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Rajas con Crema

Rajas con Crema

Rajas con Crema


5 poblano peppers

1 T. butter

1 medium onion, sliced root to tip, ¼”

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt, plus more to taste

3/4 cup Mexican crema (store bought or homemade)

1 cup shredded Oaxaca cheese


Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place poblano peppers on top. Set your oven rack directly underneath the broiler and turn the broiler on high. Broil poblanos in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the skin is blackened and blistered. Carefully flip them over and broil for another 5 minutes, or until the skin is blackened and blistered on all sides. Remove them from the oven, loosely cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to keep in some of the heat to help them steam and let them sit for 5 minutes. Pull and rub off as much of the loose skin on the peppers as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Transfer poblanos to a cutting board, discard the stems and seeds. Cut poblanos into strips and set aside. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes, until softened and translucent. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Add roasted poblano pepper strips, Mexican crema, and salt. Stir together to combine and cook for 2 more minutes.  Add shredded cheese and stir together until the cheese completely melts. Remove from heat and serve immediately in warm tortillas or with tortilla chips.


If poblanos are too spicy for you, use anaheim peppers or bell peppers instead.

If poblanos are not spicy enough, add in some a sliced jalapeno or serrano pepper.

Make this dish a little more hearty with the addition of cooked shredded chicken. Add it in the skillet along with the sliced peppers.

Need a little more texture? Add in 1 cup of frozen corn kernels when cooking the onions.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnut

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnut

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnut


3 T. olive oil

½ pound bacon, cut into lardons

4 shallots, thinly sliced

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

¼ pound chestnuts, roasted and peeled

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 T. unsalted butter

2 T. balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 425°. Heat oil over medium heat in a roasting pan or oven-proof skillet. Add the bacon and cook until golden brown and crisp. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Drain all but two T. of fat from the pan. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft. Add the Brussels sprouts and chestnuts and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the sprouts are cooked through and golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the oven and stir in the butter and balsamic vinegar. Transfer to a platter and top with the crispy bacon.

Blistered Cabbage and Apples with Walnut-Anchovy Caper Sauce

Blistered Cabbage and Apples with Walnut-Anchovy Caper Sauce

Blistered Cabbage and Apples with Walnut-Anchovy Caper Sauce


¼ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

1 T. capers, rinsed if salt-packed

2—3 anchovy fillets, rinsed if salt-packed (or ½ tsp. anchovy paste)

1 garlic clove, minced

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2—3 T. for searing

2 T. lemon juice

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. honey

½ tsp. red pepper flakes, or other chile (optional)

2 T. chopped flat-leaf parsley

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 medium head Napa or Savoy cabbage, outer leaves removed, quartered, leaving core intact

2 small apples, halved around the middle, seeds and cores intact


In a small food processor or with a mortar and pestle, roughly grind walnuts, capers, anchovies and garlic. Remove to a separate bowl. Whisk in ⅓ cup olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, pepper flakes if using and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set the sauce aside. Rub the exposed edges of the cabbage and apples with remaining olive oil; season liberally with salt and pepper, forcing some seasoning between cabbage leaves. Place a cast-iron or other heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat for several minutes to preheat. When the pan is ripping hot, add the cabbage wedges, flat side down. Press weight on top with another skillet. Cook until well charred, about 3 minutes. Flip to another flat side and add the apples. Press with weight and cook another 3 minutes. Flip the cabbage to the third side and flip the apples. Add weight and cook another 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat, leaving the weight atop, and let rest for 4 minutes or until the cabbage is mostly tender but still crisp in the center. Transfer the cabbage and apples to a serving plate and adorn with the sauce.

Cheesy Spinach Pancakes

Cheesy Spinach Pancakes

Cheesy Spinach Pancakes


14.1 ounces (400 g) frozen spinach, drained

8 large eggs

1 cup (90 g/3.2 oz) finely grated Parmesan

1/4 cup (37 g/1.3 oz) chopped sun-dried tomatoes

2 T. (16 g/0.6 oz) coconut flour

1 T. (5 g/0.2 oz) dried Italian herbs

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 T. (30 g/1.1 oz) ghee or duck fat

Optional: sliced avocado, cooked bacon, and Sriracha sauce for serving


Defrost the spinach (in a microwave oven or in the fridge overnight). Squeeze out as much moisture as possible (you will end up with about half of the original weight). Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the drained spinach, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, coconut flour, Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined. Heat a large skillet greased with the ghee over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, use a 1/3-cup measure to make 3 to 4 pancakes at a time. Shape them into small pancakes in the pan using a spatula. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm enough to flip onto the other side, and then cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat for the remaining pancakes. Serve warm or let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Optionally, serve with avocado, cooked bacon, and Sriracha sauce.


Makes 12

Serving Size: 2 Pancakes

Calories: 244

Fat: 17g

Fiber: 3g

Peas with Fried Onions & Lemon

Peas with Fried Onions & Lemon

Peas with Fried Onions & Lemon


¼ C. Olive Oil

1 Yellow Onion, thinly sliced

10 oz. frozen Peas, thawed

½ Lemon, seeded and finely chopped (peel and all)

1 tsp. kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until dark brown (really dark brown in some spots), 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon, and season with the salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

Glazed Red Pearl Onions

Glazed Red Pearl Onions

Glazed Red Pearl Onions


2 1/2 lb fresh red pearl onions

3/4 cup apple juice

3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 T. unsalted butter

2 (4-inch) sprigs fresh thyme

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Garnish: fresh thyme leaves for sprinkling


Blanch pearl onions in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling water 1 minute, then drain in a colander. When onions are cool enough to handle, peel. Cook onions with remaining ingredients, covered, in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat, shaking pan occasionally, until onions are tender and glazed and most of liquid is evaporated, about 45 minutes. Discard thyme.

Braised Fennel with Orange

Braised Fennel with Orange

Braised Fennel with Orange


3 T. extra-virgin olive oil

4 medium fennel bulbs (about 4 lb. total), stalks trimmed and bulbs cut into quarters (cores left intact), fronds reserved for garnish

2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 cup dry white wine or dry white vermouth

1/2 cup lower-salt chicken broth

1 medium navel orange

1/2 tsp. fennel seeds, toasted and lightly crushed

1/2 tsp. coriander seeds, toasted and lightly crushed

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F. Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the fennel, cut side down. Cook undisturbed until browned in spots, about 2 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other cut sides. Arrange the fennel browned sides up in a large (10×14-inch) gratin or shallow baking dish. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil to the skillet and repeat with the remaining fennel. Lower the heat to medium if any smoking occurs. It’s OK if the wedges are snug in the baking dish; they’ll shrink as they braise. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to dissolve any browned bits, about 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer to meld the flavors, about 2 minutes. Pour over the fennel. With a vegetable peeler, remove three 3-inch strips of zest from the orange and then juice the orange. Nestle the pieces of zest in the fennel and pour the juice over. Sprinkle with the fennel seeds, coriander seeds, 1 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Cover the dish tightly with foil and braise in the oven until the fennel has collapsed and a paring knife penetrates the cores with no resistance, about 1-1/4 hours. Spoon some braising liquid over the fennel, garnish with the reserved fronds, and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

The New Crudites

The New Crudites

The New Crudites


The More Color the Better: In late summer, there’s a technicolor spread of in-season produce, from tomatoes and bell peppers to radishes, cucumbers and baby beets. For visuals alone, it’s the best time of the year for crudités.


Don’t Forget About Texture: In case you’ve gotten carried away with color: vary the texture and taste of the assortment, from crunchy carrots and snap peas to lush tomatoes.


Crowd the Platter: Like a good cheese plate, a crudites platter looks best and most appealing when it is full.


Even Fresh Produce Needs Help: Drizzle a little good-quality olive oil on the produce and season with flaky salt, advises Mansell. Dips alongside, a variety of one or two, are also advisable, according to the chef, even if the best produce won’t need them.


Dip Rules: Keep it thick and creamy. Thin sauces like chimichurri or salsas are too loose and drippy, and won’t cling to your veggie sticks. Make it smooth rather than chunky because, again, a chunky sauce won’t cling as well to the slick vegetables and will make for an awkward dipping experience. Feel free to go for bold flavors ~ the veggies can take it!

Asparagus (blanch)

Beets (golden, candy cane)

Belgian Endive

Bell Peppers

Broccoli (or broccolini), Cauliflower (try colored varieties), Romanesco

Carrots – Real baby carrots pulled from ground, or rainbow colors




Green Beans, Wax Beans, Romano Beans (serve raw or blanched)


Potatoes (halve roasted or boiled fingerlings)

Radishes (look for interesting ones, like French breakfast radish or watermelon radish)


Snow Peas / Sugar Snap Peas (blanch. String if necessary)

Summer Squash & Zucchini (Add some Pattypan)


Tomato (small sizes, like cherry or pear)



Grilled Corn, Mexican Street Style

Grilled Corn, Mexican Street Style

Grilled Corn, Mexican Street Style


6 ears shucked corn

Extra-virgin olive oil

8 T. crème fraîche (Mexican crema?)

8 T. grated cotija or queso blanco cheese

6 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, or to taste

Lime wedges

Cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper


To grill. shuck your corn and then brush it on all sides with olive oil. Place the corn on a heated grill with medium-high heat and let the corn grill on each side for about 2–4 minutes, 10–15 minutes total. Keep your eye on it so it doesn’t burn! Spread the crème fraîche on a plate or shallow bowl and roll each ear of corn in it, coating it on all sides. Really get it on there. Sprinkle the grated cheese on all sides of the coated corn. Do the same with the cayenne pepper. This adds kick and color! Squeeze fresh lime juice over the corn. Garnish with cilantro, salt and pepper to taste. Die and go to heaven eating this corn!

Milkweed Buds with Ginger & Soy

Milkweed Buds with Ginger & Soy

Milkweed Buds with Ginger & Soy


12 milkweed buds with stems


1 T. coconut or unscented oil

1/2 thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and very thinly sliced into matchsticks

1 T. soy sauce

1 T. fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp. sugar

Freshly ground black pepper


In a saucepan, bring enough salted water to a boil to cover the milkweed. Blanch the buds and stems for a minute to dispel the latex. Drain and refresh under cold water and pat dry very, very well with a dishcloth or paper towels— the buds tend to absorb a lot of water. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the ginger and sauté gently for a few minutes until cooked through. Increase the heat and add the soy sauce, lemon juice, and sugar, stirring briskly to dissolve the sugar. Add the blanched milkweed. Toss several times to heat through and coat with the glaze, and season with pepper. Serve immediately.

Corn with Mexican Mint Marigold Butter

Corn with Mexican Mint Marigold Butter

Corn with Mexican Mint Marigold Butter


1/2 cups unsalted, softened butter

2 green onions with tops, chopped

1/2 tsp. dried chile árbol, ground

Salt and pepper to taste

2 T. minced Mexican mint marigold

1 Zest of a lime

2 tsp. fresh lime juice

For each ear of unhusked corn:

1 T. Mexican mint marigold butter

A few sprigs Mexican mint marigold

Sprinkling of salt and pepper

2 Green onions, chopped

1 pinches dried red chile árbol


Fresh Corn, still in husk


Combine ingredients (except corn) in a small bowl. Chill for several hours, or overnight. (Keeps several days in fridge.) Preheat grill or oven. Peel back corn husks and remove corn silk, but don’t remove husks. Spread about 1 T. of butter on each ear of corn, then close the husk around the kernels. Wrap each ear tightly with foil, and grill or bake until tender (15 to 20 minutes).

Wild Mushroom Confit with Garlic and fresh herbs

Wild Mushroom Confit with Garlic and fresh herbs

Wild Mushroom Confit with Garlic and fresh herbs


1 lb (455 g) assorted wild mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, Chanterelles, morels, black trumpet…) – medium in size

2 C. extra virgin olive oil

8 large garlic cloves – peeled and halved

12 large sage leaves

4 rosemary sprigs

6 thyme sprigs

8 winter savory sprigs

2 fresh bay leaves

2 tsp. whole black Tellicherry peppercorns

1 tsp. sea salt

1 1/2 T. aged sherry wine vinegar


Brush the mushrooms clean and trim the stems, but keep the mushrooms whole. Set aside. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. (I recommend a 12″ skillet.) Add 1/3 cup of oil and the mushrooms, toss carefully, and sauté undisturbed for 2 minutes until the mushrooms begin to brown. Toss again and continue to sauté until the mushrooms are golden-brown, about 4 to 5 minutes, tossing only from time to time. Add the garlic pieces and sauté for 1 minute, until the garlic is golden but not brown. Reduce heat to medium, add the balance of the oil and the herbs and peppercorns, and gently heat until the oil reaches 170ºF (80ºC) (use a thermometer). Once the oil has reached the desired temperature, continue poaching the mushrooms for 6 to 7 minutes, maintaining the temperature at 170ºF (80ºC), until the herbs are crisp and have turned a shade darker. Transfer the mushrooms, herbs and oil into a large bowl. Stir in the salt and vinegar and allow to cool to room temperature. To serve, scoop out the mushrooms with a slotted spoon and place in a serving bowl. Cook’s note: Once cooled, the mushrooms can be refrigerated in their cooking oil for up to 1 week. (Make sure they are covered with the oil.) Bring to room temperature before serving. To serve as a side dish, gently heat the mushrooms in their oil, drain, remove the herbs and peppercorns and serve warm.


Tip: Once you’ve consumed all these amazingly delicious mushrooms, don’t throw the oil away. Strain it through a fine sieve and use it to make another batch of the mushroom confit; or use it to make vinaigrettes, to drizzle over roasted or grilled vegetables, to sauté vegetables or to make sauces. It’ll bring beautiful aromas and flavors to anything you cook with it. Refrigerate the strained oil for up to 1 month.





Choose any one of the following (the quantity of which doesn’t matter that much, just chop or slice enough to comfortably fit in your jar with a little bit of room at the top):


4 to 6 celery stalks, cut to fit the size of your jar

1 English cucumber or 3 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced or cut into spears that fit your jar

1 red onion, beet, or fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced

4 to 6 fresh chilies, sliced

1 1/2 C. raisins or other dried fruit


1 cup cider, white wine, or rice vinegar

1 T. kosher salt

1 T. mustard, coriander, or cumin seeds

1 T. sugar

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Freshly ground black pepper


Place the vegetables, chilies, or dried fruit in a large resealable container (preferably glass). Combine the vinegar, salt, seeds, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, if using, and several grinds of black pepper in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Give the pan a swirl or two to help the sugar and salt dissolve, then pour the mixture over the vegetables. Add water to cover and let cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and refrigerate up to a month. You can mix your vegetables when you pickle them if you like. Just remember that if you add chilies everything will be spicy; if you add a beet everything will be red, etc.

Slow-Roasted Summer Garden Tomatoes

Slow-Roasted Summer Garden Tomatoes

Slow-Roasted Summer Garden Tomatoes


Cherry, grape or small Roma tomatoes

Whole cloves of garlic, unpeeled

Olive oil

Herbs such as thyme or rosemary (optional)


Preheat oven to 225°F. Halve each cherry or grape tomato crosswise, or Roma tomato lengthwise and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet along with the cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, just enough to make the tomatoes glisten. Sprinkle herbs on, if you are using them, and salt and pepper, though go easily on these because the finished product will be so flavorful you’ll need very little to help it along. Bake the tomatoes in the oven for about 3 hours. You want the tomatoes to be shriveled and dry, but with a little juice left inside–this could take more or less time depending on the size of your tomatoes. Either use them right away or let them cool, cover them with some extra olive oil and keep them in the fridge for the best summer condiment, ever. And for snacking.

Healthy Carrot Cucumber Rolls

Healthy Carrot Cucumber Rolls

Healthy Carrot Cucumber Rolls


2 medium cucumbers

1 large carrot

100 grams (3,5 oz) cream cheese

¼ teaspoon seasoning (Curry Powder, Celery Powder, etc.)


Wash and dry the carrot and cucumbers.  Gently peel the cucumbers into strips with a vegetable peeler. Leave the skin aside and continue peeling. If you have a hard time peeling because of the seeds, turn over the other side and start peeling from there. Set aside the cucumber strips.  Peel the carrot with a vegetable peeler.  Set aside.  Combine cream cheese and curry powder in a small bowl with a spoon.  Center carrot strip over cucumber strip.  Take one teaspoon of curry cream cheese and using a knife,  lay it as much as you need on wide end of the carrot.  Roll the carrot cucumber strips tightly and secure with a toothpick.

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Butternut Squash

Air Fryer Butternut Squash


1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon brown sugar, optional

4 heaping cups peeled and diced butternut squash, 1 –inch cubes, 24 ounces

1 tablespoon olive oil


Place butternut squash in the air fryer basket and spray with olive oil spray. Air fry 340F 20 to 23 minutes*, shaking the air fryer basket a few times until the squash is fork tender and golden. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, sweet paprika, cayenne, salt and brown sugar, if using. When the squash is tender, drizzle and toss the squash with olive oil. Add the spice mixture and toss gently to coat; cook 3 to 4 more minutes. Serve hot.

Summer Squash Fritters with Garlic Dipping Sauce

Summer Squash Fritters with Garlic Dipping Sauce

Summer Squash Fritters with Garlic Dipping Sauce


20 garlic cloves, peeled (about 2 heads)

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ cup chives, minced


1¼ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup shredded white Cheddar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 large eggs

¾ cup cold beer

1 cup grated zucchini (about one 6- to 7-ounce zucchini), drained on paper towels 15 minutes

1 cup grated yellow squash (about one 6-to 7-ounce squash), drained on paper towels 15 minutes

1 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced

½ cup canola oil, for frying


Heat oven to 375 degrees, put garlic cloves in a small baking dish and add enough olive oil to cover. Roast until garlic is soft and golden, about 30 minutes. Cool. Drain garlic, reserving oil. Transfer to a food processor, add 1 tablespoon reserved oil and the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper and purée. Transfer to a bowl and stir in chives. Use remaining oil for another purpose. Combine flour, Cheddar, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, gently whisk eggs with beer. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir until combined. Stir in zucchini, yellow squash and onion. Heat canola oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Drop about 1 tablespoon of batter into the oil per fritter and fry 6 fritters at a time until golden-brown, 2 to 3 minutes a side. Remove to paper towels to drain. Serve hot, with the sauce on the side.

Garlicky Zucchini Spears

Garlicky Zucchini Spears

Garlicky Zucchini Spears

3 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise into spears

2 T. olive oil

1 T. minced garlic

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss together zucchini, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and tender, turning once during last 2 minutes of cooking.

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Chili Pepper

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Chili Pepper

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Chili Pepper


2 big heads of broccoli

Extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 cloves of garlic

1 fresh red-hot chili pepper; or a good pinch of crushed chili flakes

A lemon for squeezing; or red wine vinegar


Preheat oven to 375. Cut the broccoli florets into more-or-less bite-sized pieces, and add to a bowl large enough to comfortably accommodate them. You’ll have plenty of stem left over—and the stem has good flavor. So thinly slice a bit of the stem, starting from the floret side (see picture), and add it to the bowl with the florets. About an inch’s worth of sliced stem from each broccoli head will do. Add a couple of glugs of olive oil to the bowl, and then a good pinch of sea salt and several grinds of black pepper. Using your hands, toss the broccoli pieces well, making sure they’re evenly coated with the olive oil and seasonings. Add the seasoned broccoli to a roasting pan or oven-proof skillet large enough to accommodate them in a single layer. Place it in the preheated oven and roast for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, finely mince the garlic and (if using) the fresh chili pepper. When the florets have just begun to brown, remove the pan from the oven and add add the minced garlic and chili pepper (or dried chili flakes). Toss well with a spatula, and return pan to the oven for another couple of minutes. The broccoli pieces are done when the florets are browned in spots but still slightly crunchy. Finish with a few dashes of vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice, and taste for salt. This dish can be made ahead several hours and is just fine served room temperature.

Beans and Greens Gratin

Beans and Greens Gratin

Beans and Greens Gratin


Extra virgin olive oil

½ stick unsalted butter

2 onions, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 fat leek, cleaned and sliced into rounds

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

pinch chili flakes

1 large bunch white-stemmed Swiss chard

2 T. fresh thyme leaves

1 T. chopped fresh rosemary

1 tsp. white wine vinegar

2 cups cooked white or brown beans with some of the cooking broth

1 cup grated hard sheep’s milk cheese, like Pecorino

2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (pulse a couple of slices of good bread in the food processor to make coarse crumbs)


Preheat oven to 400°F. In a heavy-bottomed pan heat 2 T. olive oil and 2 T. butter, then add the onions, garlic and leeks. Season with salt and pepper and add the chili flakes. Sauté slowly until onions are softened and caramelized, about 15-20 minutes but as long as 30; you want them to turn a deep golden brown. While the onions cook, strip the leaves of the Swiss chard; chop the stems and slice the leaves, keeping them separate. When the onions are about halfway to brown, add the Swiss chard stems to the pan, stirring to combine. Once everything is a nice golden brown, add the sliced chard leaves, the herbs, and the vinegar, tossing to wilt. Butter the bottom of a ceramic oval baker or casserole dish and spread the onion and chard mixture at the bottom. Layer on the cooked beans and pour in enough liquid to come about halfway up the casserole (this helps the beans not to dry out in the oven). Sprinkle the grated cheese over the beans and then spread the breadcrumbs on top. Dot with the remaining butter, season again with salt and pepper, and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown on top.

Confit Mushrooms

Confit Mushrooms

Confit Mushrooms


1 ½ lb mushrooms (of your choice)

2 T. minced shallots

1 T. fresh thyme leaves

2 C. neutral olive oil or grapeseed oil

Salt, to taste


Clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a damp paper towel. If the stems are edible, simply trim the ends; otherwise, separate the caps from the stems and reserve the stems to make a mushroom broth. In a saucepan, combine the minced shallots, thyme leaves, cleaned mushrooms, and oil. Heat gently for about 40 minutes; you do not want the oil to bubble or the shallots to burn. Remove from heat and cool completely. Season with salt to taste and transfer to a cool, sterilized jar. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Caramelized Red Bell Peppers and Onions

Caramelized Red Bell Peppers and Onions

Caramelized Red Bell Peppers and Onions


2 red bell pepper, cut into strips

2 red onions, cut into strips

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. butter

¼ cup red wine (Optional)

1 pinch salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

1 pinch dried basil


Variation: Add some golden raisins


In a hot saucepan over a medium heat, combine red peppers, onion, oil and butter; sauté for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions and peppers soften. If desired, stir red wine into the vegetables and cook until the wine evaporates; approximately 30 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and basil.

Corn Bites

Corn Bites

Corn Bites


2 T. butter

2 T. of all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups corn kernels

1 egg

1/2 cup Cotija cheese, grated

1 ½ cup breadcrumbs (panko)

Oil in spray


Melt the butter in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add the flour and mix until combined; cook for 1-2 minutes. Add milk and constantly mix to avoid forming lumps. Continue cooking until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the corn kernels; mix until they combine. Remove from the heat and add the eggs and cheese; continue mixing for 2 minutes. The residual heat will cook the egg. Let it cool down and then place in the fridge for 1-2 hours until it is completely cold and compact. Heat the oven to 450° F. Cover an oven tray with parchment paper. Using your hands, form the bites into disks. Cover with panko on all sides and place in a previously prepared tray. Spray with oil. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the bites are golden. Garnish with more Cotija cheese and minced cilantro, if you want. Serve immediately.

Charred Cabbage Skillet Gratin

Charred Cabbage Skillet Gratin

Charred Cabbage Skillet Gratin


1 (2-pound) Savoy or green cabbage

3 T. olive oil, divided

2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided

1 large leek

1/2 cup walnuts

1 small bunch thyme

4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 5 ounces)

2 T. unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)


Arrange a rack in the top third of the oven and a second rack in the center. Heat the oven to 400ºF. Quarter a 2-pound cabbage through the core to create 4 wedges. Place on a large plate, drizzle with 2 T. of the olive oil, and season with 1 tsp. of the kosher salt. Trim the dark green part from 1 large leek, then cut in half lengthwise. Rinse the halves under cool water to remove any grit. Cut the leeks crosswise into thin half-moons (about 1/2 cup). Coarsely chop 1/2 cup walnuts and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Pick the leaves from 1 small bunch fresh thyme until you have 2 T.; transfer 1 T. to a small heatproof bowl, then add the remaining 1 T. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. of the kosher salt. Cut 4 slices thick-cut bacon crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Transfer to a medium oven-proof skillet and cook over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but 2 T. of the bacon fat from the pan. Add the leeks to the pan and cook over medium heat until just tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 T. unsalted butter. Once the butter is melted, turn the heat off. Add 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, the remaining 1 T. thyme, remaining 1 tsp. kosher salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, and stir to combine. Using tongs, place 1 cabbage wedge in the skillet and turn to coat in the cream mixture; position rounded-side down. Repeat with the second cabbage wedge. Coat the third wedge in the cream mixture and stack on top of the first two wedges (so there’s room to coat the fourth wedge). Coat the fourth wedge, then arrange the third and fourth wedges in the skillet rounded-side down. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Transfer to the upper rack of the oven and bake until the wedges have collapsed and are tender through the core, 30 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile toast the walnuts on the center rack until golden-brown and toasted, about 5 minutes. Immediately transfer to the bowl of thyme oil and toss to combine. Uncover the cabbage and continue to bake until the tops of the wedges are charred, 25 to 30 minutes more. Sprinkle with the bacon and walnuts. Crumble 2 ounces blue cheese over the top and serve.

Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Fried Cabbage and Bacon

Fried Cabbage and Bacon


4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped

1 small head green cabbage, cored and cut into about 1-inch pieces

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. celery seed

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 T. apple cider vinegar


Place bacon in a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and rendered, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving bacon drippings in the Dutch oven. Return the Dutch oven to medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the cabbage, 2 T. water, salt, celery seed, and black pepper. Toss well to evenly coat the cabbage. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is tender, 8 to 12 minutes.  Remove the cabbage from the heat and stir in the vinegar and bacon. Serve hot.

Long Leek Pie

Long Leek Pie

Long Leek Pie


4 sheets all-butter puff pastry

3 leeks

¾ cup white wine


a few thyme sprigs

Salt and freshly ground pepper

½ cup aged goat cheese, grated or crumbled, or 1/2 cup crème fraîche

1 egg white, loosely beaten


Cut the leeks into three sections, removing the bottom and the dark green leaves. Wash the leeks, then simmer in the white wine, butter, thyme, salt, and pepper for about 20 minutes. Remove the leeks from the simmering liquid and pat them dry. While the leeks are simmering, stack the puff pastry and roll it out lengthwise. Use the back of the knife to score a rectangle just a few centimeters inside the edge; this will form a border. Place the leeks next to each other inside the border of the puff pastry. Top the leeks with goat cheese or crème fraîche, and brush the outer edges with lightly beaten egg white. (I put a little bit of freshly grated parmesan on top of the crème fraîche). Bake for about 25 minutes at 400°F. The edge will rise and become browned.

Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers

Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers

Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers


1 pint mini peppers (8 oz)

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons Parmesan dry-grated


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Cut the mini peppers in half lengthwise. I usually leave the stem as I think it’s pretty – but you can cut it off if you wish. The larger mini peppers might have some seeds and membranes – remove those with your fingers or with a paring knife.  Place the peppers in a large bowl. Toss them with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and Parmesan. Arrange the seasoned mini peppers in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake them until tender, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Roasted Pepper Salad

Roasted Pepper Salad

Roasted Pepper Salad

4 assorted bell peppers (preferably red, yellow, and orange)


2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1 T. drained bottled capers, coarsely chopped

1 bunch arugula (1/4 lb), tough stems discarded


Preheat broiler. Put bell peppers on rack of broiler pan about 5 inches from heat and broil, turning occasionally with tongs, until skins are blackened, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let stand, covered, until cool enough to handle. Peel peppers over bowl (to catch any liquid) and discard stems and seeds. Cut peppers lengthwise into 1-inch-thick strips and add to liquid in bowl with vinegar, thyme, and capers. Add salt and pepper to taste and toss. Divide arugula among 4 plates. Top with peppers and drizzle with any remaining dressing. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Halloumi (Sheet Pan)

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Halloumi (Sheet Pan)

Warm Winter Vegetable Salad with Halloumi


5 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1½ tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper

½ small head of red cabbage (about 10 oz.), cut into 1″ pieces

1 medium red onion, cut into 8 wedges through root end

1½ lb. winter squash, preferably delicata, halved, seeds removed, sliced crosswise ½” thick

1 large pita bread, split into 2 layers, cut or torn into 1½”–2″ pieces

8 oz. Halloumi cheese, cut into 1″ pieces

2 T. apple cider vinegar

1½ tsp. ground sumac

Mint sprigs (for serving)


Preheat oven to 425°. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with 1 Tbsp. oil. Mix garlic, salt, Aleppo-style pepper, and 3 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl. Add cabbage, onion, and squash and toss to coat. Spread out on prepared baking sheet (keep bowl handy) and roast until squash is browned underneath, 25–30 minutes. Toss pita, Halloumi, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in reserved bowl. Scatter over vegetables, then turn vegetables over with a large spatula. Roast until squash is fork-tender and cabbage, onion, pita, and Halloumi are browned in spots (cheese should be soft inside), 15–20 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with vinegar. Top with sumac and mint.

Grilled Mushrooms with Rosemary-Lemon Basting Butter & Variations

Grilled Mushrooms with Rosemary-Lemon Basting Butter & Variations

Grilled Mushrooms with Rosemary-Lemon Basting Butter & Variations


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon pepper, divided

1 pound white, cremini, shiitake, portobello, oyster, maitake, and/or king oyster mushrooms, at least 2 inches wide

½ teaspoon vegetable oil

¼ teaspoon table salt


Use any mix of mushrooms you like, as long as the caps measure at least 2 inches in diameter. A grill basket is helpful here but not essential. These mushrooms make a great accompaniment to other grilled foods. The parcooked mushrooms can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.


Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add soy sauce, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is simmering and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm until ready to use. Trim tough ends of stems on white and cremini mushrooms and cut in half. Remove stems from shiitake mushrooms. Remove stems from portobello mushrooms and halve caps if smaller than 4 inches; quarter if larger. Trim oyster and maitake mushrooms and tear into 2- to 2½-inch pieces. Trim stems on king oyster mushrooms and slice crosswise ¾ inch thick. Combine mushrooms and ½ cup water in bowl. Cover and microwave for 1 minute. Stir well; re-cover; and microwave until mushrooms have reduced in size by about one-third and liquid has increased to almost 1 cup, about 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and let rest, covered, for 5 minutes to finish cooking. Drain well. Dry bowl and return mushrooms to bowl. Let stand at room temperature while preparing grill. FOR A CHARCOAL GRILL: Open bottom vent completely. Light large chimney starter three-quarters filled with charcoal briquettes (about 4½ quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour evenly over half of grill. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Heat grill until hot, about 5 minutes. FOR A GAS GRILL: Turn all burners to high; cover; and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high and turn off other burner(s). Clean and oil cooking grate. Toss mushrooms with oil, salt, and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper. Arrange mushrooms on hotter side of grill. Cook (covered if using gas), flipping mushrooms every 2 minutes, until well browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes. Carefully brush mushrooms with half of basting butter and continue to cook until butter is sizzling and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Transfer to bowl with remaining basting butter and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.


Garlic-Parsley Basting Butter


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon pepper


Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add Worcestershire, parsley, garlic, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is simmering and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm until ready to use.



Ginger-Miso Basting Butter


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon white miso

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon pepper


Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add miso, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is simmering and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm until ready to use.

Budín de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Custard)

Budín de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Custard)

Budín de Zanahoria (Mexican Carrot Custard)

With its sweet, savory, and tangy flavors plus a wonderfully creamy texture that kids love, it’s a great comfort food for any season. The concept works with many different vegetables, so you might want to make budín de camote (sweet potato), budín de maíz (fresh corn), or budín de calabaza (squash or pumpkin), depending on what you have handy.

2 pounds fresh carrots

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup finely chopped piloncillo (This is a Mexican raw sugar, but you can substitute brown sugar, Sucanat, rapadura, granulated palm sugar, or maple syrup)

3 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream (plus extra for garnish)

3/4 cup rice flour (can substitute white flour)

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Cut carrots into big chunks and steam until completely tender, almost falling apart. Transfer into another pot or bowl and mash with a potato masher, fork, or whisk. Combine melted butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until sugar is dissolved or incorporated (I recommend using an electric hand mixer if you have one. You could also use a food processor or a whisk). Add the eggs and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Mix in the sour cream. Add in the steamed mashed carrots and beat until completely incorporated. Mix or sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder, then add to the carrot mixture. Beat for another minute or two until everything is completely incorporated. Stir in the cheese and the nutmeg. Pour custard into a buttered baking dish, then bake until set, about 45 minutes. Serve hot with sour cream on the side.

Cauliflower Wedge

Cauliflower Wedge

Cauliflower Wedge


2 small, compact-looking heads cauliflower (1  1/4 to 1  1/2 pounds each)

3 Tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil, plus more for frying capers

Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup (35 grams) finely grated Parmesan

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 1/2 tablespoons (25 ml) white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons (20 grams) currants

2 tablespoons (25 grams) capers, brined variety

1 scallion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Trim the outer leaves from the cauliflower, then slice the heads in quarters through the stem. Coat a large foil-lined baking sheet with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil. Arrange the cauliflower wedges with the cut side down. Drizzle another tablespoon of olive oil over the top of the cauliflower. Season it generously with salt and pepper. Roast on one cut side until nicely browned underneath (15 to 20 minutes), then flip each piece onto its other cut side, sprinkle with more salt and pepper and half of the Parmesan (don’t worry if some lands on the tray) and return to the oven to roast for another 10 minutes, until browned. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and return the baking tray to the oven for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the top layer of cheese is fricoed.  While the cauliflower is roasting, place the lemon juice, vinegar, and V4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add the currants; set aside and let them soak while you prepare the other ingredients.  Drain the capers and spread them on paper towels until most of their moisture has wicked out, about 5 minutes. Pour 1/2 inch of olive oil, or another oil that you prefer to fry in, in your tiniest skillet or saucepan. Heat it over medium-high heat. When it’s hot enough so a droplet of water makes the oil hiss, carefully add the capers and take a step back! They’re going to sputter a bit for the first 10 seconds. Once it’s safe to get closer, give them a stir. Depending on how dry the capers were at the start, it can take 1 to 2 minutes for them to get first lightly golden at the edges, and then crispy. Remove the capers from the oil with a slotted spoon. Drain them on paper towels, and set aside. Arrange the cauliflower wedges, any loose cauliflower rubble, and any fricoed bits of Parmesan from the roasting pan on a platter. Sprinkle with the scallions, then the currants with their lemon-vinegar mixture, then the capers and parsley. Eat with a fork and knife while standing at the kitchen counter, and order takeout for your family; I won’t tell if you don’t.

Peas with Nasturtium Blossoms and Mache Lettuce

Peas with Nasturtium Blossoms and Mache Lettuce

Peas with Nasturtium Blossoms and Mache Lettuce


1 clove Garlic, sliced in fine slivers

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

1 tablespoon fresh Dill, torn from stems

1/3 cup shelled peas

1-2 cups Mache lettuce

6 to 8 Nasturtium blossoms


In a medium skillet, heat olive oil.  Add garlic, dill and peas, sauté for 2 minutes. Toss in the Mache lettuce, sauté just until wilted.  Add Nasturtium blossoms and stir for about 10 seconds. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and serve immediately.

Pickled Kohlrabi

Pickled Kohlrabi

Pickled Kohlrabi


Pickling Mixture

3/4 c white vinegar

1 1/4 c water

3 Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dill seed

1 teaspoon mustard seed

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes


Peel and slice 3 kohlrabi, 1/4 inch thick. Peel one carrot and slice into thin sticks. Parboil the carrot briefly (should yield to a fork but not be soft). Place raw kohlrabi, carrot, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1 bay leaf, and a sprig of fresh dill into a quart canning jar. Heat pickling mixture to boiling and pour over the vegetable mixture in the jar, filling the jar completely. Let cool, then refrigerate for 3-4 days before use. Will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.

Mascarpone-Stuffed Squash Blossoms with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Mascarpone-Stuffed Squash Blossoms with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Mascarpone-Stuffed Squash Blossoms with Raspberry Vinaigrette


¹⁄³ cup fresh raspberries

¹⁄³ cup chopped shallots

¼ cup raspberry vinegar

½ cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

¹⁄³ cup mascarpone cheese

1 tsp. minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

½ tsp. minced fresh thyme

12 fresh squash blossoms, pistils removed

Vegetable oil, for frying

½ cup all-purpose flour


Beer Batter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 cup dark Mexican beer


Combine the raspberries, shallots, and vinegar in a blender or food processor, and process to form a coarse puree. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil. Season the vinaigrette with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.  Mix the mascarpone, chipotle chiles and sauce, and thyme in a small bowl. Season the filling to taste with salt and pepper. Place the filling in a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch tip. Pipe the filling into each squash blossom and twist the blossom at the top to enclose it. Place a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and add enough vegetable oil to reach one third of the way up the sides of the pan. Heat the oil to 350°F. Dust the squash blossoms in the flour and then dip them into the beer batter. Working in batches, fry the squash blossoms for 3 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Transfer them to paper towels to drain. Arrange the squash blossoms on a platter, drizzle with the raspberry vinaigrette, and serve. Prep Beer Batter: Mix the flour, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually add the beer while whisking. Set the batter aside and let it rest for 15 minutes before using. Tip: No pastry bag? No worries. Put the filling in a plastic bag and cut a 1/4-inch hole in one of the corners.

Roasted Fennel & Peppers

Roasted Fennel & Peppers

Roasted Fennel & Peppers


2 fennel bulbs, halved and sliced

2 medium sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

Fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced, optional

Place the fennel, peppers, onion and garlic in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt, pepper and rubbed sage. Toss to coat. Bake, uncovered, at 425° until tender, 20-25 minutes, stirring twice. Garnish with fresh sage if desired.


Yield: 6 servings; 2/3 cup each

Calories: 67

Fat: 3g fat

Fiber: 4g

Artichokes with Bay Leaves and Lime

Artichokes with Bay Leaves and Lime

Artichokes with Bay Leaves and Lime


4 medium artichokes with tightly packed leaves

12 large fresh (not dried) bay leaves

6 to 8 T. olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

Fleur de sel or salt of your choice


Trim back the stocks of the artichokes, snip the outer edges of the leaves and trim the top. Cut the bay leaves in half lengthwise. Tuck the bay leaves into the artichoke leaves, distributing them evenly and hiding them well. Wrap each artichoke in several rounds of plastic wrap. Fill a stockpot or deep saucepan half-full with unsalted water and bring it to a boil. Have ready a saucepan lid that is slightly smaller than the stockpot and a weight, such as a small, heavy saucepan. Lower the artichokes into the boiling water. Submerge them with the saucepan lid held in place by the weight. Simmer the artichokes until tender enough that a small sharp knife easily pierces the base, about 30 minutes. Remove the artichokes from the water with a slotted spoon and leave them to cool in their plastic wrap for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make a vinaigrette by mixing the olive oil and the lime juice. Put this in a sauceboat and set aside. To serve, unwrap the artichokes and arrange them on 4 small plates, adding a small mound of good sea salt beside each. Pass the vinaigrette for people to use as they wish.

Fireweed Pickles

Fireweed Pickles

Fireweed Pickles


1 lb. fresh fireweed shoots


1 T. mustard seeds

1 tsp. peppercorns

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

2 T. sea salt (or canning and pickling salt)


In a saucepan, combine all brine ingredients and bring to a boil. Then remove from heat. Rinse the fireweed shoots well. Sterilize your jars, either one quart, two pint jars, or four half-pint jars. Pack your jars tightly with the fireweed shoots and cover with the brine to 1/2 inch from top of jar. As you add the brine, you might be able to fit in more fireweed. Cover and cool in the refrigerator. Serve pickles with cheese and crackers, or salmon and cream cheese, or add to a spring omelet. Store jars in the refrigerator, and use within one month for best quality.