Cooking – Recipes

Each week we will add recipes from our
cooking instructors. Enjoy!

Zucchini Frittata 
From Tracey Khalife

This is my interpretation of a zucchini dish that my husband makes. He makes as individual portions, but as I’m impatient I make a bit larger like a frittata. Either way it’s delicious !

1 medium zucchini, grated and drained of water
1 medium onion, grated, drained of water
1 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoonful of hot pepper paste (Mediterranean section of grocery store)
8 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tablespoonsful AP flour
Olive oil to coat skillet

Using a 12 inch skillet, sauté half of onion for a few minutes.
Meanwhile whisk eggs, herbs, hot pepper paste , salt and pepper, flour and zucchini.

Pour half into skillet over the onions. Allow to cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until bottom browns. Flip to other side and cook for another 5 minutes or until brown. Remove from pan and repeat with other half of onions and egg mixture.

May serve with fresh tomatoes.

Spinach Balls

This recipe was printed on the New Age Examiner December 10, 1993 by Peg Ball. My Aunt was cleaning her recipe box and found this blast from the past! Enjoy!!!

2 packages frozen chopped spinach 
2 C Pepperidge Farms herb stuffing
4 beaten eggs
1 C Parmesan cheese
1 T garlic powder
3/4 C oleo 
1/3 C fresh chopped parsley 

Mix all ingredients. Shape into small ball. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Check often, they burn easily!

Rose’s Pumpkin Cookies


2 sticks margarine or 1 cup shortening
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg


1 Cup Pumpkin
1 Cup Chopped Dates or Raisins
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 Cups flour

Mix in order given then drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet .
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes


1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick of margarine OR 3 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp milk

Cook for 2 minutes and cool.

Add to that:

1 cup confectioner sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Beat well. Drizzle over cooled cookies.


Steamed Shrimp Dumplings with Ponzu Sauce
from Chef Sarah McCully



1 lb. of shrimp, chopped into bitesize pieces
½ C. fresh peas
½ C. fresh corn
2 scallions chopped
½ t. fresh ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, grated
½ C. Cabbage, shredded
1 t. siracha, hot Thai sauce
1 t. toasted sesame seeds
1 package dumpling package, 3 inches big
1 egg for egg wash to seal dumplings


  • Combine vegetables, shrimp and seasonings. You want the filling to be slightly dry, because if it is too wet, it will break the dumpling and sog out.

  • Place 1 T. of the filling in the wrapper. Brush the egg wash around the edges of the wrapper and fold up. There are many ways to fold the wrapper. It depends on the look you want…a ravioli, a little purse, a tortellini…many possibilities.

  • Steam the dumplings over boiling water in a vegetable steamer or bamboo steamer for roughly 2 to 3 minutes until hot.

  • Serve with ponzu sauce.

Ponzu Sauce

Ingredients and Preparation:

Equal part soy sauce, rice vinegar, and lemon juice … such as ½ C. each
Dash of oyster dash, mix together and that’s it.

Gorgeous Black Rice Salad
Perfect for a hot summer day!

2 Cups cooked black rice, cooled slightly
1 Cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 Cup grape tomatoes, helved
1 Cup chopped greens, halved
1 Cup red grapes, halved
2 cups arugula or spinach
2 mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or to taste


Place the cooked rice in a large, broad bowl. Add the bell peppers, tomatoes, green onions, grapes, arugula, 1½ of the mangoes and the cilantro, and toss gently.

In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the remaining mango half and the balsamic vinegar. Blend until smooth and pour over the rice and vegetables. Toss to coat before serving.

Roasted Tomatoes
from Tracey Khalife

This is a simple preparation to use tomatoes that are very ripe that may be close to being unusable. It’s a good way to prevent wasting them. I use Roma tomatoes but I’m sure other types would work as well!

2 lbs of very ripe Roma tomatoes 
4 cloves of garlic ( you can use more or less to your taste)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh basil , torn

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. 

Cut tomatoes into quarters, removing excess seeds. Arrange in large casserole dish in one layer. Slice the garlic and mix into tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Evenly coat the tomatoes with the olive oil and vinegar . Toss together with basil . Roast in oven for about 1.5 hours , turning occasionally. They are done when tomatoes look caramelized. 

Allow to cool and then purée to a chunky consistency for a nice topping for crostini or purée more smoothly to use a starter for tomato soup or sauce. Enjoy!

from chef Eva Khalil

2 Boxes of Phyllo pastry sheets

Step 1: Sugar Syrup

            4 Cups of sugar
            2 ½ Cups water

Bring water to a boiling point, add 2 tsp. lemon juice.
Keep on medium heat for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Filling
5 Cups chopped walnuts

Add to it:
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Orange Blossom water (optional)

Step 3:
3 sticks of unsalted butter melted in microwave
        (need to remove the white foam)

Step 4:
In a pizza tray size pan 18in x 13in x 1in,
Butter the sheets of Phyllo until you finish the first box.
Add the filling, then repeat the same process with the second box.
Cut before baking.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until it is golden.
Then add the sugar syrup.

It is better to make it a day before serving. Enjoy!

Grammy’s Biscotti
Recipe from Marie Loftus

1 Cup of butter or margarine
1 Cup sugar
3 eggs beaten
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons anise oil
4 Cups flour

Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs, anise oil, baking powder and mix well. 
Mix in flour.
Shape into small loaves and bake at 400 degrees until light brown (about 18-20minutes).
Remove from oven and slice into diagonal slices while hot.
Place on sides onto a cookie sheet.
Bake 10 minutes more.
(Slivered almonds can be added to creamed mixture if desired.)

Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

Smoked Eggs Benedict
Recipe from Chef Sarah McCully


Cooked Smoked Bacon
Unsalted butter
Salt & Pepper
Asparagus (optional)

Hollandaise Sauce

3 egg yolks in a medium bowl
4 oz. unsalted butter, melted and set aside
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
A few dashes of tabasco
Salt & pepper to taste

Hollandaise sauce is no easy task, but once you get the hang of it, there’s no stopping you

First melt the butter over a medium flame and set aside to separate the milk solids from the butter fat. Whisk the egg yolks over a double boiler (a pot of simmering water over a medium flame to create steam – place the bowl of yolks on the top of the pot letting the steam created by the cooking process). Whisk the yolks constantly until you get a frothy yellow color and the yoks themselves will create a ribbon and will become thickened.

Add the butter slowly with a ladle disregarding the milk solids to sink to the bottom, this will dilute the hollandaise and make it runny. Add all of the butter fat and you will see the sauce starting to come together. Season with lemon and hot sauce, salty and pepper to taste.

Poached eggs

Place a simmering pot of water like a deep sauté pan over a medium flame with ½ gallon water, 2 T salt, and ¼ C. white vinegar. The salt and vinegar create buoyancy in the water to keep the yolk attached to the white of the egg. Make a whirlpool and crack and egg into the water. The egg will cook for about 2-3 minutes for a soft runny yolk. Drain on a paper towel to not get the English muffin wet.

Place the english muffin down first, followed by bacon, egg, and top with the sauce.


White Bean Kale Soup

Sauté in olive oil in soup pot:
1 Medium Onion diced
3 Carrots diced
2 stalks Celery diced
Then add kale in batches approximately 1.5 lbs. chopped
You can add 2 potatoes diced if you like.

Add bullion or Better than Bullion (chicken or vegetable) in proportion to make 2 quarts, or you can use vegetable broth if you prefer.
Add one or two cans of cannellini beans
Season as needed.

Meanwhile put in bowl
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Hot pepper flakes as desired
A good amount of fennel seeds (pound in mortar with pestle to open flavor)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Mix and taste. Adjust as needed.
Add 1 pound ground chicken and mix.
Make small meatballs and brown in pan.
Add to soup to finish. Top in bowl with Parmesan cheese.


Recipe thanks to Lakshmi Mizen Amruta
Spinach and Cauliflower Paneer  


2 C cooked spinach
1 large onion diced
2 medium tomatoes diced
1 green chili chopped
½ C cream
2 Tablespoonsful tomato paste
1 medium head of cauliflower cut into florets
½ C of paneer or substitute ricotta salata (wegma’s) or hard tofu cubed and browned in saute’ pan
½  tsp cumin
½  tsp coriander
½ tsp red chili powder
1 tsp salt1/8 tsp turmeric

Saute’ onions and add tomatoes. When onions are soft , add spices and stir. Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Recipe by Sonia El Ghazal from Savory Maza


1 medium onion finely chopped
1 Lb. coarse chopped beef or lamb or combination
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. each – allspice, cinnamon, cloves, or 1 T. Arabic spice
1 ¼ Cup rice, rinsed & drained
Chicken broth enough to cover 1 inch above rice
1 t. olive oil (for sautéing onion & meat)
1 T. butter or ghee to finish

Red pepper
Nuts (pistachios, pine nuts, almonds or those of your choice)

Sauté onion and ground beef until browned.
Add salt, pepper and spices and sauté for a minute or two.
Add rice and allow to heat in the pan.
Add chicken broth to cook rice.

Recipe by Tracey Khalife adapted from New Dieters Cook Book

1 ½ Cups All Purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 -4 bananas mashed
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup cooking oil (I use canola)

Add ins: chocolate chips, nuts of choice (I prefer slivered almonds and Ghiardelli 60% dark chocolate chips)

1 Tbsp oats
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl combine egg, bananas, sugar and oil. Once mixed, add dry ingredients leaving a small amount in bowl. Combine until just moistened.

Using the bit of dry ingredients left, add chocolate chips and nuts. Toss in flour mixture then add to batter, mixing to incorporate. Do not overmix.

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over top.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.Enjoy!

From Deana Sesso
Pasta Fagioli

1/2 lb salt pork, cut in half
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic finely chopped
2 tsp. olive oil
5 cups water
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
2 cans drained & rinsed Northern beans
1 tsp. basil & 1 tsp. parsley
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups cooked ditalini pasta
1 cup Locatelli cheeseBoil ditalini and drain in strainer. Set aside. Heat olive oil in pot, add salt pork, onions & garlic. Sauté medium heat until onions are translucent. Add water, crushed tomatoes, seasonings, salt, pepper, rinsed & drained northern beans to pot. Simmer for 1/2 hour.
Take 1/2 soup (make sure the salt pork is not in there), place it in food processor and pulse it a few times to puree it. Return puree to pot. Add the other can of northern beans and grated cheese, and cook for 1/2 hour. The last 10 minutes add the ditalini. Remove the salt pork before serving. Enjoy.

from Paula Lamberton

This is a recipe my Nonna made during the spring. It is great as a dessert or as a light breakfast with espresso or tea.  Similar to a pound cake and it is not very sweet.

Sift together : 3 1/2 cups Flour

4 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
Set this aside.
Cream:             1 cup crisco (shortening)
1 cup sugar
To the creamed mixture add the eggs, mix after each addition … A total of 5 eggs
1 cup Whole milk

Rind of 1 lemon and the juice
2oz. whiskey
1oz Annisette

Gradually add the flour and milk plus the rind, juice and liquors to the Creamed mixture ending with the milk. put into a well greased and floured Tube Pan.
You can add raisins if you like. (When I add them, I soak them first in hot water before I start the recipe).

 Bake at 370 ( yes, 370) for 40-45 mins.  Enjoy!!!!!!!

From Gene Litz of 13 Olives
Muhammara Recipe

4 Red Bell Pepper
1 C Walnuts (toasted)
1 Clove Garlic
3 T Fresh Lemon Juice
1/3 C Fused Cayenne Olive Oil (13 Olives)
1/3 C Pomegranate Molasses
1/3 C Fresh Bread Crumbs Sea salt and Black Pepper (to taste)

Toast the walnuts and cool, Remove seeds and stem from peppers, place in food processor with walnuts, garlic, lemon, molasses, puree, drizzle in the olive oil and puree until smooth several minutes. Place mixture in a bowl and fold in the bread crumbs to bind everything together, season to taste with salt and pepper. The flavor should be a delicate balance of heat and sweet accented with the garlic and lemon. Muhammara is great dip served with crunchy veggies, crackers or pita.

Gene Litz from 13 Olives

1/2 lb Dried Chic Peas
1/2 T Baking Soda
1 Garlic Clove
4 T Tahini ( Sesame Paste)
6 oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Lemon Fused Olive Oil (13 Olives)
Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)

Garnish: Chopped Parsley, Sumac, Whole Chic Peas, “Melgarejo” Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil (13 Olives)

Cover the chic peas with water, soak overnight. Drain and cover with fresh water and baking soda. Cook chic peas for 60-90 min until soft and mushy, cool to room temperature. In a food processor combine garlic, lemon juice and 2 ice cubes and puree, add the Tahini and lemon juice,puree to a smooth sauce consistency. Add the chic peas, salt, & pepper, drizzle in the olive oil. Puree for several minutes. If needed add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to achieve a smooth and fluffy consistency. The taste should be balanced with nuttiness, garlic and acidity from the lemon juice. Garnish with fresh parsley, Sumac spice and Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Lemon olive oil. This a very healthy and versatile dip for Pita bread, crackers and veggies.

Leanne Mazurick
Pizza Crust

Makes 2 crusts
This recipe starts with a pre-ferment or biga…it will help give your dough more flavor.

To make the biga…3.6ounces(7/8cup) bread flour or AP flour…whatever you have in your pantry. Mix with 2.2 oz (1/4 cup) of room temp water and a very small pinch of yeast…mix and let sit overnight or 12hours at about 70 degrees. when ripe and ready it will be domed and just beginning to recede in the middle.

To make the pizza dough…you’ll need:
14.6oz or 3 3/8cup of bread flour or AP flour
10.2 oz or 1 1/4cup warm not hot water
.3oz or 1/2Tablespoon salt
scant 1 1/4 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
all of the pre-ferment/biga…5.8ounces

mix all the ingredients except olive oil together via hand mixing or mixer. You may want to break up your biga in the water first so that it will be easier to incorporate into the dough. If necessary, correct the hydration by adding a touch more water or flour…the dough should be medium consistency…not to sticky and not too dry. Once the dough has come together begin to add your olive oil…continue to mix until incorporated and your dough is soft and smooth. Next you’ll let your dough rest or bulk ferment for 2hours  or you can let it ferment room temp for 1hour and then refrigerate for up to 16hours. You’ll want to fold your dough once after the first hour if not refrigerating. Folding is gently bringing the outsides of the dough to the center and then flipping the dough over.
After your bulk fermentation..divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball and let rest covered on the counter for 20minutes. This will give the dough time to relax before shaping. Refrigerated dough balls will take up to an hour to relax and warm up. Next shape your pizza by stretching it into the desired shape, top and bake. About an hour before baking, crank your oven up to 500 degrees with a pizza stone or baking stone inside. if you don’t have a pizza stone…an inverted cast iron pan also works just make sure the size of your pizza will fit on top! Bake for 8-10 minutes and rotate halfway through if necessary….Enjoy!