06 . 25Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds Recipe | Bobby Flay

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 Bobby Flay spotlights healthy, easy to prepare snacks on his new series “Bobby Flay Fit”. Who doesn’t love  Bobby Flay, but normally we see him in front of a grill. 

This Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds  showcases Katie Lee’s recipe and,  shares this easy, high-protein snack using fewer than 5 ingredients.

SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds or regular sesame seeds

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss the edamame with the oil and season with salt.

Transfer the edamame to a baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Return to the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes.


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06 . 18Artichoke & Feta Tarts With Tomato Salad | Donna Hay

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This Artichoke and Feta Tarts with Tomato Salad puts a new spin on some of my favorite ingredients.  Store bought puff pastry just looks as if you’ve spent the entire day in the kitchen, but you really don’t need to.
 

Donna Hay is one of my favorite celebrity chefs. Her food presentation is a work of art. Best of all, this recipe looks scrumptious enough that a caterer could have created these delictable appetizers.

SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS  

1 sheet store-bought puff pastry, thawed
1 1/4 cup marinated  feta, crumbled
4 marinated artichoke hearts, halved
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup  frozen peas, thawed
¼ cup mint leaves
 Olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
 

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Cut the pastry into 4 squares and score a 1/2 inch border around each square.

Place the squares on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and top with feta and artichoke.

Brush the pastry borders with the egg and bake for 12–14 minutes or until golden.

Place the tomato, peas and mint in a medium bowl, drizzle with olive oil and white balsamic and toss to combine.

Top the tarts with the tomato salad to serve.

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06 . 11Amazing Lobster Salad Recipe | Four Seasons Style

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The Four Seasons boasts incredibly talented chefs, and this Lobster Salad is an example of what can be done with fabulous ingredients and a drop dead artistic presentation.

One morning, Sous Chef Angela of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai saw that a box of fresh lobsters had been mistakenly delivered to the kitchen at Beach Tree Restaurant. In a nanosecond, she saw an opportunity to create a fabulous new salad.

I’m not sure any of us can plate the salad quite so beautifully, but I’m going to give it  a try this summer. It is so fresh and you can keep the photo in front of you to recreate. Ready for a challenge? Give this a try.

SERVES: 1

INGREDIENTS

Half of 1 pound lobster

2 ripe tomatoes (use yellow and red if you can find)

juice from 1/2 lemon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – enough to drizzle over lobster

Avocado, ripe and halved and cut into 4 wedges

2 tbsp fresh sweet corn

5 each baby romaine leaves

10 each corn shoots (I’m still researching this ingredient!)

Black sea salt (or substitute course sea salt)

PREPARATION

Steam the body and tail of the lobster for 6 minutes and the claws and knuckles of the lobster for 9 minutes.

Cool immediately in an ice bath.

Cut the tail in half and remove from the shell.

Crack claw and remove from shell. 

Remove knuckles from the shell and enjoy as a snack!

Toss the lobster in olive oil, salt and pepper.

Grill approximately 3 minutes on each side to heat briefly.

Once removed from grill, squeeze juice from half of one  lemon onto lobster, as well as extra virgin olive oil, so lobster will absorb te citrus flavor as it cools.

Cut fresh corn off the cobb and  toss in extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.

Pinch of black salt, any sea salt will do

2 oz Lemon Caper Dill Vinaigrette

PRESENTATION

Arrange the tomatoes, avocado, corn and lobster on the plate to your liking. Chef Angela says that this dish is like a piece of art – no two will look the same.

Drizzle with the Caper Dill Vinaigrette and garnish lightly with sea salt.

Toss the baby romaine in the vinaigrette and tuck the pieces in between the other ingredients as desired.

Finish by tucking in the corn shoots between the lobster tail and claw.

Drizzle the Lemon Basil Dill Coulis around the plate and serve. Enjoy!

LEMON CAPER VINAIGRETTE

1 tbls capers
2 tbls fresh chopped dill
2 tbls fresh lemon juice
8 tbls extra virgin olive oil
No salt because the capers already add the saltiness

Combine all ingredients and serve.

LEMON BASIL DILL COULIS

1/2 cup of fresh dill
1/2 cup of fresh basil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of olive oil

Blend all ingredients together with a few ice cubes to keep it green

– The Gourmet Review

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06 . 04Helicopter Experience Extraordinaire | The Four Seasons Hualalai

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Leave it to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai to outdo itself. Honestly, this was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.  My family was included in  the initial test run for one of the greatest Hawaiian adventures ever!

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We were picked up at the hotel and driven to Paradise Helicopters, just a  short jaunt from the hotel. I must admit, I’ve always been a bit nervous about taking a helicopter ride, but this concern was quickly eliminated. Our pilot, Danny, was an ex Marine pilot, who also just happened to be the ultimate tour guide. As we flew over the Big Island of Hawaii, we learned that ll of the 13 world climate zones are on the Big Island. Imagine!

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We viewed the most active volcano in the world, along with endless black lava fields.

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We watched, in awe, as billowing steam rose as lava met the Pacific Ocean at 2500 degrees Fahrenheit. The Big Island  in Hawaii is the only island with active volcanoes and there are five of them. We were actually close enough to smell the sulfur.

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Next, we flew over the rainiest city in the US. The small town of Hilo averages 360 inches of rain a year. That’s 5 to 6 times the amount of rain you find in Seattle! The lush green foliage and forests attest to this, where the canopy of green tree tops are every bit as beautiful as the magnificent ocean coastline.  [Read the rest of this entry…]

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05 . 28Cornish Game Hen Asian Inspired | Four Seasons Style

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Enjoy this Asian inspired Cornish Game Hen from Four Seasons Resort Hualalai‘s new Ulu Restaurant. Healthy, easy to prepare, but sure to delight friends and family, you will love this secret restaurant recipe.

SERVES:  1

INGREDIENTS:

1 cornish game hen (you can substitute chicken)

1 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup sake

2 ounces sugar

1 ounce sesame oil

2 ounces dark soy

Plating: Fresh pea pods and pea tendrils

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients (minus hen) in a small sauce pot.

Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.

Place the small sauce pan in the refrigerator to cool.

Once liquid is cold, combine half of the soy sake mixture with the chicken.

Marinade for at leaset 6 hours or more and reserve.

After 6 or more hours, remove the game hen from marinade.

Roast in a preheated 345 degree oven for 40 minutes or until bird reaches an internal temperature of 155 derees.

Once cooked, cut cornish game hen in 1/2 and serve with pea tendrils.

Drizzle leftover soy sake mixture over the hen.

YOu can add fresh pea pods and pea tendrils for plate decoration. Enjoy!

– The Gourmet Review

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05 . 20Mango Mai Tai Recipe | Another Great Cocktail Recipe From The Four Seasons

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Back by popular request is the fabulous Mango Mai Tai cocktail recipe. This is defiinitely my favorite Mai Tai drink, especially while enjoying at Beach Tree Sunset Bar at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The Mango Mai Tai is  simple to make and slightly less lethal than a regular Mai Tai, but I dare you to stop after just one. I asked Frank, the head bartender, who introduced me to this magnificent creation,  about it’s origins. First, the recipe.

SERVES:  1

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz        (1 shot)           Cruzan Mango rum

1.5    oz     (1 shot)           pog juice* (you can substitute any commercial pot)

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai uses Pass-O-Guava, aka pog juice, but you can find pog sold in most grocery stores.

PREPARATION

Combine ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with pineapple.

NOTES

THE ORIGINS

The story behind the Mango Mai Tai is a humble one.  Hualalai’s assistant room’s division manager, Lanikai Lindsey, was in search of a new tropical cocktail amenity to welcome our tired guests to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai that had a little taste of “Aloha”.  Lanikai needed the drink to be both tasty and refreshing, but simple enough for the front desk to make.

FRANK’S CREATION

I love this type of challenge. It gets my creative juices flowing (sorry about the pun). I recommend using a shot of Cruzan mango rum (1.5 oz.) and Pass-O-Guava juice aka POG juice.  POG is the juice every keiki in Hawaii grows up drinking. It’s as “Hawaiian” as it gets. The Cruzan mango rum is for the “kick”. I once served this cocktail at a banquet function at the resort, and it got rave reviews from all the guests. The POG juice comes pre-made by the gallon. We add Cruzan mango rum. Simple.  That’s why I gave Lanikai that recipe and then didn’t give the drink a second thought.

Shortly thereafter, guests started sending back the regular Mai Tai we make at Beach Tree.  They wanted the “Mango Mai  Tai” they got at check in. All the bartenders were confused. What “Mango Mai Tai?” You see, I never actually named the drink.  Lanikai must have come up with the name Mango Mai Tai. It took the bartenders awhile to figure out what was going on. What was going on was my humble drink was a hit!”

 

-Frank Weiser

 ABOUT FRANK

Frank Weiser has been a bartender at the Beach Tree Sunset Bar, since the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai opened on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1996. He’s a great guy and makes everyone feel welcome, as guests gather for nightly sunset on the beach.

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05 . 13Best Green Salad & Burrata Cheese Crostini Recipe

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Fresh and healthy, this recipe will inspire a visit to your local farmer’s market. Chef Guillaume, from the Portola Kitchen just outside of San Francisco,  calls this his Spring Vegetable Salad with Burrata Cheese Crostini Salad.

This salad is so much more than your traditional green salad! Fresh asparagus, shucked English peas, shucked lava beans, radish and lots of fresh herbs with a light lemon vinaigrette make this a beautiful as well as healthy salad.

SERVES: 1 large salad

INGREDIENTS

1 bag mixed greens

1 head romaine chopped use only inner leaves

1 bunch asparagus cut into 2″ long pieces and blanched

2 lbs English peas, shucked and blanched

2 lbs fava beans, shucked, blanched and peeled

4 radishes thinly sliced

3 sprigs tarragon minced

1 bunch chives minced

Handful of parsley minced

SALAD PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Season with creamy lemon vinaigrette to lightly coat. Salt and pepper to taste.

Pile on a plate.

Top with Burrata Cheese Crostini.

LEMON VINAIGRETTE

INGREDIENTS

3 Meyer (if available) lemons

2 tablespoons water

1 fresh egg yolk

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Kosher salt

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 bunch Italian parsley, leaves picked from stem

3 – 4 radishes, trimmed and sliced thinly

PREPARATION

Peel strips of zest from one of the lemons with a vegetable peeler.

Place the zest with a couple of inches of water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil. drain the water, then replace the water with fresh, cold water. Repeat the entire process three times – don’t cheat! Blanching the zest three times removes any traces of bitterness and guarantees a softer, more floral vinaigrette.

Juice the lemons for a total of 1/4 cup.

In a jar or blender, combine the juice with the blanched zest, the water, egg yolk, mustard and a pinch of salt.

Pulse to chop the ingredients. Then add both oils in a slow, steady stream.

Strain the vinaigrette to remove any large pieces of zest. You should end up with about 1 1/2 cups of dressing.

BURRATA CHEESE CROSTINI

INGREDIENTS

One slice baguette

1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/3 cup fresh parsley

Buffala Cheese

PREPARATION

Prepare Parsley Oil, by combining Extra Virgin Olive Oil and parsley in a blender and pulse.

Brush one side of sliced baguette or french bread with Parsley Oil.

Place sliced baguette on grill or grill pan, first grilling side with Parsley Oil, and lightly grill on both sides.

Top with spoonful of buffalo cheese.

Drizzle with parsley oil.

This is a wonderful secret restaurant recipe!

– The Gourmet Review

 NOTE

Executive Chef Guillaume has created a rustic, Italian California cuisine menu at the Portola Kitchen. The restaurant is moderately priced and the atmosphere for lunch is casual. This is the perfect stop on your way to wineries in Santa Cruz, and is located in California’s Portola Valley.

We sat at an outdoor table overlooking a miniature farmer’s market of fresh fruits and vegetables. A big thank you to Chef for sharing his recipe on a very busy day.

Chef also shared his adaptation of the fabulous Lemon Vinaegrette recipe from Ethan Stowell’s “New Italian Kitchen” cookbook.

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05 . 06Lettuce with Bufala Mozzarella, Cucumber & Yogurt Salad Recipe

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This elegant Sweet Gem Lettuce Salad with Bufala Mozzarella, Cucumber & Yogurt Dressing is easy, healthy and a fresh spin on your oftentimes boring, traditional green salad. This is absolutely delicious and sure to win raves from family and friends. Try it and save the extra vinaigrette for another meal.

Nancy Silverton was one of the celebrity chefs featured at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai during their Made in America foodie event. A great highlight was watching Nancy and Matt Molina, the Executive Chef of Michelin starred Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza  in LA demonstrate some fabulous salad and pasta recipes.

SERVES:  4 – 5  Salads

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup cucumbers

1/4 cup Yogurt Vinaigrette

1 head sweet gem lettuce

1/2 of a 2 ounce ball of bufala mozzarella

Chive blossoms to garnish

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PREPARATION

Thinly slice the cucumbers and place in a bowl.

Add a pinch of salt and 1 ounce of the Yogurt Vinaigrette.

Mix thoroughly.

Plate the cucumbers.

Cut sweet gem lettuce into 4’s (trim root off) and place in a bowl.

Add 1 tablespoon of Yogurt Vinaigrette and work into leaves.

Criss cross onto cucumbers.

Slice bufala in 1/2 and place bufala in front of the lettuce.

Garnish with chive flowers

Drizzle with olive oil over the bufala.

YOGURT DRESSING

1/2 cup Lemon Vinaigrette (see recipe)

3/4 cup greek yogurt/plain

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine the Lemon Vinaigrette with the remaining ingredients and set aside.

LEMON VINAIGRETTE

SERVES:  1 Cup

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup minced shallots

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plulse more to taste.

PREPARATION

Combine the shallots, lemon juice, vinegar and salt in a small bowl.

Set the bowl aside for 5 to 10 minutes to marinate the shallots.

Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly to combine.

Stir in the pepper.

Taste for seasoning and add more salt or pepper, if desired.

Use the vinaigrette or transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to three days.

Bring the vinaigrette to room temperature and whisk to recombine the ingredients before using.

NOTE

Nancy Silverton is the co owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, along with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. Nancy’s real claim to fame for me, though, is that she founded La Brea Bakery. Has anyone ever tasted better breads than La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles?

For more recipes, please check out The Mozza Cookbook.

– The Gourmet Review

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04 . 30Edamame Guacamole Recipe | Wolfgang Puck’s Winning Twist

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What can I say? I love Wolfgang Puck. I love his fabulous food, his innovative restaurants and his commitment to the communities in which he works. How often do you go to two high profile fundraisers in one week and see major donations from Puck’s restaurants raising so much money for local charity events?

Wolfgang Puck was the first celebrity chef  for good reason. With a commitment to the freshest of ingredients and cuisine with an innovative flair, one can count on Puck for  healthy, creative and absolutely delicious food.  This is why Wolfgang Puck continues to be the quintessential celebrity chef!

Who else but Puck would think of transforming a popular Japanese snack into a scrumptious appetizer? This Edamame Guacamole Recipe just happens to be healthy, light and beautiful to the eye. Try it!

SERVES: 10 – 12

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup shelled edamame

3 ounces sour cream

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium-sized ripe Hass-style avocados

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

Put the edamame, sour cream, lime juice and olive oil in a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade. Pulse until pureed.

With a sharp knife, cut the avocados lengthwise in half, cutting around the pit. Twist the 2 halves between your hands to separate them.

With a sharp-edged tablespoon, scoop out and discard the pits.

Scoop the avocado pulp from each half into the food processor bowl.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Process until smoothly blended, stopping once or twice to scrape down the bowl.

Carefully transfer the guacamole to a serving bowl.

Serve with your favorite chips or fresh vegetables.

Serve immediately.

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04 . 23LudoBites Hawaii | Celebrity Chef Ludo Lefebvre

Celebrity Chef Ludo Lefebvre is an award winning culinary artist and chef extraordinaire. Whether appearing on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters show or inside the kitchen for his “pop- up” restaurants in Los Angeles or  the Big Island of Hawaii, you will find magic.

Critics and loyal foodies alike go where Chef Ludo goes and guests are never disappointed. Inspiration comes from seasonal, market fresh, local ingredients.

Below is a sampling of dishes from an incredible meal I enjoyed last March at the fabulous Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Bet you wish you could savor theses dishes right now!

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My husband and I started with an appetizer of Smoked Mahi-Mahi Rillette on toasted bread. I’m thinking I really need to ask for this recipe.

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Next came the Hirame Ceviche. Just the list of ingredients is daunting. Aji Amarillo, strawberry papaya water, rainbow carrots and salmon roe. This chef is serious about his ingredients.

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I couldn’t resist the Crispy Chicken with chorizo, eggs and hamakua mushrooms. The skin of the chicken was crackling crispy and the meat tender.

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Of course, no dinner is complete without a fish course and Chef Ludo presented a culinary masterpiece of Steamed Hapu’upu’u (Hawaiian sea bass) with crispy caramelized skin, miso cream, fennel, navel orange and tonka beans[Read the rest of this entry…]

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