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Squash + Jimmy Nardello Coconut Curry - Whole Squash Cookery - Part 2

Squash + Jimmy Nardello Coconut Curry - Whole Squash Cookery - Part 2

For this squash curry we use the squash as the cooking vessel as well as main ingredient.  The result is beautiful way to impart deep nuanced flavor while reducing dishes and complexity. 
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Crunchy Squash Seeds - Whole Squash Cookery Part: One

Crunchy Squash Seeds - Whole Squash Cookery Part: One

Our farmers work so hard to grow all of the beautiful vegetables that we get from them.  We are always looking for more ways to honor all their care and effort by using as much of every vegetable as we possible can. That's where these crunchy and addictive roasted squash seeds come in.  Since we always prefer less dishes, this is also a great way to reuse the pan you roasted your squash in before you clean it, ensuring that you get a bonus snack for the next day out of your dinner.  
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Shiitake (Fries)

Shiitake (Fries)

These Shiitake Fries are so easy and fast, we make them for a snack anytime we are craving a crunchy treat, if done right you get a deeply flavorful mushroom french fry that is healthy and delicious, either on their own or as an addition to other dishes. This is barely a recipe, it is so easy, but, There is a secret trick - the quality of the Shiitakes, we use our Oak Log grown Shiitakes because they are big and plump and full of flavor, smaller shiitakes may work but they will be a little more leathery in texture.1/2 Lb - Oak Log Shiitakes
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Crispy Eggplant with XO Duck + Marcona Almond

Crispy Eggplant with XO Duck + Marcona Almond

This Thai inspired eggplant salad is quick and delicious.  The flavors are bright and deeply layered.  Great as an entree or a side.  We make our with duck but it can absolutely be done as a vegetarian dish using our Crispy Shiitake recipe.
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Duck à l'Orange

Duck à l'Orange

This is a modified version of Jacque Pepin's classic Duck à l'orange, we used meyer lemon + ginger and it was absolutely fabulous.  It takes about 3 hours, but only 30 minutes of active work.  
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Rustic Pesto - Rough Chop

Rustic Pesto - Rough Chop

Our simplest most delicious pesto recipe, no tools/equipment besides a knife, bowl, board and fork required. Like all things, the quality fo the finished product is only as good as it's parts(good parm, evoo, garlic, basil are a MUST!).
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Sheetpan Shiitakes with Tomato Sugo

Sheetpan Shiitakes with Tomato Sugo

This is a super savory and satisfying vegetarian dinner that we built around the plump deeply flavorful oak log grown shiitakes that we are getting from upstate.  It's fast and easy, but the ingredient list is short so the end result will only be as good as what you put into it.  
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Last Minute Tomato Sugo

Last Minute Tomato Sugo

Sugo means sauce in Italian and this is a super quick tomato sauce that can be made in under 20 minutes. It is incredibly flavorful and so versatile, we put it on pasta, pizza, or dress vegetables with it; anytime I make it I always test it by scooping a healthy amount on a fresh loaf of bread(chef tax!)

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Chef Collective's Bánh mì

Chef Collective's Bánh mì

The Bánh mì is one of our favorite sandwiches at Chef Collective. We order them at least once a week, but sometimes we are at home and our favorite spot is closed, so we improvise with this very non traditional version, it's super delicious and easy!
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Puntarelle Alla Romana

Puntarelle Alla Romana

Puntarelle Alla Romana:

This is a classic salad that you would enjoy in the trattorias of Rome, it is a beautiful introduction to Punatrelle and super simple to make. There is a little waiting time, so start it before the rest of your dinner and dress just before eating. 

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Gazpacho Time!

Gazpacho Time!

This Gazpacho is made in a traditional Andalusian way and is really more of a beverage to sip from a glass than a soup eaten with a spoon. 


Ingredients: 


2# super ripe flavorful summer tomatoes - this is a great time to use your slightly bruised or imperfect tomatoes. 


1# Cucumber - thin skinned type preferred but really any type will do, if using kirbys we recommend peeling(if your cucumbers are bitter from heat stress, cut off the tops and bottoms before peeling to remove the bitterness)!


½ large red onion, or one whole smaller onion


1 big garlic clove (or 2 if you like it extra garlicky like me)


1 Cubanelle Pepper


1 tablespoon Sherry Vinegar, more to taste


Best quality olive oil - at least ¼ cup, more to taste


Sea salt 


Directions:


Give all the vegetables a rough chop and throw them in the blender, add the ¼ cup olive oil and blend on high until everything is nice and smooth. Then add about a tablespoon of the Sherry Vinegar and a couple good pinches of salt. Blend again until thoroughly mixed. Give it a taste! Should be tasting great already but here’s where you can add more vinegar, salt and olive oil depending on your taste. I like mine with a good bit of olive oil, gives it a nice body and makes it a little more filling. It could even be a light lunch with a little bit of bread on a super hot day when all you need is something salty and refreshing! Also, this gazpacho is even better the next day when it’s had time for the flavors to meld and the raw garlic to calm down a bit. 







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Step away from the stove - No Heat Eats!

Step away from the stove - No Heat Eats!

It is too hot to cook so we are sharing some of our favorite and most satisfying dishes for an easy dinner without raising the mercury!

 

1. Prosciutto and Melon - It is a classic, there is a reason!  When you find the perfect melon (Cavaillan Melon) and the perfect prosciutto (Prosciutto Leporati) the just go together beautifully - the funk of the melon is offset by the sweetness of the prosciutto, the syrupy sugar content of the melon is balanced by the salt of the cured ham!  Add evoo if you must, but all you really need to enjoy this is a plate!

2. Burrata and anything but mainly bright tomatoes and cucumbers.  Burrata is so easy to enjoy, it is mozzarella filled with cream after all, but when you balance it with bright Sungold tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and a touch of evoo and salt it is truly perfection.  If you need a carb fix, we won't judge you for turning on the toaster but you may want to just skip that and grab some Pixie and The Scout Crostini and a tub of our decadent Stracciatella (the filling of burrata).

3. Watermelon and Pecorino - never heard of this, now you have, and it is delicious.  Only deeply ripe watermelon will do and for the pecorino you have to go classic which means Pecorino Romano della Lazio DOP - The salt and slight funky sheep notes of the pecorino brings out the deep candy sweetness of the watermelon, we recommend thing shavings and eating quickly so that cheese maintains some crunch and the watermelon stays super juicy!

 

Why so Italian?  Have you seen our Italian friends in blazing summer heat?  They are still as happy and jovial as ever, because they know how to enjoy the season and eat accordingly.  The truly ripe summer fruits are only hear for so long, enjoy them while you can and save the baking for a day when your apartment could you a little extra heat!

 

 

 

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