Organic Dog Biscuits “Mambo Italiano”

So my darling husband was at Barns n Noble the other day and can home with a prize for me.. not necessarily for me, but for our French Bulldog. It the “Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.” Its an all organic doggie treat cookbook! It came with 3 cookie cutters and for this “Mambo Italiano,” I chose to use the dog bone shape. Doggies deserve yummy organic treats too 😉

Organic Ingredients

3/4 Cup Oat Flour

3/4 Cup Brown Rice Flour

3oz Tomato Paste

1/4 Cup Fresh Mozzarella, Finely Chopped

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 teaspoon Rosemary

1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil

1 Egg

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

COmbine all ingredients and mix throughly until a dough forms. *If the dough is to dry add 1 Tablespoon of water.* Roll the dough out a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be close together as they don’t spread while cooking).

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

“Bone” Appétit!

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Mozzarella with Olive Oil, Fleur De Sel and Fried Basil

What is more comforting than eating a ball of cheese? Olive oil, Fleur De Sel and fried Basil leaves is the perfect accompaniment for this lovely dairy product. Serve as a simple lunch or an elegant appetizer. Easy and delicious as can be! The inspirtaion behind this amazing little dish comes from my favorite local restaurant, Cafe Bink. Although, they make a homemade “pulled to order Mozzarella,” and let me tell you, I have never tasted cheese this good, ever! It is creamy, milky, rich and decedent. Then they make it even better by serving it with thin, crispy crostini, red onion marmalade, pesto and confit compari tomatoes. Until I get the courage to make my own cheese, I satisfy my yearning for this gorgeous dish with a good mozerella from the market and a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients

Mozzarella cheese, a few ounces

Sprinkle of Olive Oil

Fleur De Del or any flaked sea salt

Basil Leaves, fried crispy in a little olive oil

Directions

Asemble all ingredients on a beautiful plate or serving plater of your choice.


Fresh Guacamole with Cayenne Pepper and Fumée De Sel

This gorgeous Guacamole pairs so perfectly with Fumée De Sel. Which is a Chardonnay and Oak Smoked Organic Fleur De Sel. Being a simple dip to put together, it is perfect for Entertaining or snacking.

Ingredients

2-3 Avocados

1 teaspoon Cilantro, chopped

1/2 teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice and Zest

1/2 teaspoon Garlic, pressed

1/2 teaspoon Fumée De Sel

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and press with a potato masher.

Serve with veggie or blue corn tortilla chips.

Simple and delicious!

Fried Sweet Potato Crisps with Rosemary and Sea Salt

All I want right is fried food! Naughty fried goodness… So what better than gorgeous sweet potatoes and rosemary?

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Grapeseed Oil or Olive Oil

1 Large Sweet Potato, Sliced into thin strips

1-2 Springs of Rosemary

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

Pepper to taste

Directions

Pour the oil  and rosemary into a pot and put on med heat. Leave the rosemary into the pot for a few minutes while the oil is heating to flavor the oil. Then remove the rosemary with tongs and set aside. Then, begin to test the oil with 1 piece of the sweet potato to see if the temperature is proper to fry. Once you have reached temp, place a little of the sweet potatoes at a time. Fry for 2 minutes then stir the potatoes then another 2 minutes. Do not let then get to brown and do not crowd the pot. When the crisps are ready to take out, place them onto a paper towel to remove excess oil, (Or if you are like me and LOVE excess oil, place the crisps directly onto your serving plater), Sprinkle the sea salt and rosemary a top the crisps and add pepper to taste as desired.

Enjoy each crispy bite of love!

Bruschetta with Organic Grape Tomato, Garlic and Basil

Bruschetta is an appetizer whose origin dates to at least the 15th century from central Italy. The possibilities are endless when choosing your favorite topping for any Bruschetta. When I choose what would be our glorious a topped Bruschetta, I thought about the part in “Julie and Julia,” when Julie was upset and she was venting her husband while she was also  frying chunks of beautiful white bread with olive oil and chopping juicy ripe tomatoes. There after, Julie and her husband were enjoying the succulent pieces of Bruschetta she made.. A while they were enjoying this beautiful creation, Julie decided to begin her food blog! So with my Julie and Julia inspired Bruschetta here is my simple and delicious recipe.

Serving for 2 as a side dish or Appetizer

Ingredients

4 Slices of White Italian Bread, Sliced into thick slices

4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3/4 Cup Organic Grape Tomatoes, Chopped in half

2 Garlic Cloves, Minced

Handful of Basil, Chopped

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions

Heat the Olive Oil in a pan over medium-high heat, then add in the minced garlic, then place the sliced bread into the pan and fry until the bread in browned and crisp. Set aside. In the same pan add the chopped tomatoes, basil, sea salt and pepper. Allow the tomatoes to wilt and soften stir occasionally. Once wilted set aside to cool a little bit. Once ready to serve. Place an even amount on each piece of bread and top with a sprinkle of basil.

Open a bottle of wine and Bon Appetit!

Lemon Thyme Chicken

This Lemon Thyme Chicken is perfect for a simple and elegant meal. With only a few ingredients and some time in the oven, your meal will be ready in no time!

Ingredients

2 Organic Chicken Breasts (I used the wings as well)

1 whole lemon cut into thick slices

4-6 Springs of fresh Thyme

2 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Simply place the chicken into a baking dish and coat with the olive oil, thyme, lemon slices and season well with sea salt and pepper. Place the baking dish into the oven for 35-45 minutes until the chicken is baked through. *No need to cover the chicken with foil, it hold enough moisture from the lemon and olive oil.

This dish pairs beautifully with Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Chestnuts and Thyme or Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets Goat Cheese and Pistachio

Baked French Fries with Sea Salt Pepper and Parsley

French Fries.. Who doesn’t love the crispy, salty goodness? With these baked French Fries, you will satisfy your craving in no time.

Ingredients

2 Organic Russet Potatoes, Sliced into ‘Fries’

2 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil

1 teaspoon coarse Sea Salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground Pepper

1 teaspoon fresh chopped Parsley

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. On your baking sheet, place the potatoes and drizzle on the olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping and stirring around the fries every 8 minutes or so to be sure they come out perfect! When they are browned and crisp to your liking sprinkle the fresh parsley on the top and serve!

Pairs as a perfect side dish for a burger, steak or a sandwich

Date and Goat Cheese Tarts with Oyster Mushrooms and Pistachios

There is something about the combination of Dates and Goat Cheese that I just adore. The sweet with the tang and creaminess, it just works together.

This gorgeous recipe combines these flavors along with crunchy Pistachios and earthy Oyster Mushrooms all laying upon buttery Puff Pastry.

Ingredients:

1 Sheet of Puff Pastry

1 Organic Egg

1/2-3/4 Cup Organic or Local Goat Cheese

1/3 Cup Oyster Mushrooms, wiped clean with a dish towel, then chopped

6-8 Dates, Chopped into pieces

Handful of Pistachios

Sea Salt and Pepper

Chives

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degress

Cut a pre rolled 9 x 9 sheet of Puff Pastry in to 6 pieces. Brush with egg wash and lay the pieces on a parchment paper covered baking sheet.

Chop the chives and sprinkle on the puff pastry. Then combine the Goat Cheese, Mushrooms, Egg, Salt and Pepper and put a few tablespoons of the mixture onto each of the pieces of pastry. Then a layer of chopped pistachios, dates and pistachios again.

Bake for 15-16 minutes until the edges of the pastry is puffed and golden brown.

Serve warm with a beautiful salad and a glass of wine

Chicken and Kale Pasta in an Herb Cream Sauce

Pasta… One of the most satisfying dishes ever! It is hearty, fulfilling and so versatile. With this delicious combination of ingredients I have chosen I know you will adore this dish as much as we did.

Ingredients:

2 Large Organic Chicken Breasts, cut into cubes

2 Large stems of Organic Kale, rinsed well and chopped

1/2 packet of your favorite Pasta (I chose Organic Spaghetti because I love to twirl it on my fork.)

1/2 C Organic Cream

2 T Olive Oil

Bunch of Oregano and Chives

Some Parsley and chive stems for garnish

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Bring a large amount of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente. (Reserve some of the pasta water.)

In a medium to large pan heat your olive oil and cook your kale till it is soft and wilted. Then remove the kale and set aside.

Salt and pepper both sides of the cubed chicken then place your chicken to the pan you used to cook the kale, you may need to add a bit more olive oil if there in none left over from the kale.

Allow the chicken to brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Then add the cream and herbs to the chicken and simmer the mixture for about 8 minutes.

Taste test to see if you need to add more salt and/or pepper.

When you are ready to serve add a little of the reserved pasta water to the cream mixture to thin it out a bit. Then add your kale and mix it together.

For plating, place some pasta on your plate then spoon the chicken mixture on top and garnish with parsley and chive stems.

Simple and delicious.

Bon Appetite!

Trio Basil Pesto

Although, we live in a little condo we still have managed to make an almost complete garden on our 2’8″x 9’1″ porch… Our “Garden” consists of: Lavender, Grape Vines, Thyme, Camomile, Parsley, Chives, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Fig and Avocado Tree, Oregano, Red Bell Peppers, Rosemary and finally 3 different types of Basil (Cinnamon, Lemon and Sweet).

So, I decided to use all 3 types of Basil in this pesto and it turned out so flavorful and delicious!

Ingredients:

1/2 C of each Basil (Cinnamon, Sweet and Lemon)

1/4 C Pine Nuts, toasted

1/3 C Garlic infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/3 C Parmesan Cheese, grated

1 t Pink Himalayan Salt

1/2 t Fresh ground Black Pepper

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor except for the olive oil, as you begin to blend slowly add in the olive oil. Blend to your desired consistency. If you want the pesto smoother add a little more oil.

This pesto is lovely on Crostinis, Pasta or Pizza!