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Blood Orange, Chocolate Chip, & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Seasonal ingredients are so special to me. There is something about the exclusivity of an item that brings such excitement to any recipe. Like a kid on Christmas morning, every January I am constantly on the look out at every local produce section and farmers market in the area for the gem of a citrus known as the Blood Orange. Be sure to post haste in finding them because come April or May their crates will be empty and you will have nothing but a fading memory of the ruby tinted rind, and naturally sweet fruit to last you until the next year.

Servings: 1 Pint

Prep Time: 30 minutes and 2 hours of inactive prep

Cook Time: 35 minutes

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Quick Vegetable Stock

There is always that end of the carrot that you can’t quite slice, or the tops of the leeks that are completely inedible- just because it doesn’t slice right, or it can be found a tad bitter, don’t throw these ingredients away! All those discarded veggies are great for a quick vegetable stock. Add a few other ingredients (an onion or celery can almost always be found somewhere in one’s fridge), and some water- the rest is up to you. Stock can always be added to soups, sauces, and marinades to really take it to the next level. Use immediately or freeze for later use.

Yield: 4-6 Quarts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Chimichurri Lamb Chops with Paprika-Lime Arugula

As it’s more clear that spring time is upon us, I like to think of some traditional foods of the season. I associate the time of year with fresh, bright ingredients- plenty of herbs, the zest of a lemon, and a little bit of spice to really brighten any dish. Thinking of spring, and the sun staying out longer I’m reminded of years worth of family bbq’s where a variety of meats and giant salads were all that filled everyone’s plate. A staple in many mediterranean diets, Lamb is considered to be quite healthy because of the ability it has to lower cardiovascular disease. A majority of lamb raised spend most of their life time grazing as these animals require less of a confined space, and more free-range over an open grassland  in order to produce quality cuts of meat- as a result they not only lead a very humane life comparatively, and their meat provides a lot more of a organic flavor naturally.

Servings: Variable

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

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Deviled Avocado Eggs & Radish Frisee Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing & Shaved Pistachio

I can’t always wait for the next pot luck, or celebration shower to indulge in the one or two bites of the all loving, decadence of the deviled egg. I think it’s safe to say that everyone, internationally, has enjoyed the amuse bouche at least once in their lives. With the number of varieties of preparation, differing slightly by region, they all share something in common- one is never enough. A lovely appetizer, the perfect lunch, or even just a quick snack… my lighter version is not only delicious, loaded with potassium and heart healthy monosaturated fatty acids, but one of the most guilt-free variants of the recipe you may ever try.

Servings: Variable

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

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Quick Berry Compote

I can guarantee that we have all been at a point where we needed something else to dress up that sweet treat, but just don’t have it in the cupboard. From here on out- instead of throwing away those berries that are on the border of starting to become furry and completely inedible- throw them into an air tight zip-lock baggie and store them in the freezer for just this very reason. This is quick, suprisingly easy, delicious served both hot and cold, and you don’t feel bad throwing away mother nature’s delicious candies.

 

Servings: Variable

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

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Fifty-fifty Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt. I go both ways with it… Offering countless health benefits, there is really only so much you can eat before remembering it’s just yogurt and you’re completely sick of it- not matter how good it is for you. Many will flock to those sugar-laden, artificially flavored brand names that offer a zillion different flavors and are so easy to revert back to (No judgment), not even knowing how easy it is to make it on your own. Give this recipe a whisk and see for yourself.

 

Servings: 10

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

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Oven spiced Tomato & Burrata Bucatini with Italian Sausage

Even with warm weather it’s difficult to resist the comfort of some of those homestyle meals that warm your heart so well- one of which being the all loving marinara sauce. Instead of such a hearty sauce, try this delicious twist. The sweetness of the oven roasted tomatoes, and the fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil will surely be a crowd pleaser for many, or just yourself.

 

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

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Toast Two Ways

Oh, Toast- how I love you. It is quick, it can be whaever you make of it- light or heavy, but most of all- it’s forever comforting. When you’re sick and can’t stomach anything else… when you’re sad and really just need something to settle your nerves… when you’re stressed and don’t have time to cook something of substance… when money is tight and you can’t afford a giant shop at the grocery store- you can always count on toast. Toast is home.

 

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

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