Category Archives: Appetizers

Portobello and Red Pepper Open Sandwich

Open face sandwiches consist of a single slice of bread with one or more food toppings. They are popular in Europe where, in the Middle Ages, thick slabs of course bread called “trenchers” were used as plates. At the end … Continue reading

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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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