Goulash Soup

Adapted from The Ground Beef Cookbook by Joanne Waring Lindeman. I reduced the amount of meat and changed the seasoning.

Servings: 6

1 pound ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup potatoes*, chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced
½ cup celery, chopped
1 cup cabbage, shredded
2 – 15 oz cans diced tomatoes*, undrained
1 ½ cups water
1 cup rice*
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt, or to taste
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese*, grated

  1. Saute beef and onion in a hot large pot until browned. Drain fat.
  2. Add veggies and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour, or until rice and veggies are tender.
  4. Serve topped with cheese.
  • The potatoes and rice are not cooked before adding them to the pot.
  • I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces.  You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.
  • Parmesan cheese is also very good on this soup.

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Portuguese Fish Supper

adapted from Rachael Ray

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 pound Mexican chorizo, casing removed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 large bundle kale
few gratings of nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
8 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
4 thick pieces cod or haddock fillets (6-8 oz each)
Old Bay seasoning
Italian parsley, chopped

  1. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat in a high-sided skillet or Dutch oven.
  2. Add chorizo and render for a couple of minutes, then add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Strip kale leaves from stems. Slice stems into ¼” pieces (like celery). Chop leaves coarsely.
  5. Stir in the stock, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kale stems, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Add kale leaves and toss to wilt, then season with a few grates of nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Season the fish with Old Bay seasoning and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the fish to the sauce and cover. Cook until the fish is opaque and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Ladle into shallow bowls garnished with parsley.
  9. Serve with crusty bread for mopping.
  • Rachael Ray uses Spanish chorizo, but I have not found it in my area, so I substitute Mexican chorizo. I believe the seasonings are the same, but Mexican chorizo is a raw sausage.
  • You can discard the kale stems if you prefer, but with a little extra cooking they taste great & I hate to waste them.
  • You can substitute Swiss chard or spinach for the kale. 
  • You can substitute any other seafood for the fish – shrimp, scallops, or ???

Dorian’s Marinara Sauce

recipe created by Dorian Lara especially for his Eggplant Parmesan

extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
1/4 carrot, diced
1/3 large head garlic, peeled and diced
1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 – 28 can diced tomatoes
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
dried oregano
dried basil
dried thyme
dried marjoram
dried rosemary
black pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
10 “twigs” fresh thyme, strip leaves from stems

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in large stock pot.
  2. Add onion and carrot and saute until onion is just barely caramelized.
  3. Reduce heat and add garlic (reserving 2 cloves). Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add all tomato products. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add dried herbs and pepper to taste.
  6. Add fresh basil and thyme leaves (discard the stems).
  7. Simmer for 1-2 hours partially covered. If it looks a little runny, remove lid and cook until thickened.
  8. Before serving, add the two reserved cloves of garlic – just smash and toss them in.
  • Yes, that’s 1/3 of a head of garlic, not 1/3 of a clove.
  • You can use an “Italian seasoning” blend to replace the dried herbs if you prefer.
  • You can make a double or triple batch and freeze the extra.

Dorian’s Eggplant Parmesan

recipe created by Dorian Lara

Dorian brought this yummy dish to one of our potlucks. It is one of the best that I have ever tasted – I think I had 2 servings.

2 large eggplants
lots of salt
flour
3 eggs
1 Tbsp milk
2 cups dry bread crumbs
1 Tbsp dry oregano
1 Tbsp dry thyme
pepper
7 cups Dorian’s Marinara Sauce
mozzarella cheese, sliced
Parmesan, freshly grated

Directions

  1. Slice the eggplant into 1/2″ thick rounds.
  2. Lay them on a cookie sheet (or other flat surface) that already has a layer of salt on the bottom. Cover the top of the slices with more salt. Let sit for 1 hour.
  3. After one hour, thoroughly rinse the eggplant in cool running water and pat dry.
  4. To bread the eggplant, set up a station using three different flat bowls leading up to the cookie sheet.
    • flour
    • eggs beaten with milk
    • breadcrumbs, oregano, thyme, and pepper (to taste)
  5. Dredge both sides of the eggplant slices in flour. Shake off any excess flour.
  6. Dip in egg mixture.
  7. Press into bread crumb mixture – really pack on the  bread crumbs.
  8. Place breaded slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
  9. Pour some of the marinara sauce into the bottom of a 13×9 dish.
  10. Place half of the breaded, cooked eggplant on the sauce.
  11. Spoon a small amount of sauce over the eggplant.
  12. Place a thin slice of mozzarella over each piece. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  13. Spoon more sauce on top.
  14. Repeat layers.
  15. Pour any remaining sauce over the top.
  16. Bake, covered, at 350 for 30 minutes.
  17. Remove the cover and continue to bake for another 30 minutes.
  • The salt will weep the bitter juices from the eggplant.  Dorian recommends using kosher salt.
  • Dorian designed the marinara recipe for this dish so it should make the proper amount of sauce.