Well, a pictorial and a few words of explanation.
“Family Day” means quality time with the ones you love most … enjoying the day, the activities and, of course, eating well. This is how Family Day went down yesterday at Jim and Julie’s.
Jim made the broth with yuengling beer, a head of garlic, 10 lemons, Zatarain crab boil packets and then added onions, potatoes, corn, chourico sausage and, eventually, snow crabs, shrimp and 16 of these babies.
and a blue cheese broccoli slaw with peanuts and a dressing made from dijon mustard, evoo, cider vinegar, sweet pickle juice, sour cream, salt and celery seeds.
I also prepared a light (and small) dessert with ice cream, blueberries, cherries, a sprinkle of granola and a syrup I made by blending pomegranate seeds with their juice, honey and fennel seeds.
We all lead such busy lives these days and don’t often get to spend time relaxing like this. It was WONDERFUL.
And, I came home with leftovers including a container of that delicious broth which is definitely going into a risotto.
A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!
I've always been a culinary improvisor which means I get my kicks out of recipe development. In the FOODalogue kitchen each meal is an adventure and the journey is as exciting as the destination. My favorite kitchen tools are imagination and intuition. I rarely look at a recipe, not even my own!
On these pages, I suggest food pairings and techniques to be experimented with...in your own kitchen...to your own spice levels...and to your preferred portion sizes.