Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pickled beet salad with curly endive

Haakon made this really delicious salad. 

The best part was the overabundance of beet juice left over. 
Utilizing the power of SCIENCE aka baking soda to mess with the ph, I was later able to use this to color the frosting on my gingerbread cookies with a orange coffee glaze.  

Pickled beet salad with curly endive

Pickled beets

3 lb beets
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp caraway
a few cloves and allspices

Wrap the beets in foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours. When they are cool, peel and cut into 3/4" cubes, and pickle in 1 part sugar to 2 parts vinegar. (I used the end of 3 bottles of vinegar, apple cider, rice, and white wine) Add the spices to the sugar and vinegar, bring to a boil and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes, let cool a little and pour over the beets. I let this sit for a day, but longer would be even better.


1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp grainy mustard
3 large cloves garlic
salt and pepper
1/4 lb blue cheese, crumbled

Dissolve the mustard in the lemon juice, and mix with other ingredients. Have a light hand when stirring so the blue cheese doesn't clump together again.

Green salad

a small head of curly endive
a bunch of scallions
small bunch flat parsley

Wash and trim all the greens Slice endive in 3/4 inch slices. Chop parsley coarsely. Slice scallions in 1/4 inch slices. Mix together.


1/3 cup pecans

just before serving, pour and spoon half the dressing onto the greens, and toss. Sprinkle with 1/6 cup pecans.  Remove the beets from their pickling juice and arrange on top.  Pour remaining dressing over and top with remaining pecans.

This started out as a traditional beet salad, maybe from Fannie Farmer, with pickled beets on a green salad, updated towards the typical modern beet salad

The roasting gives a slightly smoky flavor, but I'm not sure that much is left after pickling. Probably boiling would be almost as good. Most similar recipes call for arugula. I love arugula, but the arugula was expensive and not that good, so I decided to try the endive instead, which also has a nice bitter flavor. Watercress, dandelion greens, regular endive, radicchio, or escarole should also work.

You can also cut the beets in 1/4 to 1/3 inch slices (maybe cutting them in halves or quarters if they are large), and pickle them with similar slices of onions. In this case, omit the scallions.

Candied Grapefruit Peels

Part of Haakons holiday gift from work was a giant box of grapefruits. We've been trying to figure out interesting ways to use them and this is one Haakon came up with. Have any other ideas? Leave a comment bellow.

He used the Epicurious recipe and made a couple variations, one with a sugar coating and one diped in chocolate. The chocolate pairs really well with the grapefruit, with a pretty complex interplay of different tastes. It's pretty awesome.

My next idea is to melt the dark chocolate and use some of my szechuan pepper infused vodka to add a spicy numbing sensation to the chocolate. 

This and some other really awesome desserts were brought to the table this Christmas feast.

The candied peels drying on a baking rack. 

Taken by: Haakon
Date: December 25, 2012 11:18:13 AM EST

Monday, November 12, 2012

Russ and Daughters

In NYC decided to check a restaurant to do off my list-- the fabled Russ and Daughters. I wish I had three stomachs because everything looked so good. If you want the quintessential Jewish deli experience this is the place to go.

I decided on the pastrami Russ-- pastrami cured salmon with sauerkraut and spicy mustard on a bagel. It was so good I basically licked the paper when I was done.

My only regret is that I didn't have more room so I could stop next door and get a knish from Yonah Schimmel's knishery. Oh well. Next time New York.

Great food this trip readers-- once Justin forwards me the menu from the place we ate at last night I'll fill you in on the delicious cheese soaked wonder that was our dinner (spoiler-- it includes beef hearts and avocado potato salad.)

Check out Russ and Daughters yourself-- 179 East Houston Street. New York, NY 10002. It's worth the trip.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Harvest feast!

In honor of our pumpkin carving party I cooked up a fall feast!

Acorn squash glazed with butter, maple syrup, and salt and pepper.

Covered with a cranberry apple relish-- cooked with huckleberry honey, sugar, nutmeg and lemon zest.

The side is red chard sautéed with onion, lots of garlic, butter and red pepper flakes.

Also the first of our seed varieties!
Squash seeds toasted with a butter, maple syrup and cracked salt coating the other side pumpkin pie spiced seeds.

Not pictured mulled cider with black rum.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Breakfast tarte at tatte

I missed this place so much-- mozzarella tarte with prosciutto. Would have been better hot but is still super delicious.

Will post photos of the other thing I got but Jane reads this blog and its a present for her so you will all have to wait!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Apple cider donut.

Feels like fall. <3 Dave's suggestion to eat these for breakfast.

Update: thanks to Jane for reminding me I didn't put a picture of it. Enjoy!