Southwestern butternut bisque

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 3/4 to 2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1″ chunks (see cook’s notes)
2 medium bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1″ chunks

1 medium granny smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1″ chunks
4 tsp lemon juice, divided
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp ground red (cayenne) pepper

1 (14 1/2-oz) can chicken broth
1 cup apple juice
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

In a medium pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and saut

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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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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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Blackened seasoning blend

Ingredients

1 tbsp paprika
2 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried marjoram

How to prepare

Mix this up well, and then dip the fish fillets first in melted butter, then smear the seasoning mixture on both sides of the fish. Heat a cast iron skillet for about eight minutes on high heat. Put the fillets in the pan without crowding, pour a few tablespoons of melted butter on top, cook on both sides for about two minutes and serve immediately with butter and lemon.

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Clam fritters

Ingredients

4 cups ground clams
4 eggs, beaten
6 slices fresh white bread, crust removed and made into crumbs using a food processor.
1/2 tsp dried thyme
4 tbsp mayo

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp celery, minced
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup shallots, minced
1/4 cup red pepper, minced
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Egg and flour or panko bread crumbs

How to prepare

Mix all the ingredients except the butter, celery, shallots and red pepper and bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Saut

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Tempura

Ingredients

Shrimp, shelled and deveined
sea scallops, cut into halves
fish fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup 1″ pieces asparagus
1 cup 1/4″ slices carrots or celery
1-1/2 cups cauliflowerets
1-1/2 cups 2×1/4″ eggplant sticks

1 cup 2″ pieces green beans, partially cooked
1 cup 2″ pieces green onions
1 med green pepper, cut into 1/4″ rings
1 med onion, sliced and separated into rings

1 bunch parsley
1 cup pea pods
1 med sweet potato, cut into 1/8″ slices
vegetable oil
tempura batter (look up)
tempura sauce (look up)

How to prepare

Choose 1 lb seafood (about 4 oz per person). If serving shrimp, make several crosswise slits on undersides to prevent curling. Choose 3 or 4 vegetables from selection above. Pat seafood and vegetables dry; arrange attractively on platter. Cover and refrigerate until serving time, no longer than 2 hours. Heat oil (1 to 1-1/2″) in wok to 360 degrees f. Prepare tempura batter. Dip seafood and vegetables into batter with tongs, fork or chopsticks; allow excess batter to drip into bowl. Fry a few pieces at a time until golden brown, turning once, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain; keep warm. Serve with tempura sauce. 4 servings

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Dirty rice

Ingredients

2 medium onions finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 lb chicken giblets, finely chopped
1 lb bulk sausage, crumbled
1/2 cup bacon drippings or oil

1/2 cup flour
2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
tabasco sauce to taste
6 green onion tops, chopped
6 sprigs parsley, chopped
9 cup hot cooked rice

How to prepare

Prepare vegetables as directed in food processor. Add crushed garlic. Chop chicken giblets in same manner; set aside. Brown sausage in large pot. Remove and set aside. To sausage drippings, add enough bacon drippings or oil to make 1/2 cup. Add flour and brown, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the roux is very dark brown, about the color of an old penny. Be very careful not to scorch this roux. Immediately add chopped vegetables and stir and cook a few minutes; then add chopped chicken giblets and cook until the pink color is gone. Add water, the sausage and seasonings and simmer two hours or more. Thirty minutes before serving, add onion tops and parsley. Before serving add hot cooked rice and mix well.

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Basic rib rub

Ingredients

1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp ground oregano
4 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp white pepper
3 tbsp celery salt
3 tbsp garlic powder

How to prepare

Blend all ingredients. Use about 3 tbsp rub per side of ribs. Makes about 1 1/3 cups. Source: dallas morning news – 6/29/94

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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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