Baked macaroni & cheddar cheese

Ingredients

1/2 lb elbow macaroni, cooked
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 cup milk
1/2 lb extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup bread crumbs
paprika

How to prepare

Cook macaroni as usual. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp butter in top of double boiler. Add flour, and seasonings, stirring to keep smooth. Gradually add milk and cook over hot water, stirring until hot and thickened. Add cheese and cook until just melted. Combine macaroni and cheese sauce in a rectangular casserole dish. Scatter bread crumbs on top. Dot with remaining butter. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in a preheated 350f oven until browned on top, about 20 minutes.

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Thai fried noodles – pad thai

Ingredients

1/2 cup vegetable oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup small cooked shrimp
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
1-1/2 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 eggs, beaten

3/4 lb (about 3 hanks) rice vermicelli (sen mee), soaked in hot water 15 minutes and drained
1 cup bean sprouts

garnish:
1 tbsp dried shrimp powder

2 tbsp peanuts, coarsely ground
1/2 tsp dried red chili flakes
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
2 limes, sliced into 1/8″ circles

How to prepare

Heat oil in a wok and fry garlic until golden. Quickly add shrimp, stir-fry until heated through. Add sugar, fish sauce and ketchup, stir until sugar dissolves. Add beaten eggs, letting them set slightly, then stir to scramble. Add noodles and toss and stir about 2 minutes. Reserving about 4 tbsp of bean sprouts, add remainder to the wok. Stir over heat until bean sprouts are barely cooked. Turn pad thai onto a platter, placing reserved, raw bean sprouts on one side. Sprinkle noodles with garnish ingredients in following order: shrimp powder, peanuts, chili flakes, green onions, coriander leaves. Ring platter with the lime slices and serve. 4 servings.

The fish sauce, rice noodles and shrimp powder should be available at southeast asian markets (in vietnamese markets fish sauce goes by the name nuoc nam, avoid the kind from the philippines).

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Curry chicken stuffed with celery

Ingredients

3 lb. Chicken cut in pieces
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 small bunch celery cut into 2″ lengths (save the leaves)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp savory

2 tbsp all purpose flour (opt.)

How to prepare

Wash and wipe the chicken and rub the skin all over with curry powder. In the slow cooker make a bed of the celery pieces. Place the chicken in the pot, layered with celery leaves, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and savory. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Before serving: you can serve the chicken plain or turn the cooking liquid into a delicious sauce. Drain the juices from the cooker and skim off and reserve about 1-2 tab.. Of chicken fat. Pour the juices into a small skillet; turn the heat to high and boiled own until there is 1/2-3/4 cup of stock. In another skillet, over low heat, warm the chicken fat and stir the four into it. When you have a smooth paste, pour the cooked down stock into the skillet, stirring quickly to keep the sauce smooth. Simmer 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Place the chicken in a serving dish with the celery pieces around it and pour the sauce over all. Yield: 6-8 servings

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Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon, Vodka, and Dill

Ingredients

1/4 cup Butter
1 1/2 cup 35% Real Whipping Cream
2 tbsp Vodka; optional
8 oz Smoked salmon; diced
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 tbsp Fresh dill; chopped
3/4 lb Fettuccine noodles
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; grated

How to prepare

1. Melt butter gently in a lg deep skillet. Add cream. Bring to a boil. Add vodka. Reduce heat and cook on low 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened.
2. Add smoked salmon, salt, pepper and dill. Remove from heat.
3. Cook fettuccine in a lg pot of boiling salted water until tender.
4. Drain noodles well. Reheat sauce. Place drained noodles in the pan with the hot sauce. Toss gently over low heat until sauce coats noodles and is thick and creamy.
5. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary Yield: 6 servings

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Le cirque’s spaghetti primavera

Ingredients

1 broccoli cut into bite size florets
2 sm zucchinis, quartered and cut into 1″ lengths
4 asparagus spears, peeled, trimmed and cut into thirds
1 1/2 cups green beans, cut into 1″
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
4 tbsp olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
3 cups seeded, diced ripe tomatoes, reserve the juice
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 lb spaghetti or spaghetti
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
salt and black pepper to taste
2/3 cup toasted pine nuts

How to prepare

1. Cook the broccoli, zucchini, asparagus and green beans in boiling salted water until crisp but tender, about 4 minutes. Add the peas and cook for 1 minute more. Drain and refresh the vegetables in cold water. Drain and set aside in a mixing bowl. 2. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a non reactive lg skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the mushrooms and chile and saut

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Deep fried french toast

Ingredients

2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
4 slices bread (1″ thick)
maple syrup
honey
fruit syrup

How to prepare

Preheat the oil in the deep fryer. Beat the eggs with the milk and salt in a shallow dish. Trim the crusts from the bread. Dip the bread, one slice at a time, into the egg mixture. Let stand for a few seconds. Turn the bread and repeat on the other side. Use a slotted spoon or fryer basket to lower the bread into the deep fryer. Fry until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Drain. Serve hot with maple or fruit syrup or honey. Goes well with sausage links, ham, bacon, etc. Yields 4 slices

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Wild rice casserole

Ingredients

1/2 cup wild rice
1/2 cup long grain rice
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 oz can mushrooms, sliced

2/3 cup water chestnuts, sliced
1/2 cup almonds, slivered

How to prepare

Bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil – add wild rice and simmer for 20 minutes, add white rice and simmer for 20 minutes more (if using brown rice simmer for 40 minutes together)
saut

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Spaghetti & crab meat

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 lb fresh crab meat (well picked)
14-oz solid pack tomatoes
1/4 cup spanish sherry
1 cup tomato sauce
parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saut

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Pasta with pesto sauce

Ingredients

6 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup shelled walnuts
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1 cup freshly grated aged pecorino or parmigiano cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
6 oz cherry tomatoes,- optional
salt
freshly ground pepper fresh
pasta
16 med-size fresh basil leaves, optional

How to prepare

Place garlic, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, cheese, olive oil and tomatoes in food processor or blender and blend until very smooth sauce forms. Transfer sauce to crockery or glass bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, mix well and refrigerate, covered, until needed. When ready to use, remove sauce from refrigerator. Remove 3/4 cup boiling water from pot in which fresh pasta is cooking and stir into sauce. Ladle half of sauce onto large serving platter. Drain fresh pasta, place on prepared dish, add remaining sauce and mix gently but thoroughly. Sprinkle with basil leaves to garnish and serve hot. Makes 8 servings. Note. No extra cheese should be served with this dish.

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Fast egg foo yung

Ingredients

Basic chinese sauce – see recipe
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
4 cups (about 1 pound) fresh mung bean sprouts
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced

8 eggs
freshly ground pepper to taste
oil for frying

How to prepare

Prepare the basic chinese sauce – up to the point before heating it, and set it aside. Heat the oil and soy sauce in a large skillet or wok. Add sprouts, scallions, and mushrooms and fry over moderate heat until they are all slightly wilted. Remove from heat. Beat 2 eggs in small bowl. Grind in a little pepper and stir in 1/4 of fried vegetables. Heat just enough oil to coat bottom of a 6 or 7 in. Non-stick skillet. When the oil is hot enough to make a drop of oil sizzle add egg mixture, cover, and cook over moderate heat until the bottom is nicely browned and the eggs are fairly set on top. Flip and brown other side uncovered. Repeat process three more times with rest of eggs and vegetables (2 eggs, 1/4 vegetables each time). Keep pancakes hot while others cook. While last pancake is cooking finish preparing sauce. Serve right away, covering each pancake with generous portion of the sauce.

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