Danyele still doesn’t believe in herself, Josh can’t cook pork, and Tesar is… Tesar. Let’s get straight to it.
Round 1: Quickfire Challenge
The guest chef this week is Stephanie Izard, the only woman to ever win Top Chef. Padma tells her little cheftestants they can cook anything they want, but all their ingredients are wrapped in foil, and they have to use everything they grab. Oh, and one more thing: their only cooking vessel is aluminum foil. Fun times.
Kristen makes a sponge cake (“That is the ballsiest sh*t I have heard of,” says Danyele), Tesar makes egg drop chicken soup with ground beef, Bart does a beer-poached cod, and Danyele makes a comforting bowl of canellini bean stew. Padma and Stephanie loved it. Danyele’s confidence is boosted just a smidge. Of course, Kristen wins immunity from her almond and chocolate sponge cake. She’s the only one who doesn’t have to go head-to-head with another chef in the next round. Lucky, lucky her.
We drink a lot of Chardonnay in my house. Like many wine drinkers that have helped make this the number one selling white in America, it is an easy go to for us on many nights, pairing well with our typical dinners of salad, fish, chicken or hot buttered popcorn at a movie (the ideal pairing,) and being a very vineyard friendly grape, can adapt nicely to many styles of wine making. My sweetie and I have different tastes in Chardonnay, he liking a more buttery, oak aged Chardonnay and me liking something steely and unoaked, allowing us to constantly seek wines that may please both our palates without too much oak or the wine being too mineral rich, or either of us making a happy compromise to enjoy the others favorite style. Here are a few we have found that will pair nicely with anything from roasted chicken, broiled fish or pork tenderloin this holiday, just in time to be served at your festive gatherings. Some selections were sent for editorial consideration.
If you are looking for a wine that defines the versatility and approachability of California Chardonnay open a bottle of Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay, filled with layers of fresh citrus, stone fruit and honeysuckle with just the right amount of sweet cream balanced with a touch of herbal, mineral notes to keep this wine rich and balanced without being overly complex.
Winderlea in Willamette Valley is best known for producing stellar Pinot, but they also successfully farm delicious Chardonnay on their Dundee Hills estate, as well as fruit from the Chehalem Mountains and McMinnville AVAs. Golden apple, citrus and herbal notes fill the wine that is aged for 10 months in both partially new French oak and stainless steel, with the goal to keep the wine fresh and satisfying, capturing the personality of the valley. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Christmas Chardonnay"1 Comment »
In my junior astronaut training I learned that to nobly love and care for a woman, one must always prepare a dish just before midnight that will titillate and elevate her spirit, bringing her closer to the stars. I have yet to determine however the hell that is possible, but I came pretty close this weekend and decided to celebrate by treating myself to a sumptuous dinner.
The curling winds of last evening’s temperate weather brought me to a destination I have seen before. You probably don’t remember the restaurant in north Oak Cliff called CampO. Well, shame on you. It was divine. However, the owners, John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicéns have created a new restaurant in the same space called Outpost. It’s an American tavern with comfort-driven food.
Mr. Bradford Pearson alerted me to this happy news: Urban Acres is moo-oo-oo-ving.
Whoever wrote this blog post is very excited (!) and so are we (!)
Yup, IT’S OFFICIAL! Our Urban Acres store is moving to the corner of Beckley & Greenbriar this spring, right by Methodist Hospital. We’re taking over the old gas station building right next to Mama Connie’s Diner. Our new place has a covered front area as you can see in the photo which will become a patio. We also have lots of fun plans for the inside – we’ll keep you posted on progress!
Until then, we’ll still see you every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at our current store at 1301B West Davis!
Good morning, market shoppers. Thought I was gone? You can’t get rid of me that easily. XOXO. (Okay, sorry…as Liz mentioned earlier, Gossip Girl ended this week and I’m just having trouble dealing.) Anyway, one way to cope with my heartbreak and prepare for Christmas is to scoop up some great deals this weekend at the markets. Fresh produce is très chic, after all, and perfect for your holiday table.
Coppell Farmers Market: No market this week, but keep an eye out for Winter Markets beginning January 12, every second and fourth Saturday in January, February, and March. Some vendors are taking special orders through the winter.
793 S. Coppell Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
So last week, Lesley Mann Lynch wrote an amazing post about hosting a Christmas dinner, and it looked so good I’m just not even gonna go there. Instead, I’m tackling Christmas Eve dinner.
I like the idea of cassoulet for Christmas Eve for a couple of reasons. First, it has a French name, so even though it’s basically beans and meat, people will be like, “This sounds fancy, I should write this person into my will!” And second, you can feed a lot of people out of basically one large dish. People are impressed, well fed, and there’s not a ton to clean up. High-five handshakes all around.3 Comments »