Every New Year’s Day my husband and I make sure to have delicious caviar to ring in the New Year.
Caviar is the salted roe of the sturgeon, which is considered a great delicacy because of its rare flavor, though it is truly an acquired taste and not appreciated by everyone. Most prized are the Russian varieties: the processed roe of the starlet from the Caspian Sea consists of a mass of black eggs each about the size of a pinhead. Beluga and sevruga caviar are also highly prized. Once abundant in the United States, caviar has begun to reappear with the return of sturgeon to the Hudson River.
Caviar should be kept very cold (preferably on ice). It is served either from its jar or from a small barrel placed on a folded napkin and is accompanied by crisp toast or brown bread and butter; or it may be sprinkled with lemon juice if desired. Caviar may also be made into canapés, included in hors d’oeuvre, spread on croutes of fried bread or served in blinis (small Russian pancakes).
Where to purchase caviar:
If You’re In NYC:
Caviar Russe Boutique & Restaurant
538 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor between 54th & 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 980-5908 Fax (212) 980-5928
Toll-Free: 1 (800) NY CAVIAR (692-2842)
2245 Broadway (at 80th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 787-2000
Fax: (212) 580-4477
Russ & Daughters
179 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
T (212) 475.4880 or (800) RUSS-229 F (212) 475.0345
The Seattle Caviar Company
2922 Eastlake Avenue
East Seattle, WA 98102
Toll Free: (888) 323-3005
Toll-free at (888) 24-CAVIAR or (888) 242-2842
Let’s be honest, New Year’s Eve is the drinking holiday for many party goers around the world. Whiskey isn’t just a man’s drink anymore and with the comeback of traditional cocktails you just may want to try your hand at the Bourbon Blizzard. Remember to drink responsibly.
3 Ounces Bourbon
1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
2/3 Ounce Lemon Juice
1 Ounce Simple Syrup
Place ice into a cocktail shaker. Pour the bourbon, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup into the shaker. Secure the lid and shake well. Strain the liquid into a cocktail or martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Makes 1 Bourbon Blizzard.
If you’re having a New Year’s Eve party or needing to bring a dish to a party here is a great dip to bring. It’s easy to make and the pineapple dresses up a basic guacamole. It’s best to use fresh pineapple for this dip.
3 Diced Avocados
1 Cup Diced Pineapple
1/2 Cup Diced Onion
1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
2 Minced Jalapeno Peppers
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
Chop and dice all of the ingredients that need chopping and dicing. Set aside. In a large size bowl mash the avocados with a potato masher. You will want the avocados to be somewhat chunky. Add the salt, pepper, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice, onions and pineapple. Stir until just combined. Serve immediately. Serves 10
This standing rib roast looks regal and tastes even better, yet it’s practically foolproof. There is no need to pre-sear or fuss with changing the temperatures. Make my Red Wine Sauce ahead of time and you have a seriously “no fuss” elegant dinner. This is a great dinner for New Year’s Eve or anytime.
3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Duck Fat
2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Freshly Ground Pepper
4 Chopped Garlic Cloves
1 Large Bunch Fresh Thyme
1 Large Bunch Fresh Sage
1 Large Bunch Fresh Rosemary
7 Pound Standing Rib Roast (Bone-In & Tied)
64 Ounces Apple Cider
Preheat your oven to 350º F. Remove the rib roast from the fridge and let it stand at room temperature for 2 hours before cooking. Place the rib roast onto a rack that sits in a roasting pan. Rub the olive oil all over the roast. Place the chopped garlic, duck fat, salt and pepper on the roast. Take the fresh herbs and place on top of the roast inserted under the strings. Pour the apple cider into the bottom of the roasting pan. Place in the oven and roast, uncovered, for 1 hour and 40 minutes for rare. Make sure to occasionally baste with the apple cider & drippings. Roast 15 minutes more if you want a medium roast and another 15 minutes for well done. Remember that all ovens are not created equal and oven temperatures vary. You be the judge of when you want to take your rib roast out of the oven. Remove from the oven and allow the roast to rest for 20 minutes before carving. Remove the fresh herbs and throw them away. The roast will continue to cook when it is out of the oven. Transfer to a warmed serving platter and serve with my Red Wine Sauce. Serves 8
Here is an easy dessert to make during the holidays. Whether you are having a dinner party or just want to serve a special dessert to family or friends this is so easy, but looks like you worked all day on it.
4 Cups Fresh Blackberries
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Unbleached Flour
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
Preheat your oven to 350º F. In a large size bowl place the fresh blackberries. Add the lemon juice and 3/4 cup sugar to the blackberries and gently toss. Let stand for 10 minutes. In a separate large size bowl combine the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Mix well. Add the softened butter until the flour mixture becomes crumbly. Spoon the blackberries into four large greased ramekins. Spoon the oats mixture over the blackberries and distribute evenly among the four ramekins. Place the four ramekins on a baking sheet and put in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve plain or with 1 scoop of ice cream. I served it with salty caramel gelato and it was a nice compliment to the blackberry crumble. Serves 4
If you’re looking for a stunningly delicious Christmas dessert this is the one for you. No need to steam in a water bath, but just pour the batter into ramekins and bake.
8 Ounces Pitted & Chopped Dates
6 Ounces Boiling Water
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
6 Ounces Self-Rising Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3 Large Eggs
3 Ounces Softened Butter
5 Ounces Demerara Sugar
1 Tablespoon English Golden Syrup (Lyle’s Is Good)
2 Tablespoons Unsulphured Molasses
3 1/2 Ounces Milk
6 Ounces Muscovado Sugar
2 Ounces Softened Butter
8 Ounces Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon English Golden Syrup
1 Tablespoon Unsulphured Molasses
Preheat your oven to 325º F. Grease 6 individual ramekins and set aside. Place the chopped dates into a large size glass bowl and fill with boiling water. Soak the dates for 20 minutes. When the dates are soft add the vanilla extract. In a separate large bowl cream the butter and Demerara sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each addition. Add the golden syrup and molasses. Beat well. In a large size bowl combine the self-rising flour and baking soda. Add a bit of the flour combination to the sugar mixture alternating with the milk until both are completely added. Add the chopped dates including the liquid in the bowl and stir gently. The mixture should resemble a thick batter. Divide the batter between the ramekins and place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Remember that all ovens bake differently so make sure to test to determine doneness. The cakes should be raised and firm to the tough. Make sure not to over bake. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before tuning out.
To make the sauce: In a large saucepan melt the butter, Muscovado sugar and half of the cream over a medium heat. Increase the heat slightly and bring to a boil while stirring constantly until all of the sugar is dissolved. Add the golden syrup and molasses and allow the sauce to bubble for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 1 minute. Now stir in the remaining cream.
For serving place and individual pudding onto a warm individual dessert plate. Drizzle a generous amount of sauce over the pudding. Serve and listen for your guests’ applause! Serves 6
Everyone needs to have my Busy Day Cake recipe at their fingertips. It’s great to have in a pinch. Top it off with whipped cream and berries or top it with your favorite ice cream or drizzle with honey, chocolate or caramel sauce. Any of these toppings will make this cake a special-day treat.
1 1/3Cups Unbleached Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2/3 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Grease and flour an 8×1 1/2 inch round cake pan and set aside. In a large size bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Add the milk, butter, eggs and vanilla. Beat on a low speed with an electric mixer until combined. Beat for another minute on medium speed, but don’t over beat. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until done. When you insert a wooden toothpick near the center is should come out clean. When done remove from the oven and cool in the pan, on a wire rack, for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides of the cake and invert onto a cake plate. Cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with berries & whipped cream, ice cream or honey or caramel sauce. Serves 8
Here’s an idea, why not have a martini party?
2 Ounces Gin
1/2 Ounce Dry Vermouth
3 Green Olives
Thread 3 green olives on a cocktail pick and set aside. In a cocktail shaker combine the gin and vermouth. Add ice cubes. Cover and shake until VERY cold. Strain the liquid into a martini glass. Garnish with the olives and lemon twist. Makes 1 serving.
Irish Cream Truffles
These Irish Cream Truffles are easy to make and worth every bite. They make a nice homemade gift or keep them for yourself.
1 Cup Whipping Cream
1 Pound High Quality Real Bittersweet Chocolate Broken Into 1 Inch Pieces
4 Ounces High Quality Real Milk Chocolate Broken Into 1 Inch Pieces
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
¼ Cups Butter
3 Tablespoons Irish Cream Liqueur
2/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
In a 2 quart saucepan place the whipping cream, bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate. Cook over a low heat for 4 minutes. Stir occasionally. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and Irish Cream Liqueur. When the butter has melted pour the truffle mixture into a medium size bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. You want the mixture to be firm. Remove from the fridge and set on the counter for a few minutes. In a medium size shallow bowl sift the cocoa. With a tablespoon scoop out rounded tablespoonfuls of the chocolate mixture. Drop each one into the cocoa and roll to coat. Shape into balls and roll in the cocoa again. Gently place onto a tray and refrigerate them for 45 minutes until firm. Store refrigerated. Makes 36 truffles.
Pasta Dishes seem lonely without Garlic Bread which is so easy to make. there are several ways to make
Garlic Bread. The easiest way is by rubbing a cut clove of garlic over the slices of Italian bread
by spreading the bread with butter and heating in the oven.
1 Loaf Italian Bread
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
2 Large Smashed & Minced Garlic Cloves
1 Teaspoon Freshly Chopped Parsley
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Make 1 inch slices into the bread. Do not go all the way through, but just to the bottom crust.
In a small size bowl mix the butter, garlic and parsley together. Put a teaspoon of the butter mixture between each slice.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Makes 16 to 20 slices.