Cuimin scented black beans

    Sometimes when I come home from cooking all day for clients, I am not thrilled about cooking lot’s of complicated things.  Some people are horrified when the find out that for dinner, I warmed up beans out of a can.  I think people can get over the fact that chefs also should be […]

Oven roasted tomatoes

  Some times its easier than it seems to find things in your kitchen and do something with them that enhances other dishes you are making.  This simple oven roasted tomatoes can be made 3-4 days ahead, covered with plastic and placed in the refrigerator.  The acidity in the tomatoes actually are a nice addition […]

Braised cabbage,bacon and Granny Smith apples

  This dish is a staple in my kitchen.  One year at our farm, we had a pretty large harvest of cabbage.  I made a lot of recipes our of cabbage that year, some that were good and some that were not that good.  This one is a favorite with my entire family.  It is […]

Beer Batter Deep Fried Pickles

Beer batter deep fried pickles by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients:  1 Quart bead and butter pickles 1 3/4 cups flour 1/8 tsp  cayenne pepper 2 tsp black pepper 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 cup beer vegetable oil Preheat vegetable oil to 375 degrees Remove pickles from brine and set aside.  Combine flour, cayenne pepper, black pepper, […]

Orange Juice Poached Carrots

Orange juice poached carrots by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients: Serves 4 1 lb of carrots peeled and sliced in 1/4 in rounds 1 clove of garlic minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoon of unsalted butter 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 cup of orange juice 1 teaspoon of dried thyme In a pot small pot over medium heat […]

Potato salad and vinaigrette

Potato salad and vinaigrette by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients:  1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons kosher salt 3/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper ½ cup olive oil plus one tablespoon 4 stalks celery minced 1/3 cup minced scallions (white and green parts) 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 lb Yukon Gold potatoes 1 lb small red potatoes Combine first six ingredients and […]

Sauteed Corn and Onions

Sauteed corn and onions by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of butter  1 teaspoon of olive oil 1 large Spanish onion chopped 1 tablespoons honey 3-4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 to 5 ears) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  1/4 cup chopped chives Kosher salt and  fresh black pepper. Over medium heat, place butter and olive oil  in a in a large […]

Camp Creek Sauteed Corn and Cream

Camp Creek sauteed corn and cream by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients: 4-6 ears of corn 1 tablespoon of honey 1 cup of Spanish onions chopped 4 tablespoons of butter Kosher salt 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tbs water 2 dashes of hot sauce 1/4 cup of chopped chives Over medium heat place the butter and the onions in a saute pan.  Add a pinch of […]

Gnocchi and Sage Brown Butter

Gnocchi and sage brown butter by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients:  15-20 fresh sage leaves chopped 1 1/2 stick of butter 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper 1 16oz bag of store bought Gnocchi or make them by hand. 2 cloves garlic minced 4 tbs grated Parmesan cheese Kosher salt Fresh black pepper Cook gnocchi according to package instructions and set in a bowl. In a small […]

Braised Red Cabbage, Garlic and Onions

Braised red cabbage, garlic and onions by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients:  4 cups chopped red cabbage 4 medium carrots (optional) 3 cups of Spanish onions chopped 1 small red onion chopped 8 sliced of bacon chopped 3-4 tablespoons red wine 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoon of honey 1/2 cup of water 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt Using a potato peeler, peel […]

Quick and Easy Avocado Dip

Quick and easy Avocado dip by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients:  3 ripe Haas avocados 1 lime juiced about 3 tablespoons 2  garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 cup minced red onion 2 small shallots small dice 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 plum/Roma tomataoes small dice Pinch of Cayenne pepper (optional) Juice one lemon and place in a medium bowl. Take the avocados and […]

Cauliflower and Parmesan Mash

Cauliflower and Parmesan mash by chef alexis hernandez 2

 Ingredients:  1 cauliflower greens remove and chopped into florets 1 large onion chopped 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano cheese 2 garlic cloves chopped 1 can 8-12 oz chicken stock 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt 1/4 cream 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Over medium high heat saute the cauliflower without moving them too much with 2 […]

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Braised brussels sprouts with bacon by chef alexis hernandez

 Ingredients:  1/2 lb of brussels sprouts  6 strips of bacon 1 medium red onions chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper 1  8oz can of chicken stock Cut the ends of the brussels sprouts and then cut them in half and set aside. Chop the bacon into small […]

Baby Portabella Mushrooms with Thyme and Blue Cheese

Baby Portabella mushrooms with thyme and blue cheese by chef alexis hernandez

 Ingredients: 12 oz of Baby portabella mushrooms cleaned and sliced thin. 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter 1 tablespoon of olive oil 2 teaspoons of dried thyme 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 4 oz of blue cheese Over medium heat add the butter and oil.  Then […]

Mashed Potatoes with Sage Brown Butter

Mashed potatoes with sage brown butter chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients:   4 lbs of russet potatoes 4 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter 3 tablespoons of chopped sage 3/4 cup plus two tablespoons of whipping cream 3/4 plus two tablespoons of milk 1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese Place the butter and sage in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Continue to cook the […]

Zucchini Casserole

photo zucchini casserole by chef alexis hernandez

Ingredients: 3 medium Yellow Zucchini, cut 1/4 inch thick 3 medium Green Zucchini, cut 1/4 inch think 4 tbs of Kosher Salt 2 tbs of Olive Oil 1 cup of Yellow Onions, chopped 3 cloves of Garlic, minced 2 14oz cans of Chopped Tomatoes 1/2 cup of Walnuts, chopped 1/2 cup of Dry Parmesan Cheese […]