Welcome to my first post on our website.
The nights are getting cooler and the leaves are starting to turn, making me smile because fall is coming, and it is one of my favorite seasons. Makes me think of my dad who is from Waddington and the food he talked about growing up on a farm. Apples, butternut, plums and other fall favorites are now all around us. I remember him making “Crow’s Nest” which was sent down from my great grandmother. Taking green tomatoes that never seem like they are going to redden and apple slices, nutmeg and clove with a touch of brown sugar and cider then top it off with drop biscuits. It is amazing on a chili night with some homemade whipped cream or zabaglione … YUM!!
I don’t know if that one will make the menu, but we do have some good old classics returning. The pork schnitzel, butternut ravioli and of course apples from Parishville Ceenter Orchard in our 1844 salad are back on the menu for the fall. I’m sure we will have apple crisp and I will be making some butternut bisque to keep with the fall harvest theme. I have also been working on some new items, like the butcher’s board with our own house cured beef bresaola and house made farmer’s cheese. I am trying to perfect a dry cured 1844 sausage to add to it also. (they say practice makes perfect and I send out a thank you to all my “Taste Testers”). The vegan tapas is another that we have been working on with eggplant jerky, zucchini bacon, our own house fermented kimchi, sauerkraut and a plethora of pickled items ranging from green tomatoes to garlic scapes. Can you tell Brian bought a new cookbook about fermenting and curing?? I have been going a little crazy.
Unfortunately, with fall coming; winter will soon follow and the holiday’s are right on our heels. Please call us for all your party or entertaining needs. I am sure Jenny will be decorating the Solarium for the holiday’s after Thanksgiving and it will make a beautiful backdrop for the office staff, family or friend photo.
Well I must get back to the kitchen, so until next time…
This week our talented team of chefs have created some wonderful additions to the menu to celebrate Valentines Day all week long.
Chef Brian has been working in the kitchen recreating a few of his classic dishes and Chef Amy has prepared some delicious vegetarian options. Our Pastry Cook, Jessica has created a beautiful trio of desserts that is sure to be the perfect finish to a great meal.
Roasted Forest Mushroom and Brie Bisque with truffle scented French bread croutons.
Texan Virginica oysters prepared Rockefeller style with fresh spinach, green onions, sweet cream butter, anise liqueur, and Parmesan bread crumbs.
Chef Amy, is bringing her passion for vegetarian and vegan dishes to our menus.
She has already been preparing special vegan friendly entrees that change weekly; like the awesome Persian spice cauliflower steak from the previous post.
Now she has added a vegan sorbet (matcha tea) and a vegan dessert (pictured below) to our menu as well. This is the Vegan chocolate cake with raspberry coulis and fresh strawberries.
We are always happy to accommodate our guests special dietary needs. It is very helpful for our chefs if you let us know about them when making your reservation. It allows us time to prepare a memorable meal for you even during our very busy evenings.
During these cold winter months it is always so comforting to settle in to a cozy warm atmosphere, like 1844 House, and enjoy some food that really nourishes the body and warms the soul. This week Chef Amy and her team have created some weekly features that are just that. We hope you will venture out at this cold & snowy time of year and enjoy them. Bon Appetit!
Tuscan Vegetable Finished with cubed rustic bread and shaved parmesan.
Persian Spiced Cauliflower Steak Tomato-cucumber salad with cannellini beans, ancient grain pilaf, mint-tahini pesto.
One of the great things about having a farm to table restaurant in an agricultural community, is my ability to visit the farms that produce the foods we serve. This past week, I had the good fortune to take my daughters on a ride to Massena, NY to visit Matt and Michelle at M&M Eggs. The purpose of our visit was two fold; first to purchase some chicks for our girls to raise at our home over the summer and secondly for me to tour the farm and check on the flocks of ducks that they are raising for the restaurant.
We were fortunate that the rain held off while we toured the farm. It has rained nearly everyday for the past few weeks. Matt took some time off from his evening chores to educate me on the different breeds and methods he uses to raise his beautiful birds.
There are few ingredients in the kitchen that are more important and versatile as the egg. We use them in so many different ways and in so many preparations. That is why it is so important that we get the best quality eggs available. M&M supplies us with not only chicken eggs, but duck eggs as well. You can see them used through out our seasonal menus. We often build entire dishes around them.
These are a few of the ducks that they are raising for us. It is such a gift to have access to fresh ducks, especially ones that are raised free range with out growth hormones or antibiotics (just like their chickens and turkeys). Our first batch of ducks will be ready for processing in just 2 weeks. They will transport our birds to a USDA inspected facility to be processed. This adds a layer of protection to be sure that we are serving healthy birds, and is required by the NYSDOH in order for us to serve them to our guests.
M&M Eggs sells eggs and birds to people all over our area. If you are looking for fresh eggs, birds to raise at home, or a Thanksgiving turkey, I highly recommend that you contact them. You can contact them via their website M&M Eggs, and a Face Book Page.
Today I worked on creating a new vegetarian dish for our winter menu. Although I am not sure this is going to be a permanent menu item, it is definitely one I will be repeating.
One important aspect of vegetarian dining for me is a combination of different textures. I was inspired by German strudel pastry as I read through a holiday baking book, so I started with a box of phyllo dough. I began brushing layers of of the dough with beaten egg and sprinkling fresh herb infused bread crumbs between the layers. Then I baked the pastry layers until they were crispy. This is why I used the term “mille feuille” which translates from French to “thousand leaves” to describe these delicious crispy layers. For additional texture I chose shiitake and crimini mushrooms as well as some kale from my garden. By slicing the mushrooms thick and searing them quickly in brown butter they retain a wonderful chewiness that satisfies the palate much like meat. Finally, needed something to bind it all together. For this I chose some sweet organic parsnips that we purchased from BirdsFoot Farm. Combined with just a dollop of goat cheese between each layer it adds the perfect creaminess to balance the crisp and chewy textures.
This is one of those vegetarian dishes that might just win over a few carnivores. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Bon Appetite! Chef Brian
Pan Seared Mushroom Mille Feuille Forest mushrooms, tender kale, sweet parsnip puree & creamy goat cheese between layers of crisp phyllo & herbs.
For this weekend’s featured entree I have prepared a Pan Roasted Maine Lobsterwith rosemary cream, boiled potatoes, and local organic brussel sprouts. It is a wonderfully comforting dish that is perfect for these cool autumn evenings. This is one of the dishes that defines my cooking style; simple, elegant, delicious. I just love preparing one pan “a la minute” (cooked to order) dishes.
As our summer growing season evolves into our autumn harvest season, it is exciting to see the fruits of our labors. We had a challenging summer with very hot and dry conditions, but we still managed to bring in a record crop; both in volume of food produced and variety. It has been a very rewarding experience to really get into the dirt and grow some of the food we serve here at 1844 House. I could not have done it without a lot of help from our GM, Barry Sears and our resident farmer/consultant Sue Rau.
This weekend we harvested some heirloom tomatoes, hot Hungarian wax peppers, habanero chili’s, Russian red kale, purple cabbage, fresh sage, apples, shiitake mushrooms, fresh raspberries, English lavender, and nasturtium flowers. All of which will be served here this week.
We have already begun preparations for next years garden. We have cut out the sod and prepped the soil to double our production in the 2017 growing season. We are also putting the finishing touches on our outdoor dining area that will allow our guests to dine out in the gardens next summer. We look forward to hosting our Chef’s Table dinners in the garden or in our newly renovated barn next season.
Bon Appetite! Chef Brian
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