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Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts
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3 quarts water
2 pounds spinach leaves, washed and coarsley chopped
3 tablesppons olive oil
3 tablespoons pine nuts
4 garlic cloves, thcikly sliced
5 tablespoons golden raisins, soaked in 1/2 cup hot water for 20 minutes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Bring the water to a boil in a large pot set on high heat. Add the spinach a little at a time, pushing it down to the bottom of the pot with a spoon. Give it a good stir once all the spinach has been added, reduce the heat to medium-high and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Drain well and set aside.
Heat the olive oil, pine nuts and garlic in a large saute pan set on high heat until the garlic and pine nuts begin to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Drain the raisins, discarding the water. Add the soinach, raisins, salt and pepper to the pan anc cook for 3-4 minutes, until heated through. Serve hot.
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