Apple Mustard Mint Glazed Ham

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

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Apple, Blue Cheese and Bacon Salad

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 head of butter leaf lettuce (or mesclun mix), leaves roughly torn
1 to 2 tart apples, seeds removed, chopped medium
2 oz, Oregon sweet blue cheese, crumbled by hand
3 pieces thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
1 medium red onion, sliced in rounds
Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows
Salt and freshly ground pepper
PREPARATION
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients [...]

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Artichokes with Lemon Aioli Dip

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

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Asparagus Salad with Mimosa and White Wine Vinaigrette

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

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Citrus Aioli

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

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Classic Garlicky Caeser Salad

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 heads of romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1½ teaspoons anchovy paste or 4 whole anchovies
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt
1⁄3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
DIRECTIONS
In a large serving bowl, place chopped romaine lettuce.
Meanwhile, to make [...]

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Fish Foil with Veggies and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Makes 4 servings
INGREDIENTS
1 small traditional eggplant or 4 Japanese eggplants, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 whole head of garlic
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 medium zucchini, sliced into disks
10 sundried tomatoes
4 (6-ounce) pieces of wild caught salmon or arctic char, deboned [...]

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Green Apple and Celery Salad with Walnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette

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

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Grilled Chicken Paillard with Nectarine Salsa and Peach BBQ Sauce

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

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Orange Mint Pomegranate Salsa

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
8 small lamb chops
Salt/pepper
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tiny pinch of red chili flakes
2 medium oranges, segmented and chopped coarsely
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
Couple of pinches of salt & pepper
PREPARATION
Prepare grill and place salt and pepper on [...]

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Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicky Mint Yogurt & Mustard Mint Pesto

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

Preheat broiler to high. [...]

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Not Your Mama’s Fried Chicken

4 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

Preheat oven at 375˚F. For three step breading procedure, in a bowl, combine 1 egg, ½ of the thyme, water, [...]

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Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

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

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Rampatini

Makes one cocktail
Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)
Directions

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp
Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice [...]

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Ramptini

Makes one cocktail
INGREDIENTS
2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.
Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice stir gently. [...]

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Spring Gratin of White Asparagus

Serves 8
Adapted from Skye Gyngel
Ingredients
¼ cup butter
Salt
12-14 white asparagus spears, trimmed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, plus 1 tablespoon reserved
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup créme fraiche
¾ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
½ cup pecorino cheese
Directions
Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease a baking dish with butter and sprinkle with salt. Place the trimmed asparagus [...]

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Water Cress Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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

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Whole Wheat Rigatoni and Vegetables in a Ginger, Soy and Honey Sauce

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 pound whole wheat pasta dough, cooked
For sauce
Olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2″ piece of ginger, peeled and julienned
1 red pepper, cored and chopped
1 bunch collard greens, leaves and stems (reserved), chopped
½ pound brown mushrooms, sliced
1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
Kosher salt
Pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauté pan, over medium [...]

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