Oven Caramelized Citrus Sundaes with Vanilla and Sage

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Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lemon, halved and sliced
1 lime, halved and sliced
1 mandarin orange, halved and sliced
10 kumquats, halved
1 cup demerara sugar
Handful of fresh sage leaves
1 fresh vanilla bean, split
Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl combine all the citrus halved and sprinkle with ¼ cup of the sugar and toss together well. Chop up the fresh sage (leaving a few sprigs whole) and toss those into the citrus bowl, along with the vanilla bean. Arrange the segments on a baking sheet flat and sprinkle with the remaining amount of sugar. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Place the oven on broil and broil for a few more minutes until the citrus is charred slightly. Spoon the mixture over vanilla ice cream!~

Winter Roasted Marinara

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3-4 cloves garlic, chopped large
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cups, sugar plum cherry tomatoes, halved
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped fine
2-3 broccoli stems, peeled and chopped fine
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons, fresh oregano leaves
1 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves
½ cup kalamata olives, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 -2 pinches sugar
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 cups steamed broccoli stems


Directions

Pre heat oven to 375° F. On a baking sheet place the garlic, onions, tomatoes, carrots and broccoli stems and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Toss together well. Season with the oregano and marjoram and add the kalamata olives. Season with salt, pepper, chili flakes and toss together again. Place in the oven and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until the tomatoes and onions begin to char. Take out of the oven and add the fresh basil and toss together again. Serve the sauce over fresh steamed broccoli or fresh pasta.

Roasted Cilantro Onion Sauce

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cloves, garlic, chopped
1 medium small white onion, chopped large
¼ cup avocado oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
Juice of 1 lime, plus juice of another
Zest of 1 lime
2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup hot water (more as needed)

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F. Place the garlic and onion on a baking sheet and drizzle with a few spoons full of avocado oil, salt, lime juice and zest and toss together. Bake for about 10 minutes until the onions are beginning to char. Place the roasted onions and garlic in a blender and add the remainder of oils, juice of the other lime and fresh cilantro leaves. Blend until smooth, adding a little bit of hot water in order to control the thickness. Drizzle over tacos!

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more hot water until desired consistency. Season to taste with salt.

Seasonal Roasted Tacos with Roasted Cilantro-Onion Sauce

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 cups cauliflower florets
1 medium red onion, chopped
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup purple kale leaves, stems removed and chopped fine
1-2 dried chipotle peppers, crushed or chopped fine
Salt/pepper
Avocado oil
6 sprouted corn tortillas
Chipotle cheddar or pepper jack cheese, grated
Roasted Cilantro Onion Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, toss together the sweet potato, cauliflower, onion, sundried tomatoes, kale, chipotle, salt and pepper with some avocado oil. Place on a large baking sheet and bake for about 20 -25 minutes or until the items are soft and starting to char. Take out of the oven and toss together. Heat the sprouted corn tortillas over a gas stove and place some of the sweet potato mixture over the top and drizzle some Cilantro Onion Sauce on top, garnish with grated cheese.

Roasted Cilantro Onion Sauce
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cloves, garlic, chopped
1 medium small white onion, chopped large
¼ cup avocado oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
Juice of 1 lime, plus juice of another
Zest of 1 lime
2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup hot water (more as needed)

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F. Place the garlic and onion on a baking sheet and drizzle with a few spoons full of avocado oil, salt, lime juice and zest and toss together. Bake for about 10 minutes until the onions are beginning to char. Place the roasted onions and garlic in a blender and add the remainder of oils, juice of the other lime and fresh cilantro leaves. Blend until smooth, adding a little bit of hot water in order to control the thickness. Drizzle over tacos!

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more hot water until desired consistency. Season to taste with salt.

Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 red pepper, chopped
Olive oil
Salt/pepper
1 cup Tuscan kale or purple kale, sliced thin
1 small red onion, chopped small
2 cups cooked farro
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or white balsamic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped superfine
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 400° F. Toss together the cauliflower, florets and red peppers and drizzle a little olive over them, season with salt and pepper and place in a glass baking dish and roast until golden brown or about 15 minutes. Place the sliced kale in a large mixing bowl and immediately place the roasted cauliflower over the top of the kale while its hot and toss together, let stand for a few minutes to lightly cook the kale with the remaining heat of the roasted cauliflower. Mix in the farro, tomatoes and almonds until well mixed. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, zest, garlic parsley and olive oil until emulsified. Toss over cauliflower and farro mixture and mix well, gently fold in the feta crumbles and serve!

Maple & Roasted Parsnip Soda with Rosemary Dust

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Ingredients

2 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup turbinado or raw sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water
Soda Water

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine the parsnips, sugar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, toss together until coated and mixed. Arrange the parsnips on a baking sheet and roast for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Scrape the baking sheet and all its remnants into a sauce pan and add water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Take off heat, cool, strain and refrigerate until syrup is ice cold. Place ½ an ounce of the syrup in the bottom of a glass and fill with soda water and stir. Place a tiny pinch of *Rosemary Dust over the top of the glass.

*Rosemary Dust-In a spice grinder, coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle, grind up 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves and 2 tablespoons sugar until a fine powder is created.

Salsify Orange Negroni

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 ounce Seneca Drums Gin (Finger Lakes Distilling Co.)
1 ounce Cynar
½ ounce *Salsify Orange Syrup
½ ounce Amberthorn Dry Vermouth (New York Astby Co)
Oven Dried Salsify Stick Garnish

For the Salsify Orange Syrup:
2 salsify roots, chopped
1 cup water
Juice of 1 orange
Zest of 1 orange
½ cup sugar

Directions

In an old fashioned glass filled with ice place the gin and the cynar, add the syrup and vermouth and stir, garnish with a dried salsify stick.

*Salsify Orange Syrup- Combine two chopped salsify roots in a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water, the juice of 1 orange, the zest of 1 orange and ½ cup of sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Chill.

El Romero- Italian Celery Root Citrus Coolers

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Ingredients

1 lemon, halved and sliced thin
1 lime, halved and sliced thin
1 orange, halved and sliced thin
1 mandarin, halved and sliced thin
8 kumquats, halved
1 medium celery root, peeled and cubed small
2-3 kaffir lime leaves
1 bottle Dorothy Parker Gin (New York Distilling Co.)
*Rosemary Sugar Salt
*Rosemary Syrup
Fresh pink grapefruit juice
Aperol

For the Rosemary Sugar Salt:
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons pink Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

For the Rosemary Syrup:
1 large handful fresh rosemary leaves
½ cup water
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a large mixing bowl mix together the citrus slices, kumquats, celery root, and kaffir lime leaves. Distribute the mixture equally into two large mason jars and fill with gin. Let stand in an ambient temperature dark place for about a week to infuse the flavors.

Rub the rim of a tall glass with a citrus segment and dip into the *Rosemary Sugar-Salt. Place 2 ounces of the infused gin in the glass and add ½ ounce *Rosemary Syrup. Fill with fresh pink grapefruit juice and add a splash of aperol.

*Rosemary Sugar Salt– Mix together 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar with 2 tablespoons pink Himalayan salt. Place the salt and sugar mixture on a cutting board and add 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves. Chop the rosemary together with the salt until a fine, granular mixture comes together.

*Rosemary Syrup-Combine 1 large handful of fresh rosemary leaves together with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 6-9 minutes. Take off heat, cool and strain. Chill.

Fresh Apple Shrub

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Ingredients

2 tart apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup raw or turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
¾ cup apple cider vinegar

Directions

Mash together the apples, sugars, and caraway seeds until a rough applesauce has been formed. Place the mixture in a mason jar and let sit over night in the refrigerator. Add the apple cider vinegar, shake and keep refrigerated for another 5-7 days.

Swedish Apple-Rottabagge

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Ingredients

1 bottle of aquavit
1 rutabaga, cubed (about 2 cups worth max)
Lemon juice
*Caraway Syrup
Fresh Apple Shrub
Soda Water
Apple Slice Garnish

For the Caraway Syrup:
2 tablespoons caraway seeds, toasted
1 piece lemon peel
½ cup water
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a large mason jar, combine the aquavit and the rutabaga. Let stand in an ambient temperature dark place for about a week to infuse the flavors.

In a shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces of the infused aquavit, ½ ounce of lemon juice, 1 ounce caraway syrup, 1 ounce of apple caraway shrub and 1 ½ ounce of soda water and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of apple.

*Caraway Syrup- In a small sauce pan, combine 2 tablespoons toasted caraway seeds, a lemon peel, ½ cup water, and ½ cup sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 6-9 minutes. Take off heat, cool and strain. Chill.

Sweet Potato Mash

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Ingredients

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed small
1 vanilla bean
1 cinnamon stick
1 bottle Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey
*Balsamic Syrup
*Black Pepper Sugared Pecans

For the Balsamic Syrup:
½ cup balsamic vinegar (high quality)

For the Black Pepper Sugared Pecans:
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup pecans
1 tablespoon raw or turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons black pepper, cracked

Directions

In a large mason jar, place the sweet potato, vanilla bean and the cinnamon stick, fill with the bourbon. Let stand in an ambient temperature dark place for about a week to infuse the flavors into the bourbon.

In a rocks glass pour 2 ounces of the infused bourbon and a tiny drizzle of the balsamic syrup. Garnish by adding a black pepper sugared pecan.

*Balsamic Syrup-Place the balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan on medium high heat. Reduce by about half until a thick syrup is created, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.

*Black Pepper Sugared Pecans-In a small sauté pan on medium heat, melt the butter, add the pecans and sauté about a minute. Sprinkle the sugar and black pepper over the buttered pecans and continue to stir and sauté for another minute. Place on a plate and allow the sugar to harden and the pecans to cool completely.

Quick Pickled Turnips

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Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups water
¾ cup white vinegar
3 tablespoon kosher salt
2 fresh bay leaves
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, cracked
3-4 turnips, peeled and chopped
1 turnip, peeled and sliced in wheels
1 red beet slice
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thin

Directions

In a small sauce pan combine the water, vinegar, and salt and heat until the salt dissolves. To the salt brine add the bay leaves, coriander seeds, turnips, beet slice, and garlic. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 3- 5 minutes or until the turnips are just beginning to be tender. (The beet slice will give the pickled turnips a pink hue, in order to keep the hue white omit the beet slice.) Allow the mixture to cool, place in a large jar and refrigerate overnight. Shake the jar periodically.

The Dirty Turnip

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Ingredients

3 ounces gin
½ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled turnip brine
Pickled Turnip Wheels
Cilantro leaves for garnish

Directions

In a glass filled with ice, add the gin and vermouth and stir. Add the turnip brine liquid and strain into a martini glass. Place one pickled turnip wheel to float on the top with a cilantro leaf on top of the wheel.

Ginger-Beet Cava with Fresh Tarragon Orange Zest

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Ingredients

2 orange beets, peeled and chopped
1 sprig of fresh tarragon, a few leaves reserved
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon of orange zest
¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
Champagne or sparkling wine
1 navel orange for garnish

Directions

Combine the beets, tarragon, orange juice, zest, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Take off the heat and allow to cool. Strain and refrigerate the syrup until ice cold. Place ½ an ounce of the syrup in the bottom of a champagne flute and fill with champagne. Garnish with one tarragon leaf and an orange-peel twist, releasing the oils over the flute while twisting.

Maple & Roasted Parsnip Champagne with Rosemary Dust

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Ingredients

2 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup turbinado or raw sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water
Champagne or sparkling wine

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine the parsnips, sugar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, then toss together until coated and mixed. Arrange the parsnips on a baking sheet and roast for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Scrape the baking sheet and all its remnants into a sauce pan and add water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Take off heat, cool, strain and refrigerate until syrup is ice cold. Place ½ an ounce of the syrup in the bottom of a champagne flute and fill with champagne. Place a tiny pinch of *Rosemary Dust over the top of the glass.

*Rosemary Dust-In a spice grinder, coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle, grind up 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves and 2 tablespoons sugar until a fine powder is created.

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