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Lemon/Lime Potato Salad

Ingredients 2 pounds of small red or multicolored potatoes, cut into eighths ¼ cup of olive oil 3 Tablespoons of lemon and/or lime juice ¾ teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of dry mustard ¼ teaspoon of freshly-ground pepper 3 thinly-sliced green peppers 2 Tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley Preparation Bring potatoes and cold water with…

Onion and Goat-cheese Bread

PrintOnion and Goat-cheese Bread Ingredients½ cup chopped pecans 1 Tablespoon butter 1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced ½ teaspoon sugar 1 large garlic clove, minced ~10 oz goat cheese ⅛ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon pepper 1 medium loaf French baguette ½ cup honey InstructionsCut French baguette in ¼ inch rounds and toast lightly…

Tomatoes with Bread Crumbs, Herbs, Garlic, & Cheese

Ingredients 6 ripe red tomatoes Salt and pepper 2 cloves mashed garlic 3 Tablespoons shallots or green onions ½ cups grated parmesan cheese 4 Tablespoons fresh basil and parsley ⅛ teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon salt Pepper to taste ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ½ cup bread crumbs Preparation Heat oven to 400°F Cut the…

Avocado and Tomato Salad

Ingredients 2 stalks romaine lettuce, “broken” into bite-sized pieces ½ carton of grape tomatoes, halved 1 to 2 large avocados or 2 to 4 small ones… ask your grocer to select ripe ones… or buy unripe ones about 3 days ahead (see instructions below for preparing) Vinaigrette (see instructions below for preparing) Avocados To prepare…

Pumpkin Surprise

Crust Ingredients 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs ½ cup melted butter ¼ cup sugar Preparation Mix ingredients.  Press firmly in a 9 x 13 pan. Bake 8-10 minutes at 375ºF.  Cool. Filling Omit spices if using pie filling. Ingredients 1 medium can (2 cups) pumpkin 1 lb marshmallows 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp ground…

Orange and Red Onion Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette Ingredients 4 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sugar ¾ teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon salt or to taste ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro freshly ground pepper to taste Preparation In a small bowl, whisk all vinaigrette ingredients Salad Ingredients vinaigrette per the above 3 navel oranges, peeled and with the white part removed…

Pickled Okra-Ham Rolls

Ingredients 1 16 oz jar pickled okra 1 oz container whipped cream cheese with chives ½ lb thinly sliced Virginia ham Preparation Drain pickled okra and pat dry with paper towel Spread thinly about 3 tablespoons of cream cheese on one slice of ham. Trim ends of okra and place 2 end to end on ham…

Mixed Salad with Salmon

Vinaigrette Ingredients ½ to tablespoons good wine vinegar or a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice. ⅛ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 6 tablespoons of olive oil ground pepper to taste Preparation Emulsify all ingredients except capers with a whisk Add capers Salmon Ingredients 1 lb fresh salmon filet, preferably wild Preparation Either grill or broil…

Pesto

Ingredients 2 cups basil leaves—about 2 bunches 6-8 garlic cloves 8 tablespoons pine nuts 1½ teaspoon salt 14 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese 14 tablespoons olive oil juice of one lemon ground pepper Preparation Wash basil leaves and then dry them. Place basil leaves, garlic cloves, pine nuts, salt, and parmesan cheese in blender or food…

Quick Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients ¼ lb. margarine 2 cups sugar ½ cup milk 1 cup chopped nuts 1 cup raisins 2 cups “quick” oatmeal ⅓ cup cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla Preparation In saucepan, combine margarine, sugar, and milk and bring to a boil, while stirring, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal, nuts, cocoa, raisins,…

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Ingredients 2 cups cooked black beans 1 cup Del Monte fresh summer corn 1 large carrot, sliced 1 rib of celery, sliced 6 tablespoons red onion, chopped 6 tablespoons green bell pepper, chopped 6 tablespoons red pepper, chopped 2 scallions, chopped 9 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 9 teaspoons olive oil 1 cup ⅔ teaspoon oregano ⅔…

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Contributed by Howard Dixon Serves 8-10 Ingredients 1 16 oz penne, rigatoni or other 2 10 oz containers of refrigerated Alfredo Sauce 1 cup sour cream 1 15 oz container of ricotta cheese 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 1½ cups mozzarella cheese Preparation Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain,…

Celebration Potatoes

Ingredients 9 large baking potatoes 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Salt to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste Butter for baking dish For the topping: 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs 2 tablespoons butter About 1…

Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Ingredients 2 1/4 lbs fresh brussels sprouts, halved 3 Tbs fresh lemon juice 2 tsp salt, divided 1/2 cup butter, divided 1 med. onion, diced 1/4 cup apple juice 1 large Red Delicious apple, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp sugar 1 8 oz. sliced water chestnuts, rinsed 1/2 cup golden raisins 2 tsp…

Old Fashioned Scalloped Oysters

Ingredients 1 1/3 cups soft bread crumbs 2 cups fine cracker crumbs 1 cup butter, melted 1 quart oysters salt to taste 1 egg, beaten freshly ground pepper to taste 4 Tbs chopped parsley 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce 6 Tbs milk or cream dashes of hot pepper sauce Preparation Preheat oven to 350º F. Butter…

Salsa

Ingredients Chunky store-brand salsa.  Enough to accommodate the beans and corn Goya canned black beans, rinsed with cold water and dried with a paper towel Canned Del Monte Fresh Cut yellow corn, drained Cilantro.  Remove leaves from stems and chop coarsely Preparation Combine all ingredients Chill for about and hour and serve with Fritos Scoops

Roasted Chestnuts

Ingredients Raw chestnuts Preparation Cut an “X” on flat side of each chestnut using a serrated knife, making sure you cut all the way through the shell.  This keeps the shells from bursting. In a fireplace:  use a long-handled chestnut roasting pan or a popcorn popper. Allow enough room for chestnuts to roast on all…

Marinated Asparagus

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 2 pounds fresh asparagus 3/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar 4 garlic cloves, minces 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes Preparation Snap off tough ends of asparagus, and cook asparagus in boiling water to cover 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender; drain. Plunge asparagus into ice…

Green Bean, Apple, and Walnut Salad

Ingredients 4 cups green beans (I use Trader Joe’s haricot verts) 4 cups tart, crunchy apples with skins left on and cut into pieces 1/2 cup chopped English walnuts 2-3 tbs walnut or olive oil Raspberry or red wine vinegar, to taste Lemon juice Roquefort cheese Preparation Bring a pot of salted water to a…

Cranberry-Jalapeño Salsa

Makes 2 cups.  Preparation time 10 minutes. Ingredients 1 (12 ounce) package of fresh cranberries 1 medium navel orange, unpeeled and coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons of crystallized ginger 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves 1 cup sugar Garnish:  fresh mint sprigs, orange wedges Preparation Pulse fresh cranberries in a…