Well, it’s here at long last. After three years of hard work, my cookbook is finished, and in stores!
To celebrate the release, I made dinner for 60 friends and foodies on Monday. Sunday was spent doing most of the cooking and prep. We snapped some shots with our blackberries to document the day. They are below, along with some of the recipes for the dishes we served.
With the help of the catering team at Creative Edge Parties—event coordinator Keith, and chefs Mark, Lee, and Randy—and the one and only Julia “the Turshinator” Turshen, we prepared the meal for 60 guests.
Chefs Mark, Lee, Randy and Julia
Here’s the menu that we worked from:
We prepared Duck Ragu from my cookbook, and a vegetarian option for those who preferred it.
Stirring the Duck Ragu in a huge vat thinking “What the hell did I get myself into?”
It took 13 Ducks, over 2 dozen cans of tomatoes (we lost count), and 65 garlic cloves in the ragu alone!
After so much duck shredding, Keith had his head in his hands. We all needed a break.
Lee made us an amazing “family meal” which we ate standing up in between rounds of shredding duck meat. There were fresh flour tortillas, fresh guac with lots of cilantro and cotija cheese, and fish cooked down with Lee’s amazing sauce that consisted of minced garlic and onions, diced tomatoes, cumin and finely chopped cilantro, among other things.
Fish cooked down with an amazing special sauce, along with fresh tortillas and guac, make these tacos rock. Great for a crowd.
Easy to make, roasted peppers add a ton of flavor to dishes—or enjoy them alone, with a drizzle of good olive oil and sea salt.
Here, Lee and Mark are making my grandmother Mutti’s Pecan Butterballs.
It was a pleasure to see SO many made, only to be devoured.
Just a few hours before the meal, a beautiful view of the kitchen at the Palazzo Chupi in NYC, where we hosted our dinner.
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