RECIPE

Lentil-Edamame Stew

Ingredients:

1 c dried lentils
¾ c frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 ½ c minced red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
6 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves

Place lentils in a large saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above lentils. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 – 20 minutes or until tender but still retaining their structure. Drain well, sand set aside
Place edamame in a small saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above edamame. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until edamame are tender; drain well.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat ...

Lavender Muffins

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 400 º

1 C flour
¼ C sugar
1 Tbsp dried lavender – grind or run through coffee mill
1½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ C applesauce
½ stick butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp almond extract

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. DO NOT OVERSTIR! Fill muffin (paper) cups and bake for about 15 minutes or until brown. Makes 6-8 regular sized muffins or 12 small. If you are making small muffins, shorten cooking time. Serve with homemade lemon curd or strawberry jam and clotted cream.

Lavender Shortbread

Ingredients:

Preheat Oven 275º F

8 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp Dried cooking lavender buds

In bowl of mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy – about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, salt and flour. Mix. Stir in lavender.
Scoop 1 tablespoon dough onto a cookie sheet. Dip a decorative cookie mold into sugar and press dough to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Bake 25-30 minutes until firm, but not brown. Yields approx. 1 dozen cookies. (depends on the size of the cookie)
(Alternatively, dough can be rolled, cut with a cookie cutter and sprinkled with sugar.)

Hummus

Ingredients:

2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and dried (Progresso brand preferred)
½ to 1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic (mashed/minced)
lemon juice (to taste)
pinch of black pepper
olive oil
topping:
olive oil
1 small chopped plum tomato
1 scallion chopped
Kalamata olives – approx. 8
Paprika

Place the chickpeas in a food processor and add approximately ½ cup olive oil. 
Add salt, pepper, lemon juice (start with 1 T), and garlic.
Mix until chickpeas are smooth. You may have to add more olive oil.
Adjust seasoning regarding salt and lemon juice – should have a little bite.
More garlic may be added, if desired. For the “author” there is no such thing as too much garlic!
Refrigerate hummus in a covered container.
Serve chilled, on ...

Fresh Herb Mini Tartlet

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs (basil and chives)
2 tbsp. finely chopped shallots
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 dash ground red pepper
1 cup finely shredded Swiss cheese (about 4 ounces)
1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed

Heat the oven to 400°F. Beat the eggs, heavy cream, herbs, shallots, black pepper, and red pepper in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk. Stir in the cheese. 
Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut into 36 (2-inch squares). Press the pastry squares into 36 (1 1/2-inch) mini muffin-pan cups.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon egg mixture into each muffin-pan cup.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the filling is set and the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries ...

Herbed Cheddar Cheese Log

Ingredients:

2 (8-ounce) blocks sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 clove garlic minced
2 cups chopped walnuts
Assorted cracker or apple slices

In a large bowl, beat cheddar cheese and cream cheese at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Add basil, tarragon, thyme, and garlic, beating until combined. Shape mixture into an 80ince log. Roll in walnuts to coat. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. Serve with assorted cracker and apple slices.

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 ...

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