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Makes 4 side-dish servings

  • 1 8-ounce can pineapple chunks (juice pack), drained
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup light dairy sour cream
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin orange sections, drained
  • 1 tablespoon coconut, toasted
  1. In a medium bowl stir together pineapple chunks, miniature marshmallows, and light dairy sour cream. Gently fold in mandarin orange sections.
  2. Cover and chill the salad for 2 to 24 hours. Before serving, sprinkle with the coconut.
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Makes 6 servings

  • 1 small (2 1/2 lb) golden sweet pineapple, crown and rind removed, “eyes” cut out
  • 6 seedless clementine oranges, peeled, separated into segments
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into slices
  • 3/4 cup dried unsweetened coconut chips or shavings
  • vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream
  • fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
  1. Quarter pineapple lengthwise; remove core.  Cut crosswise into small chunks.  Place in large serving bowl.  Add clementine segments, strawberries, kiwifruit, and coconut; gently toss. 
  2. Spoon into dessert glasses.  Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream.  Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

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Makes 12 servings

Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil

Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups shelled walnuts
  • 2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (4 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 head radicchio (6 oz), coarsely shredded
  1. Dressing: In small bowl, whisk all ingredients except oil until mixed.  Gradually add oil, whisking until dressing is emulsified. 
  2. Salad: Heat oven to 350°F.  toast walnuts on baking sheet 10 minutes or until fragrant; cool.  In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook green beans and cauliflower together, 5-7 minutes, stirring once or twice, until crisp-tender.  Drain in colander; rinse under cold running water until cool; drain again.  Pat dry with paper towel; transfer to a bowl. 
  3. Add remaining salad ingredients and toasted walnuts.  Re-whisk dressing a pour over salad; toss gently to coat.  Transfer to a salad bowl.  Serve at room temperature. 

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Serves 4

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  1. Cut chicken into thin strips about 2 inches long and set aside.  Blend soy sauce, broth and cornstarch in a small bowl; set aside. 
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over high heat.  Add chicken.  Stir-fry for 3 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove from wok with slotted spoon. 
  3. Add remaining oil to wok.  Add onion, garlic, cashews and snow peas and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until snow peas are crisp-tender.  Return chicken to wok.
  4. Stir broth mixture to wok.  Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until sauce is clear and chicken is heated through.  Sprinkle with green onion slices.  Serve immediately. 

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Serves 4

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (5 oz each)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

For the sauce:

  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a large, shallow baking dish.
  2. Dredge chicken in flour.  In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add chicken; cook, turning once, until golden, about 10 minutes.  Stir in broth.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover; simmer for 15 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute.  Reduce heat to low.  Whisk in broth and flour; cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Drain pan juices from chicken; combine with sauce.  Add 3/4 cup Romano; stir until melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. 
  5. Arrange broccoli in prepared dish; pour half of sauce on top.  Place chicken over broccoli; top with remaining sauce.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven; sprinkle with remaining Romano.  Bake for 5 minutes longer.

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Serves 4

  • 1 pint large strawberries
  • 4 kiwis
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur or orange juice
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  1. Rinse the strawberries and pat dry with paper towel.  Cut or pull out of the leaves as well as the hulls of the strawberries with a paring knife.  Peel kiwis with the knife. 
  2. Cut the strawberries and kiwis into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Arrange the fruit in overlapping layers on a serving dish. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, honey, liqueur, and cinnamon until blended to make the orange dressing.  Drizzle the fruit with the dressing.  Cover the salad and refrigerate for 1 hour to let the flavors develop. 
  4. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown.  Set aside.  Before serving, sprinkle the almonds over the fruit. 

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Makes 6 servings

  • 2 1/2 pounds tiny new red potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 medium red onion, cut in wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 medium red sweet pepper, cut into bite-sized strips
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F oven. In a large mixing bowl combine potatoes, onion wedges, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Toss potato mixture to coat well; arrange in a single layer in a greased shallow roasting pan. Roast, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned, stirring mixture twice. Transfer roasted potato mixture to a large bowl; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together balsamic vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Pour mixture over roasted potato mixture. Add red pepper pieces; toss gently to coat.
  3. Turn potato salad into serving bowl. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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