Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Meal #7: Recipes

Shepherd's Pie (Alton Brown's recipe from FoodNetwork.com)
Jenny's Notes: We made this recipe as written, with two exceptions:
  1. Because we weren't sure how lamb would be received at the shelter, we used ground turkey instead—not as flavorful, but an acceptable and affordable alternative.
  2. Because I detest peas (!) we substituted Trader Joe's frozen French green beans, which we chopped into pea-sized chunks. Much better! :)

Sweet & Sour Squash Salad (Gretchen Bell)
4 small zucchini, very finely sliced
4 small yellow squash, very finely sliced
1 red (or yellow or orange) pepper, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely sliced

1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup sherry vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
  1. Combine all vegetables in a heat-resistant bowl.
  2. Place the dressing ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, cooking until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour the hot dressing over the vegetables, and stir to combine. Allow to marinate for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain and serve.

Marshmallow Treats with M&Ms (from Cooks.com)
Jenny's Note: We added 1 cup of M&M candies to the basic recipe.

Smoked Salmon Spread (Jenny Michael)
Jenny's Note: This recipe is my own concoction, and I've served it a couple of times as a cooking-day snack. People have asked for the recipe, so even though it wasn't an official part of this meal, I thought I'd post it here.
hot-smoked salmon, flaked
cream cheese (I used light whipped)
capers, chopped
pickled jalapeƱos, chopped
red onion, finely chopped
ground black pepper, to taste
lemon juice, to taste
Preparation: Combine all ingredients and mix together well. Serve with crackers or baguette slices.

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