Combine goat cheese,
walnuts, parsley, lemon zest and scallion for the filling. Taste for salt and
pepper. Fill dates with 1 t of the filling and wrap with halved prosciutto
slice. Secure prosciutto to date with a toothpick.
Place on a parchment lined
baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 375. Bake
for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and prosciutto is crisp.
OUT OF THE BLUE COCKTAIL
¼ C water
¼ C sugar
Pinch of sea salt
Handful of blueberries or
¼ C fresh squeezed lemon
¼ C brandy
1 bottle ginger beer
Prepare simple syrup – heat
water, sugar, berries and salt in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over high
heat. Reduce heat and simmer until berries burst. Stir well to combine flavors
and to be sure sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in lemon juice and cool to
room temperature. Strain before using.
Prepare Cocktail – Combine
brandy and strained simple syrup together. Just before serving add ginger beer
and serve over ice garnished with a lemon twist.
from cleaning out your refrigerator *see above
oven to 350 degrees.
an egg wash with 1 egg and 2 T water. Set aside.
For the Dough:
milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat until tiny bubbles appear
around the sides of the pan. At this point the milk should be around 180
degrees and the butter should be melted. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with dough hook, combine yeast,
warm water, cooled milk, sugar, and egg. Mix lightly to incorporate ingredients.
half of the flour and mix well until dough is combined and no dry flour
salt and enough of the remaining flour to form a soft but cohesive ball that
clears the sides of the workbowl.
dough out a lightly floured surface and knead, adding additional flour to form
a smooth, elastic ball.
dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowl. Lightly spray the top with pan
spray. Cover with plastic film and let
rise at room temperature for 1 ½ hours.
dough to a lightly floured surface flatten into a rough rectangular shape. Using
a rolling pin, roll dough into a 10” x 13” rectangle with short side parallel
For the Filling:
condiments of choice down center of dough taking care to leave a wide boarder
around edges. Top with cheese, meats, cooked vegetables or grains. Brush edges
of dough with a egg wash and fold bottom and top edges over filling
ingredients. Then fold right side over the ingredients taking care to
completely cover them. Brush with additional egg wash and fold left side over
the prepared loaf. Pinch edges lightly to seal.
loaf to parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden
brown and cooked through.
from oven and cool for 10-15 minutes before serving with additional condiments
on the side.
1 C instant masa
harina (available at Harmon’s, Red Mountain and 3 Amigos)
½ t baking powder
½ t salt
1-2 t diced
chipotle en adobo
¼ C water
¼ C solid vegetable
½ C + 2 T chicken
stock (vegetable stock may be substituted)
1 C shredded cooked
1 ½ C prepared
salsa verde, divided (see recipe below)
½ C shredded
cheddar or jack cheese
½ 8oz bag dry corn husks
soaked in warm water for 2 hours OR substitute six 8 inch square sheets
of parchment paper.
sour cream, pico de gallo and hot sauce for serving.
*Please keep in
mind that this is a streamlined method for making tamales. I use the food
processor first to make the green tomatillo sauce and then to make the tamale
dough. I folded my tamales in the traditional corn husks, but parchment paper can
also be used.
the salsa verde: Combine one 14.4 oz. can tomatillos (drained),
1 clove garlic, ½ jalapeno pepper, ¼ chopped white onion, and 1 bunch cilantro
in food processor. Process until well
combined and smooth. Heat 1 T oil in a sauce pan and add pureed tomatillos and
cook until slightly thickened. Remove
from heat and add ½ t salt. Set aside.
the masa: Pulse the masa harina, baking powder,
salt and chipotle in the work bowl of your food processor. Add the vegetable
shortening and with quick, short bursts combine the ingredients. Add the water
and pulse briefly. (Mixture should resemble coarse cornmeal.) Then with machine
running drizzle in the stock and process until evenly blended but not over
processed. The dough should be soft and tacky but not overly sticky and wet.
You may need to add more stock or masa harina to achieve the proper consistency.
and steam the tamales: Fill the bottom of a steamer basket with about
2” of water. Line the bottom of the
insert with a layer of crumpled corn husks or parchment paper.
Place a corn husk
or piece of parchment on your work surface.
Pinch off a golf ball sized piece of the masa and with wet hands,
flatten the dough to approximately 3 inches square and ¼” thick. Spread a bit of the sauce, shredded chicken
and cheese lengthwise down the center of the dough. *For a vegetarian option
black beans may be used in place of the chicken. Take care not to overfill the
Fold the husk (or
parchment) together until the edges overlap and the masa and filling are
completely enclosed by the husk or parchment. Fold the bottom edge of the husk
or parchment up, leaving one end open.
Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Stand the filled tamales in the steamer basket with the open ends up.
Cover the tamales
with a layer of remaining corn husks or parchment and a few sheets of paper
toweling. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid. Steam the tamales 30-40 minutes. Add water to the pan as needed to be sure it
doesn’t run dry. Tip: I add 1 T of vegetable oil to the water. If
the water boils away, I hear the oil sizzling on the bottom of the pot to let
me know to add more water. (Eva strongly disagreed with my idea here – but
between us, I think it’s genius.)
Serve: Open the husks to reveal the tamales. Drizzle
with additional sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream and cilantro.
bell peppers, roasted, peeled and cut into ¼” dice
¼ C kalamata
olives, pitted and halved
1 T white
2 T capers,
3 T fresh
basil, chopped fine
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare cauliflower steaks as directed and
arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle both sides with 2T olive
oil and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast
steaks until fork tender, flipping halfway through, until deeply caramelized
and crispy around the edges, about 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, sweat garlic, red pepper flakes (if
using) and anchovy in 1 T olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat until garlic
is fragrant but not browned. Remove from heat and add roasted peppers, vinegar,
kalamata olives and capers. Once cooled,
stir in basil. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon relish over hot steaks and serve.
*I like to serve one cauliflower steak per person
as a side dish and 2 as an entrée portion.
leftover relish can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
this technique peppers are roasted or charred to remove the skin, but in the
process they develop a smoky, rich flavor that is absolutely delicious. Once roasted and peeled, they keep well in
the refrigerator, covered in olive oil, for up to 2 weeks. Any type or color of
pepper may be substituted for this preparation.
roast over gas flame: Turn your burner on to the highest setting and place the
pepper directly on the open flame. Using tongs turn pepper periodically until
charred and blackened all over.
roast in the oven: Preheat oven to 400 degree. Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil. Toss pepper in small amount of olive oil and place on baking sheet. Roast in oven until well blackened. This
should take about 30-35 minutes.
charred pepper and place in a bowl and cover with plastic film. This will allow
pepper to steam and will aid in removing the skin. Let rest for 30 minutes or
until cool enough to handle. Holding the pepper over the bowl, carefully remove
the blackened skin. Take care to catch
the juice from the pepper. One strained, it is a flavorful addition to the
sauce if you’d like to add it. DO NOT wash
your peppers under running water to remove the charred skin. You will wash away the flavor you’ve
developed from the charring.
I don’t worry about having a little bit of the charred skin left on the
pepper. I think it adds significant
flavor and I like the rustic look of it.
¼ C finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus extra
½ # spaghetti
1 T olive oil
4 oz. pancetta, diced
2 T parsley, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a medium bowl, mix the egg yolks with the whole egg
until well combined. Add ¼ C cheese and set aside.
Bring 6 C of salted water to boil in a large pot. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the
pasta in a colander reserving ½ – ¾ C of the starchy cooking water. Note:
Standard practice for cooking pasta is 4-6 quarts salted water to #1
pasta. Abundant water allows the water to return to a boil faster after the
pasta is added and allows the noodles to move around in the water so they don’t
stick together. However, here we are using less water because we want the
reserved cooking water to be extra starchy.
This will give our sauce extra body and a more silky mouth feel. ***Just
be sure to stir the cooking pasta regularly.
While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a
skillet. Add diced pancetta and cook until crisp and fat is rendered.
Once the pancetta and pasta are cooked, toss the still hot pasta and pancetta
together in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture and a little more than half of
the reserved cooking water. Toss vigorously until the pasta is coated with the
creamy, silky sauce. You may need to add more cooking water if pasta seems dry.
Adjust S and P.
Serve pasta in shallow bowls, sprinkled with parsley,
extra cheese and coarsely ground black
Note: If you can’t find pancetta, thick cut bacon
makes a good sub.
ingredients: Cinnamon stick, herbs, chili powder, liquor, orange zest, sea salt
Dipping Treat Ingredients:
Fruits and Berries
cut into cubes
the cream and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Add flavoring of choice
and allow to infuse for 2 minutes. Add the chopped chocolate to a bowl and pour
the warm cream over the chocolate. Whisk
until the mixture is silky, smooth and shiny. Pour the ganache into a bowl and
serve with dipping treats of your choice.
may be made ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. To reheat, warm on low power in microwave.
C pineapple, peeled, cored and cut
into ½” chunks
T olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
t granulated sugar
1-2 T Siracha (more or less to your taste) *Siracha is a
smooth & spicy red chili paste in
the squeeze bottle with the rooster label and green
top found in all grocery stores
T cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
# shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 corn tortillas, warmed
Avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime and
sour cream for serving
Special Equipment – 1 heavy duty rimmed
Heat broiler with oven rack in position
Toss pineapple in 1 T olive oil on sheet
pan and arrange in a single layer on half of rimmed baking pan. Broil until
lightly charred around the edges, 6-8 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine shrimp with remaining
2T olive oil, Worcestershire, sugar, garlic, and Siracha. Toss until shrimp are
evenly coated. Remove sheet pan from broiler and turn pineapple chunks over
using a metal spatula. Drain marinade
from shrimp and place in a single layer on the empty half of the baking sheet. Broil
until shrimp are cooked through and lightly charred, 1-2 minutes. Take care not
to overcook the shrimp. The sheet pan
will be smoking hot when you add the shrimp, so they will cook from the bottom
as well as from the broiler heat above.
It should only take a minute or two.
Remove from broiler and top with a
squeeze of lime juice and chopped cilantro.
Serve with avocado, cilantro, lime wedges, and warmed corn
tortillas. Additional toppings – pickled
red onion, sour cream and pico de gallo may also be used if desired.
¼ C white wine (optional) or equivalent amount of water
1 t saffron threads, crushed
¼ C parsley, chopped
Lemon wedges and minced parsley for serving
Break pasta into 2” lengths by wrapping in plastic film and
breaking against the edge of a counter.
Heat 1T of olive oil in pan over medium high heat. Add sausage and cook until lightly browned
and cooked through. Transfer sausage to
a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium.
In the same skillet, toast broken vermicelli, stirring frequently,
until lightly browned and toasted. Watch
carefully as the vermicelli can burn quickly.
Transfer vermicelli to a plate and set aside.
Using the same skillet, add the onion and cook until the onion has
softened slightly. Add garlic, tomato
paste and scallions, and cook until fragrant.
Stir in diced tomatoes, clam juice, stock, wine and crushed saffron. Bring to a low boil.
Return the toasted vermicelli and the sausage to the skillet. Cook for 6-8 minutes. Arrange clams, hinged side down, into the
vermicelli. Cover and simmer for 6
minutes. Add shrimp to pan, cover again
and cook until clams have opened and shrimp is cooked through. Depending on how
much liquid the clams release you may need to add a little more water to
When most of the liquid had been absorbed, sprinkle the peas and
diced red pepper over the top of the fideos.
Sprinkle with minced parsley.
Serve with lemon wedges
*Chef notes – If you are using bivalves like mussels or clams be
sure to clean them with a stiff brush under running water before adding them to
the dish. Any that are not closed – or don’t close when tapped – need to be
discarded. When adding them to the pan, nestle them in the simmering noodles
hinged side down. Once added, cover the pan with a tight fitting lid. Bivalves
cook when the hot steam produced from the simmering liquid is trapped in the
pan, so do your best not to remove the lid too frequently. I usually check progress once after about 7-8
minutes. When cooked, they should be open – unopened ones should be discarded –
they are duds. (I know this is the exact opposite of what you did before you
cooked them.) Finally, I add clam juice in the recipe to enhance the briny
flavor of the seafood. You don’t have to use it, but if you’d like to, it can
be found in most grocery stores near the canned tuna fish. Costco carries a
reasonably priced saffron or reasonable quality in their baking/spice section.
3 oz. parmesan cheese, finely grated plus more for serving
Garnish – freshly ground black pepper,
olive oil and fresh basil leaves
Bring a large pot of water to boil over
Melt butter in a large saucepan over
medium high heat. When melted, add olive oil, chopped onions and
garlic. Stir frequently until onions are softened and garlic is
fragrant. Add tomato paste, brown sugar and red chili flakes (if using.)
Cook, stirring constantly until the paste is dark red and browning nicely, 5-7
Add vodka, scraping up any browned bits
from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to low.
Using a heat proof measuring cup warm stock
in microwave until hot but not boiling. When heated, add heavy cream –heating
the stock ensures the dairy won’t break when you add it to the hot pan.
Gradually pour cream mixture into tomato paste in sauce pan stirring vigorously
until a smooth consistency is achieved.
Cook pasta in boiling salted water until
al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 C starchy pasta cooking liquid.
Add cooked pasta to sauce pan and stir in
½ C of reserved pasta cooking water. Add parmesan and stir until cheese is melted
and well combined. If needed, add reserved pasta water to sauce in small
increments until sauce is smooth and coats pasta. Season with additional
salt and pepper.
Divide pasta between bowls and top with
additional parmesan cheese, fresh basil and a light drizzle of olive oil.
– freshly ground black pepper, olive oil
and minced parsley or chives
a stock pot heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the
onions and sweat briefly. Add garlic, ginger and curry powder and sauté
until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Deglaze with wine.
crushed red pepper (if using), canned tomatoes and their juices, plus stock and
bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
transfer soup to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and puree soup until
smooth. Pour the pureed soup through a strainer, pressing on the solids with a
rubber spatula, discard the solids. Taste soup and season with salt and
pepper. The soup may be prepared to this point and stored in the refrigerator
for up to 3 days.
service, return soup to saucepan and reheat on medium low until hot. Meanwhile,
lightly brush bread with olive oil. For added flavor you may also rub with the
cut side of a clove of garlic. Toast or grill the bread and set aside.
2” water in a deep skillet. Heat water to a simmer. Crack eggs and gently lower
into simmering water. Turn off heat and cover skillet with tight fitting
lid. Poach eggs for 3-5 minutes. Carefully remove eggs from water and
blot on paper toweling.
serve, place a slice of grilled bread in the bottom of a warmed soup bowl.
Place an egg on the bread and ladle the hot soup over. Top with a drizzle of
olive oil, freshly ground black pepper and minced herbs.