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Chickpea Soup with Grilled Shrimp Recipe

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Chickpeas, bacon, tomatoes, shrimp, seriously need I say more?  Oh yeah WINE!  This  Chickpea Soup with Grilled Shrimp Recipe is really REALLY tasty and it is a cinch to make.  It’s a nice thick soup which makes it great for dipping the grilled shrimp into it and eating, or even spreading the soup on some bread.  I know that I usually only promote soups in the winter but this is a really nice soup to make in the summer, especially when tomatoes are in season and you can fire up that grill without digging through the snow to get there.…

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Ahi Tuna with Ponzu Vinaigrette

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This Ahi Tuna with Ponzu Vinaigrette may be one of the most beautiful dishes I’ve ever created.  With all of it’s bright contrasting colors from the oven roasted tomatoes, avocados, caramelized soya onions and the arugula or mizuna leaves, it’s gorgeous.  Also, not to be undone by the intense flavors in this dish from all those ingredients, it tastes just as good as it looks.  It actually is not to difficult to make either, really it’s just patience with the tomatoes and onions, past that its a quick sear on the ahi tuna, a quick ponzu vinaigrette and the dice of…

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Shrimp Spring Rolls with Mango Basil Dipping Sauce

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauces For the Spring Rolls: • eight 20-26 sized peeled and deveined shrimp • ½ teaspoon of chopped fresh ginger • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil • 1 cup julienne cucumber, peeled and seeded • 1 julienne small peeled carrot • ½ cup of julienne red leaf lettuce • 2 julienne green onions • 1 cup of bean thread noodles + 2 cups of boiling hot water • 10 rice paper sheets + 2 cups of very warm water • juice of fresh lemons • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste • 20 to 30 fresh cilantro leaves For the Mango-Basil Dipping Sauce: • 3 ripened soft mangos, peeled and roughly chopped (core removed and discarded) • ½ small roughly chopped red onion • 1/2 small jalapeño, seeds removed • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of pineapple juice • 2 tablespoons of chiffonade fresh basil • juice of 1 lime • juice of 1 lemon • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste Serves 2 to 4 Procedures: 1. Spring Rolls: In a large bowl add together the boiling water and bean thread noodles and let stand at room temperature. Noodles will cook by themselves (5 to 6 minutes) 2. In a large sauté pan on medium high heat with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, caramelize the ginger. Once brown add in the shrimp and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the shrimp are completely cooked through. Once cooked, season with salt and pepper and remove from the pan and chill immediately. 3. Once the shrimp have been chilled, slice them long ways and set aside. 4. Next, place the rice paper sheets 1 to 3 at a time in a pan with 2 cups of very warm water until they become malleable and translucent. 5. Once the paper is malleable, remove 1 sheet from the water and place onto a cutting board. Place a small amount of the cooked bean thread noodles to the center of the rice paper along with a small amount of red leaf lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, green onions, shrimp and 2 to 3 fresh cilantro leaves. Fold in the sides of the rice paper and simply roll up until it is tight. 6. Once all of the rolls have been completed, place them in between damp paper towels and chill before serving. 7. Mango-Basil Dipping Sauce: Add mango, onions, pepper and pineapple juice to a blender and puree. Once combined and smooth, finish with basil, lime juice, salt and pepper and chill before serving. 8. To Plate: Cut the spring rolls in the middle on a bias and serve along side the mango dipping sauce.

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Mango Basil Dipping Sauce For the Spring Rolls: eight 20-26 sized peeled and deveined shrimp ½ teaspoon of chopped fresh ginger 1 tablespoon of sesame oil 1 cup julienne cucumber, peeled and seeded 1 julienne small peeled carrot ½ cup of julienne red leaf lettuce 2 julienne green onions 1 cup of bean thread noodles + 2 cups of boiling hot water 10 rice paper sheets + 2 cups of very warm water juice of fresh lemons Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste 20 to 30 fresh cilantro leaves For the Mango-Basil Dipping Sauce:…

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Grilled Flank Steak Carne Asada with Roasted Peppers

Grilled Flank Steak Carne Asada with Roasted Peppers

5 from 1 reviews Save Print Grilled Flank Steak Carne Asada with Roasted Peppers   Try this Grilled Flank Steak Carne Asada with Roasted Peppers recipe that is paired up with a delicious glass of Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon. Ingredients For the Carne Asadas: 1 thinly sliced yellow bell pepper, seeds removed 1 thinly sliced red bell pepper, seeds removed ½ thinly sliced sweet onion 1 thinly sliced jalapeño, seeds removed 25-30 picked fresh cilantro leaves 3 thinly sliced green onions corn tortillas, cut with a circle cutter to make 2 rounds flour tortillas, cut with a circle cutter to make…

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Mushroom Risotto with Asparagus and Lobster

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Lobster Risotto with Clos Du Bois Chardonnay Learn how to make this elegant mushroom risotto recipe with asparagus, lobster & glass of chardonnay. Ingredients: ½ pound of thinly sliced shitake mushrooms, stems removed ½ bunch of asparagus sliced on a bias 2 finely minced cloves of garlic ½ small diced large yellow onion 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh thyme 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 pound of Arborio rice 1 cup of chardonnay 32 to 40 ounces of chicken stock juice of 1 lemon Kosher salt and ground white pepper to taste Fresh chives…

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Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad

Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad

5 from 1 reviews Save Print Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad   This grilled Ahi tuna Nicoise salad paired with delicious glass of Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon is a must try! Ingredients For the Dressing: ¼ cup of thinly sliced fresh chives 4 finely minced anchovies juice of 1 lemon ¼ cup of red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon of grainy mustard ½ cup of olive oil Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste For the Salad: 6 hard-boiled eggs, de-shelled and quartered 10 to 12 quartered red potatoes 1 pound of trimmed green beans 1 red onion sliced ½ inches…

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Easy Seafood Paella Recipe

Seafood Paella and Simi Chardonnay

  5 from 1 reviews Save Print Easy Seafood Paella Recipe   Learn how to make an authentic Easy Seafood Paella Recipe that is loaded with flavor! Ingredients 1 smoked ham hock 1 small-diced medium sized sweet onion 4 stalks of small-diced celery 2 finely minced cloves of garlic 1 small-diced Poblano pepper, seeded ½ cup of chopped fresh parsley 4 precooked and sliced chorizo sausage links 6 ounces of thinly sliced squid 6 ounces of olive oil 1 pound of short grain white rice (Arborio) 1½ cup2 of chardonnay wine 50 to 56 ounces of chicken stock one 15…

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