“Kwalitys” Chickpeas

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods
3 whole dried red chiles
1½-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
4 fresh or 6 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
2 red onions, finely chopped
3 fresh hot green chiles, slit the length of the chile
1½ teaspoons salt, or to [...]

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Apple Mustard Mint Glazed Ham

Wine Pairing: Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling Gueberschwihr – Organic 2008, Germany.
This almost perfect German Riesling has smoke and stone notes lached with white peach, apple, and lemon zest. It’s zesty and snappy with a white pepper-tinged finish. It is perfect for this ham! Retails for around $18.
INGREDIENTS
For the Brine
One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned [...]

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Artichokes with Lemon Aioli Dip

INGREDIENTS
4 globe artichokes
2 lemons
1 recipe lemon aioli (see recipe) or any favorite vinaigrette
DIRECTIONS
Wash the artichokes to remove and grit between the leaves.
Snap off the stems at the base, so the artichokes stand upright. Use kitchen shears to trim the tips of each leaf. Rub the cut leaves with lemon to prevent discoloration.
Cook the artichokes in [...]

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Asparagus Salad with Mimosa and White Wine Vinaigrette

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 pound thin asparagus, 1 inch trimmed from the bottoms
Sea salt or kosher salt
4½ teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced scallion (white part only)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1⁄8 teaspoon honey
4½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Mimosa (optional)
1 hard-cooked egg
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
DIRECTIONS
Fill a bowl with water and ice. If you have time, [...]

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Asparagus Spear & Wild Mushroom Pilaf

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 medium shallot, chopped small
1 cup mixed fresh wild mushrooms (morels, chanterelles, etc)
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup white wine
¼ cup vegetable stock
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon [...]

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Bacon and Eggs Pasta Carbonara

Serves 4-5
Ingredients
1 pound Spaghetti
Olive oil
¼ pound bacon or pancetta bacon
2 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
2 large eggs
1 cup parmesan, shredded
Ground black pepper
¾ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
Directions
In a large stock pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 8 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. While [...]

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Basic Marinara

Makes 2 cups of sauce
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
9 medium tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup garlic, chopped fine
1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
1 carrot, chopped fine
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 green pepper, chopped fine
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ [...]

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Beef and Guinness Pie

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 [...]

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Belgian-Style Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Cherry-Beer Reduction and Dried Cherries

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled finely chopped
4(7-to-8-ounce), skin-on, boneless Pekin duck breasts
1 teaspoon Sea salt or kosher salt
1 cup Belgium Cherry Beer
1 cup duck or chicken stock
16 dried cherries
3 tablespoons butter, chilled
DIRECTIONS
Stir together the rosemary, lemon zest, black pepper, [...]

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Bitterballen & Herbed Mustard

Bitterballen are a staple in old Dutch cooking and have been modernized quite a bit over the years and essentially made a bit healthier. Originally served alongside a Dutch bitter Gin, hence the name, these snacks are seen throughout the country in many different forms. These lovely snacks and medium-sized meals are essentially a fried [...]

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Bourbon Persimmon Lavender Glazed Ham

Wine Pairing: Ch. De Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé 2009, France.
This one is a tough pairing the the potent floral lavender and the spicy sweet persimmon next to the smoky and salty ham. This French rosé is perfect for all. It is bright and bold but with spicy undertones that lend well to the persimmons, and it [...]

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Bourboun Black Pepper Glaze

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamin, freshly grated
¼ teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons *Buffalo Trace Bourboun

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over doughnuts!

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Butter-Braised Radishes With Their Greens

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1-2 bunches red radishes with their greens (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
DIRECTIONS
Cut the radishes away from their leaves, leaving about ½ inch of green attached. Scrub the radishes and slice them in halves or quarters [...]

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Cardamom Black Pepper Syrup

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
5 cardamom pods, crushed (whole pod)
Directions
Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for 15 minutes, strain.

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Cherry Spicy Brown Mustard

Makes 3 cups of mustard
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Founders Brewing Company Cerise Cherry Ale (Grand Rapids, Michigan) or any cherry ale
1 cup malt vinegar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped superfine
½ cup whole brown mustard seeds
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 [...]

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Chicken and Cashews

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 pieces skinless boneless chicken thighs, sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green chili, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin (separate green and white parts)
¾ cup chicken broth
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
1½ [...]

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Cinnamon Black Pepper Glaze

Ingredients
1 cup powdered sugarPinch of salt½ teaspoon cracked black pepper1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated¼ teaspoon vanilla¼ cup milk
Directions
Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Drizzle over doughnuts!

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Citrus Aioli

Makes approximately ½ cup
Ingredients
3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Coarse sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Directions
Place garlic, lemon juice and zest, lime zest, egg yolk and Dijon in a blender and puree. Season with salt. Slowly stream [...]

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Coconut Curry Sauce with Coconut Jicama Rice

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 [...]

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Corriander Tomato Gehaktballen

Makes about 20 meatballs
Meatballs are one of the most popular dishes in Holland, with traditional and fusion type recipes due to the ever changing population. This version gives a fresh new take on meatballs with the bright additive of cilantro!
INGREDIENTS
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 cup fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cayenne [...]

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 cups asparagus stems
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable broth (preferably onion-herb or neutral based)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
Salt
Black pepper
Directions
In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add butter. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes [...]

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Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
6-8 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped fine
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup half & half
DIRECTIONS
In a large soup pan over medium-high heat, add butter and oil. [...]

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Cucumber and Onion Salad

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 long regular or English cucumbers
2 Vidalia or other sweet onions
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
A pinch of fresh black pepper or crushed red pepper
¼ cup chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, mint, basil, or tarragon
DIRECTIONS
Slice the cucumbers and onions as thin as you can. Mix the sugar, vinegar, and pepper [...]

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Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

Serves 6
This quick and easy dish has its origins in Naples and originated as a means to use up leftover sauce at breakfast time. The eggs are essentially cooked in the tomato sauce, hence the purgatory! Many cultures all over the world utilize this Italian idea, this recipe has more of the Middle Eastern influences [...]

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Fava Bean Salad with Lemon, Mint and Pecorino Shavings

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the salad
3 pounds fava beans
1 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
3 cups arugula
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
For the pecorino lemon zest
¼ cup fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup pecorino, freshly grated
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked
DIRECTIONS
Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.
To [...]

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Fresh Pea Soup with Ham Hock and Croutons

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 loaf ciabatta bread
Olive oil
Salt
2 ham hocks, raw or smoked
1 large Spanish onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 leek, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 cups white wine
1 bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme, parsley, Grains of Paradise, or black pepper)
2 quarts stock, vegetable or chicken
2 cups fresh peas
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut the ciabatta into 1″ squares. [...]

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Ger-Nis Citrus Herb Cracked Black Pepper

Makes 1 cup salts
Ingredients
¼ cup maldon salt
3 tablespoons lemon zest*
1 tablespoon lime zest*
1 tablespoon orange zest*
2 teaspoons red chili flakes
½ cup black pepper corns
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
*Use organic unwaxed citrus, make sure citrus and herbs are completely dry.
Directions
Preheat oven to 225°F. Combine all [...]

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Ger-Nis Hoisin Sauce

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
½ cup tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons yuzu rice vinegar
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon Ger-Nis siracha
1 teaspoon black pepper, finely ground
Directions
In a small mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated. Place in a squeeze bottle for easy use. Store in the refrigerator [...]

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Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

Serves 12
Ingredients
For the dressing
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime [...]

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Ginger & Spice Apple Fitters with Cinnamon Black Pepper Glaze

Makes about 20 small fritters
Ingredients
2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2  teaspoons cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon all spice
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
¾ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 [...]

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Ginger Sage Maple Glazed Ham

Wine Pairing: Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueill “Cuvee Chavalerie” – Organic 2001, France.
This is an old Cab Franc Producer that has been producing traditional Cab Francs for generations. This wine is super robust, extremely herbaceous, and quite elegant. It is extremely compatible with the potent sage and ginger and excellent with the saltiness of the [...]

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Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
4 cup mixed greens
2 Ruby red grapefruits
2 avocados, chopped
2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
On a large platter, arrange mixed greens. To prepare the grapefruit segments, use a serrated knife to slice off both ends of each orange, and then stand upright on a cutting board. Following the curve [...]

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Green Apple and Celery Salad with Walnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
6 large or 8 medium celery stalks
1⁄3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly milled black pepper
1 large Granny smith apple
¼ cup finely chopped celery leaves
DIRECTIONS
Peel away and discard any tough fibers from [...]

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Grilled Chicken Paillard with Nectarine Salsa and Peach BBQ Sauce

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
Peach BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)
2 nectarines, not fully ripe, firm, deseeded and chopped small
½ red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
½ red onion, chopped small
1 serrano chili, deseeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt
Directions
Pound the [...]

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Grilled Chicken Pillards with Cucumber and Melon Herb Salsa

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
½ medium sized cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and chopped small
2 large cucumbers, deseeded and chopped small
½ [...]

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

Makes 20 tacos
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta, Olives, and Herbs

Serves 5-7 people
Ingredients
1 cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large red onion, sliced
1 cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup pitted green olive (ideally calabrese or something equally briny)
Red wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil (ideally Frantoia or Montevertine)
Black pepper
Directions
Place [...]

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Herbed Calamari with Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
Vegetable oil for deep frying (about 2 cups)
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk
1 pound squid with tentacles, cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ cup flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup breadcrumbs (fine)
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground fine
Chive Blossom [...]

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Herbed Goat Cheese

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, chives, dill, mint, tarragon, thyme, chopped fine
1 long goat cheese log, chilled
Baguette, sliced and toasted
PREPARATION
In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except goat cheese. Place chilled goat cheese log on plate, and [...]

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Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicy Mint Yogurt

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup red onion, chopped fine
2 pounds lamb, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground corriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
Garlicky Mint Yogurt (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Mix the lamb, the [...]

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Herbed Tomato Salsa

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

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

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil to a medium high heat, add the onions and sauté [...]

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Jamaican Jerk Glazed Ham

Wine Pairing: Charles Joguet, Chinon “clos du Chene Vert” – Organic 2002, France.
This highly complex and extremely spicy wine does not overcomplicate the intricate flavors of the jerk glaze and spices, instead they forge an incredibly bold pair suited for bold palettes and the brave of heart, much like the dish itself! Retails for about [...]

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Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound [...]

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Laotian Spring Rolls

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

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Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
For the brine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1 cup salt
2 gallon hot water (no more, possibly less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and [...]

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Lavender-Honey Mustard

Makes 2 cups mustard
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Brasserie Dupont Bière de Miel biologique (Belgium) or any Belgium style honey beer
½ cup malt vinegar
¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup dry mustard
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
DIRECTIONS
In a medium bowl whisk together beer, vinegar and mustard seeds. [...]

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Le Pruneau Homme

Ingredients
2 ounces prune infused gin (recipe follows)
2 ounces hum liquor
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cardamom ginger black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
Sparkling Wine
“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar (recipe follows)
Gin Infused Prunes
Directions
In a shaker filled with ice, place the gin, hum liquor, lemon juice, and syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned martini style glass and [...]

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Lentil Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
For the salad
6 cups water
11⁄3 cups French lentils, sorted
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced (to the size of the lentils)
1 stalk celery, finely diced (to the size of the lentils)
½ medium red bell pepper, finely diced (to the size of the lentils)
½ medium yellow bell pepper, finely diced [...]

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Manchengo Cheese & Ham Croquettes

Serves 6

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small medium yellow onion
½ cup flour
¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup Serrano ham, chopped
1 cup manchengo cheese, grated
1 cup bread crumbs
Oil for frying
Directions
In a medium sauce pan, heat oil to a medium high heat, add onion and sauté for about 3-4 minutes [...]

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Manchurian Cauliflower

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
About 2 quarts corn or canola oil, for frying
3 eggs
2⁄3 cup cornstarch
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large or 2 small heads cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup ketchup
Cayenne pepper to taste
Cooked white rice, for serving (optional)
Steamed greens, for serving (optional)
DIRECTIONS
Put at least 2 inches [...]

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Mezcal, Cilantro Dried Cherry Glazed Chicken Wings

Smoky mezcal and dried cherries give these wings a unique flavor, and the sweet and smoky flavors perfectly complement ice cold beer!

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Mushroom Herb Leek Puff Pastry Tartlets

Makes 8
INGREDIENTS
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
3 tablespoons butter
1 small leek (white and light green only), cut into 2″ strips
2 cups mixed mushrooms, chopped or sliced (depending on mushroom)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup crème fraiche
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup gruyere cheese
Salt and pepper
DIRECTIONS
Remove one sheet of puff pastry, and [...]

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Olive Oil Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
1½ pounds carrots
2 medium turnips (about ½ pound)
2 medium parsnips (about ½ pound)
2 medium red onions (about ½ pound)
2½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
1 teaspoon organic brown sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
8 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar plus additional to taste
Freshly milled black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons [...]

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Paches de Guatemala (Guatemala Potato Tamales)

Makes 8 tamales
INGREDIENTS
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup water
Salt
6 tablespoons lard or margarine
1 pound potatoes, cooked and mashed
2 cups masa harina
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon achiote powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
Corn [...]

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Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

Serves 8
Ingredients
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons citrus champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches (about 12 pieces per) asparagus, ends trimmed
1 cup white Japanese-style breadcrumbs (Panko)
Directions
Preaheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive [...]

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Passover Roasted Leg of Lamb

Serves 10-12
Ingredients
½ cup fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cloves, whole
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons coriander, whole
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
6 pound leg of lamb, trimmed of fat
6 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 medium yellow onions, divided into 12 wedges or cubes
2 bottles dry red wine
8 cups veal or chicken stock
1 pound or [...]

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Pea & Mint Tortellini in Herbed Brodo

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the spring pea and mint tortellini
Olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 cup fresh peas, steamed soft and mashed
2 teaspoons lemon zest ¼ cup grated pecorino
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh pasta sheets
For the herbed brodo
1 (¼ pound) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 cups chicken stock
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 [...]

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Peruvian Pisco Sour (Peru)

Many of our products this time of year are coming from Peru including the mangoes, in light of this we thought we would add a little mango & basil to our pisco sours and top it off with some ginger bitters!

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Pomegranate Black Pepper Soda

In a glass filled with ice mix 1 ounce of pomegranate black pepper molasses with 2 ounces fresh pomegranate juice and gill with seltzer and stir!
Pomegranate Black Pepper Molasses
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
5 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
Directions
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to [...]

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Pomegranate Black Pepper Sparkler

Ingredients
Pomegranate Black Pepper Molasses (recipe follows)
Sparkling wine
Pomegranate seeds for garnish
Directions
Pour one ounce of pomegranate black pepper molasses in a champagne glass and fill with champagne. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
Pomegranate Black Pepper Molasses
Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
5 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
Directions
Place all the ingredients in [...]

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Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

Makes 15-20 crostinis
INGREDIENTS
Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette bread sliced thin and [...]

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Raw Asparagus & Arugula Salad

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 bunch asparagus, sliced at an angle
1 bunch arugula or rocolla (about 2-3 cups) chopped
½ cup parmesan, grated finely
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl, combine the asparagus, arugula and parmesan, and mix well. Drizzle the olive oil [...]

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Roasted Pork Loin with Onion Cherry Sage Sauce

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For the pork loin
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 fresh bay leaves, veins stems removed
2 teaspoon juniper berries
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 3-pound pork loin
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon hazelnut oil or olive oil
½ cup chicken broth
For the cherry onion sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 [...]

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

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 pound onions, roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
Sea salt or kosher salt
2 pounds assorted winter root vegetables, such as rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, turnip, celery root, and sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)
2 teaspoons [...]

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Santorini Dried Tomatoes

Makes 1 pound of dried tomatoes
Ingredients
Olive oil
1 pound Santorini tomatoes (or very good quality cherry tomatoes), sliced in half
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
Directions
Preheat the oven to 170°F. On a greased or lined baking sheet, place the cherry tomatoes flesh side up very close to [...]

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Sauteed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Mint

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
16 baby artichokes, trimmed, stems left on if possible, halved and rubbed with lemon
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme
¾ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
Warm the oil in a heavy 8 to 10-inch skillet over medium heat [...]

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Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

Makes 15 tostadas
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 [...]

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Spiced Bourboun Apple Fritters with Bourboun Black Pepper Glaze

Makes about 20 fritters

Ingredients

2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2 teaspoons cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon all spice
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
¼ cup *Buffalo Trace Bourboun
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 apples, peeled and chopped small
Bourboun Black Pepper [...]

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Spicy Bread Pickle Spears

Ingredients
4-5 pickling cucumbers (Kirby)
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked
1 tablespoon Ger-Nis Smoky Salt
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoon Ger-Nis Tabasco
Directions

Cut the cucumbers into wedges (4-6). In a mixing bowl combine spices, vinegar, water and Tabasco and mix well. Place cucumbers in a jar and fill with [...]

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Spicy Italian Sausage

Makes 9 sausages
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds pork butt, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat, chunk bacon or fatback
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Casings, of [...]

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Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

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

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Spinach & Herb Meatloaf

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped fine
2 sprigs onions, chopped (including green parts)
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon thyme or regular thyme
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼ – ½ cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tablespoon tabasco or hot sauce (Ger-Nis tabasco)
Ger-Nis Tabasco
INGREDIENTS
2 red bell peppers, deseeded and [...]

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Spring Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche

Serves 1-2
Ingredients
1 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
Zest of 1-2 limes (reserve half of the cream fraiche)
3 medium carrots, chopped, peels on
1 cup water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche, to garnish (recipe follows)
Directions
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic and onions for a few [...]

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Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

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 [...]

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Spring Mix Salad with Herbed Onion Dressing

Serves 1-2
Ingredients
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon red onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch or two of salt
Pinch or two of black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon thyme leaves (optional)
2 cups spring mix salad greens
Directions
In a large mixing bowl, mix together [...]

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Summer Sausage and Herb Cassoulet

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon lemon zest
2 pounds cranberry beans, shelled
1 cup white wine
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
½ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 links of herbal chicken sausage, sliced 1 [...]

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Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

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 [...]

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Sweet Maple Mustard

Makes 2 cups mustard
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Smutty Nose Baltic Porter (New Hampshire) or any rich porter beer
1 cup malt vinegar
¾ cup brown mustard seeds
3 tablespoons dry mustard
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a medium bowl whisk together beer, vinegar, and mustard [...]

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Tapenade Aioli

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoon capers, drained
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
¾ cup mayonnaise
Directions
In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients until smooth. Serve atop a herby beef burger!

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The (Grape) Pickled Pepper

Ingredients
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
¾ cup aged white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup water¾ cup turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon pink salt
1 ½ cups red or black grapes
1 ounce fresh red or black grape juice (juicer)
2 ounces Brueckelen Distilling Glorious [...]

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Tomato Croquettes

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Tomato Croquettes

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 [...]

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Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
2 tablespoons pickling spices, ground medium
1 tablespoon black pepper, ground medium
1 (3-4 pounds) prepared (brined) corned beef
3 carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely
3 yellow onions, chopped into quarters
8-10 baby potatoes, halved
1 medium cabbage, cut into 8 pieces
2 tablespoons butter, softened
DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, [...]

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Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For the soup
1 cup whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
½ of a sweet yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup celery, chopped fine
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped fine
Salt
1 bouquet garni of fresh herbs in a cheesecloth sack: parsley, thyme, rosemary (a few springs of each)
2 fresh bay [...]

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Water Cress Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
2 bunches watercress, trimmed, washed, stems torn into 2 inch pieces
For vinaigrette
1 tablespoon Dijon Style mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
Place the prepared watercress in a large bowl and refrigerate until cold.
Combine the mustard and lemon juice in a [...]

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Whole Wheat Broccoli Calzones

Makes 4-6 calzones
Ingredients
1 recipe Ger-Nis Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
2 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup ham, cooked and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
¼ cup milk
1 cup milk cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
Directions
Preheat oven 425°F.
Roll the pizza dough out into 4-6 five inch circles. Place on a large baking sheet [...]

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Wholegrain Savory Garden Scones

Makes about 10 scones

These amazingly delicious scones are perfect for those who want a quick and savory breakfast option.
Easy on the go and healthy! Eat with a dollop of herbal butter or tomato preserves.
Ingredients
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
¼ cup fresh [...]

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Winter Squash Potage with Spiced Créme Fraiche

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
For soup
3 pounds winter squash (such as kabocha, acorn, or butternut), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large or 2 medium Spanish onions, chopped (2 cups)
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 quart vegetable stock, or water
½ cup apple cider [...]

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