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Cupid's Red Velvet Ice
Submitted by: Barbiel
2 pounds fresh cranberries
4 cups unsweetened apple juice (seperate into 2 cups each)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
Wash cranberries, combine with only 2 cups apple juice and sugar in a large pot. Cook on high/medium high until cranberries pop (about 8 minutes). Put through a food mill. Add remaining ingredients and chill. Put this mixture into an electric freezer or a hand cranked one. Read the directions on your freezer for the time or crank till it freezes. Serve frozen mixture in champagne glasses. Serves 2.

Deep Fryer Apple Dumplings
Submitted by: Barbiel
vegetable oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
10 Wonton wrappers
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
Melt butter in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté apples and next 3 ingredients, stirring occasionally, until softened. Transfer to a bowl and chill well. Place about 1/4 cup of apple mixture in the center of each Wonton wrapper. Moisten edges of wrapper with water and bring corners to the top, forming a point, and press firmly. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. Heat oil in an electric deep fryer to 375°F. Add dumplings to fry basket 2 at a time. Lower into hot oil and fry until golden. Drain on absorbent paper and serve hot sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.
Note: This recipe serves 10 people. Due to the nature of this recipe, it adjusts the number of servings in multiples of 10 only.

Carmen Meringay
Submitted by: Barbiel
Carmen Meringay
(Photo by: Deborah Jones)
Special Equipment:
A large baking sheet
A piece of flexible corrugated cardboard
(25 to 30 inches long and 5 to 6 inches wide)
Cellophane tape
A large pastry bag fitted with a medium small star tip (Ateco #843 or #9824)
 For the Meringue
2/3 cup sugar (divided ­ set aside 1/3 of the sugar)
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Making the Form:
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C). Cut a piece of parchment paper to cover the baking sheet, then cut the paper crosswise in half. Set one piece aside. Bend the corrugated cardboard into a cylinder 7 to 8 inches in diameter and secure the overlapping edges with tape. Stand the cardboard cylinder in the center of the parchment on the baking sheet. Push the cylinder into an oval shape (or keep it round), taping the bottom edges securely to the parchment in several places to preserve the shape. Cut a piece of parchment big enough to wrap around and cover the cardboard cylinder completely. Secure the overlapping end of the parchment with tape but do not tape the parchment to the cardboard or you will not be able to slip it off later.
Making the Meingue:
In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt on high speed (medium speed if using a heavy-duty stand mixer) until soft peaks form when the beaters are lifted. Gradually beat in 2/3’s of the sugar (a little under 1/2 cup), taking 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. The meringue should stand in very stiff glossy peaks when the beaters are lifted. Fold in the reserved sugar. (Remove the bowl if using a stand mixer). Scrape the meringue into the pastry bag. Starting at the bottom of the form, pipe a line of meringue up the outside of the form. Near the top, jerk the tip of the pastry bag upward to form a point. Starting at the bottom again, pipe a second line of meringue parallel to and touching the first. Repeat until the form is covered with meringue. (If there are gaps in coverage or places where the piping barely touches, pipe some extra lines of meringue as necessary. Don't worry, this will look beautiful and reinforces the structure!). Slide the parchment with the form placed on it to one end of the baking sheet. Place the reserved parchment next to it. Pipe or spread the remaining meringue on the parchment to make a thin oval layer slight smaller than the form. Bake for 2 hours. Turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside for at least another hour or overnight. Carefully detach the baked (and very fragile) meringue shell from the form as follows: Lift the meringue and attached parchment upward, sliding them off of the cardboard. Set the meringue on a flat tray. Carefully, without bumping the meringue, reach in and grasp the end of the parchment. Gently pull the parchment off the meringue, pulling toward the center of the shell. Slide a metal spatula under the meringue layer to separate it from the parchment underneath. If necessary, trim the layer with a serrated knife so the meringue shell (lifted and set down carefully with two hands) fits completely over it. Store the shell and the bottom layer in an airtight container for up to several weeks, until needed. Fill as suggested in introduction. Makes 12 to 14 servings.

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