Cherry Bourbon Sours

Black as your soul

Black velvety goodness

Didn’t make the cherries we posted last week? Well you’ll have to come up with your own drink while we enjoy these.

Cherry Bourbon Sours

  • 1/3 part cherry bourbon syrup
  • 1/3 part lemon juice
  • 1/3 part triple sec

Mix all ingredients in a glass with ice. Stir and sip.


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Nectarines and Goat Cheese in Phyllo

Flaky like an actress in southern CA

Flaky, cheesy fun

This was a super simple dessert that made use of some frozen phyllo dough we had on hand.

Nectarines and Goat Cheese in Phyllo Dough

  • 20 sheets phyllo dough
  • 3 nectarines, sliced
  • 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Melt the butter and whisk with the honey. Spray a cookie sheet. Divide the phyllo sheets into thirds half and place one third on the baking sheet. Arrange half of the nectarine slices on the phyllo sheets, leaving roughly a half-inch border around the edge. Using a pastry brush, brush the honey butter mix over the fruit. Sprinkle with half the goat cheese and half the nuts. Cover with nest third of phyllo. Arrange the fruit, again leaving a half-inch border. Brush with the honey mix and sprinkle with nuts and cheese. Use the remaining phyllo sheets to cover the fruit. Fold the border up to make a seal. Brush with remaining honey butter. Bake at 400 until the pastry in golden, about 20 minutes.

*When layering the phyllo brush each sheet lightly with the honey butter before adding another sheet.

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Grilled Watermelon Salsa

Salsa is considered a condiment

Salsa is considered a condiment

This is one way to use up leftover grilled watermelon.

Wait, people grill watermelon?

Grilled Watermelon Salsa

  • 2 cups grilled watermelon diced small
  • 1 green bell pepper diced small
  • 1 small red onion diced fine
  • 1 large tomato diced small
  • 2 jalapenos diced fine
  • 2 tbsp basil cut into fine ribbons
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Mix everything together and season with salt and pepper. Let refrigerate for two hours before serving.

For those who are wondering here is how to grill watermelon: Slice melon into 1 1/2″ thick wedges. Discard rind. Rub sea salt into fruit and let stand over a rack in the sink for an hour. Rinse off fruit and pat dry. Drizzle with olive oil and grill over direct heat until slightly charred, about five minutes per side.

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Edamame Tahini Spread

Not the color of hummus

Not the color of hummus

This is a nice alternative to traditional hummus, but we won’t call it a hummus because we’re stubborn like that. Hummus needs chick peas. Serve this with roti or pita bread.

Edamame Tahini Spread

  • 16 oz edamame
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1-2 tbsp tahini paste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 3-4 cloves garlic

Cook edamame according to the instructions on the package. Let cool. Puree with lemon juice, one tablespoon of tahini, garlic, parsley and a quarter cup of olive oil. Add more olive oil as needed and more tahini to your taste. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Sunday Suppers: Light Plates

We like light meals that show off fresh summer produce. Summer vegetables don’t need much help to shine. These simple recipes should hit the spot.

Eggplant and Feta “Pizzas”

We are really into feta lately

We are really into feta lately

Cherry Tomatoes in an Herb Vinaigrette

This is finger food

This is finger food

Figs in a blanket

Special delivery... parcels of figgy goodness

Special delivery… parcels of figgy goodness

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Eggplant Stuffed with Sausage and Cherry Tomatoes

How many different ways have I stuffed vegetables

How many different ways have I stuffed vegetables

This recipe is very simple and takes advantage of fresh grape tomatoes and homemade sausage.

Sausage and Tomato Stuffed Eggplant

  • 2 medium eggplant sliced in half stems left on
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 sausages cut from casings
  • 1 jalapeno diced fine
  • 20-25 small whole grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup grated romano
  • Salt/pepper

Scoop seeds and pulp from eggplant halves leaving enough flesh to keep shells intact. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake shells at 350 degrees until browned on the inside, about 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile chop up the scooped out flesh. In a large saute pan heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium low heat and saute garlic and jalapeno until they begin to brown. Add sausage and brown, breaking it up into small bits. Add oregano and chopped eggplant flesh and continue to cook until mixture begins to stick to the bottom of pan. Add stock, turn heat to medium and deglaze pan. Cook until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and mix in cheese and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon stuffing into eggplant halves making sure some of the tomatoes are on top. Season top with a little more pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake eggplant again at 400 degrees until stuffing begins to brown on top, about 10-15 minutes. Serve hot.

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Bourbon Cherries

Liquor soaked cherries packed in homemade cherry liqour

Liquor soaked cherries packed in homemade cherry liquor

These are really, really strong and yet still taste amazing. The final cherry liquor made from the packing liquid is fantastic added to many cocktails or as a stand alone drink.

Use really fresh cherries and a wide-mouth 24-ounce mason jar. Use a good quality (but not too pricey) bourbon for this. I like Knob Creek or Maker’s Mark. The easiest way to pit a cherry is to slice around the pit with a sharp knife then twist the halves apart. If the cherry is ripe it will separate and the pit can easily be popped out of the one half.

Bourbon Cherries

  • About 1 lb pitted cherries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Bourbon
  • Simple Syrup

Fill mason jar with cherries. Pour in sugar and mix well with a spoon. Fill to top with bourbon. Seal jar and place in refrigerator. Let stand for one week shaking jar once a day. After a week pour liquid into a pan and measure. For every cup of cherry flavored bourbon add 1/3 cup simple syrup. Mix well and pour back into the jar with the cherries. Cherries are ready to be eaten. Any leftover cherry liquor keeps well in the refrigerator.

To make simple syrup bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil until sugar dissolves. Cool completely before using.

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