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Roasted Pepper Roll-Ups

 

1/2 of an 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

4 ounces soft goat cheese

1 T. fat-free milk

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup purchased roasted red sweet peppers, drained and finely chopped

1/4 cup snipped fresh basil

8 8-inch whole wheat or plain flour tortillas

2 cups packed fresh spinach leaves

 

For filling, in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add goat cheese, milk, garlic, and black pepper; beat until smooth. Stir in red peppers and basil.  To assemble, divide filling among tortillas, spreading to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Arrange spinach leaves over filling to cover. Carefully roll tortillas up tightly. Cover and chill roll-ups for 2 to 24 hours. Tote in an insulated container with ice packs. To serve, use a sharp knife to cut roll-ups crosswise into 48 pieces.

 

Makes 24 servings

Per Serving: 74 Calories, 3 g Total Fat, 1 g Fiber,

Tahini Fruit Drip

Tahini Fruit Drip

Tahini Fruit Drip

 

1 cup plain 2 percent Greek yogurt

3 T. tahini

3 T. honey

Coarse salt

Ground cinnamon

Sliced fruit, such as apples, bananas, strawberries, and mango, for serving

 

Stir together yogurt, tahini, honey, a pinch of coarse salt, and a large pinch of cinnamon. Serve with sliced fruit.

Zucchini Garlic Bites

Zucchini Garlic Bites

Zucchini Garlic Bites

1 C. zucchini grated and drained well

1 egg

1/3 C. breadcrumbs

1/4 C. Parmesan cheese grated fine

1 clove garlic grated fine

2 T. fresh chives chopped

1 T. fresh parsley chopped

1 tsp. fresh basil chopped

1 tsp. fresh oregano chopped

pinch of salt and pepper

tomato sauce for dipping

 

Preheat oven to 400ËšF. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray. Set aside. Use a box grater to grate the zucchini into a clean towel. Roll up the towel and twist to wring out the moisture. Grate the garlic using the small holes on the box grater. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Shape a T. of the mixture into your hands, pat into small balls, and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes in the preheated oven until golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce.

Red Pepper Triangles with Italian Relish

Red Pepper Triangles with Italian Relish

Red Pepper Triangles with Italian Relish

 

5 red bell peppers

2 T. olive oil

Coarse salt and ground pepper

2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin strips

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup chopped, pitted Kalamata olives

1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest plus

1 T. juice

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Cut tops and bottoms from peppers, then half lengthwise. Use a chef’s knife to remove ribs and seeds. Cut peppers into rectangular planks, each about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide, then cut diagonally into 24 triangles. On prepared sheet, toss bell pepper with 1 T. oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange skin-side down in a single layer and bake until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes; set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine prosciutto, parsley, olives, remaining T. oil, lemon zest and juice, and red-pepper flakes. Top each pepper triangle with relish. Note:  Make sure to take the peppers out of the oven before they get too soft. They should still be firm enough to hold the toppings. To store, refrigerate roasted peppers and relish separately, up to one day.

Cheese Apple and Nut Butter Roll Ups

Cheese Apple and Nut Butter Roll Ups

Cheese Apple and Nut Butter Roll Ups

 

4 thin slices (1/4 lb.) swiss or muenster cheese, at room temperature

1/2 large apple (3 oz) thinly sliced

1 T. macadamia nut butter or 2 tsp. unsweetened peanut butter

 

Place the cheese on a cutting board. Arrange the apple slices in a horizontal row 1″ from the narrow end of each cheese slice, roll up, and drizzle or spread with the nut butter. Secure with toothpicks.

 

Makes 4 servings

Calories: 143,

Fat 11g

Fiber 1g

Pepperoni Bread

Pepperoni Bread

Pepperoni Bread

 

13.8 ounces package refrigerated pizza dough

6 ounces sliced pepperoni

8 ounces sliced provolone cheese

3 T. butter

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and prepare a rimmed baking sheet by spraying it with cooking spray.

Remove the pizza dough from the canister and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface or parchment so that it measures into a rectangle about 10 X 15 – inches. Beginning at one of the longer ends, place the pepperoni in an overlapping layer down the length of the dough. Tear a few of the provolone slices in half and place over the pepperoni. Pull the dough up from under the pepperoni and roll it over the cheese so that it sticks to the dough beyond the pepperoni. Repeat adding the pepperoni and cheese and rolling until you have completely rolled the dough. Place the roll seam side down onto the prepared rimmed baking sheet. You may have to curve it so that it fits. In a microwavable-safe bowl, melt the butter for about 30 seconds. Mix in the garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Brush completely over the Pepperoni Bread. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove to a large cutting board to set for about 3 – 5 minutes before cutting to serve.

Blood Orange Ricotta Toast

Blood Orange Ricotta Toast

Blood Orange Ricotta Toast

 

2 blood oranges

2/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1-inch thick slices brioche bread

2 T. melted butter

Honey

Flaky sea salt

 

Cut off the top and bottom of each blood orange just until the pulp is exposed. Stand the blood orange up on one of the flat ends. Working from top to bottom, cut away the peel and pith, following the curve of the fruit. Cut the fruit into slices and set aside. In a small food processor, blitz together ricotta and vanilla until mostly smooth. You can also just mix them together in a bowl, but it won’t be as smooth. Warm a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the brioche with melted butter. Place brioche in the skillet, and cook until golden and charred in spots on each side (about 1 to 2 minutes per side). To assemble, top each slice of toast with an even layer of ricotta. Arrange blood orange slices on top of the ricotta, then finish with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of sea salt. Enjoy immediately!

Pumpkin Pie Seeds

Pumpkin Pie Seeds

Pumpkin Pie Seeds

Simmer the seeds a few days in advance and leave to soak in their brine, ready to strain and bake when the time comes (see Storage Tip).

 

4 C. (1 L) of water

1 cup (250 mL) of brown sugar

¼ cup (60 mL) of Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce

2 T. (30 mL) of salt

2 T. (30 mL) of ground ginger

1 T. (15 mL) of ground allspice

1 T. (15 mL) of cinnamon

1 T. (15 mL) of nutmeg

1 tsp. (5 mL) of ground cloves

4 C. (1 L) of unsalted raw pumpkin seeds

 

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Turn on your convection fan if you have one. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and lightly oil the paper or foil. Measure everything except the pumpkin seeds into a small saucepan and bring to a slow, steady simmer for a few minutes. Stir in the pumpkin seeds and simmer for a few minutes so they soften. Turn off the heat and rest long enough for the flavors to absorb, at least 15 minutes. Strain the seeds, reserving the reusable liquid. Spread them evenly on the prepared pan. Bake, without stirring, until lightly crisped and browned, 15 to 20 minutes. As they cool, they’ll crisp further. STORAGE TIP Room Temperature: Cool the seeds, tightly seal in a zip-top bag and store for up to 10 days.

“Persinnamon“ Crisps

“Persinnamon“ Crisps

“Persinnamon“ Crisps

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. I enjoy adding salty-sweet fruit crisps to picnic spreads because they’re unexpected and round out a menu nicely. Bags of greasy potato chips—sure, people expect that. But a homemade persimmon chip? Not so much. This is the type of DIY recipe that is absolutely worth doing. It’s so easy: just a little slicing and a quick sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, and the oven takes it from there. I call for Fuyu persimmons here, as they are firmer and less astringent than Hachiya persimmons, and better suited to recipes like this. They’re also much more readily available. You can swap out the persimmons for apples or pears (“pearcinnamon” chips?) and proceed right along with the recipe. Makes about 4 servings

 

11/2 tsp. sugar

11/2 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

4 Fuyu persimmons (not too ripe)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

 

Preheat the oven to 250°F [120°C] and spray two baking sheets lightly with nonstick cooking spray (or use a silicone baking mat). Combine the sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Remove the green leaves from the persimmons and slice them very thin (with a mandoline, if you’ve got it); no need to peel them. Try to keep the slices at a thickness of less than 1/8 in [4 mm]. Toss these slices with the salty cinnamon-sugar mixture and the lemon juice. Lay the seasoned persimmon slices on the baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for 45 minutes, flip, and continue baking until golden brown and crisped, about 30 minutes more. Transfer the persimmon chips to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Everything but the Bagel Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Everything but the Bagel Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Everything but the Bagel Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

I 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

Seeds from 1 large pumpkin, rinsed and dried

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

 

Preheat the oven to 3 75 ° F. Mix the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, minced onion, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and sea salt together in a small bowl. Place the pumpkin seeds in a medium-size bowl, drizzle with the olive oil, toss to coat, then add the spice mixture and toss again.   Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast until golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Don’t worry if they aren’t crunchy right out of the oven.  They will crisp up more as they cool on the baking sheet.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature

Blistered Shishitos with Furikake Ranch and Crispy Quinoa

Blistered Shishitos with Furikake Ranch and Crispy Quinoa

Blistered Shishitos with Furikake Ranch and Crispy Quinoa

 

4 T. neutral oil

½ cup cooked quinoa

Kosher salt

1 pound shishito peppers

Garlic salt

½ lemon, cut into wedges

¾ cup ranch dressing

3 T. Furikake 

 

In a large skillet, heat 2 T. of the oil over medium-high heat. When it’s shimmering-hot, add the quinoa to the pan and spread evenly. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown and crisp, 5 to 15 minutes (depending on the quinoa’s moisture content; freshly cooked quinoa will take longer). Drain the fried quinoa on paper towels and season with a pinch of kosher salt. Wipe the pan clean. Add the remaining 2 T. oil to the pan and place over high heat. Once the oil begins to smoke, add the shishitos. It’s important that all the peppers touch the pan, so work in batches if necessary. Sear the peppers on all sides, turning occasionally, until they begin to blister and slightly char, about 4 minutes. Season to taste with garlic salt and a squeeze of lemon. Transfer to a plate and top with the fried quinoa. In a small bowl, whisk together the ranch with 2 T. of the furikake. Serve it alongside the shishitos. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 T. furikake before serving.

Flavored Popcorns

Flavored Popcorns

Flavored Popcorns

 

Asian Popcorn — Preheat oven to 250°F(130°C, Gas Mark 1/2). Spread popcorn on a nonstick cookie sheet and lightly coat with refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray. Mix together 1 T. (15 ml) low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp. (10 ml) fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. (5 ml) five-spice powder, 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) ground coriander, and 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) garlic powder. Drizzle over popcorn. Toss to coat evenly. Bake 10 minutes, tossing once. Serve warm.

 

Italian Popcorn — Preheat oven to 300°F(150°C, Gas Mark 2). Spread popcorn on a nonstick cookie sheet and lightly coat with refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray. Mix together 1 tsp. (5 ml) crushed dried Italian herbs, 1/8 tsp. (0.6 ml) cayenne pepper, and 1 tsp. (5 ml) grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over popcorn and lightly coat again with cooking spray. Toss. Bake for 10 minutes, tossing once. Serve warm.

 

Mexican Popcorn — Put the popcorn in a large bowl and lightly coat with refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray. Combine 1 T. (15 ml) dried Mexican spiced salad dressing mix with 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) crushed dried oregano, 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) crushed dried thyme, and 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) garlic powder. Sprinkle over popcorn. Toss to evenly coat. Lightly coat with additional cooking spray. Toss again and serve.

 

Orange Popcorn — Put the popcorn in a large bowl and lightly coat with refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 1/2 T. (22.5 ml) orange-flavored powdered drink mix (already sweetened with sugar substitute) and 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) dried orange peel. Toss and coat again with cooking spray. Toss and serve.

 

Spicy and Sweet Popcorn — Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C, Gas Mark 2). Spread popcorn on a nonstick cookie sheet and lightly coat with refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray. Combine 2 1/2 T. (22.5 ml) spoonable sugar substitute, 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. (0.6 ml) ground nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml) dried orange peel. Sprinkle over the popcorn and toss. Lightly coat again with cooking spray and toss. Bake for 10 minutes, tossing once. Serve warm.

Speck Wrapped Apple Bites

Speck Wrapped Apple Bites

Speck Wrapped Apple Bites

 

1 sweet red apple cut into slices

8 slices Parmesan cheese

3 ounces speck, 8 slices

Good honey

8 fresh basil leaves

 

Preheat broiler and line a baking sheet with foil. Top each slice of apple Parmesan cheese, then wrap with 1 slice of speck. Line them up on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with honey. Broil for 2-3 minutes until you see the honey and speck bubble and brown slightly. Remove and serve warm with a basil leaf for each bite.

Clam-Stuffed Celery

Clam-Stuffed Celery

Clam-Stuffed Celery

 

1 (10 oz.) can minced clams, drained, liquid reserved

1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1 garlic clove, minced

1 T. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. minced onion

1/8 tsp. red (cayenne) pepper

3 T. snipped dill, or tsp. dried dill weed

6 celery stalks, cut in half crosswise

 

Place all ingredients except dill and celery in a blender or a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process until smooth. Add clam liquid if needed to thin; stir in the dill. Stuff celery stalks with cheese mixture.

Makes about 1-1/4 cups filling.

 

Makes: 12 Stuffed Celery Stalks

Calories: 63

Fat: 3 g

Wildflower Violet Popcorn

Wildflower Violet Popcorn

Wildflower Violet Popcorn

1 C. Popcorn in 1/4 C. increments

1/4 C. Butter

1/4 C. Coconut Oil

Sea Salt

Fresh edible flowers OR sugared violets or other sugared flowers

 

Gather fresh, edible flowers.  Be sure you know what you’re foraging – some wild blooms are NOT edible.  You may also use sugared violets or other sugared flowers in your violet popcorn. If using fresh flowers, gently shake off any dust or debris.  If you must rinse them, place them in a salad spinner to get them as dry as possible.  Place them on a towel or dehydrator rack to dry completely.  You may also place your blooms in the refrigerator for a bit, if you can’t use them right away.  Work quickly, though – blooms like violets will begin to curl up and fade rather quickly. Using an air popper, pop up fresh popcorn in 1/4 C. increments. OR, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your air popper.  As the popper is popping, slowly melt the butter and coconut oil on the stove top. Once the popcorn is popped, add melted fats a few T. at a time to the popcorn bowl as you sprinkle with sea salt and stir gently. Repeat this process, adding fat, salt and stirring until all the melted fats are gone. Allow to cool completely. Gently toss in fresh edible flowers or sugared violets.

 

Calendula

Cornflowers

Cosmos

Dianthus

Field Daisies

Johnny jumps-ups (violas)

Pansies

Pineapple Sage Blossoms

Red Bud blossoms

Rose Petals

Sweet William

Violets.

Instant Pot Popcorn

Instant Pot Popcorn

Instant Pot Popcorn

 

2 T. butter

3 T. coconut oil

1/2 C. popcorn kernels

Salt

 

Set Instant Pot to sauté, more (or high) setting.  Add coconut oil and butter and allow to melt completely and start to sizzle. (Important Step!) Add popcorn kernels and stir so all kernels are coated with oil.  Place glass lid on top and hold, popcorn will begin popping in about 2-3 minutes, turn off when 2/3 of kernels have popped and they will continue to pop but not burn. Carefully remove lid. Pour out of pot when done so they don’t continue to cook. Salt and you’re done!

Roasted Grape + Ricotta + Thyme Toast

Roasted Grape + Ricotta + Thyme Toast

Roasted Grape + Ricotta + Thyme Toast

4 slices good bread

1 C. red grapes

4-5 sprigs fresh thyme

1/4 C. ricotta

Honey, optional

Olive oil to drizzle

 

Preheat your oven to 400 ÌŠF. Cut your grapes in half and set aside. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and arrange your bread on top. Spread each slice with 1 tsp. ricotta. Evenly distribute the sliced grapes across the toasts, then drizzle each with a bit of olive oil. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the grapes begin to blister and the edges of your toasts are golden. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle with your sprigs of fresh thyme, and if you’d like some extra sweetness, drizzle with honey. TIP: I like to buy large batches of grapes and freeze them if I can’t eat them all before they go bad. Frozen grapes work perfectly fine on this toast – just add a few minutes to the cooking time!

Witches Hat Not-Nachos

Witches Hat Not-Nachos

Witches Hat Not-Nachos

8 oz cream cheese softened

1 T. taco spice if you like it spicy add some cayenne

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

couple drops orange food coloring red & yellow or brown

2 T. sliced green olives

2-3 T. fresh cilantro chopped

1-2 T. carrot diced small

1 bag blue tortilla chips

1 resealable plastic storage bag

 

In a small bowl mix together cream cheese, taco seasoning, lemon juice & a couple drops of food coloring. Stir well until all ingredients are well combined. Spoon into plastic storage bag, squishing out air and sealing. Lay out your chips on a serving platter/dish. Remove any broken pieces. Cut off a tiny corner of the storage bag. Squeeze to drizzle cream cheese on each chip giving them a unique design replicating the band on hat. Sprinkle on green olives, carrots & cilantro.

Instead of carrots you could use bell peppers and if you do not like the taste of cilantro, substitute in flat leaf parsley for the cilantro.

Try fresh herbs like basil, dill, mint or parsley mixed with cream cheese, omitting the taco seasoning for a slimy green look.

Make cream cheese the day before, store in refrigerator, remove a couple hours before serving to soften up before piping your hats.

Witches Hat Snacks

Witches Hat Snacks

Witches Hat Snacks

1/8 tsp. Chipotle chile, powder

2 T. Cilantro, fresh

2 T. Red bell peppers, roasted

2 T. Ripe olives

5 C. Tortilla chips, blue

 

Turn crispy triangles into a witch’s topper with a squeeze of chipotle cream cheese and sweet pepper confetti.

“Salted Caramel” Haloumi Cheese and Apple

“Salted Caramel” Haloumi Cheese and Apple

“Salted Caramel” Haloumi Cheese and Apple

1/4 x 1/4-in.-thick slices haloumi

1 green apple, cored and cut into 1/4-in. wedges

pinch of salt

sprinkle of ground cinnamon (optional)

Place the haloumi and apple slices in a hot non-stick frying pan. Jiggle the pan a little so the fat from the haloumi coats the apple. Cook on both sides for 1-2 minutes, until both the apple and haloumi are a lovely caramel color. Sprinkle with salt and cinnamon (if using) and serve.

Chia and Quinoa Parfait

Chia and Quinoa Parfait

Chia and Quinoa Parfait

 

1/2 C. cooked quinoa

3 T. chia seeds

1 T. flaxseeds (linseeds)

1 2/3 Milk, almond milk or coconut milk

2 tsp. of raw cacao powder

1/2 C. full-fat unsweetened thick Greek-style yoghurt

1/2 C. no sugar added fruit coulis, Berry Grown-Up Sauce, or chopped frozen berries

Handful of frozen berries

 

Mix the quinoa, chia seeds, flaxseeds, milk and cacao powder well, then put in the fridge for 1-2 hours. To serve, layer with the yoghurt and coulis in a pretty glass and whack the berries on top.

Dandelion Greens and Goat Cheese Empanadas

Dandelion Greens and Goat Cheese Empanadas

Dandelion Greens and Goat Cheese Empanadas

1 C. whole-wheat flour

1 1/4 C. all-purpose flour

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 C. (1 stick) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 tsp. cider vinegar

1 egg, separated

Ice water

3 large bunches dandelion greens, rinsed

11/2 C. (about 1 onion) finely chopped onion

1 C. (about 1 leek) finely sliced leek

1/4 C. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp. cayenne

11 oz. goat cheese

1/2 C. grated Pecorino Romano

Coarse sea salt

 

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, 1 tsp. salt and one-half tsp. black pepper to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is reduced to pea-sized pieces. In a measuring C., whisk together the vinegar and egg yolk (reserving the egg white) and add enough ice-cold water to bring the volume to one-half C.. Add the liquid to the processor in a steady stream while pulsing. Continue to pulse just until the mixture looks crumbly and damp, and the dough just adheres when pressed together. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press into a disk. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the dandelion greens, in batches, for about 1 minute to bring out the color and soften slightly. Run the greens under cold water and chop coarsely. Squeeze the chopped greens in a towel to remove as much liquid as possible and set aside. In a large sauté pan, cook the onions and leeks in the olive oil over medium heat until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook until the garlic is aromatic, about 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 tsp. salt, the pepper flakes, one-fourth tsp. black pepper and the cayenne. Remove from heat and cool. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses, dandelion greens and onion mixture. Divide the chilled empanada dough into 8 disk-shaped portions. On a floured work surface, roll out each portion of dough into an approximately 7-inch circle. Place one-third C. of the filling in the lower middle section of the circle. Whisk the reserved egg white in a small bowl and use it to brush the outer edges of the lower half of the dough. Fold the dough in half over the filling, pressing the edges and making sure there are no air pockets. Trim any rough or uneven parts and either crimp the edges with your fingers or use a fork to seal the edges. Place the empanadas on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the empanadas with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.

Roasted Radishes with Burrata & Arugula Pesto

Roasted Radishes with Burrata & Arugula Pesto

Roasted Radishes with Burrata & Arugula Pesto

1 bunch of radishes, trimmed and quartered

1 T. of olive oil

Salt

Pepper

 

2 C. fresh arugula leaves

1/2 C. Italian parsley leaves

1/2 C. walnuts

6 T. olive oil

1 tsp. lemon zest

2 T. lemon juice, from about 1/2 large lemon

2 T. minced shallot, from about 1/2 shallot

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

 

1 ball of fresh burrata (about 3 ounces) cheese (if you can’t find burrata, fresh mozzarella would also be delicious) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small baking dish or baking sheet, add the radishes. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss together until evenly coated. Transfer to the oven to roast for 20 minutes, until slightly softened and until some of the edges have turned light golden brown. (We still want them to have a bite so no roasting for too long!)

 

Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, add the arugula, parsley, walnuts, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot and salt. Pulse until very smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Give it a taste and adjust the salt. I added a few pinches more of salt.

 

Slice a ball of burrata down the center and open it up like hoagie roll (this was the best analogy I could think of, sorry!) and place it in the center of a shallow set bowl or plate. Spoon the roasted radishes atop the cheese. OR, psychotically arrange them neatly like I did. Top with dollops of pesto and add a few pinches of salt and freshly ground pepper.

Prosciutto Rolls with Arugula, Fennel and Mint

Prosciutto Rolls with Arugula, Fennel and Mint

Prosciutto Rolls with Arugula, Fennel and Mint

8 slices prosciutto

Extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

Finely grated zest from one lemon

2 C. (packed) arugula leaves

2 medium fennel bulbs, cores and fronds removed, bulb. halved lengthwise, each half thinly sliced lengthwise

4 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler

16 medium-large mint leaves

 

For a smaller roll, halve the prosciutto slices lengthwise, so you will have 16 strips, each about 1 inch wide. Place one strip of prosciutto on a work surface, with a short end closest to you. Lightly brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with black pepper and a pinch of lemon zest. Lay 4 to 6 arugula leaves, horizontally, at the base. Place a few shards of fennel and Parmesan over the arugula. Top with a mint leaf. Roll up from the base, wrapping the prosciutto tightly around the vegetables, and continue to roll, placing 1 or 2 additional arugula leaves in the fold as you roll up. Place the roll seam side down on a platter. Repeat with remaining ingredients. The rolls may be prepared up to four hours in advance. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let them stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Before serving, lightly spritz with olive oil or lemon juice, if desired. Ingredient variations: Baby spinach, sweet pepper, goat cheese, melon, mozzarella, figs, brie, rosemary, shredded radicchio, pear, manchego cheese, parsley

Citrus Salad with Lemongrass Syrup

Citrus Salad with Lemongrass Syrup

Citrus Salad with Lemongrass Syrup

1/2 pink or red grapefruit per person, segmented, juice reserved

1/2 oroblanco per person, segmented, juice reserved

1/2 navel orange per person, segmented, juice reserved

1/2 C. honey

2 stalks lemongrass, white part only, cut into 2-inch pieces and bruised

1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped

Zest of 1 lime

Mint leaves for garnish

 

Combine the citrus segments in a bowl. Cover and chill. In a small saucepan, mix 1/2 C. reserved citrus juice (top off with water if necessary) with honey, lemongrass, and vanilla pod and seeds. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Strain. Divide citrus segments among serving dishes. Drizzle with syrup and garnish with lime zest and mint.

Roasted Garlic Chickpeas

Roasted Garlic Chickpeas

Roasted Garlic Chickpeas

1 – 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup fresh parsley [chopped]

1/2 T. olive oil

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. fresh black pepper

 

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Preheat the oven to 415°. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Pat them dry with a paper towel. They should be slightly damp – not sopping wet. In a large bowl or Ziplock bag, combine parsley, oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Add the chickpeas and mix until well-combined. Empty the chickpeas onto the baking sheet and spread them out. Try to situate the chickpeas mostly together in the center of the pan. Outliers tend to burn. Bake for 25 minutes, tossing every 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and cool. Then enjoy! Notes: If you want to save them for later snacking, keep them fresh by storing them in a glass jar. No need to refrigerate!

Hurricane Popcorn

Hurricane Popcorn

Hurricane Popcorn

 

6 T. salted butter

8 to 9 C. freshly popped popcorn (about 1/2 C. unpopped kernels)

1/4 C. nori komi furikake (see this page)

1 C. mochi crunch or Japanese rice crackers (arare)

 

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the butter until it becomes foamy, then turn the heat to medium-low and let it simmer and bubble for 2 to 3 minutes, until the bubbling stops. At this point, you should see lightly browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Drizzle the butter, being careful to avoid pouring out the browned bits, over the popped popcorn. Sprinkle with the furikake and toss with the arare. Hurricane Popcorn is best eaten the same day

Moroccan Tomato Toast

Moroccan Tomato Toast

Moroccan Tomato Toast

1 cup (140 g) finely chopped red onion

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp fresh coriander seeds

4 slices thick-cut sourdough bread

Butter, for the bread

2 cups (280 g) chopped in-season tomatoes

3 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Fresh flowering or young herbs, such as cilantro, chopped

Light honey, such as wildflower, for drizzling

 

Soak the onion in a bowl of ice water to take out the bite, 5 to 10 minutes.  Toast the cumin and coriander in a dry skillet over high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Smash slightly on a cutting board with the bottom of your (cooled) skillet, or with the back of your knife.  Toast the bread. Spread the toast with a thin schmear of butter or drizzle of oil. Drain the onion well. Toss the cumin and coriander, onion, tomatoes, oil, and salt together in a bowl.  Stir in herbs.  Spoon over toast and drizzle very lightly with a bit of honey.

Bacon, Fig Jam, & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bacon, Fig Jam, & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bacon, Fig Jam, & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bruschetta Bread (Olive oil toasted artisan bread)

4 oz. fig jam

6 oz. plain goat cheese

4 slices of cooked bacon crumbled

2 T. fresh basil finely chopped

 

Spread goat cheese on each slice of Bread. Spread fig jam over the goat cheese. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the fig jam. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve at room temperature.

Crudités with Garlic and Anchovy Dressing

Crudités with Garlic and Anchovy Dressing

Crudités with Garlic and Anchovy Dressing

This punchy anchovy-based dressing – similar to the Italian classic bagna cauda – is a year-round favorite of mine and easy to whip up from the sort of ingredients you’re likely to have in your pantry and fridge. It’s a superb accompaniment to all kinds of vegetables – raw or cooked. I love it as a dip for crunchy summer crudités, but I also serve it as a dressing for steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. It will keep happily in a jar in the fridge for at least a couple of weeks. It will probably separate but can be re- emulsified by shaking or whisking.

 

For the dressing:

2 anchovy fillets, drained

2/3 C. olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled

Leaves from a sprig of thyme

A few fresh basil leaves (optional)

1/2 small red chile, or a pinch of red pepper flakes

1 tsp. Dijon or English mustard

2 tsp. cider vinegar or wine vinegar

A few grindings of black pepper

 

A selection of raw baby vegetables, such as carrots, zucchini, beets, lettuce hearts, radishes, fresh young peas in pods, and tender celery stalks

 

For the dressing, simply blend all the ingredients together in a blender until completely smooth. Or, if you are using fresh chile, you might prefer to chop it very finely by hand, then stir it into the blended dressing to give it a little texture. Let the dressing stand for half an hour or so, to allow the flavors to mingle and develop, then transfer to a bowl. Prepare the crudités: Halve or quarter lengthwise the lettuce hearts and larger baby vegetables, such as zucchini and carrots. Leave the smaller ones, such as pea pods and radishes, whole. Arrange them on a platter and serve with the dressing.

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Crudités

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Crudités

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with Crudités

 

1 (15.5 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

2 T. tahini

1/4 tsp. chile flakes

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Kosher salt

1/2 C. extra-virgin olive oil

Crudités, for serving

 

Pulse the black-eyed peas in a food processor until finely ground. Add 3 T. water and pulse until very smooth. If needed, add another T. water to get the beans to a very smooth consistency. Add the tahini, chile flakes, vinegar, and V2 tsp. salt and process until incorporated. With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream through the feed tube. Season to taste with salt. Serve with crudites.

Pepper with Jeweled Feta

Pepper with Jeweled Feta

Pepper with Jeweled Feta

 

1 red bell pepper

Olive oil

1 ounce feta, diced

1 T. chopped mint

1 T. chopped cilantro

1 scallion, finely chopped

1 T. chopped pistachios

4 cherry tomatoes, halved

2-inch piece cucumber, diced

Seeds from 1 pomegranate

Juice of 1/2 lemon

 

Preheat the broiler. Halve the bell pepper and remove the seeds. Brush the skin with the oil and place skin side up on a baking tray. Broil the pepper for 5 minutes. Combine all the other ingredients in a bowl.

Remove the bell pepper halves from the broiler and stuff with the feta mixture.

 

Yield: 1 serving

Calories:  220

Watermelon Fries with Coconut Lime Dip

Watermelon Fries with Coconut Lime Dip

Watermelon Fries with Coconut Lime Dip

1 watermelon rind removed and cut into long fry-like shapes

2 tsp. Tajin Classic Seasoning

1 C. coconut yogurt

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1 T. coconut sugar or to taste

 

In a bowl, combine yogurt, lime juice and zest and coconut sugar. Set aside. On a plate, scatter watermelon fries and sprinkle Tajin classic seasoning. Serve with dip and enjoy!

Soft Pretzel Twists

Soft Pretzel Twists

Soft Pretzel Twists

Pretzel Dough:

1½ C. warm water

1 T. sugar

2 tsp. sea salt

2¼ tsp. instant yeast

4½ C. flour

¼ C. (1/2 a stick) butter, melted

8 C. water

½ C. baking soda

1 egg, lightly beaten

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Garlic Parmesan:

5 cloves garlic, crushed

3 T. butter, melted

3 T. grated Parmesan cheese

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Cinnamon Sugar:

1 T. cinnamon mixed with 4 T. sugar

3 T. butter, melted

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Everything:

4 tsp. poppy seeds.

4 tsp. sesame seeds.

4 tsp. dried garlic

4 tsp. dried onion

1 tsp. sea salt

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Sea Salt & Rosemary:

3 T. fresh rosemary

3 T. sea salt

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Pepperoni Pizza:

Mini pepperoni, sliced thin

Mozzarella cheese, sliced thin

 

Preheat oven to 200°F. To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together warm water, sugar, salt and yeast; let sit for 5 minutes until frothy. Add the flour and butter and mix on low speed until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, approximately 5 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with aluminum foil, and place in the oven. TURN OVEN OFF. Let the dough rise in the warm oven for about 1 hour until it has doubled in size. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 16-inch rope, fold it in half, twist end over end, and shape into a circle, pinching the ends together. Preheat the oven to 425°. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Bring 8 C. of water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot. Using a flat spatula, drop the pretzel twists into the boiling water and boil for 45 seconds. Depending on the size of your pot you may need to boil one at a time. Remove twists from the water and brush lightly with the beaten egg. Proceed with your topping of choice.

 

Garlic Parmesan topping: Spread the garlic over the tops of the pretzels, then sprinkle lightly with Parmesan. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden and puffed. Remove from oven and brush a bit of melted butter over the tops, then sprinkle with more Parmesan. Serve warm.

 

Cinnamon Sugar topping: Bake pretzels for 12-14 minutes, until golden and puffed. Remove from oven and brush lightly with melted butter, then generously cover with cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm.

 

Everything topping: Mix the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion, and salt, then sprinkle over top of the pretzels. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until browned. Serve warm.

 

Sea Salt & Rosemary topping: Sprinkle rosemary and sea salt over the pretzels. Bake 12-14 minutes, until golden and puffed. Serve warm.

 

Pepperoni Pizza topping: Place the pepperoni and mozzarella slices on the pretzel tops, making sure to get some in all the cervices. Bake 12-14 minutes, until golden and puffed. Serve warm.

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese

 

1 1/2 C. blackberries

1/2 C. blueberries

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 T. sugar

3 T.s water

1 – 2 tsp. cornstarch, sifted (for thickness to your taste)

8 oz challah bread, sliced (or your bread of choice!)

4 oz goat cheese

fresh mint to garnish

 

In a medium-sized saucepan combine the blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, sugar, and water (covered) over a medium low flame. Once simmering and the fruit begins to burst (about 5 minutes) gently mash with a fork or potato masher, then whisk in the cornstarch until well incorporated. Cover once more and simmer over a low flame until needed. Meanwhile, toast the challah bread as desired — I recommend extra crispy. When ready, smear each slice of challah bread with a thick layer of goat cheese, then spoon over with the smashed blackberries. Garnish with mint, then eat!

Low Carb Ham, Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups

Low Carb Ham, Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups

Low Carb Ham, Egg & Cheese Roll-Ups

10 eggs

2 tsp. garlic powder

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 T. butter

1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar

1 c. baby spinach

1 c. chopped tomatoes

20 slices ham

 

Heat broiler. In a large bowl, crack eggs. Whisk together with garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add eggs and scramble, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in cheddar until melted, then stir in baby spinach and tomatoes until combined. On a cutting board, place two slices of ham. Top with a big spoonful of scrambled eggs and roll up. Repeat with remaining ham and scrambled eggs. Place roll-ups in a shallow baking dish and broil until ham is crispy, 5 minutes.

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

5 sliced Fuji Apples

4 C. water

1 sliced lemon

1 C. all purpose flour

1/2 C. sugar

1/4 -1/2 C. coconut oil

1/2 C. sugar

1/2 T. cinnamon

1/2 can dulce de leche

6 oz cream cheese

1/4 – 1/2 C. chopped pecans

1/4 – 1/2 C. cool whip

 

Pour your water into a large bowl and add sliced lemon.  Slice your apples using an apple slicer or knife. Immediately put apple slices in water with lemon.  Once all apples are sliced and in the water lemon mixture, remove from bowl and place on a paper towel lined plate.  In a separate bowl, mix 1 C. of flour and 1/2 C. of sugar with a whisk. Add sliced apples and flour sugar mixture to a gallon size Ziplock bag. Shake well.  In a skillet over medium heat melt coconut oil.  Add apple slices to skillet and let cook on one side until lightly browned. Turn over and let cook until other side is lightly browned.  Remove apples to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.  In a separate bowl add 1/2 C. sugar and 1/2 T. cinnamon. Whisk together.  Lightly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples.  In a medium mixing bowl combine softened cream cheese and dulce de leche. Microwave for 25 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well until no lumps remain.  Mix in cool whip and pecans. Sprinkle chopped pecans on the top of the dip and serve with apples.

Salami Chips with Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

Salami Chips with Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

Salami Chips with Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

 

1 whole head of garlic

1 tsp. olive oil

1 14-oz. can Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

3 T. olive oil

1 T. fresh lemon juice

2-3 T. warm water

For the salami meat chips:

4 oz. very thinly sliced salami

 

First, preheat the oven to 375. Slice the top off of the head of garlic and place it in a small baking dish. Pour the olive oil on top and let it soak in while the oven preheats. Roast the garlic for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on. Meanwhile, make the bean dip: squeeze the cloves from the garlic bulb into the bowl of a food processor. Add all remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Use extra warm water to thin it out, if desired. To make the salami chips, lay out the slices of salami on a large baking sheet. It’s fine if they slightly overlap because they will shrink as they cook. Bake at 375 for 9-12 minutes, until the edges start to slightly brown and curl. They will further crisp as they cool. The salami chips stay crispy for up to 2 days.

Olive, Bacon and Cheese Bread

Olive, Bacon and Cheese Bread

Olive, Bacon and Cheese Bread

 

5 fl oz white wine

3 1/3 fl oz olive oil

4 eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

2 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. of baking powder (about 5g)

5 ounces grated swiss cheese or cheddar

1 large onion

3 1/2 ounces bacon

7 ounces cooked ham

3 1/2 ounces black olives

3 1/2 ounces green olives

2 T. chopped parsley

 

In a large bowl, whisk together the wine, oil, eggs and salt. Separately, mix the flour and baking powder, sift and stir into the liquid preparation. Chop the onion finely and melt in a skillet with a bit of olive oil (or butter). Add the bacon to onions and cook for a few minutes then keep aside. Take care of draining the mixture to avoid a soggy dough. Slice the olives and parsley and cut the ham. Add all ingredients and grated cheese to the basic preparation and mix. Pour into a buttered loaf pan, 9 by 5 inches. Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 360°F (180°C).

Cauliflower Bites with Cheddar Cheese Dipping Sauce

Cauliflower Bites with Cheddar Cheese Dipping Sauce

Cauliflower Bites with Cheddar Cheese Dipping Sauce

1 head of cauliflower, cut into 2-3” florets

2 eggs, beaten

1 C. breadcrumbs

2 T. Italian seasoning

¼ C. grated Parmesan cheese

2 T. butter

2 T. flour

1 C. milk

½ C. chicken stock

2 C. sharp, white cheddar cheese

¼ C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

After chopping the cauliflower, par-boil it in a medium saucepan for five minutes. Drain and cool so you can handle them. While cooling, gather two separate bowls. In one, crack the eggs and beat. In the other one combine the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a large pan and heat to medium high. Drop the cauliflower in the egg first, then the breadcrumb mixture and right into the hot oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned. Then, set aside a covered plate lined with paper towels to drain the cauliflower and absorb any extra oil. Keep warm, working in batches. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, and whisk in the flour until making a quick roux. Then, add the milk, stock and handfuls of cheddar cheese until fully melted and combined. Serve the bites with the cheese sauce for dipping or drizzled over the top.