Roasted Tomato & Red Lentil Soup with FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

February 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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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 Yemini Zhug (recipe follows)

Directions

Heat oven to 400 ° F.  In a small thin bottomed pan on medium heat, toast the spices until they start to pop and char slightly, making sure to shake the pan and flip the seeds/spices so they don’t burn and stick.  The process should take about 1 minute in total.  Using a mortar and pestle grind the spices into a course mixture, like course pepper.  If you do not have a mortar and pestle you can use a flat bowl  on a wooden cutting board to push down and crack, sliding the bowl over the seeds until they care crushed.  In a medium mixing bowl combine the tomatoes, garlic, and shallots and sprinkle the spice mixture over the top.  Add in the smoked paprika and the salt and stir.  Drizzle with olive oil and toss until all the tomatoes are well coated in the spices and oil.  Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until cooked and slightly charred on the edges.

In a heavy bottom pan combine the lentils and the water and cook on medium high heat until most the water is absorbed and the lentils begin to soften.  Add a little salt, the roasted tomatoes, making sure to get all the scraping from the roasting pan,  and the vegetable broth and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for about 20 minutes, making sure to add more water if the soup begins to get too thick.  Take off heat and let sit for about 30 minutes before re-heating to serve, again adding more water before re-heating if the soup is to thick.  Serve garnished with a yogurt dollop and zhug sauce drizzled over the top.

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FIRE HOT Yemini Zhug

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½  teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns
1 cardamom pod, cracked
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½  teaspoon caraway seeds
3 cloves garlic2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all is best)
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  An emersion blender can also be used.  Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.  Use on eggs, meats, fish and vegetables.

Winter Herb Soup Sticks

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 bread sticks

Ingredients

Basic Pizza Dough (Ger-Nis)
2 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped fine
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup parmesan, grated
1 tablespoon black quinoa, toasted
Maldon salt (flake sea salt)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare 1 batch of Ger-Nis Pizza Dough. In a blender add the garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and parmesan. Blend until smooth. Shape the pizza dough in 24 long thin sticks (5 inches long and about ½ inch thick). Twist the breadsticks holding each side and twisting in opposite directions. Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with the garlic mixture well and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of oven and sprinkle immediately with a combination of  the Maldon salt and toasted black quinoa.

Winter Herbal Pasta E Fagoili Soup with Fresh Pesto

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8 -12

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
½ yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 carrots, chopped medium

2 celery ribs, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

1-2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
6 cups vegetables stock
1 cup cannellini beans, pre cooked or canned
1 (15 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

6 cups vegetable stock

1 small piece of parmesan rind

1 cup ditalini pasta (or small pasta)

1 cup fresh English peas
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped

Soy Nut Pesto*

Freshly Grated Parmesan

Directions

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.  Next add the carrots, celery and fresh herbs.  Season with salt.  Add the beans and the tomatoes and stir well.  Add the stock and the Parmesan rind and decrease heat to a simmer and cook until vegetables are almost soft, about 20 minutes.  Add the pasta and cook about five minutes.  Then add the peas and cook about five minutes more. Add the fresh spinach turn off heat and keep covered for 8 minutes.  Stir. Serve soup drizzled with herb pesto and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Rosemary & Roasted Parsnip Maple Sodas with Rosemary Pixie Dust

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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

*Rosemary Pixie Dust

Directions

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

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

Ginger-Beet Orange Sodas

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

¼ cup tarragon leaves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
½ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 medium beet, scrubbed
6 oranges, peeled IceSeltzer water

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the tarragon, ginger, sugar and water.  Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve all the sugar.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes.  Take of the heat and set aside to cool completely.  Strain.  Juice the beet and the oranges in a juicer, you will need to have at least two cups of juice.  In a large pitcher filled with ice, place the ginger syrup, beet-orange juice and stir well, fill with seltzer to taste.

Grapefruit Fennel Salty Dog

February 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

grapfruit fennel cocktail

Ingredients

Grapefruit Zest  Pink Rim Salt*
Ice3  ounces vodka
4 ounces fresh grapefruit fennel juice ( 1 grapefruit, ¼ cup fennel, handful of fennel fronds)

Directions

Place the zested salt on a small flat plate, moisten the entire circular rim of a highball glass and then gently dip the rim in the salt until the salt is lining the rim, shake off any excess.  Fill the glass with ice.   Pour in the vodka, then the grapefruit juice and stir!

*Grapefruit Zest Pink Rim Salt- Combine 2 teaspoons fresh grapefruit zest with 1/4 cup pink flak salt and stir well.

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Carambola Cel-Star

February 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 ½  ounces  fresh star fruit and celery juice ( 1 star fruit, 2 stalks celery, leaves and all)
2 ounces Titos vodka
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce lovage and lemon thyme syrup*
Star Fruit Garnish
Brooklyn Hemispherical Lemon Bitters
The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters

Directions

In a large glass filled with ice, place the juice, vodka, lime juice and syrup and stir well.  Strain into a martini style glass.  Add two drops of lemon bitters and two drops of celery bitters, garnish with a thin slice of the star fruit.


*Lovage and Lemon Thyme Syrup- combine a handful of Lovage ( or celery leaves) and lemon thyme in  a sauce pan with 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Take off heat, let cool completely.  Strain and refrigerate.

The (Grape) Pickled Pepper

February 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 teaspoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
¾ cup aged white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup water¾ cup turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon pink salt
1 ½ cups red or black grapes
1 ounce fresh red or black grape juice (juicer)
2 ounces Brueckelen Distilling Glorious Gin
1 tablespoon sweet vermouth
Rosemary Stick with Leaves ( garnish)

Directions

In a small and thin toasting pan, toast the spices; peppercorns, mustard seeds and cinnamon until they begin to char and smoke a little.  Remove from heat.  In a small sauce pan combine the spices, the rosemary leaves, vinegar, sugar, water and salt and bring to just before a boil. Whisk until all the sugar and salt is totally dissolved.  Allow mixture to cool completely.  In the meantime take the grapes and with a toothpick poke a tiny hole in where the grape was attached to the stem, allowing the toothpick to enter into the grape about ½ way.  Place the grapes in a large mason jar and put the brine over the top of the grapes.  Refrigerate overnight.

In a shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces of gin, 2 ounce of fresh grape juice, vermouth and about 2 tablespoons of the brine from the pickled grapes.  Double strain into a martini style glass and garnish with a rosemary stick with a few grapes skewered through it.



Oven Caramelized Citrus Sundaes with Vanilla and Sage

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Winter Roasted Marinara

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

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


Directions

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

Seasonal Roasted Tacos with Roasted Cilantro-Onion Sauce

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Roasted Cilantro Onion Sauce
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Maple & Roasted Parsnip Soda with Rosemary Dust

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

Oven Caramelized Citrus Sundaes with Vanilla and Sage

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Salsify Orange Negroni

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

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

Directions

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

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

El Romero- Italian Celery Root Citrus Coolers

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

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

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

Directions

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

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

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

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

Fresh Apple Shrub

January 5th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Swedish Apple-Rottabagge

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

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

Directions

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

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

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

Sweet Potato Mash

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

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

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

Directions

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

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

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

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

Quick Pickled Turnips

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

The Dirty Turnip

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Ginger-Beet Cava with Fresh Tarragon Orange Zest

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Maple & Roasted Parsnip Champagne with Rosemary Dust

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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

Sprouted Corn Roasted Squash Breakfast Tacos with Peruvian Cilantro Sauce

November 23rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 cups winter squash, cubed ½ inch
½ red onion, chopped medium
½ red bell pepper, chopped small
1 chipoltle chili pepper, crumbles
Salt and pepper
Avocado oil
2 cups spinach leaves
6 eggs
Sprouted corn tortillas
Peruvian Cilantro Sauce

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, toss together the squash, onion, bell pepper, chipotle, salt and pepper with some avocado oil. Place on a large baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until the items are soft and starting to char. Take out of the oven and toss together in a large bowl with the spinach. Arrange the mixture back on the baking sheet flat and crack 6 eggs all over the top of the baking sheet. Crack the yolk if you want that cooked through. Place in the oven and bake another 4-5 minutes or until the eggs are cooked. Heat the sprouted corn tortillas over a gas stove and place some of the squash, spinach and egg mixture over the top and drizzle a little cilantro sauce on top!

Roasted Grape & Red Onion Kale Farro with Gorgonzola

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Roasted Cauliflower Farro Salad with Feta, Kale and Parsley Lemon Vinaigrette

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

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Ingredients

 

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


Directions

 

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

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