For best results, cook fish until it’s almost done, then remove it from the heat source and let it stand for a few minutes to finish cooking.
Orange Honey Glazed Carrots
10 – 12 Servings
3 bunches carrots, peeled
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cut the carrots diagonally in 1-inch-thick slices. Place 1/2 cup water, the butter, honey, 2 teaspoon of salt, and the ginger in a large saute pan and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, cover the pan, and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for about 20 minutes, or until all the water has evaporated. You may want to raise the heat for the last 5 minutes.
Add the orange zest and orange juice to the pan, tossing with the carrots. Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, until the carrots are al dente (tender but still resistant when you bite) and the sauce glazes the carrots. Add the pepper a salt, to taste.
Green Beans with Sauteed Garlic
2 pounds green beans, trimmed, halved
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon crushed red peppers
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add beans; cook 5 minutes. Plunge beans into ice water; drain and discard bay leaf.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, garlic and chili peppers and sauté 30 seconds.
Add beans; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently.
5 pound pork butt
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ gallon orange juice
1 pound yellow onions
6 bay leaves
Cut pork into large pieces. Season pieces with salt and pepper
Heat oil in a large sauce pan then sear pieces in the hot oil, browning all sides.
Add orange juice, onions, bay leaves and season again with salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer 1 hour or until pork is tender.
Remove bay leaves and shred pork before serving.
1 ½ pounds butternut squash, cut ½” on the diagonal
1 ½ pounds crook neck [yellow] squash, cut ½” on the diagonal
1 ½ pounds zucchini, cut ½” on the diagonal
½ bunch fresh sage, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Peel butternut squash, slice in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Slice squash again lengthwise then cut on the diagonal.
Wash then cut the crookneck (yellow) squash and zucchini in half lengthwise and cut on the diagonal.
Remove sage from the stems and rough chop.
Place the butternut squash in a bowl and mix in ½ sage, olive oil, salt and
Place on a sheet pan and bake in oven until edges of squash is golden brown. Approximately 45 minutes.
Combine the crookneck, zucchini squash and the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Transfer to a sheet pan and bake in oven until edges of squash are golden brown. Approximately 30 minutes.
Turn once ½ through the cooking time.
Once both pans of squash are done, combine them.
Kale with Sundried Tomatoes
6 – 10 Servings
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I like to use grapeseed oil)
1 bag of kale or 2-3 bunches of kale, tough stalks removed + discarded, leaves roughly chopped
12 sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
3-4 garlic cloves
1-2 teaspoons Spike seasoning (I use Cajun Seasoning)
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling as needed
1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Sea salt to taste
In a large pan add oil to heat. When oil is heated add the kale. Cook kale in batches, small amounts at a time, for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Once a kale batch is cooked, remove from pan and add another batch until all the kale is cooked.
When the last batch of kale is in the pan, add the sundried tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes and spike seasoning, then add all the cooked kale to pan.
Simmer for another couple of minutes or so, until the kale has wilted and the liquid reduced. Add salt to taste.
Macaroni and Cheese – for Holidays Only
10 – 12 Servings
1 pound box elbow macaroni
4 quarts water
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon basil, ground
1 1/2 cups milk
1 stick unsalted butter
4 cups (1 lb.) pepper jack cheese
6 cups (1 1/2 lbs.) NY or WI Xtra-Sharp cheddar cheese
Heat oven 350 degrees
Cook macaroni until it’s al dente: In a large pot, pour in 4 quarts of water, add salt, granulated garlic and granulated onion and bring to a boil.
Once water is boiling, add the macaroni, stir and bring the water back up to a boil.
Remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let the pot sit covered and undisturbed until the cooking time stated on the box is reached. Approximately 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add the milk and butter heating just long enough to melt the butter.
Once the cooking time has elapsed on the macaroni, drain it and return it to the pot.
Add the paprika and basil and mix thoroughly.
Add the warm milk and mix thoroughly. Add the cheese and mix until well combined.
The cheese does not necessarily have to be melted, just make sure it is well distributed
throughout the dish. Mixture should be moderately moist, if needed add more milk.
Taste for flavor and adjust the seasoning accordingly. Transfer mixture to a baking dish.
Cover dish with plastic wrap and then cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the
foil and plastic wrap and bake uncovered another 15 minutes or until the casserole is slightly
browned on the top and all of the milk is absorbed.
Puerto Rico’s Rice with Pigeon Peas
Arroz Con Gandules
8 – 10 Servings
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
For the Sofrito
· 2 tomatoes, diced
· 1 medium onion, diced
· 1 large red pepper, diced
· 1 large jalapeno peppers, dicedCarn
· 4 large cloves garlic, minced
· ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
· ¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup tomato sauce
2 ½ cups water
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons stuffed olives
1- 15 ounce can pigeon peas, rinsed and drained
2 cups parboiled rice
Heat a Dutch oven on medium heat, add the olive oil and sofrito ingredients, and sauté for 5 minutes.
Next add the sazon, tomato sauce and continue to sauté another minute or two.
Add the water, salt, Italian seasoning, cilantro, bay leaves and olives.
Allow the liquid to come up to a boil taste it for salt and add more salt if needed. Add in 1 tablespoon of the adobo season taste and add more if needed until it’s well seasoned. You want the liquid to be highly seasoned, as it will determine the final taste of the rice.
Add in the pigeon peas then bring the mixture back up to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add the rice.
Stir the rice to get and gently mix until the pigeon peas are distributed throughout the rice.
Cook rice uncovered until all surface liquid is absorbed. Once most of the visible surface liquid is absorbed, stir and cover the rice.
Lower the flame to the lowest setting and allow it to cook for 20 minutes.
It’s done when all the liquid is absorbed and the grains are fluffy and fully cooked.
Remove bay leaves before serving.