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Potatoes Dauphinois

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

I took the Basic Cooking Techniques class taught by Chef Michael Montgomery at the Culinary School of the Rockies. This five day class covers every thing from sourcing food ingredients and basic knife skills, to basic cooking skills including blanching, braising, grilling, roasting, and deglazing. Chef Michael, shares his passion for good food and people through entertaining stories of french culinary school and restaurant life. He begins each day slowly with a cup of coffee and a review of the days menu, techniques covered, and timing of the preparation of specific recipes. The pace builds throughout the day to a hectic frenzy as all the students coordinate the timing of each tasty dish. The day culminates with a lovely sit down dinner. Wine is poured, the pace slows and everyone relaxes and tastes, critiques, and enjoys the creations of the day. The conversation bubbles with enthusiasm, stories emerge and strangers become friends.  I learned alot about cooking in this class, but I think the most important lesson was to slow down, and relax and savor that which you have created.

Potatoes Dauphinois, was one of my favorite side dishes from the course. It is exceptionally good for entertaining, since it can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving, simplifying the chaos of orchestrating a perfectly timed meal.

If you are concerned about fat consumption, cut the cream with chicken stock. The resulting recipe isn’t as rich as the original recipe, but still very tasty.

 
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Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Generously butter a 2-1/2 to 3 quart gratin dish or other shallow baking dish.
  3. Make a bouquet garni by wrapping thyme, peppercorns, and bay leaf in a square of cheese cloth and securing with string.
  4. In a heavy 6 quart saucepan, combine potatoes, bouquet garni, salt, garlic, cloves, and cream. Set over moderate heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes can be pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes). Using slotted spoon, remove bouquet garni and garlic and discard.
  5. Spread potato mixture in buttered dish and sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs. Bake until top is brown and potatoes are tender (about 30 to 40 minutes). Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

 

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.

 

Baked Kale Crisps

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

To be honest, I’m not a veggie person. I have to try real hard to work them into my diet. If I had my way, there would be two food groups. Meat and bread. But, recently I’ve found a veggie that I can’t live without. How on earth did I get through the first four decades of my life without discovering kale? I used to think of this as a slimy bitter green.  I’d pass over it on menus, skip by it in the salad bar. And never consider it in the produce section.  But then I tried kale salad. Now, kale is on the top of my grocery list. I buy  two and three bunches at a time, and consume it all myself.

So, when my friend Linda called and said that she and her husband Chris had baked Kale chips at Terra Bistro, I just had to give it a try. These are better than potato chips! Nutty, salty, crispy, and nutritious. Easy to make. I baked four leaves to try and figure out how to make them, and then ate them all standing right in the kitchen. If I had any more kale, I’d make another batch. What a find.

 
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Directions
  1. preheat oven to 350°
  2. cut the stem from each kale leaf
  3. toss the kale with olive oil
  4. place on lightly oiled cookie sheet
  5. sprinkle with sea salt, caraway seeds, and sesame seeds (or get creative and find use something else in your spice cabinet)
  6. bake for 10 minutes
  7. plate and eat

 

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.

 

Cauliflower

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by Jean Gleason

It took me 50 years to realize that I love cauliflower. In the past, it was a white hard veggie, that crumbled into bitter unpalatable flavors in my mouth. The only way I would eat it was covered in ranch dressing, which from a nutritional aspect, probably totally negated any benefit of eating a vegetable.

I am now the roasted cauliflower queen. I probably eat 2 heads of cauliflower a month.   Mostly for dinner, but with leftovers sprinkled into breakfast and lunch on a regular basis.   It is easy to make, and roasting cauliflower gives it a nutty flavor that is in no way related to the raw veggie.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower
 
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss olive oil with spices.
  3. Toss cauliflower with olive oil mixture.
  4. Spread out in large roasting pan (do not over load the pan).
  5. Roast in oven for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Serve as an appetizer or side dish.

 

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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Chive Parmesean Scones

Friday, September 19th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

You could just serve plain old bread with dinner tonight. Or, you could surprise your guests with these delightful little herbal clouds of cheesy goodness. It’s worth the extra effort!

The recipe only makes 4, so double it if you want more.

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Cider Braised Brussels Sprouts

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

This is a recipe from Chef Michael Montgomery, who teaches at the Culinary School of the Rockies. I took the Basic Cooking Techniques class and absolutely loved it. It is as informative as it is entertaining and a great way to spend a vacation and meet new friends who share a passion for food. If you are interested in learning more about the class, read my post on Potatoes Dauphinois.

I am a big brussels sprout fan. Usually prepare them with garlic and salt, but this recipe is a nice change. The sweet acid of the cider complements the nutty flavor in the Brussels sprouts.

 
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  1. Place Brussels sprouts in one layer in a baking dish. Fill dish with cider until the liquid reaches about ⅔ of the way up the Brussels sprouts. Add butter salt and pepper and herbs.
  2. Set baking dish over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover with parchment and foil and braise at a simmer in a 325° oven for one hour, or until Brussels sprouts are tender. Don’t cover completely, so that some of the liquid can evaporate. Do not boil.
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  4. Brussels sprouts may be held at this point until serving time.
  5. Prior to serving, reheat for 20 minutes in a 325° oven. Swirl in additional butter for a thicker sauce, sprinkle with minced parsley or other herbs and toasted pine nuts.

 

Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

This refreshing, citrusy dressing complements Tex-Mex or BBQ.

Zest and juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon organic ground cumin
Organic ground black pepper to taste
½ cup sour cream
Small bunch of cilantro, chopped

Blend in food processor or blender and toss with fresh greens.

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

 

Fennel Cole Slaw

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

I love the smell and taste of ground fennel but can’t find too many recipes that use it. Replacing the traditional celery salt with fennel in cole slaw gives it a fresh new lift.

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Fresh Spinach with Cumin

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

(adapted from Pierre Franey’s recipe in Cooking with the 60-Minute Gourmet)

Note: Jean taught me this trick: add a dollop of sour cream or cream cheese to spinach and you won’t get that gritty feeling in your teeth. I tacked that trick onto this recipe and upped the cumin.

Ingredients:

    Bag of pre-washed baby spinach
    Olive oil
    Butter
    1 teaspoon organic ground cumin
    Dollop of sour cream or cream cheese
    Kosher salt and pepper to taste

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Great Granny’s Cranberry Sauce

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

Ever since I can remember, we’ve had this cranberry sauce at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It makes a lot, which is good, because everyone likes it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 oz red jello
  • 5 1/2 cups liquid (use juice from fruit plus water if needed)
  • 4 cups ground cranberries
  • 4 cups crushed pinapple (mandarine oranges etc.)

Directions

  1. Mix sugar and jello into heated liquid.  let set in frigerator
  2. When hard add ground cranberries and pinapple.  Mix well, return to frig and reset.

Note:  I think the original recipe had walnuts or pecans in it.  My brother Joey doesn’t like anything with nuts, so over the years, it was dropped from the ingredients.

Grilled Corn with a Flavorful Twist!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by Lynn Hollenbeck

This might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Do it all summer long while the corn is sweet and the nights are warm enough to grill (except for here in San Francisco). If there is leftover corn, cut off the kernels and toss with chopped avocado, red cabbage, olive oil and a few squeezes of lime juice.

 
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  1. Husk corn down to innermost layer. Slather with butter, sprinkle salt and pepper and press husk back on ear so corn is protected by one layer. This task should be delegated to people lazing about outside on lawn chairs.
  2. Stir creme fraiche or sour cream together with smoked paprika, chile powder, juice of the lime and salt. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. Grill corn with husk on until husk is charred and corn acquires some nice grill marks.
  4. Pull off remaining husks, spoon on lime crema and top with crumbled cotija cheese.

 

Guacamole with Cumin and Cilantro

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Simple and satisfying.

2 large avocados
Juice of 2 limes
½ teaspoon organic ground cumin
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
Small bunch of cilantro, chopped
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Mash roughly with potato masher, top with pomegranate seeds and serve with chips.

Herbed Stuffing

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 by Jenny Ross

This all-around popular stuffing plays a great supporting role to the main event.

Ingredients:

1 lb crusty bread, cut to bite-size cubes (10 cups)
3 medium onions, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
1 teaspoon dried organic thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried organic parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried organic sage
1/2 teaspoon dried organic rosemary
or replace the 4 previous ingredients with 2 1/2 teaspoons Smith & Truslow organic poultry seasoning

1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 egg, beaten

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Kelly Liken’s Truffled Snow Pea Salad with Parmesan

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

By 6:00am last Saturday we were en route to the Edwards’ Farmers Market, where we sell our freshly ground organic  spices from a booth.  I much prefer driving in Saturday’s spectacular morning light to fighting the Friday evening traffic. As we left the foothills, a thunderstorm loomed to the north.  The sky above Boulder was black, as if the day had not yet begun there. To the south, the sun was brilliant, casting a golden glow on the rock peaks as we ascended into the Rockies.

We have had more rain this year than any other year I’ve lived in Colorado. The traditional grays and browns of the mountains have been replaced with lush green mosses and purple and yellow wildflowers. The wide open Colorado blue sky is now blanketed in clouds. The morning sun highlights the moisture in the air, and creates colors and shadows that amaze and astound me. Last week, we saw a sunrise rainbow,  … a first for me, no rain present, just big fat moist clouds.

The road to Edwards crosses the continental divide at Loveland Pass and then continues on over Vail Pass. Sunlight dances upon the water spilling from the rocks high above the road. We stopped in Georgetown for coffee. The air was crisp, a hint of fall, with the feeling that winter is not too far away.  I pulled my heavy fleece from the trunk, excited by this omen of seasonal change. As we cross Vail Pass, the temperature dropped to 38°.

When we arrived in Edwards, the mayhem was underway. As usual, Clarks Orchards was already set up.  “Fresh corn, picked yesterday.”  “Peaches, $8 for a large bag.” He is an early bird, and always gets his worm.  It was 8:30.  The market doesn’t open till 9:30.  Still, a line had formed at his trailer. The rest of the vendors were setting up;  popping tents and hauling their produce and fresh baked goods across the parking lot. They come from all over Colorado, some from the Western slope, others, like us, from Denver.

On Saturday, my tent was between a new honey vendor, and a chef demonstration tent. The Chef (Kelly) and owner of my favorite restaurant in Vail, Kelly Liken’s, prepared the following tantalizing salad. I had a taste of it at mid day, and craved more for the rest of the market. It was so good, I marched right down to the Morales Farms booth and bought snap peas so that I could make the salad when I got home.

I tried to julienne the peas in the food processor with a julienne blade. All it did was create a mess. Do it the old fashioned way, with a sharp knife.  Though it seams like a daunting task, it only took a few minutes.  (It took me longer to clean the food processor). The sweetness of the peas, the saltiness of the parmesan, and the earthiness of the truffle oil join together to create a symphony of flavors in your mouth. The julienne cut highlights the crisp texture of the peas almost creating  the sensation of eating an apple. I wish snow peas were is season all year round because I just love this salad.

Truffled Snow Pea Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
  • 1 lb snow peas, julienned (sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 7 Tablespoons extra virgen 0live 0il
  • 1 teaspoon truffle oil (or substitute 1 teaspoon black truffle sea salt)

Directions
  1. Combine mustard, shallots and vinegar in a mixing bowl with a whisk
  2. Drizzle in olive and truffle oils while whisking
  3. In a second bowl, combine cheese, parsley and peas.
  4. Toss the peas lightly with the dressing and season with salt and pepper.

 

Leftover Mashed Potatoes? Pancakes!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Delicious and easy—potato pancakes. If you used garlic in your mashed potatoes, even better. Serve with ketchup, hot sauce or apple sauce.

 
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  1. Beat eggs. Blend in potatoes, flour, salt, pepper and chives. Add more flour if needed.
  2. Heat up skillet medium-high with canola or safflower oil.
  3. Drop ¼ cup batter on skillet. Cook until golden, then flip.

 

More Garlic Bread!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Kids are notoriously finicky, and if you have friends with children coming for dinner, even mac & cheese isn’t a sure fire hit. You may have used penne when the kid only eats elbows, or ruined it for a cheddar cheese purist by adding Parmesan. But I’ve discovered that warm garlic bread is universally met with enthusiasm. The only possible error is not making enough. With your basic  spices on hand, it’s a fast and easy crowd-pleaser.

 
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  • big loaf of ciabatta, or baguette if you prefer
  • butter
  • good quality olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons organic parsley
  • couple cloves of fresh garlic (optional; tastes delicious without as well)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° .
  2. Slice bread horizontally, almost all the way through, and open flat.
  3. Microwave butter and olive oil in Pyrex cup or bowl until butter is melted.
  4. Brush butter/olive oil mixture on inside of loaf.
  5. Sprinkle parsley flakes and garlic powder.
  6. Warm in oven until slightly crusty and golden.
  7. Slice bread in vertical sections and place in basket.

 

Pear Port Gravy

Thursday, August 21st, 2008 by Jean Gleason

This recipe is from the December 1992 issue of Bon Appetit.  I made it one Thanksgiving for all my orphaned friends in Boulder.  I found the gravy a little sweet, so you may want to cut back on the pear nectar.  Otherwise, it was a fabulous feast worthy of great company.

Glaze

  • 4 cups pear nectar
  • 2 cups tawny Port
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried organic sage

Turkey and Gravy

  • 1 20-pound turkey, patted dry
  • Sausage, Leek and Currant Stuffing (I just used my favorite stuffing recipe)
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 1/4 cup pear nectar (I suggest cutting this back a little)
  • 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Assorted fresh herbs (optional)

For glaze:
Boil all ingredients in heavy large saucepan until reduced to 2 cups, about 40 minutes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

For turkey and gravy:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Place turkey on rack in roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon 7 cups stuffing into main turkey cavity and 2 cups into neck cavity. Tuck wings under turkey body. Tie legs together. Add 1 egg and 1/4 cup pear nectar to remaining stuffing in bowl and toss well. Transfer to buttered 13x9x2-inch baking dish; cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate.

Reserve 1 cup glaze for gravy. Brush some of remaining glaze over turkey. Pour 1 cup chicken stock into bottom of pan. Cover turkey completely with foil. Place turkey in oven and roast 45 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. and continue roasting 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes with glaze and keeping turkey covered. Uncover, baste turkey and roast until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F. and turkey is golden, about 15 minutes longer. (Place stuffing in covered baking dish in oven for last 50 minutes.) Transfer turkey to platter. Tent with aluminum foil.

Pour pan juices into heavy large saucepan. Degrease pan juices. Place roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add degreased pan juices and remaining 3 cups stock and bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Strain mixture back into saucepan, pressing on solids. Add reserved 1 cup glaze and simmer 5 minutes. Mix flour and butter to paste in small bowl; whisk in 1/2 cup stock mixture. Return mixture to remaining stock mixture in saucepan and boil until thick enough to coat spoon, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes.

Garnish turkey with fresh herbs if desired. Serve turkey and stuffing, passing gravy separately.

Pickled Red Onions

Friday, August 27th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

Though I love the little zing onions add to a sandwich or a burger, often I don’t add them because either I don’t have any on hand, or I am too lazy to pull one out and slice just a little bit off. Since I started pickling onions, I use them on everything. They take about 5 minutes to make, then they are ready in your refrigerator any time you need to add a little kick to your dish. They are excellent on burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches.

Pickled Red Onions
 
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Directions
  1. Bring the water, vinegar, agave and salt to a simmer.
  2. Place sliced onions, bay leaves and peppercorn in a clean mason jar.
  3. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over onions. Cap mason jar, shake well, and let cool. Store in the fridge overnight.
  4. Serve on sandwiches, burgers, or as a colorful garnish. Keeps 2-3 weeks, but they never last that long.

 

Quinoa Salad with Corn and Black Beans

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 by Jean Gleason

Quinoa has a great texture, nutty flavor, and unlike most grains, is high in protein. Also, it is fat burning and heart healthy. So, make a little extra than the recipe calls for and throw some in whatever you are making. Soup, salad, tacos, smoothie. Whatever.

This is one of my favorite summertime sides. The secret is in preparing the quinoa. Make sure to soak it, so that it’s not bitter, and don’t overcook it so that it’s not mushy. It’s a great salad to bring along to a friends BBQ—the perfect complement to ribs, and also goes well with chicken and burgers. And like I said before, its good for you!

 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups dry quinoa
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons organic ground cumin
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon organic ground black pepper

Directions
  1. Soak quinoa in cold water for 10 minutes. Scrub the grains together between your hands to remove the bitter coating.
  2. Strain and rinse through a fine sieve.
  3. Bring quinoa to a boil in 3 cups of water.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool.
  6. Add red onion, black beans, corn and red peppers to quinoa.
  7. Combine the dressing ingredients and pour over the rest of salad ingredients. Stir until well blended.
  8. Chill and serve!

 

Rebecca Katz’s Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 by Jean Gleason

To be honest, the first few times I tried to make this recipe, I ate the roasted sweet potatoes before they made it into the soup. They are fantastic!  I especially like them as a left over for breakfast. I finally restrained myself enough to make the soup …. and am glad I persevered. Who said comfort food can’t be healthy?

 
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Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes with coconut oil until they are evenly coated.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ¼ teaspoon of the sea salt with the cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg and stir until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle spice mixture over the potatoes and toss again until evenly coated.
  5. Place the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the prepared pan and roast for 40 minutes until tender.
  6. Pour ⅓ cup of the broth into a blender, add one third of the roasted potatoes, and blend until smooth, adding more liquid as needed. Transfer to a soup pot over low heat and repeat the process two more times. Stir in any remaining broth, along with the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt, before serving.
  7. This recipe is from Rebecca Katz’s cookbook,
  8. The Cancer Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery
  9. (reprinted with permission). To find out more about cancer-fighting ingredients, go to
  10. www.rebeccakatz.com

 

Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by Jenny Ross

 

 
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh garlic
, minced
  • (or ¾ teaspoon dried organic minced garlic)
  • ¾ teaspoon organic red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
, toasted
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves (or 2 Tablespoons dried organic basil)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. In a large bowl, toss the broccoli florets with the garlic, oil, vinegar and red pepper flakes. (If using dried basil, add to the broccoli mix).
  3. Arrange the florets in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast, turning once, for 12 minutes, or until just tender.
  4. Place the broccoli in a serving bowl. Add pine nuts (and if using fresh basil, add this now), and toss.

Roasted Veggies

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by Jean Gleason
 
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  • 1 zuccini, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
  • 2 teaspoons organic rosemary
  • Coarse sea salt and coursely-ground black peppercorns, to taste
  • ⅛ cup olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except garlic in large bowl; toss to coat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread evenly in roasting pan. Roast 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from oven and turn veggies. Add garlic cloves.
  5. Continue to roast until all vegetables are tender and brown in spots, stirring and turning vegetables occasionally, about 15 minutes longer.
  6. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Let stand on baking sheet at room temperature. Rewarm in 450°F oven until heated through, about 40 minutes.)
  7. Transfer roasted vegetables to large bowl and then serve.

 

Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes

Sunday, January 18th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

Earthy rosemary and sweet garlic couple together to make these crispy-on-the-outside and tender-on-the-inside morsels irresistible. In the Middle Ages, rosemary was associated with wedding ceremonies.  It’s well known that garlic is associated with virility. Make this as a symbol of your love.

Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes
 
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Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds red-skinned potatoes cut into wedges
  • 1½ Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1¾ Tablespoons Smith and Truslow Organic Rosemary·Garlic Rub

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss potatoes with olive oil in a medium bowl until coated.
  3. Transfer potatoes to baking sheet or roasting pan and roast 20 minutes stirring once.
  4. Add spices to potatoes and toss again.
  5. Roast until potatoes are just tender—about 10 minutes more.

Spiced Cranberry Relish with Port

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

A few weeks ago, I stopped in the Little Raven Vinyards Wine Shop to pick up a bottle of wine for a friends birthday dinner.  It was my first visit, but definitely will not be my last. The unpretentious wisdom of their in-house sommelier makes exploring their diverse collection of undiscovered wines fun and educational. If your a local, give them a visit at 1590 Little Raven, near commons park. If you aren’t local, you can still share their wisdom by signing up for “The Grape Vine”, their weekly e-newsletter. It’s filled with great recipes and information on wine and food pairings. The recipe below was in this weeks newsletter—just in “thyme” for Thanksgiving dinner.

 
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  1. Julienne the orange lemon peels. In a small saucepan, heat the juices and ½ cup of the port. Over medium-high heat, cook the peels until tender, about 10 minutes. Reserve.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, onion, 2 cups of the port, ginger, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Over medium-high heat, cook until the relish thickens, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining ½ cup port, the orange liqueur, and the reserved orange and lemon peel mixture. Cool. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate, covered until needed. This will keep up to one week, so it can be prepared ahead of time.
  3. Recipe adapted from
  4. Wolfgang Puck’s Adventure in the Kitchen
  5. (New York: Random House), 1991.

 

Spiced Cranberry Rum Sauce

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 by Jean Gleason

cranberry_rum_sauceThis is my favorite side dish for turkey. It stores well, so I make it the night before. I always save some to put on turkey sandwiches the day after. (It also is a great sauce for ice cream.)

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Spiced Toasted Walnuts

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

These spicy/sweet treats are handy to have around for snacking, throwing in a salad, or sprinkling around a warm melted wedge of brie cheese.

 
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  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Toss walnuts with maple syrup and spices until evenly coated.
  3. Spread nut mixture on a sheet pan and bake for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Let cool to room temperature.

 

Spicy Steak Fries

Monday, September 22nd, 2008 by Jean Gleason

This is adapted from a Gourmet recipe published in January 2002. Sweet potatoes are not big in my house, so I replaced the sweet potatoes in the original recipe with good old spuds … and this is now a favorite. It goes equally well with an omelet or hamburgers.

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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 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.

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Vegetable Gratin

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 by Jean Gleason
 
 

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups zucchini, ¼ inch slices
  • 1½ cups summer squash, ¼ inch slices
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
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  • 4 medium tomatoes, ¼ inch slices
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
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  • ½ head of cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 crown broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
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  • 2 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced crosswise in ⅛ inch slices
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife
  • 1 Tablespoon organic black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon dried organic thyme
  • 1 dried organic bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken of vegetable stock
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  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
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  • 2 medium onions, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
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  • 10 oz bag of edamame
  • 1½ cups Parmesan cheese
  • Panko bread crumbs

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Generously butter a 2-1/2 to 3 quart gratin dish or other shallow baking dish.
  3. Toss zucchini and summer squash slices with sea salt in a colander and let stand until they release at least 1 tablespoons 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. Meanwhile, toss cauliflower and broccoli in olive oil and garlic and roast in oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make a bouquet garni by wrapping thyme, peppercorns, and bay leaf in a square of cheese cloth and securing with string.
  7. In a heavy 4 quart saucepan, combine potatoes, bouquet garni, salt, garlic, cloves, and cream and stock. Set over moderate heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes can be pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes). Using slotted spoon, remove bouquet garni and garlic and discard. Spread the potatoes in a gratin dish, and allow the cream mixture to continue to simmer to thicken for sauce.
  8. Sauté the onions in olive oil and sea salt until caramelized, approx. 20 minutes.
  9. Once the tomatoes are done, place second double layer paper towels on top of tomatoes and press firmly to remove excess liquid.
  10. Once the zucchini and squash are done, arrange slices on triple layer paper towels; cover with another triple layer paper towels. Press firmly and remove excess liquid.
  11. Assemble the casserole:
  12. Spread potatoes in the gratin dish, saving the cream stock mixture.
  13. Top with onions, then zucchini and squash, then broccoli and cauliflower, and then tomatoes. Sprinkle the edamame on top,
  14. Pour the cream stock mixture over the vegetables. Top with Bread crumbs and cheese and bake for 40 min to 1 hour.

 

Watermelon Salsa

Friday, July 24th, 2009 by Jean Gleason

Last weekend, I attended a grilling demonstration at the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, CO.  Pascal and Reese, the Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine for the restaurant, prepared this salsa to serve with salmon. It would also be an excellent complement to chicken. Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits… and this is now my favorite salsa.

They will be holding 3 more grilling exhibitions throughout the summer (July 25th, August 8th, and August 15th). If you are in the Vail Valley, stop by the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek and sample some delectable morsels with expertly chosen pairings while picking up great culinary tips in an idyllic setting. The demonstration starts at 4:30 on the patio.

Watermelon Salsa
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
  • ½ of a small watermelon cubed
  • 1 diced red onion
  • 1 diced bell pepper
  • 1 diced jalapeno
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup champagne vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients together.

Yummy Roasted Carrots

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 by Jean Gleason
 
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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine carrots, garlic, thyme and oil in large bowl; toss to coat.
  3. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  4. Place sheet on oven rack. Roast 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Transfer to bowl and serve.

 

Zuni’s Zucchini Pickles

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Zuni Restaurant in San Francisco is renowned for many things, including its hamburgers. The fact that they hand-grind their own meat certainly contributes to the caliber of the hamburger,  but I am convinced that the key lies in the condiments—for one, the lovely chartreuse-colored zucchini pickles. You can make these at home and always have a jar handy in your frig for an easy upgrade to your own burgers. (Recipe adapted from The Zuni Cafe Cookbook)

Zuni’s Zucchini Pickles
 
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Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
  • 1 lb zucchini
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons organic ground yellow mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons organic crushed yellow mustard seeds and/or organic brown mustard seeds
  • Scant 1 teaspoon organic ground turmeric

Directions
  1. Wash and trim zucchini, then slice 1/16th inch thick on mandolin. Slice onion thinly.
  2. Place zucchini and onion in large shallow bowl, add salt and toss.
  3. Add a few ice cubes and cold water to cover, then stir to dissolve the salt. Leave for one hour.
  4. Drain and dry between towels or spin in a salad spinner. (excess water thins flavor and spoils the pickle)
  5. Combine vinegar, sugar, dry mustard, mustard seeds and turmeric in a saucepan and simmer for 3 minutes. Set aside until just warm to the touch. (If brine is too hot, it will cook the vegetables and make the pickle soft instead of crisp).
  6. Replace zucchini in bowl and add brine. Stir.
  7. Transfter pickes to jars and cover. Refrigerate a day before serving. They keep indefinitely.