A Dinner Party from My Jewish Slavic Soul + All’s Well That Ends Well

Two years ago I read this article and I have been somewhat obsessed with it ever since. And I the other day I read Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking which caused my Ukrainian/Romanian/Polish/Russian soul to scream for cherries, walnuts, garlic, cilantro…for plums and berries…for wild mushrooms and butter and dill, for dark sour bread with a chewy crust, and kielbasa, pickles, mustard, vodka.

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Table set with Poppies, my great grandmother’s Matryoska Dolls and a photo of Lomna, the Shtetl where my Grandmother grew up in the Carpathian Mountains

 

We are having friends for dinner tonight, my original Moroccan-cum-Persian Style Menu (Charmoula Game Hens, Jeweled Saffron Rice, Beet & Cucumber salad) has shifted a bit to the north and is now a jumble of vaguely Georgian, Isreali-ish, Eastern European-ish, Uzbekistani maybe even.

 

Grilled Cornish Game Hens  with Cherry Herb Salad

(Hens rubbed with Black Pepper, Cumin, Coriander, Smoked Salt & Cinnamon)

Plov with Caramelized Onions & Carrots

Beet Salad with Mint & Feta

Kohlrabi with Dill & Yoghurt

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Cherry Herb Salad, Pickled Kohlrabi with Dill & Yoghurt, Baked Feta & Beet salad with Mint & Dill

 

If I hadn’t forgotten the yeast I would make a flat breads, but I did, oh well. Our guests are bringing Apps (TBD) & Dessert , local Strawberry Shortcake!- Thank god because I nearly passed out from the scent of the berries at the health food store, but they were much more expensive than the farmers market which is tomorrow, so I had to hold back, I’ve been slowly going through a pint + quart this past week, even though I just wanted to sit down and eat them all. I have 4 berries saved  for later today.

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Random Pics from the week: Strawberries + Panna Cotta, Post Dinner Party Rainy July 4th hangover Breakfast (to eat while watching Twilight Zone), Maine-ish Stuff, Jerry Napping

OK that was on July 3, 11 days ago, and I have not written a thing, not that I haven’t had the time, I had the time to catch up on Real Housewives of Both New York and Orange County. ( I can’t tell you how much that Aviva drives me crazy, Uch she’s a bore her father is disgusting and she reminds me of all the horrid people I’ve met who think they are interesting because they are rich, honestly I want to smack her with her fake leg when she starts getting hysterical…even that is so boring it makes me violent)

But I digress, it has been a busy couple of weeks,  I started a new job, which I actually like, waiting tables at a little Vietnamese place, its family owned the food is great and the customers are nice. But no excuse for not writing, I’ve just been a bit uninspired.

So here’s what’s been going on since then:

Umm yeah I finally went to Portland! Babe of Brew & I had an Adventure, we ate and drank and shopped …

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Me and my Hat in Portland

We had Beers & Bacon Fries at Nosh

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A Fish Taco, Shishito Peppers & Cocktails at El Rayo

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Finally we had Oysters at uber fashionable Eventide

 (@3pm is a good time to go… you can actually get a seat, though you miss happy hour)

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 We walked all over the place… so unsurprisingly we found ourselves hungry by Dinner time so we stopped at Harbor Fish and picked up a few things then over to the Farm to get our Farm Share

Dinner that Night was eaten over 4 ours and was all Hands-y:

Okonomiyaki

Thank’s again Food52 Midge ..what a great recipe!

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Grilled Oysters with Porky BBQ Sauce

Grilled English Peas

Grilled Flat Bread

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Grilled Corn with Miso Mayo

Grilled Striped Bass Stuffed with Garlic Scapes & Lemon

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Brooklyn House Chef  and his Lovely Fiancee stopped by for a BBQ. I made my first Kim-Chee (well a fresh one) and served it on top of Hot Dogs Brushed with remaining Miso Mayo (um —Yum).

We got a new bed + a Couch and a Loveseat…getting ready for visitors from Away.

Oh and we finally had Lobster after nearly 10 weeks as Maine residents. We had steamed lobsters on Saturday Night…at like 10pm because that when we calmed down from the Couch Experience- I bought a couch and a love seat from our local Yard Sale Facebook Page, our Fantastic neighbors helped by not only driving me a half an hour to pick up the couches but helped us get them in the house and well basically we had shoe horn them into the house and we have a big hole in the foyer ceiling. ! They are gorgeous and super comfy..so All’s Well That Ends Well, right?

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Last night I turned the remaining 2 lobsters in to a Lobster Pot Pie with Fennel, and Sherry and Bacon… it was pretty delicious.

OH MY GOD TOTALLY FORGOT! I entered the Moxie Recipe Contest in Lisbon Falls…and I freakin’  WON!

I should say we won since My Husband thought of the idea and Babe of Brew helped develop it and ran and got most of the stuff. Very exciting, my pie was even on the news!  Crazy day, I even met a woman who lived in Stuyvesant Town (A development in NYC, where my grandparents lived when I was growing up, 3 blocks from my High School)  and her kids were born in the same hospital I was.

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Here’s a link and a HIDEOUS pic of me... seriously I look so much better in person (see hat pic above)

I made my first batch of good pancakes, seriously I ALWAYS mess them up, and I think it was the coconut oil I used instead of butter, in the pan, it gave them crispy edges.. YUM!

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 FOR THIS WEEK, we have  so much going on! I’m working 3 nights, we have to find a box spring because the one we it won’t fit up the stairs and on Friday THE FAMILY arrives for the annual week in Bailey Island.. which is kicking off with a night at our place. So have to get all the bedrooms in order, clean, organize & cook for 8 people for dinner on Friday.

Since I’ll be  working 3-4 nights a week from now on, it’ll be a challenge to get through our veggies, but I think we can do it, going to be leaving Husband prepped stuff + recipes so he doesn’t resort to living on crackers and hot dogs, because he’s pretty tired after work.

This week’s Farm Share:

  • Broccoli
  • Radicchio,
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Zucchini

We are starting to buy Freezer Packs from Bisson’s Farm– hoping $75  worth of meat will take us through a few weeks (entertaining not withstanding) PLUS that means that right now we are eating about 90% Local…seriously local like less than 20 miles away!

It feels amazing to know that we are so close to where our food comes from.

Our Meat Pack

  • 6 pound Chicken
  • 3 Pound Pork Roast
  • 2 Delmonico Steaks
  • 5 Pounds Ground Beef (in 1 pound bags)
  • 1 Pound Bacon

Monday Night

Maybe picking up BBQ from new stand, since we have million errands to run + Salad

Tuesday Night (I work)

Homemade Chicken Fingers  (made from 1 breast of Chicken) w Sriacha Roasted Carrots + Radicchio Salad

Wednesday Night (I work a Double)

Husband Cooks for Himself

Burgers + Salad

Thursday Night (I work a Double)

Husband Cooks for Himself

Sausages & Grilled  Broccoli

Friday Night

THE FAMILY IS HERE!!!!!!!!!! BIG PARTY !!!!!!!

Guacamole

Kielbasa Bites

Slow Cooked Ribs

Sliders

Chicken Nuggets for Caden- Because he is 3

Corn

Cole Slaw

Potato Salad

Chess Pie & Berries

 

And Stay Tuned for info on a  KICKSTARTER Campaign. Babe of Brew and I are planning a Food Truck and we are going to need some help to make our dreams for making fabulous food for the masses a reality. If some guy can raise $40,000 to make potato salad then we should able to do the same.

 

Quick and Easy Kimchee

When I was a little girl and living in East Hampton, my best friend was Gina Lee Miller, her father Mickey was a fisherman and her mom, Cho was a stay at home mom, who  happened to Korean. Cho would make real Kim Chee, by burying it in the back yard. Gina and Cho are both gone now, but I have such great  memories of sitting at Cho’s table, eating Korean Pancakes with Bean Sprouts & Kim Chee, Gina and I teasing her and all of us laughing and  just having a great time. RIP lovely Ladies, you are missed & loved.

  • 1 head Chinese Cabbage
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 4 cloves Garlic Smashed
  • 1 heaping tablespoon GouChuChang paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried Gou Chu Chang
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  1. Chop Chinese Cabbage in to 1″ pieces, and toss with salt
  2. Place in Colander over a bowl for  4 hours or over night
  3. Mix remaining ingredients together
  4. Add wilted cabbage mix all together
  5. Serve

Will keep at least 1 week in fridge, longer if you can it properly, it will get hotter as it sits.

SUPER EXCELLENT on HOT DOGS and Salmon Burgers…

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