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Yellow Sunburst Squash & Green Top Onion

4 or more Small, Yellow Sunburst Squash, Cut in 1/4’s and then Thin Sliced, (see photo for reference)

4 or more, Green Top Onion, Cut in 1″ Piece

Salt & Pepper, to Taste

2 or 3 Glugs, Olive Oil

Glug Olive Oil into a Medium Size Heavy Skillet, put on Medium Temp

Add Squash & Onion, stir a bit and sauté just a minute or two, I love these just ‘hot’ and still crisp. cook longer if desired

Season with Salt & Pepper to Taste

Serve with Beef Roast with Tamarind & Molasses and side of Green Lentil with

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Carrot & Fennel Sauté

3 or 4 Large, Carrot, Sliced Finger ish Thick

1 Medium Bulb, Fennel, Medium Course Chopped

2 or 3 Glugs, Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Dash of, Nutmeg

The Vegetable Strained from the Slow Cooker Lamb Shank with a Trio of Citrus

 

Heat the Oil in a large heavy skillet

Add the Carrot & Fennel, sauté for maybe 4 or 5 minutes

Add the Vegetable from the Slow Cooked Lamb Shank with a Trio of Citrus, this gives an interesting texture, of both crunchy and well cooked veg!

Season with Salt & Pepper & Nutmeg, Mix

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Asparagus & Sweet Red Belle Pepper with Thyme Infused Butter

3 or 4 TBS Butter

2 or 3 Fingers Thick of Fresh Thyme, Tied in a Bundle (You can use a thin sprig to tie the rest together, or unbleached natural string).

1 Pound Thin Asparagus, Snap off End & Break each piece in half.

1 Medium Sweet Red Belle Pepper, Julienned

1 Medium Lemon, Zest & Juice

1 Medium Lime, Zest & Juice

Salt & Pepper to taste

Dash of Nutmeg

Place Butter and Thyme in a large heavy skillet on a low temp. Slowly melt the Butter. Stir around allowing Thyme to infuse the Butter for a

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Roasted Asparagus with Shallots and Garlic

Simple but awesome side dish for a variety of stuff.When I do asparagus it is usually whatever is at hand, but if I have prepared ahead of time this is my go to.

Hand full of asparagus Glug of olive oil Pinch or two of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper or to taste 1 small shallot sliced (thinly into ringlets) 1 or 2 cloves of garlic diced Pinch or 2 of red pepper flakes (optional) A pat or two of butter (pasture butter is best)*

Pre-heat oven to 350° F.

Remove the woody bottom part

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Grilled Roasted Carrots

I hate recipes that claim to be easy and delicious, for whatever reason I don’t trust them!  So how can I say that this is easy and delicious without saying it that way?  How about “these carrots are laid back and will delight your sense” or more rated R “whore carrots that you will hit over and over again with delight” ok, over the top?  So really this is simple and good, get that grill out one more time this season (for my northern followers) and make this awesome side!

Hand full of carrots, split if big (make same

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Tomato with Harissa & Pistachio Nuts

This is one of my favorite concoctions, I’ve been making it for years. Finally I’ve gotten round to taking some photos and posting it here!

A main component is Harissa, here’s the Wiki link;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harissa

8 to 10 Extra Large Very Ripe Tomato, cut in quarters

1 Extra Large Yellow Onion, course chopped

2 Large Lemons, zested & juiced

6 Ounces Pistachio Nuts, Halves & Pieces, toasted, that real tiny toaster I bought on Craigslist really comes in handy!

4, 5, or 6 Teaspoons Harissa, I love this dish SPICY!

1 Bunch Green Onion, course chopped

Salt & Pepper

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Smokey Spicy Carrot & Peanut Soup

As everyone has heard, ‘ The coldest Winter I ever spent was a Summer  in San Francisco.’ that’s constantly misquoted & misattributed. However it is very true! This Smokey Spicy Carrot & Peanut Soup is perfect for a light Summer dinner, whether you live where Summer is cold or hot! Enjoy!

2 Pounds Carrots, cleaned and cut into small pieces

2 Large Onions, Sliced thin and chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, crushed

1 Small Habanero pepper, chopped fine

2 or 3 Fingers thickness of Fresh Thyme, tied in a bundle

7 ounce Can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Suace

10 Cups Water

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Cucumber & Tarragon Salad

2 Large Cucumber, cut in half length wise and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces.

Fresh Cucumbers, Cut. Sometimes I like it cut, sometimes I like it uncut.

 

Celery Leafs, course chopped to make 1/2 cup.

Celery Leafs, course chopped.

 

Tarragon, course chopped and pinched to make 2 to 3 Tablesppons

Mix the first 3 ingredients together in a large Mix Bowl.

Whisk the following 6 ingredients together in a Medium Mix Bowl. After thoroughly combined pour over Cucumbers and Mix together well.

1/8 Teaspoon Harissa

1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg

Salt & Pepper to taste

2 or

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Roasted Carrots:

This is a wonderful way to roast some carrots, even a friend who does not like cooked carrots could not get enough of these!  I made these with my Thanksgiving meal this year. 

Pealed carrots cut about 1 ½ to 2 inches in length (enough to have all stand up in a oven proof pan or dish) Glug or two of olive oil 1 Tbls. fresh thyme pulled off stem 2 bay leaves few pats a butter water to cover the bottom half of the carrots Salt and pepper to taste

 

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.

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