Butter-Braised Radishes With Their Greens

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1-2 bunches red radishes with their greens (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

Cut the radishes away from their leaves, leaving about ½ inch of green attached. Scrub the radishes and slice them in halves or quarters depending on their size. Wash the greens well, chop roughly, and keep separate.

In a wide pan with a tight-fitting lid (preferably 10 to 12 inches) over high heat, melt the butter with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt. Add 23 cup water and the radishes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer gently until the radishes can be easily pierced with a knife but are not completely soft, about 3 minutes.

Spread the greens over the radishes and raise the heat to return the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer gently until the greens are emerald and tender, about 5 more minutes.

Use tongs to transfer the greens to a large bowl or serving dish, pressing excess liquid out of the greens against the side of the pan. Gently transfer the radishes to the dish as well.

Add the vinegar, black pepper, and a few gratings of nutmeg to the liquid in the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, uncovered, until the liquid has turned syrupy (you’ll end up with about 2 tablespoons), about 2 minutes. Taste and add a little more salt and sugar if needed.

Return the radishes and greens to the pan and fold gently to coat the vegetables.

Tips:
Layer the greens on top of the radishes and don’t stir, so that you can remove the greens first, and squeeze some of their liquid back into the pot, without mashing the tender radishes.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Chive and Red Pepper Loose Scramble

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 eggs
¼ c chopped red onion
¼ c chopped red pepper
¼ c chopped chives
1 T olive oil
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Sauté onion, peppers and chive in oil. Add eggs. Loosely scramble with a spatula while in pan cooking. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Earthy, Grainy Rhubarb-Thyme Crisp (Chock-full of Nuts & Seeds)

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup quinoa, toasted
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup pecans, chopped
¼ cup almonds, chopped
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 egg, beaten
3 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flours, thyme leaves, oats, quinoa, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add nuts, seeds, and beaten egg and mix. Set aside. In a glass baking dish, mix together rhubarb, sugar, ginger, and orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix orange juice and vanilla together, and whisk in cornstarch. Add to the rhubarb mixture and combine. Sprinkle the oat-nut topping over the rhubarb, and bake 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Radishes, Chervil Butter and Herbal Citrus Salts

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 stick butter (12 tablespoons) softened
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon fresh chervil leaves, chopped fine
16-20 French breakfast radishes, washed and trimmed
Citrus Salt (recipe follows)

Directions

Combine the butter, salt and chervil in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate to harden. Just prior to serving take the butter out and allow to come to room temperature. Place the butter in a bowl and the citrus salts and the radishes all around it. To eat, place a little butter on each radish and some citrus salts. Enjoy!

Rainbow Cookies

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

8 ounces almond paste, at room temperature
8 ounces butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, separated
2 cups all purpose flour
6 drops yellow, pink and green food coloring
13 cup raspberry preserves
13 cup orange marmalade
1 cup semisweet chocolate (melted)

Directions

Cream butter, almond paste and sugar until creamed. Add egg yolks and blend to smooth. Add flour to form dough. Whip egg whites to soft peaks in separate boil. Fold into dough in three additions. Separate batter and add food coloring. Prepare three pans with parchment paper. (Can share pan between two colors). Spread evenly each color batter. Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes until slightly golden. Cool, approximately 10 minutes.

Layer each color alternating with raspberry jam and orange marmalade. Stack heavy books over covered cakes. Allow to thin for at least 1 hour in fridge. Next, melt chocolate over double boiler. Spread evenly over layered cake. Place in fridge for five minutes. Cut with hot knife into squares and serve.

Ramen in Curried Coconut Broth

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 ounces Ramen Noodles
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium)
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 4 cups)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
18 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander, preferably freshly ground
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
1 lime cut into wedges, for serving
½ cup roughly chopped cilantro, chopped, for serving

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt to taste. Cook the ramen then drain well. Divide the noodles amond 4 deep bowls.

2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and sauté until softened, for 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Add the sweet potato, garlic, cayenne, ginger, coriander, and turmeric, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water, the coconut milk, and 2 teaspoons of salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

4. Divide the ramen noodles among 4 deep bowls. Ladle the soup over the noodles season the bowls with lime, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Ramen in Spicy Seafood Broth

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 ounces Ramen Noodles
1 head garlic, cloves separated and smashed
1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into paper-thin rings (with its seeds)
1 small bunch cilantro, stems removed from leaves and reserved, leaves coarsely chopped (about ½ cup)
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup frozen peas
1 medium carrot, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced thin on the bias
12 little neck clams, scrubbed
1 pint dry sea scallops
½ cup white miso
Lemon wedges for serving

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 5 cups of water, the garlic, jalapeño, cilantro stems and wine and to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out the solids and return the broth to the saucepan, remove from heat.

2. In a separate pan of boiling water cook the ramen, drain in a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Drain well and set aside.

3. Bring the broth to a simmer. Add the peas, carrot, scallops, and clams with their juices, simmer 2 minutes.

4. In a sieve placed directly into the broth, add the miso and press into the soup using a rubber spatula or the back of a wooden spoon. Simmer for 1 minute.

5. Re-heat the ramen in the sieve under hot running water. Drain well and divide among 4 deep bowls. Ladle the soup over the ramen, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Ramen Noodles in Quick Roasted Chicken Broth and Crispy Shallots

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 ounces Ramen
4 cups roasted chicken broth
Crispy shallots
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Chopped parsley

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt to taste. Cook the ramen then drain well. Divide the noodles among 4 deep bowls.

2. Heat the chicken stock in a pan. Ladle the broth over the noodles and serve topped with crispy shallots, fresh ground black pepper and chopped parsley.

Crispy Shallots

Ingredients

½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 heaping cup shallots, sliced into thin rounds
Pinch red pepper flakes
½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces), plus additional for serving
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions

1. Heat the vegetable and olive oils in a small sauté pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots (if the oil does not cover the shallots add more). Cook slowly, stirring often, until the shallots are a deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Regulate the heat to prevent burning.

2. Transfer the shallots to paper towels to drain, reserving the oil. Sprinkle the shallots with sea salt and red pepper flakes.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Ramen Tofu and Vegetables in Dashi

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the soup

8 ounces Ramen
½ cup naturally brewed soy sauce
13 cup mirin
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 cup snow peas, stringed and halved crosswire
1 package soft tofu, cubed

For the garnishes

1 romaine lettuce heart, shredded
1 cup daikon or red radish, cut into matchsticks or coarsely shredded
2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
Hot sauce, for serving
Toasted sesame oil, for serving

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and divide among 4 large serving bowls.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 3 cups of water with the soy sauce, mirin vinegar and ginger, and bring to a simmer. Add the snow peas and the tofu to each pot and simmer until the snow peas are crisp-tender, and the tofu is heated, 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Divide the vegetable garnishes among the bowls. Ladle hot soup over the noodles in each bowl. Drizzle each serving with a few drops of sesame oil and hot sauce if desired.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 crostinis

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette, sliced thin and lightly toasted
Pecorino cheese, shavings for garnish

Directions

In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and butter. Cook garlic until fragrant, 1 minute. Add ramps and sauté another minute or so. Add the morels, herbs and wine, cook another minute and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Place a spoon full on a crostini and garnish with pecorino shavings.

Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 crostinis

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette bread sliced thin and lightly toasted
Pecorino cheese, shavings for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a medium skillet heat the olive oil and butter on medium high, add the garlic and sauté a few minutes, then add the ramps and sauté another minute or so. Add the morels, herbs and wine, cook another minute and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Place a spoon full on a crostini and garnish with pecorino shavings.

Ramp Gibson

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


Ingredients

2 ½ ounces gin (Hendrick’s Gin)
½ ounce pickled ramp brine (from Pickled Ramps recipe)
Splash of dry vermouth
Ice
Pickled Ramps (recipe follows)

Directions

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, ramp brine and ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp brine and stir gently, long enough for the mixture to chill. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pickled ramp.

Pickled Ramps

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 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.

Rampatini

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

Directions

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pickled ramp.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of each of the following: mustard seeds, coriander, peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley 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, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, 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 a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Ramptini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramps.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, 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 place in the brine. Place the ramps and the brine in a jar or a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Ras El Hanout

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 10 ounces

Ingredients

1 nutmeg ball, crushed
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
½ tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon white peppercorns
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
½ teaspoon anise seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon allspice berries
6 green cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon saffron
1 tablespoon turmeric, ground
1 tablespoon mace, ground
1 teaspoon red chili peppers, crushed
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ginger, ground

Directions

In a zip lock bag or plastic, crush the nutmeg and cinnamon sticks with a mallet, hammering and pounding until small chunks are formed. Take all of the seeds and non powder items and grind in a spice grinder or coffee grinder, until pulverized. You may have to do this in batches if your grinder is small. Place the ground items in a medium mixing bowl. Take the remaining powdered items as well as the root pieces and mix into the ground items until totally mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark and dry place, will keep for about 4-5 months.

Ras El Hanout (Modern)

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx 6 ounces

Ingredients

1 teaspoon black peppercorns
½ tablespoon white peppercorns
½ tablespoon poppy seeds
½ tablespoon coriander seeds
½ tablespoon cumin seeds
2 whole cloves
½ teaspoon saffron
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
2 teaspoons cardamom, ground
1 teaspoon allspice ground
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 tablespoon turmeric, ground
½ tablespoon mace, ground
½ teaspoon red chili peppers, crushed
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ tablespoon ginger, ground

Directions

Take all of the seeds and non powder items and grind in a spice grinder or coffee grinder, until pulverized. You may have to do this in batches if your grinder is small. Place the ground items in a medium mixing bowl. Take the remaining powdered items and mix into the ground items until totally mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark and dry place, will keep for about 4-5 months.

Ras El Hanout (Traditional)

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx 10 ounces

Ingredients

1 nutmeg ball, crushed
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
½ tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon white peppercorns
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon rose bud petals, dried
1 teaspoon lavender buds, dried
½ teaspoon anise seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon allspice berries
6 green cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon saffron
1 tablespoon turmeric, ground
1 tablespoon mace, ground
1 teaspoon red chili peppers, crushed
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ginger, ground
1 tablespoon dried galangal root pieces (optional)
1 tablespoon dried orris root pieces (optional)

Directions

In a ziplock bag or plastic, crush the nutmeg and cinnamon sticks with a mallet, hammering and pounding until small chunks are formed. Take all of the seeds and non powder items and grind in a spice grinder or coffee grinder, until pulverized. You may have to do this in batches if your grinder is small. Place the ground items in a medium mixing bowl. Take the reaming powdered items as well as the root pieces and mix into the ground items until totally mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark and dry place, will keep for about 4-5 months.

Ras El Hanout Poppyseed Butter Cookies

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

These are more an adult cookie – sweet, sultry and exotic!

Ingredients

1 butter cookie recipe with orange zest in it
½ tablespoon traditional Ros El Hanout
½ tablespoon brown sugar
½ tablespoon poppyseeds
Rose Petals (optional)

Directions

Prepare the butter cookie dough according to the directions, adding 1 tablespoon orange zest into the mixture. Prepare the butter cookies as per directions. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the rose el hanout, sugar and poppy seeds and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture on the prepared butter cookies. Place one rose petal in the center of the cookie and bake according to directions!

Raspados de Frutas Tropical (Tropical Fruit Snow Cones)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes quite a few snow cones

Most of us don’t have ice scrapers in our kitchen for snow cones so this raspado recipe is modified to utilize the tools we all typically have in our kitchen while still being able to enjoy the authentic taste of a snow cone!

Ingredients

For a mango raspado

2 mangoes, ripe, peeled, deseeded and cubed
1 cup water
½ cup sugar or honey
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of one lime

For a pineapple raspado

3 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup water
½ cup sugar or honey

For a coconut lime raspado

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup shaved raw coconut
1 cup water
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of 2 limes
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a low metal dish with sides and place in the freezer to freeze, scraping with a fork every few minutes in order to get a ice consistency. Once frozen serve by scraping up with a fork and placing in a bowl.

Raspberry Buttermilk Gelato

July 7th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¾ turbinado or raw unprocessed sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup raspberries, pureed

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the sugar and corn starch on medium heat and whisk in the buttermilk and the cream, whisking continuously until the gelato base begins to thicken and bubble. Take off heat and whisk int he pureed raspberries and cool mixture. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Raspberry Lemon Thyme Granita in Herbed Pavlova Cups

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8 (Makes 3 cups of granita)

Ingredients


For pavlovas

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon thyme leaves, chopped
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

For granita

2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup honey
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup fresh raspberries

Directions


For pavlovas

Preheat oven to 300°F.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and thyme leaves. Set aside.

In a mixer (or with a whisk), beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the water, and beat continue beating soft peaks. Increase speed, and add sugar and corn starch mixture a little at a time. Next, add vinegar, and beat on high speed until glossy and stiff. Place a spoonful on a lined baking sheet, making 6 to 8 little bowls. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, until starch hardens, before eating.

For granita

In a blender, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Add more honey to desired sweetness. Pour in a shallow, metal pan, and freeze, scraping frozen granules every 10 to 20 minutes for about a total of 2 hours.

Raspberry Mint Champagne Spritzer

November 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raspberries
¼ cup chopped mint
¼ cup orange juice
1 bottle champagne

PREPARATION

Mash a few raspberries and mix with the mint and the orange juice. Place a spoon full of the mixture in a champagne glass and fill with champagne. Add a few whole raspberries to each glass.

Raspberry Mint Daquiri

July 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

2 ounces white rum
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh Raspberry Mint Syrup*

Shake all ingredients together in a shaker. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf and fresh raspberry.

* Fresh Raspberry Mint Syrup – Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Add 2 handfuls of fresh raspberries and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Blend the mixture in a blender until ultra smooth.

Raspberry Mint Lip Gloss (Purple Tint)

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon shea butter
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
½ tablespoon Vitamin E oil
6 raspberries, smashed
¼ cup mint

DIRECTIONS

Heat up ingredients in small saucepan, and let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, infusing ingredients. Strain contents into a jar. Let harden.

Raspberry Mint Mousse

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

This is raspberry mint mousse served atop chocolate cake or with gingerbread cookies. Use the heavy cream mousse recipe and add ½ cup of raspberries to it.

Raspberry Mint Sorbet

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
½ cup chopped mint
2 cups raspberries
zest and juice of 1 lemon

PREPARATION

Make a simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar and water and chopped mint. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, add lemon zest and lemon juice, cool, strain, and set syrup aside. In a food processor, blend up the raspberries until a puree forms. The raspberries at this point can be strained for a finer, smoother sorbet. However, we prefer it a bit earthier and recommend keeping the seeds. Mix simple syrup and pureed raspberries and follow ice cream maker instructions for making sorbet.

Raspberry Sage Prosecco

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Sage leaves
Frozen Raspberries
Prosecco

PREPARATION

Rub Sage leaves over the rim of the champagne class, fill with prosecco, garnish with sage leaves and a frozen raspberry.

Raspberry Tingle

May 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes one drink

This zippy little drink is sure to refresh and enliven the pallet. The freshness of the mint, parsley and fresh lime, combined with the tangy fresh raspberries, makes your mouth tingle with completeness!

Ingredients

Crushed ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)
1 ounce sweet minty raspberry puree (recipe follows)

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini style cocktail or dainty low ball glass. No garnish!

Sweet Minty Raspberry Puree

Makes one cup

Ingredients

1 cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of one lime
¼ cup herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)

Directions

Place all the puree ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Raviolis with Ricotta and Mint and Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter and Micro Beet Greens

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, drained
1 cup fresh goat cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
Beet Pasta (recipe follows)
Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter (recipe follows)
Olive Oil
Micro Beet Greens

Directions

Mix the ricotta, goat cheese, orange zest and fresh herbs in a mixing bowl until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Make raviolis using the beet pasta, about 2 inch squares. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place raviolis inside. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Raviolis should float when almost done, make sure to flip to ensure that both sides are cooked evenly. Take out of the boiling pot of water with a slotted spoon and place a dollop of shallot poppy seed butter on top. Garnish with some micro beet greens.

Fresh Beet Pasta

Ingredients

3 medium beets, cooked, peeled and chopped fine
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 beets, 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 another 15 seconds to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To roll pasta divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and cover 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.

Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter

Makes 2 cups butter

Ingredients

1½ sticks butter
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 tablespoon orange zest
12 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

Heat all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir. Refrigerate until the mixture hardens.
In the meantime, in a medium sauté pan, melt butter and sauté shallots until translucent. Add poppy seeds, orange juice, and white wine and allow to cook down for about two minutes. Drizzle over cooked raviolis.

Raw Herbal Sugar Basic Recipe

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cup sugar

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

STEP 1
Mix fresh herbs and sugar in a small mixing bowl until combined well
STEP 2
Using your fingers break apart until a mixture turns from course to sand like (you can also use a blender or spice grinder for this step to ensure a very refined sugar if needed)
STEP 3
Use or store

Red Basil Aoili

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

1 c chopped red basil
3 cloves of garlic
½ c mayonnaise
1 tsp salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Blend together with a hand held processor until all ingredients  form a smooth paste.

Serve on sandwiches, burgers, meats and fish.

Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh red basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
½ cup almonds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup Almond oil
Salt

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until everything is incorporated.
Season with salt to taste.

Red Basil Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

Red Basil Iced Tea

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

5 Bags Earl Grey Tea
8 cups water
1 cup Red Basil Ginger Simple Syrup, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Brew Earl Grey Tea in 8 cups of water, steep and cool. In a pitcher over ice, add tea and Red Basil Ginger Simple Syrup.

Red Basil Ginger Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup red basil leaves
1 tablespoon peeled ginger root, chopped

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm through until sugar is dissolved and red basil and ginger are infused. Take off heat and cool. Strain before using.

Red Basil Iced Tea

Red Basil Peach Syrup

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup red basil leaves
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 ripe peach, chopped

Directions

Combine the basil, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Red Basil Summer Fruit Sangria

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pitcher

INGREDIENTS

1 cup red basil syrup (recipe follows)
2 bottles Rioja red wine
1 cup Cointreau
Juice 3 oranges
1 orange, sliced
1 peach, cubed
1 apricot, cubed
1 plum, cubed
2 cups soda water

PREPARATION

Combine the red basil syrup, wine, Cointreau and orange juice in a large pitcher and stir well. Add the fruit and let stand unrefrigerated for about 1-2 hours. Add soda water just before serving and serve either tepid or over ice, but do not refrigerate.

Red Basil Syrup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh red basil leaves

PREPARATION

Place water and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil.Reduce heat to medium.

Once all the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add red basil leaves.Cover your pan and steep to desired strength. Strain out your red basil leaves and cool. Bottle and refrigerate.

Red Basil White Stone Fruit Sangria

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 cup red basil peach syrup (recipe follows)
2 bottles white wine, sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc or white table wine
1 cup Cointreau
1 peach, sliced
1 apricot, sliced
1 plum, sliced
1 nectarine, sliced
¼ cup raspberries
2 cups soda water

Directions

Combine the red basil peach syrup, wine, and cointreau in a large pitcher and stir well. Add the fruit and let stand unrefrigerated for about 1-2 hours. Add soda water just before serving and serve either tepid or over ice, but do not refrigerate.

Red Basil Peach Syrup

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup red basil leaves
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 ripe peach, chopped

Directions

Combine the basil, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Red Cabbage Herbed Pot Stickers with Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 pot stickers

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped superfine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped superfine
1 cup shredded red cabbage
¼ cup mung bean sprouts or sprouted mung beans
2 tablespoons fresh Thai basil, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
Pot sticker wrappers
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together except the sesame and coconut oil, pot sticker wrappers and dipping sauce. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Take a spoon full of the mixture and place in the center of each pot sticker wrapper. Close the wrappers by making gathers on one side and then pinching together both sides, sealing well with wet fingers to make a kind of glue (round pot stickers are easier than square ones!) Heat a large frying pan with the sesame and coconut oil on high and fry the dumplings for 1-2 minutes, flipping once to make a slightly seared brown coating on each side. After the dumplings are coated and seared, place a bit of water in the pan and steam with the lid off for about 1-2 minutes. Serve with Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce.

Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup yuzo rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ tamari
¼ cup miso paste

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until emulsified and well mixed.

Red Cabbage, Mint and Beet Salad

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


INGREDIENTS

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
3 medium beets, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Toss together in a large bowl, cabbage, beets, carrots and mint.  In a medium mixing bowl whisk together cumin seeds, lime zest, lime juice, sesame oil, grapeseed oil, salt and pepper.  Toss over cabbage mixture and mix well.

Red Chili Pork Tamales with Mole Negra

March 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tamales

Ingredients

For the red chili pork

10 small red dried chilies
2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 pound pork butt
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

For the tamale dough

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

For the mole negro sauce

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

Directions

For the red chili pork

Place all ingredients (except herbs) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until pork is falling apart soft. Take off heat and cool. Discard bay leaf. Shred the pork by pulling apart the fibers using a fork or your fingers. Place shredded meat into a medium bowl and add fresh herbs. Mix and set aside.

For the tamale dough

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

For the wrappers

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

For the mole negro sauce

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

For assembling the tamales

In the center of each banana leaf or corn husk, place about 3-4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of either the banana leaf or corn husk. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons meat mixture. Fold over the banana leaf or corn husk like you are folding a present. Tying the wrapped package with either corn husk ties or banana leaf ties, or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips form making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Serve with sauce.

Red Dandelion Green Goddess Dressing

April 11th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 3 cups

 

Ingredients


1 cup buttermilk (make your own, combine 1 cup milk and 2 T lemon juice- let stand for 5 minutes)
3/4 cup mayo 
3 cloves garlic  chopped)
1-2 teaspoons lemon zest
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
4-5 white anchovies (can use regular but it’s not as bight tasting)
1 1/2 cups red dandelion leaves (chopped)
1/2 cup parsley (leaves and stems ok)
1/2 cup chives (handful) 
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


Directions


Combine all ingredients in a blender, pulsing a bit first to get the stuff chopped up a bit. Once you feel the blender moving well, increase speed little by little until high speed.  Blend  until its super smooth and creamy, add more milk to thin to your desire, season with a little more salt to your taste.

Red Onion Apple Caraway

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

¼ red onion, chopped fine
1 cup apples, chopped
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup Manchego cheese, shredded
1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts
2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), for brushing tops of pop tarts

Directions

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and use to fill savory pop tart.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lay one rolled piece of pie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and place filling in the center. Cover with another piece of dough and crimp edges closed. Brush top with egg white or soy or rice milk (vegan option) and sprinkle with topping of choice. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Suggested Crust: Whole Wheat, plain
Suggested Toppings: Caraway seeds

Red Onion, Apple & Brie Tart

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 small tarts

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry, rolled out on a baking sheet and cold
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
1 cup apples, sliced
1 cup brie
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt/pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, and butter. Cook red onions and apples until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, and add the brie and the herbs and mix together gently. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture over puff pastry and spread evenly and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Red Pepper Pineapple Salsa

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups of salsa

INGREDIENTS

1 c chopped red peppers
½ c chopped cilantro
½  c chopped red onion
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
Juice o 2 limes
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
Black pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Serve will chicken or fish of quesadillas.

Red Pepper, Crab & Corn Pies

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 pie pockets

Ingredients

2 roasted red peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 cup lump crab meat
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
Savory Herb Curd (recipe follows)
Savory Pie Dough
1 egg beaten
Coarse Salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375 ° F .Roll out the pie dough and cut into 8 circles about 8 inches in diameter. Place a few spoonfuls of the herbal curd down in the center, next place a few spoonfuls of roasted peppers, crab meat and corn, sprinkle with the fresh herbs and fold then empanada style by rolling form one side to the other. Brush with the beaten egg and place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Savory Herbal Curd
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon corn starch
¼ cup grated cheese, parmesan or cheese of choice
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
4 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Red, Yellow and Orange Fresh Bell Pepper Strips

November 12th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

PREPARATION

Slice the bell peppers and keep as a fresh topping for fajitas.

Rhubarb Lemonade

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one Pitcher

Ingredients

2 cups rhubarb syrup (rhubarb, sugar)
2 cups fresh lemon juice
water

Directions

To make the rhubarb syrup place ½ cup fresh rhubarb chopped, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Strain and cool. In a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and water. Stir well and serve over ice!

Rhubarb Mint Spritzer

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 gallon

Ingredients

1 pound rhubarb, ends trimmed and cut into ½ inch pieces
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
Ice
Seltzer water

Directions

Combine the rhubarb, lemon zest, lemon juice, mint, sugar and the water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 6-8 minutes. Strain, cool and reserve liquid. Place the rhubarb syrup in a large pitcher of ice, fill with seltzer water and serve.

Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Tequila Cooler

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Ingredients

2 ounces tequila reposado (Centenario Rosangel)
1 ounce Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Syrup*
1 ounce lime juice
Seltzer
½ ounce Sweet Cilantro Syrup*
Lime wheel
Pink Peppercorn Cilantro Sugar*
Rhubarb Bitters

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, rhubarb syrup and lime juice and shake vigorously.  Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and fill with seltzer, leaving about ¼ inch of room at the top.  Pour the sweet cilantro syrup on the surface and a lime wheel on top.  Sprinkle a little Pink Peppercorn Sugar on top of the lime and add a few drops of rhubarb bitters on top.

*Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Syrup- Combine 2 cups chopped rhubarb in a sauce pan with 1 cup sugar, 1½ cup water, 2 tablespoons crushed pink peppercorns, and a handful of cilantro stems.    Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Take off heat, strain and cool completely.

*Sweet Cilantro Syrup-In a blender blend ½ cup simple syrup, the juice and zest of 2 limes and 1 cup cilantro leaves to form a pesto-like, smooth substance.

*Pink Peppercorn Cilantro Sugar-In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon pink peppercorns (crushed), 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, and 2 teaspoons lime zest with ¼ cup turbinado sugar and mix well.  Incorporate a little rhubarb bitters or lime juice to slightly moisten the mixture.

Rice Pilaf with “Standing Spices”

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups basmati rice
4½ cups cold water
2 medium red onions
¼ cup canola oil, plus about 1 cup for deep-frying
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 green cardamom pods
A 2½-to-3-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken in half
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
3 bay leaves
3 whole dried red chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

Combine the rice and water in a bowl and soak for 20 minutes. Drain the rice and reserve the water separately.

Mince 1 onion and reserve.

For the fried-onion garnish, thinly slice the second onion. Heat the 1 cup oil in a small (about 6-inch) heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat to 360°F. The oil should come about ½ inch up the side of the pan. If necessary, add more oil. (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.) Add the sliced onion and deep-fry, stirring often, until the onion turns dark brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels and then let stand until cool and crisp. Set aside. Discard the oil.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine the ¼ cup oil, the cumin, the cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, coriander, bay leaves, and chiles in a large ovenproof casserole over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the reserved minced onion and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 5 minutes. If the caramelized sugars from the onion begin to collect on the bottom of the pan, add water, about a tablespoon at a time, and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to pick up the browned bits.

Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the drained rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the reserved soaking water and salt, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Then turn the heat down and simmer vigorously, covered, until the water is entirely absorbed and the rice cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Put the casserole in the oven and bake 10 minutes. Then remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the fried onions and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Rigatoni Amatriciana

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 ounces Pancetta, cubed
1 yellow onion, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
Salt and pepper
1 (28 ounce) can of Italian peeled tomatoes, crushed with hands
1 pound rigatoni, cooked
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauté pan, add cubed pancetta slices in a single layer and cook over medium-low heat until most of the fat has been rendered from the meat, turning occasionally. Remove the meat to a plate lined with paper towels and discard half the fat, leaving a little fat. Increase the heat to medium and add sliced onions, cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, 5 minutes. Next, add garlic and red chili flakes and cook 2 minutes more. Return the pancetta to the pan, and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the onions, garlic and pancetta are light golden brown. Season with salt and pepper, add then add the tomatoes, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce has begun to thicken. Add cooked rigatoni to pan and coat pasta in sauce. Add parsley and serve with Pecorino cheese.

Roast Chicken with Lemon & Compound Herb Butter and Roasted Vegetables

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 3 to 4-pound chicken
2 small lemons, quartered

For Compound Butter

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
3 onions, quartered
5 carrots, peeled and chopped in 1-inch pieces

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Wash the chicken thoroughly in cold water, both inside and out. Remove all the bits of fat hanging loose. Let the bird sit for about 10 minutes on a slightly titled plate to let all the water drain out of it. Pat it thoroughly dry all over with cloth or paper towels.

Soften each lemon by placing it on a counter and rolling it back and forth as you put firm downward pressure on it with the palm of your hand. Prick the lemons in at least 20 places each, using a fork. Place both lemons in the birds cavity. Close up the opening with toothpicks or by trussing. To make the compound butter, mix the butter, herbs, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Smooth compound butter under the skin of the chicken breast, being mindful not to tear the membrane connecting the skin to the breast.

Drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast chicken for 30 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and add onions and carrots. Place chicken and vegetables back in the oven and until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of inner thigh registers 180°F, about 1 hour.

Once out of oven, allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve warm.

Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (2-pound) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 6 cups) and roasted
6 cups vegetable broth
3 whole star anise
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, for garnic, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, vegetable broth, star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard Star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender and return back to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple and bring soup back to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter, maple syrup and spices and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Let cool.

Roasted Bay Chicken 30 Minute Meal

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS

4 small chicken breasts (flattened)
2 Medium shallots chopped
2 meduim leeks chopped
1 cup baby carrots halved
¼ cup chopped thyme
4-5 bay leaves
2 cups cubed baby potatoes
¼ c white wine
¼ c chicken stock
½ c half and half
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Pre heat oven to 450 F. Place chicken breasts in a flat glass baking dish, cover with shallots, leeks potatoes, carrots and fresh herbs and bay leaves.  Mix all wet ingredients and salt and pepper and pour over chicken and vegetables.  Bake for 30 minutes covered until chicken and potoates are done.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb brussel sprouts, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Remove any undesirable outer leaves on the brussel sprouts and discard. Parboil the brussel sprouts (or steam them) for 3 minutes or until just tender. They should be almost cooked all the way through. Strain the hot water and place the sprouts in a bowl of ice water, this will keep their color bright green. Remove and drain on paper towels to get rid of excess moisture.

Toss brussel sprouts with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast until golden, 15-20 minutes.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples & Mint

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is a simple & tasty way to enjoy winter’s hearty vegetable with a new and unique twist optimizing our love of herbs and seasonal ingredients, brightening us up in the dead of dark winter.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds Brussel sprouts, cleaned, trimmed and halved lengthwise
2 tart apples, cored and chopped into bite size chunks (peel on)
1 medium red onion, chopped medium
½ cup fresh mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon almond oil (optional)

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 400°F and place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Next, place in a heavy bottom ceramic or glass baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes, making sure to shuffle and toss brussel sprouts, apples and onion around the pan while baking to allow for even brownness.

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center

Roasted Cauliflower Farro Salad with Feta, Kale and Parsley Lemon Vinaigrette

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

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Ingredients

 

2  cups cauliflower, cut into small florets
 1 red pepper, chopped
Olive oilSalt/pepper
1 cup Tuscan kale or purple kale, sliced thin
1 small red onion, chopped small
2 cups cooked farro
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or white balsamic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ cup  fresh parsley, chopped superfine
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled


Directions

 

Pre-heat the oven to 400° F.  Toss together the cauliflower, florets and red peppers and drizzle a little olive over them, season with salt and pepper and place in a glass baking dish and roast until golden brown or about 15 minutes.  Place the sliced kale in a large mixing bowl and immediately place the roasted cauliflower over the top of the kale while its hot and toss together, let stand for  a few minutes to lightly cook the kale with the remaining heat of the roasted cauliflower.  Mix in the farro, tomatoes and almonds until well mixed.  In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, zest, garlic parsley and olive oil until emulsified.  Toss over cauliflower and farro mixture and mix well, gently fold in the feta crumbles and serve!

Roasted Chicken Stock

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 pounds chicken wings, each chopped into 3-4 pieces
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
8 cloves garlic peeled and left whole
2 stalks of celery, chopped
6 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions

1. Place oven rack in lowest position and preheat oven to 500°F.

2. Combine the chicken and oil in a roasting pan or saute pan large enough to hold it in a single layer.

3. Roast for 45 minutes stirring occasionally until the chicken is nicely browned. Add the vegetables and thyme and stir well, scraping the bottom of the pan. Return the pan to the oven and roast 20 minutes.

4. Place the pan on the stove top and slowly add the water. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain into a clean pan. Boil the stock over high heat until reduced to 4 cups.

5. Strain the stock in to a shallow dish and refrigerate or freeze until the fat has congealed. Skim of and discard the fat before using.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Roasted Eggplant Caviar with Mint Soy Yogurt Drizzle

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 large eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces soy yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice eggplant in half and place skin side down on a lined baking sheet. Roast about 40-45 minutes or until brown, bubbly and tender. Set aside to cool. In the same oven at the end of the eggplant’s time place the tomatoes in a glass baking dish and sprinkle with cumin seeds, cilantro, salt, lemon zest and garlic. Roast for about 5-10 minutes. Remove the eggplant from its skin and chop super fine. In a large mixing bowl combine eggplant and tomatoes and mix well. Divide up into ramekins and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Place in the broiler for about 3 minutes or until slightly charred on top. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the soy yogurt, mint and lemon juice and mix well. Season with salt and drizzle the over the eggplant and garnish with a mint or cilantro leaf.

Roasted Garlic & Herb Spanish Style Potato Stew

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 whole heads of garlic, roasted
½ c chopped fresh thyme
½ c chopped fresh chives
½ c chopped fresh parsley
1 lb potatoes, cubed into 1 inch pieces
1 c beef stock
1 t cumin seeds
1 pinch saffron strands
1 t paprika
olive oil

PREPARATION

Heat a medium-bottomed stew pan on medium heat. Sauté whole cloves of roasted garlic in olive oil with the fresh herbs and spices. Add potatoes and stir well. Add stock. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until potatoes are cooked through.

Garnish with fresh parsley. Serves 4.

Roasted Garlic and Herb Classic Tomato (Classic Tomato and Oregano Variation)

October 24th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Follow the Vegetable Marinara recipe but add 1 bulb roasted garlic, chopped or smashed fine. Also add the following fresh herbs at the end of cooking:
¼ c fresh chopped parsley
½ c fresh chopped marjoram
Pesto Sauce
4 garlic cloves
½ c mixed nuts–pine, macadamia, soy, walnut, pecan
3 c chopped fresh basil
1 c extra virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
1 t lemon or lime zest
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper
½ c finely grated parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients with a handheld mixer or food processor until smooth. Add cheese (optional).

Roasted Gold Beets, Cauliflower with Lentils and Rosemary

October 5th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6


INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 cups yellow or brown lentils
2 cups vegetable stock
¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
3 medium gold beets, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
2 cups cauliflower florets
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F

In a medium sauce pan, add olive and sauté garlic and onions until translucent, or about 5 minutes.  Add lentils, stock, herbs, beets and cauliflower and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes.  Place in pre-heated oven uncovered for about 30 minutes or until lentils, beets and cauliflower are tender.

Roasted Heirloom Vegetable Ricotta Carrot Roulade with Black Olive Herbal Drizzle

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-30 Roulades

Ingredients

3 medium heirloom summer squashes, chopped large
1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
2 medium red heirloom carrots, chopped large
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered
6 cremini mushrooms, halved
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
4 large heirloom carrots
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 cup fresh ricotta

Olive drizzle

½ cup oil cured black olives, pitted and chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 ° F. Place the squash, tomatoes, red carrots, mushrooms, onion and garlic on a large baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over the top and bake until well roasted and semi charred or about 10 minutes. Take out and allow to cool completely. In the meantime prepare the carrot ribbons. Using a vegetable peeler shave carrots longwise into long ribbons (equally a mandolin can be used but is more difficult.) Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the carrot ribbons for about a minute or until soft but not too soft. Place immediately in an ice bath. Drain. Chop the roasted vegetables super fine and place in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the fresh herbs, lemon juice and zest and ricotta. Refrigerate until cool again. Roll the carrot ribbons in a circle about a half inch in diameter and plac eon a lines baking sheet. Place the ricotta in a piping bag with no tip (allowing for a wide hole) and pipe the ricotta vegetable mixture into the center. Place in the refrigerator until cold. Mix the olive drizzle by whisking together all ingredients and letting stand for five minutes. Drizzle the olive mixture atop the roulades before serving.

Roasted Herbal Chicken with Lemon and Ginger

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 (4-pound) chicken
1 lemon, sliced
2 red onions, sliced (½ cup sliced onion reserved)
1 nub of fresh ginger, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup fresh sage, chopped (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped (2 tablespoons reserved)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Olive oil

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F

In a large roasting pan, layer the bottom with the lemon, onions, ginger, garlic, and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place the chicken on top and add reserved herbs and onions to the inside of cavity. Place the chicken in the oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes, basting occasionally. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Roasted Herbal Potatoes

October 11th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 15

INGREDIENTS

15 medium Yukon gold, yellow and blue potatoes, cut into thin wedges
½ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
Pinch of cracked pepper
1-2 tablespoons olive oil

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425° F.
Mix potatoes, olive oil, and fresh herbs in a big mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place on a flat cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until soft, yet crisp.

Roasted Lamb with Eggplant, Cucumbers, Mint, Anchovy, and Yogurt

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup yogurt
Lemon juice, to taste
Olive oil
2 cucumbers, peeled and finely chopped
½ cup mint leaves
2 large eggplant, diced and salted
2 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
½ teaspoon chili flakes
5 cloves garlic, only 1 clove finely chopped
1 lb. lamb loin
salt and pepper, to taste
1 large sprig rosemary
Maldon sea salt, to taste

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 475˚F. In mixing bowl whisk together yogurt, lemon juice (to taste) and olive oil. Fold in chopped cucumbers and mint. Set aside. Pat eggplant dry. Saute in olive oil until just cooked through. Place in mixing bowl with anchovy, chili flakes and chopped garlic. Set aside. Season lamb with salt and pepper. Roast lamb in oven with rosemary and 4 remaining cloves of garlic until cooked to an internal temperature of 135˚F. Remove from oven and let rest for fifteen to twenty minutes. Smear yogurt sauce on plate. Slice lamb and place on top. Spoon eggplant ‘relish’ on top of lamb and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.

© Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Roasted Lamb with Eggplant, Cucumbers, Mint, Anchovy and Yogurt

Roasted Pears with Sweet Maple Cream

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

4 ripe pears, cut in half lengthwise, seeded
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup fresh thyme sprigs
Salt

For yogurt cream:

1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 2%
Salt

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet, add the butter, maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, thyme sprigs and a generous sprinkle of salt. Let everything come to a gentle boil and stir continuously, about 2 minutes.

Add the halved pears to the pan, cut side down. Give it a shake and let them simmer on the stove about 2 minutes. Turn the pears over so they are now cut side up and transfer the pan to the oven, middle rack. Bake for 12 minutes until the pears are soft and the sauce has caramelized.

While the pears are baking, beat the cold heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add the maple syrup, pinch of salt, cinnamon and beat another minute to combine. Gently fold in the greek yogurt, this will make it a bit thinner.

Put one pear on a plate, drizzle with a spoonful of sauce with a sprig of thyme for garnish, and a generous dollop of yogurt cream.

Roasted Pepper Basil Salsa

November 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 red bell peppers roasted, deseeded and chopped
2 T chopped garlic
2 T olive oil
¼ cup chopped basil
salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix together in bowl and serve over vegetables or grilled meat or fish.

Roasted Peppers on the Grill

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS

4 bell peppers colors optional
RED, YELLOW and ORANGE

PREPARATION

Place wholepeppers on gas grill and rotate as the outsides get charred black.  When totally black place in brown paper bag until cool about a half hour.  Take peppers and under running water peel of skin and take out the seeds and stems.  Peppers are now ready for use for a number of ideas, roasted pepper humus, roasted red pepper salad, roasted red pepper dressing etc.

Roasted Pineapple, Red Onion, Bell Pepper Chive Salsa

November 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

7 slices pineapple grilled and then chopped
¼ cup red onion chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper chopped
¼ cup chopped chives
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp honey
juice of 1 lemon

PREPARATION

Mix well and serve room temperature over fish or chicken or meat.

Roasted Red Pepper Cilantro Cumin Seed Hummus

March 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Culinary class 041

Serves 10

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups of chick peas, canned or soaked overnight and cooked (reserve ½ cup cooking liquid)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
â…“ cup tahini
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
â…“ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, add chick peas, garlic, tahini, salt, ground cumin, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest and puree until smooth. Add red bell pepper and blend until smooth. Next, add cumin seeds and cilantro. Mix in processor for 5-10 seconds until just blended.

Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Spread

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup spread.

INGREDIENTS

2 roasted red peppers
¼ c chopped basil, parsley, marjoram
1 c cream cheese
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 T olive oil
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients with a food processor and process until smooth, serve on pita bread or vegetables or as a sandwich spread.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salsa and Whole Wheat Chips

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 2-3 cups salsa

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 small spring onions, chopped fine
½ cup fennel bulb, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
3 spears of asparagus, chopped fine
½ cup fresh peas
½ cup carrots, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon chopped chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili flakes
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon maldon salt
Whole Wheat chips (Recipe Follows)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 425° F. Place the garlic, onions, fennel, red pepper, asparagus, peas and carrots on a line baking sheet and roast for about 10 -15 minutes or until all vegetables are beginning to brown and char. In the mean time whisk together the fresh herbs, lemon zest lemon juice, chili flakes and olive oil. When roasted vegetables come out of the oven immediately place in a bowl and drizzle with dressing. Mix well and season with salt. Serve with whole wheat chips.

Lemony Whole Wheat Chips

Serves 4

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

Directions

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

Roasted Tomato & Red Lentil Soup with FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

February 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

½  teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1-2 cups red cherry tomatoes, halved
4 cloves garlic, chopped course
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons smoked paprika ( Turkish variety if you can get your hands on it!)2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups red lentils
2 cups water
3 cups vegetable broth
Salt to taste
Yogurt
Fire Hot Yemini Zhug (recipe follows)

Directions

Heat oven to 400 ° F.  In a small thin bottomed pan on medium heat, toast the spices until they start to pop and char slightly, making sure to shake the pan and flip the seeds/spices so they don’t burn and stick.  The process should take about 1 minute in total.  Using a mortar and pestle grind the spices into a course mixture, like course pepper.  If you do not have a mortar and pestle you can use a flat bowl  on a wooden cutting board to push down and crack, sliding the bowl over the seeds until they care crushed.  In a medium mixing bowl combine the tomatoes, garlic, and shallots and sprinkle the spice mixture over the top.  Add in the smoked paprika and the salt and stir.  Drizzle with olive oil and toss until all the tomatoes are well coated in the spices and oil.  Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until cooked and slightly charred on the edges.

In a heavy bottom pan combine the lentils and the water and cook on medium high heat until most the water is absorbed and the lentils begin to soften.  Add a little salt, the roasted tomatoes, making sure to get all the scraping from the roasting pan,  and the vegetable broth and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for about 20 minutes, making sure to add more water if the soup begins to get too thick.  Take off heat and let sit for about 30 minutes before re-heating to serve, again adding more water before re-heating if the soup is to thick.  Serve garnished with a yogurt dollop and zhug sauce drizzled over the top.

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FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½  teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns
1 cardamom pod, cracked
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½  teaspoon caraway seeds
3 cloves garlic2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all is best)
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  An emersion blender can also be used.  Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.  Use on eggs, meats, fish and vegetables.

Roasted Tomato-Basil, Zucchini, Goat Cheese Tart

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one tart

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry
3 large tomatoes, chopped large and roasted
2 medium zucchini, sliced and roasted
10-12 basil leaves
8 ounces goat cheese
Salt
Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Roll out the puff pastry and lay on a flat baking sheet. Place in refrigerator to get very cold. Place some basil leaves down on the dough all over evenly. Place a few flat dollops of the goat cheese throughout the tart. Add the tomatoes and zucchini again evenly. Sprinkle with salt and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Take out and brush with the Savory Black Pepper Basil Glaze.

Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze
Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 -2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked medium
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pesto
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed.

Rocolla and Red Pepper Vegetable Marinara Pizza

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Whole wheat crust is topped with vegetable marinara sauce, red peppers, parmesan cheese and, after being cooked, a mixture of fresh rocolla mixed with a drizzle of olive oil and salt is placed upon the pizza like a salad. Healthy fresh and unique.

Rocolla Mandarin Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

October 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 cups of washed rocolla (or arugula)
1 medium fennel bulb sliced thin
2 peeled and segmented Satsumas
¼ cup of pomegranate seeds
the juice and zest of two lemons
¼ cup of fresh pomegranate juice
¼ cup of olive oil
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

In a large bowl mix three cups of washed rocolla (or arugula), one medium fennel bulb sliced thin, two peeled and segmented Satsumas and ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds. In a separate small bowl mix the juice and zest of two lemons, ¼ cup of fresh pomegranate juice, ¼ cup of olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix together with salad.

Rolls (Quick Baking)

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
¾ c -1 c buttermilk

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Into a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add cubed butter and mix with hands or fork until the mixture resembles a course meal, add buttermilk and mix until combined. At this stage add your cheddar and thyme or whatever other ingredients you wish. Transfer mixture to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until a smooth dough is formed. Roll out dough to about a ½ inch thick and cut with cutters in whatever shape you want your rolls. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and herbs if you choose. Brush with melted butter. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in color.

Romano Beans with Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Tapenade

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound Romano beans, cleaned and cut into 3 inch sections (steamed to aldente)
1 pint cherry tomatoes (all different varieties) lightly grilled and sliced in half
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
Juice of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
Sea Salt course
Cracked Black Pepper
Olive Tapenade (recipe follows)

PREPARATION

Mix beans, tomatoes and garlic in a large salad bowl. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice and toss well, season with salt and pepper and serve drizzling a little olive tapenade atop each serving.

Black Olive Tapenade

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup nicoise olives, pitted
1 anchovy fillet
2 tablespoons capers
1 clove garlic
¼ up chopped herb (basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, marjoram)
¼ cup olive oil
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a blender or with a hand held processor until coarsely ground.

Romano Beans with Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Tapenade

Root Vegetable Potage with Spiced Créme Fraiche and Honey-Crisped Walnuts

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 pound onions, roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
Sea salt or kosher salt
2 pounds assorted winter root vegetables, such as rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, turnip, celery root, and sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, lightly toasted and finely ground
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
6 cups chicken, duck or vegetable stock, or water
1 cup heavy cream or créme fraiche
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley, for serving
Honey-Crisped Walnuts, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil and butter in a heavy, 4 to 5 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer over medium-low heat until the garlic and onions are soft and juicy, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the root vegetables, ground fennel, and turmeric. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the stock or water and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender and crush easily against the side of the pan, 30 to 40 minutes. Add the cream and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Using an immersion blender (or working carefully in batches in a food processor or stand blender), purée the soup until smooth, then season with black pepper and additional salt, as desired.

Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley, and honey-crisped walnuts.

Honey-Crisped Walnuts

Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 cup walnut halves and pieces
3 tablespoons honey
Fine sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Rub a small baking dish or pie plate with the butter. Add the walnuts and drizzle evenly with the honey. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown, 13 to 14 minutes.

Scrape the walnuts onto a plate, season lightly with salt, and let cool. The walnuts will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Root Veggies with Garlic Maple Herb Butter

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings of root vegetables of your choice (i.e. parsnips, carrots, celery root, beets) chopped fine
1 small leek, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Salt
Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme and rosemary, chopped (1 tablespoon total)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.

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 25 minutes, or until veggies are cooked through. Serve.

Root Veggies With Thyme, Garlic, & Leeks

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1 – 2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings of root vegetables of your choice (i.e. parsnips, carrots, celery root, beets…washed, peeled and sliced)
1 leek, washed & sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
Several sprigs of thyme

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF degrees

Place root vegetables and leek in medium bowl and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary and salt & pepper to taste.  Transfer to prepared foil and top with thyme sprigs.

Wrap and bake for 30 minutes.

Ros El Hanout Frilled Meats & Fish

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

Traditional or Modern Ros El Hanout
Salt
Lemon Juice
Lamb, Beef, Chicken or Fish

Directions

Mix some salt and ros el hanout together about 8 to 1 ratio (o ros al hanout and salt 1) drizzle your meat with lemon juice and rub it with the ros al hanout. Grill to perfection!

Ros El Hanout Roasted Cauliflower

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons ros al hanout, modern or traditional recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl mix together the cauliflower and oil. Sprinlke the salt and ros el hanout over it and mix well. Place in a glass baking dish and bake until golden brown.

Rose Berry Sangria

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

½ cup raspberries
½ cup blackberries
½ cup blueberries
½ cup chopped strawberries
2 bottles of rose wine
1 bottle sparkling water
1 cup citrus herbal simple syrup

Directions

To make the herbal citrus simple syrup place a handful of herbs of choice, 1 lemon sliced, 1 orange sliced, ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan and boil until all the sugar dissolves. Take off heat and set aside for 10 minutes. Strain and cool. Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher and let stand for 2 hours. Serve room temperature over ice.

Rosemary & Dried Cherry Shortbread

March 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
3 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 large egg
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
Fine sanding sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and chopped rosemary; set aside.

Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in olive oil. Reduce speed to low. Mix in flour mixture. Add cream; mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and dried cherries and mix until just combined.

Shape dough into ¾ inch balls and space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with fingers and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, about 13 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on sheet or wire racks. Store in airtight container.

Rosemary Apple Cider Hair Sheen Remedy

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water

PREPARATION

Boil water and pour over fresh rosemary leaves. Let steep for 10 minutes and strain, reserving liquid. Add apple cider vinegar. Shampoo and condition hair as normal. Then, rinse hair with the rosemary apple cider remedy making sure that all hair follicles are covered. Rinse with cool water.

Rosemary Black Eyed Pea Salad

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 Servings

INGREDIENTS

½ c finely chopped carrots
½ c chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 bunch chopped green onion
½ c chopped red onion
1 c chopped broccoli
3 cups cooked black eyed peas
¼ c olive oil
¼ c lemon juice
¼ c chopped rosemary up to ½ c
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix black eyed peas, and all vegetables well in a large mixing bowl.  Add olive oil and lemon juice and chopped rosemary.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Rosemary Cardamom Plus Coolers

September 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cooler

Ingredients

2 ounces cardamom infused bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces honey plum syrup
Seltzer
Rosemary Sugar
Ice
Cardamom garnish

Directions

Place the gin, lemon juice and plum syrup in a shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour entire contents into a tall glass rimmed with rosemary sugar and fill with seltzer. Garnish with a cardamom pod.

**Cardamom infused gin: place the crushed seeds 15 cardamom pods into a quart of bourbon and let infused for at least 5 days and up to 8.

**Honey plum syrup: place 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup plum puree, peeled and chopped, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary and ½ cup honey in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain.

**Rosemary sugar: Mix together 1 cup turbinado sugar with 3 tablespoons rosemary chopped super fine.

Rosemary Chocolate Soufflés

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter, softened
¾ cup sugar, plus one tablespoon
4 tablespoons flour
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped super fine, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Sea salt
2 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into little pieces
1 cup milk
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped fine
2 egg yolks
5 egg whites
2 teaspoons powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter 4 (8 ounce) ramekins well and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine sugar, flour, rosemary, cocoa powder, and a pinch of sea salt and mix well.
Using a fork or pastry blender, add the butter to the flour until a fine crumbly meal forms. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan bring milk to a boil, and reduce. Slowly add the flour mixture and chocolate to the milk and whisk, making sure the milk mixture does not boil and whisking continuously until the mixture is thick. Once the chocolate mixture is cooled, add egg yolks and combine. Set aside. In a separate metal bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form, adding a little bit of the reserved tablespoon of sugar at a time. The beaten egg whites should be glossy, shiny and stiff. Stir in about ¼ of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture, folding gently until just incorporated. Add the remaining egg white mixture, mixing gently until just combined. Divide mixture between the greased ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the soufflés are puffed up. Mix the remaining rosemary with the powdered sugar and sprinkle on top.

Rosemary Crantini

October 22nd, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 4 Crantinis

INGREDIENTS

8 oz vodka
1 tsp crushed fresh cranberries
2 oz rosemary syrup

PREPARATION

These crantinis are perfect for a sophisticated and simple evening alongside Ginger Apple Crusted Pork Loin as the main course. In a shaker, mix 8 oz vodka, 1 tsp crushed fresh cranberries, and 2 oz rosemary syrup (see “Hot Herb Trends” section for recipe). Shake well and strain into four martini glasses. Serve garnished with sugared rosemary skewers and a cranberry. (See “Hot Herb Trends” section for recipe.)

Rosemary Focaccia

December 20th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt (1 teaspoon reserved for top)
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for top)
Extra flour for kneading

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, gently whisk together the yeast, 1 cup lukewarm water and the sugar. Let the mixture stand until frothy, about 7 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine and mix flour and salt. Add yeast mixture and stir well until dough is well mixed. Add olive oil and again mix well. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead about 7 minutes sprinkling more flour as needed if dough is sticky. Place dough in a lightly oiled ceramic bowl, dampen a kitchen towel in warm water and use the towel to cover the bowl. Let dough rise until double in size, usually about 1½ hours. Punch the dough down and again turn onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough into two sections for easier kneading and rolling. Knead each section of dough for a few minutes until texture is elastic. Grease two medium baking trays. Roll dough out until it is about ¾ inch thick and set in baking pans. Cover with warm kitchen towels and let rise again for about an hour. Sprinkle salt and rosemary over the tops and with an oiled finger; push little indentations about ½ inch deep and about one and a half inches apart all over focaccia. Place rolls in a 450° oven that has been preheated for at least an hour and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of oven and cool.

Rosemary Gin & Tonic

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

1 lime wedge
1 3-inch fresh sprig of rosemary
2 ounces gin
Tonic water

PREPARATION

Lightly crush the lime wedge and rosemary in a 10 to 12-ounce glass with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Next, add gin. Fill the glass with ice and top off with tonic water. Stir and serve.

Rosemary Gin & Tonic

Rosemary Hair Build-up Remover

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water

PREPARATION

Boil water and pour over fresh rosemary leaves. Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and save liquid. Shampoo hair as normal and afterwards scrub hair with rosemary liquid, making sure to scrub the scalp area well. Rinse well.

Rosemary Lavender Buttermily Donuts With Lavender Sugar

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

(Recipe Adapted from Canille at Vanille Blogspot)

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all purpose white flour
¼ cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh lavender, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sea salt
½ cup whole milk, room temperature
½ cup plain white Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup butter, melted
Canola oil for frying

Lavender Rosemary Sugar for Dusting…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar, white
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers, chopped fine

PREPARATION

In a large bowl mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, rosemary/lavender, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, yogurt, vanilla, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and fold until it comes together. Don’t worry if it’s lumpy.

Dust your work surface with a bit of flour and dump the dough on it. Knead lightly until it comes together. Dust the top lightly with flour and roll to ½" thick. Using a doughnut cutter or two round cookie cutters, cut out the doughnuts and place them on a sheet pan with a silicon mat or parchment and dusted with some flour.

To fry the doughnuts, fill a pan up to 2" of canola oil. Heat the oil until it reaches 375ËšF. Do not over-crowd the pan with doughnuts. Fry about 5 at a time (depending on the size of the pan). They will sink to the bottom but then float to the top. Turn them over and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or so.

Drain them on paper towels and while hot, coat them with the lavender-rosemary sugar.

Rosemary Oil

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rosemary
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt

PREPARATION

Blend oil and basil together with a hand help processor and add salt to taste.
Strain and discard rosemary, use oil on fish or meats or breads or in salad dressings.

Store refrigerated for about a week.

Rosemary Olive Oil Parilla-(grilled olive oil steak)

October 31st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a simple four ingredient delicacy that transforms simplicity into excellence because of the quality of the products used. Choose well-marbled steak (filet, porterhouse, strip or t-bone are recommended), extra virgin olive oil, salt and fresh rosemary. Salt steaks on both sides and drizzle evenly with olive oil and chopped rosemary. Let the steaks sit at room temperature for at least thirty minutes. Grill on high heat until desired doneness. Serve with Argentine Chimichurri sauce.

Rosemary Plum (Prune) Red Wine Glaze

November 19th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Our obvious choice would be fresh plums, but keeping within the seasonal approach we had to use dried prunes for this glaze. It still makes a bold attempt and to our delight this deep, rich and velvety glaze is surprisingly perfect. The sultryness of this glaze is exceptional and using a brush of rosemary to apply glaze only heightens the overall experience! Excellent with pork as well as with roasted potatoes!

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups dark and deep red wine (Zinfandel, Syrah or Cabernet Franc)
1 cup dried pitted prunes, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 clove garlic
2 fresh bay leaves
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook down until prunes are very soft, about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves and blend in food processor or blender until smooth.

Rosemary Plum Pie Pockets

November 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 pies

Ingredients

Basic Pie Crust Dough (Recipe Follows)
6 medium plums, peeled, cored and chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, 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

Rosemary Sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all plum filling ingredients and mix well. Roll out dough and cut dough into 12 to 15 4-inch squares. Put 2 tablespoons of mixture of 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. Sprinkle some rosemary sugar on top!

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

Directions

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.

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