Greek chick-pea soup

Ingredients

1/2 lb dried chick-peas
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp baking soda
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
6 to 8 cups water
2 med onions finely chopped
Strained fresh juice of 1 lemon
3 lb tomatoes chopped
1 lb bay leaf

How to prepare

Wash and soak chick-peas according to package directions. Drain and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 15 minutes.Remove husks by rubbing chick-peas between thumb and forefinger. Rinse well and drain. In a large pot,heat the oil and saute onions and peas stirring with a wooden spoon,until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf,garlic,salt and pepper, and 6 cups of water to start. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer, stirring occassionally for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer until peas are tender. Add more water it necessary. Remove from heat discard bay leaf and stir in lemon juice.

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Grapefruit scallop ceviche

Ingredients

1 lb bay scallops
4 scallions, chopped, white part only
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 tbsp grated grapefruit zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp grated lime zest
6 to 8 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste

How to prepare

Combine all the ingredients except the scallops in a non-reactive mixing bowl, preferably glass. Mix well to blend. Then add the scallops and refrigerate, covered, overnight. Before serving, drain well and discard the marinade. Serve on salad greens. Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings

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Mango salsa

Ingredients

3 large mangos, peeled, seeded cut in small cubes
1 red or green jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1-1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

Pinch cayenne pepper
pinch salt

How to prepare

Combine everything, cover and refrigerate about an hour. Serve with chicken, turkey, pork or prawns. Makes 6 servings.

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Portuguese potato & kale soup

Ingredients

2 oz chorizo sausage, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cup chicken stock
4 potatoes (1 1/2 lb total), peeled & sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb kale, trimmed, washed & thinly sliced
Salt & pepper to taste

How to prepare

Heat sm non-stick skillet over med heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring until browned, about 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. In heavy stockpot, heat oil over med. Heat. Add onions and saut

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Chocolate sauce

Ingredients

2 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp white corn syrup
1/4 cup evaporated skim milk
1 tsp vanilla

How to prepare

Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add cocoa, sugar and syrup and stir to mix well. Add milk, bring to a boil and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Yield: 1 cup

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Justin Wilson’s Pot Roast Magnifique

Ingredients

4 lb Chuck Roast
Salt and Cayenne Pepper
3 whole cloves garlic
3 pickled Hot Peppers
3 Shallots
6 whole sm Red Potatoes
3 lg Carrots, chopped 1″
6 med Boiling Onions
1 can (16 oz) whole Mushrooms, drained
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup Beaujolais Wine
1/4 tsp Angostura Bitters

How to prepare

Salt and pepper the roast. Cut 3 slits into the meat, and stuff each with a garlic clove, a hot pepper, and a shallot. Put the rest of the vegetables in the bottom of a Crock-Pot. Place the stuffed roast on top of the vegetables. Mix the Worcestershire, wine, and bitters. Pour over the roast. Cover and cook on LOW for 10-12 hours. Serve with French Bread.

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CARAMEL APPLE PIE

Ingredients

1/2 pkg kraft caramels; (about 24)
1 tsp milk
1 graham cracker pie crust
1/3 cup nuts; chopped
8 oz cream cheese; softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup applesauce, chunky
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
8 oz whipped topping; thawed
apple slices, fresh

How to prepare

Melt caramels with milk in sm microwaveable bowl at high for one minute to 90 seconds. Stir mixture until smooth. Pour into the crust. Sprinkle with nuts. Set aside to cool. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Stir in applesauce, vanilla and cinnamon. Fold in half the whipped topping. Spread mixture over caramel layer in crust. Chill at least four hours. Garnish with remaining whipped topping, apple slices and melted caramels if desired. Yield: 8 servings Note: Store any leftover pie in refrigerator.

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Baked Whole Salmon

Ingredients

whole salmon
2 large lemons, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
lemon wedges

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place salmon on heavy-duty foil (large enough to wrap the salmon). Layer salmon with lemon and onion slices; add wine. Sprinkle with parsley, pepper, and salt.

2. Seal foil tightly around salmon. Bake 50 to 60 minutes until fish is flaky and tender. Remove from oven; open foil and arrange salmon on a platter. If you like, remove the skin before serving. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Each serving: About 110 calories, 3 g fat, 47 mg cholesterol,
115 mg sodium.

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Peas, bacon, and ricotta sauce for pasta

Ingredients

1 lb fresh, young peas unshelled weight, or 1/2 of a 10 oz package of tiny frozen peas, thawed
1/4 lb bacon, lean, slab bacon
Salt
1/4 lb fresh ricotta
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus additional cheese at table
Black pepper, ground fresh
1 lb pasta fusilli or rigatoni

How to prepare

1 if using fresh peas: shell them, discard the pods, rinse them in cold water, and cook them in a sm amount of simmering water until they are just tender the time varies greatly depending on the freshness and youth of the peas if using thawed frozen peas: begin the sauce at step 2
2 cut the bacon into short, narrow strips put it into a sm saut

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Mock bernaise sauce

Ingredients

1/4 cup wine vinegar
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp minced green onions
1 tbsp minced fresh tarragon
1/8 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp acceptable vegetable oil
3/4 cup homemade chicken broth
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

How to prepare

Place vinegar, wine, onions, tarragon and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking until liquid is reduced to ab. 2 tsp set aside. Combine oil and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir to mix well. Place over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Add broth and increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add a small amt. Of the sauce to beaten egg yolk. Stir to mix well and pour egg mixture slowly into the sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vinegar mixture. Stir well. Serve over fish or vegetables if desired. Yield: 1 cup

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