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Roasted Fennel & Potatoes

Roasted Fennel & Potatoes

Roasted Fennel & Potatoes

 

2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut into six wedges

12 red potatoes, cut in half

salt and pepper, to taste

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

 

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Combine the fennel wedges and potatoes in a large roasting pan and toss with olive oil and seasoning to coat. Roast the vegetables for 30 to 40 minutes, tossing once, until tender and golden brown.

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.

Delicata Squash with Agrodolce

Delicata Squash with Agrodolce

Delicata Squash with Agrodolce

 

1 delicata squash

Kosher salt

3 shallots sliced

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 T. sugar

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Cut off one end of each of the squashes to reveal the seeds and core. Using a long-handled spoon, scrape out the seeds and discard (or save for another use). Cut the squash crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Heat a grill or a grill pan over moderate heat. Do not oil the grates of the grill or the pan, but make sure they are very clean. Have a platter and a piece of foil on hand. Dry-grill the squash until charred on one side, about 5 minutes, then use tongs to flip the squash and continue to cook until the slices are well browned and almost tender, about 5 minutes more. As the slices are grilled, transfer them to a platter and cover with foil. Season lightly with salt and keep tightly covered while you make the agrodolce. Combine the shallots and olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat and cook, stirring from time to time, until softened and golden brown in spots, about 10 minutes. Stir in the raisins, vinegar, sugar, 1 tsp. salt and several grinds of black pepper and simmer until the mixture has reduced to a juicy glaze, about 2 minutes. Immediately pour the shallot mixture over the squash and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving.

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.

Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna

Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna

Cacio e Pepe Potatoes Anna

 

1/2 cup (65 grams) finely grated aged Pecorino Romano

1 tablespoon (10 grams) potato starch or cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon fine sea or table salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper, or a larger amount coarsely ground

3 tablespoons (45 grams) unsalted butter, melted, or olive oil

2 pounds (roughly 1 kg) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/8-inch-thick, ideally on a mandolin

 

8 cups (5 2/3 ounces or 160 grams) loosely packed arugula

1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil

2 teaspoons (10 ml) white wine vinegar

 

Assemble the potatoes: Heat your oven to 375°F. Combine the cheese, potato starch or cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a small dish. Taste a pinch; you want it to have a strong salty-peppery kick, because it’s going to be distributed all over the galette.  Pour 1 tablespoon butter or oil into the bottom of a 9-inch-diameter cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, and swirl it up the sides. Arrange the potatoes in overlapping concentric circles in a single layer at the bottom of the pan. (This will use approximately a quarter of your sliced potatoes.) Drizzle with 1 teaspoon butter or oil, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the cheese-pepper mixture. You’ll need to repeat this three or four times to use up your potatoes (depending on their size). At the end, you should have about 1 tablespoon cheese-pepper mixture left over; reserve this. Drizzle any remaining melted butter over the top. To bake: Lightly coat a piece of foil with nonstick spray and cover the skillet tightly with it. Put in heated oven for 35 minutes, at which point the potatoes will be almost tender. Use pot holdered hands to press firmly on the foil to compact the potatoes a bit. Remove and reserve the foil and bake for 25 to 30 minutes more, until lightly brown all over. Press again with the foil, remove, then briefly run under the broiler for an even golden-brown finish. To finish and serve: While the galette bakes, toss the arugula with the olive oil and vinegar, keeping the dressing very light. Once the galette is out of the oven, let it rest in the skillet for a few minutes before running a knife around to ensure that it is loose. Gently tip the skillet over your sink to drain any excess butter or oil. Invert it onto a plate or cutting board, then flip right side up. Cut the galette into wedges, then top with the dressed greens, and sprinkle with the reserved cheese-pepper mixture. Do ahead: This galette can be made up to 3 days in advance. Rewarm at 350 degrees for 15 minutes with foil on top.

Instant Pot Butter Stewed Potatoes

Instant Pot Butter Stewed Potatoes

Instant Pot Butter Stewed Potatoes

 

4-5 medium sized Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into 0.5 inch rounds

5-8 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup diced onion (optional)

1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock

salt

pepper

1/4 cup cream (optional)

 

Turn Instant Pot on to SAUTE mode, high. Once heated, add half of the butter and let it melt. Stir in onions and let them cook until soft, not browned. (Omit steps 1-3 if not using onion.) De glaze Instant Pot liner with chicken stock, add potatoes, salt, pepper, and the rest of the butter. Cancel the SAUTE mode, and press the PRESSURE cooker or MANUAL button on the Instant Pot. HIGH pressure. Set the cooking time to 8 minutes. Once cooking is complete, release the pressure manually. Stir potatoes and adjust seasonings. If using cream, stir it in. Garnish with chopped chives.

Les Potatoes de la Semaine (weeknight potatoes)

Les Potatoes de la Semaine (weeknight potatoes)

Les Potatoes de la Semaine (weeknight potatoes)

 

Six big Yukon Gold (or any of your favorite yellow flesh potatoes)

1 tsp sweet paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp chopped parsley

2 tbsp chopped cilantro

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

1 tsp Harissa, or your favorite hot sauce (Optional)

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Preheat the oven at 400F. Peel and slice the potatoes into wedges or fries. Put them in a bowl, along with the olive oil, salt, black pepper, ground cumin, paprika and harissa, if used. Toss the potatoes to combine. Arrange them in a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until golden brown and crisp on the outside, turning them over once, about 25-30 minutes. Mix the herbs, garlic, lemon juice in a bowl. When the potatoes are baked, toss them quickly with the garlic infused herbs and serve.

Chive Corn Pudding

Chive Corn Pudding

Chive Corn Pudding

 

2 ears corn, husks and silks removed; or 2 cups frozen corn thawed

2 cups 1-percent milk

2 T. low-fat sour cream

2 eggs

2 T. flour

1 T. sugar

2 T. minced chives

1/2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If using fresh corn, use a sharp knife to scrape the corn from the cob.  Combine the corn with the remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray. Pour the corn pudding into the casserole dish.  Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes until pudding is set and tester put in the center comes out clean.

Fennel And Jicama Salad

Fennel And Jicama Salad

Fennel And Jicama Salad

 

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

3/4 tsp. flaky sea salt, or to taste

1 tsp. pink peppercorns, lightly crushed with your fingers, plus more for garnish

1 large fennel bulb, halved, cored and thinly sliced, fronds reserved

1 small jicama (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled, halved and cut into thin matchsticks

1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped

1/3 cup black olives, pitted and sliced

1 ounce Feta cheese, crumbled

coarsely cracked black pepper

 

Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl and add hot water to cover. Set aside for about 20 minutes, then drain and thinly slice them. Meanwhile, in a small, lidded jar, combine the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pink peppercorns. Cover and shake until emulsified. Finely chop the fennel fronds to make ¼ cup and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the fennel, jicama, cucumber, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Stir in the fennel fronds and cheese, finish with a little salt, a couple of grinds of pepper, and a sprinkling of pink peppercorns lightly crushed between your fingers. Spoon into bowls and serve.

Ramp Filled Crescents

Ramp Filled Crescents

Ramp Filled Crescents

 

1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough

1 cup ramps finely chopped

2 T. Butter

2 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup gruyere cheese shredded

 

Preheat oven to 375F. In a small skillet over medium heat, cook finely chopped ramps in butter for 2-3 minutes or until soft. Add cream cheese to the skillet, stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Roll out crescent roll dough. Spread ramp cream cheese filling onto each triangle and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Then roll up. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy while warm, room temperature or chilled in the fridge. Notes: For this recipe you can use the whole ramp (bulb, stem and leaves) or all leaves. While the leaves have less flavor than the bulbs they are still totally delicious!

Easy Baked Polenta

Easy Baked Polenta

Easy Baked Polenta

 

You can use medium-grind cornmeal or polenta here.

 

8 cups water

2 cups medium-grind polenta

2 tsp. table salt

â…› tsp. pepper

4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (2 cups)

4 T. unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

 

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine water, polenta, salt, and pepper in 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Transfer dish to oven and bake, uncovered, until water is absorbed and polenta has thickened, about 60 minutes.  Remove baking dish from oven. Whisk in Parmesan and butter until polenta is smooth and creamy. Serve.

Oven Roasted Baby Turnips with a Lemon & Herb Vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Baby Turnips with a Lemon & Herb Vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Baby Turnips with a Lemon & Herb Vinaigrette

 

1 lb (1/2 kilo) of baby turnips, washed and with stalks trimmed short

2 T. hi temp cooking oil such as avocado or grape seed

 

1/2 T. of freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ tsp. of finely grated lemon zest

1 tsp. of Dijon mustard

1 T. of finely chopped shallot

2 heaped T. of chopped parsley

A pinch or two of sugar

4 T. extra-virgin olive oil

 

Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients together and set aside.  Preheat the oven to 425F / 220C and put a roasting pan in the oven to heat. Cut the turnips in half lengthwise, toss them with the two T. of avocado oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Arrange the turnips in the preheated pan and roast for 18-25 minutes or until tender and tinged brown in patches. Transfer them turnips to a bowl, allow them to cool a bit then toss them with the vinaigrette. Serve warm or at room temp. If you make them ahead, cover and chill in the fridge but bring them back to room temp before serving.

Gulerodsalat – Danish Carrot Salad

Gulerodsalat – Danish Carrot Salad

Gulerodsalat – Danish Carrot Salad

 

3-5 Large carrots

1-2 apples

1 lemon

handful of raisins

1-2 tsp sugar

 

Shred carrots and apples. Juice the lemon. Mix all of the ingredients together and let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour

Skillet Corn Bread with Oregano and Roasted Pepper

Skillet Corn Bread with Oregano and Roasted Pepper

Skillet Corn Bread with Oregano and Roasted Pepper

 

Even if you’re not a big fan of corn bread, you will possibly like this one (and for corn bread lovers, this one is excellent). It’s moist, best fresh from the oven but also good reheated. Serve it with soup or salad, or as a bread with a main course.

 

1 medium poblano chili pepper or similar roasting pepper

2 C. cornmeal

1 1/2 C. all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

3 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 T. minced fresh oregano

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

 

Char poblano chili over open flame on barbecue grill or in oven under broiler until completely blackened on all sides. Place pepper in paper bag to steam, 15 minutes. Peel, seed, and finely chop chili. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and black pepper in large bowl to blend. Whisk eggs and milk in medium bowl to blend. Mix in poblano chili and oregano. Combine egg mixture and dry ingredients, mixing lightly. Melt butter in 10-inch-diameter heavy skillet over medium heat, swirling to coat bottom and sides of skillet until butter is sizzling. Immediately spread batter evenly in skillet and put in oven. Bake until corn bread is golden brown around edges and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cut bread into wedges and serve warm from skillet

Winter Slaw with Maple Vinaigrette

Winter Slaw with Maple Vinaigrette

Winter Slaw with Maple Vinaigrette

 

1 small butternut squash, about 1 lb., seeded and cubed

4 medium carrots, peeled

2 medium turnips, peeled

3 parsnips, peeled

1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut in wedges

4 T. olive oil, divided

1 T. maple syrup

3 T. apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

6 scallions, thinly sliced

 

In a large bowl, whisk  2 T. of the olive oil, maple syrup, apple cider, salt, pepper and scallions.  Set aside.  Shred butternut squash, carrots, turnips, parsnips, and apples in a food processor using the medium shredding blade.  Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat and add 2 T. of the olive oil.  Add the vegetables and fruit and sauté, stirring occasionally for 6 – 10 minutes, or until they are tender crisp.  Place in bowl with the vinaigrette and toss to coat evenly.

Sweet and Spicy Three Bean Salad

Sweet and Spicy Three Bean Salad

Sweet and Spicy Three Bean Salad

 

1 15-ounce can organic cannellini beans drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, chickpeas

1 cup frozen shelled edamame thawed

1/2 cup fermented ginger orange carrots

1 medium jalapeño seeded and chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup  Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup avocado oil

2 T. Honey

1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

 

In a large bowl, combine the cannellini beans, garbanzo beans, edamame, carrots, jalapeño, cilantro, vinegar, oil, honey, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, for a minimum of 3 hours, or preferably overnight, for the flavors to blend. Enjoy.

One-Dish Speedy Couscous

One-Dish Speedy Couscous

One-Dish Speedy Couscous

 

12-oz. pkg. couscous, uncooked

2 c. cooked chicken, diced

1 zucchini, chopped

1 stalk celery, thinly sliced

1 carrot, peeled and grated

2 C. orange juice

1/4 C. fresh basil, chopped

2 green onions, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

 

Combine couscous, chicken and vegetables in a large serving bowl; set aside. Bring orange juice to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat; stir into couscous mixture. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients. Stir gently until evenly mixed. Serves 4.

Cachapas – Fresh Corncakes with Cheese

Cachapas – Fresh Corncakes with Cheese

Cachapas – Fresh Corncakes with Cheese

 

3 C. corn kernels (from fresh ears or thawed frozen)

1/4 C. masa harina (available on the international aisle of most grocers)

salt & pepper

1/2 C. shredded queso mano or mozzarella

vegetable oil, for frying

 

Grind the corn kernels to a smooth pulp, along with the salt and pepper. Add in the masa harina. Note: You can use a food processor or a blender for this step. If you use a blender, you’ll need a tamper or long spoon to push the corn into the blade (not while the blender is running, of course!). Once the mixture is smooth, preheat a griddle or large frying pan over medium heat. Add on some oil, then spoon the batter onto the pan. With the back of your spoon, press the batter into a rough circle. Cook the cachapas for 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook for 3-5 more minutes, pressing the mixture flat if desired. Sprinkle with mozarella and let melt. If necessary, keep warm in the oven until all cachapas are cooked. Fold in half and enjoy!

Lemongrass Rice

Lemongrass Rice

Lemongrass Rice

 

1 C. basmati rice

handful of lemongrass stalks obtained from 1 to 2 lemon grass stems

1.75 C. to 2 of water

salt (optional)

a few drops of sesame oil (optional)

 

Clean wash and soak the rice in water for 15 to 20 mins. Then drain the rice and keep aside. Rinse the lemongrass stem first. Chop the lemon grass stem. In a pressure cooker add the rice and lemongrass stalks. Add water, salt and sesame oil. Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles on a low to medium flame. I have kept the rice grains slightly sticky as that’s how we like this rice with thai curries. If you want separate grains then cook for 2 whistles. When the pressure settles on its own, remove the lid. Fluff and discard the lemongrass stalks before serving. Serve the aromatic lemongrass rice hot with your choice of any thai vegetable dish or stir fried dish.

Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and White Beans

Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and White Beans

Roasted Fennel, Tomatoes and White Beans

 

2 large fennel bulbs (fronds not needed but can be chopped and used to garnish, if desired)

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling

2 tsp. coarse kosher salt, divided

2 pints cherry tomatoes or other small tomatoes (whatever is sweetest and ripest)

2 T. chopped fresh oregano leaves, from 4-5 stems (or 2 tsp. dried oregano)

5 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/4 tsp. Aleppo pepper or dried crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 15-ounce cans Cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained

3 T. chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves or chopped fennel fronds, optional garnish

 

Preheat oven to 425°F. Trim the fennel so you are left with just the white bulb. Cut the bulb in half vertically, from bottom to top, and then cut each half into 1/2-inch-wide wedges, slicing through the core, which will help keep the leaves attached to the wedge. If your fennel has fronds, you can chop them up to use as a garnish. Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Add fennel wedges, arranging them in single layer. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of salt and cook, turning occasionally, until fennel begins to brown and soften, 10 minutes or so. Add tomatoes, oregano, garlic, red pepper, remaining tsp. of salt and black pepper. Fold together gently using a spatula. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake fennel and tomatoes until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove the skillet and gently mix in the drained beans; then bake for 5 minutes longer, to heat through. Divide the mixture among large shallow bowls. Drizzle each bowl with a tsp. of extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with coarse salt, black pepper and chopped fennel fronds or parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Roast Parsnips with Pumpkin Seed Green Onion Pesto

Roast Parsnips with Pumpkin Seed Green Onion Pesto

Roast Parsnips with Pumpkin Seed Green Onion Pesto

3 lbs. (1.36 kg) of parsnips, peeled, trimmed, cut into bite sized pieces

3 T. (45 mL) of olive or vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. (2.5 mL) of sea salt

lots of freshly ground pepper

 

1 cup (240 mL) of pumpkin seeds

1 bunch of green onions (7 or 8 stalks)

1/4 cup (60 mL) of your very best olive oil

2 to 3 ounces (56 to 85 g) of authentic Parmesan cheese

 

Prepare and preheat your oven to 375°. Turn on your convection fan if you have one. Begin with the parsnips. Toss them with the oil, salt and pepper until they’re evenly seasoned. Transfer the works to a casserole dish or small roasting or baking pan. Roast, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and delicious, about 1 hour. Meanwhile make the pesto. Measure the ingredients into your food processor and process until a smooth yet slightly chunky pesto emerges. When the parsnips are done roasting stir or toss in the pesto until evenly mixed.

Honey-Glazed Radishes and Turnips

Honey-Glazed Radishes and Turnips

Honey-Glazed Radishes and Turnips

2 T. margarine or butter

1 large shallot

1 1/2 lb. radishes

1 1/2 lb. small turnips

1 c. water

1/4 c. lower-sodium chicken broth

1 T. Honey

salt

pepper

2 tbsp. thinly sliced mint leaves

1 tbsp. finely chopped chives

 

In 12-inch skillet, melt margarine or butter on medium-high. Add shallot and cook 2 minutes or until golden and tender, stirring occasionally. Add radishes and turnips; stir until well coated. Stir in water, broth, honey, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 15 minutes. Uncover and cook 7 to 10 minutes longer or until vegetables are glazed and most of liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in mint and chives. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with mint leaves.

Charred Sweet Corn Fritters

Charred Sweet Corn Fritters

Charred Sweet Corn Fritters

3 T. unsalted butter

1 ear sweet corn, husk removed and washed

Vegetable oil

1 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. stone-ground cornmeal

3 T. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. Old Bay

1 tsp. salt

1/2 C. plus 2 T. whole milk

3/4 C. shredded Monterey Jack (cheddar would work great, too!)

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

 

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Watching it carefully and stirring on occasion, continue cooking the butter as it transforms from yellow and foamy to golden brown with brown speckles throughout. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the brown butter in a ramekin. Cool the butter to room temperature. (This is a particularly important step because if you add warm butter to the cold milk, the butter will seize. If this happens, warm the milk and butter mixture until the butter remelts.) Rest the corn on the grate of your gas stove and turn the heat to medium. Char the corn on all sides, rotating it every 30 seconds or so. Cut the kernels off the cob and set them aside. Heat 4-inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, Old Bay and salt. In a measuring C. or small bowl, measure out the milk and the cooled melted butter; whisk until thoroughly combined. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The mixture will be thick. Fold in the charred corn kernels and cheese. Using a 2-ounce ice cream scooper, drop scoops of batter into the hot oil. Cook the fritters for 3-4 minutes, flipping them at the 2 minute-mark, until they’re golden brown on both sides. Transfer them to a bed of paper towels to drain. Serve with honey or buttermilk dressing.

Tomatoes Stuffed with White Beans

Tomatoes Stuffed with White Beans

Tomatoes Stuffed with White Beans

4 large tomatoes

Small handful of chopped parsley

Small handful of chopped basil

2 T. balsamic vinegar

1 T. capers

1 large clove garlic (it’s going to stay raw, so don’t go overboard)

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

 

Slice the tops off each of the tomatoes and use a spoon (I use a grapefruit spoon) to dig out the core and seeds. If the core isn’t too tough, chop it up and put it, along with the rest of the tomato guts, in a medium bowl. Set the tomato ‘shells’ aside.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and toss until everything is coated. Spoon the filling into the tomato shells. There is will extra filling, which you can serve on the side

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

8 slice bacon, sliced cross wise into ½ pieces

1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 3 cups)

1 medium red onion, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

1 can (15 ½ ounces) white beans

1 chicken broth

2 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano, plus whole leaves for garnish

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

 

Heat a large heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook until almost crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add fennel and onion to the same pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and edges are brown, about 10 minutes.  Add beans, stock, chopped oregano, red pepper flakes, 1‑teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and butter; remove from heat. Garnish with oregano leaves. Serve as a side dish or over toast as a rustic meal.

Fennel Gratin

Fennel Gratin

Fennel Gratin

2 pounds fennel bulbs (about 3-4 bulbs), fronds and stems removed and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices

1 T. oil

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 C. panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)

1/2 C. parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated

2 tsp. thyme, chopped

1 T. oil

 

Boil the fennel in water until tender, about 5-6 minutes and drain. Toss the fennel in the olive oil along with the salt and pepper and place it into a baking dish. Sprinkle on the mozzarella. Mix the bread crumbs, parmesan, thyme and oil and sprinkle on top. Bake in a preheated 375F/190C oven, covered for 20 minutes, remove the cover and bake until the cheese is melted and golden brown, about 10 minutes.

California Raisin Bacon Brussels Sprouts

California Raisin Bacon Brussels Sprouts

California Raisin Bacon Brussels Sprouts

1 Pound Brussels sprouts

3 slices hickory smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 C. California raisins

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

Red pepper flakes; for garnish

 

Wash, trim and quarter Brussels sprouts; arrange in microwave-safe container with 1 T. water. Cover, and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp; remove with slotted spoon to drain on paper towels; set aside. Reserve 1 T. drippings in skillet; add onion and cook over medium heat until tender. Then, stir in cooked Brussels sprouts, raisins, salt and pepper; toss to combine and continue to cook just until heated through. Sprinkle cooked bacon pieces on top. Turn into large serving dish; garnish with cooked bacon pieces and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, as desired.

Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash, washed, cut in half, scooped and cut into 1/2 inch thick crescents

1 T. oil

1/4 tsp. thyme, finely chopped

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 C. parmigiano reggiano (parmesan cheese), grated

 

Toss the acorn squash crescents in the oil, thyme, salt, and pepper, lay in a single layer in a greased baking sheet and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese. Roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until the squash is tender and the cheese has melted, about 15-20 minutes.

 

Option: Use a garlic infused oil or add 1/4 tsp. garlic powder to the seasoning.

Option: Add lemon zest to the seasoning or hit the squash with a splash of lemon juice after roasting!

 

Yield: 8 servings

Calories: 51

Fat: 2g

Fiber: .8g

Raisin-Apple Stuffed Squash

Raisin-Apple Stuffed Squash

Raisin-Apple Stuffed Squash

1 acorn squash

21/2 T. maple syrup

2/3 C. cooked rice

1/2 tart apple; peeled, cored and diced

3/4 C. California golden raisins

2 tsp. chopped pecans

11/2 T. chopped onion

1 tsp. minced fresh parsley

1 tsp. melted butter

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Maple syrup, as needed

 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Set aside. In large bowl, mix maple syrup, rice, apple, raisins, pecans, onion, parsley, butter and cinnamon together well. Divide and spoon into cavity of squash, mounding as needed to use all the filling. Arrange on baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake 1 hour, or until tender. Drizzle with additional maple syrup. Divide and serve hot.

 

Yield: 6 servings

Calories 160

Fat: 1.5g

Fiber: 3g

Creamy Asiago Bacon Wrapped Roasted Onions

Creamy Asiago Bacon Wrapped Roasted Onions

Creamy Asiago Bacon Wrapped Roasted Onions

4/8 slices thick cut bacon

2 large onions, peeled and cut in half

2 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. thyme, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1 C. beef broth (or mushroom broth)

1/2 C. heavy cream

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 C. of asiago cheese (or parmesan), grated

 

Pre-cook the bacon until it’s starting to get cooked but it’s still soft and pliable and set aside on paper towels to cool. Wrap the onion halves with the bacon, optionally pinning it on with toothpicks, and place them in a baking dish before drizzling them with oil and seasoning with thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the mixture of the broth, cream and Worcestershire around the onions and roast in a preheated 375F/190C oven until the onions are nice and tender, about 30-45 minutes depending on how thick they are. (You may need to cover with foil if the edges of the bacon start to get too dark to prevent burning.)

Sprinkle the cheese on and bake until it has melted, just a few minutes. Option: Throw some full cloves of garlic into the pan with the sauce!

Yield: 4 servings

Calories 179

Fat 13.5g

Fiber 1.7g,

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

1 large Butternut Squash 2 1/2 pounds or 8 cups, cubed

2 T. olive oil

6 cloves garlic minced

1 T. dried Italian seasoning

Salt + Pepper to taste

1/2 C. toasted pine nuts

Fresh chopped parsley and rosemary to garnish, optional

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside. Peel, seed and chop butternut squash into small cubes of approximately equal size (total amount should equal approximately 8 cups). Transfer butternut squash, olive oil, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Toss well to combine. Arrange the butternut squash on the prepared baking sheet spread in single layer. Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until fork tender and browning around the edges. Remove the squash from the oven and transfer to a large serving dish. Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and fresh chopped herbs, if desired.

Traditional Stuffing

Traditional Stuffing

Traditional Stuffing

 

1 pound Italian loaf (or French loaf), cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter

1 C. onion, diced

1 C. celery, diced

2 T. sage, chopped

2 T. parsley, chopped

1 T. rosemary, chopped

1 T. thyme, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 C. chicken broth

 

Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 200F/90C until dried out, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, add the onions and celery and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and cook until fragrant, about a minute, before removing from heat. Mix the parsley, rosemary and thyme into the cooked veggies and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the egg into the broth before mixing into the veggies and gently tossing with the bread cubes. Place the mixture into a greased baking dish and bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until lightly golden brown on top, about 40 minutes. Tip: Bake the bread to dry it out a day ahead and leave it out overnight.

 

Option: Add 1 T. garlic to the pan along with the sage.

Option: Replace the fresh herbs with dried herbs using 1 tsp. dried herb in place of 1 T. of fresh.

Option: Replace the fresh herbs with 2 T. dried poultry seasoning.

Option: Add a diced apple to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add a diced pear to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add 1 C. diced fennel to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add 8 ounces diced mushrooms to the pan along with the onions and celery!

Option: Add cooked wild rice!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked and crumbled Italian sausage!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked diced chorizo!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked diced andouille!

Option: Add 4 ounces cooked and crumbled bacon or pancetta!

Option: Add chopped chestnuts!

Option: Add chopped walnuts!

Option: Add raisins!

Option: Add dried cranberries!

Onion Gratin

Onion Gratin

Onion Gratin

4 large yellow onions, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp. thyme, chopped

1 C. of heavy cream

1/4 C. of white wine

1/4 C. of parmigiano regginao (parmesan), grated

 

Spread the onion slices out in a baking dish and drizzle them with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the thyme. Bake in a preheated 375F/190C oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile heat the heavy cream and wine in a saucepan until it starts to bubble on the edges. Transfer the onions to a baking dish and spoon the cream onto. Cover in foil and bake for another 25 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese on top. Increase the temperature to 450F/230C and bake until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Mashed White Beans with Spinach and Olives

Mashed White Beans with Spinach and Olives

Mashed White Beans with Spinach and Olives

 

1 T. olive oil

1 medium onion (diced)

4 cloves garlic (chopped)

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 C. vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

2 (15 ounce) cans white beans (drained and rinsed) (or 3 C. cooked beans, from 1 C. dry)

4 sprigs thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dry)

2 sprigs rosemary (or 1/2 tsp. dry)

2 sprigs oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dry)

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 C. vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

1/4 C. kalamata olives (pitted and coarsely chopped)

1 (8 ounce) package fresh spinach (rinsed and coarsely chopped)

1/2 lemon (juice)

 

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onion and sauté until lightly golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Add the broth, beans, herbs, salt and pepper and simmer. covered, until the beans start to break down, about 20 minutes. Remove the herbs and mash half of the beans. Add as much broth as needed to get the beans to your desired consistency.

Mix in the olives and the spinach. Cook until the spinach just wilts, remove from heat and hit it with a splash of lemon juice

Caramelized Fennel on Herbed Polenta

Caramelized Fennel on Herbed Polenta

Caramelized Fennel on Herbed Polenta

2 to 3 cups / 450 to 675 ml vegetable broth or water, as needed

1/2 cup / 85 g organic, non-GMO polenta

fine sea salt

1 large fennel bulb

knob of ghee or clarified butter

2 tablespoons raw fennel seeds

1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or to taste

1/4 cup / 5g chopped mixed herbs, such as dill, chives, parsley

1/4 cup / 27 g grated Pecorino Romano cheese

cold-pressed olive oil

herb flowers for garnish

 

Heat the vegetable broth in a large saucepan until simmering. Slowly pour in the polenta in a steady stream, whisking all the while to prevent clumping. Add a few pinches of salt. Stir constantly for a couple minutes; then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring every 5 minutes or so, for 30 to 45 minutes (read the label on your polenta for cooking time approximations). If the polenta becomes too thick, add more broth or water and whisk until smooth The polenta is cooked when you rub a small amount of it between your fingers and it is no longer gritty, but instead creamy and smooth. While the polenta is cooking, cut the fennel bulb into thin vertical slices (from the top to the base). Heat the ghee in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the fennel slices to the skillet, making sure that they all come into contact with the surface of the skillet (not overlapping). Sprinkle with sea salt. Do not stir or move the fennel until it is golden on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. When all the pieces have browned, flip them onto the uncooked sides. When the underside has also browned, add a sprinkling of fennel seeds and the maple syrup, and let cook for 1 minute. Toss to coat, transfer the fennel to a plate. Season with more salt if needed. Add the chopped herbs and grated cheese to the polenta and give it a final stir. Whisk in a little more broth or water if necessary. To serve, scoop a portion of polenta onto a plate, then arrange the caramelized fennel on top. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with herb flowers if available.

Cauliflower Bacon Cheese Casserole

Cauliflower Bacon Cheese Casserole

Cauliflower Bacon Cheese Casserole

 

1 large package of frozen Riced Cauliflower 20 – 24 ounces

2 Tablespoons of butter – melted

1 teaspoon of minced garlic

2 Tablespoons of Chives – dried

1 teaspoon of garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon of seasoned pepper

1 pound of bacon – cooked and crumbled

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

1 cup of sour cream

Minced Parsley – to top

 

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the riced Cauliflower, butter, garlic, sour cream, chives, and stir well to blend. Add the garlic salt, and seasoned pepper, and stir well.  Add half the shredded cheese and mix well. Pour into a 9 X 9 inch casserole dish – butter the bottom of the dish before adding the mixture. Add the remainder of the shredded cheese, and top with crumbled bacon. Bake for 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with minced Parsley. Serve, and Enjoy!

 

Cauliflower Cheddar Fritters

Cauliflower Cheddar Fritters

Cauliflower Cheddar Fritters

1 head cauliflower or a 16 oz. bag of frozen cauliflower

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 C. parmesan cheese

2 large eggs

1 C. bread crumbs panko or Italian, I used panko

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning optional

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper more of less to taste

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic or onion powder

olive or canola oil

 

Cut cauliflower into florets and cook in boiling water until tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain, then process the cauliflower in the food processor until it become the texture of rice. This can also be done using a knife. Combine the minced cauliflower, cheeses, eggs, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Heat skillet to medium/high heat. Coat with oil (about 1/2 inch) Form cauliflower mixture into patties about 3 inches across. Cook until golden brown & set, about 3-4 minutes per side. Enjoy with sour cream or your favorite dipping sauce!

Winter Squash Gratin

Winter Squash Gratin

Winter Squash Gratin

Winter Squash, such as Butternut or Acorn

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 T. minced fresh parsley

1 tsp. minced fresh sage

3 eggs

1/2 C. low-fat milk

2 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (1/2 C.)

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/4 C.)

 

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Cover a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with olive oil. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy membranes, brush the cut sides with olive oil and lay cut side down on the foil-covered baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes, or until soft enough to pierce easily with a knife. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, then peel and either mash with a fork, puree in a food processor fitted with the steel blade, or finely dice. You should have about 2 C. of pureed or finely diced squash. Turn the oven down to 375ºF and oil a 2-quart gratin or baking dish with olive oil. Heat the remaining oil over medium heat in a medium heavy skillet and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Stir in the parsley and sage, and squash, and remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs in a large bowl and whisk in the milk. Add 1/2 tsp. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Stir in the squash mixture and the Gruyère. Taste and adjust seasonings. Scrape into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the Parmesan over the top. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, until lightly browned on the top and sizzling. Serve hot, warm, or room temperature.

Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks

Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks

Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks

2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, cleaned

6 marinated artichoke hearts with stems (from a specialty food shop), or two 12-oz. jars marinated artichoke hearts in oil, drained

3 T. olive oil

1 T. lemon juice

3 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. linguine

1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan

 

Halve the leeks lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces. Halve the artichokes lengthwise.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the leeks, and cook until soft but not browned, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Remove the leeks from skillet and set aside. Increase heat to medium and add the artichokes. Cook about 3 minutes per side. Return the leeks to skillet and toss to mix. Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cook the linguine according to the package directions, reserving 1/2 C. of the pasta water. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the vegetables to the linguine and toss with half the Parmesan. Add some of the pasta water to moisten, if necessary. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.