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What Was Your 1st Meal of the New Year?

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Greetings, Chestnuts! There’s nothing like the taste of pear and persimmon appetizers to celebrate the New Year. Taste the flavors of the season with  seasonal fruits, vegetables and appetizers that are perfect for winter.

Food Photography: Leeks by Brandon Maya

January Seasonal Food Picture: Leeks, Dresses & Appetizers
January Seasonal Vegetables
: Beetroot, Belgian endive, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, celeriac, cherimoya, chestnuts, Chinese cabbage, collard greens, daikon, kale, leeks, parsnip,  pummelo, pumpkin, red cabbage, shallot, swede (rutabaga),  sweet dumpling squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, Winter squash

January Seasonal Fruits: Dates, clementines, red grapefruit, white grapefruit, kiwi fruit, oranges, parsnip, passion fruit, pear, persimmons, tangerine, red currants

January Seasonal Meat: Duck, Goose, Sea bass (Grouper), Scallop, Pacific yellowtail, Pacific cod, Monkfish, Halibut, Lobster, Mussels, Stone Crab

January Appetizer Recipes

Season’s Eats Rewind

Truffles and Croutons Sitting in a Tree K.I.S.S…

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Hello there, Fancy Pants! I’ve ben thinking about how much you like truffles so I dreamed up a recipe for truffle-kissed croutons. If you have 1 bottle of white truffle oil to last the year, like your wallet told you to, you can use this recipes where a few drops go a long way. Enjoy!

Truffle Crouton RecipeFood Photography by Andi Galpern: Truffle-Croutons and Butter Lettuce

Truffle Croutons
Serves 12

White bread, (wonder bread used in the recipe)
Kosher salt, to taste
White Truffle oil, to taste

Here’s a trick to cutting perfect cubes of bread — add bread to the freezer for 2 hours, this makes it easier to cut. Remove  3 slices from the freezer at a time, stack them and cut off crust, then into small cubes. Repeat until all bread is cubed.

Set a large pan to medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp of olive oil, add cubed bread to cover pan in 1 even layer. Gently cook, adding oil as needed, toss croutons occasionally, until golden brown. Repeat until all bread is golden. Add croutons to a large bowl, lightly toss with salt and dashes of truffle oil, to taste.

Place croutons on top of salads with a light vinaigrette and thank me later, you lucky duck!

What Are You Eating In December?

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Greetings, Chestnuts! There’s nothing like wine-poached pears and spinach and swiss cheese pie to celebrate December. Taste the flavors of the season with  seasonal fruits, vegetables and appetizers that are perfect for winter.

Bok Choy

Food Photography: Blanching Bok Choy by Brandon Maya

December Seasonal Fruits: clementines, dates,  grapefruit, white grapefruit, lemons, canary melons,  blood orange, kiwi, navel orange, passion fruit, red currants, sweet orange, tangerines, temple orange, angelos, tangerines, tomatoes

December Seasonal Vegetables: anise, beetroot, Bok Choy, broccoli ,baby broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  cabbage, chestnuts, red cabbage, carrots, white cauliflower, cauliflower (Broccoflower) , celery, celeriac, cilantro, dill, beet greens, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, kolrabi, leeks, lemons, butter boston lettuce, endive, escarole, iceberg, romaine, Spring mix, canary melons, Napa cabbage, green onions, swede, temple orange, parsley, parsnips, radicchio , radishes , rapini, spinach, spouts, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard , tomatoes, turnip

December Appetizer Recipes

Season’s Eats Rewind

Pomegranate Rice is Whimsical Simplicity

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Greeting, Grapefruits! Rice can be (yawn) boring but adding pomegranate creates an edible thrill, perfect for stir fry, or whatever you’re craving. Pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tangy crunch to rice and a beautiful slap of color. Plus it’s crazy easy.

Pomegranate Rice RecipePomegranate Rice Recipe

Serves 4

4 cups of Steamed Jasmine Rice
1 Pomegranate, seeds

Lightly mix pomegranate seeds with steamed rice and enjoy!

Ginger Tip: Add peeled, fresh ginger cubes to rice water for fragrant rice. Remove ginger for serving.

Meet & Eat: VOTE + Food History at Photo SLAM!

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Hey, Crabcakes! Thank you for joining me at Photo Slam 2012, the American Idol of Photography. It was sold-out and fantastic! Our food photos made history as the 1st food-themed collection in the existence of Photo Slam. One audience quote was “it takes a person who truly loves food to appreciate the beauty of these photos”. For those who couldn’t make it, we saved you a taste of the edible entries. Click on a photo and comment with your vote from 1 (being the lowest) to 10 (being the highest). See you next year!

Special thanks to Muhammad Chughtai, my partner in this food project and a brilliant photographer!

What Are You Eating in November?

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There’s nothing like glazed carrots, buttered artichokes and warm fig tarts to celebrate the fall harvest. Enjoy the flavors of November with fruits and vegetables that are best in Fall!

Cranberry Bean Photo

Image: Cranberry Beans. Photography by Brandon Maya
November Seasonal Fruits: apples, blood orange, cantaloupe, casaba melons, celeriac and celery root, Crenshaw melons, clementines, cranberries, dates, figs, grapefruit, white grapefruit, lemons, kiwi, navel orange, passion fruit, pears, persimmons, red currants, sweet orange, tangerines, temple orange, angelos, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelons

November Seasonal Vegetables:  artichokes, beetroot, beet greens, Bok Choy, broccoli , baby broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  butter boston lettuce, cabbage, chestnuts, red cabbage, carrots, white cauliflower, cauliflower (Broccoflower) , cilantro,  cranberry beans, collard greens, corn, dill, edamame, endive, escarole, frisee, eggplant,  iceberg, garlic, green onions, green beans, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke/ sunchoke, kale, kolrabi, leeks, lemons, mustard greens, romaine, Spring mix lettuce, canary melons, Napa cabbage, swede, temple orange, parsley, parsnips, pumpkin, radicchio , radishes , rapini, rutabaga, spinach, spouts, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard , squash – acron, butternut, hubbard, kabocha, spaghetti, turban –  tomatoes, turnip, turnip greens, watrecress

November Appetizer Recipes

Meet & Eat: Photo SLAM!

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Greetings, Fried Shrimp Photogs! Do you dream of a restaurant/ lounge where floor-to-ceiling windows inhale sunlight, waiters give you herbal tea and not the heave-ho, couches cradle locals with laptops? Well, this restaurant/ lounge that serves handcrafted pizza, grilled steak salad and delicious nachos is getting SLAMMED! Read ON…

photoworks photo slam bus boys and poets

Welcome to Photo SLAM, Folks! The American Idol of Photography. People eat. Photos Shine. Judges Vote. Audiences Cheer! Thanks to Muhammad Chughtai, and our cozy Paris kitchen we will  be in it, Dresses and Appetizer Friends. Food Photography from the Dresses and Appetizer’s darkroom will compete to win and all are welcome. See you there! Here are the deets:

Event: Annual Photoworks DC Photo Slam
Date and Time: Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 8:00PM – 10:00PM
Location: Bus Boys and Poets — 14th and V St., NW, Washington, DC
Website: http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/photoworks-dc-photo-slam
Donation: Suggested $15

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