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Scented Rice

1 cup rice 1.5 cups water 1 tsp. salt 4 whole cardamom pods 4 whole cloves 1 tsp turmeric 1/2 raisins (optional)   Scented rice is served with chicken curry.  Mix all ingredients in a pot deep enough so the rice does not boil over.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low for…

Rupen Rao’s Chicken Curry

Rupen Rao is a well known local chef, restaurant owner, and teacher. This recipe includes great advice on some basic techniques unique to Indian cooking. This recipe will serve 4-6 people.Rupen says, “When one makes the basic chicken curry, its a gateway to learning the base of Indian cooking, which is: 1) Add fat, saute…

Welch Frying Pan Cookies

Ingredients 3½ cups flour 1¼ cups sugar 1 Tablespoon salt 3 teaspoons ground nutmeg 3 teaspoons baking powder ½ cup shortening, at room temperature ½ cup butter, at room temperature ½ cup raisins 2 eggs ¼ cup milk Directions Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the shortening and butter into the dry ingredients to make a soft…

Nutty Granola

Ingredients 3 cups regular oats 1 cup shredded coconut 1 cup chopped almonds 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup sunflower seeds ½ cup honey ½ cup canola oil ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cinnamon Directions Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Heat honey gently until it is very liquid, then combine honey, oil, cinnamon,…

Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients 1 cup coarsely ground grits 2 cups water 2 teaspoons salt 2 cups whole milk 2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined Salt to taste 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 lemon, juiced 1 pound andouille sausage ¼ lb country ham (or cured ham or bacon) cut into small cubes 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 yellow bell…

Walnut Endive Salad

Ingredients 1 small garlic clove, minced and mashed into a paste with ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon mayonnaise ¼ pound piece of Parmesan, diced into 1/8-inch cubes (about 1 cup) ½ cup finely chopped celery 1 cup walnuts, toasted lightly lightly and chopped fine ¼ cup finely chopped…

Grits Pound Cake

Ingredients Cooking spray 1 tablespoon stone-ground white cornmeal 2 cups sugar, divided 2/3 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 large egg yolks 1 cup low-fat sour cream 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup stone-ground white cornmeal ½ cup stone-ground white or yellow grits ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 5 large egg whites Preparation Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a 10-inch tube pan with…

Fish Pie Picardie

Ingredients 1½-2 lbs haddock or other firm white fish 8-10 large scallops 12-15 medium/large shrimp 1 cup milk 2 Tablespoon butter 2 Tablespoon canola/vegetable oil (not olive oil) 1 cup cider  (you can replace the cider with 1 cup white wine or 1/3 cup sherry or calvados and 2/3 cup water) ¼ cup flour ½ teaspoon salt…

Beans and Greens

Ingredients Bunch kale, stemmed and washed in two changes of water 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 2/3 cups white beans (¾ pound) or dried lima beans, picked over and soaked for at least four hours and drained 1…

BBQ Sauce

Ingredients ¾ cup vinegar 1½ cup water 1½ teaspoon pepper 1½ Tablespoon salt ½ cup brown sugar 2 Tablespoon prepared mustard ½ teaspoon cayenne 3 thin slices of lemon 3 onions, sliced 1½ cup ketchup ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce Directions Mix all ingredients except ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the ketchup…

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Ingredients 1Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 1 lb carrots, washed and sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground coriander 2 pints vegetable stock 3 Tablespoon chopped fresh coriander A squeeze of lemon juice Freshly grated nutmeg to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper Single cream to serve if liked Directions…

Shrimp Creole

Ingredients 2 lbs. peeled and deveined shrimp or mixed seafood (frozen shrimp or seafood may be substituted but it should be thoroughly thawed and drained) 2 Tablespoons butter 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 ribs of celery, finely chopped 1 small green pepper, finely chopped 2 Tablespoons Creole Seasoning 2 Tablespoons tomato paste 2…

Beans and Greens

Ingredients 1 bunch kale, stemmed and washed in two changes of water 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 2/3 cups white beans (3/4 pound) or dried lima beans, picked over and soaked for at least four hours and drained…

Potato, Mushroom, and Spinach Casserole

Ingredients 2-3 lbs fingerling potatoes ½ to ¾ lbs sliced mushrooms (white, cremini, or a variety) 1 lb fresh spinach 1 medium onion, chopped (substitute one leek) 3 Tablespoon olive oil 1½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 4 cloves garlic (or 1½ inches of grated garlic in the tube, available in the produce section of most grocery stores) 8 oz ricottta…

Turkey Sage Pasta Sauce

Ingredients 1/2 cup vegetable stock 1 large pinch saffron 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, 1/3 thinly sliced, remaining finely chopped 1 lb. italian sausage made with turkey, bulk or casings removed 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 handful fresh sage leaves 1/2 cup dry white wine Kosher salt 1 pound tubular pasta (elbows, penne, cavatappi)…

Jambalaya

Ingredients 2½–3 lbs boneless chicken, cut up 3 teaspoons salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 lb. smoked sausage 1 cup rice (or cooked pasta) 32 oz. stewed tomatoes ¼ teaspoon garlic powder or crushed garlic ¼ teaspoon thyme Cayenne pepper to taste (optional) Preparation Cover chicken with water (at least 2 cups). Add salt and pepper.  Bring…

Rum Cake

Glaze Ingredients 1 stick butter or margarine ¼ cup water 1 cup sugar ½ cup rum Preparation Combine all ingredients in heavy sauce pan Boil for 5 minutes With spoon, put glaze on cake slowly, allowing some of the glaze to soak in Cake Ingredients 1 box yellow cake mix 1 small box instant vanilla…

Serbian Beef

Ingredients 1 lb. beef (top/bottom, round), cubed 1 onion, chopped 2 cups, rice 4 cups, water or beef broth 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons parsley 3 tomatoes (or 1 can tomatoes for cooking) 1 small can mushrooms ½ teaspoon each salt, curry, garlic, pepper Tabasco sauce to taste Preparation Put 2 tablespoons oil…

Turkey Florentine Roll-up

Also known as Boopie’s Birdie Bake! Ingredients 1 to 1½ lb. ground turkey ½ bag spinach, washed, and stems removed 12 oz. fresh mushrooms, washed and sliced olive oil salt pepper ½ cup bread crumbs garlic worcestershire sauce nutmeg Preparation Sauté spinach in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 5-8 minutes (spinach will shrink dramatically…