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Pot Sticker Soup

Pot Sticker Soup
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Pot Sticker Soup
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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onions, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes to the pot and cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or so, long enough for everything to get fragrant.
  2. Add the red curry paste and stir it into the onion mixture. Add the chicken stock and stir until the paste is well blended. Bring the mixture up to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook, covered for 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Uncover the pot and add the vegetables. Simmer for a few minutes...about the time it takes to brown the pot stickers.
  4. In a large skillet heat the remaining oil over medium high heat. Add the pot stickers and cook until the flatter side is golden brown.Drop the browned pot stickers into the soup and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so.
  5. Divide the pot stickers into 4 soup bowls. Ladle the rest of the soup evenly among the bowls. Garnish with sesame oil, sriracha sauce and the scallions. Serve.
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Artichoke Lasagna

Artichoke Lasagna
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Artichoke Lasagna
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Bechamel Sauce
Lasagna
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Bechamel sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the flour and cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes or so. Add the milk slowly whisking constantly to keep things smooth.
  2. Bring the mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Set aside in a warm place. If sauce gets too thick add a little more half & half.
Lasagna
  1. Cook the lasagna according to the package directions. Drain well and lay out on wax or parchment paper. Prepare the filling while the pasta cooks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the bell peppers and mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes. Stir often during this step to insure everything is softening.
  3. Add the garlic and artichoke hearts and cook 3 minutes more or until everything is soft, fragrant, and lightly browned. Allow to cool before adding to the other filling ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, eggs, pesto, and 1/3 cup of the Italian Cheese Blend. Mix everything together. Add the cooled vegetables and stir it all together.
  5. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Place 2 lasagna noodles in the bottom of the dish. Spread half of the filling evenly over the noodles. Sprinkle with a little of the remaining cheese blend and drizzle a tablespoon or two of the Bechamel over the layer.
  6. Repeat the process with two more noodles and the other half of the filling. Sprinkle with cheese and drizzle with sauce as for the first layer.
  7. Top with the remaining two noodles. Spread the rest of the Bechamel sauce on top and sprinkle with the last of the cheese blend.
  8. Cover loosely with foil and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Check to see if things are beginning to bubble. If not cover and bake another 5 minutes or so.
  9. When the lasagna is bubbly, remove the foil and raise the oven to broil. Broil the lasagna for 3 - 4 minutes or until it is lightly golden brown and even more bubbly.
  10. Allow to rest 10 -15 minutes before cutting and serving.
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Orange Honey Mustard Slaw

Orange Honey Mustard Slaw
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Orange Honey Mustard Slaw
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  1. Place the broccoli slaw in a large bowl. Add the onions and peppers.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise, orange juice, honey, and mustard in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake until the ingredients are completely blended.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Toss to coat well. cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or as long as 24 hours.
  4. Serve with your favorite sandwich or grilled meat.
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Seven +/- Layer Salad

Seven +/- Layer Salad
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Seven +/- Layer Salad
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Light Balsamic Dressing
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  1. In a deep glass bowl layer the ingredients beginning with the farro. Layer them at your whim, but aim for appealing color combinations. The only sort of rule is to end with the olives and tomatoes, but again that's up to you.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well until everything has blended together.
  3. Pour the dressing over the layered salad. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours or as long as overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, top with the shredded cheese. Sprinkle with a few fresh herbs if that tickles your fancy, and serve.
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Farro with Vegetables and Chicken Italian Sausage

How farro will you go to put a healthy and quick meal on the table? A little chicken Italian sausage, some fresh vegetables and a good bit if farro and about 30 minutes and you will be serving dinner with pride.DIGITAL CAMERA

Once upon a time farro was only found outside of Italy in gourmet restaurants and little Italian markets. You don’t have to go all the way to Italy to get Farro any more. It’s now available in many grocery stores and markets. DIGITAL CAMERA

This ancient Italian grain is an early form of wheat that has recently become one of the “it” ingredients. There is a lot of confusion about Farro. There are 3 kinds that differ in taste and cooking technique. Farro Medio (a.k.a. emmer) is the most common type. It’s also the easiest to cook. Whatever kind of farro you buy, follow the directions on the package to get the best results. I like my farro on the softer side of toothsome. If you like a chewier bite, experiment with the cooking time until it’s just right.

I’ve been using Meijer Naturals Italian Farro . I cook the whole 8.5 ounce package and use the extras for hot breakfast cereal, salads, or side dishes. Yes, it is that versatile. I love this stuff! I’ve been known to stand in front of the refrigerator eating it cold. Use this recipe as a springboard to you own farro nirvana.

Farro with Vegetables and Chicken Italian Sausage
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Farro with Vegetables and Chicken Italian Sausage
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  1. Bring the Chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the farro, garlic and onion powder and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook uncovered until the farro is toothsomely tender and the broth is almost absorbed. This should take 15 - 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large fry pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes or so until it begins to soften.
  3. Add the sausage and mushrooms to the pan and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Add the peppers, zucchini and garlic to the pan. Cook everything for about 4 minutes. If the mixture seems a little dry, steal a bit of broth from the farro pan to keep things moving.
  5. Add approximately 2-1/2 cups of the farro and any remaining broth to the fry pan (save the rest of the farro for another meal). Cook over low heat for a few minutes stirring occasionally to bring things together.
  6. Add the herbs and half of the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Serve topped with the rest of the cheese.
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