Hey Brûlée

December 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Desserts, Dinner party

Here’s a dessert classic for your holiday week…

7 egg yolks, mixed with 2/3 C sugar, whipped up until lightened — “blanchir”
3 C heavy cream
1 C whole milk
Scrape in 1 vanilla bean, throw in scraped pods
Mix up with a whisk, let sit for a while, overnight if you can wait
Remove pods, pour mixture into 6-8 custard or brûlée dishes
Onto cookie sheet, into 350º oven, add water into the cookie sheet
50-60 minutes until just set, remove and let cool
When ready for service, torch some turbinado sugar on top – click here to see short vid
Garnish with something colorful – here some candied cranberries

Happy holidays!

Tater Tot Love

December 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Appies

Make the 1980’s middle school cafeteria your dinner party….

Leftover mashed from T-Day.  Beat up with a few eggs, S&P and a whole lot of grated parm.  A spoonful or so flour.   Roll into tot-shape, you know the one.   Toss in some breadcrumbs, chill for a bit in the fridge.  Then into 350º lard — LARD I TELL YOU!  Evacuate when nicely browned and crisp. Throw on some parm and chopped fresh rosemary, serve with a nice Sriracha mayo or ketchup.  

 

Everybody likes intermezzo

December 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dinner party

A frozen treat halfway through dinner.  What’s not to love-

Thanksgiving Appie Course

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Appies, Holiday Meal

T-day appie course — Fresh Shucked Montauk Pearls with Mignonette, Deviled Eggs, Crunchy Peanut Butter Stuffed Medjool Dates….

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The Thanksgiving Menu 2016

November 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Dinner party, Holiday Meal

And here’s the plan….  

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Yummy Hummus Pictorial

October 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Appies

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Spicy Smoked Fish Salad

October 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Brunch

Smear this hot smokiness on your bagel and call it a spicy Sunday.

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Smash up your smoked fish – here, smoked sardines, but whatever- with a touch of mayo.  Chopped celery and red onion, some fresh parsley or dill if you have it.  A good squeeze of lemon juice and a fat dollop of Harissa. Gently fold in some capers, S&P to taste.  

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p.s. yes  I know I’m on a brunch kick.  More dinners shortly…

Blueberry Johnnycakes with Fresh Figs and BACON

September 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Brunch

Make this happen to your Sunday morning.  Basic blueberry pancake recipe, but substitute in stone-ground cornmeal for about 1/3d of the flour. A nice little bite, a sweet little crunch…  Oh and we had figs.  

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Sunday Summer Beach Breakfast

July 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Brunch

Hot latte.  Limed ripe melon.  And a little treat from #purpleglazedonuts…..

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More Brunch – Eggs with Avocado Toasts

June 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Brunch

Avocado love transcends chips and guac, people.

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Sunny ups, cracked pepper and a bit of fresh thyme.  Crispy bacon, baby. Country bread, slathered with some salty European butter.  Topped with a little something-something to make your day –  ripe avocado, smashed with some lemon juice, kosher salt and cayenne pepper.  

 

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