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Recipe of the Month
March 2017 Recipe of the Month
Chipotle, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito
I love the play of smoky chipotle with sweet potato — these are flavors that are meant to be together! If you aren’t a fan of the smoky heat from these chilis you can leave them out of the recipe and it will still taste yummy! Creamy, crunchy, smoky, sweet and DELICIOUS! This recipe is inspired by a chicken and rice burrito recipe I read awhile back in Food Network Magazine.
- 1 large Sweet Potato , about 1 pound
- 1 cup Salsa , plus extra for serving
- 2 tablespoons Chipotle in Adobo Sauce , pureed with sauce*
- 1 28 ounce can Black Bean , drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup Cilantro , chopped
- 4 10inch Flour Tortilla , or gluten free wrap
- 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese , shredded from about 5 ounces
- 1 cup Cabbage , shredded
- 1 tub Guacamole
- Poke the sweet potato all over with the tines of a fork. Microwave until tender. Scoop out the flesh and mash. Season with salt and pepper. If you prefer not to use a microwave, preheat oven to 400 and bake sweet potatoes until tender about 1 hour.
- While the sweet potato is cooking, heat a non-stick skillet and heat salsa and chipotle until sputtering. Stir in beans and cook until warmed and a little bit thickened. Stir in cilantro and taste — adjust seasonings.
- Heat tortillas according to package instructions. Smear 1/4 of the sweet potato across the bottom half of a tortilla. Spoon 1/4 of the bean mixture and the cabbage over along with 1/4 of the cheese. Roll up the burrito, tucking in the ends and serve with salsa and guacamole.
February 2017 Recipe of the Month
Vegan Valentine’s Beet Chocolate Lava Cake
Serves 6 Prep Time: 60 minutes
- 1 Beet
- 3/4 cup Almond Milk
- 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Raw Organic Cane Sugar
- 3 tablespoons Earth Balance Spread , melted
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Dutch-Process Cocoa Powder
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Flour
- 2/3 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips , divided use
- Vegan Ice Cream
- Preheat oven to 375˚. Generously spray 6 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray. Prick the beet all over with the tines of a fork. Place in a microwave safe bowl immersed in water and microwave until tender and easily pierced with a skewer. All microwaves vary in strength, and the age of the beet affects how long it will take until cooked. I used the baked potato button on my microwave, and had to do it 3x to get it tender, about 15 minutes. Just keep checking every few minutes.
- While beet is cooking, mix the almond milk with the vinegar and allow to stand at room temperature. When the beet is tender, peel and rough chop. Place beet in a food processor and chop fine.
- Either in a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer, beet the almond milk mixture into the beets. Add ingredients through the flour and beet until incorporated.
- In a microwave safe bowl, microwave 1/3 cup of chocolate chips at 30 second intervals until just melted. Beat the melted chips into the batter.
- Pour about 1/2 the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Place 1 tablespoon chips in the center of each cake, then top with remaining batter. Bake only until the top of each cake is no longer wet — ovens can vary, so keep a very close eye on these starting around 10 minutes. I pulled mine out at 14 minutes, and it was barely runny, so 12 minutes should be about right. (The blogger says she cooked her 17 minutes and it wasn’t runny, but was a fudgy tasty consistency)
- Run a knife along the sides of the cakes, and carefully turn out onto a cutting board. Place each cake on a plate, top with a scoop of ice cream (we used vanilla) and serve hot.
January 2017 Recipe of the Month
SoCal Pickled Veggies for Tacos
Our family has spent a lot of time searching out the best taco stands in San Diego on our year long sabbatical. Most of the really good ones have condiment bars that go way above and beyond a few salsas and some wedges of lime. One of my favorite finds on the condiment bar at lots of the taco shops is a spicy pickled onion and carrot topping that adds heat, sweet, sour and zip to everything from carnitas to carne asada or fish tacos. Here is a variation of this great topping. You want a mix of veggies totaling 1.5 pounds.
Servings: 12 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seed
- 1.5 cup White Wine Vinegar
- 1.5 cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 tablespoon Sea Salt
- generous 1/4 teaspoon Black Peppercorn , crushed
- 1 cup Onion , sliced
- 2 Jalapeño , cut in quarters, or hot pepper flakes to taste, optional
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 3/4 pounds Carrot , peeled and sliced on the bias
- 1 small Salad Turnip , peeled and cut in half, sliced in half moons
- 1 medium Beauty Heart Radish , peeled and cut in half, sliced in half moons
- Toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant.
- In a non-reactive pot, combine water, vinegar, oregano, salt and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt. Remove from heat and stir in onions, garlic, jalapeño and cumin seeds.
- Bring a separate pot of water to a boil, and season the water generously with salt. Boil the carrots until crisp tender, about 2-3 minutes. Drain the carrots, then stir into the vinegar mixture along with the remaining veggies. Allow the flavors to marry for at least 1 hour before serving. This will keep for a few months in your fridge, or use a hot bath canning method to put up the pickles longer.
December 2016 Recipe of the Month
Crisp Potato Latkes
The crisp perfection that is a latke requires serious reduction in the amount of liquid present in the potato. To achieve dry strands of potatoes, I salt the raw shreds, place them in cheesecloth, and squeeze the heck out of them. If I’m feeling ambitiously purist, I will catch the liquid in a bowl, and wait a bit for the water to separate from the natural potato starch, drain off the liquid and use the starch as a binder in the latkes. But I’m rarely that ambitious or pure. Flour, store bought potato starch and matzo meal all work equally well here. If you don’t have onions — use scallions or chives. Serve this with apple sauce or sour cream or both!
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes
- 1 pound Potato , shredded in food processor or on box grater
- 1/2 cup Onion , shredded in food processor or on box grater
- 3 tablespoons Flour or Matzoh Meal , use 1/2 amount of Potato Starch if desired
- 1 large Egg , lightly beaten
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- Take your shreds of potato, and sprinkle them with some salt. Lay them on a nice big piece of cheesecloth and give the salt 10 minutes or so to extract some moisture. Then wrap up the potatoes in the cheesecloth and wring, wring, wring as much moisture as you can get out of those strands. The drier, the crispier!
- Toss the potatoes with the onion, flour and egg. Season with a scant teaspoon of salt and a crack or two of black pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Warm the oil and melt the butter. When the butter ceases to foam place little scoops of potato mixture into the pan, being careful not to crowd and flatten them with a spatula. Cook until crisp and browned on one side, about 2-3 minutes. You’ll see the edges start to turn brown, and know they are ready to flip. Flip over and cook other side another 2 or so minutes. Remove from pan and drain on towels and continue cooking until all mixture is used up. These can be kept warm in a low oven, or made ahead of time, and reheated in a 350˚ oven for about 8 minutes.
November 2016 Recipe of the Month
Brussels Sprouts Braised in Apple Cider
The sweet tart vinegar and cider sauce plays well with the cabbag-y-ness of the sprouts in this dish.
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 18 minutes Total Time: 33 minutes
- 1 pound Brussels Sprout , trimmed, halved (about 1 stalks worth, removed from stalk)
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/2 Onion , chopped, about 1 cup
- 1 1/2 cup Apple Cider
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- Heat a heavy large skillet over high heat, and warm oil until shimmering. Sauté onions about 4 minutes, add sprouts, sauté 4 minutes.
- Add cinnamon and apple cider, bring to boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes, or until the sprouts are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Discard cinnamon stick. Remove veggies with slotted spooon. Boil to reduce liquid by half, add vinegar and reduce to glaze. Pour glaze over veggies and serve.
October 2016 Recipe of the Month
Beauty Heart Radish and Chive Tea Sandwiches with Sesame and Ginger
I love a good tea sandwich, whether or not we are having a tea. I think they make great party food, and a wonderful snack or lunch. This Asian-ified take on the classic radish tea sandwich is uber-beautiful with the colorful beauty heart radish. Depending on how large your radish is, you may have to manipulate your cut to make it fit on the baguette. Most average sized beauty hearts are the perfect size for the average baguette slice.
Servings: 16 Prep Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 Beauty Heart Radish , peeled (or 2 smaller)
- 8 tablespoons Butter , room temperature
- 6 tablespoons Chive , minced, divided use
- 2 tablespoon Black Sesame Seed , divided
- 2 teaspoon Ginger , minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
- 32 1/4 inch slices Baguette , about 1 baguette
- Fleur de Sel
- Peel your beauty heart radish. If you have a mandolin, set it to a very thin slice, and cut 32 paper thin slices of the radish, or using your sharpest chef’s knife, cut 32 slices.
- In a small bowl, combine butter, 1/2 the chives, 1/2 the sesame seeds and the ginger with the oil. Spread this mixture over the slices of baguette. Lay a slice of beauty heart on top (again, if the size isn’t right, be creative!) and sprinkle with remaining chives and sesame seeds. Just prior to serving, sprinkle a little touch of fleur de sel on top.
Adapted from Bon Apetit April 2008. Schar makes a good Gluten Free Baguette.
September 2016 Recipe of the Month
Summer Pasta with Tomato Water, Tomatoes and Garlic
It’s amazing how something so simple can be so mouthwatering and satisfying when you use fresh ingredients and let them shine.Tomatoes do double duty here–the juices from the tomato create the sauce and then more ripe tomatoes are folded in. Easy and elegant.
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes
- 6 Tomato , large dice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 12 ounces Spaghetti , choose gluten free, if desired
- 6 cloves Garlic
- 2 tablespoons Basil , optional, chiffonade
- 3 tablespoons Butter , cut into 3 chunks
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water then strain the pasta.
- While your water comes to a boil, season the tomatoes with the salt and toss them well in a mixing bowl. Cut the basil into ribbons or roughly chop it. Take a pinch of this basil, chop it finely, and add it to the tomatoes to season the “tomato water” that the salt will extract from the tomatoes. Allow moisture to be extracted for about 5 minutes.
- Smash the garlic with the flat side of a knife, and chop it. Place it into a sauté pan. Pour the tomatoes into a strainer or colander over the garlic so that the tomato water will stream into the pan below. Set the strainer with the tomatoes back into the bowl so they don’t drip on the counter, and bring the sauce to a simmer.
- Add the butter while swirling or stirring the sauce. Keep the sauce moving until all the butter is melted. Add the tomatoes, any more tomato water that has accumulated, and the cooked pasta and toss to coat the pasta evenly. If you’d like a little more sauce, add some of the pasta water until you achieve your desired consistency. Divide the pasta among four bowls and top with the remaining basil.
Recipe adapted from Michael Ruhlman.
August 2016 Recipe of the Month
Salade Niçoise with TunaFish
This classic French salad combines the flavors of the month of August — potatoes, beans, tomatoes, peppers with a lovely herbed vinaigrette and of course tuna, hard boiled eggs and olives. We use dained canned tuna here, but you may substitute grilled fresh tuna steaks for a splurge. My kids favorite part of this meal — I serve it as a “composed” salad — each individual item arranged on a platter (or many) so that everyone gets to take the items they most want.
- 4 Egg
- 12 ounces Yellow and Green Beans , trimmed and cut to 2 inch lengths
- 1 1/2 pound Red Potato , well scrubbed, diced into equal bite sized cubes
- 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Shallot , finely minced
- 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- 2 Anchovy , flat ones, mashed
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano , here use Turkish or Greek, not Mexican
- 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 12 ounces Tunafish, drained and flaked
- 2 Bell Pepper , cored, seeded and sliced bite-size
- 1 1/2 pounds Tomato , cored and sliced into wedges
- 6 ounces Lettuce
- 1 cup Niçoise Olive , pitted, if desired
- 1/4 cup Parsley , leaves only, roughly chopped
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
- Place the eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil, then take off heat, cover and allow eggs to sit until hard cooked, 7 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and place in refrigerator (or for a short time in the freezer) to cool. Cold eggs peel more easily. When you are ready to serve, peel and quarter the eggs.
- Simultaneously, heat a large pot of water with a steamer insert to a boil. Steam the beans for 4-5 minutes, until just tender. Remove from the steamer basket while keeping the water boiling, rinse the beans under cold water to stop them from cooking, and drain well. Next add potatoes to the steamer insert, cook until tender and easily pierced, about 15 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, shallot, mustard, mashed anchovies, dried oregano. Add the olive oil in a stream while whisking until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Arrange all the components of the salad on a large platter or several smaller ones: beans, potatoes, eggs, bell pepper, tomatoes, lettuce, tuna and olives. Sprinkle the parsley over, and, invite everyone to make a plate. Pass dressing to drizzle over each plate.
July 2016 Recipe of the Month
Braised Romano Beans
Broad, flat Romano Beans beg for a long slow braise the way my Italian Grandmother — “Nana Maniscalco” — used to do it. Serve this atop mascarpone corn kernel polenta for a real taste treat. Start the beans first, and while they braise you can get the polenta ready — delicious!Serves 4
- 1/4 pound Pancetta , diced (optional)
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Onion , diced
- 1 Bell Pepper , seeded and diced
- 3 cloves Garlic , slivered
- 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
- 1 pound Tomato , rough chopped
- 1 pound Romano Bean , snipped, cut into 1 inch lengths
- Salt and Pepper
- In a large skillet with a lid or a dutch oven, gently cook pancetta to render fat, and cook until crisp and brown, about 8 minutes. Or heat olive oil in skillet with a lid or a dutch oven. Add onion, peppers and garlic and sauté until wilted about 5 – 6 minutes. Pour white wine into pan and bubble for 2 minutes, until smell of alcohol cooks off. Add tomatoes and simmer until broken down to a sauce consistency, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and add Romano beans, stirring into the sauce. Cover and set heat to medium low, and braise until beans are silky tender, about 35-40 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if the sauce becomes dry. Adjust seasonings and serve on top of soft polenta.
June 2016 Recipe of the Month
Cheddar Scape Biscuits
A basic buttermilk biscuit becomes exquisitely aromatic with the additions of scapes and cheddar.
Servings: 6 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes
- Preheat oven to 400˚. Mix dry ingredients together. Cut butter into tablespoons and, with fingers, blend into dry ingredients until mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir in cheese and scapes.
- Stir 1/2 cup buttermilk into beaten egg and add mixture to flour mixture. Stir quickly, adding more buttermilk as necessary until dough forms a ball. Turn onto floured surface and knead briefly.
- Let dough rest for a minute, then roll out to 3/4′ thickness. Cut into 2′ rounds. Place biscuits on baking sheet, 1″ apart.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
April 2016 Recipe of the Month
Maple Glazed Grilled Sweet Potatoes
A dear friend has a tree farm in the Nicolet National Forest, and every year, usually in March, sometimes in early April, we head up to the North woods to gather sap and and boil maple syrup with him. Our friend has built a pretty little wood-fire-powered sugar shack, where we will while away the hours talking, laughing, chopping wood, and keeping an eye on the boil. My job is always to invent new ways to cook with the syrup. This dish is one of the simpler tastier surprises invented while sugaring. You can oven roast the sweet potatoes for an hour or prick them with the tines of a fork and microwave them. Then just finish them off on a grill.
- 2 Sweet Potato , scrubbed
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
1. If you have the oven on for whatever else you are cooking, you can roast your potatoes for about an hour until tender. Otherwise, microwave them until tender, about 10 minutes. My microwave has a sensor where all I do is hit the potato button, and it cooks it perfectly. Slice the potatoes, brush on some maple syrup, and grill over high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, just long enough to caramelize the syrup. Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper and serve.
February 2016 Recipe of the Month
Quick Braised Cabbage and Apples with Riesling
The wine concept of “terroir,” the way in which the land, soil, climate etc. influences the flavor of a wine, is also useful in thinking about wine and food pairings, and what wines to use in cooking certain foods. My paternal grandmother was Alsatian, and made delicious braised red cabbage dishes. In trying to play with some of the flavor profile of this classic Alsatian dish, I thought about terroir and turned to a classic Alsatian wine — Riesling. Deglazing the pan and simmering the veggies with a well balanced sweet-acidic Riesling brought out the crisply fruity flavors that lurk in the cabbage and beckoned for the addition of some apples to the dish. Delicious!
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 cups Onion , halved and thinly sliced, about 1 onion
- 8 cups Red Cabbage , thinly sliced, feel free to use a mandolin or slicing disk of a food processor, or a sharp knife, from about 1.5 pound cabbage
- 1 teaspoon Dried Dill
- 1 cup Riesling wine , ask for a dry or semi-sweet one with good acidity
- 2 Apple , cored and sliced
- Salt and Pepper
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, when the oil shimmers, add onions with some salt and pepper. Sauté until onion is translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in cabbage and dill, sauté until cabbage begins to wilt a little. Pour in the riesling, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook until cabbage is crisp/tender to your liking. Stir in the apples and cook about 2 minutes, until tender but not breaking apart. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.
January 2016 Recipe of the Month
Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens Stew
New Year’s Day is celebrated in many cultures with a bowl of black eyed peas and greens. This tradition dates back 1500 years to a traditional Rosh Hoshanah dish, and migrated with the Sephardic Jews to the American South. Grab some cornbread to sop up this stew — you will be living large, southern style, with this delicious meal! The beans do soak overnight, so start that the day before you want the stew. You can expedite the preparation time by using 2 14 ounce cans of beans if you prefer, in which case, you can reduce the initial simmering time to about 5 minutes.
- 2 cups Dried Black Eyed Peas , picked over and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 cup Onion , chopped
- 4 cloves Garlic , minced
- 1/2 pound Smoked Turkey Breast or Ham , cut into cubes
- OR *
- 1 dash Liquid Smoke
- 6 cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock
- 1 bunch Collard Greens , center stems removed
- 1 dash Hot Sauce , to taste
- 1 teaspoon Cider Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
- Soak the black eyed peas overnight in water. Drain and discard water.
- Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until wilted about 6 minutes. Add in diced meat or liquid smoke and stock, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until beans are tender, about 45 minutes.
- Thoroughly clean and rough chop your greens. Stir greens into soup and simmer for about 20 minutes. Season soup with hot sauce, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
December 2015 Recipe of the Month
Braised Butternut Squash, Carrots and Spinach with Chicken
A hearty and warming braise, just right for the chilly temperatures outside. Buy a loaf of crunchy bread for soaking up the juices.
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil , divided use
- 1 Chicken , cut in 8 pieces
- 1 cup Onion , diced, about 1/2 an onion
- 1/2 pound Carrot , peeled and cut into bite sized pieces, about 3 medium
- 2 tablespoons Flour , or rice flour if you cook gluten-free
- 1 cup Dry White Wine
- 1 pound Butternut Squash , peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes about 1/2 a medium squash
- 2 teaspoons Dried Sage
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme , or 3 sprigs fresh
- 2 cups Chicken Stock
- 1/2 pound Spinach , large stems removed, chopped
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a sturdy dutch oven. Pat chicken parts dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Working in batches so as not to crowd the pan, sear each piece of chicken until skin is nicely browned. Remove chicken to a plate while you proceed to brown remaining chicken.
- Add remaining tablespoon to pot and sauté onion with a sprinkle of salt and pepper until wilted, about 6 minutes. Add in flour or potato starch and stir to absorb oil. Deglaze pot with white wine, scraping up any browned tidbits in bottom of pan. Boil wine until smell of alcohol cooks off, about 3 minutes. Stir in squash, carrots, sage, thyme and chicken stock. Nestle pieces of chicken, skin side up, among the squash mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165˚ and squash is tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in spinach and simmer until wilted, taste and adjust seasonings.
November 2015 Recipe of the Month
Turkey and Cranberry Chutney Wrap and Roll Platter
One of my all-time favorite party dishes is the wrap and roll platter. There are endless variations of wrap sandwiches which you can make, then roll up and slice pinwheel style to make tasty finger food platters. One of my favorites is turkey with cranberry chutney. Make the chutney a day ahead of time and keep in fridge overnight to speed process
- 1 cup Onion
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 12 ounces Cranberry
- 2 Tart Apple , peeled, cored, diced
- 1/2 cup Raisin
- 6 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Ground Allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon Ground Clove
- Cream Cheese
- 40 slices Roasted Turkey Breast
- 8 large Flour Tortilla
- 3 ounces Spinach
- 1/2 cup Red Onion
- Start your chutney well in advance of making the wraps so that it can be chilled. Sauté onion in oil in a saucepan until tender. Combine all ingredients from sugar through ground clove in the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20-25 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then store in refrigerator until ready to make sandwiches.
- Clear a large enough work space to spread out each of the 8 tortillas. Using a small offset spatula, spread a little bit of cream cheese on edge of tortilla farthest from you. This will act as “glue” to hold the wraps closed.
- Divide the chutney across the 8 tortillas and spread over the whole tortilla leaving a 1/2 inch border before the cream cheese. Lay 5 slices of turkey in a line in the middle of the tortilla. Top with a handful of spinach leaves and red onion. Tightly roll the tortilla and seal the edge with the cream cheese.
- Slice off the two ends to make an even edge, then slice the tortilla into 6-8 even bite sized pieces. Arrange decoratively on a serving platter.
October 2015 Recipe of the Month
When you are in the mood for a good gratin, nothing beats gruyere’s depth of flavor. The cauliflower and gruyere combined have a terrific nutty flavor.
- 1 head Cauliflower , cut into florets
- 3 tablespoons Butter , Divided
- 3 tablespoons Flour
- 2 cups Milk
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
- 1 cup Gruyere Cheese , grated
- 1/2 cup Breadcrumb
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese , grated
- Preheat oven to 375˚. Steam the cauliflower until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
- If using wheat flour, meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan, whisk the flour into the butter and stir to form a roux. Whisk the milk into the roux, then cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce comes to the boil, lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until milk is thickened. Stir in dry mustard, salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in gruyere cheese.
- In a separate sauté pan, melt remaining tablespoon butter, and toast breadcrumbs until lightly browned. Remove from heat, stir in parmesan cheese.
- Spread cooked cauliflower in a 2 quart baking dish, pour sauce over, sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbling hot and browned.
September 2015 Recipe of the Month
Raw Kale and Celeriac Salad with Smoked Trout
A richly satisfying salad meal, this one can be made up to a day ahead of time.
- 1 Celeriac
- 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons Sour Cream
- 2 tablespoon Creole Mustard , or spicy brown mustard
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 4 tablespoons Chive , minced
- 1 bunch Kale , center stalks removed, leaves very finely chopped
- 8 ounces Smoked Trout , skinned, broken into bite sized pieces
- 4 Hard Boiled Egg , peeled, quartered
- 12 Caperberry
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
- Shred celeriac with the shredding disk in a food processor, or with a box grater. Toss with lemon juice to keep celeriac from discoloring. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together mayo, sour cream, spicy mustard, vinegar, honey and chives. Toss the kale and celeriac with the dressing. Taste and adjust seasonings. Divide this mixture among 4 plates, top each salad with a quarter of the trout, eggs, and caper berries. Give an extra crack of pepper to the top, and serve. If not serving immediately, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator.
August 2015 Recipe of the Month
A classic dish — ratatouille — that uses an abundance of mid-late summer vegetables in a tasty stewed melange. You can eat it as is, or serve over polenta, rice, pasta. Thanks to the Pixar movie of the same name, my kids BEG me to make this dish as soon as the first eggplants and peppers arrive in our CSA share.
- 1 pound Eggplant , cubed
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Red Bell Pepper , diced
- 2 Onion , diced
- 2 tablespoons Garlic , minced
- 2 Zucchini , diced
- 4 Tomato , diced
- 2 teaspoons Herbes De Provence
- 1/4 cup Basil , torn
- 1 cup Marinara Sauce
- Salt and Pepper , to taste
- Put the cubed eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss well and set aside to drain.
- After about 20-30 minutes, rinse off eggplant, pat dry. Heat the olive oil over medium – high heat in large skillet or wok. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Add in the red pepper, onion, and garlic. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 25 minutes.
- Stir in the zucchini, tomatoes, herbs and sauce, cover, and cook until just tender, about 10-20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.
July 2015 Recipe of the Month
After an unfortunate incident involving a borrowed car and a boulder, my husband and I were stranded in Ensenada, Mexico for a long, hot weekend several years ago. While our trip was a comedy of errors worthy of its own movie starring Steve Carrell and TIna Fey, one good thing that came out of it was discovering the simple slaw served at almost every restaurant. Lightly dressed crisp vegetables with a hint of heat continue to be one of my favorites. We first discovered it while enjoying fish tacos while a Mariachi band serenaded us with “Besame Mucho”. I’ve included a simple fish taco recipe here as well. The recipe is flexible and forgiving. The dressing works well with about 6-8 cups of shredded veggies, and the vegetables can be adjusted based on what is seasonal and on hand.
- 1/2 head Cabbage , cored and shredded, about 4-6 cups
- 1 bunch Broccoli Stems , peeled and shredded, about 2 cups
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 4 teaspoon Lime Juice
- 4 or more dashes Tabasco Sauce , to taste
- 2-4 tablespoons Cilantro, to taste
- Salt and Pepper
- Mix veggies together in a bowl. In separate bowl whisk together mayo, lime juice and tabasco. Toss with veggies and sprinkle to taste with cilantro, salt and pepper. Put in fridge while you prep the fish tacos.
- 2 1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Paprika
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dried Oregano
- 1 tablespoon Garlic , minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Red Pepper Flake
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Lime Zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
- 1 pound Halibut, or other flaky white fish fillets
- Tortillas and additional condiments of choice for serving
Preheat oven to 350˚. Make a spice rub by combining olive oil, paprika, oregano, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, lime zest, kosher salt and pepper, then rub it all over the fish. Heat a nonstick pan over high heat until very hot. Dab a little oil in the pan and pan sear the fish, flesh side down until browned. Turn fish to other side, and place in oven and cook until fish reaches an internal temperature of 145˚, about 6-7 minutes. Remove, cover and allow to rest at least 5 minutes. Serve on a tortilla, with a heaping pile of slaw and other condiments of your choice — salsa, guacamole, sour cream etc. The spice rub is inspired by a recipe in Gourmet Magazine from June 2007.
June 2015 Recipe of the Month
Gluten Free Strawberry Shortbread
Here shortbread gets the GF treatment, with an increase of baking powder and the addition of ground up chia seeds to act as a binder in place of gluten. A word about handling the dough: be light with your hands. If you pack the dough too tightly, you’ll end up with neither shortcake nor shortbread–but rather short bricks!
Servings: 8 Total Time: 45 minutes
- 3 1/2 cups Strawberry , hulled and halved, about 2 pounds of berries
- 3/4 cup Sugar , more or less, to taste, divided use
- 1 cup Whipping Cream
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups Gluten Free Flour Mix
- 1 tablespoon Chia or Flax Seed , ground
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 stick Unsalted Butter , cut into small pieces
- 1 cup Buttermilk , chilled
- Combine strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Allow to rest at room temperature until syrup forms, about 15 minutes.
- Beat cream, vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar in a chilled bowl until stiff peaks form. Cover and chill until ready to use.
- Whisk together flour, lemon zest, ground chia seed, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt into large bowl. Add butter pieces and mix with fingers until mixture resembles corn meal. Gradually add 1/2 of buttermilk, tossing with fork until large moist clumps form. Depending on the type of flour you’re using, you might need to add more buttermilk. Add more until you have large, moist clumps that will hold a shape.
- Gently gather dough into ball, and divide into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a small patty, but don’t pack the dough too hard. Bake at 375° until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean, about 20 minutes (shortbread will be pale).
- Split each shortbread in half, set on plate, spoon over strawberries and their juice, and garnish with whipped cream.
May 2015 Recipe of the Month
The first weekend in May will see about 80,000 of these being served at Churchill Downs to toast the Kentucky Derby. For me, sipping one marks the rite of passage from winter into spring. It’s light, refreshing, and just like the season itself often is in Wisconsin, super chilly. Grab your muddler and make one today!
1 teaspoon Powdered Sugar
4 sprigs Mint plus more for garnish
3 ounce Bourbon
Put sugar and mint in the bottom of a highball or Julep Silver cup and muddle together, gently crushing the mint and sugar together. Fill glass with ice and pour some bourbon over and stir until glass is very frosty.
April 2015 Recipe of the Month
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from Punky Egan’s Parsnip Cake recipe in the cookbook “From Asparagus to Zucchini,” I’ve greatly reduced the amount of sugar in this recipe, and have found the spot where I think the frosting retains the flavor and tang of cream cheese while being pleasantly, though not cloyingly, sweet. I love a good carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, especially on Easter — don’t you?
Servings: 12 Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 60 minutes
- 1 2/3 cups Flour
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 3 Egg
- 1/2 cup Canola Oil
- 2 cups Carrot , grated, from 1 pound carrot
- 1 cup Apple , peeled and grated
- 1/2 cup Walnut , chopped, toasted
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese , softened
- 8 tablespoons Butter , softened
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar , sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Extract
- Walnut , for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350˚. Stir first 6 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Lightly whisk the eggs and canola oil in a medium bowl, fold in shredded carrots, apple and walnuts. Then fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Grease a 9×13 baking dish, and spread batter evenly in pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center. Cool the cake on a rack for about 15 minutes, then turn out onto a platter.
- To make the frosting, whip the cream cheese and butter with a mixer to combine, then sift in the powdered sugar and beat until smooth, and beat in the lemon extract.
- When the cake has cooled entirely, frost the cake.
March 2015 Recipe of the Month
A traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with cooked cabbage stirred in, my dad introduced me to this long ago, and I count it among my favorite comfort foods. The addition of bay leaf and carrot to the warm milk adds a subtly sweet and savory undertone to the mashed potatoes. This is delightful served with grilled salmon with a mustard sauce, or with a frittata, or my favorite way to eat it is just as is for breakfast.
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 small Carrot , chopped
- 1/3 Cabbage , cored and rough chopped
- 1 pound Potato , peeled
- 3 tablespoons Butter , to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt , to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper , to taste
- 2 tablespoons Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup Scallion , chopped, optional
- Simmer bay leaf and carrot in milk, let steep.
- Bring a pot of salted water to boil and toss in cabbage leaves to wilt for about 5 minutes. Fish the cabbage out with a slotted spoon and place into a colander in your sink to drain. Add potatoes to pot and cook until just tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- While the potatoes are cooking, finely chop your cabbage and gently squeeze out any excess liquid.
- Drain potatoes when tender. Place potatoes in a bowl, and mash them with butter, strain the milk into them, add sour cream, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cabbage and scallions. Serve hot.
January 2015 Recipe of the Month
Kale Apple Smoothie
There is nothing quite like a cleansing green smoothie to get you off on the right foot for the New Year. If you have a high speed blender like a Ninja or a Vitamix, this will process silky smooth. If you don’t, pass the smoothie through a strainer for a silky texture.
Servings: 1 Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
- 3/4 cup Kale , center stems discarded, rough chopped
- 1/2 Banana
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider
- 1/2 cup Ice Cube
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Blend in blender until smooth, pour into glass and enjoy!
May 2013 Recipe of the Month
Classic Potato Salad
Holiday weekend is upon us, along with neighborhood potlucks, backyard barbecues, camping trips and lots of opportunities to grill a burger or brat. Here is a tasty and classic potato salad to share at your parties, and I’ll tell you a secret about potato salad — its pretty much about the dressing. The actual veggies you use are very flex — play with it based on what you have on hand. No scallions? Try a little sliced spring onion tops or diced red onion. Have some radishes or celery handy and want to add a little crunch? Dice ’em up and toss them in. Have a handful of parsley lying around — mince it right in there. I tend to like my potato salad a little more vegetable-y and a little less dressing-y. If you want more dressing, add 2-4 tablespoons mayo to the salad and enjoy! The majority of the prep time is unattended cooling time for the salad.
Servings: 6 Prep Time: 2 hrs 40 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 3 hrs 5 minutes
- 2 pound Potato , cut in 1 inch dice
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinega
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Whole Grain Mustard
- 1/3 bunch Scallion , or 1/2 cup sliced Spring Onion tops or onion
- 2 tablespoons Pickle Relish
- 2 teaspoons Paprika
- 2 Egg , hard boiled, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Parsley , chopped, optional
- Bring a salted pot of water to the boil. Cook potatoes until JUST tender and easily pierced with the tines of a fork — 15 minutes or so. Drain. Be certain to test the veggies as they cook. You don’t want overcooked mushy veggies in your salad.
- Combine potatoes and vinegar while still hot. Allow veggies to cool almost to room temperature.
- Whisk together mayo, mustard, scallion or spring onion tops, relish, and paprika. Stir dressing into veggies and refrigerate until cold. Just prior to serving, fold in chopped hard boiled eggs and parsley.