ORGANIC LOCAL RICOTTA CHEESE + ORGANIC VEGGIES FROM EARLS = BEST ORGANIC VEGGIE RICOTTA LASAGNA!

March 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


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Enjoy this recipe inspired by the connection  two organic and sustainable food folks have made!

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves organic garlic, chopped fine
2 medium organic yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium organic carrots, chopped small
2 medium organic green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup organic broccoli florets, cut super small
8 medium organic plum tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh organic basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 tablespoons fresh organic oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
2 cups organic tomato sauce, canned
½ cup organic red table wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh  organic spinach
3 cups  fresh ricotta (Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Jersey Ricotta)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups parmesan cheese, grated
1 cups fresh mozzarella, sliced thin

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and sauté a few more minutes.  Next add the tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end).  Allow to cook about twenty minutes, cooking down the tomatoes.  Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a mixing bowl combine the ricotta, nut meg and eggs and mix well.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then

gently spoon some of the ricotta mixture over the spinach (small dollops, over the layer about 1-1/2 inches apart.  Add a thin layer of warm sauce, making sure to move it around and melt the ricotta, making the layer even and consistent in sauce and ricotta.  Sprinkle a layer of parmesan cheese on top of the tomato sauce layer. Repeat the steps and make about 3-4 layers.  For the top, add a layer of noodles and a “glossing of sauce” just to moisten the noodles.  Cover with fresh slices of mozzarella and the reaming chopped fresh herbs.  Then sprinkle it with a thin layer of the grated parmesan.  Season with salt and pepper again.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty and lightly brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20-30  minutes before serving. ( this will settled the lasagna and make cutting and serving easier!

Featured Earls Organic Growers: Covilli Zucchini, Jacobs Farms Herbs, La Colline Broccoli, Earthbound Farms Spinach

Earls Organic Produce, promotes organic agriculture and sustainable food trade while cultivating enduring partnerships with growers, producers and customers alike. Earls seeks to educate, excite and evoke passion for the organic culture and continually evolve.  An authentic passion for food and pure, fertile soil together fostered what has become the leading regional distributor of organic produce in the San Francisco Bay area, connecting like minded food conscious folks.

Bellwether Farms, located in the rolling hills of the Sonoma County Coast, the farm is located a few miles from the ocean, near Tamales & Bodega Bays.  The region is well known for mild temperatures and coastal fog.  With the absence of any heat stresses, the region is quintessential in it’s Shangri-La conditions for making exemplary cheese!

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Fresh Carrot & Lime Sodas

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
½ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 cup fresh carrot juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
Ice
Seltzer water

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the mint, ginger, sugar and water.  Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve all the sugar.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 5-10 minutes.  Take of the heat and set aside to cool completely.  Strain.  In a large pitcher filled with ice, place the ginger syrup, carrot and lime juice and stir well, fill with seltzer to taste.

Roasted Spicy Moroccan Chicken with Figs & Carrots in Spicy Brown Butter Sauce

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

6-8 pieces of chicken, drumsticks, wings, legs or breasts
Salt
2 tablespoons ros al hanout, traditional or modern recipe, plus 1 tablespoon
6 medium carrots, cut in half
12-16 dried figs
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped large
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 cups chicken broth
½ stick butter

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. In a large glass, greased baking dish lay down the chicken skin side up. Sprinkle with salt (both sides) as well as with two tablespoons of the ros el hanout mixture, making sure to rub it all over the chicken. Place the carrots, garlic, onion and the figs around in the baking dish. In a mixing bowl whisk together the zest, citrus juice, vinegar, sugar, remaining tablespoon of ros el hanout and broth and pour over the chicken mixture. Place the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Stirring and turning occasionally. In the last five minutes of cooking, take the dish out of the oven and strain out the juice or drippings. Place the dish back in the oven with a temperature of 425°F and brown the chicken, cook for about 5 minutes maximum. In the mean time in a small sauce pan heat the butter on medium high and cook until it turns brown stirring often to ensure it doesn’t burn. Add the juice or pan drippings for the chicken and stir well and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve the chicken and fig dish over couscous drizzled with the brown butter sauce.

Roasted Spicy Moroccan Chicken with Figs & Carrots in Spicy Brown Butter Sauce

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

6-8 pieces of chicken, drumsticks, wings, legs or breasts
Salt
2 tablespoons ros al hanout, traditional or modern recipe, plus 1 tablespoon
6 medium carrots, cut in half
12-16 dried figs
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped large
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 cups chicken broth
½ stick butter

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. In a large glass, greased baking dish lay down the chicken skin side up. Sprinkle with salt (both sides) as well as with two tablespoons of the ros el hanout mixture, making sure to rub it all over the chicken. Place the carrots, garlic, onion and the figs around in the baking dish. In a mixing bowl whisk together the zest, citrus juice, vinegar, sugar, remaining tablespoon of ros el hanout and broth and pour over the chicken mixture. Place the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Stirring and turning occasionally. In the last five minutes of cooking, take the dish out of the oven and strain out the juice or drippings. Place the dish back in the oven with a temperature of 425°F and brown the chicken, cook for about 5 minutes maximum. In the mean time in a small sauce pan heat the butter on medium high and cook until it turns brown stirring often to ensure it doesn’t burn. Add the juice or pan drippings for the chicken and stir well and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve the chicken and fig dish over couscous drizzled with the brown butter sauce.

Cod en Papillote

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 ear sweet corn kernels
1 medium tomato, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup white wine
6 pieces cod, 3-4 ounces each
6 sqaure pieces of parchment paper ( 8 X 8 )
2 cups baby arugula or watercress
Lemon juice to taste
Salt and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl combine the corn, tomato, carrots, garlic, parsley, thyme and lemon zest together, and season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Season each piece of fish with salt and pepper and place in the center of each parchment paper square. Divide the vegetable mixture between all of the 6 parchment squares setting a scoop onto each fish piece. Place a pat of butter on top of each fish piece and a little white wine. Fold the parhcment paper like a present making sure it is completely sealed and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. In the meantime place the watercress or baby arugula in a bowl and season with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. When the fish is done, cut the package open and serve with the salad on the side.

*Recipe Property of Laura Kimberly Merrick

Garden Coleslaw

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup plain yogurt
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons celery seeds
2 teaspoons dill weed
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon salt
1 cup green cabbage, shredded
1 cup nappa cabbage, shredded
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 medium red onion, chopped, fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced into 1 inch match sticks
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
Black volcanic salt for garnish

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together mayo, yogurt, vinegar, and spices until smooth and creamy. In a large mixing bowl toss together all vegetables and coat with dressing, a little at a time, mixing as you go making sure it is well mixed. Let stand for about 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with volcanic black salt.

Mango Shrimp Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 rolls

Ingredients

12 rice paper wrappers
1 head boston lettuce leaves, white parts removed
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
½ cup semi ripe mango, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
24 medium sized shrimp, shelled, poached and tails removed
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
Peanuts (optional)
Sweet chili sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. Place one wrapper down and arrange lettuce leaves on top, place a few of the carrots, bell peppers, scallions and mangoes atop and then add a few fresh herbs. Place two cooked shrimp in the wrap. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with peanuts and sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Roasted Heirloom Vegetable Ricotta Carrot Roulade with Black Olive Herbal Drizzle

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-30 Roulades

Ingredients

3 medium heirloom summer squashes, chopped large
1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
2 medium red heirloom carrots, chopped large
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered
6 cremini mushrooms, halved
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
4 large heirloom carrots
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 cup fresh ricotta

Olive drizzle

½ cup oil cured black olives, pitted and chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 ° F. Place the squash, tomatoes, red carrots, mushrooms, onion and garlic on a large baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over the top and bake until well roasted and semi charred or about 10 minutes. Take out and allow to cool completely. In the meantime prepare the carrot ribbons. Using a vegetable peeler shave carrots longwise into long ribbons (equally a mandolin can be used but is more difficult.) Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the carrot ribbons for about a minute or until soft but not too soft. Place immediately in an ice bath. Drain. Chop the roasted vegetables super fine and place in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the fresh herbs, lemon juice and zest and ricotta. Refrigerate until cool again. Roll the carrot ribbons in a circle about a half inch in diameter and plac eon a lines baking sheet. Place the ricotta in a piping bag with no tip (allowing for a wide hole) and pipe the ricotta vegetable mixture into the center. Place in the refrigerator until cold. Mix the olive drizzle by whisking together all ingredients and letting stand for five minutes. Drizzle the olive mixture atop the roulades before serving.

Garden Salad with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cups mesclun mix
1 medium carrot, grated
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Sweet Onion Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl toss together all the vegetables and dress to desired moisture content with the onion vinaigrette.

Sweet Onion Vinaigrette
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons caramelized onions, chopped fine
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
Black pepper

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add more or less of any ingredient according to taste preference.

Garden Caviar

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped superfine
½ medium green zucchini, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red peppers, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped superfine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Chilled Tomato Soup

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

8-10 medium heirloom tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
6 large basil leaves
Garden caviar (recipe follows)

Directions

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add one large basil leaf to the top of each soup, gently spoon some of the garden caviar on top of the basil leaf for garnish.

Garden Caviar
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped superfine
½ medium green zucchini, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red peppers, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped superfine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Ginger Carrot Wholegrain Pancakes

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-8 cakes

Ingredients

1½ cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups 1% milk
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup carrot puree (cooked & blended carrots)
½ cup buckwheat flour
3 large eggs
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons lowfat plain yogurt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Directions

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients, making sure to break up eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry along with grated ginger and stir. (Place all ingredients in a large measuring cup for easy pour). Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour ¼ cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Serve with ginger maple syrup.

Garden Flounder Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Flounder fillets, sliced in thin strips or cut into small cubes
1 medium zucchini, chopped super fine
1 medium carrot, chopped super fine
½ medium red onion, chopped fine
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 teaspoon red chili, chopped fine
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup micro herbs or sprouts
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
Black pepper

Directions

Place the fish and the vegetables in a large mixing bowl and season with salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the paprika, herbs, lemon juice, zest, vinegar and oil. Mix together with fish and vegetables and season with pepper. Let stand refrigerated for about 45 minutes. Serve cold!

Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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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 juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¾ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

3 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth and set aside. Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed. Mix in dressing and toss until evenly distributed. Season with salt to taste.

Ger-Nis Garden Potato Salad

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 12

Ingredients

6 cups cooked potatoes, cubed (all colors blue, red, and white)
2 cups radishes, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup red onions, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh dill, chopped
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup lovage, chopped
1 cup crème fraiche
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
Salt/pepper
Paprika
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced

Directions

In a large mixing bowl mix all potatoes, radishes, celery, onions, carrots and peppers. In another small mixing bowl mix dill, parsley, lovage, crème fraiche, lemon, horseradish, mustard seeds, celery seeds, vinegar and salt and pepper. Mix bowl of potatoes and vegetables with dressing and sprinkle with paprika for garnish. Garnish with sliced hard boiled eggs and fresh herbs.

Wholegrain Savory Garden Scones

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 corn kernels
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons carrots, grated
2 tablespoons green onions, sliced fine
3 tablespoons zucchini, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup cheddar cheese (optional)
13 cup butter, unsalted, cubed and chilled
½ cup low fat milk or buttermilk
2 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper, stir well. Add the vegetables and mix until all the vegetables are mixed and covered in flour. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles a course meal with chunks of vegetables in it. In a spate mixing bowl whisk together milk and eggs until beaten. Add the milk mixture to the flour and vegetable mixture and stir until combined fully. Pick the dough up and give it a few kneads but just enough to hold it together. Roll the dough out onto a cutting board forming an 5-8 inch circle about an inch thick. Cut the dough into 8-10 wedges and place on a lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and a stick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool before serving. For storage wrap in a plastic zip lock or tupperware and store refrigerated up to 2 weeks. Alternatively scones can be stored outside of the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Jerk Chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

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 juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Jerk chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

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 juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Kelp Noodles Pad Thai and Almond Sauce

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

Pad Thai mixture

1 carrot, julienne
1 red pepper, filled, julienne
½ red cabbage, thinly sliced or mandolin
¼ cup snow peas, cut thinly on diagonal
1 spring onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons tamari
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 small red chili, minced
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 cup mung bean sprouts
½ cup kelp noodles, soak in hot water 10 minutes
10 leaves of basil, chiffonade
1 small handful cilantro, roughly chopped
10 mint leaves, chiffonade

Sauce for kelp noodles

½ tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon tamari
½ teaspoon of sesame oil

The almond ginger sauce

3 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut nectar
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon tamari
½ cm ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
A pinch of cayenne

Directions

Take Phad Thai ingredients except the kelp noodles, put in a medium size bowl and mix, set aside.
Mix all together in a bowl almond butter, tamari and sesame oil. Once mixed together put the drained kelp noodles in the bowl of sauce and massage thoroughly with hands. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Take part the almond sauce blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
Take the pad thai mixture and the kelp noodles with it’s sauce and mix together, put a good amount on a plate drizzle almond sauce around and over pad thai.

Garnish with mint, chiffonade, cilantro leaves and finely chopped almonds.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Spring Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the lime zest and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and water and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime créme fraiche and garnish with cilantro leaves.

Cilantro Lime Créme Fraiche

Makes 2 tablespoons

Ingredients

2 tablespoons créme fraiche
1 tablespoon lime juice
Pinch of lime zest
½ tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

Thai Green Coconut Curry & Vegetables

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Basic Marinara

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

Sauté garlic, onions, carrots, and chili flakes in olive oil on medium heat until soft. Place all remaining ingredients except ½ cup oregano in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place on low and simmer for about 45 minutes stirring regularly until all tomatoes are broken down. With a handheld food processor blend all ingredients in the pot until totally smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce because they give a very rustic look and texture and provide a quick, easy sauce. Cook blended sauce on low for another 10 minutes adding more salt to taste. When finished , add remaining fresh oregano. Boil sauce on a low boil uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until you reach desired thickness. Add remaining chopped oregano at end.

Cabbage & Bean Salad with Spicy Pesto Vinaigrette

June 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup red cabbage, shredded
½ cup carrots, grated
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 cup sliced radishes
1 cup baby greens
1 red chili pepper (fresh) and chopped
2 cups cannellini beans
¼ cup champagne vinegar
Juice and zest of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon basil sauce or pesto
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all vegetable sin a big salad bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients (dressing) until smooth and toss over salad.

Panamanian Sancocho

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing, 1 chicken thigh and 1 chicken drumstick
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil (avocado oil preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup yucca, chopped in ½ inch squares
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 cup zucchini or pumpkin, chopped, medium
1 large plantains, sliced in 1 inch sliced
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon hot sauce
4 cups chicken stock, or water
1 -2 ears of fresh corn on the cob, sliced in 2-inch sections
Cotija cheese

Directions

Season all the chicken parts with salt and pepper. In a large soup pan heat oil to a high heat. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Sauté garlic, onions and jalapeno until semi translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the yucca, red pepper and carrot and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Next add the tomatoes, the fresh herbs and the cumin and mix well. Add the squash, the plaintains, the lime juice and zest, the hot sauce and the chicken stock or water and add chicken. Mix well and bring to a boil. Once at a boil turn to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add the corn pieces and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve garnishes with cotija cheese. Serve over Arroz con Coco.

Carrot & Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 large carrots
1 cup ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Take the top parts of the carrots and slice them in rounds thin but not paper thin, at least 1 inch wide. Arrange 10 slices of carrots on a lined baking sheet. Place a small spoon full of the ice cream over the carrot slices on the baking sheet making sure it is a small enough amount it doesn’t hang over the carrot slice. Place another (equal size) slice of carrot over the top of the ice cream and gently press down forming a tiny ice cream sandwich. Freeze for about 1 hour. Store in a zip lock freezer bag.

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Pork Fried Rice

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

Oil (sesame, canola or peanut)
1 pound pork loin, cut into small ½-inch cubes
Flour for dusting pork
Salt/pepper
2 carrots, chopped small (diced)
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped fine
4 scallions, sliced
4 cups rice, cooked and cold
Soy sauce
Sriracha or sambal (optional)
2 eggs, beaten

Directions

Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a large sauté pan or a wok to a high heat. Toss pork with seasoned flour (salt and pepper). Cook pork until no longer raw in the center, 1-2 minutes. Remove pork and add carrots. Cook for 1 minute. Then add in pepper, toss together and add in ginger, garlic, and scallions. Sauté for about 1 minute and add rice. Toss everything together and start to season with soy sauce (and Sriracha or Sambal for some heat). With a wooden spoon, form a well in the center of the rice and add the eggs. Let the eggs fry in the center for about 1 minute while mixing it with the spoon. Fold egg into rice and serve immediately.

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For chicken pesto meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
1 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fien
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fien
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
3 cups baby spinach
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

For chicken pesto meatballs

In a large bowl, using your hands to combine ground chicken, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Roll about a tablespoon of mixture at a time into 1-inch balls and set aside.

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and red chili flakes, cook 1 minute more. Add chicken stock, carrots, celery, fennel, and parmesan rind. Increase heat and bring to a boil, drop in chicken meatballs, lower heat to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Add pasta and continue to cook until vegetables are tender, meatballs are cooked through, and pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add spinach and cook, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For spring vegetable minestrone

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups arugula leaves, chopped

For the herb pesto

1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add vegetable stock, thyme, carrots, celery, asparagus, and green beans. Season with salt. Increase heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes. Add peas, beans and tomatoes and cook 10 minutes more. Add arugula and cook just until wilted. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto.

For the herb pesto

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in blender. Stream in olive oil while blending and combine.

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.

Lentil Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

For the salad

6 cups water
113 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 (to the size of the lentils)
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, snipped
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

For the dressing

1 cup yogurt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon freshly milled black pepper, or to taste

Directions

To prepare the salad, in a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the lentils and cook at a boil for 10 minutes. Add the salt and boil for 10 to 15 minutes longer or until the lentils are cooked through but are still firm enough to hold their shape. Drain them in a sieve and rinse under cold running water until cool. Drain thoroughly and pour into a serving bowl.

Add the chopped vegetables and herbs and stir to combine.

In a bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients and whisk until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Let the salad to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Adapted from The Modern Vegetarian Table by Peter Berley

Maple Roasted Carrots

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Remember, to shorten the roasting time of any root vegetable you can pre-steam it. For even speedier cooking, you can use bagged baby carrots.

Ingredients

2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced into 1-inch diagonals ½-inch thick
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter or extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 475°F.

Pour ½ inch of water into a pot fitted with a steamer insert and bring to a boil over high heat.
Add the carrots, cover and steam for 5 minutes.

Place a rimmed baking pan or baking dish (it should be large enough to hold the carrots in a single layer) in the oven to heat.

In a large bowl, combine the maple syrup, lemon juice, butter and salt.

Drain the carrots well, transfer them to the bowl and toss to coat. With a rubber spatula scrape the carrots onto the baking pan and roast, stirring halfway through, until tender and lightly caramelized, about 15 minutes.

Adapted from Fresh Food Fast by Peter Berley

Carrot Orange Mint Sodas

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 sodas


Ingredients


¼ cup mint leaves, chopped fine
2 cups orange juice
¼ cup honey (optional)
4-6 carrots (medium sized)
Ice
Seltzer water


Directions


Mix together chopped basil leaves, orange juice and honey and set aside. Juice the carrots and mix juice together with the orange and basil mixture. Dived the mixed juice between four classes and fill glasses with ice, place a bit of the seltzer water on to fill and serve, garnish with a basil leaf.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salsa and Whole Wheat Chips

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 2-3 cups salsa

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 small spring onions, chopped fine
½ cup fennel bulb, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
3 spears of asparagus, chopped fine
½ cup fresh peas
½ cup carrots, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon chopped chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili flakes
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon maldon salt
Whole Wheat chips (Recipe Follows)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 425° F. Place the garlic, onions, fennel, red pepper, asparagus, peas and carrots on a line baking sheet and roast for about 10 -15 minutes or until all vegetables are beginning to brown and char. In the mean time whisk together the fresh herbs, lemon zest lemon juice, chili flakes and olive oil. When roasted vegetables come out of the oven immediately place in a bowl and drizzle with dressing. Mix well and season with salt. Serve with whole wheat chips.

Lemony Whole Wheat Chips

Serves 4

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the parsley, oil, lemon juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Fresh Thai Beef Cabbage Salad

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound flank steak
Salt
1 fresh thai chili, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of three limes
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
½ cup daikon radish, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
1 cup baby romaine lettuces
Black sesame seeds
Lime wedges

Directions

Season the flank steak with salt and the thai chili and let stand for about 10 minutes at room temperature. In a blender add the ginger, garlic, zest, lime juice, fresh herbs, sweet chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Blend until smooth. Add a few spoonfuls onto the meat (both sides). Preheat broiler. In a large mixing bowl toss together cabbage, carrots and daikon. Toss together with baby lettuces. On a flat baking sheet broil the flank steak (or cook on the grill) for about 5 minutes, or until desired doneness, making sure to slit halfway through. Let stand to cool a few minutes. In the meanwhile, toss together a little of the sauce with the cabbage until dressed with desired amount. Slice the beef thin and serve warm on top of cold salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with lime wedges.

Herbal Spring Rolls

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 rolls

Ingredients

12 rice paper wrappers
1 head boston lettuce leaves, white parts removed
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
½ cup semi ripe mango, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
Peanuts (optional)
Sweet chili sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. Place one wrapper down and arrange lettuce leaves on top, place a few of the carrots, bell peppers, scallions and mangoes atop and then add a few fresh herbs. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with peanuts and sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Zucchini Carrot Cakes (weight management dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen mini cakes

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 small zucchini, shredded
1 small carrot, shredded
2 tablespoons pumpkin-seed oil or sunflower oil
¼ cup milk, skim
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, zucchini, carrots and pumpkin seeds and milk until smooth and creamy. Add the pumpkin seeds and mix and set aside. In a smaller mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and the salt and mix well. Slowly add the dry goods to the wet a little at a time until combined and batter like constancy. Place by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet (or lined with parchment paper) bake little mini cakes in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick interested in each cake comes out clean. Allow to cool, store in a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

The Beet Bloody Mary

May 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix

Ingredients

5 red beets, washed and scrubbed
3 carrots, washed and scrubbed
1 large bunch parsley
2 cups water
1½ tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon citrus champagne vinegar
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon salt
Smoky Salt
Vodka

Directions

Using a juicer, juice the beets, carrots and parsley. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients and stir well. In a tall, smoky salt-rimmed glass filled with ice, pour 2-4 ounces of vodka and fill with bloody mary mix. Garnish with a lime or lemon wedge and pickled green bean, asparagus, or celery stick.

Bitterballen & Herbed Mustard

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 meatball. Typically loaded with fresh herbs and made in various ways, a common version is where the meat and herbs are mixed with mashed potatoes or another starchy vegetable, deep fried, and served with spicy, herbed mustard. Here is an adapted & healthier version from Ger-Nis.

Bitterballen Ger-Nis Style

Makes about 20 bitterballen

INGREDIENTS

1 medium celery root, peeled boiled and mashed
1 small carrot, shredded
1 medium red onion, grated or chopped super fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
½ cup cooked ground veal
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
¼ cup butter melted
3 eggs, beaten
1-2 cups breadcrumbs, superfine
Oil (for frying)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed celery root, carrots, onion and herbs, mix well. Add the ground veal and continue to mix well. Season with the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add melted butter and mix well. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Heat oil in a large frying pan.

To assemble bitterballen, take a spoonful of the celery mash mixture and form into a ball, dip in the beaten egg and roll or cover in the breadcrumbs. Place in the fryer and fry until balls are floating and they are cooked through about 3 minutes. Take out of oil and place on a towel so that the excess oil drains off. Serve warm or hot with the mustard!

Herby Spicy Mustard-Dutch Style

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup brown mustard seeds
¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
¾ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup water

DIRECTIONS

In a small, non-metallic mixing bowl, cover the mustard seeds with the sugar, tumeric, salt, ½ cup of the vinegar and the water and soak covered overnight. Then, with a mortar and pestle pound the mustard seeds until coarse and broken to desired texture. Add the herbs. Add remaining vinegar and continue to mix and mash until coarse yet smooth. (A blender or coffee grinder works perfectly as well.) Place in a covered jar, and refrigerate.

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens and Italian Herb Gremolata

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For chicken pesto meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
1 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Italian Herb Gremolata, recipe follows

DIRECTIONS

For chicken pesto meatballs

In a large bowl, using your hands to combine ground chicken, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll about a tablespoon of the mixture into balls and set aside.

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and red chili flakes, cook 1 minute more. Add chicken stock, carrots, celery fennel, and parmesan rind. Increase heat and bring to a boil, drop in chicken meatballs, lower heat to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Add pasta and continue to cook till vegetables are tender, meatballs are cooked through, and pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add spinach and cook, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and serve drizzled with mixed herb gremolata.

Italian Herb Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, 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

Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For spring vegetable minestrone

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rined
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups arugula leaves, chopped

For the herb pesto

1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add vegetable stock, carrots, celery, asparagus and green beans. Season with salt. Increase heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes. Add peas, beans, and tomatoes and cook 10 minutes more. Add arugula and cook just until wilted. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto.

For the herb pesto

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in blender. Stream in olive oil while blending and combine.

Baby Bok Choy Mint Millet with Cilantro Ginger Miso

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

½ cup millet, cooked
¼ cup adzuki beans, cooked
¼ cup red cabbage, shredded
6-8 shitake mushrooms, sliced
3-4 green onions, sliced
1 carrot, sliced thin or shredded
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon miso paste
½ teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 small baby bok choy, steamed slightly and cut in half
Sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine millet, beans, mushrooms, green onions, carrots and fresh herbs, and toss together well. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together fresh ginger, garlic, miso, olive oil, and rice vinegar. Drizzle over millet mixture and gently toss. Serve with baby bok choy atop the millet mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Nissa’s Lasagna

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one large lasagna

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
2 medium green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup broccoli florets, cut super small
4 medium tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach
1 ½ cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 ½ cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
2 cups fresh mozzarella

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end). Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then a layer of sauce, followed by a little bit of each cheese. Repeat the layers until the dish is filled. The top layer should end in a noodle covered with sauce and cheese, mostly the pecorino in order to make it nice and crusty.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20 minutes before serving.

Spring Spelt Ratatouille With Roasted Tomato Sauce

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

Olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
2 medium spring onions, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 medium carrot, chopped medium
1 medium fennel bulb, sliced thinly
1 cup snap peas
1 cup asparagus spears
½ cup fresh fava beans (shelled, cooked and subskins removed)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked finely
1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
¼ cup of each of the following fresh herbs : parsley, cilantro, mint and tarragon, chopped fine
â…“ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
¼ – ½ cup of white wine (the wine you choose for the pairing)
2 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups spelt pasta, spirals, twists or shells, cooked
Roasted Tomato Herb Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a heavy bottom stew pan over medium heat add olive oil. Cook garlic, onions and lemon zest for about a minute or two until slightly translucent. Add the carrots and sauté another minute or two. Add the fennel, snap peas, favas and asparagus spears and sauté a few more minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir well, add chili flakes if desired and half of all the herbs. Add the wine and mix well, turn down heat to low, lemon juice and let simmer stirring occasionally for about 5-7 minutes. Add the remaining herbs and take off heat and toss together with spelt pasta and roasted tomato sauce, sprinkle in the remaining herbs just before serving.

Roasted Tomato Herb Sauce

Makes about 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients

8-10 small vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered
6 cloves garlic, sliced
½ cup fresh herbs of your choice, torn into pieces
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Cracked black pepper
½ cup Kalamata olives or green olives, pits removed and halved
¼ cup olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 275°F. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Place in a pre-oiled shallow baking dish and drizzle with more olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper. Roast tomatoes for about 1 hour or until bubbly hot.

Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Cilantro-Lime Cream, to garnish (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add canola oil. Add the garlic and onions, and sauté for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the cumin and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat, and cool for a few minutes.
Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth.
Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime cream, and serve.

Cilantro-Lime Cream

Makes a ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

Brown Rice Fried Rice

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

In a large deep skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add oil. Cook the vegetables, 5 minutes.
Add peas and water and cover to steam vegetables until tender, but still have a bite. Add chili, scallions, garlic and ginger and continue to cook, 1 minute. Add the cooked rice and combine. Create a space in the center of pan and add eggs. Cook, breaking up the eggs with a spoon until they are lightly browned. Increase heat slightly and cook until the rice is crispy, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil and mirin with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the mixture over the rice.

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper and serve, with extra soy sauce on the side.

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.

Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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, mix the mustard, thyme, pickling spices, and black pepper. Rub spice mixture onto the corned beef. Place in a large soup pot and add carrots, onions, potatoes, and cabbage. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 hours (or use a crock pot). Take the brisket and vegetables out of the water. Brush with butter and serve.

CORNED BEEF

Make 1 (3-4 pound) Corned Beef

INGREDIENTS

1 (3-4 pound) beef brisket
2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds
2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons allspice berries
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
1 tablepoon dill seeds
1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon whole cloves
8 bay leaves, fresh
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
1 small dried chili, crushed
2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup sugar
¼ cup salt

DIRECTIONS

Place beef brisked into a large ziplock bag. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl until well distributed. Add spice mixture to the bag along with brisket and refrigerate. Flip the bag daily for 2 weeks.

Beef Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of good beef bones, preferably leg and knuckle
1 pound beef chuck, cubed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds London broil or flank steak sliced thin and cooked in the broth for about 1 minute.
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, beef bones and beef and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the bones. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the raw beef into the pot of boiling stock and cook for 1 minute. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and beef and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Chicken Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serve 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 chicken breasts, poached in the broth and shredded with fingers and set aside
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers sliced thin, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, chicken bones and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the chicken. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the shredded chicken into the pot of boiling stock to reheat, for about 10 seconds only. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and chicken and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Tofu Vegetable Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

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

For the noodle bowls

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

Laotian Spring Rolls

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 rolls

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

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

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Laotian Summer Rolls

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 15 rolls

INGREDIENTS

For rolls

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

For dip

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Root Veggies with Garlic Maple Herb Butter

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings of root vegetables of your choice (i.e. parsnips, carrots, celery root, beets) chopped fine
1 small leek, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Salt
Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme and rosemary, chopped (1 tablespoon total)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.

Place all ingredients in the center of a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil. Fold the aluminum foil edges over like a burrito, then fold each side about a half inch in again and repeat until you have a tight little packet. Place packet on lines baking sheet.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until veggies are cooked through. Serve.

Winter Minestrone

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red onion, chopped medium
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 medium yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups hot water
1 cup vegetable stock
1 bunch of dinosaur kale, chopped
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup small fresh macaroni (¾ cup dried)
½ cup parmesan, freshly grated
Parmesan rind (optional)
Salt/ pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cook garlic, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers in oil in a wide 7-to 9-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are very tender and begin to stick to bottom of pot, about 45 minutes total.

Push vegetables to one side of the pot. Add stewed tomatoes to cleared area and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir into vegetables and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. (Tomatoes may stick to pot, but don’t let them burn.) Bring to a simmer. Stir in kale and parmesan rind. Simmer, covered, until greens are tender, about 40 minutes.

Coarsely chop herbs, and stir into soup along with beans. Simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes.
Discard rind. Season soup with salt and pepper.

Stir Fried Carrots with Cumin and Lime

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds (optional)
A 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into a fine julienne
½ fresh hot green chile, minced
3 whole dried red chiles
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
1½ pounds carrots, peeled and grated on the large holes of a grater
¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Juice of ½ lime or lemon

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil and mustard seeds, if using, in a large wok, kadai, or trying pan over medium-high heat.

Cover (the mustard seeds pop and splatter) and cook until you hear the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes. (Or heat just the oil in the same pan.)

Add the ginger, fresh and dried chiles, cumin, and curry leaves, if using, and cook uncovered, stirring until the ginger crisps a little, about 1½ minutes. (stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they heat in oil).

Add the carrots and cook, stirring, until warned through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the salt and the lime or lemon juice. Taste for salt and serve hot or cold.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Sweet & Spicy Herbal Slaw

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4-5 cups of Slaw, serving 12-15 people

INGREDIENTS

1 medium to large head of red cabbage, shredded and center discarded
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 red bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 orange bell pepper, deseeded, pith remove, and chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup champagne vinegar
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried chipotle chili flakes
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
Salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large salad bowl, toss together cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, and fresh herbs. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, lime zest, juice, brown sugar, chili flakes, and cumin seeds. Season with salt. Gently mix with cabbage mixture, coating evenly. Let stand at room temperature, about 20 minutes. Serve at room temperature or cool-not cold.

Olive Oil Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary

January 14th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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 finely chopped fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS

Position a rack on the middle shelf of the oven and preheat to 450°F.

Peel the carrots, turnips and parsnips and cut them into large chunks.

Peel the onions but leaves the roots intact. Cut each onion in half from root to stem then cut each half into 3 wedges. The roots will keep the wedges from falling apart.

In a large bowl, toss the vegetables with the oil, sugar and salt.

Spread the vegetables in a large roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through for even browning.

Stir the garlic cloves into the vegetables and roast for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and caramelized, stirring halfway through for even browning.

Season the vegetables with balsamic vinegar and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Braised Sauerkraut Apples and Onions with Fried Tempeh/ Smoked Whitefish

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For tempeh

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces tempeh, sliced crosswise into 8 pieces
½ cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¾ teaspoon smoked sea salt or sea salt

For sauerkraut

4 tablespoons (frac12; stick) unsalted butter
3 cups thinly sliced onions
½ cup diced carrots
½ cup diced celery
1 large granny smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups sauerkeaut, rinsed and drained

1 whole smoked white fish or 1 pound kippers, sliced corsswise into 3-inch chunks
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or dill

DIRECTIONS

For tempeh

Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the tempeh and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Add the white wine, paprika, and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until all the wine has been absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes.

In each of 2 medium saucepans over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add half of the onions, carrot, celery, apple, and caraway seeds to each pan and cook and stir until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

For the sauerkeaut

Divide the butter between two medium saucepans and melt it over medium heat. Add half of the onions, carrot, celery, apple, and caraway seeds to pan and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Divide the wine between the pans, bring to a boil, and cook until it has reduced by half, 5 minutes. Stir half the sauerkeaut and ¼ cup water into each pan and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
Lay the tempeh over the vegetables in one pan and the fish over the vegetables in the other. Cover the pans and simmer 5 to 7 minutes. Add half of the parsley or dill to each pan and simmer for 1 more minute, then serve.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Classic Italian Lentil Soup (Brown Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, chopped small
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped small
2 celery, chopped small
2 tablespoons thyme
1 (15 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
4 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup brown Italian lentils
2 fresh bay leaves
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rind
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed Dutch oven, over medium heat, add olive oil. Add onions and cook until translucent, 7 minutes. Add carrots, celery and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium low and add tomatoes, cook until flavor becomes concentrated, stirring to makes sure tomatoes and vegetable don’t burn, 15 minutes. Next, add vegetable broth, salt, lentils, bay leaves and Parmigiano Reggiano rind. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender. Remove cheese rind and serve garnished with more cheese.

Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
Zest and juice of 2 limes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

For the Soup

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups chicken broth
4 small fresh corn totillas, sliced in thin strips
Avocado, for garnish
Cotija cheese, for garnish

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use hands to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2-inches in diameter. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper, and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños, and spices. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken brtoh, and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes over low heat, until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat, and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with avocado and cotija cheese.

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.

Adzuki Bean Salad

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups adzuki beans, cooked
½ cup arame sea vegetables
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 green onion, sliced super thin
¼ cup yuzu rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
¼ cup tamari
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 pinch red chili flakes

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine beans, seaweed, carrots, bell pepper, and green onion.
In a separate smaller mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients, and whisk until well combined. Drizzle over bean mixture, and mix well. Let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Curried Apple Chicken and Parsnip Stew

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped medium
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
4 large apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large parsnips, peeled and chopped large
½ cup fresh curry leaves
1 tablespoon curry powder
½ cup red lentils
1½ cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper
½ cup raisins
1 apple, quartered, cored and cut in wedges, for garnish

PREPARATION

In a large stew pan with heavy bottom, over medium high heat, add olive oil. Sauté onions, carrots, and garlic, cook, stirring, 7 minutes. Add chicken thighs, and brown on all sides. Add apples and parsnips, and continue to sauté. Add curry leaves, curry powder, and lentils. Stir well. Add broth, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes. Add raisins, and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Garnish with a curry dusted apple wedge.

Sheppard’s Pie

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Pie, serving about 6-8

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

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

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

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

Roast Chicken with Lemon & Compound Herb Butter and Roasted Vegetables

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 3 to 4-pound chicken
2 small lemons, quartered

For Compound Butter

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
3 onions, quartered
5 carrots, peeled and chopped in 1-inch pieces

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Wash the chicken thoroughly in cold water, both inside and out. Remove all the bits of fat hanging loose. Let the bird sit for about 10 minutes on a slightly titled plate to let all the water drain out of it. Pat it thoroughly dry all over with cloth or paper towels.

Soften each lemon by placing it on a counter and rolling it back and forth as you put firm downward pressure on it with the palm of your hand. Prick the lemons in at least 20 places each, using a fork. Place both lemons in the birds cavity. Close up the opening with toothpicks or by trussing. To make the compound butter, mix the butter, herbs, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Smooth compound butter under the skin of the chicken breast, being mindful not to tear the membrane connecting the skin to the breast.

Drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast chicken for 30 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and add onions and carrots. Place chicken and vegetables back in the oven and until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of inner thigh registers 180°F, about 1 hour.

Once out of oven, allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve warm.

Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (2-pound) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 6 cups) and roasted
6 cups vegetable broth
3 whole star anise
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, for garnic, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, vegetable broth, star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard Star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender and return back to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple and bring soup back to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter, maple syrup and spices and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Let cool.

Late Summer Garden Chicken and Herbed Dumplings

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Wine Pair: White & Red

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves, garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped small
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips, lightly dusted with whole wheat flour
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium turnip, cubed small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
â…“ cup white wine (use the wine you choose for the wine pairing)
3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 cup of the following herbs destemmed and chopped: parsley, thyme, marjoram, chives
2 fresh bay leaves (if not, substitute dry)
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh spinach
Herb Dumplings*

PREPARATION

In a large heavy bottom stew skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions for a few minute until translucent. Add chicken and green onions and sauté until chicken is browned or about 3 minutes. Add celery, carrots, turnips and salt and pepper. Deglaze pan with white wine and add chicken stock and herbs, including bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then turn to low and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Meanwhile, put together dumplings, see recipe that follows). Add the cream, nutmeg, cayenne and spinach. Drop spoon full’s of dumpling dough over the top of the soup and let cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes, uncovered and not stirring, until dumplings are cooked through.

Dumplings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed very small
½ cup cold milk
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir well. Add butter and using fingers make a crumbly mixture. Add milk, cayenne and herbs and mix well, adding more flour if needed in order to make a slightly sticky but manageable dough.

Grape Leaves

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24

INGREDIENTS

2 (1 lb) jars grape leaves or pack of 12
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 cups cooked basmati rice
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
sautéed with onions and garlic
cooled Salt and pepper, to taste
5 scallions, roughly chopped
Yogurt Sauce, recipe below

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450ËšF. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch grape leaves for 1-2 minutes to remove vinegar solution. Remove and once cooled, trim stems. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice, carrots, scallions and feta and season with salt and pepper. Place single grape leaf on cutting board and add a small amount of the rice mixture in the middle, fold in on both sides and roll away from you to form a small cylinder. Repeat until finished. Place grape leaves on sheet trays with a small amount of water (to prevent sticking) for 2-3 minutes, or until warm. Serve immediately with yogurt sauce.

Yogurt Sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plain low fat yogurt
¼ cup celery, grated
1 teaspoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups chopped English cucumber, seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Grape Leaves

Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon all spice
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
2 (2-pound) pumpkin peeled, seeded, chopped (about 6 cups)
½ cup whipping cream
4 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup maple syrup
2 star anise Salt and freshly ground pepper

For garnish, recipes follow
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Cranberry Sage Pecan Pesto
Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, 6 cups stock and star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender. Return to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple syrup . Bring to simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper.

(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons maple syrup

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter and spices, place in oven, 15 minutes or until crisp and golden. Let cool.

Chicken Cacciatore

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
2 chicken wings, skin on, bone in
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ cup flour (for dredging)
Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped medium
2 medium carrots, chopped medium
2 ribs of celery, chopped fine
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup of each reserved for the end
½ cup dry white wine
1 large (28-ounce) can peeled whole tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock

PREPARATION

Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. In a heavy bottom 5-Qt pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté chicken until brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. You can do the chicken in two batches if need be, take chicken out and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, and add garlic and onion, sauté until the garlic and onions are tender and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add bell peppers, carrots, and celery, and continue to sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add half of all herbs and sauté just until coated. Add the wine and remove any little bits and pieces stuck to bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, squishing them with your fingers to break apart whole tomatoes. Add chicken stock, stir well. Add the chicken and mix well. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add remaining herbs and take off heat. Remove any excess oil or fat floating on the top of the sauce with a spoon. Serve over Herbed polenta.

Herbed Beef Barley Stew

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil, for sautéing
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium yellow onions, chopped medium
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 2 inch cubes and pre-seasoned with salt & pepper
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
½ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh dill, chopped
3 large carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup brown mushrooms, chopped
3 fresh bay leaves
1 cup white wine
2 cups beef stock
1 pound beef shank bones
½ cup pearled barley
Salt
Pepper

PREPARATION

In heavy stew pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and butter. Sauté onions and garlic for about 3-4 minutes or until soft and semi translucent. Add cubed stew meat and sauté until browned. Add ⅓ of each of the herbs and stir, next add the carrots and celery, sauté for another few minutes and then add mushrooms and sauté a few more minutes while all liquid is absorbed by the mushrooms. Drop in the bay leaves. Add wine and stir well while loosening all the bits that stuck to the bottom of the pan and add another ⅓ of all the herbs. Add beef stock and beef shanks. Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring a few times. Add pearled barley and simmer for another 20-30 minutes or until barley is tender and to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in remaining herbs and take off heat, let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

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