“Kwalitys” Chickpeas

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods
3 whole dried red chiles
1½-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
4 fresh or 6 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
2 red onions, finely chopped
3 fresh hot green chiles, slit the length of the chile
1½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons dried mango powder (amchur), or the juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons pomegranate seed powder (anaardaana), or the juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1½ cups water
3 (19-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, and red chiles in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the ginger and curry leaves, if using, and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the oil.) Add the onions, green chiles, and salt while cooking, stirring often, until the onions turn a uniformly dark brown color, about 20 minutes. Keep a cup of water beside the stove as the onions cook. As the onions begin to stick to the bottom of the pan, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan, add water, about 1 teaspoon at a time, and stir and scrape the bottom of the pan with the spoon to pull up the browned bits, keeping the onions and spices from burning. Do this as often as necessary (5 or 6 times) until the onions are well browned.

When the onions are cooked, add the mango and pomegranate powders, if using, as well as the ground/toasted cumin, turmeric, and ½ teaspoon of garam masala; cook, stirring, about 30 seconds.

Stir in the cayenne and black peppers. Immediately add the water and all but about ½ cup of chickpeas. Mash the rest of the chickpeas to a puree with the back of a form, and add them to the pan along with the remaining ½ teaspoon garam masala. Bring to a simmer, stirring, and cook gently, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, if using. Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Agua Chili De Cameron (Shrimp Agua Chili Ceviche- Mazatlan)

August 2nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

20-24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, preferably butterflied
¾ cup lime juice
½ cup water
2 Serrano peppers, deseeded, piths removed, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 english cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
1 small to medium red onion, halved and sliced thin

PREPARATION

Combine the juice, water, Serrano peppers, olive oil and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.

Arrange the cucumber slices on a large plate and arrange the shrimp on the top of the cucumbers, making sure to lay the butterflied side down. Pour the blended lime mixture across the top evenly. Arrange the red onion slices over the top. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, allowing the shrimp marinate and cook in the lime juice.

Cabbage & Bean Salad with Spicy Pesto Vinaigrette

June 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup red cabbage, shredded
½ cup carrots, grated
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 cup sliced radishes
1 cup baby greens
1 red chili pepper (fresh) and chopped
2 cups cannellini beans
¼ cup champagne vinegar
Juice and zest of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon basil sauce or pesto
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all vegetable sin a big salad bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients (dressing) until smooth and toss over salad.

Cactus Fruit (Prickly Pear) Cilantro Lime Tequila Coolers

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS

1½ ounce tequila blanca
1½ ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce cactus fruit syrup (recipe follows)
1 ounce agave syrup
1 ounce lime syrup (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients into a strainer filled with ice, shake vigorously. Strain through fine mesh strainer. Serve over ice garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro leaves.

Cactus Fruit Syrup

Makes approximately 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cactus fruit, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add cactus fruit, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Cool, blend and strain.

Cilantro Lime Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 cup sugar-in-the-raw
2 tablespoons lime zest

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan over medium low-heat, add lime juice, sugar in the raw and lime zest. Warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

Cactus Fruit (Prickly Pear) Lime Tequila Coolers

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS

1½ ounce tequila blanca
1½ ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce cactus fruit syrup (recipe follows)
1 ounce agave syrup
1 ounce lime syrup (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients into a strainer filled with ice, shake vigorously. Strain through fine mesh strainer.
Serve over ice garnish with a lime wedge.

Cactus Fruit Syrup

Makes approximately 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cactus fruit, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan over medium heat add cactus fruit, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Cool, blend and strain.

Lime Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup lime juice
1 cup sugar-in-the-raw
2 tablespoons lime zest

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add lime juice, sugar-in-the-raw and lime zest and warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

Caipirinha

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces of cachaça
juice of a lime
sugar
mint leaves

PREPARATION

No meal in Bahia is complete without a caipirinha, a drink that uses the national liqueur, cachaça. Pour 2 ounces of cachaça over ice with the fresh squeezed juice of a lime, sugar to taste. We, of course, would add mint leaves for garnish and extra flavor, and, voila!

Calçotada

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Calçots are a local kind of baby onions charred over an open flame but tender on the inside. They’re then braised with romesco, a special Catalan sauce of tomatoes, fresh thyme, red peppers, garlic, almonds and olive oil.

Calamata Olive & Marinated Mozzarella Pearl Pizza

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 10 mini pizzas

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
2 cups calamata olives, chopped and pitted
Marinated mini mozzarella balls

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Roll out the pizza dough into 10 equal round pies. Place the dough on baking sheet lines with parchment paper. Spoon a bit of sauce on each pie and a few calamata olives. Place a few of the marinated mozzarella balls on top and drizzle a little of the oil on top as well. Place in the pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown the mozzarella is a little melted.

Calzone Dough

October 24th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket.” The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.

INGREDIENTS

1 ½  packets active dry yeast
1 c warm water
3 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, normally about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute so the yeast can activate. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs such as oregano or basil. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture with the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is 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 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.

Calzone Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket”. The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.

Ingredients

1½ packets active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy, normally about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute so the yeast can activate. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs such as oregano or basil. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture with the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is 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 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.

Cantaloupe Basil Granita

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

A luxurious way to enjoy sweet summer cantaloupe without putting in too much effort!

INGREDIENTS

1 medium sized cantaloupe, ripe, cut in 1 inch cubes
1 cup basil simple syrup, recipe follows
Pinch of salt

PREPARATION

Place the cantaloupe chunks and simple syrup in the bowl of food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  Add a pinch of salt and blend again.  Pour into a metal pan with sides and allow to freeze, scraping with a fork occasionally.  To serve, scrape with fork.  Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Basil Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a heavy bottom sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and then blend. Strain with cheesecloth if you like.

Cantaloupe Basil Mint Granita

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup mint
¼ cup basil plus 2 T each of basil and mint chopped fine
3 cups cantaloupe
juce and peel of 2 limes

PREPARATION

Make a simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar, water and chopped fresh herbs. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, cool, strain, and set syrup aside. In a food processor, blend cantaloupe and add simple syrup until a puree forms. Add remaining chopped mint and basil. Pour into a low dish and freeze. Using a fork, scrape puree every 20 minutes while it freezes. This should create flaky crystals. Keep frozen dish covered while freezing. Freeze and scrap until desired consistency.

Cantaloupe Mint Cucumber Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves  6

4 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and cut into small dice
2 bunches green onions, sliced fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup  champagne vinegar
¼  cup almond oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Melon balls, garnish
Fresh herbs, garnish

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

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

Cantaloupe Mint Cucumber Gazpacho

October 11th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and cut into small dice
2 bunches green onions, sliced fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Melon balls, garnish
Fresh herbs, garnish

Directions

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

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

Caramel Almond Pear Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 long rectangular tart

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For filling

1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced

DIRECTIONS

To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and add ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Transfer to a long rectangular tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine sugar and pear juice, and bring to a boil. Do not stir. Using a pastry brush, wipe any sugar from sides of pan, so sugar does not burn. Once sugar begins to melt, the caramel color will become a deep amber. Reduce heat to medium, slowly whisk in heavy cream, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat, and add butter, honey, and vanilla, and combine. Add chopped nuts, and combine.

Arrange sliced pears on tart shell, and spoon caramel nuts on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Caramel Sauce

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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

Caramelized Apple Buckwheat Crepes with Light Rosemary Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the crepes

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

DIRECTIONS

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 cold 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.

For the caramelized apples

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons butter
4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons sugar in the raw
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped super fine
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ apple cider

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter and melt. Add apples and cook for a few minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, rosemary and nutmeg. Continue to cook apples, until slightly golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add apple cider and turn up heat a bit until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.

For the light rosemary cream

INGREDIENTS

½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon syrup from caramelized apples
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, 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.

To assemble crepes

Place a little bit of the apple mixture in a crepe and fold over. Spoon some light rosemary cream over the top.

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

4 servings

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, leaves chopped
2 flatbreads (whole wheat or spinach)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
4 ounces herbed goat cheese
¼ cup pine nuts, chopped
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 cup fresh arugula
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cook onions and rosemary until onions are soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes.

Place flatbread on a sprayed cookie sheet. Top flatbread with crumbled goat cheese, caramelized onions and pine nuts. Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine arugula, balsamic and 1 tablespoon olive oil and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

Top flatbread with chopped parsley. Slice flatbread in ½ and serve with the fresh arugula salad.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Caramelized Onions

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons onions, red or yellow, sliced in rounds and separated
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons Madeira, port or sherry (optional)
Pinch of salt

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat the butter and the oil to a medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and soft, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and continue to sauté slowly stirring for another 10 minutes. Add the thyme and the parsley leaves and continue to sauté, they should be turning brown now and caramelizing. Make sure you scrape the bottom the pan and stir often. Add the Madeira, port or sherry and a little more butter. Sauté a few more minutes until well caramelized and brown.

Caraway Soda Bread

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 mini loaves

INGREDIENTS

4 cups all purpose bread flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
2 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, sift and combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. Add the buttermilk a little at a time and mix until soft dough is formed. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for a few minutes. Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Shape each section into a round and flat loaf. Cut a star shape into the top of the loaves using a knife. Place the loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer punctured into the center comes out clean.

Carbonada Criolla

November 1st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 pound cubed beef
1 chopped red onion
2 tomatoes chopped
1 red and 1 yellow pepper chopped
¼ c chopped garlic
3 bay leaves
½ c chopped parsley
½ c chopped thyme
½ c chopped oregano
2 cubed sweet potatoes
2 cubed white potatoes
2 ears of corn cut into 1 inch sections
2 chopped zucchini or yellow squash
2 cubed peaches
2 cubed pears
1 c white wine
3 c vegetable stock

PREPARATION

Sauté beef, garlic, onions and herbs. Add wine and deglaze pan. Add all vegetables and sauté for a few more minutes. Add stock and bring to boil and simmer for about thirty minutes. Take off heat and let stand for another thirty minutes. Reheat and serve.

Cardamom Black Pepper Syrup

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
5 cardamom pods, crushed (whole pod)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for 15 minutes, strain.

Cardamom Dried Cherry Crumb Cake Bars

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

For the crumb topping

½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup walnuts, chopped
13 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cut into pieces

For the cake

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
23 cup sugar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
4 ounces melted butter, cooled
2 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup strong coffee
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven 400°F. Butter an 8″ square pan and add cut parchment paper to bottom of pan.

For the crumb topping

In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, walnuts, sugar, orange zest, instant espresso, ground cardamom and combine. Add butter and mix by hand to form crumbs. Set aside.

For the cake

In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, ground cardamom, and dried cherries.

In another bowl add cooled butter, eggs, milk, coffee and vanilla extract and combine well. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients. Stir to mix but not beat. Stir only to get an evenly moistened batter.

Scrape into pan and evenly cover with crumbs. Pat crumbs gently into batter and bake 30-35 minutes or until cake has risen and golden brown. Insert a knife to test if cake is done, if it comes out clean, it’s finished. Cool, cut into squares and serve with coffee.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 13 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water to a blender. Drain the remaining water from the rice, and place the rice in the blender. Grind the rice as finely as possible, scraping down the sides of the blender jar as necessary.

Bring the half-and-half to a simmer in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add 1 cup of the half-and-half to the blender, and pulse to release some steam; then, blend for 10 seconds to combine. Transfer the contents of the blender to the saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, and stir constantly until the rice cream is as thick as a thin pudding and a trail can be made through the cream on the back of a spoon, 16 to 18 minutes (if the mixture foams up in the saucepan, remove the saucepan from the heat for a few seconds, reduce the heat, and continue to cook). Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the sugar and cardamom. Divide between 6 small glasses or ramekins, and cool to room temperature. Cover each glass or dish with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface, and chill at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.

Place the saffron in a small skillet, and toast over low heat until the saffron threads are fragrant and darker in color, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl or to a mortar to cool, and then grind with the back of a teaspoon or with a pestle until powder-fine. Add the heavy cream. Drizzle some saffron sauce over each serving, and serve immediately or chill up to 4 hours.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Cardamon Nutmeg Dried Blueberries

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup dried fruit

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cardamom pod, seeds removed
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix honey, cardamom seeds, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of blueberries and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24

Ingredients

5 cups yucca, boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt, plus more
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or 1 plum tomato chopped fine)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1-3 tablespoons hot sauce of choice

Directions

Mix the salt with the yucca and set aside. In a large sauté pan heat a small amount of vegetable oil (about 3-4 tablespoons) on high heat. Add the garlic onions , jalapeño pepper and green pepper and sauté for a few minutes, or until onions are semi translucent. Add the ground beef and continue to sauté until ground beef is fully browned or about 3-4 more minutes. Add fresh herbs. Add the tomatoes or tomato paste and all the spices and hot sauce and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until all liquid is cooked out of the beef mixture. Cool beef mixture. Form yucca mash into about 3 inch long circular shapes in the palm of your hand. Place a tablespoon of the beef minute in the middle and form the yucca mash around the beef mixture in the shape of an oval. Make sure there is a tight seal and all beef is in the inside of the yucca mash. Set aside. After all yucca mash patties are made, heat about 2 cups of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan until hot, Place yucca patties in the hot frying pan and fry on each side about 3 minutes each or until golden brown. When browned place on paper towels to drain off excess oil. Serve with Panamanian Salsa Chombo.

Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes approximately 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

4-5 Aji Chombo peppers (scotch bonnet peppers), stems removed
½ inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ cup water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in blender and puree until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Carrot & Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 large carrots
1 cup ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Take the top parts of the carrots and slice them in rounds thin but not paper thin, at least 1 inch wide. Arrange 10 slices of carrots on a lined baking sheet. Place a small spoon full of the ice cream over the carrot slices on the baking sheet making sure it is a small enough amount it doesn’t hang over the carrot slice. Place another (equal size) slice of carrot over the top of the ice cream and gently press down forming a tiny ice cream sandwich. Freeze for about 1 hour. Store in a zip lock freezer bag.

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Carrot and Cilantro Mousse

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Our carrot and cilantro mousse is delicious served with grilled fish or chicken. Follow the baked egg mousse recipe but add ½ cup cooked carrots.

Carrot Beet Orange, Herb Morning Drink

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

4 medium sized carrots
1 medium sized beet
3 oranges, juiced
¼ cup fresh mint
¼ cup fresh parsley

PREPARATION

Juice all the ingredients. Serve and enjoy!

Carrot Cilantro Ginger Latkes with Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

Cool, healthy and refreshing, these carrot latkes are incredibly fresh and zesty with flavor!

INGREDIENTS

6 cups carrots, shredded
1 cup all purpose white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

PREPARATION

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

Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced fine
1 teaspoon lemongrass, minced fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 small Thai chili, seeds removed and minced fine
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Carrot Cilantro Ginger Latkes with Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

Cool, healthy, and refreshing, these carrot latkes are incredibly fresh and zesty!

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

10 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

For the Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemongrass, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 small Thai chili, seeded and chopped superfine
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

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

Combine all ingredients for lemongrass chili mint yogurt in a small mixing bowl, and combine until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Carrot Ginger Soup with Cilantro Lime Pesto

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
4 cups carrots, chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Pesto, to garnish (recipe follows)

Directions

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic, onions and ginger for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the lime zest and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth or water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime pesto and garnish with a few toasted pumpkin seeds.

Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed oil (optional)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
Salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a blender mix all ingredients until smooth and desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Carrot Orange Mint Sodas

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 sodas


Ingredients


¼ cup mint leaves, chopped fine
2 cups orange juice
¼ cup honey (optional)
4-6 carrots (medium sized)
Ice
Seltzer water


Directions


Mix together chopped basil leaves, orange juice and honey and set aside. Juice the carrots and mix juice together with the orange and basil mixture. Dived the mixed juice between four classes and fill glasses with ice, place a bit of the seltzer water on to fill and serve, garnish with a basil leaf.

Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Cilantro-Lime Cream, to garnish (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add canola oil. Add the garlic and onions, and sauté for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the cumin and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat, and cool for a few minutes.
Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth.
Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime cream, and serve.

Cilantro-Lime Cream

Makes a ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

Cauliflower Herb Latkes

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Healthy and light these latkes make up for over indulging in the sweets!

INGREDIENTS

7 1/2 cups of 1-to 1 1/2-inch cauliflower florets (from 2 medium heads)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fine dry unseasoned breadcrumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground Aleppo pepper or cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 large eggs
Olive oil (not extra-virgin) for frying
Za’atar Aioli

PREPARATION

Cook cauliflower in large pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and cool. Add garlic and half of cauliflower to processor; blend until smooth. Add remaining cauliflower, parsley, and dill. Pulse until cauliflower is chopped and mixture is still slightly chunky. Transfer to large bowl. Mix in breadcrumbs, baking powder, salt, Aleppo pepper, and black pepper. Beat 2 eggs in small bowl; mix into batter. If batter is dry, beat remaining 1 egg in same bowl to blend and mix into batter by tablespoonfuls until moist but not runny batter forms. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Add enough oil to heavy large skillet to coat bottom generously; heat over medium-high heat. Working in batches, drop 1 tablespoonful batter for each latke into skillet; flatten to 11/2-inch round. Cook until golden, adding oil as needed and adjusting heat if browning quickly, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to rimmed baking sheets. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake latkes uncovered until heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve latkes with aioli, if desired, or sprinkle with za’atar and serve

Cauliflower Soup with American Paddlefish Roe

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 medium leek, white and pale green only, sliced thin
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and sliced thin
2 sticks unsalted butter
¼ cup white wine
1 head cauliflower, trimmed, core removed and chopped (5 florets reserved and thinly sliced for garnish)
Kosher salt
½ oz. best quality American paddlefish roe
Best quality extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a 10 quart pot over medium low heat, cook onions and leeks in ½ stick of butter slowly, stirring regularly.
They should not take on any color. After 10 minutes, add wine, and cook until completely reduced. Add ½ cup water, and continue cooking. Should take ½ hour total.

Once the onions and leeks are cooked, add the cauliflower, cover with water, and season with salt. Raise heat to high, and bring to a boil. Once it’s come up, drop to a low simmer, and cover loosly. Cook until cauliflower is very soft, about 30 minutes.

Fill the bowl of a blender about half way with the cooked cauliflower mixture, and blend very well. While the blender is running, add ¼ stick butter, and incorporate. Strain pureed cauliflower through a fine mesh strainer into a pot, or bowl. Continue with remaining cauliflower. Add water to thin mixture as necessary in the blender, and then to desired consistency for the soup. Adjust seasoning.

To serve, brown sliced florets in olive oil on medium high heat. Ladle soup into shallow bowls, top with roasted cauliflower, and a dollop of caviar. Drizzle with best quality extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Cauliflower Tabouli with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, cut up in pieces
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
1 cup cucumbers, seeded and diced
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 bunches of flat parsley, finely chopped
1 handful of mint leaves, finely chopped

Directions

Put the cut cauliflower in the food processor and process until it resembles couscous.
Put the cauliflower that now resembles couscous in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients and mix. Taste and make adjustments.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Cava melon Sangria

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 cup honeydew melon, balled
1 cup cantaloupe, balled
½ cup galia melon, balled
½ cup basil, chopped
½ cup mint, chopped
¼ cup honey
Juice and zest of one lemon, lime and orange
2 bottles cava or an effervescent white wine

Directions

Muddle basil, mint, honey, zest and juice and combine with wine and melons. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until cold before serving.

Cavatelli with Seared Squid, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Arugula and Black Olives

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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4-6 servings

Ingredients

For the Cavatelli

1 pound all-purpose flour, or Italian OO flour
1 pound whole-milk ricotta, drained/hung in cheesecloth overnight
4 ounces semolina
3 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
Water, just enough to make a firm dough

For the Sauce

10½ ounces baby arugula, long stem ends removed
8 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange, peeled into strips (no pith)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 spring fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3½ ounces black olives, pitted and sliced

For the Calamari

1 pound calamari, fresh or frozen, tubes and tentacles cleaned and separated
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Pinch pepperoncino
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, freshly chopped

Directions

For the cavatelli

Combine the flours in a large bowl. Add ricotta and the parmesan and mix by hand to combine.
Add the water a little at a time, just enough to form a stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work table and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Be careful not to add too much water, but the dough should not be tacky or sticky.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap for up to a few hours.

To shape the cavatelli: cut the dough into pieces, and then roll one piece into a rope about ½ inch in diameter. Keep the remaining pieces covered in plastic wrap until needed. Using a small knife or a bowl/bench scraper, cut the dough rope into pieces about ½ inch long.

Press the pieces with your index finger against the blade of a butter knife with a rounded tip, flattering each piece of dough until fairly thin. Pull the knife toward you, dragging the dough across the work surface so that it curls itself around the tip of the knife to form a shell shape. Place on a floured sheet tray until ready to use.

For the calamari

Cut the calamari into tubes about ½ inch thick.

In a medium sauté pan over a low flame, heat a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with the sliced garlic. Add a pinch of pepperoncino. When the garlic has softened and given off all of its aroma, turn off the heat and set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over high heat. Sear the calamari tubes and tentacles in just a little oil nicely colored on both sides. Remove to the smaller pan with the garlic. Toss with the freshly grated lemon zest and parsley. Adjust seasoning.

For the Sauce

Cut the peeled and seeded tomatoes into petals. Toss them in a bowl with salt and pepper, crushed garlic, strips of lemon and orange zest and fresh thyme sprigs. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them in a 325°F oven until they are soft, shrunken and slightly golden.
Clean the arugula well.

Boil the cavatelli in abundant salted water until just al dente.

In a large sauté pan over medium low flame, heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil with the roasted tomatoes and olives. Strain the pasta and toss into the sauce, adding the arugula and toss together until it is just wilted. Add a few drops of pasta water and olive oil to the pan to achieve a creamy consistency. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon into warm bowls and top with the seared calamari dividing the rings and tentacles evenly among the bowls.

Celery Root Potage with Fried Shallots, Fresh Sage and Apple Bit Créme Fraiche and Crispy Shallots

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium leek, sliced thin
1 medium red onion, chopped small
2 small or 1 medium celery root (2-3 pounds total), peeled and cubed small
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
Salt
Cracked black pepper
¼ cup apple cider
2 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
2 cups water
Apple Bit Créme Fraiche (recipe follows)
Crispy Shallots for garnish (recipe follows)
Fresh Sage Chiffonade for garnish
Nutmeg, freshly grated for garnish

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the butter and oil on a medium high-heat. Add the garlic, leek and red onion and sauté until semi-translucent and slightly brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add the celery root and apple and sauté until apples begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and cracked black pepper. Pour in apple cider and scrape any caramelized and dried bits stuck in the pan to loosen them into the liquid. Add the stock and water and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the celery root becomes soft, about 20-30 minutes. Remove pan from heat and transfer half of the celery root potage into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy, being careful as the liquid is hot! Pour the smooth potage back into the chunky potage and stir gently until totally incorporated. Serve with a dollop of apple bit créme fresh and garnish with crispy shallots, fresh sage chiffonade and freshly grated nutmeg.

Crispy Shallots

Ingredients

½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons oil of choice (walnut, sesame, almond or pistachio)
1 cup shallots, sliced in thin rounds
2 teaspoons fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
Maldon salt

Directions

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil and oil of choice to a medium-high heat. Once hot, add the shallots and stir until they are completely coated with oil. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir the shallots often, slowly cooking until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Add the herbs in the last 5 minutes, making sure to coat them entirely in the oil. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. The shallots and herb bits should be crispy once they are placed on the paper towels and the oil has drained. Season with Maldon salt.

Apple Bit Créme Fraiche

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Celery Root Salad with Welfleet Oysters, Herbs, Celery Leaves, and Champagne Vinaigrette

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 heads celery root
2 tablespoons Veuve Cliquot yellow label champagne
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon, juice of half
Best quality extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground white pepper
1 dozen very fresh welfleet oysters (call pat woodbury)
Leaves from 1 head celery
½ cup fresh chervil leaves
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely sliced

DIRECTIONS

Peel celery root with a vegetable peeler, and slice as thinly as possible on a mandoline. The thinner you can get it, the tastier it’ll be. Slice the celery root over a bowl with water with lemon (acidulated water). This will prevent the celery root from turning brown. You can slice the celery root well ahead before you’re going to make the salad if you keep the slices in water.

When you are 20 minutes away before serving salad, drain the celery root slices, and dress with the champagne, Meyer lemon zest and juice and a good glug of olive oil. Season well with salt and white pepper. Let it stand. The salt and acid will soften the celery root.

Open the oysters, being careful to catch all the juices in a small bowl. Place the opened oysters in a clean container, and strain the liquor through a fine sieve over them to remove any bits of shell.

Taste the celery root after its softened, and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Distribute amongst 4 plates and serve with celery leaves and herbs.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Ceviche de Sierra (Mazatlan)

August 2nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds skinless mackerel fillets, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup lime juice
5-6 medium carrots, roughly chopped
1 small red onions, roughly chopped
1 small cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
1 serrano pepper, desseded, pith removed, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano


PREPARATION

Process the fish in a food processor on pulse mode for about 8-10 seconds or until just finely chopped. Transfer to a large flat bowl. Mix the salt and lemon juice and pour it over the fish. Let the fish marinate for at least 1 hour.

In the meantime process the carrots, onions, cucumber, Serrano pepper and oregano, again on pulse, until a very fine crumbled consistency is created. Once the fish has marinated for an hour toss the carrot mixture with the fish, mixing very well. Serve immediately.

Chai

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk
1 cup water
1½ tablespoons loose Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea
A 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick, brown in half
9 green cardamom pods, crushed slightly in a mortar and pestle to open
7 whole cloves
A 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
6 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar

DIRECTIONS

Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let sleep 15 minutes. Then return to a boil, strain, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Challah

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened), plus 2 more tablespoons for top of dough
3½ unbleached bread flour
½ cup warm water (100°F)
13 cup sugar
¼ cup milk (warmed, 100°F)
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 egg yolk, for egg wash

PREPARATION

Spray a bowl with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a medium sized bowl, add first seven ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and pliable, about 10 minutes.

Transfer to bowl and brush the top with melted butter. Let double, about 1 hour.
Turn out dough in a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, then return back to the bowl. Brush with butter and allow again to double in bulk, 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Divide dough into 3 pieces and roll each into a ball. Cover loosely on table and allow resting for about 20 minutes.

Roll out into 12″ logs and allow the middle to be thicker. Braid and tuck ends underneath and transfer to buttered baking sheet, allow doubling, 20 minutes.

Brush all dough with egg wash and bake for 30-45 minutes, let cool.

Total time: 3 hrs.

© Recipe courtesy of Ashton Keefe

Chapati

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 14

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or 2 cups chapati flour
1 to 1¼ cups water
All-purpose flour, for rolling
Butter, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Mix the flour(s) in a large bowl. Add ½ cup of the water to the flour, and mix with your hand to combine. Add another ¼ cup water, and mix again. Continue adding the water, a little at a time, until the dough forms a ball. (The dough should take about 1 cup water.)

Now knead the dough vigorously on a clean, unfloured surface until the dough is moist, soft, and slightly sticky but doesn’t cling to clean hands or the work surface, about 5 minutes. If the dough is dry, dip your fingers into some water, and knead the water onto the surface, and let rest at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes.

When the dough has rested, prepare a small bowl of all-purpose flour and also flour your work surface. Break off a piece of dough a little smaller than a golf ball. Toss it in the bowl of flour, and then roll it between the palms of your hands to make a ball. Set the ball on the work surface, and flatten it into a 2-inch disk. Now roll the disk, flouring the work surface and dough round as needed, into a thin round 5 to 6-inches in diameter. Put the chapatti on a plate, and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Continue to roll all of the dough into chapattis, and stack them on a plate, pieces of plastic wrap between them.

Heat a griddle or frying pan (preference goes to cast iron) over medium-high heat. Place a chapati on a heated griddle or in the pan over medium-high heat, and cook until the top darkens slightly, and your see bubbles begin to form underneath the surface of the dough, about 1 minute. Now flip the chapatti with a spatula, and cook the other side until you see more bubbles, about 30 seconds.

If working on a gas stove, turn on a second burner to high. Using a pair of flat tongs, carefully pick up the chapati by the edge, and put it directly onto the burner. Cook until the chapati balloons and browns, 10 to 15 seconds. Then carefully turn it, using the tongs to pick it up by the very edge, and cook until the underside browns and the bread balloons again, 10 to 15 more seconds. Remove the chapati from the fire the tongs, or slide it off the griddle, put it on a plate, and rub with butter. Serve immediately while you continue cooking the remaining chapatis.

If working on an electric stove, cook the chapati on the griddle, or in the pan until the bubbles have begun to form on both sides. Then continue cooking the chapati, pressing down the edges of the round with a wad of paper towels as it balloons and turning it in a clockwise motion, until the chapati is well browned and swells like a balloon. Turn and do the same on the other side.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Chapatis

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 12

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
Additional flour for rolling
1 cup of water (approximately)
½ tablespoon of salt or to taste if you want more
2 tablespoon of vegetable or canola oil

Directions

Mix flour and salt well. Make a hole in flour and mix in a little water at a time while trying to form dough. Add little water at a time to ensure the dough consistency does not get too soft or sticky. You can always add more flour to thicken the mixture. Knead for five minutes, cover with wet cloth and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Roll out flour into a small log and portion 12 small rounds. Heat a flat pan, nonstick pan, until hot OR tortilla press work too. Roll out 1/2 a handful of dough into a flat round shape (3mm thick) and put into pan, cooking for 1 minute either side. Once turned press gently with a towel, until brown. Keep warm.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Cheddar Cheese and Potato Pierogi

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

(United States)
Serves 4 to 8 (makes about 40 dumplings)

INGREDIENTS

For the Dough

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus some extra for dusting
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup warm water
3 tablespoons sour cream
½ teaspoon salt

For the Filling

2 medium baking potatoes, such as russet
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or bacon fat
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using bacon fat)
1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ pound extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated (about 1 heaping cup)

For Serving

4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted just before serving
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives

PREPARATION

1. Make the Dough: Place 1¾ cups of the flour in a large bowl and keep the remaining ¼ cup handy. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, melted butter, warm water, and salt. Add the egg mixture to the flour and mix until all the liquid has been absorbed. Work the dough with your hands into one manageable ball. If the dough is wet and sticky, work in some of the remaining flour, a little at a time, until it no longer sticks to your fingers.

2. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 2 or 3 minutes. The dough will be somewhat firm and smooth. Return the dough ball to the bowl, cover, and let it rest for 30 minutes.

3. Make the Filling: Place the potatoes in a small pot, pour in enough water to cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer until fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Drain the potatoes and place them on a folded kitchen towel. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel off their skins, place the flesh in a large bowl, and mash until mostly smooth.

4. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and stir frequently until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Mix the onion into the mashed potatoes and set aside to cool.

5. Add the Cheddar cheese, egg yolk, salt, and pepper to the cooled potato mixture and mix well.

6. Assemble the Dumplings: Line a tray with a smooth kitchen towel and sprinkle with a little flour. Have ready the dough and the filling.

7. Knead the dough once or twice on a floured surface, divide it into 4 equal pieces, and set 3 of them aside under a kitchen towel. Shape the remaining piece into a ball and roll it out until it’s about ½ inch thick. Sprinkle with flour if it gets sticky.

8. Using the cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can, usually 8 to 10. Collect all scraps from around the rounds and put them aside under a damp kitchen towel for later use.

9. Lay flat 1 to 5 dough rounds. Brush each round with a very thin coating of water to make it sticky enough to seal. Center a rounded teaspoon of filling on top of each round, fold each neatly in half, pushing out any air, and pinch to seal. Dab a little water along the edges, if needed, for a better seal. Place the assembled dumplings
in a single layer on the prepared tray and keep them covered with a kitchen towel while you work. Once you have assembled the first batch of dumplings, continue with the remaining dough and filling. Combine all the dough scraps, knead them into a ball, roll it out, cut out as many rounds as you can, and fill and fold those too.

10. Cover the tray of assembled dumplings and place in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes before cooking. Chilling them helps to set the dough, making the dumplings firm and toothsome when cooked instead of puffy and soft. Set aside the number of dumplings that you would like to cook and keep the rest frozen for up to 6 months.

11. Cook the Dumplings: Fill a large pot halfway with salted water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium for a steady simmer.

12. Gently drop up to 20 dumplings, a few at a time, into the simmering water. Stir gently to prevent sticking. Cook until all of them are floating, about 3 minutes, then cook for 2 minutes longer. (If cooking frozen pierogi, add them directly to the simmering water and increase the cooking time by 1 minute. Do not allow the pierogi to
thaw before cooking.)

13. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon, place them in the large bowl, and drizzle with a ladle of the cooking liquid to prevent sticking. Cook the remaining dumplings and place them in the bowl with another ladle of the cooking liquid.

14. Drain the pierogi and place them in a large, shallow serving bowl. Drizzle the dumplings with melted butter, spoon sour cream over the top, sprinkle with chives, and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Wai Hon Chu

Cheddar Chive Apple Puffs

December 20th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 12 puffs

**Although we normally recommend making dough from scratch, this recipe calls for already prepared puff pastry.

INGREDIENTS

2 Fuji apples, cut into small cubes
1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 package or 2 sheets, puff pastry, thawed
2 egg whites mixed with 2 tablespoons water

PREPARATION

In a mixing bowl mix the apples, cheddar, salt, pepper and chives. To assemble the puffs, cut puff pastry into 12 squares. Add a few tablespoons of the apple mixture to each square and fold pastry in a triangular shape. Press down on the edges to seal. Place puffs on a greased cookie sheet and brush with egg white mixture. Place in a 375° oven that has been preheated for 30 minutes and then bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool.

Cheddar Potato Pierogies with Bacon Fried Onions & Chive Sour Cream

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 pierogies

Ingredients

For the dough (should be made at least an hour in advance)

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup water

For the filling

3 russet potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

For the Bacon Fried Onions & Chive Sour Cream

Oil
3 slices bacon
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
1½ cups sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

Directions

For the dough

In a large mixture bowl combine all ingredients and mix until a stick dough forms, using your hands to bind and mix, adding more water or flour as needed. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate for about an hour before using.

For the filling

Mix together all filling ingredients until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the Bacon Fried Onions & Chive Sour Cream

In a hot cast iron skillet with a small amount of oil, cook the bacon until crisp and drain on a paper towel. In the same pan on medium heat, cook the red onions until caramelized, about 12 minutes. Drain onions on paper towels. In a small mixing bowl combine the sour cream and chives. Crumble in the cooked bacon, mix well and set aside.

Roll out the peirogi dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut out either circles or squares that are approximately 4-5 inches in diameter. Place about 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each shape and fold the dough over the filling. Seal the sides carefully and well, making sure to use damp fingers. When all the pierogies are made, heat a large skillet with a little oil on a medium high heat. Sear the pierogies on each side until they are lightly browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with a dollop of the Bacon Fried Onions & Chive Sour Cream and a few onions.

Cheddar Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Jalapeños

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

5 medium Yukon gold potatoes, boiled and chopped
½ cup caramelized onions
1-2 roasted jalapeños, stems removed (whole), chopped
2 teaspoons salt (more to taste)
3 teaspoons Tabasco
½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
Herbs for garnish

Directions

In a well oiled hot cast iron skillet smash the potatoes with a potato masher, cooking and searing to get some brown color. After a few minutes add the caramelized onion and jalapeños and mix and continue to sear. Season with salt and Tabasco and continue to cook and mix. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheddar, mix gently and allow cheddar to melt in. Garnish with herbs of choice!

Cherry Chive Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cherries lightly mashed
1 cup water
2 T chopped fresh chives

PREPARATION

In a saucepan place 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 and set aside for 5 more minutes 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 cherry mash in with the cream until well mixed, set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add chopped fresh chives and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muesli Energy Bars

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-20 bars

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup dried cherries
1 cup muesli (of your choice)
6 tablespoons butter
¼ cup nuts (*optional)
½ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
¼ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar

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 and add liquids and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to dry ingredients, stir well and cool. Once cooled, add chocolate chips and combine. 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.

Cherry Mole Manhattan

July 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

2 ounces Sweet Mole Negra Infused Bourbon*
.5 ounces dry vermouth
.25 ounces Sweet Mole Negra Cherry syrup
Sweet Mole Negra Cherries*
Cherry Bitters

Place the bourbon, the vermouth and cherry syrup in a glass and stir well.  Fill the glass with ice and garnish with a few of the cherries and a few dashes of cherry bitters.

*Sweet Mole Negra Infused Bourbon-in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle grind 1 cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoons anise seeds, ½ teaspoons coriander seeds, 3 cloves, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 4 all spice berries, 2 chili mulatos, 2 guajillo chilies, 1 ancho chili,  3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, ½ cup turbinado or Mexican brown sugar. Add 3 tablespoons to a mason jar filled with bourdon and let infuse for 3 -4 days.

*Sweet Mole Cherries-In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup water and 1 cup of turbinado sugar and about 3 tablespoons of the mole negra spice mixture and bring to a boil.  Add about 2 cups of pitted fresh cherries and let simmer for five minutes.  Take of heat and cool.  Place in a mason jar and refrigerate.

Cherry Spicy Brown Mustard

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups of mustard

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Founders Brewing Company Cerise Cherry Ale (Grand Rapids, Michigan) or any cherry ale
1 cup malt vinegar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped superfine
½ cup whole brown mustard seeds
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon caraway seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl whisk together beer, vinegar, mustard seeds, cherries, let soak at room temperature for about 4 hours or overnight. Place mixture in a blender and add, dry mustard, horseradish, honey, salt and pepper. Blend until a coarse mustard consistency is formed. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in caraway seeds and season with more salt as needed. We want the mixture a little more on the “loose” side as we are using it for a dipping sauce for the pretzels. To make this into thicker mustard, add ½-1 cup more of mustard seeds. Store in refrigerator.

Cherry Tomato Salad with Horseradish Tarragon Cream

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

3 cups cherry tomatoes halved
1  sliced red onions
½ c chopped tarragon
1 T fresh grated horseradish
Juice of lemon
¼ c crème fresh
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix crème fresh tarragon, horseradish and lemon juice  add salt and pepper.  Mix with cherry tomatoes and red onions.

Chervil Tomato Salad

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 servings.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
1bunch green onions chopped
½ cup chervil
2 T olive oil
1 T champagne vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix olive oil vinegar salt and pepper with chervil, pour over cherry tomatoes and garnish with green onions.

Chicken & Herb Dumpling Soup

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped small
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips, lightly dusted with whole wheat flour
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium turnip, cubed small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
13 cup white wine (use wine chosen for wine pairing)
3 cups light herbal onion stock
1 cup of the following herbs de-stemmed and chopped: parsley, thyme, marjoram, chives
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh spinach
Herb Dumplings, recipe follows

Directions

In a large heavy bottom stew skillet, heat olive and butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions for a few minutes until translucent. Add chicken and green onions and sauté until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes. Add celery, carrots, turnips and salt and pepper. Deglaze pan with white wine and add light herbal onion stock and herbs, including bay leaves. Bring to a boil and turn to low and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile prepare dumplings, see recipe that follows. Add the cream, cayenne, nutmeg and spinach. Drop spoonfuls of the Herb Dumpling dough over the top of the soup and let cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes, uncovered and not stirring until the dumplings are cooked through.

Herb Dumplings

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed very small
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir well. Add butter and using fingers make a crumbly mixture. Add milk, cayenne and herbs and mix well, adding more flour if needed in order to make a slightly sticky but manageable dough.

Chicken and Cashews

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 pieces skinless boneless chicken thighs, sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green chili, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin (separate green and white parts)
¾ cup chicken broth
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
1½ teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup cashews, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Cook the chicken until golden and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add bell pepper, chili, garlic, and scallion whites to wok or skillet and stir-fry until peppers are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

Stir together broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar, then stir into wok or skillet. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cashews, scallion greens, and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate. Serve.

Chicken Biriyani with Cream and Garam Masala

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

10 cups water
2 cups basmati rice
1 recipe Braised Chicken in White Sauce with Garam Masala

DIRECTIONS

Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the rice, and stir gently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Return to a boil, turn the heat down, and simmer vigorously, partially covered, 6 minutes. Drain, return rice to the pan, and set aside until ready to use. Make the chicken, and simmer stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes after adding the cream.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Layer a third of the cooked rice over the bottom of a large ovenproof casserole dish, preferably with a lid. Layer half of the chicken on top, and smooth with a spoon. Add another third of the rice and then the rest of the chicken. Top with the remaining rice. Cover tightly with a foil and then a lid, if there is one. Bake 30 minutes. Remove casserole from the oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Chicken Breast & Chard With Thyme, Garlic, White Wine & Lemon

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1 – 2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings chicken breast, boneless, skinless, sliced
Juice of ½ lemon
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 tablespoons white wine
1 cup chard, chopped
Several thyme sprigs

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF degrees

Place sliced chicken breast on prepared foil.  Top with juice of ½ lemon, 3 chopped garlic cloves, white wine, chopped chard & thyme.

Wrap and bake for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.

Chicken Breast & Chard with Thyme, Garlic, White Wine & Lemon

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1 – 2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings chicken breast, boneless, skinless, sliced
Juice of ½ lemon
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 tablespoons white wine
1 cup chard, chopped
Several thyme sprigs

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.
Place sliced chicken breast on prepared foil. Top with juice of ½ lemon, 2 chopped garlic cloves, white wine, chard and thyme.
Wrap and bake for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.

Chicken Breast & Chard with Thyme, Garlic, White Wine & Lemon

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings chicken breast, boneless, skinless
Salt
Pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of ½ lemon
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
1 cup chard, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and lemon zest. On a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil, place all ingredients in the center. Fold the aluminum foil edges over like a burrito, then fold each side about a half inch in again and repeat until you have a tight little packet. Place packet on the lined baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through. Slice and serve!

Chicken Cacciatore

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
2 chicken wings, skin on, bone in
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ cup flour (for dredging)
Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped medium
2 medium carrots, chopped medium
2 ribs of celery, chopped fine
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup of each reserved for the end
½ cup dry white wine
1 large (28-ounce) can peeled whole tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock

PREPARATION

Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. In a heavy bottom 5-Qt pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté chicken until brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. You can do the chicken in two batches if need be, take chicken out and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, and add garlic and onion, sauté until the garlic and onions are tender and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add bell peppers, carrots, and celery, and continue to sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add half of all herbs and sauté just until coated. Add the wine and remove any little bits and pieces stuck to bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, squishing them with your fingers to break apart whole tomatoes. Add chicken stock, stir well. Add the chicken and mix well. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add remaining herbs and take off heat. Remove any excess oil or fat floating on the top of the sauce with a spoon. Serve over Herbed polenta.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeno or Serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl combine peaches, bell peppers, jalapenos, and cilantro and toss together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, zest, avocado oil, peach preserves and chipotles until a smooth sauce is formed. Season with a pinch or two of salt and pour over peach mixture and toss together. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 10-5 minutes flipping once time. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeño or serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat you grill or an oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl combine peaches, bell peppers, jalapeños, and cilantro and toss together. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once time. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Chicken Pesto Linguini & Meatballs

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

1lb ground chicken
2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
1 bulb garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic (reserved from meatballs)
2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use fingers to squeeze together ground chicken, basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg and gently bind together. Form into 1 inch balls.

Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom skillet. Sauté garlic for a few minutes and add meatballs, rolling and cooking until browned on all sides. Add the chopped tomatoes and let simmer, stirring gently every few minutes for approximately 30 minutes. Serve over cooked linguini.

Chicken Pesto Meatballs

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the Sauce

Olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved from meatballs)
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use hands to squeeze together ground chicken, basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Form into 1-inch balls.

Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom skillet. Sauté garlic for a few minutes, and add meatballs, and cook until browned on all sides. Add the tomatoes, and let simmer, stirring gently every few minutes for approximately 30 minutes. Serve over cooked linguini.

Chicken Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serve 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
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 chicken breasts, poached in the broth and shredded with fingers and set aside
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers sliced thin, 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, chicken bones 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 chicken. 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 shredded chicken into the pot of boiling stock to reheat, for about 10 seconds only. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and chicken and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Chicken, Peppers and Pesto Sauce

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs, boneless skinless
Salt
Pepper
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow pepper, sliced thin
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 red onion, halved and sliced thin
1/2 cup freshly made pesto (recipe follows)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on a large baking sheet, place the pepper and onion sliced all over the baking sheet as well. Place in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender. In the meantime make the pesto and when the chicken comes out of the oven toss the mixture with the pesto and serve immediately.

Pesto Sauce (Light)

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water

Directions

Mix the ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

Chicken, Red Pepper and Pesto Cream Sauce Pizza

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Regular crust is topped with the pesto cream sauce, grilled chicken, red pepper strips and feta cheese. It’s delightful and tasty.

Chili Basil Salt

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c chopped fine basil
1 t chili flakes
2 T sea salt
parmesan cheese (optional)

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients well. Sprinkle on pasta, pizza and seafood.

Chili Chipotle Mayonnaise

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic mayo recipe or 2 cups store bought mayo
3 tablespoons of chipotles in adobo sauce
Zest and juice of 2 limes
1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped fine and de-seeded
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. A handheld mixer will also work. Use on chicken, fish and steaks whenever you want. It is also an excellent and versatile mayo. Grilled chipotle chicken salad sandwiches with this mayo are perfect for a summertime weekend!

Chili Dipping Sauce

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1-2 red hot chili peppers, sliced

Directions

Whisk together all the ingredients and let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Chili Mint Mackerel Ceviche

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Atlantic Mackerel fillets, chopped in large flat pieces
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 lime
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 avocados sliced
1 cup segmented citrus pieces, lemons, oranges and grapefruits (your choice)

Directions

Place the chopped fish in a large bowl and salt it and let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oil, zest, chilis and herbs until well combined. Pour over the fish and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. For serving place fish down and granish with avocado and citrus segments and drizzle ceviche juice over the top.

Chilled Cucumber Raita with Mustard Seeds

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of canola oil
¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
3 cups of plain yogurt (whole or reduce fat)
¼ cup of mint chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste
Green chilies, optional

Directions

Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them pop in oil for approximately a minute. This makes the oil very aromatic. Remove pan from heat and cool. Peel and seed cucumbers cut into small dice. Stir cooled mustard seeds into yogurt and whisk yogurt. Stir mint, cumin, salt and green chilies. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the mixture is chilled.

Chilled Tomato and Basil Soup

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a delightful way to enjoy tomatoes and basil on the hottest days of summer. This soup’s uniqueness, lovely texture and subtle cool flavors make it an excellent choice for a lunch party.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

8-10 small vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
4cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
4 large basil leaves

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add 1 basil leaf for garnish.

Chilled Tomato Soup

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

8-10 medium heirloom tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
6 large basil leaves
Garden caviar (recipe follows)

Directions

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add one large basil leaf to the top of each soup, gently spoon some of the garden caviar on top of the basil leaf for garnish.

Garden Caviar
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped superfine
½ medium green zucchini, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red peppers, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped superfine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Chipotle Cilantro Lime Turkey Sausages

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 sausages

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds turkey breasts, boneless and skinless and cut into 1-inch chunks
½ can chipoltle in adobe sauce, chopped
1 tablespoon lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
**casings of your choice

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours.  Using the finest blade of the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions.  If you are making or using the meat without the casing go right to that step.  If you are making links put the mixture back in the mixing bowl and place in the freezer for a little while.  In the mean time soak the casings in warm water and rinse a few times.  Get out your sausage stuffer and slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube, this is the part that you will need to tie the sausages off.  Remove the meat form the freezer and stuff it into the stuffer, if all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding) leave what will not fit in a bowl in the refrigerator.  Turn the stuffer on and begin the process, air will be the first thing to emerge.  As the meat begins to slide out use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output.  Let the sausage emerge into one long coil, the links will be tied later in the process.  When the sausage is done, turn off the machine and tie up the ends, you can use meat or butchers twine.  To make the links, pinch a section together, then spin the links and turn them opposite form each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link.  Make sure both ends are tied off.  Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles, using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be resolved.  Hang the links for about an hour and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight, use them or freeze them in about a week.

Chipotle Cilantro Marinated Flank Steak

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 13 oz.  cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 cup white onion, chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup chopped fresh chives
Juice of 6 limes and zest of 3
1 tablespoon cumin
2 jalapeños, chopped and seeds removed
Salt/pepper
2 pounds flank steak

PREPARATION

Blend chipotle peppers, onion, herbs, lime juice, jalapeño, cumin, and salt and pepper together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Marinate the steak in the sauce for approximately 1 hour. Grill steak on high heat using the remainder of the sauce for a mopping sauce while grilling.

Chipotle Herb Barbecue Sauce

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a sure fire south of the border specialty because it is spicy and zesty and fresh as can be. It’s also super easy, yet super decadent. You will never eat plain old fajitas again. The sauce is excellent on all meats and vegetables but our clear favorite is Chipotle Herb Grilled Flank Steak Fajitas (see seasonal entertaining section for complete recipe).

Makes 2 cups of sauce and takes 10 minutes to prepare

INGREDIENTS

1 12oz. can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ cup white onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Juice of 3 limes and zest of 2
1 or 2 jalapenos, chopped and seeds removed
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as a marinade and then as a mopping and finishing sauce!

Chipotle Herb Glaze

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups thick glaze

This spicy south-of-the-border glaze or BBQ sauce will turn your Thanksgiving into a spicy zest affair. The sauce can also be used to fl avor mashed potatoes and is excellent outside of Thanksgiving on beef, chicken, fi sh and vegetables!

INGREDIENTS

1 can (12-ounce) of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ cup white onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Juice of 3 limes and zest of 2
1 or 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as a mopping sauce for your bird!

Chipotle Herb Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
1 6 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 small jalapeño, chopped and seeds removed
½ cup white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
juice and zest of 2 limes

PREPARATION

Blend together all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth but with a slightly uneven and consistently coarse texture. This is excellent on grilled chicken sandwiches or Mexican-style burgers and is even pretty good on fajitas!

Chipotle Herb Marinated Flank Steak

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 13 oz. cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 cup white onion, chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup chopped fresh chives
Juice of 6 limes and zest of 3
1 tablespoon cumin
2 jalapenos chopped, seeds removed
Salt/pepper
2 pounds flank steak

PREPARATION

Blend chipotle peppers, onion, herbs, lime juice, jalapeño, cumin, salt and pepper together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Marinate the steak in the sauce for approximately 1 hour. Grill steak on high heat using the remainder of the sauce for a mopping sauce while grilling.

Chipotle-Herb Sloppy Joes

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 Party Size Sandwiches

For the chipotle-herb sauce (makes 2 cups)

INGREDIENTS

1 (12-ounce) can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ cup white onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Juice of 3 limes
Zest of 2 limes
1-2 jalapeños, deseeded and chopped
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

For the sloppy joes

INGREDIENTS

Vegetable oil
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 green bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
Chipotle-herb sauce

DIRECTIONS

In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat. Sauté onions for a few minutes, and add ground beef. Cook until all of the meat is browned. Add green peppers, and sauté until the green peppers are cooked through and tender but not soft. Drain any excess oil or fat. Add chipotle-herb sauce, and mix well. Cook uncovered over medium-low heat for about 5 more minutes until some of the tomatoes sauce cooks off and the sauce sticks nicely to the meat. Serve on party size buns.

Chive Blossom Croutons

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups of croutons

Ingredients

2 cups cubed white bread (1½ inch cubes)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chive blossom flowers
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well, making sure that the bread cubes are totally covered with butter. Place the croutons on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, turning as needed and until slightly browned on all sides. Allow to cool.

Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms

Directions

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

Chive Dip

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup fresh chives, minced
1 T fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Mix all your ingredients in a medium container. Let the flavors marry and chill overnight. You can cut your veggies for the crudité the night before as well. Just put them in the fridge submerged in cold water to keep them crisp.

Chive-Cumin Dusted Sweet Potato Fries

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 12-15

INGREDIENTS

4-5 medium sweet potatoes
½ cup fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon Maldon salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Partially bake the sweet potatoes for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool and peel.

Cut potatoes into thin wedges or to desired size. In a large mixing bowl, gently toss the potatoes with the cumin and chives. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with Maldon slat.

Chocolate & Pumpkin Bread Pudding

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 ramekins

Ingredients

1 can (15 ounces) coconut milk
1/2 cup almond milk
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon, freshly grated
2 teaspoons nutemg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups day old bread, cubed about 11/2 inch thick
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
Powder sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Grease 12 ramekins. In a large bowl whisk together the coconut milk, almond milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices until smooth. Mix in the bread and the chocolate. Place the mixture in greased ramekins. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned. Remove from oven and take out of ramekins while warm by cutting around the mold and turning upside down onto a small plate. Dust the tops with powdered sugar.

Chocolate Cake

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cake

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups buttermilk
Basic Buttercream, for frosting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, and mix until incorporated.

Alternate dry ingredients with buttermilk, starting and finishing with flour mixture.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in center comes out clean.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Chocolate Cardamom Banana Bites

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 12-15 bites

INGREDIENTS

2 bananas, firm but ripe, cut into 12-15 pieces
9 ounces dark semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon cardamom
1⁄3 cup shredded coconut
½ cup nut of choice, chopped fine
2 teaspoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1⁄3 cup dried dates and cherries, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Freeze the banana pieces. In a large bowl, mix all the nuts, seeds, coconut and chopped fruit. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Spoon the melted chocolate over the banana bites, making sure to coat well and rid any excess chocolate. Roll the bites in the coconut mixture. Freeze and serve!

Chocolate Cookie Habañero Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 Ice Cream Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

3 cups heavy cream
2 cups dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean split
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 habañero pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and cut in half
9 egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk, cold
Pinch of salt

30 medium dark chocolate cookies

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together cream, sugar, vanilla, mint leaves, and habañero pepper. Bring to a pre-boil, and reduce to simmer, about 10 to 15 minutes. Strain out habañero, vanilla, and mint leaves. Scrape the inside of the vanilla bean before discarding, and add to cream mixture. Place the mixture back on low heat, and, in the meantime, beat the egg yolks in a separate mixing bowl. Whisk the beaten eggs and buttermilk into the cream mixture, making sure the mixture does not cook the eggs, keep on very low, and keep whisking. Continue to whisk until mixture turns into a thick custard. Add a pinch of salt and take off of burner, and allow to cool. Then refrigerate. When cold, process ice cream in an ice cream maker, following directions of the ice cream maker.

To assemble cookies, place a scoop of ice cream on the flat part of the cookie, and place the other flat part of the cookie on the other side. Press down gently until a disc forms. Place on a cookie sheet or plate, and place in the freezer until frozen again.

Chocolate Dried Cherry Nut Clusters

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 15 clusters

Ingredients

½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw peanuts
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup dried cherries
8 ounces dark chocolate melted
Himalayan pink salt

Directions

In a medium bowl mix together almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cherries. On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper place a teaspoon or a little more of the melted chocolate down in a circle shape Place a spoonful of the nut mixture on top of the chocolate circle. Drizzle more chocolate about 1 tablespoon over the top of that little nut mound and repeat until all chocolate and nets are used. Place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden. Remove form the parchment paper and serve. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Chocolate Ganache

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 pound semisweet chocolate
4 cups heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth stir in the rum if desired.

Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake. Start at the center of the cake and work outward. For a fluffy frosting or chocolate filling, allow it to cool until thick, then whip with a whisk until light and fluffy.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Frosting

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 12

INGREDIENTS

For the cake

2 cups Guinness
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
113 cups sour cream

For the icing

2 cups cream cheese, softened
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
¼ cup Irish Cream liqueur
4 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

For the cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. Bring 2 cups Guinness and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and 1½ teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add Guinness-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.

For the icing

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, butter, and Irish Cream. Slowly add the powdered sugar while mixing.

Place 1 cake layer on a plate. Spread 23 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer. Spread 23 cup icing over. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.

Chocolate Mint Pudding

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1½ cups sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
12 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate
3 cups milk (infused with fresh mint, recipe follows)
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
Salt

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Add chocolate, and melt down, whisking well. In another bowl, beat eggs with milk, and add vanilla. Gradually whisk into chocolate mixture. Bring to a boil, whisking until mixture is thick. Remove from heat, and add a pinch of salt.

Milk Infused with Mint

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

3 cups milk
1 cup fresh mint, crumbled between fingers

Directions

In a medium saucepan, add milk and fresh mint. Heat on simmer, about 5 to 8 minutes. Strain out mint, and discard.

Chocolate Nutty Pretzels

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels

INGREDIENTS

1 New York style pretzel dough recipe
Coarse sugar
12 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nuts and/or seeds (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds or any combination of)
Maldon Salt

DIRECTIONS

Follow the recipe for the pretzels with one exception, before baking sprinkle with coarse sugar instead of pretzel salt. In a double boiler (sauce pan with water simmering with a metal bowl atop) place chocolate and vanilla and melt until chocolate is creamy. Place the nuts in a medium bowl. Get a few baking sheets and line them with parchment paper. Dip half the pretzel in the chocolate, using a spoon to help coat if you need to. After the entire side (just one half) is covered let drain a bit over the chocolate so that all excess chocolate is dripped off. Dip the chocolate side in the nuts and again use another spoon to help coat with the desired level of nuts. Place on the lined baking sheet, fill in the blank spots with more nuts by hand as needed. Sprinkle with maldon salt. Do not refrigerate, the pretzels taste better when softer, so let chocolate set up slowly and keep in a cool not hot place.

Ciabatta

August 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients

For sponge

½ teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm water (105°-115°F)
1⁄3 cup room-temperature water
1 cup bread flour

For bread

½ teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm milk (105°-115°F)
2⁄3 cups room-temperature water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups bread flour
1½ teaspoons salt

Directions

Make sponge

In a small bowl stir together yeast and warm water and let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy. In a bowl, stir together yeast mixture, room-temperature water, and flour and stir 4 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let sponge stand at cool room temperature at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.

Make bread

In a small bowl, stir together yeast and milk and let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy. In a bowl of a blender, blend together milk mixture, sponge, water, oil, and flour and combine with wooden spoon. Add salt and mix. Turn out dough from bowl on floured surface and knead until soft, about 10 minutes. Place dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1½ hours. (Dough will be sticky and full of air bubbles.)

Have ready a rimless baking sheet and 2 well-floured 12-by-6-inch sheets parchment paper. Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface and cut in half. Transfer each half to a parchment sheet and form into an irregular oval about 9 inches long. Dimple loaves with floured fingers and dust tops with flour. Cover loaves with a dampened kitchen towel. Let loaves rise at room temperature until almost doubled in bulk, 1½ to 2 hours.

At least 45 minutes before baking ciabatta, put a baking stone or 4 to 6 unglazed “quarry” tiles (see note, above) arranged close together on oven rack in lowest position in oven and preheat oven to 425°F. Transfer 1 loaf on its parchment to baking sheet with a long side of loaf parallel to far edge of baking sheet. Line up for edge of baking sheet with far edge of stone or tiles, and tilt baking sheet to slide loaf with parchment onto back half of stone or tiles. Transfer remaining loaf to front half of stone or tiles in a similar manner. Bake ciabatta loaves 20 minutes, or until pale golden. With a large spatula transfer loaves to a rack to cool

Cilantro Chipotle Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 pound medium conchiglie macaroni (conch shaped)
¼ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups pepper jack cheese, grated
¾ cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeño chili, deseeded and 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 turn the burner to simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Add all the cheese and continue to whisk, melting all the cheese, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, stir well and take off heat. Add the tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeño and stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and fresh herbs and mix well. Serve slices of chipotle flank steak over the macaroni.

Cilantro Curry Pickled Cauliflower

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup carrot slices
1/4 cup sliced ginger
1/4 cup sliced red peppers
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
1 teaspooncoriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1 chopped serrano chili
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger lime if you can find
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon curry powder

PREPARATION

In a steamer steam cauliflower florets and carrots until just tender, approx 8-9 minutes. in the meantime mix vegetables & spices in a large mixing bowl, ginger, red peppers, sesame seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cilantro, and chili, add the cauliflower and carrots when they are cooked until tender. In another mediummixing bowl combine vinegar, water sugar , curry, and salt and mix until sugar and salt have dissolved. Pour over vegetable mixture and mix well, refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.

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