Monday, August 18, 2014

Ample Hills

This little ice cream stand in Brooklyn Bridge Park has really fabulous flavors. I am kicking myself for not trying to sooner. (I had my first cone there last week after passing it a million times.) We had their version of cookies and cream, which was incredible. There was some spice in the cookies, maybe marjoram, and the ice cream itself had some salt in it. It was just really, really tasty. Some of the crazier flavor options were stour and pretzel and one that was bourbon flavored with candied bacon. I will definitely be stopping there again after our next BBQ

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Balsamic Glazed Salmon on a Cedar Plank

This is awesome! Jamie and I picked up two cedar planks a while back and hadn't gotten around to using them until last night. I wasn't sure it would make a huge difference, but wow, it definitely does! It gives the salmon this amazing, smokey, camp fire flavor. It was so, so good and I can't wait to try it again. I made a balsamic glaze to put on top which complemented it perfectly. You just have to soak the plank for at least an hour beforehand and you're ready to go. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zucchini Carbonara

I got out to Southampton Friday night and we didn't feel like going to the grocery store, but needed dinner. If you have eggs, bacon, parm, and onion (and pasta), you can make it. I went out to the garden and grabbed some zucchini and parsley to lighten it up a little. It was so easy and really tasty, and the zucchini gives it a bit of a summery bent - and it's a good way to use up zucchini if you have a lot.

Serves 4
5 strips of bacon, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
2 small zucchini, cut into match sticks
1 large leek (or onion) thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup parm or pecorini
2 eggs
small handful of parsley, chopped
salt and pepper

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dinner Party Hors d'Oeuvres - Chicken Liver Pate and Caramelized Onions, St. Andre Cheese and Fig Butter

We had friends over for dinner last night and I made a nice little appetizer spread. My sister in law, Katie, gave Jamie this slate cheese board which is so fun if you have chalk because you can write out what everything is. I made this delicious chicken liver pate (but with half the butter - still amazing) and wanted to serve it with caramelized and slightly pickled onions, a la Vinegar Hill House. Yum! It was so delicious. Onion recipe below. I also picked up some fig butter from Trader Joe's and paired that with a wedge of St. Andre cheese and served it all with thin crostini. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Garden - Week 21, August 2

Look at all that good stuff! We'll be eating delicious vegetarian meals all week.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Garden - Week 20, July 29

We put up a fence! The deer have been getting progressively worse in Southampton and have started really attacking our garden. It's so sad to see plants just chomped off and missing little baby tomatoes. The whole process took about an hour, if even. I really hope it works! There are still some more steps - like pulling up the grass inside and replacing it with gravel or mulch or something. Any suggestions? Is anything weed resistant?
It's actually super low profile. It was hard for me to get a picture where you can really see it. We're thinking of tying some bring orange ribbon or something to parts of it so people (and animals) don't walk right into it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pretty Summer Salad

This is so simple but so fresh and pretty. We had our first cherry tomatoes in the garden and some cucumbers and nasturtiums. You can eat nasturtiums and they add such a nice pop of color and fancy touch to a salad. I just sliced up cucumbers, topped them with sliced tomatoes, ripped up some nasturtium petals and sprinkled them around, sprinkled on salt, drizzled balsamic and olive oil, then topped with a whole nasturtium. Yum!