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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Angel-Hair Pasta with Shrimp & Escarole

Ingredients

1 pound large shrimp
3/4 16-ounce package angel-hair pasta or capellini
2 13 3/4- to 14 1/2-ounce cans chicken broth
1 1/2 cups spicy hot vegetable juice
1 cup dried tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 ounces)
4 cups lightly packed sliced escarole (about 1/2 small head)
1 medium-size tomato, seeded and chopped

How to prepare

1. Shell and devein shrimp. Slice each shrimp horizontally in half.

2. In saucepot, prepare angel-hair pasta as label directs but do not add salt to cooking water.

3. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan over high heat, heat chicken broth, spicy hot vegetable juice, sliced dried tomatoes, and 1 1/2 cups water to boiling. Add shrimp; heat to boiling. Cook 1 minute or until shrimp turn opaque throughout.

4. Add escarole to shrimp mixture; cook just until escarole wilts.

5. Drain angel-hair pasta; return to saucepot. Add shrimp mixture to pasta; toss well.

6. Spoon pasta into large bowl; sprinkle with chopped tomato.

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Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Ingredients

4 oz seasoned rice vinegar
8 oz olive oil
3/4 pint fresh raspberries
16 mint leaves, de-stemmed
2 oz water
1 oz sugar

How to prepare

Put rice vinegar into a blender. Turn on blender and slowly add 4 oz. Of olive oil and blend until mixture begins to thicken. Add raspberries and mint leaves to mixture until blended, and then add remaining 4 oz. Of olive oil. Mix water and sugar together and add to blended mixture. Serve over mixed greens.

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Asian Chicken Soup

Ingredients

Basic Chicken Soup
2 slices (1/8-inch-thick each) fresh ginger
1/2 cup regular long-grain rice
1 bunch (about 6 ounces) watercress, thick stems removed
2 medium green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

How to prepare

Prepare Basic Chicken Soup as in steps 1 through 3, adding ginger slices to saucepan with chicken broth. Meanwhile, prepare rice as label directs. With slotted spoon, remove ginger slices from soup and discard. Complete soup as in step 4, adding cooked rice, watercress, green onions, soy sauce, and sesame oil to soup with shredded chicken.

Each serving: About 245 calories, 22 g protein, 26 g
carbohydrate, 5 g total fat (1 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 41 mg
cholesterol, 900 mg sodium.

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Citrus chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken breast halves (bone in)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tsp red pepper flakes
3 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp celery salt

How to prepare

Place chicken breasts in a baking dish (skin side up if you leave the skin on.) Pour the citrus juices over the chicken. Mix dry ingredients together and sprinkle evenly over the chicken. Bake uncovered at 350 for 1 hour. Add water or more juice as necessary so there is always a thin layer of liquid under the chicken. Serve with black beans and steamed white rice. Try drizzling some of the cooking juices over the rice.

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Plum sauce #2

Ingredients

1 cup plums
1 cup apricots
1/2 cup pimiento
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup applesauce

How to prepare

Peel and pit fresh plums and apricots, chop pimiento; combine in saucepan with remaining ingredients. Bring slowly to boil, stirring; simmer covered 1 hour. Pour into jars while still warm and cap tightly. Store at least 1 month in a cool, dark place before using. If too thick, thin slightly with water before serving; sweeten if desired with additional sugar.

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