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Crispy Prosciutto Cups w/ Pear + Goat Cheese Recipe

18 Nov
Proscuitto + Goat Cheese Cups

Be thankful for this Marcia Selden Catering recipe!

Some dishes are expected during a classic Thanksgiving feast. You’ve got your stuffing (or dressing if it’s on the side), your cranberries, your turkey, your sweet potatoes, and your gravy. But, sometimes it’s nice to start off with something different, with some Italian pizzazz. Personally, we always love to start our meals with little apps that have some different flavors because the rest is so expected and usually so heavy.

So, let’s share with you a recipe for Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear and Goat Cheese that we got from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. It’s super easy to make and won’t take up too much of your meal prep time, either. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear and Goat Cheese (Makes 12)

Ingredients:

½ lb thinly sliced Prosciutto

2 Pears

2 T Butter

2 oz Goat Cheese

2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Using a mini muffin pan, take one piece of prosciutto and fold it into the cup of a pre-sprayed (we use Pam) mini muffin tin to form a cup. Place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. (check after 10 minutes to be sure that they don’t burn. Let the cups cool completely.

Peel and dice the pears, saute in butter until translucent, set aside.

Spoon pears into the prosciutto cups and top with a small amount of goat cheese and then sprinkle with a few leaves of fresh thyme. Pop in the oven for just enough time for the cheese to melt, and serve.

Thanksgiving Recipes from Westport Farmers’ Market Chefs

20 Nov

Turkey and wine from iStockPhotoIf you’re still not sure about what to make this Thanksgiving, then we’ve got some great recipes for you to follow. A collection of Thankgiving dishes that will make this holiday the best one ever in recorded history. All of these recipes come from chefs and local business owners who have appeared at Westport Farmers Market and support it.

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125 Years in the Making: 3 Thanksgivukkah Recipes for Noshing

20 Nov
Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Thanksgivukkah:  it’s the unofficially official name of the holiday that’s ready to happen on Thursday, 11/28.  Yes, the best of both worlds together:  the joyous first night of Hanukkah and, of course, Thanksgiving.  This is a very rare occurence, actually.  So rare, in fact, that the last time this has happened was 125 years ago.

Well, it should be clear that Thanksgivukkah will create a very unique meal opportunity, blending together the best of both holidays.  Lucky for all you voracious OmNomivores out there that Stew Leonard’s Executive Chef Michael Luboff has thought long and hard about this and has created a few recipes perfect for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  And, even if you’re not Jewish, these are some great recipes that you can work into your Turkey Day meal.  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Latkes (makes 15 latkes)

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Nadia G from Bitchin Kitchen Gives Us Her Bucket List Dishes and Holiday Cooking Tips

20 Nov

One night flipping through the channels, we switched on over to the Cooking Channel and witnessed a cooking show like we had never seen before. We were mesmerized and couldn’t bring ourselves to change the channel. The host was an eclectic, loud, joke-cracking chick dressed in some pretty rockin’ clothes with looks that could knock off a few mobsters.  When the episode ended, we looked at each other with hesitation and simultaneously blurted out, “That was awesome!” With killer recipes, a cast of attractive and charming characters like The Spice Agent, Panos, and Hans, and of course Nadia Giosa (or Nadia G. for short), we were officially hooked on Bitchin Kitchen.

Each episode (Wednesdays, 10 pm on Cooking Channel) revolves around typically edgy themes like “Deflate Your Mate,”–ways to gently help your mate lose a few pounds while still enjoying delicious food. In addition to step by step instructions on how to make her delish recipes, you’ll be treated to comedy skits, hysterical commentary, gratuitous shots of her shoes and clothes, super cool cooking accessories and equipment, and sometimes even a song.  You can also take the fun and recipes home with her cookbooks, Rock Your Kitchen and Cookin’ for Trouble.

Here’s more on the show from none other than Nadia G. herself!

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Tips, Tricks + Recipes for Thanksgiving from Chef Michele DiPietro of Whole Foods Market

16 Nov

All photos are courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Ready to plan out your Thanksgiving meal and head to the store to get your shopping done?  Yeah, you and half of the country!  Before you head out, check out our interview with Chef Michele DiPietro, Associate Culinary Concepts Coordinator for Whole Foods Market Northeast Region.  She lays out tips for finding the perfect turkey, different ways to cook and prepare your bird, easy sides, and even a cranberry sauce with candied ginger that will wow your guests.  Check out the food she mentions at these Whole Foods Market locations.

How do you go about finding that perfect turkey for your meal?

Easy – I buy it every year at Whole Foods Market!  I generally opt for the “Free Range” version, but have tried most of our varieties and love them all.  I grew up on fresh, never frozen turkeys, so always prefer one, but of course, a frozen turkey can be great as well.  The trick is really in the cooking process – if you get it right, almost any turkey can be moist and flavorful.  One thing that I haven’t yet tried are the different heirloom turkeys available today that some people claim apparently have a much richer flavor …. maybe next year!

As for amounts, I generally go by the “2 lbs per person” recommendation (then add couple more pounds! WE love leftovers, right???).

What are some of your favorite ways to prep or season the turkey before you cook it?
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