Egg rolls

Ingredients

Filling 888
2 cup vegetable oil
8 oz diced smoked chicken
2 oz chinese dried black mushrooms (see cook’s notes)
2 1/2 heads napa cabbage, cored and shredded
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ long match sticks
6 oz oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into strips
7 3/4 oz cellophane noodles
4 tbsp minced cilantro
white pepper & salt to taste
1 package (40-45 sheets) of super-thin egg roll wrappers
1 beaten egg yolk
2 to 3 cups vegetable oil for frying

How to prepare

Soak dried mushrooms in warm water for 20 to 25 minutes. Cut off stems and discard. Slice caps into thin strips. Soak cellophane noodles 10 minutes in hot water or until softened; drain. For traditional egg rolls, substitute 8 ounces of ground pork for smoked chicken. You can also substitute 8 ounces of shrimp, if preferred. Make sure to pre-cook the shrimp and drain off excess water before mixing.
Heat wok on high and pour in 1/2 cup oil. When oil is hot, add chicken, breaking it apart rapidly with a spoon to avoid clumping. Add mushrooms, cabbage, carrots and mushrooms. Stir rapidly. Add tomatoes. After mixture is heated thoroughly and cabbage is softened, add bean threads. Add cilantro last to prevent leaves from losing their pungency. Season with salt and pepper. Let the filling cool before rolling. Lay several egg roll wrappers on work surface. Place about 2 rounded tbsp of filling along bottom of each wrapper; roll once, enclosing the filling, and fold in the sides of the wrapper. Roll, making a tight cylinder. Dip a brush into egg yolk; brush on edges to seal wrapper before frying, to prevent unraveling. Press to seal.
Heat vegetable oil in wok or large, heavy-bottomed saucepan; add spring rolls in small batches. Cook over high heat until golden brown on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve piping hot. Makes approximately 40 rolls. Sweet and sour sauce 3 tbsp apricot preserves 1 tbsp soy sauce 3 tbsp cider vinegar 1 tbsp sugar 1/4 cup water 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water procedure: in a small saucepan over medium heat, mix first five ingredients. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly; gradually stir in cornstarch mixture; cook until thickened, stirring constantly.

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Psari spetsiotiko

Ingredients

2 lb fish, cleaned whole or steaks
1 salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 lemon’s juice
4 tomatoes; peeled and chopped
1/4 cup white wine, (or more)
4 garlic cloves; sliced

1/2 tsp sugar
1 salt & freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh parsley; chopped
1 bread crumbs
1 tomato juice (if necessary)

How to prepare

Wash and dry the fish, then sprinkle with salt and lemon juice, particularly inside the neck area if using fish with heads on. Arrange on a baking-serving dish and set aside while you prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, wine, garlic, and sugar and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. (the amount of garlic may be reduced, but it is the most important ingredient.) Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the fish with a light coating of bread crumbs and then with the chopped parsley, then spoon the hot sauce over the fish. Repeat this procedure until all the sauce has been used, ending with a topping of bread crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the fish, basting twice with the sauce. (a golden crust will form on the fish, characteristic of this famous style.) During the baking period, add some wine or tomato juice if necessary; some sauce should remain around the fish. Serve hot.

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Crostini with beans

Ingredients

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped fine, divided use
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 lb broccoli rabe, swiss chard or spinach, washed and trimmed
salt to taste

1 1/2 cups cooked and drained tuscan-style beans (see recipe)
6 1/2″ slices italian bread, lightly toasted

How to prepare

In a large saucepan, heat two tbsp of the olive oil, half the garlic and all of the red pepper over medium heat 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the greens and salt. If the greens are dry, add 2 tbsp water. Cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes for broccoli rabe and swiss chard or 5 minutes for spinach. Meanwhile, in a medium-size saucepan, heat the remaining oil and garlic 1 minute. Stir in the beans, cover and cook over low heat until heated through. Coarsely mash the beans. Spread the beans over the toasted bread. Top with the greens and a spoonful of their cooking liquid. Serve immediately. Yield: makes 6 servings. Crostini with beans

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Apple-Glazed Chicken with Wild-Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

1 6 1/2-pound roasting chicken
1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt

Wild-Rice Pilaf
2 tablespoons apple jelly
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon chicken-flavor instant bouillon
parsley sprigs for garnish

How to prepare

1. Remove giblets and neck from chicken; refrigerate for use in soup another day. Rinse chicken with running cold water and drain well. Place chicken, breast-side up, on rack in roasting pan.

2. Cut lemon crosswise in half. Rub chicken all over with cut sides of lemon; place lemon halves in cavity of chicken. Lift chicken wings toward neck, then fold them under back of chicken so they stay in place. With string, tie legs together.

3. Rub chicken with thyme, pepper, paprika, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of thigh, next to body, being careful that pointed end of thermometer does not touch bone. Roast chicken in 375 degrees F. oven 2 hours, basting occasionally with pan drippings for an attractive sheen. When chicken turns golden, cover loosely with a tent of foil. Start checking for doneness during last 30 minutes of roasting.

4. After chicken has roasted 1 hour, prepare Wild-Rice Pilaf (see below).

5. About 10 minutes before chicken is done, remove foil. In cup, stir apple jelly with fork until smooth; brush jelly over chicken. Chicken is done when thermometer reaches 175 to 180 degrees F. and thickest part of drumstick feels soft when pressed with fingers protected by paper towels. Place chicken on warm large platter; let stand 15 minutes for easier carving. Set the roasting pan aside.

6. Prepare gravy: Remove rack from roasting pan; spoon off fat from drippings. Add 1 cup water to drippings, stirring to loosen brown bits; pour into small saucepan. Add milk, flour, instant bouillon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir until blended. Over high heat, heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low; simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour gravy into gravy boat.

7. To serve, arrange Wild-Rice Pilaf on platter with chicken; garnish with parsley sprigs. Serve with gravy.

WILD-RICE PILAF:
In 3-quart saucepan over high heat, heat 3 cups water, one 4-ounce package wild rice (2/3 cup), 1 extra large vegetable bouillon cube or 2 envelopes instant vegetable broth and seasoning to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 25 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup parboiled rice and 1/2 teaspoon salt; over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes longer or until liquid is absorbed and both kinds of rice are tender. Stir in one 3-ounce can pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped, 1 red apple, diced, and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley; heat through.

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roasted chicken soup w/ sage dumplings

Ingredients

1 lb yellow onion chopped finely
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
2 cups chopped roasted chicken
4 plum tomatoes, peeled/seeded/chopped
3 cubed med potatoes
2 cubed carrots
2 to 3 roasted ears of corn off the cob
2 roasted/peeled/seeded poblano chiles
6 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried cumin
1 tsp chile powder
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried sage (to be added to dumplings)
Salt and pepper to taste
Bisquick or other dumpling recipe

How to prepare

Saut

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Crockpot chicken parisian

Ingredients

6 med chicken breasts
salt & pepper
paprika
1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 oz mushrooms, sliced, drained
1 cup sour cream, mixed with

1/4 cup flour

How to prepare

Sprinkle chicken breasts lightly with salt, pepper, and paprika. Place chicken in crock pot. Mix white wine, soup, and mushrooms until well combined. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle with a little more paprika. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. (on high: 3 to 4 hours) remove chicken and stir in sour cream mixture during last 30 minutes. Serve sauce over chicken with rice or noodles.

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Asparagus fritters

Ingredients

2 lbs asparagus
1-1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 pinch salt
1 pinch dried basil, oregano or thyme
4 eggs beaten
1 cup milk

How to prepare

Peel the asparagus to eliminate any tough skin from the stalks. Cut into 1″ pieces. Throw into a big pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, remove and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Pat dry. Combine flour with freshly grated parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, and a little pinch of an herb. Beat the eggs and whisk in the milk. Combine wet ingredients with the dry and mix thoroughly. Fold the asparagus into the batter completely. In a frying pan, melt 1 tbsp butter with 1 tbsp vegetable oil. With a spoon, drop enough asparagus and batter into the pan to make fritters about 3″ in diameter. Cook a couple of minutes, or until the edges start to brown. Flip over and continue to cook for a couple minutes more, until done.

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Spicy cilantro butter

Ingredients

3-4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 or 2 jalapenos seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp lime zest
2-3 tsp fresh lime juice
salt to taste crushed

Dried red chile to taste
1/4 lb unsalted butter softened

How to prepare

Wonderful with grilled or broiled fish, shrimp, or steak; pasta; rice (add curry powder, pecans, and green onions); and squash, corn, or eggplant. Roll corn on the cob in this butter, then sprinkle with fresh lime juice and freshly grated parmesan.

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Tomato-chile salsa with papaya, mango & pineapple

Ingredients

1/2 med tomato, seeded, chopped
2 jalapeno or serrano chiles, trimmed, seeded, and finely minced
1/2 med red onion, diced
1 med mango, seeded, skinned, diced
1 medium papaya, seeded, skinned and diced to 1/8″ pieces
1/4 medium pineapple, seeded, skinned & diced to 1/8″ pieces
1/3 cups red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cups cilantro or mint leaves, roughly chopped

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients and keep at room temperature to serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

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Red potato salad

Ingredients

5 lbs. Red potatoes, cooked & peeled
1 dz hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 onion – chopped
1 jar vlasic dill pickles – chopped
1 tsp celery seed
4 oz sour cream
1 qt best foods mayonnaise
Salt & pepper to taste

How to prepare

Slice or cube cooked potatoes, add all ingredients and mix. Let cool in refrigerator for several hours before serving. It gets better the longer it sits. Use a huge bowl, it makes a lot!

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