Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chef Chuck's Pickled Garlic

Aglio Marinato

Pickled garlic is a flavorful condiment that's delicious to eat straight out of the jar. It has a crunch to it and can be used in salads, or can be served with a variety of meats or cheeses. It's wonderful stuffed in olives! I grew so much garlic, that I am always looking for different ways to preserve it :)

Pickled Garlic
garlic, whole cloves
red bell pepper, cut small
bay leaves
whole peppercorns
dried oregano
red hot pepper flakes
olive oil
white vinegar

Peel garlic cloves and place in a sterilized jar along with red bell peppers. Add a few small bay leaves, a few peppercorns, a pinch of oregano, a pinch of red hot pepper flakes,and a pinch of salt. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and fill the rest of the jar up with white vinegar. Place in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 weeks for optimum flavor.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Chef Chuck's Lemon Coconut Cake

Torta di Limone

If you love lemons, this cake is for you. I used fresh organic lemon zest and juice to make this cake moist, light and oh so lemony. I added the coconut topping to give another texture to this dessert.

Lemon Coconut Cake

9 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 organic lemons
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup coconut

Whip egg whites till stiff, set aside. In a mixer blend butter and sugar for 2 minutes, add egg yolks beat till all combined. Pour in juice and zest of 2 lemons and then add flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in egg whites, pour into an 8 inch pan. Sprinkle coconut on top and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.