Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

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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.

Ginger Whipped Cream

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Makes approximately 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups heavy cream, chilled
A ½” piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, add cream, and whip until soft peaks form. Add ginger, sugar, and vanilla, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Serve with lime pie.

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

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Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

4 cup mixed greens
2 Ruby red grapefruits
2 avocados, chopped
2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

On a large platter, arrange mixed greens. To prepare the grapefruit segments, use a serrated knife to slice off both ends of each orange, and then stand upright on a cutting board. Following the curve of the fruit, cut away the peel and white pith. Working over a small bowl (to reserve any juices), use your serrated knife to cut into each orange segment being sure to avoid the white pith to create clean grapefruit segments, and arrange on top of mixed greens. Arrange chopped avocados around as well. Drizzle avocado or extra-virgin olive oil over salad, and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Grapefruit Tarragon Soda

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Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
1 cup sugar
2 fresh tarragon sprigs
2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
Ice
Soda water

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add water, sugar, and tarragon, and warm until sugar is dissolved and syrup is infused with tarragon. Strain syrup and cool. Once chilled, add tarragon syrup to grapefruit juice.

To serve, fill a glass with ice and add 3 to 4 ounces of grapefruit tarragon juice and top with soda water. Stir, and serve.

Lime Pie with Ginger Snap Crust and Ginger Whipped Cream

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Makes one 9″ pie – Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For ginger snap crust

1¾ cups gingersnap cookies, crushed
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For lime pie filling

1 can (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 tablespoons lime zest, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, whisk together crushed gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, flour, and salt. Add butter, and stir until mixture is well combined.

Press crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie plate, evenly covering the bottom and sides. Place pie plate on a baking sheet, and bake until crust is set, about 10 minutes. Once out of oven, let cool completely.

Lower oven to 325°F.

In a medium bowl, gently whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice, and zest. Pour into the prepared, cooled crust.

Bake until the center is set, but still has slight movement, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Meyer Lemon Infused Finishing Salt

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Makes ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup kosher salt
Zest of 2 Meyer lemons

DIRECTIONS

Combine ingredients in a small bowl, and place in a mason jar or other air tight container. Use on chicken, fish, salads, or grilled, steamed, or satuéed vegetables.

Persian Lime-Ginger Soda

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Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups lime juice, freshly squeezed
1½ cups sugar
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
Ice
Soda water

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add lime juice, sugar, and ginger, and warm until sugar is dissolved and syrup is infused with ginger. Strain, and cool.

To serve, fill a glass with ice, and add 3 to 4 ounces of lime-ginger syrup. Top with soda water. Stir, and serve.

Quick Preserved Lemons

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Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

10 lemons, scrubbed of wax
2 tablespoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons sugar

DIRECTIONS

Slice lemons, including peel, removing as many seeds as possible. Put the lemons and their juice in a bowl, and sprinkle with the salt and sugar. Toss well, and transfer to a jar. Let the mixture sit for at least 3 hours at room temperature, shaking the jar periodically. It can be served at that point or refrigerated for up to a week.

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