Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Whole Fruit Marmalade :: Oh So British Baking ::








BASICS

For the weight of the cooked fruit use
70% Organic Cane Sugar
10% Honey
10% Port Wine or Sweet Marsala
I round up

This recipe uses whole citrus fruits boiled for several hours.  It’s definitely got that bitterness that the British (and I love).  I’ve cut back on the sugar, so this is even more flexible for use in savory applications.  Try it w/ mango on focaccia.  If you use grapefruits as I did, you’ll find the bitterness increased.  For a more mild version start w/ mostly oranges and tangerines.  Blood oranges add a gorgeous color.  Add in a few lemons and limes regardless.  They add so much flavor complexity.  Meyer lemons and Bearss limes are great.  Start with about 4 to 5 pounds of washed whole citrus fruits.  Put into a large pot w/ enough water to cover.  Put a lid on the pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and simmer covered for 2 hours.  Turn off heat and cool over night in the covered pot.  Strain and save liquid











 

For the Batch in the Avanti Blog Photos

Amount
Measure
Ingredient
Prep Method
4
Pounds (64 oz)
Cooked Whole Citrus Fruits
Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon
45
Ounces
Organic Cane Sugar

7
Ounces
Honey

7
Ounces
Tawny Port

64
Ounces
Cooking liquid



Juice of 2 lemons
Optional

Directions:

The original recipe has you warm the sugar in a low oven at 200 F for 30 while you prep the fruit. Heat the liquid, honey & port while the sugar is warming.  Use the widest large pot you have.  Cut the fruit into dice or strips.  You can pulse in batches in the food processor for a finer preserve.  I like bigger strips.  Add the chopped fruit and the warm sugar and bring the heat to high.  Stir frequently & skim until the mixture comes to 105 degrees Celsius on an instant read thermometer.  Cool, then pack into sterilized glass jars & refrigerate.  You can can it if desired, but it keeps for months in the fridge.  The texture is divine & the color a rich rosy amber. 
















Eating Healthy & Delicious is a Win Win Win Situation!
Eat, Live & Party Well
Blog post by Chef Mark Cleveland

Avanti is the longstanding leader in organic, sustainable, local, flavorful cuisine in Orange County, CA.

Meaning 'forward' in Italian, Avanti Natural is a culinary philosophy that integrates the best of traditional European and Asian healthful eating with the latest nutritional information for optimum health.

At Avanti Natural, we believe that you don't have to sacrifice taste to eat healthy.  You can Eat Well & Live Well.  Follow us on social media to see what Avanti is up to now.  We are Whole Foods Experts.  Post photos of your versions of Avanti Natural recipes on our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube pages.  Check our blog on the website for how to recipe blogs.  We’re excited to see and share your culinary creativity!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BBQ Marinated Ribs & Baby Spuds :: Chef Mark Cleveland @ Ready.Chef.GO! ::














































 

450 Oven or Open BBQ Grill
2 servings per bag

10 Oz Cooked Marinated Ribs
3/4 Pound Potatoes, boiled & diced
2 Tsp Herb Seasoning Blend, Everson Cali Garlic & Pepper or Herb Crusted Seasoning, Cajon Seasoning, Chipotle Raspberry Sprinkle, etc.
1/4 Cup Scallions, thin slice
 (Opt) 1 1/2 Tbs EVOO
(Opt) Fresh Herbs, I used fresh thyme sprigs

Scallions & fresh herbs for garnish

Sprinkle the spice blend on the diced potato & load into the bag.  Shake well to combine.  Add in the sliced scallions & the optional fresh herb sprigs & toss again.  Set the rack of ribs on top & seal the bag.

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: BBQ on an open grill foil side down, or roast in a 450 oven for 15 mins, until the fully hot.  Let rest for 1 min before opening the bag.  Garnish w/ more fresh herbs & scallions.  Follow all instructions printed on the Ready.Chef.GO! BBQ bag.

NOTE:  Ready.Chef.GO! bags allow for excellent texture & fast high heat cooking in the oven or on the BBQ grill.  The results are always succulent & tender.  You’ll taste the difference.  Use any fully cooked marinated or rubbed ribs that you sell in house and want to market.  You can use any variety of potato, including more exotic varieties like Peruvian purple, organic French fingerlings, yams, sweet potatoes, taro, yucca, any premium potato you want to feature, promote and demo.  Switch it up for winter squashes like butternut, kabocha & spaghetti squash.  Remember that most home cooks do not like to prep hard winter squash.  Do it for them.  Showcase Everson & other spice blends. 

POINT OF SALE DISPLAY:  Sell the prepacked shrink wrapped ribs along side these fully prepared bags.  Your customers will love the meal in a bag option.  Sell Everson & other retail size spice blends in your display.  Add all sorts of green salads mixes & fresh dressings.  Add fruit salads, fruit parfaits, fresh fruit platters.  Display our Ready.Chef.GO! sides like Warm Mexi Slaw Salad, Italian Green Beans with Chicken & Corn on the Cob bags to build a buffet or picnic at your customers fingertips.  Add everything from your deli relevant & seasonal.  Make sure to add the fresh garnishes to the display, fresh herbs, scallions both bunched and pre sliced.  Add salsas, pestos, pico de gallo and more.  Feature party beverages of all kinds, wines, margarita & bloody mary mixers, fresh juices, sparkling everything & of course BBQ sauces, Hot salsas, guacamole & other appetizers.
Remember all the garnishes listed on the reheating instructions label: Scallions & fresh herbs for garnish



















Eating Healthy & Delicious is a Win Win Win Situation!
Eat, Live & Party Well
Blog post by Chef Mark Cleveland

Avanti is the longstanding leader in organic, sustainable, local, flavorful cuisine in Orange County, CA.

Meaning 'forward' in Italian, Avanti Natural is a culinary philosophy that integrates the best of traditional European and Asian healthful eating with the latest nutritional information for optimum health.

At Avanti Natural, we believe that you don't have to sacrifice taste to eat healthy.  You can Eat Well & Live Well.  Follow us on social media to see what Avanti is up to now.  We are Whole Foods Experts.  Post photos of your versions of Avanti Natural recipes on our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube pages.  Check our blog on the website for how to recipe blogs.  We’re excited to see and share your culinary creativity!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BBQ Chicken & Broccoli :: Chef Mark Cleveland @ Ready.Chef.GO! ::















 










 
 




 

450 Oven or Open BBQ Grill
2 servings per bag

1/2 Cup Onion, thin rings
2 1/2 Cups Broccoli, florets
1/2 Cup Peas, Corn, Fava Beans, Carrots, etc (I used frozen fava beans)
6-8 Oz Cooked Chicken Breast
1/3 Cup Favorite BBQ Sauce
2-3 Tablespoons Water

Citrus & fresh herbs for garnish

Slice the chicken breast on the diagonal.  Stir enough water into the BBQ sauce to the consistency of heavy cream.  Load the broccoli, onions & corn or peas, etc into the bag.  Add in the BBQ sauce and shake well to coat the veggies.  Load the sliced chicken on top of the veg blend & seal the bag. 

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: BBQ on an open grill foil side down, or roast in a 450 oven for 15 to 20 mins, until the broccoli is fully cooked.  Let rest for 2 mins before opening the bag.  Garnish w/ fresh citrus & herbs.  Follow all instructions printed on the Ready.Chef.GO! BBQ bag.

NOTE:  Ready.Chef.GO! bags allow for excellent texture & fast high heat cooking in the oven or on the BBQ grill.  The results are always succulent & tender.  You’ll taste the difference.  Use any fully cooked chicken, roasted or poached breast, thighs, wings, drumsticks.  Alternatively use flavored chicken or turkey sausages.  


POINT OF SALE DISPLAY:  Sell jars of the BBQ sauce you used in the bags.  Display roasted rotisserie chickens.  Load the display with all BBQ fixin’s like beverages, salads, sides, more BBQ fare like whole ears of corn, potatoes, yams, etc.  Add breads, desserts, especially ice cream, cupcakes & pies.  



Eating Healthy & Delicious is a Win Win Win Situation!
Eat, Live & Party Well
Blog post by Chef Mark Cleveland

Avanti is the longstanding leader in organic, sustainable, local, flavorful cuisine in Orange County, CA.

Meaning 'forward' in Italian, Avanti Natural is a culinary philosophy that integrates the best of traditional European and Asian healthful eating with the latest nutritional information for optimum health.

At Avanti Natural, we believe that you don't have to sacrifice taste to eat healthy.  You can Eat Well & Live Well.  Follow us on social media to see what Avanti is up to now.  We are Whole Foods Experts.  Post photos of your versions of Avanti Natural recipes on our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube pages.  Check our blog on the website for how to recipe blogs.  We’re excited to see and share your culinary creativity!

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3 Bean Power Lunch Lettuce Wraps :: Chef Mark Cleveland @ Ready.Chef.GO! ::



















 

 

Microwave high for 2 mins or 450 oven or 15 to 20 mins
1 hearty or 2 light servings per bag

(Opt) 1/8 Cup Shallot or Scallions, thin slices
1/2 Cup Garbanzos
1/2 Cup White Beans
1 Cup Green Beans, raw, cooked or frozen
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1/3 Cup Favorite Dressing (I used creamy herb Cesar)

Fresh Lettuce Leaves (I used hydroponic butter lettuce)

Seeds or seed blends for garnish & serve w/ fresh garden lettuce leaves.

Mix together the shallot, garbanzos, white beans, green beans, walnuts with the dressing and load into bags & seal. 

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: Microwave high for 2 mins or 450 oven or 15 to 20 mins.  Let rest for 1 min before opening the bag.  Garnish w/ seeds or seed blends & serve w/ fresh lettuce leaves

NOTE:  Ready.Chef.GO! bags allow for excellent texture in the microwave & fast high heat cooking in the oven.  The results are always succulent & tender.  You’ll taste the difference.  Include fresh lettuce options for sale w/ these 3 bean bags.  


POINT OF SALE DISPLAY:  Bill these power lunch options as easy, healthy, satisfying lunch options for getting and staying fit on the job.  Make sure to include prepacked lettuces for sale along w/ this bag.  Sample this meal to customers.  Show lettuce warp photos in the display or on your social media.  Load the display w/ unsweetened beverages like cold pressed vegetable & fruit juices, cold brew coffee, brewed teas, especially green & oolong.  Showcase seed blends with sesame, flax & hemp seeds.  Perhaps build a Power Breakfast AND Lunch Duo display with this month’s Chicken Biscuit Breakfast bag for healthy & delicious 2 full meal grab and go displays. 


Eating Healthy & Delicious is a Win Win Win Situation!
Eat, Live & Party Well
Blog post by Chef Mark Cleveland

Avanti is the longstanding leader in organic, sustainable, local, flavorful cuisine in Orange County, CA.

Meaning 'forward' in Italian, Avanti Natural is a culinary philosophy that integrates the best of traditional European and Asian healthful eating with the latest nutritional information for optimum health.

At Avanti Natural, we believe that you don't have to sacrifice taste to eat healthy.  You can Eat Well & Live Well.  Follow us on social media to see what Avanti is up to now.  We are Whole Foods Experts.  Post photos of your versions of Avanti Natural recipes on our Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube pages.  Check our blog on the website for how to recipe blogs.  We’re excited to see and share your culinary creativity!

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