Posts Tagged ‘Dave’s Gourmet’

Tostadas Tonight

Friday, December 16th, 2011

With a tablecloth from Cabo San Lucas, plates handcrafted by the unparalleled Rose Kahn and glassware taken from a photo shoot, the colorful tabletop was set and ready to receive the lively cuisine at ChezHelvetica tonight. Fittingly, Foodbuzz provided the recipe for the Black Bean Tostadas. Instead of using sour cream, luscious Crème fraîche with organic chives and dill dressed the romaine and black beans with salsa – all cradled by Trader Joe’s organic wheat and corn flour tortillas. Mushrooms al Ajillo, a recipe from Cesar Tapas Bar, accompanied the Tostadas. Rather than using chiles, Dave’s Gourmet smoky chile salt seasoned the shiaitake mushrooms to perfection. The velvety texture of the Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Saffron (a recipe found in Epicurious) proved an excellent counterpoint to the spicy dishes. Almost like finding buried treasure, tawny Victoria Beer paired with our food. “In Mexico it’s a very important beer, because it’s very traditional and historic because this is the oldest beer brand in Mexico,” said Cesar Martinez, Victoria beer brewmaster. With the holidays upon us, See’s premiere candies were the fun ending to our meal as we selected one delectable gem after the other.  As Forrest Gump quoted –  My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

 

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Independence Day!*!*!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Celebrating freedom this Fourth of July with the incredible bounty of our country! With a nod to the diversity of this nation, flavors were All-American, Mexican and Italian. The American component was a Lemony Potato Salad, a recipe from Epicurious, offering the zing of Meyer Lemon juice and zest, crunchy celery and buttery Yukon Gold Potatoes. Luscious creme fraiche enriched the dressing. Guacamole and chips, a natural segue from the U.S. to Mexico, took a twist with the use of cumin along with sweet red onion to flavor the organic avocado. Primavera Butternut Squash Tamales, filled with corn and Jack Cheese, paired with a new partner –Dave’s Gourmet Roasted Red Pepper Chipolte Hot Sauce. This delicious sauce delivered smoky soft fireworks! Savory Aidell’s Italian Sausages completed our entree and sweet ripe strawberries completed our holiday meal. With a salute to the Armed Forces and my Father, the folded flag was used to adorn the table.

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