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Guacamole

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How we love guacamole! But how do we not love the store-bought weird grey- looking stuff! Our quest for the perfect guacamole started a couple of years ago thanks to the generosity ( and overstock) of a neighbors guacamole tree. Although avocados might have a bad rap or being fatty,  they contain 0 trans fats and do contain 20 vitamins a a cargo load of minerals such as potassium.  In our search for the perfect flavor we discovered a couple of useful facts: you MUST use lime, lemons an guacamole do not jive, and second: you must use fresh peppers. Use serrano peppers if you prefer mild, use jalapenos is you prefer a bit more spice.  ENJOY!

 

Ingredients: (for 2 cups)

2 large ripe avocados
3 firm medium tomatoes, diced
3 jalapenos or Serrano peppers, finely chopped
1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 green onion with the stalk, chopped
the juice of 1/2 or 1 lime
salt to taste

Cut the avocados in half, remove the seeds. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and mix. Place the diced tomatoes and onions into the bowl, mix well and add jalapenos and salt to taste, depending on the desired spiciness. Toss all the ingredients together evenly. Let stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors blend. Taste for salt and spiciness. As with all salsas, if too mild add more peppers; if too spicy, add more tomatoes

Use as a dip or as a condiment for fajitas and grilled meats.

Kale and Zucchini Pie

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Kale is a leafy green vegetable related to mustards, broccoli and collards. It is incredibly packed with vitamins A , C and K, and is considered a great anti-inflammatory. It’s glycemic load is 3 ,This means it will not make your blood sugar spike .
But how does it taste?
It’s zippy and simply yummy in traditional soups and stews but, did you know it can take full center stage in a pie? Well it can! We added thin slices of yellow zucchini and cheese instead of a  pie crust top and presto!  A delicious , nutritious and figure friendly  is born . So from our kitchen to yours to enjoy : Kale and zucchini pie.

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped kale
1 onion , chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup part skim ricotta
2 tbls olive oil
freshly grated nutmeg to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 yellow zucchini or 2 yellow crooked neck squash , thinly sliced
1 pie crust ( bottom only)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Meanwhile in a large skillet, saute the onions with the oil, salt and pepper over medium heat  till slightly brown. Add the chopped kale and saute till slightly wilted. Turn off the heat and add the nutmeg, ricotta and the eggs. Mix lightly till incorporated.

Place the mixture in the bottom pie shell, distributing evenly, sprinkle  with the grated cheese, then top with the thin zucchini slices till all the mixture is covered. You can get as fancy or as simple as you like, stacking in a fan-like fashion or randomly.

Place in the middle rack of the oven and let bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven , let cool slightly, slice and enjoy!

Variation: you can also make individual pies, just adjust cooking time to 25 minutes.


Sticky Toffee Cookies

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In the mood for a sweetheart of a cookie that will not take all day to make? These sticky toffee cookies hit the spot. I first tried these delights at a holiday cookie swap and been hooked ever since. They are the perfect Valentines day treat!
Use peanuts instead of regular walnuts in case of allergies 

2 sticks of butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 box graham crackers(*)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile place the butter in a pan over medium heat and bring to a boil Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. take off the heat and stir in the nuts. Line bottom of a baking sheet with sides ( do not use a cookie sheet) with graham crackers. Spread butter nut mixture over the crackers. Bake for 10 minutes . Let cool till they are slightly warm and separate/ slice to your liking. ENJOY!

(*) please pay attention to graham crackers ingredients since they may include corn, soy and/ or other food allergens

Caviar Beurre Blanc on Seared White Sturgeon

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Planning on celebrating a wonderful dinner for two for  Valentines , and anniversary or just for the joy of it? Forgo the chicken and the beef and go for delicious white sturgeon.  If you are afraid of fish, fear not! This fish has no scales to deal with and is very hard to overcook. As with all fish , get it from a trusted source, it will smell like the ocean ( and not fish) when fresh. And get good quality caviar . Our friends from Petrossian  shared the secret to one of their delicious signature dishes with us.,It’s the  double reduction of wine and fish stock in the beurre blanc! this builds incredible layers of flavor. The recipe is for 4 portions, reduce by half if making for two, or just have seconds. ENJOY!

 

Ingredients: 

2 shallots, peeled & sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs thyme
2 black peppercorns
1 cup white wine
1 cup fish fumet (stock)
1 cup cream
8 ounces butter, cut in cubes and chilled
Salt & pepper to taste
Caviar, 80 grams

 

For Mushrooms: 

1 oz. vegetable oil, we used canola
1 pound Trumpet Royale Mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1 shallot, minced
3 sprigs thyme
1 lb. fava beans, blanched
4 7 oz. filets White Sturgeon
Chervil (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste 

 

Procedure: 

 

To make the Beurre Blanc: Combine shallots, garlic, bay leaf,  thyme, peppercorns and white wine in a saucepan over medium heat , cook until and the wine is nearly evaporated. Add the fish stock and reduce until nearly evaporated. Add the cream and reduce by half. Strain the mixture. Discard the solids and put the hot liquid into the blender and puree. Slowly add the cubes of butter to the working blender. Season and reserve in a warm place. 

 

To make the mushrooms: Place sauté pan over high heat until very hot and then add oil. Place mushrooms in a single layer in the hot pan. Add a pinch of shallots, garlic and a spring of thyme. Sauté until slightly brown and then flip to other side and repeat process. Repeat this process with remaining mushrooms. Reserve. Blanch the Fava beans in salted water. 

 

To assemble: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put a sauté pan on high heat and add a little oil. Season the sturgeon and place in a very hot pan. Brown the presentation side first and place in preheated oven. Sauté the mushrooms and add the Fava beans. Season. Place the cooked sturgeon on top of the mushroom fricassee. Add the caviar to the sauce and combine. Pour the caviar beurre blanc over fish and garnish with chervil.

Chicken Florentine (for 2)

Have a taste of Italy and fell good about it  ! HOW? By combining low fat chicken breast with super food spinach.  This is a healthy, low fat and low carb recipe, excellent for your new year resolution to eat better!
Use fresh or chopped frozen spinach for a shortcut, just make sure not to overcook. 

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a thickness of 1/2 inch
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 onion chopped
1 cup diced Roma tomatoes
1 tsp basil
2 Tbls olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
4 Tbls grated parmesan cheese

In a sauté pan heat the olive oil and brown the onions, salt and pepper the chicken breasts and add to the onions let them brown. Incorporate the chopped tomatoes and the basil. Let cook on medium heat for 25 minutes, slightly stirring to avoid sticking. Meanwhile, blanch the spinach in hot water for 3 minutes and place on the serving dish. drizzle with olive oil and place the chicken with the tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with the parmesan and serve. Up to this point this is a low-carb recipe.

You may also place on a bed of whole wheat linguini if desired. Enjoy!!