Recipes

Prometheus Springs Italian Ice Cocktails Tonight

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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We’re Rolling in Dough!

You wanted the best. You got the best!

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!

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Fettucine Carbonara

On rainy days like today, you’ve got to either embrace the dreariness or fight it.

If you’re spoiling for a fight, we suggest an umbrella drink like a Singapore Sling or a Rhubarbarita.

If you’re embracing the weather, you can’t go wrong indulging in fettucine carbonara, a rich comfort food dish that if you’ve only enjoyed in restaurants you’ll be surprised to find has absolutely no heavy cream or butter. The cheese counter sells our aged parmesan freshly grated, which makes this dish a snap and the smell of onions and garlic cooking with bacon will warm you up before you’ve taken your first bite.

Ingredients

1 pound fettucine
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 slices bacon, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook fettucine until al dente. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and set aside.
Meanwhile in a large skillet, cook chopped bacon until slightly crisp; remove and drain onto paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat; add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and heat in reused large skillet. Add chopped onion, and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add minced garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Return cooked bacon to pan; add cooked and drained fettucine. Toss to coat and heat through. Beat eggs in a separate bowl then add beaten eggs to pasta and cook, tossing constantly with tongs or large fork until eggs are barely set. Quickly add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and toss again. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with chopped parsley sprinkled on top, and extra Parmesan cheese at table.

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Cayuga Pure Organics Black Beans

Located just outside Ithaca, NY, Cayuga Pure Organics grows organic wheat, corn and beans to make pure pantry staples. Committed to farming without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or genetically modified organisms, they’re regulars at green markets around town. We’re proud to carry Cayuga’s whole wheat flour, 1/2 wheat flour (that’s 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat), polenta, red beans and black beans.

Cooking beans is simple and having them on hand in the fridge makes dinner a snap – simply warm them up and you’ve got a healthy side dish.

Simmered Black Beans (recipe from Cayuga Pure Organics as featured in the NY Times)

1 lb. black beans
2 quarts water
1 tablespoon canola or extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro and other garnishes if desired

Soak the beans in the water for at least six hours. When you’re ready to cook the beans, heat the oil over medium heat in a heavy soup pot or dutch oven. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften (about 3 minutes). Add 1/2 of the garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the beans and soaking water. The beans should be covered by at least one inch of water. Add more as necessary and bring beans to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and skim off any foam that rises. Cover, simmer one hour. Add the salt, remaining garlic and cilantro. Continue to simmer one hour, until beans are soft and broth is thick. Add salt and garlic to taste. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.

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Waffle recipe

Take a break from pancakes! With this simple recipe, the hardest thing is finding the waffle maker hidden in your cupboards. If you’re feeling fancy, you can separate the eggs, whip the whites and fold back into the batter at the end. Beats flipping flapjacks!

Simple Waffles

2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups low-fat or whole milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk together the milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Add to the flour mixture and mix just until combined and no dry streaks remain; do not overmix.

Cook according to your waffle maker’s directions.

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London Broil

Andres the butcher has quick, easy-to-cook ideas for your mid-week meals. Ever tried a top round steak? A thick beefsteak cut from the inside muscle of the upper portion of the rear leg, top round steaks are flavorful but surprisingly tender. Usually prepared by braising or broiling, when it is broiled, it is referred to as a London Broil. Take our top round steak and turn it into London Broil using this simple recipe.

Sweet and Spicy London Broil

1-lb top round steak
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 lime, zested

Preparation

Bring the steaks to room temperature about 20 minutes before cooking. Preheat a broiler to high.

Mix the olive oil, paprika, sugar, chili powder, salt, chili powder, and zest in a bowl to make a paste. Rub the spice mixture all over the steak. Broil until just charred and crispy on top, about 4-6 minutes. Flip the steak and cook until beginning to char, about 4-6 minutes more or until rare and temperature registers 115 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Place the steak on a cutting board and let rest, tented with foil for about 10 minutes. Slice across the grain and serve.

A note about the spice rub: Leave as much rub on as you’d like on your final steak. Using all the rub will give an intense, spicy flavorful crust. Using less will produce a more lightly spiced London Broil.

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Cherry Blossom Cocktail

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden just reported that the cherry blossoms are in full bloom now! There’s free admission today from 8am-6pm and you can find a map of the blooms here. After strolling around the garden, come home and try a cherry blossom cocktail. Even though cherry blossoms are not from the same trees that bear the fruit used to make cherry brandy, we think this drink, which marries sour and sweet flavors, captures the ephemeral beauty of these blossoms well.

1 1/2 oz brandy
1 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Old Tom Gin Tasting

Started with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards, the Ransom distillery in Oregon is barely 13 years old. The name refers to the amount of money founder Tad Seestedt needed to become self-employed. Ransom’s Old Tom Gin was developed in collaboration with spirits historian and Brooklyn resident David Wondrich as an attempt to recreate a slightly sweeter, richer style of gin that was popular before prohibition. Produced in small batches by combining a malted barley spirit with corn spirits infused with botanicals, its distinctive color comes from a period of barrel aging. Intense juniper meets candied citrus, earthy cardamom, spicy coriander, and a bourbonish caramel – truly a one of a kind spirit!

On Thursday, April 15 from 6-8pm in the Brooklyn wine store, we’ll be sampling Old Tom Gin in a pre-prohibition Income Tax Cocktail. After the tasting, stop by Greenlight Books across the street. Their comedy cavalcade starts at 7:30 pm!

Income Tax Cocktail

1 1/4 oz gin
3/4 oz orange juice
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz sweet vermouth
dash Angostura bitters

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for approximately 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass.

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How to Hard-Boil an Egg

If you’re dyeing eggs for Easter, remember to pick up an extra dozen.

To hard-boil eggs, place them in the bottom of a large pan deep enough to fill with cold water one or two inches over the eggs. Place on high heat until the water boils. As soon as the water boils, turn the heat down to a simmer and simmer one minute then turn off heat. Let eggs stand in water 10 minutes then retrieve them from the pot and let them cool and dry. You’re ready to dye!

To prepare dye using regular food coloring, mix 1 cup hot water, 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and enough food coloring drops to make your desired hue. If you are using brown eggs, you will need to use more food coloring.

Hoppy Easter!

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