Pepper Vodka (and More) from “Beyond The North Wind” by Darra Goldstein

(Written before COVID-19 quarantine) When I received notice that my friend Darra Goldstein had unsubscribed from my NewsBite newsletter, I reached out to learn, "why?" and learned she wasn't unsubscribing, just eliminating duplication as she was getting it twice. During our email interaction, she had mentioned the upcoming publication of her latest book, Beyond the North Wind, another tome exploring Russian food. Darra is the founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. She's also the Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Emerita at Williams College. I was looking for a simple recipe to share. She suggested the Pear and Carrot Relish, one of her favorite easy [...]

By |2020-07-08T15:13:34-04:00July 1st, 2020|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

“Nostalgia on a Plate” Meatballs For My Nephew’s Recipe Book

For newlyweds, I assemble a baker's dozen favorites from my syndicated columns and out-of-print cookbooks as the start of their recipe collection. For one of my nephews, I wanted to include his grandmother's potted meatball recipe. I had taken notes watching her make those famous sweet & sour meatballs. I did make them once from those cryptic notes yet never "kitchen-tested" a written version. Having warned him of such, my insides smiled when he wrote to me after making them, "Nostalgia on a plate." (Meatball photo by my nephew.) Hilda’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs Makes 6 to 8 servings. "I’m writing this recipe from notes I had from talking to [...]

By |2020-06-04T09:24:41-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Braised Cabbage and Rice Soup

Since we're sheltering, we all have time for braising the cabbage for 1 1/2 hours as in this recipe, inspired by one of Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan's recipes for this dense soup. Instead of soup, you could just enjoy the cabbage just braised. If you do so, add a generous grinding of Parmigiano Reggiano to each serving. Braised Cabbage Soup 4 servings 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 tablespoon) 1 pound shredded cabbage (about 6 cups) Salt Black pepper, freshly ground 1 tablespoon wine vinegar (I used apple blossom) 2 cups broth (homemade or purchased) 1/2 [...]

By |2020-04-15T09:56:49-04:00April 18th, 2020|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Goat Cheese Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Here's a simple, partially make-ahead colorful hors d'oeuvre. To do ahead, I "toast" the bread and marinate the peppers. As company arrives, I spread the toast with the goat cheese, top with the pepper mixture and garnish with some microgreens. Easy! Goat Cheese Roasted Pepper Bruschetta 1 baguette, sliced on the bias about 1/2-inch thick Extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar 1 cup thinly sliced roasted red, yellow and orange peppers* 1 shallot, minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh Salt and pepper to taste A large pinch red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian parsley 6-ounce log fresh goat cheese, [...]

By |2020-02-09T07:40:01-05:00January 18th, 2020|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Violet Fog, A Special Gin Moscow Mule

An attractively packaged and designed bottle arrived at my doorstep. Inside the thick gold-embossed black box along with the final two stanzas of the poem that inspired the McQueen and the Violet Fog name was a bottle of the eponymous gin. The press materials tout the liquor as "made with an unparalleled 21 sustainable botanicals from around the world, at least six of which are found in no other gin." This Sovereign Brands gin is a small batch one, bottled in Jundiai, Brazil. I decided to make the "Violet Fog" recipe (basically a Moscow Mule) that accompanied the bottle. I first made it with Bombay Saffire, the brand my dad [...]

Shackleton Cocktail from Arlo Hotel: 88 Degrees South

"As the story goes, Sir Ernest Shackleton took cases of Mackinlay's Old Rare on his 1907 expedition to the British Antarctic. He later had to abandon the ship to save himself and his crew. That same whisky was found trapped under the ice 100 years later and recreated to become Shackleton Whisky. Named after one of the 20th century's most charismatic leaders, Shackleton Whisky embodies the spirit of a legend." With that introduction, I was invited to the Arlo NoMad (11 E 31st St) for cocktails and a sneak peek of the warmed "ice huts" sitting on the rooftop terrace 31 stories up, practically under the Empire State Building. At [...]

By |2018-11-13T08:25:19-05:00November 30th, 2018|Recipes, Starters|1 Comment

Consider a Spritz While Waiting for Trick-or-Treaters

With its black and orange bottle, Mionetto Brut is perfect for Halloween spritz making. Here are a couple spritz cocktail ideas for you to make for your adult guests on October 31 while awaiting trick-or-treaters, or anytime for that matter. Thanks to the makers of  Mionetto Brut DOC for sharing these with us. Aperol Spritz: combine brut Prosecco, Aperol and seltzer; garnish with an orange slice. Elderflower: combine brut Prosecco, St-Germain liqueur and seltzer; garnish with lemon slice. Sunshine Spritz: combine brut Prosecco, orange juice and Campari; garnish with an orange slice. Arancia Spritz –combine brut Prosecco, San Pellegrino Aranciata and Campari; garnish with an orange slice. Limone Spritz: combine brut Prosecco, [...]

By |2018-10-29T08:39:23-04:00October 29th, 2018|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Jacktember Cocktails to Celebrate Jack Daniels

Last month was renamed Jacktember by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey to recognize their eponymous whiskey distillers! I have a soft spot in my heart for Jack Daniels, having visited the Lynchburg (TN) distillery a number of times, having judged their World Championship Invitational Barbecue contest and also friend of the "family" (Brown-Forman Corporation). And, so I'm sharing with you a couple of the cocktails they shared with me. Personally, I prefer my Jack neat. Jack Old Fashioned This simple to make classic never goes out of fashion 1 ½ ounces Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 ½ ounce simple syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters Garnish: orange twist, cherry Fill half a [...]

By |2018-10-16T11:58:27-04:00October 11th, 2018|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Spicy Strawberry Margarita

Spicy Strawberry Margarita When this photo and accompanying recipe for a strawberry margaritas arrived in my inbox, it caught my eye as I love spicy drinks.  I tried it — and like many recipes that come across the transom — it didn't work. I re-wrote and re-tested it.  Adjust the fresh jalapeños used depending on your heat toleration! And, obviously, use really flavorful ripe berries. 3 cups sliced strawberries, plus 6 slices for garnish 1 - 2 seeded and finely diced jalapeño peppers 1/4 cup (2 ounces) simple syrup 2 cups crushed ice 3/4 cup (6 ounces) tequila 1/4 cup (2 ounces) triple sec or Cointreau 1/2 cup (4 ounces) freshly [...]

By |2018-06-30T09:41:09-04:00July 2nd, 2018|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Espresso Martini

Kerrygold — which specializes in Irish dairy products many of which we've reviewed or offered as a FREEBIE on —  now offers Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur. It is a rich and velvety blend of natural Irish cream, real chocolate and oak-aged Irish whiskey. This liqueur was named award-World’s Best Cream Liqueur at the 2016 World Drink Awards. It is now available in most states. My favorite way to enjoy it is in this simple martini, is as a dessert rather than to start the night. Espresso Martini Ice cubes 1/2 ounce vodka 1 ounce espresso coffee 1 ounce Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur 1/2 ounce Dark chocolate, for garnish Fill a [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:01:50-04:00May 19th, 2017|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Marge Perry’s Green Shrimp

My friend Marge Perry's green shrimp are an ideal appetizer, as you can make them in advance. Before serving be sure to bring to room temperature. Or, serve as a main dish over rice or with pasta. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB Green Shrimp 1/2 cup cilantro 1/2 cup basil 1/2 cup parsley 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 small jalapeno pepper (or to taste) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 24 peeled shrimp (about 1 pound) 24 cherry tomatoes Combine the cilantro, basil, parsley, vinegar, salt, black pepper, jalapeño and 2 tablespoons of the oil in a blender and puree. Toss 1 [...]

By |2017-08-25T15:55:49-04:00May 9th, 2017|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Avgolemono Soup with Arugula from Power Greens Cookbook

This simple flavorful twist on a Greek classic is from this week's Guest Foodie — Dana Jacobi 's soon to be published book, The Power Greens Cookbook containing 140 dark, leafy greens recipes. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB   How does lemon-sparked chicken and rice soup fit into a cookbook on leafy greens? By adding arugula. The combination is so perfect that I wish I had thought of it sooner. To save time, you can start with step 3, using store-bought chicken broth and cooked chicken breast. The result tastes milder but delivers all the comfort that makes this creamy soup a Greek classic. Avgolemono Soup with Arugula 6-ounce skinless [...]

By |2017-09-08T11:02:04-04:00March 29th, 2016|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Chilled Corn Soup from Gramery Tavern Cookbook

Earlier this month when I interviewed Michael Anthony, I requested a recipe from his “Gramercy Tavern Cookbook” to share. If you've ever dined at Gramercy Tavern — or the new Untitled — you know that your dish comes amazingly garnished, as in this recipe. If you don't have time for making the entire garnish, I suggest just use the seasoned tomatoes and radish — or just sprinkle it with cooked fresh corn kernels. - bonnie BonnieBOTB Follow @BonnieBOTB   "This soup, which can also be served hot, is wonderful made with water, but if you have a little extra time, it’s far better with corn broth. Not only does the [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:04:40-04:00September 10th, 2015|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Red Cat’s Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds and Pecorino

Red Cat owner Jimmy Bradley shared this simple recipe for a quick sauté of zucchini from the restaurant's eponymous cookbook. Like all the food I've sampled at the restaurant, this dish lets the fresh vegetable shine. If you decide to double this recipe, be sure to use two skillets — as Red Cat never makes more than two servings in one pan at a time. - bonnie Follow @BonnieBOTB   Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds and Pecorino 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving 2 tablespoons sliced almonds 2 1/2 cups zucchini, sliced lengthwise 1/8th inch thick, then sliced again to resemble matchsticks (about 3-4 small [...]

By |2017-08-25T15:55:49-04:00July 27th, 2015|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Dutch Yellow Potatoes & Leek Soup

We've adapted this soup recipe from Melissa's new cookbook DYP's: the perfect everyday potato cookbook.  Take a chance before February 28, 2015, to win this cookbook and a bag of Dutch Yellow Potatoes in our FREEBIE section. Dutch Yellow Potatoes and Leek Soup 1 1/2 cups diced regular or Dutch Yellow Potatoes 2 tablespoons butter 2 leeks sliced lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 2 cups water 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, plus additional for thinning White pepper, to taste 3 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled Place the potatoes in a bowl and cover with water to prevent discoloration. Set a large [...]

By |2017-08-25T15:55:49-04:00February 3rd, 2015|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Michele Scicolone’s Milanese Winter Squash Soup

Try this simple recipe from The Italian Vegetable Cookbook by Michele Scicolone (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) for a yummy winter squash soup. And don't miss our interview with Michele later this month when she'll be our Guest Foodie. When testing, I baked the squash instead of first peeling and chopping it — as I was in the middle of the BIG MOVE (more about that to come) and had already packed most of my good tools. In doing so...  I discovered a much easier way to "peel" the squash!  To do the same, prick the whole squash in a few places with a sharp knife, bake at 350 degrees for [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:04:40-04:00January 6th, 2015|Recipes, Starters|1 Comment

The Wedding Weekend

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I’m giving thanks for my new family — one that has grown exponentially since Eric married Casey Brogdon at a 4-day wedding weekend last month in Lisbon, New Hampshire at Bishop Farm. And thanks that the wedding was everything they wanted it to be. I was responsible for the rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch; Casey’s mom and dad for everything else, with her dad handling the weekend food. First night, Casey's dad Bill served his famous Texas chili, to satiate the hungry slosh-ball players after their inaugural match...that’s a game of kickball where the players hold a beer in one hand and must refill from [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:04:40-04:00November 26th, 2013|Breads, Sides & Salads, Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

The Moscow Mule, from Storied Sips

Vodka's breakout cocktail was not the Martini but rather the Moscow Mule, according to Erica Deucy in her just published "Storied Sips, evocative cocktails for everyday escapes, with 40 recipes." It was the owner of Smirnoff who created it, not a bartender and — according to Erica —  the first time a cocktail was created as a marketing device. Here's her recipe, which at her book launch party was made using Regatta Ginger Beer and Russian Standard vodka and served in a copper mug. Moscow Mule 2 ounces vodka 1/2 ounce lime juice 6 ounces ginger beer Glass: lowball or copper mug Garnish: lime wedge Fill a lowball glass or [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:01:50-04:00November 12th, 2013|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Avocado Deviled Eggs

I met food blogger "Mimi Avocado" at Camp Blogaway earlier this summer. She offered to share this recipe with us. "I often just substitute avocado for the mayonnaise to save on calories, but we all know that mayonnaise makes everything GOOD!" wrote Mimi. For another version of deviled eggs, she suggests filling them with guacamole. Avocado Deviled Eggs 4 hard cooked eggs Half a large California avocado 1 T mayonnaise 2 t  spicy brown mustard 1/8 t  cayenne pepper (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Paprika for garnish (optional) Cut boiled eggs in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out yolks. Mash yolks with a fork. Mash the avocado and add [...]

By |2017-08-25T15:55:49-04:00July 6th, 2013|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments

Italian Limonchello

Over this past Memorial Day weekend, I attended Camp Blogaway, the original bootcamp for food and recipe bloggers in Angeles Oaks, CA. I presented, as did my friend George Geary, who wrote, "I know how to throw a party with my limonchello."  And that he did. "I made a recipe that I received from my former tour guide that used to work with me in Italy. One warm night in Rome a group of us sat at a family owned trattoria.. After the feast of roasted vegetables, pastas and the like the son brought a bottle the syrupy golden lemon liquid to the table with little glasses for each of [...]

By |2017-08-25T16:01:50-04:00July 5th, 2013|Recipes, Starters|0 Comments