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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California tamale pie

Ingredients

1 lb lean ground beef, browned
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1 1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 pkg chili seasoning mix
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 lb can tomatoes, cut up

1 lb whole kernel corn, drained
2 1/4 oz sliced ripe olives, drained
1 cup cheddar, grated

How to prepare

Stir together corn meal, milk and egg. Add remaining ingredients, except cheese. Pour into crockpot, cover, cook on high 3 to 4 hours. Sprinkle cheese over top, cover and cook another 5 minutes. Yield: 6 servings

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Chicken with oregano

Ingredients

3 lbs chicken cut up
juice of 4 lemons
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp dried oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
pepper
28-oz can italian tomatoes

How to prepare

Stir together lemon juice, salt, and oregano. In lightly oiled casserole, place chicken, skin side down; pour lemon juice mixture over. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Turn chicken pieces, sprinkle with olive oil, and season with pepper. Pour tomatoes over. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for another 30 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Serve with: bulghur or brown rice. Green salad. Servings: 6

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Tangy chicken marinade

Ingredients

1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, in 1/8″ slices
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
dash salt
dash white pepper

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients. Pour over 1 lb. Skinless/boneless chicken breast halves. Marinate at least 2 hours. Remove chicken from marinade and either grill or broil. Brush with remaining marinade during cooking. Serves 4.

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Squash salsa

Ingredients

1 small zucchini (peeled)
1 small yellow summer squash (peeled)
1 carrot (peeled)
2 tomatillos
1 medium tomato
1 clove garlic
3 serrano chiles
1/2 small red onion
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh marjoram
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
sugar and salt to taste

How to prepare

Rinse the onion with hot water in a strainer before adding it to the salsa. Finely dice all, mix and let sit for an hour before serving.

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Greek potato salad

Ingredients

6 potatoes, boiled in skin
2 mild onions, sliced thin
1/2 cup ev olive oil
1/2 cup strained lemon juice
1/2 tsp crushed, dried oregano
8 – 12 black greek olives
salt and ground pepper to taste

How to prepare

Peel and cube the potatoes while still warm and combine them with the onions in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients except the olives, toss gently but thoroughly. Adjust seasoning, add the olives.

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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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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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