Corn fritters with spicy lime dipping sauce

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 30 min.
Makes: 24 fritters

Ingredients

Fritters

2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups corn kernels
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
Vegetable oil, for frying

Dipping Sauce

½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tsp srirarcha
1 tbsp lime zest
1 tbsp lime juice
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
Lime wedges, to serve

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine egg and milk. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients into milk mixture and mix until just combined. Mix in corn kernels and cilantro.

2. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When oil has reached 350F add fritter mixture by the tbsp. Cook until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking, about 2-3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.

3. To make dipping sauce combine yogurt, mayonnaise, sriracha, lime juice, lime zest and cilantro. Serve with warm corn fritters.

Classic Potato Salad

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

2 lb new potatoes
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
2 green onions, finely sliced
½ cup finely diced red onion
3 celery stalks, finely diced
¼ cup finely chopped dill
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

Preparation Instructions

1. Place potatoes in a large pot of salted, cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, until tender, about 10 min. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool. Cut each potato into quarters. Place in a large bowl.

2. To potatoes add mayonnaise, Dijon, crumbled bacon pieces, green onions, red onion, celery, dill, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Roast Brussels sprouts and pancetta

My husband hates brussels sprouts. Here’s a true story that changed his mind: One day we were at a restaurant when the steak he wanted to order was accompanied by brussels sprouts. He asked to have potatoes instead. When his meal arrived, the chef came out of the kitchen with a small plate of brussels sprouts, and insisted that while he may hate most brussels sprouts, he was sure he would not hate these. And he was right. I’ve spent a long time trying to decipher the recipe, and I think I finally got it. Try them, they just may change your mind about this tiny cabbage!
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Ingredients

1 lb brussels sprouts
1/2 cup pancetta, or sliced bacon
1 tblsp olive oil
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.
Trim the ends and yellow leaves off of the brussels sprouts. Wash. Place in a large bowl. Add the pancetta or bacon, olive oil and salt and pepper. (not too much salt as the bacon has salt in it).
Toss to coat evenly.
Place brussels sprouts on a cookie sheet and roast for 20 minutes.
Stir. Roast for an addition 10 minutes.
Mix dijon mustard and sour cream together.
Remove sprouts from over, pour sour cream mixture over top and mix to coat evenly.
Return to over for an additional 10 minutes.

Fire roasted pepper and tomato salad

Here’s a lovely dish to make in the early fall or late summer, when those long thin red peppers are in season. They’re easier to barbecue than traditional rounded bell peppers!

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Ingredients

6 marconi (the long thin mild bell peppers) peppers
8 roma tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic
10 greek olives (optional)
For dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tblsp balsamic vinegar (optional)

Preparation Instructions

Roast pepper on the bbq, or in the oven, under the broiler, until skins are blackened. Remove from heat and immediately wrap in newspaper or place in a paper or plastic bag. Seal bag and put aside.
Cut tomatoes in half. Remove seeds (run your finger or a spoon inside the tomato to loosen the fleshy pulp and seeds- they will fall right out).
Put 1/4 cup of olive oil and salt in a plastic bag or bowl, add tomatoes, and toss/mix until coated.
Arrange the tomatoes on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and place in a low temperature oven (300 degree Farenheit) for about an hour and a half, turning half way through cooking time.
Peel peppers and remove seeds.
Pull peppers apart with your hands to make long sections of pepper (you can use a knife, but this is so much easier to do while you are seeing the peppers!) Place in bowl. Add the tomatoes, crushed garlic and olives if using. Sprinkle with salt. Add oil and vinegar (balsamic is great if you tend to like a slightly sweeter sauce.) Toss. Serve cold or room temperature.
This salad is best if you can leave it for an hour or two for the flavors to develop.

Sage & Onion bread stuffing from OlivetoEat.com

This recipe comes from our friends over at Olivetoeat.com. It’s a great place to find tried and true recipes, and with Thanksgiving fast approaching, this one just makes sense to share!!

Ingredients

4 cups dry bread cubes – “stuffing croutons” that grocery stores bring in for the holidays
3 tablespoons (or more) finely chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon (or more) salt
¼ teaspoon (or more) freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon (or more) poultry seasoning
¼ teaspoon (or more) ground sage
1/3 cup (or more) melted butter
Hot chicken broth or water, just enough to moisten the bread

Preparation Instructions

Combine bread, onion, and seasonings in a large bowl; add butter and toss. Slowly add hot broth, bit by bit, until bread is just moistened. Taste and if necessary, add more onion, broth, butter, or seasonings, until seasoned to your taste. Toss gently to mix thoroughly.
Place stuffing mixture in an ovenproof casserole; cover and chill until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring stuffing casserole to room temperature before placing in preheated oven. Bake, covered, until hot throughout and flavours have melded together – about 30 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.

This recipe is from my Mom’s Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that she received as a wedding gift back in 1954. She made it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The key to this simple, classic stuffing is to season it to your taste – but make sure you use lots of butter and sage. We always add more of each ingredient than the recipe calls for but never measure – so start out with the recipe, then slowly add more, tasting as you go along, until it tastes just right.

Since the recipe only serves 4 to 6 people, you will likely need to multiply the recipe for a larger feast. If you are stuffing your turkey, calculate 1 cup of stuffing for 1 pound of uncooked turkey; don’t stuff your turkey until you are ready to put it in the oven; promptly remove any leftover stuffing from the cooked carcass and store separately in the refrigerator. I have heard a lot of talk lately about cooking your turkey unstuffed and cooking the stuffing in a separate baking dish. By the time you get the stuffing in the turkey’s cavity heated to a safe internal temperature of 165°F, you dry out the poor bird. Makes sense to me, so my recipe instructs you to cook it in a separate casserole while the turkey rests.

Garlic roasted carrots

This recipe is perfect alongside Chicken Marvelosa. It comes from our friend Norene Gilletz’s book Norene’s Healthy Kitchen (Whitecap books), and is the ideal side dish to serve at a family gathering. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots, or add a dash of honey for the High Holidays.
Roasted garlic carrots

Ingredients

1 large onion, sliced
2 lb (1 kg) carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch lengths
3 to 4 cloves garlic (about 3 to 4 tsp minced)
2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9- × 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Place the onion, carrots, and garlic in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste; mix well. For best results, the carrots should be in a single layer in the dish.
3. Roast, uncovered, for 45 to 60 minutes or until golden and tender, stirring the carrots occasionally. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Yield: 6 servings. Keeps for up to 2 days in the refrigerator; reheats well. Don’t freeze.

Find variations on the recipe here. Thanks Norene!

New england baked beans

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 lb (2 1/3 c.) dry navy beans or dry great northern beans
1/4 lb salt pork, cut up
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 c. molasses
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Preparation instructions

Rinse beans. In a heavy 3-qt saucepan combine beans and 8 c. cold water. Soak overnight…(or bring to boiling; simmer 2 minutes, remove from heat; Cover; soak 1 hr). Add 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to boiling. Cover; reduce heat and simmer in water used for soaking in until beans are tender.
Drain beans, reserving liquid. In a 2 1/2 qt bean pot or casserole combine the beans, salt, pork, and onion. Stir in 1 c. of the reserved bean liquid, molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper. Cover and bake at 300° for 2 1/2 hrs or to desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Add additional reserved bean liquid if necessary.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Quiche lorraine

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

12 pieces bacon-fry crisp and crumble
1 c. cheddar or swiss cheese – shredded
1/3 c. onion – grated chopped or minced.

4 eggs
2 c. whipping cream
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
Dash of tabasco sauce
9 in pastry lined pan

Preparation instructions

1. Put bacon pieces, cheese, and onion in bottom of pastry lined pan.
2. Mix eggs, whipping cream, salt, sugar and tabasco sauce. Pour over top of bacon.
3. Bake at 425° for 15 min
4. Lower temp to 300° and bake for 30 min.
5. Let stand for 10 min before cutting.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Scalloped potatoes

from Stacy A.’s book, El dorado hills, ca

Ingredients

4 potatoes
Cheddar Cheese
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 pinch salgt and pepper
1 can chicken broth

Preparation instructions

Thinly slice 4 potatoes, layer with cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Keep layering and top with cheese, pour canned chicken broth over until it almost comes to top and bake at 400 degrees for about 1 hour.

Submitted by: Stacy A

Corn souffle

by Mandy D.’s book, Colton, SD

Ingredients

1 stick oleo, melted
1 can whole kernel corn with juice
1 can cream corn
3 eggs, beaten
1 pkg. Jiffy Corn muffin mix
1 c. sour cream

Preparation instructions

Mix all ingredients together and put in a 2 1/2 quart buttered baking dish. Put 1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Submitted by: Kim D

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