Brown rice with pine nuts

Ingredients

2-1/2 cup water
1 cup brown rice
2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp grated lemon peel

How to prepare

In 1-qt. Saucepan, combine water, rice and bouillon. Bring mixture to boiling. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with fork and stir in pine nuts, cilantro, and lemon peel. Makes 4 servings.
Note: to toast pine nuts, spread in a shallow, ungreased pan and bake at 350 degrees 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant.

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Pasta with squid

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp safflower oil
1 lb squid, cut into 1/2″ strips
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
hot pepper flakes to taste
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp dried oregano

Salt to taste
3/4 lb fresh spinach, picked over & well washed about
1 lb feathery greens from fennel tied in a bundle (optional)
3/4 lb pasta, such as penne

How to prepare

Heat the oils in a medium skillet, then add squid. Cook over high heat until liquid cooks out and squid begins to stick. Add garlic and hot pepper and cook about 1 minute. Then add the wine and oregano, lower heat, and cook until wine cooks out. Add salt and spinach. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, then set aside covered. In the meantime, bring 5 quarts water to a boil in a large pot, add fennel greens and cook for 20 minutes. Remove fennel and discard. Add salt and pasta and cook until done al dente. Drain. Toss the pasta with the spinach and squid and cook over high heat for several minutes, stirring constantly. Serve immediately. Serves 4-8

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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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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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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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Pasta with smoked salmon and dill sauce

Ingredients

6 to 8 oz smoked salmon, thinly sliced into strips, cut with the grain
4 large shallots, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
2 cup whipping cream
1 lb fresh fettucine or 12 oz dried
1/4 cup snipped fresh dill

1 tsp salt or to taste

How to prepare

Combine shallots and wine in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; continue to cook until liquid has reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Stir in cream; bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until sauce is thick enough to lightly coat a spoon, about 10 minutes. Cook fettucine until firm to the bite or following package direction. Drain and transfer to a large pasta serving bowl. Stir in dill and salt to the sauce and pour over the hot fettucine. Toss well. Gently toss in the salmon. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs.

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Shrimp & artichoke pasta salad

Ingredients

1 lb med pasta shells, cooked
2 9-oz pkg frozen artichoke hearts
1 1/2 lbs medium shrimp; peeled, deveined and cooked
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup fresh chives, snipped

2 egg yolks
2 tbsp green onion, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

Cook artichoke hearts according to package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add shrimp and place bowl in refrigerator. Combine vinegar, mustard, chives, egg yolks and onion in a blender or food processor. Combine oils. W/machine running, slowly add oil in a thin stream. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over artichoke hearts and shrimp. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Combine shrimp and artichokes with pasta and toss thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve cold. Makes 4 to 6 servings

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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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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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