Gourmet’s guacamole

Ingredients

4 ripe avocados (preferably california)
1 lg garlic clove, mashed to a paste
8 oz container sour cream
4 oz can mild green chilies, drained and chopped fine
1 whole pickled jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped fine
1 sm onion, chopped fine
Accompaniment: tortilla chips

How to prepare

Halve and pit avocados and scoop flesh into a lg bowl mash avocado with a fork And stir in remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste, combining well chill Guacamole, surface covered with plastic wrap, at least one hour before and up to one Day stir guacamole well and serve with tortilla chips makes about 9 cups from Gourmet may 1995

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Raspberry curd

Ingredients

3 half-pint baskets raspberries
about 1/2 cup. Sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste
2 eggs
2 egg yolks

How to prepare

Puree the raspberries and put them through a fine strainer to remove the seeds. Measure 1 1/2 cup. Puree, heat it in a non-corroding saucepan, and stir in the sugar and butter. Taste and add the lemon juice to taste. Whisk the eggs and egg yolks just enough to mix them, then stir in some of the hot puree to warm them. Return to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick-it should reach a temperature of 170 degrees. Chill. (makes cup. 2 cup., Enough to fill one 9″ tart shell) this can be used as a cake filling, or to fill a tart or tartlets. Garnish with a little creme chantilly.

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Irish bread

Ingredients

3 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup raisins
4-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar

1 slightly beaten egg
4 tbsp melted shortening

How to prepare

Sift flour, measure, add baking powder, salt, sugar and sift again. Add raisins. Combine egg, milk, slightly cooled melted shortening. Pour into flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten dry ingredients. Do not beat. Turn into greased 9 1/2 by 5 1/2 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. (optional topping-mix 1 cup of confectionery sugar with a few tsp of water to make consistency of loose paste and pour over cooled bread.)

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Shrimp quesadilla with cilantro pesto

Ingredients

6 10″ flour tortillas
olive oil for brushing
9 tbsp cilantro pesto (recipe follows)
1/2 cup grated dry jack cheese
1 1/2 cups grated jack cheese
1/2 cup passila peppers, sliced
1 lb medium shrimp

Chopped cilantro for garnish
fresh salsa (recipe follows)
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2 bunches cilantro, stems removed
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 cup good quality olive oil

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1 lg tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 cup green onions
1 or 2 small hot chiles, seeded and finely chopped
3 tbsp chopped cilantro

How to prepare

Shell shrimp and grill or saut

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Roman green beans with fontina cheese

Ingredients

1 lb fresh string beans, trimmed
1/2 lb fontina cheese, cut into strips about 3″ by 1/4″
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Cook the beans in boiling water until crisp-tender, about two minutes. Rinse under cold running water; drain. Combine with the cheese in a large bowl. Mash the garlic with the mustard in a small bowl. Stir in the lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the oil. Pour this dressing over the beans and cheese. Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Yield: four servings.

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Pecan Cake Roll

Ingredients

4 eggs, separated
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 cup ground pecans
1 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate shavings and additional confectioners’ sugar, optional

How to prepare

In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and confectioners’ sugar until thick, about 5 min.. In another bowl, beat whites until soft peaks form; fold into yolk mixture. Fold in pecans until well blended (batter will be thin). Grease a 15x10x1 in. baking pan; line with waxed paper and grease and flour paper. Spread batter into pan. Bake at 375’F for 10-15 min. or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Turn onto a linen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Peel off paper and roll cake up in towel, starting with short end. Cool on wire rack 1 hour. Meanwhile, beat the cream, sugar, cocoa and vanilla in a mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Carefully unroll cake. Spread filling over cake; roll up again. Refrigerate. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings and confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 10-12 servings. Note: This cake does not contain flour.

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Creamy tomato soup

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 sm onion, peeled & finely chopped
3 med cloves garlic, peeled & minced
28-oz can peeled and diced tomatoes, undrained
8 3/4-oz can garbanzo beans, undrained

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1 tsp dried basil, crushed
2 1/2 tsp sugar

Optional:
1 small piece parmesan cheese rind
3 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

In a medium-sized pan heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic; saut

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Citrus barbecue sauce

Ingredients

1 onion; large, finely chopped
1 tbsp ground red chiles
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 ancho chile *
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lime juice

2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh cilantro; snipped
1 tsp salt

How to prepare

* Ancho chile should be seeded and finely chopped. Cook onion, ground red chiles, red pepper and ancho chile in oil, stirring frequently, until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes about 2 1/3 cups of sauce. Servings: 5

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