Category: Recipes

Signature recipes from Sheana Davis and The Epicurean Connection team.

Potato Whey Soup

Potato Whey Soup

Created by Sheana Davis, The Epicurean Connection
Yields 8 servings
8 cups fresh whey
8 cups white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Simmer potatoes in whey until soft.  Remove from heat and mash together with a whisk until chunky.  Taste and adjust flavors.
Season with fresh ground black pepper and Kosher salt.
Optional additions:
“Leek Saute”
2 tablespoons sweet butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup leeks, cut in half lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thin
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
Place butter in a saute pan, heat butter over medium heat.  Add in garlic and saute for 1 minute, add in leeks and saute for 5 minutes or until tender, splash with white wine, bring to a simmer, add in sage and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Pour leek mixture into soup, stir together, taste and adjust seasoning.
“Fresh Clams”
Make the potato whey soup.  Make the Leek Saute and then add in two cups  fresh chopped clams and saute for 3-4 minutes.  Add into potato whey soup.  Enjoy.
“Bacon, Tomato & Cheddar”
1 cup crispy bacon, crumbled
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
Garnish the Leek Saute Potato Whey Soup and garnish with Bacon, Tomato & Cheddar!

Winter Nasturtium Mint Pesto

Winter Nasturtium Mint Pesto
Created by Sheana Davis, The Epicurean Connection
Yields 3 cups pesto
1/4 cup green garlic, wine and light green and tender
2 cups nasturtium leaves, stems removed
1 cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1 cup Epicurean Connection olive oil
1 teaspoon Meyer Lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Meyer Lemon zest
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Place green garlic, nasturtium leaves, mint leaves and walnuts in a food processor. Chop and drizzle in olive oil. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve with fresh vegetable crudite or over warm risotto with asparagus. Enjoy with a glass of Chardonnay.
This recipe, we make in between winter rains and forage the mint and nasturtiums in the creek beds of Sonoma, Napa & Mendocino County.

M.F.K. Inspired Cassoulet

M.F.K. Inspired Cassoulet
Created by Sheana Davis, The Epicurean Connection
Yields 8 dinner servings
1# ham hocks
1 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon each Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
2 pounds dried Rancho Gordo White beans, washed
8 ounces duck prosciutto, cut into strips
8 ounces pork prosciutto, chopped, cut into strips
1/2 cup duck fat
12 cloves of garlic, unpeeled and chopped
2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 cups white onion, cut in to 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup tomato paste
4 quarts chicken stock
Bouquet garni:
6 parsley sprigs, 4 small celery ribs, 4 thyme sprigs and 2 bay leaf, tied in cheese cloth.
8 duck confit legs
tablespoon olive oil
1 pound fresh small pork sausages links or chunks of sausage
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the ham hocks and pork shoulder cubes in a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili flakes and bake in the oven for 90 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest overnight.
Place beans in a bowl, rinse and soak overnight in a bowl in the refrigerator
In a large saucepan, place the pork shoulder cubes and ham hocks and garlic with the duck fat. Add in the two prosciuttos and saute until crispy. Add in garlic, carrots and onion and saute until golden, approximately 5-7 minutes. Add in tomato paste, mixing together and evenly coating the meat and vegetables. Add in stock and bouquet garni and bring to a simmer. Add in beans, mix together and bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Gently pour into large cassoulet pan. Roast in oven for 2 hours.
Place duck confit legs and pork sausages on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until crispy, approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest.


DAY THREE, instead of baking, place cassoulet fridge and then re-heat in your fridge.
Remove cassoulet from oven and arrange duck legs and sausages on top, replace in oven and allow to roast for 30 minutes until duck is crispy. If you do not have access to a butane burner, simply sprinkle with crumbs and bake for 10 minutes or until golden on top.
This Cassoulet can be made In steps over 2-3 day’s.
Sprinkle with bread crumbs and brûlée with a butane burner and sprinkle and parsley and enjoy! Serve with a Syrah or Cab Franc.

Spring Leek, Green Garlic & Meyer Lemon White Bean Soup

Spring Leek, Green Garlic & Meyer Lemon White Bean Soup
Created by Sheana Davis, The Epicurean Connection
Yields 4-8 servings
1/4 cup Epicurean Connection Olive Oil
1/2 cup green garlic, sliced 1/4 inch thick in rounds
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, crushed
2 cups medium leeks, sliced in half lengthwise,
             then sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 cup carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch rounds
1/2 cup celery, cut at an angle 1/2 inch thick
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon Fresh ground Black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh thyme sprigs, stems removed coarsely chopped
1/4 cup Meyer Lemon juice
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup Rancho Gordo Alubia Blanca White Beans
6+ cups veggie broth or chicken stock
Fresh Baked Breads for dipping
Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc for sipping
2 cups fresh Frissee Greens, washed and coarsely chopped
Prepare vegetables.
In a heavy bottom soup pot, over medium heat, olive oil, green garlic, garlic, leeks and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add in carrots and celery, salt, pepper, lemon zest and thyme.. Splash with white wine and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Add in white beans and continue to saute for 5 minutes.
Add in vegetable or chicken stock, bring to a simmer and reduce flame to low and simmer for 60 minutes, or until beans are tender. Taste, adjust seasoning, *Depending on your preference, you may add more or less stock.
Garnish with winter Frissee and fresh ground black pepper.
Enjoy with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and fresh baked breads.
Soup may store for up to one week or you may freeze.

Pimento Cheese

Created by Sheana Davis, The Epicurean Connection
Yields 6 cups

2 cups sharp cheddar, grated
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Delice de la Vallee or Fromage Blanc
½ cup pimiento peppers, drained and chopped coarsely
½ cup Red Peppadews, chopped fine
¼ cup Sweet Drop Peruvian Peppers (or a sweet spicy pickled pepper)
¼ cup green onion, chopped, using the whole green onion
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
½ tsp. Kosher salt
¼ tsp chili flakes
Dash of Tabasco or Crystal Hot Sauce
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir with a rubber spatula. Serve immediately with crackers, or cover, refrigerate, and let flavors marinate.

Serve with toasted Crostini, fresh breads and seasonal crudite. Enjoy! We made this recipe to feature our cheese, although you can use any local Fromage Blanc.

This is a great winter recipe to enjoy in the New Year.  Easy to make, quite accommodating on substituting ingredients and is delicious with fresh winter vegetables, toasted crostini or stirred into a pasta.

~Fold Pimento Cheese into scrambled eggs and enjoy with a glass of Champagne.

~Stir Pimento Cheese into fresh warm pasta and enjoy as an entree, served with Beaujoulais Nouveau.

~Fresh Toasted Baguettes, Pimento Cheese and a glass of Pinot Noir.

Happy New Year!