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3 Super Bowl Recipes to Get Game Day Ready

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and the big game won’t be complete without fantastic food. As you start planning your Sunday menu, below are some delicious recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Ham and Jam SlidersHam and Jam Sliders from Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ

Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbs. buttermilk
  • 5 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion, including tender green tops

Preparation:

  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper and kosher salt until well mixed.
  • Mix in butter until pea sized. Add cheddar cheese and green onion and stir and toss lightly to combine.
  • Stir in 1 cup buttermilk until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball.
  • With lightly floured hands, divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Form each portion into a rough ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Space the balls about 1-inch apart. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
  • Bake at 350˚F for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Red Pepper Jelly (Yields 2 1/8 quarts)

Ingredients:

  • 3 large red peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 3/4 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 package Certo liquid pectin

Preparation:

  • Place peppers in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, but not pureed.
  • Place chopped peppers in a large bowl with cider vinegar, sugar, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  • Put mixture in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add Certo and continue to cook at a slow rolling boil for 35 to 40 minutes, until you can “drag” a spoon around edges of pan or until it passes the jelly test coating the back of the spoon or dripping from spoon very slowly.

Snake River Farms American Bone in Ham 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Snake River Farms American Bone-in Ham

Preparation:

  • Heat oven to 275˚F. Place ham in a roasting pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Heat for approximately for 12-15 min. per pound. When center of ham reaches 125˚F allow the ham to rest for 15-30 min. Keep covered with foil while resting.

Assembly:

  • Slice biscuits in half and rub with a generous portion of red pepper jelly. Slice ham thinly and place in between biscuit halves. Enjoy!

Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs

Chipotle BBQ Pork Ribs from Executive Chef Caleb Lara, Harbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard

To prepare Chipotle BBQ Ribs:

  • 10 lbs. of pork ribs
  • Rub the racks with prepared seasoning rub and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, or overnight
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and roast the pork rib racks slowly for three hours until done
  • Glaze with Chipotle BBQ sauce during the last hour

BBQ Pork Rub

Ingredients:

  • ½ tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ tablespoon ground onion
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • Whisk together all the ingredients and store in an airtight container

Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ Cup butter
  • 4 Cups ketchup
  • 1 1/3 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup lemon juice
  • 6 Chipotles in Adobo
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Preparation:

  • In a sauce pan, sauté garlic in butter until soft
  • Add all other ingredients and simmer until thickened
  • Puree and season with salt and pepper

Crispy Rock Shrimp With Sriracha Aioli

Crispy Rock Shrimp With Sriracha Aioli from Executive Sous Chef Richard Pelliccia, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Ingredients:

  • Rock Shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • Buttermilk – as needed
  • All-purpose flour- as needed

Sriracha Aioli

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Champagne vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • ¾ Cup Sriracha
  • 5 each Scallions, fine dice
  • 1.5 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tsp Celery salt
  • ¼ Tsp Coriander, ground
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • Pre-heat fryer to 350 degrees
  • For the aioli sauce, combine all items together with a whisk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place aioli in cooler for use later.
  • Place shrimp in a separate bowl. Add buttermilk to shrimp, just enough to coat the shrimp.
  • Add a small amount of salt and pepper to the shrimp and thoroughly mix until coated
  • Add shrimp slowly to the bowl of flour
  • Mix shrimp with hands until coated with flour and no longer feels wet
  • Place shrimp in fryer basket and lower into the fryer
  • Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove shrimp from fry basket and drain off excess oil
  • In a separate bowl, add shrimp and small amounts of sriracha aioli to taste
  • Place in a serving dish and enjoy

 

 

 

Hot Chocolate Festival 2016

February is here and it’s the annual Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery! Check out the calendar and indulge in a rotating menu of delicious liquid chocolate.

2016 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival Calendar

Dominique Bistro

A cute, artisanal French Cafe located in the heart of the West Village, Dominique Bistro is a showcase to the rich history of French food.

Dominique Bistro opened late last year and I was invited in to check out what head chef and namesake, Dominick Pepe, was dishing out. 

The restaurant is a Parisian-style cafe on the corner of Christopher and Gay Streets. The front of the restaurant has an enormous floor to ceiling window looking out onto Christopher Street and I was lucky enough to be seated in an ideal spot to take advantage of the view. The interior features an open kitchen with pops of French cultural flare scattered throughout. The vibe is classy and modern, and welcoming and inviting. It’s the kind of place I’d like to spend an afternoon sipping on wine.

The food exiting the open kitchen is comforting French fare. You have your classics such as Croque-monsieur, as well as authentic countryside dishes such as beef bouillabaisse.

I sampled a range of dishes. To start I tasted the ahi tuna tartare, pear salad and tomato soup. The highlights however were the main courses – beef bourguignon with braised beef, carrots, onions, mushrooms, potatoes and a red wine demi, and fettuccine with chanterelles, burgundy truffles in brown butter.

The bourguignon was my favorite dish. It hit the spot and helped warm me up on a cold January night. This hearty beef stew had a gracious serving of beef and seemingly dissolved after a few bites. Delicious.

Let’s not forget about dessert! I opted for the chocolate mousse and a heaping serving of sweetness came out. We’re not talking about any prim and proper chocolate mousse in a dish. This is a large hunk of chocolate mousse plopped down on a plate and decorated with strawberries.

Dominique Bistro has gained a spot on my list of recommended restaurants in NYC. It’s the perfect quaint West Village cafe where you can sit and enjoy a casual glass (or bottle) of wine or treat yourself to some heartier French fare.

Dominique Bistro  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

5 Napkin Burger Beer Dinners

5 Napkin Burger and Captain Lawrence are joining forces to help you shake those winter blues with a three course food and beer paring. 5 Napkin Burger classics will be paired with Captain Lawrence brews – 3 courses, 3 beers. The events will be held on February 9th at the Union Square location and on February 11th at the Yonkers location. Purchase tickets before they sell out!

5 Napkin Burger and Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner

Donut Fest

Get ready, New York City. This Saturday is the inaugural Donut Fest. Some of New York City’s best restaurants and bakeries will compete to take the title of the best donut in the city. Participating establishments include, Dun-Well Doughnuts, Erin McKenna’s Bakery, Du Jour Bakery, Mike’s Donuts, The Doughnut Project, Clementine Bakery, Glaze Donuts, Carpe Donuts, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Cafe Grumpy, Brooklyn Roasting Company and D’Amico Coffee Roasters.

The event will take place at Verboten in Brooklyn. General admission tickets are $35 and include entry plus three coffee tickets.

 

50 Best Steakhouses in America

The Daily Meal has announced its third annual list of the 50 best steakhouses throughout the U.S. New York City has more than its fair share of spots in the list – Keen’s, Peter Luger, Sparks, Porter House, Gallagher’s and Old Homestead.

Did your favorite steakhouse make the cut?

Rank Steakhouse Location
1 Cut Beverly Hills
2 Keens New York City
3 Bern’s Tampa
4 Peter Luger New York City
5 Barclay Prime Philadelphia
6 CarneVino Las Vegas
7 Craftsteak Las Vegas
8 Red Miami
9 Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dallas and Houston
10 Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Oklahoma City
11 Bazaar Meat Las Vegas
12 Cattleman’s Steakhouse Fabens, TX
13 Killen’s Steakhouse Pearland, TX
14 Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago
15 Perini Ranch Buffalo Gap, TX
16 Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf Chicago
17 Harris’ San Francisco
18 Metropolitan Grill Seattle
19 Pacific Dining Car Los Angeles
20 Murray’s Minneapolis
21 Plaza III Kansas City
22 John Howie Steak Seattle
23 BOA Los Angeles
24 Stripsteak Las Vegas
25 Sparks New York City
26 Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse New Orleans
27 Porter House New York City
28 Gorat’s Omaha
29 St. Elmo Steak House Indianapolis
30 Gallaghers New York City
31 Osso Steakhouse San Francisco
32 Mr. B’s Milwaukee
33 Duane’s Prime Riverside, CA
34 Jar Los Angeles
35 Gene & Georgetti Chicago
36 Prime Las Vegas
37 Golden Steer Las Vegas
38 The Hitching Post II Buellton, CA
39 Kevin Rathbun Steak Atlanta
40 Oak Steakhouse Charleston
41 Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco
42 Al Biernat’s Dallas
43 Brother Sebastian’s Omaha
44 Old Homestead New York City
45 Jess & Jim’s Kansas City, MO
46 Red Prime Oklahoma City
47 Chamberlain’s Dallas
48 Oliver’s Prime Los Angeles
49 The Buckhorn Exchange Denver
50 Taste of Texas Houston, TX

 

 

Now You Can Order Lunch by Text

This is pretty cool so check it out. No longer will you have to wait on long, 15-25 minute lines for places like Chipotle, sweetgreen, indikitch, etc. Arcade has simplified the lunch experience down to a single text message exchange. People can order lunch by simply texting “Yes”, taking all of 30 seconds of their day.

Each work day, Arcade offers users a single meal option from more than 150 New York restaurants. At 10 a.m., Arcade sends users a text with a description of the “dish of the day.” Users simply text “Yes” before 11 a.m. if they want to place an order, and Arcade guarantees delivery by 1 p.m. Arcade delivers made-to-order meals south of 59th Street. To sign up for the service, users simply text ARCADE to 22105.

As an added incentive to try them out, you can get 50% off your first order with promo code BARTONSBITES. 

Arcade lunch texting

Today, Arcade is launching their first in-person pick-up location and all orders are only $3. Users can text MENU to 22105 for the daily menu and they will be able to place their order right there, through SMS. Lunch will be ready for pickup between 12-2pm in NYC’s Flatiron District (13 E. 27th Street).

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie

If you’re craving some key lime pie and don’t feel like hopping on a three hour flight down to Key West, jet over to Red Hook, Brooklyn, follow the signs and end up at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.

This Brooklyn outpost is mainly a commercial bakery but they’ve opened their doors to serve visitors craving some lime goodness.

The shop is modest and eccentric. Scattered among tons of knick-knacks and a lovable shop dog, there are a few signs detailing your order options. There are only a handful of choices, and they’re all mainly variations of one thing – key lime pie – you’re not getting anything else here so don’t try to ask. Be prepared to grab your pie and take a walk too. There aren’t any tables or chairs, but there is a scenic pier nearby that is the perfect eating spot.

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie Brooklyn, Red Hook, NY

In general, key lime pie doesn’t rank high on my list of favorite types of pie (hello apple and pecan). Steve’s may have me changing my tune though. It had just the right amount of tartness and sweetness, with a buttery graham cracker crust. These key lime pies are made from real limes and they’re the real deal.

 

Chick-Fil-A in NYC Closes

Sorry Chick-Fil-A lovers, New York City’s first fast food fried chicken joint closed over the holidays due to 59 Department of Health violations. We’re talking things like flies buzzing around the food, improper refrigeration, etc. In other words, a ‘C’ health grade.

Don’t worry though fried chicken fans, the store should reopen for breakfast tomorrow, January 4th with hopefully some new health checks put in place.

Chick-fil-A New York City
Courtesy: FoxNews.com

The Best and Worst of 2015

2015 was another food-filled year. Below are three of the best and worst of 2015. If you’re looking for that place to try in 2016 or more importantly, that place to avoid, this is a good starting point to help point you in the right direction.

The Best

The Worst

  • Marleey’s – OK food, terrible lighting, incorrect spelling on their menu and waiters that didn’t understand what they were serving.
  • Treat House – Innovative Rice Crispies treats, but lacking flavor and leaving a bland taste in your mouth.
  • Joe’s Bar – Nothing overly wrong with Joe’s except they tried to outdo themselves at their grand opening. Think step and repeat and inviting D-List celebrities.

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