Lemon, Butter and Sugar Crêpes

Recipe by Chef Cat Cora.

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For Crêpes (makes 10 – 12)

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup milk
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted for brushing crêpe pan or skillet

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 250 F.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, egg and milk until smooth. Place a 6-inch nonstick crêpe pan, a heavy skillet, or a griddle over medium-high heat. (A nonstick pan is easiest.) Brush the pan lightly with the butter and wipe out any excess with a paper towel.

Pour in just enough batter (less than ¼ cup) to cover the bottom of the pan. Holding the pan by the handle, tilt it so the bat ter runs across the bottom and covers the entire base of the pan. After about 1 minute, the crêpe w ill turn golden brown and the edges will crisp and pull away from the pan. Then, turn the crêpe over and cook for 30 seconds, until the second side is lightly browned. Remove the crêpe from the pan and place on an ovenproof plate to cool. As the crêpes cool, you can form a stack and keep them warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining melted butter and batter.

Serve immediately, or store in the freezer by placing sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap between crêpes, then wrap the entire batch in plastic wrap.

Finishing Touches

INGREDIENTS:
10-12 crêpes
2 tbsp unsalted butter
5-6 fresh lemons, cut in half
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (optional)
20 strawberries, sliced (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Reheat the crêpes one at a time in a large nonstick skillet. When the crêpe is hot, put ½ teaspoon of butter on a knife and gently rub over the surface.

Squeeze juice from half a lemon over the crêpe, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar sparingly over the juice, then fold the crêpe in half, and in half again to form a quarter circle.

If you like, dust a little confectioners’ sugar on the top and garnish with a few fresh strawberry slices.

Serves 4-6
For more recipes by Chef Cat Cora, check out her book – Cooking from the Hip.

Baked Eggs with Bacon

Recipe by Chef Marc Matsumoto

Baked Eggs

INGREDIENTS:
2 slices thick cut bacon
1 shallot, minced
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
5 ramps, bulbs minced, leaves chopped
1 1/2 cups stewed tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper
honey (optional)
2-3 eggs
ricotta insalata

OPTIONAL:
parsley
basil
chives
scallions
ramp leaves

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat broiler. Move oven rack to the top position.

For tomato sauce, place bacon on oven-safe pan and fry over medium heat until some oil renders out. Add minced shallots and ramp bulbs, sauté until soft and fragrant. Add chopped parsley and ramp leaves; cook until they are just wilted. Add tomatoes, then salt and pepper to taste. If sauce is too tart, add honey to sweeten slightly.

Use a spoon to make 2-3 wells in the tomato sauce and drop an egg into each well. Crumble cheese on top and bring the sauce to a boil. When the bottoms of the eggs start to turn white, transfer the pan to the oven. Broil directly under the heating element for about 1 minute, or until the cheese is browned and the eggs have turned white on top.

Quickly garnish baked eggs with parsley, basil, chives, scallions, or ramp leaves. Serve on toasted bread.

Serves 2-3

A Day with: Aaron McCargo Jr.

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New Jersey raised Chef, Aaron McCargo Jr. is the season four winner of The Next Food Network Star. Now, with a show of his own, the Big Daddy’s House star can also boast his own brand of herbs and spices as well as a cookbook, Simply Done, Well Done.

Here are three of Aaron’s flavourful recipes. Trust us, you’ll want seconds.

Breakfast: Gruyère Cheese Omelet

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  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and then crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, whole or julienned
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Ina medium bowl, vigorously beat eggs with the salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes for 4 to 5 minutes, until frothy.
  3. In another medium bowl, stir together the cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and basil.
  4. Ina 12″ ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the beaten eggs and cook gently, tilting the pan so the uncooked egg slides under the cooked parts. In 2 to 3 minutes, the eggs will begin to set. Sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over eggs and remove pan from heat.
  5. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the cheese melts. Slide the omelet onto a serving platter, folding it over onto itself as you do. Let the omelet sit for 1-2 minutes, and then cut and serve.

Serves 3

Lunch: Spicy Cheeseburger Soup

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  • 1 cup potato, peeled and diced (1 medium all-purpose potato)
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup jalapeno chili pepper, diced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Italian herb blend*
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ quarts beef broth
  • ¼ cup beef bouillon powder
  • 1 ½ lb white American cheese, thickly sliced
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped (white and green parts)
  1. In a large saucepan, put the potatoes and enough water to cover them by about 2″.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain and return to the pain. Cover and keep warm.
  4. In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat slightly with a wooden spoon, until the beef begins to brown, 6 to 10 minutes.
  5. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook, stirring, for another minute or two. Add the jalapenos and then the flour, herb blend, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, until well mixed and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Add the broth and bouillon powder, lower the heat to medium, and cook, stirring, until heated through, taking care not to break the meat up too much.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat, add the slices of cheese, one at a time, and stir gently until the cheese melts into the soup and the soup becomes creamy. Add the scallions and potatoes and cook just until heated through. Serve hot.

Serves 12

Dinner: Stuffed Grilled Boneless Pork Chops

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  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped (white and green parts)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup spicy chile oil
  • 9 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 6 slices hickory smoked bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 6 oz smoked Gouda cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 6x 8-ounce boneless pork loin chops
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the marmalade, scallions, soy sauce and chile oil. Set half the marmalade sauce aside for cooking and the other half for serving.
  2. Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill and oil the grates.
  3. In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, bring an inch of water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Steam the spinach in a steaming basket and set in the saucepan until wilted, about 2 ½ minutes. Lift the spinach from the steaming basket and transfer to a large bowl. Add the bacon, cheese and chipotle chilies. Mix well.
  4. With a small, sharp knife, slit the side of each chop to create a pocket that goes nearly (but not all the way) through the chop. Wiggle the knife in the incision to open the pocket.
  5. Using a spoon or your fingers, stuff each chop with the spinach filling. Secure the opening with toothpicks and then season the chops with salt and pepper. Brush both sides of the chops with canola oil.
  6. Grill the chops for 6 to 8 minutes with the grill covered, turning the chops 3 times during grilling. Remove the lid and brush the tops of the chops with the marmalade sauce for cooking. Continue grilling, turning once and brushing the other side with the marmalade sauce for cooking, until both sides of each chop are nicely browned and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes longer.
  7. Remove the chops from the grill and let them rest for 10 minutes before serving with the reserved sauce.

Serves 6

 

From Scratch: Eggs Florentine

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“Eggs Florentine are a breakfast classic,” says resident chef Corey Burgan.

 

INGREDIENTS:

10 eggs

1 tomato, diced

1/2 onion, diced

1 bunch basil

1 bunch chives

salt and pepper

1 baguette (1/4″ slices)

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp white vinegar

1 lb spinach

2 tbsp butter

 

PREPARATION:

Butter slices of bread on both sides and place on a non-stick baking sheet.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to high broil.

Combine diced tomato, onion and balsamic vinegar in bowl; season with salt and pepper. Place in the fridge.

In large skillet, bring 1½” of water and the white vinegar to a boil. Break eggs one at a time into the boiling water. Use a slotted spoon and stir gently in a circular motion.

While eggs are cooking place the baguette slices under the broiler. Remove when toasted.

Cook eggs 2 to 4 minutes or until desired firmness. Remove with slotted spoon, allow water to drain, and place eggs in a bowl.

In a large frying pan sauté the spinach in butter until wilted. Remove from heat.

In a small glass, add tomato mix as the base, then add a layer of spinach. Top with poached egg and drizzle with Hollandaise sauce.

Garnish with basil leaf and chive sprout; serve with slice of toast.

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Hollandaise Sauce

 

INGREDIENTS:

10 egg yolks

2 cups butter

2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegrette

4-5 dashes Tabasco

4-5 dashes Lea and Perrins

salt and pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.

In a bowl, combine egg yolks, apple cider vinegrette, Tabasco and Lea and Perrins. Whisk approximately 2 minutes, until combined.

Slowly stir in the melted butter adding half a cup at a time. Whisk to preferred thickness, then set off to the side.

To serve, pour or spoon over eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Apple French Toast

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A recipe by Chef Kerry Sear, Executive Chef, ART Restaurant.

Cooking is like learning to paint: Not everyone can do it. You have to draw on the art inside you. Legions of cookbook readers will be disappointed to hear that.

INGREDIENTS:

4 whole Granny Smith apples (cored, peeled and sliced)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup water

4 slices Brioche bread

1 cup milk

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup applesauce

3 whole eggs

powdered sugar

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a saucepan, add apples, brown sugar, butter and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the apples are soft.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the milk, cinnamon, applesauce, sugar, and eggs together. Soak the brioche bread slices in the milk mixture.

Heat a medium sauté pan to medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of butter. Add the brioche bread and brown on both sides. Place bread on plate. Spoon the warm apple compote mixture on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serves: 4

Poached Eggs with Swiss Chard, Bacon, Chorizo, and Hollandaise

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Recipe by Michael Bonacini.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp butter

1 cup diced bacon, 1/2 inch chunks

1 cup chorizo sausage, diced

1/2 small onion, diced

1/2 clove garlic, minced

1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and centre

ribs cut out and chopped, leaves coarsely

chopped

salt and pepper

2 tbsp malt vinegar

4 eggs

1 cup hollandaise

1 tsp chopped chives

pinch smoked paprika

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium-high heat.

Gently sauté the bacon and chorizo until the bacon is crisp and the sausage is golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain some of the excess oil. Turn heat to low and cook the onions and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the Swiss chard stems and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the leaves and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking and stirring for 8 to 10 minutes. Add back the bacon and chorizo. Cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let sit.

In a separate pot of boiling, salted water, add the malt vinegar and poach the eggs gently for 3 minutes. Divide the chard mixture between two plates and perch two poached eggs on top. Spoon the hollandaise over the eggs; sprinkle with chives and smoked paprika.

Serves 2

Cook’s note: I like to use apple-smoked bacon, but any good quality bacon will do.

For more recipes from Michael Bonacini, check out his book: 3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men.

Crêpes with Greek Yogurt and Apricot-Champagne Sauce

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Step 1: Good Morning Crêpes


INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs

1 cup non-fat milk

1/2 cup flour

1 tbsp melted butter

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Add the milk and then the flour. Once it is completely mixed together, whisk in the butter.

Heat a medium size (approximately 8”) non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Pour in batter and cook for approximately 45 seconds per side or until lightly browned.

 

Step 2: Greek Yogurt Filling

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp brown sugar

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the yogurt, vanilla extract, nutmeg and brown sugar in a large bowl. Place the mixture in a line down the centre of each crêpe and fold the edges over the centre.

 

Step 3: Apricot-Champagne Sauce

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp Champagne

1/2 cup apricot preserves

10 fresh raspberries

1 tsp lemon juice

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small saucepan, cook the Champagne for 2 minutes at medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and stir for 3 minutes.

Top crêpes with the sauce and garnish with fresh blueberries and mint leaves.

A Day with Mr. Food

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With a name like Mr. Food, Art Ginsburg is well equiped to whip things up in the kitchen.

As a veteren chef whose recipes fill more than 50 cookbooks, Mr. Food was one of the first to promote “Do it Yourself” cooking and food preparations. And, although his take on breakfast, lunch and dinner is “quick and easy”, it’s still long on flavour.

Spend a day with Mr Food:

Breakfast – Brunch Burritos

Lunch – Tuna and White Bean Salad

Dinner – Balsamic Flank Steak

 

Cheesy Telitas Flatbread

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Recipe by Chef Lorena Garcia.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Harina P.A.N. or masarepa corn flour

1 cup queso fresco

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus more for shaping, if needed

3/4 tsp kosher salt

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Cheesy Telitas Flatbread

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place the corn flour, queso fresco, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, basil, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the salt, and pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour ¾ cup of water over the mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients until they come together into a rough dough ball.

Move the dough to a cutting board and knead for about 10 minutes, until it isn’t sticky anymore and is very malleable, like Play-Doh.

Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Place a 14″ long sheet of plastic wrap on the work surface and lightly coat the entire sheet with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Set a dough ball on the lower half of the sheet and fold the top half of the plastic over the dough.

Using a tortilla press, a rolling pin, or your hands, press the dough ball into a ⅛” thick disk, which is the telita. Remove the plastic wrap, place the dough disk on a lightly oiled baking sheet, and set aside. Reuse the plastic wrap (regreasing when necessary) to shape the remaining 7 dough balls.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Slide a spatula under a telita and flip it int o the hot pan. Cook the disk until it is browned and crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip it over and brown the other side, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Place the telita on a plate and repeat with the remaining dough disks, stacking each on top of the other.

Serve warm either whole or sliced into quarters.

Makes 8 telitas

Chef Jamie Oliver

A Day with Jamie Oliver

Imagine having TV personality Jamie Oliver as your personal chef for a day. It’s a happy thought, isn’t it?

Well, Jamie’s take on breakfast, lunch and dinner—Italian style—may just be the next best thing.

“I love Italy and everything it stands for,” says the famous chef. “The wonderful ingredients, the beautiful places, the lovely people and the neverending passion they have for their families.”

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Why not bring Jamie and a taste of Italy home with these three tasty recipes?

Buon appetito!

Breakfast – Spicy Scrambled Eggs and Crispy Bacon

Lunch – Fantastic Fish Stew with Tomato and Basil

Dinner – Roast Fish Wrapped in Pancetta and Pesto Mashed Potato

Brunch Burritos

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Recipe by Mr. Food (Art Ginsburg).
INGREDIENTS:

10 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided

1 medium-sized onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

1 medium-sized green or red bell pepper,

chopped (about 1 cup)

10 (7-inch) flour tortillas

2 cups medium salsa

1 1/2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt and white pepper until well combined; set aside.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers, and sauté 6 to 8 minutes, until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; add remaining 1 tablespoon butter then the egg mixture.

Cook eggs until scrambled but still moist.

Evenly spoon eggs into center of each tortilla and top each with 1 tablespoon salsa. Roll up each tortilla and place in prepared baking dish.

Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons salsa on top of each tortilla roll. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top then cover with aluminum foil (with cooking spray coating the side going directly over the food).

Bake 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly, and burritos are warmed through.

Serves 10

Spicy Scrambled Eggs and Crispy Bacon

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Recipe by Jamie Oliver.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 jar of chili and garlic pesto

olive oil

4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, the best

quality you can afford

a large knob of butter

4 large eggs, preferably free-range or organic,

lightly beaten

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 slices of good quality rustic bread

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add a splash of olive oil and the bacon. Fry for 5 to 10 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

Meanwhile, put a small pan on a low heat and slowly melt the butter until frothy. Pour the eggs into the pan and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir slowly with a wooden spoon or spatula, making sure nothing sticks to the bottom.

When the bacon is done, transfer it to a plate lined with kitchen paper towel to drain. Meanwhile, pop the bread in the toaster. Your eggs are done when they still look silky and custard-like. Butter the toast, top with the eggs and serve with a good dollop of chili and garlic pesto and crispy bacon on the side.

Serves 2