Quick and Easy Stir-fry Beef

Ingredients

8 oz flank steak
2 cups pea pods, ends removed
1 can sliced water chestnuts (optional)
2 slices of ginger root
2 chopped stalks of green onions
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Marinade Sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame oil (optional)
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Rinse rice in pot, and and cook (follow pkg directions). While the rice is cooking, slice flank steak in thin slices (approximately 2 inches long by a quarter inch wide) and place in marinade. Make sure that the steak is coated in marinade. Chop the green onions and slice ginger. Heat lg skillet on high heat. Drop 1 tbsp olive oil onto skillet. Put meat and marinade in skillet and fry until brown. Add more olive oil if necessary. Add ginger and green onions to skillet. Fry 1 minute and then add the peapods and water chestnuts. Fry until peapods are hot but not soggy. The rice should be finished by now. Serve stir-fry over rice.
This takes about 20 – 25 minutes to make and makes double servings for two people. Add more vegetables if you want to serve more people.

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Oyster corn bread stuffing

Ingredients

1 pt oysters (15 1/2 oz) well drained
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cup corn bread cubes, toasted
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp sage

How to prepare

Cook celery and onion in butter until tender. Add oysters and cook 3-5 minutes or until edges begin to curl. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Makes approx. 4 cups stuffing, enough for 4 lb bird. For 5 to 9 lb bird double the recipe. For 10-15 lb bird triple the recipe.

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Hard Candy

Ingredients

3 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 jar flavored oil can be purchased at local drug/grocery/food stores
food coloring (your choice of color)

How to prepare

Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in lg saucepan. Cook on med heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly, stop stirring once sugar dissolves. Insert candy thermometer and bring to a boil, heat until temperature reaches 310*. Remove from heat, stir in oil and food coloring (to desired shade). Poor onto cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and powdered sugar. Let cool completely, break and enjoy!

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Flaming fajitas

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb very lean skirt or bottom-round steak, cut 1/4″ thick and trimmed of visible fat
1 lime
4 lg garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
1 to 2 tsp pequin quebrado or crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup brandy
4 to 6 (12″ ) flour tortillas
4 to 6 romaine lettuce leaves, cut crosswise into 1″ strips
Salsa, chopped onions,
Chopped tomatoes,
Chopped fresh cilantro,
Sour cream, and
Guacamole, for serving
With the fajitas, if desired

How to prepare

Cut the steak into 4 to 6 equal-size rectangles lb the steak pieces to flatten Them as thin as possible cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice over both sides Of each piece of steak stack the steaks on a plate and let stand for about 30 mins Preheat the over to 250

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Sausage And Cornbread Pie

Ingredients

1 lb bulk pork sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
28 oz can tomatoes, undrained
4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn (undrained)
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 tsp chili powder
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil

How to prepare

Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a lg skillet over med heat until meat is browned, stirring to crumble meat; drain. Add tomatoes, chiles, corn, and chili powder; simmer 20 min.. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 8 square baking dish, and set aside. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a med bowl, mixing well. Combine egg, milk, and oil in a sm bowl; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spread cornmeal mixture evenly over sausage mixture. Bake in 375

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Baked macaroni & cheddar cheese

Ingredients

1/2 lb elbow macaroni, cooked
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 cup milk
1/2 lb extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup bread crumbs
paprika

How to prepare

Cook macaroni as usual. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp butter in top of double boiler. Add flour, and seasonings, stirring to keep smooth. Gradually add milk and cook over hot water, stirring until hot and thickened. Add cheese and cook until just melted. Combine macaroni and cheese sauce in a rectangular casserole dish. Scatter bread crumbs on top. Dot with remaining butter. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a preheated 350f oven until browned on top, about 20 minutes.

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Habanero Hors D’oeuvres

Ingredients

Pastry dough
2 12 oz jars of whole habanero peppers
8 oz package of regular or low-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup low-fat or nonfat sour cream
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
2 oz unsalted, unoiled cashew nuts, chopped fine
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp coarse-grind black pepper
approx 1/8 cup water
approx 1/8 cup milk

How to prepare

Wear rubber gloves and work outdoors or in a well-ventilated kitchen. Pour off the vinegar in which the habaneros are packed and save it to use in seasoning salads. Rinse the peppers well several times in water, remove and discard the stems and seeds, and set the peppers aside on paper towels to dry.

Mix the cream cheese and sour cream together thoroughly. Add parsley, chopped cashews, salt and black pepper and stir until well blended. Using an espresso spoon or your gloved fingers, stuff the habaneros with this mixture.
Roll pastry dough out thin, and use a cup or lid to cut it into circles approx. 3 1/2″ in diameter. Place one stuffed habanero in each circle. With your finger, apply a light coating of water to the edge of the dough, fold over, and seal. Prick an air hole in the top of each tart.

Place the tarts on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees until crust is golden brown (approx. 15 minutes). About 5 minutes before they are finished, brush the top of each tart lightly with milk; discard any remaining milk. Remove tarts from the oven and allow to cool for up to 2 hours before serving. Makes approx. 50 hors d’oeuvres.

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Best apple- cranberry- nut muffins

Ingredients

2 cups apples, peeled, shredded
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup cranberries, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup black walnuts, chopped
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp double-acting baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil

How to prepare

In a lg mixing bowl, combine apples and sugar. Gently fold in chopped cranberries, carrots, and nuts. Combine dry ingredients; add to mixing bowl. Mix well to moisten dry ingredients. Combine eggs and oil; stir into apple mixture. Fill 18 greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans. Yield: 18 muffins

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Brown beef stock, by julia child

Ingredients

3-4 lbs meaty raw beef bones
2 each: large carrots, onions, and celery ribs, chopped
6 or more quarts cold water
a large size herb bouquet plus 4 allspice berries and 6 peppercorns
2 large cloves unpeeled garlic, smashed

1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more as needed later

How to prepare

The bones to choose: raw beef bones, some of them meaty, are what you want here, such as shank, the neck, the knuckle; leg bones. An oxtail will give extra flavor and pleasantly slightly gelatinous texture. Preheat the oven to 450 f. Arrange the bones and 1/2 cup each of the chopped vegetables in the roasting pan and brown, turning and basting with accumulated fat several times until they are walnut brown. Put bones and vegetables into the pot (an 8 qt. Or so ); pour out and discard accumulated fat. Pour 2 cups of the water into the pan and bring to the boil over moderately high heat; and de glaze, then pour the liquid over the browned bones in the pot. Add the herb bouquet to the kettle and the rest of the vegetables listed with enough of the water to cover the ingredients by 2″. Bring to the simmer on top of the stove; skim off and discard gray scum that will collect on the surface for several minutes. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt. Cover loosely, and maintain at the slow simmer, skimming off fat and scum occasionally, and adding a little boiling water if the liquid has evaporated below the surface of the ingredients. Simmer until you feel the bones have given their all. Strain the stock through a colander into a bowl, pressing juices out of the ingredients. Degrease the stock and season lightly to taste. Strain again, this time through a fine meshed sieve into a clean pan or container. May be prepared in advance; chill uncovered, then cover and refrigerate or freeze.

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