Tuesday, June 9

Oatmeal cookies

Preheat oven to 350

Bake 1½ cups walnuts or pecans 5 min.

Beat together:

1 cup crisco
2 T water

1¼ cup dark brown sugar

2 eggs

2 t vanilla extract

1 ½ cups white flour or ¾ cup white flour and ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
1 t baking powder
1 t (kosher) salt

1 t cinnamon
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats

Mix all these ingredients, then add the 1½ cups walnuts

and if you want, 1½ cups raisins

Drop 2" mounds on greased baking sheet, bake 12-16 minutes

Sweet-sour cabbage

Rip the leaves of about half a green cabbage head into 1-2" pieces.

Using the pan for the Stuffed Jalapeños with the oil still in it, drop in the cabbage and after frying briefly, add

½ teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and 1-2 teaspoons of sugar. Slowly stir fry until tender. Depending on how how"pungent" the jalapeños were, this may be very highly spiced, too.

Stuffed Jalapeños

Select about a dozen jalapeños that are fairly large and straight (easier to stuff ).

To ground pork (enough to stuff: about ½ lb.), add about ¼ teaspoon minced ginger and one minced scallion, a teaspoon of soy sauce and a teaspoon of rice wine (米酒), and a teaspoon (?) of salt. Mix together and add a splash of water to make the mixture a little pasty and easier to manipulate.

It's best to wear gloves when you cut the tops off the peppers and gouge out the membranes and seeds with a long skinny knife like a steak knife, then stuff with the meat mixture.

Heat a little oil in a heavy frying pan, and slowly cook the peppers over medium low heat. Keep them covered except when you turn them. It'll take about ½ hour till they caramelize so you'll know they're done.

The  jalapeños may be very "pungent" (spicy-hot). You may use the same pan to cook sweet-sour cabbage.

Thursday, June 4

Spaghetti with zucchini and garlic.

  • Grate zucchini.
  • Cook pasta
  • Fry minced garlic in olive oil.
  • Add grateed zucchini.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Saute 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Toss hot, drained spaghetti with zucchini and garlic oil.
Serve with Steamed shrimp.

Steamed shrimp

Defrost shrimp (if not fresh).
Steam on plate in top of double boiler; flipping over when pink.

Serve with Spaghetti with zucchini and garlic.