Cook's Helpers

Recipes from the Kitchen of Chef Yvonne

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Gracious Goodness Starts at Home

A collection of recipes you can do at home to amuse yourself and amaze your friends. And if you need help (or the best ingredients), come in and see us at Wine & Words...& Gourmet, 220 W. Main St., Washington, NC

Ingredients note: Great food is based on great ingredients. Our kitchen-made salad dressings are a case in point. People are always asking me for the "recipe" for my vinaigrette dressings. I have to tell them, "Good olive oil, good vinegar...mix to taste. Voila! Great dressings." I use 100% Arbequina olive oil from the Siurana appellation in northeastern Spain. Then I add a great vinegar - Sherry Vinegar from Jerez, Spain; Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Italy; Champagne vinegar from France...
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Flatbread Pizza with Chorizo, Spinach and Gorgonzola

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Looking for some sort of South American dish to sample with our review of South American wines, I found Fainá, a spicy chickpea flatbread that is hugely popular in Argentina and Uruguay. They often serve it “a caballo,” that is, with something “on horseback” - a topping. That reminded me of the flatbread pizzas we used to make at Back Bay Cafe. So here, in honor of the horseback-loving Argentines, is:

Flatbread Pizza with Chorizo, Spinach and Gorgonzola

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Risotto

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I love pasta in all its forms, but we’ve been thinking lately that we should eat less wheat (except for James’ great homemade whole wheat bread), so when we’re in an Italian mood, we’ll do like the Italians do and switch from pasta to rice...we’ll make Risotto.
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Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Sundried Tomatoes

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Sundried Tomatoes
Ingredients - Serves 2 - 3
1 ¼ lb. boneless chicken breasts
½ cup LaPiana® Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
2 - 3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper
½ cup La Piana® Grilled Sundried Tomatoes
4.5 oz. Crottin goat cheese (Goat Lady Dairy, NC)
2-3 heaped Tbsp sour cream
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
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Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Sundried Tomatoes

Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Sundried Tomatoes
Ingredients - Serves 2 - 3
1 ¼ lb. boneless chicken breasts
½ cup LaPiana® Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
2 - 3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper
½ cup La Piana® Grilled Sundried Tomatoes
4.5 oz. Crottin goat cheese (Goat Lady Dairy, NC)
2-3 heaped Tbsp sour cream
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
Rosemary olive oil bread

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Nuovo Ravioli and Casa di Lisio Pesto

"Fast Food" that's Great Food

Nuovo logoNuovo logoWe had great success serving Nuovo artisanal pastas at the Back Bay Cafe. The Ravioli fit in with our menu of cuisine made from well-sourced, high quality ingredients. They cook up quickly and we served them either with our own kitchen-made sauces or with a drizzle of olive oil and a grating of fine Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
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Trois Petits Cochons

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Two little piggies at workTwo little piggies at workStarted as a small charcuterie by three Frenchmen in Greenwich Village in 1975, Trois Petits Cochons (Three Little Pigs) quickly made a name among the finicky foodies of New York City. In order to reach a national market, they moved to Wilkes-Barre, PA (where the rent is probably a lot cheaper). One of the original three piggies, Alain Sinturel, still owns the company and still makes pates and mousses from all-natural, high quality ingredients.
 
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