Half Moon Squash with Baby Greens, Spicy Shrimp, Blueberries and Nuts – Served with “out of this world” Maple Vinaigrette!
CATEGORY: Main Event or Side Salad/Luncheon SERVES: 4 Dinner Salads or 6 Luncheon Salads LEVEL: Presto, easy!
INGREDIENTS: 1 Medium Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and sliced in full round, half rounds 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Tbsp The Amazing Rub 20 Large Shrimp, Cooked and Shelled 2 Tbsp Corn Starch 1 Tbsp Amazing Heat 1 Cup Blueberries 1 Cup Toasted and Salted Whole Pecans 8 Cups Spring Fresh Salad Greens *Optional 1 cup chopped fresh mint/or basil
INSTRUCTIONS: Take the butternut squash slices and toss with small amount olive oil, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle generously with the Amazing Rub Seasonings (or your house spices)
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, turning carefully and bake for addition 5-10 minutes until tender and golden. Remove from oven and set aside.
Next, place cooked shrimp in a bowl and dust with cornstarch and Amazing Heat. Heat a non stick skillet with oil and quickly cook the shrimp( do not over crowd) to slightly golden and seasoned, flip and remove from pan. Place on paper towel until assembling salads.
Take 4 large salad plates and put 2 cups of greens on each. Assemble squash and shrimps in rows on greens, then toss over the blueberries and pecans. Dress with House Maple Vinaigrette, Salt and Pepper to taste.
MAPLE VINAIGRETTE: 1/8 C Maple Syrup 1/8 C Rice Wine Vinegar ¼ Light Vegetable Oil (could use Olive Oil also) 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tsp Amazing Heat (or house seasonings) ¼ Pummull Seasoning (or Cinn)
Stir or shake together and add salt and pepper directly to salads
Asian Seared Chicken Thighs with Pineapple Slaw…served with Peanut Sauce
CATEGORY: Main Event SERVES: 4 LEVEL: Presto, easy!
INGREDIENTS: 4 Chicken thighs 2 Tbsp The Amazing Rub (or Brown Sugar w/Ginger) 1 Tbsp vegetable Oil 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce 1 tsp Hot Sauce 1 Tbsp Lemon/or Lime Juice 2 Cups Fresh Pineapple bite size chop
SLAW INGREDIENTS: 1 Tbsp The Amazing Rub (or Brown Sugar) 4 C Coleslaw mix (your favorite) or fine Shred Cabbage and Carrots ½ C Dried Fruit/Nut Trail Mix (no choc!) 1 Tbsp Lime Juice 2 Tbsp Oil (light here) 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce ½ Tbsp hot sauce 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil to finish Fresh Herbs as in Cilantro, Mint or Basil – fine chopped or 2 Tbsp dried Basil or Amazing Herbes
PEANUT SAUCE INGREDIENTS: ½ C Peanut Butter smooth ¼ tsp Pummull Spice (or Cinn blend) 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Brown Sugar 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce 1 Tsp Rice Vinegar (or white) ½ tsp red pepper flakes ¼ C hot water (start with 1/8 C and add to desired consistency)
INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare Chicken thighs by skinning, deboning and cutting into small strips. In a large bowl add chicken, Amazing Rub, oil, soy sauce, hot sauce and citrus juice (lemon or lime). Toss to coat the strips of chicken and set aside for 15-30 minutes or cover and refrigerator overnight.
Drain Chicken from marinade before searing. Get a skillet hot with oil, and place chicken pieces in skillet, do not over crowd, looking to sear these and create a nice golden brown surface on all side. Remove chicken that is cooked thru (no pink in centers) and continue to cook all chicken, set aside on warm plate. In same pan as cooked chicken, add a little more oil and cook the chopped, drained pineapple looking to toss coat and brown (add a little sprinkle of Amazing Rub to season and brown)
Assemble the Slaw with Cabbage/Carrot mix, ½ C Trail Mix, and toss dress with lime juice, oil, soy sauce, hot sauce- when all coated, finish with a drizzle of Toasted Sesame Oil if desired.
Place a cup of dressed Slaw in center of each serving dish, top with seared pineapple and lastly with chicken strips. Can be garnished with a little more trail mix, or chopped basil or Herbs as noted.
The Peanut Sauce recipe above is delicious as a side dressing to use in the entire plated salad or for a dressing for the chicken. This is so very packed with flavor, and you’ll be shouting “encore”. I have found that a prepared plated salad with all ingredients is also delicious to refrigerate (cover with wrap) and do a quick 1 minute warm in micro. Enjoy!!!
Smooth, creamy and the perfect accompaniment to Beef Bourguignon
CATEGORY: Frame it SERVES: 8 LEVEL: Presto, easy!
INGREDIENTS: 4 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 large eggs 4 T melted butter 1 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper Fresh ground nutmeg to taste (or just a pinch of Pummull Spice) 1/2 C milk/cream 1/2 C melted butter 1-2 dashes paprika (optional) 2-4 T goat cheese or sharp cheddar cheese 2 tsp finely chopped chives
DIRECTIONS: Cook the potatoes in boiling water until fork-tender (about 25 minutes) drain and place in a large mixing bowl. Cool the potatoes for about 20 minutes at room temperature. Add in eggs and 4 Tbsp. melted butter, pinch salt, pepper and cheese if desired; add in 4-5 Tbsp. cream adding in more to achieve desired consistency. Season with more salt and pepper if needed to taste, add chives at this stage. You may spoon the potato mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip or simply mound on plate to create a little bowl for a rich Beef Bourguignon mixture. (If piping, pipe the mixture in 12 mounds onto a large greased baking sheet/s. Melt the 1/3-1/2 cup butter and drizzle over the potatoes. Sprinkle a very small amount of paprika or Amazing Heat over each mound.)
Set oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
On creating a cocktail that hit all the notes for my Valentine, I wanted to include Bourbon, Cranberries (because it’s his favorite), lemon and orange to make a sweet sour…and Ginger to make spicy. This cocktail hits all those notes! Enjoy!
CATEGORY: Cocktails & Mocktails SERVES: One LEVEL: Presto, easy!
INGREDIENTS: 2 Oz Bourbon 2 Oz Cranberry Juice 1 Oz Lemon Juice splash /orange squeeze slight dash Pummull Spice (optional or Cinnamon) 4 oz Ginger-ale or Ginger Beer Garnish Orange Slice, Fresh Cranberries
Ice cubes small or preference a large globe of ice
Add Bourbon, Cranberry Juice, Lemon Juice and pinch Pummull Spice in glass and stir. Add ice, stir then pour over your choice of Ginger. Squeeze of OJ on top, add Orange slice, fresh Cranberries and ENJOY!
Yes, this salad has it all. The great sweet and spicy taste of warm broiled grapefruit on a bed of fresh greens, crispy chopped bacon, blue cheese and an egg done so pretty it should be in pictures!(oh wait, it is!) Finish this salad with a drizzle of the best Olive Oil, drizzle of Honey and just because we are being decadent here, I like a little bit of Lime Cilantro Seasoned Greek Yogurt. You add the salt’n pepper and this dish is your complete Brunch on a plate! It also works for Lunch and Dinner!
CATEGORY: Brunch SERVES: 2 LEVEL: Easy, there it is!
Broiled Grapefruits: 1 Ruby Red large Grapefruit (halved and sectioned, or peeled and segmented) 2 tsp of Amazing Rub (Brown sugar based) ½ tsp of Pummull Spice (House Cinnamon blend) Sprinkle the Grapefruit with seasonings and broil watching closely. It takes about 5-7 minutes as the fruit will release juices, slowing the caramelizing down a little. Set Fruit aside when done.
Salad: 4 Cups of Fresh mixed greens 3 chopped green onions 4 Crisp Bacon slices (try the Amazing Bacon recipe below note) 4 Tbsp crumbled Blue Cheese 4 Tbsp Greek Yogurt (or Mayo) with lime juice and chopped cilantro 2 Gently cooked sunny side up eggs 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Honey Salt n Pepper to taste
Assemble greens on 2 plates, add broiled grapefruit sections, bacon, blue cheese, egg to each plate. Drizzle with Olive Oil, Honey and garnish with chopped green onions and Lime/Cilantro Yogurt or Aoli. Best served with grapefruit and eggs warm.
Amazing Bacon is great to prepare in advance and make salads, sandwiches and snacking great!
1 lb of THICK sliced bacon, arrange slices on parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle up side with Amazing Rub, Cook for 18 mins in a 400 degree oven. Pull out baking sheet, flip each piece of bacon and sprinkle with Amazing Heat…3 more minutes and out of oven, onto paper towels and onto delicious!
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)
SERVES: 6 LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!
INGREDIENTS 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) 6 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup cream ½ cup butter melted 1 tsp The Amazing Heat ½ tsp dry mustard 2 oz. of dry sherry
DIRECTIONS: 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.
Béchamel Sauce 3 Tbsp. Butter 3 Tbsp.Flour 2 cups of ½ and ½ Cream 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (I like Vermont white cheddar) ¼ tsp Pummull Spice (KB) Salt & pepper Dash of Blazing Belle (KB)
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!
A Sicilian specialty that I particularly enjoy combining sweet –and-sour flavors. Really engages the palette while remaining light. You can make many variations on this recipe, such as replacing the dates with pomegranate seeds or black olives. A bright opener to that great Brunch!
SERVES: 6 LEVEL: Presto-easy!
INGREDIENTS 6 oranges (mix 4 regular and 2 blood oranges if available) 18 dates Sprinkled lightly with Pummull Spice 2 red onions 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Balsamic Vinegar (really kicks this up!) can be served tableside – salt/pepper
DIRECTIONS: Peel the oranges and slice them crosswise, peeling away from the bitter white pith. Stone the dates and slice very thin. Peel the onions and slice paper thin. Arrange the oranges and dates on a serving platter and cover with onions. Pour over the oil and serve immediately at room temperature.
BRAN MUFFINS WITH FRUIT – BANANAS OR PEACHES OR DATES (you choose)! AND A CRUMBLE TOPPING
Love food that fuels you body and soul? Here it is the perfect fiber rich breakfast launch, snack or answer to that 4 o’clock refueling. These delicious muffins are packed with bran, wheat germ and great flavors fruit flavors (you choose). The crumble topping makes the masquerade complete, good for you but so delicious! Yeah, it’s a health food win-win!
INGREDIENTS 2 large eggs ½ C Maple Syrup 1 cup mashed spiced peaches (or sub 1 cup mashed bananas or chopped dates) 1 cup yogurt or buttermilk 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran 2 Tbsp wheat germ ¼ vegetable oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup whole-wheat flour ¾ cup of all-purpose flour 1 ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp Pummull Spice (blend of Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cloves, Mace and Cardamon! Our House Baking Seasoning!) ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
CRUMBLE: (optional) ½ C brown sugar ½ C flour ¼ C butter (cut in small pieces) ½ C oatmeal ½ tsp *Pummull spice
DIRECTIONS: Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Whisk eggs and maple syrup in a bowl until smooth, whisk in mashed fruit, yogurt, wheat bran, wheat germ, oil and vanilla.
Whisk flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add wet to dry ingredients, Stir in any chopped fruit or nuts, etc. Scoop batter into muffin tins, sprinkle with the crumble.
Bake the muffins until top are crunchy golden, and spring back when lightly touched. 20-25 minutes. Let cool a few minutes in pan, remove from pan to cool on wire rack. ENJOY!