Truffled Butternut Squash Trotolle & Cheese

TRUFFLED MAC & CHEESE BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Ingredients 
2 cups butternut squash peeled, cubed in 1″ pieces
1 pound dry Trottole or Macaroni pasta
2 cups shredded guyere
2 cups shredded white cheddar
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup AP flour
 1+ 4 tablespoons Garlic Infused Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Truffle Infused Olive Oil
1 large shallot finely minced
2 teaspoons salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with garlic olive oil.
Place the cut up butternut squash in a large sauce pot of hot water and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for approximately 15 or until the squash is fork tender.  Drain and reserve.
Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a full boil.  Add the pasta and cook based on the package instructions to al dente.
In a large stock pot, heat the garlic olive oil over medium heat.  Add the shallot and saute for about 2 minutes until the shallot just begins to turn golden.  Add the flour into the olive oil and whisk to blend thoroughly for about one minute, stirring constantly.
Slowly pour the milk into the flour roux, whisking constantly.  Add the cream and continue whisking until thickened.
Take 1 cup of the bechamel from the pot and add it to a blender or food processor with the butternut squash. Process until smooth.  Add the butternut squash mixture back into the pot with the rest of the bechamel. And whisk to combine.  Add all of the cheese to the bechamel, reserving 1 cup of guyere cheese.  Stir to melt and combine.  Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if desired.
Add the truffle oil, and the pasta.  Mix well and pour into the prepared baking dish.  Top with the reserved cheese, and bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden brown and the pasta bubbly.
Serves 6-8

Fresh Snapper, Mediterranean style

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Time to get into the grilling season:

Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces of snapper fillet
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely sliced lemon & thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 small zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
  • Salt
  • 3 tsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 basil leaves, finely sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions:
Dry the snapper fillets using paper towels. Place fillets on a plate and coat with
extra virgin olive oil and the lemon thyme, and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Coat the zucchinis with 2 tbsp Fruity extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
In a bowl mix the pine nuts with the cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, lemon juice and remaining 2 tbsp olive oil.
Grill the fish and zucchini for 3-4 minutes on each side. Season the fish with salt. Serve the fish and zucchini on 4 plates, spooning the dressing over the fish.

Bon appétit!

Lemon Basil Pasta with Peas

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz whole wheat linguine
  • 2 Tbsp butter infused olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup peas, I used frozen
  • 1 lemon for zest
  • 1 tsp. Lemon infused olive oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, grated
  • ¼ cup basil
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

Preparation:

Bring a pot of salted water to boil and add the pasta. As that is working, add your butter infused olive oil in a large pan.  Add the shallots and allow to cook until soft, about 3 or 4 minutes. Then add the chicken stock and allow it to reduce by half.  When ready, add in the peas and the zest of ½ a lemon.

Remove the sauce pan from the heat and add the sour cream. Mix gently to allow the cream to melt and create the sauce. Be careful not to melt the cream all the way and make your sauce runny.

As soon as the pasta is done, drain and add to the sauce and peas mixture. Mix to incorporate the sauce evenly throughout.  You can add some of the pasta water if it’s too dry.

For an extra kick of lemon and a pretty garnish, cut the zested lemon in half and sear on a very hot skillet or grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the juice of the grilled lemon to the pasta.

Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan, basil, and fresh cracked pepper. Serve with a side of grilled lemon.

 

 

Crust-less Veggie Quiche

veggie_quicheIngredients:

  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped squash
  • ½ to 1 cup of portobella mushrooms
  • 2-3 slices or ½ cup of Onion
  • 3-4 garlic cloves or garlic powder
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved or wait for those delicious Hanover Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped & de-seeded sweet red , orange and yellow peppers
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese and ½ cup of crumbled gorgonzola cheese (Optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Sprigs of Rosemary, Thyme and Dill for garnish
  • 2 oz. of our Wild Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil or the Garlic infused
  • ¼ of skim milk

 

Preparation:

Heat the oven to 400°F.

Lightly grease bottom and side of pie plate, 9×1 1/4 inches, or round glass corning wear dish. Set aside.

Sprinkle zucchini, squash, mushroom, tomato, onion and cheese evenly in prepared pie plate.

Pour Egg & milk mixture over veggies, mix by tossing ingredients.

Garnish with the Rosemary, Thyme and Dill.

Bake about 35 minutes or until a thin blade knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool at least 10 minutes.

Optional: Add in some slices of salami for the carnivore.

Lemon Greek Roasted Potatoes

These are absolutely delicious, and easy to prepare!
LEMON GREEK ROASTED POTATOES
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb potatoes (4 Med. To Large), peeled
  • 1⁄2 cup Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1⁄3 cup Meyer Lemon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 can chicken broth

Directions:
Peel potatoes and cut them in half (from medium size potatoes, quarter if large).
Let them stand in water while preparing sauce.
Combine all other ingredients in a gallon size “zipper” bag, and shake to combine.
Dry off the potatoes, and put all of them in the bag and let marinate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Put the potatoes and marinade in a large casserole, preferably a white Pyrex dish
Roast for 1hr 10min, turning occasionally.
There should be plenty of sauce left over after roasting.
You can put these under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp them up if you prefer.
Enjoy!!!

Blood orange caramelized salmon fillets with roasted pesto tomatoes

This is one easy, healthy, quick dinner that makes you look like a culinary chef:

Quickly sear both sides of salmon fillets in our blood orange olive oil until slightly brown.

salmon filletsSprinkle with cracked black pepper and sea salt. Layer on a slice of lemon.

Place the fillets in a glass corning wear dish in a pre-heated oven, uncovered on 400 deg. for 12-15 min.

Finally, the last 2–4 min, splash on our pomegranate or blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar
(don’t let the vinegar burn), remove them from the oven and let them sit the last few minutes
in their own juices (they will continue to cook for a little while longer).

Of course I like my tomatoes better when they are in season. However, when you roast them,
it pulls out all the flavors.

Next, slice a tomato into thick sections, spread on some pesto of choice, sprinkle our fig
balsamic on top and add some grated pecornio cheese.

Bake in the same oven, top rack with the salmon until the cheese melts and browns up slightly 12-15 min.

ENJOY!!!! 30 MIN GOURMET MEAL FOR ALL.

Twice baked butternet squash bowls

GREAT FOR BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP AS A PRESENTATION BOWL FOR GUESTS TOO!!!!

squashIngredients:

  • 2 butternut squash (One for the roasting and meat. The other for the bowl)
  • 2 Tbsp Butter Infused Vegan Dairy Free Extra Virgin Olive Oil or you can use our Wild Mushroom & Sage Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 large sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice the stems off the butternut squash and cut each squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy goop. (I find that my ice cream scoop is perfect for this.)

Place the squash halves cut side down on the lined baking sheet. Roast until the cut side of the squash is tender when pierced with a fork, 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the cut sides up. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Keep the oven on.

In the meantime, drizzle the pan or skillet with the olive oil on med/high heat. Add the onion and salt and saute until browned at the edges, about 15 minutes. Stir in the chopped sage and saute another 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Once the squash has cooled a bit, scoop the insides out into a large bowl. With a fork or potato masher, mash the roasted squash. Add the cooked onions and sage, ricotta, Greek yogurt, parmesan, and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine. Scoop the mixture into the two remaining un-cooked squash halves and return to the oven until the tops begin to brown, about 20 minutes.
Enjoy!

Pets need polyphenols/antioxidants too:

Try this recipe for your other loved one: Your best friend who loves you no matter what you look like in the morning: Fido also deserves High Polyphenol (antioxidants) and Oleic Acid (anti-inflammatory) Doggy treats:  High quality extra virgin olive oil is extremely beneficial for overall canine health including coat, skin and joint wellness. Give your bestest friend a healthy snack too!

DOG TREAT CHEDDAR BISCUITS
Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup of Rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon organic mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1 cup organic, high-oleic, high polyphenol olive oil & peanut butter blended, made with our Organic, Coratina, Hojiblanca, or Picual – (you can use either chunky or smooth peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water, or enough to make the dough come together.

Directions:
Make the olive oil peanut butter using the recipe above. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment. Mix together the rice flour, oats, mint, dried milk, and sea salt. Add the eggs and peanut butter, stirring to combine; the mixture will be crumbly. Add enough water to bring the dough together. Cut and mold to your desired consistency and size. Gather and re-roll the scraps, and continue to cut biscuits until you’ve used all the dough.
To make dog cookies, drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them to about 1/4″. Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, baking the smaller cookies for a shorter amount of time. When finished, the biscuits will be dark golden brown, and will be dry and crisp all the way through. Remove the biscuits from the oven, and cool right on the pans.
Yield: about 42 larger (3 1/2″ dog-bone) biscuits, 60 smaller (round) biscuits. Enjoy!!!!!

Tuscan/Lemon Shrimp Tetrazzini

shrimp_tetrazziniIngredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup of white wine
  • 2/3 package spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well with cool water. Toss your noodles into a mixing bowl & Top with our Lemon olive oil, garlic olive oil, herbs de Provence or the Tuscan Infused Olive Oil until well coated.

Over a medium-low heat, add olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, tomato & onion stir until onion is soft and caramelized. Combine flour, cream, salt, milk, and white wine in the saucepan. Mix well. Return the saucepan to the heat and cook until sauce thickens. Add in your shrimp, stir until well coated and remove from the heat after 5 min.

Pour sauce into the bowl containing the noodles and mix well.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the mixture and serve with some crusty bread.

Parmesan Rind Broth

PARMESAN RIND BROTHIngredients: (Yields 8 cups)

  • Enough Extra Virgin olive oil to sauté your herbs
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 1 Parmigiano Reggiano rind
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon whole black or white peppercorns
  • 1/2 parsley bunch, stems and leaves

Directions: (This is Easy!)

    1. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large soup pot. When hot, add the onion, garlic, and fennel. Cook over moderate heat until the vegetables have softened and are beginning to brown. The more caramelized the vegetables are, the deeper the flavor of your broth will be.
    2. Add 2 quarts of water and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and simmer for at least one hour, more if you have time. Strain the broth before use or just remove the rind.

Here are five ways to use Parmesan broth:

    1. Chicken or Turkey, plus any other vegetable-based soups or stews
    2. Pots of beans. Parmesan broth goes especially well with white beans and greens, like escarole or kale.
    3. Risotto-so creamy you will love it and won’t get enough
    4. Braising, from vegetables to chicken legs to short ribs
    5. Stuffing with plenty of fresh herbs