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 juice
¼ cup tamari
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon fresh [...]

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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 from meatballs)
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
PREPARATION
To assemble meatballs, use hands to [...]

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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
Couple of pinches of salt & pepper
PREPARATION
Prepare grill and place salt and pepper on [...]

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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 goat cheese. Place chilled goat cheese log on plate, and [...]

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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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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 fresh basil leaves, halved
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chili [...]

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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 fresh basil leaves, halved
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chili [...]

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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
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fien
1 teaspoon [...]

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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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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 large sauté pan, add cubed pancetta slices in a single layer and [...]

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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
To assemble meatballs, use hands to mix sausage, garlic, fennel seeds, chili flakes, and [...]

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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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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 linguini noodles, cooked
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add [...]

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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 fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine (or water)
1 cup [...]

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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 to 350°F. Prepare 1 batch of Ger-Nis Pizza Dough. In a blender [...]

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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 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
Maldon salt
Directions
Roll out pizza dough in one 12 inch [...]

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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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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, cleaned and cut into rings
½ cup diced piquillo peppers
Sherry vinegar
Extra virgin olive [...]

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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 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
½ [...]

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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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Tomato Cream Linguini with Sausage, Fennel, & Parsley

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
Olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds, lightly toasted
1-2 teaspoons dried red chili flakes
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 small can tomato paste, 4 ounces
1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
1 small container heavy whipping cream, 4 ounces
1 package (box) linguini, cooked, 16 ounces
Salt
PREPARATION
In sauté pan, place [...]

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