KFC® Cole Slaw

If you've ever seen a clone recipe for KFC Cole Slaw floating around on the Internet, it probably looks like this. That's because this formula has become one of the most copied and pasted recipes from the first book, "Top Secret Recipes." It's also one of the most requested recipes on the TSR Message Board. So, to fulfill all those requests, and to stake claim to a recipe that's rarely sourced as a TSR original, here's the killer recipe to clone the world's best slaw. And, because I love to out-copy the "copycats", I'm going to take it one step further. Tune in next week for an original version of this clone recipe that tastes just like the real thing but includes only five ingredients...and is completely fat free! Don't believe it? Be here next Monday.

Ingredients:
8 cups finely chopped cabbage (about 1 head)
1/4 cup shredded carrot (1 medium carrot)
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:
1. Be sure cabbage and carrots are chopped up into very fine pieces
(about the size of rice).
2. Combine the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk,
vinegar, and lemon juice in a large bowl and beat until smooth.
3. Add the cabbage, carrots, and onion, and mix well.
4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serves 10-12.



Olive Garden® Pasta e Fagioli

It's amazing how many lousy clones for this delicious chili-like soup from Olive Garden are floating around on the Web. Some are shared on message boards, others are displayed on sites in a collection of "actual restaurant recipes" (yeah, right!). But they all leave out obvious ingredients you can see, like the carrots, ground beef, or two kinds of beans. Others don't get the pasta right -- it's obviously ditali pasta (short little tubes). Then there's the recipe that really squeezed the seeds from my gourd -- one that's floating around in MasterCook format that lists "Top Secret Recipes" as the source. But, wait a minute! I've never before created a clone for this dish -- not here on the site, and not in any book. So, after logging some time over a chopping block, an open flame, and a couple tasty glasses of Merlot, out popped this puppy. And this is the one, kitchen cloners! If you want the taste of Pasta e Fagioli at home, this is the only recipe that will fool in a side-by-side taste test. Accept no other imitation imitation!

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, diced (1 cup)
1 large carrot, julienned (1 cup)
3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can red kidney beans (with liquid)
1 15-ounce can great northern beans (with liquid)
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 12-ounce can V-8 juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 pound (1/2 pkg.) ditali pasta

Directions:
1. Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat.
Drain off most of the fat.
2. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients, except pasta, and simmer for 1 hour.
4. About 50 minutes into simmer time, cook the pasta in 1 1/2 to 2quarts of boiling water over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes or just until pasta is al dente, or slightly tough. Drain.
5. Add the pasta to the large pot of soup. Simmer for 5-10 minutes
and serve.
Serves 8.



Planet Hollywood® Pot Stickers

Menu Description: "Six pot stickers filled with fresh ground turkey meat seasoned with ginger, water chestnuts, red pepper and green onions. They are fried and served in a basket with spicy hoisin."

Here's a special recipe from one of the most popular theme restaurant chains. Pot stickers are a popular Asian dumpling that can be fried, steamed, or simmered in a broth. Planet Hollywood has customized its version to make them crunchier than the traditional dish, and it's a tasty twist that I'm sure you'll love. Since hoisin sauce would be very difficult to make from scratch, you can use a commercial brand found in most stores.

1/4 pound ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced green onion
1 teaspoon minced water chestnuts
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (no seeds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
Vegetable oil for frying
12 wonton wrappers (3 x 3-inch size)

On the side
Hoisin sauce

1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except the egg,
wrappers and oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the beaten egg. Save the
rest of the egg for later. Preheat oil in a deep fryer or a deep
saucepan to 375 degrees. Use enough oil to cover the pot stickers
-- 1 to 2 inches should be enough.
2. Invert a small bowl or glass with a 3-inch diameter on the center
of a wonton wrapper and cut around it to make a circle. Repeat for
the remaining wrappers.
3. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of the turkey filling into the center of one
wrapper. Brush a little beaten egg around half of the edge of the
wrapper and fold the wrapper over the filling. Gather the wrapper as
you seal it so that it is crinkled around the edge. Repeat with the
remaining ingredients.
4. Deep-fry the pot stickers, six at a time in the hot oil for 3 to
5 minutes or until they are brown. Drain on a rack or paper towels.
Serve with hoisin sauce for dipping. If you want some crushed red
pepper or cayenne pepper to the sauce.
Serves 3 to 4 as an appetizer.

Tidbits

If you can't find wonton wrappers, you can also use eggroll wrappers
for this recipe. Eggroll wrappers are much bigger, so you will be
wasting more of the dough when you trim the wrappers to 3-inch
diameter circles. But in a pinch, this is a quick solution.
Pot sticker wrappers can also be found in some supermarkets, but
I've found the wonton wrappers and eggroll wrappers, when fried,
taste more like the restaurant version.





Waffle House® Waffles

It was two friendly Atlanta, Georgia neighbors who got
together in 1955 to build the first Waffle House in their
eventual 1200-restaurant chain. With the dimpled breakfast
hotcake as a signature item (and this is 3 years before
IHOP was founded!), the privately-held chain grew into
20 Southern U.S. states. Today tasty food at rock-bottom
prices, plus 24-hours-a-day service, makes Waffle House
a regular stop for devoted customers any time of the day
or night. And don't even think about referring to your server
as a waitress; they're called "associates."
For the best clone of the 45-year-old secret formula for these
waffles you really should chill this batter overnight in the
fridge as they do in each of the restaurants. But, hey, sometimes
you just can't wait, right? If you need instant gratification,
the recipe still works fine if you cook up the waffles the same
day. At least wait for 15-20 minutes after you make the batter
so that it can rest and thicken a bit. That'll give you time to
search for the waffle iron and heat it up. Also, you might need
some time to dust it off.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup half & half
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Stir to
combine.
2. Lightly beat the egg in another medium bowl. Add the sugar,
butter, and shortening and mix well with an electric mixer until
smooth. Add the half & half, milk, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture while beating. Mix
until smooth.
4. Cover and chill overnight. (You can use batter right away if you
like, but a good 12-hour chill makes the batter better.)
5. Rub a light coating of vegetable oil on a waffle iron. Preheat
the waffle iron. Leave the batter out of the refrigerator to warm
up a bit as your waffle iron is preheating.
6. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into the waffle iron and cook for
3 to 4 minutes or until the waffles are light brown.
Makes 6 waffles.

Wolfgang Puck's Pumpkin Pie

Yield: 1 servings

Unbaked 10-inch single
-crust pie shell
4 tb Sugar syrup
1 tb Minced orange peel
2 tb Grand Marnier
1 Vanilla bean, split and
-scraped
1 Cinnamon stick
Fresh grated nutmeg
6 Oz. fresh cranberries
2 c Pumpkin puree
1 c Dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 ts Cinnamon
1 ts Ginger
1/2 ts Nutmeg
1/2 ts Cloves
ds Salt
ds Fresh ground white pepper
4 Eggs
1 c Whipping cream
1/2 c Half and half
3 tb Bourbon
Cinnamon ice cream
-(optional)

Wolfgang Puck is a German-born chef who has made his mark here in
California. He has such goldmines as Spago's in LA and Stars in the
City plus a few more salted away around the globe. This is Wolfgang
Puck's very own punkin' pie. How does it stack up against
Grandma's?

Line a buttered 10-inch pie dish or flan ring with pastry.


Refrigerate for 1/2 hour. Line with parchment paper and fill
with pie weights or uncooked beans. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes, or until
crust is golden. Let cool. Remove paper and beans.

Meanwhile, in large stainless steel saucepan, combine sugar syrup,
orange peel, Grand Marnier, vanilla bean with scrapings, cinnamon
stick and nutmeg. Bring to boil. Stir in cranberries then reduce
heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until berries are softened.
Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Spread mixture in thin
layer on bottom of tart shell. (Leftover marmalade is good served
on side with smoked meat, fowl or curry.)

In a bowl, combine pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg,
cloves and pepper. Beat in eggs, cream, half and half and bourbon,
Pour into pastry shell. Bake at 375F for 30 to 40 minutes or until
set.

Serve warm with cinnamon ice cream, if desired.