Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris
Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For Meatballs:
8 oz ground pork
8 oz ground beef
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 teaspoon coriander seeds (freshly ground)
2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (freshly toasted and ground)
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 egg
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons [...]

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Arugula, Tomato & Lemon Preserves on Ciabatta

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 [...]

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Baked Herbal Goat Cheese with Tomatoes and Kalamata Olive Bread

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ teaspoon salt
4 ounces goat cheese
Cracked black pepper
Chopped herbs for garnish
Directions
Pre heat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl mix together tomatoes, fresh herbs and salt. Place in a small shallow baking dish. [...]

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Basic Marinara

One of the three basic pizza sauces.

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Basic Marinara

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 [...]

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Beef and Guinness Pie

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 [...]

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Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 medium eggplants
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Serve with chunk of bread
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle [...]

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Carimanolas with Panamanian Salsa Chombo

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 [...]

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Cauliflower Tabouli with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, cut up in pieces
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
1 cup cucumbers, seeded and diced
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 bunches of flat parsley, finely chopped
1 handful of mint leaves, finely chopped

Directions

Put the cut cauliflower in the food [...]

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

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 [...]

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Chicken Cacciatore

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
2 chicken wings, skin on, bone in
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ cup flour (for dredging)
Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped medium
2 medium carrots, chopped medium
2 ribs of celery, chopped fine
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped [...]

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Chilled Tomato Soup

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 [...]

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Cod en Papillote

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 ear sweet corn kernels
1 medium tomato, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
Zest of 2 lemons
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup white wine
6 pieces cod, 3-4 ounces each
6 sqaure pieces of parchment paper ( 8 X 8 )
2 cups baby arugula or [...]

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Crispy Okra Salad (Kararee Bhindi)

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
Canola oil
1-pound okra, stemmed and thinly sliced lengthwise
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
1 medium or 2 small tomatoes, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Juice of ½ lemon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1½ teaspoons chaat masala
DIRECTIONS
Heat 2 inches of oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot to 350°F. Add a third of the okra, [...]

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Curried Black-Eyed Peas

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup canola oil
4 whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
6 green cardamom pods
1-inch piece cinnamon stick
3 whole dried red chiles
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, mashed in a mortar and pestle with 1⁄8 teaspoon cumin [...]

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Curried Cauliflower Yogurt Chicken

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 [...]

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Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Serves 8
Ingredients
1 large eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces Greek Yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Directions
Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice eggplant in half and place skin side down on a lined [...]

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Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

Serves 6
This quick and easy dish has its origins in Naples and originated as a means to use up leftover sauce at breakfast time. The eggs are essentially cooked in the tomato sauce, hence the purgatory! Many cultures all over the world utilize this Italian idea, this recipe has more of the Middle Eastern influences [...]

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Empanadas de Pulpo (Octopus Pie Pocket)

In Spain, canned and jarred octopus is a luxury. To use it in empanadas is a delicious way to enjoy the delicacies of the Valencian waters, even from afar. Empanada dough is slightly sweet and thick in texture and does a brilliant job of absorbing the sauces form the inside without becoming soaked.

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Ensalada de Atun & Anchoas (Tuna and Anchovy Salad)

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris
Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
½ cup almonds
½ cup hazlenuts
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (Spanish)
6 cloves garlic
3 slices white bread, crusts removed, cut into quarters
2 roasted red peppers, deseeded and destemmed
4 tablespoo ns sherry vinegar (Spanish)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt
4 cups baby [...]

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Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

Serves 4-6
This recipe is inspired by two experiences actually, my trip to the Lingurian coast and my many trips to Al di La in Brooklyn and my many Sepia Al Nero meals I have had right here in my own backyard. I often try to recreate Anna’s dishes and with an okay amount of success [...]

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Fresh Guacamole

Makes approximately 3 cups
INGREDIENTS
6-8 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
½ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
5-6 limes
PREPARATION
In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth. Add cilantro, [...]

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Fresh Guacamole

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
4 avocados, ripe and soft, but not mushy
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onions, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt
Juice of 3 limes
DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl mash avocados one by one with a large fork until chunky, but relatively smooth.
Add [...]

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Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

Serves 6-8
Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 [...]

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Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

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 [...]

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Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce

Makes 3-4 cups tomato sauce and 2 cups pizza sauce.
Ingredients
6 medium tomatoes chopped
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup red wine
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh oregano
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano  (extra for end)
Directions
Place all ingredients except 1/2 cup oregano in [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 3 cups
INGREDIENTS
3 cups red cherry tomatoes, chopped fine
2 medium yellow tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onion, chopped very fine
½ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1-2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 3-4 limes
Salt
PREPARATION
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. [...]

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
3 tomatoes, chopped fine
¼ cup white onion, chopped very fine
¼ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
½ teaspoon cumin
Juice of 2 limes
Salt
DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

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Garden Baked Beans

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

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Garden Tomato Clam Fritters with Lemon Aioli

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, [...]

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Garden Tomato Clam Fritters with Lemon Aioli

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, [...]

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Green Beans With Fresh Herbs, Chopped Tomatoes & Red Onions

You can put virtually anything in a foil packet dinner – whatever inspires you at the market or in your ‘fridge. To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a few ideas to play around with. Simple and delicious!

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Grilled & Stuffed Cuttlefish

Serves 4
Ingredients
4 medium cuttlefish, cleaned and kept whole
½ cup fresh shelling beans, cooked
½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup pecorino cheese, finely grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon fresh pesto
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges
Directions
Chop the tentacles up and toss together in a mixing bowl [...]

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Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Tomatoes and Zucchini Mint Salsa

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
2 large globe eggplants, sliced thin, long ways
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
3 medium tomatoes, roasted and chopped small
3 cloves garlic, roasted and chopped small
1 medium yellow onion, roasted and chopped small
1 small zucchini, roasted and chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 cup fresh ricotta
Directions
Lay the eggplant down [...]

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Guatamalan Red Chili Pork Chuchitos (Tamales)

Makes 20 tamales
INGREDIENTS
For the red chili pork
2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 red chile, torn into pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 pound pork butt
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
For the [...]

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Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

with Basil Oil Drizzle & Anchovies
Serves 4
Ingredients
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
½ cup plus extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
6-8 tomatoes, sliced or wedged
6-8 pieces fresh mozzarella cheese (equivalent to the tomato size)
10-12 anchovies, whole of halved
Maldon sea salt
Directions
In a blender, combine basil leaves, garlic, oil and salt and blend until [...]

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Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

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 [...]

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Heirloom Tomato and Pesto Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS
1lb Pasta, cooked
2 gloves Garlic, minced
4 medium Zucchini, chopped
1½ lbs. Heirloom tomatoes, chopped
2 cups fresh Basil leaves
Juice of one large Lemon
½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, sauté garlic, add zucchini and season with salt, cook, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, warm through [...]

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Heirloom Tomato Pico de Gallo

Makes 3 cups
Ingredients
2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, chopped fiine
½ cup white onion, chopped very fine
½ cup red bell peppers, chopped very fine
½ cup cilanro leaves
1-2 jalapeño peppers, chopped fine and deseeded
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 3-4 limes
Salt
Directions
Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

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Heirloom Tomato Pico de Gallo

Makes 3 cups
Ingredients
2 cups heiloom cherry tomatoes, chopped fine
½ cup white onion, chopped very fine
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped very fine
½ cup cilnatro leaves
1-2 jalapeño peppers, chopped fine and deseeded
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 3-4 limes
Salt
Directions
Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Add salt to taste.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta, Olives, and Herbs

INGREDIENTS
1 cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 pint cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 large red onion, sliced
1 cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup pitted green olives (ideally calabrese or something equally briny)
Red wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil (ideally Frantoia or Montevertine)
Black pepper
Maldon sea salt, [...]

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta, Olives, and Herbs

Serves 5-7 people
Ingredients
1 cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large red onion, sliced
1 cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup pitted green olive (ideally calabrese or something equally briny)
Red wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil (ideally Frantoia or Montevertine)
Black pepper
Directions
Place [...]

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Herbed Portabella Quiche

Makes 1 mini quiche
Ingredients
1 large potabella mushroom stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Herbed Tomato Salsa

Makes 1 cup of salsa

Ingredients

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

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil to a medium high heat, add the onions and sauté [...]

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Herbed Tomato Soup with a Poached Egg

Poached eggs are cooked in a vat of slowly cooking liquid, but they are not boiled.

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Indian Summer Ratatouille

This version of the traditional fresh Provencal vegetable stew is both easy and tasty as well and utilizes the best of the late summer/early fall bounty!

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Italian Antipasti Plate

Serves 10
Ingredients
2 red bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 yellow bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 medium red onions, quartered and roasted
9 cloves garlic, roasted
20 cherry tomatoes yellow and red, roasted lightly
2 cans artichoke hearts, halved
1 cup black brine cured olives
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, halved
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chili [...]

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Italian Antipasti Plate

Serves 10
Ingredients
2 red bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 yellow bell peppers, roasted & peeled
2 medium red onions, quartered and roasted
9 cloves garlic, roasted
20 cherry tomatoes yellow and red, roasted lightly
2 cans artichoke hearts, halved
1 cup back brine cured olives
½ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, halved
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chili [...]

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Lahori Chicken Curry with Whole Spices & Potatoes

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
A 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces and skinned
3 medium red boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
¾ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt
1½ medium onions, roughly diced
5 garlic cloves
A 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half crosswise
3 tablespoons canola oil
A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
12 green cardamom pods
9 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
3 whole [...]

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Lomo Saltado

Gustav Pierson discovered this traditional Peruvian dish on our recent trip to visit the organic fair-trade growers. The dish takes roots in Peru but with Asian (chifa) influences. The dish is basically a stir fry with French Fries and rice. The beef is typically marinated in vinegar and soy sauce and then stir fried with onions, peppers and tomatoes. This is Gustav’s version of the dish he now makes at home!

Gustav

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Mussels with IPA & Thai Red Curry & Lime

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
1 small red onion, chopped fine
3 tomatoes, chopped medium
Juice of 2 limes
2-3 tablespoons red curry paste
½ cup IPA beer
½ stick butter
1 teaspoon maldon sea salt
3 pounds mussels, scrubbed and cleaned
Cilantro for garnish
Directions
In a large pot heat [...]

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Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from [...]

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Nicaraguan Baho (Beef Steak Cooked in Banana Leaves)

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound beef brisket, cut into strips
3 cloves garlic
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 green pepper, sliced thin
1 medium white onion, sliced thin
Juice of 5 limes
1 tablespoon salt
1 ripe plantain, sliced
½ pound yucca, cubed
Banana leaves
Directions
In a large bowl, mix together beef, garlic, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, lime juice and salt. Place in the refrigerator covered and [...]

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Nissa’s Lasagna

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 [...]

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Pa Amb Tomaquet

Serves 10
Ingredients

1 loaf country bread, cut into ½ to ¾ inch slices (preferably from a round loaf)
2 cloves garlic
2 ripe tomatoes
Extra-virgin olive oil
Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cut bread on a baking sheet and lightly toast the, just until the crumb is somewhat abrasive. Cut the garlic crosswise and rub the bread with the [...]

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Paches de Guatemala (Guatemala Potato Tamales)

Makes 8 tamales
INGREDIENTS
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup water
Salt
6 tablespoons lard or margarine
1 pound potatoes, cooked and mashed
2 cups masa harina
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon achiote powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
Corn [...]

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Panamanian Sancocho

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 [...]

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Parmesan Tomato Herb Straws

Makes about 24 straws
Ingredients
1 package puff pastry (one large sheet)
Flour
1 egg beaten
½ cup sundried tomato, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon basil, chopped superfine
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Maldon salt
Directions
On a floured surface roll out the puff pastry and brush with the beaten egg until the dough is moist. Sprinkle over the dough the tomato, basil and parmesan, [...]

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Patatas Bravas

Serves 10

Ingredients

For the potatoes
4 large Russet potatoes
Salt, to taste
For the salsa brava
⅓ cup tomate frito, recipe follows
½ tablespoon white vinegar
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce to taste
2 cups olive oil or canola oil

Directions

Parboil the potatoes with their skins still intact on the stove. The potatoes are finished boiling when you [...]

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Persian Herb Stew

Here is one of Kfir’s family recipes for these little wonders. One of my favorite things about Persian or Iranian cooking is the HUGE use of fresh herbs so this recipe is one of my personal favorties as well!

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Peruvian Blue Potato Latkes

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

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Pickled Green Beans

Ingredients
½ pound green beans, trimmed
½ cup water
¾ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 medium tomato, crushed
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook green beans until tender or about 3-4 minutes. Place in an ice bath until completely chilled. Drain and set aside. In a bowl whisk together [...]

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Pico de Gallo

Makes approximately 2 cups
INGREDIENTS
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
½ jalapeño, seeded and chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
2 medium tomatoes, flesh removed, chopped fine
Juice of 2 lemons
Dash of cumin
2 teaspoons maldon salt
PREPARATION
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and let stand for 3 minutes. Strain and serve.

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Purple Majesty Potato Latkes with Tomato Cumin Sour Cream

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 [...]

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Roasted Tomato & Red Lentil Soup with FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

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

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Roasted Tomato-Basil, Zucchini, Goat Cheese Tart

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. [...]

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Romano Beans with Grilled Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic and Olive Tapenade

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 pound Romano beans, cleaned and cut into 3 inch sections (steamed to aldente)
1 pint cherry tomatoes (all different varieties) lightly grilled and sliced in half
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
Juice of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
Sea Salt course
Cracked Black Pepper
Olive Tapenade (recipe follows)
PREPARATION
Mix beans, tomatoes and garlic in a large salad bowl. Dress with olive [...]

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Salsa Acapulceno

Makes 2-3 cups
Ingredients
4 roma or plum tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup capers
½ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
1 small white onion, chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Directions
Gently mix together all ingredients and let stand at least [...]

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Salsa Rojo (Red Sauce)

Makes approximately 1½ cups
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium dried red chilies, seeded and chopped (stems included)
½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
½ a poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
½ tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon smoky chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup water (or chicken [...]

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Santorini Dried Tomatoes

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Dried Tomatoes

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 [...]

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Santorini Roasted Eggplant

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Roasted Eggplant

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
4 medium baby eggplants, cut in half
2 medium red onions, cut in half
3 medium tomatoes, cut in half
1 red pepper, cut into thick long strips
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Directions
Place eggplants, red onions, tomatoes, and red pepper flesh side up [...]

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Santorini Shrimp

We wanted to bring you a little taste of Oia, so here are a few recipes for the wonderful Santorini foods that one can experience on the unforgettable Greek isles.

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Santorini Shrimp

Serves 6
Ingredients
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup Santorini Dried Tomatoes, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
½ cup white wine
1 pound tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
3 tablespoons bread crumbs, dried
½ cup crumbled feta
Directions
Pre-heat broiler to 400°F. In a preheated [...]

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Savory Indian Crepes with Tomato-Shallot Chutney (Cheelas)

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
For the crepes
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon carom (ajowan)
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ cup water
1 jalapeño (cored and seeded to make more mild), finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1½ teaspoons canola oil
For the chutney
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 medium tomatoes, finely [...]

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Seco de Carne

Traditionally this dish was made with llama, vension, or other game, but it is now most commonly made with lamb, goat, or beef.

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Shrimp and Crab Fresh Corn Enchiladas with Salsa Verde & Red Sauce

Serves 6
Salsa Verde
INGREDIENTS
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed, cut in quarters
3 poblano chili peppers, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup half-and half
Juice of 1 lime
PREPARATION
Place the tomatillos, poblano peppers, cumin, salt, and water in a medium sauce pan, and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until tomatillos are [...]

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Shrimp Remoulade

Serves 8
Ingredients
For the Old Bay Steamed Shrimp
4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
2 pounds shrimp, in shells
For the Remoulade Sauce
1½ cups mayonnaise
¼ cup diced celery
½ cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons minced garlic
½ cup Creole mustard (such as Zatarain’s)
¼ cup chopped parsley
½ cup ketchup
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
Salt [...]

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Sicilian Stuffed Tomatoes

Italy is known for being a country filled with food influence and amazing cuisine and Sicily definitely holds its own in this area. There is a wide range of food power on this tiny island due to its proximity to its surrounding countries, Africa, Spain and Greece…

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Smoked Spiced Eggplant

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
1 large eggplant
3 tablespoons canola oil
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 garlic cloves, ground to a paste in a mortar and pestle
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ripe [...]

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

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 [...]

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Spanish Seville Squid Cocktail

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 pounds cleaned squid, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Olive oil
½ medium Spanish onion, sliced thin
½ cup red bell peppers, sliced thin
½ cup orange bell peppers, sliced thin
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (gold ones especially nice)
1 cup Spanish black olives, pitted and halved
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup [...]

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Spicy Italian Sausage Baked with Tomatoes & Potatoes

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

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Spicy Tomato Salad

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 cup baby lettuce
¼ cup avocado oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon jalapeño, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons Ger-Nis Tabasco
Salt
Directions
In a mixing bowl, toss together onions, tomatoes, cilantro and baby lettuce. In a small bowl, whisk together avocado oil, lime juice, jalapeño, Tabasco and [...]

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Spinach Ricotta Tortellini with Lemon Olive Oil, Black Pepper Tomatoes

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the tortellini
2 cups fresh spinach, steamed and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 Ger-Nis fresh pasta recipe
For the lemon olive oil, black pepper tomatoes
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh tomatoes (cherry tomatoes halved or other tomatoes cut [...]

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Spring Greens Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese & Tomatoes

Makes 1-12 inch pizza
Ingredients
1 Ger-Nis Pizza Dough Recipe
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse salt
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped fine
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh Swiss chard, chopped
1 cup fresh dandelion greens, chopped
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
Maldon salt
Directions
Roll out pizza dough in one 12 inch [...]

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Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

Serves 4-6
This lovely & lively dish is perfect for a chilly spring day, perfectly fresh yet warming with loads of fresh herbs and spring vegetables.
Ingredients
4-6 cross-cut veal shanks (osso bucco tied with kitchen string)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 sprigs onions, whites [...]

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Spring Spelt Ratatouille With Roasted Tomato Sauce

Serves 8

Ingredients

Olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
2 medium spring onions, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 medium carrot, chopped medium
1 medium fennel bulb, sliced thinly
1 cup snap peas
1 cup asparagus spears
½ cup fresh fava beans (shelled, cooked and subskins removed)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked finely
1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
¼ cup of each [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

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 [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

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 [...]

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Squid Stewed with Chickpeas and Peppers

Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
Olive oil
1 cup diced white onions
8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 pound dried chickpeas (soaked overnight)
2 cups canned tomatoes, strained and chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon pimento or smoked paprika
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
2 cups white wine
Water
1 pound squid, cleaned and cut into rings
½ cup diced piquillo peppers
Sherry vinegar
Extra virgin olive [...]

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Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

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 [...]

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Summer Garden Portobello Quiche

Makes 1 mini Quiche
Ingredients
1 large portabella mushroom, stem removed
2 eggs, beaten
3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Salt/pepper
2 tablespoons half and half
2 tablespoons gruyere cheese, grated
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Gently scoop out the inside of the [...]

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Sundried Tomato & Herb Chicken Sausage Pizzas

Makes 3 10-inch pizzas
INGREDIENTS
2 pounds boneless & skinless chicken breasts, cubed
½ pound pork fat, cubed (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons salt
Casings, of your choice
Canola or olive oil
Pizza Dough (recipe follows)
Fresh Tomato or Pizza Sauce (recipe follows)
Cheese, of [...]

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Tomato Basil Frittata Cups

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 eggs
¼ cup of your preference of milk (dairy, soy, rice, or almond… unsweetened and plain)
½ pint of grape tomatoes, halved
1 handful of basil, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
¼ cup parmesan
Salt & pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small skillet brown garlic and tomatoes for about [...]

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Tomato White Wine Fish Sauce

Ingredients
1 pint cherry or plum tomatoes
1 cup white wine
1½ cup fish stock
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 lemon juice and zest
Directions
Heat a large sauté pan on a medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Let tomatoes roast in the pan until the skins begin to burst, 5-7 minutes. A [...]

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Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

from Culinary Herb Center Class- Summer Gazpacho

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Traditional Andalusian Gazpacho

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
15 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into small pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
½ cup olive oil (Spanish)
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 cup dry bread crumbs, rinsed in water
Flat leaf parsley, garnish
PREPARATION
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Take [...]

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Vegetable, Bean, and Cheese Burritos

Serves 8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped medium
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white rice
1 cup water
1½ cups pinto beans, black beans, red beans, or your choice of beans (pre-cooked or [...]

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Warm Lentil Salad with Coconut and Tomato

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
2½ tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon yellow split peas
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole dried red chiles
8 fresh or 12 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)
1⁄8 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 fresh hot green chile, cut corsswise into thin slices
1 red onion, sliced
1½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut [...]

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Whole-Wheat Pesto Mozzarella Panini

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 [...]

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Winter Minestrone

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 [...]

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