INGEDIENTS – mix together

  • 2 C Cooked Quinoa
  • 1 can drained chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes halved
  • Juice 1 lemon & 2 TB olive oil
  • salt & pepper


June 19, 2017

Served by Cam at Easter 2017. Poached eggs. Use large cooking pot/dutch oven – works better than frying pan – deeper. Serves 4


  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 3 jalapeño peppers (stemmed , seeded, finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 TB paprika
  • 1  28oz can whole pulled tomatoes ( San Marzano ). Empty contents into bowl and crush with hand, add ½ C water.
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ C feta (sheep milk)
  • 1 TB chopped parsley
  • Toasted whole wheat country bread or pitas.


  • Heat oil in pan over med-hi heat. Cook chilis & onions until soft & golden brown ~ 6 min. Add garlic & spices, stir 2 min.
  • Add crushed tomatoes & water. Simmer until thickened about 15 min.
  • Poach eggs: add eggs over sauce. Cover  and cook until yolks set ~ 5min. Use large spoon to baste egg whites with tomato mixture. Gently serve into bowls/plates, top with feta & parsley.

WSJ 5/27/2017.  Italian frozen chocolate mousse. QED.  Svgs 8.  Takes 4 hours to freeze.


½ C sugar

3 large eggs

2 egg yolks

2 C heavy cream

8 ounces semisweet (63% cacao or higher), melted, warm but not hot.

¾ C toasted, coarsely chopped almonds


  • line 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap
  • A. MELTED CHOCOLATE  melt 8 oz chocolate in double boiler, remove from double boiler, set aside.
  •  B. EGG MIXTURE In double boiler over simmering water, whisk: eggs & sugar & pinch of salt until pale & frothy ~ 4 minutes. Remove from heat (I transferred to large bowl).
  • C. CREAM MIXTURE In a bowl, Beat 2 C cream (with whisk attachment) to soft peaks. Set aside 2/3 C of whipped cream for serving – keep chilled in refrigerator until needed when serving.
  • Fold A Chocolate  into B Egg mixture with rubber spatula.                                                                                       Quickly but gently fold in C whipped cream to A&B mixture.
  • Add ¾C toasted almonds to chocolate mixture. Transfer to loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Cover & freeze 4 hours.
  • Slice & serve with dollop of whipped cream

Merguez and chickpeas

February 2, 2017

Merguez lamb sausage, ricotta, sundried tomato , chickpeas, harrissa, farro

  • Roast/grill/pan fry merguez sausage
  • Cook farro,
  • Layer/assemble ingredients together.


Serves 4, Belgian recipe. Use large cast iron pan. Ryan Haupt made this QED!

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Serve with pinot noir /gamay / chianti.

  • 1 ½ LB venison backstrap or loin (filet mignon or pork loin). Salt and rest at room temp for 30 min.
  • 3 TB butter
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish


  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) of gin
  • ¼ C demi-glace or reduced beef broth
  • 1 tsp ground juniper berries
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • ½ C sour cream or creme fraîche


  • Heat butter in pan, med-hi. Sear venison on each side, 3-4 min per side depending on how thick the loin. Remove from pan and let it rest on cutting board.
  • Add shallot to pan, saute for 2 min. Turn off heat, add gin. High heat, stir with wooden spoon to deglaze pan.
  • Add rosemary and  crushed juniper, then demi-glace broth. Cook down until reduced (4-5 min until spoon leaves a trail).
  • Turn off heat. When stops bubbling, add creme fraîche.
  • Slice venison loin into medallions, lay down some sauce, place medallions on top. Add fresh cracked pepper and pomegranates .

Kale pork chops

October 27, 2016

WSJ, Dan Kluger,  2016 svgs 4, oven 325°

4 – bone in pork chops

  • Heat 2TB olive oil in cast iron skillet med-hi. When oil is shimmering, add pork chops, sear, golden brown 2 min per side.
  • Put pan in oven, bake 10-15 min (until thermometer in pork chops – 150°). Remove, let rest covered 10 min.

2 bunches stemmed, chopped Kale

  • Boil water in med size lidded pot.
  • Add chopped kale to boiling water. Blanch 2 min (bright green)
  • Drain and toss dry.

1 thinly sliced red onion, 2 cloves garlic, ¾ C chopped toasted walnuts &  1 chopped jalapeño

  • In dry pot, med-hi,  add 2 TB olive oil, garlic and onions. Sauté until onions cartelized ( 6min).
  • Stir in walnuts & jalapeño, cook 3 min.

¾ C chopped basil, ¼ C chopped fresh mint, 1½ C pomegranate seeds

  • Add cooked kale and herbs to onion mixture in pot. Cook 4 min until softened. S&P to taste
  • Remove from heat, add half of pomegranate seeds.

Divide kale/herb mixture onto plates, top with pork chops, sprinkle remaining pomegranate seeds and drizzle some olive oil.