Carmelized Bosic Pear with Hazelnut Butter

Carmelized Bosic Pear with Hazelnut Butter


6 firm, ripe Bosc pears
2 cups granulated sugar
2 vanilla beans, split, scraped
½ t. cream of tartar or 2 t. lemon juice
2 oz. unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
1½ cups lightly toasted, skinned hazelnuts, divided
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 t. salt



1. Peel and halve pears, leaving stem intact on half of each pear. Set aside.

2. Put sugar, 1 cup water and vanilla bean seeds in shallow, wide nonreactive pan with heavy bottom and tight-fitting lid. Add cream of tartar or lemon juice; stir until sugar completely moistened. Heat sugar, covered, over medium heat until dissolved and syrup bubbling. Remove lid, increase heat; continue cooking until lightly caramelized and golden-brown. Add butter; swirl in pan until melted and uniform color. Place pear halves in caramel, cut side down; cook over medium heat, occasionally basting with caramel. When sauce begins to attach itself to pears causing them to color, transfer to parchment-lined sheet pan. Drizzle with remaining caramel.

3. Set aside ½ cup hazelnuts. Put remaining 1 cup in food processor; add olive oil, sugar and salt. Pulse several times. Blend briefly on low speed; increase speed to form smooth paste, adding water 1 T. at a time if necessary to achieve slightly looser consistency than peanut butter.

4. To serve: Coarsely chop reserved hazelnuts. Drain excess caramel from pear halves. Coat with hazelnut butter; roll in chopped hazelnuts. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or whipped cream.




12 servings

Reprinted with permission from the American Culinary Federation and Credit: Matt Lightner, Chef, Atera, New York
The National Culinary Review, July/August 2016

Eggplant Fiesta Ragout

Eggplant Fiesta Ragout


Chef & Child Ingredient of the Month, July 2015


1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 pound Italian or Asian eggplant, unpeeled, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium red pepper, diced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped (a mini food processor or spice grinder is helpful, if available)
½ cup of your favorite prepared salsa (choose your preference, from mild to hot)
1 cup black beans, precooked
½ to 1 teaspoon salt




To prepare beans from scratch, soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse beans, then add to a large stockpot and fill with water to cover the beans by at least 6 inches. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain and rinse.

Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium heat, then add eggplant, onion, and red pepper. Sauté until eggplant is cooked through and onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Turn off heat and mix in cilantro. Let the caponata stand for 10 minutes to blend, then add salsa, beans, and salt. Serve at warm or at room temperature with tortillas, rice, or your favorite grain.

Reprinted with permission from the American Culinary Federation and Credit:Chef & Child Ingredient of the Month, July 2015

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins




¾ cup sweet sorghum flour
¾ cup brown rice flour
1 t. baking soda
½ t. xanthan gum
¼ t. guar gum
¼ t. salt
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 large egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips





Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat standard 12-count muffin tin with cooking spray. In mixing bowl, combine sorghum flour, brown rice flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, guar gum and salt. In separate bowl, cream together bananas and oil. Add sugar, applesauce, egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture to banana mixture in three parts, stirring well after each addition; fold in chocolate chips. Pour mixture into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Cool on rack.


12 muffins

Credit: Clemson University’s Culinary Nutrition Undergraduate Student Research Group
Chef & Child Ingredient of the Month, February 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti



  • ¼ cup (60 mL) split red lentils
  • ½ cup (125 mL) butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest plus juice
  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • ¾ tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) poppy seeds
  • Lemon Drizzle
  • ½ cup (125 mL) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) cream
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

2. Bring 1 cup (250 mL) of water to a boil in a small saucepan; add the lentils and cook for 12 minutes, or until very soft. Drain well and set aside to cool slightly.

3. Into the bowl of a food processor, place the butter, sugar, egg, and lemon zest and juice. Add the lentils and pulse until well blended and smooth. It may look curdled–that is fine.

4. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and pulse until the dough begins to come together. Add the poppy seeds and pulse once or twice, then carefully remove the dough and knead it once or twice with your hands. If it is really sticky, do this on a well-floured surface, incorporating a little more flour into the dough.

5. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and with dampened hands, shape into 12-14 inch (31-36 cm) long log, and then flatten to 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) wide. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until pale golden and set. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

6. Reduce the oven to 275°F (150°C). Once the biscotti log has completely cooled, slice on a slight diagonal into ½-inch thick slices and return to the baking sheet, sitting them upright, spaced at least one inch (2.5 cm) apart. Return to the oven for 30 minutes, or until crisp, pale golden and dry.

7. Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, cream, and lemon juice. Drizzle over the cooled biscotti and leave until set.


18 servings

Credit: Courtesy of Canadian Lentils

Reprinted with permission from the American Culinary Federation

Smoked Salmon Wrap

Smoked Salmon Wrap

  • 1 cup Wisconsin whole milk ricotta cheese

  • ¼ cup Wisconsin cream cheese, at room temperature

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons capers, chopped

  • 1-2 teaspoons olive oil

  • Kosher salt and black pepper, freshly ground

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley


  • 2 multi-grain flatbread wraps or 10-inch wheat tortillas

  • 2-4 leaves red leaf lettuce

  • 4-6 ounces smoked salmon

  • 4 thin slices tomato

  • 2 thin slices red onion

  • ½ cucumber, sliced

  1. Prepare whipped ricotta. In bowl of small food processor, combine ricotta cheese, cream cheese, lemon zest, capers and 1 teaspoon olive oil; and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Season with kosher salt and pepper and pulse to mix. Thin mixture with additional olive oil if desired. Remove bowl and stir in chives, dill and parsley; set aside.
  2. If using tortillas, microwave for 10 seconds to soften.
  3. Lay each flatbread or tortilla on piece of parchment paper. Spread with whipped ricotta and place 1 to 2 lettuce leaves about 1 inch above bottom edge of flatbread or tortilla. Layer over each 2 to 3 ounces smoked salmon in a row and top with 2 slices of tomato, 1 red onion slice and cucumber slices.
  4. Fold bottom of flatbread up and over salmon and fillings. Wrap parchment paper up and over flatbread and gently squeeze so fillings are tight. Continue rolling wrap with parchment paper on outside. Cut wrap in half, remove parchment paper and serve.

Reprinted with permission from The American Culinary Federation. Credit: FoodieCrush
Chef & Child Ingredient of the Month, April 201

Very Vegetable Soup with Walnut/Parmesan Crisps

Very Vegetable Soup with Walnut/Parmesan Crisps

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
  • 1 medium-sized celery stalk, minced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 t. salt, divided (or to taste)
  • About 10 large mushrooms (white or cremini), minced or sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls fresh green beans, trimmed, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • 1 t. dried or 1 T. fresh oregano or marjoram
  • 2-3 stalks ruby chard, chopped (include stems, keep separate)
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 small (6-inch) zucchini, diced or sliced
  • ½ cup (packed) minced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 (15-oz.) can navy or pea beans, thoroughly rinsed, drained
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges
  • Walnut/Parmesan Crisps (recipe follows)
  • Walnut/Parmesan Crisps
  • ¹/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • ¹/3 cup coarsely ground walnuts
  • Nonstick spray (canola- or olive-oil based)

1. Heat olive oil in soup pot or Dutch oven. Add onion, celery, carrot and ½ t. salt; sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, green beans, garlic, oregano or marjoram and remaining salt. Sauté for a few minutes more. Cover; cook over low heat for 15 minutes.

2. Add chard stems; sauté for a minute or two. Add broth. Bring to a boil; lower heat to a simmer. Cover; cook for 10 minutes.

3. Stir in chard leaves, zucchini, basil and navy beans; add black pepper, to taste. Cover pot, remove from heat; let soup sit for about 10 minutes.

4. Serve hot, accompanied by lemon wedges and Walnut/Parmesan Crisps.

Walnut/Parmesan Crisps
Method: Put a skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute. Combine cheese and walnuts in small bowl. Lightly spray pan with nonstick spray. Spoon in small mounds (about 1 t.) cheese/nut mixture; spread into thin circles with back of spoon. Cook over medium heat until cheese has melted and crisps solidified, about 2 minutes. With metal spatula, flip over to cook other side. Cook until golden and crisp.


5 servings

Reprinted with permission from the American Culinary Federation and Credit: Mollie Katzan, Cookbook Author/Artist
The National Culinary Review, February 2010