Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cantonese Tomato Beef

1beef flank steak or beef tenderloin tail, trimmed (about 1 pound)
2tablespoons soy sauce
2tablespoons dark sesame oil, divided
1tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch, divided
1pound fresh Chinese-style thin wheat noodles
1cup beef broth
2tablespoons brown sugar
1tablespoon cider vinegar
2tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3small onions (about 7 ounces), cut into wedges
2pounds ripe tomatoes (5 large), cored and cut into wedges
1green onion, diagonally cut into thin slices


  1. Cut flank steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Combine soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon cornstarch in large bowl. Add beef strips; toss to coat. Set aside to marinate.
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; toss with remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Keep warm. Combine beef broth, sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch and vinegar in small bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat wok over high heat 1 minute or until hot. Drizzle 1 tablespoon vegetable oil into wok and heat 30 seconds. Add beef mixture and stir-fry 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove beef to bowl and set aside. Reduce heat to medium. Add ginger and stir-fry about 30 seconds.
  4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to wok. Add onion wedges; cook and stir about 2 minutes or until wilted. Stir in half of tomato wedges. Stir broth mixture and add to wok. Cook and stir until liquid boils and thickens.
  5. Return beef and any juices to wok. Add remaining tomato wedges; cook and stir until heated through. Serve over cooked noodles.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rachel Ray's Fish and Sausage One Pot

I could not believe how easy and yummy this was.  The broth is to die for...


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus some for liberal drizzling to garnish
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian hot sausage
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby red or Yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 haddock or cod fillets
  • A handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Crusty bread, to pass at table


Heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, one turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Heads up: use a skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Add the sausage and crumble while browning it, about 3-4 minutes. While the sausage browns, crush the garlic and trim off the root end, then thinly slice the onions and potatoes. Add the garlic, onion and potatoes to the pan and toss to combine with the sausage. Season with salt and pepper. Douse the pan with half of the vermouth or wine; set the lid in place and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Next, add the tomatoes to the pan and gently turn them into the potatoes. Set the fillets atop the potatoes and douse with the remaining vermouth or wine. Season the fish with salt and pepper, to taste. Set the lid in place and cook for 6-8 minutes until the fish is opaque. Top the cooked fish with the parsley, juice of 1/2 lemon and a liberal drizzle of EVOO.

Saturday, July 17, 2010







Friday, January 1, 2010

Apple and Corn Bread-Stuffed Pork Loin

Our Christmas dinner (from Cooking Light). I add a can of pork gravy to the sauce.

The pork loin is stuffed with and baked atop apples. The apple wedges that the pork cooks over are discarded, but they contribute lots of flavor. The double-butterfly method used to flatten the pork for stuffing creates an attractive pinwheel pattern, evident when the pork is sliced.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: about 5 ounces stuffed pork, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

* Cooking spray
* 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
* 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
* 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
* 1/2 cup diced peeled Granny Smith apple
* 1 1/2 cups corn bread stuffing mix (such as Pepperidge Farm)
* 1 1/3 cups apple juice or cider, divided
* 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage, divided
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 1 (4-pound) boneless center-cut pork loin roast, trimmed
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
* 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch wedges
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth


Preheat oven to 450°.

Heat a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cover and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add diced apple; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Place apple mixture in a large bowl, and cool slightly. Stir in the stuffing mix, 1/3 cup juice, 1/2 teaspoon sage, and egg; set aside.

Starting off-center, slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open butterflied portions, laying pork flat. Turning knife blade parallel to surface of cutting board, slice larger portion of pork in half horizontally, cutting to, but not through, other side; open flat. Place plastic wrap over pork; pound to 1-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Spread stuffing over pork, leaving a 1/2-inch margin around outside edges. Roll up pork, jelly-roll fashion, starting with a long side. Secure at 2-inch intervals with twine. Combine 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon sage, and 1 teaspoon salt; rub over pork.

Arrange apple wedges in a single layer in bottom of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; place pork on apples. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325° (do not remove the pork from oven). Bake an additional 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155°. Remove pork from pan; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Discard apple wedges.

Combine 1 cup juice, cornstarch, and broth in a small saucepan; stir with a whisk. Bring broth mixture to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Cut pork into 1/2-inch- thick slices, and serve with sauce.

Monday, November 16, 2009

South Coast Portuguese Fish Chowder

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, SO good and easy!

Saute the following:
2 T. olive oil
2 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 med. onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 t allspice

Add the following and simmer for 10 min:
2 lb diced potatoes
4 c. broth (I used chicken)

Add the following and simmer 5 more min:
2 c. canned tomatoes with juice
6 oz chopped chourico or andouille sausage (remove casing)
salt and pepper to taste

Add the following and simmer 5 min more:
2lb fish

Remove from heat and add:
10 sprigs cilantro, chopped

Let sit for 10 min and then garnish with Italian parsley.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chicken Scaloppine with Sugar Snap Pea, Asparagus, and Lemon Salad

From Cooking Light - So easy and fresh tasting.


* 3 cups julienne-cut trimmed sugar snap peas (about 1 pound)
* 2 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus (about 1 pound)
* 6 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
* 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* Cooking spray
* 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
* 1/3 cup dry white wine
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
* 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
* 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 6 lemon wedges


1. Steam peas and asparagus, covered, 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Rinse pea mixture with cold water; drain. Chill.

2. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 2 breast halves to pan; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat procedure twice with remaining chicken. Add broth and wine to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in butter.

3. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, mint, oil, rind, and juice, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle oil mixture over pea mixture; toss gently to coat. Serve pea mixture with chicken and sauce. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oeufs en Cocotte avec Sauce au Cari

I read both "My Life in France" by Julia Child and "Julie and Julia" by Julie Powell on my last plane trip. Read these books in that order--better than Iron Chef on the Food Network! Anyhow, after I flew into PWM, I ran to Borders to get these recipes and it was SOO worth it. I like adding chopped, fresh herbs to my "ouefs."

Oeufs en Cocotte

Per serving:

* 1/2 teaspoon butter
* 1 ramekin 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter and about 1 1/2 inches high
* 2 tablespoons whipping cream
* A pan containing 3/4 inch of simmering water
* 1 or 2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter ramekin, saving a dot for later. Add 1 tablespoon of cream and set the ramekin in the simmering water over moderate heat. When the cream is hot, break 1 or 2 eggs. Pour in the remaining spoonful of cream over the egg and top with a dot of butter.

2. Place in middle level of preheated oven and bake for 7 to 10 minutes. The eggs are done when they are just set but still tremble slightly in the ramekins. They will set a little more when the ramekins are removed, so they should not be overcooked.

3. Season with salt and pepper and serve. The ramekins may remain in the hot water, out of the oven, for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. To prevent overcooking, remove eggs from oven when slightly underdone.


Sauce au Cari

You can half this for 4 servings of eggs and still have leftover. I warmed up leftover, thinly sliced steak in my remaining curry sauce.

* 1/2 cup finely minced white or yellow onions
* 4 tablespoons butter
* An 8-cup enameled saucepan
* 2 to 3 tablespoons curry powder
* 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 cups boiling milk
* 4 to 6 tablespoons whipping cream
* Salt and pepper
* Lemon juice
* 1 to 2 tablespoons softened butter

To use this sauce in Oeufs en Cocotte, substitute 2 tablespoons sauce for the whipping cream. Leftover sauce can be used atop chicken, vegetables, fish or lamb. (Or, as I did, put a dollop of the sauce on top of the eggs rather than substituting for the cream.)

1. Cook onions and butter on low heat for 10 minutes without allowing onions to color.

2. Stir in curry powder and cook slowly for 2 minutes. Add flour and stir over low heat for 3 minutes.

3. Off heat, blend in boiling milk. Return to heat and simmer slowly for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The stir in 4 to 6 tablespoons cream by tablespoons, until sauce has thinned to consistency you wish. Check seasoning, and add lemon juice to taste. Off heat, and just before using, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons butter and if using, parsley.

Source: "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck (Knopf, 1961)

Halibut Fish Tacos

I kind of played with ingredients today so don't have exact measurements, but yummmmmmm.

Tempura Batter for halibut:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup ice cold beer
1 t Adobo seasoning
Emeril Essence
(let sit for 10 min)

Oil for frying halibut (cut into fish stick size) @ 350 degrees. After frying, lay fish on paper bag.

chopped jalapeno
diced fresh mango
chopped mint
juice of 1 lime
4 sliced scallions

Cole Slaw:
sour cream
rice vinegar
2 chipotle in adobo, chopped finely
slaw mix

Wrap all in warm flour tortillas

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dharma Bums

I finally read this book. I found it at Goodwill while buying Mitchell's English books for next year. Great book. I had to go buy "Myths and Texts" by Snyder afterwards and dragged out my copy of "Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the Cascades" by John Suiter.

One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the real poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac. This book is a must-read for any serious Kerouac fan. -- Amazon Review

Grilled Chicken Salad

This is good, fast & easy - I served it on lettuce. Next time, I'd serve it on more greens as the salad is sweet. I grilled garlic naan (pita bread would work as well) to serve on the side.


* 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat Greek-style yogurt (such as Fage)
* 1 tablespoon canola oil
* 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
* 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
* 4 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
* Cooking spray
* 1 cup seedless green grapes
* 1/2 cup chopped red onion
* 1/2 cup mango chutney
* 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
* 1/3 cup canola mayonnaise (such as Spectrum organic)
* 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


1. Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring to combine. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place yogurt mixture in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours, turning occasionally.

2. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

3. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken, breast side down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; grill 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the meaty part of breast registers 160°. Remove chicken from grill; let stand 10 minutes. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Coarsely chop chicken and place in a medium bowl. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

4. Add grapes and remaining ingredients to chicken mixture; toss gently to combine. Chill 30 minutes.

Asian Street Sandwiches

MMMMMMMMMM! Guy Fieri's recipe from Family Circle, July 2009. I haven't tried his other recipes, but here they are.

* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
* 2 tablespoons garlic, crushed
* 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
* 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (such as Sriracha Thai hot sauce)
* 1 teaspoon sesame oil
* 1 pound pork roast, sliced on the bias into 12 thin pieces
* 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
* 1/4 cup mirin (Asian cooking wine)
* 1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
* 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1-1/4 cups)
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 6 hero rolls, each 6 inches long, split
* 6 romaine lettuce leaves
* 1 cup cilantro leaves, stemmed and cleaned


1. In a medium-size bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, 1 tablespoon of the oyster sauce, the garlic, the ginger, 1 teaspoon of the chili garlic sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of the sesame oil. Add pork and toss to coat. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag, remove the air and let marinate in the refrigerator 4 to 4-1/2 hours.

2. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the rice wine vinegar, mirin and mint; mix until sugar dissolves. Add cucumber and marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, blend mayonnaise with the remaining 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. Let sit for 5 minutes.

4. In medium-size saute pan or on hot grill, cook meat to medium-rare, until it registers 145° on an instant-read thermometer, about 3 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate or platter.

5. Drizzle olive oil on rolls and brown lightly on grill or under broiler, about 2 minutes. Spread mayo onto each roll, dividing evenly. Place pork in roll, top with marinated cucumbers, lettuce and cilantro. Slice in half and serve.

Roasted Huevos Rancheros

This was my breakfast yesterday --- kind of a "clean out the frig" type meal.

For the scramble:
cubed ham (cook in oil & butter before adding eggs)
6 eggs & milk or cream, scramble & season with "Slap Ya Mama"
shredded mozzarella and cheddar
roasted red peppers
chopped Kalamata olives

Serve on:

6 corn tortillas - fried crisp

Top each with a dollop of:

sour cream or Greek yogurt
fire roasted salsa

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Egg Fu Yong

6 eggs
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
¼ cup green onion (minced)
¼ cup bamboo shoots (minced)
4 water chestnuts (minced)
¼ cup slivered ham
1 teaspoon soy sauce
oil (for cooking)

Foo Yung Sauce -
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New Year's Dumpling Delight

These are a family favorite. With all of us putting them together, it doesn't take overly long and it is a fun time for family conversation. From "Cooking Light".


1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons green onion, minced
1 hot red chile, minced


10 ounce ground pork
3 1/2 cups shredded Napa (Chinese) cabbage
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced leek (about 1 large)
3/4 cup minced green onion
1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 3 ounces)
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake (rice wine) or sherry
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
40 won ton wrappers
2 large carrots, thinly sliced


To prepare dipping sauce, combine first 7 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate. To prepare dumplings, combine pork and next 10 ingredients (pork through black pepper) in a large bowl.

Working with 1 won ton wrapper at a time (cover remaining wrappers with a damp towel to keep from drying), spoon about 2 teaspoons pork mixture into center of each wrapper. Moisten edges of wrapper with water; bring 2 opposite corners to center, pinching points to seal. Bring remaining 2 corners to center, pinching points to seal. Pinch 4 edges together to seal. Place dumplings, seam sides up, on carrot slices (cover loosely with a damp towel to keep them from drying). Arrange half of dumplings in a single layer in a bamboo or vegetable steamer. Steam dumplings, covered, for 10
minutes. Remove dumplings from steamer; place on a platter. Keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining dumplings. Serve with dipping sauce. Note: If you don't have a steamer, use a heat proof plate. Set it on top of a heatproof bowl placed in the bottom of a pot filled with 2 inches of water. Cover and steam.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The easiest bar cookies EVER!!!!

These taste kind of like Almond Joy bars. I melted the butter in the glass baking pan and then sprinkled the crumbs over the top and it worked fine. No mixing bowl so one less dish to wash! This is what my version of the recipe said. Also, my recipe called for 1 cup of choc. chips not 2 c. and they were WAY sweet enough. Cut these bars into small pieces - they are rich. Vary the type of candy chips, nuts and cookie crumbs to change the taste.

Magic Bar Cookies

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F for glass dish). In small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly on bottom of 13X9-inch baking pan. Pour EAGLE BRAND® evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with fork. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store leftovers covered at room temperature.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Nilla Wafers Tiramisu Bowl


* 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
* 3 cups cold milk
* 2 pkgs. 6 7/8 ounces Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
* 8 ounces Cool Whip, divided
* 48 vanilla wafers
* 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled and divided
* 2 baking chocolate squares, grated
* 1 cup fresh raspberries


1.Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy.
2.Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mixes and mix well.
3.Stir in 2 cups of the whipped topping.
4.Place 24 of the wafers in a 2 1/2 quart bowl, and drizzle with half of the coffee.
5.Top with half each of the pudding mixture and chocolate. Repeat all layers.
6.Top with remaining whipped topping and fruit.
7.Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

**To easily grate chocolate, microwave unopened squares, one at a time, on high for ten seconds. Grate with large holes of a cheese shredder.

Friday, October 24, 2008

from east to west - fall '08

The fall '08 issue of from east to west: bicoastal verse (a free quarterly poetry journal) is packed full with 44 full color pages of featured poets, Patrick Carrington & Constance Pavliska, artists & photographers, Scott Davis, Constance Pavliska, Dave Wade & more, "time" poets, Brion Berkshire, Geraldine Cannon, Wendy Howe, Jim Knowles, Doug Knowlton, Ken Markee, Alice Persons, & Patricia Smith Ranzoni, and our "Best of the Net" nominations, Courtney Campbell, Laurel Dodge, Helmuth Filipowitsch, Gil Helmick, David Moreau, & Barton Smock.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Salad

I made this at one of Ronda's get togethers one year-- raspberries, pork, greens, raspberry vinaigrette & easy! yum... Nicole asked for the recipe. I'd posted it before so click here for the recipe.

Zesty Black Bean and Corn Salad

LHS Potluck, Friday 10/24.

From Cooking Light:

6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

* 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
* Cooking spray
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 large ears)
* 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
* 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
* 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
* 1 cup diced red bell pepper
* 3/4 cup diced red onion
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
* 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño pepper
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
* 1 (19-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

Heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add corn; sauté 8 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Combine juice and next 4 ingredients (lime juice through salt), stirring with a whisk. Combine corn mixture, tomatoes, and remaining ingredients. Drizzle juice mixture over corn mixture, and toss gently to coat.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beet-and-Lentil Salad on Cabbage Slaw

From Cooking Light

Beets may seem wintry, but in fact they're likely to be freshest in summer. Look for golden beets or Chioggia beets (a variety with red and white concentric circles) to add cheery color to this salad. But red beets work fine, too.

Pickled onion:
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced

2 pounds small golden, Chioggia, or red beets
1 cup dried green or brown lentils
1/4 cup finely diced carrot
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons capers
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

7 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

To prepare pickled onion, combine onion and vinegar in a bowl. Let stand 30 minutes; drain.

To prepare dressing, combine oil and next 8 ingredients (oil through minced garlic), stirring with a whisk.

To prepare salad, leave root and 1 inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain; cool. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Cut beets into 1/2-inch cubes; place in a large bowl. Set aside. Place lentils, carrot, 2 garlic cloves, and bay leaf in a large saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above lentils. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Discard garlic cloves and bay leaf. Add lentil mixture, pickled onion, dressing, 1/3 cup parsley, capers, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to beets. Set aside.

To prepare slaw, toss cabbage with red wine vinegar and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Divide slaw evenly among 4 plates; top with salad. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups slaw and about 1 cup salad)