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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Peas with prosciutto, roman style

Ingredients

1 medium sized red onion, cleaned
1 tbsp lard or sweet butter
4 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lb fresh peas or 1 1/2 lb fresh frozen peas not defrosted
1 cup chicken or meat broth
salt and ground black pepper

Pinch of saffron
3 oz. Prosciutto, cut very thin

How to prepare

Finely chop the onion. Place a medium sized casserole with the lard and olive oil over medium hat and when the lard is melted, add the onion and saut

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Spinach and rice in dill tomato sauce

Ingredients

2-10 oz packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 cup regular (not extra-v) olive oil
3 cups onions, finely chopped
6 scallions, thinly sliced, including some of the green tops
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1/3 cup converted raw rice
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Trim away any tough stems from the spinach leaves. Rinse the leaves in several changes of cold water and drain in a colander. Heat the olive oil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. When it is hot, add the onions, scallions, and 1/4 cup of the dill and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened. Add the rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the water, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted down. Continue to cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is nearly tender. Stir in the remaining dill and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

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Garides kokkiyia me feta – shrimp and feta in shells

Ingredients

2 lb large shrimp
1/2 lemon (juice only)
1 onion or shallot; minced
3 tbsp vegetable oil or butter
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tomatoes – peeled, chopped & drained

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or dill
2 garlic cloves; crushed
salt & freshly ground pepper
1/2 lb feta cheese
fresh basil leaves
(or parsley) for garnish

How to prepare

Shell and devein shrimp. Wash and drain, then sprinkle lightly with lemon juice. Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan and cook the onion until soft. Add the tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 25 minutes, then remove from the heat and strain.
Butter large scallop or other shells, or individual oven proof dishes, and spoon a little sauce into each. Fill with the shrimp and spoon the sauce over, then crumble the feta over the top. Set into a baking pan and bake for 15 or 20 minutes in a moderate oven (350 f), or until the shrimp is cooked and the cheese melted. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and serve hot.

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Aloo gobi – spiced cauliflower

Ingredients

2 tsp oil
2 onions, sliced and fried
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp crushed red chile
1 large cauliflower divided into florets
1/2 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 cup cream
chopped cilantro
salt to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil to low and add the sugar and allow it to brown. Add the cauliflower and mix well to coat with the caramel. Stir in the onions, salt, tomato and yogurt, and cook, covered, over low heat till the cauliflower is fork tender. Stir in cardamom and cilantro and cook 5 minutes more. Pour cream over top and serve. Serves: 4-6 heat scale: med

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Wild mushroom enchiladas

Ingredients

5 ancho chiles
1 cup heavy cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 avocado, peeled, cubed
6 oz wild mushrooms (morels, shittakes, oyster, or portobellos) sliced
3 oz queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbled.
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tomato, blanched, peeled, seeded, and diced
6 corn tortillas
Salt to taste

How to prepare

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. To prepare ancho paste, wash, dry and stem and seed chiles. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 1 minute. Put in a bowl and cover with warm water for 30 minutes to rehydrate. Strain, (reserve liquid) and puree in blender with enough of the liquid to form a thick paste. In a skillet, bring 5 tbsp ancho paste, cream, and garlic to a boil and simmer 2 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree. Add lime juice and salt to taste. Strain and set aside. Heat butter in a lb skillet and saut

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Stuffed peppers

Ingredients

5 large bell peppers – red and yellow
1 lb eggplant, cut into 1/2″ dice
salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup black sicilian olives, pitted and cut into pieces
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3 tbsp capers, rinsed and finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp fine dry bread crumbs

How to prepare

Oil a oven proof glass 7 x 13″ baking dish with 1 tbsp olive oil. Roast the peppers in a 400

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K f c coleslaw

Ingredients

8 cups finely chopped cabbage
1/4 cup carrot, shredded
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

How to prepare

Cut cabbage and carrots into sm pieces about the size of rice kernels. In salad bowl, combine the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar and lemon juice. Beat until smooth. Add the cabbage and carrots. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serves 6 to 8.

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Spinach – Tomato Sauce with Shallots and Carrots

Ingredients

1 lb fresh spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
3 med shallots minced
2 sm carrots peeled and diced
2 cup canned whole tomatoes drained, juice reserve
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh basil minced
1 lb pasta
parmesan cheese freshly grated

How to prepare

Bring 4 qts salted water to a boil in a lg pot for cooking the pasta Stem the spinach and wash the leaves in a lg bowl of cold water, changing the water several times until no sand appears in the bottom of the bowl. Shake the excess water from the spinach and roughly dry the leaves. Set the spinach aside.
Heat the oil in a deep pot or Dutch oven with a cover. Add the shallots and carrots and saute over med heat until the vegetables soften but do not brown, about 8 min..
While the shallots and carrots are cooking, coarsely chop the tomatoes. Add chopped tomatoes to the pot, along with 1/2 cup of their packing juice, the salt, and basil. Use the back of a spoon to break apart the tomatoes. Simmer gently, continuing to crush the tomatoes as necessary, until the sauce thickens, about 10 min..
Add the spinach to the pot, tossing several times to coat leaves with tomato sauce. Cover and continue cooking, removing the lid once to stir, until the spinach has wilted, about 5 min.. Taste for salt and adjust seasonings if necessary.
While preparing the sauce, cook and drain the pasta. Toss the hot pasta with the spinach sauce. Mix well and transfer portions to warm pasta bowls. Serve immediately with grated cheese passed separately.

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