Filet mignon in madere sauce

Ingredients

4 1/2 lb filet mignon
3/4 cup beef broth
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tsp butter
2 tbsp shallots, finely chopped
1 tsp flour
1/4 cup maderia wine

2 tsp parsley, chopped

How to prepare

1. Sprinkle the meat on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet and when very hot add the meat. Cook over high heat about 5 minutes. Cook longer if you want medium or well-done meat. 2. Turn the meat and continue cooking over high heat about 5 minutes, or longer if desired. Remove the meat to a warm platter and keep warm. Pour off the fat from the skillet. Add the shallots. 3. Add the wine and cook over high heat about 30 seconds. Add the broth and bring to a full rolling boil, stirring to dissolve the brown particles that cling to the bottom and sides of the skillet. Add salt and pepper. 4. Cook until reduced by half. 5. Meanwhile, blend 2 tsp of butter and flour in small mixing bowl. Stir it into the simmering sauce and cook briefly. 6. Swirl in the remaining tsp of butter. Strain the sauce over the meat and dot the center of each filet with a dab of parsley. Serve immediately. Servings: 4

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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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Egg noodles – makaron

Ingredients

1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/2 egg shell of water

How to prepare

Mound four on a board. Make hole in center, drop in egg and salt. Mix with knife and add water. Knead until dough is smooth. Flour the board and roll out very thin. Place sheet of dough on a cloth and let dry until not the least sticky and yet not too brittle to handle. Sprinkle the sheet well with flour, fold into a tight roll. Slice the roll in thin threads, toss the threads up lightly on board to dry. Boil in salted water until the noodles rise to the top. Strain and give them a cold water bath. This is a small recipe but egg noodles may be made in quantity and stored in a covered jar.

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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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