- Clafouti. It sounds like an instrument you’d play in a band that also features a flugelhorn. It turns out, however, that a clafouti is a tasty dessert, one that Julia Child had a recipe for (Bon Appetit!), which I found, by way of Honest Fare (you can go there and read for yourself what Gabi’s husband thought clafouti sounds like, and also snag the recipe). When I read that it was like a cross between a custard, a cake, and a pancake, I knew I had to try it. I love custard AND cake. I made mine with fresh raspberries and blackberries and some frozen cherries. After we finished eating our first slices, Jon said, “I like clafouti.” Me too, man, me too. To paraphrase Schlotzsky’s Deli: funny name, seriously tasty dessert. You should try making one– way easy, way good. Tip: to make the homemade whipped cream extra yummy, add a little vanilla to it.
We’re still trying to eat all the food I froze during the last CSA season, so I didn’t do a whole lot of cooking this week. One recipe I did try was a hit, though. It was Real Simple’s roast salmon and peppers with caper vinaigrette. We really liked this, and I pretty much followed the recipe– the only change I made was adding some lemon juice to the vinaigrette, because I thought it needed a little bite of citrus. I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my binder full of keepers.
eating (or should I say drinking?) out
McCrady’s is probably the most talked about restaurant in this town full of excellent restaurants. The chef, Sean Brock, was nominated for a James Beard Best Chef Southeast Award this year, and in a recent Oxford American Food Poll, many of the chefs and food writers surveyed listed Brock as a favorite and an inspiration. McCrady’s is also rather expensive– we ate dinner there because of one of my husband’s work events, but would otherwise only go there for a special occasion. But the expense of the dinners isn’t a reason to miss out on the McCrady’s experience– just head to the bar!
McCrady’s is known for its pre-Prohibition Era cocktails, which are priced reasonably, on par with most other cocktails in town. And to add even further incentives to check out their spirited offerings, they’ve been running a Prohibition style promotion on Facebook and Twitter, releasing a password to their followers and fans each week that will get them a pre-Prohibition Era cocktail for just 25-cents! Friday night, a friend and I settled ourselves at the bar, and whispered “Burma” to Ben the bartender. He smiled and whipped us up two Pegu Cocktails, a combination of Gordon’s London Dry Gin, Cointreau, Stirring’s Orange Bitters, and lime. They were delicious, and I’m not usually a gin drinker! We also checked out the menu of bar snacks. I ordered the Crispy Pork Rillettes with Cranberry Ketchup, and my friend chose Fried Green Tomatoes with Green Goddess Dressing. We loved both!
Since our first cocktails were only 25 cents, we had plenty of money left over to try another of the cocktails. My friend, who had studied abroad in England, went for a classic Pimm’s cup, and I, being a whiskey fan and a sucker for a cool name, went for one called the Blood and Sand. I mean, doesn’t that drink just sound badass?? It featured Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, Sweet Vermouth, Brandied Cherry Juice, and Blood Orange, and I enjoyed it very much. While McCrady’s might be out of my price range for regular dinner dining, the cocktails and bar snacks are very much my speed and friendly to my budget. I’ll have to take Jon back to try other things very soon!
food for thought
- I originally was going to put info about a new study on the connection between consumption of high fructose corn syrup and obesity in this section, but it got so long, I made it its own post.
- President Obama’s bill to increase school lunch funding and provide better funding to our schoolchildren has been cut in half by a Senate committee, but it’s still a step in the right direction. If you want to encourage Congress to act on this issue, get involved with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and sign his petition.
- As part of the recently signed into law health reform, nutrition facts will now be posted on menus at most restaurants.