Apricot Brandy Sparkler

Apricot Brandy Sparkler
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Apricot Brandy Sparkler
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
  1. Combine vodka, apricot brandy, lemon juice, and Grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Fill half full with ice. Shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Pour into a champagne glass and top with champagne. Serve immediately.

Tarragon Chicken Cutlets

Tarragon Chicken Cutlets
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Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Tarragon Chicken Cutlets
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a shallow bowl stir together flour, salt and pepper. Set aside. Cut off fillet from chicken breast if attached. Slice each chicken breast horizontally into two pieces. Cut each piece in half, giving 4 pieces of similar size per chicken breast, plus the fillet if included. Place each piece, including fillet between two pieces of parchment paper. Pound with a flat mallet until 1/4" thick.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Toss chicken pieces in flour and shake off excess. Fry half of the chicken pieces 2 minutes per side and remove to plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tbsp of butter to pan, add chopped shallot and sauté for 1 minute until softening but not browning. Add wine, stirring and scraping the pan to remove all the cooked bits. Stir in broth and reduce for 3-4 minutes until about 1/2. Whisk in mustard and butter, 1 tbsp at a time, allowing each to incorporate before adding more. Stir in lemon juice and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken cutlets back to pan and spoon with sauce. Serve immediately.

Beet Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing


Beet Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Beet Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
Salad
  1. Cook beets in lightly salted simmering water until fork tender, approximately 15-18 minutes depending on size. Prepare dressing while beets are cooking. Drain and cool with cold running water. Once cool to the touch, trim off top and bottom and peel off skin, which should remove easily. Place beets onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb any run off beet juice. Cut beets into large bite size chunks.
  2. Arrange approximately 2 cups of mixed greens onto plate. Cut apple half in half and remove core. Slice into 1/4" slices and spread half of the apple over mixed greens. Top with half the beets and sprinkle with 2 tbsp of pistachios. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with additional fresh dill fronds. Season with freshly cracked pepper and sea salt if desired. Serve immediately.
Dressing
  1. Using a blender or mini food processor, blend together all ingredients except feta until combined and smooth. Add feta and pulse a few times to combine yet retain some feta texture. Keep chilled until ready to use.
Recipe Notes

-I used the elongated cylindra beets which cook quickly and peel easily.  Globe style beets can be used, just adjust cooking time according to size of beet.

-This recipe makes about 2/3 cup of dressing which may be more than you need, however it is difficult to blend smaller amounts.  Use any extra on sweet potato fries or lamb burgers.

-This recipe makes 4 starter size salads if desired.

Grilled Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Tartar Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Tartar Sauce
Grilled Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Tartar Sauce
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A simple yet elegant way to prepare salmon.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 day
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 day
Grilled Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Tartar Sauce
Grilled Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Tartar Sauce
Print Recipe
A simple yet elegant way to prepare salmon.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 day
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 1 day
Ingredients
Tartar Sauce
Servings: people
Instructions
Tartar Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl, cover and allow to rest 24 hours to allow the peppercorns to soften and meld the flavours.
Salmon Fillets
  1. Heat grill to medium high and spray with non stick spray. Rub salmon fillets with olive oil and season with cracked black pepper and sea salt.
  2. When grill is hot, grill salmon fillets for 3-4 minutes per side depending on thickness. Remove from grill and serve immediately with pink peppercorn tartar sauce.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Source:  Adapted from Epicurious Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Tartar Sauce, June 1998