Borani – cold spinach and yogurt salad

Ingredients

1 package frozen spinach
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated onion
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp fresh mint, minced

How to prepare

1) thaw spinach, squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
2) combine remaining ingredients with spinach until well incorporated.
3) refrigerate for a half hour and serve.

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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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Tomato fritters

Ingredients

4 cups fresh tomatoes – chopped
2 eggs
Salt
Pepper
Flour
Vegetable oil for frying

How to prepare

Peel and chop very ripe tomatoes into thumbnail size pieces add salt and pepper to Taste add eggs and mix well add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each Addition until you have a thick batter. Batter should pour from a spoon, but be Thicker than pancake batter heat 1/2″ vegetable oil in skillet over medium-high heat Spoon batter into patties and fry until golden brown on each side remove from pan And drain on paper towel.

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Corn and roasted pepper soup

Ingredients

2 medium onions, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 stick butter
1 large red bell pepper, chopped, roasted
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped, roasted
2 large tomatoes, chopped and preferably roasted
4-1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
5-6 cups rich chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sweet paprika salt to taste 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 sprigs epazote

1-1/2 tbsp grated cheese per bowl (queso fresco, monterey jack)
6 corn tortillas, cut & fried to make chips
1/2 poblano or anaheim chile per bowl, roasted, peeled, cut into strips
avocado wedges for garnish

How to prepare

Saut

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Carrot-Mushroom Loaf

Ingredients

1 cup chopped onion
4 1/2 cup grated carrots
1 lb chopped mushrooms
5 eggs
2 cloves garlic
1 cup fresh, wholewheat breadcrumbs
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/4 cup butter
salt
pepper
basil
thyme

How to prepare

Crush garlic into melting butter. Add onions and mushrooms and saute until soft. Combine all ingredients (saving half the breadcrumbs and cheese for the top). Season to taste. Spread into buttered oblong baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Dot with butter. Bake at 350 F. for 30 min. covered, then 5 uncovered, or until browned. from the Moosewood Cookbook. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Boston Market’s Creamed Spinach

Ingredients

3 tbsp margarine or butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 med onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

12 tbsp butter
2 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
salt and pepper

How to prepare

Combine flour and butter in saucepan; heat and stir to make roux. Add milk (more if necessary) and cheese. In another pot, saute onion and garlic in butter; add spinach. Cook for 10 min., or until spinach is hot and onion is translucent. Add white sauce and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper.
NOTE: You can make this ahead and reheat in a casserole (sprinkle with buttered breadcrumbs).

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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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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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Green bean pate with basil

Ingredients

1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
3 hard-cooked eggs, cut up
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
1 tsp lemon rind
mayonnaise, preferably homemade

Salt and pepper
crackers or pita toasts

How to prepare

Cook beans until tender by boiling or steaming them. In a skillet, heat oil; add onions and saut

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