• Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream and Cookie Crumble
    Desserts,  Recipes

    Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream and Cookie Crumble

    Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream and Cookie Crumble! yum so tasty! I love grilled fruit and its such an easy, quick way for a dessert.

    Nectaries are native to China, They were cultivated in the Middle East and Europe and brought to the United States from Spain. Today 95% of Nectarines that are produced for the United States are grown in California. However each state has there own prime season for Nectarines and in the Pacific Northwest that is late summer to early fall. Yum!

     

    Making cookie crumble
    Making cookie crumble.
    Cookie Crumble
    Cookie crumble on sheet pan ready for over!
    coconut cream
    This coconut cream is so good!

     

    Coconut Whip cream
    Coconut Cream Whip, is just like whip cream but its non dairy! What an amazing alternative!

     

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    Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream and Cookie Crumble

    Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream and Cookie Crumble

    Grilled Nectarines with Coconut Cream and Cookie Crumble

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 15
    • Cook Time: 5
    • Total Time: 20 minutes
    • Yield: 4
    • Category: dessert
    • Method: grill
    • Cuisine: American

    Ingredients

    Cookie crumble 

    1 ¾ cups flour

    ¼ cup brown sugar

    1/4 cup white sugar 

    1/2 cup butter cold

    Nectarines

    1 tablespoon honey 

    4 nectarines

    1 tablespoon sugar 

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Coconut Cream 

    14 oz can of coconut cream (different than coconut milk)

    1/4 cup sugar (regular or powdered)

    1 tablespoon vanilla or vanilla bean paste

    Instructions

    First make the cookie crumble so it had time to cool. In a medium size bowl mix all dry ingredients together for the cookie crumble, using a fork cut butter unto dry ingredients, on a parchment lined pan thinly sprinkle the mixture. Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown let cool on pan.

    Cut nectarines in half and discard seed. Next heat your grill, lightly oil, with a pastry brush very lightly brush peach with honey, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and grill face down about 5 minutes remove from heat. You can save the nectarine warm or at room temperature or even cold.

    In a mixer fitted with a whisk-attachment whip coconut cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.

    Place nectarines on a plate, with a spoon put a dollop of cream and sprinkle with cookie crumbles.

    Keywords: dessert, nectarines, grilled fruit, late summer desserts, fall desserts, coconut whip cream, desserts, stone fruit, healthy desserts,

  • Caprese, heirloom
    Recipes

    The New Caprese Salad

    The New Caprese Salad. Same amazing great salad! A heritage tomato or heirloom I’m sure you have  seen them at farmers markets and grocery stores, on restaurant menus and at that dinner party or in my case we make them at lots of our weddings and events, we put them on sticks, in cute little martini glasses, we serve them plated or on a bufett and sometimes in a salad bowl. 

    Caprese
    This is a great option if you need to feed a crowd Caprese!

     

    Authentic heirloom tomatoes are actually passed down from generation to generation, season to season and are open pollinated. Not to be confused with Cartoon tomatoes, Is that a thing? Yes I guess it is that is what there called when they are mass produced by genetically modified seeds eek scary!

    They are very seasonal! If there authentic. And do come in many shapes, sizes and colors, Yellow heirlooms tend to be milder than the tart, sharp reds and the greens have a light, zesty bite. The darker varieties are more savory than that of the sweet. They are more expensive than regular red ones. And the shells life is shorted than regular tomatoes as well.

     

     

     

     

    Heirloom Caprese
    Heirloom Caprese

    The selection of heirloom seeds available to the public is constantly expanding.  Each wave of new immigrants to the U.S. brings their favorite seeds adding to the collection of traditional varieties grown by Native Americans, Mennonites, and Amish.  Recently, there have been imports of heirlooms from Russia, Germany, Italy, France, and Czechoslovakia.  There are new ethnic ones each year.

     

     

    Caprese, heirloom
    Caprese with heirloom tomatoes, both in cherry tomato and full size heirloom. So beautiful together!

     

    You can’t beat the unbelievable taste and texture of heirloom tomatoes! I hope you enjoy this recipe and experiment with all of the different varities of things you can do with it! Happy Cooking!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    heirloom tomatoes
    Caprese, heirloom tomatoes.
    Caprese Presentation
    This Caprese Presentation is a great way to show it off!

     

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    The New Caprese Salad

    The New Caprese Salad, Caprese Salad, healthy, gluten free, vegatarian, heirloom  Caprese, heirloom tomatoes, tomato recipes,  recipes, side dishes, salads, mozzarella, mozzarella recipes, easy!

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Total Time: 10
    • Yield: 6
    • Category: Salad
    • Method: Quick
    • Cuisine: American

    Ingredients

    3 heirloom tomatoes

    2 logs of fresh mozzarella

    fresh cracked pepper

    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

    1/2 cup balsamic glaze

    1 tablespoon sea salt

    1 cup fresh basil leaves

    Instructions

    Slice heirloom, and mozzarella to the same thickness about 1/4 inch thick depending on the size of the heirlooms. A great way to keep the basil from turning black is to tear it instead of cut it or you can leave the leaves whole. You will want to stack them on a platter as you go. When your done drizzle the entire thing with the oil and balsamic glaze, finish with salt and fresh ground pepper. So amazing!

    If you would like to make the Balsamic Glaze here is that!

    Balsamic Glaze (for drizziling you can buy balsamic syrup at most grocery stores)

    if you want to make it only takes 15 minutes and is much healthier than buying it from the store

    1 cup balsamic vinegar

    1 tablespoon honey

    Balsamic glaze

    Add the balsamic vinegar and honey to a small pot. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.

    Keywords: The New Caprese Salad, Caprese Salad, healthy, gluten free, vegatarian, heirloom Caprese, heirloom tomatoes, tomato recipes, recipes, side dishes, salads, mozzarella, mozzarella recipes, easy,.

  • Cedar Salmon with Lemon Smoked Salt Butter
    Entrees,  Recipes

    Cedar Salmon with Lemon Smoked Salt Butter

     

    Cedar Salmon with Lemon Smoked Salt Butter
    Cedar Salmon with Lemon Smoked Salt Butter

     

     

    Cedar Salmon with Lemon Smoked Salt Butter! Here in the Northwest I do a lot of Cedar Salmon at weddings. We grill the salmon on site and it is really amazing. We use fresh Salmon and Cedar. Ideally Sockeye or King salmon is best when available but you can use any kind we generally use. Sockeye salmon, also called red salmon, kokanee salmon, or blueback salmon, is an anadromous species of salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers discharging into it. Alaska Salmon is also quite amazing.

    Here are some questions people ask me. Do we soak the Cedar ? Actually no we do not, does that cause the cedar to cetch in fire, yes sometimes they do you just move them out of the flames, This is ok because its so much more flavor. I’m sure its a personal preference but really it is much better if you don’t soak them in this application. Like I said we do this at weddings all the time and people are amazed by the flavor and the secret is its simple, leave it alone. Let the Fish be a Fish!

    I’m going to share with you our very simple recipe here. We use salmon skin on and we cut in in portions before putting it on the Cedar. The skin will stick to the cedar when you take it off and that is ok.

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    Cedar Salmon with Lemon Smoked Salt Butter

    Cedar Salmon with Lemon Smoked Salt Butter

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 15 min
    • Cook Time: 11
    • Total Time: 26 minutes
    • Yield: 4
    • Category: Entree
    • Method: Grill
    • Cuisine: American

    Ingredients

    4 pieces salmon 6-8 oz skin on

    1-2 cedar plank

    smoked salt and peper

    Lemon Smoked Salt Butter

    1 cup butter room temperature

    1 tsp smoked salt

    1 tsp fresh ground pepper

    1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

    2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

    Instructions

    On a hot gas or charcoal grill place your cedar and seasoned salmon skin side down. Cook 8-11 minutes remove from heat. In a separate bowl mix together all of the Lemon Smoked Salt Butter ingredients. When fish comes off the grill top with butter at will be melting and make a beautiful sauce. You can garnish with fresh lemon wheel twist if you would like.

    Keywords: Cedar Salmon, plank salmon, native salmon, grilled salmon, sockeye salmon, king salmon, salmon butter, lemon salmon

  • Purple Potatoes Side dishes, roasting, potato dishes, recipe, vegan, gluten free, alternative side dishes, Puruvian
    Recipes

    Purple Potatoes

    Purple potatoes! this is an amazing side dish, easy and so good, as well as healthy! The purple potato is in the nightshade family the same as peppers and eggplant and tomatoes. The first of the purple potatoes originated from Peru and Bolivia. You might be asking well where can I get purple potatoes? Some regular grocery stores carry them, farmers markets and sometimes they come in a bag with multi colored potatoes usually small and round. They are available year round and are in peak season in the fall. They first became popular in the US in the 1980’s but were in South America and Europe in the 16th Century.

    The ones we are making today are roasted but you can also mash them. Please note they do have a unique flavor but are not sweet like a sweet potato.

     

    Purple Potatoes Side dishes, roasting, potato dishes, recipe, vegan, gluten free, alternative side dishes, Puruvian
    Purple Potatoes
    Side dishes, roasting, potato dishes, recipe, vegan, gluten free, alternative side dishes, Puruvian

     

     

     

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    Purple Potatoes

    Purple Potatoes Side dishes, roasting, potato dishes, recipe, vegan, gluten free, alternative side dishes, Puruvian

    Purple Potatoes

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Cook Time: 20
    • Total Time: 30 minutes
    • Yield: 2 pounds
    • Category: sides
    • Method: roasting
    • Cuisine: American

    Ingredients

    2 pounds Purple Potatoes any shape cut unto the same size

    1/2 cup vegetable oil

    1 tsp salt

    1 tsp pepper

    1 tsp dried oregano

    1 tsp dried basil

    1 tsp garlic

    1 tsp sugar

    1 tsp red peper flakes

    Instructions

    Cut purples unto the same size weather that is just in half, quartered or cubed. Toss in oil then toss in spices. On a sheet pan lined with parchment put potatoes in a single layer. Roast at 450 25-30 minutes. SO good!

    Keywords: Purple Potatoes Side dishes, roasting, potato dishes, recipe, vegan, gluten free, alternative side dishes, Puruvian

  • Tropical Salad
    Recipes

    Tropical Salad

    Tropical salad what a tasty treat! You can serve this as an entree salad add some wontons and some grilled steak or chicken. It can be also served as a side salad like a fancy coleslaw, you can put it in a wrap, serve on top of a taco or on a pulled pork slider! all of them taste amazing. All of the different flavors and textures of this salad pair really well together. The spice of the jalapeño and ginger are so good! I use yogurt in my dressing because I’m egg free but you can also use mayo or sour cream. I hope you enjoy this Tropical Salad!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tropical salad
    Ingredients
    Tropical salad
    Salad, veggies, and fruit

     

     

    Tropical Salad
    Tropical Salad.
    Tropical Salad
    Tropical Salad, side salads, entree salads, mango, pineapple, slaw, side dishes

     

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    Tropical Salad

    Tropical Salad

    Tropical Salad

    • Author: contessa
    • Prep Time: 20
    • Total Time: 20
    • Yield: 4
    • Category: Salad
    • Method: quick
    • Cuisine: Tropical Fusion

    Ingredients

    Slaw

    2 cups shredded choped greens cabbage, kale anything crunchy

    1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced

    1 rib celery

    1/3 cup sliced green onions

    3 heaping tablespoons chopped cilantro

    1/2 cup diced mango

    1/2 cup diced pineapple

    Dressing

    3 tablespoons yogurt you can also use mayo or sour cream 

    1 tablespoon cider vinegar

    1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

    1 tablespoon lime

    1 teaspoon jalapeno

    1 teaspoon dijon mustard

    1 teaspoon celery seed

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1 heaping teaspoon orange zest

    1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt 

    1/8 teaspoon black pepper

    1 teaspoon fresh ginger 

    Instructions

    Chop all if the fruit and veggies unto a bowl, Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a seperate bowl. Toss all together. Please note the fruit will continue to release moisture the longer it sits. You can use this as a side salad or as an entree salad. We have added chicken or steak. It also makes a great wrap.

    Keywords: tropical salad, side salads, entree salads, mango, pineapple, slaw, side dishes, main dishes, Hawaiian, Caribbean, recipes, healthy, fruit

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