Basil, Mozzarella & Tomato Pizza for One

Ingredients

1/2 8-ounce package Italian bread shells (one
4-ounce bread shell, about 6 inches in diameter)
1 plum tomato, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons sliced pitted ripe olives
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place one 4-ounce Italian bread shell on ungreased cookie sheet. Arrange plum tomato slices over bread; sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with chopped fresh basil, sliced olives, and black pepper. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Each serving: About 510 calories, 14 g fat, 44 mg
cholesterol, 1005 mg sodium.

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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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Southwest pizza with fresh herbs

Ingredients

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1 package dry active yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water, divided use
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dried red pepper flakes

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
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1 (4-oz) can diced mild green chiles

3 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 cup sliced ripe olives, drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp minced fresh oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded jack cheese

How to prepare

Fifteen minutes before baking, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Procedure: dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water (100 to 115 degrees) in a large mixing bowl or large bowl of an electric mixer. Add remaining water, oil, salt, seasonings, flour and cornmeal, beating vigorously. Knead into ball and let rest 10 minutes. Pat or roll into approximately 14-by- l8″ rectangle or 16″ round greased baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic. Top with topping ingredients; bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until crusty. Yield: makes 8 to 10 servings.

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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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“The Works” Mexican Burger

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large avocado
2 teaspoons lime juice
Salt and pepper
1 (15 oz/470 g) can refried beans
6 1/2 oz (200 g) packet corn chips
1/2 head romaine (cos) lettuce, shredded
1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) prepared chunky-style salsa
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) sour cream
Fresh coriander (cilantro) sprigs
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) chili sauce

Burgers:
1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground (minced) chicken
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 green spring onions, chopped
2 1/2 cups (5 oz/155 g) stale bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to prepare

Heat the oil in frying pan, add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft. Add the cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant.

Mash the avocado with lime juice and salt and pepper to taste – keep tightly covered.

Heat the refried beans in a saucepan or microwave on high (100%) for about 3 minutes.

BURGERS:

Combine chicken, coriander, cumin, salt, chili powder, garlic, green (spring) onions, 1 1/2 cups of the breadcrumbs and the egg in a bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into 4 large flat patties, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Press the remaining cup of breadcrumbs onto the patties and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat the oil in a large shallow frying pan and cook the burger patties over a medium-low heat until they are well browned and cooked through (about 5 minutes on each side).

Arrange the corn chips around the edge of the plates, pile the lettuce in the center. Top with a burger, then some of the beans, onions, salsa, avocado, sour cream and coriander (cilantro); drizzle with the sauce.

This recipe can be prepared a day ahead – reheat and assemble just before serving. The uncooked patties are suitable for freezing.

Stale breadcrumbs are made from 1-2 day-old bread – do not substitute dried packaged breadcrumbs. Stale breadcrumbs can be made in large quantities in the food processor and frozen in 1 cup bags for convenience.

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Pollo al sale – chicken cooked in salt

Ingredients

3 lb chicken
1 clove garlic, unpeeled
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 lb coarse grained salt

How to prepare

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the garlic and rosemary in the cavity of the chicken. Use a terra cotta casserole. Make a 1″ layer of the salt in the bottom of the casserole. Place the chicken on the layer of salt. Pour the remaining salt over the chicken so that it is completely covered. Place the lid on the casserole. Place the casserole in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the casserole from the oven. Uncover. Let rest for several minutes. Use a wooden mallet to crack the solid white crust of salt. Remove the salt crust. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish. The chicken should be golden and the skin should be crisp. Brush off any loose salt. Serve immediately. Yields 4 servings

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General tso’s chicken

Ingredients

1/2 cup cornstarch
3 lb chicken, dark de-boned in chunks
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
1-1/2 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp white pepper
1-1/2 tsp garlic, minced
1 egg
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
1 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup salad oil
1/4 cup cooking sherry
2 cup green onions, sliced
1-1/2 cup hot chicken broth
16 small hot dried peppers
3/4 cup refined sugar

How to prepare

To make sauce, mix cornstarch and water together. Add garlic , ginger, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and wine. Then add broth and msg and stir ’til sugar dissolves. Refrigerate ’til needed. In separate bowl mix chicken, soy sauce and pepper. Stir in egg. Add cornstarch until chicken is coated evenly. Add oil to help separate chicken pieces. Divide chicken in small quantities and deep-fry @ 350 until crispy and light brown. (do not overcook, watch temp, stir fry or meat will toughen). Drain on paper towels. Place a small amount of oil in wok and heat ’til just hot. Add onions and peppers and stir-fry briefly (peppers will give off acrid smoke. Be careful). Stir sauce, add to wok. Add chicken and cook just ’til sauce thickens. Add water or water/cornstarch if needed. This amount will fill two large platters and serves 6-8. Serve with white steamed rice.

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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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Thai fried noodles – pad thai

Ingredients

1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup small cooked shrimp
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
1-1/2 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 eggs, beaten

3/4 lb (about 3 hanks) rice vermicelli (sen mee), soaked in hot water 15 minutes and drained
1 cup bean sprouts

garnish:
1 tbsp dried shrimp powder

2 tbsp peanuts, coarsely ground
1/2 tsp dried red chili flakes
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
2 limes, sliced into 1/8″ circles

How to prepare

Heat oil in a wok and fry garlic until golden. Quickly add shrimp, stir-fry until heated through. Add sugar, fish sauce and ketchup, stir until sugar dissolves. Add beaten eggs, letting them set slightly, then stir to scramble. Add noodles and toss and stir about 2 minutes. Reserving about 4 tbsp of bean sprouts, add remainder to the wok. Stir over heat until bean sprouts are barely cooked. Turn pad thai onto a platter, placing reserved, raw bean sprouts on one side. Sprinkle noodles with garnish ingredients in following order: shrimp powder, peanuts, chili flakes, green onions, coriander leaves. Ring platter with the lime slices and serve. 4 servings.

The fish sauce, rice noodles and shrimp powder should be available at southeast asian markets (in vietnamese markets fish sauce goes by the name nuoc nam, avoid the kind from the philippines).

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Spanish marinated calamari

Ingredients

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3 tbsp dry sherry
1 tbsp spanish brandy or cognac
2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil,

1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika

Squid 888
2 lb fresh squid, cleaned and cut into 1″ rings
3 quarts water
2 tbsp salt

How to prepare

To make the marinade, combine the sherry, brandy, wine, lemon juice, and lime juice in a non reactive bowl. Whisk in the olive oil a little bit at a time. Add the onion, garlic. Parsley, oregano, and paprika. In a large saucepan, bring about 3 quarts water and the salt to a rolling boil. Blanch the squid for 60 seconds and immediately plunge the squid into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain the squid and place in a non reactive bowl or zip-lock plastic bag and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Serve the squid on a small bed of greens. 4 to 6 appetizer servings.

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