Spiced Oil

Use just about anything on your spice shelf to flavor oil, and then use it to saute vegetables, seafood, and chicken. Note: Flavored oils must be heated in order to guard against the development of botulin toxin. This should not be a concern if you follow my recipes. Due to the high acidity of the flavored vinegars, the heating process is not necessary. Spiced Oil 2 cups (500 ml) olive oil 1/2 cup (125 ml) cumin, fennel, or caraway seeds, or curry or chili powder,…

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Spiced Vinegar

This aromatic vinegar isn’t spicy in the “hot and spicy” sense of the word, so feel free to add it to anything that can use a burst of flavor. Spiced Vinegar 2 cups (500 ml) white wine vinegar 1 Tbs (15 ml) allspice berries 1 Tbs (15 ml) cardamom seeds 2 rosettes star anise 1 cinnamon stick (about 5 inches, 12 cm) Combine all ingredients in a pint (500 ml) bottle and cap or cork tightly. Allow to steep for at least 1 week before…

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Corn Chowder. Soup

Few things epitomize “comfort food” to me more than this classic soup. Corn Chowder 3 slices bacon, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 stalks celery, diced 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced 6 to 8 ears of corn 4 cups (1 L) milk 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Cayenne pepper (optional) to taste Fry the bacon in a large soup pot over moderate heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until the bacon…

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Easy Beef Goulash

This simplified version of an Old World classic tastes just as good as the original. Easy Beef Goulash 4 Tbs (60 ml) butter 2 lbs (900 g) stewing beef, cut into 1-inch (3 cm) cubes 1-2 medium onions, chopped 2 cups (500 ml) red wine or beef stock, or combination of these 1 green bell pepper (capsicum), seeded and chopped 2 Tbs (30 ml) sweet paprika Salt to taste 6-8 small potatoes, peeled Heat the butter in a large pot over high heat and brown…

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Salmon and Cucumber Roll-Ups Plus Curried Chicken ...

These sandwiches are easy enough to throw together for a bunch of kids, and elegant enough to earn you praise at a fancy luncheon or church social. Salmon and Cucumber Roll-Ups 1/2 cup (125 ml) cream cheese at room temperature 1 Tbs (15 ml) lemon juice 1 tsp (5 ml) chopped fresh chives 1 tsp (5 ml) chopped fresh parsley Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 4 10-inch (25 cm) flour tortillas 8 oz (225 g) thinly sliced smoked salmon 1 seedless (English) cucumber…

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Pork Chops with Oranges

This unusual dish hails from Spain where oranges are used to flavor just about everything when they’re in season. Pork Chops with Oranges 3 oranges 2 Tbs (30 ml) olive oil 2 Lbs (900 g) pork chops or country-style ribs Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Grate the zest of the oranges, peel them, and cut them into 1/4-inch (5 mm) slices, reserving as much juice as possible. Heat the oil in a skillet large enough to hold the pork chops in a single…

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