Archive for December, 2011

the gift of cranberry orange sauce

photos: m&j

Okay, so neither of us actually cooked a Turkey this Thanksgiving. It has been done, but this year a) we were, fortunately, quite busy and b) we were invited elsewhere as guests. But that didn’t stop us from bringing some delicious sides (Brussels sprouts with horseradish sauce a la The Dutch, anyone?), fabulous cheeses (the La Tur and St. Agur lasted about as long as the first glass of champagne) and our favorite cranberry orange sauce – a super tasty and simple recipe that makes a great holiday host/hostess gift and beats the heck out of that can-shaped cranberry flavored thing!

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good-bye, Ken Russell

photos: Twiggy & Ken Russell: Everett Collection/Rex Features, On set with cast of The Boy Friend: Reuters, Women in Love still: Allstar/Cinetext, portrait of Ken Russell: Paul Joyce (1977)

The Oscar-winning director, Ken Russell left this world on November 27th. His lush, opulent, flamboyant and often dark visual sense was always arresting. At his best, he took something Busby Berkley, something Broadway Musical and something completely contemporary and made it entirely his own. In particular, scenes from the rock opera, Tommy (1975) and The Boy Friend (1971) will remain burned into our consciousness and our memories and forever.

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The Dutch

photos: thedutchnyc.com

From the first moment we read about their devil’s food cake with boiled black pepper icing in Bon Appetit, we’ve been dying to try The Dutch. Located on Prince Street in the former Cub Room quarters, this popular new eatery sports a month-long waiting list for reservations due to its fabulous menu, pleasing décor and epicurean, yet slightly snippy staff who can get away with it and why shouldn’t they? They work at The Dutch, after all. Not to be missed are the fabulous cocktails (we enjoyed the New York Sour), little fried oyster sandwiches, Barnstable Oysters (a new one to us and, shockingly, even more turgid and delicious than our former global favorite, Glidden Points, with whom they shared an icy platter). Any supper menu that sports an “oyster room” is good by us! And when you factor in the sumptuous burrata with figs, arugula salad and toasted freshly baked bread, the Asian White Boy Ribs, The 18oz Dry-Aged Bone-in NY Strip with house-made Steak Sauce that was absolutely to die for (and, sadly, not available for purchase) and the Smoked & Roasted Chicken, Mushroom Stroganoff with Paprika and Garganelli with Artichokes, Cherry Peppers & Basil you’ve got quite a feast on your hands (oh, and we almost forgot the sautéed Brussels sprouts with zingy horseradish sauce that showed up as a special little gift that was “on the house” for ordering like such piggies). Top it off with Buttermilk Pie and that now famous Chocolate Cake with Boiled Black Pepper Icing (in which, to be honest, the pepper was hardly detectable, but still delicious), you are going to have to squeeze out the door. And happily so!

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