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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.

 

Al's Seafood Bisque - From Al's Soup Kitchen~


seafood, soups/stews

2 cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 centiliter garlic
2 ribs celery
1 lobster (1- 1 1/2 lb)
12 medium shrimp in the shell
24 mussels, well scrubbed
12 sea scallops
4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 salt & pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1. Combine the white wine, bay leaf, onion, garlic, and celery in a large stockpot over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Add the lobster, cover the pot and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the lobster. 2. Add the shrimp, cover the pot, and steam for 5 minutes. Remove the shrimp with tongs. 3. Add the mussels, cover the pot and steam until they open, about 5 minutes. Remove the mussels with tongs, extract the meat, and discard the shells. Discard any that do not open. 4. Add 2 cups water to the liquid in the pot, bring to a boil, and then add the scallops. Cover the pot and steam for 3 minutes. Remove the scallops with tongs. 5. Extract the lobster meat, reserving the shells. Peel and devein the shrimp, reserving the shells. Chop the meats into bite-sized portions; cover and set aside. 6. Return the seafood shells to the pot of broth and add 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the broth and return to the pan. 7. Bring the broth to a simmer over low heat. Add the cream, milk, thyme, parsley and rosemary and simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, 5 minutes. Add the lobster, shrimp, mussels, and scallops and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach and carrots and simmer another 2 minutes just to wilt the spinach. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the lemon juice. Serve hot. Serves 6. Source: The New York Cookbook, Molly O'Neill, 1993