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Old 08-23-2008, 09:44 PM   #31
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Creamy Tomatoe Soup (better than Campbell's soup)

This is really great on cold evenings or lunch with a tuna sandwich.

6 medium Plum Tomatoes chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
1 carrot chopped
1 medium sweet onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 small can tomatoe paste
1 T. butter
2 Cups milk
1 bay leaf
1/4 t. Herb de provance
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat med. sauce pan on med-low. Add butter, when melted add carrots celery and onions and saute until onions are carmelized lightly. Add garlic and saute for a 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoe paste and saute for a minute or two. Add tomatoes mix ingredients together and simmer for about 1 hour. Stir occaisonally.

Using a food processor or electric blender add tomatoe mix and process until smooth. Return to pan on med-low heat and add 1 cup milk and stir to blend. If too thick add more milk until you have a creamy consistancy.

Add spices to taste and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve with some good homemade garlic bread.

Enjoy. I do.
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:49 PM   #32
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Corn salad - makes for a great side dish for the summers months. Quick and easy.

1 15 oz Whole kernel corn (drained)
1 green pepper
1 red onion
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups Mayo
1 16 oz bag of chili corn chips

Dice onion green pepper into small pieces. Combine first 5 ingredients and chill 30 minutes to an hour. Just before serving crush up corn chips and mix with other ingredients.
I know somebody that makes a very similar salad. It is great too. I got to try this one also.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:06 PM   #33
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rice n curry man - ROFL - Man, you need to start experimenting with food.

Here's a favorite of mine, real simple 5-6 ingredients and a crock pot

(1) 10 3/4-oz can of condensed cream of chicken with herbs soup
(1) 8-oz. carton dairy sour cream (you can use the fat free, but it's not as good IMO)
1 1/2 cups shredded smoked chedder cheese (I use Gruyere, but it can be pricey)
(1) 24-oz. pkg. frozen diced hash brown potatoes with onions and peppers
3 cups chopped smoked or roasted chicken or turkey (I buy a bag of Tyson grilled chicken pre-sliced in the frozen food section)
crushed croutons (optional)

In a 4-quart crock pot (slow cooker) combine soup, sour cream and cheese. Stir it up real good before adding the potatoes and chicken. Cover and cook on low-heat for 5-6 hours, stirring occasionally. Top with crushed croutons if desired.

For a little extra kick, I also add in some Cayenne, chipotle, and smoked paprika to the soup/sour cream mix.

Here's another simple recipe that kids love - tater tot cassarole

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 lb ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can green beans
1 bag Onion Tater tots
salt/pepper to taste

Brown the beef and drain excess grease. return to skillet and add soup, green beans, garlic, salt/pepper. stir together well. pour mix into a 8X8 pan. cover with a layer of tater tots. sprinkle with season salt (optional). bake at 350 for 15-18 mins.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:50 PM   #34
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I've gotten back into cooking so I decided to learn how to cook indian food. I found a local indian grocery and stocked up on daal and spices. My favorite so far is the Saag paneer (spinach and indian cheese), but I'd feel bad posting the recipe without referencing the site because I'm pretty much taking my recipes from this great site I found that teaches cooking indian from the basics on up:

http://www.quickindiancooking.com

Once you start, you learn to experiment yourself. So far I've made the Saag, eggplant and peas, chicken curry, spicy peanuts, and a weird sausage curry (That one isn't really indian, I just needed to use up the sausage).

The peanuts are awesome and quick and easy to make if you have the right spices.

Here's the Saag Panner recipe. I used fresh spinach and didn't blend it, so like I said, you learn to experiment.


Feeds 4:

225gm paneer
500gm fresh frozen spinach
1 tsp cumin powder
Half tsp chilli powder
Half tsp turmeric powder
1 medium onion
1 large green finger chilli
4 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
Half tsp garam masala
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
Chop the block of paneer into even bite sized pieces. In a bowl, mix the paneer pieces with the turmeric, chilli powder and a teaspoon of salt and set aside.

Now, chop the onion roughly and mince or puree the ginger and garlic together. In a non-stick pot, bring the oil to heat over a high flame.

When it is hot, add in the paneer and fry on one side until golden brown and then flip over and repeat on the opposite side. Then remove it with a slotted spoon back into its bowl.

In the same oil, fry the onions, ginger and garlic next. When it starts going translucent, mix in the cumin and the chopped green chilli. Fry for about five minutes until the mixture turns a deep golden brown.

Now mix in the frozen spinach and let it cook for another five minutes. When it is thoroughly defrosted in the pot and mixed evenly with the masala, add half a cup of hot water and go in with a hand blender to liquidise the whole lot into a smooth, creamy mixture.

If you donít have a hand blender, you could tip the spinach into a normal blender for the same result. When it is smooth and back in the pot, add in the fried paneer pieces and the garam masala. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the water dries up and the spices have penetrated the spinach thoroughly.

At this point, check for salt. Youíll need to add a fair bit to lift the spinach. But this dish is worth it. Eat it piping hot as a side dish or with some ready nan as a complete meal.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:51 AM   #35
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What's a paneer?
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:24 AM   #36
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YUMMMMMM...... PANEER, MY FAVORITE!!!!!

My mom makes food from Gujrat most of the time but I really like it when she makes south indian and punjabi food, but we're vegetarian. Yeah, I'm Indian
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:44 AM   #37
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Here's another simple recipe that kids love - tater tot cassarole

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 lb ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can green beans
1 bag Onion Tater tots
salt/pepper to taste

Brown the beef and drain excess grease. return to skillet and add soup, green beans, garlic, salt/pepper. stir together well. pour mix into a 8X8 pan. cover with a layer of tater tots. sprinkle with season salt (optional). bake at 350 for 15-18 mins.
I like that casserole myself, but with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese melted/browned on top.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:46 AM   #38
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I love Indian food, but can't get it out here (not even the ingredients!). But this company makes quite passable Indian food: www.tastybite.com Nothing like I used to get in LA, but a starving palate has to improvise...
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Paneer=Indian Cheese
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:44 AM   #40
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I bet you could mail-order the spices. I get them in such big bags from the indian grocery they'll last 2 years. Well, maybe not if I keep cooking so much indian food.
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Yes, it just gets expensive to ship everything all the time. One of the things I miss most about living in LA is real food. Different food. Food with flavors and spices. Good food cooked by someone other than me...
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:37 AM   #42
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Old 08-28-2008, 03:42 PM   #43
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Yes, it just gets expensive to ship everything all the time. One of the things I miss most about living in LA is real food. Different food. Food with flavors and spices. Good food cooked by someone other than me...
Most Indian food in restaurants are really unhealthy compared to normal home cooking...
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Old 08-28-2008, 11:47 PM   #44
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I love Indian food, but can't get it out here (not even the ingredients!). But this company makes quite passable Indian food: www.tastybite.com Nothing like I used to get in LA, but a starving palate has to improvise...
NOt sure where you are in NE but if you ever make it up to SoDak, sioux falls has an excellent indian eatery. Authentic as anything I ever had while I lived in NY or Florida.
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NOt sure where you are in NE but if you ever make it up to SoDak, sioux falls has an excellent indian eatery. Authentic as anything I ever had while I lived in NY or Florida.
Best Indian food I have ever eaten was in London. They have some great Indian food there.
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