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Perfectly Hard Boiled Eggs

Fun fact: The number of folds in that tall, pleated Chef’s toque you see in a lot of professional kitchens, and every stereotyped cartoon, are supposed to represent all the different ways you can cook an egg- that’s right… it is said that there are roughly ONE HUNDRED different way’s to cook an egg. I bet after reading that you will have a new found appreciation for that one breakfast cook at your favorite brunch spot who is scrambling the ten orders of eggs, frying seven, and poaching nearly a dozen that are on order all at the same time. From this point on let’s try to tackle and master at least one a week, eh? To start: The perfectly hard boiled egg… because let’s face it- no body likes a gray yolk. (Side note: Gray or Grey?)

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes, depending on how far off sea level you are

Cook Time: 15 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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Panko Crusted Coconut Fried Turkey

Coconut Oil is loaded with tons of health and beauty benefits(hair care, heart disease, skin care, immunity, weight loss- the list is endless). As more people have a growing appreciation for Coconut Oil and all the wonders it does for your body, I really try to find fun new recipes to pair it with. I prefer to use it when frying food as it’s stable enough to withstand high temperatures, and offers a lovely unique flavor to whatever it is that you’re cooking with- not to mention you don’t have to feel as guilty eating something fried when it’s done in one of the earth’s most nutrient rich ingredients. To top it all off- when fed to your pets Coconut Oil offers just as many health benefits, if not more, as it does to us human folk.

Servings: 2-4 depending on the pack of Turkey

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Homemade Granola

Old-Fashioned rolled oats, dried fruit, nuts, honey, chocolate, candy, puffed rice cereal… you name it- it probably goes marvelously in Granola. Through plenty of years, and tons of diets, I finally found a combination that I believe to be a simply perfect compliment to yogurt, ice cream, or even just enjoyed on it’s own. Let me know how you like it!

 

Servings: 15-20

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

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Rosemary Braised Farmers Market Carrots with Garlic &Sea Salt

Carrots are one of the very few vegetables that, interestingly enough, are better for you cooked than raw. I absolutely LOVE carrots- I find them to be a very sophisticated ingredient on any plate as the color spectrum for different carrots is basically that of the rainbow… they’re filling enough to substitute for a lot of different starches, the sweetness in them only enhances the flavor of anything you pair them with… and they’re excellent for any of your four-legged dinner guests.

Servings: As many as you chose

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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Turkey Fried Brown Rice

Fried Rice has this age old stigma of being super greasy, and the furthest thing from healthy. While it does tend to live up to all of the rumors- when you break down what is actually inside you will find that it is really quite good for you. Vegetables- good… Eggs- good… Protein- good. This recipe is not only easy, filling, great to make for those meals that you prepare ahead of time… but delicious and extremely good for you.

 

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 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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Cherry Tomato Marmalade

I’ve always been such a fan of accoutrements. Dips, spreads, relishes, djons… you name it- I probably really, really enjoy it. Tomatoes, in all forms, are one of my favorite ingredients in the kitchen- in this recipe especially. Take a cherry tomato and cook it, very slowly so as to draw out and enhance all of it’s natural sweetness, place it atop just about anything- and you’re sure to go in for more bites than you had anticipated.

 

Servings: 10

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

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