Zucchini and Onion Pasta

This is a fun recipe I made as my own just by watching other chefs I have worked with. It was very popular at a Talin’s Table that I hosted in a Ventura beach house.

Serves 5 people

Ingredients

. 4 zucchini’s, cubed
. 2 onions, sliced
. 1/2 glass white wine, I like using Pinot Grigio
. 1 cup heavy cream
. 2 tablespoons EVOO
. salt and pepper to taste
. 16 oz. dried spaghetti

Procedure

  1. In a large pot, bring 4-6 quarts of salted water to a boil.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat up the EVOO and add the onions.
  3. Add the pasta to the pot of water and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Once the onions become translucent, add the zucchini and cook until everything becomes golden.
  5. Add the white wine and let it get absorbed by the vegetables.
  6. Add the heavy cream and let it come to a boil to start thickening and then to a simmer.
  7. Add the spaghetti pasta and mix together until thick.
  8. Serve right away.

Roasted Carrot and Filet Mignon

This dish is by far the easiest but sophisticated meat dishes I have made. It is sophisticated in the sense that your guests will eat with their eyes because of the timeless elegance and beauty of the dish itself. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Serves 5 people

Roasted Carrots
Ingredients
. 5 heirloom carrots, peeled
. 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
. 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
. 1 tbsp EVOO
. salt to taste

Procedure
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place carrots on a sheet pan and season with garlic, thyme, and salt.
3. Drizzle the olive oil and bake in the oven for 30 min, moving them around after 10 minutes at a time.

Red Wine Sautéed Vegetable Mix
Ingredients
. 1 large orange carrot, cubed
. 1 onion, finely chopped
. 1 celery stick, thinly sliced
. 2 cloves garlic
. EVOO
. 1 cup red wine

Procedure
1. In a sauce pan, heat up 1 tablespoon EVOO.
2. Add the carrots and sauté for about 5 minutes.
3. Add the onions and celery and sauté for another 5 minutes.
4. Add the garlic.
5. Add the red wine and simmer until thickened with the vegetables.
6. Once thick, put on low heat until the rest of your dish is complete, then take a tablespoon and place it where the sliced filet mignon will rest over it.

Filet Mignon
Ingredients
. 5 pieces of 1/2 inch thick filet mignon
. salt and pepper
. EVOO

Procedure
1. Season the filet mignon with salt, pepper, garlic, and EVOO. Place to the side.
2. Preheat either a grill or grill pan to 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. When the grill has reached to 450, place the filet mignon on the grill and cover for 4 minutes. Then, turn them and cover for another 4 minutes.
4. Remove from the grill and place on a plate. Cover with foil and let it rest for 5 minutes.
5. Once rested, slice and plate next to the roasted carrot on top of the red wine sautéed veggies.

Toast to Moms

Mother’s Day has a special place in my heart.. especially since I grew up with Nani living with us. We always celebrated Nani and Mom at the same time. We usually would have a cup of coffee and give them gifts. This year was different. This year my, not so little, baby sister is a mom too! We decided we would have a “toast” bar for all the moms in our lives 🙂

I hope you enjoy my toast recipes and get to try them at your next event too.

So, first I sliced a baguette into 1/2 inch slices, put them on a baking tray and drizzled olive oil with a sprinkle of salt. Into the oven they went at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes… until they’re golden.

I made three different types of toast… avocado toast, goat cheese and honey toast, and tomatoes and feta toast.

avocado toast

. 2 whole avocados, mashed
. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
. salt and pepper to taste
. EVOO
. grated parmegiano reggiano for topping

Procedure

1. In a small bowl, mash all ingredients together until your desired consistency. I like mine chunky… so I barely mashed mine.
2. Once mashed, serve a tablespoon of the mixture onto a piece of the toasted baguette and top with parmegiano reggiano.

goat cheese and honey toast

. 5 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
. fresh thyme leaves
. fresh oregano leaves
. honey

Procedure

1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients together and serve a tablespoon of the mixture onto a piece of the toasted baguette. Drizzle with honey.

tomato and feta

. 4 sliced tomatoes
. crumbled feta cheese
. dried oregano
. EVOO

Procedure

1. On each piece of toasted baguette, place 3 slices of tomato.
2. Crumble the feta cheese on top. Season it with dried oregano and EVOO.

Talina’s Pesto

There are so many delicious recipes for pesto… so of course I have one of my own too!

It’s not too different from the traditional pesto recipe, but its just so delicious.
Pesto is great to put on toast with some tomatoes and extra olive oil, pasta, a grilled cheese and pancetta sandwich, ….oh the possibilities. Try me recipe out and let me know what you think

Photo by: Hayley Boomhower and Sean Rea

Appliances
. food processor

Ingredients
. 1 bunch of fresh basil
. 1/4 cup almonds
. 1/4 cup grated white cheddar cheese
. 3 garlic cloves
. 1/2 cup EVOO
. juice of 1 lemon
. salt and pepper to taste

Procedure
1. Pull the basil leaves off the stems of the basil. Add it to a food processor.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until it becomes super fine and spreadable.
3. Enjoy on some fresh made pasta or a piece of toast.

Nataline

While growing up, I was part of a lot of Armenian cultural activities. A couple of these activities were done by some of the same people, so I had a duplicated group of friends in two different activities. One of these friends became one of my good friends. Her name was Nataline. A little shy of my own age, she and I had a lot of similarities. We were both very creative and enjoyed laughing a lot. She was the only friend my parents would let me stay the night at her house.

At a very young age, Nataline was diagnosed with leukemia. I remember the day I found out, and I couldn’t believe it. She was the sweetest and most peaceful person I knew! Even when I had problems with other people, she would always encourage me to not assume the worse in people and to always assume the best. I remember one time, we were walking to the car to go home, and I told her, “I don’t think anyone likes me here..” and she just casually said, “you don’t know that… and even if you’re feeling is right, don’t pay attention to it.” She was 8 years old, spewing out older wisdoms.

All this to say, Nataline passed away, fighting hard, and because of the injustice of the health care system. You can read more of her fight HERE. Her parents, filled with zeal and anger against the injustice, decided to form an organization that would,  “save innocent lives, and to make changes to our healthcare system in the United States” (natalinesarkisyan.com). They were inspired by Nataline’s fashion sketchbook. She had a dream to one day become a fashion designer. They started remembering her by holding an annual fashion show called Nataline’s Fashion Legacy every July (her birthday month).

Her mom, Hilda Sarkisyan, found out that I had become a chef and at once contacted me with quick details asking if I’d be interested to have a table filled with appetizers. I didn’t even think about it and just jumped on the boat.

(stay tuned for recipes in future posts)

I made tabouleh, peaches with prosciutto, a delicious tomato and olive bruschetta, asparagus with puff pastry and parmigiano reggiano, bite size sartu di riso, red wine caramelized onions and strawberry tarts… the table was filled and GONE in a matter of 15 minutes (might I add)!

On July 8, we celebrated Nataline, with Talin’s Table appetizers, and a remarkable fashion show. We love you and miss you Nataline. We will always remember you. ❤