Leek and Potato Soup

9 March 2014 § 1 Comment

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner here’s something naturally green, very easy and cheap to make: leek and potato soup with a shamrock crouton.

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The recipe is over on my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids.  There’s no need to wait to the 17th to make this.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!

Brussels sprouts, pecan & parmesan salad

6 December 2013 § Leave a comment

Following the Thanksgiving pie-fest this is what we’ve eaten a lot of. Really easy, fresh with a bit of a crunch (in a good way).

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Yup. You guessed it the recipe is over on my What’s for Dinner? column.  Do yourself a favor and make a few of this before the Christmas binge begins.

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

20 October 2013 § 2 Comments

The Ladies™ love a good pot pie. I will often buy one but depending on where you go, they can be too salty, too creamy, too herby. This one is just right. It is not totally from scratch as the puff pastry is store-bought. Forgive me but life is too short for that endless folding and waiting.

potpieminiThe recipe is in my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids. If you want a wine pairing with it – a bold Chardonnay does the trick. Fall is definitely here.

The Second Annual Montclair Fall Food Classic

16 October 2013 § Leave a comment

It has been almost a year since the inaugural Fall Food Classic.

Thanks to Kings  and their Act Against Hunger initiative, and some of our finest local chefs, it is happening again.

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Mark your calendars with November 15th for the second annual Montclair Fall Food Classic to raise money for the lunch program at the Montclair Citadel Salvation Army.

It promises to be a delicious lunch with food from some of my local favorites. We welcome the return of  our original chef contributors - Osteria Giotto and The Orange Squirrel. And are thrilled to have newcomers SO Tasty Vegan  and Uncle Moustache on board.

Tickets go on sale very soon, and if it is anything like last year they will sell like hot cakes!

Fall Salad – Yellow Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

6 October 2013 § Leave a comment

I came to the realization that my What’s for Dinner? column was risking becoming what’s baking? I needed to do something savory as the emphasis had been too much on sweet.

With this summery October weather I wanted a salad, albeit one with a bit of autumnal heft. The goat cheese I bought from Valley Shepherd at the Montclair Farmers Market yesterday inspired this dish. Having splurged and then gorged on several of their delicious cheeses for lunch I needed something healthy to go with the soft creamy goat cheese. This yellow beet with goat cheese salad, caramelized onions and lentils was just the ticket.

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Here is the recipe over on Baristanet.

Blackberry Buckle recipe

13 September 2013 § 3 Comments

A few weeks ago we had a lovely weekend with friends, Marianne and Erik, at their beach house. They love food and are fabulous hosts so we had a fantastically well-fed weekend – the culinary highlight being Erik’s 10-hour slooooooooooooow smoked ribs. During the weekend Marianne baked a truly delicious blueberry buckle that I became obsessed with. I tinkered with a few recipes – I made raspberry and peach buckle, which was fine, but blackberry was the winner. This blackberry buckle recipe is a perfect pudding for the slight fall chill in the air.  The recipe is in my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids.

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If you are missing summer already here are some photos of a glorious day we had at the Westhampton Farmers’ Market. « Read the rest of this entry »

elBulli

11 September 2013 § Leave a comment

The culinary gods were on my side. With just two free hours to spare, we stumbled on the elBulli Exhibition at Somerset House in London and had time for a whirlwind tour of Borough Market.

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I never ate at elBulli. But I did get to see the exhibition. It would have been torture if I had not eaten such a huge brunch that morning. Do not go there  hungry.

The exhibition charted the evolution of elBulli from its roots in 1964 as a coastal restaurant, complete with mini golf,  run by a couple – Dr Hans Schilling and his wife, Marketta. The Schillings were always serious about food and were awarded a Michelin star in 1967. The restaurant was named after Mrs Schilling’s  bulldog  - Bulli. To honor Bulli there was a larger than life model of him made out of meringues. « Read the rest of this entry »