1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
4 tablespoons cake flour
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Place the oil in a mug and swirl around to grease the inside.
2. Add the cake flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder and salt into the mug, stirring together.
3. Pour in the milk and vanilla, then cook in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.
4. Let cool slightly and serve.
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Makes 2 Pies
Graham Cracker Crust:
2 1/2 cups Graham Cracker crumbs
1 pkg. vanilla sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. vanilla sugar
Pinch of salt
1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, room temperature
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup heavy cream, whipped with 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 additional lemon for garnish
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water to soften
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 pkg. vanilla sugar
In a large bowl, combine crust ingredients, mix well. Press into 2 pie dishes.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Beat in condensed milk until blended. On low speed, add lemonade, vanilla sugar, salt, zest and juice of lemon.
Increase speed and beat until blended. Heat gelatin with water in the microwave for 10 seconds to melt. Stir into lemon filling. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into crust, refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight.
In a large mixing bowl, whip all Chantilly cream ingredients to stiff peaks. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe rosettes on top of each pie. Place lemon slices on top of rosettes and serve.
Makes 12-14 servings
3 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice
2 lg. zucchini, rinsed and cut into 1/4 inch dice
1 cup broccoli florets
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks (optional)
1 cup dry white wine
3 cups canned tomato chunks
4 qt. vegetable stock
½ lb. lasagna noodles
1 lb. fresh spinach, stems trimmed, leaves cut into thin strips
1 lg. can (1 lb. 3 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes (more or less to taste)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 ½ cup sour cream
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir in the carrots, zucchini, potatoes, broccoli and cook, stirring frequently for 10 minutes, add the wine and garlic. Stir in the tomatoes and cook 5 minutes longer. Pour in the stock and then add the spinach, and beans and uncooked lasagna noodles broken into pieces. Simmer the soup uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes.
Season to taste with chili flakes, salt and pepper. Add parmesan cheese. Serve with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of basil.
1 1/3 cups oreo cookie crumbs
6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon espresso powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
8 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
2 oz. heavy cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Melt butter and pour over crumbs in a large mixing bowl. Mix ingredients together until crumbs are well saturated by butter. Press crumb mixture into pan and up sides of a 9 inch spring form pan. Bake in oven for 8-12 minutes until crust feels dry and firm.
Mix cornstarch and espresso powder into heavy cream until thoroughly mixed together. Set aside.
In a kitchen mixer, beat the cream cheese to a smooth consistency. Mix in sugar. Beat in eggs and yolks a little at a time. Add the espresso mixture and mix to a smooth batter.
Wrap the outside of the cooled spring form pan with cling wrap and then aluminum foil. This is to prevent water from seeping into the cake. Sit the spring form in a baking dish and pour the cheesecake filling into the spring form. Fill the baking dish with boiling water to come about half way up the spring form pan.
Bake in the water bath for approximately 35-45 minutes until the top of the cheesecake is firm but underneath is still slightly giggly. Remove spring form from pan in oven and immediately remove foil and wrap. Allow the cheesecake to cool. Then refrigerate overnight to set.
Over a double boiler, melt chocolate. Once melted, stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract. Set chocolate mixture aside to cool slightly. Over a very cold cheesecake pour ganache and allow it to drip a little over the sides. Chill to solidify the chocolate ganache.
5lbs littleneck clams (steamed, cleaned, and chopped...reserve the liquid)
1 cup water
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups fish or chicken stock
2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, small, diced
2 celery stalks, small, diced
3 carrots, small, diced
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 fresh bay leaves
1 1/2 lbs fingerling potatoes, small, diced
1/2 cup heavy cream
In a large stock pot, steam the clams with the water, white wine and 2 bay leaves until they open. Discard any clams that have not opened. Do not consume. Remove the meat from the shell and strain the clam juice through a double layer of cheese cloth. Reserve the juice. Clean the clams and chop fine. Reserve the meat
In a 6 qt heavy bottom stock pot, heat oil and saute the onions, celery, and carrots until tender. Add the fresh thyme and bay leaves. Cook for 1 minute. Add the potatoes and cook until they just become tender. Add the reserved clam juice and clam meat. Bring to a simmer, cook until the potatoes are cooked through. Finish with the heavy cream.
2 cups cooked lobster meat
8 oz cream cheese
6 oz cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup lemon juice
1Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup scallions (washed and diced)
In a double boiler, melt cream cheese and cheddar cheese, stirring together. Add lemon zest, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Fold in lobster. Stir to combine. Spread on toasted French bread, sprinkle with scallions.
To make Bruschetta:
16 French baguette slices (1/2" thick)
3Tbsp olive oil
Heat grill, or pre-heat oven to 375.
Arrange the bread slices on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, then place on hot grill and mark on one side. Alternatively, bake until golden and crisp (6-8 minutes)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 oz. good-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
5 lg. egg yolks
1/4 cup raspberry puree
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 325° F.
In a non-reactive saucepan, heat cream to just under boiling. Remove from heat, add white chocolate and stir with a silicone spatula until melted.
In a separate bowl, whisk yolks and vanilla in medium bowl. Slowly whisk cream mixture into yolks until incorporated. Divide custard between 8 (4 ounce) ramekins cups. Spoon small amount of puree into each cup and lightly swirl in to marble.
Place custard cups into a baking dish with sides. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Do not get any water into cups. Bake just until the crème brûlée is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the crème brûlée from the refrigerator 10 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top. Divide the sugar equally among the 4 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the crème brûlée to sit for at least 2 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup whole milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ounce finely chopped dark chocolate
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup pecan pieces
In a heavy bottomed non-reactive saucepan over low heat, combine sugars, cream, milk and salt. Stir until sugars have melted. Once sugars have melted make sure the sides of the pan are free from “radical” sugars and stop stirring.
Add a candy thermometer to the pan and cook the mixture until it reaches 235 degrees F.
Remove pan from heat and add the butter, chocolate, and vanilla. Be careful as mixture may bubble. Stop stirring and allow mixture to rest until it have cooled slightly and is no longer shiny.
Pipe out silver dollar shaped pralines and top with pecan pieces. Allow to cool to set.
Sore in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Vidalia onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 Yukon potatoes, peeled and diced
4 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 quarts chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. fresh nutmeg, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large sauce pot. Sauté onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes until tender. Add stock and allow to boil. Cook soup for 20-30 minutes to marry the flavors.
In small batches, puree soup in a food processor or blender. Please be careful not to fill the processor bowl as hot liquid expands quickly when blending. Place pureed soup back into soup pot to reheat. Add cream, nutmeg and ginger. Salt and pepper to taste.
6 cups mixed greens, chopped bite sized
1 cup mandarin orange slices
1/4 cup toasted almonds slivers
3/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
1/4 orange juice
Zest of one orange
2 Tbsp. raw honey
3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
2 tsp. sesame oil
In a large bowl, whisk together orange juice, honey, orange zest, fresh
grated ginger and rice wine vinegar. While whisking slowly add in a
constant drizzle the oil to create an emulsion.
Remove 1/2 cup of dressing. Marinate chicken in 1/2 cup of dressing for
2 hours. Discard dressing used for marinade.
Grilled chicken on an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Cook chicken
until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° and juices in the
chicken run clear. Set aside.
Add sesame oil to remaining dressing and whisk together.
In a large bowl toss together mixed greens and oranges. Add dressing and
Slice chicken on a diagonal into strips. Plate salad onto individual
dishes top with chicken breast and garnish with toasted almonds.
8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups tightly packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 1/2 cups half and half
5 lg. eggs
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
9 cups day old country bread, cubed
½ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 cup dried cherries
Butter and flour for the pan
Prepare a 13- by 9-inch glass baking dish by greasing it with butter and a light coating of flour.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, half and half, eggs, and vanilla extract. Fold in bread cubes until fully coated and bread has absorbed most of the liquid mixture. Fold in cherries.
Spoon bread pudding into the prepared baking dish. Place chocolate pieces evenly throughout the pudding. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
Turn oven to 350°F. Place pan in oven as it is heating up.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until bread pudding is golden brown approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Yields 2 cups
2 cups whole milk
2 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste
6 Tbsp. granulated sugar
6 lg. egg yolks
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tablespoons Gran Marnier
In a non-reactive saucepan, combine vanilla bean paste, sugar, salt, and milk and heat together until milk is just under boiling point.
In a separate bowl, combine together the egg yolks. Liaison the hot milk mixture into the eggs while whisking constantly. Once eggs have slowly heated in temperature to prevent curdling, marry the two liquids and return combined mixture to pan and stove top.
Heat liquid slowly over a medium heat being cautious not to create curdling on the bottom of saucepan and allow mixture to reduce to a thick cream. Add liquor.
Strain through a chinois if necessary. Serve with bread pudding.
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups mixed fresh mushrooms (shitake, cremini, chanterelles, morels, etc.)
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
2 cups fresh spinach
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
12 pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
In a large sauté pan, melt butter. Add garlic and mushrooms, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and cook until most of the moisture from the mushrooms is removed. Allow to cool. Toss with quinoa, tomatoes and olives. Toss with half the dressing and place on a bed of dressed spinach.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large serving bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, oregano, salt, and pepper. Whisk together. Divide dressing in half and toss half with quinoa mixture and half with spinach.
8 oz. semi sweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
8 large eggs
3 ¼ cups heavy cream
¾ cup sugar
1 recipe banana bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Butter and flour a 9 by 13 baking dish.
Cut up banana bread into chunks and place on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven until golden. Remove and allow to cool.
Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler. Allow to cool slightly.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, and sugar. Slowly add chocolate mixture to temper the eggs. Add banana bread to bowl and fold over until bread is fully coated in chocolate egg mixture.
Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Slice up one of the extra bananas and tuck pieces into the pudding mixture for added banana flavor. Place pudding in oven. Bake until pudding is mostly set, approximately 45 minutes.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-by-5-3-inch loaf pan.
Sift to combine flour, baking powder, and salt on parchment paper. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, with a mixer on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, and vanilla, mixing to combine. Stir in mashed bananas and flour mixture by thirds. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake until loaf starts to pull away from edges of the pan, approximately 55 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
7 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 oz unsalted butter
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Chopped or shaved chocolate for garnish
Over a double boiler melt chocolate and butter until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
Over a double boiler, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until sugar is melted and eggs are over 165 degrees F. Stir constantly to prevent eggs from coagulating. Remove from heat and mix in chocolate butter mixture.
In a kitchen stand mixer, whip heavy cream, powdered sugar and peppermint extract until soft whipped cream. Fold in chocolate egg mixture. Pipe or spoon into individual tartlets and chill in refrigerator to set.
Sprinkle with chopped chocolate to serve.
Chocolate Tart Dough:
7 oz. AP Flour
1.5 oz cocoa powder
3.5 oz unsalted butter, chopped and chilled
3.5 oz. confectioners’ sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
Place into a food processor sugar, flour, salt and cocoa powder and pulse the processor to combine the ingredients. Add cold butter pieces and pulse to combine until it resembles large cornmeal. Add the eggs and pulse just to combine. Be careful not to over mix it.
Remove dough and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Remove dough and roll out to ¼ inch thick. Place into 8 individual tartlet pans that have been greased and lightly floured.
Place tart pan into a preheated oven at 350 degrees and bake shell for 12-18 minutes. Remove shell from oven and allow to cool.