Basic Marinara

One of the three basic pizza sauces.

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Basic Marinara

Makes 2 cups of sauce
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
9 medium tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup garlic, chopped fine
1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
1 carrot, chopped fine
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 green pepper, chopped fine
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ [...]

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Black Olive, Parsley & Caper Chimichurri

Makes 1 ½ cups
Ingredients
½ medium red onion, chopped fine
½ small red shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup capers, chopped coarsely
½ cup calamata olive, chopped coarsely
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar ( lighter)
Directions
Mix all ingredients in a bowl ad chill.  Serve at [...]

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Blackberry Mole

About 6 servings

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 heaping tablespoons shelled, skinless peanuts
2 tablespoons whole raw almonds
2 heaping tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (green)
2 heaping tablespoons raw pecan pieces
1 ounce Ancho chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
1 ounce pasilla chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
1½” piece of canela (Mexican cinnamon)
1⁄8 teaspoon [...]

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Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes 24
Ingredients

5 cups yucca, boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt, plus more
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or 1 plum tomato [...]

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Chicken Cacciatore

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
2 chicken wings, skin on, bone in
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ cup flour (for dredging)
Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped medium
2 medium carrots, chopped medium
2 ribs of celery, chopped fine
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped [...]

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Detox Shots

Makes one shot
Beet Basil Shot
½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice
Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme
¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves
Lemon Ginger Mint
¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint
Cucumber Parsley Mint
½ cucumber, ½ cup [...]

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Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

Serves 6-8
Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 [...]

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Guatamalan Red Chili Pork Chuchitos (Tamales)

Makes 20 tamales
INGREDIENTS
For the red chili pork
2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 red chile, torn into pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 pound pork butt
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
For the [...]

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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.

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Indian Summer Ratatouille

This version of the traditional fresh Provencal vegetable stew is both easy and tasty as well and utilizes the best of the late summer/early fall bounty!

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Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens and Italian Herb Gremolata

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For chicken pesto meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
1 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg
For the soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon [...]

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Lemon & Oregano Chicken Greek Salads

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 [...]

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Mediterranean Olive & Bay Leaf Chimichurri with Fried Lemon Peels And Chilies

Makes 1 cup

A lovely take on Chimichurri, with fried lemon peels and bay leave to intoxicate  with Mediterranean flavors.  Excellent on steak and fish.
Ingredients
2-3 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 medium shallot, chopped fine 1 fresh red chili pepper, chopped ( deseeded and de-pithed for less heat) 3-4 fresh bay leaves 1-2 [...]

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Nissa’s Lasagna

Makes one large lasagna

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
2 medium green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup broccoli florets, cut super small
4 medium tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 [...]

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Panamanian Sancocho

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing, 1 chicken thigh and 1 chicken drumstick
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil (avocado oil preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup yucca, chopped in ½ inch squares
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ [...]

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Pinchos Morunos

Serves 10

Ingredients

2 pounds pork butt or shoulder, fat trimmed
2 teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 teaspoons oregano (dried)
Salt to taste
Spanish extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Cut pork into 1 ½-inch cubes. Put pork into a glass or ceramic bowl. Sprinkle paprika, garlic, oregano and salt over pork and stir to coat pork thoroughly. Cover tightly and [...]

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Roasted Garlic and Herb Classic Tomato (Classic Tomato and Oregano Variation)

One of the three basic pizza sauces.

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Romano Beans with Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Tapenade

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 [...]

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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.

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Santorini Chicken Soulvaki

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Dried Tomatoes

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Dried Tomatoes

Makes 1 pound of dried tomatoes
Ingredients
Olive oil
1 pound Santorini tomatoes (or very good quality cherry tomatoes), sliced in half
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
Directions
Preheat the oven to 170°F. On a greased or lined baking sheet, place the cherry tomatoes flesh side up very close to [...]

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Santorini Roasted Eggplant

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Roasted Eggplant

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
4 medium baby eggplants, cut in half
2 medium red onions, cut in half
3 medium tomatoes, cut in half
1 red pepper, cut into thick long strips
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Directions
Place eggplants, red onions, tomatoes, and red pepper flesh side up [...]

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Santorini Shrimp

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Shrimp

Serves 6
Ingredients
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup Santorini Dried Tomatoes, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup white wine
1 pound tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
3 tablespoons bread crumbs, dried
½ cup crumbled feta
Directions
Pre-heat broiler to 400°F. In a preheated [...]

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Sarsuela

It’s impossible to talk about the food in Barcelona without mentioning the plethora of fresh seafood featured in its cuisine such as anchovies, mussels, clams, prawns, squid, and fish. The seafood is typically showcased pretty simply and basically and is most often seasoned with garlic, olive oil and tomatoes and traditionally eaten in paella, a popular Spanish dish made of rice and fish or chicken.

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Sicilian Style Herbed Meatballs

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the Meatballs
1 pound ground beef
1 pound spicy Italian sausage, ground
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped [...]

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Solo Fish Dinner of Mackeral, Fennel Olive & Herbs with Lemony Spring Potatoes

Serves 1-2
Ingredients
1 small whole mackerel, cleaned and deboned if possible
Salt/pepper
1 small fennel bulb, sliced thin
¼ cup calamata olives, pitted and sliced
1 lemon (half sliced and the other juiced)
Baby spring potatoes, cut in half
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
½ cup cherry tomatoes halved
Tin foil
Directions
Preheat over to 400°F. Season the mackerel with salt and [...]

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Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

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 [...]

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Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

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 [...]

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Summer Herb Chimichurri, Grilled Potato Salad

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 [...]

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Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

Makes 3 10-inch pizzas
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons salt
Casings, of your choice
Canola or olive oil
Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce (recipe follows)
Cheese, of [...]

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The 007 with Herbed Olive Garnish

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 [...]

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Tomato Croquettes

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Tomato Croquettes

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cup plum tomatoes, chopped (include juices)
¼ cup Santorini Dried Tomatoes, chopped
½ cup yellow onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
2 small red chilies, roasted and chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Salt and ground black pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup bread [...]

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Winter Minestrone

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red onion, chopped medium
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 medium yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
¼ [...]

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