Ultimate cheesecake

Ingredients

Cheesecake crust:
2 cups cinnamon graham crackers -ab 26
6 tbsp butter, melted

filling:
3 (8 oz pkgs) cream cheese, softened
1-1/3 cups sugar

3 eggs
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
2 tsp vanilla extract

topping:
2 cups sour cream

3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla

glaze:
1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups water
1/3 cups fresh lemon juice
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp grated lemon peel

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 350

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Perfect sugar cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Lightly grease baking sheets.
2. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix the dry ingredients together and sift into butter mixture; stir until well-blended. Dough should be very stiff. Chill 1-2 hours.
3. Divide dough into quarters. Roll out one piece of dough to 1/4″ thickness on lightly-floured board. Dust top with flour and cut with cookie cutters.
4. Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are light brown around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.
Prepared 12/19/94 by donata maggipinto, food & entertaining specialist for williams-sonoma. From: mike n maty

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Pescado en Salsa Verde- Fish in Green Sauce

Ingredients

1 lb fresh tomatillos or 1-3/4 cups drained canned tomatillos
3 green onions, with some green tops
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp chopped parsley leaves
1 small california chile, roasted, peeled, seeded, or 1 can green chile

2 tsp vegetable oil
salt
1-1/2 lbs white fish fillets such as haddock or sole
3 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp vegetable oil

How to prepare

Remove papery husks from tomatillos. Wash tomatillos. Pour water 1/2 inch deep into a med saucepan. Add fresh tomatillos. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and cook 10 min or until tender. Drain and cool. Do not cook canned tomatillos. Place tomatillos, green onions, garlic, parsley and chile in blender or food processor, process until pureed. Heat 2 tsp oil in a med saucepan. Add puree and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Simmer gently uncovered 15 min. Set sauce aside and keep warm. Sprinkle fish with lime juice and 1/2 tsp salt. Let stand 3 to 5 min. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large skillet. Add fish. Cook 1 minute on each side. Add sauce. Cover and simmer 5 min or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Makes 6 servings.

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Dill pickle soup

Ingredients

1 cup margarine
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 qt chicken broth
12 oz dill pickles, shredded or fine chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 cup white wine/chicken broth
1/2 md onion, fine chopped
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp salt
1 tsp dill weed
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 bay leaves
2 cup warm milk
Dash green food color, opt
Croutons, opt

How to prepare

In a lg kettle, melt butter. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually add broth. Add the next 12 ingredients ; bring to a boil over med. Heat. Reduce the heat; add milk. Remove bay leaves. Add food color and garnish with croutons.

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Corn stuffed poblano chiles

Ingredients

6 poblano chiles
2 eggs, large
1 whole kernel corn
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp red pepper, ground

How to prepare

Set the oven control to broil. Cut the chiles lengthwise into halves and carefully remove all the seeds. Place the cut sides down on the rack in the broiler and broil with the skin side up about 4 inches from the heat until the skin blisters on the peppers. Place the chiles in a plastic bag for 15 minutes and then carefully remove as much skin as possible. Heat the oven to 375 degrees f. Beat the eggs in a med bowl until thick and lemon colored, about 4 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients . Place the chiles in a greased rectangular baking dish, 13 x 13 x 2-inches. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the corn mixture into each chile half. Cover and bake until corn mixture is hot, about 25 minutes.

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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
garnishes 8888
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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Green mountain maple barbecued chicken

Ingredients

3 tbsp pure maple syrup
3 tbsp chili sauce, bottled
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp dijon mustard
4 boneless chicken thighs
1 tbsp vegetable oil

How to prepare

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Stir maple syrup, chili sauce, vinegar and mustard in sm saucepan until well blended. Brush chicken with oil, season with salt and pepper. Arrange chicken on barbecue. Grill until cooked through, turning occasionally and brushing generously with sauce, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Bon appetite, 6/95

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Cajun prime rib

Ingredients

4 lb prime rib roast (10-1/2 lbs)
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
Seasoning mix
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp, salt
1 tbsp plus 2 tsp, white pepper
1 tbsp plus 2 tsp, fennel seeds
1 tbsp plus 3/4 tsp, black pepper
2 1/2 tbsp dry mustard
2 1/2 tbsp ground cayenne pepper

How to prepare

Remove fat cap off top of meat (butcher can do this for you) and save. Place the Roast, standing on the rib bones, in a very lg roasting pan. Then with a knife Make several dozen punctures through the silver skin so seasoning can permeate meat Pour a very generous, even layer of black pepper over the top of the meat (the Pepper should completely cover it), repeat with the garlic powder, then the salt, Totally covering the preceding layer carefully arrange the onions in an even layer On top so as not to knock off the seasoning place the fat cap back on top Refrigerate 24 hours bake ribs in a 550f oven until the fat is dark brown and crispy On top, about 35 minutes remove from oven and cool slightly refrigerate until well Chilled, about 3 hours (this is done so the juices will solidify and the steaks can Be cooked rare ) remove fat cap and discard with the blade of a lg knife, scrape Off the onions and as much of the seasonings as possible and discard then with a Long knife, slice between ribs into 6 steaks (4 will have bones), trim the cooked Surface of meat from the 2 pieces that were on the outside of the roast season and Cook in your favorite way for steaks To blacken the steaks: Combine the ingredients of the seasoning mix thoroughly in a sm bowl, you will Have about 8 tbsp sprinkle the steaks generously and evenly on both sides with the Mix using about 4 tsp on each steak and pressing it in with your hands heat a cast Iron skillet over very high heat until it is beyond the smoking stage and you see White ash on the skillet bottom-at least 10 minutes (the skillet cannot be too hot For this method ) place one steak in the hot skillet (cook only one side at a time) And cook over a very high heat until the underside starts to develop a heavy, black Crust, about 2 to 3 minutes turn the steak over and cook until the underside is Crusted like the first, about 2 to 3 minutes more repeat with the remaining steaks Serve each steak while piping hot (*note*: if you don’t have a commercial hood vent Over your stove, this dish may smoke you out of the kitchen it’s worth it! But you Can also cook it outdoors on a gas grill, a charcoal fire doesn’t get hot enough to “blacken” the steak properly yield: 6 servings

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Carrot and red pepper soup

Ingredients

The carrot soup 8888
4 tbsp unsalted butter
6 cups water
6 large carrots 1/2″ dice
1/2 half yellow onion 1/4″ dice
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
the red pepper soup 8888
2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 medium red bell pepper, diced
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
red wine vinegar to taste

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
garnishes 8888
chopped fresh chervil leaves
creme fraiche (thinned with warm water)

How to prepare

Prepare the carrot soup: melt the butter in a 6-quart stainless steel soup pot. Add 1 cup of the water, the carrots and onion. Bring to a low simmer; cover and stew for 30 minutes. Remove the cover from the pot. The vegetables should be very tender and the water almost entirely evaporated. If not, continue cooking them until they are. Add the remaining 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches for 3 minutes each. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. The soup should have a velvety consistency and be slightly thicker than heavy cream. Set aside.
Prepare red pepper soup: in a 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter. Add the peppers and water, bring to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the peppers are very tender. Most of the water will have evaporated during this time. In a blender or food processor, puree the peppers with 1/2 cup of the water and pass the puree through a medium-fine sieve to catch any bits of skin. Return the soup to the pan and add salt. If the pepper soup lacks depth, correct it with a few drops of red wine vinegar. If necessary, thin the red pepper soup with a little of the remaining water so its consistency is similar to that of the carrot soup. Presentation: pour two-thirds cup of the carrot soup into each of 8 warmed bowls. Stir 2 tbsp of the red pepper soup into the center. Garnish with chervil and creme fraiche if desired. Draw the cream over the surface with the tines of a fork. Yield: makes 8 servings.

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Chicken sate

Ingredients

1/8 cup olive or vegetable oil
1/4 cup 100 per cent coconut milk*
2 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
2 chicken breasts (7-8 ounces each) skinned, boned and cut into 2×1 1/4×1/4″ pieces
* set aside 3 tbsp of coconut milk for basting

How to prepare

1. Combine marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until blended.
2. Add chicken pieces and toss gently until well-coated.
3. Thread 8 chicken pieces lengthwise on each of eight 9″ bamboo skewers, covering skewers. Place in refrigerator container, cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
4. Prepare charcoal grill.
5. Remove skewers with chicken pieces from container, reserving marinade that has drained off. Stir 3 tbsp coconut milk into marinade and use mixture as basting sauce.
6. Grill sates, basting frequently, for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes on each side.

Serve with peanut dipping sauce which can be purchased in oriental supermarkets or the gourmet section of your local supermarket.
Prepared 12/8/94 by tommy tang, restaurateur and cookbook author. From: mike n maty

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