Today I prepared one of the dishes that I have been preparing each fall/winter season since we opened back in 2006. I love the comfort food aspect of it and the fact that it incorporates so many ingredients that can still be found locally/regionally like NY state apples and cider, pork, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, onions, sage from our garden and bread from our local bakery. This dish is Cider Glazed Apple and Sage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with spiced butternut squash puree and house made bacon sauteed brussel sprouts.
Bon Appetite! Chef Brian
Each season we create a new cheese plate.
For the late fall/early winter season we are making fresh farmers cheese and pairing it with Niles Apiary honey comb, Spanish marcona almonds, autumn harvest raspberry coulis, mint leaves and freshly baked crackers.
This is a perfect appetizer or dessert and pairs well with many of the wines from our award winning wine list. Bon Appetite! Chef Brian
This evenings feature is Grilled Faroe Island Salmon on a bed of wilted Birdsfoot Farm organic kale, with crispy rosemary smashed potato and a sun dried tomato-fresh basil aioli.
This dish utilizes local potatoes, kale, and herbs as well as regional salmon. It is dairy and gluten free; in case you are one of our regular guests with food sensitivities.
For this evenings featured entree (Saturday, November 13th), Chef Arthur crusted an ahi tuna filet with a mélange of fresh ground pepper corns (red, green, white, and black). It is seared to rare, sliced thin and served on a creamy Birdsfoot Farm kale risotto and complemented with honey roasted parsnips and truffle infused brandy sauce. Bon Appetite!
Our Entree Feature for this evening:
Pan Seared Diver Scallops, wilted organic kale, toasted hazelnut-lemon brown butter, cauliflower au gratin.
Tonight’s Feature is Roasted Semi Boneless Quails, with sherry-thyme pan sauce, Brian’s Ham Au Gratin Potatoes, autumn spice roasted delicata squash, and sautéed cabbage.
We received a box of different cuts of pork the other day from Pat & Aprils Pork in Fort Covington. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this tasty ham steak was going to the church dinners at the Nicholville UMC with Jenny when we were first dating. What could be better than a fall harvest potluck dinner at your church? There were usually 3 or 4 different versions of macaroni and cheese, au gratin potatoes, baked beans, and pies, don’t forget the incredible pies.
So here is my homage to all the grandmothers out there who take their wonderful family recipes to the pot luck dinners at church….Thank You!
My version includes russet potatoes, Gruyere and Parmesan cheese, julienne ham, sweet cream, nutmeg, and bread crumbs with butter and fresh herbs. Serve this with a side of fresh greens tossed in Champagne vinaigrette and you have a very comforting meal.
Bon Appétit! Chef Brian
Braised Veal Osso Buco
With a San Marzano tomato-sweet onion ragoût, creamy parsnip-potato puree, and zesty gremolata.
This is one of those soups that just makes you feel good. What could be better on a cool fall evening than a hearty soup? For our Creamy Cabbage and Kale Soup my Sous Chef Arthur picked up some beautiful green cabbage and organic kale from the Canton Farmers Market. I started the soup with chicken stock made from Smith Farm chickens and utilized the fresh ingredients from the market along with some sweet cream. To finish the soup, I added some diced bratwurst sausage and rye bread croutons.
I hope you find yourself at your local farmers market soon; and create your own delicious pot of soup….Bon Appétit!
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.