Archive for May, 2014

What is the easiest way to cut a pepper?

When cutting peppers, an easy way to get the seeds out (without all the mess) is to first cut the stem end off a quarter inch from the top. Then cut off the bottom end and stand the pepper straight up. Next, run the knife down from stem to base. Turn the knife so the blade can be inserted into the cut and then roll the pepper out onto the blade. This will allow the seeds to come right out without making a mess. Then you can go to plank, julienne, or dice.                                                                                                       Chef_John1

Beef Kabobs
Yields 4 portions

3 lb. Sirloin Beef
Red peppers cut into ½ inch planks
Green peppers cut into ½ inch planks
Onions cut into wedges
Mushroom caps
Skewers soaked in water

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. black pepper

First, alternate beef and vegetables on skewers. In mixing bowl, combine all …

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What can I do with all that basil growing in the garden?

Growing your own basil? Have plenty and don’t know what to do with it? Make a Pesto! Traditional pesto is an uncooked sauce made with fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, and olive oil crushed in a mortar and pestle or finely chopped in a food processor. Other variations include Sundried Tomato Pesto, Roasted Garlic Pesto, Walnut Pesto, Pecan Pesto, Mint Pesto, Cilantro Pesto, Sage Pesto, etc. The list goes on and on! Create a Pesto sauce that can be frozen and reused at a later date when your home grown basil is no longer in season. Simply spoon the pesto into ice cube trays and freeze! Once frozen, pop out and place into a freezer bag and use in sauces and dishes.Chef_John1

Sundried Tomato Pesto Topped Tilapia
Serves 4

4 Tilapia Filets
2 cups basil (washed & rinsed)
½ cup Sundried Tomatoes in oil
1 cup toasted pine nuts
5 cloves garlic
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup Reggiano Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Place Tilapia filets on sheet pan and …

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