Late Summer Jam We all know that the best time to enjoy fresh berries and stone fruits is during the Summer months. But if you can spare enough of the season’s bounty to make this sweet and simple jam, you’ll be thanking yourself come Winter whilst enjoying a bite slathered on fresh toasted bread with butter.
Mixtures of stewed aromatic vegetables, herbs and spices are at the core of almost every type of cuisine. Sofrito is the Spanish version, usually consisting of peppers, onions and tomato. Luckily all of those veggies are in season right now and Provisions Produce Buyer, Jason Rivera, has put together a recipe for sofrito success. The idea behind this homestyle dish is to use whatever vegetables are available to create a flavorful, easy to eat, easy to digest meal.
(And remember, the word sofrito doesn’t have to limit your cooking. In the Fall you could just as easily be using fennel, carrots and onions instead of peppers, onions and tomatoes.)
Ingredients Extra virgin olive oil (preferably really tasty stuff)
A few sweet peppers, diced (whatever looks pretty at the market)
A fat juicy onion, diced (look for fresh uncured onions at this time of year)
A ripe tomato diced (Brandywines work really well for this, I recommend a red tomato)
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 cups white wine
water or chicken stock
1/2 pound of green, yellow, purple or romano beans with the tough end trimmed
2 heirloom squash cut into 1/4 inch rounds (my favorite is the Romanesca)
1 ear corn cut from the cob
4 red radishes sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
10 fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Sherry vinegar to taste
1. Heat a pot, large enough to contain all of the ingredients. Add enough olive oil to generously coat the bottom of the pot. Throw the peppers and onions in there and cook them until they are soft without browning them. If it looks a little dry add more olive oil. 2. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf and white wine. Simmer this until all of the liquid evaporates. 3. At this point continue to cook the mixture until the oil separates out and the mixture starts to stick on the bottom. Be careful here, you don’t want burnt, just a little toasted. Stir very often. 4. Add the beans and cover with stock or water and simmer. It’s a good idea to take a wooden spoon and scrape all the tasty bits of the bottom of the pot. 5. Cook the beans until they are very soft and tender, and a lot of the liquid has evaporated. They will turn army green, and look overcooked, but they will also become sweet and soak up all of that sofrito liquid. 6. Stir in the squash, corn and radishes and remove from heat. At this point season with salt, pepper and vinegar. 7. This dish should be served just above room temperature with a piece of crusty bread to soak up the juices. Just before serving, stir in the basil leaves and a bit of fresh olive oil.
The most quintessential item at any Fourth of July cookout, the burger is as classic as it gets, but not all burgers are made the same! Our whole animal butchers grind specific cuts of beef to create our All-Star line-up of burgers. Let us introduce you to the team!
Ribeye Cap: lean and satisfying
pair with: Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op’s Blue Hills Bleu
Short Rib: extra juicy
pair with: Jasper Hills Clothbound Cheddar
La Ranchera: skirt steak burger with extra beefy flavor
pair with:a juicy pickle
Bacon Brisket: our most popular burger
enhance with:a sweet alpine cheese for extra melt factor!
*Get the most “likes” by Monday, March 31, and you win – simple as that! Enter as many times as you like!
Need some inspiration? Start with our house made Pork Tonkotsu Broth or Chicken Broth, and then visit the butchers or our dairy cases for some proteins and eggs. Add in your favorite vegetables, and top it off with your favorite seeds and spices.
We’ll change the ingredient every month, so keep a look out for April’s #ProvisionsPix contest.
Pigs in a blanket are one of the most coveted hors d’ouvres at any party, and they’re one of the easiest to make, too! Thankfully Brooklyn Hot Dog Company makes their dogs a little thinner than your average pup, making them even easier to wrap! Grab a jar of your favorite dipping sauce – we like Anarchy in a Jar’s Beer Mustard, Sunny Bang’s Probiotic Hot Sauce, and Sir Kensingtons Spiced Ketchup, and roll away!
Brooklyn’s Own Pigs in a Blanket
1 package Brooklyn Hot Dogs, any flavor
1 14-ounce package Dufour frozen puff pastry, thawed until cold and just firm
1 T poppy seeds or grated parmigiano reggiano
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk egg together with 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Slice each hot dog into 4 even pieces, lengthwise. Cut puff pastry into about 24 triangles, each roughly 1 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches tall. Working with one at a time, arrange a cocktail frank across the wide end of a triangle of puff pastry and roll up snugly, sealing it with a dab of egg wash; transfer to baking sheet. (If puff pastry becomes too soft, chill it for 15 minutes.)
Brush the top of each wrapped cocktail frank with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or cheese. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes.
Are you looking for a way to spend some of that sweet Christmas dough from your Aunt? You know you should pay your bills with it, but that’s not what Christmas money is for. We suggest picking up one of Mama O’s Premium Kimchi Kits, now you can make yourself a big ol’ jar of kimchi for putting on just about anything. The kit includes everything you need, minus the vegetables, to start fermenting your own Mama O’s. Our good friend and founder of Mama O’s Kheedim has made a handy dandy instructional video to walk you through the steps for using your new kimchi kit!
Join us at the wine store tonight from 6-8pm as we welcome Tito’s Vodka to sample their Texan spirit straight and in Italian Ice cocktails using Prometheus Springs Lemon Ginger, a capsaicin-spiked elixir.
Italian Ice Cocktail
Ounce and a half Tito’s vodka
Half ounce simple syrup
Half ounce lime juice
Half ounce Limoncello
Two Ounces Prometheus Springs
Shake and pour over ice.
Enjoy with a slice of lime.
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3/4 cup of sherry vinegar
2 large onions, cut into medium slices
1 yellow or orange pepper, cut in medium slices
1 hot pepper (such as habanero, or jalapeno) thinly sliced without seeds
2 tablespoons of roughly chopped cilantro for garnish
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 smoked Spanish Paprika
Filets of white fish like tilapia (approx 1/2 lb. per person)
1 cup all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil (about an inch hi in frying pan)
Sweet Potato (2 1/2 inch cut rounds per person)
Begin by placing sherry vinegar in a medium size bowl. Place onions, peppers, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper into sherry vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes.
Heat oil in a skillet on medium.
In a bowl combine flour, salt and pepper. Dredge fish filets in flour and fry in oil until cooked and golden brown, about 5 minutes each side. Place fish on a platter and put to the side.
Using the same pan remove most of the oil from the pan leaving about a tbsp. Return the pan to medium-high heat and add your bowl ofingredients along with the sherry.
Make sure to stir constantly until onions have become translucent. Allow the sauce to reduce and thicken which will take about 10 minutes.
Once your sauce is ready place your fried fish on a platter and pour your sauce on top. Garnish with chopped cilantro and plate with your boiled and peeled sweet potato rounds.
The most delicious FRESH PIZZA DOUGH in Fort Greene, and beyond!
Made with organic ingredients, and super easy to use, no stone required… just stretch out onto a sprayed cookie sheet, top to your heart’s delight, and bake for 10-15 minutes until the crust is puffy and browned.
Can’t imagine what you’d top it with? Housemade Fresh Mozzarella, of course, or Buffalo Mozzarella, or Maplebrook Burrata, or Fontina maybe? We’ve also got slicing Pepperoni and Prosciutto, or see what fresh sausages the butchers have this week, or even a dollop of our new Bacon Jam. Lots of fresh vegetables and herbs, tomato sauces, olives, pesto… whatever you can imagine!