No Cook Bulgur Salad with Mediterranean Vegetables & Lemony-Dill Vinaigrette

No Cook Bulgur Salad with Mediterranean Vegetables & Lemony-Dill Vinaigrette


2 cups bulgar
1/2 cup Dill Olive Oil
1/4 cup Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic
Juice and zest of one large lemon
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 can or cup of garbanzo beans, drained
1 large English cucumber finely diced
1 red or yellow bell pepper finely diced
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 red onion finely minced
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup crumbled feta (optional)
sea salt and pepper to taste

Soak the bulgur in very hot water (enough to cover the bulgur by 1″) along with a tablespoon of salt for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cooled and drained. Fluff and set aside. Combine all the other ingredients (except the feta) and mix well. Marinate these ingredients for up to an hour in the refrigerator. In a large bowl, combine the completely drained and cooled bulgur with the marinated ingredients, tossing well to combine and sprinkle with feta if using. Adjust the seasoning again and serve.

Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as a side

2 lb Bread Loaf



1 1/2 cups barley warm water
2 tsp. yeast
4 Tbsp.. sugar put into a separate dish
2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. melted butter ( this is where you replace the butter with 3 Tbsp. of flavored oil)
5 cups all purpose flour or can use wheat all purpose flour
Measure water, add yeast, and 2 tsp. of sugar and stir to combine I use a small whisk to dissolve the yeast when you see small bubbles add to bread machine and add rest of ingredients to the machine.
Now this is where you get creative example use the Tuscan herb oil and some dried Italian seasons to the machine fantastic!! I have also used the dill oil and dried dill weed Garlic oil and some finely minced garlic the combinations are endless!!
Some other ideas are putting raspberry balsamic in your chocolate cake and chocolate frosting recipes it give it that little bit of wow factor you could also use espresso balsamic to bring out the chocolate flavor. Another idea is angle food cake or pound cake putting in the Cara Cara balsamic.
I have a sugar cookie recipe that calls for oil I substituted Persian lime oil for the regular oil and grated some lime zest in also.You could use lemon oil and lemon zest or( lemon balsamic) and use regular olive oil
How about the tangerine oil and grated orange zest.
There are so many ideas a person could use just start using your imagination and think outside of the box.
Hope you enjoy my suggestions and you have to try the bread!!
let us know what you create!!!

Melt in your mouth Sugar Cookies


Everyone has been asking me for my sugar cookie recipe so here it is

Melt in your mouth sugar cookie

1 cup oil (this is where I change the recipe by adding one of our flavored oils such as Persian Lime oil, Mandarian oil, Blood Orange oil, Lemon oil, and then grate in the zest of a lime, lemon, or orange)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup softened margarine or ( 3/4 cup Butter oil)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
4 cups flour plus a little more if it is to soft but you don’t want it to stiff
mix all indigents then chill for about 30 minute to an hour
drop onto cookie sheet and dip a glass into sugar and then press down on cookie to flatten don’t make to thin you can dip the glass into sugar twice if you want more sugar on top of cookie
Bake 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes
I got this recipe from my husbands Aunt Alice many years ago
I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do

Quinoa Salad

2 cups raw, peeled butternut squash cut into 1/2″ cubes.
2 cups prepared quinoa, cooled (optional)
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup shaved Pecorino
6 cups washed, dried mixed greens or baby kale
pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup +2 tablespoons UP EVOO ( I used Cobrancosa) or any infused olive oil of your choice
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons Grapefruit White Balsamic ( or any white balsamic of your choice)
2 tablespoons minced shallot
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
pinch of sea salt
fresh ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a large bowl whisk the 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoon of balsamic, Add the cubed butternut squash and toss to dress with olive oil and balsamic. Place the butternut squash in a single layer in a pan or on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, or until the squash becomes golden brown. Allow to cool.

In a blender or food processor, add all of the dressing ingredients. Process to combine well, and adjust seasoning accordingly.

Combine 1/2 of the butternut squash, quinoa, and kale and arrange on a large platter or in a large shallow salad bowl. Add some dressing and toss to combine. Add the rest of the butternut squash over the top, sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds, and add shaved Pecorino.

Serves 6-8q

Spectacular Chicken Mole with Baklouti Agrumato and Chocolate Balsamic

mole Ingredients 4 tablespoons Baklouti Agrumato Olive Oil 5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast tenders 4 cups chicken stock or broth 1/2 cup dark chocolate balsamic 2 large yellow onions, sliced 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds 1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds 6 large garlic cloves 3 teaspoons cumin seeds 3 teaspoons coriander seeds 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 bay leaf 3 ounces dried Pasilla chilies, stemmed, seeded, cut with scissors into 1″ inch pieces 2 ounces dried negro chiles stemmed, seeded, cut with scissors into 1″ pieces 2 teaspoons dried oregano salt and pepper to taste Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish corn tortillas, warmed Directions Heat 2 tablespoon oil in heavy large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Wash and pat the chicken dry. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add chicken to pot and sauté until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Return chicken, any juices, and the bay leaf to the pot. Add the broth and bring to a simmer – cook covered until chicken is tender, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons Baklouti Agrumato in heavy LARGE saucepan (cast iron is ideal for this) over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until golden brown – about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add almonds, pumpkin seeds, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and coriander. Sauté until the nuts and seeds begin to toast lightly, about 2 minutes. Add dried cut chilies and stir until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the caramelized onion and dried chili mixture to the pot with the chicken and stock. Add the chocolate balsamic and oregano to pot. Stir to incorporate and cover. Simmer gently until chilies are very soft, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot to a large bowl. It will be just about falling apart so don’t work if you leave a few bits and pieces in the sauce. Working in small batches, transfer sauce mixture to blender and puree until smooth; return to reserved pot. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Coarsely shred chicken and return to sauce, gently stir to incorporate. This recipe can be served immediately, but gets better with time, and can be made up to three days in advance. Chill until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Rewarm over low heat before serving. Serve over rice and/or with warm corn tortillas and a drizzle of Baklouti Agrumato for more heat. Serve sprinkled with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired. Serves 6-8 generously (with leftovers)

chef Skip’s Menu/ Recipe 1/24/15

Skip with Skip’s Gourmet Grub

Potato / Broccoli Pancakes w/ Balsamic Syrup
1 package Shredded Hash browns
1 package Broccoli Coleslaw
1 Medium Onion – finely diced
4 large eggs
2 tbs Flour
Salt & Pepper
Infused Olive Oil of your liking Roasted Sesame Olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
Heat frying pan to med high with olive oil
Spoon out mixture into small patties, brown both sides

Balsamic Syrup
I suggest a fruit based balsamic
– pour in a Stainless or Porcelain frying pan
– Medium heat – Reduce to half

Tomato Bisque w/ Basil Oil Grilled Cheese
Tomato Bisque
2 can Crushed tomatoes
5 stalk of celery – Diced
1 large onion – Diced
1 Med Roasted Red Bell Pepper – Diced
3 tbs Harissa Olive Oil
1 can Tomato Paste
¼ cup Brown Sugar
2 Cup ½ and ½
Crushed Red Pepper flakes to taste

Sautee Celery, Onion and Red Bell Pepper in Olive oil until Soft
Add Tomatoes – heat on Medium heat until boil
Season to taste with salt & pepper
Take off heat, add tomato paste, Brown Sugar, and ½ & ½
Add Red Pepper flake to taste
After ½ & ½ is added do not reheat to boil.
Basil Olive Oil Grilled Cheese

Basil Olive Oil
Multi Grain Bread
Provolone Cheese
Brush Basil Olive Oil on bread instead of butter when making a grilled cheese sandwich. Add a slice of tomato and you will forget it is winter!

Caramelized Cabbage with Pancetta & Apple
3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, finely chopped
1 large green cabbage, cored and shredded
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled halved, cored and diced
2 medium yellow onions
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus 1½ Tbsp. Baklouti Green Chili Pepper
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

In a large skillet, heat 1½ Tbsp. of olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook over moderate heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the pancetta to a plate.
Using the same skillet, heat the remaining olive oil and with butter. Add the pepper flakes, onions, cabbage and apple and sauté at med-high, stirring constantly, until golden brown. This can take anywhere from 25-40 minutes, depending on how well your pot conducts heat. Keep scraping the caramel up from the bottom of the pot and incorporating it into the cabbage and onions. When the mixture is soft and golden, add salt and taste to ensure it is well seasoned. Keep browning until it reaches a caramel color – another 15-25 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.

Avocado Potato Salad
Ingredients for 4 servings
1 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp Finely chopped fresh garlic
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Cilantro & Roasted Onion Olive Oil
1 cup Diced, cooked red new potatoes
3 tbsp Diced celery
3 tbsp Chopped sweet onion
1 ripe Fresh Avocado
1 tbsp Chopped cilantro

To make dressing, mix lemon juice and garlic; stir in mayonnaise and olive oil; reserve.
Combine potato, celery, and onion; fold in reserved dressing.
Dice Avocados; gently fold avocado and cilantro into salad mixture.
Garnish 1/2 cup serving with cilantro sprig or celery leaves.
To preserve the color of fresh Avocados up to six hours, spray, brush or dip exposed surfaces with lemon juice (adds slight acidity) or milk (neutral flavor). Completely cover with plastic wrap or foil before refrigerating.

City Style Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

4 whole portabella mushrooms, washed out and patted dry, stems removed
olive oil of your choice for basting
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
Fresh basil, chiffonade
Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
4 ounces goat cheese
Pepperoncini peppers, chopped

Preheat grill over medium heat. Brush mushrooms lightly with olive oil. Grill mushrooms for 5 minutes, top-side down.
Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, basil, and salt and pepper in a glass bowl. Let stand 10 minutes to allow the juices to come out.
Stuff mushrooms with tomato mixture. Top with goat cheese and sprinkle with a few pepperoncini peppers. Grill 5 minutes longer. Serve immediately.


Salmon w/ Citrus Balsamic

1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 Tablespoons Steilian Lemon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon grainy or Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon finely minced shallot
1 small clove garlic, peeled and forced through a press
2 teaspoons each finely chopped parsley, basil and mint
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1-1/4 pounds salmon fillet

Place the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, shallot, garlic, parsley, basil, mint, salt, and pepper in a jar. Close lid and shake well to blend.

Place salmon in a foil-lined pan and spoon a little of the vinaigrette over the fish. Bake in a preheated 450-degree F. oven 12 minutes per inch of thickness, or until cooked through.

Spoon the remaining vinaigrette over each serving of fish.

Raspberry Cream Fruit Salad Dressing or Dip Recipe
This light and fluffy dressing can be used in or on fruit salads or use it as a dip for fresh fruit. It’s very easy to make and packs a lot of flavor. The sweet but tangy taste makes a perfect compliment to naturally-sweet fruits.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves
1 Tablespoon confectioners’ powdered sugar
Beat heavy cream and salt on medium speed until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold in mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, raspberry preserves, and confectioners’ sugar, until thoroughly combined.

Pour into a decorative bowl, cover, and refrigerate at least one hour before serving as a fruit salad dressing or a dip for fresh fruits.

May be refrigerated up to 3 days.

Note: Try experimenting with other fruit preserves such as strawberry, blackberry, boysenberry, etc. instead of the raspberry preserves.

Potato and Caramelized Onion Frittata with Gorgonzola

Onions are carmelized to sweetness and mixed with potatoes and eggs, then topped with Gorgonzola cheese for a hearty frittata.
2 Tablespoons butter, unsalted
2 large yellow onion, cut 1/8 inch thick
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dash freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar

5 medium red potatoes, unpeeled
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
10 large eggs
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
To make the caramelized onions:
In a medium nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring often to avoid scorching, until the onions are very soft and deep golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and sugar and cook until the vinegar is reduced to a glaze, about 1 minute. Keep the onions warm. (The onions can be prepared up to three days ahead, covered, and refrigerated. Reheat before using.)

To prepare frittata:
Parboil potatoes in salted water for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool enough to handle. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices, then chop coarsely.

In a 9- to 10-inch nonstick ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, uncovered, turning the potatoes occasionally, until they are browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Spread the potatoes as evenly as possible in the skillet.

Position the broiler rack about 6 inches from the source of heat and preheat the broiler. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, rosemary, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper until well-combined. Pour over the potatoes and reduce the heat to medium-low. Using a rubber spatula, lift up the cooked part of the frittata and tilt the skillet to allow the uncooked eggs to run underneath. Continue cooking, occasionally lifting the frittata and tilting the skillet as described until the top is almost set, approximately 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the Gorgonzola cheese. Broil until the frittata is puffed and the top is set, approximately 1 minute.

To serve, spread the top of the frittata with the warm onions and cut into wedges. Serve hot or warm.

Shrimp Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Tender shrimp and asparagus go perfectly together in a light, alfredo-style wine sauce flavored with fresh dill weed. The sweetness of the white balsamic vinegar compliments the the delicate flavor of the shrimp. Roasted red peppers add color and vegetable goodness. Serve with a side salad and bread for a complete meal. Measure out your ingredients in advance. This recipe goes together quickly.
1/2 pound pasta of choice (linguine suggested)
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup minced sweet onion
2 to 3 medium garlic cloves, pressed or finely-minced
1/4 cup sweet white wine (Chardonnay suggested)
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (see Notes below)
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (reserve half of the lemon for garnish)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound asparagus, tough ends removed, sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces
24 jumbo (31 to 40 count) raw shrimp, thawed and peeled
1/2 cup sliced roasted red peppers
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon fresh dill weed (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried)
Lemon, dill weed, and additional Parmesan for garnish, optional
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and stir to prevent sticking. Cook pasta according to manufacturer’s suggestion, usually about 12 minutes. Once the pasta is in the pot, begin the shrimp and asparagus.

Heat a large, deep, heavy skillet over medium heat. When skillet is hot, add butter and swirl to coat the pan. Saute onion until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 additional minute, stirring often.

Carefully add wine, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice to the onions. Cook, while stirring, until liquid is reduced by half. Add heavy cream and asparagus. Stir until bubbling and slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

Add shrimp and cook, stirring often, until shrimp turn pink. Do not overcook or shrimp will become rubbery. Remove from heat and stir in roasted red peppers, grated Parmesan cheese, and dill weed. You shouldn’t need it, but now is the time to taste and add salt to suit your palate.

Stir a couple of spoonsful of the sauce into the cooked, drained pasta to keep it from sticking together.

Serve shrimp, asparagus, and sauce over your favorite hot cooked pasta (linguine is my favorite) and garnish with remaining lemon slices, dill sprigs, and additional grated Parmesan cheese.

• Please do not add oil to the pasta cooking water. Oil will seal the the exterior of the pasta and the sauce will slide off. This sauce is not meant to be extremely thick, such as a cheese sauce.
• If you are unable to use wine, a non-alcoholic wine may be substituted.
• Take note that white balsamic vinegar is used here. Traditional red balsamic vinegar will discolor the sauce.
• Frozen asparagus may be substituted for fresh. When using frozen, it should be added to the recipe at the end with the red peppers and cooked just until they are heated through.
• You may certainly substitute smaller shrimp, if you wish. You will need about 1 pound, weighed after peeling. Smaller shrimp will cook faster, of course, so take special care not to overcook them.
• You may substitute red bell peppers for the roasted red peppers. If you do so, add them with the shrimp and asparagus.
• Do not rinse the pasta after cooking. Simply drain it thoroughly.

Eggplant Caponata with Chives Recipe
Classic caponata does not include chives. However, they do add not only flavor, but gorgeous color to the dish. Caponata is served chilled or at room temperature, so it is a great make-ahead side dish. Do not skip the salting step. It is necessary to remove excess moisture and bitterness from the eggplant.
1 large eggplant (about 4 cups), peeled and chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
10 black olives, chopped
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
2 Tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped chives
Place eggplant in a colander. Sprinkle with salt and let moisture drain for 1 hour.

Heat a heavy, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Saute onion, stirring often, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add celery and garlic and saute an additioinal 2 minutes.

Squeeze the moisture from the eggplant with your hands. Add to the vegetables in the skillet and saute for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the eggplant is tender.

Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes, pine nuts, capers, anchovy paste, balsamic vinegar, and pepper until well combined. Let come to room temperature and stir in chives.

Serve eggplant chive caponata chilled or at room temperature.