Roasted Tomato-Basil, Zucchini, Goat Cheese Tart

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one tart

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry
3 large tomatoes, chopped large and roasted
2 medium zucchini, sliced and roasted
10-12 basil leaves
8 ounces goat cheese
Salt
Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Roll out the puff pastry and lay on a flat baking sheet. Place in refrigerator to get very cold. Place some basil leaves down on the dough all over evenly. Place a few flat dollops of the goat cheese throughout the tart. Add the tomatoes and zucchini again evenly. Sprinkle with salt and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Take out and brush with the Savory Black Pepper Basil Glaze.

Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze
Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 -2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked medium
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pesto
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed.

Garden Tomato Clam Fritters with Lemon Aioli

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 fritters

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 cups clams, chopped (canned)
1 egg
¼ cup milk
½ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato puree
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
Oil for frying
Lemon Aioli (recipe follows)
Lemon wedges for garnish

Directions

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, lemon zest and parsley. Drain the clams and set aside. In another medium bowl whisk together the egg, milk, tomatoes, tomato puree and red onions. Add the clams and mix well. Little by little add the dry ingredients into to the wet until a thick batter is produced. In a medium fry pan with oil of about 3 inches, heat to about 360 ° F. When oil it hot drop by spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, flipping a few times. Drain on paper towels and serve with lemon wedges and lemon aioli.

Lemon Aioli
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg, zest and juice and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and will have a nice garlic bite. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Arugula, Tomato & Lemon Preserves on Ciabatta

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

Ciabatta bread
Arugula leaves
Tomato slices
Goat cheese
Salt & pepper
Lemon preserves (recipe follows)
Olive oil

Directions

Place arugula leaves on both side of the bread and place a tomato on one side and a tablespoon of lemon preserves on the other. Place a dollop of goat cheese on and season with salt and pepper, place the bread slices together and cook in a panini press, making sure to grease the outside of the bread with oil for crispiness.

Lemon Preserves
Makes 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

3 lemons, de-seeded, and chopped whole, peels included
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients (except basil) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for about 45 minutes or until totally soft and thick. Take off heat and add basil. Cool.

Chilled Tomato Soup

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

8-10 medium heirloom tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
6 large basil leaves
Garden caviar (recipe follows)

Directions

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add one large basil leaf to the top of each soup, gently spoon some of the garden caviar on top of the basil leaf for garnish.

Garden Caviar
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped superfine
½ medium green zucchini, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red peppers, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped superfine (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well, let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh Herb Pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
Salt/pepper
Pecorino cheese for garnish

Directions

Mix pecorino, lemon zest and ¼ fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add the shelled beans and cook for a few minutes. Add fresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and cook another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Continue to cook until tomatoes soften, about 3-5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3 minutes) and mix together with sauce and serve garnished with pecorino and fresh herbs.

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.

Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8-12 heirloom tomatoes, various varieties
8-12 pieces seedless watermelon sliced ½ inch thick and in wedges
2 cups feta cheese, sliced in sticks or wedges
12 fresh basil leaves, chifonade
White balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Baby arugula (garnish)

Directions

On individual serving plates create a stacked salad using the heirloom tomatoes, watermelon and feta. Sprinkle basil chifonade all over and drizzle the white balsamic vinaigrette over the top Garnish with baby arugula.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes 2 cups dressing

Ingredients

¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup blended oil (canola based)
½ shallot, minced
Salt and pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon of each)

Directions

In a medium bowl whisk together ingredients until well incorporated and emulsified, season with salt and pepper to taste.

*Recipes property of Polo Dobkins

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!

Whole-Wheat Pesto Mozzarella Panini

June 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

Whole-wheat bread
Fresh mozzarella slices
Tomato slices
Salt
Basil sauce (recipe follows)
Olive oil

Directions

Place basil sauce on each side of the bread slices and on the basil sauce place sliced mozzarella and tomato, season with a little salt.

Combine the slices to form a sandwich and brunch the top side with olive oil. In a panini pan or cast iron pan on high heat, place the olive oil side of the sandwich down on the pan. Using the heavy panini press top press down to flatten. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until browned and toasty.

Basil Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil

Directions

Mix the ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

Panamanian Sancocho

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing, 1 chicken thigh and 1 chicken drumstick
Salt
Pepper
Vegetable oil (avocado oil preferred)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup yucca, chopped in ½ inch squares
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 cup zucchini or pumpkin, chopped, medium
1 large plantains, sliced in 1 inch sliced
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon hot sauce
4 cups chicken stock, or water
1 -2 ears of fresh corn on the cob, sliced in 2-inch sections
Cotija cheese

Directions

Season all the chicken parts with salt and pepper. In a large soup pan heat oil to a high heat. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Sauté garlic, onions and jalapeno until semi translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the yucca, red pepper and carrot and sauté for another 3-4 minutes. Next add the tomatoes, the fresh herbs and the cumin and mix well. Add the squash, the plaintains, the lime juice and zest, the hot sauce and the chicken stock or water and add chicken. Mix well and bring to a boil. Once at a boil turn to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add the corn pieces and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve garnishes with cotija cheese. Serve over Arroz con Coco.

Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24

Ingredients

5 cups yucca, boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt, plus more
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste (or 1 plum tomato chopped fine)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1-3 tablespoons hot sauce of choice

Directions

Mix the salt with the yucca and set aside. In a large sauté pan heat a small amount of vegetable oil (about 3-4 tablespoons) on high heat. Add the garlic onions , jalapeño pepper and green pepper and sauté for a few minutes, or until onions are semi translucent. Add the ground beef and continue to sauté until ground beef is fully browned or about 3-4 more minutes. Add fresh herbs. Add the tomatoes or tomato paste and all the spices and hot sauce and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until all liquid is cooked out of the beef mixture. Cool beef mixture. Form yucca mash into about 3 inch long circular shapes in the palm of your hand. Place a tablespoon of the beef minute in the middle and form the yucca mash around the beef mixture in the shape of an oval. Make sure there is a tight seal and all beef is in the inside of the yucca mash. Set aside. After all yucca mash patties are made, heat about 2 cups of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan until hot, Place yucca patties in the hot frying pan and fry on each side about 3 minutes each or until golden brown. When browned place on paper towels to drain off excess oil. Serve with Panamanian Salsa Chombo.

Panamanian Salsa Chombo

Makes approximately 2 ½ cups

Ingredients

4-5 Aji Chombo peppers (scotch bonnet peppers), stems removed
½ inch piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ cup water
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in blender and puree until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Curried Cauliflower Yogurt Chicken

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

The yogurt in this curry creates a mild and cool flavor, very herbaceous and not too spicy!

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
1 serrano chili peppers, deseeded and chopped (optional)
1 medium red onion, chopped coarsely
1 red bell pepper, chopped coarsely
1 ½ cups cauliflower florets
3 medium chicken breasts, sliced in strips
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup snap peas
2 tablespoon of Ger-Nis Mild Curry (recipe follows)
Juice of 4 limes & zest
¾ cup yogurt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine

Directions

Heat oils in a large skillet on medium high, add garlic, ginger and chili pepper. Sauté approximately 2 minutes, then add red onion and red bell pepper. Sauté until just tender, approximately 2 more minutes. Add chicken and sauté until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes, stirring constantly still on medium high heat. Add the cauliflower florets. Reduce heat to simmer and add tomatoes and curry seasoning as well as lime juice and zest, mix well and cook on low heat for about 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until tomatoes fall apart. Add the snap peas and mix in. Reduce heat again to simmer and add yogurt and mint and cilantro and mix until all yogurt is blended in. Take off heat & Serve over rice or with Indian Naan bread.

Ger-Nis Mild Curry Seasoning

Makes 1 cup

A delicious yet mild curry seasoning that can be made and stored for up to six months in a glass jar for future use!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons ground coriander
5 tablespoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground mild mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients place in a jar and store for up to six months!

Garden Tomato, Bacon and Basil Ice Cream Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 tomatoes on the vine, sliced about ¼ inch thick
Basil ice cream (recipe follows)
6 bacon slices, cooked

Directions

On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper, freeze the tomato slices. Place a spoonful or two of the basil ice cream on top of a tomato slice and smash down gently until it covers the bottom tomato. Place a slice of bacon over the ice cream and cover with another frozen tomato slice, gently and push down. Freeze again for a short time and allow to thaw a few minutes before serving. (omitting the bacon is a great way to enjoy these sandwiches too).

Basil Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
Salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine milk, sugar and basil leaves and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes allowing basil to infuse, take off heat and allow to cool. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until very smooth in texture. Transfer back to the saucepan and heat to medium again, whisk in egg yolks making sure that the mixture stays smooth and creamy and that it does not boil. Take off heat add a pinch of salt and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Cucumber & Gazpacho Granita Ice Bites

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-25 bites

Ingredients

1 cucumber, sliced semi thin
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped tomato
¼ cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper, freeze the cucumber slices. In a blender combine the gazpacho ingredients: chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, vinegar, olive oil, herbs and salt. Blend until semi smooth. Place blended gazpacho on a metal baking sheet and freeze, scraping with a fork every 10-15 minutes until a icy granite is formed. Place a spoonful of the granite in-between two frozen cucumber slices and freeze again. Allow to thaw for a few minutes before serving.

Ensalada de Repollo (Cabbage Salad)

May 6th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6-8

Often seen in small Nicaraguan restaurants soaking in big batches at room temperature, it is similar to a sauerkraut with a Latin Style and a citrusy tone.

Ingredients

3 cups shredded green cabbage (about ½ medium head)
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
Juice of 3 limes
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl toss cabbage and tomato with lime juice making sure it is very wet but not excessively dripping, if more lime juice is needed juice one more lime. Season with salt and let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.

*For a more modern version try adding ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves or use red cabbage.

Warm Tomato Herb Salsa

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Baked Egg & Goat Cheese in Brioche Cups with Tomato Herb Salsa

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 mini brioche rolls
½ cup melted butter
6 eggs
Salt/pepper
3 ounces goat cheese
3 tablespoons fresh chives
Tomato herb salsa (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Cut off the tops of the brioche rolls and scoop out a small portion of the inside, enough for a cracked egg to sit and fill the hole. Brush the inside of the brioche rolls with the melted butter. Place each brioche roll in a muffin tin to hold it and keep stable. Crack an egg in each brioche cup and season with salt and pepper. Place ½ of an ounce of goat cheese in the center of each brioche cup and sprinkle about 1/3 of a tablespoon of fresh chives. Place the muffin tins filled with the brioches in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. In the last five minutes place the cut brioche tops in the oven as well to toast. The brioche cups should be done when the egg is set, the goat cheese melted and they are starting to turn golden brown. Serve with warm tomato herb salsa and cover with brioche top.

Warm Tomato Herb Salsa

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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.

Detox Shots

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one shot

Beet Basil Shot

½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice

Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme

¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves

Lemon Ginger Mint

¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint

Cucumber Parsley Mint

½ cucumber, ½ cup fresh parsley, ½ cup fresh mint

Tomato Oregano Parsley

½ tomato, ¼ cup fresh oregano, 1 cup fresh parsley

Nissa’s Lasagna

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one large lasagna

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
2 medium green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup broccoli florets, cut super small
4 medium tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
1 cup tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
Salt/pepper
Lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach
1 ½ cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 ½ cups Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
2 cups fresh mozzarella

Directions

In a large soup pot, over medium high heat, add oil. Cook onions and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and cook for a few more minutes. Add the zucchini, broccoli and tomatoes and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add the fresh herbs (making sure to reserve some for the end). Add the tomato sauce and red wine, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before assembling lasagna.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large casserole dish, place a layer of lasagna noodles (cooked or fresh) down first, then spread a little sauce over the noodle. Add a layer of fresh spinach and then a layer of sauce, followed by a little bit of each cheese. Repeat the layers until the dish is filled. The top layer should end in a noodle covered with sauce and cheese, mostly the pecorino in order to make it nice and crusty.

Place lasagna in the oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the top is crusty brown. Allow the lasagna to sit and rest about 20 minutes before serving.

Jamaican Mango Pepper Sauce

April 5th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup sauce

Ingredients

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, stems and seeds removed and chopped
¼ cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon allspice berries, freshly ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, freshly ground
½ teaspoon cloves, freshly ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¼ cup orange juice
¼ tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until soft. Allow to cool, place in blender and puree until smooth.

Fresh Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

For roasted tomatoes

8 plum tomatoes, cut in half and seeds removed
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

For salad

1 pound fresh mozzarella, ¼-inch thick slices
Basil pesto, for drizzling
Maldon salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

For roasted tomatoes

Preheat oven to 200°F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and lay on a baking sheet with the tomatoes cut side down. Place in oven and roast for 2 to 3 hours or until tomatoes have reduced in size and there are dry to the touch. Remove from oven and peel the skins off the tomato. Use right away or store in an air-tight container.

For salad

Layer alternating slices of roasted tomatoes and mozzarella on a large, shallow platter. Drizzle the salad with basil pesto and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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.

Sausage Parsley Fennel Meatballs with Tomato Cream Sauce

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound sweet Italian sausage, ground
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons milk
Olive oil

For the Tomato Cream Sauce

1 (12-ounce) can plain tomato sauce
1 (12-ounce) container heavy whipping cream

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use hands to mix sausage, garlic, fennel seeds, chili flakes, and parsley until well combined. Add the milk to meatball mixture, and combine. Form into 1-inch balls, and set aside. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over high heat. Sauté meatballs, until all sides are well browned. Add the can of tomato sauce, mix gently, and cook on medium-low heat for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. To make sure meatballs are cooked through, slice one open. If they are not cooked through, continue the cooking process. Turn off the heat, and add heavy whipping cream, stirring gently until tomato sauce and meatball mixture are all mixed together. Serve over pasta.

Eugene Sausage Pasta

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds
1-2 teaspoons dried red chili flakes
1 pound spicy Italian sausage
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped fine (flat leaf)
2 teaspoons salt
1 small can tomato sauce, 6 ounces
1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package (box) linguini, cooked, 16 ounces
Freshly grated parmesan
Black pepper


PREPARATION

In sauté pan, place olive oil, garlic,  place on medium heat. Add fennel seeds and chili flakes and cook about 30 -45 seconds. (This process enhances the flavor of the oil and adds to the flavor of the cooked sausage and sauce.) Add the sausage, making sure to take it out of the casing and break it up in small pieces. Continue to cook until brown, making sure to break apart and larger piece of meat. Once the sausage is browned and crumbly, add the parsley and the salt, stirring and cooking a few more minutes. Add the black olives, mix well.  Toss in tomato sauce, mix together well and continue to cook until all liquid is absorbed. The tomato  sauce will become tomato paste like and should be  sticking tightly to the meat.  Once the sauce is totally absorbed into the meat about 5 minutes approximately of stirring while keeping the burner on medium heat, reduce the temp to low and pour in the heavy cream. Mix together until all the cream is mixed in, turn the burner off.   Toss  the sauce together with cooked linguini. Season with salt to taste.

Freshly grated parmesan cheese and black pepper are a MUST on top!

Purple Majesty Potato Latkes with Tomato Cumin Sour Cream

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes.

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION

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

CUMIN TOMATO SOUR CREAM

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sour cream
¼ cup tomatoes chopped fine
1 tablespoon cumin

Cantaloupe Mint Cucumber Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves  6

4 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and cut into small dice
2 bunches green onions, sliced fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup  champagne vinegar
¼  cup almond oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Melon balls, garnish
Fresh herbs, garnish

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing untl semi smooth.  Pout liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with melon balls and herbs.

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency.  Chill before serving.

Cilantro Lime Mango Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 medium mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced small
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
3 large cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 red onion, chopped fine
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Juice of 5 limes
Zest of 2 limes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Fresh cilantro leaves, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth.  Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with cilantro.

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency.  Chill before serving.

Green Herb Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 large cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
¼ cup champagne vinegar
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 /2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
Cherry tomatoes, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth.  Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with cherry tomatoes.

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency.  Chill before serving.

Galia Melon and Frozen Grape Thyme Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1  medium galia melon, deseeded and cut into tiny cubes
2 cups frozen red grapes, quartered (cut before freezing)
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup citrus champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
Pinch of salt
Cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth.  Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency.  Chill before serving.

Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

15 medium yellow tomatoes, cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid as well
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons cilantro chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
15 pieces of shrimp, tail on and cleaned
¼ cup cilantro pesto  (see our recipe section)
Avocado, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients (except shrimp, cilantro pesto and avocado) in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth.  Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Grill shrimp brushing with pesto.  Serve in martini glasses with 2 grilled shrimp and avocado.

Garden Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

10 to 12 medium tomatoes, cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid as well
5 medium yellow tomatoes, cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid as well.
4 medium cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, chopped fine
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¾ cup sherry vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup of each of the following fresh herbs, basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, dill and tarragon
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cracked pepper
Cucumber slices, garnish
Fresh mint, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Take 2  cups of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth.  Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with cucumber slices and mint.

Alternatively grind up with a mortar and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Beefsteak Tomato Carpaccio With Herb Pesto

June 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

3 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced paper-thin
Course sea salt & cracked pepper
½ cup herb pesto

PREPARATION

Place tomatoes flat on a platter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Drizzle pesto over platter of tomatoes.

For the pesto……………….

INGREDIENTS

4 garlic cloves
½ cup pine nuts
2-3 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients in a blender or with a handheld food processor until smooth.

Sausage Parsley Fennel Meatballs with Tomato Cream Sauce

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, ground
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons milk

Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 12 oz can plain tomato sauce
1 12 oz container heavy whipping cream

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use fingers to mix sausage, garlic, fennel seeds, chili flakes and parsley until well combined. Add the milk and mix into sausage mixture. Form into 1 inch balls and set aside. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed skillet on high heat. Sauté meatballs, rolling until all sides are well browned. Add the can of tomato sauce, mix gently and cook on medium to low heat for approximately five minutes, stirring occasionally. To make sure meatballs are cooked through, slice one open. If they are not cooked through, continue the cooking process. Turn off the heat and add heavy whipping cream stirring gently until tomato sauce and meatball mixture are all mixed together. Serve over pasta.

Sicilian Style Herbed Meatballs with Stewed Tomatoes & Parmesan Polenta

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, ground
1 bulb garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1-3 teaspoons red chili flakes (for spicier meatballs use 3 teaspoons)
½ cup pine nuts, chopped fine
½ cup currants
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley, basil, marjoram, and oregano, chopped fine (reserved from above)
2 lbs plum tomatoes, diced fine
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper

PREPARATION

To make the meatballs, mix ground beef and ground sausage with garlic, fresh herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Use fingers to mix well and squish ingredients together. Make sure the mixture is well blended. Add the chopped pine nuts, Kashi cereal and the currants and again mix very well using fingers. Add the beaten eggs and mix until all ingredients are well combined and moistened by the eggs. The eggs should cause the mixture to bind and stick together.

Form mixture into about 1 to 1¼ inch balls and set aside.

In a large, deep heavy bottom pan heat a few tablespoons of olive oil to a high heat. Sauté meatballs in batches by rolling them around on all sides until well browned. Then, transfer them to another plate with paper towels to absorb any grease.

After all the meatballs are cooked, lower the temperature of the same pan and add another tablespoon of olive oil if necessary. Sauté the garlic until translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and tomatoes, stirring well so to loosen the meatball scraps from the bottom of the pan. Add the red wine and the salt and pepper, again stirring to deglaze the pan. Bring to a low boil for about five minutes. Turn the burner on low and add the meatballs to the sauce stirring gently until the meatballs are covered in the tomato mixture. Cook on low temperature for approximately 30 minutes, making sure you stir gently every few minutes being careful not to break apart the meatballs.

Serve over polenta and pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese!

The alternative to sautéing meatballs is to bake them in a 375° oven for approximately 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Follow the same directions as above for the sauce.

Peruvian Herbed Blue Potato Latkes with Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

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

INGREDIENTS

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
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
Vegetable oil

PREPARATION

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

Cumin Tomato Sour Cream

INGREDIENTS

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 ½ of a lime
2 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Serve cold on top of hot latkes.

Marjoram Tomato Mac & Cheese

December 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 pound medium shell macaroni
¼ cup butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons white pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated
¾ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Cook until al dente. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter and then add flour, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk, then decrease heat to medium to bring to a simmer, continuing to whisk. The mixture will begin to thicken. Then, add cheese and continue to whisk until melted, about 6-8 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir well and take off heat. Add the tomatoes and marjoram, stir well. Add the pasta to the melted cheese and the fresh herbs and mix well. Serve.

Pa amb tomàquet

December 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

Take a nice, thick slice of toasted rustic bread, rub some garlic, fresh tomato, and fresh thyme on top, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil, and add a pinch of salt. There you have it, pan amb tomàquet, a Catalan staple and breakfast favorite.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

3 cups red cherry tomatoes, chopped fine
2 medium yellow tomatoes, chopped fine
1/2 cup white onion, chopped very fine
½ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
½ cup cilantro leaves
1-2 jalapeño peppers, chopped fine and deseeded
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 3-4 limes
Salt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

Sun-dried Tomato Basil Mustard

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic whole grain mustard recipe or store bought whole grain mustard
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is an excellent condiment on grilled asparagus, grilled fish and seafood or any sandwich, hot dog or burger.

Herb Cocktail Style Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley. chopped fine
Sea salt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is perfect for grilled shrimp or atop a grilled shrimp salad. It is also a special ketchup for grilled fish and calamari.

Chipotle Herb Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
1 6 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 small jalapeño, chopped and seeds removed
½ cup white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
juice and zest of 2 limes

PREPARATION

Blend together all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth but with a slightly uneven and consistently coarse texture. This is excellent on grilled chicken sandwiches or Mexican-style burgers and is even pretty good on fajitas!

Greek Style Mint Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
¼ cup calamata olives, pits removed and chopped finely
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste.

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is obviously excellent on Greek burgers of lamb, chicken or beef. It is also amazingly delicious on steak sprinkled with crumbled feta.

Garlic Herb Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
4 cloves garlic, crushed finely
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste.

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Serve on hot dogs or hamburgers. This is a very chunky ketchup with a very garlic-and-herb taste that is also excellent on fries!

Summer Savory Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
¼ cup fresh summer savory, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until combined.

This is lovely herbal ketchup that is simple and a little salty because savory tends to be a very salty herb. It is excellent on grilled fish and grilled vegetables and is also a lovely condiment for a hot dog. Kids love this one because it is simple.

Fresh Horseradish Tarragon Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cups basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated fine
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste

PREPARATION

Whisk all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl and chill. Serve with a big grilled steak and French fries or atop a big, juicy burger!

Basic Ketchup Recipe

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 28 oz. can pureed tomatoes
½ cup brown sugar, packed tight
½ cup apple cider vinegar

PREPARATION

In a medium-sized, thick-bottomed sauce pan on medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes until translucent. Add spices and stir for another minute. Add tomato puree and brown sugar, stirring well. Add apple cider vinegar and make sure concoction is mixed well. Turn burner to low and cook stirring frequently for about 10 minutes uncovered until desired thickness. Cool well and then blend in a blender or with a handheld food processor until smooth.

Cypriot Greek Salad

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

A Greek salad accompanies every meal in Cyprus. This recipe is for a very simple and basic salad made in larger chunks and with more fresh herb leaves than the Greeks typically make.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups romaine lettuce torn into bite size pieces
½ cup calamata olives or the tarmasalata olives traditionally used in Cyprus
½ cup feta, crumbled
½ cup fresh parsley leaves
½ cup olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix together tomatoes, lettuce, olives, feta and parsley. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the salad, toss and serve.

Chilled Tomato and Basil Soup

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a delightful way to enjoy tomatoes and basil on the hottest days of summer. This soup’s uniqueness, lovely texture and subtle cool flavors make it an excellent choice for a lunch party.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

8-10 small vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
4cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
4 tablespoons heavy cream
4 large basil leaves

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Push mixture through sieve to remove seeds and stems. Chill for at least 3 hours. Before serving, take 1 tablespoon of cream and gently pour it on top of the soup and add 1 basil leaf for garnish.

Simple Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic and Basil

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a truly decadent yet unbelievably simple recipe that captures the essence of slow roasted tomatoes together with basil. Serve over warm crusty bread or pasta, chicken or fish. It is also excellent over fresh steamed broccoli or green beans.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

8-10 small vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered
6 cloves garlic, sliced
½ cup fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Cracked pepper
½ cup Calamata olives, pits removed and halved
¼ cup olive oil
Feta cheese (optional)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 275°. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients. Place ingredients in a shallow baking dish (oiled) and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and cracked pepper. Roast tomatoes for about 1 hour or until bubbly hot. Crumble feta over hot mixture.

BBT Sandwich (Bacon, Basil and Tomato)

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

A simple twist on a tomato classic!

Makes 4 sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

8 slices whole grain bread, toasted
Mayonnaise
8 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy
8 fresh basil leaves, large
8 slices vine-ripened tomatoes
4 slices fresh mozzarella
Cracked pepper and salt

PREPARATION

Add mayonnaise, to taste, on all slices of bread and then assemble each sandwich as follows: place 2 slices of bacon on one slice of bread and a slice of fresh mozzarella on the other, add 2 slices of tomatoes on top of the mozzarella and 2 large basil leaves on top of the bacon.Lastly, sprinkle a little salt and pepper on both sides and put together. Enjoy!

Sicilian Caper, Basil and Tomato Salsa

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Although traditionally enjoyed with grilled mackerel, this is a truly delightful mixture that can stand on its own; the flavors are perfect together.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
¼ cup capers, chopped
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Course sea salt
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

Gently mix together all ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and gently mix again. Let stand at least a half an hour before serving. Serve at room temperature over grilled fish with lemon wedges.

Sicilian Basil, Onion and Tomato Salad

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped in small slivers
1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
8-10 fresh basil leaves, small and whole
Juice of half a lemon
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Course sea salt
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

Gently mix together all ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and gently mix again. Let stand at least a half an hour before serving, and serve at room temperature.

Basil, Romano Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This salad can be served either warm or at room temperature and is truly a lovely mix of texture and flavor. It is a garden must! Romano beans are the long, flat, wide green beans, but regular green beans can be substituted if you cannot find Romano beans.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

¾ pound fresh Romano beans, tips trimmed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
½ cup basil leaves, sliced thin
Juice and zest of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

In a steamer, steam the green beans until al dente or just about done. While the beans are cooking, combine all other ingredients (except salt) in a large bowl and mix well. When the beans are finished cooking, place the hot green beans in the large bowl on top of the mixture. Do not stir. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. This will cook or warm the other items and the green beans will finish cooking at the same time. After 5 minutes, gently stir the mixture and serve warm or let stand and serve room temperature.

Spinach Herb Ricotta Cannelloni with Fresh Tomatoes and Lemon

November 10th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups spinach, steamed and drained
¼ cup fresh basil chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
2 tablespoons marjoram chopped
2 tablespoons oregano chopped
½ cup red bell peppers chopped fine
½ cup red spring onions chopped
½ cup carrots chopped fine
3 cloves garlic chopped fine
½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
Fresh Herb Pasta Recipe (follow directions for the pasta maker and make 8 4X5 sheets of pasta
Olive oil for greasing the pan
5 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
Zest and juice of 2 lemons

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 300 Degrees for 15 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine, spinach, herbs, bell peppers, onions, carrots garlic and ricotta, mix well with a fork until all ingredients are blended. Season with chili flakes, salt and pepper. Place a few spoon full’s of the cheese herb mixture in a sheet of pasta and roll up and place in a greased glass baking dish. Do this 7 more times and place in the glass dish. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until pasta is golden brown. Mix the tomatoes and lemon zest and juice together and pour over cannelloni and bake for approx 3-5 more minutes.

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Peas, Fennel, Tomatoes and Sausage With Pecorino Herb Sprinkle

November 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup fresh grated pecorino romano
zest of 2 lemons (juice reserved)
1/4 cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
pinch of dried crushed red pepper
1 pound Italian sausages, casings removed
1 fennel bulb cleaned and trimmed and sliced fine
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup shelled fresh peas
fresh herb pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix pecorino, lemon zest and 1/4 fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add sausages; and break apart until crumbly. Sauté until brown, about 3-4minutes. Addfresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and sauté another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up browned bits. Add peas. Sauté until tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3- 5 minutes) and serve with sauce over the top and sprinkle the cheese mixture on top.

French Tomato Tarragon Dressing

November 8th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons of fresh tarragon, chopped
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl combine the vinegar, the mustard, and tomatoes and whisk together well, add the oil and whisk the dressing until it is emulsified. Stir in the t tarragon, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over fresh steamed asparagus

Andouille Beef Burger with Sundried Tomato Herb Aioli

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

¾ lb ground beef
¼ lb ground Andouille sausage
¼ c sundried tomatoes chopped fine
¼ cup red onions chopped fine
1 T mustard powder chopped fine
¼ c chopped fresh thyme
1 T fennel seeds

For aioli
2 T sundried tomatoes
¼ cup basil
¼ c olive oil
1 T mustard
¼ cup mayonnaise blended well
red onions & Asiago cheese for serving

PREPARATION

Top with the sundired tomato aioli and roasted red onions and asiago cheese Grind all ingredients in the food processor using the pulse button until the meat is coarsely ground. Form patties, place on wax paper and freeze for about six minutes on each side or until par frozen. Grill on high heat on a very clean grill, flipping only once per side. Cook for about four minutes per side for a well done burger and three minutes per side for medium burgers.

Panzanella

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Panzanella is a delicious alternative to a green salad; panzanella is a Tuscan salad that highlights fresh tomatoes, herbs, and bread. This recipe makes six generous servings.

INGREDIENTS

10 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
½ large cucumber, diced
¼ cup small pitted olives, minced
1 T chopped oregano
1 T chopped basil
2 T chopped parsley
1 T lemon juice
4 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 pinch sugar
pinch of salt
pepper to taste
½ chiabatta, diced

PREPARATION

The night before, combine all ingredients, except the bread, in a large portable container. On picnic day, simply toss the bread into your tomato mixture and there you have it, a delicious salad without the wilted lettuce.

Herbed Tomato Soup with a Poached Egg

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 16 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 T olive oil
½ c finely chopped shallots or leeks
Salt/pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup each chopped parsley, chives and tarragon

Directions

Sauté shallots in olive oil until they are translucent. Add fresh herbs, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Next, add tomatoes and simmer for about five minutes. Blend mixture with a hand held food processor for just a few seconds until the tomatoes are smooth. Bring soup to high simmer, add eggs, and cook about three to four minutes on a high simmer until eggs are done.

Fried Egg Pesto Tomato Sandwich

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
¼ c pesto
¼ c parmesan cheese
2 sliced tomatoes
2 pieces of multigrain bread
Olive oil

PREPARATION

Fry eggs in oil and flip them over when done. Leave the yolk runny or solid as you prefer. Toast the bread slices and serve them with cheese and drizzled with pesto and tomato.

Tomato Croquettes

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 c chopped Santorini tomatoes or plum tomatoes
½ c finely chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 T fresh chopped oregano
1 T fresh  chopped mint
salt and ground black pepper
1 c all-purpose flour
olive oil for frying

PREPARATION

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs and spices in a large bowl. Add flour, salt and pepper and mix together to the consistency of a thick batter. In a large heavy skillet, heat enough olive oil for frying. Take one heaped tablespoon at a time and drop the batter into the hot oil; fry until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Santorini Dried Tomatoes

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

olive oil
1 lb. Santorini tomatoes (or very good quality cherry tomatoes), sliced in half
1 T salt
1 t sugar
1 t pepper
1 t chopped fresh thyme
1 t chopped fresh oregano

PREPARATION

Preheat  the oven to 170° F. On a greased 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.

Pepperoni, Onion, and Herb Calzones with Vegetable Marinara

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

For the filling of the calzone add fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh chopped onions and fresh parsley. Bake and serve these calzones covered in vegetable marinara sauce.

Goat Cheese Sundried Tomato and Pesto Pizza

October 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

This pizza has whole wheat crust topped with pesto sauce, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese baked to a bubble crisp perfection. Wonderful and special.

Roasted Garlic and Herb Classic Tomato (Classic Tomato and Oregano Variation)

October 24th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Follow the Vegetable Marinara recipe but add 1 bulb roasted garlic, chopped or smashed fine. Also add the following fresh herbs at the end of cooking:
¼ c fresh chopped parsley
½ c fresh chopped marjoram
Pesto Sauce
4 garlic cloves
½ c mixed nuts–pine, macadamia, soy, walnut, pecan
3 c chopped fresh basil
1 c extra virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
1 t lemon or lime zest
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper
½ c finely grated parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients with a handheld mixer or food processor until smooth. Add cheese (optional).

Vegetable Marinara (Basic Marinara Variation)

October 24th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Follow the recipe as above but add the following finely chopped vegetables during the sauté process: 
¼  c broccoli
¼ c zucchini
¼ c mushrooms
Classic Tomato and Oregano
9 medium tomatoes, chopped
¼ c chopped garlic
¼ c chopped yellow onions
1 t chili flakes
1 t dried oregano
2 T salt
1 T black pepper
1 c chopped fresh oregano
½ c chopped fresh oregano (extra for end)
½ c red wine

PREPARATION

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

Basic Marinara

October 24th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups of sauce

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Tomato Coconut Chutney

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and deseeded
Milk of one coconut or ½ cup of canned coconut milk
1 onion, finely sliced
½ cup freshly chopped coriander
1 tsp freshly chopped green chilies
Juice of one lime
Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Finely chop the tomato flesh and place in a bowl together with the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Serve at room temperature to accompany curry and rice dishes.

Cherry Tomato Salad with Horseradish Tarragon Cream

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

3 cups cherry tomatoes halved
1  sliced red onions
½ c chopped tarragon
1 T fresh grated horseradish
Juice of lemon
¼ c crème fresh
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix crème fresh tarragon, horseradish and lemon juice  add salt and pepper.  Mix with cherry tomatoes and red onions.

Chervil Tomato Salad

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 servings.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
1bunch green onions chopped
½ cup chervil
2 T olive oil
1 T champagne vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix olive oil vinegar salt and pepper with chervil, pour over cherry tomatoes and garnish with green onions.

Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3-4 Cups sauce tomato sauce and 2 cups pizza sauce.

Ingredients

6 medium tomatoes chopped
¼ c chopped garlic
¼ c chopped yellow onions
½ c red wine
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
2 T salt
1 T black pepper
1 c chopped fresh oregano
1 c chopped fresh basil
½ c chopped fresh oregano (extra for end)

Directions

Place all ingredients except ½ c oregano in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place on low simmer for about 45 minutes stirring regularly until all tomatoes are broken down. With a hand held food processor blend all ingredients in the pot until totaooly smooth and all ingredients are well blended. Skins are included in the sauce as the give a very rustic look and texture and provide a quick easy sauce. Cook blended sauce on low for another 10 minutes adding more salt to taste, when finished add remaining fresh oregano. For pizza sauce boil sauce on a low boil uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until desired thick texture, add remaining chopped oregano at end.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 servings.

INGREDIENTS

20 cherry tomatoes halved
1 ounce plain soft goat cheese
¼ c chopped basil
¼ c chopped parsly
¼ c chopped chives
1 T olive oil
Juice of a half of lemon
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix cheese and herbs and olive oil and lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon cheese moisture onto the tops of the cherry tomatoes.

Orzo Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

6 large vine tomatoes-hollowed out
1 c cooked orzo pasta
¼  c chopped calamata olives
¼  c chopped green onions
¼  c chopped marjoram
¼ c lemon juice and 1 tsp zet
¼ olive oil
 ¼ c crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix together all ingredients except cheese and let stand before eating at least ½ hour.   Stuff tomatoes with salad and sprinkle cheese over the top.

Oven Dried Tomatoes

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1-2 cups.

INGREDIENTS

6 medium tomatoes sliced thick
¼ c finely chopped garlic
¼ c finaly chopped basil
¼ c finely chopped oregano
1 T salt
Olive oil

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 225 F.  Place sliced tomatoes on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with chopped garlic, salt and fresh herbs evenly and then drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil on them.  Place them in the oven and let cook for about 12 hours or until dried to your choice.  Excellent to do overnight.

Store in the refrigerator for about a week in a ziplock bag.

Savory Baked Tomatoes

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 Servings

INGREDIENTS

6 medium vine tomatoes halved
½ c chopped fresh savory
½ c grated asiago cheese
Cracked pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350 F.  placed halved tomatoes in lightly oiled backing dish.  Sprinkle with savory and asiago cheese and cracked pepper, bake uncovered for about 20 minutes.  Place on broil for the last 2 minutes until cheese is browned.

Tomato Basil Bisque

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 servings.

INGREDIENTS

6 medium tomatoes chopped
1 cup water
2 medium leeks chopped
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
½ c chopped basil
½ c heavy cream
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Sauté leeks in butter and olive oil in a large soup pot until the leeks are sweating an translucent, add salt and tomatoes and water.  Bring tomatoes and leeks to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Using a hand held food processor blend tomato leek mixture until smooth.   Alternately take basil and heavy cream and blend on low with a hand held processor until basil and cream are mixed well,  place soup in a bowl and drizzle basil cream over the top.

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