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Bijouxs Basics: Asian Style Broccolini

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Gently steamed broccolini is bathed in peppery garlic olive oil and finished with Tamari Sauce–another Bijouxs Basics, Beautiful Food by Design.

BROCCOLINI

A little background. The small florets of this variety were developed in Japan and is a hybrid of broccoli and gai lan. It was created to be mild with a slim edible stem.  Which it does and “she” does take a pretty picture.

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I love broccolini and it appears in my recipes in a Millet Basil salad and a classic Rotini Bake. This recipe Asian Style Broccolini, is my go-to on many week nights. It makes a great side for a simple grilled fish or along with steamed rice. It also makes a perfectly acceptable take-along side for a picnic. Many renditions of Asian Broccolini recipes abound so feel free to take this Bijouxs Basics recipe and expand; I have enjoyed the additions of fresh ginger and sesame oil.

TAMARI VS SOY SAUCE

When I first began my chef business I needed to learn the difference between tamari vs soy sauce. Here is the short version:  Tamari is made from soy and rice and has a longer fermentation than soy sauce.  It is slightly richer and darker and many times my preferred sauce when soy is required in a recipe. However, I have also been using Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, my everyday lighter substitute for soy sauce, it is non-gmo, gluten-free and vegan, total winner.

Bijouxs Basics: Asian Style Broccolini is always a Little Jewel from the Kitchen.

 

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Green Olive, Celery & Parsley Salad

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Today I share a fresh winter salad that brings together bright lemon, crispy celery, buttery olives & fresh Italian parsley all winter produce available–No. 534 Green Olive, Celery & Parsley Salad a recipe for the Membership Cookbook Collection.

WINTER SALADS

We all crave the warm sunny days of Summer, but we have to get through Winter first, then Spring can open the door. Salads are a great way to keep freshness and brightness in the dark days of winter. There are many salads in the Membership Cookbook Collection to choose from with the convenient search “salads”.

PANTRY RECIPES

I love pantry recipes, they make life in the kitchen easier. This salad/condiment makes use of many on-hand ingredients in your pantry. I always keep jars of olives handy and the green Castelvetrano olives from Sicily are a favorite. They have a rich buttery taste, easily available in the supers. Celery is always on hand for snacks. Italian parsley, easy to find and even easier to grow, I have a bumper crop!

I have always loved the books from the Canal House Series, I think I have them all. The food style and photography feels much like my own. Simple beautiful food for the home cook. The Pronto Cooking is a favorite. Simple recipes to love and where I adapted this recipe. The orginal recipe calls for fennel, but my on-hand peeled celery delivered the same crunch.

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CITRUS SEASON

Late November is the start of citrus season along the Cali coast. Here in California we really do mark our calendars for the citrus to arrive. This salad uses the pulp of the lemon to create the bright fresh dressing for the salad. Seedless lemons, found at Trader Joes, are perfect, they made is so easy supreme the sections used for the dressing. Supreme means removing the bitter peel and pith and removing the membranes around each segment so the juicy flesh is exposed. It’s often seen when citrus is added to fruit salads or used as a garnish.

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SALAD VERSATILITY

Green Olive, Celery & Parsley Salad of course makes a light side salad along any main course and a great topper for grilled fish. Some other ideas to for the salad include tossing with noodles or pasta for a on-the-go lunch salad or top your avocado toast for a change.
Small plate salads on hand are always a treat served alongside almost any meal. I like to keep a variety of small plate salads on the ready to serve with cocktails, as an appetizer or a meal side option.

 

Green Olive, Celery & Parsley Salad, another little jewel added to the growing Recipe Membership Cookbook.

 

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Jamie’s Greenhouse Couscous

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I was born craving summer. I know it is winter here in Southern California, but by the shore on many days the sun still burns bright.  Now craving a winter picnic that includes a perfect portable salad. Here is my version of Greenhouse Couscous Salad–a summer jewel in winter. Continue reading Jamie’s Greenhouse Couscous