Fresh Za’Atar and Warm Pita

August 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 4

A fresh and bright take on the classic dried Za’atar, perfect on warm pita with labneh cheese!  Be bold and make your own labneh, its easy.

Ingredients

1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh summer savory leaves, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 teaspoon sumac powder
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon  sea salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
Warm pita
Labneh cheese

Directions

Toss all the ingredients together except eh pita and labneh until mixed well. Serve sprinkled over warm pita with a side of labneh.

Ginger & Lemon Thyme Rye Mini Pesto Elixir

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar simple syrup*
½ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
1 ounce New York Distilling Company Rye

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about a half of a tablespoon of the sweet pesto to the top of 1 ounce of New York Distilling Company Rye. Gently swirl the elixir down.

Spring-Thyme Detox

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Rafael Hasid, Wolf & Deer, Park Slope Brooklyn

Ingredients

6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce wiki-dandelion puree*
1 ounce lemon thyme & mint syrup*
1 ounce lime juice
Lemon peel
Meyer Lemon Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters

Directions

Muddle the mint leaves in a shaker until all the oils are released from the mint. Fill the shaker with ice, kiwi-dandelion puree, vodka, lemon thyme & mint syrup, and lime juice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini style glass and serve garnished with a lemon peel, after releasing the oils over the glass. Place a few drops of Meyer Lemon Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters over the top.

*Kiwi-Dandelion Puree – In a blender mix 1 cup dandelion greens (no stems), one kiwi (peeled), one handful of mint leaves and ½ cup water. Blend until totally smooth. Strain with a fine mesh strainer and chill.

*Lemon Thyme & Mint Syrup – Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucce pan and bring to a boil. Add a small handful of fresh lemon thyme and a handful of fresh mint and allow the syrup to simmer for about 8 minutes. Take off heat and strain. Allow the syrup to cool completely before use.

Cranberry & Thyme Sparkler

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

½ cup cranberries
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 few fresh thyme sprigs
1 cinnamon stick
Sparkling water or sparkling wine
Cranberries and thyme leaves for garnish

Directions

Combine the cranberries, sugar, water, fresh thyme and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and heat to high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolved and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is at a boil reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until the liquid turns thick and syrupy; stirring occasionally throughout the process. Let the mixture cool and discard the thyme sprigs and cinnamon stick. Blend te mixture in a blender until smooth and strain.

Place about 1 ounce of the syrup in a champagne flute and fill with sparkling water or wine. Garnish with a cranberry and a few fresh thyme leaves.

Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup pesto

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves (substitute basil if you cannot find lemon thyme)
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Finishing Salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Roasted Grape & Red Onion Kale Farro with Gorgonzola

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, chopped small
2 cups red grapes, halved
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1 chicken thigh, boneless, skinless, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon black pepper, freshly cracked
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons currant vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups purple and Tuscan kale, chopped small
2 cups farro, cooked
Salt
Gogonzola cheese (sweet)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl toss together the onions, grapes, chicken, thyme, black pepper, honey, currant vinegar, honey and season with salt. Lay out on a unlined baking sheet and cook for about 10 minutes or until the items are slightly browned and roasted. Immediately after the grape mixture has come out of the oven, place it over the kale in a large bowl and toss well allowing the kale to par cook or wilt. Add the cooked farro (which should still be warm) and toss together until well mixed. Season with salt and garnish with a few gorgonzola crumbles!

Parsnip & Apple Thyme Mash

December 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

6 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped large
2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped large
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Place the parsnips and apples in a pot of water (just covering the parsnips and apples), cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low boil and allow the parsnips and apples to cook until tender for about 15 minutes. Strain the parsnips and apples and reserve ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Place the parsnips and apples and process until smooth. Place in a bowl and season with salt, and pepper to taste and then a little freshly grated nutmeg, making sure to stir it into the mash.

Winter Herbal Citrus Soda

December 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


Makes 1 Large Pitcher
Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
zest of 1 lime
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup turbinado sugar or white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups citrus juice: tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges
Directions
Combine the herbs, zest, sugar and water in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 6 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool.  Blend the mixture and then strain out all the leaves.  It will be a vibrant green color.  In  a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and ice, fill with selzer water, stir and garnish with a few thyme leaves.
Makes 1 Large Pitcher
Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
zest of 1 lime
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup turbinado sugar or white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups citrus juice: tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges
Directions
Combine the herbs, zest, sugar and water in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 6 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool.  Blend the mixture and then strain out all the leaves.  It will be a vibrant green color.  In  a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and ice, fill with selzer water, stir and garnish with a few thyme leaves.


Herbs & Thanksgiving

November 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Thanksgiving is a time we all get together and celebrate family and friends over food. There is not a better partner for Thanksgiving than fresh herbs.  More people consume fresh herbs on Thanksgiving than any other holiday all year round.  The average household who may never use a fresh herb typically uses three or four varieties on this holiday.  For us, here at Ger-Nis, we love that Thanksgiving precipitates this situation which leads us into this herb frenzy!  Fresh herbs allow us to increase the flavor profile of dishes without adding salt or fat.  These healthy leaves & twigs give us more flavor and depth to almost any dish.  Fresh herbs pairings are getting more and more creative as the world gets smaller so we want to teach you a few secrets and flavors to make this Thanksgiving on to remember! This week’s featured recipes are bound to  inspire your upcoming feasts with our tantalizing herbal ideas for this warm and fuzzy holiday where our friends and family come together in celebrating bounty.  So go a little extra herb crazy this year with some of these simple and herb-tastic ideas.  We have pulled some of our favorite herbal Thanksgiving recipes for you; everything from drinks to desserts!

Enjoy and remember if you have any herbal questions, email us at ask@ger-nis.com


The Drinks

Concord Grape Thyme Bandit

Cranberry Pear Thyme Champagne Cocktail

Hot Cranberry Bay Leaf Cider

The Rosemary Crantini

The Pumpkin In the Rye


The Apps

Herbed Almonds

Herbed Goat Cheese

Parmesan Tomato Herb Straws

Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

Blue Cheese & Pear Crostini with Warm Rosemary Honey

Fall Stuffed Mushrooms


The Sauces, Glazes & Gravy

Cilantro Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

Orange Thyme Cranberry Sauce

Apple Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Chipoltle Herb Glaze

Maple Ginger Glaze

Rosemary Plum (Prune) Red Wine Glaze

Apple Cider Gravy With Ginger Apple Bits

Dark Cherry Port Gravy

Green Chili Gravy


The Baked Goods

Cranberry Sage Walnut Rolls

Rosemary Foccacia

Cheddar & Chive Apple Puffs

Parmesan Thyme Biscuits

Quick Herb Rolls

Parsley Chive Butter


The Vegetables

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples & Mint

Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Olive Oil Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary

Roasted Gold Beet Cauliflower Lentil Salad with Roseamry

Maple Roasted Carrots

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

Spicy Goat Cheese & Lentil Salad


The Carbs

Fresh Herb Farro Tart

Roasted Herbal Potatoes

Parsnip Apple Mash

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Apple Herb Stuffing

Wild Mushroom Herbed Bread Pudding

Salt Baked Potatoes with autumn Pest


The Dessert

Pumpkin Tart with Maple Sage Crust and Fried Sage Leaves

Cranberry Tart with Maple Sage Crust

Concord Grape Thyme Bandit

November 14th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes a bunch of drinks

Ingredients

1 cup concord grapes
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped fine
Pear infused vodka
ice
Fresh lime juice
Concord grapes and thyme leaves for garnish

Directions

In a sauce pan combine and mix together the concord grapes, sugar, water, thyme leaves and ginger and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes.  Take of the heat and cool.  Process in a blender until smooth and place in a squeeze bottle or jar with pouring spout.  In a shaker filled with ice place 3 ounces of pear vodka, 2 ounces of Concord grape syrup, and one ounce of lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini style or low ball glass.  Garnish with a whole concord grape and a few floating thyme leaves.


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.

Caramelized Onions

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons onions, red or yellow, sliced in rounds and separated
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons Madeira, port or sherry (optional)
Pinch of salt

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat the butter and the oil to a medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and soft, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and continue to sauté slowly stirring for another 10 minutes. Add the thyme and the parsley leaves and continue to sauté, they should be turning brown now and caramelizing. Make sure you scrape the bottom the pan and stir often. Add the Madeira, port or sherry and a little more butter. Sauté a few more minutes until well caramelized and brown.

Fontina Prosciutto Panini with Caramelized Onions & Fig Compote on Dark Wheat

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 sliced of Dark Whole Wheat bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
2 slices fontina cheese, sliced semi thick
2 slices prosciutto
2 tablespoons red caramelized onions (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon fig compote (recipe follows)

Directions

On the insides of the bread slices place on one side fontina cheese and on the other the fig compote, lay the prosciutto in-between and cook in a Panini press, making sure to butter the outsides of the bread for crispness. The bread should be brown and thin and crisp!

Caramelized Onions
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons onions, red or yellow, sliced in rounds and separated
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons Madeira, port or sherry (optional)
Pinch of salt

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat the butter and the oil to a medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and soft, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and continue to sauté slowly stirring for another 10 minutes. Add the thyme and the parsley leaves and continue to sauté, they should be turning brown now and caramelizing. Make sure you scrape the bottom the pan and stir often. Add the Madeira, port or sherry and a little more butter. Sauté a few more minutes until well caramelized and brown.

Fig Compote

Ingredients

1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup simple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

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!

Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced thick
6-8 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chickpeas, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white wine
Salsa Verde for serving (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large sauté pan, heat the oil, chili and lemon zest. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until semi translucent or about 3-4 minutes. Add the fresh squid and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and herbs to the mixture and season with salt. Add the wine and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer covered for about 20-30 minutes or until tender. Serve with the salsa verde drizzled over the warm squid with crusty bread.

Salsa Verde
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Honey Roasted Onion Tart with Thyme and Topped with Fresh Fig (or Plum)

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves about 48

Wine Pairing: Tournant Rosé

Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
¼ cup honey
¼ cup dry white wine
2 large sweet yellow onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
¾ cup crème fraîche
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 pint fresh figs (or 5 fresh plums)

Directions

Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out puff pastry on lightly floured surface to 14×10-inch rectangle. Fold ½ inch of pastry edges in toward center on all sides, forming 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Transfer pastry to large rimmed baking sheet. Press firmly on pastry edges with fork to form rim. Chill crust.

Cook bacon in small skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet.

Whisk honey, wine, and reserved 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in large bowl. Add onions; toss to coat. Coat another large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Spread onion mixture in even layer on sheet. Roast 30 minutes. Turn onions over, allowing rings to separate. Roast until onions are caramelized, turning often for even browning, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool onions slightly.

Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Mix crème fraîche, sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and nutmeg in small bowl. Using offset spatula, spread crème fraîche over crust to folded edge. Arrange onions atop crème fraîche. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake tart until crust is light golden brown and topping is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme and cut into small squares (6 row and 8 columns). Slice figs (or plums) thinly and place one sliver on top of each square to serve.

Baked Camembert with Thyme and Garlic Toasts and Maple Glazed Grapes

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 9-12

Wine Pairing: Rose D’Anjou

Ingredients

1 whole small Camembert cheese
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, freshly ground

For garlic toasts

1 baguette
1 garlic clove
Extra virgin olive oil

For grapes

1 large bunch of red seedless grapes, washed and stemmed
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves pulled from stems
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the Camembert from its packaging, pierce the top of the cheese with a sharp knife, then stuff the incisions with the garlic and thyme sprigs. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the cheese in parchment paper like a present and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake for about ten minutes, to melt the cheese.

To make garlic toasts:

Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 minutes, while the cheese is baking. Remove the toasts and lightly scrape each one on one side with a clove of raw garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

To make the grapes:

Turn the oven to broil 500 degrees F (when you are finished baking the cheese or before). Place cleaned grapes on a greased baking sheet, and sprinkle the thyme leaves over the grapes. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, turning the grapes with a spatula to coat evenly. Broil in oven until grapes start to “pop” and get slightly charred. Cool slightly before serving with cheese and toast.

St. Louis Style Ribs

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

This recipe is a slow poached rib recipe with the seasonings that are normally incorporated into a dry rub in the poaching liquid, creating simple and succulent ribs!

Ingredients

4 Spanish onions, chopped
12-15 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons mustard Seeds
1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 fresh bay leaves
2 teaspoons peppercorns
4 pounds St Louis ribs (specially cut spare ribs)

Directions

In a large soup pan filled with water, place, onions, garlic and seasoning sand bring to just before simmer. Add the spareribs to the pan of water and slow poach for about 3 hours or until meat begins to slide of the bone. Allow ribs to cool in the poaching liquid. The seasonings in the poaching water can be altered according to taste. Grill the ribs slathering the Bourbon BBQ sauce all over them as they grill and after.

*Recipe Property of Polo Dobkins

Blackberry Lemon Thyme Sorbet

July 26th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes about 5 cups

Ingredients

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
½ cups fresh lemon thyme leaves
2 cups fresh blackberries
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

Make simple syrup in a medium saucepan by combining the sugar and water and lemon thyme. Bring to a boil until sugar dissolves, simmer for 5 minutes, take off burner, and allow to cool. Place in a blender with the blueberries, lemon zest and juice and heavy cream and blend just until the blueberries are crushed to desired consistency. Process in a ice cream maker according to instructions.

Garden Baked Beans

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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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 fresh chives, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions

If using dry beans, clean and soak the beans overnight submerged in water. For fresh beans or after dry beans have soaked, place the beans in fresh water with the sprig of thyme in a large pan and cook until tender for about 30 minutes. Set aside.

In a large dutch oven pot or heavy bottom pot, with a little olive oil sauté the garlic and yellow, red, and green onions until a little translucent, season with some salt. Strain the beans in a large mixing bowl, reserving the liquid, and mix together with the molasses, amber beer, maple syrup, mustard and tomatoes until well combined. Pour the bean mixture over the onions and mix together well. Pour about 2 cups of the water into the pan; the water should cover the beans by a few inches.

Preheat the oven to about 375 degrees F. Place the pot covered in the oven and bake for about 4-5 hours, making sure to place more water in the pot as it evaporates, mixing as you do this as well. The mixture will start to get thicker and darker. When the beans are very tender for the last hour uncover the beans and turn the heat up to 425 degrees F, stirring every 15 minutes. Taste the mixture at this stage making sure it’s sweet and spicy enough to your taste, then add the fresh herbs and mix well. The final product should be dark, the beans super tender and the juice thick!

Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

097

Serves 12

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¾ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

3 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth and set aside. Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed. Mix in dressing and toss until evenly distributed. Season with salt to taste.

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.

Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 french press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried strawberries (substitute 2 fresh strawberries, sliced)
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
1 slice dried ginger or 1 slice fresh ginger
½ lemon sliced
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the Fresh press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh strawberries, thyme leaves, ginger and sliced lemons. Pour just boiling water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

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.

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.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

July 7th, 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 gallons hot water (no more, possible 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, basking 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 lines with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Herbs de Provence

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

One of the best dried herb mixes!  Wonderful on grilled meats and fish and breads. A fresh version is also a heavenly additive to your summer culinary repertoire.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh summer savory, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
2 tablespoons dried fennel seeds
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

With a mortar and pestle grind up all the herbs and flowers and seeds until a chopped herb paste is made.  Use this on grilled fish or chicken or vegetables!

Jerk Chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Jerk chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

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

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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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.

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.

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.

Fresh Herbed Almonds

June 27th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups whole blanched almonds
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a medium skillet heat oil on medium high heat. Add chili flakes and lemon zest and when hot add almonds and sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add fresh herbs and mix well cooking another 2 minutes. Add fresh herbs, sauté for one minute and take off heat. Sprinkle with maldon salt and serve!

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.

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.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Blood Orange Thyme Glaze

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 tartlets

Ingredients

Sweet Pie Dough-6 tartlet shells baked
2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and kept whole
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
2 tablespoon thyme leaves
2 tablespoons blood orange zest
13 cup sugar
½ cup blood orange juice
1 cup créme fresh
½ cup honey

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine rhubarb, sugar, blood orange juice, 1 tablespoon thyme leaves and 1 tablespoon zest. Cook on medium until all sugar is dissolved and the rhubarb is soft but not mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the ¼ cup honey and créme fresh with 1 teaspoon blood orange zest until creamy. In a small saucepan place ¼ cup honey, ½ cup blood orange juice, 1 tablespoon thyme leaves and 1 teaspoon of blood orange zest and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer stirring until mixture is thick like a glaze. Place a few tablespoons of the honey créme fresh in the bottom of each tartlet and cover with a little of the rhubarb mixture. Place strawberries cut side down (pointed side up) so that no shell is visible. Brush the tops with the blood orange thyme glaze and chill for at least one hour before serving!

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.

Lemon Thyme Coolers

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 4 coolers

Ingredients

1 cup Lemon Thyme Simple Syrup
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 2 lemons
Ice
Seltzer
Lemon thyme leaves

Directions

Place ¼ cup lemon thyme simple syrup in a tall glass, add ½ teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice fill the glass with ice and then seltzer, stir well and garnish with lemon thyme leaves.

Spring Vegetable Salad

May 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 pounds beets
1 fresh bay leaf
4 spears asparagus, cut into 1-inch spears
1 orange, segmented, juices reserved
1 small red onion, half moons
1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into ¼ inch lardon (optional)
8 ounces baby arugula
½ teaspoon spring garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs thyme

Directions

In a stock pot, place beets, bay leaf and one sprig thyme. Cover with water by at least 1 inch. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender and the beets can slide easily off a knife. Once finished, cool just enough to touch and peel skins off. Cut into ½ inch cubes.

Fill a sauté pan with water, about halfway, bring water up to a simmer, season with a pinch of salt and add the asparagus. Blanch for about one minute, until tender, but with a little “snap” left in the center. Remove asparagus and place into an ice bath (shock).

To make the vinaigrette, take a small bowl, add garlic, reserved orange juice, extra virgin olive oil and 1 sprig of thyme (leaves only). Season to taste and whisk together.

In a medium salad bowl, toss together beets, onions, and asparagus with some of the vinaigrette. Add in baby arugula and the orange segments. Toss together gently, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

If using bacon, you can do this step instead of blanching. Bring a sauté pan up to a medium heat and add the bacon. Render bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and reserve. Using only some of the bacon fat left in the pan, add the asparagus and roast until tender.

Recipe Property of Brendan McDermott

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

Lemon Zest-Thyme Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

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.

Israeli Herbal Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

1 black tea bag
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ lemon sliced
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place the tea bag, fresh mint, sage and lemon thyme and sliced lemons. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried blueberries (substitute 1 spoonful of fresh)
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon dried lemon peel (can substitute 1 slice fresh lemon)
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh blueberries, lemon thyme leaves, and lemon peel or sliced lemon. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 french press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried strawberries (substitute 2 fresh strawberries, sliced)
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
1 slice dried ginger or 1 slice fresh ginger
½ lemon sliced
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh strawberries, thyme leaves, ginger and sliced lemons. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Spinach & Herb Meatloaf

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds extra lean ground turkey
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped fine
2 sprigs onions, chopped (including green parts)
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon thyme or regular thyme
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼ – ½ cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tablespoon tabasco or hot sauce (Ger-Nis tabasco)

Ger-Nis Tabasco

INGREDIENTS

2 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 jalapeño peppers, roasted, peeled and chopped
1 can chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup citrus champagne vinegar
½ cup water
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon smoked salt

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan, combine red bell peppers, jalapeño, chipotles, garlic, salt, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a bottle for dispensing.

Baby Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

12 baby artichokes, trimmed and halved lengthwise
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for serving
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
Chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

Combine water, the oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and peppercorns in a medium sauce pan.
Add the artichokes and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Discard the thyme sprigs.
Serve the artichokes drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt, and garnished with chopped parsley.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Sweet Herbal Mimosas (Lemon Thyme Orange & Basil Tangerine)

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 mimosa

Ingredients

1 ounce herbal syrup (lemon thyme or basil), recipe follows
2 ounces fresh juice (orange or tangerine)
4-6 ounces champagne, prosecco or cava

Directions

In a champagne class combine the herbal syrup and the citrus juice and fill glass with champagne, cava or prosecco.

Herbal Simple Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup sugar (any type of sugar will work)
1 cup water
1 cup fresh herbs leaves & stems

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on how potent you wish the syrup to be.

Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 crostinis

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette bread sliced thin and lightly toasted
Pecorino cheese, shavings for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a medium skillet heat the olive oil and butter on medium high, add the garlic and sauté a few minutes, then add the ramps and sauté another minute or so. Add the morels, herbs and wine, cook another minute and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Place a spoon full on a crostini and garnish with pecorino shavings.

Ramptini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramps.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

INGREDIENTS

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of each of the following: mustard seeds, coriander, peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 spring of thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound ramps, cleaned and trimmed (white/reddish parts only-with a hint of green tops)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, and spices. Add the fresh herbs. Blanch the ramps in boiling salted water for one minute. Place in an ice bath and cool and drain and place in the brine. Place the ramps and the brine in a jar or a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Rustic Artichoke Soup

April 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 tablespoon 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.

Italian Wedding Soup with Spring Greens and Italian Herb Gremolata

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For chicken pesto meatballs

1 pound ground chicken
1 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg

For the soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
6 cups chicken stock
2 carrots, chopped small
2 celery ribs, chopped small
1 fennel head, chopped small
Parmesan rind
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup Ditalini pasta, or other small-shaped pasta
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Italian Herb Gremolata, recipe follows

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. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll about a tablespoon of the mixture into 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 till 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 drizzled with mixed herb gremolata.

Italian Herb Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, 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

Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

April 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, rined
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, 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.

Sauteed Baby Artichokes with Garlic and Mint

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
16 baby artichokes, trimmed, stems left on if possible, halved and rubbed with lemon
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme
¾ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Warm the oil in a heavy 8 to 10-inch skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the artichokes. Tuck the garlic cloves and thyme sprigs among them. Fry until the artichokes are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Pour the wine into the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer gently until the stems are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.

Add the chopped mint, raise the heat and boil uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes, until the juices thicken. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the artichokes and garlic to a platter. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the pan juices over the artichokes and serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Pan-Seared Trout

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

4 6-8 ounce rainbow trout fillets (skin on), or two whole cleaned trout*
Salt and pepper
All purpose flour, for dredging
Vegetable oil or butter for searing
1 onion, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
Fresh parsley and thyme sprigs
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Season the trout fillets with salt and pepper, then dredge lightly in the flour, shaking off any excess.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. When hot, add the fillets, skin side up. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until you can easily flip the fillets over and they are not sticking. With fillets now skin-side-down, strew the onion, lemon, and herbs over the fish, and place in hot oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, remove fillets to warmed platter, and place skillet back over flame. Add the wine to the pan to deglaze. Swirl butter in pan juices until melted, and then pour over fillets. Serve immediately.

*If using whole trout, dredge the whole fish, season the interior with onions, lemon and herbs. Heat large skillet and add oil. When oil is hot, add the trout to the skillet. Let sear on one side, and then flip over. Add wine to skillet, then place in oven. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, then check to see if trout is cooked through. When done, remove skillet, remove trout to platter, add butter to skillet and swirl to melt, and then pour over trout.

Recipe Property of Emily Casey

Grapefruit & Thyme Winter Rev Up

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup grapefruit zest
1 cup Epsom salts

Directions

Prepare a piece of cheesecloth by cutting it into a 12 X 12 inch square and set aside. Crumble up all herbs, releasing all the oils. Lay the cheese cloth out flat, and pile the ingredients into the center. Tie the pouch with the kitchen twine, and toss it into your bath!

Winter Skin Refresher

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

½ cup dried chamomile
½ cup fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoon orange zest
½ cup whole oats
¼ cup almond oil
2 tablespoons coarse sea salt

Directions

Prepare a piece of cheesecloth by cutting it into a 12 X 12 inch square and set aside. Crumble up all herbs, releasing the oils. Lay the cheese cloth out flat, and pile the ingredients into the center. Tie the pouch with the kitchen twine, and toss it into your bath!

Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 crostinis

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette, sliced thin and lightly toasted
Pecorino cheese, shavings for garnish

Directions

In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and butter. Cook garlic until fragrant, 1 minute. Add ramps and sauté another minute or so. Add the morels, herbs and wine, cook another minute and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Place a spoon full on a crostini and garnish with pecorino shavings.

Rampatini

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

Directions

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pickled ramp.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of each of the following: mustard seeds, coriander, peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound ramps, cleaned and trimmed (white/reddish parts only-with a hint of green tops)

Directions

In large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, and spices. Add the fresh herbs. Blanch the ramps in boiling salted water for one minute. Place in an ice bath and cool and drain and then place in the brine. Store in a jar or a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Turkey Meatloaf and Whipped Celery Root “Potatoes”

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

6 servings

Ingredients

3 eggs
1 ½ lb ground lean turkey
¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
½ yellow onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon celery salt
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 celery root, peeled and chopped
4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
¼ cup milk
1 teaspoon butter
Salt & pepper

Directions

Preheat oven at 375˚F. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and add ground turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, celery, garlic, celery salt, thyme and ½ of the fresh parsley. Mix with hands. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Spoon in turkey mixture, slightly overfilling hole. Brush meatloaf’s with ketchup and bake for 25 minutes.

Bring stock to a boil and add diced celery root. Once fork tender, drain celery root and return to pot, add milk and butter, and then whip till creamy. Add in the rest of the chopped parsley and fold together with a spoon.

Serve ½ cup of celery root with 1 turkey meatloaf muffin.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Not Your Mama’s Fried Chicken

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

4 servings

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves chopped
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon water
Salt & pepper
½ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
8 chicken tenders
¼ cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey
Juice of 1 lemon
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven at 375˚F. For three step breading procedure, in a bowl, combine 1 egg, ½ of the thyme, water, paprika, salt and pepper and set aside. Combine sliced almonds and breadcrumbs on a separate plate. And then place whole wheat flour on another plate.

Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper, then place in whole wheat flour, egg mixture and then breadcrumb and almond mixture. Place on a sprayed cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together the Dijon, honey, lemon juice and the rest of the thyme. Serve 3 tenders per person with 3 tablespoons of sauce.

Tip: This is a strong mustard flavored sauce. To adjust for children’s pallets, use 4 tablespoons Dijon, ½ lemon juiced, and 4 tablespoons honey.

Recipe courtesy of Robin Simpson

Raspberry Lemon Thyme Granita in Herbed Pavlova Cups

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8 (Makes 3 cups of granita)

Ingredients


For pavlovas

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon thyme leaves, chopped
3 egg whites
3 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

For granita

2 cups water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup honey
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup fresh raspberries

Directions


For pavlovas

Preheat oven to 300°F.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and thyme leaves. Set aside.

In a mixer (or with a whisk), beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the water, and beat continue beating soft peaks. Increase speed, and add sugar and corn starch mixture a little at a time. Next, add vinegar, and beat on high speed until glossy and stiff. Place a spoonful on a lined baking sheet, making 6 to 8 little bowls. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes, until starch hardens, before eating.

For granita

In a blender, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Add more honey to desired sweetness. Pour in a shallow, metal pan, and freeze, scraping frozen granules every 10 to 20 minutes for about a total of 2 hours.

Thyme Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

For serving with Rhubarb-Thyme Crisp

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
¾ cup heavy cream

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together until thick and creamy.

Earthy, Grainy Rhubarb-Thyme Crisp (Chock-full of Nuts & Seeds)

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup quinoa, toasted
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup pecans, chopped
¼ cup almonds, chopped
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 egg, beaten
3 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flours, thyme leaves, oats, quinoa, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add nuts, seeds, and beaten egg and mix. Set aside. In a glass baking dish, mix together rhubarb, sugar, ginger, and orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix orange juice and vanilla together, and whisk in cornstarch. Add to the rhubarb mixture and combine. Sprinkle the oat-nut topping over the rhubarb, and bake 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Beef and Guinness Pie

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, thyme, and flour. Rub the spice mixture onto the beef. Heat the oil in a pan over med-high heat. Sauté the beef for 5 minutes, then add garlic and yellow onion. When onions are translucent, add carrots and sauté for 3 minutes. Next, add parsley, tomato, and mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes. Add stock, Guinness, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. In 8 (6 oz) ramekins or one large baking dish, fill with beef stew and cover with puff pastry. Bake 10 minutes or until browned.

Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, mix the mustard, thyme, pickling spices, and black pepper. Rub spice mixture onto the corned beef. Place in a large soup pot and add carrots, onions, potatoes, and cabbage. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 hours (or use a crock pot). Take the brisket and vegetables out of the water. Brush with butter and serve.

CORNED BEEF

Make 1 (3-4 pound) Corned Beef

INGREDIENTS

1 (3-4 pound) beef brisket
2 tablespoons yellow mustard seeds
2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons allspice berries
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
1 tablepoon dill seeds
1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon whole cloves
8 bay leaves, fresh
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
1 small dried chili, crushed
2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup sugar
¼ cup salt

DIRECTIONS

Place beef brisked into a large ziplock bag. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl until well distributed. Add spice mixture to the bag along with brisket and refrigerate. Flip the bag daily for 2 weeks.

Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

February 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
6-8 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped fine
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup half & half

DIRECTIONS

In a large soup pan over medium-high heat, add butter and oil. Cook shallots, yellow onion, parsnips, apple and thyme until onions are translucent and the parsnips and apple are lightly browned, about 7-10 minutes. Add broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until parsnips and apples are soft and can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat and blend using an immersion blender. Slowly add the half & half while blending until smooth and creamy.

Lemon & Herb Focaccia

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 focaccia

INGREDIENTS

2¼ teaspoons (or 1 package) active dry yeast
5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together 123 cups lukewarm (105 to 115°F) water and yeast and let stand until creamy and foaming, about 5 minutes. Add 5 cups flour, ¼ cup oil, and 2 teaspoons salt and beat with paddle attachment at medium speed until a dough forms. Replace paddle with dough hook and knead dough at high speed until soft, smooth, and sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. **If mixing by hand, this process will take longer, so be patient.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons more flour. Knead dough 1 minute (it will still be slightly sticky), then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with oil. Let rise, covered with plastic wrap, at warm room temperature, until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1½ hours.

Press dough evenly into a generously oiled 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan. Let dough rise, covered completely with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Stir together thyme and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Make shallow indentations all over dough with your fingertips, then brush with thyme oil, letting it pool in indentations. Sprinkle lemon zest and sea salt evenly over focaccia and bake in middle of oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Once out of oven, immediately remove from pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

White Bean, Onion and Rosemary Soup

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ pound (about 1½ cups) cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt
Pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy bottomed soup pot, over medium low heat, add olive oil. Sauté onions until translucent, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the drained white beans, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and vegetable broth. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, until the beans are very soft. Remove the thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Pass the soup through a food mill or use an immersion blender to puree. Return the soup to the pot to reheat and add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound pork butt
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Tortillas, for serving

For garnish:

Mangoes
Pickled onions

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor place all ingredients except the pork butt, lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar.
Pulse until the mixture is ground into a course paste. Rub the mixture all over the pork butt, let stand for 10 minutes. In a large cast iron pan over high heat, add canola oil. Brown the pork butt so that all sides are well seared. Add the lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar; stir scraping the bottom of the pan to remove the cooked bits and pieces. Add the entire mixture to a heated crock pot and let cook for about 4 hours or until pork butt falls apart. Take the port butt out and pull apart with a fork and then place back in the crock pot and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve on tortillas with mangoes and pickled onions.

Mushroom Herb Leek Puff Pastry Tartlets

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

Remove one sheet of puff pastry, and cut into 8 equal squares. Using a pairing knife, draw a small frame around each box to create a border (this area will puff and rise as a result of the division). Place on a baking sheet, and chill until ready to use.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook leeks and mushrooms, stirring constantly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add salt, pepper, thyme leaves, and continue to cook, 1 to 2 more minutes. Transfer mixture to a lined baking sheet, and let cool.

In a separate bowl, combine crème fraiche, lemon zest, and gruyere cheese, and season with salt and pepper.

Remove puff pastry from refrigerator, and spoon crème fraiche cheese mixture on inside square. Evenly arrange cooled mushrooms and leeks on top of that. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden and puffed. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Roasted Pork Loin with Onion Cherry Sage Sauce

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the pork loin

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 fresh bay leaves, veins stems removed
2 teaspoon juniper berries
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 3-pound pork loin
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon hazelnut oil or olive oil
½ cup chicken broth

For the cherry onion sauce

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw or light brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
½ cup dried cherries
2 tablespoon high quality balsamic vinegar
2 cups full-bodied, spicy red wine, Cabarnet Franc or Syrah
¼ cup chicken broth (optional)
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

For the pork loin

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a spice grinder, combine rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, juniper berries, orange zest, salt, and pepper. Grind to a medium grind, a little thicker than fine black pepper but not as coarse as cracked. Rub all over pork loin. In a large cast iron heavy bottom skillet over high heat, add butter and oil. Sear pork loin on all sides. Remove from pan, and place in a roasting pan, pouring ½ cup chicken broth on the bottom of the pan. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the center registers about 145-150°F.

In the meantime, place the cast iron pan that you used for the pork on medium high heat, add butter. Cook onions, making sure to stir constantly, until caramelized or about 15 minutes. Add the sugar, sage, dried cherries, vinegar, and wine, stirring and scraping all the bits sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the broth, and season with salt and pepper. Let boil until mixture reduce by about half, about 5 to 6 minutes. Take off heat.

Serve pork loin with the cherry onion sage sauce on top.

Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the soup

1 cup whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
½ of a sweet yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup celery, chopped fine
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped fine
Salt
1 bouquet garni of fresh herbs in a cheesecloth sack: parsley, thyme, rosemary (a few springs of each)
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup sweet Madeira
4 cups of sweet onion broth (see recipe)
½ cup heavy cream
Black pepper

For the grape honey

1 cup frozen concord grapes or fresh black grapes, chopped
¼ cup water
½ cup honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ tablespoons black pepper, freshly cracked

DIRECTIONS

For the sweet onion broth

In a large soup pan, add a bunch of red onions skins, shallot skins, carrot pieces, parsnip pieces, and 4½ cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons salt, ½ cup honey, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain, and set aside.

For the soup

In a large heavy bottom soup pan, over medium high heat, add butter and pumpkin oil. Cook shallots and onions, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the celery and parsnips, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add bouquet garni, bay leaves, and Madeira. Add the 4 cups of sweet onion broth, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove bouquet garni and bay leaves and blend with hand held immersion blender until smooth.

For the grape honey

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer about 4 to 5 minutes. Take off heat. Cool. Place in blender, and blend until smooth. Strain using a fine mesh strainer.

To serve soup, place in bowl, and swirl in grape honey.

Spicy Horseradish Herb Pretzels

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh horseradish, grated
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs, chopped: thyme, marjoram, chives, parsley, tarragon
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine, for garnish
Pretzel salt

DIRECTIONS

Mix together sugar, yeast and water in a metal or glass mixing bowl until frothy. Let sit until foamy, about 5-7 minutes. In another large mixing bowl combine flour and salt.

Whisk together 4 cups flour and 1 tablespoon table salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture, horseradish and herbs and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms into a soft dough. Gently dust a smooth flat work surface with flour, turn out dough and knead gently, using enough additional flour to make a smooth sticky dough, about 10 minutes (Dough needs to be somewhat sticky to facilitate rolling and forming into pretzels).

Place dough back into the bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, let dough sit in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface and cut into 12-15 equal pieces. Using your palms, roll 1 piece back and forth on a clean dry work surface into a rope about 12″ long. If dough sticks to your hands, lightly dust them with flour. Twist dough into a pretzel shape. (Dough will retract as you form the pretzel.)

Transfer pretzel with your hands to an oiled or lined with parchment paper baking sheet and place all the formed pretzels about 2 inches apart on all sides.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Let pretzels stand, uncovered, about 20 minutes. Bring a wide 6-quart pot of water to a boil.

Using both hands, carefully add a few pretzels, 1 at a time, to boiling water and cook, turning over once with tongs, until pretzels are puffed and shape is set, about 3 minutes. Transfer parboiled pretzels to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining pretzels.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and oil paper, then arrange pretzels on sheet. Brush pretzels lightly with some of egg and sprinkle with pretzel salt and chives. Bake until golden brown and lightly crusted, about 35 minutes. Cool 15 minutes, then serve warm.

Root Veggies with Garlic Maple Herb Butter

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings of root vegetables of your choice (i.e. parsnips, carrots, celery root, beets) chopped fine
1 small leek, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Salt
Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme and rosemary, chopped (1 tablespoon total)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.

Place all ingredients in the center of a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil. Fold the aluminum foil edges over like a burrito, then fold each side about a half inch in again and repeat until you have a tight little packet. Place packet on lines baking sheet.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until veggies are cooked through. Serve.

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

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings chicken breast, boneless, skinless
Salt
Pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of ½ lemon
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
1 cup chard, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and lemon zest. On a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil, place all ingredients in the center. Fold the aluminum foil edges over like a burrito, then fold each side about a half inch in again and repeat until you have a tight little packet. Place packet on the lined baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through. Slice and serve!

Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream Sauce

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For ravioli

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

For sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small shallot
½ cup white wine
¾ cups reserved porcini liquid
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup grated Pecorino cheese, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

For ravioli

In a small bowl, place dried porcini mushrooms and pour hot water just to cover, about ¾ cups. Let sit for 20 minutes and then strain mushrooms, reserving liquid. Chop mushrooms into small pieces and set aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add olive oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring constantly until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Next, add mushrooms (including chopped and reserved porcinis) and sauté until beginning to turn brown and caramelize. Season with salt and pepper and then add lemon zest and juice. Take off heat and add herbs, ricotta and pecorino cheeses and heavy cream (if using). Cool and then use to fill raviolis.

Place large pasta sheet on cutting board with the long side parallel to the edge of work surface. Place 8 heaping teaspoons of mushroom filling along the top third of the sheet about 2 inches apart. Moisten pasta around each mound of filling, using a pastry brush or your fingers dipped in water. Fold the dough up and over the filling to enclose; press around filling to seal. Cut between mounds with a plain pastry wheel, cookie cutter or knife. Transfer to floured baking sheet. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Chill until ready to cook.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add about 6 ravioli per serving, and cook until tender but al dente, about 2 minutes. When ravioli are done, use a slotted spoon to remove from boiling water. Drain well, and keep warm while making sauce.

For sauce

In same sauté pan that you cooked the mushrooms in, over medium heat, add oil. Add shallots and cook, stirring constantly until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add white wine to deglaze the pan, scrapping up any mushroom bits. Reduce until almost all is evaporated. Next, add porcini liquid and again, reduce by ¼. Add heavy cream and cook, 3 to 4 minutes until thick and creamy. Add fresh thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Pour over wild mushroom raviolis and garnish with Pecorino cheese and serve.

Creamy Cauliflower & Spinach Soup

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10 to 12

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground peppercorns
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 large or 2 small heads cauliflowers, cut into florets (about 3½ pounds)
1 small red potato, peeled and chopped
1 pound spinach, washed and tough stems removed
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons kosher salt
8 cups water

DIRECTIONS

Place the butter, oil, rosemary, thyme, and ground peppercorns in a large pot, and heat over medium-high until the butter is melted and the rosemary is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until they are soft, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and potato, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the spinach, milk, salt, and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook until the cauliflower easily mashes against the side of the pot, about 30 minutes.

Transfer some of the soup to a blender (don’t fill blender more than two-thirds full), cover, and pulse to release some heat. Blend the soup until it is completely smooth, and pour it into a clean pot. Repeat with the remaining soup. Bring the soup back to a boil, taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Winter Minestrone

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red onion, chopped medium
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 medium yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped small
1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups hot water
1 cup vegetable stock
1 bunch of dinosaur kale, chopped
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup small fresh macaroni (¾ cup dried)
½ cup parmesan, freshly grated
Parmesan rind (optional)
Salt/ pepper

DIRECTIONS

Cook garlic, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers in oil in a wide 7-to 9-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are very tender and begin to stick to bottom of pot, about 45 minutes total.

Push vegetables to one side of the pot. Add stewed tomatoes to cleared area and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir into vegetables and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. (Tomatoes may stick to pot, but don’t let them burn.) Bring to a simmer. Stir in kale and parmesan rind. Simmer, covered, until greens are tender, about 40 minutes.

Coarsely chop herbs, and stir into soup along with beans. Simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes.
Discard rind. Season soup with salt and pepper.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Make 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°F.

In a large roasting pan combine olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil stems, and thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until soft and caramelized. Discard basil stems.

Once out of the oven, transfer to a large heavy bottomed soup pot and place on the stove over medium heat. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth and bay leaves (if using), increase heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Remove bay leaves and discard. Using an immersion blender, add butter (if using) and reserved basil leaves and blend soup until smooth. Add more vegetable broth if too thick. Serve immediately.

Herb crusted Chicken with Caramelized Onion Jam on Ciabatta

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

For herb crusted chicken

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lemon
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups arugula leaves, for sandwich
Ciabatta, recipe follows

For caramelized onion jam

2 tablespoons canola oil
4 sweet onions, sliced thin
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup water
Salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine herbs and lemon zest. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and coat in herb mixture. In a large sauté pan, add oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and sea on one side, flip breast and then place in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes (depending on thickness of breast) or until cooked through. Once out of oven, let rest 10 minutes and then slice on breasts on the bias.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, add oil over medium low heat. Add onions and cook very slowly, 10 minutes. Add sugar, vinegar and water and season with salt. Cook until onions are deep golden brown and sauce is reduced to a syrupy sauce, 15 to 20 minutes more.

To assemble sandwich, spread onion jam on ciabatta loaf, top with arugula leaves and sliced chicken breast. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve.

For ciabatta

Makes 2 loaves

INGREDIENTS

For sponge

½ teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm water (105°-115°F)
13 cup room-temperature water
1 cup bread flour

For bread

½ teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons warm milk (105°-115°F)
23 cups room-temperature water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups bread flour
1½ teaspoons salt

DIRECTIONS

Make sponge

In a small bowl stir together yeast and warm water and let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy. In a bowl, stir together yeast mixture, room-temperature water, and flour and stir 4 minutes. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let sponge stand at cool room temperature at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.

Make bread

In a small bowl, stir together yeast and milk and let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy. In a bowl of a blender, blend together milk mixture, sponge, water, oil, and flour and combine with wooden spoon. Add salt and mix. Turn out dough from bowl on floured surface and knead until soft, about 10 minutes. Place dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 1½ hours. (Dough will be sticky and full of air bubbles.)

Have ready a rimless baking sheet and 2 well-floured 12-by-6-inch sheets parchment paper. Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface and cut in half. Transfer each half to a parchment sheet and form into an irregular oval about 9 inches long. Dimple loaves with floured fingers and dust tops with flour. Cover loaves with a dampened kitchen towel. Let loaves rise at room temperature until almost doubled in bulk, 1½ to 2 hours.

At least 45 minutes before baking ciabatta, put a baking stone or 4 to 6 unglazed “quarry” tiles (see note, above) arranged close together on oven rack in lowest position in oven and preheat oven to 425°F. Transfer 1 loaf on its parchment to baking sheet with a long side of loaf parallel to far edge of baking sheet. Line up for edge of baking sheet with far edge of stone or tiles, and tilt baking sheet to slide loaf with parchment onto back half of stone or tiles. Transfer remaining loaf to front half of stone or tiles in a similar manner. Bake ciabatta loaves 20 minutes, or until pale golden. With a large spatula transfer loaves to a rack to cool.

Classic Italian Lentil Soup (Brown Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, chopped small
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped small
2 celery, chopped small
2 tablespoons thyme
1 (15 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
4 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup brown Italian lentils
2 fresh bay leaves
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rind
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed Dutch oven, over medium heat, add olive oil. Add onions and cook until translucent, 7 minutes. Add carrots, celery and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes more. Reduce heat to medium low and add tomatoes, cook until flavor becomes concentrated, stirring to makes sure tomatoes and vegetable don’t burn, 15 minutes. Next, add vegetable broth, salt, lentils, bay leaves and Parmigiano Reggiano rind. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender. Remove cheese rind and serve garnished with more cheese.

Herb Mashed Cannellini Beans

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

10 cloves garlic (skin on)
1 fresh rosemary sprigs
3 fresh thyme sprigs
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1¾ cups chicken broth
Freshly ground pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F. In aluminum foil, add garlic cloves and herb sprigs and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and wrap. Bake in oven until cloves are soft, 30 minutes. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, remove garlic from skins and mash.
Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, over medium heat add olive oil. Add beans, mashed garlic, chicken broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook, 15 minutes. Remove from heat and mash beans with a potato masher until chunky. Add lemon juice and herbs and serve.

Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh citrus juice (tangerine, lime, Meyer lemon, orange, or combinations are excellent)
¼ cup citrus zest
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow to freeze. Taking a fork and scraping the ice every 10 minutes until frozen, about 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

Mushroom Herb Filling

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons yellow onion, chopped superfine
1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
1 cup brown mushrooms, chopped fine
¼ cup red pepper, chopped fine
Salt
Pepper
1 tablespoon each of fresh chives, parsley and thyme, chopped fine
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts
2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), for brushing tops of pop tarts

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sized sauté pan, add butter and olive oil. Sauté onion until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic, mushrooms, red pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, remove from heat and add fresh herbs and parmesan cheese. Let cool before using to fill pop tart.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lay one rolled piece of pie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and place filling in the center.
Cover with another piece of dough and crimp edges closed. Brush top with egg white or soy or rice milk (vegan option) and sprinkle with topping of choice. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Fish Foil with Veggies and Sun-dried Tomatoes

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 small traditional eggplant or 4 Japanese eggplants, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 whole head of garlic
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 medium zucchini, sliced into disks
10 sundried tomatoes
4 (6-ounce) pieces of wild caught salmon or arctic char, deboned and skin removed
1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large bowl, combine eggplants with extra virgin olive oil, fresh thyme, and season with salt and pepper.

Spread eggplant in a single layer onto baking sheet. Cut heat of garlic in half (separating top from bottom of heat), and place garlic side down on same baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until eggplant is caramelized.

To prepare fish foil, lay out 4 sheets of foil on counter. In a small bowl, mix Dijon, tarragon, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and set aside. Layer the disks of zucchini and sun dried tomatoes (2 layers of each) about the surface area of the size of salmon or arctic char filet. Place fish on top of veggies and smear fish with Dijon mixture, and cover with 1 more later of zucchini and sundried tomatoes. Squeeze juice of lemon wedge over everything, and place used wedge right on top.

Close up individual foil packets, and place on a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes while eggplant is still cooking.
This will give you a medium temperature on the fish. You can cook for another 5 to 10 if you prefer well done fish.

Once eggplant is cooked, remove from oven, and place eggplant and garlic cloves in a mixing bowl. Using a potato masher or fork, mash everything together. Once fish is finished, remove from foil, place on a plate with layers intact, and serve with mashed garlic eggplant.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

Fall Stuffed Mushrooms

December 16th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 40 stuffed mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

40 medium sized crimini mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon of each of the following fresh herbs: thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, marjoram; chopped fine
½ medium tart apple, cored and chopped fine
½ cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup kashi whole grain nuggets cereal or whole wheat bread crumbs
¼ cup asiago cheese, shredded finely
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Gently separate mushrooms caps from stems and place cap-side down on a baking sheet. Next, chop stems super fine and set aside. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt butter and olive oil. Sauté shallots and garlic and cook, 5 minutes. Add the herbs, apple, mushroom stems, and walnuts and cook, 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and place all ingredients in a bowl. Add kashi cereal or bread crumbs and asiago cheese. Mix well. Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Using a teaspoon, stuff mushroom caps until full. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Jamaican Jerk Glazed Ham

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Wine Pairing: Charles Joguet, Chinon “clos du Chene Vert” – Organic 2002, France.
This highly complex and extremely spicy wine does not overcomplicate the intricate flavors of the jerk glaze and spices, instead they forge an incredibly bold pair suited for bold palettes and the brave of heart, much like the dish itself! Retails for about $40.

INGREIDENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 star of anise

For the Glaze

1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch of all spice
1 pinch of clove
½ habañero pepper, seeds removed and chopped superfine
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
¼ fresh chives, chopped fine

For the Spice Rub

3 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture, and add ham to pot- mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not than make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a medium sauce pan, add all ingredients, and bring to a boil, simmer, and reduce for about 15 minutes until thick. Cool, and set aside.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone in this should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uninterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze every 10 minutes until the entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature up to 425° F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Herbed Goat Cheese

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, chives, dill, mint, tarragon, thyme, chopped fine
1 long goat cheese log, chilled
Baguette, sliced and toasted

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except goat cheese. Place chilled goat cheese log on plate, and drizzle olive oil and herb mixture on top. Serve with bread.

Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These latkes are colorful, vibrant and have a spicy tang that gives them a special kick.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

5-6 medium blue potatoes, washed, peeled, and grated
1 medium white onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice of half of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, onion, thyme, eggs, flour, cumin, cumin seeds, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2 to 3-inch pancakes, drop into pan and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, usually about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Combine all ingredients for cumin tomato sour cream in a small mixing bowl, and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Paella Valenciana

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large Paella, Serves 8

Paella Valenciana is essentially the mother to all other forms of paella. Authentic Paella Valenciana is hard to find, but, when you do, you will find it to be as exquisite as paella gets. You can omit the snails in this recipe, but the paella will not be authentic. You can find the snails in cans at most specialty grocery stores.

INGREDIENTS

20 snails
Coarse salt
Spanish olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) peeled whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
3 cups Bomba rice (short grain white rice)
A few threads of saffron
2 cups white beans (lima), canned or cooked
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Place the snails in a bowl, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let rest for about 10 minutes. In a paella pan, heat the oil on a medium heat. Add garlic and onions, and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken, and sauté until chicken is just about cooked through. Add tomatoes, making sure to crush them between your fingers so they break apart, and add paprika. Stir. Add green beans, fresh herbs, chicken broth, and water. Add rice and saffron. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the paella is brought to a boil, reduce to low heat, and cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and snails, and cook another 15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes. Make sure the burner is on low heat and that the liquid is simmering gently. Once the rice is cooked, take off heat and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Leek and Mushroom Frittata

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks, green part removed, chopped and cleaned
1 lb crimini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
10 eggs
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF.

In a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil, leeks and mushrooms and sauté until tender and golden, 10 minutes. In a small bowl, beat eggs and add herbs, parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Turn cast iron pan down to medium and pour in eggs and start to move eggs around to start cooking them, once eggs start to set, place pan in the oven until eggs set, about 15 minutes. If eggs are still runny on top, turn on broil and cook for 3 more minutes.

Herbed Home Fries

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb (about 5-7 potatoes) Yukon Gold or Red Potatoes, cut into cubes
1 onion, chopped
Olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Toss with oil, salt and pepper and place on baking sheet. Place in oven and cook till
brown and crispy, 15- 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, add onions and olive oil and cook till golden brown, 15 minutes.

Once potatoes are removed from oven, immediately toss with fresh herbs and onions, check for seasoning and serve immediately.

Turkey Pot Pies with Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit Tops

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Mini Pot Pies

A southern spin on the classic pot pie! Who doesn’t love biscuits and cheddar, with a mix of turkey pot pie!

INGREDIENTS

Turkey Pies

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 medium celery root, peeled and chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
Salt/pepper
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups of turkey meat, precooked and shredded or cut into chunks
Cheddar biscuit dough (recipe follows)
Butter

Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

1½ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
1 cup buttermilk

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

For the pies:
Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, cook onions until slightly cooked or translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add carrots, celery root, and celery, and sauté another 3 to 4 minutes. Add fresh herbs, season with salt and pepper, and add chicken broth. Add turkey to the mixture, and turn heat to low and simmer, about 15 minutes or until the celery root is soft. Take off burner, and set aside. Until golden brown. Serve warm.

For the Biscuits:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter, and crumble mixture with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal with some little lumps about the size of a pea. Add chives, cheddar, and buttermilk, and mix until a dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a ½-inch cookie cutter.

To assemble the pies:
Lightly grease ramekins with butter. Fill up ramekins about ¾ full with turkey pie mixture. Place one biscuit on top of each pie in the ramekin.

Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Sheppard’s Pie

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Pie, serving about 6-8

This mashed potato crusted “pot pie” is brought to us by the British and their love of rich protein filled dishes in the dead of cold damp winters.

INGREDIENTS

1-2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped
1½ pounds lean ground beef
1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped fine
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
2 tablespoons of the following fresh herbs, chopped fine: parsley leaves, rosemary leaves, thyme leaves, marjoram leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt/black pepper
2 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup fresh chives, chopped fine for use; 1 tablespoon saved for garnish

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, and cook garlic and onions until slightly cooked or translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the carrots and parsnips, and cook another few minutes. Next add the ground beef, and sauté until it is fully browned, around 4 to 5 minutes. Drain off fat and add crimini mushrooms, sauté for a few minutes and next add the frozen or fresh peas and the herbs. Mix in tomato paste, season with salt and pepper and place on low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in a pot of salted water until tender. Strain and add butter, buttermilk and salt. Mash the potatoes until very smooth. Mix in the chives and set aside 1 tablespoon for garnish. Place the meat mixture in a lightly greased round glass pie dish or deep ceramic casserole dish. Spread mashed potatoes over the top evenly and sprinkle with chives. Bake until the top is golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

Mixed Greens with Herbed Vinaigrette

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons canola oil (neutral flavor oil)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
8 cups (about ½ pound) mesclun (mixed baby greens)
Freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together shallot, white wine, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt. Slowly stream in oils until vinaigrette is emulsified. Add herbs and greens and mix well until vinaigrette coats all the leaves. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.

Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Lasagna

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons Swiss chard, rinsed with stems removed, chopped
6 yellow onions, sliced thin
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine (Save 1 tablespoon)
5 sprigs thyme, chopped
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups milk, warmed
½ cup grated Asiago cheese
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons regular olive oil
1 handful toasted pine nuts
Freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound pasta sheets

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

For sauce

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add shallots and sweat them until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme sprigs; cook, 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly until the flour cooks and bubbles a bit (don’t let it brown) — about 2 minutes. Add the warm milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add fresh nutmeg and remove from the heat. Strain sauce through fine mesh strainer and then let cool while you prepare lasagna. This constitutes the Béchamel sauce.

For lasagna

In large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add reserved 1 tablespoon garlic and cook, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add Swiss chard and cook until tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Transfer chard to medium bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Wipe out skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions begin to brown all over, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and stir. Cook, stirring, until deep amber in color, about 20 minutes more. Set aside. This constitutes the layer of caramelized onions.

Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick cooking spray. Coat bottom of prepared dish with ½ cup of sauce. Layer bottom with a single layer of noodles. Spread half the chard over the noodles. Add another layer of noodles, arrange caramelized onions on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread another ½ cup sauce over all. Add another layer of noodles, followed by the remaining chard mixture. Finish with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Loosely cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake lasagna for 30 minutes. Uncover, bake 10 to 15 minutes more, or until lightly browned and bubbling. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Dark Cherry Port Gravy

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Makes 2 cups of gravy

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium shallots, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
½ cup dried cherries, chopped fine
1 cup tawny port
½ cup pomegranate juice
1 cup chicken broth
¼ heavy whipping cream (optional)

PREPARATION

In a medium sauté pan, heat butter and oil over medium high heat. Sauté shallots and cook, 5 minutes. Next, add herbs, dried cherries, tawny port and cook, rehydrating cherries. Add pomegranate juice and chicken broth, cook and reduce liquid by half. Finish with heavy whipping cream, if desired.

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