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Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:12 AM

I'm sharing two recipes I recently tried.

The first is something as common as Tomato Soup. I was under the weather and a neighbor brought me a bowl. It was so good and different that I got the recipe from her.

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Tomato Soup

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Serving Size : 8 one cup servings.
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Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup yellow or white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds tomatoes, de-seeded, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 small slices white bread, crust removed
1 1/2 cups Low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
black pepper, to taste

Heat the oil in a stock pot or large saucepan.

Add the onions and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, then add the pepper, sugar, thyme and bread; cook for 3 minutes.

Puree, using an immersion blender or food processor. If you're using an immersion blender, take care not to splatter tomatoes all over yourself!

Slowly add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook another two minutes.

Note: You can substitute canned Tomatoes. Reserve 1/2 can for chunky version. Add after pureeing. You can wait on pepper until plated.

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I tend to stay away from Southern Indian food because it is usually too spicy for my taste. That same neighbor brought me this, served over brown rice. It was excellent.

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Indian Spiced Shrimp

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Serving Size : 4
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Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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1 tablespoon yellow split peas
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 dried red chile, such as Thai, cayenne or chile de arbol
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate, (see Ingredient Note) or 2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound raw shrimp, (16-20 per pound), peeled and de-veined
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon black or yellow mustard seeds
1/4 cup minced, shallots
1/2 cup water

Toast split peas, coriander, cumin, peppercorns and chile in a large skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the peas turn reddish brown, the spices become fragrant and the chile blackens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle until the mixture is the texture of finely ground black pepper.

Combine cilantro, tamarind concentrate (or lime juice), salt and the spice blend in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Do not marinate for more than 2 hours or the acidity in the tamarind will affect the shrimp's texture.)

Heat oil in the pan over medium-high heat; add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, cover the skillet. As soon as the popping stops, add shallots and the shrimp in a single layer and cook until the undersides of the shrimp turn salmon-pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the shrimp and cook until the other side is pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water and continue cooking for 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Ingredient Note: Highly acidic, tart and complex-tasting tamarind fruit is used extensively in southern Indian cooking. The pulp is extracted and stored in paste form as tamarind concentrate. It is widely available in Indian grocery stores and other ethnic supermarkets. It will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 year. Lime juice is an acceptable substitute.

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From: Bobbie <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:30 PM

This was a really delicious quick bread. Al said he thought it was the
best he had tried.

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Strawberry Nut Bread

Recipe By : Mr. Food
Serving Size : Preparation Time :0:00
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup strawberry flavored (ice cream) topping
1 cup chopped walnut

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a large owl. Divide mixture in half and pour into loaf pans.

Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool thoroughly on racks before slicing.

Serve with butter, margarine or cream cheese.

Source: The Mr. Food Cookbook

Bobbie's Note: I had about 2/3 cup of strawberry topping so added cut up fresh strawberries to make 1 cup. I cut the oil down to about 3/4 cup. This is a wonderful bread. I will definitely make it again.

Contributed to the FareShare Group by Bobbie; July 2014

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Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:11 AM

One of my favorite candy bars was Almond Joy. I haven't had any for some time. I flat refused to pay the prices they want for candy bars now days. It's not that I can't afford them, it is the principle of the thing. They made them smaller and then they started jacking up the price. I know that the cost has gone up to produce them, but not that much.

I found this in a copy cat recipe book. They taste really good so I'm passing it on.

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Almost Almond Joy Bars

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Serving Size : 58 bars 1x2
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5 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 stick real butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla Extract
2 cups powdered Sugar
1 14-oz bag sweetened flaked Coconut
24 ounces milk
chocolate almond bark or milk chocolate chips
1 cup whole dry roasted almonds.

Blend the sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla extract. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, stirring until smooth. Stir in the coconut, the mixture should be firm. Pat firmly into a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. Chill in the fridge until firm. (we put ours in the freezer). While the mixture chills go ahead and dry roast the almonds. We had a bunch of almonds but they need to be roasted.

To Roast Almonds - Spread in an un greased baking pan. Place in 350F oven and bake 10 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant; stir once or twice to ensure even browning. Note that almonds will continue to roast slightly after removing from oven.

In a double boiler over hot, not boiling water, melt the chocolate chips or milk chocolate almond bark, stirring often. This can also be done in the microwave. (use the defrost setting on the microwave and melt the chocolate in 3 minute intervals.) Remove coconut mixture from the refrigerator/freezer and cut into 1 x 2 inch bars. Put 2 whole almonds on top of each bar. Use a fork to dip each bar into the melted chocolate mixture. Tap fork gently against the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Lay bars on waxed paper after dipping until firm. You can also place them into the refrigerator as well.

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Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 7:08 PM

I tend to get in a rut when it comes to vegetables. Usually its plain Jane, the way my mother fixed them.  I'm trying different methods now. Here are two that I like.

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Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes"

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Serving Size : 8 servings 1/2 cup each
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Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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1 head cauliflower, trimmed and florets steamed
1/4 cup sour cream
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste

After you have steamed or boiled the trimmed cauliflower florets, drain and return to pan. Mash well and stir in the sour cream, cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Put into a round baking dish, cover and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Roasted Broccoli

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Serving Size : 4
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Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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4 cups fresh broccoli
4 teaspoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Chili powder
4 teaspoons Garlic
1 teaspoon Salt

Mix together the olive oil, chili powder, garlic and salt in a bowl. Add the broccoli and toss to coat.

Place on a cookie sheet and roast for 20 - 30 minutes at 425 degrees.

Broccoli should be browned and sizzling. It can be flipped halfway through cooking, but not necessary.

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From: Art Guyer <>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:08 PM

Made these last week.

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Zucchini Bread & Butter Pickles

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Serving Size : Preparation Time :0:00
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Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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4 pounds zucchini
1 large onion (3/4 – 1 lb)
1/4 cup kosher salt (not table salt)
2 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried red peppers
1/2 stick cinnamon, crushed
1 tablespoon whole yellow mustard seed
1 teaspoon whole celery seed
1 teaspoon whole dill seed
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole fennel seed
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1) Slice zucchini and onion about 1/4 inch thick. Mix together in large bowl, sprinkling with salt. Cover with ice and leave to rest for at least 2 hours.

2) Rinse and drain zucchini and onions, set aside. When you're finished draining the zucchini, shake off any water. At this point you want the zucchini as dry as possible.

3) Bring vinegar to boil; add remaining ingredients, excluding zucchini and onions, and cook for 3 minutes. Add zucchini and onions and return to a boil. Let simmer about 5 minutes, or until zucchini rinds darken to a yellow-green.

4) Pack zucchini and onions into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Pour the liquid over the zucchini and seal the jar. Let cool, then refrigerate. The pickles are good for a week or so. Let jars set overnight before opening to let the zucchini pickle, and flavors to mingle.

Makes about 6 pints

Notes: Made by Art in July 2014. Turned out pretty good.

Contributed to the FareShare Group by Art; July 2014

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Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:46 PM

I have a Panini Press, but haven't used it in quite a while. saw this so drug it out to try.

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Spicy Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Panini

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1 5-inch Andouille sausage link
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash freshly ground black pepper
dash Cajun or Creole seasoning
2 to 3 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 small slices Mozzarella cheese
2 medium ciabatta breads
(about 3 1/2 to 4-inch squares) or other similar size bread

Slice the sausage link in half crosswise, then slice into 4 or 5 thin slices lengthwise. In a small skillet, brown the sausage on both sides, set aside.

Whisk eggs in a small bowl with the milk, salt, pepper, and seasoning.

Slice the Ciabatta bread horizontally.

In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add eggs and let firm up around the edges. With a spatula, form the egg into a rectangle, letting the liquid egg remaining flow around it. Continue cooking and shaping with the spatula until firm enough to flip. Flip and let the other side cook until the eggs are firm but still moist. Remove from heat.

Cut in half and divide egg between two bottom halves of Ciabatta bread or other bread. Top the egg with the thinly sliced sausage then place a slice of cheese on top. Finish with bread tops.

Grill or cook in a panini press until sandwich is hot and cheese is melted.

Note: Spicy Andouille sausage makes this breakfast or brunch sandwich extra-special. Add a few tomatoes to the plate with a drizzling of vinaigrette, or serve with home fries for a hearty meal.

This recipe will make 2 medium sandwiches or 1 large sandwich, but it can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger family or gathering.

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Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 11:27 AM

It's amazing the things that are new to you are old hat for others. I saw this on the net and thought I'd try it. Liked it very much so shared with my sister. She says she has been making something similar for years. Go figure.

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Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

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Serving Size : 10
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Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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1 package (10 ounces) fresh or frozen chopped spinach
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) 2% cottage cheese, drained
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
10 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
2 jars (15 ounces each) pasta sauce

In a small bowl, combine the spinach, mozzarella, cottage cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and egg. Spread a heaping 1/3 cupful over each noodle. Roll up and secure with toothpicks.

Place seam side down in an 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Pour tomato sauce over roll-ups. Cover and bake at 350F for 33-38 minutes or until bubbly.

Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Discard toothpicks.

Option: You do not have to make the night before. Turns out just fine when making it one afternoon and baking it that evening for supper. Of course you can substitute any filling ingredients you prefer. I like green peppers and Italian Sausage added to mine.

I like lasagna, but it is hard to make for one or two people. At least
for me. I cut this down easily and it was still good.

David in Carolina

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Sent: Monday, July 07, 2014 11:17 AM

I was at a friends house this weekend and she served this menu on Saturday.

For brunch we had this with crusty rolls and Garlic butter

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Easy Poached Eggs and Pasta

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Serving Size : 2
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2 servings (1 1/3 cups) whole wheat penne
1 cup no-salt added marinara sauce
2 eggs
4 cups fresh spinach

(I sometimes swap fresh or frozen broccoli or sliced zucchini for the spinach.)

Prepare the pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, pour the sauce into a small skillet and turn heat to medium-low. When sauce starts to bubble, carefully crack eggs onto the top. Cover and cook until eggs have reached the desired doneness (you
want the yolks to be runny; some carryover cooking will occur).

Meanwhile add the spinach to the pasta just before you drain it. Stir and drain well.

Divide pasta and spinach between two bowls. Top with one egg and half the sauce. If I have it on hand, I add a dollop (1/2 ounce) of goat cheese or a sprinkle of Parmesan.

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I didn't ask where she got the recipe, just enjoyed it.

Later that evening, outdoors on the patio she fired up the grill and served the following with an Antipasto salad and some Garlic Knots.

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Grilled Vegetable Calzones

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Serving Size : 4
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Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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2 red or green peppers, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced in half
4 canned artichoke hearts, rinsed and quartered
3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese, drained*
1/2 cup chopped parsley or basil
8 ounces (1/2 pound) whole-wheat pizza dough

Preheat the grill to 375 degrees. Place a grill pan prepped with nonstick spray on the grill. Add the peppers, onion and garlic, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the cottage cheese and herbs in a small bowl.

Raise the temperature of the grill to 400 degrees.

Divide the dough into four parts, and spread each piece on a cool baking stone. Divide the grilled vegetables among the four pieces of dough, then add the artichokes. (Note: Be sure to place the filling in the middle of the dough.) Top with 2 tablespoons of the cottage cheese mixture. Fold over the dough and seal the seams with a fork. Mist the top of the dough with nonstick spray. Transfer the baking stone to the grill, cover and bake for 20 minutes, or the calzones are golden brown on top.

Serve warm with your favorite tomato sauce.

Note: For a non vegetarian version I substitute Italian Sausage for the Artichoke Hearts and cooked spinach for the basil.

For inexpensive baking stones go to a builders supply and look for open boxes of 12"x12" ceramic paving stones. They can usually be bought individually at a cheaper price than pizza stones.

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This is the Tomato sauce she served with them.

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Veggie-Packed Tomato Sauce

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Serving Size : Makes 4 cups
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Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion, grated (about 1/2 cup)
1 medium zucchini, grated (about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 (14.5 ounce) cans no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh basil, shredded
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Grate the vegetables using a box grater or the shredding attachment of a food processor.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for three to four minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, stir to combine, and cook another two minutes. Add the tomatoes and sugar, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, stir in the basil, black pepper, and remaining teaspoon of oil.

Contributed to the FareShare Group by David; July 2014

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From: Art Guyer <>
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2014 8:07 PM

My daughter and I made this for dinner tonight. She and her husband have a garden this year and the squash are growing like wildfire. So, the zucchinis we used were just picked yesterday. I made the enchilada sauce (following recipe) and it was quite good. Much better than any canned sauce we ever tasted. It is a Lagasse recipe. Then we made the stuffing together and she put the boats together. We followed the recipe pretty closely, but I did use a pound of chorizo, about 2 cups of onions, and a can of refried beans instead of black or pinto beans. We didn't have the green chilies so just omitted them.

It was quite good

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Zucchini Enchiladas

Recipe By : Cuisine at Home (July/Aug 2014, p.39)
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
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Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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For the Filling:
10 ounces chorizo
1 cup onions, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 can black or pinto beans (15 ounces), drained and rinsed
1 can diced green chiles (4 ounces)
salt and pepper to taste
1 pint red enchilada sauce
4 zucchini, halved lengthwise
8 oz. shredded pepper jack cheese
Optional toppings:
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

For the filling, cook the chorizo in a large sauté pan over medium high heat until browned. Drain chorizo in a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl to remove the fat. Return 1 tablespoon of drippings back to pan.)

Over medium high heat sauté onions, garlic, cumin and coriander in olive oil (or drippings) until onions are softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in beans and chiles. Return browned chorizo to pan and season with salt and pepper. Spread 1/4 cup enchilada sauce in bottom of an 11 x 15 inch baking dish.

Prepare zucchini, scoop out and discard seeds, leaving 1/4 inch flesh and place in dish.

Spoon three heaping tablespoons of filling into each boat. Spoon remaining sauce over zucchini and sprinkle with cheese evenly over tops.

Cover dish with foil and roast for 15 minutes. Remove foil and roast enchiladas until zucchini are fork tender and cheese melts,15-20 minutes. Let enchiladas rest for 5 minutes. Top with cilantro and sour cream and serve.

Total time: About 1 hour

Contributed to the FareShare Group by Art; July 2014

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Enchilada Sauce

Recipe By : Emeril Lagasse
Serving Size : Preparation Time :0:00
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Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup chili powder
2 cups chicken stock
10 ounces tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium saucepan heat oil, add flour, smoothing and stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook for 1 minute. Add chili powder and cook for 30 seconds. Add stock, tomato paste, oregano, and cumin. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.

The sauce will thicken and smooth out. Adjust the seasonings. Serve atop your favorite enchiladas.

Total Time: 30 min
Prep Time: 10 min

Yield: 2-1/2 cups of sauce

© 2014 Television Food Network, G.P.

Note: This was a wonderful sauce!

Contributed to the FareShare Group by Art; July 2014

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