DATES SKEWERS with GOAT CHEESE & PROSCIUTTO

DATES SKEWERS with GOAT CHEESE & PROSCIUTTO

Serves 4:

1/3 cup soft herbed goat cheese
16 Medjool dates, pitted
16 large basil leaves
4 wide, thin slices prosciutto di Parma, each cut into 4 long strips
16 toothpicks, soaked in water 10 minutes

Heat broiler to low. Spoon 1 teaspoon cheese into each date; wrap with a basil leaf, then a prosciutto [...]

BALSAMIC BEAN DIP WITH FRESH VEGGIES

BALSAMIC BEAN DIP WITH FRESH VEGGIES

Serves 4:
1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar plus extra for drizzling
Oil from jar of sun-dried tomatoes
Assorted crudités
Whole wheat pita bread, cut into wedges

Puree beans, olive oil, and 1 tablespoon vinegar in processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. [...]

WASABI SESAME AVOCADO SALSA

WASABI SESAME AVOCADO SALSA

smooth & spicy

For about 4 cups:
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)*
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher
salt
1 teaspoon wasabi paste (horseradish paste)*
2 cups coarsely chopped trimmed watercress (leaves and tender stems from 2 medium bunches)
4 green onions, [...]

PEPPER & CORIANDER SCALLOP SKEWERS WITH TARRAGON SALAD

PEPPER AND CORIANDER SCALLOP SKEWERS WITH TARRAGON SALAD

Serves 4:

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 head Boston (or bibb) lettuce, chopped
2 tangerines, sectioned
1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
1 tbsp [...]

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Photography by Mary Sylvester.