Healthy Junk Bark

December 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves about 6-8

This simple low calorie snack is perfect for kids and adults. Creativity is the key in this recipe, mixing and matching flavors to create an amazing chocolate experience!

Ingredients

16 ounces semi sweet of bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped or chips
Dried fruit of choice: cranberries, cherries, apricots, blueberries, chopped
Nuts of choice: almonds, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts roasted and chopped
Seeds of choice: pumpkin, sesame
Sea salt flakes

Directions

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Spoon the melted chocolate over a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper making sure it is about at least ¼ inch thing. Sprinkle your bark items thoroughly evenly. Sprinkle with salt. Let stand in a cool place for at least an hour, alternatively you can place in the refrigerator to harden faster. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Here are a few of our favorite junk bark combinations:

Almond and dried cherry
Peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries
Pretzels and dried cherries
Almond and blueberry
Almonds, pumpkin seeds, cherries, walnuts and sesame seeds

Jalapeño Mango Margaritas

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pitcher

INGREDIENTS

3 large ripe mangos, peeled, deseeded and chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, deseeded and chopped
Zest of 2 limes
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Juice of 15 limes
1½ cups Cointreau Triple Sec
2 cups tequila blanco
Coarse salt
Limes for garnish and taste

PREPARATION

Puree the mangoes, jalapenos, lime zest, cilantro leaves and lime juice in a blender or with a hand held food processor until very smooth. Refrigerate mango puree until just before serving. When ready to serve, combine the puree with the triple sec and tequila blanco and mix very well. It can also be blended with ice at this stage for a frozen drink. Garnish salt-rimmed glasses with limes. Of course, some folks may prefer a little more tequila!

Jamaican Jerk Glazed Ham

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Wine Pairing: Charles Joguet, Chinon “clos du Chene Vert” – Organic 2002, France.
This highly complex and extremely spicy wine does not overcomplicate the intricate flavors of the jerk glaze and spices, instead they forge an incredibly bold pair suited for bold palettes and the brave of heart, much like the dish itself! Retails for about $40.

INGREIDENTS

For the Brine

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

For the Glaze

1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch of all spice
1 pinch of clove
½ habañero pepper, seeds removed and chopped superfine
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
¼ fresh chives, chopped fine

For the Spice Rub

3 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon

PREPARATION

Brining

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

Glaze

In a medium sauce pan, add all ingredients, and bring to a boil, simmer, and reduce for about 15 minutes until thick. Cool, and set aside.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

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

Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound pork butt
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Tortillas, for serving

For garnish:

Mangoes
Pickled onions

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor place all ingredients except the pork butt, lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar.
Pulse until the mixture is ground into a course paste. Rub the mixture all over the pork butt, let stand for 10 minutes. In a large cast iron pan over high heat, add canola oil. Brown the pork butt so that all sides are well seared. Add the lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar; stir scraping the bottom of the pan to remove the cooked bits and pieces. Add the entire mixture to a heated crock pot and let cook for about 4 hours or until pork butt falls apart. Take the port butt out and pull apart with a fork and then place back in the crock pot and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve on tortillas with mangoes and pickled onions.

Jamaican Mango Pepper Sauce

April 5th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup sauce

Ingredients

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, stems and seeds removed and chopped
¼ cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon allspice berries, freshly ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, freshly ground
½ teaspoon cloves, freshly ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¼ cup orange juice
¼ tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until soft. Allow to cool, place in blender and puree until smooth.

Jerk Chicken Skewers

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ a medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 chicken breasts, chopped in 1 ½ inch chunks

Directions

In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients except chicken until well mixed.  Place the chicken chunks into the sauce and marinate overnight.  Arrange chicken on skewers.  Grill until cooked.

Jerk chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Jerk Chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Jersey Peach Popsicle Bites

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups jersey peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
½ cup water
½ cup honey

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the peaches, honey and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 2 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Once cool, blend into a smooth puree. Place into popsicle molds and freeze for 6-9 hours.

Jerusalem Bread

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 30 triangles

INGREDIENTS

2 cups feta, crumbled
¾ cups cold water
1 jalapeno, chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons canola oil

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400˚F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. For filling, mix feta and jalapeno, set aside. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until combined. On a floured work surface, turn out dough and roll out to ½” thick. Cut into triangles. Place stuffing in center, fold over and pinch close. Bake for 10 minutes and and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Jewel Yam & Al Blue Potato Hash

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 large sweet potato, cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 purple potatoes, cut in ¾ inch cubes
2 thick slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, cupped
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
Salt and fresh cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

Place a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skilled has heated, add the bacon. Fry the bacon until all the fat has been rendered and the bacon is fully cooked.

While the bacon is cooking, add the cubed potatoes to a large pot with enough water to cover the potatoes. Add a liberal amount of salt to the water. Place the pot with the potatoes onto the stove over high heat. Bring the pot to a boil. Once the pot has reached a boil, test the doneness of the potatoes: using a fork, stab a couple of different cubes. If the cubes are tender when pierced and easily come off to the fork, the potatoes are done. Strain the parboiled potatoes.

Once the bacon is done, remove it from the pan and drain it on paper towels. Crumble the bacon once it has cooled and set aside.

In the same skillet over medium heat, using the rendered fat, sauté the sliced onion until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the parboiled potatoes, rosemary, and garlic to the pan. Raise the heat to medium high and fry the potatoes for 10-15 minutes. Allow the hash to cook, untouched, for several minutes before stirring or flipping. This will allow proper caramelization. Stir of flip the hash a few times while sautéing. Once the potatoes are browned and crispy on all sides, add the parsley, green onions, and crumbled bacon to the skillet. Toss to combine thoroughly. Taste a bite of the hash then season as necessary with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Serve hot. Goes great with tangy lemon vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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