Asparagus fritters

Ingredients

2 lbs asparagus
1-1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 pinch salt
1 pinch dried basil, oregano or thyme
4 eggs beaten
1 cup milk

How to prepare

Peel the asparagus to eliminate any tough skin from the stalks. Cut into 1″ pieces. Throw into a big pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, remove and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Pat dry. Combine flour with freshly grated parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, and a little pinch of an herb. Beat the eggs and whisk in the milk. Combine wet ingredients with the dry and mix thoroughly. Fold the asparagus into the batter completely. In a frying pan, melt 1 tbsp butter with 1 tbsp vegetable oil. With a spoon, drop enough asparagus and batter into the pan to make fritters about 3″ in diameter. Cook a couple of minutes, or until the edges start to brown. Flip over and continue to cook for a couple minutes more, until done.

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Greek stuffed peppers

Ingredients

1 cup cooked ground beef
1 cup cooked rice
green onion
fresh mint
cinnamon

How to prepare

In a pot, place desired amount of ground beef, wine, and water to cover beef. Add 1/2 – 1 tsp cumin per lb of beef. Add a few garlic cloves. Cook until mixture boils and beef browns. Skim off the fat with a net strainer. This will result with”lean” beef on the bottom of the pot, and a beef broth to be used for soup or stock.
Combine ingredients and stuff a green or red pepper with it. Pour a fresh tomato puree’ over the top and microwave/bake until cooked.

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Gazpacho

Ingredients

3 pounds tomatoes, peeled and roughly cut up
1 onion cut in chunks
1/2 cup green pepper chunks
1/2 cup cucumber chunks
2 cups tomato juice
1 garlic clove
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

How to prepare

Puree everything in a blender or food processor. Chill and serve with garlic croutons.

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Corn stuffed poblano chiles

Ingredients

6 poblano chiles
2 eggs, large
1 whole kernel corn
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp red pepper, ground

How to prepare

Set the oven control to broil. Cut the chiles lengthwise into halves and carefully remove all the seeds. Place the cut sides down on the rack in the broiler and broil with the skin side up about 4 inches from the heat until the skin blisters on the peppers. Place the chiles in a plastic bag for 15 minutes and then carefully remove as much skin as possible. Heat the oven to 375 degrees f. Beat the eggs in a med bowl until thick and lemon colored, about 4 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients . Place the chiles in a greased rectangular baking dish, 13 x 13 x 2-inches. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the corn mixture into each chile half. Cover and bake until corn mixture is hot, about 25 minutes.

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Caesar salad

Ingredients

1 very fresh egg yolk
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp divided olive oil
1 cl garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp dijon style mustard
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper
1 cup homemade croutons
3 tbsp fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 heads romaine lettuce

How to prepare

The lettuce is de-ribbed and torn into bite size pieces, rinsed and thoroughly patted or spun dry in a salad spinner, you may need 3 heads large enough for a big salad homemade bread in 1″ cubes sauted in butter until golden brown, served warm on chilled crisp green. In a large salad bowl, combine the egg yolk, lemon juice, salt and 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Whisk in garlic, worcestershire and mustard and blend until thoroughly combined. With a gentle rolling motion, incorporate the romaine. Add the vinegar and the remaining olive oil in the proportions of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts oil, until you have the consistency and flavor you desire. Roll the salad again, adding black pepper to taste. The salad can be chilled at this point, but not for too long. Just before serving, finish by placing warm croutons in the center of the salad and the parmesan in a ring around the circumference. Roll gently to serve. Yield: 1 servings

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Feta greek salad

Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
3 tomatoes, cut up
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper seeded and chopped (optional)
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 cup black olives, preferably greek
1/2 lb feta cheese, sliced or cut into chunks
2 oz anchovies, drained (optional) dressing 888
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. Vinegar
Generous pinch of oregano
salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare

Chill all vegetables, the olives, cheese and, if you are using them, the anchovies. Combine dressing ingredients. When ready to serve, toss all vegetables and the olives. Top with feta and, if desired, anchovies. Serve with dressing. Serves 4 to 6.

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Fried Eggplant Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 eggplant
salt
6 oz mozzarella cheese (not grated)
1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 F)
2 cups plain flour
pepper to taste
4 1/2 tsp oil
1 lg egg white
oil for frying

How to prepare

Slice the eggplant into 1/4″ rounds. Sprinkle with salt and let drain in a colander for about an hour. Slice the mozzarella into thin slices and trim to the shape of the eggplant slices. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and stir until is dissolved. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups flour and the pepper until smooth. Keep at room temp for 30 min. Rinse and pat dry the eggplant slices. Fry them in batches using 1 tsp oil per batch over med heat about 2 min per side. Remove to paper towels to drain while you finish the other slices. Place a cheese slice between each two eggplant slices (like a sandwich). Press firmly together and dip in the remaining flour to coat both sides. Beat the egg white until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Fold into the yeast mixture. Heat oil (about 1 inch deep) in a lg frying pan. Dip 1 eggplant sandwich into the batter at a time and place in the hot oil. Fry 4-6 at a time for 1-2 minutes per side until light brown. Place on paper towels to drain oil until all are done. Serve hot. These are great with a horseradish type dressing on top! Depending on the size of the eggplant, this could make 6-12 sandwiches.

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Pickled beets

Ingredients

2 cup sugar
1 tbsp whole allspice
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks cinnamon
3/2 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup water
3 qts peeled, cooked sm beets

How to prepare

To cook beets, wash and drain them first leave 2″ of stems and the tap roots cover With boiling water and cook until tender rinse and let cool until you can just slide The skins off combine all ingredients except beets simmer 15 minutes pack beets into Sterilized jars, leaving 1/2″ head space (cut lg beets in half if necessary ) remove Cinnamon and bring liquid to boiling pour the liquid, boiling hot, over the beets, Leaving 1/2″ head space adjust caps allow jars to cool and store in refrigerator, Allowing 2-3 weeks for flavor processing if canning, process pints and qts 30 Minutes in boiling-water bath yield: about 6 pints.

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Spicy carrots

Ingredients

4-5 lg carrots chopped
1 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2+ cloves garlic, sliced
1/8 cup parsley
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup onion sliced into 1/2 rings
1/4+ cup jalapenos w/ juice sliced lengthwise

How to prepare

Bring all ingredients to a boil except carrots . Pour mixture over carrots and let sit at least 2 hrs. Enjoy! These keep for a very long time, at least 2-3 weeks, put in airtight container. Refrigerate before eating.

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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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