roasted chicken soup w/ sage dumplings

Ingredients

1 lb yellow onion chopped finely
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
2 cups chopped roasted chicken
4 plum tomatoes, peeled/seeded/chopped
3 cubed med potatoes
2 cubed carrots
2 to 3 roasted ears of corn off the cob
2 roasted/peeled/seeded poblano chiles
6 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried cumin
1 tsp chile powder
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried sage (to be added to dumplings)
Salt and pepper to taste
Bisquick or other dumpling recipe

How to prepare

Saut

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Minestrone with cabbage

Ingredients

9 cups homemade beef or chicken
1 1/2 cups dried white beans (great northern or baby limas)
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 medium onions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups diced zucchini

3 cups fresh green beans (about 12 oz), cut into 1″ lengths
3 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrot
1 1/2 cups chopped celery, w/leafs
1 1/2 cups diced pared potato
1 1/2 cups chopped, seeded & peeled italian plum tomatoes
1 large sprig fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp dried, crumbled
salt (optional)
freshly ground pepper
fresh grated parmesan or reggiano

How to prepare

1) make stock
2) soak dried beans overnight, drain or place beans in saucepan with water to cover, boil 1 minute stirring once, let stand, covered for 1 hour. Drain.
3) heat oil in heavy saucepan over medium heat to rippling. Reduce heat to med-low; stir and saut

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Polish dumplings

Ingredients

1-1/3 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp basil (to taste)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg beaten
1 tbsp oil

1/2 cup water

How to prepare

Combine flour, baking powder, parsley, basil and salt. Stir in egg, oil and water. Drop into six mounds onto boiling stew. Cover and cook 10-12 minutes or until done. Do not lift cover!

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Spaghetti indiavolati – deviled spaghetti

Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti
6 cloves garlic
2 – 3 small, chile peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup grated reggiano
parsley for garnish
salt to taste

How to prepare

Grind up the garlic and the chile peppers in a blender with a pint of hot tap water. Bring a large pot of water (salted if desired) to a boil and add the mixture from the blender, and bring the pot back to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Pour the contents of the pot through a fine sieve or strainer into a pasta pot, making sure there’s enough water to cook the spaghetti. Add more water if needed. Discard the spent garlic and chiles. Bring the pot to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to directions. Drain and dress with the olive oil, tossing well to coat. Top with the grated cheese and add the parsley.

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Crockpot hungarian goulash

Ingredients

2 lb round steaks, cut in 1/2″ cubes
1 cup onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp thyme, dried, crushed
14 1/2 oz tomatoes
1 cup sour cream
noodles

How to prepare

Put steak cubes, onion, garlic in crockpot. Stir in flour and mix to coat steak cubes. Add all remaining ingredients except sour cream. Stir well. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours add sour cream 30 minutes before serving, and stir in thoroughly. (high: 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.) Serve over hot buttered noodles.

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Julia’s favorite stew

Ingredients

5 lb boneless chuck steak, cut into 1″ cubes
1 large onion, sliced
6 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
6 bay leaves
a few springs fresh thyme
1 large carrot, sliced

1 large tomato, chunked
1/2 bottle red wine
olive oil
chicken or beef stock
one cup red wine

How to prepare

In a large flat container, marinate the beef with the onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, carrot, tomato and wine with a big dollop of olive oil for a”morning”. Remove the beef from the marinade, dry the beef with paper towels, salt and pepper the beef and brown it, a few pieces at a time over high heat in a film of olive oil. When all the beef is nicely browned, place in a large oven proof casserole and bring to a simmer with a cup of red wine and enough stock to just cover the meat. Place in a 325 oven to simmer for three hours, basting occasionally with the juices until tender. Drain the liquid, degrease the juice, and then stir it back into the casserole along with a bouquet of steamed carrots, turnips, and potatoes. Serve with a loaf of country bread and several bottles of excellent red wine. You can, of course, vary the ingredients of the stew to include mushrooms, tomatoes, whatever, but the basic technique of marinating the meat makes for a tender, well flavored beef.

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Reduced-fat macaroni and cheese

Ingredients

8 oz macaroni, elbow twists
16 oz cottage cheese, low-fat 1%
2 tbsp flour, all-purpose
2 cup skim milk
4 oz cheese, sharp cheddar shred
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper, ground black
1/4 tsp nutmeg ground
1/4 cup cheese, parmesan grated

How to prepare

Beginning about 45 minutes before serving:

1. Prepare macaroni as label directs but do not add salt to water; drain. 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Spray shallow, broiler-safe, 2 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. 3. In food processor with knife blade attached, blend cottage cheese until smooth. (or, in blender at high speed, blend cottage cheese with 1/4 cup of the milk called for in recipe, for easier blending.) 4. In 2-quart saucepan, mix flour with 1/4 cup milk until smooth. Slowly stir in remaining cups milk until blended. Cook over med heat until mixture just boils and thickens slightly, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in cottage cheese, cheddar, salt, pepper and nutmeg. 5. Place macaroni in casserole; cover with cheese sauce. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. 6. Remove casserole from oven. Turn oven control to broil. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of macaroni mixture. 7. Place casserole in broiler at closest position to source of heat; broil 2 to 3 minutes until top is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings – even better than – the old-favorite recipe.”

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Fettucine frittata with prosciutto

Ingredients

1 small onion, sliced thin
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 lb fettucine
1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped coarse
1 cup coarsely grated emmenthal cheese (about 3 ounces)

1/3 cup fresh italian parsley, minced
4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

In a 12″ non-stick skillet cook onion in 3 tbsp of butter over low heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, or until softened but not browned. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook fettucine until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss fettucine with onion, prosciutto, walnuts, cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp butter over moderately high heat until foam subsides. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Mango salsa

Ingredients

3 large mangos, peeled, seeded cut in small cubes
1 red or green jalapeno, seeded and finely minced
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1-1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger

Pinch cayenne pepper
pinch salt

How to prepare

Combine everything, cover and refrigerate about an hour. Serve with chicken, turkey, pork or prawns. Makes 6 servings.

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