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©2009 The Romantic Table, Carbonara-Central Coast Style, Fresh asparagus, fresh zucchini blossoms, fresh eggs, pancetta, walnuts, Cotja cheese, home-grown oregano and Italian parsley with a little splash of local Fume' Blanc wine served on imported Lanter 2009-06-01 21:16:12:148
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Carbonara-Central Coast Style, Fresh asparagus, fresh zucchini blossoms, fresh eggs, pancetta, walnuts, Cotja cheese, home-grown oregano and Italian parsley with a little splash of local Fume' Blanc wine served on imported Lanterne pasta

June's Featured Recipes

With the start of our summer, we can all look forward to some unusual Central Coast Recipes that offer more than one way to serve them to your friends and families.

Its been fun developing this month's recipes! We've recreated a few of our favorite tastes from the past that you can't find now-a-days. Of course we do them with a Central Coast flair!

In the eighties and early nineties, when my husband and I used to travel up to the Cupertino -Los Altos area, we'd always stop at our favorite "Emporium Department Store" for lunch. They had the best Chicken Salad Sandwich that we've ever tasted! This is another "chick recipe" as my husband calls it-though he admits he loved it too.

When the Emporium closed our stomachs felt the loss! Determined to savor that "taste" once again, we got to work recreating it--and then some! Let me tell you! It's a delicious chicken salad made up of the following ingredients: cooked chicken breast pieces, diced celery, diced apples, red grape halves, toasted walnuts, Brie cheese chunks, a dabbling of mayonnaise and all served on raisin bread that's been lightly toasted. Oh my God! It's wonderful! Definitely a serotonin inducer. This recipe can be served as a salad or a sandwich --what best suits the occasion. This is a delightful lunch or a light dinner on a hot night. It's perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Another recipe that we'd love to share with you is our recipe for Carbonara Central-Coast Style. Every ingredient comes from this county. It's a real "classical Central-Californian dish. And this is not "just a chick dish!" It has the flavors that men will love too. (My husband raved about it the first time I made it for him!)

This recipe incorporates the flavors of fresh asparagus, fresh zucchini blossoms, fresh eggs, pancetta, walnuts, Cotja cheese, home-grown oregano and Italian parsley with a little splash of local Fume Blanc wine served on imported Lanterne pasta. What a marvelous beautiful dish this makes with its bright yellow and green colors. It's VERY mellow and VERY satisfying. Check it out!

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Scallops with Two Bean Cream, lightly breaded scallops with black and white bean "cream" sauces.
Another offering we're showcasing this month are Scallops with a Two Bean Cream. This recipe is based on one that came from Colonial California. It's lightly breaded scallops with both a black and white bean "cream" sauces. The "cream" is actually healthy just some of the beans pureed, not real cream. Starting with a classic trito (which you know means it's going to be very mellow), we make two savory sauces of black beans and white cannellini beans. This is a very elegant dish worthy of your best guests!

The next recipe is a fun one and a "Men's favorite" --though women love it too! It's Calamari Friti with Spicy Marinara, that's Fried Calamari in English. Probably you've seen this on some menus at Italian restaurants. What makes our recipe so unusual, is that the fresh wild calamari are caught just off the coast of Monterey and flash-frozen. The calamari at only $2.00 a pound is make a very affordable appetizer for several people to enjoy! (Though you do have to clean it, we'll show you how easy it is to do!)
This is by far our personal favorite way to enjoy calamari! You've got to try it for yourself!

©2009 The Romantic Table, Early Summer salad with in-season fresh Bing cherries, raisin bread Croutons, Paso Robles toasted walnuts, a creamy French brie cheese and Speckled Troutback Greens. 2009-06-01 21:30:38:150
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Early Summer salad with in-season fresh Bing cherries, raisin bread Croutons, Paso Robles toasted walnuts, a creamy French brie cheese and Speckled Troutback Greens.
Then for our salad recipes, we are doing an early Summer salad recipe that uses in-season fresh Bing cherries, raisin bread croutons, Paso Robles toasted walnuts, a creamy French brie cheese and a very unusual salad green called Speckled Troutback Greens. They are grown by our greens specialist Ralph Johnson in San Luis Obispo. They are like a Romaine Lettuce, but a bit sharper in taste.

So start your summer off with an exploration --and a little fun too, with our Central Coast Style recipes and get ready for nice summer staying locally but with the best tastes around!




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