RECIPE

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients:

bunch of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, thick stems trimmed
bunch of fresh cilantro leaves and stems
leaves from 2 to 3 stems of fresh oregano
4 green onions, whites and a little green, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 or more jalapeno or other hot pepper, minced, OR red pepper flakes, to taste
1 to 1½ cups (237 to 355 mil) extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup (119 mil) red wine vinegar
1½ teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Put the parsley, oregano, garlic, and about ¼ cup (59 mil) of the olive oil into the food processor and pulse until the leaves are coarsely ground.
Add the red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper and pulse. Continue to pulse while drizzling in the olive oil. The sauce should have a fair amount of liquid, though some people prefer it to be a little ...

Green Goddess Dressing

Ingredients:

½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
2 anchovy fillets
¼ cup chopped fresh chives
¼ chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar
1 T chopped fresh tarragon
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a blender or food processor, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, green onion, garlic, vinegar, tarragon, sugar and Worcestershire sauce and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving. It will keep up to three days in the refrigerator.

Quinoa Bacon Almonds Herbs

Ingredients:

4 servings

½ c slivered almonds
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, cut into ¼ -inch dice
1 small shallot, minced
1 c quinoa, rinsed
2 c chicken stock 
1 sage sprig 
1 Tbsp minced chives
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
salt and freshly ground white pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast in the oven until golden brown, four minutes; let cool.
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat until the fat has rendered, about two minutes. Add the shallot and cook, stirring a few times, until softened but not browned, about 1 minute.Add the quinoa, stock and sage and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the stock has been absorbed, about 17 minutes. Remove the quinoa from the heat and l ...

Herbed Quinoa

Ingredients:

Serves 6

1 ½ c quinoa (½ lb)
2 ½ Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
½ c thinly sliced scallion greens
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Rinse quinoa in five changes of water in a bowl, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off water (if quinoa does not settle, drain in a large fine sieve after each rinse).
Cook quinoa in a large saucepan of boiling salted water 10 minutes. Drain in sieve and rinse under cold water.
Set sieve with quinoa over saucepan filled with 1 ½ inches boiling water (sieve should not touch water) and steam quinoa, covered with a kitchen towel and lid until fluffy and dry, 10-12 minutes. (Check water level in pan occasionally, adding water if necessary.) (SH: caution: from personal experience, do not use a sieve that has a plastic handle!)
Toss quinoa with oil and salt and pepper to taste in a lar ...

Yogurt Cheese with Za 'atar and Olives

 Ingredients:

1 quart goat's-milk yogurt
Kosher or sea salt
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Za'atat herb blend
24 Kalamata olives
1 bunch small radishes, trimmed
Pita bread, cut into wedges, warmed

Line a sieve with cheesecloth. If the cheesecloth is loosely woven (most supermarket brands are), use triple thickness. Pour the yogurt into the sieve, then gather the edges of the cheesecloth and tie to become a bag. Hang the bag over the sink or over a bowl to catch the drippings. Let drain for 8 hours.
Turn the soft, creamy cheese out onto a platter. Season the surface with salt to taste, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle generously with za'atar. Surround the cheese with the olives and radishes. Serve with the warm pita bread wedges.

Please note: Za'atar, a middle Eastern herb frequently sprinkled on lubneh, varies fr ...

Herby Cheese Baked Eggs

Ingredients:

Vary the soft cheese in these eggs – there are so many pepper-and-herb-flavored chevres in the market now. As these eggs are baked in individual ramekins, you can serve breakfast or brunch to a crowd and have all the eggs ready at the same time.

1 tsp unsalted butter
3 tsp heavy or whipping cream
1 egg
1 tsp herbed chevre or Boursin cheese
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh chervil leaves or chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Place the butter and 2 tsp of the cream in a ¾ cup ramekin. Carefully break the egg in the center. Dot the egg with the cheese, and spoon the remaining 1 tsp cream over the yolk. Season with pepper.
3. Place the ramekin in a small baking dish, and fill it with boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekin. Bake until th ...

Mixed Herbal Crackers

Ingredients:

1 c all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 Tbsp chopped thyme
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
4 Tbsp cold butter
¼ cup sour cream
Salt for sprinkling

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Add herbs and mix well. Stir in sour cream and mix until the dough comes together. Divide in half and roll each piece into a sheet 1/8 inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and press lightly. Cut into 2 ½ -inch squares using a fluted edge cutter.
Place on a baking sheet and pierce each cracker with a fork. Bake at 325 degrees F until just brown and firm. (about 26 minutes).
Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container. Yields 24 2 ½ inch square crackers.


Herb Toastettes 

Ingredients:

1 loaf Pepperidge Farm Thin-sliced White Bread
1 stick butter 
1 t. fresh lemon Juice 
3 T. fresh minced herbs (parsley, tarragon, chives, marjoram)
2 heaping T. toasted sesame seed

Trim edges. Cut each slice in half. Mix butter, herbs, lemon juice and sesame seed. Spread lightly on bread slices. Bake at 300 for 20 minutes. Turn off oven and leave in an additional 30 minutes or until crisp.

Herbed Boursin

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ C fresh chives, chopped
¼ C fresh parsley, chopped
¼ C fresh basil, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese
¼ C pitted black olives, chopped

Combine garlic, herbs and mix thoroughly. Blend in cream cheese until smooth. 
Add olives.
Place in a small bowl and garnish with basil leaves. Chill.

Serve with French bread or crackers.

Spicy Herb Roasted Nuts

Ingredients:

Yield: 5 cups

 1 ½ cups whole almonds

 1 ½ cups walnut halves

 1 cup pecan halves

 1 cup hazelnuts

½ cup maple syrup (Grade B preferred)

¼ tsp cayenne

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh oregano leaves or ½ tsp dried oregano

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh sage leaves or ½ tsp dried sage leaves

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves or ½ tsp dried thyme leaves

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves or ½ tsp dried rosemary leaves

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh savory leaves or ½ tsp dried savory leaves

1 ½ tsp chopped fresh marjoram leaves or ½ tsp dried marjoram leaves

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp kosher salt

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a 10 x 15 inch rimmed baking sheet with heavy foil.  Spray foil lightly with kitchen spray.

Mix ingredients thoroughly and place ...

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