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Mayo Cheese Bread

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Mayo Cheese Bread

My mom's old school recipe never fails.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded asiago cheese (or a combo of shredded Monterey jack & cheddar)  
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 sourdough baguette  

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine mayo, onion, cheese & parsley - mix really well
  3. Season with pepper and a pinch of salt, stir through
  4. Cut baguette horizontally and spread on cheese mayo mix
  5. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly
  6. Slice into pieces and serve
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Ginger Sesame Kale 

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Ginger Sesame Kale 

One of my favorite side dishes and the perfect accompaniment to any Asian main course. Not to mention a great way to learn to like kale.

Serves 4 as a side dish

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale (aka dinosaur kale), washed
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon chili sesame oil, or
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil with ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds for garnish 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut or pull out the thick middle stem of each kale leaf, then cut cross-wise into one inch strips
  2. Heat a large pan or wok to medium high, add neutral oil and just when it starts to smoke – add kale
  3. Cook kale, stirring a lot until wilted about 2 minutes, then add ginger & garlic – continue stirring another couple minutes
  4. Add soy, sesame oil and red pepper flakes if using and cook, stirring one more minute
  5. Plate and top with seeds.
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Haricot Vert (French Green Beans) With Browned Butter

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Haricot Vert (French Green Beans) With Browned Butter

Instead of the usual green beans for Thanksgiving, how about an amazingly simple brown butter version using #Finlandia.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1  1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons Finlandia butter
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup French Fried Onions

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the green beans and cook 2 minutes
  2. Immediately plunge into ice water to stop cooking - to paper towelsto dry
  3. Meanwhile, slowly melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often until it’s browned in color and nutty in flavor, 2 - 3 minutes
  4. And as soon as it is, add the green beans, toss well to coat, season with salt & pepper and then plate – top with something crunchy, like crispy French Fried Onions.

*Finlandia Butter can be found at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway. Finlandia Cheeses are also available, in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers.


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