Cold beef salad

Ingredients

1 head red leaf lettuce
1/2 sweet onion
1 carrot
1 cup cooked, cold shredded beef
6 mushrooms sliced thinly
1/4 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or jack or parmesan)

Freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

Clean and tear the lettuce into bite size pieces. Slice the onion very thinly. Slice the carrot very thinly. Toss all the ingredients together. Toss with the blue cheese dressing, grind pepper over the top and serve.

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Scalloped tomatoes

Ingredients

3 slices bacon, chopped
2 cups cubed french bread (1/2″ cubes)
16 ripe plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes or 2 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes, drained and cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sugar
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
1/2 (or more) cup of parmesan cheese

How to prepare

1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Cook chopped bacon until almost done over med heat, add bread cubes stirring to coat evenly with the fat. Saut

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Greek lemon baste for chicken

Ingredients

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp dried oregano, or 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients. Makes 3/4 cup. Enough for 3 lb of chicken.
To use: brush on skinned chicken pieces, quarters or halves and let marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling.

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Beer cheese soup

Ingredients

1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 qts chicken broth
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
8 oz beer or ale
16 oz cheddar cheese, grated

How to prepare

Boil celery, carrot and onion in broth until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Mix flour and butter, stir in broth. Cook and stir until thickened, boil 1 minute. Reduce heat, add beer and cheese. Mix until smooth and cheese melts. Heat just to serving temperature. 12 servings.

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Beef moussaka

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp snipped parsley
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 can tomato sauce (8oz)

1/4 cup dry red wine
1 medium eggplant
1 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Heat oven to 375′. Cook and stir meat and onion in large skillet until meat is brown. Drain off fat. Stir in parsley, 1 tsp salt, the pepper, nutmeg, tomato sauce and wine; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Pare eggplant and cut into 1/2″ slices. Arrange half the eggplant slices in ungreased baking dish, 11 3/4×7 1/2×1 3/4″; top with remaining eggplant slices and meat mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until eggplant is tender, about 40 minutes. Beat eggs, milk and 1/2 tsp salt; pour over hot casserole and sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered until custard is set, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, then cut into squares.

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Greek pizza w/ feta and pancetta

Ingredients

1 pizza dough
1/2 red pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 red onion, cut into strips
Olive oil or cooking spray
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
10-15 greek olives, cut into halves
2 sm roma tomatoes, diced
3 strips bacon or pancetta, crumbled
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper

How to prepare

Add the peppers and onion to 1 1/2 tsp olive oil or spray the skillet with two coatings of cooking spray. Using low heat, saut

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Godiva strawberry torte

Ingredients

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk, scalded
1 tsp vanilla extract
10-oz package frozen strawberries, pureed
2 cups godiva liqueur, divided
1 cup heavy cream
9″ sponge cake
1 quart fresh hulled strawberries
whipped cream

How to prepare

Soften gelatin in water, set aside. In double boiler, cook egg yolks, sugar, salt and milk until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add vanilla, strawberry puree and 1-1/2 cups liqueur, chill until slightly thickened and mixture mounds on a spoon
whip cream until stiff, fold into strawberry mixture and set aside. To assemble the torte, place sponge cake in 9″ greased springform pan, sprinkle with godiva liqueur, cover with strawberries, hulled side down and top with strawberry mousse. Refrigerate several hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Serves 12.

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Albondigas soup

Ingredients

6 tomatoes
2 qts beef broth
1/2 bell pepper, finely sliced
1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
1 tsp chile powder
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork

1 egg
1 tsp oregano
3 sprg fresh mint
1/2 onion, chopped
1/3 cup raw long-grain white rice

How to prepare

For the broth: blanch, peel and seed tomatoes. Chop 3 of the seeded tomatoes and set aside. Crush the remaining tomatoes, add the peels, and simmer in the beef broth over a low flame. After 30 minutes, strain the tomato pulp and peels out of the broth. Add the bell pepper, onion, chile powder, and chopped tomatoes. For the meat balls: grind meat twice, or process until very fine. Whisk egg with herbs and onion then mix well into the meat. Soak rice in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain and add to the meat and herb mixture. Shape into little balls smaller than a walnut, and drop into the boiling broth. Cover tightly and cook for 30 minutes. Note: if you load the broth with tiny meat balls, you won’t need an entree. Serves 6-8.

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Rigani cheese bread

Ingredients

1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 cup -tepid (110 f) water
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt
3 cup whole wheat flour, or more
2 tbsp dried rigani; crumbled
1/2 tbsp dried mint; finely crumbled

3/4 lb feta cheese; well drained,- finely crumbled
1 egg yolk; beaten with:
2 tbsp -warm water

How to prepare

Sprinkle the yeast over the water and set aside in a warm place until foamy, about 10 minutes. Whisk in 2 tbsp of the olive oil and the salt.
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, make a well in the center, and pour in the yeast mixture. Knead 10 minutes, adding additional flour if necessary to make a firm elastic dough. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, tightly cover with plastic wrap, and set aside for 2 hours in a warm draft-free spot.
Knead in the rigani, mint, and feta until evenly distributed throughout the dough. Lightly oil a heavy baking sheet and place the dough in the center. Form into a round loaf and flatten to a thickness of 2″. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 1 hour in a warm draft-free spot. The dough will rise only slightly.
Heat the oven to 350 f.
With a sharp thin blade, slash the top of the loaf diagonally in 2 or 3 parallel lines, brush with the remaining olive oil, and bake 25 minutes. Brush with the beaten egg yolk and bake 15 minutes longer, or until the bread is deep golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Servings: 12

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