Rosemary & Lemon Bars

Rosemary & Lemon Bars

Rosemary & Lemon Bars

This make-ahead recipe is perfect for a large service. It can be made several days ahead, cut, wrapped, and plated within minutes. And the blend of lemon and rosemary is just the refreshing, slightly elevated take on a classic we all want at the end of a great meal. Enjoy!

Crust

1 Cup Unsalted butter (room temperature)

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Powdered sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla 

 

Filling

4 Eggs

1 Cup Granulated sugar

1 Cup Packed light brown sugar

1/3 Cup Fresh lemon juice

1 Teaspoon Lemon zest

1 Teaspoon Fresh rosemary (chopped very fine)

1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

1/4 Cup Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking power

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 9x13 glass baking dish. Combine flour and butter, add powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread this dough on the bottom of the greased baking dish. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Set aside to cool before topping with filling.

Whisk together the eggs and sugars until fully. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, rosemary, and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until just combined. Pour filling over the cooled crust and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Garnish with sprigs of rosemary, if desired.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Pomegranates: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Pomegranates: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Pomegranates: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

Pomegranates are my all-time favorite way to inject color and texture into wintertime favorites. Try adding crispy, crunchy pomegranate jewels as garnish for tacos, soups, stirfrys, guacamole, and desserts of all kinds. Try pouring melted dark chocolate on a silpat or other non-stick surface, and dotting it with fresh pomegranate kernals. Once it’s shattered, this antioxidant-rich chocolate/pomegranate bark can be used to decorate cakes, puddings, pies, or just eaten on its own. Pomegranates can also be juiced for magenta-tinged drinks, sauce reductions, and salad dressings. I especially love using fresh pomegranate juice as a deglazing liquid for pan sauces. It adds instant color and sweetness to any dish, and as it reduces, it gets super syrupy and luscious. Almost like molasses.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Fresh Pomegranate Shrub

Fresh Pomegranate Shrub

Fresh Pomegranate Shrub

For those of you not in the know, shrubs are sweet, concentrated syrups made from seasonal fruit, sugar, and vinegar. They can be enjoyed all on their own or stirred into still water, bubbly water, or a wide array of cocktails. This one will give you a gorgeous ruby syrup, sweet and tart and delicious. Stir it in your favorite cocktail, or a salad vinaigrette for bright and tangy pomegranate flavor.

2 cups fresh pomegranate juice

1 cup apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar)

1 cup super fine sugar

Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Add all ingredients to a large bottle or jar, seal tightly, and shake vigorously to combine. Store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days before using, to create a sweet and tart simple syrup. Flavors will continue to mingle and mature over time. Use within 6 months.

For a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage, fill a glass with ice and then pour in some pomegranate shrub. Add club soda and give a little stir. Garnish with a few fresh pomegranate seeds.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Mann's Roma Blend: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Mann's Roma Blend: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Mann's Roma Blend: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

As a busy chef, I am always looking for opportunities to cut down on my prep time without sacrificing quality. It’s a tall order. Products like Mann’s Roma Blend help me cut down on picking, washing, drying, and processing greens, and it is totally fresh and delicious. I love the fresh crunch of the Romaine paired with the slight bitterness of the Arcadian Harvest, and these textures and flavors pair well with almost any ingredients and are an ideal bed for salads and filling for wraps. Visually, the combination is very beautiful, and it definitely strikes me as a more upscale, designer green mix; something my diners are increasingly interested in. I also love Mann’s Roma Blend as a substitute for greens on sandwiches and burgers. This mix is versatile, hearty, and can hold up under heavier ingredients and dressings. You can also use it as a filling in tacos, bahn mis, summer rolls, and summer rolls. I love it!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Passion Fruit Mojitos

Passion Fruit Mojitos

Passion Fruit Mojitos

This passion fruit mojito is the perfect tropical summer drink for parties and weekend BBQs. The mix of lime and mint is classic, and it is made even more refreshing with the sweet, floral passion fruit. A perfect, seasonal treat for August!

8 passion fruit

¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus extra for garnish

5 tablespoons granulated sugar

6 oz light rum

6 tablespoons fresh lime juice

4 - 5 ice cubes, plus more for glass

Club soda

Cut open the passion fruit and push through a fine mesh strainer to catch all the juice, press hard against the passion fruit to also catch the pulp. Get as much juice and pulp from the passion fruit as possible. Reserve the seeds. Set the juice aside.

In a cocktail mixer, muddle the mint and the sugar together to help release the oils from the mint. Add the rum, lime juice, and ice, then shake vigorously.

Add ice to your glass and divide the mixture among the glasses. Top with a splash or two of club soda and stir in the passion fruit juice/pulp. Top with mint and passion fruit seeds for garnish.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Pineapple: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Pineapple: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Pineapple: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

It’s pineapple season! When warmer air turns brisk and these fruits are heavy with juice on their trees, it’s the perfect time to hack into one. Or a dozen. Pineapple’s intense sweetness is an obvious match for desserts, but I love them in savory dishes as well. The high acid and sugar content of pineapples makes for perfect marinades and tenderizers for meat. Whether added to a favorite barbeque sauce recipe, or muddled with oil, garlic, onion, and herbs, these fruits transform grilled, roasted, fried, or broiled proteins. Saving half of your marinade and adding extra chopped pineapple to the batch doubles as a bright, fresh sauce to spoon on top. Fresh pineapples are also sturdy enough for end-of-summer grilling. I love slices glazed with habanero and cilantro marinade and imprinted with classic, smoky grill marks. Just make sure to choose pineapples that have a strong, sweet aroma and that are heavy for their size. If it doesn’t smell sweet or feel heavy in your hands, it’s not ready to eat yet!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Filipino Banana Ketchup

Filipino Banana Ketchup

Filipino Banana Ketchup

Prepare to fall in love, condiment lovers! Banana ketchup will take your French fries to the next level of yum. This tropical version of classic ketchup is enjoyed all over the Philippines with grilled fish, meat, and salty snacks. The bananas become almost savory in the sauce, and lend incredible body and richness to the other, more “classic” ketchup ingredients. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and minced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

4 very ripe bananas, mashed until smooth (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons dark rum (optional)

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, allspice, garlic and jalapeno and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring until lightly caramelized, about 1 minute. Add the mashed bananas, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce and rum, if using, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Scrape the sauce into a bowl, press a sheet of plastic wrap on the top and let cool. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Blood Oranges:  This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Blood Oranges: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Blood Oranges: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

 

Blood oranges are easily on the top of my favorite ingredients list. Naturally sweet, inherently beautiful, and exotic, blood oranges convey romance and whimsy in every dish. They are juicy, sweet, full of unique flavor, and visually stunning to look at. The trick is not doing too much to mask their natural beauty. I love pairing segmented blood orange slices with micro greens, shaved red onion, fennel, olives, and beets. The color combination is gorgeous, and the flavor combination is a classic for a reason. One of my favorite applications is to use blood orange juice in a sorbet with coconut milk as the base. Spiked with garam masala and a touch of cayenne, this dish can stand alone as a dessert, or as an exciting palate cleaner. Blood orange juice also works as a beautiful poaching liquid for fish with a blood orange beaurre blanc, or reduced down into a glaze with habaneros to varnish poultry.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Blood Orange-Roasted Chicken Thighs

Blood Orange-Roasted Chicken Thighs

Blood Orange-Roasted Chicken Thighs

2 ½ pounds chicken thighs, bone in and skin on

5 garlic cloves

½ teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons soy sauce

½ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 2 -3 oranges)

1 tablespoon white wine

3 tablespoons olive oil

Few sprigs of thyme

2 blood oranges, sliced into ½ inch thick pieces

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Using a pestle and mortar, mash the garlic. Slowly add the salt and make into a creamy paste. Add the mustard and combine well. Transfer into a small bowl and add the soy sauce, orange juice, wine, oil and thyme. Mix well.

Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry. Marinate them in the orange juice mixture in a large rimmed dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Turn the meat upside down to ensure that it thoroughly marinates when half way done.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the chicken and sliced oranges in an ovenproof large heavy bottomed pan, making sure the thighs are not overlapping; pour the marinade liquid over top. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the thick part reads 165 degrees. Baste the chicken a couple of times during the roasting.

Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and make gravy. Add the flour to ½ cup water and stir well. Whisk the flour mixture into the remaining liquid in the pan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly and continue to boil until the desired thickness is achieved.

Serve with roasted orange slices and gravy sauce.

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About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Strawberries from Salinas: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Strawberries from Salinas: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Strawberries from Salinas: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

Strawberries in the heights of summertime are pure bliss. Just the bright, zingy, juicy punch we need to combat the sun and heat. Strawberries pair really well with poultry, and this time of year, that means grilled chicken. Try placing a skewer of olive oil-coated strawberries and purple onion next to chicken breast on the grill. You’ll get sweet, smoky berries that will compliment it with a splash of balsamic and sea salt. Tart strawberries are also a perfect foil for summertime salads. Their acidity and fruitiness brings out fresh ingredients like cucumbers, peppers, and fresh herbs. Throw chopped strawberries right into your salads, or puree them directly into salad dressing for a pop of pink color and berry flavor. Of course dessert and breakfast cannot be forgotten (and so often the lines between them can be decadently blurred). Whether served whole on top of pancakes or as a garnish for tarts, pies, or crème brulee, or melted into a coulis to top ice cream or waffles, fresh strawberries will signal to your diners that summer is here to stay and here to eat.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

The BEST Strawberry Ice Cream

The BEST Strawberry Ice Cream

The BEST Strawberry Ice Cream

This excellent no-cook ice cream is perfect for summer: quick and easy, you don't need to turn on the stove, and it highlights summer strawberries at their peak, with the tang of buttermilk and sour cream to balance it all out.

4 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered

¾ cup sugar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 ½ cups cold buttermilk

1/3 cup sour cream

Purée the strawberries with the sugar in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add the salt, buttermilk, and sour cream and blend well. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to the instructions. Once fully churned, chill in the freezer until your desired consistency.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Sunchokes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Sunchokes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy"

Sunchokes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

Also known as "Jerusalem artichokes", sunchokes are enjoying a significant showing on menus all around the country. These earthy, savory nuggets are deliciously reminiscent of potatoes with a crunchier, more elegant flavor profile. In fact, you can treat them almost exactly like potatoes because they are best served mashed, deeply roasted, or fried. One of my all-time favorite dishes is whole roasted chicken cooked atop a bed of sliced sunchokes in a sizzling cast iron pan. The combo of chicken fat and cast iron crisps the sunchokes, making them almost like deeply savory potato chips. Want to elevate your mashed potato side dishes? Sub in sunchokes that have been roasted with rosemary, garlic, and sea salt, and mash lightly enough that you can still see whole caramelized bits peeking through. You can also shred them into latke or hash brown batter and fry them until glowing and slightly dark. Lastly, sunchokes are naturally sweet and crisp enough to be enjoyed raw! Slice them paper thin using a mandolin, and enjoy the variety they add to salads, garnishes, and sandwiches.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Roasted Sunchokes with Hazelnut Gremolata

Roasted Sunchokes with Hazelnut Gremolata

Roasted Sunchokes with Hazelnut Gremolata

The insides of these sunchokes are so tender they are almost creamy, while the edges are delightful bits of crispy goodness. Topping them off with the gremolata brings everything to life. The vibrant parsley and lemon provide a bit of a punch, and the garlic pairs beautifully with the toasty nuts.

2 lbs sunchokes, peeled and cut into 3/4" chunks

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbs hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

3 tbs Italian parsley, chopped

2 tsp lemon zest, minced

6 garlic cloves, crushed 

Add 2 tablespoons of kosher salt to a stock pot of boiling water. Add the sunchokes and boil until tender, about 15 - 20 minutes depending on the size of your chunks. Drain the sunchokes and pour out the water in the pot. Add the sunchokes back to the warmed pot to steam off the excess water. Add the olive oil and toss, season with kosher salt and pepper.

In a pre-heated 425 degree oven, cook the sunchokes on a baking sheet until crispy. Another 15 - 20 more minutes. 

Toss all of the gremolata ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. Serve the sunchokes with gremolata sprinkled over top.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Seedless Watermelon: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Seedless Watermelon: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Seedless Watermelon: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

Is there anything more iconic in summer than a slice of pink watermelon? Completely perfect served just on its own, juicy seedless watermelon is a mainstay of many menus this time of year. But fruit salad isn't where the buck stops for this gorgeous melon! Watermelon's sweet, floral taste pairs extremely well with bold flavors, and it's texture holds up well in marinades. Feta cheese, shaved red onion, and fresh mint are classic Mediterranean compliments to watermelon. Spiked with grassy olive oil, this dish is a visually stunning flavor bomb that will surprise and satisfy any guest. I love marinating chunks of seedless watermelon in tahini, sky sauce, and ginger, then searing on all sides in a dry cast iron pan. Really allowing the melon to almost dehydrate in the pan yields an almost meaty texture that looks convincingly like raw ahi tuna. I use it in vegan sushi hand rolls, or plated with fried taro chips for a play on Hawaiian poke. And of course, watermelon is classic in cocktails. Try soaking chunks of watermelon in vodka, freezing, then popping them into summertime drinks!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Chef Steph's Seared Watermelon

Chef Steph's Seared Watermelon

Chef Steph's Seared Watermelon

3 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 tbs olive oil

1 tbs sesame oil

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup tahini

2 tbs ground ginger

1 lime, juiced and zested 

Toss all of the ingredients together in a bowl and allow to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, but preferably up to 24. 

Drain the watermelon, but save all of the marinade. Heat a cast iron pan to high heat, and sear the watermelon cubes on all sides for a few minutes. Make sure the watermelon releases some of its juices. Set aside.

Boil the marinade liquid in a saucepan until it reduces by half. Spoon it over the watermelon and enjoy!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Classic Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage

Classic Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage

Classic Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage

 

We have classics for a reason. There is something so special, so comforting about bitter broccoli rabe paired with tender pasta and rich sausage. A sprinkle of Parmigiano at the end really brings it all together. And don’t forget to save a little bit of the pasta cooking water to loosen up the sauce!

½ cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided

1 lb Italian sausage, not in casings

1 bunch of D’Arrigo broccoli rabe, trimmed and rinsed

2 tbs salted butter

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt and pepper, to taste

¼ cup pasta cooking water

16 oz orecchiette pasta, cooked as instructed and set aside

Parmigiano-Reggiano, to taste

Divide the olive oil and the garlic in a large skillet. Warm the olive oil and add the sausage. Cook until slightly crispy around the edges.

Add the garlic and olive oil. After five minutes, add the broccoli rabe and cover for five minutes. Then add the butter, lemon juice, pasta cooking water, salt, and pepper and stir and cover for about another minute. When the broccoli rabe is done just cooked through and still bright green, add in the orecchiette and stir everything together. Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano to taste.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Crispy Roasted Broccoli Rabe With Whole Garlic And Szechuan Peppercorns

Crispy Roasted Broccoli Rabe With Whole Garlic And Szechuan Peppercorns

Crispy Roasted Broccoli Rabe With Whole Garlic And Szechuan Peppercorns

This is the side dish you’ve been waiting for. Undeniably healthful, yet packed with unctuous flavor and a bit of heat, this broccoli rabe will be the darling of any plate. Enjoy on its own, or with grilled salmon, schrimp scampi, or a gorgeous steak.

1 large bunch broccoli D’Arrigo broccoli rabe, tough stems removed

4-5 cloves garlic, smashed, but left whole

1 tbs olive oil

1 tbs butter

Kosher salt and fresh pepper

1 generous pinch chili flakes

1 generous pinch ground Szechuan peppercorns

Heat oven to 400°. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When water boils, add broccoli rabe and blanch one minute. Remove from water and drain well in a colander.

Heat a skillet with the garlic, oil, butter, chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Toast spices until they become aromatic. Toss the drained broccoli rabe with the oil mix, lay the stems out onto a baking sheet, and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the leafy greens become slightly crisp.


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Grapes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Grapes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

Grapes: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!"

 

I’m all for using unique, unfamiliar ingredients on my menus, but the thing that really gets me excited is re-thinking and finding new uses for typical, expected ingredients. Grapes are a perfect example of a totally familiar food that is a perfect canvass for elevated culinary interpretation (and good news, they are growing really well right now). Need a little spike of freshness on your bruschetta or pizza? Try pickling grapes with champagne vinegar and scattering them at will. The pop of juice is familiar, but the zing of pickling liquid cuts through heavy cheeses and sauces. I also love baking grapes (especially Concord grapes) directly into fresh breads and cakes. Try dotting fresh cornmeal cake with jet black grapes, or upping your bread service with rosemary, sea salt, and Concord grape focaccia. Could there be a better way to start a meal? Well, maybe if it’s served with some fresh grape and caramalized shallot conserve. Of course, grapes are also gorgeous mixed in with chicken or tuna salad, frozen into ice cubes for visually-beautiful cocktails, and popped directly into your mouth!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Caramelized Shallot, Grape, and Whiskey Conserve

Caramelized Shallot, Grape, and Whiskey Conserve

Caramelized Shallot, Grape, and Whiskey Conserve

This jammy, sweet, and savory mix is your ticket to cocktail hour success. Spread it lavishly on top of crackers, or ricotta-schmeared crostini, and forget about dinner entirely. Plus, you can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for up to a week!

1 tablespoon olive oil 

3 shallots, finely minced or sliced

¼ cup whiskey

¼ cup rice vinegar

¼ cup dry red wine

3 cups red or purple grapes, cut in half

1 cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes until very soft and fragrant.

Add the grapes and turn the heat up to get everything hot. Pour in the bourbon, vinegar, and wine - it should sizzle a little bit to get the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the cinnamon stick and bay leaf. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the grapes have started breaking down.

Smash the grapes into a jam-like consistency using the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat, cool, and serve on cracker with cheese (Manchego cheese and goat cheese are my favorite with this).


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail

Fruity without being overly sweet, slightly bubbly, and refreshing, this cocktail is a summer time stunner!

1 small peach, cut in half and pit removed

2 sprigs thyme

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons water

3 ounces bourbon 

2 ounces simple syrup

ginger ale for serving

fresh peach slices for serving

fresh thyme sprigs for serving

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place peach halves cut side up in a glass baking dish.  Drizzle peaches with honey and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Pour 2 Tablespoons of water in the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Allow peaches to cool. Remove and discard skin, but reserve peaches and any juice at the bottom of the dish.

Place roasted peaches and any juices from the roasting dish in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle with a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Add bourbon, simple syrup and ice. Replace lid and shake until chilled. Place two large ice cubes in two high ball glasses. Strain cocktail through lid into a small mesh sieve to 'double strain' the cocktails into the highball glasses. Top off the glasses with ginger ale. Garnish cocktails with fresh peach slices and thyme sprigs. Serve and Enjoy!


About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.