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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.

CHAI TEA

Serves 4-6

2-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp black peppercorn
10 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
6 cups cold water
6 bags black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
Milk to taste & preference* 

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a sturdy bowl or mortar/pestle. Lightly crush spices. (The more they are crushed the spicier the flavor). Transfer spices to medium saucepan and add 6 cups of water.  Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and partially cover saucepan.  Simmer gently 10 minutes. Remove from heat.  Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add sugar, stir to dissolve. Strain chai into teapot or serving vessel. Add milk to personal preference. 
*Recipe was tested with Vanilla Almond Milk with great results.

 

BASMATI RICE WITH GREEN ONION & DILL

Serves: 4-6

1  1/2 cups basmati rice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup green onion, trimmed/sliced incl. tops
2 tsp dried dill weed
1/4 tsp garam masala
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock (or water)

In a bowl or shallow dish, wash the rice in several changes of cold water until it runs clear. Cover with water and soak for 30 minutes. Using a sieve, drain the rice throroughly and set aside.
Heat the oil in a thick sided pot over med-high heat. When very hot, add cumin seeds and toat for 30 seconds. Add the green onion and stir for another 15 seconds. Stir in the rice, dill, garam masala, and salt. Stir to mix and fry the rice mixture for 2 minutes. Stir in the stock or water. Turn the heat up to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Immediatly turn the heat to very low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender but not mushy, or about 20 minutes. Gently fluff with a fork and serve.