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Candied Acorn Squash Slices

Ingredients
2 medium acorn squash
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened

Directions
Preheat oven to 350deg&; cut squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Cut each half crosswise into 1/2-in. slices; discard ends. Arrange squash in a shallow baking pan; cover with foil. Bake until just tender, 25-30 minutes.

Combine sugar and butter; spread over squash. Bake uncovered, for 15-20 minutes longer, basting occasionally.

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Tomato Peach Salad with Ricotta

Ingredients
3 tablespoons sliced almonds
4 ripe but firm yellow peaches
4 tomatoes, preferably a mix of large heirloom tomatoes
2 cups fresh basil leaves, plus small leaves, for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons ricotta cheese

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the almonds out on a baking sheet and bake until light golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Cut an “x” in the bottoms of the peaches and tomatoes. Carefully add the peaches to the water and boil until the skins just start to peel back, about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the tomatoes, boiling for about 15 seconds. Set aside.

Add the basil to the boiling water and cook until just wilted and bright green, about 15 seconds. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a blender and puree until smooth. With the machine running, add the olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Peel and pit the peaches; peel the tomatoes. Cut both into 1/2-inch slices.

Spread the basil puree on a serving platter. Arrange the peaches and tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and dollop the ricotta on top. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Top with the toasted almonds, garnish with whole basil leaves and serve.

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Peas with Shallots and Pancetta

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound pancetta, cut into small dice
3 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 pound frozen peas, thawed

Directions
Heat the oil in a large high sided saute pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and the fat has rendered. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels.

Add the shallots and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook until soft. Add the peas and cook until warmed through. Transfer to a large bowl and top with the crisp pancetta.

Total:20 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

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Fried Okra with Tomatoes

Ingredients
1 cup buttermilk
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen okra, thawed
2 cups peanut oil
1 (8.5-ounce) box corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (recommended: Ro’tel)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.

In a large bowl combine buttermilk and okra and let sit for 5 minutes

In a large cast iron skillet, heat peanut oil over high heat to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl add the corn muffin mix. Using a slotted spoon remove the okra from the buttermilk and place it into the bowl with the corn muffin mix. Gently toss making sure all okra is well coated.

Carefully add half the breaded okra to skillet and fry for about 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove okra to the paper towel lined plate. Fry remaining okra.

While okra is frying, in a large saucepan, combine diced tomatoes and chiles, tomato paste and Creole seasoning. Heat through over medium heat. Stir in heavy cream, season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Remove to plate and top with fried okra. Serve immediately.

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Confetti Corn

Ingredients
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 small orange bell pepper, 1/2-inch diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Kernels cut from 5 ears yellow or white corn (4 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil, minced fresh chives, and/or minced fresh parsley leaves

Directions

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion is soft. Stir in the bell pepper and saute for 2 more minutes.

Add the butter to the pan and allow it to melt. Over medium heat, add the corn, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the corn just loses its starchiness. Season to taste, gently stir in the basil or other green herbs, and serve hot.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter, divided
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups cold cooked rice
1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Pour eggs into skillet. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. Remove eggs and keep warm.

Melt remaining butter in the skillet. Add the rice, vegetables and shrimp; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Meanwhile, chop eggs into small pieces. Return eggs to the pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with bacon if desired.

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 332 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 236mg cholesterol, 422mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

Recipe found here: Shrimp Fried Rice

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Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

Ingredients
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
2 medium yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper

Directions
For dressing, whisk first six ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Place vegetables in a large bowl; toss with dressing.

Refrigerate, covered, until cold. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Sour Squash Salsa Salad

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