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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Seven Layer Salad

This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's More Summer Salads article.

I was a judge for a Wisconsin Cheese recipe contest a few years back. This salad was one of the winners, and I love the texture, colors, and flavor. I've adapted it, of course.

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
9 ounce package frozen uncooked cheese tortellini
4 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups chopped red cabbage
2 cups Havarti cheese cubes
1 cup grape tomatoes
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Combine yogurt, buttermilk, and mayonnaise. Beat well. Stir in feta cheese, sugar, and dill weed. Cook tortellini as directed on package (you're really just thawing it). Drain tortellini and stir into dressing. Set aside. Layer spinach and cabbage in 9x13 glass baking dish. Pour tortellini and dressing over. Top with Havarti and grape tomatoes. Sprinkle bacon over all, and top with Parmesan cheese. Chill well.

Serves 10

Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.

Linda's first meal was a Mother's Day dinner from the Betty Crocker Children's cookbook, prepared when she was 11. Since then she has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, business dinners and cocktail parties, and wonderful simple meals for friends. Join her and learn simple and elegant ways to entertain your family and friends during the week.

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