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Salmon Zucchini Cakes

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Have some leftover grilled salmon and a giant garden zucchini?

1.5 cups grated zucchini
1.5 cups flaked grilled salmon
2 large eggs
0.5 cup white flour
0.25 cup cornmeal (fine ground)
0.25 cup minced onion
1 diced garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together and pan fry in a skillet. Yum!

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Coconut Amaretto Ice Cream

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This ice cream recipe is dairy-free and completely yummy. Since coconut milk is fatty (like dairy) it makes a tasty ice cream and good general substitute for dairy milk in recipes when the fat content seems important. It will take a little longer than a dairy ice cream to thicken. Regular coconut milk can also be used, but I think it is almost too fatty.

2 cans light coconut milk
4 oz. agave nectar
2 heaping teaspoons cocoa powder
1 T cardamom powder
1.5 oz. amaretto
1/2 c. fine shredded coconut

1. Mix cocoa powder and agave nectar together into paste. Add a splash of hot water if needed to wet the cocoa powder so it will mix well.
2. Whisk into coconut milk, adding cardamom and amaretto.
3. Pour into bowl of ice cream maker (I used a Cuisinart - the type where the bowl lives in your freezer and is always frozen and ready to use) and turn on.
4. When mixture is starting to thicken, add shredded coconut through the top.
5. Let mix until you reach desired thickness. May take 30-40 minutes.
6. Eat right away and freeze any extra. This recipe actually freezes better than the dairy ice cream I've made. No pick-axe necessary the next day.

Flaky Pie Crust

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I can thank my friend James for giving me this family recipe. The secret is to freeze the butter, cheese grater, and mixing bowl ahead of time and to manipulate the dough as little as possible. To make it non-dairy, just substitute vegetable shortening for the butter. I find the Earth Balance shortening sticks work well, and they are non-hydrogenated too. It's never as good as the real thing, but if dairy is problematic you can still eat pie!

Makes 2 crusts - upper and lower, or 2 lowers.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white pastry flour
1.5 cubes butter/veg. shortening - frozen, then grated into bowl
1 egg
1 T apple cider or white vinegar
ice water to form into ball - approx. 1/4 to 1/2 cup? Start small.

1. Put flours into cold mixing bowl.
2. Grate frozen butter into bowl.
3. With two butter knives, cut in the butter to mix into flour. It should look chunky - a bunch of flour-covered butter pieces.
4. Add egg and vinegar. Cut in with knives.
5. With clean hands, mix very gently while adding ice water. Press up against side of bowl to test for cohesion. You want the dough to be sort of chunky, somewhat moist, and still sort of flour-y. Do not knead. Layers of butter and flour is what makes a crust flaky.
6. Transfer dough to a floured board. Cut dough in half and roll out one at a time. If you are only using half the dough for now, wrap the other half tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
7. Fold rolled out dough gently in half to transfer to pie dish. Open up to spread out. Finish off edges by tucking edges under and/or fluting.
8. Add filling and bake! A good temperature guideline is to start the pie at 400F for first 10 minutes and then drop to 350F for rest of bake time.

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