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3 Perks of Coffee!

By Chef Lippe

Ok now that we have approval from Health Magazine (see article below) to drink coffee, and that it is good for you (perk 1), it makes us smarter (perk 2) and my favorite (perk 3) keeps us slim,  I have some great recipes to share with you.  I am one of those lucky people who can drink coffee all day long!  So any food with coffee as one of the ingredients just makes my taste buds smile.

Don’t sweat that morning cup of joe

By Sarah DiGiulio
From Health Magazine

Drinking as many as three 8-ounce cups a day has proven health benefits. But skip it if you have high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, or suffer from anxiety, says Loren Wissner Greene, MD, a professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

 

Perk No. 1: Coffee helps fight disease.

Caffeine may help protect brain cells from the damage that causes Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.  And the antioxidants in coffee could help prevent liver disease.

 

Perk No. 2: It boosts your brainpower.

Java keeps you juiced when you’re sleep-deprived, but a cup before a test can also sharpen memory and keep you alert.

If it makes you too jittery, mix regular with decaf, or drink it with breakfast. Just avoid caffeine for at least four hours before bedtime.

 

Perk No. 3: It keeps you slim.

The caffeine in coffee can speed up metabolism and fat-burning, which helps lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. And black coffee is one of the lowest-calorie drink choices around.

Now for the good stuff!

Perk 1 recipe – fighting disease:

Ultra Iced Coffee

 

Ingredients

9 tablespoons espresso or Italian-roast ground coffee

4 cups boiling water

¼ cup raw sugar

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ cup crushed mint leaves

1 inch piece of grated peeled fresh ginger

6 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk

2 cups fat free milk

Directions

Place a 13 x 9 baking pan in the freezer. Place coffee in a French press and add the boiling water. If you are using your drip coffee maker, substitute the same amount of cold water and brew.

Combine the sugar, cinnamon, mint and ginger in a medium bowl. While coffee is still hot, pour it over the sugar mixture in the bowl, stirring well until the sugar is dissolved. Let steep for flavors to combine (about 30 minutes). Strain ½ of the coffee into the cold pan from the freezer and the other half into a pitcher. Return baking pan to freezer and put the pitcher into the refrigerator.

Check the pan in the freezer after about 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape any frozen coffee around in the pan, continue to check and scrape the pan every hour for the next 2 hours. (Once the granite is made it may be used as needed for up to one week, keep covered with plastic wrap.

To serve – fill a medium glass ½ full of frozen coffee granite, drizzle 1 teaspoon sweetened condensed milk over ice, then fill the glass with the cold refrigerated coffee. Top with milk as desired and serve.

Perk 2 recipe – boosting brain power:

Coffee Steaks Under The Influence Recipe

Ingredients

12 ounces heavy beer (I used Yuengling Black And Tan)

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon Crystal Hot Sauce

3 boneless strip steaks (1 1/2 to 2 pounds), trimmed of fat

3 tablespoons fine ground dark roast coffee

1 tablespoon pure chile powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

 

Directions:

The night before, mix the beer, Worcestershire sauce and crystal hot sauce in a large freezer sipper lock bag, add the steaks and seal it shut and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, mix the other ingredients in a bowl. Take the steaks out of the marinade, discarding the marinade. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels damp with olive oil. Coat steaks with the spicy mix, rubbing into the steaks.

Pre-heat the grill to hot. Grill the steaks until they have a dark crust about 2 minutes per side for medium rare (depending on the thickness)

Let meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Perk 3 recipe – Keeps me SLIM (now this one you have to repeat after each bite, keeps me slim)

Cappuccino Trifle

Ingredients

Cake:

1 cup non-self-rising cake flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

12 large egg whites (at room temperature)

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup granulated sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons finely crushed coffee beans

 

Trifle:

2 pounds hulled strawberries

6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

2 tablespoons espresso powder combined with 1/2 cup boiling water

2 (8-ounce) blocks 1/3 less fat cream cheese (at room temperature)

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

2 teaspoons espresso powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup fat-free sour cream

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pasteurized egg whites (at room temperature)

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

 

Directions

Heat oven to 350° with a rack in the lower third. Sift the flour and salt twice; set aside.

 

To make cake: In a bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer at low speed until foamy (about 2 minutes). Add cream of tartar; beat at medium-high until fluffy and soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until eggs form a peak when beater is lifted out. Transfer egg whites to a large bowl; sift 1/3 of the flour mixture over the whites. Fold in, using a rubber spatula, scraping up from the bottom of the bowl. Continue to sift and fold in the flour mixture in batches; fold in lemon zest and crushed coffee beans. Transfer mixture to a dry, ungreased 10-inch tube pan. Run a knife through the mixture to remove air bubbles. Bake until top is just golden and a small knife inserted into the cake comes out clean (about 45 minutes). Invert the pan upside down to cool.

 

Run a knife around the edges and the middle of the pan; remove cake. Cut cake horizontally into thirds; set aside.

 

Cut 1/2 of the strawberries into thirds or halves, depending on their size. Transfer to a medium bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; toss and reserve. Chop the remaining strawberries into medium pieces; transfer to a second bowl, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of the espresso powder mixture. Toss and reserve.

 

To make espresso cream: Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed (preferably with paddle attachment) until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar at low speed, adding espresso powder and vanilla. Transfer cream cheese mixture to a medium bowl; stir in sour cream by hand. Reserve espresso cream at room temperature.

 

In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites on low until foamy (about 2 minutes). Increase speed to medium-high, and gradually add the remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Beat until egg whites are shiny and hold stiff peaks; reserve.

 

To assemble: Arrange 1/3 of the cut cake in the bottom of a large glass serving dish. Brush the cake well with the espresso powder mixture. Spread 1/3 of the espresso cream over the cake followed by 1/2 of the egg white mixture. Cover with 1/3 of the chopped strawberries and their liquid and 1/3 of the sliced strawberries; dust lightly with cocoa powder. Repeat with a second layer. For top layer, brush final cake layer with remaining espresso powder mixture, and top with remaining espresso cream mixture, chopped and sliced strawberries, and remaining liquid; dust with cocoa powder. (Trifle may be served right away or covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated, up to 6 hours.)

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Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce

By Chef Lippe

 

In the hot summer months I like to use my crockpot a lot, it frees up my day to spend time at the beach or in the pool and still have a great meal.  Chicken is one of my favorite items to slow cook.  I put chicken thighs with skin and bones to start my enchiladas and let them slow cook on low for about 3 hours more if frozen.  Then I let them cool so I can pull out the bones and skins later in the day for the enchiladas.

Ingredients for Green Sauce:

3 Tablespoons virgin olive oil

1 large onion, minced

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 green peppers chopped

2 jalapenos, (seeds and ribs removed for mild sauce)

1 ½ pounds small tomatillos, husked and quartered

½ bunch of cilantro, rough chopped

1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 ½ teaspoon cumin

4 cups chicken broth

2 Tablespoons sugar

 

In a large saucepan, sauté onions until tender in oil.

 

While onions are sautéing combine tomatillos, green and jalapeno peppers, cilantro in a blender and process until smooth (you can add some of the chicken broth if you need more liquid to make it smooth)

 

Add garlic to onion mixture in saucepan and cook until fragrant.

 

Pour in tomatillo mixture.

 

Add chicken broth, salt, pepper and cumin and simmer uncovered up to an hour, depends on the consistency you like.  I like about 30 minutes but have gone as long as an hour.

 

Cool can be made a few days ahead and refrigerated.

 

Ingredients for Enchiladas:

 

2 pounds cooked and shredded chicken (about 4 pounds of chicken thighs)

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup lime juice

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 ½ cups green sauce

4 to 5 cups of mozzarella and cheddar cheese shredded and mixed together

Flour tortillas

 

Mix together 2 cups of sauce with honey, lime and chili.

 

Add 1 cup to shredded chicken and let soak for about 30 minutes

 

Spray oil onto a 9 x 13 baking dish add ½ cup sauce to coat bottom of baking dish.

 

Fill tortillas with shredded meat and desired amount of cheese. Roll and place in baking dish.  Repeat this step making as many as you need.

 

Pour remainder of sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle with more cheese.

 

Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.

 

For last 5 minutes place under broiler to make cheese nice and brown.

 

Enjoy.

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Grapeseed Oil for Heart Healthy Fried Faba Bean Snack

By Chef Lippe

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil has been a well kept secret of gourmet chefs for a long time. It is light and nutty, yet neutral flavor and has the ability to enhance the flavor of a recipe without overpowering them.  It leaves no greasy aftertaste! Which makes it excellent for marinades and salad dressings. Grapeseed oil has a high smoke point (485 F) making it ideal for hot food preparation such as frying and sautéing without smoking. No more setting of the smoke alarms!

Grapeseed oil is made from the seeds of grapes after the wine is pressed. There is no need for hybrid or genetically engineered crops and it does not require additional usage of farmland or water to produce.

Grapeseed oil is high in vitamin E and is 76% essential fatty acid, linoleic acid (also known as Omega 6), low in saturated fat.  It contains natural chlorophyll and valuable antioxidants known as proanthocyninidins. Studies have shown that these antioxidants can significantly raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides and may even lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and impotency!

Grapeseed oil has the ability to slow down and reverse free radical damage and reduce the risk of heart disease and slow down skin aging. It is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E and 20 times more effective than Vitamin C in destroying free radicals that roam the body and damage cells.  Additional studies have shown that grapeseed oil can help protect the body from sun damage, improve vision, improve joint flexibility, improve blood circulation and reduce allergic and asthmatic symptoms by inhibiting the formation of histmines.

It contains NO cholesterol, NO sodium and NO preservatives. It is NOT hydrogenated and contains NO solvents, NO trans-fatty acids or free fatty acids. In other words it is so much better for us than any other type of oil.

Grapeseed oil has long been used to promote health.  Some believed it to be an ingredient in a dish know as pulse, and the Old Testament tells us that the prophet Daniel preferred eating this dish over others in order to stay healthy.  To this day, grapeseed oil is used in many cosmetics and skin care products promoting healthy skin.

Pulses are dishes that include chickpeas, peas, lentils, beans and lupins. Pulses are low fat, high fiber, no cholesterol, low glycemic index, high protein, high nutrient foods.  They are excellent foods for people managing diabetes, heart disease or coeliac disease.

Enjoy and know that you are eating healthy!

Faba Nuts

This traditional crunchy snack is popular throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. They are simple to prepare and provide a tasty alternative to the salted nuts often served with drinks.

Serves: 6
Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 20 – 25 mins
Legume Lead-In: Soak whole or split dried faba beans overnight in three times their volume of water. Beans should be consistent size for even frying. Kabuli chickpeas can also be used as a substitute or combine the two types when done for a tasty medley.

Ingredients

  • Desired quantity of faba beans and / or kabuli chickpeas
  • Grapeseed oil roasted garlic

Seasoning

  • Garlic salt
  • Chicken salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chilli powder
  • Cumin and / or coriander

Instructions

  1. Deep fry in very hot grapeseed oil. Caution: Cover pot while faba beans are frying or be prepared to clean your entire kitchen! Some pop like popcorn.
  2. Cooking time varies according to bean size. Try a few first to get the precise cooking time – our testers found 2 minutes was too short and 3 minutes too long for their conditions. The bean should reach consistency of a roasted chestnut.
  3. When cooked, spead on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  4. Lightly salt or spice as desired.
  5. Once cooled, Faba Nuts will remain crisp in airtight container.

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Berbere Spiced Chicken BBQ

Berbere Spiced Chicken BBQ

By Chef Lippe

Berbere Spice a Moroccan (North African) blend used by the nomadic tribes on grilled lamb. This blend is extremely versatile and can be used on grilled meats, poultry, game or fish. You can get all the spices on line and make the blend yourself or we sell it already blended at www.cheflippe.com The nice thing about making your own blend from scratch is you can adjust the level of heat to suit your taste, increasing either the amount of cayenne pepper or by using a hotter cayenne pepper or a mild version.  Or if you are in our house we have half the chicken hot and the other half mild.

Berbere Spice Blend mix

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1 1/4 cups cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Store unused blend in an air tight container. Enjoy

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Chili and Maple Syrup Baked Pork Chops

Chili Maple Pork Chops

By Chef Lippe

While at the Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC the other day I met with a young company who sold Maple Syrup products. I very impressed and wanted to work with the company when she told me that a portion of all sales went into funding climate research, local farming efforts and sustainable forest stewardship.  All of these things are important to me when I choose which Artisan products I want to work with. And while I was not looking to add maple syrup to my store I did change my mind and you will soon be seeing a line of GREAT maple syrup products. In the meantime here is a great combination of chili and maple syrup.

 Ingredients:

6 – I inch thick pork chops

¼ cup chopped onion

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 and ½ teaspoons sea salt

½ teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In large fraying pan lightly brown pork chops.  Arrange in flat baking dish which has a cover or cover with foil to bake.  Mix together onion, vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, salt, chili powder, pepper, maple syrup and water, pour over pork chops cover and bake 45 minutes. Basting occasionally. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes.  Remove pork chops to a plate. Pour sauce back into frying pan and thicken with flour, making a gravy. Pour over pork chops and serve.

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Pork shoulder with chocolate chili sauce

Pork shoulder with chocolate chili sauce

By Chef Lippe

This dish takes a long time to cook and some advanced planning to get all the ingredients but is so worth the effort!  The chocolate stout is the hardest ingredient to find and if not handy at your local beer shop can be ordered on the internet.  Order some extra because as bad as chocolate beer sounds it actually tastes great.  The day before you plan to eat this you need to start.  The pork shoulder needs to marinate at least 12 hours in with the dry rub and it will have to slow cook for another 8 hours the next day.

Ingredients:

5 pound pork shoulder, trimmed

Olive oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

4 tablespoons chili powder, (1 reserved)

2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper, (½ teaspoon reserved)

Salt and pepper to taste

2 14.9 ounce cans Double Chocolate Stout, (1 reserved for chef and this can be found on the internet if your local shop does not carry)

1 and ½ cups orange juice (reserve ¾ cup)

1 and ½ cup chicken stock (reserve ¾ cup)

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

4 medium carrots, 2 roughly chopped, 2 julienned

2 celery stalks, roughly chopped

6 to 8 garlic cloves, smashed

2 jalapeno peppers, roughly chopped

1 red bell pepper, julienned

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 ounce of 60& or greater chocolate, grated (about 4 squares of a Lindt bar)

1 tablespoon butter

Chocolate pasta

Directions:

Wash and pat dry pork shoulder, trim excess fat from shoulder and lightly coat in olive oil

Liberally apply salt to shoulder. Combine the brown sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper  once mixed rub onto the shoulder.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The first thing the next morning place pork shoulder in a slow cooker.

Add the chocolate stout, orange juice and stock , add onion, roughly chopped carrot, celery, garlic and jalapenos.

Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.

When done cooking strain/separate the fat from the braising liquid. Add braising liquid and reserved orange juice and stock to medium sauce pan and start reducing.

Once this mixture has reduced by half, whisk in tomato paste.  Taste and adjust spices if necessary

Whisk in grated chocolate and butter, once melted remove from heat.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil while shredding the meat.

Shred the pork, add in the remaining chili and cayenne powder and toss together, add ¼ of the sauce and heat the meat up.

While you are heating meat back up add pasta to boiling water and cook al dente.

To serve this dish, place chocolate pasta on a large platter, cover with meat and cooked onions and carrots, add remaining sauce and then top julienned vegetables, grate some more chocolate over the top as if it where cheese.

Enjoy!

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All things BACON!

All things BACON!

By Chef Lippe

Everyone in my house loves bacon.  We have made chocolate with candied bacon. We even add some chili powder to give it a little bite.  We have made praline bacon, bacon ice cream, bacon butter, bacon jam and the list goes on.

I know that the war on bacon is good for you or bad for you it still on going, which over the last few years bacon is about 30% leaner now than it used to be.  Then cooking removes another 30% and a crispy slice of bacon is now about 30 to 40 calories per slice.  However, we are treating bacon as an ingredient in a VERY sweet dish today and we are not going to count the calories! Then there is the warning about bacon and cancer.  Bacon is considered a red meat, it is processed (smoked) and it is fatty all the reasons why you should avoid it. But it TASTES so good that a little snack now and then won’t hurt you.

So here are two of my favorite bacon recipes enjoy! (Eat in moderation if you can )

Chocolate chili covered candied bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced applewood smoked Bacon
  • 1 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1/2 pound of chocolate melting chips (Pure Belgian Chocolate or any other of your choice)

** Note your amounts will vary depending on how many chocolates you wish to make.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (you really need this)

Lay your bacon strips out making sure not to overlap them. Layer each strip of bacon with a thick coating of brown sugar, rubbing it into the bacon.

Place bacon into preheated oven for 10 minutes. Flip bacon and cover new side with syrup and juices. Cook 10 more minutes.

Allow bacon to cool on wire rack. For easy cleanup, place the wire rack over the parchment paper the bacon was cooked on.

Once bacon has cooled, is brittle and tastes oh-so-yummy, crumble or roughly chop the bacon and place a sprinkling of bacon bits in each mold.

In the meantime, prepare a double boiler using a pot and metal bowl. Fill the pot with water, place the bowl in the pot – the bowl should not touch the water. Heat on low-medium heat.

Once bowl is heated place chocolate discs inside to begin melting. Stir often to avoid burning or seizing. Once chocolate has melted, pour into each mold, being sure to tap the molds after each is filled (to knock out any air bubbles). Sprinkle in some more bacon bits, press them into the mixture and place in the fridge to cool.

Bacon Ice Cream

For the ice cream custard:
3 tablespoons salted butter
¾ cup (packed) brown sugar, light or dark (you can use either)
2¾ cup half-and-half
5 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons dark rum or whiskey
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Use candied bacon made earlier  Once crisp and cool, chop into little pieces, about the size of grains of rice.

To make the ice cream custard, melt the butter in a heavy, medium-size saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and half of the half-and-half. Pour the remaining half-and-half into a bowl set in an ice bath and set a mesh strainer over the top.

In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks, then gradually add some of the warm brown sugar mixture to them, whisking the yolks constantly as you pour. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

Cook over low to moderate heat, constantly stirring and scraping the bottom with a heatproof spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.

Strain the custard into the half-and-half, stirring over the ice bath, until cool. Add liquor, vanilla and cinnamon, if using.

Refrigerate the mixture. Once thoroughly chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the bacon bits during the last moment of churning, or stir them in when you remove the ice cream from the machine.

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