Here are some of my favorite spots in the city… click the names for their menus!
And then if you’re in New York…
otto for drinks and olive oil gelato (which would be my last dessert on earth)
So Feather and I decided to host a little Oscar party… complete w/ heavy appetizers and big dollar bets ($5!)… it definitely was Slumdog’s year which made me happy… but I was happier to win the 3rd place prize of $10 from the pot… I ended up w/ 16 chips… 16 correct Oscars.
Here’s what what I made to keep us going through the awards…
- burrata w/ lemon, olive oil, s&p served w/ crostini
- brie en croute w/ ‘apple pie’ style cooked apples (leftover from a botched apple pie)
- lamb skewers w/ tzatziki
- caramelized onion dip w/ s&p chips
- sausage rolls (but w/ chicken sausage)
This really is one of the easiest soups to make…
I roasted my own chicken but you could buy one already roasted if you want or just add cooked chicken breast. Then all you need is stock, noodles, celery, carrot, onion, pasta, salt & pepper.
I buy the TJs Mirepoix mix of pre-diced celery, carrot & onion… makes life v. easy. Coat a big pot w/ olive oil then saute the mix for 5 mins over medium heat then another 5 over low… then add the stock (homemade is best, store bought is fine though… i like TJs low sodium organic) and bring to a boil. Once boiling add the pasta and cook till tender, then add the chicken torn or chopped up into little pieces.
And ta-da! you’re done.
The funny thing is I actually roasted my chicken upside down on accident… it was so small I just wasn’t really paying attention! Didn’t matter though… came out grand!
Even though i’m a purist in when it comes to bubbly and rarely like to mix, some of these cocktails do look quite interesting… especially the one w/ lemon, orange, cucumber & mint!
And then mum got Ina Garten to sign her newest book for me, Back to Basics… I like her list of 10 no-cook things to serve with drinks and want to make the “parmesan & thyme crackers”, her “italian wedding soup”, the “mache w/ warm brie & apples” and the “brownie pie” would be fun for a dinner party. I’m so sad I didn’t get to meet Ina! Next time…