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Ingredients:
1 dozen stemmed strawberries
1/2 cup dark chocolate (chopped) (milk chocolate if you want)
1/2 cup white chocolate (chopped)
Directions:
1. Rinse strawberries in cold water. Let thoroughly dry on paper towels. Leave 2 inches of the stem on the strawberry.
2. Melt chocolate and white chocolate separately. Once melted dip strawberries.
3. Let strawberries dry on wax paper and then refrigerate.
* If you have food coloring, you can add a few drops to melted white chocolate for extra designs on the strawberries.

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Ingredients:

4 slices of tilapia

2 cups cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)

1 cup of chick peas (rinsed and drained)

1 celery stalk (chopped) *optional

bread crumbs (flavored)

1 egg beaten

olive oil

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven 400 degrees.

  1. Dip tilapia in egg and then in bread crumbs.
  2. In a coated ( a drop of olive oil) baking pan, put tilapia slices.
  3. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.
  4. While tilapia is baking, get a large bowl.
  5. In a large bowl, add tomatoes. chick peas, celery, garlic, 2 tbsp. of olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and black pepper. Mix well.
  6. About 3 minutes before tilapia is done, pour tomato mixture on top of fish and return to oven. Let stay in oven for 3 minutes. Serve hot.

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. medium shrimp (uncooked/thawed if frozen)

2 bulbs of endive

1/2 cup pignoli nuts

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

2 cups bread crumbs (flavored)

2 large eggs (beaten)

olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Dip shrimp in egg and then bread crumbs.
  2. In a large skillet, put 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Add garlic. Sauté for a minute.
  3. Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil to skillet. Add  shrimp. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes each.
  4. Add pieces of endive and pignoli nuts.
  5. Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper. You can also drizzle a little olive oil over the endive. (just a little)
  6. Turn endive over with a fork. Cook for about 2 minutes. Serve hot.

 

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Ingredients:
16 stuffing mushrooms
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 pieces of cooked crispy bacon (chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
white wine ( I use a sweet Moscato wine.)
Directions:
1. Remove stems from mushrooms Rinse and dry mushrooms well.
2. In a large bowl, put bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon and olive oil. Mix well.
3. Stuff mushrooms.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Put mushrooms in a deep pan. Pour enough wine in pan that it covers mushrooms half way up.
5. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Mushrooms should be tender.

Super Bowl Fried String Beans

Ingredients:
2 lbs. fresh string beans (ends trimmed)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 eggs (beaten)
vegetable oil
Directions:
1. Boil string beans for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain well. Let cool.
2. Dip string beans in egg and then in bread crumbs and grated cheese. Cover completely.
3. In a deep frying pan put vegetable oil. Fill up pan half way.
4. Heat oil. When it starts to bubble on the sides, add string beans. You can fry them in batches. (Probably 4 batches.)
5. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove with a strainer and drain on paper towels.
Serve warm
Dipping Sauce Recommendation:
1 cup of Ranch dressing
1 tsp. fresh wasabi (2 tsp. if you like it more spicy)
Mix together in a bowl. Keep cold until serving. (You can use any favorite dipping sauce.)

Super Bowl Chicken Wings

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Ingredients:

2 dozen chicken wings

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

salt and pepper (just a pinch)

olive oil

1/2 cup of butter or margarine

2 tsp. hot sauce

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and pepper. Coat wings in flour mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. In a skillet, put 4 tbs. of olive oil. When heated, add wings. Cook wings for 12-15 minutes. Turn wings over to cook evenly.

3. While wings are cooking, in a separate pan, add butter and hot sauce. Keep on a low heat and stir until butter is melted.

4. When wings are done, place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Put wings in a bowl and pour butter sauce over them. Stir to coat them.

Serve hot.

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Ingredients:

2 cans red kidney beans

5 boneless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)

1 green pepper (seeds removed and diced)

1 small sweet onion (chopped)

2 tbs. olive oil

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

1 tsp. chili powder

1 (28 oz). can of crushed tomatoes

1 (6 oz.) can of tomato paste

1 cup of water

1 tsp. of sugar

Directions:

1. In a deep pot, put olive oil. Cook chicken pieces on all sides. Stir frequently and cook for 4-5 minutes until cooked. Remove chicken and refrigerate. In the same pot, add another tbs. of olive oil. Cook peppers, onions and garlic until soft.

2. Add chili powder and stir. Add beans, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water and sugar. Over a high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Leave pot uncovered for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the chicken. Let simmer for an additional 5 minutes for chicken to heat through.

Serve hot. Serves 4 people.

Ingredients:
6 chicken cutlets (sliced into pieces)
1/2 lb. medium size shrimp (tails removed and cleaned)
2 cups carrots (sliced thin)
2 cups zucchini (sliced thim)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
1. In a skillet put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Cook chicken pieces and remove to the side.
2. Next, add 2 tbs. of olive oil to the skillet. Cook garlic for a minute and then add carrots and zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir frequently.
3. When carrots and zucchini appear tender, remove from skillet.  Add shrimp to same skillet. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Return chicken and vegetables to skillet and cook for an additional  minute to heat through.
*optional: add 1/4 cup of white wine when you add in cooked chicken
Serve hot.

Friday Night Shrimp and Scallop Pizza

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Ingredients:
Focaccia or Pizza Bread
1/2 lb. shrimp (uncooked)
1/2 lb. bay scallops (uncooked)
3 large red onions (sliced)
1 large vidalia onion (sliced)
2 cups fresh arugula
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 tbsp. balsamic oil
2 tsp. white sugar
olive oil
Directions:
1. In a skillet, put 1 tbsp. olive oil. Cook shrimp and scallops. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Turn shrimp and scallops while cooking. Should take no more than 5 minutes to cook. Set to the side.
2. In a skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook sliced onions. Stir frequently. When they are tender, add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir together. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Set onions to the side. (If it’s to oily, drain some of the excess.)
3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a little olive oil of focaccia/pizza bread. Place on a baking sheet and place in oven, just for about 5 minutes. You want the bread to begin to get crisp.
4. Remove bread from oven. Spread cooked onions evenly on top Scatter fresh arugula on top. Place cooked shrimp and scallops evenly on top. (If the scallops are large, you can cut them into pieces.)
5.Return to the oven for about 6-8 minutes.
*Serve hot and crispy.

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Ingredients:

1 lb. piece of fresh tuna

1 cup canned chick peas (drained)

1/4 cup red onion (chopped)

1/2 cup fresh carrots (chopped)

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Directions:

1. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and black pepper on tuna.

2. With a little olive oil, brush a heated grill and grill tuna until desired taste.

3. In a skillet, put olive oil. Heat for a minute and add chick peas, red onions, carrots and sundries tomatoes.

4. Sprinkle with pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mix well.

5. After 3 minutes, add white balsamic vinegar. Cook for an additional minute.

6. When serving, pour over grilled tuna and serve hot.

Serves 2.