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Dinner party General Side dish

Spring Asparagus Soup

By on April 19, 2015

Here’s an easy Spring soup.   Tough to mess up, tasty and make-ahead. Great for a dinner party or, as here, a holiday meal.

Two asparagus bundles, rinsed and chopped.  Reserve some tips- blanche briefly, shock in ice bath and set aside.  Slice and rinse a leek, sauté in a…


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Whole Roasted Cauliflower – GET SOME

By on April 4, 2015

Looks great, tastes great.  And fun.  Get some…

 

My knock off of BA’s somewhat fussy take you can find here.  Trim leaves and poach for 15 mins in salted water.  Pat dry with paper towels, onto a sizzle platter and drizzle with olive oil.  Garlic power and salt liberally.  Into…


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Desserts

Big Apple Tartlet

By on March 22, 2015

A little treat from leftover home-made apple sauce and an extra pie crust….

 
Three apples – all different kinds, which makes the texture interesting. Peeled, chopped.  Onto the stovetop with a knob of butter, a good squeeze of honey, and some ground ginger and cinnamon.  Let go on low for a while,…


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Brunch

Crispy Polenta Cakes

By on March 15, 2015

A breakfast treat for sure.  Crispy polenta cakes- a little crunch outside, a little creamy inside…

Three parts milk to one part coarsely ground cornmeal.  Milk heated with a knob of butter, some white pepper and sea salt.  Cornmeal poured in, lots of stirring.  Let go for a good 20…


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Dinner party

Jo’s Crispy Skin Salmon

By on March 1, 2015

Crispy skin salmon filets, over garlicky hummus and sautéed greens.   Some toasted slivered almonds for another layer of crunch.  And that flavor-of-the-moment, smoked paprika….   Courtesy of good friend Jo, who nailed this dish in all of 18 minutes.   Pic below is a tribute re-make at our…


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Dinner party

American Dinner

By on February 21, 2015

Seared tenderloins.  Crispy roasted potatoes.  Served on a family heirloom…

Things taste better with a little history.  Our 100-year old ironstone platter, passed down a few generations.  This bad boy has seen a few steaks in its time.   

And we’ll be having a whiskey peppercorn cream sauce.  Oh yes we will….


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Lamb Racks with Gruyere Soufflé and Haricots Verts

By on January 12, 2015

A lick of French for a Sunday Winter’s eve.   And yes the tree is coming down soon.  We  rock our honky tonk, but the lights won’t be up in July. 

Lamb racks, rubbed in a bit of oil.  Cracked pepper, sea salt, Herbs de Provence.  Screaming hot pan, sear bones up…


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Brunch

Frisée aux Lardons a/k/a Bacon and Egg Salad

By on January 1, 2015

Here’s a New Year’s Day brunch for you.  Soft poached eggs, bacon lardons and toasted brioche croutons.  Over bitter greens tossed with fresh chopped herbs and lightly dressed in a shallot, red wine and bacon-fat vinaigrette…   

This is a knock-off from Balthazar’s fantastic version.  Frisée for whatever reason was…


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Roasted Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Bisque

By on December 7, 2014

A couple leeks, sliced thin and washed well.  Cooked down in a good knob of butter and a throw of salt.  Wild mushrooms, roasted at 425º with some oil and S&P until lightly browned.  Roasted shelled chestnuts.  Warmed chicken stock.  Everyone in the blender with a squeeze of fresh…


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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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