Chocolate Balsamic Chicken Mole

Posted by RACHEL DOUGHERTY

Chocolate Balsamic Chicken Mole

Ingredients 4 tablespoons UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil5 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs4 cups low-salt chicken broth 1 cup dark chocolate balsamic 1 1/4 pounds onions, sliced1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds6 large garlic cloves, sliced4 teaspoons cumin seeds4 teaspoons coriander seeds4 ounces dried pasilla chiles,* stemmed, seeded, torn into 1-inch pieces, rinsed1 ounce dried negro chiles,* stemmed, seeded, torn into 1-inch pieces, rinsed1/4 cup dried currants or raisins3-4" strip of orange zest1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon cinnamonFresh cilantro for garnish  DirectionsHeat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with ...

Where have you been my whole life, Chimichurri?

Posted by RACHEL DOUGHERTY

Where have you been my whole life, Chimichurri?

  Like a bright star in the night sky, tangy, vibrant chimichurri can illuminate dishes such as grilled or roasted meats, roasted vegetables, starchy dishes, and even seafood. There are no rules about when or where you can use this versatile condiment to bring a splash of flavor and pleasing contrast to your culinary creations. By using exceptional ingredients, even in simple applications such as this, a high level of refinement can be obtained. The finest, freshest olive oil on the planet, used as the base for Chimichurri pays homage to the early harvest green fruit notes unique to UP...

Pasta with Mushroom-Sage Olive Oil, Fried Sage & Pecorino

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Pasta with Mushroom-Sage Olive Oil, Fried Sage & Pecorino

  Ingredients4 tablespoons Wild Mushroom & Sage infused Olive Oil6 fresh sage leaves, cut in thin strips2 oz. pancetta thinly sliced (optional)1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romanokosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste12 oz. dry pasta of choice, cooked al dente in lightly salted waterDirectionsWhile your pasta cooks add the olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat. Add sage leave strips and (pancetta if using). Fry for a couple of minutes until the sage and pancetta strips are crispy but not burnt. Add the lemon juice and whisk. Set aside. Drain the pasta...

Roasted Red Pepper & Carmelized Balsamic Onion Jam

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Roasted Red Pepper & Carmelized Balsamic Onion Jam

   This is caramelized onion and roasted red pepper jam.  And as jams go, it's chunky, spreadable, and concentrated.  However, this is where the similarities stop.  This is a savory jam, or condiment, if that definition speaks to your culinary comfort level.   This condiment is both savory and pungent with the addition of Cayenne (Fused) Agrumato Olive Oil.  However, it's not designed to be over the top.  Its function is to accentuate or elevate the food it's served with.  Now focus on that Italian sausage bagel dog - just as ordinary as can be until we slather it in...

Poulet Grand-Mère

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Poulet Grand-Mère

    This is a tasty, simple recipe that makes a great weeknight dinner while being easy on the pocketbook.  The olive oil mingles with white wine to make divine pan juice perfectly suited for dipping crusty french bread in.  It's also lovely served over pasta, rice or quinoa. Poulet Grand-MèreIngredients1 whole free range chicken split in half2 pounds small new potatoes1 pound of whole cremini mushrooms2 large carrots roughly chopped in to 1/2" pieces2 onions peeled and cut in to wedges about 1 inch at the thickest part10 cloves of garlic1 1/2 cup of white wine1/2 cup high-polyphenol extra...

Balsamic Glazed Ham

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Balsamic Glazed Ham

  Ingredients 1 bone-in skinless smoked ham, shank or butt end portion, 6-8 lbs. 1 cup Maple Balsamic Condimento, or Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Condimento 2 tablespoons Dijon or grainy mustard Directions Preheat the oven to 325.   Line a large roasting pan with foil.  With a sharp knife, score the fat all over the ham in a diamond pattern.  Place the ham, cut side down, in the roasting pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake  for 1 hour.Meanwhile, reduce the balsamic to 1/2 cup, by gently simmering it in a medium sauce pan set over low heat.  This process should be...

Easy Olive Oil Roasted Garlic

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Easy Olive Oil Roasted Garlic

  This recipe is extra simple and extra delicious.  Slow roasting whole garlic heads brings out a nutty sweetness in the garlic and turns the cloves creamy and spreadable.  A robust olive oil is a must here otherwise you will loose the lovely marriage of flavors as the character of olive oils with modest phenol content will dissipate under such heat.The ways in which you can then use this "garlic candy" as I call it, are endless. You can use them in dressings, sauces, marinades, smeared on a slice of toasted baguette with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of...

Slow Cooker White Beans with Rosemary

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Slow Cooker White Beans with Rosemary

  The beans above are exceedingly delicious, simple, and comforting.  They remind me of bygone days spent in my Italian grandmother's kitchen, and the sense of comfort I had when she would set a brimming bowl of  pasta fagioli, in front of me. Eating her simple, nutritious, and downright scrumptious food always brought a smile to my face.  I hope this recipe does the same for you. Rachel's Pasta Fagioli With Olio Nuovo - Hold The Pasta1 pound Great White Northern Beans, rinsed and picked over1 medium celery rib, coarsely chopped2 large shallots, diced 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped1/4 pound smoked bacon...

Crab Stuffed Squash Blossoms Fried in Olive Oil

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Crab Stuffed Squash Blossoms Fried in Olive Oil

  Spring.  It is an epic time in the kitchen namely because we have access to fleeting ingredients like green garlic, ramps, and squash blossoms.  This recipe harnesses several delightful seasonal ingredients and weaves them in to a flavorful and eye-catching culinary tapestry. As complicated as it may look at the outset, there are really just a handful of ingredients that come together to make this dish shine, and as you would expect, olive oil is a among them.   Ingredients For the Filling 1 small shallot chopped 1 green onion, chopped 1 tablespoon UP EVOO oil  1 teaspoon fresh lemon...

Cardamom & Persian Lime Olive Oil Cookies

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Cardamom & Persian Lime Olive Oil Cookies

  These delicious little cookies are loaded with flavor despite their short ingredient list. And, they're a snap to make. Enjoy them with a fresh pot of tea or your morning coffee.  This recipe is dairy-free.Ingredients3 cups unbleached organic flour2 cups granulated cane sugar1 teaspoon salt2 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons green cardamom seeds, freshly ground1 cup Persian Lime infused olive oil2 large eggs, whiskedDirectionsPreheat the oven to 350 F.In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, oil, and eggs.  Beat on medium speed until thick and creamy,...

FRESH SNAPPER EN PAPILLOTE WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

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FRESH SNAPPER EN PAPILLOTE WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

  Don't like frying fish because of the lingering odor it can leave?  Looking for a fast, fresh, delicious way to work more seafood in to your diet?  Hate endless clean-up after a meal?  Want to serve an upscale recipe that looks like you toiled endlessly to produce it?If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Then I've got the recipe for you!  Pictured on the left, are fantastically fresh snapper fillets simply dressed in a little fresh squeezed lemon juice, white wine, lemon slices, sliced spring onions, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.The...

Honey-Serrano Vinegar Pickled Beets

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Honey-Serrano Vinegar Pickled Beets

  This is an easy recipe and it draws its unique, and addictive flavor from marrying the inherent earthiness of beets with the spicy-sweet tang of hand crafted honey-serrano vinegar. That being said, you could substitute the honey-serrano vinegar with many other options including champagne, white balsamic, Sicilian Lemon balsamic or honey-ginger white balsamic.  Experiment and see what you like best.  Below, please find my recipe for Honey-Serrano Pickled Beets.Ingredients2 lbs. small to medium sized beets, scrubbed, washed, and trimmed1 tablespoon high polyphenol extra virgin olive oilApproximately 2 cups honey-serrano vinegarDirectionsPreheat the oven to 375.  Line a baking sheet with...