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The Perfect Baked Potato

Stir-Fried Collard Greens

1 pound collard greens — chopped
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves — crushed and minced
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons regular soy sauce — or Kikkoman
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Rinse the collard greens in a colander.

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok until smoking. Add the collard greens, garlic, ginger, and sugar. Stir-fry until the collard greens are bright green in color, approximately 3 minutes.

Add the soy sauce, sherry, and sesame oil and stir-fry for 1 minute. Serve at once.

Serves 4

T-fal Specialty Nonstick Jumbo Wok Cookware, 14-Inch, Black

Steamed and Sauteed Kale

1 pound kale — the younger, the better
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup garlic — peeled and thinly sliced (about 5 or 6 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
piece of lemon rind

If the stems are greater than 1/4 inch in diameter, strip the leaves and discard the stems. Otherwise, cut the stems into 1-inch lengths and chop the leaves coarsely.

Place the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic, pepper flakes, and salt, and cook on high heat for about 1 minute.

Meanwhile, wash the kale in cold water, lifting it out of the water and shaking it briefly to remove most of the water. Add it to the saucepan. (The water remaining on the kale is enough for the cooking process). Cover and cook on high heat for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, until the kale is wilted and just tender but still a little firm.

Arrange the kale on a plate and decorate the center with a piece of lemon rind; serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

T-fal Specialty Nonstick Cookware Handy Pot Sauce Pan with Glass Lid, 3-Quart, Gray

Smoky Chicken and Chard Soup

12 oz. Swiss chard (1 small bunch)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium carrots, diced (1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 to 4 teaspoons minced seeded chipotle chiles in adobo sauce*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
6 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup long-grain white rice or quinoa
2 avocados, cubed
Lime wedges

Remove stems from chard; slice into 3/8-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups). Coarsely chop leaves (about 6 slightly packed cups).

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat until hot. Cook chard stems, onion and carrots 5 to 7 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add garlic, chiles and oregano; cook and stir 20 to 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add broth, chicken and rice; bring to a boil.

Turn chicken; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center and rice is tender. Remove chicken; cool slightly.

Add chard leaves to pot. Increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, 3 to 4 minutes or just until chard is tender.

Meanwhile, shred chicken into bite-size pieces; return to soup. Garnish each serving with avocado and lime wedges.

8 (1 1/4-cup) servings

Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set – Nonstick with Cooking Utensils – Non Stick Cookware Set Oven Safe

Slow Cooker Cauliflower and Potatoes Catalan

1 pound Yukon Gold potato — or other waxy potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large cauliflower — about 1 1/2 pounds, trimmed and cut into 1-inch florets
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
1 cup broth — store-bought, homemade, or water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley — dill, or basil

Place the potatoes and cauliflower in a large slow cooker. Add the oil, salt, and pepper to taste and toss well. Add the broth. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or until tender.

Sprinkle with the herbs and taste for seasonings. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Serves 8

Cooking with Basil

Cooking with Basil

Ghostly Greens

1 1/2-inch Halloween-shaped cookie cutters
6 slices (1/2 inch thick) white or whole-grain bread
1-1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 bags (5 oz each) mixed spring greens
1 cup sliced and quartered English (seedless) cucumber
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup sliced ready-to-eat baby-cut carrots
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (2 oz)

Heat oven to 350°F.

Using cutters, cut 4 shapes from each slice of bread. Place on cookie sheet; brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil.

In small bowl, mix Italian seasoning and garlic salt; sprinkle over shapes. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in blender, place basil leaves, vinegar, sugar and salt. Cover; blend on high speed. Scrape sides. Add 1/4 cup oil; blend until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape sides.

In large bowl, toss greens, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots with dressing. Top with feta cheese and croutons.

Cooking with Basil

Cooking with Basil

Savory Bulgur with Vegetables

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup zucchini — chopped
1/2 cup carrots — sliced
1/2 cup sweet red pepper — chopped
1/4 cup scallion — chopped
1/2 cup canned broth — chik’n or veg
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 cups cooked bulgur

In a large skillet, heat oil. Add vegetables and cook until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.

Add broth, mustard, lemon juice and garlic powder; bring to a boil. Add parsley and bulgur; heat through.

Serves 6. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set

Nutty Brussels Sprouts

1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Saute Brussels sprouts in butter in a skillet until tender. Add vinegar, syrup, salt and pepper, cook 1 minute longer.

Sprinkle with pecans, then serve.

Makes 2 servings.

WearEver Complete Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Red

Seared Tuna Steak with Broccoli Rabe

10 oz tuna steak
Salt and Pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons wasabi paste
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 large bunches broccoli rabe, stems discarded, leaves and florets

In a pot of boiling water, cook broccoli until crisp tender, 2 minutes, drain and squeeze out any excess moisture.

Heat a grill or grill pan. Coat tuna with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill tuna, turning once 6 minutes or until done.

Transfer to a cutting board. Cut tuna in half, then thinly slice against the grain into 18 pieces, tent with foil.

In a bowl, combine honey, lemon juice and wasabi.

In a skillet, heat oil. Add garlic, and cook until softened, 3 min.minutes. Add broccoli and toss to heat through. Stir in wasabi dressing, season with salt.

Divide broccoli among 6 plates and arrange 3 tuna slices on each, sprinkle with sesame seeds, then serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Lodge Cast Iron Square Grill Pan, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch