Ginger Lemon Tea

Ginger Tea

Peel and thinly slice 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger root and add to 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, strain and drink with honey, if desired. Toss the strained ginger slices with sugar and dry on wax paper for candied ginger.  

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup 4-6 servings For a vegetarian version replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock and the chicken with black or pinto beans. 2 tbs olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 jalapenos or milder peppers of choice, seeded and minced 1 large can whole tomatoes, hand-squeezed to a pulp […]

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Spicy Chickpeas

Spicy Chickpeas

Spicy Chickpeas are a great snack. 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon cayenne or milder pepper of choice salt and pepper to taste Put chickpeas on a paper towel and let them dry out. I sometimes just leave them overnight. Preheat oven to […]

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Our Homemade Boursin is easy and delicious!

Homemade Boursin Cheese

Our Homemade Boursin Cheese is easy and delicious! 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 8 oz butter – room temp 16 oz cream cheese, room temp 4 tbs freshly grated Parmesan Salt and pepper to taste. Fresh or dried herbs of choice. If fresh they should be minced. I like chives, marjoram, thyme, basil, dill, red […]

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Baby Crab Cakes with Sriracha/Chive Aiol

Baby Crab Cakes with Sriracha & Chive Aioli

2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 egg, beaten Dash of Worchester sauce 2 cups lump crabmeat, drained and cleaned of all shells drops of sriracha, to your taste (optional, can also use Tabasco) 2-3 chopped scallions 1/3 cup bread crumbs (equals 4 slices), I like panko Butter and […]

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Green Beans with Garlic and Walnuts

Green Beans with Garlic and Walnuts

My favorite way to have green beans. 2 cups fresh green beans, cleaned – (stem tip snapped off) 3 garlic cloves minced ½ cup chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons butter Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Steam beans until tender but still slightly firm. Remove from steamer. In the same saucepan, heat butter until melted, […]

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Simple and delicious! homegrown tomatoes, sliced slices of fresh mozzarella to alternate with tomatoes fresh basil cut with a sharp knife into ribbons extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling balsamic vinegar reduction coarse salt and pepper Alternate the tomato slices and fresh mozzarella on a serving plate. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle lightly with balsamic reduction […]

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Terrific Tomatoes

How to Slow Roast Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes Preheat oven to 275. Cut fresh tomatoes into wedges and place in a bowl. Season with a pinch of sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, herbs of choice and minced garlic. Toss gently. Place tomatoes on a rimmed cookie sheet in a single layer and drizzle with any leftover oil. Roast 2 ½ […]

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Roasted Peppers

How to Roast Peppers

Roasted Peppers Wash peppers. Place directly on grill over high heat, turning until all sides are charred. Enclose in a bag or a covered bowl and let steam until cool enough to handle. Once cooled remove skins and seeds. I just peel off with my hands and scrape out the seeds. To roast peppers inside, […]

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Herb Cheese and Butter

8 ounces cream cheese or butter at room temperature, could also use goat or feta cheese 4-5 cloves of roasted garlic (optional) 2 scallions, minced ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon chopped chives 2 teaspoons herb mix or fresh herbs of choice 2-3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Mix together and serve, decorate with fresh […]

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Garden Herb Blend- dried herbs

Garden Herb Blend, Dried Herbs

1 part parsley 1 part garlic flakes 1 part thyme 1 part granulated onion 1 part oregano A part represents anything from a teaspoon to a cup depending on how much you want to make. Blend some or all of the above herbs and store in glass containers. Substitute whatever herbs you like. Use in […]

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Herb Vinegar

Herb Vinegar & Herb Vinaigrette

Herb Vinegar Another great way to preserve that herbal flavor is in vinegar. You can use my favorite, organic apple cider vinegar, or wine, champagne, or rice vinegar. To make your vinegar, stuff a glass mason jar full of fresh, clean herbs, pour vinegar over the herbs, completely covering them, and cap with a coated canning […]

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