Ancho oregano pecan butter

Ingredients

3 cloves of garlic
1 ancho chile, briefly toasted and ground (approx. 4 tsp)
2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tbsp gold tequila
3 generous tbsp chopped pecans
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 lb unsalted butter (1 stick)

How to prepare

This pumpkin-colored butter is good to add to squash, corn, soups, sauces, and pasta, and to melt over grilled fish, chicken, or steaks.

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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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Vegetable beef soup

Ingredients

2 med potato, peeled & diced
2 med carrot, peeled & diced
1 1/2 lb beef shank or neck bones
1 med onion, peeled and chopped
16 oz tomato, whole, quartered & undrained
17 oz corn, whole kernel, undrained

1 bay leaf
1 tbsp parsley flakes, dried
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp thyme, dried
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground savory

2 tsp instant beef bouillon
3 cup water, boiling

How to prepare

Place first 7 ingredients in a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker in the order listed. Sprinkle parsley and the next 5 ingredients over the vegetables. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water and pour over spices. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Remove beef shank and bay leaf, recover. Remove meat from bones, cut into bite-size pieces. Return meat to soup, mix. Yield: 3 quarts

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Vanilla almond popcorn

Ingredients

8 qts popped corn (airpopped works better)
4 oz sliced almonds
2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup butter or margarine
1 tbsp salt

2 tbsp butter vanilla (found at any gourmet or cake shop)
1/2 tbsp baking soda

How to prepare

Melt butter, sugar and corn syrup over low heat add salt and bring to a boil, Stirring occasionally after five minutes, quickly stir in butter vanilla and baking Soda pour half over corn and mix repeat bake at 250

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Corned beef and cabbage

Ingredients

3 to 4 lb corned beef brisket
3 carrots, cut in 3″ pieces
1 to 2 cups water
1/2 sm head cabbage, in wedges
2 to 3 medium onions, quartered

How to prepare

Put all ingredients except cabbage wedges in crock-pot in order listed. Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours. (high: 5 to 6 hours). Add cabbage, pushing down to moisten, after 6 hours on low (or 3 hours on high).
Cabbage- to prepare more cabbage than crock-pot will hold with large brisket, cook it separately in skillet. Remove 1 cup of broth from crock-pot during last hour of cooking. Pour over cabbage wedges in skillet. Cover and cook slowly for 20 to 30 minutes.

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Moroccan style stuffed eggs

Ingredients

6 hardcooked eggs
3 tbsp yogurt cheese (labni)
1 tsp olive oil
4 to 6 brined green olives, pitted and chopped fine
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp caraway seeds, ground
1/2 tsp ground coriander
Sprigs of flat leaf parsley to garnish

How to prepare

Cut a tiny little sliver off each end of the hardcooked egg cut eggs in half Crosswise in a sm food processor bowl combine egg yolks and all other Ingredients process until smooth using a pastry bag outfitted with a lg Decorator tip, pipe filling into the egg white mound the filling garnish with the Flat leaf parsley

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Pineapple salsa

Ingredients

20 oz crushed pineapple with juice, canned or fresh 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper 1/4 cup minced green bell pepper 1 tbsp minced green onion 2 tsp each minced cilantro and jalapeno 1 tsp grated lime zest optional: 1 cups peeled, seeded ripe tomato optional: olive oil, fresh lime juice

How to prepare

Drain 1/2 cups of juice from pineapple a reserve for other use. Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Spoon over chicken or fish or tacos or use as dip for chips. Makes about 2 cups, more if tomato is used.

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New orleans crab cakes

Ingredients

1 tbsp reduced calorie margarine
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 lb fresh crab meat, picked over
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp prepared mustard

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 egg
1 egg white

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375

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Poppyseed cake

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar (or 3/4 cup honey, or 3/4 cup maple syrup)
2 eggs
2 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup poppyseed
2 tbsp rose or orange flower water (or 1/2 tsp almond extract)
1/2 cup golden raisins, dredged in flour (opt )

How to prepare

Heat oven to 350 f grease & flour 2 9″x5″ loaf pans cream butter & sugar add eggs One at a time, beating well after each addition in a separate bowl, mix together all Dry ingredients, except raisins and poppyseeds in a measuring cup mix milk, water & Flavoring there should be just over 1 cup liquid Add dry mixture and liquids alternately to creamed mixture, beating well after each Addition add poppyseeds and blend thoroughly, then add the raisins and stir them in Gently by hand (to prevent the flour-coating from coming off which will send all the Raisins to the bottom of the cake!) Pour batter into prepared pans and bake appx 1 hour 10 minutes (till the edges pull Away from the sides of the pan, and a skewer stuck in the center comes out clean) This is a very densely textured cake, not like the standard white-cake type of Poppyseed cake

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