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Looking for a fresh new way to get your greens? Try this Collard Greens Salad

This fresh approach to Collard Greens is the perfect addition to your Holiday menus.

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Collard Greens Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Brighten up your winter and your greens with a splash of Champagne vinegar and a drizzle of decadent pecan oil.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 bunch collard greens, washed, about 8 cups

1/2 cup pecan oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup apple Champagne vinegar

1 small onion, sliced

3 cloves raw garlic, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon black pepper

Garnish

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 small onion, cut in half and thinly sliced

 

Directions:

De-stem the collard green leaves, roll into a tight cylinder, and slice the rolled collard greens into long strips.

Place strips in a large bowl. Pour pecan oil on collard strips and sprinkle on salt. Massage the oil and salt into the strips with your hands until all pieces are well coated, about 5-7 minutes.

Whisk together apple cider vinegar, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes and ground pepper.

Pour apple cider vinegar dressing over the collard green strips. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours, but overnight is best.

Add the garnish right before service and serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

From Dinner Déjà vu: Southern Tonight, French Tomorrowby Jennifer Hill Booker, © 2016 Jennifer Hill Booker, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

Labor of Love: Hand Crafted Knives

Custom Made Knives by Heartwood Forge

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Great food is a result of many moving parts like quality ingredients, talented cooks and the right equipment, all working together to create an unforgettable meal. I’ve found that people here in Georgia are pretty savvy when it comes to knowing how our food is grown and where it comes from. And thanks to popular cooking shows, they also know how to properly cook and present that food! But I wonder if they’ve ever given much thought to how their pots, pans and their knives are made? Well I did, so I took a journey to Jefferson to find out.

Heartwood Forge chefs knife

photo by Will Manning

Nestled in the woods right off Potters House Road is Heartwood Forge, where designer and knife maker Will Manning creates his practical works of art. Hoping to answer my own question, I spent the day making knives with Will. Which admittedly, from the outside looking in, seemed more like Will making the knives while I just watched. What I learned was this: Will is very skilled and passionate in what he does. He uses repurposed metal from places like Monticello to make his knives; salvaged wood from trees like pecan, box elder and maple or white tailed deer antlers to make the handles; and reclaimed brass for balancing the handle with the blade of the knife. I also learned that his goal is to put his knives in the hands that will use them, and for that measure he has a virtual store front where you can browse and buy your knives. If you’re thinking you want something more a bit more personal, like a custom made knife, then you’re in luck, because as it turns out, Will makes those too!

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Photos by Jennifer Hill Booker

Black Eyed Pea Hummus . .. .Yes, Please!

 

~If you’re looking for a fresh new way to serve up tried and true Southern ingredients, then this Black Eyed Pea Hummus recipe is for you!

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, has reinvented traditional Middle Eastern hummus we’re used to eating by using such Southern ingredients as black eyed peas, pecans, pecan oil, and apple cider vinegar! Can you say, yes please!

 

Black Eyed Pea Hummus

original recipe by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Yields  5 cups

Ingredients:

2-14.5 ounce cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1-14.5 ounce can chick peas, drained and rinsed

4 cloves garlic

1/2 cup pecan oil, I like Oliver Farms Pecan Oil

1/2 cup pecans

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Garnish:

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 tablespoon chopped scallions

Pecan oil

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients into a food processor with the blade attachment.

Pulse for 2-3 minutes or longer for a smoother hummus.

Adjust taste with salt and pepper and additional vinegar, as needed.

Garnish with chopped pecans, scallions, and a drizzle of pecan oil.

Enjoy with pita chips, crackers, or fresh cut veggies!

Collard Green Salad w/ Apple Cider Vinaigrette. Yum!

~Enjoy this Georgia Grown ‘ Pick Keep Cook’ crop in a Fresh New Way~

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Collard Greens Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

recipe by: Chef Jennifer Booker
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 bunch collard greens, washed
1/2 cup Pecan oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 small onion, sliced
3 cloves raw garlic, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
½ tsp. black pepper
Method:

De-stem and chop the collard greens into long strips. Place strips in a large bowl. Pour Pecan oil on collard strips and sprinkle on salt. Massage the oil and salt into the strips with your hands until all pieces are well coated. Whisk together apple cider vinegar, onions, garlic, red pepper flakes and ground pepper. Pour apple cider vinegar dressing over the collard green strips. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours, but overnight is best. Serve chilled or room temperature.

 

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Georgia Honey Rocks!!

Georgia Honey:  Nature’s Energy Booster

Honey combThe benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.

Try this Delicious recipe featuring Georgia Honey, Yum!!

Honey & Lime Chicken Strips

Recipe by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

4 servings

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon Georgia honey

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1 jalapeño, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons Pecan oil

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice + 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons grated lime zest + 1 teaspoon grated lime zest

12 chicken tenders or 2 large chicken breasts, cut into strips

1 tablespoon Georgia honey

 

Lime wedges, for serving

 

Directions:

Preheat the electric grill to 400*F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, ginger, jalapeño, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper, Pecan oil, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, and lime zest.

Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat.

In a small bowl, mix the honey with the remaining lime juice and lime zest. Set aside.

Add the chicken to the grill and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes; turning after 3 minutes. The chicken’s internal temperature such reach 165*F.

Remove the chicken from the grill and drizzle with the lime honey.

Serve the chicken with fresh lime wedges.

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26 Foods You Should Know How To Cook In Your 20’s . . .

26 Foods You Should Know How to Cook in Your 20’s . . 
A good friend of mine recently shared this article with me, and after a VERY unofficial poll, I found that not many people know how to cook these 26 foods!
So this week’s Your Resident Gourmet is sharing my choice of Top Ten foods you should know how to cook at any age. Don’t worry-I’m also sharing the link with you for the other 16, so get cooking!

Happy Cooking!

Chef Jennifer
Pre-order your copy Chef Jennifer’s cookbook, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent
at PelicanPub.com
Follow Chef Jennifer on Facebook
Chef Jennifer Booker
and Twitter
@Chefjennbooker

26 Foods You Should Learn to Cook in Your 20’s . .  .


Here Are My TOP TEN

1. A Deliciously Melty GRILLED CHEESE

Serious Eats has a great step-by-step slideshow of how to make the ultimate grilled cheese. The key tip is that you should toast one side of each slice, sandwich the cheese between those toasted sides, then toast the other sides.

2. The Best CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

The New York Times did a great story in 2008 where they tested and retested different chocolate chip cookie methods to “assemble a new archetypal cookie recipe.” The results indicated that letting your dough rest overnight before baking is essential.

3. Perfectly Seared STEAK

Pat it very dry, season it, cook it over very high heat in the right kind of fat, let it rest. As for doneness – buy a thermometer, poke it with your finger constantly, and practice makes perfect.

4. Killer GUACAMOLE

Authentic guacamole doesn’t have garlic or tons of lime juice in it. (Personally, I think tons of lime juice makes it heavenly, so I add it anyway.) The most important thing is to choose avocados that are super ripe and salt aggressively.

 

5. Easy Homemade TOMATO SAUCE

Tomato sauce is just canned tomatoes with some kind of seasoning that you add cooked together for a while to let the flavor develop. Marcella Hazan’s famous tomato sauce recipe just has you simmer canned tomatoes with a butter and an onion cut in half. That works. So does sautéing a chopped onion, maybe some garlic, then adding the tomatoes and simmering for a while, like this recipe from Bon Appetit.

6. An Easy FRITTATA

This really comes in handy when you have big group of people to serve breakfast to, or when you have a lot of vegetables and you’re not sure how to use them quickly. Just sauté veggies, pour in whisked eggs, cook it on the stovetop for a while, then stick it in the oven for a few minutes.

7. Pan-Roasted CHICKEN THIGHS

This recipe is hands down the cheapest and quickest way to make chicken that’s delicious – way better than anything you do to chicken breasts, trust.

8. Simple SAUTÉED GREENS

Vegetable oil in pan, get it nice and hot, push chopped greens around in there for a while, season with salt until you like the way they taste. Works for spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens, anything. You can sauté shallot, garlic, or onion in the pan before you add the greens if you want, but you don’t have to. You can add lemon or vinegar and some red pepper, but you don’t have to.

9. Fluffy PANCAKES Not From a Box

Knowing how to do this will make you a Sunday morning hero so many times in your life.

10. MUSSELS in White Wine Sauce
You’re going to be shocked by how easy it is to cook mussels – and clams work exactly the same way. Add crusty bread and you’re in heaven.

To Read this article in it entirety, check out:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/foods-everyone-should-learn-to-cook?bffbfood#  

Quick, Easy and Berry Delicious!

Berries, Berries and more Berries! 
This week’s Your Resident Gourmet Newsletter  is focusing on those fresh delicious berries that are currently in season and bursting with vibrant flavor, healthy nutrients, and toxin reducing antioxidants!

As an added bonus-enjoy this quick, easy, and berry delicious Mixed Berry Sauce recipe. My family loves this fresh and fruity sauce with their breakfast on pecan waffles, as a spread on turkey sandwiches, and as an ice cream topping for dessert.
However you decide to enjoy your fresh berries-do it quick, they won’t be in season for long!

Bon Appetit!

Chef Jennifer
Pre-order your copy Chef Jennifer’s cookbook, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent at Amazon.com

Follow Chef Jennifer on Facebook
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and Twitter
@Chefjennbooker

 

Mixed Berry Sauce

This is a great fat free alternative to pancake syrup. Try it on your whole wheat waffles, gluten free pancakes, and even as a topping for your ice cream and yogurt!

original recipe by Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Makes: 8-½ cup servings

Ingredients:

1 pint fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered

1 pint fresh blueberries

1 pint fresh raspberries

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 pinch sea salt

1/4 cup brown sugar, optional

Directions:

Rinse berries, discarding any unripe or spoiled berries.

Combine all the ingredients into a medium-sized, heavy bottom sauce pan.

Bring up to the first boil and then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

Simmer the mixture until the blue berries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

 

Golden Onion Competition Rocks!!

Culinary — 29 April 2014
Take a peek at what some of Georgia’s top chef talent can do in one hour.

By Hope S. Philbrick

In the heart of Georgia’s Vidalia onion country and days after the official release of this year’s crop, lead chefs from across the state competed for the Golden Onion trophy during the 3rd annual Golden Onion professional cooking competition.

The premiere culinary event of the 37th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival offered a platform for competitors to display their skills and creativity, as each chef had just one hour to prepare and present a recipe featuring Vidalia onions, Georgia’s official state vegetable.

Before the first Vidalia onion was cut, chefs drew for competition timeslots and then raced in the “run for the onions”: After floor judge Chef Hilary White gave the signal, competitors ceremoniously rushed to grab the Vidalia onions they’d use in their recipes. (There’s no risk they won’t get what they need, since recipes are submitted in advance to ensure sufficient quantities are available…but they have to hurry if they’ve got their eye on a specific item.)

Cook times were staggered in 10-minute intervals, primarily so that each entry can be presented to judges at the intended temperature and allow judges time to focus attention on each dish as it’s presented.

That does not mean that judging is easy.

Here’s a peek at the plates that I was presented to judge:

Chef Roberto Leoci, executive chef and owner of Leoci’s Trattoria in Savannah, who was awarded 3rd place during the 2nd annual Golden Onion competition, prepared “sea trout PLT topped with Vidalia onion aioli.”

GO14 Leoci entry

Chef David Larkworthy, executive chef and founder of 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Atlanta, prepared “Vidalia onion Ossabaw pork burgers.”

GO14 Larkworthy entry

Chef Brian Justice, chef and owner of Tasteful Temptations Café in Brunswick, who was awarded 2nd place during the 2nd annual Golden Onion competition, prepared “pan-seared ahi tuna on a bed of pickled Vidalia onions and fresh ginger topped with avocado aioli and thin-sliced Vidalia onion sprouts served with a baby green bundle wrapped with a cucumber sash on top of a red pepper emulsion, dressed with Vidalia onion and Georgia peanut dressing and garnished with soy foam, sesame and wasabi crusted pecans, and crispy sweet Vidalia tobacco onions.”

GO14 Justice entry

Chef Marc Taft, executive chef and owner of Chicken and The Egg in Marietta, prepared “pan-seared Enchanted Springs Georgia Mountain trout with baby Vidalia, sweet potato, Brussels sprout and apple hash, Vidalia onion soubise, pickled Vidalia buds and Riverview Farms ham hock reduction.”

GO14 Taft entry

Chef Jordan Wakefield, executive chef and owner of Smoke Ring in Atlanta, prepared “White Oak Pastures Beef & Foie Gras Sliders with grilled avocado and Vidalia onion salad.”

GO14 Wakefield entry

Chef Austin Rocconi, executive chef for Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce in Dahlonega, who was awarded 3rd place during the inaugural Golden Onion competition in 2012, prepared “Vidalia Onion Variations,” including Vidalia onion noodles, Vidalia onion “tofu,” charred Vidalia onion broth, Vidalia onion bulbs, and various Vidalia onion garnishes.

GO14 Rocconi entry

Chef Pano Karatassos, executive chef of Kyma in Atlanta, prepared “Vidalia onion studded halibut,” which had a Vidalia onion crust and was slow-poached in Vidalia onion-infused olive oil and accompanied by Vidalia onion stew, and a Vidalia onion salad.

GO14 Karatassos entry

Chef Costanzo Astarita, executive chef at Baraonda Ristorante & Bar in Atlanta, prepared “Georgia shrimp Vidalia onion remoulade, chickpea Vidalia pancake, Vidalia onion fennel slaw, and Vidalia onion ginger oil.”

GO14 Astarita entry

Chef Jennifer Booker, owner and executive chef of Your Resident Gourmet in Lilburn, prepared “Caramelized Vidalia Onion, Wild Mushroom & Gruyere Tartlets w/ Pickled Vidalia Onions and a Arugula Salad with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette.”

GO14 Booker entry

The tasting panel of five judges evaluated dishes on the basis of taste (50%), oral presentation (5%), visual presentation (10%), creativity (15%), overall use of Vidalia onions (15%), and following the recipe submitted during the application process (5%).

The challenge for judges was that every dish had appealing elements.

Golden Onion trophyAt stake is the title of First Place champion and the honor of holding the Golden Onion trophy for one year, plus a cash prize of $500.

The second place winner receives $250 and the third place winner $100.

All winners also receive personalized commemorative plaques.

he 3rd Annual Golden Onion was presented by the Vidalia Onion Festival Committee in cooperation with the Georgia Restaurant Association.

The following organizations supported Golden Onion 2014 with donations: Braswell’s, Gayla’s Grits, Georgia Olive Oil, Sherlock’s Wine Merchant, Southern Soul Barbecue, Stanley Farms, Terra Dolce Farms Olive Oil, Two Guys Beverage & Tobacco Warehouse, United Distributors, Vidalia Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Vidalia Valley.

Meet Chef Jennifer Booker . . .

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Chef Jennifer Booker

Chef Jennifer Booker

Meet one of the ten chefs who will compete in the 3rd Annual Golden Onion

By Hope S. Philbrick

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, owner and executive chef of Your Resident Gourmet in Lilburn, Ga., was named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef in 2013. She writes a weekly newsletter, is a contributing columnist and recipe developer for several magazine titles, and hosts Basil Radio Show. She partnered with Hard Rock Café-Atlanta for its culinary series, served as a culinary expert for Williams-Sonoma, and taught at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Atlanta. A member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Booker is co-chair of its farm and garden initiative. After earning a B.A. from The University of Tulsa, she completed Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee’s Culinary Arts program and later earned a Cuisine de Base Certificate from Le Cordon Bleu-Paris. She led Grayson Technical High School’s efforts to earn accreditation through The American Culinary Federation, making it the first school in Georgia to boast such honors.

Her new cookbook Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent, is set to be released by Pelican Publishing House on September 1—and is already available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

Have you ever competed in a cooking competition before?
I have done several. In culinary school we had mystery baskets and it was much harder than the rules for Golden Onion in that we didn’t know what ingredients we’d get so we couldn’t prepare. Also, when I was teaching at Le Cordon Bleu I liked doing competitions with other chefs, just hanging out as friends.

You’ll be competing in Golden Onion for the first time this year. What motivated you to enter?
A couple of different things. As a Georgia Grown Executive Chef I wanted to get in there and promote one of our state commodities. Plus I have friends who have competed previously and they had nothing but good things to say about it. I think it will be lots of fun.

You’ll be preparing “Vidalia Onion, Wild Mushroom & Gruyere Tartlet.” What considerations went into creating your recipe?
My cookbook will be out later this year and I want to showcase some things in the cookbook and also bring in Vidalia onions and show how versatile they are no matter what cooking style you’re using. I’ll show the sweetness of the onion by caramelizing it then pair it with the meaty richness of mushrooms. I’ll also show how a Vidalia onion can be a pickle. The pickling acid will balance that sweetness and cut through the fat.

How long did it take you to develop the recipe, which must include a Vidalia onion and be prepared in an hour at the competition?
Technically since it’s from the cookbook maybe a year, but to think up what I wanted to do for Golden Onion I knew within 15 minutes that I’d do the tartlet.

The day before the competition, how will you prepare? Will you find it hard to sleep that night?
The day before I’ll be doing some cooking demonstrations at an expo, so I’ll need to pack up two days before the competition. What I do is run through everything in my mind—unpacking, setting up, cooking, plating, judges’ tasting and winning. I’ll be prepared that way. I’ll be excited but fine. I know the value of sleep.

Tell me more about Your Resident Gourmet.
I founded Your Resident Gourmet in 1995 while living in Germany as a way to continue cooking while we were overseas and it has grown into a culinary company with cooking classes, demonstrations, menu consulting and now a cookbook. We do personal chef services and intimate catering—we could do a couples’ anniversary dinner, a girls’ night out, but generally not weddings [or other large events].

In addition to booking a private party, how might readers get a taste of your cooking?
We have a product line, Jelly’s Jams & Condiments—my daughter’s name is Janelle and her nickname is Jelly. Right now we have a cranberry orange relish which is wonderful on sandwiches as well as roasted and grilled meats. We also have a red onion confiture, a sweet and sour pickle relish. You can just click on over to YourResidentGourmet.com and pick them up.

We’re switching over to organic ingredients and I’m retesting the recipes with the organic produce.

That’s interesting. You need to retest the recipe?
When switching suppliers I test for quality and flavor profile. In my experience, it will be better. Organic produce tends to be fresher and have brighter color.

Is there any dish that you’re most known for?
I get credited for healthy cooking and ‘farm to table,’ which I call ‘local and seasonal.’ I don’t know if I’m known for a dish as much as a style of cooking, which I call Floridian cuisine—with lots of tropical fruits, vegetables and fish—and classical French.

Chef Jennifer BookerAs a Georgia Grown Executive Chef, how do you define ‘local’?
Local to me is within a 100-mile radius. I try to do my very best to shop and eat local as well as seasonal. Remember with seasonal you’re able to can, preserve or freeze products in season so you can enjoy them when they’re out of season—like Vidalia onions.

What do you most like about cooking with Vidalia onions?
The versatility. I can add them to a dish for sweetness, pickle them to add sourness, I can eat them raw—and I love that fact, I love them chopped on top of beans and greens. And they don’t make you cry!

Vidalia onions add a great flavor to every savory dish without the bite or bitterness of other onions. I look at Vidalia onions as a delicacy because I can only get them while in season and only from Vidalia, Georgia. I make a point of using them and have created specialty dishes just so I can use more Vidalia onions.

Aside from Vidalia onions, what are your favorite Georgia ingredients?
I definitely love pecans and I’m very excited about our Georgia Grown olive oil.

When you’re at home, after a long day, what’s your favorite thing to eat?
I’m a country girl at heart, so I love beans—pinto beans, Northern beans and more. I love slow-cooked savory beans and ham hocks or greens with chow chow on top.

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