We've gathered our favorite marathon, sprint, and high jump recipes for you to try at home.
August 13, 2008
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Marathon: Chocolate Cake IV
Roll up your sleeves and get baking with this three-layer chocolate cake. Filled with a rich Coffee Liqueur Ganache Icing and Mocha-Chocolate Cream Filling, this dessert is a chocoholic's dream come true. It takes a little time, but the results are heavenly.
Sprint to the dinner table with a recipe that calls for the ultimate weeknight timesaver: rotisserie chicken. Chop the cooked bird into bite-size pieces drizzle with a lime juice and cilantro dressing before layering with sautéed bell peppers and your favorite toppings.
Pole Vault: Slow-Cooker Chicken with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions
Pick a recipe that requires a little effort upfront to get dinner going, then allows you to sail through the day with ease. Brown the chicken and make a pan sauce in the morning, then allow the one-dish supper to marinate as it cooks throughout the day. The ease of preparation and simple elegance make this recipe ideal for a casual weeknight dinner party with friends.
Trying new cuts of meat can be daunting, but it shouldn't be. This dinner of lamb chops with a zesty fruit salsa is ready in about 10 minutes thanks to a quick stint in the broiler. Give it a try, then keep experimenting with meats outside the chicken, pork, and beef sections of your grocery store.
Dinner is only a hop, skip, and a jump away with this three-step dinner salad. Cook the beef, make the sour cream and salsa dressing, and combine with fresh and canned veggies for a quick and easy supper that's ready in about 15 minutes.
Skewer a juicy and tender slice of beef tenderloin flavored with ginger, garlic, onions, rice vinegar, and soy sauce for an Asian-inspired appetizer or light supper. Prepare the marinade in the morning and let the beef soak during the day, then grill for about 30 seconds on each side.
Discus: Hamburger Steak with Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
Shape steak patties by combining bread crumbs, ground round, garlic, and an egg, then pan-fry in a skillet for a few minutes on each side. Make a rich and creamy mushroom gravy in the same pan to enrich the sauce's flavor. Finish cooking the patties in the sauce to play up the smooth, earthy flavor of the sauce.
High Jump: Mile-High White Chocolate Hummingbird Cake
Layer for layer, this cake packs the most flavor into any dessert in our database. Crushed pineapple, chopped banana, and vanilla pudding mix keep the layers moist, while vanilla and almond extract, cinnamon, white chocolate, and coconut add dynamic flavor. Top with a White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting and you've got a show-stopping dessert.
Make a big batch of these top-rated meatballs and toss them into hoagies, pastas, or even a veggie stir-fry for a flavorful dinner in a hurry. They freeze well, so make extra that you can simply thaw overnight and use when you're ready. The creamy ricotta and Parmesan mixture keeps the meatballs extra moist and adds a hint of Italian flavor.