Monthly Archives: December 2017

Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Casserole

Entrees
  • Food-pic-Brussels-Sprouts-&-Bacon-Casserole1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 1 pack (8 ounces) bacon
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated white Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

Remove outer leaves and stems from Brussels sprouts. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes; drain and coarsely chop. Cook bacon until crisp; drain and crumble into large chunks. In a large bowl, lightly toss together the sprouts, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and half of the bacon. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and add the sprout mixture, spreading evenly. Pour cream over mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Add breadcrumbs and remaining bacon (do not stir in). Cut butter into pieces and place over casserole. Bake about minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Makes 4-6 servings.

Fake It to Make It

Community Groups in Action

fake it to make itIt’s time for one of the year’s favorite fundraising events. Fake It to Make It, a lip sync challenge to raise funds for SafeHomes Inc., will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 26 at the Miller Theater.

SafeHomes offers support to victims of domestic violence through advocacy, education and awareness. Founded in 1979, the organization affects the lives of more than 2,000 individuals and their families each year. Offering services for women, men and children, SafeHomes can house up to 24 individuals at one time in its emergency shelter. The nonprofit also provides outreach programs to nonresidential victims.

Other services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, legal advocacy, a support group, counseling and life skills classes. The organization serves a 10-county area including Columbia, Richmond, Lincoln and McDuffie counties.

fake it to make it“SafeHomes has truly filled a real need for over 30 years to many who have been unfortunately abused and that require confidential and caring help,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder.

Seven contestants will vie for the Lip Sync Championship. Each contestant will prepare two performances to wow the audience and to work toward a fundraising goal of $10,000 for SafeHomes’ Domestic Violence Center. A championship belt will be awarded to the judges’ choice winner, and a second belt will go to the top fundraiser.

“Fake It to Make It has allowed SafeHomes to connect with the community in a unique way by engaging community members to participate in raising funds for our mission, as well as to do fake it to make itsomething that is outside of their comfort zone and normal routine,” says Jennifer Frantom, development director.

Tickets for the show are $15, $30 or $50, and buyers can “credit” their ticket amount to one of the contestants at the time of purchase. For more information, visit safehomesdv.org.

Frosty’s Brownie Peppermint Cake Pops

Food
  • Frosty's-Brownie-Peppermint-Pops1 box brownie mix
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Cake pop or lollipop sticks
  • Crushed peppermint pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare brownies according to directions for fudgy brownies; let cool completely. Remove brownies from pan and cut off edges. Mix brownies together with softened cream cheese. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop into balls and roll with hands. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Combine chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a bowl. Microwave 45 seconds, then stir until smooth. (If not fully melted, microwave an additional 10 seconds.) Insert cake pop sticks and dip brownie balls into white chocolate. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint pieces. Let sit until chocolate is set.