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Recipes & Entertaining Ideas

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Apple & Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Marc J. Sievers

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I admit that I have not always been a fan of coleslaw. More often than not, it can be tasteless and the runny texture leaves a lot to be desired. What I do love are interesting, complex flavors and my Apple & Blue Cheese Coleslaw (originally in my second book, Table for Two) is full of unexpected ingredients! Instead of tossing cabbage with just mayo and sour cream, I thought I would shake up the traditional recipe by adding a tangy blue cheese dressing, crisp granny smith apples, golden raisins, and lots of fresh herbs.  The result is a crowd-pleasing dish that has become a staple at client dinner parties as well as on my own table!

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Ingredients (serves 2)

Dressing

  • Mayonnaise – ¼ cup

  • Crème Fraîche – ¼ cup

  • Blue Cheese – 3½ ounces (Danish variety recommended)

  • Half & Half – 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic – 1 clove, crushed using a garlic press

  • Champagne Vinegar – 2 teaspoons

  • Sea Salt – ¼ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – ¼ teaspoon

 Slaw

  • Red Cabbage – 8 ounces, shredded

  • Golden Raisins – ¾ cup

  • Granny Smith Apple – 1 medium, ½-inch diced

  • Scallions – 2 tablespoons, white and light green parts, thinly sliced

  • Parsley – 2 tablespoons, fresh, finely minced (Italian flat leaf parsley recommended)

  • Basil – 1½ tablespoons, fresh, finely minced

  • Sea Salt – ½ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – ¼ teaspoon, freshly cracked

Directions

Dressing

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a small bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.  Pulse until well mixed, but still chunky.  Set aside.

Slaw

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a medium bowl.  Add the dressing and toss until everything is very well mixed.

  2. Serve immediately, or chilled.

TIP: This recipe is a perfect make-ahead option, as it actually tastes better the next day as it sits in the refrigerator allowing the flavors to meld and blend together.

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Roasted Red Onions with Tarragon

Marc J. Sievers

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If you are someone who really loves onions then you probably love red onions, too! Their mild and sweet flavor make them the perfect partner-in-crime for sandwiches and salads. They are often used raw in recipes, but have you ever thought about how you could elevate a red onion by roasting it in the oven?  My Roasted Red Onions with Tarragon will change the way you think about this kitchen staple and open your taste buds to a new world of flavor!

New to the wonders of Tarragon?  It is a leafy green herb widely used in French cuisine and has a very distinct flavor, similar to anise.  You can serve these fabulous and flavorful onions hot as a side dish or let them come to room temperature and include them as an unexpected but delicious component for a cheese board ( a bit of brie, anyone?).  This dish also makes a sophisticated addition to an arugula salad with my go-to French Bistro Vinaigrette!

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Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Red Onion – 3 large, peeled, each cut into 8 wedges, cutting through the root end to keep the wedges intact

  • Sea Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon, freshly cracked

  • Olive Oil – 7 tablespoons, divided

  • Tarragon – 10 sprigs, fresh 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Place the onions, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil onto a half sheet pan and toss together, being careful not to break up the individual wedges of onions.

  3. Next, evenly cover the onions with the sprigs of tarragon.  Brush the sprigs with the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil.

  4. Roast for 22-24 minutes until the onions are tender.  Serve hot.

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Simple Roasted Potatoes

Marc J. Sievers

I have discovered that the simpler the food the more everyone loves it, this has held true whether cooking for just Ryan, or for a crowd.  Now, do not confuse the word simple with the word boring—there is a huge difference between classic flavors and no flavor at all!  This is exactly what I love about my Simple Roasted Potatoes—I have taken a classic dish and enhanced the flavors as simply as possible.  The resulting recipe is as basic as it gets, yet incredibly delicious.

Roasting the potatoes in a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, really brings out their natural flavor and makes them crispy on the outside and like little fluffy pillows inside.  I love using gorgeous heirloom varieties that come in the most stunning colors, adding even more personality to such a simple but satisfying recipe!


Simple Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

  • Small Multicolored Potatoes – 1 ¾ pounds, cut in half or quarters (depending on the size)

  • Olive Oil – 3 tablespoons

  • Sea Salt – ½ teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – ½ teaspoon, freshly cracked

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Place the cut potatoes onto a half sheet pan. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange them in a single layer.

  3. Roast for 45-55 minutes, until the edges are crisp and browned, tossing once during the cooking process.

  4. Serve immediately.

Idea: This is the most basic recipe for roasting the smaller varieties of potatoes.  While these are completely delicious and flavorful as is, experiment with different garnishes; fresh parsley, smoked paprika, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or truffle salt.  These are perfect for serving along side breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.  

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Fruit Conserve

Marc J. Sievers

A holiday dinner in my family would not be complete without jellied cranberry sauce (with the can lines!) in a little crystal dish on the table!  While I still love that sentiment and tradition, I have upped the game with my Fruit Conserve.  My version of “cranberry sauce” is brimming with flavorful ingredients like dried figs, golden raisins, dried cherries, and currants – just to name a few!  I have even added a few tablespoons of Grand Mariner, an orange liqueur, to add a little more depth of flavor – it is the holidays after all!  What I love the most about this recipe is it can be made up to three days ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.  Allow it to sit for 20 minutes at room temperature before serving.  Leftover conserve is fabulous when warmed through and served over vanilla ice cream or even on crackers with slices of Brie.  A triple-duty recipe, perfect for this time of year!

This recipe is part of “An Autumnal Feast!  A Collection of Recipes from Watermarc – Art & Appetite”.  Explore the other recipes in this series:

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Fruit Conserve

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • Water – 1 cup

  • Sugar – 1¼ cups

  • Fresh Cranberries – 1 bag (12 ounces)

  • Honey Crisp Apple – 1, peeled, cored, ½-inch diced

  • Bosc Pear – 1, peeled, cored, ½-inch diced

  • Orange – 1, zested, seeded and ½-inch diced

  • Lemon – 1, zested, juiced

  • Grand Marnier – 3 tablespoons

  • Cinnamon – ¼ teaspoon

  • Course Sea Salt – ¼ teaspoon

  • Golden Raisins – ½ cup

  • Dried Black Mission Figs - ½ cup, rough chopped

  • Zante Currants – ½ cup

  • Dried Cherries – ½ cup

Directions

  1. Start by placing the water, sugar, and cranberries into a medium-sized saucepan set over medium heat. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cranberry skins open.

  2. Next, add the apple, pear, orange, zests, and lemon juice. Continue cooking for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Finally, off the heat, add the raisins, currants, cherries, figs, cinnamon, salt, and Grand Marnier. Allow to cool and place into the refrigerator to set.

  4. Serve slightly chilled.

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Brown Butter & Basil Mashed Potatoes

Marc J. Sievers

Growing up, my absolute favorite thing to eat (and still is!) were mashed potatoes!  The smell of a big pot of potatoes boiling away always reminds me of family dinners and holidays – the best!  While I still prepare traditional mashed potatoes with just milk, butter, salt, and pepper, I have a new twist on a classic – my Brown Butter & Basil Mashed Potatoes.  These potatoes are filled with browned butter, garlic, spicy basil, nutmeg, and white pepper, making them a welcomed update to the classic version!

You can even make mashed potatoes in advance by keeping them warm in a glass bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap set over a pan of barely simmering water.  They can remain like this for up to 1 hour.  Stir them every 20 minutes to help them maintain an even temperature.  You can add a little bit of warm half and half if they become too thick.  Remember, if making them in advance, stir in the basil just before you serve them, or the basil will turn dark – not a good look!

This recipe is part of “An Autumnal Feast!  A Collection of Recipes from Watermarc – Art & Appetite”.  Explore the other recipes in this series:

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Brown Butter & Basil Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • Yukon Gold Potatoes – 3 pounds, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes

  • Garlic – 4 cloves, peeled, lightly smashed

  • Butter – 12 tablespoons, unsalted, at room temperature

  • Half and Half – 1½ cups

  • Sea Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • White Pepper – ¾ teaspoon

  • Basil – ½ cup, finely minced, fresh

  • Nutmeg – ⅛ teaspoon, freshly grated

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the potatoes, return to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes or until tender all the way through.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, set over medium-low heat, add the butter and smashed garlic. Cook until the garlic is golden and the milk solids in the butter have browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Scrape all the browned bits, butter, and garlic into a small blender or food processor. Add the half and half, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth, or about 1 minute.

  4. Pour into a small saucepan and gently reheat. Once hot, turn off the heat, cover and set aside.

  5. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, drain them, and add them back into the pan.

  6. Using a handheld mixer fitted with the beater attachment beat the hot potatoes in the pot until they are broken up. Slowly add the hot half and half mixture and beat until mostly smooth. They should still have a few small lumps for texture.

  7. Lastly, stir in the fresh basil. Serve immediately.

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Baguette Stuffing

Marc J. Sievers

Like many of you, stuffing is one of my favorite parts of a Thanksgiving meal!  Instead of preparing a stuffing from a bag (boring!), my Baguette Stuffing only takes a few steps and the result is just delicious and fabulous!  The combination of French bread and rye bread gives this dish a real depth of flavor, along with all of the fresh vegetables, herbs, and of course butter!   This recipe is as equally wonderful with almost-ripe pears.  Simply substitute the apples for pears and follow the same cooking directions.  You can also change the cashews for almonds, or even pecans.  Your traditional bread stuffing is about to get a major flavor makeover!

This recipe is part of “An Autumnal Feast!  A Collection of Recipes from Watermarc – Art & Appetite”.  Explore the other recipes in this series:

Happy cooking!


Baguette Stuffing

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • French Baguette – 24-inch, cut into ¾-inch cubes

  • Dark Rye Bread – 1 pound loaf, cut into ¾-inch cubes

  • Butter - 12 tablespoons, unsalted

  • Celery – 5 stalks, ½-inch diced

  • Onions – 2 medium, ½-inch diced

  • Granny Smith Apples – 2 medium, ½-inch diced, peeled, and cored

  • Garlic - 4 cloves, finely minced

  • Flat Leaf Parsley – ½ cup, roughly chopped, fresh

  • Rosemary – 3 teaspoons, finely minced, fresh

  • Thyme – 2 teaspoons, finely minced, fresh

  • Sea Salt – 1½ teaspoons

  • Black Pepper – 1½ teaspoons, freshly cracked

  • Vegetable Broth – 3 cups (low sodium preferred)

  • Raw Cashews – 1 cup, rough chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

  2. Place the bread cubes on a sheet pan and toast them in the oven for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan set over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add the onion, celery, apples, garlic, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 15 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the mixture is soft.

  4. In a large bowl toss the bread, onion mixtue, vegetable broth, and cashews.

  5. Transfer to a 3-quart baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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Roasted Savory Carrots

Marc J. Sievers

Carrots get a rustic and chic makeover!

With Easter right around the corner, I’m sure many of you are in the midst of planning the menu!  While I still prepare many of my families traditional recipes, I am always looking to reinvent a classic, like carrots.  My recipe for Roasted Savory Carrots combines flavor like honey, basil, lemon and dark chocolate, what a combination!  Roasting the carrots also helps bring out the natural sweetness and earthy flavor.

Not only are these perfect for Easter or when hosting company, but they are a fabulous addition to any casual weeknight meal.  The steps are simple and the ingredients are found at your local grocery store, making this the perfect elevated home-cooked recipe!


Roasted Savory Carrots

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • Carrots – 2 pounds, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and then in 2-inch pieces

  • Butter – 3 tablespoons, unsalted, at room temperature

  • Honey – 4 tablespoons

  • Olive Oil - 3 tablespoons

  • Sea Salt – 1 teaspoon

  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon, freshly cracked

  • Basil – 3/4 cup, freshly chopped, divided

  • Lemon – 1 medium, zested

  • Dark Chocolate - 4 tablespoons, freshly shaved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. On a sheet pan, toss the carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated.

  3. Place into the oven for 30 minutes, tossing once during the cooking process.

  4. In a large bowl combine the lemon zest, honey, butter and 1/2 cup of basil. Add the carrots and toss until evenly coated.

  5. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of basil. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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