Recipes

​Squash with Walnuts (Vegan)

Friday, July 17, 2015


Courtesy:  Mackenzie Kelbach
 


Ingredients
1 medium green zucchini thinly sliced
2 small or 1 medium yellow squash thinly sliced
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup walnuts
1 large spoonful of vegan butter
Foil 



Directions
Place zucchini & yellow squash in a frying pan with butter and put foil over it to steam.  Add 1/4 cup maple syrup in with your squash.  Put 1/2 cup maple syrup in a bowl with one cup whole walnuts.  Let walnuts soak in syrup and then chop with spoon until halves and pieces. Once squash is steamed but still firm add in your walnut mixture to the pan, steam for a minute with foil on top.  Let cool a little bit and the serve as a side dish about a couple of spoonfuls each because too much can be too sweet. Read More...


​Cucumber and Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Friday, July 17, 2015


Courtesy:  Darlene Kelbach


Ingredients
6 ears of cooked corn, cut off the cob in chunks (approx. 3 cups)*
1 medium seedless cucumber, peeled and sliced in quarters
1 sweet pepper (purple, green or red), seeded and chopped finely
1/2 sweet onion, chopped finely
1 tomato, chopped coarsely (optional)

Dressing:
1/2 C olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
2 T finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 T water
Salt & pepper to taste


Directions
Place dressing ingredients into an old jelly jar & shake until blended.  For salad, combine corn*, cucumber, pepper & onion in a large bowl.  Drizzle the dressing over the salad mix & toss until coated well.  Extra dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for use later.

*Cook corn the night before and chill in the refrigerator. Boil corn in water for 15-20 minutes until kernels start to soften but yet remain firm. Read More...


Chorizo and Eggs

Friday, July 17, 2015



Courtesy:  Deneen Mueller

Ingredients
1/2 lb ground chorizo
6 eggs, beaten
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 T olive oil
1 small bunch greens (swiss chard, kale, spinach)
2 T butter
Salt/Pepper to taste


Directions:
Heat sauté pan over medium heat. Add chorizo; sauté until browned. Remove from pan, placing in bowl.  Reserve about a tablespoon of fat; add olive oil.  Sauté chopped garlic until soft.  Add sliced cherry tomatoes to pan.  Allow tomatoes to breakdown & get soft.  Add greens to tomato/garlic mixture; stir to wilt.  Add tomato/green mixture to reserved chorizo.  Wipe out pan & add butter.  Add eggs to pan, season with salt & pepper and cook till desired doneness (should be fluffy).  Add eggs to chorizo mixture.  Top Basic Polenta with chorizo and eggs. Read More...


Blueberry-Peach Compote

Friday, July 17, 2015


Courtesy:  Deneen Mueller


Ingredients
3 peaches 
1 tsp cardamom (or more to taste)
2 pints blueberries
2 whole star anise
3 T coconut oil
Few gratings of whole nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
Maple syrup to taste


Directions
Heat sauté pan over medium heat. Add coconut oil. Allow to melt & get hot. Add peaches & sauté for several minutes until semi-soft. Stir in blueberries. Add cinnamon, cardamom, star anise & nutmeg. Turn heat to low. As fruit cooks, it will breakdown & create a sauce. Sweeten with maple syrup to taste. Top Basic Polenta with compote.  Optional:  top with toasted almonds & coconut. Read More...


Basic Polenta

Friday, July 17, 2015


Courtesy:  Deneen Mueller


Ingredients
1 C cornmeal
1 tsp salt
5 c water
1 T Butter or coconut oil (optional)


Directions
Bring water to a boil.  Add salt.  Add cornmeal slowly, whisking the entire time to prevent lumps. Continue whisking until mixture thickens, 2-3 minutes. Turn heat to low & cook for another 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. To keep polenta soft, more water made be added (You can also use milk/almond milk if using for the sweet topping). Stir in butter or coconut oil.  Taste to make sure that the grains are not raw tasting.  Spoon into individual bowls. Top with Blueberry-Peach Compote or Chorizo & Eggs.  Read More...


Pineapple Poblano Salsa

Friday, July 17, 2015


Courtesy: Sidekicks Salsa


Ingredients

1 Pineapple – peeled, cored and sliced in planks to grill
½ Cup Chopped White Onion
¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro
2 Poblano Chili’s Diced
Juice of 2-3 Limes to taste
Juice of ½ an Orange
Salt & Pepper to Taste Read More...


Corn, Shitake Mushroom and Tomato Salsa

Friday, July 17, 2015



Courtesy:  Sidekicks Salsa


Ingredients
1 lb Shitake Mushrooms, cleaned and diced slightly larger than corn kernels
2 ears of corn (1 cup)
2 zebra tomatoes, diced
1 cup white onion, chopped
1 stalk scallions, chopped
2 tbsp jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tbsp honey
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 2 oranges and 1 grapefruit


Directions
In a sauce pot reduce orange and grapefruit juices (approximately 10 minutes). Heat sauté pan on high, add 1 Tbsp olive oil, cook mushrooms down approx. 3 minutes, add corn and cook additional 5 minutes. In a bowl combine all ingredients and reduction, salt and pepper to taste. Read More...


Salsa Verde

Friday, July 17, 2015


Courtesy:  Sidekicks Salsa


Ingredients
1 lb tomatillos, chopped
1 cup white onion, chopped
1 pt lime juice
¼ cup green onions
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp chopped poblano chili


Directions
In a sauce pot reduce 1 cup Tomatillos and all of the lime juice (approx. 20 minutes). In a bowl combine remaining ingredients and stir in lime juice reduction, salt and pepper to taste. Read More...


Simple Shelling Beans

Friday, July 17, 2015


Ingredients 
1 pint shelled fresh cranberry beans
1 large sprig fresh thyme
Several garlic cloves (to taste), crushed
Parmesan rind (if you have some -- this really makes the dish!)
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Pepper


Directions
Rinse the shelled beans and place in a wide shallow pot. Cover with 2-3 cups of water and a healthy glug or three of olive oil. Toss in the crushed garlic and thyme sprig. Turn the heat on medium and bring to a lively simmer. Turn down the heat and cover, letting the beans bubble away until tender but not falling apart. Give them a stir from time to time. Once the beans are tender, remove the lid and let simmer a bit longer to reduce the liquid to your liking. Season generously with salt and pepper. Excellent served with toasted Kalamata Olive Bread slathered with plain chevre. Read More...


Russian Eggplant Spread

Friday, July 17, 2015


Courtesy:  Chef Carla Owens

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup tomato paste
1 large eggplant
1 green or red pepper
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T sugar
1 1 T lemon juice
1 1/2 T salt
1 1/8 T pepper
1 baguette, sliced for serving spread


Directions
Pierce eggplant 3 or 4 times with fork. Wrap green pepper in foil. Place eggplant and green pepper in shallow baking dish. Bake at 400F until eggplant is very soft, about 35 minutes. Cool. Remove skin from eggplant and seeds from pepper. Chop both. Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until tender. Stir in eggplant, chopped pepper and remaining ingredients except bread. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Place mixture in blender and blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with bread. Read More...



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