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Full of Flavor

Your guide to c atering to

A holiday houseful

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Season’s Greetings!
The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about decorations, fabulous party
outfits and special holiday recipes—from tried-and-true family favorites, to brand-new ones yet
to be discovered.

In addition to the kids’ school functions, our work functions and other social gatherings, my
husband and I also have to prepare for a holiday houseful! But we don’t mind. And according to
my family, I’m “the hostess with the mostest.”

My first few years hosting the family were real learning experiences, but now I’m used to it. I’ve got
some tricks up my sleeve to make things easier. For instance, I always keep my pantry stocked with
CARNATION ® Evaporated Milk. It really comes in handy for all sorts of dessert, beverage, side dish,
soup and casserole recipes—just about anything that uses milk. I’ve found that it makes food
creamier and more flavorful. And the richness it brings to the table can only be paralleled by the
richness that each of my unique family members brings to my table!

The following pages are full of recipe ideas and tips that will help you handle whatever comes
your way during the holiday season—whether it’s a holiday houseful or your first game-day party.

Jill Arbogast

Meet Jill. A real mom, a real cook. She’s been cooking with CARNATION® Evaporated
Milk since her grandmother taught her to cook when she was a little girl. She’s not afraid
to try something new in the kitchen and has many signature recipes to show for it.

Carnation ® Mom, Jill Arbogast

Jill’s Tips for
the Holiday Houseful
Hosting the family during the holidays? The following tips should help take the edge off potentially stressful
issues so you can focus on what really matters: love, togetherness and the spirit of the season.

1. Lighten the cooking load.

When hosting a big meal, ask your guests to bring a side dish or dessert.
That way, you can focus on the main course, and they’ll have a chance to shine!
2. Make leftover magic : don’t let any food go to waste.
Use leftovers in new recipes or save them all up for a special leftover buffet at the end of the week.
3. Don’t stress : make gift giving a unique occasion.
Not all great gifts are found at the mall. Enlarge a priceless photograph and put it in a nice frame. Or, offer up baby-sitting
services bundled with movie or theater tickets. Unique ideas from the heart can save you money and be more meaningful.
4. Picky eaters? Have your healthy eating and great taste, too.
When you have a recipe that calls for milk, use CARNATION ® Evaporated Milk, which provides a richer taste,
creamier texture and nutritional benefits. It comes in Lowfat 2% and Fat Free varieties, too.
5. Party hearty, but keep your calorie intake in check.
Before going to the party, eat a healthy snack. This will keep you from
over indulging on those tempting finger foods and desserts.
6. Don’t be gone for long: map out your grocery store strategy.
Save time by organizing your shopping list by department and have your coupons ready before you get in line.
You’ll be in and out before you know it!
7. Save a bunch: come together over brunch.
Whether gathering at a restaurant or at home, brunch items are less expensive. And because you’re meeting
at an earlier time, you can linger longer without worrying about getting the kids to bed on time.
8. Movie night in is cheaper than movie night out.
Create a movie theater setting and check out a DVD from the library that the whole family will enjoy.
Don’t forget to pop a whole bunch of popcorn!
9. Entertaining the guests: start new family traditions.
From taking a walk through the neighborhood to see the holiday lights, to baking cookies together, there are
many things you can do as a family, which you can repeat every year. These are things that will be remembered always.
10. Keep the kids busy: Make holiday cards together.
They’ll enjoy cutting, gluing and decorating special cards for every member of the family.
Family and friends will love receiving these personalized greetings.
Table of Yum
Breakfast & Brunch................................................... 4
Sunrise Sausage Bake
Pear Oven Pancake

Appetizers................................................................... 6
Party-Perfect Mini Quiches
Thai-Peanut Ginger Wings

Bake-and-Take............................................................. 8
Ham & Swiss Hash Brown Bake
Loaded Potato Potluck Favorite

Game Day winners...................................................... 10

Prime Time Pepperoni Pizza “Pie”
Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

Second-day sensations............................................. 12
Ham-It-Up White Bean Soup
Turkey & Cranberry Encore Salad

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To add a bit of whole-grain goodness, substitute


multi-grain bread for Italian or French bread.

Little Effort, Feeds Lots.

Prep Time- 15 min | Bake Time- 45 min | Makes 12 servings


2 cans (12 fl. oz. each ) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk PREHEAT oven to 350º F.
Breakfast & Brunch 8 large eggs, beaten Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Everyone will Love 1 lb. precooked sausage links, cut into 1/4-inch slices COMBINE milk, eggs, sausage, cheese, red
2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded cheddar cheese pepper, green onions, onion powder and
Whether you’re a morning person or not, 1 cup chopped red and/or green pepper garlic powder in large bowl. Add bread cubes,
you’ve got a holiday houseful of mouths 2 green onions (green parts only), sliced stirring gently to moisten bread. Pour mixture
1/2 teaspoon onion powder into baking dish.
to feed. Make things easy by preparing a
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder BAKE for 45 minutes or
casserole ahead of time. As it bakes, let 8 cups 1/2-inch cubed Italian or French bread (about 9 slices) until set. Serve warm.
the aroma awaken your guests. Or, wait
till everyone’s up and treat the whole lot
to an unforgettable pancake brunch.
Prep Time - 15 min | Bake Time - 15 min | Makes 6 servings


2 tablespoons butter, melted PREHEAT oven to 450º F.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour POUR melted butter into 9-inch deep-dish pie plate or cake pan. Swirl to coat bottom and
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided sides of plate.
1/4 teaspoon salt
COMBINE flour, 1/4 cup sugar and salt in medium bowl. Whisk evaporated milk and eggs
1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk in another medium bowl until blended. Add to flour mixture; whisk for 30 seconds or until
3 large eggs smooth. Pour batter into prepared pie plate. Arrange pear slices on top of batter in pinwheel
1 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced design, pushing down slightly. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon small bowl. Sprinkle top with sugar mixture.
BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm.

For a harvest twist on this fabulous recipe,


substitute sautéed apples for pears.

Let’s get this Party

Quiches can be made ahead of time and frozen.


To reheat, bake at 325º F for 25­–30 minutes.


Prep Time - 10 min | Bake Time - 23 min | Makes 12 quiches

Party-Perfect Mini Quiches

1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease and lightly flour 12
3 large eggs, beaten 2 1/2-inch muffin cups.

appetizers 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt
WHISK evaporated milk, eggs, flour, salt and black pepper in
medium bowl until blended. Stir in cheese, broccoli and bell
that please 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper pepper. Spoon 1/4 to 1/3 cup of mixture into each prepared
2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded mild or sharp cheddar cheese muffin cup, filling almost to rim*. Stir mixture frequently to
Sometimes dinner’s running late. evenly distribute ingredients.
2 cups chopped, frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
Sometimes people arrive early. And 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper BAKE for 23 to 28 minutes or until knife inserted near centers
sometimes, you’d rather serve a variety comes out clean and tops are lightly browned. Cool in pans
for 15 minutes. Run knife or small, flat spatula around inside
of hors d’oeuvres than have a formal sit-
edges of muffin cups. Carefully remove quiches.
down thing. Make it grand with delicious *NOTE: Number of quiches that you get will depend on the size of your muffin
cups. Bake time may need some adjusting.

small dishes that do the job in a snap.
WE’re not in Buffalo Anymore
Prep Time - 15 min | Marinate Time- 1 hr | Bake Time- 40 min | Makes 20 servings

Thai-Peanut Ginger Wings

1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk PLACE evaporated milk, peanut butter, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, green onions, ginger,
1 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter vinegar and pepper flakes in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Combine 1/2 cup peanut
1/2 cup soy sauce, divided sauce, remaining 5 tablespoons soy sauce and chicken wings in large bowl; cover.
1/4 cup chopped green onions Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 1 hour. Refrigerate remaining peanut sauce.
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger PREHEAT oven to 425º F. Foil-line and grease 2 baking sheets with sides.
2 teaspoons rice or cider vinegar PLACE chicken on prepared baking sheets. Discard any remaining marinade.
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes, turning once, or until chicken is cooked through.
5 lbs. frozen chicken wings, thawed Remove from baking sheets to serving platter. Stir remaining peanut
sauce and spoon some over wings. If desired, serve remaining sauce
with wings and assorted cut-up vegetables.

Jazz up the presentation with a colorful array of fresh


vegetables, such as peapods and red and yellow bell peppers.

Happy to make,
Glad to take

This versatile dish is great with many types of


meats you may already have in your fridge. Try

using chopped turkey or chicken instead of ham.

yep, that’s mine

Prep Time - 10 min | Bake Time - 40 min | Makes 8 servings

Ham & Swiss Hash Brown Bake

1 bag (16 oz.) or 4 1/2 cups frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes PREHEAT oven to 400º F. Grease 2 1/2- to
2 cups (about 8 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3-quart casserole dish.
bake-and-take 1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk COMBINE potatoes, ham, evaporated milk, soup,
DISHEs that get APPLAUSE 1 can (10 oz.) condensed reduced-sodium mustard and pepper in large bowl. Pour half
cream of mushroom soup of potato mixture into prepared baking dish.
No need to pull out the good dishes 1 tablespoon Dijon or yellow mustard Sprinkle with spinach and top with remaining
and linens this year—someone else 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground black pepper potato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes
is hosting the big dinner! Instead, put squeezed of moisture
or until heated through
the effort toward a tasty dish that will 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese
and lightly browned. Cool
for 10 minutes before serving.
leave people asking, “Who made this?”
Travels well, feeds plenty
Prep Time - 25 min | Bake Time - 28 min | Makes 16 servings

Loaded Potato Potluck Favorite

8 medium potatoes (about 2 1/2 to 3 lb. total ), PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high
peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain.
1 cup CARNATION® Evaporated Milk PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 3-quart casserole dish.
1/2 cup sour cream
RETURN potatoes to saucepan; add evaporated milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat with
1 teaspoon salt
handheld mixer until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and half of bacon. Spoon mixture into
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
prepared casserole dish.
2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Top with
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
remaining 1/2 cup cheese, remaining bacon and green onions.
Sliced green onions (optional)
Bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This casserole can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated. Cover with foil

and bake at 350° F for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated. Uncover; top with cheese,
bacon and green onions; bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
All-Star Flavors
For your party Lineup

Choose 1/4 cup of any of your favorite toppings (such as


chopped onions, red or green peppers, or sliced black olives)

and add as topping with the remaining pepperoni pieces.

One slice goes a long way!

Prep Time - 10 min | Bake Time - 40 min | Makes 8 servings

Prime Time Pepperoni Pizza “Pie”

1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) frozen pie shell PREHEAT oven to 350º F.
1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded Italian-blend cheese, divided SPRINKLE 1 cup cheese and half of pepperoni pieces onto
game day WINNERS 2 ozs. thinly sliced pepperoni (about 20 to 30, 1 1/2-
to 2-inch diameter slices), cut into quarters, divided
bottom of pie shell.
that PLEASE THE FANS 1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
WHISK evaporated milk, eggs, flour, basil and garlic powder
in medium bowl until blended. Pour mixture into pie shell.
When you’ve got a holiday houseful, you’ve 3 large eggs, beaten
Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Decorate top with remaining
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
almost certainly got a few sports fans pepperoni pieces and any other topping you like. Place
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves quiche on baking sheet (if pie pan is made of aluminum foil).
who are determined to park it in front of 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted near
the TV. “The big game” demands big flavor center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
designed to get a big response. During
commercials, of course.
All-American, with a nice kick!
Prep Time - 15 min | Bake Time- 30 min | Makes 6 servings

Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

2 cups (8 oz.) dry elbow macaroni PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Lightly grease 2 1/2- quart casserole dish.
2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded cheddar cheese COOK macaroni in large saucepan according to package directions; drain. Return to saucepan.
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided
ADD cheddar cheese, 1 1/2 cups Pepper Jack cheese, evaporated milk and black pepper to macaroni;
1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
stir until combined. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Combine remaining 1/2 cup Pepper Jack
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper cheese, tortilla chips and red pepper flakes in small bowl. Sprinkle over top. Cover tightly with foil.
1/2 to 1 cup broken tortilla chips (your choice of color)
BAKE for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake for an additional
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
10 minutes or until lightly browned.

For a twist on the classic mac, try pastas


of different shapes, sizes and color.

waste not,
want not

One cup coarsely chopped spinach leaves


can be substituted for the peas.

so souper
they’ll want seconds
Prep Time - 5 min | Cook Time -15 min | Makes 6 servings

turn leftovers into Ham-It-Up White Bean Soup

second-day sensations 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
HEAT oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion
and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or until onion is tender. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in broth
You never know whether Uncle Bob will reach for
1/4 cup all-purpose flour and evaporated milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture
that third helping, or whether Cousin Barb will 1 can (14.5 fl. oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth comes to a boil. Add beans, ham and peas. Heat through.
1 can (12 fl. oz.) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk Season to taste with pepper.
be dieting again. But being the good hostess 1 can (15.5 oz.) cannellini (white kidney) beans, undrained
you are, you always make plenty—so you can 1 1/2 cups (about 6 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup frozen peas
always count on leftovers. That doesn’t mean Ground black pepper (optional)
you can’t keep things interesting.
i can’t believe it’s leftovers
Prep Time- 10 min | Makes 8 servings

Turkey & Cranberry Encore Salad

2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk PLACE evaporated milk, cranberry sauce and Italian dressing in small jar or container;
1/2 cup jellied or whole-berry cranberry sauce cover tightly with lid. Shake for 1 to 2 minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. (Dressing can
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Shake well before using.)

1 bag (10 oz.) mixed salad greens of your choice (about 10 cups) TOSS greens, turkey, blue cheese and 3/4 cup dressing in large bowl.
2 cups (about 10 oz.) cooked turkey, cut into 1/2-inch pieces Sprinkle with cranberries and walnuts. Serve immediately and add
1/2 cup (2 oz.) crumbled blue cheese additional dressing, if desired. Refrigerate any remaining dressing.

1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

For a smoother dressing, prepare in blender.