Chili Rellenos

Chili Rellenos by the Au Sable River

We cooked this recipe alongside the Au Sable river in Michigan | Read about the adventure on American Rivers Tour 2017!

Inspired by chef Matt Haley, Gates Au Sable Lodge, Grayling, Michigan.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 poblano peppers
  • 1 pound fresh chorizo, cooked and drained
  • 12 oz Mexican melting cheese, (shredded Cotija or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Roast peppers over open flame until skin is charred and blistering. Rest in paper bag or bowl covered in plastic until cool enough to handle. Chop or crumble chorizo into thumbnail sized pieces and combine with remaining ingredients. Read More »

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Lamb Taquitos

Lamb Taquitos Estia's style

This is a great do­ahead party dish appetizer that can be prepared long in advance and quickly cooked and assembled day of.

Makes 40 finger food hors d’oeuvres.

For the lamb filling:

  • 3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Spanish onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fennel seed
  • 2 chopped Mexican dried Guajillo chilis, seeds and stems removed
  • 2 cups chopped canned plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 small bunch thyme

For the taquitos:

  • 20 six inch soft corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 package sweet pea sprouts
  • Reserved shredded lamb
  • 2 cups Mexican slaw (recipe below)

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Brooklyn Fish Tacos

Brooklyn Fish Tacos

Makes 8 bite sized appetizers
Porgy is a plentiful, sustainable, inexpensive fish that is usually found whole in most fish markets in sizes ranging from one to three pounds. Firm but flaky and slightly oily (adds richness and gets absorbed in the dish), it makes the perfect base for these soft tacos.

Ingredients:

  • 4 small porgy fillets, approximately 5­8 ounces each
  • 8 4 ½ inch soft corn tortillas
  • 3 tbsp jalapeno, finely diced with seeds and membranes removed
  • 2 tbsp red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups Mexican slaw

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Paloma

Paloma Cocktail

Delicious Cocktail Recipe for 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz tequila blanco
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 12 oz club soda
  • 1/2 lime
  • Blood orange slice to garnish
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • lots of ice cubes

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Simple Grilled Oysters

Simple grilled oyster recipe by chef Anita Lo

We cooked this recipe after fishing Moriches Bay in New York | Read about the our fishing trip on American Rivers Tour 2017!

Inspired by chef Anita Lo
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 20 medium oysters (Bluepoint or other local varieties)
  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chives, minced
  • zest of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2 Calabrian Chili Peppers (or other jarred small hot peppers)
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • Large stainless steel bowl or aluminum roasting pan, large enough to place over 20 oysters on grill

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Porgy & Clams

Porgy Clams and Butterfish | recipe by chef Kerry Heffernan

This is a recipe we cooked at the Hudon River in New York | Read the full story on American Rivers Tour 2017

Inspired by chef Kerry Heffernan, Grand Banks, New York, New York

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen Little Neck clams, washed and scrubbed
  • 2 whole Porgy (Scup) (1 1/2 to 2 lb. each, cleaned with head on), filleted & cut into 4 portions
  • 12 ramps or scallions, chopped fine
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Braised Lamb & Spring Vegetable “Hobo Skillet”

Braised Lamb and vegetables "Hobo Skillet"

This is a recipe we cooked near the Chagrin River in Ohio | Read the full story about this fishing adventure on American Rivers Tour 2017.

Inspired by a dish from chef  Tim Bando of the Grove Hill Restaurant, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Serves 4

This one skillet dinner involves a day before preparation of the ingredients so it is an easy assemble and cook after a long day outside.

For the Lamb:

  • 3 lb boneless lamb shoulder
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ vegetable or olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Spanish onions, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seed
  • 2 cups chopped canned plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 small bunch thyme

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Paella

Paella Dish

This recipe serves 18

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb chicken sausage (diced)
  • 1 lb Andouille sausage (diced)
  • 1 quart jasmine rice
  • 1 quart mirepoix (diced carrots, celery and onion)
  • 8 oz Sofrito (finely diced red and green pepper, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro and olive oil)
  • 750 ml white wine mixed with clam sauce (50:50) and one tablespoon of saffron threads (allow to set for one hour before using)
  • 16 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (juice removed, roughly chopped)
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to your liking

  • 3 cull (2+ pound) lobsters (steamed and removed from shell)
  • 2 lb scallops (10/20 size) cleaned and lightly seared
  • 4 lb fresh fish (skin and bones removed, cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 3 dozen little neck clams (rinsed and lightly scrubbed in cold water)
  • 2 cups snap peas (chopping into pieces) of fresh shucking peas
  • 1 cup cleaned and chopped fresh oregano, parsley and mint – mixed
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Apple Oatmeal Bars for the kids at the Hayground School

Apple Oatmeal Bars for the Hayground School

Yield: 90 cookies

Ingredients for oatmeal cookie mix:

  • 3 cups butter (soft)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 8 cups a/p flour
  • 12 cups rolled oats

Cream the butter, eggs and sugars until smooth

Add vanilla, warm water, salt & baking soda

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Quail Hill Farm Common Table Lunch

Estia's chef Colin Ambrose with the most amazing fresh pasta lasagna we have ever tasted. — at Quail Hill Farm. Photo by Phill Lehans

The Annual Quail Hill Farm Common table event has become a ritual that I’ve enjoyed for as long as I can remember. This year, for the first time it was a lunch.

I read the memo wrong and arrived at 11am, lunch to me means sometime in the early afternoon. Upon arrival I found the set up crew just getting underway, tables bare, no other chefs, just Julie Resnick with her clipboard. My dish, the Inside Out Lasagna was made (14 10 inch springform pans) and ready to go into the pizza oven.

Happy to know that I wasn’t running late I took the opportunity to go home and spend two quiet hours with my wife watching a movie.

Thank you Quail Hill! That never happens.

My Photos taken at the Common Table

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Inside Out Lasagna

Inside out lasagna

Makes one 9 inch lasagna
Serves 4 as a main course with salad
Use a 9 inch springform cheesecake pan

Ingredients:

  • 4 large tomatoes (roast at 350°F on a well oiled sheet pan, 20 minutes) reserve all oil and remove the skin after roasting
  • 1 yellow summer squash, 6 inches long
  • 1 large eggplant, medium size
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

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Slow Food / ALS Ride for life Benefit : Gala in the Garden at Estia’s LK

Slow Food Gala in the Garden

Last fall I was honored by Slow Food’s Long Island chapter with an award, The “Snail of Approval”. Slow Food is a relatively young organization, at least on Long Island, and I was aware of the work they were doing through my contact with Ted Conklin from the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. More Importantly I was at an event a few years ago at The Kontokosta Winery on the North Fork when my friend Gerry Hayden was honored with the first Long Island “Snail of Approval” recognition.

John Delucie, Claudia Flemming, Jim Botsacos

John Delucie, Claudia Flemming, Jim Botsacos

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Mexican Chimichurri

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • handful oregano sprigs, chopped
  • ½ cup finely diced fresh garlic
  • 4 tsp dried chili powder
  • 2 tbsp finely diced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup finely diced jalapeno
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion or shallots
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups oil
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • salt

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Finding “{the} Lost Kitchen” in Freedom, Maine

The Lost Kitchen

cowsIn late March, on a quiet Wednesday morning an Estia breakfast customer overheard me describing my daughters summer job in Maine. As I moved back toward the kitchen he quietly suggested I look into a far away dining room in Freedom, Maine called {the} Lost Kitchen, “it’ll be well worth the effort” he said.

Freedom, Maine

If you passed the Post Office in Freedom, Main you missed the sign to the Lost Kitchen

So I did. That night, on the internet I read a story in Food & Wine about a sharp woman named  Erin French who followed her dream back to the town she grew up in. A few weeks later my new breakfast customer was back, again as I passed him at the counter he whispered ” Time to call Lost Kitchen”, and I did. It was early April and Erin had started reserving seats for her 2016 season, after a few exchanged calls I secured a table for 3, Wednesday July 13. Planned in tandem with our visit to catch up with Mansell, our 19 year old camp counselor.

Lost Kitchen outside

{the} Lost Kitchen

It’s not easy to find Freedom, Maine, GPS is strongly advised. After leaving our hotel in Camden we drove past gorgeous lakes, through pine forests and over hills that crested to views of farm fields that went on for miles. The nice thing about being on vacation in Maine is that you must slow down, in some ways I felt forced to. We didn’t need to hurry either as the reservation was set for 6pm. That is the time they start and there’s only one nightly seating at “Lost Kitchen”. Read More »

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Woodfire Beets with fennel, currants, raisins and yogurt

Woodfire Roasted Beets by chef Megan Huylo

Recipe by chef Megan Huylo of Amber Waves Farm Kitchen in Amagansett

Woodfire Roasted Beets w/ baby fennel, fresh currants, golden raisins & yogurt

Serves 2

  • 6 medium red beets, ends trimmed
  • 4 lemons, zested & juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, whipped with a fork
  • 2 baby fennel, thinly sliced & fronds reserved
  • ¼ cup fresh red currants
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, toasted walnuts

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Beet Moussaka

Beet Mousaka

Recipe by chef Arie Pavlou of Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant in Bridgehampton, NY

Beet Moussaka

makes 4 servings

  • 1 lb beets, boiled until tender and peeled
  • 3 oz. sweet butter
  • 1 medium onion caramelized in 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8-10 cloves garlic confit, mashed
  • ½ cup sweet sherry
  • 1 cup stock of your choice, we use duck stock
  • 1 tsp dried or 1 Tablespoon fresh marjoram
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced into ½” discs
  • 2 medium eggplant sliced into ½” discs
  • 1 qt. béchamel
  • ¼ cup grated gruyere cheese

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Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad

Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad by chef Sam McCleland

Recipe by chef Sam McCleland of The Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor, NY

Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad

serves 4

  • 16 baby beets, roasted and quartered lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 bulb of fennel, cored and shaved thinly
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 oz cranberry vinaigrette (recipe to follow below)

For Beets:

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl, toss whole beets, olive oil, salt, pepper and whole thyme sprigs. Transfer to a sheet pan, cover tightly with aluminum foil and roast in oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Cool and then gently remove skin with a dry towel (skin will slip off when gently rubbed). Read More »

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