Pear hazelnut sour cream pie

Ingredients

1 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 1/2 lb (about 5 medium sized) fresh pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla ext.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 large egg
1 cup sour cream
pinch of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp lemon zest
1 pie shell

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
2. Spread whole hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until toasted, up to 20 minutes, turning nuts after every 5 minutes. Cool slightly, then place nuts in a clean tea towel, fold towel to enclose nuts, and rub between your hands to remove as much of the nut skins as possible. Chop nuts coarsely and set aside.
3. In a heavy 10 or 12″ skillet, melt butter. Add pears and vanilla bean (or vanilla extract). Pour granulated sugar over pears and saut

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New york style oyster stew

Ingredients

1-1/2 doz large oysters and juices
1/2 oz butter
4 shallots, diced
1/2 cup white wine
3 cups heavy cream to taste
old bay spice
2 oz celery, diced, blanched

Salt and cayenne

How to prepare

Sweat shallots in butter. Add wine and reduce by 1/2. Add cream and reduce by 1/3. Add oysters and juice. Heat but don’t boil. Add blanched celery and seasoning. Serve at once. Serves: 4

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Black bean and salsa lasagna

Ingredients

2 cn (14-oz) chopped tomatoes with juice
1 cn (8-oz) tomato sauce
8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tbsp dried oregano
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
Olive oil
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
15 oz ricotta cheese
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cn (15-oz) black beans, drained
1 cn (14 1/2-oz) medium-hot salsa

How to prepare

Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, oregano, black pepper and salt in lb bowl. Set aside. Grease a 12-by-8-by-2-inch pan with olive oil. Place half of tomato mixture on bottom of pan. Top with 4 lasagna noodles to cover pan. Top with half of ricotta cheese, half of mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, half of black beans and 4 lasagna noodles. Top with remaining tomato mixture, ricotta, black beans and remaining 4 noodles. End with salsa, remaining parmesan and mozzarella. Cover tightly with foil; place additional foil underneath pan (it may bubble over). Bake at 350 degrees until noodles are tender, about 1 hour. Best of 95 yield: 6 servings.

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Garlic Butter Scampi

Ingredients

Butter Sauce
3/4 cup butter
1 tbsp garlic, finely minced
1 cup clam juice
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp parsley, minced
1/3 cup white wine
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp basil, dry
1/4 tbsp nutmeg
salt and pepper
1/2 cup half and half or light cream
Scampi
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbsp garlic, minced
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
1/2 tbsp red pepper, crushed
1 tbsp basil, fresh
1/4 cup white wine
1 ds vermouth, dry
salt and pepper
3 lb shrimp, deveined

How to prepare

MAKE SAUCE: Melt butter with garlic in saucepan over med heat; do not let the garlic brown.
In a separate bowl, mix clam juice, flour and parsley, blending until mixture is smooth. Pour flour mixture into garlic butter and stir until smooth and well blended. Stir in wine, lemon juice, herbs and spices, stirring constantly. Gradually add half and half and stir until thickened. Simmer for 30 to 45 min..
MAKE SCAMPI: Melt butter in lg saucepan on high heat and add oil.
Combine remaining ingredients keeping scampi aside until the last min.. Add scampi and saute until firm and slightly pink. Do not overcook. Pour scampi butter over scampi. from the “Garlic Lovers’ Cookbook,” published by the Gilroy Garlic Festival Yield: 8 Servings

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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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Moroccan charmoula for fish

Ingredients

1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced fine
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup fruity olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together lightly. The all-purpose, most-loved moroccan sauce for baked or grilled fish enough for six to eight portions of fish give or take your propensity for charmoula rub a little into the fish a few hours before cooking spoon some on the cooked fish serve with couscous if you desire (also good on chicken )

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Degollado’s huatape de camaron- shrimp soup with epazote)

Ingredients

2 lb large shrimp, peeled and cleaned
1 quart water
1/2 tsp salt
2 epazote pods
20 epazote leaves
2 chile poblano, seeds removed
1 chile serrano
8 oz masa harina

How to prepare

Boil shrimp, water, salt and epazote pods just to bubbly. Blend epazote leaves, chile poblano and serrano. Add to shrimp mixture. Dissolve masa harina in about 2 cups cold water, or enough to make a smooth paste. Stir into soup. Simmer 20 minutes. Correct seasoning
hint: for a richer flavor, boil the shells in the water and then remove them before adding the other ingredients.

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Spiced black beans

Ingredients

2 lb onions, chopped
2 tbsp oil
1 1/2 qt. Broth from carnitas (or chicken stock)
1 quart chicken stock
3/4 lb dry black beans, rinsed
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
6 cardamom pods (use seeds removed from pods)
2 tbsp mustard seed
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin seed
1 cinnamon stick

How to prepare

In a 4 to 5 qt. Pan over med heat, cook onions in fat until they are limp and lightly browned (about 20 minutes), stirring frequently. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer until beans mash easily (about 3 hours). Uncover and boil on high heat until reduced (about 30 minutes), stirring frequently, as beans will tend to stick.

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Greek pizza w/ feta and pancetta

Ingredients

1 pizza dough
1/2 red pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 red onion, cut into strips
Olive oil or cooking spray
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
10-15 greek olives, cut into halves
2 sm roma tomatoes, diced
3 strips bacon or pancetta, crumbled
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper

How to prepare

Add the peppers and onion to 1 1/2 tsp olive oil or spray the skillet with two coatings of cooking spray. Using low heat, saut

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