Almond And Apricot Biscotti

Written by Brian Strauss.

Almond And Apricot BiscottiThis twice-baked cookie is a classic with coffee or tea. The whole wheat and nuts provide the mineral manganese, which helps bone formation, and the antioxidant selenium, which is important for thyroid hormone function. Makes 24 cookies.
3/4 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons 1 percent low-fat milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons dark honey
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup chopped dried apricots

Mimosa for Two

Written by Brian Strauss.

4 ounces orange juice
1 (750 ml) bottle dry champagne
1 ounces Triple Sec or Courvoisier
garnish with orange rind.
Rinse and chill 2 champagne glasses in freezer. Pour 2 ounces of orange juice into each glass. Then fill almost to the top with champagne. Finish each glass with a splash of Triple Sec or Courvoisier and garnish with orange rind.

Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil

Written by Brian Strauss.

Red Snapper with Roasted Grape tomatosSnapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic
and Basil
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Pinch or two red pepper flakes (to taste)
Kosher salt
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, tear or cut with scissors
4 (6-ounce) snapper fillets, with skin
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, position rack in the middle of the oven.
Toss the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, garlic, vinegar, pepper flakes, and salt, to taste. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast until the tomatoes get juicy, about 15 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to a bowl and toss with the basil.
Dry the fish very well all over. To keep the fish from curling in the pan, lightly slash a cross-hatch pattern into the skin of the fish with a sharp knife. Brush the rounded flesh side of the fish with the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Place the fish, seasoned side down, in the oil, and cook undisturbed over high heat, until the fish turns both opaque along the edges and golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the snapper and turn off the heat and let the fish cook in the residual heat of the pan until the fillets are firm but still juicy, about 1 minute more.
Top with the tomatoes

Spicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry

Written by Brian Strauss.

Thai BasilSpicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry
1 1/2 cups water
3 (3 ounce) packages beef flavored ramen noodles
1/2 cup beef broth
3 tablespoons Thai chili peanut sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger
1/4 cup fresh Thai Basil Chopped
4 chopped garlic cloves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound beef top round steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips (could substitute chicken or tofu)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot cut into matchsticks
2 stalk celery, thinly sliced
4 scallions, include the greens thinly sliced
2 cups shredded cabbage (nappa or bok choy)
1 cup bean sprouts
6 fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
Crushed pepper flakes ( optional)
Cook ramen according to package only use one of the seasoning packs. Whisk the beef broth, peanut sauce, soy sauce together in a bowl; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in the steak; cook and stir until the steak is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet. Stir in the carrots,celery,garlic,ginger and green onion, Cook and stir until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, bean sprouts,Thai Basil and mushrooms. Stir in the sauce. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.Toss in the cooked ramen noodles and steak. Serve in bowls.

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Kalamata Olives Vinaigrette

Written by Brian Strauss.

Kalmata olives 3 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat or curly parsley
3 navel oranges
10 cups mixed lettuces, try using chicory, radicchio red/greenleaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 head Belgian endive, sliced
1 bulb fennel, trimmed and sliced
To prepare vinaigrette: Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil. Stir in olives and parsley.
To prepare salad: Using a sharp knife, remove peel and white pith from oranges. Quarter the oranges; slice pieces crosswise. Just before serving, combine lettuces, endive, fennel and the orange slices in a large bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat well.

Lentil Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen.

Different varieties of LentilsTraditional Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground toasted cumin (optional)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground *grains of paradise
Place the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and salt and cook until the onions become translucent, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, broth, coriander, cumin and grains of paradise and stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Using a stick blender, puree to your preferred consistency.

Chipotle Lentil Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion or 1/2 medium, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/3 cups brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
6 cups water
Salt to taste
1 to 2 canned chipotles in adobo, to taste, rinsed, seeded and sliced, plus a teaspoon of the adobo sauce

Heat the canola oil over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot. Add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about five minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and tomato paste. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Stir in the lentils and water, add salt to taste (1 to 2 teaspoons) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the lentils are very tender, about 50 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Using a hand blender, coarsely purée the soup, or purée half the soup in batches in a blender. (Make sure to remove the stopper from the blender lid and hold a towel tightly down over the top to avoid hot splashes.) Stir the blended soup back into the pot, and combine well. Add the chipotles, and heat through. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Jack O Lantern Ghoulish Chocolate Chip Cookies

Written by The Big Goblin.

Jack O Lantern Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin and chocolate chips a great pairing for Halloween. Add some strategically placed chips when the cookies come out of the oven for eyes, then drizzle the glaze  to look like blood and guts. 

Coconut Milk Ceviche w Ahi Tuna

Written by Brian Strauss.

Coconut Milk Ceviche w Ahi Tuna1 pound Ahi Tuna
boned (if needed) and cut into small squares
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon minced jalapeño
Salt
1 and a half cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves,
rinsed and chopped, plus
more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 avocado, pitted, skinned and
sliced 1/8" thin.

In a stainless steel bowl, toss tuna with limejuice, jalapeño and a pinch of salt. Cover bowl and let macerate in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Add coconut milk, red onion and cilantro, and season with salt and a bit of fresh pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more limejuice, coconut milk or salt if needed. Serving: divide an avocado among six bowls, and season with a pinch of salt. Spoon in the ceviche, drizzling it with the sauce. Garnish with *cilantro leaves.
*Cilantro can be substituted with mint or parsley.

Caramel Pecan Brie

Written by Brian Strauss.

Fresh picked PecansCaramel Pecan Brie
2 wheel goat cheese brie
4 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
2 teaspoon cold butter, chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoon chopped pecans

Homemade Applesauce

Written by Brian Strauss.

12 Honey crisp apples washed (No need to peel, or take out seeds)
12 cortland apples washes

Put in big pot ( like a soup pot)

Bring to a boil  cook until apples are soft

Set up your foley food mill, with a bowl underneath
Put apples in, a few  strokes, Voila Apple sauce

Notes: optional add cinnomon sticks to water, for sweeter applesauce brown sugar,  maple syrup, Agave syrup, 


After I cook the applesuace, I use the apple water to cook down Habernos or Jalapenos for the start of a fantastic  Jam, jelly or hot sauce 

Cream of Artichoke Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen.

Cream of Artichoke SoupCream of Artichoke Soup

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 leeks, white part only, washed well and chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 medium or 2 small potato, peeled and chopped
2 (8-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
4 cups vegetable stock
3/4 cups plain yogurt
1/4 cup half & half
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and the garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the artichokes, stock, salt, and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

*Using a handheld immersion blender, or in a blender in small amounts, puree the soup. Add the yogurt & half and half.
Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Top with sprinkled parmesan cheese and chives.

* Blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

Corn Chowder

Written by Staff recipes.

Corn Chowder

 

Corn Chowder
6 cups chopped sweet onions (4 large onions)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (one stick) or margarine
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
12 cups chicken or vegetable stock
6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes,
unpeeled (2 pounds)
10 cups corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (approx. 3 pounds)
2 cups half and half (substitute using non-fat, half and half, regular milk or skim milk)
1/2 pound sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
In a large soup pot on medium heat add the onions and butter and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. (If using frozen corn you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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