Monday, April 16, 2012

For when you can't decide

Sometimes you can't decide when you want a brownie and when you want a blondie. Here is the perfect solution... both.

Start by make half recipes of both chocolate chip cookies and brownies

Butter than line a pan with parchment and butter again. Preheat oven to 375.


Spread the cookie layer on the bottom, spreading into an even layer.


Pour the brownie batter on top.


Bake until done about 45 minutes.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blood Orange Onion and Avocado Salad

This is a super simple salad with blood oranges. Get them while they are still available.

Blood Orange Avocado Salad
1 small red onion

2 blood oranges

1 avocado 
seasoned rice wine vinegar 
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste

Thinly slice the onion and place in a small bowl with the vinegar. (If you don't have seasoned rice vinegar, other vinegar will work, just add a pinch of salt and sugar.)

Let soak about 20 minutes. 

Meanwhile, cut the orange into supremes and add to the onion.


Let marinate another 10 minutes.

Slice the avocado and arrange on a plate. Top with the orange and onion and some of the vinegar. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Zucchini Cakes with Celeriac Puree

We are not huge fans of summer squash or zucchini, and having just made a huge batch of zucchini bread wanted to used what was left. Fritters are always a crowd pleaser and aren't that hard to make. I pair it with celeriac puree.

Herbed Zucchini Fritters
2 -3 zucchini shredded
2 - 3 sprigs mint
2 - 3 sprigs parsley
2 - 3 chives
2 - 3 scallions
1/2 small red onion
salt and pepper
1 egg
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 flour
oil for frying

Greek yogurt for garnish 

Celeriac Puree
1 bulb celeriac, skinned and diced
1 small apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 leek, cut into thin strips
2 - 4 cups water or stock
salt and pepper
olive oil

Toss the zucchini with a touch of salt and let drain in a colander over a bowl for about an hour.


While the zucchini is draining, start the celeriac puree. In a medium pot heat oil and add leek and sauté over medium about five minutes until soft. 


Add the celeriac and cook another five minutes.


Add the apple and enough liquid to cover and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 20 minutes until soft.


To finish the fritters, finely chop the herbs.


Place the zucchini on a dry kitchen towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.


In a small bowl mix the rest of the ingredients adding more flour until mixture comes together. Let stand about 10 minutes.


To finish the celeriac, puree in a blender until smooth.


Fry the fritters in a touch of oil, turning once. Then drain on a towel and sprinkle with salt.


To serve, place a scoop of the puree on a plate and top with a couple fritters and a dollop of Greek yogurt.