Scallop Crudo Lemon Shooters

March 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

crudo

Chili Mint Scallop Crudo with Shaved Baby Fennel and Ginger
Serves 6
Ingredients
6 large scallops, (side muscle removed) and sliced thin and cut into strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ orange
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine or grated
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 baby fennel bulbs, shaved thin
Baby Arugula ( handful)
Lemon sliced, sliced thick enough to hold goods on top
Flake salt
Directions
Place the sliced scallops in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, oil, zest, chilies and herbs until well combined. Pour over the scallops and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving.  Add the shaved fennel in to the mixture in the last 5 minutes before serving, mix well.   For serving, arrange the lemon sliced on a flat surface, wooden cutting board, or serving dish.  Lay a few baby arugula leaves down over the lemon slices ( about 3-4 depending on the size of the leaves, you want it to be flat).  Add a spoon full of the scallop crudo a top the lemon making sure you get even amounts of scallop and fennel and chilies, you may even have to add fennel and chilies or extra scallop piece by hand.  Sprinkle the finished goods with a tiny pinch of flake salt.  To eat pick up the lemon slice like it is an oyster shell and slide the crudo into your mouth!

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 large scallops, (side muscle removed) and sliced thin and cut into strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ orange
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine or grated
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 baby fennel bulbs, shaved thin
Baby Arugula ( handful)
Lemon sliced, sliced thick enough to hold goods on top
Flake salt

Directions

Place the sliced scallops in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, oil, zest, chilies and herbs until well combined. Pour over the scallops and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving.  Add the shaved fennel in to the mixture in the last 5 minutes before serving, mix well.   For serving, arrange the lemon sliced on a flat surface, wooden cutting board, or serving dish.  Lay a few baby arugula leaves down over the lemon slices ( about 3-4 depending on the size of the leaves, you want it to be flat).  Add a spoon full of the scallop crudo a top the lemon making sure you get even amounts of scallop and fennel and chilies, you may even have to add fennel and chilies or extra scallop piece by hand.  Sprinkle the finished goods with a tiny pinch of flake salt.  To eat pick up the lemon slice like it is an oyster shell and slide the crudo into your mouth!


Lemon & Bay Leaf Prosecco

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

prosecco bay leaf

Ingredients

1 ounce bay leaf simple syrup*
Prosecco
Bay Leaf

Directions

Place 1 ounce of bay leaf syrup in a champagne flute and fill with prosecco.  Stir and garnish with a bay leaf place inverted in the flute so that about 1 ½ inches sticks out of the top as it floats, stem side down.

*Fresh Bay Leaf Lemon Syrup – Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add 2 bay leaves. Allow the mixture to cool and add ¼ cup lemon juice.

Spring Sorrel & Lemon Soda Pop

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup lemon juice
1 large bunch fresh sorrel leaves
4-6 cups seltzer water
Lemon wheel garnish

Directions

Combine water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Add fresh sorrel leaves (about 15-20 leaves only, no stems). Blend the mixture in a blender until ultra smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Allow to cool. Place in a pitcher with ice and add about 4-6 cups seltzer and stir well. Place a few lemon wheel garnishes in the pitcher.

Ginger & Lemon Thyme Rye Mini Pesto Elixir

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar simple syrup*
½ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
1 ounce New York Distilling Company Rye

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about a half of a tablespoon of the sweet pesto to the top of 1 ounce of New York Distilling Company Rye. Gently swirl the elixir down.

Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup pesto

Ingredients

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

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Meyer Lemon Chicken Salad Sandwiches

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

½ cup créme fraiche
Juice and zest of 1 Meyer lemon
¼ cup of chopped parsley, chives and basil (in total)
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 cup of roasted chicken, cubed or shredded

Directions

Mix ½ cup créme fraiche and the juice and zest of one Meyer lemon together with ¼ cup of chopped parsley, chives and basil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper with one cup of roasted chicken, cubed or shredded. Mix well and serve over warm croissant.

Maple & Meyer Lemon Bourboun Sauce

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ cup Meyer lemon juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons *Buffalo Trace White Dog Bourboun
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt
*Hemispherical Meyer Lemon Bitters

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a medium-low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool but do not refrigerate. Serve spooned on a plate with the doughnuts and a few drops of *Hemispherical Meyer Lemon Bitters on top.

Lemon Curd

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Le Pruneau Homme

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 ounces prune infused gin (recipe follows)
2 ounces hum liquor
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cardamom ginger black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
Sparkling Wine
“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar (recipe follows)
Gin Infused Prunes

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place the gin, hum liquor, lemon juice, and syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned martini style glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a gin infused prune rubbed with Moroccan Spiced Brown Sugar on a toothpick.

Prune Infused Gin

Ingredients

1 liter of gin
12 prunes, halved

Directions

Place the prunes and the gin in a large mason or glass jar. Allow to infuse for about 3-4 days in a cool dark place. Remove the prunes and reserve for cocktail.

Cardamom Black Pepper Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
5 cardamom pods, crushed (whole pod)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for 15 minutes, strain.

“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Rad El Hanout (traditional recipe follows)
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup brown sugar

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Ras El Hanout (Traditional)

Makes approx 10 ounces

Ingredients

1 nutmeg ball, crushed
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
½ tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablepsoon white peppercorns
1 tablepsoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon rose bud petals, dried
1 tablespoon lavender buds, dried
½ teaspoon anise seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon allspice berries
6 green cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon saffron
1 tablespoon turmeric, ground
1 tablespoon mace, ground
1 teaspoon red chili peppers, crushed
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablepsoon ginger, ground
1 tablespoon dried galangal root pieces (optional)
1 tablespoon dried orris root pieces (optional)

Directions

In a ziplock bag or plastic, crush the nutmeg and cinnamon sticks with a mallet, hammering and pounding until small chunks are formed. Take all of the seeds and non powder items and grind in a spice grinder or coffee grinder, until pulverized. You may have to do this in batches if your grinder is small. Place the ground items in a medium mixing bowl. Take the remainig powdered items as well as the root pieces and mix into the ground items until totally mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark and dry place, will keep for about 4-5 months.

Harissa & Preserved Lemon Mint Martini

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

3 ounces gin
½ ounce mint infused dry vermouth (recipe follows)
½ ounce preserved lemon liquid (recipe follows)
2-3 drops harissa (recipe follows)
Preserved lemon garnish
Mint leaf garnish

Directions

In a glass filled with ice place the gin and the vermouth and stir. Add the lemon preserved liquid and strain into a martini glass. Place one preserved lemon segment and a mint leaf in for garnish and drop 2-3 drops harissa in the center.

Quick Preserved Lemons

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

10 lemons, scrubbed of any wax or residue
3 tablespoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar
½ cup lemon juice

Directions

Slice lemons, including peel, removing as many seeds as possible. Put the lemons and their juice in a bowl, and sprinkle with the salt and sugar. Toss well, and transfer to a jar. Let the mixture sit for at least 3 hours at room temperature, shaking the jar periodically. It can be served at that point or refrigerated for up to a week.

Ger-Nis Harissa

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

8 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed, broken
5 dried red chilies, stems removed, broken
1 dired chili de arbol
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
4 garlic cloves
1 bell pepper, roasted & peeled
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions

Place the dried chilies in a medium bowl and cover with the boiling water, let stand for about 15 minutes, allowing the chilies to soften. Grind the toasted seeds until a powder is formed. Transfer the softened chilies, the spices, the garlic, the red pepper, the lemon zest and juice, the salt and the olive oil into a food processor and process until smooth. At this stage add the fresh mint leaves and process until all the mint is chopped and incorporated. Season with salt to taste. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Mint Infused Vermouth

Ingredients

1 bottle dry vermouth
20 fresh mint leaves, torn in half

Directions

In a mason jar or large jar combine the vermouth and the mint and allow to infuse, turning upside down periodically, for 2 days. Strain.

Lemon & Oregano Chicken Greek Salads

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 large chicken breast, sliced thin
Salt
Cracked black pepper
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups romaine lettuce torn into bite size pieces
1/2 cup calamata olives
1/2 cup feta, crumbled
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons (for dressing)
Salt and pepper

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Season the chicken sliced with salt and pepper. Mix together the chicken the lemon zest and the lemon juice in a bowl. Cook the chicken for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Mix together tomaotes, lettuce, olives, feta and parsley. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the salad, toss chicken in and serve.

Herbs De Provence Crispy Baked Chicken with Lemon Olive Tapenade

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Lemon Olive Tapenade

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Lavender Lemon Pastis

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup sugar
2 ounces pastis (ricard)
4 ounces cold water

Directions

Make the simple syrup by adding the water, lavender, lemon zest and sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and strain, let cool. In a low ball glass place 2 ounces of pastis, 1 ounce of the simple syrup and 3-4 ounces cold water, stir and drink.

Ginger Lemon Meringue Tarts

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 egg yolks (reseve whites for meringue)
13 cup cornstarch
1½ cups water
113 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
½ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 box gingersnap cookies (2 cups)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grind gingersnaps into crumbs. Add butter and press into tart molds. Place on a sheet pan for easy transport. Whisk egg yolks in medium size mixing bowl and set aside.

Over a double boiler, combine cornstarch, water, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine, stirring frequently. Allow mixture to thicken. Add hot mixture to egg yolks and stir until you have added at least half of the mixture. Return egg mixture to double boiler, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and gently stir in butter, lemon juice, and zest until well combined. Pour mixture over gingersnap crumbs and top with meringue while filling is still hot. Cover filling with meringue (can use a piping bag). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until meringue is golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

For meringue

Place egg whites and pinch of salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

Lemony Gold Beet Barley Risotto

October 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Barley replaces the traditional Arborio rice here for a textured, nutty-tasting whole-grain risotto. Soaking the barley overnight reduces its cooking time. Gold beets have a sweet, mellow flavor. When roasted with the skin intact, their beautiful color is preserved. Wait to salt the risotto until you’ve added the ricotta salata; as the name implies, it is quite salty. This aged ricotta does not melt, but instead retains a pleasant firm chewiness.

Ingredients

2 gold beets
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 yellow onion, finely diced
1 cup pearled barley, soaked in water overnight in the refrigerator
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine
1¼ cups crumbled ricotta salata

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Wash and trim the beets, leaving a little of the stems so that you do not cut into the beets themselves. Put the beets in a casserole dish with 3 tablespoons water. Cover tightly and roast until the beets are very tender, about 45 minutes. When cool, pull off and discard the skins. Finely chop the beets. Add them to a bowl with the zest, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, and a dash of salt. Set aside.

Pour the stock into a pot and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to a simmer.
Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, then the onion, and sauté until translucent. Remove the barley from the soaking water, then add the barley and garlic to the soup pot and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in the wine and cook until evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Ladle a cup of stock into the risotto and stir until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat, adding the stock 1 cup at a time, until the barley is tender. This will take about 30 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup of the stock to stir into the risotto at the end. When the barley is tender, stir in all but a few tablespoons of the beets and cook for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and fold in 1 cup of the ricotta and the remaining stock.

Serve the risotto with a little olive oil spooned on top. Top with the remaining ricotta and the reserved diced beets. Season with black pepper.

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Little Lemony Fried Anchovies or Bait fish with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound fresh anchovies or bait fish
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 thai chili, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
Oil for frying
Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce (recipe follows)
Lemon Wedges

Directions

First prepare the anchovies or baitfish by cutting or pulling off their heads with a slight twisting motion and thus removing the guts at the same time. The guts come out from the top by pulling on them with your fingers if they didn’t come out with the head twist pull. Rinse the anchovies after they are cleaned and pat them dry with paper towels. In a mixing bowl whisk together the lime zest, ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, chili, and lime juice. Mix together with the anchovies and let stand for about 10 minutes. Heat about 1-2 inches of oil in a large pan to about 145°F. In another flat shaped bowl combine the flour and the salt and mix. Dredge a few of the anchovies in the flour and shake off any excess. The anchovy should be just lightly coated with flour but evenly. Place in the oil and fry until crispy. About 3-4 minutes total. Testing to make sure they are cooked through and crispy. Serve with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce and lemon wedges.

Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

½ cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons ginger rice vinegar
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon red chili paste
2 tablespoons canola oil or grapeseed oil
1 cup thai basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth sauce is made. Season to taste with salt and lime juice.

Lemon Curd

August 11th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

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.

Lemony Pesto Verde

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Lemon Aioli

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg, zest and juice and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and will have a nice garlic bite. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Lemon Preserves

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

3 lemons, de-seeded, and chopped whole, peels included
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients (except basil) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 45 minutes or until totally soft and thick. Take off heat and add basil. Cool.

Arugula, Tomato & Lemon Preserves on Ciabatta

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

Ciabatta bread
Arugula leaves
Tomato slices
Goat cheese
Salt & pepper
Lemon preserves (recipe follows)
Olive oil

Directions

Place arugula leaves on both side of the bread and place a tomato on one side and a tablespoon of lemon preserves on the other. Place a dollop of goat cheese on and season with salt and pepper, place the bread slices together and cook in a panini press, making sure to grease the outside of the bread with oil for crispiness.

Lemon Preserves
Makes 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

3 lemons, de-seeded, and chopped whole, peels included
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients (except basil) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 45 minutes or until totally soft and thick. Take off heat and add basil. Cool.

Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one gallon of non alcoholic mixer

Ingredients

Zest of 5 limes
Zest of 4 lemons
Juice of 10 limes
Juice of 10 lemons
2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup cucumber puree (cucumbers pureed)
1 cup strawberry puree (strawberries pureed)
4 cups water
4 cups seltzer water
Ice
Cucumber slices, strawberry sliced, lemon slices and mint leaves
Cucumber infused gin for the alcoholic drinks (cucumber slices infused in gin for 2 days)

Directions

In a big jug mix all ingredients and stir well. Pour in ice. For alcoholic drink place 2 ounces of cucumber gin in a glass and fill with mutton holler swamp cooler juice!

Lavender Fig Compote

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh Herb Pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
Salt/pepper
Pecorino cheese for garnish

Directions

Mix pecorino, lemon zest and ¼ fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add the shelled beans and cook for a few minutes. Add fresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and cook another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Continue to cook until tomatoes soften, about 3-5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3 minutes) and mix together with sauce and serve garnished with pecorino and fresh herbs.

Salsa Verde

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced thick
6-8 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chickpeas, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white wine
Salsa Verde for serving (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large sauté pan, heat the oil, chili and lemon zest. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until semi translucent or about 3-4 minutes. Add the fresh squid and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and herbs to the mixture and season with salt. Add the wine and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer covered for about 20-30 minutes or until tender. Serve with the salsa verde drizzled over the warm squid with crusty bread.

Salsa Verde
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Prosecco with Lovage Syrup

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup lovage leaves and more for garnish
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Sparkling wine
Lemon peel

Directions

Place water, sugar and lovage leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Bottle and refrigerate.

*To assemble the sodas place 1-2 ounces of the lovage syrup in a champagne glass and fill with sparkling wine, garnish with a lovage leaf and a small lemon peel.

Pan Fried Zucchini Cakes with Feta and Dill topped with Cherry Tomato Salad and Greek Yogurt Dip

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 25 small cakes

Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Ingredients

4 zucchini (about 1 ½ pounds)
5 or 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped fine
9 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped fine
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil

For tomato salad

1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped medium
Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Handful of fresh basil, chopped fine

For Greek yogurt dip

1 cup Greek yogurt
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
¼ teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped fine

Directions

Coarsely grate the zucchini using a box grater, food processor or mandolin slicer. Transfer to a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain in the sink for about 30 minutes to get rid of the excess water.

Put the chopped scallions in a bowl and crumble in the feta. Add the dill and flour and season well with salt and pepper. Gradually add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly before adding in the drained zucchini.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and drop heaped spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan (an ice cream scoop works well here), flattening them with the back of a spoon. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden, then transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve with dollop of Greek or natural yogurt, either hot from the pan or at room temperature.

For tomato salad

Place chopped cherry tomatoes in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss in the chopped basil and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for at least 1 hour.

For yogurt dip

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until mixed completely. Chill until ready to serve.

Pistachio Tarragon Pesto Chicken Skewers

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Wine Pairing: Syrah

Ingredients

½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted natural pistachios
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 medium garlic clove, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
16 1-inch pieces red onion (1/3 inch thick)
16 1-inch squares red bell pepper
8 lemon slices, halved
1 pound chicken tenders (about 8 large)
8 metal or wooden skewers (soak in water if wooden)

Directions

Purée the first 5 ingredients in a food processor. Add ¼cup olive oil and blend until slightly coarse paste forms. Mix in 2 tablespoons water. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer 3 tablespoons pesto to small bowl (for brushing chicken and vegetables); reserve remaining pesto.

Prepare grill (or griddle pan), heating to medium-high heat. Brush grill or gridle with olive oil. Thread 1 onion piece, 1 bell pepper square, 1 lemon slice half, 1 chicken tender (lengthwise), then 1 onion piece, 1 bell pepper square, and 1 lemon slice half alternately on each of 8 skewers. Brush vegetables and chicken on skewers with olive oil, then with 3 tablespoons pesto from small bowl. Sprinkle skewers with salt and pepper. Grill until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are slightly softened, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Serve with reserved pesto.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups dressing

Ingredients

¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup blended oil (canola based)
½ shallot, minced
Salt and pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon of each)

Directions

In a medium bowl whisk together ingredients until well incorporated and emulsified, season with salt and pepper to taste.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Garden Flounder Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Flounder fillets, sliced in thin strips or cut into small cubes
1 medium zucchini, chopped super fine
1 medium carrot, chopped super fine
½ medium red onion, chopped fine
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 teaspoon red chili, chopped fine
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup micro herbs or sprouts
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
Black pepper

Directions

Place the fish and the vegetables in a large mixing bowl and season with salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the paprika, herbs, lemon juice, zest, vinegar and oil. Mix together with fish and vegetables and season with pepper. Let stand refrigerated for about 45 minutes. Serve cold!

Lemon-Mint Striped Bass Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Spanish Seville Squid Cocktail

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Citrus Chili Atlantic Mackerel Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Sweet Corn Aioli

July 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

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

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar, lemon zest and juice. Add the corn kernels and blend until the kernels are chopped but not totally smooth. The sauce should be creamy with bits of corn.

Sweet Corn Aioli Lobster Rolls

July 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds lobster meat, cooked, large chucks and cold
½ cup sweet corn kernels
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lemon
½ -3/4 cup sweet corn lemon aioli (recipe follows)
Hot Dog buns

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine the lobster meat, corn and fresh herbs and toss together well. Season with salt and drizzle lemon juice all over. Mix in the lemon juice and let stand for a few minutes. Dress to desired consistency with the sweet corn lemon aioli and serve on hot dog buns.

Sweet Corn Aioli
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

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

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar, lemon zest and juice. Add the corn kernels and blend until the kernels are chopped but not totally smooth. The sauce should be creamy with bits of corn.

Blackberry Lemon Thyme Sorbet

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes about 5 cups

Ingredients

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
½ cups fresh lemon thyme leaves
2 cups fresh blackberries
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

Make simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar and water and lemon thyme. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, and allow to cool. Place in a blender with the blueberries, lemon zest and juice and heavy cream and blend just until the blueberries are crushed to desired consistency. Process in a ice cream maker according to instructions.

Ger-Nis Garden Potato Salad

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 12

Ingredients

6 cups cooked potatoes, cubed (all colors blue, red, and white)
2 cups radishes, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup red onions, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh dill, chopped
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup lovage, chopped
1 cup crème fraiche
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon celery seeds
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
Salt/pepper
Paprika
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced

Directions

In a large mixing bowl mix all potatoes, radishes, celery, onions, carrots and peppers. In another small mixing bowl mix dill, parsley, lovage, crème fraiche, lemon, horseradish, mustard seeds, celery seeds, vinegar and salt and pepper. Mix bowl of potatoes and vegetables with dressing and sprinkle with paprika for garnish. Garnish with sliced hard boiled eggs and fresh herbs.

Summer Herb Chimichurri, Grilled Potato Salad

July 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
½ -3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups watercress
1 pound grilled baby potatoes, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes red & yellow, halved
Steak slices, optional

Directions

In a blender combine all the herbs, shallots, garlic, lemon juice and zest, olive oil and vinegar and blend until smooth, adding more olive oil if needed. Pour in a bowl and season with the paprika, salt and pepper, stir and let stand for at least 30 minutes unrefrigerated. On a large plate, arrange the watercress, tomatoes and the potatoes. Drizzle the Chimichurri all over and place the streak slices down as well.

Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

July 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

with Basil Oil Drizzle & Anchovies
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
½ cup plus extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
6-8 tomatoes, sliced or wedged
6-8 pieces fresh mozzarella cheese (equivalent to the tomato size)
10-12 anchovies, whole of halved
Maldon sea salt

Directions

In a blender, combine basil leaves, garlic, oil and salt and blend until a very smooth oil exists. Squeeze some lemon in it if desired and either strain through a fine mesh sieve or leave with bits of basil; this is a preference issue only. Set aside. On a large plat arrange tomatoes and mozzarella in an artistic design. Place a few anchovies around the plate as well and season with some Maldon salt. Drizzle the basil oil over the plated tomatoes and mozzarella.

Lavender Lemon Sugar Syrup

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh lavender flowers or 2 tablespoons dried

Directions

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water, lemon zest and lavender flowers warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

*Note: If not using sugar syrup, you can simply pour hot water over sugar and stir until dissolved.

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!

Cabbage & Bean Salad with Spicy Pesto Vinaigrette

June 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup red cabbage, shredded
½ cup carrots, grated
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 cup sliced radishes
1 cup baby greens
1 red chili pepper (fresh) and chopped
2 cups cannellini beans
¼ cup champagne vinegar
Juice and zest of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon basil sauce or pesto
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all vegetable sin a big salad bowl. Whisk together remaining ingredients (dressing) until smooth and toss over salad.

Herbed Gremolata

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon maldon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Directions

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

Orange Sherbet

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

orange sherbert

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups whole milk

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Process in an ice cream maker using the manufacturer’s directions.

Frozen Beet Orange Sherbet Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 medium red beets, trimmed peeled and sliced
1 navel orange
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
Orange sherbet (recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium saucepan placed sliced beets, juice and zest of the orange, sugar and tarragon and heat to a low boil stirring gently. Cook beets for about 3-5 minutes until tender but still firm. Take off heat and strain. Place beet slices on a lined baking sheet and freeze. Place a few spoons of the orange sherbet on the beet sliced and gently push down forming an ice cream sandwich shape, cover with the reaming frozen beet slices and refreeze. Make sure to thaw a few minutes prior to serving.

Orange Sherbet

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups whole milk

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Process in an ice cream maker using the manufacturer’s directions.

Cucumber & Gazpacho Granita Ice Bites

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-25 bites

Ingredients

1 cucumber, sliced semi thin
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped tomato
¼ cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper, freeze the cucumber slices. In a blender combine the gazpacho ingredients: chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, vinegar, olive oil, herbs and salt. Blend until semi smooth. Place blended gazpacho on a metal baking sheet and freeze, scraping with a fork every 10-15 minutes until a icy granite is formed. Place a spoonful of the granite in-between two frozen cucumber slices and freeze again. Allow to thaw for a few minutes before serving.

Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

This lovely & lively dish is perfect for a chilly spring day, perfectly fresh yet warming with loads of fresh herbs and spring vegetables.

Ingredients

4-6 cross-cut veal shanks (osso bucco tied with kitchen string)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 sprigs onions, whites and green parts, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 small fennel bulb, cut in half and sliced thin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken or onion broth
3 plum tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh peas
Herbed Germolata (recipe follows)

Directions

Tie the veal shanks up with the kitchen twine so that the shanks stay together. In a small mixing bowl mix the flour and mint and season with salt. Dredge the osso buco in the flour until they are all coated. In a large dutch oven or le creuset bring the oil to a medium high heat. Brown the osso buco on all side or about 2 minutes on each. Take out of the pan and set aside. Sauté the garlic, onions and lemon zest for a few minutes or until translucent. Add the carrots and the fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté. Add the wine and stir well removing any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and the tomatoes and stir well. Add the veal shanks to the pot and cover with the vegetables and juice. Turn the burner to low and cook for about 30 minutes. Add the peas and cook another 5 minutes. Take off heat and serve on its own, with pasta, polenta or rice and topped with the herbed gremolata.

Herbed Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon maldon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Directions

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

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.

Strawberry Basil Fizzy

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
½ cup sugar, chopped fine
½ cup water
Zest of 1 lime or lemon
Juice of 1 lime or lemon
2 cups ice
Seltzer water

Directions

In a small saucepan combine strawberries, basil sugar and water and bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Let cool. Place in a blender and blend until smooth. Place puree into a pitcher and add zest and juice of lime or lemon, 2 cups of ice and fill with seltzer water. Mix well and serve garnished with a strawberry or lime or lemon wedge.

Lemon Thyme Coolers

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 4 coolers

Ingredients

1 cup Lemon Thyme Simple Syrup
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 2 lemons
Ice
Seltzer
Lemon thyme leaves

Directions

Place ¼ cup lemon thyme simple syrup in a tall glass, add ½ teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice fill the glass with ice and then seltzer, stir well and garnish with lemon thyme leaves.

Lemony Whole Wheat Chips

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 4

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the parsley, oil, lemon juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salsa and Whole Wheat Chips

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 2-3 cups salsa

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 small spring onions, chopped fine
½ cup fennel bulb, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
3 spears of asparagus, chopped fine
½ cup fresh peas
½ cup carrots, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon chopped chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili flakes
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon maldon salt
Whole Wheat chips (Recipe Follows)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 425° F. Place the garlic, onions, fennel, red pepper, asparagus, peas and carrots on a line baking sheet and roast for about 10 -15 minutes or until all vegetables are beginning to brown and char. In the mean time whisk together the fresh herbs, lemon zest lemon juice, chili flakes and olive oil. When roasted vegetables come out of the oven immediately place in a bowl and drizzle with dressing. Mix well and season with salt. Serve with whole wheat chips.

Lemony Whole Wheat Chips

Serves 4

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the parsley, oil, lemon juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Spring Daisy

May 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce strawberry rhubarb syrup
1 ounce herbal syrup (parsley mint)
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Lemon slices

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place all ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a low-ball glass and place a lemon slice like a lid over the drink.

Lemon-Mint Herbal Syrup

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ lemon sliced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain, and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Lemon-Mint Brown Sugar

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon mint, chopped superfine
¾ cup light brown sugar, fine

Directions

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!

Ger-Nis’ Herbal Mint Julep

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Lemon mint brown sugar (recipe follows)
4-5 fresh mint leaves
Crushed or shaved ice
½ ounce lemon mint herbal syrup (recipe follows)
2 ½ ounces bourbon (Makers Mark is our preferred choice)
Crushed or shaved ice

Directions

Wet the rim of a old fashioned or low wide mouth glass with a lemon wedge, dip in the lemon mint sugar to create a sugared rim. Place the mint and a pinch of the sugar in the glass and muddle with a muddler, releasing all the oils of the fresh mint. Filled the glass with shaved ice and pour in the bourbon and the lemon mint herbal syrup and stir! Enjoy while watching the races or on any spring day!

Lemon-Mint Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon mint, chopped superfine
¾ cup light brown sugar, fine

Directions

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!

Lemon-Mint Herbal Syrup

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ lemon sliced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain, and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 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!

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!

Artichokes with Lemon Aioli Dip

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

4 globe artichokes
2 lemons
1 recipe lemon aioli (see recipe) or any favorite vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS

Wash the artichokes to remove and grit between the leaves.
Snap off the stems at the base, so the artichokes stand upright. Use kitchen shears to trim the tips of each leaf. Rub the cut leaves with lemon to prevent discoloration.
Cook the artichokes in acidulated water, covered for 30 minutes or until the tip of a knife can easily pierce their bases. Turn the artichokes in the water every ten minutes to insure even color.
Drain the artichokes upside down on a towel.
Twist out the tender cone of inner leaves and reserve. Scoop out and discard the hairy inner choke.
Place the artichokes upright and surround with the tender leaves. Fill the centers with aioli and reserve.

Lemon Aioli

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Fried Artichokes Jewish Style

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

24 baby artichokes, trimmed
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
Salt and Red Pepper flakes
Chopped Parsley
Grated parmesan (optional)
Lemon wedges

DIRECTIONS

Pour the oil in to a heavy pot and place over high heat. When the oil reaches 250 degrees, lower the heat.
Fry the artichokes in batches for 3-4 minutes until they soften, remove one and cool briefly, then see if the leaves will separate easily.
Drain the artichokes and cool. Gently spread the leaves from each artichoke to form a flower.
Raise the heat and bring the oil to 350°.
Fry the artichoke flowers in batches 2-3 minutes until golden and crisp. Drain and sprinkle with salt, chili flakes and parmesan if desired.
Serve the artichokes accompanied by lemon wedges.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

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.

Warm Tomato Herb Salsa

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Baked Egg & Goat Cheese in Brioche Cups with Tomato Herb Salsa

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 mini brioche rolls
½ cup melted butter
6 eggs
Salt/pepper
3 ounces goat cheese
3 tablespoons fresh chives
Tomato herb salsa (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Cut off the tops of the brioche rolls and scoop out a small portion of the inside, enough for a cracked egg to sit and fill the hole. Brush the inside of the brioche rolls with the melted butter. Place each brioche roll in a muffin tin to hold it and keep stable. Crack an egg in each brioche cup and season with salt and pepper. Place ½ of an ounce of goat cheese in the center of each brioche cup and sprinkle about 1/3 of a tablespoon of fresh chives. Place the muffin tins filled with the brioches in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. In the last five minutes place the cut brioche tops in the oven as well to toast. The brioche cups should be done when the egg is set, the goat cheese melted and they are starting to turn golden brown. Serve with warm tomato herb salsa and cover with brioche top.

Warm Tomato Herb Salsa

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Sweet Herbal Mimosas (Lemon Thyme Orange & Basil Tangerine)

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 mimosa

Ingredients

1 ounce herbal syrup (lemon thyme or basil), recipe follows
2 ounces fresh juice (orange or tangerine)
4-6 ounces champagne, prosecco or cava

Directions

In a champagne class combine the herbal syrup and the citrus juice and fill glass with champagne, cava or prosecco.

Herbal Simple Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (any type of sugar will work)
1 cup water
1 cup fresh herbs leaves & stems

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on how potent you wish the syrup to be.

Limoncello Mint Granita

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 3 cups of granita

Ingredients

1 cup lemon sugar syrup (recipe follows)
½ cup limoncello
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all ingredients and pour into an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until the mixture is firm. Using the tines of a fork, scrape the mixture into small serving bowls or glasses. Serve immediately.

Lemon Sugar Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon zest

Directions

In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, add sugar, water and lemon zest and warm through until sugar is dissolved. Take syrup off heat and let cool until ready to use.

Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicky Mint Yogurt & Mustard Mint Pesto

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

Preheat broiler to high. In a large mixing bowl, using your hands combine the garlic, red onion and lamb until the mixture is evenly distributed with red onions and garlic. Add red wine vinegar, oil, spices and herbs and mix until incorporated. Make 12 three-inch long kabob shaped patties (think “corn dog” shape). Stick a skewer through the center of the kabob and grill or broil until desired consistency, about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Garlicky Mint Yogurt

Makes approximately 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, grated
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt
Pepper

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients and refrigerate for about 20 minutes before serving.

Mustard Mint Pesto

Makes about 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup almonds, toasted
1 cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt

Directions

In a blender add the garlic and almonds and pulse until chopped fine. Add the mint and cilantro leaves and the Dijon mustard and blend until the ingredients are pureed. With the blender running slowly add the oil until the pesto is smooth. Let stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

Lamb Chops with Preserved Lemon-Mint Chili Chimichurri or Cucumber Pomegranate Salsa

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

12 baby lamb chops, French cut and ½ inch thick
Salt
Pepper
Mint oil (½ cup extra virgin olive oil infused with ½ cup fresh mint leaves)
Chimichurri or Salsa (recipes follow)

Directions

Preheat broiler to High. Arrange the baby lamp chops on a sheet pan or in a baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub with mint oil on both sides. Place in the broiler and broil for about 3 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.

Preserved Lemon-Mint Chili Chimichurri

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 to 2 cloves garlic
¼- ½ cup preserved lemons
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 long red chili, deseeded and chopped
â…“ cup champagne vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until smooth.

Cucumber Pomegranate Salsa

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped fine
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a medium bowl mix together cucumber, pomegranate seeds, red onion, mint and lemon zest, until well combined. Drizzle lemon juice, oil and vinegar over the top and mix again until dressing is incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Rhubarb Mint Spritzer

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 gallon

Ingredients

1 pound rhubarb, ends trimmed and cut into ½ inch pieces
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
Ice
Seltzer water

Directions

Combine the rhubarb, lemon zest, lemon juice, mint, sugar and the water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for about 6-8 minutes. Strain, cool and reserve liquid. Place the rhubarb syrup in a large pitcher of ice, fill with seltzer water and serve.

Ginger-Beet Lemonade

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one Pitcher

Ingredients

2 cups ginger-beet syrup (ginger, beets, sugar)
2 cups fresh lemon juice
water

Directions

To make the ginger beet syrup place ½ cup freshly grated beets, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Strain and cool. In a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and water. Stir well and serve over ice!

Rhubarb Lemonade

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one Pitcher

Ingredients

2 cups rhubarb syrup (rhubarb, sugar)
2 cups fresh lemon juice
water

Directions

To make the rhubarb syrup place ½ cup fresh rhubarb chopped, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Strain and cool. In a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and water. Stir well and serve over ice!

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.

Wild Ramp-Basil Pesto & Whole Wheat Pappardelle

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Fritto Misto of Ramps, Asparagus and Fiddleheads with Citrus Mint Aioli

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cups canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lime
½- 1 cup ice cold club soda, diluted with 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ to 2 pounds mixed fiddleheads, ramps (or green onions) and asparagus, cleaned and dried
Maldon salt, to season
Citrus Mint Aioli, to serve (recipe follows)

Directions

Place the oil in a 6- to 8-quart pot and heat it to 375ËšF.

In a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder. Add salt and citrus zest and mix well. Slowly add in water or club soda until the consistency is like a loose pancake batter.

Once the oil has come to temperature, working with a few pieces of the vegetables at a time, dip them into the batter, coating them well and letting the excess drip off, before adding to hot oil. Working in batches, place vegetables in oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pot and fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables and place on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with maldon salt. Hold in a warm place while frying the rest of the vegetables. Be sure to bring the oil back up to temperature before adding the next batch. Serve warm with the citrus mint aioli.

Citrus Mint Aioli

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Juice and zest of 1 lime
½ cup canola oil
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Place garlic, salt, egg and egg yolk in a blender and blend until smooth. Add mint and combine. Slowly stream in half the oil and then add citrus juice and zest and then continue to add the rest of the oil until thick and emulsified. Adjust with salt, if needed. Serve with fritto misto.

Wild Ramp-Basil Pesto

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Preserved Lemon, Mint, and Chili Chimichurri

April 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

1 to 2 garlic cloves
¼- ½ cup preserved lemons
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 long red chili, deseeded and chopped
â…“ cup champagne vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until smooth.

The Halle Berry with Lemon Zested Frozen Blueberry Garnish

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the raspberry infused vodka

1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 quart of vodka

For the lemon blueberries

½ cup vodka
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh blueberries

For the cocktail

Ice
2 ounces raspberry infused vodka
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce blueberry juice

Directions

For the raspberry infused vodka

Combine the ingredients in a quart container and let infuse for 3-4 days.

For the lemon blueberries

In a bowl whisk together vodka, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add blueberries and mix well. Allow to soak for a few days and then strain blueberries (reserving liquid) and freeze blueberries on a sheet tray and then place in zip lock bag once frozen.

For the cocktail

In a shaker filled with ice, combine raspberry infused vodka, sweet vermouth and blueberry juice, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with frozen floating blueberries.

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.

Gazpacho Spaniard with Lemon Cucumber Garnish

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the cucumber-tomato infused vodka

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 tomato cut in half
1 quart vodka

For the lemon cucumbers

1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup vodka
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 cucumber, sliced (skin on)

For the cocktail

Ice
2 ounces cucumber-tomato infused vodka
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled lemon cucumber juice

Directions

For the cucumber-tomato infused vodka

Combine the ingredients in a quart container and let infuse for 3-4 days.

For the lemon cucumbers

In a bowl combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, vodka, salt and sugar and mix well. Add the cucumbers and let soak for 1-2 days.

For the cocktail

In a shaker filled with ice add, the cucumber-tomato infused vodka, dry vermouth and lemon-cucumber pickle juice, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon cucumber slice.

The 007 with Herbed Olive Garnish

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the 007

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce herbed olive juice
Ice
3 herbed olives, for garnish

For the herbed olives

Garlic stuffed olives
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

For the 007

In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and olive juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with 3 herbed olives.

For the herbed olives

In a small container, combine the olives, vinegar, oil, parsley, chives, oregano, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix well, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Blueberry Lemon Flax Muffins with Lemon-Flax Streusel Topping

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

Non-stick cooking spray
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup almond milk
â…“ cup almond oil
½ cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
â…“ cup unrefined cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup flax seeds

For the lemon-flax streusel topping

2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ tablespoon flax seeds
½ tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon margarine

Directions

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

In a medium mixing bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, almond oil, coconut milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and vanilla extract until frothy. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet, and stir until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries and the flax seeds until just distributed, careful to not over mix.

To make lemon- flax streusel topping combine all ingredients in a small bowl using a fork or better yet your fingers, and set aside.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Divide the topping mixture over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve.

Strawberry and Lemon Buttermilk Scones

March 31st, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 6 scones

Ingredients

¾ cups strawberries, destemmed and chopped
2 teaspoons sugar
2 â…“ cups of flour
â…“ teaspoon of baking soda
½ tablespoon of baking powder
¼ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1-inch cubes
¾ cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Coarse or raw turbinado sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl combine strawberries and 2 teaspoons sugar, mix well and let berries macerate in sugar for 20 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Add the salt and sugar and combine. Scatter butter cubes into the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Using your hands or a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture just until butter pieces are the size of peas. Pour in the buttermilk, lemon zest and strawberries and mix just until the dough just comes together. Flour a clean surface and place the dough onto it, shaping it into a long rectangle (about 5 inches wide and 1 ½ inches thick).

Brush the dough with melted butter and generously sprinkle with the sugar. Cut the dough into 6 evensized triangles and transfer them to your baking sheet. Bake the scones for 25 to 35 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.

Spinach Ricotta Tortellini with Lemon Olive Oil, Black Pepper Tomatoes

March 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the tortellini

2 cups fresh spinach, steamed and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 Ger-Nis fresh pasta recipe

For the lemon olive oil, black pepper tomatoes

¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh tomatoes (cherry tomatoes halved or other tomatoes cut into small chunks)
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

For the tortellini

In a small bowl, combine spinach, parsley, mint, cayenne pepper, ricotta, and salt. Mix and set aside. Using fresh pasta sheets cut with cookie cutters cut pasta into 3 inch discs, place a teaspoon of filling on the center of one pasta sheet, making sure not to over stuff. Fold the pasta disc in half making a half disc. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of tortellini by pinching down, making sure they are sealed well. Then fold the two sides of the half sphere towards each other and using your finger to make a small center hole, you will basically be forming a donut shape.

tortellini

Place tortellini’s in a large pot of salted boiling water. Boil for about 3 minutes, or until the raviolis float to the top of the pan. Strain, and serve with the lemon olive oil black pepper tortellini.

For the lemon olive oil black pepper tomatoes

Preheat oven to 400˚F. Mix all ingredients, except salt in a baking dish and bake for about 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with the maldon salt. Serve over tortellini’s.

Lemon Rosemary Soda

March 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pitcher

Ingredients

For lemon rosemary syrup
2 sprigs rosemary
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon zest

For soda
2 cups lemon juice
2 cups soda water
Ice

Directions

For lemon rosemary syrup
In a small saucepan over medium heat, place all 4 ingredients and warm through until sugar is dissolved. Strain and set aside to cool.

For soda
In a large pitcher, combine lemon rosemary syrup with lemon juice. Top with soda water and serve over ice.

Seafood Spaghetti with Herbed Lemon Cream Sauce

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, plus 1 additional tablespoon of butter
5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon chili flakes
3 squid bodies (calamari) cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
½ pound baby scallops
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine, stems removed
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil or red basil, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup heavy cream
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat olive oil and butter on a medium high heat. Add the garlic, shallots, lemon zest and chili flakes. Sauté for a few minutes until garlic and shallots just start to brown. Add the calamari, shrimp and scallops. Season with salt. Sauté a few minutes until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and sauté about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice next and turn to medium low. Allow liquid to reduce by about half. Add the cherry tomatoes and allow to cook about two minutes or until the tomatoes are just soft. Add the heavy cream, turn burner to low and season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta according to pasta directions. Mix the spaghetti and the sauce and serve!

Whole Roast Duck with Spiced Maple Glaze

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1 duck, excess fat removed
1 cup chicken or duck stock
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
1 stick cinnamon
2 cloves
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
½ a lemon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Prick the duck all over with a fork (this will allow the excess fat to render out of the duck).

Season the duck with salt and pepper and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast 1 hour and 20 minutes, draining off the fat during the roasting process several times. Once out of oven, set the duck aside until it is cool enough to handle.

Make the glaze: Combine the stock, syrup, orange juice and zest, cinnamon cloves and ginger in a pan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to ½ cup, strain the glaze and season with a few drops of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut the duck in half lengthwise and pull out the rib cage and back of each half.

Light the broiler and position a rack six inches under it.

Place the duck halves skin side up in a pan. Broil until the skin is crispy, about 4 minutes. Brush with some of the glaze and broil 2 minutes more.

Pour the remaining glaze over the duck and serve.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

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.

Quince and Apple Tart with Half White Flour Crust

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

2 cups Cayuga Organics farmer ground half white flour
½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
½ cup sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small dice, and very well chilled
¼ cup ice water

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.

Add butter, and blend 15 to 20 seconds.

Start the blender and immediately start pouring water in a slow, steady stream. Should take 10 to 15 more seconds. Stop motor. The dough should appear dry, but hold together when pinched. If it falls apart, add another couple of tablespoons of ice water.

Turn dough out on to a sheet of plastic wrap, form into a 1 inch thick square, wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour to hydrate.

For quine

3 ripe quince
2 cups apple cider
2 cups sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
2 allspice berries
2 slices of lemon
Pinch sea or kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Peel quince, slice into 6ths, and then core. Place in a sauce pan with the remaining ingredients, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cook partially covered until the quince is very soft when pierced with a paring knife. Carefully remove the quince to a sheet tray and chill.

For the apple puree

2 Granny Smith or other tart apples
½ stick butter
½ cup sugar
Generous squeeze lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons corn starch

DIRECTIONS

Add apples, butter, sugar, lemon, and salt to a small pot. Add water to barely come up to the tops of the apples. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cover with a parchment paper hat. Cook until the apples are very soft – about 30 minutes.

Dissolve corn starch in 2 tablespoons water, and then add to apples. Return to a boil, and then remove from heat, and transfer to the bowl of a blender. Puree well on high, scraping down the sides as necessary, and strain. Refrigerate.

To assemble tart

Cut dough in half, and roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 18” thick. Dust again with flour then transfer to a parchment lined sheet tray, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Once crust has chilled, place into a 12″ x 4″ rectangular tart mold sprayed with PAM. Work crust into corners, then trim, leaving ¼” of crust above edge of the tart mold. Refrigerate ½ hour to prevent it from shrinking. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place a sheet of parchment over the tart shell, fill with baking beans, and blind bake in the oven on a sheet tray until golden brown – about 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven, carefully remove parchment, and pour off baking beans (save for another use). Spread ½ to ¾ cup apple puree evenly along the bottom of the tart shell.

Cut quince pieces on a hard bias into ¼ inch slices. Arrange on top of apple puree in an overlapping pattern.

Return to the sheet tray, and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the apple puree starts to bubble at the edges, and the crust is a darker golden brown on the edges.

Chill 1 hour, cut, and serve with caramel ice cream, and diced apples cooked in bourbon.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Fish Foil with Veggies and Sun-dried Tomatoes

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

Rosemary Potato Latkes with Rosemary Apple Chutney

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

This is a semi-traditional potato latke recipe with a modern version of applesauce to go with it.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

5-6 medium potatoes, washed, peeled, and grated
1 medium yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Rosemary Apple Chutney

3 medium Fuji or pink lady apples (or other hard and tart apples), chopped in small cubes
1½ cups apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
Juice of 1 medium lemon
2 fresh bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated potatoes, onion, rosemary, eggs, flour, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large bottom skillet on 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.

Place all ingredients for rosemary apple chutney in a heavy bottom medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and let simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for 20 to 30 minutes or until chutney is at desired consistency and apples are soft. Tale off heat, and discard bay leaves. Serve over hot latkes.

Hongos y Ajo (Mushrooms & Garlic)

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Garlicky mushrooms make a simple yet elegant appetizer.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound crimini mushrooms, dirt brushed off
5 tablespoons Spanish olive oil
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
5 cloves garlic, sliced
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper
Crusty bread for serving

PREPARATION

Brush the mushrooms clean, trim off long stems, and cut mushrooms in half if any of them are too big. In a large, heavy bottom sauté pan, heat the oil and chili flakes on medium high heat, add the garlic, and cook for about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Next, add the mushrooms and sauté over high heat for about 5 minutes, making sure to stir the entire time. Add the parsley, wine, and lemon juice, and stir. Lower heat to simmer, and cook uncovered stirring occasionally for another 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and serve over crusty warm bread.

Roast Chicken with Lemon & Compound Herb Butter and Roasted Vegetables

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 3 to 4-pound chicken
2 small lemons, quartered

For Compound Butter

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
3 onions, quartered
5 carrots, peeled and chopped in 1-inch pieces

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Wash the chicken thoroughly in cold water, both inside and out. Remove all the bits of fat hanging loose. Let the bird sit for about 10 minutes on a slightly titled plate to let all the water drain out of it. Pat it thoroughly dry all over with cloth or paper towels.

Soften each lemon by placing it on a counter and rolling it back and forth as you put firm downward pressure on it with the palm of your hand. Prick the lemons in at least 20 places each, using a fork. Place both lemons in the birds cavity. Close up the opening with toothpicks or by trussing. To make the compound butter, mix the butter, herbs, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Smooth compound butter under the skin of the chicken breast, being mindful not to tear the membrane connecting the skin to the breast.

Drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast chicken for 30 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and add onions and carrots. Place chicken and vegetables back in the oven and until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of inner thigh registers 180°F, about 1 hour.

Once out of oven, allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve warm.

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

November 4th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 medium spaghetti squash
½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted
2 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cups Asiago cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.
With a knife, slice three to four little slits into each squash so it won’t explode while cooking. Place the squash in a roasting pan and bake in the oven for about an hour. Once the squash has cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
In a blender, place nuts, garlic, parsley, lemon zest and juice, Asiago cheese, extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper and blend until incorporated. Set aside.
Then, run the tines of a fork through the melt of the squash from top to bottom, creating ribbons much like spaghetti. Put the “noodles” into your serving dish and continue with the remaining squash and season with salt and pepper. Discard the outside “shell”. Top noodles with pesto and serve.

Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 medium eggplants
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Serve with chunk of bread

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt, place skin side down on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until soft.
Remove from oven and cool and scoop out center, leaving a little on the bottom as the shell becomes a boat or vessel for your mixture. Chop the eggplant super fine and place in a large bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and place in shells and bake for about 30 minutes or until super soft. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

Ensalada de Atun & Anchoas (Tuna and Anchovy Salad)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

Smokey Eggplant Mousse

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 cups.

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggplants
1 bulb of garlic, to use 4 cloves
Olive oil
Sea salt
1 teaspoon sumac
½ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons smoky Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Zest of one lemon, grated super fine
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

PREPARATION

Prepare a Charcoal grill or pre heat a gas grill (charcoal grill gives a much smokier flavor). Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and sumac. Place eggplant side down first and grill for a few minutes turning once until eggplant is tender. Place garlic right on grill to cook until tender. Allow to cool and scoop out inside of eggplant and place in a blender. Place 4-5 cloves of garlic in the blender as well (remove skins first). Pour in olive oil and blend until light and fluffy or mousse consistency. Transfer to a bowl and gently mix in spices and herbs.

Romano Beans with Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Tapenade

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound Romano beans, cleaned and cut into 3 inch sections (steamed to aldente)
1 pint cherry tomatoes (all different varieties) lightly grilled and sliced in half
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
Juice of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
Sea Salt course
Cracked Black Pepper
Olive Tapenade (recipe follows)

PREPARATION

Mix beans, tomatoes and garlic in a large salad bowl. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice and toss well, season with salt and pepper and serve drizzling a little olive tapenade atop each serving.

Black Olive Tapenade

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup nicoise olives, pitted
1 anchovy fillet
2 tablespoons capers
1 clove garlic
¼ up chopped herb (basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, marjoram)
¼ cup olive oil
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a blender or with a hand held processor until coarsely ground.

Romano Beans with Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Tapenade

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