, Muskogee, OK


July 3, 2013

Comfort foods with a kick


Bacon and Salsa Grilled Cheese Sandwich

2 slices hearty white bread

2 slices cooked bacon

2 slices Monterey Jack cheese

1 tablespoon picante sauce or to taste

2 tablespoons butter

Place one slice of bread on plate. Top with 2 slices cheese (you can also use Velveeta or Cheese Whiz), bacon, and drizzle picante on top. Place second slice of bread on top. Butter both sides of bread and place in non-stick skillet. Cook until golden brown on first side, then flip and grill second side. Repeat as needed for number of servings.

Chipotle Cherry Cobbler


1 3/4 pounds pitted fresh sweet cherries or three 10-ounce packages frozen sweet cherries, with juice

1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons ground dried chipotle chile

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Scant 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch


3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond flour or meal (or equal amount of additional flour)

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter (10 tablespoons)

2 medium eggs

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a shallow baking dish. Mix all filling ingredients in large bowl. Prepare topping in food processor by pulsing first five ingredients. Scatter butter over dry ingredients and pulse again to combine. Add eggs and vanilla and almond extracts. Pulse just to combine.

Stir filling again and pour into baking dish. Scatter topping over filling, leaving a few place untopped. Scatter almonds over topping. Bake 40 minutes or until topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Source: New Mexico Magazine, July 2013.

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