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October is a great month for eating, cooking and fun food events!

A Dash of Bourbon

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Green Chile Bourbon Smash!

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Bourbon Waffles with Spiced Butter

bourbon glazed lamb shoulder by freecandy 13

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Bourbon is the perfect Fall drink - and if you enjoy the flavors you can experiment with adding it to your favorite dishes!
I am a big fan of the rich vanilla, tree spices and caramel hue the bourbon lends to dishes such as waffles (try it in pancakes or scones too), basted meats (braised, slow roasted or grilled) and added to drinks that bridge sweet and spicy flavor (can a bourbon bloody mary be far behind)?

Upcoming Food Events

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Nomad Private Dining - Photo by Farouk Cherchali


The Food Film Festival & Green Chile Takedown!

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The Goat Dinner at Nomad Restaurant this coming Wednesday October 23rd is sold out - but fear not! Up next is Lamb in mid November and Venison in December.
Dates and tickets will be announced here in two weeks. Seating is limited to 25 guests.

You can spice up your fall weekends by attending one (or both!) of the upcoming cooking competitions. The NY Food Film Festival is happening on October 27th and includes a green chile cooking competition! Readers of All Five Senses get a discount. Type in promo code: cooks25 and get 25% off your all access pass to the films and the competition!

The Chili Takedown is also happening in NYC this Fall! On November 17th at the Bell House in Brooklyn. This will be a life changing experience - be there and witness it, taste it and try something new!

I Roasted a BIG Pig and You Can Too!

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I roasted a big pig on October 13th on an island off the coast of Maine. I want to tell you all about it, including the organic and free range life it led, how it was killed, how we cleaned it, how I brined it and in what, how you build a spit (above ground) and how long I cooked it - and how I carved it.
I want to tell you all of these things but I don't want to offend any of my vegetarian and vegan readers with graphic photos and gory details - so - if you are interested in learning about things such as these, please email me directly
Meanwhile enjoy the pretty pictures of Maine with me and one of the pig legs sandwiched in between.

Great Fall Condiments

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Green Tomato Jam


Wild Mushroom Tapenade

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Caponata with Creme Fraiche on Blini

The first frost isn't quite here and now is the time to make the most of any vegetables still on the vines or in your local farmers markets!
Green tomatoes make a delicious jam that can be used as an accompaniment to game meats, aged or bleu cheese, scones or crusty black bread!
Eggplants of all varieties make a hearty and deeply flavorful caponata that is delicious alone, or used in hors d'oeuvres (see above), stirred into pastas, rice dishes, omelets or spread onto pizza.
Wild mushrooms are everywhere right now and it is the perfect time take advantage of their woodsy flavors especially when paired up with this season's other dreamy harvest: olives! Check out my mushroom tapenade and add some depth to everything your serving all day long.

Now Booking Holiday Parties

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Wild Mushroom and Chevre Mini Crepes

Want to serve up something delicious, different and fun at your next gathering? Contact me with the dates you have in mind and let's dream up delicious menus that create memorable life events!

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