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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Paris chuck roast

Ingredients

3 lb chuck roast, cut into 2″ cubes
1 1/2 tbs. Vegetable oil
1/2 tbs. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1/8 cup butter or margarine
4 cups peeled, sliced onion
2 lg cloves garlic, peeled & minced
1 can (12 oz) light beer
2 tbs. Light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tbs. Salt
2 large sprigs parsley
1 large bay leaf
1/2 tsp. Dried thyme
1 1/2 tbs. Cornstarch
2 tbs. White vinegar

How to prepare

In a large skillet, over medium heat, saut

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Spinach and rice in dill tomato sauce

Ingredients

2-10 oz packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 cup regular (not extra-v) olive oil
3 cups onions, finely chopped
6 scallions, thinly sliced, including some of the green tops
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1/3 cup converted raw rice
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Trim away any tough stems from the spinach leaves. Rinse the leaves in several changes of cold water and drain in a colander. Heat the olive oil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. When it is hot, add the onions, scallions, and 1/4 cup of the dill and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened. Add the rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the water, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted down. Continue to cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is nearly tender. Stir in the remaining dill and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

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Cajun flank steak creole

Ingredients

2 lb flank steak
1 salt & pepper
2 tbsp green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp onion, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp sugar

1/2 cup water
2 cup stuffing mix, herb-seasoned
1/2 cup water
2 tsp cornstarch

How to prepare

Score one side of meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine green pepper, onion, 1 tbsp tomato paste, horseradish, sugar, 1/4 cup water, and stuffing. Spoon stuffing mixture down middle of un-scored side of flank steak. Fold ends over and overlap long sides, skewer together. Place on metal rack or trivet in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove meat. Turn control to high. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup cold water, stir in 1 tbsp tomato paste. Add to juices in pot. Cook on high for 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Slice steak across the grain. Serve sauce with the steak. Yield: 4 servings

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Greek meatballs with egg and lemon sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground lamb or beef
1 medium onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp dried basil or mint
1/3 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
chicken or beef stock
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
minced parsley
cooked rice

How to prepare

Put meat into a bowl with onion, garlic, uncooked rice, herbs, salt and pepper. Beat two of the egg whites until they froth and add them as well. Reserve yolks and the other egg for the sauce. Gently mix with a fork or your hands, and form walnut-size balls. Fry meatballs in vegetable oil over low heat. When lightly brown, remove with a slotted spoon to a saucepan. Add enough stock to cover meatballs, and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour off stock through a sieve, and measure it. You will need 1 1/2 cups for the sauce. To make the sauce, beat reserved egg yolks and the whole egg together until quite frothy. Whisk in lemon juice bit by bit, then whisk in hot stock bit by bit, beating steadily. Pour over meatballs, and cook, stirring, over low heat until sauce thickens. Do not let it come to a boil, or it will separate. Serve on a bed of rice, sprinkled with parsley. Makes four servings.

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Greek stuffed peppers

Ingredients

1 cup cooked ground beef
1 cup cooked rice
green onion
fresh mint
cinnamon

How to prepare

In a pot, place desired amount of ground beef, wine, and water to cover beef. Add 1/2 – 1 tsp cumin per lb of beef. Add a few garlic cloves. Cook until mixture boils and beef browns. Skim off the fat with a net strainer. This will result with”lean” beef on the bottom of the pot, and a beef broth to be used for soup or stock.
Combine ingredients and stuff a green or red pepper with it. Pour a fresh tomato puree’ over the top and microwave/bake until cooked.

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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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Garides kokkiyia me feta – shrimp and feta in shells

Ingredients

2 lb large shrimp
1/2 lemon (juice only)
1 onion or shallot; minced
3 tbsp vegetable oil or butter
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tomatoes – peeled, chopped & drained

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or dill
2 garlic cloves; crushed
salt & freshly ground pepper
1/2 lb feta cheese
fresh basil leaves
(or parsley) for garnish

How to prepare

Shell and devein shrimp. Wash and drain, then sprinkle lightly with lemon juice. Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan and cook the onion until soft. Add the tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 25 minutes, then remove from the heat and strain.
Butter large scallop or other shells, or individual oven proof dishes, and spoon a little sauce into each. Fill with the shrimp and spoon the sauce over, then crumble the feta over the top. Set into a baking pan and bake for 15 or 20 minutes in a moderate oven (350 f), or until the shrimp is cooked and the cheese melted. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and serve hot.

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