October 2017 Recipe of the Month

October 2017 Recipe of the Month Cauliflower Gratin 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. Ingredients 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…

September 2017 Recipe of the Month

September 2017 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. Ingredients 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…

August 2017 Recipe of the Month

August 2017 Recipe of the Month Ratatouille 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…

July 2017 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!  …

June 2017 Recipe of the Month

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie June 9 is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie day — so here we give you a classic early summer delight. Ingredients For crust 3 cups all purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted…

May 2017 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.…

April 2017 Recipe of the Month

Maple Glazed Grilled Sweet Potatoes: A favorite March family outing has been moved to April this year due to the late return of winter. We will be heading up to our friend’s tree farm in the Nicolet National Forest next weekend to help him gather and boil sap from his many maples. Our friend has built…

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,…

February 2017 Recipe of the Month

Vegan Valentine’s Beet Chocolate Lava Cake Sometimes members request vegan versions of my recipes. However, when it comes to vegan desserts, I often find them wanting. But this recipe has a richness and moisture that fooled all the non-vegans in my family! Serves 6  Prep Time: 60 minutes Ingredients 1 Beet 3/4 cup Almond Milk 1…

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…