Johnny cakes

Ingredients

1 cup of yellow corn meal
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
chopped up green onions (optional)

How to prepare

Combine ingredients, the use method 1 or method 2

method 1: mix with just enough water to make an even-textured thick batter. Pour one-quarter cup of batter on dry, hot griddle like you would for pancakes, and cook similarly until golden brown.

Method 2: mix with just enough water to make a thick, slightly crumbly dough. Pat into flat cakes and cook on a dry, hot griddle until golden brown.

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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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Zucchini and tomatoes

Ingredients

6 to 8 medium zucchini, sliced
1 tsp dried basil
14 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (with juice)
salt & pepper
1 large onion, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup cracker crumbs
butter (about 1 tablespoon)

How to prepare

Cut the tomatoes in small pieces and mix together everything except the crumbs and butter. Place the mixture in an oiled baking dish of a size to take the vegetables mounded up, as they will shrink quite a lot in cooking. Top with the crumbs and dots of butter and bake at 375f. For about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the crumbs are brown. For 6 servings

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Broccoli Casserole

Ingredients

2 10 oz frozen chopped broccoli
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tbsp grated onion
1/8 tsp pepper
3/4 cup pepperidge farm stuffing mix
2 tbsp butter

How to prepare

Cook broccoli until tender in salted water; drain; blend soup and flour; add sour cream, carrot, onion, salt and pepper into soup. Layer broccoli in buttered 2 qt casserole and pour soup mixture on top. Mix stuffing mix with butter and sprinkle on top. Bake 30-35 min. at 350

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Spicy black beans with tomatoes

Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 green bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and chopped
2 cups cooked black beans
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
6 fresh plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro or parsley
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
4-5 parsley sprigs for garnish

How to prepare

In a large saut pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and green and red peppers, and saut 4-6 minutes, until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender. Add the black beans and salt to taste. Add tomatoes and olive oil. Let cook another 5 minutes, until hot throughout. Add cilantro and mix well. Add cayenne pepper to taste and serve hot, garnished with sprigs of parsley. Makes 4-6 servings

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Reduced-fat macaroni and cheese

Ingredients

8 oz macaroni, elbow twists
16 oz cottage cheese, low-fat 1%
2 tbsp flour, all-purpose
2 cup skim milk
4 oz cheese, sharp cheddar shred
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper, ground black
1/4 tsp nutmeg ground
1/4 cup cheese, parmesan grated

How to prepare

Beginning about 45 minutes before serving:

1. Prepare macaroni as label directs but do not add salt to water; drain. 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Spray shallow, broiler-safe, 2 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. 3. In food processor with knife blade attached, blend cottage cheese until smooth. (or, in blender at high speed, blend cottage cheese with 1/4 cup of the milk called for in recipe, for easier blending.) 4. In 2-quart saucepan, mix flour with 1/4 cup milk until smooth. Slowly stir in remaining cups milk until blended. Cook over med heat until mixture just boils and thickens slightly, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in cottage cheese, cheddar, salt, pepper and nutmeg. 5. Place macaroni in casserole; cover with cheese sauce. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. 6. Remove casserole from oven. Turn oven control to broil. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of macaroni mixture. 7. Place casserole in broiler at closest position to source of heat; broil 2 to 3 minutes until top is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings – even better than – the old-favorite recipe.”

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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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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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