Antipasto Spread

Ingredients

4-oz cans mushroom stems and pieces drained and finely chopped
1 14-oz can artichoke hearts drained and finely chopped
1 10-oz jar pimiento-stuffed olives drained and finely chopped
1 6-oz can ripe olives drained and finely chopped
1/4 Cup Chopped green pepper
1/2 Cup Chopped celery
3/4 Cup Vinegar
3/4 Cup Olive oil
1/4 Cup Instant minced onion
2 1/2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 Teaspoon Onion salt
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Seasoned salt
1 Teaspoon Garlic salt
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cracked black pepper

How to prepare

Combine first 6 ingredients, mixing well; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Pour dressing over vegetables; place in a large jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake jar to stir ingredients; refrigerate overnight. Serve spread with assorted crackers.

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Balsamic chicken & broccoli

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced, cut into thirds
2 tbsp shallots, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 whole chicken breasts, boneless, cut into strips
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cup broccoli spears
1 cup mushrooms, oyster or shitake, sliced or whole
1/3 cup chicken stock
1/4 tsp salt pasta or brown rice
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a heavy pot. Add the garlic, onion and shallots and cook until light golden. Keep the pot covered between stirrings and use a tablespoon or so of the wine if more liquid is needed. Add the strips of chicken and enough of the wine to keep the meat from sticking to the pot. Cook until the chicken is white all the way through, about 5 to 7 minutes (use more wine if needed). Remove the chicken and saut

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Cream Of Artichoke Soup

Ingredients

1 can artichoke hearts
1 cup juice from artichokes
water (add if necessary)
10 oz can chicken broth
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 cup light cream

How to prepare

Simmer artichoke hearts, broth, lemon juice, onion, green onion, thyme and pepper with one cup fluid from artichokes, approx. 20 min. Blend in cream and correct seasonings if necessary. Serves 4 to 6

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Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients

2 pounds Italian sausage
1 cup Dried parsley
1 tablespoonGarlic – finely chopped
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 teaspoon Red cayenne pepper
1 cup Plain flour
3 tablespoons Lea & Perrins
2 cups Onions – finely chopped
1 cup Celery – finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Dried mint
1/2 cup Bell pepper – finely chopped
3 cups Tomato sauce
2 cups Water
Salt – to taste
2 cups Dry white wine

How to prepare

Cut Italian sausage into 2-inch lengths. Brown sausage off in olive oil (about half cook it), remove from pan and put aside, Add flour to oil that was used and make roux. Add onions, celery, and bell pepper Stir and cook until tender or clear. Add water and stir until smooth. Add wine (you may wish to experiment with the amount of wine used, 2 cups is too much for some tastes), parsley, and garlic. Pour in red pepper, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, dried mint, and tomato sauce. Stir real well. Bring to a bubbly boil and add salt, to taste. Add sausage Bring back to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Cook for about 3 or 4 hours. Serve over spaghetti topped with cheese.

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CHICKEN ITALIAN

Ingredients

3 pounds Skinned chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
2 tablespoons Dry white wine
pepper to taste

How to prepare

If using whole chicken, cut chicken in half. Blend marinade of all the remaining ingredients. Soak chicken for 10 minutes. Bake in greased pan @ 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender

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Herbed focaccia

Ingredients

1 pkg dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water (105-115f)
2 1/3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup light-tasting olive oil

2 lg garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
kosher salt
1 tbsp fresh chives, snipped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450f. Fifteen minutes before baking focaccia, put rack in center of oven. If you have 2 ovens, preheat both; otherwise bake focaccias in sequence, one after the other. Generously oil 2 lg baking sheets, preferably black steel. Stir yeast and sugar into warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Mix flour, cornmeal and salt in food processor fitted with metal blade (can also be kneaded with mixer dough hook or by hand). Turn on processor. Slowly pour yeast mixture through feed tube. Also pour 2 tbsp oil through. Process until dough cleans inside of work bowl but is still moist. If it sticks, add a little flour; if it’s dry, add a little water. Once dough is moist but not so wet that it sticks to sides of bowl, process until uniformly kneaded, elastic and supple, about 40 seconds. Transfer dough to lg plastic food bag, squeeze out air and seal at top, allowing room for dough to expand. Let dough rise in warm spot until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down; use immediately or refrigerate overnight. Combine remaining 6 tbsp oil, garlic and dried herbs. Gently heat until warm (not hot) on stove top or microwave oven. Divide dough in half. Let rest 5 minutes. On floured board, roll each piece into about a 12″ round. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Prick surface with fork. Brush with oil mixture, including edges. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake, one at a time, until very lightly browned around edges only, about 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Check after 2 minutes in oven; prick any air pockets with fork. Brush with any remaining oil, including edges. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and pepper flakes. Can be baked in advance and frozen. To do so, cool completely, freeze and then wrap airtight. Let thaw in wrapping. To reheat, place in cold oven and set at 300f. Bake until hot, about 5-7 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Yield: 2 12″ focaccias.

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CHICKEN TONNATO D’ESTE

Ingredients

4 1/4 cups Chicken stock
6 Chicken breast halves – skinned
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dry white wine
4 Flat Anchovy fillets
1 tablespoonOil from anchovies
1 can Water packed tuna, (7 oz.) – drained
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoonCapers – drained (garnish)
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh parsley – (garnish)
1 Lemon – sliced (garnish)

How to prepare

Bring 4 cups chicken stock to boil in covered saucepan. Poach chicken breasts 15 minutes and allow to cool in stock For tonnato sauce, in blender or processor, combine mayonnaise, wine, 1/2 cup stock, anchovies, oil from anchovies, tuna, lemon juice amd oregano and process until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper Remove bones from chicken breasts and cut meat into 1/2″ thick slices Layer on serving platter, so that they overlap slightly. Pour tonnato sauce over all. Sprinkle capers and parsley on top and garnish with lemon slices Serve cold or at room temperature

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HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN

Ingredients

1 can pineapple rings in juice
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 largegarlic cloves – pressed
1 teaspoon thyme – crumbled
1/4 cup honey
1 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespooncornstarch

How to prepare

Drain pineapple; reserve juice. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Rub with garlic and thyme. Brown in hot oil in nonstick skillet. Combine 2 tablespoons reserved juice with cornstarch. Combine honey and mustard; stir into skillet with remaining juice. Spoon sauce over chicken. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir cornstarch mixture into pan juices. Add pineapple. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens.

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Cacciatore With A Twist

Ingredients

1 Cup Uncooked Rotini (Spiral Pasta) – I had multicolored.
2 Teasp Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion – sliced
1 Small Green Bell Pepper, Seeded – cut into strips
2 Garlic Cloves – minced
1/2 Pound Turkey Breast – cut into strips
15 Oz Can Garbanzo Beans
15 Oz Can Tomato Sauce
3/4 Teasp Dried Oregano Leaves

How to prepare

Cook rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium hear until hot. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and turkey; cook and stir 5 to 10 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink. ( I cooked the onion for awhile first, added the meat and pepper and then finally in the last few
minutes added the garlic…I don’t like over done garlic).

Add tomato sauce, beans and oregano; mix well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simer 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Serve over rotini.

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Salsa rustica – tuscan country sauce

Ingredients

3 xlarge eggs, hard boiled, shelled
8 fillets anchovy, in oil, drained
10 sprigs italian parsley, leaves only
3 oz capers, in wine vinegar, drained
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup white bread, w/o crust
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
Salt
Black pepper, ground
1/3 cup olive oil

How to prepare

Chop the eggs finely along with the anchovy fillets, parsley, capers and garlic. Place in a crockery bowl. Set aside. Soak the bread in the first measure of vinegar and the water for 20 minutes. Squeeze out the liquid. Add the bread to the egg and anchovy mixture. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add the oil a bit at a time, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add the second measure of vinegar after all the oil has been incorporated. Mix very thoroughly (the sauce should have a smooth texture). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving with boiled meats and fowl or on potatoes. Yields 6 servings.

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