Posts Tagged ‘Ina Garten’

When Thanksgiving is in July . . .

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

. . . the reasons to be thankful explode like beautiful fireworks *!*!* Behold the ChezHelvetica garden display – new Sage, Rosemary, Mint and French Tarragon juxtapose vibrant Lavender and orange-hued Dahlias, Zinnias and Geraniums. This burst of life, and the bounty of summer produce, inspired the creation of a Thanksgiving-like feast. The perfect recipe – Ina Garten’s delicious Herb Roasted Turkey Breast – was the centerpiece, accompanied by Roasted Sweet Potatoes and a Green Bean Salad from Real Simple. A Balsamic Vinegar, Shallot and Tomato Dressing doused sauteed Organic Green Beans and Garlic for a savory taste that leaves the traditional casserole in the last century. As the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in a town called Plymouth, the bold Renwood Zinfandel enjoyed this evening also came from Plymouth – this in Amador County. And finally – if life gives you Meyer Lemons, make Neiman Marcus Lemon Squares, you will indeed by thankful!


Yes, Chef

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

The San Francisco Professional Food Society Book Club embarked on a worldwide voyage of far-reaching destinations, social introspection and amazing tastes, inspired by Marcus Samuelsson’s Memoir “Yes, Chef”. As we traveled from Ethiopia to Sweden to Switzerland to New York in the path of the author, our culinary manifestations included dishes made with berbere spices or lingonberries or gravlax or Swedish sweets. My contribution was the gravlax. I unearthed a recipe from the Norwegian cruise line of my past – Royal Viking Line – calling for sherry, cognac, salt, sugar, dill and peppercorns. After more than three days of turning the salmon over and over: Voila – Gravlax! The gravlax, Ina Garten’s recipe for mustard sauce and pumpernickel bread culminated in these savory appetizers, happily reviewed as The “delicious food talk of the day” by club members. Thank you Marcus Samuelsson for propelling us with your passion, hard work and never-ending search for excellence!