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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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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Vegetable beef soup

Ingredients

2 med potato, peeled & diced
2 med carrot, peeled & diced
1 1/2 lb beef shank or neck bones
1 med onion, peeled and chopped
16 oz tomato, whole, quartered & undrained
17 oz corn, whole kernel, undrained

1 bay leaf
1 tbsp parsley flakes, dried
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp thyme, dried
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground savory

2 tsp instant beef bouillon
3 cup water, boiling

How to prepare

Place first 7 ingredients in a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker in the order listed. Sprinkle parsley and the next 5 ingredients over the vegetables. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water and pour over spices. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Remove beef shank and bay leaf, recover. Remove meat from bones, cut into bite-size pieces. Return meat to soup, mix. Yield: 3 quarts

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K f c coleslaw

Ingredients

8 cups finely chopped cabbage
1/4 cup carrot, shredded
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

How to prepare

Cut cabbage and carrots into sm pieces about the size of rice kernels. In salad bowl, combine the sugar, salt, pepper, milk, mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar and lemon juice. Beat until smooth. Add the cabbage and carrots. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serves 6 to 8.

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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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Greek chick-pea soup

Ingredients

1/2 lb dried chick-peas
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp baking soda
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
6 to 8 cups water
2 med onions finely chopped
Strained fresh juice of 1 lemon
3 lb tomatoes chopped
1 lb bay leaf

How to prepare

Wash and soak chick-peas according to package directions. Drain and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 15 minutes.Remove husks by rubbing chick-peas between thumb and forefinger. Rinse well and drain. In a large pot,heat the oil and saute onions and peas stirring with a wooden spoon,until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and stir over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add bay leaf,garlic,salt and pepper, and 6 cups of water to start. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer, stirring occassionally for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer until peas are tender. Add more water it necessary. Remove from heat discard bay leaf and stir in lemon juice.

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Chocolate nut rolls

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cashews (or pistachios, walnuts or pecans)
filo leaves about 1/4 lb.

How to prepare

Mix chips and nuts together. Set aside. Cut filo sheet into 4 lengthwise strips (3″ by 20″). Stack two strips. Brush lightly with melted butter. Place 1 or 2 tbs. Of filling at the bottom of a strip. (the shorter side.) Fold the bottom over filling. Fold the two sides over about 1/2″. Brush lightly with butter and roll. Place seam side down on a greased cookie sheet. Brush top with butter. Bake 3758 for 20 or 25 minutes, until it is golden brown and crisp.
To serve: let cool 5 minutes, dust a small plate with powdered sugar, drizzle chocolate syrup decoratively on plate. Place one or two chocolate nut rolls on plate, garnish with a dollop of whipped cream that has been flavored with brandy or rum.

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Peanut dressing with pickled garlic

Ingredients

3 lg heads pickled garlic – see recipe
1 tbsp raw peanuts
5 tbsp peanut oil
2 tsp minced garlic
4 hard boiled egg yolks
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp brine from pickled garlic
5 tbsp vinegar

How to prepare

Discard the outer skins, stems and bases of the pickled garlic, thinly slice the heads and place in a blender. Dry roast the raw peanuts in a skillet for about 10 minutes taking care not to burn them and add to the blender. Heat a well seasoned skillet over med-high heat, add the oil. When oil is hot add the minced garlic and stir-fry until brown and crisp being careful not to let the garlic burn. Add the browned garlic and 1 tsp of the oil to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.

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