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What We Are Cooking

Lisa’s Tuna Tartare

Always a favorite. Whenever I bring this to a party, I am always asked for a copy of the recipe.

Ingredients
6 oz sushi grade tuna 1/4 diced cubes
2 tbsp green onion
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp ginger grated
1 clove garlic minced
3/4 tsp orange zest
2 tbsp cilantro chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 avocado into 1/4 inch diced cubes
2 tsp lime juice

Night before you can add all but avocado and lime juice. Add avocado and lime juice immediately before serving. Serve with sesame crackers.

Dips

There are no rules anymore about what to serve with what. The world is all fusion all the time and that’s awesome because so many intercultural flavors blend beautifully together.

I like to serve falafel with Cucumber Raita, White Bean Puree and Naan bread or pita. *Serve the falafel along with the dips and warm Naan or pita as you prefer.

Laura’s Cucumber Ginger Raita

Ingredients
-1 medium hothouse cucumber (or 3 small Persians)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp ground coriander
-1 tsp minced fresh ginger
-2 Cups of plain Greek yogurt or Cashew yogurt
-½ tsp ground red chili pepper
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh Cilantro (optional if you hate it) 
-Ground salt and pepper to taste

 Wash the cucumber and coarsely chop. Add it to a food processor or blender with all the other ingredients and pulse. You can decide how chunky you like it. I like it smooth and creamy so I blend it for a little while. 

Laura’s White Bean Puree

Ingredients
-2 ½ cups white beans, drained and rinsed (if a can), or soaked and cooked if using dry
-1 ½ tbsp olive oil
-1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-1/2 tsp cumin
-1 1/2 cloves of garlic, crushed
-1/2 tsp salt
-water as needed 

Purée all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Lisa’s Champagne Punch

Party Fun!  The bowl will be empty.

Ingredients
1 (12 oz) can of frozen lemonade concentrate (pink if you can find it)
1 (6 oz) can of frozen limeade concentrate
1 (12 oz) can of frozen cranberry concentrate *** NOTE that I think this is seasonal and I can never find it.  I bought cranberry juice and added it to taste...
1 bottle white wine chilled
1 liter seltzer chilled
2 bottles champagne chilled
1 lemon sliced for garnish
1/2 cup fresh mint garnish (optional) 

Place in a large clear bowl and serve chilled.  Enjoy!


Debra’s Caesar Salad

Ingredients
2-3 heads of romaine,
1 tbsp anchovy paste
1 tbsp minced garlic.
Use a small fork and mix in a wooden bowl.

1/2 tbsp Dijon
1/2 tbsp Worcester. Use a small fork and mix in a wooden bowl.
1 egg yoke.
Use a small fork and mix in a wooden bowl.

3/4 cup of olive oil.
Slowly pour in the bowl. It is important to create a fluffy mixture.
Use a small fork and mix in a wooden bowl.

3/4 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 tbsp red wine vinegar
Use a small fork and mix in a wooden bowl.

Add 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup croutons

Mix well.  Add 1/3 Parmesan cheese and pepper to the top and serve..YUM