CHICKEN BREASTS MILANO

Ingredients

8 Whole chicken breasts – split
1/2 cup Olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup Dry white wine
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1 teaspoon Fresh Italian parsley – chopped
1 teaspoon Dried leaf oregano – crumbled
Salt
Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Crushed red-pepper flakes – (or more)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese – grated
Fresh spinach leaves – steamed
Hot cooked rice
Red bell pepper strips

How to prepare

ix oil, wine, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper (to taste). Marinate chicken in a shallow pan, covered, for several hours or overnight. Remove chicken and reserve marinade. Place breasts, skin- side up in 1 or 2 roasting pans; do not crowd. Brush with part of reserved marinade. Bake in 375 F oven, basting occasionally with marinade, for 40 minutes until skin is crisp. Sprinkle part of Parmesan over the chicken and return to oven just until Parmesan begins to turn golden. Line a warm platter with steamed spinach leaves, then with rice. Arrange chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Garnish with red pepper strips (NOTE: Chicken breasts can be grilled about 4 inches from coals for 20 minutes, turning and basting with marinade until chicken is golden.

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Basil Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

2 pounds Fresh tomatoes – seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 Onion – chopped
1 tablespoon basil, fresh
1 tablespoon Thyme
1 tablespoon Parsley – minced
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saute onions and garlic in oil. Add tomatoes, basil, thyme, parsley and Parmesan. Simmer for 15 minutes.

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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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Roasted red snapper

Ingredients

2 fresh fennel bulbs, trimmed, chopped
6 large shallots or green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped italian parsley
2 cups fresh french bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil

3 1/2 lb to 4 lb red snapper
1/4 cup dry white wine
olive oil

How to prepare

Combine first 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Transfer 1 cup fennel mixture to large bowl. Add bread crumbs and 1/4 cup olive oil to 1 cup fennel mixture in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover fennel mixture and bread crumb mixture separately and refrigerate.) Preheat oven to 450

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Spaghetti & crab meat

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 lb fresh crab meat (well picked)
14-oz solid pack tomatoes
1/4 cup spanish sherry
1 cup tomato sauce
parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saut

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Pasta with pesto sauce

Ingredients

6 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup shelled walnuts
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1 cup freshly grated aged pecorino or parmigiano cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
6 oz cherry tomatoes,- optional
salt
freshly ground pepper fresh
pasta
16 med-size fresh basil leaves, optional

How to prepare

Place garlic, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, cheese, olive oil and tomatoes in food processor or blender and blend until very smooth sauce forms. Transfer sauce to crockery or glass bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, mix well and refrigerate, covered, until needed. When ready to use, remove sauce from refrigerator. Remove 3/4 cup boiling water from pot in which fresh pasta is cooking and stir into sauce. Ladle half of sauce onto large serving platter. Drain fresh pasta, place on prepared dish, add remaining sauce and mix gently but thoroughly. Sprinkle with basil leaves to garnish and serve hot. Makes 8 servings. Note. No extra cheese should be served with this dish.

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Baked Vermicelli

Ingredients

4 Oz. Vermicelli – cooked and drained
4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Flour
1/4 Cup Onion – finely diced
16 Oz. Evoporated Skim Milk – (3 small cans)
4 Oz. Colbyjack Cheese – grated
4 Oz. Parmesan Cheese – grated
1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
3 Dashes Tabasco Sauce
1 Dash White Pepper
1 Dash Cayenne Pepper
1 Dash Ground Nutmeg
2 Eggs – beaten
1/3 To 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook vermicelli according to package directions. Drain and place into a baking dish that has been buttered, oiled or sprayed with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a sauce pan, and add onions and saute until transparent. Add flour to make a roux and cook for about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the milk and stir until hot. Remove about
a cup of the milk and set aside. Add the cheeses to the saucepan and continue stirring untill the cheese has melted.
Add the spices. Gradually add the eggs to the cooled reserved milk and beat until the eggs are incorporated. Stirring continuously, add the eggs to the saucepan a little at a time. Continue stirring and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Pour the cheese sauce over the vermicelli and sprinkle withe the breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown on top.

For a really neat looking dish, do a crust of breadcrumbs by layering the bottom and sides of the baking dish with beaten egg followed by a layer of breadcrumbs. Repeat several times. Then bake and unmold onto a serving plate.

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Crostini with beans

Ingredients

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped fine, divided use
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 lb broccoli rabe, swiss chard or spinach, washed and trimmed
salt to taste

1 1/2 cups cooked and drained tuscan-style beans (see recipe)
6 1/2″ slices italian bread, lightly toasted

How to prepare

In a large saucepan, heat two tbsp of the olive oil, half the garlic and all of the red pepper over medium heat 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the greens and salt. If the greens are dry, add 2 tbsp water. Cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes for broccoli rabe and swiss chard or 5 minutes for spinach. Meanwhile, in a medium-size saucepan, heat the remaining oil and garlic 1 minute. Stir in the beans, cover and cook over low heat until heated through. Coarsely mash the beans. Spread the beans over the toasted bread. Top with the greens and a spoonful of their cooking liquid. Serve immediately. Yield: makes 6 servings. Crostini with beans

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Green beans braised with mint & potatoes

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil & margarine, mixed
1 cup tomato juice or sauce
1 lb fresh green beans – trimmed, cut
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, opt.
2 med potatoes; peeled
salt & freshly ground pepper
chopped fresh mint

How to prepare

Heat the fat in an enameled pan and mix in the tomato juice or sauce. Add the green beans and parsley to the pan with enough water to almost cover. Tuck the potato slices in between, partially cover the pan, and simmer for 25 minutes, the stir and season with salt, pepper, and 2 tbsp chopped mint. Cook uncovered until the beans and potatoes are fork tender, about 10 more minutes. If the sauce has not thickened, pour it into a small pan, and boil down to one cup, then combine with the beans and potatoes in a warm serving bowl. Sprinkle with a little additional fresh mint and serve warm. Excellent with grilled chops, fish or egg dish, but equally good as a main course with cheese.

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