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from:  Grocery Gardening, by Jean Ann Van Krevelen

Prep Time: about 25 minutes
Cook Time: about 45 minutes
Servings: 8-12 wedges

Tart Pastry Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups pastry or all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
8 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. ice water

Tart Pastry Directions:
Combine the flour and salt.  Cut in the butter and work with a pastry cutter or your fingers until the flour and butter mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add the ice water to the mixture.  Mix lightly.  Form into a ball.  Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead a couple of times to ensure the water is evenly incorporated.  Roll the dough into a tight ball and press into a flat square.  Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12 inch circle or large enough for your baking pan.  Gently peel up the crust and fit it into a tart pan or pie pan, crimping the edges.  Chill the pastry shell while preparing the filling. 

Tart Filling Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. (or more) Dijon mustard
3 cups Gruyere cheese, grated
3 cups tomatoes, seeded and sliced
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup combination of herbs (chopped basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, marjoram, etc.)
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper

Tart Filling Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°.  Remove the pastry shell from the refrigerator.  Spread the Dijon mustard on the bottom of the pastry shell.  Add the Gruyere and top with the tomatoes in a visually pleasing arrangement.  Whisk the olive oil with the herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.  Drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes.  Bake until the crust is golden brown.  Let the tart sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing or it will fall apart.

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Lasagna

From: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/american-lasagna/detail.aspx

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hr, 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hrs
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
12 dry lasagna noodles
2 eggs, beaten
1 pint ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, onion and garlic; drain fat. Mix in basil, oregano, brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Lay noodles flat on towels, and blot dry.

In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, parsley and 1 teaspoon salt.

Layer 1/3 of the lasagna noodles in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover noodles with 1/2 ricotta mixture, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese over the top.

Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Oregano Chicken

From: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Oregano-Chicken/Detail.aspx

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Combine the melted butter or margarine, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, oregano and garlic powder. Mix well.

Place chicken in an ungreased 7×11 inch baking dish. Pour the butter/oregano mixture over the chicken. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Baste juices over the chicken. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and serve the pan drippings over mashed potatoes or hot cooked rice, if desired.

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from: Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition

Cooking Tips:

  • Use with other herbs to make Italian seasoning
  • Use to make herb butter or add to melted butter for frying veggies
  • A perfect complement to tomato dishes
  • Add to vinegar for herbal vinegar
  • Flower heads are edible
  • Pairs well with basil

Storage:

Wrap in slightly dampened cloth and store in refrigerator, or store dry in a plastic bag in the fridge.
Leaves can be left on the stem and dried.
Dry in a dehydrator, or hang upside down in a dry, dark, airy place.

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from:  Cathy Peterson, Madison Herb Society

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 cup sliced radishes
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 minced clove of garlic
1 tsp. fresh oregano
1/2 tsp. fresh basil
1/2 tsp. fresh thyme

In a large bowl, toss the cheese with olives, radishes, onions, and cucumber until well blended.  In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Toss.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Chill one to two hours.  Makes 6-8 servings.

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