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Warm Lima Bean Salad with Mint Pesto

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Warm Lima Bean Salad with Mint Pesto

Here is a warm bean salad with fresh arugula and mint pesto. The salad is not only bright and refreshing but is something that can be a great source of protein for vegetarians. I decided to use small dried lima beans for this recipe but feel free to use any of your favorite beans. I had some fresh local jalapeno sheep’s milk cheese and offset that soft texture and spice with roasted candied pecans. The salad is really simply with clean flavors that can be served cold or warm, either way your guests will be happy. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

1 1/2 cup of fresh white lima bean

5 cups of water

1 onion charred

1 sprig of thyme and bay leaf

2 garlic cloves

2 tsp of salt

1/4 cup of pistachio mint pesto

1 cup of mint leaves

2/3 cup of roasted pistachios

2 tbsp of parmesan

1 garlic clove

3/4-1 cup of olive oil

6 oz of arugula

3 radishes julienne

1 cup of candied pecans see recipe

3 oz of jalapeno sheep’s milk cheese

Green garlic oil see recipe

Mint Pesto,

Place all of the ingredients except for the oil in a food processor. Turn on and puree, while the processor is still on slowly add the olive oil. Stop and scrap the sides if need by, season with salt and pepper once all the oil has been added. Pour out into a bowl and set aside for later.

For the Beans,

Soak beans in cold water for at least an hour if possible. Strain off the beans and place In medium pot place b with with charred onion, garlic, and herbs on medium high heat. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a light simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes and then add the salt (if you add the salt at the beginning it makes the beans tougher so it will take long to cook) continue cooking for a total of 45-1 hr or so minutes until the beans are tender and cook through. Set aside to cool.

To Finish,

Strain the beans out of the water but save the water for another application. Place 2 cups of beans in small saute pan and add 3 tbsp of mint pesto. Season with salt and pepper and just warm the bean on low heat. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl add arugula, radish, and pecans. Add 1 tsp of mint pesto and 1 tbsp of olive oil, mix well and season with salt. Place 2 spoonful of beans in the bottom of the bowl. Then take some of the jalapeno cheese and crumble on top of the beans. Then take the arugula salad and place on top. Take some green garlic oil (or mint pesto oil, or olive oil and drizzle around the bowl. Serve and enjoy!

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Spinach and Ricotta Agnolotti

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Spinach and Ricotta Agnolotti

Spinach and ricotta is a classic italian combination when it comes to pasta. Why not do a multicolor pasta though with some of the fantastic spinach that is growing wild during the spring months. That is exactly what I decided to do. Take a little extra time and work but adds a little more to the aesthetics of the dish. Pretty straight forward pasta recipe other than that. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Spinach pasta

2 cups flour

1 cup semolina

4 eggs

1 cup spinach cooked drained and pureed (2-3 tbsp of spinach puree)

splash of water

salt

Basic Egg Pasta see recipe

Cheese filling

1 lb of ricotta

2 oz of parmesan

2 oz of asiago or trugalo

salt and pepper

1 cup of bread crumbs

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

3 tbsp of cream

2 tbsp of snipped chives


For the Cheese Filling,

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and place into a plastic pastry bag.
For the Basic Pasta

Place 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of semolina in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour. Add eggs, yolks, water, and salt. With a fork stir the egg mixture until it starts to form a ball of dough. Then use your hands to form the dough. Add more flour if the dough is wet. Knead the pasta for 5 minutes and then cover and rest for at least 30 minutes.

For the Spinach Pasta

Use the same ingredients and technique except add the spinach puree

Take your basic pasta and cut in half. Leave one half covered while you work with the other half. Take the half of the pasta with a rolling pin and roll until the dough is thin enough to fit inside the biggest setting on your pasta machine ( I use the kitchen aid attachment). Then run the pasta all the way down to the lowest setting twice. Dusting the dough with flour if it is too wet.

Repeat the same steps with your spinach pasta. Then on the third time you want to roll each the egg and spinach pasta thin enough to feed the pasta machine. But before you feed it the third time you want to cut each dough in half lengthwise. Take one half of the egg pasta and half of the spinach pasta and carefully pinch them together to make one dough. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough. Take your mixed pasta dough, the egg pasta and the spinach pasta, through the first setting of the pasta machine. Continue all the way down to 6.

Using your pastry bag pipe the cheese mixture along the bottom of the pasta leaving about a 1/2 inch from the edge. Run it along the whole length of the pasta sheet leaving about an inch or two at the ends (one long tube of filling). Then take a pastry brush or spray bottle of water and brush the top portion of the pasta sheet. Take the bottom part pasta closest to the filling and roll over to the brushed top portion. You should now have a long tube like pasta running all the way down the length of the pasta. Now, at every 1/2 inch use your index fingers and press down with with each index finger to create a little "ravioli" Continue the same thing all the way down the pasta sheet. Then using a pinwheel cutter cut away the excess pasta at the top. Then cut in between each press that you make with your fingers to create each agnolotti. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and extra semolina flour to help prevent sticking. Set aside while you aside while you repeat the same process with the other half of the pasta dough.

To Finish

Place your Spinach agnolotti pasta in salted boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes until they float to the top. Strain off and place in the saute pan with a little bit of pasta water, cream, and butter to emulsify into the water and pasta. Season with salt. Place four on a plate and top with toasted bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and chives. Serve and enjoy!

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Kampachi with Nasturtium Flowers

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Kampachi with Nasturtium Flowers

This recipe is all about spring and freshness. The spring is when all the flowers and plants are taking off. Whether in Austin or Malibu Nasturtiums can thrive, but because I was out west for this recipe there is a few different patches where the nasturtiums have really taking over. If you have never had nasturtium before they are beautiful herbaceous flower that grow like weeds and can take over an entire area. They have a distinct peppery flavor and can be used as a vehicle to combine with other ingredients to make a great recipes. In this case I left them raw and simply stuffed them with raw kampachi tartar or poke. The combination of the raw fatty kampachi with the peppery flowers where not only appealing to the eye but also to the taste. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Kampachi Tartar or Poke

8 oz of small diced Kampachi

3 tbsp of chopped green onion

1 tbsp chopped cilantro

2 tbsp of sesame seeds

1/4 tsp of sansho pepper

1/2 tsp of salt

1 tbsp of sesame oil

1 tsp of sirracha

1 tbsp of soy sauce

1 half of avocado small diced

2 tbsp of nori komi furikake

2 dozen nasturtium flowers and petals

For the Kampachi Tartar (Poke)

In a small mixing bowl add all the ingredients of the tartar, mix well, season, and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

To Finish,

Simply take one to two tsp of the kampachi tartar and stuff the nasturtium flowers. Place a petal on the plate and place two ( or as many as you want) stuffed flowers on each plate. Serve and enjoy

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Carrots with Dukkah and Manouri Cheese

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Carrots with Dukkah and Manouri Cheese

Here is an easy middle eastern inspired carrot recipe that packs a punch in the flavor category. Dukkah is a middle eastern spice mix consisting of nuts, seeds, and spices. The recipe can easily be alternated with different nuts or spices to give you all kinds of different flavor profiles. It can be used on any kind of protein or vegetable so it is very versatile and pretty simple to make. In most cases you would roast all of the nuts, spices, and seeds and then coarsely grind together to make your spice mix. In this case I didn’t do that because I ended up roasting the spice mix with the carrots so I didn’t want the spice mix to burn, therefore I didn’t go with the traditional route for preparing the spice mix. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Dukkah spice

2 tbsp sunflower seeds

½ cup hazelnuts

2 tbsp almonds

1 tsp fennel seeds

3 tbsp coriander seeds

3 tbsp sesame seeds, white

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp green peppercorns

1 tbsp sweet paprika powder

2 tbsp sesame seeds, black

1 tsp coarse sea salt

1 tsp sumac

1 tsp of red pepper flakes

1 lb of globe carrots

6 tbsp of olive oil plus 3-4 tbsp of dukkah

2 oz of manouri cheese

1 oz of fresh dill

For the dukkah,

Place nuts in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are ground up fairly small but not into butter. Place all the spices and seeds into a coffee grinder and coarse grind. Then mix everything together really well with salt.

For the Carrots,

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take your carrots and cut them all in half after they have been washed and cleaned. Then take a small bowl and pour in olive oil and 3-4 tbsp of dukkah, mix well. Then on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper spread our the carrots. Take your olive oil-dukkah mixture and spoon all over the carrots generously. Season the carrots with a sprinkling of salt and then place them in the oven for 25 minutes. The dukkah should toast and almost become crunchy during the roasting process. It adds a nice contrast to the finish carrots which become soft when cooked.

To Finish

Simply place all of the carrots on the plate. Take the dukkah that has become crunchy on the sheet pan and place all on top of the carrots (if it has fallen off). Take diced up pieces of manouri cheese and place around the carrots. Finish with a little drizzle of olive oil and dill sprigs. Serve and enjoy! ( An alternative could also be to take 3 tbsp of dukkah and mix with 1/2 cup of yogurt and place that underneath the carrots as a “sauce”).

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Chanterelles, Chrysanthemum Greens , and Spring Garlic oil

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Chanterelles, Chrysanthemum Greens , and Spring Garlic oil

Spring has sprung and this is a recipe that showcases just 3 ingredients. Chanterelle mushrooms which I simply roasted in a wood oven (green egg). Sauteed some earthy chrysanthemum greens and made a vibrant spring garlic (green garlic) oil. That is basically the gist to this appetizer. Keeping it simple with all that spring has to offer. You can easily add a fish or steak to this recipe for a more substantial meal. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

2 bunches of chrysanthemum washed and chopped

1 tbsp of butter

1 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


1 lb Chanterelles washed and cleaned

2 tbsp of butter

2 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper


Green garlic oil

3-4 stalks of green garlic all green blanched

1 1/2 cups of oil

salt to taste

radish flowers and green garlic to garnish


For the Spring garlic oil,

Simply chop green bottoms and tops to spring garlic. Then place the green garlic in boiling salted water for 45 seconds and then shock in an ice bath. Squeeze dry the green garlic and place in a vitamix with the oil. Puree for 30 seconds to a minute. Then strain through a chinois ( if you want no sediment in the oil at all use a cheese cloth as well) Season with salt and place in a squeeze bottle.

To finish,

In a saute pan add butter, oil, and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and roast in your wood oven (egg) for 10- 15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile in another saute pan add butter, oil, and chrysanthemum greens. Cook for 1-2 minutes until they are tender and lightly wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Add some of the greens to the bottom of a bowl. Then take the mushrooms out of the oven and place on top. Drizzle green garlic oil around the bowl. Finish the plate by garnishing with radish flowers and green garlic slices. Serve and enjoy!

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Sweet Potato, Miso, and Shiso

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Sweet Potato, Miso, and Shiso

Here is a super easy snack that I through together at the last minute for a recent dinner. I bought these tiny japanese white sweet potatoes at the santa monica’s farmers market along with shiso. I already had my big green egg fired up so I thought why not roast them in the egg and fry up some shiso (japanese mint) for garnish. I had already made a batch of confit garlic-miso puree from the week before so I knew that would be a great vehicle to round out the dish. Add a little spice with togarashi pepper and you have a perfect vegetarian-vegan friendly appetizer that anyone should love. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!


6 white japanese sweet potato

miso and confit garlic puree

1 cup of confit garlic (2 cups of peeled garlic cloves- 2 cups of oil)

1/4 cup of miso

1/4 cup of water and left over garlic oil


10 shiso leaves

1/4 cup of rice flour

1/4 cup of corn starch

3/4 cup of carbonated water

salt to taste

togarashi to finish


Confit Garlic,

Place both garlic cloves and oil in a small pot. Bring to a simmer and then turn down low. Cook the garlic for 30-45 minutes until the garlic has turned lightened golden brown (not dark). Take off the heat and cool completely.

For the puree

Simply strain out 1 cup of the confit garlic and add the miso paste to a vitamix. Add some water and puree. If the puree is too thick you can add some more water and you can add a touch of garlic oil as well. Season with salt if needed. You should have a good balance of both garlic and miso. One should dominate the other but should have a good mixture of both flavors. Set aside

To Finish,

Simply drizzle sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt. Place in your green egg for about 45 minutes or until soft and tender. Meanwhile in a small bowl mix soda water, rice flour, and cornstarch together with a whisk (the batter should be fairly thin, we aren’t looking for a thick batter at all. It should be a little thiner than a crepe batter). Place a small pot with 1 1/2 cups of frying oil (vegetable) in a pan and bring to 325 degrees. Dip each shiso leaf into the batter and then place in the fryer. Cook for 20-30 seconds on each side and then strain out and season with salt and togarashi pepper. Simply place a spoonful of the miso-garlic puree on the plate. Then add the sweet potato on top. Finish with shiso leaf and more togarashi. Serve and enjoy this simple sweet potato recipe.

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Peas and Carrots with Candied Pecan

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Peas and Carrots with Candied Pecan

Here is a great spring salad with that I served the other night that started off the four course birthday dinner for a good friend of the Dejoria’s. This salad is really just reaping the benefits of the local farmers markets. I normally get this fresh jalapeno sheep’s milk cheese that is creamy and little bit spicy. Fresh baby globe carrots and english peas. I gave a little crunch to the salad with candied spiced pecans. It was absolutely enjoyed by everyone that night. Definitely a keeper for the recipe file. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!


Pea puree

1 1/2 cup of cooked fresh peas

1/3 cup of hot cream

7 leaves of basil

salt and pepper


1 lb of baby carrots

2 tbsp of each (coriander, fennel, and cumin)

3 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

8 oz of sheeps milk jalapeño cheese (or you can take jalapeno and fresh ricotta and mix well)

1 head of baby leaf greens

1/2 cup of blanched green peas

1 oz of radish flowers

4 tbsp of white balsamic

2 tbsp of olive oil


1 1/2 cup of pecans

1/4 cup of powdered sugar

2-3 tbsp of water

1 1/2 tbsp of graham marsala

1/2 tsp of salt


For the Pea puree.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add 2 cups of english peas. Cook for 3 or so minutes until the peas are tender all the way through. Strain out the peas and place into a ice water bath. Meanwhile take a little cream and heat bring to a boil in saute pan. Take 1 1/2 cups of peas and place in a vitamix with basil leaves. Pour the warm cream over the peas and season with salt. Puree until smooth and then strain through a fine mesh sieve (chinois or tammi). Set aside and keep at room temperature.

For the Candied pecans, Preheat oven to 375 degrees

This is a quick way to make candied nuts. In a small bowl add water, powdered sugar, salt, and graham marsala spice. Mix well with a whisk. Then add the pecans and coat well with the sugar glaze. Then place on a sheet pan lined with silpat or parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown and dry (stir or shake the pan every 5 minutes to ensure even baking). Take our and allow to cool completely. Then place in an airtight container.

For the Carrots,

I used the my big green egg and roasted them in that. You can roast on your grill or wood oven or standard home oven. Place spices in a coffee grinder and coarse ground the spices. Then take your carrots and toss with olive oil, salt, and spice mix. Place on a sheet pan lined with foil (if you using a grill I just keep them in the foil and cook them like that) and place in your oven if not grilling. Cook for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees or until the carrots are tender. Take out and allow to cool to room temperature.

To finish,

Take a large round cookie cutter and place on the plate. Add some of the jalapeno cheese and spread on the bottom of the plate. Then take the pea puree and spread evenly on top of the cheese. Take some of the carrots and place on top of the puree. Place the baby greens and peas in a small mixing bowl. Drizzle the white balsamic and olive oil on top of the greens and peas. Season with salt and pepper. Then add that on top of the carrots and puree. Add the candied pecans and more carrots and peas on top. Finish with radish flowers. Serve and enjoy!

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Carnival Squash Scarpinocc with Sunchoke

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Carnival Squash Scarpinocc with Sunchoke

Still on my pasta kick after a few months ago getting back from Italy. This recipe is celebrating the different squashes during the winter months. I made a soup with butternut squash and made the filling for the pasta with carnival squash. I decided to make another pasta shape Scarpinocc. It is a fun shape to make and probably will take a few extra minutes to shape. It originates from northern Italy, Scarpa, which translates into shoe, though to me it doesn’t really resemble a shoe but who am I to judge. The pasta shape isn’t hard to make at all you start off with a rectangular shape and place your filling ( in this case squash and cheese) then you fold over the pasta once over the filling and then one more time to seal it. You pinch both sides of the rectangle and then using your finger make a little dimple in the top of your filling. Unfortunately I am not a very good blogger because I don't have a video out there to show you but I think there are some online. I do have a picture of the raw shape along with some other shapes of pasta. Here is the pasta recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Carnival Squash Scarpinocc Pasta with Sunchokes

1 1/2 cup of roasted carnival squash

1 ricotta cheese

2 oz parmesan cheese

1 tbsp of chopped basil

salt and pepper


Basic Egg Pasta see recipe

Butternut squash soup

1 small butternut squash roasted

4-5 cups of chicken broth

2 tbsp of butter

1/2 onion sliced thin

3 cloves of roasted garlic

Salt and pepper to taste


12 oz roasted sunchokes (2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper, roast for 25 min 375 degree)

3 sunchokes shaved thin and fried chips

3 tbsp of pumpkin seed oil

3 tbsp of chopped chives


For the Filling,

Place roasted carnival squash, ricotta, parmesan cheese, and basil, into food processor along with salt and pepper.  Puree until the mixture is completely smooth.  Then place into a pastry bag with a plan tip.  Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up the filling slightly.

 
For the Pasta

Place 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of semolina in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour.  Add eggs, yolks, water, and salt.  With a fork stir the egg mixture until it starts to form a ball of dough.  Then use your hands to form the dough.   Add more flour if the dough is wet.  Knead the pasta for 5 minutes and then cover and rest for at least 30 minutes. 

Take your pasta and cut in half.  Leave one half covered while you work with the other half.  Take the half of the pasta with a rolling pin and roll until the dough is thin enough to fit inside the biggest setting on your pasta machine ( I use the kitchen aid attachment).  Then run the pasta all the way down to the lowest setting twice.  Dusting the dough with flour if it is too wet. Then on the third time run it down to the number 6 or 7 setting depending on the strength of the dough.  Again, Use a little flour for dusting.  If you feel like the dough is very strong and good density to it you might be fine with a 7 setting.  If you feel like the dough is "loose" and doesn't have the structure to it then you might want to go a little thicker with a number 6 setting.  One you have the flat pasta all laid out you can take an adjustable pasta cutter (here) and cut 1inch by 1/2 inch rectangle. Place a dollop of filling in the center of the rectangle pasta. Then you fold over the pasta once over the filling and then one more time to seal it. You pinch both sides of the rectangle and then using your finger make a little dimple in the top of your filling. Should look like this picture in the upper left corner ( the sides are pinched and there is a dimple in the top of the filling )

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For the Soup,
In a small sauce pot add butter and onions with a pinch of salt. Cook for a few minutes and then add roasted garlic and roasted butternut squash. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Place in a vitamix and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

To Finish,

Place a pot of boiling salted water on. In a large saute pan add 2 tbsp of olive oil and butter. Slice roasted sunchokes and add to the pan. Place scarpinocc pasta in the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Then strain out and pasta and place in the saute pan with the sunchokes. Season with salt and pepper. Then in your bowl add some of the butternut soup. Add a few pieces of the pasta with the sunchokes. Top with some fresh parmesan cheese. Drizzle with pumpkin seed oil and seeds. Top with sunchoke chips and chives. Serve and enjoy!

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Sourdough Crusted Onion with Olive and Balsamic

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Sourdough Crusted Onion with Olive and Balsamic

Here is a simple dish that really turned out amazing. A few good ingredients that are executed correctly and that is what good cooking is all about. The key to this dish is really cooking the onion to where the onion is cooked all the way through with it still upholding its structural integrity. This is a great vegetarian appetizer that will really be a crowd pleaser. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Onion Sourdough

4 medium to large cippolini onions

2 tbsp of olive oil

Salt and pepper

Wood chips


Onion purée from scraps

2 tbsp of butter


Green olive purée see recipe

Sourdough bread gjusta

Aged Balsamic vinegar


For the Onion,

Place onions and wood chips on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle onions with olive salt and pepper. Place in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until just tender all the way through. Take out and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled peel the outer layers of the onion and save for the puree. Reserve for the onions for later.

Place peeled outer layers of the onion into a vitamix. Puree until smooth with 2 tbsp of butter. Season with salt and keep warm.

For the Olive Puree,

For the green olive puree (tapanade) place olives and garlic into a food processor.  Puree and add the oil during the process.  No need to season because of the saltiness of the olives.

For the Sourdough,

Take slices of sourdough bread and take a round cookie cutter just a hair bigger than the onions and punch out 8 rounds. Set aside until ready to serve.

To Finish,

If the cipollini onions are really big you can cut then in half width wise (think of an orange cutting it on its side to have two perfect sides of the fruit). Otherwise you can trim the tops and bottoms if need be. Season the onion with a little salt on both sides. Then add a few spoonfuls of the green olive puree on top of one side of the each onion. Place the round sourdough on top of the green olive puree. Then take a large saute pan and add 3 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp of olive oil to the pan. Place the onions face down so the sourdough is in the pan and you are looking at the onion. Cook for 3 minutes and then place in a 400 degree oven and cook for 5-7 minutes. Take out and flip over and let them rest for a minute in the pan. While they are resting place a spoonful of the onion puree in the middle of the plate. Then take aged balsamic and drizzle around the plate. Take the onion out of the pan and place right on top of the puree. Top the onion off with a touch of salt and micro greens. Serve and enjoy!

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Strawberry, Avocado, and Pepper Salad

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Strawberry, Avocado, and Pepper Salad

Here is a great salad using peppers from the farm in Michigan Sunset. One of the largest green house organic farms in the country. They also have amazing strawberries. My boss had made a stop at this amazing farm and brought back cases of both ingredients. Strawberry season is just starting for some states and spring is almost here. So I decided to share this strawberry and pepper salad to get us ready for that warmer weather. This was a salad that both Jp and Eloise absolutely loved!. There is obviously some sweet to this dish but there is also acid and heat. This gives the dish a well rounded flavors that really worked well with one another. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Strawberry and red pepper salad

2 roasted red peppers deseeded and large diced

2 red radish sliced

1 cup of strawberries sliced

1 avocado diced

Micro cilantro


Strawberry and pepper “chutney”

1 cup of strawberries

1 1/2 red pepper diced

1 Jalapeño diced

1/2 small onion diced

1/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of water

Salt to taste


For the Chutney,

In a small pot add 1 tsp of oil with onion and jalapeño. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the rest of the ingredient. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and holds together. Turn off and allow to cool to room temperature. Reserve for plating.

To Finish,

Add a spoonful or two of the chutney onto your plate. Then some of the roasted peppers on top. Add the diced avocado and season with salt. Finish with radishes and strawberries. Season everything again lightly. Then garnish with micro cilantro and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve and enjoy!

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Tortellini En Brodo

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Tortellini En Brodo

Here is a take on the classic recipe tortellini en brodo. My version is without pork and doesn’t have chicken in the broth but don’t let that fool you that this isn’t as good if not better than the original. This is a straight forward recipe using ground wagyu beef to make a meatball stuffing. Then placing the tortellini in smoked beef broth and topping it with a little fresh parmesan.

Wagyu Meat Filling
1 1/2 lbs wagyu ground Meat
1 egg
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
1 tbsp fennel seeds
4 garlic cloves grated
1 1/2 cup panko
4 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
2 tbsp fresh chopped oregano
2 tbsp of fresh chopped chive
1 tbsp of fresh chopped thyme
1-2 tbsp salt
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp black pepper

Basic Egg Pasta
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp warm water
2 cups flour
1 cup semolina
1 tsp of salt 


Smoked bone broth 5 smoked beef rib bones 1 onion 1 leek and 1 fennel 1 garlic bulb 10-12 cups of water 2 celery ribs and 2 carrots chopped Salt to taste

For the Smoked beef broth,

Place all the ingredients into large stock pot and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook until you have about 4 cups left. Strain and season with salt. Set aside and keep warm

For the Meat,

Grind the meat yourself making sure you have ice cold attachments for your meat grinder or have your local butcher grind it for you. (short rib is an expensive cut to grind so you might want to use a less expensive fatty cut like brisket, chuck, or round).  Add all the other ingredients to stainless steel bowl and season.  Take a small saute pan on high heat with a tsp of olive oil and cook 1/2 oz of the meatball mixture.  Taste the meatball to see how it tastes.  If everything tastes perfect then set aside for the pasta, if not adjust the meatball to what you think it needs.  

For the Pasta

Place 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of semolina in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour.  Add eggs, yolks, water, and salt.  With a fork stir the egg mixture until it starts to form a ball of dough.  Then use your hands to form the dough.   Add more flour if the dough is wet.  Knead the pasta for 5 minutes and then cover and rest for at least 30 minutes. 

Take your pasta and cut in half.  Leave one half covered while you work with the other half.  Take the half of the pasta with a rolling pin and roll until the dough is thin enough to fit inside the biggest setting on your pasta machine ( I use the kitchen aid attachment).  Then run the pasta all the way down to the lowest setting twice.  Dusting the dough with flour if it is too wet. Then on the third time run it down to the number 6 or 7 setting depending on the strength of the dough.  Again, Use a little flour for dusting.  If you feel like the dough is very strong and good density to it you might be fine with a 7 setting.  If you feel like the dough is "loose" and doesn't have the structure to it then you might want to go a little thicker with a number 6 setting.  One you have the flat pasta all laid out you can take an adjustable pasta cutter (here) and cut 1/2 by 1/2 inch squares. Fill each pasta with just a small amount of meatball filling.  Brush each one with water and then fold over into a triangle, then pinch the ends together to make a tortellini shape.  Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.


To Finish,

Place a pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a boil.  Place another pot on medium heat with the bone broth. Place 20-25 tortellini pastas in the water and allow to cook for 2 minutes.  Strain out and place in the sauce pan with the beef broth and cook for another minute to finish cooking the tortellini’s to al dente. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if need be. Then portion the tortellini en brodo in 4 bowls. Top off with parmesan and chives. Serve and enjoy!

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French Onion Soup

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French Onion Soup

Here is the classic french onion soup recipe. This is with a vegetable stock and you would never know it by the taste. The caramelized onions is what marries together with the vegetable stock along with a few splashes of worcestershire gives you an illiusion of meatiness to the soup. No frills, no secretes, no long recipe, this is just straight forward easy to follow and great for those cold winter nights. Here is the recipe great for vegetarian dinners and even the meat eaters won’t know the difference!


French Onion Soup

3 yellow onions sliced then

1/2 red onion sliced then

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

3 tbsp of worcestershire sauce

2 quarts vegetable stock

Salt and pepper to taste


Vegetable stock

1 onion charred

2 leeks

3 stalks for celery

4 carrots

2 parsnips

1 celeriac

1 cup of mushroom stems if you have them 

5 cloves of garlic

2 bay leafs

1 sprig of thyme

12 cups of water


4 Sourdough toast

8 oz Gruyere cheese


For the Vegetable stock 

Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and reduce by half or until the stock (water) taste flavorful.  Strain out and season with salt. 

For the French Onion Soup,

Add oil and butter to a soup pot along with all the sliced onions. The key here is to not add salt to the onion (that would draw out the water in the onion) and let the sugars in the onions caramelize completely. They should be dark caramel in color without burning. Once they have all cooked down (25-30 minutes) add salt to the onions and your vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and then season with worcestershire and salt and pepper if need be.

To finish,

Simply place soup in bowls add a piece of toasted sourdough and grate gruyere cheese over the top. Place in the broiler until the cheese has browned and melted. Serve and enjoy!


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Chicken Liver Mousse with Black Pepper Tuile and Hatch Jam

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Chicken Liver Mousse with Black Pepper Tuile and Hatch Jam

Here is an appetizer I made recently from chicken livers. JP loves chicken livers but for me, chicken livers aren’t my first choice. I don’t mind the flavor of chicken livers if it isn’t too strong. The best chicken liver mousse I ever had was in London at The Laytmer. This was so light and airy with a mild flavor that it was hard to stop eating it. Now foie gras (duck or goose liver) is a whole other category and I have no problem eating it. This really turned out well and you would of never known that it had mascarpone in the recipe, (which is optional). The amount of butter in this recipe gives the mousse a Chicken Foie Faux flavor because of the amount of fat being added to it. Don’t worry that the amount of butter in this recipe because this makes a large bowl full of mousse. And you only put a few dots of mousse on each tuile. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Chicken liver mousse

1 lb chicken livers cleaned

1 cup of milk

2 shallots minced

1/4 cup of cognac

1/3 cup of cream

1 cup of mascarpone (8 oz optional )

2 sticks of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

Black Pepper Tuile

4 tbsp of all purpose flour and 1 tbsp of rice flour

2 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of salt

1 cold egg white

4 tbsp of room temp butter

2 tsp of black pepper

Hatch Chile Jam

5 roasted spicy hatch chile

5 roasted mild hatch chile

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of water

2 tsp of salt

2 radishes sliced thin

Micro greens and rosemary flowers for garnish

For the pepper jam,

Place all the peppers including the seeds if you want it really hot into a food processor. Puree for 15-20 seconds. You want to puree until the peppers are a small diced size, don’t puree to mush. Add the peppers to a pot with water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes and then cool to room temperature.

For the Tuile

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then place in the refrigerator to chill for 20-30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. I used an old silpat that had been worn down and using a cookie cutter cut out a round template out of the silpat. You can use other things as a template but this works well. Line a sheet pan with a silpat and place the template on top. Using a off set spatula take a little bit of the of the tuile batter and spread in a small layer inside the template. Smooth all over and then remove the template, you should be left with a circular dough on the lined sheet pan. Continue the process until you have 6 or so on the sheet pan. Then place in the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes. Take out and allow to cool completely. Then place in air tight container.

For the Chicken Liver Mousse,

Clean chicken livers of any sinew and place them in a bowl. Pour the milk over them and let them soak for an hour or two. Then strain off and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Using a medium saute pan on medium heat and 2 tbsp of butter and the chicken livers. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then flip over. Add the shallots and cook for 2 minutes. Deglaze with the cognac and reduce by half. Then add the cream and reduce by half. Pour all of the ingredients into a vita mix and puree until smooth. While the blender is still running add the butter to the liver puree. Now you can stop here and the mousse would be a typical recipe. I actually over salted mine a touch and wanted a little lighter tasting liver flavor so I added the mascarpone to lighten and make my flavor just right because of my heavy hand with salt. Place in a bowl and chill for at least 4-6 hours or best overnight.

To Finish,

Place liver mousse in a plastic pastry bag. Take a tuile and spread a little hatch jam on top. Pipe dots of chicken liver mousse all over. Finish with radish, herbs, and flowers. Serve and enjoy!

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Tunisian Lamb Meatballs

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Tunisian Lamb Meatballs

This is a fantastic dish for anyone who loves meatballs and spice. And who doesn’t love that? Harrisa paste is a typical north African mixture of chile’s and spices. These flavors go perfectly with lamb and tomato. The yogurt is the compliment that cools your mouth from the spice. A very easy recipe to pull off at home and could be a great alternative to the usual super bowl food. Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

Tunisian Meatballs

1 1/2 lb of ground lamb

2/3 cup of panko

1 egg

4 garlic cloves minced

1/2 onion minced

1/3 cup of spicy harrisa paste

1 tbsp of dill

2 tbsp of dried harrisa spice

1 tbsp of sumac

2 tbsp of ras al hanout

1 tbsp of curry spice

salt and pepper to taste


Tomato sauce

1 onion diced

32 oz of diced tomatoes

1/2 cup of water

3 garlic cloves

1/3 cup of harrisa paste

1 tbsp of paprika

salt and pepper to taste


1 cup of greek yogurt

dill sprigs to garnish


For the Meatballs,

Grind the lamb meat yourself making sure you have ice cold attachments for your meat grinder or have your local butcher grind it for you. Add all the other ingredients to stainless steel bowl with the meat and mix well.  Take a small saute pan on high heat with a tsp of olive oil and cook 1/2 oz of the meatball mixture.  Taste the meatball to see how it tastes.  If everything tastes perfect then set aside for the pasta, if not adjust the meatball to what you think it needs to be perfect (more spice? more salt?, more herbs?). Once you have the taste just right, using a wet hand form the meatballs and place them in a large saute pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Cook for 4 minutes and then flip the meatballs over and add the onions from the sauce to the pan.

Meanwhile in a vitmix blender add garlic, diced tomatoes, water, harrisa, paprika, and salt to it. Puree for 20 seconds. If it is a little bit chunky its okay. After another 4 minutes of cooking the other side of the meatballs pour in the tomato sauce over top the meatballs. Cover the pan and lightly simmer for 30 minutes. Taste the tomato sauce and adjust the seasoning if need be.

To Finish,

Simply add a few meatballs to a bowl with sauce. Top each meatball with yogurt. Garnish with dill, a drizzle of olive oil. Serve and enjoy!

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Radish, Blood Orange Salad with Bacon Avocado and Mint

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Radish, Blood Orange Salad with Bacon Avocado and Mint

This is one of the easiest recipes I think I have. This recipe will take about 10-15 minutes to make. It is perfect for winter or summertime when citrus is ripened and the radishes are being harvested from the ground. This is light and refreshing and it will be hard not to eat the whole plate. A great vegetarian and vegan dish that really everyone can love unless you don’t like citrus, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like citrus. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

1 watermelon radish peeled and sliced 1/16-1/8 inch thick

2 avocados sliced

2 red radish sliced thin

2 blood oranges peeled and sliced

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

4 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Blood Orange Dressing

1 blood orange juiced

1/4 cup white balsamic

1 tsp of salt

For the dressing

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season with salt. Stir together until ready to plate.

To Finish,

On a plate add sliced watermelon radishes all around the plate. Season aggressively with salt. Then add the sliced avocados to the plate and season them well. Then add the blood oranges slices to the plate. Take your dressing and spoon all over the radishes, avocados, and fruit. Drizzle the plate with olive oil. Then add the sliced red radishes to the plate and finish with the fresh mint. Season again with a pinch of salt all over and a dash of black pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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Culurgiones

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Culurgiones

Here is the signature pasta dish from Sicily. I’ve been to Italy several times but never had the opportunity yet to visit Sicily. I look forward to that opportunity if I ever get that chance. In southern Italy a semolina style pasta dough is more common than the northern style with eggs. You can choose whatever dough you are more comfortable with but the one I gave is the semolina style dough. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!


Pasta see recipe

Culurgiones

1 russet potato boiled and mashed

2 oz mozzarella

2-3 oz each Parmesan and manchego

2 tbsp of chopped tarragon and chives

3-4 tbsp of butter

3 tbsp of creme fraiche

Salt and pepper

Tomato butter see recipe

Pesto sauce see recipe


For the Filling

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and allow to cool to room temperature.

For the pasta

In a bowl with both flours mixed well. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour. Add the water and mix with your hands until you make a dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and then wrap and allow it to rest. Then using a bench scrapper or knife cut the dough in half. Then take your dough and pass it through the pasta machine and work it down to the 2nd to last setting. Repeat the same process. Then use a 3 1/2-inch ring mold to cut out circles. Then take your filling and place in the center of the round disk. You want to over stuff the round. Then fold the pasta into a “taco” shape around the filling. Fold in the bottom of the taco and pinch the edges together. As you are folding the seam you should be pushing the filling out the the round. Continue this step until the pasta is sealed tightly. It should look like a zipper. Continue until you all have no more filling

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Tomato sauce

Take tomatoes and cut in half.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt.  Place on the hot part of the grill and grill for 3-4 minutes until charred a bit.  Place the grilled tomatoes in a small pot and add cream.  Cook for 5 minutes on low heat, then add to vita mix with basil and puree until smooth.  Slowly add the butter to the blender until all is incorporated.  Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.


For the Pesto,

Place all the ingredients except for the olive oil in a food processor. Puree for 15 seconds and then drizzle in the olive oil until you have a smooth paste. If you want a thicker pesto use less oil to make a thick paste. If you want a more runny sauce use more olive oil. Season with salt and set aside.


To Finish,

Place a pot of salt water on the stove and bring to a boil. Place the culurgiones in the water and boil for 2-3 minutes. Strain out and place in two different pans. Place some of the pesto in one pan and place the tomato butter in the other pan. Season with salt and pepper and place in a bowl. Shave a few pieces of parmesan on top. Serve and enjoy!

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Chestnut and White Truffle Pasta

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Chestnut and White Truffle Pasta

Here is a seasonal winter pasta recipe using chestnuts and white truffles. Chestnuts are rich and flavorful with the earthiness of white truffle gives this pasta an over the top flavor. I love stuffed pastas and I thought a little cheese with the chestnuts would round out the dish. Nothing to difficult just a few expensive ingredients. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Chestnut and cheese filling

10 oz of boiled chestnuts

8 oz of ricotta cheese

2 oz of petite basque

salt and pepper

Pasta dough see recipe

Celery root puree see recipe

1 1/2 sticks of butter

6 oz of pasta water

1 tsp white truffle oil (optional)

1 white truffle shaved

For the Filling,

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and place in a plastic pastry bag and keep cool.

For the Pasta

Place 2 cups of flour with semolina in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour.  Add eggs, water, and salt.  With a fork stir the egg mixture until it starts to form a ball of dough.  Then use your hands to form the dough.   Add more flour if the dough is wet.  Knead the pasta for 5 minutes and then cover and raring

Take your pasta and cut in half.  Leave one half covered while you work with the other half.  Take the half of the pasta with a rolling pin and roll until the dough is thin enough to fit inside the biggest setting on your pasta machine ( I use the kitchen aid attachment).  Then run the pasta all the way down to the lowest setting twice.  Dusting the dough with flour if it is too wet. Then on the third time run it down to the second to last setting.  Again, Use a little flour for dusting.  You should have long sheets at this point.  Using your pastry bag pipe the cheese mixture along the bottom of the pasta leaving about a 1/2 inch from the edge.  Run it along the whole length of the pasta sheet leaving about an inch or two at the ends (one long tube of filling).  Then take a pastry brush or spray bottle of water and brush the top portion of the pasta sheet.  Take the bottom part pasta closest to the filling and roll over to the brushed top portion.  You should now have a long tube like pasta running all the way down the length of the pasta.  Now, at every 1/2 inch use your index fingers and press down with with each index finger to create a little "ravioli"  Continue the same thing all the way down the pasta sheet.  Then using a pinwheel cutter cut away the excess pasta at the top.  Then cut in between each press that you make with your fingers to create each agnolotti.  Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and extra semolina flower to help prevent sticking.   Set aside while you aside while you repeat the same process with the other half of the pasta ball.

To Finish,

Place your chestnut agnolotti pasta in salted boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes until they float to the top.  Strain off and place in the saute pan with a little bit of pasta water, add the butter to emulsify into the water and pasta. Season with salt.  Place a spoonful of celery root puree in the bottom of the bowl. Then place 3-4 pieces of the agnolloti on top. Spoon a little of the butter sauce on top. Grate fresh parmesan on top, add chives, and fresh shave white truffles (add a little truffle oil if your truffles are lacking in a flavor). Serve and enjoy!

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Cauliflower Rice, Almond, Curry

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Cauliflower Rice, Almond, Curry

Here is a fantastic vegetarian recipe that everyone immediately fell in love with. At first glance this really doesn’t look or sound like an exciting dish but the surprise is underneath the vegetables. The secrete sauce is creamy in texture but without the fat. It is basically a indian flavor romesco sauce that was fantastic with the cauliflower. This is a go to vegetarian dish that is bound to make any guest go wild. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Cauliflower

1 lb of riced or diced cauliflower

1 1/2 tbsp of curry powder

2 tbsp of olive oil and butter


“Indian Romesco Sauce”

2 roasted yellow peppers

1 Serrano

1/4 cup marcona almonds

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp of graham Marsala

1/3 cup of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


1 head of purple cauliflower

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 tbsp of ras al hanout

Salt to taste

1/2 cup of roasted sliced almonds

Cilantro


For the Romesco,

Place all the ingredients into a vitamix except for the olive oil and salt. Puree all the ingredients for 30 seconds and then drizzle in the olive oil. Season with salt and set aside.

For the Cauliflower, Preheat oven 400

Place the cauliflower in a bowl and drizzle with half of the olive oil. Season with salt, and ras al hanout powder. Toss to incorporate everything evenly. Spread evenly on a sheet pan lined with parchment or foil ( optional, I do this to make clean up easier ). Place the cauliflower in the oven and roast for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile

To Finish,

In a small pot add butter and oil to a pan along with the rice cauliflower add a tsp of salt. Cover and turn on medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the curry powder. Cook for another 5-8 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Using a round cookie ring add some sauce in the bottom of the ring. Then add the riced cauliflower on top of the sauce. Then take the roasted cauliflower and place on top of the riced cauliflower. finish with toasted almonds and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!


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Gnoccetti Sardi with Pesto

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Gnoccetti Sardi with Pesto

How To Make Home Made Pasta Gnoccetti-Rocchetti

What is one of the easiest and classic pasta recipes to make? Pesto pasta! How about home made Gnoccetti or rocchetti. Southern Italy uses more of the duram wheat or semolina flour without the use of eggs in their pasta dough. This is a great pasta for anyone who is allergic to eggs. The key to using the semolina flour is using warm water which hydrates the flour. Traditionally the pasta is just semolina and water. I added a little bit of 00 flour which makes the pasta, I think, a little softer and tender, than just all semolina. This pesto sauce you use can be the traditional recipe if you using pine nuts but in this case my son is allergic to all nuts; so I’ve made pesto for him a few times using pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts and he absolutely loves it! Another win for pasta because he doesn’t like tomato sauce. We now have another alternative for school lunches instead of sandwiches everyday. He can easily take this to school and eat it cold for lunch. Not only do the kids love it, which they normally complain about anything green, pumpkin seeds are a lot cheaper on the wallet than pine nuts. I saw recently they were almost $20 a pound. Not cheap. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Semolina Pasta

2 cups semolina

1 cup 00 flour

1-1/4 cup warm water

salt optional


Pesto

4 oz basil

2 garlic cloves

1/3 cup of roasted pine nuts ( pumpkin seeds if nut allergy)

1 oz of parmesan cheese

1 -1/4 cup of olive oil

salt to taste


For the Pasta,

In a bowl with both flours mixed well. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour. Add the water and mix with your hands until you make a dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and then wrap and allow it to rest. Then using a bench scrapper or knife cut the dough in half. Then cut the dough into 5 equal slices. Take the slices and roll using your hands into a rope. Cut the rope into dime size pieces that are round. Then using a pasta board take your thumb and apply a little pressure and flick them off the board. Here is a video I made to show you the technique. This is exactly what you would do if you were making gnocchi hence the name Gnoccetti.

For the Pesto,

Place all the ingredients except for the olive oil in a food processor. Puree for 15 seconds and then drizzle in the olive oil until you have a smooth paste. If you want a thicker pesto use less oil to make a thick paste. If you want a more runny sauce use more olive oil. Season with salt and set aside.

To Finish,

Have a pot of salted water on high heat to bring to a boil. Once boiling add the gnoccetti to the water and cook for about 3 minutes until they start to float and are tender. Meanwhile add 4 tbsp of pesto to a saute pan on medium heat. Strain out the pasta and add 4-6 oz of pasta water to the pan with the pasta and pesto. Toss the pasta around a few time so the sauce coats the gnoccetti ( you could easily add cream and a little butter to make it a little richer but I didn’t here). Then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Check seasoning and then place a few spoonfuls on to a few plates. Grate with fresh parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy this easy pasta dish!

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Sweet Potato with Thai Red Curry, Black Garlic, and Myoga

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Sweet Potato with Thai Red Curry, Black Garlic, and Myoga

“Twist on Thai”

Want a new and exciting sweet potato dish that is not only delicious but healthy too? If you are like my wife and not the biggest fans of sweet potato this is a recipe bound to convert all those haters into believers. Not only is it easy but it is absolutely delicious!

This recipe could be served as an appetizer or an entree. This was a huge hit with Jp and his guests that I served recently. This dish has everything from sweet, to spice, to crunch and acid. A great balance of flavors and textures that is bound to make any guest extremely please. This is a fantastic vegetarian recipe that could easily be a whole meal in itself. This a not a time consuming recipe as well and the sauce can be made ahead of time and just reheated when you need it. Here is the recipe on a asian inspired sweet potato. I hope you enjoy it!

Red Curry Sauce

1 finger of ginger sliced

1 lemongrass stalk sliced

1/2 onion sliced

4 garlic cloves

1 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 limes Kaffir lime leaves (if you have them)

2 red peppers chopped

2 cans of coconut milk

4 oz of red curry paste

2 1/2 oz of palm sugar or granulated sugar

1 tsp of fish sauce (optional)

2 tsp of sesame oil

1/4 cup of each fresh thai basil, mint, cilantro leaves

4 white sweet potatoes roasted

1 cup of wild rice fried (see recipe)

Pickled Myoga Ginger

6 myoga ginger cut in quarters

1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar

1/3 cup of sugar

Black Garlic Mayo

2 bulbs of black garlic peeled

1 cup mayo

salt

micro cilantro

For the Red Curry,

In small sauce pot on medium heat add sesame oil, onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon stick, red pepper, star anise and kaffir lime leaves.  Cook for 10 minutes without browning.  Then add sugar and red curry paste and cook for 1 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.  Then add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.  Cook for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat, add fish sauce and your herbs to steep for 10 minutes.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer, keep warm until ready to use. You might need to adjust the seasoning with a pinch of salt.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Take sweet potato and drizzle with olive oil and salt.  Place the sweet potatoes in a roasting and place in the oven.  Cook sweet potatoes for about an hour or until tender.  Take out and let them rest. 

For the black garlic mayo,

Add all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Adjust the seasoning with salt. Place into a squeeze bottle until ready to use.

For the pickled myoga,

Place vinegar, salt, and sugar into a pot. Bring to a boil, place sliced myoga in a heat proof bowl. Pour the hot vinegar over the ginger. Cover and allow to come to room temp.

To Finish,

Simply take the sweet potato and cut it into 1 inch thick pieces. Place it in the bottom of the bowl. Add some hot red curry sauce around the sweet potato. Take the black garlic mayo and place dots of the sauce around the bowl. Add the fried wild rice on top along with myoga, and cilantro sprigs. Serve and enjoy this sweet and spicy vegetarian dish!

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