Fresh Dates, Mint Infused Honey & Ricotta

August 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

The dessert is one that combines the love of fresh dates with the amazing ricotta and honey found throughout the Middle East, the tea, purely a Tunisian thing, interesting and quite good.

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1/2  cup water
24 fresh Deglet Nuir or Medjul dates, pitted
2 cups fresh ricotta


Directions

In a small saucepan heat the honey and the water, whisking to incorporate, do not boil.  Add the dates and let the dates simmer on low in the honey for about 5 minutes.  Serve a dollop of ricotta with a 3-4 dates and a drizzle of the honey.


Asparagus and Ramp Zeppole with Minted Honey

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-30 small zeppole

Ingredients

1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
1 cup shaved and chopped asparagus
½ cup ramps, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
Oil for frying
Minted Chili Honey*

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the ricotta, eggs, salt, cayenne pepper, baking powder and flour until combined. Mix in the asparagus, ramps and mint leaves and mix again until the batter is thick. Refrigerate the batter for one hour. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan or fry pan making sure that there is at least 2 inches of oil in the pan to a temperature of about 375 degrees. Once hot, drop small spoonfuls of the batter in the pan and fry until golden brown, making sure to flip for a total of about 3-4 minutes. Take out and drain on paper towels. Serve with Minted Honey.

*Minted Chili Honey – Combine 1 cup honey with ¼ cup chopped fresh mint and 1 teaspoon chili flakes and put over heat at a temperature just before boiling for about 4 minutes. Take off heat and allow to come to room temperature.

Balsamic Rosemary Honey

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

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.

Honey Ricotta Bourboun Fritter with Dried Fig & Pear Bourboun Sauce

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 25 fritters

Ingredients

1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons *Buffalo Trace Bourboun
Oil for frying
Dried Fig & Pear Compote (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the ricotta, eggs, vanilla, sugar, baking powder, flour anf bourboun until combined. Refrigerate the batter for one hour. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or fry pan to 375°F making sure that there is at least 2 inches of oil in the pan. Remove batter and using a large spoon, shape dough into fritter size dollops and drop into hot oil. Fry until sides are both golden brown, about 3-4 minutes for each side. Remove and drain on paper towels. Cool and serve with Dried Fig & Pear Compote and a few drops of *Hemispherical Fig Bitters on top.

Dried Fig & Pear Sauce

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup dried figs, chopped superfine
1 pear, peeled, cored and chopped superfine
½ cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup *Buffalo Trace Bourboun
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped superfine
*Hemispherical Black Mission Fig Bitters

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring often for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Serve spooned on a plate with the doughnuts and a few drops of *Hemispherical Black Mission Fig Bitters on top.

Spicy Figs & Honey Sparkling Wine

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 ounce Spicy Bourbon Fig Honey (recipe follows)
Sparkling wine
Black Peppercorn Garnish

Directions

In a champagne glass place 1 ounce of the syrup and fill with sparkling wine. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg dust and a dried fig.

Spicy Bourbon Figs Honey

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup bourbon
½ cup dried figs, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ cup simple syrup
1 cup honey

Directions

In a mason jar or other container, combine bourbon, dried figs, cinnamon stick and black peppercorns and allow to infuse for about 1 week. After the concoction has infused combine all remaining ingredients as well as the infusion in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Cool and strain.

Ginger Lime Shrimp Satay with Chili Honey Sauce

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ pounds medium to large sized shrimp
Wooden skewers presoaked
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon spicy sambal
Chili Honey Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix the ginger, garlic, lime juice and zest, salt and sambal together in a bowl until well combined. Place the shrimp in the marinade and marinade overnight or for at least an hour. Thread the shrimp on the skewer into a row of shrimps. Grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside or about 2 minutes per side. Brushing with the marinade as desired. Serve with Chili Honey Sauce.

Chili Honey Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

Ingredients

½ cup honey, warmed
¼ cup spicy sambal

Directions

Mix together all ingredients thoroughly. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, servee warm over satay.

Apple Honey Cava

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

½ ounce apply honey syrup
Cava

Directions

Place the honey syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass and fill with cava. Stir and garnish with a teaspoon of apple pre soaked in honey syrup, chopped fine.

**apple honey syrup: place ½ cup honey, 1 apple, chopped fine and ½ cup of water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain.

Apricot Plout Almond Tart

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla been scraped, seeds reserved
10 apricots, pitted and halved
8 plouts, pitted and halved
2 sheets of puff pastry, white or whole wheat
Apricot syrup

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs, and cream until smooth. Arrange sheets of puff pastry on a greased baking sheet and brush with apricot syrup. Make sure you create sides on the dough on all sides. Arrange the apricots around the dough and pour in the almond filling. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Upon pulling out of the oven brush with apricot syrup while warm.

Apricot Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup apricot puree
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine apricot puree, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes.

Apricot Baklava

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
1 cup apricots, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups apricot syrup (recipe follows)
1 package whole-wheat Phyllo pastry (white can be substituted)
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients (walnuts, apricots, and sugar) until well combined and set aside. Butter a large baking sheet making sure to get the corners and sides as well. Unroll the phyllo dough and cover with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out. Place two sheets of dough on the pan and brush with melted butter thoroughly. Sprinkle a later of the nut mixture atop the sheets and repeat the layers creating a total of between 5-8 layers. With a sharp small knife, cut the pastry in diamond or square shapes carefully, making sure to get all the way to the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. While the baklava is baking, make the syrup by combining apricots, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes. Keep warm and spoon over baklava (when it first comes out of the oven), making sure the baklava is soaked fully.

Let baklava set for about 30 minutes before serving.

Apricot Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup apricot puree
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine apricot puree, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes.

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 Stone Fruit with Honey Herb Cream

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Heirloom Melon and Prosciutto Wraps with Lemon Thyme Drizzle

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Coconut Milk Caramel Dark Chocolate Truffle with Toasted Coconut

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons caramel
1 tablespoon honey
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
Toasted Coconut for Dusting

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, coconut milk,caramel and honey to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roll in toasted coconut. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Sweet Mango Curry Truffles with Sweet Curry Powder

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon fresh chili, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup stone fresh mango puree or chopped ripe mango
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
Sweet curry Powder for dusting (*3 teaspoon curry powder mixed with ¼ cup powdered sugar)

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, curry powder, fresh chili, honey and mango, to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle Sweet curry powder. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger-Mint Honey Dressing

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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!

Honey Lavender Fritters With Fig Compote

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 -25 fritters

Ingredients

1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 vanilla bean scraped, bean scrapings reserved
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
Oil for frying
Lavender Powder *1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers crushed and mixed with ½ cup powdered sugar
Fig Compote (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the ricotta, eggs, vanilla seeds, sugar, baking powder and flour until combined. Mix in the lavender flowers and mix again until the batter is thick. Refrigerate the batter for one hour. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan or fry pan making sure that there is at least 2 inches of oil in the pan to a temperature of about 375 degrees. Once hot drop spoonfuls of the batter in the pan and fry until golden brown, making sure to flip for a total of about 3-4 minutes. Take out and drain on paper towels. Once slightly cool, sprinkle powered lavender sugar over the top. Serve with fig compote.

Fig Compote
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup lavender syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Honey Roasted Onion Tart with Thyme and Topped with Fresh Fig (or Plum)

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves about 48

Wine Pairing: Tournant Rosé

Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
¼ cup honey
¼ cup dry white wine
2 large sweet yellow onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
¾ cup crème fraîche
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 pint fresh figs (or 5 fresh plums)

Directions

Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out puff pastry on lightly floured surface to 14×10-inch rectangle. Fold ½ inch of pastry edges in toward center on all sides, forming 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Transfer pastry to large rimmed baking sheet. Press firmly on pastry edges with fork to form rim. Chill crust.

Cook bacon in small skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet.

Whisk honey, wine, and reserved 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in large bowl. Add onions; toss to coat. Coat another large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Spread onion mixture in even layer on sheet. Roast 30 minutes. Turn onions over, allowing rings to separate. Roast until onions are caramelized, turning often for even browning, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool onions slightly.

Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Mix crème fraîche, sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and nutmeg in small bowl. Using offset spatula, spread crème fraîche over crust to folded edge. Arrange onions atop crème fraîche. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake tart until crust is light golden brown and topping is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme and cut into small squares (6 row and 8 columns). Slice figs (or plums) thinly and place one sliver on top of each square to serve.

Spicy Summer Fruit Muffins

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh summer fruit
Coarse sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in fruit and mix well. Combine together the flour and fruit mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean.

Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

July 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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Serves 4

Ingredients

½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 cup chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup red grapes, haled
½ medium red onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
Whole grain toast

Directions

In a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, vinegar salt and pepper until smooth and creamy. Mix in the chicken, grapes, red onion and tarragon and mix until all ingredients are submerged and covered in the sauce. Place a few spoonfuls in-between toasted wholegrain bread!

Silver-Dollar Walnut Cakes with Berry Compote and Lemon Ricotta

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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!

Lo-Cal Milkshake

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped (optional flavor choice)
2 tablespoons chocolate powder (optional flavor choice)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups low fat milk
1 cup ice
¼ cup honey
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Almond Butter, Banana & Honey Panini

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Hearty, crusty whole grain bread, sliced
½ cup of either almond butter or peanut butter, chunky
2 bananas sliced lengthwise
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon canola oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat Panini grill (or you could use a grill pan with a heavy skillet as a weight). Spray the cooking surface. Brush one side of bread with oil, and place side down on grill. Spoon on nut butter, lay down bananas, and drizzle with honey. Place oiled bread on top, and press sandwich. If using a skillet, flip after about 3-4 minutes. Slice Paninis in ½ and store in a ziplock bag for up to 5 days. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Fennel Orange Granola Bars

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

Large egg
1 large egg white
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups toasted oats
½ cup quinoa
½ cup kasha
1 cup chopped dried fruit (any of the following: cherries, apricots, dates, raisins, figs)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 orange zested
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon toasted fennel seeds
1 cup cooked and drained lentils, any color
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-by-11-inch pan with parchment paper. Whisk egg, egg white, honey, oil, cinnamon, orange zest & juice, salt, spices and vanilla in a large bowl. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Spread in prepared pan and press. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool; cut into bars with a lightly oiled knife. Can store out of the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week or in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 gallons hot water (no more, possible 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, basking 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 lines with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Honey & Lavender Champagne

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
½ cup wildflower honey
Lavender wands
Cold sparkling wine

Directions

In a small sauce pan combine the lavender flowers with the honey and heat on low.  Let infuse warmly for about 10 minutes.  Let stand for another 10 minutes and then scoop out the flowers and discard.  Let the lavender infused honey stand at room temperature, do not place it in the refrigerator.  In a champagne class filled with cold bubbly drizzle a little of the lavender honey with a honey wand into the class of COLD champagne.  Garnish with a lavender wand with the flower part sticking up out of the glass!

Almond Recovery Smoothie

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

½ cup raw pre-soaked almonds
2 tablespoons whey or soy protein powder
½ cup mixed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds or oats (optional)
1 banana, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup 1% milk, soymilk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low fat plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup ice

Directions

Combine all items in a blender except ice, blend well for 1 to 2 minutes. Add ice and blend on high until ice is crushed, then turn blender to “liquefy” speed and allow to mix for about 45 seconds more or until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Iced Spicebush Tea

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves don’t dry well, so we only get to enjoy this delicately flavored iced tea during the growing season.

Ingredients

6-7 fresh spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaves
1 quart boiling water
Honey to taste

Directions

Lightly crush the leaves and place them in a heat-proof jar or container. Pour the boiling water over the spicebush leaves. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
Strain out the leaves. While the tea is still slightly warm, add honey to taste and stir until it is dissolved.
Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 1 hour.

Cava melon Sangria

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 cup honeydew melon, balled
1 cup cantaloupe, balled
½ cup galia melon, balled
½ cup basil, chopped
½ cup mint, chopped
¼ cup honey
Juice and zest of one lemon, lime and orange
2 bottles cava or an effervescent white wine

Directions

Muddle basil, mint, honey, zest and juice and combine with wine and melons. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until cold before serving.

Jersey Peach Popsicle Bites

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups jersey peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
½ cup water
½ cup honey

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the peaches, honey and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 2 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Once cool, blend into a smooth puree. Place into popsicle molds and freeze for 6-9 hours.

Strawberry Creamsicles

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

053

Makes 6-9 popsicles

Ingredients

1 pint fresh strawberries, stems removed and chopped
13 cup honey
13 cup water
4 egg yolks
1 cup cream
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon orange zest
13 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the strawberries, honey and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool, once cool, blend into a smooth puree. Whisk together egg yolks, cream, and milk and place it in a sauce pan to heat on low medium heat whisking for about 5 minutes or until a custard-like texture begins to form, remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a bowl combine the strawberry puree, the custard mix and the orange juice, zest and vanilla until well mixed. Place into popsicle molds and freeze for 6-9 hours.

Blueberry Vanilla Cream Yogurt Pops

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup cream
1 cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup honey

Directions

Blend up all the ingredients and pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours. If you do not have popsicle molds pour into wax paper cups and freeze for about 1 hour. After the hour, place popsicle sticks into the middle of the cups and continue to freeze for 6 hours.

Calzone Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket”. The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.

Ingredients

1½ packets active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

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

Basic Pizza Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)

Directions

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

Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 milkshakes

Basically a milkshake, although a much looser version, often served over more ice cubes to keep very cold and fresh. Batidos showcase the fruits often associated with Central America and their rich and sweet flavors that are the very essence of their desserts.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
1 banana, ripe and cut into chunks
2 cups milk
1 cup ice
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. The Central American versions of milkshakes are often much looser than other milkshakes and often served over more ice.

Raspados de Frutas Tropical (Tropical Fruit Snow Cones)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes quite a few snow cones

Most of us don’t have ice scrapers in our kitchen for snow cones so this raspado recipe is modified to utilize the tools we all typically have in our kitchen while still being able to enjoy the authentic taste of a snow cone!

Ingredients

For a mango raspado

2 mangoes, ripe, peeled, deseeded and cubed
1 cup water
½ cup sugar or honey
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of one lime

For a pineapple raspado

3 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup water
½ cup sugar or honey

For a coconut lime raspado

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup shaved raw coconut
1 cup water
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of 2 limes
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a low metal dish with sides and place in the freezer to freeze, scraping with a fork every few minutes in order to get a ice consistency. Once frozen serve by scraping up with a fork and placing in a bowl.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Blood Orange Thyme Glaze

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 tartlets

Ingredients

Sweet Pie Dough-6 tartlet shells baked
2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and kept whole
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
2 tablespoon thyme leaves
2 tablespoons blood orange zest
13 cup sugar
½ cup blood orange juice
1 cup créme fresh
½ cup honey

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine rhubarb, sugar, blood orange juice, 1 tablespoon thyme leaves and 1 tablespoon zest. Cook on medium until all sugar is dissolved and the rhubarb is soft but not mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the ¼ cup honey and créme fresh with 1 teaspoon blood orange zest until creamy. In a small saucepan place ¼ cup honey, ½ cup blood orange juice, 1 tablespoon thyme leaves and 1 teaspoon of blood orange zest and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer stirring until mixture is thick like a glaze. Place a few tablespoons of the honey créme fresh in the bottom of each tartlet and cover with a little of the rhubarb mixture. Place strawberries cut side down (pointed side up) so that no shell is visible. Brush the tops with the blood orange thyme glaze and chill for at least one hour before serving!

Greek Style Baklava

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the filling

1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla

For the pastry

1 package phyllo pastry
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted

For the syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients until well combined and set aside. Butter a large baking sheet making sure to get the corners and sides as well. Unroll the phyllo dough and cover with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out. Place two sheets of dough on the pan and brush with melted butter thoroughly. Sprinkle a layer of the nut mixture atop the sheets and repeat the layers creating a total of between 5-8 layers. With a sharp small knife, cut the pastry in diamond or square shapes carefully, making sure to get all the way to the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. While the baklava is baking, make the syrup by combining sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes. Keep warm and spoon oven baklava (when it first comes out of the oven), making sure the baklava is soaked fully.
Let baklava set for about 30 minutes before serving.

Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla flavor
½ cup blackberries
½ cup strawberries, cut in half and hulled
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the fresh herbs, honey and vanilla extract and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the honey is infused with the herbs flavor. Place the yogurt in a bowl or a glass and place some berries on top. Next sprinkle some almonds and pumpkin seeds and top with a few flax seeds. Drizzle the infused honey over the entire parfait while the honey is still warm, not hot.

Carrot Orange Mint Sodas

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 sodas


Ingredients


¼ cup mint leaves, chopped fine
2 cups orange juice
¼ cup honey (optional)
4-6 carrots (medium sized)
Ice
Seltzer water


Directions


Mix together chopped basil leaves, orange juice and honey and set aside. Juice the carrots and mix juice together with the orange and basil mixture. Dived the mixed juice between four classes and fill glasses with ice, place a bit of the seltzer water on to fill and serve, garnish with a basil leaf.

Vanilla-Saffron Rice Pudding & Rhubarb Compote with Orange Zest Ginger Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 teaspoon orange zest
1 cardamom pod (seeds only)
1 cup jasmine rice
½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
Vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Rhubarb Compote (Recipe Follows)
Orange Zest Ginger Butter (Recipe Follows)

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, heat the butter on medium heat and sauté the saffron, ginger, zest and cardamom for a few minutes. Add rice and vanilla scraped from bean, and sauté for another few minutes. Add the sugar and milk and turn the heat down to simmer and keep it simmering uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring every 4-5 minutes. Cook the rice pudding until it is of a thick porridge consistency. Serve the rice pudding with rhubarb compote and the orange zest-ginger butter.

Spicy Rhubarb Compote

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¾ cup rhubarb, sliced thin
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ cup orange juice

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmering boil and allow rhubarb to cook down until soft and syrupy, or about 10 minutes.

Orange Zest-Ginger Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Spicy Rhubarb Compote

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¾ cup rhubarb, sliced thin
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ cup orange juice

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmering boil and allow rhubarb to cook down until soft and syrupy, or about 10 minutes.

Turkey Jerky (travel dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups of treats

Ingredients

2 pounds turkey breast, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped fine

Directions

Pound the sliced turkey breasts with a meat pounder until thin. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl whisk together, garlic, honey, soy sauce and water, add the herbs and stir. Add the turkey slices and mix together. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 175°F.

Drain the sliced dry from the turkey and pat turkey slices dry. Lie flat on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the oven for 3 hours. After 3 hours flip over turkey slices and cook another 3-4 hours or until completely dry and leathery. Let stand for a few hours and then cut into bite or treat size pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to one month.

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies (allergen dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
23 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 medium banana, mashed
½ cup fresh blueberries, mashed
1 cup milk, skim (almond milk can be substituted)
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup rolled oats

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, wheat germ and flax seeds and mix well. In another large mixing bowl combine, mashed banana, mashed blueberries, milk and honey and mix until smooth. The mixture will be semi lumpy but try and get it as smooth as possible. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter stirring until all mixed in. Add the rolled oats and stir until a thick cookie dough is formed. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, gently smashing down the dough balls to a flat circular cookie shape. Place in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to sit for about 12-14 hours to harden. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Israeli Herbal Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

1 black tea bag
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ lemon sliced
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place the tea bag, fresh mint, sage and lemon thyme and sliced lemons. Pour just boiled 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!

Orange, Ginger, Mint Honey Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon dried orange peel (optional)
2 slices fresh orange slices
1 slice fresh or dried ginger
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place fresh mint leaves, ginger and orange peel and sliced oranges. Pour just boiled 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!

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried blueberries (substitute 1 spoonful of fresh)
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon dried lemon peel (can substitute 1 slice fresh lemon)
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh blueberries, lemon thyme leaves, and lemon peel or sliced lemon. Pour just boiled 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!

Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh strawberries, thyme leaves, ginger and sliced lemons. Pour just boiled 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!

Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlets with Honey Crème Fresh

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 tartlets

Ingredients

Sweet Pie Dough (1 recipe- for one large tart)
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
â…“ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup crème fresh
¼ cup honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. Place the pie dough into 6 little tart shells, making sure it is smooth and even out the dough in each tartlet tin. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until tart crust is golden brown and crisp. In a medium sauce pan combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Cook on medium until all sugar is dissolved and the strawberries and rhubarb is soft but not mushy, about 3 – 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Place a few tablespoons of the honey crème fresh in the bottom of each tartlet and cover with a pile of the strawberry rhubarb mixture (about ⅓ cup). Chill slightly and serve.

Spring Greens & Fennel Salad with Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups spring greens
1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
3 tablespoons fresh dill leaves
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
â…“ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt/pepper

Directions

In a large salad bowl combine the greens, the fennel and the fresh herbs and toss together until well mixed. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil, mustard, honey, garlic and lemon juice until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper and toss over the salad mixture.

Mango Mint Smoothie

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-10 ounce smoothies

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe mangoes, peeled, seed removed, and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup water
½ cup ice
Juice of one lime
3 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Herbal Berry Antioxidant Smoothie

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-10 ounce smoothie

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
½ cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup honey
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Fresh Fruit with Coconut & Herbal Honey

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
½ cup fresh blackberries
1 red grapefruit, pitted and segmented
1 orange, pitted and segmented
½ cup toasted coconut, shavings
Herbal infused honey (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Place all the fruit in a mixing bowl, and gently toss together with coconut shavings. Place in two serving bowls. Drizzle herbal infused honey on fresh fruit.

Herbal Infused Honey

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon mint, chopped
1 tablespoon basil, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon thyme, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a saucepan on medium low, add honey and warm. Add mint, basil, and lemon thyme. Reduce temperature and allow honey to infuse for about 4-5 minutes on a low simmer. Take out herbs and discard them.

Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 10-inch pizzas

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

Pizza Dough

Makes 3 (10 inch) pizzas

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce

Makes approximately 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the dulce de leche until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla, salt and almonds. Mix well and then gently fold in the strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup (4 ounces) of dark semisweet chocolate, shaved or chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until all chocolate is melted. Drizzle over ice cream.

Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño, deseeded and chopped super fine
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Mango Agua Fresca

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 gallon

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe mangoes, peeled, deseeded and pureed
Zest and juice of 2-3 limes
½ cup honey or light brown sugar
1 cup hot water
Gallon of ice cold water

DIRECTIONS

In a gallon pitcher combine the pureed mangoes, the lime juice and zest and the hot water, add the sugar or honey and stir until totally dissolved. Fill pitcher with ice cold water. Garish with a lime wedge!

Asparagus Salad with Mimosa and White Wine Vinaigrette

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 pound thin asparagus, 1 inch trimmed from the bottoms
Sea salt or kosher salt
4½ teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced scallion (white part only)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
18 teaspoon honey
4½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Mimosa (optional)
1 hard-cooked egg
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

DIRECTIONS

Fill a bowl with water and ice. If you have time, peel the lower 2 inches of the asparagus stalks, which makes the salad greener and more tender.

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

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

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

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Dried Ginger Blackberries

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup dried fruit

Ingredients

1 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 225° F. Mix ginger and honey in a small bowl. Brush liquid mixture over berries evenly, and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 4 to 5 hours or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Honey Banana Cups

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 semi-ripe bananas, sliced thin
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix lemon juice and honey in a small bowl using a whisk. Brush liquid mixture over bananas evenly, and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Cardamon Nutmeg Dried Blueberries

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup dried fruit

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cardamom pod, seeds removed
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix honey, cardamom seeds, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of blueberries and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Ger-Nis Muesli with Honey, Banana Chips, Pepitas & Coconut

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup bran flakes
½ cup corn flakes
½ cup flax seeds
1 cup pepitas
½ cup unsweetened coconut
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup honey
1 cup honey banana chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 275°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, bran and corn flakes, flax seeds, pepitas, coconut and salt. Spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. In a small saucepan warm the honey until the consistency is loose and pourable. Drizzle over the muesli mix and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. After the muesli has cooled, add the banana chips. Store in an airtight container.

Blueberry Macadamia Nut Granola

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup honey
3 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup toasted wheat germ
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup macadamia nuts, toasted
1 cup cardamon nutmeg dried blueberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325ËšF.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and honey. Heat until warm and butter has melted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, coconut, spices and salt. Add butter and honey mixture and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be a wet consistency. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for a total of 40 minutes, making sure to check every 10 minutes, stirring, so granola is toasted evenly. Once granola is golden brown, remove from oven and mix in toasted nuts and dried blueberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

The Bollywood with Star of Anise Vodka with Curried Grape Garnish

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the star of anise infused vodka

5 whole star anise
1 quart vodka

For the curried grapes

½ cup anise syrup (sugar, water and star anise into a simple syrup)
¼ cup vodka
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup of whole black or purple grapes

For the cocktail

Ice
2 ½ ounces anise infused vodka
1 ½ ounce curried grapes liquid
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Coarse sugar

Directions

For the star anise infused vodka

Combine star anise and vodka in a quart container and let infuse for 4-5 days.

For the curried grapes

In a bowl whisk together the anise syrup, vodka, curry and honey. Add the whole grapes and let soak for 3-4 days.

For the cocktail

In a shaker full of ice, combine star anise infused vodka, curried grapes liquid and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Roll a curried grape in coarse sugar and place on a toothpick and drop in the glass.

Ginger Carrot Muffins with Ginger-Spice Butter

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

For the ginger carrot muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup carrots, shredded
½ cup raisins
Coarse sugar

For the ginger-spice butter

½ stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated

Directions

For the ginger carrot muffins

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in carrots and mix well. Combine together the flour and carrot mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Fold in the raisins and mix gently.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean. Serve with ginger-spice butter.

For the ginger-spice butter

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on warm muffins.

Blackberries with Mint & Honey-Crème Drizzle

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups fresh blackberries
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup crème fraiche
¼ cup honey
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Maldon salt
Mint leaves, for garnish

Directions

Arrange berries in 6 single serving bowls. In a medium bowl, whisk together heavy cream, crème fraiche, honey, and mint until thick and creamy. Spoon over berries and sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and garnish with mint leaves.

Hoisin-Drenched Vegetable Medley

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1½ tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin (reserve ¼ cup to garnish)
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 small chili, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup snow peas
1 cup snap peas
2 tablespoons mirin
3½ tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS

In a large deep skillet or wok over high heat, add oil. Add scallions, ginger, garlic and chili, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bell peppers, cook 2 minutes. Add snow peas, snap peas and mirin rice wine and continue cooking until vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.
Add tamari, hoisin sauce, honey, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar and cook 1 minute. Take off heat and add ¼ cup reserved thinly sliced scallions. Serve warm.

Ger-Nis Hoisin Sauce

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons yuzu rice vinegar
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon Ger-Nis siracha
1 teaspoon black pepper, finely ground

Directions

In a small mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated. Place in a squeeze bottle for easy use. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Caramel Almond Pear Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 long rectangular tart

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For filling

1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced

DIRECTIONS

To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and add ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Transfer to a long rectangular tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine sugar and pear juice, and bring to a boil. Do not stir. Using a pastry brush, wipe any sugar from sides of pan, so sugar does not burn. Once sugar begins to melt, the caramel color will become a deep amber. Reduce heat to medium, slowly whisk in heavy cream, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat, and add butter, honey, and vanilla, and combine. Add chopped nuts, and combine.

Arrange sliced pears on tart shell, and spoon caramel nuts on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the soup

1 cup whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
½ of a sweet yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup celery, chopped fine
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped fine
Salt
1 bouquet garni of fresh herbs in a cheesecloth sack: parsley, thyme, rosemary (a few springs of each)
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup sweet Madeira
4 cups of sweet onion broth (see recipe)
½ cup heavy cream
Black pepper

For the grape honey

1 cup frozen concord grapes or fresh black grapes, chopped
¼ cup water
½ cup honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ tablespoons black pepper, freshly cracked

DIRECTIONS

For the sweet onion broth

In a large soup pan, add a bunch of red onions skins, shallot skins, carrot pieces, parsnip pieces, and 4½ cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons salt, ½ cup honey, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain, and set aside.

For the soup

In a large heavy bottom soup pan, over medium high heat, add butter and pumpkin oil. Cook shallots and onions, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the celery and parsnips, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add bouquet garni, bay leaves, and Madeira. Add the 4 cups of sweet onion broth, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove bouquet garni and bay leaves and blend with hand held immersion blender until smooth.

For the grape honey

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer about 4 to 5 minutes. Take off heat. Cool. Place in blender, and blend until smooth. Strain using a fine mesh strainer.

To serve soup, place in bowl, and swirl in grape honey.

Asian Pear with Blue Cheese with Rosemary Honey Drizzle

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Asian pears, medium size, sliced ¼ inch thick and cut in half (half moon shapes)
4 ounces sweet blue cheese or gorgonzola, crumbled
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan, heat honey and rosemary leaves on simmer for about 5 minutes until warm and honey has been infused with rosemary. Arrange the pear slices on a serving tray and top each with a small amount of blue cheese and drizzle with warm honey-rosemary syrup. Serve.

Lavender-Honey Mustard

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups mustard

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Brasserie Dupont Bière de Miel biologique (Belgium) or any Belgium style honey beer
½ cup malt vinegar
¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup dry mustard
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon lavender flowers

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl whisk together beer, vinegar and mustard seeds. Let soak at room temperature for about 4 hours or overnight. Place mixture in a blender and add, dry mustard, honey, salt & pepper. Blend until a creamy mustard consistency is formed. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in lavender and season with more salt as needed. We want the mixture a little more on the “loose” side as we are using it for a dipping sauce for the pretzels. To make this into thicker mustard, add ¼ cup of dry mustard.

Cherry Spicy Brown Mustard

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups of mustard

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Founders Brewing Company Cerise Cherry Ale (Grand Rapids, Michigan) or any cherry ale
1 cup malt vinegar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped superfine
½ cup whole brown mustard seeds
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon caraway seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl whisk together beer, vinegar, mustard seeds, cherries, let soak at room temperature for about 4 hours or overnight. Place mixture in a blender and add, dry mustard, horseradish, honey, salt and pepper. Blend until a coarse mustard consistency is formed. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in caraway seeds and season with more salt as needed. We want the mixture a little more on the “loose” side as we are using it for a dipping sauce for the pretzels. To make this into thicker mustard, add ½-1 cup more of mustard seeds. Store in refrigerator.

Quinoa Apple Salad with Curry Dressing

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4
Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

Fume Y Flor (Mexico)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Sweet and Smoky is the jest of this one. An intoxicating and powerful drink, its silky and sultry texture with its sweet and smoky vibe, allows one to forget the intoxication factor.

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

1 ounce cilantro jalapeño infused tequila Blanco, recipe below
1 ounce mescal
1 ounce elderflower liquor
½ ounce hibiscus honey syrup, recipe below
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce agaves syrup

DIRECTIONS

Shake in a shaker filled with ice and strain into a martini style glass and garnish with a dried hibiscus flower leaf.

Cilantro Jalapeño Infused Tequila

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 jalapeños, deseeded and sliced thin
½ cup cilantro leaves and stems
4 cups tequila Blanco

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a quart jar. Let stand about 4-6 days. Less days for less heat, 6 days for the hottest!

Hibiscus Honey Syrup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup water
½ cup honey
¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan place all ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, let simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool and strain.

Braised Duck Legs with Figs Lime and Honey

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

4 duck legs, trimmed of excess fat
Salt
12 large shallots, peeled and left whole, roots trimmed
12 dried figs
2 branches fresh rosemary
4 tablespoons honey
4 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1-2 cups duck stock

DIRECTIONS

Season the duck with ¾ teaspoon salt per pound. Refrigerate 1-2 days. Pat dry.

Brown duck skin side down over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the skin is golden brown and the fat has collected in the pan. Transfer the duck to a casserole that can hold the legs in a single later. Discard the fat.

Add shallots, figs, rosemary, honey, ginger, peppercorns, wine, and lime juice, Pour in enough stock to barely cover the contents of the pan. Bring to a boil and skim off any scum that rises. Cover pan and transfer to the oven to braise for 1½-2 hours or until the meat is very tender.

Transfer the duck, shallots and figs to a platter and keep warm. Reduce the braising liquid to desired consistency and serve.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Green Apple and Celery Salad with Walnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

6 large or 8 medium celery stalks
13 cup roughly chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly milled black pepper
1 large Granny smith apple
¼ cup finely chopped celery leaves

DIRECTIONS

Peel away and discard any tough fibers from the celery stalks. Trim the celery leaves and reserve. Slice the celery on the bias into 18-inch thick pieces about 1 inch in length. Transfer the celery pieces to a bowl of cold water and refrigerate.

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

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

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

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

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

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

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

Honey-Crisped Walnuts

Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

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

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

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

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

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound whole wheat pasta dough, cooked

For sauce

Olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2″ piece of ginger, peeled and julienned
1 red pepper, cored and chopped
1 bunch collard greens, leaves and stems (reserved), chopped
½ pound brown mushrooms, sliced
1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
Kosher salt
Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add olive oil. Sauté onions and cook until translucent, 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes more. Add red pepper, collard green stems, brown mushrooms and cook, 7 minutes until tender. Add balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and honey and season with salt and pepper. Add collard green leaves and cooked pasta and warm through. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Lemon Cake with Mint Honey Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For cake batter

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup plain yogurt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¼ cups sugar
5 eggs

For mint honey cream

1½ cups heavy cream, cold
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray or softened butter. Set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice, zest, and yogurt and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated, repeat with remaining eggs; add about one-third of flour mixture, followed by half of lemon yogurt mixture, mixing until just incorporated after each addition (about 5 seconds). Repeat using half of remaining flour mixture; mix until batter is thorougly combined. Add cake batter into prepared pan. Bake until top is golden brown and wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into center comes out with no crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes.

For mint honey cream

In a large metal bowl, add cold heavy cream and whisk until soft peaks. Add honey and continue whisking until medium to stiff peaks form. Fold in mint and serve alongside lemon cake.

Fennel, Orange & Mint Salad

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Served 6

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

Tarragon & Cardamom Poached Pears with Frothed Rose Water Milk and Pistachios

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
¼ cup rosewater (2 tablespoons reserved)
½ cup honey, plus 1 tablespoon
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves, chopped fine
4 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup 2% milk
2 pods of cardamom (seeds inside)
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup pistachios, shelled and chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Heat the water, rosewater and ½ cup honey in a large pot of water. When the sugar dissolves add the tarragon and the pears making sure it is at a slow rolling boil. Cook the pears for about 20 minutes uncovered until soft. Take off heat and allow to sit in the water while making the froth.

For the frothed milk

In a saucepan, place cold milk in the pan and begin to heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons rosewater, 1 tablespoon honey and cardamom and froth using a little hand held frother or the frother part of your espresso machine. You can also do this with a whisk but it takes a long time!
The key is “frothing” as the milk goes from cold to hot! Remove cardamom before serving.

For serving place a few pears on a dish with a little amount of the syrup water and a few cherries. Spoon the froth over and sprinkle with the pistachios.

Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh citrus juice (tangerine, lime, Meyer lemon, orange, or combinations are excellent)
¼ cup citrus zest
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow to freeze. Taking a fork and scraping the ice every 10 minutes until frozen, about 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

Whipped Greek Yogurt Parfait

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Greek yogurt
½ cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 crisp apple, diced
1 ripe pear, diced
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Place yogurt, whipping cream, honey, and dried spices into a cold mixing bowl. Whip with hand beater until mixture resembles whipping cream. Take a dessert glass or clear mug, and layer yogurt, fruit, and almonds. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Tip: This can also be served as a warm dessert. Take fruit, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon of all 3 dried spices, and sauté in skillet for about 3 to 4 minutes or until fruit is warmed and fragrant.
Place fruit into a dessert dish, and top with the whipped mixture and toasted almonds.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson

Lentil Spiced Snack Bars

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients

1 large egg
1 large egg white
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground clove
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups toasted oats
1 cup chopped dried fruit (any of the following: cherries, apricots, dates, raisins, figs)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1 cup lentils (any color), cooked and drained

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-by-11 inch pan with foil. Coat with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, sugar, honey, oil, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and vanilla. Once combined, add the rest of the ingredients. Spread into prepared pan, and press down, making sure bars are even. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool, and cut into bars with a lightly oiled knife.

Recipe property of Robin Simpson

Peanut Butter and Dried Fruit Protein Oatmeal

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins
3 tablespoons honey
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Combine oats, water, and salt in an uncovered pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Oats can sometimes foam over the pot; if this happens, just add a small pat of butter. Once oats have simmered for 20 minutes, stir in the cinnamon, peanut butter, cranberries or raisins, and honey, and remove from heat. Serve oats topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Tips: I love this recipe, but it’s not always practical to make each morning. I usually make it on a Sunday, and eat throughout the week. This recipe can be made and stored for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. To reconstitute after refrigerated, just thin with water or milk of your choice, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. This way you can enjoy this healthy breakfast throughout the week.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

Apple Mustard Mint Glazed Ham

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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

INGREDIENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken

For the Glaze

1 medium tart apple, peeled and seeds removed
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 small red onion
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon salt

For the Spice Rub

3 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture, and add ham to pot- mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not than make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a blender, blend the apples, red onion, sugar, salt, and the mint. Add the honey and the mustard, and mix well. Set aside, and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone intact should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uninterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze every 10 minutes until entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature up to 425° F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Crostini with Blue Cheese and Pear

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.

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

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

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

Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These are Moroccan inspired latkes with a tangy mint sauce adds interest and an exotic twist.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

1 small head of cauliflower, washed and grated
1 medium yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon honey
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

1 cup preserved lemons, chopped fine (2 whole lemons chopped with peels and all is okay is well)
1 cup sugar in the raw
1 cup water
½ cup fresh mint, chopped

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated cauliflower, onion, parsley, ginger, honey, zest and juice of lemon, eggs, flour, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat, making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2-inch pancakes, drop into pan, and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine lemons, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for approximately 10 minutes uncovered. Take off heat when it reaches desired consistency, and add mint. Serve warm over latkes.

Honey Pecan Sticky Buns

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 buns

INGREDIENTS

1 stick of unsalted butter
½ cup honey (plus more for drizzling)
½ cup brown rice syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup mascarpone cheese
½ cup creme fraiche
Store bought frozen puff pastry (thawed and brought to room temperature)
½ cup chopped and toasted pecans

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Melt butter over the stove. Stir in hoeny, brown rice syrup, and sugar, and bring to a gentle simmer.
Remove from heat and allow for it to cool.

Combine mascarpone and creme fraiche in a bowl and set aside.

Roll out puff pastry into large rectangle (this size will depend on brand of puff pastry) about the thickness of ¼-inch.

Brush dough with honey mixture going to about 1″ ground. Next, spread mascarpone mixture evenly on top and top with pecans.

Roll into a log and pinch seams to seal. Cut into 6.

Pour remaining honey mixture evenly into muffin tins or onto sheet tray and place buns cut-side down in pan.

Place buns in lower third of the oven and rotate half way through. Cook for about 35-40 minutes, cover with foil if they get too dark.

Drizzle with honey and serve warm.

Recipe by Ashton Keefe

Tarta de Naranja (Orange Tart)

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 Tarts

This sweet, simple tart highlights the region’s most prized fruit- oranges! Just a taste of these delicate tarts will make you feel like a Valencian!

INGREDIENTS

1 package frozen puff pastry
½ cup water
1 cup light brown sugar
6 large Valencia oranges, sliced round with rinds removed
1 vanilla bean, split open
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
Flake sea salt

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 375° F.

Place puff pastry on a greased baking sheet, and poke holes throughout to aerate. In a medium sauce pan, add water and sugar, and stir. Add oranges and vanilla bean, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until liquid reduces by about one third. In another sauce pan, mix honey, cream, and marmalade. Heat enough to warm, and mix until smooth. Strain the oranges from sugar syrup. (An aside: reserve liquid for another purpose, for example, a sweetener for tea!) Arrange oranges on the puff pastry all over. Glaze the pastry with the honey crème marmalade mixture. Sprinkle with a little bit of flake sea salt. Place in the oven, and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut into 3 4-inch squares, and serve.

Ginger Squash Cake

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from Susan G. Purdy

Makes 1 Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
313 cups flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1½ cups sugar
1¼ cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup canola oil
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups baked Sugar Pie pumpkin or Kabocha squash
23 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
Orange Ginger Glaze, recipe follows
Chopped walnuts, optional

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a Bundt pan with softened butter. Sift all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, add sugars, canola oil and eggs, mix well. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Next, add pumpkin, buttermilk and ginger and combine. Pour all ingredients in the prepared Bundt pan and cook for 40 to 45 minutes (test with tooth pick, until it comes out clean). Cool and poke holes on top of cake for Orange Ginger Glaze. Drizzle glaze over top and add chopped walnuts. Serve once cooled.

Orange Ginger Glaze

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 pinch salt
¼ tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons heavy cream
zest of one orange
1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice

PREPARATION

In a medium-size bowl, add all ingredients and combine until pourable consistency.

Ginger Squash Cake

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenchea

Makes 25 fritters and 2 cups of marmalade

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons salted butter
6 tablespoons sweet white dessert wine
13 cup fresh orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra
¾ cup olive oil, plus extra for frying
Zest of 1 orange cut into long thin strips
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
½ teaspoon anise seeds
Marmalade, recipe follows

PREPARATION

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, take off heat add the wine, orange juice, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stir well with a wooden spoon.
Heat a large pan with olive oil about an inch deep until just about smoking hot, 350°F-375°F.
Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the liquid mixture mix up quickly and vigorously until dough forms. On a lightly floured work surface knead dough briefly until soft and flexible. Shape into a ball and let rest for one hour.
On a lightly floured work surface roll the dough out very thin about ½-¼ inch rolling the dough to about the size of 20-inch square. Cut the dough into 4-inch squares, you will have 25 4-inch squares. Working from the corner of each square, roll up the square on the diagonal, creating a cylinder with a ½-inch hollow center, rub the corners together with a damp finger to get them to stick. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and anise seeds before frying.
Working in batches, fry fritters turning as needed about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

ORANGE MARMALADE

INGREDIENTS

2 oranges
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split open
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
½ cup of honey
¼ cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Slice the oranges (use a mandolin if needed) discard any seeds, cut the slices into little pieces and place a medium thick bottomed sauce pan, add the lemon zest, water and sugar and stir well, bring to a boil, add the vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and star anise, bring to a boil then reduce heat, reduce to low cook for about 1 hour on low or until all the fruit is broken apart. Discard the cinnamon stick, star anise and vanilla bean. Set aside to cool.
In a medium saucepan add 1 cup of the marmalade and ½ cup of honey, heat until just before boiling, take off heat add heavy cream and served drizzled over fritters.

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Ginger and Apple Crusted Pork Tenderloin

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
Salt
¼ cup honey
3 tablespoons apple cider
2 tablespoons Dijon
2 to 3 apples, chopped superfine
2 (3-inch) pieces ginger, peeled and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
3 tablespoons canola oil

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Season porl tenderloin generously with salt. In a small bowl combine honey, apple cider and mustard, mix well. In a separate bowl, combie apples, ginger and cracked black pepper and set aside. Pour honey mixture over pork tenderloin and coat well. Next, place apple ginger mixture on a large plate and roll pork tenderloin until coated on all sides. Heat canola oil over high-heat in large saute pan, cook tenderloin on all sides, including ends, until golden brown. Place in over and cook for 20 minutes. Once out of oven, let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Honey Pecan Sticky Buns

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6

INGREDIENTS

1 stick of unsalted butter
½ cup honey (plus more from drizzling)
½ cup brown rice syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup mascarpone cheese
½ cup creme fraiche
Store bought frozen puff pastry (thawed and brought to room temperature)
½ cup chopped and toasted pecans

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Melt butter over the stove. Stir in honey, brown rice syrup, and sugar, and bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat and allow for it to cool.

Combine mascarpone and creme fraiche in a bowl and set aside.

Roll out puff pastry into large rectangle (this size will depend on brand of puff pastry) about the thickness of ¼”.

Brush dough with honey mixture going to about 1″ around. Next, spread mascarpone mixture evenly on top anf top with pecans.

Roll into a log and pinch seams to seal. Cut into 6.

Pour remaining honey mixture evening into muffin tins or loaf pan and place buns cut side down in pan.

Place buns in lower third of the oven and rotate half way through. Cook for about 35-40 minutes, cover with foil if they get too dark.

Drizzle with honey and serve warm.

©Recipe courtesy of Ashton Keefe.

Pomegranate & Tangerine Granita

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup fresh pomegranate juice
2 cups fresh tangerine juice, pulp included
½ cup honey

PREPARATION

Whisk together honey and about ½ cup of the tangerine juice until honey is dissolved, add remaining juice. Pour into a metal pan with sides and allow to freeze, scraping with a fork occasionally. To serve scrape with fork. Garnish with fresh pomegranates seeds.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Orange Mint Pomegranate Salsa

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

Prepare grill and place salt and pepper on lamb chops, let set while grill heats up. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together orange juice, lemon juice, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, honey, chili flakes and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in oranges, pomegranates and mint and mix well, let stand for 20 minutes room temparature before serving. Grill lamb chops on each side for a few minutes until desired texture, medium rare is more preferred. Serve with the salsa spooned on top of the grilled lamb chops.

Excellent accompanied by herbed bulgar pilaf.

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