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Homemade French Fries

Ingredients: 3-4 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch wide, 3 inch long pieces peanut oil Directions: Soak the cut up potato in cold water for 10-15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Meanwhile, bring a heavy, tall sided pan* of oil up to 300. Add the fries in […]

Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Almonds

Ingredients: 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast 1/2 cup blanched, slivered almonds 2 stalks celery, diced for the dressing: 6 cornichons, minced 1 tablespoon tarragon white vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon celery seed 2/3 […]

Tomato Aspic

Ingredients: 3 cups bottled tomato juice 1 1/2 tablespoons unflavored powdered gelatin (1 little packets) 1/2 tablespoon sea salt salt 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon celery seed 1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seed 1 1/2 teaspoon dill seed 1 1/2 teaspoons spicy Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 black […]

Creamy Pimento Cheese

Ingredients: 8 oz shredded aged sharp cheddar 4 oz jarred diced pimentos, drained 2/3-3/4 cup mayonnaise 2-3 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot sea salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Place all ingredients in […]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients: topping: 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon black rum 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 20 oz canned pineapple rings in 100% pineapple juice, drain and reserve juice for batter maraschino cherries* cake: 1 1/2 cups flour** 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature […]

Homemade Orange Julius

Ingredients: 12 oz frozen pulp-free orange juice concentrate 1 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cup very cold water 2/3 cup confectioners sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste 1 cup standard sized ice cubes Directions: Add the frozen concentrate, milk, water, sugar and vanilla paste to a blender. Blend until smooth. […]

Chicken & Waffles

Ingredients: for the chicken: 1 whole chicken, cut up marinade: 1 small onion, sliced 5 cloves garlic 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 2 tablespoons hot sauce batter: 2 cups Wonder (or other superfine) flour 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon hot paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder freshly ground black pepper salt 4 […]

Reubens

Ingredients: 1 lb sliced corned beef 4 slices Swiss Cheese 8 slices rye bread (or rye and pumpernickel swirl) 1 cup sauerkraut, at room temperature or slightly warmed butter Russian dressing: 2 slices dill pickle, minced 1 shallot, minced 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 3 tablespoons sour cream 1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish […]

Frito Pie

Ingredients: group #1 2 lb very lean ground beef, browned 5 cloves garlic, chopped 1 carrot, diced 1 large onion, diced 1 habanero chile, minced 3 serrano chiles, minced 15 oz canned dark red kidney beans, drained 15 oz canned fire roasted tomatoes 15 oz canned fire roasted tomatoes with […]

Homemade Twinkies

Ingredients: for the sponge cake: 2 cups flour 1 cup milk, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons vanilla for the cream filling: 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup confectioners sugar 1/2 cup cold butter […]