11/23/16 1:43pm

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First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to our vibrant and wonderful Brooklyn Based community! In what has been an objectively grim year, capped off with one of the more unsettling political developments in the modern era, feeling “thankful” hasn’t been top of mind of late, but know that our appreciation for you, our loyal readers, has never flagged. We are endlessly grateful for your continued support and for the opportunity to share our stories, tips, events, and news about our beloved borough with you. We wish you peace, joy, and relaxation this Thanksgiving weekend.

In the spirit of the season, we have to admit that despite all of the downers occasioned upon us recently, there are loads of other things to be thankful for too, and these sometimes come from the most unexpected places. Take this example: On a particularly grumpy morning last week, I was cursing all aspects of my life as I pushed on to a crowded R train to make my way into the city. The most enjoyable part of my morning ritual is when I get to fold my NYT Arts section into quadrants and dive into the crossword puzzle, which transports me from a lurching, smelly subway commute into a fun-for-a-dork-like-me exercise in word play. This particular morning, though, it seemed that there was a vast conspiracy afoot to prevent me from being able to concentrate on my comforting little grid and its clues for more than 10 seconds at a time. Among the characters I encountered: a woman in a coat evidently made of Shi-Tzus who was playing Bejeweled at full volume on her iPhone, a group of teenagers for whom yelling expletives on a crowded subway was apparently the apex of comedy, and a man standing near me whose breath, to put it as succinctly as possible, sucked. Just when I was considering whether to ratchet up my passive aggressive paper rustling and eye-rolling to out-and-out glaring, I heard from the other end of the car the unmistakable strumming that all New Yorkers know will inevitably be followed by a “Ladies and Gentlemen. . .” and some sort of inescapable “show” that no one wants or needs at 7:30am. “Are you f’ing kidding me?,” I thought to myself as my irritability levels rose to an unprecedented high and I steeled myself to perpetrate a bonanza of audible sighing and muttering.

But then something crazy happened happened. The busker, a petite man with an unnaturally cheery disposition, broke out into an infectious, rollicking rendition of Rockin’ Robin that was actually pretty great, complete with well-placed tap dancing routines, skillful crowdwork, and a megawatt smile that made it impossible to look away. Suddenly I was smiling too, not to mention tapping my foot with the beat—we all were—and as the guy took us all the way over the Manhattan Bridge, the mood in the car full of hardened NYC subway commuters shifted seismically. People took out their earbuds to listen, the hipsterish dude next to me said incredulously, “This guy is really good,” and even the surly, cursing teens put some loose change into our entertainer’s hat. By the time a group of us got off at Union Square, we were all looking each other in the eye, smiling, and saying things like “have a good day” to total strangers. I had been depressed for days about the looming Trump presidency and his increasingly disturbing picks for top positions in his administration, but that day I basically skipped into work. And I was reminded of something important, which is that no matter how awful it gets, it is never bad enough to extinguish the power of the limitless reserve of talent, beauty, diversity, decency, and common experience that we are blessed to encounter in our lives.

Because this Ideal Week includes Thanksgiving and a long weekend where we assume that lots of you will be out of town or otherwise occupied with family and friends, we are skipping our normal day-by-day roundup of events and activities this time around in favor of a brief list of things for which we are feeling extra thankful this year. (more…)

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11/22/16 12:45pm
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Sharon Jones Photo: Kyle Dean Reinford

“The show must go on.”
–Sharon Jones, from the film documentary Miss Sharon Jones!

Earlier this year I saw Daryl Hall and John Oates in concert, which fulfilled a dream of mine. Growing up as a child of the ’80s I was a huge fan of the duo but never saw them perform live. That was until they headlined at at Madison Square Garden for the first time in over 30 years last February. As eager as I was to see them, I also wanted to check out the opening act, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. I love old-school R&B music from the Motown, Stax and Philadelphia International Records eras. So I wanted to see the Brooklyn-based soul group for myself and find out what everybody was talking about.


At times, the Dap-Kings set felt like a church revival, and I became one of the converted.


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings weren’t your conventional soul band–this was a large ensemble with both rhythm and brass sections, reminiscent of something you’d see at a James Brown show or a soul revue on the Chitlin Circuit in the ’60s. The guitarist in the Dap-Kings also served as the MC-–a throwback to the old days–who in a booming voice introduced the main focal point, Sharon Jones. I never realized how petite Jones was in person, but underneath her small physical frame was a feisty high-octane performer who, along with the band, projected joy, energy, and of course soul. I knew at the time she was recovering from treatment for cancer, but you couldn’t tell as the band delivered one hot number after another. At times, the Dap-Kings set felt like a church revival, and I became one of the converted. (more…)

11/21/16 9:45am

Whether you’re looking for a killer side to bring to dinner, a cocktail to serve before the meal, or something to do with all those leftovers, we’ve got you covered with these Thanksgiving recipes from Brooklyn chefs and bartenders.


How about combining your turkey with some zippy Italian flavors this year? Photo: Zahra Tangorra Thanksgiving lasagna

Main dish or leftover solution

 

This recipe from High Five Girl works as an alternative main course on Thursday, or a clever use for leftovers on Friday.

 

 

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Side dish (or veggie main, with a few tweaks)

 

This savory, salad-y side from Greg Baxtrom, the chef and owner of Olmsted, is a real Thanksgiving Hall of Fame contender.

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11/21/16 9:43am
The Thanksgiving Club from Hail Mary is quite possibly the best Thanksgiving sandwich of all time. Photo: Hail Mary

The Thanksgiving Club from Hail Mary is quite possibly the best classic Thanksgiving sandwich of all time. Photo: Hail Mary

This sandwich is on the menu at Hail Mary until Christmas, and Ham and Sohla El-Waylly, owners and chefs at the Greenpoint restaurant shared the recipe with us so you can make it at home, from scratch or using your own leftovers. 

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Cranberry sauce

5 cups fresh cranberries

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup calvados

1 cup sugar

Pinch salt

Zest from 3 lemons and 3 oranges

  1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pot and simmer until cranberries are broken down and thickened to a jam consistency.
  2. Check for seasoning, adjust with sugar and salt if needed. Chill and reserve.

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11/21/16 9:22am
Replace your usual Thanksgiving sandwich with a turkey Balmy, a la Saltie. Photo: Caroline Fidanza

Replace your usual Thanksgiving sandwich with a turkey Balmy, a la Saltie. Photo: Caroline Fidanza

Caroline Fidanza, owner of Saltie, provided us with the recipe for her take on a bahn mi, the Balmy, using leftover turkey. As far as we’re concerned, this could be the main course at Thanksgiving.

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Turkey “Balmy” Banh Mi

Ingredients

2 soft baguette-style breads

Leftover turkey, sliced

Sliced ham (optional)

2 cups sliced pickled carrots (recipe follows)

1 bunch red globe radishes, thinly sliced

1 small bunch cilantro, picked

1 small bunch mint, picked

4 pickled jalapeños, seeded, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced into thin strips

¼ cup toasted sesame seeds

Sea salt

Extra virgin olive oil

1 cup chicken liver mousse, buy it or use the following recipe

1 cup mayonnaise, preferably home-made

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11/20/16 5:29pm

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Try this creamy side from Mark Poiarkoff, executive chef at Vinegar Hill House, for an updated alternative to green bean casserole. Poiarkoff provided the recipe in gram measurements, so time to get out that kitchen scale if you’ve got one. We’ve translated it into cups and tablespoons, but grams will be far more precise. 

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For cheese sauce

85g (6 Tbs) butter

75g (1/3 cup) flour

350g (1 1/2 cups) cream

350g (1 1/2 cups) milk

20 strokes nutmeg

1 pinch black pepper

14g (1 Tbs) salt

25g (2 Tbs) sherry vinegar

275g (10 oz) fresh chevre, crumbled (Capriole recommended) (more…)

11/20/16 4:28pm
How about combining your turkey with some zippy Italian flavors this year? Photo: Zahra Tangorra

How about combining your turkey with some zippy Italian flavors this year? Photo: Zahra Tangorra

High Five Girl, the restaurant consulting group and soon to launch feminist food blog, from Brucie alums Zahra Tangorra, Jennie Lupo and Nicole Bailey, shared their recipe for turkey lasagna with us. Mix it up this year and serve it on Thursday, or make it with leftover turkey on Friday.

“If you are looking for something wacky, but not too wacky to do with your turkey this year we have some real zippy Italian-American vibes to throw your way,” the High Fivers wrote.

You’ll need to prepare three separate recipes, then assemble the lasagna from those, plus a few more things (detailed below) including lasagna noodles or pasta sheets and Fontina cheese.

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11/20/16 2:31pm
Win Thanksgiving with these delicata squash vases. Photo: Evan Sung

Win Thanksgiving with these delicata squash vases. Photo: Evan Sung

These delicata squash vases are one of chef Greg Baxtrom’s favorite seasonal dishes.  They’re currently on the menu at his Prospect Heights restaurant, Olmsted. Multiply this recipe by however many servings you’d like (you won’t use a whole pear for each one). You could substitute thin curls of a hard cheese like parmesan or aged gouda for the speck to make this a vegetarian main course, too. 

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Ingredients

1 delicata squash

.125 pounds sliced prosciutto or speck

1 bunch sage

3 tablespoons ricotta

1 green pear

1 bunch mustard greens

1 head lettuce

Salt

Pepper

Olive Oil

Sherry vinegar

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Partner Post
11/03/16 8:51am

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Thanksgiving is in a few short weeks, and if you’ve committed to cooking a Turkey with all the trimmings, save yourself time and headspace and order all the local ingredients for a true farm-to-table meal through Local Roots NYC. When you order your Pop-Up Thanksgiving by this Sunday, Nov. 6 you can choose from sustainably grown options including fresh, hormone- and antibiotic-free turkeys, naturally grown vegetables, farm pressed apple cider, maple glazed ham, pasture raised chickens, a turkey brining kit from Fleishers, or specialty handmade pies like Bourbon Ginger Pecan or Caramel Apple baked by Butter and Scotch in Crown Heights. You can also go totally veg and order fresh produce including broccoli, celery, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and more to make your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

The pop-up lets you skip the grocery store lines and the holiday chaos entirely—you can choose to pick up your turkey and locally grown goodies at a neighborhood bar or select home delivery. Just order by this Sunday! 

11/17/15 11:31am
Thanksgiving ramen, coming next week to Talde. Photo: Talde

Thanksgiving ramen, coming next week to Talde. Photo: Talde

Maybe you’ve heard, Thanksgiving is next week. If you need to get a turkey you should probably figure that out right now, especially if you want something local, but there’s no need to panic–quite yet. Whether you’re hosting, attending or heading home, here’s a resource guide to where to order sides and pies, how to find something for a vegan or gluten-intolerant guest, where to make a reservation and what to watch once the eating is over. There are also plenty of pre-Thanksgiving activities to get you in the spirit of the day, and check out this guide to hosting from Gabrielle Sierra, and this notes on being a great guest from me.

Before the Food, Fun Looking for Thanksgiving Eve debauchery? Tiki Disco, Brooklyn’s most insane dance party is happening at Sugar Hill Disco and Restaurant in Bed-Stuy starting at 10pm, and tickets include fried chicken and sides. I mean, the thought of waking up with a stranger on Thanksgiving morning makes me feel so very old, but go forth and get it on, if that’s your deal. There’s a Friendsgiving pop-up happening in an as-of-yet undisclosed location in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, Nov. 19. Cranksgiving, a combination bike ride, scavenger hunt and benefit for the Bowery Mission is this Saturday, Nov. 21, and looks like a lot of fun. And, if you just can’t get enough turkey and stuffing in your life, Talde, in Park Slope is serving Thanksgiving ramen (turkey, stuffing, pickled cranberries, creamed spinach, wontons and gravy) at the bar only, from 9pm to close, from Monday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Dec. 4. Only 10 orders a night, $15.

Need help? First, take a deep breath. I’ve cooked a lot of Thanksgivings for a lot of people. I’m competent in the kitchen, but not like, professionally so, and I’m going to let you in on a little secret–it just isn’t that hard. At least, it’s not as hard as the yearly media frenzy surrounding it makes it out to be. No one dish in the dinner is a big deal to make, it’s really about delegation and timing, especially if you just go straightforward and don’t mess with some crazy recipe that requires a four-hour time investment to make one bowl of squash. That said, there’s also lots of help available. Stressed about the bird? (more…)

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