Pear & Almond Clafouti

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Apricot Plout Almond Tart

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla been scraped, seeds reserved
10 apricots, pitted and halved
8 plouts, pitted and halved
2 sheets of puff pastry, white or whole wheat
Apricot syrup

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs, and cream until smooth. Arrange sheets of puff pastry on a greased baking sheet and brush with apricot syrup. Make sure you create sides on the dough on all sides. Arrange the apricots around the dough and pour in the almond filling. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Upon pulling out of the oven brush with apricot syrup while warm.

Apricot Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup apricot puree
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine apricot puree, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes.

Almond Cream

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla bean scraped, seeds reserved

Directions

Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs and cream until smooth. Use in tarts that are baked for about 10 minutes at least.

White Gazpacho

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

4 euro or hot house cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 pounds white (green) grapes, halved
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup Greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

In a food processor, combine the cucumbers, grapes, ½ cup white balsamic vinegar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, almonds and yogurt and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and also add more oil and vinegar to desired taste.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Almond, Black Cherry Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Sandwich

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

12 Almond cookies
1 cup Black Cherry Ice Cream
9 ounces bitter sweet dark Chocolate

Directions

Place a scoop of ice cream on a almond cookie and place another cookie on top, squeeze down to make a sandwich. Place in freezer on a lined baking sheet for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, chop chocolate and place in a double boiler pan with simmering hot water underneath. Let melt, dip the frozen sandwich in the melted chocolate using a spoon to cover or alternatively cover just one side and place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes or until frozen.

Black Cherry Ice Cream
Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream, whipped to thick consistency
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups ripe black cherries halved

Directions

Make sure the heavy cream is whipped to a thick consistency and mix in sugar and lemon juice and fold in cherries. Freeze by using an ice cream maker or by the hand method, beating after a few hours in the freezer and letting freeze again.

Creamy Lime-Sickle Trifle

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 pint 0% Greek Yogurt
4 key limes zest
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 vanilla bean pod
½ cup flaked almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon golden flax seeds, ground
½ cup of your favorite seasonal fruit (cherries, berries or mango work great)
¼ cup dried coconut
½ cup of granola
10 ginger snap cookies

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, mix together with egg beater yogurt, vanilla, lime zest, and agave. Toast almonds in a dry pan till golden. Crumble ginger snaps and flax seeds in a baggie. In tall clear glasses layer until the glass is filled:
a. Yogurt
b. Fruit
c. Coconut
d. Ginger snaps
e. Repeat
Top with the flaked almonds and granola.

Blackberry Mole

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

About 6 servings

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 heaping tablespoons shelled, skinless peanuts
2 tablespoons whole raw almonds
2 heaping tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (green)
2 heaping tablespoons raw pecan pieces
1 ounce Ancho chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
1 ounce pasilla chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
1½” piece of canela (Mexican cinnamon)
18 teaspoon aniseed
18 teaspoon coriander seed
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground cumin
1 corn tortilla
1 recipe cooked pork (recipe follows)
5-6 cup chicken stock
2 Cups rise blackberries
3-4 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Have large bowl and sieve set over a small heatproof bowl.

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in skillet over medium high heat until it shimmers and fry the following ingredients one by one. As they’ve fried use slotted spoon and transfer to large bowl and hold.

-Fry peanuts and almonds together until golden
-Fry the Pecans until lightly colored
-Fry each chili on both sides, turning with tongs just until the flesh has turned a lighter color
-Fry the onion and garlic together until light brown

Mix together 1½ Tablespoon of reserved chili seeds, sesame seeds, canela, aniseed, and coriander and fry them until lightly toasted. Stir in the oregano, cloves, and cumin, then transfer the mixture including the oil to large bowl of fried ingredients.

Using tongs, hold the tortilla directly over the burner (set to medium) turning till brown on both sides. Crumble into fried ingredients.

Working in 2 batches, transfer HALF fried ingredients mixture into a blender and pour in 2 cups of stock, blend until smooth.

Heat the remaining 2 Tablespoon of oil in pan over medium high heat. Carefully pour in blended sauce and stir. Bring to simmer and reduce heat to low.

Add blackberries, 3 tablespoons of the sugar and ¼ cup of the stock to blender and puree till smooth. Strain through medium sieve into sauce, discarding seeds.

Bring sauce to simmer and reduce, stirring frequently and adding more stock as necessary maintaining a velvety consistency that thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Season with sugar and salt to taste. Sauce should only taste slightly sweet.

Add the pork to the mole, cook for about 15-20 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

This mole keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days and freezer for a month.

Cooked Pork and Stock

About 8-10 servings

Ingredients

4 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1½ inch pieces
8 cups water
1 medium white onion
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a large stock pot and bring water to a boil over high heat then reduce (low) to a simmer. Skim any foam from surface if necessary. Cook until pork is fork tender (about 2 hours). Remove pork and set aside.

Strain the stock into a wide bowl. Use the stock to make mole. You can refrigerate stock up to 2 days and freeze up to 3 months.

Tomato Macaroons with Lemon Olive Oil Savory Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen macaroons

For the outer shells…

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

For the lemon olive oil cream

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

Directions

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

For the lemon buttermilk cream

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

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

Tomato Powder

Ingredients

1 can tomato paste

Directions

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

Blueberry Macaroons with Lemon Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen macaroons

Ingredients

For the outer shells…

1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed blueberry puree
1 tablespoon minced dried blueberries

For the lemon buttermilk cream

¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature

Directions

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

For the lemon buttermilk cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, buttermilk and lemon juice. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy. To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

White Chocolate Lavender Peach Macaroons

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen macaroons

Ingredients

For the outer shells…

1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons white cocoa powder
2 tablespoons crushed dried lavender flowers

For the lavender peach cream

1 teaspoon lavender powder (dried lavender flowers crushed)
3 tablespoons fresh peach puree
½ cup sugar
1½ cups butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

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

For the lavender peach cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lavender powder and peach puree. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

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

Strawberry Basil Cream Macaroons with Sugar Fried Basil Leaves

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen macaroons

Ingredients

For the outer shells…

¾ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed strawberry puree

For the basil cream

1 cup basil leaves
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
1½ cups butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

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

For the basil butter cream

In a medium sauce pan combine basil leaves, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to let cook on low for about 4 more minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend. Strain the mixture and discard the basil leaves. Place the mixture back on the burner and bring to a boil and cook until reduce to half and is very thick, stirring constantly for about approximately 4 minutes. Cool. In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, and basil syrup. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

For sugar fried basil leaves

In a little bit of almond oil in a small frying pan on high heat, fry basil leaves a few at a time until crisp but still green. Take of heat and place on paper towels, sprinkle with sugar while warm on both sides.

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

Almond Recovery Smoothie

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice

Directions

Combine all items in a blender except ice, blend well for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until ice is crushed, then turn blender to “liquefy” speed and allow to mix for about 45 seconds more or until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Coconut Curry Sauce with Coconut Jicama Rice

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

For the Coconut-Curry Sauce

2 cups of coconut meat
1½ cups filtered water
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1 thumb size knob of ginger, peeled and minced with micro plan
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 small chili peppers or other small red chilies, with seeds
1 tablespoons kaffir lime powder (take kaffir leaves, dehydrate over night, grind into a fine powder)
1 tablespoon of curry powder or paste
1 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper

For Jicama Rice

4 cups jicama, peeled and chopped
2 cups coconut meat
½ cup pistaciho
¾ cups almonds (ideally they should be soaked, and dehydrated)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or a little more
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground cardamom
½ cup ground turmeric
Large knob of ginger, peeled and mince with a micro plan
1 handful cilantro leaves, minced
3 jalapeños, seeded and minced
½ small yellow onion, peeled and minced
1 handful golden raisins
Sea salt
Black pepper

Directions

Place the jicama in a food processor and pulse until the pieces resemble grains of rice.
Place the jicama in a fine sieve and squeeze out the excess water.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Take the coconut meat place in the food processor and pulse until it resembles grains of rice.
Transfer to the mixing bowl with the jicama.
Take the pistachios and almonds, put in the food processor and pulse until ground into crumbs.
Add to the jicama and coconut bowl and mix together.
In a high speed blender, combine the olive oil, coriander, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, and ginger. Blend until thoroughly combined.
Pour the oil/spices over the jicama/coconut and the nuts.
Add all the remaining ingredients. With a large spoon mix well seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in a small bowl with the coconut curry sauce on top.

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Fresh Herbed Almonds

June 27th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups whole blanched almonds
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a medium skillet heat oil on medium high heat. Add chili flakes and lemon zest and when hot add almonds and sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add fresh herbs and mix well cooking another 2 minutes. Add fresh herbs, sauté for one minute and take off heat. Sprinkle with maldon salt and serve!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Strawberry Vinaigrette

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

A lovely savory way to enjoy peak berries and even more enjoyed alongside a glass of cold sparkling white or rose wine!

Ingredients

4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 medium or small red onion, halved and sliced thin
10 medium strawberries, quartered
1 cup Bulgarian feta, crumbled
1 cup almonds, toasted and sliced or chopped
Strawberry Almond Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large salad bowl gently mix the spinach, red onion, and strawberries.  Add the feta and almonds and again mix gently.  Drizzle with the dressing and again gently toss together

Strawberry Vinaigrette
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 strawberries, mashed
1 tablespoon shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a medium or small bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth and emulsified.  Toss together with salad or use as a marinade for chicken or fish.

Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla flavor
½ cup blackberries
½ cup strawberries, cut in half and hulled
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the fresh herbs, honey and vanilla extract and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the honey is infused with the herbs flavor. Place the yogurt in a bowl or a glass and place some berries on top. Next sprinkle some almonds and pumpkin seeds and top with a few flax seeds. Drizzle the infused honey over the entire parfait while the honey is still warm, not hot.

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.

Chocolate Dried Cherry Nut Clusters

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 15 clusters

Ingredients

½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw peanuts
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup dried cherries
8 ounces dark chocolate melted
Himalayan pink salt

Directions

In a medium bowl mix together almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cherries. On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper place a teaspoon or a little more of the melted chocolate down in a circle shape Place a spoonful of the nut mixture on top of the chocolate circle. Drizzle more chocolate about 1 tablespoon over the top of that little nut mound and repeat until all chocolate and nets are used. Place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden. Remove form the parchment paper and serve. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Whole Wheat Linguini with Parsley Lemon Almond Pesto & Roasted Almonds

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

¼ pound whole-wheat linguini, cooked
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup almonds, raw
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
Salt
½ cup almonds, whole and roasted

DIRECTIONS

Cook the pasta as per pasta directions. In a blender place parsley, garlic, almonds, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil, and blend until smooth. Season with salt and toss with pasta. Garnish with toasted almonds.

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the dulce de leche until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla, salt and almonds. Mix well and then gently fold in the strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup (4 ounces) of dark semisweet chocolate, shaved or chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until all chocolate is melted. Drizzle over ice cream.

Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño, deseeded and chopped super fine
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicky Mint Yogurt & Mustard Mint Pesto

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup red onion, chopped fine
2 pounds ground lamb
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Garlicky Mint Yogurt (recipe follow)
Mustard Mint Pesto (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat broiler to high. In a large mixing bowl, using your hands combine the garlic, red onion and lamb until the mixture is evenly distributed with red onions and garlic. Add red wine vinegar, oil, spices and herbs and mix until incorporated. Make 12 three-inch long kabob shaped patties (think “corn dog” shape). Stick a skewer through the center of the kabob and grill or broil until desired consistency, about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Garlicky Mint Yogurt

Makes approximately 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, grated
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt
Pepper

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients and refrigerate for about 20 minutes before serving.

Mustard Mint Pesto

Makes about 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup almonds, toasted
1 cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt

Directions

In a blender add the garlic and almonds and pulse until chopped fine. Add the mint and cilantro leaves and the Dijon mustard and blend until the ingredients are pureed. With the blender running slowly add the oil until the pesto is smooth. Let stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

Strawberry Almond Granola

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
â…“ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup sliced raw almonds
¼ cup flax seed meal
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325ËšF.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and maple syrup. Heat until warm and butter has melted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, almonds, flax seed meal, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter and maple syrup mixture and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be a wet consistency. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for a total of 40 minutes, making sure to check every 10 minutes, stirring, so granola is toasted evenly. Once granola is golden brown, remove from oven and mix in dried strawberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Not Your Mama’s Fried Chicken

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

4 servings

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon water
Salt & pepper
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
8 chicken tenders
¼ cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey
Juice of 1 lemon
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven at 375˚F. For three step breading procedure, in a bowl, combine 1 egg, ½ of the thyme, water, paprika, salt and pepper and set aside. Combine sliced almonds and breadcrumbs on a separate plate. And then place whole wheat flour on another plate.

Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper, then place in whole wheat flour, egg mixture and then breadcrumb and almond mixture. Place on a sprayed cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together the Dijon, honey, lemon juice and the rest of the thyme. Serve 3 tenders per person with 3 tablespoons of sauce.

Tip: This is a strong mustard flavored sauce. To adjust for children’s pallets, use 4 tablespoons Dijon, ½ lemon juiced, and 4 tablespoons honey.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

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

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

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

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

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

Caramel Almond Pear Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 long rectangular tart

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For filling

1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced

DIRECTIONS

To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and add ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Transfer to a long rectangular tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine sugar and pear juice, and bring to a boil. Do not stir. Using a pastry brush, wipe any sugar from sides of pan, so sugar does not burn. Once sugar begins to melt, the caramel color will become a deep amber. Reduce heat to medium, slowly whisk in heavy cream, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat, and add butter, honey, and vanilla, and combine. Add chopped nuts, and combine.

Arrange sliced pears on tart shell, and spoon caramel nuts on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Quinoa Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4
Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup raw whole almonds
1 cup white quinoa
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1 teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons dried currants
1 small McIntosh apple, cut into 18-inch-thick wedges
¼ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread almonds on a rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Let cool.

Coarsely chop nuts. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine sieve; drain. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa; return to a boil. Stir quinoa, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer until quinoa is tender but still chewy, about 15 minutes. Fluff quinoa with a fork; let cool.

Whisk together honey, shallot, curry powder, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Season with pepper. Whisking constantly, pour in oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until dressing is emulsified. Add quinoa, currants, apple, mint, and nuts; toss well. Garnish with mint.

Quinoa Morning Cereal

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

½ cup red quinoa
1½ cup water
¼ cup chopped almonds
½ cup blueberries, fresh or dried
2 tablespoons maple syrup (more if your tooth is sweeter than mine!)
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, add the quinoa and the water, and begin to boil. Reduce to a rolling low boil, and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the almonds, blueberries, maple syrup and the nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook on a low rolling bowl for another 6 minutes, stirring constantly until soft and porridge like.

Whipped Greek Yogurt Parfait

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Greek yogurt
½ cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 crisp apple, diced
1 ripe pear, diced
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Place yogurt, whipping cream, honey, and dried spices into a cold mixing bowl. Whip with hand beater until mixture resembles whipping cream. Take a dessert glass or clear mug, and layer yogurt, fruit, and almonds. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Tip: This can also be served as a warm dessert. Take fruit, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon of all 3 dried spices, and sauté in skillet for about 3 to 4 minutes or until fruit is warmed and fragrant.
Place fruit into a dessert dish, and top with the whipped mixture and toasted almonds.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson

Smoked and Spiced Almonds

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

Apple Bread Pudding with Golden Raisins

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 loaf Challah bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup (6 ounces) golden raisins, plumped in hot water for 15 minutes
3 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
â…› teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
â…› teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
¼ cup sliced almonds

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Generously butter a 9×13-inch deep baking dish and set aside.

Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6 minutes, until crisp. Transfer to a bowl and add the apple and raisins.

In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer or whisk, beat the eggs with the sugar. Beat in the ground spices, vanilla and salt.

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk with the molasses until just warm to the touch. Gradually beat the warm milk into the egg mixture, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl. Spread bread mixture out in your large baking dish, or distribute it among ramekins. Pour the custard over the bread mixture, nudging the bread around a bit to make sure it soaks all of the pieces. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle the almonds on top. Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, until puffed and set, with the tops lightly browned. Let the bread pudding rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Ensalada de Atun & Anchoas (Tuna and Anchovy Salad)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

Honey Crème Fig Energy Bars

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-20 bars

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rolled oats
½ cup chopped dried figs
¼ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup flax seeds
¾ cup whey or soy protein powder
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup almond oil
¼ cup wheat bran
¼ cup brown rice syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. On a separate sheet tray, toast oats and nuts in oven until golden brown and fragrant, 10 to15 minutes, and let cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Meanwhile, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, add liquids and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to dry ingredients and stir well. Press oat and nut mixture into prepared half sheet tray and bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Once out of oven, cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled, cut and place in refrigerator overnight.
For on-the-go travel, wrap in wax paper.

Blueberry Nut Crispy Energy Bars

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-20 bars

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped almonds
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup flax seeds
1 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup dried blueberries
½ cup almond butter
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup toasted wheat germ

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. On a separate sheet tray, toast oats and nuts in oven until golden brown and fragrant, 10 to15 minutes, and let cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Meanwhile, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, add liquids and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to dry ingredients and stir well. Press oat and nut mixture into prepared half sheet tray and bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Once out of oven, cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled, cut and place in refrigerator overnight.
For on-the-go travel, wrap in wax paper.

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