Acorn Squash Quesadilla

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 medium acorn squash
4 tablespoons canola oil (more for frying)
3 tablespoons diced white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
1 clove garlic, minced
2 peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into strips
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
10-inch flour totillas
1 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Tomatillo salsa, recipe follows
PREPARATION
Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly oil a baking [...]

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Artichoke Pesto with Parmesan Tortilla Chips

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For Dip
2 (15-ounce) cans of artichoke hearts, drained
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt
For Tortilla Chips
4 whole wheat tortillas, each cut into 8 triangles
Extra-virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt
¼ cup parmesan cheese
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Place the [...]

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Artichoke Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 quart chicken stock
3 ounces pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice
1 teaspoon olive oil
⅓ cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup Arborio rice
¼ tablespoons white wine
1 cup peas (thawed if frozen)
1 recipe baby artichokes in lemon vinaigrette, drained and thinly sliced
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon [...]

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Asian Pear with Blue Cheese with Rosemary Honey Drizzle

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Asian pears, medium size, sliced ¼ inch thick and cut in half (half moon shapes)
4 ounces sweet blue cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled
Maldon sea salt
DIRECTIONS
In a small sauce pan, heat honey and rosemary leaves on simmer for about 5 minutes until warm and honey has been infused [...]

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Bacon and Eggs Pasta Carbonara

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

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Baked Camembert with Thyme and Garlic Toasts and Maple Glazed Grapes

Serves 9-12
Wine Pairing: Rose D’Anjou
Ingredients
1 whole small Camembert cheese
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, freshly ground
For garlic toasts
1 baguette
1 garlic clove
Extra virgin olive oil
For grapes
1 large bunch of red seedless grapes, washed and stemmed
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves pulled from stems
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Olive oil
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 [...]

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Baked Egg & Goat Cheese in Brioche Cups with Tomato Herb Salsa

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 mini brioche rolls
½ cup melted butter
6 eggs
Salt/pepper
3 ounces goat cheese
3 tablespoons fresh chives
Tomato herb salsa (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.
Cut off the tops of the brioche rolls and scoop out a small portion of the inside, enough for a cracked egg to sit and fill the hole. Brush the inside [...]

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Baked Herbal Goat Cheese with Tomatoes and Kalamata Olive Bread

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces goat cheese
Cracked black pepper
Chopped herbs for garnish
Directions
Pre heat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl mix together tomatoes, fresh herbs and salt. Place in a small shallow baking dish. [...]

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Barley Risotto with Kale and Sausage

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
4 cups chicken broth
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 sweet sausages
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, toasted
1 bunch dinosaur kale, chopped coarse
1½ cups barley
¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate medium-sized [...]

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Beet Ravioli with Orange Poppy Seed Butter

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 large red beets, roasted and peeled, chopped fine
½ cup Ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
Pasta sheets (Recipe on Ger-Nis site)
1 stick butter
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
PREPARATION
In a small bowl, combine beets, cheese, and orange zest. Season with salt, and set aside.
Using fresh [...]

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Blue Cheese and Chive Mac & Cheese

Some of our favorite and most comforting winter mac & cheese recipes, so embrace the bounty of choices when it comes to mac & cheese to create comfort and nostalgia!

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Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastries

Ingredients
For the filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup crushed blueberries
For the glaze:
11/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Quick puff [...]

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Butternut Squash Cannelloni

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups butternut squash, prebaked to soften
½ cup parmesan cheese (more for topping)
12 premade pasta sheets
INGREDIENTS FOR SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE WITH CHOPPED HAZELNUTS
½ cup butter
¼ cup sage leaves, [...]

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Calamata Olive & Marinated Mozzarella Pearl Pizza

Makes 10 mini pizzas
Ingredients
Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
2 cups calamata olives, chopped and pitted
Marinated mini mozzarella balls
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Roll out the pizza dough into 10 equal round pies. Place the dough on baking sheet lines with parchment paper. Spoon a bit of sauce on each pie and a few calamata olives. Place a few of [...]

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Caramelized Onion Tart Bites

Makes 24 small tarts
INGREDIENTS
1 savory pie dough recipe
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Roll out pie to 1⁄8” thickness and with a four-inch (diameter) cup, glass, or cookie cutter, cut out 9 circles per piece of dough. Place one dough circle in each of the [...]

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

4-6 servings

Ingredients

For the Cavatelli

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

10½ ounces baby arugula, long stem ends removed
8 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange, peeled [...]

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Cheddar Cheese and Potato Pierogi

(United States)
Serves 4 to 8 (makes about 40 dumplings)
INGREDIENTS
For the Dough
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus some extra for dusting
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup warm water
3 tablespoons sour cream
½ teaspoon salt
For the Filling
2 medium baking potatoes, such as russet
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or bacon fat
1 teaspoon salt (omit [...]

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Cheddar Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Jalapeños

Serves 4
Ingredients
5 medium Yukon gold potatoes, boiled and chopped
½ cup caramelized onions
1-2 roasted jalapeños, stems removed (whole), chopped
2 teaspoons salt (more to taste)
3 teaspoons Tabasco
½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
Herbs for garnish
Directions
In a well oiled hot cast iron skillet smash the potatoes with a potato masher, cooking and searing to get some brown color. After a [...]

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Cilantro Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Some of our favorite and most comforting winter mac & cheese recipes, so embrace the bounty of choices when it comes to mac & cheese to create comfort and nostalgia!

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Classic Italian Lentil Soup (Brown Lentils)

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 [...]

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Cotija Cheese Crumbles

Use as a garnish

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Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

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

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Fontina Chicken and Herb Mac & Cheese

Some of our favorite and most comforting winter mac & cheese recipes, so embrace the bounty of choices when it comes to mac & cheese to create comfort and nostalgia!

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Fontina Prosciutto Panini with Caramelized Onions & Fig Compote on Dark Wheat

Ingredients
2 sliced of Dark Whole Wheat bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
2 slices fontina cheese, sliced semi thick
2 slices prosciutto
2 tablespoons red caramelized onions (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon fig compote (recipe follows)
Directions

On the insides of the bread slices place on one side fontina cheese and on the other the fig compote, lay the prosciutto in-between and cook [...]

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Fresh Mozzarella

Makes 1 pound of fresh mozzarella
Ingredients

1 pound cheese curds
4 quarts (16 cups) water
¼ cup salt
Directions

In a large saucepot over high heat, bring water to a boil. Meanwhile, cut cheese curds in small pieces and add into hot water. Melt slowly until it softens and then pull large mass of curds into small [...]

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Fried Artichokes Jewish Style

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
24 baby artichokes, trimmed
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
Salt and Red Pepper flakes
Chopped Parsley
Grated parmesan (optional)
Lemon wedges
DIRECTIONS
Pour the oil in to a heavy pot and place over high heat. When the oil reaches 250 degrees, lower the heat.
Fry the artichokes in batches for 3-4 minutes until they soften, remove one and cool briefly, then [...]

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 pinch chili flakes
½-1 cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 jar piquillo peppers
Olive oil & garlic
Sherry vinegar garnish
Salt
Directions
In a medium bowl, stir together, shallot, vinegar, chili flakes, goat cheese and herbs until fully combined. Split [...]

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Grilled & Stuffed Cuttlefish

Serves 4
Ingredients
4 medium cuttlefish, cleaned and kept whole
½ cup fresh shelling beans, cooked
½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup pecorino cheese, finely grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon fresh pesto
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges
Directions
Chop the tentacles up and toss together in a mixing bowl [...]

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Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Tomatoes and Zucchini Mint Salsa

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
2 large globe eggplants, sliced thin, long ways
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
3 medium tomatoes, roasted and chopped small
3 cloves garlic, roasted and chopped small
1 medium yellow onion, roasted and chopped small
1 small zucchini, roasted and chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 cup fresh ricotta
Directions
Lay the eggplant down [...]

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Grilled Herbal Pomegranate Lamb Sausage with Figs and Green Salad

Serves 6-9 (makes 6-9 sausages)
INGREDIENTS
For the Sausage
2 pounds lamb, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat or lamb fat
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red wine
1⁄3 cup fresh mint leaves
1⁄3 cup feta cheese, crumbled and par frozen
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1⁄3 cup pomegranate seeds, [...]

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

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 zucchinis, sliced long and thin using a mandolin
1 portabella mushroom, sliced thin
1 grilled Japanese eggplant, sliced round and thin
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
1 cup fresh ricotta
1 tablespoon lemon zest plus 2 teaspoon
Grilled flatbread (recipe follows)
Directions
Follow instructions for the grilled flatbread and keep warm. Place all the ingredients on a flat baking sheet and season [...]

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Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

with Basil Oil Drizzle & Anchovies
Serves 4
Ingredients
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
½ cup plus extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
6-8 tomatoes, sliced or wedged
6-8 pieces fresh mozzarella cheese (equivalent to the tomato size)
10-12 anchovies, whole of halved
Maldon sea salt
Directions
In a blender, combine basil leaves, garlic, oil and salt and blend until [...]

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Herbed Beet Greens and Gorgonzola Risotto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 cups water
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
Tops of 2 bunches of beets, chopped, stems included
1 cup Arborio rice
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 cup red wine
¼ cup gorgonzola cheese, buttermilk blue, crumbled
Walnuts, toasted, for garnic
PREPARATION
In a medium sized saucepot heat water until warm and keep simmering while making risotto. [...]

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Herbed Goat Cheese

Serves 10
INGREDIENTS
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, chives, dill, mint, tarragon, thyme, chopped fine
1 long goat cheese log, chilled
PREPARATION
In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except goat cheese. Place chilled goat cheese log on plate, and drizzle olive oil [...]

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Herbed Goat Cheese

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

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Herbed Grilled Halumi Cheese

Halumi cheese is a traditional Cypriot cheese that is made from a mixture of sheep and goat milk. It has an extremely high melting point so it is often served fried or grilled throughout the Middle East.

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Herbed Portabella Quiche

Makes 1 mini quiche
Ingredients
1 large potabella mushroom stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Indian Cheese in an Herbed Green Sauce

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
For the paneer
1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
½ to 1 tablespoon canola oil
For the green sauce
1 pound bag fresh spinach, stemmed and washed, or 1 pound frozen spinach, unthawed
1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or canola
3 whole dried red chiles
¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
7 green cardamom pods
7 whole cloves
¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
1⁄8 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh [...]

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Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

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 [...]

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Leek and Mushroom Frittata

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks, green part removed, chopped and cleaned
1 lb crimini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
10 eggs
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
In a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil, leeks and mushrooms [...]

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Manchengo Cheese & Ham Croquettes

Serves 6

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

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Marjoram Tomato Mac & Cheese

Some of our favorite and most comforting winter mac & cheese recipes, so embrace the bounty of choices when it comes to mac & cheese to create comfort and nostalgia!

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Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

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 [...]

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Mozzarella Pizzas with Selection of Toppings

Ingredients
Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
Toppings
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced thin
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Roll out the pizza dough into 3 round pies. Place the dough on baking sheet lines with parchment paper. Spoon a bit of sauce on each pie and add the desired toppings. Place a few slices of the mozzarella over the pies. Place in the pre-heated [...]

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Mushroom Herb Leek Puff Pastry Tartlets

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

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Nissa’s Lasagna

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 [...]

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Pan Fried Zucchini Cakes with Feta and Dill topped with Cherry Tomato Salad and Greek Yogurt Dip

Makes about 25 small cakes
Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc
Ingredients
4 zucchini (about 1 ½ pounds)
5 or 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped fine
9 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped fine
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil
For tomato salad
1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped [...]

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Pesto Pasta Carbonara

Serves 4-6
A classic recipe herbalized, just the way summer basil likes it!
Ingredients
10 ounces orecchiette or small shell pasta or pasta of choice, cooked
¼ cup fresh pesto (using herbs and pesto of your choice)
2 eggs (room temperature)
½ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
6 slices thick cut bacon
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
Directions
In a [...]

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Porcini & Parmesan Farro

Serves 4
Ingredients
1 cup farro or barley, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
2 oz. dried porcini mushrooms, or other dried mushrooms, such as shitake or morels
1 cup hot water
¼ cup white wine
1 cup mushrooms, vegetable or chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or other hard [...]

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Pumpkin Sage Risotto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1¾ cups chicken broth
1¾ cups water
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup fresh sage leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and seeded, cut into ¼-inch cubes
¾ cup Arborio rice
½ cup Parmesan Reggiano, grated
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth and [...]

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Raviolis with Ricotta and Mint and Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter and Micro Beet Greens

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, drained
1 cup fresh goat cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
Beet Pasta (recipe follows)
Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter (recipe follows)
Olive Oil
Micro Beet Greens
Directions
Mix the ricotta, goat cheese, orange zest and fresh herbs [...]

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Raw Asparagus & Arugula Salad

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

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Red Onion, Apple & Brie Tart

Makes 24 small tarts
Ingredients
1 sheet puff pastry, rolled out on a baking sheet and cold
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
1 cup apples, sliced
1 cup brie
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt/pepper
Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, and butter. Cook red onions and apples until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove [...]

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Roasted Beets Goat Cheese & Farro Salad

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 medium roasted beets, chopped large
1 cup farro, cooked
1 cup baby arugula or wild arugula leaves
1 medium roasted red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup goast cheese, [...]

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Salt Baked Baby Potatoes with Spring Herb Pesto

Ingredients
1 pound baby bliss potatoes
3 tablespoons spring garlic stem, chopped
2 cups fresh basil leaves
¼ cup cashews
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup parmesan, grated
4 cups kosher salt, extra for seasoning
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Pour 4 cups of salt into a baking dish. Evenly spread the potatoes pressing them into the salt. Roast in oven for [...]

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Santorini Shrimp

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

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Santorini Shrimp

Serves 6
Ingredients
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup Santorini Dried Tomatoes, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup white wine
1 pound tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
3 tablespoons bread crumbs, dried
½ cup crumbled feta
Directions
Pre-heat broiler to 400°F. In a preheated [...]

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Shrimp and Crab Fresh Corn Enchiladas with Salsa Verde & Red Sauce

Serves 6
Salsa Verde
INGREDIENTS
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
3 poblano chili peppers, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup half-and half
Juice of 1 lime
PREPARATION
Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are [...]

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Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 medium spaghetti squash
½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted
2 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cups Asiago cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375°F.
With a knife, slice three to four little slits into each squash so it won’t explode while [...]

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Spicy Black Bean Squash Cheese Tamales with Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

Makes 20 tamales
Ingredients
For the black bean squash
2 cups cooked squash (winter squash or zucchini), cubed
1 cup black beans, dried and cooked or canned
1 red pepper, roasted, destemmed, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
1 jalapeno, roasted, destemmed, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
For the tamale [...]

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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Basil Calzone

Makes 4-6 calzones
Ingredients
1 Ger-Nis Calzone Dough Recipe
2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 fresh red chili pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine (or water)
1 cup [...]

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Spinach & Three Cheese Ravioli (kid friendly)

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup fresh spinach juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup parmesan, grated fine
½ cup pecorino Romano, grated fine
¼ cup ricotta cheese
Butter

Directions

Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg, spinach juice and salt. With a fork, gently [...]

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Spinach and Fresh Herb Risotto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups baby spinach
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh marjoran, chopped
1½ cup Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup Asiago cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a medium [...]

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Spring Greens Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes

Makes 1-12 inch pizza
Ingredients
1 Ger-Nis Pizza Dough Recipe
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse salt
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh Swiss chard, chopped
1 cup fresh dandelion greens, chopped
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
Maldon salt
Directions
Roll out pizza dough in one 12 inch [...]

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Spring Pea & Mint Ravioli with Sweet Pea Flowers

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 shallot, minced
1 cup fresh English peas, steamed soft and mashed
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup goat cheese
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Herbed pasta dough
For the sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot
½ cup vegetable broth
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon mint, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
Sweet Pea Flowers, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
Mix and mash all [...]

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Summer Garden Portobello Quiche

Makes 1 mini Quiche
Ingredients
1 large portabella mushroom, stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Summer Sausage and Herb Cassoulet

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

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Summer Squash and Portobello Taco

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 white onion, chopped fine
2 zucchinis, chopped fine
1 portabella mushroom, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, soft or hard, for serving
Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Avocado (optional)
Directions
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil and avocado [...]

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Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

Makes 3 10-inch pizzas
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons salt
Casings, of your choice
Canola or olive oil
Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce (recipe follows)
Cheese, of [...]

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 (1¼ lbs) russet potatoes
1 (¾-lb) sweet potato
1 large egg
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
⅓ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus more for serving
1½ to 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
½ stick unsalted butter
1 cup sage leaves (from 1 bunch)
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 450°F. Pierce russet and sweet potatoes in several places with a [...]

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Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Lasagna

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons Swiss chard, rinsed with stems removed, chopped
6 yellow onions, sliced thin
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine (Save 1 tablespoon)
5 sprigs thyme, chopped
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups milk, warmed
½ cup grated Asiago cheese
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons regular olive oil
1 handful toasted pine nuts
Freshly ground pepper and salt, to [...]

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Three Bean Pork & Green Chili

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the Rub
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons green chili powder
2 tablespoons salt
3 pounds pork butt, cubed in 1-inch pieces
For the Chili
Vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed and chopped
3 poblano chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
Zest and juice of 2 [...]

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Tomato Basil Frittata Cups

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small skillet brown garlic and tomatoes for about [...]

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Vegetable, Bean, and Cheese Burritos

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped medium
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white rice
1 cup water
1½ cups pinto beans, black beans, red beans, or your choice of beans (pre-cooked or [...]

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Water Cress Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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

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Whole Grain Onion Tarts

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper
Whole wheat puff pastry
Directions
Preheat oven to 375°.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook red onions until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and add goat cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Place [...]

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Whole Wheat Broccoli Calzones

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

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Whole-Wheat Pesto Mozzarella Panini

Serves 6

Ingredients

Whole-wheat bread
Fresh mozzarella slices
Tomato slices
Salt
Basil sauce (recipe follows)
Olive oil

Directions

Place basil sauce on each side of the bread slices and on the basil sauce place sliced mozzarella and tomato, season with a little salt.
Combine the slices to form a sandwich and brunch the top side with olive oil. In a panini pan or cast [...]

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Wholegrain Savory Garden Scones

Makes about 10 scones

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

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Wild Mushroom & Tallegio Pizza

Makes 1-12 inch pizza
Ingredients
1 Ger-Nis Pizza Dough Recipe
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon truffle oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 cups wild mushrooms, chopped
½ pound Tallegio cheese, sliced
2 cups rocolla leaves (wild arugula)
Maldon salt
Directions
Preheat oven to 500°F.
Roll our pizza dough into 12 inch circle and place on a pizza pan or large baking sheet. Mix the olive [...]

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Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream Sauce

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For ravioli
¼ cup dried porcini mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 cups mixed mushrooms, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
Fresh pasta sheets
For sauce
1 [...]

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Winter Herb Gourmet Mac & Cheese

Some of our favorite and most comforting winter mac & cheese recipes, so embrace the bounty of choices when it comes to mac & cheese to create comfort and nostalgia!

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Winter Minestrone

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 [...]

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Yemini Zhug with Grilled Halloumii

Serves 6
Ingredients
½  teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, toasted
1 cardamom pod, cracked and toasted
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½  teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic
2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all [...]

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Zucchini and Marjoram Quiche

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1¼ unbleached all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
4 tablespoons (or more) ice water
6 eggs
2 small zucchinis, sliced thin
½ cup red onions, sliced thin
½ cup fresh marjoram leaves
Salt/pepper
1 cup half and half
¼ cup gruyere cheese, grated
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
For the crust
In a bowl combine flour and [...]

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