Not Your Grandma’s Roast Chicken

Photo: Sideways.nyc

Photo: Sideways.nyc

For most serious foodies, chicken has long been that “other” item on the menu — the one that you might order if it’s fried, but otherwise would never prioritize over pork or beef. But lately I’ve seen more than a few restaurants that put fowl front and center, making the humble bird their centerpiece dish. None more so than Le Coq Rico, which I first read about in The New York Times earlier this summer, and simply had to have their gloriously golden roast chicken, 100-degree weather be damned.

The restaurant was kind enough to share Chef Antoine Westermann’s recipe for the perfect roast bird, a deceptively simple dish where butter and olive oil rubbed all over — and inside — the chicken make a world of difference.

Roast Chicken, Westermann Style

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Happy National Watermelon Day!

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Tomorrow, August 3rd is apparently National Watermelon Day…a holiday I’ve been personally pre-celebrating pretty much every day for the past three weeks or so. Fresh watermelon is pretty much my favorite thing about summer, but this year I’ve also noticed a plethora of watermelon drinks on the market. One of the tastier ones I’ve sampled is Sparkling Ice’s Strawberry Watermelon fizzy drink, and for the holiday occasion they’ve offered up this fabulous recipe for filling your watermelon with…what else? Watermelon!

Pomegranate Watermelon Summer Slush

Ingredients:
1/2 Personal-size seedless watermelon, chilled, cut & cubed (about 5 cups)
1/3 Cup Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 to 2 Cups ice
Small watermelon wedge, spear of blueberries a few pomegranate seeds (optional for garnishes)

Directions:
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Garnish as desired and serve in a hollowed-out watermelon shell for a fun “fish bowl” inspired drink.

Oh, and if you’re not liking this whole “mock” thing….sub in some hard stuff!
Sparkling Watermelon Vodka Lemonade

Ingredients:
3 Cups seedless watermelon pieces
3 Lemons, juiced
1/2 Cup Vodka
1/4 Cup Fresh Mint
2 Cups Lemon Lime Sparkling Ice

Directions:
In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice, strain through a sieve into a drink pitcher. Add mint, vodka and Lemon Lime Sparkling Ice, then stir. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint.

Cocktail O’Clock: A Better Bloody Mary

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There’s no better way to brunch-bust a hangover than with a nice, tall bloody Mary. But as the weather gets warm, I often find a dark-red glass of tomato juice just doesn’t sound appealing in the morning. Fortunately, we have options, courtesy Supper @ Hotel Emma in San Antonio. Housed within the original Pearl Brewery brewhouse, Emma serves a unique lineup of clear cocktails that puts a unique spin on classic drinks. Their “Pearl” bloody Mary starts with a housemade tomato water, mixed up with lemon juice and mineral water for a lighter, fizzy BM experience. (And vodka, of course!)

“The Pearl” Bloody Mary

1 1/2 oz Vodka
2 1/2 oz tomato water ( See below for recipe)
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz mineral water
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Mom’s Breakfast in Bed: Cheesy Corn Muffins with Nut Pesto

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In need of a last-minute momma’s day idea? Here’s a quick and easy bake-up that will have your house smelling cheesy and warm, and brings the flavor with a creative savory pesto in lieu of butter and jam.

CORN MUFFINS

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup plain flour

1 1/3  cups cornmeal

1 tbsp. sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 pinch white pepper

4 tbsp. softened butter

1/2 cup Jarlsberg® cheese

 

NUT PESTO

5 tbsp. olive oil

1 pack fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 clove garlic

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup cashew nuts

salt and pepper

MAKES 4 PORTIONS

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This Exists: Indian Poutine

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We love every kind of poutine here at ES, from poutine potato skins to poutine tater tots, the poutine burger and the poutine cronut (OK, I made that last one up, but if someone wants to make a pou-ronut I am 100% on board).

Here’s a new one: Desi Galli restaurant in NYC is now serving Indian poutine, made with Tikka Masala gravy and grated paneer cheese. Yes, please.

Cocktail O’Clock: Prosecco Raspberry Lemonade

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Don’t know about where ya’ll are, but in NYC this weekend we finally had some serious spring weather — as in break out the bubbly and brunch all day spring weather.

In the spirit of the season, here’s an effervescent spring cocktail that combined beautiful berries, some nice tart homemade lemonade flavor, and of course booze.

 

Prosecco Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 1/8 Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup Lemon Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Rind, Grated
  • 1 Cup Mashed Raspberries

Directions:

  • Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves
  • Remove from heat
  • Stir in lemon rind and ½ cup of mashed raspberries
  • Combine mixture and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in pitcher
  • Sprinkle remaining raspberries among the glasses

 

Every Day is Pie Day

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I know Easter is just around the corner, but I hope it’s not too late to share this recipe that came in earlier in the month for Pi Day — aka the dorkiest holiday since Festivus.

Pi Day, March 14, celebrates the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, 3.14 – and those of us who love dessert as much as we love diameters tradionally celebrate with pie. Well, in my book it’s never too late to celebrate with pie.

Viki Sater, founder of Viki’s Granola, whipped up this function-over-form crustless pie, perfect for your Easter, Passover, Pi Day or just any-day-of-the-week stuffing your piehole festivities.

Viki’s Granola Mixed Berry Crisp

Topping Ingredients:
•    ¾ cups all-purpose flour
•    ½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
•    1 cup Viki’s blueberry almond granola 
•    1 stick unsalted butter
Filling Ingredients:
•    4 cups frozen mixed berries (don’t thaw)
•    1/3 cup of sugar
•    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Directions: 
•    Preheat oven to 375oF.
•    Lightly butter oven safe ceramic bowl.
•    Place topping ingredients into a bowl, working the butter into the granola mixture. Once complete, set aside.
•    Place filling ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
•    Pour the berry mixture into the buttered ceramic bowl.
•    Pour granola mixture evenly on top of the berries.
•    Bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit juices are bubbling.
•    Let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.

 

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