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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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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Stuffed Green Peppers

Ingredients

6 medium Green peppers
1 1/2 pounds Ground beef
1 cup Minute rice, cooked
1/2 cup Onion(s), diced
1 can Tomato sauce special
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1/2 package Velveeta cheese, diced

How to prepare

Cut tops off of pepper and remove seeds. Cook peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water and set aside. Combine raw beef, cooked rice, onion, tomato sauce special, Velveeta, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and spoon into peppers. Place in a greased 13x9x2 baking dish. Cover and bake at 350

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Barbecued Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients

1 10-ounce package medium-size mushrooms
1 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 bunch green onions
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken-breast
cubes for kabobs or 1 1/4 pounds skinless,
boneless chicken-breast halves
1 cup bottled honey-Dijon barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon salad oil
1 head Boston lettuce
1 bunch watercress

How to prepare

1. Preheat broiler as manufacturer directs. Cut mushrooms in half, if large. Cut roasted red peppers into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Cut off roots from green onions. Cut green onions into 3-inch lengths. If using chicken-breast halves, cut into 2-inch pieces.

2. On each of 4 long metal skewers, alternately thread chicken cubes, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and green onions. In small bowl, mix barbecue sauce and salad oil until blended.

3. Place skewers on rack in broiling pan; brush all over with half of barbecue mixture. Place pan in broiler about 3 inches from source of heat; broil kabobs 7 minutes. Turn skewers; brush with remaining barbecue mixture and broil 7 to 8 minutes longer until chicken and vegetables are tender and chicken loses its pink color throughout.

4. Arrange Boston lettuce and watercress on platter. Arrange skewers over greens.

Each serving: About 355 calories, 10 g fat, 91 mg
cholesterol, 1235 mg sodium.

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Pickled garlic

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar
4 cups water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp salt
6 garlic heads

How to prepare

The emphasis here is on the sour rather than the sweet. In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Drop in the garlic. Return to boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Cool, and fill sterilized, screw-top jars. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 week before eating. Continue to refrigerate, tightly covered, between serving.

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Baked Whole Salmon

Ingredients

whole salmon
2 large lemons, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
lemon wedges

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place salmon on heavy-duty foil (large enough to wrap the salmon). Layer salmon with lemon and onion slices; add wine. Sprinkle with parsley, pepper, and salt.

2. Seal foil tightly around salmon. Bake 50 to 60 minutes until fish is flaky and tender. Remove from oven; open foil and arrange salmon on a platter. If you like, remove the skin before serving. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Each serving: About 110 calories, 3 g fat, 47 mg cholesterol,
115 mg sodium.

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Nuoc cham ( vietnamese hot sauce )

Ingredients

1 garlic clove minced
1/4 tsp pepper flakes red, crushed
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime peel minced
2 tsp lime juice
3 tbsp water

How to prepare

Increase the amount of red pepper flakes to suit taste. Combine garlic, lime peel, and red pepper flakes then add lime juice, fish sauce, water, and sugar. Whisk until all ingredients are blended and sugar is dissolved. Makes about 1/3 cup. Will keep short periods if refrigerated. Yield: 12 servings.

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Greek meatballs with egg and lemon sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground lamb or beef
1 medium onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp dried basil or mint
1/3 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
chicken or beef stock
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
minced parsley
cooked rice

How to prepare

Put meat into a bowl with onion, garlic, uncooked rice, herbs, salt and pepper. Beat two of the egg whites until they froth and add them as well. Reserve yolks and the other egg for the sauce. Gently mix with a fork or your hands, and form walnut-size balls. Fry meatballs in vegetable oil over low heat. When lightly brown, remove with a slotted spoon to a saucepan. Add enough stock to cover meatballs, and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour off stock through a sieve, and measure it. You will need 1 1/2 cups for the sauce. To make the sauce, beat reserved egg yolks and the whole egg together until quite frothy. Whisk in lemon juice bit by bit, then whisk in hot stock bit by bit, beating steadily. Pour over meatballs, and cook, stirring, over low heat until sauce thickens. Do not let it come to a boil, or it will separate. Serve on a bed of rice, sprinkled with parsley. Makes four servings.

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