Recipe: Baking and appetizer ideas
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More cooking/baking tips and some quick appetizer ideas:

 *Remember that people eat with their eyes first, so the key is a neat and tidy presentation

 -Read the recipe thoroughly and assemble the ingredients together before beginning

 - Toasting nuts- for a bolder nut flavor in all of your baked goods and dishes- in a single layer on a sheet pan, roast raw, unsalted nuts for 10 minutes at 350 degree F

 - Use a food processor to cut butter into pie crust, biscuit dough or cracker dough until crumbly.  Add the liquid ingredients and pulse until the mixture is just moist and starting to cling together.  

 -Brush pie crusts and strudels with a well beaten egg and sprinkle a hand full of sugar over top for a nice glossy finish

 -Spray the measuring cup with no-stick spray before measuring sticky ingredients like honey, molasses or peanut butter

 -Use the same no-stick spray on your rubber spatula or hands when pressing sticky cookie doughs into pans 

 -Pita or tortilla crisps- cut pita or tortillas (corn or flour) into 8 wedges.  Spray or brush with oil and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika or cayenne pepper.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-20 minutes until crisp and very lightly browned.  Serve with dips, cheeses, salsas, etc. 

 -Flavored goat cheese- roll log of goat cheese in fresh herbs, chopped nuts or drizzle with honey or fresh fruit preserves and serve with crackers or slices of baguette

 -Stuffed dates- (preferably Medjool)- fill pitted dates with: half a pecan/walnut or whole almond, a slice of sharp white cheddar, lightly sweetened cream cheese, mix chopped cook bacon, minced scallion and cream cheese together and fill


I like to make homemade crackers and serve with wedges of different cheeses and slices of sausage

Cream Crackers

1 c flour
tsp salt
4 T butter
c heavy cream

 Cut butter into flour/salt mixture in a food processor until crumbly. Slowly add the heavy cream until the dough starts to cling together.  If the dough is sticky add a little more flour.  Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut into squares, rectangles, etc.  Poke holes in the crackers with a fork.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom of the crackers. 

Hint:  press sesame seeds, dried herbs, cracked wheat or kosher salt in to the dough before cutting



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