Sunday, June 16, 2019

Nectarine Bruschetta

2 T. white wine vinegar
2 t. honey
1 sliced nectarine
1/4 c. olive oil
2 t. black pepper
Fresh ricotta cheese
Bread

Whisk together vinegar and honey to dissolve. Add nectarine slices and toss to coat; let marinate 10 minutes. Add olive oil and pepper; toss to coat. Toast bread and spread with ricotta cheese. Top with nectarines and juices.

Serves 1.

Adapted from Good Housekeeping magazine, June 2019, p. 109.

Fiery Feta

1/4 lb. feta
1/2 red chile, sliced
2 sprigs thyme
4 slices of lemon
1 t. honey
1 T. olive oil
Crusty bread

Place ingredients on a long piece of heavy-duty foil, then fold over and crimp to seal. Grill, covered, over medium heat about 5 minutes to warm through. Serve with slices of bread. 

Adapted from Good Housekeeping magazine, June 2019, p. 95.

Bistro Cheese

Butter
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c. heavy cream
2 oz. Gruyere, shredded (about 1/2 c.)
2 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 c.)
"Bacon" bits equivalent to 2 slices of bacon

Saute onions in a little butter over low heat until tender and caramelized, 20-25 min. Add cream and simmer, stirring constantly, until thick, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses and bacon bits.

Serve as a spread for veggie burgers or crackers, or alongside roasted vegetables.

Makes 8 servings (about 3/4 c.).

Adapted from Country Living magazine, July-Aug. 2019, p. 96.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Seasonal Broiled Vegetables

General method:

Preheat broiler. Line two 15x10" baking pans with foil.

In a bowl, stir together dressing ingredients. Toss vegetables with dressing and let stand 5 minutes.

Drain vegetables, reserving dressing. Arrange vegetables in prepared baking pan, leaving plenty of space between pieces.

Broil 4-5" from heat until vegetables are just tender, 10-15 minutes. Drizzle with reserved dressing. Cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving with sauce.

Winter:
Dressing: 1/3 c. red wine vinegar; 1/4 c. finely chopped shallots; 2 T. olive oil; 1 T. Dijon mustard; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1/4 t. salt; 1/2 t. black pepper
Vegetables: 8 oz. fresh button mushrooms; 2 small shallots, halved; add other vegetables as desired
Sauce: Purchased blue cheese dressing

Spring:
Dressing: 1/4 c. lemon juice; 2 T. red wine vinegar; 2 t. honey; 1 t. salt; 1/8 t. dried oregano; 1/8 t. black pepper
Vegetables: 1 cucumber, seeded, quartered lengthwise, and sliced 1" thick; 1 small red onion, cut into 1' wedges; add other vegetables as desired
Sauce: Yogurt Sauce*

Summer:
Dressing: Zest and juice of 1 lemon; 3 T. chopped fresh oregano; 2 T. olive oil; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1/2 t. salt; 1/4 t. black pepper
Vegetables: 2 medium zucchini, sliced 3/4" thick; 1 cup grape tomatoes; add other vegetables as desired
Sauce: Fresh Herb Sauce^

Fall:
Dressing: 1/3 c. apple cider vinegar; 2 T. olive oil; 2 T. snipped fresh rosemary; 1 T. Dijon mustard; 2 t. honey; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 1/4 t. salt; 1/2 t. black pepper
Vegetables: 2 medium red sweet peppers, cut into 1" pieces; 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1" pieces (microwave for 2 minutes before cooking); add other vegetables as desired
Sauce: Tomato jam or gourmet catsup

*Yogurt Sauce: Mash 1 garlic clove to make a smooth paste. Mix with 1/2 t. salt, 1-2/3 c. plain Greek yogurt, 2 T. finely chopped fresh chives, and 1 T. lemon zest. Season with black pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to use.

^Fresh Herb Sauce: In a food processor combine 2 T. lemon zest,  2 c. chopped fresh Italian parsley, 1/4 c. sliced almonds, and 1/4 c. chopped fresh oregano. Cover and pulse until very finely chopped. Add 2 T. capers and pulse until combined. Add 1/4 c. lemon juice, 2/3 c. olive oil, 1/2 t. salt, and 1/2 t. black pepper. Pulse to make a saucy paste. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze in 1/4-cup portions in airtight containers up to 1 month.   

Adapted from Fast & Fresh, p. 76.

Seasonal Grain Salads

5-1/2 c. vegetable broth
3 c. quinoa, bulgur, and/or millet
Dressing and toppings as below

In a 3-4 qt. saucepan combine vegetable broth and grains. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and cook, covered, 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Prepare dressing while grains are cooking.

When grains are ready, divide cooked grains between 6 bowls. Add desired toppings and top with dressing.

Winter:
Dressing: 1/3 c. lemon juice; 1/3 c. olive oil; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1/4 t. salt; 1/4 t. black pepper
Toppings: 4 c. torn fresh chicories, such as escarole, radicchio, and/or endive; 3 c. chopped celery; 2 c. chopped cauliflower; 1/2 c. halved pitted Kalamata olives; 1/3 c. thinly sliced dried apricots

Spring:
Dressing: 1/2 c. olive oil; 1 t. lime zest; 1/4 c. lime juice; 1/2 t. salt; 1/4 t. black pepper
Toppings: 2 carrots, cut into thin ribbons; 1 c. snap peas, halved diagonally; 1 c. sliced English cucumber; 1/2 c. thinly sliced radishes; 1/4 c. chopped fresh mint; lime wedges

Summer:
Dressing: 1/2 c. olive oil; 1 t. lemon zest; 1/4 c. lemon juice; 1 T. snipped fresh oregano; 1/2 t. salt; 1/4 t. black pepper
Toppings: 4 c. fresh baby spinach leaves; 2 c. blackberries; 1 fennel bulb, halved, trimmed, and thinly sliced; 1 bunch green onions, sliced; 1 c. halved cherry tomatoes; 1 c. coarsely chopped pistachio nuts; 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Fall:
Dressing: 1/2 c. olive oil; 1/4 c. cider vinegar; 2 T. maple syrup; 1/2 t. salt; 1/4 t. black pepper
Toppings: 4 c. fresh baby kale; 2-1/2 c. roasted cubed butternut squash; 2 c. slices roasted beets; 4 oz. crumbled blue cheese; 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

Serves 6.

Adapted from Fast & Fresh, p. 74.