Banana, Dark Chocolate, Pecan Biscotti

My 2 year old** helps me make these. She helps me eat them too. We like to share them with neighbors and friends. They are a delicious treat! They are known as the double baked cookie (but they are actually triple baked). 

Makes about 20-26 cookies 

You'll Need: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup almond meal*, 1 tsp baking powder, 1.25 cups granulated sugar, pinch kosher salt, 2 large egg yolks (room temperature), 3 large eggs (room temperature), 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 cup dried banana chips (chopped lightly in food processor), 1/2 cup pecans (lightly chopped), 1/2 cup dark chocolate (lightly chopped), additional 1/2 cup to 1 cup of flour for kneading and handling dough

Sweet Potato Meatloaf

Serves 4
You'll Need: 1.25 pounds of lean ground beef (grass fed if possible), 1 medium sweet potato (peeled and finely diced; it's about 1 cup), 1 small shallot (finely diced), 1 clove garlic (finely diced), 1 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 cup whole milk, 1 large egg (beaten), Pinch of nutmeg (freshly grated), 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp spicy mustard

Poached Mahi Mahi with Lemon Veloute Sauce and Purple Potato Chip Garnish

Serves 4
You'll Need: Poaching stock (recipe follows), 4 piecees of mahi mahi (skin removed, thawed), veloute sauce (recipe follows), purple potato chips (recipe follows), garnish with chopped parsley, serve over rice or quinoa

Apple Raspberry Tartlets

Chef Izabella (3 years old in these pics) loves to help me make tartlets. All things miniature are fun. These are yummy too! And super easy.

Makes 10
You'll Need: 15 oz store bought pie dough (2 pie crust rounds, thawed), all-purpose flour (for work surface), 3 gala apples, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, pinch freshly grated nutmeg, 1/2 cup raspberry jam, 2 Tbsp water (separated into 1 Tbsp increments), 1 egg, creme anglaise (optional, recipe follows)

Tomato Soup

Serves 6-8
You'll Need: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, 14 medium vine ripe tomatoes, large pot of water, 1 shallot diced, 2 organic carrots peeled and diced, 2 celery stalks diced, 2 cloves of garlic minced, 1 can organic diced Roma tomatoes (14.5 oz can), 4 cups organic stock (vegetable or chicken), 1 Tbsp tomato paste (I like cento brand), 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, 1 cup whole organic milk, pinch salt, pinch black pepper
Garnish: sour cream, basil leaves, crouton toast (recipe attached)

Gluten Free Tortillas

Our three year old loves to help make these tortillas. They are fun, creative and delicious.
Makes 16 Tortillas
Takes about 30 minutes total
You'll Need: 2 cups Maseca, extra 1/4 to 1/2 cup Maseca for work surface and kneading, 1/3 cup almond meal (or you can use 1/3 cup regular flour if you are ok with gluten), 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp Mexican oregano, 1/4 tsp organic cinnamon, 1.5 cups warm water, food color gels