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Creamy Rotelli Pasta

2 Tbsp. Butter
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 ½ Tbsp. Minced fresh garlic
1 medium carrot, julienne
2 medium zucchini, julienne
2 cups Shiitake mushrooms, rinsed and julienne
2 cups coarsely chopped cilantro
12 ounces Rotelli
1 ½ cups heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
¾ cups grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta accordingly to package directions; drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic for about 1 minute. Add vegetables and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add drained pasta and stir-fry another minute. Add heavy cream, bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Just before serving, add Parmesan cheese and let cook one minute.     


Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

¼ cup sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup light corn syrup
½ cup + 2 Tbsp. Water
1 (16 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a pot, mix sugar, cocoa powder, corn syrup and water together. Bring to a boil. Let mixture simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in chocolate chips. Mix till the chocolate has melted. Stir over low to heat to completely melt chocolate. Serve immediately over ice cream. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Re-heat fudge sauce over low heat.     


Sam’s Big Island Brownies

1-½ blocks butter
1 ½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
4 eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 (16 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 2/3 cup flour
½ tsp. Salt
½ baking soda
1 cups macadamia nuts
¼ cup Kona coffee, freeze dried

In a pot, bring butter, sugar and water to a boil. Remove pot from heat. Stir in 1 package of chocolate chips. Mix until smooth. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. Whisk in chocolate-butter mixture, and mix until combined. Sift into a bowl flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into chocolate mixture. Add in freeze-dried coffee, chocolate chips and macadamia nut. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread mixture evenly. Bake in pre-heated oven at 300 degree for 35-45 minutes. Cool then ready to eat!