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Simple Shrimp Soup

Simple, fast, wholesome and delicious. A perfect rainy day lunch that's not too heavy. Ingredients 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth 1 cup water 1 T tomato paste ¼ cup long grain rice 1 green onion – diced into ¼ inch pieces 1 T diced mint leaves 1 t Aleppo pepper 1/3 t Venom pepper sea salt (optional) ½ cup chopped zucchini cut into ½ inch pieces 1 cup raw, peeled and washed frozen shrimp ¼ cup lemon juice Salt to taste French feta crumbled – approximately 1 tablespoon per bowl Minced parsley to garnish over feta Add chicken broth, water, tomato paste and rice to a sauce pan. Heat to a low simmer. Add mint, onion, pepper and pepper salt....

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Smokey Croutons

When you need something just a little different on your salad try these croutons.  They'll add a new dimension to your lettuce, kale, vegetables... Ingredients 2 cups - Almost Stale Bread (too stale and it won't absorb any oil) - cut into 1 inch cubes 1/4 cup Smoked Olive Oil 1 tablespoon dried Herbs de Provence (or another herb blend) 3/4 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees Put bread cubes on sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.  Use your hands and rub the oil into the bread, sopping up any spills on the pan.  You want the oil evenly distributed in the bread, not on the pan. Sprinkle with the herbs and salt. Put in the oven and turn temperature...

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Cleopatra's Caesar Salad Dressing*

We've taken a "Caesar" and enlivened it with feta for a creamy rich dressing that showcases our great olive oils and our favorite sheep's milk feta. Ingredients 1/2 cup Arroyo Seco Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 fresh egg at room temperature 1 t salt 2 garlic cloves 1/2 t dry mustard 1/2 t hot sauce Ground Black Pepper to taste 3/4 cup Sheep's Milk feta (we like French or Israeli feta)- crumbled Put all ingredients except the feta in a blender and blend until smooth.  Hand mix in the feta to maintain texture.  If you prefer it smooth, then pulse the feta into the dressing. We enjoy this with our smokey croutons and Romaine lettuce.  Equally...

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Tuna Salad Made with Homemade Mayonnaise

When there is no mayonnaise in the refrigerator and your simple sandwich seems so out of reach - in just 5 extra minutes - your simple sandwich remains simple to make, and tastier than before! For the Mayonnaise: Ingredients 1 large egg yolk (or 2 small) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup mild extra virgin olive oil - like our Ascolano  Salt and ground pepper to taste Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor and mix until smooth.  While the processor is running, add the oil in at a very slow stream, blending constantly until the mixture begins to thicken.  Continue until emulsified and thick.      For the Tuna Salad:   1 can solid white albacore ...

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Strawberry Cookie Bars

Have fresh or frozen strawberries and need a sweet treat? This is wonderful for afternoon tea or as a pick me up breakfast bar. Ingredients 1 lb fresh or frozen strawberries - stems removed, defrosted 1 cup Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil  1 1/2  cups Demerara sugar 2 eggs 1 Tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/4 cups flour 1 cup chopped nuts (almonds recommended) 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a food processor with the blade attachment - puree the strawberries and then add the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt. In a mixing bowl add the flour and then fold in with a wooden spoon the...

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