Chinese Five Spice BBQ Ribs

Chinese Five Spice BBQ Ribs
For the ribs
  1. 8 cups of chicken stock
  2. 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  3. 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  4. 1 six inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into 4 pieces ot, diced
  5. 1 medium onion, diced
  6. 1 medium carrot, diced
  7. 2 stalks of celery, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  8. 2-3 racks of baby back pork ribs (about 4-6 lbs) or however much will fit into your pot
For the glaze
  1. 1 tablespoon of canola or safflower oil
  2. 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
  3. 2 tablespoons of chopped peeled ginger (I omit this cuz I don't care for the taste of ginger)
  4. 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  5. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  6. 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  7. 1 cup dark corn syrup
  8. 1/4 cup ketchup
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons of Chinese 5 spice powder
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons of sambal chili paste
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large Dutch oven/pot, combine chicken stock, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, carrot, onion and celery. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and nestle the ribs in the braising liquid. Cover the pot and bake until the meat is tender, about 90 min.
  2. While the meat is braising in the oven, prepare the glaze. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the garlic, ginger and scallions and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 4 min. Add soy sauce, hoisin, corn syrup, ketchup, five-spice powder, and chili paste. Increase the heat to high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the mixture has thickened slightly (about 20-25 min).
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil. Remove the ribs from the braising liquid and place them on the baking sheet. Reduce the oven temp to 350 and brush a thick coat of glaze on the top and underside of the ribs. Bake for 30-45 min, brushing the ribs with additional glaze at about every 15 min until done. Let ribs rest for 5 min and cut into portions.
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Chickpea Stew With Orzo and Mustard Greens

Chickpea Stew With Orzo and Mustard Greens
Serves 4
Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  2. 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  3. 1 small fennel bulb or 2 celery stalks, chopped
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  7. 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary (optional)
  8. 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (or water)
  9. 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  10. ¾ cup roughly chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
  11. ½ cup whole-wheat or regular orzo
  12. 1 quart loosely packed baby mustard greens or spinach (about 5 ounces) or whatever greens you have on hand
  13. Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  14. Chopped scallions, for garnish (optional)
  15. ¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, more as needed
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, fennel or celery, and onion. Cook until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper and rosemary, if using, and cook another 2 minutes. Pour in the broth, if using, or water, plus an additional 2 cups water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the mixture is boiling, add the chickpeas, tomatoes and orzo. Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer 10 minutes, or until the orzo is tender. Uncover and stir in the greens, letting them simmer until soft, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add more water if you want the mixture to be more souplike, and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with chopped scallions (if desired), grated cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
  1. I substituted the orzo for quinoa and cooked the quinoa separately, according to package directions.
Adapted from NYT Cooking
Adapted from NYT Cooking
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Easy Tomato & Grilled Cheese Croutons

Easy Tomato & Grilled Cheese Croutons
For Soup
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 cups onions, chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  4. 4 cups chicken stock
  5. 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
  6. large pinch of saffron threads
  7. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  8. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. ½ cup orzo
  10. ½ cup heavy cream
For Grilled Cheese Croutons
  1. 4 slices country white bread
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 15 min, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Stir in the chicken stock, tomatoes, saffron, salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 min.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tsp salt and orzo. Cook for 7 minutes. (it will finish cooking in the soup.) Drain and add to the soup. Stir in the cream, return the soup to a simmer, and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Serve hot with Grilled Cheese Croutons scattered on top (see directions below).
  4. Lightly brush one side of each slice of bread with melted butter, making sure to butter the corners. Put Gruyere cheese on unbuttered side of two slices and place the remaining two slices of bread on top of the cheese, buttered side up.
  5. Grill the sandwiches on a panini grill for about 5 minutes or a skillet until both sides are nicely browned. Place on a cutting board, allow to rest for 1 minute and cut into 1 inch cubes.
  1. From Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa FoolProof
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Salmon with Pesto & Tomatoes

Salmon with Pesto & Tomatoes
  1. 1 two pound Salmon Fillet
  2. 1 Jar Pesto (Marcel’s Pesto alla Genovese highly recommended)
  3. 2 ripe Heirloom or Beefsteak Tomatoes, thinly sliced
  4. 1 tablespoon s.a.l.t. Sisters Tuscan blend
  5. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  6. 1 fresh lemon
  7. black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Place salmon on a baking sheet and spread the salt blend over the top. Next generously spread the pesto over the entire top of the fish. Layer the tomato slices on next and top with the cheese.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until desired temperature.
  4. Serve with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice and ground pepper.
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Chicken Lombardy

Chicken Lombardy
  1. 6 boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 cup flour
  3. 1 cup butter - melted
  4. 1 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms - sliced
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  7. 3/4 cup Marsala wine
  8. 1/2 cup chicken stock
  9. 1/2 cup fontina, or mozzarella cheese - shredded
  10. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Pound chicken to 1/8” thickness. Dredge chicken in flour and sauté in 1/2 cup butter (3-4 minutes per side). Place chicken in greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in remaining butter and spread over chicken.
  3. Stir wine and chicken stock int drippings in pan. Simmer 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Pour over chicken. Bake 10-12 minutes at 450 degrees until brown. Combine cheeses and sprinkle over chicken. Place under broiler 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
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Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables

Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables
Serves 4
  1. 2 leeks
  2. 2 medium turnips, trimmed, peeled, and sliced into ½” thick half moons
  3. 1 large rutabaga, trimmed, peeled, and sliced into ½” thick half moons
  4. ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  5. Sea salt, to taste
  6. Ground black pepper, to taste
  7. ¾ cup dried farro
  8. Zest of 1 lemon, plus 2 tablespoons juice
  9. ¼ cup minced parsley, divided
  10. 2 tablespoon minced dill, divided
  11. ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Move oven shelf to top third of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Trim the dark green sections from the leeks, and halve lengthwise. Immerse leeks in water and shake out any sand and excess water. Trim the roots, and cut each half into 3 segments. In a medium bowl, toss the leeks with 2 T olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the leeks out on the small baking sheet.
  3. In the same bowl used for the leeks, toss the turnip and rutabaga moons with 1 T olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out on baking sheet.
  4. Roast both sheets of vegetables for 20 minutes, toss vegetables and rotate baking sheets and roast for another 20-25 minutes, or until soft with browned edges. Turnips and rutabagas may take a few minutes longer.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the farro. Boil a large pot of salted water to a boil. Set a large skillet over med-high heat, add the dry farro, and shaking the pan frequently, toast just until the farro browns lightly and is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add farro to the boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes, or until farro is done al dente. Drain, toss with 2 tablespoos lemon juice and 3 tablespoons each minced parsley and dill.
  6. Toss the cheese with 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper and one tablespoon each minced parsley and dill.
  7. Toss the farro with the roasted turnips and rutabagas. Top with roasted leeks, crumbled cheese, and remaining dill and parsley. Toss gently and serve.
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Tuscan Butter Salmon

Tuscan Butter Salmon
  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, patted dry with paper towels
  3. kosher salt
  4. Freshly ground black pepper
  5. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  6. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  8. 2 cups baby spinach
  9. 1/2 cups heavy cream
  10. 1/4 cups Parmesan
  11. 1/4 cups chopped herbs (such as basil and parsley), plus more for garnish
  12. Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season salmon all over with salt and pepper. When oil is shimmering but not smoking, add salmon skin-side up and cook until deeply golden, about 6 minutes. Flip over and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add butter. When butter has melted, stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook until tomatoes are beginning to burst then add spinach and cook until spinach is beginning to wilt.
  3. Stir in heavy cream, parmesan and herbs and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is slightly reduced, about 3 minutes.
  4. Return salmon back to skillet and spoon over sauce. Simmer until salmon is cooked through, about 3 minutes more.
  5. Garnish with more herbs and squeeze lemon on top before serving.
  1. Recipe from delish.com
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Yotam Ottolenghi’s Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce
Eggplant Sauce
  1. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  2. 1 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  3. 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  4. ¼ cup dry white wine
  5. 1 cup chopped peeled tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  6. 6 ½ tablespoons water
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. ¼ teaspoon sugar
  9. 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  1. 6 ears of corn
  2. 2¼ cups water
  3. 3 tablespoons butter, diced
  4. 7 ounces feta, crumbled
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 pinch Black pepper
Eggplant Sauce
  1. Heat up the oil in a large saucepan and fry the eggplant on medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until nicely brown. Drain off as much oil as you can and discard it -- the safest way to do this is to scoop out the eggplant to a plate using a slotted spoon, then pour off the oil into a bowl before adding the eggplant back in. You can save the oil to fry lamb chops or eggs in tomorrow.
  2. Add the tomato paste to the pan and stir with the eggplant. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the wine and cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, water, salt, sugar and oregano and cook for a further 5 minutes to get a deep-flavored sauce. Set aside; warm it up when needed.
  1. Remove the leaves and "silk" from each ear of corn, then chop off the pointed top and stalk. Use a sharp knife to shave off the kernels -- either stand each ear upright on its base and shave downward, or lay each ear on its side on a cutting board to slice off the kernels. You want to have 1 1/4 pounds kernels.
  2. Place the kernels in a medium saucepan and barely cover them with the water. Cook for 12 minutes on a low simmer. Use a slotted spoon to lift the kernels from the water and into a food processor; reserve the cooking liquid.
  3. Process them for quite a few minutes, to break as much of the kernel case as possible. Add some of the cooking liquid if the mixture becomes too dry to process.
  4. Now return the corn paste to the pan with the cooking liquid and cook, while stirring, on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture thickens to mashed potato consistency. (Be aware that if you have a lot of liquid left in the pan, it can take a while to cook down the polenta, and it will sputter. Consider holding back some or all of the liquid. Alternately, if you like the consistency after processing, you can skip to step 5.)
  5. Fold in the butter, the feta, salt and some pepper and optionally cook for a further 2 minutes. Taste and add more salt if needed.
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Mexican Muffin Egg Cups

Mexican Muffin Egg Cups
Yields 12
  1. 8 Eggs
  2. 3 tablespoons Milk
  3. 1/4 teaspoon Mojo Seasoning Blend*
  4. 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  6. 1/2 Can Green Mild Chilies
  7. 4 ounces Chorizo Sausage
  8. 3 Green Onions chopped
  9. 1/2 cups Finely chopped Red Pepper
  10. 1/3 cups Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Whisk together first 6 ingredients. Sauté chorizo sausage until lightly browned. Next add red pepper and green onions and cook another minute. Add cooked sausage to egg mixture and pour into prepared muffin tins. (It is important to spray or line with paper/silicone liners or the eggs will stick.) Top with shredded cheese. Bake for 16-18 minutes until eggs are set. Top with chopped tomatoes and avocado for extra healthy benefit!
  3. Optional Garnish Ideas: Chopped Tomatoes, Avocado, Cilantro
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Peach Basil Salad

Peach Basil Salad
Serves 6
  1. 5 ripe peaches, sliced
  2. 1/4 cup basil leaves
  3. 1 ½ tablespoons white balsamic
  4. Dash of black pepper and salt
  5. diced red onion (optional)
  1. Peel and slice the peaches. Wash the basil and add to peaches. Add white balsamic, salt, pepper, and onion if using. Toss together and serve.
  2. Other serving suggestions.
  3. - serve on a toasted baguette slice with some ricotta
  4. - serve on a toasted baguette slice with crisped Prosciutto
  5. - add some fresh plums and serve on top of a grilled pork tenderloin
  6. - add to mixed greens
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