Friday Fish Dish – Moqueca Brazilian Fish Stew

Every coastal region has a cultural version of a fish soup or fisherman’s stew, bouillabaisse of Provence, cotriade of Brittany, brodetto of Italy, halászlé of Hungary, cioppino of San Fransico, Bostonian “chowda” and Moqueca of Brazil.

Put Spring Into Your Easter Brunch

Easter is a perfect opportunity to celebrate spring and entertain your family and friends with the fresh flavors of the season. We created a casual Easter Brunch menu, easy to prepare and serve. Many menu items can be prepared the evening before, then heated and plated when your guests arrive.   Easter Brunch Menu: Starters Caviar Eggs Spring Veggies Crudités with Ginger Carrot Dipping Sauce Lemon Rosemary Scones Savories Citrus Salad with Honey and Mint Quiche with Feta in Hash Brown Crust Sweets Assorted French Almond Macaroons Fresh Strawberries on Greek Yogurt Beverages Fresh Juices: Passion Fruit, Grapefruit, Orange Champagne: served in classic coupe glasses garnished edible flowers Wine: Sauvignon Blanc Waters: Still and Sparkling Coffee and Tea Entertaining Thoughts […]

Friday Fish Dish – Snow Crab Smack

It’s Friday night, pondering what to serve, with minimal effort, Snow Crab comes to mind. Steamed and succulent snow crab is such a crowd pleaser. So very easy to prepare and plate. The bright pink-red shells give promise to the sweetness that needs only clarified butter as an accent. It’s still in season, albeit nearing the end [January 15 through March]. Serve the crab with lemon wedges and clarified butter. Don’t settle for garden-variety butter in the dairy section. Rather, choose an Irish butter, Plugrá or a European-style butter, which have a higher fat content, making the butter sweeter and creamier and a really decadent dipping sauce. The crab is the star and needs little else as accompaniment. However, a side could be roasted […]

Wine Wednesday – Thinking Al Fresco Dining

“Summer afternoon ~ summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ~Henry James, American Novelist Spring is finally becoming a reality, and the thought of dining al fresco comes to mind. Fresh air, a shady spot and a bottle of wine to share. Wishing you warm and happy Wine Wednesday thoughts. A languid atmosphere, a lazy breeze, With labored respiration, moves the wheat From distant reaches, till the golden seas Break in crisp whispers at my feet. My book, neglected of an idle mind, Hides for a moment from the eyes of men; Or lightly opened by a critic wind, Affrightedly reviews itself again. Off through the haze that dances in the […]

Film Friday – Chef Film “A Matter of Taste”

First up on our Food Film Friday list is “A Matter of Taste” It’s Friday, and weekend plans are forming. So many choices; what to do, where to go, social invitations, or relaxing at home with a dinner and a movie. If you opt for the latter, we created an entertaining and delicious line-up of foodie films to relish, from chef documentaries to sumptuous food and wine stories. Available in your Netflix queue. A Matter of Taste, is a documentary on Chef Paul Liebrandt’s quest to claim a Michelin Star. The story begins in a post 911 New York, where diners embrace a return to comfort food. British born Chef Paul, forges forward with his culinary-vision and sheer artistry of creating dishes […]