A Minty Twist to the Traditional Kir Royal

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

¼ shot of Crème de Cassis
¼ shot of lemon juice
¼ shot Chambourd
4 sprigs of mint
2 shots of vodka

PREPARATION

Start with a champagne flute and add ¼ shot of Crème de Cassis, ¼ shot of lemon juice and ¼ shot Chambourd. In a shaker crush four sprigs of mint and two shots of vodka, shake well, add to flute, top with champagne, and toasts to a happy New Year!

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 medium acorn squash
4 tablespoons canola oil (more for frying)
3 tablespoons diced white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
1 clove garlic, minced
2 peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into strips
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
10-inch flour totillas
1 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Tomatillo salsa, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly oil a baking sheet. Halve the squash, scoop out the seeds and cut each half into half-inch slices. Lay them on the baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes or until soft.
When cool enough to work with use a paring knife or your hands to peel the skin off each slice and chop the squash and put it in a bowl.
In a medium sauté pan, cook the onions, garlic and jalapeño in the oil until tanslucent. Add the pepper strips and cook for a couple minutes more. Add the squash and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes, until the squash is tender and the flavors have melded. Season with salt and pepper, add cilantro and take off heat.
Spread a few tablespoons of the cooked squash mixture onto one 10-inch flour tortilla. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of the cheese. Place another tortilla on top and sprinkle with more cheese and place in a hot pan with oil, and fry until crispy. Cut the finished quesadilla into 6 triangles. East while warm.

Tortilla Salsa

INGREDIENTS

10 tomatillos, husked and well washed, quartered
½ bunch of scallions, roots and green ends trimmed, cut into big segments
5 garlic cloves
2 jalapeños, roughly chopped
Pinch of cumin
¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients together until very smooth in a blender. Season with salt.

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

Adzuki Bean Salad

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups adzuki beans, cooked
½ cup arame sea vegetables
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 green onion, sliced super thin
¼ cup yuzu rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
¼ cup tamari
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 pinch red chili flakes

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine beans, seaweed, carrots, bell pepper, and green onion.
In a separate smaller mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients, and whisk until well combined. Drizzle over bean mixture, and mix well. Let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Agua de Valencia

November 22nd, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 Drink

This Cava cocktail, straight out of the Valencia region of Spain, showcases the fresh sweet oranges of the region and makes a terrific addition to any Sunday brunch.

INGREDIENTS

3 ounces cava (super cold)
2 ounces Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
1 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon white sugar

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, and shake lightly. Strain, and serve in a champagne glass.

Aioli

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and will have a nice garlic bite. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For Meatballs:

8 oz ground pork
8 oz ground beef
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 teaspoon coriander seeds (freshly ground)
2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (freshly toasted and ground)
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 egg
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

For Spicy Tomato Sauce:

1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups (15 oz can) crushed tomatoes
½ cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl combine pork, beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, spices, egg and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly by hand until the mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Turn mixture into small 1-inch balls. Heat a large sauté pan with olive oil on medium high heat and cook the meatballs, rolling until all sides are golden brown, drain on paper towel. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent about 5 minutes. Add parsley and white wine and reduce liquid a little. Add tomato paste and mix well, add the crushed tomatoes, stock and cayenne and mix well. Add meatballs back into the pan and cook for another 10 minutes on medium low heat. The sauce should get thick. Serve warm.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

Almond Butter, Banana & Honey Panini

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Hearty, crusty whole grain bread, sliced
½ cup of either almond butter or peanut butter, chunky
2 bananas sliced lengthwise
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon canola oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat Panini grill (or you could use a grill pan with a heavy skillet as a weight). Spray the cooking surface. Brush one side of bread with oil, and place side down on grill. Spoon on nut butter, lay down bananas, and drizzle with honey. Place oiled bread on top, and press sandwich. If using a skillet, flip after about 3-4 minutes. Slice Paninis in ½ and store in a ziplock bag for up to 5 days. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Almond Cream

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla bean scraped, seeds reserved

Directions

Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs and cream until smooth. Use in tarts that are baked for about 10 minutes at least.

Almond Recovery Smoothie

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice

PREPARATION

Combine all items in a blender except ice, blend well for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until ice is crushed, then turn blender to “liquefy” speed and allow to mix for about 45 seconds more or until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Almond Recovery Smoothie

Almond Recovery Smoothie

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice

Directions

Combine all items in a blender except ice, blend well for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until ice is crushed, then turn blender to “liquefy” speed and allow to mix for about 45 seconds more or until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Almond, Black Cherry Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Sandwich

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

12 Almond cookies
1 cup Black Cherry Ice Cream
9 ounces bitter sweet dark Chocolate

Directions

Place a scoop of ice cream on a almond cookie and place another cookie on top, squeeze down to make a sandwich. Place in freezer on a lined baking sheet for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, chop chocolate and place in a double boiler pan with simmering hot water underneath. Let melt, dip the frozen sandwich in the melted chocolate using a spoon to cover or alternatively cover just one side and place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes or until frozen.

Black Cherry Ice Cream
Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream, whipped to thick consistency
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups ripe black cherries halved

Directions

Make sure the heavy cream is whipped to a thick consistency and mix in sugar and lemon juice and fold in cherries. Freeze by using an ice cream maker or by the hand method, beating after a few hours in the freezer and letting freeze again.

Aloo Bonda Potato Dumplings

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 dumplings

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

2 pounds (about 5 medium) red potatoes, peeled and quartered
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
24 curry leaves
3 to 6 dried chiles, coarsely crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 small jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely diced
Juice of ½ lime

For the batter

4 cups canola oil, for frying
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
½ cup water

Tomato Chutney or Ketchup

DIRECTIONS

To make the filling, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, turmeric, and 1 tablespoon of the salt. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender but not falling apart, about 25 minutes. Drain, transfer to a large bowl, and set aside.

Heat the oil, mustard seeds, and curry leaves in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the mustard seeds begin to pop, about 1½ minutes. Add the chiles, and cook until the curry leaves become brittle, about 1 minute longer. Stir in the ginger and jalapeños cooking for 30 seconds. Then add the mixture to the potatoes. Mash the potatoes against the sides of the bowl until they are semi-smooth. Stir in the remaining 1½ teaspoons salt and the lime juice. Take 2 tablespoons of potato mixture, and roll into a small ball. Set the ball on a baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining potato mixture.

Heat the canola oil to 350°F in a medium saucepan. To make the batter, whisk together the chickpea flour, cayenne pepper, salt, and asafetida (if using) in a small bowl. Whisk in enough water so it resembles a thick pancake batter. Dip each potato ball in the batter, and roll it in your hands to coat evenly. Gently drop a few battered balls into the hot oil, and fry until they are golden brown, turning often for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the dumplings to a paper towel-lined plate, and serve hot with Tomato Chutney or ketchup.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Andouille Beef Burger with Sundried Tomato Herb Aioli

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

¾ lb ground beef
¼ lb ground Andouille sausage
¼ c sundried tomatoes chopped fine
¼ cup red onions chopped fine
1 T mustard powder chopped fine
¼ c chopped fresh thyme
1 T fennel seeds

For aioli
2 T sundried tomatoes
¼ cup basil
¼ c olive oil
1 T mustard
¼ cup mayonnaise blended well
red onions & Asiago cheese for serving

PREPARATION

Top with the sundired tomato aioli and roasted red onions and asiago cheese Grind all ingredients in the food processor using the pulse button until the meat is coarsely ground. Form patties, place on wax paper and freeze for about six minutes on each side or until par frozen. Grill on high heat on a very clean grill, flipping only once per side. Cook for about four minutes per side for a well done burger and three minutes per side for medium burgers.

Apéritif de Lillet Cannelle Basilic

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 1 cocktail


Ingredients


1 ounce cucumber infused gin
2 ounces lillet blanc
½ ounce blood orange juice
½ ounce cinnamon basil syrup
Garnish with cucumbers marinated in cinnamon basil and lillet blanc
Cinnamon basil leaves for garnish



Directions


In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, lillet, blood orange juice and cinamon basil syrup. Shake well and strain into a lowball glass filled with ice or a martini-style glass. Garnish with a lillet-soaked cucumber and cinnamon basil leaf.


Cinnamon Basil Syrup

Makes 1 cup syrup


Ingredients


½ cup to 2 cups sugar
½ cup to 2 cups water
½ cup fresh cinnamon basil leaves


Directions


Place water, sugar and cinnamon basil leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain out basil leaves. Bottle and refrigerate.

Apple Bit Créme Fraiche

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup créme fraiche
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons apple cider
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.

Apple Bread Pudding with Golden Raisins

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 loaf Challah bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup (6 ounces) golden raisins, plumped in hot water for 15 minutes
3 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
â…› teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
â…› teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
¼ cup sliced almonds

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Generously butter a 9×13-inch deep baking dish and set aside.

Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6 minutes, until crisp. Transfer to a bowl and add the apple and raisins.

In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer or whisk, beat the eggs with the sugar. Beat in the ground spices, vanilla and salt.

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk with the molasses until just warm to the touch. Gradually beat the warm milk into the egg mixture, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl. Spread bread mixture out in your large baking dish, or distribute it among ramekins. Pour the custard over the bread mixture, nudging the bread around a bit to make sure it soaks all of the pieces. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle the almonds on top. Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, until puffed and set, with the tops lightly browned. Let the bread pudding rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Apple Cheddar Biscuits (everyday dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen biscuits

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup barley flour
½ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup apples, chopped fine
13 cup applesauce
¼ cup walnut oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients, flours, oats, baking powder and salt. In another mixing bowl whisk together the wet ingredients; cheese, apples, applesauce and oil. Slowly incorporate the dry goods into the wet a little at a time, stirring as you go. Form the dough into a ball and knead lightly. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface and cut with a dog biscuit cookie cutter. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and let stand to harden overnight. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Apple Cider Gravy with Ginger Apple Bits

November 19th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups of gravy

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup tart apples, chopped fine
1½ tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped super fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 cinnamon stick
2 fresh bay leaves
1 cup apple cider
½ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons apple brandy or Lairds applejack (optional)
½ cup heavy whipping cream

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.

In a medium sauté pan, heat butter and oil over medium high heat. Sauté shallots and garlic and cook, 5 minutes. Next, add apples and ginger, cook 3 minutes longer. Remove 2 tablespoons of the mixture and place on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven and cook until until crispy, 7 to 10 minutes. Once cooked, remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, add the fresh herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, apple cider, chicken broth and apple brandy to the rest of the sauté mixture, combine and cook, 30 minutes or until liquid is reduced by a quarter. Remove pan from heat and add heavy whipping cream and add cooked crispy apple bits.

Apple Cider Sidecar

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

1 oz apple brandy or apple jack
1 oz lemon juice
1 ounce Cointreau (triple sec, orange Curacao or Grand Marnier)
1 oz apple cider
1 dash cinnamon
Apple slices, for garnish

PREPARATION

Place first 5 ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini style glass or glass where the hand will not warm the drink. Garnish with apple slices.

Apple Gallette

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

For dough

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple sugar or brown sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
11-½ cup ice water as needed

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, salt, sugar in food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse to combine. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with water until the dough comes together. Pat into a disk wrap in plastic, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out to 18 thickness. Fold into quarters and transfer to the back of a heavy baking sheet. Unfold the dough letting the sides hang over the baking sheet.

For the filling

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup Rapadura brown sugar
6 crisp apples (such as Gala, Crispin or Granny Smith) each cored, and sliced into 8 wedges
¼ cup candied ginger, finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

In a large skillet over high heat, melt the butter, stir in the sugar, and cook for 1 minute.

Arrange the apples in a single layer in the pan and scatter the ginger on top. Sprinkle cinnamon and cook undisturbed for 6 minutes. Add ¼ cups water and cook stirring occasionally until the apples are tender and the liquid has evaporated. Transfer the apples to a plate and cool until warm.

Roll out the dough to 18-inch thick circle. Mound the apples on the dough leaving a 2 inch border. Pour over any juices remaining and fold over the sides of the dough pleating as you go. The dough will not cover the sliced apples. Brush dough with butter and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes until fruit is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Apple Ginger Cranberry Sauce

November 19th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 3 cups

This is an extrmely versatile cranberry sauce, pleasing the palettes of most everyone, while tasting delightful and fallish with a unique, subtle and spicy gingery twist! Also a delicous accompaniment to pork!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups fresh cranberries
2 medium tart apples, peeled and cored and chopped super fine
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped super fine
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped fine
1 cup apple cider

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and cook until cranberries begin to burst. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until sauce is thick and chunky, about 25 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. This can be kept chunky or blended until smooth.

Apple Honey Cava

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

½ ounce apply honey syrup
Cava

Directions

Place the honey syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass and fill with cava. Stir and garnish with a teaspoon of apple pre soaked in honey syrup, chopped fine.

**apple honey syrup: place ½ cup honey, 1 apple, chopped fine and ½ cup of water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain.

Apple Maple Sage  Breakfast Sausage

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 patties

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pork butt, cubed into ½ inch cubes
⅓ pound pork fat, chunk bacon or back fat
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
1 medium apple (honey crisp), chopped fine
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Using the finest blade of the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions.  Form into 2-inch round patties and in a non- stick skillet cook over medium high heat until well browned, flipping once.

Apple Mustard Mint Glazed Ham

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Wine Pairing: Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling Gueberschwihr – Organic 2008, Germany.
This almost perfect German Riesling has smoke and stone notes lached with white peach, apple, and lemon zest. It’s zesty and snappy with a white pepper-tinged finish. It is perfect for this ham! Retails for around $18.

INGREDIENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken

For the Glaze

1 medium tart apple, peeled and seeds removed
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 small red onion
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon salt

For the Spice Rub

3 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture, and add ham to pot- mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not than make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a blender, blend the apples, red onion, sugar, salt, and the mint. Add the honey and the mustard, and mix well. Set aside, and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone intact should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uninterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze every 10 minutes until entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature up to 425° F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Apple Rosemary Chicken Sausages with Sautéed Kale

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9 (makes about 9 sausages)

INGREDIENTS

For the Sausage

2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoon salt
1 medium apple (tart variety), chopped superfine
Casings of your choice

For the Sauté Mixture

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6-9 apple-rosemary sausages, sliced into thick rounds
1 medium apple, chopped
1 large bunch purple or green kale, chopped
½ cup chicken broth
Salt

PREPARATION

For the Sausage

Mix all the sausage ingredients except for the apple in a large bowl, and refrigerate, about 2 hours. Using the finest blade on your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients, following the instructions. Once the mixture is ground, mix the apples, combine well, and place mixture in the freezer.
Meanwhile, soak the casings in warm water, and rinse a few times. Using your sausage stuffer, slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube- this is where you will need to tie the sausage off later. Remove the meat from the freezer, and place it in the body of the sausage stuffing machine. If all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding), place the rest back in the refrigerator until you are ready. Turn the machine on, and begin the process- air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out, use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil- the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine, and tie up the ends- you can use meat or butchers twine. To make individual links, pinch a section together, then spin the links, and turn them opposite from each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles. Using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin, and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be released.
Hang the links for about an hour, and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Use them or freeze them within about a week (in other words, use it, or lose it).

For the Sauté Mixture

In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil. Sauté garlic, stirring constantly, cook, 1 minute. Add sausages, and cook until almost browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add apples, cook, about 1 minute more. Then add kale, cooking an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, season with salt, and mix everything to combine. Turn the burner to low, and simmer covered, another 1 to 2 minutes. Uncover, and cook, another 1 to 2 minutes. Serve.

Apple Slaw Salad with Sweet Herb Pecans

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 Granny Smith apples, julienned
1 bulb fennel, julienned
2 tablespoons crème fraiche
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine
Salt
Pepper
Sweet Herb Pecans, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Place julienned apples in water with the juice of 1 lemon for about 10 minutes then strain.

Combine the apple and fennel in a bowl and Mix well.  Combine  the remainder of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk well. Toss together with the apples and fennel.  Fold in pecans just before serving.

Sweet Herb Pecans

INGREDIENTS

½ cup pecans, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh, chopped
½ teaspoon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine all of the ingredients except pecans and warm untill sugar is melted and herbs are infused.  Toss oil-sugar-herb mixture with warm nuts.  Place the nuts on a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, let cool.

Apple Walnut Butter

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 pound apples, peeled, cored and chopped fine
¾ cups apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts
2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), for brushing tops of pop tarts

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan over medium heat add ingredients and cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to thicken and reduce. Take off heat and let cool before using to fill pop tart.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lay one rolled piece of pie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and place filling in the center.
Cover with another piece of dough and crimp edges closed. Brush top with egg white or soy or rice milk (vegan option) and sprinkle with topping of choice. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Suggested Crust: Whole wheat, plain, cornmeal
Suggested Topping: Brown sugar butter glaze, chopped walnuts, flax seeds

Apple, Blue Cheese and Bacon Salad

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 head of butter leaf lettuce (or mesclun mix), leaves roughly torn
1 to 2 tart apples, seeds removed, chopped medium
2 oz, Oregon sweet blue cheese, crumbled by hand
3 pieces thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
1 medium red onion, sliced in rounds
Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows
Salt and freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients up through vinaigrette. Next, add just enough vinaigrette to coat lettuce leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix well. Serve immediately.

Red Wine Vinaigrette

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

1 shallot, chopped fine
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup Pinot Noir red wine vinegar
¼ cup walnut oil
¼ cup olive oil

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine shallots, Dijon and red wine vinegar. Next, drizzle in oils until emulsified.

Apple-Cranberry Bubbly

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup frozen cranberries, chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped fine

Directions

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add cranberries, apples, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Cool, blend and strain. Place 1-2 ounces in a champagne glass and add some bubbly!

Apple-Thyme Cider Sidecar

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 oz apple cider
2 oz dark rum
2 oz Cointreau
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 oz freshly-squeezed lime juice
Splash of simple syrup

PREPARATION

Shake all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and strain into cocktail glasses.

Apples, Pomogranate Seeds, Honey & Oregano

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

2 apples, cored, sliced into ½ inch wedges
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF degrees

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well, coating apple wedges with honey and oregano. 

Wrap and bake for 15 minutes

Apricot Baklava

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
1 cup apricots, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups apricot syrup (recipe follows)
1 package whole-wheat Phyllo pastry (white can be substituted)
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients (walnuts, apricots, and sugar) until well combined and set aside. Butter a large baking sheet making sure to get the corners and sides as well. Unroll the phyllo dough and cover with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out. Place two sheets of dough on the pan and brush with melted butter thoroughly. Sprinkle a later of the nut mixture atop the sheets and repeat the layers creating a total of between 5-8 layers. With a sharp small knife, cut the pastry in diamond or square shapes carefully, making sure to get all the way to the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. While the baklava is baking, make the syrup by combining apricots, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes. Keep warm and spoon over baklava (when it first comes out of the oven), making sure the baklava is soaked fully.

Let baklava set for about 30 minutes before serving.

Apricot Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup apricot puree
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine apricot puree, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes.

Apricot Plout Almond Tart

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla been scraped, seeds reserved
10 apricots, pitted and halved
8 plouts, pitted and halved
2 sheets of puff pastry, white or whole wheat
Apricot syrup

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs, and cream until smooth. Arrange sheets of puff pastry on a greased baking sheet and brush with apricot syrup. Make sure you create sides on the dough on all sides. Arrange the apricots around the dough and pour in the almond filling. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Upon pulling out of the oven brush with apricot syrup while warm.

Apricot Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup apricot puree
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine apricot puree, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes.

Apricot Rosemary Sorbet

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

12 apricots, pitted and peeled
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup chopped rosemary

PREPARATION

Make a simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar and water and chopped rosemary. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, cool, strain, and set syrup aside. In a food processor, blend up apricots until a puree forms. Mix simple syrup and pureed apricots and then and follow ice cream maker instructions for making sorbet.

Apricot-Thyme Chicken Wings

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

These wings are delicious fried, barbecued, or baked. Simply season your wings two days before your picnic with salt, pepper, and a few tablespoons of vinegar or fresh lemon juice. You can also throw a dash of your favorite chicken dry rub seasoning. Once the chicken is done marinating, dry it off with some paper towels. Cook the chicken to your liking. Once it’s done and still hot, brush or toss with generous amounts of the glaze. This glaze is also delicious over salmon.

INGREDIENTS

Apricot-Thyme Glaze
2 T olive oil
1 large clove fresh garlic, sliced
10 fresh apricots, minced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4 T honey
3 cups water
2-3 t salt

PREPARATION

Sauté garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add apricots, thyme, honey and water and mix together. Let boil for about 7-10 minutes. Take off heat and mash mixture through a sieve. Put liquid back on low heat but still simmering. Reduce until the mixture is bubbly and thick. Add salt to taste.

Apricots, Agave With Thyme

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

4 apricots, pitted, halved
2 tablespoons raw, light agave syrup
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well, coating the apricot in agave syrup & thyme.  Transfer to prepared foil.

Wrap and bake for 10 minutes

Arancini Rice Balls with Ricotta Cheese

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

A traditional Sicilian snack, these mini rice balls are golden and delicious!
Makes 20 rice balls

INGREDIENTS

2 cups leftover risotto rice
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
½ cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs

PREPARATION

In a medium sized bowl mix leftover risotto rice with fresh parsley. In a separate small bowl, combine ricotta and pecorino cheeses and set aside. Put 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture in your moistened palm and make a small indentation in the center of the mound and fill it with about 1 teaspoon of the ricotta mixture. Fold the rice around the filling to enclose it and pat the rice into an oval. Repeat with the remaining rice and ricotta.

In a medium saucepan, heat 2 inches of olive oil to 300°. Set a rack over a large baking sheet. Put the flour, eggs and bread crumbs in 3 shallow bowls. Dredge the rice balls in the flour, shaking off any excess, next dip in egg and then coat with the bread crumbs. Deep-fry 5 ovals at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the rice balls onto paper towels to drain while you fry the rest. Serve hot or warm.

Argentine Chimichurri Sauce

October 31st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Chimichurri sauce is a popular sauce originating from Argentina and widely celebrated in various forms throughout Latin America. Chimichurri is a fresh herb sauce that uses parsley as its main herb and vinegar as its main dressing; there are also many variations along the way. We believe the most authentic variation is actually a derivative of Italian pesto and includes garlic, parsley, onion, salt and pepper, lemon juice and zest, and olive oil and vinegar for a bite. Here are two versions we think are authentic yet modern and extremely tasty on steak or Argentine chorizo sausages!

INGREDIENTS

1 c chopped parsley
½ c chopped oregano
½ c chopped garlic
½ c chopped shallots
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ c extra virgin olive oil
1 T Spanish smoked paprika
Salt and pepper
Mix well and refrigerate.

PREPARATION

When making Chimichurri sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl and let stand for thirty minutes before serving.

Argentinean Herb Potato Latkes with Chimichurri Sauce

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

This is another semi-traditional potato latke recipe with a modern version of applesauce to go with it.

INGREDIENTS

5-6 medium potatoes, washed, peeled and grated
1 medium yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons each of fresh rosemary, thyme, parsley, marjoram and chives, chopped fine
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 eggs beaten
½ cup all purpose white flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated potatoes, onions, rosemary, flour, salt and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet to high heat making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2 inch pancakes, drop into pan and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, usually about 2-3 minutes on each side. Take off heat and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Chimichurri Sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 medium shallots, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons each of fresh parsley, marjoram, chives, thyme, oregano
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream (optional)

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes. Mix with sour cream if desired.

Arroz con Coco

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Artichoke and Pancetta Farrotto with Lemon Zest Thyme Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

10 baby artichokes
Juice of 3 lemons
½ cup pancetta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup white wine
2-3 cups farro, cooked
½ cup parmesan
Salt
Pepper
Lemon Zest Thyme Butter (Recipe Follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of ice water, add the juice of 2 lemons. Trim the baby artichokes by cutting off the stems and top quarter, remove the outer layer leaves until you are at the pale yellowish-colored leaves. Cut the baby artichoke in quarters and place immediately in the cold ice water. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place the baby artichokes in the boiling water (straight from the ice water, we are avoiding oxidization or browning by using the lemon ice bath first). Cook the baby artichokes until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a large sauté pan cook the pancetta until crispy, remove and set aside. Add the oil, garlic and onion and cook until caramelization process begins or about 7 minutes. Add the lemon zest and the baby artichokes and sauté a few minutes (about 3 minutes total), then add the wine and cook a few minutes longer. Add the cooked farro and stir well, making sure that the farro is heated all the way through. Remove from heat and mix in the parmesan. Seasonn with salt and pepper and serve with a tablespoon of the lemon zest-thyme butter atop.

Lemon Zest-Thyme Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 medium yellow onion
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Artichoke Pesto with Parmesan Tortilla Chips

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For Dip

2 (15-ounce) cans of artichoke hearts, drained
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt

For Tortilla Chips

4 whole wheat tortillas, each cut into 8 triangles
Extra-virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt
¼ cup parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Place the artichokes, garlic, basil, walnuts, cheese, lemon juice, and zest in food processor. Puree, and slowly pour in oil until blended. Season with salt, and set aside.

Place tortilla triangles on a baking sheet and coat lightly with olive oil and season with salt and a sprinkling of cheese. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until toasted. Serve immediately with dip.

Artichoke Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 quart chicken stock
3 ounces pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice
1 teaspoon olive oil
â…“ cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup Arborio rice
¼ tablespoons white wine
1 cup peas (thawed if frozen)
1 recipe baby artichokes in lemon vinaigrette, drained and thinly sliced
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped mint

DIRECTIONS

Bring the stock to a gentle simmer in a sauce pan.

In another sauce pan, combine pancetta and olive oil and sauté over medium until crisp. With a slotted spoon transfer the pancetta to a paper towel line plate. Add the onion and sauté 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer.

Add the rice and cook stirring for 3 minutes until opaque. Add the wine and cook until the rice has absorbed it, 1-2 minutes.

Add ½ cup stock to the rice and stir until it is absorbed, continue adding stock a ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly, until ¾ quarters of it has been absorbed by the rice.

Add the peas and pancetta, and artichokes. Continue cooking until all of the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Stir in the butter and parmesan cheese, season with fresh ground black pepper. Stir in the parsley and mint and serve at once.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Artichokes with Lemon Aioli Dip

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 globe artichokes
2 lemons
1 recipe lemon aioli (see recipe) or any favorite vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS

Wash the artichokes to remove and grit between the leaves.
Snap off the stems at the base, so the artichokes stand upright. Use kitchen shears to trim the tips of each leaf. Rub the cut leaves with lemon to prevent discoloration.
Cook the artichokes in acidulated water, covered for 30 minutes or until the tip of a knife can easily pierce their bases. Turn the artichokes in the water every ten minutes to insure even color.
Drain the artichokes upside down on a towel.
Twist out the tender cone of inner leaves and reserve. Scoop out and discard the hairy inner choke.
Place the artichokes upright and surround with the tender leaves. Fill the centers with aioli and reserve.

Lemon Aioli

INGREDIENTS

½ cup neutral oil, such as grape seed, canola or sunflower
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
1 large egg at room temperatre
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Freshly milled black pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a bottle that has an opening small enough so that your thumb will cover the opening (such as a wine of beer bottle) shake together the canola and olive oils to mix. Anchor a heavy mixing bowl to the counter by placing it on top of a lightly damp and coiled kitchen towel.
Using a garlic press, crush the garlic into the mixing bowl. Add the egg, mustard and salt and whisk until smooth.
With one hand dribble the oils drop by drop into the egg mixture while whisking constantly with the other hand. Continue until the egg starts to thicken. Gradually increase the flow of oil until it has been completely incorporated. You will have a thick glossy mayonnaise. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper. Season with black pepper and additional salt if desired.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Arugula, Tomato & Lemon Preserves on Ciabatta

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

Ciabatta bread
Arugula leaves
Tomato slices
Goat cheese
Salt & pepper
Lemon preserves (recipe follows)
Olive oil

Directions

Place arugula leaves on both side of the bread and place a tomato on one side and a tablespoon of lemon preserves on the other. Place a dollop of goat cheese on and season with salt and pepper, place the bread slices together and cook in a panini press, making sure to grease the outside of the bread with oil for crispiness.

Lemon Preserves
Makes 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

3 lemons, de-seeded, and chopped whole, peels included
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients (except basil) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 45 minutes or until totally soft and thick. Take off heat and add basil. Cool.

Asian Pear with Blue Cheese with Rosemary Honey Drizzle

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Asian pears, medium size, sliced ¼ inch thick and cut in half (half moon shapes)
4 ounces sweet blue cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan, heat honey and rosemary leaves on simmer for about 5 minutes until warm and honey has been infused with rosemary. Arrange the pear slices on a serving tray and top each with a small amount of blue cheese and drizzle with warm honey-rosemary syrup. Serve.

Asparagus & Mint Pesto

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 2½ cups

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the top until the pesto reaches desired consistency. Add more for a “looser” pesto and less for a “chunkier” version. Season to taste with a little more salt if needed.

*Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Asparagus and Ramp Zeppole with Minted Honey

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-30 small zeppole

Ingredients

1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
1 cup shaved and chopped asparagus
½ cup ramps, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
Oil for frying
Minted Chili Honey*

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the ricotta, eggs, salt, cayenne pepper, baking powder and flour until combined. Mix in the asparagus, ramps and mint leaves and mix again until the batter is thick. Refrigerate the batter for one hour. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan or fry pan making sure that there is at least 2 inches of oil in the pan to a temperature of about 375 degrees. Once hot, drop small spoonfuls of the batter in the pan and fry until golden brown, making sure to flip for a total of about 3-4 minutes. Take out and drain on paper towels. Serve with Minted Honey.

*Minted Chili Honey – Combine 1 cup honey with ¼ cup chopped fresh mint and 1 teaspoon chili flakes and put over heat at a temperature just before boiling for about 4 minutes. Take off heat and allow to come to room temperature.

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa and White Wine Vinaigrette

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 pound thin asparagus, 1 inch trimmed from the bottoms
Sea salt or kosher salt
4½ teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced scallion (white part only)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
18 teaspoon honey
4½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Mimosa (optional)
1 hard-cooked egg
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

DIRECTIONS

Fill a bowl with water and ice. If you have time, peel the lower 2 inches of the asparagus stalks, which makes the salad greener and more tender.

In a ten-inch sauté pan or saucepan wide enough to accommodate the asparagus, bring six cups of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons salt. When the water returns to a boil add the asparagus and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain the asparagus and transfer immediately to the ice bath until chilled. Drain well and blot thoroughly dry with paper towels.

In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, scallion, mustard, and honey. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the oil until smoothly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the asparagus with the vinaigrette and arrange on a platter. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the asparagus to absorb the vinaigrette.

If making the mimosa, press the hard-cooked egg yolk through a wide mesh sieve into a bowl. Finely chop the egg white, and add it to the yolk, along with the chives. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the egg yolk and white together with chives and season with back pepper and a little salt. Sprinkle the mimosa over the asparagus just before serving.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Asparagus Spear & Wild Mushroom Pilaf

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 medium shallot, chopped small
1 cup mixed fresh wild mushrooms (morels, chanterelles, etc)
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup white wine
¼ cup vegetable stock
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add butter and olive oil. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, nutmeg, and asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half then stir in the cooked brown rice. Fluff mixture with a fork and sprinkle herbs into pilaf. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Avocado Ice Cream

November 12th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 avocados, meat scooped out
Juice of 1 lime
1½ cup whole milk
½ cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Puree avocados, lime juice, whole milk and sugar in a blender until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream  maker.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 cups asparagus stems
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable broth (preferably onion-herb or neutral based)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
Salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add butter. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and sauté a few minutes. Add the lemon thyme and sauté until the asparagus is soft. Add the vegetable stock, lemon zest, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree into a smooth soup. Slowly blend in the heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Green Apple and Celery Salad with Walnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

6 large or 8 medium celery stalks
13 cup roughly chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly milled black pepper
1 large Granny smith apple
¼ cup finely chopped celery leaves

DIRECTIONS

Peel away and discard any tough fibers from the celery stalks. Trim the celery leaves and reserve. Slice the celery on the bias into 18-inch thick pieces about 1 inch in length. Transfer the celery pieces to a bowl of cold water and refrigerate.

In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the nuts for 3 to 4 minutes, shaking the pan for even browning. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool.
In a salad bowl, combine the lemon juice, mustard, garlic, honey, and salt. Whisk in the oil and season with pepper.

Peel and quarter the apple. Core and slice each quarter into 2 wedges. Cut the wedges across into thin slices. Add the apple slices to the dressing and toss.

Drain the chilled celery and dry in a salad spinner or blot dry with a paper towel. Add the celery, celery leaves, and walnuts to the apples and toss. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Italian Antipasti Plate

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 yellow bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 medium red onions, quartered and roasted
9 cloves garlic, roasted
20 cherry tomatoes yellow and red, roasted lightly
2 cans artichoke hearts, halved
1 cup back brine cured olives
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, halved
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Crusty Italian Bread

Directions

Arrange all the vegetables on a platter, top with olives. In a small bowl whisk together herbs, lemon juice and zest, chili flakes, and olive oil. Drizzle a top the antipasto and season with salt! Serve over crusty bread.

Old Fashion Candy Apples

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

15 apples
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1½ cups water
8 drops red food coloring

Directions

Lightly grease cookie sheets. Insert craft sticks into whole, stemmed apples.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring.
Holding apple by its stick, dip in syrup and remove and turn to coat evenly. Place on prepared sheets to harden.

Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Cross Stitch Top

November 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pie

Ingredients

For the crust

2½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar or light brown sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon
1¼ sticks butter, cold and cubed small
½ cup ice water

For the filling

6-8 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced about a ½ inch thick
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ cup turbinado sugar, white sugar is okay too
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Next, cut in butter with a pastry cutter or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. Next add the water a little bit at a time mixing after you add each few bits. Mix just until dough comes together without being wet or sticky. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Flatten into two disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

In another medium bowl add the apples, and mix with lemon juice and zest, tossing until well coated. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and flour and mix well again until all is evenly coated all over the apples.

On a flat lightly floured surface roll out one of the discs until a smooth thin disc a few inches larger than the circumference of your pie plate. Gently fold the disc in half and then in half again and transfer to the pie plate, unfold and arrange the disc in the center of the pie plate. Place the pie plate on a large flat baking sheet and place in the refrigerator. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Next roll out the second disc into the same size thin disc. With a pastry wheel cutter cut the dough into 12 strips about ¾ inch wide. Take the pie plate out of the refrigerator and poke holes in the bottom layer with a fork. Add filling to the pie plate, making sure it is evenly distributed. Lay about 5-7 strips across the pie evenly and parallel to each other. Then fold back every other strip half way. Lay another strip over the pie and fold the other back and then the opposite way in half. Repeat until remainder of the pie is latticed. Seal the edges with a crimping pattern making sure the dough is smooth and pushed together well. Place in the refrigerator for a few minutes and then the oven for aboout 45-50 minutes or until browned and apples are soft.

Perfectly Steamed Asparagus with Citrus-Garlic Salt Butter

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound (about 30-40 medium spears) fresh green asparagus, ends trimmed
1 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons extra
Salt
¼ cup butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Maldon salt

Directions

Bring 2 inches of water in a large skillet to a rapid boil. Toss in 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Toss in asparagus making sure they are fully submerged in the water. Cook the asparagus for about 2-3 minutes or until bright green and just tender. Remove asparagus from the pan and immediately submerge in a big bath of ice water. Plunge the asparagus in the ice water until the asparagus is no longer hot but warm or tepid. In a small sauce pan heat the butter, olive oil, garlic, zest and coarse salt until just melted. Drizzle on asparagus and finish with a pinch of Maldon salt.

Raw Asparagus & Arugula Salad

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

raw apsaagus salad

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch asparagus, sliced at an angle
1 bunch arugula or rocolla (about 2-3 cups) chopped
½ cup parmesan, grated finely
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine the asparagus, arugula and parmesan, and mix well. Drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the top, and combine well. Season with salt and pepper, and mix again.

Rustic Artichoke Soup

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped small
1 onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Hearts of 6 large artichokes, cut in quarters
3 medium size white potatoes (Yukon gold), peeled and chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1 fresh bay leaf
3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
10 fresh parsley stems, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt

Directions

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook leeks and onions until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add artichoke hearts, potatoes, and stock. Place bay leaf, thyme and parsley stems in cheesecloth, tie and add to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until ingredients are cooked through and flavors have melted together. Remove herbs in cheese cloth. Puree soup with immersion blender or food processor. Heat soup, and add butter. Taste for salt and serve.

Rustic Artichoke Soup

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped small
1 onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Hearts of 6 large artichokes cut in quarters
3 medium size white potatoes (Yukon gold), peeled and chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1 fresh bay leaf
3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
10 fresh parsley stems, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
3 tablespoon unsalted butter
Salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook leeks and onions until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add artichoke hearts, potatoes, and stock. Place bay leaf, thyme and parsley stems in cheesecloth, tie and add to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until ingredients are cooked through and flavors have melted together. Remove herbs in cheese cloth. Puree soup with immersion blender or food processor. Heat soup, and add butter. Taste for salt and serve.

Salsa Acapulceno

April 29th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

4 roma or plum tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup capers
½ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
1 small white onion, chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Gently mix together all ingredients and let stand at least 10 minutes before serving.

Salsa Acapulceno

Sauteed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Mint

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
16 baby artichokes, trimmed, stems left on if possible, halved and rubbed with lemon
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme
¾ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Warm the oil in a heavy 8 to 10-inch skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the artichokes. Tuck the garlic cloves and thyme sprigs among them. Fry until the artichokes are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Pour the wine into the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer gently until the stems are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.

Add the chopped mint, raise the heat and boil uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes, until the juices thicken. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the artichokes and garlic to a platter. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the pan juices over the artichokes and serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

The Adler Beet

February 24th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

As I embarked on my creation process for a cocktail concoction for Tamar Adler’s last class in her  wonderful series  based on her best selling book at Ger-Nis, An Everlasting Meal, I knew it had to be vibrant, down to earth, secretively refined and smart, just like she is.  I knew it needed to be local and seasonal and utilized things we typically have on hand as home cooks.  So for this special cocktail created just for Tamar, I thought about the heavenly pairing of beets and oranges, one of my favorite couples, and knew a drink that emulated all of Tamar’s qualities and philosophies could be achieved.  So here it is, I think we captured her essence, at least for now.

Ingredients

Shaved or cracked ice
10 fresh mint leaves, torn into itty bitty pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces fresh orange juice, cara cara preferably
2 ounces local gin  (Brooklyn Gin, New York Distilling Co.)
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce Ginger Beet Honey (recipe follows)
Orange Peel
Bittermans Ginger, Black Pepper All Spice Bitters (ore equivalent, peppery spicy exotic bitters)
Few dashes of gratitude

Directions

In a shaker filled with shaved ice, combine the mint and the sugar and shake vigorously muddling the mint into the sugar and ice.  Add the orange juice, gin and lemon juice and shake vigorously again.  Add the ginger beet honey into the shaker and stir.  Strain into a low ball glass that has had the rim rubbed with the orange peel and with one ice chunk inside.  Garnish with the orange peel and 3-4 drops of the bitters.  Then add a few dashes of gratitude towards all the good folks who made your ingredients and of course to the chef who made your drink.  Bottoms up.

Ginger Beet Honey

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

½ cup ginger pieces, sliced into thin slices (peels on)
2 beets, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
¾ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup honey


Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine the ginger, beets, zest, black pepper, water and sugar and bring to a boil.  Reduce the temperature to simmer and cook for approximately 10 minutes.  Take off heat and allow standing until totally cool.  Strain and discard the beet and ginger pieces.  In a mason jar, combine the honey and the beet syrup and shake until incporporated.

Tostadas de Guacamole (Avocado Tostadas)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 tostadas

INGREDIENTS

8 corn tortillas
2 avocados, ripe
Juice of 1 lime (1 teaspoon reserved)
13 cup fresh cilantro leaves (2 tablespoons reserved)
Salt
3 spring onions or 1 small white onion
Hot sauce
Oil (canola)
Dry queso or cotija cheese, crumbled
Hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Lay the corn tortillas out flat on the counter to dry out, about 10 minutes. In a small mixing bowl smash up avocado until very smooth. Mix in the lime juice and the cilantro leaves and season to taste with salt. Thickly slice the white onion and place in a bowl and drizzle and reserved 1 teaspoon lime juice and season with a little salt. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over high heat, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once the oil is hot, fry tortillas, one at a time on each side a minute or two until crispy, remove and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Spread a layer of the avocado mixture over the tostada, followed by a few sliced onions and garnish with the reserved cilantro leaves, queso or cotija cheese and hot sauce.

Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

15 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into small pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
½ cup olive oil (Spanish)
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 cup dry bread crumbs, rinsed in water
Flat leaf parsley, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth. Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Alternatively grind up with a mortar and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

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