Thai fish curry

Ingredients

1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro stems
2 tbsp minced fresh lemon grass (from bottom 6″ of stalk)
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin

3 large garlic cloves, halved
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 lb 1 1/2″ thick sea bass fillets, cut into 3″ pieces
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

2/3 cup bottled clam juice
minced fresh cilantro freshly
cooked rice

How to prepare

Blend first 8 ingredients in processor to dry paste, stopping frequently to scrape down sides of work bowl. (paste can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.) Heat oil in medium non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 rounded tbsp spice paste; stir 1 minute. Add fish and cook 2 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs. Add coconut milk and clam juice and simmer until fish is cooked through, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes. Transfer fish to plate. Boil liquid until reduced to thick sauce, about 8 minutes. Season with salt. Return fish to sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice. The mild spice paste is also great used as a base for chicken and shrimp curries. Serves: 2

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Cream Of Artichoke Soup

Ingredients

1 can artichoke hearts
1 cup juice from artichokes
water (add if necessary)
10 oz can chicken broth
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
2 cup light cream

How to prepare

Simmer artichoke hearts, broth, lemon juice, onion, green onion, thyme and pepper with one cup fluid from artichokes, approx. 20 min. Blend in cream and correct seasonings if necessary. Serves 4 to 6

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Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients

2 pounds Italian sausage
1 cup Dried parsley
1 tablespoonGarlic – finely chopped
1/2 cup Olive oil
1 teaspoon Red cayenne pepper
1 cup Plain flour
3 tablespoons Lea & Perrins
2 cups Onions – finely chopped
1 cup Celery – finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Dried mint
1/2 cup Bell pepper – finely chopped
3 cups Tomato sauce
2 cups Water
Salt – to taste
2 cups Dry white wine

How to prepare

Cut Italian sausage into 2-inch lengths. Brown sausage off in olive oil (about half cook it), remove from pan and put aside, Add flour to oil that was used and make roux. Add onions, celery, and bell pepper Stir and cook until tender or clear. Add water and stir until smooth. Add wine (you may wish to experiment with the amount of wine used, 2 cups is too much for some tastes), parsley, and garlic. Pour in red pepper, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, dried mint, and tomato sauce. Stir real well. Bring to a bubbly boil and add salt, to taste. Add sausage Bring back to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Cook for about 3 or 4 hours. Serve over spaghetti topped with cheese.

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Country style ribs & corn

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs meaty country style pork ribs
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp butter or margarine
4 medium potatoes, pared and sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
3/4 cup milk
1 can (16 oz) cream style corn
1 fresh tomato, diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced

How to prepare

1. Dust ribs with flour and sprinkle with garlic powder. Brown in heated butter in a heavy skillet.
2. Layer potatoes in a lightly oiled 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper, onion and green pepper.
3. Pour milk over vegetables. Cover with the corn and top with the browned ribs, covering vegetables in a single layer.
4. Cover and bake at 350f for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake 30 minutes longer or until ribs are tender and potatoes are done. Before serving, sprinkle with potato and green onions. Pork chops be can substituted. Can be made ahead, except for the baking, cover and refrigerate.

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CHICKEN ITALIAN

Ingredients

3 pounds Skinned chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
2 tablespoons Dry white wine
pepper to taste

How to prepare

If using whole chicken, cut chicken in half. Blend marinade of all the remaining ingredients. Soak chicken for 10 minutes. Bake in greased pan @ 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender

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Balsamic Chicken with Potatoes and Arugula

Ingredients

6 large skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1
1/4 pounds)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon salad oil
1 pound medium-size red potatoes
2 bunches arugula
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

How to prepare

1. Cut each chicken thigh in half. In bowl, toss chicken with flour and salt. Peel garlic cloves and cut each lengthwise in half.

2. In nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium heat, in hot salad oil, cook chicken thighs and garlic, covered, 20 minutes or until chicken is browned and juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife, turning once halfway through cooking time.

3. Meanwhile, cut each potato into quarters. In 2-quart saucepan over high heat, heat potatoes and enough water to cover to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 7 to 10 minutes until potatoes are just tender; drain and keep warm. Wash arugula; drain well.

4. In cup, stir brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. When chicken is done, add vinegar mixture to skillet, tossing to coat chicken well. Remove skillet from heat; add potatoes and half of arugula, tossing to mix well. Arrange remaining arugula on platter or 4 dinner plates; top with chicken mixture.

About 345 calories, 9 g fat, 117 mg
cholesterol, 920 mg sodium.

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Herbed focaccia

Ingredients

1 pkg dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water (105-115f)
2 1/3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup light-tasting olive oil

2 lg garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
kosher salt
1 tbsp fresh chives, snipped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450f. Fifteen minutes before baking focaccia, put rack in center of oven. If you have 2 ovens, preheat both; otherwise bake focaccias in sequence, one after the other. Generously oil 2 lg baking sheets, preferably black steel. Stir yeast and sugar into warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Mix flour, cornmeal and salt in food processor fitted with metal blade (can also be kneaded with mixer dough hook or by hand). Turn on processor. Slowly pour yeast mixture through feed tube. Also pour 2 tbsp oil through. Process until dough cleans inside of work bowl but is still moist. If it sticks, add a little flour; if it’s dry, add a little water. Once dough is moist but not so wet that it sticks to sides of bowl, process until uniformly kneaded, elastic and supple, about 40 seconds. Transfer dough to lg plastic food bag, squeeze out air and seal at top, allowing room for dough to expand. Let dough rise in warm spot until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down; use immediately or refrigerate overnight. Combine remaining 6 tbsp oil, garlic and dried herbs. Gently heat until warm (not hot) on stove top or microwave oven. Divide dough in half. Let rest 5 minutes. On floured board, roll each piece into about a 12″ round. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Prick surface with fork. Brush with oil mixture, including edges. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake, one at a time, until very lightly browned around edges only, about 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Check after 2 minutes in oven; prick any air pockets with fork. Brush with any remaining oil, including edges. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and pepper flakes. Can be baked in advance and frozen. To do so, cool completely, freeze and then wrap airtight. Let thaw in wrapping. To reheat, place in cold oven and set at 300f. Bake until hot, about 5-7 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Yield: 2 12″ focaccias.

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Thai shrimp

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup chopped onions
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root
1-2 fresh or dried chili peppers, seeded and chopped

2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 cup coconut milk
1 stalk lemon grass, or grated rind of one lemon
1 tsp brown sugar, or palm sugar
2-4 tbsp tamarind juice, or lemon juice

How to prepare

1. Shell shrimp, devein if necessary .
2. In a wok or skillet, heat oil and saut

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Beef Stir-Fry With Arugula

Ingredients

4 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 bunch green onions, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
1 package (16 ounces) sliced beef for stir-fry
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 bunches arugula or 2 packages (8 ounces each)
prewashed spinach

How to prepare

Cook 1 cup rice. While it simmers, rinse arugula, then prepare stir-fry. (If you can’t find precut beef, slice a piece of round steak.)

1. In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add green onions and mushrooms and cook until tender and brown, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove to bowl.

2. In same skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add half the beef and cook, stirring constantly, until beef just loses its pink color. Remove to bowl with vegetables. Cook remaining beef as above, adding remaining 1 teaspoon oil.

3. In cup, mix soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Return beef mixture to skillet; stir in soy-sauce mixture. Cook 1 minute to heat through, stirring. Remove from heat; stir in half the arugula.

4. Spoon beef mixture over remaining arugula on platter.

Each serving: About 260 calories, 29 g protein, 18 g
carbohydrate, 15 g total fat (5 g saturated), 48 mg
cholesterol, 875 mg sodium.

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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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