Macaroni and Cheese pie

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The macaroni and cheese is one of the simplest meals available and with the right spices can be extra tasty. To make you need cooking spray, 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni, 1/2 cup butter, 2 cans evaporated milk, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 3 eggs, salt, 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, and paprika.

To prepare, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and spray a small casserole dish with cooking spray. In a saucepan add water and salt and bring to a boil before adding macaroni. Add oil to prevent macaroni pieces sticking together. Once cooked, remove macaroni and drain.

Melt butter in a pot over a low flame and add evaporated milk and pepper until warm. Beat eggs in a bowl and add evaporated milk mixture whisking until smooth.

Continue to warm over the low flame until thick and add macaroni and stir. Put macaroni mixture in a dish. Add shredded cheese and top with more macaroni. Do this until macaroni is finished, then top with cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes in a casserole.

To add extra flavour to a macaroni and cheese you may also add finely chopped onions and chopped bell peppers. In some recipes the onions and peppers may be blended with the milk and egg mixture for added taste.

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Paella, Spanish delight

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Paella is the dish associated with Spain. This combination of rice and seafood or meat and vegetables such as green peas is seen outside of Spain as the country’s national dish but is really a regional speciality from Valencia.

To make a paella gather 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of paprika, 2 tablespoons of oregano, salt and black pepper, 2 pounds of skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 2 cups uncooked short-grain rice, 1 pinch saffron, 1 bay leaf, 1 quart of chicken stock, 1 Spanish onion, 1 red bell pepper, 1 pound chorizo sausage, and 1 pound deveined shrimp.

First: season chicken with olive oil, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Then heat olive oil in a large skillet, add garlic, red pepper, and rice and stir for 3 minutes. Add the saffron, bay leaf, chicken stock and lemon. Lower heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 20 minutes.

In another, skillet heat oil then add chicken and onion and cook for a few minutes; add bell pepper, sausage, and shrimp, turning the shrimp until both sides are pink. Decorate paella with shrimp. Paella is best enjoyed served warm.

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Fried chicken, crispy fried comfort

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Forget about always eating healthily! Sometimes you just want some real comfort food and there is nothing more comforting than deep fat crispy fried chicken! The recipe requires one 4 pound chicken, cut into pieces, 1 cup buttermilk, 2 cups all-purposeflour, 1 teaspoon paprikasalt, and pepper to taste, and 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying.

Put flour in a plastic bag and add salt, pepper, and paprika. Dip the chicken pieces in buttermilk and then in the bag with flour and shake to coat. Allow to sit until the flour is of a paste-like consistency.

In a large skillet add oil and heat until very hot. Add as many chicken pieces as possible and brown the chicken on both sides. Turn down flame and cover skillet allowing chicken to cook for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and turn up flame again, cooking until chicken is crispy.

Drain the fried chicken on paper towels. Keep the already fried chicken in a slightly warm oven until ready. Fried chicken can be eaten alone, with french fries or potato wedges or with fresh bread rolls. As a side dish you can add potato salad and cole slaw.

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Greek-style Roast Chicken

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Roast Chicken is always a favourite for a simple yet stylish dish to serve when entertaining.

There are many different ways the roast chicken can be prepared but it can be given a twist by adding Greek Yogurt to the marinade. The yogurt helps the chicken retain its moisture while in the oven.

This recipe calls for 4 chicken breasts with the skin still on, salt, ground black pepper, to taste, 1 cup plain Greek non-fat yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, ¼ cup orange juice, 2 cloves garlic, and 3 tablespoons olive oil.

After seasoning the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, place them in a gallon sized re-sealable bag. Mix together the yogurt, cumin, smoked paprika, orange juice and garlic and pour into the bag with the chicken. Marinate chicken for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Over a medium flame, heat olive oil. Add chicken with the skin side down and cook for 2 minutes until chicken is golden brown. Place pan in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes until cooked.

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Chicken Curry, a taste of India at home

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Nothing says exotic like curry and one of the simplest curry dishes to make is chicken curry. The dish is traditionally Indian and is like bringing a little taste of the sub-Continent home.

The curry can be spiced according to your own taste – fiery hot or just mild enough to leave you wanting more.

Chicken curry is best served with either Jasmine or Basmati Rice or Nan, or both.

Gather together 2 cups of Basmati or Jasmine rice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 medium onion chopped, 1 clove of garlic minced, 3 tablespoons of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 bay leaf, ½ teaspoon of grated ginger root, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 2 skinless chicken breast halves cut into bite sized strips, 1 cup plain yogurt, ¾ cup coconut milk, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and salt to taste.

In a saucepan, heat olive oil over a medium flame and sauté onion until lightly browned. Add the garlic, curry powder, paprika, bay leaf, ginger root, and salt. Stir. Add chicken, tomato paste, coconut milk, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and yogurt. Bring to boil, turn down heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. In a separate pot, cook rice according to directions on package.

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