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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Thai peanut sauce #2

Ingredients

3/4 cup raw peanuts
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 small dried red chili pepper, finely chopped
2 tbsp tamarind liquid (sam ma kham) or fresh lime juice.
1 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp ground lemon grass
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
2 to 4 tbsp sugar

How to prepare

Roast peanuts in an oven preheated to 325

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Spicy thai style ground chicken with basil

Ingredients

1.5 tbsp vegetable oil
12 oz ground chicken, turkey, or beef
3 green onions, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 hot peppers (seeded if prefer that the dish isn’t too hot), minced

1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp chili paste with garlic, or to taste
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
cooked rice

How to prepare

Heat oil in wok on high. Add chicken and stir fry 45 sec. Add garlic and hot pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink, ~2-3 min. Add green onions, lime juice, fish sauce, chili paste, & sugar. Stir fry 30 sec. Add basil immediately before removing from heat. Serve over rice serves 2

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Buttermilk pie crust dough

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening, chilled
6 tbsp buttermilk

How to prepare

Combine flour, sugar and salt in large bowl. Add butter and shortening. Cut in using hands or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk and stir with fork until moist clumps form. Press together to form dough. Divide dough in half. Gather dough into balls; flatten into disks. Wrap separately and chill 1 hour. Notes: dough can also be prepared in processor. Using on/on turns, cut butter and shortening into dry ingredients until coarse meal forms. Add buttermilk and process just until moist clumps form. Proceed as above. Can be made ahead. Refrigerate 1 week or freeze 1 month. Let dough stand at room temperature to soften slightly before using.

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Cheese & poblano quesadillas

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups grated monterey jack
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated romano cheese
6 flour tortillas
1/3 cup chipotle salsa
4 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and julienned

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

How to prepare

1. In a bowl, mix together the cheeses.
2. Lay the tortillas on a counter. Divide the cheese mixture into 6 portions and spread over half of each tortilla. If desired, sprinkle about a tbsp of salsa over each. Arrange the chile strips evenly over the cheese. Fold the tortillas over to enclose the filling and brush the tops with butter.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees f.
4. Place a dry griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place the tortillas buttered side down in the pan. Cook until very light golden, about 1 minute. Then brush the un-coated sides with butter and flip over, cook until golden, and transfer to a baking sheet. When all the quesadillas are cooked, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake 10 minutes, until the cheese begins to ooze. Serve hot, whole or cut into wedges.
Note: easily-found mexican cheeses can be substituted for those used in the recipe. Use: – manchego for monterey jack – cotija for romano – panela for ricotta
prepared 3/6/95 by mary sue milliken and susan feniger co-owners of the border grill in los angeles. From: mike n maty

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Chicken satedo

Ingredients

1 large boneless and skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp water
2 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
1 med clove garlic, pressed
Sauce:
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp peanut butter, either regular or crunchy
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/8-1/4 tsp hot chili oil

1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp cornstarch plus 2 tsp water

How to prepare

Cook’s notes: the chicken breasts can be left whole and marinated in the same way. Bake or saut

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Stuffed french toast

Ingredients

1 lb ricotta
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp lemon rind, grated
2 tsp lemon juice
2 eggs, beaten

1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup whole milk
8 slices french bread
1 tbsp butter
1 cup whipped cream
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Hot maple syrup

How to prepare

Combine the ricotta, the egg yolks, the first measure of vanilla, the maple syrup, the lemon rind and the lemon juice. Set aside. Beat the whole eggs with the cinnamon and the second measure of vanilla in a shallow dish. Add the milk to the dish. Beat again. Preheat a med size (10″) skillet over med heat. Put the bread into the egg batter 2 slices at a time. Allow the bread to soak for a while. Turn over. Add 1/2 tbsp of butter to the skillet for frying each 2 slices of bread. Add the soaked bread. Cook until the bread is crisp and browned on one side. Flip the bread slices over. Spread 1/2 cup of the ricotta mixture over one of the slices. Continue cooking the bread until it is crispy and browned. Set the slice of bread without the ricotta over the slice of bread with the ricotta. Transfer the sandwich to a plate. Top with whipped cream, sliced strawberries and hot maple syrup.

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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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Salsa de aji – ecuador

Ingredients

2 lg tomatoes, seeded, chop fine
1 med onion, chopped fine
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
4 lg chiles, aji, seeds and stems removed
1/2 cup water
Salt to taste

How to prepare

Combine the tomatoes, onion and cilantro in a bowl. Place the chiles, water and 3 tbsp of the tomato, onion, cilantro mixture in a blender or processor and puree until smooth. Add the chile puree to the remaining mixture and mix well. Salt to taste. Variations – ecuadorians are very fond of adding beans to their salsa. The most popular beans are the lupini, which are lg white beans about the size of lima beans. Just add the cooked beans directly to the salsa. Or, add 1 tsp peanut butter with the chiles in the blender and follow the above recipe. Substitute yellow wax hot chiles or jalapenos if the aji chiles are not available. Yield: 2 cups.

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Vietnamese warm beef salad

Ingredients

Dressing 888
1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into paper-thin strips
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt & ground black pepper
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil freshly beef 888
1 lb beef sirloin or other tender cut (eye of round, filet of beef)
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp nuoc mam (vietnamese fish
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
freshly ground black pepper
1 head chicory (frisee)
1/2 head of soft lettuce, such as boston, red leaf or oak leaf
1 small bunch of watercress
2 tbsp vegetable oil

How to prepare

Make the dressing: combine the onion, garlic, sugar, salt, vinegar, olive oil and black pepper to taste in a large salad bowl; mix well. Set aside. Prepare the beef: cut the beef against the grain into thin 1 by 2″ strips. In a bowl, combine the beef, half of the minced garlic (reserve remaining half for frying), fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and ground black pepper to taste. Let stand for 30 minutes. Clean the lettuces and watercress. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Add the greens to the dressing, but do not toss. Preheat a large skillet over high heat and add the vegetable oil. Fry the remaining minced garlic until fragrant and golden. Add the beef and saut quickly, shaking the pan, over high heat to sear, about 1 minute (the beef should be medium-rare). Pour the seared meat over the greens and toss gently. Divide the warm salad among 4 individual plates. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve with french bread, if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

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