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Southern Bowl

1-1/2 cups Baby Okra [no larger than 3″, stems + ends trimmed]
1/4 cup Sweet Pepper [sliced thinly]
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 Yellow Summer Squash [peel into paper thin strips with a veggie peeler]
1 cup Brown Rice [medium grain, rinsed + cooked]
1 cup Black Eyed Peas [cooked]
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Water
Salt + Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Lime [juice only from 1/2, 1/2 cut into wedges]
2 Tbs Spicy Sandwich Spread

Stir lime juice into Spicy Sandwich Spread + set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add okra + saute until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add peppers + garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Add squash + 2 Tbs water.   Cook about 2 minutes, stirring quickly but being careful not to break up the squash ribbons.  Season with salt + pepper.

Serve vegetables over rice + black eyed peas with a dollop of spicy sauce. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Morel Zucchini Linguine

3 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 medium Shallot [minced
4 oz Morel Mushrooms [bite sized, washed]
2 medium Zucchini [1/2″ thick slices]
2 Tbs Butter
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 servings Linguine [dried, cooked until al dente in salted water]
1/2 tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves

Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Melt 1-1/2 Tbs butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Saute shallots + garlic for several minutes till wilted + fragrant.  Add mushrooms + zucchini.  Saute until zucchini are tender, just over 10 minutes.  Stir in pasta, thyme + remaining 1/2 Tbs butter.  Season to taste with plenty of black pepper.

Serves 2.

Linguine with Clams

1 lbs Little Neck Clams [live, in shells, scrubbed clean]
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1/2 cup Clam Juice [or 1 small can chopped clams in juice]
1/2 cup White Wine
3 tsp Dried Italian Herbs [1 tsp Basil, 1 tsp Oregano, 1/2 tsp Parsley, 1/4 tsp Chives, 1/4 tsp Thyme]
1/4 cup Basil [fresh, chopped]
1/4 cup Flat Leaf Parsley [fresh, chopped]
1/2 lb Linguine [dried]

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan with a lid. Saute garlic over medium low heat for 2 minutes, making sure not to brown. Add dried herbs, stir, then add white wine. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add clam juice. Bring to a steady simmer and allow to reduce for 15-20 minutes until thickened and less than half original volume.

Cook pasta in salted water till al dente.

When sauce has reduced, add clams to pan and cover. Steam clams over medium high heat for 4 to 6 minutes, discarding any clams that do not open. Stir pasta + fresh herbs into pan and serve very hot in shallow bowls.

Serves 2 generously.

Penne Puttanesca

10 Anchovy Fillets
2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
3 Garlic Cloves [large, minced]
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 28 oz can Diced Tomatoes [in their juices]
3 Tbs Capers [in brine, drained]
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives [pitted, rinsed + halved]
2 tsp Oregano [dried]
1/4 cup Italian Parsley [fresh, flat leaf, chopped]
1/2 cup Basil [fresh, chopped, several small leaves reserved for garnish]

1 lb Penne Pasta [dried]

Cook pasta until al dente in salted boiling water.  Meanwhile, heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic, anchovies + crushed red pepper.  Saute for several minutes until anchovies begin to break up.  Add tomatoes + capers and simmer for 5 minutes.  Add oregano + olives and simmer for 5+ minutes more.   Stir in herbs just before serving.   Serve over hot pasta + garnish with whole basil leaves.

Savory Split Pea Soup

1 cup Green Split Peas [soaked in 2 cups water for 6+ hours]
2 cups Vegetable Broth
1/2 cup Bulgur Wheat [bring 1 cup water to a boil, stir in bulgur, remove from heat + let stand until water is absorbed]
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Onion [medium, chopped]
2 Garlic Cloves [minced]
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper [to taste]
2 Carrots [sliced thinly]
1/2 tsp Turmeric [dried]
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

After soaking peas, rinse under cold water. Bring peas + vegetable broth to a simmer in a medium size pot and cook peas till very tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, saute onion + garlic in olive oil, nicely seasoned with salt + pepper. After about 5 minutes, add carrot and saute for several minutes more. When peas have finished cooking, add onion, garlic + carrot mixture to peas. Stir 1/2+ cup water [more if peas are dry], spices and bulgur. Simmer for 10 minutes until carrots are tender + flavors have combined.

4 servings. Great with crusty bread.

Wild Mushroom Risotto

2 Tbs Butter
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 cups Vegetable Broth
1/4 cup Dried Wild Mushrooms [broken into 1/2″ pieces, mixture of chanterelle, morel, lobster, hedgehog, porcini]
1 Onion [medium, yellow, chopped]
3 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1/2 tsp Sea Salt [medium grain]
3/4 cup Arborio Rice
1/3 cup White Wine [dry reisling]
10 oz Mushrooms [fresh chopped, mixture of shitake, crimini, + yellowfoot]
1 Tbs Herbs [fresh chopped, 1 sprig each of thyme, oregano, marjoram]

Bring vegetable broth to a boil + add dried mushroom pieces. Reduce heat and allow mushrooms to reconstitute for about 20 minutes. [This is a great time to prep the rest of your ingredients.]

Heat butter and olive oil in a large sauce pan. Saute onion with salt for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add garlic and continue to saute until translucent, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add fresh mushrooms and cook for about 10 more minutes until the mushrooms have released their juices and it has evaporated. Add rice and toast, stirring constantly for about 1 minute. Add wine + stir until wine evaporates and absorbs into rice. Add broth 1/4 cup at a time to rice + mushroom mixture, stirring frequently till absorbed before adding another 1/4 cup. When adding the last 1/4 of broth also add the rehydrated dried mushrooms. Once all broth is absorbed and rice is tender, remove from heat and stir in herbs.

Serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side. Excellent with roasted asparagus or other crisp spring vegetable.

Red Onion Linguine

1 Red Onion [medium, halved then sliced thinly]
1 Lemon
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 lb linguine
1/2 tsp Oregano
5 Kale Leaves [curly green, large leaves, torn to bite size pieces, optional]

Saute red onion in olive oil over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes, seasoned with salt. Juice lemon over top of red onion and continue to saute until the onion begins to caramelize. Meanwhile, boil pasta in salted water till al dente. If adding kale, add to onions about 4 minutes before pasta is ready. Add pasta directly to onion pan, then add oregano and a splash of pasta water to blend the flavors. Saute for 1 minutes more + serve, seasoned with salt + pepper.

Wheat Berry Salad

1 c. Wheat Berries [soaked overnight, then simmered till tender, 45+ minutes]
1 lb. Butternut Squash [peeled and chopped into 1/2” slices]
1 Apple [chopped into bite sized chunks about 1/2” thick”
1 Onion [Medium, chopped]
3 Garlic Cloves [Roughly sliced]
1 Tbs. + Extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 c. Flat Leaf Parsley [chopped]
Salt + Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss squash, apples, onions & garlic in a drizzle of olive oil. Spread them out on a roasting sheet, salt & pepper them and roast for 20 minutes until onions are beginning to brown and apples & squash are tender.

Toss [cooled] wheat berries with olive oil, vinegar and parsley. Add roasted ingredients and stir gently to combine. Season to taste.

Mint Spiced Bulgur Pilaf

1/2 c. Bulgur wheat
1 c. Water
1/4 c. Raisins
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice [cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom – any combo you like.]
1/4 c. Almonds [chopped]
1Tbs. + Mint [Fresh, chopped]
Salt + Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Bring water to a boil. Stir in bulgur & raisins. Turn off heat. Leave covered to sit until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. 10 minutes in, stir in cumin and spices. Once all the water is absorbed, stir in almonds and mint, season with salt & pepper.

Serve with winter squash, boiled and buttered or as a cup to stuff.

Serves 2 as a side.

Roasted Beets + Apples with Poppy Seed Butter

4 Beets  [peeled & chopped]
1 Apple [cored & chopped]
2 tsp. Poppy Seeds
3 Tbs. Butter
2 Servings of wide egg pasta

Roast the beets and apples in a dish with 1/2 inch of water for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta.

Melt butter over medium heat.  Add poppy seeds and cook for 2-5 minutes till butter is lightly brown.  Add beets, apples & pasta to butter pan.  Toss together in the hot skillet.

Serves 2.

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