Month: March 2014

Pickled Asparagus with Fennel

Ingredients: 5 pounds asparagus, cut into jar sized pieces 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced 1 oz fresh dill, chopped 1 oz fennel fronds, chopped 4 cloves garlic 8 fresh bay leaves 4 1/2 cups water 5 cups white vinegar 1/3 cup pickling salt 3 teaspoons black peppercorns 3 teaspoons […]

Fennel-Orange Pickled Shrimp

Ingredients: 3 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined and steamed 6 green onions, chopped 1/2 Cara Cara orange, thinly sliced 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced 1 small onion, thinly sliced juice of 2 Cara Cara oranges 1/2 cup white wine vinegar 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, […]

Smoky Avocado Ranch Dip

Ingredients: 1 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 avocado 3 tablespoons dry buttermilk* 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon freeze dried chives 1 1/2 teaspoons dillweed 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle 1/2 teaspoon dried onion 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder […]

Parsley-Cheddar Pesto

Ingredients: 3 large bunches Italian (flat-leaf) parsley 4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, cubed 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds 4 cloves garlic salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Place the parsley, cheddar, olive oil, almonds, garlic salt and pepper in a food processor or blender, pulse […]

Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage

Ingredients: 1 very large head of cabbage 1 1/2 cups vegetable, chicken or beef stock 1 1/2 tablespoons grainy deli-style mustard for the filling: 1 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock 1/2 cup kasha (buckwheat groats) 1 large onion, chopped 1 egg, beaten sea salt freshly ground black pepper 2 […]

Butternut Squash Fig-Orange Hamantaschen

Ingredients: for the cookie: 1/3 cup  butternut squash puree 1/3 cup oil canola oil 2 tablespoons fig preserves or jam (I used my homemade fig honey cardamom jam) 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (I used Cara Cara oranges) 3 cups flour 1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 cup sugar filling: […]

Buttermilk Pain Perdu

Ingredients: 2 cups buttermilk 1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 3 eggs 8 large slices bread Directions: Whisk together the buttermilk, rum, sugar and eggs until smooth. Place sliced bread in rimmed baking sheets in a single layer. Pour the liquid over the bread. Let soak […]

Root Beer Pecan Brittle

Ingredients: 2 cups halved pecans, toasted 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 8 tablespoons butter, cubed 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoon McCormick root beer concentrate Directions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Bring the sugar, corn syrup, butter and root beer concentrate to […]

“Everything” Soft Pretzel Bites

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon active dry yeast 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/3 cups lukewarm water 4 1/3 cups flour 1/2 cup baking soda 1 egg, beaten 3 tablespoons coarse salt 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 1 teaspoon poppy seeds 3 teaspoon granulated garlic 3 teaspoons dehydrated onion Directions: In large […]

Peanut Butter & Cocoa Chili

Ingredients: 2 lb cubed beef 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 serrano chiles, diced 1 onion, diced 1 shallot, minced 30 oz fire roasted (canned) tomatoes, drained 15 oz canned dark red kidney beans, drained 2 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon cocoa 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 teaspoon Ancho chile 1 […]