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  • Tomato Bisque

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    Cold and rain,
    Such a Pain,
    How’s a soup from Spain?

    Ok, the weather has been bleh for the last several days. Rain, mist, cool, cold, at one point, hot, steamy, sweaty at another, and then back to cold and wet, just the perfect thing for pneumonia…

    Now there is just one thing to defeat the achy, bakey feeling… SOUP!

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  • Pickled Vegetables (Giardiniera)

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    Time to shake up the salad bowl, and add some kick. I recently had an Italian Pickled Vegetable salad, and I was amazed. Most of the time the veggies are limp, the pickling is either too tart / tangy, or tastes about like a salt lick.

    Background
    Giardiniera is an Italian or Italian-American relish of pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil.

    Common vegetables in the Italian version, also called sotto aceti, include onions, celery, zucchini, carrots and cauliflower, pickled vegetables in red- or white-wine vinegar. It is typically eaten as an antipasto, or with salads. The standard Italian antipasto misto wouldn’t be quite right without these, and they also work very well with boiled meats in the winter months.

    It’s commonly made with sport peppers and some combination of other assorted vegetables, such as bell peppers, olives, celery, pimentos, carrots and cauliflower and sometimes crushed red pepper flakes, all marinated in vegetable oil, olive oil, soybean oil or any combination of the three oils.

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  • Cheriyaki Chicken

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    This is a favorite of wife. The sweet / salty / tangy taste of the sauce melds so well with the juicy (umami) flavor of the chicken.

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  • Cheriyaki Sauce For Smoking / Grilling

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    This is a wonderful smoke / grill sauce, richness of teriyaki and the sweetness of cherry. A sauce that won my wife’s taste buds.

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  • Avocado and Black Bean Salad

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    A nice cool tasty salad, for a warm summer evening …

    Background
    Salad is any of a wide variety of dishes including: green salads; vegetable salads; salads of pasta, legumes, or grains; mixed salads incorporating meat, poultry, or seafood; and fruit salads. They include a mixture of cold or hot foods, often including vegetables and/or fruits. Salad is often served as an appetizer before a larger meal, but can also be a side dish, or a main course.

    The word “salad” comes from the French salade of the same meaning, which in turn is from the Latin salata, “salty”, from sal, “salt”, (See also sauce, salsa, sausage). Vegetables seasoned with brine was a popular Roman dish. Most salads are traditionally served cold, although some, such as German potato salad, are served hot.

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  • Basic Blue Cheese Dressing

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    A simple and savory blue cheese dressing that is great on a wide variety of salads, stores well, and is easy to make. Is much cheaper than a store bought dressing and has none of the poly-syllabic chemicals found in commercial dressings. This is a perfect for chicken wings or crude-ette. It is usually made from mayonnaise, sour cream, blue cheese, milk, vinegar, onion powder, dry mustard, and garlic powder.

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