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Orange, Pear & Date Salad w/ Orange Raspberry Vinaigrette

From: Fine Cooking
Serves: 4

The Vinaigrette
3            Oranges (about 9 oz ea)
2 Tbsp    White Wine Vinegar
½ tsp      Dried Rosemary
½ tsp      Dried Thyme
¼ C         Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)
 

The Salad
10 oz     Baby Romaine
1             Pear, quartered, cored & sliced thin
4            Medjool dates, pitted & chopped
⅓ C        Red Onion, thinly sliced
4 oz       Fresh Mozzarella, in 1” pieces (opt)
2 Tbsp    Toasted Pine Nuts

Remove 1½ tsp of zest from one of the oranges; juice it to yield ¼ cup of juice. In a small bowl, whisk the juice, zest, vinegar, rosemary and thyme. Continue whisking as you slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Peel the remaining two oranges and slice crosswise no more than ¼” thick; removing and discarding any seeds. Pile the chopped lettuce in the center of a platter or divide among serving plates. Top with the orange slices, pear, dates, onion and mozzarella, if using, then sprinkle with pine nuts and salt & pepper to taste. Whisk the vinaigrette, spoon some over the salad and pass the rest at the table.

Curried Lentil-Scallion Pancakes

From: Fine Cooking
Yields: 4-6 Servings

2 Bnch  Scallions (about 16)

¼ C         Canola oil, plus more for cooking

1 Tbsp     Madras curry powder

½ tsp      Cumin, ground

1 C         Unbleached all-purpose flour

2 tsp      Granulated sugar

1½ tsp    Baking powder

¼ tsp     Baking soda

½ C        Yellow lentils, rinsed

1½ C       Plain yogurt

1 Lg        Egg, lightly beaten

1¼ tsp    Fresh lime juice

Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Fine sea salt (to taste)

Trim scallions and thinly slice the whites to yield between 1/2 and 1/3 cup. Slice enough greens thinly on the diagonal to yield about 1½ cups. Heat 1½ tsp oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the scallion whites and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add another 1½ tsp oil to the pan, and then the curry powder, cumin and ½ tsp of salt. Cook, stirring, until combined and fragrant, about 15 seconds. Remove from heat. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, and 1 tsp of salt in a medium bowl.

In a 2 qt saucepan, bring the lentils and 1½ cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Drain through a sieve positioned over a medium sized bowl. Reserve ½ C of the cooking liquid. 
Transfer the lentils to a medium sized bowl and mash with a fork until smooth, adding a little of the reserved cooking liquid if necessary.  Add 1 cup of the yogurt, the egg and ¼ C oil, and stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients, cooked scallion whites and raw greens, stir to combine.

In a small bowl, stir remaining ½ C yogurt with the lime juice and season with a little pepper. Meanwhile, lightly oil a nonstick griddle and heat over medium-low heat.

Working in batches, pour about ⅓ C of the batter onto the griddle, and spread with the back of a spoon until the pancake is about 4” in diameter.  Repeat to make more pancakes, cook, undisturbed, until the top is very bubbly and partially set and edges are browned. Flip with a spatula and continue cooking until the second side is nicely browned. Repeat with remaining batter. Cut pancakes into wedges if large, and serve with the lime yogurt.

GRILLED LEMON PEPPER WINGS

Yield: 24 Wings
From: Urban Herbs - Chef's Pantry

24    Chicken Wings
4 Tbsp    Lemon Pepper Seasoning
2 Tbsp    Olive Oil
Ranch Dressing for dipping (optional)

Rinse and pat dry chicken wings. Coat with olive oil and rub wings thoroughly with Lemon Pepper Seasoning. Light your grill and turn it on high.  Once your grill is hot, carefully clean the grill grate with a wire brush.  Take a side towel or clean rag lightly oiled and rolled.  Using your tongs wipe off the grate with the oiled towel.  This will serve two purposes which are both important.  It will clean the grate of any dirt and dust and lightly oil the grill to prevent your wings from sticking.


Place wings on hot side of grill* and begin cooking your wings, turning on occasion to achieve a golden color. Should the grill start to flare-up, douse the flame with a spoonful of the water until the flames have subsided.  Should the wings start to burn place them in the lower zone of your grill to finish cooking. Once all of your wings are finished, place them in a bowl and serve immediately.

 

*Zone your grill:  Allocate an area of your grill at a lower heat so you have a place to set aside wings which have gotten too much color yet are still raw.  Have the other side on medium to high.  

HUMMUS "For Real"

From: Food Network - Alton Brown

1 Lb       Slow Cooker Chickpeas (*Recipe below)
2            Garlic cloves, minced
1½ tsp   Kosher salt
5 Tbsp  Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
¼ C       Water
⅓ C        Tahini, stirred well
¼ C        Extra virgin olive oil,  plus more for serving (optional)

Place the chickpeas, garlic, and kosher salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 15 to 20 seconds. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and process for another 15 to 20 seconds. Add the lemon juice and water. Process for 20 seconds. Add the tahini. Process for 20 seconds, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil.  To serve, transfer the hummus to a bowl and drizzle with additional olive oil. 
*Slow Cooker Chickpeas
Place 7 cups of water, 1 lb dry chickpeas, and 1/4 tsp baking soda in a 2 1/2-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for 4 hours, or on low heat for 8 to 9 hours, or until tender. Drain and serve immediately, or use in desired dish.