From the Kitchens of Terri Bergman
Ruby Red Grapefruit Salad with *Sweet n Spiced Poppyseed Dressing Garnished with Candied Grapefruit Peel
This delightful salad is filled with taste! The Grapefruit sections, the chilled avocado and the tangy Poppyseed Dressing are such a great way to kick off a dinner…or just become the “meal”. Here’s the simple way to delicious…the garnishes are almost all optional, but I do like layers of taste.
Level: Easy Presto
6-8 C. Mixed Greens
1 Ruby Red Grapefruit, peeled and sectioned (save peels)
4 TBLS Pomegranate seeds
1 Avocado sliced thin
¼ C sliced toasted almonds
Shaved White Cheddar
Red Onion ½ sliced very thin
Candied Grapefruit peels
Salt n Pepper
Plate base of mixed greens, arrange grapefruit segments, pomegranate seeds and avocado slices on salad…the delicious options to add are sliced almonds, shaved cheddar, red onion and grapefruit peel.
Dress salads when completely plated….and here is where you do need a sprinkle of salt n pepper.
*Sweet n Spicy Poppyseed Dressing INGREDIENTS
1 T Champagne Vinegar
1 T Honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
6 T Olive Oil
Pinch of Blazing Belle (or cayenne pepper)
½ tsp Poppyseeds
Salt n pepper to taste
Add a little bit of white wine for desired consistency (or water if needed)
**Candied Grapefruit Peels DIRECTIONS:
Take reserved Grapefruit peels and lay flat and remove some pith, and then slice in skinny ¼” strips.
Place is a small pot of cold water, bring to a boil…off burner and drain, with cold water, boil, drain.
Now ready to candy with:
1 C white sugar
½ C water and bring to boil, then low simmer 15-20 minutes.
Drain completely and dry on a baking (cake/cookie) rack for 2-4 hours.Sprinkle with white sugar as desired…a great garnish on salads or use forDecorating cakes, dipped in chocolate for desserts…enjoy!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
I do love the classic French Soufflé, but here I am suggesting a Soufflé that is much easier to make, prepare ahead and perfect for that large dinner party or luncheon. This has the basic formula of Strata…but we kick it up a bit. It won’t fall, is perfect to remove and plate, just a great idea for an elegant appetizer or lunch entrée. Delicious!
(However, for Gluten Free, we have you covered, just separate eggs, whip whites until firm, follow recipe but omit bread….and bake 10 mins less but same method)
LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!
1 lb. asparagus medium chop
1 cup aged sharp cheddar shredded
½ cup shredded Parmesan
½ loaf of a baguette or white bread cubed
1 tsp each of finely minced Parsley and Green Onion (Optional)
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
½ cup butter melted
1 tsp The Amazing Heat
½ tsp dry mustard
2 oz. of dry sherry
Prepare 6 individual ramekins by greasing with butter. Roast chopped asparagus for 6-8 minutes in 400 degree oven with salt and pepper.
Reserve half of the asparagus pieces to assemble and blend half with milk and cream. Arrange the asparagus, cheese, and bread into layers in the ramekins.
Pour melted butter evenly over each mixture. Now, In a medium bowl beat the eggs, add the mustard, Amazing Heat, pinch salt/pepper, milk/ cream/blended cooked asparagus. When well blended add the dry sherry. Pour egg mixture over breaded Ramekins and let sit for minimum 2 hrs (can be overnight) Bake in a 350 degree oven for approx 40 minutes. Can be served in Ramekins or removed and plated on (Asparagus) Béchamel Sauce.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add flour to from Roux. Cook stirring for 2-3 minutes til sizzling but still pale in color. With wire ship stir in ½ and ½ cream; beat well to distribute. Simmer 3-4 mins. Sauce will thicken and become silky. Stir in cheese, Pummull Spice, salt & pepper, and a dash of Blazing Belle spice. That is a great Béchamel but if you want an Asparagus Béchamel, add ½ Cup of Puréed Cooked Asparagus. Viola, either choice is a winner!
- Cut wings into sections (drumettes and flats), discard tips or save for stock.
- Season with Blazing Belle!
- Prepare grill for two zone cooking (direct/indirect) at 350°-450°.
- If desired add some hard woods chunks or chips to coals/hot side. I used apple wood chunks. Cherry or pecan would also work great.
- When grill is up to temp, place wings on indirect heat side. Cook until 165+ internal temp, 30-40 mins.
- Switch wings to direct heat side, cook for 4-6 mins until skin is crispy.
- Watch closely while cooking over direct heat, wings can char easily! Move wings to the indirect zone when they are done to keep warm.
- When all wings are done, remove from grill. Serve with celery, carrots, blue cheese dressing, and/or ranch (perhaps with some Amazing Herbes mixed in and enjoy!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
*Add Decadence, serve with Avocado Lime Aioli, and Spicy Salsa
These Herb encrusted Baked Sweet Potatoes served warm but stuffed with a cool Black Bean Salad are the bomb! (ESP for Meatless Monday). You get the Ying and Yang from a hot/cold food served together…as well as the perfect vehicle for
- Make Ahead
- Add Taco Meat for Thursdays!
- Go Pesco with Shrimp on Friday!
- Drive in the direction you want…
The natural sweetness of well baked sweet potatoes and the slight spicy bite of the bean salad is perfect. To up your “A” game make the Avocado/Lime Aioli and kick in the spicy cheese sticks and/or Salsa!
FIRST: ROASTED HERBED SWEET POTATOES
4 Medium Sweet Potatoes
Olive for rubbing
Amazing Herbes to coat
Salt & Pepper
Preheat Oven at 425 degrees
Wash and dry sweets. Cut light center in top of each, rub potatoes with olive oil. Roll or sprinkle with AMZ Herbes, salt n pepper. Bake 45 minutes until very soft, crunchy outsides. Set Aside.
SECOND: BLACK BEAN, CORN AND AVOCADO SALAD
1 15 oz can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
2 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off or one can of corn drained
1 small red pepper finely diced
1 small red onion finely diced
2 Tbsp Amazing Rub (here is where you get brown sugar/spices)
1 tsp (or more) of Blazing Belle (this controls heat, a great blend of peppers incl. cayenne)
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 lime, fully zested and juiced
½ c fresh cilantro or parsley chopped (whichever you prefer)
1 avocado medium chopped (reserve ¼ for Aioli)
Combine all ingredients (Avocado goes in right before serving) in bowl, mix well. Cover and chill from an hour to overnight. Before serving salad, add the Avocado and check seasonings.
When Sweet Potatoes are fully cooked, complete the seam slice down the middle (but not through) and separate and squeeze a little to fluff inner potato. Stuff with the Chilled black bean salad.
Serve with Aioli, Salsa (if desired) and maybe some fine spiced cheese!
This dish is also great stuffed first with taco meat, spicy shrimp or any of your favorites!
*Avocado Lime Aioli
1 C mayo
¼ chopped avocado
1 Tbsp Lime Juice with zest
chopped parsley (or cilantro)
finely minced garlic 2 cloves(optional)
salt/pepper to taste.
Try this delicious recipe using the beautiful spice and herb blends from The Kitchen’s Bounty.