Monthly Archives: March 2016

All Bean Chili

Serves 6- 2 cups black, red kidney, or other dry beans, sorted and soaked per package instructions 2 teaspoons epazote, optional 4 teaspoons cumin seeds 2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican 3 onions, finely diced 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt 4 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 to…
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Basic Herbal French Dressing

Yield 1 cup- ¾ cup oil, canola and/or olive ¼ cup white wine vinegar 1 clove garlic, split 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dry mustard ½ teaspoon dried tarragon ½ teaspoon dried thyme ½ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   Mix ingredients and use as…
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Cajun Nuts

Makes 5 cups- 5 cups unsalted mixed nuts 1 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Cajun seasoning: 2 tablespoons garlic granules 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon finely crumbled dried parsley 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon white pepper ½…
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Creamy Leek Soup with Fresh Herbs

Serves 4 to 6- 6 cups vegetable broth or water 6 medium leeks, white parts plus an inch of the greens, sliced into ¼ inch rounds 2 tablespoons butter 1 bay leaf 4 lemon thyme or regular thyme sprigs 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt 1 tablespoon flour 1/3 cup milk or cream freshly milled pepper…
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Fresh Herb Frittata

Serves 8-   8 eggs 2 tablespoons water 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese ½ cup fresh herbs, chopped (parsley, thyme, cilantro, chives) ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   Heat oven to 350º. Whisk eggs and water in a bowl. Add herbs, red bell pepper, black pepper,…
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Fresh Herb Tomato Sauce

Serves 4- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) ¼ cup onion, finely chopped 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce ½ cup water ½ teaspoon sugar 1 ½ teaspoons basil, finely chopped 1 teaspoon oregano, finally chopped ½ teaspoon thyme, finely chopped ½ teaspoon parsley,…
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Mediterranean Shrimp Salad

Serves 4- ½ cup chopped pitted green olives ¼ cup fresh basil leaves 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil 1 pound small shrimp cooked and peeled 8 cups mixed salad greens 1 cup diced plum tomatoes ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leave parsley 1 teaspoon freshly…
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Mexican Mint Marigold Chicken

Serves 4- 4 boneless chicken breasts salt and pepper to taste 3 green onions, with tops 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Mexican Mint Marigold 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons honey 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 tablespoon white wine   Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pound and flatten chicken breasts…
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Orange, Spinach and Basil Salad

Serves 6- 3 small navel oranges 2 small red onions, sliced 1/8 inch thick 1 cup nonfat yogurt 1 teaspoon dried tarragon ½ cup orange marmalade ½ tablespoon olive oil 2 rounded tablespoons pine nuts 3 cups fresh spinach leaves 1 cup fresh basil leaves Grate the zest from one of the oranges and place…
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Scallops with Papaya Salsa

Serves 4- Papaya Salsa: 1 fresh papaya, peeled and chopped 2 nectarines, chopped ½ cup chopped sweet onion 1 mild green chili, seeds removed and chopped 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped Scallops: 1 pound sea scallops 1 tablespoon oil ½ teaspoon dried tarragon ½ teaspoon dried basil ½ cup dry white wine 3 to 4…
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