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honey arugula & avocado pizza

In appetizers, baking, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, snacks, vegetarian on 01.19.12 at 8:22 pm

avocado makes most things yummy. pizza is no exception. :)

i’m always on the lookout for inventive recipes that feature avocado. while i’ve infused avocado into many a culinary experiment, i thought it was about time i make this lovely tropical fruit a pizza topping. and i was so glad i did. :)

– preheat oven to 400F

prep the dough:
– sprinkle some whole-wheat flour on a clean surface before rolling out the fresh pizza dough (i bought some fresh from the bakery.)
– using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough into a thin, round pie
– sprinkle some more flour on the dough pie, flip over before applying the rolling pin again
– place the prepped dough pie on a pizza stone (at room temperature) or a lightly-greased, round baking pan

prep the toppings:
– 1 cup fresh organic arugula
– 1 haas avocado (peeled, pitted, sliced)
– 1/2 red bell pepper (pitted, thinly sliced)
– fresh light mozzarella (grated)

prep the pie:
– spread 2 tbsp plain, low-fat greek yogurt evenly on pizza dough
– lightly drizzle honey
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– add a bed of fresh arugula, then add sliced avocado & peppers
– sprinkle mozzarella (grated) evenly over toppings
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

bake the pie:
– bake pizza at 400F for 20min, or until crust is golden brown
– remove from oven & allow to cool on rack before slicing

(tip: the drizzled honey may soften the dough a bit, so you may need to adjust the baking time by a few minutes longer, depending on your oven.) 

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honey ham & grilled cheese sammy

In breakfast, brekkie, brunch, dinner, easy weeknight meals, leftovers, lunch on 01.17.12 at 6:48 pm

sandwiches don’t have to be boring. this honey ham & grilled cheese sammy just oozes with flavour and personality. the perfect (non-boring) companion for a tall glass of milk. yummers.

and what’s even better is that it’s a simple recipe for leftover redux. still not sure what to do that leftover ham from the holidays that’s still sitting in your freezer? check this out…

prep the ingredients:
– defrost slices of leftover honey ham
– cut a few slices of appenzeller cheese (gouda or gruyere would melt well, too.)
– cut thick slices of wholewheat sourdough bread

i love the locally-made, artisan sourdough from sidewalk citizen bakery. there’s something really comforting about aviv’s artisan bread — perfect for grilled cheese sammies!

grillin’ the sammy:
– melt 1.5 tbsp unsalted butter in pan on medium heat
– on the inside of the sourdough slices, spread horseradish dijon mustard on each slice
– place slices of appenzeller cheese on inside of each slice

– pile on the sliced honey ham on one of the sourdough slices
– lightly drizzle honey on the ham
– sandwich together the slices of sourdough
– press sandwiches firmly w/ kitchen spatula
– grill in pan on medium heat for 2-3min (flip sides) until toasted brown & cheese is melted
– remove from heat & set aside to cool slightly

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baked almond-honey salmon

In baking, brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, lunch, vegetarian on 06.13.11 at 11:58 pm

another cooking lesson with mom in her kitchen… except this time, i was teaching mom how to cook! :) i’ve been having fun taking mom & dad on some culinary adventures in clean eating & cultural cuisine. on a recent visit, mom had some fresh coho salmon fillets in the fridge and i thought it would be the perfect opportunity to channel my inner julia! and so it became a lesson on cooking en papillote

quoi? en papillote (french for ‘in parchment’) is a cooking technique where you bake food in a folded parchment paper bag (placed in a baking dish) and essentially steam the ingredients to lock-in the juicy flavours. although some may think it’s fancy-schmancy, it’s quite a simple way to prepare fish and poultry. perfect for an easy weeknight meal or weekend brunch-a-roo…

and check out that coho salmon… gorgeous, isn’t it?

almond-honey marinade:
combine & fold together the following ingredients in large prep bowl:
– 3 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
– 1/2 cup whole almonds (crushed in mortar & pestle)
– dash of ground nutmeg

baked coho salmon:
– pre-heat oven to 350F
– place 4 fillets of fresh coho salmon in almond-honey marinade, cover both sides evenly (using your hands to roll the salmon fillets in the marinade bowl)
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