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Salmon with dill sauce
This is not really a recipe but a method, secret and easy
(don't tell him how you made it):
    -Fresh salmon steaks
    -Tub of dill dip- find it in the salad section or near
        the sour cream

Wash fresh salmon. Arrange on greased broiler; top
generously with dill dip. Broil til fish flakes easily.
Don't overcook or it will be dry. That's it!

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Asparagus Almandine
   -Can of premium canned asparagus, white or green
        (Or steam fresh spears in a little water)
    -1/4 cup slivered blanched almonds
    -1 chopped hard-boiled egg

Heat up asparagus, or steam fresh. Saute almonds
in a little butter (watch carefully, they scorch easily).
Place hot asparagus in serving dish, top with chopped
egg and hot almonds

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Parslied New Potatoes
    -12 or so small new red potatoes
    -2 tblsp. fresh parsley, chopped
    -1/2 stick butter

Scrub the potatoes well. If desired, peel in one ring all
the way around each potato. Or leave skins on if you
prefer. Boil in saucepan of salted water for 15-20 mins,
til tender. Drain, return to pan, toss with parsley, butter
and fresh ground pepper. Simple yet succulent!

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Strawberry shortcake
    -Bakery-bought pound cake
    -1 basket fresh ripe strawberries
    -1/4 cup sugar
    -1 can whipped cream (not artificial)

Prepare the strawberries ahead of time and let them
steep for at least 2 hours: Wash, hull and quarter the
berries. Place a third of them in a small mixing bowl, and
crush with a potato masher or meat tenderizer. Add the
rest of the quartered berries.

Sprinkle on the sugar and mix well. Allow to marinate.
Cut a thin slice of pound cake, place on dessert plate.
Spoon strawberry mixture onto the cake, and top with
whipped cream. Very light and tangy.

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Grilled tenderloins wrapped in bacon
    -2 tenderloin steaks 1-1/2 inches thick (ask the
    -2 strips bacon
    -Bernaise sauce; Buy bottled or make at home:
        1/2 cup red or white wine, as desired
        2 tblsp. tarragon vinegar
        1 tblsp. finely chopped onion
        1/4 tsp. coarse grind pepper
        1/4 tsp. chopped tarragon
        2 egg yolks, beaten briefly in a small bowl
        1 stick melted butter

In skillet, cook bacon til halfway done; still limp. Wrap
around the raw steaks and secure with wooden toothpicks.
Grill to desired doneness, and place on plate, next to the
steamed lobster tail.

Now make the sauce; Combine all sauce ingredients 
except yolks and butter, in small saucepan. Cook over
medium heat, stirring constantly, until reduced by half.
Remove from heat and cool. Then, return to low heat,
and add yolks and butter a little at a time, while beating
briskly with a whisk. Immediately spoon onto the steaks.
Also makes excellent dipping for the lobster.

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Pork chops Shanghai
    -3 tblsp. soy sauce
    -1 tblsp. brown sugar
    -1 tblsp. vegetable oil
    -4 medium lean pork chops
    -1 medium onion, thinly sliced

Mix soy sauce, sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl.
Put oil in large skillet over med-high heat. When heated,
add the 4 chops and brown on both sides. Remove chops
to a plate, leaving the oil juice in the skillet. Add sliced
onions and saute til edges are light brown. Put the chops
back in the pan on the onions and pour the soy sauce
mixture over all.

Cover and cook slowly, turning once, for 5 minutes.
Watch it, if you burn it, it's ruined. Uncover and cook,
basting, for another minute. Place chop on plate and spoon
on the carmelized onion-soy mixture. Guys love this.

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Stewed apples
    -4 tart green apples
-2 tblsp. butter
    - 2 tblsp. sugar
    -1/4 tsp. cinammon

Peel, core and cut apple into quarters. Melt butter in
saucepan. Saute the apples in the butter over medium
heat until just tender. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over
apples and toss lightly. Do not overcook this or it will be

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Bananas Foster
    -4 tblsp. brown sugar
    -2 tblsp. butter
    -1/4 tsp. cinnamon
    -2 ripe bananas, quartered
    -2 oz. rum
    -1 oz. banana liqueur/ or crème de banana
    -2 large scoops vanilla ice cream

Melt butter in skillet. Add brown sugar and cook to
medium paste (do NOT scorch). Add cinnamon and stir
well. Add banana liqueur and stir to make syrupy. Add
banana and saute til just tender.

Pour rum over all and ignite with match (at table). Baste
flames with the syrup until flames go out. Place scoop of
ice cream in flat serving bowls. Spoon on the bananas and
plenty of syrup. Aspectacular New Orleans treat!

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Roast beef, Yorkshire Pudding & gravy
    -Beef roast- standing rib, top round, or eye of round
    -Salt and coarse ground black pepper
    -Pudding; Electric mixer required (handheld is fine)
        -7/8 cup flour
        -1/2 tsp. salt
        -1/2 cup milk (room temp)
        -2 eggs (room temp)
-1/2 cup water (room temp)
        -1/2 stick butter
        -2 tblsp. butter
        -2 tblsp. flour
        -1 cube beef bouillion, prepared, or canned beef

Preheat oven to 550°. Rub beef roast with salt and
pepper. Place on a rack set in roasting pan. Place in pre-
heated oven, then immediately reduce the temp to 350°.
Bake about 20 minutes per lb. or 160° with meat
thermometer. Set milk, eggs and water out to warm to
room temp.

Pudding- Combine flour and salt in large bowl. Stir in
milk. Beat 2 eggs in small bowl til fluffy, then beat them
into the batter. Beat the batter well with electric mixer
til large bubbles rise to the surface. Place 1/2 stick
butter in lasagna-sized baking dish, heat in oven, with
the roast, until butter is melted. Then, pull the oven rack
out with the dish still on it, carefully pour the batter into
the dish, and push back into oven. Bake the pudding in the
oven until puffy and golden brown, about 20-30

Now make the gravy- take drippings from the roast pan
and put in a skillet. You need about 2 tblsp. total grease;
if you don't have enough drippings, add butter. Heat in
skillet over med heat, gradually adding and stirring in the
flour. Stir constantly and let the paste cook a little
without burning. Gradually add 1 cup hot beef bouillion
or consommé, while constantly stirring. Continue to stir
and cook til the gravy is thickened. Season to taste with
salt and pepper.

The pudding acts as your starch, cut into squares, slice
the beef roast against the grain as thinly as you can.
Load up the plate with beef and pudding, then spoon
gravy over all. Okay, so this one's a little more
complicated. But every good cook needs to learn how to
make a beef roast and gravy, right? This meal is worth
the time and effort!

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Baked oriental chicken
    -8 favorite chicken pieces
        -1/2 cup soy sauce
        -1/2 cup grapefruit juice
        -1/2 tsp. sugar
        -1/2 tsp. ground ginger
        -2 tblsp. vegetable oil

Marinade the chicken pieces, turning occasionally, 1-2
hours, or overnight. Remove from marinade. Bake in 375°
oven 1 1/2 hours, turning frequently and basting with
leftover marinade. Quit adding marinade 30 minutes
before done (marinade had raw chicken in it and must be
cooked thoroughly). Don't let this burn, it ruins the
delicate tastes.

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Pasta pesto
    -1/3 cup olive oil
    -1 clove garlic, minced (we love bottled garlic)
    -1/4 lb linguini or angel hair noodles, cooked al dente
    -1/4 cup chopped basil
    -1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    -salt and pepper to taste

Place olive oil and garlic in skillet. Saute over medium
heat until garlic is tender. Add basil and saute briefly.
Add drained cooked pasta to skillet and toss well. Add
salt and pepper to taste. Top with parmesan cheese.

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Fire and Ice Vegetables
    -1 green pepper
    -1 cucumber
    -4 ripe tomatoes
    -1 red sweet onion
        -3/4 cup vinegar
        -1 tsp. celery salt
        -5 tsp. sugar
        -1/8 tsp. mustard seed
        -1/2 tsp. salt
        -1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
        -1/8 tsp. black pepper
        -1/4 cup cold water

Quarter the tomatoes (skin if desired), peel cuke and
slice thinly, slice pepper into strips, and slice onion into
thin rings. Arrange the vegetables in a flat glass dish
(lasagna sized), each veg in a layer. Place all dressing
ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and stir. Pour
dressing over all. Cover and chill, or can be eaten

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Bread pudding with rum sauce
    -1 loaf french bread
    -1 quart whole milk
    -3 eggs
    -2 cups sugar
    -2 tblsp. vanilla
    -3 tblsp. butter
    -1 cup raisins (optional)
    -Rum sauce:
        -1 stick butter
        -1 cup sugar
        -1 beaten egg
        -1-2 tblsp. rum

Soak bread in milk; crush with hands until well mixed.
Add eggs, sugar, vanilla and raisins, and stir well. Melt
butter in a lasagna pan in 350° oven. Pour the bread
mix onto the butter and bake til firm and lightly
browned (20-30 minutes). Cool in refrigerator. When
ready to serve, cut into squares, top with rum sauce and
heat briefly under the broiler.

Rum sauce: Melt butter in saucepan on medium heat, add
sugar and stir, heat til thoroughly hot. Quickly add in
the beaten egg, whipping quickly with a whisk. Cool. Add
rum to taste. Spoon over the bread pudding.

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Manly bacon & cheese quiche
    -1 frozen 9" pie shell, thawed
    -3 strips bacon, cooked til crisp, and crumbled
    -1 1/2 cup grated swiss or sharp cheddar cheese
    -1 cup light cream (whole milk will do)
    -3 eggs
    -1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
    -pinch cayenne pepper
    -Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle bacon over pie crust.
Top with grated cheese. Combine milk, eggs and
seasonings and beat well. Pour egg mixture over cheese
in the pie. Bake 30 minutes, or until set and light brown.

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Spinach & mushroom salad
-1 bunch or bag spinach
    -4 oz. fresh sliced mushrooms
    -2 small green onions, sliced
    -1/2 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese
    -2 chopped boiled eggs
    -1/2 cup large Garlic croutons
    -dressing: make in a clean mayo jar to store in fridge;
     shake to mix:
        -1/3 cup olive oil
        -juice of 1 lime
        -1 clove minced garlic (use bottled)
        -dash worchestershire sauce
        -pinch salt and pepper

Wash spinach well and pat dry. Tear out and discard
tough stems. Tear spinach into bite sized pieces in salad
bowl. Chill well. Just before serving, add all other
ingredients, and toss with dressing.

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Apple crisp
    -5 cups (about 4 large) tart green apples, peeled,
        cored and sliced
    -3/4 cup flour
    -1 cup sugar
    -1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    -1/4 tsp. salt
    -1 stick butter, cut in small pieces

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a medium baking dish,
spread the apples in it. Sprinkle 1/3 cup water over
the apples. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt
in a mixing bowl. Mix in the butter pieces with your
hands until it turns into coarse crumbs. Spread over top
of apples. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until crust is
browned. Can be served with heavy cream, whipped
cream, vanilla ice cream, or au naturel.


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