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From the Chef: Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots

If you’re like us, you’re in the weeds planning Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s a unique & simple side dish recipe for turkey day!

 

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Carrots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Feeds: 15


Ingredients:

3 lbs            Baby Peeled Carrot

3/4 cup       Butter

24 oz           Brown Sugar

2 tbsp          Dried Ginger

4 tbsp          Cinnamon


Instructions:

Bring 96 oz of salted water to boil. Place carrots in pot and boil for 15 minutes checking that carrots are al dente. Transfer to sauté pan. Add butter, brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon. Cook until coated with butter mixture; about 10 minutes.

 

Fall 2015 Open House

Twice each year we’re reminded how lucky we are to be the in-house caterer for The Cannery. I mean, we know we’re lucky, but when The Cannery’s Open House rolls around, there’s nothing quite like it. This bi-annual event is something we look forward to AS SOON as the previous one is over (we’re already planning Spring 2016)! The vendors were top-notch:

Red Leaf Weddings STUNNED us again (I really don’t know why we’re surprised at this point) with incredible photos of the event AND our tasty food!

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A Recipe from the Chef: Summer Nicoise Salad

Nothing is better than a cool summer salad recipe when the dog days of summer are upon us.

This classic Parisian salad is typically prepared with tuna, and I felt that a chilled poached Salmon alternative may fit the bill  nicely, combined with the traditional garnishes, coupled with a few of my non traditional garnishes.

Paired with a simple Provencal rose, this is a wonderful light dinner or lunch dish to create. Although it appears to be a tad bit labor intensive, it is not, and once all of the prep is done, it comes together very fast,a nd can be produced in large amounts if you expect many guests.

Ingredients: 

  • fresh salmon fillets, bottom skin removed ( 6 ounces per guest)
  • Fresh  summer snap beans ( six per guest)
  • small red bliss potatoes( three per guest)
  • quartered artichoke hearts( six per guest)
  • if available, the best local summer tomatoes, sliced( two medallions per guest)
  • butter lettuce( enough per guest to line plate)
  • anchovy fillets( optional)
  • fresh  “semi hard ” boiled farm eggs, cut in quarters( one per guest)
  • cerignola black olives (available fresh at most good grocery stores)
  • home made pickled Kirby cucumbers (prepped before as sweet refrigerator pickles)
  • home made pickled vidalia onions (prepped before as sweet refrigerator onions)
  • fresh garlic cloves
  • shallot dijon vinaigrette dressing
  • crusty  french baguette (cut longways and drizzled with olive oil and  garlic)

Most of the ingredients in this recipe are oven roasted, which brings out the sugars during rationalization, and turns these veggies into golden sweet morsels of deliciousness!

Instructions:

  1. To begin, Get your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rub salmon with sea salt, pepper and  olive oil. Place on  sheet pan and roast in oven until slightly translucent( I prefer the Salmon to be on the “sushi” side of cooked, and very rare in the middle) Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Next, in a large mixing bowl, place snap beans, red bliss potatoes, and artichoke hearts , drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss them till all of your veggies are lightly coated. Place on  sheet pan and roast in oven until all veggies are slightly caramelized , but not too soft( artichokes will finish first, then snap beans , then potatoes. Remove accordingly)
  4. Toss in baguette until lightly crispy and golden.. Remove from oven and rub sides of bread with fresh garlic cloves to season.
  5. Arrange salmon, beans, potatoes, artichokes, and tomatoes over bed of butter lettuce. Garnish with black olives, anchovy fillets( optional) boiled eggs, pickled cucumbers,  and pickled onions, Lightly dress with Shallot vinaigrette. Serve with crusty warm bread.

 

BONUS! Here’s our Mason Jar Shallot Vinaigrette!

In a  small mason jar, combine olive oil, sherry or red wine vinegar( 3 to 1 ratio of oil to vinegar), one finely  minced shallot, teaspoon of dijon mustard,  salt and pepper. Shake like crazy until dressing emulsifies. Taste to be sure not to acidic and adjust as needed!

 

And here’s our Granny’s Refigerator Pickles and Onions!

I make these ALL SUMMER LONG; and do not be afraid to use any veggies in your ice box (carrots, cauliflower, red peppers, green beans, etc.).

Again, make sure you start with clean mason jars with good lids.  There is no need to sterilize these jars, as you will only be storing pickles in them for no more than a week or two.

Instructions:

  1. Slice kirby cucumbers on the bias and fill jars pretty tightly.
  2. Slice vidalia onions into thin rings and also place in mason jars .
  3. On stove top, boil together equal parts of white distilled vinegar, white granulated sugar and garlic cloves (five needed per mason jar) until solution is clear, and garlic has softened
  4. Pour warm brine over cucumbers and onions. Let stand at room temp until cooled enough to put mason jar lids on, and refrigerate.

These are so so easy and will hold in the fridge for about two weeks, and they are the perfect summer “pickles” without the need to can according to standard methods of sterilizing, boiling and sealing jars.

 

Enjoy!
Chef Russ

Late Night Menu

We’re so excited about this new addition to our wedding menu offerings! Our late night menu features coffee, kahlua, root beer (or real abita amber), french fries, mini hot dogs, mini hamburgers and mini beignets! What’s missing? Absolutely nothing. This menu satisfies the savory and the sweet!

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Late Night Menu

 

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Late Night Munchie Menu!

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Late Night Munchies Menu!

Tips for Hiring your New Orleans Caterer

Choosing a New Orleans caterer can be difficult. The sheer number of caterers and restaurants that offer catering is astounding. Here are a few pointers that we’ve found to be helpful over the years:

Check with your venue. Choosing the venue first in the event planning process is crucial. Some venues may have exclusive catering partners, or some may have a very valuable list of preferred vendors, which brings us to the next topic…

Get recommendations. The best way to find the caterer for you is by word of mouth. Ask your friends and family who they may have used recently. Also, always read online reviews on places like yelp.com, theknot.com, etc.

Know your budget. We can’t say this enough times. Most caterers are very willing to bend where they can to work with your menu to fit your budget, but some aren’t and you may as well weed those out before you waste your time.

Special needs and requests. Always check with the caterer to make sure they can make those special New Orleans dishes that you’re so looking forward to or if  you have specific religious beliefs or dietary concerns those need to be addressed up front.

Eat. Once you choose your caterer, the tasting is the best part. And when your event arrives, make sure you have time to sit down and taste the food, or at the very least, make sure they can pack you a geaux-box!

We hope these tips help, but the most important fact is that you need a caterer that communicate with you to figure out your needs.