All posts filed under: Summer

Zucchini Risotto

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Fall / Gluten Free / Risotto / Savory / Summer

Sweet Corn Broth + Spinach Stock // Makes 5 cups (only using about 2-3 cups of stock to cook risotto) 2 cobs of corn, stripped of corn kernels, (reserve for risotto)1 large carrot, roughly chopped 6 cups water 2-3 cloves garlic, smashed 1 tb kosher salt 2-3 zucchini, cut lengthwise, inner white parts cored—makes about 2 cups (reserve hollowed out zucchini shells for risotto) 1 cup or large handful baby spinach Add water to a […]


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Pasta / Savory / Summer

Sometimes we must devour copious amounts of pasta tossed with tons of garlic and olive oil. And tons of tomatoes. Would you agree? Pasta is my thing! In July I had the pleasure of being greeted by Gourmet Live for a feature. In it, I was asked to share a description of my “go-to” easy dinner. This recipe pretty much sums up my response. With a plate of orecchiette like this, I’m methodic in heating the pan and […]

Salted Mango Sherbet. Brûléed Banana. Waffle Cone Chips. Lemon Caramel. Petals.

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Dessert / Fruit / Summer / Sweet

Salted Mango Sherbet // Makes a little over 1 quart 3 cups ripe mango, cut into various sized pieces 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 tablespoons citrus flavored vodka 1/4 cup granulated cane sugar 2-3 tablespoons honey 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt Zest of half 1 lemon 1 1/4 cups whole milk Mini edible flowers, mint, sea salt flakes as garnish In a blender, purée mango, lemon juice, vodka, sugar, and honey. Add the zest and […]

Melon Salad with Ricotta Salata. Golden Cherry Tomato. Strawberry Confit. Purple Basil. Cashew. Cayenne

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Appetizers / Fruit / Gluten Free / salads / Savory / Summer / Sweet

“Inevitably our words convey mere fragments of the reality on which our experience fed——then at least with a shadow of what in the depths of our soul we know to be untranslatable: the pure emotion of an encounter, the wonder of a discovery, that fleeting moment of silence before the word is produced that will remain in the memory like the traces of a dream that time will never completely erase.” —José Saramago    


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Dessert / Fruit / Gluten Free / Sorbet / Spring / Summer / Sweet

MEYER LEMON SORBET // Makes 3 to 4 cups 1 1/4 cups meyer lemon juice 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 3/4 cups water 1/2 cup sugar Zest half of 1 meyer lemon Mini edible flower buds, as garnish Fresh mint for serving Squeeze the lemons, strain for pulp, and reserve juice. In a medium-sized sauce pot, combine the water with the sugar and heat until completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and add the the lemon […]

Seared Scallop, Strawberry, and Basil Salad.

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Appetizers / Gluten Free / salads / Savory / Seafood / Summer / Sweet / Tart

  I adore fruit in many savory applications and here, these U-10 scallops are kept pretty simple with a touch of a few strawberries. I especially adore this combination because it’s bright, and unexpected. There’s a sweet creaminess from the beautiful scallops and an explosion of sweet and tart juice from the strawberries. Strawberries and cream? A slightly different approach on that, but yes sure, strawberries and cream. No need for a vinaigrette, the juice from the […]