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  1. MexicoKaren

    Karen's Minestrone Soup

    The soup turned out great...
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    Karen's Minestrone Soup

    Here's a recipe for minestrone soup that I have developed over the years. You can use any kind of small dried bean, but I wouldn't use limas. And today, I'm adding ricotta meatballs, but it's good without any added meat. Sorry I don't have a picture, but I'll try to remember to get one today...
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    Mexican Salsa Verde

    Salsa de Tomates Verde 3 cups (750 ml.) water 2 ½ tsp. salt 2 cloves garlic 4 chiles serranos 1 pound tomates verdes (tomatillos), husks removed 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro 1/2 cup finely chopped onion § In a saucepan, bring the water and 1 tsp. of the salt to a...
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    Hurricane Irene

    I keep a close watch on the hurricane sites this time of year, but usually stick to the eastern Pacific. Over on the Atlantic side, it looks like a fair number of our members might be affected by Hurricane Irene. Hope you are all getting battened down, and that no serious consequences occur...
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    PASTA SHELLS WITH ZUCCHINI

    PASTA SHELLS WITH ZUCCHINI (CONCHIGLIE pasta con le zucchine) (serves 4) ½ cup butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 or 4 zucchini, thinly sliced 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary leaves 1 lb pasta shells 2 T fresh parsley ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Melt butter in a large skillet...
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    Most Authentic Tortilla Soup

    This delicious soup has two things going for it that make it taste just like the best tortilla soup served in restaurants here in Mexico: you actually incorporate some tortillas into the soup mixture, and you use some ancho chiles, which give the soup its beautiful color. It's a bit of a...
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    Thai Shrimp with Asparagus

    Thai Shrimp with Asparagus 6 cloves garlic, peeled 1-1 inch piece fresh ginger root, minced 1-2 fresh jalapeno chiles (seeds removed if you don't want the heat) 3 TBS lime juice 1 TBS brown sugar ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground turmeric 1-2 tsp curry powder, according to taste Combine the...
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    Karen's Chile Seasoning

    I think I have posted this before, but could not find it. This is my all-purpose seasoning that is good for tacos and as a rub before cooking chicken and pork, especially. If you use it, remember that there is already salt in it: Karen's chile seasoning 6 oz dried chiles (mild, hot or...
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    Lemon Icebox Pie

    I got this recipe from the AllRecipes site, but have changed it considerably from the original. It is light, refreshing, and easy to make. Great summer dessert! We loved it. LEMON ICEBOX PIE 1 – 9 inch graham cracker or cookie pie crust (I make mine out of plain vanilla cookies called Marias...
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    What's cookin' TGIF, Friday, July 22?

    We're having company for dinner tonight, and I'm roasting some salmon this morning to use in a salade nicoise. Also making some cold cucumber/dill soup and a lemon icebox pie. EVERYTHING cold and refreshing tonight. What's up with you?
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    Mexican recipe for pork tenderloin

    I was at the grocery store this morning and picked up a copy of one of my favorite magazines, called Cocina Facil (literally, "cook easy" or Easy Cooking.) I get alot of good recipes from this magazine and thought you all might enjoy this one. Like many Mexican recipes, it uses a braising method...
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    Honey Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread in your KA

    Honey Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread for Your KitchenAid Mixer (Makes Two Loaves) Ingredients 4 cups all purpose flour (approx) 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup quick-cooking oats 2 teaspoons salt 4 and ½ tsp instant dry yeast 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup butter 2...
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    Hola, amigos...

    ...sorry I have been so absent lately. I've been back from the states for a few weeks now (and I did buy some wonderful goodies that I'll post about later). I've been consumed by trying to manage my disabled daughter's needs from a distance (she did not return with me) and it has pretty much...
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    I may be out of touch for awhile

    Hey fellow foodie friends, I am heading north tomorrow afternoon to accompany my daughter back to the US to spend the summer with friends, where she can hopefully get some needed health care. I'll be staying for a week with my sister in southern Oregon, then up to Portland for a few days to...
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    Karen's Lemony Chicken aka Chicken Francaise

    Karen's Lemony Chicken (serves two generously) You will need: For the chicken - 2 large chicken breast halves (I cut these myself from one whole bone-in chicken breast) 1 cup flour 2 tsp fines herbes 1 tsp freshly ground sea...
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    "The things you do for love"

    ONLY the cooking things, OK? As I was looking at my overcooked vegetables tonight, and thinking about the way I break the spaghetti when I cook it, I realized that I modify my cooking to fit my dear husband's tastes (most of the time). He is a Idaho-bred farm boy with a fairly unsophisticated...
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    Spicy Baked Teriyaki Chicken

    BAKED TERIYAKI CHICKEN Preheat oven to 375F 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons cold water ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup reduced sodium soy sauce ½ cup rice vinegar 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tsp sesame oil...
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    Karen 's TNT Potluck Wild Rice and Spinach Salad

    I've been making this salad for at least 25 years, and it is always popular at a potluck (which is where it is going today). Not many ingredients, but a nice mix of textures and flavors. It also keeps and travels well. I originally found it in a old Betty Crocker cookbook, and I've tweaked it...
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    Zuppa Toscana Eclectica

    This is a very quick and easy recipe that gives you alot of delicious return for a fairly small investment of time. I started with a recipe from AllRecipes and made some changes in procedure, some additions, some subtractions...hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Zuppa Toscana Eclectica...
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    Karen's Porchetta

    Karen's Porchetta There is a deli in Northwest Portland, Oregon (my hometown) that has people lined up around the block every Thursday, because that's the day they make porchetta. I have wanted to make it myself since I first tasted it there, and now that I am in Mexico, where the pork is of...
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