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Festive Penne Pasta with Veggies

Posted by on Apr 15, 2021

Festive Penne Pasta with Veggies
Recipe Shared By MaryAnn McVay
Artwork By Alison McDonald

Ingredients:

1 pound tri-color penne pasta
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1” pieces
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
2 chopped red bell peppers
1 cup chopped zucchini
2 Tbsp minced garlic
5+ oz prosciutto
2 cups diced sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
8 oz grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb grilled chicken, cut into 1″ pieces
2 Tbsp minced garlic

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, roast asparagus, broccoli, bell pepper and zucchini until flecked with dark brown. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook as directed or until al dente, do not overcook; drain.

In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté garlic with prosciutto and the undrained sun-dried tomatoes with their oil until heated through. Toss with penne, roasted vegetables, chicken and Parmesan. Place in a 9 x 13” baking dish.

Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer.

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Green Chile Sauce

Posted by on Apr 5, 2021

Green Chile Sauce
Recipe Shared By Ed Franco
Artwork By Alison McDonald

Ingredients:

3 serrano chiles
3 tomatillos
1 slab onion (half inch to 3/4 inch thick)
1-3 garlic cloves
1 tsp chicken bouillon
A little water

 

Directions:

Heat a griddle or frying pan over high heat. Remove husks from tomatillos and stem the serranoes. Rinse them off. Add a thick slice of onion (I usually use white, but I think any onion will do). Peel garlic cloves.

Place all vegetables onto the griddle and roast until they are blackened – about ten minutes. Turn the veggies over so that everything is uniformly blackened. That will give the sauce a nice smoky taste.

The garlic cloves will blacken first. Using tongs, toss them into a blender or food processor. As everything else blackens, throw them in with the garlic. Don’t worry about chile and tomatillo skins, they will just add texture. As everything blackens, you can turn down the heat to medium or medium low. By the way, some recipes call for boiling the tomatillos and chiles, etc. FORGET IT! You will want that smoky taste and aroma.

Add a teaspoonful or cube of chicken bouillon and a little water for desired consistency – 1/4 of a cup.

Blend the mixture on high for a good 30 seconds or more until the chile sauce is nice and smooth. At this point you can add a small handful of chopped cilantro if you like.

Take a deep breath of the chile sauce while it’s still in the blender. If your hair stands on end, it will be just right.

Fill a glass container with the sauce and refrigerate. The sauce is just like a bottled commercial sauce, it will keep for several weeks.

Use the sauce on just about everything, from eggs to soup to meats, fish and poultry. You can also use the sauce to prepare enchiladas or if you are ambitious, tamales. Share the sauce with your children and grandchildren, your friends and neighbors. They will be SO IMPRESSED AND GRATEFUL!

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Zucchini Bread

Posted by on Jan 8, 2021

Zucchini Bread
Recipe Shared By Martha Swanson
Artwork By Alison McDonald

Ingredients:

2 eggs
¾ cup cooking oil
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini (skin on)
2 cups all- purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

 

Directions:

Put eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix well. Add zucchini and mix. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg and mix well. Add nuts and blend.

Divide the batter between two 7 ½” by 4 ½”, greased bread pans. Bake for 1 hour at 325. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in mid loaf. It should come out clean.

This can be baked in muffin tins or in different sized bread pans. Baking times will differ.

I baked this with yellow summer squash, and replaced the all-purpose flour with gluten free flour and 1 teaspoon of xanthum gum and it was just fine.

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