CHIVE & GOAT CHEESE GOUGÈRES + BALSAMIC FLANK STEAK + MAPLE BALSAMIC ROASTED STRAWBERRY CAKE
Tonight’s plate appearance was made by Chive & Goat Cheese Gougères of the pâte á choux clan. Some may call her an airhead but you’ll never forget her delicate touch and light chive blossom fragrance. Somewhat of a rebel, she has forgone her family’s traditional Gruyère and and styled herself in a creamy goat cheese. You’ll rarely find her without her mate Onion Jam, who’s secretly sweet on her— but because he’s a caramelized fellow, it’s a very poorly kept secret.
Following these two are longtime friends Flank Steak and Mushrooms who have just returned from a trip to the Balsamic Bath House. Giving them a welcome reprieve from their long soak is Snow Pea Pods, with his crisp exterior and fresh attitude. Some people believe he’s immature but most appreciate his slightly raw sense of humor.
Bringing up the rear is Strawberry Cake, whose personality traits reflect elements from all her friends. Her own lightly crisped exterior is softened by a smattering of melted goat’s milk brie and fresh strawberries roasted in a maple balsamic bath. Topped with a kiss of powdered sugar, she might just be your new summer lover.
PANCAKES WITH PEARS CARAMELIZED IN FIG PRESERVES + ORANGE HONEY TARRAGON BUTTER
Wow, two of the first five recipes I’ve written here on Allspice & Ally use fig preserves.
You’d think I’d be a huge fan of figs but you’d be wrong. I’ve never actually tasted a fresh fig…
My mom used to give me store bought fig bars for snack time during Chinese School. Nine year-old me used to buy 50¢ Pringles from the snack cart instead.
And I’m not alone. Last time I reminisced about fig bars and Chinese School aloud, my brother exclaimed fig bars are not cookies! with more emotion than he usually expresses about most things.
Sorry mom, neither of your offspring appreciated the snacks.
I still don’t love fig bars but I do enjoy these fluffy pancakes. Served with pears caramelized in fig preserves and orange honey butter, they’ll start you off to a great weekend. Read more
MACARONI AND CHEESE WITH CREMINI MUSHROOMS + LEEKS CARAMELIZED IN FIG PRESERVES
I’m not ashamed— I like boxed mac ‘n cheese. Yes, it’s powdered cheese. And yes, I think it’s delicious.
For college students, it’s practically a food group. Just like instant ramen, it’s quick and cheap but nothing about it screams of sophistication.
So for those of you who scoff at powdered cheese or just want something different, meet my gourmet gemelli. It has plenty of cheesy goodness but there’s something special about this macaroni and cheese.
It’s secretly packed with vegetables!!
It’s perfect for getting kids to eat more veggies.
It’s also perfect for getting adults to eat more veggies. I’m looking at those of you who shrink away from spinach and disappear at the mention of daikon.
You know who you are
Veggie lovers and veggie loathers unite, I think this is a dish you’ll both enjoy.