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Warm Scallop and Avocado Salad

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Bon Appétit Magazine, 1984, The Knapp Press

2 servings

2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
5 to 6 ounces fresh sea scallops
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 large spinach leaves, stemmed
(about 3 ounces after stemming)
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted
and thinly sliced lengthwise
6 walnut halves, toasted

Heat stock just to simmer in medium saucepan. Add scallops and poach
until just opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes; do not let broth boil and do not
overcook over scallops will be tough. Chill scallops in stock by setting
pan in large bowl of ice water for at least 30 minutes.
Just before serving, slice scallops into thin rounds. Combine oil, vinegar, mustard and salt and pepper in small saucepan and bring to simmer.
Stack spinach leaves and roll up lengthwise. Cut crosswise into chiffon-
ade. Divide spinach between two heated salad plates. Arrange scallops
and avocado decoratively atop spinach. Garnish with walnut halves.
Pour warm dressing over salads and serve immediately.


Cozumel Salad Bowl

This recipe is taken from one of our all-time favorite "community"
cookbooks. In addition to the content of excellent recipes and being
extremely well edited, SRO features narratives by two renowned
Jackson, MS natives, Pulitzer Prize winners Beth Henley
and Eudora Welty.

Standing Room Only – A Cookbook for Entertaining *
Melinda Wright, McAllen, Texas
1983, New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS, Barbara Austin, General Editor

* For your sake, I do hope this wonderful cookbook  is still available:
New Stage Theatre, 1100 Carlisle Street, Jackson, MS 39202

Serves 6

1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over and rinsed
[or substitute other seafood of your choice]
1 quart mixed salad greens
2 tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 cup regular-size corn chips
1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
1/4 cup chopped green onion
Avocado Cream Dressing (below)
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
[or Monterey Jack] cheese
Whole pitted ripe olives to garnish

Avocado Cream Dressing
1/2 cup mashed avocado
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco

Process the cream dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth. (Makes 1 cup). Chill.
To make the salad, combine the crabmeat, salad greens, tomatoes, corn chips, sliced olives and green onion. Add dressing and toss lightly. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with olives. Note: The avocado dressing is also
very good on crab or shrimp salad.


Alex and Garry’s Sopa de Limone

Lemons: a Country
Garden Cookbook
by Christopher Idone, 1993, HarperCollins

“The Yucatan faces the Caribbean Sea so it comes as no surprise that all
the spices and herbs used in this soup are more indigenous to the islands
than to the cooking ingredients we associate with Mexico.”

Serves 10

12 cups chicken stock, homemade
or canned
1 sprig mint
8 allspice berries
15 black peppercorns
One 3-inch stick cinnamon
5 whole cloves
6 cumin seeds
2 small heads garlic, sliced in
half horizontally
2 small yellow onions, peeled
and halved
2 whole chicken breasts, bone
and skin left on
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 fresh guero or habañero hot chili
pepper, whole
3 lemons, cut into eighths
2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled,
seeded and chopped
Salt to taste
1 lemon, sliced paper thin
Chopped fresh hot chili pepper such as
guero or jalapeño, seeded, deveined,
and finely diced
2 to 3 avocados, peeled and diced

In a large nonreactive soup kettle bring the stock, mint, allspice, pepper-
corns, cinnamon, cloves, garlic and onion to a boil. Reduce the heat and
simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the chicken breasts, cilantro, whole chili pepper, and the cut lemons
and continue to simmer until the chicken is cooked, approximately 15
minutes. Remove the chicken and let cool. Skim soup and strain into
a clean kettle. Return the soup to the heat and continue cooking over
low heat. When the chicken is cool, remove the skin and bones and
shred. Add the shredded chicken and chopped tomato to the soup and
bring to a boil. Add salt to taste. Pour the soup into a warm tureen and
float the lemon slices on top. Serve the chopped chili and avocado on
the side [for guests to add to the soup as they wish].


Gigi’s Avocado Lime Pie

One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed
milk, such as Eagle Brand
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 egg yolks *
Pinch salt
1 cup sieved fresh avocado pulp
One drop green food coloring, optional
One 9-inch pie shell of your choice, ready to fill
(baked pastry shell, graham cracker or vanilla
wafer crumb crust)
Whipped cream

* Egg Safety Information
(This pie can be made successfully without the egg yolks.)

Combine the sweetened condensed milk, lime zest, lime juice, lightly
beaten egg yolks, and salt; blend until mixture thickens. Stir in avocado
pulp and food coloring, if using. Pour the filling into the prepared pie
shell. Refrigerate the pie for several hours, garnish with whipped
cream, and serve.

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