First of all, we want to thank everyone who submitted ideas, recipes and photographs for the maple menu. Thank you for sharing. It has been very exciting for us to digest all these dishes and assemble a cohesive menu. We have taken several liberties in the ordering of the dishes to create a balanced and explosive menu. We have also attached the the individuals name associated with their dish. We would ask that if your dish was selected, please email us with your contact information so that we can mail off your syrup. Enough with the formalities, onto the menu.
Maple Syrup Menu
January 1, 2006
smoked maple, bacon, tarragon
avocado, maple-hoisin, lemon vinaigrette
Isle Flotant de Brunch Americain
candy cap mushroom anglaise, pancetta, poured maple
Maple Curry Carrot Soup
toasted almond, pomegranate seeds
Foie Gras Torchon
silver dollar apple pancakes, cold butter, hot maple
Roasted Squash Risotto
mascarpone, brown butter-maple sauce, shaved white truffle
Seared Diver Scallop
golden char roe, tahitian vanilla maple cream, scallion salad
Gin-Maple Cured Sturgeon
cold smoke, apple-turnip relish, lovage puree
Ginger-Maple Braised Pork Belly
smoked carrot-kabocha puree, young celery, black vinegar
Roasted Leg of Lamb
maple flavored greek yogurt, mint, grilled lime
Amber Blue Cheesecake
port poached pears, maple caramel, rosemary
crumbled sausage, blueberry pancake ice cream, sage-maple syrup
Sugar on Snow
tableside presentation of hot syrup poured on a bed of fresh snow served with miniature dill pickles
Congratulations to everyone, you have helped broaden our horizons. Speaking of broadening horizons, Joan Olkowki deserves the best in show bottle of syrup. The variety of dishes she submitted was spectacular, even preparing tofu like hot foie gras with a sesame crust and peaches.
We look forward to hearing from the winners.
We'd also like to take a moment to thank all of our readers. We appreciate all of your comments and e-mails and we really enjoying sharing ideas with all of you. It's the audience that makes the blog worthwhile.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY AND HEALTHY YEAR FILLED WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND GREAT FOOD AND WINE!
Aki & Alex