Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookies

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Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 oz. dark chocolate morsels (get a good brand)

3/4 cup walnuts (chopped)

sea salt (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Put parchment paper on baking pans.

2. In a bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, brown sugar and butter. Beat until creamy.

3. In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.

4. Slowly beat in dry ingredients into egg mixture.

5. Add chocolate and walnuts. Stir it in with a wooden spoon gently. Make sure it is well mixed.

6. Using a heaping tablespoon and place on baking pan. (about 2 inches a part) You can make them large like I did. (see photo)

7. Optional: Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each cookie.

8. Bake cookies for about 12 minutes. If you made larger cookie bake about 15-16 minutes. Use a toothpick to test if they’re baked.

*Makes about 2 dozen if you use a tbsp. for each cookie.

Grilled Salmon Burgers

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Ingredients:

1 lb. skinless/boneless salmon filets (ground)

1 tbsp. dijon mustard

1 tbsp. shallots (chopped)

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. lemon rind

olive oil

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients in one bowl.

2. Make 4 burgers. (about 1/4 lb. each)

3. Brush grill with olive oil. Cook burgers on each side for 3-4 minutes each.

*Optional: Squeeze a little lemon juice on top, ketchup, or topping of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edamame and Cranberry Pasta

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Ingredients:

1 lb. penne

1 cup edamame

1/2 cup red bell peppers (chopped)

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup red onion (chopped)

1/2 cup corn

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

Directions:

1.  In a large skillet put olive oil. Add garlic. Brown for a minute and add edamame, red bell pepper, cranberries, red onion and corn.  Sauté for 5 minutes. Add sea salt and mix all together.

2. Pour over cooked pasta.

*Parmesan cheese on top is optional.

Open Apple Pie

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Ingredients:

9-inch pie crust, refrigerated dough or make you own dough. (unbaked)
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup flour
Apple pie spice, a good sprinkle
4 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1 tbsp. butter, cut into bits
Granulated sugar for topping

Directions:

Reheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Place pie crust onto prepared baking sheet.

2. Rinse apples and remove stems. Peel, core and slice apples.

3. In a large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, flour and a sprinkle of apple pie spice. . Mix well to combine.

4. Add sliced apples to the bowl and mix gently.

5. Turn out apple mixture onto the pie crust leaving a 3-inch border around the pastry edge.
Dot butter bits on top of the sliced apples.

6. Fold the pastry to partially cover the apple slices. You will need to fold the pastry

7. Sprinkle granulated sugar over pie.

8. Bake pie 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Turkey Bolognese

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion (chopped)
4 garlic cloves  (minced)
1 carrot (peeled and finely chopped)
1 celery stalk  (finely chopped)
1 pound shredded cooked turkey
3 cups marinara sauce or
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)
Sea Salt and  black pepper

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté  about 4 minutes.

2. Add the carrot and celery and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.

3. Add the turkey and saute 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce.

4. Lower  the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

5. Stir in the basil. and season with a little sea salt and black pepper.

6.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes on a low heat.

*Serve over pasta or brown rice. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

A “Royal” Day At The Beach

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I had the wonderful opportunity to work in a scene for the USA series “Royal Pains” today. The 12 hour shoot took place at Jones Beach.  (Not a bad place to spend the day.) Let’s see how they “edit” this one. Date of the episode is TBA. Royal Pains can be seen Tuesday nights at 9pm on USA Network.

Gnocchi With A Red Wine Tomato Sauce

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Ingredients:

2 pounds of yellow potatoes
2  cups  all purpose flour
1  tsp sea salt

Directions:

1. Peel  potatoes and place them in a steamer for about 30 to 40 minutes until tender.
2. Use a potato ricer to mash potatoes.
3. Add salt to the flour. Then add some flour to the potatoes to absorb the water .
4. Put potatoes on a floured board and use your hands to mix in the remaining flour.
5. Knead in the flour and potatoes until it forms a firm dough.
6. Form some of the dough into a ball and roll into a long rope.
7. Cut into one inch pieces and press lightly with a fork.
8. Place the potato gnocchi in a large pot of salted boiling water until the gnocchi floats to the top. Remove the potato gnocchi with a slotted spoon. It should take about two minutes.

Sauce ingredients:

2 lbs.  plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 medium sized yellow onion (chopped)
3 cloves of garlic  (chopped)
4 leaves of fresh basil
1/4 cup of fresh parsley ( chopped)
3 tbsp. of tomato paste
1/2 cup of red wine
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dry oregano

Directions:

1. Cut off the tops of the tomatoes and submerge in boiling water for around 3 minutes.
2.Remove the tomatoes from the water and place in a bowl of ice water.
3. Peel the skin off the tomatoes, slice in half and scoop out the seeds.
4. Chop the tomatoes.
5. In a large skillet sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil for 3 minutes.
6. Add in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. (don’t let it burn)
7. Stir in the tomatoes, red wine, basil,  and oregano.  Simmer for 30-35 minutes.

Pour sauce of gnocchi. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh basil

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