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Sweetness of Summer

I love summer fruit!  Especially stone fruit...the peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, cherries... Something I especially miss from Southern CA is the fruit, and you really cannot beat a California Peach ( sorry Georgia!). Lucky for us, the peaches I have found in the markets this summer have been amazing!  Aside from eating them straight up, I try to include them as many ways that I can in my menus while they are around.  I am currently loving them in an Arugula salad w/ Fennel, Pistachios and Feta tossed in a White Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Another recent favorite is Peach Salsa Cucumber Canapés, which is a wonderfully refreshing hors douvres.  It, also, turns out this salsa is great on grilled meat and fish, topping a quesadilla [...]

By |2014-07-19T03:52:50-04:00July 19, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Last Blast of Winter!

So, March decided to come in like a lion...and go out out like one too!  It is a blustery day here in the North East, a cold, blustery day and, though the calender swears it is, it really does not feel anything like Spring!  Though my mind has been wandering to more warm weather food as I prepare to put together my Spring/Summer catering menu and begin planning  the Summer garden, today has brought me back to the heart of winter cooking.  This weather is made for a hot fire and a warm meal, like a slow cooked stew, a  hearty soup or these White Beans w/ Winter Herbs, Sausage and Onions.  Served with a great salad or side of cooked greens, you have a [...]

By |2014-03-26T17:27:37-04:00March 26, 2014|Main Courses, Meat|0 Comments

March Promotion Menu!

JAM is teaming up with The Hospitable Hostess to offer a Dinner Party deal for 6 during the month of March!  The deal includes a catered dinner with appetizers, choice of dinner menu and dessert, all professionally served by Jen and her crew at The Hospitable Hostess! Appetizers:  Artichoke Brushetta w/ Herb Goat Cheese  Cold Weather Crudite Vegetables w/ Green Goddess White Bean Dip  Mascarpone Stuffed Dates Wrapped w/ Proscuitto  Dinner: Choice of  Pan Seared Fillet Mignon w/ Red Onion-Tarragon Relish, Olive Oil-Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli w/ Lemon and Frisee Salad w/ Orange,  Walmuts, Gorgonzola and  and Orange Champagne Vinaigrette  Or  Braised Chicken w/ Wild Mushrooms and Leeks, Roasted Beets and Carrots w/ Marjoram Pesto, Grilled Asparagus and Arugula Salad w/ [...]

By |2014-02-18T09:56:05-05:00February 18, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Wintery Mix

By February, winter has really set in here in the North East!  This winter, in particular, has been especially cold and the recent nor'easters have meant many snow days cooped up inside.  The most common phrase I have heard lately is "I can't wait for Spring!"  Besides the cold, another aspect of winter most of us become bored with quickly is the limited food choices.  Traditionally, we eat more wintery foods to keep our inner fires burning and or bodies fueled for the frigid temperatures.  These include long cooked meats, stews, casseroles, soups and most of our vegetables are those which can be stored in a cellar through the long winter months.  I happen to love these foods, especially root vegetables roasted until caramelized [...]

By |2014-02-12T18:45:11-05:00February 12, 2014|Main Courses, Side Dishes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

The color of Fall

I love Fall!  The leaves changing color, the sun through the trees casting a golden glow, the crisp, invigorating air and the warm smells of slow cooking remind me of all that is wonderful about New England.  It is this that I missed living in Southern California and a big reason we longed to be back on the East Coast every year when Fall came around. For a few weeks now, I have found myself gravitating toward ingredients and preparations suitable to the time of year...roasting, braising, soups and stews, roots, winter squashes, hearty greens...warming and grounding, to prepare ourselves for the winter to come.  One of my favorite Fall and Winter vegetables is the Butternut Squash.  So sweet, colorful and versatile, Butternut Squash [...]

By |2013-11-08T09:22:45-05:00November 8, 2013|Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Summertime means Tomatoes!

My garden is currently teeming with tomatoes, not to mention the gigantic zucchini and booming kale, but the tomatoes are the most plentiful, and really delicious to boot!  With the rain in July and then some drier weather in August, the fruit id sweet and ripening almost faster than I can use it.  My quick go to plan for using a tomato bounty is to toss them with some extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper and roast them in a 350 degree oven until they are soft and slightly browned.  This makes a great topping for homemade pizza or tossed with pasta, fresh garlic, grated Parmesan and fresh chopped basil.  Served with a great green salad, either would make a yummy, quick [...]

By |2013-08-27T19:20:29-04:00August 27, 2013|Appetizers, Main Courses, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments
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