Sunday, May 4, 2008

Flash of Flavors

Below are ideas for adding flavor to your recipes. They can be used for toppings on various meats, fish and pasta. Another great idea I found in Parents magazine.

Parsley-Mint Pesto
Use on: Rice or Pasta
In a blender combine 1 cup parsley leaves, 1/2 cup mint leaves, 1 garlic clove, 3 Tbs grated Parmesan, a pinch of pepper and salt. Add 1/2 cup olive oil and puree. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Use on: Fish or pork
Whisk together 2 Tbs. each seasoned rice vinegar, lime juice and soy sauce with 1 Tbs. chopped cilantro and 1 tsp. grated ginger. Whisk in 1/3 cup canola oil. Makes about 2/3 cup.

Garlic Herb
Use on: Steak or pasta salad
Whisk together 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar, 1 minced garlic close, and a pinch each of pepper, salt and sugar. Continue to whisk and slowly pour in 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Makes about 2/3 cup.

Tropical Fish
Use on: Chicken, pork or fish
In a blender, combine 1/4 cup orange marmalade, 2 Tbs. each cream of coconut and lime juice, and 1/3 cup crushed pineapple. Makes about 1 cup.

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