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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Potato dumplings

Ingredients

3 cups hot mashed potatoes
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
2 egg yolks
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup four
pinch of marjoram
2 egg whites

How to prepare

Mix ingredients in the order given. Beat egg whites until stiff and folk in. Place on floured board and roll to pencil thickness. Cut into 2 or 3″ strips, drop into salted boiling water. Boil until dumplings float to top. Drain & serve in soup. May be served on platter covered with chopped crisp bacon.

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Potato cakes (aloo roti)

Ingredients

4 large potatoes
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
3 fresh hot green chile peppers
3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
3 tbsp butter
vegetable oil for frying

How to prepare

Boil the potatoes in their skins, drain well and peel. Work in a food processor with the flour, salt, seeded and chopped chile peppers, coriander and melted butter to make a soft dough. Be careful not to over-process to the point of the dough becoming a paste that sticks to the processor bowl. Leave in a warm place for about half an hour. Divide into six portions and roll out each to form a disc about 6″ in diameter. These breads can either be cooked on an oiled heavy griddle or lightly fried until each side is nicely brown. Makes 6.

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Fish soup with vegetables, by pierre franey

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped fennel
1/2 cup coarsely chopped leeks
1 cup carrots diced into 1/4″ cubes
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp ground turmeric
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 cups fresh fish broth or water
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup crushed canned tomatoes
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 cup potatoes diced into 1/4″ cubes
1 1/4 cups white-fleshed, fish, such as monkfish, cod, cut into 1″ cubes
1/2 pint scallops (cut in half if large)
1/2 cup light or heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a kettle or a large saucepan over medium heat, and add the onions, garlic, fennel, leeks and carrots. Cook, stirring often, over medium-high heat until the mixture is wilted. Do not brown. Add the pepper flakes, saffron (or turmeric), thyme, bay leaf, fish broth, wine, crushed tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes. Bring to a simmer, cover closely, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the fish and the scallops. Check for seasoning. Simmer for 3 minutes; do not overcook. Add the cream, bring to a boil, remove from the heat. Add the basil, and serve immediately with parmesan croutons. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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Corn & potato chowder

Ingredients

2 slices bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 russet potato, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups whole milk
15 oz creamed corn
1 cup corn kernels

1 tsp thyme
fresh thyme, chopped

How to prepare

Cook bacon in large saucepan over medium heat until fat is rendered. Add onion and cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add potato and pepper and saut for 1 minute. Add milk and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender and soup thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add creamed corn, corn kernels, and thyme to soup and simmer until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve. Serves: 4

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Tumbleweed dry rub

Ingredients

2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cayenne
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp freshly ground white pepper
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt

1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder

How to prepare

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight jar. It will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. Chicken wings (6 to 8 hours); brisket (8 hours or overnight); spare ribs (8 hours or overnight)

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Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients

4 tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup Heavy cream
6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces Fettuccine

How to prepare

Melt butter in a small saucepan over a low heat Off the heat add the cream and the grated parmesan Put back on the fire to heat the sauce through and melt the cheese. Do not boil. Stir in the salt and pepper. Cook the fettuccine in plenty of boiling salted water. Drain well. Combine the noodles and the sauce and leave to stand covered for two minutes before serving

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Scallops tandoori

Ingredients

3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp to 1 tbsp curry powder

1 lb large sea scallops
1 tsp salad oil
paprika

How to prepare

In a non-metallic bowl, combine everything except the oil and paprika. Mix well to coat scallops evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, turning the scallops occasionally. Thread scallops onto skewers and brush lightly with oil. Sprinkle with paprika. Broil or barbecue about 4″ from heat source, turning frequently, about 8-10 minutes. Serve hot with cooked basmati. Makes 4 servings

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Indian-style potatoes

Ingredients

4 waxy boiling potatoes
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/8 tsp asafoetida powder
1/2 tsp whole cumin seed
1 or 2 diced hot red peppers (opt)
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 6-oz. Cans v8
1 tsp salt
1 tsp coriander

How to prepare

Boil whole potatoes with the skin until soft. Peel the skin and cut to bite size. In hot oil, put cumin seed, red pepper and asafoetida powder to sizzle. Put in all the potatoes and fry a little, turning. Add salt, turmeric and tomato sauce. Cover and allow to simmer gently 4 to 6 minutes. Asafoetida powder is not your every-day ingredient, but is nearly essential in many indian dishes. It’s considered a flavoring but also a digestive aid. Find it at an indian or middle-eastern grocery, or mail order a small jar. A pinch is usually all that’s ever used. A complete modification. First you heat the oil or ghee (or butter) and cook the spices briefly. Throw in some cut green beans for a few seconds and then diced potatoes and some garlic and onion. Let saut

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Coucou seebzamini – potato and onion pancake

Ingredients

1 lbs potatoes
1 large onion, diced
4 eggs
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
olive oil for frying

How to prepare

1) peel potatoes, then boil until tender, drain and mash, set aside.
2) in a frying pan brown onions, set aside.
3) in a large bowl combine potatoes and onions, add all remaining ingredients combine well.
4) in a frying pan cook pancakes just as you would regular pancakes.

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