Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

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6 large beefsteak tomatoes
2 cups rice, cooked
8 ounces fontina cheese, cubed
1 bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 egg
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons each of salt, pepper, cumin, parsley

Preheat the oven to 340*. Cut off the stalk end of the tomatoes, and using a teaspoon, remove as much of the interior of each tomato as possible, without breaking the walls of the fruit. Arrange the tomatoes on an oiled baking dish and sprinkle them with salt. Mix together well all ingredients and stuff the tomatoes. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes. serves 6

Stuffed Squash Flowers

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8 Squash flowers
2 medium potatoes
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1 egg
3 tablespoons grated romano cheese
2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons each of parsley – marjoram – salt & pepper
Olive oil

Clean the flowers. Preheat the oven to 400*. Boil, drain and peel the potatoes.  Mash together with the ricotta cheese. Add to this the egg, parmesan, mozzarella, and seasonings. Mix thoroughly and stuff the flowers. Fry the flowers in boiling oil, then drain them. May be served with Marinara sauce on the side. serves 4

Neapolitan-Style Stuffed Peppers

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6 yellow peppers – tops cut off, seeded, rinsed & left whole
3-4 cups rice, cooked
12 tablespoons breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons golden raisins
30 pitted black olives
3 tablespoons capers
3 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon each of Salt & Pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
tomato sauce

Mix all ingredients together, except for tomato sauce. Stuff Peppers. Pour a bit of olive oil in a deep baking dish and arrange the peppers in it, in an upright position, standing on their bases. Baste the peppers generously with tomato sauce. Put the peppers in a 375* oven and bake for about 1 hour. serves 6

Party Potatoes

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10 potatoes, peeled and cooked
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces sour cream
3 tablespoons chives
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Blend the cream cheese and sour cream in small bowl and set aside. Mash
potatoes thoroughly until smooth. Add cream cheese mixture and beat well. Stir in chives. Add seasonings. Spread in 9×13 buttered casserole. Dot with butter, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese and paprika. Bake at 325* for 1 hour. serves 8

Creole Rice

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2 cups rice, cooked
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 green peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons butter
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cover cooked rice and keep warm in 250* oven. Melt butter in a large pan and add all vegetables. Saute for 10 minutes. Add warm rice to pan and toss gently with a large fork. serves 5-6

Barley or Farro Pilaf

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2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup uncooked barley or farro
3 tablespoons minced onion
1/4 cup celery, chopped finely
2 cups any type broth
2 tablespoons parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste

In an ungreased 5 cup casserole, mix all ingredients. Cover and bake at 325* until done, about 1 hour. serves 4

Sesame Carrots

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3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups thinly sliced carrots
2 tablespoons whole sesame seed
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Salt & Pepper to taste

Saute onions in butter over medium heat until soft. Add carrots and sesame oil. Sprinkle sesame seed, ginger, seasonings over all. Stir occasionally, cooking approximately 5-10 minutes until done. serves 4

Sicilian Surprise

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3 cups eggplant, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup stuffed green olives
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 teaspoons oregano
Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine first 4 ingredients with oil and cook 10 minutes. Add remaining
ingredients and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Serves 8 as a side dish or over pasta.

Tipsy Zucchini Saute

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3 cups sliced zucchini
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup white wine (or 1/4 cup apple juice)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or slivered almonds
Saute onion gently in butter for about 2 minutes. Add zucchini and stir gently for 5 minutes over low heat. Do not over cook or let get mushy. Add wine and simmer about 1 minute. Add sunflower seeds or slivered almonds and serve. serves 2-3

Zucchini Casserole

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6 medium zucchini, cut into thin slices
1 cup water
8 slices bacon, diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
4 slices white bread, diced
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 – 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steam or boil zucchini until tender, about 5 – 8 minutes. Drain. In medium skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove from pan. Add onion and garlic to the skillet and saute until the onion is tender. Drain. Stir onion-bacon mixture into drained zucchini. Add remaining ingredients except Parmesan, and toss until well coated.  Spoon zucchini into a 13×9 baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes or until bubbly. serves 8