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Beets And Sweets

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This dish is one I saw made and new I had to recreate in my own way. This is my version of Beets And Sweets!🌰🥔

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, chef’s knife, 1 (8-ounce) jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid, aluminum foil, 1 hand-held juicer,1 large mixing bowl, 1 medium-size bowl, disposable gloves, 4 porcelain salad bowls

Ingredients:
3 red beets, washed, tops and bottoms removed, roasted, peeled, and diced
3 golden beets, washed, tops and bottoms removed, roasted peeled and diced into 2-inch size pieces
3 medium-size sweet potatoes, peeled, roasted, and diced into 3-inch size chunks
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
2 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 (4-ounce) store-bought pre-washed package of baby arugula
2 (4-ounce) packages of Goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup of store-bought roasted and salted Pepitas

Ingredients For The LemonVinaigrette:
Yields: 8 ounces
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice (3 juicy lemons)
1 teaspoon of freshly grated garlic, (optional)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar (substitute honey)
1/4 teaspoons of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup of *E.V.O.O.

Note: Place both the beets and sweet potatoes in the oven at the same time.

Directions For Roasted Beets:
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F. Convection, 400-degrees F.
Layout two large pieces of aluminum foil. Place the red beets on one piece of foil and the golden beets on another. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper evenly divided between each set of beets. Wrap both the red and golden beets tightly in the foil, transfer to the baking sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour (60 minutes) or until a knife can be inserted with no resistance. Once completely cooled, using disposable gloves, remove the skins, dice, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, toss to combine. Set aside.

Directions For Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F. Convection, 400-degrees F.
On another rimmed baking sheet pan lay out the sweet potatoes chunks in one even layer. Add olive 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper, toss to evenly coat all the sweet potatoes. Cook for a minimum of 25 minutes or until fork-tender. If you prefer your sweet potatoes to be slightly more charred on the outside continue cooking for an additional 10 to 12  minutes. Allow the potatoes to cool completely.

Directions For The Salad:
In a large mixing bowl combine the beets with the sweet potatoes. Add the arugula. Start with adding 1/2 cup of the lemon vinaigrette to the bowl, gently toss to combine. Top with crumbled goat cheese and roasted pepitas.

Serve the salad in individual salad bowls. Alongside, extra Lemon Vinaigrette and pepitas. There you have it my Beets And Sweets.

Directions For Lemon Vinaigrette:
Add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette into an 8-ounce jelly jar. Finish with the *E.V.O.O. Place the lids tightly on the jars and shake really well.

*E.V.O.O. is an acronym for extra virgin olive oil.

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Provencal-Style Grouper

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Provencal Style Grouper (2)

A dish known for its flavors from Provence, France. Lavender fields and medieval hilltop villages, in the southeastern region of Provence, stretches from the Rhône in the west to the Italian border.

This sauce with its colorful and bright flavors enhances the succulent taste of the grouper. Grouper should not be overcooked. The fish should be tender and using a fork should flake apart easily. I call this dish my Provencal-style Grouper. Your family and friends will definitely want to recreate this dish at home.

I’m using asparagus in this recipe, so I need to *blanch the asparagus first. I want them to remain vibrant green in color.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes, (time includes blanching asparagus)
Total Cook Time: 1 hour
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) sauté pan, 1 (11 x 13-inch) casserole dish, colander spoon, tongs, large mixing bowl, chef’s knife, 1 (3-quart) saucepot

Directions For Blanching Asparagus:
First, rinse the asparagus stalks under cold water to remove any dirt or sand. Take one of the stalks, hold it towards the bottom third of the stalk gently bending it until it breaks.  The bottom end that snapped off is the part of the asparagus that’s woody and very fibrous. The stalk breaks naturally where the tender part ends and the tough part begins.

In a 3-quart saucepot of salted boiling water (6 cups) add the asparagus. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a colander spoon or pair of tongs, immediately transfer the asparagus to an ice bath (a large bowl filled with ice water).  Allow the asparagus spears to cool down completely. This process is what’s known as “the shocking method”. You’re stopping the cooking process and setting the asparagus’ vibrant green color. Drain well before cutting the spears on the bias into 2-inch pieces.

Ingredients For Fish:
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 (8-ounce) center-cut skinless grouper fillets, 2 pounds total
3 tablespoons olive oil, to be used on the fish fillets
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup fennel, (1 bulb), diced
1 cup of red bell pepper, diced
1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons of garlic (3 cloves), minced
1 (28 ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes
2 tablespoons chicken broth, unsalted
2 tablespoons Pino Grigio (good dry white wine)
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish)
1/4 cup fennel fronds for garnish
2 lemons sliced for garnish

Directions For Searing Grouper:
Let fish rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes (utilize this time for prep). Once fish reaches room temperature, prep the fish with olive oil, Kosher salt, and pepper.

Note: A (12-inch) cast-iron skillet or a (12-inch) non-stick saute pan works best for searing fish.

Preheat a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Carefully tilt pan off the heat to add the olive oil,  swish the oil around in the pan, then back onto the heat. You may see the pan start smoking, that’s what you want. Next, carefully place the grouper fillets into the pan, presentation side down. Jiggle the pan immediately so fish does not stick. Do not touch the fillets for about 3 minutes. The fillets will release from the pan easily, once they’ve browned on that side. If you believe they’re ready to flip, using a spatula, pick up one corner of the filet and see if it’s not sticking and looks golden brown. Turn the fillets over and sear the other side for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Transfer the fillets to a plate until sauce is ready to be transferred to the casserole dish.

Directions For Sauce:
For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large (12-inch) sauté pan. Add the onions, fennel, bell peppers, and garlic. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft.

Place the tomatoes and their juices in a large bowl. Take a knife and slice through the tomatoes until they’re large bite-size pieces. Add the tomatoes to the sauce, then the chicken stock, white wine, salt, and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Add the chopped basil and caper and cook for 1 minute.

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Transfer the sauce to a casserole dish. Lay the seared grouper fillets on top of the sauce, bake for about 15 minutes. To judge if your fish is fully cooked (because oven temperatures may vary and so might the thickness of the fillets), make a small cut with a paring knife to see if the flesh has turned from translucent to opaque. Finally, lay the lemon slices, reserved chopped basil, and fennel fronds over the top.

Place a puddle of the sauce onto a plate, place a filet on top, and garnish with basil, lemon, and fennel fronds. This is my Provencal-style Grouper.

*Blanch: Blanching is a cooking process in which a food, usually a vegetable or fruit, is scalded in boiling water, removed after a brief, timed nterval, and finally plunged into iced water to stop the cooking process.

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Seasonal Fruits And Vegetables

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Looking for something to do on the weekend?  Check out where you might find a farmers’ market, in your community.

It’s key, when cooking or baking, to use the freshest ingredients. Whether they’re fruit or vegetables, you want to use what’s local and in season.

Going to your local farmers’ market and getting to know the individual vendors makes such a big difference. Seriously, your shopping experience will be so much fun. Best of all, your dishes will taste AMAZING!!!

Mexican-Style Corn On The Cob
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Pavlova With Fresh Berries
Fresh Berries And Ricotta Crostata

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