With Warmth and Cheer
A warm, healthy and happy holiday season to you from moi and Nourish. I'm taking a mini-break this week to wrap the year and spend some time with loved ones...with one of my favorite holiday treats in hand. These olive oil orange-fennel shortbread featured last year, have quickly become a holiday tradition (also adorning the plate: German spice cookies with meyer lemon icing and tried and true peppermint chocolate bark) . Here are a few other treats, with health in mind, to usher in the new year. Until 2013...(don't worry, the third annual Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse, devised by Sara Dickerman and I, will be coming on strong as of Jan. 1!).
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The Gift Guide :: For Your Favorite Foodie
December never ceases to be all out craziness. The month seems to speed by like lightening each year, and inevitably I'm caught shopping...well, not totally last minute, but certainly not ahead of the game. That said, if you're scouting out the perfect gift for your favorite foodie or cocktail connoisseur this holiday, take a peek at some of my picks (my own personal lil wishlist), as recently seen on George PR's trusty blog. I will admit, a good few of these picks already adorn my kitchen and coffee table...and they make my cooking and eating experience that much more delightful each and every time.
1. The Edible Selby. Mouthwatering food photos and recipes, perfect addition to my coffee table.
2. Wolfum Coasters. Just cause they’re fun (and an easy stocking stuffer).
3. The Breville Juicer. The perfect detoxifying remedy after a long evening of holiday cheer.
4. Because you can be fashionable in the kitchen too. Birdkage St. Marks Studded Apron
5. Need I say more? Noble Bourbon Maple Syrup
6. Teroforma Whiskey Stones and Glasses. Nothing like sipping around a roaring fire.
7. For my dream kitchen….Brooklyn Copper Cookware's Hammersmith Saute Pan
Lucky you, you'll be able to find many of these items at my soon-to-be cafe and food shop, Nourish Kitchen + Table at 95 Greenwich Avenue (opening this coming spring, and with gifts galore come holiday season 2013!).
Image via: George PR
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Thanksgiving, In the Bag
How it's even possible that Thanksgiving's already here, is beyond me. I think much of NYC, myself included, has been in a complete whirlwind the past 3 weeks since Sandy graced us with her not-so-lovely self. With the hurricane's aftermath in mind, there's quite a bit to be thankful for this year. For me, close friends and family who keep me going day after day. It's gauranteed to be a crazy year ahead as Nourish Kitchen + Table gears up to open its doors in the West Village this coming spring (come see us at 95 Greenwich Ave)! I'm grateful for the endless support and encouragement that surrounds me, I'll definitely need it in the coming months (in hopes of sparing myself of mental and physical collapse). I'll also be thinking of those hit hardest by Sandy this Tgiving. Volunteering in Staten Island a few weeks ago was incredibly eye-opening...and makes one realize the enormity of devastation and rebuild that's ahead. Incredible spirit remains strong though, as does the outpouring of support and fundraisers from various groups. A good friend and fellow foodie, Allison Beale, and I hosted Drink.Donate. last week to raise funds ($7K!) for 3 causes close to our hearts and stomachs - Governor, Arcane and the Red Hook Initiative. A small contribution and we hope to continue building.
Aaand...on to the turkey. It's gonna be a good day of turkey and trimmings tomorrow. My intended menu for a few friends and myself is below...we'll see what gold-star recipes come out of the feast. For some quick tips on how to "healthify" your meal without sacrificing your taste buds and having the entire meal taste like cardboard, check out my article on BonAppetit.com: http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2012/11/healthy-low-fat-thanksgiving.html
Here's this years menu, and below, a few favorites from Thanksgivings past.
chili-herb roasted nuts
butternut squash bruschetta with rosemary, sour cherries and pine nuts
"rye's rain" cocktails (Bulleit rye, maple syrup, allspice dram, apple cider and champagne float)
mesclun with pear, pomegranate, toasted pecans, goat cheese & champagne vinaigrette
herb-garlic heritage turkey with roasted carrots and onions
grandma bebe's time-honored stuffing with celery, mushrooms and walnuts (and maybe a chicken liver or two for flavor)
roasted cranberry sauce with clementines
roasted cauliflower with pomegranate (thanks to the healthy kitchen of the lovely Dana James)
chocolate-cranberry tart with cardamom-poached pears
A few favorites from the recipe files...
Happy, healthy and delicious thanksgiving!