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Recipe: Greek Tortellini Salad

Needed a side dish for a tailgate party this weekend.  And came across this.  It was a hit.  Easy to make and transport.

Ingredients:

1 20 oz pkg refrigerated cheese tortellini

1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half.  (I used this method, super easy)

1 large cucumber, chopped

1 cup kalamata olives, pit removed and chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

3/4 [...]

Osso Buco with Fennel, Capers, Lime

Ingredients:

1 medium-size yellow onion, coarsely chopped

1 cup coarsely chopped fennel, about 1 bulb

2 veal shanks (about 1 lb) sawed crosswise into thick hunks  *Note – I used beef short ribs

2 tblsp all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

3 tblsp olive oil

2/3 cup Chardonnay

1 small lime, thinly sliced

2 tsp drained nonpareil capers

3 to 4 tblsp [...]

Foil-Baked Salmon with Corn & Lime

Ingredients:

1/4 cup corn kernels

1/4 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into small neat dice

2 tblsp chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 jalapeno chile, seeded and cut into small neat dice

salt and ground pepper to taste

2 tsp unsalted butter, cut into bits

1 lime wedge, plus 3 thin lime slices

1 skinless salmon fillet — 1/2 lb

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450F.

Put the [...]

Recipe: Polenta with Spinach and Peas

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup coarse grain polenta

1 1/2 Cup water

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup cooked spinach, broccoli, or chard

1/4 cup fresh or thawed English frozen peas

1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

1 to 2 tblsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Combine the polenta and water in a small saucepan.  Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking from time to time, to break [...]

Recipe: Cream of Tomato Soup with a Pesto Swirl

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

6 tomatoes peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped.  (or one 28 oz can diced tomatoes with [...]

Recipe: Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is adapted from my Williams-Sonoma – Cooking for Yourself cookbook. Serving size = 1

Ingredients:

1 Small fresh poblano chile (Or 2 Tblsp canned chopped green chile)

3 tsp unsalted butter

2 Tblsp fine cracker crumbs  (I use breadcrumbs)

2 tsp all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

1/4 tsp salt

pinch of red pepper flakes

generous 1 cup fusilli (corkscrews)

1 cup shredded cheddar [...]