• Creamy Fresh Leek Soup
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    Creamy Fresh Leek Soup

    Time-saver tip: Cook up a double batch and freeze half for another dinner. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup diced potato 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (scallions) 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano leaves 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 11/2 pounds white leeks, sliced (about 9 cups) 1 cup white wine or water 11/2 cups low fat milk Directions: In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add potatoes, onions, garlic, salt, thyme and pepper; cook, stirring often, until onions just begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add leeks, broth, and wine; bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove 1 cup of the…

  • Brownie Cupcakes
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    Brownie Cupcakes

    The allure of the cupcake has gone beyond children’s party fare. All the world, it seems, has a passion for cupcakes these days. Cupcake bakeries are opening across the country. Cookbooks devoted to the art of the cupcake are turning up in bookstores. When a cupcake crosses with a brownie, a satisfying, deep chocolate flavor is presented in the form of a little cake. Brownie cupcakes make a deliciously dense cake, especially tasty with a sweet addition of natural raisins. The recipe comes together quickly in a single pot on the stove top, a great option for quick cleanups. Top the cupcakes with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or a drizzle of glaze, excellent for lunchboxes. For the…

  • Indian Tandoori
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    Indian Tandoori

    Traditionally, tandoori dishes are cooked in a tandoor, an oval shaped clay oven with a small fire in the bottom. The heat rises gradually but ultimately reaches a much higher temperature than a barbeque. A tandoor is normally used to cook naan bread, meats and kebabs (meat or paneer). The bread is stuck to the sides, the kebabs stood vertically and whole chickens rested on a grid over the fire. For domestic cooking, a tandoor is not really convenient but the meat dishes can be reproduced on a barbeque or in the oven. The bright red appearance of tandoori meats which you may see in Indian restaurants is produced by a food dye which really isn’t necessary to enhance the look of your…

  • California-Style Buttered Pasta
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    California-Style Buttered Pasta

    California and Italy have much in common, which explains why many simple Italian dishes featuring fresh ingredients are popular in the Golden State. One dish that deliciously merges the Old World with the new is California-Style Buttered Pasta. While red sauce is the most familiar match for Italian pasta, as you move into Northern Italy the tomatoes and olive oil give way to creamy butter as a popular pasta topping. Northern Italy is a major dairy region, much like California, which is the largest milk and butter producer in the U.S. This delicious dish couldn’t be simpler to prepare, combining cooked pasta with the rich natural taste of California butter. The dish comes together as…

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