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Nicks Peppers and Tomatoes

23 Aug

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My Dad was a great cook.

He used to dice everything by hand now I use the food processor.

This is an Italian relish, salsa or sauce. Take your pick.

Ten cloves garlic.

One teaspoon salt

Five red peppers and five green peppers

Two to three jalapeño depending on how spicy you like it.

I usually use two and it just has a kick but my kids like it hotter.

Two small cans of tomato sauce

One level teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Six tablespoons olive oil

Heat the oil in a large frying pan.

Take out your food processor

First process the garlic and salt

Wash and dry all the peppers.

Remove the stem. white pith and all the seeds and cut the pepper into chunks.

Put about three peppers in the processor at a time and process till diced.

Pour into the hot oil and keep the heat to medium.

Repeat with the remaining peppers.

I use the entire jalapeño except for the stem because the seeds have a lot of heat

Let all the peppers cook for about ten minutes till they soften up.

Add the tomato sauce, garlic powder and salt.

Let this all simmer till the tomato sauce starts to thicken.

You must stir often.

Adjust your salt.

Serve it with crackers as a salsa, mix it with your eggs and cheese or serve it with fish or meat.

I use it as my cheat snack with low calorie crackers.

This freezes great.

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Italian Lima Beans

24 Jul

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I found a bag of lima beans in my closet.

Soak, Soak and soak more.

These beans were old so I was taking my chances on cooking them but I did.

One pound of dried lima beans

Rinse the beans

Add 10 cups of water

Let this soak in a pot overnight

Drain the water and rinse the beans again taking out any of the bad beans

Get another ten cups of water

Add the beans

Bring to a boil and then simmer for two hours with the cover on.

If the beans do not soften, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.

Keep cooking the beans till the are soft then drain

If the beans do not soften discard them because they never will.

But I cooked mine forever and finally they softened.

Set the beans aside in the strainer.

In the same pot as you cooked the beans

Add 3 tablespoons olive oil

One large chopped onion

6 cloves chopped garlic

Sauté till the onions and garlic are soft.

Add

One can of Rotelle diced tomatoes

One 16 ounce can tomato sauce

8 basil leaves

Then add all the beans

Season now with your salt and pepper

Let everything simmer for another hour.

You can use this as a side vegetable or add rice to make a wonderful soup or side dish.

Beans, beans glorious beans.

 

Cucumber Salad

21 Jul

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I found Jessica Seinfeld’s web site

Go for it

She makes simple delicious dishes

My daughter told me about this and I had to try it.

I did add a couple of things because thats what I do.

Two big handfuls of herb spring mix

One handful arugula

One large sliced thin English cucumber

Two thin sliced scallions

One teaspoon capers with the brine

8 ounces mozzarella cheese

One sliced thin jalapeño pepper

12 large sliced basil leaves. Only use fresh.

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Top with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Layer everything together

This is a very refreshing light salad

Thank you Jessica this was great now I can make a tomato salad all by itself.

 

 

Pineapple Mango Salsa

20 Jul

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Salsas are the best.

They can make a simple meal just a little special.

1/2 sliced grilled pineapple or if you are in a pinch use one can of drained pineapple

about 2 to 3 cups

This is salsa nothing has to be exact measurements

One cut  and peeled mango

3 scallions

2 cloves garlic

15 cherry tomatoes

1/3 cup cilantro

1/4 cup parsley

1 tablespoon lemon juice, lime juice OR orange juice. Only use one.

One seeded jalapeño pepper. Be careful the jalapeños have been very hot so start with a half and add more if you want.

2 tablespoons fresh mint. If you use dry mint use 1/2 teaspoon but the fresh gives it a much better flavor

Salt to taste

Put the garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in the food processor then add everything else and pulse to a chunky consistency.

I found out that if I rough chop everything it processes much  more evenly

I served this with pork cutlets but wouldn’t hesitate to serve it with fish or chips.

You can also add black beans after you process everything.

 

 

Lemon Cauliflower Rice

17 Jul

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This is a vegetable and salad all in one.

One large head of cauliflower

4 tablespoons oil plus two more tablespoons for the cauliflower

One extra large onion  cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3 cloves minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt maybe more depending on the size of the cauliflower

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

The zest of 1/2 lemon

the juice of 1/2 lemon

lemon slices for garnish

3 tablespoons fresh parsley, use only fresh. If you don’t have fresh leave it out.

8 caper berries with the brine

If you don’t have caper berries use 2 tablespoons capers

2 scallions for garnish

Clean and cut up the cauliflower and put it into the food processor

Pulse till the cauliflower is all crumbles like rice

DO NOT OVER PULSE

Better too big than mush because you want some texture.

In a large skilled add the oil, onions and garlic.

Cook slowly till the onions caramelize

Add the sugar

Add two more tablespoons oil and add the cauliflower and lemon zest

Raise the heat to medium high and stir fry the onions and cauliflower together

This only takes maybe five minutes before the cauliflower cooks.

Add the salt and pepper and taste to see if it needs more salt

Take off the heat and add the lemon juice, chopped parsley and capers.

Garnish with lemon slices, scallions and more parsley.

This can be served hot, warm or at cold.

I squeeze the lemon slices over my portion because I love lemon.

The combination of the sweet onions and lemon is delicious.

 

 

 

Berry Berry Good Salad

21 Jun

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This is a salad I ate at a very nice memorial service and I had to come home and make it.

I used what I had so it is a little different from the salad I ate at the service.

4 large handfuls of spring mix

One cup pea sprouts

One cup baby arugula

20 blackberries

40 blueberries

6 sliced strawberries

2 inchs of goat cheese, crumbled into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup sweetened lemon dressing

15 candied pecans (optional)

Put the spring mix, pea spouts and arugula in a bowl

Add the berries, goat cheese and pecans

Drizzle with the lemon dressing

Thats it.

It is so refreshing.

You can add strawberries, raspberries or cherries.

You can also change up the pecans for walnuts or pistachios

Stir Fry Vegetables

12 Jun

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This is the perfect example of using what you have in the refrigerator

One small head of green cabbage, sliced thin.

It was the size of a softball. I used the outer leaves to make stuffed cabbage.

One sliced orange pepper

One sliced medium onion

Two cloves chopped garlic

Two teaspoons oil

Heat the oil and add the onion and garlic

Cook the onions and garlic  for 2 minutes

Add the cabbage and pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon corse ground black pepper

Stir fry till the vegetables are crisp but soft about three to four minutes

Season with more salt and pepper

This took five minutes.

I got to use up the leftover cabbage and it was delicious.