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Eggplant & Feta with pine nuts and basil appetizer!

Here is a fun appetizer or an amazing amuse-bouche. We served this to our dinner guests recently as a lovely amuse-bouche and we’ve also served trays of them at a cocktail party. This is a true crowd pleaser!  très chic!!!

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Give this a try and let us know what you think!

For a quick demonstration of how easy this is to prepare, check out our video of Harris preparing this crowd pleaser.

Eggplant & Feta with Pine Nuts & Basil

Appetizer or Amuse-Bouche

Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1 Italian or 2 Japanese Eggplant(s), cut lengthwise ¼ inch thick slices
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ pound feta cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 dozen tender basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Brush slices of eggplant with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
  2. On high heat, sauté eggplant until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Remove eggplant from pan and set on plate to cool.
  4. On work surface, lay out the eggplant and place cube of feta cheese about 2 inches from the end. Sprinkle with 4 or 5 toasted pine nuts and place one basil leaf on top of the feta cheese.
  5. Roll the eggplant around the cheese, keeping the pine nuts and basil inside the roll-up and skewer with a large decorative tooth pick.
  6. Plate & serve!

Super easy Gluten Free Shrimp Scampi

If you love Shrimp Scampi, you must try this recipe. It’s super easy to make and takes very little time from start to finish! Serve this dish up to your family or guest and they will think you’re a professional chef!

What makes it Gluten Free? Simple, we use no flour to thicken the sauce and we serve it on Gluten Free pasta! Our choice is Barilla but there are many options available.

In this short instructional video, Dave demonstrates just how easy this dish is to make!

We hope you enjoy!!!

Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined – tails left on
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • (optional) red pepper flakes for heat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup shrimp stock
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • ¼ to ½ Cups Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese to taste
  • Spaghetti pasta, as an accompaniment. We prefer Barilla Gluten Free!

Directions:

  1. Season the shrimp thoroughly with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add enough oil to lightly coat the pan. Add the shrimp and quickly sauté until just starting to turn pink, but not cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the onions and sauté just until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds. If adding red pepper flakes, add them at this time as well.
  5. Add the lemon juice, white wine, and stock, and reduce by 2/3, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the shrimp back to the pan and swirl in the butter. Check for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  7. Serve over al dente pasta. Note: If using Gluten Free pasta, be certain to keep stirring the pasta while boiling to ensure it doesn’t clump and stick together. After you drain the pasta water, we also find it best if you toss the pasta with a little olive oil to also prevent sticking.
  8. After plated, sprinkle with fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the fresh parsley. Garnish the plate with lemon slices and serve!

Shrimp Scampi Plated

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Enjoy!!!

True to Harris’ Italian roots ~ Cioppino, Italian Seafood Stew!

Add this amazing recipe to your repertoire and impress your friends; great for a dinner party!!!

This is very similar to the French version, bouillabaisse, only this doesn’t have saffron and the base is tomato. Staying true to Harris’ Italian roots was his goal when creating this dish.

The star ingredient is the calamari!  If you’ve not cooked calamari before now, don’t be afraid.  Most fear cooking calamari any way other than breaded and deep-fried but fear not.  You will be surprised how tender and flavorful it is in this dish.  If you watch our video, you will also see how much liquid is released from the calamari as it simmers.  While I do believe in substitutions, we strongly recommend not replacing the star ingredient; you’re going to love it!!!

We recommend serving with garlic rubbed crostinis or a rustic bread as you’ll definitely want something to soak up the delicious broth while eating the shell fish!

Enjoy!!!

(Sorry, there wasn’t a photo of this dish once plated.  with everyone sitting at the table waiting to be served we got distracted!!)

Here in the video, Harris demonstrates how to cook our very special Cioppino! See below for the recipe!

Cioppino

  (Tomato based Seafood Stew)

This recipe will serve 8 or possibly 10

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb – chopped fine
  • 1 large white onion – chopped fine
  • 3 ribs celery – chopped fine
  • 1 ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ pound fresh squid, tentacles cut in thirds, bodies cut into ½ inch rings
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 26 ounce carton (Pomi) fresh tomato, strained
  • 2 lemons (zest only) – 1 peeled in strips and 1 finely grated
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 bottles clam juice (2 cups)
  • 2 lbs. fresh mussels
  • 2 lbs. Cherry Stone clams
  • 1 lb. Rock fish, skinned and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

The dish requires a very large Dutch oven or clam pot.

Place fresh clams and mussels in a large bowl of very cold water with ice to flush out any sand in the shells.  Before adding clams and mussels inspect to be certain all are tightly closed.  If any of the shells are open or cracked, discard, as they are dead and not edible.  Also trim beard of mussels if needed.

 Directions:

  1. Place Dutch oven over medium heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the fennel, onion, celery, oregano, and red pepper flakes.  Season with Kosher salt to sweat the onions.  Cook until translucent, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and add squid. Cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The squid will release their juices, which is amazing and will become very tender.
  3. Raise heat to medium-high and add white wine. Cook until reduced, about 20 minutes.
  4. Reduced heat to low and add tomato and lemon strips and cook until very thick, about 45 minutes. Remove lemon strips, add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Raise heat to medium-high, add water and clam juice and bring to boil. Add clams, mussels, and shrimp, cover and cook until most of the shells have opened, about 5 minutes.  Add rock fish and cook another 2 minutes until the fish is opaque.
  6. In a small bowl, combine chopped parsley and grated lemon to make Gremolata.
  7. Serve in individual large bowls, placing seafood in the bottom of bowl, ladling over the seafood the broth. Sprinkle with the gremolata and serve.
Knock your socks off Amazing Italian Seafood Stew!

Knock your socks off Amazing Italian Seafood Stew!

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Enjoy!!!

Harris’ Tour of The Dads’ English Style Garden!

How have your gardens come together this spring? Harris shares with you some of his ideas for easy to care for English style gardens!

For inspiration, use of Hostas adds for gentle borders or a dramatic effect! Coralbells sport airy flower spikes on wiry stems above low-growing, often dramatic foliage. For us, we feel the use of topiaries is especially wonderful in our historic home, as the art of topiary gardens date back to Roman times.

We feel that our gardens are a reflection of us as yours should be of you. Bottom line, design and plant what makes you happy! But now’s the time to get it done so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer!

 

New Topic! Gardening! Harris’ tips on starting an Herb Garden!

Hooray for Summer’s arrival!

Our children and friends have been begging us to share our tips on gardening. As we do LOVE to garden!

The Dads' Garden

Since Melissa lives in NYC, her garden is on the roof. So in this video, Harris shows you how to start an herb garden that is perfect for any rooftop, small garden and outdoor windowsill planters. Of course, if you have a large garden, this works too!

Harris had actually just picked up his new herbs when he received this special request. So the timing couldn’t have been any better!

Here he pots, Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, and Parsley.

Watch our video for The Dads’ special gardening tips!

 

If you love our video or have more tips, please share in the comments section! We’d love to hear from you!

Garlic Rosemary Chicken for a perfect Sunday Dinner

Father’s Day is this Sunday and what better way to show Dad you care than by preparing a family dinner with a traditional Roasted Chicken with a twist. Our Garlic Rosemary Chicken, lovingly stuffed with rosemary and 15 cloves of garlic, is major flavor!  It would be heaven with some roasted vegetables and a simple salad. In fact, check out our recipes for sides and dressing!

When our children were growing up, we always insisted that everyone gather around the table for dinner. With teenagers who were busy and sometimes temperamental, this was not the easiest of tasks some days, but we believed it was important to share our meals as a family. These days, our children have grown and left the house, so family meals are precious. This Father’s Day, we will be celebrating by visiting Leah and Sean at their home for dinner. And who knows, maybe Leah will serve us up our own recipes!

So don’t forget to thank the Dads in your life for all of their hard work, and let them know that you love them this Sunday. And serve up some Garlic Rosemary Chicken, because It isn’t always easy being a Dad. And maybe some pie? Because, us Dads, we’re worth it!

Here in the video, Dave demonstrates how to cook our very special Garlic Rosemary Chicken! See below for the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 15 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 four pound Chicken
  • 3 Cups Chicken stock
  • 3 TBS fresh Lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a food processor, combine the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, kosher salt and black pepper.  Process to the consistence of a pesto/paste.  Rub the garlic mixture under and over the skin of the chicken and in the cavity.  Set chicken on rack in roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes.

Remove the rack with the chicken and discard fat from the pan.  Add the chicken stock and lemon juice to the pan and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Place the rack with the chicken back in pan and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, basting often, until the juices run clear.

Transfer chicken to a carving board and cover lightly with foil to allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial: Remoulade Sauce!

This week, The Dads want to encourage you to make your own sauces! Why buy store bought when you can make homemade quick & easy for less money? Bonus: The taste is so much better!

We made a Remoulade Sauce this morning since our friends will be coming for dinner tonight. The first course that we will be serving is an avocado sliced on the plate, topped with jumbo lump crab meat that has been tossed in this fantastic Remoulade Sauce!

When you make your own sauces, do you follow the recipe or add your own twists? What’s your favorite to make?

Watch The Dads video below for our tips and tricks!

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