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Appetizers

Mugwort (Artemisia) Soup

Serves 4 Hands-On Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 hour  1 medium shallot, onion or 3 small spring onions sliced 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 garlic cloves, minced 10 white mushrooms sliced (2.5 ounces) 1 large or 2 medium Yukon gold or russet potatoes (10 oz) peeled and cut…

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Wisteria Flowers with Asparagus and Parma Ham

Serves 4 1 bunch thin asparagus spears, bottom 3 inches cut off 4 thin slices Parma ham, prosciutto or Serrano ham, torn into small pieces 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper 1 ounce (1.5 cups) Dame’s Rocket (from 2-3 bunches) or other edible…

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Pan Con Tomate (Bread with Tomato)

Pan Con Tomate 1 loaf of crusty bread Ripe tomatoes Extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt Slice the bread. Slice the tomatoes in half crosswise. Rub the halves of the tomato directly onto to the bread. Sprinkle with salt. Drizzle with olive oil. Note: you can toast the bread before rubbing…

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Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)

  Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)  Makes 4 – 6-Servings Hands on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 40 minutes 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 large onion, sliced 3 potatoes Kosher salt 1 cup dry white wine 5 large eggs Place a medium size sauce pan, filled with salted…

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Cuttlefish, Meatballs and Green Peas

Cuttlefish, Meatballs and Green Peas Makes 4-6 Servings Hands on time: 45 minutes Total preparation time: 1 1/2 hours For the meatballs: ½ pound ground pork ½ pound ground veal 2 cloves minced garlic Small bunch of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1…

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Handmade Lemon Pasta

Handmade Lemon Pasta Makes 4 – 6 Servings Hands on time: 40 minutes Total preparation time: 1 hour and 15 minutes For the pasta: 4 cups 00 flour (Italian milled flour) 2 tablespoons semolina flour 1 large egg 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature 1 cup milk, at room temperature…

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Shredded Root Vegetable Latkes

  Makes about 12 latkes, 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1 pound assorted root vegetables, such as turnips, beets, parsnips, and carrots 1/2 pound boiling potatoes, such as Yukon Gold or Red Bliss 1 small onion 1 large egg 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose…

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Dandelion Greens Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pecan Dressing

  Serves 4 For the dressing: 2/3 cup raw sugar 1 cup toasted pecans 1 cup red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 pinches salt 1 ½ teaspoons chile de arbol powder (or chile powder of your choice) 3 cups blended oil For the salad: 6 cups dandelion greens…

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Pimento Cheese

Serves 2 to 4 people 8 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely shredded ½ cup jarred pimentos, drained and finely diced ¼ cup mayonnaise Homemade style whole wheat bread Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Spread the cheese on the bread to make sandwiches and cut into quarters.…

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Crab Soup

Serves 4 to 6 5 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ pound cooked crabmeat (the church ladies use canned) 2 ½ cups whole milk, divided 2 cups heavy cream 2 cups half and half ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or to taste ¼…

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Creamy Root Vegetable Soup with Everything Pita Crisps

Start to finish: 1 hour, 20 minutes Hands-on time: 1 hour Servings: 6 (about 10 1/2 cups) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onion 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, half cut into 1-inch chunks and half cut into 1/2-inch dice 1…

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