Chiles rellenos de elote con crema – chiles stuffed w/corn & cream

Ingredients

4 tbsp sweet butter
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 cups corn kernels
1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/3 cup water, if necessary
3 tbsp finely chopped epazote (optional)
12 small chiles poblanos, charred, peeled, and cleaned
1/2 lb queso fresco or farmer cheese, cut into thick slices
2 cups sour cream or creme fraiche
3 oz chihuahua cheese or mild cheddar, grated

How to prepare

Melt the butter and fry the onion and garlic gently, without browning, until soft. Add the corn kernels and salt, then cover the pan and cook over a gentle heat until the kernels are tender (if the corn is very dry, then add about 1/3 cup water)- 15 to 20 minutes, depending on whether fresh or frozen corn is used. Add the epazote and adjust the seasoning. Set aside to cool a little. Preheat the oven to 350

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Fried Eggplant Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 eggplant
salt
6 oz mozzarella cheese (not grated)
1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 F)
2 cups plain flour
pepper to taste
4 1/2 tsp oil
1 lg egg white
oil for frying

How to prepare

Slice the eggplant into 1/4″ rounds. Sprinkle with salt and let drain in a colander for about an hour. Slice the mozzarella into thin slices and trim to the shape of the eggplant slices. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and stir until is dissolved. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups flour and the pepper until smooth. Keep at room temp for 30 min. Rinse and pat dry the eggplant slices. Fry them in batches using 1 tsp oil per batch over med heat about 2 min per side. Remove to paper towels to drain while you finish the other slices. Place a cheese slice between each two eggplant slices (like a sandwich). Press firmly together and dip in the remaining flour to coat both sides. Beat the egg white until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Fold into the yeast mixture. Heat oil (about 1 inch deep) in a lg frying pan. Dip 1 eggplant sandwich into the batter at a time and place in the hot oil. Fry 4-6 at a time for 1-2 minutes per side until light brown. Place on paper towels to drain oil until all are done. Serve hot. These are great with a horseradish type dressing on top! Depending on the size of the eggplant, this could make 6-12 sandwiches.

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LINGUINE W/MUSHROOMS & GARLIC

Ingredients

1 poundLinguine – cooked al dente
1 poundMushrooms – thinly sliced
4 cups Garlic – sliced thin
4 tablespoons Butter
3 tablespoons Olive oil
Salt & pepper

How to prepare

Saute garlic in 1 Tblsp butter & 2 Tblsp olive oil until wilted. Add mushrooms & saute until they are beginning to dry out a bit. Add the remaining butter and oil and allow to melt. Season w/salt and pepper and toss with cooked, drained linguine to thoroughly incorporate ingredients. Taste, adjust seasoning & enjoy!

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Roasted cornish hen, by pierre franey

Ingredients

4 cornish hens (about 1 lb each)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 sprigs fresh rosemary or 2 tbsp dry
4 garlic cloves peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion peeled and quartered
1/4 cup dry white wine

3/4 cup fresh or canned chicken broth

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450

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Lasagna, northern italian style

Ingredients

12 oz lasagna noodles
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cups grated parmesan
6 tbsp butter or margarine
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 1/2 cups milk
bolognese meat sauce 888
1/4 cup finely chopped pancetta,
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb mild italian sausage
1 28 oz can tomatoes, cut up
1 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup snipped parsley
6-12 oz tomato paste
1/2 tsp chicken boullion granules
1 cup white wine
garlic, oregano and basil to taste.

How to prepare

Cook pasta in boiling salted water just till tender (do not overcook); drain. Rinse in cold water; drain. Next combine cheeses. For white sauce in saucepan melt butter stir in flour, white pepper, nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp salt. Add milk; cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Arrange a single layer of pasta in bottom of greased 13x9x2″ baking dish. Spread with 1/3 white sauce 1/3 meat sauce, and 1/3 cheese mixture. Repeat two more times. Cover and bake in 350

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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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Linguine frittata with clams

Ingredients

6 garlic cloves, minced
6 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup fresh italian parsley, minced
3/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
24 small hard-shelled clams, shucked, reserving liquor, and chopped
1/2 lb linguine

4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

In a small heavy skillet cook garlic in 3 tbsp of oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened but not browned. Add parsley and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in clams and 1/4 cup of reserved liquor and cook 1 minute. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook linguine until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss linguine with clam mixture and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In a 12″ non-stick skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Karithopita spiced walnut cake

Ingredients

6 eggs
2 1/2 cup bisquick
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp -salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 cup sugar

2 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup -water
12″ strip orange peel
12″ strip lemon peel

1/2 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup honey
1/2 lemon; juiced
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tsp ground cinnamon

How to prepare

In a large mixing bowl place the eggs, bisquick, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, salt, cloves, baking powder, the 2 cups of sugar, the 2 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts, milk, and oil. Blend them together with an electric mixer for 5 minutes.
Turn the mixer on high and beat the batter for 15 seconds. Preheat the oven to 375 f. Pour the batter into a baking pan that is 10 x 14″, and 2 1/2″ deep. Bake the cake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the cake and let it sit for 2 hours.
In a medium saucepan place the 3/4 cup of sugar, water, orange peel, lemon peel, and cinnamon stick. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then simmer them for 5 minutes. Add the honey and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice. Stir the ingredients together and let the syrup cool.
Remove the orange and lemon peels, and the cinnamon stick. Spread the syrup over the cake. Sprinkle on the 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and the ground cinnamon.

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Fettucine with lemon and vodka sauce

Ingredients

Fettucine
4 quarts – water
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 lb fettucine
sauce
2 lg lemons – rind washed
1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup vodka
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
3/4 cup parmesan fresh grated, for serving
cooked scallops (optional)
cooked asparagus (optional)

How to prepare

Bring the water to a boil, add the salt, and cook the pasta at a rapid boil until ‘al dente’, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Finely grate the rind of 1 lemon, then squeeze the juice out of this lemon and reserve. Combine the cream and vodka in a 10-” skillet and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a little. Add the lemon juice and rind to the hot sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the drained hot pasta to the sauce and toss. Season with pepper, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately on warmed plates. Serve the parmesan separately. Variations: add cooked scallops, and/or cooked asparagus, cut in 1″ pieces, into the sauce, just before tossing with pasta.

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Grilled salmon

Ingredients

2 lb salmon fillets
1 sliced onion
2 sliced carrots
1 can peas
2 sliced potatoes
salt and pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice

How to prepare

Place fillets on large piece of doubled aluminum foil. Cover with rest of ingredients. Salt and pepper and dot with butter or margarine. Fold ends of foil together and seal. Cook on grill about 4″ above hot coals for about 40 minutes.

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