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Post  Chef Porker on Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:54 pm

Snappy Smothered Chicken

1 (8-oz.) package wide egg noodles
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 (16-oz.) package mushrooms, sliced
2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1/3 cup dry white wine (optional)
1 rotisserie chicken, cut into serving pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Prepare noodles according to package directions. Keep warm. Meanwhile, stir together paprika, dried thyme, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and mushrooms, and sauté 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in garlic and paprika mixture; sauté 2 minutes. Add soup, milk, and, if desired, wine, and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add chicken pieces; spoon sauce over top of chicken. Reduce heat to low, and cook, covered, 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly heated. Stir in 1 Tbsp. parsley. Serve over hot cooked noodles. Sprinkle with remaining parsley. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:12 pm

Peppered Halibut Steaks

1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets
3/4 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
Cooking spray
4 lemon wedges

Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Combine first 3 ingredients; rub over halibut fillets. Cover and let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Sprinkle fish with salt.

Place fish on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 1 lemon wedge)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:59 pm

Chile-Spiced Tenderloin Steaks

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks (about 1 inch thick)
Cooking spray

Prepare grill. Combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl, and rub marinade mixture evenly over both sides of steaks. Let steaks stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Remove steaks from marinade, and discard remaining marinade.

Place steaks on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from grill, and let stand 5 minutes. Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 steak)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:03 pm

Balsamic-Plum Glazed Pork Chops

1 teaspoon butter
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 cup port wine
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup plum preserves
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 3 1/2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan.

Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shallots and garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Add port and vinegar to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and plum preserves; cook for 30 seconds or until smooth, stirring constantly. Return pork to pan; cook 30 seconds or until desired degree of doneness, turning to coat. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1 tablespoon glaze)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:10 pm

Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy

Cooking spray
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed (1/2 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup presliced mushrooms
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 cup beef broth
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with pepper and salt. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan.

Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes.

Place sour cream in a medium bowl. Gradually add mushroom mixture to sour cream, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in minced parsley. Serve gravy with steak. Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 steak and 1/4 cup gravy)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:12 pm

Beef-Broccoli Lo Mein

4 cups hot cooked spaghetti (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chopped broccoli
1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion
1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed and cut across the grain into long, thin strips
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon chile paste with garlic

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Combine pasta and sesame oil, tossing well to coat.

While pasta cooks, heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add broccoli and onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add steak, and sauté 5 minutes or until done. Add pasta mixture, soy sauce, and remaining ingredients; cook 1 minute or until lo mein is thoroughly heated, stirring constantly. Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:14 pm

Broiled Salmon with Marmalade-Dijon Glaze

1/2 cup orange marmalade
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
Cooking spray

Preheat broiler. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well. Place fish on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Brush half of marmalade mixture over fish; broil 6 minutes. Brush fish with remaining marmalade mixture; broil for 2 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:18 pm

Pork Chops Stuffed with Feta and Spinach

Cooking spray
4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
5 sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil, diced
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) block-style cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Preheat broiler. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 2 garlic cloves; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, tomatoes, and spinach; sauté until moisture evaporates. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses and rind.

Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff about 1/4 cup spinach mixture into each pocket. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper over pork. Arrange pork on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan.

Combine remaining 2 garlic cloves, juice, mustard, and oregano in a bowl; stir well. Brush half of mustard mixture over pork. Broil 6 minutes; turn pork. Brush remaining mixture over pork; broil 2 minutes or until done. Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:21 pm

Pork and Stir-Fried Vegetables with Spicy Asian Sauce

1 teaspoon canola oil
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 cup presliced zucchini
1 cup presliced red bell pepper
1 teaspoon bottled ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine hoisin sauce and next 4 ingredients (through ground red pepper), stirring until blended; set side. Add pork to pan; sprinkle with black pepper and salt.

Cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan. Add sesame oil to pan. Add zucchini, bell pepper, and ginger; stir-fry 4 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Stir in onions and pork. Add hoisin mixture to pan; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:38 pm

Seared Mediterranean Tuna Steaks

4 (6-ounce) Yellowfin tuna steaks (about 3/4 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped seeded tomato
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
12 chopped pitted kalamata olives

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt, coriander, and pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

While fish cooks, combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, tomato, and remaining ingredients. Serve tomato mixture over fish. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:44 pm

Sesame Lamb Chops with Honey-Raisin Sauce

Cooking spray
8 (4-ounce) lamb loin chops, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/3 cup diced shallots
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the lamb evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add lamb to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side. Remove lamb from pan.

Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and shallots; sauté for 1 minute. Stir in broth, raisins, honey, cumin, and cinnamon. Add lamb, turning to coat. Simmer 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:46 pm

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Cooking spray
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Preheat broiler. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil chicken 5 minutes on each side.

Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture on chicken. Broil 1 minute. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture. Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done. Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs)

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:52 pm

Spiced Pork with Bourbon Sauce

Sauce:
1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pork:
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
Cooking spray

To prepare sauce, combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 11 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
To prepare pork, combine chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt, stirring well; rub evenly over pork. Cut pork crosswise into 12 slices.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with sauce. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:00 pm

Spiced Pork with Bourbon Sauce

Sauce:
1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pork:
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
Cooking spray

To prepare sauce, combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 11 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
To prepare pork, combine chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt, stirring well; rub evenly over pork. Cut pork crosswise into 12 slices.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with sauce. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Marshmallow Cream on Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:29 am

Barbecued Pork Quesadillas

1/2 pound shredded barbecued pork
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
5 green onions, minced
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1 cup shredded Mexican four-cheese blend
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
Toppings: sour cream, sliced green onions, barbecue sauce
Garnish: fresh cilantro sprig

Stir together first 4 ingredients. Spoon pork mixture evenly on 1 side of each tortilla; sprinkle with cheese. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to seal. Spread butter on both sides of quesadillas.

Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat, and cook quesadillas 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Cut each quesadilla in half for main-dish servings or in quarters for appetizer servings. Serve with desired toppings. Garnish, if desired. Makes 4 to 6

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Post  Marshmallow Cream on Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:32 am

Grilled Salmon with Roasted Corn Relish

4 Anaheim chiles
Cooking spray
2 shucked ears corn
1 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets

Prepare grill. Place chiles on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until blackened. Place chiles in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 5 minutes. Peel chiles; cut in half lengthwise. Discard seeds and membranes. Cut chiles into 1/4-inch strips.

Place corn on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Cool slightly. Cut kernels from cobs.

Combine chiles, corn, tomato, cilantro, and juice; toss gently. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and cumin, stirring well. Rub spice mixture evenly over both sides of salmon. Place salmon on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with relish. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Marshmallow Cream on Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:35 am

Italian Meatballs with Spaghetti

1 pound ground lean beef (7% or less fat)
2 cups finely chopped onions (3/4 lb.)
1 large egg white
3 tablespoons fine dried bread crumbs
1 tablespoon minced garlic
About 1/2 teaspoon salt
About 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can (28 oz.) tomato purée
1/3 cup dry red wine (see notes)
1/3 cup fat-skimmed beef broth
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 pound dried spaghetti
About 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley

In a covered 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring 2 1/2 to 3 quarts water to a boil. In a bowl, mix beef, 1/2 cup onions, egg white, bread crumbs, 1/2 tablespoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Shape mixture into 12 equal balls (about 1 3/4 in. each).

Place meatballs in a single layer, without crowding, in an 11- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; turn as needed to brown on all sides, about 5 minutes total per batch. As meatballs are browned, transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.

Add remaining 1 1/2 cups onions and 1/2 tablespoon garlic to frying pan; stir often until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add tomato purée, wine, broth, basil, and sugar; stir until boiling.

Add browned meatballs to sauce; when sauce boils, cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add spaghetti to boiling water and cook until barely tender to bite, 7 to 9 minutes; drain well.

Mound spaghetti in a wide bowl. Pour meatballs and sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese and parsley; serve with salt, pepper, and additional cheese to add to taste. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Marshmallow Cream on Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:36 am

Fettuccine with Blue Cheese Sauce

1/2 cup pine nuts
1 1/2 (4-ounce) packages crumbled blue cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cubed
2 (9-ounce) packages refrigerated fettuccine, cooked
2 cups tightly packed torn spinach, cut into thin strips
6 ounces thinly sliced ham, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place pine nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.

Cook 1 cup blue cheese, half-and-half, and cream cheese in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth. Keep warm.

Toss cooked pasta with spinach strips and next 3 ingredients. Pour blue cheese sauce over pasta, and toss to coat. Sprinkle pasta with remaining 1/2 cup blue cheese and pine nuts. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings

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Post  Marshmallow Cream on Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:52 am

Italian Meat Loaf with Fresh Basil and Provolone

1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
2 large egg whites
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground round
Cooking spray
1/3 cup ketchup

Combine boiling water and tomatoes in a bowl; let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain tomatoes; finely chop.
Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine 1/2 cup ketchup, breadcrumbs, and the next 6 ingredients (breadcrumbs through beef) in a large bowl. Add tomatoes to meat mixture. Shape meat mixture into a 9 x 5-inch loaf on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Spread 1/3 cup ketchup over meat loaf. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Cut into 12 slices. Makes 6 servings (serving size: 2 slices)

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Post  Chef Porker on Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:49 pm

Chili-Topped Potatoes

1 pound ground chuck
1 onion, chopped
1 (16-ounce) can pinto beans, undrained
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
1 (1 1/4-ounce) envelope taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) envelope Ranch-style dressing mix
2 cups water
4 large baking potatoes
Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions

Cook ground beef and onion in a Dutch oven, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain and return to pan. Stir in pinto beans and next 6 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes. Scrub potatoes; prick several times with a fork.

Microwave potatoes 1 inch apart on paper towels at high 14 minutes or until done, turning and rearranging after 5 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes. Split potatoes, and top evenly with chili. Serve with desired toppings. Makes 4 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:53 pm

All-In-One Spaghetti

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
3 cups tomato juice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash of pepper
1 (7-ounce) package spaghetti, uncooked
Grated Parmesan cheese
Garnish: fresh Italian parsley sprigs

Cook first 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef mixture to pan. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 30 minutes.

Add pasta; cover and simmer, stirring often, 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese, and garnish, if desired. Makes 6 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:01 pm

Hamburger Steak

2 pounds ground chuck
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; shape into 6 patties.
Cook patties in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or until browned; drain and remove from skillet.

Sauté onion and bell pepper in skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard; bring to a boil. Add patties; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Uncover and cook 5 more minutes or until patties are no longer pink. Makes 6 servings

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Post  Chef Porker on Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:03 pm

Stuffed Peppers

1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag long-grain rice
4 medium red bell peppers
3/4 pound ground sirloin
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups bottled tomato-and-basil pasta sauce (such as Classico), divided
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup dry red wine
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450°. Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Set aside.

While rice cooks, cut tops off bell peppers; reserve tops. Discard seeds and membranes. Place peppers, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square baking dish; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at high 2 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Cool.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and the next 5 ingredients (beef through allspice); cook 4 minutes or until beef is lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Remove from heat. Add rice, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, and cheese to beef mixture, stirring to combine.

While beef cooks, combine 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce and wine in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.

Spoon about 3/4 cup beef mixture into each pepper. Place peppers in a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray; add wine mixture to pan. Cover with foil.

Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve peppers with sauce. Garnish with pepper tops. Makes 4 servings

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:33 pm

Hen and Dressing

1 (3-pound) hen or whole fryer chicken
2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, divided
8 cups Cornbread, crumbled
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup finely diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage or 1 to 2 tablespoons dried sage
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

Rinse hen under running water, remove giblets, and place hen in a Dutch oven with enough water to cover. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 1 hour. Remove hen from pot, and keep liquid warm. Pull meat from bone once hen cools, and discard carcass. Tear meat into small pieces (about 3 cups).

Preheat oven to 350°. Crumble Cornbread into a large bowl. Add onion and celery, sage, remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring reserved cooking liquid to a boil, and stir 4 cups into mixture, 1 cup at a time. Dressing should be loose but not gummy. Add more cooking liquid as needed. Lightly stir in chicken and egg.

Spoon dressing into a 13- x 9-inch baking dish, and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until heated through and slightly browned on top. To make ahead, cover dressing and refrigerate up to 2 days before baking. Makes 10 to 12 servings

Cornbread

1 slice bacon
2 cups white self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450°. Place bacon in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, and place in hot oven 5 to 10 minutes or until fat is rendered.

Mix cornmeal and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Remove skillet from oven, reserve bacon strip for another use, and stir 1 tablespoon grease into cornmeal mixture. Pour batter into hot skillet, and bake 20 minutes or until slightly brown on top. Makes 8 cups crumbled

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Post  justmecookin on Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:26 pm

Lumberjack Hash

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed (about 1 pound)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces ham, diced
3/4 cup (3 ounces) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 3 minutes. Add potatoes, salt, pepper, and ham; cook 16 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Top with cheese; cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Makes 4 servings

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