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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Laotian Beef Lap

beef, laos

1 tablespoon heaping raw rice
3 small dried red chilies
2 1/2 cup water
1 lb ground round or ground sirloin
1 teaspoon dried lemon grass or:
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 large yellow onion, chopped very fine
3 fresh green chilies, chopped fine
1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves (about 30)
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 nam pla or salt to taste

Roast the rice in a dry frying pan over a medium flame until it is a pale gold color. Transfer it to a mortar and pound it to the consistency of corn meal. Roast the dry chilies in the same way and pound them in the mortar. Bring the water to a boil and add the lemon grass and the beef, stirring until the meat changes color. Drain the meat and place in a serving dish with the rice, dried chilies, onions, fresh chilies, green pepper, and the mint leaves (reserving some of the mint for garnish). Sprinkle lemon juice all over and mix to blend well. Finally add salt or nam pla to taste and garnish with the remaining mint leaves. Serve with plain boiled rice. From: PEARL S. BUCK'S ORIENTAL COOKBOOK, SBN671-21366-0 Simon and Schuster, New York. 1972 Posted by: Karin Brewer, Cooking Echo, 7/92