Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fishing

Not really a fisherman, but really enjoyed this video.

Summer Tarpon Reel from Cavin Brothers on Vimeo.

Gazpacho


The perfect summer soup - cool, crisp, bright, refreshing.


Ingredients
- 2 roma tomatoes
- 2 heirloom tomatoes
- 2 beefsteak tomatoes
- 1 english Cucumber
- 2/3 green pepper
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 0.5 tablespoons Pedro Ximinez Sherry vinegar (sweet)
- 1.5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- Salt & Pepper to taste


Directions
- Quarter 1 each of the types of tomatoes (half the amount) and add to food processor
- Peel 1/2 of the cucumber, roughly chop, and add to food processor
- Clean and de-seed/de-vein the green pepper; take 1/3 of the pepper and roughly chop, and add to food processor
- Add the minced garlic to the food processor
- Process the tomatoes, cucumber, and green pepper in the food processor - the tomatoes will turn a light, creamy, pink color.
- Add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and process.
- Taste for flavor - depending on the acidity of the tomatoes more vinegar can be added. Taste for salt and pepper.
- The remaining half of the tomatoes, cucumber (skin on), and green pepper should be finely diced and added to a large bowl.
- Pour the blended mixture on to the diced vegetables and stir them together.
- Taste for seasoning.
- Let the soup rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Top with quartered cherry or grape tomatoes, home-made croutons, shrimp.


Wine Pairing
- Fino or Manzanilla sherry
- A bright, crisp white wine such as txakoli or albarino
- A dry rose: a txakoli rose from Ameztoi would be great or one of my favorites Lopez de Heredia Rioja Rosado.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Galaxy Diner

Galaxy Diner, Route 23, Butler, NJ.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pimm's No. 1 Cup

Pimm's No. 1 Cup

- 1 part Pimm's No. 1
- 3 parts Gus' Extra Dry Ginger Ale - also try Fentimans Ginger Beer
- Ice
- Seedless (English) cucumber wedges or slices
- Mint sprig
- Strawberry
- Orange slice

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crostini

Marinated anchovies
Roast red pepper and Parmigiano Reggiano
Ricotta with balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt

Prunotto 1990 Barbera d'Alba

Prunotto 1990 Barbera d'Alba Pian Romualdo
Still going strong. Delicious. Dark red fruits, savory, earthy. Paired with roast chicken with potato and squash gratin.

Sardines Sandwich

Sardine sandwich with boiled egg, celery leaves, boiled potato, capers.