Homemade Olive Tapenade

The tapenade is a dip or paste made with olives (black or green), anchovies and capers. This appetizer comes from Provence, France and is great with fresh bread or toast. With the help of a food processor, or blender, this hors d’oeuvre is ready within 5 minutes.

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Homemade Olive Tapenade
The anchovies are very salty. If you find your tapenade too salty, add more olives or olive oil.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in an electric blender. Pulse a few times until finely chopped. The tapenade should have small pieces of olives. Do not over blend!
  2. Serve with crackers or fresh baguette slices.

Cowboy caviar

Cowboy caviar (or Texas caviar) is a simple, healthy, colorful, and delicious appetizer, salad, side-dish, or dip. Using canned beans and corn is a quicker alternative to cooking dry beans. Spend less time in the kitchen but don’t forget to prepare in advance to allow the different flavors to blend together before serving.

 

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Cowboy caviar
The jalapeño can be replaced by a few pinches of chili powder.
Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl, mix, cover, and let chill for about one hour in the fridge.

Whole Roast Duck With Apple And Cranberry Stuffing

Impress your holiday guests this year with crisp, delicious and full of juices roasted duck. This recipe is very simple and easy to make. The best way to serve it is with mashed potatoes.

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Whole Roast Duck With Apples And Cranberry Stuffing
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry duck with paper towels. Season inside and outside with salt and pepper.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  3. Cut celery into thin slices.
  4. Peel, core and cut apples into small cubes.
  5. Heat olive oil or butter in a frying pan. Add onion and celery and sauté for 3-4 minutes until golden. Season with some salt and pepper.
  6. Add apples and cranberries. Remove from the heat.
  7. Add bread crumbs and mix well.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Stuff duck with prepared stuffing. Secure skin underneath with skewer or toothpicks.
  9. Rub the skin with olive oil and place it into the roasting pan with the breast side down. Roast for one hour.
  10. Baste all over every 15-20 minutes with juices from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Flip the duck over and continue to roast for another 20-30 minutes. Cover wings and legs with foil if it gets too brown.
  12. The duck is done if the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted in the thickest part of the leg. Remove from the oven and cover the duck with aluminum foil for at least 10 minutes.

Chickpea salad with bell pepper

Cans are usually pretty handy at home or on the go; there is no need to go to a store and they are quick to prepare. This chickpea salad is a great example of the usefulness of cans. Just open a can and mix it with other ingredients available at home.

There are multiple recipes of salads with this legume: here is one of them with bell pepper, olives and fresh cilantro.

 

 


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Chickpea salad with bell pepper

This salad can by served immediately or chilled for few hours to get all of its flavors.

Course Salads

Prep Time 15 minutes

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Course Salads

Prep Time 15 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Combine all veggies in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with freshly pressed lemon juice and olive oil. Toss gently.

Pumpkin Soup

French recipe for a silky and smooth Pumpkin Soup with two main ingredients. Healthy, colorful, and easy to make. If you have a blender, you have to try this recipe as soon as pumpkins are in season.
To impress your guests, serve this soup in individual pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Soup
This soup is delicious and silky even without any cream. I add very little, just to make it look beautiful.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash and chop the leeks.
  2. Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half horizontally. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean with the spoon or ice cream scoop (you can use the seeds for another recipe).
  3. Peel and cut into regular cubes.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir leeks until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add pumpkin cubes and cook for 5-7 more minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Transfer the veggies into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Simmer about 15 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked.
  7. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Add a little more boiling water if the soup is too thick. Taste for flavor, and feel free to add more salt or pepper.
  8. Serve hot, with sour or heavy whipping cream and fresh herbs.
For a special presentation:
  1. Cut off the top of a small pumpkin and scrape the inside.
  2. Before adding the soup, heat the pumpkin for few minutes in the oven, then add the hot soup and serve immediately.

Smoked Salmon Puffs

These irresistible little puffs are filled with a delicate cream made of smoked salmon. Excellent as an appetizer with a glass of Champagne!

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Smoked Salmon Puffs
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
small puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Salmon filling
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
small puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Salmon filling
Instructions
Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  2. Add flour and mix well, until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  3. Add the eggs one by one. Stir well. The dough should become smooth and shiny.
  4. Place saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag.
  6. Pipe puffs (no bigger than a walnut). Space the puffs on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  7. Lightly brush the top of puffs with egg yolk.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let them cool down completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Smoked salmon filling
  1. In a food processor, combine the smoked salmon with the onion, garlic, sour cream and olive oil. Process until smooth.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix once more.
  3. Whip heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
  4. Gently fold in salmon mix into the whipped cream. Add the minced fresh dill.
  5. Cut puffs in half. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag and fill the puffs. Replace the top.
  6. Dust puffs with paprika. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator.

Tuna Rice Salad

Very nourishing and yet simple to make salad from canned tuna, rice, corn, avocado, eggs and tomatoes. No mayonnaise! This salad always comes to my mind when I have leftover rice.

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Tuna Rice Salad
You can add english cucumber to this salad.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a nice big serving plate, mash tuna using a fork. Add rice and stir to combine.
  2. Cut the avocado in half, using a sharp knife, slice through the avocado lengthwise until you feel the knife hit the pit. Remove the pit and dice avocado into cubes.
  3. Add avocado, corn, tomatoes, and red onion. Carefully mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Slice eggs into quarter. Arrange them on top of the salad. Garnish with green onion.

Creamy Zucchini Soup

This deliciuos Creamy Zucchini Soup is extremely easy to cook. Only three main ingredients: zucchinis, onions and milk.

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Creamy Zucchini Soup
If you like Maggi broth cubes, add one to the soup while it is being boiled. By doing so, it is no longer needed to add salt, pepper, or herbs.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and chop onions.
  2. Peel and chop garlic.
  3. Cut the zucchinis.
  4. In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add onions and garlic. Cook until golden, while stirring constantly.
  5. Add zucchinis, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Add water, milk and heavy cream. The level of liquid should just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the herbs of Provence and simmer about 20 minutes.
  7. Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some milk or heavy cream. Bring to a boil once again and remove the pan from the heat. Taste the soup, and add salt and pepper accordingly.
  8. Serve the creamy soup and don't forget to sprinkle with paprika or decorate with fresh herbs.

Baked Feta (Feta Psiti)

Baked Feta (Psiti) is a traditional Greek dish. It is very easy to prepare at home and will become one of your favorite appetizers.

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Baked Feta (Feta Psiti)
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place the feta in an oven-proof dish. Add the oregano and chili pepper flakes followed by the olive oil.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with fresh bread or pita.

Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner

Pasta and ground beef is nothing new, but when you add feta cheese, onion and fresh dill to it, it takes your pasta to a whole different level.

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Beef And Feta Pasta Dinner
You might seriously consider making a double batch of this Beef and feta pasta dinner because your family will definitely ask you for more.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 35 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the onion.
  2. Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil. Add onion and sauté until softened and brown, stirring once in a while.
  3. While the onion is cooking, cook pasta, according to the package directions. Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. Fully cook the ground beef. Drain grease. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Use your hands or the tines of a fork to crumble the feta cheese.
  6. Add onion, ground beef and crumbled feta to cooked pasta. Shower on a generous dusting of fresh dill and using two spoons, toss the pasta well.
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