 disposable pans

Into each one of the two (6-quart stockpots) pots of boiling salted water, add 1 box of Barilla Cellentani. Cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well into separate colanders.

In the meantime, heat the milk in a 4-quart saucepan, just under the boiling point. In another (6-quart) stockpot melt 2 sticks of butter, add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, continuously whisking. While whisking, slowly add in the hot milk, then 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper, and freshly ground nutmeg. Switch to a wooden spoon, continue to stir until sauce thickens. Do not rush this process, cooking times may vary, anywhere from 7 to 10 minutes. Once the sauce coats the back of a spoon remove the pot from the heat. Add all the white cheddar and 3-ounces of grated Parmesan. Stir to combine.

Divide the bechamel sauce, equally into each of the (6-quart) stockpots. Divide equally the diced smoked sausage into each pot. Add one colander of the cooked, well-drained pasta into each pot. Stir to combine then transfer to the buttered disposable pans.

Breadcrumb Topping:
Melt the remaining 1 stick of butter into a large sauté pan, on low heat, add the Panko crumbs, stir until all the butter is absorbed.  Off the heat, add the remaining grated Parmesan cheese, and Italian flat-leaf parsley. Stir to combine. Divide evenly, then sprinkle the bread crumbs on evenly on top of each of the pans. Place each of the disposable pans onto a rimmed baking sheet pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and macaroni and topping are a beautiful golden brown.

Tip For Freezing:
Make sure the pan of Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese With Smoked Sausage is at room temperature before freezing.

If you plan to freeze one of the pans, DO NOT ADD the breadcrumb topping until you’re ready to bake. Cover the pan tightly with foil then wrap the whole pan again in plastic wrap. Freeze up to 2 months.

When you’re ready to bake, remove the foil and plastic wrap. Add the breadcrumb topping. Spray the dull side of a piece of foil with non-stick cooking spray. This will prevent the topping from sticking to the foil.  Cover the dish tightly with the sprayed foil and bake frozen for 1 hour at 350-degrees F. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top is golden brown around 5 to 7 minutes, times may vary slightly.

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Yorkshire Pudding

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Moving to London in the early ’70s was really a scary time for me. I was from a small suburb in New Jersey where everyday life as I knew it was turned upside down. England was a different world for me and took some time to adapt. We live with my Auntie Joyce and my cousins Gina and Marco. As time went by and being so young I’d adapted to this new way of life.

During this time it was only my mom, my sister, and me and we didn’t have much in the way of money but we had each other, and food became more important than I’d ever remembered it being.

I remember having fun watching my mom making dishes she knew as traditional but ones I didn’t recognize. I asked a lot of questions. My mom was born and raised in London and I could see in her face how she loved the style of cooking and the traditional dishes that were familiar to her.

I found this new style of food to be really different but delicious. Now I can tell you, being a kid, there were some foods I just wouldn’t touch, however, Sunday dinners were the best. Yorkshire Pudding I loved. Roast beef, roasted potatoes, gravy, and Yorkshire Pudding.

I’d watch Auntie Joyce preparing the Yorkshire Pudding and because I loved it, I memorized every step. Yorkshire Pudding is not so much a pudding as we know it here, but a type of bread that’s used to dip into a gravy. I’d say it’s more like a popover. I do remember taking my first bite.

Being a bread lover I was hooked. I think the reason I  remembered this recipe is because it took only a few ingredients and the measurements were simple. A cup, a cup, and a cup. Let me show you how I did it.

I mentioned it was a cup, a cup, and a cup, I’m increasing the recipe to 4 cups of each ingredient.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Equipment: 2 large muffin pans
Yields: 12 Yorkshire Pudding

Ingredients:
4 cups of all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
4 cups of milk
1 block of vegetable shortening (depending on how many you’re making, you’ll need 1 tablespoon in each muffin holder)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Start by whisking the milk and eggs together, then slowly whisk in the flour until just combined. DO NOT overmix. The batter may be slightly lumpy, that’s fine. Place the batter in the refrigerator to rest for one hour.

Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening in each one of the muffin holders. Place the muffin pan into the oven until the oil is super hot and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the muffin tins from the oven and carefully ladle in the batter. Fill each tin about 3/4 of the way full. Place the muffin pans back in the oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the Yorkshire Puddings from the muffin tins as soon as you’re able to handle them. You’ll want to serve them while they’re still nice and hot.

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