French Safari Paella

French Safari Paella

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Paella is friendship experience… various people of different backgrounds intermingle in the kitchen and at the table to meld friendships that go beyond our walls. With Paella, we toss seafood, chicken, sausage (… veggies from the gardens) to make a dish with depth of flavor and warmth of heart that is distinctive to each preparation. Just like our friends, no two paellas are alike… bring your taste buds and show us how YOU paella!

The meaning of Safari is a “Journey or Expedition “and that is what we are on as we prepare “French Safari Paella”. Two famous French preparations are similar in nature to Paella, they are  Cassoulet , hearty and delicious, made well it ‘warms the soul’ and Bouillabaisse, this ‘fish soup’ is probably the most famous traditional recipe from Provence from Marseille, the more people these dishes are made for, the more different types of ingredients are in it…like Paella!

Paella is Spanish in its origin…but it is really a delicious blending of foods that are fresh, available and local…a bit of a play on *“stone soup”.  Don’t know what I like more, the process, the gathering of foods, the cooks, the dinersor the amazing warmth this dish brings to the soulHere is our version: Makes 6-8 servings.
Ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:
5 cups strong chicken broth
1/2 tsp saffron
1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
1 TBSP KB’s Amazing Heat
1 small onion, peeled
2 small chickens, about 2# each
1/2 cup olive oil
1 # artisanal sausage or (KB’s Paella Sausage Recipe)
1/4 lb smoked bacon diced
1 medium onion, chopped
6 scallions, 4 chopped,
 *2 finely minced reserved for finish
1 head of  chopped garlic
2 roasted red peppers/**pimento (jarred is good)
1 lb medium shrimp, shelled
2 (Opt.) Live lobsters( boiled, divided)
1 small red pepper thinly sliced
1 small yellow pepper thinly sliced
3 cups Spanish rice (Bomba)
6 tbsp chopped parsley
2 bay leaves, whole
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
(Opt.) 18 clams / mussels, scrubbed
Lemon wedges for garnish
Parsley for garnish
*Rem. green onion for garnish

NOTE ON INGREDIENTS:  The only ingredient you must have is the broth, the rice and the saffron!!!  So add all, extend this list…or deduct according to your taste and budget!

PREPARATION:
Heat the broth with the saffron, pimentón and the whole onion. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove the onion and measure the broth — you need 5-6 cups.
Cut the chickens into small serving pieces — the whole breast in 3 parts, each thigh and wings with tips removed.  Dry the pieces well and sprinkle with salt/pepper.

In a metal Paella pan, with about a 15 inch base, heat the oil. Add the chicken pieces and fry over high heat until golden. Remove to a warm platter. Add the sausage and bacon to the pan and stir fry about 10 minutes. Add the chopped onion, scallions, garlic, pimentos, red peppers and sauté until the onion is wilted. Add the shrimp and the lobster and sauté about 3 minutes more, or until the shrimp and lobster barely turn pink (the lobster will cook more in the oven.) Remove the shrimp and lobster to the platter with the chicken. Add the rice to the pan and stir to coat it well with the oil. Sprinkle in the chopped parsley and the whole bay leaves. Stir in the chicken broth, boiling hot, the wine, and rice. Salt to taste. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, over medium high heat about 10 minutes. Bury the shrimp and the chicken in the rice. Add the clams and the mussels, pushing them into the rice, with the edge that will open facing up. Decorate the paella with the lobster pieces, and then bake at 325 F, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven, add reserved peas and let sit on top of the stove, lightly covered with foil, for about 10 minutes. Heat burner to medium and toast bottom for one minute, remove.

To serve
:  Decorate with lemon wedges, chopped parsley and minced green onion. 
Bring Paella Pan to the Table to serve…..this is a beautiful looking dish, so let your guest first eat with their eyes!



JUST FOR FUN…The Fable of Stone SoupSome travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making “stone soup“, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.


Paella Notes

Pay attention to your broth, as in all cooking this is the “soul”,  make it rich and flavorful with fish or chicken stock and seasonings add a good concentrate (such as “Superior Touches” Better Than Bouillon Product, now gratefully found in most markets!)  If you need the flavors enhanced.
This is where all the magic starts…

When the paella is cooked and the rice looks fluffy and moist, turn the heat up for 40 seconds until you can smell the rice toast at the bottom, then it’s perfect. The ideal paella has a toasted rice bottom called socarrat.

Garnish just before serving with the cooked peas, parsley, finely diced green onion and lemon wedges this last add makes for a fresher taste!

Firm and absorbent rice is the key; we use Bomba available at specialty markets or online.

Use Real Saffron…it is key in taste and color, there is no substitute, a little goes a long way.

Asian Meatballs

Asian Meatballs

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Asian Meatballs

CATEGORY: Main Event
SERVES: 36 2″ meatballs
LEVEL: Presto, easy!

MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:
1 # ground chicken, 1# ground pork, optional add ¼ # lean ground beef 
1 cup oat flour (finely ground oats) or 1 C Panko
2 eggs
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger powder
1 C chopped Green Onion (finely sliced)
Optional ¼ C  finely chopped cilantro and or parsley (I like both)
1 tsp Amazing Heat

GLAZE INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbsp Amazing Rub (or brown sugar/spices)
1 Tbsp minced Garlic
½ C Soy Sauce
1 C Water
½ C Honey
½ C White Wine
1 Tbsp but Optional Hoisin Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Chili Sauce

INSTRUCTIONS:

MEATBALLS:
PREHEAT OVEN 400 DEGREES
Combine ground meats, 1 Cup oat flour or panko, eggs and all other ingredients. Stir with large fork to mix, try not use your hands. This will result in a much more tender meatball!
Roll balls in a approx 2” meatball (use scooper or spoon) and set on baking dish lined with parchment.
In warmed oven, approx bake time 12-15 minutes. Remove, set aside and sauce the meatballs you will be serving with the great glaze below.

GLAZE:
Stir Ingredients together and gently simmer uncovered, about 10-15 minutes until thickened.
Add Glaze to meatballs to cover, and additional glaze for table side and great in stir-fry veggies and pasta.

If freezing meatballs, very lightly glaze, set on baking dish, freeze and then bag in zip lock.

Great recipe to just have in the freezer for appetizers or quick week night dinner. 

Half Moon Squash with Baby Greens, Spicy Shrimp, Blueberries and Nuts

Half Moon Squash with Baby Greens, Spicy Shrimp, Blueberries and Nuts

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

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

Duchess Potatoes

Duchess Potatoes

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

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.

KB’s Amazing Bacon

KB’s Amazing Bacon

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

KB’s Amazing Bacon—keep it around all the time!

Bacon is the Kitchens’ Staple. When you want to turn a salad into something special, when your wrap needs a punctuation point, when your casserole is begging to be more…oh and don’t get us started on breakfast! The Amazing Bacon is crispy, tasty with a sweet n’ spice and the crunch factor is a 10! 

This is always on hand and super easy to prepare with an oven roasting…20 minutes and done!

CATEGORY: Favorites!
SERVES: 8 (w/ 2 slices person or sandwich)
LEVEL: Easy, Presto!

INGREDIENTS
1 Pound of Thick Sliced Bacon
1 Tbsp of The Amazing Rub
1 Tbsp of The Amazing Heat

Heat Oven to 400 degrees (conventional or convection/w conv faster). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lay the slices of bacon on sheet pan and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp Amazing Rub.

Cook for 18 minutes, remove from oven, turn each slice and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp of Amazing Heat, cook additional 3 mins checking continuously for perfect color.

Remove from oven and drain slices on paper towel lined plate.  Set, ready go….crunch and have fun!

Broiled Grapefruit Brunch Salad

Broiled Grapefruit Brunch Salad

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Broiled Grapefruit Salad aka Amazing Brunch Salad

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!

INGREDIENTS

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!

Lobster Soufflé

Lobster Soufflé

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Lobster Soufflé

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 special brunch, appetizer or dinner party.  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.  Delicious!

SERVES: 6
LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!

INGREDIENTS
1# Lobster Cooked, *shelled and broken into small pieces
*Save shells to prepare Thermador Sauce if desired
1 Cup aged cheddar Cheese shredded
½ cup shredded Parmesan
½ loaf of a baguette (or any rustic white bread)cubed
1 tsp each of Finely minced Parsley and Green Onion (Optional)
6 eggs
½ cup butter melted
1 tsp Amazing Heat
½ tsp Dry Mustard
2 ozs of Dry sherry
1 cup Milk
1 cup Cream
1 Tbsp Butter (to sautée small pieces of garnish lobster with)

DIRECTIONS:
Prepare 6 individual ramekins by greasing.
Arrange the seafood, cheese, and bread into layers in the Ramekins (reserve Sm amt. lobster for top garnish)
Pour melted butter evenly over each mixture.
In a medium bowl beat the eggs, add the Mustard, Amazing Heat, pinch salt/pepper, milk and cream.  When well blended add the Dry Sherry.
Pour over egg mixture over individual Ramekins and let sit for minimum 2 hrs (can be overnight) Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 40 minutes. Garnish with small reserved pieces of buttered Lobster.
Can be served in Ramekins or removed and plated on Thermador Sauce. 

Quickie Thermador, lobster shells gently boiled 2 cups stock (seafood or chicken), 10 minutes, strain, add 1 tsp AMZ Heat, 3 Tbsp Butter, ½ C Cream, warm to thicken.

Terri 

Asparagus Soufflé

Asparagus Soufflé

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Asparagus Soufflé

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!

Terri