Roasted Carrot & Parsnip, Beef & Sundried Tomato Tacos with Red Chili Parsley Chimichurri

November 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 pound skirt steak
2 medium carrots, cut into thin 2 inch strips
2 medium parsnips, cut into thin two inch strips
½ medium white onion, halved and sliced
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine (good quality ones)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
Avocado oil or canola oil
Whole what tortillas
Red Chili Parsley Chimichurri (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Season the skirt steak with a little salt, pepper, and cumin and set aside. In a medium bowl toss together the carrots, parsnips, onions, sundried tomatoes and spices with the oil until the items are mixed and coated with the oil. Lay the vegetable mixture across a baking sheet and place. Bake for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are just about tender. Place the skirt steak across the top of the vegetables and bake for another 8 minutes, 4 minutes per side or until desired cook stage. Take out of the oven, let the meat rest for a few minutes and then slice it up in thin slices. Heat up the whole wheat tortillas on a gas grill. Place some meat and some vegetables on the tortilla and drizzle on some Chimichurri over the top!

Red Chili Parsley Chimichurri

Makes 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano leaves, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red shallot, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 fresh red chili, chopped fine, seeds and all
½ cup avocado oil or olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar (good quality)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and let stand for at least two hours before serving.

Pumpkin Taquitos with Dried Cherry Mole Sauce

November 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 cups fresh pumpkin, cubed about 1 ½ inches
1 small red shallot, chopped
1 dried chipotle chili (preferably mecca variety), crumbled
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly grated
Avocado oil
16 soft corn tortillas, small
Maldon salt
Fresh local ricotta cheese
Dried Cherry Mole Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.

Toss together the pumpkin, shallots, chilies, and spice in a large bowl. Toss in a few tablespoons avocado oil until lightly coated. Place on a greased baking dish and bake for about 20 -25 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft and the shallots are beginning to char. Place the pumpkin mixture in a shallow bowl and mash coarsely.

Steam the tortillas or dip in hot water before rolling the Taquitos. Place a few spoonfuls of the pumpkin mixture in each tortilla and roll tightly without cracking tortilla. Place seam side down on the baking sheet (no need to clean the baking sheet first!) Repeat until all the tortillas are used. Place in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and sprinkle with a little maldon salt.

To serve, place two taquitos on a little plate with a dollop of local fresh ricotta, drizzle the Dried Cherry Mole Sauce over the top.

Dried Cherry Mole Sauce

Makes 2 cups

2-3 dried ancho chilies
2 dried guajillo chilies
2-3 cloves garlic
1 medium yellow onion
½ cup raw almonds
3 whole cloves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons duck fat or pumpkin seed oil
1 cup duck stock
1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 425ËšF.

In a large bowl combine, chilies, garlic, onion, almonds, cloves, peppercorns, coriander, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds, salt and dried cherries and toss with duck fat. Place in oven and allow the ingredients to char a bit about 5 minutes, watch it carefully. Place all charred items in a medium saucepan and add the stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 20 minutes or until all items are soft. Take off heat and add chocolate pieces. Place in blender and blend until smooth.

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup turbinado sugar, plus extra
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
½ cup buttermilk
Course sugar for topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F. In a medium bowl combine and gently mix the strawberries, lemon juice and zest as well as the sugar and let stand for at least five minutes. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, nut meg and salt with about a tablespoon of the extra sugar. Gently cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or your hands, cutting or crumbling until the mixture resembles a course cornmeal. Mix in the buttermilk slowly stirring until the dough starts to come together. Gently fold in the strawberries and mix well, but gently. Make sure the dough is completely mixed. Drop dough onto a greased or lines cookie sheet (about a tablespoon for each) making sure to space them apart as they will fall a bit. Sprinkle a bit of the course sugar atop and place in the over to bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and take off pan immediately to cool completely.

Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink



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Makes 1 margarita

Perfectly simple and delicious, a fresh strawberry margarita says summer like few other things do. With eh addition of the strawberry lime salted rim this drink becomes exquisite

Ingredients

2 ounces tequila (white or pink is best)
1 ounce orange liquor (triple sec or grand marinier type)
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
1 ounce strawberry puree (more for a sweeter version)
Strawberry Lime Salt for inside and the rim (recipe follows)

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place the tequila, orange liquor, pinch of lime zest, juice or 2 limes and the strawberry puree. Add a pinch of the strawberry salt and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture, ice and all, into a low ball glass rimmed with the strawberry salt. Garnish with a strawberry or a lime wedge.

Dried Strawberry Lime Salt
Makes ½ cup

An amazing little salt garnish for a plethora of desires, most importantly making the rim of you margaritas a tasty treat.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon dried strawberries, crushed into dust
½ cup pink Himalayan coarse sea salt (maldon salt ok as well)
Juice of 1 lime

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients until combined well and semi moist and clumpy like margarita salt. Depending on the juice amount of the lime you may need another one. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month.

Local New Jersey Strawberry Jam

June 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup rose wine or water

Directions

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

Strawberry Vinaigrette

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 strawberries, mashed
1 tablespoon shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a medium or small bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth and emulsified. Toss together with salad or use as a marinade for chicken or fish.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Strawberry Vinaigrette

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

A lovely savory way to enjoy peak berries and even more enjoyed alongside a glass of cold sparkling white or rose wine!

Ingredients

4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 medium or small red onion, halved and sliced thin
10 medium strawberries, quartered
1 cup Bulgarian feta, crumbled
1 cup almonds, toasted and sliced or chopped
Strawberry Almond Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large salad bowl gently mix the spinach, red onion, and strawberries.  Add the feta and almonds and again mix gently.  Drizzle with the dressing and again gently toss together

Strawberry Vinaigrette
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 strawberries, mashed
1 tablespoon shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a medium or small bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth and emulsified.  Toss together with salad or use as a marinade for chicken or fish.

Strawberry Sodas

June 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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Makes 1 soda

A lovely and seasonal option for sugary sodas, kids and adults won’t be able to refuse this sweet delightful drink that will forever be reminiscent of summer to your palette.

Ingredients

2-3 ounces strawberry puree (recipe follows)
Seltzer water
Ice

Directions

In a glass filled with ice combine the strawberry puree depending on sweetness either 2 or 3 ounces and fill with seltzer water.  Stir well and garnish with a strawberry.

*to make the strawberry puree take 1 cup of strawberries, hulled and chopped, ½ cup turbinado or unprocessed sugar and ½ cup water and bring to a boil.  Take of heat and cool.  Blend in a blender until smooth.

Local Strawberry Week

June 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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We all have local strawberries in our communities that we wait all year for and then gorge ourselves with the sweet juicy flavors that are impossible to achieve any other time of the year. This week’s featured recipes are the little beloved gems we call strawberries and our appreciation for the sensational taste they give us only when local. Strawberries are available year round in many regions of the country where the weather is warm year round, in most regions in the US strawberries run from May to June. Choose ripe strawberries that are bright red, firm and with no white around the stem. They should be fragrant like strawberry perfume and should not contain any soft spots. The size is not as important as the scent and lack of soft spots. It’s always best not to store ripe berries too long so the first rule is to eat them within a day or two and store on the counter unrefrigerated. More than a day they need to go into the refrigerator, however more than two days strawberries begin to lose their sweet taste and fragrance. Wash only before eating. Can be destemmed and frozen as well. Here is a mix of our favorite simple strawberry recipes to enjoy during this peak of the season time, shifting focus to the strawberry and its sweet succulent flavor.

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Featured Recipes

Strawberry Sodas

Strawberry Lemon Buttermilk Scones

Strawberry Spinach salad with Almonds and Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Basil Galatte

Local New Jersey Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

Dried Strawberry Lime Salt

Strawberry Creamcicles

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

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