Grilled Zucchini, Portabella’s and Eggplant with Lemon Ricotta & Grilled Flatbread

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, sliced long and thin using a mandolin
1 portabella mushroom, sliced thin
1 grilled Japanese eggplant, sliced round and thin
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
1 cup fresh ricotta
1 tablespoon lemon zest plus 2 teaspoon
Grilled flatbread (recipe follows)

Directions

Follow instructions for the grilled flatbread and keep warm. Place all the ingredients on a flat baking sheet and season with salt and pepper and 2 teaspoons lemon zest, making sure to get both sides. Drizzle olive oil over it, not too much and flip and do the same. Let stand while the lemon ricotta is made. In a medium bowl mix together the lemon juice, ricotta, and zest and season to taste with salt. Heat a grill and grill all vegetables until grilled and soft, or about 3-4 minutes. Place a dollop of the herbed ricotta on the flat bread and spread around, place the grilled vegetables of choice over the top and serve!

Grilled Herbed Flatbread

Makes 6 hand sized breads

Ingredients

1½ cups warm water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sea salt
Olive oil
Coarse salt
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice (rosemary being the classic version), chopped fine

Directions

In a small bowl combine warm water and yeast, whisk a bit to mix and let stand for about 10 minutes or until the yeast if frothy and dissolved. In a large bowl mix the flour and salt, add the yeast mixture and about 2 tablespoons of olive. Mix well with hands or a wooden spoon until sticky dough is made, adding more flour or water if needed. Turn the dough out onto a floured flat surface and knead until smooth and elastic or about 5-10 minutes. Grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough (smooth and elastic) in a round ball in the bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Place in a warm area and let rise until more than doubled in size or approximately 1½ hours. Punch down dough and divide into 6 balls. Roll out each ball into hand size flat bread until golden brown with grill marks, or about 3-4 minutes per side. Take off the grill and immediately brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and rosemary.

Spicy Gumbo with Purslane Bishop’s Elder & Sassafras Leaf

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Wild puslane (Portulaca oleracea) takes the place here of the okra used in traditional gumbo recipes. It has similar thickening properties, but adds a flavor all its own. Closely related to celery, bishop’s elder (Aegopodium podograria) replaces that vegetables here. The filé powder stirred into traditional gumbos is made from dried powdered sassafras (Sassafras albidum) leaves – a tree native to our region’s forests (and parks)!

Ingredients

¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup bishop’s elder stems and leaves, chopped
1-3 fresh or dried hot chilé peppers
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups chopped purslane leaves and stems
2 links andouille, chorizo, or other smoked sausage cut into ½-inch chunks
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoons filé powder
Salt to taste
(Plus cooked rice to serve the gumbo over)

Directions

In a Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the roux is a rich brown color. Remove from the heat and let cool for 1 minute.
Add the onion, bell pepper, bishop’s elder and hot peppers. Return to the heat. Whisk in the stock. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, whisking constantly.
Reduce the heat to a medium. Add the purslane, sausage and garlic. Simmer until the sausage is cooked and the vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Stir in the filé powder and salt to taste. Serve over cooked rice.

Vegan Variation: leave out the sausage, add 1 cup cooked beans, substitute 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo for the hot chilé peppers.

Sweet Corn and Crab Cappellacci with Soppresatta, Red Peppers, Zucchini & Basil

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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4-6 Servings

Ingredients

For the filling

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)
3 ears sweet yellow corn, kernels removed from their cobs
1 cup jumbo lump crab meat, pickled over very well for shells
¾ cup mascarpone
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
Pinch of pimento d’espelette pepper
Salt

For the pasta dough

2 large eggs plus 6 yolks
14 ounces all-purpose or Italian OO flour
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pinch salt

For the Sauce

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 zucchini, diced (green parts only)
Pinch espelette pepper
¾ cup spicy soppressata, cut into small cubes
2 red bell peppers, charred on a grill or gas burner, skins and seeds/ribs removed, and cut into strips
Reserved cooked corn kernels
1 cup fresh Italian basil leaves, gently torn
Zucchini blossoms, cut in half, stems and pistils removed

Directions

For the filling

In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the onions in olive oil, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add all but a few tablespoons of the corn and continue cooking until it is tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.

In a food processor, purée the corn and onion mixture. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the mascarpone, crab, lemon zest and espelette. Adjust seasoning. Place the mixture in a pining bag and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the pasta dough

Lightly beat the eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl. Add the extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Add in the flour little by little, mixing together with a fork until the dough is not too sticky to handle. The dough should still be a rough, shaggy mass.

Turn the dough out onto the work surface and knead by hand, adding more of the flour, as necessary until the dough is smooth, elastic and not sticky. Wrap in plastic or store in a Ziploc bag to rest for 20 minutes.

Cut the dough from the ball into pieces and flatten into disks. Work with one disk at a time and keep the rest covered with plastic or under a kitchen towel so they do not dry out. Run the disk through the rollers of the pasta machine, starting at the widest setting. Fold the dough in half or in thirds and press down to seal. If the dough feels sticky sprinkle it with flour, but brush off the excess. Feed the open side of the pasta through the rollers and repeat a few times. Continue to dust the dough with flour and brush it off if the dough feels tacky.

Advance the pasta machine to the next thinnest setting. Without folding anymore, put the pasta sheet through the next setting. Continue advancing the rollers to the next thinnest setting, rolling the pasta sheet one time through each setting without folding, until the dough is thin enough so that you can see your hand through it.

Place the sheet of pasta on a lightly floured work surface. Cut out circles of dough from the sheet using a fluted biscuit cutter or a juice glass, approximately 3 inches in diameter. Pipe a blob for the filling in the center of each circle and then fold over the dough to form a half-moon shape. Press the dough together to seal. Bring the ends of the half moons together and press to seal them. Place the finished cappelletti on a well-floured sheet tray covered with a clean towel until ready to cook. Repeat the process with all the disks of dough.

For the sauce

In a large wide skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the diced zucchini, season with salt and espelette, and cook over medium heat until just tender. Add the reserved corn kernels, diced soppressata and red peppers and warm through.

Cook the cappellacci in abundant boiling salted water until they float to the surface. Strain from the water and add to the pan with the soppressata and peppers. Add some of the pasta cooking water and toss together to make a creamy sauce. Gently tear the basil leaves and add to the skillet along with the zucchini blossoms. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon the pasta onto warmed bowls or plates.

Cavatelli with Seared Squid, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Arugula and Black Olives

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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4-6 servings

Ingredients

For the Cavatelli

1 pound all-purpose flour, or Italian OO flour
1 pound whole-milk ricotta, drained/hung in cheesecloth overnight
4 ounces semolina
3 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
Water, just enough to make a firm dough

For the Sauce

10½ ounces baby arugula, long stem ends removed
8 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange, peeled into strips (no pith)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 spring fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3½ ounces black olives, pitted and sliced

For the Calamari

1 pound calamari, fresh or frozen, tubes and tentacles cleaned and separated
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Pinch pepperoncino
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, freshly chopped

Directions

For the cavatelli

Combine the flours in a large bowl. Add ricotta and the parmesan and mix by hand to combine.
Add the water a little at a time, just enough to form a stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work table and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Be careful not to add too much water, but the dough should not be tacky or sticky.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap for up to a few hours.

To shape the cavatelli: cut the dough into pieces, and then roll one piece into a rope about ½ inch in diameter. Keep the remaining pieces covered in plastic wrap until needed. Using a small knife or a bowl/bench scraper, cut the dough rope into pieces about ½ inch long.

Press the pieces with your index finger against the blade of a butter knife with a rounded tip, flattering each piece of dough until fairly thin. Pull the knife toward you, dragging the dough across the work surface so that it curls itself around the tip of the knife to form a shell shape. Place on a floured sheet tray until ready to use.

For the calamari

Cut the calamari into tubes about ½ inch thick.

In a medium sauté pan over a low flame, heat a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with the sliced garlic. Add a pinch of pepperoncino. When the garlic has softened and given off all of its aroma, turn off the heat and set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over high heat. Sear the calamari tubes and tentacles in just a little oil nicely colored on both sides. Remove to the smaller pan with the garlic. Toss with the freshly grated lemon zest and parsley. Adjust seasoning.

For the Sauce

Cut the peeled and seeded tomatoes into petals. Toss them in a bowl with salt and pepper, crushed garlic, strips of lemon and orange zest and fresh thyme sprigs. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them in a 325°F oven until they are soft, shrunken and slightly golden.
Clean the arugula well.

Boil the cavatelli in abundant salted water until just al dente.

In a large sauté pan over medium low flame, heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil with the roasted tomatoes and olives. Strain the pasta and toss into the sauce, adding the arugula and toss together until it is just wilted. Add a few drops of pasta water and olive oil to the pan to achieve a creamy consistency. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon into warm bowls and top with the seared calamari dividing the rings and tentacles evenly among the bowls.

Zucchini and Marjoram Quiche

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1¼ unbleached all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
4 tablespoons (or more) ice water
6 eggs
2 small zucchinis, sliced thin
½ cup red onions, sliced thin
½ cup fresh marjoram leaves
Salt/pepper
1 cup half and half
¼ cup gruyere cheese, grated
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

For the crust

In a bowl combine flour and salt. Add butter. Using a wooden spoon and your hands, mix until coarse meal forms. Add 4 tablespoons ice water. Mix until dough comes together in moist clumps, adding more ice water if dough becomes too dry and won’t form into a ball. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap and chill at least one hour. Roll out and form crust and bake in a 350° preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

For the quiche

Mix eggs, cream, salt and pepper and fresh herbs. Blend well. Add cheese. Add the majority of the zucchini and onions saving a few pieces of each for the top. Pour batter into pie crust and place a few leftover zucchini and onions on top for aesthetics. Bake for 45 minutes at 350° or until golden brown on top and/or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Calzone Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket”. The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.

Ingredients

1½ packets active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

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

Basic Pizza Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

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

Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava Pie Pockets)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 empanadas

Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 egg yolks
¾ cup water (ice cold)
Guava Jam (recipe follows)
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly with crumbles about the size of peas. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and water. Add the liquid a little bit at a time to the flour-butter mixture; mix it up with your hands or a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms, a few more tablespoons of ice cold water may be needed. Form the dough into a flat disc shape about the size of a small salad plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Divide the dough in two and on a lightly floured surface roll out each piece of dough to a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in about 8-10 three inch squares. Place a tablespoon of the jam on the center of each square. Fold over the dough around the filling, and moisten borders with wet finger tips. Roll the edges of the border from one side of the empanada to the other in a crescent, making sure just to roll the very outer edge of the border. Place each empanada on a greased baking sheet. Poke one or two holes, using the tip of a knife, in each empanada to aerate them. Bake empanadas for about 15 minutes, take out of the oven, and brush with a little butter. Bake again for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat, allow to cool a few minutes and dust with powdered sugar.

Guava Jam

Ingredients

2 cups guavas, chopped fine (skins, seeds and all) (about 10 guavas)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan on low heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are cooked down. Turn up heat to medium and boil for another 10 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter making sure the seeds are caught, push as much as you can through the mesh. Place the mixture in a metal bowl and place in the refrigerator to solidity; Guavas natural pectin will create a more dense and thick jam.

Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 tarts

Semita is the most popular pastry in El Salvador and its basically a bread dough filled with jam. The most popular filling is pineapple utilizing El Salvador’s sweet pineapples!

Ingredients

1 cup milk
½ cup butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
13 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups pineapple preserves (recipe follows)
(egg and water for glaze)
Turbinado sugar for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a saucepan heat the butter, sugar and milk until all the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and cool to a lukewarm temperature. In a small bowl whisk together water and yeast and set aside for about 3-4 minutes until yeast is frothy. In a large bowl combine the flour and salt and make a well in the center. Mix together the milk mixture and the yeast mixture and slowly add to the flour bowl mixing as you add forming a bread dough. Once a bread dough is formed and all the ingredients are mixed well, transfer to a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a lightly oiled metal or ceramic bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot for about 1½ hours or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down and divide into two sections and place again on a lightly floured surface and roll out the dough into a rectangle sheet the size of a baking sheet. Place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet (save the trimmings of dough if you have). Spread the pineapple preserves all over the dough evenly leaving a border around the edges for sealing the top layer. Roll out the second section of dough and place over the top of the jam. Making sure to seal the edges (by pressing together tightly). Roll out the strips of dough into long strips and make criss-cross pattern over the tart. Take some beaten egg and water and brush the tops of the tart and sprinkle with the turbanado sugar. Poke many holes in the tart to prevent it from puffing ad let the tart rest for about 30 minutes before placing in the oven to bake. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the dough (on the side) comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let stand about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Pineapple Preserves

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

This lovely & lively dish is perfect for a chilly spring day, perfectly fresh yet warming with loads of fresh herbs and spring vegetables.

Ingredients

4-6 cross-cut veal shanks (osso bucco tied with kitchen string)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 sprigs onions, whites and green parts, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 small fennel bulb, cut in half and sliced thin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken or onion broth
3 plum tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh peas
Herbed Germolata (recipe follows)

Directions

Tie the veal shanks up with the kitchen twine so that the shanks stay together. In a small mixing bowl mix the flour and mint and season with salt. Dredge the osso buco in the flour until they are all coated. In a large dutch oven or le creuset bring the oil to a medium high heat. Brown the osso buco on all side or about 2 minutes on each. Take out of the pan and set aside. Sauté the garlic, onions and lemon zest for a few minutes or until translucent. Add the carrots and the fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté. Add the wine and stir well removing any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and the tomatoes and stir well. Add the veal shanks to the pot and cover with the vegetables and juice. Turn the burner to low and cook for about 30 minutes. Add the peas and cook another 5 minutes. Take off heat and serve on its own, with pasta, polenta or rice and topped with the herbed gremolata.

Herbed Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon maldon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.

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.

Strawberry Quinoa Cookies

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup black quinoa
¼ cup rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flax seeds
¼ cup almonds, chopped fine
1/3 cup almond oil
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a blender blend the quinoa and the oats until a gritty powder is formed. In a mixing bowl combine, ground quinoa, oats, flour, baking powder, soda, salt, flax seeds and almonds, mix well and set aside. In another mixing bowl whisk together the almond oil, sugars, vanilla, almond milk and egg until well mixed. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mixing well as you combine mixtures. A thick oatmeal cookie type batter should form. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let rest to harden and solidify for about 3-4 minutes before eating.

Blackberry-Basil Buckwheat Flax Crepes with Basil Sweet Cream

April 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups blackberries
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
3 eggs
Basil Sweet Cream (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl mix the sugar, basil and blackberries and let stand. Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Batter will be much thinner than pancake batter. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until coled before making crepes. Lightly grease a non-stick griddle pan and place over high heat. Making sure pan is very hot, pour batter to form a 7 inch circle. When crepe is cooked on one side, about 15 to 30 seconds, flip and cook on opposite side. Repeat until all batter is used. Place a few spoonfuls of the blackberry mixture on the center of a crepe and fold over into a square or just a roll up. Drizzle some basil sweet cream over the top of the creme.

Basil Sweet Cream

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup creme fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon blackberry juice from the sugared blackberries
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Can be made thicker or thinner by adding less or more milk.

Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 10-inch pizzas

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons salt
Casings, of your choice
Canola or olive oil
Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce (recipe follows)
Cheese, of choice
Fresh baby spinach or arugula

DIRECTIONS

Mix all the sausage ingredients in a large bowl, and refrigerate, about 2 hours. Using the finest blade on your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients, following the instructions. Once the mixture is ground, place in the freezer. Meanwhile, soak the casings in warm water, and rinse a few times. Using your sausage stuffer, slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube – this is where you will need to tie the sausage off later. Remove the meat from the freezer, and place it in the body of the sausage stuffing machine. If all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding), place the rest back in the refrigerator until you are ready for more. Turn the machine on, and begin the process – air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out, use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil – the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine, and tie up the ends – you can kitchen twine. To make individual links, pinch a section together, then spin the links, and turn them opposite from each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles. Using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin, and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be released. Hang the links for about an hour, and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Use them or freeze them within about a week (in other words, use it, or lose it).

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the sausages on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 4-5 minutes turning once or until browned. Remove from oven and slice into 1 inch slices for pizza topping.

Place already rolled out pizza dough on a baking sheet and top with pizza sauce, cheese of choice, spinach or arugula and sliced sausage. Place in oven and bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

Pizza Dough

Makes 3 (10 inch) pizzas

INGREDIENTS

1 cup warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
2½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Dried herbs (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

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

Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce

Makes approximately 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

6 medium tomatoes, chopped
8-10 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1½ cup fresh oregano, chopped (reserve ½ cup)
1 cup fresh basil, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, add tomatoes, garlic, onions, red wine, red chili flakes, dried oregano, salt, pepper and fresh herbs 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 smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce as they give a very rustic look and texture. Cook blended sauce on low for another 20 minutes, until thick and reduced. Season with more salt (if needed) and finish with remaining fresh oregano.

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 8×12 cake

INGREDIENTS

For the streusel

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

For the coffee cake

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

DIRECTIONS

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

For the streusel

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

For the coffee cake

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

Scrape into pan and evenly cover with streusel topping. Pat crumbs gently into batter and cake 30-35 minutes or until cake has risen and golden brown. Insert a knife to test if cake is done, if it comes out clean, it’s finished. Cool for ten minutes and serve warm.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Cardamom Dried Cherry Crumb Cake Bars

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

For the crumb topping

½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup walnuts, chopped
13 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cut into pieces

For the cake

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
23 cup sugar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
4 ounces melted butter, cooled
2 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup strong coffee
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven 400°F. Butter an 8″ square pan and add cut parchment paper to bottom of pan.

For the crumb topping

In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, walnuts, sugar, orange zest, instant espresso, ground cardamom and combine. Add butter and mix by hand to form crumbs. Set aside.

For the cake

In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, ground cardamom, and dried cherries.

In another bowl add cooled butter, eggs, milk, coffee and vanilla extract and combine well. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients. Stir to mix but not beat. Stir only to get an evenly moistened batter.

Scrape into pan and evenly cover with crumbs. Pat crumbs gently into batter and bake 30-35 minutes or until cake has risen and golden brown. Insert a knife to test if cake is done, if it comes out clean, it’s finished. Cool, cut into squares and serve with coffee.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
123 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the batter just until blender. Fold in blueberries.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the batter in the pan. Spoon remaining batter over the top, and then sprinkle the remaining pecan mixture over. Use a knife or thin spatula to swirl, the sugar layer into the cake.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan over a wire rack. Invert onto a serving plate, and tap firmly to remove from the pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

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

Buttermilk Biscuits

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 30

INGREDIENTS

2¼ cups sifted cake flour, or 2 cups sifted all purpose flour, plus more for your work surface and hands
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons cold unsalted butter, cut into several pieces
2 tablespoons cold lard or vegetable shortening, cut into several pieces
¾ cup cold whole or low-fat buttermilk (preferably whole)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients thoroughly with a fork. Transfer to a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Add the butter and lard and pulse the mixture in 2-second increments until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few pea-sized pieces, about 5 pulses. (If you don’t have a food processor, cut the fat into the dry ingredients in a bowl by mashing with a fork, or a pastry blender; it will take about 3 minutes).

Transfer the mixture back to the bowl, pour the buttermilk over it, and mix with the fork for about 1 minute, until the dough just comes together. Turn the dough out onto a floured board, knead with floured fingers once or twice, and pat into a rectangle about 6 by 10 inches and 1 inch thick. Fold the rightmost third of the rectangle over the center third and fold the left third on top. Turn the dough a quarter turn, pat it into a 6 by 10 rectangle, and fold it upon itself in thirds again. Repeat one more time, and then pat the dough into a 6 by 10 rectangle about 1 inch thick.

Using a floured 2-inch biscuit cutter (or an upside-down shot glass), cut the biscuits from the dough (DO NOT TWIST THE CUTTER!). Cut the biscuits with a straight up-and-down motion; twisting will reduce the biscuit’s ability to rise. Place them about 1½ inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tops just begin to brown.
Serve warm.

Recipe from “The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook”

Lime Pie with Ginger Snap Crust and Ginger Whipped Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one 9″ pie – Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For ginger snap crust

1¾ cups gingersnap cookies, crushed
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For lime pie filling

1 can (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 tablespoons lime zest, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, whisk together crushed gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, flour, and salt. Add butter, and stir until mixture is well combined.

Press crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie plate, evenly covering the bottom and sides. Place pie plate on a baking sheet, and bake until crust is set, about 10 minutes. Once out of oven, let cool completely.

Lower oven to 325°F.

In a medium bowl, gently whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice, and zest. Pour into the prepared, cooled crust.

Bake until the center is set, but still has slight movement, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Frosting

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 12

INGREDIENTS

For the cake

2 cups Guinness
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
113 cups sour cream

For the icing

2 cups cream cheese, softened
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
¼ cup Irish Cream liqueur
4 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

For the cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. Bring 2 cups Guinness and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and 1½ teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add Guinness-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.

For the icing

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, butter, and Irish Cream. Slowly add the powdered sugar while mixing.

Place 1 cake layer on a plate. Spread 23 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer. Spread 23 cup icing over. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.

Beef and Guinness Pie

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 pounds beef chuck, cubed into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 carrots, peeled and chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced
2 cups beef stock
1 cup Guinness
Salt and pepper
1 package puff pastry

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, thyme, and flour. Rub the spice mixture onto the beef. Heat the oil in a pan over med-high heat. Sauté the beef for 5 minutes, then add garlic and yellow onion. When onions are translucent, add carrots and sauté for 3 minutes. Next, add parsley, tomato, and mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes. Add stock, Guinness, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. In 8 (6 oz) ramekins or one large baking dish, fill with beef stew and cover with puff pastry. Bake 10 minutes or until browned.

Caraway Soda Bread

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 mini loaves

INGREDIENTS

4 cups all purpose bread flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
2 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, sift and combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. Add the buttermilk a little at a time and mix until soft dough is formed. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for a few minutes. Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Shape each section into a round and flat loaf. Cut a star shape into the top of the loaves using a knife. Place the loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer punctured into the center comes out clean.

Lemon & Herb Focaccia

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 focaccia

INGREDIENTS

2¼ teaspoons (or 1 package) active dry yeast
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 123 cups lukewarm (105 to 115°F) water and yeast and let stand until creamy and foaming, about 5 minutes. Add 5 cups flour, ¼ cup oil, and 2 teaspoons salt and beat with paddle attachment at medium speed until a dough forms. Replace paddle with dough hook and knead dough at high speed until soft, smooth, and sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. **If mixing by hand, this process will take longer, so be patient.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons more flour. Knead dough 1 minute (it will still be slightly sticky), then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with oil. Let rise, covered with plastic wrap, at warm room temperature, until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1½ hours.

Press dough evenly into a generously oiled 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan. Let dough rise, covered completely with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Stir together thyme and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Make shallow indentations all over dough with your fingertips, then brush with thyme oil, letting it pool in indentations. Sprinkle lemon zest and sea salt evenly over focaccia and bake in middle of oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Once out of oven, immediately remove from pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

Savory Pie Dough (Pate Brisée)

February 3rd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pie crust or two tart shells

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Sweet Pie Dough (Pate Sucrée)

February 3rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 pie crust or tart shell large or 8 tartlets

Ingredients

1½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
1 egg yolk
1 to 2 tablespoons ice water

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine flour and sugar. Next, cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolk, and add to flour mixture with 1 to 2 tablespoons of ice water. Mix just until dough comes together without being wet or sticky. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Spicy Horseradish Herb Pretzels

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs, chopped: thyme, marjoram, chives, parsley, tarragon
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine, for garnish
Pretzel salt

DIRECTIONS

Mix together sugar, yeast and water in a metal or glass mixing bowl until frothy. Let sit until foamy, about 5-7 minutes. In another large mixing bowl combine flour and salt.

Whisk together 4 cups flour and 1 tablespoon table salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture, horseradish and herbs and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms into a soft dough. Gently dust a smooth flat work surface with flour, turn out dough and knead gently, using enough additional flour to make a smooth sticky dough, about 10 minutes (Dough needs to be somewhat sticky to facilitate rolling and forming into pretzels).

Place dough back into the bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, let dough sit in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface and cut into 12-15 equal pieces. Using your palms, roll 1 piece back and forth on a clean dry work surface into a rope about 12″ long. If dough sticks to your hands, lightly dust them with flour. Twist dough into a pretzel shape. (Dough will retract as you form the pretzel.)

Transfer pretzel with your hands to an oiled or lined with parchment paper baking sheet and place all the formed pretzels about 2 inches apart on all sides.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Let pretzels stand, uncovered, about 20 minutes. Bring a wide 6-quart pot of water to a boil.

Using both hands, carefully add a few pretzels, 1 at a time, to boiling water and cook, turning over once with tongs, until pretzels are puffed and shape is set, about 3 minutes. Transfer parboiled pretzels to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining pretzels.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and oil paper, then arrange pretzels on sheet. Brush pretzels lightly with some of egg and sprinkle with pretzel salt and chives. Bake until golden brown and lightly crusted, about 35 minutes. Cool 15 minutes, then serve warm.

New York Street Pretzels

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 12-15 medium pretzels

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
Pretzel salt

DIRECTIONS

Mix together sugar, yeast and water in a metal or glass mixing bowl until frothy. Let sit until foamy, about 5-7 minutes. In another large mixing bowl combine flour and salt.

Whisk together 4 cups flour and 1 tablespoon table salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms into a soft dough. Gently dust a smooth flat work surface with flour, turn out dough and knead gently, using enough additional flour to make a smooth sticky dough, about 10 minutes (Dough needs to be somewhat sticky to facilitate rolling and forming into pretzels).

Place dough back into the bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, let dough sit it warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface and cut into 12-15 equal pieces. Using your palms, roll 1 piece back and forth on a clean dry work surface into a rope about 12″ long. If dough sticks to your hands, lightly dust them with flour. Twist dough into a pretzel shape. (Dough will retract as you form the pretzel.)

Transfer pretzel with your hands to an oiled or lined with parchment paper baking sheet and place all the formed pretzels about 2 inches apart on all sides.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Let pretzels stand, uncovered, about 20 minutes. Bring a wide 6-quart pot of water to a boil.

Using both hands, carefully add a few pretzels, 1 at a time, to boiling water and cook, turning over once with tongs, until pretzels are puffed and shape is set, about 3 minutes. Transfer parboiled pretzels to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining pretzels.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and oil paper, then arrange pretzels on sheet. Brush pretzels lightly with some of egg and sprinkle with pretzel salt. Bake until golden brown and lightly crusted, about 35 minutes. Cool 15 minutes, then serve warm.

Molten Chocolate Cake with Cardamom Cream

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup butter
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (baking squares are best)
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 8 6-ounce ramekins with a generous amount of butter, and sprinkle with sugar.

Over a double boiler, combine butter, chocolate, and cream. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth and thick. Remove from heat, and whisk in vanilla and flour until smooth. Set aside. Mix on high speed, egg, egg yolks, and sugar until thick and lemon colored, about 10 minutes. Fold egg mixture, one third at a time into chocolate mixture. Be careful not to deflate the eggs. Divide batter into prepared cups evenly.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes until edges of cake are set and center still jiggles. Cool for 3 minutes. White knife, loosen cakes from side of each cup, and turn each out onto dessert plates. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Cardamom Cream

Makes ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cardamom seeds, taken out of pods and lightly crushed
1 vanilla bean, scraped

DIRECTIONS

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

© Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cake

INGREDIENTS

For cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1½ tablespoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1½ cups buttermilk

For frosting

2 cups heavy cream
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
18 teaspoon salt
1 pound semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS

For cake

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 3 baking pans by buttering and lining pan with parchment paper.
Sift flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda together. Set aside.
If using a Kitchen Aid mixer or hand held mixer, beat butter and sugars until blended and pale brown in color, approximately 5 minutes on medium high (if mixing by hand, just mix until incorporated).
Reduce speed, add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
Divide batter into three prepared pans, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

For frosting

In a large saucepan, bring heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and salt to a boil. Remove from heat, and add bittersweet chocolate, and let stand without stirring, 1 minute. Whisk until combined. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until spreadable, about 1 hour.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Fresh Pasta Dough

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 pound of pasta

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

Lili’s Vegan Banana Muffins with Pecans & Dark Rum

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-18 muffins

INGREDIENTS

Dry

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice

Wet

4 overripe bananas, smashed
¾ cup melted earth balance (or vegetable oil)
2 eggs-worth Ener-g brand egg replacer
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ dram dark rum

To Finish

½ cup pecans, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Smash bananas with a fork until smooth (little chunks are fine), then add rum and both extracts to the bananas. In a small sauce pan, melt the vegan margarine on medium heat, stopping as soon as it is fully melted while not allowing it to boil. In a small, separate bowl, prepare you egg replacement mixture, then incorporate into the rest of the wet ingredients. You’ve made the wet mix, HOORAY!

For the dry mix, it’s as simple as mixing everything under the “dry” banner together. Make sure you do so thoroughly and evenly, and you’ll be fine. Next, finely chop the pecans until they resemble tiny pebbles. Do not mix the nuts in with the dry, but reserve them for the final step.

Slowly fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture in a scraping motion, making an effort not to just whip it all together, but instead, allowing for some unevenness. There should be a few tiny stripes of flour visible within the otherwise well-incorporated ingredients – this is how rough you can be, and how important it is not to over-mix. Then, evenly fold in the pecans, and as soon as they’re in there, let the mixture rest. Muffin mixture success!

Line a muffin tin with baking cups, and fill the cups to the very brim with your muffin mix with the biggest spoon in the house – it seems like too much, but it will be just right to get a nice top. Slap those beasts in the oven for 18 minutes, after which point a toothpick inserted into a sample muffin should come out perfectly clean. Sit back and admire your fine handiwork. Devour noisily.

© Recipe Property of Lili Dagan

Corn Curry

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For green paste

1 fresh hot green chile, stemmed and cut in half
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks
12 fresh or 16 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
¼ cup fresh cilantro sprigs (with tender stems only)
2 tablespoons water

For the main dish

1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds (optional)
3 whole dried red chiles
¼ teaspoon turmeric
6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
18 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
4 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 6 ears) or frozen corn

DIRECTIONS

For the green paste, combine all of the ingredients in a small food processor, and process into a paste. Set aside. Combine the milk and the half-and-half in a 2 cup measure or small bowl. Combine the oil, cumin, and mustard seeds, if using, in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover if using mustard seeds (they pop and splatter), and cook until the cumin turns golden brown or you heat the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chiles, turmeric, curry leaves, and asafetida (if using) and stir. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the oil.) Immediately add the green paste, and turn the heat down to low. Then cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Add the flour, and cook, stirring, 1 more minute, scraping the bottom of the pan to keep the flour from sticking. Gradually add the milk mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time at first, to make a smooth paste. Start to add the milk more quickly, adding the final cup all at once. Stir in the salt and the corn, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer, uncovered, until the corn is tender, about 4 minutes. Taste for salt, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Chapati

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 14

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat flour plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or 2 cups chapati flour
1 to 1¼ cups water
All-purpose flour, for rolling
Butter, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Mix the flour(s) in a large bowl. Add ½ cup of the water to the flour, and mix with your hand to combine. Add another ¼ cup water, and mix again. Continue adding the water, a little at a time, until the dough forms a ball. (The dough should take about 1 cup water.)

Now knead the dough vigorously on a clean, unfloured surface until the dough is moist, soft, and slightly sticky but doesn’t cling to clean hands or the work surface, about 5 minutes. If the dough is dry, dip your fingers into some water, and knead the water onto the surface, and let rest at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes.

When the dough has rested, prepare a small bowl of all-purpose flour and also flour your work surface. Break off a piece of dough a little smaller than a golf ball. Toss it in the bowl of flour, and then roll it between the palms of your hands to make a ball. Set the ball on the work surface, and flatten it into a 2-inch disk. Now roll the disk, flouring the work surface and dough round as needed, into a thin round 5 to 6-inches in diameter. Put the chapatti on a plate, and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Continue to roll all of the dough into chapattis, and stack them on a plate, pieces of plastic wrap between them.

Heat a griddle or frying pan (preference goes to cast iron) over medium-high heat. Place a chapati on a heated griddle or in the pan over medium-high heat, and cook until the top darkens slightly, and your see bubbles begin to form underneath the surface of the dough, about 1 minute. Now flip the chapatti with a spatula, and cook the other side until you see more bubbles, about 30 seconds.

If working on a gas stove, turn on a second burner to high. Using a pair of flat tongs, carefully pick up the chapati by the edge, and put it directly onto the burner. Cook until the chapati balloons and browns, 10 to 15 seconds. Then carefully turn it, using the tongs to pick it up by the very edge, and cook until the underside browns and the bread balloons again, 10 to 15 more seconds. Remove the chapati from the fire the tongs, or slide it off the griddle, put it on a plate, and rub with butter. Serve immediately while you continue cooking the remaining chapatis.

If working on an electric stove, cook the chapati on the griddle, or in the pan until the bubbles have begun to form on both sides. Then continue cooking the chapati, pressing down the edges of the round with a wad of paper towels as it balloons and turning it in a clockwise motion, until the chapati is well browned and swells like a balloon. Turn and do the same on the other side.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Parathas Stuffed with Potato, Chiles, and Cilantro

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 Parathas

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

Now knead the dough vigorously on a clean, unfloured work surface until the dough is moist, soft, and slightly sticky, but doesn’t cling to clean hands or the work surface, about 5 minutes. If the dough is try, dip your fingers into some water and knead the water into the dough. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with a clean damp kitchen towel pressed directly onto the surface, and let rest at 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Roasted Jalapeno Poppers with Cilanrto

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-25 Fritters

INGREDIENTS

10-12 jalapeños, pre-roasted and deseeded
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups green or yellow cornmeal
1½ tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon dried chipotle flakes
Salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons lime zest
Juice of 1 lime
2 eggs
½ cup cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
4 cups vegetable oil for frying

DIRECTIONS

Chop the roasted peppers, and set aside in a small bowl. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all dried goods and 1 teaspoon of salt. In another medium mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, lime zest, lime juice, and eggs until eggs are beaten well. Add the cream cheese, beating well, and then add the cheddar cheese and cilantro leaves. Mix well. Slowly add small amounts of the wet mixture to the dry mixture until blended well and until all the wet mixture is incorporated. At this point, you should have fritter dough of a medium thickness.

Heat the vegetable oil over high heat until very hot. When the oil is very hot, drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil, careful to avoid oil splatter. Allow to fry, turning over as needed until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes in total. Take out, and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve with fresh salsa.

Apple Gallette

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

For dough

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple sugar or brown sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
11-½ cup ice water as needed

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, salt, sugar in food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse to combine. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with water until the dough comes together. Pat into a disk wrap in plastic, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out to 18 thickness. Fold into quarters and transfer to the back of a heavy baking sheet. Unfold the dough letting the sides hang over the baking sheet.

For the filling

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup Rapadura brown sugar
6 crisp apples (such as Gala, Crispin or Granny Smith) each cored, and sliced into 8 wedges
¼ cup candied ginger, finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

In a large skillet over high heat, melt the butter, stir in the sugar, and cook for 1 minute.

Arrange the apples in a single layer in the pan and scatter the ginger on top. Sprinkle cinnamon and cook undisturbed for 6 minutes. Add ¼ cups water and cook stirring occasionally until the apples are tender and the liquid has evaporated. Transfer the apples to a plate and cool until warm.

Roll out the dough to 18-inch thick circle. Mound the apples on the dough leaving a 2 inch border. Pour over any juices remaining and fold over the sides of the dough pleating as you go. The dough will not cover the sliced apples. Brush dough with butter and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 400°F for 45 minutes until fruit is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Whole Wheat Pasta Dough

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
4 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons olive oil

DIRECTIONS

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

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

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Hazelnut Sponge Cake

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cake

INGREDIENTS

12 eggs, separated
8 ounces light brown sugar
14 ounces hazelnut flour
4 ounces all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 ounces granulated sugar
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
Chocolate block, for decorating
Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating

DIRECTIONS

Preheat to 350°F.

Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment.

In a metal bowl, with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with whisk attachment, add the egg yolks and beat until they come together. Add the brown sugar and continue whisking until the yolks are light, about 5 minutes (longer if by hand).

In a separate medium sized bowl, combine the hazelnut flour and all-purpose flour.

In a separate metal bowl with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites and salt until they are white and opaque. Gradually whisk in the granulated sugar. Whip until whites hold a firm peak. Next, fold the egg yolk mixture into the beaten egg whites. And then fold in the hazelnut-flour mixture in 3 additions. Do not over-mix the batter or the cake with deflate. Spread the batter on the separated pan.

Bake in preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until well risen and firm to the touch.
Loosen layer from pan, slide it onto rack and cool completely.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Lemon Cake with Mint Honey Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For cake batter

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup plain yogurt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¼ cups sugar
5 eggs

For mint honey cream

1½ cups heavy cream, cold
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray or softened butter. Set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice, zest, and yogurt and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated, repeat with remaining eggs; add about one-third of flour mixture, followed by half of lemon yogurt mixture, mixing until just incorporated after each addition (about 5 seconds). Repeat using half of remaining flour mixture; mix until batter is thorougly combined. Add cake batter into prepared pan. Bake until top is golden brown and wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into center comes out with no crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes.

For mint honey cream

In a large metal bowl, add cold heavy cream and whisk until soft peaks. Add honey and continue whisking until medium to stiff peaks form. Fold in mint and serve alongside lemon cake.

Caramelized Apple Buckwheat Crepes with Light Rosemary Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the crepes

2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
3 eggs

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Batter will be much thinner than pancake batter. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until cold before making crepes. Lightly grease a non-stick griddle pan and place over high heat. Making sure pan is very hot, pour batter to form a 7 inch circle. When crepe is cooked on one side, about 15 to 30 seconds, flip and cook on opposite side. Repeat until all batter is used.

For the caramelized apples

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons butter
4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons sugar in the raw
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped super fine
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ apple cider

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter and melt. Add apples and cook for a few minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, rosemary and nutmeg. Continue to cook apples, until slightly golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add apple cider and turn up heat a bit until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.

For the light rosemary cream

INGREDIENTS

½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon syrup from caramelized apples
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Can be made thicker or thinner by adding less or more milk.

To assemble crepes

Place a little bit of the apple mixture in a crepe and fold over. Spoon some light rosemary cream over the top.

Pear and Cranberry Galette

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large Galette

INGREDIENTS

For the Pastry:

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

For the Galette Filling:

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

PREPARATION

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

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

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce and Shaved Chestnuts

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Gnocchi:

2 cups pumpkin, cut in quarters, seeded and roasted
2¾ cups all purpose flour
1 egg
Salt
White pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Sauce:

½ cup butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 cup fresh sage leaves, stems removed
1½ cup chestnuts, pre-roasted, shelled and sliced thin

PREPARATION

In large pot, bring 6 cups salted water to a boil.

While still warm, puree pumpkin through a ricer into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool completely before proceeding. Once cooled, add flour, egg, salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Knead into soft dough (if necessary, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time); divide into 5 sections. On floured surface, roll dough to ½-inch thickness. Cut into 1-inch pieces and set aside on sheet pans lightly dusted with flour until ready to boil.

Cook gnocchi in 2 batches in salted boiling water; dropping into water and cooking 2 minutes or until pieces float. Remove with slotted spoon to warmed bowl.

Meanwhile, in sauté pan, melt butter and then add pumpkin oil over medium heat; add sage leaves and fry until crispy. Remove from pan and place on plate lined with paper towels. Next, add chesnuts, stirring often while butter browns making sure butter does not burn. When chestnuts are slightly brown and tender, remove from heat and return sage leaves to sauce. Gently toss warm gnocchi with sauce and serve immediately.

Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

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

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

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

For Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

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

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, onion, thyme, eggs, flour, cumin, cumin seeds, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2 to 3-inch pancakes, drop into pan and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, usually about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Combine all ingredients for cumin tomato sour cream in a small mixing bowl, and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These are Moroccan inspired latkes with a tangy mint sauce adds interest and an exotic twist.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

1 small head of cauliflower, washed and grated
1 medium yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon honey
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

1 cup preserved lemons, chopped fine (2 whole lemons chopped with peels and all is okay is well)
1 cup sugar in the raw
1 cup water
½ cup fresh mint, chopped

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated cauliflower, onion, parsley, ginger, honey, zest and juice of lemon, eggs, flour, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat, making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2-inch pancakes, drop into pan, and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine lemons, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for approximately 10 minutes uncovered. Take off heat when it reaches desired consistency, and add mint. Serve warm over latkes.

Middle Eastern Spiced Sweet Potato Herb Latkes with Curry Mint Sour Cream

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

Bring a touch of the Middle East into your Hanukah celebration with these spiced latkes!

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

6 sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and grated
½ cup raisins
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Curry Mint Sour Cream

1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of half of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, raisins, eggs, flour, cumin, curry powder, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet to high heat making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2 to 3-inch pancakes, drop into pan, and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Combine all ingredients for curry mint sour cream in a small mixing bowl, and combine until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Carrot Cilantro Ginger Latkes with Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

Cool, healthy, and refreshing, these carrot latkes are incredibly fresh and zesty!

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

10 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

For the Lemongrass Chili Mint Yogurt

1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemongrass, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 small Thai chili, seeded and chopped superfine
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine carrots, flour, baking powder, cilantro, green onions, ginger, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat, making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2 to 3-inch pancakes, drop into pan, and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Combine all ingredients for lemongrass chili mint yogurt in a small mixing bowl, and combine until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Classic Potato Latkes with Garlic Chive Sour Cream

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

Here is a traditional potato latke recipe with just a hint of modernization and garlic chive sour cream sauce for serving.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

5-6 medium potatoes, washed, peeled, and grated
1 small red onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Garlic Chive Sour Cream

1 cup sour cream
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated potatoes, onions, chives, eggs, flour, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat, making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2-inch pancakes, drop into pan, and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

For garlic chive sour cream, combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well until smooth. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Loaf

INGREDIENTS

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon all spice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
13 cup water
1½ cups sugar
1 cup sugar pie pumpkin puree, pre-roasted
½ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F and position rack in center. Butter loaf pan and line with parchment paper (if using muffin tin, just butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray).

In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and water. Add the sugar and blend well. Add the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, and vanilla, blend well.

Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and fold until smooth. Add walnuts and fold until evenly distributed.

Scrape into a lof pan or muffin tins and level at top.

Bake for 55-65 minutes until bread is firm to the touch and toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely, cut with a serrated knife.

Recipe by Ashton Keefe

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 loaves

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups milk
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110°F)
3 eggs
½ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk
¾ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

PREPARATION

Warm the milk in a small saucepan until bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.

Dissolve yeast in warm water, and set aside until yeast is frothy. Mix in eggs, sugar, butter, salt, and raisins. Stir in cooled milk. Add the flour gradually to make a stiff dough.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. Place in a large, greased, mixing bowl, and turn to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle ½ inch thick. Moisten dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix together ¾ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture on top of the moistened dough.

Roll up tightly; the roll should be about 3 inches in diameter. Cut into thirds, and tuck under ends. Place loaves into well greased 9 x 5 inch pans. Lightly grease tops of loaves. Let rise again for 1 hour.

Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until loaves are lightly browned and sounds hollow when knocked. Remove loaves from pans, and brush with melted butter or margarine.
Let cool before slicing.

Recipe by Ashton Keefe

Empanadas de Pulpo (Octopus Pie Pocket)

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 10-12 Empanadas

In Spain, canned and jarred octopus is a luxury. To use it in empanadas is a delicious way to enjoy the delicacies of the Valencian waters, even from afar. Empanada dough is slightly sweet and thick in texture and does a brilliant job of absorbing the sauces form the inside without becoming soaked.

INGREDIENTS

For the empanada dough

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 egg yolks
¾ cup water (ice cold)

For the empanada filling

2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cans of pulpo (in oil), chopped
3 medium plum or Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
3 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper
Butter or oil
Flake sea salt

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly with crumbles about the size of peas. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and water. Add the liquid a little bit at a time to the flour-butter mixture, mix it up with your hands or a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms, a few more tablespoons of ice cold water may be needed. Form the dough into a flat disc shape about the size of a small salad plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

In the meantime, mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and set aside. Divide the dough in half, and roll out on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin. Roll into a large rectangular shape. Cut the dough into 4 5-inch squares. Place a dollop of the filling in the center of each square. Fold over the dough around the filling, and moisten borders with wet inger tips. Roll the edges of the border from one side of the empanada to the other in a crescent, making sure just to roll the very outer edge of the border. Place each empanada on a greased baking sheet. Poke one or two holes, using the tip of a knife, in each empanada to aerate them. Sprinkle with flake sea salt.

Bake empanadas for about 15 minutes, take out of the oven, and brush with a little olive oil or butter. Bake again for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Pear Ginger Pot Pie Pockets

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 pies

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

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 400° F.

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

Pie Crust Dough

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

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.

Moroccan Chicken Curry Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Mini Pot Pies

Exotic Middle Eastern spices give these individual chicken pot pies, a sultry edge, while filling your kitchen with intoxicating scents!

INGREDIENTS

1-2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed into 1 inch pieces
Salt/white pepper
2 medium tart apples, cored and chopped
½ cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
Butter
1 package frozen puff pastry

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, cook garlic and onions until slightly cooked or translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken, and sauté until cooked through. Season with salt and white pepper. Add the apples, raisins, and spices, and sauté, stirring well mixing in all the spices. Add the flour, and mix thoroughly making sure the flour dissolves into the mixture. Finally, add the chicken broth, mix well and turn butner to low and allow to simmer, 15 to 20 minutes. Take off burner, set aside and allow to cool slightly.
Lightly greased ramekins (8-10 ounce size) with butter. Pour the chicken mixture into the ramekin until ¾ full. Cover with a square of puff pastry just larger than the ramekin, pushing down slightly so it adheres to the ramekin. Cut some slits into the top of the puff pastry and sprinkle with a little cinnamon in top.
Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and place in oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 (1¼ lbs) russet potatoes
1 (¾-lb) sweet potato
1 large egg
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
â…“ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus more for serving
1½ to 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
½ stick unsalted butter
1 cup sage leaves (from 1 bunch)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F. Pierce russet and sweet potatoes in several places with a fork, and then bake until just tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool potatoes slightly, then peel and force through ricer into sheet pan, spreading in an even layer. Cool potatoes completely. Lightly flour 2 large baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Beat together egg, nutmeg, 1 tsp salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Gather potatoes into a mound in sheet pan, and form a well in center. Pour egg mixture into well, then knead into potatoes. Knead in cheese and 1½ cups flour, then knead, adding more flour as necessary, until mixture forms a smooth but slightly sticky dough. Dust top lightly with some of flour. Cut dough into 6 pieces. Form 1 piece of dough into a ½-inch-thick rope on a lightly floured surface. Cut rope into ½-inch pieces. Gently roll each piece into a ball and lightly dust with fl our. Repeat with remaining 5 pieces of dough. Transfer gnocchi as formed to baking sheets.

Bring large pot of water to boil; add salt and return to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to clean rimmed baking sheet.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter solids are brown and have toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add chopped. Turn off heat. Season sage butter generously with salt and pepper.

Transfer half of sage butter to large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add half of gnocchi. Sauté until gnocchi are heated through, about 6 minutes. Repeat with remaining sage butter and gnocchi.
Divide gnocchi and sauce among shallow bowls. Garnish with sage leaves.

Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Lasagna

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons Swiss chard, rinsed with stems removed, chopped
6 yellow onions, sliced thin
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine (Save 1 tablespoon)
5 sprigs thyme, chopped
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups milk, warmed
½ cup grated Asiago cheese
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons regular olive oil
1 handful toasted pine nuts
Freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound pasta sheets

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

For sauce

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add shallots and sweat them until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme sprigs; cook, 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly until the flour cooks and bubbles a bit (don’t let it brown) — about 2 minutes. Add the warm milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add fresh nutmeg and remove from the heat. Strain sauce through fine mesh strainer and then let cool while you prepare lasagna. This constitutes the Béchamel sauce.

For lasagna

In large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add reserved 1 tablespoon garlic and cook, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add Swiss chard and cook until tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Transfer chard to medium bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Wipe out skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions begin to brown all over, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and stir. Cook, stirring, until deep amber in color, about 20 minutes more. Set aside. This constitutes the layer of caramelized onions.

Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick cooking spray. Coat bottom of prepared dish with ½ cup of sauce. Layer bottom with a single layer of noodles. Spread half the chard over the noodles. Add another layer of noodles, arrange caramelized onions on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread another ½ cup sauce over all. Add another layer of noodles, followed by the remaining chard mixture. Finish with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Loosely cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake lasagna for 30 minutes. Uncover, bake 10 to 15 minutes more, or until lightly browned and bubbling. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Fresh Herb Pasta

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup (total) chopped fine, basil, parsley, tarragon, mint, marjoram, chives
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To make dough in a processor:

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

To make dough by hand:

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

Roll pasta:

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

Blissed Bread’s Roasted Pumpkin Custard Bread

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 breads

I call this recipe a “custard bread” because the additional eggs give the bread a wonderfully spongy, moist, texture. Please assume all ingredients are organic whenever possible!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
1 cup whole wheat flour sifted
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon clove
2 teaspoon ginger
4 eggs
2 cups packed brown sugar (I’ve made it with 1½ to 2¼ cup sugar, depending on preferences re: sweetness)
¾ cup (12 tbs) melted butter
3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 small pie pumpkins (to make 3 cups roasted, 1 may be enough)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut pumpkins in half, clean out seeds, spread out on tray and spray oil/butter over seeds, salt and throw in lower rack of oven (optional-but who wants to waste yummy healthy seeds) place cut side down on baking sheet and bake for approx 40 minutes (seeds will be done in 20 min). Take pumpkin out and allow to cool while assembling other ingredients. Grease and flour the loaf pans, or for a nice caramelized bottom substitute granulated or brown sugar for the flour… easy to lift the loaves out and delicious! Sift together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a food processor, blend the pumpkin with approx half the melted butter, streamed in the food hatch-just enough to get the pumpkin blended. This may have to be done in batches, depending on the size of your processor. I do it in a small 4 cup, and it makes 3 batches. Don’t worry if you need more butter, use whatever is necessary! Cream in mixer brown sugar, pumpkin, remainder of butter… adding in vanilla and each egg, one at a time. Blend wet into dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix.

Pour into two standard size loaf pans, two thirds of the way – this bread will rise high!

Bake until toothpick comes out dry, approx 50 minutes (ovens vary), Streusel topping (optional!). I look for any excuse to add more butter and cinnamon in a bread, what’s better than that?

Streusel Topping

INGREDIENTS

½ stick cold butter, cut in pieces
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup quick cook oats
2 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients in a processor or with fingers until crumbly and mixed together. Add more sugar if you like it sweeter.

Sprinkle generously over breads before baking!

©Recipe Property of Jennie Giammasi

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Apples, Chicken & Sage in a Maple Cream Sauce

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Gnocchi

2 cups (16 ounces) pumpkin, cut in quarters, seeded and roasted
2¾ cups all purpose flour
1 egg
Salt
White pepper
1 tablespoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Sauce

½ cup butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 medium shallot
1 chicken breast, cut into thin strips
1 medium tart apple, cored and cut into cubes
1 cup fresh sage leaves, stems removed
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup heavy whipping cream
Salt
Freshly grated nutmeg
White pepper

PREPARATION

In large pot, bring 6 cups salted water to boil.

While still warm, puree pumpkin through a ricer into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool completely before proceeding. Once cooled, add flour, egg, salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Knead into soft dough (if necessary, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time); divide into 5 sections. On floured surface, roll dough to ½-inch thickness; cut into 1-inch pieces and set aside on sheet pans lightly dusted with flour until ready to boil.

Cook gnocchi in 2 batches in salted boiling water; dropping into water and cooking 2 minutes or until pieces float. Remove with slotted spoon to warmed bowl.

Meanwhile, in sauté pan, melt butter and pumpkin oil over medium heat, add shallots and chicken and cook for about five minutes until chicken is cooked through, add the apples and cook a few more minutes until apples are tender. Next add the sage leaves and sauté about 1 minute add the maple syrup and stir well. Mix in the heavy cream and season with salt & Nutmeg and white pepper. Gently toss warm gnocchi with sauce and serve immediately.

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.

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