Adzuki Bean Salad

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 2 cups adzuki beans, cooked ½ cup arame sea vegetables 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine 1 green onion, sliced super thin ¼ cup yuzu rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar 1 tablespoon lime zest 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 tablespoon orange […]

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Chicken Pesto Meatballs

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS For the Meatballs 1 pound ground chicken 2 cups fresh basil, 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 Sauce Olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved […]

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Eugene Sausage Pasta

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS Olive oil 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds 1-2 teaspoons dried red chili flakes 1 pound spicy Italian sausage 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped fine (flat leaf) 2 teaspoons salt 1 small can tomato sauce, 6 ounces 1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced 1 cup heavy whipping […]

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Orange Mint Pomegranate Salsa

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 8 small lamb chops Salt/pepper ¼ cup orange juice ¼ cup lemon juice 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey 1 tiny pinch of red chili flakes 2 medium oranges, segmented and chopped coarsely ½ cup pomegranate seeds ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine […]

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Herbed Goat Cheese

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 1 teaspoon salt Black pepper 2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, chives, dill, mint, tarragon, thyme, chopped fine 1 long goat cheese log, chilled Baguette, sliced and toasted PREPARATION In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except […]

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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 […]

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Hongos y Ajo (Mushrooms & Garlic)

Garlicky mushrooms make a simple yet elegant appetizer.

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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 Antipasti Plate

Serves 10 Ingredients 2 red bell peppers, roasted & peeled 2 yellow bell peppers, roasted & peeled 2 medium red onions, quartered and roasted 9 cloves garlic, roasted 20 cherry tomatoes yellow and red, roasted lightly 2 cans artichoke hearts, halved 1 cup black brine cured olives ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped ½ cup […]

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Italian Antipasti Plate

Serves 10 Ingredients 2 red bell peppers, roasted & peeled 2 yellow bell peppers, roasted & peeled 2 medium red onions, quartered and roasted 9 cloves garlic, roasted 20 cherry tomatoes yellow and red, roasted lightly 2 cans artichoke hearts, halved 1 cup back brine cured olives ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped ½ cup […]

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Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

Serves 6 Ingredients For chicken pesto meatballs 1 pound ground chicken 1 cups fresh basil, chopped fine ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fien 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 […]

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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 […]

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Rigatoni Amatriciana

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 4 ounces Pancetta, cubed 1 yellow onion, finely sliced 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 teaspoon red chili flakes Salt and pepper 1 (28 ounce) can of Italian peeled tomatoes, crushed with hands 1 pound rigatoni, cooked ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped ¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese, for garnish DIRECTIONS In a […]

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Sausage Parsley Fennel Meatballs with Tomato Cream Sauce

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS For the Meatballs 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, ground 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon red chili flakes ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine 2 tablespoons milk Olive oil For the Tomato Cream Sauce 1 (12-ounce) can plain tomato sauce 1 (12-ounce) container heavy whipping cream PREPARATION […]

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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 […]

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Spicy Italian Sausage and Olive Linguini

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS Olive oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 3-4 links of spicy Italian sausage (taken out of casings) (recipe follows) 1½ cups parsley, chopped fine 1 cup black olives, sliced 1 (12 ounce) can plain tomato sauce 1¼ cup heavy whipping cream 1 pound […]

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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Basil Calzone

Makes 4-6 calzones Ingredients 1 Ger-Nis Calzone Dough Recipe 2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, deseeded and chopped Olive oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 medium red onion, chopped 1 fresh red chili pepper, chopped 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 cup fresh basil leaves 2 cups […]

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Spring Garlic Bread Sticks

Makes 24 bread sticks Ingredients Basic Pizza Dough (Ger-Nis) 1 cup spring garlic, chopped 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine ¼ cup parmesan, grated 1 tablespoon red chili flakes Maldon salt (flake sea salt) Directions Pre-heat oven […]

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Spring Greens Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes

Makes 1-12 inch pizza Ingredients 1 Ger-Nis Pizza Dough Recipe 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons coarse salt ¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine 1 teaspoon red chili flakes 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 cup fresh spinach 1 cup fresh Swiss chard, chopped 1 cup fresh dandelion greens, chopped 1 cup crumbled goat cheese 1 […]

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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 […]

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Squid Stewed with Chickpeas and Peppers

Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients Olive oil 1 cup diced white onions 8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped 1 pound dried chickpeas (soaked overnight) 2 cups canned tomatoes, strained and chopped 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon pimento or smoked paprika 1 tablespoon red chili flakes 2 cups white wine Water 1 pound squid, […]

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Summer Squash Soup with Mint Pesto

Serves 4-6 Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium shallot, chopped fine 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped 2 medium zucchini, chopped 2 patty pan squash, chopped 1 yellow zucchini, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups onion broth or light vegetable stock ½ cup fresh basil leaves ¼ […]

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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 […]

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