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Provencal Soup – my summer vegetable soup

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As I continue to move my recipes off my “smart-phone”, so I can cook with my iPad in the kitchen, here is my summer vegetable soup, adapt from the Joy of Cooking.

Provencal Vegetable Soup

Ingredients – adjust to desire

* Olive Oil
* 1 Onion, Chopped.
* 1 Garlic Clove Minced
* 2 Leeks, Chopped.
* 2-6 Thin Carrots, Peeled and Chopped.
* 2-4 Tomatoes, Skinned, Seed & Chopped.
* 4-8 Small Red (or White) Potatoes, Quartered.
* 8c Chicken Stock.
* 1/2c Black Beans, Rised
* Orzo Pasta.
* 1 Small Zucchini, Slice.
* 1 1/2c Green Beans, 1″ Pieces.
* Basil
* Parmesan Cheese.

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* Warm oil in Dutch Oven on Stove at medium heat.
* Add in Onion, Garlic, Leeks, Garlic, and Carrots; then reduce heat to low
* Cook till tender, 20+ minutes.

* Add in Tomatoes and Potatoes.
* Stir and watch tomatoes infuse (5 minutes)

* Add stock and bring to simmer.
* Cook until potatoes are tender (12 minutes)

* Add in Beans, Zucchini, Orzo and Basil.
* Simmer until the pasta is tender.

* Remove the soup from the heat.
* When serving, add slivers of Parmesan Cheese.

* Keeps for 3 days.

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Oh yes,Orzo is the most under-rated Pasta there is!

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Written by raspberryfisher

2015/07/12 at 20:24

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Christmas Cheesecake

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A christmas tradition that has spanned 2 decades has been making cheesecake for the fests!  The requests typically focus on Chocolate or Mocha. Here is a simple and very good Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, from my cheesecake reference book – The Joy of Cheeesecale from Bovbjerg and Iggers. This book is also a revelation, in that did not just provide recipes, but also a discussion of cooking mechanics and chemistry.

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz (squares) of SemiSweet Chocolate
  • 1.5 lbs of Cream Cheese (3 Blocks of Philly)
  • 3/4 c Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 c Sour Cream

Steps:

  1. In Oven place pan of water.
  2. Preheat Oven to 275F
  3. Melt Chocolate in Double Boiler.
  4. Mix *well* Cream Cheese ad Sugar,  until mixture is light.
  5. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  6. Stir in chocolate and sour cream.
  7. Pour in pan with prepared crust – either graham wafers or oreo crumbs.
  8. Quickly plcae into the oven.
  9. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  10. Turn off oven and let it cool in the oven.
  11. Next day, add Chocolate shavings the next day.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2014/12/21 at 20:34

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Gazpacho

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Two of my favourite things about summer is fresh corn and vegetable soups. On hot summer days, it is Gazpacho Soup.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cucumber, Peeled, Seeded
    1 Green Pepper, Seeded
    1 Onion
    1/3c Parsely
    2.5lbs Tomatoes, Peeled & Seeded
    1c Tomato Juice
    1/4c Red Wine Vinegar, alternative is Rice Wine Vingear
    3 Tbsp Olive Oil (the best oil you have on the shelf)
    2 Garlic Cloves.
    1/2 Jalapeno, seeded. Alternative is a Popano

Steps

  • Finely chop the cucumber, onion, parsley and green pepper.
  • Add to final serving bowl.
  • Finely chop ripe tomatoes.
  • Add to bowl.
  • Add in vinegar.
  • Add in olive oil.
  • Add in garlic.
  • Add in jalapeno.
  • Add in tomato juice.
  • Stir well
  • Refrigerate for next day.

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2014/07/01 at 20:29

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Homemade Bagels

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Coffee with this morning’s bolied bagel, by Judy.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/09/bronx-worthy-bagels/

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So Tesla (the daughter) is doing her final year thesis (marketing and advertising) on Fleischmann’s Yeast. Her research involves baking up a storm and we benefited during the Christmas holidays, as she made us croissants and bagels.  The croissants were nice, but the bagels were fabulous (IMHO). Last night Judy started a new set of bagels and again we are feasting on fabulous bagels.  I will no longer be able to buy store stocked bagels again.

Not difficult, but does require patience.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2014/01/04 at 21:17

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On the hunt for Tiramisu and Christmas Music

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Our traditional Christmas Desserts – Tiramisu (see recipe from last Christmas season) and Cheesecake.

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and Tesla providing Music

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Written by raspberryfisher

2013/12/25 at 20:42

Potato Salad with Bacon

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Ingredients:

  • 20 Small Red-White Potatoes – Quartered
  • 16 Bacon Slice – Chopped into 2cm segments
  • Olive Oil as needed
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Celery Stalk, thinly sliced – optional
  • 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp of Fresh Marjoram – fine chopped and crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 c beef stock

Steps:

  • Cook quartered potatoes, skin on, for 20 minutes.
  • Let potatoes cool for ten minutes.
  • In dutch oven, cook bacon (but not to crisp) on stove, over medium heat.
  • Remove bacon, but keeping hot fat-oil in oven.
  • Add onion and celery to dutch oven, over medium-low heat.
  • Once onion and celery has become transulccent, whisk in
    • Vinegar
    • Marjoram
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • Dry Mustard
  • Add in stock and mix.
  • Add in Potatoes and Bacon and lets stock heat until it thickens – no more than 5 minutes.
  • Drain excess fluid.
  • Cover and serve warm.

While good cold, the fat (bacon) is best when it is warm.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2013/07/25 at 21:41

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Simple Spinach Tangerine Salad

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The salad, mix:

  • 8c Spinach
  • 1c of Dried Cranberries
  • 1 small Can 0f Tangerine Orange Whole Segments, Drained
    • Save 1-2 Tbps of juice
  • 4-6 Green Onions – Sliced
    • Alternate: Thin sliced sweet onion

Vinegarette, combine

  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Juice (or 2)
  • 2 tsp Wet Mustard
  • 1/3 c Olive Oil

Simple recipes, but some simple ingredients that can make small, but nice changes:

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2013/07/25 at 21:18

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