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    Black Bean Soup

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    The black bean – Phaseolus vulgaris – is kidney shaped and just short of blocky looking with a cream-colored flesh, and, of course, a matt to shiny black skin. Why is the black bean found in so many cuisines? Two reasons: it holds its shape when cooked, and its floury texture absorbs the flavors of […] More

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    Oatmeal Date Squares

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    Hot oatmeal date squares! Yummy! This recipe will make 25 squares. Each square will be topped with sticky chewy dates and bottomed with flaky warm oatmeal. Ingredients 1cup chopped dates ½ cup water ½ cup brown sugar 6 tablespoons butter 1 cup oatmeal ½ cup sugar 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ […] More

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    Hummus Recipe


    Hummus is the Arabic word for “chickpea”. The chickpea is also known as the garbanzo bean; “garbanzo” is the Spanish name derived from the Greek. Hummus is also the name given to the Middle Eastern sauce or paste that includes cooked and mashed chickpeas mixed with sesame or olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and […] More

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    Piquant Wax Beans

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    Piquant is a flavor that can be spicy, tart, or pungent. In this recipe that combines wax beans with chopped pimiento, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, and dry mustard, I think we are on the border between spicy and pungent. The wax bean is a pale yellow variety of green bean. Sometimes called yellow snap bean, the […] More

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    Basil and Tomato Soup

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    What could be more satisfying than a late summer soup made from the vegetables out of your own garden or the one’s you hand selected at the farm market. PrintBasil and Tomato SoupAuthor Steve AlbertYield 6-8 servings Here’s a basil and tomato soup which you can serve hot or cold. I like to serve it […] More

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    Béchamel Sauce

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    Béchamel Sauce is a basic white sauce made by stirring milk into a butter-flour roux. Roux is a flour and butter mixture slowly cooked over a low heat. When a roux is cooked to a beige color it is called white roux. When it is cooked to a golden color it is called blond roux. […] More

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    Three Artichoke Dipping Sauces

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    • Creamy lemon sauce: mix 1 cup ranch dressing, 1 crushed garlic clove, and the juice of 1 lemon. • Mint-yogurt sauce: mix ½ cup plain yogurt, the juice of 1½ lemon 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, and 1 small minced garlic clove. • Sun-dried tomato or fresh tomatillo pesto with goat cheese sauce: mix […] More

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    Hollandaise Sauce

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    Hollandaise sauce is a smooth rich creamy sauce thickened by the use of egg yolks. Use hollandaise sauce as a topping for asparagus, broccoli and other vegetables. Hollandaise and mayonnaise are very similar—the fats are the difference: hollandaise uses butter; mayonnaise uses vegetable oil. One of the earliest recipes for hollandaise appeared in a French […] More