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Wow who knew retirement would be such a busy time? I have managed to work in a fair amount of cooking and have developed some extremely scrumptious recipes.

In addition to the 3-bean salad and the flourless chocolate torte, over the last two weeks I have successfully made:

Pasta with Tomato Alfredo
10 ounce(s) Dried Pasta (or 20 oz frozen ravioli)
1/2 cup(s) Butter
1 pint(s) half-and-half (or heavy cream)
2 tablespoon(s) White cooking wine
1 can(s) diced petit tomatoes
2 clove(s) garlic
1 teaspoon(s) Oregano (or 1/8 C fresh chopped)
1 teaspoon(s) Basil (or 1/8 C fresh chopped)
1 cup(s) fresh parmesan cheese
1/4 cup(s) Spagetti Sauce from a jar

Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile melt butter in a medium sauce pan. Add half and half and spices. When begins to boil, add wine, spagetti sauce and tomatoes and stir until well blended and heated through. Salt and pepper to taste. Gently stir in parmesan cheese until melted.
Pour over cooked pasta and gently toss.
Serve with extra parmesan sprinkled on top for garnish

Lemon/Dill Salmon
6-8 ounce(s) Fresh Salmon
1 cup(s) white cooking wine
1 cup(s) Water
2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
2 teaspoon(s) Dried Dill (or several sprigs fresh)
1 teaspoon(s) onion powder
2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
2 tablespoon(s) Lemon Juice

Poach salmon, water, wine, 2 T lemon juice in a heavy covered skillet until easily flaked. (about 15 minutes).
In a small saucepan combine 2 T lemon juice, dill, butter and onion powder. Stir until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer Salmon to plate and pour sauce over it. Serve immediately.
Can be kept warm in oven for up to an hour without ruining it.

Plus these which I'll post recipes for in a day or two...
Brussel Sprouts and Baby Carrots with a brown sugar/pepper glaze -
Rice Pilaf -
Coconut Cream Pie -
Spinach-Feta Tarts -

I used other people's recipes for:

Chicken Cordon Bleu - http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-cordon-bleu-10000001134074/
Black Bean Quesadillas with Corn Salsa - http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/black-bean-quesadillas-with-corn-salsa-10000000592357/

With the Chicken, I used Canadian bacon instead of expensive prosciutto.
With the Quesadillas, I used whole wheat tortillas.
All the above were scrumptious and well received by the family.

I unsuccessfully tried home made caesar salad dressing, spicy oven french fries, peanut noodles, and catalina chicken. I will keep working on these and post recipes when they are perfected.

If you try any of these, let me know how you like them or what alterations you made.


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