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Blanquette is a classical French white stew popular in past centuries. It’s an example of “Cuisine Bourgeoise,” the fancy home cooking of the French Middle Class, rather than either a high-end restaurant dish (“Haute Cuisine”) or a provincial staple of the peasantry or urban poor. Literally indicating a dish containing a white meat in a white sauce, blanquette in France was traditionally made with veal, although there were also less prestigious pork and chicken versions. Nowadays, veal is expensive, not particularly good in the US (in my view), and is increasingly frowned upon because of the treatment of calves in producing veal. Although I haven’t tried it in a blanquette, turkey breast or breast tender is often substituted for veal in Europe. 

Here is my version of blanquette using pork, in French “Blanquette de Porc.” At our restaurant, a customer who has strong Louisiana ties frequently requests that we make this dish, which we sell frozen in quarts. He likes to serve Louisiana and French and Créole food when he entertains. I just made a moderately large batch today at his request, and got it quarted and into the freezer for him to have around the New Year holiday.  

Pork tenderloin, a favorite of mine, is relatively easy to cook with and it is often sold quite cheaply at warehouse clubs and supermarkets. It’s almost entirely edible, tender and moist, needs little trimming and has decent, if somewhat mild flavor. I have trouble believing how cheap it often is. It must be that people don’t know how to cook with it. Other, to me inferior, cuts like shoulder steaks, loin and pork chops often get higher prices.

Blanquette was originally a creation from Normandy, so a potato dish would be a more conventional accompaniment than rice or noodle dishes from the south of France. But those latter can work too. Baguette or toasted bread also goes well. My preference for a pairing wine would be a relatively full-bodied white, such as an unoaked Chardonnay or Viognier, and not a red or rosé. 

The recipe will make about two quarts, and will serve six to eight people.

 

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch wide

1/2 pound mushrooms, tip of stem cut off and top sliced 1/2-inch wide

1 small onion, finely diced

4-inch piece of celery finely diced

1 small clove garlic minced

1 slice raw bacon, finely minced

2 pounds pork tenderloin

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon salt for the meat plus more for cooking

1/4 teaspoon black pepper for the meat plus 1/4 teaspoon for cooking

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

4 tablespoons white wine

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed

2 cups chicken broth, low or non-salt

1 large bay leaf

1 cup sour cream 

Prepare the carrots and mushrooms and set aside. Dice or mince the other three vegetables and bacon and set aside. (The dicing/mincing can be done by hand, or the onion, celery, garlic and bacon can be finely chopped, but not pureed, together in a food processor). 

Trim any fibrous “silver skin” and excess fat from the meat. Split each tenderloin lengthwise down the middle. Cut the pieces crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Mix well with the cornstarch, salt, black pepper, nutmeg and white wine. 

Heat oil in a heavy pot over high heat. Cook the marinated pork, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pot, until meat has fully changed color. Remove it to a bowl and scrape in any juices. 

Add several tablespoons more oil to the pot and cook in the onion, celery, garlic and bacon, stirring very frequently, until becoming tender. Add the chicken broth, bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, covered, five minutes. Add sliced carrots and mushrooms and simmer, covered, stirring from time to time, until carrot is nearly tender. 

Add the pre-cooked pork, bring to a boil and cook five minutes. Add sour cream, stir in and bring just back to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir well, and taste for salt. Add some as needed. Remove the bay leaf. 

The stew can be served now or cooled and reheated to serve later.

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 Tonnato: My “Triple-Fish” appetizer accidently recreated a classic

 

There’s nothing new under the sun said the Book of Ecclesiastes over 2200 years ago. Illustrating the point, perhaps accidentally, Shakespeare restated the nothing-is-new idea some 1800 years later in Sonnet 59. I stumbled over that old truth myself several years ago when a dish I created turned out already to exist. I had, in effect, reinvented the wheel.
 
For my daughter Maria’s pottery exhibits I’ve developed several appetizer dishes to pair with her ceramic ones. One such creation was a dip I called then “Double-Fish Cream.”  This appetizer was suggested by, and designed to be served from, a dish of Maria’s inscribed with fish motifs.
 
The double-fish cream was well received at a fancy pottery-related gathering. An older, well-travelled German lady complimented me on my delicious “tonnato.” Hmmm.
 
Tonnato, a name I faintly recognized as an Italian sauce containing its namesake, tuna, was something I had never eaten or even seen, much less knowingly prepared. However, it turns out that, indeed, my double-fish cream resembles the classic sauce. Maria suggested that perhaps it was channeled down through our Italian ancestry.
 
An old-fashioned tuna-enhanced mayonnaise from northern Italy, tonnato also often contains anchovy and cream – as mine does – and typically contains capers – as mine does. While usually a sauce for cold sliced veal in “Vitello Tonnato,” a classy Italian restaurant dish popular in past generations, it can also be paired with sliced boiled potatoes for an elegant potato salad.
 
My dish, varying slightly from classic tonnato, uses cream cheese rather than egg and oil to make a mayonnaise, and contains traces of horseradish and tomato. I now call it “Triple Fish Dip” because I added a little Asian fish sauce as part of the seasoning.
 
So here is. I propose it as an appetizer to spread or dip onto thin bread slices or water crackers, or adding a little more liquid to make it a sauce, try it spooned over cold, sliced and lightly salted boiled potatoes for an elegant potato salad.
 
Wines that would go with this dip are crisp, chilled whites like Sauvignon blanc or Pinot grigio.
 
The recipe makes enough for 6-8 people, depending on what it’s served with.
 
Triple-Fish Cream Appetizer or Sauce
 
8-ounce package of cream cheese (or reduced-fat “Neufchatel” cream cheese)
1 (2-ounce) can anchovy fillets (at supermarket near tuna) or 2 tablespoons anchovy paste
1 (5-ounce) can tuna in olive oil, not drained
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 medium scallion (green onion), cut in pieces
1 teaspoon capers, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon Asian fish sauce, plus more to taste, or substitute 1/4 tsp salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh dill or parsley sprigs for garnish
 
In food processor, blend cream cheese, anchovy fillets and their oil (or anchovy paste), and tuna and its juices. Scrape down inside of the food processor bowl periodically with a spatula. Add remaining ingredients, other than dill or parsley, and blend well. If a wetter dip or sauce is desired, add a little more water, a tablespoon at a time.
 
Let sit 10 minutes. Then taste and add a little fish sauce or salt, if needed.
 
Serve in a shallow dish. Garnish with sprigs of dill or parsley.
 
Accompany with thinly sliced baguette, melba toast, bagel crisps, water crackers or other low-salt, unflavored crackers. Alternatively, serve mixed with thinly sliced, peeled, boiled potatoes that have been sprinkled lightly with salt.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip for Holiday Entertaining
 
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
2 cups (packed) fresh, well-washed spinach leaves (or small package frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out)
2 green onions, cut in pieces
1/4 pound (4 ounces) cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
Salt to taste, 1/2 teaspoon to start
1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Small pinch of grated nutmeg
Small pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon lemon juice, plus more to taste
Paprika and/or minced parsley for garnish
 
In food processor, finely chop – but do not puree – the drained artichokes, spinach, and green onion. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and remainder of the ingredients other than the paprika. Run the food processor to blend mixture well, scraping down the inside of the processor bowl with a spatula several times.
 
If dip is too thick add a little water. Taste and add salt, as necessary, and more lemon juice if there isn’t a mild tang. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes, mix again. Taste and do any final adjustments of salt and lemon juice.
 
Serve in an attractive bowl and lightly sprinkle with paprika and/or minced parsley. Accompany with low-salt crackers or melba toast.
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Quick Sautéed Butternut with Red Lentils 

Working with my friend Cameron, a UGA nutritional medicine major student who makes short nutrition and food Instagram videos, I figured on bringing together two of my favorite healthy ingredients. Not only did they pair particularly well, but the resulting dish seemed fully seasonal as the weather cools down. 

As cooked lentils sit, they get thicker in texture. So this dish can either be a side vegetable dish with a meat or other protein, or if diluted can be a soup or stew. This time because of Cameron’s audience, I made the dish completely plant-based, using olive oil for the sautéing. But half olive oil half butter is luscious too. 

Split red lentils (sometimes known as Egyptian lentils) are readily available at supermarkets, Indian stores (Masoor Dal), health or whole food stores, or Ethiopian stores (Misir). 

The recipe serves six as a side dish in a dinner, or if diluted with more water can be a stew or soup.

 

2 cups split red lentils

4 cups of water, plus more as needed

3 cups 1/2-inch cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded), about 1 pound

1 small onion, finely diced

1/2 cup olive oil or 1/4 each olive oil and butter

1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Small pinch ground cinnamon

Finely minced parsley for garnish

 

Rinse the lentils in a pot, draining off most of the water. Add the 4 cups water, and bring the pot to a slow boil, stirring frequently. Add water as needed to keep the mixture soupy. Red lentils break down and become pale yellow colored and tender in 15-20 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, peel and seed the butternut and cut it into 1/2-inch cubes. (Measure it you as
you cut it, and keep the remainder of butternut for another use.) Peel and finely dice the onion.
 
Heat a frying pan. Add the oil (plus butter if used) and the onion. Fry until onion begins
to soften, Then add the cut butternut and part of the salt, all the pepper and cinnamon.
Stir and fry over low heat, until butternut becomes tender, 10-15 minutes.
 
When both lentils and butternut are tender, combine them in the lentil pot. Add water as
needed to the desired level of thickness – moderately thick for a side vegetable dish,
soupy for a soup or stew. Add salt as needed to the desired taste. Simmer a few minutes
and remove from the heat. Taste one final time and add a little salt if needed.
 
Sprinkle with a little finely minced parsley when serving.
 

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Mushroom and Caper-Smothered Chopped Steaks                      

 

This is a slightly modified rendition of the dish I prepared for my brother Tom’s last meal. I visited him for a few days in 2008 in our hometown as he was dying. And although he was no longer eating solid food, he wanted to have one final meal for our other brother, several old friends, and me, and enjoy our company as we ate. 

The dish I prepared for that midday meal drew on the modest food that we ate in our childhood, “chopped steaks.”. I bought all the ingredients at the old grocery store down in the village where we always shopped. I remember how I made this because I wrote it up at the time for a different blog I was then writing. 

The recipe serves six.


2 pounds freshly ground sirloin or chuck

1 pound mushrooms (“baby bella” preferred)

3 English muffins, split

Butter or olive oil

Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons red wine

1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream or 1/2 cup cream cheese plus 3/4 cup water

4 tablespoons capers, drained

2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

Parsley for garnish, optional


Shape 6 burgers 1/2-inch thick, evenly flat and a little wider than the English muffins. Rinse mushrooms, trim off bottom 1/8 inch of stems. Slice mushrooms 1/4-inch thick.
 

Warm oven to 150 degrees.

Heat large frying pan to medium high. Add several tablespoons butter or olive oil. Place split muffins cut side down and fry until just golden. Turn them over to briefly heat the backs. Transfer toasted muffins to a platter in the warm oven.
 

Heat the pan to hot. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on one side of the burgers and place them in the pan, seasoned side down. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the tops. After one minute, slide a spatula under burgers and turn them over. Fry one minute, then turn them and reduce the heat. Cook, turning occasionally, until desired degree of doneness. 

When cooked, place burgers on the English muffin halves and keep warm in the oven.

Pour off all except 1 1/2 tablespoons of grease or, if there’s not enough, add a little butter or olive oil. Over medium heat, fry mushrooms, sprinkled with 3/8 teaspoon salt, stirring often with a spatula. As mushrooms begin to shed some liquid and shrink, add pepper, and red wine, and continue to stir and fry.

When wine has reduced by half, add the half-and-half or cream cheese and water and cook mixture down to half, stirring frequently. Stir in drained capers and the horseradish. Remove pan from heat. After a minute, taste and add a little salt if needed (capers are fairly salty).

Place burger-topped English muffins on dinner plates. Spoon mushroom-caper sauce over top. Garnish with a sprig of parsley, if desired. Accompany with a glass of red wine.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I’ve loved butternut squash since I first encountered it as a kid growing up in southern New

England. My father, skilled at farming, tried the then new vegetable in our family garden when 
butternut seed had just become available about 1950. Butternut quickly replaced the traditional 
Hubbard as the favorite winter squash. 

As its name indicates, the squash is both buttery and nutty in flavor. These features are most
pronounced when the fruits are fully mature, with the skin thick and uniformly tan and the stem
hard and dry. The flesh is then rich orange and sweet. Its luscious intensity is further enhanced
by baking.

Here is an evocative favorite butternut dish for the fall season, roasted butternut soup. It is not too
difficult and shows the squash off to advantage. The recipe serves six, but extra soup stores well and seems even better after a day or two. While typically served hot, butternut soup can also be eaten cold like its non-relative, gazpacho.

1 large or 2 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds),  ripe and hard1 small onion, finely diced

A 6-inch piece of celery, finely diced

6 tablespoons butter

5 cups chicken broth (low salt) or vegetable broth

1 1/2 teaspoons salt plus more to taste

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

A small pinch of ground cloves

(3 tablespoons cashew butter or ground cashews, optional)

Minced parsley or tiny sprouts (leafy parts) for garnish


Set oven for 350 degrees.

Cut butternut in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place squash, cut side up, on a baking
sheet and roast it until tender when pierced with a toothpick. Let cool.

Meanwhile prepare the onion and celery and fry them gently in the butter using the pot in which
you will make the soup. Stir frequently and fry until the vegetables are tender but not browned.
Remove from the heat.

When the baked butternut is cooled somewhat, scoop all the flesh out from the skin. Place it,
along with the fried onion-celery mixture and its butter in a food processor or blender (this may
need to be in two batches), adding a little of the chicken or vegetable broth. Puree the mixture.
Transfer it back into the pot. Add the remainder of the broth, the salt and spices (and cashew
butter if used). Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste for salt, and add a little, if
needed, to taste.

Serve sprinkled with finely minced parsley or tiny leaves from baby sprouts.

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Red and Black Chili

 

I call this Red and Black Chili (or “Bulldog Chili”) based on UGA’s colors, which are ubiquitous and fun here in Athens, especially on game days. But aside from the colors this is a fairly traditional, if hopefully tasty, Tex-Mex chili. 

The recipe feeds six to eight heavy eaters – but leftovers are appreciated. Serve in shallow soup bowls with some rice at the bottom of the bowl, if desired. And grated cheddar or jack cheese can be sprinkled on top, along with a dollop of sour cream. 

2 strips uncooked bacon, finely minced

1 medium-large onion, coarsely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 pounds ground beef (preferably 85% lean)

2 bay leaves

4 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

3/4 teaspoon oregano

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon (or more) crushed hot pepper

2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomato, including the juice

2 (14-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup water

1 small red bell pepper, medium diced

 

Cooked rice (white or brown) for serving, optional


Grated cheddar or jack cheese and/or sour cream for serving, optional

 

In large pot, fry minced bacon with the onions, stirring frequently, until onions start to turn golden. Add garlic and meat. Cook until raw color leaves the meat, breaking the meat up as it cooks. 

Add bay leaves, dry spices and herbs, plus 2 teaspoons of salt. Fry gently 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes, and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Add the beans and water. Simmer 5 minutes. Add diced bell pepper. Simmer 10 minutes. Taste and add salt as needed. Add a little water to make a medium-thick consistency, if desired. Remove bay leaves at the end of cooking. 

Let sit 10 minutes, stir, and taste and adjust salt if needed. 

Chili is richer in flavor if made ahead and reheated. 

If desired, place some cooked white or brown rice in bottom of bowl before adding the chili. 
Sprinkle with grated cheddar or jack cheese, or dollop with sour cream, if desired

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Sauerkraut for Autumn, Braised with Apple and served with Bratwurst 

Sauerkraut is the traditional way plentiful summer cabbage was preserved for eating in winter in the old days in Central and Northern Europe when few fresh vegetables were available. Unbeknownst to those eating sauerkraut back then, essential Vitamin C was preserved along with the cabbage, and probably prevented a lot of scurvy in those populations. 

Sauerkraut and Bratwurst,  Parsleyed Potatoes
Cooking that pickled cabbage with smoked ham or sausage, and brightening it with ingredients like apples was a way to enjoy summer produce when the weather had turned cold. The cooking methods for garnished sauerkraut are numerous in Germany, German-speaking areas of Switzerland, and the Alsace region of France. Often some smoked pork, such as a knuckle or chunk of ham, is simmered in with the kraut, and sausage is added at the end. 

Here is an Oktoberfest apple-braised sauerkraut with bratwursts cooked in at the end. The sauerkraut in October would have been recently made and relatively mild in flavor. Bratwurst sausages, typically made of pork and/or veal and white to very light tan in color, are originally from Bavaria, the home of Oktoberfest. Good imported Bavarian bratwurst are available from Trader Joes. I also like Johnsonville Beer Brats, made in Wisconsin, the American Bratwurst heartland, which are available at supermarkets. I prefer cooking a white wine into sauerkraut Rhineland style, though in Bavaria cooking the kraut cooked with beer would be more common. 

The sausage and kraut can be eaten as a snack – with bread and beer as in southern Germany. Or the dish can be served with boiled potatoes or noodles if making a meal of it. Accompany with good mustard, or my favorite sauce made from equal quantities of Dijon mustard and sour creamplus a touch of horseradish. A Pilsner or lager beer pairs traditionally with this dish, but chilled white wine such as a fairly dry Riesling or a Grüner Veltliner does well. 

The recipe serves 4-6 people.

 

1 small onion, finely diced

2 tablespoons sunflower or other non-olive vegetable oil

1 medium apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and diced

1 (14-ounce) jar or can shredded sauerkraut, juice squeezed out

1/2 cup white wine (or lager beer)

3/8 teaspoon black pepper

8 juniper berries (optional)

1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 tablespoon brown sugar

14-16 ounces bratwurst or smoked sausage, cut in 2-inch lengths.

Salt, if needed 

In stainless steel or enamel pot, fry onion lightly in 3 tablespoons oil until softened. Add apple. Fry several minutes, stirring frequently. Add drained sauerkraut, and stir and fry 2 minutes. 

Add wine and seasonings. Simmer, covered but stirring frequently, until sauerkraut and apple pieces are becoming tender, adding a little water only if dry. Taste and add a little salt if needed. Add the bratwurst or smoked sausage and simmer, covered but stirring frequently, until sausage is fully heated. Taste for salt once more, and add a little if needed. 

Serve alone as a snack, or as dinner accompanied by boiled or steamed small potatoes or buttered noodles. The condiment is mustard, such as brown or horseradish mustard (not the bright yellow American hotdog mustard), or a sauce of Dijon mustard mixed with an equal amount of sour cream and a small amount of horseradish.

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“Hot Blond” Chili

 

This is the non-traditional chili that I won overall first prize with years ago at a chili competition at a rowdy sports bar in Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a white chili, with turkey, white beans, sour cream and habanero peppers. While it contains none of the usual red or green ingredients, it’s especially flavorful. It can be made quite hot, depending on the number of habanero peppers it uses. 

The recipe serves six to eight.

1 medium-large onion, finely chopped

2 thick or 3 thin slices (raw) hickory-smoked bacon, finely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large cloves garlic, minced

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

3/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground annatto seed (“Achiote Molido” at Mexican groceries)

1 or more small whole orange or yellow habanero chile peppers

1-1/2 pounds ground turkey

Water as needed

1-3/4 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

2 (14-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained but not rinsed

1/4 cup sour cream


Garnish:

Grated “Queso Blanco” or “Cotija” (Mexican-style crumbling cheese)

Coarsely chopped cilantro, including part of stems


Fry onion, bacon, and olive oil together until onion softens and begins to turn golden. 

Reduce heat. Add garlic, herbs and spices plus whole habanero(s). Stir and fry one minute. 

Add meat. Raise the heat. Break up meat as it fries. When raw color is gone, stir in 1 cup water plus the salt. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender, 10-15 minutes. Add a little water if needed, so there is always a bit of liquid with the meat. 

Add the drained beans. Heat together for five minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a little water to keep it moist but not soupy. Taste and add salt if needed. Stir in sour cream and simmer several minutes. Taste for salt at end of cooking and add some if needed. Remove habanero(s). 

The chili is tastiest when made ahead and reheated to serve. 

Sprinkle lightly with crumbled cheese and chopped cilantro for serving.

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Greek Salad 

 “Greek” salad with feta cheese is in fact a more general type of salad enjoyed throughout the eastern Mediterranean, from Bulgaria to Turkey to Lebanon as well as in Greece. It was introduced to Americans through Greek restaurants, and thus its common name. Romaine is the most appropriate available lettuce, but other types of loose-leaf lettuce, and even iceberg lettuce, can make a successful salad. In the US, the feta cheese is typically crumbled and sprinkled on top of the salad. In Europe bigger chunks are arranged around the salad for the diner to break up and eat along with the salad. The method I describe here produces the salad familiar to Americans. 

The recipe serves six. 

Vinaigrette (dressing)

1 medium-large clove of garlic

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

3/8 teaspoon black pepper, preferably freshly ground

1/2 teaspoon oregano, crumbled between the fingers

Juice of one lemon

2-1/2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon water

4 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil 

Salad vegetables

2 hearts of romaine lettuce or 1 medium-large head of romaine

1 medium cucumber or 2 small Persian cucumbers

1 small-medium onion, red if possible

3 medium tomatoes or 1 1/2 cups “grape” or cherry tomatoes

4 sprigs flat (“Italian style”) parsley (optional)

1/4 pound feta cheese

20-24 black Greek (e.g., Kalamata) olives

10 small pickled green peppers (“pepperoncini”) or 1/4 cup sliced pickled banana peppers

6-8 anchovy fillets (optional) 

Prepare vinaigrette: Thoroughly crush garlic in a bowl with the salt and sugar, using the back of a spoon. Mix in remaining ingredients. 

Prepare vegetables: Rinse and drain lettuce and tear or cut into 2-inch pieces. Place it in a very large bowl. Peel cucumber only if skin is tough or waxed. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise. Cut out seed cavity, unless seeds are very small. Thinly slice cucumber on the diagonal, and add to the bowl. Peel then thinly slice onion lengthwise into thin “julienne” strips or crosswise into rings and add to the bowl. Core then cut tomatoes into chunks (or cut grape or cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise) and add to bowl. Cut leaves off the parsley, if used, and add to bowl. 

Drain feta and either slice it 1/4-inch thick (and cut in half if the pieces are long) or crumble it. Set aside. Drain and set aside the olives, peppers, and anchovies, if used. 

Shortly before serving, add vinaigrette to lettuce mixture in bowl. Toss to moisten thoroughly. Taste a piece of lettuce and, if necessary, add a little salt or vinegar and toss again. When fully seasoned, place the salad mixture on a large platter or wide shallow bowl. Distribute feta slices or sprinkle if crumbled, on salad. Arrange the olives, pickled peppers and, if used, the anchovies on top of the salad, and serve immediately.

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Easy-to-make Norwegian Apple Cake
 



Although incredibly simple and actually low in calories (no oil or shortening), this cake or, more accurately, torte, is a rich-tasting dessert. It is patterned after a recipe from my sister-in-law, Libbet, who learned it in Vermont. While the cake is satisfying alone, I include a recipe for honey-tinged whipped cream for a topping. Good vanilla ice cream also works well.
 

Made by Christina Dondero
The “cake” will serve six to eight.


With cooking spray or butter, grease a 9-inch pie dish (preferably glass or ceramic) or a spring-form pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 medium-large apples, such as Golden Delicious, Rome, or Braeburn

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds, or coarsely chopped pecans


Combine the dry ingredients. Peel and core apples. Cut them into 1/2-inch slices. Mix these into the dry ingredients. Lightly beat egg and vanilla together in a small bowl, and stir them into fruit just until moistened.

Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish and smooth top. Sprinkle with almonds or pecans.

Bake 40-45 minutes, or until the middle bounces back when you touch it. Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

 

Honeyed Whipped Cream 

1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons honey (orange blossom is particularly good) 

Combine cream and honey in cold mixing bowl. Beat, scraping bottom of bowl frequently, to mix honey in well, until fluffy and slightly firm.

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Chicken sautéed with Olives, a Spanish Tapa 

Tapas in Spain began centuries ago as bread slices set atop glasses of wine, such as sherry, at taverns. "Tapa" means a "lid" or "cover." The point of the tapa was to give the drinker a little solid food along with his wine.-- or perhaps to keep the fruit flies out of it. A thin slice of ham from the omnipresent dry cured ham leg at the establishment could be added to the bread, or a slice of cheese.

By the 20th century, chefs began creating special small dishes to accompany wine, and tapas became the draw to the bar even more than the wine. Tapas can be highly varied, depending on the imagination of the chef, the season, and the region of the country. Cheese, ham, roasted almonds, and  olives are very common, but small seafood dishes show up at the Mediterranean coast and tiny grilled pork tenderloin  kebabs (Pinchos, or Pinchitos, Morunos) in mountainous Basque country.

Here is one of my favorites, chicken sautéed with olives, Pollo con Aceitunas. It is similar to what we make at the restaurant for catering buffets, The seasonings include bay leaf, paprika, sherry and honey. The dish can be served warm or at room temperature. It certainly can pair with a dry sherry, but it works well with many white wines.

The recipe makes enough for small tapa-sized servings for six or more people, but multiples of the recipe are easy for making buffet-table quantities. 

 

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon sherry

7/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 small onion, very finely minced or pureed in the food processor

1 medium-large clove of garlic, finely minced or pureed in the food processor with the onion

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 bay leaf

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 cup small pimento-stuffed “Spanish” olives

1 tablespoon chopped parsley for garnish

 

Trim away any tough parts and fat from the chicken and cut the flesh in 3/4-inch cubes. Marinate (at least 20 minutes) with the lemon juice, sherry, salt, coriander, cornstarch, paprika and pepper, stirring occasionally. While the chicken marinates, prepare the onion, garlic, tomato, and olives, keeping them in separate piles. 

Heat the oil to medium high in a frying pan. Fry the onion-garlic mixture, stirring frequently, until it begins to turn pale golden. Add the bay leaf and  chicken and its marinade, and stir and fry until the raw color is gone from the chicken. Then fry another 3 minutes, stirring often. Lower the heat and stir in the honey and olives. Heat for about two minutes. Remove from the heat. Taste the sauce, and add a little salt, if necessary. Stir in about half the parsley.

When serving, dust with the remaining parsley.

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 Index of Recipes 


This blog is an online cookbook based on my recipes. Unlike many blogs, it was not intended to discuss current topics.

 

I’ve grouped the recipes by category (appetizers, meat, desserts, etc.), but I’ve also grouped them by ingredient preference (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.). Many recipes show up in several categories. 

Each recipe title links to the corresponding recipe. I  hope you find ones that interest you. And please feel free to forward these recipes, or the website name (timsspecialrecipes.com), to cooking friends. Bon appétit!

 

Appetizers/Snacks

Artichokes with easy dipping sauce

Black Eyed Peas and Kale Hummus

Blond Chili (with turkey)

Buffalo Chicken dip, easy           

Caprese Salad, another way

Caprese, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad 

Caprese Skewer Appetizers

Cauliflower-Cheese Rissoles, like vegetarian "crab cakes" 

Celeri (Celery Root) Remoulade

Chicken sauteed with Olives, a Spanish Tapa 

Chickpea salad  

Chimmichurri sauce and Choripan

Chopped Egg Canapé

Creamy Black Bean Dip 

Cucumber-Yogurt sauce (Cacik, Tzatziki) 

Deviled Egg Salad 

Deviled Smoked Turkey Appetizer

Easy Black Bean Dip  

Easy Cheese Sauce for Broccoli or Cauliflower

Egg-Zucchini Frittatas 

Fig (or Apricot) Feta Appetizer 

French Lentil Salad 

Fresh Basil Sauce for Appetizers

Fresh Salsa (for dipping tortilla chips)

Fried Cheese 

Gazpacho, Cold Spanish soup

Greek Salad

Green Tapenade, an easy appetizer  

Hummus bi Tahini  

Hungarian Cottage Cheese appetizer 

Lentil and Tomato dip 

Lentil Chili with Red Beans

Pear Chutney, Easy, for topping Brie 

Popovers 

Pork and Basil Meatballs with quick Tomato-Basil Sauce 

Potato Salad. German Deli Style

Red and Black Chili \

Remoulade Sauce with Vegetables  

Roasted Cauliflower with tahini-lemon sauce  

Sesame-Marinated Broccoli, Korean 

Smoked Salmon Tartare

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Spicy Roasted Chicken Wings  

Spinach Artichoke Dip  

Stuffed Dates, Sicilian Style

Tofu "Egg" Salad, Vegan

Tomato and Avocado Appetizer "Salad"

Triple-Fish Cream Dip, Tonnato

Turkish White Bean salad  

Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes, Mediterranean Style

Watermelon and Feta salad  

Wild Mushrooms sautéed with Goat Cheese  

                      

Condiments

Apricot or Nectarine chutney  

Candied Jalapeños 

Celeri (Celery Root) Remoulade

Chili-Garlic Sauce, Malaysian Style

Chimmichurri sauce and Choripan  

Cucumber-Yogurt sauce (Cacik, Tzatziki) 

Fresh Basil Sauce

Fresh Peach Salsa   

Fresh Salsa  

Fresh Tomato Chutney 

Minted Cream Sauce for salmon or lamb 

Pear Chutney, Easy

Ranch Salad Dressing

Rémoulade, Easy 

Remoulade Sauce with Vegetables  

Rose Sauce Condiment

Spiced Applesauce for potato pancakes or pork 

Spicy Barbecue Sauce  


Meat and Meat Dishes

Arroz con Pollo (Spanish-Caribbean chicken with rice) 

Beef Stroganoff 

Blanquette, French Pork Stew 

Blond Chili (with turkey) 

Bolognese, Italian meat sauce 

Broccoli stir-fried with Chicken

Brunswick Stew   

Buffalo Chicken dip, easy  

Chicken and Biscuits

Chicken and Dumplings 

Chicken Braised in Vegetable Sauce

Chicken Braised with Black Beans "Veracruz"

Chicken Breast Medallions Dijon

Chicken Creole with Chayote 

Chicken Enchiladas, New Mexico style 

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Green Chile, Simplified

Chicken Gumbo with Zucchini

Chicken Malai Curry

Chicken Medallions roasted with fresh herbs  

Chicken sautéed with Olives, a Spanish Tapa

Chicken Stir-fried with Cashews 

Chicken with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

Chimmichurri sauce and Choripan  

Chinese braised pork (“Red Cooked”)

Creole-Style Chicken Stewed with Andouille Sausage

Deviled Smoked Turkey Appetizer

French Hunter-Style Chicken

Green Beans and rice, Cajun 

Green Vegetables stir-fried with chicken and garlic 

Greek-Turkish Meatballs 

Grilled Chicken, Vietnamese style 

"Hot Blond" Chili 

Jerk Chicken, Jamaican 

Lamb braised with Turnips or Brussels Sprouts

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice 

Meatloaf, gluten-free  

Middle Eastern Lamb with "Fava" Beans 

“Mongolian” Beef  

Moussaka with eggplant and meat 

Northern Thai honey-spiced chicken, plus dipping sauce 

Pad Thai Noodles 

Pan-Seared Chicken in Green Chile with Lentils

Peanut sauce Chicken, African

Pork and Basil Meatballs with quick Tomato-Basil Sauce 

Pork and Cabbage Goulash

Pork braised with Nectarines or Plums 

Pork or Pork/Beef Baked Meatballs 

Pork Spareribs braised with Sauerkraut and Cabbage

Pork Tenderloin braised in French Basque style

Pork Tenderloin Stir-Fried with Brussels Sprouts

Pork Tenderloin "Steaks" with Spiced Apple

Prussian Meatballs

Red and Black Chili 

Russian Meat and Rice meatballs(Tefteli) 

Russian Meat pie (Pirog) 

Sauerkraut with apple and Bratwurst 

Spaghetti Sauce with meatballs 

Spicy Barbecue Sauce 

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Spicy Roasted Chicken Wings 

Swedish Meatballs with cream and dill sauce 

Sweet Peppers braised with chopped meat 

Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Massaman Curry with beef 

Thai Red Curry with chicken

Thai Soy Sauce Chicken  

Turkish Meatballs stuffed with fruit

Vietnamese Pork or Chicken in Caramel Sauce with Turnip  

Wasabi-Miso crusted chicken with chili garlic aioli 

 

Seafood

Lemon-Dill roasted Salmon, easy

Minted Cream Sauce for salmon or lamb 

Pan-fried Salmon with brown butter and fried capers 

Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Peas -- Easy

Pasta with Tuna and Tomato, Pasta al Tonno

Shrimp and Grits or Smoked Salmon and Grits

Smoked Salmon Tartare 

Sweet and Sour Fish, Chinese  

Teriyaki Salmon (with Gluten-Free Option)

Thai Fish with Chili-Lime Sauce

Triple-Fish Cream Dip, Tonnato 

Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes, Mediterranean Style 


Side Dishes

Easy Cheese Sauce for Broccoli or Cauliflower

Celeri (Celery Root) Remoulade

Louisiana-Style Dirty Rice with Mushrooms 



Vegetarian and Vegetable Dishes

Acorn Squash, roasted 

Apple Cake, Norwegian, easy 

Apricot or Nectarine chutney 

Artichokes with easy dipping sauce 

Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

Balsamic Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing

Black Eyed Peas and Kale Hummus

Brussels Sprouts glazed with Balsamic vinegar 

Brussels Sprouts sautéed with cream or Balsamic vinegar

Butternut or Pumpkin Gratin Casserole, French-Style

Butternut Rosato (Pink) sauce for pasta

Cabbage Curry, easy with a Vegan Option

Campari Tomato Salad  

Candied Jalapeños

Caprese Salad, another way

Caprese, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad 

Caprese Skewer Appetizers

Cauliflower cheese bake, easy

Cauliflower-Cheese Rissoles, like vegetarian "crab cakes" 

Cauliflower Gratin, Provençal

Celeri (Celery Root) Remoulade 

Cheese- potato “meatballs” for spaghetti 

Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potato

Chickpea salad 

Chickpeas braised with Spinach 

Chimmichurri sauce 

Chopped Egg Canapé

Colcannon, Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage

Cold French cucumber soup 

Coleslaw, deli style 

Creamy Black Bean dip 

Cucumber-Yogurt sauce (Cacik, Tzatziki) 

Curried Lentils with Vegetables, Sabji Dal 

Deviled Egg Salad 

“Drunken” Black Beans 

Easy Black Bean dip 

Easy Cheese Sauce for Broccoli or Cauliflower

Egg-Zucchini Frittatas 

Eggplant Gratin from Provence

Eggplant Parmesan  

Fig (or Apricot) and Feta appetizer 

French Lentil Salad

French Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing

Fresh Basil Sauce

Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh Salsa  

Fresh Tomato Chutney 

Fried Cheese

Garlic-Herb “Italian” Salad Dressing 

Gazpacho, Cold Spanish soup 

Greek Salad 

Greek-Style Pasta salad 

Green Tapenade, an easy appetizer 

Grits for Dinner 

Hummus bi Tahini  

Italian Tomato Sauce for pasta, pizza, etc.

Kale braised with apple 

Lentil and Tomato dip 

Lentil and Vegetable soup 

Lentil Chili with Red Beans

Lima beans prepared like Greek fava beans, with dill

Louisiana-Style Dirty Rice with Mushrooms 

Mince Pie Filling

Mustard Vinaigrette, French 

Neapolitan Eggplant Casserole 

Neapolitan Spicy Cauliflower with garlic and lemon 

Pasta Primavera  

Pear Chutney, Easy

Pesto with Pasta

Potato Salad. German Deli Style 

Quiche  

Ranch Salad Dressing

Red Cabbage Coleslaw 

Rémoulade, Easy

Remoulade Sauce with Vegetables  

Ratatouille (Provençal vegetable medley) 

Rice Cooking

Rice Pilaf with dried fruits and peas

Roasted Cauliflower with tahini-lemon sauce 

Rose Sauce Condiment

Russian Radish Salad with sour cream and dill  

Sesame-Marinated Broccoli, Korean inspired  

Spiced Applesauce (for potato pancakes or pork) 

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Barbecue Sauce (vegan option, see note)  

Spinach Artichoke Dip 

Split Pea Soup with Ham or Vegetarian 

Stuffed Dates, Sicilian Style

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese 

Succotash -- Butter Beans with Corn

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apple

Tarte de Cambrai -- Easy French "Cake" with Fresh Fruit 

Tofu "Egg" Salad, Vegan

Tomato and Avocado Appetizer "Salad"

Turkish White Bean Salad 

Watermelon and Feta salad  

White Beans braised with Sage 

Wild Mushrooms sautéed with Goat Cheese  

Winter Squash, sautéed, over jalapeño cheese grits 

 

Soups

Blond Chili (with turkey)

Brunswick Stew   

Chicken Gumbo with Zucchini 

Cold French Cucumber soup

Gazpacho, Cold Spanish soup 

Golden Chili 

Lentil and Vegetable soup 

Lentil Chili with Red Beans

Red and Black Chili

Split Pea Soup with Ham or Vegetarian 


Salads

Balsamic Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing

Caesar Salad  

Campari Tomato Salad

Caprese Salad, another way

Caprese, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad

Caprese Skewer Appetizers

Celeri (Celery Root) Remoulade

Chickpea salad 

Coleslaw, Delicatessen style 

Deviled Egg Salad  

French Lentil Salad 

French Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing

Garlic-Herb “Italian” Salad Dressing 

Greek Salad 

Greek-Style Pasta Salad 

Mustard Vinaigrette, French 

Potato Salad. German Deli Style

Ranch Salad Dressing

Red Cabbage Coleslaw 

Russian Radish Salad with sour cream and dill

Tofu "Egg" Salad, Vegan

Tomato and Avocado Appetizer "Salad"

Turkish White Bean Salad 

Watermelon and Feta salad  

 

Pasta Dishes/ Rice Dishes

Arroz con Pollo (Spanish-Caribbean chicken with rice)  

Bolognese, Italian meat sauce 

Butternut Rosato (Pink) Sauce for pasta 

Greek-Style Pasta salad 

Grits for Dinner  

Italian Tomato Sauce for pasta, pizza, etc. 

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Louisiana-Style Dirty Rice with Mushrooms 

Orzo Risotto with Peas       

Pad Thai Noodles  

Pasta Primavera

Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Peas -- Easy

Pasta with Tuna and Tomato, Pasta al Tonno 

Pesto with Pasta  

Pistou (Provençal pesto)with noodles

Rice Cooking 

Rice Pilaf with dried fruits and peas 

Spaghetti alla Putanesca

Spaghetti Sauce with meatballs 

Spiced Rice (Pilaf)

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese 

 

International

Apple Cake, Norwegian, easy 

Arroz con Pollo (Spanish-Caribbean chicken with rice) 

Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

Beef Stroganoff  

Blanquette, French Pork Stew 

Bolognese, Italian meat sauce

Broccoli stir-fried with Chicken, Chinese

Butternut or Pumpkin Gratin Casserole, French-Style

Butternut Rosato (Pink) sauce for pasta

Cabbage Curry, easy with a Vegan Option

Caprese, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad  

Caprese Skewer Appetizers

Cauliflower Gratin, Provençal 

Celeri (Celery Root) Remoulade

Chicken breast medallions Dijon 

Chicken Creole with Chayote

Chicken Malai Curry

Chicken sauteed with Olives, a Spanish Tapa

Chicken Stir-fried with Cashews 

Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potato

Chickpea salad, Turkish 

Chickpeas braised with Spinach

Chili-Garlic Sauce, Malaysian Style

Chimmichurri sauce and Choripan 

Chinese braised pork (“Red Cooked”)

Colcannon, Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage 

Cold French cucumber soup

Cucumber-Yogurt sauce (Cacik, Tzatziki)

Curried Lentils with Vegetables, Sabji Dal 

Egg-Zucchini Frittatas 

Eggplant Gratin from Provence

Eggplant Parmesan 

French Hunter-Style Chicken

French Lentil Salad 

French Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing 

Fresh Salsa  

Fresh Tomato Chutney

Fried Cheese

Gazpacho, Cold Spanish soup 

Golden Chili

Greek Salad 

Greek-Style Pasta salad 

Greek-Turkish Meatballs 

Green Tapenade, an easy appetizer 

Green vegetables stir-fried with chicken and garlic

Grilled Chicken, Vietnamese style 

Hummus bi Tahini  

Hungarian Cottage Cheese appetizer 

Italian Tomato Sauce for pasta, pizza, etc. 

Jerk Chicken, Jamaican 

Lekerli cookies  

Lemon-Dill roasted Salmon, easy (Greek Cypriot) 

Lentil and Vegetable soup 

Lima beans prepared like Greek fava beans, with dill 

Middle Eastern Lamb with "Fava" Beans 

Mince Pie Filling

“Mongolian” Beef 

Moussaka with eggplant and meat 

Mustard Vinaigrette, French

Neapolitan Eggplant Casserole

Neapolitan Spicy Cauliflower with garlic and lemon 

Northern Thai honey-spiced chicken, plus dipping sauce 

Orzo Risotto with Peas       

Pad Thai Noodles

Pasta Primavera  

Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Peas -- Easy

Pasta with Tuna and Tomato, Pasta al Tonno

Peanut sauce Chicken, African

Pesto with Pasta  

Pistou (Provençal pesto)with noodles 

Pork and Cabbage Goulash 

Pork Spareribs braised with Sauerkraut and Cabbage

Pork Tenderloin braised in French Basque style

Prussian Meatballs

Sauerkraut with apple and Bratwurst  

Ratatouille (Provençal vegetable medley) 

Rémoulade, Easy

Rice Cooking

Rice Pilaf with dried fruits and peas 

Roasted Cauliflower with tahini-lemon sauce 

Russian Meat and Rice Meatballs (Tefteli)  

Russian Meat Pie (Pirog) 

Russian Radish Salad with sour cream and dill 

Sesame-Marinated Broccoli, Korean inspired 

Spaghetti alla Putanesca

Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs 

Stuffed Dates, Sicilian Style

Swedish Meatballs with cream and dill sauce 

Sweet and Sour Fish, Chinese

Tarte de Cambrai -- Easy French "Cake" with Fresh Fruit 

Teriyaki Salmon (with Gluten-Free Option)

Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Fish with Chili-Lime Sauce 

Thai Massaman Curry with beef 

Thai Red Curry with chicken 

Thai Soy Sauce Chicken  

Triple-Fish Cream Dip, Tonnato 

Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes, Mediterranean Style 

Turkish Meatballs stuffed with dried fruit 

Turkish White Bean Salad 

Vietnamese Pork or Chicken in Caramel Sauce with Turnip

White Beans braised with Sage, Italian  

 

Vegan/Fully Plant-Based

Apricot or Nectarine chutney 

Balsamic Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing

Black Eyed Peas and Kale Hummus

Brussels Sprouts glazed with Balsamic vinegar

Brussels Sprouts sautéed with Balsamic vinegar

Cabbage Curry, easy with a Vegan Option

Campari Tomato Salad  

Candied Jalapeños 

Chickpea salad 

Chickpeas braised with Spinach

Chili-Garlic Sauce, Malaysian Style

Chimmichurri sauce  

“Drunken” Black Beans   

French Lentil Salad 

Fresh Basil Sauce

Fresh Peach Salsa 

Fresh Salsa 

Fresh Tomato Chutney

Garlic-Herb “Italian” Salad Dressing 

Gazpacho, Cold Spanish soup 

Greek-Style Pasta salad (non Feta version)

Green Tapenade, an easy appetizer  

Hummus bi Tahini 

Italian Tomato Sauce for pasta, pizza, etc. 

Kale braised with apple

Lekerli cookies

Lentil and Vegetable soup

Lentil Chili with Red Beans

Lima beans prepared like Greek fava beans, with dill 

Neapolitan Spicy Cauliflower with garlic and lemon 

Pear Chutney, Easy

Ratatouille (Provençal vegetable medley)

Rice Cooking

Rice Pilaf with dried fruits and peas 

Roasted Cauliflower with tahini-lemon sauce

Sesame-Marinated Broccoli, Korean inspired 

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spiced Applesauce, condiment (using olive oil) 

Spicy Barbecue Sauce (vegan option, see note)

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apple 

Tofu "Egg" Salad, Vegan

Turkish White Bean Salad  

 

Gluten-Free

Acorn Squash, roasted 

Apricot or Nectarine chutney 

Arroz con Pollo (Spanish-Caribbean chicken with rice)

Artichokes with easy dipping sauce 

Baked Stuffed Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

Balsamic Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing

Black Eyed Peas and Kale Hummus

Blanquette, French Pork Stew

Blond Chili (with turkey) 

Bolognese, Italian meat sauce (minus the pasta)

Brunswick Stew   

Brussels Sprouts glazed with Balsamic vinegar 

Brussels Sprouts sautéed with cream or Balsamic vinegar

Buffalo Chicken dip, easy

Cabbage Curry, easy with a Vegan Option

Campari Tomato Salad  

Candied Jalapeños 

Caprese Salad, another way

Caprese, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad

Caprese Skewer Appetizers

Celeri (Celery Root) Remoulade 

Chicken Braised in Vegetable Sauce

Chicken Braised with Black Beans "Veracruz"

Chicken Enchiladas, New Mexico style 

Chicken Fajitas 

Chicken Green Chile, Simplified

Chicken Malai Curry

Chicken Medallions roasted with fresh herbs

Chicken sautéed with Olives, a Spanish Tapa 

Chicken with Fresh Herbs and Lemon

Chickpea Curry with Sweet Potato

Chickpea salad 

Chickpeas braised with Spinach

Chili-Garlic Sauce, Malaysian Style

Chimmichurri sauce 

Chinese braised pork (“Red Cooked”) (use gluten-free soy sauce)

Chopped Egg Canapé 

Colcannon, Irish Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage

Cold French cucumber soup 

Coleslaw, Delicatessen style

Creamy Black Bean dip 

Creole-Style Chicken Stewed with Andouille Sausage

Curried Lentils with Vegetables, Sabji Dal 

Deviled Egg Salad 

Deviled Smoked Turkey Appetizer

“Drunken” Black Beans 

Easy Black Bean dip 

Easy Cheese Sauce for Broccoli or Cauliflower

Egg-Zucchini Frittatas  

Fig (or Apricot) and Feta appetizer  

French Hunter-Style Chicken (G-F Option)

French Lentil Salad 

French Vinaigrette, Salad Dressing

Fresh Basil Sauce

Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh Salsa  

Fresh Tomato Chutney 

Garlic-Herb “Italian” Salad Dressing 

Grits for Dinner  

Golden Chili 

Greek Salad

Green Tapenade, an easy appetizer

Green vegetables stir-fried with chicken (if G-F soy sauce)

Grilled Chicken, Vietnamese style 

Hummus bi Tahini  

Hungarian Cottage Cheese appetizer 

Italian Tomato Sauce for pasta, pizza, etc. 

Jerk Chicken, Jamaican 

Kale braised with apple

Lamb braised with Turnips or Brussels Sprouts

Lemon-Dill roasted Salmon, easy

Lentil and Vegetable soup

Lentil Chili with Red Beans

Lima beans prepared like Greek fava beans, with dill 

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Louisiana-Style Dirty Rice with Mushrooms 

Meatloaf, gluten-free 

Middle Eastern Lamb with "Fava" Beans 

Minted Cream Sauce for salmon or lamb 

Mustard Vinaigrette, French 

Neapolitan Spicy Cauliflower with garlic and lemon

Northern Thai honey-spiced chicken, plus dipping sauce

Pad Thai Noodles

Pan-fried Salmon with brown butter and fried capers 

Pan-Seared Chicken in Green Chile with Lentils

Peanut sauce Chicken, African 

Pear Chutney, Easy

Pesto (sauce only) 

Pork and Cabbage Goulash 

Pork braised with Nectarines or Plums  

Pork Spareribs braised with Sauerkraut and Cabbage

Pork Tenderloin braised in French Basque style

Pork Tenderloin Stir-Fried with Brussels Sprouts

Potato Salad. German Deli Style

Ranch Salad Dressing

Ratatouille (Provençal vegetable medley) 

Red and Black Chili 

Red Cabbage Coleslaw  

Rémoulade, Easy 

Remoulade Sauce with Vegetables  

Rice Cooking

Rice Pilaf with dried fruits and peas 

Roasted Cauliflower with tahini-lemon sauce

Rose Sauce Condiment

Russian Meat and Rice Meatballs (Tefteli)

Sauerkraut with apple and Bratwurst

Sesame-Marinated Broccoli, Korean (use gluten-free soy sauce)

Shrimp and Grits or Smoked Salmon and Grits

Smoked Salmon Tartare

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spiced Applesauce, condiment

Spiced Rice (Pilaf) 

Spicy Barbecue Sauce (gluten-free option, see note)

Spicy Roasted Chicken Wings 

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Split Pea Soup with Ham or Vegetarian

Stuffed Dates, Sicilian Style 

Succotash -- Butter Beans with Corn

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apple

Sweet Peppers braised with chopped meat

Teriyaki Salmon (with Gluten-Free Option)

Thai Fish with Chili-Lime Sauce  (use rice flour) 

Thai Massaman Curry with Beef 

Thai Red Curry with Chicken  

Thai Soy Sauce Chicken

Tofu "Egg" Salad, Vegan  

Tomato and Avocado Appetizer "Salad"

Triple-Fish Cream Dip, Tonnato

Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes, Mediterranean Style 

Turkish White Bean Salad 

Wasabi-Miso Crusted Chicken with chili garlic aioli

Watermelon and Feta salad 

White Beans braised with Sage

Wild Mushrooms sautéed with Goat Cheese (omit the toast)

Winter Squash, sautéed, over jalapeño cheese grits 

 

Baked Items

Acorn Squash, roasted 

Apple Cake, Norwegian, easy 

Blueberry Bread Pudding with Raspberry Sauce

Butternut or Pumpkin Gratin Casserole, French-Style

Cauliflower Gratin, Provençal

Cauliflower-Cheese Rissoles, like vegetarian "crab cakes" 

Chicken Medallions roasted with fresh herbs 

Cinnamon Flop, Coffee Cake

Egg-Zucchini Frittatas

Eggplant Gratin from Provence

Eggplant Parmesan

Fresh Fig Tart 

Fruitcake Bars 

Lekerli cookies 

Mince Pie Filling

Moussaka with eggplant and meat

Neapolitan Eggplant Casserole

Popovers 

Pork or Pork/Beef Baked Meatballs 

Quiche 

Russian Meat Pie (Pirog)

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Tarte de Cambrai -- Easy French "Cake" with Fresh Fruit  

 

Desserts

Apple Cake, Norwegian, easy 

Blueberry Bread Pudding with Raspberry Sauce 

Fresh Fig Tart 

Fruitcake Bars  

Lekerli Cookies

Mince Pie Filling

Tarte de Cambrai -- Easy French "Cake" with Fresh Fruit  

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