Chicken with Tahini Sauce

Something that is very simple to make is my grilled chicken with tahini sauce. Tahini sauce the way Nani makes it 😋

Ingredients

. 1/2 cup tahini

. 1/2 cup – 1 cup water (depending on how thick you want your sauce

. 4 fresh mint leaves, chopped finely

. 1/4 brunch parsley, chopped finely

. 1 tomato cut into tiny cubes

. 1/2 tbsp salt

. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

. 1 tsp cumin

. Juice of 1/2 lemon

. 4 chicken breasts

Procedure

1. Heat either a grill pan or your outdoor grill to 500 degrees fahrenheit and heat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit.

2. Salt and grill the chicken breasts, 5 minutes on each side and then transfer to a sheet pan and cover with foil. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.

3. While the chicken is baking, in a bowl using a whisk mix all the rest of the ingredients together. At first it might look like it’s just too chunky but just keep whisking and add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you get to your desired consistency.

4. Once the chicken is done baking, plate it and top with the tahini sauce.

Anush!

Mariet’s Bean Salad

So I come home one day from a catering gig, and my mom was so excited about a new recipe she came up with recently. She looks at me with big eyes, nephew on hip, and says, “Look what I made today! It was so good everyone loved it. You should make this for your next event.”

So of course I did and what do you know? Everyone loved it. So credit to my mama for this delicious and very easy salad.

Serves 6-8 people

Ingredients

. 2 – 15.5 oz can of red kidney beans, rinsed

. 2 – 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms, rinsed

. 1 onion, thinly sliced

. 1/2 bunch of Italian flat leaf parsley, coarse chopped

. 1 tsp paprika

. 1 tsp dried oregano

. 1 tsp dried thyme

. 1 tsp salt

Procedure

1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and massage into the onions, mushrooms, and beans. Place in bowls and serve.

Short Ribs

This short rib recipe was amazing so I had to share it. I made it for a Talin’s Table recently and everyone loved it so much. It was tender and so flavorful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit

Ingredients

. 5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
. 3 medium onions, chopped
. 3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
. 2 celery stalks, chopped
. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
. 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine (preferably          Cabernet Sauvignon)
. 10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
. 8 sprigs thyme
. 4 sprigs oregano
. 2 sprigs rosemary
. 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
. 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
. 4 cups low-salt beef stock
Procedure
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Working in 2 batches, brown short ribs on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer short ribs to a plate. Pour off all but 3 Tbsp. drippings from pot.
2. Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until onions are browned, about 5 minutes. Add flour and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, until well combined and deep red, 2-3 minutes. Stir in wine, then add short ribs with any accumulated juices. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium and simmer until wine is reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Add all herbs to pot along with garlic. Stir in stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to oven.
3. Cook until short ribs are tender, 2–2½ hours. Transfer short ribs to a platter. Strain sauce from pot into a measuring cup. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard; season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in shallow bowls over mashed potatoes with sauce spooned over.

Scallops With Limoncello Gelato

I know some aren’t very into raw foods but this is something I learned about raw seafood. It goes so well with a fruity gelato. I decided to use limoncello gelato with raw scallops.

Serves 5

Ingredients

. 5 scallops

. 5 tablespoons limoncello gelato (you can make it from scratch if you have the machine or get it at Whole Foods or your local grocery store)

. 5 large edible flowers

. Pepper, to taste

Procedure

1. Slice each scallop thinly into 4 slices and plate in a fanned our style.

2. Take two tablespoons and soften the gelato until smooth and plate next to the scallops.

3. Grind fresh pepper onto the scallops and place the edible flower onto the plate and serve immediately.

Mushroom and Pesto Bites

Have I ever mentioned how I am a huge fan of EASY appetizers?

Well, if I haven’t, now I have! This is the easiest recipe you can make to get something on the table fast as you prepare your main meal. I am always interested in making things from scratch, but let’s face it everyone… as much as we want to have the time to do that, the majority of us do not have that kind of time. So, if you can make puff pastry from scratch, GO FOR IT… but if you don’t necessarily have that kind of time, you can make a trip to your local grocery store and pick up a roll or two from the freezer aisle.

Here’s to easy appetizers! Anush!

Serves 4-6 people

Ingredients
. 1 roll puff pastry, rolled out and cut into  2 inch diameter squares or circles
. 4 tablespoons pesto (you can find the pesto recipe here)
. 1 package of fresh mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in olive oil with salt and pepper
. balsamic glaze
. 1 egg beaten

Procedure
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place the puff pastry squares (or circles) onto the sheet pan and pierce along a 5 mm crust and on the inside.
3. Brush egg on the edges of each square.
4. Place in the oven for 25 minutes. Once you take out of the oven, you will notice they will be all puffy, take a fork and pierce in again right away to let all the steam out from each layer of the puff pastry.
5. Spread 1 teaspoon of pesto on each square and 3 – 4 slices of mushroom. Place back in the oven and bake for another 5 min.
6. Plate and drizzle each square with balsamic glaze.