“End of Summer Rolls” Caprese-Style
Heirloom Tomato, Burrata, Basil, Rice Noodle
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
Perhaps you’ve heard me bemoan the ubiquitous Caprese Salad and all its incarnations?
Caprese grilled cheese, caprese kabobs, caprese bruschetta, caprese pasta salad, caprese pizza, caprese schmaese. But when I was challenged to come up with a tomato dish by our friendly Creative Cooking Crew, forgive me but I turned to those very Caprese ingredients. After all, there truly is something magical about the classic pairing of tomato and mozzarella and basil. Especially in summer. And what better way to bid farewell to the fabulous Summer of 2014, than with Caprese Summer Rolls – light, fresh, refreshing. These hand-held bites capture summer’s waning days in a tidy rice paper wrapper.
Caprese Summer Rolls Recipe
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Grilled Corn, Soy-Mirin Glaze, Wasabi Goat Butter
Pure white. Very subtle yet intriguing chèvre flavors. Goat butter is produced by churning the fresh, pasteurized goat cream. The composition of goat butter has a lower melting point than cow’s butter, so it is softer than cow’s butter at room temperature. Combined with the clean flavor and subtle heat of wasabi powder, this goat butter is simply sublime paired with grilled corn.
Mirin, soy sauce, and olive oil are combined to make a stellar glaze for grilled corn. Fresh corn is shucked and placed on the hot grill, then liberally brushed with the glaze as the corn is rotated and roasted.
Mirin is a cooking wine brewed from glutinous rice, its complex sweet flavors complement the salty soy sauce. It also adds a glossy sheen to the grilled corn. Be sure to buy high quality mirin, as some brands on the market are made with corn syrup (read the label). Look for mirin made with water, rice, koji (aspergillus oryzae), and sea salt. Or, if possible buy artisanal mirin rather than the commercially produced variety.
With Japanese flavors, wasabi goat butter and soy-mirin glaze take summer’s simple grilled corn on the cob to new umami heights.
Grilled Corn, Soy-Mirin Glaze, Wasabi Goat Butter Recipe
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A Spicy Kaleidoscopic Slaw
Napa Cabbage, Purple Cabbage, Korean Pear, French Breakfast Radish
Pink Carrot, White Carrot, Orange Carrot, Purple Carrot
Red Fresno Chile, Serrano Chile, Cilantro, Scallion
Sesame Oil & Rice Wine Vinegar Dressing
A sharp knife and vegetable peeler are all it takes to make this kaleidoscopic summer slaw. As a twist on the ubiquitous Asian Slaw – Korean pear, French breakfast radish, serrano chile, and red Fresno chile are added for additional sweet, spicy, and crunchy notes. The result is a truly irresistible wild salad pleasing to the eye and palate. Add bay shrimp and peanuts to take this slaw from a side dish to a meal.
Spicy Rainbow Slaw Recipe
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Patriotic Grilled Chicken, Savory Blueberry Compote, Strawberry Arugula Salad
Happy Birthday America, Sweet Land of Liberty!
As much as we have a passion for food and cooking – holidays, of course – have significance beyond what we’re eating. In addition to roasting a big beautiful turkey on Thanksgiving, we spend time giving thanks and sharing our gratitude. On Independence Day, while we relish our BBQ chicken and burgers, we celebrate our LIBERTY and FREEDOM!
Patriotic Grilled Chicken Recipe
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Alaskan Cod, Mediterranean Style
Wild-Caught Cod, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives
Artichoke Hearts, Onion, Lemon
White Wine, Olive Oil, Oregano
Sitting in a waiting room, flipping through Martha Stewart Living, I came across a recipe for a one-skillet fish dinner. I didn’t have time to read the recipe, but I quickly took a photo of the description with my camera phone. This dish is my interpretation of that description.
And it just so happens that my friends over at Food Network are featuring “frozen treats” this week. Being a savory kind of gal, I am not really drawn to sweet icy desserts, but this dish, made by cooking frozen Wild-Caught Alaskan Cod is included in the event, because hey, it was frozen, and it is most definitely a treat! Try it with fluffy white rice or crusty French bread for sopping up the juices.
Alaskan Cod, Mediterranean Style Recipe
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Roasted Mushroom Noodle Soup
Oyster Mushroom, Rice Noodles, Ground Beef, Beef Stock
Zucchini, Egg, Pine Nuts, Scallion, Garlic, Sesame Oil, Chiles
Roasted Barley-Corn Tea
It was inspired by a Korean soup casually known as “marketplace noodles.” But here I use rice noodles for my gluten-free friends and roast the oyster mushrooms for added depth and richness. In addition to a homemade beef stock, a wild assortment of garnishes take what could be a simple mushroom noodle soup to another level… I would even serve it to David Chang.
Pair roasted mushroom noodle soup with a roasted barley-corn tea. This intriguing tea is a combination of Korean bori cha (barley tea) and oksusu cha (corn tea). Barley adds nutty, grain-like flavors while the corn flavor is reminiscent of grilled corn on the cob.
Roasted Mushroom Noodle Soup Recipe
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Caesar Cardini Chicken Club
“I am probably one of the few people around who saw the real Caesar Cardini making his salad.
I was about 9 when my parents took me to Tijuana, just the other side of the border from San Diego.
They were so excited when big jolly Caesar himself came to the table to make the salad, which had already been written up and talked about everywhere. And it was dramatic, I remember most clearly the eggs going in, and how he tossed the leaves so it looked like a wave turning over.”
This double-decker sandwich was inspired by Caesar Cardini’s famous combination of ingredients from almost a century ago. Over the years, many have added chicken breast to the salad to make a more substantial meal. Here, I cook up moist and tasty chicken burgers from freshly ground thigh meat. Garlic toast stands in for the croutons. And a caesar aioli and hard boiled eggs replace the original egg-garlic-cheese dressing. I use two types of anchovies, of which unfortunately, Julia Child would disapprove. She said, “You don’t want herbs and anchovies and things like that – then you have adulterated it.” But fans of anchovies will agree that they add another layer of umami savoriness to the sandwich. Also included are lemon and parmesan cheese, in an effort to capture Mr. Cardini’s authentic flavor combination.
Caesar Cardini Chicken Club Recipe
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