Friday, March 4, 2011

Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette and Garlic Croutons

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette


1 ounce bacon, cut into small dices

1/4 ounce shallots, minced

1/4 ounce garlic minced

1/2 ounce cider vinegar

1 ounce olive oil

4 ounces spinach, washed and dried

1 egg, hard boiled

1 ounce button mushrooms, cleaned, thinly sliced

1/2 ounce red onions, thinly sliced

1/2 ounce croutons, as needed to garnish


To make vinaigrette, render bacon over medium-low heat. When the bacon is crisp, remove from pan. Save the fat in the pan. Drain bacon on absorbent paper towels and reserve. Add the shallots and garlic to bacon fat and sweat for approximately one minute. Remove the pan from heat, whisk in vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the spinach with eggs, mushrooms, onions, croutons and bacon. Add warm vinaigrette, toss once and serve immediately.

Garlic Parmesan Croutons


1/2 French baguette cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 ounces whole butter, softened

1/5 ounce Parmesan grated

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic minced

2 ounces olive oil


Spread out cubed bread on sheet pan and bake in 350 F oven until firm and golden brown. While the bread is toasting mix all other ingredients together. Remove bread from the oven and toss with the butter mixture until well coated. Return to the oven and toast until cheese is melted and croutons are golden to medium brown.

Great Vegetarian Recipe !

Roasted Cauliflower and Tofu Curry

1 pound(s) extra firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp curry powder, madras variety
1 tsp Ground Cumin Seed, or other brand
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp table salt
1 large onion(s), sliced into 1/4-inch half moons
1 head(s) (medium) cauliflower, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup almonds


Preheat oven to 450°F. Gently press tofu between several layers of paper towels to remove excess water; set aside.

Warm a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, spices and salt; swirl skillet to combine. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until onions are very wilted and browned, about 8 to 9 minutes.

Combine cauliflower and tofu in a large bowl. Pour onion mixture into bowl, mix with a spoon to thoroughly coat. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet in an even layer. Roast, until cauliflower and tofu are golden brown and smell very fragrant, about 25 to 35 minutes. Garnish with almonds

Fantastic Grilled Chicken Recipe

Citrus-Rosemary Grilled Chicken


* 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 1/4 cup rosemary leaves, minced
* 3 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic
* 2 tablespoons lemon zest
* 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a medium bowl combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Whisk to combine and pour into a 1-gallon resealable food storage plastic bag. Place chicken breasts in the bag and seal it. Turn to ensure that the chicken is evenly coated, then refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat a grill to medium-low and brush the grates lightly with an oil soaked cloth. Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry. Season the chicken well on all sides with salt and pepper, then place on the grill, skin side down. Cook the chicken about 8 to 10 minutes, turn and continue to cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat and serve while hot.

Marinade for Grilled Chicken


This marinade is fantastic for grilled chicken or fish!

1/2 cup orange juice (juice of 1 orange)
1/2 cup lemon juice (juice of 2 lemons)
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 1/2 inch section fresh ginger, peeled, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced