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Seared Duck Breast with Cherry-Port Sauce

Season duck breast with salt and pepper. Cook, skin side down, in sauté pan until crisp. Transfer to rack-lined baking sheet. Roast at 375°F until medium-rare.

Cook minced shallot in sauté pan until tender. Deglaze with port; add chicken stock and pitted cherries. Cook until thickened; whisk in butter. Spoon over duck.

Grilled Mahimahi with Cherry Salsa

Season mahimahi fillets with salt, cayenne and lime juice. Grill over high heat until cooked through.

Combine pitted cherries, diced jalapeño, chopped shallots, sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, lime juice and salt. Serve salsa over mahimahi.

Cherry & Goat Cheese Salad with Hazelnuts

Whisk together minced shallots, sherry vinegar, hazelnut oil, salt and pepper.

Toss mixed greens and pitted sour cherries with vinaigrette.

Top salad with crumbled goat cheese and toasted hazelnuts.

Cherries Jubilee

In sauté pan, toss pitted cherries with sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook until slightly softened and juices release.

Remove from heat, add a splash of brandy and flambé; cook until flame goes out. Serve immediately over vanilla ice cream.

Individual Cherry Crisps

Combine pitted cherries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch; divide among ramekins. Top with streusel (brown sugar, flour, oats and butter combined until clumpy).

Bake at 375°F until filling is bubbly and streusel is browned.

Cherry Pie

Combine 2 lb. pitted cherries, 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cornstarch; transfer to prepared pie shell in 9-inch pie pan. Top with pie dough round; flute edges. Brush with
egg wash.

Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 350°F; bake 55 to 60 minutes more. Cool 1 hour before serving.

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Raw Artichoke Salad

Trim and halve artichokes; remove chokes.

Using a mandoline, thinly slice artichoke hearts.

Toss artichoke slices with olive oil, lemon juice, shaved Parmesan, salt and pepper.

Fried Baby Artichokes

Trim and halve artichokes; soak in buttermilk. Dredge in mixture of equal parts all-purpose and semolina flours.

In deep pan, heat 1 inch of canola oil to 375°F. Fry artichokes until crispy. Drain; serve with aioli.

Braised Artichokes

Trim and halve artichokes; remove chokes.

Cover bottom of baking dish with lemon slices; top with artichokes, salt and pepper. Add chicken stock or white wine to cover artichokes halfway.

Cover with foil. Bake at 400°F until tender.

Artichoke Spread

Trim and halve artichokes; remove chokes. Simmer artichoke hearts until tender.

In food processor, combine artichokes, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and grated Parmesan; pulse until smooth.

Spread on toasted bread or sandwiches.

Baked Stuffed Artichokes

Trim artichokes; sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in baking dish.

Combine toasted bread crumbs, chopped parsley, grated pecorino, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Stuff into center of artichokes and between leaves.

Add 1/2 cup water to pan; cover with foil. Bake at 400°F until tender. Uncover; bake until browned.

Marinated Baby Artichokes

Trim and halve baby artichokes.

Blanch artichokes until tender. Drain well; cool to room temperature.

Place artichokes in jar. Add chopped fresh herbs, garlic, lemon zest and chile flakes; cover with olive oil. Refrigerate and use within 1 week.

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Macerated Strawberries

Stir together red wine, sugar
and lemon zest.

Add sliced strawberries
and let steep.

Use as a topping for ice cream, shortcakes, pancakes or waffles.

Strawberry, Goat Cheese & Spinach Salad

Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

Toss sliced strawberries, baby spinach, goat cheese and toasted slivered almonds with vinaigrette.

Roasted Strawberry & Ricotta Bruschetta

Toss halved strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar. Roast in baking pan at 300°F
for 20 minutes.

Spread toasted bread with ricotta cheese; top with strawberries. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with pepper.

Quick Strawberry Jam

In food processor, puree 1 quart strawberries. Combine in pot with 1/2 cup sugar. Cook until thick and bubbling, about 10 minutes.

Transfer to pint jars; cover and refrigerate for up to 10 days.

Strawberry Salsa

Combine diced strawberries, diced red onion, minced jalapeño, chopped cilantro, lime juice and honey. Season with salt.

Serve salsa over roasted or grilled fish or chicken, or with
tortilla chips.

Strawberry Napoleon

Place twelve 3-inch squares of puff pastry on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400°F until golden; let cool.

Spread 8 squares with whipped cream; top with sliced strawberries. Stack 2 topped pieces of pastry; cover with plain pastry square.

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Simple Pickled Carrots

Peel and julienne 3 carrots.
Toss with 1/2 tsp. salt and
1/2 Tbs. sugar. Let stand 5 minutes, then rinse.

Whisk together 1/2 cup water,
1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1 tsp. salt
and 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar.

Add carrots; let stand at least 1 hour before serving.

Roasted Baby Spring Carrots

Trim and peel baby spring carrots. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Spread carrots in single layer
on baking sheet. Roast at
450°F until tender.

Toss carrots with chopped
fresh herbs and more olive oil before serving.

Shaved Carrot Salad

Peel carrots. Run vegetable
peeler lengthwise down sides of carrots to create long ribbons. Place in ice water to crisp, then drain and pat dry.

Toss carrot ribbons with lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, salt, sugar, chopped mint and shaved
red onion.

Carrot Puree

Steam equal parts carrots and russet potatoes until very tender.

In food processor, puree carrots and potatoes until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with minced parsley before serving.

Honey-Thyme Glazed Carrots

In large sauté pan, melt butter. Add peeled baby spring carrots, chopped thyme and chicken broth; bring to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, until just tender.

Add honey, salt and pepper. Cook, uncovered, until carrots
are glazed.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Whisk together cumin, coriander, cinnamon, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Toss grated carrots, raisins, toasted slivered almonds, shaved red onion and chopped mint
with vinaigrette.

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Quick Cucumber Pickles

Combine white vinegar with a generous spoonful of pickling spices, sugar (if desired) and salt and bring to a boil.

Pour mixture over sliced cucumbers. Let cool, then refrigerate up to 1 week.

Cucumber Gazpacho

In a blender, puree peeled and seeded English cucumber, garlic, red onion, avocado, olive oil, lime juice and cilantro.

Thin with vegetable stock as desired and season with salt
and pepper.

Cucumber, Tomato & Red Onion Salad

Whisk together minced garlic, chopped fresh mint, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

Toss peeled, seeded and diced cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes and thinly sliced red onion with the dressing.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Whip cream cheese with fresh dill and lemon juice. Spread on white or pumpernickel bread.

Using a mandoline, thinly slice cucumber lengthwise. Arrange
on cream cheese, cut sandwiches into triangles and garnish with
dill sprigs.

Asian Cucumber Salad

Using vegetable spiralizer with the straight blade or a mandoline, slice cucumbers lengthwise into thin ribbons.

Toss with rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt and toasted sesame seeds.

Tzatziki

Stir together peeled, seeded and diced cucumber with Greek yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice and chopped fresh dill and mint.

Season with salt and serve with grilled pita.

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Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Whisk together raspberry vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey and salt.

Toss mixed greens, raspberries, candied pecans and thinly sliced red onions with vinaigrette.

Quinoa with Blueberries, Toasted Walnuts & Mint

Toss cooked quinoa with blueberries, toasted walnuts and a handful of chopped fresh mint.

Drizzle with walnut oil and
lemon juice.

Grilled Pork Chops with a Blackberry Port Sauce

Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Grill 4 to 5 minutes on each side.

Simmer blackberries, port,
chicken broth, honey and minced shallot until reduced and berries are soft. Drizzle on pork chops.

Berry Bread Pudding

Whisk together 6 eggs, 3 cups cream, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Pour over 1-inch cubes of ciabatta or other crusty bread and refrigerate overnight.

Fold in berries and bake at
350°F until set.

Pavlovas with Strawberries

Quarter 1 pint strawberries; toss with sugar and lemon juice.

Whip 3 egg whites, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar until stiff and glossy. Spread 3-inch disks of mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until crispy. Top meringues with strawberries.

Berry Popsicles

Puree berries, sugar and a
squeeze of lemon juice in a blender.

Strain, then pour into popsicle molds and add sticks. Freeze
until solid.

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