Flame Braised Goat | Chivo Tacos with Colorado Sauce

Chivo Taco

Ingredients and preparation:

  • 1 30lb goat, butcher into large pieces, legs, ribs, back portions, bones in.

Season heavily with salt & black pepper and sear over high heat 10 min per side

Combine in a 50 gallon pot:

  • 4 Spanish onions, chopped
  • 1 head of celery, chopped
  • 2 cups garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 limes, peeled and cut in half
  • 12 arbol chili’s
  • 18 guajillo chili’s, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 6 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 cup Mexican oregano (dry)

Stir on stove top over medium heat until soft. Add all seared goat & move pot to the fire.

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Roasted tomato and basil pasta sauce: The A.Sisters Christmas giving

It’s been 8 years since the A.Sisters have made a batch of pasta with our machine at Estia.

Now that each of my daughters has their own kitchen and more of an interest in cooking (Mansell especially), we thought it was time to put together a Christmas gift of red, white, and green pasta with a simple tomato sauce and a chunk of cheese. We gifted these to family friends and a few hard working chefs that I love, too.

The finished Gift box
The finished Gift box
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Sofrito from field to plate

Estia's Sofrito

Harvesting different types of peppers at the Quail Hill Farm

Reporting in from the Quail Hill Farm on October 30th. My membership here extends back to the early days, having joined New York’s first Community Supported Agriculture adventure (CSA) in 1993 I’m always thrilled to harvest here.

Harvesting carrots was my first task.  Take a look at our carrot video in the Estia Seed to Plate series. Once I was finished with the pitchfork in the carrot bed I moved on to find an abundance of chili’s three beds to the west. As always my eye was distracted by the beauty of the farm that’s been created and maintained by the Quail Hill crew now run by farmer Layton and mentored by poet and seed specialist Scott Chaskey.

Last week my email inbox featured a note from my pal Laura’s wife Catherine. She had visited a garden—planted by a man she spoke fondly of—and she carried a large bag filled with peppers home that day. Her note to me requested a recipe that might properly celebrate the harvest. Read More »

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Ramshackle Ranch Salad

Ramshackle Ranch Salad

It’s been years since a good, simple ranch dressing has graced the menu at Estia’s Little Kitchen. Inspired by Julia Moskin’s article “Ranch Nation” (Sept. 2018 NY Times) I put this recipe into play. The dressing is not original ranch style in that it doesn’t contain mayo. Instead, yogurt and red wine vinegar have been added, along with egg yolks to tighten it up.

For years my dinner menu has featured a Crisp California Chicken, finished with agave/chili sauce which has been made to order. Fingers crossed that this new salad finds an audience. The agave/chili sauce will now be prepped in advance and used on both dishes. I think it goes as close as our kitchen will to a simple, light buffalo chicken wing sauce. With that in mind, the salad is finished with just enough blue cheese to counter point the sweetness that the agave lends to the salad. Read More »

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Peach Pancakes with Organic, NY Woodlands Maple Syrup

Milk Peach pancakes with organic maple syrup at Estia's

Come to Estia’s Little Kitchen for a plate full of fresh, seasonal peach milk pancakes. We are introducing a new organic maple syrup that tastes wonderful drizzled over our pancakes and toasts.

Woodlands Maple is organic, single-origin New York State maple syrup sourced from farmers who believe in sustainable and environmentally friendly harvesting methods.

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Long Island Clam Supper: Bucatini & Littlenecks

Bucatini and Long Island clams on the porch at Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor

Makes 4 Generous Servings


For the sauce (can be made ahead):

  • 3 dozen Little Neck clams, rinsed several times in cold water
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine (Sauvignon Blanc)

For the pasta:

  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 4 T chopped parsley
  • 1 T red chili flakes
  • 1 box Bucatini no. 5

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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


  • 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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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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Red Monterey & Chorizo Vermicelli

Red Monterey & Chorizo Vermicelli

(serves 8)


  • 2 quarts of water
  • 8 tomatillo (medium size, cut into 1/4)
  • 2 Spanish onions (medium size, cut into 1/4)
  • 6 red Monterey chili’s ( red jalapeno, chopped fine and seeded)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic (chopped fine)
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 cups chorizo (cured, diced fine)
  • 1 package Instant Rice Vermicelli Noodles ( cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup grape seed oil

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Holiday Pear in Cranberry Relish

Consider this dish for one of your Holiday Dinners. It is easy to prepare in the morning and adds color to the dinner offering.

Pear & Cranberry Relish

3-cups cranberries
3 ripe pears diced
1 ripe pear thinly sliced
¼-cup brown sugar
big pinch of salt
¼-cup orange juice
¼-cup water
½ -cup diced carrots
¼ -cup diced onion
4-tbsp butter

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