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Via Carota Burger

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Simplicity, a burger with no bun, no ketchup, not bit of distraction. A taste from my childhood, via the upscale NYC Via Carota Burger, truly a little jewel.

CLASSIC BURGER

Culinary fads come and go, the the Bijouxs remain. This trendy burger is really from my past. To begin, at 5 years old my Grandmother would get a cast iron skillet scorching hot and fry up a simple burger that created a very crispy crust. Because I was a very discerning eater even at 5, I loved my burger plain with lots of salt and pepper.

Fast forward. Living the Hollowood life as a young wife we frequented Ma Maison, and the first appearance of 22 year old Chef Wolfgang Puck. Of course when his cookboook, Wolfgand Puck’s Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen was published I began cooking from the book. One we loved for dinner was Ground Steak with Roquefort Cheese and Green Peppercorn Sauce, still a winner with the stained pages from the many times I have made this recipe. It is from his first cookbook, prior to Chef stardom, Wolfgang Puck’s Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen, order original used from Amazon.

VIA COROTA NYC 

Acoss the country one of the best Italian NYC restaurants, Via Carota, serves the Carota Svizzerina. This is hand-chopped grassfed steak, served just how I love it, seared on a flat-top (aka my Grandmother’s cast iron skillet) and served naked on the plate, lightly seasoned with garlic and rosemary, perfect.

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Via Carota Burger | Bijouxs Little Jewels

SVIZZERINA

The recipe name is from the chef’s mom in Tuscany where, they used to serve these “plain” ground burgers as a way to get children to eat meat, no bun no ketchup, please. Served seared on the outside and very rare on the inside and topped garlic cloves and rosemary cooked in olive oil. A key to the recipe is to hand-chop a New York strip steak (or lightly chop in a food processor) the meat, so it is still chunky and served seared and rare on the inside. 

Via Catora Burger simplicity, a true Little Jewel.

 

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Bijouxs Niçoise Sandwich

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The classic French Niçoise salad is reimagined as a sandwich- Bijouxs Niçoise Sandwich, another little jewel from the Recipe Collection.

CLASSIC FRENCH LUNCH

A Niçoise salad usually includes tuna, eggs, potatoes, green beans, which are all perfect for a salad. Reinventing the classic salad into a sandwich included some changes. I wanted the sandwich a lighter version, yet packed with Provençal flavors.

Niçoise Sandwich | Bijouxs Little Jewels

BIJOUXS NIÇOISE SANDWICH

I captured the my favorite elements of the salad and created the sandwich of my dreams. Ripe tomatoes, rich olive tapenade, capers, the ‘of course’ anchovy fillet, and fresh basil all topped with balsamic vinegar & olive oil – très bien.

I like to marinate the tomatoes first using the anchovy fillets and onion in the balsamic vinegar for a few minutes to impart flavor into the tomatoes, and create a lovely sauce to add to the sandwich.

Placing the ingredients on the baguette and rolling up tight in parchment paper. Place a weight on top to press the sandwich so the flavors can absorb for about 30 minutes.

Niçoise Sandwich | Bijouxs Little Jewels

A French lunch is served. Pack along with picnics and beach days. Bijouxs Niçoise Sandwich another Little Jewel from the Recipe Membership Collection.

 

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Apple La Flognarde

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A simple French dessert made from apples and some pantry basics makes this sweet baked Apple La Flognarde, another Little Jewel from the Kitchen Recipe Collection, perfect for Mother’s Day.

FLAUGNARDE VS CLAFOUTI

I have featured both a clafoutis and flaugnarde recipes previously at Bijouxs, and they provide the basis of this recipe as well. All of these simple French fruit desserts begin with what you will recognize as very thin crepe-like batter, that when baked, surrounds the fruit with a semi-firm custard. Served warm or as a cold dessert, these are French simplicity at its best.

 Apple La Flognarde | Bijouxs Little Jewels

TRADTIONAL APPLE LA FOLGNARDE

Really, Apple La Flognarde is a clafoutis. That is to say that when made with apples this dish is more commonly referred to as a flognarde, the same simple sweet batter is used. The author Colette wrote “The flognarde becomes a huge blister that fills the oven, turning golden, brown, bursting here, swelling there…At the height of its eruptions, remove it, sweeten it with a little powdered sugar and share it while it’s boiling hot.” I love this perfect description of this apple dish.

I peel and chop the apple into large chunks that rise up when baking and create crispy peaks. These peaks create deep nooks for the Crème Anglaise and powdered sugar to sink into, dreamy.

 Apple La Flognarde | Bijouxs Little Jewels

SWEET ENDINGS

 Apple La Flognarde | Bijouxs Little Jewels

 

This simple, crustless eggy custard-based dessert pairs well with a dousing of Crème Anglaise, very easily created by melting vanilla gelato or ice cream. The sweet cream adds a richness to the dessert. Happy Mother’s Day.

 

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Bijouxs Basics: Asian Style Broccolini

Bijouxs Basics: Asian Style Broccolini | Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen

Gently steamed broccolini is bathed in peppery garlic olive oil and finished with Tamari Sauce–another Bijouxs Basics, Beautiful Food by Design.

BROCCOLINI

A little background. The small florets of this variety were developed in Japan and is a hybrid of broccoli and gai lan. It was created to be mild with a slim edible stem.  Which it does and “she” does take a pretty picture.

 Bijouxs Basics: Asian Style Broccolini | Bijouxs Litle Jewels

I love broccolini and it appears in my recipes in a Millet Basil salad and a classic Rotini Bake. This recipe Asian Style Broccolini, is my go-to on many week nights. It makes a great side for a simple grilled fish or along with steamed rice. It also makes a perfectly acceptable take-along side for a picnic. Many renditions of Asian Broccolini recipes abound so feel free to take this Bijouxs Basics recipe and expand; I have enjoyed the additions of fresh ginger and sesame oil.

TAMARI VS SOY SAUCE

When I first began my chef business I needed to learn the difference between tamari vs soy sauce. Here is the short version:  Tamari is made from soy and rice and has a longer fermentation than soy sauce.  It is slightly richer and darker and many times my preferred sauce when soy is required in a recipe. However, I have also been using Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, my everyday lighter substitute for soy sauce, it is non-gmo, gluten-free and vegan, total winner.

Bijouxs Basics: Asian Style Broccolini is always a Little Jewel from the Kitchen.

 

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Skillet Blueberry Cobbler with Biscuits

SKILLET BLUEBBERRY COBBLER WITH BUTTERMILK BISCUITS | Bijouxs Little Jewels

This recipe includes 3 things that I love: a cast iron skillet, wild blueberries and biscuits. Together they create this easy SKILLET BLUEBERRY COBBLER WITH BUTTERMILK BISCUITS, another Little Jewel from the Recipe Collection.

COBBLERS

Cobblers are at the top of my simple go-to dessert list. A couple favorites inlude a Basic Strawberry Cobbler and my all time favorite Pumpkin Cobbler. Cooking in a cast iron skillet makes this dessert so easy.

SKILLET BLUEBBERRY COBBLER WITH BUTTERMILK BISCUITS | Bijouxs Little Jewels

BIG SUR BISCUITS

My Big Sur Biscuits are wonderful, but without time and guests on the way I resorted to buttermilk canned ready-to-bake biscuits, which actutally were not bad. Look at the label for the ingredients many have Palm Oil, might want to avoid those. There are other natural biscuits alternatives to try.

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BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries are a household favorite for desserts, breakfast and morning smoothies. My current favorite is Wyman’s Wild Blueberries frozen and perfect to keep on hand.
I love them on my Buckwheat Pancakes with Blueberries, thin, crispy with a nutty flavor.

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