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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chorizo, Escarole and Cannellini Bean Soup




Chorizo, Escarole and Cannellini Bean Soup

4 links chorizo sausage
2 heads escarole chopped
1 can white cannellini beans drained
3 cloves garlic chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
8 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp fresh pepper
kosher salt (as needed)


Separate the links of chorizo, rinse them in cold water and pat dry them with a paper towel.  Take a large soup pot, spray the base with non-stick spray, add the chorizo and lightly brown them.  As they are browning add olive oil and garlic.  Once the chorizo is browned add chicken stock, dried oregano, dried basil, pepper and salt (use the salt sparingly as the chorizo will add a salty flavor to the broth plus you can always add more salt later).  Cover and bring to a boil.  Once boiling turn down the heat to a simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove the chorizo and slice them into 1/4" slices and add them back to the broth.  Then add escarole and white cannellini beans and cook for another 45 minutes. Serves 8.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.  I like that there isn't any pressure leading up to it...just family getting together to sit down to an amazing feast.  I keep reliving the meal my family and I had together this past holiday.  There always seems to be a perfect balance of savory and sweet.  Turkey with a rich velvety gravy served along side a sweet brown sugar encrusted yam casserole and of course the rest of the trimmings,  this meal can pretty much leave any foodie nothing short of completely satisfied.  I love this meal so much I could repeat it over and over and over again.  I guess that's why left overs were invented.  You see?  Another thing to be thankful for!  

Soppressata,  fiore di Sardegna pecorino and brie cheeses, duck liver mousse, garnished with red and green grapes with dried apricots


Roasted turkey stuffed with sausage stuffing

Carved

Sausage stuffing 

Step one...boil the potatoes and blanch the spinach

Step 2: beat the heck out of those potatoes adding butter, milk, salt,  pepper and creme fraiche

Whipped potatoes

After blanching the spinach, strain it, saute slivers of garlic in olive oil add the spinach and pine nuts, salt and pepper.  You definitely have to toast the pine nuts first, it makes such a difference in the flavor!

Sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and pecans 

Stuffed mushrooms

Freshly baked rolls and croissants 

A plate that is to die for

Proof that I am a dedicated foodie

Apple and raisin cobbler

My mother's rugelach, I haven't meant anyone who can top hers! 

Pumpkin pie


Monday, November 21, 2011

Emack & Bolio's

You know what I love most about Emack & Bolio's?   It's not just the delicious confections and ice cream concoctions they make, I just love the fact that it's so all American! This Boston based ice cream company started up in a basement in the 1970's where rock and rollers congregated in the wee hours of the night to listen to live music while satisfying their munchies.

Their ice creams are all natural and come in outrageous flavors like Grasshopper Pie, Peanut Butter Oreo and Coconut Almond Bar.  And if you're a coffee connoisseur like myself...you'll love sipping on their hand roasted organic coffees that are freshly brewed with the beans ground to order.  They even have an extensive list of fruit smoothies for those who are health conscious and don't feel like being bad like the rest of us.







Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie Mini $5.95 Large $26.99


Emack & Bolio's

73 West Houston Street
New York NY 10012
212.533.5610

81st Street and First Avenue
New York, NY 10028
212.734.0105

Amsterdam Avenue between 78th &79th
New York, NY 10024
212.362.2747

http://www.emackandbolios.com/


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sauce

Feeling saucy?  Then go to Sauce!

Chef Frank Prisinzano creator of Frank, Lil' Frankie's and Supper now brings NYC diners Sauce located on Rivington Street in the lower east side. 

This Italian trattoria slash butcher shop is so raw and cozy.  Dressed in a rustic decor of bare wooden tables and chairs, tiled floors and chandeliers with cutlery hanging from them, you are sure to get an Italian country side farmhouse feel from it. 

To say that we were taken care of would be an understatement.  We were doted upon!!  We had a large party and chef Frank was extremely hospitable and opened up their private room for us.  Frank himself came out to check on us frequently, explained the dishes to us and assisted us in ordering our meal.  

This is traditional Italian comfort food at its best that is made with EXTREME care and for an unbeatable price!  I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single dish that we had, although, some of my dinner guests shied away from the Bollito Misto.  Bollito Misto is an assortment of slowly braised fatty meats that is definitely a meat lovers dish and is not for everyone.   I, however, thought it was to die for!  

I think I left this place with a lil' crush on lil' Frank.  After all...food is definitely the way to this girls heart!! :)


Potato linguini brown butter sage served with coarse grey salt & a crispy egg $7.95

"The Plank"  (serves 2 or more) soft polenta on wood with a grass fed bolognese $8.95 pp

"Ice Box Fusilli" marinara, soft ricotta cheese, pecorino, & oreganata bread crumbs $7.95 

Zucchini tagliatelle and bottarga $6.95

Bollito Misto sliced slowly braised assorted meats served with salsa verde, salsa rosso & mostarda di frutta di Cremona $14.95

Steak for Two (or Four) served with four contorni of your choice  $50pp

Grandmother's Tomato Gravy over cencione pasta $6.95

Italian sausage $3.95 & grass fed meatballs $3.95

Stringless braciole $3.95

Broccoli rabe & toasted garlic $4.95

Tiramisu $8.95

Chocolate cake with Chantilly cream and fresh raspberries $8.95

Sauce
78-84 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
212.420.7700
Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week!
Breakfast served daily 8am-3pm
Lunch served daily 12pm-4pm
Dinner served daily 5pm-2am
Kitchen is closed daily 4pm-5pm
Reservations for parties of 6 or more only!
Cash only!




Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nuela

Oh well-ah Nuela aren't you just swell-ah but will it really last Nuela?

I'm not convinced.

This place kind of reminds me of Danny Meyer's Tabla stint.  A huge venue with an unorthodox menu that results in the inability to fill the seats every night.  How do these places stay open I wonder?  It definitely must be a challenge.

Once inside one thing is clear...the owner loves red!  Red red red everywhere!  I'm  actually really into the decor, I guess because I'm a big fan of red.  It's contemporary with lounge like feel to it.

As for the food...the presentation is really interesting, however,  at times I found it to be a bit intricate with way too many flavors happening and way heavy on the sauces!

All in all it was an enjoyable experience, the service was good and I would certainly recommend trying it out.


Empanada Trio $12

Bass Cerviche $12

Salmon Cerviche Tipico $14

Whole smoked Peruvian chicken with french fries and huancaina sauce $25 per person (serves two)

Churrasco hanger steak with yuca hash browns and chimichurri $26 

Chinese broccoli with garlic and mirin $7

Passion and Coconut $9

Chocolate Terrine $9

Nuela
43 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
212.929.1200
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Monday 5:30pm-9pm
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm-10pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11pm
http://www.nuelany.com/


Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Smith

This venue puts an American twist on the traditional French brassiere. Located in the east village,  it is one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, although, it's a great place for pretty much anytime.

Patrons get a complimentary bottle of house filtered sparkling and flat water.  Such a great touch and I love those restauranteurs out there that are green conscious. Restaurants can really be such a wasteful business and every little bit counts.   Actually this company prides itself on using local, natural and sustainable products whenever they can.


I absolutely crave this soup which is an American twist on French onion soup.  Creamy tomato soup covered and oozing with stringy cheddar cheese.  Make sure you order it!


Roasted Tomato Soup and Cheddar Melt $9


Shrimp Roll with Arugula, Tomato, lemon-black pepper aioli $15

Burger Deluxe with special sauce, sharp cheddar, bacon, the works $15



The Smith
55 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10003
212.420.9800
Monday & Tuesday 8am-Midnight
Wednesday & Thursday 8am-1am
Friday 8am-2am
Saturday 10am-2am
Sunday 10am-Midnight

For information on their new Midtown location go to:  http://www.thesmithnyc.com/


Monday, October 17, 2011

Foie Gras Banned in the State of California

This article in The New York Times got me thinking.  Animal activists have succeeded in getting the state of California to pass a ban of the selling of the long existing delicacy Foie Gras.  The ban passed and will be in effect in 8 months from now.  The same happened in Chicago years before except the ban was later lifted.    I personally feel we have the right to eat whatever the hell we want!  A person in the article said it best, "If these people could have their way we would all be vegans!".  How do the rest of you out there feel about this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/us/in-california-going-all-out-to-bid-adieu-to-foie-gras.html?pagewanted=all%3Fsrc%3Dtp&smid=fb-share


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Mamma-say Mamma-sah Momofuku!

I had high expectations for this meal as Momofuko has always been hyped up to me by friends who are always saying; "Go there and have the shrimp or pork buns, they are to die!"  We came and I put our name on the list, no reservations at this place unless you want to attend their fried chicken lunch/dinner that is by reservation only.  We waited for about 45 minutes and it was well worth it.  This meal was so flavorful and had so much going on.  The menu changes everyday and the food is extremely fresh and made with care.   Just a little heads up that this is definitely a spot for a casual meal with friends.  It's communal seating and it can get kind of loud when the place is hopping.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with ricotta, avocado, shiso $12

Charred Octopus with pearl onion, mole, zucchini flower $15

Shrimp buns with spicy mayo, pickled shallots, and iceberg $12

Pork buns with hoisin, scallion and cucumber $10

Brussel sprouts with spatzle, sausage and mustard $10

Miso Ramen with smoked chicken, swiss chard and soy egg $14

Ginger scallion noodles with shrimp, pickled shiitakes, cucumber and cabbage $16

Soft serve ice cream lemon and ricotta twist $5

















The shrimp and pork buns were really delicious, although I have to say that the pork buns aren't for everyone.  The pork has about an inch of crispy fat attached to it that is very rich and heavy.  I'm a real meat eater and found it fantastic, however, it can be overwhelming for some.


Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Avenue
NY, NY 10003
212.777.7773

Hours of Operation

Lunch  Monday-Friday 12pm-4:30pm
           Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm

Dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-11pm
           Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-2am (12am-2am limited menu only)
         
To view information on all NYC locations go to: http://www.momofuku.com/new-york-city/