Fresh Za’Atar and Warm Pita

August 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 4

A fresh and bright take on the classic dried Za’atar, perfect on warm pita with labneh cheese!  Be bold and make your own labneh, its easy.

Ingredients

1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh summer savory leaves, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 teaspoon sumac powder
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon  sea salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
Warm pita
Labneh cheese

Directions

Toss all the ingredients together except eh pita and labneh until mixed well. Serve sprinkled over warm pita with a side of labneh.

Middle Eastern Frozen Lemonade

August 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes enough for your freezer to make a few pitchers

This is a take on the classic Middle Eastern frozen mint lemonade that is found throughout all parts of the Middle East, fresh and cold and always delightful.  This recipe allows for ease in the summer as you through the ice cubes in the blender with a little water and your summer is suddenly cooler.

Ingredients

Zest of two lemons
2 cups water
1 cup of sugar
1 cup lemon juice (fresh)
1  tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoons thai basil leaves or regular basil, choped fine
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, choped fine
1 cup water or ice cold  Ouzo

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the zest, water and sugar, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely and add in the lemon juice and fresh herbs.  Mix well and freeze in ice cube trays and store in a zip lock bag.  When ready to make place as many ice cubes as you need in a blender with water or ouzo, the ratio for a normal size ice cue tray = 6 ice cube for ½ cup of water, which makes a few glasses. Garnish wit a sprig of mint or thai basil.


Yemini Zhug with Grilled Halloumii

August 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

½  teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, toasted
1 cardamom pod, cracked and toasted
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½  teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted

2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic
2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all is best)
½ cup olive oil, plus a few tablespoons
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice plus two tablespoons

1 pound halloumi cheese, sliced ¼ inch thick

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  An emersion blender can also be used.   Heat a grill pan to medium high heat. Whisk together 2 tablespoons lemon juice with two tablespoons olive oil and brush sliced cheese.  Grill the cheese on each side  for about 2-3 minutes per side or until grill markets appear.   Serve with a bit of the Zhug drizzled on top for a light appetizer.   Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.  

Cinnamon Basil Grilled Plums and Sichuan Pepper Ice Cream & Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble

July 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6-8 , makes 1 quart

Ingredients

2 tablespoons fresh cinnamon basil, chopped fine
2-3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons  Sichuan peppercorns, crushed
1 teaspoon pink salt
2 pounds red flesh plums, halved
½ cup of honey or cinnamon basil syrup  ( Field Apothecary)
2 cups heavy cream
Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble

Directions

On a large plate place the plums flesh side up.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the cinnamon basil sugar, (only) 1 teaspoon of the Sichuan peppercorns, and the salt and mix well.  Sprinkle the mixture all over the tops of the plums and let sit for about 20 minutes.  Heat the grill to a high heat.  Place the plums flesh side down on a clean grill and cook until slightly charred and tender.  About 2 minutes.  Take off grill and place back on the plate with the sugar etc.  Allow to cool.   In a blender, combine the plums and all the scrapings from the plate with the honey or syrup and blend until totally smooth.  There will be pieces of skin but this adds beautiful color.  Add the heavy cream and blend again until well combined.  Refrigerate mixture until well chilled.  Process in an ice cream maker according to directions or just freeze, the creamy texture of the plums allows for a creamy ice cream simply in the freezer!  Serve with a little Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble on top.

Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ cup almonds, chopped fine
¼ cup black quinoa
½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, cracked fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
½ tablespoon almond oil

Direcitons

Pre-heat oven to 325˚ F.  In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed and all nuts and seeds are coated.  Place the nut and seed mixture on a lined baking sheet making sure to lie out evenly.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until slightly browned.  Allow to cool completely. Alternatively, toast the quinoa in a saute pan and add almonds and sichuan peppers. Add honey and almond oil, stir and take off heat.  Place on wax paper to solidify.


Yemini Zhug

February 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½  teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, toasted
1 cardamom pod, cracked and toasted
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½  teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted

2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all is best)
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

*alternatively spices do not have to be toasted

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  An emersion blender can also be used.  Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.  Use on eggs, meats, fish and vegetables.

Stone Barns Winter Greenhouse Salad with Toasted Black Quinoa & Buttermilk Herb Ranch

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Combine your favorite greens and vegetables and toss with fresh herbal buttermilk ranch.  Toast some black quinoa and sprinkle on top ( Toasted Quinoa- place in a skillet on high heat and let roll around in the pan until toasted about 2 minutes)

Buttermilk Herb Ranch

Makes approx 1 ½ cups

Ingredients


½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons mustard (Dijon or regular)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons grated red onion
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

Directions


In a medium mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, garlic salt and mustard. Mix well. Add onions and shallots and fresh herbs and whisk together well until smooth and creamy. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Winter Herb Soup Sticks

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 bread sticks

Ingredients

Basic Pizza Dough (Ger-Nis)
2 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup parmesan, grated
1 tablespoon black quinoa, toasted
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 garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and parmesan. 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 a combination of  the Maldon salt and toasted black quinoa.

Soy Nut Pesto

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ c pesto.

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted soy nuts
2-3 cups chopped fresh basil leaves

¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt


Directions

Mix all ingredients with an immersion blender, blender or food processor until smooth.

Winter Herbal Pasta E Fagoili Soup with Fresh Pesto

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8 -12

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
½ yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 carrots, chopped medium

2 celery ribs, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

1-2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
6 cups vegetables stock
1 cup cannellini beans, pre cooked or canned
1 (15 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

6 cups vegetable stock

1 small piece of parmesan rind

1 cup ditalini pasta (or small pasta)

1 cup fresh English peas
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped

Soy Nut Pesto*

Freshly Grated Parmesan

Directions

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.  Next add the carrots, celery and fresh herbs.  Season with salt.  Add the beans and the tomatoes and stir well.  Add the stock and the Parmesan rind and decrease heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes.  Add the pasta and cook about five minutes.  Then add the peas and cook about five minutes more. Add the fresh spinach turn off heat and keep covered for 8 minutes.  Stir. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Rosemary & Roasted Parsnip Maple Sodas with Rosemary Pixie Dust

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

2 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup turbinado or raw sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water
Seltzer water

*Rosemary Pixie Dust

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine the parsnips, sugar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, then toss together until coated and mixed. Arrange the parsnips on a baking sheet and roast for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Scrape the baking sheet and all its remnants into a sauce pan and add water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Take off heat, cool, strain and refrigerate until syrup is ice cold. Place the syrup in a pitcher filled with ice and add seltzer water, stir.  Pour into a glass and  place a tiny pinch of *Rosemary Dust over the top of the glass.

*Rosemary Dust-In a spice grinder, coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle, grind up 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves and 2 tablespoons sugar until a fine powder is created.

Indonesian Heat Healer

June 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The herbal flavors of Indonesia for me are the most thirst quenching of all the herbal combinations.  There is something amazingly soothing about combining mint, cilantro, thai basil and lemon grass together in a drink!

Ingredients

1 cup pineapple core simple syrup*
2 mango black tea, tea bags
2 tablespoons  fresh thai basil leaves
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lemon grass
ice
Water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine simple syrup and the tea and bring to a boil, take off heat and drop in tea bags and let infuse for about 10 minutes or until cool.  Remove tea bags and blend the mixture with the fresh herbs until totally smooth.  Pour into a pitcher filled with ice and fill with water.

*Pineapple Core Simple Syrup- combine 1 cup turbinado sugar and 1 cup water in a sauce pan with 1 vanilla bean split and the core of a fresh pineapple, chopped and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.  Strain and place tea bags inside

GREENMARKET GATORADE / HERBAL LEMONADE

May 26th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar (any kind-raw or turbinado or white)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh sorrel leaves
4-6 cups seltzer water or regular water
Lemon wheel garnish

Directions

Combine water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Add fresh herb leaves (about  and blend the mixture in a blender until ultra smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Place in a pitcher with ice and add about 4-6 cups seltzer  or regular water and stir well. Place a few lemon wheel garnishes in the pitcher.

Spring Herbal Pavlova Cups with Rhubarb Rosemary Granita and Beet Lavender Flower Syrup

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For pavlovas

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

For granita

2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup honey
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped fine


Directions


For pavlovas


Preheat oven to 300°F. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and herbs. Set aside. In a mixer (or with a whisk), beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the water, and beat. Continue beating soft peaks. Increase speed, and add sugar and corn starch mixture a little at a time. Next, add vinegar, and beat on high speed until glossy and stiff. Place a spoonful on a lined baking sheet, making 6 to 8 little bowls. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, until starch hardens, before eating. For serving, place a little granita in a pavlova cup and drizzle a little lavender syrup on top. Garnish with some fresh herbs.


For granita


In a blender, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Add more honey to desired sweetness. Pour in a shallow, metal pan, and freeze, scraping frozen granules every 10 to 20 minutes for about a total of 2 hours.


Beet  Lavender Flower Syrup


Ingredients


½ cup honey
1 cup water
1 medium beet chopped
¼ cup turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped


Directions


In a small sauce pan, whisk the honey, water, sugar and herbs together while bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8 minutes, take off heat and allow to cool.

Radishes, Chervil Butter and Herbal Citrus Salts

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 stick butter (12 tablespoons) softened
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon fresh chervil leaves, chopped fine
16-20 French breakfast radishes, washed and trimmed
Citrus Salt (recipe follows)

Directions

Combine the butter, salt and chervil in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate to harden. Just prior to serving take the butter out and allow to come to room temperature. Place the butter in a bowl and the citrus salts and the radishes all around it. To eat, place a little butter on each radish and some citrus salts. Enjoy!

Chive Blossom Croutons

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups of croutons

Ingredients

2 cups cubed white bread (1½ inch cubes)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chive blossom flowers
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well, making sure that the bread cubes are totally covered with butter. Place the croutons on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, turning as needed and until slightly browned on all sides. Allow to cool.

Asparagus & Mint Pesto

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 2½ cups

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the top until the pesto reaches desired consistency. Add more for a “looser” pesto and less for a “chunkier” version. Season to taste with a little more salt if needed.

*Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Russian Rhubard Grass

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn

Ingredients

1 bunch fresh mint
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 ounces gin (New York Distilling Company – Dorothy Parker)
½ ounce Gran Classico
1 ounce Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Honey Nectar*
½ ounce lemon juice
Lemon wheel garnish
Pink Peppercorn Parsley Sugar*
Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb Bitters

Directions

Gently muddle about 10 mint and 10 parsley leaves along with lemon zest in a mixing glass until all the oils from the herbs are released, about 5-8 seconds. Add the gin, Gran Classico, Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Honey Nectar and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini style class. Float the lemon wheel on top of the drink and sprinkle a tiny bit of the Pink Peppercorn Parsley Sugar on the wheel. Drop three to four drops of Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb Bitters onto the lemon wheel.

*Rhubarb Pink Peppercorn Honey Nectar – In a sauce pan combine 2 pounds fresh rhubarb (chopped) with ½ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon pink peppercorns (crushed), small hand full fresh mint leaves and large handful of fresh parsley leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce and let simmer for 10-12 minutes. Take off heat and strain. Add the honey to the warm mixture and mix well. Cool completely.

*Pink Peppercorn Parsley Sugar – Mix together 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped superfine, 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns (crushed) and 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Squeeze two drops of rhubarb bitters to sugar mixture to moisten.

Herbal Zaiquiri

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Zachary Sharaga, Louis 649, Alphabet City Manhattan


Ingredients


2 ounces white rum
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh sorrel simple syrup*


Directions


Shake all ingredients together in a shaker. Strain into a chilled flure glass. Garnish by inserting a blade of sorrel vertically into flute. (Break stem off of sorrel blade so that an approximately 1-inch tip sticks out above the washline.)

*Fresh Sorrel Simple Syrup – Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Add 2 handfuls of fresh sorrel (about 20  leaves – leaves only, no stems). Blend the mixture in a blender until ultra smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Use immediately in order to keep the bright green color.

My Darling Lemon Thyme

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Brendan Casey, Quarter Bar, South Slope Brooklyn

Ingredients

1½ ounce gin (New York Distilling Company-Dorothy Parker)
½ ounce Carpano Antica Vermouth
2 drops of lavender infused green chartreuse*
½ ounce lemon thyme
½ ounce lemon thyme brown sugar syrup*
Lemon peel

Directions

Add all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and double strain into a chilled coupe or martini style glass. Garnish with a large lemon peel, releasing the oils over the cocktail before submerging it into the glass.

*Lavender Infused Green Chartreuse – Combine in a small mason jar 2 ounces of green chartreuse with 1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers. Seal the jar and let infuse for 3 days, shaking once per day. Strain out the lavender flowers prior to use.

*Lemon Thyme Brown Sugar Syrup – Combine 1 part organic brown sugar, 1 part water and a large handful or bunch of lemon thyme in medium sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring. Let boil for about 5 minutes in total taking it on and off the heat the entire time. Cool, strain and bottle.

Shortbread Cookies with Winter Herbs and Dried Fruit

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
3½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 large egg
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
Fine sanding sugar for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and chopped rosemary; set aside.

Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in olive oil. Reduce speed to low. Mix in flour mixture. Add cream; mix until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and dried cherries and mix until just combined.

Shape dough into ¾ inch balls and space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with fingers and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, about 13 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on sheet or wire racks. Store in airtight container.

*Alternatively use fresh thyme, orange zest and chopped dried dates; dried cranberries, fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine, Winter Savory and 1 teaspoon lime zest, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 teaspoon orange zest and 2 teaspoons orange juice.

Sicilian-Style Herbed Meatballs with Herbed Polenta

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Meatballs

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, ground
1 bulb garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grains Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

Sauce

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 lbs plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

Directions

To make the meatballs, mix ground beef and ground sausage with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Use fingers to mix well and squish ingredients together. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal and the currants and again mix very well using fingers. Add the beaten eggs and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should cause the mixture to bind and stick together.

Form mixture into about 1 to 1¼ inch balls and set aside.

In a large, deep heavy bottom pan heat a few tablespoons of olive oil to a high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches by rolling them around on all sides until well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.

After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan and add another tablespoon of olive oil if necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent about 1-2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well so to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine and the salt and pepper, again stirring to deglaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about five minutes. Turn the burner on low and add the meatballs to the sauce stirring gently until the meatballs are covered in the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.

Herbed Polenta

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 cups water
Salt
2 cups yellow or white cornmeal
½ cup parmesan, grated
½ cup milk
½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

Bring water and salt in a heavy bottom saucepan to a boil, add cornmeal, and whisk well. Reduce heat to low, and cook until thick and tender, whisking regularly, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the cheese, milk, butter, herbs, and cracked pepper. Stir well until all is melted and incorporated.

Herbed Polenta

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 cups water
Salt
2 cups yellow or white cornmeal
½ cup parmesan, grated
½ cup milk
½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

Bring water and salt in a heavy bottom saucepan to a boil, add cornmeal, and whisk well. Reduce heat to low, and cook until thick and tender, whisking regularly, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the cheese, milk, butter, herbs, and cracked pepper. Stir well until all is melted and incorporated.

Kale and Apple Salad with Walnut-Herb Dressing

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


This is an amazing take on the classic waldorf salad, its modern and sassy and showcases the earthy flavors of kale!


Ingredients


3 cups raw kale (purple or lacinato), jullianned
½ cup celery, sliced thin
2 tart apples, cored and chopped small
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fine
¼ cup raisins
1 shallot, chopped superfine
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoon thyme
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


Directions


Toss together the kale, celery, apples, ½ cup walnuts and raisins in a large bowl until well mixed. In a smaller bowl whisk together the shallot, mayonnaise, thyme, vinegar, lemon juice and honey. Make sure to whisk until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper and add more honey for a greater sweetness. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss together until well mixed.

Baked Herbal Goat Cheese with Tomatoes and Kalamata Olive Bread

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces goat cheese
Cracked black pepper
Chopped herbs for garnish

Directions

Pre heat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl mix together tomatoes, fresh herbs and salt. Place in a small shallow baking dish. Place dollops of goat cheese on the top of the tomatoes and sprinkle with a little black pepper and place the dish in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. In the meantime, slice bread into sliced about ½ inch thick and toast in the oven. When the tomato dish is done take it out of the oven and sprinkle a few fresh herbs over the top. Serve with the olive bread.

Cranberry & Thyme Sparkler

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ cup cranberries
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 few fresh thyme sprigs
1 cinnamon stick
Sparkling water or sparkling wine
Cranberries and thyme leaves for garnish

Directions

Combine the cranberries, sugar, water, fresh thyme and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and heat to high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolved and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is at a boil reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until the liquid turns thick and syrupy; stirring occasionally throughout the process. Let the mixture cool and discard the thyme sprigs and cinnamon stick. Blend te mixture in a blender until smooth and strain.

Place about 1 ounce of the syrup in a champagne flute and fill with sparkling water or wine. Garnish with a cranberry and a few fresh thyme leaves.

Balsamic & Rosemary Honey Roasted Root Vegetables

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

This is an amazingly “winter fresh” tasting dish! Cut and peel the roots according to your own preference and mix and match vegetables according to your local farmers and tastes!

Ingredients

1 medium potato
1 rutabaga
1 turnip
1 orange beet
1 red beet
1 carrot
1 shallot
1 medium red onion
5 cloves garlic
Olive oil
Salt
Cracked black pepper
Balsamic & Rosemary Honey (recipe follows, should be made ahead or while vegetables are roasting)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Chop the root vegetables, onion and garlic to the size of your choice, making sure they are consistent in size in order for them to cook properly and evenly. Toss together with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven on a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes (may take 30 minutes for larger pieces). Remove from the oven, place vegetables in a bowl and toss together with the Balsamic Rosemary Honey. Return vegetables to the baking sheet and place back in the oven, turning up the temperature between at 400. Roast until vegetables are caramelized and beginning to brown.

Balsamic Rosemary Honey

Ingredients

½ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients and let stand for at least 30 minutes before using.

Pan Roasted Bass with Tropical Mango Salsa and Coconut Cilantro Rice

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

Ger-Nis Herb Chili Pepper
1 tangerine
4 4-ounce bass fillets, skin on (no more than two inches thick)
Avocado oil or olive oil
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed small
1 cup ripe but firm mango, cubed small
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped small
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
¼ cup cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons green chilies, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
Coconut Cilantro Rice (recipe follows)

Directions

Season both sides of the sea bass with the Chili Herb Black Pepper and drizzle with a little tangerine juice and let sit until room temperature. Heat the oil in a skillet to medium high heat. Place the fish pieces skin side up in the hot pan and cook for about 3 minutes, making sure not to disturb or flip too early. Flip after three minutes and cook for another 4 minutes. Place some coconut cilantro rice on a plate and lay the cooked fish on top (skin side down). Spoon some of the tropical salsa over the top.

Coconut Cilantro Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoos sugar
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Chili Herb Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all the ingredients, except the cilantro, into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand 5-8 minutes. Add the cilantro and mix, fluffing with a fork before serving.

Coconut Cilantro Rice

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoos sugar
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Chili Herb Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all the ingredients, except the cilantro, into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand 5-8 minutes. Add the cilantro and mix, fluffing with a fork before serving.

Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup pesto

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves (substitute basil if you cannot find lemon thyme)
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Finishing Salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ger-Nis Citrus Herb Cracked Black Pepper

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup salts

Ingredients

¼ cup maldon salt
3 tablespoons lemon zest*
1 tablespoon lime zest*
1 tablespoon orange zest*
2 teaspoons red chili flakes
½ cup black pepper corns
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine

*Use organic unwaxed citrus, make sure citrus and herbs are completely dry.

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture on a lined baking sheet allowing amble room, making sure to flatten completely the mixture against the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, the zest and herbs should crumble easily when pressed together with your fingers. Allow to cool and process in a spice grinder until a course chop is created. Store in an airtight jar for up to two months. Do not refrigerate.

Ger-Nis Citrus Herb Finishing Salt

April 4th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cup salts

Ingredients

¾ cup maldon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest*
1 tablespoon lime zest*
1 teaspoon orange zest*
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped superfine

*Use organic unwaxed citrus, make sure citrus and herbs are completely dry.

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture on a lined baking sheet allowing amble room, making sure to flatten completely the mixture against the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, the zest and herbs should crumble easily when pressed together with your fingers. Allow to cool and then either process with your fingers by rubbing zest and herbs together with salt or pulse a few times in a spice grinder. Store in an airtight jar for up to two months. Do not refrigerate.

Herbed Cous Cous

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 cups Israeli couscous Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon butter
¾ cup sliced crimini or brown button mushrooms
2 cups Israeli style couscous (regular couscous can be substituted)

Directions

In a medium sauce pan bring 3 cups of water to a boil and then add the couscous, stirring well at a steady boil for approximately 2 minutes. Take off cover and let stand 10-15 minutes or until couscous is tender but slightly aldente. Do not take cover off during the first 10 minutes of setting, as to allow the couscous to finish cooking. In a medium skillet heat olive oil on medium heat and sauté garlic and fresh herbs for just about a minute, add red bell peppers and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the butter and lemon zest to the pan and allowing a minute for the butter to melt. Add mushrooms and sauté for about 2 minutes or until tender and succulent. Add cooked couscous to the herb mushroom mixture and stir well.

Moroccan Harissa Herbal Stew

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 lb of lamb meat cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
5 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup red lentils
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1 cup water
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions

Sauté onions and garlic in a heavy stew pan on medium high heat with the olive oil for 2 minutes or until tender. Add lamb meat and brown well for about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add turmeric, cinnamon, cilantro, parsley, lemon juice and zest. Continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Add chickpeas, lentils and water. Stir well. Simmer on low heat for about 1 hour stirring occasionally.

Garnish with a sprig of cilantro and a slice of lemon dusted with cinnamon. Serves 6.

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes with Herbal Icing

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18 cupcakes

Ingredients

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon meyer lemon zest
3 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1¼ cups buttermilk
¼ cup meyer lemon juice
4 eggs
Herbal Icing

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 piece muffin tins. In a large mixing bowl sift together the dry ingredients, including the lemon zest. In another bowl whisk together all the wet ingredients, until well mixed. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet, stirring continuously until all the dry mixture is incorporated and a smooth batter is formed. Divide the batter into the 18 cups and place in the oven to bake for about 25 minutes or until stick inserted inside comes out clean. Take out of tins and allow to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack with pan underneath. While still warm but not hot drizzle the herbal icing over the top.

Meyer Lemon Herbal Icing

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup meyer lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped fine

Directions

Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

Meyer Lemon Herbal Icing

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup meyer lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped fine

Directions

Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

Herbed Gremolata

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest (meyer lemon)
1 teaspoon maldon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.

Bay Leaf Créme Brulee

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 ramekins

One of the most traditional of the French desserts a rich custard with a glass like burnt sugar topping!

Ingredients

2 cups of whole milk
2 cups of heavy cream
12 fresh bay leaves
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out (seeds reserved)
3 large eggs
5 large egg yolks
¾ cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
Bay leaf sugar (1 cup sugar and 4-6 bay leaves in a jar for 1 week-shaking each day)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large saucepan combine the milk, cream, bay leaves (crack before putting in pan to release oils), vanilla bean pod and seeds and bring to a boil. Take off heat and let steep for about 20 minutes. In the meantime beat the eggs, egg yolk and ¾ cup sugar and the pinch of salt. Remove the vanilla pod and bay leaves and whisk the cream mixture into the egg yolk until thick custard is formed. Divide the custard into 6 lightly greased ramekins. Place the ramekins in a baking dish with sides and place about 1-2 inches water in the dish. Place in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove from the water bath and place in the refrigerator to set up for at least 3 hours. For serving place a tablespoon of bay leaf sugar over the top and with a kitchen blow torch heat the sugar until it caramelizes. Allow brulée to set for a few minutes while the caramelized sugar hardens.

Chicken & Herb Dumpling Soup

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped small
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips, lightly dusted with whole wheat flour
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium turnip, cubed small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
13 cup white wine (use wine chosen for wine pairing)
3 cups light herbal onion stock
1 cup of the following herbs de-stemmed and chopped: parsley, thyme, marjoram, chives
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh spinach
Herb Dumplings, recipe follows

Directions

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

Herb Dumplings

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Herb Dumplings

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Red Cabbage Herbed Pot Stickers with Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 pot stickers

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped superfine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped superfine
1 cup shredded red cabbage
¼ cup mung bean sprouts or sprouted mung beans
2 tablespoons fresh Thai basil, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
Pot sticker wrappers
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together except the sesame and coconut oil, pot sticker wrappers and dipping sauce. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Take a spoon full of the mixture and place in the center of each pot sticker wrapper. Close the wrappers by making gathers on one side and then pinching together both sides, sealing well with wet fingers to make a kind of glue (round pot stickers are easier than square ones!) Heat a large frying pan with the sesame and coconut oil on high and fry the dumplings for 1-2 minutes, flipping once to make a slightly seared brown coating on each side. After the dumplings are coated and seared, place a bit of water in the pan and steam with the lid off for about 1-2 minutes. Serve with Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce.

Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup yuzo rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ tamari
¼ cup miso paste

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until emulsified and well mixed.

Herby Moose Meatballs

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

2 pounds ground moose
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten
Olive oil

For the Sauce

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 pounds plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

Directions

To make the meatballs, mix ground moose with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Use hands to mix well and combine ingredients. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal, and the currants. Again, mix very well using hands. Add the beaten eggs, and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should cause the mixture to bing together.
Form mixture into about 1 to 1¼-inch balls, and set aside.
In a large and deep heavy bottom pan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches until all are well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.
After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan, and add another tablespoon of olive oil if necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine, salt, and pepper, again stirring to deglaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about 5 minutes. Turn to low heat, and add the meatballs to the sauce, stirring gently until the meatballs are covered by the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.
Serve over polenta or pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese!
The alternative to sautéing meatballs is to bake them in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Follow the same directions as above for the sauce.

Lamb Kefta with Herbed Yogurt and Pomegranates

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound ground lamb
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, chopped super fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten
Pita Bread
¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds

For the Yogurt Sauce

2 cups plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Use hands to mix well, making sure all ingredients and spiced are all combined. Form into 1-inch balls. Lamb meatballs can be either grilled over medium-high heat (turning until browned on all sides) or baked in 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, rolling a few times to make sure they are browned on all sides.
To make the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender or use a hand held processor, and blend until smooth.
Serve meatballs in pita with yogurt and garnished with pomegranate seeds.

Mexican Herbed Chicken Albondigas Soup

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 lb ground chicken
Juice and zest of 2 limes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

Soup

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups chicken stock
4 small fresh corn tortillas, sliced in thin strips

Directions

To assemble meatballs, use fingers to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños and spiced. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes on low ansd until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.
Garnish with avocado and cotija cheese.

Sicilian Style Herbed Meatballs

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
1 pound spicy Italian sausage, ground
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten
Olive oil

For the Sauce

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 pounds plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

Directions

To make the meatballs, mix ground beef and ground sausage with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
Use hands to mix well and combine ingredients. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal, and the currants. Again, mix very well using hands. Add the beaten eggs, and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should case the mixture to bind together.
Form mixture into about 1 to ¼-inch balls, and set aside.
In a large and deep heavy bottom pan, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches until all are well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.
After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan, and add another tablespoon of olive oil in necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine, salt, and pepper, again stirring to delgaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about 5 minutes. Turn to low heat, and add the meatballs to the sauce, stirring gently until the meatballs are covered by the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.
Serve over polenta or pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese!
The alternative to sautéing meatballs is to bake them in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Follow the same directions as above for the sauce.

Leek & Fine Herbs Frittata

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh chives, tarragon, parsley and chervil, chopped fine
5 large eggs
Salt/pepper
Chili flakes, optional
Olive oil
1 medium leek, sliced in half and chopped fine

Directions

Mix eggs together well in a bowl, add herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes, if using. In a non stick skillet heat 1 teaspoon olive oil and sauté the leeks until they are starting to turn golden brown. Add the eggs and rotate pan to allow all the mixture to coat the pan. Flip the frittata or alternatively finish in a preheated 325°F oven.

Herby Meatloaf

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped fine
2 green onions, chopped (including green parts)
½ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon thyme or regular thyme
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼-½ cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tablespoons tabasco or hot sauce (Ger-Nis tabasco)
2 tablespoons ketchup
Chives for garnish

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the ketchup and mix very well! Place the mixture in a greased meta or glass loaf pan and glaze the top with ketchup using a pastry brush. Sprinkle some chopped herbs on the top (chives). Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until cooked through but not over cooked. Let stand about five minutes before slicing through in order to let the juices settle.

Herbed Parsnip Oven Fries

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

5 medium parsnips, peeled and sliced into thin strips (French fries)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
Maldon or flake salt

Directions

Pre heat oven to 425°F. Place the parsnips in a large mixing bowl and combine all other ingredients in the same bowl. Mix and toss well until all the parsnips are well coated with oil, adding extra oil if needed. Place on a line baking sheet, making sure the parsnips have enough space to cook evenly. Place in the oven and roast for about 15-20 minutes or until browned evenly. Make sure to turn and flip the parsnips at least once during the roasting process for even browning. Sprinkle a little flask on them as they come out of the oven if desired.

Mini Mozzarella Pearls Marinating in Herbs & Chili

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound of marinated mini mozzarella balls

Ingredients

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2-1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 pound fresh mini mozzarella balls
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped fine

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the oil zest and spices. Add in the mozzarella balls and herbs and mix well. Allow to marinate for up to an hour, minimum of 30 minutes.

Garlicky Herbed Mashed Potatoes

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled and chopped medium
Salt
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon  nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup almond or soy milk
Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water with the potatoes in it to a boil and cook until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the fresh herbs, the nutritional yeast and the soy or almond milk and mash with a hand meld potato masher until the potatoes are a desired consistency. You can make them extra creamy by adding a little more milk and extra fluffy by using a food processor or hand held mixer. Season with salt and cracked black pepper to taste.

Herbs & Thanksgiving

November 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Thanksgiving is a time we all get together and celebrate family and friends over food. There is not a better partner for Thanksgiving than fresh herbs.  More people consume fresh herbs on Thanksgiving than any other holiday all year round.  The average household who may never use a fresh herb typically uses three or four varieties on this holiday.  For us, here at Ger-Nis, we love that Thanksgiving precipitates this situation which leads us into this herb frenzy!  Fresh herbs allow us to increase the flavor profile of dishes without adding salt or fat.  These healthy leaves & twigs give us more flavor and depth to almost any dish.  Fresh herbs pairings are getting more and more creative as the world gets smaller so we want to teach you a few secrets and flavors to make this Thanksgiving on to remember! This week’s featured recipes are bound to  inspire your upcoming feasts with our tantalizing herbal ideas for this warm and fuzzy holiday where our friends and family come together in celebrating bounty.  So go a little extra herb crazy this year with some of these simple and herb-tastic ideas.  We have pulled some of our favorite herbal Thanksgiving recipes for you; everything from drinks to desserts!

Enjoy and remember if you have any herbal questions, email us at ask@ger-nis.com


The Drinks

Concord Grape Thyme Bandit

Cranberry Pear Thyme Champagne Cocktail

Hot Cranberry Bay Leaf Cider

The Rosemary Crantini

The Pumpkin In the Rye


The Apps

Herbed Almonds

Herbed Goat Cheese

Parmesan Tomato Herb Straws

Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

Blue Cheese & Pear Crostini with Warm Rosemary Honey

Fall Stuffed Mushrooms


The Sauces, Glazes & Gravy

Cilantro Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

Orange Thyme Cranberry Sauce

Apple Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Chipoltle Herb Glaze

Maple Ginger Glaze

Rosemary Plum (Prune) Red Wine Glaze

Apple Cider Gravy With Ginger Apple Bits

Dark Cherry Port Gravy

Green Chili Gravy


The Baked Goods

Cranberry Sage Walnut Rolls

Rosemary Foccacia

Cheddar & Chive Apple Puffs

Parmesan Thyme Biscuits

Quick Herb Rolls

Parsley Chive Butter


The Vegetables

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples & Mint

Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Olive Oil Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary

Roasted Gold Beet Cauliflower Lentil Salad with Roseamry

Maple Roasted Carrots

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

Spicy Goat Cheese & Lentil Salad


The Carbs

Fresh Herb Farro Tart

Roasted Herbal Potatoes

Parsnip Apple Mash

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Apple Herb Stuffing

Wild Mushroom Herbed Bread Pudding

Salt Baked Potatoes with autumn Pest


The Dessert

Pumpkin Tart with Maple Sage Crust and Fried Sage Leaves

Cranberry Tart with Maple Sage Crust

Quick Herb Rolls

November 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
¾ c -1 c buttermilk
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Into a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add cubed butter and mix with hands or fork until the mixture resembles a course meal, add buttermilk and mix until combined. At this stage add your  fresh herbs or whatever other ingredients you wish. Transfer mixture to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until a smooth dough is formed. Roll out dough to about a ½ inch thick and cut with cutters in whatever shape you want your rolls. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and herbs if you choose. Brush with melted butter. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in color.

The Pumpkin In the Rye

November 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes a few drinks

This sweet and spicy cocktail is not for the meak and meager, bold flavors with a hint of sweetness showcases the hip comeback of ryes.  Unlike bourbon sweet disposition and scotch’s smoky temperament, rye is all about being bold and spicy, this drink is perfect for a crisp fall evening amongst friends, a bit extra special with a few steps, but well worth it!

Ingredients

½ cup fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, chopped fine
½  cup turbinado sugar
1 cup Newcastle brown ale or similar style beer
¼ cup sage leaves
Rittenhouse 100 Rye
Lemon juice
Angostura bitters
Ice
Maple Syrup
Sage leaves with about 2-3 inches of stem

Directions

In a sauce pan combine the pumpkin, sugar, beer and sage and bring to a boil, stirring well.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and let simmer for about 8 minutes.  Take off the heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain and set syrup aside.  In an old fashioned style glass filled with ice place about 1 ½ ounces of rye, 1 ounce of the pumpkin syrup and ¼ ounce of lemon juice and a dash of bitters, stir well.  Dip the stems of the sage leaves in maple syrup and place stem side down, in the glass for garnish.  The potent scent of the sage is the first magic to the drink!

Concord Grape Thyme Bandit

November 14th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes a bunch of drinks

Ingredients

1 cup concord grapes
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped fine
Pear infused vodka
ice
Fresh lime juice
Concord grapes and thyme leaves for garnish

Directions

In a sauce pan combine and mix together the concord grapes, sugar, water, thyme leaves and ginger and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes.  Take of the heat and cool.  Process in a blender until smooth and place in a squeeze bottle or jar with pouring spout.  In a shaker filled with ice place 3 ounces of pear vodka, 2 ounces of Concord grape syrup, and one ounce of lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini style or low ball glass.  Garnish with a whole concord grape and a few floating thyme leaves.


Rosemary Plum Pie Pockets

November 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 pies

Ingredients

Basic Pie Crust Dough (Recipe Follows)
6 medium plums, peeled, cored and chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 pinch of ground cardamom
½ cup light brown sugar or sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar or sugar in the raw

Rosemary Sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all plum filling ingredients and mix well. Roll out dough and cut dough into 12 to 15 4-inch squares. Put 2 tablespoons of mixture of the dough on one side, and fold over. Using wet hands, moisten the seal so it sticks together. You can use a fork to press it down or roll it over like an empanada. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush outside with beaten egg wash, and sprinkle with salt and sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle some rosemary sugar on top!

Pie Crust Dough

Ingredients

1½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ sticks of unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons ice water

Directions

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until combined well. Using your hands, add butter and crumble into the flour (a food processor can also be used) until the crust mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and the ice water, and mix together gently until dough is moist. Form dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

Fall Herb Cassoulet

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon lemon zest
2 pounds heirloom beans, pre soaked and par boiled
1 cup white wine
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
½ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup bread crumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Fresh parsley for garnish

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a ceramic casserole pan heat the olive oil on a medium high heat, cook the onions, garlic and lemon zest for about 3-4 minutes or until semi translucent. Add the beans, white wine and stock and stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes add the herbs and seasonings and stir well. Cook about 25-30 more minutes and take off heat. Mix together, bread crumbs and cheese and season with a little salt. Sprinkle atop the mean mixture and place in a preheated oven, uncovered for about 10 minutes or until browned on the top. Take off heat and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Herbs De Provence Crispy Baked Chicken with Lemon Olive Tapenade

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6-12 pieces of chicken (wings, legs, boneless thighs and boneless breasts)
Salt & pepper
1 cup buttermilk
Zest and juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons herbs of Provence
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
½ tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves
½ tablespoon fresh savory, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
½ tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
1½ cups panko bread crumbs
½ cup whole-wheat flour
3 eggs beaten
Lemon Olive Tapenade (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place it in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, lemon zest and dried herbs de Provence. Allow to marinate for at least 8 hours. Drain and pat dry. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl mix together the fresh herbs, breadcrumbs and the whole wheat flour. Season with about 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix well. Coat with the beaten egg and then cover in the panko bread crumb herb mixture until well coated and evenly coated. Lay on a large baking tray and place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, making sure to turn once. Drizzle some Lemon Olive Tapenade over the top.

Lemon Olive Tapenade

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and let stand at least five minutes before serving.

Tamarind Beef Satay with Hot & Cold Cucumber Mint Sauce

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ pounds beef, hanger of flank steak preffered, cut into strips and pound thin
Wooden Skewers, pre-soaked
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 shallot, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sambal
Hot & Cold Cucumber Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix the tamarind, ginger, garlic, shallot, lime juice and zest, soy sauce and sambal together in a bowl until well combined. Place the meat in the marinade overnight or for at least an hour. Thread the meat on the skewer into a long thin meat stick. Grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside or about 2-3 minutes per side. Brushing with the marinade as desired. Serve with Hot and Cold Cucumber Sauce.

Hot & Cold Cucumber Sauce

Makes 1½ cups sauce

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lime juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons spicy sambal sauce
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cold over satay.

Spicy Indonesian Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce & Spicy Sambal

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ pounds of chicken breast, cut into strips and pounded thin
Wooden skewers, pre-soaked
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
½ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
2 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon sambal
Peanut Sauce (recipe follows)
Spicy Sambal (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix the ginger, garlic, onion, herbs, limes juice and zest, coconut milk and sambal together in a bowl until well combined. Place the meat in the marinade overnight or for at least an hour. Thread the meat on the skewer into a long thin meat stick. Grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside or about 2-3 minutes per side. Brushing with the marinade as desired. Serve with Peanut Sauce & Spicy Sambal.

Peanut Sauce

Makes 1½ cup

Ingredients

¾ cups creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon grass bulb, chopped superfine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 2 limes
¼ cup tamari
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-2 tablespoons spicy sambal (chili paste)
¼ cup very hot water

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and creamy adjust spiciness by adding more sambal. Adjust saltiness by adding more tamari.

Spicy Sambal

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

Grapeseed oil or vegetable oil
6 red chilies, chopped fine
8 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon grass bulb, chopped superfine
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a sauté pan heat oil to a medium high heat. Sauté chillies, garlic, ginger and lemongrass bulb until all items are tender for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, lime zest and juice and continue to cook a minute or two. Transfer mixture to a blender and add vinegar, sugar and salt and blend until a smooth but chunky paste is formed. Season to taste with extra salt.

Salsa Acapulceno

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

4 roma or plum tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup capers
½ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
1 small white onion, chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Gently mix together all ingredients and let stand at least 10 minutes before serving.

Spicy Peruvian Cilantro Sauce

September 16th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves, garlic, chopped
½ small white onion
¼ cup avocado oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup hot water (more as needed)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more hot water until desired consistency. Season to taste with salt.

Tandoori Toasted Vegetables with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

Olive oil or canola oil
6-8 baby potaotes, halved
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 medium carrots, chopped large
1 red bell pepper, chopped large
1 green bell pepper, chopped large
1 red onion, chopped large
1 medium yellow onion, chopped large
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season all the vegetables with salt and pepper and drizzle a little olive all over the top and mix. Next sprinkle a little bit of tandoori spice mixture all over the vegetables and again mix well. Preheat oven to 425°F. And place seasoned vegetables in the oven in a glass baking dish to roast for about 15 minutes or until lightly charred. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over vegetables coating evenly and mixing well. Turn the oven down to about 325°F and place the baking dish back in the oven for about 15-20 minutes more. Serve over rice and garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced chicken.

Tandoori Spice Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon turmeric

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Oven Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 chicken pieces, thighs, breasts, wings, drumsticks etc
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and rub a little bit of the tandoori spice mixture all over each piece and let them sit at least 5-8 minutes, refrigerated. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over the chicken pieces coating evenly. Let stand for about 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place in a glass baking dish in the oven with the marinade and bake for about 30 minutes. Garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced chicken.

Tandoori Spiced Baby Lamb Chops with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 baby lamb chops, French cut, trimmed of fat and about ½ inch thick
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the baby lamb chops at room temperature with salt and pepper. Rub a little bit of the tandoori spice mixture over each side of the lamb chops and let them sit at least 5-8 minutes. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in the remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over the lamb chops coating evenly. Let stand for about 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Cook on a very hot grill until slightly charred and cooked medium rare, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced baby lamb chops, chicken or whatever you desire!

Tandoori Spice Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon turmeric

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Spanish Seville Squid Cocktail

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds cleaned squid, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Olive oil
½ medium Spanish onion, sliced thin
½ cup red bell peppers, sliced thin
½ cup orange bell peppers, sliced thin
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (gold ones especially nice)
1 cup Spanish black olives, pitted and halved
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat oil and add garlic and lemon zest. Lightly sauté the squid until just tender, a sort of par cook (approx 3 minutes). Take off heat and place in large bowl. To the squid add the peppers, tomatoes and olives. In another mixing bowl whisk together the lmon juice, shallots, vinegar, oil and herbs, season with salt and pepper and pour over squid mixture. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.

Chili Mint Mackerel Ceviche

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Atlantic Mackerel fillets, chopped in large flat pieces
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 lime
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 avocados sliced
1 cup segmented citrus pieces, lemons, oranges and grapefruits (your choice)

Directions

Place the chopped fish in a large bowl and salt it and let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oil, zest, chilis and herbs until well combined. Pour over the fish and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. For serving place fish down and granish with avocado and citrus segments and drizzle ceviche juice over the top.

Lobster, Tomato Corn Pies with Corn Aioli

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 15 pies

Ingredients

1 medium shallot
2 cups lobster meat, cooked
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Savory Pie Dough
1 egg beaten
Coarse Salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl mix together shallot, lobster, corn, tomatoes and herbs, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Roll out the pie dough and cut into 15 circles about 8 inches in diameter. Place about a 3 tablespoons of the filling in the center of the dough, and fold then empanada style by rolling from one side to the other. Brush with the beaten egg and place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Sweet Corn Aioli

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 egg yolks
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon citrus champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender of food processor, place egg and 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, lemon zest and juice. Add the corn kernels and blend until the kernels are chopped but not toatlly smooth. The sauce should be creamy with bits of corn.

Thai Clambake

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Canola oil
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped superfine
2 Kaffir lime leaves, chopped superfine
2 thai chilies, deseeded and chopped superfine (add more for more heat)
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, outer layers removed, inner core blanched, shocked and minced
½ cup smoked sausage
1 cup clam broth or seafood stock
2 cup sake
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
2 tablespoons hoison sauce or fish sauce
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup fresh thai basil, chifonade
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 pound littleneck clams, cleaned and trimmed
1 pound mussels, cleaned and trimmed

Directions

In a large heavy bottom soup pan heat the oil to medium and add the garlic, ginger, lime leaves, chilies and lemon grass and let it sweat for a few minutes. Add the smoked sausage and cook a few more minutes and drain off any excess fat. Add the clam broth, sake, hoisin and coconut milk, bring to a boil and them allow to simmer. Add the clams and mussels and cook until they open about 5 minutes total. Discard and shells that did not open. Toss on the scallions, cilantro, thai basil and mint and stir. Serve over rice.

*Recipe property of Laura Kimberly Merrick

Cod en Papillote

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

*Recipe Property of Laura Kimberly Merrick

Summer Squash Soup with Mint Pesto

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 patty pan squash, chopped
1 yellow zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups onion broth or light vegetable stock
½ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
½ tablespoon red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

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.

Summer Garden Portobello Quiche

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 portabella mushroom using a spoon so it resembles a bowl. Reserve the scoop mixture for another dish. Mix eggs, tomatoes, green onions, fresh herbs, salt and pepper, cream and cheese. Place the portabella mushroom bowl side up on a baking sheet. Pour the egg mixture inside the scooped portabella, filling to the rim. Place in the oven and bake about 25-30 minutes.

Sauteed Baby and Thai Eggplants with Basil and Peppers

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

Sesame oil
Canola oil
1 red chili, deseeded and chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 red pepper, cut into 2 inch thin strips
1 orange pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
8 eggplant (small baby and thai style) halved
2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon tamari sauce
2 tablespoons mirin sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup fresh thai basil leaves
Green onions, sliced thin
Peanuts

Directions

In a large sauté pan or work heat oil until hot, add the chili garlic and ginger and sauté a few minutes. Next add the peppers and sauté a few more minutes. Add the baby eggplants and sauté about 5 minutes or more until soft and tender. Add the hoisin, tamari, mirin and lime juice and stir and cook another few minutes. Add the basil leaves, stir and take off heat. Serve over rice with green onions and chopped peanuts for garnish.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Chili and Mint and Toasted Pine Nuts

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

4-5 Summer Squash, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the squash, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well.

Rosemary and Plum Grilled Pork

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 boneless pork loin chops
Salt/pepper
3 plums (black preferred), deseeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
2 cloves roasted garlic
½ cup red wine
½ cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

Directions

Season the pork loin chops with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat a grill to hot or pre-heat the oven to 350°F. In the meantime, combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cook about 10 minutes or until semi thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill or bake the pork until desired doneness. Serve with warm not hot plum sauce over the top.

Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Tomatoes and Zucchini Mint Salsa

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

2 large globe eggplants, sliced thin, long ways
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
3 medium tomatoes, roasted and chopped small
3 cloves garlic, roasted and chopped small
1 medium yellow onion, roasted and chopped small
1 small zucchini, roasted and chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 cup fresh ricotta

Directions

Lay the eggplant down on a large baking sheet and season with salt. Set aside. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. On another baking sheet place the tomatoes, garlic, onions and zucchini, making sure they are in large pieces and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven and roast for about 10 minutes or until charred slightly. Set aside and allow to cool. In the meantime grill the eggplant on a hot grill for about 3 minutes per side or until browned and grilled nicely. Chop all the roasted vegetables and toss in a bowl and toss together with lemon zest, juice and fresh herbs. Spoon a dollop or two of the ricotta on the grilled eggplant and spoon some of the roasted salsa on top. Roll up the eggplant and drizzle some of the juice from the roasted salsa over the top.

Grilled White Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 small white eggplants (about 1 pound each) cut into ½ inch thick slices the long way
Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
2 red chilis, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons yuzi rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Cilantro Red Pepper Relish (recipe follows)

Directions

Lay the eggplant down on a large baking sheet and season with salt. Set aside. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, shallot, chilies, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, zest, peanut butter, tamari, vinegar and lice juice. Pour the mixture over the eggplant and flip brushing it all over the eggplant. Grill the eggplant on a hot grill for about 3 minutes per side or until browned and grilled nicely. Serve with Cilantro Pepper Relish.

Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemongrass bulb, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoon red chili, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon yuzu rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

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

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, sliced long and thin using a mandolin
1 portabella mushroom, sliced thin
1 grilled Japanese eggplant, sliced round and thin
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
1 cup fresh ricotta
1 tablespoon lemon zest plus 2 teaspoon
Grilled flatbread (recipe follows)

Directions

Follow instructions for the grilled flatbread and keep warm. Place all the ingredients on a flat baking sheet and season with salt and pepper and 2 teaspoons lemon zest, making sure to get both sides. Drizzle olive oil over it, not too much and flip and do the same. Let stand while the lemon ricotta is made. In a medium bowl mix together the lemon juice, ricotta, and zest and season to taste with salt. Heat a grill and grill all vegetables until grilled and soft, or about 3-4 minutes. Place a dollop of the herbed ricotta on the flat bread and spread around, place the grilled vegetables of choice over the top and serve!

Grilled Herbed Flatbread

Makes 6 hand sized breads

Ingredients

1½ cups warm water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sea salt
Olive oil
Coarse salt
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice (rosemary being the classic version), chopped fine

Directions

In a small bowl combine warm water and yeast, whisk a bit to mix and let stand for about 10 minutes or until the yeast if frothy and dissolved. In a large bowl mix the flour and salt, add the yeast mixture and about 2 tablespoons of olive. Mix well with hands or a wooden spoon until sticky dough is made, adding more flour or water if needed. Turn the dough out onto a floured flat surface and knead until smooth and elastic or about 5-10 minutes. Grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough (smooth and elastic) in a round ball in the bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Place in a warm area and let rise until more than doubled in size or approximately 1½ hours. Punch down dough and divide into 6 balls. Roll out each ball into hand size flat bread until golden brown with grill marks, or about 3-4 minutes per side. Take off the grill and immediately brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and rosemary.

Grilled Stone Fruit with Honey Herb Cream

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Serves 6-9

Ingredients

5-6 stone fruits, halved
½ cup turbinado sugar
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup créme fraiche
¼ cup honey
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice

Directions

Place the halved stone fruit cut side up on a large baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Grill the stone fruits cut side down on a grill for about 5 minutes, flipping once at the last minute. In a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream, créme fraiche, honey, and herbs until thick and creamy. Spoon over the grilled fruit.

Grilled Chicken Paillard with Nectarine Salsa and Peach BBQ Sauce

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Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Place them in a large flat baking dish and smother them with the peach BBQ sauce. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl combine the nectarines, peppers, onions, chili and cilantro and mix together well. Squeeze the lime juice and season with salt and mix well. Let stand while the chicken cooks. Place chicken, letting all excess BBQ sauce drip off, on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once more. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Peach BBQ Sauce

Makes 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients

3 peaches, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
¼-½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Sprinkle peaches (open halves) with sugar and grill until soft. Combine all ingredients in a blender (or use a handheld food processor) and blend until relatively smooth but still has some coarseness. Brush the sauce on meats while they are cooking.

Grilled Chicken Pillards with Cucumber and Melon Herb Salsa

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Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
½ medium sized cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and chopped small
2 large cucumbers, deseeded and chopped small
½ red onion, chopped fine
Salt & black pepper

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325°F. In a small bowl whisk together the zest, citrus juices, vinegar, oil and agave nectar until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the fresh herbs. Pour over the cucumbers and melons in another bowl and mix well. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once more. Serve the chicken pillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

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Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
Salt/pepper
2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped fine
1 medium Pepino melon, seeds removed, peeled and chopped fine (1 cup chopped honeydew melon can be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons jalapeño or serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado oil or canola oil
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce, mashed

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat you grill or an oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl combine peaches, bell peppers, jalapeños, and cilantro and toss together. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once time. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Heirloom Melon and Prosciutto Wraps with Lemon Thyme Drizzle

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Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 heirloom melon, deseeded, peeled and sliced into small wedges
18-20 slices of prosciutto
Lemon thyme drizzle (recipe follows)
Maldon salt

Directions

Wrap the prosciutto slices around the melon slices tightly and drizzle with a small amount of the lemon thyme syrup.

Lemon Thyme Drizzle

Ingredients

¼ cup water
1 cup honey
4 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves

Directions

In a small sauce pan heat honey and lemon thyme leaves on simmer for about 5 minutes until warm and honey has been infused with lemon thyme.

Crenshaw & Basil Frozen Ice

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Serves 4-6

Ingredients

2 cups crenshaw melon, cubed in 1 inch cubes and frozen solid overnight (or other melon)
1 cup simple syrup (infused with basil a plus)
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and icy. Be careful not to over blend as the frozen honey dew will melt quickly. Make sure you chop the basil fine before placing in blender to avoid needing to over blend. Serve immediately, garnish with a basil leaf.

Basil Lime Sodas & Herbal Melon Ice Cubes

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Makes 1 soda

Ingredients

Herbal melon ice cubes
Juice of 1 lime
2 ounces basil lime syrup
Soda water
Melon ball ice cubes

Directions

Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a large glass filled with herbal melon ice cubes. Place 2 ounces of the basil lime syrup inside and fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Basil Lime Syrup

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lime zest
Juice of 3 limes
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup fresh basil leaves

Directions

Combine the lime zest, lime juice, sugar, water and basil leaves in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and strain.

Herbal Melon Ice Cubes

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups melon of choice
½ cup basil lime syrup
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in cube trays and freeze.

Stone Fruit Herbal Sodas

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Makes 1 soda

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces herbal stone fruit syrup of choice
Soda water
Stone fruit garnish of choice

Directions

Pour two ounces of the stone fruit herbal syrup on a large glass filled with ice. Fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness, stir and garnish with a piece of stone fruit or an herb leaf.

Tarragon Peach Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves only
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the tarragon, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Rosemary Plum Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons rosemary leaves
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
2 ripe plums, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the rosemary, sugar, water and plums in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Mint Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup mint
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe nectarine, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the mint, sugar, water and nectarine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Mint Syrup

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup mint
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe nectarine, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the mint, sugar, water and nectarine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger-Mint Honey Dressing

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Makes approx ¾ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon grated ginger
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
Fresh seasonal summer fruit: melons, peaches, plums, wedge and chopped

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients together until blended well. Place the fruit in a large bowl or on a large platter and drizzle the dressing over it.

Italian Antipasti Plate

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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.

Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

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Serves 4-6

This recipe is inspired by two experiences actually, my trip to the Lingurian coast and my many trips to Al di La in Brooklyn and my many Sepia Al Nero meals I have had right here in my own backyard. I often try to recreate Anna’s dishes and with an okay amount of success and this dish is no exception. I would like to think I learned a few tricks in Italy that can perhaps, maybe, almost compete with Anna’s version, which I have to admit is just about exactly the same as I found all along the coast of Italy!

Ingredients

Cuttlefish Ink Fettuccini, cooked (regular pasta dough) made with 1 tablespoon cuttlefish ink
*for whatever reason the sepia ink is said to drown out the taste of the salt in the past so add 1 teaspoon salt extra to the recipe using the ink
Olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili’s (dried chili flakes can be substituted)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cloves garlic
1 cup rock shrimp
1 cup cuttlefish pieces, chopped large
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pesto
¼ cup fresh mint

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat the oil, chilies and lemon zest and sauté the garlic for a few minutes. Add the rock shrimp and cuttlefish pieces and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt and the pesto and stir. Cook for about 5-8 minutes and toss together with pasta and fresh mint.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For the brine

1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1 cup salt
2 gallon hot water (no more, possibly less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully. Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist. Heat two large deep pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F. Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and herbs and spices. Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”. When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess. Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan. Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes. The chicken should be a deep copper brown. Place on the baking sheets line with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Silver-Dollar Walnut Cakes with Berry Compote and Lemon Ricotta

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Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Pancake Mix

1½ cups buckwheat flour
1½ tablespoons agave nectar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1¼ cups almond milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray

For the Berry Compote

½ pint blueberries
½ pint strawberries sliced
½ pint raspberries
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
2 tablespoons water

For the Lemon Ricotta

½ cup skim ricotta
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 tablespoon mint, chopped

Directions

In a small sauce pan, add berries, water and marmalade. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Mix together ingredients for the ricotta & store in fridge till its time to serve.

Preheat griddle over medium heat. Mix dry pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to dry. Fold together. Measure out cakes with a small ladle or ice cream scoop to a sprayed griddle. Cook each for about 3 minutes per side, and store cooked cakes in a warm oven (200°) until all are cooked.

Place cakes on plate (3 for a full serving of whole grains). Top with compote and a dollop of ricotta mixture.

Turn leftovers into a trifle by alternating cake, compote, ricotta in a tall glass container. Top with any extra compote. Cover with plastic wrap and place a small plate on top to weigh down. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Turn upside down over plate and remove bowl. Slice like a cake and serve.

Crispy Flax Granola

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Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

2 cups traditional rolled oats
2 tablespoons ground golden flax seeds
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
½ cup peanut or almond butter
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons thyme
1 teaspoon tarragon, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add honey, olive oil, nut butter, herbs and zest. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Press flat into baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 35 to 40 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool, the break into bite size pieces and serve over your favorite fruit, yogurt or with milk.

Local New York Blackberry Jam

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup sugar
3 fresh bay leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup red wine or water

Directions

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan, continue to boil a few minutes, around 3-4 and then reduce heat to a simmer and let reduce by half until desired consistency, stirring often. Discard bay leaves. Cool and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

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Makes 1 french press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried strawberries (substitute 2 fresh strawberries, sliced)
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
1 slice dried ginger or 1 slice fresh ginger
½ lemon sliced
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the Fresh press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh strawberries, thyme leaves, ginger and sliced lemons. Pour just boiling water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Heirloom Squash & Chili Mint Salad

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Serves 2

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the zucchini, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta, Olives, and Herbs

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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

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

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Serves 6

Ingredients

3 medium sweet potatoes
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
½ tablespoon cumin
½ tablespoon Maldon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F

Partially bake the sweet potatoes for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool and peel.

Cut potatoes into thin wedges or to desired size. In a large mixing bowl, gently toss the potatoes with the cumin and chives. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with Maldon salt.

Herbed Tomato Salsa

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Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

Olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil to a medium high heat, add the onions and sauté until soft and translucent or about 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until semi soft but not mushy. Turn the heat to low and add the fresh herbs and cook for about one minute. Take off heat and season with salt & pepper.

Lean Grassfed Beef Burger

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Serves 4

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef (grass fed)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground mustard powder
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt/pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and form out patties. Place on wax paper and place in freezer for approximately 10 minutes on each side until hard but not totally frozen. Preheat the grill making sure that it is well oiled and clean. Make sure heat is steady and high while cooking burgers. Do not flip burgers multiple times. The key is to flip the burger once or twice but no more. Minimizing flipping also ensures that the burgers stay well formed. Generally speaking, cook meat for two minutes per side for rare burgers, three minutes per side for medium, and four minutes per side for well done burgers. Top with cheese or the condiments of your choice.

Watermelon Lime & Mint Granita

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice and zest of 2 limes
2 cups watermelon

Directions

In a blender place all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a low metal dish with sides and freeze. After the first hour, using a fork, scrape puree every 20-30 minutes while it freezes. This should create flaky crystals. Freeze and scrape until desired consistency. The process should take approximately 2-3 hours. The granita can be scraped at the very end as well but the consistency (flaky ice crystals) will be better if you follow the method of occasional scraping. Before serving, scrape well to get icy crystals.

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