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Discussion in 'Swamp Cook Shack' started by g8orbill, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. gatorjd95

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    Mushroom Soup: This is a very easy recipe, but it is creamy (without using any cream) and tasty. My family asks for it around the holidays or when it is chilly outside.

    1.5 lbs assorted mushrooms (if you can find/afford morels, use some with other shrooms in soup and rough chopped as a garnish) (no canned or jarred mushrooms)
    4-6 quarts chicken broth
    1 garlic bulb finely cut
    juice of one lemon
    salt and pepper

    Melt butter in pot over medium. Saute garlic for a minute or two. Add mushrooms and sauté until they give up their liquor and get soft. Add salt and pepper. Add broth and lemon juice (I sometimes add a little sherry or dry white wine) and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer about 30 minutes. Use a wand in pot to chop mushrooms very fine. (Or use blender working in batches). Garnish with rough chopped mushroom pieces, chives, parsley, etc.
     
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  2. ratatatat

    ratatatat GC Hall of Fame

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    Ok. . . .

    Who here likes REAL. Italian food, and is willing to put a little work into it to make a Great Dish?

    It's called "Zuppa de Pesche"

    Anyone interested?
     
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    ratatatat GC Hall of Fame

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    Anyway, for the REAL Ialian food (especially seafood) lovers, here's a GREAT recipe for those who dare to make it!!!!

    Zuppa de Pesche, (MY version)

    2-3 cloves fresh garlic, mashed
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 can ( 12 oz.) HIGH quality Italian crushed tomatoes, (preferrably with basil)
    pinch red pepper flakes
    dash of sea salt and ground black pepper
    splash of white wine

    An assortment of fresh seafood consisting of your choice of, (preferrably ALL).....

    Pulpo-( baby octopus tentacles)
    Calamari- ( baby squid)
    Shrimp- peeled and deveined
    Lobster tail ( Optional, out of shell, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
    Cherrystone, Littleneck, topneck, etc. clams, ( about 1/2 doz.)
    Mussels, cleaned and debearded, (preferrably PEI's) (about 1/2 doz.)
    1/2-3/4 lb. hearty fish, (such as monkfish, Halibut, etc. ...firm-fleshed), cut into chunks


    Directions;

    Start by saute'ing garlic in a bit of abundant olive oil, ONLY until the garlic starts to release it aroma, then quickly add the dash of white wine and the CRUSHED tomatoes, to stop the garlic from burning and turning bitter!!!!!

    Stir until simmering, then add;

    Hearty seafood, such as pulpo (octopus), Calamari (baby squid).....let simmer for about 20-30 minutes, then add;

    Mollusks, (Clams, Mussels)..for a few minutes, then add your shrimp, fish and lobster tail, with a little fresh parsley and fresh basil, let simmer for about another 15 minutes.....

    I guarantee you will have one of the most enjoyable Italian seafood stews you will EVER taste!!!!:):)

    Try it, Mikey will like it!!!!!:):)
     
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  4. ratatatat

    ratatatat GC Hall of Fame

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    Anyone like a really good dessert???

    Try this;

    Per person, take;

    1 granny smith apple (peeled and cored)
    1/2 sheet frozen puff pastry sheet, (big enough to wrap apple in)
    ground cinnamon
    Mrs. Butterworth Pancake syrup
    raisins, and slivered almonds.

    An "egg wash" made of 1 egg mixed with 1/2 cup milk and water (2parts milk to 1 part water)

    Directions;

    Lightly coat puff pastry sheetwith egg wash....

    Take each Granny Smith apple, rub with ground cinnamon, place in center of puff pastry sheet, fill core with raisins and slivered almond mix AND syrup, with syrup around apple,

    Wrap each apple, bringing points together and sealing with some more egg wash, coat outside of pastry sheet with more egg wash.....

    Place on lightly greased baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 35 minutes,

    Remove, place in bowl, cut open, and add 1 scoop French Vanilla Ice Cream (Optional, but recommended!)

    You'll LOVE this one!!!!:):)
     
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  5. ratatatat

    ratatatat GC Hall of Fame

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    OK, Fellow Gators.......

    Has ANYONE actually TRIED ANY of the recipes I've posted so far???

    Up til now, I think I've fulfilled pretty much ALL of your requests, and added quite a few of my own.....

    And I haven't even gotten into soups, Salads, Chicken, etc....

    COME ON, guys!!!!:):)
     
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  6. ratatatat

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    How about a nice Salad recipe....

    Italiano Ensalata Calabrese;

    In a big salad bowl, add a mixture of;
    Romaine Lettuce Hearts
    Iceberg Lettuce hearts
    A little baby Arugula
    A little baby Spinach
    A couple sprigs baby Watercress (optional)
    1/2 thinly sliced Sweet Onion (lg. Onion)
    3 Fresh Roma (plum) Tomatoes

    Put in fridge to keep chilled.....meanwhile, take;

    1/3 lb. Fresh green beans, (washed, and ends snipped), snapped in half, if long...
    Lightly saute' green beans in saute' pan with butter, salt and freshly ground black pepper...
    Your choice of either fresh crushed, or granulated garlic (if fresh, put into butter until aroma just starts to release, then quickly add beans to stop garlic from burning)

    Saute' green beans for only about 4-5 minutes, then remove, drain, and chill beans...

    Add to salad mix with (1) 8 oz. can Mandarin Orange slices, (drained)

    For dressing;
    4 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 part Regina Red Wine Vinegar
    1/2 part cold water

    Directions;

    Take Salad mix, with sautee'd green beans, Mandarin orange slices, and add some Freshly chopped fresh Basil and Oregano, Shave some SHARP, DRY, Provolone cheese, (or Parmesan & Romano, or Locatelli, or ALL) over salad, add dressing, TOSS AND SERVE....add touch of salt and pepper to taste once it's served!

    ONE heck of a salad!!!!!:):)
     
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  7. QGator2414

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    Smoked Prime Rib

    Low and Slow (I use hickory). I also inject with a beef broth that has been boiled for 40 minutes with the rub, Cabernet, worcestershire sauce, butter and salt.

    Combine water and Cabernet to boil in the smoker as well.
     
  8. g8orbill

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    whatta- do you have a recipe for chicken salad
     
  9. ratatatat

    ratatatat GC Hall of Fame

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    Of course, Bill....

    I prefer to use grilled chicken breasts, but you can use any kind of either fresh cooked or leftover chicken you like....

    Chop chicken into small chunks, ( 1/4-1/2" chunks)

    4 parts chicken
    1 part GOOD Mayo, (Hellmans, Dukes, etc.
    1/2 stalk celery heart, finely chopped
    1/2 Vidalia or other sweet onion, finely chopped
    1 chopped hard boiled egg (optional)
    1/8/tsp Old Bay Seasoning
    Salt and fresh ground black pepper
    dash granulated garlic (optional)

    Mix chilled ingredients in bowl....Add a little chopped fresh parsley, if desired...( If you like it a bit spicier, you can add a dash or two of a good hot sauce)

    ENJOY!!!:);)
     
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  10. vertigo0923

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    i make some very 'special' brownies. anyone want the recipe, pm me.

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  11. g8orbill

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    Alice B Toklas Brownies I bet
     
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  12. shelbygt350

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    I have my grandfather's recipe for marinara sauce from Italy...as in from his parents, etc going back well over 100 years. Includes cinnamon, red pepper, red wine, cloves, fresh fennel, etc.

    My Mom's mashed potato recipe is to add sour cream, butter, fresh cut chives, a touch of nutmeg to the mashed taters.

    Multi Paella recipes are a favorite.

    How about wheatless muffins. Almond flour + coconut oil + splenda + raisins + unsweetened coconut + pecan flour (1/5 of almond) + baking soda + salt + dash of cinnamon etc. Taste it before cooking and adjust to your like, then bake !
     
  13. g8orbill

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    thanks am trying this tomorrow
     
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    The best chicken salad I've ever had also has the simplest recipe...

    Bone in chicken breasts get roasted at 350 with salt/pepper/olive oil then let cool.
    Take chicken off the bone and chop. Add good quality mayo, green grapes (sliced in half), and tarragon.
     
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  15. vertigo0923

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    we have a chicken salad recipe also, but it's the kind with apples and walnuts. if you buy those croissants, they're great sliced with chicken salad on them.
     
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  16. ratatatat

    ratatatat GC Hall of Fame

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    The nice thing about salads like that are that there are SO many variations you can use...

    I have one that's GREAT to bring to the beach, or just to have outside, a potato salad that has NO Mayo, and the recipe only gets better as the potato salad sits out!!!

    Take 4 parts potatoes, (any potato you prefer to make your potato salad, I like red, yukon gold, or plain old russets)...Let's say about 8-10 nice-sized potatoes, skinned and washed, cut into about 3/4-1" chunks
    1-1/2 parts fresh Roma (Plum) Tomatoes (say about 4 or 5 tomatoes, washed and cut into about 1 inch chunks
    1 LARGE Vidalia, or other sweet onion (TIP:) the "Flatter" the sweet onion, the sweeter they will be!!! Peel onion, and slice into 1/8" slivers
    1/2 part Extra Virgin Olive Oil (say about1/4-1/3cup
    3 or 4 tablespoons Regina Red Wine Vinegar
    About 10 to 12 good sized fresh washed fresh Basil leaves, chopped.
    A little salt, freshly ground black pepper, and some granulated garlic (NOT garlic powder! )
    Directions :

    Put All ingredients EXCEPT potatoes in lage bowl,set aside. ..

    Boil potatoes as usual for potato salad, (somewhat semi-firm in the middle, drain in colander. .DO NOT RINSE WITH ANY WATER! ! !

    Pour drained potatoes over mixture and toss at several intervals, some 10 to 15 minutes apart!

    You can eat some of this hot, then taste again after the several tossings, (it gets better)...Finally, refrigerate and serve when needed .

    As I said, this salad can sit in the heat at a picnic or anywhere! !
     
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  17. g8orbill

    g8orbill Old Gator Moderator VIP Member

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    my wife makes a similar warm pottato salad that I love left over cold
     
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  18. ratatatat

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    Hey, Bill;

    How long have you been married???:rolleyes:

    Just wonderin'! And I hope it's been a long, happy marriage!!:)
     
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  19. g8orbill

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    on March 31 it will be 32 years
     
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  20. ratatatat

    ratatatat GC Hall of Fame

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    Congrats, and I'm more than happy that you didn't get my ex, (who moved to Hogtown about 9 years ago, after cleaning me out of my workers comp and disability settlement):mad::rolleyes:

    Then again, she could NEVER make the food like I can!!!:)

    (Come to think of it. she'd never let you have the time to moderate the forum, anyway!:rolleyes:)
     
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