Cranberries at the Market

IMG_0963For the last several years Breezy Hill Orchards  has been selling heritage cranberries from Kingston, Mass., If you are able to get to the Union Square market stock up!  They freeze great.  This year I am making a Thai Turkey Thanksgiving  – the Turkey is brined for several days (I add some lime juice to help break down the mostly dark meat Heritage bird) then marinate it in fresh ginger, hot peppers, fish sauce, palm sugar and a little soy sauce and finally serve with a very spicy traditional Thai dipping sauce (which is traditionally used with Roast Chicken).  These year in keeping with the Thai theme I’m making Pad Thai with roasted yams, a stir fry of brussels sprouts, chestnuts and watercress and a Cranberry Ginger Chutney!   This week I am testing a sweet potato Bundt cake that is filled with rum soaked raisins and then soaked in a rum brown sugar glaze…recipe to follow if it works. Years again when I lived in Toronto I used to make a cranberry tart, sour cream, sugar a little flour were folded into cranberries which were then spooned into the tart shell and covered with a crumble topping – I have to find that recipe…anyway I digress, go buy some really awesome cranberries and get inspired!IMG_0961

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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