Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Apple Clafouti

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 teaspoon Stevia
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 cup whole or almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch salt
1 large Granny Smith apple, diced
1 teaspoon almond liquor
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Make the batter: Sift the flour, stevia, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, and milk until well blended. Add about 1/3 of the egg mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until smooth, then gradually incorporate the remaining egg mixture. Whisk until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you prepare the apples.

Combine vanilla, butter, salt, apples and liquor in a bowl and mix well. Place in a casserole dish and cover with prepared batter. Bake until the edges of the clafouti are puffed and browned and the center is set, about 15 minutes.

Barley Salad

2 cups chicken broth
1 cup barley
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 English cucumber, diced
2/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the barley, oil, and salt. Bring back to a boil, adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes more. Drain excess liquid, if needed. Cool.
Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large serving bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream, to make a smooth dressing. Add the barley and the remaining salad ingredients and toss to coat with the dressing. Serve.

Cold Salmon Nicoise Casserole with Anchovy Dressing

3 wild Salmon fillets
Grill Seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 head Cauliflower
6 ounces green beans, ends trimmed
1 small head romaine or Bibb lettuce, rinsed and patted dry, and torn into bite sized pieces
1 pound Roma tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 hard boiled large eggs, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
1/2 cup halved and seeded black brine-cured olives
1/2 cup halved and seeded green brine-cured olives
Anchovy Dressing, recipe follows

Lightly season the salmon on both sides with grill seasoning, salt and pepper.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the salmon and cook on both sides until seared and medium inside, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a plate, let cool, then refrigerate until needed.

Steam cauliflower until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Steam the green beans until tender, about 4 minutes and refrigerate until ready to serve.

On a large plate, arrange the lettuce across the bottom. Top with the chilled cauliflower and green beans, then the tomatoes, eggs, and olives. Slice tuna and arrange over the top of the olives. Drizzle the dressing over the top and serve.

Anchovy Dressing:
2 tablespoons anchovy paste
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 large egg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

In a medium bowl, combine anchovy paste, salt, pepper, and garlic. Add the egg and whisk well to blend. Add the lemon juice and mustard, and whisk well. Add the oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly to form a thick emulsion. Add the Worcestershire and adjust the seasoning to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Yield: about 1 cup


1/3 cup coconut oil
8 cloves garlic, smashed
1 onion, sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 pound cherry tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, oregano, tarragon, thyme, parsley, fennel seeds and ground coriander and cook, stirring, until soft. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the zucchini, bell peppers, and tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Salmon Croquettes

1 can salmon
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons almonds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil

In a food processor, combine with the breadcrumbs, egg, onions, garlic, and almonds. Blend until mixture is ground. Add salmon and blend until the mixture forms a thick paste. Lightly salt and pepper. Using a tablespoon measurement, scoop heaping tablespoons of the salmon mixture and roll between your palms to form round-shaped croquettes. Coat skillet with the olive oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Place salmon croquettes in skillet and cook until they are a light golden brown. Season croquettes with salt and pepper while hot.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Apple Walnut Stuffed Chicken Breasts


3 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon sage powder
4 Gala apples, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch chunks
3/4 cup walnut halves
1 to 1 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Olive oil, for drizzling
1/4 pound fontina cheese, cut into 4 slices


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add the butter and melt. Add the onions and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sage, apples, and walnuts and cook until the apples are soft, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle in the bread crumbs, a little at a time, until the bread crumbs are moistened, but not dry. Remove from the heat.

Pound chicken breasts with a mallet until thin. Place filling in the center of the chicken and roll up. Secure with a toothpick if necessary. Season both sides of the chops with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet. Place any extra filling over the stuffed chicken breasts. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until outside begins to color. Bake under fully cooked and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Place 1 slice of Cheese on top of each chop. Return to the oven and cook just until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes.

Baked Cheese Crepes


6 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons butter or oil
8 ounces fontina cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 ounces mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup Marinara Sauce
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Heat small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Brush the skillet with some butter or oil. Work fast by pouring 3 tablespoons of the egg mixture into the pan. Swirl egg mixture to coat the bottom of the pan evenly. Cook 1-2 minutes until the egg crepe is just set. Carefully remove the crepe and repeat this process to make 10 crepes total. Brush the skillet with melted butter or oil as needed.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Butter a 13 X 9 glass baking dish. Place 1 egg crepe on a plate and put the fontina and mozzarella cheese in the center of the crepe and sprinkle with some dried basil. Roll the crepe up and place it in the buttered baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining egg crepes, cheese, and basil. When finishing, spoon the marinara sauce over the crepes and sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese. Bake until the cheese melts and the top is golden, about 15 minutes.

Asian Chicken with Cashews

Prep: 10 minutes Total: 20 minutes

Serves 4.
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 lime juiced
1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot
Ground pepper
1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 bunch scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspon ginger powder
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips
1/3 cup roasted cashews

Heat large skillet on med-high heat and add oil. Cook chicken until browned. Remove and keep warm. Add peppers to skillet and cook 3 minutes. Add scallions and garlic to skillet, cook an additional 2 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together soy sauce, lime juice, ginger powder and cornstarch; season with pepper. Add chicken back to pan. Add sauce to pan and stir. Cook until sauce is thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Scatter with cashews and serve immediately.