Different Spinach Salad

This dressing really has added zip!

Different Spinach Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg. fresh spinach
  2. 1 head butter lettuce
  3. 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  4. 1 can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
  5. 3/4 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup salad oil
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup ketchup
  4. 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  5. 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  6. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  7. 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  9. 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash spinach and lettuce, drain and dry. Combine dressing ingredients and blend til smooth. Set in fridge for at least 1 hour. Add dressing just before serving.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – Grand Slam (Page: 79)
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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Fleshy Roma tomatoes make great soups and sauces. Check your local farmer’s market for good buys and build a batch of this great soup – freezes well for a quick winter’s dinner

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
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Ingredients
  1. Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
  2. Fleshy Roma tomatoes make great soups and sauces. Check your local farmer’s market for good buys and build a batch of this great soup – freezes well for a quick winter’s dinner.
Ingredients
  1. 3 lb. ripe Roma tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1 Tbsp. salt
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  5. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. 2 cups chopped onions
  7. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  9. 1 – 28 oz. (798 ml) can plum tomatoes and juice
  10. 2 cups torn fresh basil leaves
  11. 1 tsp. thyme
  12. 4 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Spread in one layer on baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
  2. In large pot over medium heat, heat oil and saute onions,garlic and red pepper flakes until onions start to brown.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, basil, thyme and chicken stock. Add oven-roasted tomatoes, including any liquid on baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Puree in batches to a coarse mixture. Serve hot or cold.
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Warm Spinach Salad with Apples and Brie

This is a winner!!

Warm Spinach Salad with Apples and Brie
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large Granny Smith apples
  2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 8 cups washed spinach leaves
  4. 1/2 lb. brie, cut in small pieces
  5. 1/2 cup toasted pecans
Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  2. 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  3. 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1/4 cup olive oil
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and core apples; cut into 1/2″ slices. Arrange on baking sheet and brush with syrup. Broil until golden; turn, brush syrup on other side and broil. Place spinach in large bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small saucepan and heat until simmering. Pour over spinach, toss and add cheese, apples and nuts. Dee-lish!!
  2. Book Reference – The Rest of the Best – Vol. 2 (Page: 94), That’s Trump (Page: 62)
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Rest of the Best – Vol. 2 (Page: 94), That’s Trump (Page: 62)
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Garlicky Tortellini Soup

Badda Boom – Badda Bing – if soup is your thing!

Garlicky Tortellini Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. butter
  2. 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped. (use it all – honest!)
  3. 4 cups chicken broth
  4. 6 oz. (170 g.) cheese tortellini
  5. 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
  6. or 2 1/2 cups skinned, chopped fresh ripe tomatoes
  7. 10 oz. (300 g) bag of spinach, stems removed
  8. 8-10 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  9. parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute about 2 miinutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook halfway (about 5 minutes if frozen, less if using fresh.) Add tomatoes and their liquid; reduce heat to simmer and cook just until pasta is tender. Stir in spinach and basil and cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes. To serve, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Rest of the Best – Vol. 2 (Page: 0)
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Hamburger Soup

Don’t be deceived by the name – this is a family favorite and a breeze for entertaining. This recipe makes 18 soup ladles and freezes very well.

Hamburger Soup
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef 750 G
  2. 1 medium onion,finely chopped
  3. 1 – 28 oz. can tomatoes 796 mL
  4. 2 cups water 500 mL
  5. 3 – 10 oz.9284 mL) cans consomme
  6. 1 – 10 oz. can tomato soup 284 mL
  7. 4 carrots, finely chopped
  8. 1 bay leaf
  9. 3 sticks celery, finely chopped
  10. parsley
  11. 1/2 TSP thyme 2ML
  12. pepper to taste
  13. 1/2 cup pot barley 125 mL
Instructions
  1. Brown meat and onions. Drain well. Combine all ingredients in large pot. Simmer covered, at least 2 hours, or all day.
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Christmas Salad

Christmas Salad
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Ingredients
Salad
  1. 8 cups spinach leaves 2 L
  2. 1 avocado, thinly sliced 1
  3. 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 125 ml
  4. 1/2 cup dried cranberries 125 mL
  5. or
  6. 1 cup pomegranate seeds 250 mL
Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup cranberry juice concentrate 60 mL
  2. 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 60 mL
  3. 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard 7 mL
  4. 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1 ml
  5. 1/2 cup Canola or vegetable oil 125 mL
Instructions
To make salad
  1. Stem spinach, tear into bite-sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl. Place avocado and onion over spinach.
To make dressing
  1. Combine cranberry juice concentrate, vinegar, mustard, pepper and oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well blended. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds over salad, toss gently and serve 6 guests.
Instructions
To make salad
  1. Stem spinach, tear into bite-sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl. Place avocado and onion over spinach.
To make dressing
  1. Combine cranberry juice concentrate, vinegar, mustard, pepper and oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well blended. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds over salad, toss gently and serve 6 guests.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1(Page: 85)
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