French Onion Dip

Makes 2 cups Ingredients 4 teaspoons  beef bouillon granules 2 tablespoons onion, minced, toasted 1 teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon dried parsley 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream Instructions Combine the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until ready to use. Place the […]

Roasted Chicken Thighs With Winter Squash

Credit to Melissa Clark, New York Times Cooking for original recipe.   Time: 45 minutes, plus 30 minutes’ marinating Yield: 4 servings INGREDIENTS 1/2 lemon, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, seeds removed, and thinly sliced crosswise into wedges 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 and 1/2 pounds) 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil […]

Sri Lanka Cinnamon Tea

4-5 Sri Lanka Cinnamon sticks, aka Ceylon Cinnamon 6-8 cups water Put cinnamon and water in pan. Turn burner to medium high Steep, do not boil, for 40 minutes.  For more intense flavor, pour put mixture in refrigerator overnight. Strain cinnamon, pour beverage into glass with ice for refreshing summer sipping.  During the winter months […]

Immunity Shot

Spices are amazingly healthy for us.  The following recipe comes from the book, Power Spicing by Rachel Beller, MS, RDN. Makes two 2 oz shots 1/2 cup coconut water 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or orange juice (about 1/2 lemon or 1/4 orange) 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (this […]

Roasted Squash with Japanese 7 Spice

2 lb  squash, Italian, summer,  in 2″ cubes 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Bluegrass soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free) 1/2 teaspoon Bourbon Smoked Sugar 2 tsp Japanese 7 Spice  Instructions Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pat dry  squash with paper towel. Transfer into a large bowl. Add olive oil, salt, soy […]

Noodles with Japanese 7 Spice

4 servings INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 4 cups very coarsely chopped green cabbage (from about ¼ medium head) 2 7-ounce packages instant ramen or udon noodles, flavor packets discarded 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 8 ounces ground pork 5 green onions, white and pale-green parts coarsely chopped, dark-green parts thinly sliced ½ cup […]

Roasted Chestnuts

Every Murphys Open House Jan fires up the grill and roasts chestnuts over the open fire to gift our community.  We still hear the “I’ve never had a roasted chestnut before!” exclamations.  As well as the surprise response about how they do not taste like nuts at all.  In fact chestnuts are similar to boiled […]

Pickled Mushroom Salad

INGREDIENTS 2 pounds mixed mushrooms, (I used shitake, cremini and button) ½cup grapeseed oil 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon fennel seeds ½teaspoon black peppercorns 1 piece star anise 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely grated (or 1 tsp garlic powder) 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped 1 handful dill sprigs 1 […]

Kalpudding (Meatloaf with Carmelized Cabbage)

Adapted from New York Times recipe by Sam Sifton.  “This is a Swedish version of a dish with roots in the Ottoman Empire, an infidel’s version of Turkish dolmas, made not with lamb and grape leaves but with ground pork and beef cloaked with deeply caramelized cabbage. It is served here with lingonberry preserves cut […]

Bulgarian Kyufte (meatballs)

  2 lbs minced meat (60% pork, 40% beef) 1 onion, chopped ½ cup bread crumbs – optional 1 -2 tbsp Kiril’s BBQ Rub   Add all ingredients together and mix well Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes. Shape in 2 inch oval patties Grill for about 20 minutes using direct and indirect heat. […]

Bulgarian Tarator, Cold Cucumber Soup

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tarator is a delicious and healthy cold soup.  It is also so very easy to make especially on hot summer days since no cooking is needed.  This can be served as an appetizer too.   Ingredients: 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced  1 garlic clove, pressed  or diced very finely  1/2 tsp salt, or more to taste  2 Tbsp olive […]

Warm Olives with Za’atar

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ¾ pound  brine-cured black olives and/or green olives, drained  (olives with pits hold up better) 2 heaping tablespoons za’atar. Heat oil in pan over low heat. Add olives and stir gently until warm. Stir in za’atar, transfer to bowl and serve with crusty bread.

Zucchini with Za’atar

  1 ½ pounds zucchini ¼ cup za’atar 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper (or sumac if you are on low sodium diet) Parsley, for garnish PREPARATION Heat a charcoal or gas grill; the fire should be medium-low and the rack about 4 inches from the heat.  (Since it was raining, we heated a […]

Deviled Eggs Mole Style

  This is a fun variation of standard deviled eggs. Ingredients: 8 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half 2 -3 Tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Entube Mole (mole paste in a handy tube for quick and easy flavor) 1/4 cup cilantro chopped in small pieces 1/2 cup avocado diced 1/4 cup green onion chopped […]

Easy Mole Chicken

If you do not have a whole day to create traditional mole sauce, this is for you! Ingredients: 6 Tablespoons Mole Blend 6 Tablespoons broth 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts 1/4 cup raisins 4 chicken thighs Directions: Toast pumpkin seeds, peanuts and raisins in medium hot skillet for 1 minute.  Watch carefully […]

Broccoli and Spinach Salad with Vadouvan Dressing

1 1/2 pounds baby broccoli or broccolini 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil* (or ghee), melted, divided  Fine sea salt 1 medium-size lime, quartered 6 ounces baby spinach 1/2 cup roughly chopped toasted salted cashews 1 cup cilantro leaves 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons French Vadouvan Curry Preheat oven to 425°. Cut broccoli into 3-in. lengths […]

Vadouvan Carrots

  This easy recipe creates a tasty and healthy appetizer. 1 – 2  tbsp French Vadouvan Curry 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 c. plain whole-milk Greek yogurt, divided Olive oil Kosher salt and pepper, to taste 1 pound carrots, tops trimmed, scrubbed Chopped cilantro Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix vadouvan, half of garlic, 1/2 cup yogurt, and […]

Vadouvan Lamb Chops

1 tbsp French Vadouvan Curry 4 to 6 lamb chops, about 1 pound 2 tsp kosher salt 2 c. whole fat yogurt, divided 1/4 c. olive oil 4 cloves garlic, sliced 2 4-inch sprigs rosemary 1 c. whole fat yogurt 2 tsp cornstarch Juice of 1 lemon 1. In sealable bag, combine lamb, vadouvan, salt, and 1 […]

Grilled Pineapple with Sumac

1 pineapple, peeled, sliced in 3/4 ” rounds 1 Tbsp sumac Grill pineapple for 3 minutes each side Sprinkle each side liberally with sumac  

Sumac Chicken

Prep Time: 15 mins        Cook Time:  45 mins      Total Time:  1 hr Ingredients 4 small bone-in chicken thighs 2 oranges 1 tbsp sumac 1 tsp salt 1 tsp allspice powder pinch of black pepper 1 red onion quartered 3-4 garlic cloves , pressed 1/4 cup olive oil 6 springs fresh […]