Thursday, September 1, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

With all the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina, there is still not much mention yet of the damage to the popular and well known restaurants and eateries in the New Orleans area. Many of these restaurants are independently owned.
I would like to see, if in addition to the Louisiana Restaurant Assoc. and the other area Associations, the National Restaurant Association also start a collection for the restaurant businesses that did not have flood insurance and were damaged by the hurricane

Please support all... but especially support the restaurant owners. A rebuilding community will surely need those local restaurants to reopen ASAP!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

GardenCuizine Recipe: Pesto Corn-on-the-Cob

PESTO Corn-on-the-Cob
Pesto ~ Better than Butter!

There are many healthful ways to cook and enjoy fresh picked corn-on-the-cob. A favorite of mine is to roll the corn in a healthful pesto rather than butter. This Pesto is a quick and easy version without cheese or ground nuts found in traditional pesto.

Note: The original recipe (or something similar), was created by chef Shelia Bradley at my former restaurant and health food store, 'Garden of Eden' Natural Foods & Country Kitchen, Inc.

  • fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • Spike seasoning*
  • Umeboshi vinegar*
* Spike is a seasoning blend of herbs available with or without salt, and Umebosi vinegar is made from ume plums, sea salt and shisho leaves. Both can be found in gourmet and health food stores.

Chop up a batch of fresh basil (food processor works great). Combine with olive oil, minced garlic (you can be generous), regular or salt-free Spike and a splash of umeboshi vinegar. Use your judgment as to how much you want to make -- keeping in mind that extra can easily be refrigerated or frozen and used again for corn or used to jazz up other recipes. Set aside.

Cook your corn. While the corn is cooking, heat up a large skillet and add some pesto, add just enough to coat the bottom of your pan -- not to submerge your corn!

Husk your corn and grill it or boil it in a large pot (no pinch of salt necessary). Boil for only 5-7 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot with tongs and place in heated skillet with prepared pesto. Give the corn a quick roll with your tongs to coat with the pesto - Enjoy! Serve immediately.

This recipe is a big hit at outdoor BBQ's. For large groups, just roll the corn in batches. And, don't be put off by the ume keeps for along time in your pantry and is worth checking it out. It is salty, so a little goes a long way. Traditional pesto works great with corn-on-the-cob too.

Here's to "Cooking for Health" and "Cooking with Flavor"