Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stewed Fruit in a Blueberry Lime Sauce

The greens may not be loving all this rain but the blueberries sure are, so eat lots of them before they go away for another year. For a change try stewing some cherries, peaches, or plums in this blueberry lime sauce…clean bowls guaranteed.

In a sauce pot combine a pint of blueberries with three quarters of a cup of water and puree with a stick blender. You could also mash the blueberries before adding the water. Add a quarter cup of sugar then bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for fifteen minutes. Once thickened add your cut up fruit along with the juice of one lime, cover, and simmer for another ten to fifteen minutes. Serve over vanilla ice cream or with some whipped cream, this is summer at its best.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Grilled Octopus with a Garlic Bean Puree

As it’s already cooked octopus is the perfect summer meal when you don’t want to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.  For the puree combine two garlic cloves, a teaspoon of coarse salt, black pepper, a can of drained white beans, and a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  To serve simply grill or sauté your octopus for five minutes, spoon the bean puree onto plates, and finish off with a squeeze of lemon juice and chopped chives or scallions for garnish.  

Friday, July 17, 2015

Eggplant Tomato Basil Salad

With so much basil around this time of year it’s hard to go wrong, and this eggplant tomato salad is a great way to take advantage of the local bounty. To remove any bitterness salt your eggplant slices generously on both sides, let sit for half an hour, and wipe dry with a paper towel before tossing them in a large bowl with pepper, crushed garlic, and a little bit of olive oil until coated evenly.

Fifteen minutes on the barbeque will give you the most flavor but you could also bake the eggplant on cookie sheets in the oven at 400 for about seven minutes per side. Whichever way you choose let your tender and slightly browned eggplant cool before cutting it into smaller pieces and tossing with the tomatoes, chopped basil, extra virgin olive oil, and coarse salt to taste. Summer is here…eat it up!