For 4:

–6 organic chicken tenderloins

–panko crumbs (crispy, plain, packaged, one-third cup)

–basil (dried, 1 teaspoon, bottled)

–baby bella mushrooms (chopped, fresh, 3 or 4)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–marsala wine (cooking wine, one-quarter cup)

–basil pesto (bottled, 2 tablespoons)

–golden raisins (one-quarter cup, packaged)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the basil pesto in a small mixing bowl.  Add marsala wine slowly, stirring constantly.  Then pour sauce into a covered baking dish.  Add raisins.  Stir.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

2 – Place the chicken in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and basil.  Add olive oil to coat.  Pour in panko breadcrumbs.  Shake well.  Then place chicken in the sauce.  Top with mushrooms and green onions.  Finish with a few drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 and one-half minutes.  When finished, test a center piece for…

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A Non-Recipe Recipe with Ricotta

Wow, you could spend all day planning an appetizers tray alongside of this!

Frascati Cooking That's Amore

Some recipes don’t call for much work.  This is one of them.

Avail yourselves of the best quality ricotta you can find – preferably ewe’s milk ricotta as opposed to cow’s  milk – and press it firmly into a baking dish.

Bake in a hot oven (200 degrees Celsius, shall we say?) until it ‘sets’, until it forms a golden crust.  This can take anything between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the amount of ricotta and the temperamental variations of any home oven.

Once it is out of the oven, drizzle some olive oil all over the surface and add generous amounts of black pepper.


Next time you are asked to contribute something for a potluck dinner, send grateful thoughts my way as other guests dig into this ricotta and utter exclamations of pleasure.  Ah the delights of simplicity !


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Ramadan Iftar Recipes | Step by Step |

And so, again from before, which is below this post: Iftar is the evening meal during ramadan, every evening made and served after the last evening prayers; and a few definition of terms that are archaic to English usage.

aloo = potatoes; tikka = meat cutlet; paratha = unleavened bread fried on a griddle; chapli = minced meat + spices; seekh = same as chapli but shaped in cylinders; shami = minced meat with ground chickpeas; keema = ground meat, stewed or curry fried with peas or potatoes


Ramadan Iftar Recipes | Step by Step |

Ramadan Iftar Salad Recipes |

Ramadan began May 5th and ends June 4th this year. Since the food for this holiday is always interesting and international, I thought I would re-publish what I have found in my email, this being interesting to me.

But I did a little research for the foreign terms in a couple of recipes, particularly the Dahi Phulki Salad. Just for general information, since, I didn’t know: phulki is also known as besan, which is also known as gram flour, which turns out to be chickpea flour. And papri, is sometimes spelled papdi and is a flour biscuit, usually referring to a thin crisp wheat biscuit, but it could also be a thin crisp white flour & oil biscuit. I couldn’t find more on it.

Finally, Iftar is the evening meal which breaks the daily Ramadan fast after the evening prayer. Muslims follow a lunar calendar for part of their religious devotion and in the month of Ramadan which changes annually in a counter-calendar rotation (as for instance, next year it will begin in April and last year it began in June and so on); I believe this might even date back to the Egyptian pagan custom of sun and moon worship, so it is an unbroken cultural as well as a religious tradition, in which, the prayers are no longer to pagan gods, but remain in respect of the ancient calendar traditions and customs. It is a religious fast month; the outside world tends not to know a great deal about the actual practice of the holiday, so I also will not pretend to know about it too well.


Ramadan Iftar Salad Recipes |