Nectarine Green Bell Pepper Salsa

April 29th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

2 nectarines, not fully ripe, firm, deseeded and chopped small
½ red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
½ red onion, chopped small
1 serrano chili, deseeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a medium bowl combine the nectarines, peppers, onions, chili and cilantro and mix together well. Squeeze the lime juice and season with salt and mix well.

Chicken, Peppers and Pesto Sauce

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs, boneless skinless
Salt
Pepper
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow pepper, sliced thin
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 red onion, halved and sliced thin
1/2 cup freshly made pesto (recipe follows)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on a large baking sheet, place the pepper and onion sliced all over the baking sheet as well. Place in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender. In the meantime make the pesto and when the chicken comes out of the oven toss the mixture with the pesto and serve immediately.

Pesto Sauce (Light)

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water

Directions

Mix the ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

Fall Herb Cassoulet

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Deep Beef Stew

October 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1″ chunks
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Wondra flour
Grapeseed oil as needed
1 large or 2 small white onions, diced large
2 large carrots, sliced in half lengthwide and cut into ½” half-moons
2 turnips, diced medium (same size as potatoes)
2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
2 fillets anchovies, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 chipotles in abodo, minced (optional)
1 cup red wine
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small (2″x2″) chunk salt pork
2 bay leaves
4 cups (1 quart) beef stock
2 large potatoes, diced medium (let soak in bowl with water to cover until ready to use)
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

Directions

Season beef chunks all over with salt and pepper. Let rest at least 20 minutes, or as long as overnight. (If resting beef overnight, remove from fridge an hour in advance to bring up to room temperature). When ready to cook, blot beef with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Dust all over with Wondra, shaking to remove excess. (This step is easiest done in a large zipping plastic bag).

Heat a large, heavy non-reactive pot over medium-high heat. Add grapeseed oil to coat bottom of pot. When oil is shimmering, add beef chunks is single layer to pot. Working in batches, brown chunks on all sides, being careful not to overcrowd or else they will steam instead of brown. Once brown, remove beef to a platter and set aside.

Once all the beef has been browned, reduce heat to medium and add onions to pot. (Alternatively, you may brown the beef separately in a skillet, while cooking the remaining stew ingredients in the pot.) Sauté onions for a couple of minutes. Add carrots and turnips. Add a dash of salt, stir and let veggies sweat until tender.

Push veggies aside to make some space in the middle. Add a touch of grapeseed oil. Add garlic and cook out a little, being careful not to burn it. Add anchovies, tomato paste, and chipotles (if using). Let cook one minute. Add wine and Worcestershire, scraping bottom of pot to release the good bits. Stir mixture back into veggies, incorporating all. Add salt pork, bay leaves and beef stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and allow to simmer slowly for 1½ to 2 hours.

After 1½ hours, check the beef for tenderness. If tender, proceed with recipe; if not, continue to simmer, checking at 20-minute intervals until beef is tender. Add potatoes and simmer another 15 minutes or until potatoes are done. Season to taste, stir in parsley & chives, and serve with crusty bread.

Recipe by Emily Casey

Tangy Muhammara (Red Pepper & Walnut Dip)

October 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts
3 to 4 cloves garlic
¼ cup breadcrumbs
2 red peppers, roasted and pureed
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried mint (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint)
2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more as needed

Directions

In the food processor, chop the walnuts and garlic finely. Add the breadcrumbs and pulse to mix. Add red pepper puree, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, salt and spices until smooth. While machine is running, pour in the olive oil. Make sure not to over-mix since the texture should be thick, not too creamy. If it is too dry for you, add more tomato paste or olive oil. Serve with toasted bread or pita wedges.

Recipe adapted from delishturkish.blogspot.com

Roasted Tomatillo, White Onion & Jalapeño Salsa

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

10-12 medium tomatillos, quartered
1 medium white onion, peeled and quartered
2-3 jalapeños, cut in half and deseeded
2 pablano peppers, cut in half and deseeded
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatillos and onions on a lined bakking sheet. On another lined baking sheet place the peppers, cut side down. Roast the ingredients for about 15 minutes or until lightly charred. Allow to cool a few minutes and chop tomatillos and onions very small and place in a medium bowl. Remove the skin from the peppers and chop them fine and add them to the same bowl. Remove the skin from the peppers and chop them fine and add them to the same bowl. Season with salt and cumin and the juice of the lime, mix well and toss in cilantro leaves until mixed.

Smoky & Fiery Chipotle Sauce

September 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups

Ingredients

1 can chipotle in adobo sauce
3 dried ancho chilies, crushed and stems removed
2 dried meco dried chipotle peppers (light colored), crushed and stems removed
3 dried black morita dried chipotle peppers (dark colored), crushed and stems removed
1 tablespoon ground cumin powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rich pork stock or water, hot temperature
½ cup strong coffee

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until dried chilies are soft and pliable. Allow to cool and blend in a blender until totally smooth, adding more hot water or stick to make into a thinner consistency.

Tandoori Toasted Vegetables with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Tandoori Spice Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

Spanish Seville Squid Cocktail

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Thai Coconut Scallop Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds of Nantucket Bay Scallops
2 teaspoons salt
Juice and zest of 3 limes
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass bulb, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 or 2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thai basil, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Chopped peanut for garnish (optional)

Directions

Place the scallops in a bowl and season with salt. In another mixing bowl mix the lime juice, coconut milk, hoisin and all the garlic, ginger lemon grass and sugar until well mixed. Add the thai chilis, bell pepper and mix well. Marinate refrigerated about 30-45 minutes. Take out or the refrigerator and add the fresh herbs, let stand for 10 minutes and serve garnished with peanuts!

Sweet Red Pepper Sauce

July 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 roasted red bell peppers, deseeded and peeled
2 teaspoons lime zest
¼ cup lime juice
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon champagne vinegar

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until a smooth sauce is formed.

Spicy Corn Fritters with Sweet Red Pepper Sauce

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

3/4 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup course corn meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
¾ cup milk or buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest
½ cup poblano pepper, chopped fine
2 teaspoons Serrano peppers, chopped superfine
4 cups sweet corn kernels (fresh)
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped super fine
Canola oil for frying
Maldon salt
Sweet Red Pepper Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder. Whisk in eggs, milk, salt and lime zest until a loose batter is formed. Fold in the peppers and corn and gently mix, afterwards adding the fresh herbs until mixed well. In the meantime heat the oil in a large frying pan. Drop by small to medium spoonfuls into the hot oil and cook flipping as needed until all sides are golden brown. Remove from the oil and immediately season with the Maldon salt. Serve with the Sweet Bell Pepper Sauce.

Sweet Red Pepper Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 roasted red bell peppers, deseeded and peeled
2 teaspoons lime zest
¼ cup lime juice
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon champagne vinegar

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until a smooth sauce is formed.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 12

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¾ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

3 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth and set aside. Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed. Mix in dressing and toss until evenly distributed. Season with salt to taste.

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.

Basic Marinara

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

Sauté garlic, onions, carrots, and chili flakes in olive oil on medium heat until soft. Place all remaining ingredients except ½ cup oregano in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place on low and simmer for about 45 minutes stirring regularly until all tomatoes are broken down. With a handheld food processor blend all ingredients in the pot until totally smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce because they give a very rustic look and texture and provide a quick, easy sauce. Cook blended sauce on low for another 10 minutes adding more salt to taste. When finished , add remaining fresh oregano. Boil sauce on a low boil uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until you reach desired thickness. Add remaining chopped oregano at end.

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.

Nicaraguan Baho (Beef Steak Cooked in Banana Leaves)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound beef brisket, cut into strips
3 cloves garlic
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 green pepper, sliced thin
1 medium white onion, sliced thin
Juice of 5 limes
1 tablespoon salt
1 ripe plantain, sliced
½ pound yucca, cubed
Banana leaves

Directions

In a large bowl, mix together beef, garlic, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, lime juice and salt. Place in the refrigerator covered and marinate overnight. In a large steamer with about 3 inches of water, cover the bottom of the steamer with banana leaves about two layers, making sure there are no holes exposed from the steamer (all steamer holes should be covered with banana leaves). Place the plantain and the yucca on the bottom over the banana leaves and then add the marinated vegetables and beef, including any juices. Cook on high for about 1 hour or until tender. The Baho is typically served on banana leaves with Ensalada de Repollo (Cabbage Salad).

Huevos Ranchero’s de Nissa

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Avocado or canola oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
½ jalapeño, deseeded and chopped
½ red pepper, chopped small
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
6 eggs
Salt
Ger-Nis Tabasco
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Avocado (optional)
¼ cup cotija cheese
Corn tortillas, warmed

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil on medium heat and sauté onions for a few minutes. Add peppers and sauté another few minutes (3 minutes). Add the cherry tomatoes next and sauté for a few seconds. Crack the eggs into the pan one by one and mix gently and cook until eggs are just done, a few minutes. Make sure not to overcook the eggs. Season with salt and serve with Tabasco and avocado, cheese and tortillas.

Ger-Nis Tabasco

April 21st, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 jalapeño peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
1 can chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup citrus champagne vinegar
½ cup water
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon smoked salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, combine, red bell peppers, jalapeño, chipotles, garlic, salt, vinegar and water.

Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a blender and add lime juice, lime zest and smoked salt. Blend. Add more salt as needed.

Haitian Sauce Ti-Malica

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 ½ cup

Ingredients

Canola or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
2 shallots, chopped fine
2 scotch bonnet peppers (habaneros) destemmed and deseeded and chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped fine
½ red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup white vinegar (or pickled vegetable vinegar)
Juice of one lime

Directions

In medium sized skillet over medium high heat add oil. Cook onions, garlic, shallots and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add peppers and cook until peppers are tender. Add tomato paste to the pan and mix well. Cook a few minutes and then add the water, salt, black pepper and vinegar. Turn to a simmer and cook about 10-15 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat and add lime juice. Season to taste with more salt.

Panamanian Salsa Chombo

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

4-5 Aji Chombo peppers (scotch bonnet peppers), stems removed
½ inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ cup water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in blender and puree until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Brown Rice Fried Rice

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli florets, peppers), chopped small
¼ cup frozen peas, defrosted
¼ cup water
1 small green chili, chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine

DIRECTIONS

In a large deep skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add oil. Cook the vegetables, 5 minutes.
Add peas and water and cover to steam vegetables until tender, but still have a bite. Add chili, scallions, garlic and ginger and continue to cook, 1 minute. Add the cooked rice and combine. Create a space in the center of pan and add eggs. Cook, breaking up the eggs with a spoon until they are lightly browned. Increase heat slightly and cook until the rice is crispy, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil and mirin with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the mixture over the rice.

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper and serve, with extra soy sauce on the side.

Winter Minestrone

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups hot water
1 cup vegetable stock
1 bunch of dinosaur kale, chopped
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup small fresh macaroni (¾ cup dried)
½ cup parmesan, freshly grated
Parmesan rind (optional)
Salt/ pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cook garlic, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers in oil in a wide 7-to 9-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are very tender and begin to stick to bottom of pot, about 45 minutes total.

Push vegetables to one side of the pot. Add stewed tomatoes to cleared area and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir into vegetables and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. (Tomatoes may stick to pot, but don’t let them burn.) Bring to a simmer. Stir in kale and parmesan rind. Simmer, covered, until greens are tender, about 40 minutes.

Coarsely chop herbs, and stir into soup along with beans. Simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes.
Discard rind. Season soup with salt and pepper.

Bell Pepper Spicy & Dirty Martini

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

A spicy, dirty, yet fresh tasting variation of the dirty martini, alive and filled with a daily dose of vegetables!

Makes one drink

INGREDIENTS

Ice
2½ ounces bell pepper infused vodka, recipe below
1 ounce extra dry vermouth
1 ounce spicy pickled olives and pepper brine, recipe below
3 olives and 1 slice of pepper (from the brined goods), for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, vermouth and brine. Close and shake vigorously. Place the olive and the bell pepper in the bottom of a martini class and strain mixture from shaker into the glass.

Bell Pepper Infused Vodka

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and sliced
4 cups vodka

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a quart container and let infuse about 2 to 3 days.

Spicy Olive & Pepper Brine

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 (8 ounce) jar stuffed garlic olives
20 to 25 pieces of sliced red, yellow and orange peppers
1 jalapeño, chopped and wrapped in cheese cloth
½ cup water
1 tablespoon salt
Zest and juice of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a large glass container. Let brine for about 3 days. Remove the cheesecloth wrapped jalapeño.

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 medium acorn squash
4 tablespoons canola oil (more for frying)
3 tablespoons diced white onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
1 clove garlic, minced
2 peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into strips
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
10-inch flour totillas
1 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Tomatillo salsa, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly oil a baking sheet. Halve the squash, scoop out the seeds and cut each half into half-inch slices. Lay them on the baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes or until soft.
When cool enough to work with use a paring knife or your hands to peel the skin off each slice and chop the squash and put it in a bowl.
In a medium sauté pan, cook the onions, garlic and jalapeño in the oil until tanslucent. Add the pepper strips and cook for a couple minutes more. Add the squash and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes, until the squash is tender and the flavors have melded. Season with salt and pepper, add cilantro and take off heat.
Spread a few tablespoons of the cooked squash mixture onto one 10-inch flour tortilla. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of the cheese. Place another tortilla on top and sprinkle with more cheese and place in a hot pan with oil, and fry until crispy. Cut the finished quesadilla into 6 triangles. East while warm.

Tortilla Salsa

INGREDIENTS

10 tomatillos, husked and well washed, quartered
½ bunch of scallions, roots and green ends trimmed, cut into big segments
5 garlic cloves
2 jalapeños, roughly chopped
Pinch of cumin
¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients together until very smooth in a blender. Season with salt.

Acorn Squash Quesadilla

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.

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