Stuffed Mushrooms

This comes from Cook’s Country, December/January 2007, with a few modifications, as usual. Sometimes I have found some perfect stuffing-sized mushrooms at Safeway.

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Taco Salad

This is a good salad. The lime dressing fits it perfectly. It was a recipe from a Cook’s Country. It is especially good when topped with diced avocado, shredded pepper jack or cheddar cheese, sliced red onion, and sour cream or plain yogurt.

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Pumpkin Soup with Blue Toast

During our restaurant days, I bought up the rest of a pumpkin patch every year after Halloween so we could continue to make pumpkin pies until spring. I still buy pumpkins every fall, although not on quite such a grand scale. I cook them and freeze the puree. So when I saw this recipe at Whole Foods Market, it seemed like a natural.

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Summer Roulade with Tomatoes, Cream Cheese, and Herbs

Many years ago, when vegetarian restaurants were first becoming mainstream, I ate at Greens in San Francisco. Those of us present who were not vegetarians were very impressed and more than well-satisfied with the experience. As a tribute to its excellence, it continues to prosper and nourishes the body as well as the soul at its beautiful location at Fort Mason.

I was prompted to buy The Greens Cookbook by Deborah Madison when it first came out and still look to it when I want to prepare something that I am certain will delight and please all palates. I recently tried this Summer Roulade and found it to do exactly that.

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Chipotle Chicken Salad

The July 2006 issue of Gourmet had this recipe, which claims to take only 10 minutes to prepare, and I had the breast meat of a 4 1/2 pound chicken I had roasted a couple of days earlier, a can of black beans on the shelf, cilantro in the garden, and the remains of a can of chipotles in adobo is a container in the freezer. After my next trip to the store where I picked up the rest, I threw it all together. It was delicious, with just enough zip from the smoky chiles to give it some character without much heat.

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