Charred Black Garlic Chicken Skewers with Grilled Flatbread and Tzatziki

Black Garlic is hitting the food scene in America hard, and it’s about time. If you have not tried it, you are certainly missing out. You will love the mellow, robust garlic flavor containing the benefits of umami. You’ll pick up some fruity notes like ripe dates, and a finish of smoked caramel. My Friends at Momiki Inc. sent over a few bottles of their new sauce for me to try. I loved it. It’s perfect for grilling marinades or adding to your salad dressings. Momiki’s Umami Black Garlic sauce in this recipe contains all the great flavors that pair well with grilled foods. You are going to love this!

You’ll Need:

2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat and cut into pieces

1/4 cup Momiki’s Umami Black Garlic Sauce  portioned in two

1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1/2 lemon juiced

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pinch Cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and Pepper 

Grilled flatbread or Naan

Tzatziki Sauce

Special Equipment: 

Wooden Skewers ( soaked in water overnight 

Here’s How:

Salt and pepper the chicken. In a medium non-reactive bowl, combine 1/2 of the Momiki’s Umami Black Garlic Sauce, yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Place the chicken in the marinade and toss to coat. Store the coated chicken in an air-tight container within the refrigerator a minimum of 8 hours up to overnight.

About an hour before you are ready to cook, remove the chicken from the cooler and bring it close to room temperature. Thread the chicken pieces onto a lightly-oiled-skewer and lay them on top of a foil-lined baking sheet. 

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grill grates until glossy. Immediately place the marinated chicken on the pre-heated grates and grill undisturbed the first 8-10 minutes. Carefully turn the skewers over and continue to grill the chicken until golden brown and charred in some areas. Cook to an internal temperature of 165’F / 74’C. 

The last 4-5 minutes of grilling baste the chicken with the remaining Momiki’s Black Garlic Sauce. Transfer the skewers to a platter. Garnish elaborately with chopped chives, dill, or parsley.

Serve with grilled lemon halves, freshly grilled flatbreads, and chilled tzatziki sauce. 

Makes approximately 6-8 servings

Japanese Grilled Tacos with Momiki Black Garlic and Spicy Yuzu Scallion Salsa

Crafted in Miyazaki, Japan, Momiki Inc is famous for their black garlic and has a new line of healthy sauces containing Japanese staple condiments. Soy sauce, mirin, and sake with hand-crafted kombu-shiitake mushroom broth. The mature taste, of black garlic and the citris addition makes it incredibly versatile for all kinds of cooking styles, most of their line plays exceptionally well with grilled foods!

You’ll Need

2-pound flank steak

1/2 cup Umami Black Garlic Sauce from Momiki  ( portioned in two ) 

Fresh ground cracked black pepper

Kosher salt to taste

Spicy Yuzu Scallion Salsa ( see recipe below

12-14 small white corn or flour tortillas, lightly toasted on the grill

12-14 slices of mild Havarti cheese 

Pickled Daikon Radish ( see recipe below

1 bunch garlic chives, chopped 

Microgreens for garnish or cilantro

Here’s How

Remove the steak from packaging and puncture all over with the tins of a fork. Place in a shallow dish and marinate ( reserving the other 1/4 cup ) of Momiki’s Umami Black Garlic Sauce. Marinate a minimum of 30 minutes up to 2 hours. Right before cooking, allow the steak to come close to room temperature.

Preheat the outdoor grill to high heat. Season the beef with cracked black pepper on both sides. Lay seasoned beef across hot, oiled grates and do not disturb the first 4-5 minutes. This step will help you achieve a deeply caramelized sear. Flip, reduce the flame to medium and continue the cooking until the desired internal temperature. I like mine medium-rare. 

Douse with the remaining 1/4 cup Black Garlic Sauce, a minute or two before pulling off the heat. Remove to a cutting board, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

While the steak is resting, reduce the heat on the grill and place white corn tortillas on indirect heat exposure ( no flame zone. ) Spritz with a little water to steam. Add cheese, and close the grill lid for 30-40 seconds or until cheese melted and tortillas are warmed. 

Slice the beef, and assemble the tacos by placing the meat directly on the melted cheese tortilla, slather the Yuzu Scallion Salsa and top with Pickled Daikon, cilantro, or your favorite microgreens. 

Yuzu and Black Garlic Scallion Salsa

Delicious Momiki Inc. Black Garlic Products from Japan

You’ll Need

1/2-1 small Serrano chili, cleaned and de-seeded

3 bunches fresh scallions, sliced thin horizontally

2 teaspoons neutral-tasting oil 

1 bunch garlic chives chopped

1 English cucumber, de-seeded and cut into small dice

1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and fine dice ( optional )

1 teaspoon or to taste Momiki’s Hot Yuzu Black Garlic Sauce  

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper or to taste

Here’s How 

In a small bowl, combine the chili pepper, scallions, chives, cucumber, red bell pepper, lime juice, and Yuzu Black Garlic Sauce. Whisk in the oil. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper or more citrus. Place salsa into an airtight container and pop into the fridge until ready to use.

Pickled Daikon ( Optional )

You’ll Need

1 large Daikon, sliced paper-thin

1 cup apple cider vinegar 

2 tablespoons sugar 

Pinch of salt

10 peppercorns 

1-2 clove garlic, peeled and smashed

1 Birds Eye Red Chili ( optional )

Small glass container with a tight-fitting lid for packing

Here’s How

Add the sliced daikon, peppercorns, and garlic to a glass mason jar, and set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt, and heat stirring just until the salt and sugar dissolve about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the garlic cloves and chili pepper. Gently pour the brine over the radish and seal the jar, allow the liquid to cool. Seal with a tight-fitting lid, and place in the refrigerator for minimum 30 minutes before eating. The Daikon may be stored chilled for up four weeks. 

Assemble

To assemble a Taco, lay one or two pieces of the juicy grilled steak on top of the melted cheese, top with sliced grilled steak add scallion salsa and pickled daikon, fold over to make a taco. 

Variations: skip the pickled Daikon and serve with Cueso Fresco ( mild mexican cheese ), a classic Pico de Gallo, or Charred Grilled Onions!

Enjoy!

Sous Vide Fried Chicken and Waffles!

The consistancy of using a Sous Vide machine will result in perfectly fried chicken everytime!

We all want that bite. You know the one….that succulent, juicy tender center with that traditional crunch- golden crispy and perfectly brown everytime! Sometimes it’s hard for home cooks to achive the same results getting the interior of the chicken properly cooked while the outside may over cook.

This recipe allows the cook to achive a perfected piece of fried chicken, inside and out, every- single time!

You’ll Need:

For the Chicken

6-8 pieces of chicken, wings, legs or thighs or breasts

Salt and pepper

1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground Italian seasoning

5 cups good quality, high smoke point vegetable or peanut oil for frying

For the Flour Mixture:

3-4 cups self-rising flour

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Egg Mixture

4 eggs, beaten 

Fresh ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon ground Italian herbs

For the Waffles:

2 large eggs

1 3/4 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup pecan or your favorite nut meal ( optional ) 

2 tablespoons palm or granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Here’s How: 

The Waffles

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until nearly smooth; a few small lumps may remain.

Spray your waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray before preheating it. Cook waffles according to the waffle irons manufacturer’s directions. For an 8″ round waffle iron, use about 1/3 cup batter; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the iron stops steaming. 

Serve hot, or cool and crisp in the toaster before serving. Top with room temperature butter.

The Chicken:

Set your SV Precision Cooker to 155’F Degrees / 68.3’C.

Season the raw chicken with salt, pepper and a light dusting of Italian seasoning. Place into a resealable freezer or vacuum bag. Seal airtight.

Place the sealed bag of chicken into the water bath and circulate for 2 hours. 

Prepare the waffle batter and set aside. 

When the chicken is almost done, preheat the oven to 200’F degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and a baking rack. Set aside.

Once cooked, remove the bag from the water bath. Prepare a dredging station with two casserole dishes side by side-one containing beaten seasoned egg mixture, and the other with the seasoned flour. Set aside.  

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed fry pan or Dutch oven to exactly 350’F degrees. While the oil is heating, remove the chicken from the bag and begin dredging by gently patting the cooked chicken dry and then running the chicken pieces one-at-a-time through the egg mixture, then through the seasoned flour mixture. 

Only when the oil reaches the proper temperature, carefully lower each piece of dredged chicken into the pan. Working in batches, with tongs, turn the chicken parts after a few minutes to achieve a crisp golden-brown crust on all sides. 

Once the chicken is completely golden brown on all sides, remove from the oil, pat off any excess the oil with a paper towel, sprinkle with kosher salt. Set on the rack-lined baking sheet and place it in a 200’F degree oven until ready to serve. 

Make the waffles while chicken stays warm and crispy in the oven. Be sure to serve hot with warm maple syrup or honey!

Chef’s Note: 

Do not allow the temperature of the oil to go below 350’F degrees to achieve the optimal crunch and have oil return to the pan.

No Buttermilk? No Problem!

Combine 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice mixed into 1 cup of whole milk. Let the milk stand for 10 to 15 minutes until it thickens very slightly and curdles- boom- you have buttermilk!

Homemade English Muffins

This recipe is so user friendly and satisfying. I like to use buttermilk for a pleasant, sour tang. The use of bread flour is for an incredible chewy bite. The dough will naturally be sticky, In essence, this is a good sign; the mixture contains optimal hydration, which will yield the traditional nooks and crannies that English muffins are known for. Be sure to split open with a fork to reveal your labor. This dough tastes best when you ferment the mixture overnight, but it is not necessary. Toast them on the stovetop then finish them in the oven. So easy to make, you will be amazed. 

You’ll Need:

5 cups unbleached bread flour

3 teaspoons granulated sugar or honey

2 teaspoons salt

2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

1/4 water, room temperature

1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

Cornmeal for dusting

Cooking oil

Special Equipment:

Cast Iron Skillet

Scale 

Here’s How:

In a small bowl, add the yeast to the water, stir. Set aside and allow the yeast to begin activation. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients—flour, sweetener, and salt. Fit with the dough hook and mix on low speed to combine. 

Add the activated yeast, all but 1/4 cup of the buttermilk, and the butter. Mix on medium-low speed until the ingredients form a ball. If there is still loose flour in the bowl, drizzle in some of the remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk. Continue to knead for about 8-10 minutes until the dough looks soft, but still feels tacky and pliable. 

Dust your fingertips with flour, and remove the dough from the bowl and gently form it into a ball. Spray the bottom of your mixing bowl with cooking spray and place the dough back in the mixing bowl. Turn it once to oil, to prevent a crust from forming. Cover lightly with a clean kitchen towel, and allow to rise 90 minutes in a quiet, warm location of your kitchen, or place in the refrigerator and allow the dough to ferment overnight for optimal flavor.

Prepare three sheet pans with non-stick liners and dust two with cornmeal. Set aside. 

Wipe the counter with a damp cloth and release the dough gently from the bowl. Flouring the work surface is not necessary. Divide the dough into equal pieces weighing about 3 ounces each. Gently shape the pieces into small rounds practicing special attention not to deflate.

Transfer the dough balls to the sheet pans dusted with cornmeal, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Mist them lightly with spray oil, sprinkle them loosely with cornmeal, and cover with a clean towel.

Set aside and proof the rounds at room temperature for an additional 90 minutes or until the pieces nearly double in size.

Preheat the oven to 350˚F Degrees with the oven racks distributed evenly. 

Heat a large cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat, drizzle the pan and a wide spatula with cooking oil. 

Uncover the muffin rounds, slide an oiled spatula under rounds, and gently transfer each one to the hot oiled pan, spacing them about an inch apart. Cook undisturbed for about 5 to 8 minutes, or until the bottoms are nicely brown and both sides slightly deflate to the characteristic of an English Muffin. Carefully flip and continue to cook on the other side for 5 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the pan-cooked muffins back to the original sheet tray and immediately place them in the oven. It’s essential not to wait for the remaining rounds to cook; they will deflate further.

Bake in the oven for an additional 7-8 minutes to ensure that the center bakes through. Cool, and cut open with a fork to display the nooks and crannies.

Makes 16

DYI Marshmallow Peeps!

You know Spring has sprung when Marshmallow Peeps are on the shelves in every drug store imaginable! This season, make your own and avoid almost all the crazy ingredients found in the large manufactured varieties. Plus… soooo much fun to make!

You’ll Need

For the Colored Sugar 

3 cups granulated sugar

Yellow or pink vegetable colorants

For the Marshmallows

3 tablespoons or 2 packets of powdered gelatin

1/3 cup cold water, to activate gelatin

1 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup water

pinch salt

1 teaspoons vanilla or another flavoring of your choice

1 tablespoon chocolate chips, melted ( for the eyes ) or a little food-safe black dye

Special Equipment

Here’s How

For the Colored Sugar

Preheat the oven to 170′ F Degrees. Line a high-sided cookie sheet with parchment and set aside. Place the granulated sugar into the bowl of your food processor. With a toothpick, add a few dabs of the yellow gel coloring. 

Pulse the processor until the sugar becomes bright yellow, while cautiously not to pulsing to a powder. Once the color is to the desired hue, turn out onto the prepared cookie sheet. Place in the oven for about an hour, occasionally stirring to help the sugar to release any additional moisture. Set aside.

For the Marshmallow

Soak the gelatin in the cold water inside the bowl of your standing mixer with the whip attachment. Stir to combine and set aside to develop for about 8-10 minutes.

In a large stock-pot, fitted with a candy thermometer, dissolve the sugar with the corn syrup and 1/4 cup of water over medium-low heat. Stir until combine, careful not to gather any sugar up the sides of the pan. Raise the temperature and bring to a boil. Boil steadily for about 15 minutes without stirring until your candy thermometer reads 240 ‘F Degrees. 

Drizzle the hot sugar mixture in a slow and steady stream down the inside of the standings mixer bowl onto the gelatin. Once the entire mixture is in, increase the speed to high, add flavoring and continue to whip for approximately 10 to 12 minutes until thick, white, and tripled in volume.

In the mean-time, spread half the colored sugar onto a clean large parchment-lined, high-sided sheet pan. 

Piping Bag Technique 

New to a piping bag, or not comfortable working this fast-setting batter? Try the silicon mold technique below.

Fill the bag a little more than halfway. Twist the open end shut and pipe 2 inch long flat ovals, about 1 inch wide. Make sure to quickly snap your wrist by pulling the tip away promptly at the end of the piping stroke. This technique will create the chick’s tail. Repeat additional bases right next to each other, slightly touching. Try to work quickly because the batter will set quickly.

Now create the crest of the chicks’ head by refilling the bag and holding it in the upright position ( 12 o’clock to 6 O’clock ) with even pressure squeeze down and pipe a large circle onto the smooth end of the oval body about as wide as the oval. As you are piping the round, slowly raise the piping bag as you continue to apply pressure creating a pyramid-type shape of marshmallow, ending the pyramid by tilting the bag 90 degrees. Stop squeezing, quickly pull up and away from the mound, forming the head and beak. Be sure to pinch off the string of marshmallow with a wet knife, fingers or oiled scissors to create the beak. 

Dust the marshmallows in the colored sugar before they set.

Use the melted chocolate and a toothpick to dot on the eyes. or black food coloring with a toothpick. Alloe the Peeps to dry. Store in an airtight container.

Silicon Mold Technique 

Lightly spray your mold with cooking spray and set it aside. With an oiled spatula, scoop the sticky mixture into your piping bag, and pipe the blend into the lightly oiled molds. 

Allow to set for about 10 minutes. Gently push the Peeps out of the mold into the sanding sugar and gently dust.

Enjoy! 

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 15 School Nutrition Program

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RECORDING OF LIVE RADIO SHOW 3/1/20 on KSCU 103.3 FM Sunday Supper, Chef Gigi Food Talk Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley.

Chef Gigi & guest co-host Chef Jeff Tachibana from the Epicurian Group host two Bay Area School Nutrition Superheroes! Chef Jason Hull Director of Food Services, Executive Chef and Co-Director of The Culinary Farm, a seed to table program at Marin Country Day School & #SuperWoman Karen Luna, Director of Nutrition Services from our local Santa Clara Unified School District Combine-these two are feeding kids 45,000 pounds a year of organic produce, and serving over 10,000 meals a day!

This weeks Featured Musical Artist – Mike Xavier 

Tonights Curated Playlist on Spotify

Mentions: 
8:00 Minute Mark.Food Talk Opens 
22.05 Wilcox School- Black Garlic Ice Cream on Valentines Day
22:44 Independent Artist,Mike Xavier
43:00 Chef Nancy Vasquez – Marin Country Day School 
44:13 Kathy Power & Lisa Feldman Healthy Kids Colab ( Culinary Instiute of America / Napa ) 
50:00 Chef Debbie Austin & Mountian Views Free Summer Feeding Program
58:00 Chef Chau
 
My Guests Social Media Links 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#Food #Family #SchoolLunch #Organics #SeedtoTable  #ittakesavillage

Kid Friendly Plant-Based Mac and Cheese!

My readers know how much I prefer to cook outside-the-box and supply modifications to my recipes. Parents need to pivot at any moment, and that means anything in the pantry could be on the menu. This high protein plant-based version of my Mac and Cheese recipe is also vegan. Whether you are eating plant-based or not, this twist on traditional family favorite will have your kids eating clean without dairy, dyes, or stablizers. A win-win for all! 

You’ll Need:

1 pound Elbow or Fusille Bucati pasta, cooked to manufactures directions 

1-2 tablespoons Olive oil for cooked macaroni to prevent sticking

1 can ( 15 oz ) organic Cannellini beans

3-4 tablespoons Cashew milk, or your favorite substitute

1/2 – 1 cup Daiya brand vegan cheese shreds, white or yellow cheese substitute flavors. Add additional cup if baking the optional casserole recipe

1/2 teaspoon Kosher or pink Himalayan salt 

1/8 teaspoon Garlic powder, or to taste

2 tablespoons Miyoko’s creamery European style cultured vegan butter or good quality olive oil 

Pinch of ground Turmeric

Pinch of ground Nutmeg

Pinch of ground Cayenne pepper ( optional ) 

Here’s How: 

Cook and drain the pasta according to the manufacture’s directions. Toss in a few tablespoons of olive oil or Miyokos butter to prevent the pasta from sticking. Set aside. You’ll thank me later.

Drain and rinse the beans, reserving liquid. Add the beans to the bowl of your food processor or standing blender with the remaining ingredients, except the cheese, butter, and seasonings. 

Blend on high to liquefy. Add additional cashew milk, or reserved liquid from the beans if your family prefers a thinner sauce.

Transfer to a medium, high-sided pot and continue to warm on medium-low heat. Add the cheese and butter, occasionally stirring, until cheese shreds are melted. 

Add the cooked pasta, stir to cover with sauce. Add seasonings and adjust to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley, or fresh basil leaves for additional sweetness. Serve warm.

Variations: 

Can’t find Vegan Cheese? Substitute with 1/4 cup nutritional yeast. If using nutritional yeast, add 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.

No Beans? No Problem. Substitute with additional vegan cheese. I love cashew cheese because it provides the lovely nutty notes we love in Mac and Cheese. 

Instant Pot Version. Place blended mixture in your instant pot and heat on manual for 5 minutes, season when done.

Try not to Substitute Cannellini’s due to their level of creaminess, but if you need to, Great White Northern beans would be a close match.

Bake it!  Place your completed mac and cheese a 9 x 13 heatproof baking dish and top with additioal cheese , seasoned bread crumbs or Panko and bake 350′ F Degrees until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are toasty brown. 

Add Cooked Green Peas and tell the kids the recipe is, “Mac and Sneeze”! Trust me- they’ll love it!

Not just for Pasta! Use this delicious sauce to plunge or pour over veggies!

Nutritional information if you need it: 

Based on 1/4 cup sauce using Cashew milk and Nutritional Yeast. If including Miyoko’s vegan butter, add 10 calories and 1 additional gram of fat per serving. 

Approximate Serving Size: 2.5 ounces. Based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Calories: 37 

Calories from Fat: 5

Total Fat: 0.5

Trans Fat: 0

Cholesterol : 0

Sodium: 148 mg

Potassium: 15 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 5.7 grams

Dietary Fiber: 1.9 grams

Protein 2.6 grams

Vitamin A: 1%

Calcium : 5%

Iron 5%

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 Episode 14 Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi / MyMilligram

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Copy of LIVE 90/60 Minute Talk Radio show on KSCU 103.3 FM 
Food Talk Begins at the 19 minute mark on tape with Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi and Guest Co- Host Sommelier Mellisa Smith from Enotrias
 
Enjoy the shows playlist here on Spotify. A mix of 1960-1970 musical artists.
 
Marcia Gagliardi

Is the Founder of San Francisco’s long standing, food guide that has an extraordinary cult following. Tablehopper is an institution that’s been around longer than #Eater, #Twitter, or #Instagram.

 
She is a larger-than-life social influencer and the mastermind behind “mymilligram”, a microdoser media brand & educational platform featuring low-dose, high-quality cannabis products even your Madre would approve!
This boss babe is a regular contributor on KQED radio, has moderated panels with Chef Jacques Pépin, and author of #Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in #SanFrancisco. See her reccommended product list here.
 
She’s a repeat SFweekly “Best of San Francisco” award winner. Not to mention her over-the-top, after-hours dinner parties for #chefs are an industry legend!
 
Join myself and guest co-host Enotrias Sommelier Melissa Smith as we stream worldwide tonight on KSCU.org !
Hit the and listen button cause we are turning up tonight, it’s all about California’s latest Gold / Green Rush–The Cannabis Food and Beverage Industry. 
 
 
 

Chocolate Blueberry Pavlova

Eau de brownie is the perfume, which can be deceived by the pale beige shade of the outer shell — yet inside; it is luscious like a truffle with the completion and texture that makes a perfect combination.

You’ll Need : 

For the Meringue 

6 large egg whites

1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar

A couple of pinches of sea salt

1 teaspoon good quality balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted

2 ounces semi- or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

For the Topping

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups fresh blueberries

1/4-1/2 cup organic good quality blueberry jam 

1-2 Tablespoons hot water

1 ounce shaved semi-or bittersweet chocolate, to finish

Here’s How: 

Preheat the oven to 350′ F Degrees. Line the backside of a baking sheet or the top of a 12′ inch round pizza pan. Draw a 9-inch circle on the parchment with a pencil and flip the paper over so that you can see the line, but it won’t touch the Pavlova. The meringue will spread while baking. 

In a chilled mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until satiny soft peaks form begin to beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff and shiny. 

Sprinkle in the salt, cocoa, vinegar. Then the chopped chocolate over and very gently fold everything together with a rubber spatula taking great caution not to deflate the egg whites.

Shape the Pavlova:

Secure the parchment to the baking sheet or pizza round with a dab of meringue underneath. Mound the meringue into the 9-inch circle, smoothing the sides in upward strokes and slightly plateau the top to hold the berries. Swirl the back of a palette knife against the egg whites for swirl like decoration.

Place the meringue in the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 300’F Degrees. Bake the Pavlova for 60 to 90 minutes, should be slightly moist in the center. It’s ready when a crisp, dry crust forms on the outside, but the center feels sponge-like beneath your fingers. Turn the oven off, leave the door slightly ajar, and allow the meringue cool completely. You can leave it overnight if needed. 

When you’re ready to serve, peel off the parchment and slide the cooled Pavlova onto a big plate. Whip the cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. 

Combine the blueberry jam with a little warm water and mix until pourable.

Pile the whipped cream up high onto the meringue. Scatter with blueberries and shave chocolate, drizzle with blueberry jam and serve in wedges. 

Add an optional dusting of powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

KSCU 103.3 FM Season 2 – Episode 13 Ashley Reinke- Hawk – Nutrition Expert

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RECORDING OF LIVE SHOW ON 2/2/2020
 
Did you make a News Years’ resolution to eat better or turn up personal self-care this year? If so, we might be just-in-time to give you a boost! Join KSCU’s Chef Gigi on Sunday, Supper Food Talk Radio this week after the Superbowl- and meet her guest, Miss Arizona, 2018! Ashley Reinke-Hawk, Certified Nutritionist and On-Camera Wellness and Lifestyle Host. She is here to encourage us to stay on track with her campaign that contains only five ingredients or less and for less than five dollars! Ashley is a certified nutritionist with a concentration in sports nutrition and is currently earning her Master’s in Nutritional Science.
 
As a modern professional, Ashley knows how time-consuming and browbeating it is to study or work all day and then come home and cook. Especially healthy meals based on a regime of plant-based options. To demonstrate how eating healthful can be manageable, economical, and enjoyable, Ashley created her “Five Ingredients, Under Five Dollars a campaign where she demonstrates various delicious recipes and gives healthy tips that don’t break busy schedules or tight budgets. 
 
Ashley regularly appears on morning talk shows from California to Arizona. Ashley’s “Anti-diet” approach to eating and living well comes from her experiences as Miss Arizona 2018 and as a professional model for over the past decade. She has seen hundreds of people try various fad diets, yet they never achieve lasting results. Ashley’s 5 Minute Food Hack goals are simple, to make cooking fun and tangible. 
 
Passionate about philanthropy and giving back to her community, Ashley launched Chomp Out Cancer, a program that partners with food banks to promote nutrition education for disease prevention. She also works with various non-profit organizations, including Teen Cancer America, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. 
 
To work with Ashley or get in touch- follow her on social media at @ashleyareinke or visit her website ashleyreinke.com So excited to have her on Chef Gigi’s Food Talk Radio right here on KSCU! Don’t miss it!