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Ramp Pesto

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch ramps, ~10 to12, chopped, greens only without the bulbs
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Regiano, grated
  • 1/3 olive oil
  • ~ Salt
  • ~ pepper, freshly ground

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the ramps, pine nuts, and cheese in a small food processor.
  2. Puree everything together until the mixture is fairly fine.
  3. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil.
  4. Taste and adjust the pesto with salt and pepper.
  5. Use right away or store in a jar in the fridge.

Notes:  Ramps are also called wild leeks or spring onions.  One of the first green vegetables in the spring in North America. Use more oil for a looser pesto.

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Shoyu Dressing

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1-1/2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon
  • 2 tsp white sesame seed, toasted

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Puree the onion in a food processor.
  2. Add soy sauce, onion, and olive oil in a 1-cup measuring cup.
  3. Add mirin, and sugar, and rice vinegar.
  4. Add lemon juice and sesame seed.
  5. Whisk together.

Notes:  Pour over salad just before serving.

Ponzu Dressing

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbsp white sesame seed, toasted
  • 1/8 tsp Yuzu Kosho, optional and more for spicy taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine Ponzu, soy sauce, sesame oil, and Kosher salt in a small bowl.
  2. Add sesame seeds and Yuzu Kosho.
  3. Whisk all together.

Notes: Pour on salad just before eating.

Strawberry Dressing

INGREDIENTS

  • 5.5 oz strawberries
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, EVOO
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp juice lemon, fresh

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash strawberries and prepare mixed green in a serving dish.
  2. Right before you serve salad, combine strawberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor.
  3. Mix until smooth.
  4. Serve the dressing in a bowl or small pitcher.

Notes: Pour on the dressing just before you eat.

Homemade Citrus Herb Seasoning Salt

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup salt, coarse
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest, dried
  • 4 tsp rosemary
  • 3 tsp thyme, dried
  • 3 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Place in a clean jar.
  3. Wrap jar with string or ribbon and add gift tags.
  4. Be sure to write in the expiration date, which is three months from that date you made it.

Notes:  Another mixture you don’t have to buy.

Homemade Minced Onions

INGREDIENTS

  • ~ Onions, thinly sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel and trim off any bad spots.
  2. Cut it to have the thinnest slices you can. A mandoline is the easiest way to do it.
  3. Cut the slices into a fine mince.
  4. Put liners or parchment paper on the dehydrator trays.
  5. Spread out the onions as evenly as possible on the trays.
  6. Put the trays in the dehydrator.
  7. Set the temperature to 145-deg F.
  8. After two hours turn the temperature down to 125-deg F.
  9. Break up any clumps of onions.
  10. Total drying time will depend on the size of the pieces, moisture content, and humidity.
  11. Leave out to cool when pieces are completely dry.
  12. Put then in an air-tight storage container.

Notes:  One onion makes about 1/4 cup of dried minced onions. For every onion in the recipe re-hydrate 1/4 cup dried onion with 1/4 cut boiling water and soak 5 to 20 min until most of the water has been absorbed.  You can do this with garlic too.

Homemade Tuscan Seasoning

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1-1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sun-dried tomatoes, finely diced, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Store for up to three-month in an airtight covered jar.

Notes:  Tuscan Seasoning is similar in content to Italian Seasoning, but with a few added ingredients.