Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dinner Party: 40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken, Mussels in White Wine, Kale Salad

A lot of the dinner parties you've seen me post on this blog have been really ambitious. Some had a variety of different dishes while others imparted a more difficult technique. This time, however, I went a more easy route. Now, I didn't skimp on making things from scratch. I just chose easier dishes that can me made in large quantities. And I also made things that could stay warm in the oven without being compromised.
But first up, some appetizers. Don't feel like cooking? Doing a charcuterie spread is one of the easiest things to present. It's group friendly and everything can be prepared ahead of time. Here, I had 2 kinds of olives. Don't forget the pit bowl. Then some salami and coppa that I folded over into triangles. It helps with presentation as well as allowing guests to take one slice at a time. Serving sliced meat completely flat and layered on each other makes it difficult for people to pick up. I also served some prosciutto that I twirled into flower shapes. A very soft triple creme brie and jarlsberg cheese served  next to the meats. Grapes, carrot sticks, celery, and purple bell peppers round out the meal. That ranch dip for the vegetable crudite is homemade.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ushiwakamaru

For her birthday this year, the Feisty Foodie wanted sushi to celebrate. Who am I to say no? So off we went with Dessert Zombie to Ushiwakamaru in search of a great omakase (~$120).
The meal started with some seaweed to whet our appetites. It was both savory and sweet which made my water water in excitement for what's to come.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dominique Ansel Bakery: Magic Souffle & Smore

Dominique Ansel is one of my favorite bakeries in NYC. They make some really good quality baked items. Their kouign amann is one of my favorite items. But this time, I went in search for something else, specifically their magic souffle and smore.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Mexico Blvd

My coworker who recently went wheat free (not just gluten free, wheat free) couldn't stop raving about the Mexico Blvd food truck. We went into finite details about their tacos and how delicious they are. I explained by reservations but he wholeheartedly reconfirmed that Chipotle this was not.
We arrived to the truck before 12 noon to avoid long lines. He warned me about this. And he was right. We arrived to a line but it was doable. More people stood behind us while we waited to order.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Lunch Week 38: Roasted Pork Chops with Winter Vegetables

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Roasted Pork Chops with Winter Vegetables
Winter is here and another simple dish this week. Roasted sweet potatoes just dressed with salt, pepper, oil. The roasted brussels sprouts also included red pepper flakes and garlic powder. The roasted pork chops are seasoned with Montreal Steak seasoning. Everything is cooked in the oven making it easy for me. Read more...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cooking: Chinese Dinner for Birthday Girls

It brings me immense joy to cook for my loved ones. So every fall when Mrs. Pattis Magician and Ms. Pastry Chef's birthdays come along, I volunteer to cook them a Chinese dinner. And to my delight, they agree. They usually let me decide the menu but I still like to ask them for favorites to make sure those are included.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Trestle on Tenth

Dinner with some out of town friends are always a delight. Especially when I get to choose the restaurant. The criteria was to be around Penn Station and "flavor of the month". Whatever that means. I just went with my gut and picked a few places that have been on my radar. We settled on Trestle on Tenth after seeing a wild mushroom promotion on their website.
I was the only one who had 2 courses that night. That made me feel really gluttonous but it was worth it. I started with the seared sweetbreads with lemon aioli, capers, and cilantro. Tender pieces of sweetbreads breaded and fried until crispy. These were prepared very nicely. Properly cleaned and freshly fried to order. The tang of the aioli and capers with the freshness of the cilantro paired really well with the richness of the sweetbreads. This was a larger portion than what I am used to. But since it was prepared so expertly, I had no issue finishing it all.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday: Pounds and Ounces

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Pounds and Ounces
This post is long overdue. When we came here it was still warm out and we sat outside. It was great people watching.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Grano Trattoria

Mr. M&P and I was out for date night. We had aimed to go to Umami Burger but the line was insane. There were about 30 people standing outside waiting with even more people inside. The wait was unreasonable for us so we moved on. Not having a plan B, we just walked around to see if anything peaked our interested. When we stopped in front of Grano Trattoria, we looked over the menu and decided to try it.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Hospoda

Dinner at Hospoda one night with Feisty Foodie, Dessert Zombie, and couple of their friends as well. We looked over the menu and decided on the Restaurant Week Menu ($38 for 3 course prix fixe) because the choices seemed good (I actually didn't even know restaurant week was going on), the place was not packed at all, and service was more than accommodating. We went from a 4 person party to 5 last minute. They helped us move and I was very grateful.
The meal started with an amuse bouche of cucumber and herbs juice with bread crumbs. This was really refreshing though it seemed like it needed just a bit of fat like olive oil. I thought those were bacon bits at first but alas only bread. They also served us some bread with cocoa butter (not pictured). It needed salt.
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