Arugula, Apple and Date Salad with Pistachios

This salad is one that I make at least 3 times a week. I just love the combination of spicy Arugula, sweet Dates, crunchy Apples and salty Pistachios. A dish this easy to make, its the perfect light dinner or appetizer for any night of the week.

*Ingredients

*Amount depends how many your are serving, so with this recipe figure the amount that suites you.

Arugula (about 1 cup per person)

Dates, sliced

Apple, sliced into strips

Pistachios, chopped

Feta Cheese, optional

Vinaigrette (recipe below)

 

Homemade Vinaigrette

1/4 cup Walnut or Olive Oil

3-4 Tablespoons Sherry, Red or Balsamic Vinager

2 teaspoons Whole Grain Mustard

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with lid and shake shake shake! This recipe makes many servings, so keep it in the fridge for quick and easy dressing to any salad you make.

ENJOY!

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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.


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!

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

Broccoli and Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Salami

After eating at “Pizzeria Biancos” last night, I was absolutely CRAVING Pizza again today! I truly do not understand how I possibly could considering how much I ate. Between 6 people, 6 pizzas were completely devoured! Oh Man was it GOOD!! So today I created another delicious pizza of my own…

Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough

3/4 Cup Filtered Water (110 degrees F)

2 1/2 teaspoons Dry Active Yeast

2 Cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour

1 Tablespoon Local Honey

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

3 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil

Combine the water, yeast and honey together. After about 5 minuted the mixture will look frothy. Then add in the olive oil. In another bowl combine the flour and sea salt and whisk together. Then combine both mixtures together and mix well with a wooden spoon and your hands. Place into a bowl in a warm area and allow dough to rise. After 45 minutes, punch down and wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Topping

1/2 Cup Organic Broccoli, Sliced

3/4 Cup Goat Cheese

1/2 Cup Caramelized Onions

1/4 Cup Salami, Sliced

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Pinch of Sea Salt & Pepper

Begin to layer the Pizza Dough- Onions, Broccoli, Goat Cheese, Salami, Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper

Bake in a preheated 500 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes until the the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.

This pizza pairs gorgeously with a Pinot Noir, Candlelight, Frank Sinatra and The Love of Your Life

Messy Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Macadamia Nut Glaze

Your hands will surely be messy after indulging in these delicious Sweet Potato Fries, combined with this Honey Macadamia Nut Glaze, your ‘Sweet, Salty and Crunchy’ cravings will be ultimately satisfied.

Ingredients for the Fries

2 Organic Sweet Potatoes or Yams

2 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1-1  1/2 teaspoons coarse Sea Salt

Pepper

Glaze

1/4 Cup Local Honey

1 Tablespoon Mayonaise

1 Tablespoon Macadamia Nuts, chopped

Directions

Rinse the potatoes well then pat dry with a towel. Slice them into thin ‘French Fry’ slices. Toss them with the olive oil, sea salt and a pinch a fresh ground pepper. Place them on a baking sheet and bake them in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes, flipping them every 10 minutes. (Watch them carefully, sweet potatoes contain a lot of sugar and can burn easily.)

For the Glaze, combine the honey, mayonnaise and chopped macadamia buts and whisk together until the glaze has been emulsified.

Top the hot sweet potato fries with the gorgeous glaze and a pinch more of sea salt and pepper.

Enjoy these gorgeous fries to accompany any Burger or just by themselves as a delicious snack

Olive Oil and Pink Salt Chilled Cream


If you love the fruity flavor of Olive Oil and you crave the ‘Sweet and Salty’ tastes, you will adore this recipe. I choose to serve this Chilled Cream as a last course with a beautiful Port dessert wine.

Olive Oil and Pink Salt Cream

2 Cups Organic Half and Half

1/2 Cup Organic Sugar

1/4 Cup Organic fruity Olive Oil

2 Organic Egg Yolks

1/2-1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

Directions

Combine the sugar, salt and egg yolks. Then whisk them together for about 4 minutes until the mixture is well incorporated. Slowly add in the olive oil and half and half and stir until the mixture its glossy and creamy looking.

You may simply put it in the freezer in a sealed container or put it in an ice cream maker. When it is at the consistency you like, Bon Appetit!