What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Archive for August, 2010
Perhaps you saw the famed New York Times Olive Oil Granola recipe last year. Or maybe you’ve been noticing more and more folks using olive oil in their baked goods lately (in bakeries and around the web). Well, here’s my version of Olive Oil Granola and a few web links for with inspiring ideas for baking with olive oil.
The Outside Lands festival that took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 14th and 15th was dedicated to integrating local food, wine, music, and art to create two days of entertainment, indulgence and education. This slideshow features some of the festivities from Saturday August 14th.
At the Hospitalitarianism panel, the tablehopper’s Marcia Gagliardi chatted with Umberto Gibin (Perbacco, barbacco), Annie Stoll (Delfina), Giancarlo Paterlini (Acquerello), Nick Peyton (Cyrus) and Tim Stannard (Pizzeria Antica, Spruce, Cafe Des Amis). Stannard fielded one of the toughest questions, when Gagliardi asked him how he knows who will make it, who won’t, and how do you let people know.
And then I thought about my cocktail and how it lead me to my current state of mind. A Death in the Afternoon is made of champagne–the drink most closely associated with celebration, and absinthe– the drink of forgetfulness. I thought it an odd combination; a conflict of emotions in a glass. And that damned drink had the opposite effect on me– it lead to the dredging up of painful memories that I certainly didn’t feel like celebrating. It is a drink that caused me to become acutely aware of what was absent from my life.
The key to this pie is fresh blueberries. It can be made with frozen berries, but I recommend making it now while the fruit is firm and plump, deliciously sweet with a slightly tart burst. Cooked in a prebaked pie crust, the pastry is buttery and crisp and sits firmly beneath the berry filling (instead of getting soggy). I then top the pie with a traditional fruit crisp topping of oatmeal, flour, sugar and butter.
Every Monday, Marin Organic’s Glean Team, an all-ages group of volunteers, meets up at a local farm. Their task is simple: go through already-harvested rows and pick the best of what’s left. By the next day, this organic and local bounty will be on the plates of Marin kids in schools and camps all across the county.
On Sunday night, Chef Dominique Crenn will again appear on Iron Chef America, when she does battle against Chef Michael Symon on the Food Network. Michelin rated Luce Wine Restaurant, where Crenn is the Chef de Cuisine, will offer the Chef’s TV-inspired creations with a special Iron Chef menu, priced at $65 per person, and starting on August 10th. The chef shared her favorite eating spots with Bay Area Bites via email.
Bastilla. Real bastilla made with real Moroccan pigeon. Of course, I thought that the pigeons caught and prepared for my meal might very well have been from some other country and merely had the misfortune of landing in the wrong spot at the wrong time, but I let that go. I was about to eat them baked with almonds, spices, and eggs into the flaky pastry of my favorite Moroccan dish of all time. And in Morocco, of all places, too. I longed to nearly suffocate myself under it’s heavy layer of powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Pondering what would go best with apple balsamic vinegar and syrup, I decided to make some slow roasted baby back ribs. Because I love the taste of pork with apples, I used the fewest ingredients possible, adding a rub of only ground fennel and coriander (along with salt and pepper). After slow roasting for an hour and half, the ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender. I then brushed on the balsamic vinegar for a glaze and added a second layer of apple syrup for extra sweetness.