Food & Recipes

  • Olive Tapenade

    1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
    1 canned sardine fillet
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 tablespoon capers
    2 cloves garlic
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon sugar (optional)

    Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until pureed.

    Nutrition info per serving (4 to 6): 160.4 calories; 15 g fat; 0.7 g saturated fat; 2.8 mg cholesterol; 0.6 g protein; 6.1 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 712.9 mg sodium

  • Gingered Fig and Apple Chutney

    1 medium onion, diced
    1 tablespoon gingerroot, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/2 cup apple juice
    1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
    1/2 cup golden raisins
    1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom
    4 figs, peeled and diced

    1. In a saucepan, soften onion,. Add gingerroot, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, apple, golden raisins, and ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom; cook on medium heat.

    2. Add figs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until juices thicken. Refrigerate before serving.

  • Moroccan Chicken With Olives

    1 yellow onion, diced
    3/4 cup chopped parsley plus a little more for garnish
    1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon mild paprika
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (check sodium content of stock)
    1 teaspoon agave nectar or sugar
    2 tablespoons olive oil, plus another tablespoon for drizzling
    6 to 8 chicken thighs, bone in, with skins
    1 cup chicken stock or water
    1 teaspoon lemon zest (grated peel)
    Juice of 1/2 lemon
    1/2 cup Gaeta or Kalamata olives, pits in

    1. Mix the onion, parsley, spices, salt, and agave nectar in a medium bowl.

    2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken in a single layer, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side until slightly browned.

    3. Add the stock and onion mixture. Bring the stock to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook gently for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender and no pink flesh remains.

    4. Place the chicken on a platter. Turn the heat up to medium-high, and let the sauce simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until reduced slightly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and olives.

    5. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with the remaining parsley.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 297 calories; 22 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 72 mg cholesterol; 18 g protein; 8 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 459 mg sodium

  • Pineapple-Date Ambrosia

    1 cup Greek or regular plain, unsweetened yogurt
    4 to 6 tablespoons agave nectar (depending upon desired sweetness)
    4 cups diced fresh, ripe pineapple
    1 heaping cup chopped dates
    1 cup coconut flakes
    1/2 cup minced fresh mint leaves

    1. Mix the yogurt and agave together in a dish.

    2. Toss all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and gently blend in the yogurt. Let sit 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to develop.

    Nutrition info per serving (based on 6 servings): 228.1 calories; 6.4 g fat; 4.9 g saturated fat; 5.3 mg cholesterol; 3.1 g protein; 44.3 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g fiber; 24.2 mg sodium

  • Creamy Tomato Basil Spread

    3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, drained
    1 8-ounce package cream or Neufchâtel cheese
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 cup basil leaves
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

    In a blender or food processor, combine sun-dried tomatoes, cream or Neufchâtel cheese, garlic powder, and basil leaves. Process until smooth and then blend in crumbled feta. Enjoy as a veggie dip, sandwich spread, or topping on French bread toasts with diced tomatoes

  • Pool Precautions

    Parents wishing to swim with their new baby may need to take a deep breath before plunging into the kiddie pool. Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reveal that babies who participate in infant swimming lessons are more likely to suffer from asthma and other lung-related ailments later in life.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Lemon Sunflower Pesto

    2 cups basil leaves, packed
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

    In a food processor, combine ingredients. Process until texture is even. Add to pasta, or spread on chicken or fish before baking.

  • Orange-Basil Sorbet

    2 cups marmalade
    2 cups fresh orange juice
    3 cups water
    1/4 sweet basil, finely chopped

    1. In a large saucepan, combine marmalade,  orange juice, and water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer until smooth and syrupy.

    2. When cool, stir in 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet basil. Churn the mixture in an ice-cream maker, according to manufacturer directions. Freeze.

  • Basic Homemade Yogurt

    4 cups (1 quart) milk (skim, 1 percent,  2 percent, or whole)
    1/2 cup powdered milk (optional, for thicker yogurt)
    1/2 cup plain, live culture yogurt

    1. Heat milk and powdered milk (optional) over medium heat in a small saucepan to 180 degrees (use a candy thermometer), stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and let cool to 110 degrees (about an hour).

    2. Gently stir yogurt culture into milk, and pour mixture into a clean glass jar. Cover.

    3. Choose your incubation method:
    • Use a commercial yogurt maker (such as the Salton 1-quart yogurt maker).
    • Place jars in a hot water bath in the oven on its lowest setting (temperature should not exceed 110 degrees).
    • Pour hot water into a cooler, and incubate the jars in there, changing the water every few hours if necessary.

    4. Incubate yogurt at 110 degrees for four to 10 hours or until set. The longer you incubate, the more tart the yogurt will taste. The mixture needs to stay close to 110 degrees for the bacteria to do their job. Lower temperatures deactivate the cultures, and higher temperatures will kill them.

    5. Stir in sweetener, honey, or fruit as desired. Refrigerate up to two weeks.
    Quick tip: Homemade yogurt tends to be thinner than store-bought, but adding powdered milk to the mix will thicken it. Make sure the plain yogurt you buy to inoculate your homemade yogurt says “live and active cultures” on the label.

    Nutrition info per serving (using 1 percent milk and whole-milk yogurt): 121.2 calories; 3.4 g fat; 2.2 g saturated fat; 16.2 mg cholesterol; 9.3 g protein; 13.6 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 121 mg sodium

  • Grilled Slmon with Yogurt Garlic Dill Sauce

    For The Salmon
    1 pound salmon, about 1 inch thick, cut into four filets
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper

    For The Yogurt Garlic Dill Sauce
    1 cup plain yogurt (see recipe above)
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon lemon juice

    1. Spray grill with cooking spray, and heat to medium-high. Sprinkle salmon filets with salt and pepper, and grill four minutes a side (skin side up first) or until done.

    2. Separate fish from skin by sliding a spatula between them; transfer filets to a plate. Serve with yogurt garlic dill sauce.

    3. To make yogurt garlic dill sauce, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 249.3 calories; 9.5 g fat; 2.4 g saturated fat; 68.3 mg cholesterol; 34.3 g protein; 4.8 g carbohydrates; 0.1 g fiber; 394.1 mg sodium