Olive Focaccia

Focaccia is relatively easy to make, as it requires no kneading and only a few simple ingredients.  Focaccia also travels well, and retains it’s flavor and texture when served at room temperature.  I made this latest loaf for a boating picnic, and dressed it up with black olives – a personal favorite. Ingredients: 4 1/2…

Papa a la Huancaína

Papa a la Huancaína is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, and as Vermont tends to lack good Peruvian cuisine, it falls to me to recreate my own versions of Peruvian dishes such as this one.  Papa a la Huancaína, in its simplest form, is a potato smothered in a spicy cheese sauce.  I decided…

Rye, Beer, and Olive Flatbreads

The sourdough starter, that I began back in November, found its untimely end this week.  I figured that the blackish tint it developed did not bode well for human consumption, and considering that it will take a few days to develop my new starter, I had to come up with a new flatbread recipe that…

Swordfish with Farro

A quick and healthy midweek meal.  A pan seared and lightly baked swordfish steak served with farro seasoned with orange juice, smoked chipotle, and olives.  I noticed that my seafood entries were somewhat lacking so here is a new one for the books. Orange, Olive, and Chipotle Farro Ingredients: 1 cup Farro 1 cup Orange…

Saffron Pasta with Oranges and Olives

My homemade saffron semolina pasta sautéed in olive oil, garlic, madeira wine, and a squeeze of fresh orange juice, sprinkled with Kalamata olives and chopped parsley. Ingredients: Saffron Semolina Pasta 1 tbsp Olive Oil 2 minced cloves of Garlic  1/4 cup Madeira Wine the juice from 1 Orange 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata Olives 1/2 tsp…

Grilled Red Pepper Chicken

A simple summer meal – chicken that has been marinated in a roasted red pepper dressing and then grilled.  The sweetness of the peppers presents a nice contrast to the briny Spanish olives and the fresh bite of the parsley.  The marinade also helps the chicken stay moist throughout the grilling process. Grilled Red Pepper…

Farro & Quinoa Salad

A Mediterranean inspired grain salad that stock full of juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy olives, and sharp blue cheese, and dressed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.  This farro and quinoa salad is reminiscent of a farro salad I noshed on one snowy, April day at the Audubon Cafe in Boston.  Homemade variants of that salad have…