Borani – cold spinach and yogurt salad

Ingredients

1 package frozen spinach
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated onion
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp fresh mint, minced

How to prepare

1) thaw spinach, squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
2) combine remaining ingredients with spinach until well incorporated.
3) refrigerate for a half hour and serve.

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Greek chick-pea soup

Ingredients

1/2 lb dried chick-peas
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp baking soda
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
6 to 8 cups water
2 med onions finely chopped
Strained fresh juice of 1 lemon
3 lb tomatoes chopped
1 lb bay leaf

How to prepare

Wash and soak chick-peas according to package directions. Drain and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 15 minutes.Remove husks by rubbing chick-peas between thumb and forefinger. Rinse well and drain. In a large pot,heat the oil and saute onions and peas stirring with a wooden spoon,until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf,garlic,salt and pepper, and 6 cups of water to start. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer, stirring occassionally for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer until peas are tender. Add more water it necessary. Remove from heat discard bay leaf and stir in lemon juice.

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Stifado – greek stew

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless beef chuck – cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
12 sm. White boiling onions
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano *
1 bay leaf; crumbled
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cup dry red wine

1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled
salt & freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

* 1 tsp dried herbs may be used instead of fresh.
Preheat over to 350 f. Heat oil in heavy 4- to 5-quart dutch oven over medium high heat. Toss beef with flour in large bowl. Add beef to pan in batches and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer browned beef to bowl. Add onions to pan and cook until light brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, herbs and cumin to pan.
Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Cover and bake in oven until beef is tender, about 2 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm to 350 f oven before continuing.) Stir feta into stew. Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Servings: 4

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CHICKEN TONNATO D’ESTE

Ingredients

4 1/4 cups Chicken stock
6 Chicken breast halves – skinned
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dry white wine
4 Flat Anchovy fillets
1 tablespoonOil from anchovies
1 can Water packed tuna, (7 oz.) – drained
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoonCapers – drained (garnish)
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh parsley – (garnish)
1 Lemon – sliced (garnish)

How to prepare

Bring 4 cups chicken stock to boil in covered saucepan. Poach chicken breasts 15 minutes and allow to cool in stock For tonnato sauce, in blender or processor, combine mayonnaise, wine, 1/2 cup stock, anchovies, oil from anchovies, tuna, lemon juice amd oregano and process until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper Remove bones from chicken breasts and cut meat into 1/2″ thick slices Layer on serving platter, so that they overlap slightly. Pour tonnato sauce over all. Sprinkle capers and parsley on top and garnish with lemon slices Serve cold or at room temperature

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Starbucks’ date scones

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup bran
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter; chilled
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup chopped dates

How to prepare

Combine the all-purpose and whole wheat flours, the bran, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cut in the butter. (or combine in a food processor, just until crumbly.) Add the egg, buttermilk and dates; do not overmix. (if the dough seems too sticky to work with add a couple more tbsp flour.) Shape the dough into a rectangle about 1″ thick on a floured surface. Cut into 12 triangles. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet in a preheated 350-degree oven about 25 minutes. Cool on a rack
yield: 12 servings

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Savory marinade for pork

Ingredients

1 cup dry white wine
3 lg cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients. Pour over 6 lean boneless pork chops, at least 3/4″ thick (stab pork chops with a sharp knife several times). Marinate at least 2 hours. Grill or broil (or bake) pork chops, brushing with marinade during cooking. Serves 6.

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Carne seca jerky

Ingredients

2 1/2-3 lb raw jerky meat
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tsp ground oregano
2 cloves garlic, mashed
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp course black pepper
3/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp liquid smoke

How to prepare

Mix all ingredients to make marinade and soak meat in marinade 24 hours. Remove meat from marinade and place in oven or smoker for from 7-8 hours at about 150- 200

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Spaghetti mizithra

Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti
1/2 lb kasseri cheese, grated
1/4 lb roman cheese, grated
1 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped parsley

How to prepare

Cook spaghetti until tender but firm to the bite. Drain. Melt butter in large skillet until it turns brown. Meanwhile, combine cheeses. Place spaghetti on warm platter, sprinkle with mixed cheeses, then drizzle with browned butter. Sprinkle with parsley.

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