Archive for August 2017

Sweet, cool and crisp watermelon are the perfect complement to these Moroccan-spiced grilled chicken kebabs, which are glazed with watermelon molasses. Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America serves the kebabs with grilled watermelon, and a delicious dipping sauce made with watermelon molasses, garlic, and yogurt. Serve with a pita pocket so your guests can enjoy as a unique and flavor-packed sandwich.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/ChickenKebabs

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Watermelon Molasses is a delicious and versatile condiment. Its sweet, floral, and slightly vegetal flavor makes it a perfect ingredient for grilled meats and vegetables, dressings, marinades and cocktails. It lasts for up to three months refrigerated, and is a great way to extend the shelf life of your watermelon! Watch as Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make this beautiful deep red Watermelon Molasses.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonMolasses

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Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us a creative take on a watermelon salad that uses the whole watermelon—from rind to flesh. This Latin-inspired watermelon salad includes tart and spicy pickled watermelon rind, creamy and salty cotija, toasted pepitas and cumin seeds, smoky fire-roasted poblano chiles, cilantro, and a lime vinaigrette.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonSaladwithPoblanos

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

True to their name, watermelons are 92% water, and are a refreshing ingredient in a variety of beverages. Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make Watermelon Agua Fresca. It’s delicious on its own, or as the base for a number of cocktails. Chef Rebecca recommends adding rum or tequila! 

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonAguaFrescas

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Frozen desserts are one of the hottest menu trends today. Watermelon juice brings beautiful color and delicious flavor to popsicles, shaved ice or other frozen treats. Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make Thai Watermelon Popsicles with Coconut, Ginger, Kaffir Lime and Chili. The mixture can also be frozen in ice cube trays. These colorful and flavorful ice cubes can be served in the beverage of your choice, such as Watermelon agua fresca, limeade, or a watermelon cocktail.

Recipe at: http://www.ciaprochef.com/watermelon/WatermelonPopsicles

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck makes a Smoky Eggplant Baba Ganoush Topped with Almond Dukkah. Dukkah is a delicious Egyptian condiment that is traditionally served with bread. To make his dukkah, he blends together roasted finely chopped almonds, almond meal, toasted sesame seeds, ground cumin, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, dried mint, sea salt, and fennel pollen. This nutty, savory and spicy almond dukkah is the perfect complement to smoky eggplant appetizer.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/smoky-eggplant-baba-ganoush-almond-dukkah-and-evoo

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck shows us how to make an Almond Apricot Cake with Almond Butter Frosting and Toasted Almonds. Almonds have long been a staple ingredient in baked goods, and in this recipe, Chef McConnell uses almond flour, almond butter, and decorative sliced almonds. Almonds and apricots are a classic duo in desserts, and he uses apricots in this cake to add a sweet, tart fruity contrast to the nutty almonds.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/almond-cake-almond-butter-frosting-apricots-and-toasted-almond

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck shows us a unique take on Cuban-style “Arroz con Frijoles.” In this version he braises whole toasted almonds as the “beans” until they are soft, a process that takes 5-6 hours. He serves the almond beans with crispy plantains and mojo sauce.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/cuban-style-%E2%80%9Carroz-con-frijoles%E2%80%9D-mojo-and-crispy-plantains

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck shows us how he makes Tomato Brûlée with Almond-Miso Butter and Shredded Shiso. Chef McConnell deeply roasts the almonds, almost to the burning point, to create a slightly bitter flavor. He bridges this with miso, brown sugar, mirin and sesame oil, grinding the almonds into a butter that he then spreads on top of sliced tomatoes. He torches the almond miso butter for a smoky charred flavor and tops them with shiso leaves.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/heirloom-tomato-brulee-almond-miso-butter-and-shiso

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Executive Chef John McConnell of Clif Family Winery’s Bruschetteria Food Truck prepares Carrots Almondine with Yogurt and Dill Pollen. “Almondine” is a technique traditionally used to coat fish with almonds, but in this vegetarian dish, Chef McConnell roasts carrots and tops them with sliced roasted almonds. The almonds add a sweet nutty flavor, crunchy texture, and appealing contrast to the cool creamy yogurt sauce.

Find the recipe at: http://www.almonds.com/food-professionals/recipe-center/carrots-almandine-yogurt-and-dill

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