Turkey Burgers with Moroccan Spiced Aioli

Turkey Burgers with Moroccan Spiced Aioli
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  2. 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  7. 1 garlic clove, minced
  8. 1 pound ground turkey (preferably dark meat)
  9. 4 1/3 -inch-thick red onion slices
  10. 1 large red bell peppers, quartered
  11. 4 slices white cheddar cheese
  12. 4 brioche hamburger buns
  13. Arugula
Aioli
  1. Toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, shaking skillet often, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cool. Finely grind toasted seeds in spice grinder or in mortar with pestle. Whisk mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic, and ground spices in small bowl. Season aioli to taste with salt and pepper.
Burgers
  1. Place turkey in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons aioli; mix gently. Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, then form each into scant 3/4-inch thick patty, about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Using thumb, make small indentation in center of each burger.
  2. Prepare grill (medium-high heat). Sprinkle burgers with salt and pepper. Brush onion slices and bell pepper pieces with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill onions and bell peppers until soft and charred, about 4 minutes per side.
  3. Grill turkey burgers 5 minutes. Turn over; grill until almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. Top each burger with 1 cheese slice and grill until meat is cooked through and cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place 1 turkey burger on each of 4 bun bottoms. Arrange grilled red pepper pieces, then grilled red onion slices over. Top each with dollop of aioli and some arugula. Cover burgers with bun tops and enjoy.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Adapted from Bon Appetit
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Chive Risotto Cakes

Chive Risotto Cakes
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Ingredients
  1. Kosher salt
  2. 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  3. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  4. 2 extra-large eggs
  5. 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  6. 1 1/2 cups grated Italian fontina cheese (5 ounces)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  8. 3/4 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
  9. olive oil
Instructions
  1. Bring a large (4-quart) pot of water to a boil over medium-low heat and add 1/2 tablespoon salt and the Arborio rice. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. The grains of rice will be quite soft. Drain the rice in a sieve and run under cold water until cool. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, chives, fontina, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper in a medium bowl. Add the cooled rice and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, until firm.
  3. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  4. Spread the panko in a shallow dish. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Form balls of the rice mixture using a standard (2 1/4-inch) ice-cream scoop or a large spoon. Pat the balls into patties 3 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. Place 4 to 6 patties in the panko, turning once to coat. Place the patties in the hot oil and cook, turning once, for about 3 minutes on each side until the risotto cakes are crisp and nicely browned. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and keep warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes. Continue cooking in batches, adding oil as necessary, until all the cakes are fried. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics Cookbook
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics Cookbook
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Bacon Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Bacon Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
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Ingredients
  1. 5 slices thick cut bacon, cut into roughly 1/2-inch squares
  2. 1 pound brussels sprouts, each sprout cut in half
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and sauté until slightly cooked but not crispy. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon or spatula and set aside.
  2. Add the brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt, and pepper and sauté until the brussels sprouts soften and turn a brighter and deeper shade of green, about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the bacon to the pan and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the bacon is crispy and the brussels sprouts have turned golden around the tips and are relatively soft when pierced with a fork, about 6 to 8 minutes more, stirring every 2 minutes.
Adapted from FINEX USA
Adapted from FINEX USA
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Panko Crusted Salmon

Panko Crusted Salmon
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  2. 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  3. 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  4. 1 clove of garlic - minced
  5. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  7. Four 6 to 8 ounce salmon fillets, skin on
  8. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  9. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  10. Lemon wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the panko, parsley, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated. Set aside.
  3. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a board. Mix the garlic and mustard together. Generously brush the top of the fillets with mustard mixture and then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Press the panko mixture thickly on top of the mustard on each salmon fillet. The mustard will help the panko adhere.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or large heavy, ovenproof pan. When the oil is very hot, add the salmon fillets, skin side down, and sear for 3 to 4 minutes, without turning, to brown the skin.
  5. Transfer the pan to the hot oven for 5 to 7 minutes until the salmon is almost cooked and the panko is browned.
  6. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the salmon hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina Garten
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina Garten
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Mustard Roasted Potatoes

Mustard Roasted Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup whole grain Dijon mustard
  2. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  5. 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  7. ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  8. ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  9. 1 ½ pounds small red and white skinned potatoes, cut into ¾”wide wedges
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment.
  2. Whisk mustard, olive oil, butter, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, lemon peel, and salt in large bowl to blend. Add the potatoes; sprinkle generously with freshly ground black pepper and toss to coat.
  3. Spread potatoes in single layer on baking sheet. Roast 20 minutes, toss, and roast until potatoes are crusty outside and tender inside, about 25 minutes longer.
Notes
  1. Can be made 2 hours before serving. Let stand at room temperature, then rewarm in 425 degree oven for 10 minutes.
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Dining in the American Riviera by Jamie Bordoshuk

Santa Barbara is known as “America’s Riviera” for good reason. The lush Mediterranean climate, picturesque Pacific coastline, red tiled roofs and sophisticated culture make you feel like you’ve been magically transported to Spain or Italy. In addition to all of this, it also holds the title for having the most restaurants per capita on the central coast – 450 to be exact.

My wife and I were lucky to call Santa Barbara ‘home’ for the entire month of January. And we had one goal – to try as many of Santa Barbara’s restaurants as possible.

First on our list was Brophy Brothers, a Santa Barbara staple for the past 30 years that is located right in the harbor with views of mega-yachts and playful sea lions. Brophy’s wins the Best Seafood title year after year, but it’s their award-winning Brophy’s Clam Chowder that keeps the locals coming back. My bowl was brimming with big chunks of clam, russet potatoes, onions and celery in a perfectly creamy base. Top all of this off with a basket of warm sourdough and a local craft brew and I was in heaven.

For Taco Tuesday we ventured out in search of a Cali-Mex restaurant that served homemade chips and salsa, fresh flavors and strong margaritas. Walking up State Street, we came upon Sandbar, an outdoor restaurant with fire pits, heat lamps and a wonderful ‘come as you are’ vibe. The stars were aligned again as we were pleasantly surprised to hear that Happy Hour included 2-for-1 margaritas and $5 appetizers. Sandbar became our weekly ‘spot’ for the rest of our Tuesdays.

On our final weekend (with my sisters in tow), we visited Paradise Café – the first and only Santa Barbara restaurant to grill their prime steaks and fresh seafood using live wood oak. Live oak imparts the unique and pungent flavor to meats, seafood and vegetables while allowing the quality of these ingredients to come through. The savory flavors brought out by the oak allow them to keep additional seasonings to a minimum. For an appetizer, we ordered the fresh local mussels steamed in wine, butter, garlic and Pernod. Unbelievable! In addition to the flavor, each mussel was literally the size of a silver dollar. No two ways about it, we just had to order another bowl!

Although we didn’t make it to all 450 restaurants, we did put a dent in the list. You can bet that we will be picking up where we left off next year. While at home, I make this New England Clam Chowder and imagine we are harbor-side at Brophy’s.

New England Clam Chowder
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (10 oz) cans clams, with juice reserved or 2-3 pounds fresh clams
  2. 2 cups bottled clam juice
  3. 4 cups seafood broth
  4. 3 tablespoons butter
  5. 2 cups onions, small dice
  6. 2 cups celery, small dice
  7. 2 carrots, small dice
  8. 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  9. 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  10. 2 bay leaves
  11. 3 cups potatoes, peeled and medium dice
  12. 2 cups heavy cream
  13. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, sauté onions, carrots and celery in butter, until translucent, about 6-7 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and bay leaf and sauté for 1 minute more. Add potatoes, seafood broth, reserved clam juice and bottled clam juice. Simmer until the potatoes are cooked - about 20 minutes. Add clams and heavy cream and cook another 5 minutes. If soup is too thin, mash a few of the potatoes to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
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Weeknight Bolognese

Weeknight Bolognese
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra to cook the pasta
  2. 1 pound lean ground sirloin
  3. 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  4. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  5. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  6. 1¼ cups dry red wine, divided
  7. 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  8. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  9. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  10. 3/4 pound dried pasta, such as orecchiette
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  13. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  14. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sirloin and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute. Pour 1 cup of the wine into the skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1½ teaspoons pepper, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a tablespoon of salt, a splash of oil, and the pasta, and cook according to the directions on the box.
  3. While the pasta cooks, finish the sauce. Add the nutmeg, basil, cream, and the remaining ¼ cup wine to the sauce and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. When the pasta is cooked, drain and pour into a large serving bowl. Add the sauce and ½ cup Parmesan and toss well. Serve hot with Parmesan on the side.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina Garten
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina Garten
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Maple Glazed Pork Medallions with Apples

Maple Glazed Pork Medallions with Apples
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound pork tenderloin
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1 red apple, cored and cut into thick slices
  7. 3 medium shallots, minced
  8. 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  9. 1/2 cup beef stock
  10. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  11. 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  12. salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut tenderloin into generous 1 inch medallions. Combine salt, pepper and sage. Sprinkle medallions with seasonings.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sauté pan over high heat. Sear meat until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer pork to a plate.
  3. Add remaining oil to pan. Add shallots and sauté until golden. Add the mushrooms and apples and sauté until mushrooms are soft.
  4. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the glaze: beef stock, maple syrup and cider vinegar. Pour glaze ingredients into sauté pan. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add pork and any accumulated juices to the pan. Cook pork in the simmering sauce for 5-8 minutes, flipping once (final internal temperature should be 145 degrees).
  6. Serve on top of brown rice or egg noodles.
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe bananas
  2. 2 eggs
  3. ½ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  4. ½ cup milk or almond milk
  5. ½ cup maple syrup
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  8. 3 tablespoons ground flax
  9. ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  11. ½ teaspoon salt
  12. ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add eggs and combine thoroughly. Then mix together the remaining wet ingredients: Greek yogurt, milk, maple syrup and vanilla.
  3. Add in dry ingredients (flour, flax, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt) and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour mixture into a greased muffin tin, filling each up about ⅔ full.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the muffin. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
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Braised Short Ribs with Orecchiette

Braised Short Ribs with Orecchiette
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 pounds beef short ribs
  2. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  4. 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  5. 1 carrot, finely chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  7. 1/2 cup red wine
  8. 3/4 cup stock - beef or chicken
  9. kosher salt
  10. freshly ground black pepper
  11. 1 cup tomato purée
  12. Parmesan cheese
  13. heavy cream, to taste
  14. parsley or celery leaves, chopped
  15. 1/2 pound Orecchiette pasta, cooked al dente
Instructions
  1. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a stovetop pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add short ribs and brown on all sides. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook until softened. Stir in tomato paste. Add wine and reduce by half. Add stock. Bring to high pressure and pressure cook for 1 hour. Naturally release pressure. Remove bones and skim fat*. With a fork, shred the short ribs.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add short ribs with its cooking liquid and tomato purée. Simmer over medium heat. Add a touch of cream and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season to taste.
  3. Serve with Orecchiette pasta and garnish with herbs and Parmesan.
Notes
  1. Fat is easy to remove if made in advance and chilled.
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