As I mentioned earlier, My sisters and I threw a big party for my parents last weekend and it was a great success. For the main meal at the party, I did kind of a vaguely middle eastern/greek feast for everyone, the centerpiece being these marinated chicken drumsticks and pork tenderloins. The marinade might seem like a bit of work and a little pricy, but the fact is, it can transform cheaper cuts of meat into a luxurious treat fit for a king.
When I made that s'mores cake last week, I needed like 15 more egg whites than yolks. Honestly there was like 10 whole eggs, and 15 whites which is kind of crazy. Anyways, I was hungry for lunch while I was making the cake and I had all these egg yolks laying around, so I thought it would be fun to make a super rich and indulgent carbonara with just the yolks. I had some really tasty bacon from Jones Dairy Farm in the fridge, and also had bought a nice stalk of brussel sprouts on a whim because it is that time of year again finally, so the dish pretty much came together on it's own.
Earlier this week I brought one of my all time favorite recipes, loaded potato gnocchi, to my friends Seth and Ashley at Mass Appeal. Check out the video below!
Both of my parents turn 60 this year, so my sisters and I planned a big surprise party for them. The party was this past weekend and it went better than I could have imagined! They were totally surprised and everyone seemed to have a great time. I made lots of tasty food, but the real showstopper was this crazy s'mores cake. Not only was it big and multi tiered, but I got to light it on fire at the party!
Earlier this week I bought two great new cookbooks. I was on my way to the store after buying these books knowing I was going to cook something that night, but I was unsure of what. I flipped through Easy Gourmet, and realized that I wanted to eat just about everything in the book! Not only that, but the recipes really lived up to the theme of the book, they were all super easy but also really classy and fancy feeling! It was a cold september day so I gravitated towards the soups in the book, and the salmon dill chowder caught my eye right away. Mainly because I make a lot of soups here, but this one seemed just different enough from what I normally do that I knew it was going to be fun to make and new flavors to eat. It came out just fantastic and took almost no effort at all to put together!
If you guys were wondering what the spread was from my 4 cookie ice cream, it is called speculoos spread and it is the consistency of peanut butter but the flavor of ginger cookies. I recently made a version of it for tablespoon but with chocolate chip cookies and it was pretty tasty stuff. Try my Homemade Cookie Butter recipe on Tablespoon.
It's officially the season for watching Football and eating tasty treats while doing it. Here in New England, the Patriots aren't off to the best start, but that doesn't mean we can't have some beer and good food while yelling at the TV! I recently partnered with Tabasco to create a New England game-time recipe and for my regional ingredient I was assigned Lobster. I LOVE lobster, but it's a tough ingredient to use when you are talking about "homegating", because football food tends to be bold, cheesy, and often fried, three things that don't come to mind when talking lobster. After brainstorming for awhile, I came up with this awesome lobster popper recipe that felt like football food but still featured the lobster without overpowering it or losing it in the mix.
I had an ice cream at Ronnybrook Farm Dairy at Chelsea Market about a month ago that was "2 cookies and cream". It was really clever and also really really delicious to mix chocolate chip cookies into the regular cookies and cream. Ice cream has been on the brain lately, and September is my favorite time of the year to eat ice cream, so I decided to top their flavor and double the cookie content! In addition to oreo and chocolate chip, I also mixed in peanut butter cookies, and finished it all off with a speculoos cookie spread as a swirl. This was hands down the best ice cream I have ever made! My only question is "who can top that shit, who can top that shit"?