Food Recipes

Kathy Gunst’s Spinach Topping for Pasta

In Food Recipes By Lisë Stern / December 2011

Kathy Gunst writes, “Kids hate spinach, right? Wrong! When Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet came to school to show the kids how to make homemade pasta, I quickly put together this simple topping. I wasn’t sure the kids would like it—but they ended up lining up for seconds and thirds!”

Ten Spice Duck Breast, with Autumn Greens, Quinoa, and Parsnip Puree

In Food Recipes By Lisë Stern / November 2011

Chef Jeremy Bradbury served this creative dish at the recent Best of Taste Bash. The tangy black quinoa makes a pleasing visual contrast to the greens and is balanced by the sweetness of the duck meat and the creamy parsnip puree.

Fisherman’s Soup with Flavors of Provence

While the menu at 98 Provence Bistro changes seasonally, this is one signature recipe that remains available year-round. It’s flexible—use your preferred combination of fish and seafood. Squid, clams, and other crustaceans can be used instead of the mussels, scallops, and shrimp. Serve with crusty baguette slices to soak up the sauce.

Grilled Swordfish with Sauteed Corn, Tomato, and Basil

Kathy Gunst writes, “The combination of sweet corn, tomato, and basil makes a great topping for grilled swordfish (or any type of fish, meat, or poultry), but also works as a crostini topping (on slices of grilled crusty bread), or inside tacos or burritos.” She notes that salmon, halibut, or tuna may be substituted for the swordfish.

Ramps or Scallions with Smoky Romesco and Manchego Cheese

Ramps are wild leeks, similar in appearance and flavor to scallions. This dish may also be made with scallions, an unusual and tasty preparation. It’s nice as an appetizer or with grilled meats or seafood. Romesco sauce is a Catalan dish, made with almonds and peppers. This recipe makes a generous portion, which may be stored, refrigerated, or frozen. It’s great on vegetables, pasta, and chicken.

Asparagus, Caramelized Shallots, and Goat Cheese Frittata

Moos writes, “This recipe holds up well in a warm oven for an extended period of time, likely due to the heavy cream. I don’t incorporate my toppings into the frittata; in case an item is not to someone’s taste, it can be removed without ruining the whole dish for them.” When the early spring Maine favorite fiddleheads are in season, Moos says she substitutes them for the asparagus.

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Misitam Café serves this refreshing dish in the summer. The pickled watermelon adds a pleasing tangy contrast and crunch to the pale sweet soup.