Bell Pepper Spicy & Dirty Martini

A spicy, dirty, yet fresh tasting variation of the dirty martini, alive and filled with a daily dose of vegetables!

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Fresh Mint Harissa

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
2 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed, broken
2 dried red chilies, stems removed, broken
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons rainbow peppercorns, toasted
3 garlic cloves
1 bell pepper, roasted & peeled
2 red (fresh) jalapeno peppers, roasted & peeled 
1 tablespoon lemon [...]

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Garden Baked Beans

Serves 12
Ingredients
2 pounds dry beans or 3 pounds fresh (cranberry, navy, yellow, eye, heirlooms in general are best)
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup molasses
1 cup dark amber beer
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup spicy yellow mustard
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
½ cup [...]

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Nissa’s Gumbo Z’Herbes

When Jimmy’s No. 43 came-a-calling with their Gumbo contest in celebration of Mardi Gras and benefitting Chefs for the Marcellus, an organization of food professionals who are fighting against hydrofracking for natural gas in NY in order to protect food and water supplies, I knew I needed something special.  Certainly it is “my thing” to [...]

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Peas, Potatoes and Yuerba Buena Harissa

Serves 4

An accidental combination of the best kind, this dish is inspired by Salatata Batata al Tunis (Tunisian Potato Salad), and uses some of the fresh and vibrant local ingredients that I found here in Ecuador;  baby potatoes, peas , spicy red chilies and yerba Buena.  The spice mixture is a little plainer in [...]

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Roasted Spicy Moroccan Chicken with Figs & Carrots in Spicy Brown Butter Sauce

Serves 4
Ingredients
6-8 pieces of chicken, drumsticks, wings, legs or breasts
Salt
2 tablespoons ros al hanout, traditional or modern recipe, plus 1 tablespoon
6 medium carrots, cut in half
12-16 dried figs
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped large
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 cups [...]

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Roasted Tomato & Red Lentil Soup with FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

Serves 6
Ingredients
½  teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1-2 cups red cherry tomatoes, halved
4 cloves garlic, chopped course
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons smoked paprika ( Turkish variety if you can get your hands on it!)2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups red lentils
2 cups water
3 cups vegetable broth
Salt to taste
Yogurt
Fire Hot [...]

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Spicy Italian Sausage Baked with Tomatoes & Potatoes

Serves 6 (makes 6-9 sausages)
INGREDIENTS
For the Sausage
2 pounds pork butt, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat, slab bacon, or fatback
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon [...]

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Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

These are Moroccan inspired latkes with a tangy mint sauce adds interest and an exotic twist.

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Spicy Peruvian Cilantro Sauce

Makes 2-3 cups
Ingredients
2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ small white onion
¼ cup avocado oil
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup hot water (more as needed)
Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding more hot water until desired consistency. Season to taste [...]

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 teaspoon garam masala
Kosher salt to taste
Lime wedges
Directions
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Rinse and drain the chickpeas and dry by rolling them around in a kitchen towel.
Combine the oil, cumin, cayenne, garam masala and salt in a large bowl. Add chickpeas [...]

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Thai Style Spicy Vegetables

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 to 3 Thai red chile peppers (more=spicy), minced
1 medium shallot, chopped
3 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
3 tablespoons canola oil
1½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Dry roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
Directions
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, peanut butter and minced red [...]

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Tunisian Potato & Herb Salad with Harissa and Yogurt

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 pounds yellow potatoes, cooked and cubed or cut in approx ½ inch cubes (peels on or off)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Cracked black pepper
¼-½  cup extra virgin Olive Oil
Yogurt
Fresh Mint Harissa ( recipe follows)
Directions
Toss [...]

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Yemini Zhug

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
½  teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, toasted
1 cardamom pod, cracked and toasted
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½  teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all [...]

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