Monday, January 28, 2013

Roasted Celery Root and Onion "Stuffing"

This dish came about due to a mistake. I thought I had pulled out a bag of sliced parsnip chips and instead wound up with a bag of sliced celery root. I decided I was going to make a play on traditional Thanksgiving stuffing which always starts with a lot of butter, celery, onions, salt and bells seasoning.

I used

1 medium red onion, sliced
1 lb sliced celery root (I used my meat slicer, use a mandoline if you have one)
1/2 stick salted butter
1/2 cup chopped parsley

Pre heat the oven to 425
Heat the butter over medium hihg heat in a large (12 inch) oven safe pan.
Add the onions, a sprinkle of salt and bells seasoning until they start to brown

Once the onions have begun to caramelize add a layer of sliced celery root. The sprinkle on salt, bells and parsely. Add another layer of celery root

Finish off your 2nd layer, sprinkle more salt bells and parsley and add a couple pats of butter

Stick the pan in the oven and cook until the top is brown and the edges have stated to curl

Invert onto a plate slice and serve fresh and hot. I served it with fresh ham steaks with a parsley, butter, shallot and lime sauce.

I will have to try this one a couple more times as I under seasoned it a touch. It was very flavorful but didn't quite hit the mark of thanksgiving stuffing I was going for.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: LoFo

I had the opportunity to meet Abigail, one of the owners of LoFo at the recent Syracuse Coworks open house and was excited to give it a try. As it turned out we were able to go in that same day.

During our brief introduction Abigail said enough to reassure me that the menu contained a mix of vegetarian, vegan and meat-based dishes. Not that I always have to eat meat, but I do like to have my options open. They have an extensive menu of loose teas, juices and smoothies, and just began serving breakfast.

The space itself was really nice; there are not many tables available but at 1:15 on a Tuesday, we had no problem getting one. We ordered at the counter and helped ourselves to some water and cutlery.
I ordered the Roasted Root Salad and a cup of Rooibos tea, and Kerrie got the Chicken and Brie sandwich and a cup of loose black tea (neither of us remember the variety but it had a great flavor).

The roasted root salad was very pretty with a great mix of colors. The maple dijon vinaigrette was delicious, it might be a touch on the sharp side for some people's tastes. Coupled with the sweet carrots and parsnips, it was a great match. I would have love to see something even sweeter like beets in the mix, but I have a potentially unhealthy love of beets. All in all it was a great take on a hearty winter dish like roasted root vegetables in light style that I really enjoyed.

Kerrie's sandwich was a gooey delicious thing, accompanied by a small field greens salad topped with just the right amount of a light vinaigrette.

It was a satisfying meal, at a good price, in a comfortable setting, and we will be back. We are both interested in trying the breakfast.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Midnight Pie

We had kind of a last minute New Years Eve party this year, and for me last minute meant a whole bunch of junkfood and short cuts. Not a bad thing, just not my usual stuff. The one thing that I made, mostly myself was a throwback to a dish that my family learned about in Sweden.
 It is traditionally made with ground reindeer meat. As you might imagine that is difficult to come by, especially since I failed to get a deer during hunting season. It is a very simple dish, especially if you cheat and buy a pie crust from the refrigerator case. I used  crust I had never tried before from The Immaculate Baking Company, I really liked it, Kerrie didn't think it was as flaky as the Pillsbury crusts.

In the end it is a very simple dish.

1 lb ground venison, reindeer, beef, pork or other ground meat.
1 medium onion chopped
1.5 cups cottage cheese
2-3 Tbsp good yellow mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Pie crust- top and bottom

heat up a large frying pan with olive oil, saute the onions for 3-4 minutes until soft and then add your ground meat to brown. Once the meat has browned, drain off any excess fat (if any) then add the cottage cheese and 2 Tbsp of mustard ( I made a mistake with my mustard it was a bit too horseradishy and overpowered things), salt and pepper to taste, add more mustard if needed.

Turn off the heat and get your pie crust ready, put the bottom crust down in a 9 inch pie pan and pour in the filling, then add your top crust. A lattice crust is traditional but does nothing for flavor, omit if you don't want to bother.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, all you need to worry about is the crust getting nice and brown since the filling is all cooked and should be hot unless you made the filling up ahead of time, which you can totally do.