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Recipe Warm Apple Salad with Apple Cider Peanut Dressing


For the Salad Dressing
  • 1/3 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Smucker's Cider Apple Butter
  • 1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup water
For the Salad
  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 2 Gala apples, cored and halved
  • 1 5.5-ounce bag Spring mix and baby spinach blend
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Chevre goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup prepared candied walnuts


  1. To prepare salad dressing: COMBINE peanut butter, vinegar, apple butter, soy sauce, gingerroot and garlic in blender container or food processor. Blend until smooth. Stir in finely chopped cilantro. Place in microwave-safe pitcher or bowl. Whisk in water.
  2. HEAT oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Coat with no-stick cooking spray. Slice each apple half into quarters. Place apples, cut side up, on prepared baking sheet. Brush with Apple Cider Peanut Dressing. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with fork.
  3. DIVIDE lettuce evenly on 4 salad plates. Microwave salad dressing on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until warm. Arrange 4 roasted apple wedges on center of salad. Sprinkle immediately with crumbled cheese, red onion, bacon bits and walnuts. Drizzle with warm dressing. Serve immediately.
Serves : Yield 4 servings

Preparation Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes

Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining

Learn to Celebrate with the Queen of Latin Cooking!

Celebrating with friends and family is one of the greatest joys, but entertaining can be downright terrifying.

With this new recipe collection, Daisy Martinez gives you everything you need to make your life easy and your celebrations unforgettable.

Daisy offers up timeless and mouthwatering recipes like:

Ruby Grapefruit Ceviche, Spaghetti with Chipotle-Pork Meatballs, Creamy Chicken-Lime Soup, and Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake that will prepare you for everything from a cozy festive fall dinner to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration.

Brilliant color, bold flavors, and an innovative mix of traditional and modern cuisines are the hallmarks of Daisy’s cooking. Can’t-fail dishes—like Coconut and Winter Squash Soup—that Daisy learned to cook alongside her mother and grandmother in Puerto Rico mingle with recipes she’s used to entertain her family and friends through the years.

With the preparation schedules and time-saving tips included in each menu, Daisy makes it easy to relax and enjoy creating memories with those you love.

Please click on the above image for this Book on Entertaining with Latin Recipes!

Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations

In this exquisite and very personal book, Martha Stewart welcomes you into her world, where she entertains in the expressive and beautiful style that she has made so famous.

Whether a simple blueberry breakfast on a Sunday morning in Maine or a more lavish holiday dinner at Bedford, each of the gatherings is equally memorable, for what Martha cherishes above all is spending time and sharing delicious food with her family and friends.

“A meal of substantial finger foods with ingenious cocktails, a sit-down formal dinner, a buffet supper, or something more relaxed such as a backyard barbecue—each is a welcome and inviting way to entertain,” writes Martha. Featuring elegant and casual affairs held throughout the year and a diverse collection of enticing recipes, Martha’s Entertaining shows us—in the broadest and most lovely fashion—what it really means to entertain and host today.

From an afternoon Easter egg hunt for children to a festive Halloween dinner held inside her horse stable; from a sophisticated cocktail party on a friend’s yacht in New York Harbor to a spring garden fête amid the most glorious beds of peonies, Martha’s parties offer a glimpse inside her beautiful homes.

Each is unforgettable and endlessly inspiring.
Please click on the above image for more information on this great Holiday Entertaining Cookbook!

Recipe Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Supreme


  • Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 15.9-ounce package Pillsbury® Chocolate Extreme Premium Brownie Mix
  • 1/3 cup Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Smucker's Hot Fudge Topping


  1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch springform pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. PREPARE brownie mix according to package directions using packet of chocolate-flavored syrup, oil, water and egg. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 34 to 37 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
  3. BEAT peanut butter and vanilla in medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat for 1 minute. Remove outer edge of springform pan. Spread peanut butter mixture over top of cooled brownie. Chill 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. PLACE hot fudge topping in small resealable plastic bag. Knead until smooth. Cut small corner off bag. Drizzle topping over peanut butter layer. Cut into wedges.

Yield 12 to 14 servings

Preparation Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
37 minutes

Chill Time:
30 minutes

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(Family Features) - Coming up with a holiday meal that will satisfy everyone can be a challenge. What will the picky eaters like? What can the vegetarians eat? How can you do something a little different and still please guests who look forward to traditional dishes year after year?

With the right ingredients and some creative cooking, you can overcome any of these entertaining obstacles. Using ingredients you already have on hand in unexpected ways can help create delicious and innovative dishes that can please any crowd. Peanut butter, a long-time staple in dessert recipes, can add rich flavor and variety to both sweet and savory dishes.

These recipes from Jif® show how to incorporate the fresh-roasted taste of peanut butter into your holiday dishes. For more creative ways to cook up a holiday feast, visit

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