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 »

Tomato Time in Jersey

7 September 2013 § Leave a comment

Tomato time signals the end of summer. With 46 bushels of them delivered from a local grocery store my neighbors work for a few days to make jars and jars of tomato sauce.

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The whole family comes together to make “gravy” as tomato sauce in these parts. Most of it is just plain old tomatoes, but there is some marinara sauce too. « Read the rest of this entry »

Borough Market

1 September 2013 § 1 Comment

I have been to London many times but never made it that mother of all farmers markets – Borough Market.

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I was determined to get to the oldest market in London and that is up against some pretty ancient competition.

The architecture itself is impressive dating back to the 1860s with an art deco entrance added on in 1932.  It used to be a real gritty wholesale market but with the advent of retail hours on Thursday, Friday and weekend it had become a very high end fine foods market. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Montclair Farmers Market

27 July 2013 § Leave a comment

And today at the Montclair Farmers Market

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