Antipasto

A delicious appetizer to serve during the festive season. It’s a lot of chopping, but don’t use a food processor!

Antipasto
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Ingredients
  1. Antipasto
  2. 1 cup olive oil 250 mL
  3. 1 large cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces 1
  4. 2 large green peppers, chopped 2
  5. 2 cans (each 101⁄2 oz/294 mL) sliced ripe olives, chopped 2
  6. 1 jar (16 oz/454 mL) green olives with pimiento, chopped 1
  7. 2 jars (each 13 oz/370 mL) pickled onions, chopped 2
  8. 2 cans (each 10 oz/284 mL) mushroom stems and pieces 2
  9. 1 jar (48 oz/1.4 L) mixed pickles, chopped 1
  10. 2 bottles (each 48 oz/1.4 L) ketchup 2
  11. 1 bottle (15 oz/426 mL) hot ketchup 1
  12. 2 cans (each 2 oz/56 g) anchovies, chopped (optional) 2
  13. 3 cans (each 41⁄2 oz/128 g) solid tuna, chopped 3
  14. 3 cans (each 4 oz/114 g) small shrimp 3
Instructions
  1. Drain all jars and cans. Put all ingredients, except the fish, into a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Pour boiling water over all the fish to rinse. Drain and add to mixture. Gently stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into clean airtight containers, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) headspace. Let cool completely. Cover and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with crackers. Makes 8 to 9 cups (2 to 2.25 L).
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Chocolate Raspberry Torte
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Ingredients
  1. Cake
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour 500 mL
  3. 2 tsp baking soda 10 mL
  4. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
  5. 1⁄2 tsp baking powder 2 mL
  6. 3 squares (each 1 oz/30 g) 3
  7. unsweetened chocolate
  8. 1⁄2 cup butter 125 mL
  9. 2 cups brown sugar, packed 500 mL
  10. 3 eggs 3
  11. 11⁄2 tsp vanilla extract 7 mL
  12. 3⁄4 cup sour cream 175 mL
  13. 1⁄2 cup strong coffee 125 mL
  14. 1⁄2 cup coffee-flavored liqueur (Kahlúa) 125 mL
  15. Filling
  16. 1 cup whipping (35%) cream 250 mL
  17. 2 tbsp icing sugar 30 mL
  18. 1 jar (12 oz/341 mL) raspberry or 1 strawberry jam
  19. Frosting
  20. 11⁄2 cups chocolate chips 375 mL
  21. 3⁄4 cup sour cream 175 mL
  22. Pinch salt Pinch
  23. Chocolate curls
  24. Raspberries or strawberries
Instructions
  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch (23 cm) cake pans. Mix flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Melt chocolate and let cool. In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and eggs at high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths), alternating with sour cream (in thirds). Add coffee and liqueur, blending until smooth. Pour batter into pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until surface springs back. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool on wire racks.
  2. Filling: Beat cream until it begins to thicken. Sprinkle in icing sugar and beat until stiff. Refrigerate. Slice cake layers in half horizontally to make four layers (cake layers cut more easily if frozen first). Place one layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread with 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) raspberry jam and 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) whipped cream. Repeat with remaining layers, ending with top layer cut side down.
  3. Frosting: Melt chocolate chips in top of double boiler. Add sour cream and salt and beat until frosting is creamy and smooth. Frost top and sides of cake. Garnish with chocolate curls and fresh berries. Serves 10 to 12.
  4. Tip: To make chocolate curls, warm a good-quality chocolate bar to room temperature, then use a vegetable peeler to shave off curls.
  5. From the Complete Best of Bridge Cookbooks, Volume 2 (page 318)
Notes
  1. From the Complete Best of Bridge Cookbooks, Volume 2 (page 318)
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Happy 2013!

We wish you much health, happiness (and great food!) in 2013!

Well the holidays are  officially over and we’re back  to work.  We’re making  changes to the web site that we think  you’ll really enjoy.  As you may have already noticed, you can now subscribe to the Best of Bridge newsletter.  Simply login and you’ll have access to free Best of Bridge recipes and news – the newsletter will be delivered right to your inbox.  Thank you to everyone that has already signed up and 10 cookbooks are going out this month to the lucky first 10 subscribers – we’ll be contacting you shortly.  The inaugural issue of the newsletter will be going out later this month, so please stay tuned.

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe can all be made in a food processor.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. This recipe can all be made in a food processor.
  2. Serves 8
  3. 6 Medium Potatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  4. 1/4 Cup Diced Onion
  5. 1/4 Cup Celery Leaves
  6. 2 Sprigs Parsley
  7. 3 TBSP Flour
  8. 1/4 Cup Butter
  9. 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  10. 1/4 TSP Pepper
  11. 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  12. 1 to 2 Cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  13. Dash of Paprika
Instructions
  1. Blend onion, celery leaves, parsley, flour, butter, salt, pepper and milk in blender, mixing thoroughly. Arrange potato slices in buttered, 2 quart baking dish. Pour mixture over potatoes; sprinkle with grated cheese and paprika. Bake in 350 degree oven approximately 50 minutes. This can be frozen and reheated.
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Vegetarian Texas Tacos

Perfect for summer entertaining, a quick cottage lunch, or a fabulous vegetarian meal for busy families on the go…

Vegetarian Texas Tacos
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Ingredients
  1. VEGETARIAN TEXAS TACOS
  2. 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 15 mL
  3. 1 medium onion, minced 1
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced 3
  5. 4 tsp. ground cumin 20 mL
  6. 4 tsp. chili powder 20 mL
  7. 2 19 oz. (540 mL) cans black or pinto beans, drained, rinsed 2
  8. 3⁄4 cup medium salsa 175 mL
  9. 1⁄2 cup frozen kernel corn 125 mL
  10. salt & pepper to taste
  11. 1⁄2-1 tsp. crushed red pepper 2-5 mL
  12. 3⁄4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese 175 mL
  13. 1⁄4 CUP grated cheddar cheese 60 mL
  14. about 10 flour tortillas 410 g
  15. Toppings (use 3 or more plus salsa)
  16. TOPPINGS
  17. 1 medium diced zucchini 1
  18. shredded lettuce
  19. 2 small avocados, diced & tossed 2
  20. with a splash of lime juice
  21. grated Cheddar cheese
  22. chopped onion
  23. diced red or yellow pepper
  24. diced fresh tomatoes
  25. salsa
Instructions
  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350°F (180°C). HEAT OIL IN A LARGE FRYING PAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT. ADD ONION AND GARLIC AND COOK, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY, UNTIL ONION IS TRANSLUCENT, ABOUT 5 MINUTES. ADD CUMIN AND CHILI POWDER AND STIR UNTIL THEY ARE AROMATIC, ABOUT 1-2 MINUTES LONGER. ADD BEANS AND SALSA AND MASH WITH A POTATO MASHER TO A CONSISTENCY THAT IS TO YOUR LIKING. ADD CORN AND SEASON WITH SALT, PEPPER AND CRUSHED RED PEPPER.
  2. PUT MIXTURE IN A CASSEROLE AND SPRINKLE CHEESES ON TOP. BAKE FOR 15-20 MINUTES OR UNTIL CHEESE MELTS. WARM TORTILLAS IN OVEN AND LET YOUR FAMILY DO THEIR OWN WRAPPING AND TOPPING. PASS THE SALSA.
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