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Kale + Walnut Pesto

Whether you’re cooking it, growing it, reading about it, or eating it, food brings people together. Today, we’re highlighting someone special. Someone who is teaching it and bringing it altogether using tools from her vocation and her passion for food. Dr. Linda Shiue, M.D. started The Doctor’s Spice Box after a continuing education program at the Culinary Institute where she came to the realization that combining cooking and her job as a medical doctor is not only something that she could do, but something she should do.  She gathers inspiration from her culinary adventures all over the world from Trinidad to Hawaii and creates delicious recipes with healthy twists for her blog. In addition, Dr. Linda Shiue hosts cooking classes for not only her patients but also the general public interested in health and cooking.  For this article, we are featuring one of Dr. Linda Shiue’s simple and easy to make favorites: Kale + Walnut Pesto Ingredients: 1 medium bunch kale chopped 1 medium bunch basil chopped 1/4 cup walnuts 1/2 cup olive oil kosher salt freshly ground …

Cocktail Alchemy: DIY Bitters

Spring has been warming us up to Sunday picnics, evening dinner parties, and most nostalgic of them all, summery sips of infused drinks and mixed cocktails.  A glimpse of the botanical abundance found in everyday cocktails was first introduced to us in a book, The Drunken Botanist, by Amy Stewart. Why not add more of an aromatic flavor experience to our cocktails this summer! If you’d like to craft a more complex taste then handcrafted bitters is a simple way to make familiar drinks seem new again! Bitters are concentrated liquor flavorings that are mixed into drinks to give a deeper and more complex flavor. Back in the day, they were used a medicinal tonics to help with indigestion but slowly have become a essential ingredient for mixologists and their tasty cocktails. The bitter taste can be derived a few different ways. Most commonly it comes from citrus peels or bitter roots and bark. The bitter taste is then extracted using alcohol that is at least 100 proof. The higher the proof, the more easily flavors …

Bone Broth

Homemade broth reminds us of home, the familiar smell of stock on the stove brings back memories of mothers, grandmothers, leftovers, and of course, hot soup. Broth is one of those essential items to have in your kitchen. Not only delicious and comforting, it also is packed with health benefits. There’s a reason why grandmothers all around the world considered it a staple. It’s full of nutrients, comforting flavor, and it’s easy to make at home. What is it exactly? It is essentially boiled down bones with some vegetables and spices for enhanced flavor. The classic vegetables added to stock are called a mirepoix, which includes carrots, celery and onions. Traditional spices include peppercorns, parsley, and thyme. Adding additional flavoring agents such as garlic enhance the flavor further but aren’t necessary. You can use chicken bones, beef bones, duck bones or even fish bones. It’s best to use grass fed, organic animals because you will be boiling down the core of the animal and extracting all of those minerals and nutrients. When the bones are cooked, the structures breakdown …

Lemon Miso Vinaigrette

Spring is in the air, stew season is finally over and fresh salads are ready to take center stage. As you all know, a salad is only as good as its dressing and your dressing is only as good as your ingredients. I have often stocked my kitchen with various cold pressed oils and bowls of fresh lemons but it wasn’t until my visit to Esalen that I starting incorporating miso paste. What is this delightfully tasty concoction? It’s a mixture of fermented soybeans, salt and koji. Miso outranks many other flavorful ingredients in nutrition as it is high in protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a secret ingredient used to add depth and balance to your meals. The video, at the beginning of this article, is of Esalen Institute’s Chef. Phillip Burrus teaching us how to create a simple, but umami inspired vinagrette in the garden. We hope you enjoy!   Recipe: 6 tablespoons of almond oil or olive oil 2 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon 1 teaspoon of miso (maybe a dash more if the miso is mild) …

Preserved Lemons w/ Chef Phillip Burrus

The Wild Skillet team had the amazing opportunity to visit with one of our favorite chefs, Phillip Burrus, executive chef at Esalen Institute located in Big Sur, CA. The food at Esalen is world-renowned. People come from all over to enjoy the flavors of fresh-picked ingredients aligned with a synergy of ancient & modern cooking techniques. In Esalen’s gorgeous garden, between the rows of leafy green crops and perennial flowers, Chef Phillip taught us one of his favorite techniques, lemon preservation. A Moroccan delicacy, mellow but bold in flavor with a heightened essence of vibrant lemon zest. Preserved lemons are an affordable and a practical method of enjoying lemons long after they have been harvested. There’s something very instinctual about food preservation, as it has permeated almost every culture and helped humans survive extreme climates. Although preserved lemons are usually associated with Mediterranean cooking, after a little digging, we’ve found out that they’ve been used in recipes all around the world from the Greeks to Russians, and even in early 19th Century English cookbooks! When …

Winter Tonic with Ginger and Turmeric

It’s positively bone chilling out there! While your first instinct might be to go for a cup of fatty-rich hot cocoa or caffeine-riddled coffee, why not give this option a try? It’s dairy free, aromatic, and LOADED with immune system boosters. It contains ginger, a spicy holiday flavor that has anti-inflammatory and digestion aiding properties. Plus, this tonic has a heavy hit of marigold-colored turmeric which has been shown to help arthritis, upset stomach, and even fight some types of cancer. Add some sweet honey and rich coconut milk, and you will be hoping that winter lasts all year long.  Wild Winter Tonic Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon Tumeric 2 1/4 – inch peeled slice of Ginger Tea leaves (any preference: we used an herbal blend of floral tea) 1 teaspoon Honey Coconut Milk (added to taste) 1 1/2 cup hot water Add the above ingredients into a mug and stir until all the ingredients have been infused into your mixture. The sliced ginger can be removed before drinking or finely grated to taste. Our winter tonic is a great way to …

The Healthy, Easy Spaghetti-Squash

When people think “squash,” it’s likely that they think of soup, or maybe some sort of buttery mash. But there’s one squash that doesn’t look like baby food or need copious amounts of butter to make its flavor shine. That’s right, it’s all about the spaghetti squash. However, I have to be honest:  the first time I made this gorgeous veggie, it didn’t turn out picture perfect. Or even picture “okay.” Actually, it was a disaster! After I baked the squash, I poured a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce directly on top of it, didn’t even heat it, then sprinkled it with cheap parmesan cheese. This was 15 years ago when food blogs didn’t exist. You are probably too savvy to make such a culinary faux pas. However, here are a few tricks to help you along the way. Now, the great news: spaghetti squash is carb-free, gluten-free and holds an almost nonexistent fat content which makes it a perfect replacement for pasta. Still not hooked? Check out how healthy it is for you: Filled with omega-3 fatty acids which …

2014 Thanksgiving Food Trends

Everyone loves Thanksgiving. It’s non-denominational, totally appropriate to have friends at the table, and it’s focused around FOOD! What could be better? How about a Thanksgiving that doesn’t also require a gallon of Pepto Bismol and a Coscto-sized tub of antacids. This years trends are centered around flavor, adding new unexpected spices and more fresh organic ingredients. Take a look at the trends that pay homage to the past with a modern, tasty, and wholesome twist. Organic Turkey You guessed it, the trend continues to center around organic, free range, Heritage turkey.  Not only does free range/organic turkey taste better but its healthier. Who needs more hormones, chemicals and antibiotics in their body? Turkey is high in protein and low in fat. Even the dark meat isn’t too bad for you as long as you don’t eat the skin. It may come as a surprise but turkey meat is actually the healthier option when compared to chicken. Dark turkey meat is comparable in nutrients and calories to white chicken breast, but it’s tastier. However, chicken thighs have 3 times the fat as a …

The Half Shell

Everyone has heard the old adage “the world is your oyster” by Sir William Shakespeare. But, the real question is…why haven’t you made the oyster your world. This handheld, portable food has captivated foodies for centuries with its elegant appearance, unique taste, and mysterious aphrodisiac properties. Most people fall into the category of lovers or “shruggers” of raw oysters. It took me at least a dozen oyster tries over the course of 15 years to finally fall in love with these gorgeous salty treats. As with all infatuations, I have become obsessed with the history, healthy benefits and yummy recipes. In 1870’s, most San Francisco residents ate oysters daily from successful gold miners to the local street vendors straight out of the bay. Today, 98% of the oysters we eat are farmed/sustainable and delicious. They provide a source of protein and minerals, low in cholesterol and carbohydrates. Basically, every foodie dieter’s dream. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, great for your skin, heart and helps lower cholesterol. These important fatty acids also improve brain function which helps release …

Dancing to the Beet

These groovy red, yellow, candy stripped beets are back in style. They are gorgeous, they are healthy, and…lucky you…they are in season! If you thought the only way to eat them was in a 1980’s terrine with dry goat cheese and sub par pistachios, welcome to this millennium. They are in everything from sweets to meats and those greens tops are showing up in the fanciest of juice establishments. We have collected our favorite curious moments, health facts and recipes to share with you, enjoy. Vibrant Health Benefits: Good source of folate, potassium, vitamin C and fiber Has shown to prevent artery and cardiovascular disease as well as lowering blood pressure Boosts your stamina during workouts by reducing oxygen consumption during submaximal exercise The juice/extract contains betanin, which has strong antioxidant activity and has been seen to have protective effects in various cancer cell lines (such as breast, prostate, liver, skin) Supports detoxification in the body and liver Helps fight inflammation in the body I like to roast 6-7 beets in the beginning of week then add them to salads, quinoa, …