Archive for October, 2012

Main Dishes, Party foods

PORTERHOUSE STEAK DIANE

PORTERHOUSE STEAK DIANE

God bless moms.  Having your very own special birthday dinner was an exhilarating acknowledgement that mom really did love you best of all, at least for one day each year. Beef fondue made me king every January 2nd. Down in Tulsa, come June 21st my friend Diane’s mom Betty presented her princess with an ultra-elegant […]

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RECIPE: PORTERHOUSE STEAK DIANE

1/2 lb. sliced button mushrooms 2 T. butter 1 T. minced shallots 2 vigorous shakes of Frank’s Louisiana Hot Sauce 1/2 c. beef broth (+ additional 1/4 c. beef broth if needed in final sauté) 4 t. Worcestershire sauce 2 t. Dijon mustard 1 t. fresh thyme leaves (stripped from stalks) 1 T. fresh lemon […]

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ALL RECIPES, Celebrity Recipes, Main Dishes

ELSIE DE WOLFE'S RISOTTO TRIANON: THE ORIGINAL RICE-A-RONI

ELSIE DE WOLFE’S RISOTTO TRIANON: THE ORIGINAL RICE-A-RONI

We owe so much to the wonderful Elsie de Wolfe, a.k.a. Lady Mendl… creator of professional interior design (with a little help from Henry Clay Frick and Stanford White), transforming the stink of Sutton Place’s tanneries into one of Manhattan’s most fashionable addresses, beloved for her charm and witticisms  (on the Parthenon: ”It’s beige—my color!”) and […]

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ALL RECIPES, East Hampton, Famous Chefs, Fish and Seafood, Kitchen Gadgets, Salads

OIL POACHED MONTAUK TUNA NICOISE

OIL POACHED MONTAUK TUNA NICOISE

Tuna Niçoise calls for canned tuna. Sure, California-style versions featuring thick strips of grilled red-rare slices of tuna are pretty to look at and tasty in their own right. But the real deal? No.  Oil-packed canned tuna (don’t get me started on water packed) imparts the unmistakable character of this classic. Seriously people, haven’t we […]

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ALL RECIPES, East Hampton, Foraging, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relish

WILD CRANBERRY AND ORANGE SAUCE

WILD CRANBERRY AND ORANGE SAUCE

The wild in this recipe for Wild Cranberry Sauce with Oranges refers to freshly picked crimson berries from your local natural bog.  Napeague, the untamed stretch between East Hampton and Montauk, is home to the majestic Walking Dunes. Why “walking?” The undulating series of nearly 100′ tall sand dunes, created by hurricanes and nor’easters, continually […]

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Appetizers, East Hampton, Fish and Seafood, Kitchen Gadgets

OYSTERS BIENVILLE

OYSTERS BIENVILLE

What makes a Spectacularly Delicious dish? Look no further than these opulent Oysters Bienville, a quintessential example of what it takes to make it here on SpecD: Oysters Bienville have a proper name and a pedigree: The dish was created in honor of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bienville, the second colonial governor of Louisiana, by “Count” […]

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