Red pepper & tomato bisque

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs red bell peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lg onion
3 lbs tomatoes, peeled, diced
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups stock (veg., Beef, chicken)
2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp dry sherry
1 tbsp vinegar or wine
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
croutons or crostini
1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional)

How to prepare

Roast and peel bell peppers. Puree in processor or blender. Heat oil in heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and 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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Pasta with tomatoes, pine nuts & artichoke hearts

Ingredients

1/4 cups olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 6-oz jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tsp chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried, crumbled
salt and pepper
9 oz angel hair pasta, freshly cooked
grated parmesan

How to prepare

Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and garlic and saut

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Linguine with roasted vegetables

Ingredients

1 lb linguine
1 cup chicken stock
10 lg cloves garlic, cut in half
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 lb cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 lb asparagus, cut into 2″ lengths
1/2 lb zucchini cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 lb summer squash cut into 2″ pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into chunks
8 med scallions, white parts only, cut into 2″ lengths
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450

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Asian chicken salad

Ingredients

4 boned, skinned, chicken breast halves
1/2 cups teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
6 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp dry mustard
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 cups vegetable oil (for deep frying)
1/2 package wonton skins, cut into 1/4″ strips
1 lb thin rice-stick noodles (mai fun)
8 cups sliced iceberg lettuce
2 cups chopped fresh cilantro

6 1/2-oz package japanese fish cake, cut into strips (optional)
1/2 cup sliced cucumbers
5 green onions, sliced

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375

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Pasta salad with smoked salmon

Ingredients

Marinade
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp grainy mustard
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
salt and freshly cracked pepper
1 lb small pasta shells, cooked
1 cup fresh parsley, finely minced
1 cup green onions, sliced 1/4″ long
1/4 cup fresh baby dill, finely chopped
1/2 lb smoked salmon, sliced very thin and into strips
1 small cucumber, sliced paper-thin

How to prepare

In a large bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients. Add pasta and toss. Cover and set aside at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Toss in parsley, onions and dill. Carefully add salmon, being careful not to break up the julienne strips. Garnish six or eight serving dishes with cucumber slices by making a circle around outer edge of dish. Place salad on a mound in center of dish. Makes 6 to 8 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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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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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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Peas, bacon, and ricotta sauce for pasta

Ingredients

1 lb fresh, young peas unshelled weight, or 1/2 of a 10 oz package of tiny frozen peas, thawed
1/4 lb bacon, lean, slab bacon
Salt
1/4 lb fresh ricotta
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus additional cheese at table
Black pepper, ground fresh
1 lb pasta fusilli or rigatoni

How to prepare

1 if using fresh peas: shell them, discard the pods, rinse them in cold water, and cook them in a sm amount of simmering water until they are just tender the time varies greatly depending on the freshness and youth of the peas if using thawed frozen peas: begin the sauce at step 2
2 cut the bacon into short, narrow strips put it into a sm saut

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