Ensalada de Atun & Anchoas (Tuna and Anchovy Salad)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup almonds
½ cup hazlenuts
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (Spanish)
6 cloves garlic
3 slices white bread, crusts removed, cut into quarters
2 roasted red peppers, deseeded and destemmed
4 tablespoo ns sherry vinegar (Spanish)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt
4 cups baby lettuce
8 ounces canned or jarred Spanish tuna in oil or water, drained
8 anchovies
1 medium red onion, sliced thin in rounds
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
½-1 cup black olives (about 15-20 olives)
Freshly cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. On a baking sheet, place nuts and roast in oven for about 5-7 minutes or until golden color and fragrant. Cool and then remove skins from hazlenuts by rubbing together in a clean towel.
In a medium sauté pan heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 cloves garlic and bread and fry the bread flipping over until crispy brown (1 minute on each side). Drain and set oil aside and place bread on paper towel to drain excess oil.
Place roasted red pepper, nuts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 garlic cloves, sherry vinegar, lemon juice nd parsley into food processor until smooth, season with salt.
Arrange lettuce in a wide shallow dish, place tuna, red onions, bread slices, anchovies, tomatoes and olives across the top. Drizzle dressing over the top. Serve with cracked black pepper.

Eugene Sausage Pasta

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds
1-2 teaspoons dried red chili flakes
1 pound spicy Italian sausage
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped fine (flat leaf)
2 teaspoons salt
1 small can tomato sauce, 6 ounces
1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package (box) linguini, cooked, 16 ounces
Freshly grated parmesan
Black pepper


PREPARATION

In sauté pan, place olive oil, garlic,  place on medium heat. Add fennel seeds and chili flakes and cook about 30 -45 seconds. (This process enhances the flavor of the oil and adds to the flavor of the cooked sausage and sauce.) Add the sausage, making sure to take it out of the casing and break it up in small pieces. Continue to cook until brown, making sure to break apart and larger piece of meat. Once the sausage is browned and crumbly, add the parsley and the salt, stirring and cooking a few more minutes. Add the black olives, mix well.  Toss in tomato sauce, mix together well and continue to cook until all liquid is absorbed. The tomato  sauce will become tomato paste like and should be  sticking tightly to the meat.  Once the sauce is totally absorbed into the meat about 5 minutes approximately of stirring while keeping the burner on medium heat, reduce the temp to low and pour in the heavy cream. Mix together until all the cream is mixed in, turn the burner off.   Toss  the sauce together with cooked linguini. Season with salt to taste.

Freshly grated parmesan cheese and black pepper are a MUST on top!

Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 large yellow pepper, chopped
¾ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
3 cups roma tomatoes, chopped
1½ cups white wine
Salt and pepper

Directions

Marinate tuna, scallops and shrimp with lemon juice for about 1 hour. Grind in a grinder or smash lemon zest, fennel seeds, cracked peppercorns, chili and course sea salt until a gritty spice mixture is created. Heat a thick-bottomed stew pan to high heat with a generous portion of olive oil. Rub tuna with spice mixture and brown tuna on all sides. Remove tuna and add garlic, onions and peppers to pan. Sauté until tender or about 3 minutes Add half of fresh herbs, shrimp and scallops. Sauté for just a few minutes. Add wine and stir while removing the bits that stuck to the pan. Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes. Stir well and add tuna and kalamata olives. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tuna as it cooks. Add remainder of the fresh herbs and take of heat and let stand for five minutes before serving. If needed, a bit of water can be added but only if the tomatoes have not given off enough liquid in the middle of the cooking process.

Best served over Israeli couscous.

Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 cups tomato sauce and 2 cups pizza sauce.

Ingredients

6 medium tomatoes chopped
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup red wine
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh oregano
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano  (extra for end)

Directions

Place all ingredients except 1/2 cup oregano in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place on low simmer for about 45 minutes stirring regularly until all tomatoes are broken down. With a hand held food processor blend all ingredients in the pot until totally smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce as they give a very rustic look and texture and provide a quick easy sauce. Cook blended sauce on low for another 10 minutes adding more salt to taste, when finished add remaining fresh oregano. For pizza sauce boil sauce on a low boil uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until desired thick texture, add remaining chopped oregano at end.

Fresh Tortillas (Masa Fresca)

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound masa (10 small tortillas)

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup masa harina
¾ cups very hot water

DIRECTIONS

Mix the salt and the masa harina together and then add the hot water a little bit at a time, until the mixture resembles a course meal. Mix it together and form dough. Turn dough onto a clean dusted surface and knead until pliable and smooth, about 5-7 minutes. If the dough is sticky add more masa, if the dough is dry add a little bit more hot water. Once the dough is formed into a soft dough, form into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Divide the dough into 15-18 small balls. Place each ball of dough between 2 layers of plastic wrap and press into a tortilla press. Place the cooked tortillas on a hot pan (cast iron or flat grill type pan is best) and cook on each side about 45 seconds or until lightly browned. Place the tortillas in a warm towel while the others are cooking.

Guatamalan Pollo en Peppian Tacos (Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tacos

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poaching chicken
Tortillas, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add water, chicken, half the white onion, black pepper and allspice and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve liquid. After chicken has cooled, shred chicken with a fork removing from the bone and set aside. Preheat oven to broil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice berries, cloves, peppercorns, tomatillos, serrano chilies, garlic, and poblano peppers, and broil, about 3-4 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds start to char. Remove from oven and place in a blender with the cilantro leaves and chicken stock, blend until smooth. Mix in with chicken and serve with warm tortillas.

Guatamalan Red Chili Pork Chuchitos (Tamales)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tamales

INGREDIENTS

For the red chili pork

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

For the tamale dough

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

Corn husk wrappers
Hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

For the red chili pork

Place water, tomatoes, chile, onions, garlic, spices, pork butt, salt and bay leaf in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until pork is falling apart and soft. Take off heat and cool. Discard the bay leaf. Shred the pork by pulling apart the fibers using a fork or your fingers. Place shredded meat into a medium sized bowl and add fresh herbs and combine. Set aside.

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine masa harina and lime zest with 2 cups of the reserved cooking liquid from pork and mix well. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a kitchen aid mixer or with an electric hand held mixer, mix the lard until fluffy, about five minutes. Add the lard to the masa harina mixture, a little at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece floats in a glass of cold water.

For the wrappers

For corn husk wrappers, place the corn husks in boiling, water for 1-2 minutes, take out and cool slightly before handling. In the corn husk, place about ½ cup of the masa mixture topped with shredded pork and herb mixture. Fold over the corn husk like you are folding a present and tie the package with a corn husk tie or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips and tamales from getting soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 30-45 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Serve with hot sauce.

Hand Rolled Vegan Truffles

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 truffles

Ingredients

½ pound pitted & chopped dates
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon of your favorite Liquor
½ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup finely shredded coconut

Directions

In a food processor add dates, water, liquor, and salt. Mix on high till it forms a ruff paste. Add ½ of the cocoa powder and date mix into a bowl and fold together well. Place 2 small plates on the counter one with the rest of the coco, one with coconut, the other with the nibs. Using a soup spoon, potion out date mixture. Hand roll each into a ball shape. Roll some of the truffles in cocoa powder, some in coconut, and the other in the nibs. Find your favorite combination. Place into fridge for 30 minutes to harden.

Herbed Tapenade

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 15

INGREDIENTS

½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 yellow pepper, chopped fine
1 orange pepper, chopped fine
1 cup black olives, chopped fine
1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
1 small jar capers
3 small anchovy fillets
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
½ cup red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix in a food processor until blended well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with bread.

Hot & Sour Thai Shrimp Soup (Tom Yum Koong)

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
¼ cup lemon grass bulb, chopped & smashed
3 kfir lime leaves, crinkled (optional)
1 tablespoon galangal root, peeled and chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 tablespoon coriander root, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
12 medium prawns or shrimp, peeled and tails removed
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1-2 Thai chilies, sliced
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
½ cup straw mushrooms
5 green onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped fine

Directions

Heat a large heavy bottom soup pan to high heat and add oils. Add the lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, ginger, coriander root and cook until beginning to brown. Turn the heat to medium high and add red chili paste and sugar and mix well. Add the srimp and cook a bit tossing into the mixture. Remove the shrimp from the pan when cooked, after about 15 minutes max. Add the lime juice, chilies and tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and the shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

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

For the filling

1 pound pork butt cubed (about 1 inch cubes)
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced thin
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh corn, chopped fine
½ cup long grain rice, cooked al dente
3 potatoes, 1-inch cubes (about 1½ cups)
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice
Salt
Pepper
Banana leaf squares

Directions

For the tamale dough

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

For the filling & assembly

In a large mixing bowl combine the filling ingredients and mix well, making sure the rice is well combined. In the center of each banana, place about 4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of the banana leaf. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons meat and vegetable mixture. Fold over the banana leaf like you are folding a present. Tie the wrapped package with banana leaf ties or kitchen twine.

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

Oven Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 chicken pieces, thighs, breasts, wings, drumsticks etc
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and rub a little bit of the tandoori spice mixture all over each piece and let them sit at least 5-8 minutes, refrigerated. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over the chicken pieces coating evenly. Let stand for about 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place in a glass baking dish in the oven with the marinade and bake for about 30 minutes. Garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced chicken.

Paches de Guatemala (Guatemala Potato Tamales)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 tamales

INGREDIENTS

2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup water
Salt
6 tablespoons lard or margarine
1 pound potatoes, cooked and mashed
2 cups masa harina
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon achiote powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
Corn husks or banana leafs
Lemon wedges

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan on high heat, add tomatoes, green onions, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeño and water and cook, about 5-8 minutes until soft. Transfer to a blender, season with salt and process until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve (sauce should be very smooth) and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine lard, cooked and mashed potatoes, masa harina, salt, allspice, black pepper, and dissolved achiote powder, and mix well. Add the tomato pepper sauce and mix until incorporated well. In the center of each banana leaf or corn husk, place about ½ cup of the potato masa mixture. To make tamales, fold over the banana leaf or corn husk like you are folding a present and tie the package with a corn husk tie, a banana leaf tie, or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips and tamales from getting soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 30-45 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Serve with lots of fresh lemon wedges.

Pan-Seared Trout

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

4 6-8 ounce rainbow trout fillets (skin on), or two whole cleaned trout*
Salt and pepper
All purpose flour, for dredging
Vegetable oil or butter for searing
1 onion, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
Fresh parsley and thyme sprigs
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Season the trout fillets with salt and pepper, then dredge lightly in the flour, shaking off any excess.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. When hot, add the fillets, skin side up. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until you can easily flip the fillets over and they are not sticking. With fillets now skin-side-down, strew the onion, lemon, and herbs over the fish, and place in hot oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, remove fillets to warmed platter, and place skillet back over flame. Add the wine to the pan to deglaze. Swirl butter in pan juices until melted, and then pour over fillets. Serve immediately.

*If using whole trout, dredge the whole fish, season the interior with onions, lemon and herbs. Heat large skillet and add oil. When oil is hot, add the trout to the skillet. Let sear on one side, and then flip over. Add wine to skillet, then place in oven. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, then check to see if trout is cooked through. When done, remove skillet, remove trout to platter, add butter to skillet and swirl to melt, and then pour over trout.

Recipe Property of Emily Casey

Rhubarb & Mint (Green) Iced Tea

June 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pitcher

This is a refreshing a light, iced tea perfectly balanced and thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

4-6 rhubarb stalks, medium length, chopped
½ cup turbinado sugar or honey
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 cup water2 bags of green tea
2 tablespoons fresh mint
Juice of 1 lime
Ice

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine the rhubarb, sugar, water and zest and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes.  Take of heat and insert tea bags and let cool completely.  Discard the bags of tea.  Blend the mixture in a blender with the lime juice and fresh mint, on high until totally smooth and liquefied.  Strain and refrigerate rhubarb syrup.  Place the syrup in a large pitcher of ice and fill with water, stir and garnish with a fresh mint leaf and candied rhubarb swizzle stick.

Roasted Tomatillo, White Onion & Jalapeño Salsa

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

10-12 medium tomatillos, quartered
1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
2-3 jalapeños, cut in half and deseeded
2 pablano peppers, cut in half and deseeded
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatillos and onions on a lined bakking sheet. On another lined baking sheet place the peppers, cut side down. Roast the ingredients for about 15 minutes or until lightly charred. Allow to cool a few minutes and chop tomatillos and onions very small and place in a medium bowl. Remove the skin from the peppers and chop them fine and add them to the same bowl. Remove the skin from the peppers and chop them fine and add them to the same bowl. Season with salt and cumin and the juice of the lime, mix well and toss in cilantro leaves until mixed.

Roasted Tomatillo, White Onion & Jalapeño Salsa

April 29th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

10-12 medium tomatillos, quartered
1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
2-3 jalapeños, cut in half and deseeded
2 pablano peppers, cut in half and deseeded
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatillos and onions on a lined baking sheet. On another lined baking sheet place the peppers, cut side down. Roast the ingredients for about 15 minutes or until lightly charred. Allow to cool a few minutes and chop tomatillos and onions very small and place in a medium bowl . Remove the skin from the peppers and chop them fine and add them to the same bowl. Season with salt and cumin and the juice of the lime, mix well and toss in cilantro leaves until mixed.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Make 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2½ pounds plum tomatoes, cored, quarter and deseeded
2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
5 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup fresh basil, stems and leaves (chop leaves and reserve)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 fresh bay leaves (optional)
3 tablespoons butter (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a large roasting pan combine olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil stems, and thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until soft and caramelized. Discard basil stems.

Once out of the oven, transfer to a large heavy bottomed soup pot and place on the stove over medium heat. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth and bay leaves (if using), increase heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Remove bay leaves and discard. Using an immersion blender, add butter (if using) and reserved basil leaves and blend soup until smooth. Add more vegetable broth if too thick. Serve immediately.

Santorini Tzaziki

May 24th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 medium sized cucumber, peeled out but not deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper

Directions

In a small bowl mix together the cucumber and yogurt until combined. Stir in the garlic, fresh herbs and the lemon juice and again stir well until the sauce is creamy. Season with salt and pepper and taste.

Spicy Tomato Salad

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 cup baby lettuce
¼ cup avocado oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons Ger-Nis Tabasco
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl, toss together onions, tomatoes, cilantro and baby lettuce. In a small bowl, whisk together avocado oil, lime juice, jalapeño, Tabasco and salt. Toss together with salad and serve.

Tamarind Beef Satay with Hot & Cold Cucumber Mint Sauce

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ pounds beef, hanger of flank steak preffered, cut into strips and pound thin
Wooden Skewers, pre-soaked
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 shallot, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sambal
Hot & Cold Cucumber Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix the tamarind, ginger, garlic, shallot, lime juice and zest, soy sauce and sambal together in a bowl until well combined. Place the meat in the marinade overnight or for at least an hour. Thread the meat on the skewer into a long thin meat stick. Grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside or about 2-3 minutes per side. Brushing with the marinade as desired. Serve with Hot and Cold Cucumber Sauce.

Hot & Cold Cucumber Sauce

Makes 1½ cups sauce

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lime juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons spicy sambal sauce
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cold over satay.

Tamarind Chutney

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 1¼ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
½ teaspoon Garam Masala
2 cups water
1¼ cups sugar
3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil and spices in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook until the spices are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Whisk in the water, sugar, and tamarind concentrate until completely dissolved, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium, and simmer until the sauce turns the color of chocolate and is thick enough to leave a trail on the back of a spoon, 20 to 30 minutes. (While still warm it will look like chocolate sauce, and it will thicken a bit as it cools.) Taste for seasoning, transfer to a covered plastic container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or ladle into dry and sterilized jars and can according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Tamarind Rice

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons tamarind concentrate
½ cup warm water
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup unsalted peanuts (preferably unroasted), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
16 curry leaves, roughly torn (optional)
6 dried red chiles (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¾ teaspoon turmeric
1 large red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons Sambhaar, or 1 teaspoon curry powder
7 cups cooked basmati rice, drained, spread out on a baking sheet, and cooled to room temperature

DIRECTIONS

Place the tamarind in a small bowl, and pour the warm water over it. Whisk together until the tamarind is completely dissolved, and set aside.

Heat the oil, peanuts, and mustard seeds in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat until the mustard seeds begin to pop, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the curry leaves, chiles, cumin, turmeric, and cook until the peanuts are golden, about 1½ minutes. Add the onion, salt, and Sambhaar, and cook until the onion is soft, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often (if the onion begins to burn, turn the heat down). Add the tamarind water, and cook until the water is evaporated, stirring often, for about 2 minutes.

Stir in the rice, and cook until the rice is hot, about 2 minutes (if the rice was in the fridge it will take an extra 2 to 4 minutes to warm up), stirring once or twice to make sure nothing burns at the bottom of the pan. Taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Tandoori Herb Barbecue Sauce

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Tandoori is basically marinated meat grilled over an open fire, in a tandoori grill or in a clay covered pot with an intensely hot and smoky fire to cook the meats. Traditionally an Indian dish and always made with a yogurt base, the tandoori style of cooking has spread throughout the world and is common in the Middle East except that the tandoori clay grill is not used; the marinated meat is simple put over hot, hot coals. Tandoori barbecue sauce is an amazing way to keep the meats moist because yogurt is an exceptional tenderizer due to the acids it contains. In this recipe we lean toward the Indian version of flavor but it is designed to put on any grill. Used as a marinade and mopping sauce, this recipe is excellent on chicken thighs, lamb and fish.

Makes 2 cups of sauce and takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 cayenne chili pepper, sliced thin (without seeds for milder sauce)
1 cup plain yogurt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until a smooth, even liquid sauce is formed. Marinate meats or fish and grill using. Then, use as a mopping sauce throughout the entire cooking process.

Tandoori Spice Mix – BULK

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 6 cups (48 ounces)

Ingredients

1 cup ground ginger
1 cup ground cumin
1 cup ground coriander
1 cup paprika
½ cup cardamom powder
½ cup ground cinnamon
½ cup ground black pepper
½ cup ground cayenne pepper
¼ cup salt
1½ cup turmeric

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

Tandoori Spiced Baby Lamb Chops with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 baby lamb chops, French cut, trimmed of fat and about ½ inch thick
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the baby lamb chops at room temperature with salt and pepper. Rub a little bit of the tandoori spice mixture over each side of the lamb chops and let them sit at least 5-8 minutes. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in the remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over the lamb chops coating evenly. Let stand for about 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Cook on a very hot grill until slightly charred and cooked medium rare, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced baby lamb chops, chicken or whatever you desire!

Tandoori Spice Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon turmeric

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Tandoori Toasted Vegetables with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

Olive oil or canola oil
6-8 baby potaotes, halved
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 medium carrots, chopped large
1 red bell pepper, chopped large
1 green bell pepper, chopped large
1 red onion, chopped large
1 medium yellow onion, chopped large
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season all the vegetables with salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive all over the top and mix. Next sprinkle a little bit of tandoori spice mixture all over the vegetables and again mix well. Preheat oven to 425°F. And place seasoned vegetables in the oven in a glass baking dish to roast for about 15 minutes or until lightly charred. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over vegetables coating evenly and mixing well. Turn the oven down to about 325°F and place the baking dish back in the oven for about 15-20 minutes more. Serve over rice and garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced chicken.

Tandoori Spice Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon turmeric

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Tangerine & Basil Yogurt Granita

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup tangerine juice
½ cup basil leaves, chopped
1 cup plain Greek style yogurt

PREPARATION

Make a simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar, water, tangerine juice and chopped fresh basil. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, cool, strain, and set syrup aside. Whisk together simple syrup and  yogurt until a smooth texture forms. Pour into a low dish and freeze. Using a fork, scrape puree every 20 minutes while it freezes. This should create flaky crystals. Keep frozen dish covered while freezing. Freeze and scrape until desired consistency.

Tangerine Basil Soda

March 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pitcher

Ingredients

For tangerine basil syrup
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon tangerine zest

For soda
2 cups tangerine juice
2 cups soda water
Ice

Directions

For tangerine basil syrup
In a small saucepan over medium heat, place all 4 ingredients and warm through until sugar is dissolved. Strain and set aside to cool.

For soda
In a large pitcher, combine tangerine basil syrup with tangerine juice. Top with soda water and serve over ice.

Tangy Muhammara (Red Pepper & Walnut Dip)

October 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts
3 to 4 cloves garlic
¼ cup breadcrumbs
2 red peppers, roasted and pureed
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried mint (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint)
2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more as needed

Directions

In the food processor, chop the walnuts and garlic finely. Add the breadcrumbs and pulse to mix. Add red pepper puree, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, salt and spices until smooth. While machine is running, pour in the olive oil. Make sure not to over-mix since the texture should be thick, not too creamy. If it is too dry for you, add more tomato paste or olive oil. Serve with toasted bread or pita wedges.

Recipe adapted from delishturkish.blogspot.com

Tapenade Aioli

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoon capers, drained
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
¾ cup mayonnaise

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients until smooth. Serve atop a herby beef burger!

Tarka Daal

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound chana dal (dried yellow split peas), rinsed until the water runs clear
2 pints water
4 tablespoons clarified butter
2 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 to 4 whole green chilies, pricked with a knife
1 small (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
3 vine ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Kosher salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Handful chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

Put the lentils and water into a pan, stir well and bring to the boil. Skim off any froth that forms on the surface of the water with a spoon. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer, stirring regularly, for 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until the lentils are just tender, adding more water as necessary.

When the lentils have cooked through, remove the pan from the heat, and use a whisk to break down the lentils. Set the mixture aside to thicken and cool.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, and fry for 20 to 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the onion, chiles, and ginger, and fry for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Blend the garlic and tomatoes to a puree in a food processor. Add the puree to the pan, and stir well to combine. Add the turmeric, garam masala, coriander, and 3 1/2 ounces of water to the pan, and stir well to combine. Season the mixture with salt, to taste, and simmer over a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the oil from the sauce has risen to the surface of the sauce.

Add the cooked lentils to the sauce, and stir well, adding more water as necessary, to loosen the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, and season, to taste, with salt before serving. Stir in the chopped cilantro just before serving. If this dish is not sour enough for you, add a squeeze of lemon juice. If you are a garlic lover, you can add another 2 cloves of garlic.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Tarragon & Cardamom Poached Pears with Frothed Rose Water Milk and Pistachios

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
¼ cup rosewater (2 tablespoons reserved)
½ cup honey, plus 1 tablespoon
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves, chopped fine
4 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup 2% milk
2 pods of cardamom (seeds inside)
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup pistachios, shelled and chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Heat the water, rosewater and ½ cup honey in a large pot of water. When the sugar dissolves add the tarragon and the pears making sure it is at a slow rolling boil. Cook the pears for about 20 minutes uncovered until soft. Take off heat and allow to sit in the water while making the froth.

For the frothed milk

In a saucepan, place cold milk in the pan and begin to heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons rosewater, 1 tablespoon honey and cardamom and froth using a little hand held frother or the frother part of your espresso machine. You can also do this with a whisk but it takes a long time!
The key is “frothing” as the milk goes from cold to hot! Remove cardamom before serving.

For serving place a few pears on a dish with a little amount of the syrup water and a few cherries. Spoon the froth over and sprinkle with the pistachios.

Tarragon Apricot Bubbly & Blueberry Tarragon Bubbly

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes several bubbly drinks

Ingredients

½ cup fresh blueberries (smashed) or fresh apricots (chopped)
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
½ cup raw or unprocessed sugar
½ cup water
Cava, champagne or prosecco
Blueberries for garnish

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine the apricots or blueberries, tarragon, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for about 3-4 minutes. Strain and set in the refrigerator to cool. In a champagne class, pour 1-2 ounces of the herbal fruit syrup and fill with bubbly.

Tarragon Beet Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one bundt cake

Ingredients

For the cake

Olive oil or non-stick spray
3 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups almond milk
â…” cups almond oil
¼ cup grated beets
3 tablespoons tarragon orange beet syrup (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon vanilla

For the orange tarragon glaze

1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped superfine
¼ cup fresh orange juice

Directions

Preheat over to 375° F. Prepare the bundt pan by greasing with oil or non-stick spray liberally and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl sift together dry goods, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt, set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together wet ingredients; almond milk, almond oil, grated beets, tarragon syrup orange zest and vanilla. Working in small amounts slowly whisk in the dry goods into the wet until all is incorporated and smooth and creamy. Batter should be thick but still semi “loose” like a thick cake batter. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 5-8 minutes and then remove from pan and place warm cake on a plate.

Meanwhile, in a medium size bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange zest and tarragon. Slowly pour in orange juice and stir to make a glaze.

Drizzle the glaze over top of the cake, preferably while warm, not hot, just warm, this will allow the glaze to run down the cake easier. Serve.

Tarragon Orange Beet Syrup

Makes approximately a ½ cup of syrup

Ingredients

3 sprigs fresh tarragon
½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon grated red beets
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a medium size saucepan, over medium high heat add tarragon, orange juice and zest, beets and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer a few minutes until thick. Strain and discard everything but the syrup.

Tarragon Beet Raviolis with Orange Butter and Shallots

October 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 medium red beets, roasted and peeled
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup ricotta cheese
Fresh Pasta , round sheets
1 stick butter, unsalted
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
½ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
¼ cup fresh orange juice
Salt and pepper
Poppy seeds, for garnish (optional)

PREPARATION

To assemble the filling mash the red beets, ¼ cup orange juice and ricotta together, season with salt and pepper.  Assemble raviolis by spooning a spoonful of filling onto the pasta round and top with another pasta, using wet fingers seal ravioli edges.  Cook raviolis in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes.  While the raviolis are cooking, place butter in a sauté pan, add the shallots, tarragon and orange zest, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add orange juice and season ith salt and pepper.  Toss the raviolis in the butter sauce and serve.  Garnish with poppy seeds if desired.

Tarragon Beet Salad

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mixed baby lettuces
2 medium beets, cooked, trimmed and sliced
1 red grapefruit, peeled, pitted and segmented
1 navel or cara orange, peeled, pitted and segmented
1 small shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
3 tablespoons almond oil
Juice of 1 medium orange
Pinch of sugar, salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon orange zest

DIRECTIONS

On a flat large serving dish, spread the greens out all around the plate. Next place the beets down and then the citrus, arranging them evenly over the plate. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the shallot, vinegar, herbs, oil, orange juice, sugar, salt and pepper and the orange zest, until the mixture is emulsified well. Drizzle the dressing over the plate of beets and citrus and serve.

Tarragon Beetini

October 22nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 drinks

INGREDIENTS

1 red beet and 1 yellow beet
½ of one large bottle of vodka
¼ cup chopped tarragon
the juices and zests of one lime and one orange
1 oz tarragon syrup

PREPARATION

The beetini is a super funky and unusual drink for a super funky crowd. It is best served at something like a crazy crostini happy hour party. Bake (wrapped separately in aluminum foil) one red beet and one yellow beet, then peel and chop into chunks. Pour half of one large bottle of vodka into a container and the other half in a separate container. Place the yellow beets in one half and the red beets in the other half, and ¼ cup chopped tarragon in each, and soak for two days until the deep color of the beet shows through. Strain and throw away the soaked beets and tarragons. Mix 6 oz of either red or yellow beet vodka in a shaker with the juices and zests of one lime and one orange, 1 oz tarragon syrup (see “Hot Herb Trends” section for recipe), then shake and strain into martini glasses. (Martini glasses can be served with sugared rims for a sweeter drink experience)

Tarragon Biscuits

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, sliced into thin strips

Directions

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and gently mix. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and tarragon in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 6-10 even shapes of your choice, circles, squares, triangles, etc. and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

July 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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Serves 4

Ingredients

½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 cup chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup red grapes, haled
½ medium red onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
Whole grain toast

Directions

In a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, vinegar salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. Mix in the chicken, grapes, red onion and tarragon and mix until all ingredients are submerged and covered in the sauce. Place a few spoonfuls in-between toasted wholegrain bread!

Tarragon Ginger Sweet Cream

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
½ cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

In a blender or with a hand held food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Tarragon Horseradish Red Wine Mousse

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Please your guests with our tarragon horseradish red wine mousse served on grilled beef or red beets. Use the baked egg mousse recipe but add 1 tablespoon fresh grated horseradish and ¼ cup red wine.

Tarragon Peach Barbecue Sauce

November 10th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

This sauce is a delightful way to incorporate sweet summer peaches into savory outdoor grilling. Peaches and tarragon are an amazing pair and mix into a fresh, sweet, tangy flavor in this recipe. This is a more luxurious barbecue sauce recipe and is perfect for grilled chicken breasts and pork tenderloin. This sauce is sure to impress both in its use of fruit on the grill and the combination of the tarragon. There is no need to marinate with this recipe; simply use it as a mopping sauce throughout the cooking process and be sure to use it generously toward the end.

Makes 2 cups of sauce and takes about 20 minutes to prepare

Ingredients

3 peaches, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup chopped fresh tarragon
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
¼ – ½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Sprinkle peaches (open halves) with sugar and grill until soft. Combine all ingredients in a blender (or use a handheld food processor) and blend until relatively smooth but still has some coarseness. Brush the sauce on meats while they are cooking.

Tarragon Peach Herbal Iced Tea

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Tarragon and mint have a history of being a truly refreshing duo in the dead of summer’s heat. The addition of summer sweet peaches only makes for a sweeter ad perhaps more sultry experience!

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup sliced peaches
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
2 mint tea bags
Ice
Water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine the herb, peaches, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place the two tea bags in the syrup and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 10 more minutes or until the mixture is slightly darker and clearly infused. Leave the mixture on strained however you can strain the mixture if desired. Pour the syrup in a large pitcher filled with ice and add water! The peaches and herbs float to become the garnish.

Tarragon Peach Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
2 large ripe peaches pitted and peeled and pureed or mashed
1 cup water or peach nectar
½ cup tarragon plus 2 T chopped fresh tarragon

PREPARATION

In a saucepan, place ½ cup tarragon, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat set aside for 5 more minutes, strain tarragon and set simple syrup aside. In another heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Mix the simple syrup and peach puree in with the cream until well mixed, set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add remainder of chopped tarragon and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Tarragon Peach Ice Cream

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks, beaten
3 large ripe peaches pitted and peeled and pureed or mashed (¼ cup reserved for nectar)
1 cup tarragon peach nectar (recipe follows)
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped

Directions

In a heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Whisk in egg yolks and continue to whisk while heating through and cook about 5 minutes on medium low heat, making sure the egg mixture does not boil. Remove it from the heat. Mix the nectar and peach puree in with the cream mixture until well mixed, set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add chopped fresh tarragon and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Tarragon Peach Nectar

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup peach puree
3 sprigs of fresh tarragon

Directions

In a saucepan, place sugar, water, peach puree and fresh tarragon sprigs and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat, set aside for 5 more minutes, discard tarragon sprigs, stir well and set nectar aside to cool.

Tarragon Peach Nectar

July 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup peach puree
3 sprigs of fresh tarragon

Directions

In a saucepan, place sugar, water, peach puree and fresh tarragon sprigs and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat, set aside for 5 more minutes, discard tarragon sprigs, stir well and set nectar aside to cool.

Tarragon Peach Syrup

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves only
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Directions

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

Tarragon Persimmon Bellini

October 22nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 Bellinis

INGREDIENTS

&frac12 of a ripe persimmon
1 T chopped fresh tarragon
¼ c of sugar

PREPARATION

Make a Sunday brunch a little bit more spectacular with these herbed up bellinis that go magnificently with eggs Florentine. In a blender, blend half of a ripe persimmon, 1 T chopped fresh tarragon, and ¼ c of sugar. Blend until smooth and mixed well. For each glass of champagne stir in 1 tsp persimmon tarragon mix and mix well.

Tarragon Red & Gold Beet Latkes with Tarragon Horseradish Cream

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These latkes are vibrantly colored and delicately sweet with a fiery bite in the sauce.

Tarragon & Gold Beet Latkes

INGREDIENTS

3 cups gold beets, washed and grated
2 eggs beaten
½ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 teaspoon coriander, cracked
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
3 cups red beets, washed and grated
2 eggs beaten
½ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 teaspoon coriander, cracked
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

Tarragon and Red & Orange Beet Latkes

INGREDIENTS

6 cups beets, coarsely shredded (about 6 medium)
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
Canola oil (for frying)

PREPARATION

Place beets in large bowl. Press with paper towels to absorb any moisture. In another large bowl, whisk the flour and the next five ingredients. Mix in beets, then eggs. Pour enough oil into large skillet to cover bottom; heat over medium heat. Working in batches, drop beet mixture by 1/4 cupfuls into skillet. Spread to 3 1/2-inch rounds. Fry until golden, usually about 5 minutes per side. Transfer latkes to baking sheet. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Re-warm in 350°F oven until crisp, about 10 minutes.) Serve latkes with relish and salsa.

Tarragon Horseradish Cream

INGREDIENTS

1 cup crème fraiche
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish root, grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

PREPARATION

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

Tarragon Red Onion Peach Salsa

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 peaches pitted and peeled chopped
½ cup chopped red onion
2 T chopped tarragon
salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl and chill. Serve over grilled fish, turkey sausage or chicken.

Tarragon-Ginger-Peach Shortcake

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 medium fresh peaches, pitted and cut into wedges about ½ inch thick
½ cup turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons ginger
½ cup water
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Tarragon Biscuits (recipe follows)
Tarragon ginger Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Place the peaches, turbinado sugar ginger and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil for a few minutes and reduce and simmer for about 5 minutes or until peaches are semi soft and the liquid is thick. Let stand for at least 30 minutes, before using. Split the biscuits in half and place a spoonful of the peach mixture on the top of one half and a dollop of the cream, place the other half of the biscuit on top and a few peaches and cream as well.

Tarragon Biscuits
Makes 15 biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, sliced into thin strips

Directions

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and gently mix. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and tarragon in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 6-10 even shapes of your choice, circles, squares, triangles, etc. and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Tarragon Ginger Sweet Cream
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
½ cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

In a blender or with a hand held food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Tashi

November 11th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Tashi is the Cyprus version of tahini with yogurt and a good amount of garlic. It is usually eaten with bread.

Makes 2½ cups

INGREDIENTS

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
½ cup sesame paste
Juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup plain Greek style yogurt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Salt to taste

PREPARATION

Mix together all ingredients until well blended. A food processor or handheld processor will do, but do not over blend.

Tecate Cilantro Ceviche

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. red snapper filets, cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 5 to 6 limes
1 tablespoon salt (maybe more to taste)
1 can (12 oz) tecate beer

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients gently together and let stand for 2 hours.  Serve Ice cold.

Teriyaki Chive Barbecue Sauce

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Teriyaki is a traditional Japanese grilling sauce. The flavors vary throughout the world and the ingredients have evolved over time, but all tend to include a soy sauce and rice vinegar mixture that typically includes ginger. This recipe is amazing on fish, seafood and chicken. For best results, the recipe can be used as a marinade as well as a mopping sauce. Grilled tuna teriyaki, grilled salmon teriyaki, and even grilled teriyaki vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, and Japanese eggplant) are tantalizing.

Makes 1 cup of sauce and takes 5 minutes to prepare

INGREDIENTS

½ cup of tamari soy sauce
½ cup brown rice vinegar
¼ cup sesame oil
¼ cup mirin sauce
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely sliced fresh lemongrass
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon honey
1 Serrano chili pepper sliced with thin seeds in tact (1 small pinch of red chili flakes can be substituted)

PREPARATION

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well mixed. Marinate fish, chicken, vegetables or meat for up to 30 minutes and grill. Use as a mopping sauce at the very end of the grilling process.

Thai Basil Chicken Fried Brown Rice

August 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 small green chili, chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli florets, peppers), chopped small
1 cup chicken pieces, cooked
¼ cup frozen peas, defrosted
¼ cup water
2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine
1/3 cup fresh thai basil, chopped

Directions

In a large deep skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add oil. Cook the chilies, scallions, garlic and ginger about 5 minutes. Add the vegetables and continue to cook another 3-5 minutes.

Add the chicken and peas and water and cover to steam vegetables until tender, but still have a bite. Add the cooked rice and mix. Create a space in the center of pan and add eggs. Cook, breaking up the eggs with a spoon until they are lightly browned. Increase heat slightly and cook until the rice is crispy, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the soy sauce, sesame oil and mirin with 2 tablespoons of water all over the mixture and mix well. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in the thai basil before serving. Season with the salt and pepper and serve, with extra soy sauce on the side.

Thai Basil Chili Tofu Satay with Mild Peanut Sauce

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound firm tofu, cubed
Wooden skewers, presoaked
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
2 tablespoons fresh thai basil, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Mild Peanut Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix the ginger, garlic, thai basil, lime juice and zest, and soy sauce together in a bowl until well combined. Place the tofu in the marinade and marinade for about 20 minutes. Thread the tofu on the skewer into a row of cubes. Grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside or about 2 minutes per side. Brushing with the marinade as desired. Serve with Mild Peanut Sauce.

Mild Peanut Sauce

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

¾ cups creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon grass bulb, chopped superfine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 2 limes
¼ cup tamari
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup very hot water

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and creamy adjust spiciness by adding more sambal. Adjust saltiness by adding more tamari.

Thai Basil Green Curry

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped thai basil
1 cup chopped cilantro
3 garlic cloves
½ c chopped red peppers
1 medium yellow onion chopped
1 c chopped fine carrots
2 small green chilis
1c coconut milk
2 T Olive oil
Salt
Chicken or shrimp optional

PREPARATION

Heat olive oil in a large skillet, sauté garlic, chilis , red peppers , carrots and onions until soft.  Blend cilantro and thai basil with coconut milk until a smooth green color.  Pour over sauté mixture and cooked until warm.

Thai Chicken & Coconut Green Herb Curry Soup

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil, for sautéing
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
2 green chilies, chopped
1 tablespoon lemongrass, chopped fine
3 limes, zest and juice
1 large red onion, chopped
4 chicken breasts sliced into thick, long slices about 1 inch wide and the length of the breast
2 large leeks, chopped
1 large orange pepper, chopped in large pieces
1 large red pepper, chopped in large pieces
Salt
Pepper
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges, for garnish

PREPARATION

In heavy stew pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Sauté garlic, ginger, chilies, lemongrass, onions and lime zest and cook until onions are tender, about 7 minutes. Add chicken and sauté another few minutes trying to brown the chicken a bit. Add leeks and stir well. Add orange and yellow pepper and continue to sauté mixture for another few minutes. Add lime juice, season with salt and pepper. Add coconut milk; bring to a boil and let cook for about 3 minutes on high heat. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chicken stock and stir well. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Add cilantro and stir well just before serving.

Thai Chicken, Cilantro & Coconut Stew

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken breasts sliced into thick, long slices about 1 inch wide and the length of the breast
4 gloves garlic
2 large leeks
2 T chopped fresh ginger
1 T lemongrass, chopped fine
2 green chilies
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped in large pieces
1 large orange pepper, chopped in large pieces
juice and zest of 3 limes
1 c coconut milk
1 c chicken stock
1 c chopped cilantro
salt and pepper
olive oil

PREPARATION

Sauté garlic, ginger, chilies, lemongrass, onions and lime zest on medium high heat in a heavy bottom stew pan with olive oil until the onions are tender. Add chicken and sauté another few minutes trying to brown the chicken a bit. Add leeks and stir well. Add orange and yellow pepper and continue to sauté mixture for another few minutes. Add lime juice, salt and pepper. Add coconut milk and let simmer for about 3 minutes on high heat. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chicken stock and stir well. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Add cilantro and stir well just before serving.

Garnish with lime wedges. Serves 6.

Thai Clambake

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Canola oil
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped superfine
2 Kaffir lime leaves, chopped superfine
2 thai chilies, deseeded and chopped superfine (add more for more heat)
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, outer layers removed, inner core blanched, shocked and minced
½ cup smoked sausage
1 cup clam broth or seafood stock
2 cup sake
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
2 tablespoons hoison sauce or fish sauce
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup fresh thai basil, chifonade
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 pound littleneck clams, cleaned and trimmed
1 pound mussels, cleaned and trimmed

Directions

In a large heavy bottom soup pan heat the oil to medium and add the garlic, ginger, lime leaves, chilies and lemon grass and let it sweat for a few minutes. Add the smoked sausage and cook a few more minutes and drain off any excess fat. Add the clam broth, sake, hoisin and coconut milk, bring to a boil and them allow to simmer. Add the clams and mussels and cook until they open about 5 minutes total. Discard and shells that did not open. Toss on the scallions, cilantro, thai basil and mint and stir. Serve over rice.

*Recipe property of Laura Kimberly Merrick

Thai Coconut Scallop Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds of Nantucket Bay Scallops
2 teaspoons salt
Juice and zest of 3 limes
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass bulb, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 or 2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thai basil, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Chopped peanut for garnish (optional)

Directions

Place the scallops in a bowl and season with salt. In another mixing bowl mix the lime juice, coconut milk, hoisin and all the garlic, ginger lemon grass and sugar until well mixed. Add the thai chilis, bell pepper and mix well. Marinate refrigerated about 30-45 minutes. Take out or the refrigerator and add the fresh herbs, let stand for 10 minutes and serve garnished with peanuts!

Thai Green Coconut Curry & Vegetables

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper cut into 2 inch thin strips
1 medium carrot cut into 2 inch thick strips
1 medium sweet potato, cubed in small cubes
1 thai green chili (optional for excessive heat)
2-3 tablespoons green curry paste
1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened milk
1 cup snow peas
Fresh cilantro for garnish

Directions

In a large sauté pan add the oils and heat to a medium high heat. Add garlic and onions and sauté until just beginning to brown or approximately 4-7 minutes. Add the red peppers and carrots and sauté about 3 more minutes. Add potatoes and curry paste and mix well. Add the coconut milk and stir well making sure all the coconut milk is incorporated and mixed. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the snow peas, mix well and turn off heat and let sit covered for 5-7 minutes. Serve over white rice.

Thai Green Curry Paste / Gaeng Keow Wan

June 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cup curry paste

Ingredients

5-10 small fresh green chilies (10=HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
3 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons black and white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
2-3 kfir lime leaves, chopped

1/2 cup lime juice
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on chop until a chunky paste is created, add water as needed. Alternatively crush together in a alarge mortar witha pestle or crush and drag into a paste using a large knife.

Thai Green Curry Paste/Gaeng Keow Wan

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

5-10 small this green chilies (10= HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons gingerroot, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons black and white peppercorns
1 tablespoons coriander seeds, toasted
1 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
2-3 kfir lime leaves, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

PREPARATION

Grind and pound the hardest ingredient first, galangal, ginger, pepper corns etc.  Add one ingredient at a time from hardest to softest, grinding on top of each other until a course paste is formed.  If using a food processor add one ingredient at a time and pulse.

The method usually takes about 20 minutes total and is a great arm work out as well as a Zen experience.

Thai Iced Tea

August 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup thai tea leaves
3 cups water, hot but not boiling
¼ cup turbinado sugar
2 cups sweetened condensed milk

Directions

Place the tea leaves and sugar in a bowl and place the 3 cups of hot water over the leaves. Let stand for about 5 minutes or until steeped. Strain the mixture and allow to cool completely. Place the tea equally in 6 large glasses (about ¾ full) filled with ice. Fill up the remaining parts of the glass with the condensed milk. Stir before serving.

Thai Red Curry Paste / Gaeng Phet

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup curry paste

Ingredients

5-10 small fresh red chilies (10=HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons white peppercorn, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
2-3 kfir lime leaves, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

1/2 cup lime juice

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on chop until a chunky paste is created, add water as needed. Alternatively crush together in a alarge mortar witha pestle or crush and drag into a paste using a large knife.

Thai Red Curry Paste/Gaeng Phet

June 2nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

5-10 small red chilies (10= HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons gingerroot, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons white peppercorns
1 tablespoons coriander seeds, toasted
1 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
2-3 kfir lime leaves, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

PREPARATION

Grind and pound the hardest ingredient first, galangal, ginger, pepper corns etc.  Add one ingredient at a time from hardest to softest, grinding on top of each other until a course paste is formed.  If using a food processor add one ingredient at a time and pulse.

The method usually takes about 20 minutes total and is a great arm work out as well as a Zen experience.

Thai Style Spicy Vegetables

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 to 3 Thai red chile peppers (more=spicy), minced
1 medium shallot, chopped
3 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Dry roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, peanut butter and minced red chilies; set aside.
In a wok or large skillet, sauté shallot and ginger in oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes until softened. Add green beans; cook and stir for 3 minutes or unti crisp-tender. Add reserved sauce mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts if using. Serve immediately.

The 007 with Herbed Olive Garnish

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the 007

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce herbed olive juice
Ice
3 herbed olives, for garnish

For the herbed olives

Garlic stuffed olives
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

For the 007

In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and olive juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with 3 herbed olives.

For the herbed olives

In a small container, combine the olives, vinegar, oil, parsley, chives, oregano, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix well, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Three Bean Pork & Green Chili

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the Rub

2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons green chili powder
2 tablespoons salt
3 pounds pork butt, cubed in 1-inch pieces

For the Chili

Vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed and chopped
3 poblano chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
Zest and juice of 2 limes
1 cup pinto beans, cooked
1 cup white kidney beans, cooked
1 cup black beans, cooked
1 cup water
Salt
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Cheddar or Cotija cheese, to garnish

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, mix spices for the rub, and rub all over the meat. Let sit for about 10 minutes while meat soaks up flavor. In a heavy bottom soup pan, add oil, and place over medium-high heat. Add the onions and jalapeño, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the seasoned meat, and sauté until meat is browned on all sides. Next, add the tomatillos, poblanos, cumin, cumin seeds, lime zest and juice, beans, and water. Mix well, and bring to a boil. Once boil is reached, turn to low, and let simmer for about 20 minutes and season with salt. Take off heat, add cilantro leaves and let stand for about 20 minutes before serving. Serve with cheese!

Thyme Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

For serving with Rhubarb-Thyme Crisp

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
¾ cup heavy cream

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together until thick and creamy.

Thyme, Leek and Potato Stew

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
4-5 large sized leeks, cleaned and sliced thick
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 lbs of potatoes, scrubbed and chopped course into 1 inch cubes
3 large carrots, scrubbed and chopped course
1 cup white wine
½ cup water
1 cup milk
Salt
Pepper

PREPARATION

In a large soup pot, over medium low heat, add butter and olive oil. Sauté leeks and thyme, cook, about 4-5 minutes until leeks are soft and translucent. Add potatoes and carrots and continue to sauté for another 4-5 minutes. Add wine and sauté for a few more minutes, then add water. Simmer on low heat for about 30-40 minutes. Add cracked pepper and milk and simmer for another 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally to break up a few of the potatoes which will absorb liquid and help thicken the stew. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme. Serves 6

Thyme-Apple Fritters

October 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Fritters:

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup all purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
¼ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
⅓ cup milk
1 egg
1 cup Cortland apple, chopped fine
3 cups canola oil, for frying

Glaze:

INGREDIENTS

2 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

PREPARATION

Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon.  Stir in milk and egg until just combined.  Fold in apple.  In large pot, heat oil to 375°F. Carefully add dough to oil in heaping teaspoons.  Cook until brown, about 2 minutes, then flip.  Cook another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are browned.  Transfer briefly to paper towels to absorb excess oil, then transfer to cooling rack.  Make glaze by stirring milk, herbs, nutmeg and powdered sugar together in a small bowl.  Drizzle over apple fritters.  Wait approximately 3 minutes for glaze to harden, then flip fritters and drizzle glaze over the other side.  Best served warm.

Tofu and Asparagus Spears With Fresh Herbs, Ginger & Lemon Zest

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1 – 2

INGREDIENTS

8 oz. firm tofu, cubed
3 tablespoons soy sauce
6 spears asparagus, washed, bottoms removed
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil, chopped
Juice of ½ lemon
½ lemon, zested
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF degrees

Place tofu a bowl and marinade in soy sauce for at least 15 minutes.  Add asparagus, sesame oil, Thai basil, lemon juice, lemon zest and ginger to tofu, toss and let sit for another 10 minutes.  Transfer tofu and asparagus mixture to prepared foil.

Wrap and bake for 15 minutes, so asparagus still has a slight crunch and is not overcooked.

Tofu Vegetable Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
3 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, cut into large pieces
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
¼ cup dried shitakes
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds of tofu, cut into bit sized squares, seasoned with tamari and fried
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, shallots, carrots, galangal, ginger, and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the dried shitakes, salt, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the fried tofu on top of the noodles and ladle broth over the noodles and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Tomato Basil Bisque

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 servings.

INGREDIENTS

6 medium tomatoes chopped
1 cup water
2 medium leeks chopped
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
½ c chopped basil
½ c heavy cream
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Sauté leeks in butter and olive oil in a large soup pot until the leeks are sweating an translucent, add salt and tomatoes and water.  Bring tomatoes and leeks to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Using a hand held food processor blend tomato leek mixture until smooth.   Alternately take basil and heavy cream and blend on low with a hand held processor until basil and cream are mixed well,  place soup in a bowl and drizzle basil cream over the top.

Tomato Basil Frittata Cups

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 eggs
¼ cup of your preference of milk (dairy, soy, rice, or almond… unsweetened and plain)
½ pint of grape tomatoes, halved
1 handful of basil, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
¼ cup parmesan
Salt & pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small skillet brown garlic and tomatoes for about 4 minutes. Set aside and let cool, then mix in chopped herbs. In a large mixing bowl, whip eggs, milk and salt & pepper till frothy. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Fill each muffin hole ¾ the way up with egg mixture, then dollop in a spoonful of tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 25 minutes or util a toothpick comes out clean. To store, plane cooled frittatas in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Reheat each one in the microwave for 35 seconds.

Tomato Coconut Chutney

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and deseeded
Milk of one coconut or ½ cup of canned coconut milk
1 onion, finely sliced
½ cup freshly chopped coriander
1 tsp freshly chopped green chilies
Juice of one lime
Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Finely chop the tomato flesh and place in a bowl together with the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Serve at room temperature to accompany curry and rice dishes.

Tomato Croquettes

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 c chopped Santorini tomatoes or plum tomatoes
½ c finely chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 T fresh chopped oregano
1 T fresh  chopped mint
salt and ground black pepper
1 c all-purpose flour
olive oil for frying

PREPARATION

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs and spices in a large bowl. Add flour, salt and pepper and mix together to the consistency of a thick batter. In a large heavy skillet, heat enough olive oil for frying. Take one heaped tablespoon at a time and drop the batter into the hot oil; fry until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Tomato Croquettes

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cup plum tomatoes, chopped (include juices)
¼ cup Santorini Dried Tomatoes, chopped
½ cup yellow onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
2 small red chilies, roasted and chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Salt and ground black pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup bread crumbs
Olive oil for frying

Directions

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs, chilies and spices in a large bowl. Add flour, bread crumbs, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix together to the consistency of a thick batter (adding a little water if need be). In a large heavy skillet, heat enough olive oil for frying. Take one heaped tablespoon at a time and drop the batter into the hot oil; fry until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Tzaziki.

Tomato Macaroons with Lemon Olive Oil Savory Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen macaroons

For the outer shells…

1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons tomato powder (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon dried basil

For the lemon olive oil cream

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, tomato powder, dried basil and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patterns or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lemon buttermilk cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, olive oil and lemon juice. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Tomato Powder

Ingredients

1 can tomato paste

Directions

Preheat oven to 250°F. On a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray spread the past evenly and flat and thin all over the parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for about 2½ hours. Peel it off the paper and flip over and place back in the oven for another 30 minutes to an hour until fully dry. Allow to cool completely. Pulverize in a spice grinder until powdery.

Tomato White Wine Fish Sauce

May 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 pint cherry or plum tomatoes
1 cup white wine
1½ cup fish stock
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 lemon juice and zest

Directions

Heat a large sauté pan on a medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Let tomatoes roast in the pan until the skins begin to burst, 5-7 minutes. A little browning is fine. Remove pan from flame and add white wine. Return to flame and reduce wine for 2 minutes. Add fish stock and lower the flame to a low-medium heat. Reduce for another 5 minutes. Add parsley and lemon zest. Season to taste and serve over fish.

Recipe Property of Brendan McDermott

Torte de Jamon Iberico y Sevollas Rojas (Red Onion & Iberico Ham Tart)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium red onions, sliced thin in rounds
1 sheet puff pastry, pre made
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
8 to 10 slices Iberico ham
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water and pinch of salt
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and butter, sauté onions for about 5 minutes until translucent, add sugar and allow caramelizing slightly, Remove from heat, set aside. Unfold the puff pastry and lay flat on a greased cookie sheet. Cut along the edge of the pastry a thin line going about half way into the dough (like a border) arrange the slices of Iberico ham across the puff pastry and then lay the red onions over the top of the ham. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme leaves. Brush the border of the puff pastry with the egg mixture. Sprinkle the entire tart with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve warm.

Torte de Jamon Iberico y Sevollas Rojas (Red Onion & Iberico Ham Tart)

Tortilla Española

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 lb potatoes (doesn’t matter what variety), sliced in ¼-inch thick slices and in half
¼ cup olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
6 eggs
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Place the potato slices in a large sauce pan filled with cold salted water and bring to a boil, boil for 5 to 7 minutes until par boiled, still firm, drain and set potatoes aside.
In a medium non stick sauté pan with high sides, heat the olive oil on medium heat, and add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are slightly caramelized, add the potatoes and parsley and cook pressing against the pan for another 5 to 6 minutes. In the meantime, whisk the eggs with some salt and pepper about 1 teaspoon of each until creamy and mixed well, add the egg mixture over the potatoes and turn burner to love, cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until the eggs are set, be careful not to stir or mix, gently move the pan but do not mix. When the eggs are done, it should slide out of the non-stick pan. Let come to room temperature and serve room temperature or cold.

Tortilla Española

Tortilla Espanola

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 ¼ pounds red bliss potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8 large eggs

Directions

Preheat the broiler. Heat ¼ cup of the olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet. Add the potato and onion slices, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the potatoes and onion are tender but not browned, about 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the potato mixture into the bowl, being sure not to leave any in the skillet.

Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the egg mixture, spreading it out in an even layer. Cover and cook over low heat until the tortilla is set on the bottom and the edges, about 10 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil 8 inches from the heat just until the top is set, about 1 minute longer. Set a large plate over the skillet and carefully invert the tortilla onto the plate. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

Tourtiere

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground pork
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 med. onion, finely chopped
1/2 c. water
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. fresh thyme
1 tsp. fresh sage, minced
3 tsp. fresh parsley, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 small jalapeno, diced for some extra heat (optional)

PREPARATION

Cook all ingredients together except pie crust, stirring constantly until meat is light brown in appearance, but still moist, about 4-5 minutes.
Prepare favorite pie crust.

Pour mixture into pastry lined pie plate, cover with top crust that has slits in it. Seal and press firmly around edges with a fork. Bake at 400° for 35 to 40 minutes until crust is golden brown. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.
For a deliciously light dessert, whip up fresh heavy cream sweetened with organic Quebec maple syrup (3 tablespoons per pint of cream). Serve with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and apricots tossed with a few fresh mint leaves.

Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

August 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

15 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into small pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
½ cup olive oil (Spanish)
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 cup dry bread crumbs, rinsed in water
Flat leaf parsley, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth. Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Trofie Al Pesto

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Trofie is a simple rolled flour and water pasta widely seen in the Lingurian cuisine. It’s like Linguaria’s version of Gnocchi. It’s a hand rolled pasta typically served with pesto and because of the extreme labor intensity is generally served in small portions. Trofie is not widely available outside of Italy and is relatively simple to make with just time being the main component. The dish is often served with boiled potatoes and green beans and you will find very few variations to this regions dish. Never fear the beauty of this dish is that the trophies are supposed to look rustic and so don’t sweat too much if yours are not perfect, the key is long thin tubular strips with a little corkscrew shape to them, cooked always aldente!

Ingredients

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
1 cup potatoes, boiled and chopped fine
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut
Salt
Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Directions

Place the flour down on a flat surface and sprinkle in the salt. Make a well or a volcano shape and pour the water in the center. Using your fingers begin to mix the flour in, making sure to keep the water in the center. Mix until the dough is together, the dough should feel tacky and slightly damp. Knead the dough a few minutes until your fingers can move across it without sticking. Then clean the work surface and re-knead the dough for another 5-8 minutes until it is smooth and elastic; super smooth! Wrap the dough in plastic wrap or in a plastic bag and let stand to rest, refrigerate at least one hour and up to 24 hours.

Shaping the trofie

Get a large baking sheet line with parchment paper and sprinkle with semolina flour. Prepare a clean work surface as well and sprinkle with regular flour. Keep the dough covered in the plastic at all times when not using it. Divide the dough into about 4-6 small balls. Take each ball and roll it out using two hangs into a thick rope about 13 inch thick. Cut that rope into ¼ inch pieces. With each ¼ inch piece, roll it into a longer thinner rope. With each longer thinner rope place it down on the table and roll it into a 2-3 inch long thin strip. Using the back side of your hand and pinky finger (if your thumb is facing straight up and the back of your pinky touching the table) roll in an upside down V shape, starting with the right side roll up starting with the right side of the pasta strip and moving into the center as you roll up to the bottom part of your hand, slowly without lifting the hand, change the position of your hand to start to roll back down through the left side of the pasta strip rolling the pasta as your hand rolls down to the top of your pinky touching the pasta. Repeat this process with all the dough and until you have enough to make a batch.

Cooking the dish

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place in green beans. Cook for one minute and then slowly add the Trofie. When the Trofie begins to float, about 3 minutes they are done, toss in the cooked potatoes and take off heat. Take out all the goods using a large slotted spoon and place in a large serving bowl. Add a little of the pasta water and spoon in some pesto. (About 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of pasta, 2 for those who like it bold). Mix together the pasta and the pesto until a smooth silky sauce is rolling around the Trofie. Serve with finely grated parmesan.

Tropical Mint Salsa

November 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

½ cup chopped mango
½ cup chopped pineapple
½ cup chopped papaya
½ cup chopped coconut
juice and zest of 2 limes
½ cup chopped mint
1 jalapeno chopped
1 T honey

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let stand for 20 minutes. Serve chilled or room temperature. Serve over grilled fish or shrimp.

Tuna Burgers with Red Basil Wasabi Aioli

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1lb tuna (yellow fin) ground course
¼ cup chopped fine red onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 T chopped ginger
2 T tamari or soy sauce
2 T sesame oil
1 T black sesame seeds

PREPARATION

Mix 2 T chopped red basil, 1 tsp wasabi powder and ½ c mayonnaise in a food processor until smooth.

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.

Turkey Apple & Herb Meatball & Kale Soup

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

1 lb ground turkey
½ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
4 tablespoons garlic, chopped (2 tablespoons reserved for soup)
½ cup grated parmesan
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
½ cup Fuji apples, chopped fine
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs

Soup

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic (reserved from above)
1 medium red onion
Rosemary and thyme (reserved from above)
1 cup Fuji apples, chopped medium
1 large bunch kale (dinosaur variety, also known as Italian dark leaf), chopped
4 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Mix well using fingers to make sure all ingredients are well combined. Form into 1 inch balls.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic and red onion until translucent, just a few minutes. Add rosemary, thyme and apples. Sauté a few more minutes. Add the chicken stock and kale and gently drop in meatballs. Bring to a boil. Turn burner to low and simmer for another half hour. Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with a little parmesan cheese.

Turkey Jerky (travel dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups of treats

Ingredients

2 pounds turkey breast, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine

Directions

Pound the sliced turkey breasts with a meat pounder until thin. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl whisk together, garlic, honey, soy sauce and water, add the herbs and stir. Add the turkey slices and mix together. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 175°F.

Drain the sliced dry from the turkey and pat turkey slices dry. Lie flat on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the oven for 3 hours. After 3 hours flip over turkey slices and cook another 3-4 hours or until completely dry and leathery. Let stand for a few hours and then cut into bite or treat size pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to one month.

Turkey Meatloaf and Whipped Celery Root “Potatoes”

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

6 servings

Ingredients

3 eggs
1 ½ lb ground lean turkey
¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
½ yellow onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon celery salt
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 celery root, peeled and chopped
4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
¼ cup milk
1 teaspoon butter
Salt & pepper

Directions

Preheat oven at 375˚F. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and add ground turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, celery, garlic, celery salt, thyme and ½ of the fresh parsley. Mix with hands. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Spoon in turkey mixture, slightly overfilling hole. Brush meatloaf’s with ketchup and bake for 25 minutes.

Bring stock to a boil and add diced celery root. Once fork tender, drain celery root and return to pot, add milk and butter, and then whip till creamy. Add in the rest of the chopped parsley and fold together with a spoon.

Serve ½ cup of celery root with 1 turkey meatloaf muffin.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Turkey Pesto Meatballs

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground turkey
2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the Sauce

Olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved from meatballs)
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper

Directions

To assemble meatballs, use hands to squeeze together ground turkey, basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Form into 1-inch balls.
Heat olive oil in a havy bottom skillet. Sauté garlic for a few minutes, and add meatballs, and cook until browned on all sides. Add the tomatoes, and let simmer, stirring gently every few minutes for approximately 30 minutes. Serve over cooked linguini.

Turkey Pot Pies with Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit Tops

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Mini Pot Pies

A southern spin on the classic pot pie! Who doesn’t love biscuits and cheddar, with a mix of turkey pot pie!

INGREDIENTS

Turkey Pies

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 medium celery root, peeled and chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
Salt/pepper
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups of turkey meat, precooked and shredded or cut into chunks
Cheddar biscuit dough (recipe follows)
Butter

Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

1½ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
1 cup buttermilk

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

For the pies:
Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, cook onions until slightly cooked or translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add carrots, celery root, and celery, and sauté another 3 to 4 minutes. Add fresh herbs, season with salt and pepper, and add chicken broth. Add turkey to the mixture, and turn heat to low and simmer, about 15 minutes or until the celery root is soft. Take off burner, and set aside. Until golden brown. Serve warm.

For the Biscuits:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter, and crumble mixture with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal with some little lumps about the size of a pea. Add chives, cheddar, and buttermilk, and mix until a dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a ½-inch cookie cutter.

To assemble the pies:
Lightly grease ramekins with butter. Fill up ramekins about ¾ full with turkey pie mixture. Place one biscuit on top of each pie in the ramekin.

Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Typical Chinese Vegetarian Dumplings

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

(makes about 15)

Ingredients

15 round dumpling wrappers
2 cups shredded napa cabbage, squeezed or pressed to release water (see below)
½ cup shredded carrots
1 cup firm seasoned tofu, minced
2-3 scallions, both green and white parts, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

Release enough liquid from the shredded cabbage by squeezing in handfuls firmly for a few minutes. Alternately, you can place cabbage in a colander or wrap it in cheesecloth and place something heavy on top of it; let it sit for 15 minutes to drain.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the dumpling wrappers. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired. Follow directions for folding and pan-frying dumplings. Serve with soy sauce mixed with a splash of rice vinegar if desired.

How to Fold the Dumplings

Placing a round dumpling skin flat on your hand, drop a tablespoon of filling into its center. Dip your finger into a small bowl of water and trace the edge of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half and make a pinch at the top; next, bring a piece of the edge about half an inch to the right of the pinch over to the pinch. (This will cause the wrapper to fold diagonally on the right hand side of the dumpling.) Bring a piece of the edge half an inch to the left over to the pinch next. Pinch the pieces you brought to the center shut and continue to seal the edges to the left and right until the dumpling is fully sealed. Place it down seal side-up; it should be shaped like a crescent from an aerial view.

How to Pan-Fry Dumplings

This technique is really a combination of steaming/boiling and frying the dumplings, to give its bottom a crispy, golden texture and to cook the noodle and filling through with the help of boiling water and steam. Nonstick pans work best in this situation.

Heat the oil in a large skillet that comes with a lid. Once the oil is hot, line the dumplings in a circle around the edge of the pan. Fill the center with as many dumplings as will fit – do not squash them against one another too much. Let cook on high for about 2 minutes. Add enough water to the pan to cover about one quarter of the height of the dumplings, reduce heat to medium, and cover. Let cook covered for about 4 minutes. Lift cover, and cook until all the water has evaporated. Remove the potstickers from the pan with a spatula (they will stick).

Recipe Property of Cathy Erway, author & food blogger
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