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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Baked Ziti and Vegetables

Ingredients

16 ounces Ziti or penne macaroni
2 medium Green peppers
2 medium Carrots
2 medium Celery stalks
1 medium Onion
1 tablespoon Salad oil
28 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
3 cups Vegetable juice – reg.or hot
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon Oregano leaves
8 ounces Mozzarella,lowfat – shredded
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese – grated

How to prepare

In saucepot, prepare ziti as label directs. Meanwhile, cut green peppers, carrots, celery, and onion into 1/2″ pieces. In nonstick skillet over med. high heat, in hot salad oil, cook vegetables til lightly browned. Stir in 1/4C. water; continue cooking over med. heat til vegetables are tender crisp. Preheat oven to 375 F. Drain ziti in colander; set aside. To same saucepot, add cooked vegetables; stir in crushed tomatoes, vegetable juice, sugar, salt, and oregano; over high heat, heat to boiling. Remove saucepot from heat; stir in cooked ziti. Reserve 1 C. shredded mozzarella for topping. Into ziti mixture in saucepot, stir Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella. Spoon mixture into shallow 4 qt. casserole; sprinkle with reserved mozzarella cheese. Cover casserole and bake 30 minutes or til cheese melts and mixture is hot and bubbly.

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Linguine and Clams

Ingredients

1 pkg linguine (10 oz to 1 Lb.)
2 cans clams with juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 sm jar garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil

1 can chicken broth (or 1 bottle clam juice)
1 lb mushrooms (optional)
red pepper flakes (optional)
Parmesan Cheese

How to prepare

Saute mushrooms and garlic in olive oil. Add lemon juice, clams with juice, broth, pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes. Bring this to just under a boil and take off of heat. Prepare linguine according to package directions. Drain the pasta and add clam sauce to pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

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Balsamic chicken & broccoli

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced, cut into thirds
2 tbsp shallots, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 whole chicken breasts, boneless, cut into strips
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cup broccoli spears
1 cup mushrooms, oyster or shitake, sliced or whole
1/3 cup chicken stock
1/4 tsp salt pasta or brown rice
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a heavy pot. Add the garlic, onion and shallots and cook until light golden. Keep the pot covered between stirrings and use a tablespoon or so of the wine if more liquid is needed. Add the strips of chicken and enough of the wine to keep the meat from sticking to the pot. Cook until the chicken is white all the way through, about 5 to 7 minutes (use more wine if needed). Remove the chicken and saut

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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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Portuguese sopa de coentros

Ingredients

3 large russet (baking) potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 large onion, chopped coarse
2 large plus 2 small garlic cloves
6 1/2 cups water
2 tsp salt

6 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, washed and spun dry
3 tbsp dark green olive oil

How to prepare

Peel potatoes and cut into 1″ cubes. In a large heavy saucepan simmer potatoes, onion, and large garlic cloves in water with salt, covered, 1 hour. (the potatoes will be very soft.) Remove pan from heat and cool mixture, uncovered, 15 minutes.
In a food processor blend together coriander, oil, and small garlic cloves until smooth. Add one third soup mixture and puree. Transfer puree to a large bowl and puree remaining soup mixture in 2 batches. Return soup to cleaned pan and heat over moderate heat, stirring, until hot. Soup will mellow in flavor if made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat gently. Serves 6 to 8.

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Mashed potatoes with garlic & basil

Ingredients

6 to 8 med baking potatoes
6 whole garlic cloves, peeled
salt to taste
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups warm milk
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
freshly ground white pepper

How to prepare

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 3/4″ cubes. Place the pieces in saucepan and cover with water. Add the garlic and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Do not overcook. Drain. Discard garlic. Put the potatoes through a food mill or ricer, or mash them well with a potato masher. Add the olive oil, and beat to blend. Add the warm milk, basil and pepper. Blend well. Serve piping hot. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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Tomato – basil shrimp with wine

Ingredients

12 oz shelled shrimp
1 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup white wine
1 tbsp instant chicken bouillon
1 tsp dried basil
2 med tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
10 oz hot cooked pasta
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup parsley, fresh, chopped

How to prepare

Thaw shrimp, if frozen. In saucepan cook onion in 2 tbsp butter and the olive oil till tender but not brown. Stir in wine, bouillon granules, basil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes or till about 2/3 of the liquid is evaporated. Halve shrimp lengthwise; add to wine mixture. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or just until shrimp is tender. Stir in chopped tomatoes and heat through. Toss pasta with 1/4 cup melted butter. Add shrimp mixture, cheese and parsley; toss till pasta is coated. Serving size : 4
serve with a lg green salad and some crusty french bread and it’s just about the perfect meal.

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Homemade coriander sausage

Ingredients

2 lbs coarsely ground pork shoulder
2 tbsp whole coriander seeds
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp salt

7-foot-long natural casing
2 yards butchers twine

How to prepare

In a large mixing bowl, using your hand or a fork, combine all the ingredients for the filling. Prepare casing, fill, link and cook.

Casing prep:
1. Place the casings in a bowl of warm water in your kitchen sink. It will relax nearly instantly. Meanwhile set up the sausage grinder with the stuffing nozzle. 2. Take casings out of water and fit the open end over the faucet. Turn on warm water gently to allow the water to run through the casing. Then remove casing and slide immediately over the sausage nozzle. 3. Place the filling in the top of the grinder and crank the machine so that the filling feeds into the casing. Continue cranking until entire casing is filled. 4. Using butchers twine, tie a knot every 4″ along the length of the sausage.

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