Zucchini and tomatoes

Ingredients

6 to 8 medium zucchini, sliced
1 tsp dried basil
14 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (with juice)
salt & pepper
1 large onion, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup cracker crumbs
butter (about 1 tablespoon)

How to prepare

Cut the tomatoes in small pieces and mix together everything except the crumbs and butter. Place the mixture in an oiled baking dish of a size to take the vegetables mounded up, as they will shrink quite a lot in cooking. Top with the crumbs and dots of butter and bake at 375f. For about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the crumbs are brown. For 6 servings

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Medford pear bread

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp softened butter, divided
1 egg, well-beaten
1 cup + 2 tbsp gran. Sugar, divided
1 cup peeled, diced fresh pears
1/2 cup red wine (can substitute grape juice)
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
2. In a medium skillet, saut

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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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Thai tea

Ingredients

8 cup water
6 tbsp thai tea (cha thai)
sugar
ice cubes
sweetened condensed milk

How to prepare

Bring water to boil. Add tea and steep 5 minutes. Strain and season to taste with sugar. Cool, then chill in refrigerator. When ready to serve, place ice cubes in each of 6 tall glasses. Pour tea over ice, leaving room to add half and half to taste. Yield: 6 servings

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Spicy thai vinaigrette

Ingredients

1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 tsp ginger, finely chopped
3 tbsp vinegar, rice
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp oil, sesame
1/4 tsp pepper, red, crushed
Onions, red (optional), chopped
Orange, mandarin (optional)
Jicama, raw, sliced (optional)

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients and mix well pour over mixed lettuces, toss and serve.

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Pickled garlic

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar
4 cups water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp salt
6 garlic heads

How to prepare

The emphasis here is on the sour rather than the sweet. In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Drop in the garlic. Return to boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Cool, and fill sterilized, screw-top jars. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 week before eating. Continue to refrigerate, tightly covered, between serving.

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Nuoc cham ( vietnamese hot sauce )

Ingredients

1 garlic clove minced
1/4 tsp pepper flakes red, crushed
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime peel minced
2 tsp lime juice
3 tbsp water

How to prepare

Increase the amount of red pepper flakes to suit taste. Combine garlic, lime peel, and red pepper flakes then add lime juice, fish sauce, water, and sugar. Whisk until all ingredients are blended and sugar is dissolved. Makes about 1/3 cup. Will keep short periods if refrigerated. Yield: 12 servings.

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Asian cold pasta salad

Ingredients

1 lb whole pasta, cooked and drained

dressing:
4 tbsp oil
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp ginger root, minced
3 tbsp tahini or creamy peanut butter
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 whole dried chile pepper, minced

Veggies:
5 scallions, diced
1 cup snow peas, steamed
1 cup sliced radishes
1 cucumber, sliced

How to prepare

Mix dressing mix together with fork until smooth. Toss with pasta and veggies. Chill for several hours in a covered container. Serve cold. Serves 6

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Indonesian grilled chicken

Ingredients

3-lb roasting chicken
1 lg onion chopped
3 cloves garlic
3 fresh red chilies
2 tsp chopped fresh ginger
2 strips lemon rind or 1 stalk lemon grass
1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp ground coriander
1-1/2 tsp salt
4 curry leaves
2 lime or lemon leaves (optional)
3 cup coconut milk

How to prepare

Split the chicken down the breast and flatten to spread out. Put onion, garlic, chilies, ginger and lemon rind in blender with 2-3 tbsp coconut milk and make paste. Add turmeric, pepper, coriander and salt and a spoonful more milk and blend again. Spread some of the paste inside and outside chicken and marinate at least a half hour. Put remaining mix in large pan with lemon leaves and coconut milk and bring slowly to simmer, stirring. Place chicken in sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn chicken for 10 more minutes. Grill chicken until brown. Serve with sauce.

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