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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 lb Ground Chicken

6-8 Button Mushrooms, diced

1 can Water Chestnuts, diced

1 small Yellow Onion, diced

2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Head Butter or Leaf Lettuce, leaves separated

2 Large Handfuls of Basil, Cilantro, and Mint

1 Cucumber, cut in half then slice into thin spears

Hoisin Sauce (from omnivorescookbook.com)

  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic , grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste

Saute onion in olive oil until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add mushroom and cook until they begin to lose their moisture and soften, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix up hoisin sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove onion and mushroom mixture to a bowl.  Add chicken to the pan and cook until just cooked through.  Add mushroom mixture back to pan, add water chestnuts and mix in hoisin sauce.  Stir frequently until fully heated through.

Serve family style.  For assembly, top one piece of lettuce with chicken mixture, then a generous helping of herbs and a few cucumber spears.

Ginger Curry Scramble

3 large Collard Green Leaves [center ribs removed, chopped]
1 Garlic Clove [grated]
1/2 tsp Ginger Root [fresh, grated]
1/4 cup Red Onion [chopped finely]
1/2 tsp Sweet Curry Powder
3 Eggs [free range, well beaten with 1 Tbs water]
1 Tbs Safflower Oil
Sea Salt
Smoked Hot Paprika or Cayenne Pepper

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic + ginger till fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add collard greens. Saute until just tender + bright green, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder + stir. Add eggs + stir frequently until just cooked. Season with sea salt + serve with a dash of hot paprika.

Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs


6 Eggs [free range, hard boiled, peeled]
2-3 Tbs Mayonnaise
1 Tbs Brown Stone Ground Mustard
1/2 tsp Tarragon [dried]
1/4 lb Crab Meat [picked over for shells]
1 tsp Basil [fresh, chopped]
pinch of Salt
dash Smoked Paprika

Cut each egg in half. Combine yolks, mustard + mayonnaise in a bowl and mix till smooth. Stir in tarragon, crab, basil + salt. Divide crab mixture into about 1″ round scoops + fill egg whites. Serve garnished with a little extra basil + a dash of smoked paprika.

Tex-Mex Breakfast Stew


1 cup Onion [minced]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
5 Sun Dried Tomatoes [chopped]
14 oz Diced Tomatoes [+ their juices]
2 cups Black Beans
4+ Eggs [free range, no more than 1 week old]
Cilantro
Tortillas

Heat olive oil in a shallow 5-1/2 quart sauce pan. Saute onion for about 5 minutes, then add garlic + spices, stirring for a few minutes more. Add the diced + dried tomatoes + bring to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, until flavors are well blended. Stir in the beans.

Make 4 depressions in the stew with a spoon + break an egg into each. Cover + allow to simmer for about 5 or so minutes until the eggs are poached to your liking. [You can carefully remove the eggs + poach more as desired.]

Serve a couple eggs + a scoop of stew in a shallow bowl topped with cilantro with tortillas on the side.

Spinach Stracciatella

4 cups Vegetable Broth [low sodium or unsalted]
2 Tbs Miso
2 Eggs
2 Tbs Semolina Flour
2 hand fulls Spinach [fresh, torn to bite size pieces]
Fresh Parsley [for garnish]

In a small bowl, beat eggs, semolina flour and 2 Tbs of water until well blended. Set aside.
Heat broth till just about to boil. Stir in miso to mix very well. Bring broth to a very gentle boil + slowly whisk in the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in the spinach and reduce to a simmer for a couple minutes. Serve garnished with fresh flat leaf parsley.

Serves 2 to 4.

Shrimp Cocktail


Cocktail Sauce:
1-1/2 cups Cherry Tomatoes [or other fresh, very ripe tomatoes, cut in half]
14 oz canned Diced Tomatoes [in juice]
1/4 cup Sweet Onion [diced]
1 Garlic Clove [minced]
1 tsp Olive Oil
2 tsp White Wine Vinegar
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
+/- 3 tsp Horseradish

2 lbs Key West Pink Shrimp [peeled + deveined]
1/2 Meyer Lemon
1/4 cup Red Onion [cut into chunks]
Sea Salt

Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan. Saute onion + garlic over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes + their juices. Bring all to a simmer over very low heat. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by about half.

Patiently puree all ingredients until very smooth [using a hand blender or allowing to cool then blending].  Return to the stove + add vinegar, brown sugar, +chipotle chili powder.  Stir very well.  Gently simmer for about 30 minutes more until thickened, stirring every 10 minutes or so.  Remove from heat.

Bring a large pot of water, with lemon + red onion, to boil. Add raw shrimp and simmer for 1-2 minutes until shrimp are just cooked through. Remove to an ice water bath to cool immediately.

Stir 1-1/2 teaspoons [or more!] of horseradish into each 1/2 cup of tomato sauce*.  This full recipe makes about 1 cup of sauce.  Season with salt + pepper to taste, if necessary.

Arrange on a platter + chill both the sauce + shrimp for a couple hours.  Serve cold.

*If you choose to make fewer shrimp, the tomato sauce is perfect for over pasta or as a dip with oven fries. Just add the horseradish to the portion you’re serving as cocktail sauce + save the rest for another dish.

Catfish Po’ Boy

1 lb Catfish Fillets [cut into 3″ pieces]
1 Egg [beaten]
1/2 cup Cornmeal [fine grain]
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Marjoram [dried]
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
dash Thyme [dried]
dash Black Pepper
Sea Salt [to taste]
Olive Oil

Green Tomato Tartar Sauce:
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
2 Tbs Green Tomato Pickles [minced]
1 Tbs Chives + Parsley [chopped]

4 French Bread Rolls [oblong, sliced in half]
2 cups Lettuce [sliced]
1 Tomato [sliced into 8 rounds]
Butter + Hot Sauce [optional, but so good]

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large saute pan, just enough oil to coat the bottom with a thin layer. Combine cornmeal, cinnamon, garlic powder, chili powder, marjoram, thyme, salt + pepper on a small plate. Dip each piece of fish in the egg, then dredge till totally covered in cornmeal + spices. Pan fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.

Spread one side of each french roll with tartar sauce. Lightly butter the other side. Top with fried fish, lettuce + tomato. Finish with a few drops of vinegary hot sauce.

4 Sandwiches.

These amazingly tasty sandwiches were made in collaboration with Jane Middleton + Jody Trendler.

Allium Pale Ale Mussels

3 lbs Mussels [beards removed, scrubbed well]
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 Onion [small, sliced]
1 Leek [sliced into 1/4″ rounds + washed well]
1-1/2 Lemons [juice only]
1 Tbs Herbs [fresh thyme, parsley]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Butter
16 oz Pale Ale
Salt + Freshly Ground Pepper [to taste]

Heat oil + 1 Tbs of butter in a very large pot. Add onion, garlic + leeks and saute for about 5 minutes or until wilted. Add mussels, lemon juice + beer. Cover + cook over medium high for 5 minutes. All mussels should be open; Remove cooked mussels from liquid + place in a large bowl. Discard any that have not opened after 7-10 minutes. Add the last Tbs of butter to beer + allium mixture + simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly reduced.

Pour beer sauce over mussels + serve very hot with thick slices of crusty ciabatta.

Serves 6, family style.

Photo + freshly baked bread thanks to Jane Middleton.

Curry Deviled Eggs


2 Eggs [free range, hard boiled]*
2 tsp Mayonnaise
1/4 tsp Sweet Curry Powder
Sea Salt
dash Cayenne Pepper
2 Chives [minced]

Peel eggs + slice in half. Combine yolks with mayonnaise, curry + salt. Mash together until very smooth. Fill centers of eggs with yolk mixture. Top with chives + a dash of cayenne pepper.

A delicious single serving.

*Tip:  Very fresh eggs are hard to peel.  Eggs 7-10 days old are best for hard boiling.  Poach or fry fresh eggs.  You can tell the age of an egg by how close the white is to the yolk.

Goan Spiced Catfish

3 Catfish Fillets [chopped into 1″ pieces]
1/2 cup Onion [chopped]
3 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 Tomato [seeded + chopped]
1 Tbs Olive Oil [or ghee]
Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Tumeric [ground]
2 tsp Coriander [ground]
1 tsp Curry Powder [sweet]
3/4 cup Coconut Milk

Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet with a lid. Saute onion + garlic until translucent. Add tomatoes + spices + cook for 1 minute. Add fish + coconut milk. Cover + simmer until fish is just cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Serves 2 with rice as an entree or 4 as a side.

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