Grilled Eggplant Caprese Salad

Eggplants are a loaded with water. In order to concentrate their flavor, place eggplant slices on a paper towel and lightly salt them. This will force the eggplant to secret water while absorbing the salt, known as degorging. Since there is less moisture in the eggplant, they won’t end up soggy on the grill! Be sure to do this trick roughly one hour prior to using the eggplant.

Grilled Eggplant Caprese Salad
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Recipe and tips from Chef Justin Kouri. Eggplants are a loaded with water. In order to concentrate their flavor, place eggplant slices on a paper towel and lightly salt them. This will force the eggplant to secret water while absorbing the salt, known as degorging. Since there is less moisture in the eggplant, they won’t end up soggy on the grill! Be sure to do this trick roughly one hour prior to using the eggplant.
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Recipe and tips from Chef Justin Kouri. Eggplants are a loaded with water. In order to concentrate their flavor, place eggplant slices on a paper towel and lightly salt them. This will force the eggplant to secret water while absorbing the salt, known as degorging. Since there is less moisture in the eggplant, they won’t end up soggy on the grill! Be sure to do this trick roughly one hour prior to using the eggplant.
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  1. Preheat grill to high. If using a grill pan, place over high heat. Dry the eggplant by patting with a paper towel. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and place on the grill. Cook until dark grill marks appear, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside. While the eggplant cools, whisk together ¼ cup of olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium size bowl. Construct the salad by shingling components: eggplant, tomato, mozzarella, eggplant, tomato, mozzarella, eggplant. Spoon vinaigrette over and around the salad. Garnish with basil. Serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!
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Celery Root and Potato Latkes

from Gourmet Magazine, December 2004

Celery Root and Potato Latkes
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Servings Prep Time
32 latkes 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
32 latkes 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Celery Root and Potato Latkes
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Servings Prep Time
32 latkes 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
32 latkes 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
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  1. Place oven racks at the upper and lower thirds positions and preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Coarsely grate celery root into a bowl using the 1/3 inch-wide holes of a box grater.
  3. Peel potatoes and coarsely grate into a large bowl. Add lemon juice and toss. Coarsely grate onions into the same bowl.
  4. Transfer to towel, then gather the corners to form a sack. Twist tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible.
  5. Return potatoes and onions into a clean bowl and stir in celery root, flour, eggs, salt, pepper and celery seeds until well combined.
  6. Heat 1/3 inch of oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot, but not smoking. Fill a ¼ cup measure (but do not tightly pack) with the latke mixture and carefully spoon into the heated skillet, then fry until the underside is a deep golden color (1 ½ to 3 minutes).
  7. Turn over using 2 spatulas and fry until deep golden on all sides (1 ½ to 3 more minutes).
  8. Transfer to paper towels to drain briefly. Keep warm in a baking dish in the oven.
  9. Repeat frying process until all latkes are cooked.
Recipe Notes

Helpful Hints:

  •  You may fry latkes 1 hour ahead of serving time.
  • You may shred the potatoes, onions and celery root in a food processer with the shredding disk.
    However use 5 eggs (instead of 4), as the machine will grate more coarsely than hand grating and will require more binding.
  •  Monitor the rate at which the latkes brown. If they brown very quickly, try reducing the heat to
    moderate.
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Caponata

Caponata
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Add eggplant, zucchini, celery, and onion to small bowl.
  3. Add tomatoes, garlic, olives, and capers to a separate bowl.
  4. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the eggplant, zucchini, celery, and onion. Sauté 8-10 minutes, until soft.
  6. Add tomatoes, garlic, olives, and capers. Continue to sauté for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Stir in the basil and red wine vinegar. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Serve with bread, pita or as a side dish. Enjoy!
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Pasta Primavera with Chicken

Pasta Primavera with Chicken
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Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
17 minutes
Pasta Primavera with Chicken
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4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
17 minutes
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Prepare pasta and vegetables
  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Place pasta in boiling water. Cook 7 minutes.
  4. Add asparagus to the pot of pasta. Cook 3 minutes.
  5. Add pepper to pot of pasta and cook 30 seconds.
  6. Drain pasta and vegetables into a colander. Set aside.
Sauce Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken. Cook until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add whipping cream, chicken broth and mustard. Bring sauce to boil and continue cooking for 2 minutes while stirring.
Finish the Dish
  1. Add pasta mixture to skillet. Stir until sauce coats pasta mixture.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
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Garden Pesto

Garden Pesto
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When you've got some extra greens around, try this veggie packed pesto, which can be frozen for later and added to your favorite fall and winter dishes!!!
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Garden Pesto
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When you've got some extra greens around, try this veggie packed pesto, which can be frozen for later and added to your favorite fall and winter dishes!!!
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
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  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Combine basil, arugula, oregano, garlic and walnuts in a food processor. Pulse until fine.
  3. Add parmesan, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until incorporated.
  4. While food processor is running, stream in olive oil until emulsified.
  5. Use pesto on pasta, sauteed vegetables or in scrambled eggs. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Pesto can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

  • Try freezing pesto in ice cube trays for already portioned single servings to use all season. Frozen pesto will keep for up to 1 month

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