Banana Beignets

Yield:    8 beignets Beignets, fresh and hot, right out of the frying oil, are scrumptious. They were originally brought to New Orleans by French colonists in the 18th century and quickly became a favorite in Creole cuisine, with variations often including banana or plantain, fruits readily available in this port city. Accompanied by a rich,…

Crispy Fried Calamari

Yield: 2 generous portions Truly ‘crispy’ fried calamari is a delight! In order to achieve this result, the process to follow is first to coat the squid pieces with a corn-flour mixture, then dip in egg, and finally to coat with breadcrumbs. The result is impeccable! Ingredients: 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup organic, unbleached white…

Lamb Kabobs

Yield: 4 portions Originating in Yemen, the intriguing blend known as zhug has spread throughout the Middle East. Various versions can be found from Israel to Arabia. Exotically delicious, this spirited seasoning can be used to flavor all manner of meat, bean and vegetable dishes, such as this recipe for lamb kabobs, which we present…

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…

New York~Style Pizza Dough

Yield:    1 large pizza (approximately 16” diameter) This recipe is the result of much experimentation to arrive at the perfect proportions and method to recreate authentic east coast, New-York style pizza dough ~ the kind you find at the best pizza restaurants. Trust me on this: if that’s your favorite kind of pizza, the floppy…

Tortilla Española , a Spanish Omelet

Yield:    2 servings Ingredients: 1 large yellow potato, thinly sliced (about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick) 2 large eggs, beaten 1/4 large yellow onion, diced 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1 red and 1 green pepper, chopped (Note: We used one red jalapeno and 1 green serrano, since we were in the mood for spicy….

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with White Cacao Beans

Yield: 8-12 large cookies If soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies are your desire, you need look no further for a recipe that’s sure to please. It took many experiments (of the most delightful type) to develop what, to  me, was the perfectly chewy, gooey chocolate chip cookie. Ingredients: ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown…