How Crazy Am I?

IMG_0262 Above is the menu of Thanksgiving, it was a “simple” meal, a kind of deconstruction of the traditional roast turkey spread.  the first two desserts were from David Lebovitz and I highly recommend you check out his site and make them, the pumpkin pie was ethereal and by far the lightest and most delicious pumpkin pie I  have ever eaten.  I modified the pecan pie and made a tart which need slightly less cooking time and I thought gave a nice diversity to the look of the dessert course.IMG_0254 IMG_0253And then on Saturday we had another dinner party where I tried to retool Thanksgiving with a few new dishes.IMG_0266The pies kept well from Thursday to Saturday, I kept them in the fridge and took them out in plenty of time so they would be room temperature when it came time to serve them.

I made two variation of my favorite fall Persimmon Pomegranate Salad, for Thanksgiving I used local Napa Cabbage, it turn out great the crunchy cabbage was a perfect foil to the fruits and made it like an upscale cole slaw.  Saturday night I made it with Lacinato Kale, which was fine, I don’t think I’d repeat it tho.

Lastly  to save some time, thanks to my friend and urbanfoodguy reader Skip I   made Julie Childs quick gravlax and was surprised at how delicious and easy and yes, quick it was.  She says it only needs to sit for an hour, I hedged my bets and made it the night before.

I offer this up as one option to a festive meal that uses the traditional herbs, meat and root vegetables, but does it with a different sensibility. Less heavy, more small plates, which I served over the evening, not all at once like the typical dinner would be.  Oh and the goat cheese hush puppies are my new favorite thing, look for the recipe here this week.

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:
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