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Ingredients:
  • 4 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups warm 110 degree water
  • 1/3 cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (natural or flavored)
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Directions:
If using a bread machine follow the instructions for adding ingredients to the machine.  If mixing in a mixer or by hand, combine the sugar and water and yeast in a large bowl or mixer bowl.  Allow to sit for five minutes.    Add the olive oil and salt.  Begin mixing in the flour.  It will be fairly wet but avoid the temptation to add more flour.  Knead for approximately 3 minutes until the dough is relatively smooth and cohesive.  Allow to rise for 1 hour covered in a warm place.  Divide and shape or roll the dough in to two large thin crust pizzas or three medium thin crust pizzas.  Depending on how hot you can get your oven or grill, the cooking time will be anywhere between 5-10 minutes.  You are looking for golden brown crust and bubbling cheese.
makes enough dough for 2 large or three medium thin crust pizzas

cauliflowerSauce:

  • 1/3 cup blanched almonds
  • 4-5 tsp. anchovy paste (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoon SOOC Butter Olive Oil
  • ½ cup SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used Garlic Olive Oil)
  • 2 tsp. SOOC white balsamic vinegar (I used Sicilian Lemon)
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro (or more to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions for sauce:

In a small frying pan, toast nuts over low heat, shaking often, just until golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

In a food processor, combine almonds, anchovy paste if using, garlic and butter olive oil, pulse until smooth. Mix in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then white balsamic vinegar. Mix in cilantro and red pepper flakes (if using).

Spoon sauce around each wedge of Whole Roasted Cauliflower.

 

jambalayaIngredients:

2 lbs skinned and boned chicken breast (cut into 1 inch cubes)

1 tsp sea salt

¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper

3 Tbsp SOOC Garlic Olive Oil

2 Tbsp SOOC  Hojiblanca Olive Oil (or any natural EVOO)

2 lbs cooked ham (cubed into 1 inch cubes)

5 cloves garlic (chopped)

2 medium chopped white onion

1 green bell pepper (chopped)

1 red bell pepper (chopped)

3 (14.5oz) petite diced tomatoes

2 ½ cups chicken broth

4 green table onions (chopped)

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 C uncooked long grain rice

2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried thyme

¾ tsp cayenne ( or ¼ tsp more if you like spicy)

2 lbs peeled and deveined raw shrimp

Directions:

  1. Heat the garlic olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add chicken breast and sauté’ until no longer pink and then remove to a separate dish
  3. Heat Hojiblanca Olive oil and add onions, bell peppers and garlic; sauté until beginning to soften
  4. Add chicken back in along with tomatoes and their juices, ham, and spices
  5. Bring to a boil while gradually stirring in rice and shrimp; cover pot
  6. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer until rice is tender and most liquids are absorbed, about 25 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and if you desire my kick sprinkle with powdered cayenne.

cauliflowerIngredients:

1 Large cauliflower

SOOC Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Garlic or Tuscan Herb are great)

Sea Salt

Directions for Roasted Cauliflower:

Heat the oven while you prepare the cauliflower: Place heavy oven-proof skillet (a cast iron skillet works well) or a baking sheet in the oven and turn the heat to 375 degrees.

Place a small pan of hot water on the lower rack of the oven to create steam.

Break off and discard the outer leaves from the cauliflower. Cut off the bottom of the stem, then use the tip of a small, sharp knife to cut off the leaves close to the stem. Carefully cut out the hard core of the cauliflower, near the bottom. Leave the main stem intact and make sure not to cut through any of the florets.

Rinse the cauliflower (leave the water clinging to the outside: and place on a work surface, core side up. Drizzle with olive oil and rub over the cauliflower until evenly coated. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Place the cauliflower on the hot skillet in the oven, core side down, and cook until very tender all the way through when pierced with a knife, at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours. During the cooking, baste 2 or 3 times with more olive oil. It should brown nicely. If you have a convection feature or broiler, use it toward the end of baking to brown the crust.

Aioli
Chipotle-Lime Aioli
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup SOOC Chipotle Olive Oil
  • 2 large egg yolks at room temperature**
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Directions:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor or blender jar, add the egg yolks, salt, garlic and lime juice.  Process until well combined.
  2. VERY SLOWLY, drop by drop, begin to drizzle in the Chipotle Olive Oil while the machine is running. Extreme patience must be taken with this slow process, as too much olive oil poured in at once will cause the sauce to break.
  3. Once the olive oil is completely poured in and emulsified, remove the aioli to a sealed container and refrigerate.

**This recipe contains raw egg yolks.  If you have a compromised immune system, you can use pasteurized eggs for this recipe.

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Spicy Jalapeno-Chipotle Lime Coleslaw
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium head of cabbage shredded
  • 1 recipe for Chipotle-Lime Aioli
  • 1 large jalapeno, seeded, de-ribbed and finely minced
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed and finely minced
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Blueberry Lemon Bundt cake

Ingredients:

For The Cake 
2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 cup SOOC lemon olive oil + 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 cups washed and dried blueberries (1/2 cup reserved)

For the Simple Syrup Lemon Glazed Blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon fresh lemon Juice or the juice of 1 large lemon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Grease an 8 cup bundt pan with lemon olive oil, or 8- 1 cup mini-bundt pans.

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together until light yellow and thickened.  Add the lemon olive oil, lemon zest, vanilla, and sour cream.

In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  Add to the wet ingredients and whisk until no dry spots of flour remain.  Fold in the blueberries reserving 1/2 cup for decoration.

For the glaze, mix together the lemon juice and sugar in a microwave proof bowl.  Heat for 1 minute on high.  Whisk, and allow the glaze to sit until all the sugar is dissolved and the glaze has become transparent.

Bake the full size bundt pan for 45- 50 minutes, and the mini-bundt pans for 25-30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to coll for at least 20 minutes before inverting.

Allow the cake to cool fully. Add the blueberries to the cooled clear syrup and toss to coat.  Decorate the top/center of the bundt with the blueberries allow the glaze to run down the sides and soak into the cake.  Serve immediately.

Hummus and chips
Ingredients:
  • 1-2 Jalapeno pepper, roasted & seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 Cups chickpeas (if using canned, drain & rinse)
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 Cup SOOC olive oil (suggest either the Harissa or Chipotle Olive Oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons ice water
Directions:
To roast peppers: remove core and seeds from peppers and slice. Lay on a baking sheet and preheat the broiler in your oven. Place under the broiler skin-side up until skins are completely charred and black- this took about 10 minutes. Just check every 2 minutes or so. Immediately remove peppers from oven and using kitchen tongs, quickly place them in a Ziploc bag then seal it. Set aside for 20-30 minutes. Remove peppers from the bag and peel the skin off to discard. It is okay if a little bit of char remains as it adds to the flavor.
Add the chickpeas to the bowl of your food processor and blend until they are pureed. Add the tahini, honey and jalapeno, and blend until combined, scraping down the sides if needed. Stream in the olive oil with the processor running and continue to blend until the hummus is smooth. Add the salt and pepper, blend a bit more. With the processor running, stream in the ice water and blend until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips.
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