The Dish — recipes

Jennifer Sommer
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

(Photo Credit: Food & Wine Magazine) We know it is easy to get in a cooking rut and chicken can get a bad rap. Happens at least once a week around here at Sommer House. So, here are a few of our favorite go-to recipes that may shake up your kitchen routine.    We adore Justin Chapple of Food & Wine (his cookbook Just Cook It rocks!) and his roast chicken is our absolute favorite. Easy enough for a week night but impressive enough for the centerpiece of Saturday night in with friends. P.S. We love to add a smattering of pee-wee potatoes...

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Jennifer Sommer
We Scream, My Mom Screams...

We Scream, My Mom Screams...

...for the late great Marcella Hazan’s Strawberry Gelato. Now that summer is upon us and strawberries are in full, sweet swing, here is my sure-fire family favorite for an easy, crowd-pleasing desert. All you need is a basket of fresh strawberries (of course Harry’s Berries would be amazing), a few basics and an ice cream maker. Once you have realized how easy this truly is, you will be off and running on your own ice cream adventures including perhaps another favorite around our house- pixie cardamom sherbert. And for more ice cream making fun, take your kids to Williams-Sonoma in Santa...

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Jennifer Sommer
Market Dish: Pixie Cardamom Sherbert

Market Dish: Pixie Cardamom Sherbert

My love for previously mentioned Marcella Hazan’s Strawberry Gelato and healthy obsession with the currently in season Friend’s Ranch Pixie Tangerines, inspired me to create Pixie Tangerine Cardamom Sherbert. It was a winner and here is the recipe. Ingredients: 2 Cups Pixie Tangerine Juice 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 2 Teaspoons Grand Marnier 2/3 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest, grated 1 Cup Granulated Sugar 1.5 Teaspoons Ground Cardamom Directions: 1. Combine sugar, orange zest, cardamom and salt in food processor and pulse quickly until combined. Then, with the machine on, add the orange and lemon juices as well as Grand...

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Jennifer Sommer
Simple Stellar Salad

Simple Stellar Salad

If you’ve been to my house, you have likely had a variation on this salad. Each week, I stock up from Maggie’s Farm at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on the “Stellar Mix” which I adore for the colorful and addictive combination of edible Nasturtium flowers, dill, chives and leafy greens. (You can also find a variation of this mix at the Pacific Palisades’ Farmers’ Market on Sundays.) Ingredients: Note: I  have not added quantities as it should be to taste and depends on number of servings. Stellar Mix Salad, or if not available near you, a bag of Spicy Mix greens from Trader...

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