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A Cheez-It Feast, And Other Reasons To Be Thankful

Nov 22, 2013

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank challenge our chef-in-residence Sarah Rosenthal to make a Thanksgiving meal out of mac and cheese, Oreos, Cheez-Its, salsa, and more cheese. Plus, hear the story of an inspirational nun from India: Sister Lucy Kurien helps thousands of destitute women and children through her organization, Maher.

Here are Sarah Rosenthal's recipes, as heard in the show:

Salsa Chicken Rolls
Yields approx 20 rolls

16 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (more to taste)
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 1/2 cups salsa
2 cups shredded chicken or turkey
1 tbsp hot sauce (of your choice)
20 tortillas

1) Preheat oven to 350 F.
2) Combine all ingredients (save for the tortillas) in a large bowl.
3) Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of mixture onto tortillas and roll them up, place on un-greased baking sheet (parchment paper preferred).
4) spray with cooking spray if desired, bake 20 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is beginning to melt.

"Cracky Mac"

3 cups desired pasta (macaroni and penne work well)
1 cup cream or 2% milk
2 cups shredded cheddar
1 tsp fresh tarragon
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp sage
2 cups Cheez-Its
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp butter to mount

1) Boil pasta to desired degree of doneness, strain. Cook 7 minutes for al dente.
2) While pasta is cooking, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a medium sauce pan and crush 2 cups Cheez-its in a bag with a rolling pin.
3) Add cream to saucepan, then add cheese to saucepan and stir until melted and combined.
4) Remove saucepan from heat and add herbs.
5) Add 2 tbsp butter to mount.
6) Combine sauce with strained pasta and combine.
7) Sprinkle crushed Cheez-Its over pasta and either serve as is or bake for 10 minutes, then serve.

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