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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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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Carrot and red pepper soup

Ingredients

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4 tbsp unsalted butter
6 cups water
6 large carrots 1/2″ dice
1/2 half yellow onion 1/4″ dice
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
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2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 medium red bell pepper, diced
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
red wine vinegar to taste

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
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chopped fresh chervil leaves
creme fraiche (thinned with warm water)

How to prepare

Prepare the carrot soup: melt the butter in a 6-quart stainless steel soup pot. Add 1 cup of the water, the carrots and onion. Bring to a low simmer; cover and stew for 30 minutes. Remove the cover from the pot. The vegetables should be very tender and the water almost entirely evaporated. If not, continue cooking them until they are. Add the remaining 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches for 3 minutes each. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. The soup should have a velvety consistency and be slightly thicker than heavy cream. Set aside.
Prepare red pepper soup: in a 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter. Add the peppers and water, bring to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the peppers are very tender. Most of the water will have evaporated during this time. In a blender or food processor, puree the peppers with 1/2 cup of the water and pass the puree through a medium-fine sieve to catch any bits of skin. Return the soup to the pan and add salt. If the pepper soup lacks depth, correct it with a few drops of red wine vinegar. If necessary, thin the red pepper soup with a little of the remaining water so its consistency is similar to that of the carrot soup. Presentation: pour two-thirds cup of the carrot soup into each of 8 warmed bowls. Stir 2 tbsp of the red pepper soup into the center. Garnish with chervil and creme fraiche if desired. Draw the cream over the surface with the tines of a fork. Yield: makes 8 servings.

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Homemade coriander sausage

Ingredients

2 lbs coarsely ground pork shoulder
2 tbsp whole coriander seeds
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp salt

7-foot-long natural casing
2 yards butchers twine

How to prepare

In a large mixing bowl, using your hand or a fork, combine all the ingredients for the filling. Prepare casing, fill, link and cook.

Casing prep:
1. Place the casings in a bowl of warm water in your kitchen sink. It will relax nearly instantly. Meanwhile set up the sausage grinder with the stuffing nozzle. 2. Take casings out of water and fit the open end over the faucet. Turn on warm water gently to allow the water to run through the casing. Then remove casing and slide immediately over the sausage nozzle. 3. Place the filling in the top of the grinder and crank the machine so that the filling feeds into the casing. Continue cranking until entire casing is filled. 4. Using butchers twine, tie a knot every 4″ along the length of the sausage.

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Pecan Cake Roll

Ingredients

4 eggs, separated
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 cup ground pecans
1 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate shavings and additional confectioners’ sugar, optional

How to prepare

In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and confectioners’ sugar until thick, about 5 min.. In another bowl, beat whites until soft peaks form; fold into yolk mixture. Fold in pecans until well blended (batter will be thin). Grease a 15x10x1 in. baking pan; line with waxed paper and grease and flour paper. Spread batter into pan. Bake at 375’F for 10-15 min. or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Turn onto a linen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Peel off paper and roll cake up in towel, starting with short end. Cool on wire rack 1 hour. Meanwhile, beat the cream, sugar, cocoa and vanilla in a mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Carefully unroll cake. Spread filling over cake; roll up again. Refrigerate. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings and confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 10-12 servings. Note: This cake does not contain flour.

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Red pepper & tomato bisque

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs red bell peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lg onion
3 lbs tomatoes, peeled, diced
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups stock (veg., Beef, chicken)
2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp dry sherry
1 tbsp vinegar or wine
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
croutons or crostini
1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional)

How to prepare

Roast and peel bell peppers. Puree in processor or blender. Heat oil in heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and saut

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CURRIED CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1 lg onion, chopped
2 carrots, shredded
1 tbsp curry powder
1 (28 oz ) can tomatoes
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 (13 oz ) cans chicken broth, divided
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
salt and pepper to tast

How to prepare

Melt butter in lg saucepan over med heat. Add onion and carrots, saute on low heat for 20 minutes or until onions are lightly golden. Sprinkle onions and carrots with curry powder; cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, one of the cans of broth, allspice, cumin and nutmeg; simmer about 40 minutes. Pour mixture in batches into container of food processor or blender; process until smooth. Return to saucepan over medium-low heat; stir in the other can of broth and cream (or half and half). Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Baby carrots with herbs

Ingredients

1 lb baby carrots, trimmed and scraped
2 tbsp chopped chervil or parsley
2 tbsp butter
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
salt and ground white pepper to taste

How to prepare

Place the carrots in a small saucepan with water to cover. Add salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until they are tender. Do not overcook. Drain. In the same saucepan add the butter, nutmeg and chervil. Blend well and serve. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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Roman green beans with fontina cheese

Ingredients

1 lb fresh string beans, trimmed
1/2 lb fontina cheese, cut into strips about 3″ by 1/4″
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Cook the beans in boiling water until crisp-tender, about two minutes. Rinse under cold running water; drain. Combine with the cheese in a large bowl. Mash the garlic with the mustard in a small bowl. Stir in the lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the oil. Pour this dressing over the beans and cheese. Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Yield: four servings.

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