If there’s a time for comfort food, it’s now! Discover Chef Michael’s latest feature of the week at Stanford Grill – his melt in your mouth Braised Beef Short Rib with White Creamy Grits & Tomato-Raisin Chutney, available from Wednesday through Sunday only!
“Comfort food is definitely an experience that provides a nostalgic feeling to the person eating it. Comfort foods may be consumed to positively pique emotions or to relieve negative psychological effects. Our feature of the week will tap into the connection of these emotions of comfort food at its best. The melt in your mouth beef short rib alone will make your eyes roll back into your head. The sweet and tangy chutney cuts through the richness of the beef and you will surely be licking the plate as you finish all the creamy grits and sauce.” – Chef Michael.
There’s nothing quite like fresh fish, especially its scent and texture when it comes off a wood grill. This week Chef Michael is featuring his Hardwood Grilled Salmon Filet with Apricot Glaze through Sunday only at the Silver Spring and Woodmore Copper Canyon Grill locations!
“The first time I had salmon was at a young age. I can remember it like it was yesterday; the smoke from the burning wood and the aroma from the salmon left an incredible mark on my psyche. Years later, I still find myself thinking back to that day. So, this week I am excited to feature a hardwood grilled salmon filet, with maple-Dijon Brussel sprouts, horseradish cream, and an apricot-orange reduction sauce. The combination of the sweet from the apricot-orange sauce balances out the spiciness of the horseradish cream, adding a wonderful new way of enjoying our hardwood grilled salmon. Personally, I truly enjoy creating food that will leave lingering flavors long after your last bite. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.” – Chef Michael.
Finally, this week in Gaithersburg we will be highlighting Chef Michael’s combination of hardwood grilled pork, roasted squash, honey, molasses, Amaretto mustard and toasted almonds! The famed Pork Porterhouse is only available until Sunday and it is not to be missed.
One of the best things about dessert is that it is universal — everyone loves it! And what can make or break a great dessert from an average one is the whipped cream. Homemade is always best, and it’s much easier to make than you’d think. Here’s how:
1 cup cold heavy cream (the colder the better!)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (you can also use a hand mixer). When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed. Be sure not to overbeat!
The small amount of extra effort really goes a long way! What are some of your favorite dessert toppings?
Although many enjoy a carnivorous feast, it’s always a nice change of pace to allow yourself to go vegan!
Generally, great substitutes for meat and other animal products include: beans, lentils, and tempeh. Mushrooms, like portobella, are also a great alternative to meat because they actually mimic the texture, and sometimes taste, of meat. Pasta is also great for vegans, but often topped with heavy cream sauces, which is no good for vegans! Check out this simple, delicious vegan tomato cream sauce:
1 Large, ripe tomato (2 cups roughly chopped)
1/2 Cup Raw Cashews
1 Tbs Tomato Paste
¼ Cup Water
2 Tbs Olive Oil
2-4 Cloves Garlic, minced, optional
1 Large Handful Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
Core the tomato, then roughly chop it. Add it to your blender, seeds, skin and all. Add cashews, tomato paste, and water. Blend until very smooth. Pour sauce from the blender into a saute pan and bring to a simmer. Add basil and let simmer for 4-5 minutes and enjoy!
It’s mid-January which can only mean one thing: Soup Weather! When it’s chilly out and it seems you constantly have a cold coming on, the last thing you want to do is tend to a pot of soup all day or pop open a can of processed goop. So, we decided to share an easy, healthy Tomato Soup recipe to cure your winter blues!
¼ cup of coconut oil (or butter)
1 medium yellow onion
3 cloves of garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
28 ounces of diced, canned tomatoes, or 6 fresh tomatoes
2 cups vegetable broth
6 ounces tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
½ cup fresh basil or 3 tablespoons dried
Dice the onion and place in a pan with the butter or coconut oil over medium heat.
Mince garlic and add (or add garlic powder)
Saute until onions are softened and translucent.
Add tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes.
Mince the basil (if using fresh) and add to pan.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer for at least five minutes (for richer flavors, you can simmer for up to 30 minutes)
Optional but Recommended: Using a metal immersion blender, carefully blend in the pot until smooth.
Garnish with chopped basil or green onions (optional) and serve.
Orzo Rice is one of our favorite foods here at Copper Canyon and Stanford Grill because it’s affordable, healthful, and filling. But, we admit it can get boring at times so we have to get creative with innovative ways to literally “spice” it up. Sure, you could always pick up boxed rice pilaf from the grocery store, but those are filled with preservatives and unnatural ingredients which we try to avoids at all costs. So, we wanted to share a few simple ideas to jazz up your rice.
The most simple way to fill your orzo with flavor is to use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to cook your rice. You can also infuse the rice in a number of herbs including saffron, lemon zest, curry, and many more. You can even eat rice to satisfy your sweet tooth! Just add melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar to cooked rice for a heartier, healthier alternative to traditional desserts.
If you are looking for a more out-of-the-box rice idea, try Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds. Prepare any type of pilaf you would like and add dried fruits. We like diced apricots and raisins, but whatever is your favorite or is in season will do. Then, stir in sliced almonds for a filling, delicious, and healthy meal or side!