Pumpkin Seed Brittle

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
½ cup water
18 teaspoon fine sea salt
¾ cup raw green (hulled) pumpkin seeds (not toasted; 4 ounces)

Directions

Put a 24-by-12-inch sheet of parchment on a work surface and anchor corners with pieces of tape. Bring sugar, water, and sea salt to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cook mixture, without stirring, washing down any sugar crystals from side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water, until syrup registers 238°F (soft-ball stage) on thermometer, 10 to 12 minutes (sugar syrup will be colorless). Remove from heat and stir in seeds with a wooden spoon, then continue stirring until syrup crystalizes, 3 to 4 minutes.

Return pan to moderate heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar melts completely (sugar will continue to dry and become grainy before melting) and turns a deep caramel color, 4 to 5 minutes more (seeds will be toasted). Carefully pour hot caramel mixture onto parchment and carefully cover with another sheet. Immediately roll out (between sheets of parchment) as thinly as possible with a rolling pin, pressing firmly. Remove top sheet of parchment and immediately cut brittle into pieces with a heavy knife or pizza wheel. Cool brittle completely, then peel paper from bottom. (Alternately, break brittle into pieces once cool.)

Garden Salad with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cups mesclun mix
1 medium carrot, grated
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Sweet Onion Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl toss together all the vegetables and dress to desired moisture content with the onion vinaigrette.

Sweet Onion Vinaigrette
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons caramelized onions, chopped fine
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
Black pepper

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add more or less of any ingredient according to taste preference.

Crispy Flax Granola

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

2 cups traditional rolled oats
2 tablespoons ground golden flax seeds
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
½ cup peanut or almond butter
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons thyme
1 teaspoon tarragon, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add honey, olive oil, nut butter, herbs and zest. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Press flat into baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 35 to 40 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool, the break into bite size pieces and serve over your favorite fruit, yogurt or with milk.

Blackberry Mole

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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)
18 teaspoon aniseed
18 teaspoon coriander seed
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground cumin
1 corn tortilla
1 recipe cooked pork (recipe follows)
5-6 cup chicken stock
2 Cups rise blackberries
3-4 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Have large bowl and sieve set over a small heatproof bowl.

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in skillet over medium high heat until it shimmers and fry the following ingredients one by one. As they’ve fried use slotted spoon and transfer to large bowl and hold.

-Fry peanuts and almonds together until golden
-Fry the Pecans until lightly colored
-Fry each chili on both sides, turning with tongs just until the flesh has turned a lighter color
-Fry the onion and garlic together until light brown

Mix together 1½ Tablespoon of reserved chili seeds, sesame seeds, canela, aniseed, and coriander and fry them until lightly toasted. Stir in the oregano, cloves, and cumin, then transfer the mixture including the oil to large bowl of fried ingredients.

Using tongs, hold the tortilla directly over the burner (set to medium) turning till brown on both sides. Crumble into fried ingredients.

Working in 2 batches, transfer HALF fried ingredients mixture into a blender and pour in 2 cups of stock, blend until smooth.

Heat the remaining 2 Tablespoon of oil in pan over medium high heat. Carefully pour in blended sauce and stir. Bring to simmer and reduce heat to low.

Add blackberries, 3 tablespoons of the sugar and ¼ cup of the stock to blender and puree till smooth. Strain through medium sieve into sauce, discarding seeds.

Bring sauce to simmer and reduce, stirring frequently and adding more stock as necessary maintaining a velvety consistency that thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Season with sugar and salt to taste. Sauce should only taste slightly sweet.

Add the pork to the mole, cook for about 15-20 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

This mole keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days and freezer for a month.

Cooked Pork and Stock

About 8-10 servings

Ingredients

4 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1½ inch pieces
8 cups water
1 medium white onion
8 garlic cloves, peeled
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a large stock pot and bring water to a boil over high heat then reduce (low) to a simmer. Skim any foam from surface if necessary. Cook until pork is fork tender (about 2 hours). Remove pork and set aside.

Strain the stock into a wide bowl. Use the stock to make mole. You can refrigerate stock up to 2 days and freeze up to 3 months.

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.

Chocolate Dried Cherry Nut Clusters

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 15 clusters

Ingredients

½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw peanuts
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup dried cherries
8 ounces dark chocolate melted
Himalayan pink salt

Directions

In a medium bowl mix together almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cherries. On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper place a teaspoon or a little more of the melted chocolate down in a circle shape Place a spoonful of the nut mixture on top of the chocolate circle. Drizzle more chocolate about 1 tablespoon over the top of that little nut mound and repeat until all chocolate and nets are used. Place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden. Remove form the parchment paper and serve. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Zucchini Carrot Cakes (weight management dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen mini cakes

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 small zucchini, shredded
1 small carrot, shredded
2 tablespoons pumpkin-seed oil or sunflower oil
¼ cup milk, skim
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, zucchini, carrots and pumpkin seeds and milk until smooth and creamy. Add the pumpkin seeds and mix and set aside. In a smaller mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and the salt and mix well. Slowly add the dry goods to the wet a little at a time until combined and batter like constancy. Place by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet (or lined with parchment paper) bake little mini cakes in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick interested in each cake comes out clean. Allow to cool, store in a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Chocolate Cardamom Banana Bites

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 12-15 bites

INGREDIENTS

2 bananas, firm but ripe, cut into 12-15 pieces
9 ounces dark semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon cardamom
1⁄3 cup shredded coconut
½ cup nut of choice, chopped fine
2 teaspoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1⁄3 cup dried dates and cherries, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Freeze the banana pieces. In a large bowl, mix all the nuts, seeds, coconut and chopped fruit. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Spoon the melted chocolate over the banana bites, making sure to coat well and rid any excess chocolate. Roll the bites in the coconut mixture. Freeze and serve!

Guatamalan Pollo en Peppian Tacos (Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tacos

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poaching chicken
Tortillas, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add water, chicken, half the white onion, black pepper and allspice and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve liquid. After chicken has cooled, shred chicken with a fork removing from the bone and set aside. Preheat oven to broil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice berries, cloves, peppercorns, tomatillos, serrano chilies, garlic, and poblano peppers, and broil, about 3-4 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds start to char. Remove from oven and place in a blender with the cilantro leaves and chicken stock, blend until smooth. Mix in with chicken and serve with warm tortillas.

Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 tostadas

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poaching chicken
15-20 tostada shells (corn tortillas cooked in oil)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, add water, chicken, half the white onion, black pepper and allspice and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve liquid. After chicken has cooled, shred chicken with a fork removing from the bone and set aside. Preheat oven to broil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice berries, cloves, peppercorns, tomatillos, serrano chilies, garlic, and poblano peppers, and broil, about 3-4 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds start to char. Remove from oven and place in a blender with the cilantro leaves and chicken stock; blend until smooth. Mix in with chicken and serve with warm tostada shells.

Earthy, Grainy Rhubarb-Thyme Crisp (Chock-full of Nuts & Seeds)

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup quinoa, toasted
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup pecans, chopped
¼ cup almonds, chopped
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 egg, beaten
3 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flours, thyme leaves, oats, quinoa, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add nuts, seeds, and beaten egg and mix. Set aside. In a glass baking dish, mix together rhubarb, sugar, ginger, and orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix orange juice and vanilla together, and whisk in cornstarch. Add to the rhubarb mixture and combine. Sprinkle the oat-nut topping over the rhubarb, and bake 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Chocolate Nutty Pretzels

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels

INGREDIENTS

1 New York style pretzel dough recipe
Coarse sugar
12 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nuts and/or seeds (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds or any combination of)
Maldon Salt

DIRECTIONS

Follow the recipe for the pretzels with one exception, before baking sprinkle with coarse sugar instead of pretzel salt. In a double boiler (sauce pan with water simmering with a metal bowl atop) place chocolate and vanilla and melt until chocolate is creamy. Place the nuts in a medium bowl. Get a few baking sheets and line them with parchment paper. Dip half the pretzel in the chocolate, using a spoon to help coat if you need to. After the entire side (just one half) is covered let drain a bit over the chocolate so that all excess chocolate is dripped off. Dip the chocolate side in the nuts and again use another spoon to help coat with the desired level of nuts. Place on the lined baking sheet, fill in the blank spots with more nuts by hand as needed. Sprinkle with maldon salt. Do not refrigerate, the pretzels taste better when softer, so let chocolate set up slowly and keep in a cool not hot place.

Peanut Butter and Dried Fruit Protein Oatmeal

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

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

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

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

Pavo en Mole Verde

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ pound tomatillos, husked
½ pound poblano chilies
¼ pound jalapeño chilies
1 bunch scallions, rinsed and roots removed
2 cups turkey stock
1 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 bunch epazote
1 bunch culantro
¼ cup turkey fat
3 pounds turkey (dark meat)
½ pound nopales, spines removed and cut into pieces
Salt
¼ cup Guaje Seeds

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F.
On a baking sheet, roast tomatillos, chilies, and scallions. Remove scallions and tomatillos once they are cooked enough, 15 minutes. Continue to roast the chilies until their skins are puffed and black, about 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven, and allow the chilies to cool and sweat for 10 minutes in a covered container. Once cool enough to handle, peel and remove the seeds of the chilies, and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the turkey stock to a simmer in a sauce pan.

In a blender, grind the toasted pumpkin seeds, and then add the tomatillos and chilies. Add a small amount of hot stock to help liquefy the ingredients. Add the scallions, epazote, and culantro, and blend until smooth.

Heat the turkey fat in a braising pot over medium flame. Sauté the turkey meat, and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the green purée and say remaining stock, and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the meat is tender and ready to fall off of the bone. Add the nopales, and cook 5 more minutes. Adjust the seasoning with a little bit more salt. Garnish with Guaje seeds, and serve with tortillas.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (2-pound) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 6 cups) and roasted
6 cups vegetable broth
3 whole star anise
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, for garnic, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, vegetable broth, star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard Star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender and return back to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple and bring soup back to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter, maple syrup and spices and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Let cool.

Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon all spice
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
2 (2-pound) pumpkin peeled, seeded, chopped (about 6 cups)
½ cup whipping cream
4 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup maple syrup
2 star anise Salt and freshly ground pepper

For garnish, recipes follow
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Cranberry Sage Pecan Pesto
Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, 6 cups stock and star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender. Return to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple syrup . Bring to simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper.

(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons maple syrup

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter and spices, place in oven, 15 minutes or until crisp and golden. Let cool.

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