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Pineapple Cheesecake

One cup macadamia nuts
One half cup granulated sugar
Three tablespoons sweet butter, melted

Chop the macadamia nuts in a food processor to a coarse meal consistency, but not so fine that the oil from the nuts make them sticky. Combine the sugar with the nuts. Stream in the butter while mixing.

One pound fourteen ounces cream cheese
One cup sugar
Three teaspoons of cornstarch
Three eggs
Five egg yolks
One half cup of heavy cream
One and one half cup pineapple chunked

In a mixer, beat the cream cheese until soft using a paddle attachment. Add sugar and cornstarch and continue to mix.

In a bowl, combine eggs and egg yolks. At low speed, add eggs to cream cheese mixture. Once all of the eggs have been incorporated, add the cream and mix well. Pour mixture in to prepared pan. Bake in a waterbath for sixty minutes, depending on the oven. Do not over bake cheesecake from cracking. 


Mango Wood Smoked Duck Breast with a Mango Dressing and Essence of Hoisin

Duck Breast:
4 each duck breast
1 tablespoon Cajun spice
½ pound mango wood chips, soaked in water and drained

Cure duck breast with Cajun spice for 24 hours. Place wood chips in a wok and burn until the chips are smoldering. Place duck on well oiled rack and cover with foil. Repeat 3 to 4 times.

Mango Dressing:
½ cup mango puree
¼ cup white vinegar
¾ cup salad oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
salt and pepper to taste
2 ounces ripe mango, diced
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix well.

Hoisin Chili Sauce:
1 cup hoisin
¼ cup ketchup
2 ½ tablespoons sugar
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons sesame oil
¼ cup salad oil
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1 ½ teaspoons garlic

Mix well.

4 each 5-Spice chips (Spicy Tortilla Chips)

3 ounces Napa cabbage
1 ounce red cabbage
1 ounce carrots, julienne
1 ounce bean sprouts

Duck Breast is served over the chips with the mixed greens 


Apple Crunch

Four cups apple, pared, sliced
Three quarters of a cup orange juice, unsweetened
One teaspoon lime juice, fresh
One teaspoon cinnamon, ground
One-cup graham cracker crumbs
Two tablespoons wheat germ
Two tablespoons margarine, diet

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Layer apples in one-quart casserole. Combine juices and cinnamon and pour over apples.
Combine cracker crumbs and wheat germ with margarine and sprinkle over apples
Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer 


Bacon-Avocado Potato Salad

Six medium boiling potatoes
Two avocados, cubed
Eight slices bacon
One half cup onions, chopped
One tablespoon fresh lime juice
One half cup white wine
One quarter cup cider vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Paprika, to taste
One quarter teaspoon mustard powder
Two tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
One tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped

Boil potatoes in their skins. While potatoes boil, cube avocados and toss with limejuice. Chop bacon into one-inch pieces and fry until crisp in a large skillet. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain. In bacon fat, sauté onions until golden. Remove pan from heat and stir in wine, vinegar, mustard, and salt, pepper and paprika to taste.

When potatoes are tender, drain, peel and dice. While still warm, pour dressing over potatoes and toss. Allow to cool to room temperature. Fold in avocado, bacon, parsley and cilantro. Serve at room temperature or chill for and hour longer. 


Spicy Meatball Sandwiches


One pound ground beef
One egg
One clove garlic, minced
One quarter chopped onion
One half-cup Italian bread crumbs
One quarter cup milk
One teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
One teaspoon salt
One quarter teaspoon pepper

One clove garlic, crushed
One tablespoon butter
One half cup ketchup
One third of a cup of chili sauce (Heinz, tomato based sauce)
Two tablespoon brown sugar
One tablespoon prepared mustard
One teaspoon celery seed (optional)
One quarter teaspoon salt
Few drops hot pepper sauce
Three thin lemon slices

Six hard rolls or French bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine beef, egg, garlic, onion, crumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix lightly and well. Shape into about twenty meatballs. Place in a baking dish and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, cook garlic in butter for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in ketchup, chili sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, celery seed, salt, pepper sauce, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil. Add meatballs. Cover and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally or until heated through. Remove lemon slices. Makes 6 sandwiches.