Asian Pork Meatballs with Sesame Spinach

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 small Spinach onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
2 pounds ground pork
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 large egg, scrambled
¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce
Sriracha (optional, to taste)
Hoisin (optional, to taste)
Canola oil
Sesame oil
2 pounds baby spinach
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

For the dipping sauce

2 parts soy sauce
1 part lime juice
Red pepper flakes

Directions

In a small sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil up to a medium heat. Add onions and sweat for about 1 minute. Add in garlic and ginger and sweat for another minute. Place onion mix into a bowl and cool. In a large mixing bowl, add pork, cilantro, egg, cooled onion mix, breadcrumbs, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sriracha or hoisin to taste. Mix together evenly. Shape into 20-24 balls and fry them in a pan (6-8 minutes) or bake them in a 400 degree oven (10-15 minutes). In a large sauté pan, heat 2 teaspoons of canola and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil on a medium/high heat. Sauté spinach in two batches. Plate spinach and sprinkle white sesame seeds on top and serve with meatballs.

For the dipping sauce

Mix all ingredients together and use for dipping.

Basic Pizza Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

Basic Pizza Dough

December 12th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
21/2 cup 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 for about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick or regular.

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

Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

February 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
6-8 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped fine
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup half & half

DIRECTIONS

In a large soup pan over medium-high heat, add butter and oil. Cook shallots, yellow onion, parsnips, apple and thyme until onions are translucent and the parsnips and apple are lightly browned, about 7-10 minutes. Add broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until parsnips and apples are soft and can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat and blend using an immersion blender. Slowly add the half & half while blending until smooth and creamy.

Fresh Pasta Dough

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 pound of pasta

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

To make dough in a processor:
Blend flour, egg, and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To make dough by hand:
Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg and salt.
With a fork, gently beat eggs and water until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well.
Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form dough, adding more water drop by drop if dough is too dry (dough should be firm and not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Roll pasta:
Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and over rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Fresh Pea Soup with Ham Hock and Croutons

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 loaf ciabatta bread
Olive oil
Salt
2 ham hocks, raw or smoked
1 large Spanish onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 leek, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 cups white wine
1 bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme, parsley, Grains of Paradise, or black pepper)
2 quarts stock, vegetable or chicken
2 cups fresh peas

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut the ciabatta into 1″ squares. Toss with olive oil and salt onto a baking sheet and place into oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

In a 1 gallon stock pot, add 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Bring to a medium-high heat and sear the ham hocks until golden brown. If the ham hocks are smoked, you can just go to the next step and add the hocks later. Add to the stock pot the onion and sweat for about a minute. Then add in the celery and sweat for another minute. Now add in your leeks and garlic and sweat again for another minute or two. Try to do this without getting any color on the vegetables. Deglaze the bottom of the pan with the white wine and reduce heat to a medium flame. Reduce wine for about 3 minutes. If using smoked ham hocks, add them now as well as the bouquet garni and stock. Bring stock to a simmer and let cook for about 45-60 minutes. Add in the fresh peas during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking or until soft and remove ham hock. Using an immersion blender, purée soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and serve with croutons. Use extra parsley for garnish.

Ger-Nis Herbal Pisco Sour

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one drink


Ingredients


2½ ounces Pisco
½ ounce herbal simple syrup
Juice of 2-3 limes
1 egg white
Bitters


Directions


In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a 6 ounce glass and drop a few drops of bitters on the top of the frothed egg whites.

Hand Pounded Pesto

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Pesto, simply translated means pounded. It is one of the Lingurian regions most prized ingredients and traditionally hand pounded. Today many use food processors or blenders but you can still find devoted traditionalists who hand pound it proving that the taste is still superior with this method due to the increase of released essential oils from not only the basil but the garlic and pine nuts as well. The oils are more readily released when pounded versus cut or chopped. Traditionally a large wooden pestle is used and a marble or granite mortar for the pounding process. (They say the granite on many of the mortars still around is the same granite that Michael Angelo used to carve and sculpt with)

Ingredients

Coarse salt
Garlic (they say the garlic in this region is sweeter as well due to the ocean air influence)
Genovese basil leaves-small deep green and sweet leaves, not too pungent and always young
Pine nuts-from the Lingurian region as well, they claim the taste is sweeter and nuttier and also has a higher oil content than pine nuts in the east or south
Extra virgin olive oil-of course with the local region’s olives which have a milder sweeter flavor than other Italian olive oil
Pecorino, grated finely
Parmesan Reggiano, grated finely

Directions

There are several different paths to get to the final product. We have read about and seen many different ways but the way in which we say most was the following method and order.

The pesto is pounded slowly, first by combining the garlic with the coarse salt until a paste if formed adding a little bit of salt at a time. Next the leaves of the basil are added which are small on the Genovese plant and thus a few at a time are incorporated little by little pounding and mashing until the paste begins to turn green and the basil is broken apart. Pine nuts are added next again crushing and pounding until they are smashed into a paste and all oils are released. The pounding process is slow and methodical and each step has a finished product before moving on to the next step. The extra virgin olive oil is added next and once the cheeses are added no more pounding can be done so when the olive oil stage comes the desired consistency of the paste must be completed before adding cheese. Add the cheese and stir with the pestle.

Herbed Parsnip Oven Fries

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

5 medium parsnips, peeled and sliced into thin strips (French fries)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
Maldon or flake salt

Directions

Pre heat oven to 425°F. Place the parsnips in a large mixing bowl and combine all other ingredients in the same bowl. Mix and toss well until all the parsnips are well coated with oil, adding extra oil if needed. Place on a line baking sheet, making sure the parsnips have enough space to cook evenly. Place in the oven and roast for about 15-20 minutes or until browned evenly. Make sure to turn and flip the parsnips at least once during the roasting process for even browning. Sprinkle a little flask on them as they come out of the oven if desired.

Herbed Polenta

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

6 cups water
Salt
2 cups yellow or white cornmeal
½ cup parmesan, grated
½ cup milk
½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Freshly cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

Bring water and salt in a heavy bottom saucepan to a boil, add cornmeal, and whisk well. Reduce heat to low, and cook until thick and tender, whisking regularly, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the cheese, milk, butter, herbs, and cracked pepper. Stir well until all is melted and incorporated.

Herbed Portabella Quiche

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 mini quiche

Ingredients

1 large potabella mushroom stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the portabella mushroom using a spoon so it resembles a bowl. Reserve the scoop mixture for another dish. Mix eggs, tomatoes, green onions, fresh herbs, salt and pepper, cream and cheese. Place the portabella mushroom bowl side up on a baking sheet. Pour the egg mixture inside the scooped portabella, filling to the rim. Place in the oven and bake about 25-30 minutes.

Homemade Peanut Butter & S’mores Cups

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Yields about 2 dozen mini peanut butter cups and 4-6 large s’mores.

Ingredients

For the candy shells

Chocolate

For the peanut butter filling

1 cup peanut butter
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the s’mores filling

1 cup marshmallow fluff
2 graham crackers, broken in pieces

Directions

Temper the chocolate and pour into cupcake molds (either miniature or regular size) and let harden. Mix the two fillings and place in cups when chocolate is hard. Cover the top with remaining tempered chocolate. Use freezer to chill and harden if under time constraint and/or chocolate isn’t tempered correctly.

Mango Piña Colada

August 2nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes one Gallon

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups fresh chopped mango
1 ½ cups fresh chopped pineapple
1 cup mango pit mixer
1 cup coconut cream
1 tablespoon coconut extract
1 cups lime juice
3 cups water

PREPARATION

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender in batches and mix into a gallon jug. Add rum or enjoy as is, blended or over ice.

NJ Peach Tarragon Bellini

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Peach Tarragon Syrup
Prosecco or Cava

PREPARATION

Place one ounce of peach tarragon syrup in a chilled champagne glass and fill with prosecco or cava.
For the syrup place 1 fresh peach sliced thin & ½ cup fresh tarragon in a saucepan with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3-4 minutes, cool and strain.

Pa amb tomàquet

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Take a nice, thick slice of toasted rustic bread, rub some garlic, fresh tomato, and fresh thyme on top, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil, and add a pinch of salt. There you have it, pan amb tomàquet, a Catalan staple and breakfast favorite.

Pa Amb Tomaquet

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

1 loaf country bread, cut into ½ to ¾ inch slices (preferably from a round loaf)
2 cloves garlic
2 ripe tomatoes
Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cut bread on a baking sheet and lightly toast the, just until the crumb is somewhat abrasive. Cut the garlic crosswise and rub the bread with the cut side of the clove. Cut the tomato crosswise and squeeze lightly to remove the seeds and juices. Rub the bread with the tomato. Repeat with the other side if desired. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil.

Optional: Serve with anchovies, thinly sliced Jamón Iberico, or chunks of young Manchego cheese.

Pad See Yew

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ cup tamari
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon miso paste
¼ cup chicken stock
½ pound baby bok choy, sliced thin, blanched
1 pound wide rice noodles
Canola oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 Thai chilies, sliced
½ pound chicken, 1½ inch slices (breast meat)
3 eggs, beaten
Lime wedges

Directions

Whisk together in a medium bowl the fish sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, tamari, red chili paste, miso paste and chicken stock. Cook the rice in a large pot of boiling water, strain, and set aside.
Heat a large skillet or wok up wieth a bit of canola oil on medium high heat. Add the garlic and chilies and sauté a few minutes and then add the chicken and continue to sauté, until golden brown on all sides. Add the sauce and the noodles and mix well and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed or a few minutes. Add the eggs, by taking a portion of the pan and moving the noodles aside and adding the eggs and stirring often scrambling them. When the eggs are scrambled, mix them in with the rest of the noodle dish and take off heat. Serve with lime or lemon wedges.

Paella

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Paella is a traditional rice dish and it is cooked in a large, flat, circular pan with a combination of shellfish, poultry, meat, herbs and vegetables.

Paella Valenciana

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large Paella, Serves 8

Paella Valenciana is essentially the mother to all other forms of paella. Authentic Paella Valenciana is hard to find, but, when you do, you will find it to be as exquisite as paella gets. You can omit the snails in this recipe, but the paella will not be authentic. You can find the snails in cans at most specialty grocery stores.

INGREDIENTS

20 snails
Coarse salt
Spanish olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) peeled whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
3 cups Bomba rice (short grain white rice)
A few threads of saffron
2 cups white beans (lima), canned or cooked
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Place the snails in a bowl, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let rest for about 10 minutes. In a paella pan, heat the oil on a medium heat. Add garlic and onions, and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken, and sauté until chicken is just about cooked through. Add tomatoes, making sure to crush them between your fingers so they break apart, and add paprika. Stir. Add green beans, fresh herbs, chicken broth, and water. Add rice and saffron. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the paella is brought to a boil, reduce to low heat, and cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and snails, and cook another 15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes. Make sure the burner is on low heat and that the liquid is simmering gently. Once the rice is cooked, take off heat and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Pain Au Chocolate

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12

This version gives a shortcut to the traditional sweet Parisian breakfast treat by using already prepared puff pastry.

Ingredients

1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 package puff pastry, cut into 12 rectangles
1 package puff pastry, cut into 12 rectangles
18 ounces bitter sweet dark chocolate, thin bards, cut into 1½ ounce pieces
Sugar
Cardamom, ground (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Mix the water and beaten egg together and brush the puff pastry (top side) with the egg wash. Please each 1½ piece of chocolate at the end of one of the rectangles. Roll the chocolate up inside and placewith the seam face down on the baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and brush with the remaining egg mixture. Sprinkle with a tiny amount of sugar or sugar mix with a dash of cardamom. Place in the oven and bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm!

Palt

November 6th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Palt is a traditional Swedish dumpling made with meat and shredded raw potatoes. A lovely little dumpling that has been lighten up especially in recipes throughout the city of Stockholm, where they add lots of fresh herbs, dill parsley, and even lemon zest for a much lighter feel. The dumplings were traditional served with butter but again in the more modern cuisine a lemon juice butter mixture is also common.

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion chopped fine
½ pound ground beef
½ cup chopped dill
½ cup chopped parsley
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 cup red potatoes, shredded
Salt/pepper
24 to 30 round dumpling wrappers

PREPARATION

In a medium skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onions until translucent, about 2-3 minutes, add ground beef and sauté until cooked through, add dill and parsley and lemon juice mix well and continue to cook for about 2-3 minutes, take off heat and drain juice, set aside to cool. When cool mix the potatoes and the beef mixture together. Take the dumpling wrappers and place a spoon full of the potato meat mixture and form a dumpling. After all dumplings are assembled steam until dough is cooked through. Serve with lemon butter.

Pan Fried Zucchini Cakes with Feta and Dill topped with Cherry Tomato Salad and Greek Yogurt Dip

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 25 small cakes

Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Ingredients

4 zucchini (about 1 ½ pounds)
5 or 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped fine
9 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped fine
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil

For tomato salad

1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped medium
Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Handful of fresh basil, chopped fine

For Greek yogurt dip

1 cup Greek yogurt
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
¼ teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine

Directions

Coarsely grate the zucchini using a box grater, food processor or mandolin slicer. Transfer to a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in the sink for about 30 minutes to get rid of the excess water.

Put the chopped scallions in a bowl and crumble in the feta. Add the dill and flour and season well with salt and pepper. Gradually add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly before adding in the drained zucchini.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and drop heaped spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan (an ice cream scoop works well here), flattening them with the back of a spoon. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden, then transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve with dollop of Greek or natural yogurt, either hot from the pan or at room temperature.

For tomato salad

Place chopped cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss in the chopped basil and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for at least 1 hour.

For yogurt dip

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until mixed completely. Chill until ready to serve.

Panamanian Ceviche

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 pounds red snapper filets, cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 5 to 6 limes
1 tablespoon salt (maybe more to taste)

Directions

Mix all ingredients gently together and let stand for 1-2 hours. Serve Ice cold with tortillas chips or crackers.

Panamanian Salsa Chombo

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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

Panamanian Sancocho

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing, 1 chicken thigh and 1 chicken drumstick
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil (avocado oil preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup yucca, chopped in ½ inch squares
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 cup zucchini or pumpkin, chopped, medium
1 large plantains, sliced in 1 inch sliced
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon hot sauce
4 cups chicken stock, or water
1 -2 ears of fresh corn on the cob, sliced in 2-inch sections
Cotija cheese

Directions

Season all the chicken parts with salt and pepper. In a large soup pan heat oil to a high heat. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Sauté garlic, onions and jalapeno until semi translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the yucca, red pepper and carrot and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Next add the tomatoes, the fresh herbs and the cumin and mix well. Add the squash, the plaintains, the lime juice and zest, the hot sauce and the chicken stock or water and add chicken. Mix well and bring to a boil. Once at a boil turn to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add the corn pieces and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve garnishes with cotija cheese. Serve over Arroz con Coco.

Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons citrus champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches (about 12 pieces per) asparagus, ends trimmed
1 cup white Japanese-style breadcrumbs (Panko)

Directions

Preaheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, cayenne and salt. Place the trimmed asparagus in a shallow baking dish and pour the lemon mixture over, making sure to cover the asparagus completely. In a second shallow baking dish, add the breadcrumbs until evenly distribute at the bottom. Taking one spear at a time, roll the asparagus in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated, then place on a lined baking sheet. When all the spears are coated, place the baking sheets in the oven and bake until the breadcrumbs are browned and the asparagus are tender, about 20 minutes.

Citrus Aioli

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Coarse sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place garlic, lemon juice and zest, lime zest, egg yolk and Dijon in a blender and puree. Season with salt. Slowly stream in oils until creamy and everything is emulsified.

Panko Herb Crusted Chicken Skewers

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 15

INGREDIENTS

5 chicken breasts, sliced and pounded into 30 – 2 inch flat strips
½ cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper
30 wooden bamboo skewers

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425° F
Thread chicken strips onto tips of bamboo skewers
In 3 separate mixing bowls place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs (season eggs with the salt and pepper)
Mix the fresh herbs with the breadcrumbs until well mixed.
Dredge chicken with flour and then dip in egg mixture and then coat with the bread crumbs until evenly coated. Arrange chicken on flat lightly greased cookie sheet
Place in preheated oven and bake for approx. 15 minutes on each side, flipping once for even cooking.

Pansotti with Walnut Sauce (using Prebuggiun filling)

August 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
4 borage leaves (optional)
3 cups spinach, chopped
¼ cup pecorino Romano, grated fine
½ cup fresh ricotta
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup heavy cream
Ger-Nis Fresh Pasta

Directions

In a large pot of boiling water blanch all herbs and leaves and drain of all water using a cheese cloth. Chop all the blanched herbs up fine and place in a large bowl. Gently mix in the parmesan and ricotta sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix. Lay out pasta on a floured work surface, preferably wood and cut the pasta into circles. Place a spoonful of the mixture in the middle of the pasta and roll dough over forming a half moon shape, pressing firmly to close (make sure the pasta is closed on the sides). Place in a large pan of boiling and salted water and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until all pansotti are floating. In a blender mix together the oil, garlic, and walnuts, blend until smooth and add heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. After the pansotti are cooked take them out of the water and discard the pasta water keeping about ¼ cup reserved. Place the pansotti back in the empty pan and pour the walnut sauce over heating on a medium heat. Add a little pasta water to loosen the mixture and serve!

Panzanella

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Panzanella is a delicious alternative to a green salad; panzanella is a Tuscan salad that highlights fresh tomatoes, herbs, and bread. This recipe makes six generous servings.

INGREDIENTS

10 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
½ large cucumber, diced
¼ cup small pitted olives, minced
1 T chopped oregano
1 T chopped basil
2 T chopped parsley
1 T lemon juice
4 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 pinch sugar
pinch of salt
pepper to taste
½ chiabatta, diced

PREPARATION

The night before, combine all ingredients, except the bread, in a large portable container. On picnic day, simply toss the bread into your tomato mixture and there you have it, a delicious salad without the wilted lettuce.

Papadum

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

These lentil-bean wafers are eaten throughout India as a snack the way one would eat potato chips or popcorn in America. They may also be served along with or at the end of the meal. In India, for a snack, we would make a quick salad of onion and hot peppers tossed with lemon juice, served on top of roasted papadum. All you have to do is cook them quickly to make them crisp. In the north of India, they are preferred roasted, and, in the south, papadum is deep-fried.

DIRECTIONS

To roast the papadum on a gas stove, turn the flame to medium-high. Grasping a papadum with flat tongs, hold it over the flame so that the flame just touches it, and roast, turning constantly to ensure oven roasting, until the papadum loses its pale plastic look and turn an off-white color with some black spots, 30 seconds to a minute. Serve immediately.

If you have an electric stove, you’ll need to deep-fry the papadum: Pour over 2 inches of oil into a large saucepan or medium kadai, and heat to 360°F. (To gauge the temperature of the oil without using a thermometer, drop a piece of bread about 1-inch square into the hot oil over medium heat, turning often. When the oil reaches 360°F the bread should begin to brown almost immediately and turn golden brown all over – like a crouton – in about 30 seconds). Slide a papadum into the hot oil, and cook until it puffs and turns a sandy beige color (if it browns it’s overcooked), 3 to 5 seconds. Remove from the oil with tongs, and drain on paper towels while you fry the rest of the papadums.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Parathas Stuffed with Potato, Chiles, and Cilantro

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 Parathas

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or 2 cups chapati flour
Salt
1 to 1¼ cups water
1½ pounds boiling potaotes, boiled in their skins until tender (25 to 30 minutes) and cooked
½ cup very finely chopped red onion
1 fresh hot green chile, very finely chopped
1½ tablespoons very finely chopped fresh cilantro
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds or ½ teaspoon carom seeds
Juice of ½ lemon or lime
All purpose-flour, for rolling
Canola oil, for cooking
Butter, for serving

DIRECTIONS

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

Now knead the dough vigorously on a clean, unfloured work 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 try, dip your fingers into some water and knead the water into the dough. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with a clean damp kitchen towel pressed directly onto the surface, and let rest at 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and mash them roughly in your hands in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt, the onion, chile, cilantro, spices, and lemon or lime juice, and mix well to form a fairly smooth mixture (there will be small lumps present).

When the dough has rested, set out a bowl of all-purpose flour and a small bowl of canola oil, with a spoon, on your work surface. Lightly flour your work surface as well.

Break off a piece of dough about the size of a gold ball. Toss it first in the bowl of flour, and then roll it between the palms of your hands to make a ball. Set the ball on your work surface, and flatten to a 2-inch disk. Now roll the disk, flouring the work surface and dough as needed, into a thin round 4½ to 5-inches in diameter. Mound about ¼ cup of the potato mixture into the center of the dough rough. Bring the edges of the up over the top of the filling, and press them together to make a pouch. Press down on the neck of the pouch with the palm of one hand to make a slightly rounded disk. Turn the disk in the bowl of flour, and roll it out again into a round about 6-inches in diameter. Continue to roll all of the remaining dough into parathas, and stack them on the plate with sheets of plastic wrap between them.

Heat a griddle or frying pan (preference goes to cast-iron) over medium-high heat. Place the dough round on the heated, ungreased griddle or in the pan, and cook until the dough darkens slightly and you see bubbles begin to form underneath the surface of the dough, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Now you flip the paratha with a spatula, and cook until the bubbles form again.

With the back of the spoon, coat the top of the paratha with oil. Flip, and coat the other side with oil. Now continue cooking, pressing gently on the bread the the back of the spoon and moving the spoon around in a circular motion to press the bread onto the pan for even browning. When the bottom of the bread has browned, flip and repeat. Do this a few times until both sides of the paratha are golden brown and very crisp, 2 to 3 minutes in total.

Remove the paratha from the pan and spread with butter. Serve immediately. Then continue on this way until all of the parathas have been cooked.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Parmesan Thyme Biscuits

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen biscuits

INGREDIENTS

2 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 cup buttermilk
Unbleached flour for kneading

PREPARATION

Combine flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, baking soda, thyme and parmesan in a large mixing bowl, mix well. Cut in the butter and mix well until mixture resembles a course meal. Add the buttermilk and mix until a soft dough forms. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead gently until the dough is soft and pliable, this usually takes a few minutes. Roll out dough until it is about 1 inch thick. Cut the dough in rounds or the shape of your preference and set on a greased cookie sheet. Place the biscuits in a 45o° oven that has been preheated for thirty minutes and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Parmesan Tomato Herb Straws

August 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes about 24 straws

Ingredients

1 package puff pastry (one large sheet)
Flour
1 egg beaten
½ cup sundried tomato, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon basil, chopped superfine
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Maldon salt

Directions

On a floured surface roll out the puff pastry and brush with the beaten egg until the dough is moist. Sprinkle over the dough the tomato, basil and parmesan, evenly. Fold the dough over in half and roll out again, pressing all the ingredients into the dough. Cut dough into long strips about ¼ inch thick, and twist into spirals, place eon a lines baking sheet and refrigerate before baking about 20-30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 400° F and bake until golden brown of about 10-15 minutes, turning once. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with maldon salt.

Parsley Chick Pea Salad

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 Servings

INGREDIENTS

1 c chopped parsley
1 c cooked chickpeas
¼ c chopped red onions
1 c chopped tomatoes
Juice of 2 lemons
2 T olive oil
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together gently in a mixing bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix gently again.

Parsley Chive Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 medium yellow onion
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

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

Parsnip & Apple Thyme Mash

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

6 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped large
2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped large
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Place the parsnips and apples in a pot of water (just covering the parsnips and apples), cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low boil and allow the parsnips and apples to cook until tender for about 15 minutes. Strain the parsnips and apples and reserve ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Place the parsnips and apples and process until smooth. Place in a bowl and season with salt, and pepper to taste and then a little freshly grated nutmeg, making sure to stir it into the mash.

Passover Roasted Leg of Lamb

May 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

½ cup fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cloves, whole
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons coriander, whole
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
6 pound leg of lamb, trimmed of fat
6 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 medium yellow onions, divided into 12 wedges or cubes
2 bottles dry red wine
8 cups veal or chicken stock
1 pound or approximately 1½ cups dried prunes
Salt

Directions

Mix the rosemary and the spices together in a small mixing bowl. Rub the mixture all over the leg of lamb, carefully coating each section. Place the leg of lamb in a large bin or bowl and add the garlic and the onions and cover with the red wine. Allow the leg of lamb to marinate for at least one day.

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large roasting pan, place the leg of lamb and the marinade. Add the veal or chicken stock and the dried prunes. Season the mixture with salt. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for about 4-6 hours or until the lamb is falling of the bone tender.

Recipe by Rafael Hasid

Pasta Basil Pine Nut Pesto over Zucchini

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup (sauce)

Ingredients

3 fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
½ cup of spinach
5 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons flax oil
4 tablespoons white miso
½ tablespoon garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt, use less at first
½ cup pine nuts

Directions

Put the basil and salt in the food processor. Pulse a few times to begin chopping the basil leaves.
Once the basil is chopped fine add the olive oil, flax oil, lemon juice, miso and gralic. Process.
Add the pine nuts and process until the desired consistency is achieved. Do not over process the mixture will become to oily.
The texture should be creamy with a tiny specks of pine nuts through out.
Store in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze the pesto in ice cube trays.

Notes: try replacing the pine nuts with walnuts or brazil nuts

Zucchini Pasta

Ingredients

1 Zucchini

Directions

Take the zucchini, cut the ends off and place it in a spiralizer and spiralize.
Or you can use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline to make noodles.
Place the desired amount of “pasta” on your plate, add the pesto basil sauce and serve.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Pasta Dough

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup warm water

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sized bowl or on a clean countertop, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten eggs, and mix. Then add warm water. Mixture should form a stiff dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough out to desired thinness. Use machine to make desired pasta shape.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Pasta with Pesto alla Siciliana

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Unlike traditional Pesto Genovese that uses green garlic and basil, Sicily chooses tomatoes instead.
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
6 Roma tomatoes, blanched, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Olive oil
Salt
Fresh grated pepper
1 lb spaghetti, cooked and drained

PREPARATION

Grind the pine nuts and garlic in a mortar with the tomatoes, add herbs, and continue grinding until you have a smooth paste. Add enough olive oil into the mixture to transform it into a smooth sauce, season with salt and pepper and serve over spaghetti.

Pasteles de Tres Leches con Mango (Three Milk & Mango Cake)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (insides reserved)
2 cups mango, ripe and chopped small
½ cup vanilla brown sugar syrup (¼ cup water, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 vanilla bean scraped and cut)
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-12 four ounce ramekins. In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In another larger bowl cream together the butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy. Mix in the scraped parts of the vanilla bean and mix until incorporated well. Slowly combine and mix the dry mix into the wet mix a little at a time until all is incorporated and a creamy batter is created. Pour the batter evenly between the ramekins. Bake the ramekins for about 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool. In a mixing bowl combine the mango, the brown sugar syrup, the coconut milk, the condensed milk and mix well. Carefully take the cake out of the ramekins and place down on a large baking tray or Pyrex baking dish with raised sides. Make sure the little cakes do not touch each other. Poke holes in the cakes using a wooden skewer (about 10 holes per cake), making sure the hole goes to the bottom. Pour your mango batter over the cakes and place in the refrigerator to soak up the sauce for about an hour.

Patatas Bravas

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

For the potatoes

4 large Russet potatoes
Salt, to taste

For the salsa brava

â…“ cup tomate frito, recipe follows
½ tablespoon white vinegar
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce to taste
2 cups olive oil or canola oil

Directions

Parboil the potatoes with their skins still intact on the stove. The potatoes are finished boiling when you put a knife in them, and they are still slightly firm. Set the potatoes aside, so they can cool.

In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the salsa brava, adding white vinegar and cayenne pepper until the sauce tastes tangy and spicy. Set the sauce aside.

Drain, peel and cut the potatoes into 3 cm (1 inch) cubes. In a deep sauté pan over medium heat add oil. Deep-fry potatoes in batches. Remove the potatoes from the oil and pat them dry with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Put the potatoes on a serving plate, sprinkle them with salt and drizzle them with the bravas sauce. Some prefer to serve the sauce on the side, but traditionally the sauce is drizzled over top.

Tomate Frito

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, chopped small 1 clove garlic
1 pound very ripe tomatoes (plum or other variety), chopped
Salt
½ teaspoon sugar
½ tablespoon sherry vinegar

Directions

In a saucepan over medium heat add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes and increase heat to medium high and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until tomatoes start to break down and release their juices. Season with salt and sugar and cook 5 minutes more. Finish with sherry vinegar.

Pavo en Mole Verde

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ pound tomatillos, husked
½ pound poblano chilies
¼ pound jalapeño chilies
1 bunch scallions, rinsed and roots removed
2 cups turkey stock
1 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 bunch epazote
1 bunch culantro
¼ cup turkey fat
3 pounds turkey (dark meat)
½ pound nopales, spines removed and cut into pieces
Salt
¼ cup Guaje Seeds

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F.
On a baking sheet, roast tomatillos, chilies, and scallions. Remove scallions and tomatillos once they are cooked enough, 15 minutes. Continue to roast the chilies until their skins are puffed and black, about 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven, and allow the chilies to cool and sweat for 10 minutes in a covered container. Once cool enough to handle, peel and remove the seeds of the chilies, and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the turkey stock to a simmer in a sauce pan.

In a blender, grind the toasted pumpkin seeds, and then add the tomatillos and chilies. Add a small amount of hot stock to help liquefy the ingredients. Add the scallions, epazote, and culantro, and blend until smooth.

Heat the turkey fat in a braising pot over medium flame. Sauté the turkey meat, and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the green purée and say remaining stock, and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the meat is tender and ready to fall off of the bone. Add the nopales, and cook 5 more minutes. Adjust the seasoning with a little bit more salt. Garnish with Guaje seeds, and serve with tortillas.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Pea & Lemon Risotto with Mint Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

5 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup fresh peas, blanched
1 cup parmesan cheese
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Mint Butter (Recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium sized saucepot, heat chicken broth until warm and keep simmering on a separate burner while making risotto. In a separate medium saucepot, heat olive oil to a medium heat and add shallot. Cook shallot until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the rice, white wine, the lemon juice and the lemon zest and stir well. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Next, add 1 cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is almost cooked through, about 20 minutes. Add the fresh peas and cook 5 minutes more. Remove from heat, and finish with the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and place about a tablespoon of the mint butter on each serving.

Mint Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

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

Pea & Mint Tortellini in Herbed Brodo

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 cup fresh peas, steamed soft and mashed
2 teaspoons lemon zest ¼ cup grated pecorino
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh pasta sheets

For the herbed brodo

1 (¼ pound) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 cups chicken stock
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt

DIRECTIONS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Mix and mash all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2-inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down, making sure the raviolis are sealed well.

For the herbed brodo

Combine rind, stock, garlic, parsley and mint (tied together with twine), and oil in a 3-quart pot, then simmer gently, partially covered, 30 minutes. Discard parsley and rind and season broth with salt.

Add tortellini and simmer, partially covered, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Divide among 6 soup plates, and then shave cheese over soup to taste.

Peach Carpaccio With Thyme Honey Crème

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 medium peaches, pitted and sliced paper thin
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon heavy cream

PREPARATION

Arrange peaches flat on a plate.  In a medium sauce pan heat honey, thyme and cream until warm and until the honey is mixed well, do not boil.  Drizzle warm cream mixture over sliced peaches.

Peach Honey & Lavender Champagne

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
Peach syrup
Lavender wands
Cold sparkling wine

Directions

In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low. Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes. Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers and discard. Let the lavender infused honey stand at room temperature, do not place it in the refrigerator. In a champagne class pour one ounce of the peach syrup and fill with cold bubbly. Drizzle a little of the lavender honey with a honey want into the class of COLD champagne. Garnish with a lavender wand with the flower part sticking up out of the glass!

Peanut Butter and Dried Fruit Protein Oatmeal

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins
3 tablespoons honey
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Combine oats, water, and salt in an uncovered pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Oats can sometimes foam over the pot; if this happens, just add a small pat of butter. Once oats have simmered for 20 minutes, stir in the cinnamon, peanut butter, cranberries or raisins, and honey, and remove from heat. Serve oats topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Tips: I love this recipe, but it’s not always practical to make each morning. I usually make it on a Sunday, and eat throughout the week. This recipe can be made and stored for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. To reconstitute after refrigerated, just thin with water or milk of your choice, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. This way you can enjoy this healthy breakfast throughout the week.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

Peanut Chutney

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

½ cup toasted peanuts
½ Tbsp tamarind paste 
¼ cup freshly chopped coriander 
2 dried red chilies
¼ cup freshly chopped mint
2 garlic cloves
Juice of 2 limes
Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place all the ingredients apart from the salt in a mortar and pestle and grind to a fine paste. Add a little water if the mixture is too dry. Alternatively, place in a food processor and process until quite smooth.

2. Season with salt then transfer to a serving bowl.

Serve at room temperature to accompany curry and rice dishes.

Pear & Almond Clafouti

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Traditionally a clafouti is French dessert made with black cherries in an excessively buttered dish in a cakey almond pudding like batter, baked and dusted with powdered sugar. This version is adapted form Julia Child’s clafouti recipe and utilizes almonds and pears.

Ingredients

3 bosc pears, cored and sliced thin (peels left on)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1¼ cups milk
13 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
½ cup flour
¼-½ cup almonds, sliced and blanched
Powdered sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Gently toss together the pears, lemon juice and sugar. Excessively butter a round shallow baking dish, making sure all the sides and corners are greased well. In a blender mix together the milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour on medium high speed until smooth. Place a small amount of the batter in the greased pan, enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven for about 3-5 minutes or until the batter is set and semi firm. Remove the pan from the oven and arrange the pears in a creative design, making sure the peel side is facing upwards. Sprinkle a few almond sliced over the pears. Pour the rest of the batter evenly over the pears and then toss the remaining almonds over the top of that. Place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. The clafouti is done when it is puffed and brown and an inserted test stick comes out clean. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Pear & Cranberry Bellini

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pears, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Prosecco

Directions

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add pears and cranberries and cook until soft; 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then add to blender. Blend until smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Pour a small amount of strained pear/cranberry mixture into champagne glasses and top with Prosecco.

Pear and Cranberry Bellini

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 pears, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Prosecco

PREPARATION

In a small saucepan, add pears and cranberries and cook until soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then add to blender. Blend until smooth and strain through fine mesh strainer. Pour a small amount of strained pear/cranberry mixture into champagne glasses and top with Prosecco.

Pear and Cranberry Galette

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large Galette

INGREDIENTS

For the Pastry:

2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons ice-cold sweet wine

For the Galette Filling:

6-8 pears, cored and cut in wedges, ½-inch thick
¾ cup fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of ground cardamom

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and cardamom. Next, cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolk and vanilla; add ice-cold sweet wine. Add the egg mixture to flour mixture and mix just until dough comes together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to overwork dough. Flatten into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, combine pears and cranberries with sugars, lemon juice, zest, and spices, and set aside. Once dough has been chilled, remove from refrigerator and generously flour your work surface and roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Pile pear mixture into the center of the dough, leaving a 1½-inch border. Fold the border over the pears, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes; then slide the galette onto a serving plate.

Pear Cardamom Ginger Chutney

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

This cranberry sauce alternative is exotic and decadent while still remaining seasonal and partners with turkey exceptionally well. This sweet and spicy chutney will wow your Thanksgiving guests with tingling delight!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups fresh cranberries
2 medium Bosc pears (any variety will do), peeled, cored and chopped medium
1 cup light brown sugar
3 cardomom pods
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons citrus vinegar
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup water

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and cook until cranberries begin to burst. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until sauce is thick and chunky, about 25 minutes.

Pear Ginger Pot Pie Pockets

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 pies

A quick take on the pot pie, somewhere in the middle between a hot pocket and a pop tart but perfect for a quick sweet and spicy snack.

INGREDIENTS

Basic Pie Crust Dough Recipe (follows)
4 medium pears, peeled, cored and chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 pinch of ground cardamom
½ cup light brown sugar or sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar or sugar in the raw

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 400° F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Roll out dough, and cut dough into 12 to 15 4-inch squares. Put 2 tablespoons of mixture on the dough on one side, and fold over.
Using wet hands, moisten the seal so it sticks together. You can use a fork to press it down or roll it over like an empanada. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush outside with beaten egg wash, and sprinkle with salt and sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Pie Crust Dough

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ sticks of unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons ice water

PREPARATION

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until combined well. Using your hands, add butter and crumble into the flour (a food processor can also be used) until the crust mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and the ice water, and mix together gently until dough is moist. Form dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

Pear Riesling Cast Iron Gallette with Cardamom Whipped Cream

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the Pastry:

1½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
1 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold Oregon Riesling wine

For the Gallette

6-8 pears, cored and cut in wedges, ½-inch thick
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of ground cardamom
Cardamom whipped cream, recipe follows

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar and cardamom. Next, cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks; add ice-cold Riesling. Add the egg mixture to flour mixture and mix just until dough comes together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to overwork dough. Flatten into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, combine pears with sugars, lemon juice, zest and spices and set aside. Once dough has been chilled, remove from refrigerator and generously flour your work surface and roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Pile herb sugar mixture into the center of the dough, leaving a 1½-inch border. Fold the border over the pears, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open.

Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes, the slide the gallette onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve warm with cardamom whipped cram.

Cardamom Whipped Cream

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whipping cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar
5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 vanilla bean, scraped

PREPARATION

In a medium-sized chilled bowl, add cram and begin to whisk. Once cream starts to get thick, add rest of ingredients and beat until medium-stiff peaks form.

Pear Rosemary Upside-Down Cake

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), separated
1 cup sugar, separated
3 medium pears, skins on, cored and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
¾ cups cornmeal
¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1½ teaspoons coarse salt
3 large eggs
½ teaspoon teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF.
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, making sure to coat all sides. Add ½ cup of sugar and cook until the butter starts to melt and turn golden brown about 3 minutes. Add pear wedges forming a circle covering entire bottom of pan filling any blank spots. Sprinkle rosemary leaves on the pears. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until pears are tender. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder and soda, rosemary leaves and salt. Separately, in the bowl of a large mixer over medium-high speed, beat 4 tablespoons butter and ½ cup sugar until fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape sides of the bowl. Next, adding dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Finish by adding vanilla and heavy cream. Drop spoonfuls of batter over pear mixture and spread evenly with a spatula coating evenly and making sure pears are not visible. Bake until golden brown and a tester comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
Let stand for 10 minutes, run a knife or spatula around the cakes edges and invert onto a large cutting board tap the bottom if need be. Cool and serve.

Pear Rosemary Upside Down Cake

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 8×12 cake

INGREDIENTS

For the streusel

13 cup all purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cold and cut into pieces
1 cup pecans, chopped

For the coffee cake

4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, softened
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat 350°F. Grease an 8×12 baking pan and set aside.

For the streusel

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut butter in with you fingers to form coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts and set aside.

For the coffee cake

In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to butter sugar mixture alternating flour mixture with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour.

Scrape into pan and evenly cover with streusel topping. Pat crumbs gently into batter and cake 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 for ten minutes and serve warm.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Pecan Cranberry Tart With Maple Sage Crust

October 6th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cup pecans, halved
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1 cup brown rice syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups fresh cranberries, chopped

Sage Crust

INGREDIENTS

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup ice water
2 teaspoons apple cider
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
Pinch of baking powder

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, chopping with a pastry cutter until a crumbly dough forms.  Roll out to a round circle and fill a tart shell mold.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until slightly golden.

Preheat over to 350 degrees F.

Toast the pecans on a lined baking sheet for about 5-6 minutes. 

In a medium heavy bottom sauce pan heat sugar over medium heat, letting it slowly melt, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until the sugar is a golden caramel color.  Remove from pan and add butter and brown rice syrup, stirring well.  Whisk together in a separate bowl whisk together eggs, salt, and vanilla.  Add caramel to the egg mixture gently stirring well.  Mix together cranberries and pecan in a bowl and add evenly to tart shell.  Pour mixture over the pecan cranberry mixture evenly.  Bake tart for about 30-40 minutes or until the filling is set up and semi firm.  Allow to cool for about 2 hours.

Penne Pasta with Hazelnuts and Dried Cherries in a Brandy Cream Sauce

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 box (or 1-pound) Penne pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, chopped fine
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup hazelnuts, roasted and chopped
¼ cup Brandy
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup whipping cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves

PREPARATION

In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat, add shallots and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add cherries, hazelnuts and Brandy and reduce liquid by half. Next, add chicken stock, and reduce by a third and finish with whipping cream. Add pasta, season to taste with salt and pepper and nux well. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and serve immediately.

Peppermint Almond Foot & Leg Scrub

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh peppermint, finely chopped
½ cup coarse sea salt
½ cup ground almonds
½ cup almond oil
1 tablespoon baking soda
4 to 5 drops orange oil

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Massage mixture into feet and rinse.

Pepperoni, Onion, and Herb Calzones with Vegetable Marinara

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

For the filling of the calzone add fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh chopped onions and fresh parsley. Bake and serve these calzones covered in vegetable marinara sauce.

Peppers Stuffed with Sheep’s Milk Cheese

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

four yellow sweet peppers
10 ounces of sheep’s milk cheese
3 small tomatoes
a couple of scallions
2 ounces each of green and black olives
a few cloves of garlic
1/8 cup of chopped parsley
1 tsp fresh thyme

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400° F. Halve and seed four yellow sweet peppers and mash about ten ounces of sheep’s milk cheese. Take three small tomatoes and blanch for a few seconds in boiling water, then peel and seed them. Finely chop a couple of scallions and a few cloves of garlic and sauté them in olive oil. Pit and chop two ounces each of green and black olives. Combine all ingredients in a bowl adding 1/8 cup of chopped parsley and 1 tsp fresh thyme. Stuff your pepper halves and bake for about thirty minutes until tender.

Persian Herb Stew

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Vegetable oil
1 bunch scallions, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium leek, sliced thin, tops included
1 pound, beef, cubed into ½ inch cubes
Salt/pepper
½ teaspoon saffron threads
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 medium tomatoes chopped, seeds included
3 dried Persian lemons, cracked in half
2 cups water
½ cup yellow split peas or pre soaked chick peas
2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup fresh chives, chopped
¼ fresh fenugreek

PREPARATION

Cook onions, scallinos and leeks in oil heavy bottom soup pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and semi translucent, 15 to 20 minutes.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the meat. Increase heat to high, and then add meat, saffrom, cinnamon and turmeric to onions and cook, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes and toss in lemons and stir well, then simmer for a few minutes. Add water and simmer covered for about 35 minutes. Add water and beans and all fresh herbs and simmer again covered for about 45-60 minutes or until meat is very tender.

Persimmon Pomegranate Fruit Salad

October 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 peeled and chopped Fuyu persimmons
¾ cup of pomegranate seeds
1 peeled, cored, and chopped apple, preferably a Granny Smith or Fuji
10 slices of fresh mint leaves
1 tsp of honey
2 tsp of lemon juice

PREPARATION

Gently toss together the following: three peeled and chopped Fuyu persimmons, ¾ cup of pomegranate seeds, one peeled, cored, and chopped apple, preferably a Granny Smith or Fuji, about ten slices of fresh mint leaves, 1 tsp of honey and 2 tsp of lemon juice. Serve alone, or try a lemon sorbet or freshly made crepes sprinkled with sugar.

Persimmons with Brown Sugar and Butter Cream

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 fuyu persimmons, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2 tablespoons raw sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons half and half

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place all ingredients in the center of a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil. 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 lines baking sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes. Serve.

Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These latkes are colorful, vibrant and have a spicy tang that gives them a special kick.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

5-6 medium blue potatoes, washed, peeled, and grated
1 medium white onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice of half of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, onion, thyme, eggs, flour, cumin, cumin seeds, 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, usually 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 cumin tomato sour cream in a small mixing bowl, and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Peruvian Herbed Blue Potato Latkes with Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These latkes are colorful, vibrant and have a spicy tang that gives them a special kick.

INGREDIENTS

5-6 medium blue potatoes, washed, peeled and grated
1 medium white onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
2 eggs beaten
½ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
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.

Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice of ½ of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

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

Peruvian Pappas Rellenos with Peruvian Cilantro Sauce

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 pound russet potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Oil for frying
3 hard boiled eggs, quartered
½ pound ground beef, cooked (sautéed with ½ white onion, chopped fine, 1 teaspoon smoked paparika, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped)
½ cup black olives, chopped
Peruvian Cilantro Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix together in a medium bowl potatoes, butter, eggs, milk, flour, cilantro, salt and pepper until well mixed and a potato dough is created, consistency should be between mashed potatoes and a gnocchi. Heat oil in a large skillet about 1 inch deep to a medium high heat. Take about ½ cup of dough and with your hands form it into flat disc about the size of your hand or slightly bigger and place on piece of wax paper. In center of disc, place ¼ of a hardboiled egg, a tablespoon of ground beef mixture and a few chopped olives. Wrap the potato dough around the filling and shape it into a ball or disc or any round shape, making sure no filling is exposed. Continue to form all rellenos. Fry each relleno until golden brown, turning only once and cooking approximately 3 minutes per side. Let drain on paper towels and serve with Peruvian Cilantro Sauce.

Spicy Peruvian Cilantro Sauce

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ small white onion
¼ cup avocado oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup hot water (more as needed)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more hot water until desired consistency. Season to taste with salt.

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more hot water until desired consistency. Season to taste with salt.

Peruvian Pisco Sour (Peru)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Many of our products this time of year are coming from Peru including the mangoes, in light of this we thought we would add a little mango & basil to our pisco sours and top it off with some ginger bitters!

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

1½ ounces pisco
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce lime juice
1 ounce mango puree, recipe below
½ ounce basil syrup, recipe below
1 egg white
Ginger, clove, black pepper bitters

DIRECTIONS

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker and strain into a martini style glass. Add a few dashes of ginger clove black pepper bitters.

Mango Puree

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 to 2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
Water

DIRECTIONS

Place mangoes in blender and blend until smooth. If too thick, add water to make a thinner consistency.

Basil Syrup

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup basil

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan place all ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool and strain.

Pescado Frito

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 ½ -2 pounds whole fish (sea bass, snapper)
1 clove garlic, mashed
1 chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
¼ cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Vegetable oil
Lime wedges

Directions

In the body of the fish cut shallow criss-cross line (patterns) across the fish on both sides of the body. Mix the garlic, chili, olive oil and coarse salt together and rub all over fish. Mix together the whole-wheat flour and corn starch and salt. Dredge the fish into the flour mixture well, making sure all parts including cut parts are well coated. Heat about ½ inch of oil in a sauté pan on high heat. Add the fish and fry for about 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with lime wedge garnishes.

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenchea

Makes 25 fritters and 2 cups of marmalade

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons salted butter
6 tablespoons sweet white dessert wine
13 cup fresh orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra
¾ cup olive oil, plus extra for frying
Zest of 1 orange cut into long thin strips
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
½ teaspoon anise seeds
Marmalade, recipe follows

PREPARATION

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, take off heat add the wine, orange juice, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stir well with a wooden spoon.
Heat a large pan with olive oil about an inch deep until just about smoking hot, 350°F-375°F.
Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the liquid mixture mix up quickly and vigorously until dough forms. On a lightly floured work surface knead dough briefly until soft and flexible. Shape into a ball and let rest for one hour.
On a lightly floured work surface roll the dough out very thin about ½-¼ inch rolling the dough to about the size of 20-inch square. Cut the dough into 4-inch squares, you will have 25 4-inch squares. Working from the corner of each square, roll up the square on the diagonal, creating a cylinder with a ½-inch hollow center, rub the corners together with a damp finger to get them to stick. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and anise seeds before frying.
Working in batches, fry fritters turning as needed about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

ORANGE MARMALADE

INGREDIENTS

2 oranges
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split open
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
½ cup of honey
¼ cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Slice the oranges (use a mandolin if needed) discard any seeds, cut the slices into little pieces and place a medium thick bottomed sauce pan, add the lemon zest, water and sugar and stir well, bring to a boil, add the vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and star anise, bring to a boil then reduce heat, reduce to low cook for about 1 hour on low or until all the fruit is broken apart. Discard the cinnamon stick, star anise and vanilla bean. Set aside to cool.
In a medium saucepan add 1 cup of the marmalade and ½ cup of honey, heat until just before boiling, take off heat add heavy cream and served drizzled over fritters.

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Pesto Buttermilk Dressing

November 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons mustard (Dijon or regular)
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup basil, chopped
Salt/pepper

Drizzle over steamed baby new potatoes

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients together with a blender or hand held processor, blend well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pesto Cream Sauce (Pesto Sauce Variation)

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Follow this recipe but at the end blend in ½ cup heavy whipping cream.

Pesto Mayonnaise

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic mayo recipe or 2 cups store bought mayo
1 cup pesto (recipe follows)

Pesto

2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup nuts- pine, macadamia, soy, walnut and pecan
3/4 cups fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients with a handheld mixer or food processor until smooth. Use on potato salads, tomato salads, grilled chicken, grilled fish and even bratwursts.

Pesto Pasta Carbonara

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

A classic recipe herbalized, just the way summer basil likes it!

Ingredients

10 ounces orecchiette or small shell pasta or pasta of choice, cooked
¼ cup fresh pesto (using herbs and pesto of your choice)
2 eggs (room temperature)
½ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
6 slices thick cut bacon
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine

Directions

In a large pot of salted boiling water cook the pasta to al dente, drain and reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water. Whisk together the eggs and parmesan cheese and pesto, slowly whisk in the pasta liquid. In a large sauté pan on medium heat cook the bacon until crispy, drain the bacon on a paper towel and let it stand for a few minutes, break it into lots of pieces, set aside. Add the garlic and onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add the cooked pasta and stir until the pasta is well heated. Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and stir until the sauce is creamy and the eggs have cooked into a velvety sauce. Take off heat, be careful not to overcook the egg sauce! Stir in the bacon and garnish with additional grated cheese and a basil leaf!

Petacones

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 medium to large plantains, sliced in 1 inch slices
1 cup canola oil
Salt

Directions

Heat half the oil in a sauté pan on medium high heat. Fry the plantains until golden brown and then turn and cook on the other side until golden brown as well. Drain on paper towels. Place on a flat surface and smash evenly entire plantain until flat like a pancake. Immediately sprinkle with salt and pepper and place back in the frying pan to finish cooking raw parts.

Petit Fours

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

For the cake

½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
113 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
23 cup milk
3 egg whites

For the fruit glaze

12 ounces apricot or raspberry preserves (or heated jelly may be used instead)
3 tablespoons water

For the icing

9 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ cup water
½ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
Food coloring (optional)

For the garnish

Tiny edible sugar flowers and/or leaves, for decorating tops of petit fours

Directions

For the cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of parchment in a sheet pan and grease sides. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 12-15 or until cake is golden. Remove cake from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cut cake in half and spread preserve on one side and carefully stack second side on top. Place in fridge for 10 minutes.

For the icing (icing can be colored)

Combine all icing ingredients in the top of a double boiler. Heat over boiling water to lukewarm. Leave on double boiler. Remove cake from fridge. Cut into squares or use cutters for more unique shapes. Add each individual cake to a wire rack with a sheet pan to catch drips and pour warm icing over cakes evenly. Repeat if necessary. Careful not to over ice cakes. Add garnish.

Picado de Rabano (Radish Salad)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6 as a garnish for tacos and tamales

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch (about 12) radishes, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 2 limes
Salt

DIRECTIONS

In a small mixing bowl combine radishes, cilantro and lime juice, mix well and season with a generous amount of salt (preferably a flake salt like maldon). Allow to sit about 5 minutes before serving.

Pickled Asparagus with Mint & Lemon

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

In a world where dinner parties, picnics, holiday & religious gatherings, and lazy Sundays still prevail, a beautiful glass jar of homemade pickled vegetables or fruits makes a unique and thoughtful gift. So gather up some pretty glass jars, get your children together or throw a “pickling party” and get started on your creative journey, we are sure you will be “pickled pink”!

Makes 1 bunch pickled asparagus

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch asparagus, cleaned and ends trimmed
1 lemon juiced
1/2 cup champagne vinegar (lemon flavored if possible)
1/2 cup sparkling water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
8-10 mint leaves
1/2 lemon sliced

PREPARATION

In a steamer or medium pan steam asparagus until cooked to not quite tender, approximately 5 minutes. Take of burner and blanch in ice cold water to stop cooking process. in a medium mixing bowl combine lemon juice, vinegar, sparking water, salt & sugar and stir well. addmint leaves and lemon slices. Place asparagus in a flat baking dish and pour vinegar mixture over it, cover and refrigerate for approx 30 minutes to 2 hours until desired flavor and consistency. Discard mint leaves as they will turn brown in the marinade.

Pickled Chili Ginger Mint Cucumbers & Red Spring Onions

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

001 (5)

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find
¼ c. sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 large euro cucumber washed & sliced thin (peels on)
2 cayenne peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed
(Serrano chili’s can be substituted)
1 medium red onion sliced thin
¼ cup fresh ginger , peeled and sliced thin

Directions

Whisk water, vinegar, sugar & salt together until sugar and salt are totally dissolved. Add cucumbers, red onions, ginger, and chili’s and mix well. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until desired pickled taste.

Pickled Ginger Red Onion Cucumbers

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
1 large euro cucumber washed & sliced thin (peels on)
2 cayenne or red chili peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed (Serrano chili’s can be substituted)
1 medium red onion sliced thin
¼-½ cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin

Directions

Whisk water, vinegar, sugar & salt together until sugar and salt are totally dissolved. Add cucumbers, red onions, ginger, and chilis and mix well. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until desired pickled taste.

Pickled Ramps

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar
½ cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon of each of mustard seeds, coriander, pink peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of fresh thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
1 pound ramps, cleaned and trimmed (white/reddish parts only with a hint of green tops)

Directions

In large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, white wine, mustard, sugar, salt and spices. Add the fresh herbs. Blanch the ramps in boiling salted water for one minute. Place in an ice bath and cool and drain and then place in the brine. Store in a jar or plastic container and refrigerate for 3-5 days.

Pickled Red Onions

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 large red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
1 jalapeño, sliced in half, deseeded and sliced thin
½ cup lime juice
Zest of one lime
¼ cup citrus champagne vinegar or white vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup sugar in the raw
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan filled with boiling water, blanch the red onions and jalapeño for 1 minute and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together, lime juice, water, vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns and coriander. Once the sugar has dissolved add the onions and jalapeño, transfer to a glass jar and let stand for at least 6 hours. Store the pickled red onions for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

August 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 9

Ingredients

4 lemons (juice of 4, zest of 2)
1 cup white wine vinegar (lemon champagne vinegar also is great)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
3 fresh bay leaves
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon thyme, chopped (regular thyme is okay)
1 medium red pepper, julienned
1 medium red onion, julienned
1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined tail on or off
Salt/pepper

Directions

Zest 2 lemons and juice all of them. In a large mixing bowl whisk together, lemon juice, zest, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, fennel seeds, chili flakes, mustard seeds and garlic. Set aside. Steam shrimp in double boiler for about 5-6 minutes or until cooked thoroughly, allow to cool. In another large mixing bowl mix fennel, parsley, lemon thyme, red peppers and red onions. Pour vinegar mixture over shrimp mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

4 lemons (Juice of 4 zest of 2)
1 cup white wine vinegar (lemon champagne vinegar also is great)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
3 fresh bay leaves
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon thyme, chopped (regular thyme is okay)
1 medium red pepper, julienned
1 medium red onion, julienned
2 lbs large shrimp, peeled, deveined tail on or off
salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Zest 2 lemons and juice all of them. In a large mixing bowl whisk together, lemon juice, zest, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, fennel seeds, chili flakes, mustard seeds and garlic. Set aside. Steam shrimp in double boiler for about 5-6 minutes or until cooked thoroughly, allow to cool. In another large mixing bowl mix fennel, parsley, lemon thyme, red peppers and red onions. Pour vinegarmixture over shrimp mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Pico de Gallo

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 medium red onion, chopped fine
½ jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, flesh removed, chopped fine
Juice of 2 lemons
Dash of cumin
2 teaspoons maldon salt

PREPARATION

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and let stand for 3 minutes. Strain and serve.

Pinchos Morunos

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

2 pounds pork butt or shoulder, fat trimmed
2 teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 teaspoons oregano (dried)
Salt to taste
Spanish extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Cut pork into 1 ½-inch cubes. Put pork into a glass or ceramic bowl. Sprinkle paprika, garlic, oregano and salt over pork and stir to coat pork thoroughly. Cover tightly and place in refrigerator for 24 hours. Place pork cubes on skewers (that have been pre-soaked) and set aside.

Preheat broiler, and cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve warm.

Pine Bough Sautéed Langoustines and Crispy Shallots with Nori Salt and Shallot Mayonnaise

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 12

Ingredients

For the Crispy Shallots

23 cup canola oil
10 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced into rings
2 sprigs finely chopped dill
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Shallot Mayonnaise

6 large eggs
2 tablespoons canola oil, plus ½ cup
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 small leek, white portion only, finely chopped
4 shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons white vinegar
Salt to taste

For the Nori Salt

4 sheets nori seaweed, torn into pieces
2 tablespoons salt

For the Langoustines

Fresh pine boughs, rinsed thoroughly under cold running water
24 large shell-on langoustines
½ cup unsalted butter
Salt to taste

Directions

For the Crispy Shallots

In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil until nearly smoking. Add the shallots and fry until golden brown and crispy. Carefully remove the shallots with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper, toss with dill, and set aside. Shallots can be made several days ahead of time and will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.

For the Shallot Mayonnaise

Prepare an ice bath. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add the whole eggs, timing their cooking for exactly 4½ minutes. Quickly remove and immediately plunge into the ice bath. Once the eggs are chilled, gently peel them under running water (try not to puncture the egg white since the yolk is still soft and runny.) In a sauté pan, heat on tablespoon oil and sauté the onion, leek and shallots over high heat until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature then combine with the eggs in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about a minute, then begin adding the oil in a slow, steady stream until fully incorporated, about 3 minutes. The resulting mayonnaise will be thicker than most store bought varieties. Add the vinegar and salt and blend until incorporated, adjusting as necessary. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Extra mayonnaise will keep for two days.

For the Nori Salt

In a spice blender combine the nori and salt and pulse until pulverized to a fine powder. Will keep in a covered container at room temperature for several weeks.

For the Langoustines

Using a sharp knife, score a slit on the back of each langoustine shell from head to tail being careful not to puncture the flesh below. Season the langoustines with salt. Using butcher’s twine, tie a langoustine (legs facing out) tightly to the pine bough then trim any excess twine. Repeat process with remaining langoustines. In a cast iron skillet, melt the butter until it begins to froth then sauté the bundles until the langoustines are cooked through and the pine is aromatic, about 90 seconds per side. Use tongs during this process and work carefully since any excess pine sap has a tendency to sputter. Immediately serve the langoustines on their bough, offering guests scissors to cut the twine and remove the shell.

To serve

Arrange the bundles into individual cups. Serve with crispy shallots, onion mayonnaise, and nori salt for dipping. To add an extra flourish just before serving, burn the langoustine tails just before serving so that they arrive flaming when they arrive to the table.

Note: To source the pine boughs for this recipe you will most likely need to do some foraging of your own, even if it is just from your neighbor’s yard (with permission, of course). Once harvested, trim the boughs into twelve 6-inch pieces. Each cut piece should have both a sturdy central stem as well as fragrant, fresh, needles. Thoroughly rinse the cut pine boughs under hot running water for several minutes to remove any dirt, bugs, or excess sap. This step will help prevent the sap from sputtering during the cooking process.

Note: Langoustines are small, sweet tasting, lobsters about 10-inches long native to North Atlantic waters. Also known as Dublin Bay prawns or Norway lobster (and sometimes referred to generically as scampi), they look like an orange-colored jumbo shrimp sporting crab claws. They are also hard to source. For something of similar size and taste, jumbo prawns or jumbo shrimp can both be substituted.

Pineapple and Mint

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh pineapple, skin removed, cubed
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF degrees

Place pineapple and mint in bowl, and stir well.  Transfer mint coated pineapple and juices to prepared foil.

Wrap and bake for 10 minutes

Pineapple Carpaccio With Basil Syrup

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 medium pineapple, peeled and cored and sliced paper thin
½ cup basil syrup

PREPARATION

Arrange pineapple slices flat and drizzle with basil syrup.

Follow the recipe for basic syple syrup using basil leaves. 
http://recipes.ger-nis.com/b/basic-simple-syrup

Pineapple Mint Iced Red Bush Tea

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 bags red bush tea
Handful of fresh pineapple mint
1 lime, sliced
¼ cup honey

PREPARATION

Combine tea bags, herbs, honey and lime in a large pitcher. Boil 3 cups of water and pour over other ingredients. Stir well until the honey dissolves. Let steep for about 30 minutes or until cool. Add remaining water. Remove mint leaves, tea bags and lime slices. Refrigerate and enjoy! Add more sugar,  honey  or lime according to your preference.

Pineapple Preserves

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup pineapple, chopped small to fine
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (scraped parts reserved)
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan on low heat and cook slowly stirring often for about 20 minutes.

Pineapple, Red Onion Serrano Salsa

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

1½ cup fresh pineapple, chopped small
1 small red onion, chopped small
2 serrano peppers, sliced thin
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste if needed)

Directions

Toss all ingredients together in a medium bowl and mix well. Let stand approximately 1 hour before serving, keep cold.

Pineapple, Red Onion Serrano Salsa

April 29th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

1½ cup fresh pineapple, chopped small
1 small red onion, chopped small
2 serrano pepper, sliced thin
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste if needed)

Directions

Toss all ingredients together in a medium bowl and mix well. Let stand approximately 1 hour before serving, keep cold.

Pink Grapefruit Champagne Ice

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx. 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup champagne
8 medium pink grapefruits, juiced with pulp

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. When syrup is cool combine syrup, champagne and grapefruit juice in a bowl and mix well. 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.

Pisco Sour

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one drink.

INGREDIENTS

2½ ounces Pisco
½ ounce simple syrup
Juice of 2-3 limes
1 egg white
Bitters

PREPARATION

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a 6 ounce glass and drop a few drops of bitters on the top of the frothed egg whites.

Pisco Sour

Pistachio Tarragon Pesto Chicken Skewers

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Wine Pairing: Syrah

Ingredients

½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted natural pistachios
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 medium garlic clove, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
16 1-inch pieces red onion (1/3 inch thick)
16 1-inch squares red bell pepper
8 lemon slices, halved
1 pound chicken tenders (about 8 large)
8 metal or wooden skewers (soak in water if wooden)

Directions

Purée the first 5 ingredients in a food processor. Add ¼cup olive oil and blend until slightly coarse paste forms. Mix in 2 tablespoons water. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer 3 tablespoons pesto to small bowl (for brushing chicken and vegetables); reserve remaining pesto.

Prepare grill (or griddle pan), heating to medium-high heat. Brush grill or gridle with olive oil. Thread 1 onion piece, 1 bell pepper square, 1 lemon slice half, 1 chicken tender (lengthwise), then 1 onion piece, 1 bell pepper square, and 1 lemon slice half alternately on each of 8 skewers. Brush vegetables and chicken on skewers with olive oil, then with 3 tablespoons pesto from small bowl. Sprinkle skewers with salt and pepper. Grill until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are slightly softened, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Serve with reserved pesto.

Plain Pie Crust

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water (1 tablespoon at a time), mix until dough just comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Divide dough in four equal parts. Shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

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