Tips for Rookie Cooks

Appetizers

Seven Layer Taco Dip


Serve this dip with tortilla chips for dipping. Serves a crowd.
Mash peeled and seeded avocados with lemon juice and mayonnaise to taste. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons sour cream, plus 2 – 3 T. mayonnaise, and mix with the packaged taco seasoning to taste. Grate the cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses and chop and drain tomatoes and green onions, with tops. Layer the ingredients on a platter in the order given at right.
Ingredients
• 1 – 2 avocados
• lemon juice
• mayonnaise
• 2 – 3 T. sour cream
• pkg. taco seasoning
• 4 oz cheddar cheese
• 4 oz. Monterey jack cheese
• 1/2 small can be chopped ripe olives
• 2 tomatoes
• 3 – 4 green onions

Clams Oreganato


This is a hard recipe to ruin — you can vary the proportions of ingredients and it still tastes good.
Heat the oil and butter together over medium heat and saute the onions, garlic, and shallots until soft and translucent. Add the parsley and spices for the last few minutes of cooking. Turn off the heat and stir in the clams, breadcrumbs, and most of the cheese. Use the reserved clam juice as needed to moisten the mixture. Stir in garlic powder, pepper to taste. Spread the mixture in a buttered, shallow, glass or porcelain baking dish, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, bake at 325° for 35 – 40 minutes. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges. A yummy hot hours oeuvre for 8 – 12 when spread on plain crackers. Bake in individual clam or scallop dishes and serve as a first course.


Ingredients
• 2 6-oz. cans of minced or chopped clams
• 2 medium onions
• 5 cloves minced garlic
• 2 medium shallots
• 1/4 c. fresh parsley
• 1 c. bread crumbs
• 1/2 c. grated cheese (a combination of Parmesan, Romano, and Gruyere is best)
• 1 – 2 T. dried oregano
• 2 T. olive oil
• 1 T. butter
• 1 t. garlic powder
• pepper to taste

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