Vanilla Bean Caramels

Ingredients

vegetable oil
1/2 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp whole milk
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp condensed milk
1/4 cup heavy (double) cream
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
pinch of salt

How to prepare

Line an 8″ square baking pan with foil, covering the bottom and sides. Brush generously with vegetable oil. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan over med heat, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, corn syrup, whole milk, condensed milk, cream, butter, vanilla bean, and salt. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Using a pastry brush, dipped in water, brush down the sides of the pan to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Raise the heat to medium-high and clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan. Cook, stirring slowly but constantly, until the thermometer registers 240 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 minutes [ note: more like 15-20 minutes, by my tests]. from Williams Sonoma’s “Gifts from the Kitchen Remove the pan from the heat. Remove the vanilla bean and discard. Immediately pour the caramel into the prepared pan all at once; do not scrape the residue from the pan bottom. Let the caramel cool completely, about 2 hours.
Coat a cutting board with vegetable oil. Turn out the cooled caramel onto the board and peel off the foil. Oil a lg knife and cut the caramel into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide. Cut the strips crosswise into pieces 1 inch long, re- oiling the knife occasionally to prevent sticking. Wrap each candy in a piece of clear cellophane, waxed paper, or colored waxed paper, twisting the ends. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 3 dozen

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Galaktobourekos (Custard Tarts)

Ingredients

6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 qt milk
6 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup butter (or margarine)
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz filo pastry sheets
12 lb sweet butter; melted
sugar, confectioners

How to prepare

Beat eggs in saucepan; add sugar and beat thoroughly; slowly add milk. cook over med heat, stirring occasionally.
Dissolve cornstarch in water; slowly add to milk mixture before it comes to a boil. Cook until mixture thickens and comes to a hard boil. Remove from heat; add 1/4 cup butter and vanilla.
Cut pastry sheets in to thirds or into 9×5″ pieces. Brush pastry with hot melted butter. Place about 1 tbsp custard filling at bottom left corner of strip and fold the right bottom corner over it into a triangle. Continue folding back and forth into a triangle and brushing with butter to end of strip.
Place triangles, cut side down, on greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with melted butter and bake at 375

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Chicken breasts and rice casserole

Ingredients

3 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 med onion, peeled and chopped
1 cup converted rice
4 chicken breasts
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
2 med cloves garlic, peeled & minced

How to prepare

Place the bouillon cubes, water, salt, pepper, thyme, rice and chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Before serving: in a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saut

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Spicy carrots

Ingredients

4-5 lg carrots chopped
1 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2+ cloves garlic, sliced
1/8 cup parsley
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup onion sliced into 1/2 rings
1/4+ cup jalapenos w/ juice sliced lengthwise

How to prepare

Bring all ingredients to a boil except carrots . Pour mixture over carrots and let sit at least 2 hrs. Enjoy! These keep for a very long time, at least 2-3 weeks, put in airtight container. Refrigerate before eating.

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Mock hollandaise sauce

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup homemade chicken broth or commercial low sodium variety
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

How to prepare

Combine oil and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Add broth and turn up heat to medium. Cook stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add a small amount of the sauce to the beaten egg yolk. Stir to mix well and slowly pour egg mixture into sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Stir to mix well. Yield: 1 cup

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Green chile sauce #2

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green chiles, roasted & peeled
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 small onion
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water
2 cups beef broth

How to prepare

Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles. Cut into strips 1/4″ wide, 1 1/2″-2″ long. Set aside. Drop the garlic through the feed tube of a food processor with the motor running. Add the onions. Pulse to chop coarsely. Cook the onion and garlic in the oil in a lg saucepan until the onions are limp. Stir in the chiles, salt and worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring, over med heat for 5 minutes. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Add to the saucepan. Stir in the beef broth. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste. Yields 5 cups

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Chile- lime black bean salad

Ingredients

2 cup black beans, rinsed
1 small jicama, peeled and finely diced
2 roma tomatoes, finely diced
1 green pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1 red onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 bunch italian parsley, minced
chile-lime dressing (look up)
freshly ground pepper
salt to taste

How to prepare

Heat enough salted water to cover beans to boil. Add beans. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 45 minutes or until beans are tender, but still whole. Drain and cool. Meanwhile combine jicama, tomatoes, green pepper, carrots, celery, red onion, green onions and parsley in large bowl. Add beans and chile-lime dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Marinate several hours. Serve at room temperature. Makes 10-12 servings.

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Stuffed boneless lamb roast

Ingredients

1 boneless lamb shoulder
1 clove garlic, peeled and cut into slivers
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
2 slices of bacon, chopped
Grated rind of 1 orange
1 egg
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 1 orange
1 tbsp honey

How to prepare

1. Open the lamb shoulder and spread it flat, skin side down. Make small slits in the meat and insert garlic slivers.
2. In a lg bowl, combine breadcrumbs, bacon, orange rind, egg, basil, and parsley. Spread lamb with stuffing. Roll meat up, tucking in any loose ends. Tie securely in several places with string.
3. On a rack in a roasting pan, roast shoulder in a 325 f oven for about 1 hour, or until meat is just pink. During the last 15 minutes of roasting, brush lamb with orange juice combined with honey. Serves 4 to 6.

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JERRY ELLIOTT’S SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Ingredients

1/2 poundHamburger
1/2 cup Sliced fresh mushrooms
3 Slices chopped bacon
1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon Pepper (or to taste)
1/2 poundItalian sausage
1/4 cup Wine (or to taste)
1 tablespoonOlive oil
1 dash Cinnamon (or to taste)
1 dash Ground cloves (or to taste)
1 Chopped onion
1 Chopped green pepper
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 2.5# can Ital tomatoes+juic
1 Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Basil
Several cloves sliced garlic

How to prepare

Saute bacon and some onion in oil. Then add beef, sausage, green pepper and the rest of the onion. Cook until meat is browned. Then add mushrooms, tomatoes (with juice), bay leaf and seasonings. Simmer for 1 hour. Add tomato paste and wine and simmer for another 30 minutes If your sauce winds up being a little runny, add some more tomato paste or let simmer uncovered till desired consistency is achieved I rarely make this recipe the same way twice. It’s a very forgiving recipe and experimentation is reccommended. Try adding a dash of Worchestershire sauce and/or a dash of bitters. Add some oregano, whatever you like. This recipe also doubles very easily The amount of garlic was purposely vague as I’m one of those people who feel that you can never have enough garlic. If you’re not a garlic-aholic, you probably will only need one clove of garlic.

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