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Kaja's Corn Salad

My Danish friend Kaja served this wonderful salad for our last get-together, which she in turn got from my other Danish friend Henriette. It is simple, refreshing and good for you. Kaja served it with walnuts which was very delicious but my favorite kinda nut is pine nuts and so I choose pine for this presentation. The raspberry walnut vinaigrette adds a perfect finishing touch.  I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do.

Kaja's Corn Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen corn

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup red bell pepper, diced

1 cup cucumber, diced

3/4 cup dried cranberries

Pine Nuts for topping

Ken’s Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

Directions:

Dice red bell pepper and cucumber to size of corn kernels. Mix together corn, peas, bell pepper, cucumber and cranberries. Drizzle with Raspberry vinaigrette and top with pine nuts. Enjoy!

Source: slightly adapted from Kaja Mosley

Salad in the making

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Hummus With Roasted Red Bell Pepper

Hummus With Roasted Red Bell Pepper

My first encounter with Hummus was when I watched the movie War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. Tom Cruise picks up a wedge of pita and dips it into the Hummus, starts to eat it and then puts on an expression of disgust and horrid.  The conversation goes something like this: Tom – “What is that?” and Dakota Fanning replies – “Hummus”,  Tom – “Hummus?”, Dakota – “from the health food place, you said to order”, Tom – “I meant order food“.

And so I kept wondering what this horrible Hummus could have been, it evidently was healthy and so it probably was terrible. Then one day I noticed it at the grocery store and it didn’t look so horrible, actually it looked kinda good. I got some and tasted it and guess what….Tom Cruise was soooo wrong, Dakota Fanning was right on. I knew that little girl was so much wiser than her Dad.

Not only is Hummus delicious, it’s considered a relatively healthy food and as an added bonus it is super easy to make. Serve with Pita wedges, crackers, use as a dip with veggies or as a sandwich spread. Here is my Hummus version made with Roasted Red Bell Pepper, give it a shot. 

Ingredients:

1 – 15.5 oz can Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)

2 oz fire roasted red bell pepper

1 tablespoon oil from jar of fire roasted bell pepper

3 tablespoon Tahini (Sesame paste)

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon olive oil

2/3 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup water

Directions:

Rinse off Garbanzo beans. In a blender or food processor puree all ingredients except water. Gradually add the water. Puree until desired consistency. Enjoy!

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Chicken Chili

Chicken Chili

My husband belongs to a Blacksmith Guild and periodically they get together at each others Forges to bust on each other oh I mean to do serious demos. I had made this Chicken Chili before, and it’s by far the best Chili I have ever had. I figured this would be a good choice for those big manly Blacksmiths, and it was. The Chicken Chili was a success. The way I made it here, it’s plenty spicy for me, but you can certainly add more red chili flakes, chipotle or the original recipe called for cayenne pepper. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

salt and pepper

1 1/2 large chopped yellow onions

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 chopped bell peppers (I used 3/4 orange, 3/4 yellow and 3/4 green)

2 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 chipotle in Adobo sauce, finely diced

2 tsp. kosher salt

2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes (I recommend San Marzano tomatoes if you can find them)

1 (16oz.) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the chicken breasts on the foil, and season both sides with salt and pepper. Fold the foil over the chicken breasts to make a “packet”. Roast 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Allow to cool enough to handle, then shred or chop into bite-sized pieces.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Saute’ the onions 10-15 minutes, or until tender and translucent. Add the garlic to the pot and saute’ just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix in the chopped bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, oregano, chipotle and kosher salt. Cook 5 minutes more. Place the canned tomatoes in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 4-5 times to get a slightly smoother texture. Omit this step if you like it chunky. Add the tomatoes to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the shredded chicken and the rinsed beans, and allow to simmer for another 20 minutes.

Source: adapted from Annie’s Eats, originally from Barefoot Contessa Parties.

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