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Salsa Verde

25 Aug

Salsa Verde

6 tomatillas, cut in half

1 large onion cut into quarters

3 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 to 2 jalapenos depending how hot you want it. Cut the stem off and take the seeds out.

juice of one large lime

1/2 cup cilantro

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 scallions

Take the husks off the tomatilla and wash the sticky film off .

Dry well and slice in half

Place the oil in a roasting pan

Place the tomatilla skin side up.

Add the onions, garlic and jalapenos

Roast till the skins on the tomatilla starts to blister and turn dark

Put everything in the food processor including the oil

Add everything else and pulse till chunky

This is delicious with tacos, chicken, steak, fish or just chips.

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Chopped Vegetable salad

30 Mar

Chopped Vegetable Salad

Every so often I get tired of lettuce as a salad.

Tonight I just wanted something cold and crunchy and low calorie.

One large seedless cubed cucumber

One container of grape tomatoes

Two cubed red peppers

One small chopped red onion

One handful of chopped parsley or cilantro

One bunch of steamed chopped asparagus

Two handfuls of arugula

Mix everything together.

Serve with your favorite salad dressing.

 

Thai Coconut Soup

6 Mar

Thai Coconut Soup

I am still in my soup mode. I should be floating away by the time spring arrives.

One tablespoon peanut oil

One thin sliced red pepper

One thin sliced carrot

Six ounces of thin sliced mushrooms

One box of  Swanson thai ginger broth

One to two cups o f cooked chicken

One cup of corn

One to two cups cooked rice

One can of coconut milk

Three tablespoons honey

Three tablespoons chopped cilantro

Three tablespoons lime juice

One  sliced jalapeno pepper for garnish

Heat the oil

Add the carrots, peppers and mushrooms.

Cook for five minutes

Add the broth and bring to a boil

Simmer for ten minutes

Add the coconut milk and simmer five more minutes

Add the chicken, rice, corn and cilantro

Simmer for another ten minutes

Add the lime juice

Pour into bowls

Top with a few slices of jalapeno, a lime wedge and some more cilantro

This recipe was on the back of the Swanson Thai Ginger Broth box.

I just changed it a little.

Chicken Marabella

19 Feb

Chicken Marabella

The Silver Palate Cookbooks are fabulous.

This is a recipe from the first edition.

It is a foolproof recipe that serves 8 to 10  people.

Ten pounds of chicken cut into serving size pieces.

I do take the skin off the chicken but leave the bones .

You could also use boneless chicken.

I use what is on sale and I do mix white and dark meat but I don’t use the wings, neck or legs.

One head of peeled  chopped garlic

1/4 cup oregano

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

One cup of pitted prunes

1/2 cup pitted Spanish olives

1/2 cup capers with the juice

6 bay leaves

2/3 cup brown sugar

One cup white wine

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

In a large bowl mix everything except the brown sugar and wine.

Cover, refrigerate and marinate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Pour everything into a large oven proof pan . This includes all of the marinade.

Try not to overlap the chicken.

Sprinkle with the brown sugar

Pour the wine over everything

Bake for 75 minutes.

Make sure you baste the chicken with the sauce as it cooks about three or four times

Test one piece of the chicken before serving.

This also tastes delicious at room temperature but I like everything really hot.

Garnish with the cilantro

I served this with a basic risotto and asparagus.

 

Roasted Leg of Lamb Rollup

18 Feb

Roasted Leg of Lamb Roll Up

I made a great leg of lamb and had leftovers.

Cut the lamb into thin slices and trim off all the fat.

Thin sliced onion

One large one inch thick chunk of feta cheese

Hummus

Cilantro

Arugula

Hot sliced banana rings

Greek yogurt with cucumber and garlic

Flatbread or pita bread

Mix 5 or 6 pieces of trimmed lamb, two slices of onion and 1/4 cup feta cheese

Cook in the microwave till the cheese softens.

Lay the flatbread onto a plate

Spread a layer of hummus on the bread

Add one teaspoon banana peppers

Add all the warm meat, cheese and onion mixture

Add the arugula and one tablespoon of the yogurt mixture

Roll up and serve

Best leftover ever.

Spicy Tortilla Soup

26 Jan

Tortilla Soup Tortilla Soup

This is a delicious soup for a cold night or a summer BBQ.

3 tablespoons oil

One large chopped onion

2 cloves chopped garlic

One diced red pepper

One diced hot pepper.

I usually use a jalapeno and take the seeds out.

One teaspoon  ground cumin

48 ounces of chicken broth

Two 14.5 ounce can of Rotelle or any other diced tomatoes with chili.

1/2 jar of salsa about 8 to 10 ounces.

One cup of corn

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

One can of rinsed and drained black beans

2 cups or more of pulled pork or leftover diced chicken

Tortilla chips crushed

Shredded Monterrey Jack or any other cheese you like

Sour cream

cilantro

Limes

Avocado

Heat the oil

Add the onions and garlic and cook till soft

Add the peppers and season with salt and pepper

Add the cumin and cook just for a couple of minutes. You can actually smell it cook.

Then add your broth, tomatoes, black beans and corn and about 1/4 cup of the cilantro.

Let this cook for five minutes then add your pork or chicken.

Cook for another ten to fifteen minutes.

Spoon the soup into big bowl and add the crushed chips, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, diced avocado and lime wedges.

I usually serve this with cheese quesedilla, grilled cheese or potato pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

Fish Tacos

17 Oct

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos cost a fortune in the restaurant but only pennies at home.

Maybe quarters?

Two pounds of a boneless, skinless, white flaky fish.

I love cod, sole, haddock or tilapea but you can use anything including shrimp or scallops.

Tacos can even be made with fried fish and they are very  very good.

I am trying to be a little healthy so my fish will be baked.

One teaspoon adobe seasoning

One teaspoon ground cumin

One teaspoon of paprika

One teaspoon  garlic powder

One teaspoon onion powder

One teaspoon cayenne pepper

Two tablespoon butter or oil

Season the fish with all these spices and set aside for 15 minutes.

One sliced  raw vidalla onion. Soft stir fried onion is also great.

One cup chopped cilantro

One cup chopped red pepper

One large chopped tomato

Two chopped avocados with lime juice on top

Sour cream

Salsa

Chopped lettuce

Hot sauce

Diced jalapeno peppers

Sliced pickled peppers

Grated cheddar cheese

8 to 10 soft tortilla wraps

Heat the oven to 400 degrees

Bake the fish till it is cooked about 15 minutes. Test it by seeing if the fish flakes.

Heat the tortillas wrap in the microwave in a damp paper towel for 20 seconds.

Place on a plate and start layering .

Start with the sour cream on the bottom

Add the cheese and fish then all the other toppings you like.

Fold the tortilla in half and get as many napkins as you can.

These are messy but delicious.

My kids make a salad by putting a bed of lettuce  on the plate and adding everything on top.

I also serve this with nachos and quesco dip.

Spicy cole slaw is also a great side.