A refreshing vegetarian fruit curry, medium hot, to be served over rice. "Barely ripe" bananas means newly ripe, or not so ripe that they're losing their firmness. I did not include salt, which many people will miss; if you want, you can add salt in an amount to suit your taste.
A neat, cute appetizer. I'm guessing at the amount of lemon juice and butter called for; just use however much you need. If you find the bacon shrivels up too much on the skewer, try rinsing it with water and patting it dry with a paper towel before cooking. Since I actually make a bunch at once but am just giving you the directions for making one, I didn't know how to figure the preparation time. You'll figure it out.
Supper on a budget. I use turkey franks and a spaghetti sauce containing either mushrooms or peppers. Substitute another herb for part of the parsley if you prefer. Cooking time includes time to cook spaghetti initially; subtract if you're using lefterover pasta.
Oh, so good! Makes a nice birthday or special-occasion cake. I used to sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, but nowadays most commercial flour is pre-sifted so I don't bother. If you don't want grated citrus zest in your frosting (though I love it!), after allowing the orange juice in the frosting to infuse some of the flavor from the zest for 10 minutes, you can pour it through a strainer and discard the zest.
Alternatively, you can use wood skewers that have been soaked in water for 30 minutes. Kabobs come off the skewers more easily if you coat the skewers with nonstick spray. Good with buttered baked potatoes or rice.
For a low-salt, low-fat diet, coat pan with nonstick spray rather than using butter and use low-sodium bouillon powder, skim evaporated milk and skim milk. Please don't substitute canned for frozen peas; they taste awful in this. Cooking time also includes final 10 minutes off flame.
A deliciously spicy lower-fat chili. If you like, add 1 cup of chopped celery with the onions and omit the celery seeds from the seasonings (I don't much care for the texture of cooked celery, so I don't do this). For hotter chili (ouch!), don't seed the jalapenos.
Somewhat lean beef, such as ground round, is okay, but if you use too lean beef I've found meatballs may come apart. Frozen green beans can be substituted for fresh, but use regular-cut not French-cut (I think it tastes better with fresh, however). Cloves are optional because quite a number of people don't like cloves.
One of my mother's favorites for when she was rushed and wanted a vegetable side dish that was quick, simple and tasty. She didn't measure the soy sauce, just sprinkled it with the plastic "sprinkling top" (I don't know what else to call it) on the bottle, so I'm just guessing at the amount. These days, I use light (lower-sodium) soy sauce. If you like, jazz it up with the herb of your choice, but I like it just as is. (Occasionally I sprinkle with my favorite herb thyme.)
When I need something really fast and easy to serve company, I always get high marks with these. Little do they know how simple the trick is--or at least they wouldn't know if I didn't usually open my big mouth and tell them! Of course, you could also make these with fresh beans and they would be even better, but go with frozen if you're in a hurry.
Put your leftover cornbread to good use! From a neighbor when I lived down South. UPDATE (4/11/08): Change from original posting: I've always had to cook this about an hour, but I thought that was just me, so I when I originally posted this I left the cooking time at 3/4 hour, which was how I received it. However, since all the reviewers have noted that they, too, have to cook it longer, I have now changed the cooking time to 1 hour.
Adapted from a recipe from the award-winning restaurant at Fearrington House Country Inn in Fearrington Village, NC, (just south of Chapel Hill). I use my own posted recipe for the pie crust; you can use your own preferred crust recipe. This dessert does not have a double pie crust, but it does use an equivalent amount of dough so the Recipezaar program insists that I enter it that way; I make a whole recipe and freeze the other half for another use. Substitute your own favorite crust if you prefer. Good served with vanilla ice cream. How many servings the recipe yields depends on the size of the portions you cut--30 is the yield if you cut into 2 x 2 1/2-inch rectangles. Preparation time does not include the time to make the crust. (P.S. The water on the cookie sheet is supposed to keep the crust from shrinking.)
Very quick, easy supper. I snap the linquine in half before cooking. Using tuna packed in water cuts down on calories, or if using oil-packed, place in sieve and rinse before using. Cooking time includes time to cook pasta.