Category Archives: Appetizers

Baked Brie with Cremini Mushrooms

According to a popular foodie website, “Puff pastry is a light, flaky pastry made by repeatedly layering pastry dough and butter or another solid fat, called laminating, to form a thin dough that puffs in the oven.”

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Christmas Galette

Crust Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon sugar Pinch of salt 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter ½ cup ice water Filling Ingredients: 2 fennel bulbs (quartered) 5 medium beets (peeled and quartered) 6-8 carrots (halved lengthwise) 2 cups fresh butternut … Continue reading

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Balsamic-Garlic Mushrooms

  This is a wonderful appetizer that family and friends will enjoy while you grill the entrée.

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Baked Brie with Ojai Pepper Jelly

This easy-to-make recipe is elegant and tasty. It takes advantage of the spiciness of pepper jelly and the creaminess of Brie cheese. If you do not care for pepper jelly, substitute a fresh cherry preserve or a raspberry jam. Either … Continue reading

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Grilled Seitan Rollups with Asparagus

Seitan [pronounced say-TAN] was first developed by Chinese Buddhists in the seventh century as a vegetarian alternative to meat. It was popularized in Japan cuisine when the Japanese developed the process of simmering it in soy sauce and seasonings.

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Mediterranean Flatbread

I like this flatbread with a warm bowl of soup. I also use this recipe as dough for a thick-crust pizza. The use of bread flour, as opposed to all-purpose flour, makes the final product crispier. For a chewier crust, … Continue reading

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Tofu Satey

Satay is a dish of Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Traditional satay consists of small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer and served with a spicy peanut sauce. My version is vegan substituting super-firm tofu for the … Continue reading

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