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Elaine Walker, Poultry

Baked Chicken Wings with Garlic & Chili (mild) for 2

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder (1 for Mom)
5 chicken wings

In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic and chili powder.
Pour into a large ziploc bag. Add the wings and seal the bag.
Shake the bag and massage the wings to evenly distribute the sauce. Let marinate an hour or more.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Bake chicken for 50 to 60 minutes.

Elaine Walker, Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, Vegetables

Potato Curry in Tomato Gravy (Aloo Rasedar)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 cup tomato, chopped
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or red chili powder (adjust to taste)
1 teaspoon vegetable masala (optional)
2 to 3 potatoes (1 pound) cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon garam masala (adjust to taste)
1 tablespoon lime juice

  1. In a large skillet, add oil, cumin seeds, and ginger. Saute for a few minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, coriander, turmeric, cayenne or chili powder and vegetable masala. Saute for another 3 minutes, then pour all into Instant Pot.
  3. Add potatoes and water to Instant Pot. Stir well.
  4. Start on Manual/Pressure Cook mode at high pressure for 2 minutes. When the pressure cooker beeps, press cancel and quick release the pressure manually.
  5. Add garam masala and lime juice. Stir.
  6. Optional, mash some potatoes with the back of the ladle. This will help thicken the curry. If you like a thinner gravy, you can add some water and let it come to a boil on sauté mode.

Note:
This potato curry thickens as it cools. Before eating, add water as needed and heat the curry.

Beef or Lamb, Elaine Walker, Pork, Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Salisbury Steak with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

¼ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup finely diced onion
1 egg
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
½ pound lean ground pork
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4 ounces (1/2 of an 8 ounce package) sliced cremini mushrooms (or baby bella, white or button mushrooms)
¼ cup dry red wine
2 cups beef broth (Kitchen Basics brand if you can find it)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water

  1. Combine bread crumbs, diced onion, egg, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a large bowl. Stir well and add beef and pork. Mix gently and form 8 equal-size patties. Place patties on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour or more.
  2. Add oil to a large skillet and turn heat to medium high. Brown patties in batches, removing to a plate when done. Add sliced onion and saute until brown, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes more.
  3. Transfer onion and mushrooms to the Instant Pot. Add wine, broth, tomato paste; stir well. Add cooked patties to the pot and turn to coat.
  4. Close and lock the lid. Use Manual setting and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
  5. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions (usually 10 minutes). Unlock and remove the lid.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Add mixture to the pot slowly, stirring constantly. Select Saute function; cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. The gravy will be fairly thin. Add an additional 1 tablespoon corn starch for a thicker gravy.
Elaine Walker, Soup

Korean Seaweed Soup (Miyuk Gook, served on birthdays)

1 (1 ounce) package dried brown seaweed*
1/4 pound beef top sirloin, minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
tofu (optional)
2 to 3 dried shiitake mushrooms (optional)
2 cups chicken or beef broth (or water if preferred)
4 cups water
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Soak seaweed in water to cover. After an hour, drain and then rinse. Soak for another 30 minutes, then drain again. Cut into 2 inch pieces.

Heat a saucepan over medium heat; add beef, sesame oil, and 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, and cook for 1 minute. Add tofu and dried shiitake mushrooms if desired.

Stir in seaweed and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Pour in 2 cups broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in garlic and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

* Do not use “Nori” seaweed (bits of seaweed pressed together to make “sushi” sheets). Some reviews of this recipe said it would be better to use a bit less seaweed.

Elaine Walker, Poultry, Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Shredded Chicken with Ranch & Cheese Sauce

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
4 ounces cream cheese, broken into chunks
1 (1-ounce) packet Hidden Valley Ranch dry seasoning/salad dressing mix (If using a different brand, look for one that has 110 mg of sodium or less.)
1 cup chicken broth
1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cheddar cheese
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

  1. Put the chicken and cream cheese into an Instant Pot.
  2. Whisk together the ranch dressing and chicken broth. Pour over chicken & cheese.
  3. Close and lock the Instant Pot lid. Select Manual mode and cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.
  4. When the timer goes off, use a Quick Release. Unlock and carefully open the lid.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a plate and shred the meat: Use one fork to hold the chicken steady. With the other fork, scrape and tear the chicken apart.
  6. Now turn the Instant Pot on to Saute.
  7. Whisk together 1-1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a little cold water. Add back to Instant Pot and whisk until smooth.
  8. Add the shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, and bacon to the Instant Pot. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  9. If a thicker sauce is desired, mix another 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch with a little water and then add to Instant Pot. Stir until well mixed.
  10. Press the CANCEL button to stop the cooking program.

Serve over buttered toast.
(Note: This tastes better than you’d expect. Kids would probably like it.)

Elaine Walker, Soup

Lentil Soup

1 pound lentils, rinsed
10 cups vegetable broth or water
1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
1-1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 bay leaves
2 medium potatoes (1-1/4 pounds), scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
10 ounces baby spinach, chopped
1 small butternut squash (1 pound), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 3 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, with leaves, sliced
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 lemons

  1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, combine the lentils, stock or water, jalapeño, coriander, cumin, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, about 30 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
  2. Add the potatoes, spinach and butternut squash, re-cover and cook another 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes and squash are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, and cook, stirring, until it starts to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the celery and garlic and cook, stirring often, until they soften, 3 minutes. Add the mixture to the soup, deglazing the skillet with a little soup liquid and adding the deglaze contents back to the soup pot. Add the salt and pepper, taste, and add more if needed. Pick out and discard the bay leaves.
  4. Thinly slice one of the lemons and cut the other into wedges. Just before serving, stir the lemon juice into the soup. Serve the soup hot, with a lemon slice floating atop each bowl. Pass lemon wedges at the table.
Candy, Elaine Walker

Maple Candy

2 cups pure maple syrup (use amber grade B for a deeper flavor)

Lightly grease the sides of a large saucepan (this will prevent the syrup from boiling up).

Lightly grease molds (silicone “bite-sized brownie” molds are best).

Pour the maple syrup into the saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Do not stir. Boil until syrup reaches 235 degrees F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer.

Turn off the burner but leave saucepan there to cool. Cool to 175 degrees F without stirring. Once the temperature has cooled to exactly 175, stir the mixture rapidly with a wooden spoon until the color begins to turn lighter and mixture becomes thick and creamy. Don’t overbeat or it will become crumbly.

Pour into molds. Set aside to cool. Once cool, unmold candy. Store in airtight containers up to 1 month.

Makes about 18?

Elaine Walker, Vegetables

Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Cauliflower Marinade:
1 pound cauliflower florets (about 1 head)
8 ounces sour cream (original recipe called for 7 ounces of Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of lemon juice, but the sauce curdled)
1 tablespoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Sauce:
1 cup plain canned tomato sauce (without Italian spices)
1 cup half and half
1 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Marinate the Cauliflower:
In a large bowl, stir together yogurt, garam masala, lemon juice, pepper, and ground ginger until well-mixed.

If any cauliflower florets are on the larger side (more than an inch), cut them into smaller florets. Measure out 16 ounces of florets to use for this recipe.

Toss the florets in the bowl with the marinade until well-coated. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Roast the Cauliflower:
Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Prepare a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Add marinated cauliflower florets to the baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer. Reserve any leftover marinade in the bowl, if any.

Bake at 400 F until the cauliflower is tender and lightly browned, about 20 to 30 minutes. While waiting for the cauliflower to bake, proceed to the next step to make the sauce.

Sauce:
In a large pot, add and stir together all sauce ingredients and any leftover marinade. Bring to a simmer.

Simmer until the sauce thickens and reduces by one-fourth, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Adjust the heat as needed to maintain a simmer.

If the cauliflower isn’t done yet, keep the sauce warm over low heat.

When the cauliflower is done, add it to the sauce, stirring for a minute until the cauliflower is well-coated with sauce.

Elaine Walker, Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, Soup

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

5 medium carrots, chopped
5 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked wild rice*
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (or a mixture of thyme, sage, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

To the Instant Pot, add all ingredients and cook for 45 minutes (manual, high pressure, quick release).

* Use only wild rice. Do not substitute brown rice or a wild rice blend.

Elaine Walker, Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, Soup

Spicy Carrot Soup

8–10 large carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
1-1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon red curry paste
cilantro and peanuts for topping

Stovetop Instructions: Saute the onions and garlic with a little bit of oil until soft. Add the carrots, coconut milk, broth, and curry paste. Simmer until carrots are soft. Add peanut butter and stir until melted. Using immersion blender, blend until smooth; season generously with salt, top with peanuts and cilantro.

Instant Pot Instructions: Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and set for 15 minutes. Using immersion blender, blend until smooth; season generously with salt, top with peanuts and cilantro.