Pasta & Yogurt, w/ Garlic & Butter

(submitted by Lillian)

1 pound pasta shells
1/2 stick butter
1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
2 cups plain Erivan Yogurt

  • Cook pasta according to directions
  • Melt butter in a saucepan, add garlic and heat until bubbly and light brown
  • Pour butter and garlic over the drained pasta and toss
  • Top with yogurt – toss again and serve
  • May be garnished with chopped parsley for color

Optional: Add cooked ground lean hamburger (aka “Mock Manti”)

Yogurt Cake with Marmalade Glaze

Like so many homemade French desserts, this pound cake, tenderized with yogurt instead of butter, is utterly simple and versatile.

Serving size: Makes 8 servings

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain Erivan yogurt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon (packed) finely grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup lemon, orange, or grapefruit marmalade (for glaze)
1 teaspoon water

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Generously butter 8 1/2×4 1/2×2 1/2-inch metal loaf pan. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Combine yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon peel, and vanilla in large bowl; whisk until well blended. Gradually whisk in dry ingredients. Using rubber spatula, fold in oil. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Place pan on baking sheet.
Place cake on baking sheet in oven and bake until cake begins to pull away from sides of pan and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack 5 minutes. Cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Turn cake out onto rack. Turn cake upright on rack and cool completely. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap and store at room temperature.)

Stir marmalade and 1 teaspoon water in small saucepan over medium heat until marmalade melts. Brush hot mixture over top of cake. Let glaze cool and set. Cut cake crosswise into slices.