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Category: Dinner Party Dishes

Grilled Veal Chops, Tomatoes and Onions with Morel Sauce

Grilled Veal Chops, Tomatoes and Onions with Morel Sauce

I confess. I am not the greatest fan of the Grill. The primal urge to grill every piece of meat I come across in the summer isn’t my idea of perfection.  To me, not everything tastes better when it’s emerged from a session with smoke…

Smoked Salmon Lasagna from Michaela Kitchin

Smoked Salmon Lasagna from Michaela Kitchin

Tom Kitchin may be a famous Scottish Chef but this is his wife’s recipe. This is the kind of recipe I call true comfort food. The traditional lasagna element of bechamel is used here. But instead of an Italian-style filling, there’s a nod to this…

Ina Garten’s Coquilles St. Jacques from "Make It Ahead"

Ina Garten’s Coquilles St. Jacques from "Make It Ahead"

Ina’s take on this French classic: Scallops in a creamy sauce with a hint of curry under a crust of bread crumbs and cheese.  I am a huge fan of Ina Garten or as a friend of mine once said “What’s not to like?”  Ina…

Seared Salmon with Citrus and Herb Salad from Lidey Heuck

Seared Salmon with Citrus and Herb Salad from Lidey Heuck

Dinner Party on a weeknight? Why not when you can pull this dinner together before the doorbell rings. Our friend Laura was here from Colorado this week. And the only night we were mutually free was a Tuesday.  So much for cooking an elaborate meal…

The Bridgehampton Inn’s Braised Short Ribs

The Bridgehampton Inn’s Braised Short Ribs

A New Cookbook Takes Us on a Family Adventure unlike any other. If you’re like me, you read Cookbooks the way other people read novels.  That’s why I was particularly taken with Sybille Van Kempen’s superb new book “2266 Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant”,  A Look…

Richard Olney’s Zucchini-and-Herb Stuffed Roast Chicken

Richard Olney’s Zucchini-and-Herb Stuffed Roast Chicken

As I was leafing through Food and Wine Magazine from October 2018, I stopped at an article focused on Richard Olney. In the words of Wikipedia, “Richard Olney (April 12, 1927 – August 3, 1999) was an American painter, cook, food writer, editor, and memoirist…

Jeff Lobb’s Herbed Rack of Pork and Trine Hahnemann’s Red Cabbage

Jeff Lobb’s Herbed Rack of Pork and Trine Hahnemann’s Red Cabbage

Our friend Jeff Lobb is a wonderful cook and entertains beautifully. Especially when his partner Don is in the kitchen with him.  And if Jeff is famous for one dish above all others, it is his fondness for Rack of Pork that stands out.  This…

Jacques Pépin’s Superb recipe for Spinach and Gruyère Stuffed Pork Chops

Jacques Pépin’s Superb recipe for Spinach and Gruyère Stuffed Pork Chops

If you follow me on Instagram (@montemathews) you know that I have been in Scandinavia all last week.  I boarded Viking Star in Germany and sailed to Denmark and Norway. As soon as I can cook them, I’ll be sharing some wonderful discoveries on my…

Dinner Party Dishes:  Vegetable Biryani

Dinner Party Dishes: Vegetable Biryani

After I published this post, I shared it on Jonell Galloway’s Facebook page “Culinary Travel by Jonell Galloway, The Rambling Epicure”.  One of  Jonell’s readers got involved when I mentioned the multiple spellings of “biryani” and Jonell asked whether it was the English spelling of…

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

A Summer Dinner Party Menu in 3 Parts

When Andrew and I plan a dinner party, the menu starts to percolate once the RSVPs have been received.  We try to think of our audience and we try to make things interesting.  Generally that means doing something completely new.  We have a fair amount…

Four Generation Peach Pie with Coconut Meringue Crust from Food 52

Four Generation Peach Pie with Coconut Meringue Crust from Food 52

This weekend begins what is always called “The Unofficial Start of Summer”.  Never mind the Equinox is over three weeks away and it’s been horridly cold and rainy this month.  Nevertheless, this is the weekend that New Yorkers give up their weekends in the city…