Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 large eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces Greek Yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice eggplant in half and place skin side down on a lined baking sheet. Roast about 40-45 minutes or until brown, bubbly and tender. Set aside to cool. In the same oven at the end of the eggplant’s time place the tomatoes in a glass baking dish and sprinkle with cumin seeds, cilantro, salt, lemon zest and garlic. Roast for about 5-10 minutes. Remove the eggplant from its skin and chop super fine. In a large mixing bowl combine eggplant and tomatoes and mix well. Divide up into ramekins and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Place in the broiler for about 3 minutes or until slightly charred on top. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, mint and lemon juice and mix well. Season with salt and drizzle the over the eggplant and garnish with a mint or cilantro leaf.

Hand Pounded Pesto

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Pesto, simply translated means pounded. It is one of the Lingurian regions most prized ingredients and traditionally hand pounded. Today many use food processors or blenders but you can still find devoted traditionalists who hand pound it proving that the taste is still superior with this method due to the increase of released essential oils from not only the basil but the garlic and pine nuts as well. The oils are more readily released when pounded versus cut or chopped. Traditionally a large wooden pestle is used and a marble or granite mortar for the pounding process. (They say the granite on many of the mortars still around is the same granite that Michael Angelo used to carve and sculpt with)

Ingredients

Coarse salt
Garlic (they say the garlic in this region is sweeter as well due to the ocean air influence)
Genovese basil leaves-small deep green and sweet leaves, not too pungent and always young
Pine nuts-from the Lingurian region as well, they claim the taste is sweeter and nuttier and also has a higher oil content than pine nuts in the east or south
Extra virgin olive oil-of course with the local region’s olives which have a milder sweeter flavor than other Italian olive oil
Pecorino, grated finely
Parmesan Reggiano, grated finely

Directions

There are several different paths to get to the final product. We have read about and seen many different ways but the way in which we say most was the following method and order.

The pesto is pounded slowly, first by combining the garlic with the coarse salt until a paste if formed adding a little bit of salt at a time. Next the leaves of the basil are added which are small on the Genovese plant and thus a few at a time are incorporated little by little pounding and mashing until the paste begins to turn green and the basil is broken apart. Pine nuts are added next again crushing and pounding until they are smashed into a paste and all oils are released. The pounding process is slow and methodical and each step has a finished product before moving on to the next step. The extra virgin olive oil is added next and once the cheeses are added no more pounding can be done so when the olive oil stage comes the desired consistency of the paste must be completed before adding cheese. Add the cheese and stir with the pestle.

Italian Antipasti Plate

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 yellow bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 medium red onions, quartered and roasted
9 cloves garlic, roasted
20 cherry tomatoes yellow and red, roasted lightly
2 cans artichoke hearts, halved
1 cup back brine cured olives
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, halved
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Crusty Italian Bread

Directions

Arrange all the vegetables on a platter, top with olives. In a small bowl whisk together herbs, lemon juice and zest, chili flakes, and olive oil. Drizzle a top the antipasto and season with salt! Serve over crusty bread.

Lemon-Mint Striped Bass Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds striped bass fillets, cut into thin slivers or strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon orange zest
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, citrus flavor preferred
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced thin
1 cup black cured olives, pitted and halved
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
Black pepper

Directions

In a baking dish lay out cut fish and season with salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, zest, and oil. Pour over fish and add the red onions and mint and stir, let stand for 25 minutes in the refrigerator. Take out and let stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes and season with black pepper.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta, Olives, and Herbs

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 5-7 people

Ingredients

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

Directions

Place ricotta cheese in mixing bowl and whisk with about a ¼ cup of olive oil until cheese is smooth. Season lightly with kosher salt and black pepper. Place Heirloom and Cherry tomatoes on plate and season with generous amount of sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a dash of red wine vinegar (important to get a little vinegar on each tomato). In a separate mixing bowl, toss together onions, herbs, and olives, and season with red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly over tomatoes. Place healthy dollops of ricotta on top of entire salad and drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with final pinch of sea salt.

Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Tomato Macaroons with Lemon Olive Oil Savory Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen macaroons

For the outer shells…

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

For the lemon olive oil cream

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

Directions

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

For the lemon buttermilk cream

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

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

Tomato Powder

Ingredients

1 can tomato paste

Directions

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

Italian Antipasti Plate

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 yellow bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 medium red onions, quartered and roasted
9 cloves garlic, roasted
20 cherry tomatoes yellow and red, roasted lightly
2 cans artichoke hearts, halved
1 cup black brine cured olives
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, halved
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Crusty Italian Bread

Directions

Arrange all the vegetables on a platter, top with olives. In a small bowl whisk together herbs, lemon juice and zest, chili flakes, and olive oil. Drizzle a top the antipasto and season with salt! Serve over crusty bread.

Mexican Spiced Walnut and Tomato Salsa with Collard Green Wrap

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 3-4

Walnut meat

Ingredients

1½ cups raw walnuts (soaked and dehydrated)
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
¾ teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoon nama shoyu
¼ of dried chipotle, soaked
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
1 green onion, sliced in very thin slices
½ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped
2-4 small collard green leaves
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
Tomato salsa

Directions

Take the walnuts, grind them in the food processor.
Put the ground walnuts in a bowl, add cumin and coriander and mix well.
Add nama shoyu and mix well.
Spread approximately 13 cup of the walnut mixture along the center stem of each collard green leaf, add a layer of shredded lettuce and some salsa and roll.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quartered depending on size
¾ cup cilantro, chopped fine
½ cup yellow onions, diced small
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
½-1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Coconut Curry Sauce with Coconut Jicama Rice

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

For the Coconut-Curry Sauce

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

For Jicama Rice

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

Directions

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

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

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Sweet Corn and Crab Cappellacci with Soppresatta, Red Peppers, Zucchini & Basil

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

020

4-6 Servings

Ingredients

For the filling

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)
3 ears sweet yellow corn, kernels removed from their cobs
1 cup jumbo lump crab meat, pickled over very well for shells
¾ cup mascarpone
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
Pinch of pimento d’espelette pepper
Salt

For the pasta dough

2 large eggs plus 6 yolks
14 ounces all-purpose or Italian OO flour
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pinch salt

For the Sauce

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 zucchini, diced (green parts only)
Pinch espelette pepper
¾ cup spicy soppressata, cut into small cubes
2 red bell peppers, charred on a grill or gas burner, skins and seeds/ribs removed, and cut into strips
Reserved cooked corn kernels
1 cup fresh Italian basil leaves, gently torn
Zucchini blossoms, cut in half, stems and pistils removed

Directions

For the filling

In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the onions in olive oil, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add all but a few tablespoons of the corn and continue cooking until it is tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.

In a food processor, purée the corn and onion mixture. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the mascarpone, crab, lemon zest and espelette. Adjust seasoning. Place the mixture in a pining bag and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the pasta dough

Lightly beat the eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl. Add the extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Add in the flour little by little, mixing together with a fork until the dough is not too sticky to handle. The dough should still be a rough, shaggy mass.

Turn the dough out onto the work surface and knead by hand, adding more of the flour, as necessary until the dough is smooth, elastic and not sticky. Wrap in plastic or store in a Ziploc bag to rest for 20 minutes.

Cut the dough from the ball into pieces and flatten into disks. Work with one disk at a time and keep the rest covered with plastic or under a kitchen towel so they do not dry out. Run the disk through the rollers of the pasta machine, starting at the widest setting. Fold the dough in half or in thirds and press down to seal. If the dough feels sticky sprinkle it with flour, but brush off the excess. Feed the open side of the pasta through the rollers and repeat a few times. Continue to dust the dough with flour and brush it off if the dough feels tacky.

Advance the pasta machine to the next thinnest setting. Without folding anymore, put the pasta sheet through the next setting. Continue advancing the rollers to the next thinnest setting, rolling the pasta sheet one time through each setting without folding, until the dough is thin enough so that you can see your hand through it.

Place the sheet of pasta on a lightly floured work surface. Cut out circles of dough from the sheet using a fluted biscuit cutter or a juice glass, approximately 3 inches in diameter. Pipe a blob for the filling in the center of each circle and then fold over the dough to form a half-moon shape. Press the dough together to seal. Bring the ends of the half moons together and press to seal them. Place the finished cappelletti on a well-floured sheet tray covered with a clean towel until ready to cook. Repeat the process with all the disks of dough.

For the sauce

In a large wide skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the diced zucchini, season with salt and espelette, and cook over medium heat until just tender. Add the reserved corn kernels, diced soppressata and red peppers and warm through.

Cook the cappellacci in abundant boiling salted water until they float to the surface. Strain from the water and add to the pan with the soppressata and peppers. Add some of the pasta cooking water and toss together to make a creamy sauce. Gently tear the basil leaves and add to the skillet along with the zucchini blossoms. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon the pasta onto warmed bowls or plates.

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

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

025

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 into strips (no pith)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 spring fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3½ ounces black olives, pitted and sliced

For the Calamari

1 pound calamari, fresh or frozen, tubes and tentacles cleaned and separated
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Pinch pepperoncino
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, freshly chopped

Directions

For the cavatelli

Combine the flours in a large bowl. Add ricotta and the parmesan and mix by hand to combine.
Add the water a little at a time, just enough to form a stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work table and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Be careful not to add too much water, but the dough should not be tacky or sticky.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap for up to a few hours.

To shape the cavatelli: cut the dough into pieces, and then roll one piece into a rope about ½ inch in diameter. Keep the remaining pieces covered in plastic wrap until needed. Using a small knife or a bowl/bench scraper, cut the dough rope into pieces about ½ inch long.

Press the pieces with your index finger against the blade of a butter knife with a rounded tip, flattering each piece of dough until fairly thin. Pull the knife toward you, dragging the dough across the work surface so that it curls itself around the tip of the knife to form a shell shape. Place on a floured sheet tray until ready to use.

For the calamari

Cut the calamari into tubes about ½ inch thick.

In a medium sauté pan over a low flame, heat a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with the sliced garlic. Add a pinch of pepperoncino. When the garlic has softened and given off all of its aroma, turn off the heat and set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over high heat. Sear the calamari tubes and tentacles in just a little oil nicely colored on both sides. Remove to the smaller pan with the garlic. Toss with the freshly grated lemon zest and parsley. Adjust seasoning.

For the Sauce

Cut the peeled and seeded tomatoes into petals. Toss them in a bowl with salt and pepper, crushed garlic, strips of lemon and orange zest and fresh thyme sprigs. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them in a 325°F oven until they are soft, shrunken and slightly golden.
Clean the arugula well.

Boil the cavatelli in abundant salted water until just al dente.

In a large sauté pan over medium low flame, heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil with the roasted tomatoes and olives. Strain the pasta and toss into the sauce, adding the arugula and toss together until it is just wilted. Add a few drops of pasta water and olive oil to the pan to achieve a creamy consistency. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon into warm bowls and top with the seared calamari dividing the rings and tentacles evenly among the bowls.

Spring Garlic Bread Sticks

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 bread sticks

Ingredients

Basic Pizza Dough (Ger-Nis)
1 cup spring garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup parmesan, grated
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
Maldon salt (flake sea salt)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare 1 batch of Ger-Nis Pizza Dough. In a blender add the spring garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs, parmesan and red chili flakes. Blend until smooth. Shape the pizza dough in 24 long thin sticks (5 inches long and about ½ inch thick). Twist the breadsticks holding each side and twisting in opposite directions. Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with the garlic mixture well and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of oven and sprinkle immediately with the Maldon salt.

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.

Herbed Calamari with Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Vegetable oil for deep frying (about 2 cups)
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk
1 pound squid with tentacles, cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ cup flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup breadcrumbs (fine)
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground fine
Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli (recipe follows)
Lemon wedges

Directions

In a small mixing bowl mix together the lemon juice and the buttermilk and add the calamari, making sure to mix well and that all calamari pieces are covered with the milk and lemon mixture. Let marinate for about 30 minutes. Heat the oil to a medium high heat. In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, cornmeal, and breadcrumbs, then add in the herbs making sure they are chopped superfine. Season with salt and pepper and set mixture aside. Strain the calamari and little by little place the calamari in the flour mixture, gently tumbling around until completely coated in the flour mixture. Drop into the hot oil and allow to fry for about 1-2 minutes or until the calamari is floating for more than a few seconds. Drain on paper towels. Serve with lemon wedges and the aioli for dipping.

Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

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

Shaved Spring Vegetable and Apple Salad

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fennel fronds, chopped
2 red apples (gala, winesap, or red delicious), shaved paper-thin
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored and shaved paper-thin
6 large or 8 small radishes, trimmed and shaved paper-thin
4 large or 6 small sunchokes, peeled and shaved paper-thin
Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, rice vinegar, lemon juice, chives, and fennel fronds.

Add the shaved fruit and vegetables to the vinaigrette, toss well, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day to allow the flavors to meld. Taste again and add additional salt if desired before serving.

Adapted from The Flaxitarian Table by Peter Berley

Spring Vegetable Salad

May 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 pounds beets
1 fresh bay leaf
4 spears asparagus, cut into 1-inch spears
1 orange, segmented, juices reserved
1 small red onion, half moons
1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into ¼ inch lardon (optional)
8 ounces baby arugula
½ teaspoon spring garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs thyme

Directions

In a stock pot, place beets, bay leaf and one sprig thyme. Cover with water by at least 1 inch. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender and the beets can slide easily off a knife. Once finished, cool just enough to touch and peel skins off. Cut into ½ inch cubes.

Fill a sauté pan with water, about halfway, bring water up to a simmer, season with a pinch of salt and add the asparagus. Blanch for about one minute, until tender, but with a little “snap” left in the center. Remove asparagus and place into an ice bath (shock).

To make the vinaigrette, take a small bowl, add garlic, reserved orange juice, extra virgin olive oil and 1 sprig of thyme (leaves only). Season to taste and whisk together.

In a medium salad bowl, toss together beets, onions, and asparagus with some of the vinaigrette. Add in baby arugula and the orange segments. Toss together gently, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

If using bacon, you can do this step instead of blanching. Bring a sauté pan up to a medium heat and add the bacon. Render bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and reserve. Using only some of the bacon fat left in the pan, add the asparagus and roast until tender.

Recipe Property of Brendan McDermott

Salt Baked Baby Potatoes with Spring Herb Pesto

May 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 about 20 minutes or until fork tender.

In a food processor, put your garlic and cashews, pulse two or three times. Add in basil and while blending slowly pour in your olive oil. Then add in parmesan and season to taste.

When potatoes are done, let them rest for 5 minutes. Brush off any excess salt, slice into quarters and toss with pesto.

Note: The salt can be reused up to 3 times.

Recipe Property of Brendan McDermott

Citrus Aioli

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 in oils until creamy and everything is emulsified.

Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 oil, mustard, cayenne and salt. Place the trimmed asparagus in a shallow baking dish and pour the lemon mixture over, making sure to cover the asparagus completely. In a second shallow baking dish, add the breadcrumbs until evenly distribute at the bottom. Taking one spear at a time, roll the asparagus in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated, then place on a lined baking sheet. When all the spears are coated, place the baking sheets in the oven and bake until the breadcrumbs are browned and the asparagus are tender, about 20 minutes.

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 in oils until creamy and everything is emulsified.

Raw Asparagus & Arugula Salad

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

raw apsaagus 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 and lemon juice over the top, and combine well. Season with salt and pepper, and mix again.

Artichokes with Lemon Aioli Dip

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 acidulated water, covered for 30 minutes or until the tip of a knife can easily pierce their bases. Turn the artichokes in the water every ten minutes to insure even color.
Drain the artichokes upside down on a towel.
Twist out the tender cone of inner leaves and reserve. Scoop out and discard the hairy inner choke.
Place the artichokes upright and surround with the tender leaves. Fill the centers with aioli and reserve.

Lemon Aioli

INGREDIENTS

½ cup neutral oil, such as grape seed, canola or sunflower
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
1 large egg at room temperatre
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Freshly milled black pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a bottle that has an opening small enough so that your thumb will cover the opening (such as a wine of beer bottle) shake together the canola and olive oils to mix. Anchor a heavy mixing bowl to the counter by placing it on top of a lightly damp and coiled kitchen towel.
Using a garlic press, crush the garlic into the mixing bowl. Add the egg, mustard and salt and whisk until smooth.
With one hand dribble the oils drop by drop into the egg mixture while whisking constantly with the other hand. Continue until the egg starts to thicken. Gradually increase the flow of oil until it has been completely incorporated. You will have a thick glossy mayonnaise. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper. Season with black pepper and additional salt if desired.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Baby Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

12 baby artichokes, trimmed and halved lengthwise
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for serving
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
Chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

Combine water, the oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and peppercorns in a medium sauce pan.
Add the artichokes and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Discard the thyme sprigs.
Serve the artichokes drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, and garnished with chopped parsley.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Wild Ramp-Basil Pesto & Whole Wheat Paperadelle

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

¼ pound of wild ramps, cleaned and ends trimmed and chopped
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup toasted walnuts
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound whole wheat paperadelle cooked

DIRECTIONS

In a blender place the ramps, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice and pulse a few times until it gets chopped up pretty fine. Add the walnuts and pulse a few more times. With the blender running pour the olive oil through the top slowly until the pesto reaches desired consistency. More for a “looser” pesto & less for a “chunkier” version. Toss together with whole wheat papperadelle.

Fava Bean Salad with Lemon, Mint and Pecorino Shavings

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the salad

3 pounds fava beans
1 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
3 cups arugula
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

For the pecorino lemon zest

¼ cup fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup pecorino, freshly grated
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.

To prep and cook fava beans, pull on the stem of the pod and pull to open. If a pod doesn’t open easily, use a paring knife and slit the bean pod open, exposing the spongy insides and the beans. Remove the beans and discard the pods. In a pot of salted boiling water, blanch the beans for 2 minutes. Remove the beans with a slotted spoon immediately plunge into prepared bowl of ice water. With your fingers, and helped with the tip of a paring knife is necessary, slip the outer skin off each bean, revealing the inner bright green fava. Discard the outer skin.

In a medium size bowl, combine fava beans, red onion, arugula and mint. In a separate small bowl combine lemon juice and zest and olive oil. Drizzle over salad, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Serve with pecorino lemon zest.

For the pecorino lemon zest

In a small mixing bowl combine the ingredients and mix well, adding more cracked black pepper and lemon zest according to preference.

Snap Pea & Mint Salad

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup parmesan cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Pea & Mint Tortellini in Herbed Brodo

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 cup fresh peas, steamed soft and mashed
2 teaspoons lemon zest ¼ cup grated pecorino
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh pasta sheets

For the herbed brodo

1 (¼ pound) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 cups chicken stock
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt

DIRECTIONS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Mix and mash all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2-inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down, making sure the raviolis are sealed well.

For the herbed brodo

Combine rind, stock, garlic, parsley and mint (tied together with twine), and oil in a 3-quart pot, then simmer gently, partially covered, 30 minutes. Discard parsley and rind and season broth with salt.

Add tortellini and simmer, partially covered, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Divide among 6 soup plates, and then shave cheese over soup to taste.

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.

Snow, Snap and Shelling Peas with Fennel, Lemon & Spring Herbs

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups snow peas
1½ cups snap peas
1 cup fresh peas
1 fennel bulb, shaved
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Maldon salt

DIRECTIONS

In a steamer pan steam snow peas and snap peas for a few minutes, add the fresh peas and steam for another few minutes or until all peas are firm but cooked through. Take off heat and plunge in an ice bath to stop cooking. Let sit in the ice bath a few minutes until they are no longer hot or warm but cool.
Strain and place in a large mixing bowl. Using a mandolin or by hand cut the fennel very thin and mix together with the peas. In a separate small mixing bowl whisk together lemon zest, juice, olive oil and herbs until emulsified. Pour over the peas and fennel and toss together. Season with maldon salt.

Julienne of Snap Pea Salad with Mint, Lemon Pecorino

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup pecorino cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Spicy Italian Sausage

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 9 sausages

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl very well and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Using the finest blade of the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions. If you are making or using the meat without the casing go right to that step. If you are making links put the mixture back in the mixing bowl and place in the freezer for a little while. In the meantime soak the casings in warm water and rinse a few times. Get out your sausage stuffer and slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube, this is the part that you will need to tie the sausages off. Remove the meat from the freezer and stuff it into the stuffer, if all the meat does not fit leave what will not fit in a bowl in the refrigerator. Turn the stuffer on and begin the process, air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil, the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine and tie up the ends, you can use kitchen twine. To make the links, pinch a section together, then spin the links and turn them opposite from each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link. Make sure both ends are tied off. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles, using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be resolved. Hang the links for about an hour and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight, use them or freeze them in about a week.

Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 choice
Fresh baby spinach or arugula

DIRECTIONS

Mix all the sausage ingredients in a large bowl, and refrigerate, about 2 hours. Using the finest blade on your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients, following the instructions. Once the mixture is ground, place in the freezer. Meanwhile, soak the casings in warm water, and rinse a few times. Using your sausage stuffer, slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube – this is where you will need to tie the sausage off later. Remove the meat from the freezer, and place it in the body of the sausage stuffing machine. If all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding), place the rest back in the refrigerator until you are ready for more. Turn the machine on, and begin the process – air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out, use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil – the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine, and tie up the ends – you can kitchen twine. To make individual links, pinch a section together, then spin the links, and turn them opposite from each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles. Using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin, and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be released. Hang the links for about an hour, and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Use them or freeze them within about a week (in other words, use it, or lose it).

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the sausages on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 4-5 minutes turning once or until browned. Remove from oven and slice into 1 inch slices for pizza topping.

Place already rolled out pizza dough on a baking sheet and top with pizza sauce, cheese of choice, spinach or arugula and sliced sausage. Place in oven and bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.

Pizza Dough

Makes 3 (10 inch) pizzas

INGREDIENTS

1 cup warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
2½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Dried herbs (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil, etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour if needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick, or regular.

Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce

Makes approximately 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

6 medium tomatoes, chopped
8-10 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1½ cup fresh oregano, chopped (reserve ½ cup)
1 cup fresh basil, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, add tomatoes, garlic, onions, red wine, red chili flakes, dried oregano, salt, pepper and fresh herbs and bring to a boil. Place on low simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring regularly until all tomatoes are broken down. With a hand held food processor blend all ingredients in the pot until smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce as they give a very rustic look and texture. Cook blended sauce on low for another 20 minutes, until thick and reduced. Season with more salt (if needed) and finish with remaining fresh oregano.

Wild Leek and Dandelion Frittata with Goat Cheese

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

½ pound dandelion greens, ends trimmed
8 large eggs
8 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch wild leeks, ramps or large leek (white and tender greens only) thinly sliced and washed
18 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS

Fill a large pasta pot three-quarters full with water and bring to a boil. Add the dandelion greens and return to a boil. Boil the greens until they are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain well.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, goat cheese, and salt.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the leeks and red pepper flakes and sauté until browned around the edges, about 3 minutes.

Gently squeeze the blanched greens to remove any excess water. Roughly chop the greens, add them to the skillet with the onions, and saut&eactue; for 1 minute. Add the egg mixture to the pan and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes until the bottom has set. Place the skillet under the brioler and broil 6 inches from the heat source for 6-8 minutes until the frittata is golden brown and cooked through.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa and White Wine Vinaigrette

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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
18 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, peel the lower 2 inches of the asparagus stalks, which makes the salad greener and more tender.

In a ten-inch sauté pan or saucepan wide enough to accommodate the asparagus, bring six cups of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons salt. When the water returns to a boil add the asparagus and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain the asparagus and transfer immediately to the ice bath until chilled. Drain well and blot thoroughly dry with paper towels.

In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, scallion, mustard, and honey. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the oil until smoothly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the asparagus with the vinaigrette and arrange on a platter. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the asparagus to absorb the vinaigrette.

If making the mimosa, press the hard-cooked egg yolk through a wide mesh sieve into a bowl. Finely chop the egg white, and add it to the yolk, along with the chives. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the egg yolk and white together with chives and season with back pepper and a little salt. Sprinkle the mimosa over the asparagus just before serving.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Sauteed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Mint

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
16 baby artichokes, trimmed, stems left on if possible, halved and rubbed with lemon
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme
¾ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Warm the oil in a heavy 8 to 10-inch skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the artichokes. Tuck the garlic cloves and thyme sprigs among them. Fry until the artichokes are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Pour the wine into the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer gently until the stems are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.

Add the chopped mint, raise the heat and boil uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes, until the juices thicken. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the artichokes and garlic to a platter. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the pan juices over the artichokes and serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Potage of Spring Greens, with Green Garlic and Mint

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups onions, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
Salt
1 small potato, peeled and diced
1 bunch dandelion greens
1 large bunch arugula
4 cups vegetable stock or water
1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup créme fraiche

DIRECTIONS

Combine the oil, onions, and garlic in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. When the onions begin to sizzle add 1 teaspoon salt, cover the pan and simmer 20 minutes until meltingly tender, check occasionally and add a tablespoon of water if the onions threaten to brown.

Meanwhile, steam the potato for 8-10 minutes until tender, set aside. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Blanch the dandelion and arugula for 2-3 minutes until tender but still bright green. Drain well and chop.

Add the stock to the onions and bring to a boil. Add the steamed potato, blanched greens, spinach and mint, simmer 3-4 minutes.

Puree the soup with the créme fraiche. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

4 cup mixed greens
2 Ruby red grapefruits
2 avocados, chopped
2 tablespoons avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

On a large platter, arrange mixed greens. To prepare the grapefruit segments, use a serrated knife to slice off both ends of each orange, and then stand upright on a cutting board. Following the curve of the fruit, cut away the peel and white pith. Working over a small bowl (to reserve any juices), use your serrated knife to cut into each orange segment being sure to avoid the white pith to create clean grapefruit segments, and arrange on top of mixed greens. Arrange chopped avocados around as well. Drizzle avocado or extra-virgin olive oil over salad, and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Lemon & Herb Focaccia

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 focaccia

INGREDIENTS

2¼ teaspoons (or 1 package) active dry yeast
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 123 cups lukewarm (105 to 115°F) water and yeast and let stand until creamy and foaming, about 5 minutes. Add 5 cups flour, ¼ cup oil, and 2 teaspoons salt and beat with paddle attachment at medium speed until a dough forms. Replace paddle with dough hook and knead dough at high speed until soft, smooth, and sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. **If mixing by hand, this process will take longer, so be patient.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons more flour. Knead dough 1 minute (it will still be slightly sticky), then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with oil. Let rise, covered with plastic wrap, at warm room temperature, until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1½ hours.

Press dough evenly into a generously oiled 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan. Let dough rise, covered completely with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Stir together thyme and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Make shallow indentations all over dough with your fingertips, then brush with thyme oil, letting it pool in indentations. Sprinkle lemon zest and sea salt evenly over focaccia and bake in middle of oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Once out of oven, immediately remove from pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

White Bean, Onion and Rosemary Soup

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ pound (about 1½ cups) cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt
Pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy bottomed soup pot, over medium low heat, add olive oil. Sauté onions until translucent, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the drained white beans, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and vegetable broth. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, until the beans are very soft. Remove the thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Pass the soup through a food mill or use an immersion blender to puree. Return the soup to the pot to reheat and add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

Classic Garlicky Caeser Salad

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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
13 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt
13 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS

In a large serving bowl, place chopped romaine lettuce.

Meanwhile, to make the dressing, place all ingredients except olive oil and Parmesan cheese in a blender and puree, slowly stream in olive oil until dressing is emulsified. Mix salad with dressing and Parmesan cheese and season with salt and more black pepper. Serve.

Squid Stewed with Chickpeas and Peppers

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 cup diced white onions
8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 pound dried chickpeas (soaked overnight)
2 cups canned tomatoes, strained and chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon pimento or smoked paprika
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
2 cups white wine
Water
1 pound squid, cleaned and cut into rings
½ cup diced piquillo peppers
Sherry vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Baguette, for serving

Directions

In a flat-bottom, high-sided saucepan, heat ¼ inch olive oil until shimmering. Add onions and garlic and cook until they are just beginning to brown. Add chickpeas and cook until toasted. Add tomatoes and parsley and cook for another two minutes. Add pimenton and chili flakes. Add wine and reduce by ¾. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook until chickpeas are ¾ of the way cooked, then add squid and piquillo peppers. Cook until squid is tender and creamy. Finish with a few drops of sherry vinegar and olive oil. Serve with bread.

Brandade

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 pound flaky white fish (haddock, line-caught swordfish, bluefish, scrod, or croaker are the most preferable)
Salt and pepper
½ pound waxy white potatoes, peeled and diced
8 cups milk
6 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
Baguette, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Season fish heavily with salt. Place on parchment lined trays and refrigerate overnight.

Place potatoes in pot of cold water (enough to cover by 1 inch). Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.

In a separate pot, combine milk, garlic, bay leaves and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to just below a simmer. Add fish to pot and cook until fish is cooked through.

Remove fish and let cool. Discard bay leaves. Reserve garlic and milk. Flake fish with fingers and set aside.

When potatoes are cooked, strain and discard water. Pass potatoes through a food mill or ricer into a mixing bowl. Using a spatula, fold in milk (just enough to loosen potatoes). Fold in the fish and olive oil. Mix together until fully incorporated. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Fold in chopped parsley. Place mix into shallow baking dish and bake at 425ËšF for 12 minutes. Serve with bread.

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.

Quinoa Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4
Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

Creamy Cauliflower & Spinach Soup

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10 to 12

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground peppercorns
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 large or 2 small heads cauliflowers, cut into florets (about 3½ pounds)
1 small red potato, peeled and chopped
1 pound spinach, washed and tough stems removed
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons kosher salt
8 cups water

DIRECTIONS

Place the butter, oil, rosemary, thyme, and ground peppercorns in a large pot, and heat over medium-high until the butter is melted and the rosemary is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until they are soft, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and potato, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the spinach, milk, salt, and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook until the cauliflower easily mashes against the side of the pot, about 30 minutes.

Transfer some of the soup to a blender (don’t fill blender more than two-thirds full), cover, and pulse to release some heat. Blend the soup until it is completely smooth, and pour it into a clean pot. Repeat with the remaining soup. Bring the soup back to a boil, taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

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

Winter Squash Potage with Spiced Créme Fraiche

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

For soup

3 pounds winter squash (such as kabocha, acorn, or butternut), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large or 2 medium Spanish onions, chopped (2 cups)
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 quart vegetable stock, or water
½ cup apple cider or apple juice
Freshly ground black pepper

For bouquet garni

1 small handful celery leaves
3 to 4 fresh sage leaves
One 2-inch piece cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves

For spiced créme fraiche

&frac12 cup créme fraiche or sour cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly ground cinnamon
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Toss the squash with the oil, season lightly with salt, and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, turning several times, until the squash is tender and lightly caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, in a heavy, 3 to 5 quart soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and ½ teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, for a minute or two. Stir in the ginger and garlic, cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice and lowering the heat if necessary to keep the vegetables from browning. Pour in the stock or water, and the apple cider or juice, and add the roasted squash.

To make the bouquet garni, bundle the ingredients in a square of cheesecloth and tie it closed with kitchen twine.

Add the bouquet garni to the soup. Raise the heat to bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to as low as possible, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Discard the bouquet garni and pass the soup through the fine holes of a food mill (or puree using an immersion blender or working in batches in a hand blender).

In a bowl, combine the créme fraiche with 5 or 6 gratings of nutmeg, several grinds of black pepper, and a pinch of salt.

Serve the soup in bowls with a dollop of the spiced créme fraiche, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkling of parsley.

Stop and Take Stock.

Making a simple vegetable soup? Take stock of the trimmings, and the other vegetables you have on hand and consider simmering them into a flavorful broth to enhance the flavor and nutrient-content of your soup. In a stockpot, combine 6 cups of any of the following: squash and ginger peels, mushroom stems, cabbage cores, parsley stems, chopped carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, leeks, parsnips, fennel, and garlic (cut a whole heat in half crosswise, and leave the peels on). Add a couple bay leaves, and some fresh thyme, or sage, cover with water, bring to a simmer, skim off any foam that rises, then simmer gently, uncovered, for an hour. Strain and use right away or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Green Apple and Celery Salad with Walnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

6 large or 8 medium celery stalks
13 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 the celery stalks. Trim the celery leaves and reserve. Slice the celery on the bias into 18-inch thick pieces about 1 inch in length. Transfer the celery pieces to a bowl of cold water and refrigerate.

In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the nuts for 3 to 4 minutes, shaking the pan for even browning. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool.
In a salad bowl, combine the lemon juice, mustard, garlic, honey, and salt. Whisk in the oil and season with pepper.

Peel and quarter the apple. Core and slice each quarter into 2 wedges. Cut the wedges across into thin slices. Add the apple slices to the dressing and toss.

Drain the chilled celery and dry in a salad spinner or blot dry with a paper towel. Add the celery, celery leaves, and walnuts to the apples and toss. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Water Cress Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 small dish and beat with a fork until smooth. Beat in the cheese. Slowly beat in the oil until the dressing is emulsified, season with salt and pepper. Toss the watercress with dressing 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

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

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 pound onions, roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
Sea salt or kosher salt
2 pounds assorted winter root vegetables, such as rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, turnip, celery root, and sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, lightly toasted and finely ground
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
6 cups chicken, duck or vegetable stock, or water
1 cup heavy cream or créme fraiche
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley, for serving
Honey-Crisped Walnuts, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil and butter in a heavy, 4 to 5 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer over medium-low heat until the garlic and onions are soft and juicy, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the root vegetables, ground fennel, and turmeric. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the stock or water and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender and crush easily against the side of the pan, 30 to 40 minutes. Add the cream and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Using an immersion blender (or working carefully in batches in a food processor or stand blender), purée the soup until smooth, then season with black pepper and additional salt, as desired.

Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley, and honey-crisped walnuts.

Honey-Crisped Walnuts

Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 cup walnut halves and pieces
3 tablespoons honey
Fine sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Rub a small baking dish or pie plate with the butter. Add the walnuts and drizzle evenly with the honey. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown, 13 to 14 minutes.

Scrape the walnuts onto a plate, season lightly with salt, and let cool. The walnuts will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Seafood Fusilli and Creamy Lobster Sauce with Shaved Fennel and Lemon Salad

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pasta dough, cooked

For lobster sauce

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup white wine
2 lobster bodies, cut in half vertically (Your fishmonger should be able to provide you with lobster bodies at no charge)
2 cups heavy cream
6 to 8 threads saffron
Kosher salt
Pepper

For salad

1 bulb fennel
Juice of 2 lemons
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For seafood sauté

Olive oil, for sautéing
3 squid bodies (calamari), cleaned and sliced in 1″ circles
½ pound (26-30 count) shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
3 tablespoons fresh chives, sliced fine

DIRECTIONS

For lobster sauce

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter. Cook onions and garlic until translucent, making sure to not get any color. Add white wine and reduce until almost evaporated. Add lobster bodies, cream, and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and set aside.

For salad

To prepare the fennel, cut off the top stalks and discard. Next, trim the root end and then quarter lengthwise. Remove the core and thinly slice the fennel on a mandolin or with a sharp knife crosswise. Place fennel in a large bowl and set aside. Add lemon juice, salt and extra virgin olive oil and mix. Set aside.

For completed dish

In a large sauté pan, add olive oil over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, 1 minute. Add calamari and sauté 1 minute more. Add lobster sauce and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour sauce over pasta and garnish with fennel salad and chives. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Make 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2½ pounds plum tomatoes, cored, quarter and deseeded
2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
5 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup fresh basil, stems and leaves (chop leaves and reserve)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 fresh bay leaves (optional)
3 tablespoons butter (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a large roasting pan combine olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil stems, and thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until soft and caramelized. Discard basil stems.

Once out of the oven, transfer to a large heavy bottomed soup pot and place on the stove over medium heat. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth and bay leaves (if using), increase heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Remove bay leaves and discard. Using an immersion blender, add butter (if using) and reserved basil leaves and blend soup until smooth. Add more vegetable broth if too thick. Serve immediately.

Curried Yellow Lentils and Sweet Potato Soup (Yellow Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1½ teaspoons garam masala
1½ teaspoons curry powder
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup yellow lentils
1 fresh bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of ½ lime

DIRECTIONS

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, garam masala, and curry powder. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add sweet potatoes and cook with spices, 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, lentils and bay leaf. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, partially cover, and simmer for until lentils are tender about 30 to 45 minutes.

Just before serving, add cilantro and lime juice. Serve immediately.

Lentil and Bulgur Salad (Green Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 clove garlic, grated on microplane
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups French green lentils, cooked and cooled
1 cup bulgur wheat, cooked and cooled
1 small red onion, chopped fine
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
½ English cucumber, seeded and chopped fine
1 (15 ounce) can chick peas, drained and rinsed
½ cup golden raisins
¾ cup walnut pieces, toasted
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic. Stream in olive oil and continue to whisk until emulsified. Set dressing aside. In a large bowl, add lentils, bulgur wheat, red onion, celery, cucumber, chick peas, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Pour dressing evenly over the salad, and mix to combine. Serve at room temperature.

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.

Herb Mashed Cannellini Beans

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

10 cloves garlic (skin on)
1 fresh rosemary sprigs
3 fresh thyme sprigs
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1¾ cups chicken broth
Freshly ground pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F. In aluminum foil, add garlic cloves and herb sprigs and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and wrap. Bake in oven until cloves are soft, 30 minutes. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, remove garlic from skins and mash.
Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, over medium heat add olive oil. Add beans, mashed garlic, chicken broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Remove from heat and mash beans with a potato masher until chunky. Add lemon juice and herbs and serve.

Fennel, Orange & Mint Salad

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Served 6

INGREDIENTS

2 fennel bulbs with fennel fronds
3 navel oranges
½ red onion, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped fine
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Maldon salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

To prepare the fennel, cut off the top stalks and reserve ¼ cup of the fennel fronds and chop (set aside). Next, trim the root end and then quarter lengthwise. Remove the core and thinly slice the fennel on a mandolin or with a sharp knife crosswise. Place fennel in a large bowl and set aside.

To prepare the orange segments, using a serrated knife, slice off both ends of each orange and then stand upright on a cutting board. Following the curve of the fruit, cut away the peel and white pith. Working over a small bowl (to reserve any juices), still using your serrated knife cut into each orange segment avoiding the white pith to create clean orange segments and place in bowl with fennel. From what is left of oranges, squeeze juice (about 2 to 3 tablespoons) into bowl and set aside.

In the same bowl with the fennel and oranges, add red onion, mint, kalamata olives and reserved chopped fennel fronds. In the bowl with the leftover orange juice, add honey and olive oil and whisk. Add to salad and season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Beef Short Ribs, Potato Puree, and Brussels Sprouts

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the beef

2 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 4 pieces
Sea or kosher salt
Extra virgin olive oil

Season the beef very well, and seal individually in a sous vide or FoodSaver bag with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Cook in a water bath or in a combi at 54°C/129°F for 12 hours. Allow to rest 10 minutes, and chill well in an ice bath. Refrigerate.

For the potatoes

2 pound small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
Sea or kosher salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
3 sticks butter

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat in well salted water. Drop to a simmer, and cook until they crush easily. Drain well, then transfer to a sheet tray, and place in the oven to dry out. Leave 5 minutes, but do not allow potatoes to take on any color. Warm milk and cream in a small pot on the stove.

Pass potatoes through a ricer or through a tamis or even a mesh strainer into a pot. Do not work potatoes too hard or they’ll get gummy. When all the potatoes have been riced, if they’re still very moist, return them to the oven for a minute. They should be dry and light.

Once the potatoes have dried out, return them to the pot, and slowly start adding milk/cram mixture, and butter. Mix with a rubber spatula over low heat. Add butter and milk slowly, season as necessary, and stop adding butter or milk when the potatoes are soft and creamy rather than stiff and firm. Remove from heat, transfer to a heat proof container, cover tightly in plastic wrap, and keep in a warm spot until ready for use.

To finish

4 cups brussels sprouts, leaves peeled from heads
Sea or kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Canola oil
1 cup fresh parsley
Extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

Heat a water bath to 49°C/120°F. Warm beef for 30 minutes. Remove from bath, then cut open bags. Discard liquid, dry off beef, and set aside on a rack.

Heat 1 large heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat. Season the beef well with salt and pepper, add 1 tablespoon canola oil to one pan, and add the beef. Sear well on all sides, then remove from the pan to rest.

Heat a second large heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil, then the brussels sprout leaves. Season with salt and pepper, toss through, and allow to caramelize a bit. Keep tossing for 2 minutes, or until the leaves soften and start to change to a darker green color. Remove from the pan to a bowl, add the parsley, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Set out 4 warm plates. Add a generous swoosh of potato puree. Slice beef thinly against the grain with a very sharp knife, and divide among the plates. Scatter brussels sprout leaves around the plate, season with Maldon sea salt and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to finish.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Roasted Brook Trout with Fennel and Black Grapes

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 fillets brook trout, rainbow trout, or other super fresh trout
1 bulb fennel
Sea or kosher salt
Freshly ground white pepper
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
Zest of 1 lemon, juice of half
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup black grape puree, recipe follows
½ cup black grapes
Extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Make sure trout has been cleaned of all pin bones, cut in half crosswise, and set aside on a rack until ready to use.

Shave fennel very thinly crosswise on a mandoline. Transfer into a small pot, season with salt, pepper, fennel seeds, lemon zest, and a healthy squeeze of lemon juice. Set over low heat, just to warm through, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Now it’s time to move fast. Set a pan large enough to hold the fish in one layer on high heat, preferably heavy duty pan or cast iron. When the pan is hot, season the fish well with salt, add the canola oil to the pan, and add the fish skin side down. Let it cook 1 minute on top of the stove. The skin will get crisp, and the flesh should just start to turn opaque on the sides of the fillets. Move the pan into the oven, and let it cook for 1 minute. The top of the fish should just be warm, but it should still be raw. Remove the fish immediately from the pan, and place skin side up on a board or rack to prevent it from loosing its crispness.

Put a generous swoosh of grape puree down on the plate, a large and small pile of shaved fennel, black grapes and rest the trout against the fennel. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with Maldon salt, and serve immediately.

Black Grape Puree

Makes 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

4 cups black grapes, picked and washed
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon grey salt, or to taste
¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup saba (cooked grape must)

DIRECTIONS

Place grapes, sugar, chili flakes, fennel seed, salt, vinegar, and 1 cup water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook 30 to 45 minutes, or until the grapes have popped, and lost their liquid.

Add saba, return to a boil, then remove from heat.

Put all ingredients into the bowl of a blender, and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Should be very smooth and lighter in color. Adjust seasoning, and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Celery Root Salad with Welfleet Oysters, Herbs, Celery Leaves, and Champagne Vinaigrette

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 heads celery root
2 tablespoons Veuve Cliquot yellow label champagne
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon, juice of half
Best quality extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground white pepper
1 dozen very fresh welfleet oysters (call pat woodbury)
Leaves from 1 head celery
½ cup fresh chervil leaves
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely sliced

DIRECTIONS

Peel celery root with a vegetable peeler, and slice as thinly as possible on a mandoline. The thinner you can get it, the tastier it’ll be. Slice the celery root over a bowl with water with lemon (acidulated water). This will prevent the celery root from turning brown. You can slice the celery root well ahead before you’re going to make the salad if you keep the slices in water.

When you are 20 minutes away before serving salad, drain the celery root slices, and dress with the champagne, Meyer lemon zest and juice and a good glug of olive oil. Season well with salt and white pepper. Let it stand. The salt and acid will soften the celery root.

Open the oysters, being careful to catch all the juices in a small bowl. Place the opened oysters in a clean container, and strain the liquor through a fine sieve over them to remove any bits of shell.

Taste the celery root after its softened, and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Distribute amongst 4 plates and serve with celery leaves and herbs.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Cauliflower Soup with American Paddlefish Roe

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 medium leek, white and pale green only, sliced thin
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and sliced thin
2 sticks unsalted butter
¼ cup white wine
1 head cauliflower, trimmed, core removed and chopped (5 florets reserved and thinly sliced for garnish)
Kosher salt
½ oz. best quality American paddlefish roe
Best quality extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a 10 quart pot over medium low heat, cook onions and leeks in ½ stick of butter slowly, stirring regularly.
They should not take on any color. After 10 minutes, add wine, and cook until completely reduced. Add ½ cup water, and continue cooking. Should take ½ hour total.

Once the onions and leeks are cooked, add the cauliflower, cover with water, and season with salt. Raise heat to high, and bring to a boil. Once it’s come up, drop to a low simmer, and cover loosly. Cook until cauliflower is very soft, about 30 minutes.

Fill the bowl of a blender about half way with the cooked cauliflower mixture, and blend very well. While the blender is running, add ¼ stick butter, and incorporate. Strain pureed cauliflower through a fine mesh strainer into a pot, or bowl. Continue with remaining cauliflower. Add water to thin mixture as necessary in the blender, and then to desired consistency for the soup. Adjust seasoning.

To serve, brown sliced florets in olive oil on medium high heat. Ladle soup into shallow bowls, top with roasted cauliflower, and a dollop of caviar. Drizzle with best quality extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Fish Foil with Veggies and Sun-dried Tomatoes

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 and skin removed
1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large bowl, combine eggplants with extra virgin olive oil, fresh thyme, and season with salt and pepper.

Spread eggplant in a single layer onto baking sheet. Cut heat of garlic in half (separating top from bottom of heat), and place garlic side down on same baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until eggplant is caramelized.

To prepare fish foil, lay out 4 sheets of foil on counter. In a small bowl, mix Dijon, tarragon, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and set aside. Layer the disks of zucchini and sun dried tomatoes (2 layers of each) about the surface area of the size of salmon or arctic char filet. Place fish on top of veggies and smear fish with Dijon mixture, and cover with 1 more later of zucchini and sundried tomatoes. Squeeze juice of lemon wedge over everything, and place used wedge right on top.

Close up individual foil packets, and place on a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes while eggplant is still cooking.
This will give you a medium temperature on the fish. You can cook for another 5 to 10 if you prefer well done fish.

Once eggplant is cooked, remove from oven, and place eggplant and garlic cloves in a mixing bowl. Using a potato masher or fork, mash everything together. Once fish is finished, remove from foil, place on a plate with layers intact, and serve with mashed garlic eggplant.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

Quinoa and Turkey Sausage Stuffed Peppers

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 pieces turkey sausage (favorite variety)
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ bunch (about 10 big leaves) Swiss chard or kale, chopped
1 handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 cup goat milk feta, cubed
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 bell peppers
1 (28-ounce can) stewed tomatoes
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sized saucepan, add water, quinoa, and salt. Once it comes to a boil, lower heat to simmer, cover, and cook, 20 minutes or until water is completely absorbed. Then remove from heat to cool.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add oil. Cook turkey sausages until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove, and allow to cool. In the same pan, over medium heat, add garlic, Swiss chard or kale, and sauté until wilted. Remove from pan once cooked, and place into a large mixing bowl along with all liquid in the pan to cool.

Next, cut cooked and cooled sausage into bite sized pieces, and add to mixing bowl. Add parsley and feta. Season with salt and pepper, and mix well. This recipe can be left as is, as a
warm quinoa salad, or can be stuffed into peppers as follows.

Preheat oven to 400ËšF. Remove top and seeds of peppers, and slice bottom of pepper (making sure not to cut a whole in the bottom) so that it will sit standing up in the baking dish. Spoon
quinoa sausage mixture into pepper cavities. Add stewed tomatoes and basil directly over the peppers and along the bottom of the dish. Cover entire dish with foil, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and continue to bake for another 10 minutes.

Tip: To assemble the day before, follow all of the steps above short of putting it in the oven, and store covered with foil in fridge. Once you are ready to bake, allow the stored dish to come to
room temperature first before baking. This will reduce cooking time.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson

Grilled Herbal Pomegranate Lamb Sausage with Figs and Green Salad

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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
13 cup fresh mint leaves
13 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
13 cup pomegranate seeds, frozen
Casings of your choice

For the Salad

6-7 cups, mesclun mix or baby greens
9 figs, quartered
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped

PREPARATION

For the Sausage

Mix all ingredients for sausage in a large bowl (except frozen pomegranate seeds) very well, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Using the finest blade for the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions. Mix in pomegranate seeds, and combine well. If you are making or using the meat without the casings, go right to that step. If you are making links, put the mixture back in the mixing bowl, and place in the freezer for a little while. Meanwhile, soak the casings in warm water, and rinse a few times. Using your sausage stuffer, slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube- this is where you will need to tie the sausages off later. Remove the meat from the freezer, and place it in the body of the sausage stuffing machine. If all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding), place the rest back in the refrigerator until you are ready. Turn the machine on, and begin the process- air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out, use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil- the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine, and tie up the ends- you can use meat or butchers twine. To make individual links, pinch a section together, then spin the links, and turn them opposite from each other several times; repeat this moving down the entire main link. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles. Using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin, and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be released. Hang the links for about an hour, and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Use them or freeze them within about a week.

For the Salad

In a grill pan, over medium-high heat, add lamb sausage, and cook until desired doneness.
Once cooked, remove, and allow to rest.

On a large platter, place salad greens, figs, pomegranate seeds, and cooked sausage. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, and lemon juice. Drizzle over salad platter. Sprinkle with chopped mint leaves, and serve.

Spicy Italian Sausage Baked with Tomatoes & Potatoes

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 (makes 6-9 sausages)

INGREDIENTS

For the Sausage

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

For the Baked Sausage Dish

6-9 spicy Italian sausage
2 medium sized green peppers, seeds and pit removed, cut into long strips
2 medium russet potatoes, cut into wedges
1 can (28-ounces) crushed tomatoes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon salt

PREPARATION

For the Sausages

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl very well, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Using the finest blade on your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients, following the instructions. If you are making links, put the mixture back in the mixing bowl, and place in the freezer for a little while. Meanwhile, soak the casings in warm water, and rinse a few times. Using your sausage stuffer, slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the ened of the tube- this is where you will need to tie the sausages off later. Remove the meat from the freezer, and place it in the body of the sausage stuffing machine. If all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding), place the rest back in the refrigerator until your are ready. Turn the mahcine on, and begin the process- air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out, use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil- the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine, and tie up the ends- you can use meat or butchers twine. To make individual links, pinch a section together, then spin the links, and turn them opposite from each other several times; repeat this moving down the entire main link. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles. Using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin, and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be released. Hang the links for about an hour, and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Use them or freeze them within about a week (or lose it).

For Baked Sausage Dish

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Place in an oven proff baking dish with a lid, and bake for about 1 hour or until potatoes are soft.

Crostini with Blue Cheese and Pear

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 baguette
1 clove garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Asian pears, cut in quarters, cored, and sliced thin
4 ounces blue cheese, sliced

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Slice baguette thinly, and place on baking sheet. Rub each slice with garlic clove, drizzle with olive oil, and lightly season with salt. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes, making sure to flip toast halfway through.

In a small saucepan over medium low heat, add honey and rosemary, and warm through. Set aside.

To serve, place 2 slices of pear on crostini, top with a slice of blue cheese, and drizzle with rosemary honey.

Artichoke Pesto with Parmesan Tortilla Chips

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 artichokes, garlic, basil, walnuts, cheese, lemon juice, and zest in food processor. Puree, and slowly pour in oil until blended. Season with salt, and set aside.

Place tortilla triangles on a baking sheet and coat lightly with olive oil and season with salt and a sprinkling of cheese. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until toasted. Serve immediately with dip.

Herbed Goat Cheese

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 drizzle olive oil and herb mixture on top. Serve with bread.

Sage & White Bean Crostini

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 5-6, Appetizer Portions

INGREDIENTS

½ pound white beans, kidney, or navy
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Salt
3 cloves garlic
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 large baguette, sliced

PREPARATION

Clean the beans, making sure all debris is removed. Place beans in a large pot of power.
Bring beans to a boil, and boil for 5 straight minutes. Take off burner, and let sit uncovered for 1 hour. Drain water, and refill pot with water. Add lemon zest, and return to a boil. Turn to low heat, allowing to simmer on a gentle boil for about 40 minutes, adding warm water as needed to replace evaporating liquid, then salt water and cook 20 more minutes. When beans are tender, take off heat, and cool. Strain, and reserve ½ cup of the bean liquid. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Brush bread with olive oil, and toast in oven.

In a food processor, place cooked beans, garlic, olive oil, sage, lemon juice, and white pepper, and purée until smooth, using the bean liquid in order to loosen mixture if too thick.
Serve generously on the toasted baguette.

Mixed Greens with Herbed Vinaigrette

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons canola oil (neutral flavor oil)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
8 cups (about ½ pound) mesclun (mixed baby greens)
Freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together shallot, white wine, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt. Slowly stream in oils until vinaigrette is emulsified. Add herbs and greens and mix well until vinaigrette coats all the leaves. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb brussel sprouts, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Remove any undesirable outer leaves on the brussel sprouts and discard. Parboil the brussel sprouts (or steam them) for 3 minutes or until just tender. They should be almost cooked all the way through. Strain the hot water and place the sprouts in a bowl of ice water, this will keep their color bright green. Remove and drain on paper towels to get rid of excess moisture.

Toss brussel sprouts with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast until golden, 15-20 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

November 4th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

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 cooking. Place the squash in a roasting pan and bake in the oven for about an hour. Once the squash has cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
In a blender, place nuts, garlic, parsley, lemon zest and juice, Asiago cheese, extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper and blend until incorporated. Set aside.
Then, run the tines of a fork through the melt of the squash from top to bottom, creating ribbons much like spaghetti. Put the “noodles” into your serving dish and continue with the remaining squash and season with salt and pepper. Discard the outside “shell”. Top noodles with pesto and serve.

Delicata Squash with Garlic and Herbs

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 as side dish and 2 as main course

INGREDIENTS

2 Delicata squash, cut in half, seeds removed
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Place squash in a casserole dish and drizzle with olive oil and coat cut-side of squash with garlic, herbs and season with salt and pepper, cover with aluminum foil. Roast in oven until cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

Delicata Squash with Garlic and Herbs

Ensalada de Atun & Anchoas (Tuna and Anchovy Salad)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

Heirloom Tomato and Pesto Pasta Salad

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1lb Pasta, cooked
2 gloves Garlic, minced
4 medium Zucchini, chopped
1½ lbs. Heirloom tomatoes, chopped
2 cups fresh Basil leaves
Juice of one large Lemon
½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, sauté garlic, add zucchini and season with salt, cook, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, warm through and combine with cooked pasta. Meanwhile, in a blender, add basil, lemon juice and olive oil and puree, taste for salt. Drizzle pasta salad with basil sauce.

Heirloom Tomato and Pesto Pasta Salad

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