Home and Family Fun!!!

Such a fun day hanging out with the cast and crew of Home and Family yesterday!  See the link below to grab that recipe for the most delicious French Toast ever!!!

www.hallmarkchannel.com/home-and-family/recipes/chai-spiced-french-toast-with-whipped-mascarpone-and-chia-seeds

And get yourself ready to chow down, drink some tasty cocktails and soak up some sun on one of our awesome patios at Estrella!  Opening real real soon…..

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Have you made your Valentine’s Day after date yet?

The stellar line up.

The stellar line up.

There is hope for you yet!  There is definitely going to be a little extra pressure this year because Valentine’s Day lands on a Saturday…so this makes it Valentine’s Weekend…WEEKEND! Don’t screw this up guys and gals who are planning something this year.

Not only will your loved one or pal be expecting
something sweet on Saturday but now they will be expecting you to go above and beyond and want some fun and awesomeness planned for Sunday as well…that’s just how it goes. It’s sorta like your one friend who celebrates their birthday for the entire month they were born in…you know you ALL have that friend. 🙂

So you are in luck my friend…I am teaming up with Adelaida Winery in Paso Robles for a spectacular 5 course lunch at their Vineyard. I have the pleasure of working with Tony Hermann to discuss the the overall philosophy of food and wine pairings! Tell me this does not sound fun?

Check out their website and got to the events page and buy your seats today! The menu is posted below along with the wines…your tastebuds will thank you.

www.adelaida.com

 Adelaida Cellers Menu

February 15th, 2015

Wild Morro Bay Opah Crudo
yuzu kosho / orange / cilantro / tempura coconut
Version White Reserve 2012

Chilled Smoked Duck Breast
beluga lentils / pancetta / candied lavender / pistachio
Pinot Noir 2012

Char Grilled Hobb’s Bacon
red chile / smoked chocolate nibs / vanilla
Version Red 2012

Braised Lamb Shank
brussel sprouts / porcini / black garlic / licorice
Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel – Apple Tart
whipped blue cheese / crème fraiche / rosemary
The Don Port 2009

*fish might change, depending on what will be caught sustainably and locally

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It was a Good Day in LA!

HappyFriday and Labor Day Weekend beautiful people! 

 

I had the pleasure of cooking live today at the FOX studios with the awesome and really funny cast of Good Day LA.  Check out the fun recipes that you can make this weekend with your cupboard snacks!

 

Classic Mac n Cheese Cupcakes with Sea Salt Vinegar Pop Chips

Makes 12 Cupcakes

Ingredients:

1# Tubetti Pasta (cooked al dente)

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup cream cheese

1# mozzarella cheese

2 each cloves garlic (crushed, minced)

1 each lemon (juice and zest)

1/8 cup EVOO

12 each cupcake papers

1 each muffin tin

1 bag Sea Salt and Vinegar Pop Chips (crushed)

Sea Salt

White Pepper

 

Method:

Add the cream, cream cheese and garlic into a pot and bring to a light boil. Add the mozzarella cheese stirring constantly. Once the cheese is melted add the pasta and then season with lemon, salt and pepper.

Brush the evoo on the inside of the cupcake papers and scoop the pasta into them to fill to the top

Bake the in the oven at 350 for about 12 mins.

Sprinkle the crushed Pop Chips and bake until the chips turn a golden brown color.

Let them cool to set and serve.

 

Oreo Cookie Marshmallow S’mores

Makes 9 2×2 Marshmallows

Ingredients:

–          For the marshmallows

3 TBSP Unflavored Gelatin powder

½ cup ice cold water

1 ½ cup sugar

1 cup corn syrup

¼TSP salt

½ cup water

1 each Vanilla Bean (split and seeds scooped)

½ cup crushed Oreos

Powder sugar

9×10 glass dish

 

Method:

Add the gelatin and the cold ½ cup of water in a bowl to a mixer. Whisk until mixed. Let it sit for 30 mins

Add the sugar, corn syrup, salt and ½ cup water into a pot and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved. Let it simmer until it reaches 244 degrees. Remove and slowly add to the gelatin. Let it whip until it triples in size and become very white in color. Add the vanilla beans and the crushed oreos. Sprinkle the glass dish generously with the powder sugar and pour the marshmallow mix into it. Patting it flat with your hands and then covering it with more powder sugar. Takes about 4 hours to set to the point where you can cut them. 

For the S’mores…y’all know the deal…

Your choice of chocolate bar (I like to use the Lindt Milk Chocolate), Graham Crackers, Fire Pit

Long wooden or metal skewers

 

Toasted Coconut and Pineapple Popsicle with Coconut Oil

Makes 6 3 oz. popsicles

Ingredients:

18 oz coconut milk (unsweetened)

1 ½ cup diced pineapple (small diced)

4 TBSP Coconut Oil

1/3 cup Sugar

1 each vanilla bean (split and seeded)

4 TBSP toasted coconut flakes

1 TSP salt

 

Method:

Add the pineapple, sugar and coconut oil into a pan and let it caramelize. Add the vanilla bean seeds. Puree in a blender and whisk into the coconut milk, add the salt.

Pour into your Popsicle molds and let them freeze.

Usually takes about 6 hours.

 

Tuna Poke with Wasabi Rice Krispies and Hijiki Seaweed

Make 2 4oz. portions

Ingredients:

8 oz Fresh Yellow Tail Pole Caught Tuna (diced)

1 TBSP Shoyu

1 TSP toasted sesame seeds

1 TBSP green onions (chopped)

½ each serrano (chopped fine)

1 TSP sesame oil

1 each lime (juice and zest)

½ cup rice Krispies

1 TBSP wasabi oil

Sea Salt

 

Method:

–          For the wasabi rice Krispies

In a saute pan add the wasabi oil at med heat. Once the oil is hot toss in the rice Krispies and season with salt. Toss them in the pan until they are all covered in the wasabi oil. Set aside and cool.

 

Toss the rest of the ingredients together and serve on a banana leaf or some plain steamed rice. Sprinkle the rice Krispies on top of the Tuna last minute so they stay good and crunchy.

 

Ritz Crack and Uni Stuffed Shrimp

Serves 8 jumbo Shrimp

Ingredients:

4 each local uni loves (cut in half length wise)

8 each Jumbo Shrimp (butterflied)

15 each ritz crackers (crushed)

2 TBSP chives (chopped)

1 each lemon (juice and zested)

2 TBSP cream Cheese

Sea Salt

 

Method:

Season the shrimp and bake in the oven so they are almost cooked. Set aside

Mash together the ritz crackers (reserve a little to sprinkle over the shrimp last minute) and the cream cheese with the lemon juice and zest.

Line the shrimp up on a baking sheet and spoon the cream cheese mixture into the middle of each shrimp and set under the broiler until the cheese cracker mix starts to melt. Pull from the oven and place the Uni on top of each shrimp and sprinkle with chopped chives, ritz crackers and EAT!

 

Have a FUN and SAFE Labor Day weekend everyone!

 

xx,

Chef D

 

 

 

 

 

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Yo…go, “gurt” you some!

Man, can I stretch out 7 days or what???

So…it’s day 6…ok really it’s day 8 but hey who’s counting?  How are you doing with these recipes?  I am personally feeling pretty darn good.  Like a have an extra pep to my step.

Today’s superfood recipe is a simple one, you don’t even need to cook anything!  Woohoo!  We are going to make some Greek Yogurt parfait, loaded up with a ton of tasty goodies.

yo1   This parfait is great for breakfast and even dessert!

Greek Yogurt Parfait with Blueberries, Pomegranate,  Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Walnuts and Chia Seeds

What you will need…

Organic Greek Yogurt – Check out day 3’s post for the great health benefits yogurt has

Blueberries –  These little dudes need a cape and eye make and we shoould be calling them            “SUPER BERRY”    thCA3DFHET cause they freaking rock!  They help fight against diabetes, memory loss, excess weight, tumors and blood pressure.  Wait…what was I saying?  CLICK THIS! Ohhhh, right!  Blueberries have high levels of antioxidants and are very high in Vitamin C.  Forgive the sideways view…I’m a chef!  Not a computer / video WHIZ!  🙂

Chia Seeds – READ ALL OF THIS! please. 

Native tribes of Mexico and Central America have touted the “super” qualities of this tiny seed for centuries, but it’s only recently that chia, as a dietary powerhouse, has made it to the main stream. So, what can chia do for you? 
One ounce of chia seeds contains 138 calories, 9.8 grams of fiber, 5.1 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids, 4 grams of protein, as well as a healthy dose of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and niacin. In addition, chia is an excellent source of antioxidants and amino acids. That’s a whole lot of nutrition packed into this tiny package. Chia is the highest plant-based source of Omega-3s, which help protect against inflammation and are important to a healthy heart.  Chia is unlike other seeds because of its hydrophilic properties, or its ability to attract and absorb water. When soaked in water, a single chia seed is able to absorb up to 9 times its own weight in water! The seed becomes gel-like and is able to pass on its hydrophilic properties to the body. This allows you to stay hydrated longer during workouts!   It’s easy to add chia to your everyday diet and benefit from its “superpowers”. Chia seeds can easily be sprinkled on salads, or in soups or stews. They can be ground into flour and used in baked goods. They can be used as an egg-substitute or a binder in vegan and gluten-free recipes. They can be blended into smoothies. Or, they can be turned into an energy-gel for your longer workouts. There’s no excuse not to take advantage of all chia has to offer.

Coconut –  While it may seem like an exotic ingredient to a lot of us, to a good portion of the world, it’s eaten on a regular basis, and it shows. In Polynesia, as well as many Asian countries that eat coconut as a staple food, they have considerably lower instances of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Obesity rates are significantly lower as well.  While the fat in coconut oil is saturated, it’s not the same saturated fat as what you might find in red meat. This plant-based fat is full of lauric acid, as well as heart healthy medium chain fatty acids. These work wonders in protecting your heart, as well as your bones and joints.  Coconut is naturally high in fiber, something missing in a lot of processed foods. Fiber helps keep your blood sugar down and expands in your stomach, meaning you stay full for much longer than eating foods void of this vital nutrient.  I think I just fell more in LOVE with coconut!

Dark Chocolate – yes I said CHOCOLATE!!!!!   I have yet to meet anyone in my ripe old age of 38 who does not love chocolate.  Have you?  Here is some info you most likely never knew…now you are really REALLY going to love chocolate.  Loaded with antioxidants, dark chocolate, can help fight against free radicals. Those are the same free radicals that can cause cell damage, certain cancers, and speed up the aging process. Dark chocolate can help increase the flow of blood to the brain, so it’s good for cognitive function. It also includes phenylethylamine, (try saying that three times fast outloud) or PEA, a chemical that encourages your brain to release endorphins, which will make you happier.  Believe it or not, dark chocolate can do even more for your health. It has been shown to help regulate blood sugar because it works to reduce insulin resistance and won’t cause large spikes in blood sugar. It also contains high concentrations of copper, potassium, magnesium, and iron to prevent against stroke, cardiovascular disease, anemia, and high blood pressure.

Pomegranate Seeds –  Pomegranates are rich in polyphenols, or plant compounds that are instrumental in reducing the inflammation associated with heart disease. Polyphenols reduce the thickness of arterial walls, allowing blood to pass through easily. Diets that include polyphenols, like those found in pomegranates, help to prevent a number of inflammation-caused diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.  A new study has shown that pomegranate extracts may be helpful in killing several different harmful bacteria strains, including E. coli and Staphylococcus.  As we age, our bone density can decrease to unhealthy numbers if we’re not careful. Pomegranates can help keep bones strong because they contain estrogen from the seeds of the fruit.

***TIP TIP TIP*** – don’y fry bacon naked…wait, you already knew that…I meant to say…

How to Open a Pomegranate without a Mess

1. Fill a large bowl with water.
2. Use a sharp knife to slice an x into the top of the pomegranate.
3. Place the pomegranate in the water and use your fingers to pry into the x.
4. Pull the pomegranate wedges apart under the water and gently remove the white membrane

5. The seeds will sink to the bottom and the membrane will float. Skim the membrane off the top, drain the water, and enjoy your pomegranate!

Or, you can cut them in half and tap the hard red side with a large kitchen spoon, aiming the seeds into a large bowl…but this can get messy.  However it is fun!

Walnuts –  This wonderful nut is packed with nutrients that protect our delicate skin. Vitamins A, C and E are often found in skin creams which profess to make us look younger. No professing here—-Mr. Walnut tops the list of foods that fight aging by protecting our skin against sun damage and atmospheric pollutants. This nut just happens to be one of the Super foods that contains skin saving vitamins A, B, C, and E…naturally.  Need to lose a few unwanted pounds or having trouble keep weight off?  Walnuts are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which may help in shedding those last few stubborn pounds. By eating 4-5 walnut halves a day, maintaining an otherwise healthy diet, and incorporating exercise on a daily basis, walnuts can speed up your metabolism and assist in losing weight more quickly.  Trying to kick the sugar habit?  By eating 1/4 cup natural walnuts daily, your sugar cravings will be greatly reduced.  Do you ever think to yourself on those restless nights, “If only I had a natural sleep aid?” Mr. Walnut to the rescue!!!  Melatonin occurs naturally in walnuts, which has been shown to be an effective sleep aid. It also helps to lessen the effects of jet lag.  Oh, sweet sweet nuts!  Kisses to you!

So you will notice I didn’t add amounts to any of the ingredients today…”Danny, be the ball”  Who can tell me what movie that is from???  First person to say on my facebook page gets a FREE quart of Popcorn shipped to thier house!  go!  Back to the recipe though…I didn’t put the amounts on this beucase you know “you” better than anyone else and you know what you like and don’t like…add what you want!

Enjoy!

get ready for day 7 tomorrow…I am going to pack in 9 last superfoods with two spectacular recipes.

Love and peace to you all!

Chef D

 

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Orange…you glad it’s day 5 of the SUPERFOOD challenge?

Ok, I’m not going to pretend like yesterday didn’t happen…or am I?

Hey guess what everyone?  It’s day 5 of the superfood challenge!!!  Woohoo!

As we are getting close to day 7 and I still need to pack in about 30 more vegetables and fruits I really needed to pack the super awesomeness in today…so what’s the best way to do such a thing you ask?  JUICE BABY!

Today you are going to see the words Free Radicals a lot…no this is not a band, well shoot, it might be but I am not 100% sure about that.  Sounds like a 90’s band though, right?  🙂 

Free radicals, also known simply as radicals, are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable, therefore they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their health and further continuing the damaging process. Antioxidants, present in many foods, are molecules that prevent free radicals from harming healthy tissue.

 Radicals do play a key role in several biological processes. They play a part in the work of the white blood cells called phagocytes, which “eat” bacteria and other pathogens in the body. They also are believed to be involved in a process called redox signaling, where they are thought to act as cellular messengers.

The Problem with Radicals

Some molecules are unstable. They do not have an even number of electrons, so they are always searching for an extra electron they can “steal” to become stable. Out in the world, this is a normal process, but in the body, it can result in unnecessary and unwanted damage.

 Free radicals are “free” because they float around until they stabilize, and “radical” in the sense that there are a wide variety of molecules from which they can take an electron. The damage doesn’t stop there, however, as the new molecule, say a piece of a cell wall, is now also missing an electron and has become another free radical. This snowball effect can wreak havoc on healthy tissue.

Here is what you will need…

SF1

3 each Yellow and Red Bell Peppers – Peppers are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A & C and helps fight against free radicals and reduce inflammation.

1 pint Berries – you can use any kind you like, I used strawberries in the one pictured below.  Berries are low in calories and high in nutrition.  They are loaded with disease fighting antioxidants that you need daily.  These antioxidants contain compounds that fight against cell damage by free radicals – ones linked to cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.  Give berries a pair of boxing gloves because they are fighting the good fight.  thank you berries, and I love you berry berry much!

1 each Cantaloupe – high in vitamins C & A which help prevent free radicals from oxidizing  the cholesterol in our blood stream that would lead to a heart attack or stroke.  they are also good for your skin.  This is cool, check it out…it works to thin out the outer layer of dead skin that can clog your pores. 

6 each Carrots – not only great for your eyesight but also lowers your cholesterol and is high in fiber

1 each mango – mangos strengthens your memory as well as your digestion.  Next time you need to study for a test…eat a bowl of mangos!  They also help fight cancer and Alzheimer’s.

4 each Oranges – READ THIS!!!  Not only are they loaded with vitamins but they also taste great.  They help you look beautiful as they help the body detoxify.  They contain antioxidants to help in the fight against free radicals and prevent the signs of aging.  They also contain a natural skin cancer – fighting element.  Here is something super cool…Oranges contain pectin which has been shown to suppress the appetite…so suck on an orange to help you fight the in-between meal “binging”…I am walking, no scratch that I am running to the farmers market right now to buy a #25 bag! Be right back….

1/2 each Pineapple – pineapple strengthens your digestion system, your bones and can aid in weight loss.

1 each Sweet Potato – sweet potatoes help protect your vision and encourage a good mood…what?  Ya, so next time you have the “Hangries” chomp down on a sweet potato and stop the hating!  🙂

SF2  Look at this frothy, yummy, orange drank!

Count that…8 superfoods in this juice!  This recipe makes a lot!  About 1 gallon, so you can sip it all day long and feel the good S*#T happening. 

I am not kidding you…I drank a quart for breakfast today and literally felt like I was buzzing.  It was a great way to get my day kickstarted!

See you all tomorrow…

xoxo,

Chef D

 

 

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