Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coq a la Biere (Chicken Cooked in Beer)

I made this years ago when I was abroad in Paris but hadn't thought of it again until today. It's basically the same as coq au vin but with beer instead of red wine. It has such a great flavor and it a perfect fall or winter hearty dinner served over some buttered egg noodles. It also makes your house smell wonderful.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Champagne to go

I picked up a few of these as a hostess present. The champagne is pretty good. It's from Francis Ford Coppola's winery. The concesus was that it's weird to drink champagne out of a can with a straw, so we poured them into champagne glasses. I do think it would be perfect for a picnic as it's a bit inconspicuous. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stracciatella Soup (Quick and Cheap)

I needed a quick, cheap lunch and decided on stracciatella with arugula. It took about 5 minutes start to finish and was practically free. It's perfect for lunch or a light dinner with some bread and salad. 
Serves 1
1 cups worth of chicken bouillon (or homemade or store bought if you have it)
1 big handful arugula or spinach, cut into ribbons
A few tbsp freshly grated pecorino
1 egg
Salt and pepper

Bring the stock to a boil. Season with salt. Add arugula and cook until tender. Meanwhile, mix the egg, cheese, and a good grind of fresh pepper. Whisk the egg mix into the water so it forms ribbons. 
Serve immediately. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Apple Pie

Jamie loves apple pie and I had a free Sunday, so I whipped this one up. Yum! The maple syrup is a nice touch. I like to use a mix of different apples, this time I did Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and McIntosh. I used the recipe from Four and Twenty Blackbirds for Salt Pork Apple Pie but ditched the salt pork.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Candied Bacon (or crack)

If you need a new make-ahead salty cocktail snack, this is it. It's salty and sweet and crunchy and bursting with flavor. It's completely addictive and totally delicious.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup nuts (I like spicy smokehouse almonds)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 lb bacon

Blend first six ingredients in a food processor. Add maple syrup until it's almost in a sandy paste. Season to taste with more sugar or chipotle as you like.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Habanero Cauliflower Puree and Adobo-Marinated Flank Steak

I bought some pretty orange cauliflower at the Union Square market and still had some adobo sauce leftover so thought I'd make something Mexican. I bought a habenero and some flank steak, too, and decided to make a spicy cauliflower puree to go with it. It was delicious and all the flavors really go well together, especially with some good spicy salsa

Friday, October 10, 2014

Adobo Fish Tacos

I already teased the picture here in my tortilla post, but these tacos were fabulous. (And gave me a chance to use my lovely bass.) The adobo sauce is pretty simple - you just need the peppers - but it gives the fish a really nice flavor. It's healthy and tasty, especially served with some chopped jalapenos, pineapple salsa, radishes, and chipotle salsa

2 dried ancho chilis
3/4 cup water, for blending
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp oregano
pinch cumin
1 tbsp oil
2 pieces of firm fish such as striped bass
juice of 1/2 a lime