Sunday, December 27, 2015

Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce a la Yotam

Soon after I started this, my buddy Chef Paul from BMC invited me over to his house and declared "Dude, this is the book and the chef you need to check out, what he does with vegetables is ridiculous." We were kind of in a rush, so it went in one ear and out the other. The next time I was over his house, he brought it up again, "Did you get this book yet!?" Luckily for me, Christmas was right around the corner and Santa was looking for something to get me.

The recipes are beautiful and the book is so engaging that I read it in it's entirety on a 2 hour flight to Michigan where I ended up preparing the book's cover dish. See photos below. It tasted better than it looks, and it looks pretty damn good!


Friday, December 25, 2015

Super-Savory Vegetarian Frittata: What's Left in the Fridge

Every Christmas Day, we hop a flight to Michigan to visit family for a few days. At home though, after opening up presents, we planned on hitting up the local iHop. I realize it's not the sexiest place to have breakfast, but it's open on Christmas and it's still one of my all-time-favorites...along with the Waffle House (Bourdain got that one right in his Charleston episode). However, upon looking in our fridge, it dawned on us that we had the ingredients to make a possibly super-tasty frittata.

This one had sweet potato, farm-fresh eggs, French olives, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and a couple of grape leaves left over from last night. My son also noted that we still had a little parsley in our "outside garden" (aka 3 small planter boxes of now-dying herbs).

About 30 minutes later the "We're Leaving-After-Eating-What's-Left-in-the-Fridge-Frittata" was born. It ended up being one of the top 10 things I've ever made. :-)


Friday, December 18, 2015

Meatless Monday, 9th & Coles Tavern, December 21, 2015

I plan on posting my prep photos in a little bit, but I'm also planning on meeting family in NYC to check out the tree and walk around town, hitting up a few traditional holiday spots. Long story short, If I don't have the time to post the photos this morning, I at least wanted to post the menu for this upcoming Monday, the 21st.

Delicata Squash are pretty unique because you can actually eat the delicate (delicata) outer skin. I'm pretty excited about making these, and my good buddy, Chef Paul DiBari of the BMC in NYC gave me the idea for the stuffing. I'm hoping he helps me make some good basil oil to drizzle on the plate as well. In all honesty, I'm more excited to actually try the dish than I am to cook it. Hope to see you Monday (make a reservation, it's getting crowded in that place on Mondays!)

Meatless Monday at 9th & Coles Tavern: 12.21.15 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cold Rainy Nights Deserve Hot Stuffed Shells!

Tonight, 9th & Coles Tavern will be offering a special I made yesterday. Stuffed shells in my homemade marinara—just like your mama used to make! In addition to the shells, the meal comes with a serving of arugula salad with lemon vin, and the remaining Minestrone soup from Monday. Go in and fill your belly with this hearty deliciousness. I will be posting the next Meatless Monday menu tomorrow with pictures of my sample dishes. Ciao, or as I like to say, Chow!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Meatless Monday, 9th & Coles Tavern, December 14, 2015

Great turnout for the second week of Meatless Mondays at the Tavern. I'm starting to get the hang of mass production, while at the same time cutting down on unnecessary prep waste. This whole cooking thing was WAY easier when it was for just 8, or 4 pre-counted heads. I'm not complaining because the experience is amazing and on a humanistic level, I've had more stimulating education in the last three weeks than I've had in the last year. :-)

The upcoming menu and few pictures below. It's probably just me being picky, but this particular image of the cauliflower steak was taken (i'm assuming) at the end of the night and it was for a staff member who asked for "extra gravy." Service dishes had a little less which made it more visually appealing (but just as tasty). It should be noted that these two dishes were completely Vegan. 

9th & Coles Tavern, Meatless Monday, Jersey City, 9C
 Minestrone soup, 9th & Coles Tavern, Jersey City Vegetarian, basil pesto, Israeli cous cous

Monday, December 7, 2015

Minestrone Soup

This showed up in my FB news feed as a "memory from one year ago." If I recall correctly, I took the last of the season's pureed tomatoes, mixed them with some homemade veggie stock and cooked everything right in the mixture. Either way, I remember it being really peppery and really good. Thanks for the memory FB, I think this will be on next week's Meatless Monday at 9C.
Minestrone Soup

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Meatless Monday, 9th & Coles Tavern, December 7th, 2015

This is the menu I will be serving at 9th & Coles Tavern for their initial Meatless Mondays offering. Also, this is the beet dish that will be served as the first course. I keep jumping back and forth between a mint pesto or an oregano one. Either compliments the beets nicely so I guess it will be a "game-time" call. Speaking of call, make a reservation if you are coming: (201) 839-5604, not because I think we will sell out, but because it will be helpful for planning.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mushroom Bourguignon

Perfect for cool, fall/winter days. I will be serving this Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 9th & Coles Tavern in Jersey City as part of their Meatless Mondays initiative. Note for the non-veg: when I brought a tasting to the tavern last night, the overall perception was, "Tastes just like Beef Stew!" (Not exactly what I was going for, but i'll take it!)
Mushroom Bourguignon with
Whipped Potatoes