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Waking up to the sweet aroma of freshly baked blueberry muffins or scones will put a smile on anyone's face. Sweet, juicy and colorful, right now is the best time to find large, ripe blueberries bursting with flavor. Look for fresh blueberries that are firm, dry, plump, and smooth-skinned. And, a added bonus: Eating blueberries, as part of a healthy diet, may
help ward off several key risk factors for cardiovascular disease and
diabetes, such as an accumulation of belly fat, high cholesterol, and
high blood sugar. So grab a handful of fresh blueberries and pop them in your mouth for a satisfying sweet treat.
Blueberry Mini Muffins Yields 24 muffins
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Lightly grease 24 (1-inch) mini-muffin pan cups.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour and sugar.
Make a well in the center; add milk, egg and butter.
Stir gently until mixture begins to form a soft dough; fold in berries; spoon into mini-muffin cups, dividing evenly.
Bake until tops are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Per muffin: 83 calories, 13 g carbohydrate, 2.6 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat
Recipe courtesy of The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Enjoy an elegant salad of mixed greens, endives, sliced cucumbers, duck prosciutto, radish slices and shaved Parmesan cheese strips. For a bit of sweetness you can add pear or apple slices. Serve with a glass of chilled white wine for a luscious summer luncheon.
I discovered this recipe in The Valley Table magazine. I used a fresh local brook trout instead of rainbow trout, and I must say, it was a big hit. The original recipe, Whitecliff Winery rainbow trout fish tacos, is a creation of Michael Migliore, an avid angler, devout foodie , wine maker, and owner of Whitecliff Vinyards.
Rainbow Trout Fish Tacos Recipe by Michael Migliore, Whitecliff Winery,Valley Table Issue 45 Serves 2
Whole fresh rainbow trout, cleaned and gutted
juice of 3 limes
salt and pepper to taste
Method: 1. Place whole gutted trout in a large glass or stainless steel pan. Cut limes in half and squeeze juice over the fish, refrigerate and marinate for 1 hour. 2. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high. 3. Wrap tortillas in foil and warm in 250F oven.
To grill trout: 1. Remove the fish from the marinade, pat dry. 2. Season inside of the fish with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with sliced onion, lemon wedges and a few pats of butter. 3. Make four slices in the skin on each side and insert lemon slices. 4. Wrap the whole fish in foil and place on medium hot grill. Cook 10 to 12 minutes per side for a 3- to 4- pound fish. Remove when internal temperature reaches 140F. 5. Place the trout on a cutting board and remove skin. Remove the bones (they should come out as one piece), leaving two fillets. 6. Shred the meat with two forks. Prepare tortillas: Remove the tortillas from the oven. Place two tortillas partially overlapping on a large plate. Place four heaping tablespoons of the shredded fish in the center of the tortillas.
Serve with a spicy tomato salsa, a zesty lemon mayonnaise or a simple sour cream dill sauce.I opted for the sour cream dill sauce. Enjoy with Whitecliff Chardonnay, Awosting White or Traminette.
Try a new and healthy take on this classic French preparation using lean and succulent buffalo ribeye steaks instead of beef. These steaks are best prepared using a lower temperature than you would use for beef. Cook rare to medium rare for best texture and flavor. Serve with home-made crispy fried and a bottle of your favorite full-bodied red wine. Just delicious!
Buffalo Ribeye Steak au Poivre Recipe courtesy of D'Artagnan - Serves Two
Use cracked peppercorns. If you have whole peppercorns, you can crack them by placing them in wax paper with all sides sealed/folded over. Use the flat side of a large knife blade and smack the peppercorns to crack.
Season steaks on both sides with salt. Press the cracked black peppercorns into both sides of the steak. I use the flat side of large knife blade and hit the steaks to embed the peppercorns.
Heat vegetable oil in oven-proof skillet over high-flame until smoking.
Sear steaks until brown and crusted on both sides.
Put skillet into oven, cook for 4 minutes until medium-rare.
Remove steaks from skillet and reserve.
Over medium-high heat deglaze skillet with Armagnac, add demi-glace and reduce by half.
Add green peppercorns, heavy cream, tarragon and cook until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Season to taste with salt.
Remove skillet from heat, add steaks and any drippings. Coat the steaks with sauce.
Serve with home-made french fries or your favorite potato recipes.
Asian Shrimp Salsa served with crispy wonton chips, elegantly enhanced by a spicy pomegranate vinaigrette. Served with hot or cold saki, white wine or champagne this dish makes for a tempting appetizer, or stylish hor dourves for your cocktail party for two. There is a little prep time involved--the shrimp needs to marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours so plan ahead.
Asian Shrimp Salsa
3 tablespoons PAMA Pomegranate liqueur
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
Shrimp and wonton chips
½ pound bay shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
1 medium tomato, cored and chopped
1 green onion, chopped
¼ cup chopped cilantro
Vegetable oil for frying
Half a package of square wonton skins, about 20 skins
Instructions: 1. Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
2. Put the shrimp, jalapeno, shallot, tomato, green onion, and cilantro into a wide shallow bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Set salsa aside to let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
3. Meanwhile, make the wonton chips.
Pour oil into a stir-fry pan to a depth of 1 1/2-inches and heat over medium-high heat until temperature reaches 350ºF.
While oil is heating, line a plate with 2 layers of paper towels.
Cut wonton skins half on the diagonal, to create triangles.
Working in batches, fry wonton skins, turning occasionally, until chips are crisp and golden brown, about 1 minute per batch.
Drain on paper towels.
4. Serve the Asian Shrimp Salsa with the chips on the side.
Wake up this weekend with the tempting aroma of fresh baked strawberry scones--the perfect companion to a hot pot of coffee and the Sunday paper... in bed of course. Serve slightly warm with your favorite jam, honey or clotted cream. Fresh Strawberry Scones Yield: 8 Servings Recipe courtesy of California Strawberry Commission
In terms of cooking, Angry generally means a dish will be spicy. The term seems to have originated with the popular Italian sauce, Arrabbiatta, which translates to "Angry Sauce" due to the hot 'peperoncino' pepper used to create the dish. If you like hot and spicy foods, this of course will delight the taste buds and bring a nice flush to the face. Here we have master chef David Burke's Angry Salmon with garlicky clams in a tomato based sauce served over macaroni.
Angry Salmon with Garlicky Clams & Macaroni Recipe by David Burke (a leading pioneer in American cooking) Serves 4
4 salmon filets; 6-8oz.
Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, chili powder
½ cup loose packed Basil
½ cup olive oil
18-24 littleneck clams
6 cloves garlic
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
¾ cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup cooked macaroni
½ cup white wine
½ cup chicken broth or water
Red pepper flakes to table
2-3 tablespoons of butter
Extra Basil leaves
Season salmon with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes & chili powder & chopped basil.
Wrap in saran wrap, zip lock bag tightly. Place in dishwater and steam for 8-10 minutes or poach in water under a boil for 8-10 min
After salmon is steaming, heat a skillet with the ½ cup olive oil. Add clams, garlic, lemon zest, tomatoes, pepper flakes. Add white wine, lemon juice, cover and steam until clams open.
Add Macaroni, basil, butter (optional) and broth or water if needed
Season with salt and pepper and more basil leaves.
To Build This Dish Remove salmon from plastic. Place salmon on steamed spinach or green beans. Top each filet with approximately 5 clams, macaroni and some sauce, or in the case of this photo it appears the salmon is placed ontop of suggested vegetables or macaroni and topped with steam clams.