Peppers with Goat Cheese

12-15 small yellow, red, and orange peppers
8 oz plain goat cheese
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/8 Teaspoon salt

Wash and slice off tops of peppers, remove seeds. Simmer on stove about 10 minutes until flexible but not mushy (you have to be able to stuff them without them falling apart). Remove from heat and cool.
Once cool stuff with goat cheese. They look better if you take care not to get the goat cheese on the outside of the peppers but the taste is the same either way.
Put into baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Preheat oven and bake stuffed peppers at 350 degrees for about 5-10 minutes. The goal is to warm the goat cheese without over cooking to prevent the cheese from loosing its smoothness.  Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

Polenta

3 Cups water
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup corn grits
1 Tablespoon butter

Bring water to boil, add salt and corn grits. simmer 30 minutes Mixing often. Stir in butter. Put into an oiled rectangular pan. I used a bread pan. Let cool. Once firm turn out on cutting board and cut into strips. I made mine about 3/4 inch thick. I added ample butter and olive oil to a fry pan and fried until crispy on both sides. The slices may be topped with grated cheese, pasta sauce or just salt. It is so much better than any polenta I have had anywhere!

Sunflower Seed Crackers

1 Cup ground sunflower seeds
1/2 Cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 Cup sesame seeds
1 egg
1/4 Cup water
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon mixed peppercorns

Mix well and put on parchment on cookie sheet. Place wax paper over dough and roll out no more than 1/8th inch thick and score. Put in cold oven and set to 300 degrees bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

A vegetarian twist on a Chinese take-out standard, these sprouts deliver crunch, spice, and zing.

From Bon Appetit Feb 2015
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients:

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger

2 tablespoons hot chili paste (sambal oelek)

6 dried chiles de árbol, lightly crushed
1⁄2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1⁄3 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 425°. Toss brussels sprouts and 4 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until softened (but not soft) and browned, 20–25 minutes. Set aside.
Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. water in a small bowl until smooth.
Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring often, until garlic is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add chili paste and cook, stirring, until darkened, about 2 minutes. Add chiles, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and 1⁄2 cup water and bring to a boil; stir in cornstarch slurry. Simmer, stirring, until sauce coats spoon, about 2 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Toss brussels sprouts with sauce and serve topped with peanuts.

Rhubarb Scones

3 cups almond meal
3 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/8 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
1/2 cup cooked rhubarb and a couple mashed strawberries (unsweetened)

Mix all ingredients well and spoon on to greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Test by sticking with knife. They are done when lightly browned and knife comes out clean. For best flavor cool before serving. Makes about 15 scones.