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.


Advertisements

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!

Organic Fruit and Berry Tart

This beautiful fruit tart is a perfect summer time dessert.  The rich Lemon Curd and beautiful berries makes this tart absolutely perfect.

Ingredients

Fresh Lemon Curd

Tart

4 Tablespoons Butter

1/4 Cup Raw Sugar

1 Organic Egg

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

pinch of Sea Salt

1/4 Cup Berries of choice

Dark Chocolate

Directions

In a medium bowl combine together the flour, sea salt, sugar then whisk. Add in the butter 1 Tablespoon at a time and work it with your hands, then add in the egg and mix well. If the mixture is too dry and is not coming together add in 1 Tablespoon of water. Form the dough ball then wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 min.

When ready to bake the pastry crust, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whether using 4 mini tart pans or one large one, press the dough to the bottom of the pan to form your tart. Place the tart pans on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. If you choose to add the Dark Chocolate, pull the tarts out of the oven the last 2 minutes and place some chocolate on each tart and allow it melt in the oven for the remaining time needed to bake.

When the tarts are cooled you are ready to assemble the lemon curd then your beautiful berries. Chill in the refrigerator.

I LOVE these tarts!!

Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets Goat Cheese and Pistachios


Arugula is such a fun leafy vegetable.. Its Beautiful and Peppery, therefore it complements many differnt flavor combinations. This salad is so easy to prepare and perfect for a gathering or a lovely first course to any dinner.

Ingredients

2-6 Cups (Depending how many you are serving) Organic Arugula

8 oz Goat Cheese

1-2 pounds Gold or Red Organic Beets

1/4 Cup Pistachios

Sherry Dressing

2 teaspoons Grain Mustard

1-2 teaspoons Sherry Vinagar

1/3 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper, Fresh Ground

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and rinse the Beets then place on a baking sheet with a drizzle of Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes until tender. Set aside.

To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients and whisk until the dressing is completely emulsified.

Into a salad bowl, add in the Arugula and a few tablespoons of the dressing and stir until the Arugula is coated well. Then add about 1 cup of the salad to your serving plates and top off with the Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese and Pistachios. You may add more Dressing if you wish.

Simply Beautiful!

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

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