Sugar cookies

Ingredients

4 1/2 cups sifted flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375. Butter baking sheets. Sift together dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time, alternating with milk and vanilla, beating well after each addition. Wrap and chill dough for at least 1 hour. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll 1 piece at a time on a floured board and cut with large cookie cutters. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on racks. Note: these cookies may be sprinkled with colored sugar or iced. Makes approximately forty 3″ cookies

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Thai citrus vinaigrette

Ingredients

1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 sm thai chili finely sliced
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp chopped cilantro stems -stems only, not the leaves
2 tsp thai soy sauce with mushroom or a Chinese brand (pearl river bridge)
2 tsp coconut palm sugar or golden brown sugar

How to prepare

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and liquefy, making sure the sugar
Is completely dissolved and blended into the dressing. From “true thai” by victor sodsook

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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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Curry chicken stuffed with celery

Ingredients

3 lb. Chicken cut in pieces
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 small bunch celery cut into 2″ lengths (save the leaves)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp savory

2 tbsp all purpose flour (opt.)

How to prepare

Wash and wipe the chicken and rub the skin all over with curry powder. In the slow cooker make a bed of the celery pieces. Place the chicken in the pot, layered with celery leaves, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and savory. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Before serving: you can serve the chicken plain or turn the cooking liquid into a delicious sauce. Drain the juices from the cooker and skim off and reserve about 1-2 tab.. Of chicken fat. Pour the juices into a small skillet; turn the heat to high and boiled own until there is 1/2-3/4 cup of stock. In another skillet, over low heat, warm the chicken fat and stir the four into it. When you have a smooth paste, pour the cooked down stock into the skillet, stirring quickly to keep the sauce smooth. Simmer 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Place the chicken in a serving dish with the celery pieces around it and pour the sauce over all. Yield: 6-8 servings

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Stir fry curry chicken with cashew

Ingredients

3 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tbsp red curry paste.
1 tbsp chili paste in bean oil
1 lb chicken breast, sliced bite size.
2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts.

2 stems green onions, sliced into small bits.

How to prepare

Heat wok briefly. Add oil, coat sides of wok, then add garlic curry paste, and chili paste and cook until garlic starts to brown add chicken and raise heat, and cook until chicken is done. Add the fish sauce and onion, and stir to blend. Remove from heat, and add cashews.

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River kwai chicken

Ingredients

5 lb chicken legs, skinned
4 tbsp canola oil
5 tbsp herbed vinegar
5 tbsp nuoc mam
3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
3 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp hot paprika
1 tbsp coriander, crushed
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp cardamom, crushed
2 dried tabasco peppers, crushed
4 fresh thai peppers, chopped
1 sprig fresh marjoram
1 cup water
5 leaves fresh basil

How to prepare

Place oil in the bottom of a shallow baking pan. In a bowl combine chicken with all wet and dry ingredients, coating thoroughly. Add the works to the baking pan, and place basil leaves on top of the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for one hour at 300

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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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Tomato, bread and basil soup

Ingredients

6 cloves garlic
1 small dried red chili pepper
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 lb red ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp shredded basil leaves
1 tbsp shredded mint leaves
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper
4 cups hot veggie stock
1 lb day old bread, whole wheat, torn into pieces
freshly grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Crush peeled garlic and dried chili in mortar and pestle. Heat olive oil in lg soup pot over low heat. Add crushed chili and garlic and soften over low heat for 4-4 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil and mint and cook over med low for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook 1 more minute. Add the stock and bring to boil. Add all bread at once and stir well over med heat till all bread is moistened. Cover and remove from heat, let stand for 1 hour
before serving taste and season as needed, serve in bowls drizzled with a little olive oil and garnish with freshly grated parmesan.

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Salt baked – stuffed chicken

Ingredients

3 lb fryer
6 lb rock salt
parchment paper
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 whole star anise
2 tbsp sherry
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped

How to prepare

Wash chicken & pat dry. Swab cavity with sherry; stuff with ginger, garlic & green onions; seal with clip or string. Rub outside of chicken with dark soy sauce; allow to stand until soy sauce is absorbed
wrap chicken in 3 layers of parchment paper, tie with string, coat outer layer with peanut oil
in wok or lg pot, heat rock salt, stirring periodically, until it begins to brown. Place wrapped chicken in rock salt, spooning some salt around sides & over top. Cook for about 10 minutes. Turn over chicken, cover with rock salt (but always have at least 2″ layer of salt under chicken) & cook for another 10 minutes. This cooking time will give a moist, slightly underdone chicken. Increase baking time to 15 minutes on each side, for well done
remove chicken from salt; strip off paper; allow to stand for 15 minutes to cool & congeal juices. Cut in half, then into bite-size pieces. Serve with soy dip. Yield: 4 servings

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Barbecue meatloaf aussie style

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef – lean
1 lb sausage stuffing
1 cup breadcrumbs – fine
2 onions – medium, chopped fine
1 tbsp curry powder
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp parsley – chopped

1 egg – beaten
1 cup clove – crushed
1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce
1 onion – chopped very fine
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dry red wine or beef stock
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce –
Lea & perrins
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp instant coffee
1/4 cup brown sugar – packed
1 oz margarine
2 tsp lemon juice

How to prepare

Loaf: combine meats , breadcrumbs, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, curry and egg in lg bowl. Mix well. Mix milk and water and add to meat mixture a little at a time until smooth but firm. Shape into loaf and put into greased baking pan. Bake 30 minutes at 375f.

Sauce: saut

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