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Recipe: Peach-Bourbon Milkshake

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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Boozy milkshakes are a fun, trendy dessert option. Peaches and bourbon are a great combination, and that left me with a fun “free” fifth ingredient to choose. Mint? Vanilla or almond extract? My decision was made for me when I realized the rock-hard peaches I picked up the previous day hadn’t quite achieved perfectly ripe lusciousness. I needed to coax out some flavor and juice, so I brought out the butter and sugar.

 I decided that if I was going to add butter to a milkshake (insert OMG emoji here), that I may as well go all in. That means this butter is browned, my dears, and it makes all the difference. If you’re catering to teetotaling friends or family members, the bourbon can be poured in after you make the shake.

Peach-Bourbon Milkshake
4 small or 2 large servings

2 large peaches or 3 medium peaches, ripe or just underripe
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
¼ cup brown sugar
5-6 scoops high-quality vanilla ice cream, plus more as needed
½ cup whole milk, plus more as needed
4 oz. bourbon

• Bring a medium saucepan filled with water to a rolling boil over high heat. Prepare an ice bath.
• Slice a small X into the bottom of the peaches with a sharp knife, then place them in the boiling water 45 seconds to 1 minute until the skin just starts to pull away from the X. Remove and immediately plunge them into the ice water bath. Starting at the X, peel the peaches, then pit, slice and set aside.
• Place the butter in a large skillet and melt over medium heat. Gently swirl the pan until the solids just start to turn brown and the butter smells nutty.
• Add the peaches and brown sugar and stir to coat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and saute the peaches 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is saucy. Remove from heat and let cool at least 30 minutes.
• In the pitcher of a blender, combine the peach mixture and all its sauce, ice cream, milk and bourbon. Cover and puree until completely blended, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add ice cream or milk to reach the desired consistency.

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who also pens Make This

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Recipe: Harissa Chicken

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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Using yogurt as a marinade is a great way to keep chicken tender and juicy. Like buttermilk, the acid in a dairy marinade actually tenderizes the meat and imparts its slightly tart taste to the chicken. Spicy harissa is tempered by the dairy and brightened by the lemon zest. Harissa can be found at most international food stores like Global Foods Market, Jay’s International Foods or United Provisions, but a decent substitute can be yours with just five ingredients. It’s not as complex as what you’ll find at the store, but it saved me an extra trip on a busy day.

 

Harissa Chicken
4 servings

½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 to 4 Tbsp. harissa paste (Optional recipe follows.)
Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ cup olive oil
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks
¼ cup torn mint leaves

• In a mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, harissa, lemon juice and zest and salt, then whisk in the olive oil.
• Place the chicken in a large zip-top bag and add the yogurt marinade. Seal the bag and massage the chicken to completely coat. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.
• Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for medium-high, direct heat.
• Grill the chicken skin side-down 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook another 3 to 4 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reaches 160 degrees.
• Arrange the chicken on a serving platter and immediately top with the mint so the heat releases the oils.

 

Quick Harissa Paste
1/3 cup

5 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1½ Tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
½ tsp. kosher salt

• Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave 15 to 30 seconds, until fragrant. Whisk to combine and let cool. Store refrigerated in a sealed jar.

 

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who also pens Make This

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Make This: Trout Livornese

Make This: Trout Livornese

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Named for Livorno, Italy, this flavorful stovetop dish is perfect when summer’s heat still lingers, but there’s less time for leisurely cooking.

In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, saute 2 cups chopped tomatoes, ½ cup chopped kalamata olives, ½ cup chopped red onion, ¼ cup chopped capers, 2 cloves minced garlic and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes in 3 tablespoons olive oil until fragrant, about 4 minutes.

Push the tomato mixture to the edges of the skillet and add 4 trout fillets. Squeeze half a lemon over the fish, cover and cook 4 minutes.

Plate the fish and top with the tomato mixture and chopped parsley. Garnish with lemon wedges if desired and serve with toasted bread, rice or couscous.

Photo by Julia Calleo

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who regularly pens Just Five

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Recipe: Eggplant and Tomato Bruschetta

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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What else is there to say about a late-summer tomato? There is nothing that can touch its flavor, and there is little reason to do more than throw slices on bread with salt and pepper and inhale them.

Ah, bread. My other love. Specifically, Mr. Meowski’s sourdough bread. My daughters refer to Mr. Meowski as “mom’s boyfriend,” and I don’t correct them. This bread has limited availability, but you can be darn sure I know how to find it: most days at Larder & Cupboard, Roger’s Produce, Local Harvest Grocery, City Greens Market, Freddie’s Market and Saturdays at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market.

Eggplant hasn’t ever done much for me, but I’ve started to experiment with different varieties. I’m a fan of the long, skinny Asian eggplants, as opposed to the stout globe ones found in most groceries. I find Japanese and Chinese eggplants to be less bitter with a more enjoyable texture, and roasting them brings out an almost floral quality.

If one were to gild the lily on this perfect late-summer dish, it would be with a few splashes of balsamic or red wine vinegar.

Eggplant and Tomato Bruschetta
8 servings

2 Japanese or Chinese eggplants, peeled and sliced ¼-inch thick
1 to 2 Tbsp. olive oil
8 ¾-inch slices sourdough or pain de beaucaire, toasted
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 oz. goat cheese crumbles or feta cheese
3 to 4 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into ½-inch slices
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh marjoram

• Preheat the broiler.
• In a mixing bowl, toss the eggplant with the olive oil and place in an even layer on a foil lined-baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes, until the eggplant starts to brown.
• Evenly divide the roasted eggplant atop the toast. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle each slice with 1 ounce cheese. Broil 2 to 3 minutes.
• Place the tomato atop the toast, then garnish with the marjoram. Serve immediately.

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who also pens Make This

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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Gather ye berries while ye may for this simple, sweet jam.

Place 24 ounces total mixed blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and quartered strawberries in a large pot with 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, then crush the berries with a potato masher.

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon and scraping the bottom, until thickened, about 40 minutes.

Transfer the jam to sterile glass jars, leaving a little room at top, seal and let cool, then refrigerate.

Use within 3 weeks on toast with ricotta, served with cheese and crackers, as a decadent sauce on duck or pork, or freeze up to 6 months.

Photo by Julia Calleo

Just Five: Zucchini Carpaccio

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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‘Tis the season for many friends to offer zucchini “free to a good home” on social media. I have such a home and jumped on a similar post, so I drove to Kirkwood to pick up quite possibly the largest zucc I’ve ever seen – more baseball bat than vegetable. Thanks to a recent lunch at Olio, it was destined for a home run (see what I did there?).

Olio’s zucchini carpaccio is made with preserved lemon and herb oil. With five ingredients at your disposal, there’s room to play here: add minced fresh herbs or try different nuts (toasted walnuts, hazelnuts or pepitas would be great). The trick is to thinly shave the zucchini with a decent vegetable peeler. This is a quintessential summer dish, perfect with some crusty bread and glass of white wine.

 

Zucchini Carpaccio
Inspired by a dish at Olio
4 to 6 servings

2 medium zucchini
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
½ cup shaved Parmesan or pecorino cheese
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Drizzle of olive oil, for serving

• Trim the ends of the zucchini and use a vegetable peeler to shave them into thin ribbons, discarding the first and last peelings that are mostly skin.
• Toss the zucchini ribbons in a colander with the salt and let drain 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. Blot the zucchini dry with paper towels and layer them in a shallow baking dish.
• Tuck the garlic slices between the layers and sprinkle with the lemon juice and lemon zest. Cover with plastic and marinate at least 15 minutes.
• Remove and discard the garlic. Place the zucchini in a shallow serving bowl and top with Parmesan, pine nuts, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil immediately.

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This. 

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Make This: Grilled Mussels Packets

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

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It’s summer. Do not, I repeat, do not turn on your oven. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium, direct heat. Stack 2 18-inch heavy foil sheets on a work surface.

In the center of the foil, place 1 cup ¾-inch diced new potatoes, 6 mussels, 4 2-inch pieces shucked corn on the cob, 1 quartered hot Italian sausage link or chorizo, ½ cup thinly sliced fennel bulb, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon tomato paste and ½ teaspoon each freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, kosher salt and smoked paprika.

Pull up the sides of the foil and pour in ½ cup white wine. Seal the packets by bringing up opposite sides of the foil and tightly folding them down, leaving a bit of room for the mussels to open. Fold the two ends closed and grill about 10 minutes.

When the mussels have opened, remove and let rest 5 minutes. Serve with grilled bread.

Photo by Julia Calleo

Just Five: Vess Soda Pork Chops

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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Based on the overwhelming response to a recent Red Hot Riplet-based Just Five, I decided to incorporate another location favorite as one of my key five ingredients. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Vess pineapple soda. Like New England’s Moxie and the South’s Cheerwine, Vess is uniquely St. Louis, and pineapple soda is … well, it almost sounds like a dare. It also happens to make a heck of a good marinade when mixed with soy sauce.

A thin-cut pork chop made for a super quick weeknight dinner, but this marinade would also be great on chicken. While I made this in a skillet on the stovetop, using a thicker chop and grilling it would be fantastic.

 

Vess Soda Pork Chops
2 servings

2 thin-cut pork chops
1 cup Vess pineapple soda
½ cup soy sauce
½ tsp. serrano pepper, or more to taste
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
¼ cup chopped cilantro

• Place pork chops in a zip-top bag with the soda, soy sauce and serrano pepper. Seal and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
• Remove the chops from marinade and shake off excess. Set aside.
• Pour the remaining marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 to 10 minutes, until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.
• Place a heavy-bottom skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Sear the pork chops 3 minutes, then flip and sear 2 minutes more. Spoon 3 tablespoons reduced marinade atop the pork chops and cook 1 minute more
• Remove from heat and let rest. Sprinkle chopped cilantro atop the pork and serve.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and pens Make This

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Just Five: Lemon and Arugula Pasta

Just Five: Lemon and Arugula Pasta

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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Recent emergency surgery put me on a bit of a forced vacation. The upsides of this unfortunate situation: catching up on two seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy,” quality time with the dog and my friends delivering my family a few meals. It’s not that my family is incompetent in the kitchen, but this is what people do when a friend is down and out. They drop by with a nice dinner.

I was the recipient of a delicious meal from Pastaria, some fresh bone broth, a smoked turkey and lentil stew I still think of fondly, and this simply amazing pasta dish. Apparently this is my friend’s go-to pasta dish, and it just became mine, too. So the next time you have a friend taken out of commission, bring a pot of water to boil and make this simple delicious meal.

Lemon and Arugula Pasta
3 to 4 servings

1 lb. spaghetti or other thin noodle
¼ cup minced shallot
3 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cups arugula
Juice and zest of 1 large lemon
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to taste, divided
1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

• Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup pasta water.
• Meanwhile, in a medium pan over medium heat, saute shallots in the olive oil 3 to 4 minutes until soft.
• Place the shallots and arugula in a large shallow serving dish. Add the lemon zest and juice, ¼ cup cheese and the black pepper and toss to combine.
• Use tongs to transfer the pasta to the serving dish. Add the pasta water and toss well until the noodles are coated. Top with remaining ¼ cup cheese and serve.

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This.

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Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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Somewhere between a fruit-filled pancake and a custard, clafoutis can be drizzled with syrup for brunch or topped with ice cream for dessert.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup whole milk, 3 eggs, ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lemon zest and ½ teaspoon almond extract. Stir in ½ cup flour, then pour the batter into a buttered cast-iron skillet or pie pan.

Sprinkle 2 cups blueberries over the top and bake until puffy and light brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, dust with powdered sugar and serve. 

Customize your clafoutis: Use halved cherries, seasonal berries, chopped peaches or quartered figs. Try pears, apples or grapes in the fall, or throw in chocolate chips and cinnamon year-round.

Photo by Julia Calleo

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