Hey Brûlée

December 26, 2016 by  
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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  
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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  
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A frozen treat halfway through dinner.  What’s not to love-

Thanksgiving Appie Course

December 1, 2016 by  
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T-day appie course — Fresh Shucked Montauk Pearls with Mignonette, Deviled Eggs, Crunchy Peanut Butter Stuffed Medjool Dates….


The Thanksgiving Menu 2016

November 17, 2016 by  
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And here’s the plan….  


Yummy Hummus Pictorial

October 9, 2016 by  
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Spicy Smoked Fish Salad

October 2, 2016 by  
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Smear this hot smokiness on your bagel and call it a spicy Sunday.


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.  


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  
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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.  



Sunday Summer Beach Breakfast

July 28, 2016 by  
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Hot latte.  Limed ripe melon.  And a little treat from #purpleglazedonuts…..


More Brunch – Eggs with Avocado Toasts

June 4, 2016 by  
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Avocado love transcends chips and guac, people.


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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