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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Cajun shrimp pasta

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
2 cup diced peeled and seeded tomatoes
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
3 cup chicken or shrimp stock
1 lb vermicelli pasta or linguine
1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (can substitute chicken)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

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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New england seafood chowder

Ingredients

3 lb mixed fresh fish (a choice of cod, halibut, haddock and/or scrod), cut into 3/4″ pieces
8 bacon slices, chopped
2 lg onions, chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
32 oz clam juice
4 cups 1/2″ dice peeled white potatoes (about 3 pounds)
4 cups 1/2″ dice peeled butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
2 bay leaves
4 cups chopped kale leaves
5 cups milk

1 cup half and half
2 tbsp minced fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried, crumbled

How to prepare

To render fat, cook chopped bacon in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Add chopped onions and saut

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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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Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Ingredients

12 oz spaghetti
12 oz fresh tomatoes or canned
4 oz large black olives, stoned and sliced
8 canned anchovies fillets
1 tbsp capers

2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp parsley
6 tbsp olive oil
2 dried red chilies, crumbled
salt (if not using the anchovies)

How to prepare

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water for about ten minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, fry the anchovies, garlic and red chili in the olive oil for one minute. Add the tomatoes, olives and capers and cook for a couple of minutes more. Season to taste. Drain the spaghetti, add to the sauce, sprinkle in the parsley and mix well.

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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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Grecian chicken pie

Ingredients

4 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 to 1 cup margarine or butter
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 14-1/2 oz can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup water

1 tbsp chicken instant bouillon
1/4 tsp thyme leaves
1/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
16-oz pkg frozen filo pastry leaves
grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 350 f. In large skillet, cook mushrooms and onion in 2 tbsp margarine until tender. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Add tomatoes, water, bouillon and thyme; cook and stir until bouillon dissolves. Remove from heat; stir in chicken and olives. Melt remaining margarine. Place 2 sheets pastry in bottom of greased 15 x 10 jellyroll pan, pressing into corners. Brush with margarine; repeat using 2 sheets pastry brushed with margarine for each layer, until half of pastry has been used. Spread chicken filling over pastry; repeat layering with pastry sheets and margarine until all the pastry has been used. Trim edges of pastry even with edge of pan. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until pastry is golden.

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Pasta puttanesca

Ingredients

4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp anchovy paste
1 clove garlic
1 crushed red pepper
1 tbsp capers
2.5 oz chopped black olives
28 oz can italian tomatoes, chopped

How to prepare

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add anchovy paste and garlic and saut for one minute. Add tomatoes, capers, olives, red pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes, mashing tomatoes with a fork. Sauce should be thick and chunky. Serve over penne. Top with fresh grated parmesan.

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