Dill pickle soup

Ingredients

1 cup margarine
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 qt chicken broth
12 oz dill pickles, shredded or fine chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 cup white wine/chicken broth
1/2 md onion, fine chopped
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp salt
1 tsp dill weed
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 bay leaves
2 cup warm milk
Dash green food color, opt
Croutons, opt

How to prepare

In a lg kettle, melt butter. Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually add broth. Add the next 12 ingredients ; bring to a boil over med. Heat. Reduce the heat; add milk. Remove bay leaves. Add food color and garnish with croutons.

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Russian string beans with herb vinaigrette

Ingredients

3/4 lb green beans, ends trimmed
lobio vinaigrette dressing:
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped onions
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp salad oil
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

How to prepare

Cut beans into 2″ lengths and boil in salted water until barely tender, about five to six minutes. Immediately drain and rinse with cold water and ice cubes to set the color; drain. To make the dressing: in a small bowl, combine the parsley, onions, cilantro, garlic and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the oil; season to taste. Place string beans in a salad bowl and toss with the dressing. Allow to set at room temperature at least an hour for flavors to mingle. If made early in the day, refrigerate and bring to room temperature before serving. Yield: four servings.

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Spinach and rice in dill tomato sauce

Ingredients

2-10 oz packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 cup regular (not extra-v) olive oil
3 cups onions, finely chopped
6 scallions, thinly sliced, including some of the green tops
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1/3 cup converted raw rice
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Trim away any tough stems from the spinach leaves. Rinse the leaves in several changes of cold water and drain in a colander. Heat the olive oil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. When it is hot, add the onions, scallions, and 1/4 cup of the dill and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened. Add the rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the water, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted down. Continue to cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is nearly tender. Stir in the remaining dill and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

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Portuguese sopa de coentros

Ingredients

3 large russet (baking) potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 large onion, chopped coarse
2 large plus 2 small garlic cloves
6 1/2 cups water
2 tsp salt

6 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, washed and spun dry
3 tbsp dark green olive oil

How to prepare

Peel potatoes and cut into 1″ cubes. In a large heavy saucepan simmer potatoes, onion, and large garlic cloves in water with salt, covered, 1 hour. (the potatoes will be very soft.) Remove pan from heat and cool mixture, uncovered, 15 minutes.
In a food processor blend together coriander, oil, and small garlic cloves until smooth. Add one third soup mixture and puree. Transfer puree to a large bowl and puree remaining soup mixture in 2 batches. Return soup to cleaned pan and heat over moderate heat, stirring, until hot. Soup will mellow in flavor if made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat gently. Serves 6 to 8.

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Mediterranean stew – ed asner

Ingredients

1 lb chuck stew, cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
1 lb sweet italian sausage
1 1/2 cups burgundy
2 cups water
6 oz can tomato paste
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
3 minced garlic cloves
2 tsp paprika
1 lb cubed cooked ham
3 med onions, chopped
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cans drain garbanzo beans

1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 head cabbage, cut into wedges

How to prepare

In a large skillet saut

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Nectarine- orange salsa

Ingredients

1/4 cup minced red onion
6 medium nectarines
2 large oranges
2 red or green jalapenos, seeded and minced
4 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt
1/4 cups finely shredded fresh basil leaves

How to prepare

Soak onion in cold water while preparing fruit. Slice nectarines into wedges and again into small cubes. Cut ends off the oranges down to the pulp. Stand fruit on one end. With a sharp knife, cut away the peel and white pith in slices from top to bottom. Cut between the membranes to remove the segments. Drain onion and pat dry with paper towels. Combine with rest of ingredients except basil and refrigerate about an hour. Just before serving, shred basil with scissors and stir into salsa. Serve with chicken or fish. Makes 8 servings.

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Greek salad with peppers

Ingredients

3 tomatoes, chopped
1 long english cucumber, chopped
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 large pepper, thinly sliced (red, yellow or orange)
1 cup greek olives, or black olives
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
dash ground pepper

How to prepare

Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, peppers, olives and feta cheese in salad bowl. Mix dressing ingredients and add to salad. Toss and serve. Makes 5-6 servings.

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Corn and chili chowder

Ingredients

2 poblano peppers, roasted and peeled, one quartered, one finely chopped
1/4 heavy cream or yogurt
1/4 cup loosely packed coriander leaves
5 ears of corn
4 tbsp butter

1/2 med onion, chopped
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cups milk

How to prepare

With a sharp knife remove the corn from the cobs and in a saucepan of boiling water (do not add salt) parboil the corn for 3 minutes, until just tender. Remove to a sieve and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside. In a lg casserole, melt 3 tbsp of the butter and saut

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Green bean & roasted peppers salad

Ingredients

2 red roasted bell peppers
1 lb green beans, halved
8 tbsp olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
6 cups torn mixed greens such as radicchio, belgian endive, bibb lettuce or arugula
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

How to prepare

Peel, seed and then thinly slice bell peppers. Cook green beans in large pot of boiling water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Refresh under cold water. Drain beans well. Preheat oven to 350

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