Crab Cakes

Organic Homemade Crab Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 8 small square saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 pound of crab meat
  • Salt, pepper, parsley to taste
  • Butter for saute

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients gently in a large bowl.
  2. Gently form into tight packed cakes.
  3. Saute in butter until lightly browned.
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Candied Bacon

candied bacon with pecans and brown sugar cooling on baking rack

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup, pecans, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Place bacon slices on cooling rack set over a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn slices, and bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove bacon and brush both sides with brown sugar mixture. Return bacon to the oven and bake another 5 minutes. Repeat basting every 5 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp, about 35 minutes.

Bacon Swiss Tarts

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can flaky biscuits
  • 8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 3 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut each biscuit into thirds and press into greased miniature muffin cups.
  3. Combine the bacon, tomato, onion, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise and basil in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cups.  Do not overfill.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Yield 30.

Black-Eyed Pea Bruschetta

Ingredients

Avocado-Pineapple Shrimp Salad

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Ingredients:

For the Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Shrimp

  • 16 Jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 8 slices of fresh pineapple
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, cut into chunks

Directions:

  1. Whisk all ingredients for the vinaigrette together in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Toss shrimp with pepper, paprika, salt, and cayenne.
  3. Heat oil in a large saute pan over high. Add the shrimp and cook until brown on one side, about 1 minute. Turn shrimp, saute another 30 seconds, then deglaze with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette; saute until shrimp are cooked through.
  4. To serve, arrange 2 pineapple slices and some of the avocado on each serving plate. Drizzle with vinaigrette, then top with 4 shrimp.

Aged Gouda and Thyme Shortbread

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup grated aged gouda
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 egg white, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup Fleur de Sel

Directions:

  1. Place the butter and cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until well combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, which together flour, salt, and chopped thyme.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture, beating just until everything is blended and the dough can be handled.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board. Divide it into two pieces. Roll each piece into a 1 1/2 inch cylinder. Wrap tightly in parchment paper and chill for at least 4 hours.
  5. Position baking rack in the center of your oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Bring the cylinders to cool at room temperature. Slice into coins between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Place on a the prepared baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Brush the tops of the slices with the egg white and sprinkle with some Fleur de Sel.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  8. Cool on a rack before serving.

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups total extra mix-ins (about 1/4 cup of 3 different ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place the nuts and oats in a large bowl.
  3. While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine. Add any extra ingredients (except for chocolate) and stir to combine. Make sure none of the oats are dry.
  4. If you are adding chocolate, wait about 15 minutes for the mixture to cool a bit before adding the chocolate and then stirring to combine.
  5. Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan. Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.

 

These store very well in the fridge or freezer. You may want to wrap them in a bit of parchment paper before putting them in a container or plastic bag in the fridge so that they don’t stick together.