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Jul 3 12 5:52 AM
"Sometimes I got to eat French toast on the couch. In our house that was special, since we had a formal dining room and usually dressed for dinner. The toast came on a tray, and I was a queen," says Chava Lee of the Silverbow Inn and Restaurant in Juneau, Alaska.
1. In a shallow bowl, whisk to blend eggs, egg whites, milk, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2. Lightly mist a 10- by 15-inch nonstick pan with cooking oil spray.
3. Soak bread thoroughly on each side, a few pieces at a time, in egg mixture.
4. Place slices slightly apart in a single layer in baking pan.
5. Bake in a 500° oven until toast is golden on bottom, about 5 minutes. With a wide spatula, turn slices over and bake until other side is browned, about 3 to 4 minutes longer. Transfer hot French toast to plates.
6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, drizzle with maple syrup, and serve with orange wedges, squeezing juice onto toast.
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Jul 4 12 7:42 AM
Best Potato Dish. An enormously popular story with readers, "Out of the Frying Pan Into the Oven" appeared in April 2002. In it we lightened many popular and traditionally fat-laden foods. These fries stand out. First, they're roasted at high heat until crisp and golden. Then you toss them in melted butter, shredded Parmesan cheese, and chopped fresh parsley for a tasty finishing touch. --Recipe by Elaine Magee (April 2002)
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning after 20 minutes.
Place butter and garlic in a large nonstick skillet, and cook over low heat 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add potatoes, parsley, and Parmesan cheese to pan; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Jul 5 12 2:21 AM
Notes: Bean thread noodles are slippery; if they seem unmanageable, cut them into shorter lengths with scissors after cooking. Prep and cook time: 30 minutes.
1. In a 5- to 6-quart nonstick pan over high heat, bring 2 1/2 to 3 quarts water to a boil. Meanwhile, rinse beans; trim off stem ends and discard. Cut beans into 3-inch lengths. Rinse, stem, and seed bell pepper; cut into thin slivers 2 to 3 inches long.
2. Add beans to boiling water and return to a boil. Remove from heat and add bean threads and scallops; cover and let stand until scallops are barely opaque in center of thickest part (cut to test) and bean threads are barely tender to bite, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water until cool, and drain again thoroughly. Rinse and dry pan.
3. In same pan over high heat, stir garlic and ginger in oil just until garlic begins to brown, about 1 minute. Stir in chile flakes and remove from heat. Add soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Add noodle mixture, bell pepper, and green onions; mix gently. Mound on dinner plates or pour into a wide serving bowl.
Four types of noodles: Look for dried Asian noodles in the international section of the supermarket or in an Asian market.
Bean threads (saifun or cellophane noodles). Thin, wiry dried noodles, made from the starch of mung beans, turn clear and slippery when cooked in water or puffy and crisp when deep-fried. Neutral flavor.
Rice noodles (rice sticks, mai fun, mi fun). Dried white noodles, made from rice flour, vary from whisker-thin to about 1/4 inch wide. When cooked in water, they turn opaque and tender; when fried, they puff and crisp. Mild rice flavor.
Soba. Buckwheat and wheat flour infuse thin, tan Japanese noodles with robust, earthy flavor.
Wheat noodles (Chinese noodles or Oriental noodles, mein). Available in many forms, these all-purpose noodles taste similar to spaghetti and go by many names.
Jul 6 12 9:36 AM
These sweet, juicy shrimp taste of fragrant mint and lime, their aromas amplified by rum. Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes, plus at least 15 minutes to marinate. Notes: Don't marinate for more than the recommended time or the rum and lime juice will "cook" the shrimp and ruin their texture.
1. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for high heat (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate only 1 to 2 seconds). Meanwhile, put shrimp in a 1-gal. resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Seal and marinate at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Remove shrimp, reserving marinade. Thread shrimp onto 6 or 7 (10- to 14-in.) metal or bamboo skewers.
3. Arrange shrimp on grill and baste with marinade (dab some mint and shallot onto shrimp); close lid. Cook until shrimp are just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn shrimp over, baste again, and close lid. Cook 1 to 2 minutes until browned but still moist in center (cut to check). Transfer shrimp to a platter, drizzle with lime juice, and garnish with mint sprigs.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
Jul 7 12 10:41 PM
Prep: 20 min., Fry: 4 min. per batch. This superb sandwich is inspired by the Black Grouper Sandwich served at Dockside Dave's in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
1. Cut fish into 3-inch strips. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tsp. Greek seasoning, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
2. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, remaining 1 tsp. Greek seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper; stir well. Add 2 cups cold beer and egg, stirring until thoroughly blended and smooth.
3. Pour oil to a depth of 2 to 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°.
4. Dip fish strips into batter, coating both sides well; shake off excess. Fry fish, in batches, 2 minutes on each side or until golden (do not crowd pan). Drain on paper towels.
5. Spread top half of each bun evenly with tartar sauce. Place 1 lettuce leaf and 1 tomato slice on bottom half of each bun; top each with 2 fried fish strips and top halves of buns.
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Jul 8 12 6:38 AM
Serve with sautéed haricots verts.
1. Sprinkle steaks evenly with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Add steaks to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; keep warm.
2. Add mushrooms to pan; cook 5 minutes or until tender and beginning to brown, stirring frequently. Combine wine, 1/2 cup water, flour, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; stir well with a whisk. Add wine mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until thick; stir constantly. Remove from heat.
3. Prepare potatoes according to package directions. Stir in chives and garlic powder. Place 3/4 cup potatoes on each of 4 plates. Top each with 1 steak and about 1/4 cup mushroom sauce.
Jul 9 12 9:27 AM
Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in chives and next 3 ingredients. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm.
Shape cheese mixture into 24 (1 1/2-inch) balls; roll evenly in pecans. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Serve with fruit.
Jul 10 12 8:56 AM
Combining three types of ground meat lends more depth to the overall flavor. Serve with roasted carrots and onions.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse breadcrumbs measure 1 1/2 cups.
Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons ketchup and remaining ingredients except cooking spray.
Shape meat mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Spread remaining 6 tablespoons ketchup over top of meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut the loaf into 12 slices.
Jul 11 12 12:42 PM
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and fennel and cook 1 minute more. Add the sherry, tomatoes and their juices, salt, and red pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add the fish and mussels and simmer gently until the fish is cooked through and the mussels have opened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and ladle the soup into individual bowls. Serve with the olives.Tip: Try this dish with steamed crab in place of the fish and mussels. Ask your fishmonger to crack and clean the crab for you. Add the crab, in the shell, to the soup and simmer until the meat is heated through, about 5 minutes.
Jul 12 12 3:46 PM
Fresh orange juice is a great substitute for blood orange juice in this recipe. Garnish with a lime twist, if desired.
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve over ice.
Jul 13 12 2:34 PM
Seal this quick bread in plastic, then wrap with a pretty kitchen towel and tie it up with a ribbon. Add a card that suggests toasting slices of this moist bread for breakfast and spreading with light cream cheese for a special treat. You can even include a small crock of cream cheese in a basket with the bread for a hand-delivered gift.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through mace) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Combine sugars and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add pumpkin, oil, and vanilla; stir well. Add raisins and nuts; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack, and remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
Jul 14 12 2:25 PM
This southwestern-accented recipe combines canned beans with sweet summer corn and red bell peppers for a colorful side dish.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add green beans and corn to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer green bean mixture to a large bowl. Add bell pepper and next 5 ingredients (through black beans) to bowl; toss well. Combine juice, vinegar, and next 7 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add juice mixture to bean mixture; toss well. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Gently stir in tomato and avocado. Serve immediately.
Jul 16 12 8:59 AM
"This is a good example of how Italian American restaurant cooks adapt a basic Italian food idea. Scampi is a Venetian dialect word for a local prawn, rarely found in American markets. So Italian American cooks use shrimp instead, cooking it with a little garlic." -John Mariani
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; sauté 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in wine, salt, and pepper; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 30 seconds. Add parsley and juice; toss well to coat. Cook 1 minute or until shrimp are done.
Jul 17 12 9:10 AM
Crisp flatbread can round out this satisfying salad supper. You can also serve the seasoned pork as an entrée without the salad, if you wish.
1. Cut pork crosswise into 1/2-inch slices; flatten each slice slightly with hand. Combine pork and Sriracha in a bowl, tossing to coat. Add sugar, garlic powder, and salt; toss well.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork mixture to pan, and cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from heat; keep warm.
3. Combine spinach, cabbage, and bell pepper in a large bowl. Add sesame ginger dressing; toss well. Arrange 1 1/2 cups spinach mixture in each of 4 shallow bowls; top each serving with 3 ounces pork.
Jul 18 12 11:36 AM
Mary Frances Noveh from River Ridge, Louisiana, sent us this dessert recipe, which first appeared in December 2001. She noted it was like a "peanut butter and chocolate candy bar." We loved the results, and since it makes two pies, you can share one with a friend and keep the other for yourself. Several tasters in our Test Kitchens enjoy serving this pie frozen.
Combine powdered sugar, peanut butter, and cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add milk; beat until combined. Fold in whipped topping. Divide mixture evenly between crusts; chill 8 hours or until set (pies will have a soft, fluffy texture). Cut into wedges; drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Jul 19 12 10:53 AM
Notes: Thai basil adds an anise nuance, and cinnamon basil contributes notes of spice to this quick stir-fry; however, other basil varieties work well too. Serve with hot cooked rice. Asian fish sauce is available in most supermarkets and in Asian grocery stores.
1. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick strips 2 to 3 inches long.
2. Place a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; when hot, add oil, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and the chicken. Stir often until chicken is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 3 to 4 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, mix broth, fish sauce, and cornstarch until smooth. Add to pan and stir until sauce is boiling, about 1 minute. Add basil leaves and stir just until barely wilted, about 30 seconds. Add salt to taste and pour into a serving bowl.
Jul 20 12 10:50 AM
These no-bake treats taste like bite-sized candy bars and are terrific with a cup of coffee. Prepare them up to two days in advance, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Cover a large baking sheet with wax paper.
Place semisweet and white chocolate chips in a medium glass bowl; microwave at HIGH 45 seconds. Stir, and microwave an additional 45 seconds or until almost melted. Stir until smooth. Add cereal and remaining ingredients; stir quickly to combine. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet; chill 1 hour or until firm.
Jul 21 12 6:55 AM
Not only are these a sweet and crunchy snack, you can sprinkle them over low-sugar ice cream for a quick and easy dessert.
1. Preheat oven to 300°.
2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well.
3. Beat egg white and water with a mixer at medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sweetener mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form; fold in pecan halves.
4. Pour pecan mixture onto a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
5. Cool completely in pan. Store in an airtight container.
carbo rating: 2
Jul 25 12 10:25 AM
Toast fresh breadcrumbs in flavorful olive oil and combine them with chopped toasted walnuts to add texture to this heart-healthy side dish.
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Place shallots and beans in a small roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil; toss. Sprinkle mixture evenly with salt and sugar; toss to combine. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
3. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 1/2 cups. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs to pan; cook 5 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in the cheese and remaining ingredients. Add breadcrumb mixture to beans; toss to combine.
Jul 25 12 10:44 PM
Beans become tough if cooked in salted water, so salt them after they're cooked and tender. Salt the arugula before combining with the other ingredients to wilt the greens and add punch to the salad.
Sort and wash beans; place in a large bowl. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours or overnight. Drain beans. Place beans in a large saucepan. Cover with water to 3 inches above beans; add bay leaf. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. Drain beans; discard bay leaf. Place beans in a large bowl; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Let stand 5 minutes. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil; toss gently to coat.
Heat 4 teaspoons oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; sauté 45 seconds or just until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Place arugula in a large bowl; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add warm bean mixture, garlic mixture, and onion; toss gently to combine.
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