GER-NIS CITRUS CILANTRO CHILI SALT

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Makes 1 cup salt

Ingredients

¾ cup maldon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest*
1 tablespoon lime zest*
1 teaspoon orange zest*
2 tablespoons fresh Cilantro leaves, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons fresh parlsey leaves, chopped superfine
1 jalepeno, desseded, 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 large bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture on a lined baking sheet allowing amble room, making sure to flatten completely the mixture against the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, the zest and herbs should crumble easily when pressed together with your fingers. Allow to cool and then either process with your fingers by rubbing zest and herbs together with salt or pulse a few times in a spice grinder. Store in an airtight jar for up to two months. Do not refrigerate.

Ger-Nis Citrus Herb Finishing Salt

April 4th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

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 large bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture on a lined baking sheet allowing amble room, making sure to flatten completely the mixture against the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, the zest and herbs should crumble easily when pressed together with your fingers. Allow to cool and then either process with your fingers by rubbing zest and herbs together with salt or pulse a few times in a spice grinder. Store in an airtight jar for up to two months. Do not refrigerate.

Meyer Lemon Infused Finishing Salts

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Summer Squash Soup with Mint Pesto

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 tablespoon red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 baking sheet. Roast about 40-45 minutes or until brown, bubbly and tender. Set aside to cool. In the same oven at the end of the eggplant’s time place the tomatoes in a glass baking dish and sprinkle with cumin seeds, cilantro, salt, lemon zest and garlic. Roast for about 5-10 minutes. Remove the eggplant from its skin and chop super fine. In a large mixing bowl combine eggplant and tomatoes and mix well. Divide up into ramekins and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Place in the broiler for about 3 minutes or until slightly charred on top. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, mint and lemon juice and mix well. Season with salt and drizzle the over the eggplant and garnish with a mint or cilantro leaf.

Summer Garden Portobello Quiche

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 portabella mushroom using a spoon so it resembles a bowl. Reserve the scoop mixture for another dish. Mix eggs, tomatoes, green onions, fresh herbs, salt and pepper, cream and cheese. Place the portabella mushroom bowl side up on a baking sheet. Pour the egg mixture inside the scooped portabella, filling to the rim. Place in the oven and bake about 25-30 minutes.

Summer Squash and Portobello Taco

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 oil. Sauté onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add zucchini, peppers and jalapeño and cook, about 3-4 minutes more. Add the portabellas and cook another few minutes (3-4). Add lime juice, zest, cumin and season with salt. Serve with tortillas. Garnish with cheese and avocado.

Rustic Rye Apricot & Cherry Gallette

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 butter with pastry cutter or fork until a course meal is created. Add the apricot puree, apple cider vinegar and mix. Adding the water a little at a time, slowly and gently combine mixture until a soft dough ball is formed. Place the dough ball in the refrigerator and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. In a large bowl combine the apricots, cherries, sugar and lemon juice and let stand approx 30 minutes. Roll out dough on a floured surface until it forms a large circle about 16 inches in diameter. Place rolled dough on a large, thick, greased cookie sheet or pan with sides or, better yet, a large, greased cast iron pan. Place apricots and cherry mixture in a big pile in the center of the dough, reserving liquid. Fold dough up all around the pile of fruit leaving a big hole at the top like a shallow volcano. Pour a little of the liquid in the top and reserve a little for the end. Bake in a preheated oven 375° for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crispy. Drizzle finished tart with the remainder of the juice from the fruit in the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Rosemary and Plum Grilled Pork

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 the meantime, combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cook about 10 minutes or until semi thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill or bake the pork until desired doneness. Serve with warm not hot plum sauce over the top.

Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Tomatoes and Zucchini Mint Salsa

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 on a large baking sheet and season with salt. Set aside. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. On another baking sheet place the tomatoes, garlic, onions and zucchini, making sure they are in large pieces and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven and roast for about 10 minutes or until charred slightly. Set aside and allow to cool. In the meantime grill the eggplant on a hot grill for about 3 minutes per side or until browned and grilled nicely. Chop all the roasted vegetables and toss in a bowl and toss together with lemon zest, juice and fresh herbs. Spoon a dollop or two of the ricotta on the grilled eggplant and spoon some of the roasted salsa on top. Roll up the eggplant and drizzle some of the juice from the roasted salsa over the top.

Grilled White Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 on a large baking sheet and season with salt. Set aside. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, shallot, chilies, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, zest, peanut butter, tamari, vinegar and lice juice. Pour the mixture over the eggplant and flip brushing it all over the eggplant. Grill the eggplant on a hot grill for about 3 minutes per side or until browned and grilled nicely. Serve with Cilantro Pepper Relish.

Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemongrass bulb, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoon red chili, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon yuzu rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

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

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 with salt and pepper and 2 teaspoons lemon zest, making sure to get both sides. Drizzle olive oil over it, not too much and flip and do the same. Let stand while the lemon ricotta is made. In a medium bowl mix together the lemon juice, ricotta, and zest and season to taste with salt. Heat a grill and grill all vegetables until grilled and soft, or about 3-4 minutes. Place a dollop of the herbed ricotta on the flat bread and spread around, place the grilled vegetables of choice over the top and serve!

Grilled Herbed Flatbread

Makes 6 hand sized breads

Ingredients

1½ cups warm water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sea salt
Olive oil
Coarse salt
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice (rosemary being the classic version), chopped fine

Directions

In a small bowl combine warm water and yeast, whisk a bit to mix and let stand for about 10 minutes or until the yeast if frothy and dissolved. In a large bowl mix the flour and salt, add the yeast mixture and about 2 tablespoons of olive. Mix well with hands or a wooden spoon until sticky dough is made, adding more flour or water if needed. Turn the dough out onto a floured flat surface and knead until smooth and elastic or about 5-10 minutes. Grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and place the dough (smooth and elastic) in a round ball in the bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Place in a warm area and let rise until more than doubled in size or approximately 1½ hours. Punch down dough and divide into 6 balls. Roll out each ball into hand size flat bread until golden brown with grill marks, or about 3-4 minutes per side. Take off the grill and immediately brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and rosemary.

Grilled Chicken Paillard with Nectarine Salsa and Peach BBQ Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Place them in a large flat baking dish and smother them with the peach BBQ sauce. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl combine the nectarines, peppers, onions, chili and cilantro and mix together well. Squeeze the lime juice and season with salt and mix well. Let stand while the chicken cooks. Place chicken, letting all excess BBQ sauce drip off, on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once more. Serve the chicken paillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Peach BBQ Sauce

Makes 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients

3 peaches, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
¼-½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Sprinkle peaches (open halves) with sugar and grill until soft. Combine all ingredients in a blender (or use a handheld food processor) and blend until relatively smooth but still has some coarseness. Brush the sauce on meats while they are cooking.

Grilled Chicken Pillards with Cucumber and Melon Herb Salsa

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 red onion, chopped fine
Salt & black pepper

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325°F. In a small bowl whisk together the zest, citrus juices, vinegar, oil and agave nectar until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the fresh herbs. Pour over the cucumbers and melons in another bowl and mix well. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once more. Serve the chicken pillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Chicken Paillards with Grilled Peach & Pepino Salsa

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Heirloom Melon and Prosciutto Wraps with Lemon Thyme Drizzle

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 and lemon thyme leaves on simmer for about 5 minutes until warm and honey has been infused with lemon thyme.

Trofie Al Pesto

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 simple to make with just time being the main component. The dish is often served with boiled potatoes and green beans and you will find very few variations to this regions dish. Never fear the beauty of this dish is that the trophies are supposed to look rustic and so don’t sweat too much if yours are not perfect, the key is long thin tubular strips with a little corkscrew shape to them, cooked always aldente!

Ingredients

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
1 cup potatoes, boiled and chopped fine
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut
Salt
Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Directions

Place the flour down on a flat surface and sprinkle in the salt. Make a well or a volcano shape and pour the water in the center. Using your fingers begin to mix the flour in, making sure to keep the water in the center. Mix until the dough is together, the dough should feel tacky and slightly damp. Knead the dough a few minutes until your fingers can move across it without sticking. Then clean the work surface and re-knead the dough for another 5-8 minutes until it is smooth and elastic; super smooth! Wrap the dough in plastic wrap or in a plastic bag and let stand to rest, refrigerate at least one hour and up to 24 hours.

Shaping the trofie

Get a large baking sheet line with parchment paper and sprinkle with semolina flour. Prepare a clean work surface as well and sprinkle with regular flour. Keep the dough covered in the plastic at all times when not using it. Divide the dough into about 4-6 small balls. Take each ball and roll it out using two hangs into a thick rope about 13 inch thick. Cut that rope into ¼ inch pieces. With each ¼ inch piece, roll it into a longer thinner rope. With each longer thinner rope place it down on the table and roll it into a 2-3 inch long thin strip. Using the back side of your hand and pinky finger (if your thumb is facing straight up and the back of your pinky touching the table) roll in an upside down V shape, starting with the right side roll up starting with the right side of the pasta strip and moving into the center as you roll up to the bottom part of your hand, slowly without lifting the hand, change the position of your hand to start to roll back down through the left side of the pasta strip rolling the pasta as your hand rolls down to the top of your pinky touching the pasta. Repeat this process with all the dough and until you have enough to make a batch.

Cooking the dish

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place in green beans. Cook for one minute and then slowly add the Trofie. When the Trofie begins to float, about 3 minutes they are done, toss in the cooked potatoes and take off heat. Take out all the goods using a large slotted spoon and place in a large serving bowl. Add a little of the pasta water and spoon in some pesto. (About 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of pasta, 2 for those who like it bold). Mix together the pasta and the pesto until a smooth silky sauce is rolling around the Trofie. Serve with finely grated parmesan.

Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 and this dish is no exception. I would like to think I learned a few tricks in Italy that can perhaps, maybe, almost compete with Anna’s version, which I have to admit is just about exactly the same as I found all along the coast of Italy!

Ingredients

Cuttlefish Ink Fettuccini, cooked (regular pasta dough) made with 1 tablespoon cuttlefish ink
*for whatever reason the sepia ink is said to drown out the taste of the salt in the past so add 1 teaspoon salt extra to the recipe using the ink
Olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili’s (dried chili flakes can be substituted)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cloves garlic
1 cup rock shrimp
1 cup cuttlefish pieces, chopped large
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pesto
¼ cup fresh mint

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat the oil, chilies and lemon zest and sauté the garlic for a few minutes. Add the rock shrimp and cuttlefish pieces and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt and the pesto and stir. Cook for about 5-8 minutes and toss together with pasta and fresh mint.

Grilled & Stuffed Cuttlefish

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 with the beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, breadcrumbs and pecorino. Mix in lemon zest and juice and pesto and season with salt and pepper to taste. Carefully stuff the bodies of the cuttlefish and brush with the reaming pesto on both sides. Grill on a hot grill for about 10-12 minutes flipping 2-3 times as needed.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully. Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist. Heat two large deep pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F. Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and herbs and spices. Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”. When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess. Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan. Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes. The chicken should be a deep copper brown. Place on the baking sheets line with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Silver-Dollar Walnut Cakes with Berry Compote and Lemon Ricotta

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 orange marmalade
2 tablespoons water

For the Lemon Ricotta

½ cup skim ricotta
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 tablespoon mint, chopped

Directions

In a small sauce pan, add berries, water and marmalade. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Mix together ingredients for the ricotta & store in fridge till its time to serve.

Preheat griddle over medium heat. Mix dry pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to dry. Fold together. Measure out cakes with a small ladle or ice cream scoop to a sprayed griddle. Cook each for about 3 minutes per side, and store cooked cakes in a warm oven (200°) until all are cooked.

Place cakes on plate (3 for a full serving of whole grains). Top with compote and a dollop of ricotta mixture.

Turn leftovers into a trifle by alternating cake, compote, ricotta in a tall glass container. Top with any extra compote. Cover with plastic wrap and place a small plate on top to weigh down. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Turn upside down over plate and remove bowl. Slice like a cake and serve.

Crispy Flax Granola

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Heirloom Squash & Chili Mint Salad

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well.

Lo-Cal Milkshake

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Herbed Tomato Salsa

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 until soft and translucent or about 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until semi soft but not mushy. Turn the heat to low and add the fresh herbs and cook for about one minute. Take off heat and season with salt & pepper.

Tapenade Aioli

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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!

Lean Grassfed Beef Burger

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 for approximately 10 minutes on each side until hard but not totally frozen. Preheat the grill making sure that it is well oiled and clean. Make sure heat is steady and high while cooking burgers. Do not flip burgers multiple times. The key is to flip the burger once or twice but no more. Minimizing flipping also ensures that the burgers stay well formed. Generally speaking, cook meat for two minutes per side for rare burgers, three minutes per side for medium, and four minutes per side for well done burgers. Top with cheese or the condiments of your choice.

Blackberry Mole

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

About 6 servings

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 heaping tablespoons shelled, skinless peanuts
2 tablespoons whole raw almonds
2 heaping tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (green)
2 heaping tablespoons raw pecan pieces
1 ounce Ancho chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
1 ounce pasilla chili, cleaned, stemmed, seeded (reserve seeds)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
1½” piece of canela (Mexican cinnamon)
18 teaspoon aniseed
18 teaspoon coriander seed
Pinch of dried Oregano
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground cumin
1 corn tortilla
1 recipe cooked pork (recipe follows)
5-6 cup chicken stock
2 Cups rise blackberries
3-4 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cooked Pork and Stock

About 8-10 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

Fennel Orange Granola Bars

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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 seeds
1 cup cooked and drained lentils, any color
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-by-11-inch pan with parchment paper. Whisk egg, egg white, honey, oil, cinnamon, orange zest & juice, salt, spices and vanilla in a large bowl. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Spread in prepared pan and press. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool; cut into bars with a lightly oiled knife. Can store out of the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week or in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Tomato Basil Frittata Cups

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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 4 minutes. Set aside and let cool, then mix in chopped herbs. In a large mixing bowl, whip eggs, milk and salt & pepper till frothy. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Fill each muffin hole ¾ the way up with egg mixture, then dollop in a spoonful of tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 25 minutes or util a toothpick comes out clean. To store, plane cooled frittatas in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Reheat each one in the microwave for 35 seconds.

Wholegrain Savory Garden Scones

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 corn kernels
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons carrots, grated
2 tablespoons green onions, sliced fine
3 tablespoons zucchini, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup cheddar cheese (optional)
13 cup butter, unsalted, cubed and chilled
½ cup low fat milk or buttermilk
2 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper, stir well. Add the vegetables and mix until all the vegetables are mixed and covered in flour. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles a course meal with chunks of vegetables in it. In a spate mixing bowl whisk together milk and eggs until beaten. Add the milk mixture to the flour and vegetable mixture and stir until combined fully. Pick the dough up and give it a few kneads but just enough to hold it together. Roll the dough out onto a cutting board forming an 5-8 inch circle about an inch thick. Cut the dough into 8-10 wedges and place on a lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and a stick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool before serving. For storage wrap in a plastic zip lock or tupperware and store refrigerated up to 2 weeks. Alternatively scones can be stored outside of the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tomato Macaroons with Lemon Olive Oil Savory Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, tomato powder, dried basil and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patterns or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lemon buttermilk cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, olive oil and lemon juice. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Tomato Powder

Ingredients

1 can tomato paste

Directions

Preheat oven to 250°F. On a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray spread the past evenly and flat and thin all over the parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for about 2½ hours. Peel it off the paper and flip over and place back in the oven for another 30 minutes to an hour until fully dry. Allow to cool completely. Pulverize in a spice grinder until powdery.

Blueberry Macaroons with Lemon Buttercream

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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 zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, dried blueberries, and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the sugar slowly until egg whites have a glossy meringue texture and look. Be very careful NOT TO OVERBEAT. Slowly add the blueberry puree and let mix a few more rounds. Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patters or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lemon buttermilk cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, buttermilk and lemon juice. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy. To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

White Chocolate Lavender Peach Macaroons

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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 crushed)
3 tablespoons fresh peach puree
½ cup sugar
1½ cups butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, lavender powder, cocoa and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the sugar slowly until egg whites have a glossy meringue texture and look. Be very careful NOT TO OVERBEAT. Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, cocoa, lavender and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patters or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lavender peach cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lavender powder and peach puree. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Strawberry Basil Cream Macaroons with Sugar Fried Basil Leaves

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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 powdered sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the sugar slowly until egg whites have a glossy meringue texture and look. Be very careful NOT TO OVERBEAT. Pour the strawberry puree in the mixer for 2-3 quick turns or until the puree is mixed in some. Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patters or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the basil butter cream

In a medium sauce pan combine basil leaves, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to let cook on low for about 4 more minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend. Strain the mixture and discard the basil leaves. Place the mixture back on the burner and bring to a boil and cook until reduce to half and is very thick, stirring constantly for about approximately 4 minutes. Cool. In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, and basil syrup. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

For sugar fried basil leaves

In a little bit of almond oil in a small frying pan on high heat, fry basil leaves a few at a time until crisp but still green. Take of heat and place on paper towels, sprinkle with sugar while warm on both sides.

To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place a sugar fried basil leaf on top of the filling and then place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Mexican Spiced Walnut and Tomato Salsa with Collard Green Wrap

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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 walnuts, grind them in the food processor.
Put the ground walnuts in a bowl, add cumin and coriander and mix well.
Add nama shoyu and mix well.
Spread approximately 13 cup of the walnut mixture along the center stem of each collard green leaf, add a layer of shredded lettuce and some salsa and roll.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quartered depending on size
¾ cup cilantro, chopped fine
½ cup yellow onions, diced small
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
½-1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Pasta Basil Pine Nut Pesto over Zucchini

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 fine add the olive oil, flax oil, lemon juice, miso and gralic. Process.
Add the pine nuts and process until the desired consistency is achieved. Do not over process the mixture will become to oily.
The texture should be creamy with a tiny specks of pine nuts through out.
Store in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze the pesto in ice cube trays.

Notes: try replacing the pine nuts with walnuts or brazil nuts

Zucchini Pasta

Ingredients

1 Zucchini

Directions

Take the zucchini, cut the ends off and place it in a spiralizer and spiralize.
Or you can use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline to make noodles.
Place the desired amount of “pasta” on your plate, add the pesto basil sauce and serve.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Wood Sorrel Butter

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 vegetables before cooking.

Ingredients

4 cups chopped summer vegetables, 1-inch chunks (summer squashes and eggplant are especially good)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup wood sorrel leaves
¼ cup butter (vegan option: use additional olive oil instead)
Salt to taste

Directions

Heat the grill over medium high heat. Toss the vegetables with the oil. Arrange the vegetables on the grill so that they are not touching (leave a little space between pieces if doing skewers). Grill for 5 minutes. Turn over and grill for another 3-5 minutes until vegetables are tender.
While the veggies are grilling, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the wood sorrel and stir until the leaves are just wilted. Remove from heat.
Put the grilled vegetables on a serving plate. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Spoon the sorrel in melted butter over the vegetables. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Spicy Gumbo with Purslane Bishop’s Elder & Sassafras Leaf

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 (Sassafras albidum) leaves – a tree native to our region’s forests (and parks)!

Ingredients

¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup bishop’s elder stems and leaves, chopped
1-3 fresh or dried hot chilé peppers
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups chopped purslane leaves and stems
2 links andouille, chorizo, or other smoked sausage cut into ½-inch chunks
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoons filé powder
Salt to taste
(Plus cooked rice to serve the gumbo over)

Directions

In a Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the roux is a rich brown color. Remove from the heat and let cool for 1 minute.
Add the onion, bell pepper, bishop’s elder and hot peppers. Return to the heat. Whisk in the stock. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, whisking constantly.
Reduce the heat to a medium. Add the purslane, sausage and garlic. Simmer until the sausage is cooked and the vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Stir in the filé powder and salt to taste. Serve over cooked rice.

Vegan Variation: leave out the sausage, add 1 cup cooked beans, substitute 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo for the hot chilé peppers.

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

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020

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 plus 6 yolks
14 ounces all-purpose or Italian OO flour
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Pinch salt

For the Sauce

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 zucchini, diced (green parts only)
Pinch espelette pepper
¾ cup spicy soppressata, cut into small cubes
2 red bell peppers, charred on a grill or gas burner, skins and seeds/ribs removed, and cut into strips
Reserved cooked corn kernels
1 cup fresh Italian basil leaves, gently torn
Zucchini blossoms, cut in half, stems and pistils removed

Directions

For the filling

In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the onions in olive oil, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add all but a few tablespoons of the corn and continue cooking until it is tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.

In a food processor, purée the corn and onion mixture. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the mascarpone, crab, lemon zest and espelette. Adjust seasoning. Place the mixture in a pining bag and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the pasta dough

Lightly beat the eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl. Add the extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Add in the flour little by little, mixing together with a fork until the dough is not too sticky to handle. The dough should still be a rough, shaggy mass.

Turn the dough out onto the work surface and knead by hand, adding more of the flour, as necessary until the dough is smooth, elastic and not sticky. Wrap in plastic or store in a Ziploc bag to rest for 20 minutes.

Cut the dough from the ball into pieces and flatten into disks. Work with one disk at a time and keep the rest covered with plastic or under a kitchen towel so they do not dry out. Run the disk through the rollers of the pasta machine, starting at the widest setting. Fold the dough in half or in thirds and press down to seal. If the dough feels sticky sprinkle it with flour, but brush off the excess. Feed the open side of the pasta through the rollers and repeat a few times. Continue to dust the dough with flour and brush it off if the dough feels tacky.

Advance the pasta machine to the next thinnest setting. Without folding anymore, put the pasta sheet through the next setting. Continue advancing the rollers to the next thinnest setting, rolling the pasta sheet one time through each setting without folding, until the dough is thin enough so that you can see your hand through it.

Place the sheet of pasta on a lightly floured work surface. Cut out circles of dough from the sheet using a fluted biscuit cutter or a juice glass, approximately 3 inches in diameter. Pipe a blob for the filling in the center of each circle and then fold over the dough to form a half-moon shape. Press the dough together to seal. Bring the ends of the half moons together and press to seal them. Place the finished cappelletti on a well-floured sheet tray covered with a clean towel until ready to cook. Repeat the process with all the disks of dough.

For the sauce

In a large wide skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the diced zucchini, season with salt and espelette, and cook over medium heat until just tender. Add the reserved corn kernels, diced soppressata and red peppers and warm through.

Cook the cappellacci in abundant boiling salted water until they float to the surface. Strain from the water and add to the pan with the soppressata and peppers. Add some of the pasta cooking water and toss together to make a creamy sauce. Gently tear the basil leaves and add to the skillet along with the zucchini blossoms. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon the pasta onto warmed bowls or plates.

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

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

025

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 into strips (no pith)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 spring fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3½ ounces black olives, pitted and sliced

For the Calamari

1 pound calamari, fresh or frozen, tubes and tentacles cleaned and separated
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Pinch pepperoncino
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, freshly chopped

Directions

For the cavatelli

Combine the flours in a large bowl. Add ricotta and the parmesan and mix by hand to combine.
Add the water a little at a time, just enough to form a stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work table and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Be careful not to add too much water, but the dough should not be tacky or sticky.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap for up to a few hours.

To shape the cavatelli: cut the dough into pieces, and then roll one piece into a rope about ½ inch in diameter. Keep the remaining pieces covered in plastic wrap until needed. Using a small knife or a bowl/bench scraper, cut the dough rope into pieces about ½ inch long.

Press the pieces with your index finger against the blade of a butter knife with a rounded tip, flattering each piece of dough until fairly thin. Pull the knife toward you, dragging the dough across the work surface so that it curls itself around the tip of the knife to form a shell shape. Place on a floured sheet tray until ready to use.

For the calamari

Cut the calamari into tubes about ½ inch thick.

In a medium sauté pan over a low flame, heat a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with the sliced garlic. Add a pinch of pepperoncino. When the garlic has softened and given off all of its aroma, turn off the heat and set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over high heat. Sear the calamari tubes and tentacles in just a little oil nicely colored on both sides. Remove to the smaller pan with the garlic. Toss with the freshly grated lemon zest and parsley. Adjust seasoning.

For the Sauce

Cut the peeled and seeded tomatoes into petals. Toss them in a bowl with salt and pepper, crushed garlic, strips of lemon and orange zest and fresh thyme sprigs. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them in a 325°F oven until they are soft, shrunken and slightly golden.
Clean the arugula well.

Boil the cavatelli in abundant salted water until just al dente.

In a large sauté pan over medium low flame, heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil with the roasted tomatoes and olives. Strain the pasta and toss into the sauce, adding the arugula and toss together until it is just wilted. Add a few drops of pasta water and olive oil to the pan to achieve a creamy consistency. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon into warm bowls and top with the seared calamari dividing the rings and tentacles evenly among the bowls.

Berries and Sugar Crepes

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until cold! Heat a large crepe pan or non stick skillet to medium high heat and brush with a combination of butter and oil until greased lightly. Pour a little batter (about ¼ to ½ cup) into the pan and cook, flipping once when the bottom side is cooked brown. There will be some small bubbles as when cooking a pancake. The process should take a few minutes total for each crepe and varies with the heat of the pan. Place a spoon full of creme fresh on the crepe and spread into a thin layer. Spoon the berries onto the crepe and fold the sides together to form a crepe or roll. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Summer Sausage and Herb Cassoulet

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon lemon zest
2 pounds 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 inch thick
1 cup bread crumbs
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Fresh parsley for garnish

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. In a ceramic casserole pan heat the olive oil on a medium high heat, cook the onions, garlic and lemon zest for about 3-4 minutes or until semi translucent. Add the cranberry beans, white wine and stock and stir well. Cook for about 5 minutes add the herbs, seasonings and sausage, stir well. Cook about 5-8 more minutes and take off heat. Mix together, bread crumbs and cheese and season with a little salt. Sprinkle atop the mean mixture and place in a preheated oven, uncovered for about 10 minutes or until browned on the top. Take off heat and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Whole Grain Onion Tarts

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 puff pastry on a lined baking sheet, either on a large square or small squares. Spoon mixture into tart and bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Summer Squash Soup with Basil-Mint Pistou

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 the piquillo pepper and spoon cheese into the inside. Place about 2-3 tablespoons olive oil and a few cloves of garlic in a large frying pan and heat to medium high heat. Cook the stuffed peppers about a minute on each side and serve immediately with a drizzle of sherry vinegar and a pinch of salt.

Manchengo Cheese & Ham Croquettes

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 or until onion is translucent. Add flour and stir well until completely mixed in, sauté about a minute, stirring constantly. Pour in the milk whisking continuously for about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add parsley, Serrano ham and cheese, again whisking continuously as the mixture cooks and the cheese melts. Spread misture onto a large baking sheet and place in the refrigerator to cool. When cool, beat eggs and set aside in a bowl and place bread crumbs in a bowl as well. Remove cheese mixture from the refrigerator and scoop up and form into balls, dip in the egg mixture and then roll in the breadcrumbs. Place rolled croquettes in a pan filled with oil and deep fry for about 3-4 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Serve warm, serve with garlic aioli if desired.

Dried Strawberry Lime Salt

June 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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 combined well and semi moist and clumpy like margarita salt. Depending on the juice amount of the lime you may need another one. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month.

Strawberry Margaritas with Dried Strawberry Lime Salted Rims

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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 2 limes
1 ounce strawberry puree (more for a sweeter version)
Strawberry Lime Salt for inside and the rim (recipe follows)

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place the tequila, orange liquor, pinch of lime zest, juice or 2 limes and the strawberry puree. Add a pinch of the strawberry salt and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture, ice and all, into a low ball glass rimmed with the strawberry salt. Garnish with a strawberry or a lime wedge.

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 combined well and semi moist and clumpy like margarita salt. Depending on the juice amount of the lime you may need another one. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month.

Fresh Ginger Whole-Wheat Nutmeg Butter Cookies

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 egg and mix well. In a spate small bowl mix together flour and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet a little at a time mixing continuously. Form the mixture into a long log shape about 2 inch circle and wrap in saran wrap for up to 1 hour. Slice the logs thin and place on a baking sheet. Alternatively you can bake immediately without refrigerating the cookies with be softer. Place spoons full of the dough mixture on a baking sheet and press down using fingers to a flat cookie shape. Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Place on rack to cool.

Spring Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Créme Fraiche

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the lime zest and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and water and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime créme fraiche and garnish with cilantro leaves.

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.

Cilantro Lime Créme Fraiche

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Solo Fish Dinner of Mackeral, Fennel Olive & Herbs with Lemony Spring Potatoes

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 pepper and place in the center of a 12×12 piece of tin foil. Place the fennel on top of the fish and a few sliced underneath, the same with the lemons. Place the potatoes on top and drizzle the lemon juice over the top of the potatoes. Sprinkle with the oregano, thyme and tomatoes and season again with salt and pepper. Fold the foil packet up like a package so that all sides are secure tightly and the cooking liquid cannot leak out. Place the packet on a baking sheet and place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven unwrap package and let steam out before serving.

Spring Mix Salad with Herbed Onion Dressing

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 all ingredients except the mixed greens, the mixture will be thick and not drippy. Season with salt to taste. Toss together with the mixed greens and serve.

Herbed Portabella Quiche

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 portabella mushroom using a spoon so it resembles a bowl. Reserve the scoop mixture for another dish. Mix eggs, tomatoes, green onions, fresh herbs, salt and pepper, cream and cheese. Place the portabella mushroom bowl side up on a baking sheet. Pour the egg mixture inside the scooped portabella, filling to the rim. Place in the oven and bake about 25-30 minutes.

Zucchini and Marjoram Quiche

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 salt. Add butter. Using a wooden spoon and your hands, mix until coarse meal forms. Add 4 tablespoons ice water. Mix until dough comes together in moist clumps, adding more ice water if dough becomes too dry and won’t form into a ball. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap and chill at least one hour. Roll out and form crust and bake in a 350° preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

For the quiche

Mix eggs, cream, salt and pepper and fresh herbs. Blend well. Add cheese. Add the majority of the zucchini and onions saving a few pieces of each for the top. Pour batter into pie crust and place a few leftover zucchini and onions on top for aesthetics. Bake for 45 minutes at 350° or until golden brown on top and/or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

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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 that we see in shakshuka, which is originally and Israeli version of eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce!

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 green or red chilies (as spicy as you want your dish to be, use mild chilies for no heat)
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon smoky paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Warm pita or bread for serving

Directions

In a large sauté pan with raised edges at least 3 inches, heat olive oil about 4 tablespoons on a moderate high heat. Add chilies, onions, garlic, and sauté until onions are beginning to caramelize and char or about 5-7 minutes. Add the cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper and stir well. Pour in the canned tomatoes and break apart with your hands as you add them in. Stir well and cook down about 10 minutes or until all mixture is juicy and tomato saucy. Turn burner to a moderately low heat and make sure the tomato sauce is even throughout the pan. Crack the eggs one by one, making sure not to disturb the yoke, and making sure the eggs are all over the pan. Poach the eggs, basting them with tomato sauce from the pan using a spoon. The eggs should be done in about 4 minutes, if you would like the yolks more done, place more tomato mixture atop the yolks (carefully) and cook for about 6 minutes.) Remove from heat and sprinkle with the feta and the herbs! Serve with warm pita or bread.

Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 is a deep magenta. Take the beets out of the pan and set aside for another use. Place the beet liquid in a large zip lock bag and add the champagne vinegar and 2 teaspoons sea salt, mix well.

Place the whole hard boiled eggs gently in the zip lock bag and let stand overnight. Strain out the liquid and lay the eggs on paper towels to dry. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk and plan in a small mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside. Mix yolks with the mustard, mayonnaise, citrus vinegar and fresh herbs together, mashing until the desired consistency (some prefer smooth egg yolk mixture and others semi chunky). Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, about a half teaspoon each. Spoon mixture onto beet pickled egg whites (they will feel firm due to the pickling process). Chill and serve. Garnish with chive sprigs.

Whole Wheat Broccoli Calzones

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 or two of them. In a pot of boiling water blanch the broccoli florets for a few minutes until just al dente and beginning to soften. Remove and set aside. In a medium sauté pan add butter and oil and bring to a medium high heat. Sauté ham and onions for a few minutes until onions and ham begin to brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add broccoli florets and mix well. Add the flour and sauté a few minute longer until all flour is absorbed around the ham and broccoli. Add the cheese and the milk and reduce heat to low, stirring constantly until all the cheese has melted and the cheese is smooth. Remove from heat season with salt and pepper.

Place a dollop of the broccoli close to the center of each of the whole wheat dough circles, off to one side but still centered. Fold over the dough so that the sides are even and touching and a half circle is formed. Starting with one side top or bottom roll up or down the pizza dough sides curling up and twisting until top or bottom is reached. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Basil Calzone

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 fresh ricotta cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a medium sauté pan heat olive oil to a medium high heat and sauté garlic, onions and fresh chili for about 3-5 minutes or until the onions begin to caramelize and get brownish tips. Add the spices, chili flakes, oregano and salt and sauté for another few seconds. Add the basil and spinach leaves and sauté about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and white wine and stir well keeping on a medium high heat and cook until a liquid is absorbed or cooked off. Take off heat and place in a small mixing bowl and add in the fresh ricotta cheese. Mix well.

Roll out the calzone dough into 4 to 6 circles. Place about ¼-½ cup on one side of the circle close to the center. Fold on half over the ricotta making sure that the sides of the dough are touching, forming a half circle. Start from one end and roll the side of the dough closed using a twist motion. Place the calzones on a baking sheet (greased or lined with parchment paper) in the oven for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Basic Marinara

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
9 medium tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup garlic, chopped fine
1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
1 carrot, chopped fine
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 green pepper, chopped fine
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

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

Calzone Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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 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, normally about 1-2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute so the yeast can activate. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs such as oregano or basil. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture with the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick or regular.

Basic Pizza Dough

June 12th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

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 combine the flour and salt and any optional dried herbs: oregano, basil etc. Mix well. Slowly combine the yeast mixture to the flour mixture mixing well until a soft dough forms. Turn the flour on a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic adding more flour as needed. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. In a lightly oiled bowl, preferably ceramic or stainless steel, place dough covered with greased plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm, draft free location for about 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size. Flatten the dough to desired size shape and thickness – thin, thick or regular.

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 10 by 14-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside. Melt the remaining 8 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup of the brown sugar and the cinnamon and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Add the bananas and cook on both sides, turning, until the bananas start to soften and brown, about 3 minutes. Add the banana liqueur and stir to blend. Carefully add the rum and shake the pan back and forth to warm the rum and flame the pan. (Or, off the heat, carefully ignite the rum with a match and return to the heat.) Shake the pan back and forth, basting the bananas, until the flame dies. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Whisk together the eggs, remaining ½ cup brown sugar, the cream, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the cooled banana mixture and bread and stir to blend thoroughly. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake until firm, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. To serve, scoop the pudding onto dessert plates. Top each serving with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and serve immediately.

Caramel Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons to ¼ cup whole milk

Directions

Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Let boil without stirring until the mixture becomes a deep amber color, 2 to 3 minutes, watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Carefully add the cram (it may splatter), whisk to combine, and remove from the heat. Add the milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before serving. (The sauce will thicken as it cools.)

Recipe Courtesy of Emeril’s Delmonico, by Emeril Lagasse

Traditional Hollandaise Sauce

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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 water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to whisk rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and double in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the eggs benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

Recipe from Tyler Florence

Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

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Makes 1 cup of sauce

Ingredients

3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
18 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 and not steam away. Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne (if using) into your blender. Blend the egg yolk mixture at a medium to medium high speed until it lightens in color, about 20-30 seconds. The friction generated by the blender blades will heat the yolks a bit. The blending action will also introduce a little air into them, making your hollandaise sauce a bit lighter. Once the yolks have lightened in color, turn the blender down to its lowest setting (if you only have on speed on your blender it will still work), and drizzle in the melted butter slowly, while the blender is going. Continue to buzz for another couple seconds after the butter is incorporated. Turn off the blender and taste the sauce. It should be buttery, lemony and just slightly salty. If it is not salty or lemony enough, you can add a little lemon juice or salt to taste. If you want a thinner consistency, add a little warm water. Pulse briefly to incorporate the ingredients one more time. Store until needed in a warm spot, like on or next to the stovetop. Use within an hour or so.

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Eggs Sardou

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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 a lemon). Simmer 5 to 10 minutes or until artichokes are tender but not overcooked (fresh artichokes will take longer to cook). While artichokes are cooking, add butter to a warmed pot over medium heat. Add flour and whisk briskly, fully incorporating flour with butter. Let cook for 1 minute, whisking all the while. Whisk in milk. Let mixture come to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer, whisking frequently. Let simmer 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste. Stir in spinach leaves, 1 cup at a time, allowing to wilt before adding next cup. Stir in minced ham.

When ready to serve, poach eggs: into a pot of salted boiling water with a tablespoon of white vinegar added, gently break 4 eggs at a time and let simmer until whites are cooked through. Remove carefully with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Place two drained artichoke bottoms on each plate. Spoon creamed spinach over artichokes. Place 1 poached egg in each artichoke, and top with a spoonful of Hollandaise Sauce.

Recipe adapted from The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, by Chef John Folse

Shrimp Remoulade

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 and pepper to taste

Directions

For the Old Bay Steamed Shrimp

In a large pot, combine first 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Add shrimp, stir gently. Cover and steam until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Drain; remove shells.

For the Remoulade Sauce

In a 2-quart mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk well. Once blended, cover and refrigerate, preferably overnight. A minimum of 4 hours is required for flavors to develop. When ready, remove from refrigerator and adjust seasonings.

Starting with half the Remoulade sauce, gently mix in the whole, peeled shrimp. Add more sauce if necessary – salad should not be saucy. Chill thoroughly. Serve cold, stop crisp butter lettuce or fried green tomatoes.

Recipe adapted from the Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, by Chef John Folse

Beignets

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 formed. Cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour. Heat vegetable oil to 350. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead once or twice and roll out to 38 to ½ inch thick. Cut dough into 3″ squares and place on a lightly floured pan. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Deep-fry beignets, two or three at a time, about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and puffed. Remove from oil, drain and dust generously with powdered sugar.

Recipe from the Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, by Chef John Folse

Guava Jam

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter making sure the seeds are caught, push as much as you can through the mesh. Place the mixture in a metal bowl and place in the refrigerator to solidity; Guavas natural pectin will create a more dense and thick jam.

Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava Pie Pockets)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 of peas. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and water. Add the liquid a little bit at a time to the flour-butter mixture; mix it up with your hands or a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms, a few more tablespoons of ice cold water may be needed. Form the dough into a flat disc shape about the size of a small salad plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Divide the dough in two and on a lightly floured surface roll out each piece of dough to a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in about 8-10 three inch squares. Place a tablespoon of the jam on the center of each square. Fold over the dough around the filling, and moisten borders with wet finger tips. Roll the edges of the border from one side of the empanada to the other in a crescent, making sure just to roll the very outer edge of the border. Place each empanada on a greased baking sheet. Poke one or two holes, using the tip of a knife, in each empanada to aerate them. Bake empanadas for about 15 minutes, take out of the oven, and brush with a little butter. Bake again for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat, allow to cool a few minutes and dust with powdered sugar.

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 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter making sure the seeds are caught, push as much as you can through the mesh. Place the mixture in a metal bowl and place in the refrigerator to solidity; Guavas natural pectin will create a more dense and thick jam.

Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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
13 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups pineapple preserves (recipe follows)
(egg and water for glaze)
Turbinado sugar for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a saucepan heat the butter, sugar and milk until all the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and cool to a lukewarm temperature. In a small bowl whisk together water and yeast and set aside for about 3-4 minutes until yeast is frothy. In a large bowl combine the flour and salt and make a well in the center. Mix together the milk mixture and the yeast mixture and slowly add to the flour bowl mixing as you add forming a bread dough. Once a bread dough is formed and all the ingredients are mixed well, transfer to a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a lightly oiled metal or ceramic bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot for about 1½ hours or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down and divide into two sections and place again on a lightly floured surface and roll out the dough into a rectangle sheet the size of a baking sheet. Place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet (save the trimmings of dough if you have). Spread the pineapple preserves all over the dough evenly leaving a border around the edges for sealing the top layer. Roll out the second section of dough and place over the top of the jam. Making sure to seal the edges (by pressing together tightly). Roll out the strips of dough into long strips and make criss-cross pattern over the tart. Take some beaten egg and water and brush the tops of the tart and sprinkle with the turbanado sugar. Poke many holes in the tart to prevent it from puffing ad let the tart rest for about 30 minutes before placing in the oven to bake. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the dough (on the side) comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let stand about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Pineapple Preserves

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup pineapple, chopped small to fine
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (scraped parts reserved)
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan on low heat and cook slowly stirring often for about 20 minutes.

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

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 scraped and cut)
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-12 four ounce ramekins. In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In another larger bowl cream together the butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy. Mix in the scraped parts of the vanilla bean and mix until incorporated well. Slowly combine and mix the dry mix into the wet mix a little at a time until all is incorporated and a creamy batter is created. Pour the batter evenly between the ramekins. Bake the ramekins for about 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool. In a mixing bowl combine the mango, the brown sugar syrup, the coconut milk, the condensed milk and mix well. Carefully take the cake out of the ramekins and place down on a large baking tray or Pyrex baking dish with raised sides. Make sure the little cakes do not touch each other. Poke holes in the cakes using a wooden skewer (about 10 holes per cake), making sure the hole goes to the bottom. Pour your mango batter over the cakes and place in the refrigerator to soak up the sauce for about an hour.

Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 into chunks
2 cups milk
1 cup ice
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. The Central American versions of milkshakes are often much looser than other milkshakes and often served over more ice.

Fresh Pea Soup with Ham Hock and Croutons

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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. Toss with olive oil and salt onto a baking sheet and place into oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

In a 1 gallon stock pot, add 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Bring to a medium-high heat and sear the ham hocks until golden brown. If the ham hocks are smoked, you can just go to the next step and add the hocks later. Add to the stock pot the onion and sweat for about a minute. Then add in the celery and sweat for another minute. Now add in your leeks and garlic and sweat again for another minute or two. Try to do this without getting any color on the vegetables. Deglaze the bottom of the pan with the white wine and reduce heat to a medium flame. Reduce wine for about 3 minutes. If using smoked ham hocks, add them now as well as the bouquet garni and stock. Bring stock to a simmer and let cook for about 45-60 minutes. Add in the fresh peas during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking or until soft and remove ham hock. Using an immersion blender, purée soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and serve with croutons. Use extra parsley for garnish.

Pork Fried Rice

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 sauté pan or a wok to a high heat. Toss pork with seasoned flour (salt and pepper). Cook pork until no longer raw in the center, 1-2 minutes. Remove pork and add carrots. Cook for 1 minute. Then add in pepper, toss together and add in ginger, garlic, and scallions. Sauté for about 1 minute and add rice. Toss everything together and start to season with soy sauce (and Sriracha or Sambal for some heat). With a wooden spoon, form a well in the center of the rice and add the eggs. Let the eggs fry in the center for about 1 minute while mixing it with the spoon. Fold egg into rice and serve immediately.

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
3 cups baby spinach
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

For chicken pesto meatballs

In a large bowl, using your hands to combine ground chicken, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes until mixed well. Add the egg, and gently bind together. Roll about a tablespoon of mixture at a time into 1-inch balls and set aside.

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and red chili flakes, cook 1 minute more. Add chicken stock, carrots, celery, fennel, and parmesan rind. Increase heat and bring to a boil, drop in chicken meatballs, lower heat to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Add pasta and continue to cook until vegetables are tender, meatballs are cooked through, and pasta is cooked, about 7 minutes. Add spinach and cook, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cannellini beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups arugula leaves, chopped

For the herb pesto

1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

For the soup

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add vegetable stock, thyme, carrots, celery, asparagus, and green beans. Season with salt. Increase heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes. Add peas, beans and tomatoes and cook 10 minutes more. Add arugula and cook just until wilted. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto.

For the herb pesto

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in blender. Stream in olive oil while blending and combine.

Rustic Artichoke Soup

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 stems, plus 1 tablespoon chopped for garnish
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt

Directions

In a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook leeks and onions until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add artichoke hearts, potatoes, and stock. Place bay leaf, thyme and parsley stems in cheesecloth, tie and add to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until ingredients are cooked through and flavors have melted together. Remove herbs in cheese cloth. Puree soup with immersion blender or food processor. Heat soup, and add butter. Taste for salt and serve.

Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 and green parts, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 small fennel bulb, cut in half and sliced thin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken or onion broth
3 plum tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh peas
Herbed Germolata (recipe follows)

Directions

Tie the veal shanks up with the kitchen twine so that the shanks stay together. In a small mixing bowl mix the flour and mint and season with salt. Dredge the osso buco in the flour until they are all coated. In a large dutch oven or le creuset bring the oil to a medium high heat. Brown the osso buco on all side or about 2 minutes on each. Take out of the pan and set aside. Sauté the garlic, onions and lemon zest for a few minutes or until translucent. Add the carrots and the fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté. Add the wine and stir well removing any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and the tomatoes and stir well. Add the veal shanks to the pot and cover with the vegetables and juice. Turn the burner to low and cook for about 30 minutes. Add the peas and cook another 5 minutes. Take off heat and serve on its own, with pasta, polenta or rice and topped with the herbed gremolata.

Herbed Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon maldon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.

Herbed Calamari with Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 Garlic Aioli (recipe follows)
Lemon wedges

Directions

In a small mixing bowl mix together the lemon juice and the buttermilk and add the calamari, making sure to mix well and that all calamari pieces are covered with the milk and lemon mixture. Let marinate for about 30 minutes. Heat the oil to a medium high heat. In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, cornmeal, and breadcrumbs, then add in the herbs making sure they are chopped superfine. Season with salt and pepper and set mixture aside. Strain the calamari and little by little place the calamari in the flour mixture, gently tumbling around until completely coated in the flour mixture. Drop into the hot oil and allow to fry for about 1-2 minutes or until the calamari is floating for more than a few seconds. Drain on paper towels. Serve with lemon wedges and the aioli for dipping.

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 vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Beet Pickled & Herbed Deviled Eggs

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 is a deep magenta. Take the beets out of the pan and set aside for another use. Place the beet liquid in a large zip lock bag and add the champagne vinegar and 2 teaspoons sea salt, mix well.
Place the whole hard boiled eggs gently in the zip lock bag and let stand overnight. Strain out the liquid and lay the eggs on paper towels to dry. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk and plan in a small mixing bowl. Set egg whites aside. Mix yolks with the mustard, mayonnaise, citrus vinegar and fresh herbs together, mashing until the desired consistency (some prefer smooth egg yolk mixture and others semi chunky). Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste, about a half teaspoon each. Spoon mixture onto beet pickled egg whites (they will feel firm due to the pickling process). Chill and serve. Garnish with chive sprigs.

Maple Roasted Carrots

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 middle position and preheat to 475°F.

Pour ½ inch of water into a pot fitted with a steamer insert and bring to a boil over high heat.
Add the carrots, cover and steam for 5 minutes.

Place a rimmed baking pan or baking dish (it should be large enough to hold the carrots in a single layer) in the oven to heat.

In a large bowl, combine the maple syrup, lemon juice, butter and salt.

Drain the carrots well, transfer them to the bowl and toss to coat. With a rubber spatula scrape the carrots onto the baking pan and roast, stirring halfway through, until tender and lightly caramelized, about 15 minutes.

Adapted from Fresh Food Fast by Peter Berley

Santorini Roasted Eggplant

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 on a large cutting board, sprinkle with a decent amount of salt. Let stand for about 30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and mix in a large mixing bowl. Grill all items on grill placing eggplant flesh side down until all items are grilled to medium consistency and eggplant is cooked through. Cool. Remove eggplant from skin and mash in a large mixing bowl. Chop onion and peppers and add to eggplant mixture. Add fresh herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and mix again.

Santorini Shrimp

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 large skillet, sauté olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a few minutes. Add shrimp and sauté until shrimp begins to turn pink, about 4-5 minutes. Add the sundried tomatoes and sauté a few more minutes. Add lemon juice and zest. Add the wine, tomatoes, salt, pepper and fresh herbs and sauté for a few more minutes. Take off heat and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese. Place under the broiler for about 4 minutes until brown and bubbly.

Santorini Tzaziki

May 24th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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 and again stir well until the sauce is creamy. Season with salt and pepper and taste.

Tomato Croquettes

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 crumbs
Olive oil for frying

Directions

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs, chilies and spices in a large bowl. Add flour, bread crumbs, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix together to the consistency of a thick batter (adding a little water if need be). In a large heavy skillet, heat enough olive oil for frying. Take one heaped tablespoon at a time and drop the batter into the hot oil; fry until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Tzaziki.

Santorini Dried Tomatoes

May 24th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

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 each other. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh herbs. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for about 8 hours. Overnight works well. Make sure that the tomatoes do not dry completely but are able to stay moist and have plenty of oil. After cooling, the tomatoes can be placed in a jar with more olive oil and will keep for a few weeks.

Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

May 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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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 the cucumbers, garlic, ginger, red onion, bell pepper, red chili and chopped mint. Squeeze lime juice on top and add the sugar and the vinegar. Mix together well and season to taste with salt. Garnish with roasted chopped peanuts.

Fresh Thai Beef Cabbage Salad

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 daikon radish, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
1 cup baby romaine lettuces
Black sesame seeds
Lime wedges

Directions

Season the flank steak with salt and the thai chili and let stand for about 10 minutes at room temperature. In a blender add the ginger, garlic, zest, lime juice, fresh herbs, sweet chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Blend until smooth. Add a few spoonfuls onto the meat (both sides). Preheat broiler. In a large mixing bowl toss together cabbage, carrots and daikon. Toss together with baby lettuces. On a flat baking sheet broil the flank steak (or cook on the grill) for about 5 minutes, or until desired doneness, making sure to slit halfway through. Let stand to cool a few minutes. In the meanwhile, toss together a little of the sauce with the cabbage until dressed with desired amount. Slice the beef thin and serve warm on top of cold salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with lime wedges.

Spicy Mango Salad

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 toss together the mangoes, scallions, onion, herbs and chili until mixed well. Season with about 2 teaspoons salt. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together lime zest and juice, vinegar, chili sauce and brown sugar. Drizzle over the mango salad and toss until mixed. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Herbal Spring Rolls

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. Place one wrapper down and arrange lettuce leaves on top, place a few of the carrots, bell peppers, scallions and mangoes atop and then add a few fresh herbs. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with peanuts and sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon 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.

Sweet Chili Sauce

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Whole Roasted Striped Bass with Lemon & Herbs

May 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 sides of the fish with half of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stuff the fish with thyme, bay leaf and citrus slices. Once oven has reached its desired temperature, add the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto the sheet pan. Place fish on pan and roast for 18-20 minutes or until done. The meat of the fish should easily flake away from the bone with a fork.

Note: If you have a cast iron griddle; heat that on the stove and place that onto the sheet pan in the heated oven. Add the olive oil and fish onto the griddle for an evenly roasted fish.

Recipe Property of Brendan McDermott

Asparagus Spear & Wild Mushroom Pilaf

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add butter and olive oil. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, nutmeg, and asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half then stir in the cooked brown rice. Fluff mixture with a fork and sprinkle herbs into pilaf. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and sauté a few minutes. Add the lemon thyme and sauté until the asparagus is soft. Add the vegetable stock, lemon zest, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree into a smooth soup. Slowly blend in the heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Perfectly Steamed Asparagus with Citrus-Garlic Salt Butter

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Toss in asparagus making sure they are fully submerged in the water. Cook the asparagus for about 2-3 minutes or until bright green and just tender. Remove asparagus from the pan and immediately submerge in a big bath of ice water. Plunge the asparagus in the ice water until the asparagus is no longer hot but warm or tepid. In a small sauce pan heat the butter, olive oil, garlic, zest and coarse salt until just melted. Drizzle on asparagus and finish with a pinch of Maldon salt.

Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 oil, mustard, cayenne and salt. Place the trimmed asparagus in a shallow baking dish and pour the lemon mixture over, making sure to cover the asparagus completely. In a second shallow baking dish, add the breadcrumbs until evenly distribute at the bottom. Taking one spear at a time, roll the asparagus in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated, then place on a lined baking sheet. When all the spears are coated, place the baking sheets in the oven and bake until the breadcrumbs are browned and the asparagus are tender, about 20 minutes.

Citrus Aioli

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Coarse sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place garlic, lemon juice and zest, lime zest, egg yolk and Dijon in a blender and puree. Season with salt. Slowly stream in oils until creamy and everything is emulsified.

Artichoke and Pancetta Farrotto with Lemon Zest Thyme Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 the stems and top quarter, remove the outer layer leaves until you are at the pale yellowish-colored leaves. Cut the baby artichoke in quarters and place immediately in the cold ice water. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place the baby artichokes in the boiling water (straight from the ice water, we are avoiding oxidization or browning by using the lemon ice bath first). Cook the baby artichokes until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a large sauté pan cook the pancetta until crispy, remove and set aside. Add the oil, garlic and onion and cook until caramelization process begins or about 7 minutes. Add the lemon zest and the baby artichokes and sauté a few minutes (about 3 minutes total), then add the wine and cook a few minutes longer. Add the cooked farro and stir well, making sure that the farro is heated all the way through. Remove from heat and mix in the parmesan. Seasonn with salt and pepper and serve with a tablespoon of the lemon zest-thyme butter atop.

Lemon Zest-Thyme Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 medium yellow onion
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

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