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2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (I like the brand Maille)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann’s
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Add the mayonnaise, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined. Taste and adjust to your liking.

By Jennifer Segal, adapted from Gourmet magazine
Servings: Makes 1-1/3 cups

Fettuchini with Braised Kale

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1 pound kale (about 2 bunches), large center ribs and stems removed, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
8 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 pound spaghetti
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Finely grated Parmesan cheese

Rinse kale. Drain; transfer to bowl with some water still clinging.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Add sliced garlic and sprinkle with salt; cook until onion is golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add kale and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss until wilted, about 3 minutes. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking until kale is very tender, stirring occasionally and adding water by teaspoonfuls if dry, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in medium pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Add cooked spaghetti to kale mixture in pot. Add lemon juice and 2 tablespoons reserved cooking liquid; toss to combine, adding more liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry. Sprinkle spaghetti with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

Maman’s Cheese Souffle from Jacque Pepin

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6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, plus more to butter a 6-cup gratin dish
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups cold whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 extra-large eggs
2 1/3 cups grated Swiss cheese, preferably Gruyere (about 6 ounces)
3 tablespoons minced fresh chive blades

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Butter a 6-cup gratin dish, and set it aside. Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the flour, and mix it in well with a whisk. Cook for 10 seconds, and add the milk in 1 stroke, and mix it in with a whisk. Keep stirring with the whisk until the mixture thickens and comes to a strong boil, which will take about 2 minutes. It should be thick and smooth. Remove from the heat, and stir in the salt and pepper. Allow about 10 minutes for the white sauce to cool.

Meanwhile, break the eggs into a bowl, and beat well with a fork. Add the eggs, the cheese and the chives to the cooled sauce, and mix well to combine. Pour into the buttered gratin dish and cook immediately, or set aside until ready to cook.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the souffle is puffy and well browned on top. Although it will stay inflated for quite awhile, it is best served immediately. Yield:4 servings

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Fried Eggs, food and wine

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1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound medium asparagus, trimmed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 large eggs
6 cups baby arugula
3/4 cup freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)

  • In a small bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons of the olive oil with the lemon juice and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the asparagus over high heat until tender and charred in spots, about 5 minutes; keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Working in batches if necessary, cook the eggs sunny-side up until the whites are firm and the yolks runny, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, toss the arugula with the lemon vinaigrette and transfer the salad to plates. Top with the asparagus, fried eggs and cheese shavings and serve at once.

beer-cheese pimento – from being dead is no excuse

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8 oz. grated extra-sharp cheese *
8 oz. red rind cheese (colby) or mild American cheese, grated *
2 cloves fresh garlic
1-1/2 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 Tbsp. dry mustard
1/2 cup beer (not “lite”)
Several splashes of Tabasco
4 oz. jar diced pimientos
Mayonnaise to taste and to make spreadable +/- 2 tbsp.

Using a food processor, blend the above ingredients.  Chill.  This always improves with age.  Makes 1 quart.

First time I made this is used 1/2 tbsp salt it was WAY TOO MUCH, try starting with 1/4-1/2 tsp.  if it is too salty add 2 tbsp sour cream and more tabassco

NOTES: *  I used 16 oz sharp cheddar and it was fine.

Tomato Pie, AZ Chris

1 9 inch pie shell
1/2 onion, chopped
6 or 7 Roma tomatoes
1/4 cup basil, sliced
2 cups grated cheese, (combination of mozz., parmesan, feta, gruyere, cheddar…)
3/4 cup Greek yogurt, (or sour cream)
1 tsp. hot sauce, (or ground chipotle)
salt & pepper

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1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place pie shell in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden.

2. Cut tomatoes into quarters and seed. Lightly salt the tomatoes and then put them meat side down on paper towels to drain out liquid. Let them sit for 15 minutes. Then chop.

3. Sprinkle the bottom of the pie shell with chopped onion. Spread the tomatoes over the onions. Spread remaining onion and basil over the onions.

4. In medium bowl, mix together the cheeses, yogurt, hot sauce or ground chipotle, salt and pepper. Mixture should be the consistency of a gooey dough. Spread over the top of the vegies in the pie shell. Place in oven and bake until browned and bubbly, anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes.

Notes: This is really yummy!

This recipe lends itself to a multitude of additions or substitutions. I added chopped sweet red pepper and smoked paprika. Poblanos, cumin, cilantro would be great too. Anything that goes with tomatoes!

Any mixture of cheeses would be good, but I would make cheddar a very small part. Due to the liquid nature of the tomatoes, cheddar would add too much additional liquid (oil). I used mozzarella, queso fresco and about a 1/4 cup of cheddar which was a litlle on the bland side. Gruyere would be really good! Feta would be excellent – but doesn’t melt much so make sure it’s well mixed.

Notes from Mary: This is almost identical to my recipe except it just calls for parmesan and
cheddar mix, along with a little minced rosemary. I like the gruyere idea.
Also, mind calls for sliced tomatoes rather than quartered. Tomatoes merge
with other ingredients. Does it do the same with the quarters and slices
easily?

Lazy Chiles Rellenos, Ree Drumond

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8 whole Roasted, Peeled, And Seeded Green Chiles
1-1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
5 whole Large Eggs
2 cups Whole Milk
Salt And Black Pepper To Taste
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne.
Cut chilies in half and add a single layer of chilies on the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Top chilies with half the grated cheese.

Repeat with another layer of chilies and another layer of cheese.
Pour egg mixture all over the top.

Place into a larger baking dish or rimmed baking sheet. Pour in 1/2 inch of water and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until completely set.

Cut into squares and serve with warm corn tortillas!

Kentucky Beer Cheese, Chef John

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16 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup flat beer

Grate cheese into food processor bowl, add all ingredients and process until smooth (may take a few min).

Latest iteration (7/16)
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp crystal hot sauce
2 tsp worcestrshire sauce
1 c beer

Yield: 3 cups

Clinton Kelly’s Spicy Queso Dip

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1 tablespoon Oil
1 small White Onion (very finely diced)
1 Red Bell Pepper (finely minced)
2 to 3 Jalapenos (minced)
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 pound Yellow American Cheese (shredded)
8 ounces Pepperjack Cheese (shredded)
1 bunch Cilantro leaves (chopped)
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
Tortilla Chips to serve

Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and a generous pinch of salt, cooking until very soft. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Add the cheese, stirring continuously, until it has all melted, and season to taste.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with tortilla chips. If entertaining, serve in an oven safe bowl or crock that has been warmed in the oven.

Helpful Tips:
1. Salt the onions and peppers to draw out moisture.
2. Try leftover queso dip as a spread for sandwiches or a hearty burger.

Cheeseburger Soup — allrecipes.com

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1/2 pound fake ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
4 tablespoons butter
3 cups veggie broth
4 cups cubed potatoes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 c sour cream

In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over medium heat: cook and stir vegetables and fake meat, sautee until veggies are soft.

Stir in basil and parsley. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes.

Melt the remainder of butter and stir in flour. Add the milk, stirring until smooth.
Gradually add milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Stir in cheese. When cheese is melted, add sour cream and heat through. Do not boil.