Backstage Gourmet Radio Show – 2 Veggie Recipes (for DJ Patti Grimes – Pivot Point Media Group)


1. “Back Yard” Bruschetta

-4 vine tomatoes
-1/2 red onion
-2 cloves garlic
-1 stalk celery
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
-1 Tsp olive oil (extra virgin)
-2 basil leaves
-1/2 cup grated cheese (percorino or parmesan is fine)
-Served on small pieces of lightly toasted Itailan bread (or bread of your choice)

This is quite simple. Chop the tomatoes, celery, onion and place in medium size serving bowl. Finely chop the garlic & Basil leaves and add to the bowl with salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix thoroughly and place into refrigerator so that at serving time , it is freshly chilled.
When serving, use a large platter so that most, if not all the the toasts fit onto it. Spoon the tomato mixture with a Table spoon so that each toast gets a nice scoop of the mixture. For effect, in front of your guests, drizzle some olive oil across the
whole platter and dust the platter with the grated cheese. This is a perfect appetizer or snack. Indoor, outdoor, summer or winter. You guests palates will be awakened immediately by the freshness of this little gem – A perfect Hors d’oeuvre for a cocktail party -
Tricked Out Country’s “Backyard Bruschetta” !

2. “Chicky Chow” Chick Peas & Pasta

-2 cups chick peas (Garbanzo beans)
-1/2 white onion
-1/2 tsp salt
-3/4 Tsp paprika
-1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
-3/4 cup of water
-1/2 lb bow-tie pasta
-crushed red pepper (optional)

Another very simple creation here. In a medium saucepan, brown the onion in the olive oil over a medium flame. When golden, add the salt and paprika and stir. Add the chick peas, the the water and cover and simmer for 45 mins. Go ahead and make your pasta so the
it is timed with the completion of the peas. before plating, taste the peas for any needed last minute adjustments for taste – this is where it gets personal ! Server the pasta with Chick peas in medium soup bowl or pasta dish. Note: This can also be served as a side dish with no pasta.
If your guests are in tune with a little spice, go ahead and sprinkle crushed rep pepper on the dish before serving. This is a hearty winter pasta course. Chicky Chow Chick Peas by Tricked Out Country !

Thanks & Enjoy !

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Anthony Liccese

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21 Responses to Backstage Gourmet Radio Show – 2 Veggie Recipes (for DJ Patti Grimes – Pivot Point Media Group)

  1. Great recipes, Anthony, and I love the pics here, too! You were a wonderful guest on my program, The Backstage Radio Show with PJ Grimes. Thanks again for taking the time to be on there.

    Now here’s an easy and tasty veggie recipe for you and your circle from my cookbook, “The Backstage Gourmet Cookbook: Favorite Vegetarian Recipes from the World of Music.” It was contributed by the late Dennis Weaver and his wife, Gerry.

    P.S. I love Bragg products and use the Bragg Sprinkles and the Bragg Aminos in all kinds of dishes, from stir-frys and stews to popcorn.

    Veggie Breakfast
    by Dennis and Gerry Weaver

    • 1 tsp olive oil or Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids (optional)
    • A variety of fresh vegetables such as corn, red onions, celery, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, sweet potatoes, asparagus tips and ends, cabbage, chiles, kale, red peppers, water chestnuts, mushrooms, peas, bok choy, broccoli, zucchini, corn, bean sprouts, spinach leaves, and tomatoes
    • Handful of pine nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or pistachio nuts
    • BBQ sauce, curry, teriyaki, or other flavorings (to taste)

    Start with or without the olive oil (we use Bragg’s). Of course, you can use vegetables of your choice, according to taste. Cut corn off cob. Coarsely chop all other vegetables. Start steaming the slower-cooking vegetables, such as red onion, celery, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, sweet potatoes, as¬paragus, and cabbage on a very low fire, with a lid on. As these vegetables steam, add the faster-cooking vegetables: chiles, kale, red peppers, water chestnuts, mushrooms, peas, bok choy, broccoli, zucchini, corn, bean sprouts, spinach leaves, and tomatoes—and whatever else you have in your refrigerator. Last, I throw in a few pine nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or pistachio nuts. The less heat used and the less cooked the vegetables are, the better they are for us. Sometimes I season them with a teaspoon of barbecue sauce, sometimes curry flavoring, and sometimes a little teriyaki.

    Dennis: “Due to the current interest in phytochemicals, nutritionists are saying that we need 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily because of all the minerals and cancer preventatives contained in them, Gerry and I broke the mold of cereal, eggs, and pancakes for breakfast, and this is what we make several mornings a week. We have learned to be very creative, and so will you if you trust your ‘seat of the pants’ cooking. Gerry and I keep getting better at this all the time. We eat a humongus plate of veggies in the morning, and feel the energy from them way past noon. Go for it. You may find that you have some tips for us.”

    About Dennis and Gerry Weaver
    Dennis Weaver was an Emmy-winning actor, singer, songwriter, musician, author, speaker, narrator, and humanitarian. He passed away in February 2006. Born and raised in Joplin, Missouri, Dennis married his childhood sweetheart, Gerry Stowell, in 1945. They have three grown sons and are proud grandparents. Throughout his illustrious, multi-award-winning, 50-year acting career, Dennis’ credits include major network TV shows such as “Gunsmoke” and “McCloud,” TV mini-series “Lonesome Dove” and “Centennial,” and films like Amber Waves, Ishi: The Last of His Tribe, and Steven Spielberg’s Duel. He appeared on TNT in the new feature version of The Virginian, and in the new feature version of High Noon on TBS. Dennis also had a starring role in Submerged, a suspense thriller, and in Mastergate, written by Larry Gelbart of “M.A.S.H.” fame. For 14 years, as the successor to John Wayne, Dennis was chosen by James Montgomery to be spokesman for Great Western Bank, and for the past nine years had been the host of Starz Entertainment’s “Westerns” channel. His final role was in the currently-running “Wildfire” for ABC Family Entertainment. The former host of a syndicated series of “Country Top 20” specials, Dennis’ love for country music is everpresent. His album, Make Love to Life, features many of his own eco compositions and some good ‘ole, down-home humor. Dennis’ 2001 autobiography is entitled All the World’s a Stage. In 1983, Dennis, Gerry, actress Valerie Harper, and her husband Tony founded the hunger project Love Is Feeding Everyone (L.I.F.E.). He received the “Presidential End Hunger Award” from President Ronald Reagan. Dennis and Gerry are also founders of the renowned non-profit Institute of Ecolonomics. Web site:

    I have a couple of other recipes I think ya’ll will enjoy and will be sending those over soon. Again, many thanks for being on “The Backstage Gourmet Radio Show with PJ Grimes.” Looking forward to showcasing you and your green cuisine again. Best wishes. — Patti, Host, The Backstage Gourmet Radio Show with PJ Grimes and Owner, PivotPointe Media Group

    • Hi Patti !

      Thx for your comment on the blog !
      Now the funny part..ready???
      I have been using Bragg Apple cider vinegar for about 3 years now !!!!! A friend of mine turned me on to a health drink using:
      -1 tsp Bragg apple cider vinegar
      -1/2 tsp raw honey
      -1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses (I added this one)
      -8 oz distilled water

      I am not sure specifically what this drink is for (funny right?) however, I have heard nothing but good things about each ingredient..the vinegar alone has to cut fat in the veins i think right? also check this ! after suffering from allergies in the spring months for many years, I no longer struggle with them since I have been drinking this “potion” 3x per week. My hunch is the pollen in the honey built up my resistance ??? not sure….

      small world Patti ! Thx for the kind words about the interview ! would love to share a stream with our fanbase when it becomes available – Thx and let me know !

      Tricked Out Country

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