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Lemon Ice Box Pie

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It’s been a long winter and I’m ready to say enough. This past weekend we sprung ahead an hour and I’m ready to spring ahead myself. It started in the house, putting away the last remnants of winter decor in the house . i started to bring in a little color, filled a bowl in the kitchen with lemons and thought about making something that tasted and looked like spring. I found this recipe on the Food & Wine website and made it this past weekend. It was silky, cool and creamy with burst of tartness from the lemon contrasted with sweetness from the milk and sugar.  The color is of warm sunshine. Bring a little spring into your life with this delectable dessert!

From by the bay wishing you sunny and bright food memories!

Maryann

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Lemon Ice Box Pie
CONTRIBUTED BY DAVID GUAS
TOTAL TIME: 1 HR PLUS 7 HR COOLING AND FREEZING
SERVINGS: MAKES ONE 9-INCH PIE
MAKE-AHEAD
STAFF-FAVORITE
This silken frozen pie is adapted from Clancy’s, one of David Guas’s favorite New Orleans neighborhood restaurants. (Recipe adapted from DamGoodSweet.)

Ingredients

14 whole graham crackers, broken
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Two 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice, plus 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
8 large egg yolks

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325°. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers with the sugar and salt until finely ground but not powdery. Add the butter and pulse until the crumbs are evenly moistened; transfer to a 9-inch springform pan and press into the bottom and two-thirds up the side. Set the pan on a rimmed baking sheet.
In a medium bowl, whisk the condensed milk with the lemon juice. In another bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the lemon zest with the egg yolks until pale. Beat in the condensed milk mixture until smooth. Pour the filling into the crust.
Bake the pie for 25 minutes, until the center jiggles slightly and the edges are set. Transfer the pan to a rack; let cool for 1 hour. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and freeze the pie for at least 6 hours.
Wrap a warm, damp kitchen towel around the side of the springform pan to release the pie; remove the ring. Using a hot knife, slice the pie, transfer to plates and serve.

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Ricotta Strawberry Muffins

 

 

 

 

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My grandparents farm had lots of fresh strawberries to pick. The strawberries would rarely last long enough to bake . I would say the same holds true today. But if you do find yourself with some berries this is the perfect morning treat.  A moist muffin that is not too sweet. It’s the perfect start to a nice relaxing weekend morning!

From by the bay , wishing you berry food memories!

Maryann

Ricotta Strawberry Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, plus extra tablespoon to sprinkle on top of muffins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 F. Take a 12 muffin pan and line with paper baking cups. Put tin to the side. In a bowl combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and lemon zest. Add melted butter, ricotta cheese and stir. Add the eggs to the buttermilk , mix and pour into the flour mixture and combine. Add strawberries, mix and then fill each muffin liner about 3/4 filled. sprinkle tops of muffins with remaining sugar. Place tin on baking sheet and bake on the center rack for 20 to 25 minutes until cake tester comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes then remove muffins to wire rack to cool. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Asparagus, Egg and Croutons with Pine Nut Dressing

I recently had dinner with a good friend of mine at Franny’s in Brooklyn.  Over a great bottle of wine we shared a few dishes and this one was a seasonal standout. We enjoyd the roasted asparagus topped with a creamy and nutty pine nut dressing, egg and croutons. Here is my take on a memorable dish. It may seem as if this is a lot of steps, but they are all little simple ones and the results are delicious. You could double the recipe and it make it the star dish of the evening and serve it with something simple off the grill.  

From by the bay, wishing for Franny-like  food memories!

Maryann

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Asparagus, Egg and Croutons with Pine Nut Dressing

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1 egg
  • 1 thick slice rustic bread
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons for bread and asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions

To make the egg, place in small sauce pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a low simmer for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and cover. Keep covered for 10 minutes. Remove egg from the pan and place in an ice bath or cool under cold water. Set aside. Preheat over to 400 degrees F. Place bread on baking sheet and brush both sides with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Place in oven for 5 minutes until one side is brown, turn over for another 3 to 5 minutes until brown. Remove from oven and cool. Pull bread apart into large pieces to make croutons. Clean and trim stems of the asparagus and place on baking sheet. Drizzle asparagus with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and  1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper. Place in the same oven for about 15 minutes until the asparagus are tender and start to brown. Place asparagus on a serving platter. Remove from oven and cool. Place a small dry pan with pine nuts over medium heat until the nuts start to brown. Remove from heat and cool. Take 1 tablespoon of the toasted pine nuts aside to garnish.  To make dressing  place the remaining pine nuts go into a small food processor. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt  and pulse until blended and creamy. Peel egg and break into small pieces over the asparagus, then drizzle dressing and add croutons and remaining toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately at room temperature.

 

Ricotta, Pea and Prosciutto Pizza

I’ve gone pea wild! I love spring when fresh peas start to show up in abundance. I was shopping in my favorite food market and found both english peas and sugar snap peas. Of course I couldn’t decide on which to buy, so I bought both and decided to celebrate with a little pea fest in the kitchen. First up is this yummy pizza, make with 3 cheeses and then topped with peas and ham one of those perfect duets in food. I opted for the italian version of this combo and used prosciutto. I wanted to kept the peas fresh, crisp  and vibrant green so I decided to blanch them and toss then over the pizza once it came out of the hot oven. The last touch is grating some fresh lemon zest on top to brighten all the flavors. This is a pizza you’ll want to try as soon as you find some fresh peas, but if you can’t find fresh peas, you can blanch some frozen baby peas and they will work just as well. Enjoy!
From by the bay wishing you pea green food memories!
Maryann
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Ricotta, Pea and Prosciutto Pizza

Ingredients
no-knead pizza dough for one pizza ( see recipe below)
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded or cut into small cubes
1/4 cup grated parimigano reggiano
2 -3 slices San Daniele proscuitto, in strips
1/4 cup fresh spring peas
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
coarse sea saltDirections
Make pizza as directed below. Blanch peas, by tossing into boiling water for 1 minutes, then strain the peas and place in ice water to stop cooking. Once cooled, strain and dry and set aside as a pizza topping. Once pizza dough is rolled out top with ricotta, mozzarella, grated cheese and strips of prosciutto. Bake as directed. Before serving sprinkle with peas, lemon zest and some coarse sea salt. Serve immediately.

No-Knead Pizza Dough
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Co., as featured on “Tasting Table” 
Makes four 12-inch pizza crusts
Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast (such as SAF brand)
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ cups water

Directions
1. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the yeast and salt. Add the water and stir until blended (the dough will be very sticky). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 12 to 24 hours in a warm spot, about 70°.
2. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and lightly sprinkle the top with flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.
3. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and shape each piece into a ball. Generously sprinkle a clean cotton towel with flour and cover the dough balls with it. Let the dough rise for 2 hours.
4. Stretch or toss the dough into the desired shape, cover with toppings and bake on top of a very hot pizza stone or on a oiled baking sheet in a 500 degree F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes until dough is cripsy and golden brown.

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Red Cabbage and Beet Slaw with Goat Cheese

I love looking for inspiration and sometimes the source can be surprising. Such is the case for this delicious slaw made of beets and red cabbage. Both ingredients were left over from “experiments” with natural dyes for color Easter eggs a few weeks ago. I decided to combine the ingredients with really fantastic results for a modern twist on a traditional classic. The color is vibrant and the taste is crisp and fresh. This will definitely be a a go to side dish for many of my summer barbecues.
From by the bay wishing you vibrant food memories!
Maryann

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Red Cabbage and Beet Slaw with Goat Cheese
Serves 4 -6 
Ingredients
1 head red cabbage, finely shredded
4 tablespoons red beet, coarsely grated
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
fine sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
Directions
Place red cabbage and grated beet into a bowl. In a medium sauce pan add the oil, vinegar and sugar and bring to boil until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the hot dressing over the cabbage and beet, add salt and pepper and mix well. Let stand for 1 hour at room temperature before serving or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese on top of your salad right before serving.

Carrot Dill Soup

While planning a menu for my Easter brunch by the Bay, I was looking for a clever way to serve carrots with a nod to our small bunny friends. I decided on this delicious and easy carrot soup. The color is a wonderful vibrant orange. The soup is a feast for the eyes and mouth, with the slightest under note of heat to contrast the slightly sweet taste of the carrots.  This soup is great served warm with a dollop of creme fraiche which just melts into the soup or cold with a drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle fresh chopped dill on top for either version. You can serve the soup in bowls or  in little shot glasses. The bottom line is this soup is great no matter how you eat it! Enjoy this springtime soup!

From by the bay wishing you – springtime food memories!

Maryann

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Carrot Dill Soup

Serves 6


Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 leek, cleaned, chopped and using the white part

2 cups carrots peeled and sliced

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

4 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped dill

Dill chopped and olive oil  or creme fraiche to garnish

Directions 

In a large soup pot heat butter and oil, add leeks and sauté until soft about 5 minutes. Add chili flakes and carrots, sauté for another minute. Slowly add the chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes uncovered until the carrots soft. Puree in food processor until very smooth. Stir in lemon juice, dill and heavy cream. Serve soup either hot or cold. Garnish with chopped dill and a drizzle of olive oil or a dollop of creme fraiche.

 

Two Spring Crostini

I like to welcome Spring with food. Two of the first vegetables to make their appearance at the farmstands are bright green pencil thin aparagus and vibrant red/pink radishes. My favorite way to to eat both are fresh and raw. Here are two easy appetizers to make at the first sign of Spring. Enjoy!

From by the bay wishing you vibrant food memories!
Maryann

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Asparagus Puree with Lemon Ricotta Crostini

Serves 4

Ingredients

16 very thin asparagus spears or 8 asparagus thicker spears

2 tablespoons fresh mint

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

¼ pound fresh ricotta cheese

4 tablespoons grated pecorino cheese

4 slices ciabatta bread toasted

Coarse sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

Directions

Clean asparagus, remove the tender tips and place to the side. Snap off woody stems and discard. In to food processor add asparagus stalks broken into pieces and coarsely chop. Add the following to the asparagus:  mint, olive oil, lemon juice and 2 tbs. grated pecorino. Pulse a few times. In a separate bowl combine the ricotta cheese, lemon zest salt and pepper. On hot toasted ciabatta bread layer the ricotta cheese, puree asparagus, grated pecorino cheese. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and add asparagus spear to the top.

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Simple Radish Crostini

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 fresh radishes
2 tablespoons salted butter

4 slices ciabatta bread

Coarse sea salt

Directons

Clean radishes and using a mandoline slice the radish into rounds. Keep radish slices in iced water until ready to use. In a 400F degree oven, place 4 slices of ciabatta bread on a baking sheet in the oven until the bread starts to brown, flip bread over and toast the other side, 2-3 mins per side. Let toasted ciabatta bread cool a little, then spread with the best salted butter you can buy. Take radish slices out of the water and dry with a paper towel before layering the rounds on top the bread and butter. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and serve.

Veal Blanquette with Tender Vegetables

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I officially have Spring Fever!  Outdoors the days are becoming longer and lighter, the weather is warmer, my spring bulbs are all sprouting and the pansies are planted .  Indoors, I have tucked away my winter pillows and throws and have brought out my brighter ones in happy colors and lighter weight fabric, I have filled a bowl with bright citrus fruit and have shopped the product aisle looking for all those wonderful spring vegetables that start to appear this time of year. My latest trip “down the aisle” turned up the following: fresh english peas, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, red baby pearl onions and asparagus. I used all of these vegetables in this wonderful veal blanquette recipe. It’s become one of my spring traditions to make veal blanquette. Veal blanquette is a french dish in  which the veal meat is stewed in broth , the veal and the butter is never browned. It’s a perfect dish to welcome Spring!

From by the bay , wishing happy spring food memories!
Maryann
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Veal Blanquette with Tender Vegetables
Serves 6
To make blanquette:
Ingredients:
3 pounds veal, cut into 1 inch cubes
6 cups chicken stock
3 sprigs tarragon, plus 3 tablespoons chopped
2 bay leaves
12 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1.5 ounce store bought veal demi glace
juice and zest of one lemon
sea salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chopped chives
Assortment blanched vegetables
Directions:
Melt 8 tablespoons butter in heavy bottomed casserole on medium heat. Saute the veal one minute per side, cooking the veal from pink to white without browning. Add to the casserole the stock, 3 springs of tarragon and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, until veal is fork tender. While the veal is cooking blanche your vegetables . Once the veal is cooked, remove veal into a bowl and strain broth in a another bowl. Place the empty casserole back on to medium heat and melt the remaining butter, once melted add the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring, Whisk in the broth along with the veal demi glace and cook until thickened. Stir in the cream, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper to taste. Ina big bowl or platter top veal with sauce and mix. Toss the vegetables over the veal, sprinkle with chopped chives and tarragon and serve immediately. This can be served as is or with small new boiled potatoes.
Blanche Vegetables:
Ingredients:
1 cup fresh english peas, shelled or frozen baby peas
12 baby carrots, whole and peeled, with green tops cut off
12 pencil thin asparagus, woody bottoms cut off
24 sugar snap peas
16 red or white baby pearl onions

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to boil, Have a large bowl of ice water ready and a strainer to remove vegetables from boiling water. You will cook each vegetable separately in the same pot of boiling water and use the strainer to remove and place into the ice bath. The peas  and sugar snap peas will take 1 to 2 minutes, the asparagus and baby carrots will take 3-4 minutes depending on size. You are looking for the vegetables to be slightly tender, yet bright in color. Lastly, boil the pearl onions, then strain and rinse with cool water. Let the onions cool off , then pop them out of their skins. Strain vegetables out of the water and keep in a bowl to the side until ready to add to the blanquette.

Green Spring Vegetable Salad

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Today Febuary 3rd  is National Wear Red Day.  “Go Red for Women” is in celebration of women bonding together to create awareness and fight heart disease. It’s a good time for each of us to reflect on how we might change our lives in order to lead happier, healthier lives. It doesn’t always have to be big changes, we can make several small changes to our lifsestyle that can result in being healthier. For example, I have decided to walk to work twice a week.  It may not seem like a lot but in my case that is 5.2 miles per week, 270 miles a year and 27000 calories a year.  Another small change you can make is increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. I do this and limit the amount of fats in my diet and focus on eating lean protein. I suggest cooking with olive oil which is a monosaturated fat which is the healthiest one to incorporate into your diet – besides the fact that it tastes better. So in honor of day I am sharing a few of my favorite heart healthy dishes!  Think about how you might lead a healthier life today!

From by the bay wishing you healthy food memories!
Maryann

Green Spring Vegetable Salad
Serves 4
4 cups assorted blanched green vegetables ( fava beans, asparagus, scallions, peas)
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fine grey salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh mint chopped

Directions

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix well, Serve at room temperature.

To blanch vegetables:

Fava beans – to pan of simmering water add shelled fava beans. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove and place into cold water. Drain beans and remove bean from waxy casing. Use for salad.
Fresh Spring Peas – to pan of simmering water add shelled peas. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove and place into cold water. Drain and use for salad.
Asparagus – snap off woody ends of asparagus. Cut into 2 inch pieces and to pan of simmering water. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove and place into cold water. Drain and use for salad.
Scallions- cut off ends with roots and tops using just the white and light green part of the scallion. Cut this into 2 inch pieces. Add to pan of simmering water and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove and place into cold water. Drain and use for salad.

Tip: to make this process easier I use a strainer to remove the vegetables from the simmering water leaving the heat under the pan and keep reusing the hot water.

Minty Spring Pea and Ramp Salad

Celebrate Spring with this minty fresh salad using early spring vegetables-  peas and ramps. This salad is lightly dressed with a little olive oil and champagne vinegar so that the taste of the fresh vegetables shine through.
From by the bay wishing you minty food memories!
Maryann
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Minty Spring Pea and Ramp Salad
Serves 4
 
Ingredients
1 bunch ramps
2 pounds fresh or frozen baby peas
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
fine sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
Directions
Trim roots from ramps; finely chop white bulbs. Slice green leaves into 1/4-inch strips. Blanche peas by adding into a pot of boiling water for 1 minute, strain and place into a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Once cooled, strain peas and place into a bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add white part of ramps and cook 1 minute. Add ramp greens  and saute until greens are slightly wilted about another minute. Remove from heat and add to peas. Stir in remaining olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Add mint and toss. Serve immediately or at room temperature.