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This Southwest vegetarian dish is a nice change from the usual Asian tofu recipes

1 pound extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
1 cup milk
1 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Slice the tofu widthwise into eight slices, the cut each of those slices in half diagonally- from the upper left corner to the lower right corner-so that you have sixteen long triangles. Set aside. Combine the soy milk and cornstarch in a wide, shallow bowl. Mix vigorously with a fork until the cornstarch is mostly dissolved. In another shallow bowl, toss together the cornmeal, spices, lime zest, and salt.

Dip each individual tofu slice in the milk mixture. Drop it into the cornmeal with your dry hand and use your other hand to dredge it in the mixture, so that it's coated on all sides.

Frying directions:
Heat about 1/4 inch oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. To test if the oil is ready, sprinkle in a pinch of batter. When the batter sizzles and bubbles form rapidly around it, you're good to go. Transfer the tofu to the skillet in two batches so as not to crowd the pan. Fry tofu for 3 minutes on one side, use tongs to flip over each piece, and fry for two more minutes. Drain the fried tofu on a clean paper bag or paper towels.

Baking directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the coated tofu on the baking sheet in a single layer. Spray with oil until lightly coated. Flip over and spray the other side. Bake for 12 minutes on each side.

Original recipe
Daniel's famous grilled chicken. Serve with yellow rice and black beans.

½ c. gold tequila
1 c. lime juice (5-6 limes)
½ c. orange juice (2 oranges)
1 tbs. chili powder
1 tbs. minced fresh jalapeno pepper
1 tbs. minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
6 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
Combine tequila, lime juice, orange juice, chili powder, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in large bowl. Add chicken. Refrigerate overnight.

Heat a grill with coals and brush the rack with oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade, sprinkle well with salt and pepper, and grill them skin-side down for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn the chicken and cook for another 10 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove from grill to a plate. Cover tightly and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

From: Barefoot Contessa
Takes some prep work ahead of time, but it's delicious & makes enough to feed a crowd.

5 lbs. chuck roast / sirloin tip roast / 7 bone roast
1 1/2 T. oil
1/4 C. Flour
5 cloves garlic
1 1/2 C. beef broth (from roast or can)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
2 cans enchilada sauce
1 1/2 C. of salsa (Pace Medium Picante)
salt to taste (usually not needed)
Cook beef in crockpot for until done (about 6 hours on high) and shred meat. Save broth (remove fat/grease). Saute garlic and oil until brown. Add flour and then slowly add broth and spices until lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer 10 minutes. Add shredded beef and simmer on low before serving.
Serve with: Tortillas, refried beans, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce...

Cummings family recipe

chicken_pasta_salad_sm.jpgFinally, a pasta salad I like! The bright citrus dressing and red grapes are balanced by the addition of a few toasted walnuts & chopped green onions.

3  cups  uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)  or rigatoni (about 8 ounces)
1/3  cup  fresh orange juice (~1 orange)
1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2  tablespoons  extravirgin olive oil
1  tablespoon  stone-ground mustard
2  teaspoons  sugar
1 1/4  teaspoons  salt
1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
2 tbs  white wine vinegar
2  cups  shredded cooked chicken breast (about 2 breasts)
1 1/2  cups  seedless red grapes, halved
1  cup  thin diagonally cut celery
1/4 c. sliced green onions
1/3  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
optional: lettuce or arugula to serve it on

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Cool completely.

Combine orange juice and the next 7 ingredients (orange juice through rice vinegar) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk to combine. Add pasta, chicken, grapes, celery, green onion, walnuts, olives, and parsley; toss gently to combine.


Original recipe (Cooking Light)

Ultimate crock-pot convenience: put all the ingredients in and just let it cook till you're ready to eat.

1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 can whole or chopped tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste (6 oz.)
1 ½ lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
½ lb. sliced mushrooms
½ c. celery, chopped

Combine all ingredients, cook in crock-pot on high 4 hours. Serve with noodles.
Easy comfort food. =)

1 ½ lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1/2 can tomato soup (10¾ oz.)
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1/2 c. ketchup
1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. brown mustard
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
4 hamburger buns
Cook first 3 ingredients in a large skillet until beef is browned.
Stir in rest of ingredients.
Simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often.
Serve on hamburger buns.

From: Southern Living
Good, basic roast chicken with fresh herbs.

2 chicken leg quarters (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
 2 whole garlic heads
Preheat oven to 375°.

Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Loosen skin from thigh and leg by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine basil and next 5 ingredients (basil through pepper). Rub herb mixture under loosened skin. Place chicken on a broiler pan. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone.

Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil; place on broiler pan with chicken. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450° (do not remove chicken from oven). Bake 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 180°. Cover chicken loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin.

Makes 2 servings
Calories: 358
Fat: 15.2g

Original recipe (Cooking Light)
Easy to make in the crock-pot with a few hours notice. Beware - makes the whole house smell wonderful for hours.

2 ½ lbs. lean boneless round steak
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. Burgundy or other dry red wine
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can beef consommé
1 envelope onion recipe soup mix
6 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (16 oz) package frozen pearl onions
3 T. flour
½ C. water
24 oz. medium egg noodles, uncooked
¼ C. grated Parmesan cheese
¾ C. sour cream

Trim fat from steak, cut into 1-inch cubes. Cook over medium heat 9 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain well.

Sauté garlic one minute in large skillet or Dutch oven. Add wine & next 3 ingredients; stir well, and bring to a boil. Blend flour and water in small bowl; add to sauce.

Combine steak, mushrooms and onions in crock pot, add sauce. Cook 1-2 hours on high.

Cook egg noodles, drain. Toss with sour cream-Parmesan cheese mixture.

Derived from Cooking Light
Daniel's best ad-libbed recipe

~1.5 lbs chicken breast
2 bunches green onions
3-4 carrots
1 package snow peas
1/3 c. orange juice
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 Tb. Mirin
2 Tb. brown sugar
1-2 oranges
1/2 Tb. cornstarch
Cut chicken into thin, short strips. Cut green onions into 1" strips. Julienne the carrots. Zest the orange.

For the sauce: combine soy sauce and next 4 ingredients.

Saute chicken in wok over med-high heat in 1/2 Tb. oil. Add 1/3 c. orange juice near end of cooking. When chicken is cooked through, transfer (with juice) to bowl.

Heat 1 Tb. oil in wok on high heat. Add vegetables and saute until seared (~1 minute). Re-add chicken & juice, turn heat down to med-hi. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add sauce, heat through.

from: Daniel
Sweet and easy chicken with autumn spices and dried cranberries.

1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Combine first 3 ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag. Add the chicken to bag; seal and shake to coat.

Melt butter in pan. Add chicken, and cook 4 minutes. Turn chicken over. Add cranberries and remaining ingredients; cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done.

Original recipe (Cooking Light)

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