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Cookin' With Leo

By Leocthasme

Vacation Time Treats

Here we are, practically in the middle of Summer. Jeez, an' I was jes gettin' over Santa n' tha Elves, whoever. Well, anyway I haven't had any visits from my dear, sweet, Italian Fairy Godmother, even if I did remove the sprig of garlic an' the medal of the Blessed Virgin (garlic'n warm pieces of metal hangin' on a string around your neck ain't tha best way ta make friends or influence people in the middle 'a summer nohow). I guess she took a Summer break too, an' maybe she won't show up again 'til Fall, when she will start in on all sorta' new fancy Italian dishes she comes up with from the annual Fairy Convention (well I suppose that's what ya call it), whatever. Anyway, as it turns out I had to come up with some Summer and vacation treats, thanks to my very own intriguing intuition, whichever. So let's make some:

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Cheese Squares.

Surgeon General's required warning label:
This is fattening as hell.

This is what you will need:

3 tablespoons butter, melted.
½ cup Grape Nuts©, use the nutty ones, not the flakes.
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
1 2/3 cups, cottage cheese.
3 eggs.
1/3 cup sugar.
1 cup unsweetened applesauce.
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate (use the remainder of the container with a couple of shots of vodka--optional).
3 tablespoons all purpose flour.
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the good stuff. not imitation).
1/3 cup raisins.

That was a pretty long list there so check it out to see that you have everything. I know we repeated cinnamon twice, but part of it is used for one thing and the rest for the blender.

And, this is how we will do it:

    Heat the oven to 325°.
    Use a 9" baking pan and in it combine the melted butter, Grape Nuts, and the ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, stir it so the mixture is evenly coated and then with the back of a spoon, press and smooth into all the corners of the pan. Bake that for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
    Meanwhile combine all the rest of the ingredients in a blender, except the raisins, and blend until smooth.
    Now stir in the raisins and pour over the prepared crust.
    And, bake that for 40 minutes, until set.
    Let cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Usually I cut this up into 4 pieces.
However if'n it's Sunday 'n the Preacher is droppin' by,
you may want to be nice and try to appear Christian like, whatever,
then you might get six or eight pieces.


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