Baby Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

12 baby artichokes, trimmed and halved lengthwise
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for serving
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
Chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

Combine water, the oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and peppercorns in a medium sauce pan.
Add the artichokes and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Discard the thyme sprigs.
Serve the artichokes drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, and garnished with chopped parsley.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Baby Bok Choy Mint Millet with Cilantro Ginger Miso

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

½ cup millet, cooked
¼ cup adzuki beans, cooked
¼ cup red cabbage, shredded
6-8 shitake mushrooms, sliced
3-4 green onions, sliced
1 carrot, sliced thin or shredded
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon miso paste
½ teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 small baby bok choy, steamed slightly and cut in half
Sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine millet, beans, mushrooms, green onions, carrots and fresh herbs, and toss together well. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together fresh ginger, garlic, miso, olive oil, and rice vinegar. Drizzle over millet mixture and gently toss. Serve with baby bok choy atop the millet mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bacon and Eggs Pasta Carbonara

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 pound Spaghetti
Olive oil
¼ pound bacon or pancetta bacon
2 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
2 large eggs
1 cup parmesan, shredded
Ground black pepper
¾ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

In a large stock pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 8 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. While pasta is boiling, set up a sauté pan on medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and the bacon/pancetta and sauté (render) until crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and shallot and sauté until soft, under 1 minute. In a small mixing bowl, whisk eggs and parmesan until incorporated well. Once the pasta is done, drain it while reserving ½ cup of the pasta water. While the pasta is hot, toss it in the sauté pan and coat it with the fat for about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the egg and cheese mixture quickly, so as not to scramble the eggs. This must be done while the pasta is hot for it to cook the egg mixture, but off the flame. If the sauce is too thick, add in some of the reserved pasta water to reach the desired consistency. Season with ground black pepper and parsley.

Bacon Rosemary Roasted Chicken

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 ounces sliced bacon, chopped
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
5 small garlic cloves—3 smashed, 2 minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 (4-pound) chicken, quartered and wings removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
1 large carrot, cut into ½-inch pieces
2 small celery ribs, cut into ½-inch pieces
6-8 fresh rosemary sprigs
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
½ cup dry red wine

PREPARATION

In a mini processor, puree the bacon, paprika, smashed garlic and a pinch each of salt and pepper to a paste. Loosen the skin on the chicken breasts and legs and spread the paste under the skin, pressing to even it out. Refrigerate the chicken for 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat the oil in a large, ovenproof nonstick skillet. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Add to the skillet, skin side down, and cook over moderately high heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook until lightly browned all over, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

Add the onion, carrot, celery, minced garlic and rosemary to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until barely softened, about 6 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up, and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the leg and breast registers 170°F. Remove the skillet from the oven and preheat the broiler.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, boil the chicken broth until reduced to ½ cup, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a platter, cover loosely with foil and keep warm. Spoon off the fat in the skillet. Add the red wine to the skillet and boil over high heat until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the reduced chicken broth and cook until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet, skin side up. Broil 4 inches from the heat for about 1 minute, just until the skin is very crisp. Discard the rosemary sprigs. Transfer the chicken, sauce and vegetables to plates and serve

Baked Black Sesame Salmon Ball Appetizers

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-24 balls

Ingredients

1½ pound boneless skinless salmon, cubed and frozen
½ inch ginger, peeled and chopped
5 green onions, sliced thin
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, ginger or yuzu flavored or plain
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoons sesame oil
1 egg white
4 tablespoons black sesame seeds

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a food processor place the frozen salmon, ginger, green onions and wasabi powder and chop until a medium grind. Place the ground salmon in a mixing bowl and add vinegar, tamari, sesame oil and the egg white, mix well. Form into 1 inch balls. Place the balls on a greased on lined baking sheet and sprinkle the balls with sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Baked Camembert with Thyme and Garlic Toasts and Maple Glazed Grapes

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 9-12

Wine Pairing: Rose D’Anjou

Ingredients

1 whole small Camembert cheese
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, freshly ground

For garlic toasts

1 baguette
1 garlic clove
Extra virgin olive oil

For grapes

1 large bunch of red seedless grapes, washed and stemmed
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves pulled from stems
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the Camembert from its packaging, pierce the top of the cheese with a sharp knife, then stuff the incisions with the garlic and thyme sprigs. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the cheese in parchment paper like a present and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake for about ten minutes, to melt the cheese.

To make garlic toasts:

Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 minutes, while the cheese is baking. Remove the toasts and lightly scrape each one on one side with a clove of raw garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

To make the grapes:

Turn the oven to broil 500 degrees F (when you are finished baking the cheese or before). Place cleaned grapes on a greased baking sheet, and sprinkle the thyme leaves over the grapes. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, turning the grapes with a spatula to coat evenly. Broil in oven until grapes start to “pop” and get slightly charred. Cool slightly before serving with cheese and toast.

Baked Corn & Wheat Cumin Cilantro Chips

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 3 cups

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
12-15 corn tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
Juice of 1 lime
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the cilantro, oil, cumin seeds, lime juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Baked Egg & Goat Cheese in Brioche Cups with Tomato Herb Salsa

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 mini brioche rolls
½ cup melted butter
6 eggs
Salt/pepper
3 ounces goat cheese
3 tablespoons fresh chives
Tomato herb salsa (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Cut off the tops of the brioche rolls and scoop out a small portion of the inside, enough for a cracked egg to sit and fill the hole. Brush the inside of the brioche rolls with the melted butter. Place each brioche roll in a muffin tin to hold it and keep stable. Crack an egg in each brioche cup and season with salt and pepper. Place ½ of an ounce of goat cheese in the center of each brioche cup and sprinkle about 1/3 of a tablespoon of fresh chives. Place the muffin tins filled with the brioches in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. In the last five minutes place the cut brioche tops in the oven as well to toast. The brioche cups should be done when the egg is set, the goat cheese melted and they are starting to turn golden brown. Serve with warm tomato herb salsa and cover with brioche top.

Warm Tomato Herb Salsa

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

Olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil to a medium high heat, add the onions and sauté until soft and translucent or about 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until semi soft but not mushy. Turn the heat to low and add the fresh herbs and cook for about one minute. Take off heat and season with salt & pepper.

Baked Egg Mousse

December 14th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups mousse

INGREDIENTS

1 cup de-stemmed fresh herb leaves
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup cream
4 medium eggs
Salt & pepper

PREPARATION

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Grease ramekins and spoon the blended mousse mixture evenly into ramekins. Place ramekins in a large baking dish and place a little water in the baking dish (bin marie). Place baking dish in a preheated 350° oven and bake mousse for about 20-30 minutes until the mousse sets. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes and then remove from ramekins.

**This is a medium soft mouse.

Baked Herbal Goat Cheese with Tomatoes and Kalamata Olive Bread

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces goat cheese
Cracked black pepper
Chopped herbs for garnish

Directions

Pre heat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl mix together tomatoes, fresh herbs and salt. Place in a small shallow baking dish. Place dollops of goat cheese on the top of the tomatoes and sprinkle with a little black pepper and place the dish in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. In the meantime, slice bread into sliced about ½ inch thick and toast in the oven. When the tomato dish is done take it out of the oven and sprinkle a few fresh herbs over the top. Serve with the olive bread.

Baked Herbal Sugar Basic Recipe

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cup sugar

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar (your choice)
½ cup fresh herbs, chopped finely

PREPARATION

STEP 1
Preheat oven to 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes
STEP 2
Mix fresh herbs and sugar in a small mixing bowl until combined well
STEP 3
Spread herb and sugar mixture evenly on an ungreased non stick cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes
STEP 4
Cool for at least 30 minutes
STEP 5
Place baked sugar mixture in a medium mixing bowl and using your fingers break apart until a mixture turns from course to sand like ( you can also use a blender or spice grinder for this step to ensure a very refined sugar if needed)
STEP 6
use or store

Baked Spring Rolls

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 spring rolls

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped
1 cup Napa cabbage, sliced thin
¼ cup carrots, shredded
4 shitake mushrooms, chopped
¼ cup green onions, shredded
½ cup bean sprouts
3 tablespoons tamari
Spring Roll Wrappers 10 x 10
Sweet Chili Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large sauté pan or work, heat the sesame oil and coconut oil on high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook a few minutes until they start to turn slightly translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage, carrots and mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes until the carrots and cabbage are soft. Take off the heat and mix in the green onions and bean sprouts and drizzle with tamari, mix well and let stand about 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F.
To assemble the rolls, place a wrapper on a flat surface and place a few tablespoons of filling inside and wrap up in a roll shape, sealing the end with a dab of cold water to seal. Place the rolls on a lined baking sheet and place in the hot oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes turning a few times and allowing all sides to brown. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Balsamic & Rosemary Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

This is an amazingly “winter fresh” tasting dish! Cut and peel the roots according to your own preference and mix and match vegetables according to your local farmers and tastes!

Ingredients

1 medium potato
1 rutabaga
1 turnip
1 orange beet
1 red beet
1 carrot
1 shallot
1 medium red onion
5 cloves garlic
Olive oil
Salt
Cracked black pepper
Balsamic & Rosemary Honey (recipe follows, should be made ahead or while vegetables are roasting)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Chop the root vegetables, onion and garlic to the size of your choice, making sure they are consistent in size in order for them to cook properly and evenly. Toss together with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven on a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes (may take 30 minutes for larger pieces). Remove from the oven, place vegetables in a bowl and toss together with the Balsamic Rosemary Honey. Return vegetables to the baking sheet and place back in the oven, turning up the temperature between at 400. Roast until vegetables are caramelized and beginning to brown.

Balsamic Rosemary Honey

Ingredients

½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients and let stand for at least 30 minutes before using.

Balsamic Herbed Tahini

November 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Juice of 2 lemons (approx 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon tahini (hulled or unhulled)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Whisk together in a small mixing bowl garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and tahini, until emulsified well.

Serve with mixed baby greens or mesclun mix salad

Balsamic Rosemary Honey

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients and let stand for at least 30 minutes before using.

Banana Caramel Mille Feuille

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

For the spiced phyllo

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
6 sheets phyllo dough, thawed if frozen

For the filling

1 cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large bananas, peeled and chopped small

Salted Caramel Sauce, to serve (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ËšF

For the spiced phyllo

Melt butter with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Cut 2 pieces of parchment to fit a rimmed baking sheet. Brush 1 piece of parchment with spiced butter, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar. Place 1 phyllo sheet on top, and gently brush with spiced butter. Top with another phyllo sheet. Repeat, buttering and layering remaining sheets. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon confectioners’ sugar on top. Using a paring knife, trim edges of phyllo to fit parchment, then cut into about 24 2-by-3 1/2-inch rectangles (don’t cut through parchment).

Transfer parchment and phyllo to an upside-down rimmed baking sheet. Brush remaining sheet of parchment with spiced butter, and place on phyllo, buttered side down. Place another baking sheet, right side up, on top of phyllo. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer phyllo to a wire rack, and let cool. Phyllo will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.

For the filling

In a large bowl, combine cream and vanilla and whisk to medium-stiff peaks.

To assemble mille feuille, place 1 phyllo rectangle on a plate, and spoon whip cream over top and then sliced bananas. Continue with another layer and then top with third layer and dust top with confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce and serve.

Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Salted Caramel Sauce

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Maldon salt, to taste

Directions

Place a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, making sure it is in one even level. Start stirring with a wooden spoon around the edge of the pan because that’s where the sugar will dissolve first. As your sugar begins to cook, watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. Cook about 5 minutes or until the sugar is a golden brown liquid, or the color of honey. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly whisk in cream and butter to emulsify. Season to taste with salt.

Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Banana Ginger Rice or Oat Cereal

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

For babies 6-9 months

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of organic rolled oats or organic brown rice
1 teaspoon ginger water (½ teaspoon fresh ginger infused with 1 cup water)
Banana
1 cup filtered water

DIRECTIONS

In a blender, blend 1 cup of rolled oats or brown rice until a powder is formed. With a flour softer, sift the powder making sure a fine powder is left. Take ½ cup rolled oat powder or the brown rice powder and mix with 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Place the teaspoon of ginger water and whisk on a medium heat until semi thick. Take off the heat and allow to cool. Mix some of the cereal with mashed banana and serve.

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

9 tablespoons unsalted butter
1½ cups packed light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 firm-ripe bananas, peeled and cut crosswise into ¾-inch thick slices
¼ cup banana liqueur
½ cup dark rum
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch salt
6 cups (½-inch cubes) day-old French bread
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel Sauce, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 10 by 14-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside. Melt the remaining 8 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup of the brown sugar and the cinnamon and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Add the bananas and cook on both sides, turning, until the bananas start to soften and brown, about 3 minutes. Add the banana liqueur and stir to blend. Carefully add the rum and shake the pan back and forth to warm the rum and flame the pan. (Or, off the heat, carefully ignite the rum with a match and return to the heat.) Shake the pan back and forth, basting the bananas, until the flame dies. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Whisk together the eggs, remaining ½ cup brown sugar, the cream, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the cooled banana mixture and bread and stir to blend thoroughly. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake until firm, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. To serve, scoop the pudding onto dessert plates. Top each serving with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and serve immediately.

Caramel Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons to ¼ cup whole milk

Directions

Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Let boil without stirring until the mixture becomes a deep amber color, 2 to 3 minutes, watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Carefully add the cram (it may splatter), whisk to combine, and remove from the heat. Add the milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before serving. (The sauce will thicken as it cools.)

Recipe Courtesy of Emeril’s Delmonico, by Emeril Lagasse

Bangkok Buck #2

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Justin Briggs, Barbes, Park Slope Brooklyn

Ingredients

5-8 fresh Thai basil leaves
.25 ounces demerara-ginger syrup*
2 ounces Martinique Rum Agricole or Smith & Cross
.5 ounces Madeira Meio Doce (medium sweet)
1 ounce lime juice
Ginger beer
Candied Ginger

Directions

Muddle together in a mixing tin Thai basil leaves and demerara-ginger syrup. Add the rum, Madeira and lime juice and shake with vigor. Strain over ice into a collins or highball glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a piece of candied ginger and Thai basil leaf.

*Demerara-Ginger Syrup – Combine 8 ounces fresh ginger juice, 16 ounces demerara sugar, 8 ounces water, 1 star of anise and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain, cool and chill.

*Regular basil leaves can be substituted for Thai basil in a pinch!

Barley Risotto with Kale and Sausage

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 cups chicken broth
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 sweet sausages
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, toasted
1 bunch dinosaur kale, chopped coarse
1½ cups barley
¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate medium-sized saucepot add olive oil and sauté garlic and onion, 5 minutes. Then crumble in sausages and add fennel seeds, sauté until sausage is cooked, 5 to 7 minutes, remove sausage and fennel seeds from pot and set aside. Next, add kale and sauté until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add barley and ½ cup broth, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup broth every 7 minutes or until barley is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add sausage and fennel seeds back to pot and combine. Remove the pot from heat and finish with cheese and butter. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Basic Buttercream

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4½ cups sugar
2½ cups egg whites
3 pounds butter

DIRECTIONS

Place a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. In large heatproof bowl add sugar and whites, blend. Place bowl over water and continually stir with whisk until temperature is 145°F to 155°F. Take off heat. If using, kitchen aid mixer use whisk attachment and whisk on medium to high until consistency resembles meringue. While meringue is whisking, cut butter into medium cubes. Change to paddle attachment, beat meringue on low adding butter gradually until all is incorporated. Beat buttercream to emulsify. Add flavoring to taste.

Choose a butter cream flavor:
Peanut butter
Nutella
1 pound semisweet chocolate
1 bottle Vanilla extract

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Basic Fried Herb Leaves Medley

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt plus extra for garnish
1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated fine and dried
Pinch of white pepper
2 egg whites
1 cup olive oil
A few sprigs of each of the following:
Fresh parsley leaves with 1 inch stems
Fresh thyme leaves with 1 inch stems
Fresh sage leaves with just a little stem
Fresh chives, cut 2 inches long

PREPARATION

Heat olive oil in a medium fry pan on medium high heat.Mix the flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, white pepper and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl until combined very well. Beat egg whites in a separate flat bowl. Dip one sprig of the fresh herbs at a time in the egg white and then the flour. Make sure the egg white and the flour get all over the herbs. Then, drop the sprigs into hot oil. Cook the herbs flipping them often until golden brown. Place on paper towels to catch oil and sprinkle with salt.Serve over vegetables, pastas, meats or fish.

Basic Herb Pestos

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ c pesto.

INGREDIENTS

4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup nuts-pine, macadamia nut, soy nut, walnut, pecans
2-3 cups chopped fresh herbs
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
1 tsp lemon zest/or lime/orange
Juice of one lemon/or lime/orange
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients with a hand held mixer or food processor until smooth.  Add optional ingredients/cheese.

Herbal pestos are simple easy ways to utilize herbs in cooking for sauces, vegetables, spreads and more.  Be creative.  Here are a few of our favorites  Classic basil pesto/add ¼ cup grated parmesan to above recipe using lemon options and pine nuts or soy nuts are also a healthy option.  Cilantro macadamia nut pesto, follow recipe above using macadamia nuts and limes and almond oil chili’s are optional, excellent pesto for grilled halibut and other white fish.  Lemon Thyme pesto follow recipe above using lemon thyme and lemon options and for the cheese use grated Asiago.  Other idea are red basil pesto, mint pesto and our favorite at ger-nis mixed herb pesto, includes rosemary, thyme, chives, basil, and a tiny bit of sage with lemons and parmesan, used on potatoes or vegetables! 

Basic Ketchup Recipe

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 28 oz. can pureed tomatoes
½ cup brown sugar, packed tight
½ cup apple cider vinegar

PREPARATION

In a medium-sized, thick-bottomed sauce pan on medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes until translucent. Add spices and stir for another minute. Add tomato puree and brown sugar, stirring well. Add apple cider vinegar and make sure concoction is mixed well. Turn burner to low and cook stirring frequently for about 10 minutes uncovered until desired thickness. Cool well and then blend in a blender or with a handheld food processor until smooth.

Basic Marinara

October 24th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
9 medium tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup garlic, chopped fine
1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
1 carrot, chopped fine
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 green pepper, chopped fine
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

Sauté garlic, onions, carrots and chili flakes in olive oil on medium heat until soft. Place all remaining ingredients except ½ cup oregano in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place on low and simmer for about 45 minutes stirring regularly until all tomatoes are broken down. With a handheld food processor blend all ingredients in the pot until totally smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce because they give a very rustic look and texture and provide a quick, easy sauce. Cook blended sauce on low for another 10 minutes adding more salt to taste. When finished, add remaining fresh oregano. Boil sauce on a low boil uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until you reach desired thickness. Add remaining chopped oregano at end.

Basic Mayo Recipe

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

One thing we know to be true; we cannot live a proper summer without mayonnaise. Whether it be on a sandwich, used as a dip for grilled meats and fish, dipped into with French fries or put on salads, mayo (its nickname) is an everyday condiment. By altering the flavor just a smidgen here and there, a simple enhanced mayo can completely change the way your food tastes and make it so much more extraordinary.

Makes 2½ cups

INGREDIENTS

2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
Pinch of salt
2 cups extra virgin olive oil

PREPARATION

In a food processor, add egg yolks, whole egg, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and salt. Run the processor on medium speed for about 20 to 30 seconds. While the food processor is still running begin to slowly pour the olive oil through the top; slowly adding all 2 cups (slow-constant pour). After all the oil has been added, run the processor a few more seconds and check for flavor and consistency. Add more salt or lemon juice if needed. Refrigerate with a lid.

Basic Pizza Dough

October 24th, 2009 § 5 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 packet active dry yeast
1 c warm water
2 ½ c all-purpose flour
1 t salt
1 t sugar or honey
olive oil
dried herbs (optional)

PREPARATION

In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness—thin, thick or regular.

Basic Simple Syrup

October 23rd, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

½ cup to 2 cups sugar
½ cup to 2 cups water

PREPARATION

The universal ratio for basic simple syrup is 1:1, or one cup of water to one cup of granulated sugar. You can really play around with that proportion starting with a ½ cup of sugar and increase the sugar all the way up to two cups to suit your taste. The great thing about simple syrups is that once they are jarred in a clean bottle, they will last in your fridge for months. For the holidays, you can use them in cocktails, punches, fresh juices, teas, and even to brush over some of your favorite holiday cakes and breads. What about lemon verbena syrup over your Grandma’s poundcake recipe, basil syrup over carmelized oranges, or a quick cocktail of fresh orange and grapefruit juices, a dash of bitters, two shots of dark rum and some red basil syrup? It really is that easy.

Basic Whole Grain Mustard Recipe

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup brown mustard seeds
¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup water

PREPARATION

In a small, non-metallic mixing bowl, cover the mustard seeds with the sugar, salt, ½ cup of the vinegar and the water and soak covered overnight. Then, with a mortar and pestle pound the mustard seeds until coarse and broken to desired texture. Add remaining vinegar and continue to mix and mash until coarse yet smooth. (A blender or coffee grinder works perfectly as well). Place in a covered jar and refrigerate.

Basil Ice Cream

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
Salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine milk, sugar and basil leaves and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes allowing basil to infuse, take off heat and allow to cool. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until very smooth in texture. Transfer back to the saucepan and heat to medium again, whisk in egg yolks making sure that the mixture stays smooth and creamy and that it does not boil. Take off heat add a pinch of salt 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.

Basil Lemonade Pinot Gris Spritzer

November 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped basil
1 cup sparkling lemonade, or juice and zest of 2 lemons & 1 cup sparkling water
¼ cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 bottle of pinot gris
lemons for garnish

PREPARATION

Mix the basil, pinch of salt, sugar and lemonade in a blender or food processor (or use a hand held processor) and blend until all the basil is in very fine particles and mixed well. Mix the basil mixture with the wine in a pitcher and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until cool or cold. Garnish with lemons.

Basil Lime Sodas & Herbal Melon Ice Cubes

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 soda

Ingredients

Herbal melon ice cubes
Juice of 1 lime
2 ounces basil lime syrup
Soda water
Melon ball ice cubes

Directions

Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a large glass filled with herbal melon ice cubes. Place 2 ounces of the basil lime syrup inside and fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Basil Lime Syrup

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lime zest
Juice of 3 limes
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup fresh basil leaves

Directions

Combine the lime zest, lime juice, sugar, water and basil leaves in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and strain.

Herbal Melon Ice Cubes

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups melon of choice
½ cup basil lime syrup
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in cube trays and freeze.

Basil Oil

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basil
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt

PREPARATION

Blend oil and basil together with a hand help processor and add salt to taste.
You can strain the oil to make a light green flavored oil for salad and meats and fish or vegetables, you can also leave it unstrained for a more organic look.

Store refrigerated for about a week.

Basil Peppered Strawberries with Crème Fraiche

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 c strawberries cleaned, hulled and cut in half
½ c water
juice and zest of 1 tangerine
½ c sugar
2 T cracked blacked pepper
½ c chopped basil
crème fraiche

PREPARATION

Place the strawberries, sugar, water, zest and juice in a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2-3 minutes until the sugar is totally dissolved and the mixture is a little thick. Take off of heat and add basil. Let stand for about 30 minutes and serve chilled over crème fraiche or at room temperature over crème fraiche.

Basil Sauce

June 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil

Directions

Mix the ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

Basil, Romano Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This salad can be served either warm or at room temperature and is truly a lovely mix of texture and flavor. It is a garden must! Romano beans are the long, flat, wide green beans, but regular green beans can be substituted if you cannot find Romano beans.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

¾ pound fresh Romano beans, tips trimmed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
½ cup basil leaves, sliced thin
Juice and zest of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

In a steamer, steam the green beans until al dente or just about done. While the beans are cooking, combine all other ingredients (except salt) in a large bowl and mix well. When the beans are finished cooking, place the hot green beans in the large bowl on top of the mixture. Do not stir. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. This will cook or warm the other items and the green beans will finish cooking at the same time. After 5 minutes, gently stir the mixture and serve warm or let stand and serve room temperature.

Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 milkshakes

Basically a milkshake, although a much looser version, often served over more ice cubes to keep very cold and fresh. Batidos showcase the fruits often associated with Central America and their rich and sweet flavors that are the very essence of their desserts.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
1 banana, ripe and cut into chunks
2 cups milk
1 cup ice
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. The Central American versions of milkshakes are often much looser than other milkshakes and often served over more ice.

Bay Laurel Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup chopped bay laurel plus ½ cup

PREPARATION

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy saucepan with 1 cup chopped bay laurel. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and them mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. Mix pureed bay laurel syrup in with the custard mix, add chopped bay laurel if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Bay Leaf Créme Brulee

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 ramekins

One of the most traditional of the French desserts a rich custard with a glass like burnt sugar topping!

Ingredients

2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of heavy cream
12 fresh bay leaves
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out (seeds reserved)
3 large eggs
5 large egg yolks
¾ cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
Bay leaf sugar (1 cup sugar and 4-6 bay leaves in a jar for 1 week-shaking each day)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan combine the milk, cream, bay leaves (crack before putting in pan to release oils), vanilla bean pod and seeds and bring to a boil. Take off heat and let steep for about 20 minutes. In the meantime beat the eggs, egg yolk and ¾ cup sugar and the pinch of salt. Remove the vanilla pod and bay leaves and whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolk until thick custard is formed. Divide the custard into 6 lightly greased ramekins. Place the ramekins in a baking dish with sides and place about 1-2 inches water in the dish. Place in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove from the water bath and place in the refrigerator to set up for at least 3 hours. For serving place a tablespoon of bay leaf sugar over the top and with a kitchen blow torch heat the sugar until it caramelizes. Allow brulée to set for a few minutes while the caramelized sugar hardens.

Bay Leaf Créme Burlée

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 ramekins

Ingredients

2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of heavy cream
12 fresh bay leaves
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out (seeds reserved)
3 large eggs
5 large egg yolks
¾ cup of sugar (plus more)
Pinch of salt
Bay leaf sugar (1 cup sugar and 4-6 bay leaves in a jar for 1 week-shaking each day)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan combine the milk, cream, bay leaves (crack before putting in pan to release oils), vanilla bean pod and seeds and bring to a boil. Take off heat and let steep for about 20 minutes. In the meantime beat the eggs, egg yolk and ¾ cup sugar and the pinch of salt. Remove the vanilla pod and bay leaves and whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolk until thick custard is formed. Divide the custard into 6 lightly greased ramekins. Place the ramekins in a baking dish with sides and place about 1-2 inches water in the dish. Place in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove from the water bath and place in the refrigerator to set up for at least 3 hours. For serving place a tablespoon of sugar over the top and with a kitchen blow torch heat the sugar until it caramelizes. Allow to burlée to set for a few minutes while the caramelized sugar hardens.

BBQ Mango Chicken Herb Burger

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 lb chicken breasts cut into cubes
2 cloves chopped garlic
zest of 1 lime and 1 tsp orange zest
juice of 1 lime and 1 orange
1 T brown sugar
¼ cup red onion chopped fine
¼ cup red peppers chopped fine
¼ cup mango chopped fine
¼ c BBQ sauce
¼ c chopped chives
¼ cup chopped thyme

PREPARATION

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. Serve with butter leaf lettuce for a delicious fresh BBQ burger!

BBT Sandwich (Bacon, Basil and Tomato)

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

A simple twist on a tomato classic!

Makes 4 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

8 slices whole grain bread, toasted
Mayonnaise
8 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy
8 fresh basil leaves, large
8 slices vine-ripened tomatoes
4 slices fresh mozzarella
Cracked pepper and salt

PREPARATION

Add mayonnaise, to taste, on all slices of bread and then assemble each sandwich as follows: place 2 slices of bacon on one slice of bread and a slice of fresh mozzarella on the other, add 2 slices of tomatoes on top of the mozzarella and 2 large basil leaves on top of the bacon.Lastly, sprinkle a little salt and pepper on both sides and put together. Enjoy!

Beef and Guinness Pie

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 pounds beef chuck, cubed into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 carrots, peeled and chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced
2 cups beef stock
1 cup Guinness
Salt and pepper
1 package puff pastry

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, thyme, and flour. Rub the spice mixture onto the beef. Heat the oil in a pan over med-high heat. Sauté the beef for 5 minutes, then add garlic and yellow onion. When onions are translucent, add carrots and sauté for 3 minutes. Next, add parsley, tomato, and mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes. Add stock, Guinness, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. In 8 (6 oz) ramekins or one large baking dish, fill with beef stew and cover with puff pastry. Bake 10 minutes or until browned.

Beef and Sweet Potato Stir Fry

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, sliced thin
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1½ pound sweet potatoes (about 3 large)
8 ounces snow peas, trimmed
1½ pound boneless beef sirloin or flank steak
6 scallions
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
6 tablespoons peanut oil
3 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

Directions

Peel sweet potatoes, cut lengthwise and slice into 18-inch thick slices. Diagonally halve snow peas. Diagonally cut scallions into thin slices. Slice the meat, against the grain, into thin strips similar in size to the sweet potato slices. In a small bowl whisk together broth, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch until combined well. Set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add onion and stir-fry until softened. Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 30 seconds. Add sweet potatoes and stir-fry until just tender; 6 to 8 minutes. Add snow peas and stir-fry about 2 more minutes. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to wok or skillet and heat until just smoking. Stir-fry half of beef until browned and transfer to bowl with vegetables. Add remaining tablespoon peanut oil and stir-fry remaining beef in same manner, then transfer to bowl.
Add broth mixture to wok or skillet and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer broth mixture 1 minute. Return beef-vegetable mixture with scallions to wok or skillet and stir-fry until combined and heated through. Season stir-fry with salt and pepper and stir in sesame oil.
Serve stir-fry over rice, garnished with scallions.

Beef Carpaccio With Kalamata Olives, Oranges, Oregano & Rocolla

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed and sliced paper thin
2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 cup fresh rocolla or arugula leaves
½ cup kalamata olive, pitted and halved
½ cup orange segments, chopped into chucks
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped, stems removed
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoon shaved parmasan

PREPARATION

On a large platter arrange tenderloin slices to cover the platter.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Place rocolla leaves over the top.  Sprinkle olives, oranges, and oregano over the top.  Drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar and sprinkle a little more salt and pepper over the top.  Place shaved parmesan on top.

Beef Flavored Sweet Potato Chew (chew dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 10 chews

Ingredients

½ pound beef bones
2 cups water
¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
1 medium sweet potato, washed and scrubbed

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F.

In a medium sauce pan combine bones, water and tamari and plate on a medium boil for about 10 minutes. Discard the bones and continue to cook on a medium boil until the liquid reduces by more than half, about 10 minutes. When there is approximately ½ cup beef stock left take to heat. Using a mandolin slice the sweet potato (the long way) into thin slices. (You can also use a knife but the slices need to be as thin as possible). Plan the sweet potatoes in a shallow baking dish and cover with the beef stock liquid. Let stand a few minutes, flip over and let stand a few more. Place the beefed sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the pre-heated oven for about 3½ hours, making sure to flip over at least once or twice during the process. Once removed from the oven, allow to cool at room temperature for at least 4 hours. Place in an airtight container or zip lock bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks.

Beef Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of good beef bones, preferably leg and knuckle
1 pound beef chuck, cubed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds London broil or flank steak sliced thin and cooked in the broth for about 1 minute.
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, beef bones and beef and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the bones. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the raw beef into the pot of boiling stock and cook for 1 minute. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and beef and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Beef Short Ribs, Potato Puree, and Brussels Sprouts

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the beef

2 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 4 pieces
Sea or kosher salt
Extra virgin olive oil

Season the beef very well, and seal individually in a sous vide or FoodSaver bag with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Cook in a water bath or in a combi at 54°C/129°F for 12 hours. Allow to rest 10 minutes, and chill well in an ice bath. Refrigerate.

For the potatoes

2 pound small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
Sea or kosher salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
3 sticks butter

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat in well salted water. Drop to a simmer, and cook until they crush easily. Drain well, then transfer to a sheet tray, and place in the oven to dry out. Leave 5 minutes, but do not allow potatoes to take on any color. Warm milk and cream in a small pot on the stove.

Pass potatoes through a ricer or through a tamis or even a mesh strainer into a pot. Do not work potatoes too hard or they’ll get gummy. When all the potatoes have been riced, if they’re still very moist, return them to the oven for a minute. They should be dry and light.

Once the potatoes have dried out, return them to the pot, and slowly start adding milk/cram mixture, and butter. Mix with a rubber spatula over low heat. Add butter and milk slowly, season as necessary, and stop adding butter or milk when the potatoes are soft and creamy rather than stiff and firm. Remove from heat, transfer to a heat proof container, cover tightly in plastic wrap, and keep in a warm spot until ready for use.

To finish

4 cups brussels sprouts, leaves peeled from heads
Sea or kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Canola oil
1 cup fresh parsley
Extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

Heat a water bath to 49°C/120°F. Warm beef for 30 minutes. Remove from bath, then cut open bags. Discard liquid, dry off beef, and set aside on a rack.

Heat 1 large heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat. Season the beef well with salt and pepper, add 1 tablespoon canola oil to one pan, and add the beef. Sear well on all sides, then remove from the pan to rest.

Heat a second large heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil, then the brussels sprout leaves. Season with salt and pepper, toss through, and allow to caramelize a bit. Keep tossing for 2 minutes, or until the leaves soften and start to change to a darker green color. Remove from the pan to a bowl, add the parsley, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Set out 4 warm plates. Add a generous swoosh of potato puree. Slice beef thinly against the grain with a very sharp knife, and divide among the plates. Scatter brussels sprout leaves around the plate, season with Maldon sea salt and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to finish.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Beefsteak Tomato Carpaccio With Herb Pesto

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced paper-thin
Course sea salt & cracked pepper
½ cup herb pesto

PREPARATION

Place tomatoes flat on a platter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Drizzle pesto over platter of tomatoes.

For the pesto……………….

INGREDIENTS

4 garlic cloves
½ cup pine nuts
2-3 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a handheld food processor until smooth.

Beer Battered Lavender Belgium White Ale Fish & chips

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2/3 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons lavedder flowers
1 bottle (16 oz) Belgium white ale

Directions

Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, soda, salt and beer (you may not use entire) till a pancake-like batter consistency.

Beer Braised Onions and Elk Shanks

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ cup flour
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
6 pounds elk shank cut into 2-3 inch long pieces
5 tablespoon canola oil or grape seed oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 medium yellow onion, sliced in half and sliced
3 celery stalks, chopped small
3 medium carrots, chopped small
3 medium gold beets, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 dark amber beer
3 cups chicken or beef or vegetable stock
3 fresh bay leaves

Directions

In a small bowl mix the flour, pepper, cayebbe and salt until well combined. Toss the mixture over the elk shanks until they are evenly coated. Heat the oil and butter in a large Dutch oven on high heat. Add the elk shanks and brown all over turning every few minutes. When brown remove from pan and add the garlic and onions, sauté until the onions are slightly brown or about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the carrots, celery and gold beets and continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Reduce heat to a medium low and add herbs and tomato paste and stir well. Add the tomatoes, beer and stock and the elk shanks back into the pot. Throw the bay leaves in cover, bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 2½-3 hours or until elk shanks are falling off the bone completely. Serve over polenta or potato puree.

Beer Mint Battered Snap Peas with Mint Wasabi Aioli

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 bottle (16 oz) Kirin or Sapporo Japanese beer
½ cup seltzer water
1 tablespoon oil
1 egg white
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup flour
¼ teaspoon wasabi powder
Oil, for frying  
2 to 3 red chilies, sliced
1 lb. snap peas

PREPARATION

Whisk together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Batter should rensemble pancake batter, add more water or flour for the texture to be correct. In a medium sauté pan over high heat, add oil and sauté chilies.  Meanwhile, dip the snap peas in batter and fry turning over a few times until golden brown.  Drain on a papertowel.  Serve with Mint Wasabi Aioli (½ cup chopped fresh mint, 1 teaspoon wasabi powder and ½ cup mayo).

Beer Roasted Lime and Cilantro Chicken

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 (4-pound) chicken
1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1 lime, halved
½ (12 fluid ounce) can beer
1 cup water
Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice from the lime over the whole chicken, and then place the halves into the cavity of the chicken. Set the half full beer can in the center of a roasting pan or baking dish, and place the chicken over it in an upright position with the beer inserted into the cavity. Pour water into the bottom of the pan. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil, and place roasting pan and all into the oven.

Roast the chicken for about 1 ½ hours in the preheated oven, removing foil during the last 20 minutes. Baste occasionally with the drippings. When finished, the internal temperature of the chicken should be 180°F when taken in the meatiest part of the thigh. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Beet Basil Shot

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh beets, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup orange juice

DIRECTIONS

Press the beets and basil through a juicer. Mix beet and basil juice with orange juice in a small glass.

Beet Carpaccio With Tarragon Horseradish Sauce

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

6 medium gold beets, semi steamed, peeled and sliced paper thin
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped fine
½ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
¼ cup crème fresh
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Arrange gold beets flat on a plate.  Mix all remaining ingredients with a whisk until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper and serve drizzled over beets.

Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 red beet, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
½ cup champagne vinegar (citrus)
2 teaspoons sea salt
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon citrus vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish
½ cup (total) chopped chives, tarragon, parsley
Salt/pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the red beets and the water and cook the beets until the water is a deep magenta. Take the beets out of the pan and set aside for another use. Place the beet liquid in a large zip lock bag and add the champagne vinegar and 2 teaspoons sea salt, mix well.
Place the whole hard boiled eggs gently in the zip lock bag and let stand overnight. Strain out the liquid and lay the eggs on paper towels to dry. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk and plan in a small mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside. Mix yolks with the mustard, mayonnaise, citrus vinegar and fresh herbs together, mashing until the desired consistency (some prefer smooth egg yolk mixture and others semi chunky). Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, about a half teaspoon each. Spoon mixture onto beet pickled egg whites (they will feel firm due to the pickling process). Chill and serve. Garnish with chive sprigs.

Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 red beet, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
½ cup champagne vinegar (citrus)
2 teaspoons sea salt
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon citrus vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish
½ cup (total) chopped chives, tarragon, parsley
Salt/pepper

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the red beets and the water and cook the beets until the water is a deep magenta. Take the beets out of the pan and set aside for another use. Place the beet liquid in a large zip lock bag and add the champagne vinegar and 2 teaspoons sea salt, mix well.

Place the whole hard boiled eggs gently in the zip lock bag and let stand overnight. Strain out the liquid and lay the eggs on paper towels to dry. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk and plan in a small mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside. Mix yolks with the mustard, mayonnaise, citrus vinegar and fresh herbs together, mashing until the desired consistency (some prefer smooth egg yolk mixture and others semi chunky). Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, about a half teaspoon each. Spoon mixture onto beet pickled egg whites (they will feel firm due to the pickling process). Chill and serve. Garnish with chive sprigs.

Beet Ravioli with Orange Poppy Seed Butter

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 large red beets, roasted and peeled, chopped fine
½ cup Ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
Pasta sheets (Recipe on Ger-Nis site)
1 stick butter
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine beets, cheese, and orange zest. Season with salt, and set aside.

Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2 inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down.

Place raviolis in a large pot of salted boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, or until floating.
Strain and set aside.

In the meantime, in a medium sauté pan, melt butter and sauté shallots until translucent. Add poppy seeds, orange juice, and white wine and allow to cook down for about two minutes. Drizzle over cooked raviolis.

Beet Stem Cake

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups brown sugar
23 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ cups chopped beetroot stems
½ cup chopped walnuts or macadamia nut pieces
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together milk, lemon juice and vanilla; let stand for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together 1½ cups brown sugar, oil and egg. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda, stir into sugar mixture alternately with the milk mixture just until combined. Boil beet root stems until soft, remove from water, cool and dice into cubes. Fold in beetroot stems and nuts. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the unbaked loaves. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.

© Recipe Courtesy of Anna Lissiman

Beet Stem Cake

Beignets

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30

Ingredients

1 package dry yeast
4 tablespoons warm water
3½ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup sugar
1¼ cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
¼ cups melted butter
Oil for deep frying
Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions

Combine yeast and warm water, set aside. Whisk flour, salt and sugar. Stir in yeast mix, milk, eggs and butter. Mix until dough is formed. Cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour. Heat vegetable oil to 350. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead once or twice and roll out to 38 to ½ inch thick. Cut dough into 3″ squares and place on a lightly floured pan. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Deep-fry beignets, two or three at a time, about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and puffed. Remove from oil, drain and dust generously with powdered sugar.

Recipe from the Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, by Chef John Folse

Belgian-Style Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Cherry-Beer Reduction and Dried Cherries

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled finely chopped
4(7-to-8-ounce), skin-on, boneless Pekin duck breasts
1 teaspoon Sea salt or kosher salt
1 cup Belgium Cherry Beer
1 cup duck or chicken stock
16 dried cherries
3 tablespoons butter, chilled

DIRECTIONS

Stir together the rosemary, lemon zest, black pepper, ginger and salt. Sprinkle the spice mixture on the flesh sides of the duck breasts. Sandwich with the flesh sides together (skin side out) on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Take the duck out of the refrigerator and use a paper towel to wick away any moisture – it’s fine if some of spice mixture rub off.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Place the duck breasts in the skillet skin-side down and cook undisturbed until most of the fat is released, about 8 minutes. Pour off the fat from the pan (save it for another use if desired). Flip the breasts and cook 1 minute more. Transfer the duck to a platter and turn off the heat.

Add the cherry beer to the pan and boil until reduced to 2 tablespoons, scraping up any caramelized bits that cling to the bottom of the pan. Add the stock and dried cherries and any juices on the platter that have collected around the duck. Simmer until the stock has reduced by half.

Turn off the heat and add the butter. Shake the pan back and forth until the butter has dissolved.
Season the sauce with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Slice the duck and return to the pan to warm.
Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Bell Pepper Spicy & Dirty Martini

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

A spicy, dirty, yet fresh tasting variation of the dirty martini, alive and filled with a daily dose of vegetables!

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

Ice
2½ ounces bell pepper infused vodka, recipe below
1 ounce extra dry vermouth
1 ounce spicy pickled olives and pepper brine, recipe below
3 olives and 1 slice of pepper (from the brined goods), for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, vermouth and brine. Close and shake vigorously. Place the olive and the bell pepper in the bottom of a martini class and strain mixture from shaker into the glass.

Bell Pepper Infused Vodka

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and sliced
4 cups vodka

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a quart container and let infuse about 2 to 3 days.

Spicy Olive & Pepper Brine

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 (8 ounce) jar stuffed garlic olives
20 to 25 pieces of sliced red, yellow and orange peppers
1 jalapeño, chopped and wrapped in cheese cloth
½ cup water
1 tablespoon salt
Zest and juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a large glass container. Let brine for about 3 days. Remove the cheesecloth wrapped jalapeño.

Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 medium eggplants
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Serve with chunk of bread

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt, place skin side down on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until soft.
Remove from oven and cool and scoop out center, leaving a little on the bottom as the shell becomes a boat or vessel for your mixture. Chop the eggplant super fine and place in a large bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and place in shells and bake for about 30 minutes or until super soft. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

Berries and Sugar Crepes

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 cup whole-wheat flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup turbinado sugar (white sugar is okay as well)
Raspberries
Blueberries
Blackberries
Strawberries
Creme fresh
Sugar, coarse or regular
Powdered sugar

Directions

In a large bowl toss together whatever berries desired and sprinkle with sugar and let stand. Whisk together melted butter, milk, flour, salt and eggs until smooth and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until cold! Heat a large crepe pan or non stick skillet to medium high heat and brush with a combination of butter and oil until greased lightly. Pour a little batter (about ¼ to ½ cup) into the pan and cook, flipping once when the bottom side is cooked brown. There will be some small bubbles as when cooking a pancake. The process should take a few minutes total for each crepe and varies with the heat of the pan. Place a spoon full of creme fresh on the crepe and spread into a thin layer. Spoon the berries onto the crepe and fold the sides together to form a crepe or roll. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Biscotti

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 C all purpose flour
½ c sugar
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange zest
1 egg white beaten

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Make a whole in the center of the flour mixture and add eggs and zest and vanilla extract in the center of that whole. Gently blend together the mixture until dough is fully mixed. Add chopped rosemary and dried currants, mix well. Let stand for aobut five minutes and then knead on lightly floured surface four about 3-5 minutes. Roll flat to about an inch thick, brush eggwhite all over top, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and orange zest and chopped rosemary. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 20-35 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool about 2-3 minutes. Cut into biscotti size pieces and place back in oven and bake another fifteen minutes.

Happy baking. Happier Eating. Happiest Memories.

Bitterballen & Herbed Mustard

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Bitterballen are a staple in old Dutch cooking and have been modernized quite a bit over the years and essentially made a bit healthier. Originally served alongside a Dutch bitter Gin, hence the name, these snacks are seen throughout the country in many different forms. These lovely snacks and medium-sized meals are essentially a fried meatball. Typically loaded with fresh herbs and made in various ways, a common version is where the meat and herbs are mixed with mashed potatoes or another starchy vegetable, deep fried, and served with spicy, herbed mustard. Here is an adapted & healthier version from Ger-Nis.

Bitterballen Ger-Nis Style

Makes about 20 bitterballen

INGREDIENTS

1 medium celery root, peeled boiled and mashed
1 small carrot, shredded
1 medium red onion, grated or chopped super fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
½ cup cooked ground veal
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
¼ cup butter melted
3 eggs, beaten
1-2 cups breadcrumbs, superfine
Oil (for frying)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed celery root, carrots, onion and herbs, mix well. Add the ground veal and continue to mix well. Season with the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add melted butter and mix well. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Heat oil in a large frying pan.

To assemble bitterballen, take a spoonful of the celery mash mixture and form into a ball, dip in the beaten egg and roll or cover in the breadcrumbs. Place in the fryer and fry until balls are floating and they are cooked through about 3 minutes. Take out of oil and place on a towel so that the excess oil drains off. Serve warm or hot with the mustard!

Herby Spicy Mustard-Dutch Style

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup brown mustard seeds
¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
¾ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup water

DIRECTIONS

In a small, non-metallic mixing bowl, cover the mustard seeds with the sugar, tumeric, salt, ½ cup of the vinegar and the water and soak covered overnight. Then, with a mortar and pestle pound the mustard seeds until coarse and broken to desired texture. Add the herbs. Add remaining vinegar and continue to mix and mash until coarse yet smooth. (A blender or coffee grinder works perfectly as well.) Place in a covered jar, and refrigerate.

Black Bean Cilantro Burger

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 c black beans rinsed and drained
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ c chopped red onion
½ c chopped green pepper
1 jalapeño chopped
juice of 2 limes
2 T cumin
salt/pepper
1 c dried whole wheat bread crumbs or kasha or grape nuts cereal.
2 T olive oil

PREPARATION

Mash all ingredients up in a bowl until well blended. Form patties. If mixture is too dry, add water 2 T at a time until patties form well and hold together. Freeze patties after placing on wax paper for 8 minutes on each side until just about frozen. Grill on very hot, clean and greased gill for 3-5 minutes on each side flipping only once. Serve with cheese, avocado and sour cream.

Black Cherry Ice Cream

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Black Currant Tea & Tarragon Rose Spritzer

November 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 black currant tea bags
1 pint of water
¼ cup chopped tarragon
¼ cup sugar
1 bottle of rose sparkling wine

PREPARATION

Boil pint of water and pour over tarragon, sugar and tea bags. Let steep for about 10 minutes, strain and refrigerate until cool. Mix with rose wine and serve very cold.

Blackberries with Mint & Honey-Crème Drizzle

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups fresh blackberries
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup crème fraiche
¼ cup honey
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Maldon salt
Mint leaves, for garnish

Directions

Arrange berries in 6 single serving bowls. In a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream, crème fraiche, honey, and mint until thick and creamy. Spoon over berries and sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and garnish with mint leaves.

Blackberry Lemon Thyme Sorbet

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes about 5 cups

Ingredients

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
½ cups fresh lemon thyme leaves
2 cups fresh blackberries
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

Make simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar and water and lemon thyme. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, and allow to cool. Place in a blender with the blueberries, lemon zest and juice and heavy cream and blend just until the blueberries are crushed to desired consistency. Process in a ice cream maker according to instructions.

Blackberry Mango Mint Cava Granita

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 ripe mango peeled, pitted and cubed
½ cup sugar in the raw
1 cup cava
½ cup fresh mint
1 cup blackberries

PREPARATION

In a blender or food prosecco mix mango, sugar and cava until pureed smooth. Pour into a metal baking pan (shallow) and freeze, scarping with a fork every 10 minutes. Scrape with fork to serve with fresh blackberries on top and garnish with mint leaf.

Blackberry Mango Mint Salsa

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped mango
½ cup blackberries (whole)
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup chopped mint

PREPARATION

Gently mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, then let set for 30 minutes. Serve cold or at room temperature over desserts like ice cream, cakes and perhaps a crème brulee. It can also be served on grilled fish and chicken for a perfect sweet/savory pairing.

Blackberry Mole

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

About 6 servings

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 heaping tablespoons shelled, skinless peanuts
2 tablespoons whole raw almonds
2 heaping tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (green)
2 heaping tablespoons raw pecan pieces
1 ounce Ancho chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
1 ounce pasilla chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
1½” piece of canela (Mexican cinnamon)
18 teaspoon aniseed
18 teaspoon coriander seed
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground cumin
1 corn tortilla
1 recipe cooked pork (recipe follows)
5-6 cup chicken stock
2 Cups rise blackberries
3-4 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Have large bowl and sieve set over a small heatproof bowl.

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in skillet over medium high heat until it shimmers and fry the following ingredients one by one. As they’ve fried use slotted spoon and transfer to large bowl and hold.

-Fry peanuts and almonds together until golden
-Fry the Pecans until lightly colored
-Fry each chili on both sides, turning with tongs just until the flesh has turned a lighter color
-Fry the onion and garlic together until light brown

Mix together 1½ Tablespoon of reserved chili seeds, sesame seeds, canela, aniseed, and coriander and fry them until lightly toasted. Stir in the oregano, cloves, and cumin, then transfer the mixture including the oil to large bowl of fried ingredients.

Using tongs, hold the tortilla directly over the burner (set to medium) turning till brown on both sides. Crumble into fried ingredients.

Working in 2 batches, transfer HALF fried ingredients mixture into a blender and pour in 2 cups of stock, blend until smooth.

Heat the remaining 2 Tablespoon of oil in pan over medium high heat. Carefully pour in blended sauce and stir. Bring to simmer and reduce heat to low.

Add blackberries, 3 tablespoons of the sugar and ¼ cup of the stock to blender and puree till smooth. Strain through medium sieve into sauce, discarding seeds.

Bring sauce to simmer and reduce, stirring frequently and adding more stock as necessary maintaining a velvety consistency that thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Season with sugar and salt to taste. Sauce should only taste slightly sweet.

Add the pork to the mole, cook for about 15-20 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

This mole keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days and freezer for a month.

Cooked Pork and Stock

About 8-10 servings

Ingredients

4 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1½ inch pieces
8 cups water
1 medium white onion
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a large stock pot and bring water to a boil over high heat then reduce (low) to a simmer. Skim any foam from surface if necessary. Cook until pork is fork tender (about 2 hours). Remove pork and set aside.

Strain the stock into a wide bowl. Use the stock to make mole. You can refrigerate stock up to 2 days and freeze up to 3 months.

Blackberry Moose Tamales

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tamales

Ingredients

For the Blackberry Moose

4 small red dried chilies
2 ancho dried peppers
4 pasilla dried peppers
2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon coriander, cracked
½ teaspoon anise seeds
1½ pound moose roast
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

For the Tamale Dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poached chicken
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest

For the Blackberry Mole Sauce

2-3 dried ancho chilies
2 dried guajillo chilies
2-3 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion
½ cup raw almonds
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons raisins
2 cups chicken stock
13 cup blackberries

Directions

For the Moose

Place all ingredients (except herbs) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hour or until moose is falling apart soft. Take off heat and cool. Discard bay leaf. Shred the moose by pulling apart the fibers using a fork or your fingers. Place shredded meat into a medium bowl and add fresh herbs. Mix and set aside and let soak up its own juice.

For the Tamale Dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest with 2 cups of the reserved chicken liquid, mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until full incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the Wrappers

For corn husk wrappers, place the corn husks in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, take out and cool slightly before handling. For the banana leaf wrappers, pass the banana leaf over the gas stove until soft until pliable, about 1-2 minutes.

For the Blackberry Sauce

Preheat oven to 425°F. On a large sheet tray combine, chilies, garlic, onion, almonds, cloves, peppercorns, coriander, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds and place in over and char all items. Place all charred items in a medium saucepan and combine raisins and stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 20 minutes or until all items are soft. Take off heat and cool. Place in blender and blend until smooth add blackberries and blend again until smooth.

For assembling the tamales

In the center of each banana leaf or corn husk, place about 3-4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of either the banana leaf or corn husk. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons meat mixture. Fold over the banana leaf or corn husk like you are folding a present. Tying the wrapped package with either corn husk ties or banana leaf ties, or kitchen twine.
Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips from making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Serve with sauce.

Blackberry-Basil Buckwheat Flax Crepes with Basil Sweet Cream

April 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups blackberries
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
3 eggs
Basil Sweet Cream (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl mix the sugar, basil and blackberries and let stand. Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Batter will be much thinner than pancake batter. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until coled before making crepes. Lightly grease a non-stick griddle pan and place over high heat. Making sure pan is very hot, pour batter to form a 7 inch circle. When crepe is cooked on one side, about 15 to 30 seconds, flip and cook on opposite side. Repeat until all batter is used. Place a few spoonfuls of the blackberry mixture on the center of a crepe and fold over into a square or just a roll up. Drizzle some basil sweet cream over the top of the creme.

Basil Sweet Cream

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup creme fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon blackberry juice from the sugared blackberries
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Can be made thicker or thinner by adding less or more milk.

Blackberry-Sage Fumé

June 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

601806_10201074248321132_1096362183_nSweet and Smoky is the jest of this one. An intoxicating and powerful drink, its silky and sultry texture with its sweet and smoky vibe, allows one to forget the intoxication factor while experiencing summer’s luscious blackberry offerings.

Makes one drink

Ingredients

1 ounce tequila  blanca (*Espolon)
1 ounce mescal (*Del Maguey Minero)
1 ounce elderflower liquor
1  ounce Blackberry-Sage Hibiscus Syrup (recipe follows)
½ ounce lemon juiceSweet Smoke Sage Salt (recipe follows)
Blackberry & sage leaf  garnish
2 drops of Bittermans Burlesque bitters

Directions

Shake in a shaker filled with ice and strain into a martini glass or coup.  Garnish with a floating, fresh blackberry rolled in the Sweet Smoke Sage Salt and a fresh sage leaf laid over the top of the glass.

Blackberry-Sage Hibiscus Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

1   cup water
¾  cup honey
1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers
3 tablespoons fresh sage leaves
¼ cup fresh blackberries

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, gently whisk to incorporate honey.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and let infuse and cook for about 7-8 more minutes.  Take off heat and let cool completely.  Blend the mixture in a blender until smooth and strain so that a smooth and silky syrup is created.  Refrigerate.

Sweet Smoke Sage Salt

Makes about  ½ cup of salt

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon smoked black salt ( coarse)
A few drops of Bittermans Burlesque Bitters


Directions

Using a mortar and pestle, grind the sage leaves, the lemon zest and the sugar until a granular powder is formed.  Add the salt and grind gently, only to incorporate the flavor and only to slightly grind up the salt.  Add the drops of bitters and mix well.  The final product should be a granular and wet sand like mixture.

*Espolon Tequila is a boutique brand of Tequila made in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico.  It was started by an ex Herradura employee and has quickly become one of the best cocktail tequilas on the market, lesser known in the USA. This soft and silky tequila is a bit citrusy with some black pepper notes.

*Del Maguey is a brand that produces ORGANIC “single village” mescals in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Each village produces their own sub brand that is unique to their lands and their techniques, using ancient practices that the indigenous people have been using since before the Spanish conquest.  A distinct character results from each village.  The Minero sub-brand has a nose of flower essence, vanilla and figs with a burnt honey flavor and a bit of lemon.  Its deep and warm and sweet all the way to the finish.


Blood Orange Thyme Margarita

October 21st, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes four Margaritas

INGREDIENTS

6-8 oz tequila
2 oz orange liquor (Triple Sec or any higher end brand is fine)
juice of two Blood oranges
juice of two limes
1 tablespoon of thyme leaves
a pinch of salt

PREPARATION

Mix 6-8 oz tequila, 2 oz orange liquor (Triple Sec or any higher end brand is fine), the juice of two Blood oranges, the juice of two limes, one tablespoon of thyme leaves, and a pinch of salt in a shaker. Shake well and strain into lowball glasses that have been rimmed with a combination of salt and fresh thyme over shaved or crushed ice and garnish with a slice of blood orange.

Blood Soup

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs beets washed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch fresh basil
2 sprigs fresh parsley
1 sprig fresh thyme
2 tbsp tomato paste
4 14-oz tins of chopped tomatoes
(or 4 lbs fresh tomatoes)
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Bake the beets at 375°F for 1 hour until tender. Cool and peel and cut into ½ inch dice. Heat oil in a large saucepan and sautée onion and garlic until tender and translucent. Add tomato paste and tomatoes and sautée for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups water or broth (veggie or chicken), herbs and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 15 minutes. Add more water if you’d like it thinner and pour through a fine mesh strainer. Use some toothpicks to secure garlic knots to a rounded loaf of bread to look like brains. This soup can be made a few days ahead (soup always gets tastier with a little age) and warmed on the day of.

Blue Cheese and Chive Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound capunti or cavatelli pasta
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups low fat milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

PREPARATION

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter, add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and the heavy cream and turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add the cheese and continue to whisk, melting the cheese, about 3-4 minutes. Add the salt and pepper stir well and take off heat. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and fresh herbs and mix well. Pour the mac & cheese into a greased glass baking dish, place in preheated 375° oven and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden brown on top.

Blue Cheese and Chive Mousse

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Try our blue cheese and chive mousse served atop mashed potatoes or on top of a grilled steak. Follow the heavy cream mousse recipe and add ½ cup crumbled blue cheese.

Blueberry & Lemon Thyme Sorbet

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 5 cups

Ingredients

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
½ cups fresh lemon thyme leaves
2 cups fresh blueberries
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

Make simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar and water and lemon thyme. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, allow cooling. Place in a blender with the blueberries, lemon zest and juice and heavy cream and blend just until the blueberries are crushed to desired consistency. Process in a ice cream maker according to instructions.

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies (allergen dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
23 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 medium banana, mashed
½ cup fresh blueberries, mashed
1 cup milk, skim (almond milk can be substituted)
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup rolled oats

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, wheat germ and flax seeds and mix well. In another large mixing bowl combine, mashed banana, mashed blueberries, milk and honey and mix until smooth. The mixture will be semi lumpy but try and get it as smooth as possible. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter stirring until all mixed in. Add the rolled oats and stir until a thick cookie dough is formed. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, gently smashing down the dough balls to a flat circular cookie shape. Place in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to sit for about 12-14 hours to harden. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastries

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

For the filling:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup crushed blueberries

For the glaze:

11/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Quick puff pastry
2 boxes quick puff pastry

Directions

Make the filling: In a bowl beat together the cream cheese, the sugar, the yolk, the vanilla, the salt, the zests, and the flour until the mixture is smooth and chill the filling, covered, for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
Unroll 1 defrosted box of puff pastry onto a lightly floured work surface. Cut into even squares. Each square will be cut at the corners. Add a tablespoon of filling and 1 teaspoon blueberries to enter. Cross the left side of each slit made onto the top of the filling, overlapping dough. Continue around until pastry resembles a pin-wheel. Brush with egg wash.
Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, or until they are crisp and golden. Keep an eye on pastry as extra filling may change baking time.
Make the glaze while the Danish pastries are baking: In a bowl whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, sifted, and enough of the lemon juice to make a thick but pourable glaze.
Transfer the Danish pastries to a rack and drizzle some of the glaze over each pastry. The Danish pastriies may be cooled to room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap and foil, and frozen for 1 month. Transfer the Danish pastries to a baking sheet and bake them in the middle of a preheated 400°F oven for 5 minutes, or until they are heated through.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones.

Blueberry Ginger Maple Syrup

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup blueberry puree
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Directions

In small saucepan over medium-low heat, add maple syrup and ginger and warm through.

Blueberry Lemon Flax Muffins with Lemon-Flax Streusel Topping

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

Non-stick cooking spray
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup almond milk
â…“ cup almond oil
½ cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
â…“ cup unrefined cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup flax seeds

For the lemon-flax streusel topping

2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ tablespoon flax seeds
½ tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon margarine

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ËšF. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, almond oil, coconut milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and vanilla extract until frothy. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet, and stir until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries and the flax seeds until just distributed, careful to not over mix.

To make lemon- flax streusel topping combine all ingredients in a small bowl using a fork or better yet your fingers, and set aside.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Divide the topping mixture over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve.

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries lightly mashed
1 cup lemonade
juice of 1 lemon
½ cup chopped fresh lemon thyme plus 2 T chopped fresh lemon thyme

PREPARATION

In a saucepan place ½ cup fresh lemon thyme, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat, set aside for 5 more minutes. Strain lemon thyme and set simple syrup aside. In another heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Mix the simple syrup and blueberry mash in with the cream until well mixed. Set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add remainder of chopped fresh lemon thyme and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried blueberries (substitute 1 spoonful of fresh)
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon dried lemon peel (can substitute 1 slice fresh lemon)
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh blueberries, lemon thyme leaves, and lemon peel or sliced lemon. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Granita

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 1 pints of granita

This cold icy treat is so simple and refreshing on a hot day as well as showcasing the very best of blueberries for peak season.

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
½ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup honey
1 cup plain yogurt

Directions

In a blender place all the ingredients and blend until smooth but still a little grainy, making sure all the berries are chopped well and the yogurt is incorporated well. Pour into a low metal dish with sides and freeze. After the first hour, using a fork, scrape puree every 20 -30 minutes while it freezes. This should create flaky crystals. Freeze and scrape until desired consistency. The process should take approximately 2 -3 hours. The granita can be scraped at the very end as well but the consistency (flaky ice crystals) will be better if you follow the method of occasional scraping.

Blueberry Macadamia Nut Granola

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup honey
3 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup toasted wheat germ
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup macadamia nuts, toasted
1 cup cardamon nutmeg dried blueberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325ËšF.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and honey. Heat until warm and butter has melted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, coconut, spices and salt. Add butter and honey mixture and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be a wet consistency. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for a total of 40 minutes, making sure to check every 10 minutes, stirring, so granola is toasted evenly. Once granola is golden brown, remove from oven and mix in toasted nuts and dried blueberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Blueberry Macaroons with Lemon Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen macaroons

Ingredients

For the outer shells…

1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed blueberry puree
1 tablespoon minced dried blueberries

For the lemon buttermilk cream

¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, dried blueberries, and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the sugar slowly until egg whites have a glossy meringue texture and look. Be very careful NOT TO OVERBEAT. Slowly add the blueberry puree and let mix a few more rounds. Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patters or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lemon buttermilk cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, buttermilk and lemon juice. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy. To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Blueberry Mint Cavatini

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces vodka
¼ cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon ripped mint leaves
1 ounce cava

PREPARATION

Place vodka, blueberries and mint in a shaker, muddle blueberries until smashed well. Add cava and fill with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a blueberry and mint leaf.

Blueberry Muffins

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 muffins

Ingredients

For muffins

3 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
â…” cup vegetable oil
2 egg
â…” cup milk
2 cups blueberries

For topping

1 cup sugar
â…” cup all purpose flour
½ cup butter, cut in cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ËšF. Prepare a muffin tin, using non-stick spray to coat inside.

Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder for muffins. Pour vegetable oil in a 1-cup measuring cup and add egg. Add enough milk to fill the cup (may be more or less that directed â…“ cup milk directed for). Mix with dry ingredients, do not over-stir. Fold in blueberries.

For crumb topping, combine all ingredients and work with your hands until crumb-like mixture forms. Scoop muffins into muffin tin until ¾ full. Top with crumb topping and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Ashton Keefe

Blueberry Nut Crispy Energy Bars

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-20 bars

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped almonds
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup flax seeds
1 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup dried blueberries
½ cup almond butter
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup toasted wheat germ

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. On a separate sheet tray, toast oats and nuts in oven until golden brown and fragrant, 10 to15 minutes, and let cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Meanwhile, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, add liquids and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to dry ingredients and stir well. Press oat and nut mixture into prepared half sheet tray and bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Once out of oven, cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled, cut and place in refrigerator overnight.
For on-the-go travel, wrap in wax paper.

Blueberry Rickey

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 liters seltzer water
2 cups lime simple syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 T lime zest)
2 cups fresh blueberries
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

PREPARATION

Smash blueberries in a medium sized mixing bowl. In a pitcher, add seltzer, lime simple syrup and smashed blueberries. Pour rickey over ice and blueberries and garnish with fresh mint.

Blueberry Rickey

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
123 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the batter just until blender. Fold in blueberries.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the batter in the pan. Spoon remaining batter over the top, and then sprinkle the remaining pecan mixture over. Use a knife or thin spatula to swirl, the sugar layer into the cake.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan over a wire rack. Invert onto a serving plate, and tap firmly to remove from the pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Blueberry Vanilla Cream Yogurt Pops

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup cream
1 cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup honey

Directions

Blend up all the ingredients and pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours. If you do not have popsicle molds pour into wax paper cups and freeze for about 1 hour. After the hour, place popsicle sticks into the middle of the cups and continue to freeze for 6 hours.

Bobó de Camarão

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds of cassava
2-3 pounds of shrimp
two chopped onions
a few minced garlic cloves
¼ cup chopped cilantro
a large can of whole tomatoes
2 cups coconut milk
¼ cup dendê oil
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Peel and cut three pounds of cassava (also known as yucca or manioc) and put it in a pan with cold water and salt. Cook until tender, then drain and reserve both the cooked cassava and liquid, while discarding any fibers. Use a fork to mash the cassava while still hot, and use some of the liquid to help, but don’t use a blender or food processor!

Peel and de-vein 2-3 pounds of shrimp, then sauté two chopped onions and a few minced garlic cloves. Add 1/8 cup chopped cilantro, a large can of whole tomatoes and stir well. Then add the shrimp and cook for another fifteen minutes. Add your cassava, any of the reserved liquid if necessary, 2 cups coconut milk, ¼ cup dendê oil (a palm oil high in saturated fat available in specialty food stores), and another 1/8 cup of cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste and serve over rice.

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 5 Cups

Ingredients

1 ½ cups molasses
2 cups white wine vinegar
1 ½ cups ketchup
½ tablespoon garlic paste (smashed garlic)
½ tablespoon ginger paste (smashed ginger)
2 tablespoons franks hot sauce
½ cup bourbon

Directions

Place all ingredients, except the bourbon, in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until a thick and properly desired consistency. In another small pan reduce the bourbon by half and add to the sauce at the end of cooking, stir allow to cool before using.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Bourbon Persimmon Lavender Glazed Ham

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Wine Pairing: Ch. De Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé 2009, France.
This one is a tough pairing the the potent floral lavender and the spicy sweet persimmon next to the smoky and salty ham. This French rosé is perfect for all. It is bright and bold but with spicy undertones that lend well to the persimmons, and it has a fresh, fruity note that allows the potency of the lavender to subtly shine while pairing well with the saltiness. Retails for around $20.

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 lavender leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken

For the Glaze

½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 persimmon, peeled and deseeded, very ripe
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup bourbon
½ cup orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

For the Spice Rub

2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon dried sage leaves

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 persimmon and all the herbs. Pour into a medium mixing bowl, and gently mix in the sugar, bourbon, ginger, and the remaining ingredients. Mix well, and set aside.

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 uniterrupted, 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 to 425°F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

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