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December 2007 Issue
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!
by Rossana S. Tarantini
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The following recipes come directly from my former employer’s raclette guide, but have been tried and tested by yours truly and found to be yummy!!!

Appetizers & Side Dish Ideas

  • Cheese Toast
    Lightly toast slices of French or Italian bread on the grill plate. Place in a raclette dish and, if desired, sprinkle with white wine. Cover with a slice of cheese and slide the raclette dish under the grill. Cook 5 to 6 minutes. If desired, thin slices of bacon or ham, sliced mushrooms or onion rings can be cooked on the grill plate at the same time and serviced on the toast.
  • Quesadillas
    Grill green or red peppers, mushrooms and onions on the grill top. Place a slice of mozzarella cheese in raclette dish and slide under grill plate until cheese has melted. Place a tortilla on the grill top and fill with grilled vegetables and melted cheese. Fold tortilla over and flip it so both sides are browned. Cut and serve. You can also add your favorite meat and try different types of cheeses.

Main Dish Ideas

  • Meat
    Cut meat into thin slices. (For raclette, I often get the butcher to thinly slice my meats using his tools since it’s easier and the thickness will be more uniform, but if you’re handier with a butcher knife than I am, have at it.) Depending on the thickness, grill the meat for approx. 2 – 4 minutes on each side. For a variety, try marinating your meat prior to grilling.
  • Fish and Seafood
    Fish and seafood are particularly suitable for grilling. However, since their proteins are very sensitive to heat, be careful not to cook them at too high a temperature. Thicker fillets should be cooked on the (slightly oiled) grill top at medium heat.
Much as usual, although not “late as usual”, this column started out to be about one thing, and ended up slightly different. It was going to be a collection of memories from friends. It seems to have turned into a collection of memories of this space I’ve occupied, at Ronda’s indulgence, for the last ten years. I hope you’ve enjoyed the stroll down memory lane as much as I have.

May your Christmas find you enjoying the company of family and friends who are most dear, and may your New Year bring you everything you need for happiness and health.


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