Raspberry Velvet Melange

This airy chocolate-raspberry dessert offers a light bite at the end of your Valentine’s Day dinner — and it takes just a few minutes to prepare. The chocolate syrup makes a great topping.  From start to finish it takes approximately 40 minutes. dessert raspberry velvet melange

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 10 mins
Freeze: 30 mins to 4 hrs to ripen


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No-Bake Truffle Treats

Dote on your valentine with candies that look oh, so charming but are finished in about a half-hour. With four flavors, one (or more) is sure to make your holiday sweeter.dessert no bake truffle treats


Almond-Cherry Truffles:
2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers (about 8 ounces)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup toasted almonds (see tip, page ???), finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/4 cup light-color corn syrup
2 tablespoons almond liqueur
2 tablespoons butter, melted
12 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
Small candies

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Deviled Crab Boules with Beurre Blanc

Crusty individual bread rounds are stuffed with succulent crab and topped with a buttery wine sauce. Make-ahead tip: Prepare the bread shells and crab filling up to a day ahead of time. Just store the shells at room temperature in a zip-top plastic bag, and refrigerate the crab filling.crab boules deviled

Yield: 2 servings


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Coffee Lovers’ Coffee Cake

A buttery coffee crumb mixture makes a shortbread-like crust for this easy, moist, and delicious snack cake.  The coffee granules add a hint of mocha flavor but will still please those who don’t like coffee.

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tip:  be sure to line the pan with aluminum foil and then spray with cooking spray so the bars do not stick.

Yield: 1 (9″) coffee cake – double the recipe and use a 15×10 pan



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Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip

All the taste of chicken wings, none of the bones—or greasy mess! The key is to start with rotisserie chicken, not canned chicken. To diced-up rotisserie chicken, Chef John adds cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, blue cheese dressing, and authentic Buffalo-style hot sauce—plus a couple secret ingredients! It’s all in there! Everything but the chicken bones! This truly is the must-have snack for the game-day buffet

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