2015 Cleanse Menu

Korean Kale Slaw

Sun: Mahi Mahi with smashed white beans plus sauteed chard stems ... the white beans were really good. The rest...

Mon: Barley Risotto (a favorite from last year) with roasted celery root

TaKorean Spiced Kale Slaw with Hoisin Tofu

Korean Kale Slaw

So, I'm mildly obsessed with TaKorean's spicy kale slaw with hoisin tofu. The combination of flavors is so delicious that I forego the taco entirely to get a big bowl of this combination instead. When Bon Appetit posted a recipe that seemed similar in flavor profile to the kale slaw half of the TaKorean dish, I decided to try and recreate this treat at home. This is by no means the actual recipe that TaKorean uses, but I think it's a pretty damned good replica.

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Homemade Applesauce

Why didn't I do this sooner? These proportions make about a quart.

6 medium apples (honeycrisp are a good choice)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice/cider (substitute water)

Core apples.
Slice into wedges.

In a large saucepan, combine juice, sugar, and apples.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for approximately 30 minutes, until apples are soft.
If necessary, allow to cook with cover off for a few minutes to reach desired liquid level (remember it will leech a little liquid when pureed).

Allow to cool.

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Wine Jelly

Makes four 1-cup jars

Something full-bodied and fruity works best here.

1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
3¼ cups sugar (amount already minimized)
1 (3-ounce) envelope liquid pectin
3 tablespoons lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon butter (to reduce bubbling)

Bring 1¼ cups wine to boil in small saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook until reduced to ⅓ cup, 15 to 20 minutes; set aside. This reduction helps improve the wine flavor.

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Fall Classic

2 tablespoons apple brandy (such as Calvados or Laird's)
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh apple cider
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 dash of Angostura bitters
Dried or fresh apple slice (optional)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup, apple brandy, and next 4 ingredients. Shake cocktail vigorously 10-15 times and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with apple slice, if desired.

Thyme Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
15 sprigs thyme

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Saint-Florent

1½ cups gin
¾ cup fresh lime juice
½ cup Aperol or Cappelletti
Angostura bitters
Champagne or sparkling wine
8 lime wheels

Combine 6 Tbsp. gin, 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 Tbsp. Aperol, 1 Tbsp. honey syrup, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker; fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into 2 chilled coupe glasses. Top off each with Champagne and garnish with a lime wheel. Repeat three more times.

Honey Syrup
¼ cup clover honey

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Blood and Sand

Old Ratio: Equal parts Cherry Heering, blended Scotch, sweet vermouth, and orange juice
New Ratio: 1 part Cherry Heering, 2 parts blended Scotch (such as Chivas), 1 part sweet vermouth, 1⅓ parts orange juice
The Reasoning: Tasted with the traditional ratio, “it’s like there’s no Scotch in it,” says Shapiro. ”It could be anything. It’s like dessert in a glass.” The new version, however, “is still sweet, but you can taste Scotch in it.”

-- http://www.bonappetit.com/drinks/cocktails/article/equal-parts-cocktails

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Berry Pie

Berry Pie

Merging some thoughts and recipes from http://www.audreyandjon.com/recipes/fruit-cobbler , http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/marilyn-batalis-blackberry-pie , and http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/02/mixed-berry-pie-made-with-fro... :

2 discs of Pie crust
4 cups fresh or frozen berries
½ cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 T lo/no sugar pectin (modify thickener choices to your preference)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Preheat oven to 425°F.

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Thanksgiving 2014

Collecting our t'giving meal recipe selections:

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