Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sweet Potato Fries With Lime Dipping Sauce

Sweet potato fries are a great snack on their own. They make a great side for turkey burgers or just about any sandwich. There is no greater feeling then pulling these out of the oven perfectly crisp!

1 lb. unpeeled sweet potatoes (about 2 small)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

Lime Dipping Sauce
1/3 cup mayonaise
1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp minced garlic
pinch of kosher salt

Spiced Salt (optional)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander 
1/4 tsp paprika

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Raw Radish and Cucumber Salad

How beautiful is this salad? It's a great way to incorporate all the great spring vegetables available. You can add fresh corn to it or tomatoes to give it even more color and nutrition.

Yield: 2


1 cucumber, seeded and sliced into matchsticks

1 medium carrots, shredded

6 medium radishes, shredded

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon agave (or honey)
3 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

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Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

Try substituting spinach for swiss chard. It's amazing!  Not a fan of feta? Try it with goat cheese! You can also make it into mini quiches and bake in a muffin pan.

Yield: 6 Servings


1 medium onion, diced
6-oz fresh baby spinach
2 large eggs
1/2 cup egg beaters (liquid substitute)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 1/3 cups non fat milk
1/2 cup feta cheese

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mac N' Cheese With Braised Leeks

Mac and Cheese with braised leeks and asiagoWe've got a rainy weekend ahead of us and this would make the perfect comfort food! For those of you who are trying to introduce new vegetables to your kids, this would be a great opportunity! They won't ask about the green stuff in there, they'll be too busy wolfing it down!
Serves: 8

For the leeks
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 leeks – 4” of tops and roots trimmed (1 1/2 lbs), cut in half lengthwise, thoroughly washed and cut in 1/4” slices
4 large garlic cloves – skinned and finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3/4 cup white wine

For the béchamel
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons unbleached white flour
6 cups milk – warmed
1 cup heavy cream
freshly ground nutmeg to taste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 oz (225g) Wisconsin Asiago – coarsely grated (2 cups)

For the bread crumbs
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated Wisconsin Parmesan
1 tablespoon olive oil
For the pasta
1 lb pennette lisce or macaroni
1 tablespoon sea salt (for the pasta water)
1 medium (15″ x 10″) ceramic or glass baking dish – buttered
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries

We are big fans of finding delicious alternatives to our guilty pleasures. This one from Fun & Food Cafe hits the nail on the head! It doesn't taste like it's a healthy alternative to french fries, but it is and as a bonus, they're easy to make!
makes approximately 8 servings
3 zucchini (1 lb.)
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 packet Shake & Bake Coating Mix
1 small egg

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Grilled Red Potatoes With Chive Sauce

For those of you who are just aching to break that grill out and have some folks over, this will be a great side dish for those steaks, burgers or hot dogs! This would even make a great appetizer.
Serves 2 – 4

  • 5 medium red potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives (or scallions) plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus a pinch more
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Cantaloupe Meringue Pie

It is a real treat for us to have cantaloupes this early in the season! We figured we have to make the best of it by making this unique and great-looking pie!


1 1/2 cups finely ground shortbread cookies (like Keebler Sandies)
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

1 large very ripe cantaloupe
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar (increase up to 1/2 cup if your cantaloupe isn’t very sweet)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
6 tbsp. sugar

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

This great-looking dessert requires no baking at all. You can also divide it up and serve it in individual glasses or mason jars! 

 Strawberry Cheesecake TrifleIngredients:

  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • 2 packages cream cheese, softened (8 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 cups whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 loaf (10-3/4 ounces) pound cake, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate, grated
  • Chocolate curls and additional strawberries (optional)

  • Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Spiced Chicken With Collard Green Sauté

    Spiced Chicken With Sauteed Collards and PeppersCollard greens are not just for us Southern folk to enjoy! This simple recipe incorporates the greens in a healthy and easy way.

    Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 20m | Total Time: 25m

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    kosher salt and black pepper
    1 large red onion, thinly sliced
    1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    1 large bunch collard greens, thick stems removed

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