Autumn is our favorite time of year here at 1844 House. It is when there is an abundance of fresh local ingredients at the local farmers markets that allow us to create dishes that nourish both the body and soul.
One of my favorite cooking methods in the fall months; as the weather begins to turn cold, is braising. Braising is a combination cooking method that is a blend of roasting and stewing. It is a great way to prepare those cuts of meat that are not necessarily palatable by sauteéing, frying, poaching, grilling. This would include (but not limited to) ribs, short ribs, chuck, brisket, etc. There is something satisfying about seasoning and searing meat to give it a great crust, then braising it in a stock made from its own bones with fresh vegetables from the local farms. The resulting dish has such a deep flavor that really showcases the characteristics of the type of meat you are cooking. We puree the vegetables (mire poix) right into the finished stock to produce a very flavorful liquid that we then blend right into the meat after we “pull it” to keep it moist and intensify the flavor. Not only will you end up with a wonderful meal, but your kitchen and home will be filled with wonderful aromas. A perfect example of this is our Featured Entree of the evening.
Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs with a truffle infused brandy-pepper corn sauce, porcini mushroom “beggars purses”, and crisp buttermilk fried onion rings.
I hope you are able to take the time this fall season to wander your local farmers market and bring home the ingredients to create your own food memory.
People often ask how we come up with new and interesting cocktails for each season. I have put together a handful of tips to help you in creating your very own fall cocktails.
Use the flavors of the season– Work with fall fruits and vegetables like, apples, pears, pumpkin, and squash. Add to the list fall herbs like sage and thyme.
Barrel aged liquors rule the fall– Anything that has been aged in an oak barrel will have slight hint of vanilla and spices. These flavors tie in well with all the fall fruits and vegetable flavors.
Spice it up with baking spices– Think pie spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla to name a few. The smell of pies baking automatically makes me think of fall. Just remember, a little goes a long way. Try using spices in simple syrups or on the rim of the glass to add some flavor.
Use Classic Cocktails as a base– Take something that has stood the test of time and then elevate it with your own touch.
These steps will help you on your way to building great tasting and unique fall cocktails. If you would like to see what we came up with this fall, stop by this week as we roll out our new fall cocktail list.