Author Archive for: ‘Denise Simmons, Corporate Executive Chef’

Pot Roasted Cauliflower Piccata

Serves 8
1 head cauliflower, bottom & leaves removed, head intact
2 T olive oil
¼ t ea s&p
3 T butter
1 T fresh garlic, minced
3 T ap flour
1 ¾ c chicken broth
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 T capers, with a little juice

1. Place cauliflower in cast iron skillet, drizzle oil, s&p
2. Cover with foil, cook 40-60 minutes, 400° oven
3. Sauté garlic in melted butter, in saucepan
4. Combine oil & flour to make paste, add to pan, cook until golden brown
5. Add chicken broth slowly, add lemon juice & capers, bring to boil, simmer 15-20 min
6. Remove cauliflower from pan, top with sauce

– to make gluten free use 1 T arrowroot instead of flour
– sub vegetable broth for vegetarian

Pimento Cheese Grits

Serves 8
2 ½ c water
2 ½ c milk
1 c white grits
2 c pimento cheese

1. Bring water/milk to boil, add grits, reduce heat, simmer 20 mins
2. Stir in pimento cheese, s&p to taste
3. Serve immediately
4. Can chill & reheat in casserole, 350° for 30-45 mins

Comfort Pho Bowls

Choose 1 from each grouping:
1. Grain: rice, noodle, quinoa, farro, barley
2. Protein: chicken, shrimp, pork, beans, egg, tofu
3. Veggie: broccoli, squash, brussel sprouts, mushroom, eggplant
4. Greens: kale, spinach, bok choy, swiss chard
5. Broth: chicken, veggie, pork, fish
6. Spice: hot sauce, herbs
7.Crunch: carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, kimchi, scallions, peppers

Per serving, layer in order in wide mouth bowl:
⅓ c cooked grain
⅓ c cooked and chopped protein
⅓ c roasted or steamed veggie
¼ c julienned greens
½ c+ hot broth
spice to taste
top with shredded or chopped crunch

Great way to use leftovers, any combo works!

Minty Chocolate Beet Pudding

Serves 6

1c coconut milk, full fat

4 sprigs fresh mint

½c beet juice**

2c chocolate chips, bittersweet

2t cornstarch

3t water

1/4c sugar

1/4t salt

1t vanilla extract


1. Heat coconut milk, on med, to simmering

2. Remove from heat, add mint, cover & seep 30 mins

3. Combine cornstarch & water in bowl, stir to mix

4. Strain coconut milk, discard mint leaves

5. Reheat coconut milk, med heat

6. Add cornstarch mixture, stir until thickened, 2+ mins

7. Stir in beet juice, vanilla, chocolate; mix until smooth

8. Pour into 4oz ramekins

9. Serve warm or cold

**Note: beet juice at Whole Foods, or other specialty

Pumpkin Hummus

2c rinsed garbanzo beans

½c pumpkin purée

1/3c olive oil

1T chopped Italian parsley

1½t apple cider vinegar

½t+ chopped garlic

1½t maple syrup

½t cinnamon

to taste s&p

toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

chopped fresh chives


1. Blend all (except chives) in food processor until smooth

2. Add a little hot water to thin to desired consistency

Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, chives & maple syrup drizzle

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta & Apples

Serves 6

1T olive oil

1lb brussels sprouts, quartered

1 firm, tart apple, diced

1 med yellow onion, diced

3oz thin pancetta, coarsely chopped

2T sherry vinegar

3 3/4c pure maple syrup

1/8t crushed red pepper flakes

½c spiced pecan pieces


1. Heat oven to 400°F

2. Combine brussels sprouts, apple, onion, oil, s&p; toss to coat

3. Roast 20 mins, until tender

4. Sautée pancetta in large skillet over med heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain

5. Whisk together vinegar, syrup, red pepper flakes

6. Toss brussels mixture with ½ (or more) dressing & pancetta

7. Top with spiced pecan pieces

Asian Pear Slaw

Serves 10

1½c napa cabbage, thinly sliced

1 asian pear, julienned

1c carrots, julienned

½c red pepper, julienned

½c green onions, thinly sliced



2t ea minced garlic & ginger

1T fresh cilantro

2T ea low sodium soy sauce & rice wine vinegar

pinch crushed red pepper

1T sesame oil

2T olive oil

to taste s&p


1. Prepare veggies, place in bowl

2. Mix dressing ingredients

3. Pour dressing over veggies, mix well

Note: use tamari vs. soy sauce for gluten free

Spiralized Beet Salad with Mint & Pistachios

Serves 4-6

1-2 red beets

1-2 golden beets

2T fresh mint, thinly sliced

1/4c pistachios, chopped


1/4c fresh orange juice

1T white balsamic vinegar

1T local honey

2T olive oil

to taste s&p


1. Spiralize beets, cut beet noodles in half

2. Place beets in bowl with mint & pistachios

3. Combine dressing ingredients in  jar, shake to blend

4. Pour dressing over beets, toss

Note: can prep the day before, but wait to combine with dressing until close to serving

Peach BBQ Baked Beans

Serves 8

6 slices thick cut bacon, chopped

4 cans, 1 ea: cannellini, black, kidney, pinto

3 ripe peaches, chopped

1½c bbq sauce

½c maple syrup

½c bourbon or apple cider

1/4c balsamic vinegar

2T grainy dijon

1t ea chili powder, smoked paprika, ginger

to taste s&p

chopped fresh basil


1. In dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp, 5 mins

2. Add other ingredients, stir well

3. Bake on 350°F for 45 mins

4. Garnish with fresh basil

Avocado & Strawberry Salsa

Serves 8

1lg fresh avocado, diced

1c strawberries, diced

1lg navel oranges. diced

1/2c grape halves

1/4c red onion, finely diced

½t+ jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced

1½T fresh lime juice

1½T olive oil

3T fresh cilantro, chopped

taste s&p


1. Combine all ingredients, stir in avocado last, chill

Great accompaniment to fish, chicken & pork dishes!

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