Lemon wedges, for servingIn a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.
In a medium bowl, lightly toss the crabmeat with the cracker crumbs. Gently fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Scoop the crab mixture into eight 1/3-cup mounds; lightly pack into 8 patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook over moderately high heat until deeply golden and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the crab cakes to plates and serve with lemon wedges.
The crab cakes can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated overnight.
Candied Pecan Ingredients
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pecan halves
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup extra light tasting olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
10 ounces fresh baby spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 small red onion sliced
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 avocado, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 (5 ounce) package blue cheese crumbles Place a silpat mat or a sheet of parchment paper on the counter top to dry the pecans.
In a small skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add pecans, sugar and salt. Stir until pecans are well coated. Stir until the sugar caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes.
Spread onto silpat or parchment paper. Separate pecans. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile: in a pint size mason jar combine dressing ingredients. Seal and shake until well combined. Set aside on the counter.
In a large bowl combine the spinach, onions, strawberries and blueberries. Pour about 1/2 of dressing over salad, and toss. Top with avocado, cheese and candied nuts. Serve remaining dressing on the side.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving (or serve immediately).
Serve with the remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!
1/2 pound carrots (peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces on a bias)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cups water or stock
1 cup farro
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
4 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup pistachios (toasted, roughly chopped)
1/2 cup parsley (roughly chopped)
2/3 cup feta (crumbled)
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
In a large bowl, add the carrots and drizzle with the olive oil. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, chipotle powder, and ginger, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the carrots on a baking sheet and place in the oven until golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and farro and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until tender but chewy, about 10 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and set aside to cool.
For the Sherry Vinaigrette: In a mason jar, add the sherry vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and olive oil and shake to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
To Assemble: To a large bowl, add the farro, carrots, pistachios, parsley and feta. Drizzle with sherry vinaigrette and toss to combine.
Tip: To toast the nuts, place them in a dry saute pan over low heat and toast until golden and aromatic, about 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
For potato salad dressing: 1 16-ounce jar of cabbage kimchi, chopped with juice
2 tablespoons gochujang Korean chili paste
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon soy sauce
¼ cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
1 cup scallions, sliced, white and light-green parts only
Black pepper, freshly ground & Kosher salt
Scallions, sliced, green parts
Black sesame seeds
Fill large sauce pot ⅔ full with cold water and heavily salted. Put whole Yukon potatoes into the sauce pot. Put sauce pot on the stovetop over high heat and bring to a boil.
When the water is boiling, carefully add in 3 eggs to the sauce pot.
Reduce heat to medium and simmer the eggs with potatoes for 12 minutes. Using kitchen tongs, take out the eggs and put them into iced or cold water. Let the eggs sit for 15 minutes in cold water. Continue cooking potatoes in gently boiling water for about 15 more minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Take the potatoes off the heat and use a colander to drain the potatoes. Put them on a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until potatoes are cold.
For the dressing, combine all the ingredients together and set aside.
Remove the skin from the potatoes or leave them on for a more rustic potato salad. Gently cube potatoes and put into a large mixing bowl.
Peel the hard-boiled eggs, chop, and add to the cubed potatoes.
Add the dressing into the potato mixture. Gently mix all the ingredients together until evenly coated. Season with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste.
Garnish with sliced scallions and black sesame seeds.
Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
¼ cup calabrian chiles (drained)
1 cup olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Saffron Yellow Pepper Sauce
pinch of saffron
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 clove garlic (chopped)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 yellow bell peppers (roasted until soft, peeled, seeded and chopped)
1 teaspoon clover honey
1 cup blended olive/canola oil
Fried Baby Artichokes
6 baby artichokes, trimmed (halved or quartered depending on how big)
Heat the oil in a 15-inch paella pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, add the cooked rice and mushrooms and mix to combine. Add the rice mixture to the hot oil and press into an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Press down with heat-proof rubber spatula until the bottom begins to turn golden brown and crispy.
Add the kale on. Make 4 shallow wells in the top of paella and crack 1 egg into each well. Cover paella pan with aluminum foil or another large pan. Cook paella over medium heat until egg whites are just set, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
Top the paella with fried artichokes, lemon zest and drizzle with chile oil and saffron sauce. Serve straight from the pan.
For the Cooked Rice: heat the oil in a large high-sided sauté pan or medium Dutch oven. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the wine and cook until reduced.
Add 2 cups of the stock and cook until reduced then begin adding 1 cup of stock at a time and cook, stirring constantly, until the cook is al dente, about 30 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
For the Sautéed Mushrooms: heat the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add the shallots and garlic and cook until the mushrooms are golden brown and dry, season with salt and pepper.
For the Mushroom Stock: heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5-7 minutes. Add cremini mushrooms, thyme, parsley, peppercorns, salt, and 8 cups cold water, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for 30 minutes longer.
Strain stock into a clean saucepan and keep warm over low heat (you should have about 7 cups).
For the Sautéed Kale: heat oil in large sauté pan over high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the kale and cook until crisp tender, add garlic, salt and pepper and cook until just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
For the Calabrian Chile Oil: (Yields approximately ½ cup) combine chiles and oil in a food processor and process until smooth, season with salt and pepper and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Strain through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Transfer to a nice cruet.
For the Saffron Yellow Pepper Sauce: combine the saffron, vinegar, garlic, mustard and salt and pepper in a blender and let sit for 5 minutes; blend until smooth
With the motor running, slowly add the oil and blend until emulsified; add the honey and blend for a few seconds longer. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt or pepper or vinegar, if needed. Transfer to a squeeze bottle.
For Fried Baby Artichokes: heat oil in a high sided pan to 350ºF. Fry the artichokes until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and season with salt.
– The best part of paella is the crust on the bottom called the soccarat. The goal is to achieve a crispy, browned crust all the way around the bottom of the paella pan. Monitor heat and rotate the pan to prevent burning and even browning!
– Use store-bought mushroom stock for a short-cut!
4 (8-ounce) fish fillets such as red snapper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces crème fraîche
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 teaspoons drained capers
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. (You can also use an ovenproof baking dish.) Place the fish fillets skin side down on the sheet pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
Combine the crème fraîche, two mustards, shallots, capers, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Spoon the sauce evenly over the fish fillets, making sure the fish is completely covered. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it’s barely done. (The fish will flake easily at the thickest part when it’s done.) Be sure not to overcook it! Serve hot or at room temperature with the sauce from the pan spooned over the top. (Serves 4)
Ranch dressing is so delicious on any crisp lettuce and it makes a fantastic dipping sauce for a vegetable platter, but did you know that you can whip it together in just a few minutes with stuff you probably have at home?
This dressing is so good, you’ll forget about buying anything in a bottle ever again. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, check out our tip to make a quick substitute using milk here.
The secret is to this recipe is the onion and garlic powder. I’ve tried this dressing with freshly grated garlic and it’s far too overpowering. Powdered garlic delivers a subtle garlic flavour that won’t have you digging through your pockets for a mint afterward.
For an extra twist, throw in some chopped dill, tarragon, basil or parsley.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2/3 cup sour cream (full fat)*
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp liquid honey next time start with 1/2 tsp.
1/4 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
In bowl, whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, Dijon, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 5 days). (makes about 1 cup)
*You can substitute with low fat or no fat sour cream, but the dressing won’t be as thick, or tasty.
Quick Buttermilk Substitute
Pour 1 tbsp of white vinegar into a 1-cup liquid measure. Top with enough milk to make 1 cup; stir. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from food52
2 tablespoons minced shallot
2 tablespoons chopped basil
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons teaspoons lemon juice or white wine vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
Honey, as needed
In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the shallot, herbs, garlic, vinegar or lemon juice, mayonnaise, and yogurt or sour cream. Screw on the the lid and shake the jar to combine. Stir in most of the buttermilk. Check for consistency, and add more if needed. Taste, then season with salt, pepper and paprika. If the dressing is too sharp, drizzle in some honey to mellow the acidity. Taste again, and adjust if needed.
Cover and refrigerate for an hour before using, to allow the flavours to blend and develop. Makes about 2 cups
4 beets (red, golden or a combination), peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 head of kale (either curly or lacinato), chopped
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed (or buy the pre-rinsed quinoa)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dice sweet potato into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel fresh beets (can use red, golden or a combination — please be careful with red beets because their color bleeds) and dice into 1/2 inch cubes.
Toss on a baking sheet with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, tossing occasionally until the vegetables are soft.
While the vegetables are cooking, blanch the kale to reduce bitterness and soften the greens. To blanch, stir the chopped kale leaves into boiling water for 2-3 minutes, drain, then run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Rinse 1/2 cup of quinoa (skip this step if you bought pre-rinsed quinoa), put the rinsed quinoa and 1 cup of water in a pot, and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil, turn the flame down to a low heat, cover the pot, and let the quinoa simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
Ingredients for horseradish dressing
1 1/2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. horseradish
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. low sodium vegetable stock
Put all ingredients in a container, put the lid on, and shake vigorously to combine. You can also use a blender, if preferred.
Combine the cooked vegetables and quinoa with the horseradish dressing. Can be served warm, room temperature or cold. Serves 4
½ c. olive oil
¼ c. cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Minced garlic
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
¾ c. chopped red pepper
¾ c. chopped yellow pepper
¾ c. chopped green onions
2 c. cooked rice (about 1 c. raw) cooled
Whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, cumin, and garlic in medium bowl until well blended. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Combine rice, beans, pepper and onions in a large bowl. Toss salad with enough dressing to moisten. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate)