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Lentil and Vegetable Salad Recipe

Lentils are just full of protein and are one of the oldest domesticated crops. Lentils come in a wide variety of colours, the most common are red, green and brown. Serve this soup hot or cold and feel free to drizzle a bit more olive oil on just before serving, Serves 4 1 cup/225g lentils 2 1/2 cups/625ml water 1 teaspoon/5ml sea salt 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1/2 pound/225g zucchini cubed 1/2 pound/225g leeks cleaned and sliced 1 stalk celery, sliced 2 tablespoons/30ml olive oil 1 onion diced 2 cloves garlic crushed 2 tablespoon/30ml chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon/2ml black pepper Juice of 2 lemons Simmer potatoes, zucchini, leeks, and celery in large saucepan with water for 15 minutes. Add lentils , cook for 10 minutes longer or until most of the liquid is evaporated. While the stew is cooking, heat a pan with olive oil on medium heat. Cook the onions for 7- 10 minutes to golden brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add o

Apricot and Cashew Energy Bars Recipe

Why not make some healthy homemade energy bars? These delicious bars are filled with wonderful healthy ingredi ents including apricots, cashews, hemp seed, unsweetened coconut, and oats; a great snack to send the kids to school with or take to work. Most packaged granola bars or snack bars are stuffed with artificial flavors, colors, added sugars, so these are a great alternative, and super easy to make! Apricot & Cashew Energy Bars Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 cup dried Turkish apricots ½ cup raw cashews ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut ⅓ cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons agave syrup 1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 2 tablespoons hemp seeds ¼ teaspoon sea salt Instructions 1. Line and 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or saran wrap, and set aside. 2. Pulse cashews in food processor until crumbly, place in a separate bowl. 3. Pulse apricots in food processor until finely chopped. Add all other ingredients to the apricot mixture and process until well combined

Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe

Today is Whiskey Sour day. Enough said! The Whiskey Sour is one classic cocktail that won’t make you sour. INGREDIENTS  IN THE WHISKEY SOUR COCKTAIL .75 oz Fresh lemon juice .75 oz Simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar) 1.5 oz Bourbon Garnish: Cherry and/or lemon wedge (optional) Glass: Rocks HOW TO MAKE THE WHISKEY SOUR COCKTAIL Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry and/or lemon wedge if desired. personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach | 954-367-YADA (9232) fort lauderdale catering and personal chefs

Jacques Pepin's Chicken Supremes with Tapenade and Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Serves 4 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each 1 tablespoon/15ml good olive oil Tapenade 3/4-cup/135g mix of pitted olives, black oil-cured olives, Kalamata olives, and green olives 1 small garlic clove, peeled and sliced 2 dried apricot halves, cut into small pieces 1 1/2 tablespoons/22ml drained capers 2 tablespoons/30ml extra virgin olive oil Mushroom Sauce: 4 tablespoon/60g unsalted butter 8 ounces/225g Baby Bella mushrooms, washed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1 small onion,  chopped 1/2 teaspoon/2ml salt, plus extra to taste 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra to taste 1/2 cup/125ml dry white wine 2 tablespoons/30ml chopped fresh chives or par Put all the tapenade ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse to make a coarse puree. Cut a horizontal slit in each chicken breast to create a pocket, and stuff with the tapenade. Set aside until serving time. When ready to cook the chicken, preheat th

Shrimp and Basil/Tomato Stir Fry Recipe

Serves 4 2 tablespoons/30ml soy sauce 1 tablespoon/15mls water 2 teaspoons/10ml fish sauce 4 teaspoons/20mls light brown sugar 3 tablespoons/45mls vegetable oil 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon/15mls grated, peeled, fresh ginger 1/2 to 1 teaspoon/2-5mls red chile flakes 1 pound/450g large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2 medium onion, cut in 1-inch/2.5cm dice 1 medium yellow pepper, seeded, cut in 1-inch dice 1 jalapeno chile, thinly sliced into rounds/2.5cm 2 cups/400g cherry tomatoes, halved Large handful, 3/4 cup/180ml torn fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup/60mls torn fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons/30mls freshly squeezed lime juice In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, fish sauce, and sugar; set aside. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and chile flakes, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until pink but still translucent in the middle, about 1 minute. Transfer the s

Best Lemonade Ever Recipe

With today being national Lemonade Day, why not make this refreshing drink on a hot August afternoon. " Lemonade is a very refreshing drink, and this is the best one ever!" INGREDIENTS: 1 3/4 cups white sugar 8 cups water 1 1/2 cups lemon juice DIRECTIONS: 1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. 2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water. personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach | 954-367-YADA (9232) fort lauderdale catering and personal chefs

Homemade Gluten-Free Fig Newtons Recipe

Yield: 32 cookies Ingredients Crust: 3/4 cup gluten-free oat flour 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour 1/2 cup golden flax seed meal 2 tbsp coconut flour 1 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp xanthan gum 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener or other erythritol 1 large egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Filling: 8 oz dried figs (I used golden California Figs) 1/2 cup water Instructions Dough: In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, all purpose flour, flaxseed meal, coconut flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. In another bowl, beat butter with erythritol until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture until dough comes together. Turn out onto plastic wrap and shape into a low, flat rectangle. Wrap tightly and refrigerated 1 hour. Filling: Combine figs and water in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. To assemble: Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment p

Pitted vs Unpitted Olives — Which Are Better?

Q. Are there any differences in flavor or texture among pitted and unpitted brine-cured  olives? A. To evaluate any differences between pitted and unpitted olives, we gathered both green and black brine-cured olives from deli sections at supermarkets, as well as olives packed in plastic and glass containers. After tasting many samples, it became clear that the pitted olives suffered on two counts: they tasted saltier and their flesh was mushier. They also lacked the complex, fruity flavors of the unpitted kind. Here's why: Before being packed for sale, fresh-picked olives are soaked in brine for periods of up to a year to remove bitterness and develop flavor. Once pitted, the olives are returned to the brine for packing, which can penetrate the inside of the olive and turn it mushy and pasty, as well as increase the absorption of salt. That saltier taste can mask subtler flavors. If you have the time, it makes sense to buy unpitted olives and pit them yourself


Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and for its potential health benefits. Rosemary is a member of the  mint  family  Lamiaceae , along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender. The herb not only tastes good in culinary dishes, such as rosemary chicken and lamb, but it is also a good source of iron,  calcium , and  vitamin  B-6. It is typically prepared as a whole dried herb or a dried powdered extract, while teas and liquid extracts are made from fresh or dried leaves.  The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth. Fast facts on rosemary Rosemary is a perennial plant (it lives more than 2 years). The leaves are often used in cooking. Possible health benefits include improved conce

Preserved Lemons in an “Instant” Recipe

Okay it’s really not an instant recipe, in fact it takes about 30 minutes or if you do the oven way 3 hours--I prefer the stove top method. 1 lemon, cut into 1/4 inch/6mm thick slices 1/2 cup/125ml lemon juice 1 tablespoon/15ml/g coarse salt In a shallow sauce pan add the lemons, juice and salt. Bring to a boil until the salt dissolves. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes and the rinds become almost translucent liquid is reduced by half. Oven method 6 lemons sliced into 1/4 inch/6mm slices 6 tablespoons 75ml/g coarse salt 1 cup/250ml lemon juice Preheat an oven to 200F/100C Place lemons in a baking dish just large enough to lay the slices in one layer. Sprinkle with salt and pour over the juice (it should just cover the lemons). Place in the preheated oven for 3 hours.  Pour lemons and brine into clean airtight jars. Let cool, cover and store in the refrigerator.   personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale

Savory Beet Soup Recipe

For added creaminess and a lovely presentation, we swirled this vibrantly colored beet soup with sour cream. Even w ithout the additional decoration, the bright and vibrant color of this soup will make a dinner table show-stopper. Ingredients: 1 teaspoon/5ml olive oil 1 cup/151g chopped onion 4 cups/1 liter fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 2 cups/500ml water 1/2 teaspoon/2ml salt 1/4 teaspoon/1ml freshly ground black pepper 3 medium beets, peeled and halved 1 medium potato, peeled and halved crosswise 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon/5ml lemon juice 8 teaspoons/40ml/20g reduced-fat sour cream Preparation: Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add broth and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaf). Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until beets and potato are tender. Discard bay leaf. Place one-third broth mixture in blender or food processor; process until smooth. Place puréed mix

Orange Ice Cream Recipe

This is an easy  orange ice cream recipe that results in a creamy sweet orange taste, similar to what you may call a “Dreamsicle” or “Creamsicle” flavor. Please Note: Makes approximately one quart of ice cream. Ingredients: 2 cups/500ml (ideally freshly squeezed) orange juice 1 tablespoon/15ml orange zest 1 tablespoon/15ml lemon juice 1 teaspoon/5ml vanilla extract 1 cup/192g sugar 1 1/2/375ml cups heavy cream Instructions: Whisk the sugar in the orange juice until dissolved and then add all other ingredients. Then pour in your ice cream maker and mix until it is frozen. If you opt for freshly squeezed, expect to use around 8 oranges, though the amount will vary depending on the type of oranges you use. Enjoy making this orange ice cream recipe! personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach | 954-367-YADA (9232) fort lauderdale catering and personal chefs

Easy Pasta Recipe

This is a very basic pasta recipe.  You can use it for any shape you want.  Some of the most delicious food is “peasant “ food, and this is one of them.  Pasta made with egg is more common in the northern regions of Italy, such as Piedmonte, or Emilia Romagna. 1-2 servings  100g/3.5 oz/a little more than 3/4 cup All purpose (Strong) flour, 00 is the best 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon/2ml olive oil If making by hand.  Put flour on the counter top in a mountain shape.  Make a well in the middle. Crack an egg in a bowl and  beat it to break it up. Pour the egg in the center of the well. Pour in the oil.  Slowly with the fork start mixing the egg into the flour by pulling a little bit at a time from the inside. Once mixed (it will be crumbly) bring everything together with your hands and knead for 10 minutes or the dough is smooth and will bounce back when you poke it gently with your fingers.   If using a processor, add the flour, egg and oil.  Pulse on and off or 5-6 tim