Local New Jersey Strawberry Jam

June 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup rose wine or water

Directions

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan, continue to boil a few minutes, around 3-4 and then reduce heat to a simmer and let reduce by half until desired consistency, stirring often. Cool and store in a airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup turbinado sugar, plus extra
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
½ cup buttermilk
Course sugar for topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F. In a medium bowl combine and gently mix the strawberries, lemon juice and zest as well as the sugar and let stand for at least five minutes. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, nut meg and salt with about a tablespoon of the extra sugar. Gently cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your hands, cutting or crumbling until the mixture resembles a course cornmeal. Mix in the buttermilk slowly stirring until the dough starts to come together. Gently fold in the strawberries and mix well, but gently. Make sure the dough is completely mixed. Drop dough onto a greased or lines cookie sheet (about a tablespoon for each) making sure to space them apart as they will fall a bit. Sprinkle a bit of the course sugar atop and place in the over to bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and take off pan immediately to cool completely.

2nd Ave Cocktail #2

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 wheels of cucumber, 1 reserved for garnish
2 sprigs of dill
¾ oz honey syrup
¾ oz fresh lime juice
2½ oz gin

PREPARATION

In a mixing glass, muddle the cucumber and dill with honey syrup. Next, add lime juice and gin and shake vigorously. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a chilled cocktaile glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Justin Briggs

2nd Ave Cocktail #2

“Sweet” Gluten Free Pie Dough

May 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one pie shell or 4 tartlets

Ingredients

1 ½ cup rice flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick of butter, cold and cubed
Ice water

Directions

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

Bite Size Samosas with Apple Chutney

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 Samosas

Apple Chutney

Ingredients

6 tart apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
1¼ (inch) pieces fresh ginger root, peeled
13 cup white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt

Directions

In a saucepan, mix the apples, onion, ginger, vinegar, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover.
Simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender. Mix in some water if necessary to keep the ingredients moist.
Remove ginger.

Samosas

Ingredients

1 package square wonton wrappers
1½ lbs red or yellow potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 green chilies, minced
1 tablespoon cumin powder
½ tablespoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup of frozen peas, defrosted
Salt to taste
1 egg, beaten
Oil for frying

Directions

Large mixing bowl, add warm potatoes, lemon juice, green chilies, cumin, garam masala, cayenne, sugar, oil, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Add peas to mixture and combine.
Add one tablespoon of mixture into the center of a wonton wrapper from one corner to the other in a triangle shape, brush edges with egg wash and seal shut. Make sure all sides are sealed.
Deep fry samosas, a few at a time, till golden brown. Take care to not overcrowd the oil.
Serve with apple chutney.

©Recipe by Palak Patel

Crispy Shallots

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Detox Shots

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one shot

Beet Basil Shot

½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice

Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme

¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves

Lemon Ginger Mint

¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint

Cucumber Parsley Mint

½ cucumber, ½ cup fresh parsley, ½ cup fresh mint

Tomato Oregano Parsley

½ tomato, ¼ cup fresh oregano, 1 cup fresh parsley

Dry Seared Sea Scallops with Spiced Browned Plum Butter

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Sea scallops are labeled two ways, wet and dry. Dry sea scallops have not been treated with the solution STP (sodium tripolyphosphate) which is added to make the scallops retain a high moisture content and ultimately helps commercial seafood counters get a longer shelf life than should be recommended. It also makes the scallops weigh more and whrn paying a hefty price by the pound this can be significant in the price you pay. The dry scallops brown sear much better than the wet, their sweet and delicate flavor is more predominanat and they tend not to have the rubberty texture of the treated wet ones. So keep you eyes peeled and ask if the sign isn’t clear!

Ingredients

12 dry sea scallops
2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
1 teaspoon pink flake salt
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons Spiced Plum Butter (recipe follows)
¼ cup sweet saki

Directions

Rinse and clean the scallops and pat dry with a paper towel. In a small bowl mix together the five spice, salt and sugar until well combined. Sprinkle a little bit of the mixture on both sides of the scallop. In a large sauté pan place a few tablespoons of the spiced plum butter and bring to a medium high heat. When the pan is hot and the butter beginning to brown or turn an amber color and bubble add the scallops faced down on one side and let sear for about 3 minutes, basting with the butter and without moving or turning. Reducing heat as needed to avoid burning the butter. Flip over and sear the other side and again allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes until seared and cooked through tender. Add the sake and move the pan making sure to deglaze the pan and that the scallops are not stuck to the pan. Serve with a small spoon full of sauce on the scallops.

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.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

3 tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onion, chopped very fine
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of 2 limes
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

GER-NIS CITRUS CILANTRO CHILI SALT

August 2nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 1 cup salt

Ingredients

¾ cup maldon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest*
1 tablespoon lime zest*
1 teaspoon orange zest*
2 tablespoons fresh Cilantro leaves, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons fresh parlsey leaves, chopped superfine
1 jalepeno, desseded, chopped superfine

*Use organic unwaxed citrus, make sure citrus and herbs are completely dry.

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture on a lined baking sheet allowing amble room, making sure to flatten completely the mixture against the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, the zest and herbs should crumble easily when pressed together with your fingers. Allow to cool and then either process with your fingers by rubbing zest and herbs together with salt or pulse a few times in a spice grinder. Store in an airtight jar for up to two months. Do not refrigerate.

Ger-Nis Fresh Siracha Sauce

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

4-5 red chilies, seeds in tact and chopped
3 thai green chilies, seeds in tact and chopped
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 teaspoons tamari
13 cup rice vinegar, yuzu flavored preferred
¼ cup water (more as needed)
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons lime zest
Juice of ½ lime

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan add chilies, bell pepper, garlic, tamari, vinegar, water and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let boil gently on low for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool, add lime zest and lime juice and blend together in a blender until smooth and all is incorporated. Strain and place in a squeeze bottle and refrigerate. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey Herb Cream

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

5-6 stone fruits, halved
½ cup turbinado sugar
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup créme fraiche
¼ cup honey
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice

Directions

Place the halved stone fruit cut side up on a large baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Grill the stone fruits cut side down on a grill for about 5 minutes, flipping once at the last minute. In a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream, créme fraiche, honey, and herbs until thick and creamy. Spoon over the grilled fruit.

Herbed Tomato Salsa

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

Olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil to a medium high heat, add the onions and sauté until soft and translucent or about 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until semi soft but not mushy. Turn the heat to low and add the fresh herbs and cook for about one minute. Take off heat and season with salt & pepper.

Iced Spicebush Tea

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves don’t dry well, so we only get to enjoy this delicately flavored iced tea during the growing season.

Ingredients

6-7 fresh spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves
1 quart boiling water
Honey to taste

Directions

Lightly crush the leaves and place them in a heat-proof jar or container. Pour the boiling water over the spicebush leaves. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
Strain out the leaves. While the tea is still slightly warm, add honey to taste and stir until it is dissolved.
Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 1 hour.

Israeli Chopped Salad

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

The secret to success of this recipe is small/tiny uniform pieces. They catch the flavors better and ensure the exceptional fresh taste with the prefect ratio of flavors!

Ingredients

4 small Israeli cucumbers or 2 euro cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine (tiny cubes)
2 medium sized roma tomatoes, chopped fine (tiny cubes)
½ medium red onion, chopped fine (tiny cubes)
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped super fine
3 tablespoons lemon juice (more if you like it tangy)
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sumac (dried leaves in a powder) (optional but defiantly a strong component)
1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of peppers (more to taste)

Directions

Combine the cucumbers, romas, red onions and parsley in a large bowl and toss together to mix well. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and spices and toss again. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving. Serve cool but not cold!

Julienne of Snap Pea Salad with Mint, Lemon Pecorino

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup pecorino cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Laotian Spring Rolls

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 rolls

INGREDIENTS

1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup grated carrots
½ cup finely chopped mushrooms
¼ cup scallions, sliced
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper
1 cup (8 ounces) ground beef
1 cup chopped, boiled, drained, and air-cooled mung-bean vermicelli noodles
2 eggs
12 spring roll pastry skins
Canola oil, for frying
1 cup sweet chili sauce (store bought)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, add onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, scallions, salt, pepper, ground beef and noodles. Crack one egg over the mixture, and mix together with your hands.

In a smaller bowl, beat one egg. You will use this to seal shut your pastry skins.

Peel one pastry skin onto a plate. Using the envelope method as taught in class, place approximately 2 tablespoons in one corner and roll. Brush egg to the final tip to seal.

Fry rolls in deep fryer or large pot filled with oil until golden brown. Dip in sweet chili sauce and enjoy!

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Laotian Summer Rolls

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 15 rolls

INGREDIENTS

For rolls

4 oz rice vermicelli noodles
15 spring roll rice paper skins
5 ounces deep fried tofu, sliced into rectangular pieces (appx. 2 inches x ½ inch)
3 carrots, peeled and julienned
1 cup oyster mushrooms / other julienned vegetable of your choice
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, cut into 2 inch long sprigs
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup scallions, sliced into 3 inch long sprigs

For dip

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
½ cup of hoisin sauce
½ tablespoon of fish sauce

DIRECTIONS

Bring a pot of water to boil and turn off the heat. Soak the noodles in the hot water for 3 minutes or until the noodles have softened. Bring another pot of water to boil, turn the heat off and then put it aside (you will use this water to moisten spring roll skins). Ladle several cups of hot water into a large bowl.

Dip a spring roll skin into the bowl of warm-hot water. Spread onto a large plate. On the edge closest to you, assemble a “sleek palm-full” of noodles as instructed in class. On top of the noodles, place one piece of tofu, an amount of carrots, oyster mushrooms, julienned vegetables of your choice (if using), some bean sprouts, 2 cilantro sprigs, 2 mint leaves and one sprig of scallion. Carefully roll, again, using the “envelope method” as instructed in class. Repeat for each roll.

For the dip, in a saucepan, over low heat, stir peanut butter until smooth. When the peanut butter has started to become a smoother consistency, add the hoisin sauce and stir for 1 minute. Add fish sauce, and stir.

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Local New Jersey Strawberry Jam

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup rose wine or water

Directions

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan, continue to boil a few minutes, around 3-4 and then reduce heat to a simmer and let reduce by half until desired consistency, stirring often. Cool and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Roasted Stone Fruit with Herbed Meringue

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

6 each apricots, plums, and peaches, cut in half
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Herbed meringue, recipe below
Demerara sugar (optional)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425Ëš.
Toss stone fruit with sugar and salt, and roast for 5 minutes.
Reduce oven to 200Ëš.
Once oven temperature has reduced, spoon rosemary meringue atop roasted plum halves, thyme meringue atop roasted apricot halves and tarragon meringue over roasted peach halves, sprinkle each with demerara sugar (if using) for added texture and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until dry.
Serve warm.

Herbed Meringue

Makes 6 individual meringue shells

INGREDIENTS

¼ teaspoon salt
3 egg whites
6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped thyme

PREPARATION

Add the salt to the egg whites and beat until foamy, gradually add the sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
Separate meringue into three equal parts and fold in herbs to create three separate herb meringue bases.

Roasted Stone Fruit with Herbed Meringue

Rock Shrimp Tacos

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 pound rock shrimp
Juice of 1 lime
12 teaspoons cumin
½ cup fresh cilantro
Salt
Oil
Cherry tomatoes
Corn or whole wheat tortillas
Avocado
Radish Salad Garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a small mixing bowl, place shrimp, lime juice, salt and cumin, and mix. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Strain, reserving liquid. In the meantime, make the radish salad. In a medium skillet, heat a small amount of oil, and sauté shrimp until cooked through, or about 3 minutes. Add liquid, and reduce. To warm tortillas, heat directly over gas stove flipping each few seconds or heat on a flat cast iron pan. Serve tacos with cherry tomatoes and avocadoes, and season with maldon salt. Garnish with radish salad.

Picado de Rabano (Radish Salad)

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

Sage & White Bean Crostini

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 5-6, Appetizer Portions

INGREDIENTS

½ pound white beans, kidney, or navy
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Salt
3 cloves garlic
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 large baguette, sliced

PREPARATION

Clean the beans, making sure all debris is removed. Place beans in a large pot of power.
Bring beans to a boil, and boil for 5 straight minutes. Take off burner, and let sit uncovered for 1 hour. Drain water, and refill pot with water. Add lemon zest, and return to a boil. Turn to low heat, allowing to simmer on a gentle boil for about 40 minutes, adding warm water as needed to replace evaporating liquid, then salt water and cook 20 more minutes. When beans are tender, take off heat, and cool. Strain, and reserve ½ cup of the bean liquid. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Brush bread with olive oil, and toast in oven.

In a food processor, place cooked beans, garlic, olive oil, sage, lemon juice, and white pepper, and purée until smooth, using the bean liquid in order to loosen mixture if too thick.
Serve generously on the toasted baguette.

Sage White Bean Bruschetta

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

½ c chopped sage
2 c white beans
¼ c red onions
¼ c olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt/white pepper

Bread-for grilling wither thick pita or antoher bread excellent for grilling

PREPARATION

Mash all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until very well mashed.  Season with salt and white pepper.  Serve over grilled bread.

Salmon and Baby Bok Choy With Herbs, Sake and Rice Wine Vinegar

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1 – 2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings salmon filet or steak (we recommend wild caught)
Salt & pepper
2 tablespoons sake
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 baby bok choy leaves, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF degrees

Place salmon filet or steak (we recommend wild caught) on prepared foil, salt & pepper to taste.  Top with all remaining ingredients.

Wrap and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until salmon is cooked the way you like it.   Do not overcook.

Salmon Burger with Mustard Dill Sauce

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 lb salmon fillet cut in 2 inch cubes
2 cloves chopped garlic
zest of one lemon
juice of 2 lemons
2 T mustard powder
½ cup chopped fresh dill
½ cup chopped fresh dill
salt/pepper
¼ c chopped fresh dill
¼ c chopped fresh chives
¼ c stone ground mustard
¼ c mayonnaise

PREPARATION

Grind all ingredients in the food processor using the pulse button until the meat is coarsely ground. Form patties, place on wax paper and freeze for about six minutes on each side or until par frozen. Grill on high heat on a very clean grill, flipping only once per side. Cook for about four minutes per side for a well done burger and three minutes per side for medium burgers. Top with veggies of your choice and red basil wasabi aioli.

For mustard dill sauce mix ¼ c chopped fresh dill, ¼ c chopped fresh chives and ½ c stone ground mustard with ½ c mayonnaise and mix well. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes and mustard dill sauce.

Salmon Burgers with Spring Pea Herbed Mayo

November 1st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chopped fresh salmon (chopped into little cubes)
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ c chopped mint
Salt and pepper
½ c mayonnaise
½ c fresh cooked peas
½ c chopped mint, parsley and chives

PREPARATION

Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl and form patties. Grill the patties on a well oiled grill on high heat until done. Mix the next four ingredients in a bowl and mash together well. Serve the mayo on bread with salmon burgers.

Salmon Cakes with Tarragon, Red Pepper & Horseradish Sauce

November 1st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked salmon filet
¼ c kashi 7 grain cereal (like Grape Nuts)
1/3 c finely chopped red onion
¼ c chopped fresh herbs, chives and tarragon
¼ c mustard
1 t fresh horseradish
½ c mayonnaise or crème fraiche
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and form patties not more than one inch thick and 2-3 inches wide. Sauté patties on each side until done. This usually takes about five minutes per side for the patties to be well browned.

Serve with red peppers, tarragon, and horseradish sauce. Blend the juice and zest of 1 lemon, 1 T horseradish, ¼ c red peppers, ¼ cup tarragon and ¾ cup of mayonnaise or crème fraiche.

Salmon Carpaccio With Almond Basil Citrus Oil

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ pounds wild Alaskan fresh salmon, sliced thin, sashimi style
½ cup basil leaves
¼ cup almond oil
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ cup fresh orange juice
Salt/white pepper

PREPARATION

Arrange sashimi pieces all over a plate flat.  Mix in a blender or with a handheld food processor, basil leaves, almond oil, orange zest, organ juice until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper and then drizzle over fish.

Salmon, Baby Bok Choy, Sake, Herbs and Citrus

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings salmon filet (we recommend wild caught)
Salt
Pepper
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons sake
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 baby bok Choy, chopped
5-6 shitake mushrooms, whole
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon grass
1 teaspoon ginger, peeled chopped
½ tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil leaves, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350ËšF.

Place salmon filet, skin side down on a large sheet of heavy duty foil, season with salt and pepper. Top with all remaining ingredients. 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 15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through. Serve.

Salsa Acapulceno

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

4 roma or plum tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup capers
½ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
1 small white onion, chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Gently mix together all ingredients and let stand at least 10 minutes before serving.

Salsa Fresca

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups salsa

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chopped tomatoes
½ c chopped cilantro
½ c chopped white onion
½ c chopped red pepper
1 chopped jalapeno
(with seeds if you like it  hot, without for just simply spicy)
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
Juice of 3 limes

PREPARATION

Mix together gently all ingredients, let set for about 30 minutes before eating for the lime juice to

Salsa Rojo (Red Sauce)

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium dried red chilies, seeded and chopped (stems included)
½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
½ a poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
½ tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon smoky chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup water (or chicken broth)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté chilies, onions, and poblanos until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, cilantro, garlic, spices, salt and water, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool and process in blender.

Salsa Verde

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Salsa Verde (Green Sauce)

February 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes approximately 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

¼ pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
1 poblano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons half-and-half
Juice of 1 lime

DIRECTIONS

Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are soft. Take off burner, and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Transfer tomatillo mixture to a blender, and add cilantro, half-and-half, and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate.

Salt Baked Baby Potatoes with Spring Herb Pesto

May 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 pound baby bliss potatoes
3 tablespoons spring garlic stem, chopped
2 cups fresh basil leaves
¼ cup cashews
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup parmesan, grated
4 cups kosher salt, extra for seasoning

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Pour 4 cups of salt into a baking dish. Evenly spread the potatoes pressing them into the salt. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes or until fork tender.

In a food processor, put your garlic and cashews, pulse two or three times. Add in basil and while blending slowly pour in your olive oil. Then add in parmesan and season to taste.

When potatoes are done, let them rest for 5 minutes. Brush off any excess salt, slice into quarters and toss with pesto.

Note: The salt can be reused up to 3 times.

Recipe Property of Brendan McDermott

Sambhaar

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

3 dried chiles
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon white lentils (urad dal)
1 tablespoon yellow split peas (channa dal)
2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
2 teaspoons ground peppercorns
40 curry leaves (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place all of the spices in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Toast until the mustard seeds begin to pop and the skillet starts to smoke, stirring often, 3½ to 5 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder of coffee mill and grind until powder fine. Store in an airlight jar for up to 4 months.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Samosas, Puff Pastry, with green peas

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 9 turnovers

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 (9-to-10-ounce) package frozen petite peas
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Green Chutney, or store-bought (sold as cilantro or mint chutney)
1 tablespoon Tamarind Chutney, or store bought
1 pound frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg whisked with a pinch of salt, for glaze

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Combine the oil and cumin in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the peas and the salt, and cook, covered, until the peas soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the chutneys. Let cool.

Lay a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Cut the sheet into the thirds along the lines of the folds. Roll out one-third to a 6-by 12-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle crosswise into third to make three smaller rectangles. Brush all around the edges of each with egg glaze. Spoon a generous tablespoon of peas in the center. Fold the top of the rectangle down so that it meets the bottom layer 1 to 1½ inches above the bottom edge and makes a triangle. Fold the bottom up, and tuck the overhang over. Press gently to seal. Put on a baking sheet, and brush with the egg glaze. Repeat to make two more turnovers. Then roll out, and fill six more turnovers.

Bake until crisp, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Santorini Chicken Soulvaki

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken breast, cut into thick 2 inch pieces
juice and zest of 3 lemons
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
¼ c chopped fresh oregano
¼ c chopped fresh parsley
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried marjoram
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t red pepper flakes
1 c Greek yogurt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients except the chicken in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Add chicken and marinate in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Place chicken on skewers and grill using remaining marinade to baste while grilling. Serves 6. Eat with pita, tzaziki and roasted eggplant.

Santorini Dried Tomatoes

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

olive oil
1 lb. Santorini tomatoes (or very good quality cherry tomatoes), sliced in half
1 T salt
1 t sugar
1 t pepper
1 t chopped fresh thyme
1 t chopped fresh oregano

PREPARATION

Preheat  the oven to 170° F. On a greased baking sheet place the cherry tomatoes flesh side up very close to each other. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh herbs. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for about 8 hours. Overnight works well. Make sure that the tomatoes do not dry completely but are able to stay moist and have plenty of oil. After cooling, the tomatoes can be placed in a jar with more olive oil and will keep for a few weeks.

Santorini Dried Tomatoes

May 24th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound of dried tomatoes

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 pound Santorini tomatoes (or very good quality cherry tomatoes), sliced in half
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 170°F. On a greased or lined baking sheet, place the cherry tomatoes flesh side up very close to each other. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh herbs. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for about 8 hours. Overnight works well. Make sure that the tomatoes do not dry completely but are able to stay moist and have plenty of oil. After cooling, the tomatoes can be placed in a jar with more olive oil and will keep for a few weeks.

Santorini Roasted Eggplant

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
4 medium baby eggplants, cut in half
2 medium red onions, cut in half
3 medium tomatoes, cut in half
1 red pepper, cut into thick long strips
¼ c chopped fresh oregano
¼ c chopped fresh parsley
¼ c fresh chopped mint
olive oil
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Place eggplants, red onions, tomatoes, and red pepper flesh side up on a large cutting board, sprinkle with a decent amount of salt. Let stand for about 30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and mix in a large mixing bowl. Grill all items on grill placing eggplant flesh side down until all items are grilled to medium consistency and eggplant is cooked through. Cool. Remove eggplant from skin and mash in a large mixing bowl. Chop onion and peppers and add to eggplant mixture. Add fresh herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and mix again. Serves 4.

Santorini Shrimp

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. shrimp peeled
1 lb. chopped Santorini tomatoes or plum tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 t red pepper flakes
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 T chopped fresh oregano
½ c crumbled feta
juice and zest of 1 lemon
3 T bread crumbs, dried
½ c white wine
olive oil
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

In a preheated large skillet sauté olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a few minutes. Add shrimp and sauté until shrimp begins to turn pink, about 4-5 minutes. Add lemon juice and zest. Add the wine, tomatoes, salt, pepper and fresh herbs and sauté for a few more minutes. Take off heat and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese. Place under the broiler for about 4 minutes until brown and bubbly. Serves 6.

Santorini Shrimp

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup Santorini Dried Tomatoes, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup white wine
1 pound tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
3 tablespoons bread crumbs, dried
½ cup crumbled feta

Directions

Pre-heat broiler to 400°F. In a preheated large skillet, sauté olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a few minutes. Add shrimp and sauté until shrimp begins to turn pink, about 4-5 minutes. Add the sundried tomatoes and sauté a few more minutes. Add lemon juice and zest. Add the wine, tomatoes, salt, pepper and fresh herbs and sauté for a few more minutes. Take off heat and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese. Place under the broiler for about 4 minutes until brown and bubbly.

Santorini Tzaziki

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sized cucumbers, peeled but not deseeded and chopped fine
2 c Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ c fresh chopped dill
juice of 2 lemons
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well mixed and smash cucumbers to make them blend in a bit better. Set in refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Before serving, remove from refrigerator but allow them to remain just a bit cooler than room temperature for best flavor.

Sarsuela

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Sarsuela is a seafood medley and is the variety show of Catalan food. It can contain any combination of different types of white fish, prawns, shrimp, squid, mussels, clams, crayfish or lobster with lots of fresh herbs like oregano, thyme and marjoram. All of these ingredients are combined in a casserole with olive oil, tomato, lemon, paprika, white wine, sherry and other spices. Yum.

Sausage and Peppers 30 Minute Meal

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS

4 mild or spicy sausage
3 medium peppers 1 of each color orange, yellow and red, sliced in long sections
3 large tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic
½ c chopped oregano and basil
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Place all items in a lightly oiled baking dish with a lid and bake for about 30 minutes until done.

Sausage Parsley Fennel Meatballs with Tomato Cream Sauce

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, ground
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons milk

Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 12 oz can plain tomato sauce
1 12 oz container heavy whipping cream

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use fingers to mix sausage, garlic, fennel seeds, chili flakes and parsley until well combined. Add the milk and mix into sausage mixture. Form into 1 inch balls and set aside. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed skillet on high heat. Sauté meatballs, rolling until all sides are well browned. Add the can of tomato sauce, mix gently and cook on medium to low heat for approximately five minutes, stirring occasionally. To make sure meatballs are cooked through, slice one open. If they are not cooked through, continue the cooking process. Turn off the heat and add heavy whipping cream stirring gently until tomato sauce and meatball mixture are all mixed together. Serve over pasta.

Sauteed Scallops with Summer Succotash

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup green beans (cut into diamonds)
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup diced zucchini
3 cloves garlic, smashed
4 large scallops
Sherry vinegar
Frantoia extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup chopped tarragon
¼ cup chopped basil
Maldon sea salt, to taste

PREPARATION

In separate pans, sauté green beans, corn, and zucchini (each with a smashed clove of garlic).
Put all into a mixing bowl and set aside. Over medium-high heat, sauté scallops until just cooked through.
While scallops are cooking, season vegetables with sherry vinegar and olive oil and finish with the tarragon and basil. Spoon succotash onto plate and place scallops on top. Drizzle with olive oil and finish with sea salt.

© Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Sauteed Scallops with Summer Succotash

Savory Baked Tomatoes

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 Servings

INGREDIENTS

6 medium vine tomatoes halved
½ c chopped fresh savory
½ c grated asiago cheese
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350 F.  placed halved tomatoes in lightly oiled backing dish.  Sprinkle with savory and asiago cheese and cracked pepper, bake uncovered for about 20 minutes.  Place on broil for the last 2 minutes until cheese is browned.

Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Savory Herbal Curd

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Scones (Traditional cream scones)

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups pastry flour, unbleached all-purpose flour works well too.
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 stick unsalted cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 cup heavy cream
2-3 T cream for brushing tops of scones

PREPERATION

Preheat the oven to 400°.
Using a food processor or an electric mixer, preferably with the paddle attachement, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and then mix. Add butter and pulse on and off until the mixture resembles fine cornmeal. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add cream. Gently mix by hand until just combined. At this stage add ingredients like chopped rosemary and currants. On a lightly floured surface knead dough gently a few times unitl it shapes into a smooth ball, lighly roll out dough about an inch thick, cut out in circles or shapes of your choice, place on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper or greased baking sheet and brush tops with cream. Sprinkle sugar and herbs on top as an optional added bonus. Bake for 12-18 minutes until they are lightly browned and the tops are slightly cracked.

Seafood Fusilli and Creamy Lobster Sauce with Shaved Fennel and Lemon Salad

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pasta dough, cooked

For lobster sauce

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup white wine
2 lobster bodies, cut in half vertically (Your fishmonger should be able to provide you with lobster bodies at no charge)
2 cups heavy cream
6 to 8 threads saffron
Kosher salt
Pepper

For salad

1 bulb fennel
Juice of 2 lemons
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For seafood sauté

Olive oil, for sautéing
3 squid bodies (calamari), cleaned and sliced in 1″ circles
½ pound (26-30 count) shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
3 tablespoons fresh chives, sliced fine

DIRECTIONS

For lobster sauce

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter. Cook onions and garlic until translucent, making sure to not get any color. Add white wine and reduce until almost evaporated. Add lobster bodies, cream, and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and set aside.

For salad

To prepare the fennel, cut off the top stalks and discard. Next, trim the root end and then quarter lengthwise. Remove the core and thinly slice the fennel on a mandolin or with a sharp knife crosswise. Place fennel in a large bowl and set aside. Add lemon juice, salt and extra virgin olive oil and mix. Set aside.

For completed dish

In a large sauté pan, add olive oil over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, 1 minute. Add calamari and sauté 1 minute more. Add lobster sauce and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour sauce over pasta and garnish with fennel salad and chives. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Seafood Spaghetti with Herbed Lemon Cream Sauce

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, plus 1 additional tablespoon of butter
5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon chili flakes
3 squid bodies (calamari) cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
½ pound baby scallops
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine, stems removed
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil or red basil, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup heavy cream
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat olive oil and butter on a medium high heat. Add the garlic, shallots, lemon zest and chili flakes. Sauté for a few minutes until garlic and shallots just start to brown. Add the calamari, shrimp and scallops. Season with salt. Sauté a few minutes until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and sauté about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice next and turn to medium low. Allow liquid to reduce by about half. Add the cherry tomatoes and allow to cook about two minutes or until the tomatoes are just soft. Add the heavy cream, turn burner to low and season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta according to pasta directions. Mix the spaghetti and the sauce and serve!

Seco de Carne

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes a hearty stew that will feed 6 hungry people

Traditionally this dish was made with llama, vension, or other game, but it is now most commonly made with lamb, goat, or beef.

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup rendered animal fat
3 pounds stew meat, cut into pieces with the bone
½ pound ripe tomatoes, chopped
¼ pound dried aji panca, toasted and ground
2 cups chicha amarilla
2 cups meat stock
3 culantro leaves
Salt
1 pound green beans, cut into pieces

PREPARATION

In a large braising pan over high heat, add animal fat. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and add the stew meat. Cook, browning the meat on all sides. Once the meat is browned, deglaze the pan with the chopped tomatoes, making sure to scrap up any meat from the bottom of the pan. Add the ground aji, and continue to cook until the tomatoes have lost most of their liquid. Deglaze the pan again with the chicha, and lower the flame. Let everything simmer down until the stew is almost dry again. Add the stock, the culantro leaves, and a little salt, and continue to simmer.

Once the sauce has reduced and thickened to the consistency of tomato paste, add the green beans, and adjust the seasoning with a little bit more salt. Cook until the green beans are tender, and serve with boiled chuños and quinoa.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Shakshuka ( North African Poached Eggs)

February 3rd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Fresh Eggs poached in Pan. In tomato sauce and onion, red, yello

Serves 6

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 green or red chilies (as spicy as you want your dish to be, use mild chilies for no heat) 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon smoky paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1teaspoon black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Warm pita or bread for serving

Directions

In a large sauté pan with raised edges at least 3 inches, heat olive oil about 4 tablespoons on a moderate high heat. Add chilies, onions, garlic, and sauté until onions are beginning to caramelize and char or about 5-7 minutes. Add the cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper and stir well. Pour in the canned tomatoes and break apart with your hands as you add them in. Stir well and cook down about 10 minutes or until all mixture is juicy and tomato saucy. Turn burner to a moderately low heat and make sure the tomato sauce is even throughout the pan. Crack the eggs one by one, making sure not to disturb the yoke, and making sure the eggs are all over the pan. Poach the eggs, basting them with tomato sauce from the pan using a spoon. The eggs should be done in about 4 minutes, if you would like the yolks more done, place more tomato mixture atop the yolks (carefully) and cook for about 6 minutes.) Remove from heat and sprinkle with the feta and the herbs! Serve with warm pita or bread.


Shaolin Shadow

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 leaves of fresh sage
2 oz bonded rye
¾ oz aperol
½ oz Curacao
Angostura bitters

PREPARATION

Rub sage leaf around the rim of a cocktail glass and muddle that same sage in your mixing glass. Next, add the first 3 ingredients and ice, stir for 30 seconds and strain using julep strainer into chilled cocktail glass with sage rim. To finish, drop bitters across the top and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Justin Briggs

Shaved Jerusalem Artichoke Salad with Rocolla and Parmesan

March 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 pound Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed, trimmed and thinly sliced (mandolin)
½ cup fresh parsley leaves (no stems)
2 cups fresh rocolla or arugula leaves
½ cup shaved parmesan
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
Cracked pepper

Directions

In a large salad bowl, toss together, Jerusalem artichokes, parsley, rocolla and parmesan, set aside. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, zest, vinegar and salt. Toss together with the Jerusalem artichokes and season with cracked pepper!

Shaved Spring Vegetable and Apple Salad

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fennel fronds, chopped
2 red apples (gala, winesap, or red delicious), shaved paper-thin
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored and shaved paper-thin
6 large or 8 small radishes, trimmed and shaved paper-thin
4 large or 6 small sunchokes, peeled and shaved paper-thin
Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, rice vinegar, lemon juice, chives, and fennel fronds.

Add the shaved fruit and vegetables to the vinaigrette, toss well, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day to allow the flavors to meld. Taste again and add additional salt if desired before serving.

Adapted from The Flaxitarian Table by Peter Berley

Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Chili and Mint and Toasted Pine Nuts

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

4-5 Summer Squash, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the squash, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well.

Sheppard’s Pie

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Pie, serving about 6-8

This mashed potato crusted “pot pie” is brought to us by the British and their love of rich protein filled dishes in the dead of cold damp winters.

INGREDIENTS

1-2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped
1½ pounds lean ground beef
1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped fine
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
2 tablespoons of the following fresh herbs, chopped fine: parsley leaves, rosemary leaves, thyme leaves, marjoram leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt/black pepper
2 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup fresh chives, chopped fine for use; 1 tablespoon saved for garnish

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, and cook garlic and onions until slightly cooked or translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the carrots and parsnips, and cook another few minutes. Next add the ground beef, and sauté until it is fully browned, around 4 to 5 minutes. Drain off fat and add crimini mushrooms, sauté for a few minutes and next add the frozen or fresh peas and the herbs. Mix in tomato paste, season with salt and pepper and place on low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in a pot of salted water until tender. Strain and add butter, buttermilk and salt. Mash the potatoes until very smooth. Mix in the chives and set aside 1 tablespoon for garnish. Place the meat mixture in a lightly greased round glass pie dish or deep ceramic casserole dish. Spread mashed potatoes over the top evenly and sprinkle with chives. Bake until the top is golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

Shortbread Cookies with Winter Herbs and Dried Fruit

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
3½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
10 tablespoons (1¼ 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 350°F. 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.

*Alternatively use fresh thyme, orange zest and chopped dried dates; dried cranberries, fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine, Winter Savory and 1 teaspoon lime zest, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 teaspoon orange zest and 2 teaspoons orange juice.

Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto with Parsley Chive Salt Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup fish stock
1½ cups asparagus stock (made from the asparagus ends and water)
1½ cups asparagus spears (about 1½ bunches)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup long grain brown rice
½ white wine
1 cup grated parmesan
Parsley Chive Salt Butter (recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium-sized saucepot combine the fish and asparagus broths and heat until warm. Keep simmering on a separate burner while making risotto. Blanch the asparagus tips in the simmering water for 2-3 minutes, remove and place in an ice bath. Set aside. In a separate medium saucepot, heat butter and olive oil to a medium heat and add shallots. Cook shallots until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until just pink and tender, or about 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside. add the rice and white wine and stir well. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Next, add 1 cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is almost cooked through, about 30 minutes. Add the shrimp and asparagus spears to re-warm, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and finish with the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and place about a tablespoon of parsley-chive butter onto each serving.


Parsley-Chive Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Shrimp & Quinoa with Vegetables

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup cooked quinoa
2 small carrots, thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
3 teaspoons grated ginger
2 clove garlic, sliced
1 small red chile, minced (optional)
8 ounces snow peas, trimmed
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 egg, beaten
6 ounces small shrimp, peeled and cleaned
3 scallions, chopped (whites and part of greens)
½ cup cilantro
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Vegetable or canola oil

Directions

Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Cook carrot, stirring occasionally, until it softens; about 1 minute. Add bell pepper, ginger, garlic and chile if using. Cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for another minute. Then add snow peas, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute or until shrimp are just cooked.
Transfer vegetables and shrimp to a bowl and return skillet to heat. Add cooked quinoa, along with egg, and cook, stirring constantly, until egg is evenly distributed; about 2 minutes. Add vegetables, shrimp, scallions, cilantro and soy sauce; fold all ingredients together for 1 more minute and remove from heat. Serve warm.

Shrimp and Crab Fresh Corn Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Salsa Verde

INGREDIENTS

1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
3 poblano chili peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cilantro leaves
½ cup half-and-half
Juice of 1 lime

PREPARATION

Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt and water in a medium sauce pan and boil for about 15-20 minutes until tomatillos are soft. Take off burner and allow to coolfor about 30 minutes. Transfer tomatillo mixture to a blender and add cilantro, half-and-half and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate.

Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh crab meat
3 ears of fresh corn, taken off the cobs
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
6 medium flour tortillas
1 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

PREPARATION

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Sauté onions, bell peppers and lime zest until onions are translucent. Add shrimp and crab, sauté for another 3 minutes. Add corn and sauté another 4 minutes or until all shrimp and crab is cooked through. Add herbs, lime juice and cumin. Stir well. Take off burner. To assemble enchiladas, place a spoon full of mixture in a tortilla and a small sprinkle of cheese in each one. Wrap and lay folded side down in a greased, rectangular glass baking dish. After all enchiladas are assembled pour salsa verde over all enchiladas evenly. Sprinkle the tops with remaining cotija cheese. Bake in a preheated 375° oven for approximately 30 minutes or until slightly golden brown on top.

Shrimp and Crab Fresh Corn Enchiladas with Salsa Verde & Red Sauce

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Salsa Verde

INGREDIENTS

1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
3 poblano chili peppers, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup half-and half
Juice of 1 lime

PREPARATION

Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are soft. Take off burner, and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Transfer tomatillo mixture to a blender, and add cilantro, half-and-half, and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate.

Salsa Rojo (Red Sauce)

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
4-6 medium dried red chilies, seeded, and chopped (stems included)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon smoky chili powder
3 teaspoons salt
2 cups water (or chicken broth)

PREPARATION

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté chilies, onions, and poblanos until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, cilantro, garlic, spices, salt and water, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool and process in blender.

Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh crab meat
3 ears of fresh corn, taken off the cobs
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
6 medium flour tortillas
1 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Sauté onions, bell peppers, and lime zest until onions are translucent. Add shrimp and crab, sauté for another 3 minutes. Add corn, and sauté another 4 minutes or until all shrimp and crab is cooked through. Add herbs, lime juice, and cumin. Stir well. Take off burner. To assemble enchiladas, place a spoon full of mixture in a tortilla and a small sprinkle of cheese in each one. Wrap and lay folded side down in a greased, rectangular glass baking dish. After all enchiladas are assembled, pour salsa vede over all enchiladas evenly. Sprinkle the top with remaining cotija cheese. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until slightly golden brown on top.

Shrimp Remoulade

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

For the Old Bay Steamed Shrimp

4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
2 pounds shrimp, in shells

For the Remoulade Sauce

1½ cups mayonnaise
¼ cup diced celery
½ cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons minced garlic
½ cup Creole mustard (such as Zatarain’s)
¼ cup chopped parsley
½ cup ketchup
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

For the Old Bay Steamed Shrimp

In a large pot, combine first 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Add shrimp, stir gently. Cover and steam until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Drain; remove shells.

For the Remoulade Sauce

In a 2-quart mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk well. Once blended, cover and refrigerate, preferably overnight. A minimum of 4 hours is required for flavors to develop. When ready, remove from refrigerator and adjust seasonings.

Starting with half the Remoulade sauce, gently mix in the whole, peeled shrimp. Add more sauce if necessary – salad should not be saucy. Chill thoroughly. Serve cold, stop crisp butter lettuce or fried green tomatoes.

Recipe adapted from the Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, by Chef John Folse

Shrimp Scampi Masala

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 scallions (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon ground peppercorns
8 ounces capellini or angel hair pasta or thickly sliced rustic Italian bread (grilled, toasted, or broiled if you like), for serving
¼ cup ghee or clarified butter
3 dried red chiles
12 garlic cloves (about 1 head), peeled and finely minced

DIRECTIONS

Place the lemon juice and salt in a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes and then add the scallions, cilantro, and ground peppercorns and set aside.

If serving the shrimp with pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, cook until al dente, drain, and set aside.

while the pasta boils, cook the shrimp. Heat the ghee of clarified butter with the chiles in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until the chiles start to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook until curled and opaque, 2 to 4 minutes, stirring often so the garlic doesn’t stick to the bottom of the skillet. Toss the shrimp with pasta or divide among bowls if serving with bread, taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Shrimp with Sweet Basil, Purple Eggplant and Peppers

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 purple eggplant, cubed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup water
1 small chili, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1½ tablespoons black soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1½ tablespoons water
¼ cup basil leaves, torn

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, combine mirin, soy sauce, and ginger. Add shrimp, and marinate 15 to 20 minutes.

In a large deep skillet or wok over high heat, add 1½ tablespoons oil. Add shrimp, and cook for 3 minutes or until shrimp has changed to light pink color. Remove shrimp, and set aside on plate. Clean out pan.

In the same pan, add remaining oil. Add eggplant and red peppers, and cook, 5 minutes. Add ½ cup water, and cover pan to steam vegetables slightly. Remove lid, and add chili and garlic. Stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add fish sauce, black soy sauce, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Add cooked shrimp and basil and mix. Serve immediately.

Sichuan-Style Green Beans

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons black soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1½ pounds green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
2 scallions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 small chili, sliced thin

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a large bowl with ice and water and set aside. In a small bowl, combine first 7 ingredients to make a sauce, and set aside.

In a large pot, bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add a handful of salt. Next, add the green beans, and bring back to a boil. Cook, uncovered 5 to 6 minutes or until almost cooked but still crisp.
Drain and shock in bowl of ice and water.

In a large deep skillet or work over high heat, add oil. Add scallions, garlic, and chill; and cook briefly. Add already combined sauce, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent lumps, until thickened. Return the cooked beans to the pan, and toss lightly to coat with sauce. Serve.

Sicilian Basil, Onion and Tomato Salad

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped in small slivers
1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
8-10 fresh basil leaves, small and whole
Juice of half a lemon
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Course sea salt
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

Gently mix together all ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and gently mix again. Let stand at least a half an hour before serving, and serve at room temperature.

Sicilian Caper, Basil and Tomato Salsa

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Although traditionally enjoyed with grilled mackerel, this is a truly delightful mixture that can stand on its own; the flavors are perfect together.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
¼ cup capers, chopped
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Course sea salt
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

Gently mix together all ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and gently mix again. Let stand at least a half an hour before serving. Serve at room temperature over grilled fish with lemon wedges.

Sicilian Stuffed Tomatoes

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

6 large vine ripened tomatoes, tops cut off and deseeded
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
¼ cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°.  Meanwhile, take your tomato shells and drain upside down on a paper towel to get rid of any extra moisture, 20 minutes.

In a medium sized sauté pan over low heat, add olive oil, and then add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft, but have no color. Remove from heat and stir in bread crumbs, herbs and two tablespoons pecorino cheese.

Using a spoon, fill the tomato shells with the bread crumb mixture, then place in an ovenproof in a single layer. Sprinkle the tops with the rest of pecorino cheese and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the tomatoes are tender and the tops are golden brown.  Serve immediately.

Sicilian Style Herbed Meatballs

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
1 pound spicy Italian sausage, ground
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten
Olive oil

For the Sauce

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 pounds plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

PREPARATION

To make the meatballs, mix ground beef and ground sausage with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
Use hands to mix well and combine ingredients. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal, and the currants. Again, mix very well using hands. Add the beaten eggs, and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should cause the mixture to bind together.

Form mixture into about 1 to 1¼-inch balls, and set aside.

In a large and deep heavy bottom pan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches until all are well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.

After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan, and add another tablespoons of olive oil if necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine, salt, and pepper, again stirring to deglaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about 5 minutes. Turn to low heat, and add the meatballs to the sauce, stirring gently until the meatballs are covered by the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.

Serve over polenta or pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese!

The alternative to sautéing meatballs is to bake them in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Follow the same directions as above for the sauce.

Sicilian Style Herbed Meatballs

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
1 pound spicy Italian sausage, ground
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten
Olive oil

For the Sauce

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 pounds plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

Directions

To make the meatballs, mix ground beef and ground sausage with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
Use hands to mix well and combine ingredients. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal, and the currants. Again, mix very well using hands. Add the beaten eggs, and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should case the mixture to bind together.
Form mixture into about 1 to ¼-inch balls, and set aside.
In a large and deep heavy bottom pan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches until all are well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.
After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan, and add another tablespoon of olive oil in necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine, salt, and pepper, again stirring to delgaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about 5 minutes. Turn to low heat, and add the meatballs to the sauce, stirring gently until the meatballs are covered by the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.
Serve over polenta or pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese!
The alternative to sautéing meatballs is to bake them in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Follow the same directions as above for the sauce.

Sicilian Style Herbed Meatballs with Stewed Tomatoes & Parmesan Polenta

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, ground
1 bulb garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 lbs plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

PREPARATION

To make the meatballs, mix ground beef and ground sausage with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Use fingers to mix well and squish ingredients together. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal and the currants and again mix very well using fingers. Add the beaten eggs and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should cause the mixture to bind and stick together.

Form mixture into about 1 to 1¼ inch balls and set aside.

In a large, deep heavy bottom pan heat a few tablespoons of olive oil to a high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches by rolling them around on all sides until well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.

After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan and add another tablespoon of olive oil if necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well so to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine and the salt and pepper, again stirring to deglaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about five minutes. Turn the burner on low and add the meatballs to the sauce stirring gently until the meatballs are covered in the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.

Serve over polenta and pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese!

The alternative to sautéing meatballs is to bake them in a 375° oven for approximately 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Follow the same directions as above for the sauce.

Sicilian-Style Herbed Meatballs with Herbed Polenta

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Meatballs

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, ground
1 bulb garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grains Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

Sauce

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 lbs plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

Directions

To make the meatballs, mix ground beef and ground sausage with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Use fingers to mix well and squish ingredients together. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal and the currants and again mix very well using fingers. Add the beaten eggs and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should cause the mixture to bind and stick together.

Form mixture into about 1 to 1¼ inch balls and set aside.

In a large, deep heavy bottom pan heat a few tablespoons of olive oil to a high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches by rolling them around on all sides until well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.

After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan and add another tablespoon of olive oil if necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent about 1-2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well so to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine and the salt and pepper, again stirring to deglaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about five minutes. Turn the burner on low and add the meatballs to the sauce stirring gently until the meatballs are covered in the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.

Herbed Polenta

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Simple Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic and Basil

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a truly decadent yet unbelievably simple recipe that captures the essence of slow roasted tomatoes together with basil. Serve over warm crusty bread or pasta, chicken or fish. It is also excellent over fresh steamed broccoli or green beans.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

8-10 small vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered
6 cloves garlic, sliced
½ cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Cracked pepper
½ cup Calamata olives, pits removed and halved
¼ cup olive oil
Feta cheese (optional)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 275°. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients. Place ingredients in a shallow baking dish (oiled) and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper. Roast tomatoes for about 1 hour or until bubbly hot. Crumble feta over hot mixture.

Simple Scones with Dried Fruit

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
21/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 oz cold butter or margarine
2/3 cup whole milk
1 egg separated
3/4 cup dried fruit
2 teaspoons sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt.
Cut butter into flour mixture. Will resemble crumbs.
In a small cut, with fork, mix milk and egg yolk.
Make well in center of flour mixture. Pour in milk mixure and dried fruit. Stir just until combined.
Transfer dough to un-greased large cookie sheet.
With floured hands, shape into 7 in round. With floured knife, cut into 8 wedges, but do not separate wedges.
Brush wedges with egg white sand sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar on top.
Bake 22-25 minutes until golden brown and just cooked through.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Skyr Mousse with Crowberry Sauce and Sweet Rye Bread Dust

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 12

Ingredients

For the Skyr Mousse

1 vanilla bean pod
18 ounces plain skyr
3 ounces granulated sugar
2 ounces heavy cream
7 ounces heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
3 sheets gelatin, soaked in warm water until pliable, excess water squeezed out

For the Crowberry Sauce

5 ounces fresh crowberries
2 ounces granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the Sweet rye bread dust

12 thinly sliced pieces rye bread (rugbraud)

Directions

For the Skyr Mousse

Split the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Reserve the seeds for the mousse and reserve the pod for making something else such as infused vodka or sugar. In a large bowl, whisk together the skyr, sugar and vanilla seeds until incorporated. Set aside. In a small saucepan, gently heat the heavy cream over low heat. Set aside for three minutes. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Combine the gelatin mixture with the skyr mixture and stir until incorporated. Gently fold in the whipped cream with a rubber spatula and distribute into 12 small bowls. Transfer to the freezer until set.

For the Crowberry Sauce

In a blender, purée the crowberries until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan and add the sugar. Over medium low heat, bring to a simmer while stirring frequently. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the cinnamon and lemon juice then refrigerate until chilled.

For the Sweet Rye Bread Dust

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the rye bread on a sheet tray and bake until dry, about 20 minutes. In a blender, puree until the texture of fine sand.

To serve

Spoon crowberry sauce over the skyr mousse and sprinkle with rye bread dust.

Smoked and Spiced Almonds

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1½ teaspoons almond oil
2 teaspoons canola oil
1½ cups blanched almonds
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a sauté pan, add oil and almonds over medium heat, and almonds and toast until golden. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, and season with spices and salt.
Serve immediately.

Smoked Salmon Hash with Poached Eggs and Parsley Hollandaise

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

2 eggs
1 c smoked salmon
1 c cubed, peeled sweet potatoes par boiled
½ c chopped yellow onions
¼ c chopped chives
¼ c chopped parsley
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onions and sauté for a few minutes until translucent. Add potatoes and cook until well browned. Add smoked salmon, herbs and salt and pepper. Top with two poached eggs and a parsley hollandaise sauce.

For the hollandaise sauce:
2 egg yolks
¼ c butter, melted
Juice of ½ lemon
¼ c heavy cream
¼ c chopped parsley
1 T citrus vinegar
1 pinch cayenne pepper

First blend the heavy cream with the parsley until well blended and smooth. Strain and put aside green colored cream. In a double boiler or with a stainless steel bowl on top of a pan of simmering hot water, add the egg yolk and stir constantly with a whisk for a few minutes. Take off heat and add butter. Stir well. Add cayenne pepper. Stir well.

Smoked Salmon, Radish, Pea and Spring Onion Salad with Mint Parsley Lemon Yogurt Dressing

November 1st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 small heads butter lettuce ripped to desired size
1 cup packaged herb blend salad greens
1 cup sliced red or rainbow radishes
1 cup sliced, mixed red and white spring onions
3 medium sliced carrots
1 ½ cups fresh shelled peas
1 cup shredded smoked salmon

PREPARATION

Smoked Salmon
Cold, smoked salmon is smoked at very low heat. It is usually smoked at around 60 -70° F for 12-18 hours. The smoking process slowly takes the moisture out of the fish and creates a firm, delicate, flaky texture. Smoked flavorings are added along with other herbs to create a more savory flavor.

For the dressing, mix 1 cup yogurt with ½ c chopped fresh mint and ½ c chopped parsley, the juice of 2 lemons, zest of 1 lemon, 2 T wholegrain mustard, 1 T honey and salt and pepper to taste.

Smoked Spiced Eggplant

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

1 large eggplant
3 tablespoons canola oil
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, ground to a paste in a mortar and pestle
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ripe medium tomatoes, chopped
½ fresh hot green chile, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of ½ lemon

DIRECTIONS

Roast the eggplant directly on the burner of a gas stove over medium heat, turning often, until the skin is completely blackened and the flesh is soft, about 10 minutes. Or, roast the eggplant on a cookie sheet in a 500°F oven until the skin is blackened, about 20 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle, then pull off the skin with your fingers, rinsing your hands under running water as you work. (Don’t worry if you can’t get all the charred skin off.) Cut off and discard the stem. Then put the eggplant in a bowl and mash it to a puree with a potato masher.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, wok, or kadai over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the onion and salt, and cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, until the raw smell disappears, about 30 seconds. Add the coconut, if using, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the coriander, cumin, garam masala, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Now add about 1 tablespoon of water, and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to stick, about 1 more minute.

Add the tomatoes, and give the mixture a stir. Add the mashed eggplant, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh chile and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro. Stir in the lemon juice, and taste for salt. Spoon into a serving bowl, sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of cilantro, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Smokey Eggplant Mousse

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 cups.

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggplants
1 bulb of garlic, to use 4 cloves
Olive oil
Sea salt
1 teaspoon sumac
½ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons smoky Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Zest of one lemon, grated super fine
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

PREPARATION

Prepare a Charcoal grill or pre heat a gas grill (charcoal grill gives a much smokier flavor). Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and sumac. Place eggplant side down first and grill for a few minutes turning once until eggplant is tender. Place garlic right on grill to cook until tender. Allow to cool and scoop out inside of eggplant and place in a blender. Place 4-5 cloves of garlic in the blender as well (remove skins first). Pour in olive oil and blend until light and fluffy or mousse consistency. Transfer to a bowl and gently mix in spices and herbs.

Smoky Salt

May 5th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lime zest
¼ cup alderwood smoked salt
¼ cup maldon sea salt
1 teaspoon lime juice

Directions

Mix together the zest, salts and lime juice and use to rim bloody mary glasses.

Smoothalicious with Nettles & Mint

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

10 soaked almonds, soaked overnight & skins removed
4 soaked dates in 2 cups water, overnight & their soaked water
1 large banana, banana
½ fist full (gloved!) of tender, young nettle leaves*
½ fist full of fresh mint leaves

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients together for a thick smoothie, one you can eat with a spoon.  To thin add a little filtered water.

*Nettle leaves contain stinging hairs called trichomes, whose tips come off when touched transforming the hair into a needle that will inject several chemicals causing a sting followed by welts!  Once heated and cooked, the chemicals are inactive.

Snap Pea & Mint Salad

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup parmesan cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Snow, Snap and Shelling Peas with Fennel, Lemon & Spring Herbs

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups snow peas
1½ cups snap peas
1 cup fresh peas
1 fennel bulb, shaved
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Maldon salt

DIRECTIONS

In a steamer pan steam snow peas and snap peas for a few minutes, add the fresh peas and steam for another few minutes or until all peas are firm but cooked through. Take off heat and plunge in an ice bath to stop cooking. Let sit in the ice bath a few minutes until they are no longer hot or warm but cool.
Strain and place in a large mixing bowl. Using a mandolin or by hand cut the fennel very thin and mix together with the peas. In a separate small mixing bowl whisk together lemon zest, juice, olive oil and herbs until emulsified. Pour over the peas and fennel and toss together. Season with maldon salt.

Sorrel French 75

April 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Photo by Ed Lefkowicz

Photo by Ed Lefkowicz

Ingredients


2 ounces gin
1 ½ ounces Fresh Sorrel Lemon Syrup*
Sparkling wine
Lemon wheel

Directions

In a shaker combine the gin and the sorrel syrup and shake vigorously until cold about 15 seconds. Strain into an old fashioned champagne glass and fill with sparkling wine.  Garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Fresh Sorrel Lemon Syrup – Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons 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 and add ¼ cup lemon juice. Add 2 handfuls of fresh sorrel (about 20 leaves – leaves only, no stems). Blend the mixture in a blender until ultra smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Use immediately in order to maintain the bright green color.

Sorrel Soup

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 Servings

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh sorrel chopped
2 T butter
1 medium
1 yellow onion chopped
½ c half and half
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Sauté onion in butter until translucent, add sorrel and sauté a few minutes more, add cream and salt and pepper and cook until warm.  Place in blender and blend until smooth.  Serve warm.

Southern-Style Collard Greens

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

Smoked ham hock (optional)
2 bunches fresh young collards, washed free of any grit
1 onion, chopped medium 1 tablespoon bacon grease or vegetable oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 red chili pepper, or ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ cup water, plus more as needed
Pepper vinegar, for serving

DIRECTIONS

If using the ham hock, simmer in water to cover for ten minutes, then remove and reserve. Discard cooking water.

Strip the stems off the collards. Chop into pieces about 1″ by 2″.

Heat the far or oil in a large pot. Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent. Add collards and all the other ingredients (plus the ham hock, if using). Stir to mix. Add more water if necessary – you are looking more to steam, not boil, so add water about a quarter to midway up the greens. Bring to a simmer. Cover the pot, turn the flame down to low, and simmer for half an hour, stirring occasionally. Check the pot and add more liquid if necessary. You may remove the greens at this point, if they are done to your liking. Southerners tend to cook them for about 45 minutes to an hour, or even longer, to get them really tender. Serve with cornbread to sop up the “pot likker”. Pass pepper vinegar alongside.

Recipe Property of Emily Casey

Southwest Soft Boiled Eggs Drizzled with Cilantro and Chili Sauce

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

6 soft boiled eggs
¼ cup crème fraiche
1 T lime juice and 1 tsp zest
1 T citrus vinegar
¼ c chopped red pepper
¼ c chopped red onion
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chopped jalapeño, set the remainder aside
½ cup cilantro
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Blend cilantro, olive oil and remainder of jalapeño in a blender until smooth. Strain.
Cut eggs in half. Set egg whites aside. Mix egg yolks and all other ingredients until blended. Spoon mixtures onto egg whites and drizzle with cilantro sauce.

Southwest Turkey Burger with Cilantro Avocado

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 lb chicken breasts cut into cubes
zest of 1 lime
juice of 2 limes
¼ cup red onion chopped fine
¼ cup red peppers chopped fine
¼ cup cilantro chopped fine
1 jalapeño chopped fine
1 T cumin powder

PREPARATION

Grind all ingredients in the food processor using the pulse button until the meat is coarsely ground. Form patties, place on wax paper and freeze for about six minutes on each side or until par frozen. Grill on high heat on a very clean grill, flipping only once per side. Cook for about four minutes per side for a well done burger and three minutes per side for medium burgers. Serve with butter leaf lettuce for a delicious fresh BBQ burger! Serve with pepper jack cheese and avocado slices.

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

November 4th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 medium spaghetti squash
½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted
2 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cups Asiago cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.
With a knife, slice three to four little slits into each squash so it won’t explode while cooking. Place the squash in a roasting pan and bake in the oven for about an hour. Once the squash has cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
In a blender, place nuts, garlic, parsley, lemon zest and juice, Asiago cheese, extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper and blend until incorporated. Set aside.
Then, run the tines of a fork through the melt of the squash from top to bottom, creating ribbons much like spaghetti. Put the “noodles” into your serving dish and continue with the remaining squash and season with salt and pepper. Discard the outside “shell”. Top noodles with pesto and serve.

Spanish Seville Squid Cocktail

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds cleaned squid, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Olive oil
½ medium Spanish onion, sliced thin
½ cup red bell peppers, slices thin
½ cup orange bell peppers sliced thin
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (gold ones especially nice)
1 cup Spanish black olives, pitted and halved
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat oil and add garlic and lemon zest. Lightly sauté the squid until just tender, a sort of par cook (approx 3 minutes). Take off heat and place in large bowl. To the squid add the peppers, tomatoes and olives. In another mixing bowl whisk together the lemon juice, shallots, vinegar, oil and herbs, season with salt and pepper and pour over squid mixture. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.

Spanish Seville Squid Cocktail

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds cleaned squid, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Olive oil
½ medium Spanish onion, sliced thin
½ cup red bell peppers, sliced thin
½ cup orange bell peppers, sliced thin
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (gold ones especially nice)
1 cup Spanish black olives, pitted and halved
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat oil and add garlic and lemon zest. Lightly sauté the squid until just tender, a sort of par cook (approx 3 minutes). Take off heat and place in large bowl. To the squid add the peppers, tomatoes and olives. In another mixing bowl whisk together the lmon juice, shallots, vinegar, oil and herbs, season with salt and pepper and pour over squid mixture. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.

Sparkling Lemonade

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Gallon

INGREDIENTS

2 cups lemon juice (20 big juicy lemons)
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 cups lemon sugar syrup, recipe below (see note*)
2 tablespoons lemon zest
6 cups water
6 cups sparkling water

PREPARATION

In a one gallon pitcher combine lemon juice, baking soda, lemon sugar syrup, lemon zest, and water, stir well.
Serve over ice with herb sugared lemon wedge.

Lemon Sugar Syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest

PREPARATION

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water and lemon zest and warm through until sugar is dissolved.
Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

Sparkling Lemonade

Spiced Apple Cider with Dark Rum

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one gallon

INGREDIENTS

1 gallon fresh apple cider
1 tart apple, sliced horizontally
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1-2 cups dark rum (can be omitted for non-alcoholic version)

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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