Archive for September, 2012

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond flour, ground from toasted, blanched almonds3/4 cup powdered sugar + 2 Tbs.
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup very fresh, Ultra Premium extra-virgin olive oil such as Picual
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extractDirections Whisk salt, flour, finely ground toasted almonds, cocoa, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl until  thoroughly combined.Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. With mixer running, slowly pour in olive oil; mix well, then gradually add granulated sugar and vanilla extract.

Slowly stir in flour mixture until just blended. Form dough into a large ball, flatten in to a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Remove the dough and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375.

Press the dough in to an ungreased 11″ fluted tart pan with removable bottom.  Bake for 15-17 minutes until slightly firm to the touch.  As soon as the pan is removed, take a very sharp knife and carefully cut the shortbread in to wedges, making sure to slice completely though the dough.  Allow to cool completely and remove from tart pan.

Dust with additional powdered sugar.

Recipe by Rachel Bradley-Gomez
Ingredients
1 pound fresh, whole almonds (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoons of Organic Garlic Olive Oil
2 teaspoons fine to medium sea salt – or to taste
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves as an optional garnishDirections
Preheat the oven to 300.Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.In a medium bowl toss the almonds with the Organic Garlic Olive Oil and 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves.

Distribute the almonds in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and slow roast for 40 minutes, until the almonds smell toasty and the rosemary leaves are fragrant and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. While still warm, toss with sea salt and garnish with remaining tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves and 1 tablespoon of Organic Garlic Olive Oil.

Allow to cool fully and serve

Recipe by Rachel Bradley-Gomez

Pappardelle Pasta
2 cups all purpose flour
3 large eggs
a pinch of saltUsing a food processor, combine the flour and salt.  Add the eggs and process in pulses until the flour is completely moistened.  Remove the dough and knead for about five minutes, adding only a small amount of flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Place the dough in a bowl covered with plastic wrap and allow to relax for an hour.  Roll out with a pasta machine to setting 7, or use a rolling pin to roll it as thinly as possible.  Cut the pasta sheets in to long pappardelle noodles and hang on a rack or dust lightly with flour until ready to use.

Makes about one pound of fresh pasta

Wild Mushroom & Balsamic Cream Sauce
1 cup dried mushrooms such as shitake, porcini, and morel
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons Ultra Premium, Olio Nuovo Coratina from Chile
1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
1/2 cup reserved mushroom stock (soaking liquid)
2 tablespoons Traditional Style Balsamic Condimento
1 large shallot, sliced thin
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 – 2″ sprig of fresh thyme, leaves only
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Place mushrooms in a small bowl and pour one cup of boiling water over the mushrooms and set aside. Place a large saute pan, over medium heat.  Add the Coratina, onion and shallot and a small sprinkle of kosher salt.  Saute slowly until the onions are caramelized, being careful not to burn them.  This should take approximately 5 minutes until they are golden brown.

Drain the mushrooms well reserving the soaking liquid.  Chop lightly if the pieces are large.  Add the mushrooms and thyme leaves to the saute pan.  Saute for another minute and then add the Marsala wine, scraping up any browned bits.

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil.

Reduce the wine by half, and add the mushroom stock. Continue cooking over medium heat until liquid is again reduced by half.  Add in the balsamic, and then the heavy cream stirring well to combine.  Allow to simmer for an additional minute or two, to allow the sauce to thicken.  Season well with kosher salt and a generous amount of fresh ground pepper.

Boil the fresh pappardelle in the boiling water for a minute.

Add the cooked, drained pappardelle to the saute pan.  Toss it with the sauce and allow it to simmer in the sauce for an additional minute.

Serve with grated fresh Pecorino Romano cheese.

Serves 4-6

Dish designed by Rachel Bradley-Gomez