Mashed potatoes with garlic & basil

Ingredients

6 to 8 med baking potatoes
6 whole garlic cloves, peeled
salt to taste
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups warm milk
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
freshly ground white pepper

How to prepare

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 3/4″ cubes. Place the pieces in saucepan and cover with water. Add the garlic and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Do not overcook. Drain. Discard garlic. Put the potatoes through a food mill or ricer, or mash them well with a potato masher. Add the olive oil, and beat to blend. Add the warm milk, basil and pepper. Blend well. Serve piping hot. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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Nectarine- orange salsa

Ingredients

1/4 cup minced red onion
6 medium nectarines
2 large oranges
2 red or green jalapenos, seeded and minced
4 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt
1/4 cups finely shredded fresh basil leaves

How to prepare

Soak onion in cold water while preparing fruit. Slice nectarines into wedges and again into small cubes. Cut ends off the oranges down to the pulp. Stand fruit on one end. With a sharp knife, cut away the peel and white pith in slices from top to bottom. Cut between the membranes to remove the segments. Drain onion and pat dry with paper towels. Combine with rest of ingredients except basil and refrigerate about an hour. Just before serving, shred basil with scissors and stir into salsa. Serve with chicken or fish. Makes 8 servings.

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CROCK POT ROUND STEAK ITALIANA

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Round steak
15 1/2 ounces Spaghetti sauce w/mushrooms
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
16 ounces Can whole small onions

How to prepare

Cut steak into 5 or 6 serving-size pieces. Coat with salt, oregano, and pepper. In crock-pot pour spaghetti sauce over the meat. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours or until meat is tender. Turn control to high; add onions. Cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with Italian green beans and toasted garlic cheese bread

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Tomato-chile salsa with papaya, mango & pineapple

Ingredients

1/2 med tomato, seeded, chopped
2 jalapeno or serrano chiles, trimmed, seeded, and finely minced
1/2 med red onion, diced
1 med mango, seeded, skinned, diced
1 medium papaya, seeded, skinned and diced to 1/8″ pieces
1/4 medium pineapple, seeded, skinned & diced to 1/8″ pieces
1/3 cups red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cups cilantro or mint leaves, roughly chopped

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients and keep at room temperature to serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

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Black bean soup with rum

Ingredients

2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopper
6 sprg parsley
2 sprg fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 lg ham hock
2 cup dried black beans, picked over 6 cup beef broth
1/3 cup dark rum
lemon juice to taste
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eggs, hard-cooked, chopped fresh parsley, chopped lemon slices

How to prepare

The night before, soak beans in cold water to cover by 2″. Change water at least once. Drain and rinse. In a heavy kettle, cook onion, celery, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf in the butter over mod-low heat, stirring, for 10 minutes. Add ham hock, beans, broth, 4 cups water, salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, adding more water if necessary to keep beans covered, for 3 hours. Discard ham hock and bay leaf. Put the mixture through a medium disk of a food mill into a large bowl and then return it to the kettle. Stir in rum, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the consistency with hot water and garnish for serving with the eggs, parsley, and lemon slices. Makes about 7 cups.

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Blanquette de veau

Ingredients

2 lbs. Boned veal shoulder, cut in 2″ pieces
1 quart water
1 small onion, peeled
4 whole cloves
5 carrots, scraped and quartered
1 bay leaf

1/8 tsp. Dried thyme
1/2 cup diced celery
4 peppercorns
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 lb sm. White onions, peeled (15)
1/2 lb. Sm. Mushrooms, wiped
2 tbs. Butter or margarine
2 egg yolks
2 tbs. Lemon juice
1 tbs. Minced parsley

How to prepare

In the slow cooker place the veal, water, onion stuck with the cloves, carrots, bay leaf, celery, peppercorns, and salt. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
Before serving: when the veal has finished cooking, melt 1/4 cup butter in a medium skillet; put the onions into the butter and cover. Simmer at low heat for 15 minutes, or until the onions are cooked through. Don’t let them color (they will if the heat is too high). Remove to a warm serving dish. In the same skillet, saut

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Grilled rack of lamb with rosemary

Ingredients

3 lg cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp light-tasting olive oil
3 tbsp dry red wine
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper
3 lamb racks, about 2 lb each, trimmed of most visible fat

How to prepare

Combine garlic, olive oil, wine, mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper in sm dish Rub over surface of lamb, using fingers (wear rubber gloves to prevent garlic Fragrance on hands) let rest at room temperature 1/2 hour grill over moderately hot Coals, turning several times until cooked to desired doneness, roughly 17 minutes For med rare let meat rest 10 minutes tented with foil to serve, cut through ribs To slice meat, dividing each rack into 2 servings makes 6 servings

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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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