¼ cup baklouti olive oil
2 (15.5 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from one lime, plus more if desired
A few tablespoons of water if necessary
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish (optional)
Add the black beans, olive oil, salt, cumin, lime juice, water and cilantro to the blender. Blend until smooth (if you’re using a blender, you may need to stop and stir a few times to help it out). If the dip is too thick, add a bit of water or lime juice, little by little, to thin it out. Taste and adjust seasoning, then transfer to a serving bowl. Serve warm, cold or room temperature with tortilla chips.
*The heat comes from the baklouti chili olive oil, so if you like it mild, replace with unflavored extra virgin olive oil or simply double the garlic olive oil used and omit baklouti.
Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips
2 (7-to 8-ounces) jars roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained
1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs (from a baguette)
1 cup walnuts (4 ounces), toasted
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons cayenne olive oil (optional for less heat use another olive oil)
Purée roasted red peppers, bread crumbs, walnuts, vinegar, cumin, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor until almost smooth. With motor running, add oil in a slow stream, blending until incorporated.
This spread is delicious with crudite, crackers, or toasts.
Spread can be made 3 days ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup Lemon Fused Olive Oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fresh Strawberry-Balsamic Compote
Place the sugar and 1/2 cup of balsamic in a heavy duty 2+ quart sauce pan. Heat over medium, swirling occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the strawberries and cook at a simmer until the strawberries begin to lose shape and become a chunky sauce (about 8 minutes), stirring frequently. Cool to room temperature before serving.
Preheat a standard or Belgian waffle maker. Beat the eggs in large bowl with a mixer or by hand until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, Lemon Fused Olive Oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth. Grease the preheated waffle maker with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix into the ready waffle maker. Cook until golden brown. Serve with Strawberry Balsamic Compote and a dollop of yogurt or cream if desired.
Yup, you can put potatoes in the waffle maker. What!? You don’t put potatoes in your waffle maker? Heresy!! These golden crisp-on-the-outside and creamy-cheesy on the inside savory potato latke are delicious as a snack.
2 cups cold or room temperature mashed potatoes (preferably unseasoned)
1 cup bleached all purpose flour or 1/2 potato flour (starch)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 large scallions thinly sliced
1/3 cup garlic olive oil
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt (less for pre-seasoned mashed potatoes)
fresh ground pepper to taste
Sour cream (optional for serving)
Heat the waffle maker. Meanwhile add all the ingredients to a large bowl including 1/2 of the scallions, and whisk thoroughly.
Grease the hot waffle iron well. Add 1/3 cup for each waffle. Cook until golden brown on the inside, about 5 minutes per waffle. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, additional scallions, and hot sauce, if desired.
A shrub is a drink made from vinegar and fruit along with other ingredients such as alcohol or sparkling water.
Vinegar has a way of both infusing and pulling out the flavor from ingredients which are steeped in it. This maceration process is simple and delightfully tasty. It’s also a healthy alternative to store bought sweetened drinks. With spring’s abundance of produce imminent, use your imagination to create delightful combinations of seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, berries, and vinegar to make all manner of mixers and spritzers.
2 cups of Grapefruit White Balsamic (or your choice of white balsamic)
1 medium cucumber thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
1/2 lemon thinly sliced
8 cups seltzer water or sparkling water (without sodium added)
In a one liter mason jar or other container add the sliced cucumber and lemon. Pour the grapefruit balsamic over the cucumber and lemon and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to four hours. The longer it sits, the more pronounced the flavor of the fruit infusion. Strain and keep refrigerated and tightly covered for up to two months.
To serve, add 1-2 tablespoons of shrub (depending on your preference for sweetness) for 8 oz. of chilled sparkling water. Serve over ice if desired.
Makes between 16-32 servings depending on amount added to water or cocktails.
This versatile and easy-to-make spread tastes great served with crackers, vegetables or simply used as a pasta sauce.
Place the ingredients inside the bowl of a food processor or blender and process until creamy and smooth in consistency. Serve with bread, crackers, pita, vegetables, or as a lovely sauce for pasta or dressing for pasta salad. Adjust seasoning and store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Whether you fall into the brussels sprouts hater’s club or the brussels fan club, this recipe is for you. After much initial protesting, this recipe quickly turns brussels haters into converts and the fans love them even more.
1 1/2 pounds small, fresh brussle sprouts, dried end trimmed, and cut in half
1/2 pound fresh Cremini mushrooms sliced in half
1/4 cup Mushroom-Sage olive oil (or olive oil of you choice such as lemon, garlic, UP EVOO, etc.)
1 medium shallot thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons pomegranate balsamic
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
Heat a heavy-duty 12″ saute pan, add the olive oil. Add the shallot and saute over medium until translucent. Add the mushrooms and brussles sprouts and saute over medium-high heat until the mushrooms and brussles sprouts begin to caramelize (about 6 minutes). Add the 2 tablespoons of pomegranate balsamic to the pan stirring and scraping to de-glaze it. (Make sure to scrape up the browned bits of mushroom and shallot at the bottom while evenly coating the brussles sprouts). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Spring veggies, rotisserie chicken, fluffy buttermilk biscuits… does it get any better? Yes, yes it does. When you make a creamy, luxurious mushroom-sage béchamel to blanket all of that tasty goodness, it gets a whole lot better.
Ingredients for the Pot Pie
2 cups sliced carrots, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1 large yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup peas
1 cup yellow potatoes, diced and microwaved for 3 minutes
2 cups cooked diced skinless chicken
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup mushroom-sage infused olive oil
3 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup heavy cream or milk
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking pan or casserole
Heat a large, heavy bottom pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, celery, onions, and carrots. Saute for 5 minutes until carrots are just tender. Add the flour and stir thoroughly so no dry spots remain. Whisking constantly, add the chicken stock to the flour and vegetables. Bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened. Add the cream and continue simmering and stirring for a couple of minutes. Check and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the potatoes, cooked chicken, peas, and thyme. Scrape the filling into the casserole or baking pan and set aside to cool slightly while you make the biscuits.
Ingredients for the Buttermilk Biscuits
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 cup buttermilk1/4 cup butter olive oil
In the bowl of a food processor add all of the dry ingredients and pulse. Add the chilled butter and pulse a few times to incorporate and create small pea sized lumps of butter. Add the butter olive oil to the buttermilk and pour over the dry ingredients. Pulse a few more times until a loose, moist dough forms.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Roll out the dough to 1″ thickness and cut out biscuits 2″ in diameter. Place the biscuits on top of the pot pie filling about 1″ apart. Brush with additional buttermilk and bake for 25 minutes until biscuits are fluffy and golden.
These deliciously spicy kale chips are addictive. Serve alongside sandwiches, with soups and stews or, eat on their own as a snack.
4 cups kale leaves, washed, dried, and cut into 1/2″ pieces, with tough stems removed
2 tablespoons Harissa Olive Oil
1 teaspoon paprika (optional)
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
In a large bowl toss the kale with Harissa Olive Oil , paprika, and salt.
Arrange the leaves in a single layer on the baking sheet lined with parchment.
Bake until crisp and beginning to turn golden-brown at the edges, about 20-25 minutes.
Eat these crispy, spicy, kale chips to your heart’s…or stomach’s….content.
Ahi Tuna Marinade
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Tamari if possible)
1 teaspoon Serrano Honey Vinegar
1 teaspoon Japanese Roasted Sesame oil
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
1 pound sushi-grade ahi tuna or sushi-grade wild salmon, 1″ cubes
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
6 cups organic mixed spring greens
1 medium English cucumber cut into 1′” dice
1 large avocado
Spicy Baklouti Miso Dressing
1 rounded tablespoon yellow miso
2 tablespoons honey ginger white balsamic
2 tablespoon Baklouti Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
4 cups cooked quinoa cooled to room temperature
Pickled ginger, optional
4 small squares of roasted dried seaweed snacks (nori) cut up for garnish, optional
Prepare 4 cups cooked quinoa set aside and allow to fully cool to room temperature.
Prepare the tuna marinade by placing all marinade ingredients into a medium bowl and whisking. Add cut up tuna and toss to coat. Refrigerate tuna while preparing the rest of the recipe or up to 20 minutes.
Make the Miso Dressing by adding all dressing ingredients to the bowl of a blender or food processor. Process on high until the mixture is fully blended and creamy. Set aside.
Just before serving, in a large bowl toss 6 cups of mixed greens with 4-6 tablespoons of miso dressing. Compose the bowl by adding 1 cup of cooked quinoa to the bottom of each bowl. Add a mound of dressed mixed greens to the top of the quinoa. Divide the cut up avocado and cucumber to each salad. Place equal portions of the tuna on top of the greens. Place cut up nori strips atop salads and serve immediately.
Serves 4 as a light meal or 6 as a small salad