Mixed Greens with Herbed Vinegar Dressing

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup packed fresh herbs (basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano)
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 shallots thinly sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper
5 handfuls of young lettuces (arugula, peppercress, etc)
1/4 cup chervil & tarragon leaves

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Macaroni & Cheese

2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. flour
2 cups milk
1.5 cups Monterey Jack, grated
3.5 cups cooked macaroni
1 cup canned plum tomatoes, (reserve the juice)
3/4 cup coarse breadcrumbs
freshly ground black pepper
350 degree oven, butter a casserole dish; in saucepan, heat the butter until foamy, sprinkle flour in, whisk until it turns golden, slowly pour in milk & continue whisking. Simmer over medium & let thicken. Stir in cheese, remove from heat. Fold in macaroni, add tomatoes by squeezing them thru fingers into small pieces. Mixture should be loose like thin batter, if too thick add milk or drained tomato juice.
Pour into casserole, spread breadcrumbs over surface, sprinkle more cheese (1/4 cup), & grind pepper over top. Bake 25 minutes.
From: Cooking for Mr. Latte

Haricots Verts with Walnuts and Walnut Oil

1/3 cup walnuts
Sea salt
3/4 lb. haricots verts, trim stems
3 Tbs. walnut oil/good olive oil
Coarsely ground black pepper/grains of paradise
350 degree oven, bake walnuts for 5 minutes, chop coarsely. Boil large pot water with salt, add verts & cook until tender but firm (4 mins). Drain, toss in bowl with warm walnuts & walnut oil. Season with pepper/salt.
From: Cooking for Mr. Latte

Mediterranean Ricotta, Feta and Spinach Pie

1 bag (10 oz) fresh spinach, cooked per package directions
1 Tbsp dried whole wheat bread crumbs (leave off for Phase I)
1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
3 lg eggs
1/2 cup fat-free half and half
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
pinch of grated fresh nutmeg (or dried type)

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Cuban Black Bean Soup

Cuban Black Bean soup
1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 rib celery, trimmed and finely chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 medium-size cloves garlic, peeled and pressed or finely minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
4 cups cooked or canned (drained and rinsed) black beans
4 cups defatted chicken broth
1 cup cold water
Salt & Pepper

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Chocolate Souffle

1/2 cup cream
5 oz chocolate
heat cream, melt chocolate
3 egg whites, whisked with 1 tablespoon sugar
fold in chocolate/cream mixture
bake 12 minutes 350 degrees
courtesy of Jacques Pepin, the recipe makes a “moist” souffle according to Julia Child. She is absolutely right. Delicious!

Caffe Macaroni

Although not listed by Verizon’s phone directory, the Caffe Macaroni is alive and well on Columbus at Jackson. In fact, there’s another Macaroni restaurant across the street, which wasn’t listed either. We squeezed into a 2 person table and had the specials listed for us. A bottle of house cabernet sauvignon later, we’d downed a plate of penne and baked penne between us, as well as a salad and buttery soup: broccoli and potato. While the downstairs was cramped and small, several parties appeared at the swinging door and requested the upstairs room, which must be where the party is.

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Blueberry Muffin Cake

ingredients:
* 1 1/2 c. sifted flour
* 1 t. baking powder
* 1/2 t. salt
* 1/2 c. margarine
* 1 c. sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1/3 c. milk
* 1 t. vanilla extract
* 1 1/2 c. blueberries, floured
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, cream margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add flour mixture alternating with the milk. Mix extremely well; the more you beat, the better the cake. Fold in vanilla and the floured berries. Pour batter into well greased 8 x 8 x 2 pan. Sprinkle with sugar (mixture?). Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until center tests done.

The Perfect Dinner?

baby lettuce with winter fruit and parmesan
tarro and porcini soup
whole thai snapper with white wine, parsley, lemon, anchovies
butternut squash with ……
bottle of 2000 …….rizzou
ah hirsch 16 year old bourbon
homemade cookies (ginerbread, peanut butter, sugar, chocolate/macademia, oatmeal raisin, …)
courtesy Rose Pistola, the day of LZ’s 28th year.