Roasted Pepper and Sausage Soup

Roasted Pepper and Sausage Soup

Whole30 Approved

 

You’ll Need:

 

Soup:

  • 10 Red bell peppers, roasted with skins and seeds removed
  • 4 heads of cauliflower, seasoned with salt and pepper or your favorite spice mix from Savory Spice Shop and olive oil then roasted  
  • 1 pound chicken apple sausage, seared then cut in half lengthwise, then sliced thin
  • 2 quarts of homemade roasted vegetable broth

 

Homemade Broth:

  • 5 pounds of cremini mushroom stems only, roasted
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • the ends of one onion
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 2 good size pinches of peppercorns
  • 2 pinches of kosher salt

 

Method:

In a stock pot saute all of the sausage until slightly browned, remove and set aside. Add cleaned red bell peppers and roasted cauliflower, break up with wood spoon then add homemade stock. Bring to a boil then simmer 20 minutes. Add in the chicken apple sausage and simmer for 10 more minutes. Using a hand mixer, gently mix soup using the up-and-down motion on low, you want the soup to be slightly smooth with small chunks of sausage.

Serve on it’s own for a savory lunch or dinner and freeze in small containers for an healthy, easy grab-and-go lunch at the office.

 

Mexican-style Chicken Salad

Mexican-style Chicken Salad
Whole30 Approved
Serves 2-4 people

 

I love taco salads and could eat them all day long, everyday! I find myself making something similar all the time so I wanted to try something more fresh, still within the Mexican-style but with other great flavors and textures. I like this because it doesn’t have cheese, but the olive texture replaces that (it doesn’t replace the cheese of course but this does the trick when you are omitting dairy), and this is bold with all kinds of huge flavors that work really well together for a simple, quick, healthy meal the whole family will love. This salad did the trick and even was a huge hit with the hubby.

 

You’ll Need:

 

Salad:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut in half or butterflied
  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ can black olives (more if you would like)
  • A handful of jicama, cut into matchstick size pieces
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and then spiralized (or you can cut in half lengthwise and slice if you do not own a spiralizer, though I definitely recommend investing in one, they are awesome)
  • 1 avocado, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 lime, cut in half to squeeze on top
  • 2 heads of hearts of romaine
  • Savory Spice Shop’s Mexican Adobo Chicken spice (enough to generously coat each side of the chicken breasts
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 2 tbsp. Quick chimichurri mixture

Quick Chimichurri:

  • 1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • ½ cup champagne vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Dressing:

  • ⅓ cup dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • The juice from 3 limes, 2 lemons, and 1 orange
  • 2 pinches of salt and pepper

 

Method:

Pat chicken dry with paper towel then generously season both sides with adobo spice rub.

In a cast iron skillet, coated with olive oil, heat pan then add in chicken. Cook on medium heat until cooked thoroughly, about 3-4 minutes on both sides depending on stove and pan. Remove chicken, set aside until cool then slice in bite sized pieces.

Chop romaine and put into a big salad bowl and add in jicama, spiralized cucumber, chimichurri mixture, olives, and dressing and toss until ingredients are lightly coated with dressing. Place in bowls, add chicken, cilantro, avocado, and squeeze half a lime over each salad.

 

Mustard Crusted Baked Chicken

This chicken is so juicy, tasty, with just the right amount of tang and sweetness. My son loves it, so you know it’s got to be delicious! It takes less than 45 minutes to make, making this the perfect dish for a busy mom, or someone who is simply trying to eat healthy. Enjoy!

Mustard Crusted Baked Chicken. Whole30 & Paleo approved.

Whole30 & Paleo Approved

Serves 4

 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 chicken breast cut in halves
  • 2/4 cup brown, spicy mustard
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos (it’s a honey substitute)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp spice mix (paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, celery salt, garlic salt)
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375

In a small bowl mix the mustard, coconut aminos, and spices, and set aside.

In a baking dish, coat the bottom with olive oil. Pat the chicken dry, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in pan, using half of the mustard mixture coat the top of the chicken breasts. Put in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the chicken over, add the remaining mustard mixture, put the chicken back in the oven and bake for another 8 minutes, or until cooked.

 

This dish is wonderful with roasted baby potatoes with chimichurri. It’s a super delicious meal, it’s healthy, my kiddo loves it, and it’s so simple and quick to make. Just writing this down makes me what to eat the leftovers! 🙂

 

Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, & Eat Well.

Citrus Cilantro Dressing

 

Citrus Cilantro Dressing. Whole30 & Paleo compliant.

This is one of my favs!! I love the Brianna’s dressings, all of them, but most of them have some sort of sugar or something that is not whole30 compliant in the ingredients. So I thought I would use the new Cilantro Lime dressing from Briann’s brand as my inspiration and throw my own spin on it while making it a whole30 compliant condiment/dressing. It’s AMAZING. It’s a little tangy, and that’s just the way I like it. It’s perfect on roasted earthy/root vegetables.

Whole30 and Paleo Approved

Yields one quart

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed citrus (I use a mix of lemon, lime, and orange)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • ⅔ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp aioli (can use avocado mayonnaise or one egg yolk)   

 

Method:

In a Vitamix or food processor mix coconut  milk, avocado, cilantro, oil, and aioli. Once smooth, add citrus, vinegar, salt and pepper, blend again.

 

This dressing is good on: roasted beet and green salads. Use as a dip with fresh vegetables.

 

 

Eat Clean, Eat Healthy, & Eat Well.

 

A Mid-Summer Night’s Cherry Roast

Recipe from Tomatomania Cookbook. Tomatomania coming to Trione Winery on April 30th, all day. Join us!! 

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FROM SCOTT: “The unsung heroes of the garden in my book? Cherry tomatoes. Many ’maniacs scrunch their noses when I suggest they grow cherries. Some say they have a “unique” taste. Others complain they had way too many cherries one year because they tend to grow like crazy. This is a problem?

Great on their own, these tomatoes are also fantastic companions for homemade hummus, goat cheese, steamed green beans . . . I could go on. And by all means, play around with the vegetables and herb combos—and tomato varieties. This is a very pile-it-on friendly recipe.”

RECIPE: 

2 pints (4 cups) cherry, grape, or other small tomatoes
¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced and roughly chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 small sprig rosemary, cut in half, or 2 tablespoons mixed chopped garden herbs such as oregano, thyme, and basil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. If the tomatoes are large, slice them in half. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with the onion, if using. Sprinkle the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar over the tomato and onion mixture. Season with a generous pinch of salt and scatter the herbs on top.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes and stir the tomatoes with a heat-proof spatula, mixing any stray pools of vinegar and tomato juice back together as much as possible. The juice from the tomatoes will help deglaze the baking sheet. Bits of vinegar will stick to the spatula; that’s fine (when it cools, it turns into a handy “vinegar candy” snack for the cook). Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
  3. Continue to bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to wrinkle but are still very juicy, 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size, variety, and ripeness of the tomatoes.
  4. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and transfer to a bowl to cool, scraping the baking sheet well, and season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Makes about 2 cups

Prime Picks: Any cherry, grape, pear, or other small variety.

Best left on the vine: Any super-large tomatoes. They release water immediately as they bake so they won’t caramelize well.

Recipe located on page 166-168 of the Tomatomania cookbook.

I {Moxie Lady} enjoy this delightful mix with Laura Chenel Goat Cheese and a sip of Trione Sauvignon Blanc or Route 128 Viognier. This is one of those great recipes you can whip up before hand and look like a superstar for your guests on a nice Spring or Summer afternoon by “throwing together” a delicious appetizer. Want to turn this into a full meal? Roll out some dough and use this as the topping for a seasoned flat bread!

Cheers!

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA ARTISAN CHEESE FESTIVAL, CHEESE, YES PLEASE!

I love food and I love to eat healthy, but there is one thing that I cannot ever take out of my diet, CHEESE. It’s the best food in the entire world, in my opinion. In all my years of being a foodie, I have not found a cheese I did not like. I swoon over classic sharp cheddar, Jarlsberg Swiss, smoked Gouda, dry aged Gouda, and triple cream Bries. I have been known to sit down with a chunk of Swiss and sliced granny smith apples and just snack until… well the evidence is gone. It can happen so fast! My love affair with this food group is fun and something I won’t give up, that’s why I am so thrilled about the California Artisan Cheese Festival coming up on March.

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The weekend of March 18-20th the Sheraton Petaluma will host the 10th annual artisan cheese festival and a series of educational and fun seminars, tours, tastings, and events followed by a grand celebration on Saturday night. Local foodies, entrepreneurs, vintners, craft brewers, chefs, and fromagiers from across the country will get together to highlight cheese.

Learn how to eat it, what to look for in pairing cheese with wine, cider, or beer, how it’s made, and how to properly serve it. Enjoy educational tours at local farms for a more in-depth experience. Watch a little friendly competition to create “the best bite” on Friday night sounds fun and exciting: chefs are provided with a wheel, bowl, or block of cheese and are asked to create their best bite. Meet and chat with the cheese-makers, pick their brains, and learn the story and the process along with all of the blood, sweat, and tears that really go into producing cheese.

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On Saturday night from 6-9pm the California Cheesin’ celebration takes place. Chefs from all over are given artisan cheeses to incorporate into a mind-blowing appetizer for gusts to sample throughout the evening. Cast your vote for the very best, the winner will be announced during the event. Tickets are only $75 per person for this delicious event. Wine, craft beer, and cider will be provided to pair with the appetizers.

Here are the cheese-makers and producers that you can expect to see at the events:

Achadihna Cheese Company
Beehive Cheese Company
Bellwether Farms
Central Coast Creamery
Chevoo
Cowgirl Creamery
Cypress Grove Chevre
Dairy Goddess
Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Company
Laura Chenel’s Chèvre
Marin French Cheese Company
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Orland Farmstead Creamery
Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Pug’s Leap
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company
Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese Company
Valley Ford Cheese Company
Weirauch Farm
Willapa Hills Cheese

All of the weekends events are listed here, sign up now in order to reserve your seat, these events sell out!

The California Artisan Cheese Festival supports the artisan the cheese-making community directly by contributing 10% of ticket proceeds to nonprofit organizations that work to protect the lands needed by the artisan cheese-makers for their cows, sheep, and goats and train the next generation of milk producers and cheese-makers. The event also donates money to support these local non-profits: Redwood Empire Food Bank, Petaluma Future Farmers of America, Sonoma Land Trust, California Artisan Cheese Guild, and Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

I will be pouring Trione wines at the Saturday evening celebration, and Tim {my hubby} will be there serving something fantastic and creative with his chef de cuisine, Patrick of Peloton Culinary & Catering. Come by our tables and taste our pairings. I’ll be photographing the grub during the event too, so follow along with me on Instagram and Twitter: @Moxie_Lady.

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Hope to see you there!

Cheers to good food, cheese, and craft!

-Moxie

Bird & the Bottle

Cool atmosphere, nice people, the mood was very warm, and the tables were just far enough apart so one doesn’t feel like they’re dinning with the tables next to them. We sat in the room where we had a view of the open kitchen. It’s always fun for us as a chef and general food lover {my husband being the chef, I’m the home-cook} to see the action.

The menu is unique and creative. It is a bit pricey, but that’s nothing too unusual with a Stark restaurant. The quality is there so we don’t mind paying more for good food. I started with my usual cocktail: Maker’s Mark Manhattan up with two shakes of bitters {$10}. It was a tad on the sweeter side and had two large cherries in the glass, that seemed to be made in house, they were plump and added a nice dimension to the drink. We ordered the warm sesame biscuits with pimento cheese and pickled jalapenos {$6}. I was a bit skeptical but took the leap and WOW, it was tasty. The acid on the pickled jalapenos really brought all of the flavors together. Fried cheese curds {$8}. What else can I say? It’s fried cheese curd. Yum. The pimento cheese spread goes well on these too!

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Next was the clam & kielbasa chowder {$11}. This is another dish that makes you think, “hmm… should I?” but yes, you should, it was wonderful. The flavors were rich, spicy, fresh, and worked very well together. There were two unopened clams in the bowl, which definitely happens, hopefully next time the chef will catch that- it’s not the end of the world but when paying those prices, all of the food going out should be edible. All in all, this dish was superb, I will be ordering this one again!

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Lastly, we shared the B&B mini burgers {$8}. These are not to be mistaken for black and blue burgers {clearly it’s for Bird & Bottle}, they have American cheese and grilled onions on them. For a mini, the bun was packed with meat; juicy, full of flavor, and cooked perfectly.

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The general feel of Bird & Bottle is warm, cozy, and the service is great {of course, if there’s one thing the Stark’s know, its how to train there staff}. The cocktail list was well thought out, a lot of 1920’s style drinks, the wine list mostly local, and the beer list was good but not a lot of variety. The one thing that I hope they will fix is the ventilation in the kitchen. The place smelled amazing but after we left my eyes were burning from the smoke and my hair, sweater, and leather purse reeked of smoke, not a huge deal if you have nowhere else to go after…. I defiantly smelled like I had been smoking meats all day at work. Other than that, the place is top notch and a good addition to downtown Santa Rosa.

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Amy’s Drive Thru- Sonoma County Fast Food

Amy’s Drive Thru is the world’s first ever fast food vegetarian, vegan, and no GMO restaurant. Amy’s opened Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 10am. They will be open everyday for service from 10am until 10pm in Rohnert Park, near the entrance of the Graton Casino. This is a seriously healthy alternative to the fast food restaurants available now.

You may know Amy’s kitchen as the premier purveyor of frozen foods that are available nationally in stores. Amy kitchen has been producing fine frozen foods for the busy families who want to eat more healthy. NOW, instead of stopping at a fast food burger joint, or picking up some greasy tacos, families can swing into a,us drive through and pick from fresh made salads, 5 different pizzas,  fresh burritos, or turkey burgers, and more. Almost everything is organic {95%}.

The prices are right too, and approachable for nearly every income:
The burgers range from $2.69-$4.29
Burritos are $4.69
Mac n’ Cheese are $4.69
Pizzas are $5.89-$6.50

Amy’s staff produces everything from scratch and really believe in the locally grown and farmed rule {some refer to as the 100 mile radius rule}; they support local farms, growers, and purveyors for most, if not all of their foods. Sour cream for the burritos and chili come from the Clover Stornetta Farms, the pickles are brined at the local Sonoma Brinery and fair trade coffee is served. Amy’s is strictly non GMO, period. They make all of their tortillas, buns, pizza sauce, veggie burgers, pasta, and tofu from SCRATCH! That’s way cool! That is the kind of fast food I want to feed to my own kids!

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Amy’s concept is hopefully going to change Sonoma County for the better, changing the way people think about the food they put in their bodies, and hopefully go beyond our county.

Not only is the food healthy, but they recycle everything too. There is a living roof and solar panels to help conserve energy, a water tower for reclaimed water to feed the living roof, take out boxes are printed with non GMO inks, and environmentally friendly tableware is used and recycled correctly. They’re certainly doing their part.

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This concept is a great example for our community and visitors alike; it really presses the point to feed yourself and your family well and healthy {when in a rush} and treat the environment with respect. Be mindful of what you need and don’t need, and try to do your part to support local business to keep the economy thriving and do your part to use all of the pieces of the land-no waste. I am excited to see them be successful with the drive thru and dine in restaurant here.
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Peloton Savory Bread Pudding

Peloton Savory Bread Pudding

  • 1 pound loaf multi grain or sourdough bread
  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 1 cup bacon, thick cut, ¼” dice
  • 1 cup yellow onion, peeled, small diced
  • 1½ tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 2 each bay leaf
  • As needed kosher salt
  • As needed black pepper, fresh ground
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 9 each eggs, whisked

 

Method:

Cut the bread into ½” size cubes, lay out on a sheet tray for an about an hour to air dry. In a heavy bottom sauce pot add the oil and the bacon. Slowly render out the fat of the bacon until crispy. Add the onion & garlic, sweat until translucent.  Add the heavy cream & Bay leaf, season with salt & pepper.  Let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove bay leaf and add chopped parsley and thyme.  Temper in the eggs to the cream mixture. In a large bowl pour the egg cream mixture over the bread cubes.  Season again with salt and pepper as needed. Place mixture into a baking dish sprayed with non stick spray and cover. Bake in a 350 degree oven in a water bath. Cook until the center of the pudding is firm, Estimated cooking time is 1 hour.

Yields: 12 10 ounce portions (roughly 1 gallon)

NOTE: You can add any braised meats to the top to make this heartier. 

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