Gazpacho, a glorious summer soup from Spain

Yield: 2 luncheon portions Gazpacho ~ a favorite light summer soup, reminiscent of wandering the back alleys in Seville, Spain, and discovering places unknown to the typical tourists. This recipe is ridiculously easy and sure to please. Ingredients: 3 large vine-ripened tomatoes 1 large cucumber 1/4 cup minced yellow onion 1 large garlic clove, minced…

Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops & Steamed Lobster Tails with Pasta Primavera

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. linquine, cooked al dente with a portion of the pasta liquid reserved 2 giant lobster tails, steamed and flesh removed 1 lb. jumbo sea scallops, 10-12 count 2 large shallots, sliced 1 yellow squash, roasted, then halved lengthwise and sliced thickly (NOTE: In preparation, roast a yellow squash…

Moroccan-Influenced Stuffed Baby Eggplants over Couscous

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: For the stuffed eggplants  4 baby eggplants (approximately 3″ long would be considered large for ‘baby’ eggplants) 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, chopped 1/4 cup yogurt 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons chopped oil-cured Moroccan black olives 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted 1 tablespoon chopped preserved Meyer lemons 1 tablespoon…

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. linguine pasta, cooked al dente, with a portion of the pasta water reserved for the sauce 6-8 oz. cooked whole clams 1 large vine-ripened tomato, diced 3 large garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 small white onion, sliced thinly (in what I refer to as half-moon slices) 1/4 cup white wine…

Pollo en Adobo (Chicken en Adobo)

Yield: 2 servings Ingredients: 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast 1 tomato, diced 3 large garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 small white onion, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 1/2 – 1 cup diced chiles (NOTE: Either Hatch red or green chiles are an excellent choice.) 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons Merchant Spice Co.’s…