Happy Holidays

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Here is the menu for tonight, I tried to have some traditional items and flavors like ginger, mincemeat and Rum, but instead of a Turkey I went vaguely Greek with Lamb and Greek salad.

Since I took the picture of this menu I have made two changes.  The Gougére are gone, sometimes I get so excited when making a menu I just want to make everything!  By noon today I realized there was going to be more than too much food and the last thing we needed way another cheese filled item to complete the already over full list of appetizers!  The Savory Pecan cookies I’ve made these several times, always tinkering with the recipe and I think this version is the winner.img_2344I promise to most the recipe sometime soon! For the main course I tried to keep it simple,  the only involved dish are the sweet potatoes and they were all prepped 2 days ago. Where I really went overboard on desserts because if I were to say I had a christmas tradition it would be baking!  I was very pleased with the way the Ginger Stout Bundt turned out and look forward to having it with Rum Ice Cream and Pear compote.  Good thing my yoga studio is open tomorrow.  img_2338Cherry chocolate is one of my favor combinations so when I saw a recipe for these sour cherry chocolate hazelnut bars I had to try them!  They are fine, but I have to learn my lesson and never make anything new for special occasions.  I think these would have been better thicker with chocolate chunks and hazelnuts inside not on top. Still there are pretty tasty.img_2342Ok I have to get back into the kitchen! What ever holiday you celebrate or if you don’t celebrate any at all I wish you all a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by! Here is to   a happy healthy and prosperous New Year.

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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One Response to Happy Holidays

  1. Frank Canino says:

    Good to know you’re still out there …. And cooking.

    What a menu…. What a feast!

    Despite the Donald, best wishes for a good new year.

    Ciao

    Frank Canino

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