Recipes

Simple Greens with Elegant Vinaigrette

Simple Greens with Elegant Vinaigrette

I spent the afternoon visiting with my Aunt Gail today.  She has been my favorite since childhood and has taught me life lessons in and out of the kitchen.  A talented chef in her own right, a version of this salad has graced the table for countless dinner parties.  Gail always makes salad dressing from scratch and usually serves the salad course following the main.  She taught me that a salad doesn't need many ingredients to be delicious and have an elegant presentation.  Belgium endive and radicchio add color, texture and a touch of bitterness to green leaf.  The dressing...

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Peppers Baked with Fresh Tomatoes and Feta

Peppers Baked with Fresh Tomatoes and Feta

These simple roasted peppers were the run away hit of Labor Day weekend and so many people have asked for the recipe.  This one is fun to share because it is super quick and easy to make!  The farmer’s market had an abundance of long Italian peppers and ripe tomatoes.  Garlic, fresh herbs, a hint of jalapeno for heat, feta and EVOO sealed the deal.  One of the tricks to this dish is to let the tomato mixture rest a few minutes before baking the peppers.  This allows the garlic, jalapeno and EVOO to infuse the tomatoes and herbs, heightening...

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Eggplant Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Basil Sauce

Eggplant Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Basil Sauce

I love eggplant, but am often intimidated with cooking it.  The best eggplant parm I've ever had was made by my friend Paul.  It had a homemade spicy tomato sauce and thick slices of eggplant.  This recipe is inspired by that memory.  It also is an adaptation of a recipe presented by another friend, Alexandra, at Alexandra's Kitchen (https://alexandracooks.com/), who makes homemade breadcrumbs to top her eggplant.  My recipe is somewhat different than both of these chefs, but turned out amazingly well all the same! I will link Alexandra Cooks recipe at the end of this blog. I learned a valuable...

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

I fell in love with gazpacho in college when my friend, Gina, came back from a semester abroad in Spain.  Many years later, another great friend, Lola, rekindled my love with her authentic Spanish recipe.  Late summer is the perfect time to make gazpacho.  Vine ripened tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are plentiful and the heat of the summer beckons for this cold soup.  I like my gazpacho with a little bit of texture and bite.  Feel free to puree til you reach your desired consistency.   This recipe is inspired Gimme Some Oven.  I will link the recipe at the end.  I've made...

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Gemista 2.0 - Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Stuffed with Herbed Quinoa & Red Rice

Gemista 2.0 - Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini Stuffed with Herbed Quinoa & Red Rice

This Gemista recipe takes my all time favorite Greek summertime meal and revamps it to next level healthy!  Quinoa and whole grain red rice are both nutritionally dense and offer a rich nutty flavor.  Red rice is packed with flavonoid antioxidants which help fight free radicals.  Both are great sources of fiber and B vitamins.  If you can't easily find red rice, red quinoa makes a good substitution.  Our garden provided the rest of the ingredients, including these beautiful yellow tomatoes!  The key to success with this recipe is to keep the stuffing mixture 'soupy'.  Excess moisture will be absorbed...

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Summer Shrimp Salad with Lemon Caper Yogurt Dressing

Summer Shrimp Salad with Lemon Caper Yogurt Dressing

Shrimp salad makes for an elegant summer luncheon.  Capers and fresh basil, blended into a lemony yogurt dressing give delicately flavored shrimp a tangy fresh dressing.  At the last minute, I decided to throw in a few blueberries and grapes.  Feel free to add any seasonal fruit to your salad.  Your salad bed is your choice too.  This time, I used arugula, often I make this salad with soft bib lettuce.  Did you know that capers are actually pickled flower buds?  The caper bush, also called a Flinders Rose, are native to the Mediterranean. Ingredients: 1lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 stalks...

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Pork Tenderloin with Mojo Sauce, served with Medley of Roasted Potatoes

Pork Tenderloin with Mojo Sauce, served with Medley of Roasted Potatoes

This recipe is inspired by a similar presentation found in The Ultra Metabolism Cookbook by Mark Hyman, MD.  I love reading cookbooks, but I often use them as a starting place rather than following to the letter.  That's what happened last night. The main difference between our two versions is in the mojo sauce.  I decided to cook my juices, spices and garlic, intensifying the flavors and reducing slightly then adding the herbs with the heat off but sauce still warm.  My ingredient list is a tad different too, mainly because my local grocer was out of fresh jalapeno peppers.  I...

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Steelhead Trout grilled on a Cedar Plank

Steelhead Trout grilled on a Cedar Plank

If you've never tried steelhead trout you are missing out on a treat! It is very similar to salmon but has a more delicate taste and firmer texture.  According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, steelhead trout caught in the United States is one of the healthiest types of seafood that you can eat. It is rich in lean protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids while containing a low level of contaminants like mercury, pesticides, dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. One of our favorite ways to prepare steelhead trout is grilled on a cedar plank.  The final dish has a...

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Coleslaw with spiraled beets and radishes

Coleslaw with spiraled beets and radishes

Move over traditional coleslaw, we've given you a healthy makeover!  Raw beet spirals give this slaw a beautiful color and add fabulous taste.  Radishes add a spicy crunch to the cabbage too.  We love making this slaw with fish tacos along with lots of fresh salsa.  It is also super good as a side salad for your next BBQ. You can find a spiral maker at most grocery stores.  They got very trendy for making zoodles.  Ingredients: 1 raw beet spiraled.  It can also be cut julienne style in narrow rods 4 large radishes spiraled or julienned 1 1/2 cup...

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Guacamole and Salsa Duo

Guacamole and Salsa Duo

This quintessential duo is a sure favorite.  Store bought guac and salsa pale in comparison to freshly made. This duo is very easy to make side by side as many ingredients are used in each recipe.   Guacamole: 2 ripe avocados, mashed 3T red onion, diced 1/3 cup Roma tomatoes, chopped without seeded centers 2T fresh cilantro, chopped 1t The Furies EVOO 1T fresh lime juice 1/2 t salt 1/2 t pepper Instructions: Stir EVOO into mashed avocado Add onions, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and stir gently Salsa: 1 1/2 c Roma tomatoes, chopped without seeded centers 1/3...

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