Chipotle Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • Eggs, 8 ea
  • Mayonnaise 2 tbl
  • Mustard 1 tbl
  • Chipotle Purée, 2 tbl
  • Chives, Smoke Paprika for garnish

Begin by hard boiling the eggs. The way I do this is as follows: Put eggs in saucepot in COLD water. Turn heat on high. Once the water begins a steady hard boil, set a timer for 8 minutes. Once the eight minutes has expired, transfer to an ice bath. Once cool, peel the shells off.

Cut the eggs in half and separate the yolks from the whites. In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, chipotle puree, and season with salt and peppers to taste. Once mixture is smooth, fill the egg halves with mixture. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, and then garnish with chives cut on a bias.

4 Ingredient Tomato Soup

This tomato soup recipe couldn’t get any easier. If you don’t count the garnishes there are only four ingredients. I had an abundance of tomatoes – so many I had to pick a recipe that used up many of them. Soup seemed like a great idea.

Ingredients:

  • Tomato, 8 cups, fresh with the core removed, cut in half
  • Onion, 1 ea, diced
  • Garlic, 6 cloves, minced
  • Chicken Stock, 3 cups, low sodium
  • EVOO, 2tbl

Begin by roasting tossing your tomatoes with the olive oil, and season with salt. Roast your tomatoes at 400 for about 20 minutes. Roast them long enough so you can peel off the skins with ease.

Meanwhile, heat a large sauce pot over medium heat and cook your onions until nicely browned and caramelized, about 7-8 minutes. If you season them with salt when you throw them in the pan, they will wilt and break down more quickly.

When the onions are nice and cooked, add in the garlic and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. Then, add the peeled tomatoes to the pot, along with the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Purée the soup with an immersion blender (or a standing blender in batches). This might take longer with an immersion blender, but check the consistency to ensure it is smooth and velvety.

Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Ladle into a bowl, and garnish with anything you’d like. I’ve garnished my soup with a dollop of labneh, minced chives, and some extra virgin olive oil.

Garden Tomato Frittata with Heirloom Marinated Tomato Salad

I use a cast iron skillet for this recipe and it’s perfect. It is the perfect size and doesn’t stick to the pan when I’m finished cooking. Begin by sauteing your onions on medium heat with a tablespoon of butter. Sweat the onions for about three minutes until soft. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook for 2 more minutes, adjusting heat as necessary. Meanwhile, whisk eggs with a fork and add arugula to mixture. When the jalapeno and garlic have sweated for a couple of minutes, add egg and arugula mixture into the pan, and slightly stir to incorporate the aromatics with the egg. Add slices of tomato to the pan, layering them nicely into the pan so they stay on top. Cook the egg mixture on the stove for 2 more minutes, but turn on the broiler in the meantime. Grate the cheese over the par cooked frittata. After about 4 minutes on the stove, grab the skillet and put it into the oven and broil until the cheese has melted and frittata has puffed up and caramelized. Remove from oven, garnish with minced arugula, a dollop of labneh, and enjoy!

Ingredients for Heirloom Tomato Frittata:

  • Eggs, 4 ea
  • Onion, 1/4 cup chopped finely
  • Garlic, 4 cloves minced
  • Tomato, 1 or 2 ea, sliced
  • Arugula, about 1/4 cup minced
  • Jalapeno, 1 medium, minced
  • Butter, 1 tbl
  • Parmesan Cheese, small block for grating
  • Labneh, for garnish

For the tomato salad, I’ve used home grown roma and heirloom tomatoes with. a prepared salad dressing from Trader Joes. It’s so easy, this recipe. If the tomatoes are a bit bigger, cut them into more wedges. You can also make your own vinaigrette to dress the salad with, but Trader Joes has high quality products, so I can justify buying one to save myself some time. Cut the onion very thinly so it can cook in the acid from the vinaigrette to take away the sharp onion pungency. Season the tomato salad with salt and pepper.

Here are the ingredients for the tomato salad:

  • Roma tomatoes, 4 ea, quartered
  • Heirloom tomatoes, 2 ea quartered
  • Parsley, 1 tbl, minced
  • Onion, 1/4ea cut into fine julienne
  • Vinaigrette, your choice, 1/4 cup

Toss all of the ingredients together and store them in the fridge either in portions or in one big container. If the tomatoes are on the riper side, be gentle so the inside part of the tomato wedge doesn’t detach. Not a big deal but it ruins aesthetic. This is very quick and easy to make, and does not cost much at all. It’s a great way to use up excess tomatoes if you or someone you know has grown them, and the recipe only gets better as it sits in your fridge while it hangs in that marinade.

Lyonnaise Potatoes – A simple French preparation.

Some things to know before you begin…

These potatoes are so easy to make and don’t require any expensive ingredients, unless you sub out the butter and oil with duck fat – which is highly encouraged. Perhaps the best thing about them is that they look incredible as a side dish to almost any entree you make them with. To save a step, par boil the potatoes until they are still firm, about 75% of the way through in salted water ahead of time. If you’ve boiled and cut the potatoes on the same day, make sure they are as dry as possible before you throw them into the pan, as moisture will splatter hot oil everywhere, prevent caramelization, and encourage the potatoes to stick to the pan. When cutting the parsley, slice it finely but don’t hack it up too much.

Ingredients:

  • 16 medium sized Redskin Potatoes, parcooked, cooled, and sliced into rings
  • 1/2 Onion, julienned
  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbl Butter
  • 2 tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 bunch Parsley, finely sliced

Heat oil on medium high in a large saute pan. Surface area is important in this recipe to get as much brown as possible on the potatoes. Saute the potatoes until they start to brown a little, then add the onion, and add salt. Continue to saute until the potatoes develop more caramelization and the onions have colored and wilted a bit too. Next, turn the heat down to medium. Add the garlic, and saute for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle the parsley over the potatoes and turn off the heat. Taste for seasoning and enjoy!

World Cuisine – Chorizo Stew

I used to work at a resort for a chef who was well versed in various types of world cuisine. We had a version of this dish on the menu regularly as the resort was located in the state of Washington and we had nearly an endless supply of fresh seafood. Usually we would add crab legs, but I had purchased these high quality mussel meats a while back and had wanted to use them up in something. This seemed like a great option for them. I had thought about purchasing some fresh mussels too, because I think it looks better and is more authentic, but I live in an inland state and did not feel it was necessary. Many variations of this kind of recipe will include saffron, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I left it out. And a note about the wine, make sure it’s white and on the drier side. Anything you like to drink using those guidelines will go well in this recipe. Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 links chorizo
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, white parts chopped
  • 3 heaping tbl smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chile de arbol
  • 7-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 bottle dry white wine
  • 32oz chicken stock, low sodium
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 heaping cup mussel meats
  • chives, garnish
  • sour cream, garnish
  • salt

Begin by placing a large saucepot on medium heat. Remove the chorizo(1) from the casing and start to saute and brown. When that is about half cooked, add your onions(2), and scallion whites(3) to the pot. Continue to saute for another 4-5 minutes until the onions are nice and soft. In the second picture you can see ‘fond.’ Fond is caramelization and contributes immensely to the finished flavor of the dish. You can add some water to the pan if you’re worried about it burning. Add the paprika(4) and chile de arbol(5), and toast the spices for one minute. Then, add the garlic(6) and saute for another minute. Add the tomato paste(7) and stir well, and continue to cook for two more minutes. The mixture will be quite thick and be sure to stir often so as not to burn it. Next, add your wine(8). You’ll want to cook this for awhile to reduce and concentrate flavor, and also to burn off the alcohol. Simmer for 5-6 minutes. Add your chicken stock(9) and bring to a boil, then down to a simmer. Add your diced potatoes(10), and heat until they’re about three quarters done. Add your corn(11) and mussel meats(12). Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Turn off the heat and enjoy! Garnish with sour cream and chives, or the green parts of your scallions. The broth should be rather intense so the sour cream is a nice way to balance that out. This soup will keep well and continue to get better the longer that it sits in the fridge.

Cooking on a budget: Curried Lentil soup

Lentil soup with chives and labneh

Lentils are another great ingredient for low cost cooking and meal prep. I love them in soups as they blend and thicken very nicely. In addition, they taste sort of basic and neutral so they pair well with many other ingredients. Start this recipe by preheating the oven to 400F. You’ll also need a large sauce pot as you’ll be blending the soup later with an immersion blender.

Ingredients for this recipe are as follows:

  • 1 butternut squash, cut in half
  • 1/2 red onion, medium dice
  • 1 white onion, medium dice
  • 1 apple, medium dice
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 white button mushrooms
  • 3 jalapeños
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 2 tbl high quality curry powder
  • 1 cup cooked shredded chicken,
  • 2 russet potatoes, cooked, peeled, diced
  • 1 cups lentils, cooked
  • 2 quarts chicken stock, low sodium (if vegetarian, use vegetable stock)
  • small bunch of chives, for garnish
  • labneh, for garnish

Begin by roasting your butternut squash, mushrooms, red onions, and jalapeños. Lightly coat in olive oil and roast until tender. Scoop the seeds out of the squash and discard. Remove the seeds and pith from the jalapeños. You can leave some if you like a little more heat in the finished product. Set aside.

In the sauce pot, add olive oil, and white onion, apple, carrots, and some salt. Sweat over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, then add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.

Set aside some of the cooked vegetables in a small bowl, for later. Add 1 cup of the lentils to the pot, and then add the curry powder and toast the veggies and lentils to open up the oils in the spice.

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add half of the cooked potatoes to help thicken the soup. Turn off the heat and plug in your immersion blender if you’ve got one and begin pureeing the soup. If you’ve only got a stand up blender, blend the soup in batches.

Once the soup is pureed, taste for seasoning and add accordingly. Next, mix in the veggies you cooked earlier, the shredded chicken, and the diced potatoes. Ladle the soup into a bowl or your meal prep containers, and then garnish with snipped chives, and a dollop of labneh.

Cooking on a budget: Oven roasted potatoes.

potatoes/bellpeppers/onions/garlic/olives

Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods you can cook. There are hundreds of applications you can apply for texture, or flavor. The best part of cooking with potatoes is that they are extremely cheap so they’re a great option if you’re looking for some low budget meal prep. The other benefit to roasting potatoes is that you can do them in large batches and make enough for the week. For this batch I used:

  • About 30 small redskin potatoes, quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell peppers, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 medium sized onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 20 olives, pitted and halved
  • Salt, Olive oil

Begin by preheating your oven to 400F. Grab an oven safe baking sheet or roasting pan, and place your cut up potatoes into the pan. Toss them with a good amount of olive oil and season with salt. Toss them to distribute evenly, to ensure an even roast, and throw the potatoes in your preheated oven. I like a hotter oven not only because the potatoes cook a little more quickly, but they also brown a bit better over time. Cook the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes, until about half cooked.

Next, add your cut onions and bell peppers on top, and toss them with the par cooked potatoes. Add a little more salt. You’ll want to ensure they’re well coated in oil so they begin cooking right away and continue to cook. Put back in the oven for about 20 more minutes, and leave in the oven until the peppers and onions are soft and slightly brown or caramelized. After this, add your minced garlic, and leave in the oven for a few more minutes. At this point, if your oven has a broiler, I’d suggest turning it on to high, to quickly caramelize everything. But keep a close eye because it can easily burn things if you’re not paying close attention.

Throw the olives on top and mix in well. Wait to cool until you throw into meal prep containers and you’re good to go!