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Somethin' Good is Always Cookin' (Recipes)

Goat Cheese, Artichoke and Ham Strata

2 cups whole milk
¼ cup olive oil
8 cups 1-inch cubes sourdough bread, crusts trimmed
1½ cups whipping cream
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1½ teaspoons salt
¾ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
12 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1½ teaspoons herbes de Provence
12 ounces smoked ham, chopped
Three 6 ½-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, halved lengthwise (about 2½ cups)
1 cup (packed) grated Fontina cheese
1½ cups (packed) grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Whisk milk and oil in large bowl. Stir in bread. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Whisk cream and next 5 ingredients in another large bowl. Add goat cheese. Mix herbs in small bowl.

Place half of bread mixture in prepared dish. Top with half of ham, artichoke hearts, herbs and cheeses. Pour half of cream mixture over. Repeat layering with remaining bread, ham, artichoke hearts, herbs, cheeses and cream mixture. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Bake uncovered until form in center and brown around edges, about 1 hour. 8 servings.

From Bon Appetit

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipes
Homemade 10-minute Applesauce

3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
3 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
1 cup unfiltered apple juice
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla

In a sealable, microwave-safe container with lid, combine apples with juice, butter, honey and cinnamon. Cover with lid, leaving one corner open to allow steam to escape. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stir and continue cooking for 5 minutes longer.

Remove from microwave oven; allow to stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

Using a hand blender or potato masher, blend/mash to desired consistency. Serve hot immediately or chill for later use.

Handy Hints

What is the best way to reheat pizza? Cooks Illustrated magazine test kitchen found reheating pizza on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper will produce the crispest crust. They recommend reheating pizza in a 400° oven for six minutes.

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