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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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Spiced Pickled Grapes

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Let’s get pickled. Spiced Pickled Grapes are sweet, crisp and spiced–another simple Little Jewel from the Bijouxs Kitchen.

MAKING PICKLES

Pickles can be much more than cucumbers. I love to make pickled vegetables and fruits. They are easy to make, no canning required. The result is crisp, fresh and tangy sides which make great condiments for meats and salads. In the Spring it’s time for these wonderful Pickled Peaches with Brandy topping both both savory and sweet dishes. Spice up your cocktail hour with Quick & Spicy Pickled Vegetables. This Quick Thai Cucumber Pickle makes a simple side salad and uses just one cucumber.

My recipes are often driven by the need to not to waste food. We used to pickle to preserve food. My Grandmother pickled or preserved just about every vegetable and fruit she grew. After surviving the Great Depression she planned ahead. My favorite book with introduces the concept of “cooking with economy and grace” in An Everlasting Meal. This is a lovely book that I needed back in 2011 with a job loss looming, not so far off in today’s work climate. This pickle is a take on Tamar Alder’s pickle recipe.

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SPICED PICKLED GRAPES

I had an extra bunch of sweet red grapes left from a charcuterie board I served recently. Feeling it’s now time for some fresh flavors as Winter begins to turn to Spring. Quick pickling is a method to capture the freshness of the ingredient and flavor with a sweet-tart vinegar based brine-don’t worry it is easy.

Spiced Pickled Grapes | Bijouxs Little Jewels

First, up make the brining liquid which consists of vinegar, brown sugar and some flavorful spices. Bring to a simmer then pour the hot brine over the grapes in a heat-proof bowl.
Allow to cool to room temperature. Place in glass jar and store in the refrigerator. They should keep tighly sealed for about a month. I always check by a quick smell to make sure food is still fresh.

Spiced Pickled Grapes |Bijouxs Little Jewels

 

Honestly, I have been snacking on the grapes right from the jar. Think also of using the grapes along with creamy goat cheese tossed in a simple salad of tender baby greens.
Preserving today is a little jewel.

 

 

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Curry Bone Broth with Mushrooms & Greens

Curry Bone Broth with Mushrooms & Greens | Bijouxs Little Jewels

Keep calm and curry on, a new cooking mantra. Staying at home safe and sound has led me to try a variety of new recipes.  A bowl of soup is always a comfort. Curry Bone Broth with Mushroom & Greens is very easy and makes use of pantry ingredients and fresh or frozen vegetables. Keep calm in the kitchen with Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen. Continue reading Curry Bone Broth with Mushrooms & Greens