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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa, Cranberries and Swiss Chard

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

Since reading Food Matters by Mark Bittman, I have started to work more veggies into my diet. This tasty recipe, from The Cancer Fighting Kitchen, by Rebecca Katz, is a meal in itself. Make more than you need as it is great as a leftover.

 
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Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the tops off the squash and scoop out the seeds. Cut the pointy ends off the squash so that they will stand up once they are stuffed.
  3. Stir the olive oil, salt, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl. Use a brush to spread the spice mixture over the inside of the squash. Place the squash, top side down, on the prepared pan and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender. Check after 20 minutes by touching the top of the squash with your finger. If it is soft, transfer the squash from the oven and cover with foil until ready to fill them.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling. Put the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and rinse will under running cold water.
  5. Heat the 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and fennel, and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cumin and coriander, then stir in the quinoa. Stir in the water and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, cover, and bring to a boil, the lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid. Remove from heat, and fluff with a fork.
  6. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the 1 Tablepoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, then add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and cranberries. Stir for 10 seconds, then add the kale and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt. Saute until the greens are tender, (about 5 minutes for kale and 3 for chard). Remove from the heat and stir in a squeeze of the lemon juice.
  7. Spoon the quinoa mixture into the squash. Top each squash with a scoop of the greens.

 

Bright Green Lemony Pesto

Sunday, September 7th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

I never measure.  That’s why I like Jamie Oliver – a dash of this and a shake of that.  Also his accent is adorable. This combination of ingredients always works, no matter the proportions.

In your food processor, whip up:

  • Lemon zest (at least a whole lemon)
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fine sea Salt
  • Organic ground cayenne - a dash is good
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic (not more than two cloves, unless you like it really garlicky)
  • Pine nuts
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • Drizzle in olive oil last

Looks pretty over little curly fusilli noodles, or keep on hand to brighten up sandwiches.

Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger Spice Blend

Monday, October 25th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

Our Ginger Spice Blend adds an exotic punch to traditional butternut squash soup. Roasting the squash rather than boiling it enhances its sweetness and results in a richer taste and texture. The  addition of apple adds a light citrus twist and the hot sauce is the perfect balance for the natural sugars in the squash.

I just split and seeded the squash and tossed it in the oven while I was getting ready for work. I put the whole thing in the fridge (roasting pan and all) and pulled it out when I got back from work to finish the soup. I had the soup on the table 20 minutes after I walked in the door.

 
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Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice squash in half and remove seeds.
  3. Seed and cut apple into quarters.
  4. Place squash face down on a greased roasting pan.
  5. Roast squash in the oven for 20 minutes, add apple and roast an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, let cool, and peel skins off squash and apple pieces.
  7. Add chicken stock, squash and apple to a stock pot. Bring to a boil, and lower heat to a simmer.
  8. Simmer for 10 minutes, blend using an immersion blender until soup is one consistency and there are no remaining chunks of squash.
  9. Stir in Ginger Spice Blend, salt, pepper and cream.
  10. Let soup rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  11. Drizzle the top of each bowl with Cholula sauce.

 

Cheese Kugel

Sunday, September 7th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

Sometimes you just need a little comfort food. This recipe is from my sister-in-law, Kathy.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lb cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 lb egg noodles (already boiled)
  • (1/2 cup – cornflakes, bread crumbs, dried fried onions etc – optional)

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Chicken Rotini Salad with Rosemary

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 by Jenny Ross

Straight from the American Heart Association’s web site, here’s a yummy recipe for the cholesterol-conscious!

Chicken Rotini Salad with Rosemary
 
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  • 4 ounces dried multigrain rotini
  • 1½ cups cubed cooked skinless chicken breasts, cooked without salt
  • (about 7½ ounces cooked)
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach (about 1 ounce)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 2.25-ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (extra-virgin preferred)
  • ½ teaspoon organic dried rosemary, crushed
  • ¼ cup crumbled low-fat blue cheese

Directions
  1. In a stockpot or large saucepan, prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt and oil. Drain in a colander. Run under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool the pasta quickly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the blue cheese.
  3. Stir in the pasta. Gently fold in the blue cheese.

 

Chicken Soup with Vermicelli

Monday, September 1st, 2008 by Jean Gleason

This recipe is from The Soup Bible, by Debra Mayhew, which is one of the best soup cookbooks I’ve found. There are three recipes in this cookbook which are outstanding. The other two are Thai Chicken and Noodle Soup and Seafood and Sausage Gumbo.

The parsnips and lemon give this soup a slight twist on the traditional chicken soup. Whenever anyone gets a cold, I make them this soup. (more…)

Curried Eggs

Thursday, August 21st, 2008 by Jean Gleason

I’ve been known to add curry powder to my eggs just to change things up a bit.

Curry blends can vary dramatically. Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in many curry blends, including ours. (Actually, curry powder can successfully be substituted when turmeric is called for in most recipes.) I find that someone asks about turmeric at pretty much every farmers’ market. They aren’t sure what it tastes like, but they want to buy it. I tell them that if they like curry, they probably like turmeric.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 oz extra sharp cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon organic curry powder

Directions

  1. Saute onion, tomato, and mushrooms in oil over medium heat.
  2. Beat eggs with curry powder and a splash of water.
  3. Add eggs to pan.
  4. Sprinkle cilantro and cheese over eggs.
  5. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Curried Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

I usually make this in the fall and winter, but the past few days have been so cold, I broke out the soup pot and made a double batch of Curried Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup. The roasted sweet potato slightly sweetens the bite of the curry and the two flavors meld together to create a complex and tasty soup.

 
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  1. roast sweet potato in a 425° oven for 30 minutes. Do this while you make the rest of the soup.
  2. saute onion, in olive oil and butter over medium heat for 4 minutes
  3. add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes
  4. add curry powder and lentils and cook for a few more minutes
  5. add water and chicken stock and bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  6. remove skin from sweet potato, then add the potato to the soup
  7. puree everything together
  8. return to pan and season with salt and pepper
  9. ladle into bowls and garnish with a light dusting of paprika

 

Curried Turkey Salad

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

I like turkey, but with just two of us, roasting a whole turkey is a little excessive.  Instead, I buy the turkey breast tenders at whole foods and roast them.  They are a little less than a pound a piece, so one is perfect for the two of us. 

In this recipe, the sweetness of the grapes and the nutty flavor of pecans are perfect complements to the heat of the curry and cayenne.

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Delfina’s Insalata Del Campo

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Owner and acclaimed chef Craig Stoll shared this with San Francisco Chronicle readers. There isn’t much that you can make at home that recaptures the magic of Delfina Restaurant, but this comes close.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 head radicchio
  • 1/2 head frisee, tender light green leaves only
  • 2 ounces baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 4 thick slices pancetta
  • parmesan wedges

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Easy as Pizza Pie!

Saturday, September 24th, 2011 by Lynn Hollenbeck

My sister lives in Pottersville, New Jersey, a pastoral setting graced with historic barns, stone churches, streams  and horses galloping or posing nobly in meadows, but alas, no pizza delivery. Doesn’t matter, her four kids would never eat any other pizza but this. It’s slapdash, foolproof and delicious.

 
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  • flour
  • cornmeal
  • yeast, 1 Tablespoon
  • honey, one glug
  • olive oil, one lug
  • large can tomato sauce
  • sugar, 1 Tablespoon
  • organic red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon
  • organic oregano, 1 teaspoon
  • mozzerella cheese (whole milk, any supermarket brand), shredded
  • Italian sausage (optional)
  • sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • olives (optional)
  • sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • arugula (optional)
  • Special equipment:
  • pizza stone
  • wooden pizza paddle

Directions
  1. Grab a coffee cup. Fill it with water. Microwave it between 1-2 minutes. It should be hot enough that your finger can stand it but still feel some heat, above luke-warm temperature.
  2. Add yeast, honey and olive oil, stir and wait for it to foam.
  3. Pour yeast mixture in bowl and start adding flour little by little and working it until your hands no longer stick to it, about ⅓ of a bag of flour.
  4. Separate the dough into 2 round balls and set aside somewhere non-drafty. It will rise in ½ hour to 45 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, open the can of tomato sauce and mix in, right in the can (less to wash), the sugar, red pepper flakes and oregano.
  6. If you prefer sausage topping, sauté the sausage and break up the big clumps.
  7. Sprinkle corn meal on a big cutting board or other smooth surface.
  8. Set the pizza stone on the rack in the oven and pre-heat the oven to between 400° and 425°F.
  9. When pizza is rolled out thin, spread tomato sauce, sprinkle cheese evenly, and add mushrooms, olives, freshly shredded basil or whatever toppings you fancy.
  10. Sprinkle cornmeal on the pizza stone.
  11. Slide the pizza from the pizza paddle onto the pizza stone in the oven.
  12. Bake about 10 minutes or until you see cheese about to turn golden-brown.
  13. Toss arugula, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and set out for guests to eat on the side or top the pizza with it.
  14. Don’t forget the red wine.

 

Fondue in a Pumpkin

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

This was fun to make and serve on Halloween night, but it would also make for a festive fall or holiday appetizer. The oozing cheese and cream make for a very rich dish, so a crisp green salad complements it perfectly. I served it with Insalada del Campo, a perennial favorite at Delfina Restaurant in San Francisco. Delfina’s owner and chef Craig Stoll generously shared it in the San Francisco Chronicle. The pumpkin recipe is from my most recent issue of Gourmet. Here it is.

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Good Morning Vietnam Sandwich

Sunday, October 5th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

“Happy Donut.” The name doesn’t exactly market that fact that they also sell the most delicious sandwiches known to man. Toasty warm on the outside and thickly layered with crunchy marinated carrots, bright green cilantro and cold refreshing cucumber – all necessary to cool down the fiery chili-encrusted pork at the core – these Vietnamese sandwiches are dangerously addicting. If you don’t have immediate access to a Happy Donut or its equivalent, here’s an (I’m sure non-authentic, but satisfies the craving) equivalent. I started the preparation for lunch the night before, but we were so excited about it that we had them for breakfast, with Vietnamese style ice-coffee. Thus the name.

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Green Lentil Soup with Spinach and Coconut Milk

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 by Jean Gleason
High on spice, flavor and nutrition.  This soup has a rich broth flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, turmeric, and cayenne.
 
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Directions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, celery, and carrots and sauté 5 more minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat and add the thyme, turmeric, coriander and cayenne. Continue cooking for another 2 or 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the vegetable stock and lentils bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes. If soup gets too thick, add more water to pot as the lentils cook.
  5. Add the spinach, coconut milk, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and pepper, and stir until well combined, and let simmer for another 15 minutes

 

Grilled Chicken with Herbes Provencal

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 by Jean Gleason

While the contractors continued to rip apart our condo, we escaped the dust and rubble and spent three days in the mountains. Thursday was sunny and hot (I got a sunburn). The weather turned manic on Friday, dropped 30 degrees, and pummeled us with a spectacular spring storm, dropping more than a foot of snow in less than 12 hours. Saturday, the sun returned to reflect off the snow laden branches. A spectacular first day of spring!

We returned to Denver on Sunday to find the circuit breaker thrown on our refrigerator and freezer. Everything inside was a bacterial cesspool and had to be tossed in the dumpster. Our stove has been disconnected, so we are now without a cook top and oven for the next few weeks.

After an arduous trip to the grocery store to replace all of our chilled staples, we threw together a tasty meal, worthy of the first day of spring, grilled chicken with Herbes Provencal and spinach salad with grapefruit and walnuts.

Grilled Chicken with Herbes Provencal
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic Herbes Provencal

Directions
  1. Directions
  2. Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, and Herbes Provencal to make marinade.
  3. For best results, marinate chicken in plastic bag overnight—it will be exceptionally tender. If you are in a pinch, let the chicken sit for at least 30 minutes .
  4. Grill over medium heat until done.

 

Grilled Spiced Chicken

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

We eat a lot of chicken, so I am always looking for a way to mix it up a little bit. This is easy to make, but has an exotic taste, like you spent a lot of time in the kitchen. In testing our new spice blends, we made this recipe twice. First with Garam Masala, then with Chinese 5 Spice Powder. In our kitchen the Garam Masala version won hands down, however, if you are a fan of anise, you may prefer the Chinese 5 Spice version.

If you plan ahead and marinate the chicken overnight, the flavors are richer and the chicken is more moist.

 
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  1. Directions
  2. Make a marinade by whisking together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil and spices.
  3. Pound the chicken breasts to ½ inch thick and even in height.
  4. Marinate the chicken breasts overnight in a plastic bag.
  5. Grill chicken over medium heat until done.

 

Last of Summer’s Bounty Eggplant Parmesan

Sunday, September 7th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

We spent Labor Day Weekend with my in-laws in Anderson, California. It’s real country up there, with goats and chickens and llamas roaming in yards and fields. My mother-in-law Cleo buys her vegetables from neighbors, and sends us back to San Francisco with the best bounty of the season. This time we returned with those little purple Japanese eggplants, tomatoes and fragrant basil from her own garden. During the visit, in between making root beer floats and chocolate haystack cookies for our demanding children, she somehow managed to whip up this delicious/nutritious eggplant casserole. It’s reminiscent of eggplant parmesan but without all the oil and frying and mess. I made it as soon as I returned, with my nice vegetables from the friendly farmers. I won’t pretend that I measured anything, but these are the ingredients. (more…)

Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

For Christmas last year, my friend Mary gave me a new cookbook, The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. The cookbook, written by Rebecca Katz, is chock full of nutrient dense recipes that Rebecca developed while working with cancer patients. This was the first recipe I tried, and the second time I used the cookbook, I made this again because I liked it so much the first time! It took me a few weeks to branch out and try her other recipes… which are also fabulous, but this is still my favorite. Often, I just make the marinated lentils (through step 2) and store them in the fridge. Then, I toss them with whatever veggies I have, for a quick, tasty, nutritious salad.

 
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  1. Combine the lentils, garlic, oregano, bay leaf, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and cover with water or broth by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then cover, lower the heat, and simmer until the lentils are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the lentils thoroughly and discard the whole spices.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin, and salt together. Toss the lentils with the vinaigrette, then refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the bell pepper, cucumber, olives, mint and parsley and combine. Season as desired with salt, pepper, or lemon juice. Serve with feta cheese sprinkled over the top.

 

Orzo with Feta and Bell Peppers

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 by Jenny Ross

This orzo salad is a refreshing Mediterranean side dish to your grilled chicken, beef or fish. (I highly recommend this with our chicken kebab recipe.)

 
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  • Salad
  • 12 ounces orzo
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ¾ cup pitted Kalamata olives (optional)
  • Dressing
  • 3 Table spoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic cloves (or ¼ teaspoon organic minced garlic)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons organic oregano
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Garnish:
  • 3 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Directions
  1. Boil salted water and cook orzo until al dente. Drain; rinse with cold water; be sure to drain well.
  2. Toss with 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in large bowl.
  3. Add feta, chopped peppers, green onions, and olives.
  4. Mix lemon juice, white wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, cumin and mustard in small bowl.
  5. Whisk in ½ cup olive oil.
  6. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Add dressing to orzo salad and toss.
  8. Can be prepared up to 6 hours ahead—covered and refrigerated.

 

Penny Saver’s Chicken Chili

Monday, January 4th, 2010 by Jenny Ross

Love having this on ccccold Sunday afternoons,
as we watch the Pats… win!

Penny Saver’s Chicken Chili
 
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  • 6 boneless skinned chicken breasts
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced (or ¾ teaspoon of organic minced garlic)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • ¼ cup organic chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon organic dried oregano
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15½-ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 2 15½-oz cans kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 15½-oz can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • grated cheddar cheese (we like hot habanero cheddar)
  • loaf of crusty rustic bread (or sour dough)

Directions
  1. Place chicken in large skillet. Add enough water to cover chicken, and bring to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until cooked (about 10-15 minutes). Drain chicken; cool slightly. Coarsely shred meat. (Can be made a day ahead, covered and refrigerated.)
  2. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, green pepper, red pepper, and jalapeño. Saute 1 minute. Mix in chili powder, cumin, oregano and coriander. Add tomatoes and broth. Bring to simmer, breaking tomatoes with wooden spoon. Simmer over medium/low heat for about 1 hour to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add beans and shredded chicken to chili. Simmer uncovered until chili thickens, stirring occasionally, (about 30 minutes).
  4. Ladle chili into bowls. Top with shredded cheese. Serve with thickly sliced bread (and/or carrots and celery).

 

Salmon Croquettes with Lemon·Anise Rub

Friday, May 29th, 2009 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Our special Organic Lemon·Anise Rub transforms the lowly can of salmon into delightful delicacies. Top with homemade tartar sauce.

Salmon Croquettes with Lemon·Anise Rub
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-3

Ingredients
  • FOR SALMON CROQUETTES
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon canola or safflower oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can pink salmon
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese style bread crumbs; look in Asian section of supermarket)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Organic Lemon·Anise Rub seafood blend
  • zest and juice of one large lemon
  • second lemon for squeezing on top
  • FOR TARTAR SAUCE
  • Stir in small bowl:
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon relish
  • juice of one lemon

Directions
  1. Directions
  2. Heat butter in skillet and saute red pepper until soft.
  3. Drain salmon and shred in bowl, using fork.
  4. Beat egg and mix with salmon in bowl
  5. Add Panko, Lemon·Anise Rub, sea salt, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  6. Using hands, shape into small balls. Add more panko if necessary.
  7. Heat second tablespoon of butter and canola butter in skillet. Press balls into flat circles on skillet and saute until golden brown. Flip with spatula and saute other side until golden brown.
  8. Plate and squeeze lemon on croquettes. Serve with tartar sauce

Salmon Steaks with Lemon·Anise Rub

Friday, May 29th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

This rub is custom blended for the Chef de Cuisine at the 8100 Mountainside Grill in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. The restaurant sits at the base of Beaver Creek and the bar has a fabulous view of the ski mountain. They grill the salmon on a wood fired grill and it tastes absolutely fabulous!

Salmon Steaks with Lemon·Anise Rub
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients
  • 2 6-oz salmon steaks
  • 1 Tablespoon Smith & Truslow Organic Lemon·Anise Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon grape seed or olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • lemon wedges

Directions
  1. Drizzle oil on fish.
  2. Coat with Lemon·Anise Spice Blend.
  3. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Grill on medium high heat until done.
  5. Place a dab of butter on top of fish as it finishes cooking to keep fish moist and flavorful.
  6. Serve with lemon wedge.

Spice Encrusted Pork in Orange Chipotle Sauce

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Driving through the sleepy little town of Petaluma, California, known for its eggs and dairy,  you might see no reason to pull into an undistinguished strip mall. Way in the back left corner of the  parking lot, near Leo’s Vacuum Cleaners and a deserted nail salon, sits a diamond in the rough called Dempsy’s Brewery. First surprise—the charming atmosphere. If it’s warm, sit outside overlooking the Petaluma River. In inclement weather, my first choice is the comfortable worn wooden booth directly across from the kitchen window, permitting a preview of outgoing dishes punctuated with lively shouts of “mas papas fritas, por favor!” and “con tomate!” Second, the beer rocks, with a selection of ales including their classic Red Rooster, Irish Ale and Ugly Dog Stout plus a variety of intriguing seasonal offerings. Stop by the bar and refill your jug for later that evening. We did. What more can you expect from a brewery—perhaps a pile of Buffalo wings or potato skins? That’s where the tertiary layer of this unassuming treasure comes in; the food transcends brew pub fare and rises to the level of some of the best restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Seasonal produce from the owner’s own farm star in imaginative combinations from all ethnicities. The menu changes daily, and might include a Mexican posole, a Greek hummus plate, or a mixed plate of little gems like fresh caperberries, home made flat bread and beet salad. Determined to recreate a orange/chipolte pork sandwich served with cole slaw on soft potato bread I interrogated various waiters and cooking staff, extracting one or two ingredients from each. We improvised the rest, and although it’s not an exact recreation, came up with this equally flavorful rendition.

Spice Encrusted Pork in Orange Chipotle Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • pork roast, about 3 lb.
  • mesquite chips
  • SPICE BLEND FOR PORK
  • 2 teaspoons organic granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon organic orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon organic ground cayenne
  • FOR SAUCE
  • ½ gallon orange juice
  • ½ can or bottle Guiness Stout or other dark beer
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • canned chipotles, from 1-3 depending on your heat tolerance or addiction, pureed
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Directions
  1. Wash and pat dry pork roast.
  2. Massage spice mixture into pork.
  3. Grill pork on indirect heat, using mesquite chips. This takes several hours. Use a meat thermometer.
  4. Combine sauce ingredients and bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer until reduced and thickened.
  5. Let pork roast cool. Cut as thinly as possible. It may just come apart in shreds, which is fine.
  6. Place pork in sauce and let the sauce soak in until you are ready to assemble the sandwiches.
  7. Serve on soft white rolls, with enough fortitude to absorb the sauce, and with
  8. Coleslaw with Fennel.

Spicy Tomato Soup

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

Spicy tomato soup…

I love the fall. In Colorado, the days are still warm, but the nights and mornings are crisp and cool. You have to dress in layers. Sweatshirts in the morning, t-shirts and in the afternoon, and down vests in the evening. It’s manic and I love it.

Along with the cold weather comes the harvesting of tomatoes. I had dinner with my friend Laurie last night, she sent me home with a big bag of tomatoes from her garden. More than John and I can eat in salads, so I decided to make tomato soup. With this recipe, the cream cheese softens the acidity of the tomatoes and the spices and red pepper give it a good kick.

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Tangy Chicken Soup

Friday, October 2nd, 2009 by Jean Gleason

One of the things I love about cooking is that sometimes you have to improvise … and sometimes it results in a great new recipe. Last week, I made this chicken soup while visiting my mother.  During the summer, she lives on Wolf Lake, in the Catskill mountains. Her spice cabinet is scantily stocked. And, though there are plenty of farm stands with fresh produce along the rural roads that weave throughout the Catskills, in traditional grocery stores supplies are somewhat limited. I finally gave up my search for saffron after three unsuccessful attempts. (Can you believe I actually tried to buy saffron in a grocery store?)

John and I had spent the day at Storm King Mountain, which I highly recommend if you are anywhere near upstate New York. The outdoor museum sits on 500 acres of rolling hills in the Hudson Highlands. On display are American and European modern sculptures by David Smith, Alex Calder, Henry Moore, and many others. The sculptures are absolutely fabulous. The leaves were just starting to turn to soft yellows and vibrant reds, so the backdrop was equally spectacular.

We returned from our outing late, so I made the soup while we started cocktails (at the lake, cocktails are a daily ritual!). Fortunately, my mother had already done most of the work (ie made the stock, and picked the chicken meat off the bones). When the soup was ready, I sat down to rave reviews all around.

My mother went into the kitchen to ladel up refills. All alone in the kitchen, she started to laugh. “What’s so funny?” I asked from the table. “You forgot to add the chicken.” she replied from the kitchen. So, we had vegetable soup for a 1st course, and chicken soup as a second course. Both were outstanding.

Tangy Chicken Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 carrots, minced
  • 1 celery stick, minced
  • 2 small parsnips, minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup broken egg noodles
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of one lemon.
  • 1-2 cups shredded chicken (already cooked).
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions
  1. Saute the onion, carrots, celery, and parsnips in olive oil and butter for 5 minutes
  2. Add chicken stock and heat till boiling
  3. Add egg noodles and cook over medium heat until noodles are just tender (8 minutes)
  4. Add lemon juice, cilantro, and CHICKEN, and cook for 5 more minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve

Thai Chicken and Noodle Soup

Monday, September 8th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

Thai Chicken SoupThis recipe is from The Soup Bible, by Debra Mayhew, which is one of the best soup cookbooks I’ve found. There are three recipes in this cookbook which are outstanding. The other two are Chicken Soup with Vermicelli and Seafood and Sausage Gumbo.

This soup is a staple in our house. It gets us through the winter, which is my favorite season in Colorado. I usually make a double batch and freeze it. The spice of the turmeric and cayenne helps clear your sinus after a hard day skiing. It goes equally well with white and red wine. (more…)

The Economy Sucks but my Creamy Frijoles Rock

Monday, November 3rd, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Refried beans, sometimes known as frijoles, get a bad rap nutritionally because they’re often made with lard, then fried in oil. Neither is necessary. This healthy version (note that I even snuck a carrot in and no one noticed) is just as delicious and having a pot of them around is an excellent way to stretch your family food budget in this time of financial uncertainty. Pull out the old crock pot for stress-free, one-pot easy preparation. Turn it on low before you leave for work and come home to the robust, earthy aroma of Old Mexico. What can you do with a pot of frijoles?

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The Gourmet Beef Burger

Friday, May 29th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

We custom blend our Organic Tarra·Cardamom Rub for the chef de cuisine of the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, CO. He rubs the blend on elk and cooks it over a wood fired grill. It is absolutely fabulous. When I can beg some elk off a hunting friend, I do. Otherwise I use this rub to make the best hamburgers around. Tarragon and cardamom combine to bring out the earthy flavors of the meat. Serve with a dark beer, or a bold red wine such as a hearty zinfandel.

The Gourmet Beef Burger
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1½ Tablespoons Smith & Truslow Organic Tarra·Cardamom Rub
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg

Directions
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  2. Mix the egg, spice blend, and ground beef together
  3. Make 3-4 hamburger patties
  4. Grill over medium heat, until done

The Gourmet Turkey Burger

Friday, May 29th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

We custom blend our Ginger·Mustard Rub for the chef de cuisine of the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, CO. He rubs the blend on chicken and cooks it over a wood fired grill and serves it with a lemon thyme sauce. It is absolutely fabulous.

I am usually not a big fan of turkey burgers. I find them bland and dry. I do however like them when prepared as below. The egg and panko breadcrubs keep the meat moist, and the Ginger·Mustard Rub seasons the turkey perfectly. Serve with white wine and a nice summer salad.

The Gourmet Turkey Burger
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1½ Tablespoons Smith & Truslow Organic Ginger·Mustard Rub
  • ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg

Directions
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  2. Mix the egg, spice blend, and ground turkey together
  3. Make 3-4 turkey patties
  4. Grill over medium heat until done

The Versatility of Frijoles

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Endive Been Thinking . . . besides spooning them directly out of the crock pot into my mouth, what else can I do with this this nutritious, delicious and oh so economical pot of refried (not) beans, otherwise known as “The Economy Sucks but my Creamy Pinto Beans Rock” Frijoles. All of the below configurations have received rave reviews in my family; in other words, they eat it without complaint.

  • Classic Rice and Beans: Spoon over rice and top with shredded mozzerella, jack or queso fresco. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro. (more…)

Zucchini Tomato Quiche

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 by Jean Gleason
 
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Ingredients
  • Make crust according to The Perfect Pie Crust recipe, eliminating the sugar
  • 3 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Fine sea salt and organic freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon organic thyme
  • ½ cup zucchini, ¼ inch sliced
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tomatoes, ¼ inch sliced
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cream and 1 cup milk, heated just until warm
  • fresh basil leaves
  • goat cheese

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Prick the crust with a fork. Line it with tin foil and place a pie weight in the center. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the weight and foil; turn the oven to 325° F.
  3. Toss zucchini with sea salt in a colander and let stand until they release at least 1 teaspoon of liquid, about 45 minutes.
  4. Place tomato slices in a single layer on double layer paper towels and sprinkle evenly with sea salt, let stand 30 minutes.
  5. Once the tomatoes are done, place second double layer paper towels on top of tomatoes and press firmly to remove excess liquid.
  6. Once the zucchini is done, arrange slices on triple layer paper towels; cover with another triple layer paper towels. Press firmly and remove excess liquid.
  7. Sauté the onions in butter and salt and pepper over medium heat until the onions are soft, approx. 20 minutes. Add thyme and remove from heat.
  8. Beat the eggs with the milk and cream. Stir in the onions and zucchini.
  9. Pour mixture into the crust and top with the tomatoes. Bake 30 to 40 minutes. The center should be slightly loose when done. After the quiche has cooled slightly, sprinkle with fresh basil and dollops of goat cheese.