Category: Gluten-Free

Cream of Tomato Soup

cream of tomato soup

I’ve been thinking about Cream of Tomato Soup a lot lately. I haven’t had it in years and the last time was most likely Campbell’s. The occasion for making it came up with a party I was having for my daughter Margot.

cream of tomato soup

She recently became a designer for Keep Collective, a jewelry company. We invited family and friends local to me (she lives in Philadelphia) for a Saturday afternoon, including a light lunch. We had about a dozen acceptances. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to make a lovely ladies’ lunch.

Hors d’oeuvres

Scallion and Parsley Humus
Crudité
Pita Chips

cream of tomato soup

Lunch

Cream of Tomato Soup
Grilled Cheddar Cheese on Rye
Turkey Club Sandwiches

cream of tomato soup

Dessert

Triple Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate Almond Coconut Biscotti
Banana Bread Biscotti
Passion Fruit Chocolate Biscotti

cream of tomato soup

The soup and sandwiches were a big hit. It was a chilly day and everyone was oohing and awing about comfort food. I kept the soup in the crockpot on low to easily fill and refill mugs. No utensils – all finger foods!

We had a great afternoon and everyone stayed a long time. I think they departed around 7pm – always a sign of a good party when guests stay longer than expected!

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Cream of Tomato Soup

cream of tomato soup

Cream of Tomato soup was one of my favorite soups growing up. This recipe packs lots of natural tomato sweetness and goes perfectly with grilled cheese sandwiches!

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts
  • Category: Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, sliced
1 large celery stalk, sliced
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1 cup dry white wine
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (14.5) ounces fire-roasted tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
6 cups vegetable stock or water
1 bouquet garni (3 parsley sprigs, 20 thyme sprigs, 2 bay leaves, 6 pepper corns securely wrapped in cheesecloth)
1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Melt the butter in a 7-quart Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat.

Once the butter foams, stir in the onion, celery, carrot, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Lower the heat if the onions are browning.

Stir in the garlic and cayenne and cook for 30 seconds.

Add the wine and bring to a boil, reduce to ¼ cup.

Stir in the crushed tomatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, stock or water and bouquet garni.

Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes.

Remove and discard bouquet garni,

Cool off heat for 15 minutes.

Pour the soup in batches into a blender or food processor, filling the container halfway or less. Cover, remove the top insert to allow for steam to escape, but cover that hole with a folded over towel.

Place into a clean container and continue pureeing until all the soup is smooth. Stir in the heavy cream.

Reheat and serve.

Freezes well.

Notes

See our video on how to safely puree hot foods.

Seafood en Papillote

Cooking en papillote is fun to make and intense flavors are easy to create because of the cooking method. I chose to use a mixture of cod, shrimp, and scallops for this Seafood en Papillote recipe.

En papillote simply means cooking “in parchment” in French. The Italians call it al cartoccio. Essentially, these are little packets of tender proteins with thinly sliced aromatics, herbs, spices and/or vegetables with a drizzle of acid, such as citrus or wine, a dollop of butter, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and tightly wrapped. The cooking method is a combination of baking and steaming. The enclosed package keeps the steam in, cooks quickly, infuses flavor, and keeps food moist.

The most important thing is to create a tight seal, so the bag puffs up. Using parchment paper can be a little tricky and aluminum foil is virtually fool-proof. The parchment paper, however, makes a more glamorous presentation – slightly charred paper that pierces easily releasing the aromas under the nose of the diner.

Folding the Parchment Packets

4 half-sheet parchment sheets (16 ½” x 12 ¼”)
Scissors
Large baking tray

Fold the parchment in half and trim to a 15″ x 12″ rectangle. Draw a half heart shape on each and cut with scissors.

en papillote

Open and lay the ingredients in the center, fold the paper over and crimp.

Crimping the Packet

en papillote

Start at the top of the packet and fold ½-inch over and crease well. Continue making ½-inch folds with a firm crease until you reach the bottom point. Crimp and tuck final pleat under the packet.

en papillote

The key to success is a tightly sealed packet to contain the steam.

Aluminum Foil Packets

Use either regular or heavy-duty foil that’s 20 inches wide. Pull 4 sheets that are 20 inches long.

Fold in half, open and place the food in the center of one side.

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Fold over and square off the side by folding the edge. Turn and fold each end, pressing hard to seal tightly.

en papillote

The advantages of foil is the ease of creating a secure seal and if you open the packet and the food isn’t cooked through, it reseals easily.

Watch the Seafood en Papillote video here.
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Seafood en Papillote

Cooking en papillote is fun to make and intense flavors are easy to create because of the cooking method. This Seafood en Papillote recipe uses halibut fillet, sea scallops, shrimp, and cherrystone clams.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Baking/Steaming

Ingredients

¼ cup white wine
¼ cup clam juice or fish stock
¼ cup minced shallots (2 small shallots)
1 tablespoon minced cloves garlic (3 medium cloves)
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper flakes
8  thin slices of fresh lemon
4  three- to four-ounce skinned white fish fillets, such as halibut or cod
8 cherrystone clams, thoroughly washed
8 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 sea scallops, cleaned
8 fresh thyme sprigs
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into four pieces

Instructions

Parchment paper or foil wrappers.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine the wine, clam juice or fish stock, shallots, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes in a covered container.

Place 2 slices of lemon centered near the midsection of each wrapper.

Set one fish filet on each of the lemons, set 2 clams, 2 shrimp, and 2 scallops, and 2 cherry tomatoes around the fish. Top with 2 thyme sprigs.

Shake the wine sauce to combine and pour a quarter over each fish and top with a one piece of the butter.

Crimp each packet and cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Serve in the package and let each dinner open. The aromatic steam is part of the experience.

Notes

Folding the Parchment Packets

4 half-sheet parchment sheets (16 ½” x 12 ¼”)
Scissors
Large baking tray

Fold the parchment in half and trim to a 15″ x 12″ rectangle. Draw a half heart shape on each and cut with scissors.

Open and lay the ingredients in the center, fold the paper over and crimp.

Crimping the Packet

Start at the top of the packet and fold ½-inch over and crease well. Continue making ½-inch folds with a firm crease until you reach the bottom point. Crimp and tuck final pleat under the packet.

The key to success is a tightly sealed packet to contain the steam.

Aluminum Foil Packets

Use either regular or heavy-duty foil that’s 20 inches wide. Pull 4 sheets that are 20 inches long.

Fold in half, open and place the food in the center of one side. Fold over and square off the side by folding the edge. Turn and fold each end, pressing hard to seal tightly.

The advantages of foil is the ease of creating a secure seal and if you open the packet and the food isn’t cooked through, it reseals easily.

Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Easter means an abundance of hard-boiled eggs. What do you do with them when the holiday is over? How about deviled eggs. Here’s a delicious recipe for Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Deviled Eggs, sure to please everyone.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs aren’t just for parties, they make a great breakfast, especially these, similar to an omelette or a typical bacon and egg dish. Prepare the eggs in advance and pack a few for your coffee break at the office or in the kids’ lunches.

Another use for deviled eggs is to chop up the egg whites and fold into the deviled egg mix for a delicious egg salad. Add another tablespoon or two of mayonnaise or yogurt to loosen up.

Deviled Eggs

Don’t have a lot of time? Purchase pre-cooked and shelled hard-boiled eggs and this recipe comes together in minutes.

Watch the Cheddar Bacon Deviled Egg video here.
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Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Deviled Eggs

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Eggs

Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small shallot minced
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
6 hard-cooked eggs, shelled and sliced in half lengthwise, yolks and whites separated
3 strips cooked bacon, divided
¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise
Generous dashes of hot sauce, such as Frank’s or Tabasco

Garnish
Bacon bits

Instructions

Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.

Stir in shallots and salt; sweat for 4 minutes or until the shallots are soft.

Place the yolks, 2 bacon strips, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and hot sauce in the base of a food processor. Purée, scraping sides as needed. Add the cooked shallots and purée again.

Fill the cavity of each egg white with the egg yolk purée by using a spoon or a piping bag.

Garnish each egg with the bacon bits.

Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Best served at room temperature.

Notes

The bacon is used in two different steps; two strips are used in the recipe and one for a garnish.

Cooking Sunny-Side Up Eggs

sunny-side up eggs

I love a sunny-side up egg. The problem is that not many people cook them right. I want a sunshine yellow runny egg yolk, but I don’t want uncooked egg white on the top. Here’s my secret to cooking sunny-side up eggs!

My secret is to use an ice cube! It keeps the yolk high and prominent, perfectly runny and the egg whites cooked through.

Put a generous dollop of butter in a skillet over medium heat to melt. Once the butter foams, crack your egg(s) into the hot skillet and lower the heat a tad.

sunny-side up eggs

Pop an ice cube into the skillet.

sunny-side up eggs

Cover with a convex cover – like the one below.

sunny-side up eggs

The cover is going to jiggle and the butter sputter a little from the steam of the melting ice cube.

Remove the cover and you have a beautiful sunny-side-up egg!

sunny-side up eggs

Watch the How to Cook a Sunny-Side Up Egg video here.
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Cooking Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Use our fool-proof method to cook the perfect sunny-side up egg – an ice cube!

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Category: Eggs
  • Method: Frying

Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 large eggs
kosher salt
black pepper

Instructions

Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.

Once the butter foams, drop 2 eggs into the skillet and add 1 ice cube.

Use a convex lid to cover the pan and cook for 60 – 90 seconds.

Slide the eggs onto a warm plate.

 

Colcannon

colcannon

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we’re making Colcannon, an Irish potato side dish made with mashed potatoes and cabbage. It’s buttery and tasty!

Ironically, the corned beef and cabbage so ubiquitous in the States is not the traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Lamb is enjoyed on this day in Ireland and we have the perfect recipe for you that is delicious with this colcannon recipe: Garlic Rosemary Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb.

Erin go bragh!

colcannon

Place the potatoes, salt and enough cold water to cover by 2 inches in a large covered saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and tilt the lid to allow some steam to escape and to prevent the potatoes from boiling over. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes – timing varies depending on the size of the potatoes. Drain.

colcannon

While the potatoes cook, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter foams, add the cabbage, scallions, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the cabbage expels water and softens, about 3 minutes.

colcannon

Mash the potatoes with the warm milk until smooth. Stir in the cabbage and scallions to combine.

Garnish with a couple of twists of the peppermill and the reserved scallion greens.

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Colcannon

colcannon
  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Side Dish

Ingredients

2 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 teaspoons kosher salt
¼ cup unsalted butter
3 cups finely shredded green cabbage, ¼ of a head
7 scallions thinly sliced, greens included, reserve 1 scallion with green tops for garnish
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Ground pepper (10 cranks?)
½ cup warm milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions

Garnish
Strew with the sliced scallions, a pat of butter and a couple of twists of the peppermill

Place the potatoes, salt and enough cold water to cover by 2 inches in a large covered saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and tilt the lid to allow some steam to escape and to prevent the potatoes from boiling over. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about x minutes – timing varies depending on the size of the potatoes. Drain.

While the potatoes cook, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter foams, add the cabbage, scallions, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the cabbage expels water and softens, about 3 minutes

Mash the potatoes with the warm milk until smooth. Stir in the cabbage and scallions to combine.

Garnish with a couple of twists of the peppermill and the reserved scallion greens.

Notes

Warm the milk and butter together before adding to the potatoes to keep them hot.

Cilantro Oil

infused oil

I created this Cilantro Oil to use on a Spelt Flatbread with Roasted Spiced Carrot Purée. To make an infused oil, select the type of oil you prefer, such as a mild vegetable oil, extra-virgin olive oil, nut oils, etc. Combine the oil with herbs, spices, garlic, or a any combination. This is a delicious accent for soups, stews, flatbreads, pizza, or a dipping oil for crusty breads. Use an infused oil for a creative twist on a salad dressing or vinaigrette. Drizzle over meat, chicken or fish. Lots of options!

infused oil

This cilantro oil is quick and easy to make. Place the oil, chopped cilantro, and salt in a blender or food processor and purée. Strain for a delicate drizzle of infused oil or leave the pulp in for a stronger flavor.

infused oil

Food Safety Note

Any infused oil that contains raw ingredients has a limited shelf life – 4-5 days tops, and must be refrigerated. The herbs, spices and garlic contain bacteria, commonly anaerobic bacteria, that thrive in oxygen-free environments like an infused oil. Plus a little masking tape on the jar with the date.

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Cilantro Oil

Flavored oils are a great way to enhance a dish. Drizzle over chicken, fish, vegetables or on top of soup. Use sparingly, this cilantro oil packs lots of flavor.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Puree

Ingredients

¾ cup olive oil
2 cups roughly chopped cilantro
¼ teaspoon coarse salt

Instructions

Place the oil, cilantro and salt in the base of a food processor or blender and puree thoroughly.

Refrigerate up to 4 days.

Use at room temperature.

Notes

Strain for a refined drizzle. Keep the pulp for a stronger flavor.

 

Lemon Dill Baked Salmon

sustainable fish

My mother and my girlfriend Lynn love salmon. They were talking about recipes at a recent dinner party and they both make a similar version of this Lemon Dill Baked Salmon. Not only is it quick, easy and delicious, but it’s makes a stunning presentation with few ingredients and very little work.

I have become very particular about seafood, questioning the quality and the health of farm-raised seafood, especially in locations where there are no protocols for ensuring that appropriate standards are set and used.

Whole Foods’ seafood department relies on “traceability from farm or fishery to store.” The goal is not only to know the source, but to verify that these sources are responsibly managed, whether it’s a fish farm or fishery. I rely on them for much of my seafood and the seafood is pristine and delicious.

I purchased a beautiful salmon fillet, about 1 1/4 pounds, including the skin, which I removed  (the fish monger will always remove the skin for you, just ask). This produced two thick fillets about 5 ounces each and a smaller, thinner piece, not quite 4 ounces, that I chopped up and made into a salmon burger.

High heat is the best way to cook fish. It’s quick and not much moisture is lost in the process. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Lay the fillets on a lined baking tray, brush with a little olive oil and season with kosher salt and black pepper.

sustainable fishPlace fresh dill fronds across the top.

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Cover each with 2 thin slices of lemon.

sustainable fish

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven for medium rare (warm, slightly translucent center) or 20 minutes for a more well done fillet.

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Don’t waste the lemons, give a little squeeze from each slice to brighten the salmon.

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Lemon Dill Baked Salmon

sustainable fish

A quick and easy preparation that is both eye and palate pleasing!

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld

Ingredients

4 five-ounce center-cut skinless salmon fillets
olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4-5 dill fronds per fillet
1 lemon cut into 8 thin slices

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Lay the fillets on a lined baking tray, brush with oil and season each with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Top with dill fronds and 2 lemon slices each.

Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes for medium-rare or 20 minutes for medium-well.

Squeeze the lemons over the fish.

Notes

Be sure to get center-cut fillets, these are the thickest. Tuck the skinny end under (after seasoning) for even cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs with and without dairy

I googled for recipes of scrambled eggs with dairy and without. It was interesting to see how each method has die-hard fans. Does it make a difference if you use dairy nor not?

The water content of the egg white evaporates during cooking. Adding milk, especially whole or 2-percent milk, has added fat and water to keep the eggs moist.

Scrambled Eggs with and without dairy

Lack of dairy produces a scrambled egg that is a little drier and less fluffy, but with more of an eggy taste.

The difference is negligible, though. You decide what’s right for you.

See our post for an in-depth explanation on how to cook protein, which explains why we recommend cooking low and slow.

Scrambled Eggs with and without dairy

Beat the eggs well and season with salt and pepper before cooking for optimum flavor. A non-stick skillet requires less fat than a regular skilled. I prefer butter for the sweet taste it imparts, but you can easily substitute coconut oil or vegetable oil.

Watch the Scrambled Eggs without Dairy video here.

Adding a little milk or cream to your scrambled eggs makes lighter fluffier eggs. A tablespoon or two for 2 or 3 eggs is sufficient, substitute soy, almond or coconut milk, if desired. Final flavor varies.

Watch the Scrambled Eggs with Dairy video here.

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Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs with and without dairy

Scrambled eggs are delicious for any meal. For lunch place in a pita or wrap with some bacon and sliced tomatoes.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1 portion
  • Category: Eggs

Ingredients

2 large eggs
1 1/2  tablespoons milk or cream
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
2 teaspoons butter or oil

Instructions

Beat the eggs, dairy, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until frothy.

Heat the butter over medium heat in a skillet.

Once the butter is frothy, pour in the scrambled eggs and gently and continuously stir to create curds.

The eggs are done when all liquid disappears and the eggs are yellow and fluffy.

Notes

Substitute soy, almond or coconut milks for cow’s milk.

 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese

Mashed Potatoes

I remember serving these Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese for Thanksgiving one year. My Aunt Irene loves sweet potatoes. After dinner, she was complimenting me and I mentioned the goat cheese. She said “oh” and frowned. I never made them that way for her again, even though she loved them until she knew about the goat cheese!

I’m not sure when or why it occurred to me to add goat cheese to sweet potatoes, but I find the natural sweetness of the potato a little overwhelming. The tartness of a little goat cheese downplays sweetness in a balanced way. A ratio of 1 pound of sweet potatoes to one ounce of goat cheese works best.

Pierce the sweet potatoes three times with a paring knife to allow the steam to escape. The potato creates its own chimney when the internal water reaches boiling point and the potato pulp bursts through the hole everywhere. These slits allow the steam to escape without the drama.

Place aluminum foil on the middle shelf and place the pierced potatoes on the foil in a preheated oven (400 degrees F). The natural sugars become a syrup and leak through the slits and onto the floor of the oven. The foil captures those juices, saving your oven.

Bake for about an hour. The potatoes are done when a fork easily slides in.

Mashed Potatoes

Let sit for 15 minutes to cool for easier handling; peel.

Use a fork to combine the sweet potato, goat cheese, salt and pepper.

Mashed Potatoes

Pair these sweet potatoes with our grilled lamb chops.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese

Mashed Potatoes

The tartness of a little goat cheese plays down that sweetness of the potato in this recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese. I find a ratio of 1 pound of sweet potatoes to one ounce of goat cheese works best.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: Potatoes
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

2 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
2 ounces plain goat cheese, room temperature
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pierce the potatoes three times and place in preheated oven on a sheet of aluminum foil.

Bake for one hour or until a fork easily slides through the potato.

Let sit for 15 minutes to cool for easier handling then peel.

Use a fork to combine the sweet potato, goat cheese, salt and pepper.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese

The tartness of a little goat cheese plays down that sweetness of the potato in this recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese. I find a ratio of 1 pound of sweet potatoes to one ounce of goat cheese works best.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: Potatoes
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

2 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
2 ounces plain goat cheese, room temperature
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

 

Pierce the potatoes three times and place in preheated oven on a sheet of aluminum foil.

Bake for one hour or until a fork easily slides through the potato.

Let sit for 15 minutes to cool for easier handling then peel.

Use a fork to combine the sweet potato, goat cheese, salt and pepper.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese

The tartness of a little goat cheese downplays the inherent sweetness of the sweet potato. A ratio of 1 pound of sweet potatoes to one ounce of goat cheese works best.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: Potatoes
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

2 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
2 ounces plain goat cheese, room temperature
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pierce the potatoes three times and place in preheated oven on a sheet of aluminum foil.

Bake for one hour or until a fork easily slides through the potato.

Let sit for 15 minutes to cool for easier handling then peel.

Use a fork to combine the sweet potato, goat cheese, salt and pepper.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo wings are delicious, but sometimes I just don’t want to go to the trouble or deal with the mess. This Buffalo Chicken Dip is quick and easy to make and tastes just like the wings!

It contains only five ingredients. Sour cream, blue cheese, diced celery, chopped roasted chicken and a generous portion of Frank’s hot sauce for heat. I’m really pleased with the result – it’s very reminiscent of Buffalo wings, yet different.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

As you get ready for your Super Bowl party, whip up a batch, it doubles easily, for your football fans.

Check out these recipes for additional ideas Super Bowl ideas: Braised Sofrito Pork Spareribs with Rice and Beans and Triple Chocolate Brownies.

Watch the Buffalo Chicken Dip Video Here.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo wings are delicious, but sometimes I just don’t want to go to trouble and mess. This Spicy Chicken Dip is quick and easy to make and tastes just like the wings! Don’t wait until Super Bowl Sunday to try it!

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

6 ounces blue cheese, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
½ cup finely diced celery (1 small stalk)
2 cups diced roasted chicken
¼ cup hot sauce, such as Franks

Garnish
Coarsely chopped celery tops

Instructions

Place the cheese and a couple of generous tablespoons of sour cream in a medium mixing bowl and stir to loosen the cheese.

Add the remaining sour cream, celery, roasted chicken and hot sauce and stir until combined.

Serve in a bowl, topped with the chopped celery leaves, along with raw vegetables, tortilla or pita chips. Best at room temperature.

Notes

Use a supermarket roasted chicken.

Guacamole

Avocado Dip

Guacamole is a Mexican condiment first made by the Aztecs. The name guacamole translates from the Aztec Nahautl vocabulary: āhuacamolli,which means avocado sauce or avocado concoction.

There are as many versions of guac, as it is affectionately called here, as there are cooks. The two key ingredients in my mind are salt for flavor and acidity, preferably lime juice, not only for flavor, but the acid prevents oxidation. Once the avocado is cut and exposed to oxygen, it turns brown. This isn’t harmful, just unattractive.

Please note that placing on top of the guac does not prevent oxidation. To preserve the dip, press plastic wrap firmly on the top.

Avocado Dip

Garlic, diced tomatoes, minced red onion and minced jalapeños are commonly used and enhance flavor and texture. I’ve also seen recipes that use mayo and sour cream, but in my opinion that only detracts from the delicious flavor, texture and color of the avocado.

Handle any chili pepper, such as jalapeño, carefully. The essential oils inside stay on your skin for a while and easily transfer to eyes or other sensitive areas. Use food handler gloves if possible. The heat comes from the membrane inside the pepper. It’s not the seeds.

Avocado Dip

Use guacamole for more than a dip. It’s great as a spread for sandwiches or place a dollop on grilled chicken. It also goes well with shellfish, such a shrimp and lobster. Tuna tartar is often paired with a little quac. There are many possibilities for this delicious “concoction!”

NOTES: Placing the pit on top of the guacamole will not prevent oxidation; only the spot covered by the pit is protected. Plastic wrap placed directly on the guacamole keeps the oxygen away and the lime juice not only acts as a flavor component, but the acidity also delays browning.

Handle any chili pepper carefully. The essential oils inside stay on your skin for a while and easily transfer to eyes or other sensitive areas. Use food handler gloves if possible.Avocado Dip

My version uses red bell pepper instead of tomatoes. Tomatoes are seasonal and most of the year unappealing. The red bell pepper provides color and crunch. Feel free to swap it out for tomatoes.

Watch the Guacamole Video Here.
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Guacamole

There are as many versions of guacamole as there are cooks. The two key ingredients In my mind are salt for flavor and acidity. I love to include onions, garlic, red bell pepper, and jalapeño, which all enhance taste and texture.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

2 Haas avocados
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ cup minced red bell pepper
¼ cup packed chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons minced jalapeño (1 small)
2 teaspoons minced clove garlic (2 small cloves)
½ teaspoon coarse salt

GARNISH

Chopped cilantro leaves and/or a little minced red bell pepper

Instructions

Slice the avocados in half length-wise and remove pits.

Scoop the flesh into a small bowl and mash gently with the back of a table fork. Make the texture smooth or chunky, as you desire.

Pour a couple of teaspoons of lime juice over the avocado and mix well – this will prevent oxidation (browning of the avocado flesh).

Stir in the pepper, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic and salt.

Let sit for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors blend, then taste and adjust seasonings as needed, maybe more lime juice for acidity and/or a little salt.

To store: cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Notes

Placing the pit on top of the guacamole will not prevent oxidation; only the spot covered by the pit is protected. Plastic wrap placed directly on the guacamole keeps the oxygen away and the lime juice not only acts as a flavor component, but the acidity also delays browning.

Handle any chili pepper carefully. The essential oils inside stay on your skin for a while and easily transfer to eyes or other sensitive areas. Use food handler gloves if possible.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup

Marinara Sauce

Red Sauce

Marinara sauce is a quick and easy red sauce with few ingredients, minimal prep and short cooking time. It’s ready, start to finish, in an hour. Before you start, put up a large pot of salted water for pasta.

This recipe makes just about one quart, which is perfect for one pound of pasta. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.

I use a little more oil to sauté the onions and garlic because a good olive oil is an essential component of a good red sauce.

Red Sauce

A medium onion minced is about one cup and 6 medium cloves garlic add a good punch of garlic without being overwhelming. I also like a little crushed pepper flakes for heat. Fresh basil adds a complementary flavor to the tomatoes. If you don’t have any, use a teaspoon of dried basil. One 28-ounce can crushed or puréed tomatoes completes the recipe.

Sweat the onions on medium heat for five minutes to soften and release the natural water content. Stir in the garlic, pepper flakes and dried basil, if using, and cook for 30 seconds. Just long enough to release the aromatic aroma of the garlic. Stir in the tomatoes and fresh basil, if using, bring to a boil, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes.

Red Sauce

The best way to dress the pasta is to put a couple of ladlefuls of sauce in the drained pasta pan and add the pasta back. Stir to combine. Serve the extra sauce and some grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

See our recipe for garlic bread, a great accompaniment for a pasta with red sauce!

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Marinara Sauce

Red Sauce

Marinara sauce is a quick and easy red sauce with few ingredients, minimal prep and short cooking time. It’s ready, start to finish, in an hour. Before you start, put up a large pot of salted water for pasta.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 quart
  • Category: Sauce

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, minced

8 cloves garlic minced

¼ teaspoon pepper flakes

1 can (28 ounces) puréed tomatoes, such as San Marzano or Red Pack

2 large sprigs fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil

Instructions

Heat the oil in a medium, covered saucepan over high heat.

Stir in the onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. If the onion starts to brown, lower the heat.

Toss in the garlic and pepper flakes; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in the tomatoes and basil, bring to a boil, cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.

Discard basil.

Notes

Recipe easily doubles and freezes well.