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.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
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
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.
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
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.
Friday, October 17, 2014
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
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
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
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
1 tbsp oil
2 pieces of firm fish such as striped bass
juice of 1/2 a lime