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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Perfect Starbucks Coffee Lover Present

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

Paulding & Co Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce

Need a delicious dessert for your holiday BBQ? Make these delectable pears with chocolate!

Yield: 6 servings
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • slivered zest from one orange
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 small almost-ripe pears, preferably a firm type like Bosc, Bartlett or Concorde
  • juice from one orange
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted in a 300°F. oven until just beginning to color, about 3-5 minutes
  • 3 oz. good quality bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Combine the water, sugar, orange zest and halved, scraped vanilla bean plus its seeds, in a non-reactive (do not use aluminum or cast iron) pot large enough to accommodate the fruit. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few minutes.

  1. Peel the pears. Gently remove the core from the bottom with a corer or paring knife. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each, so they stand. Place pears in the pan, stem end up. The liquid should just cover the pears.
  2. Top this with a round of parchment or waxed paper (cut to size). Bring to a very gentle simmer and cook for 5-20 minutes, just until the pears are tender when pierced with a small knife. Less ripe pears will take longer, riper ones a shorter time. Remove pears and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add the orange juice to poaching syrup and simmer 15-20 minutes, until reduced by half. Pour over pears. May be refrigerated for up to 5 days at this point.
  4. Make the chocolate sauce by bringing the heavy cream to a simmer in a small pan. Add the chocolate and stir, off the heat, until melted. If made in advance, this sauce will need to be re-warmed slightly for serving.
  5. To serve place one pear in each flat bowl, with a little of the syrup. 
  6. Spoon some warm chocolate sauce over the pear. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve.

About Paulding & Company
Founded by mother-daughter duo Terry and Tracy Paulding, Paulding& Co. is a commercial kitchen and instructional/event space that specializes in creating innovative event ideas for families and corporate entities through public cooking classes and exercises. Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area, Paulding & Company inspired Disney/Pixar animators for the Ratatouille film and director Clint Eastwood for several projects.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day BBQ Pasta-Pairings Recipes

For your Memorial Day BBQ, treat your guests to healthy and delicious summery dishes with pasta recipes from Pasta Fits. These recipes feature colorful veggies, fresh summer seafood, and lightweight zesty sauces for a light and refreshing pairing to your hamburgers and hot dogs.

Lemon-Garlic Pasta with Grilled Veggies
  • 4 oz. ziti
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil for brushing
  • 1 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 oz. romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
  • 8 oz./½ bunch asparagus, trimmed of tough stems
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. grated garlic 

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.  Cook the ziti according to package directions.  Drain and reserve.
  2. Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan over high heat.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper and a little of the oil. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 3 – 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.  Reserve.  
  3. Brush the romaine and the asparagus with the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper.   Place the romaine and asparagus on the grill.  The romaine will start to char on the outside, turn to allow all sides to get a little char, about 3 minutes total. Remove from the grill and reserve.  The asparagus will turn bright green and have grill marks when it’s ready, also about 3 minutes.  
  4. Remove from grill and reserve.  When the chicken, romaine and asparagus are cool enough to handle, chop the chicken into bite-sized chunks, roughly chop the romaine, and slice the asparagus into 2” pieces. Reserve.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Place the chicken, romaine, asparagus and ziti in a bowl and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. 
Warm Lobster and Shells Salad
  • 2 (1 ½ lb.) lobsters
  • 4 oz. medium shells
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup/4 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1cup/4 oz./1 ea. endive, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup/¼ oz. shredded basil 

  1. Bring 2 large pots of salted water to a boil. In one, place the lobsters and cook 10 minutes. Plunge lobsters into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
  2. In the other pot, cook the shells according to package directions. Drain and reserve.
  3. While these are cooking, make the vinaigrette. Whisk the vinegar, mustard, and garlic together. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Reserve.
  4. Remove the meat from the lobster. Crack the claws and knuckles and extract the meat. Remove the cartilaginous piece in the claw. Pull the tail of the body of the lobster. Place it on its side and press on it to crack the interior of the shell. It should then be easy to pull it apart and extract the meat. Take all the meat and roughly chop it into bite-sized pieces. Reserve lobster meat. You should have about 8 oz.
  5. Heat a large sauté pan over low heat. Add the vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes and endive. Toss to coat and warm through. Add the lobster meat and pasta. Toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in the basil. Divide between 4 bowls.

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad
  • 8 ounces fusilli pasta
  • ½ bunch radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 small heirloom carrots, scrubbed (don’t peel), thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus, trimmed, sliced in 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 1 small summer squash (yellow, green, silver)
  • ½ red or white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper (purple, red, yellow, orange, green), thinly sliced
  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (orange, yellow, green, red)
  • ½ bunch baby arugula (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup pinenuts
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

For vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Place pasta in boiling water and cook until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables and place carrots, asparagus, summer squash, onion, and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. When pasta is done cooking (to al dente stage), drain, and place hot pasta on top of the fresh vegetables to tenderize them slightly. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over pasta salad mixture.
  5. Toss in arugula, pinenuts, and fresh basil. Chill until serving time.

Recipes courtesy of Pasta Fits. Visit www.pastafits.org for full recipes.

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