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Recipe: Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

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What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-fat (2%) milk
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Neufchtel or low-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 ounces fresh fettuccine
  • Freshly ground pepper

How To:

  1. Make the sauce: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon zest and cook until the garlic is slightly soft, about 1 minute. Add in the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and 3/4 teaspoon salt and cook, whisking constantly, until just thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the Neufchatel and parmesan cheese; whisk until melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and return to the pot.
  3. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and gently toss to combine, adding more cooking water as needed to loosen. Season with salt. Divide among bowls and top with parmesan and pepper.

Recipe: Stuffed Green Peppers

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What you need:

  • 6 green bell peppers
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans condensed tomato soup
  • Water as needed

How To:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cut the tops off the peppers, and remove the seeds. Cook peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes; drain. Sprinkle salt inside each pepper, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute beef and onions for 5 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain off excess fat, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomatoes, rice, 1/2 cup water and Worcestershire sauce. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove from heat, and stir in the cheese.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C). Stuff each pepper with the beef and rice mixture, and place peppers open side up in a baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine tomato soup with just enough water to make the soup a gravy consistency. Pour over the peppers.
  4. Bake covered for 25 to 35 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.

Recipe: Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

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What You Need: 

  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 thin sliced chicken breasts
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 c. salad greens
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 c. red onion, slivered
  • 2 boiled eggs, sliced

How To: 

  1. In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, mustard, honey, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon pepper and whisk until smooth and combined. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Place chicken breasts on preheated grill over medium heat. Top each breast with 1tablespoon dressing. Cook, 7 minutes. Flip and brush on another tablespoon of sauce per breast. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 7 minutes.
  3. Divide salad greens between two large bowls. Top each salad with half bacon,tomatoes, onion, and eggs. Slice chicken into strips and place over salad. Serve with extra honey mustard dressing.

Recipe: Lemon Whip Cream Cake

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Amy Green recently traveled to Hawaii where she tasted this delicious cake from Kalaheo Coffee Co. Now you can enjoy a little taste of Hawaii in your own home! Amy declares this one of the best cakes she's ever had!

What You Need:

1 box of Duncan Hines lemon cake mix

12 oz Philly cream cheese, soft

16 oz heavy whipping cream

1 cup of sugar

1 lemon, finely zested and juiced

1 tsp vanilla extract

How To:

  1. Follow directions on the cake mix for a 9 or 10 inch cake.
  2. Blend cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add in 1/2 cup of the sugar and zest of the lemon.
  4. Remove mixture from bowl and chill slightly.
  5. Clean bowl and whip cream on high until soft peaks form.
  6. Add remaining sugar and vanilla to the cream and whip until very firm peaks.
  7. Fold half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Fold in the balance of the whipped cream and add lemon juice to taste. Be careful not to get the mixture too soft.
  9. Place into refrigerator to cool and set up.
  10. Once cake is cooled, ice the cake, add lemon zest on top of the cake for decoration, and enjoy!

Recipe: Grilled Apricots With Burrata, Country Ham and Arugula

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What You Need:

  • 1 1/4 pounds apricots, halved and pitted
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1/2 pound burrata cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces shaved country ham
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar

How To:

  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the apricots with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, cut sides down, just until lightly charred, 5 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the 1/4 cup of oil and season with salt and pepper. Gently toss in the apricots, radicchio and arugula. Transfer to a platter and top with the burrata, ham and vinegar. Serve.

Recipe: Potato Salad with Green Beans and Salsa Verde

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What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced chives
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • Salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • Chive blossoms, for garnish (optional)

How To:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil with the chives, parsley, mint, lemon zest, lemon juice and garlic and season with salt. Let the salsa verde stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with cold water, add a large pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cook the potatoes over moderately high heat until just tender, about 8 minutes; drain and return them to the saucepan. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and toss to coat. Season with salt.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until crisp-tender, 4 minutes; drain. Return the beans to the pot and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Season with salt.
  4. Add half of the salsa verde to the potatoes and half to the beans, stirring to coat. Transfer the beans to a serving bowl. Top with the potatoes, garnish with the chive blossoms and serve right away.

Recipe: Green Bean Potato Salad with Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette

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What You Need:

2 (12-oz.) pkg. fresh green beans

3/4 teaspoon table salt, divided

1 pound petite red potatoes

1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion

 

Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

 

How To:

 

1. Cook green beans and 1/2 teaspoon salt in boiling water to cover in a large saucepan until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop cooking process; drain and pat dry with paper towels.

2. Bring potatoes and cold water to cover to a boil in large saucepan over medium-high; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until just tender, about 20 minutes total. Drain and let cool 30 minutes. Slice potatoes into 1/4- to 1/2-inch rounds.

3. Gently toss together green beans, potatoes, bell pepper, red onions, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette, and gently toss to combine. Transfer mixture to a serving platter, and top with mint, almonds, and sesame seeds. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Recipe: Pasta Primavera

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What You Need:

  • Kosher salt
  • 12 ounces fusilli or other corkscrew pasta
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, halved lengthwise, or broccoli florets (or a combination)
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

How To:

1.Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fusilli and cook as the label directs.

2. Add the sugar snap peas and/or broccoli, carrots and bell pepper to the boiling water during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and return to the pot.

3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until just golden, about 30 seconds.

4. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until the tomatoes begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water. Pour the tomato mixture over the pasta and vegetables. Add the mint, parmesan and half the goat cheese and toss to combine. Season with salt.Divide the pasta among bowls. Top with the remaining goat cheese and drizzle with olive oil.

Recipe: Classic Maryland Crab Cakes

What You Need:

  • 1 Pound jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat, fresh or pasteurized.
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 Cups fresh breadcrumbs (from soft white sandwich bread, such as Pepperidge Farm)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Directions

  1. Drain the crabmeat, if necessary, and pick through it for shells (jumbo lump will not have shells).  Put the crab in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Scrape the mixture over the crab and mix gently until well combined.  Gently break up the lumps with your fingers but do not overmix.
  3. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and the parsley over the mixture, and mix them in thoroughly but gently; try not to turn the mixture into a mash--it should still be somewhat loose. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.
  4. Shape the crab mixture into 8 cakes about 1 inch thick. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter with the olive oil over medium heat.  When the butter is frothy, add the cakes to the pan (8 should fit comfortably).  Cook until dark golden brown on the underside, about 4 minutes. Flip the cakes, reduce the heat to medium low, and continue cooking until the other side is well browned, 4 to 5 minutes.  Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the cakes.

Recipe: Magic Mushroom Medley Grilled Pizza

What You Need:

  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 Leek, washed well (be fastidious), cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds, and separated into rings
  • 10 ounces mixed wild mushrooms, such as morels, chanterelles, hen of the woods, lobster, king oyster, or other exotic varieties (or reconstituted dried mushrooms), sliced
  • 3 Ounces cognac
  • 1/4 cup uncooked cornmeal, for rolling the dough
  • 1, 8 Ounce ball prepared pizza dough, at room temperature
  • Leaves from 4 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Garlic Paste

  • 3 Heads garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the butter and 2 tablespoons of the oil. When the butter bubbles, add a pinch of salt, stir, and add the leek. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on the edges, about 10 minutes. Add the cognac, let sit for 5 seconds, then light a long match to it. Stand back and keep wayward clothing and shaggy hair away from the dancing flames. (If you have a gas stove, be aware that spattering particles may cause the alcohol to ignite prematurely.) The flame should burn out after about 10 seconds. If it continues to burn, put it out by placing a lid on the pan. Remove from the heat and reserve for topping.
  2. Heat your grill as directed in the master instructions below.
  3. Sprinkle your work surface with the cornmeal. Place the dough in the middle of the surface. You can either roll out the dough with a rolling pin, stretch it out with your hands, or press it out from the center against the work surface. Ideally, you want a 12-inch, organically shaped piece of dough--round, square, or rectangular--1/8- to 1/4 inch thick. Just before grilling, drizzle or brush both sides generously with the remaining olive oil.
  4. Grill the first side of the crust following the instructions below. Use tongs to transfer it from the grill to a peel or rimless baking sheet.
  5. Flip the crust to reveal the grilled side. Spread the entire surface with the garlic paste, then with the mushroom-leek mixture. Artfully arrange the cheese over the top. Finish grilling the pizza following the instructions below.
  6. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with the thyme, and season generously with salt and pepper. Slice and serve immediately.

Master directions for grilling pizza:

  1. For Gas Grills: Heat the grill by setting all the burners on high. After lighting, close the lid and leave on high for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat of all the burners to medium.
  2. Pick up the oiled dough by the two corners closest to you. In one motion, lay it down flat on the cooking grate from back to front (as you would set a tablecloth down on a table). Close the lid and grill for 3 minutes (no peeking!), then check the crust and, if necessary, continue grilling a few more minutes until the bottom is well marked and nicely browned.
  3. Use tongs to transfer the crust from the grill to a peel or rimless baking sheet. Close the lid of the grill. Flip the crust to reveal the grilled side. Follow the specific recipe directions for adding any sauce, toppings, andor cheese.
  4. Switch the grill to indirect heat by turning off the center burner(s) if you have a three- or four-burner grill. For a two-burner grill, turn off one burner.
  5. Set the pizza back on the grate over indirect heat (the unlit section) and grill, with the lid down, until the bottom is well browned and the cheese is melted, 7 to 10 minutes. For two-burner grills, rotate the pizza halfway through the cooking time.
  6. Remove from the grill, garnish, and season as directed. Slice and serve immediately.
  7. For Charcoal Grills: Build a fire by lighting 50 to 60 charcoal briquettes in either a chimney starter or in a pyramid-shaped mound on the bottom grate of your grill. Once the briquettes have become gray-ashed (20 to 30 minutes or 450 degrees F inside the grill), move them all to one side of the grill.
  8. Pick up the oiled dough by the two corners closest to you. In one motion, lay it down flat-over the side without briquettes-on the cooking grate from back to front (as you would set a tablecloth down on a table). Close the lid and grill for 3 minutes (no peeking!), then rotate the crust 180 degrees and continue grilling until the bottom is well marked and evenly browned, another 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Use tongs to transfer the crust from the grill to a peel or rimless baking sheet. Close the lid of the grill. Flip the crust to reveal the grilled side. Follow the specific recipe directions for adding any sauce, toppings, and/or cheese.
  10. Set the pizza back on the grate over the side without briquettes and grill, with the lid down, for 4 to 5 minutes. Rotate the pizza 180 degrees and continue to grill with the lid down until the bottom is well browned and cheese is melted, another 4 to 5 minutes.
  11. Remove from the grill, garnish, and season as directed. Slice and serve immediately.

Variations:

  1. Shave fresh black truffle over the top of the finished pizza.

Roasted Garlic Paste

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Remove the first layer of papery skin from the garlic. Slice off 14 inch from the pointy top. Place each head on a sheet of aluminum foil, cut side up. Drizzle with the oil and season with salt. Wrap each head in the foil and roast until the cloves are golden brown and soft, about 1 hour. Remove from the heat and let cool. (You can also do this on the grill, cooking over indirect heat.)
  3. Remove the roasted cloves from their skins. The most efficient way to do this is to squeeze the whole head from the bottom. Using a fork, vigorously mix the garlic and oil together. Add a pinch of salt. (If your recipe calls just for a clove or two of roasted garlic, you can remove it from the skin using a small escargot-style fork.)
  4. This will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

 

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