Thai fish curry

Ingredients

1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro stems
2 tbsp minced fresh lemon grass (from bottom 6″ of stalk)
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin

3 large garlic cloves, halved
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 lb 1 1/2″ thick sea bass fillets, cut into 3″ pieces
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

2/3 cup bottled clam juice
minced fresh cilantro freshly
cooked rice

How to prepare

Blend first 8 ingredients in processor to dry paste, stopping frequently to scrape down sides of work bowl. (paste can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.) Heat oil in medium non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 rounded tbsp spice paste; stir 1 minute. Add fish and cook 2 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs. Add coconut milk and clam juice and simmer until fish is cooked through, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes. Transfer fish to plate. Boil liquid until reduced to thick sauce, about 8 minutes. Season with salt. Return fish to sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice. The mild spice paste is also great used as a base for chicken and shrimp curries. Serves: 2

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Borani – cold spinach and yogurt salad

Ingredients

1 package frozen spinach
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated onion
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp fresh mint, minced

How to prepare

1) thaw spinach, squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
2) combine remaining ingredients with spinach until well incorporated.
3) refrigerate for a half hour and serve.

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CHICKEN ITALIAN

Ingredients

3 pounds Skinned chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
2 tablespoons Dry white wine
pepper to taste

How to prepare

If using whole chicken, cut chicken in half. Blend marinade of all the remaining ingredients. Soak chicken for 10 minutes. Bake in greased pan @ 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender

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Vegetable beef soup

Ingredients

2 med potato, peeled & diced
2 med carrot, peeled & diced
1 1/2 lb beef shank or neck bones
1 med onion, peeled and chopped
16 oz tomato, whole, quartered & undrained
17 oz corn, whole kernel, undrained

1 bay leaf
1 tbsp parsley flakes, dried
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp thyme, dried
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground savory

2 tsp instant beef bouillon
3 cup water, boiling

How to prepare

Place first 7 ingredients in a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker in the order listed. Sprinkle parsley and the next 5 ingredients over the vegetables. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water and pour over spices. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Remove beef shank and bay leaf, recover. Remove meat from bones, cut into bite-size pieces. Return meat to soup, mix. Yield: 3 quarts

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Herbed focaccia

Ingredients

1 pkg dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water (105-115f)
2 1/3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup light-tasting olive oil

2 lg garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
kosher salt
1 tbsp fresh chives, snipped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450f. Fifteen minutes before baking focaccia, put rack in center of oven. If you have 2 ovens, preheat both; otherwise bake focaccias in sequence, one after the other. Generously oil 2 lg baking sheets, preferably black steel. Stir yeast and sugar into warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Mix flour, cornmeal and salt in food processor fitted with metal blade (can also be kneaded with mixer dough hook or by hand). Turn on processor. Slowly pour yeast mixture through feed tube. Also pour 2 tbsp oil through. Process until dough cleans inside of work bowl but is still moist. If it sticks, add a little flour; if it’s dry, add a little water. Once dough is moist but not so wet that it sticks to sides of bowl, process until uniformly kneaded, elastic and supple, about 40 seconds. Transfer dough to lg plastic food bag, squeeze out air and seal at top, allowing room for dough to expand. Let dough rise in warm spot until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down; use immediately or refrigerate overnight. Combine remaining 6 tbsp oil, garlic and dried herbs. Gently heat until warm (not hot) on stove top or microwave oven. Divide dough in half. Let rest 5 minutes. On floured board, roll each piece into about a 12″ round. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Prick surface with fork. Brush with oil mixture, including edges. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake, one at a time, until very lightly browned around edges only, about 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake. Check after 2 minutes in oven; prick any air pockets with fork. Brush with any remaining oil, including edges. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and pepper flakes. Can be baked in advance and frozen. To do so, cool completely, freeze and then wrap airtight. Let thaw in wrapping. To reheat, place in cold oven and set at 300f. Bake until hot, about 5-7 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Yield: 2 12″ focaccias.

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Corn and roasted pepper soup

Ingredients

2 medium onions, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 stick butter
1 large red bell pepper, chopped, roasted
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped, roasted
2 large tomatoes, chopped and preferably roasted
4-1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
5-6 cups rich chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sweet paprika salt to taste 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 sprigs epazote

1-1/2 tbsp grated cheese per bowl (queso fresco, monterey jack)
6 corn tortillas, cut & fried to make chips
1/2 poblano or anaheim chile per bowl, roasted, peeled, cut into strips
avocado wedges for garnish

How to prepare

Saut

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Chocolate nut rolls

Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cashews (or pistachios, walnuts or pecans)
filo leaves about 1/4 lb.

How to prepare

Mix chips and nuts together. Set aside. Cut filo sheet into 4 lengthwise strips (3″ by 20″). Stack two strips. Brush lightly with melted butter. Place 1 or 2 tbs. Of filling at the bottom of a strip. (the shorter side.) Fold the bottom over filling. Fold the two sides over about 1/2″. Brush lightly with butter and roll. Place seam side down on a greased cookie sheet. Brush top with butter. Bake 3758 for 20 or 25 minutes, until it is golden brown and crisp.
To serve: let cool 5 minutes, dust a small plate with powdered sugar, drizzle chocolate syrup decoratively on plate. Place one or two chocolate nut rolls on plate, garnish with a dollop of whipped cream that has been flavored with brandy or rum.

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German sweet chocolate cake

Ingredients

1 pkg (4 oz) german sweet chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter, unwhipped
2 cups sugar
4 eggs yolks
1 tsp Vanilla
2 1/2 sifted swans down cake flour
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Coconut-pecan frosting
1 cup pet milk
1 cup sugar
3 slightly beaten egg yolks
1/2 cup margarine unwhipped
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate in boiling water and set aside to cool. With a mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add yolks one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in vanilla and cooled chocolate. Sift flour with soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to chocolate mixture, beating after each addition until smooth. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour into three 9 inch pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Bake 2 layers first; then the remaining layer. Cool (bake only on center rack in oven) frost only the tops of the layers.

Coconut-pecan frosting
Combine everything except the coconut and pecans in a double-boiler. Cook and stir over high heat until thickened; about 15 min. Add coconut and pecans. Cool until thick enough to spread; then frost cake.

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Bleu cheese salad dressing, chart house

Ingredients

3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt, scant
1/3 tsp garlic powder, scant
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
4 oz danish bleu cheese

How to prepare

Blend all ingredients, except mayonnaise and blue cheese at low speed for 2 minutes. Add mayonnaise and blend 1/2 minute at low speed, then blend 2 minutes at med speed. Crumble and add bleu cheese; blend at low speed no longer than 4 minutes. Recipe by the chart house restaurant in savannah.

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Thai shrimp

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup chopped onions
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root
1-2 fresh or dried chili peppers, seeded and chopped

2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 cup coconut milk
1 stalk lemon grass, or grated rind of one lemon
1 tsp brown sugar, or palm sugar
2-4 tbsp tamarind juice, or lemon juice

How to prepare

1. Shell shrimp, devein if necessary .
2. In a wok or skillet, heat oil and saut

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