Ratatouille

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/07/rat-a-too-ee-for-you-ee/

1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
1 cup tomato puree (such as Pomi)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small eggplant (my store sells these “Italian Eggplant” that are less than half the size of regular ones; it worked perfectly)
1 smallish zucchini
1 smallish yellow squash
1 longish red bell pepper
Few sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and pepper

Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad

http://hostthetoast.com/easy-greek-tzatziki-chicken-salad/

  • ¾ cup reduced fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 6 pitas, for serving

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Mexican Chicken Soup

http://barefootcontessa.com/recipes.aspx?RecipeID=239&S=0

4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped onions (2 onions)
1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
2 cups chopped carrots (4 carrots)
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
2½ quarts chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in puree, crushed
2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
¼ to ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
6 (6-inch) fresh white corn tortillas

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts skin side up on a sheet pan. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until done. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, discard the skin and bones, and shred the meat. Cover and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes with their puree, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, 1 tablespoon salt (depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock), 1 teaspoon pepper, and the cilantro, if using. Cut the tortillas in half, then cut them crosswise into ½-inch strips and add to the soup. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the shredded chicken and season to taste. Serve the soup hot topped with sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, and broken tortilla chips.

Bloody Mary

http://liquor.com/recipes/classic-bloody-mary/

Ingredients:

  • Celery salt
  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • 1 Lime wedge
  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 4 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 tsp Prepared horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 1 pinch Ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch Smoked paprika

Pour some celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the juicy side of the lemon or lime wedge along the lip of a pint glass. Roll the outer edge of the glass in celery salt until fully coated. Fill with ice and set aside. Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into a shaker and drop them in. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake gently and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime wedge.

Classic Lasagna

http://www.simplyscratch.com/2012/11/classic-homemade-lasagna.html

 

INGREDIENTS:
1 pound Ground Beef (85/25 is good)
1 pound Ground Sausage (I used bulk pork sausage)
1 large Yellow Onion, chopped
2 whole Garlic Cloves, smashed, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 tablespoon Dried Basil
1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
1 tablespoon Dried Parsley Flakes
1 {28 oz} can crushed tomatoes
12 ounces  (2 cans) Tomato Paste
3 cups Whole Milk Ricotta
2 whole Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, chopped
1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
4 cups {16 oz} Grated Mozzarella Cheese, divided
16 Oven ready Lasagna Noodles

 

DIRECTIONS:
For the Sauce:

In a large pot over medium heat, sauté chopped onions in a tablespoon of olive oil until they start to soften. Add in minced garlic, ground beef and the ground Italian sausage. Stir occasionally until the meat is browned.

Add in the kosher salt and a tablespoon of each basil, parsley flakes and oregano.

Add in the 12 ounces of tomato paste.

Add tomatoes and enough water to simmer.

Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 45 minutes – meanwhile, make the ricotta mixture.

In a large bowl combine the 3 cups of ricotta, two eggs, parsley, black pepper and a half cup of both Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese. Stir and keep in the fridge until ready to assemble the lasagna.

To Assemble the Lasagna:

Lightly coat a 13×9 baking pan with olive oil and preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Spread 1 cup of sauce on the bottom of the baking pan.

Layer 1: Start with 4 noodles and top with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture {spread it out}. Spread out 1 to 1-1/2 cups of sauce, sprinkle with a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of Mozzarella.

Layer 2: 4 Noodles and top with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, 1 cup of sauce and sprinkle a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of Mozzarella.

Layer 3: 4 noodles, top with the remaining ricotta mixture, and 1 cup of sauce {no cheese}.

Layer 4: 4 remaining noodles, the remaining sauce and sprinkle with remaining cup or so of Mozzarella.

Bake the lasagna for 30-40 minutes {rotating the pan halfway through} or until cheese is thoroughly melted and golden. After baking let the lasagna sit for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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