Medford pear bread

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp softened butter, divided
1 egg, well-beaten
1 cup + 2 tbsp gran. Sugar, divided
1 cup peeled, diced fresh pears
1/2 cup red wine (can substitute grape juice)
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
2. In a medium skillet, saut

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Tomato, basil, and cheese tart

Ingredients

For the shell:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 stick (6 tbsp ) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
2 tbsp cold vegetable shortening
1/4 lb sliced lean bacon, cooked, drained, cooled, and crumbled
1/4 tsp salt
Raw rice for weighting the shell
For the filling:
4 lg (about 2 lb) firm-ripe tomatoes, sliced horizontally, 1/3″ thick
1 1/2 tsp salt plus additional for sprinkling the tomatoes
1 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves plus 3 basil
Sprigs for garnish
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp whole-milk ricotta
2 lg eggs beaten lightly
1/4 lb whole-milk mozzarella, grated coarse
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

Vegetable oil for brushing the tomatoes

How to prepare

Make the shell: in a lg bowl, blend the flour, butter, shortening, bacon, and salt until the mixture resembles meal add 3 to 4 tbsp ice water, or enough to form a dough, tossing the mixture until the water is incorporated knead the dough lightly with the heel of the hand against a smooth surface for a few seconds to distribute the fat evenly and form it into a ball flatten the dough slightly, dust it with flour, and chill it, wrapped in wax paper, for 1 hour roll the dough into a 1/3″ thick round on a floured surface and fit it into a 9″ tart pan with a removable fluted rim prick the shell lightly with a fork and chill it for 30 mins line shell with foil, fill foil with the rice, and bake shell in lower third of a preheated 425

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Saut

Ingredients

6 to 8 small zucchini
olive oil
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp, or to taste, chopped fresh basil (or another herb)
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp chopped parsley

How to prepare

Cut the zucchini in quarters lengthwise. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet and add the zucchini strips. Saut

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Spicy marinade for shrimp

Ingredients

24 shrimp, large, cleaned
1 cup vinegar, rice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
2 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp oil, sesame

1 salt
1 tsp chili paste

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients and marinate shrimp for 30 minutes. Thread 3 shrimp onto a water-soaked bamboo skewer and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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Succulent shrimp scampi

Ingredients

2 lbs fresh large or jumbo shrimp
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp steak sauce

1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp hot sauce

How to prepare

1. Peel and devein shrimp.
2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, being careful not to burn it. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes or until onions are translucent.
3. Add lemon juice, tarragon, steak sauce, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Bring to a boil.
4. Add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink.
5. Serve over angel hair pasta or fettucine. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.
Prepared 2/6/95 by teresa lux from the bubba gump shrimp co. Cookbook. From: mike n maty

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Caramelized chicken with garlic and ginger

Ingredients

4 chicken thighs
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken wings
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 med onions, chopped
Glaze
4 tbsp tomato sauce
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Sm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 200c/400f put the chicken pieces in a roasting dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Trickle with oil. Bake for 15 minutes, until chicken skin is starting to get golden. Meanwhile mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a sm bowl. Pour the glaze over the chicken and sprinkle onion over the top. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes turning over the pieces of chicken halfway through the cooking time. The chicken is ready when it is a shiny dark brown. – serves 4

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Panzanella with feta cheese

Ingredients

6 medium tomatoes (cut in mid sized chunks)
4 thick slices of sourdough toasted
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sweet onion, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
1 tbsp chopped parsley

2 cloves garlic
1 tsp fresh tarragon, minced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp balsamic
to taste salt and pepper
feta cheese for garnish

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients except the bread and cheese in a large salad bowl. Let the mixture marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours, stirring gently from time if you can.
Toast the bread and cut into chunks just before serving. Stir the toast chunks into the salad and serve at room temperature with crumbled feta cheese on top.

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Tropical fruit salsa

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, chopped
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 papaya, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cantaloupe, peeled, seeded diced
3 serrano or jalapeno chiles, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tbsp peanut oil
juice of 2 limes
salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare

Blanch the chopped onion in boiling water for 1 minute to remove raw taste. Remove from water with slotted spoon and plunge into ice water to cool and stop cooking. Drain well. In large bowl toss all ingredients until combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before using. Serve with grilled fish, veal or chicken. Makes 8 servings.

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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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