Month: July 2013

Grilled Beef Salad Tacos

Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb shaved steak 2 jalapenos, cut into 1/2 inch chunks 1 onion, quartered 1/2 cup Old El Paso Hot Taco Sauce 3 tablespoons lime juice 8 Old El Paso Soft Tortillas, warmed 1 1/2 cups watercress 1 bunch radishes, sliced 2 avocados, diced 1/2 cup shredded mixed […]

Dill & Fish Pepper Pickled Green Tomato Slices

Ingredients: 5 large green (unripe) tomatoes (about 4-5 lbs total) cut into 1/4 inch slices and quartered 6 cloves garlic (one for each jar) 6 fish peppers* (one for each jar) 6 dill flowers (one for each jar) 1/4 (loose) cup dill, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard seed 1 […]

Coachella Valley Date (Gelato) Shake

Ingredients: 1 cup 2% milk 1 cup pitted California Medjool dates 1 pint vanilla bean gelato Directions: Place the milk and dates in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Add gelato. Pulse until blended. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 large date shakes My thoughts: I had read about date shakes, the supposed […]

Eggplant, Chicken and Okra Dirty Rice Skillet

Ingredients: 1/2 lb chicken livers, pureed 1 large Ichiban Eggplant, diced (about 2 1/2 cups) 1 cup diced okra 1 onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 jalapenos, minced 2 tablespoon minced fresh Italian parsley 1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika 1 1/3 cups chicken stock (divided […]

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes with Capers and Basil

Ingredients: 3 cups halved various heirloom cherry tomatoes 1/4 of 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoon nonpareil capers 5 sprigs’ worth of leaves from bush basil* 1 clove garlic, minced 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil sea salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Toss together the […]

Radish, Smoked Salmon & Dill Dip

Ingredients: 8 red radishes, quartered 4 oz sliced Norwegian smoked salmon 1/4 (loose) cup fresh dill 1 shallot, minced 8 oz brick Greek Cream Cheese with Greek Yogurt 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1/4-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder zest from one lemon sea salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Add the radish to […]

Radish Cucumber Relish

Ingredients: 1 “baby” cucumber, small dice 3 medium-large red radishes, small dice 3 tablespoons small dice onion 1 serrano pepper, minced dressing: 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed sea salt freshly ground pepper Directions: Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small […]

Upside Down Nectarine Cake

Ingredients: 2 cups peeled, sliced nectarines (from about 3-4 nectarines) 2-3 tablespoons demerara sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 cup nectarine puree* 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons canola oil (plus some to grease the pan) 1 1/4 cup flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste 1/4 […]

Raspberry Thai Basil Jam

Ingredients: 3 cups lightly crushed raspberries (about 1 1/2 lb) 3 tablespoons powdered pectin* 2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons chopped Thai Basil Directions: Evenly sprinkle the bottom of the Ball Jam Maker with the pectin. Spoon the fruit in a relatively even layer over the pectin. Press the jam button. […]

Steak & Veggie Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

Ingredients: for the steak: 1 1/4 lb flank steak 2 tablespoons chimichurri spice mix 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 serrano pepper, minced 1 shallot, diced 1 radish, minced for the salad: 1 lb cooked small pasta (I used cavatappi) 1 bulb fennel, diced 5 red radishes, sliced and quartered […]