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Dips

Alice Fobes’ Pink Shrimp Dip

7/14/2004 meps 0

My family has a tradition of serving a buffet on Christmas eve. This dip is a nice, colorful choice, with crackers. 2 3-oz pkgs cream cheese 1/3 C mayonnaise 3 T chili sauce 2 t […]

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Appetizers

Almond and Rice-Stuffed Dates

6/18/2006 meps 1

3/4 C water 2-1/2 T ground rice (you could probably substitute plain Cream of Rice cereal) 3/4 C plus 2 T blanched almonds, finely minced 1/2 t ground ginger 2 t sugar 1/2 oz butter […]

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Appetizers

Appetizer Ideas

7/14/2004 meps 0

I’m always on the lookout for appetizer ideas, since the right little morsel really shines at a party. It’s a challenge to come up with finger foods that are elegant without taking hours of preparation. […]

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Barry's family

Artichoke Dip

7/14/2004 meps 0

This is a favorite for our traditional Christmas eve buffet. From Sharon Stellrecht. l 14oz can artichoke hearts (not the marinated sort) l cup Hellman’s Mayo (the “light” kind is fine, but why bother?) l […]

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Appetizers

Asian grilled eggplant

5/14/2012 meps 0

I don’t know anybody who just “sorta” likes eggplant. Either you love it or you hate it. We love it. Take a big purple eggplant. Wash it and cut off the stem end. Cut it […]

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Dips

Avocado and Banana Guacamole

2/16/2014 meps 0

I haven’t tried this one yet, but it seems like a good way to stretch a single avocado into a larger batch of slightly sweet guacamole. 1 ripe avocado 1 large ripe banana 1/2 medium […]

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Dips

Bacon and roasted pepper spread

5/5/2007 meps 0

The next time I make this, I’ll probably add a little milk, sour cream, or yogurt to thin it down. This recipe is definitely a spread, but it would also be tasty as a dip. […]

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Appetizers

Baked Oysters Espy

12/25/2006 meps 0

This is nice and spicy, and a great way to fix oysters for folks who don’t usually enjoy them. 12 medium oysters, shucked 1/4 C catsup 1-3 t Tabasco sauce 1 T Worcestershire sauce 2 […]

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Breakfast

Banana Jam

2/16/2014 meps 0

3 C chopped bananas 1 C orange juice 1/4 C lime juice 3-1/2 C sugar Mix ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for at […]

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Appetizers

Basil Polenta Squares

7/2/2006 meps 0

Polenta is all the rage these days. It’s fun to see what chi-chi restaurants do with it, considering that Southern “grits” have been around forever and never achieved such a level of sophistication. This is […]

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Spreads

Beer Mustard

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 C dry mustard powder 2/3 C strong-flavored beer or ale 1/4 C molasses 1/4 t salt 1/8 t turmeric 1/2 C minced dried peaches or apricots 1 T minced candied ginger Mix together mustard […]

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Barry's family

Beet hummus

9/23/2010 meps 0

1/2 lb pound beets, cooked, peeled, and diced 2 T tahini 4-5 T lemon juice 1-3 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 T cumin 1 T lemon zest 1/4 t salt 1-1/2 t sesame oil (optional) […]

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Appetizers

Best Baba Ghanouj

3/18/2009 meps 1

The ingredient list for this one is simple! It’s the slightly unusual method of preparation that makes it awesome. If you want a more Americanized Baba Ghanouj, where the eggplant contributes more texture than flavor, […]

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Dips

Black Bean Dip

5/9/2010 meps 1

1 can black beans, drained Several tablespoons of olive oil Several tablespoons of lime juice Several teaspoons of chili powder About a teaspoon of ground cumin Large clove of garlic, diced very fine Mash all […]

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Appetizers

Blood orange shrimp escabeche

5/16/2012 meps 0

This multi-purpose dish can be an appetizer, a salad, or even a summer main dish. Serves 6 1 C freshly-squeezed blood orange juice 1/2 C fresh lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, finely minced (divided) Pinch […]

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Dips

Caponata

11/7/2006 meps 0

1 large eggplant 2 T olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium onion, diced 1/2-1 t salt 3 T tomato paste 1/4 C red wine vinegar (you can also use a mixture of cider […]

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Appetizers

Caviar-Artichoke Mound

7/14/2004 meps 0

4 14 oz cans artichoke hearts, drained 2 oz packages cream cheese, softened 1/4 c sour cream 2 T may 1/2 to 1 C finely chopped onion 2 2-oz jars black caviar, drained Chop artichokes, […]

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Appetizers

Ceviche

1/15/2007 meps 0

Pronounced “say-VEECH-ay,” this South American dish refers to raw fish marinated in a mixture of acid juices (lime, lemon, sour orange, or vinegar) and salt. The acid in the marinade causes the fish to become […]

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Appetizers

Cheddar cheese puffs with a surprise

7/14/2004 meps 0

2 C grated sharp cheddar 8 T butter at room temperature 1 C sifted flour 1/2 t salt 1/2 t paprika 48 small stuffed green olives, well drained Preheat oven to 400. Blend grated cheese […]

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Appetizers

Chex (TM) Party Mix, Schulte-style

12/2/2005 meps 1

I recently discovered a truly antique recipe from my mother’s collection for Onion-Seasoned Bite-Size Biscuits, which seems to be the precursor to Chex Mix. Thank goodness some marketing guru came up with a catchier name! […]

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Appetizers

Chicken Fingers Dijon

7/2/2006 meps 0

This is intended as a finger-food appetizer, but you could also serve it as a main dish, with the chicken pieces over a bed of salad greens and the dip as dressing. For an Italian […]

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Appetizers

Chicken kebabs with mint

6/28/2006 meps 0

2 T lemon juice 1-1/2 t olive oil 2 T chopped fresh mint or 1 T dried 2 garlic cloves, finely minced Salt and pepper 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut across the grain into […]

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Appetizers

Chipotle Shrimp

6/24/2013 meps 0

4 T butter, divided 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs uncooked shrimp, large unpeeled 2 t minced canned chipotle chiles (adobo) 1/4 dry white wine 1 T minced parsley Melt 3 T of the butter […]

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Appetizers

Chocolate Popcorn

7/3/2006 meps 0

1 lb semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 C butter 1 t vanilla, almond, coconut, or orange extract 3 quarts popcorn, popped (about 6 T unpopped) 2 C powdered sugar 2 T cocoa powder Melt chocolate and […]

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Appetizers

Chocolate-Dipped Sweet Potato Chips

12/9/2013 meps 0

1 bag of thick, crinkle-cut sweet potato chips 1 small bag chocolate chips 1 T shortening or coconut oil 1/2 C finely chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pistachios) In a small double-boiler, melt the chocolate […]

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Appetizers

Chocolate-Mocha Dusted Almonds

5/5/2006 meps 1

1/2 C powdered sugar 1 T cocoa 1 T instant coffee powder 2/3 C semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 C almonds In a large bowl, comgine the sugar, coffee, and cocoa. Pour chocolate chips into a […]

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Sauces

CLARIFIED BUTTER

7/14/2004 meps 0

Will stay fresh for weeks, because the casein and whey, which are subject to bacterial change, have been removed. Also has a higher burning point than butter and is a good choice for delicate sauteeing […]

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Appetizers

Claudia’s Cheese and Peppers

5/1/2007 meps 2

This tasty appetizer – also known as a “horror d’hoover” – comes from Barbara Cole of s/v Complexity, who got it from Claudia Hendricks of Ogden, Utah. Along with their spouses, they learned to sail […]

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Appetizers

Coconut shrimp balls

4/24/2007 meps 1

1-1/3 C shredded coconut 2 8-oz pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature 2 T minced onion 1 clove garlic, minced or grated 1/4 C parsley, chopped 1/2 t salt 8-oz shrimp, chopped Toast coconut in […]

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Spreads

CRANBERRY BUTTER WITH ORANGE ZEST

7/14/2004 meps 0

3 lbs cranberrries (4 12-oz bags) 1 c water Sugar 1-2 tsp grated orange zest Place cranberries in large nonaluminum pan with water. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, 35-40 minutes or until […]

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Sauces

CRANBERRY KETCHUP

7/14/2004 meps 0

2 large onions, coarsley chopped 1 large tart apple, peeled, cored, chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced (1 1/2 tsp) 1 T minced fresh ginger 1 tsp grated orange zest 1 C water 6 C […]

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Sauces

CRANBERRY SALSA

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 12-oz pkg fresh cranberries 2 whole oranges 1/2 C sugar 1 bunch cilantro 1/2 med onion 2 jalapenios, deveined, seeds removed 1 inch chunk fresh ginger, peeled 1/4 t green chile powder, if available […]

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Appetizers

Crispy Coconut Tofu Squares

5/8/2006 meps 0

1 onion, diced 1 t whole black peppercorns 2 thumb-size pieces of ginger, in small chunks 1/4 C tamari 1/4 C rice vinegar 2 T miso 4 C water 1-lb block of tofu, pressed for […]

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Appetizers

Crispy Coffee Nuts

7/2/2006 meps 0

See also Chocolate-Mocha Dusted Almonds, which are less crispy but have chocolate on them. 1/4 C butter, melted 1 lb pecans, almonds, cashews, or a mixture of these 1-1/2 C sugar 2 T instant coffee […]

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Appetizers

Crispy tuna balls

4/24/2007 meps 0

2 cans tuna in oil 1 1/2 C bread cubes 1 medium onion, diced finely 2 cloves garlic, minced finely 2 t parsley 1/2 t salt 1/2 t pepper 1/2 C mayonnaise Juice of 1 […]

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Dips

Crudite stars

7/2/2006 meps 0

You can use either jicama or kohlrabi for this. Peel and slice the vegetables into 1/4-inch discs. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut one or more stars from each slice. If you have other […]

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Dips

Cucumber dish

5/1/2007 meps 1

This reminds me of an Indian “raita,” used to cool your mouth alongside super-hot curries. Or a Greek “tzatziki.” Karen, of s/v Panta Rhei, brought it to the PSCC “Horror d’Hoover” contest. From “Recipes for […]

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Appetizers

Curried chicken balls

4/24/2007 meps 0

8 oz cream cheese, softened 1/4 C mayonnaise 2 C cooked chicken, finely chopped 1-1/2 C chopped almonds 3 T chutney, apricot preserves, or jalapeno jam 1 t salt 2 t curry powder 1-1/2 C […]

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Dips

Dhal Dip

3/23/2006 meps 1

A pressure cooker recipe… 1 T olive oil 1 t butter 1 small onion, chopped 2 t ginger, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 serrano chile pepper, seeded and minced 1/2 garam masala 1/4 t […]

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Appetizers

Falafel

7/4/2013 meps 0

1-3/4 C dried chickpeas 2 cloves garlic 1 small onion, quartered 1 t ground coriander 1 T ground cumin Dash cayenne 1 C chopped fresh parsley 1 t salt 1/2 t pepper 1/2 t baking […]

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Desserts

Fresh ricotta cheese

2/3/2007 meps 0

2 quarts whole milk 1 C heavy cream 1/2 t salt 3 T fresh lemon juice Line a large sieve with cheesecloth and place over a large bowl. Bring the milk, cream, and salt to […]

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Appetizers

Fried Capers

5/8/2006 meps 0

A tasty little garnish for salads and dips. 1/2 C capers 1 C vegetable oil Rinse the capers in a mesh strainer. Shake to remove excess water and drain on paper towels. Blot them until […]

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Appetizers

Garlicky Mushrooms

7/3/2006 meps 0

A fine finger food when served with toothpicks…also a great side dish. 50 button mushrooms 1/2 C butter 2 T extra-virgin olive oil 1 T diced onion 8 cloves garlic, minced Handful parsley, minced Clean […]

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Spreads

GINGER AND WALNUT SPREAD

7/14/2004 meps 0

8 oz cream cheese 4 T (about 2 oz) chopped, crystallized ginger 4 T small walnut pieces Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Rinse the ginger with water to soften it and remove the excess […]

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Dips

Ginger Dip for Vegetables

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 C Hellmann’s mayonnaise 1/2 t ginger 2 t grated onion 4 t soy sauce 2 t milk 2 t vinegar Mix ingredients together and refrigerate for 2 or more hours. Serve with fresh veggies, […]

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Appetizers

Gingered Borscht Shots

6/11/2013 meps 0

This was originally published as an easy appetizer for a summer party. You can put a couple of tablespoons into shot glasses and place them in a bowl filled with ice, like vodka shots. Or […]

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Appetizers

Glazed bacon crisps

7/14/2004 meps 0

Serves 8 1/2 lb sliced bacon at room temperature 1 C dark brown sugar Preheat oven to 250 F. Dredge both sides of the bacon in the brown sugar, patting it to make it stick. […]

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Dips

Good Baba Ghanouj

5/6/2006 meps 0

I used to like this recipe, but then I found a better way to do it, one that really showcases the eggplant. See “Best Baba Ghanouj.” This version is more like hummus-with-eggplant. However, if you […]

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Appetizers

Gourmet cornbread pizzas

2/7/2011 meps 0

6 slices bacon 1 package corn muffin mix (8.5 oz) 2/3 C flour 1 t chili powder 1 egg 1/4 C milk 3 tart apples, cored and sliced thinly 1/3 C crumbled blue cheese Fresh […]

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Appetizers

GRAVLAX

9/11/2005 meps 0

3 parts sugar 1 part salt 1 part black pepper Fresh salmon fillets (1 lb serves 6 people) Line a 9×13 glass dish with salmon, skin side down. Combine the sugar, salt, and pepper and […]

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Appetizers

Green Onion and Cheese Popovers

6/24/2013 meps 0

This makes a dozen standard-sized muffins. If you want to use large muffin tins, it will only make six, and you’ll have to bake them for 48 minutes. 3 T plus 1/2 C butter, melted […]

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Dips

Green tomatillo salsa (salsa verde)

1/29/2008 meps 0

15 tomatillos, husked and finely chopped 3 serrano chiles, finely minced 1 bunch cilantro, finely minced 2 T lime juice 2 t sugar 1 t salt Combine ingredients and allow flavors to blend for a […]

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Appetizers

Gyoza

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Cecily Hiatt at Expeditors: about 1 lb ground turkey or ground chicken about 1/2 smallish head of green cabbage can of water chestnuts, drained about 2 t grated fresh ginger, or 1 t powder […]

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Appetizers

Helen’s caramel corn

7/14/2004 meps 0

Fifi Fine brought a bag of this over to Cayenne, when we were living in a New Orleans boatyard. It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever eaten — impossible to stop. 5 […]

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Appetizers

Hot Garlic Popcorn

7/3/2006 meps 0

1/2 C popcorn, unpopped 3/4 C oil, divided 6 cloves of garlic, minced 2 t chili powder 1/4 t cayenne 1/4-1/2 t salt In a small pot over very low heat, combine and cook 1/2 […]

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Appetizers

Hot Vidalia Onion Dip

12/2/2005 meps 0

1 C mayo 1 C grated swiss cheese 1 C grated sweet onion juice of 1/2 lemon (1 T) A few drops of Tabasco Mix ingredients and put in small baking dish. Bake at 325 […]

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Dips

How to Make Sour Cream

2/17/2014 meps 1

1 quart milk (mixed from powder)1/2 C buttermilk (mixed from powder) Combine and let stand for 12-15 hours at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit (either a warm place, or in a thermos or insulated pitcher). When […]

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Dips

Hummus

5/6/2006 meps 1

1 can chickpeas 1/2 C tahini 6 T lemon juice Salt 2 T olive oil 1 T finely chopped parsley or mint Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Blend the chickepeas, 1/4 C of the […]

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Appetizers

Ideas for some exotic salsas

1/29/2008 meps 0

These are just ideas to spark the imagination, no measurements or instructions. Some were inspired by Mark Miller’s Great Salsa Book. Mango Ginger Lime Cayenne Seared pineapple Red bell pepper Chipotle Orange juice Lime juice […]

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Appetizers

John Wayne’s Cheese Casserole

7/14/2004 meps 0

I always thought of this as a vegetarian main dish, but you could also make a half recipe and serve smaller squares as an appetizer. You could also use jalapenos instead of mild green chilies. […]

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Greek

Kalamata Olive Spread

7/2/2006 meps 0

This is almost too simple. 3 C Kalamata olives, pitted 1/3 C olive oil In a food processor, coarsely chop the olives. Then turn on the machine and add the olive oil in a steady […]

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Appetizers

Kale Snacks

3/30/2006 meps 0

I have made a triple batch of this, and still had it disappear in 10 minutes. It’s a little labor-intensive, but it serves as a wonderful alternative when you’re craving potato chips. 1 large bunch […]

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Appetizers

Kielbasa Salad

9/27/2013 meps 0

I never think to eat kielbasa cold, but since it’s fully cooked when you buy it, you certainly can. This would go well on a bed of leafy greens, or you could serve it as […]

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Appetizers

Killer olives

7/14/2004 meps 0

(from a really weird calendar we once had) 1 lb green or Greek olives 4 cloves garlic, sliced 2 t harissa or chili paste 2 T orange juice 2 T balsamic vinegar Grated zest of […]

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Appetizers

KIM CHEE

7/14/2004 meps 0

2/3 lb Chinese or Napa cabbage 1/2 lb daikon radish, peeled and sliced diagonally, 1/4 inch thick 1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced diagonally, 1/4 inch thick 1 medium turnip, peeled and sliced diagonally, 1/4 […]

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Appetizers

Korean Bean Sprouts

7/26/2011 meps 1

8 oz bean sprouts 1 t salt 1/4 C sliced scallions 1 T toasted sesame seeds 1 T toasted sesame oil In a saucepan with a lid, bring about a half cup of water to […]

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Appetizers

Korean Seasoned Spinach

7/26/2011 meps 1

1 pound fresh, cleaned spinach 2 T toasted sesame seeds 2 T toasted sesame oil 1 clove garlic, minced fine 1 t salt In a stockpot or large dutch oven, boil about 8 cups of […]

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Appetizers

Korean-style greens

3/6/2011 meps 0

1 T cooking oil 1 lb spinach or other fresh greens (chard, radish greens, kale, or mustard greens all work), washed and dried with a towel (I like to chop the stems and include them, […]

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Appetizers

LAYERED FIESTA SPREAD

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 lb ground beef 1/2 C chopped onion 1 t chili powder 1 16-oz can refried beans 6 oz frozen avocado dip, thawed 2 C (8 oz) shredded cheddar Sour cream In a 10-inch microwaveable […]

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Barry's family

Loraine’s Dip

7/14/2004 meps 0

Barry’s Grandma, Loraine, invented this recipe long ago, and gave it to some friends. Many years later, a woman served it to her at a party, saying, “Isn’t it funny, this dip has the same […]

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Appetizers

Lox Pizza

5/1/2007 meps 1

Served by Karen, of s/v Panta Rhei, at the 2007 Puget Sound Cruising Club “Horrors de Hoover” Contest in Liberty Bay, Washington. There’s a photo of Karen’s boat in the article about the contest. The […]

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Spreads

Mango Preserves

2/16/2014 meps 0

5 mangoes 1/2 C sugar 1 T lemon juice Peel and seed mangoes and mash them. Cook in a saucepan with the sugar until the mangoes have broken down and become jam. Stir in the […]

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Appetizers

Marinated dates with proscuitto

4/16/2006 meps 0

This was originally called Hors d’Oeuvres Dates, which seemed like a pretty dull name for a really tasty appetizer. One of our friends, Steve Hulsizer, came up with a bastardization of the word hors d’oeuvres; […]

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Appetizers

Maza (Middle Eastern Appetizers)

5/6/2006 meps 0

Maza (also spelled mezza) is the Middle Eastern version of Spanish tapas or Chinese dim sum. It’s served as an appetizer to a fancy meal for a guest, or as a small meal in itself. […]

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Appetizers

Mosaic Potatoes

7/14/2004 meps 0

Many years ago, my mother clipped an article from Southern Living with a full menu telling what to serve at a properly modern Southern wedding. I salivated over the photos of elegant cheese wheels and […]

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Ethnic

Muffulata (Olive Relish)

12/6/2013 meps 0

I found this yellowed clipping in an old file with no idea where it came from. There are many spellings of the word, including “muffuletta,” “muffuleta,” and “muffaletta.” We fell in love with muffaletta sandwiches […]

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Dips

New Horsey Dip

7/14/2004 meps 0

A Meps original from about 2002, when I discovered that you don’t need a packet of instant soup mix to make a yummy dip. 1 T cream style horseradish 1 T mayo 1 C nonfat […]

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Appetizers

Nora’s Secret Meatballs

3/19/2008 meps 0

For the whole story on this one, see Nora’s Secret Horror d’Hoover Recipe. The text below is copied verbatim from her comment on the above article. “O.K., O.K., here is the award winning family secret […]

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Appetizers

North African Orange Salad

6/28/2006 meps 0

6 oranges, peeled and thinly sliced horizontally 12 fresh dates, pitted and thinly sliced 4 T slivered almonds or pine nuts, toasted 1-2 T orange or rose flower water Ground cinnamon Place orange slices on […]

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Appetizers

Ouzo-flamed cheese

6/11/2013 meps 0

These are intended to be an appetizer, but they would also be a great thing to put on a bed of lightly-dressed greens as a meal-sized salad. 1 C flour 1 lb kasseri or romano […]

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Appetizers

Ovos recheados (stuffed eggs)

7/22/2012 meps 0

Here’s a completely different approach to eggs for an appetizer. Instead of making the usual deviled eggs with mayonnaise, this version uses bread crumbs, cheese, and butter — and they’re served hot. 8 eggs 2 […]

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Appetizers

Oyster Pie

11/17/2007 meps 0

This is a Southern recipe, so timing and quantities are a bit approximate. Also, that second word is pronounced “pah.” It works well as a light supper entree, or you can cut it into smaller […]

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Dips

Palestinean Olive Dip

5/6/2006 meps 1

2 C green olives, pitted and rinsed 2 T tahini 2 T chopped fresh cilantro 1 T lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/8 t cayenne Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place on […]

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Appetizers

Parmesan crisps

6/21/2006 meps 0

Note from Meps: Lately, I make these on the stovetop, instead of the oven. That way, I can make just a few teaspoons at a time and use them in the 5/2 Fasting Diet. I […]

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Breakfast

Peach marmalade

10/15/2006 meps 0

1 small orange 1 lemon 1/4 C water 3 lb peaches 1- 3/4 oz powdered fruit pectin 5 C sugar Cut orange and lemon in quarters; remove seeds. Slice crosswise thinly. In medium saucepan, combine […]

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Breakfast

Pear lime marmalade

10/15/2006 meps 0

5-1/2 C pears, peeled, cored, and chopped 1 T lime zest (about 2 limes) 1/3 C lime juice (about 2 limes) 2 1/3 C sugar 1 T grated ginger (optional) Place all ingredients in a […]

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Appetizers

Pecan Sandwiches

7/3/2006 meps 0

5 oz pecan halves 3 oz cream cheese 2 oz blue cheese 2 t port 1/2 t honey Pinch of black pepper 2 T chopped fresh chives Preheat oven to 350. Place pecans on a […]

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Appetizers

Pickled carrots

10/2/2007 meps 0

1-1/2 C water 1/4 C balsamic vinegar 1 t salt 1 T mustard seeds 1 t fennel seeds 2 T honey 1-1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced 8 cloves garlic Combine water with vinegar, salt, […]

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Appetizers

Pickled okra

7/14/2004 meps 0

2 C water 1/2 C cider vinegar 1/3 C sugar 6 whole cloves 1 t salt 1/2 t cumin seeds 1/2 t celery seeds 1/2 t crushed red pepper 1/2 lb fresh okra In a […]

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Appetizers

Pickled onions

10/2/2007 meps 0

1 huge or 2 medium red or sweet onions, sliced very thinly Boiling water 1/4 C cider vinegar 3/4 C water 2 T honey 1 t salt 1 t whole peppercorns 1/4 t ground cloves […]

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Appetizers

PIG-IN-A-BLANKET

7/18/2004 meps 0

1 package of 10 all-beef hot dogs 1 package of 10 wop biscuits Preheat oven to 375. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. For each “pig,” flatten a biscuit into a rectangle. Wrap it […]

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Dips

Pink Beet Dip

7/3/2006 meps 0

8 oz cottage cheese 16-oz canned beets, drained and diced 1 T dill Salt and pepper Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. This is lovely with white crudites, like jicama, […]

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Appetizers

PITA APO TA YANENA

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 lb 9 oz grated gruyere 9 oz butter 3 eggs 1 lb 2 oz milk Pastry: 3 C flour, 1 C yogurt, 5 T butter, salt, water Place flour in bowl, add yogurt, melted […]

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Appetizers

Pizza on a boat barbecue

1/29/2008 meps 0

Eleven years ago, I clipped an article by Nonnie Thompson out of Cruising World magazine, entitled A Passion for Pizza. The author, who cruised with her family aboard a Shannon ketch named Bittersweet, admitted that […]

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Appetizers

Potato-Apple Latkes

6/24/2013 meps 0

I’m not sure how to categorize these. I grew up thinking of latkes as breakfast food, but they’d be great as appetizers or a vegetarian main dish, too. 2-1/4 pounds russet potatoes 2 small firm, […]

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Appetizers

Preserved Yogurt Cheese Balls

5/6/2006 meps 1

Pour a quart of yogurt into a white cotton or cheesecloth bag. Tie the bag and suspend it from the faucet over a sink overnight, until the contents are firm. This is labana, yogurt cheese. […]

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Appetizers

Pupusas

7/24/2009 meps 0

1/2 C cooked white beans 1/2 C lukewarm water 1 T corn oil 1 t salt 1-1/4 C masa harina In a food processor, puree the beans, water, and oil. Add the salt, then slowly […]

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Dips

RED PEPPER CHIPOTLE CHILI CREAM

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Pat Fulnecky, served at Marsh House meditation retreat 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 roasted red pepper 1 chipotle pepper without seeds or stem, soaked in hot water until soft Blend in food processor. Add […]

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Appetizers

Risotto Patties

5/8/2006 meps 0

This answers the question: What to do with the leftover risotto? 2 C leftover risotto 1 egg 2 T milk 3/4 C flour 2 t onion powder 1/4 t salt 1/8 t pepper 1/4 t […]

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Appetizers

Roasted eggplant with dried apricots

10/18/2007 meps 0

These came out awfully dry — in the future, I plan to simply roast the eggplant with olive oil and then serve it with some sort of apricot, lemon, and chicken stock-based sauce. 1 lb […]

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Dips

ROASTED GARLIC CONSERVE

7/14/2004 meps 0

3 large, plump heads of garlic (about 9 oz) 4 T olive oil 3 anchovy fillets in oil, drained � t salt 1 T balsamic vinegar 1-1/2 t chopped fresh rosemary (3/4 t dried) � […]

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Dips

Roasted Pepper Cream

11/29/2006 meps 0

My favorite thing to do with roasted red peppers is my friend Will’s Romesco Sauce. But that one is just too rich for everyday use, so I was glad to find this simple roasted pepper […]

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Favorites

Salmon Pate

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Meps’ Mom, Esther Schulte. Great for holiday gatherings or potlucks. Line a 2 cup bowl or a loaf pan with plastic wrap. Blend together: 7 3/4 oz can of salmon Either 1 envelope Good […]

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Appetizers

Samak Miqlee (Middle Eastern Fish Rolls)

5/5/2006 meps 0

Serves 6 to 8 2 lbs white fish 1 carrot, sliced 2 onions, chopped 10 black peppercorns 3 slices white bread, crusts removed (can substitute 3/4 C breadcrumbs) Milk 1 egg 1 t ground coriander […]

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Spreads

SANDWICH SPREAD

7/14/2004 meps 0

12 or more peppers(half red and half green) 12 green tomatoes 3 or more onions 3 c. sugar 1 T. salt 1 c. water 1 c. flour 1 c. water 1 pint (2 cups) white […]

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Appetizers

Sandwiches: How to build a better sandwich

7/14/2004 meps 0

With walnut-raisin bread, try: Roasted chicken, chutney, and mache, with creamy ricotta or hoop cheese Carrots, jicama and fennel, mixed with tiny uncooked green peas and a light mayonnaise laced with yogurt Tuna salad with […]

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Appetizers

SAUTEED CHERRY TOMATOES

7/14/2004 meps 0

(serves 6) 3 pints cherry tomatoes 6 T butter and olive oil, combined (or all butter) Salt and pepper Garlic and herbs (optional) Melt butter. Add tomatoes. Shake and roll ’em around for 5 minutes, […]

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Appetizers

Shrimp Olive Aspic

12/2/2005 meps 0

My mother used to torture me with this when I was a kid. I didn’t hate the aspic, just the celery. Now that I’m a grownup, I can make it the way I like it […]

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Appetizers

Simple Gorgonzola-Stuffed Dates

10/10/2007 meps 1

1 lb dates 4 oz cream cheese, softened 2 oz Gorgonzola or blue cheese Blend the cream cheese with the Gorgonzola. Make a lengthwise cut along each date and remove the pit with your fingers. […]

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Mexican

Simplest pinto beans

2/23/2010 meps 0

This is what I use instead of refried beans for tacos or burritos dinners. It makes enough for two people, as long as there are plenty of tortillas and cheese and other toppings. Soak 1 […]

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Barry's family

Smoked Salmon Ball

10/7/2006 meps 0

Wondering what to do with that can of salmon that’s been in the cupboard forever? This wonderful recipe turns inexpensive canned salmon into a gourmet dish. If you don’t give the secret away, people will […]

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Appetizers

Soy nuts

7/14/2004 meps 0

Using soybeans that have been soaked 8 hours or more… Microwave method: Use 1 cup of beans. Drain them well. Spread the beans into a single layer in a 9″ or 10″ glass pie plate. […]

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Appetizers

SPANAKOPITA

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 lb 2 oz psinach 1/2 C dill 6 green onions 1 1/2 C olive oil salt & pepper Saute onions until transparent, add shredded spinach. Cook 15 minutes over mideium heat, add dill, salt, […]

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Appetizers

Spiced chickpea snacks

3/23/2006 meps 0

This is a pressure cooker recipe, although you can do it with canned chickpeas or cook them in a pot instead. 1 C dried chickpeas Soak peas overnight in water, drain. 4 C water 1 […]

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Appetizers

Spicy Crunchy Cashews

5/5/2006 meps 0

1 egg white 1 lb salted, roasted cashews 1/3 C sugar 2 t cumin 2 t coarse salt 1-1/2 t cayenne (this is pretty spicy; you can reduce this to a scant teaspoon and they’ll […]

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Appetizers

Spicy Mint-Pickled Vegetables

9/27/2013 meps 0

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch by 1/4-inch strips 1 C cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 C jicama, peeled and cut into 1-inch by 1/4-inch julienne pieces 1 red Thai chile or red […]

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Appetizers

Spicy Sweet Potato Latkes

6/24/2013 meps 0

Makes about 48 small latkes. 2-1/4 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and grated 1-1/2 C diced onion 3 ggs 6 T flour 1-1/2 t cumin 1/4 to 1/2 t cayenne 3/4 salt 1/4 t pepper Put […]

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Appetizers

Spinach Balls

7/14/2004 meps 0

Nice party finger food, from Sharon 1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach 1 cup herb seasoned bread stuffing, crushed to crumbs (about 3 oz.) (I go by weight since the 1 cup seemed too […]

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Dips

Spinach Dip

6/12/2007 meps 1

It seems like every few years, a new dip becomes the rage. Spinach Dip was THE thing to make in the 1980’s, but it was later supplanted by Artichoke Dip. It’s still a delicious offering […]

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Appetizers

SQUACHOS

3/8/2005 meps 0

Barry’s Dad, Dave, grows some great buttercup squash. Here’s a fun appetizer we invented with some leftover squash. 1 C cooked peeled winter squash 1 tsp cumin 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp oregano 1 […]

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Appetizers

Sticky Rice

1/9/2006 meps 1

This is a Dim Sum favorite, also known as nor mei gai. I’m not sure how to categorize it, because I’ve never had it except at Dim Sum. 3 C glutinous rice (sweet rice) 8 […]

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Appetizers

Stromboli

7/14/2004 meps 0

Dough (makes 2): 1-1/4c water 2T butter 1t salt 2t pepper 1-1/2t sugar 3C flour 2-1/2t yeast Meat filling (makes 1): 1/4C provolone, mozzarella, salami, Italian ham Spinach filling (makes 1): 1 pkg frozen spinach, […]

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Appetizers

Stuffed green bananas

2/7/2006 meps 0

You could also try this with little unripe finger-sized bananas, for an unusual appetizer offering. 6 large green bananas or plantains 8 oz ground beef or turkey 1 onion, chopped 1 egg, beaten Salt Without […]

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Appetizers

Sugared popcorn

7/14/2004 meps 1

12/21/04: In the year since I discovered this recipe, I’ve figured it out and perfected my technique. Now I hardly ever burn it, even using a tricky electric stove. Meps 10/1/07: Three years later, I […]

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Appetizers

Sugared Walnuts

12/18/2007 meps 0

This makes a good food gift for friends and family. For a nice sweet and salty contrast, serve a bowl of these alongside a bowl of Tamari-Roasted Almonds. 2 large egg whites 1 C sugar […]

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Spreads

SWEET -N- SPICED MUSTARD

7/14/2004 meps 0

2 C dry mustard powder 1 1/4 C white wine vinegar 3 eggs, beaten 1 1/4 C brown sugar, packed 1/2 C runny honey 1/4 t cinnamon 1/4 t cloves 1/4 t nutmeg Whisk mustard […]

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Spreads

SWEET ONION MARMALADE

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 T unsalted butter 1 T vegetable oil 3 red onions (about 1-1/2 pounds), sliced into 1/4-inch thick half moons 1/2 C dry red vermouth or wine 1/4 C firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 […]

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Dips

Swiss Fondue

7/14/2004 meps 0

For Barry’s family, this was a New Year’s Day tradition. For each serving: 1/3 lb Gruyere cheese, grated 6-1/2 T Rhine wine 1 t corn starch 1-1/2 t Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) clove of garlic freshly […]

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Appetizers

Szechuan green beans

2/2/2007 meps 0

Two people can eat an entire pound of green beans this way! 1 T canola oil 1 T dark sesame oil 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed 6-8 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 t coarse salt […]

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Appetizers

Tamari-roasted almonds

9/28/2007 meps 1

These are easy and delicious, and the raw ingredients are only 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of commercially-prepared tamari-roasted nuts. 2 C raw almonds 3 T tamari Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread the nuts […]

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Appetizers

Things to mix with popcorn

2/8/2011 meps 0

This came from a March 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. They photographed ten containers of popcorn, and each container had been mixed with some other ingredients, so they all looked yummy. I’m guessing […]

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Holidays

Three-Cheese Savory Pumpkin Spread

7/14/2004 meps 0

This is a nice fall dish and a good offering for holiday parties: 1 T butter 1/2 C chopped pecans 12 oz cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 C shredded sharp cheddar (6 oz) 1/2 C […]

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Dips

Tina’s Artichoke Dip

6/12/2007 meps 1

This is a variation of one of my favorites, Artichoke Dip. The water chestnuts are a fantastic addition, adding a surprising crunch that’s reminiscent of Spinach Dip. Just to show how dips are incestuous, I’ve […]

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Dips

Toasted pecan and white bean dip

2/2/2007 meps 1

I was out of ingredients to make hummus, but craving something similar. So I invented this and was amazed at the rich, complex flavor. 15-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 C pecan halves […]

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Dips

Tomatillo guacamole

5/11/2006 meps 0

2 tomatillos 2 avocados 1 T fresh lime juice Dash salt Remove the papery skins from the tomatillos and dice them. Peel, seed, and chop the avocados. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, mashing […]

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Appetizers

TORTILLA PINWHEELS

7/14/2004 meps 0

My favorite to take to potlucks. Make both kinds and arrange on a platter covered with leaf lettuce. * 2 – 10oz. pkgs. frozen chopped spinach thawed, drained & squeezed dry in paper towels * […]

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Appetizers

Trailblazing Peanuts

5/5/2006 meps 0

An easy recipe from the Texas Peanut Producers. The next time we make them, I might try using unsalted peanuts and adding my own salt to taste, as the salt overpowered the spices. 1 T […]

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Appetizers

TSP Italian Meat Balls

7/14/2004 meps 0

For use with textured soy protein (TSP) or textured vegetable protein (TVP): * 1/4 cup tomato sauce * 3 Tbs water * 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce * 2/3 cup dry textured soy protein * 1/2 […]

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Appetizers

Turkey Swedish meatballs

3/2/2007 meps 0

3/4 t salt 1/2 t allspice 1/4 t black pepper 1 lb ground turkey breast 1 T olive oil 3/4 C chicken broth 3 T sour cream (lowfat) 2 T chopped parsley Mix together the […]

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Appetizers

Vegan Cashew Cheddar Cheese

9/20/2007 meps 0

1/2 C + 2 T raw cashews 1/4 C nutritional yeast 1 t onion powder 1 t salt 1/2 t garlic powder Pinch white pepper 1-3/4 C plain, unsweetened soymilk 1 oz agar flakes 1/4 […]

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Appetizers

Vegan Tofu Cheese Cubes

9/20/2007 meps 1

This is a good appetizer or snack, or use the cubes in Indian Saag Paneer. 12 oz firm tofu 2 t agar powder 1/4 C water 1 t sugar 2 T extra-light olive oil 1-1/2 […]

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Appetizers

VEGGIE SAMMICH

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Stevie’s files, circa 1981 8 oz cream cheese 1/4 chopped celery 1/4 chopped bell pepper 1 tsp lemon juice 3/4 C grated cheese 1 chopped medium onion mayonaisse (sic) Mix well. Yum yum.

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Appetizers

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

12/27/2005 meps 0

I learned about these from my Korean friend, Chong Lee. She told me that all the filling ingredients are approximate — you can use a variety of meats, shrimp, and vegetables. The key is fresh […]

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Dips

Wasabi Dip

5/8/2006 meps 0

2 t wasabi powder 1/4 C silken tofu 2 cloves garlic 2 T rice vinegar 1 T tamari 1/4 C yogurt or sour cream 1/4 C vegetable oil 1 T toasted sesame oil Reconstitute the […]

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Appetizers

Wheat berry appetizer

5/14/2006 meps 0

3 cloves garlic, minced 2 green onions, diced 1 cup chopped green olives 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cup cooked wheat berries Optional: Dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar Combine ingredients […]

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Dips

Will’s Sweet Pepper and Water Chestnut Dip

6/12/2007 meps 1

Will brought this to Barry’s birthday party, and everyone there wanted the recipe. “Yum, what’s the crunchy thing in there?” everyone asked. It’s the water chestnuts! Will admits the recipe wasn’t completely original — he […]

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Dips

Wine-Swiss Cheese Fondue

7/14/2004 meps 0

This is great for a New Year’s Day brunch, or a romantic evening for two. 1 garlic clove, halved 1-1/2 C dry white wine or sauterne 4 C (1 pound) swiss cheese (we always used […]

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Sauces

Winter Pesto

7/20/2004 meps 0

10 oz pkg frozen spinach (thawed and drained well) 1/2 cup walnuts 6 cloves garlic 2 Tbs dried basil 1 tsp salt generous amount black pepper 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese 1 cup fresh flat-leaf (Italian) […]