Making Friends with Herbs

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Healthy Food Trends 2016,  Meet “Adaptogens”  !! superherbs that help your body adapt to specific needs. Headaches, leg cramps, stress-relief, getting to know your herbs and which foods to pair them with.
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Use the heal of your knife to chop fresh herbs. This recipe is 2Bean Salad, full recipe is under Salads.

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Here is a list of our favorite Herbs;
Oregano  ” joy of the mountain ”
Potent Taste & Aroma
Bold
Use on salads, veggies, soups
Rosemary  ” dew of the sea ”
Aromatic & Pungent
Strong
Use on lamb, garlic, potatoes
Parsley  ” work horse of the herbs ”
Grassy & Sweet
Mellow
Use in butters, cream sauces, fish, lemon
Mint
Sweet or Savory dishes, Drinks, fruit…hello mint juleps!
Thyme
plays well with other herbs!  duck, turkey, eggs…look out omelets!
Dill
Vitality, protects from negativity, Sharp flavor…dill pickles!

Storing Tips:
Rinse with cold water. When…

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Scalloped Potatoes

 

These creamy and delicious potatoes please everyone at the table!

Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of heavy cream over the layers of potatoes, onions, tomatoes. Add 6 tabs of butter. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, then the Gruyere cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Check that the potatoes are tender, all the way through – some ovens are temperamental, IF additional baking time is needed be sure there is still enough liquid. Do Not add cold milk or cream, instead stir a Tablespoon of cornstarch into 1/2 cup of warm milk or cream and pour evenly over the casserole. Enjoy!

Hearty & Healthy Frittata

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Hearty, Healthy, and Simple! I love to throw together a dish like this, nothing fancy, yet when you take that first bite…you feel like ” Oh, Captain Crunch, I’m not trading cereal in completely …..but this is to good to pass up !”

Very much like my grandmother, Sittu, she would never pass up the chance to cook & tell stories. Especially when I’d come home with the boys after being out to a football or hockey game. As for the boys they jumped at the chance to get to drop me home safe and sound because they knew something good was going on in the kitchen. We would try to stay out later than my grandfather, only I think he was able to sneak a nap in the afternoon allowing him to play cards til the wee hours!
As we teenagers sat about the table, Sittu set us to task, like chopping onions. The aroma units begin to fill the air as she begins the interrogation; “where are you from, who’s your people” You see, for her it was important that you know where you come from, who you belong to, that way you know where you are going, and what your made of.
Whether she was putting a plate of meatballs in front of you, or a plate of eggs, she filled your soul with a comfort and a sense of belonging.
This recipe is really as easy as;
8 eggs, whisk in a bowl
2 Tablespoons of oil in a skillet
Add 1 cup of veggies ( onion, potato, spinach, broccoli ) ( bacon is optional )
Sauté veggies 5 minutes, add eggs, salt & pepper
Stir gently about 3 to 5 minutes
Place in oven at 350 for about 8 -10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Churros Cups with Lime Cilantro Ice Cream

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Eggplant Caponata

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A classic way to keep healthy eating in your routine. Eggplant, peppers, couscous & chicken sausage!

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Step 1. Slice peppers & onion, heat olive oil in a skillet with crushed red pepper, oregano, salt & pepper. Add peppers and cook 3 – 5 minutes.

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Step 2, Add the cubed eggplant, simmer for 15 minutes ( add water or beef broth if needed ) After the eggplant is tender, add crushed tomatoes, let simmer,

Serve over pasta, rice, or couscous. Enjoy !

Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

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Even Picky eaters can’t resist! Perfect side dish that is easy to assemble.

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Step 1 : Slice Sprouts, place in baking dish.

Step 2 : Drizzle olive oil add salt & pepper then roast on 375 for 20 minutes

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Step 3 : Whisk 2 Tablespoons of flour with 1 1/2 cups of milk, pour over roasted sprouts.

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Add your favorite cheese, mozzarella or Gruyere or cheddar. Bake additional 15 minutes. Enjoy !!

Broccoli Rabe

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A healthy, spicy, twist to dinner. Keeping those winter colds far, far away, by sneaking in the greens again.

Broccoli Rabe is a little bitter, we can fix that! In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, add 3 cloves of garlic, 1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes, 3 Tablespoons of olive oil. Now add your washed, cleaned and trimmed broccoli rabe.  Sauté for about 4 minutes, then add 1/2 cup white wine and 1 cup of chicken broth.
While this simmers, about 10 minutes, boil your fresh pasta.
Serve the bed of pasta with the broccoli rabe poured over the top, and enjoy!

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