Braised Lentils

BRAISED LENTILS 1 T extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 C quality slab bacon, diced 1/2 C shallots, peeled and minced 1/2 C carrot, peeled and minced 2 plump, fresh garlic cloves, peeled and minced 2 C green lentils, picked through for stones, etc. 1 1/2 C water 2 C chicken stock 2 thyme sprigs 1 bay [...]

Tomato Tart (Tarte aux Tomates)

TOMATO TART (TARTE AUX TOMATES) 1 (9″) frozen pie shell, thawed or fresh savory pie dough rolled and fitted to a pie dish 3 large fresh heirloom tomatoes, seeded, cut into 1/2″ slices and well drained 1/4 C Dijon mustard 1 C Gruyère cheese, coarsely grated 1 T fresh tarragon leaves, chopped 1 T fresh [...]

Tomatoes — Slow Roasted

SLOW ROASTED TOMATOES Fresh local cherry or grape tomatoes, halved horizontally Plump fresh garlic head, halved horizontallly Extra virgin olive oil Dried thyme Dried oregano Sea salt and freshly ground pepper Preheat oven to 250 F Arrange tomatoes and garlic halves on a parchment or aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Lightly drizzle with olive oil [...]

Grilled Tomatoes with Herbs & Garlic

GRILLED TOMATOES WITH HERBS & GARLIC 4 medium tomatoes, cut in half crosswise — or 8 plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise 3 T extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 plump garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced 1 T fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1 T fresh thyme, finely chopped [...]

Rice Pilaf

RICE PILAF 1 1/2 C long grain rice 1 T unsalted butter 1/2 medium onion, peeled and minced 3 C chicken broth Sea salt and freshly ground pepper Pinch of dried thyme, crumbled between finger & thumb 1 bay leaf Heat the butter in a small saucepan. Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes [...]

Braised Tongue

BRAISED TONGUE 1 fresh calf tongue (about 3 lbs) 8 C+ chicken broth 1 C+ red wine 2 medium yellow onions, peeled and quartered 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 plump, fresh garlic head, divided into cloves, peeled and smashed 10 black peppercorns 4 thyme sprigs 2 bay leaves Cover the tongue and [...]

Spinach & Mushroom Frittata

SPINACH & MUSHROOM FRITTATA 1 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil 4 C loosely packed fresh spinach leaves, rinsed, dried and cut into thin ribbons 1 C sliced crimini mushrooms or stemmed and sliced shiitake mushrooms 8 large organic, free range eggs Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Slight dollop of heavy whipping cream [...]

Chicken Enchiladas

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS 2 28-ounce cans San Marzano tomatoes, drained 2 poblano chiles, stemmed 1 jalapeño chile, stemmed 2 T canola oil 1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped 2 C chicken broth Sea salt 3/4 C crema 2-3 C grilled or roasted chicken dark meat, coarsely shredded 1 C asadero, chihuahua or monterey jack cheese, [...]

Roast Pork Loin With Herbs, Apples & Honey

ROAST PORK LOIN WITH HERBS, APPLES & HONEY 3 lb boneless pork top loin roast, trimmed and tied 8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 6 plump, fresh garlic cloves, peeled and cut in slivers Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 T fresh sage leaves, finely chopped 1 T fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped [...]

Apple Crisp

APPLE CRISP 3 1/2 lbs Granny Smith apples, stemmed, peeled, cored, sliced 1/2” thick 1 C firmly packed golden brown sugar 1 T ground cinnamon Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg Split 2 vanilla bean seeds or small dash of pure vanilla extract 1 T lemon juice 1 C all purpose flour 1 C sugar 1 [...]