Blistered Shishitos, Chilled Oysters and the Perfect Cocktail Sauce

January 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Appies, Brunch, Cocktails

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Here’s an appy course to rock your New Year.  Pour a nice glass of cold Sancerre.  Fire up some blistered shishitos, tossed with some S&P and a bit of garlic powder.  Shuck a fat icy plate of chilled oysters — maybe some Bluepoints and Montauk Pearls.   And however gauche, I’ll still own me a touch of spicy cocktail sauce….


The perfect cocktail sauce- you don’t buy it.  Two good squeezes of ketchup.  Juice from a quarter lemon.  Spoonful or two of hot horseradish. A few drops of Worcestershire, and a couple three shakes of Tabasco. Taste and adjust to your liking.  

Blistered shishitos go surprisingly well alongside oysters.  If you don’t recall the shishito gig, click here.   

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Happy New Year, all.  Hope your 2106 is filled with good food, fun and family.  




Thanksgiving in Pictures – Some Highlights

November 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Holiday Meal

Gobble Gobble!  A big day here at Gotham Home Table.  

The menu, developed over the course of several generations, is somewhat fixed.   Old standbys include mashed potatoes ‘with’ — with sour cream, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and white pepper.   Stuffing ‘with’, as in with sausage. We used to have ‘without’ and ‘with-with’ for each of those — permutations since sidelined. We also have ‘The Broccoli Thing’ a 50’s era casserole.  I haven’t updated yet so there is (shudder) canned goods and frozen vegetables involved in that bad boy, but it’s really quite tasty.  Then there’s green beans almandine, in honor of my brother-in-law, and stuffed dates.  Corn muffins, a recipe from the Wayside Inn, which my mother puts together and packs in her suitcase. But some dishes didn’t make the cut this year:  

  • Parsnip/Carrot Mash (yummy, just forgot to do that one)
  • Cubed Rutabaga (only my dad really appreciated the virtuous Rutabaga)
  • Brussels Sprouts (did these for a dinner a couple nights later)
  • Creamed Onions (sorry Fred)

The Table  



The Oysters – my Nephew and I demolished these mere seconds later:


Kale Soup garnished with Soy Nuts and Goat Cheese (a new addition):


Crispy Sage Leaves to garnish the Turkey, with some Fried Shallots in the background:

And a Mince-Meat Pie – everyone pitched in to make the little leaves (p.s. there is no meat in mince-meat pie anymore):

Next week – the Turkey Money Shot…