Sides and Sauces

White and Wild Asparagus – Where?

White and Wild Asparagus – Where?

        White asparagus is in full bloom on produce shelves and farmers markets — but not in my usual markets. While visiting my daughter in Berlin and a cousin in Paris this month, menus were bursting with ‘Spargel’ (Germany) or  ‘asperge’  (France) in soups, salads, entrees and even desserts. See […]

Fresh Pea Risotto

Fresh Pea Risotto

Fresh Pea Risotto – The Easy , Minimal-Stir Way 2 cups shelled peas ** 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 cups (14 oz.) Arborio rice 1 cup Holland House White Cooking Wine […]

Fennel-Crusted Pork with Apples

Fennel-Crusted Pork with Apples

Fennel-Crusted Pork with Sauteed Apples Prep Time  30 minutes          Makes 4 servings 2 large or 3 medium apples (about 1 lb. Fuji, Gala, or McIntosh) 4 tablespoons butter, divided 1 tablespoon Nakano seasoned rice vinegar 1-1/2 pounds whole pork tenderloin   Salt & pepper to […]

New Green Bean Casserole

New Green Bean Casserole

  New Green Bean Casserole Prep time: 15 minutes   Bake time: 30 minutes Makes: 6 servings about 3/4 cup each. Recipe can be doubled for 9×13-inch pan. 1           pound fresh or frozen green beans 1-3/4    cup fat-free or low-fat milk 3           tablespoons all-purpose flour 8           ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced […]

Thanksgiving Sides — Sherry Simmered Carrots

Thanksgiving Sides — Sherry Simmered Carrots

Sherry Simmered Carrots Makes 8 to 10 servings        Prep Time: 18 minutes 1-1/2 pounds petite-cut carrots (about 5 cups) 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon dried sage (or 1/2 tsp dried rosemary) 1-1/3 cups Holland House sherry cooking wine or […]

Raisins on Pizza!

Raisins on Pizza!

Zucchini Ribbons Pizza with Raisins Makes 4 servings      Prep and bake time: 25 minutes      1        tablespoon olive oil      1        large clove garlic, minced or pressed      1        teaspoon grated lemon zest      1        small zucchini (about 1×7 inches)      1        11-inch or two […]

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Fontina Melt

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Fontina Melt

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Fontina Melt Makes 4 main dish servings               Prep and cook time: 20 minutes 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup Nakano natural rice vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, or 1/4 tsp dried rosemary 1/2 teaspoon […]

Sesame Chicken Caesar Salad

Sesame Chicken Caesar Salad

Sesame Chicken Caesar Salad Prep time: 25 minutes    Makes 2 entrée or 4 side servings 10 ounces boneless, skinless chicken (about 2 breasts) 1/2 cup panko crumbs 2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil Sesame Caesar Dressing 1/4 […]

Versatile strawberry salsa

Versatile strawberry salsa

Strawberry Salsa Prep time: 15 minutes        Makes 4 cups. 3 cups diced strawberries (16 oz.) 1 cup diced papaya, mango or other seasonal fruit 1/4 cup chopped red onion 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 3 tablespoons Nakano Balsamic Blend * 1/4 teaspoon salt

Asparagus Risotto – an easier way

Asparagus Risotto – an easier way

Lemon-Laced Asparagus Risotto – The Easy Way 1 pound thin asparagus spears 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 large cloves garlic, minced 2 cups (14 oz.) Arborio rice 1 cup Holland House White Cooking Wine 4 cups […]