Chef Linda Martin pampered the attendees with some fabulous treats at the Lunch and Learn Dacor seminar hosted by the Westar Kitchen and Bath Showroom recently.
Chef Linda is a well known chef in the Valley She is the owner of Dinner Designs, a small event consulting and catering service and teaches culinary classes at the Sweet Basic Gourmetware and Cooking School in Scottsdale. I have taken several classes from her and aside from the great food and the sharing of secrets she always gives out copies of her
Recipes courtesy of Chef Linda Martin
Linda's Dinner Designs
Westar and Dacor
Lunch and Learn Event 2/20/2013
Skewered Shrimp with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Serves 6
For the pesto:
1 c sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
2 garlic cloves peeled and quartered
1 c packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 c grated Parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper
For the shrimp:
2 lbs (about 24) uncooked shrimp peeled, deveined tail intact
2 tbl olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbl chopped fresh parsley
3 tbl lemon juice
4 spring fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour
To make pesto: Blend sun-dried tomatoes, garlic cloves and basil leaves in a food processor, adding olive oil as need to puree. stir in Parmesan and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside
To make shrimp:
Heat BBQ grill to high
Sprinkle shrimp with salt and coat
Whisk oil, garlic, parsley in a medium bowl to blend. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature 15 min
Thread 4 shrimp on each skewer. Grill just until opaque, about 2 minutes on each side.
to serve: arrange grilled shrimp skewers on a platter. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Spoon pesto over shrimp and serve.
Almond-Lemon Cake with Fresh Berries-
1 1/3 c blanched slivered almonds
8 tbl sugar
4 large eggs, separated
5 tsp lemon grated peel
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 c fresh seasonal berries for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9" diameter cake pan with 1 1/2" sides. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper.
Finely grind almonds with 2 tbl sugar in food processor. Combine egg yokes, 2 tbl of sugar, lemon peel, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until thick and smooth, about 2 min. Stir in almond mixture.
Beat egg whites in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 4 tbl of sugar, beating until stiff but not dry. Fold a large spoonful of whites into almond mixture. Gently fold in remaining whites. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack.
To Serve: Turn cooled cake out onto the server platter. Remove parchment paper. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh berries.