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Roasted Shrimp Salad

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Summer cooking is all about keeping cool, and you can do just that with this herbaceous shrimp salad that can be served as an appetizer or as a main course. Feel free to add you own special twist with different herbs and citrus flavors.

Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 large seedless cucumber
2 pounds of 16-20 count raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 firm avocado
1 lime, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh chives, snipped
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450 ° F.

Chop the cucumber into 3/4 inch quarter chunks. Place the chunks in a colander and toss them with a pinch of salt or two. Place the colander over a bowl and allow the cumbers to stand for 20 minutes. After salting, remove the cucumbers from the colander and pat dry with clean paper towels, add to a salad bowl and set aside.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the shrimp onto the baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toss the shrimp in the oil and spread them out on the baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Roast the shrimp in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until pink. Cool the shrimp on the baking sheet.

Meanwhile, chop the avocado in 3/4 inch chunks. Add the avocado, minced garlic, chopped mint leaves, cilantro and chives into the salad bowl with the cucumber chunks. Pour the lime juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil over the salad and toss well to coat. Taste, and adjust with alt and pepper as needed.

Cover and place in the refrigerator and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with avocado slices and cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Cook’s Notes:
Cucumbers, with their delicate flavor and translucent flesh by nature are very watery. For the most part, it you are planning to combine them with any other ingredients, use the best variety of seedless cucumbers available to you.

Then, you must salt them to draw out as much liquid as possible. If you skip this step, a puddle of near-flavorless liquid will form quickly at the bottom of your salad bowl, your dip or soup will separate like curdled mayonnaise.

But if you can only find the kind with seeds, make sure, you must eviscerate them, cut them open length wise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Why, you may ask? Well, cucumber seeds, tend to springy, and evasive, will ruin the texture of any salad, soup, or dip.

To salt cucumbers, begin by lining a colander with paper towels, add the cut up cucumbers to the colander and light salt them. Allow them to stand for 20 to 25 minutes, then remove from the colander and pat dry with paper towels and you are good to go to use them as you please in your recipes.

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Oatmeal, Anyone?

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Did you know that heart disease is the number cause of death for both men and women in the United States?

One ways to combat the disease is choosing to eat a heart healthy diet that significantly reduces your risk of heart disease while at the same time maintaining a healthy heart.

Increasing key nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber and potassium, key nutritional elements that are know to control elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure is the first thing you can do, because they can do the body good.

Try incorporating them into your daily diets by trying one of these sweet or savory oatmeal stir-in combinations below. Combine cooked old fashioned oats or overnight oats that have been prepared using a one to one ration of raw oats and your choice of milk or any other dairy substitute like almond milk or coconut milk. And let us know which one is your favorite. We would love to hear from you!

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Combine cooked old-fashioned oats or overnight oats that have been prepared using a one-to-one ratio of raw oats and your choice of milk or any other dairy substitute like almond or coconut milk.

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Avocado Toast a la Holstein

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Avocado and Tomato Salad

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Photo Credit: GimmeDeliciousFood.com, 2017

Buy Local and Eat Fresh, with this yummy  Avocado and Tomato Salad. Avocados, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro lightly dressed with fresh lime juice and a drizzle of olive oil makes this quick an easy salad  the perfectly healthy lunch or a side dish to accompany a roasted chicken or a grilled steak.

Life is beautiful and life is simple when you eat fresh….Enjoy!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups chopped tomatoes, about ½ inch dice
3 fresh avocados, large dice
¼ cup minced cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Directions:
In a large salad bowl, place the tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.

Drizzle with olive oil, lime juice, and add the crushed red pepper flakes,salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap in fridge for up to 2 hours.

 

Cook’s Notes:
You can substitute the chopped tomatoes, with 2 large diced Heirloom or 5 medium Roma tomatoes. If you prefer a for meatier, tastier tomato, then the Roma tomatoes are for you! Cherry or grape tomatoes work in a pinch as well. Just slice them lengthwise to save time on dicing them.

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The Ultimate Salmon Burger

Where’s the Beef?

Who needs it, when you can use salmon as a protein for your backyard cookouts.

This ultimate salmon burger is easy to make, and we are still perfecting the recipe, to adjust for using fresh salmon or canned salmon.
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But in the meantime, just look at the creation of the salmon burger we built…. a thick, juicy salmon patty sits on a bun toasted with garlic butter and topped with crispy bacon, fresh arugula, tomato, avocado and a tasty, creamy dill tarter sauce.

No, it does not get any better than this!

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Baked Avocado Eggs

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What’s even better than avocado toast? Baked Avocado Eggs! We used chopped chives, but please feel free to serve this baked egg dish with whatever fresh herbs, like cilantro and any other toppings that you may have available on hand. For those of you that like a hint of spice, a tablespoon of salsa or a little hot sauce would do just nicely!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 ripe Haas avocados
1/2 a lemon
4 eggs
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, or a cheese of your choice
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped chives

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 °F.

Slice avocados in half and remove the pits. Using a large spoon, scoop out some of the avocado to make the center hole bigger.

Place avocados in a muffin baking tin, facing up.

Squeeze over the juice of the lemon over the tops of the avocado halves. This will stop them turning brown in the oven. Now crack your eggs into each of the avocado halves. Lightly season with salt and pepper, and top with a sprinkling of shredded cheese and bacon.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the egg is cooked to your liking. Once they are done, let them stand for 1 minute before serving them.

Garnish with chives, serve and enjoy!

Cook’s Notes:
One of the many great things about avocados is the fact that they are really good for you. Being a healthy fat, they are high in omega 3 fatty acids which means they are perfect as a breakfast meal– packed full of protein, fiber, vitamin C, A and B-6.

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Sopa seca de Fideo y Camarones

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Fideos (vermicelli) are much loved in Mexico, where they form the basis of thick, delicious soups. Usually the soups are served as a first course, but our hearty shrimp version is a meal in a bowl.

The name “sopa seca de fideo” translates to “dry soup with noodles”. It’s not soup, it’s called a “dry soup” because the noodles absorb all of the wonderful rich stock, making the noodles taste more delicious than you can possibly imagine.

Although it can be made with straight noodles, I have found if easier to make fideo with the twirled angel hair nests. It’s pretty, and easier to serve that way, one nest per individual  serving.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 dried ancho or pasilla chiles*
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lb. dried angel hair nests or vemicelli
1/4 cup olive  oil
One medium yellow onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 1/2 cup crushed canned tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 quart chicken broth
1 pound (30 to 35 per lb.) peeled, deveined shrimp, tails left intact
Kosher salt, to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

For Serving:
1/2 cup sour cream
Queso Fresco
Diced avocado

Directions:
Break stems off chiles and shake out seeds. In a small bowl, cover chiles with hot water and let stand until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and coarsely chop.

Brown the angle hair nests: Choose a frying pan with a lid in which the angel hair nests will all tightly fit in a single layer (about 9 or 10-inches wide, depending on the brand of angel hair nests you use). In the pan, heat the oil until shimmering hot. Working in batches, fry the vermicelli angel hair nests on both sides in the hot oil until golden brown in color. Remove from pan.

Sauté onions and garlic, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in chiles. Add tomatoes, cumin seeds and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook angel hair nests in the broth. When broth is simmering, place the browned angel hair nests or vermicelli in a single layer in the pan, nestled into the broth. The nests should cover the whole pan. Turn them over in the broth so that they get moistened on all sides. Cover and cook until the vermicelli has soaked up the liquid, about 5 minutes.

If after 5 minutes the top of the vermicelli is dry, flip over the individual angel hair nests and cook a minute longer. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

To serve, spoon soup into wide, shallow bowls. Top each serving with a spoonful of sour cream and some avocado, if you like, and sprinkle with cilantro.

Cook’s Notes:
Vermicelli usually comes in 1 pound packages, so about 1/2 a package can be used for this recipe. If you cannot find angel hair nests at the market, you can make fideo with straight vermicelli pasta. Just break up the pasta in 3 to 4 inch long segments and cook the same way as you would the nests, browning them first in hot oil.

*Good dried chiles are soft, flexible, and smell a bit like prunes. Avoid hard, brittle specimens—they’re old and less flavorful.

How Hot Is Your Chile? To assess a chile’s heat, slice off its top through the ribs and seeds, where the heat-producing compound capsaicin is concentrated. Touch the slice to your tongue. If you want your food to be milder, split the chile and scrape out all or some of the ribs and seeds. If your skin is sensitive, wear kitchen gloves or hold the chiles with a fork—and don’t touch your eyes.

The trick to a great sopa seca de fideo is the chicken broth. If you do not have the time to make your own homemade chicken stock, you can easily use bouillon, boxed broth, and canned chicken stock. While bouillon and the boxes work in a pinch, nothing beats homemade stock for this recipe. It brings a richness that can’t be had any other way. So if you try it, I strongly urge you to use homemade stock!

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Bar Amá Guacamole

Photo Credit: William-Sonoma, 2015

From Bar  Amá  Restaurant Los Angeles, California, March 2015

There are almost as many ways to make guacamole as there are cooks who enjoy making it with the freshest ingredients. At the Los Angeles restaurant Bar Amá, celery puree is the secret ingredient. No one will be able to guess what’s in the guacamole, but everyone will agree it’s delicious. Another secret to making great guacamole is the use of more than enough lime juice, to prevent the browning of the condiment while being served.

Makes About 3 1/2 Cups
Ingredients:
2 celery stalks, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 Tablespoons water Kosher salt, to taste
4 ripe Hass avocados, pitted
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) fresh lime juice, or more as needed
2 teaspoons minced serrano chile
2 Tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Directions:
In a blender, combine the celery, garlic, water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until smooth. Measure out 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) of the celery puree; discard the remaining celery puree or reserve for another use. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits and scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Add the 1/4 cup celery puree, the lime juice, chile, cilantro and 2 teaspoon salt. Using a large fork or potato masher, mash the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined but the mixture is not completely smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and lime juice. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Crab and Avocado Salad

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Photo Credit: Layla Pujol, Laylita’s Recipes ,www. laylitas.com, 2015

With Summer approaching, no one wants to stand in a hot kitchen over a stove. With that being said, here is a salad that requires a sharp knife, a large bowl , serving plates and a fork. Not only is this salad healthy for you and gluten-free, but it is refreshing as well. You can use any type of fresh crab meat. I prefer Dungeness crab meat, and you can easily substitute the crab for cooked peeled shrimp as well.

The basic ingredients for this classic dish from Ecuador is  prepared by filling ripe avocados with a a crab salad, red onion, bell pepper, cucumber, radishes, lime juice, olive oil, and cilantro.

Enjoy!

Courtesy of Layla Pujol of  Laylita’s Recipes, 2015

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 pound of cooked crab meat
½ red onion, finely chopped
½ red bell pepper, finely diced
½ green bell pepper, finely diced
½ cucumber, finely diced
4 radishes, finely diced
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4-5 ripe but firm avocados
½ lime

To garnish:
Iceberg Lettuce or salad greens
Fresh cilantro leaves
Sliced scallions
Sliced radishes

Directions:
To prepare the crab salad:
Mix the cooked crab meat with diced onions, diced bell peppers, diced cucumbers, diced radish, lime juice, olive oil, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper. The salad can be prepared in advance and kept refrigerated until just ready to assemble the avocados.

Cut the avocados in half, remove the seeds and peel the avocados. Sprinkle each avocado half with a little lime juice to prevent the avocados from browning too quickly.

Fill the center of the avocados halves with the crab salad. Serve the crab stuffed avocados over lettuce leaves and garnished with scallions and radishes.

The Guacamole Gadget Guide

 

To make a great gaucamole, always start with the simple an freshest ingredients: ripe avocados, lime juice, white onions, cilantro and kosher salt. Salting is important for bringing out the flavors of the avocado and the lime juice.

A generous amount of lime juice keeps the gaucamole bright green and prevents browning,once it is served. Be sure to use lime juice just after cutting the avocados in half and right after cutting into cubes during the preparation.

Avocados and lime juice are just the beginning of making a great gaucamole. To take it to the next level, get creative with some other ingredients. Try adding raw corn kernels sliced directly off the cob or using diced radishes. Also try topping your gaucamole with cotija or feta cheese as a garnish before serving it to your guests. The possibilities are limitless.

And for the gadget loving cook, there are some tools to help you perfect your gaucamole recipe, including the centuries old molcajete (mortar) to the modern day avoloop.

All the tools and gadgets listed here are available at Williams-Sonoma.

Molcajete

Among the world’s oldest culinary tools, volcanic rock mortars and pestles like these have been used by great cooks for thousands of years. This  molcajete (mortar) and tejolete (pestle) are hand carved from a single piece of basalt rock, so every piece is unique. In addition to being a great prep tool, the molcajete makes an impressive serving dish for guacamole and other party favorites.

  • Perfect for crushing whole spices and making spice blends.
  • Ideal for blending and serving guacamole—or for making pesto and other rustic sauces.
  • Line with lettuce leaves to use as an all-purpose serving bowl.
  • Rough interior texture of mortar helps crush and grind ingredients.
  • Heavy pestle does the work for you, ensuring efficient grinding, blending and mixing.

Use & Care

  • Season the mortar before first use: grind raw rice inside the bowl until the rice turns gray; empty and repeat until the rice no longer turns gray; rinse with water and scrub with a brush.
  • Always place the molcajete on top of a cloth to avoid scratching the surface of your table or countertop.
  • Avoid drastic changes in temperature.
  • Hand-wash with running water, dish soap and a brush. Dry thoroughly.

 

Four in-One Avocado Tool

  Four-in-One Avocado Tool

Peeling, pitting and mashing an avocado is child’s play with this multitasking four in-one tool. A serrated edge cuts through the skin, a curved tip detaches the pit and a scoop removes the flesh. A slotted masher makes quick work of the flesh.

  • One end features a serrated edge with a curved tip and a scoop, all made of nylon; opposite end has a stainless-steel slotted masher.
  • Nylon handle provides a nonslip grip.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.

Avocado Cuber

This tool is indispensable for cutting uniform-sized cubes of avocado for adding to salads, soups and other dishes, or simply prepping avocadoes for making guacamole.

  • Cuts and scoops out neat, even cubes of avocado in seconds.
  • Reduces waste by using all of the avocado flesh.
  • Easy to use: just align with an avocado half, push down, twist and lift.
  • Sturdy stainless-steel wires cut cleanly through avocado flesh.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.

The Avoloop

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When you’ve cut into a beautifully ripe avocado, you want to capture every last bit of the delicious treat. The Avoloop is ideally shaped to scoop out the flesh from an avocado half in one clean sweep. It also comes in handy for peeling and prepping other produce – everything from cucumber to melon.

  • Cleanly separates peel from skin, reducing food waste.
  • Flexible stainless-steel wire adapts to fruit or vegetable’s shape for scooping.
  • Birch wood handle.
  • Also works for peeling mango, papaya, baked potato, squash and melon.
  • Great for cleaning seeds from cucumbers, pumpkins, bell peppers, tomatoes.

Chef’n Citrus Juicer

Chef'n Citrus Juicer

Thanks to an inverted press, this tool quickly extracts every drop of juice from halved limes, lemons and small oranges for flavorful cocktails, baking and cooking.

  • Works with any halved small citrus.
  • Patented gear mechanism maximizes juicing efficiency.
  • Inverted strainer retains virtually all pulp.
  • Easy-to-squeeze nylon handles.

Vegetable Chop & Measure

Vegetable Chop & Measure

With a quick press of the hinged frame, this tool slices and dices hard and soft produce into a compartment underneath. The mini chopper (sold separately) is ideal for small vegetables like garlic, shallots, mushrooms and ginger.

  • Preps fruits and vegetables with a quick push of the lid, and the slices fall into a handy container.
  • The full-size cutter features four interchangeable cutters fitted with supersharp stainless-steel cutting grids; one grid makes slices and the three others produce 1/6″, 1/4″ or 1/2″ dice.
  • A clear plastic compartment below the full-size cutter measures up to 2 1/2 cups of cut produce.
  • The mini chopper slices on one grid and dices on the other.
  • Disassembles easily for cleaning.
  • Includes a reusable cleaning comb.
  • Frame and measuring compartment are dishwasher safe.
  • A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.

Chef’n Lime Juicer

Chef'n Lime Juicer

Thanks to an inverted press, this tool quickly extracts every drop of juice from halved limes for flavorful cocktails, baking and cooking.

  • Works with any halved small citrus.
  • Patented gear mechanism maximizes juicing efficiency.
  • Inverted strainer retains virtually all pulp.
  • Easy-to-squeeze nylon handles.

Avocado Saver

Avocado Saver

Keep halved avocados fresh longer with this handy gadget, which reduces oxidation and browning by protecting the exposed side from air. Simply align the pit over the indentation, then secure the avocado with the adjustable rubber strap, which creates a tight seal against the plastic base.

  • Reduces waste by preventing oxidation and discoloration.
  • Flat bottom stands easily on a refrigerator shelf.
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack).

Source: Williams-Sonoma, May 2015

Photo Credits: Williams-Sonoma, 2015

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