Jun 182014
 

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted PecansIngredients
1 1/2 pounds fresh beets
8 oz. Chevre (fresh goat cheese)
6 cups baby arugula or mixed greens
1 cup whole pecans, toasted
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon good quality grainy mustard
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons  very fresh! extra virgin olive oil

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400.  Trim the beets and wrap in one foil packet drizzled with a tablespoon of water.  Roast for 1 hour or until tender when pierced through with a knife.  Once the cooked beets are cool enough to handle, peel them by rubbing the skin off between paper towels.  Warning:  This will dye your hands bright red.

Cut the peeled beets in to 1″ pieces and toss with 2 tablespoons of Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic whisked together with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and set aside.

In a medium size bowl, whisk the remaining Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic with the grainy mustard until well combined.  Slowly drizzle in your olive oil of choice, whisking constantly until the mixture is thickened or emulsified.  Add freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste.

Arrange the greens in a bowl or on a platter and dress with the Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic vinaigrette.  Add the marinated roasted beets to the salad, along with the crumbled fresh goat cheese and toasted pecans.

Serves 6-8 generous portions

Jun 102014
 

Italian Beef Sandwich Italian Beef

Ingredients:
5-6 pound chuck roast
12 cloves garlic sliced in half
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup Tuscan Herb Olive Oil
2 cups beef stock or broth
Sweet and Spicy Italian Peppers Pickled in Oregano Balsamic Vinegar
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425.  Cut 24 slits in to all sides of the roast and insert garlic slivers in to each slit.  Liberally slather the roast with Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and coat with a blend of dried oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt.  Place the roast onto a rack set in a roasting pan.  Roast at 425 F. in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, and then add the beef stock to the roasting pan.  Cover the roast with foil and reduce the heat to 300 F..  Slow roast for an additional 3 hours covered with foil.
This roast is delicious on its own.  However, you can also slice it paper thin for Italian Beef Sandwiches.  Serve the warm sliced meat dunked in to the seasoned roasting broth, on sturdy rolls with pickled vegetables and or peppers and a drizzle of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil to finish.
Jun 102014
 

Pickled peppers

Now that you’ve got your gardens started for the season, I’ll bet you have some peppers planted!  Hmmm.  What to do with all those beautiful peppers…Here’s a great recipe for some pickled peppers!

These Sweet and Spicy Pickled Peppers are a wonderful addition to anything from soups and stews to roasts and salads!  I’m thinking Italian beef sandwiches!  And we’ve got just the Italian Beef recipe for you too!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups Oregano White Balsamic Condimento
1 cup water
4 whole cloves garlic
2 tablespoons kosher or pickling salt
2 cups sweet Italian peppers, sliced
1 ripe, red jalapeno, seeded and sliced

 

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan, combine the water, vinegar, and salt.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Place the garlic and sliced peppers in a large mouth canning jar or two smaller jars. Pour in the hot boiled pickling liquid in to each jar, completely covering the peppers but leaving a head space of 1/2″ from the top of the jar.  Allow to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for 10 days before eating. Keep refrigerated and use within 1 month.  These peppers can be enjoyed as is or drained of pickling liquid and drizzled with a fresh, herbaceous extra virgin olive oil such as Frantoio, Coratina or FS17.