Smoked Salmon Spread

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8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 lb Nova Scotia or Scottish salmon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Dash Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon dill
Light and dark Rye bread rounds

In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, mix cheese until well softened and smooth. Add salmon and process until salmon is entirely mixed into cheese. Add lemon juice, Tabasco and dill, process until just mixed. Mound on a plate and surround with bread rounds.

Rummie Sausages

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1 lb link sausages (regular size) any type
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup rum

Bake or fry sausages until well done. Drain and cool. Cut each sausage into
three pieces. Set aside. Place sugar, teriyaki, and rum into saucepan. Cook until sugar has dissolved and syrup comes to boil. Remove from heat. Place sausages and syrup into ovenproof dish. Bake uncovered at 325* for 25 minutes.  Serve hot with syrup on the side.

Smoked Turkey Pate

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1 – 1/2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 – 1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/3 lb smoked turkey, sliced
3/4 cup unchopped parsley
1/2 tablespoon tarragon
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 carton chicken broth
Raw vegetables – select for color as well as preference: asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, bell peppers, radishes, zucchini

Saute onions in butter over low heat until golden brown. Place all ingredients (except vegetables) in blender or food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to loaf pan lined with wax paper. Chill in refrigerator 3 to 4 hours until firm. Unmold onto serving dish and serve with vegetables.

Tomato, Mozzarella & Avocado salad

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2 ripe large tomatoes, cut into wedges
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces
2 ripe avocados, sliced thinly
few basil leaves, torn into pieces
20 black olives
fresh crusty bread, to serve
Dressing:  3 tablespoons olive oil
1- 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons coarse grain mustard
Salt & Pepper

Place tomato wedges in a large serving dish. Arrange avocados and mozzarella cheese with the tomatoes. Mix all dressing ingredients and drizzle over the salad.  Top with black olives and basil. Serve with crusty bread.  serves 4

Avocado salad

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2 large handfuls of radicchio
2 large handfuls of arugula
1 small galia or honeydew melon – peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
2 ripe avocados, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
8 ounces fontina cheese, cut into bite size pieces
Dressing: 6 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Brush the avocado slices with lemon juice. Put the greens onto a serving platter, and arrange the slices of melon and avocado over the greens. Top with the cheese. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.  serves 4

Bean Sprout, Apricot & Almond salad

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2 cups bean sprouts, rinsed and dried
small bunch seedless black and green grapes, halved
12 unsulfured dried apricots, halved
1/4 cup blanched almonds, sliced
Black pepper to taste
Dressing: 2 tablespoons walnut oil
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Place the bean sprouts in the bottom of a large salad bowl and sprinkle the grapes and apricots on top. Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Top with almonds and season with black pepper to taste. serves 4

Fennel and Orange salad

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2 oranges, peeled and sliced
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced into rings
Dressing: juice of 1 orange
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Arrange the orange slices in the bottom of a shallow dish. Place a layer of fennel on top and then add a layer of onion. Mix dressing and drizzle over salad.  serves 4

Lentil and Tuna salad

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2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
14 ounce can lentils, rinsed and drained
6 1/2 ounce can albacore tuna, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Dressing: 4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
1 garlic clove crushed
1/2 teaspoon cumin ground
1/2 teaspoon coriander ground

Mix together the onion, tomatoes and lentils in a large bowl. Flake the tuna with a fork and stir into the mixture in large bowl. Add chopped cilantro. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Season with black pepper to taste.  serves4

Orecchiette salad with Pears & Blue Cheese

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10 ounces dried orecchiette
4 large handfuls of mixed salad greens
2 pears, cored and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
10 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
4 tomatoes, quartered
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, grated
8 fresh basil leaves, shredded
dressing: 5 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice – Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions. Place the salad greens into a large bowl.  Toss the diced pears with 1 tblsp. lemon juice in a small bowl. Top the salad with the blue cheese, walnuts, pears, pasta, tomatoes, onions, carrots and basil. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad, toss well and serve.  serves 4

Raspberry & Feta salad with Couscous

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12 ounces couscous
2 1/2 cups boiling chicken or vegetable stock
12 ounces fresh raspberries
small bunch fresh basil
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
4 scallions, sliced
1/3 cup pine nuts
grated zest of 1 lemon
Dressing:  1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1 lemon – Salt & Pepper to taste

Put the couscous in a large heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling stock. Stir well, then cover and let soak until all the stock has been absorbed. Pick over the raspberries, discarding any that are overripe. Shred the basil leaves. Transfer the couscous to a large serving bowl and stir well to break up any lumps. Add the cheese, zucchini, scallions, basil, lemon zest, pine nuts and gently toss all ingredients together. Put all dressing ingredients in a jar with lid, and shake until well blended. Pour over the salad and top with raspberries. serves 6