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Quinoa Bacon Almonds Herbs


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


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


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


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


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 


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


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


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


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 ...

Pan-fried lemon sole fillets with salsa verde


1 clove of garlic, peeled
A handful of capers, drained
A handful of gherkins, drained and finely chopped
6 good-quality anchovy fillets in oil, finely chopped
2 bunches of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
A bunch of fresh basil, leaves picked and finely chopped
A bunch of fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Red wine vinegar
Good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt 
Freshly ground black pepper
10 1/2 oz new potatoes, scrubbed or peeled
4 double sole fillets, pinboned
Freshly ground black pepper
10 1/2 oz purple sprouting broccoli
A knob of butter
1 lemon

Baking Directions
To make your salsa verde, finely chop the garlic and put in a bowl. Add the capers, gherkins, anchovies, parsley, basil and m ...

Green Pepper Jelly


7 sweet green peppers, seeded, ribs and stems removed 
1 jalapeno pepper, split and remove seeds
1½ C cider vinegar, divided
1½ C apple juice
1 package powdered pectin
½ tsp salt
5 C sugar
Few drops of green food coloring

Wash and remove stems and seeds from peppers; cut into ½ pieces and puree with ¾ C vinegar. Puree remaining peppers and vinegar. Combine purees with apple juice in large bowl and refrigerate overnight. Strain puree the next day through several layers of cheesecloth. Measure 4 cups juice, adding additional apple juice to make 4 cups if necessary.

To make jelly: combine juice, pectin and salt in large saucepan; boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar; stir until dissolved and return to a rolling boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in a few drops of green food ...