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A Guide to Dining, Eating and Cooking in Cleveland, Ohio

Recipe Report: Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon February 16, 2011

Filed under: Celebrity Chefs,Dinner,Food Ideas,Recipes and Preparations — jenniferferf @ 10:15 pm

Winter in Cleveland is cold.  Cold enough for desperate measures.

And on a very chilly winter Saturday recently I was driven to cook – specifically Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon.  Simple, really.

Step 1:  Saute onions and carrots in butter (more butter than you would think is necessary, really).

Step 2:  Pat meat (top sirloin) dry with paper towels and saute with the veggies until the meat is browned.

Step 3:  Cover the beef and vegetables with beef stock and wine, add a little thyme and a bay leaf, and simmer it until it falls apart – at least two hours or so.

Serve over rice, or gnocchi, or boiled potatoes.  Just as Julia intended!

Knopf has kindly made a PDF of Julia’s recipe available on its website.

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Recipe Report: Ginger Fried Rice

Filed under: Celebrity Chefs,Dinner,Food Ideas,Fresh,Recipes and Preparations — jenniferferf @ 10:02 pm

i.e. my dinnerThe other day I felt inspired to try another recipe from Mark Bittman – Ginger Fried Rice.  Mark Bittman adapted the recipe from Jean Georges, and I found that it nicely balanced the savory, sweet elements of the dish.

The recipe was fairly simple, although it took me far longer than the  30 minutes it claimed to take – more like 1 hour and 30 minutes by the time I chopped the leeks and minced the garlic and ginger.  I recommend finding a sous chef or some sort of knife wizard to help you with the prep work.

I agree with Bittman that the killer ingredient is the fried minced garlic and ginger and I intend to use that in other dishes as well!  The other killer ingredient was the runny yolk in the sunny-side-up egg that mixed in with all the ingredients.  YUM!

See Mark Bittman’s video at nytimes.com.

Ginger Fried Rice Recipe (from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/dining/271mrex.html?_r=1)

Time: About 30 minutes

1/2 cup peanut oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced ginger
Salt
2 cups thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
4 cups day-old cooked rice, preferably jasmine, at room temp
4 large eggs
2 tsp sesame oil
4 tsp soy sauce

1.  In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown.  With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.

2.  Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tbsp oil and leeks.  Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned.  Season lightly with salt.

3.  Raise heat to medium and add rice.  Cook, stirring well, until heated through.  Season to taste with salt.

4.  In a nonstick skillet, fry eggs in remaining roil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.

5.  Divide rice among four dishes.  Top each with an egg and drizzle with 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 tsp soy sauce.  Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.

Yield: 4 servings.

 

Bar Cento gets rockin reviews and rockin ice creams August 1, 2008

Northern Ohio Live has rated one of my favorite late-night spots as the best in Cleveland! I’m excited about this, especially since Cleveland Magazine snubbed Bar Cento in their recent restaurant guide.

And, another sidenote that is completely blogworthy in and of itself…

Jeni's Dark Cocoa Gelato

Jeni's Dark Cocoa Gelato

On their dessert menu, Bar Cento has recently begin offering selections from my favorite ice cream place in the universe, Jeni’s Ice Creams!
A few weeks ago it was just a dessert special, but now it’s made its
way onto the regular dessert menu. They’ve been offering a variety of
flavors, including the Salty Caramel, the Black Coffee and the
Pistachio. Jeni makes creative gourmet ice cream, gelato and sorbet
from fresh, local ingredients. Trust me, it doesn’t get any better than
this. I wonder what it will take for Bar Cento to get my favorite
flavor combo, the Dark Cocoa Gelato and the Gravel Road? Jonathan Sawyer, are you reading this? :)

Since moving to Cleveland, I’ve really missed having a Jeni’s within
walking (and driving) distance from my house, and it’s practically
worth the drive to Columbus to eat Jeni’s. So I’m thrilled that one of
my favorite places in Cleveland has done the right thing by bringing
Jeni’s to Cleveland. Yum!

I love it.

 

Best Pasta in Cleveland: Ohio City Pasta June 15, 2008

Once you have fresh pasta, there’s no going back.

During an excursion to the West Side Market the other day, I picked up some fresh pasta at the Ohio City Pasta stand, where they make and sell their own pasta. Their display counter showcases a colorful selection of ravoli, gnocchi, sauces, antipasti and more. The herb fettuccine looked particularly colorful and fresh, so I picked up a few servings of that and the saffron linguini. Turns out, good move.

I threw together some simple tomato sauce, with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and basil and cooked the pasta, no problem. Great idea for making fresh pasta with fresh herbs inside.

Ohio City Pasta doesn’t deprive East siders of excellent fresh pasta – I’ve seen Ohio City Pasta selling pasta at the farmer’s market at Shaker Square! Highly recommended!

 

Recipe: Peanut Butter Bedlam Ice Cream May 4, 2008

A few weeks ago, I got it into my head to figure out how to make good peanut butter ice cream. My first attempt was a disaster. Yesterday I tried a different recipe and the result was declared, by three independent, unbiased taste testers, “the best peanut butter ice cream ever.”

The secret? This book: The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovtiz. This guy rocks. The Perfect Scoop is my favorite type of cookbook: amazing, creative recipes; solid, even scientific explanations of the ingredients and equipment; and just the right amount of mouth-watering close-ups of the finished product.

Peanut Butter Bedlam Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart.

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
2 2/3 cups half and half
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp vanilla

Puree everything in a food processor until smooth. (I just used a whisk for a few minutes.) Chill in the refrigerator, then freeze in your ice cream maker

You can add chopped peanuts at the end to make crunchy, or, I suppose, some make some nice milk chocolate chunks.

I pretty much followed David’s recipe, except that I used Trader Joe’s organic smooth peanut butter instead of regular smooth peanut butter.

If you’re into making ice cream, I highly recommend checking out The Perfect Scoop. Tons of great other flavors, including Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Fresh Ginger Ice Cream, Gianduja Gelato, Goat Cheese Ice Cream, Black Pepper Ice Cream, and a gazillion other extras. Enjoy!

 

Cleveland Urban Farmers April 24, 2008

Filed under: Food Ideas,Random Cleveland Stuff — jenniferferf @ 10:23 am
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A farmer’s market will be coming to the Cleveland Clinic and several inner city locations once a week this summer, according to a very interesting article from the Plain Dealer yesterday.  

I’ve read recently about a number of programs in Cleveland that bring the farmer’s market into neighborhoods that have never had one before, including City Fresh.  City Fresh’s website hasn’t been updated for 2008 – does anyone know if this is happening this year?  City Fresh seems like a great program – I like that they have a variety of memberships available, and that they people to donate a little extra to lower the prices for people who can’t afford it.  I’d go with City Fresh, but they don’t have a stop in Cleveland Heights yet.  So, I’m planning to frequent the North Union Farmer’s Market at Shaker Square this summer!  Can’t wait!

 

 

South Indian Eggplant Curry April 2, 2008

Filed under: Cuisines,Dinner,Food Ideas,Indian Food,Recipes and Preparations — jenniferferf @ 9:22 pm
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Today’s NY Times food section featured a recipe for South Indian Eggplant Curry that looks fabulous. Can’t wait to try it. I love food section day!