Green bean & red bell pepper vinaigrette

Ingredients

2 cups fresh green beans trimmed and blanched
2 bell peppers (red & yellow), julienned
1 scallion, chopped
1/3 cup rice vinegar
pinch sugar
2 tbsp water

Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup olive oil

How to prepare

Place string beans and bell pepper together in an attractive salad bowl. In a mixing bowl whisk together the onions, vinegar, sugar, water, and pepper to taste and oil. Continue to stir until sugar has dissolved. Pour dressing over vegetables. Refrigerate for one hour for flavors to marry. Yield four servings.

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Gazpacho topped with crabmeat

Ingredients

3 lb ripe plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
1 onion, red, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
4 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
3 tbsp vinegar, red wine
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 lb crab meat
1/4 cup cucumbers, peeled, seeded, chopped

How to prepare

Combine 1st 9 ingredients in food processor and chop to desired consistency with steel knife. Allow to sit over night in ‘fridge for flavors to blend. Garnish with cucumber and crabmeat and serve in chilled bowls.

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French fried mushrooms

Ingredients

30 medium mushrooms
1 egg
1 cup corn flake crumbs
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
parmesan, grated

Lemon wedges

How to prepare

Preheat the deep fryer. Beat the egg with the milk and salt in a shallow dish. Place the flour in another shallow dish. Place the corn flake crumbs in a third shallow dish. Roll each mushroom in the flour. Dip each mushroom in the egg. Coat each mushroom with the corn flake crumbs. Fry the mushrooms until golden (1-2 minutes). Drain. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Sprinkle grated parmesan over. Serve with lemon wedges. Yields 30 appetizers

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Famous taco dip

Ingredients

1 can bean dip
1 can avocado dip, frozen
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
4 tbsp sour cream
6 tbsp mayonnaise
1 cup cheese, cheddar, shredded
1 cup cheese, monterey jack, shredded
6 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 can black olives, chopped

How to prepare

Layer ingredients starting at the top of the list mix together the taco seasoning Mix, sour cream and mayonnaise yield: 8 servings

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Degollado’s huatape de camaron- shrimp soup with epazote)

Ingredients

2 lb large shrimp, peeled and cleaned
1 quart water
1/2 tsp salt
2 epazote pods
20 epazote leaves
2 chile poblano, seeds removed
1 chile serrano
8 oz masa harina

How to prepare

Boil shrimp, water, salt and epazote pods just to bubbly. Blend epazote leaves, chile poblano and serrano. Add to shrimp mixture. Dissolve masa harina in about 2 cups cold water, or enough to make a smooth paste. Stir into soup. Simmer 20 minutes. Correct seasoning
hint: for a richer flavor, boil the shells in the water and then remove them before adding the other ingredients.

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Malabar rice

Ingredients

2 cup long grain rice
4 cup water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 green cardamoms
5″ cinnamon stick
8 cloves

1 tsp cumin seeds
12 black peppercorns
2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Wash rice and leave to soak for 30 minutes in the water. Heat oil in a heavy pan and fry the onion until golden. Bruise the cardamoms lightly and break the cinnamon into three pieces. Add them to the onion with the cloves, cumin and peppercorns. Fry gently for about 30 seconds until the spices are slightly puffed and browned. Drain rice, reserve the water and put the rice into the pan. Fry for about 3 minutes until the rice becomes translucent, then add the water and salt. Stir frequently and bring to boil. Reduce heat to very low. Cover pan and simmer for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. The surface of the rice will be covered with tiny holes. Turn off heat, replace the lid and leave rice to steam for another 10 minutes. Turn rice out on to a warmed platter with a wooden fork, fluffing it as you do so.

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JERRY ELLIOTT’S SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Ingredients

1/2 poundHamburger
1/2 cup Sliced fresh mushrooms
3 Slices chopped bacon
1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon Pepper (or to taste)
1/2 poundItalian sausage
1/4 cup Wine (or to taste)
1 tablespoonOlive oil
1 dash Cinnamon (or to taste)
1 dash Ground cloves (or to taste)
1 Chopped onion
1 Chopped green pepper
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 2.5# can Ital tomatoes+juic
1 Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Basil
Several cloves sliced garlic

How to prepare

Saute bacon and some onion in oil. Then add beef, sausage, green pepper and the rest of the onion. Cook until meat is browned. Then add mushrooms, tomatoes (with juice), bay leaf and seasonings. Simmer for 1 hour. Add tomato paste and wine and simmer for another 30 minutes If your sauce winds up being a little runny, add some more tomato paste or let simmer uncovered till desired consistency is achieved I rarely make this recipe the same way twice. It’s a very forgiving recipe and experimentation is reccommended. Try adding a dash of Worchestershire sauce and/or a dash of bitters. Add some oregano, whatever you like. This recipe also doubles very easily The amount of garlic was purposely vague as I’m one of those people who feel that you can never have enough garlic. If you’re not a garlic-aholic, you probably will only need one clove of garlic.

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Broiled garlic oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters, on the half shell
4 oz butter
3 cloves garlic
6 green onions
1 tbsp parsley, chopped fine
salt
pepper

How to prepare

Place the oysters on the broiler tray. Preheat the broiler. Crush the garlic. Chop the green onions very fine. Combine the butter, salt to taste, pepper to taste, crushed garlic, chopped green onions and chopped parsley in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted. Spoon the mixture over the oysters. Place the broiler tray in the broiler until the oysters have been warmed through (2-3 minutes). Serve warm.

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Fish soup with vegetables, by pierre franey

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped fennel
1/2 cup coarsely chopped leeks
1 cup carrots diced into 1/4″ cubes
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp ground turmeric
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 cups fresh fish broth or water
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup crushed canned tomatoes
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 cup potatoes diced into 1/4″ cubes
1 1/4 cups white-fleshed, fish, such as monkfish, cod, cut into 1″ cubes
1/2 pint scallops (cut in half if large)
1/2 cup light or heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a kettle or a large saucepan over medium heat, and add the onions, garlic, fennel, leeks and carrots. Cook, stirring often, over medium-high heat until the mixture is wilted. Do not brown. Add the pepper flakes, saffron (or turmeric), thyme, bay leaf, fish broth, wine, crushed tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes. Bring to a simmer, cover closely, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the fish and the scallops. Check for seasoning. Simmer for 3 minutes; do not overcook. Add the cream, bring to a boil, remove from the heat. Add the basil, and serve immediately with parmesan croutons. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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Stuffed mushrooms

Ingredients

24 med mushrooms
2 green onions, chopped fine
1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Cooking times presume the use of a standard (575-700 watt) microwave oven and quantities for 24 appetizers, adjust cooking times for differences. Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Chop fine. Set the mushroom caps aside. Combine all the chopped items with the cheese. Blend thoroughly. Add the bread crumbs, melted butter, seasonings and worcestershire sauce. Blend thoroughly. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps, mounding slightly in the center. Arrange on a 10″ round microwave safe plate. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Serve hot.

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