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Chilled Curried Seafood Soup

Recipe Category: seafood
Recipe Serves: 6

Recipes Ingredients:
1 cup chopped Potato (about 1 medium)
3/4 cup chopped onions (about 1-1/2 medium)
2 cups Chicken broth
1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 (14-1/2 ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
4-1/2 cups 1-inch pieces catfish or whitefish fillets (about 1-1/2 pounds)
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Recipe Instructions:
Heat potatoes, onion, broth, curry powder, Garlic and tomatoes to boiling in 2-quart saucepan, stirring frequently and breaking up tomatoes; reduce heat.
Simmer uncovered 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place Soup in blender. Cover and blend about 30 seconds or until smooth.
Return Soup to saucepan; heat to boiling. Stir in fish; reduce heat. Simmer about 5 minutes longer or until Fish flakes easily with fork; remove from heat.
Cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or until chilled. Stir in remaining ingredients. 6 servings.

Prepare Food Safely

Most conscientious cooks use common sense when preparing or storing food. But common sense in food preparation doesn't just happen -it is learned. This learning happens and when we forget where we learned it, we call it common sense.

Here are just a few pointers to refresh and reinforce your common sense as you are preparing your current food or storing it for future use.

- Food safety
- Actually starts with your excursion to the     supermarket.
- Pick up the packaged or canned foods.
- Do the cans have dents? Don't buy them.
- The jar is cracked, Leave it.
- Does the lid seem loose or bulging? Pick up     another.
- Look for any expiration dates on the labels - they     are there for a reason.
- Never buy outdated food.
- Check the "use by" or "sell by" date on dairy products and pick the ones that will stay fresh the longest.

- After grocery shopping, put food into the refrigerator or freezer right away. Make sure to set the refrigerator temperature is set to 40 deg F and the freezer is set to 0 F. Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods, and leftovers within 2 hours. Raw meat, poultry, and seafood should be placed in containers to prevent their juices from dripping on other foods. Raw juices could possibly harbor harmful bacteria. Eggs always go in the refrigerator.

Food, Recipes, Desserts and Drinks - tomato - Always cook food thoroughly until it is done. Red meat should turn brown inside. Chicken, when poked with a fork, should have clear juices. Fish, on the other hand, when poked with a fork, should flake. Cooked egg whites and yolks should be firm and not run. Be sure to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperatures of your poultry, meat, and other foods. Leave it in long enough to ensure an accurate reading.

- Wash your hands and cooking surfaces frequently. Bacteria can be spread quickly in the food so this will ensure that it will not take hold and grow onto your food. A solution of one teaspoon of bleach in one quart of water is all that is needed to sanitize washed surfaces and utensils.

- Cooked foods should definitely not be left standing in the kitchen counter or table for more than two hours. Bacteria tends to grow in temperatures between 40 and 140 deg F.

Food, Recipes, Desserts and Drinks - sandwich - Foods that have been cooked ahead and cooled should be reheated to at least 165 deg F. (This just so happens to be one of the most overlooked areas in food prep).

- Chill Leftover Food Promptly. Place food in the refrigerator and don't overfill. The cold air needs to circulate freely to keep food safe. Divide the food and place in shallow containers. Think about labeling some of these containers so you don't lose track of how long they've been refrigerating.

These are just a few pointers that you already know related to food, but need to keep remembering. If you follow these basics about food you will avoid most of the 'food disasters in waiting'!



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