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Seasonal food blog of Chef Deborah at Cuvée at The Greenporter Hotel

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Italian Quince Chutney-Mostarda Mantovana

January 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Allergies, Brunch, canning, Christmas, City Cooking, Columbus Day, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Easter, Entertaining, Events, Gardening, Gluten-free, Greenport, Grilling, Hanukkah, Holiday, Hostess gift, Italian, Kosher, Meatless Mondays, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, Nut allergy, nut-free, pareve, Pasta, Preserves, Queens, Rosh Hashanah, Soups & Bisques, Summer, Summer Recipes, Thanksgiving, the baking corner, Tips, Travel, Travels, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine, Winter Recipes

I am a big fan of “conserving” the bounty of the season to be able to enjoy it year round. During the summers I pick the raspberries that grow just off our terrace and make jam.  Towards the end of the summer I pickle cucumbers and peppers, and boil the figs from our tree in honey and port wine for fruit paste to serve with cheese plates. Whether canning, smoking, curing or candying, the art of conserving allows us to extend the seasons and savor the brightness of summer fruit for many months to come.
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Meatless Monday: Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta and Marinara

December 28th, 2015 · Comments Off on Meatless Monday: Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta and Marinara · Allergies, Brooklyn, canning, Christmas, Columbus Day, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gardening, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Italian, Kosher, Long Island Wine, Lunch, Meatless Mondays, North Fork, Nut allergy, nut-free, Pasta, the baking corner, Travel, Travels, Vegetarian, Wine, Winter Recipes

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Photo by: Martha Stewart Living

With Editorial Assistant, Erica Zollo

Nothing brings people together more than cooking and eating together. Some of my best memories are from moments in the kitchen, cooking with friends, family and a bottle of wine. [Read more →]

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Northern Italian-inspired Christmas Eve Dinner

December 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Allergies, Brooklyn, Brunch, Christmas, City Cooking, Columbus Day, cookies, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Gone fishing, Greenport, Grilling, Hanukkah, Holiday, Italian, Kosher, Low-Calorie, Lunch, Meatless Mondays, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, Nut allergy, nut-free, pareve, pescatarian, Queens, salad, Seafood, Side Dishes, Tips, Travel, Travels, Vegetarian, Wine, Winter Recipes

Risotto with saffron, alla Milanese

Risotto with saffron, alla Milanese

Your Christmas Eve menu can cover many bases if you plan it correctly. With the right dishes you can honor some tradition yet also include the vegetarians, the gluten-free along with the gourmands. You can start with a salad of winter flavors including frisée, blood oranges and beets followed by a Lombardian risotto alla Milanese, made with vegetarian garden stock. For the non vegetarians or those without shellfish restrictions, you can grill or pan sauté shrimp and present them skewered on a separate platter for guests to serve themselves.

Shrimp skewers

For dessert, stay on the course of light and simple with a colorful, seasonal fruit salad, a tray of Amaretti cookies and some nice after dinner liqueurs.

 

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Winter Endive and Citrus Salad with Beets

December 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Allergies, Brunch, Christmas, City Cooking, Columbus Day, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Gardening, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Italian, Kosher, Low-Calorie, Lunch, Meatless Mondays, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, Nut allergy, pareve, Queens, Rosh Hashanah, salad, Side Dishes, Thanksgiving, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

Winter endive and citrus salad with beets

Photo Credit: Brit + Co

On the North Fork, like in many parts of Europe, you can find different types of chicory for winter salads. Most chicory is bitter which is why lovers of these leaves look forward to eating them. If you are serving frisée, escarole or endive to guests who might not appreciate the bitter taste, you can garnish with sweet additions like mandarins, roasted beets and sweet, seasoned nuts to neutralize the bite. Toss with a sweet dressing of raspberry or fig vinaigrette and your salad will have an adoring audience.

Ingredients: Winter frisée salad

One head of frisée or 6 to 8 heads of Belgian endive, sectioned and chopped.
Two peeled and sectioned mandarins or blood oranges
Two roasted, peeled and cubed beets
1/4 of red onion, finely sliced

Place all ingredients in large bowl and toss with your favorite fruity vinagrette.

Then serve in favorite decorative bowl or platter and garnish with fresh herbs and seasoned nuts.

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Winter fruit salad for the Holidays

December 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Allergies, Breakfast, Christmas, City Cooking, Columbus Day, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Easter, Entertaining, Events, Gardening, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Italian, Kosher, Kosher non-dairy dessert, Low-Calorie, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, Nut allergy, nut-free, pareve, Passover, Queens, Rosh Hashanah, salad, Thanksgiving, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter Recipes

Winter fruit salad

A fruit salad in winter is the perfect grand finale to some of the season’s heavier meals. Grapes, apples, plums and pears along with mandarins, ruby grapefruit, blood oranges and pomegranates are winter fruit full of flavor and bright hues for your holiday table.

For an adults only dinner, you can add a few tablespoons of Grand Marnier or Cassis to the fruit salad and toss just before serving. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Ingredients: Winter fruit salad

Two plums, pitted and sliced
One half of large grapefruit or pomelo, peeled and sectioned
One whole pear and apple, cored and cubed
Two cups of seedless grapes, washed and de-stemmed
Two kiwi, peeled and sliced in half moons
Two mandarins, peeled and sectioned

Place prepared fruit in bowl. Add two tablespoons of orange liqueur and one tablespoon of raw agave syrup. Toss the fruit and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Serve in large decorative bowl or individually in martini glasses.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Amaretti Cookies, Gluten and Dairy-Free

December 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Brooklyn, Brunch, Christmas, City Cooking, Columbus Day, cookies, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Hostess gift, Italian, Kosher, Kosher non-dairy dessert, Long Island Wine, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, pareve, Passover, Queens, Snack, Spring Recipes, Summer, Summer Recipes, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Travel, Travels, Vegetarian, Wine, Winter Recipes

Amaretti Cookies

With Christmas Eve rushing it’s way in, some of you might be thinking about recipes to wow your guests while still trying to keep things light. These cookies originate in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy where dishes like risotto alla Milanese, panettone and gorgonzola originate. These cookies lend a twist to the cookie tray and are also great as a stand alone dessert with after dinner drinks for your Northern Italian-inspired meal.
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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Vegan and Gluten-Free Peppermint Bark Cookies

December 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Allergies, Brooklyn, Brunch, Chocolate, Christmas, City Cooking, cookies, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Holiday, Hostess gift, Kosher, Long Island Wine, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, Queens, Snack, Summer, Summer Recipes, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Travel, Travels, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine, Winter Recipes

By Holland Koehler, Contributing Editor

Peppermint Bark Cookies

Photo by: Thyme in Our Kitchen

This recipe blends together two of my favorite holiday treats: thin mint cookies and peppermint bark. Growing up, my mother worked in the elementary school, so around holiday time, she would come home with gifts and treats every afternoon. I remember scanning the pile for peppermint bark and hiding it all for myself. There’s just something so gratifying about the creamy white chocolate juxtaposed against the crunchy, and chewy texture of the peppermint pieces that just say Christmas!
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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: No Bake Almond Joy Bars

December 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Brooklyn, Brunch, Chocolate, Christmas, City Cooking, cookies, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Hostess gift, Kosher non-dairy dessert, Long Island Wine, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, pareve, Passover, Queens, Snack, Spring Recipes, Summer, Summer Recipes, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Travel, Travels, Vegan, Wine, Winter Recipes

No Bake Almond Joy Bars

Photo by: Living Healthier Life

Not only are these a beautiful addition to the cookie tray but they contain the healthy fat and fiber provided by the coconut and nuts and are gluten and dairy free. [Read more →]

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

December 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Brooklyn, Brunch, Christmas, City Cooking, cookies, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gluten-free, Greenport, Holiday, Hostess gift, Long Island Wine, New Year's, New York City, North Fork, Nut allergy, nut-free, Queens, Snack, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Travel, Travels, Vegan, Wine, Winter Recipes

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Photo by: Food Network

Nothing says Happy Holidays like gingerbread cookies. Whether you are baking cookies or making a gingerbread house, I suggest baking the cookies on one day, and icing and decorating the next day; with the benefit of time, and plenty of bubbly.
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Meatless Monday: Linguine with Green Olive Sauce and Almonds

December 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Allergies, Brooklyn, canning, City Cooking, Columbus Day, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gardening, Gluten-free, Greenport, Holiday, Italian, Kosher, leftovers, Long Island Wine, Lunch, Meatless Mondays, New York City, North Fork, pareve, Pasta, Preserves, Queens, Spring Recipes, Summer, Summer Recipes, Tips, Travel, Travels, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine, Winter Recipes

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Photo by: Bon Appetit

Adapted from Bon Appetite, linguine with green olives and almonds.

I love to make meals with pantry items and was thrilled to find this recipe that allowed me to use the jar of green olives that has been sitting in my fridge for a while along with dry pasta, canned anchovies and other pantry ingredients. It’s a bit like pasta tossed with green tapenade and lemon zest, making for a savory, Mediterranean-style dinner which can follow a warm winter salad for a complete dinner.
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