Linguine frittata with clams

Ingredients

6 garlic cloves, minced
6 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup fresh italian parsley, minced
3/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
24 small hard-shelled clams, shucked, reserving liquor, and chopped
1/2 lb linguine

4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

In a small heavy skillet cook garlic in 3 tbsp of oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened but not browned. Add parsley and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in clams and 1/4 cup of reserved liquor and cook 1 minute. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook linguine until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss linguine with clam mixture and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In a 12″ non-stick skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. 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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Fettucine with lemon and vodka sauce

Ingredients

Fettucine
4 quarts – water
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 lb fettucine
sauce
2 lg lemons – rind washed
1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup vodka
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
3/4 cup parmesan fresh grated, for serving
cooked scallops (optional)
cooked asparagus (optional)

How to prepare

Bring the water to a boil, add the salt, and cook the pasta at a rapid boil until ‘al dente’, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Finely grate the rind of 1 lemon, then squeeze the juice out of this lemon and reserve. Combine the cream and vodka in a 10-” skillet and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a little. Add the lemon juice and rind to the hot sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the drained hot pasta to the sauce and toss. Season with pepper, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately on warmed plates. Serve the parmesan separately. Variations: add cooked scallops, and/or cooked asparagus, cut in 1″ pieces, into the sauce, just before tossing with pasta.

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Linguine With Scallops In Curried Cream Sauce

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp curry powder
1 cup whipping cream
1 lb scallops
1 sweet red pepper, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
1 lb linguine
1/4 cup chopped green onions
salt & pepper

How to prepare

In skillet, melt half of the butter over med heat; cook garlic and ginger for 2 min. or until fragrant and tender but not browned. Add curry powder; cook for 1 min., stirring constantly. Pour in cream; increase heat to med-high and bring to boil. Cook until sauce is reduced to about 3/4 cup. Meanwhile cut scallops crosswise into 1/4″ thick rounds; set aside. In separate skillet, melt remaining butter over med-high heat; cook red pepper, stirring occasionally, for about 2 min. or until softened slightly. Pour in wine; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; add scallops. Cover and simmer for 2 to 3 min. or until scallops are opaque. With slotted spoon, remove scallops and red pepper. set aside. Increase heat to med high; cook liquid for 2 min. or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Stir into cream sauce along with scallops and red pepper. Meanwhile, in lg pot of boiling salted water, cook linguine until tender but firm; drain well. Toss with scallop mixture and onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 6 servings.

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Revithia soupa – chick pea soup

Ingredients

1 cup dried chick peas
6 cup cold water
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
lemon juice or wine vinegar

How to prepare

1. Wash and soak chick peas overnight in water to cover. The next day, rinse and drain. In a 4-quart saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the chick peas.
2. Remove the froth, then add the onion and olive oil. Simmer until tender, about one to two hours. Add salt at the end and hot water (not cold), if needed to make more stock.
3. Serve hot with lemon juice or vinegar. Makes six servings.

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New york style oyster stew

Ingredients

1-1/2 doz large oysters and juices
1/2 oz butter
4 shallots, diced
1/2 cup white wine
3 cups heavy cream to taste
old bay spice
2 oz celery, diced, blanched

Salt and cayenne

How to prepare

Sweat shallots in butter. Add wine and reduce by 1/2. Add cream and reduce by 1/3. Add oysters and juice. Heat but don’t boil. Add blanched celery and seasoning. Serve at once. Serves: 4

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Leek and potato soup

Ingredients

2 large leeks
1 lb baking potatoes, such as russets or idaho
4 tbsp butter
1 cup finely chopped onions
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
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1/2 loaf french or italian bread
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan

How to prepare

Leeks have a great deal of sand between the leaves and must be carefully cleaned. To do this, trim off the root end and cut off and discard the long green stems. Split the leeks lengthwise from the stem end, then turn and split them one more time. Rinse well. Separate the leaves under cold running water, then chop into 1/4-” pieces. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/4″ cubes (about 2 cups). Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan; add the onions and the chopped leeks. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until wilted. Do not brown. Add the chicken broth, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, remove the bay leaf, add the remaining butter and stir. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve piping hot with croutons. For a richer version, stir in 1/2-cup drained plain yogurt or 1/2-cup heavy cream just before serving. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
To make croutons rub the crust of the bread all over with the garlic clove. Cut the bread into 1/8″-thick slices and arrange the slices on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the oil and the cheese. Broil until golden on both sides, then cut into 1″ squares. Makes about 12 croutons.

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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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Penne with escarole & bacon

Ingredients

1 thick slice bacon, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, diced
4 cups torn escarole
1/2 lb penne, cooked
3/4 cup low-salt chicken broth
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Cook bacon in 12″ non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until well browned. Use slotted spoon to transfer bacon to paper towels. Set aside. Pour off fat and add oil to pan. When hot, add garlic and red onion, cook until just heated through and fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring often. Stir in escarole and cook until just tender, about 1 minute. Stir in penne and broth. Bring to boil. Add bacon, cheese, red pepper flakes and salt. Toss well. Remove from heat. Adjust seasonings to taste, top with parmesan cheese. Serve hot. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

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Portuguese sopa de coentros

Ingredients

3 large russet (baking) potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 large onion, chopped coarse
2 large plus 2 small garlic cloves
6 1/2 cups water
2 tsp salt

6 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, washed and spun dry
3 tbsp dark green olive oil

How to prepare

Peel potatoes and cut into 1″ cubes. In a large heavy saucepan simmer potatoes, onion, and large garlic cloves in water with salt, covered, 1 hour. (the potatoes will be very soft.) Remove pan from heat and cool mixture, uncovered, 15 minutes.
In a food processor blend together coriander, oil, and small garlic cloves until smooth. Add one third soup mixture and puree. Transfer puree to a large bowl and puree remaining soup mixture in 2 batches. Return soup to cleaned pan and heat over moderate heat, stirring, until hot. Soup will mellow in flavor if made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat gently. Serves 6 to 8.

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Mediterranean stew – ed asner

Ingredients

1 lb chuck stew, cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
1 lb sweet italian sausage
1 1/2 cups burgundy
2 cups water
6 oz can tomato paste
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
3 minced garlic cloves
2 tsp paprika
1 lb cubed cooked ham
3 med onions, chopped
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cans drain garbanzo beans

1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 head cabbage, cut into wedges

How to prepare

In a large skillet saut

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