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Seafood Chowder

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Here is a recipe for Seafood Chowder that will make for a very filling one pot meal.

Kind of food: Main course/ Appetizer/Soup
How long: 20 – 30min
Makes: 2-3quarts
Pots and Pans: One stock pot

1 Lb Shrimp (uncooked)
1 Lb Tuna
1 Lb Orange Roughy
1 Lb Salmon
1 Lb Scallops
1 medium Onion
1 Tbsp garlic crushed
2 large cans of fat free chicken broth
1 Stalk Bok choy
1 Pint heavy cream
1 Pint evaporated milk
Salt and pepper according to requirement
1 tsp Paul Prudhommes Cajun Spice
1 stalk celery
2 Lbs red potatoes peeled & cubed into small pieces

How to make:
Cut fish fillets in 1-1/2 inch cubes. Saute onion, and celery in fat until tender. Do not brown them. Add broth, bok choy, potatoes and seasonings. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 10 minutes). Add fish and other seafood and simmer about 5-10 minutes. Add undiluted evaporated milk and cream. Heat gently to blend flavors and do not boil.  Boiling chowder may curdle it.  Adjust seasoning.  This chowder can be thickened using corn starch if desired.

Serving Tips: Sea food chowder can be served with ciabatta bread/french baguette.  It can be served in bread bowl for a very fancy appeal.

How to make a bread bowl: Warm up a Kaiser roll or any bread roll that is at least 10″ in diameter in a microwave for 10 seconds or in a oven covered with foil to make it soft.  Using a sharp knife make an incision one inch from the outer edge and atleast one inch deep.  Follow this incision and draw it into a circle one inch deep. Tear open the inner circle that you drew with the knife and scoop out as much bread you want to create a deep bowl.

Ingredients credits: Steve Callahan


July 7, 2009 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

Superbowl party in an hour

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This post is a guide to show how to throw in under one hour a super bowl party or a game party or  a guy’s poker night.  All these recipes are ideal for both the novice and the veterans in kitchen.  So take a break, open up a beer, tune on the pre-game show and set your timer to an hour.

super bowl

The key to a party is a well prepared host before the cooking and a well relaxed host after the cooking.  We have provided the shopping list to ensure a well prepared host.  The party menu is designed for a small party of about 7 -1o guests. You can scale to this to fit your party size.

Beverage: Beer, Coyote Gold Margarita, soda and/or juices ( choose what works best for your audience)
Appetizer: Buffalo chicken dip and Healthy parmesan fries
Main course: Southwestern Chili with the works
Desert: Ice cream buffet

IMPORTANT NOTE: This party post is a guideline on how to gear up with several recipes in a short amount of time. The time  indicated will not be accurate for all users. Each of us work on a different pace.  Please consider this as guideline on how multiple recipes can be prepared at the same time to save time and energy. Also take note of the serving sizes of each individual recipe and scale it according to your party size.  You could always divide this menu among friends and family and host your MTS inspired event.  Please send us feedback on such MTS inspired events.

Phase 1 (20 -25 minutes)
Put the Beer and/or Coyote Gold Margarita, soda and/or juices in the fridge. This would be a good time to give micro brews like Coyote gold a shot.  Remove the frozen fries from the oven and cut open the bag.   Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the red beans for the chili. In a pot a combine all the ingredients for the chili with the exception of the cilantro, cheese , sour cream and chips.  Close and bring the contents of the pot to boiling on medium heat. While the ingredients for the chili are simmering, shred the chicken for the buffalo chicken dip using a blender.  Soften the cream cheese by microwaving  it for 10 – 20 seconds.  Combine the chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch and 1/2 of the shredded cheese in a greased oven proof tray.  Sprinkle the rest of  the cheese on top of the chicken mixture. Cover the dip with aluminum foil and set it aside.  While still holding on the foil line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease it  with oil or oil spray.  Arrange the fries in a single layer.

Phase 2 (20 -25 minutes)
Arrange the toppings for the chill in individual bowls.  Arrange the toppings where you would leave them for serving.  Arrange the toppings for Ice cream bar. Keep this away until serving time.   The chili should be done by this time.  Leave it in a crock pot or leave the stove on the lowest heat setting.  Place the frozen fries in the oven for 5 minutes.  In the mean time mix garlic powder, chili flakes, dried oregano and garlic powder to make the spice mixture for the fries. Remove the fries from the oven, drizzle the oil and sprinkle the spice mixture. Toss the fries gently and place it back in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until desired crispiness in achieved.  While placing the fries in the oven put the buffalo chicken dip also in the oven. When the fries cook in the oven chop cilantro for the chili. For added color place the fries and the dip under broil for 30 secs to 1 minute. Watch carefully!    Turn the oven to 200°F to keep the food warm. Until serving time keep the dip covered in the oven and the fries partially covered.

Phase 3 (10 minutes before the party)
Set a timer to remind you to transfer the ice-cream from the freezer to fridge 10 minutes before serving time.  Arrange, plates, cups, cutlery, ice and napkins.  Most importantly, put on your game face.  Leave the stress to the teams and enjoy the evening! Remove the fries, sprinkle Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

Note: At dessert time lay out the ice cream/s and the toppings for the ice cream buffet

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

If you have a larger group and would like more items, replace/add any of our numerous other  recipes. Try two flavors of fries.  Check the tips section of the post on oven fries.  Add a store bought salsa for an additional dip.  Some quick store bought items can be added to the menu like – cookies, veggie trays and use one our easy dipping sauces, fruit trays etc.
Fresh bread from a local bakery can be served with chili to make this a very filling meal.

January 26, 2009 at 1:39 am Leave a comment

Super bowl oven potatoes – the light way

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This is a twist to the classic french fry by making it light and avoiding the deep fried calories.


1 32 Oz (2 lb) bag of pre-cut french fires (available in the frozen food sections)
Substitute: Potato wedges or other fries
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp Italian seasoning (available in the condiment/ spice section)
1/2 Tbsp red chili flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (dry cheese available in a box near pasta)
Substitute: freshly grated Parmesan or grated Parmesan available in the cheese section)


How to make:
Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease it with oil or oil spray.  Arrange the fries in a single layer. Place in the oven for 5 minutes.  In the mean time measure and mix garlic powder, chili flakes, dried oregano and garlic powder to make the spice mixture.  Add salt if needed.  Italian seasoning, garlic powder and Parmesan are capable of imparting salt.  So check for salt in the spice blend before adding additional salt. Remove the fries from the oven, drizzle the oil and sprinkle the spice mixture. Toss the fries gently and place it back in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until desire crispiness in achieved.  For added color place it under broil for 1 minute.  Remove the fries sprinkle Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving ideas:
Can be served with ketchup or make the ketchup interesting by adding some balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning and microwave this mixture for 10 – 20 seconds.

Tips, tricks and alternatives:
The same method can be used to make various flavors of fries.  Some choices are mentioned below.
1. Southwestern fries  – Taco seasoning + dried cilantro +cumin powder + coriander powder + chili powder + salt + dried cilantro
2. Curried fries – curry powder (garam masala) + salt + chili powder + dried cilantro
3. Tandoori fries – Tandoori powder* + salt + chili powder + dried cilantro + dried mint
4. Mediterranean fries – cumin powder + black pepper powder + cinnamon powder (just a pinch) + salt + dried mint + dried oregano

January 12, 2009 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

Kachori chaat (lentil filled snack)

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Kachori is an Indian/Pakistani snack which can be filled with baked lentilsor cooked lentils or potatoes depending on where they come from.  These snacks are readily available in Indian grocery stores.  This recipe shows how to plate them in a chaat recipe. ‘Chaats’ refer to an array of snacks sold on side walks in carts and shops in India. This recipe is for one such chaat recipe.  The two common types of kachoris readily available in stores are Lilva Kachori (with green lentil filling – available in the frozen foods section) and the special Kachori (filled with roasted lentil and spices – available in the snack section).


Kind of food: Side dish
Makes: 1 pan(2 quarts)
How long: 20 min
Pots n pans
: Oven

20  pieces of Kachori
1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans
2 potatoes
2 Tbsp chat masala (also available in Indian grocery stores)
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp black salt or regular salt
1 Tbsp cilantro (chopped fine)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup of yogurt
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup of date chutney (also available in Indian grocery stores)
1/2 cup of green chutney (also available in Indian grocery stores)
1 cup of sev (snack available in the Indian grocery store -optional)

kachori chat

How to make:
If using Lilva Kachori: Preheat the oven to 400 and bake the kachori as mentioned on the packet.
If using special kachori : Preheat the oven to 350 and warm up the kachoris for 5 minutes.
While the kachoris are getting done take care of the following steps.
Cut the potatoes into small cubes. Rinse the potatoes and drain them. DO NOT DRY THEM. Place the potatoes in a microwavable bowl, cover and cook in a microwave on high for 2 min and let it rest.  When the potatoes are getting cooked, drain the garbanzo beans from the can, place them on a colander or sieve under the faucet. Thus you can drain and rinse simultaneously.  Chop the onions and cilantro.  Make a sauce by blending the 1 cup of yogurt with 1 Tbsp of chat masala and the chili powder using a fork . When the kachoris are warm use a sharp knife and cut them into quarters (it does not have to be perfect).  On the serving tray/pan assemble the quartered pieces.  Toss the cubed potatoes with the drained garbanzo, chat masala, cilantro, cumin powder and salt (or black salt). Sprinkle this potato mixture evenly on the kachori. Sprinkle the chopped onions evenly on top of the potato mixture. Drizzle that date and green chutneys evenly on the onion layer.  Spread the yogurt sauce evenly.  Sprinkle the sev on top as a thick coating.  The addition of sev is otpional.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tips, tricks and alternatives
The two kinds of chutneys combined with yogurt sauce provide for sweet (date chutney), sour (yogurt sauce) and spicy (green chutney) flavors.  If you prefer this dish to be predominatly sweet, then add more of the date chutney.  Like wise for the other two flavors.
Chat masala has salt in it – so no additional salt is required.

Serving ideas
This dish looks excotic when assembled in a glass (transparent shallow pan) revealing the colorful layers.  It has to be consumed in an hour, else it will turn soggy with the sauces penetrating through the layers.  It is not a good idea to toss the kachori chaat after assembling (it will turn soggy), so make sure the serving spoon does not misguide your guests to toss it.

December 30, 2008 at 5:36 am Leave a comment

Buttered Potatoes

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A quick and easy way to make potatoes. The recipe can be make in the time it takes for your kid to set the table. Yeah, its that simple! and of course yummy too. The recipe is quite simple that this technique can come in handy to cook potatoes in many different flavors quickly and make it a good meal for the little ones too.

Buttered Potatoes

Kind of Food: Main Course or Side
How long: 5-7 min
Makes: 1 cup
Pots & Pans: A shallow pan (non-stick pan or regular pan) , a spatula, covered microwavable bowl.


1 cup – Potatoes – any kind, peeled and cubed into bite size pieces (or leave the skin on if your kid likes it that way)
1 Tbsp butter – You also alternate with Ghee or oil
1 tsp turmeric (optional) – Some extra color always make the food more attractive
1/2 tsp salt – adjust to taste and especially if you use salted butter.
1/4 tsp red chili powder or ground black pepper (adjust spice based on your taste)
How to make:
Cut and prepare your potatoes. Place the potatoes in a microwavable bowl. Rinse the potatoes and drain them. Do not dry. Put the pan on medium heat and place the butter in the pan. While the butter is melting and the pan is heating up, cover and cook in a microwave on high for 2 min and let it rest. Now add the turmeric, salt, chili powder/pepper into the butter in the pan. Add the potatoes to the pan and toss them all together. Let the potatoes brown a little, takes about 2 min.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tips, tricks & alternatives:
Cube your potatoes ahead of time and store them in box with water in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
For more color and nutrition, you can always add a few green peas to the potatoes.
For a more Indian flavor – Add a few black mustard seeds to the butter and let it crackle and/or add a curry leaf.
For more protein and bigger meal version – add a few canned garbanzo, kidney beans or any other kind of beans that are pre-cooked or canned varieties.
For kids that need a little more – Garnish the potatoes with some low fat sour cream, a blob of yogurt or grated cheese.


Serving Ideas:
With a side of Rice
Rolled in a Roti, Pita or Tortilla bread
Fill in bread to make a quick sandwich

October 23, 2008 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

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