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Grilled Leek And Sweet Pepper

Dec 17,2008

2 medium leeks, green tops trimmed, split up to the root ends, cleaned

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 large red bell pepper

1 large yellow bell pepper

4 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 large clove, garlic, minced fine

1/3 cup dry vermouth

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

12 oz. fresh fettuccine

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1 cup Apple Wood chips


Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Coat the leeks with olive oil.


When the coals are covered in gray ash add the presoaked chips to the fire.

When the chips start to smoke place the leeks and peppers on the cooking

grid directly over the fire.


Grill, turning as needed, until leeks are tender and golden brown, about

10-12 minutes, and skin of peppers is charred, about 15 minutes. Remove the

leeks from grill and let cool. Remove the peppers from the grill and place

in a paper or plastic bag and seal; set aside and allow to steam.


When cool, trim root ends from leeks, then cut into thin strips. Peel and

seed bell peppers and cut into thin strips.


Meanwhile, heat a large pot of water to boiling.


Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook,

stirring frequently, until pale golden. Add vermouth, and reduce to syrupy

consistency. Stir in leeks and peppers and season with salt and pepper.


Salt boiling water, add pasta, and cook until tender but still firm to the

bite. Drain thoroughly, add to skillet and toss well. Sprinkle with thyme

and serve hot.

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  • Sweet Potato Casserole

    Dec 16,2008

    2 lbs. sweet potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed

    2 eggs, beaten

    2 oz. margarine, melted

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1 cup buttermilk

    1/4 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


    Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients and mix well.

    It will be very soupy. Bake at 350F for 1 hour.

    Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie

    Dec 16,2008

    1 frozen deep-dish pie crust, thawed, pierced all over with fork

    1 1-pound red-skinned sweet potato (yam), pierced with fork

    1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

    2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    3/4 cup light corn syrup

    2 large eggs

    1 cup (about 4 ounces) pecan halves


    Preheat oven to 400F. Bake crust until pale golden, about 8 minutes; set aside.

    Reduce oven temperature to 350F.


    Cook sweet potato in microwave on high until tender, about 6 minutes per side.

    Cut potato in half; scoop flesh into medium bowl and mash. Measure 1 cup mashed

    potato; place in large bowl. Whisk sugar and next 5 ingredients into mashed potato;

    spread mixture in prepared crust. Whisk corn syrup and eggs in bowl to blend. Stir

    in pecans. Pour syrup mixture over potato mixture.


    Bake pie until filling is set, puffed and brown, about 45 minutes. Cool pie completely.

    Serve at room temperature or refrigerate up to 1 day and serve cold.

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  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Dec 16,2008

    4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled

    1 tbsp. butter

    1/4 cup milk

    3/8 cup brown sugar

    1 tsp. cinnamon


    Boil water. Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes. Put in boiling

    water. Let cook until potatoes are soft. Remove potatoes, place in bowl.

    Mash potatoes with potato masher or mixer. Add butter and milk; stir.

    Add brown sugar and cinnamon, stir. Dish onto bowl or plate. Sprinkle

    cinnamon lightly over top.

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  • Fruited Sweet Potatoes

    Dec 16,2008

    1 can (40 ounces) sweet potatoes, drained and mashed

    1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple in juice, drained

    1/4 cup each bourbon, brown sugar, golden raisins, shredded coconut

    1/3 cup chopped walnuts

    2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

    1 teaspoon salt

    vegetable cooking spray


    Preheat oven to 350F. In large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, pineapple,

    bourbon, brown sugar, raisins, coconut, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice and salt.

    Pour mixture into 2-quart casserole dish that has been sprayed with

    cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.


    Cooking tip: Orange juice may be used in place of bourbon, and pecans in

    place of walnuts, if desired.

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  • Sweet and Sour Pork

    Jan 5,2008

    Ingredients :

    · 1-1/2 lb. pork
    · 1 egg, slightly beaten
    · 2 tbsp. cornstarch
    · 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
    · 1 tsp. salt
    · 1/4 tsp. white pepper
    · 1 tsp. soy sauce

    · 2 tomatoes
    · 1 green bell pepper

    · 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    · 3/4 cup water
    · 2 tbsp. cornstarch
    · 1 tsp. salt
    · 1 tsp. baking soda

    · vegetable oil, for frying

    · 1 cup chicken broth
    · 1 cup sugar
    · 3/4 cup white vinegar
    · 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
    · 2 tsp. soy sauce
    · 1 tsp. salt
    · 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    · 1/4 cup cornstarch
    · 1/4 cup water · 1 can (8-1/4 oz) pineapple chunks, drained

    Cooking Procedures :

    1. Trim fat from pork and cut into 3/4 inch pieces. Set aside.
    2. Mix egg, cornstarch, vegetable oil, salt, pepper and soy sauce in a glass or plastic bowl. Stir in pork. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes.
    3. Cut each tomato into wedges and slice green pepper into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.
    4. In another large bowl, mix flour, water, cornstarch, salt and the baking soda. Stir in pork pieces into batter until well coated. Set aside.
    5. Heat vegetable oil in a wok (or a skillet) over medium heat. Fry about 15 pork pieces at a time until light brown for 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining pork pieces. Increase heat to high heat. Fry pork all at one time until golden brown, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towel. Transfer to a heated platter. Set aside and keep warm.
    6. In a saucepan, mix chicken broth, sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, salt and garlic. Bring to a soft boil for 3 minutes. Correct seasonings. Mix cornstarch and water, stir into sauce. Cook and stir until thickened for about 20 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, green pepper and pineapple. Heat to boiling for about a minute or two.
    7. Remove from heat. Pour over pork and serve.

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  • Microwave Sweet Snack Nuts

    Jan 2,2008


    • 3 cups Nuts, walnuts, almonds or pecans, or a combination
    • 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
    • 2 Tbs. water
    • 2 Tbs. sesame seeds
    • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


    Combine first 3 ingredients in a microwave safe dish. Microwave uncovered 3 minutes on high. Remove and stir to coat all the nuts. Let stand 3 minutes before spreading on waxed paper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and cinnamon and allow to cool before serving.

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  • Sweet Potato Fries

    Jan 2,2008


    • 2 tb Thawed orange juice -concentrate
    • 1 t Onion powder
    • 1/2 ts Salt
    • 1/8 ts Ground red pepper (cayanne)
    • 1 lb Sweet potatoes, cut into -1/2″ sticks


    Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with Pam In a medium bowl combine orange juice concentrate, onion powder, salt and cayanne. Add potato sticks and turn to coat. Arrange coated potato sticks on the oiled foil in a single layer.

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  • Sweet Potato Oven Rounds-Cookies

    Jan 2,2008


    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/2 inch thick.
    • 1 T canola oil
    • Salt to taste
    • Optional:Black pepper to taste.


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Dip potatoes or coat with brush.

    Bake for 25 minutes. Loosen potatoes with spatula and turn over. Continue baking until brown on outside but very tender inside–about 5 to 10 minutes additional.

    Serve immediately.

    Note: Easily doubled or tripled but remember: only one layer of potatoes in pan.

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 25,2007


    • 3 tb Sake
    • 24 Small Clams or Cockels
    • 1 1/2 oz Sugar
    • 2 1/2 tb Soya Sauce


    TO COOK: Put the Sake, sugar, and clams into a large frying pan and stir together. Bring to boil over high heat and cook for 3 minutes, uncovered. Stir in the Soya sauce and cook briskly for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside. Boil the remaining liquid for 10 minutes until it becomes syrupy. Add clams and stir them gently in the sauce over hight heat for 1 minute. TO SERVE: Transfer to deep bowl, and cool to room temperature. Serve cool.

    *NOTE: Tiny Shrimp, mussels, or bits of fresh tunny fish may be sustituted for the clams and cockles.

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