Saturday, November 20, 2010

Veal Meatloaf

This dish was one of the dishes from my summer menu.
Oake Knoll Ayrshires Veal Meatloaf
Cheesy Polenta, Sous Vide Farm Egg, Sweet Corn Succotash

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Beet & Apple Salad

I have been bringing in whole pigs from a farm called Brambly Farms. The farmers, Ted & Sandra raise some of the most beautiful animals I have seen, mostly all heritage breeds.They really care about what they do and it shows. A smiling pig is always a good tasting pig. I have been utilizing the belly for bacon. Here is one of the dishes we incorporated the bacon into.
Roasted Beets, Apples, House Cured Bacon, Buttermilk Ranch, Arugula.
Picture taken by Tiffany Smith

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Island Creek Oyster

Living in New England I am fortunate enough to have these tasty little gems in my back yard. Island Creek Oysters are one of my favorite oysters. They are a tad bit briny and buttery. Island Creek Oyster / Bloody Mary Gelee / Fennel Pollen

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

While growing up I was a vegetarian for 10 years. Why? I don't remember. I guess it's because I have always been a bit crunchy. I know a lot of chefs get annoyed when a vegetarian comes into dine. For myself, I look at it as a challenge. How do I create something that is going to excite and taste amazing without meat? I just put this dish on the new summer menu, and it is turning out to be one of the best sellers. Ricotta stuffed squash blossom / House made spaghetti / Slow roasted tomatoes / Fennel and pollen.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cilantro Blossoms

These cilantro blossoms are from the roof top garden. They have great flavor. They taste of cilantro with a hint of sweetness from the nectar. We let some of the plants go to seed. The fresh coriander seeds are also pretty amazing. Things always seem better when grown yourself.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Early Summer Menu

Soup & Salads

Green Bean Salad
Benton’s country ham, greens, green goddess dressing

Spinach salad
Baffoni’s fried egg, house cured bacon, radish, Westfied Farm Capri chevre, red wine vinaigrette

Heirloom Tomato & Cucumber Gazpacho
Mozzarella, smoked balsamic

Small Plates

Native RI Popcorn
Duck Fat & lemon thyme

Warm Marinated Picholine Olives

Island Creek Oysters
bloody marry gelee, fennel pollen

Hill Farm Pork Meatballs
Sofrito ,Wisconsin Parm

Truffle Mac & Cheese
smoked crumb crust

Blue hill Bay Mussels
swiss chard, grain mustard, charred lemon, Arbiquino oil

Wild Mushroom Flatbread
caramelized onion, ricotta, arugula, lemon thyme dressing

Point Judith calamari
kalamata olives, Basque pepper, herbs, romesco sauce


Half Roasted Organic Chicken
carrots ,whipped potato, jus

Oake Knoll Ayshires Veal Meatloaf
Cheesy polenta, poached farm egg, succotash

Northeast Family Farms Crispy Pork belly
warm black chickpea salad, preserved lemon, flavors of hummus

Wild Striped Bass
Summer vegetable hash, tomato, dill oil, Benton’s country ham froth

Painted Hills Sirloin
crispy potato pave, green beans, glazed shallots

Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms
House made spaghetti, slow roasted tomatoes, fennel & pollen

Braised Pel freez Rabbit
Semolina gnocchi, bright lights chard, shaved radish, hints of citrus, nasturtium

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jasper Hill Winnemere

This is a new cheese featured on my cheese board. It is a complex cheese. It is an old world, raw milk, washed rind cheese from Jasper Hill Farm. It is wrapped in spruce wood and washed in a lambic beer. The spruce gives this cheese a woodsy flavor. Jasper Hill makes some of my favorite cheeses. I always have at least one or two of their cheeses on my board.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Roof Top Garden

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been really busy at the restaurant. I have taken the Executive Chef position at Tastings. Rich, my long time friend, felt it was time for him to move on and my time to move up. My Sous Chef, Justin, left also; he moved out to California. I would work with any one of these guys, including my previous Sous Chef Imani, any day in a heartbeat. Each of them are solid chefs! On top of it all as I am going through rough times at the restaurant with the lack of staff, working everyday and making the change to Executive Chef, I broke my right hand while riding my bicycle. When it rains it pours! As my hand is in the healing process it has been hard to take decent photos. Here are the last ones I took before the big spill. I bought a bunch of starter plants from a plant sale at White Barn Farm. Chris and Christie grow some pretty amazing stuff. I am fortunate enough to work about 10 minutes away from them. I will post some more pics in the next few days.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blood Orange & Rosemary Sorbet

Simpler the better
Blood Orange Rosemary Sorbet / Fluid Gel / Chantily Cream / Meringue / Jorge Ordonez Victoria 2

Friday, May 14, 2010

Whole Maine Shrimp

These shrimp are from Port Clyde Fresh Catch. When sautéed or fried whole you can eat the shell and all. The shell is nice and crispy while the meat has a custard like texture.
Whole Maine shrimp/ Pickled ramps / Young garlic sauce / Spring onion and flower

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Lilacs are one of my favorite edible flowers. They smell amazing, taste the way they smell, and are very mild in flavor. They are the definition of spring to me. Lardo / Lilacs / Fava Beans / Picked Ramps / French Breakfast Radish / Red Ribbon Sorrel / Landaff / Vanilla Balsamic

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stuffed Point Judith Calamari

Hill Farm Pork Sausage Stuffed Calamari / Garlic Sauce / Preserved Lemon

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Menu Release

Salads & Soups

Seasonal salad
organic greens, vegetables, herbs, house vinaigrette

Shaved asparagus salad
Jamon Serrano, red ribbon sorrel,Landaff cheese, caper vinaigrette

Spring Vegetable Plate
asparagus, baby beets, fiddleheads, baby turnips,carrots, black garlic ranch dressing

Spring Pea Soup
lavender gremolata, yogurt

Small Plates

Native Popcorn
brown butter, Spring garlic

Point Judith Calamari
romesco sauce, ramps, black olives,Basque peppers

Blue Hill Bay Mussels
leek, mint, chili, young garlic baguette

Fluke Crudo
French breakfast radish, sea beans, lime, extra virgin olive oil

Rabbit Leg bruschetta
crushed fava beans, citrus aioli


Roasted Organic Amish 1/2 chicken
whipped potatoes, carrots, fiddleheads

Painted Hills Sirloin
roasted white asparagus, glazed shallots, sunchoke puree

Black Tagliatelle
Hill Farm pork stuffed squid tubes, spring onion, preserved lemon

Magret Duck Breast
smoked spring dug parsnip risotto, morels, horseradish, chervil

Stinging Nettle & Ricotta Ravioli
garlic scape and vermouth emulsion

House Made Lamb Sausage
white beans, artichokes, green harissa, picholine olives

Summer Flounder
organic mushrooms, peas, watermelon radish, sorrel broth

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Braised Lamb Belly

Braised Lamb Belly / Foie gras and lamb sausage / Asturian bean stew / Green harissa

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fried Head Cheese

It's too bad that animal parts like the head are usually thrown out. There is so much great meat on the pig's head. So why waste it? You can utilize these odds and ends in so many other ways, like bacon with the jowls, porchetta de testa, coppa de testa, so on and so on. Here we have fried head cheese. I cooked the pig's head for about 14 hours in a low simmering water. Afterwards, I pulled all the meat off the head while the stock reduced more than half way. Then in a separate bowl I bloomed a few sheets of gelatin and added it to the stock. The meat was seasoned with fennel seed, cinnamon, juniper, salt, and pepper. I drizzled some of the gelatinous stock and rolled the meat in plastic wrap to form cylinders. I let the cylinders rest, cut portions, then breaded and fried it. Rich paired these little delights with romesco sauce.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cooking At The Beard House

Here are a few pictures of the boys and me at the Beard house that Tiffany took, some pretty amazing shots. I will be posting more pictures in the next coming week of the food and maybe some more good times.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Foie Gras & Butter Beans

Hudson Valley foie gras / House cured bacon / Butter beans / Almond milk froth / Sweet vermouth jus

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Whipped Beef Fat

I have been saving all the beef fat trimmings for quite some time. Basically I rendered down all the fat with a lot of rosemary, thyme, garlic, and bay leaf in a roasting pan. After a few hours in the oven, the fat was rendered. I strained it and allowed it to cool to room temperature. I froze the mixing bowl to our Hobart mixer and then whipped the fat to create a butter consistency.

When serving the beef fat it should be close to room temperature or it won't be as spreadable. I have been using it for everything, starting with our charcuterie board. Rich fried an egg with it, which I thought was pretty clever (steak & eggs). The picture above is whipped beef fat / picholine and fennel tapenade / orange peel.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Port Clyde Fresh Catch Shrimp

Maine shrimp, House cured lardo, RI. Macintosh apple, Picholine olive, Radish, Vanilla Blasamic

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bone Marrow Creme Brulee

Beef Bone Marrow Creme Brulee
1.5 cup heavy cream
20z beef bone marrow
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
salt & pepper
Remove the marrow from each bone and reserve 2 ounces. In a double boiler melt down the marrow, constantly whisking. In the meantime, place the cream in a saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Fold the bone marrow into the cream. In a bowl, whisk your eggs. Next you want to slowly pour the cream into the eggs while constantly stirring. When you finish with the base strain through a fine mesh sieve.

Pour the mixture into ramekins. Place the ramekins into a cake pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Place into a 325 F degree oven for about 45 minutes or until set. Remove ramekins and let set for at least 3 hours.

Sprinkle sugar on top of the custard and brulee. There you have it...a savory, delicious creme brulee.

Monday, February 8, 2010

James Beard Menu 2010

James Beard House NYC
March 6, 2010
Executive Chef Richard Garcia
Chef De Cuisine Matthew Maue
Jorge Ordonez

hors d'oeuvres

Foie Gras Torchon/house cured bacon & cava vinaigrette
Golden Beet Root & Afuega’l Pitu Atroncau Blanco Terrine/ raspberry vinaigrette/ salted pistachio
True Jamon Iberico “simply sliced”

Blackbird Farm Beef Tongue Pastrami/manchego/rye
Crispy Veal Sweetbread Pintxo/smoked apple puree/guindilla peppers
Botani Dry Moscatel 2008
Atecca Garnacha 2008

First Course
Bombster Scallops (Stonington Ct.)
whipped salsify root, blood orange, caramelized pears, lime & marcona almond gremolata
Bodega Shaya Old Vines Verdejo 2008

Second Course
Island Creek Oysters (Duxbury MA.)
dashi, green apple fluid gel, meyer lemon, Las Brisas extra virgin olive oil
Avanthia Godello Valdeorras 2008

Third Course
Lola Duck (Hudson Valley NY.)
“Smoked Ham” & “Confit”
truffled pardinas lentils, gilfeather turnip puree
Alto Moncayo Garnacha 2007

Fourth Course
Sweet Grass Farms Lamb Belly (Vernon NY.)
foie gras sausage/Asturian fabada white beans/green harissa
Bodegas El Nido Clio Jumilla 2007

Dessert Course
“Blood Orange & Rosemary”
Jorge Ordonez Co. Victoria #2 2007

to purchase seats to this amazing evening of food & wine please contact the James Beard House at
(800) 36-BEARD

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bone Marrow Bruschetta

Bone marrow custard / Pickled radish & mustard seeds / Herbs / Caper berries / Orange Vinaigrette.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Beef Heart Bolognese

Lately I have been thinking of a way to make offal more approachable. How can I get the average diner to try something they are not used to? This is what I came up with... beef heart bolognese / fried quail egg / linguine / shaved pecorino

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Plancha Seared Endive

Plancha Seared Belgian Endive Salad / Westfield Farm Capri Chevre / Orange Mustard Seed Vinaigrette / Salt Roasted Pistachio / Burnt Orange

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pressed Georges Bank Winter Skate Wing

These skate wings were pressed together to create a steak, then compressed and cooked sous vide. The natural gelatin in the wings helps bind the wings together without help from meat glue.

Pressed & Sous Vide Winter Skate / Brown Butter Emulsion / Parsley and Caper Salad / Turnip Tops

Monday, January 11, 2010

I Love Popcorn

This popcorn on the cob is from Schartner Farm. It was aged for over 9 years. It's a beautiful thing. You can't beat popcorn still on the cob. This is where our food comes from! True slow food. Popcorn / Brown Butter / Sage

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Duck Horn Wine Dinner Thursday January 21st

Local Parsnip Soup

melting winter flavors / fresh winter truffle / celery leaf

2007 Migration Pinot Noir

Duck Bolognese

house made pappardelle pasta/ huckleberries/hazelnut tarragon gremolata

2006 Duckhorn Merlot

New England All Natural Braised Beef Shank

vanilla whipped potato/icicle radish

2005 Estate Grown Cabernet Savignon

Chocolate Mousse

molasses cookie crumbs / organic cranberries/black pepper ice cream

2006 Paraduxx