Seasonal Menus

IMG_1469Every week we have a few dinner parties, sometimes for just 1 or 2 people, sometimes for many more, regardless of how small or big the crowd is I always write a menu on the wall in my kitchen.

Our good friend Debby had knee replacement surgery and was staying with us for a few days to recuperate. She lives in a walk-up so the elevator in our building came in handy. On her last night with us we invited a few friends over to celebrate her successful procedure.

Like most of my menus this highlights the season, and what a season it has been the market is an orgy of options.  What really caught my eye this week was the incredible variety of tomatoes.  IMG_1465 IMG_1461I had some left over home-made puff pastry from Melissa Clark’s recipe for Carmel Peach Skillet Pie, her clever variation on Tarte Tatin, which I rolled out and made into a savory tart which featured some of the above tomatoes. Oh and I also made her skillet pie as the peaches were almost as abundant as the tomatoes at the market.

One of the reasons I often post menus is to remind folks of all the good recipes here on Urbanfoodguy. One that has become a stand by classic is Spicy Carrot Salad.  Right now local heirloom carrots are delicious sweet and plentiful, as is Arugula.  Several farmers sell fresh farm stead Goat cheese at the Unions Square market.

The smoked salmon I served on my new favorite Rye Berry BreadIMG_1161 IMG_1162As a little going away treat after the meal I made Chocolate Peppermint Patties, another Melissa Clark recipe.  If you only make one recipe this week make this one!  They are perfect, Girl Scout Cookie meets After Eight. IMG_1455Make the most of the season and share it with the people you love.  Enjoy!

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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