“Kwalitys” Chickpeas

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods
3 whole dried red chiles
1½-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
4 fresh or 6 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
2 red onions, finely chopped
3 fresh hot green chiles, slit the length of the chile
1½ teaspoons salt, or to [...]

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Apple Cheddar Biscuits (everyday dog treats)

Makes 1 dozen biscuits
Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup barley flour
½ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ cup apples, chopped fine
1⁄3 cup applesauce
¼ cup walnut oil
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients, flours, oats, baking powder and salt. In another mixing bowl whisk [...]

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Apple Gallette

Serves 6
For dough
INGREDIENTS
2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple sugar or brown sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1⁄1-½ cup ice water as needed
DIRECTIONS
Combine flour, salt, sugar in food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse to combine. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with water until the dough [...]

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Artichoke and Pancetta Farrotto with Lemon Zest Thyme Butter

Serves 6
Ingredients
10 baby artichokes
Juice of 3 lemons
½ cup pancetta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup white wine
2-3 cups farro, cooked
½ cup parmesan
Salt
Pepper
Lemon Zest Thyme Butter (Recipe Follows)
Directions
In a large bowl of ice water, add the juice of 2 lemons. Trim the baby artichokes by cutting off [...]

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Artichokes with Lemon Aioli Dip

INGREDIENTS
4 globe artichokes
2 lemons
1 recipe lemon aioli (see recipe) or any favorite vinaigrette
DIRECTIONS
Wash the artichokes to remove and grit between the leaves.
Snap off the stems at the base, so the artichokes stand upright. Use kitchen shears to trim the tips of each leaf. Rub the cut leaves with lemon to prevent discoloration.
Cook the artichokes in [...]

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Asparagus Spear & Wild Mushroom Pilaf

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 medium shallot, chopped small
1 cup mixed fresh wild mushrooms (morels, chanterelles, etc)
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup white wine
¼ cup vegetable stock
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon [...]

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Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

Serves 10 to 12
Ingredients
9 tablespoons unsalted butter
1½ cups packed light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 firm-ripe bananas, peeled and cut crosswise into ¾-inch thick slices
¼ cup banana liqueur
½ cup dark rum
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch salt
6 cups (½-inch cubes) day-old French bread
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel Sauce, recipe [...]

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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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Basic Pizza Dough

Ingredients
1 packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
Olive oil
Dried herbs (optional)
Directions
In a large bowl gently mix the warm water, yeast and honey until frothy and creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute for activation of the yeast. In a separate large mixing bowl [...]

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Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

Makes 3-4 milkshakes
Basically a milkshake, although a much looser version, often served over more ice cubes to keep very cold and fresh. Batidos showcase the fruits often associated with Central America and their rich and sweet flavors that are the very essence of their desserts.
Ingredients
1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
1 banana, ripe and cut [...]

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Beef and Guinness Pie

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 pounds beef chuck, cubed into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 carrots, peeled and chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced
2 cups beef stock
1 cup Guinness
Salt [...]

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Beef Pho

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the broth
2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of good beef bones, preferably leg and knuckle
1 pound beef chuck, cubed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ [...]

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Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 red beet, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
½ cup champagne vinegar (citrus)
2 teaspoons sea salt
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon citrus vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish
½ cup (total) chopped chives, tarragon, parsley
Salt/pepper
Directions
In a small saucepan combine the red beets and the water and cook the beets until the water [...]

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Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 red beet, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
½ cup champagne vinegar (citrus)
2 teaspoons sea salt
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon citrus vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish
½ cup (total) chopped chives, tarragon, parsley
Salt/pepper
Directions
In a small saucepan combine the red beets and the water and cook the beets until the water [...]

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Beignets

Makes about 30
Ingredients
1 package dry yeast
4 tablespoons warm water
3½ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup sugar
1¼ cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
¼ cups melted butter
Oil for deep frying
Powdered sugar for dusting
Directions
Combine yeast and warm water, set aside. Whisk flour, salt and sugar. Stir in yeast mix, milk, eggs and butter. Mix until dough is [...]

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Berries and Sugar Crepes

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 cup whole-wheat flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup turbinado sugar (white sugar is okay as well)
Raspberries
Blueberries
Blackberries
Strawberries
Creme fresh
Sugar, coarse or regular
Powdered sugar
Directions
In a large bowl toss together whatever berries desired and sprinkle with sugar and let stand. Whisk together melted butter, milk, flour, salt and eggs until smooth and [...]

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Bitterballen & Herbed Mustard

Bitterballen are a staple in old Dutch cooking and have been modernized quite a bit over the years and essentially made a bit healthier. Originally served alongside a Dutch bitter Gin, hence the name, these snacks are seen throughout the country in many different forms. These lovely snacks and medium-sized meals are essentially a fried [...]

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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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Blissed Bread’s Roasted Pumpkin Custard Bread

I call this recipe a “custard bread” because the additional eggs give the bread a wonderfully spongy, moist, texture. Please assume all ingredients are organic whenever possible!

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Blueberry Macaroons with Lemon Buttercream

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
Ingredients
For the outer shells…
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed blueberry puree
1 tablespoon minced dried blueberries
For the lemon buttermilk cream
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon [...]

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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Makes 1 Bundt Cake
INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12⁄3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch Bundt pan.
In a [...]

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Braised Duck Legs with Figs Lime and Honey

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
4 duck legs, trimmed of excess fat
Salt
12 large shallots, peeled and left whole, roots trimmed
12 dried figs
2 branches fresh rosemary
4 tablespoons honey
4 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1-2 cups duck stock
DIRECTIONS
Season the duck with ¾ teaspoon salt per pound. Refrigerate 1-2 days. Pat dry.
Brown [...]

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Brandade

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 pound flaky white fish (haddock, line-caught swordfish, bluefish, scrod, or croaker are the most preferable)
Salt and pepper
½ pound waxy white potatoes, peeled and diced
8 cups milk
6 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
Baguette, for serving

DIRECTIONS
Season fish heavily with salt. Place on parchment lined [...]

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Makes approximately 30
INGREDIENTS
2¼ cups sifted cake flour, or 2 cups sifted all purpose flour, plus more for your work surface and hands
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons cold unsalted butter, cut into several pieces
2 tablespoons cold lard or vegetable shortening, cut into several pieces
¾ cup cold whole or low-fat [...]

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Calzone Dough

A calzone is simply an Italian savory turnover of sorts that is made by folding pizza dough in half and forming a “pizza pocket”. The pizza pocket is then filled with sauces and/or vegetables combined to create the flavor and textures of your choice.
Ingredients
1½ packets active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon [...]

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Caramelized Onion Tart Bites

Makes 24 small tarts
INGREDIENTS
1 savory pie dough recipe
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Roll out pie to 1⁄8” thickness and with a four-inch (diameter) cup, glass, or cookie cutter, cut out 9 circles per piece of dough. Place one dough circle in each of the [...]

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Caraway Soda Bread

Makes 4 mini loaves
INGREDIENTS
4 cups all purpose bread flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
2 cup buttermilk
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, sift and combine flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. Add the buttermilk a little at a time and mix until soft dough [...]

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Cardamom Dried Cherry Crumb Cake Bars

Makes 12 bars
INGREDIENTS
For the crumb topping
½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup walnuts, chopped
1⁄3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cut into pieces
For the cake
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
2⁄3 cup sugar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
4 ounces melted butter, [...]

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Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Cilantro-Lime Cream, to garnish (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add canola oil. Add the garlic and onions, and sauté for a few minutes or [...]

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Cavatelli with Seared Squid, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Arugula and Black Olives

4-6 servings

Ingredients

For the Cavatelli

1 pound all-purpose flour, or Italian OO flour
1 pound whole-milk ricotta, drained/hung in cheesecloth overnight
4 ounces semolina
3 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
Water, just enough to make a firm dough
For the Sauce

10½ ounces baby arugula, long stem ends removed
8 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange, peeled [...]

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Cherry Spicy Brown Mustard

Makes 3 cups of mustard
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Founders Brewing Company Cerise Cherry Ale (Grand Rapids, Michigan) or any cherry ale
1 cup malt vinegar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped superfine
½ cup whole brown mustard seeds
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 [...]

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Chicken and Cashews

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 pieces skinless boneless chicken thighs, sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green chili, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin (separate green and white parts)
¾ cup chicken broth
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
1½ [...]

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Chicken Breast & Chard with Thyme, Garlic, White Wine & Lemon

Serves 1-2
INGREDIENTS
1-2 servings chicken breast, boneless, skinless
Salt
Pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of ½ lemon
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
1 cup chard, chopped
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and lemon zest. On a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil, place all ingredients in the center. Fold [...]

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Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

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 jalapeño or serrano pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 tablespoons avocado [...]

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Chicken Pho

Serve 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the broth
2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup [...]

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Chili Basil Salt

Sprinkle on pasta, pizza and seafood.

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Chipotle-Herb Sloppy Joes

This is a sure fire south of the border specialty because it is spicy, zesty, and as fresh as can be. It’s also super easy yet decadent. You will need party size buns, too.

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Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms
Directions
In a blender or food processor, place egg and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the [...]

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Chocolate Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups buttermilk
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. [...]

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Chocolate Cookie Habañero Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 15 Ice Cream Sandwiches
INGREDIENTS
3 cups heavy cream
2 cups dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean split
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 habañero pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and cut in half
9 egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk, cold
Pinch of salt
30 medium dark chocolate cookies
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan, whisk together cream, sugar, vanilla, mint leaves, and habañero pepper. Bring to [...]

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Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Frosting

Serves 12
INGREDIENTS
For the cake
2 cups Guinness
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
11⁄3 cups sour cream
For the icing
2 cups cream cheese, softened
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
¼ cup Irish Cream liqueur
4 cups powdered sugar
DIRECTIONS
For the cake
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter [...]

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Cilantro Lime Créme Fraiche

Makes 2 tablespoons
Ingredients
2 tablespoons créme fraiche
1 tablespoon lime juice
Pinch of lime zest
½ tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Salt
Directions
Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk. Set aside.

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Citrus Rub for Chicken, Fish, Seafood and Vegetables

Add citrus rub to fish or chicken before and/or after cooking.

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Classic Garlicky Caeser Salad

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 heads of romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1½ teaspoons anchovy paste or 4 whole anchovies
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt
1⁄3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
DIRECTIONS
In a large serving bowl, place chopped romaine lettuce.
Meanwhile, to make [...]

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Classic Italian Lentil Soup (Brown Lentils)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, chopped small
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped small
2 celery, chopped small
2 tablespoons thyme
1 (15 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
4 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup brown Italian lentils
2 fresh bay leaves
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rind
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottomed Dutch oven, over [...]

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Corn Curry

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
For green paste
1 fresh hot green chile, stemmed and cut in half
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into large chunks
12 fresh or 16 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
¼ cup fresh cilantro sprigs (with tender stems only)
2 tablespoons water
For the main dish
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ [...]

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Cornbread

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons bacon fat, lard, or butter
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
2½ cups fine cornmeal
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Melt fat in large cast-iron skillet; cool slightly. Beat eggs until light. Add buttermilk and cooled fat, leaving a little fat in the skillet. Keep skillet warm. Separately, mix together cornmeal, [...]

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Corriander Tomato Gehaktballen

Makes about 20 meatballs
Meatballs are one of the most popular dishes in Holland, with traditional and fusion type recipes due to the ever changing population. This version gives a fresh new take on meatballs with the bright additive of cilantro!
INGREDIENTS
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 cup fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cayenne [...]

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 cups asparagus stems
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable broth (preferably onion-herb or neutral based)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
Salt
Black pepper
Directions
In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add butter. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes [...]

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Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
6-8 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped fine
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup half & half
DIRECTIONS
In a large soup pan over medium-high heat, add butter and oil. [...]

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Crispy Flax Granola

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 [...]

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Cucumber Raita

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
2¼ cups plain yogurt
1 large cucumber, peeled and shredded
1 fresh hot green chile, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground toasted cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
DIRECTIONS
Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Add the shredded cucumber, green chile, toasted cumin, and cayenne, and stir. Chill well, and [...]

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Cumin-Zucchini & Bell Pepper Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 white onion, sliced thin
2 zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 jalapeño, deseeded and thinly sliced
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, for serving
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil. Sauté sliced onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add [...]

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Curried Black-Eyed Peas

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup canola oil
4 whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
6 green cardamom pods
1-inch piece cinnamon stick
3 whole dried red chiles
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, mashed in a mortar and pestle with 1⁄8 teaspoon cumin [...]

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Curried Yellow Lentils and Sweet Potato Soup (Yellow Lentils)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1½ teaspoons garam masala
1½ teaspoons curry powder
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup yellow lentils
1 fresh bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup [...]

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Dandelion Parsley Lime Kiwi Smoothie

Makes 2-10 ounce smoothies
INGREDIENTS
1 cup dandelion greens, chopped
1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
1 cup ice
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Makes 1 cake
INGREDIENTS
For cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1½ tablespoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1½ cups buttermilk
For frosting
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1 pound semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
DIRECTIONS
For cake
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 3 baking pans by buttering [...]

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 12 peanut butter cups
INGREDIENTS
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Maldon Salt
DIRECTIONS
Cut some cupcake liners so that they are about half their normal size, and place into muffin tins. Heat chocolate in double boiler (sauce pan with water and a metal bowl on top). Spoon some of the melted chocolate [...]

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Dried Strawberry Lime Salt

Makes ½ cup
An amazing little salt garnish for a plethora of desires, most importantly making the rim of you margaritas a tasty treat.
Ingredients
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon dried strawberries, crushed into dust
½ cup pink Himalayan coarse sea salt (maldon salt ok as well)
Juice of 1 lime
Directions
In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients until [...]

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Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce
INGREDIENTS
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. [...]

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Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Makes 1 cup of sauce
Ingredients
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne, or a few dashes Tabasco sauce
10 tablespoons unsalted butter (if using salted butter, skip the added salt)
Directions
Melt the butter slowly in a small pot. Try not to let it boil – you want the moisture in the butter to remain there [...]

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Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Serves 8
Ingredients
1 large eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces Greek Yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Directions
Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice eggplant in half and place skin side down on a lined [...]

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Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

Serves 6
This quick and easy dish has its origins in Naples and originated as a means to use up leftover sauce at breakfast time. The eggs are essentially cooked in the tomato sauce, hence the purgatory! Many cultures all over the world utilize this Italian idea, this recipe has more of the Middle Eastern influences [...]

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Eggs Sardou

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
8 poached eggs
8 cooked or canned artichoke bottoms
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
4 cups cleaned spinach leaves
Salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce to taste
½ cup minced ham
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup Hollandaise Sauce
Directions
Rinse artichoke bottoms and place in a saucepot. Cover with 1-inch lightly salted water. (If using fresh artichokes, add juice from half [...]

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Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava Pie Pockets)

Makes 15-20 empanadas
Ingredients
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 egg yolks
¾ cup water (ice cold)
Guava Jam (recipe follows)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Directions
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly with crumbles about the size [...]

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Ensalada de Repollo (Cabbage Salad)

Serves 6-8
Often seen in small Nicaraguan restaurants soaking in big batches at room temperature, it is similar to a sauerkraut with a Latin Style and a citrusy tone.
Ingredients
3 cups shredded green cabbage (about ½ medium head)
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
Juice of 3 limes
1 tablespoon salt
Directions
In a medium mixing bowl toss cabbage and tomato with lime [...]

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Fava Bean Puree Costini with Mint and Pea Shoots

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 pounds fava beans
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt
Pea shoots, for garnish (optional)
Baguette, for serving
DIRECTIONS
Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.
To prep and cook fava beans, pull on the stem of the pod and pull to open. If a [...]

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Fava Bean Salad with Lemon, Mint and Pecorino Shavings

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the salad
3 pounds fava beans
1 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
3 cups arugula
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
For the pecorino lemon zest
¼ cup fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup pecorino, freshly grated
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked
DIRECTIONS
Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.
To [...]

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Fennel Orange Granola Bars

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

Large egg
1 large egg white
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups toasted oats
½ cup quinoa
½ cup kasha
1 cup chopped dried fruit (any of the following: cherries, apricots, dates, raisins, figs)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 orange zested
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon toasted fennel [...]

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Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

Serves 4-6
This recipe is inspired by two experiences actually, my trip to the Lingurian coast and my many trips to Al di La in Brooklyn and my many Sepia Al Nero meals I have had right here in my own backyard. I often try to recreate Anna’s dishes and with an okay amount of success [...]

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Fresh Ginger Whole-Wheat Nutmeg Butter Cookies

Makes 6-9 cookies
Ingredients
¼ cup butter, soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
Pinch of salt
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a small mixing bowl cream together butter, sugar, spices and vanilla until well mixed, add the [...]

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Fresh Guacamole

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
4 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
Juice of 3 limes
DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth.
Add [...]

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Fresh Herb Farro Tart

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people
INGREDIENTS
1 cup farro
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pie dish
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ of a red onion, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, basil, and chives, chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Freshly [...]

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Fresh Pasta Dough

Makes approximately 1 pound of pasta
INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS
To make dough in a processor:
Blend flour, egg, and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead [...]

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Fresh Pea Soup with Ham Hock and Croutons

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 loaf ciabatta bread
Olive oil
Salt
2 ham hocks, raw or smoked
1 large Spanish onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 leek, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 cups white wine
1 bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme, parsley, Grains of Paradise, or black pepper)
2 quarts stock, vegetable or chicken
2 cups fresh peas
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut the ciabatta into 1″ squares. [...]

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Fresh Thai Beef Cabbage Salad

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound flank steak
Salt
1 fresh thai chili, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of three limes
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
½ cup [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
3 tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onion, chopped very fine
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of 2 limes
Salt
DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

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Fresh Tortillas (Masa Fresca)

Makes 1 pound masa (10 small tortillas)
INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup masa harina
¾ cups very hot water
DIRECTIONS
Mix the salt and the masa harina together and then add the hot water a little bit at a time, until the mixture resembles a course meal. Mix it together and form dough. Turn dough onto a clean dusted [...]

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Fried Artichokes Jewish Style

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
24 baby artichokes, trimmed
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
Salt and Red Pepper flakes
Chopped Parsley
Grated parmesan (optional)
Lemon wedges
DIRECTIONS
Pour the oil in to a heavy pot and place over high heat. When the oil reaches 250 degrees, lower the heat.
Fry the artichokes in batches for 3-4 minutes until they soften, remove one and cool briefly, then [...]

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Gallo Pintos

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 tablespoons lard or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
2 cups cooked black beans, drained but cooking liquid reserved
2 cups long grain rice, cooked
Salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)
Directions
In a large skillet, heat oil to medium, add onions and sauté until edges start to brown or about 5 minutes. Add the beans [...]

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Ger-Nis Citrus Herb Finishing Salt

Makes 1 cup salts
Ingredients
¾ cup maldon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest*
1 tablespoon lime zest*
1 teaspoon orange zest*
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped superfine
*Use organic unwaxed citrus, make sure citrus and herbs are completely dry.
Directions
Preheat oven to 225°F. Combine all the ingredients in a [...]

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Ger-Nis Fresh Siracha Sauce

Makes 1 cup
INGREDIENTS
4-5 red chilies, seeds in tact and chopped
3 thai green chilies, seeds in tact and chopped
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 teaspoons tamari
1⁄3 cup rice vinegar, yuzu flavored preferred
¼ cup water (more as needed)
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons lime zest
Juice of ½ lime
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan add chilies, bell [...]

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Ginger Squash Cake

Recipe adapted from Susan G. Purdy
Makes 1 Bundt Cake
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
31⁄3 cups flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1½ cups sugar
1¼ cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup canola oil
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups baked Sugar Pie pumpkin or Kabocha squash
2⁄3 cup buttermilk
2 [...]

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 pinch chili flakes
½-1 cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 jar piquillo peppers
Olive oil & garlic
Sherry vinegar garnish
Salt
Directions
In a medium bowl, stir together, shallot, vinegar, chili flakes, goat cheese and herbs until fully combined. Split [...]

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Goat Cheese, Watercress and Mixed Spring Pea Risotto with Pea Shoots

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
5 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup fresh peas, blanched
1 cup watercress, chopped
¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Pea shoots, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate medium saucepot over medium [...]

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Grape Raita

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
3 cups plain yogurt
1½ cups seedless grapes, halved
2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika
Salt
For the tempering oil:
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cumin or black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
DIRECTIONS
Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and [...]

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Grilled & Stuffed Cuttlefish

Serves 4
Ingredients
4 medium cuttlefish, cleaned and kept whole
½ cup fresh shelling beans, cooked
½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup pecorino cheese, finely grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon fresh pesto
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges
Directions
Chop the tentacles up and toss together in a mixing bowl [...]

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Grilled Chicken Paillard with Nectarine Salsa and Peach BBQ Sauce

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
Peach BBQ Sauce (recipe follows)
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
Pound the [...]

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Grilled Chicken Pillards with Cucumber and Melon Herb Salsa

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
½ medium sized cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and chopped small
2 large cucumbers, deseeded and chopped small
½ [...]

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Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Tomatoes and Zucchini Mint Salsa

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
2 large globe eggplants, sliced thin, long ways
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
3 medium tomatoes, roasted and chopped small
3 cloves garlic, roasted and chopped small
1 medium yellow onion, roasted and chopped small
1 small zucchini, roasted and chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 cup fresh ricotta
Directions
Lay the eggplant down [...]

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Grilled Summer Vegetables with Wood Sorrel Butter

Serves 4

A colorful combination of summer’s wild and cultivated ingredients, this recipe combines the smokiness of grilled vegetables with the lemony tang of wood sorrel (Oxalis).
I use a stovetop cast iron grill for these veggies, but if you’ve already got the outdoor grill fired up by all means use it. For outdoor grilling, skewer the [...]

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Grilled White Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 small white eggplants (about 1 pound each) cut into ½ inch thick slices the long way
Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
2 red chilis, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons yuzi rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Cilantro Red Pepper Relish (recipe follows)
Directions
Lay the eggplant down [...]

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Grilled Zucchini, Portabella’s and Eggplant with Lemon Ricotta & Grilled Flatbread

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 zucchinis, sliced long and thin using a mandolin
1 portabella mushroom, sliced thin
1 grilled Japanese eggplant, sliced round and thin
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
1 cup fresh ricotta
1 tablespoon lemon zest plus 2 teaspoon
Grilled flatbread (recipe follows)
Directions
Follow instructions for the grilled flatbread and keep warm. Place all the ingredients on a flat baking sheet and season [...]

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

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 [...]

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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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Guava Jam

Ingredients

2 cups guavas, chopped fine (skins, seeds and all) (about 10 guavas)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan on low heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are cooked down. Turn up heat to medium and boil for another 10 [...]

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Hazelnut Sponge Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
12 eggs, separated
8 ounces light brown sugar
14 ounces hazelnut flour
4 ounces all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 ounces granulated sugar
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
Chocolate block, for decorating
Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating
DIRECTIONS
Preheat to 350°F.
Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment.
In a metal bowl, with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand [...]

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Heirloom Melon and Prosciutto Wraps with Lemon Thyme Drizzle

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1 heirloom melon, deseeded, peeled and sliced into small wedges
18-20 slices of prosciutto
Lemon thyme drizzle (recipe follows)
Maldon salt
Directions
Wrap the prosciutto slices around the melon slices tightly and drizzle with a small amount of the lemon thyme syrup.
Lemon Thyme Drizzle
Ingredients
¼ cup water
1 cup honey
4 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
Directions
In a small sauce pan heat honey [...]

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Heirloom Squash & Chili Mint Salad

Serves 2
Ingredients
2 zucchinis, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Salt
Directions
In a mixing bowl mix together the zucchini, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and [...]

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Herb crusted Chicken with Caramelized Onion Jam on Ciabatta

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
For herb crusted chicken
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lemon
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups arugula leaves, for sandwich
Ciabatta, recipe follows
For caramelized onion jam
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 sweet onions, sliced thin
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup water
Salt
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven [...]

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Herbal Berry Antioxidant Smoothie

Makes 2-10 ounce smoothie
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
½ cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup honey
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

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Herbal Spring Rolls

Makes 12 rolls
Ingredients
12 rice paper wrappers
1 head boston lettuce leaves, white parts removed
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
½ cup semi ripe mango, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
Peanuts (optional)
Sweet chili sauce (recipe [...]

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Herbed Calamari with Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
Vegetable oil for deep frying (about 2 cups)
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk
1 pound squid with tentacles, cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ cup flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup breadcrumbs (fine)
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground fine
Chive Blossom [...]

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Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicy Mint Yogurt

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup red onion, chopped fine
2 pounds lamb, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground corriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
Garlicky Mint Yogurt (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Mix the lamb, the [...]

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Herbed Portabella Quiche

Makes 1 mini quiche
Ingredients
1 large potabella mushroom stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Herbed Tomato Salsa

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

Olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil to a medium high heat, add the onions and sauté [...]

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Huevos Ranchero’s de Nissa

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 [...]

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Indian Cheese in an Herbed Green Sauce

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
For the paneer
1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
½ to 1 tablespoon canola oil
For the green sauce
1 pound bag fresh spinach, stemmed and washed, or 1 pound frozen spinach, unthawed
1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or canola
3 whole dried red chiles
¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
7 green cardamom pods
7 whole cloves
¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
1⁄8 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh [...]

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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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Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound [...]

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Julienne of Snap Pea Salad with Mint, Lemon Pecorino

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup pecorino cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Lahori Chicken Curry with Whole Spices & Potatoes

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
A 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces and skinned
3 medium red boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
¾ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt
1½ medium onions, roughly diced
5 garlic cloves
A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half crosswise
3 tablespoons canola oil
A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
12 green cardamom pods
9 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
3 whole [...]

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Laotian Coconut Sweet Rice with Mango

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 cup of sweet/gluttonous or “sticky” rice
2 cups of coconut milk
¾ cup of refined sugar
1 teaspoon of coconut essence
1 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons rice flour
1 ripe mango, sliced to your preference
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup of toasted coconut shavings
DIRECTIONS
Wash rice three times in cold water, draining after each wash. Then completely soak washed rice [...]

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Laotian Spring Rolls

Makes 12 rolls
INGREDIENTS
1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup grated carrots
½ cup finely chopped mushrooms
¼ cup scallions, sliced
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper
1 cup (8 ounces) ground beef
1 cup chopped, boiled, drained, and air-cooled mung-bean vermicelli noodles
2 eggs
12 spring roll pastry skins
Canola oil, for frying
1 cup sweet chili sauce (store bought)
DIRECTIONS
In a [...]

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Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
For the brine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1 cup salt
2 gallon hot water (no more, possibly less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and [...]

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Lavender-Honey Mustard

Makes 2 cups mustard
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Brasserie Dupont Bière de Miel biologique (Belgium) or any Belgium style honey beer
½ cup malt vinegar
¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup dry mustard
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
DIRECTIONS
In a medium bowl whisk together beer, vinegar and mustard seeds. [...]

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Lean Grassfed Beef Burger

Serves 4
Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef (grass fed)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground mustard powder
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt/pepper
Directions
Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and form out patties. Place on wax paper and place in freezer [...]

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Lemon & Herb Focaccia

Makes 1 focaccia
INGREDIENTS
2¼ teaspoons (or 1 package) active dry yeast
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 12⁄3 cups lukewarm [...]

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Lemon Cake with Mint Honey Cream

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For cake batter
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup plain yogurt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¼ cups sugar
5 eggs
For mint honey cream
1½ cups heavy cream, cold
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven [...]

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Lentil and Bulgur Salad (Green Lentils)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 clove garlic, grated on microplane
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups French green lentils, cooked and cooled
1 cup bulgur wheat, cooked and cooled
1 small red onion, chopped fine
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
½ English cucumber, seeded and chopped fine
1 (15 ounce) can chick peas, drained and rinsed
½ cup golden [...]

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Lili’s Vegan Banana Muffins with Pecans & Dark Rum

Makes 12-18 muffins
INGREDIENTS
Dry
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
Wet
4 overripe bananas, smashed
¾ cup melted earth balance (or vegetable oil)
2 eggs-worth Ener-g brand egg replacer
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ dram dark rum
To Finish
½ cup pecans, chopped fine
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Smash bananas with a fork until [...]

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Lo-Cal Milkshake

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped (optional flavor choice)
2 tablespoons chocolate powder (optional flavor choice)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups low fat milk
1 cup ice
¼ cup honey
1 pinch of salt

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

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Manchengo Cheese & Ham Croquettes

Serves 6

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small medium yellow onion
½ cup flour
¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup Serrano ham, chopped
1 cup manchengo cheese, grated
1 cup bread crumbs
Oil for frying
Directions
In a medium sauce pan, heat oil to a medium high heat, add onion and sauté for about 3-4 minutes [...]

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Mango-Sage BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This is the perfect special occasion addition with a no fuss recipe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser, it is a sweet & spicy and herbalicious treat. You will need party size buns, too.

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Maple Roasted Carrots

Serves 4
Remember, to shorten the roasting time of any root vegetable you can pre-steam it. For even speedier cooking, you can use bagged baby carrots.
Ingredients
2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced into 1-inch diagonals ½-inch thick
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter or extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
Adjust an oven rack to the [...]

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Mediterranean Fish Rub

This is also wonderful on broccoli.

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Mexican Spiced Walnut and Tomato Salsa with Collard Green Wrap

Serves 3-4
Walnut meat
Ingredients
1½ cups raw walnuts (soaked and dehydrated)
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
¾ teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoon nama shoyu
¼ of dried chipotle, soaked
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
1 green onion, sliced in very thin slices
½ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped
2-4 small collard green leaves
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
Tomato salsa
Directions
Take the [...]

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Meyer Lemon Infused Finishing Salt

Makes ½ cup
INGREDIENTS
½ cup kosher salt
Zest of 2 Meyer lemons
DIRECTIONS
Combine ingredients in a small bowl, and place in a mason jar or other air tight container. Use on chicken, fish, salads, or grilled, steamed, or satuéed vegetables.

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Meyer Lemon Infused Finishing Salts

Makes ½ cup
Ingredients
½ cup maldon
Zest of 2 Meyer lemons
Directions
Combine ingredients in a small bowl, and place in a mason jar or other air tight container. Use on chicken, fish, salads, or grilled, steamed or sautéed vegetables.

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Mezcal, Cilantro Dried Cherry Glazed Chicken Wings

Smoky mezcal and dried cherries give these wings a unique flavor, and the sweet and smoky flavors perfectly complement ice cold beer!

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Mushroom Herb Leek Puff Pastry Tartlets

Makes 8
INGREDIENTS
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
3 tablespoons butter
1 small leek (white and light green only), cut into 2″ strips
2 cups mixed mushrooms, chopped or sliced (depending on mushroom)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup crème fraiche
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup gruyere cheese
Salt and pepper
DIRECTIONS
Remove one sheet of puff pastry, and [...]

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Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from [...]

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New York Street Pretzels

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
Pretzel salt
DIRECTIONS
Mix together sugar, yeast and water in a metal or glass mixing bowl until frothy. Let sit until foamy, about 5-7 minutes. In another large mixing bowl [...]

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Nicaraguan Baho (Beef Steak Cooked in Banana Leaves)

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 [...]

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Paches de Guatemala (Guatemala Potato Tamales)

Makes 8 tamales
INGREDIENTS
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup water
Salt
6 tablespoons lard or margarine
1 pound potatoes, cooked and mashed
2 cups masa harina
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon achiote powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
Corn [...]

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Pan-Seared Trout

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
4 6-8 ounce rainbow trout fillets (skin on), or two whole cleaned trout*
Salt and pepper
All purpose flour, for dredging
Vegetable oil or butter for searing
1 onion, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
Fresh parsley and thyme sprigs
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F. Season the trout fillets with salt and pepper, then dredge lightly in the flour, [...]

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Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

Serves 8
Ingredients
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons citrus champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches (about 12 pieces per) asparagus, ends trimmed
1 cup white Japanese-style breadcrumbs (Panko)
Directions
Preaheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive [...]

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Passover Roasted Leg of Lamb

Serves 10-12
Ingredients
½ cup fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cloves, whole
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons coriander, whole
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
6 pound leg of lamb, trimmed of fat
6 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 medium yellow onions, divided into 12 wedges or cubes
2 bottles dry red wine
8 cups veal or chicken stock
1 pound or [...]

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Pasta Basil Pine Nut Pesto over Zucchini

Makes 1 cup (sauce)
Ingredients
3 fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
½ cup of spinach
5 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons flax oil
4 tablespoons white miso
½ tablespoon garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt, use less at first
½ cup pine nuts
Directions
Put the basil and salt in the food processor. Pulse a few times to begin chopping the basil leaves.
Once the basil is chopped [...]

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Pasta Dough

INGREDIENTS
2 pounds flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup warm water
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sized bowl or on a clean countertop, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten eggs, and mix. Then add warm water. Mixture should form a stiff dough.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 [...]

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Pasteles de Tres Leches con Mango (Three Milk & Mango Cake)

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (insides reserved)
2 cups mango, ripe and chopped small
½ cup vanilla brown sugar syrup (¼ cup water, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 vanilla bean [...]

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Pea & Lemon Risotto with Mint Butter

Serves 6
Ingredients
5 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup fresh peas, blanched
1 cup parmesan cheese
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Mint Butter (Recipe follows)
Directions
In a medium sized saucepot, heat chicken broth until warm and keep simmering on a separate burner while making risotto. [...]

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Pea & Mint Tortellini in Herbed Brodo

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the spring pea and mint tortellini
Olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 cup fresh peas, steamed soft and mashed
2 teaspoons lemon zest ¼ cup grated pecorino
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh pasta sheets
For the herbed brodo
1 (¼ pound) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 cups chicken stock
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 [...]

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Peanut Butter Bacon Biscuits with Carob Icing (everyday dog treats)

Makes about 12-18 3 inch biscuits
Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
1 tablespoon powdered milk
2 tablespoons flax seeds
¼ cup wheat bran
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup peanut butter (heated up to soften)
¼ cup bacon, crumbled
2 tablespoons bacon grease
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup water
8 ounces carob
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl sift together [...]

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Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Makes 1 8×12 cake
INGREDIENTS
For the streusel
1⁄3 cup all purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cold and cut into pieces
1 cup pecans, chopped
For the coffee cake
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, softened
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 [...]

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Perfectly Steamed Asparagus with Citrus-Garlic Salt Butter

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound (about 30-40 medium spears) fresh green asparagus, ends trimmed
1 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons extra
Salt
¼ cup butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Maldon salt
Directions
Bring 2 inches of water in a large skillet to a rapid boil. Toss in 1 teaspoon of [...]

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Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Recipe adapted from the Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenchea
Makes 25 fritters and 2 cups of marmalade
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons salted butter
6 tablespoons sweet white dessert wine
1⁄3 cup fresh orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra
¾ cup olive [...]

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Picado de Rabano (Radish Salad)

Serves 4-6 as a garnish for tacos and tamales
INGREDIENTS
1 bunch (about 12) radishes, sliced thin
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 2 limes
Salt
DIRECTIONS
In a small mixing bowl combine radishes, cilantro and lime juice, mix well and season with a generous amount of salt (preferably a flake salt like maldon). Allow to sit about 5 [...]

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Pickled Green Beans

Ingredients
½ pound green beans, trimmed
½ cup water
¾ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 medium tomato, crushed
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook green beans until tender or about 3-4 minutes. Place in an ice bath until completely chilled. Drain and set aside. In a bowl whisk together [...]

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Pickled Red Onions

Makes 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1 large red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
1 jalapeño, sliced in half, deseeded and sliced thin
½ cup lime juice
Zest of one lime
¼ cup citrus champagne vinegar or white vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup sugar in the raw
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan filled with boiling [...]

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Platanos Fritos (Fried Plantains)

Serves 6
Ingredients
4 medium to large plantains, sliced in 1⁄3 inch slices
1 cup canola oil
Salt
Directions
Heat half the oil in a sauté pan on medium high heat. Fry the plantains until golden brown and then turn and cook on the other side until golden brown as well. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt, immediately after [...]

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Pork Fried Rice

Serves 4-5
Ingredients
Oil (sesame, canola or peanut)
1 pound pork loin, cut into small ½-inch cubes
Flour for dusting pork
Salt/pepper
2 carrots, chopped small (diced)
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped fine
4 scallions, sliced
4 cups rice, cooked and cold
Soy sauce
Sriracha or sambal (optional)
2 eggs, beaten
Directions
Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a large [...]

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Pork Loin and Potatoes with Rosemary, Leeks & Cream

Serves 1-2
INGREDIENTS
1-2 servings pork loin
Salt
Pepper
¼ medium yellow onion, chopped medium
1 Yukon Gold potato, chopped
1 small leek, sliced
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Season the pork loin with salt and pepper. On a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil, place all ingredients in the center. Fold the aluminum foil [...]

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Potage of Spring Greens, with Green Garlic and Mint

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups onions, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
Salt
1 small potato, peeled and diced
1 bunch dandelion greens
1 large bunch arugula
4 cups vegetable stock or water
1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup créme fraiche
DIRECTIONS
Combine the oil, onions, and garlic in a heavy saucepan over [...]

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Preserved Lemons & Preserved Lemon Mint Granita

Refreshing lemon drink…

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Pumpkin Tart with Maple Sage Crust and Cnadied Sage Leaves

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people
INGREDIENTS
For pie dough
1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup
For filling
1½ cup pumpkin, cooked
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch cloves, ground
1 pinch salt
3 eggs, beaten
½ cup heavy cream
Maple Sugar Fried Sage Leaves, fore garnish (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Using sweet pie [...]

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Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

Makes 15-20 crostinis
INGREDIENTS
Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette bread sliced thin and [...]

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Ramptini

Makes one cocktail
INGREDIENTS
2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.
Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice stir gently. [...]

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Raw Asparagus & Arugula Salad

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 bunch asparagus, sliced at an angle
1 bunch arugula or rocolla (about 2-3 cups) chopped
½ cup parmesan, grated finely
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl, combine the asparagus, arugula and parmesan, and mix well. Drizzle the olive oil [...]

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Rice Pilaf with “Standing Spices”

Serves 6 to 8
INGREDIENTS
2 cups basmati rice
4½ cups cold water
2 medium red onions
¼ cup canola oil, plus about 1 cup for deep-frying
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 green cardamom pods
A 2½-to-3-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken in half
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
3 bay leaves
3 whole dried red chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS
Combine [...]

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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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Roasted Jalapeno Poppers with Cilanrto

These faux poppers allow you to concentrate on the party and not on the difficult job of stuffing jalapeños while yielding greater taste satisfaction!

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Roasted Pork Loin with Onion Cherry Sage Sauce

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For the pork loin
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 fresh bay leaves, veins stems removed
2 teaspoon juniper berries
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 3-pound pork loin
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon hazelnut oil or olive oil
½ cup chicken broth
For the cherry onion sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 [...]

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Make 4 to 6 servings
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2½ pounds plum tomatoes, cored, quarter and deseeded
2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
5 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup fresh basil, stems and leaves (chop leaves and reserve)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 fresh bay leaves (optional)
3 tablespoons butter (optional)
DIRECTIONS
Preheat [...]

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Rock Shrimp Tacos

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 pound rock shrimp
Juice of 1 lime
12 teaspoons cumin
½ cup fresh cilantro
Salt
Oil
Cherry tomatoes
Corn or whole wheat tortillas
Avocado
Radish Salad Garnish
DIRECTIONS
In a small mixing bowl, place shrimp, lime juice, salt and cumin, and mix. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Strain, reserving liquid. In the meantime, make the radish salad. In a medium skillet, heat a small [...]

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Root Veggies with Garlic Maple Herb Butter

Serves 1-2
INGREDIENTS
1-2 servings of root vegetables of your choice (i.e. parsnips, carrots, celery root, beets) chopped fine
1 small leek, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Salt
Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme and rosemary, chopped (1 tablespoon total)
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400˚F.
Place all ingredients in the [...]

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Rosemary and Plum Grilled Pork

Serves 6
Ingredients
6 boneless pork loin chops
Salt/pepper
3 plums (black preferred), deseeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
2 cloves roasted garlic
½ cup red wine
½ cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
Directions
Season the pork loin chops with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat a grill to hot or pre-heat the oven to 350°F. In [...]

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Rustic Artichoke Soup

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped small
1 onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Hearts of 6 large artichokes cut in quarters
3 medium size white potatoes (Yukon gold), peeled and chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1 fresh bay leaf
3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
10 fresh parsley [...]

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Rustic Artichoke Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), chopped small
1 onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Hearts of 6 large artichokes, cut in quarters
3 medium size white potatoes (Yukon gold), peeled and chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1 fresh bay leaf
3 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
10 fresh parsley [...]

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Rustic Rye Apricot & Cherry Gallette

Makes 1-2 inch gallette
Ingredients
1 cup dark rye flour
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1½ sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 tablespoon apricot puree
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup ice water
10 apricots, sliced
1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
½ cup raw suconat sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Directions
Mix together the flours turbinado sugar and salt, cut in the [...]

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Salmon, Baby Bok Choy, Sake, Herbs and Citrus

Serves 1-2
INGREDIENTS
1-2 servings salmon filet (we recommend wild caught)
Salt
Pepper
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons sake
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 baby bok Choy, chopped
5-6 shitake mushrooms, whole
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon grass
1 teaspoon ginger, peeled chopped
½ tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil leaves, chopped
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Place [...]

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Salsa Rojo (Red Sauce)

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium dried red chilies, seeded and chopped (stems included)
½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
½ a poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
½ tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon smoky chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup water (or chicken [...]

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Salsa Verde (Green Sauce)

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
¼ pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
1 poblano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons half-and-half
Juice of 1 lime
DIRECTIONS
Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are [...]

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Samosas, Puff Pastry, with green peas

Makes 9 turnovers
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 (9-to-10-ounce) package frozen petite peas
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Green Chutney, or store-bought (sold as cilantro or mint chutney)
1 tablespoon Tamarind Chutney, or store bought
1 pound frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg whisked with a pinch of salt, for glaze
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Combine the oil and cumin [...]

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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

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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

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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

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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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Santorini Tzaziki

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Santorini Tzaziki

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 medium sized cucumber, peeled out but not deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper
Directions
In a small bowl mix together the cucumber and yogurt until combined. Stir in the garlic, fresh herbs and the lemon juice [...]

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Savory Pie Dough (Pate Brisée)

Makes 1 large pie crust or two tart shells
Ingredients
2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Directions
In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice [...]

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Seafood Spaghetti with Herbed Lemon Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, plus 1 additional tablespoon of butter
5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon chili flakes
3 squid bodies (calamari) cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
½ pound baby scallops
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine, stems removed
¼ cup fresh [...]

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Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

Makes about 12 tarts
Semita is the most popular pastry in El Salvador and its basically a bread dough filled with jam. The most popular filling is pineapple utilizing El Salvador’s sweet pineapples!
Ingredients
1 cup milk
½ cup butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1⁄3 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon [...]

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Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

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 [...]

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Shredded Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Serves 4-6
INGREDIENTS
½ tablespoon cumin
½ tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
Zest of 1 lime
1 chicken breast
Salt/pepper
1½ tablespoons canola oil
½ a large white onion, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
3 whole chipotle peppers in adobe, chopped
¼ cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons chicken stock
Tortillas, for serving
For garnish:
Pickled onions
Avocadoes
DIRECTIONS
In a bowl, combine all spices and lime zest and [...]

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Shrimp Remoulade

Serves 8
Ingredients
For the Old Bay Steamed Shrimp
4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
2 pounds shrimp, in shells
For the Remoulade Sauce
1½ cups mayonnaise
¼ cup diced celery
½ cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons minced garlic
½ cup Creole mustard (such as Zatarain’s)
¼ cup chopped parsley
½ cup ketchup
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
Salt [...]

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Silver-Dollar Walnut Cakes with Berry Compote and Lemon Ricotta

Serves 4
Ingredients
For the Pancake Mix
1½ cups buckwheat flour
1½ tablespoons agave nectar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1¼ cups almond milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray
For the Berry Compote
½ pint blueberries
½ pint strawberries sliced
½ pint raspberries
1 tablespoon [...]

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Smashed Beans

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
Avocado or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
3 cups black, red or pinto beans
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Directions
In a medium sauté pan heat the oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the onions until slightly translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the beans and sauté, smashing the beans with a potato [...]

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Smoked Spiced Eggplant

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
1 large eggplant
3 tablespoons canola oil
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, ground to a paste in a mortar and pestle
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ripe [...]

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Snap Pea & Mint Salad

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup parmesan cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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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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Southern-Style Collard Greens

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
Smoked ham hock (optional)
2 bunches fresh young collards, washed free of any grit
1 onion, chopped medium 1 tablespoon bacon grease or vegetable oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 red chili pepper, or ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ cup water, plus more as needed
Pepper vinegar, for serving
DIRECTIONS
If using the ham hock, simmer [...]

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Spicy Cherry Pretzel Knots

Makes 30 knots
INGREDIENTS
For the knots
½ cup warm water (105° to 115°F)
1¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
¼ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar (packed)
¾ teaspoon sugar
1½ teaspoons vegetable oil
¼ cup spicy mustard
1⁄3 cup dried cherries, chopped fine
2 cups bread flour
1½ teaspoons salt
Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
For the [...]

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Spicy Gumbo with Purslane Bishop’s Elder & Sassafras Leaf

Makes 4 servings
Wild puslane (Portulaca oleracea) takes the place here of the okra used in traditional gumbo recipes. It has similar thickening properties, but adds a flavor all its own. Closely related to celery, bishop’s elder (Aegopodium podograria) replaces that vegetables here. The filé powder stirred into traditional gumbos is made from dried powdered sassafras [...]

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Spicy Horseradish Herb Pretzels

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs, chopped: thyme, marjoram, chives, parsley, tarragon
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine, for garnish
[...]

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Spicy Italian Sausage

Makes 9 sausages
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds pork butt, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat, chunk bacon or fatback
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Casings, of [...]

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Spicy Mango Salad

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 firm-greenish ripe mangoes, sliced in thin long wedges
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
1 small red onion, sliced thin
½ cup fresh mint leaves, sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
1 small thai chili, sliced thin
Salt
Zest of one lime
Juice of two limes
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Directions
In a medium mixing bowl [...]

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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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Spicy Tomato Salad

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 cup baby lettuce
¼ cup avocado oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons Ger-Nis Tabasco
Salt
Directions
In a mixing bowl, toss together onions, tomatoes, cilantro and baby lettuce. In a small bowl, whisk together avocado oil, lime juice, jalapeño, Tabasco and [...]

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Spinach & Herb Meatloaf

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped fine
2 sprigs onions, chopped (including green parts)
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon thyme or regular thyme
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼ – ½ cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tablespoon tabasco or hot sauce (Ger-Nis tabasco)
Ger-Nis Tabasco
INGREDIENTS
2 red bell peppers, deseeded and [...]

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Spring Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche

Serves 1-2
Ingredients
1 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
Zest of 1-2 limes (reserve half of the cream fraiche)
3 medium carrots, chopped, peels on
1 cup water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche, to garnish (recipe follows)
Directions
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic and onions for a few [...]

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Spring Greens & Herb Smoothie

Makes 2-10 ounce smoothies
INGREDIENTS
1 cup green kale leaves, chopped
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 banana, cubed
½ apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
½ pear, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
1 cup water
1 cup of ice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice (optional)
DIRECTIONS
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend [...]

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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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Spring Mix Salad with Herbed Onion Dressing

Serves 1-2
Ingredients
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon red onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch or two of salt
Pinch or two of black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon thyme leaves (optional)
2 cups spring mix salad greens
Directions
In a large mixing bowl, mix together [...]

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Spring Pea & Mint Ravioli with Sweet Pea Flowers

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 shallot, minced
1 cup fresh English peas, steamed soft and mashed
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup goat cheese
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Herbed pasta dough
For the sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot
½ cup vegetable broth
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon mint, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
Sweet Pea Flowers, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
Mix and mash all [...]

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Spring Pea Risotto with Prosciutto and Basil & Mint Butter

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For the pea risotto
5 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
5 slices of prosciutto cut in small pieces
1 cup fresh peas, blanched
1 cup parmesan cheese
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
For the basil & mint butter
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped superfine
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1 [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For spring vegetable minestrone
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

Serves 6
Ingredients
For spring vegetable minestrone
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can [...]

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Stir Fried Carrots with Cumin and Lime

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
2½ tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds (optional)
A 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into a fine julienne
½ fresh hot green chile, minced
3 whole dried red chiles
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
1½ pounds carrots, peeled and grated on the large holes of [...]

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Stir Fried Cauliflower with Potato & Crunchy Bengali Spice

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon nigella seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
Rounded ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1½ pounds red boiling potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced lengthwise about ½ inch thick
1 small to medium head cauliflower, cored and cut into medium florets
1⁄8 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 fresh hot [...]

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Strawberry Basil Cream Macaroons with Sugar Fried Basil Leaves

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
Ingredients
For the outer shells…
¾ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed strawberry puree
For the basil cream
1 cup basil leaves
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
1½ cups butter, room temperature
1 cup [...]

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Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

Makes 1 margarita
Perfectly simple and delicious, a fresh strawberry margarita says summer like few other things do. With eh addition of the strawberry lime salted rim this drink becomes exquisite
Ingredients

2 ounces tequila (white or pink is best)
1 ounce orange liquor (triple sec or grand marinier type)
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of [...]

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Summer Garden Portobello Quiche

Makes 1 mini Quiche
Ingredients
1 large portabella mushroom, stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Summer Sausage and Herb Cassoulet

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon lemon zest
2 pounds cranberry beans, shelled
1 cup white wine
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
½ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 links of herbal chicken sausage, sliced 1 [...]

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Summer Squash and Portobello Taco

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 white onion, chopped fine
2 zucchinis, chopped fine
1 portabella mushroom, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, soft or hard, for serving
Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Avocado (optional)
Directions
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil and avocado [...]

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Summer Squash Soup with Basil-Mint Pistou

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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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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Sweet & Spicy Herbal Slaw

Makes 4-5 cups of Slaw, serving 12-15 people
INGREDIENTS
1 medium to large head of red cabbage, shredded and center discarded
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 red bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 orange bell pepper, deseeded, pith remove, and chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh [...]

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Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt
Directions
In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

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Sweet Corn and Crab Cappellacci with Soppresatta, Red Peppers, Zucchini & Basil

4-6 Servings

Ingredients

For the filling

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)
3 ears sweet yellow corn, kernels removed from their cobs
1 cup jumbo lump crab meat, pickled over very well for shells
¾ cup mascarpone
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
Pinch of pimento d’espelette pepper
Salt

For the pasta dough

2 large eggs [...]

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Sweet Maple Mustard

Makes 2 cups mustard
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Smutty Nose Baltic Porter (New Hampshire) or any rich porter beer
1 cup malt vinegar
¾ cup brown mustard seeds
3 tablespoons dry mustard
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a medium bowl whisk together beer, vinegar, and mustard [...]

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Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Pickle

Makes 1 quart
INGREDIENTS
1-pound Japanese or small Italian eggplants, or 1 large (1¼ to 1½ pound) eggplant, stemmed
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1½ cups loosely packed light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
½ tablespoon chopped garlic
½ tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS
If using Japanese eggplants, cut them in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 2-inch [...]

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Tapenade Aioli

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoon capers, drained
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
¾ cup mayonnaise
Directions
In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients until smooth. Serve atop a herby beef burger!

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Tarragon Beet Salad

Serves 2
INGREDIENTS
1 cup mixed baby lettuces
2 medium beets, cooked, trimmed and sliced
1 red grapefruit, peeled, pitted and segmented
1 navel or cara orange, peeled, pitted and segmented
1 small shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
3 tablespoons almond oil
Juice of 1 medium orange
Pinch of sugar, salt and fresh cracked pepper
1 [...]

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Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 english cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 red chili, chopped fine
½ cups fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Salt
Roasted peanuts, chopped coarsely
Directions
Toss together in a large mixing bowl [...]

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The Beet Bloody Mary

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix

Ingredients

5 red beets, washed and scrubbed
3 carrots, washed and scrubbed
1 large bunch parsley
2 cups water
1½ tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon citrus champagne vinegar
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon salt
Smoky Salt
Vodka

Directions

Using a juicer, juice the beets, carrots and parsley. [...]

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The Spicy Bloody Mary

Makes 1 pitcher of bloody mary mix

Ingredients

4 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1½ tablespoons fresh horseradish grated
2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press (juiced)
2 tablespoons Ger-Nis Tabasco
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon citrus champagne vinegar
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon salt
Smoky Salt
Vodka

Directions

In a large pitcher combine [...]

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Tofu Vegetable Pho

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the broth
2 medium onions, chopped large
3 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, cut into large pieces
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
¼ cup dried shitakes
2 tablespoons salt
¼ [...]

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Tomato Basil Frittata Cups

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 eggs
¼ cup of your preference of milk (dairy, soy, rice, or almond… unsweetened and plain)
½ pint of grape tomatoes, halved
1 handful of basil, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
¼ cup parmesan
Salt & pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small skillet brown garlic and tomatoes for about [...]

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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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Tomato Macaroons with Lemon Olive Oil Savory Buttercream

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
For the outer shells…
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons tomato powder (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon dried basil
For the lemon olive oil cream
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup [...]

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Tostadas de Guacamole (Avocado Tostadas)

Makes 8 tostadas
INGREDIENTS
8 corn tortillas
2 avocados, ripe
Juice of 1 lime (1 teaspoon reserved)
1⁄3 cup fresh cilantro leaves (2 tablespoons reserved)
Salt
3 spring onions or 1 small white onion
Hot sauce
Oil (canola)
Dry queso or cotija cheese, crumbled
Hot sauce
DIRECTIONS
Lay the corn tortillas out flat on the counter to dry out, about 10 minutes. In a small mixing bowl smash [...]

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Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
2 tablespoons pickling spices, ground medium
1 tablespoon black pepper, ground medium
1 (3-4 pounds) prepared (brined) corned beef
3 carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely
3 yellow onions, chopped into quarters
8-10 baby potatoes, halved
1 medium cabbage, cut into 8 pieces
2 tablespoons butter, softened
DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, [...]

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Traditional Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
Pinch cayenne
Pinch salt
Directions
Vigorously whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl and until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler), the [...]

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Trofie Al Pesto

Serves 6
Trofie is a simple rolled flour and water pasta widely seen in the Lingurian cuisine. It’s like Linguaria’s version of Gnocchi. It’s a hand rolled pasta typically served with pesto and because of the extreme labor intensity is generally served in small portions. Trofie is not widely available outside of Italy and is relatively [...]

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Vanilla Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1¼ cups buttermilk
Lemon curd, for filling
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. In another bowl, [...]

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Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For the soup
1 cup whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
½ of a sweet yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup celery, chopped fine
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped fine
Salt
1 bouquet garni of fresh herbs in a cheesecloth sack: parsley, thyme, rosemary (a few springs of each)
2 fresh bay [...]

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Warm Lentil Salad with Coconut and Tomato

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
2½ tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon yellow split peas
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole dried red chiles
8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
1⁄8 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 fresh hot green chile, cut corsswise into thin slices
1 red onion, sliced
1½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut [...]

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White Bean, Onion and Rosemary Soup

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
½ pound (about 1½ cups) cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt
Pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS
In a large heavy bottomed soup pot, over medium low heat, add olive oil. [...]

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White Chocolate Lavender Peach Macaroons

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
Ingredients
For the outer shells…
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons white cocoa powder
2 tablespoons crushed dried lavender flowers
For the lavender peach cream
1 teaspoon lavender powder (dried lavender flowers [...]

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Whole Grain Onion Tarts

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper
Whole wheat puff pastry
Directions
Preheat oven to 375°.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook red onions until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and add goat cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Place [...]

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Whole Roasted Striped Bass with Lemon & Herbs

Serves 4
Ingredients
3 pound striped bass, with head, scaled and gutted
4 tablespoons olive oil
½ fresh thyme, chopped
2 fresh bay leaves
1 lemon or orange, sliced and cut in half
Salt and pepper
Directions
Place sheet pan in oven and preheat to 500°F.
Score the skin of the fish with 2 big X’s on each side of the fish. Rub down both [...]

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Whole Wheat Broccoli Calzones

Makes 4-6 calzones
Ingredients
1 recipe Ger-Nis Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
2 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup ham, cooked and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
¼ cup milk
1 cup milk cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
Directions
Preheat oven 425°F.
Roll the pizza dough out into 4-6 five inch circles. Place on a large baking sheet [...]

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Whole Wheat Linguini with Parsley Lemon Almond Pesto & Roasted Almonds

Serves 2
INGREDIENTS
¼ pound whole-wheat linguini, cooked
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup almonds, raw
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
Salt
½ cup almonds, whole and roasted
DIRECTIONS
Cook the pasta as per pasta directions. In a blender place parsley, garlic, almonds, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil, and blend until smooth. Season with [...]

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Wholegrain Savory Garden Scones

Makes about 10 scones

These amazingly delicious scones are perfect for those who want a quick and savory breakfast option.
Easy on the go and healthy! Eat with a dollop of herbal butter or tomato preserves.
Ingredients
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
¼ cup fresh [...]

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Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream Sauce

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For ravioli
¼ cup dried porcini mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 cups mixed mushrooms, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese
2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
Fresh pasta sheets
For sauce
1 [...]

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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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Zucchini & Chili Mint Salad

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspon lemon juice
1 glove garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the zucchini, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil [...]

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Zucchini and Marjoram Quiche

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1¼ unbleached all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
4 tablespoons (or more) ice water
6 eggs
2 small zucchinis, sliced thin
½ cup red onions, sliced thin
½ cup fresh marjoram leaves
Salt/pepper
1 cup half and half
¼ cup gruyere cheese, grated
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
For the crust
In a bowl combine flour and [...]

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Zucchini Carrot Cakes (weight management dog treats)

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 [...]

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