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Icelandic Langoustine Stew

A few years ago when we visited Iceland, we had an amazing langostine stew at Fjörubordid near Reykjavik. It was so good, we detoured to return on our way back through. This recipe (which we haven't made yet) looks close to replicating it.

  • 2 lb. shell-on whole langoustines
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (for stock)
  • 2 carrots, minced (for stock)
  • 2 stalks celery, minced (for stock)
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced (½ for stock)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. paprika
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Caramelized Garlic Quiche

Caramelized Onion Quiche

For Crust (enough for two crusts)
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For Quiche:
5 large eggs
3 heads of garlic, cloves peeled
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
dash nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
2 cups baby spinach, lightly chopped
1 cup crème fraîche
½ cup milk

Crust

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Parmigiano Gelato

Courtesy of The Washington Post Magazine.

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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cupcake

Makes 6 cupcakes (I hope)
http://www.bakingisascience.com/red-velvet-cupcakes/

1¼ cups cake flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoons salt
¾ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoons baking soda
dash tsp. espresso powder (optional)
2/3 cups canola oil
1/3 oz. red food coloring
½ teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoons red apple cider vinegar
1 large eggs
½ cup buttermilk

Cream cheese icing: http://www.joyofbaking.com/RedVelvetCake.html

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Crepes

Crepes

2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk (CI uses 3 whole eggs)
1 cup buttermilk (or milk)
¾ cup rye (or AP, or white wheat) flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons plus 4 tsp. sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted, plus 8 tsp., room temperature
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Blend eggs, egg yolk, buttermilk, and milk in a blender until smooth. Add rye flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and 2 Tbsp. sugar and blend well. With blender on low, gradually stream in melted butter. Strain batter through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or medium bowl.

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Poached Salmon with Peas and Mushrooms

Poached Salmon with peas and mushrooms

This recipe, modified from a Bon Appetit recipe, was an instant spring hit.

2 6–8-ounce center-cut wild king salmon fillets (each about 1 1/2-inch thick)
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons kosher salt plus more for seasoning
2 tablespoons (¼ stick) unsalted butter
4 ounces fresh morels; sliced, or oyster or shiitake
½ cup shelled fresh peas
⅓-⅔ cup heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or finely chopped garlic scapes

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Corn Soup

Corn Soup

With a hat-tip to Bon Appetit

butter
2 medium leeks, white and light-green parts only, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups); can substitute yellow onions
5 ears shucked corn, kernels cut from cobs, cobs reserved
1 cup coarsely chopped peeled potato (about 1 medium)
4 cups good-quality vegetable stock
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

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Cristobal 1492 Verdelho

Trader Joe's: 
No

A sharp and full-bodied verdejo from Argentina. Bought at Schneider's on Capitol Hill. Floral and acidic with a very light effervescence. Lacking oak.

Eggnog cheesecake / pumpkin pie bars

Pumpkin eggnog cheesecake bars

1. Make a pie crust

Preheat oven to 325F .
Partially bake a double batch of pie crust spread out in a 9x13" casserole or baking dish. (Note, you'll only need 2/3rds of the crust here, but a single batch is not enough.

2. Make a pumpkin pie filling

3. Make the cheesecake layer:

16 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup eggnog
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

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La Finca Chardonnay

Trader Joe's: 
Yes

A well-balanced Mendoza style Chardonnay - light, very little butteryness. Crisp. Goes great with cream sauces and fish.

http://www.fincalacelia.com.ar/

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