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BREAKFAST STRATA WITH MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GOAT CHEESE & THYME

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INGREDIENTS

Carmencitta MAgazine - STRATA WITH MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GOAT CHEESE & THYME2

  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or french bread
  • 4-5 slices bacon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion – very thinly sliced into rings
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound mushrooms sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk (or half and half)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4-6 ounces goat cheese
  • thyme sprigs for garnish.
  • 1½ cups grated gruyere, jack, mozzerella cheese
INSTRUCTIONS

Carmencitta MAgazine - STRATA WITH MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GOAT CHEESE & THYME3

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut bread in to ¾ inch cubes, lay on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. If adding bacon, spread out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crisp. (Blot, then cut into small pieces)
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add thinly sliced onions. Saute, mixing often for 2-3 minutes, then turn heat down to medium low, continuing to cook until golden and tender; about 10 minutes. In another large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add fresh thyme and a generous 3 finger pinch of salt and pepper. Add the caramelized onions to the mushrooms and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  6. In a large bowl, add the toasted cubed bread. To this, add the mushroom-onion-thyme mixture and bacon crumbles if using. Add the grated cheese and ⅔ of the crumbled goat cheese (saving the rest for the top), and gently mix.
  7. Pour in the eggs and give a gentle stir. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir again and pour into a well greased 4 quart baking dish. (At this point you could refrigerate overnight).
  9. Cover with foil and place the 400 F oven and bake 35 minutes, Uncover, lower heat to 375 F and continue baking 20-30 more minutes until puffed and golden. During the last 10 minutes of baking, scatter the remaining goat cheese over the top and let it melt.
  10. Garnish with a few thyme sprigs.

Sweet tart blueberries

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INGREDIENTS
  • Carmencitta Magazine - Sweet tart blueberries 21½ Cups Black Barley – or grain of your choice
  • 2 Cups blueberries
  • 1 Fennel bulb, shaved thinly
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 Orange, peeled and segmented, or sliced
  • ¼ Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • ¼ C walnuts
  • Citrus Bee Pollen Dressing
  • ½ C fresh orange juice
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • ⅛ Cup finely chopped red onion or shallot
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen ( optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place black barley in a medium pot with 4 Cups water. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low, cover and simmer one hour, until cooked al-dente. Drain and chill.
  2. Prep all the veggies, taking care to thinly slice the fennel bulb and red onion.
  3. ( I often use a sharp vegetable peeler or mandolin.)
  4. Carmencitta Magazine - Sweet tart blueberries 3Divide Black Barley among 4 bowls.
  5. Divide the rest of the ingredients- blueberries, fennel bulb, red onion, watercress, avocado, orange slices and walnuts – among the bowls.
  6. Make the dressing -stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  7. Divide the dressing among the bowls, drizzling over all the ingredients.
  8. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Pulled Pork

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds (1,125 g) pork roast, diced into 6 pieces
1/2 white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife and peeled
1/4 cup (60 mL) soy sauce
1/4 cup (45 g) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30 mL) honey
1 tablespoon (11 g) sesame seeds
1 tablespoon (15 g) corn starch
3 Thai chili peppers, sliced

Carmencitta Magazine - Honey Sesam Pulled Pork 2Method:

In a crock pot, add the pork roast, onion, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey and sesame seeds; stir until the pork is coated with the other ingredients. Cook on high for 4 hours.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred using two forks.

In a pot, add the reserved juices from the crock pot and whisk in the corn starch. Cook on medium-high heat until the sauce thickens. Stir in the chili peppers and shredded pork.

Serve the pork over steamed white rice.

SPANISH SEAFOOD STEW WITH SAFFRON RICE

Carmencitta Magazine - SPANISH SEAFOOD STEW WITH SAFFRON RICE 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups rinsed basmati rice
  • 3 cups water or stock
  • generous pinch saffron (optional)
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1 pound mix of white fish (cod, halibut, sea bass, haddock), scallops, shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 garlic clove – minced or grated
  • 6 ounces ground chorizo, removed form casing and crumbled (or use Spanish Style “Cured Chorizo- or soy chorizo- see note)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 extra large onion – diced
  • 2 celery stocks – chopped
  • 2 carrots – diced
  • 1 red bell pepper – diced
  • 4 garlic cloves – rough chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ Cups stock- chicken, fish or veggie
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can drained garbanzo’s (or 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • fresh Italian parsley

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Set rice and water to boil in a medium pot. Add a pinch of saffron and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Place seafood in a bowl and toss with oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic and lemon zest. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F
  4. In a large skillet, brown the chorizo (or soy chorizo), breaking in to small crumbles. Once broken down and cooked through about 10 minutes, using a slotted spoon, remove from pan, and set aside. Drain oil, wipe out pan.
  5. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots, bell pepper and celery. Stirring, cook for 2-3 minutes before turning heat down to medium. Cook 8-9 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic. Saute 2-3 more minutes. Veggies should be tender.
  6. Make a well in the middle of the veggies and add the tomato paste directly to the middle of the skillet. Stir and brown the tomato paste, for about 2 minutes in the center of the skillet. (This will add depth)
  7. Add wine, stock, smoked paprika, bay leaves.
  8. Bring to a simmer and continue simmering for 5 -7 minutes until liquid is reduced by half.
  9. Add beans and browned chorizo.
  10. Season generously with salt and pepper, then taste.
  11. Nestle the fish and seafood in the stew, pouring any leftover marinade right over the stew. Bring stew to a boil on the stove, top, then immediately place in a 400 F oven for 10-12 minutes. Check for denseness.
  12. Broil seafood for 2-3 minutes, to add color, being careful not to burn the whole thing.
  13. Scatter with fresh parsley.
  14. Serve with the saffron rice.
  15. Note: if using Spanish style “cured chorizo” skip the browning, it is already cooked. Just slice it thinly and place in the stew with the beans, and you may need less of this, because it is more intensely flavored. You will most likely need less salt too, so be sure to taste before adding salt.

LIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUP

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INGREDIENTS

  • Carmencitta MAgazine LIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUPLIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUP 24 cups beef, chicken or veggie broth
  • 4-5 thin slices of ginger (OK to leave peel on)
  • 1-2 rough chopped garlic cloves (optional)
  • 4-5 Scallions, sliced, divided into white parts and green parts (or sub very thinly sliced onion)
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 12- 14 mini wontons (or to your preference)
  • 2 cups greens – optional ( chopped kale, bok choy, arugula, mizuna)
  • Splash of soy sauce
  • Splash of fish sauce
  • generous pinch of sugar
  • Garnishes: bean sprouts, lime wedges, jalapeno slices, fresh basil or cilantro, chopped greens, sriracha, hoisin sauce, sesame oil.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Carmencitta MAgazine LIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUPLIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUP 3Place stock, ginger, garlic, scallions (white parts only), 5 Spices, and pepper into a medium pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add frozen wontons and return to a boil.
  3. Simmer 5 minutes or according to directions on the package (perhaps longer for bigger ones).
  4. Add greens (optional)
  5. When wontons float, they should be done.
  6. Add the green scallions, soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar.
  7. Taste for salt. Adjust. The broth should taste flavorful and have depth, so adjust with soy sauce,fish sauce or salt, as necessary.
  8. Ladle into two large bowls and top with fresh bean spouts, a handful of herbs, thinly sliced jalapeño peppers. Stir in sriracha sauce and hoisin to taste.

Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons

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Carmencitta Magazine - Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons 2Ingredients:

5 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly pounded
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
4 pieces bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Method:

Carmencitta Magazine - Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons 3Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a small saucepan combine the garlic, parsley, salt, and the oil and simmer the mixture for 3 minutes. Discard the garlic. In a bowl toss the bread cubes with the oil mixture, spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in the middle of oven for 8 minutes. Sprinkle the croutons with the Parmesan and bake them for 5 minutes more, or until they are golden. Sprinkle the croutons with the additional salt and let them cool. The croutons keep in an airtight container for 1 week. Serve the croutons as a topping for tossed green salad.

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TRUFFLE TART ( VEGAN & GF)

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INGREDIENTS
  • Hazelnut Crust
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1¼ cups quick oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil- melted ( or butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, rice syrup or honey
  • Filling
  • 3.5 ounces chocolate ( 65% cocoa or less)
  • ¼ c water
  • ½ block silken tofu ( firm or extra firm)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons kahlua ( optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Garnish with ….shaved chocolate, toasted hazelnuts

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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a food processor, place hazelnuts, oats, and salt. Process until it’s sand-like in consistency. It doesn’t have to be super fine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and maple syrup, and pulse several times until it is incorporated.
  4. Using fingers, press mixture into a 4” x 13.5” tart pan or 7-8 inch round( with removable bottom) taking your time to press into every nook and cranny. It should be ⅓ inch thick.
  5. make sure to clean up edges, with uniform thickness. Pierce the bottom with a fork, and place in the middle of the oven 15 minutes. Check after ten minutes and if edges seem like they are getting too dark, lightly cover them with foil. You do want this to get very golden, to ensure the crust is crispy, so keep in the oven the entire time, just lightly cover if necessary.
  6. While the tart shell is baking, make the filling.
  7. In a small heavy bottom pot ( or double boiler, or microwave) heat the chocolate and water over medium heat and whisk until very smooth.
  8. Rinse out the food processor and puree the silken tofu with the maple, vanilla and kahlua until very smooth, scraping down the sides. Process until smooth and creamy.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Remove tart shell from the oven, let cool 15 minutes, fill with chocolate mixture, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  11. Top with hazelnuts, and using a vegetable peeler, shave dark chocolate over top.
  12. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  13. Crust will surprisingly remain crisp.
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Carmencitta-CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TRUFFLE TART ( VEGAN & GF)

CHIPOTLE FISH TACOS WITH PEACH SALSA

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 to 1½ pounds grill-able fish, at least an inch thick  (halibut, Alaskan cod, sea bass, black cod, black rock fish, Mahi Mahi)
  • 8-12 x 6 inch tortillas ( corn-flour mix) Grilled
  • lime for garnish
  • Chipotle Marinade Ingredients:
  • 2-3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 -3 whole chipotles
  • 1 T adobo sauce ( from the can of chipotles)
  • 4 T olive oil
  • zest from one lime
  • 1 T lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt ( more to taste)
  • cracked black peCarmencitta MAgazine - CHIPOTLE FISH TACOS WITH PEACH SALSA 1pper
  • Cilantro Peach Salsa
  • Ingredients:
  • 2½ C diced -just ripe peaches ( about 3-4 peaches)
  • ¼ C finely diced red onion
  • 1- 2 tsp minced habanero ( or use jalapeño for less spicy)
  • ½ C chopped cilantro ( tender stems ok)
  • ⅛ C fresh lime juice, or more to taste
  • ⅛ tsp kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a food processor, blend all the marinade ingredients into a fine paste. Rub fish generously with marinade and let marinate at least one hour or over night in the fridge. ( You could also freeze fish in the marinade in a ziplock bag and save for later or take it camping with you).Carmencitta MAgazine - CHIPOTLE FISH TACOS WITH PEACH SALSA 2
  2. While fish is marinating make the Cilantro Peach Salsa. Very gently, rub the peaches with a towel to remove fuzz, keeping the skin intact. Dice and place in medium bowl. Half and seed the habanero, and mince as small as possible. Sprinkle only 1 teaspoon of habanero, over the peaches ( about ⅓ of the habanero). You can always add more, so start conservatively. Add the rest of the ingredients, and gently fold them together. Obviously you want to spread the habanero evenly through the salsa, but at the same time, try not to over mix.
  3. Grill the fish over high heat to get a nice sear on both sides. Make sure grate is clean and oiled and use a metal spatula. After a few minute on each side, move to a cooler spot, or turn heat down to medium, cover grill and finish cooking until its cooked to your desired done-ness. You could also finish in the oven. Give a good squeeze of lime, and salt for taste, adding if necessary.
  4. Give the tortillas a quick sear on the grill.
  5. Either assemble the tacos by placing the fish in the tortillas and topping with peach salsa. Skewer to keep closed. Or serve family style on a platter with stacked tortillas wrapped up in a towel, extra lime and cilantro. You could also serve sliced avocado and/or crumbled queso fresco cheese and your favorite hot sauce. I like Tapatio.

Scallion Oil Noodles

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3 tablespoons oil
2 stalks scallion, cut into small rounds
8 oz fresh noodles
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce or to taste

Method:

Carmencitta-Magazine-Scallion-Oil-Noodles-2Heat up a wok with the cooking oil until it begins to smoke. Add the scallion and stir continuously with the spatula until the scallion is aromatic and becomes moderately burned. (This process will release the full fragrance of the scallion and infuses the scallion oil with the intense aroma.) Set aside the scallion oil.

Heat up a pot of water until it boils. Cook the fresh noodles al dente. The noodles should be cooked through but still somewhat firm and springy. Drain the noodles and transfer into a serving bowl.

Add the scallion oil, oyster sauce, and soy sauce into the noodles. Using a pair of chopsticks, toss the noodles to blend well with the scallion oil and seasoning sauces. Serve immediately.

ROSEMARY GARLIC BEEF ROAST WITH WILD MUSHROOMS

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds Rib Eye roast ( or beef tenderloin, or Tri- tip loin- see notes)
  • ¼ cup Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ cup Garlic, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups of a variety of Mushrooms, sliced to about the same size
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup of chicken or beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Tie the meat up with twine if needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F
  3. Season meat generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat up a skillet with cooking oil and sear all side of the meat.
  5. Mix together rosemary and garlic.
  6. Coat the meat with herb-garlic mixture.
  7. Roast in the preheated oven until medium-rare, about 20 minutes. (You could place on a bed of sliced onions)
  8. Saute the mushrooms with butter until cooked through and then season with salt and pepper.
  9. Remove meat from the skillet it was cooked in and bring the pan to the stove top. Add stock to the pan and de-glaze the pan, being sure to scrape the bits on the bottom. Allow to simmer until thick.
  10. Add the mushrooms to the sauce and serve the roast sliced with accompanying mushroom sauce. Garnish serving platter with fresh rosemary if desired.
NOTES
The success of this recipe is really dependent on the quality of beef. Look for “prime” cuts or local, natural, grass fed options. “Choice” cuts are OK, but “select” cuts will just not taste as good.

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