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Creole Shakshuka

Creole Shakshuka

Creole Shakshuka

It’s pretty hot in south Louisiana and sometimes a salad for supper doesn’t cut it. But I wanted something fresh and lively. I don’t do breakfast except for coffee. Occasionally I’ll have what amounts to brunch on the weekends, but I love eggs and thought of this dish for dinner. Tunisian in origin, shakshuka is a tomato and bell pepper sauce that has eggs poached in it. While nice on it’s own, I wanted to make it more substantial. So I added some fabulous smoked deer sausage from Kartchner’s and creolized the seasonings. If you haven’t been to Kartchner’s in Krotz Springs, it’s so worth a trip! The boudin is amazing. And the cracklin’s are the best; I refer to them as paleo pig candy. 🙂

Eggs, tomatoes and herbs

Eggs, tomatoes and herbs

If there is a more versatile ingredient than an egg, I don’t know what it is. Eggs can be hard boiled, scrambled, fried, poached, and shirred. If you separate the yolks and whip the whites, eggs are magically transformed into soufflĂ©s and meringues. A wonder of nutritional goodness, eggs have regained their place in the hall of fame of good real foods. And compared to other nutrient-dense ingredients, eggs are cheap. I’d like to think that paleo peeps are a strong reason that eggs are once again recognized for their contribution to health. And one of our goals is to have more grassfed and pastured options in our kitchens. If you don’t have yard birds of your own, or can’t make it to the farmers market, don’t despair, the good news is free-range eggs may become more available. And make this egg recipe! It’s delicious.

To accompany the shakshuka, I thought creamy avocados and bright, fresh citrus would be welcome. So I’ve paired the egg dish with a grapefruit and avocado salad.

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

New music this week … dance, dine and enjoy!!

Creole Shakshuka
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Creole Shakshuka: quick and easy for weeknight supper, or the star of your next brunch. Paleo, gluten free, low carb and delicious.
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Creole Shakshuka: quick and easy for weeknight supper, or the star of your next brunch. Paleo, gluten free, low carb and delicious.
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4servings 10minutes 25minutes
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4servings 10minutes
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25minutes
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  1. Over medium heat in a 12-inch skillet, add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage to a plate and reserve.
  2. Add olive oil to now empty skillet and add onion. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and celery and continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and roasted peppers. Season to taste. Bring to a rapid simmer and lower heat to medium low. Return sausage to skillet and combine.
  3. Crack eggs into the tomato sauce, leaving a bit of room around each eggs. Cover and simmer until egg whites are set and yolks are desired consistency, about 5 minutes for runny yolks. Garnish with parsley and green onions.
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Grapefruit Avocado Salad
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Juicy pink grapefruit and luscious avocado with a refreshing citrus dressing combine into a perfect summer salad.
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Juicy pink grapefruit and luscious avocado with a refreshing citrus dressing combine into a perfect summer salad.
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4servings 10minutes
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4servings 10minutes
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  1. Make dressing: combine lime juice, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper. Distribute baby spinach on salad plates. Alternate grapefruit sections and avocado slices on top of spinach. Drizzle with dressing.Grapefruit Avocado Salad
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Blackberry Ice Cream

Harris’s garden is bursting with early summer fruits and vegetables. It’s so amazing to wander around the yard and into the greenhouse and “make groceries” as they say around here. I found tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and Harris froze quarts of blackberries, dewberries and other berries that I used for this week’s menu. The ice cream is paleo and I’m serving it at the Whole Foods demo next week along with my recipe for Chocolate Almond Cake, also paleo, but without the sea foam frosting. Cake and ice cream is natural pair and icing would be too much of a good thing.

Paleo Blackberry Ice Cream

Paleo Blackberry Ice Cream

I found the Bloody Mary Steak Salad on Food52.com. As soon as I read the ingredients, I knew it was a winner. The recipe was created by Ali Slagle. She said to thank her later, and I did. I changed up the recipe a bit by adding olive oil to the dressing, cucumber and avocado. What a nice break from a lettuce-heavy salad.

Bloody Mary ingredients: the base for a vibrant salad.

Bloody Mary ingredients: the base for a vibrant salad.

The rich, delicious steak married perfectly with the raw, salty, creamy and crunchy vegetable elements. And the dressing has all the punch of a Bloody Mary … which would be a great accompaniment, if you’re so inclined.

"Steak" your claim to a fabulous summer meal.

“Steak” your claim to a fabulous summer meal.

This salad is versatile. Chicken would be amazing, as well as cooked shrimp.

Cooked shrimp is a seafood alternative to the steak.

Cooked shrimp is a seafood alternative to the steak.

New tunes for a summer day. Hope you enjoy.

"Steak" your claim to a fabulous summer meal.
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Adapted from Ali Slagle's recipe on Food52.com, this Bloody Mary Steak Salad is as delicious as it is versatile.
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  1. In a small bowl add the vinegars, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, celery salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Whisk in olive oil.
  2. Slice the steak into bite-sized pieces (after resting from grill). Drizzle with dressing and toss, coating well.
  3. On a large platter add the remaining ingredients. Add the sliced steak. Toss, adding more dressing as desired. Serve immediately.
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Use any type of berry for this Blackberry Ice Cream. Cooking the purée changes the taste from fresh and bright to rich and smooth.
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  1. Mash the berries well or purée in food processor. Strain through a mesh sieve placed over a bowl, and using a plastic scraper press as much pulp as possible through the sieve. Scrape the underside of the sieve occasionally to remove the purée to the bowl. Set aside.
  2. Use the purée as is or place in a small sauce pan and bring to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid is syrupy and thick, 10-12 minutes.
  3. In a mixing bowl add coconut cream and coconut milk (don't refrigerate either of these prior to using, the cream gets very hard). Add the blackberry purée and remaining ingredients. Taste for sweetness, adding more honey to taste if desired. Refrigerate until cold.
  4. Place blackberry mixture in ice cream machine. Process according to machine directions. Place in lidded container and freeze.
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