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Panzanella


3″ Baguette [day old, sliced into 1/8″ slices]

Salad:
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes [cut in half]
1 Armenian Cucumber [sliced, or two other thin cucumbers]
1/4 cup Red Onion [sliced thinly]
handful Basil Leaves [fresh, torn]
1-1/2 cups Navy Beans [cooked]

Dressing:
generous pinch Sea Salt
1 tsp warm water
2 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
black pepper [to taste]

Arrange slices of baguette on a cutting board in a single layer. Allow to dry out for several hours. Break bread slices into 1″ pieces + set aside.

Dissolve sea salt in water + vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk in oil + season with pepper. Toss dressing over the vegetables + beans in a medium bowl. Gently mix in bread. Serve immediately.

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.

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.

Black Bean Spinach Soup


2 cups Black Beans [dried, soaked 8 hours]
Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1/2 cup Onion [chopped]
1 can Tomatoes [chopped]
1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes [not in oil, chopped]
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Marjoram
1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
2 cups + Spinach

Pressure cook the beans till very tender, reserve liquid.

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sauce pot. Saute onion + garlic for 5 minutes, till softened. Add tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, broth, herbs + spices. Simmer for 5 minutes more. Add beans + spinach, simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir very well, mashing some beans till soup has thickened slightly or add reserved bean cooking liquid till desired consistency.

Serves 4 to 6.

Southwest Pinto Stew

1 cup Onion [chopped]
3 Garlic Cloves [minced]
1 Carrot [sliced]
1 Bell Pepper [chopped]
1 Zucchini [chopped]
2 cups Pinto Beans
1-14 oz can Tomatoes
2 Tbs Olive Oil
Sea Salt [or Redmond salt]
2 cups Vegetable Broth
dash Chipotle Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Marjoram
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Chili Powder [a good blend with oregano]

Heat oil in a large stock pot. Saute onion, seasoned with salt, for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add carrots, peppers, and garlic + saute for 5 minutes more. Add zucchini + cook for 5-10 minutes, until all vegetables have softened. Add spices, stirring till fragrant. Add tomatoes, vegetable broth + beans. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Serves 4. Great with homemade tortillas + avocado slices.

Grilled Stew

3 Yukon Gold Potatoes [cut in half]
6 Tomatoes [cut in half at their core]
1 Hatch Chili
2 Ears of Corn
1 Onion [peel + sliced in half]
Olive Oil
Salt + Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 – 1 cup Vegetable Broth
1/4 tsp Marjoram [dried]
1/2 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder

Toss potatoes, tomatoes, hatch chili + onion with a little olive oil. Place all veggies on the grill, over hot coals, cut side down. Place hatch chili along the edges so that its skins do not blacken. Grill, turning once. Remove each veggie as it is finished cooking, 7-15 minutes. Corn + onions should have grill marks, tomato + potato skins browning + blistering.

Roughly chop the grilled vegetables + add to a medium sauce pot. Add vegetable broth + spices. Bring to a simmer. You will need to adjust the vegetable broth depending on the moisture in your tomatoes. Simmer 5-10 minutes.

Serves 6.  Great with cornbread + a side of black eyed peas.

This recipe came from excellent collaboration with Jane Middleton.

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.

Peachy Tomato Soup

2 Peaches [freestone, chopped, about 2 cups]
3 cups Tomatoes [cored, chopped]
1/4 cup Sweet Onion [minced]
1/4 cup Fresh Basil [+ a little for garnish]
1/2-1 Tbs White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Salt [+ more to taste]
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Puree peaches, tomatoes, + onion in a blender. Add remaining ingredients + puree a few minutes more till very smooth. Adjust vinegar + salt + serve garnished with a little basil.

Catfish Ceviche

2 Catfish Fillets [rinsed well + chopped into bite size pieces]
2 lemons [zest from 1, juice from both]
1 lime [zest + juice]
1 Red Chili Pepper[minced]
1 Avocado [chopped]
1 Tomato [seeded + chopped]
Sea Salt [smoked or otherwise]

Combine fish with lemon + lime juice and zest in a glass bowl. Cover + refrigerate over night, stirring occasionally.

After marinating, drain fish of excess juices. Stir in the chili pepper, avocado + tomato. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

Serves 4 as a light appetizer.

Peach Salsa

2 Peaches [Texas freestone, pitted + chopped]
1 Tomato [chopped + partially seeded]
1/2 Cucumber [sliced thinly then chopped]
2 Tbs Red Onion [minced]
1 Lime [juice only]
Salt

Mix all ingredients together and allow to sit for 20 minutes before serving. Use a slotted spoon to serve.

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