Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
Halve 1 cup cherry tomatoes. Thinly slice 1/4 cup basil. Cook 1/2 cup orzo according to package directions. (Orzo cooks pretty fast, usually 6-9 minutes) Drain and mix with 1 Tbs. olive oil. Allow to cool and stir in tomatoes, basil, 2 Tbs. pine nuts, 1 tsp. red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Serves 2.
Mince 1 clove garlic. Slice 1 red onion lengthwise into chunks. Core 1 red, 1 orange, and 1 yellow bell pepper. Remove seeds and pith and cut into strips. Seed and cut 1 large tomato into chunks. Tear up 1/4 cup basil leaves. Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion with a pinch of dried oregano 3-5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add...
Lightly beat 2 eggs. Melt 4 Tbs. butter. In a bowl, stir together 1 heaping cup flour, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 cup milk. Add eggs and stir untill smooth. Let stand for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour the melted butter into 8 muffin molds. Pour the batter into the molds. Bake about 15 to 20 minutes. The will be golden brown and puffy. Serve immediately.
Soften some butter (for greasing your muffin tin). Melt another stick of butter. Beat 1 egg. Peel, core, and chop 2 medium apples. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan with butter. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups whole-wheat flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Ina separate bowl mix together melted butter, egg, and 1 cup milk. Pour into...
How To Steam an Artichoke
Twist of stalk and pull off any small leaves from base of artichoke. Cut top quarter off artichoke. Trim tough tips from remaining leaves with scissors. Rub cut parts with sliced lemon. Bring 2 inches water and juice of half a lemon to a boil. Place artichoke in a steamer basket and steam 25 minutes, or until tender.
Pasta and Chard
Thinly slice 3 large shallots. Mince 2 cloves garlic. Cut 6 cups Swiss chard stems into 1” pieces. Grate 6 Tbs. Locatelli Romano cheese if you like cheese. Toast 1/4 cup pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, shaking often. Set aside. Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add shallots and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. ...
Chard and Mozzarella Pizza
Separate the leaves and stems of 1 1/4 lb. Swiss chard. Halve 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes. Clean, trim, and quarter 5 oz. cremini mushrooms. (Sometimes marketed as baby Bella.) Dice 1 small red onion. Mince 2 cloves garlic. Preheat oven to 400F. Chop chard stems into 3/4” pieces. Chop chard leaves into 3/4” strips. Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in a large skillet over...
Chard and Pearl Barley Stew
Chop up the leaves and stems of 1 1/4 lb. Swiss Chard. Halve 2 medium leeks lengthwise, and slice light green and white parts into 1/2” pieces. Peal and slice 3 medium carrots. Slice 2 stalks celery. Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in chard stems, leeks, carrots, celery, and 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg. Cook 7 to 9 minutes. Add 3 cups...
Raw Slaw with Asian Pear
Remove the stems from 13 Swiss Chard leaves and cut into 1/4” ribbons. Peal and grate 1 large Asian pear. Segment and chop 4 large navel oranges. Grate 3 large carrots. Chop 1/3 cup cilantro. Toss together into a bowl. Blend 2/3 cup raw cashews, 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 tsp. sesame oil, in blender for 15 seconds. Add 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, a pinch of red pepper, and 1 tsp. minced...
Tourte De Blettes
This is a dessert that doesn’t taste nearly as weird as it looks. Thaw 1 sheet frozen puff pastry. Remove the inner stems from 1 1/2 lbs. Swiss Chard, and roughly chop the leaves. You can throw out the stems or make dinner with them. Peel, core and cut 1 Fuji apple into 1/4” slices. Preheat oven to 375F. Blanch Swiss Chard in a pot of boiling water 15 seconds. Drain and...
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Rice Fucking Pudding: SWISS FUCKING CHARD HOLY... →
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Mix 2 Tbs. packed light brown sugar with 4 tsp. white whole-wheat flour and 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon. Add 1 Tbs. butter or margarine and massage together with your fingers. Stir in 2 Tbs. hazelnuts, walnuts, or almonds. Sprinkle over loaf or muffins before baking.
Pineapple Upside Down Topping
To turn bread into pineapple upside down bread spray pan with cooking spray, then generously sprinkle with light brown sugar and chopped walnuts or pecans. Arrange halved pineapple slices (from a can) on top. Pour batter over. After bakeing immediately loosen edges and turn out on a rack to cool. You may need to do some rearranging. Serve upside down.
In a small bowl stir together 3 Tbs. lemon juice and 2 Tbs. sugar. Microwave 1 minute. Use a tooth pick to poke holes in bread or muffins while still hot, and brush with syrup.
Stir together 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1/2 tsp. grated orange or lemon zest. Gradually whisk in 2-3 tsp. orange or lemon juice. Drizzle over bread or muffins.
To jazz up bread or muffins, melt 1 oz. chopped bittersweat chocolate in microwave at 20 percent power. Drizzle over cooled loaf or muffins.
Dairy-Free Apricot-Ginger Muffins
Zest and juice an orange. Chop 3/4 cup dried apricots. Chop 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. candied ginger (if you like it). Preheat oven to 350F. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray. Whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tbs. grated orange zest, 2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt. In a separate bowl whisk 2/3 cup sugar and 2 large eggs until creamy. Whisk in 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 1/3 cup...
Soften 2 Tbs. butter or margarine. Lightly beat 1 large egg. Grate 4 tsp. orange zest. Juice the orange. (I call this zesting, juicing process Zeusing.) You will need 3/4 cup orange juice. I usually wind up adding some store bought juice to the fresh squeezed. Preheat oven to 400F. (If you want to make a single loaf of bread, preheat to 350.) Coat muffin tin with cooking spray. Whisk...
Gluten-Free Blueberry Quick Bread
I have eaten half a loaf of this over the coarse of a single evening. Grate 1 Tbs. lemon zest. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 9”x5” loaf pan (or muffin tin) with cooking spray. Whisk together 1 cup almond flour, 1 cup white rice flour (or brown rice flour, or some other GF flour mix), 2 Tbs. cornstarch, lemon zest, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, and 1/2 tsp. salt...
Chop up 1 cup hazelnuts or almonds. Grate 1 Tbs. orange zest. Chop up 1/2 cup dried figs. Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 9”x5” loaf pan (or a muffin tin) with cooking spray. Spread nuts on a baking pan and toast in oven 8 to 12 minutes. Set aside. Whisk together 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, orange zest, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 1/2...
Morning Glory Bread
Drain 1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple in its own juice, juice reserved. Grate 2 to 3 medium carrots (or use 1 cup of the already shredded variety). Coarsely chop 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (or again, use the already chopped kind). Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 9” x 5” loaf pan, 12 cup muffin pan, or 25 cup mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Whisk together 2 cups all-purpose...
Pasta with Eggplant
Chop 1/2 of a medium yellow onion. Cut 1 large eggplant into 1/2” cubes. Heat 3 Tbs. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch hot red pepper flakes and saute until the onion starts to turn translucent. Add the eggplant and 1 tsp. salt. Cook for 20 minutes. Add a 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes, 1/4 cup red wine, 1 Tbs. sugar, and another tsp. salt. Cook for...
Put 2 russet potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover, bring to a boil and cook, partially covered 35 to 40 minutes. As soon as they have cooled enough to touched, peel and then mash. Spread out onto a cutting board and let cool completely. Mix together 1 egg, 1 tsp. salt, and a pinch of nutmeg. Form the mashed potatoes into a volcano and pour the egg mixture into it. Knead the potato and...
Garlic-Sauteed Swiss Chard
Wash 2 large bunches of Swiss Chard, drain, and spin dry. Cut off the tough stems. Slice 3 large garlic cloves into thin strips. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic slices and saute 1 minute. Remove the slices and set aside. Saute Swiss Chard 3 minutes, flip, and saute 2 minutes more. Mix with the garlic, season with salt and pepper, and serve. Serves...
Yogurt-Orange Granola Parfait
Peel 2 oranges and divide into segments. In a small bowl combine 2 cups plain low fat yogurt with 3 Tbs. honey. Put a scoop into the bottom of a bowl or glass. Follow with a scoop of low fat granola and then another scoop of yogurt. Top with orange segments and a sprinkle of granola. Serves 4.
Spaghetti with Arugula and Pine Nuts
Cook 2-3 ounces of spaghetti. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbs. olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Add 2 heaping cups of arugula and cook until wilted but still bright green. Transfer to a plate and top with spaghetti. Add a little more olive oil, 1 Tbs. lemon juice, black pepper, salt, parmigiana, a 1 Tbs. pine nuts. Serves 1.
Sauted Swiss Chard With Egg
Take 2 eggs out of your refrigerator and let them sit on the counter for 30 minutes. Melt 1 Tbs. unsalted butter. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Use a slotted spoon to place the eggs in the boiling water. Turn the heat down slightly and boil for 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water and let sit for a minute. Peal and return to ice water for another...
Fancy Egg McMuffins
Toast 4 whole wheat English muffins. Set some water on to boil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 8 ramekins in cooking spray. Break an egg into each one. Place the ramekins in a lasagna tray and pour boiling water into the tray until it comes about halfway up the ramekins. Cover with aluminium foil and put in the oven. Check after about 4 minutes. When they are cooked take them out. Wait...
Chop up an onion. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice 3 large eggplants into circles about 1/2” thick. Lay on a baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Bake each side for 15 minutes. While the eggplants are baking heat 1 Tbs. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion about 5 minutes, or until it starts to soften. Add 1 tsp. dried oregano and 1 (28-ounce) can...
Orzo Salad with Feta
Juice and zest a lemon. (I like to call this process Zeusing.) Thinly slice the green parts of some scallions until you have half a cup. Cook 1/2 pound orzo. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, zest, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and some pepper. (freshly ground if you can) When the orzo is finished cooking, strain it and let it cool. Toss it into a big bowl with the dressing,...
Fried Baby Red Potatoes
Put 1 lb. baby red potatoes in a big pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 15 minutes. Drain and let sit until cool enough to handle, then cut into quarters. Put 1 Tbs. olive oil and 1 Tbs. butter into a skillet and heat over medium-high. Once the butter is mostly melted add the potatoes. Cook 7 minutes on each skinless side. Set them on a paper towel to sop up the excess...
Cut 5 cloves of garlic in half. Slice up some cremini mushrooms (also marketed as baby portobello). Chop up some broccoli rabe. Heat 2 Tbs. olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, raise heat a little, and cook for another 2 minutes. Add broccoli rabe, lower heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes more. Broccoli rabe is very bitter, so it isn’t for everyone,...
Take 2 eggs out of the fridge and set them on the counter for about 30 minutes, so they return to room temperature. Melt 1 stick of butter in the microwave. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans. In a large mixing bowl stir together 2 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cups cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder,...
Cookies and Cream Truffles
Pulse 8 cream sandwich cookies in a food processor. (I use Joe-Joe’s, but you can use Oreo’s or whatever.) Add 4 oz. of cream cheese and blend. Use a tablespoon or a melon ball-er and to set the cookie balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover and freeze for an hour. Pour 1 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute, then stir and microwave...
Fennel Salad with Red Onions and Oranges
Thinly slice 2 fennel bulbs and 1/2 of a red onion. Seperate an orange into segments. Toss together into a bowl, then drizzle with 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon. (A Meyer lemon if you want to get fancy.) Season with salt and pepper. Serves 2.
Green Bean and Potato Salad
Mince 1 clove of garlic. Put two big pots of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, trim 1 lb. of green beans and halve 1 lb. of baby red potatoes. When your water is boiling put the green beans in one pot and the potatoes in the other. The beans should be finished in about 6 minutes. Pour them into a colander and run cold water over them. The potatoes need to boil...
Morrocan Angel Hair Pasta
Chop up a red onion. Mince some garlic and chop up a tomato or two. Put a pot of water on to boil. Coat a skillet in olive oil and cook onion, garlic, tomatoes and 1 tsp each of cinnamon, turmeric, and cumin for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Once your water starts to boil put half a box of angel hair pasta in and cook it. It should be done in 2-4 minutes. Once the sauce is done,...
Fill a glass with ice. Layer 2 oz. Stoli, 1 oz. Kahlua, and 1 oz. half and half. Add a splash of coke.
Italian Grilled Cheese
Lightly beat an egg. Make a sandwich with two pieces of bread (any kind will do, even if it’s a bit stale) and mozzarella. Heat olive oil over medium in a skillet. Dip the sandwich into the egg and cook for about a minute, than flip over. Repeat until cheese is melted and bread is golden.
Melt 1/2 cup butter and set aside. Peel 4 Bartlett pears, then cut into quarters. Cut out the cores, and then slice crosswise. Preheat oven to 375F. Butter and flour an 8-inch cake pan. Whisk together 2 large eggs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup whole milk. Whisk in 2/3 cup sugar. Add 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour, and continue to whisk until smooth. Stir in pears. Transfer to pan and...