Medford pear bread

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp softened butter, divided
1 egg, well-beaten
1 cup + 2 tbsp gran. Sugar, divided
1 cup peeled, diced fresh pears
1/2 cup red wine (can substitute grape juice)
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
2. In a medium skillet, saut

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Spicy marinade for shrimp

Ingredients

24 shrimp, large, cleaned
1 cup vinegar, rice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
2 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp oil, sesame

1 salt
1 tsp chili paste

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients and marinate shrimp for 30 minutes. Thread 3 shrimp onto a water-soaked bamboo skewer and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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Peanut butter dog treats

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 medium eggs
3 tbsp natural crunchy peanut butter (100 per cent peanuts with no added salt or sugar)
2 tbsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup rolled oats
non-stick or air-pocket cookie sheet

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees f.
2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
3. Beat the liquid ingredients and peanut butter together in a separate bowl. (note: before adding the peanut butter, pour off and discard any extra oil that may have settled out.)
4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and blend with electric beater until well-mixed.
5. Form the dough into a ball, and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
6. On floured board, roll out dough to 1/4″ thick. Cut dough with pig-shaped (or other) cookie cutter.
7. Bake cookies for 20 minutes at 400 degrees f (until firm), then turn off the oven and leave the biscuits inside the oven to cool (this makes the biscuits crispy).
Prepared 11/23/94 by susan wallack, creator of daisy’s delights gourmet doggie treats. From: mike n maty

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Kos lemon pie

Ingredients

Pastry
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tbsp finely grated lemon peel
1 pn salt
8 tbsp unsalted butter – cut into small pieces

2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract

filling
8 tbsp unsalted butter – at room temp
1/3 cup honey
5 egg yolks
1 1/2 cup ground blanched almonds
2 lemons; juiced
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup -water
1 lemon; juiced
confectioners’ sugar; sifted

How to prepare

To make the pastry, sift the flour and confectioners’ sugar into a large cold bowl, stir in the grated lemon zest and salt, and add the butter. Quickly and lightly rub the mixture together with your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Beat the egg yolks and vanilla together and stir into the flour mixture. Pull the dough together into a ball with your fingers, adding cold water only if necessary to make a soft dough. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Set a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375 f.
Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the pastry to fit a 9- to 10″ tart pan with a removable bottom. To transfer the pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin, lift above the pan, and unroll over the rim. With your thumb and knuckle, gently press the pastry into the pan, then roll the rolling pin over the rim to trim the edges. Line with aluminum foil and bake 6 to 8 minutes or until just set. Set aside, and lower the oven temperature to 325 f.
To make the filling, beat the butter and honey with an electric mixer or by hand until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Then stir in the almonds, the juice of 2 lemons (reserve the zest, removed in thin strips), and the cream. Pour into the pastry shell and lightly smooth the top with a spatula. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and set.
Meanwhile, combine the superfine sugar, reserved lemon zest, and water in a sugar pan or small heavy saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil, then simmer 6 minutes or until the syrup lightly coats the back of a metal spoon. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the remaining lemon juice to the barely warm syrup and strain, reserving the zest. Pour the syrup over the warm pie, remove from the pan, and liberally sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and the reserved zest. Serve immediately. Servings: 12
note: to make the pastry in the food processor, chill the processor bowl and metal blade in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Working very quickly, process the flour, sugar, lemon zest, and butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and pulse just to mix. (it is unlikely that you will need to add water.) Wrap and refrigerate.

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Scallop kabobs

Ingredients

1 lb. Scallops
1 can button mushrooms, drained
2 tab salad oil
2 tab soy sauce
2 tab lemon juice
2 tab parsley
1/2 tea salt & dash pepper
13 oz can pineapple chunks
green pepper chunks
melted butter

How to prepare

If large scallops are used, cut into 3 or 4 pieces. Place scallops and mushrooms in a shallow glass dish. Combine oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper and pour over scallops. Cover and refrigerate 30 mins, turning scallops and mushrooms once. Partially fry the bacon, drain and cut into half. On kabob skewers place alternate scallops, mushrooms, bacon, pineapple and green peppers. Set oven control on broil and/or 550. Broil kabobs 3″ from heat for 5 to 8 mins, turning once and basting with melted butter.

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Chicken breasts with spicy rub

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
2 tsp vegetable oil

Rub —
2 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced

How to prepare

Pat chicken breasts dry. Combine ingredients for rub. Smear rub over both sides of chicken, the more you use the spicier it will be. Heat barbecue. Brush grill with 2 tbsp oil. Place chicken on grill skin side down. Cook over med heat skin side down about 10 to 12 minutes per side until chicken is just cooked through. (if heat is too high, coating burn, if too low, cooking time will be a little longer). Servings 4.

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Gyro

Ingredients

1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground lamb
1 tsp salt
some freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves of crushed garlic
the juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp ouzo

How to prepare

Mix and mold the meat on a metal skewer. Grill. Serve on pita bread, garnish with tzatziki, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions, some parsley, a sprinkling of oregano.

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Caramelized chicken with garlic and ginger

Ingredients

4 chicken thighs
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken wings
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 med onions, chopped
Glaze
4 tbsp tomato sauce
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Sm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 200c/400f put the chicken pieces in a roasting dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Trickle with oil. Bake for 15 minutes, until chicken skin is starting to get golden. Meanwhile mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a sm bowl. Pour the glaze over the chicken and sprinkle onion over the top. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes turning over the pieces of chicken halfway through the cooking time. The chicken is ready when it is a shiny dark brown. – serves 4

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Brown beef stock, by julia child

Ingredients

3-4 lbs meaty raw beef bones
2 each: large carrots, onions, and celery ribs, chopped
6 or more quarts cold water
a large size herb bouquet plus 4 allspice berries and 6 peppercorns
2 large cloves unpeeled garlic, smashed

1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more as needed later

How to prepare

The bones to choose: raw beef bones, some of them meaty, are what you want here, such as shank, the neck, the knuckle; leg bones. An oxtail will give extra flavor and pleasantly slightly gelatinous texture. Preheat the oven to 450 f. Arrange the bones and 1/2 cup each of the chopped vegetables in the roasting pan and brown, turning and basting with accumulated fat several times until they are walnut brown. Put bones and vegetables into the pot (an 8 qt. Or so ); pour out and discard accumulated fat. Pour 2 cups of the water into the pan and bring to the boil over moderately high heat; and de glaze, then pour the liquid over the browned bones in the pot. Add the herb bouquet to the kettle and the rest of the vegetables listed with enough of the water to cover the ingredients by 2″. Bring to the simmer on top of the stove; skim off and discard gray scum that will collect on the surface for several minutes. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt. Cover loosely, and maintain at the slow simmer, skimming off fat and scum occasionally, and adding a little boiling water if the liquid has evaporated below the surface of the ingredients. Simmer until you feel the bones have given their all. Strain the stock through a colander into a bowl, pressing juices out of the ingredients. Degrease the stock and season lightly to taste. Strain again, this time through a fine meshed sieve into a clean pan or container. May be prepared in advance; chill uncovered, then cover and refrigerate or freeze.

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Chicken stock, by julia child.

Ingredients

2 qt or so raw and/or cooked chicken bones and scraps
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup carrot
1/2 cup celery
1 medium imported bay leaf

8 parsley stems
5 peppercorns

How to prepare

Chop the bones and scraps into 1″ pieces and bring to the simmer in a saucepan (3 qt stainless steel suggested) with water to cover by 1″ and salt. As a simmer is reached, gray scum will rise to the surface for several minutes; skim it off occasionally until it most ceases to rise. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover the pan loosely and simmer 1 1/2 hrs., Adding a little water if the liquid evaporates to expose the ingredients. Strain through the sieve into a bowl, an degrease. To yield about 2 quarts

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