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Thanksgiving Appie Course

By on December 1, 2016

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

By on November 17, 2016

And here’s the plan….  


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Lamb Roast Dinner

By on April 3, 2016

Settle on in for a spring Sunday dinner.  Roasted boneless leg of lamb, rainbow baby potatoes and roasted broccoli.  Pinot and cracked pepper pan sauce.  That’s about right.  

Let the lamb come to room temp, rubbed with smashed garlic, olive oil and fresh chopped rosemary + thyme.  Into 500º oven…


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Standing Rib Roast with a Cabernet Peppercorn Sauce

By on December 26, 2015

The same cut that rib-eye steaks come from, with the bone and left in one big piece.  “Standing” because it stands on the ribs when cooking- no rack required!  There’s controversy over how best to cook  – low and slow vs. high and fast.  I had a smaller cut…


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Holiday Meal

Thanksgiving Menu

By on November 28, 2014

Due to the tot’s performance schedule, it was just the three of us this year for Thanksgiving.  But we still did it up right:

Hope everyone had a great Turkey Day!  Stay tuned for the soup recipe, coming up next.  

p.s. here’s the main, plated:


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Christmas Curried Pumpkin and Green Apple Soup

By on December 7, 2013

Who doesn’t love a soup course, especially when it’s this easy…

Rough chop a leek, sauté in butter a little while.  Add one peeled chopped Granny Smith apple, let that go for a while.  Drop in a can of pumpkin flesh, cover with chicken stock.  Nail it with the curry powder, and…


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Holiday Meal Salad Course Side dish

Brussels Sprouts (Raw!!) and Candied Pecans

By on November 30, 2013

We spent this Thanksgiving with family at my cousin’s house (thanks S&E!), and my assignment was bringing brussels sprouts.   The thing about brussels sprouts — great just out of the oven, but on a re-heat the luster is lost.   And not wanting to crowd E’s kitchen on…


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Holiday Meal

The Soup Strategy

By on February 11, 2013

There was a day my father and I would cook Thanksgiving dinner for 30+ people.  Lots of logistics, but just one issue really riled dad — people still milling about at service.  It’s better to have everyone seated and ready to eat: “hot foods should be served hot!” he…


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Double-Wide Lamb Chops

By on December 22, 2012

Double-wide lamb chops — it’s all about treating a nice ingredient with a light touch. Lamb chops are surely indicative of a special occasion, and perfect for the holidays.  Here’s how to roll em’ out:

 

The Goods:

2 racks of lamb
¼ stick of butter, clarified
2 T butter, cubed
Herbes de Provence
S&P

The Execution:

Trim…


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Dinner party Holiday Meal Side dish

Accidental Kale Soup

By on December 8, 2012

I didn’t intend to make kale soup.  Rather, it was to be lightly wilted with butter, shallots and a bit of garlic.  But my trimming of the stems was a bit lazy, and they just weren’t cooking through.  So I dropped it all into the blender, added chicken stock…

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