Brrr…it’s cold outside. We’ve barely started on our lunch, but already we’re dreaming about what to put in the oven for dinner tonight. Here’s a recipe that will do just fine: rich and creamy 5-cheese mac and cheese from Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes (his wife, Marja, actually created it).
With holiday parties looming and menus to plan, we thought of this rich, frothy punch by mixologist Casey Van Heel of Rye Restaurant in Williamsburg. Light as a feather, yet decadent thanks to the upstate milk, this cocktail is more dessert than drink and perfect for filling guests’ glasses at winter gatherings.
The Tom & Jerry–a frothy, rich Christmas-time drink akin to eggnog–was, according to cocktail historian David Wondrich, created in the early 1850s by famed mixologist Jerry Thomas. As legend goes, Thomas refused to make them until after the first snowfall. It may not be Christmas yet, but the snow has fallen, people, so ready your mixers!
Wisconsin expats whip up their ancestral Christmas cocktail in the East Village
Tis a shame that the humble goose, once beloved for its rich flavor and luscious layer of fat just under the skin came to be replaced by the wild turkey at holiday meals. In our current issue Nancy Davidson traces the decadent bird’s comeback.
Whether it’s pronounceable or not, this soup (compliments of Rick Field of Rick’s Picks and found on page 36 of Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook) is a real winner on crisp autumn days.
At Brushstroke with chef/owner David Bouley, chef Yamada created this dish for Americans, who he realized don’t like the salted, grilled fish beloved in Japan for its strong flavor and chewy texture. To create a very moist fish, Yamada created this recipe for sea bass, where the fish is marinated for 24 hours with sun-dried tomatoes and grapeseed oil.
Fishmonger Gabrielle Stommel, aka Gabe the Fish Babe, calls this recipe for fluke crudo “delightfully simple.” It takes seconds, or for a little more effort, try chopping it into a medium dice with red onion, fresh chilies and herbs and dousing the lot with citrus juices for an easy fluke ceviche.
Gabe the Fish Babe, aka fishmonger Gabrielle Stommel, usually gets bluefish from day-boat fisherman Dean Pesante in Point Judith, Rhode Island, and often sells it to Calliope in the East Village. “Bluefish is an oily fish and can stand up to other bold ingredients,” says Stommel, “the combo of harissa, avocado and sweet bluefish make for a splendidly balanced dish.”
In our current issue, St. John Frizell takes a closer look at Portland, home of a burgeoning food scene that spans everything from food trucks to craft beer. One of his favorite dishes from his trip to the jewel of the Pacific Northwest was from a restaurant called Smallwares, which calls its culinary approach “inauthentic” Asian.
The emerging disorder among the sustainable set strikes at the height of the fall harvest season, when some locavores break out in a cold sweat at the sight of yet another kale salad, roast chicken or apple crisp.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Michael Pesce makes limoncello in Carroll Gardens using culinary geranium–an ingredient he discovered on the Amalfi Coast. The citrus-scented herb grows in the city, too, but with or without it, making limoncello at home is a snap.