Archive for June, 2009

Daily Culinary by Stiver

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on June 30, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

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Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on June 29, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

MarkTwain_thumbToday’s quote is: “There are no standards of taste in wine, cigars, poetry, prose, etc. Each man’s own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for him or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of his own standard.” — Mark Twain, 1895

“Edible Swag” by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on June 29, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

ground beefSometimes when you work in the restaurant biz you get perks and yesterday after brunch service I got a large 6 lb. package of ground beef. I didn’t ask for it, but it was not going to be used and was still high quality product. Fantastic, as I am a “burger junkie” and the price of a burger can range anywhere from $8 to $15 for delivery options. Now with all this meat I can probably save over $100, which is going to really help out during this short week due to the upcoming July 4th holiday. I plan to grill some food over the weekend too, so this will make a nice addition to the spread. It’s great to be in a business where my perks come in edible form!

(P.S. Check out this expert in Edible Swag!)

Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on June 28, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

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Today’s quote is :  “Whether a dish is intended for a weekday meal or a festive occasion, it will only be successful if it is made with the best quality ingredients, cooked with precision, and properly seasoned.” — ‘The Golden Rules’ by Fredy Girardet from his book ‘Girardet – Recipes from a Master of French Cuisine’

Daily Culinary by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on June 28, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

“I cook with all my five senses. Beyond concentrating on flavor, aroma, and visual appeal, you have to feel your way. And when your eyes are on something else, listen for the changing sounds of dishes as they bubble, hiss, and sing their way to perfection. Above all, listen to your instincts.” – Jean-Chrsitophe Novelli

Fresh from the Market by SRC

Posted in Simone R. Careaga on June 27, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

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Photograph by Simone R. Careaga

Matt bought these gorgeous mushrooms at the Union Square Green Market.

photograph by Simone R. Careaga

Photograph by Simone R. Careaga

This is the scrumptious canape he made with them:
Seared summer mushroom, scape mayo, paprika oil, marjoram

“Eating with Seasonality” by MDC

Posted in Matthew D. Christianson on June 27, 2009 by houndstoothnyc

85150279I found this cool food calendar that shows what fruits & vegetables are in each month of the year!

Below is a quick reference list that has monthly seasonal fruits, vegetables & protein:

January
Cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, forced rhubarb, leeks, parsnips, turnip, shallots, squash
goose, lobster, scallops

February
Cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chicory, forced rhubarb, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, spinach, swede, turnip
mussels, halibut, guinea fowl, lobster

March
Beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, mint, mooli, parsley, broccoli, radishes, rhubarb, sorrel
sardines (fresh ones!), lobster

April
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, morel mushrooms, wild garlic, radishes, rhubarb, carrots, kale, watercress, spinach, rosemary flowers
spring lamb, cockles
May
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, gooseberries, parsley, mint, broad beans, rhubarb, new carrots, samphire, asparagus
sea bass, lemon sole, sardines, duck, sea trout
June
carrots, cherries, elderflowers, lettuce, strawberries, peppers, asparagus, redcurrants, peas, rhubarb, gooseberries, tayberries, tomatoes, courgettes, broad beans
welsh lamb, crab, salmon, grey mullet
July
carrots, gooseberries, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, watercress, loganberries, sage, cauliflower, aubergine, fennel, asparagus, cabbage, celery, cherries, lettuce, mangetout, nectarines, new potatoes, oyster mushrooms, peas, peaches, radish, raspberries, rhubarb, tomatoes, French beans
Trout, pilchards, clams, pike, pigeon

August
carrots, gooseberries, lettuce, loganberries, raspberries, strawberries, cauliflower, aubergines, nectarines, peaches, peppers, courgettes, rhubarb, sweet corn, greengages, basil, peas, pears, apples, French beans, tomatoes
crayfish, hare, skate, john dory

September
apples, aubergines, blackberries, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, damsons, elderberries, figs, French beans, grapes, kale, lettuce, melons mushrooms, nectarines, onions, peppers, parsnips, peas, peaches, pears, potatoes, pumpkin, raspberries, rhubarb, spinach, sweetcorn, tomatoes
duck, venison, oysters, sea bass, grouse, mussels, partridge, wood pigeon, brown trout

October
apples, aubergines, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, courgettes, grapes, lettuce, marrow, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, watercress
guinea fowl, partridge, mussels, grouse, oysters
November
cabbage, pumpkin, swede, cauliflower, potatoes, parsnips, pears, leeks, quinces, chestnuts, cranberries, beetroot
grouse, goose

December
Celery, cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, pumpkin, beetroot, turnips, parsnips, sprouts, pears, swede
wild duck, goose, sea bass, turkey