Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

Tapenade is a condiment from the region surrounding Provence, France, consisting of a variety of ingredients minced very fine or ground together in a mortar and pestle with olive oil.  And while the name derives from the French word meaning capers (tapèno, which are usually included), the dish is most often described by people as … Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

Lemon and Herb-Brined Pork Chops

Now that we've covered the basics of brining, let's get into a recipe that puts some of that information to work.  We'll start off with a brine that uses both salt and honey, and also a bit of dry white wine and lemon zest to go with the blend of spices.  After brining, we'll give it … Continue reading Lemon and Herb-Brined Pork Chops

Ginger Carrots and Turnips

It's hard to believe that I went from never having a turnip before to having them three weeks in a row in our CSA share!  After trying creamed greens and then simply grilling the turnips last week, I thought it would be good to do something different this time.  So I combined them with some … Continue reading Ginger Carrots and Turnips

Pistachio Pesto

Traditional pesto combines copious amounts of basil with garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, and Parmesan or similar hard cheese.  We've long been fans of pesto, although we'll usually eliminate the cheese and add a squeeze of lemon.  This recipe takes the basic pesto and transforms it even further - substituting pistachios for the pine nuts … Continue reading Pistachio Pesto

Lemon Asparagus Chicken Skewers

Grilled skewers are a great way to serve nearly a whole meal on a single utensil.  They have the added benefit of being easy to make, and they cook quickly too.    By changing up the mixture of meat and veggies (or fruit), you can explore a huge variety of options.  Add a marinade or rub, or … Continue reading Lemon Asparagus Chicken Skewers

Lemon Vinaigrette

Here is a quick and easy dressing that can be used on salads, or as the base of a marinade for salmon, pork, or poultry. Gather Up: Zest of one large lemon Juice of half of a large lemon 1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar pinch of … Continue reading Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon-Parmesan Asparagus

Now that spring is here (at least according to the calendar, because the weather seems to disagree), fresh asparagus is starting to appear at the farmer's markets and produce sections.  Asparagus is one of my favorites, so I look forward to this time of year when I can prepare it farm fresh and tender.  And … Continue reading Lemon-Parmesan Asparagus