Restaurant-Style Roasted Salsa Roja

July 1, 2011.   Categories Appetizers, Light / Healthy, Southwestern / Mexican, Vegetarian.

Restaurant-Style Roasted Salsa Roja

In our house, we eat a lot of salsa. It doesn’t matter whether it’s fresh chopped Pico de Gallo, red, green or tomatillo… we enjoy it all. My husband prefers his to be somewhat nuclear on the heat scale. I’m more of a “medium” heat girl. This is the best restaurant-style salsa roja recipe because it is very simple, has great texture and uses roasted vegetables. Whenever you roast anything it magnifies the...

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Bocconcini and Basil

June 22, 2011.   Categories Appetizers, Chef Viviane Banquet Farre, Favorites, Salads, Seasonal Vegetables, Summer, Vegetarian.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Bocconcini and Basil

“Perfectly vine-ripened seasonal sweet tomatoes with melt-in your mouth mozzarella and a spicy olive oil command the attention of your taste buds.” This is how Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre describes one of her favorite seasonal salads she makes at least once a week when tomatoes are ripe and in season. Fresh, simple and healthy… this salad will become one of your summer favorites too. Be sure to visit Viviane’s website...

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The Best Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken

June 15, 2011.   Categories Comfort Food, Favorites, Poultry.

The Best Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I’ve made fried chicken using lots of recipes.  In recent years, the recipe that gets the most rave reviews is the one by Thomas Keller in his best-selling cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home. The recipe has become as famous as his restaurant in Yountville, California that inspired the gorgeous cookbook. Keller’s trick is a very flavorful lemon-herbed brine solution that he soaks the chicken in for 20-24 hours. It really adds a lot of...

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Roasted Asparagus Salad with Valencia Oranges and Ginger-Citrus Vinaigrette

June 8, 2011.   Categories Chef Viviane Banquet Farre, Featured, Light / Healthy, Seasonal Vegetables, Summer, Vegetarian.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Valencia Oranges and Ginger-Citrus Vinaigrette

  Who doesn’t love asparagus this time of year? It’s one of my favorite vegetables and I love it prepared just about every way possible. However, roasting it is probably my favorite. It enhances the flavor and leaves just a little bit of that fresh, firm crunch. Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre takes the simple roasted asparagus and pairs it with a wonderful vinaigrette and Valencia oranges. I think I have a new favorite way to...

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Crispy Kale Chips

January 23, 2011.   Categories Appetizers, Gluten Free Recipes, Light / Healthy, Vegetarian.

Crispy Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips This photo is deceiving (not to mention disturbing as I hate seeing a chip on one of my favorite Vietri bowls…:-(   This looks like a very healthy bowl of greens… but in actuality it’s what I had for a snack during the NFC Championship game.Kale chips are so easy to make.. and they are light, super crispy and completely addictive! Move over potato chips… I’ll take these anytime. Even if you...

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Spicy Lemongrass Chicken Soup

January 22, 2011.   Categories Appetizers, Comfort Food, Favorites, Light / Healthy, Poultry, Soups.

Spicy Lemongrass Chicken Soup

  It’s that time of year…. everyone in our house (except me – - knock on wood) is sick with a miserable cold virus that is making its way through Colorado.  My husband is the latest victim so I decided to make him a soup with enough nutrition and jalapeno spice to knock out the cold. This is easy to make and you can add whatever veggies you desire. The broth is delicious and packed with the nutrients of fresh, lightly...

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