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Parmigiano Reggiano Canapés with Hot Smoked Salmon

By Chef Lippe

There is nothing better than a good cheese crisp, baked cheese, or what ever you choose to call them, you know the cheese that leaks out onto the baking pan when you make a grilled cheese. You can eat them plain, you can mix them with spices or you can even dip them in chocolate. They make a wonderful base for many canapes and tapas.  This one is one of my favorites.

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Ingredients

 2 teaspoons crème fraiche

(To make your own get a mail-order a creme fraiche culture from The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company, P.O. Box 85, Ashfield, MA 01330, (413) 628-3808 and follow their directions. To make your own that is close to the original see end of blog.

Finely grated zest of one lemon

Fennel seeds, chopped

Grated and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, to serve

1/2 small fennel bulb

1/3 cup hot smoked salmon, flaked

Salt and black pepper

For the Crisps:

1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated (do extra because you will eat half as they come out of the oven)

1 tbsp plain flour (optional)

Directions

How to make Parmigiano Reggiano Canapés with Hot Smoked Salmon

1. Grease and line a large baking sheet with grease proof paper.

2. Mix Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and plain flour, along with a good pinch of black pepper.

3. Spoon teaspoon-sized rounds of this mixture onto the baking sheet and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon. The mixture should give ten crisps, make sure there is plenty of space between each one, as the mixture will spread a little.

4. Place the rounds under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted to make a golden brown crisp. Remove each crisp carefully using a pallet knife and leave to cool on greaseproof paper. You can also bake them for 10 minutes at 350.

5. Mix crème fraiche together with lemon zest and season to taste. To assemble, spoon a small amount of lemon crème fraiche on top of each crisp. Then sprinkle with a few fennel seeds, grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and finely chopped fennel, before topping with flakes of hot smoked salmon and black pepper.

6. Finally, garnish with sprigs of fresh fennel and serve.

Crème Fraiche

Ingredients

1 to 2 tablespoons cultured buttermilk

2 cups heavy cream (pasteurized, not ultra pasteurized or sterilized, and with no additives)

Instructions

Combine the buttermilk and cream in a saucepan and heat only to tepid (not more than 85 degrees on an instant reading thermometer). Pour into a clean glass jar. Partially cover and let stand at room temperature (between 65 and 75 degrees) for 8 to 24 hours, or until thickened. Stir and refrigerate at least 24 hours before using. The cream will keep about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Trinidad Shrimp Curry

By Chef Lippe

Whenever I need a quick dinner I make a shrimp curry this recipe came from a friend in Trinidad so it is full of spices is not overly hot.  I serve it over a bed of rice with a nice green salad and a frozen drink.  It takes about 20 minutes to make and serves 4 adults.

Ingredients:

3 pounds shrimp (large 12 to 15 per pound)

1 ½ teaspoons cumin seeds

1 ½ teaspoons coriander seeds

1 ½ teaspoons mustard seeds

1 ½ teaspoons whole black pepper

1 ½ teaspoons turmeric

½ teaspoon crushed hot red pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup finely chopped onions

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 tablespoon scraped and finely chopped ginger

6 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped or 2 cups canned

1 cup water

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

 

Directions

 

Clean and devein shrimp.

 

Start rice following instructions for rice. I like to use Jasmine rice.

 

Combine the cumin, coriander, mustard, peppercorns, turmeric and red pepper in the jar of an electric grinder and blend at high speed until the spices are completely pulverized. (I have a coffee grinder that I use for spices).

 

In a heavy 12 inch skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until a light haze forms above it. Drop in the onions, garlic and ginger, stirring frequently, cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions are soft and transparent but not brown.  Add spices and tomatoes, stir for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, cook briskly until most of the liquid is gone and mixture is thick.

 

Add shrimp, turning them to cook on each side.  Reduce heat to very low, cover firmly and simmer for 5 minutes.

 

Serve at once.

 

 

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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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Grilled Curried Pork Burgers with Sweet Pickled Peaches

Grilled Curried Pork Burgers with Sweet Pickled Peaches

By Chef Lippe

Soon we will be harvesting the peaches from our tree. Usually I make a canned sweet pickled peach, which we give as gifts throughout the year.  I always get the question, “what do you do with these?”  Here is my families favorite combination of sweet pickled peaches and grilled curried pork burgers that work well together.  They are hot and spicy with a sweet peach topping.

Sweet Pickled Peaches

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds peaches
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 pint vinegar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

Boil sugar, ginger, vinegar and 1 stick cinnamon to make syrup. Peel small peaches. Stick 4 whole cloves into each peach. Cook peaches in syrup until tender. Pack peaches into wide-mouthed jars and pour syrup over them to cover. Seal by following directions on the canning jars you are using.

Curried Pork Burgers

1pound lean ground pork
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons curry paste
1 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon each salt & pepper

Mix all the meat, the feta, and all the seasonings together & form burgers. Grill. Serve on buns and top with pickled peaches.

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Summer Salad with Orzo and Lemon Olive Oil

Lemon Orzo Salad

By Chef Lippe

Now that the kids are on summer vacation we spend a lot of time at the beach and need some good picnic food. This salad is fun and easy to make and you can make it with any vegetables and server it warm or cold. It travels well without spoiling because it has olive oil instead of heavy mayonnaise.  The kids love it because I let them pick out the color of the orzo (red, white, green) and the vegetables that we use. One time we had spinach orzo with yellow corn and red tomatoes. Today we are having white orzo with green peas, artichoke and white beans with lemon flavored olive oil. You can add chicken or shrimp to either dish if you have some way to keep it cold until you serve it at the beach.

Enjoy the water!

Ingredients:

1/2 pound orzo pasta
1 cup cooked fresh peas (or frozen peas if you are in a hurry to get to the beach)
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped into bite-sized chunks
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed in cold water
2 cups arugula
sea salt (try lemon or garlic flavored sea salt)
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil lemon flavored

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Season the water with some salt, then cook the orzo pasta according to package directions (about 9 minutes). Drain well and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Add the peas, artichokes, white beans, and arugula on top of the orzo and season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. Add the lemon olive oil.  Toss with a spoon until all the ingredients are well combined. It’s ready to serve, but tastes best if made a few hours or even the night before so flavors can really develop.   Add some crumbled feta cheese or shaved parmesan if you like just before you serve it.

Here is another version that is good on its own or as a bed for a nice piece of grilled salmon.

Ingredients:

1 cup orzo

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons freshly flavored Lemon Olive Oil

8 asparagus spears, chopped

1 cup packed fresh spinach

1/3 cup feta cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

Lemon wedges or slices, to garnish (optional)

Bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook until tender, about 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Sauté garlic in 1 teaspoon Lemon Olive Oil over medium heat. Add asparagus pieces and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Stir in spinach. Continue cooking until the asparagus is tender and the spinach wilts.

Stir together orzo and vegetables in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with remaining teaspoon of Lemon Olive Oil. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top of the salad.

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

By Chef Lippe

I keep my chocolate in the refrigerator at this time of year for a nice cold treat when I come in from the garden.  As I grew up this was a favorite treat made by the cooks for the winter holidays.  I always got to help even if it was only licking the bowl when I was very young. So this would be a fun summer time project with the kids.

The word truffle comes from a French fungus.  As strange as that may sound, the word truffle is now very much synonyms for luxury to your taste buds. A chocolate truffle is a ganache covered with tempered chocolate.  A ganache is made of a mixture of cream and melted chocolate, and tempered means that the chocolate has been melted to a specific temperature, cooled to a specific temperature, and then once again melted. The ganache is then dipped into this melted chocolate. This method makes the truffle hard on the outside but soft and creamy on the inside.

Ingredients:

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, (chopped very, very fine)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup liqueur of your choice (I like to use Kahlua, DisAronno, or Amaretto)

Suggested truffle coating Ingredients: 
1/2 cup Dutch-Process Cocoa
Finely chopped nuts
Toasted coconut
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate for dipping (Chocolate candy coating can be used instead).
Preparation:

In a microwave-safe bowl (glass bowl preferred because it retains heat and keeps the chocolate tempered for a longer time), place chocolate in the microwave for thirty seconds at a time on high power until the chocolate is melted. Be very careful not to overheat the chocolate. The chocolate may not look as if it has completely melted, because it retains its shape. The chocolate should be only slightly warmer than your bottom lip. You may still see lumps in it once you’ve stirred it, but don’t worry; the residual heat of the chocolate will melt it.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter, corn syrup, and cream until it just begins to simmer; remove from heat.  NOTE: Stir constantly while doing this to avoid scorching the mixture on the bottom of the pan. Pour the cream/corn syrup mixture over the tempered chocolate and let it stand for about 2 minutes.  The heat from the mixture will finish the melting of the chocolate. You now have a chocolate ganache.

Stir the chocolate ganache mixture carefully, but thoroughly until it is smooth and creamy. Stir in the liqueur (of your choice) and make sure it is mixed throughout the chocolate. Spoon the mixture into an 8-inch by 8-inch glass baking dish and cover it with plastic wrap.  Place in the refrigerator to cool until it is firm, approximately 1 to 2 hours.

When the chocolate ganache is cooled and firmed, scoop out small amounts with a spoon or melon baler, and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Return this to the refrigerator to firm up again. You will see just how quickly the ganache begins to melt when it is removed from the refrigerator, especially if you are using your hands to form a more ball like structure with it.

While you are waiting for the ganache to get firm, get your Truffle Coating Ingredients ready:

Place the Dutch cocoa in a small bowl.

Finely chop the nuts in a food processor or similar (toasting the nuts before chopping can give them a deeper flavor).  To toast pecans, almonds, or walnuts, place them in a dry skillet over medium heat and stir constantly to avoid burning until you can smell the aroma of the nut.  Remove from the heat immediately and allow to cool before chopping.

Toast the coconut in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 minutes or until slightly brown.  Remove from oven and allow the coconut to cool; then crush it in a plastic bag so that it is fine.

Chocolate candy coating can be melted in the microwave or on the stove with a double boiler. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for melting.

Finely chop 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate and place into a medium-size bowl.  Although this can be done on the stove with a double boiler, the easiest way, and safest way of keeping the chocolate “temper”, is to use a heating source such as a hot plate on low to medium, or even a heating pad under the bowl. Stirring occasionally, heat the chocolate until it reaches 92 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer.

NOTE: Keep it at this temperature to maintain that crisp crunch when it is cooled around the truffle center.  DO NOT heat your chocolate above 94 degrees F, the temperature at which you will lose the temper.

Remove the chocolate ganache from the refrigerator in small batches. Roll it in your palm to form a ball. Immediately place it in the coating of your choice and cover completely. Place the coated ball back on a lined cookie sheet and allow to set up in a cool dry place for at least 1 hour.  To cover the balls with chocolate, use a small slotted spoon or a fork, and allow the chocolate to drip off after you have dipped it, then place on the cookie sheet with the others.

I like to make a variety of truffles, and it is just as easy as changing the coating, or even changing the liqueur you are using.

Here are the ones my kids helped with!

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