Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 1⁄3 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream
DIRECTIONS
Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water [...]

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Corn Curry

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
For green paste
1 fresh hot green chile, stemmed and cut in half
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks
12 fresh or 16 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
¼ cup fresh cilantro sprigs (with tender stems only)
2 tablespoons water
For the main dish
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ [...]

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Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

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

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Fresh Mint Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups
INGREDIENTS
2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh mint, chopped
10 egg yolks
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar, and mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring gently, allowing mint to steep into [...]

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Herbed Portabella Quiche

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

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Light Mint Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Drizzle and Chocolate-Mint Leaves

Serves 10
INGREDIENTS
2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh mint, chopped
10 egg yolks
1 dark mint chocolate bar, chopped into pieces
10 fresh mint leaves, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
For mint ice cream
In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar, and mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for [...]

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Mint Ice Cream with Fresh Orange-Beet Swirls

Makes 5 cups
INGREDIENTS
2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh mint, chopped
10 egg yolks
1 medium red beet, cooked and peeled and cubed
½ cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar and mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for about [...]

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Persimmons with Brown Sugar and Butter Cream

Serves 1-2
INGREDIENTS
1-2 fuyu persimmons, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2 tablespoons raw sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons half and half
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Place all ingredients in the center of a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil. Fold the aluminum foil edges over like a burrito, [...]

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Salsa Verde (Green Sauce)

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
¼ pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
1 poblano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons half-and-half
Juice of 1 lime
DIRECTIONS
Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are [...]

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

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

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Summer Garden Portobello Quiche

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

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Zucchini and Marjoram Quiche

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

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