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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.

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 ̊F. 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.

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

4 to 6 servings of your favorite prepared mac and cheese

3/4 C. shredded cheese

spray oil

Waffle iron

Heat waffle iron on high setting. Spray iron with oil. Fill iron with mac and cheese, topping with additional shredded cheese. Close iron and cook for about 5 minutes. (I did not force mine to close all the way.) You want the mac and cheese to be just to the point of being brown and crispy- but not over cooked, since the mac and cheese could dry out. (The extra cheese helps with this.) After cooking allow waffle to cool just a bit and carefully loose the edges of the waffle. The waffle should pop right out!

Pasteis de Bacalao (Brazilian Salted Codfish Savories)

Pasteis de Bacalao (Brazilian Salted Codfish Savories)

Pasteis de Bacalao (Brazilian Salted Codfish Savories)

A popular Street food in Brazil, pasteis have a pleasant texture as the Caçhaca bubbles when fried.  Hearts of Palm can be substituted for the codfish to make pasteis de palmito.

2 lb. Dried Codfish

Water, as needed

2 T. finely minced Parsley

2 T. Olive Oil

Salt, Pepper, to taste

2 C. Flour

½ T. Salt

2 tsp. Sugar

2 T. Caçhaca

½ C. Water

Oil for Frying

Reconstitute the dried codfish in water for 12 hours, changing the water once. 2. Cover the codfish with water in a large Dutch oven and bring the water to a boil, then cook the codfish for one minute. Remove from the heat and cool. 3. Shred the codfish, removing any bones, and place in a large non-reactive bowl. Toss with olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper. 4. For the pasteis dough: sift the flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the middle. Add salt, sugar, and cachaça to the well and stir with a fork to work the ingredients into the dough, slowly adding water. Knead the dough until smooth and pliable and rest for 15 minutes. 5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut out rectangles, 4 inches wide by 6 inches long. 6. Divide the filling into 8 equal portions and arrange on one side of the dough. Wet the edges with water, fold the dough and press down with a fork to seal. Place the pasties on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap until ready to fry. 7. Heat the oil in a fryer or in a large, shallow pot to 350°F and fry the pasteis until light brown and crispy on all sides. e 8. Serve immediately.

Salted Olive Crisps (Croquets Sales Aux Olives)

Salted Olive Crisps (Croquets Sales Aux Olives)

Merry Christmas!

 

Salted Olive Crisps (Croquets Sales Aux Olives)

½ C. all-purpose flour

½ C. whole wheat flour

1 tsp. granulated sugar

½ tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. black pepper

1 C. buttermilk

⅓ C. almonds, coarsely chopped

⅓ C. pitted olives, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil a 9-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Whisk flours, sugar, thyme, sea salt, baking soda, and black pepper in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk. Fold in almonds and olives. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Decrease oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice loaf into ¼ inch thick slices or thinner, if possible. Lay the slices in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for another 30 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until both sides are golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.

Savory Mortadella, Garlic, and Caper Puff-Pastry Waffle

Savory Mortadella, Garlic, and Caper Puff-Pastry Waffle

WIW: Savory Mortadella, Garlic, and Caper Puff-Pastry Waffle

Follow the recipe for WIW: Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles , rolling puff pastry to a 16” square, topping it with mortadella, garlic and capers, then rolling it up and twisting into a spiral.

¼ C. EVOO

1/4 C. loosely packed parsley leaves and tender stems (about 4 sprigs)

5 medium garlic cloves

1 T. capers

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 lb. thinly sliced mortadella or bologna

All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 (1/2-lb.) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

 

Preheat a Belgian waffle iron according to manufacturer directions. Combine olive oil, parsley, garlic, and capers and, using a mini food processor or an immersion blender, process into a semi-smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly dust a work surface. Lay out puff pastry sheet, lightly flour top, and roll into an approximate 16- by 16-inch square. Spread garlic sauce on puff pastry, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Layer mortadella on top, leaving a 1-inch border on all edges. Roll puff pastry sheet away from you like a jelly roll. When completely rolled, pinch seam to seal. Pinch ends of puff pastry to seal, then coil into a disk-shaped spiral. Place spiral in center of preheated waffle iron. Cook until puff pastry is deep golden brown on all surfaces and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190 to 200°F, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into wedges, and serve immediately.

 

WIW: Pizza Margherita with Waffled Crust

WIW: Pizza Margherita with Waffled Crust

WIW: Pizza Margherita with Waffled Crust

4 C. bread flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp. instant yeast
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 ½ C. lukewarm water
Neutral-flavored oil, such as canola, for coating the bowl
Nonstick cooking spray

 

3 C. marinara sauce
2 C. shredded mozzarella
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
1 large bunch basil, washed, dried, and finely chopped

 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the water and mix until the dough is shaggy and most of the water has been absorbed. Turn the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured counter and knead until it is just blended but not too smooth. Cover the dough with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Knead the dough until it is fairly smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Coat a bowl with the oil, add the dough to the bowl, and turn to coat. Let the dough rise in a warm place, covered with plastic wrap, for 2 ½ hours, or until nearly doubled in size. Dust your work surface with more flour. Punch down the dough, divide it into 6 pieces, place the pieces on your work surface, and form each into a smooth ball. Allow the pieces to rest for 5 minutes, covered by a cloth or plastic wrap. When you are ready to waffle, remove the wrap and shape each piece into a disk, pulling gradually on the dough to expand it. If it resists, let it rest for 5 minutes before continuing. Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Pull a disk of dough evenly until it’s as thin as possible, roughly circular, and about 8 inches in diameter (but no bigger than your waffle iron). If the dough tears, repair the tear by pushing the dough together and continuing to stretch other parts of the dough. Repeat with each dough disk. Preheat the broiler. Put a disk of dough in the waffle iron and cook about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the disk from the waffle iron and set it on a baking sheet. Repeat Step 8 with the remaining disks. Top each waffled crust with about 1/2 C. of sauce, 1/3 C. of cheese, and a handful of the tomatoes, if using, and place the baking sheet under the broiler for about 2 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove the pizzas from the broiler, sprinkle with basil, and serve warm.

WIW: Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops & Mango Cilantro Dip

WIW: Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops & Mango Cilantro Dip

WIW: Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops & Mango Cilantro Dip

3/4 C. yellow corn meal

3/4 C. all-purpose flour

1 T. Caribbean seasoning divided

2 tsp. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 C. milk

1 egg

1 T. vegetable or canola oil

1 jalapeño seeds & ribs removed, finely chopped

1/3 C. red onion finely chopped

1 lb. large or jumbo precooked shrimp

Wooden skewers

 

3/4 C. plain yogurt

2 ripe mangos chopped

1 lime juiced & zested

1/4 C. fresh cilantro chopped

1 T. honey

 

Prepare waffle batter by mixing together dry ingredients corn meal, flour, 2 tsp. Caribbean seasoning, sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl mix together wet ingredients milk, egg, and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Mixture should be fairly thick, but add a little more milk if needed. Mix in jalapeño and onion. Lightly brush waffle iron with oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray if desired. Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer directions. Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp. of Caribbean seasoning onto shrimp. Place a wooden skewer in each shrimp. Dip in waffle batter, then place in waffle iron in batches. Cook about 2-3 minutes or until waffles are golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Meanwhile, place yogurt, mangos, lime juice and zest, cilantro, and honey in food processor and process until smooth. Recipe Notes: waffle batter should be fairly thick, but add milk as desired so that you can dip shrimp. You don’t want the batter too thin, or it won’t stick to the shrimp. If you don’t have a food processor for the dip, you can chop the ingredients and mix together or mash with a fork or use a blender. You can use any kind of Caribbean or Jerk seasoning. You may need to adjust the amount of seasoning based on the spiciness. You can substitute bell pepper for the jalapeño for a more mild flavor.

 

Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Salt & Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Preheat oven to 200°F.  Combine zucchini, vinegar, and oil in a medium bowl, tossing to coat well. Let stand 10 minutes. Place zucchini slices in a single layer on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper; sprinkle evenly with salt. Bake at 200°F for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until chips are dried, crisp, and lightly golden, flipping chips halfway through baking. Remove from oven; cool completely.

WIW: Crispy Sesame Waffled Kale

WIW: Crispy Sesame Waffled Kale

WIW: Crispy Sesame Waffled Kale

1 bunch kale, washed and thoroughly dried, thick stems removed
2 tsp. sesame oil blend or neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or grapeseed, mixed with a few drops pure sesame oil
Kosher salt, to taste

 

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. In a large bowl, toss the kale with the oil to coat. Place as much of the kale as will fit in the waffle iron, covering the grid. Some overlap is fine, so don’t worry too much about placing it in a single layer. The kale will cook down considerably, so it need not all lie flat; the pressure of the waffle iron lid will see to that. Close the waffle iron lid for 30 seconds, then open and redistribute the kale for a more even layer. Close the lid again. After 8 minutes, check on the kale. Some pieces may finish before others. Remove those pieces and place them on a plate. It may take up to 15 minutes for the kale to become crispy and chiplike. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the remaining kale. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

 

Variations: Use a neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or grapeseed, in Step 2 and sprinkle the finished kale with any of the following:

 

Seasoning salt

Cumin

Smoked paprika

Lemon pepper

Chili powder with a squeeze of lime

Sesame seeds

Green Curry Crisp Tofu

Green Curry Crisp Tofu

Green Curry Crisp Tofu

 

14 oz. Firm Tofu

3 T. finely minced Green Onion, White and Pale Green Parts

1 tsp. Thai Green Curry Paste

½ tsp. Soy Sauce

2 T. Olive Oil

 

Drain the tofu and pat dry with paper towels.  Cut the brick lengthwise into thirds, then cut each third crosswise into 6 even pieces, for 18 pieces total; they should be cubes about 1 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick. Use the tip of a small knife to cut a pocket in one long side of each piece of tofu, being careful not to cut through either of the other 3 sides. In a small dish, stir together the green onion, curry paste, and soy sauce. Use a small spoon (such as a demitasse spoon) or the tip of a small knife to spread about 1/2 tsp. of the curry mixture in the ouch of each tofu piece. Pinch the piece of tofu from the sides to help open the pocket a bit, to make filling it easier.   Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the tofu pieces and cook until browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the pieces and brown well on the other side, 3 to 4 minutes longer. (You may find that a bit of extra oil is needed to help the second side crisp up well.) Transfer the tofu to a platter or plate and serve warm, with a small dish of soy sauce alongside for dipping. The tofu will be best served right away.

Spicy Baked Chickpeas

Spicy Baked Chickpeas

Spicy Baked Chickpeas

2 cans, or 3 C., chickpeas
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried onion
1 dash paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 ° F. Drain and rinse chickpeas in colander. Rub dry on paper towels, removing skins from chickpeas. In a medium-sized bowl, stir chickpeas and remaining ingredients until well blended. Place chickpeas on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and then bake for an additional 10-20 minutes.

 

Yield: 12 servings

Calories: 203

Fat: 5.4g

Fiber:8.8g

WIW: Waffle Iron Cinnamon Apples

WIW: Waffle Iron Cinnamon Apples

WIW: Waffle Iron Cinnamon Apples

 

2 Apples

Coconut sugar or brown sugar

Cinnamon

Greek Yogurt

Berries

Heat the waffle iron and grease lightly with some spray oil. Cut the apple into 1/2 cm slices and sprinkle each slice with a little sugar and cinnamon. Place the apple slices in the waffle iron for approximately 2 minutes. Serve immediately with greek yogurt and berries.

Double Baked Root Vegetable Chips

Double Baked Root Vegetable Chips

Double Baked Root Vegetable Chips

Nonstick Cooking Spray

2 Sweet Potatoes, Purple Beets or Golden Beets, peeled (or a combination)

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.   Use a mandoline to slice vegetables 1/16 inch thick. If using beets, place slices between layers of paper towels and press firmly to remove excess liquid. Arrange slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheets. Spray tops of vegetables with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake 10 minutes. Remove and let stand 5 minutes.

Return baking sheets to oven. Bake 4 to 8 minutes more; check for doneness every minute after 4 minutes. Chips are done when centers no longer look wet. Cool chips on paper towels 5 minutes to crisp. Store cooled chips in an airtight container up to 24 hours. If necessary, recrisp chips in a 325°F oven 3 to 4 minutes.